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Donkey - Thursday Jun 08, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Not very optimistic right now...

I've been struggling with a sinus infection for about a week, which is far too long.  That's the bad news.  The good news is that it didn't settle in my chest, so no coughing.

My June goals have not gone anywhere.  I haven't changed my step goal yet.  Keep forgetting to do push-ups.  I've only been successful in walking in the morning once.  That was this Wednesday.  Did a walk-jog and today (the next day) my hips have been hurting/sore all day.  I'm wondering if maybe jogging isn't in the cards for me any more.  I know that this doesn't mean that I still can't walk in these beautiful spring-summer mornings.  With being sick and now being sore, it's been really hard to get up and going early.

Eating has been pretty good but not very disciplined -- translation: I've been eating sufficient but more calories --- so I am worried about this week's weigh-in, as I may be above goal again.  *sigh*

So on top of sick and sore, add sorching temperatures this weekend -- not good when I have a ton of yardwork to do.

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/09/2017:
I’m a little sad at the start of reading your first line, Miss J Donkey! :- (

Oh, now I see why. Ok, I’d be cranky and upset if I were sick a week too. YES. Please try to get more rest so your body can heal. Lay off the exercise till you are better aside from gentle exercise that doesn’t put too much stress on your body. Listen to your body’s desire for rest.

Lol, it’s funny how you write “walk-jog” – did you get that from me??? Hehe. Stupid boss that I do like (I have two bosses) couldn’t realize that a walk-jog means both walking and jogging! He’s like, “what’s that!? – speedwalking?”…I’m like…”I jog and when I can’t jog I walk!” dumb….he doesn’t realize I’m not in shape to “just jog” yet!

Jogging is painful and not great for your body. Better off with walking. Only reason I’m jogging is: NYPD. I’ll quit jogging as soon as I don’t need to do it anymore. I don’t love it.

Lately I eat more, too. I even feel fat. But the scale tells otherwise – I’m beginning to wonder!

Anyways, feel better. Count on your veggies when you need to eat a lot…and have smaller servings of the other stuff after you’ve binged already on the veggies :-P


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/09/2017:
you will feel better :-P



Donkey - Saturday Jun 03, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

I DID IT -- GOAL HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED!!!  I reached the 50-pound weight loss mark, and I feel that I'm right where I should be for a lifetime.

So now I am entering the maintenance phase, and this will be exciting!  I am planning on continuing the good habits I've established:  exercising, drinking water, no soda pop (except on special occassions), raw vegetables for stress eating (3pm snack), and limiting white carbs except on my "relax" day.  This works for me:  these habits I established during the weight loss have become part of my lifestyle that I want to continue doing.

I've been battling a sinus infection this week, but it has not decreased my eating or activity.  Well, I take that back, I did scale back on the weight training on Thursday and Friday due to fatigue.  I am taking the weekend off from weight training to REST and then resume my schedule on Monday. 

I do not think that the sinus infection contributed to my weight loss.  At least I hope not.  When I lose weight from being sick, I usually gain it right back :-(

The visit with Mom & (step) Dad went well.  I was able to say no to some stuff, but was able to get a couple of old photo albums and all of my high school yearbooks.  The best news is that I'm getting Mom's treadmill for free!  I just have to take the mini-van up to her house to pick it up.  A free treadmill in great condition - WOW!  This will help me maintain during the winter months for sure.

June Goals:

  • Continue flexible attitude on life - try to see advantages or positives in any situation.
  • Incline push-ups every day before bed: minimum 2 sets of 10 reps.  (I forgot to do this last night, but no matter -- today is a new day.)
  • Increase Fitbit daily step goal to 11000 --- this is so scary, but I will do this
  • Continue weight training.
  • Add morning walk (or jog, if I feel ambitious, LOL)

And depending on how June goes, I am going to start thinking about stepping away from the scale more.  Maybe only 2x a month...

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

jabockov on 06/03/2017:
CONGRATULATIONS! ...and a free treadmill, life is good!

Donkey on 06/04/2017:
Thank you!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/05/2017:
HELLO J-DONK! CONGRATULATIONS!

Nice to read an entry early from you this AM! (reading it this AM!)

You must be DARN proud of yourself lady. Like, the only way to achieve your “magical weight loss” (and it’s fully NOT magic like everyone thinks it is!) is CONSISTENCY! J – your weight loss is a MAJOR TESTAMENT to your decision to stick with it. That’s the only way. You’ve stuck with it a long time. Never give up – your story proves that the long-term effort – and the accumulation of all the things you’ve done – better diet, cardio and even you added weight training – these actions (and even working less / help at the office / less OT) has gradually all helped.

God bless you - don’t stop. Always strive to be your best self and in all aspects of your life, not only your weight! Be proud, lady!

I’ve learned that fatigue really means rest. Do NOT feel bad if you need to occasionally rest. It’ll prevent injury / sickness. Have trust in listening to yourself – I commend you for resting as it’s something I struggle with greatly.

Yeah – def rest when with infections / sickness. I have a stye – but continued working out this time – but yeah…it’s always a choice…

Keep up the great work! I think you’re smart to step away from scale as it’s your actions that determine weight loss, not the scale doing any work.

I recently feel a gain in like a pound due to eating excess, I’ll have to scale back for a few weeks & not overeat after that. It’s been like a month of very high cals each week. LOL. we’re always having to change things – life’s variables.



Donkey - Saturday May 27, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 137.0

Must get my day started.  My daughter and I are driving up to my foks' place to pick up STUFF that is either mine or they are giving away, as my folks will be moving to Nevada in a month or 2 -- by the end of August.

Funny how I was doing OK this week, and then this morning and thought my legs looked so fat.  Nothing like a visit with Mom to bring out the issues.  And this is all me...  she's not really that type of person to say "Oh you should really lose weight" or "you're not going to wear that" etc.  She does enjoy talking about healthy habits but only if the conversation turns that way.

So I'm a bag of mixed emotions today.  This will be a short trip, so that I have the Monday holiday to recoop and rest.  Still, I'm looking forward to the road trip and time with my daughter.

Even though I am running late with what I must do before we hit the road, I had to post that I am 0.5 pounds away from my ultimate goal of 50lbs lost.  Yay!!!  I'm really surprised, but then again, I do acknowledge that I made sacrifices this week that would and did pay off.

This is the last weekend (Saturday / weigh-in day) before the new month, so I have June goals all lined up, and as I mentioned before, they are a continuation of this month's goals:

1.  Continue weight training routine

2.  Focus on flexible outlook on life

3.  Start daily push-up routine - 3 sets of 10, which I do standing up, but with my hands on the bathroom counter, so that I'm at an incline.

4.  Increase step goal to 11,000 steps -- SCARY!!!

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 0.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 05/27/2017:
You've done very well getting to your goal. Thank you very much for your comment...something to think about. :-)


Horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2017:
You must be proud of yourself - actually i am reading your positivity in your own words....you are happy and you are proud of yourself even moreso the word is proud. It comes thru in the entry. I'm glad you notice that it's your emotions and not actual fat legs! You realize your anxiety to see parents but you look at it also positively as time to spend on the road trip with your daughter. You sound mature (in a good way!) like you notice there are some things you have to do (go to parents) but you look at it as a positive opportunity (as it should be of course!). I also don't always do well with these types of trips / outings as i also tend to stress over big activities with family. it's just in my personality & i'm used to being this way.

Glad you can recoop after, it's important.

Remember - sometimes less is more. Keep your goals doable & try not to overdo :-)

Keep up the great work...i'm so glad that you continue to focus on flexibility (so am i for sure & i admit having a long ways to go!) and i'm so glad you are continuing weigh training - I wish my mom would she needs it in her tiny upper body could use some muscle.



Donkey - Saturday May 20, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 138.5

Logging in this morning to document that I'm back in the 130s... 

Less than what I weighed when I got married, but my wedding ring still does not fit properly.  Last time I gained, I could really feel it in my fingers, and now I'm left with excess skin on my fingers.  Will not spend the money to get lipo on my fingers, so I need to consider the expence of getting my ring enlarged.

Continuing with my goals to have a flexible outlook in daily living -- I think this has helped a LOT with stress levels at work --- and will start increasing my Fitbit step goal either Sunday or Monday. 

I am continuing with the weight training, trying to use the heavier weights when I can on the upper body, but recognizing my temporary  limitations as well.  It's a work in progress.

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/20/2017:
2 more pounds to go to the 50 pound weight-loss goal.


jabockov on 05/20/2017:
I am so excited for you! "A flexible outlook in daily living", I like that!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/22/2017:
Hi J-Donk!

Congrats on your super-success of being in the 130’s. This time, keep your head up and stay here! You owe it to yourself to feel good and keep yourself where YOU WANT TO BE. Everything you want is in your control (being that it’s realistic of course! – like JayhawkJen was saying about realistic goals, I gotta agree with her and you!)..

Really, I didn’t know that fingers get the excess skin? Or maybe it’s just skin is less flexible / stretchy.? Yes, get the ring enlarged if you need to – and wear it proudly. You are a wonderful person and you weight what your goal was. Maintain this positivity! I love it!

I also agree with your flexible daily outlook – this is EXACTLY what I’m working on too with my own life. I am actually dialing back my jogging thru this holiday weekend in order to enjoy time out and not be exhausted and/or sore from trying to do everything. I’ve chosen socializing over jogging for this weekend! because life is not all structure – and a holiday is a holiday :-P

Recognize any pain. Don’t work thru any pain – stop or revise your activity. Speaking of which – last Friday I should have stopped at 1.5mi …but continued onto 2mi…not sure it was the smartest as I was very sore all weekend!


jayhawkjen on 05/23/2017:
My fingers also gain and lose. It's irritating when my rings are too tight or too loose. Your progress is so impressive. Congratulations!


Maria7 on 05/26/2017:
Happy for you on your success. As for the wedding ring...couldn't be sodium, could it?



Donkey - Wednesday May 17, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 141.0

I should have blogged last night when I was in a better mood and more inspired.  Now I am tired and grumpy from the day --- funny how one client can totally turn your day to crap.   She's a bad client and I got exasperated with her, and she could tell and called me out on that.  So I told her, "This is the third time you're changing mortgage companies and it seems as though I'm always finding this out after the fact and playing catch-up."    Doesn't help that her new lender is a real ******* and very abrasive.  I'm thinking maybe the client will fire us, which at this point, I'm OK with because that agent isn't sending us the number of files she used to.

OK, so my vent is over...

I realized yesterday or perhaps the day before that I actually DO have goals for May, and I like it so much that I'm going to extend my goal into June.  So all is not lost!

One of my May goals is to be more flexible in my thinking, to let go of my rigid black-or-white thinking.  So things like work, errands, family --- just going to TRY to be open and see more than one side to a situation.  (My work example above is probably NOT a good example of trying to be flexible in my thinking...)

I'm also going to start increasing my steps goal on my Fitbit by 1000 every week.  My daily goal now is 10,000, which I usually accomplish by 1pm.  Next week, my step goal will be 11,000 per day, and so on.  Just pushing myself a little more...  I will carry this task/goal into June as well.

One thing I want to clarify is that just because I am trying to be more flexible doen't mean that I can give away to self-indulgence.  For example, yesterday, I realized that I needed to go to the grocery store to stock up.  Usually my grocery days are Saturday or Sunday.  But I had a task to do, and so I did it - after I went for a walk after dinner...

After I came home and the kids put away the groceries, I thought, "Well, I can go to bed, but then I will miss my upper body weight training day."  I know I'm supposed to be flexible in my routine, but not to the point of being undisciplined.  That is to say, weights are a high(er) priority for me now, so I knew that to accomplish what I want to achieve, I do have to put in the work.  So I worked out until about 10pm.

Which might explain a little of my crankiness right now.  I'm tired!

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/18/2017:
Hello J-Donk! Why are you beating yourself up about when you should have blogged??? Huh? You can do whatever you like, darling! ;-P I hope I’m not bothering you with these types of suggestions? I suggest that you are a good lady who is accomplished and doesn’t need to put any blame or self-dissatisfaction on herself as you are definitely inspired and working to bring out the best in you! You do it…you work hard at it….you are proof that good comes to those who work towards it! You do it everyday, Jdonk. You make me realize how fortunate I am and how lucky I am with my own life & parents. You make me realize things about self-sacrificing for family when necessary. You have taught me about love. About thinking of others. And about learning & taking part in personal self-goals and self-care. You are an amazing person :-P Don’t doubt me. And don’t doubt yourself Believe this truth….!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/18/2017:
Oh…I completely understand how one thing / one client at work can totally ruin a good day…me and you (I think) are similar in this way. However, we must challenge ourselves to TRY to not let situations / people ruin our full days…or ruin us for HOME after work…that time should not be spent dreading work (something I need to once again get out of that habit after 2 months of stress that is now LUCKILY ended.).

I LOVE how you’re “extending” your goals into June. I must be drinking the same drink as you because – my goals are also now longer than one month at a time. For instance – a long-time goal of mine is to start lifting 40lb dumbells at the gym. Right now I’m at 35lbs. There’s no time limit on this goal – I know that by continuing to lift 35’s that one day I’ll be ready (based on how many I can do with my left bicep bc it’s the weaker one) to one day lift 40’s.

I cannot put a time limit on this – as my upper body is already very strong and I do NOT want any injury. So I will keep doing my good work & KNOW that I’ll get there. I sometimes add in an extra set of reps…to get myself ready for one day doing 40’s. Time limits on goals, as I have been reading, are not the most important thing. Just like a certain body weight isn’t most important. It’s the process of doing to get there – doing our good actions of going to gym, lifting weights, eating well…which get us to an end goal…

Oh and my other long goal over many months is the goal of being able to run between 2-3 miles straight. Right now, I just practice at whatever is comfortable 1x per week I do my walk/jogs. Next month June AND July is the same: 2x/week walk/jogs. I’m keeping my practice scheduled each week, making sure I do it, and ONE DAY my goal will be met. I see it happening around September-October. However, I’ll modify as necessary. Like I was saying, it’s the process, not the end goal, which is most important. The end goal will happen….but not without the process.!!!!!!!!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/18/2017:
I have a lot of free time at work which is why i'm writing so much...it's like my own assignment over here haha...


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/18/2017:
Finally, I like your goal as steps. Take your time on the increases as in the book I read, and as I’ve discussed with close friends lately, doing too much too soon = progress will stop because people get overwhelmed that way.

Yes, giving into ALL self-indulgence can’t work. It’s def a give & take…agree with you. And I do love your flexible goals as well as your upper body weights workout goal….you know how highly I regard a weights workout! It must be my relationship right now…me and the upper body weights at the gym ;-P


jayhawkjen on 05/19/2017:
Impressive step goal. I should get a Fitbit



Donkey - Saturday May 13, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 141.0

Today's weigh-in is exactly why I think I will stop tracking my weight on a weekly basis after May.  Or maybe it's all the more reason to weigh in on a weekly basis???

Anyway, it's just a number, but I wouldn't be honest with you if I didn't tell you that I'm disappointed to be out of the 130s.  I could tell though that this week's numbers weren't going to be great.  It's like I can feel the bloat.  IDK , just not feeling like I"m at a "fighting" weight.

Also, my May goals are not working out at all.  So I'm scratching off May as a month of maintaining  my routine -- except that I AM still trying to use heavier weights.  But even that I've pulled back on a little to protect my back.

This week I've been dealling with aging parents.  Both my step-father and my father-in-law are facing probably the end of their lives within a year or so.  My folks are planning to move to a retirement community near my brother and my inlaws are moving back up here to an assisted living facility. 

Work is still busy and stressful, but manageable.  It helps to see that my co-workers are now getting busy too.  It's demoralizing to be overwhelmingly busy with co-workers leaving at 4pm or spending time on Facebook at work.  Now, I am no longer overwhelmingly busy and my co-workers seem to be a bit busy.

No call-back from the job that I applied for, but that was to be expected.

Have not made up my mind yet about what to do for Mother's Day.  It will involve going out to dinner but not sure what or where.  Just not motivated.

I seem to not be motivated on several levels here...

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/13/2017:
GIRL! Look at your progress chart. It looks so good! You lost weight all year. You are at just around your lowest that you've been in awhile. Do not let yourself down now!

If you got out of the 130's and you want to be back in them, you will have to slightly decrease or eat a bit less than you did this past week, that's all. Remember that to weigh less, you have to eat less calories, slightly.

But remember that you weren't ever lifting weights for a long time - so even if you lift lighter weights, you are still working out. If you slow down your reps doing them slowly on purpose for resistance, that's another way that I sometimes lift, especially when i'm tired or other reasons....but you can use lighter weights but lift up and down slowly for more resistance and difficulty without straining yourself.

exercise shouldn't hurt and you are just starting with weights. Do not give up on yourself.

You have done remarkably well always.

I have a similar problem with one coworker specifically. boss actually tells her to keep on eye on me (especially this past week that he was away!) talk about emotional abuse. i catch her looking at me constantly. like i'm doing something wrong! People say hi to me...and she turns as if it's a crime to say hello to people at work! I thought she was sorta nice around a year ago when she was hired, but now i see her true DISGUSTING colors of hate as she is a member of this big clique of girls at work, many friends since HIGH SCHOOL. And practically none have a degree above HIGH SCHOOL. i'm not saying that that is bad - but they are. they are hateful and disgusting girls. white trash. she she does little work, so it's worse, because she is bored and looking for trouble / entertainment. so there i am!

anyways, stay positive. Motivation is nothing. If you want to do things, you can do them. Stay positive. Don't let your weight climb back up now. Now you have to shift to either maintenance mode for awhile or keep dieting less. Maybe work to maintain like 138-140.

Don't give up on yourself. Also, aging parents - i am sorry about it. I know, based on my father, how difficult it can be as he visits his 95 yr old mother. It is so sad to watch them need more and more help in this world where everyone lives longer and longer. I am sorry it's a stress i know!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2017:
I hope you had a great Mother's Day, J-Donk <3



Donkey - Wednesday May 10, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 138.0

Midweek update:  I'm not sure what to do about my goals.  I did a week of heavier weights and then I started having back spasm this past Sunday.  I went to a physical therapist on Monday who helped "reset" my pelvic bones and back muscles.

I thought it might have been some of the core exercises that were the source of the spasms...  I'm just very leery of stressing out my back again.

So I'm not sure where to go from here.

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 05/10/2017:
In answer to your question, yes, we do eat dinner, just earlier... We are not counting calories but I am noticing that they are less without our nitetime munching. No, we don't go to bed earlier...we just allow ourselves to drink anything (we don't drink alcohol) we want which is usually coffee, water, sweet tea, gingerale, or diet cokes, that we want after 5pm.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2017:
Try to not go hard. Def use lighter (rather than heavier that cause pain or potential for injury) weights. do sets that are of up to 12 reps (or go higher on the weight if you pass 12 reps). don't lift weights if you can't do 8reps.

try to stretch your back i know some stretches if you need.

take it easy. KEEP YOUR ROUTINE. only stop something if you feel pain. never work through pain, that philosophy is hurtful and old school - trust me, i know from experience. your body will have pain and if it does it means to listen.

stretch. you must stretch always. that can aid in preventing injuries.

STAY POSITIVE. You are now in the 130's. HAVE CONFIDENCE. STICK WITH YOUR NEW HABITS. Stay focused. Don't go back to your old ways. You can do this. Don't let a sore back bring you back to square one. Listen to me - this entry sounded a bit like your past - you can do this.

You ARE in fact sure where to go - you want to go FORWARD. not backward. this is from my heart, as always. Because i have these types of experiences too in my past.

You can do this. Stay the course, stay on track.

Where to go from here is your last sentence - GO FORWARD. STAY POSITIVE - that's where you go! and stay focused on doing what you can as long as your back doesn't get aggrivated. it's not all or nothing, do what you can right now.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2017:
books i'm reading and articles are national best sellers. i'm reading the tops. I love these books :-D


happy-1 on 05/14/2017:
sounds like a good time for a swim!



Donkey - Saturday May 06, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 138.0

A good weigh-in today, although I recognize that 0.5 lbs is basically maintaining.  I'm 1.5 pounds away from my goal, which again, is still basically maintaining.  I **LOVE** being in the 130s though.  Physically, it just feels right.

Started lifting with higher weights on the upper body to get more definition, and also to challenge myself.  I have a couple of people encouraging me to start working on my core muscles.  I hate working the core because it's hard on my lower back (I have a herniated disc that flares up if I'm not careful), but this is EXACTLY why I NEED to strengthen this area.

I did not walk after dinner outside as much I normally would.  For one, the weather was not very good.  For another, in order to devote more time to weight training, during the week I weight training at night.  Finally, my one free night, I did not train because I applied for another job online - LOL, even though I said this wasn't on my radar for now.  The job posted online and so I applied.  I have no hope of getting an interview, but I felt like if I didn't apply, this time, for this job, there would be regrets.  I mean to say, I had to try, at the very least. 

My helper at work has been very helpful.  After ironing out some differences, initially, I realize that I can lear a lot from this lady, who was kind enough to come out of retirement to help me.  She was so much help that I actually didn't need her for 1.5 days.  I anticipate that as we continue through the May, and the weather warms up, we'll get busier and I *will* need her every day.  This week was the "quiet before the storm" so to speak.  Anyway, having her perspective on things has caused me to re-evaluate some procedures, re-evaluate some approaches (to cut down on drama, etc.) - a lot.  So I am really grateful for this opportunity.

Even though a whole week has past, I have been thinking about May goals for myself and started some of them, so here they are:

  • Train with heavier weights - upper body only (started)
  • Train core muscles (starts today)
  • Meet goal weight (this is the last month for this; after May, I switch to a maintenance mindset, at whatever weight that might be at the end of the month)
  • Resume taking lunchtime walks at work to decompress

Personal goals:

  • Eliminate 2 boxes of papers to be shredded (anticipated to happen May 20th or sooner)
  • Read at least one poem a night - Emily Dickinson's are short, so this is very doable (starts tonight)
  • Leave work no later than 6pm (ongoing)

Time to get my day started...

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/06/2017:
To clarify my weight training goal: I'm still training the lower body, but because my legs are thick and I have hips that creak and a knee that is sensitive, these exercises will be with much lighter weights.


jabockov on 05/06/2017:
I am so excited for you to be so close to your goal and so committed to a healthy life style! YOU ROCK!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2017:
Good idea regarding your comment on your diary...about clarifying your weight training. i think you are smart in this area and smart in using the lighter weights as not to pose an injury risk. good idea yes....

(also i wrote you back on my entry and i realize maybe i wrote too much there, perhaps a bit too much for the internet, it's quite private, but just thank you for your support, thank you!)


Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2017:
I also hate working core as mine is quite weak but i always do it and finally i see more results now in the past few months than ever before. the work you do will always add up. the work is always better than nothing..


Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2017:
i am glad it went well with the helper you have. keep it professional of course and just always nice and civil (yup, the things i have trouble doing)....

i am doing the opposite of you with weight training. i realize i need to do less weight training so i can do more cardio. I might even only weight train 2x per week for the next month....i'm trying to find the time to fit in cardio, bc it's a new thing now in my schedule. ... i'm learning that time is important and that perhaps the weight training, which i LOVE, is taking up too much time unfortunately.

anyways, i guess it's a give and take for you too...try to find the balance of both.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2017:
i deleted my entry from yesterday, i thought i was writing to personal stuff for the web.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/10/2017:
I am reading something motivational today, thought i'd send you one sentence: "But small hiccups don’t make you a failure, they make you human. The most successful people in the world slip up on their habits too. What separates them isn’t their ability to avoid mistakes, it’s their ability to get back on track quickly."



Donkey - Saturday Apr 29, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 138.5

April Goals Re-Cap:  I did it!! 

  • I have established a weight training routine that I stuck with through April, and I can't wait to see how the heavier upper body weights will affect me in May.
  • I got those numbers on the scale into the 130's -- even if it's a fluke, but I worked REALLY hard this week, resisting all sorts of temptations and sticking to my plan, to reach this goal.  Having someone drop off peanut butter brownies and an apple pie to die for at work on Friday did not help.
  • Walking at night:  this happened occassionally, but weather was not always permitting.  Also, sometime I opted to do my weight training at night.  As the weather transitions, I anticipate that I will be outside more.

I also had personal goals, but most of those didn't happen:

  • Talking to my husband about our next step financially -- didn't happen.  Too stressful, and with work getting more stressful, I didn't want home and work to be a battleground
  • Work no later than 6pm - for most of the month, I was able to stick with this, but last week there were a couple/few days where I left at 6:30p.  PLUS this weekend, I'm going in to catch up on contracts and setting up the new lady for Monday morning. I would call this a semi-success but there is no way this would hold for May if I didn't have help coming in.
  • Never touched a single bookshelf in the spare bedroom to clear out - so this didn't happen either.

 


So this weekend, I will be thinking of goals for May.  A couple of things I'm playing around with:  incorporating some jogging, cleaner eating...

Work was very difficult for me this week.  So busy, but at least I know it's not just our firm.  Everyone in real estate is crazy busy these days.  My boss helped me "see the light" and I will have a helper come in starting May 1st to help me at least through sometime in August.  I told him that this is a personal challenge to me, but I am going into this with a "flexible and open heart" -- two things that are not exactly easy for me.  My helper will help me with time-consuming tasks so that I can focus on customer service and moving files (transactions) forward.  I hope it works out.  The last person they brought in to help me/us was a total disaster.

You might wonder why so much of my diary is about work.  Work is a huge stressor for me, and when I'm stressed I eat.  Also, I sit at a desk pretty much all day, which is also not a healthy thing.  Finally, back to the stress part, stress is not good for me mentally.  Wow, I just realized that this job is very unhealthy for me!  Yikes!

 

 

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2017:
Most people's jobs do provide a source of stress but we also make money to live off of. And having a job is a wonderful thing, J-Donkey...

I will relate, this morning i woke immediately thinking of work and my boss. that really made me realize that i've been through a lot lately at work....and that the stress is adding up. and that i must relax and realize that i must work hard to leave work at work...because i do not have extra energy stored to deal with work conflicts 24/7.

I really like how you had April goals and met them. You have a great approach. I do similar things also...

Continue to be thoughtful about your life and take action where you want to take it. Continue to keep goals for weight training / exercise and remember to make them feasible / attainable goals that make sense. If the scale is not a good motivator, continue to find motivators that'll hold for life.

I understand why you didn't speak with your husband about finances - probably a good idea. Life is meant to enjoy and putting some talks on the backburner is ok as long as you are being proactive and doing the right things.

keep up the good work, be proud of yourself, and i wish you a good learning week with this new helper.



Donkey - Wednesday Apr 26, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 140.5

Not a weigh-in day, but just announcing that today is my last day with the weight training routine I've been doing:  light weights, 3 sets of 15 reps.

Due to our houseguest returning for prom weekend, I'm taking a week off (only missing 1 session each of upper and body, actually) and then switching to heavier weights for the upper body, probably will start with 2 sets of 5 reps each.

Legs will remain with lighter weights / more reps as my legs are quite thick and I would like to thin them out, but still want definition.

Weigh in on Saturday!

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/27/2017:
I think you have an excellent plan overall with houseguest and weight training.

I have learned, in approx 10 yrs on and off of weight training that as long as you stick to ANY routine, you will reap the rewards. So, if you have a routine of your choice, and you do it and do not give up on your method of your choice, you will be rewarded.

Meaning - i support your plan and know you will see your efforts are rewarded in the changes of your body.



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