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Donkey - Saturday Sep 01, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

A good number to start off the month of September...  And my Ironman scale weighed me in at 128.8, which, for that scale, is probably an all-time low in the 10 years I've owned that scale.  I like this number; although it would be nice to say "I lost 60 pounds" if I weighed 126.5, my body might not like that number as much.  

Who knows, I've been having some bathroom issues -- or lack thereof -- so maybe I'm really AT 126.5.  Not sure what's going on .... this is day #2 (no pun intended) where there was no morning bathroom moment, even with adequate fiber, water, and a little additional help.  If nothing tomorrow morning, I'll get out the Metamucil. (yuck)


It is raining here today and is supposed to for most of the day.  I'm enjoying the peacefulness of the morning, while I do laundry.  Later, another trip to the library to pick up a book I requested.  I hope this one meets the expectations that the last book - that I was so excited about - failed to meet.  Laundry, etc.  Nothing special planned, unfortunately, but maybe that's a good thing, so that I am left to just relax in the "now", rather than to be focused on an activity or outing.  

My kids are having hard times right now.  My son is feeling awfully discouraged at working his retail job, feeling stuck until he can try out for the Air Force again.  My daughter was acting manager for a week and is exhausted and stressed out.  Maybe management isn't for her?  I don't know, I haven't had the opportunity to talk to either one of them, as I'm usually at work when they are awake and asleep when they get home :(

My husband has another medical evaluation on Friday with the VA hospital that is a scary drive for me.  I do not have to go, as my son will be off of work, but I kind of feel like I should be the one to take him.  I'm waiting to see if my boss will take next week off, for his annual fall vacation, or not.  Sometimes, when he goes on vacation, it's like a little vacation for me too, even though I'm still at work, LOL. 

NOW I'M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT WORK ANY MORE THIS WEEKEND.  I MAKE THIS PROMISE TO MYSELF.


AFTERNOON EDIT:  The rain has stopped and the sun has come out.  Wow, is it ever muggy! But I'm glad that it cleared up.  Our town is having their annual festival and the parade this morning was canceled due to lightening.  How disappointing for so many!  So at least now people can enjoy the rides, the food, and the entertainment.

No funnel cake for me, but instead, kind of inspired by Gains, I decided I would bake a cake today.  I have to do any baking now before I turn on the AC, which I might do tonight if this humidity keeps up.  Oh how I hate to do that...

I also did not stick to my plan and ignored weight training last night.  Out of a guilty conscience, I did upper body this afternoon.  However, I could not bear the thought of trying to lift heavier weights, so I just used the lighter 5 pound dumbbells and did a few sets.  But at least I did something, so I give myself some credit for that.

Progress as of today: 59 lbs lost so far, only -9 lbs to go!

graindart on 09/01/2018:
Congratulations on the scale number!

Donkey on 09/01/2018:
Thank you -- I think if I stayed here, +/- 0.5 pounds, I'd be a very happy camper :)


BearCountryGG on 09/01/2018:
Great scale....and at least the bathroom problem happened on a weekend with an extra day! I'm sure your daughters job will look a little different to her as time goes on...so much to learn in the beginning. How is your son doing practicing his exercise that was difficult? Can he do that now? Have a nice weekend.

Donkey on 09/01/2018:
Oh yes, still waiting for some bathroom magic to happen... oh dear...

I'm waiting to see if my daughter will be happier going back to her old position with associate responsibilities, rather than management. It might have been a shocker to do full-time work, including some day-shift. She usually works around 30 hours but it's almost always afternoon/evenings.

My son... oh my son. Well, he continues to work out at the gym on his own. At one point, he WAS at the point where he could do more than enough push-ups within a minute. However, I cannot say if he has managed to maintain this. I want to talk to him to see if he wants/needs to go back to working with a trainer.

I think he's just feeling stuck. And maybe a little lonely. With the Air Force, he felt like he was really making a significant contribution and doing something with his life. He also had teammates/friends. Now he's just kind of floating on his own. I understand his discouragement (and impatience?) at the moment.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/03/2018:
I need to offer advice to your son...

He is VERY young and flexible now. You MUST tell him this. Working retail is just for the money and experience. He should be at the gym, working out, getting stronger and able to do the requirements of the air force very easily by the time he applies. he should check if they provide recommneded workouts that he does to meet their requirements. this is what i'm doing for court officer now.

your son is young. has the energy to work retail and train.

he should be everything BUT discouraged.

he has you guys, a wonderful family, a roof over his head and you totally supporting him. remind him to stay positive. that EVERYTHING is within his reach.

only way to physically improve is to practice. after all, you are such a ROLE MODEL to him because you DO pursue fitness and weight goals.

there is nothing stopping your son but himself. he needs to keep on. and to make sure he's doing and training as necessary without overdoing it. bc overdoing can hurt progress too....

please make sure he sees that he is in a good position now!!!!!!!!! everything is positive. he has a job, for god's sake!



Donkey - Friday Aug 31, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

I am so looking forward to this long weekend, because it means one less day at work. I just hope the weather doesn't get too hot.

I didn't do weights yesterday morning, so I kept reminding myself to do something in the evening -- which I did (legs). In looking back, I believe that this consistency, even when I really don't feel like it, has been the key to making this work.

Queen Bee is out of the office today, and that alone has increased the odds that this will be a great day by at least 50%.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

legcramps on 08/31/2018:
Have a fantastic long weekend :) I hope you catch up on rest at some point. You are craving sweets; I am craving pizza. Like, really bad.

Donkey on 09/01/2018:
Oh I've had pizza on my mind an awful lot these days as well ;)


BearCountryGG on 08/31/2018:
Nice weekend ahead...hope you enjoy it!

Donkey on 09/01/2018:
Got nothing planned that is special, but maybe that's OK too.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2018:
trust me, it's one less day of work for you & most everyone else...so don't feel like you'll need extra catch up...everyone will be catching up!

lots of people out in my office yesterday too...but i went KNOWING it's a short day...and it was! it wasn't a day to miss...i'd rather take off a full day of work! ya know!? not take off when everyone else isn't even working a full day..i was able to leave yesterday at noon...best gift ever.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2018:
i have plans...but wish they were a hair less actually...i realize the importance of "less is more" lately and putting fitness even closer to my most important goal than it's been...looking to revamp still...and looking to make use of being able to relax on weekends like this one.



Donkey - Thursday Aug 30, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

This was a very odd-feeling day. When I woke up this morning, I was exhausted. I felt as though I was in the middle of the deepest sleep and then awakened abruptly.

This feeling of fatigue lasted through most of the morning. I even entertained the idea of going home early... but whenever I think this, I convince myself to hang in there, because it's much harder to catch up.

Last night - very much so - and tonight, somewhat, I had urges to eat desserts. LOTS of dessert. Last night I satisfied this with a number of dark chocolate chips and a cup of decaf. (I did not count how many but I would say 70 to 100 calories worth). Tonight I did the same but had about 10 chips, which is 70 calories.

Then I was ok. Donkey was ok. Donkey will be ok. I just have to get through this week and this weigh-in.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/01/2018:
i think the tired feeling was just that, being tired. we all have times when we can use a little more rest, def my own opinion based on my experiences!



Donkey - Wednesday Aug 29, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

I dreamed about the file with the client I hung up on Monday. I woke up worrying about the file. It's supposed to be my file but one of my coworkers seems to be taking it over. It's an ongoing struggle with this coworker to respect boundaries and keep her off my files... But in this case, I'm thinking it would be better for all if I left this one go. After all, I am not rewarded at work for doing more or making these sorts of sacrifices. I get paid the same, whether I do more or less. So why not do less -- especially if it affects my peace of mind.

If my focus is to be on my own happiness, I must be aware of what I need to let go...

I've caught myself a couple of times this week - so far - making bad food choices (baked potato at dinner, ice cream from McDonald's from the title company...), not sure how this week's weigh in will go...

And now my husband says I'm crabby this morning, lol...

Definitely time to refocus on what's important.

EVENING EDIT: DON'T THINK THAT I DON'T FEEL LIKE EATING EVERY LAST CHOCOLATE, COOKIE, AND ICE CREAM IN THIS HOUSE...

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

graindart on 08/29/2018:
I hate when I wake up feeling "stressed" because I was dreaming of work stuff.

The McDonald's drive-thru has been my go-to place for getting ice cream cones for the past few months. Instead of feeling like a nice occasional treat, they tend trigger my desire for more sugar.


legcramps on 08/29/2018:
Loved Call the Midwife! I've watched them all!

I agree that you don't need to do anything more if you feel it is stressing you out or there is a lot of negativity surrounding it. If you don't have to work on this particular file, just let it go.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2018:
YES...great idea to let this one file go!

a baked potato is far from the worst choice, you J-Donkey!

ice cream...well, thank gosh i have my light stuff! haha...i bet it was good, did you stick with a serving/portion?

ignore husband's words...try not to let it make you crabbier...when people tell you "oh, you look tired today!" - we tend to hound on the fact they said it and it can affect your day and actually cause you to feel even more tired...same with the husband and the "crabby" scenario. i read this...mind games!

Refocus on you. let some things go..as you said...



Donkey - Tuesday Aug 28, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

Hung up on a caller and got into an argument with my mail coworker.

Yes, it was a full day...

EVENING EDIT: I finally made a doctor's appointment as a new patient, with new insurance. I'll be seeing the doctor in January 18th, LOL...

Staying away from coworkers. Toxic people at it again. The best thing for me to do is be happy.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2018:
Wowwww....it's gotta take a LOT for you to hang up on people and argue....hmmm....do tell!


BearCountryGG on 08/28/2018:
Whoops...…………..


BearCountryGG on 08/28/2018:
New patients get no respect...LOL.....and yes...be happy!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2018:
proud of you for getting it done and getting an appt and new dr...i should make some new appts soon, too.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2018:
lately i go out to lunch with this female coworker, tho i am def more comfortable just taking it alone! sometimes it's best just to do your own thing if that's how you become more happy / satisfied to do your job. my opinion!



Donkey - Monday Aug 27, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

Like Horn, I had hoped to go to sleep early last night but that didn't work out. So maybe tonight...

Trying to get my mind in "work mode" but I'd rather not. The associate attorney is out until Thursday; my boss leaves for a week next week, so he won't feel like sitting at all. I can't even wrap my mind around what files need attention this week.

My daughter is acting manager at work this week, so she will be working a different schedule, meaning my husband will be alone most afternoons. He gets bored/lonely and talks more at dinner. It's only for a week. We'll see how he does.

I did a lot of food prep for myself last night, so at least I'm getting today off to a good start in that way.

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

graindart on 08/27/2018:
Like you, I really don't want to get working today. That's why I'm here commenting.....

Donkey on 08/28/2018:
LOL!! Exactly!


horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2018:
yes, always good to have most food (especially lunches) mostly prepped at the start of the weeK!

me too, i have SO MUCH food stored right now...i should eat it in order of when i cooked it/ more likely when i BOUGHT it! haha...mostly prepared stuff from a variety of places. and everything is nicely prepped, flavored, tons of veggie choices to enjoy...no need to spend more money this week on food out! :) i love bringing food from home, especially when it's a variety.

and when i'm more simply and easy, i'll just bring a whole veggie or two (like a tomato and pepper) to simply add volume to my lunch at work for very little cals as i'd describe 75% of my intake/diet as Volumetric.


BearCountryGG on 08/27/2018:
Funny how for years I met HIM at the door looking for some converstion...and eventually the tables turned and he was waiting for me to get home….I agree...it was a bit much!!! But only then did I realize what it had been like for him all those years...LOL



Donkey - Sunday Aug 26, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

A brutally hot day.  It's the humidity that's making it feel so uncomfortable.  It was cool last night, but the humidity was so high that I buckled and turned on the AC last night.  

Changed up my morning routine a little bit, so that I did the easy exercise bike a little later.  Folded laundry, then went grocery shopping --- arrived too late and got stuck in the Sunday Crowd.  I brought extra meat --- sorry Jasmine! - to save my husband extra grief and work in his meal planning through midweek.  It's going to be just Mr. Donkey and myself for T,W, Th dinner.  

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

jasmine on 08/26/2018:
That's OK with me if others eat it. HAHA


BearCountryGG on 08/26/2018:
That is why I try to shop at 7AM...the only problem is that they are usually stocking shelves and blocking aisles...funny...they look at me lie....HUH...you really want me to move so you can shop?


horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2018:
that birthing show sounds awesome! with the hot dr...per your comments, the whole thing is very interesting as per the setting and time it takes place as well as the show content!

if you want a really good read, tho the language at times has made me look up some vocab words bc it's written rather really well!...the book is called 7 Women and the Secret of the Greatness by Eric Metaxas...it's very good read especially for catholics and jews..you'll see why. i can only read a little at a time and the intro was dry...but once you get into it, it's so well written that you'll get the chills reading it!

LOL...apolagizing to the vegetarian are you!? i wonder if she cares if you eat meat! hahahaa!

enjoy the time with Mr D for dinner this week...perhaps he can help prep some stuff...cut some veggies?..i'm giving him work!


horn_of_plenty on 08/27/2018:
totally hate shopping in madness, many times i try to shop at opportune / less busy times :)



Donkey - Saturday Aug 25, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

SO  NOT VERY HAPPY WITH MY WEIGH-IN THIS MORNING... but I had to laugh, because - get this - the Ironman scale (which ALWAYS weighs me higher than my regular scale) actually weighed me in LOWER than my regular scale.  Regular digital scale: 129.5 (booo); Ironman digital scale:  129.4 (yay!!!).  I'm tellin' you, Scale Insanity is real.

I survived the work party and I survived the Church Ladies' dinner.  I felt I made good choices at both events.  I didn't do as much socializing at the Work Party as I probably should have.  I'm just not that kind of person to walk around and mingle.  I can't change this aspect of myself; it's who I am.  I'm getting the impression that it's hard for my boss -- as a natural extrovert -- to understand my inability and discomfort.  I could probably overcome this after drinking a couple of alcoholic drinks, but I don't want to do that!!!  Had a large hot dog and lots of raw fruits and vegetables.

Church ladies was fun!  The most popular, outgoing lady canceled at the last minute. I love her to death - she's helped me in so many ways - but I strongly suspect that she's trying to leave our little group.  When she canceled, I thought, Geez, how are the rest of us going to be able to find stuff to talk about?  But we did -- for a few hours!  They were talking about joining a Girlfriends Gathering the church is starting up, where there is a main speaker for a little bit, and then you meet with your girlfriends afterwards, BYOB.  If there's no charge, I think this is something I'd like to try.  I did think of these ladies the minute I read about it in the weekly bulletin... Turns out, some of them did too!  And maybe it will bring the other lady back to us.  She's so outgoing and gregarious though, that she probably would rather hang out with ladies she's closer to, friend-wise and emotionally.  Ate an entire salad which had bleu cheese, pecans, and bacon.  (Maybe too much salt for today's weigh-in?  I don't care, it was delicious and I was HUNGRY.)

Anyway, focusing on the weekend....

  • I ran out of time (i.e. forgot) to fit in weights yesterday, so I told myself I would do a quick session this morning.  I was debating whether to do upper body or lower body, and opted for the more challening, less-liked upper body.
  • Don't have too much planned to do, but a book I put a hold on at the library has come in, so I'll be heading off to my favorite place :-)  
  • I found a new show to watch while riding my bike in the evenings:  Call the Midwife.  It's a little longer than the Great British Baking Show, but seems to satisfy the niche I was looking for in a program.  And there's 54 episodes available on Netflix, so that should last me through October.  Why am I talking about this here?  Because it seems that at the end of each season, there is a Christmas episode that runs longer than the normal 52 minutes.  I plan to indulge in that longer episode tonight... or possibly tomorrow, if the weather turns nicer today so that I end up walking.  We'll see.

Random Thought:

As you know, my Fitbit has been instrumental in helping me lose and keep off the weight.  Lately, I cannot update/sync my statistics unless I am at home.  I'm not sure why.  It doesn't matter if I'm on WiFi or not, the Fitbit won't sync to my phone.  This has been frustrating because I do like to monitor my progress throughout the day -- especially when I am at work, to make sure I do get up from my computer desk and move around a little...  Maybe this was meant to be, so that I don't obsess over step count during the day.  IDK...  

Progress as of today: 57 lbs lost so far, only -7 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/25/2018:
Scales are fickle...they are just a guestimate basically.....they say the only real true scales are at the drs. My personal feelings are that your boss should be happy that you aren't the office butterfly...I'm sure you get more work done by keeping to yourself....but schmoozers think chatting happily gets them business....and maybe it does...so it's a good thing he likes that....bleu cheese, pecans and bacon...GOOD PROTEIN and Calcium there. My Microsoft has been wanting me to sync things lately.....it seems to ask everyday.....maybe something new going on with that....your new show sounds interesting.

Donkey on 08/26/2018:
Thank you! As I'm taking a low carb approach, the fats and proteins in the salad are OK with me. It was a very good salad. I stayed away from the alcohol.

I might be that odd introvert that enjoys being in the company of extroverts. I like to listen and watch and provide feedback and input/questions. The one church lady who decided to cancel at the last minute - a total extrovert, and I love her for it!


jasmine on 08/25/2018:
How clothes fit is probably a better gauge than the scales. If you clothes are comfortable you are doing well.

Donkey on 08/26/2018:
Truth!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2018:
I have so much to comment on here, you've given me so much food for thought in your entry ;)....i think i'll number my comments today haha...for real!

1. EXCELLENT, excellent job on eating and food choices at both events. the salad sounds wonderful as does a nice hot dog with your own veggies and fruits to satisfy your stomach a bit more.

2. I know exactly where you are coming from about not being the walking-around-talking-mingling type. I am the same way, especially when i don't know people that way. I like to sit and eat and talk to whomever i am near also. this has been a struggle of mine, too, and yes, it's my personality. i feel you. i am glad you are up to accepting it. good job not drinking bc of that.

3. seems the scales really are INSANE. especially that now they are backwards! and the bad one is now the good one - very strange! - another reason not to let it get to you too much...and to focus most on the good choices to help with your weight, which you are doing...and of course when the scales are going up, to dial it back a little (easier said than done, oh how i know!)

4. let me send these comments before they accidentally get deleted before i go on.... finally i'm relaxed and happy to get some good commenting in on your entry...wayyyyyy more fun than the wedding tonight! :)

Donkey on 08/26/2018:
Thank you x 4! :)

I used to marvel at extroverts at how talented they were to handle a large audience, keeping the conversation going... Now I'm starting to realize that it's not a talent, per se, but just a personality. I wonder if I could try to consider myself a talented introvert.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2018:
5. how often do you weigh now, once a week? it is sorta a large change from last week...it could also be the "bulk" of the salad? and also, is it that TOM?...it DOES affect me, i always weigh more right up to it...

6. The library is awesome! even more awesome, lately my coworkers are giving me books to read, and they are turning out to be outrageously good. This one i'm reading now is on 7 great women - and if you are of either christian or jewish background, the book will hit even more closer to home. it is an amazing book, and there are short stories in it of 7 great women. a few of them you will definitely know :) like rosa parks and Mother Teresa but there are several i didn't know and reading up on them, i am saddened that our Jewish religion / schools have failed to educate us of more of the wonderful women around the world. I just figured out why, Rosa Parks is from US, but these other women are not...which is why we probably don't learn about them in school...as there's little time for Global Studies in the school system.

7. LOL, enjoy your Christmas in August episode! So you will be seeing women give birth!?

8. I do agree that like the scale, the fitbit is similar. yes, i do think it's a good thing for you that you don't have to know it all day....you know what you have to do...and the fitbit is also a tool that "shows" you the work you do...the results of your work...and i do agree that it is a benefit in disguise that you don't need to see it tracking all day long. i do agree.

Donkey on 08/26/2018:
5. I honestly have no idea. I'm going to chalk it up to salt.

6. My book was disappointing. It didn't cover the subject I thought it did. I'm returning it as soon as I can. I won't read it. (Kind of upset that this was promoted as one thing, but really is something completely different.)

7. It's fictional, but they show babies' heads coming out (from a side view). It's set in the 1950's and is about helping a very poor, British community. And the doctor is very handsome...

8. 100% spot on - as usual. I won't sweat this any more. I will update before work (after my morning workout) and then before bed, to tally up the stats. That's all I need for where I'm at.


Maria7 on 08/26/2018:
So happy all went well for you. :-)

Donkey on 08/26/2018:
Thank you -- and me too! So often I leave these social functions being disappointed with myself. Not this time - huge victory for Donkey.



Donkey - Wednesday Aug 22, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Making progress: Did not approach Queen Bee about Friday's menu for the office party. Good advice! I'll just roll with whatever is there. Not worth the drama...

Instead, I volunteered to cover the phones for the first hour or first half of the party. I can load up on vegetables at my desk, and then have a burger at the party. They might get veggie burgers, but if not, that's ok too.

I got BOLD and told the church ladies we're meeting at a different place (where I can get a salad or something healthier). Didn't mean to be bossy but no one was making any definitive decisions, so I made them, everyone agreed.

Truth time: this is my exercise. I ride my old exercise bike in the morning, with, at best, low resistance (like almost none) to loosen up my legs and back. I take a 20 minute walk at lunch, to decompress. At home, in the evening, I ride the programmable exercise bike for 45-50 minutes while I watch tv. It's a more challenging workout but feels good when I'm finished.

Throw in 5 minutes of weights, 4 days a week.

Idk if that's too much, but keep in mind that I pretty much sit all day at my desk in front of a computer.

Progress as of today: 59 lbs lost so far, only -9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/22/2018:
YEAH for not falling to the drama queen....GFREAT CHOICE!! Well look at you...planning to eat without that hag being able to even comment...after all...you volunteered to work....... Well good for making a choice when the others are just messing around.....!! Any exercise is basically good exercise as long as you don't injure yourself and you are active....sounds like you are WINNING!!!!!


legcramps on 08/22/2018:
Nice job on the decision-making; I bet that feels good :)

I don't think that's too much exercise. I also sit in front of a computer most of the day; when i'm in a good routine, I will swim in the morning for 30 minutes; I almost always get out for two walks every day i'm at work - each time it's 20 minutes; in the evening I will often have an hour long workout of some kind. That's without training for anything. So, no, I don't think what you're doing is too much. Your legs must be very strong! I might rather do something else in the morning to warm up, like yoga or pilates or even a stretching routine, to offer some balance in your workouts, but if you like to ride the bike, go for it!


horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2018:
yep, nothing at work is worth the drama of losing a paycheck / being fired! roll with it...and plan for what you can...

GREAT idea...to have veggies while covering phones...i'd have done the exact same thing!

GREAT idea again with church ladies...no need to be totally uncomfortable with poor restaurant options...who knows, maybe you'll have a good effect on someone else in the group !

no, your exercise is not too much at all. it's great. good idea, again!, in the morning to exercise. very important. ...keep on.


horn_of_plenty on 08/22/2018:
like leg cramps said, your decision making is on point, you have made proactive decisions and that's great accomplishments!...kudos....very proud of you....very good.


Maria7 on 08/24/2018:
Wow, you sure did handle both of those party decisions very well!



Donkey - Tuesday Aug 21, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Random thoughts:

I probably spoke too soon about being 1 pound away from a 60-pound loss, with the way my weight fluctuates. I can feel the consequences of yesterday's choices today. Sometimes, it's just what's on the menu...

If I were training for a race or an event, people wouldn't give me such flack for exercising. Why isn't it ok that I exercise because I love to do it?

Work is throwing a realtor party on Friday... with no healthy food. (I must ask Queen Bee about the menu, but I have to be very careful about how I go about doing this). Then I'm meeting up with my church ladies for dinner... at a place called "Meat and Potatoes" - ugh!

It will be a difficult weigh-in on Saturday.

Progress as of today: 59 lbs lost so far, only -9 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2018:
A 4 pound fluctuation either way...is absolutely normal.....so don't worry about that. I wouldn't even mention it to the Queen Bee...it will just feed her need to put others down in an attempt to boost herself up. You know what drives controllers bezerK?????? You not reacting to their bait!!!! You reacting like you never even noticed their attempts to control......they CANNOT STAND TO BE IGNORED! For them...making others feel uncomfortable is sport. I'm sure a restaurant called Meat and Potatoes....has other things too.....and even if you choose meat and potatoes....or dessert ...or anything you want...then she will pick...either way it is a lose/lose situation....so just eat what you want....and "SMILE".......your composure and friendliness will drive her nuts!!!!


horn_of_plenty on 08/21/2018:
NO NO! IT IS OK for you to exercise because you love it!!! IT IS OK! you do not need an excuse or to explain yourself. it's YOUR life...not theirs. You are entitled to live the life that makes you HAPPY. NO EXPLANATIONS. DO WHAT YOU ENJOY!

Bring a veggie platter or YOUR OWN VEGGIES on the day of the work party. You can eat your veggies and just tastes of the other stuff. PLAN IT. at meat and potatoes, see the menu, maybe there's a salad or side of veggies you can get with just tastes of the other stuff. pull thru!, plan ahead. small tastes of the heavy stuff.


legcramps on 08/21/2018:
So, the reason people only exercise heavily while they're training for an event is because they are training their muscles and recovery systems in order to guarantee a good end result. They are putting their bodies under amazing amounts of stress in order to achieve certain levels of athleticism. Amateur athletes will train heavily for a period of time leading up to an event, then take a 'break' where they will scale down on their workouts. If this isn't done, their bodies can break down and injuries will happen. You can't expect that you will be able to absorb high levels of stress on the body for an extended period of time.

Now, saying that, i'm talking about people who are exercising multiple times each day, working their bodies to the very extreme. If i'm wrong, correct me, but I understand that you go on your exercise bike every night for about an hour, and you will sometimes do a bit of a weight lifting routine?

Nothing wrong with that. Whoever is telling you that there is something wrong with that, can go ahead and get their head checked. That's called leading an active lifestyle by being active in some way, every day, for at least 30-50 minutes a day.

You are rocking it, and you are an inspiration to the rest of us. Don't stop being awesome!



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