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Donkey - Thursday Jul 05, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 128.5

Really regretting not having taken today and tomorrow off.  After all the anxiety from earlier this week, I'm feeling down this morning.  Again, this is not a good feeling to carry around with me going into work. I need to be positive, calm, kind, helpful...   Very hard to do when feeling like this..  IDK if it's the aftermath from the adrenaline from the anxiety, feeling tired from the excessive heat, feeling tired because I *am* tired, not enough carbs, overtraining... I'm not sure.  

I bought black-out curtains from Walmart yesterday for the family room  - something I've wanted to do for a long time - because the windows are large and so much heat and light come in...  The "fashionable" curtain wire (not a rod, a wire) could not sustain the weight and pulled out of the wall.  So now my new drapes are on the floor, the bracket for the wire is pulled out of the wall, and I'll have to look for a proper curtain rod or rods for husband & son to TRY to install.

The curtains were only slightly heavier than the sheers that were there before, so I highly suspect that the former owners did not install the brackets correctly.  She was supposively an "interior designer" and he was a "do-it-yourself" guy, but so much of the work that they did in this house to "decorate" was done improperly.  *sigh*

At least I am able to turn on the AC again now that the window job is complete.  Somehow though, I don't think that helped me sleep any better than I did.  The key things to this diary entry is that sleep is SO important to one's well-being.  And stress can be a HUGE distraction to one's efforts.

Maybe it's good that I go to work today, to distract myself from my own problems and focus on other people's complaints.

Progress as of today: 58 lbs lost so far, only -8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/05/2018:
Same sleep problems for me last night too...and today is also a curtain day for me...…..washing now...hanging later...

Horn_of_plenty on 07/05/2018:
maybe YouTube some vidoes on installing the curtains...sorry that happened. i hope with video and proper instructions you'll be ok. i'm sure the rods may come with instructions...lol easier for some than others!

I agree that sleep is VERY important and glad i do it for the most part MUCH better now than i did in my mid-late 20's and even early 30's. just so glad i learned to sleep.

stress can be a major issue. i, for one, am glad you went to work as it's really a short week and easy week.

also, yes, try to distract yourself because i feel you made your stress even bigger than it was. i just hope you had some time to yourself on the day off. you did say you exercised, i am glad. my exercise was brief actually too yesterday - ran outta time for more. but it worked well because my body actually felt good this AM.

Donkey - Wednesday Jul 04, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 128.5

How nice to have a day off in the middle of the week!  I was tired this morning.  My bike workout was not as productive as it usually is; this may be due to the very warm weather, which I will explain further below:

Since our moving plan has been pushed back, I/we made the decision to invest a chuck of $$ into getting new windows for the house.  All of our windows were shot (insulating seals blown) and the one window on the main level wouldn't even lock any more.  I rationalized this expense that we'll need to get the windows fixed/replaced to sell -- from what I've been seeing on the deals I work with -- and I'd like to enjoy the benefits of our investment for a little while at least, presuming we stay here for 3-5 years.  So the husband consented.

Fortunately it was a quick process at 1.5 days.  I was completely thrown into anxiousness with strange people in my house, all the curtains and blinds taken down.  The mess and the chaos had me a nervous wreck - which is not good for work, because I bring my personal anxiety into everything I do, which makes me seem less patient, less detailed, less efficieint, etc.  Things are slowly getting back to normal and the new windows are very nice.

The fact that I did not eat my way through all of this stress is a huge milestone for me.  I have evolved.

I don't have much planned for today for the 4th of July.  It is very hot here today and the bugs (mosquitos and flies) are in their glory.  (One of the annoying things about getting windows replaced is the number of flies that came into the house.  Maddening...)  The husband plans to cookout unless it's raining later.  I think the storms will hold off.  If it's raining though, we'll have to have something on the stove, because I don't allow the oven to be turned on while the AC is on, as that seems counter-intuitive to me.

A few odds and ends:

I noticed a comment on an entry that Donkey has a food scale.  Please allow me to correct that statement:  Donkey HAD a food scale; it stopped working after a few years of using it.  Donkey NEEDS a NEW food scale.  (LOL)  Or maybe I don't.  I seem to be doing fine without measuring, but I did find having a food scale at one point to be *EXTREMELY* helpful.  I was completely underestimating portion sizes and calories.  Maybe for Chrstimas, I might ask for a new one.  I do highly recommend having a food scale if you are at the point of feeling stuck. It may be that the portions are being underestimated.  However, for myself, I've graduated from portion control to essentially changing the types of foods that I eat.

Aren't my co-workers something else?   <<<and I think that's all I'll say about that.

The push-ups idea isn't working.  I keep forgetting to do them at the end of the day.  Adding them to the beginning of my day probably won't work because I'm usually so focused on finishing up cardio and then getting ready for work, pronto.  Need to think of something better that WILL work.




Progress as of today: 58 lbs lost so far, only -8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2018:
New windows are a great selling feature...and especially if one wouldn't lock...and the energy savings will be a nice bonus. I'm switching out curtains....what a pain..but I was so happy to have found them...I thought D had thrown them in a dumpster at an apartment instead of putting them in the truck...unfortunately I never really did stop blaming him for the missing beloved things....UGH..guess I owe him....one nice thing about it all......it all sure looks nice in the end...enjoy!!!

horn_of_plenty on 07/05/2018:
planks are good, if you don't like pushups. do 5 sets of holding a plank as long as you can with a couple minutes rest inbetween....

legcramps on 07/05/2018:
If you want to see upper body definition, push ups or planks are pretty much your go-to unless you start actual strength training with weights. Might I suggest trying a handstand? Against the wall. You can also move into doing pushups in that position if you are so inclined :)

Or...print out a few variations of pushups that you can do, and maybe that will motivate you to try them. Like, superman pushups, one arm pushups, pushups with a shoulder tap in the plank position, etc. Make it fun! Well, as fun as a pushup can get ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/05/2018:
there is also the easier Wall Pushups that are good...! they will def give your some muscle if you make sure to be USING your muscles when performing wall pushups...and not just coasting along! :) when i was in physcial therapy, i saw this exercise being done. it will build muscle.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/05/2018:
Oh, and wall pushups are less intimidating and will not hurt so much or be as painful to get used to.

i can't get into using my food scale. i'd only really use it for meats / cheeses. and it's always out on the countertop ready to use! haha.

also so glad you go the windows in and finished sooo quickly. good idea to enjoy them now for a few years.

i hope you are feeling better...good thing about not taking off the days is that the weekend will be here in one day! this week was beautiful!

Donkey - Sunday Jul 01, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 128.5

Happy July!  Another month to make progress!

I didn't even realize that yesterday was the last day of the month.  If you go by weigh-ins, I lost 1 pound, or if you go by averages, I basically maintained. 

I'm not sure if it's where I'm at or whether it's the amino acid supplement I started last month, but I believe that if I could incorporate some kind of weight training or such, that I would see some nice definition quickly.  So thinking maybe push-ups? or just some beginning arm work...  Oh I hate weights though... to me that is boring.  I don't get a euphoria like I do with cardio.  

In fact,  on Friday, one of my co-workers commented that I'm getting too thin on top (around the shoulders) and need to start lifting a little weight.  

Progress as of today: 58 lbs lost so far, only -8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/01/2018:
Maybe we can just sweat some weight off this month !! :)

Donkey on 07/04/2018:
LOL - oh my word, this summer is something else. And it started off as a very cool season. I don't think I've had the AC on as much as I ever had before, living in this house... although I've been caving in because of Husband's arthritis/AS. If he doesn't sleep well, he's already 2 steps behind in the pain department, and I think the dehumdifying of the AC also helps him with the perpetual soreness he feels.

happy-1 on 07/01/2018:
Man u work with witches!

Donkey on 07/04/2018:
Ain't that the truth? I wrote that and thought pretty much the same thing.

horn_of_plenty on 07/02/2018:
Pushups help me SO MUCH to look defined in shoulder area. I would totally support your decision to do pushups.

In order to get some euphoric feeling, i usually do not rest too much in my weights exercies. i'll alternate body parts...a set of arms, a set of abs...and do that 3 times rather than 3 sets arms, 3 sets abs. i try to cut down on some of my rest periods, especially at the beginning of my workout when i'm full of energy. near the end of my workout, i'll take more rest, but i'm already feeling good. with weights, try to increase your pace...or intensity...maybe if you can get your heart rate up a little bit? i do get the euphoric feeling..

don't listen to coworkers...or take their comments too literally. you never know with people...however, if you want a stronger top, it's pushups and/or planks that'll solve it.

Donkey on 07/04/2018:
I keep forgetting to do the push-ups. So I need a new approach.

Donkey - Saturday Jun 30, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 128.5

Somebody rescue me from the Scale Games please!!!

Confession:  I have 2 scales.  Both are digital.  My original scale weighs on the 0.5 pound.  The newer (but had for quite some years) is an Ironman scale that measures to the 0.2 pound -- and also measures body fat%, water %, muscle %.  I usually weigh in on the original scale -- partly because it's the scale I started my journey with but also because the Ironman scale weighs me higher by almost 2 pounds.

So I weighed in on the original scale this morning and saw 128.5.  I usually weigh in 3x, so when the first 2 readings came out at 128.5, I didn't weigh in a 3rd time.  I was truly hoping to see 127 or 126, but OK fine.  

Then I stepped on the Ironman scale, and it showed my weight at 130.4, which is great - this is the lowest that this scale has weighed me in on in a LONG time - even when I was weighing in at 127 -- this scale would still show me at 131.  Fat% was lower at 26.7% which is great.

So then I went back to my original scale to weigh in again -- I do not know why, maybe I thought it would read in at 127 -- and it weighed me in at 129.5!!!  So I tried it again and it read 130.5!!!!  So that was enough of that. 

Today's weight is logging in at 128.5.

The weather here today is oppressively hot.  I think I may have missed my window to walk.  I put laundry out on my deck to dry, and after 10 minutes, it looked pretty much done.  At least it's breezy which keeps the hot, humid air moving.   I can't imagine what it would feel like if the air was stagnant. If it's not already, it will be too hot to even sit outside in the shade.  So most of my weekend will involve trying to find things to do inside --- besides cleaning.  There's plenty of that to be done but I certainly don't want to do any of that! (LOL)

EVENING EDIT:  Went for a walk after I posted above, just barely in time.  I was walking past the baseball fields and saw a little league team just arriving.  I can't imagine being out in the sun much longer than I was there.  Tried going out at around 3:30p for a little bit.  It was alright in the shade and thank goodness for the breeze, but the bugs and the heat got to me after 20 minutes.  What a waste of a day...

Progress as of today: 58 lbs lost so far, only -8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/30/2018:
Inside day here too...….so I'm spending it doing loads of laundry....and just general housework.…..We have 2 scales here too...….and we both picked one...and we both stay with that one all of the time.....mine weighs to the .2/10's of a pound too...I like that...his doesn't...but there are 4 pounds difference in our 2......so we just stick with one each.

Donkey on 06/30/2018:
The original plan was that I would transition over to the Ironman 0.2 scale... but since it weighs me heavier, that never panned out.

It's not really about the numbers themselves, but rather how they stand relative to each other, i.e. a loss or a gain, and then whether or not it's within maintenance range. I could almost here you saying "...just a snapshot in time..." :-D

horn_of_plenty on 07/02/2018:
don't be so angry at yourself for no good reason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

also, i would be annoyed if 2 scales said different things. my current scale has wonderful measurements...it's good to only own one scale for the annoying of what you wrote about above!

in my parents' house, they did have two scales and i would use them both to compare - but they were both accurate with each other.

Congrats on YOUR excellent maintenance. I looked at a few pics that i decided NOT to post on fb, of my lower belly which has a small layer of fat on it...not happy with it because all the work i do doesn't show as much as it should...but once i get the cardio down pat, things will improve :) patience :) I will say maintenance is wayyyyy better than weightloss in terms of finding clothes that fit!

i am reading a very interesting book, called Fat?So! i didn't look for it, but simply noticed it while walking over to look at Romance novels in the library...!

Donkey - Thursday Jun 28, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

I realized after reading Gains comment that I was being completely unfair to myself in making comparisons of my life to a television show.  Talk about impossible standards for oneself!  And I realized that I *DO* have passions in life that bring me joy.  They are not all-consuming of my time, which is fine for now.   Little slices of joy.

At my first real, full-time job, I worked with a much older man (in his 50s to my 22 yrs old) who was kind of who we all aspired to be, because his life seemed so different - although I'm not sure any of us really knew what his life was like, as he was an intensely private person.  He spoke & read 3 or 4 languages fluently, unmarried, and baked as one of his hobbies.  Often he would bring in one of his masterpiece desserts that he made over the weekend.  I gained 30 pounds at this job, and lost 25 of it by the time I left. 

I don't think anything food related would be a good passion for me because of the issues I have with food.  So I'll just enjoy the fruits of others' passion in cooking and baking -- maybe  since I'm sticking with the low-carb eating - because if I want to keep the weight off, that's what I have to do like 95% of the time, really.  That's my reality.

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/29/2018:
Have you ever considered delving into low carb baking!? Do you like stevia / other natural sweeteners like erythritol and swerve? on sites (more like apps) like Pinterest, you can see there's completely delicious desserts that are low carb (but still have calories) ! i'm just saying it's something different for you to delve into but i doubt it would help with weight loss !!!! since food is food.

lol you can compare life to tv shows...i get sad when you think what you say doesn't seem to matter! what i mean is, you are allowed your views and standards for what you want in life. the man that was single - he had a lot, but he didn't have family to take care of!

He was private which i can relate to so much - and by being private he had more time to himself to delve into his own passions...i'm guessing he was less social????? also, perhaps he had a photographic memory or good memory for language? perhaps he grew up already knowing 2 lanuguages!? that's so interesting & useful to be fluent in so many languages! were they similar like english/spanish/italian/french? or drastically different ones???

When you are a more private person, it's def possible to have more time to delve into your own passions. This is a reminder to me: if i want to run, i best keep scheduling it at times instead of being social! lol.

if you want to - you can experiment like i said earlier with low carb recipes especially for treats. see if you like a chocolate low carb cake. i want to invite you to a group that i'm in on facebook ....it's also for fasting, but i don't do that...i just like what my friend posts in terms of food and desserts that are "LCHF" low carb high fat. she's an inspiration to me - like that man you spoke of she's VERY creative and passionate. very much more than myself. she inspires me. she's also pretty big on exercise.

i agree that if you like to eat your desserts, it's prob not the best for weightloss. you can def maybe delve into something a little new, for new knowledge. you can probably bake the same exact items as you do now, and switch out the sugar for the equivalent in swerve or another ingredient that is lower calories. if i were you, it's something i'd do right away - to not by sugar anymore and use a "healthy" substitute that doesn't cause gas or bloating! stevia doens't bloat. i don't think swerve or erythritol do either. but def research that.

these are only suggestions :-P

but perhaps you can "improve" your dessert recipes to make them better...better for your lifestyle?! and when you bake a cake for a family celebration, try the new version....i hope it turns out right the first time , lol!!! you never know with first attempts!

but back to your first sentence above: we all make comparisons and relate each others' entries and experiences to things...don't feel bad with your standards. having standards, on your part, is a good thing. you inspire me..to do better.

in terms of standards, i am wanting to improve my own - basically my ideals about cardio. and to make it more regular. my class ended this week. so i have once again an extra free night during the weekdays. but next week, that night is used on the 4th...and i agree it's awesome to have that day off :) and i'll use it like a vacation...and not worry about my "cardio standards" till next week is over :-) like you said - passions and joy are so important, though being obsessive can hurt us in the long run.

btw, you have lots of passions! fitness is huge. you bake. don't you crochet?? sewing?? you read! ... and i thought you garden??? and i know i didn't list everything. oh, you are passionate in helping others...then the church! volunteering! you do a lot.

Donkey on 06/30/2018:
I'm trying to remember my former co-worker. I know he was fluent in English (of course), French, and German, but I believe there was one more language that he was at least fluent enough to apply to translating legal texts (for the university law library - which cannot be an easy thing to do). I want to say it was Russian.

Thank you for the LCHF invite on FB! Somehow I ended up "joining" -- I can see why you like this page. I'm going to continue to follow this.

I haven't given much thought to getting seriously involved in LCHF or low carb cooking, since I have other family members' diets to consider at this time. However, there are a couple of things that I'd like to try to incorporate or try or master: spicy firm tofu and black bean brownies -- although the low-carb brownies posted on the FB page sound like they'd be more in line with what I'm trying to accomplish. (Beans have a LOT of carbs.)

I don't know that I really enjoy cooking. Frankly, because I work and my husband doesn't, I've gotten quite lazy in meal preparing because he does it. My husband enjoys cooking for the most part. Right now, I do not share that enthusiasm. However, at some point, I could see the possibility for me to develop this as an interest/hobby/passion. :-)

horn_of_plenty on 06/29/2018:
OMG - an 8hr plank! holy crap. he cannot also work....!

Donkey on 06/30/2018:
I think he's one of those "early retirement" dudes. The news story said he's 60. Dang, he's in good shape. But IDK about the amount of time that he devotes to this endeavor. I refer back to Gains' realtor friend (& and realtor's wife) who spends so much time at the gym.... That's a serious chunk of one's life!

horn_of_plenty on 06/29/2018:
lol - Do NOT go to work this coming Wednesday!

Donkey on 06/30/2018:
LOL - right?

Donkey - Wednesday Jun 27, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

I took a little break.

Monday was insane.  I have 2 co-workers dealing with their own crap at work that was causing me to be very anxious and aggitated just listening to them.  One lady was dealing with a lost cell phone for a whole day.  The other associate attorney would NOT stop TALKING about a problem on a file.  STOP TALKING AND DO SOMETHING.  All the talking isn't going to get anything done.  That was Monday.  I was a wreck by the end of the day.

Tuesday was awful.  I was dealing with some physical problems that put me 10 steps behind the whole day.  

Today was somewhat bearable.  Everyone trying to finish up things before next week when the holiday is causing people to make mistakes.  So instead of getting 1 final, corrrect, approved statement, I'm getting 3 or 4 statements, each one having to be corrected and sent back for approval, and then they're still wrong, so they have to be corrected and sent back for approval, and then they're still wrong...  That was essentially my day in a nutshell.

The only thing I have to look forward to these days is coming home and watching Great British Baking Show and riding my bike after dinner.  That show has me totally rethinking my low carb approach.  I don't know if results are worth it.  Oh how I wish I had a passion in life like these contestants....

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -6 lbs to go!

graindart on 06/27/2018:
Pertaining to GBBS and other tv, it's easy to appear like you have passion for something when all that gets broadcast is small snippets of the best scenes for TV.

If you followed me around for a week and video taped it all, you would have plenty of footage to fill 1/2 hour of TV.

Depending on the clips chosen, I could be portrayed as having the best life ever (dirt biking in the pristine mountains / woods, kayaking, camping with the family, playing recreational softball, etc).

Or I could be portrayed as having the most boring life ever (working extended hours several days per week just sitting in front of the computer, chugging energy drinks and stuffing donuts in my face just to make the work bearable, driving for hours on end for work appointments, struggling with weight issues for decades).

Donkey on 06/28/2018:
You're absolutely right - thank you for pointing this out. I will comment more in my new entry. But I really appreciate the reality check!

horn_of_plenty on 06/28/2018:
I'm sorry that others' stresses got to you Monday. only tip i have is realize that you don't have those issues and that you can be happy without a lost phone and happy that the mistakes on the file were (hopefully) not yours :) I do agree it can be annoying to listen to any ongoing thing for a full day ! try next time to smile on the inside that you aren't facing those problems yourself and try not to take seriously and to heart their issues ....you don't need their stress...though i know this is part of your personality and you tend to "feel" for people.

Lately i find exercise easier after a full meal and after i have digested somewhat...it seems my bike/jog is done better that way rather than coming back for a big meal afterwards.

Soon the weekend will be here...soon we'll all have Wednesday off :)

Donkey on 06/28/2018:
I think more than anything else, Monday was a re-affirmation that my workplace can be toxic if I let it get to me.

You know, it didn't even really hit me that we have Wednesday off until I read your comment. I don't know that it's still hit me yet... I'll probably show up at work by mistake!

Donkey - Sunday Jun 24, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

Yesterday went pretty well.  Had chocolate chips after dinner, but I do get to relax on Saturdays.  I was sorely tempted to have ice cream with those chips - or instead of those chips - but then I figured the chips would be enough.  They weren't though, and I ended up having a cup of decaf coffee with the chocolate creamer. 

So far, so good today, I think.  I've been busy this morning, but now it's time for me to go out to do the yard work that I set for myself... and I'd rather not.  It's breaking up or chopping up twigs and branches.  Bleah.  Mosquitos are starting to get pretty bad, so I might start up the fire pit, to burn what I chop up and then the rest of it can go out by the curbside for city pick-up.

I plan on writing more today, but I'd better get started on the project, as I've run out of excuses... er, chores, to do before starting.  And then, of course, I had to have lunch first, right? ;-)

AFTERNOON EDIT:  Mission accomplished - and then some! - with my backyard yardwork.  I couldn't get the fire pit started, so I ended up chopping up huge branches that have fallen during storms, some from this year, some from even last year!  This was very hard work, to take an axe and chop these **'s up into logs (seriously) that yardwaste pick-up will accept.  

The stupid town I live in has a million and one rules & ordinances to follow. Apparently, they don't pick up branches.  You have to trim them, and bundle them with special twine, and the bundles must be only so thick and so heavy.  Well, screw that and screw them.  I chopped up these branches into log sizes that will fit in my "yard waste" can.  So every week, my yardwaste can is going to the curb until I'm out of logs.

Do I sound PO'ed?  I am a little.  I have to watch myself when I do these sorts of chores because I become very resentful that my husband can't do this **** any more.  I suppose my son could have done it, and he would have, had I asked, but I wanted it done my way (so that the logs will fit in the can)-- PLUS I don't know that it is fair to ask anyone to do a chore that I want/need done - especially one that leaves huge blisters on one's hands. 

So I took out all of my grief, sadness, anger, frustration, resentfulness -- negative feelings & thoughts - you name it! -- out on those branches.  I feel a lot better now, and I got something accomplished.  I did not intend to do all of the branches, but here we are -- and this is a good thing.

Now I'm sore and hungry -- even though I had a snack.  Dinner can't come soon enough for me!

EVENING EDIT:  In honor of all the hamburger talk on diet entries today, for dinner, I had a hamburger!  My husband grilled out and I had a hard time choosing between a hamburger or a fat hot dog -- because to be honest with you, I wanted both -- but then I thought of my fellow DD'ers having burgers lately, so that's what I went with.  It was a good choice!

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/24/2018:
Lots to do outside now.....I'm the same way....summer is work!!!

bearcountrygg on 06/24/2018:
Yeah for sunday burgers.....LOL

horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2018:
Hi J Donk!

Your great idea of coffee as a dessert is classic – love it! Yesterday I had a big serving of ice cream – wasn’t even hungry…lead to bad eating the rest of the night – should have went outside and taken a walk but chose to take it easy…perhaps taking it easy is not the worst thing in the world on a Sunday night…tho easy to me is seriously easy since I have no kids to take care of, no dogs to walk, nothing much to clean…easy to me is VERY easy !

Wow you certainly did some hard manual labor yesterday! Good stuff I tell ya! I sorta wish I was down by you doing some chopping alongside ya! I actually think that your son should help you, J donk! I think you are hurting yourself making yourself do it on your own when you can get a second hand of help alongside you….it only makes sense….also it’ll get done faster. Why don’t you buy work gloves to prevent blisters! They sell special heavy duty types…

Lately, I’m SOOOOOO enjoying the taste of beef burgers…!!!!!!!! I had these small ones, just around 1.5” or so….perfect size in place of an egg (slightly more cals though) so I don’t have to waste all the burgers I made…I even eat them in a wrap for breakfast over the weekend. Very satisfying taste. It was a good brand of beef.

happy-1 on 06/25/2018:
Sounds like you need a summer lakeside bonfire.

Donkey - Saturday Jun 23, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

I could just tell that today was going to be a higher number - and no amount of visualization was going to help. Just feeling more bloated - probably hormonal related and then the extra food yesterday.  I'm not freaking out about this.  Again, all part of maintenance.

I just finished up a challenge on Facebook - through my FB friend who sells Advocare products.  I lost 3 pounds over Spring - yay!  (Had Summer come a week sooner, it would have been more, LOL...)  I know that I have said that I'm really maintaining -- and this is true -- but I would like to have my set-point maintenance number -- AND the maintenance range (i.e. +/- 2pounds) remain solely in the 120s.  Wanna kiss those 130s good-bye. 

This weekend promises to have beautiful weather -- hang in there, Bear, it's coming your way soon!  Today is starting out just lovely, so I'm about to leave for a walk and contemplate my strategy for handling Fridays so that I have, hopefully, more successful weigh-ins on Saturdays.  I'm actually thinking about incorporating Maria's strategy of a fudgcicle or yogurt pop, perhaps.  But Happy had a very good suggestion of some kind of non-food reward to look forward to on Fridays to keep me on track.  This shall be a topic for future discussion & research.

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only -6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/23/2018:
It will be fine....the ebbs and flows of life. And I hope the nice weather is coming....it's a wet one here today!

Donkey on 06/23/2018:
We had the "wet" over here Thursday and Friday... Sure did make getting out of bed difficult!

graindart on 06/23/2018:
I really need to figure out a "reward" system that doesn't include food also. My rewards have always revolved around food as far back as I can remember.

Donkey on 06/24/2018:
Food works best for me, I admit...

horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2018:
I'm also looking to lower down my maintenance # just slightly. I was more comfortable hovering around 112...i don't have a lot of muscle in my lower body, so, this is partially the reason i think for the lower weight..now i weigh more around 115-116 and dresses and things don't look as nice on me as they did last late summer / fall...

I think your goal to lose is good. it's so much easier to maintain a lower weight in this season with more walking and better weather for outdoor activity. you can def pull it off.

i also like happy's idea for non food rewards...another good idea for myself, too.

Donkey - Friday Jun 22, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

Logging in from work on my phone because I am SO hungry... just trying to keep myself from going off the deep end. I'm not so sure if it's true hunger or just work anxiety... Difficult day.

EVENING EDIT:  It was kind of an eating day today.  I split my lunch into 2 smaller meals so that I had half for lunch - after my walk - and then the other half for afternoon snack -- tea hour at around 3:30p if you will.  The snack was all vegetables.  The lunch was vegetables and a sausage.

It would have been better if I had been able to limit myself to just 1 lunch (LOL), but I thought that dinner was going to be breakfast, which never seems to hold me, so I thought having more vegetables would be fine.  Turns out I had broiled bbq chicken and salad.

So I'm not really sure how weigh-in will go tomorrow... probably not too well, LOL.  The problem with a Saturday morning weigh-in is that it is REALLY HARD to hold out on Fridays.  Usually by Friday, I'm done low-carbing, I'm done limiting.  I want to come home and eat and have a sweet.  But that's what Saturday's are for.

And I think it wise to keep my weigh day as it is, to keep me from going off the deep end at work with food on Friday, e.g. title company goodies, etc.

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

horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2018:
i'm SURE it's not true hunger if you ate breakfast. I eat breakfast and get full always from my wrap and coffee that follows...but then i'm hungry an hour and a half later...but it just can't be true hunger, can it!? I try to wait 2 hours till after i eat...and have almonds with salt.

Donkey on 06/22/2018:
That is a good idea to try to wait the 2 hours. If I wasn't obligated to be at my desk, a 15 minute walk would have helped --- that's exactly what would have helped.

Instead I had raw vegetables w/ranch dressing. Ran out of ranch dressing before I ate all of the vegetables, so then I drank water. Finished the raw veggies in the afternoon :-)

bearcountrygg on 06/22/2018:
I want to eat sometimes when I get bored.

Donkey on 06/22/2018:
The day started out bored (which yes, then I tend to "feel" hungry), but then I started feeling very anxious about my files. I sometimes feel that way when there are letters that have to be written but the attorney is out of the office.

So I love it when the attorney isn't in the office because it's quieter, but I hate it because the letters don't get written.

I could try to write drafts for him (or even for myself, just to feel better that there's a letter in the file), but I'm not sure that's the correct thing to do.

happy-1 on 06/22/2018:
I feel you on the OMG I want a treat on Friday night and having to hold out for Saturday. I'm holding out for Sunday.

Donkey on 06/23/2018:
Sometimes my "relax" day -- which is Saturday after weigh-in -- bleeds into Sunday. But always, Monday is back-on-track.

At least I now know it's not just me. Thank you for the words of encouragement. Hang in there!

happy-1 on 06/22/2018:
Maybe find another way to feel good on the way home? Cheap mani pedi? Massage at a massage school?

Donkey on 06/23/2018:
THIS is spot on, solid advice. You're right: I need SOMETHING to motivate me to stay on track on Fridays.

I love Fridays, but it brings unique challenges both at work and home. Believe it or not, Fridays are usually the most stressful days at work -- next to Mondays -- because of everyone (including myself) trying to get things sent out or tied up before the weekend.

So I need a 2-pronged method of attack: at work and at home.

I shall contemplate that this weekend.

Donkey - Thursday Jun 21, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.5

Today -- I did better!  I did not give up on myself this week, but made a conscious effort to do better at dinner, and I'm happy to say that I did it.  I had a can of lime seltzer water, poured into a glass with ice, and then some lime wedges.  I drank throughout dinner.  I finished dinner and wanted chocolate chips, but I still had some water to finish, so instead, I finished my water, and now -- skipping the chips -- I'm enjoying a cup of decaf coffee with creamer.

For the first day of summer, it was cold, wet, and windy.  I needed a fleece jacket outside.  It is raining again, and my husband is in the basement where the exercise bikes are, so no added workout tonight.  I'm OK with that, as I have already reached my step goal (thank you, Fitbit!) -- so even if my numbers are a little lower today, that's OK.  Sometimes life happens.

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

bearcountrygg on 06/21/2018:
Good Job!!!!

happy-1 on 06/21/2018:
Like water on stone you persist. Good job!

horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2018:
possibly your boss' allergies around you and your daughter being sick further pulled on your immune system this time around.

for the muscle cramps...i'm going to try weekly soaks in my tub with Epsom salts...i fully recommend it to you...20 min they say.

horn_of_plenty on 06/22/2018:
What are you usual / typical step goals? One of my coworkers' regular day is around 11000 steps and active day she said is around 14000 steps!

i think mine wouldn't even start at 10000...i don't have a fitbit yet.

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