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Donkey - Saturday Aug 04, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 128.0


Weigh-in:  My weight has stablized, it would seem, at 128.0 on the old scale.  On the Ironman scale, it had me at 128.8 which is the lowest I think I've ever seen on that scale, LOL...  But I had a revelation yesterday, thanks to something Gains said in his comments, that I'm at the point where the numbers don't really matter to me any more.  I've arrived; I need to accept this and MOVE ON already.  ***Do I sound like a broken record??*** Again, working my way to - perhaps - weighing in less often.  But it's definitely time for me to move from numbers to other types of goals.  What those goals might be, I do not yet know.  I like what I do, don't want to compete in any races or participate in any kind of group activity - with respect to this.  

Advocare on a Budget:   Just trying to prove to myself that I don't have to spend a butt-load of $$ on expensive marketing products to get results.  I'm about half-way through the bottle of amino acid tablets that I bought for much cheaper than it would cost to buy Advocare's Catalyst product, and I am quite pleased with the results that this supplement has brought.  I think it has improved the appearance -- muscle seems to be more defined - and it has helped me recover from exercise faster, so that I don't feel that fatigue in my legs (as much).  So I substitute Wal-Mart Energy drink packets to substitute for Spark, the amino acid tablets for Catalyst, I do my own thing with multi-vitamins, and I use a protein powder from Aldi instead of a "meal replacement" shake or protein supplement.  I will buy another bottle of the amino acid supplement when I finish the one I have.  I really like the results, and I think I've proven my point (to myself).

[DISCLAIMER:  If you use Advocare products and you really like them, then go for it.  Do and use whatever works for you!!!!]

Secret New Habit:  Which isn't really that new, but I've been keeping it under wraps to see if I could honestly make a go at it.  I challenged myself - as a last-ditch effort - to incorporate the MINIMAL amount of upper body weight training into my routine.  I told myself that I should be able to do a maximum of 5 minutes to using weights.  This was a struggle at first, mainly because I kept forgetting to add it into my routine.  (Don't really like doing weights.) I allow myself Wednesdays off and the weekend off.  It took me about 2 weeks to get this engrained into my brain to do this.  The goal was to do 2 sets of 1 muscle group for upper body.  Then I found myself doing 2 types of exercise.  Then I found myself lifting on Wednesdays.  What really helped me stick to this is that I'm starting to see a NICE definition in my arms.  Pair this up with the "lean look" from the amino acid supplement and BINGO!  I've been toying with trying to do something for the lower body, but....  To recap:  I hate weights, but love the results, so I'll keep this up - and for 5 minutes a day, I can certainly do that.

New TV Show Search:  Trying to find something to watch at night when I do my additional exercise to unwind from the day, as I only have 5 more episodes of the Great British Baking Show left to watch.   There have been a few shows that I've tried on Netflix, but nothing has hit the spot yet.  The shows that I thought I'd give a try aren't on Netflix any more -- I suspect they've moved over to BritBox.  I have series that I haven't kept up with:  Better Call Saul, Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead...  But I'm looking for something delightful and/or comforting at the end of the day.  Also, I'm looking for something short (30 minute running time) before I resume 45-60 minute exercising during the fall/winter months.  

Progress as of today: 58.5 lbs lost so far, only -8.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/04/2018:
Looks like a lot of new habits.....GREAT!!! We don't have Netflix...but we do have DISH....I'm really enjoying Chopped...and chopped junior.

happy-1 on 08/05/2018:
Try Phy and Co on Netflix. They are an Aussie couple renovating their yard to create an edible garden. She bakes and makes Malaysian feasts. They have 2 terriers. It is hypnotic.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2018:
I'm glad to hear that the amino acids paid off for you. i should really do some research into supps - maybe i'd have better recovery results, too! thank you for sharing...

i agree with your weigh-in opinions. i do think less is more. as long as you keep a routine, weigh-ins can be less often if you know what you are doing is right :)

perhaps you will learn to like weights because results may make you realize that you want to lift to keep the results. i am sure it has paid a difference and i'm sure you are so happy that it's all paid off! this is why i love weightlifting. i also love it because of how far i've come (and of course it makes me feel good during and after thanks to the endorphins)...but it's good to go to the gym and work on something and see progress. believe it or not, my routine now i'm not very good at!!! i've only been doing it since around December/January but the cool thing is that i have already improved a bit! i actually used to be embarassed doing some of the squats exercises bc i was so bad at them, but i've improved and that's a good feeling! i think as you improve at weights and keep them in your routine, they will feel like less of a drag!

i've heard great things about all those series. i may start on something too :) maybe download orange is the new black on internet if i can.

good goals, good progress, J donk.

Donkey - Friday Aug 03, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 128.0

It was not a good day yesterday. Had to stay later than I wanted to at work, come home only to find that nobody has emptied out the dishwasher, which has been clean all day. I said, I am NOT doing that. And because it wasn't emptied, it couldn't be reloaded with the dinner dishes. Husband ended up doing all of it, but it's very painful for him to do so. I wasn't budging this time, though. He's home all day with 2 young adults who are perfectly capable of doing this knee simple chore before they go to work.

My lunch was vile, so I did not eat much of it. I will throw the rest of it out today. Dinner was a disappointment, but husband made it, and I'm grateful to come home after work and not have to cook. I will take leftovers for my lunch (to replace the leftovers I'm throwing out), but I did not eat much dinner either. I'm ok with that: less calories. There's a silver lining to everything.

One thing that was frustrating though was that my husband did not prepare enough vegetables. I've been observing what he eats. He did not eat a single vegetable last night. That's actually been a trend with him. No vegetables whatsoever. WTH...

We're supposed to go to chair yoga tonight and then maybe out to eat, but to be honest with you all, I'd rather just eat dinner at home. Less calories...

The boss is out of the office today to go to his class reunion. I suspect that Queen Bee won't show up either. She skips out when she can get away with it and still gets paid the full amount.

I will be out of the office in Monday. My husband has a couple of life- changing doctor appointments this month. The results of these appointments will literally determine our family's future.

EVENING UPDATE: No chair yoga, husband was too sore and achy. That was fine with me - leftovers and peace & quiet.

This morning was a little rough & grumpy, but got everything done at work so I can take Monday off with peace of mind. With the Boss and Queen Bee off, it was quite pleasant. Very quiet, could get work done, nice.

But Bear is right: I REALLY NEED this weekend.

Progress as of today: 58.5 lbs lost so far, only -8.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/03/2018:
You really do need that weekend...I hope all worked out well for you.

happy-1 on 08/05/2018:
Hugs. Self care, sweetie.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2018:
i think if you want more veggies, just tell hubby. i think he doesn't realize how much you want of them!

also, i'm happy you will be off Monday...and have a change of scenery. i hope everything goes well at dr for your hubby. how nice to go with him.

Donkey - Wednesday Aug 01, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 128.0

Happy August! A brand new month to make a difference! Funny, I didn't even think of goals for this month! I kind of like what I'm doing, because it seems to be paying off!!

This will be a month of change: evening exercise (once I find a new tv show to watch), updates on my new habit, update on the amino acid supplement I've been taking, first year I don't have any kids starting school, etc.

For August, I'd like to post here daily. It seems that if I want to do that, I'm going to have to log in on my phone, which is not my preference, but so be it.

Progress as of today: 58.5 lbs lost so far, only -8.5 lbs to go!

graindart on 08/01/2018:
Like you, I'm going to attempt to post daily again throughout August. It helps me as a daily reminder to keep my eating in check.

BearCountryGG on 08/01/2018:
Daily helps me too.

legcramps on 08/01/2018:
I've been watching some Netflix lately - Hellevator, Sugar Rush, Crashing, Amazing Interiors, Dark Tourist

Can't wait to hear about your new habit!

Maria7 on 08/01/2018:
Happy August to you, too. You have been doing wonderful, maintaining.

happy-1 on 08/02/2018:
I'll join you in the daily posting!

horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2018:
Hello there & Happy August!

I'm also starting somewhat fresh...and you have made a mark on me here...you make me realize i should be MORE SPECIFIC with my goals for August if i want them to come to be.

Specifically, I will not hang out so much that i cannot get my exercise in! For August, it's getting back to my structure and being able to SAY NO to friends / coworkers when they hang out and do things i'd rather not do! ha.

Donkey - Sunday Jul 29, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 128.0

Thus starts another year for me...  I feel that I did OK with food yesterday, in spite of the early birthday celebrations.  More celebrations today, and then back on track.  That ice cream cake will be hard to resist, though...

I want to thank everyone for their encouragement regarding maintenance.  I hope that you understand that when I complain about my numbers, although they may be lower than what you weigh now, it is still just as much of a struggle to be satisfied with and comfortable in one's own skin. 

 So my second day of birthday celebrations -- my actual birthday -- went very well, and I am done with the cake.  The kids can have the rest.  I'm very satisfied with the 2 pieces that I had.  

I'm really excited for my next year!

Progress as of today: 58.5 lbs lost so far, only -8.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 07/29/2018:
Happy Birthday!!!!!! Enjoy your cake...you only have one birthday a year..... I'm glad that you mentioned that you don't want to maintain...I will keep that in mind in the future comments. ;)

Donkey on 07/29/2018:
NO - PLEASE keep encouraging maintenance for me. This is where I need to be. I should not go below 125 or things start to get really weird.

horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2018:
HAPPY BDAY TO YOU!!!!!!! I didn’t know it was your bday, I do not think I was “notified” on fb!

If you want the ice cream cake on your bday, having some is better than not and then being all regretful until you DO take a piece! It’s your bday and if you like it, plan for it! OH, I read your whole entry and I see you did eat the cake !!!

I agree that maintenance is a rough road, but a HAPPIER road for ME than weightloss. I am happy to be a weight I like mostly, and not still arriving there. As I maintain, I notice it harder and harder to continue to feel satisfied because the desire is always for BETTER. I do agree with you. Just remember that the more fit we get, the harder it is to reach another level. And all levels are only reached when we make changes.

horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2018:
HAPPY BDAY AGAIN! do you keep it off of facebook reminders!?

happy-1 on 07/31/2018:
Happy birthday!

Big hugs!

Donkey - Saturday Jul 28, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 128.0

Weight is up slightly at 128.0...  I guess I'm OK with that.  It's a mixed bag of feelings.  On the one hand, I'm thrilled with maintaining under goal -- and even under 130.  On the other hand, I keep having this strong desire to see lower numbers.

The Ironman scale weighed me at the following:  Weight 130.0 / Fat % 26.2 / Muscle 91.0 / Water 51.3  / Bone 4.8 <<<not much change in those figures either.

This weekend will bring many food challenges. I must remember to practice moderation and balance.  I do NOT want to fall into the trap of "This is a celebration, so go ahead and eat what you want" or "I worked hard, so I deserve this food as a treat".  All things in their proper place. Enough about food.

I am coming to the end of the episodes of the Great British Baking Show on Netflix.  Therefore, my added 45 minute bike rides in the evenings will be ending, unless I find another series to watch.  I would like to mix things up and scale back to a 30 minute bike ride in the evenings, so I'm looking for a series with episodes around 30 minutes that's available on Netflix, Hulu.... Maybe I should go to my library and see if they have anything on DVD that I could check out for an extended period of time.  Whatever it is, it needs to be engaging but light.


Progress as of today: 58.5 lbs lost so far, only -8.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 07/28/2018:
Maintenance is hard........You are doing great!!!! Hope you can find something interesting to watch.....our bike is in a place where there is no tv...and I think I would ride longer with something to watch too.

horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2018:
If you are just having a desire to see lower numbers but you are actually happy with your body now, you have to stop listening / seeing numbers as a game outside yourself. If you actually want to improve on your body, that’s one thing, but if it’s only a numbers game with the scale outside your body, I’d try to stop with the scales or throw one away honestly.

You have to decide if you are just thinking about a number or actually wanting to take fat off because you feel you can. Losing weight is fine and good if that is what you feel like and feel is good for you…but if it’s only because you keep wanting to go lower and lower on the scale, perhaps the scale isn’t healthy.

You’ve come a long way, the scale is only a representation of the choices you make, it’s either shows your progress or maintenance or decline according to your choices OFF the scale. The scale is not what makes you lose weight, but your mind. It just shows your choices, but isn’t a god that you need to follow unless it is your goal. What I mean is, try not to get caught up in the numbers game. It seems based on what you write that you are more in maintenance bc you compare your numbers on the scale to each other and how you are happy with them but perhaps want them lower.

Scale will only go lower if you make personal choices to do so. But it will not chance much if you don’t change much so you can’t wish it to do so if you don’t do anything but wish for lower numbers. Wishing and making active choices are 2 different things! LOL. I’m very blunt this morning.

happy-1 on 07/31/2018:
I'm loving "The Paradise" on Netflix right now :-) Also "Heartland" and "When Calls the Heart"

Donkey - Tuesday Jul 24, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Feeling physically better, but mentally, I'm not in a good place.  Work is back to kicking my butt.  Fortunately, it's not co-workers, but clients and file dynamics.  I've come to the conclusion that this is because a full moon is coming up.  Sure enough!  Not only is it a full moon, but some places on earth will witness the longest lunar eclipse in like the next 100 years or so.  AND the planet Mercury is in retro-grade, which means that it appears that Mercury is moving backwards in the sky, but this is because of its relative position to earth and it's shorter orbit around the Sun.

Yes, all of this wonderous astro-nature is causing havoc with my files.  I truly believe this.  We can always tell when the moon is full.  And this one's a doozy.

So work is a source of stress and not joy or accomplishment (which it used to be, at one point, but that point has passed; too much has changed).  This stress would normally be OK, except that it dominates the majority of my time during the day... and zaps a lot of mental strength from me -- to the point of draining me physically too!

Anyway, the nice thing is that I know this will pass. I just have to ride it out.  Hormones, full moons, retrograde planets -- it comes and it goes.  When I was younger, from the age of 10 until well into my 30s, I used to sink into these terrible, long-term depressions.  Now with age, I have the insight of my 40's to know that this too shall pass.  And I'll be OK.

I'm not ready to talk about the new habit I'm trying -- desperately trying -- to establish.  I want to give it more time to see if it will set before I evaluate. I would almost call it "experimental" except that it's nothing original -- just my mental approach is "experimental" this time.  It's been a struggle this week, which again, is not helping my mood any. 

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

BearCountryGG on 07/25/2018:
Well Donkey....you are exactly right...this too shall pass...HUGS!

horn_of_plenty on 07/25/2018:
i've begun to feel this way the past few days also - definitely hormonal too. i'm spiking downward into another low energy state...like BCGG said, it will pass.

maybe reserve more time for rest...i'm once again finding myself needing extra rest, wish i could sleep in during the week to get it.

horn_of_plenty on 07/26/2018:
i appreciate your comments and jposts on fb...i replied late due to being slightly wrapped up in other things as of late :)

legcramps on 07/26/2018:
Oh yes, I had forgotten about the full moon! I hope its havoc doesn't do too much damage to you!

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

Oh Lordy in a lot of pain this morning, but took  Tylenol, Motrin, IcyHot, strong coffee, endorphines (from light stationary biking), and I think the rest of the day will be OK.  Hormones kickin' my butt today.

It is cool, cloudy, breezy here today, with impending rain or sprinkles coming.  I'm OK with this.  Planning to run some errands with Mr. Donkey later today.  Other than that, I don't have anything else to say right now.  I hope to check in later, but if it's a low-key day, I think I'd be OK with that too.

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

Horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2018:
These past couple weekends, i've been able to have a little time that is low key and boy has it helped me come Monday...i feel so much better on Monday when i can RELAX even a little bit on the weekend :)

don't feel bad for taking time to have that low key time that makes you happy. i for one need it also...

i hope the pain goes away...sometimes coffee may make things worse,no? although, i noticed some hormone medicnies for camps have caffeine in them! maybe because people tend to feel very lethargic at that time of the month is my guess.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2018:
Water...drink water...hope you feel better.

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

I'm rather thrilled that the Ironman scale has FINALLY weighed me in at a number LOWER than 130.  I almost feel like this validates my weigh-in this week, LOL.  And of course, I was happy to see the number on my regular scale this morning as well:


IRONMAN SCALE:  129.0 / Fat % 25.9 / Water % 51.4 / Muscle 90.8   <<< I think that means 90.8 lbs of muscle. 

The only concern was the bone density number came in at 4.8, which I usually am in at 5.0.  If I remember correctly from the user's booklet, 5.0 is the standard number for healthy women's bone density.  This number fluxuates a LOT with this scale, though.  If it continues to go down, then I will get more concerned.

I figured that this week would be a successful weigh-in.  I was quite mindful of my food intake yesterday.  Plus, I stopped drinking water at 9pm, instead of refilling my water bottle for those last few sips, AND after I turned off the light, I felt what might have been some hunger.  Not sure if it was hunger or upset or what.  I woke up this morning pretty hungry until I had that first cup of coffee.  Then I was OK until after 9am to eat.

As with maintenance, I do not expect my numbers to remain at this level.


Turns out the boss has shingles.    


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

Horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2018:
oh my! shingles! i hear that you get it very often from stress. you say he also has back pain...now i'm even MORE inclined to say a lot of his back pain may stem from internal stress that's coming out as physical stress. sounds like your boss is very stressed. wow.

also, with the scales, you know how to maintain your weight, and what helps and what hurts, the scale is just a validation as to what you are already doing...

also, i wanted to tell you a short story about a woman i work with now. she's so nice. very into fitness. she's around 44 i think and divorced now but has kids to take care of, she's pretty busy, lives with her kids and her parents right now who are around 80. anyways, although she may be 44 and you'd think she's learned to stabilize her weight a little bit, which she has....she has a wedding to go to...

...i went with her to buy a dress at Express...one day at work..and she says, "i'm going to go home and weigh myself right away, i can't gain a lb for this dress to fit just like i did today for when i go to the wedding..."...but it's not the scale, it's her habits and her choices that will make or break it. and we all know that she will not change weigh much in the course of a month (the weddings and other events she's going to are in the summer/early fall). so, i thought in my head that the scale isn't going to help her as much as her habits and routine will for this time...

i did say something to her, like that the scale is what it is, but she knows what to do already...and that she'll be fine as long as she keeps making good choices as she already does. remember it's not the scale that determines things, but your own mind!

happy-1 on 07/28/2018:
Aren't they contagious?

Donkey - Thursday Jul 19, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.0

Feeling better today.  Yesterday, it seems that if anything could go wrong it did, including tearing my contact lens and causing annoying irritation to my eyeball.  Then I burned that same eyeball, by rinsing off my new contact lens, but not washing my hands thoroughly enough after eating raw poblano peppers.  When I popped that lens back into my eye - YOWZA!!!!  Good thing it was at the end of the day, because I was like, "I cannot work like this, I am going home."

My soreness was a combination of hormones, over-extension of hips, a little arthritis in the hips, and a tiny bit of actual fatigue.   I feel much better today.

Work should be interesting today, with most everyone gone.  My Boss is still suffering with back/hip pain, so he'll be in for only a few hours, and probably in the afternoon.  My male co-worker has today and tomorrow off.  Queen Bee is working abbreviated hours this week because her son has camp.  (Abbreviated hours but not abbreviated pay, unlike the rest of us who have to actually work to get paid.)  So that leaves the receptionist clerk (the one who makes a million mistakes on every file she touches), the Associate attorney, and his Secretary.  I've tried to elevate the Secretary to "bankruptcy specialist" or "legal assistant" but the Associate insists on calling her Secretary.  She's actually smarter than he is and knows more about legal procedure than he does.

Oh see how the toxicity of the workplace starts to infect my life so subtlely and easily?  

Progress as of today: 57.5 lbs lost so far, only -7.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/19/2018:
Oh my gosh...my eyes watered just thinking about poblano pepper in the eye.....but happy that you are feeling beter today...at least some of them are gone today...should be a little quieter around there?

happy-1 on 07/19/2018:
Omg... capasin in the eyeball!!! OW!!!! Feel better!

happy-1 on 07/19/2018:
And the Associate will likely be the first one eaten in the zombie apocalypse with that attitude.

Donkey on 07/21/2018:

horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2018:
SO SORRY about they eye frustrations / situations !!!!!!!

GLad to hear you are feeling a bit better TODAY!

that's why he doesn't want her position elevated, he feels a challenge towards his abilities if she gets a raised title...

people do not all want others in the company to rise in title or pay if they aren't getting that for themselves too...its politics.

don't let the office politics get under the skin...

horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2018:
under your skin....if they aren't in direct affect to your work...or if you do NOT have the power to change her title, you know???? :)

Maria7 on 07/19/2018:
Hope your eye is feeling better.

Donkey - Wednesday Jul 18, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 129.0

Very achy and sore today.  Hips and lower back not co-operating.  Taking care and pre-cautions to heal.  Very hungry, but delaying my eating until I get to work, as is my usual routine to have my oatmeal breakfast at work.

Progress as of today: 57.5 lbs lost so far, only -7.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 07/18/2018:
YES, it def helps to eat at work and not before since you'll get hungry at work no matter what as i've learned too...

what's wrong? why are you not feeling good? just tired? hormones?

bearcountrygg on 07/18/2018:
Coming down with something?

happy-1 on 07/19/2018:
Sounds like stress and overwhelm... self care lady! Epsom salts, a home pedicure... A night off!

Donkey on 07/19/2018:
I need to do a foot soak with epsom salts. YES. THIS. DO IT.

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