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Donkey - Thursday Jul 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

 So I guess at my job,  when you go on vacation,  you have to find your own substitute.  I thought it would be Mistakes Girl,  but she's telling me and my boss is telling me,  that she doesn't think she can do it.  

Male Co-Worker is like,  that's not how taking vacation works,  finding your own substitute.  Like bringing someone from outside the office to work my desk for  3 or 4 days. 

My family was livid.  


I rode the stationary bike and lifted weights last night.  Eating was in check as well. 

Probably no yoga tonigh . Just too stressful to be so rushed. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/16/2020:
That's crazy! You shouldn't have to find someone to do your job while on vacation! Good job with food and exercise yesterday.

Donkey on 07/17/2020:
I tell every newcomer to the office, you'll never work in another office quite like this one.

My boss is not really a good HR manager. He dislikes having to manage staff stuff.


legcramps on 07/16/2020:
What?!! That's ridiculous!

Donkey, there is no good reason for you to be stressed about taking four days off - days off that you are entitled to take - and be expected to look for someone outside the organization to cover your work while you're gone. That is absolutely unreasonable, and your boss should be well aware of that!

It is NOT your job to find a replacement for your holiday time. That is a BOSS problem, not a YOU problem.

Donkey on 07/17/2020:
Thank you for the affirmation! Right????


legcramps on 07/16/2020:
Apologies if that was too forward, that really got me worked up :)

Donkey on 07/17/2020:
Not at all! Thank you!


Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
i totally agree with everyone here that that is a very unreasonable expectation of you to be finding your own replacement. nobody else does that at your work...and who gives...when you get back you will continue where you left off. they are bullying you, i think? not fair.

Donkey on 07/17/2020:
You are right! As long as I have worked here, I've never been able to take time off in the summer. I've either been covering for other people or "too busy".

Meanwhile, everyone else goes camping, vacation, etc. NOT FAIR.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2020:
since when are you the HR department! stupid!

Donkey on 07/17/2020:
I choked on my coffee when I read this :-D


bearcountrygg on 07/16/2020:
Why would the owner/boss even want that??? Just invite a stranger into his business and turn them loose......That's crazy!!!

Donkey on 07/17/2020:
Good point! So much for client confidentiality!



Donkey - Wednesday Jul 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

 I did better with food last night.  The sweets craving was difficult but I stayed focused and had only my standard 90 calorie piece of dark chocolate.  It wasn't easy. 

I did not go to the gym and I was extremely disappointed with myself.  This disappointment,  along with the little COVID scare at work,  was the reason for the food fit Monday night.  

My daughter went to the gym after dinner and gave me an assessment of the # of people on the cardio deck.  There is an area of machines that I could use and not be bothered by others,  pretty much at all.  The drawback is that it's not my favorite brand of elliptical,  but a comparable machine nonetheless. 

I haven't done weights since Saturday.  I would NOT do weights at the gym until this COVID thing passes.  Too crowded, no masks,  etc.  So perhaps if I do not go to the gym tonight,  I might lift at home. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/15/2020:
I just can't keep sweets in the house. Can't resist. Someone at work has Covid?

My gym is just too small. I won't be going. I'm looking at more workout videos online. My gym posts some links on FB.

Donkey on 07/16/2020:
Mistakes Girl's husband had a co-worker test positive for COVID. That was a bit close to home.

I am learning this eek that I actually prefer to workout at home. No mask, no dumbbutts, equipment is clean, and I can drink coffee while I exercise. I shouldn't be so hard on myself for not going to the gym right now.


thinkpositive on 07/15/2020:
I can’t bring myself to go to the gym. I just think about people huffing and puffing & spreading germs. I know that’s not true, but I can’t get beyond that thought.

Donkey on 07/16/2020:
Actually, I think you're right and it IS true. If this were a small gym, I would not go.


bearcountrygg on 07/15/2020:
Better to go to the area where there aren't so many germs.......

Donkey on 07/16/2020:
That might work, especially if I go later, after dinner. I feel that I have to at least give it a try before I suspend my membership.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2020:
hey there! well, just so you know...i'm planning to lift tonight at home too....in like 10 minutes i will start: 8pm lifting time!

Donkey on 07/16/2020:
Oh my, I just now read this -- I was lifting at 8p too! (At home)


Horn_of_plenty on 07/15/2020:
lately i'd just save it for tomorrow per how i've been doing things the last couple weeks, but i have seen some lack of strength in one of my exercises and would rather try to stick to a schedule this week! i hope you get a lift in!

Donkey on 07/16/2020:
Last night was chest and legs.



Donkey - Tuesday Jul 14, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

 Oh I was in a foul mood yesterday at work.  I just didn't want to be there in the worst way. 

And Mistakes Girl was out for most of the day because one of her husband's co-workers tested positive for COVID.   So everyone at his work had to get tested.  MG didn't want to come to work if her husband tested positive,  so she waited until results came in the afternoon.  I'm glad everything came back negative. 

I did not do yoga last night.  I did not go to the gym.  I did not ride my bike last night.  I did not lift weights. 

Instead,  I had a food fit.  Started with 2 pieces of dark chocolate.  Then I had 2/3 cup of chocolate truffle ice cream.  Then 7 figs and 10 macadamia nuts.  Then 8 marshmallows.  

Believe it or not,  after that,  I still wanted to dive into a bowl of tortilla chips but managed to refrain and got ready for bed instead. 

My stomach did not have any problems after that,  and actually,  I slept quite well.


Poor sick baby kitty had numerous enemas at the vet,  as they couldn't get anything to come out.  Finally, it worked.  She goes back this morning for another flush out.  We also ordered the blood test to see if the fungal infection is gone.  I sure hope so because we're getting tired of giving her medicine. And I'm sure kitty feels the same way. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/14/2020:
We all have a binge and a lazy day sometimes. Hope your kitty is okay.


legcramps on 07/14/2020:
Yes, these days happen. They're not fun, but they do make us grateful for the good days! Use it as a lesson, and move on. No harm, no foul.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/14/2020:
it's ok to have an off day, donk!

yeah, the food fit doesn't sound high volume. did you have dinner? did you change anything yesterday at all (besides not working out) that would want you to consume those foods?

something weird has happened to me lately and i am finally finding myself to actually be FULL once again after many of my meals. more than i have been in YEARS.it's prob due to not rushing.

so what exactly came out? was it like a compound of some sort or just nothing and then something? i hope she feels better, poor kitty.

i still want to suggest you take your own couple days off of work at some point, if you can. sorry to suggest something that you cannot do, if that's the case.

try to do what is good for you, lady. try not to be angry at yourself or judgemental but to be patient with yourself.

one of the things that has helped me, as i've told you before, over the most recent couple years, is to have snacks in my day that aren't that healthy. it's not really a health tip, but a maintenance tip i use.

and i still like to incorporate a snack of caffeine with carbs, though i don't do it so much right now that i'm home...but it always works after work or for a pick me up before a workout...

lately my meat portions are not as large, cooked veggies are big bc of the indian food, and carbs are also higher than they have been in years.

when i go back to work though, i will prob lower the carbs a hair bc i will be up more hours of the day and POSSIBLY have a MUCH larger appetite. we'll see.

i was trying to provide you with some tips. i do know we have pretty different eating styles though. for instance, i cannot really snack on fresh veggies and they haven't really ever filled me up for snack purposes...but who knows....maybe they would now!

try to lessen the portions of the "guilty items" but to allow them more often. maybe even 2x per day...like 3 hershey kisses in afternoon, 3 after dinner...

for instance, i eat tortilla chips as my carb with the meal. maybe some days try to plan in how you will add carbs to the menu to places where usually you wouldn't...



Donkey - Monday Jul 13, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I woke up tired,  but feeling good (if not a little sore) and grateful.  I'm not looking forward to spending the next 8 hours at work,  but ok.  

I ended up going to the gym yesterday afternoon.  I had nothing to do,  and I didn't like the idea of spending my time off watching tv.  I went alone,  to assess the situation myself,  and I'm glad I went.  

I only did a bit of cardio on the elliptical,  showered and came home.  The steam room is closed (and rightly so), and so are the hot tubs. I do weights at home,  so I did not go into that area,  but did not see many masks there,  because you are allowed to take off your mask while exercising. 

I wore my mask all the time except for when I was actually ON the elliptical and then when I was in the shower.  It was nice to see that most folks followed this protocol. But it seemed that there were quite a few who just couldn't do everything we're supposed to do.  For example,  some cleaned really well but wore no mask (*).  Some wore a mask but did not disinfect. 

*When I got home,  my daughter said that masks were only mandatory on the main entrance level, but not on the cardio deck or weights area on the 2nd floor. 

So I'm glad I went,  but I haven't made up my mind if I will continue to go or not. 


I decided not to "drastically" change up my routine,  which was really only to use the better recumbent bike,  with programs and real resistance levels,  rather than use the older bike we still have,  which is an easier ride.  In the mornings,  I'm stiff and sore,  so the easier,  older bike is good for limbering up,  getting moving,  etc.

Not sure what my yoga schedule will be this week . 

Trying to focus on portion control this week ,  but then,  after the gym I ate a whole bunch of carrots with guacamole.  Around 9p,  instead of just turning off the light and going to bed,  I had a 100 calorie bag of popcorn!

It's hard,  when I'm hungry!

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/13/2020:
Did they make you stay 6 feet apart - like every other machine? I won't be going to my gym until some time next year. My gym is small and it would be very hard to distance people.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2020:
good choice on popcorn, 100c is good! carbs help me sleep :)

that's scary about no masks at gym...

sorry if i'm too opinionated lately!!


bearcountrygg on 07/13/2020:
Bet it felt good to get back to the gym...even if it is a bit different.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/13/2020:
i don't see myself in a gym without a mask bc this is how the virus spreads.


legcramps on 07/14/2020:
Masks aren't mandatory at our gym either, but we do push cleaning constantly. Not sure where the line should be drawn; it's difficult to ask people to mask when they're moving around the gym but then not mask while they're working out because that's dangerous.



Donkey - Sunday Jul 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I'm wondering if I need to try to *drastically* change my exercising routine - if that would help with the scale.... Ha ha, can you tell I'm really trying hard to avoid measuring portions?   Time to be honest though.  I think I do too much "ineffective" cardio.  It's hard to let go and cut back.  My time might be better spent doing something else.  Or perhaps less cardio, less calories (less cravings), more weights, more yoga.

In August, we are going out to Montana to visit our son.  Daughter is coming with us.  We will meet up with my mom for the visit.  This is a visit, not a vacation, since we're helping son take care of some life/living things, and hopefully do some hiking.  But the primary purpose is for the life/living things that he needs help with. If I started tomorrow (Monday), with a new plan, that would be 25 days of trying something different.  So I might try to use this as a short-term experiment.


Yesterday, I did some outdoor work on my plants, birdfeeders, etc.  Also did laundry, and some cleaning up after the kitties and the family.  The only real chore I have today is to fold and put away my laundry.  Today will also be the most loveliest day weather-wise, so I hope to be outside as much as possible, if I can.

We still have not stepped back into the gym.  So now we've fallen into the category of people who PAY for a gym membership but don't GO to the gym.  This goes so against who I am (ha ha).  So that should be something that we endeavor to address this week, somehow.  Either we start going back to the gym, or we put our memberships on hold.  I can't help but wonder if we're not going to end up going back into a shelter-down status because people are not doing what they're supposed to be doing now.

I'm so glad that I do not have to worry about whether or not my kids will be going to the classrooms in the fall.  If I had to make that decision today, I would keep them home, if I could manage it.  The schools here are massively overcrowded.  It's a cesspool of germs even without COVID, much less with it.  


As if I needed more stress in my life...  Our poor sick Baby Kitty (the one with the internal fungal infection) does not seem to be doing well lately.  So she is going to the vet on Monday (tomorrow).  She was a good girl last night and let me trim her front paw nails.  She needs a bath, but I won't make her go through that, since she's obviously not feeling well.  Besides, perhaps the vet should get the full stink to see that she's not doing well.

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/12/2020:
Our gym is not open yet and I won't be going again until sometime next year. Right now fees are on hold. Just not safe. I'm enjoying my step aerobics and need to work in muscle work as well. You need to balance them out. I hope my granddaughters do not go to school in the fall!


Horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2020:
why are you looking for drastic? you know drastric tends to not offer results that last!?

HOWEVER, i am fully in support of your trial of 25 days in trying something different. and if it works, try to incorporate some of the different into the next days as well! i like this method as this is what i used / still use as ways to change my routine either with eating or exercise when things get old and it helps encourage me with alternative habits or get rid of boredom or even make i so i don't feel as though there's too many rules and not enough freedom.

I'm happy to hear you will be helping your son. he is lucky to have you all. my parents have always given me much more help than the average parents. i am lucky for them as well. ;-)

try to get your gym membership on hold as i totally agree that a gym is not the place to be (just like schools should not be open - totally agree). you said it yourself, they are a "cesspool"

also, i'm sorry about your kitty. and i guess she shouldn't be further tortured by a bath! :)


bearcountrygg on 07/12/2020:
Hope the vet can help your kitty....It's sad when they aren't feeling well. I'm sure you will be so happy to visit with your son and your Mom.....



Donkey - Saturday Jul 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

YET ANOTHER POUND GAINED...  And I double-checked with my fancy scale and yes, I've gained a pound.  

With the symptoms that I was feeling this past week, along with the weight gain and no food fits, I'm becoming concerned to the point that if this continues, I will see my doctor.  First, though, I think I will need to track calories for a bit, to see if that's the problem.  Not so much for losing weight, but rather to show my doctor, "Hey look - this is what I'm eating and I'm STILL gaining weight." 

The weather has moderated a bit, so I have turned off the AC and opened the windows.  I had no fatigue in my leg muscles this morning.  In fact, I woke up at 4:10a to use the bathroom (too much water!), and couldn't fall back asleep, so I finally got out of bed at 5am.  I figured I can always take a nap later on today.  This NEVER happens during the week. But right now, I feel pretty good.  I'm not sure if it's the weather, or knowing that I don't have to go to work, or what.  

This may be just a bad spot that I'm in temporarily.  

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/11/2020:
I didn't get on the scale this morning which is my usual day. Afraid to!

Donkey on 07/12/2020:
May I laugh at this? Only because I can relate, although I'm feeling like I am almost daring myself to weigh in nowadays.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/11/2020:
this has been a really stressful spring/summer for you especially as you have pretty much worked straight through. maybe you can take a day off here or there? for mental release?

also, look at your chart: your weight went up during this stressful season of Spring, then you successfully lowered it in JUNE.

you were doing something very right to lower your weight back down in June - maybe look back or think back to what you did to successfully lose weight then.

you CAN do this. you know how.

not every change needs to be done at once. try to repeat successful things from june now in july and august.

try to take also time out for yourself.

your health matters.

try instead of focusing on the scale to focus on your movement and/or what you are consuming. cakes and cookies, especially a moderate piece of cake, add up a lot. I cannot really eat CAKES or other medium/large pastries due to this reason which is why i stick to cookies and things that are smaller and fit in better.

don't give up on yourself. you have your job and salary which is really so great at this time. and you have us of course here. lol?!

but really, i am trying to say don't let this unpredictable time and stressful time in history force you to have to undo all of the diligence and efforts you put in to moderate your weight.

are you still eating a lot of veggies?

when i go back to work, i may find myself back to more veggies.

of course it's easy for me right now because i am not up as many hours of you during the day to get as hungry over that many hours as you - try to stick to your proven methods to fill yourself up.

are you still having teas / coffees at work? are you still eating raw veggies? are you bored of them? can you have fruit and tea in the summer at work? a few almondss and fruit and tea?

if you crave carbs, have them. just keep it to one portion. i like to eat them mostly at the end of the meal to satisfy my need for sweet / carb / cracker / bread / etc.

go back to your entries, if you really are nervous about the weight, to when you were at your lower end...do what you did then. i really do think doing things like this should work for you.

Donkey on 07/12/2020:
You make some really good points here. I'm still eating lots of vegetables, although perhaps I am eating more carbs, although (with the minor exception) the portions are controlled.

I think I may be drinking more coffee... although if I am, it's only by one more cup. There are the calories that come from the creamer. One more cup of coffee is 50 extra calories.

I'm more stressed out. I'm lifting weights more consistently, although I see no improvement on this.

Hmm... well, you are so right that there are other positives to focus on. It's just so frustrating.



Donkey - Thursday Jul 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

 Today especially,  but all week actually,  I've been feeling a growing sensation of deep muscle and joint fatigue.  I used to feel this way right before TOM when I was anemic and not taking iron supplements.  But I take my iron faithfully.  And I'm certainly eating enough.  

All I can think it is that it must be the heat  -- except that o silence most of the day inside in the AC.  I have been very busy at work.  I've had headaches Tuesday and Wednesday (the worst,  all day long,  just on the verge of a migraine)...  But that shouldn't equate to physical fatigue  -- at least not to the level I'm experiencing. 

I'm glad tomorrow is Friday. 

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/10/2020:
Are you overdoing workouts?

Donkey on 07/10/2020:
No, nothing has changed. In fact, I'm doing less intensely because of the fatigue.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/10/2020:
stress and work can def cause physical pain like headaches! maybe you need a day off soon?

Donkey on 07/11/2020:
Well, here it is Saturday, and I feel 100% better! Of course, we're having milder weather here, so maybe that has a lot to do with it? I'm still having issues, though, which I will write about today (Saturday).


Horn_of_plenty on 07/10/2020:
that's good you take your iron faithfully...thank gosh you didn't have the diarrhea that i had...it's so unhealthy, i think, to lose so much water / nutrition in your gut so fast!

is something you are eating draining the iron anyways?

Donkey on 07/11/2020:
With taking iron, I have the opposite problem. Very, very difficult to go. I take a fiber supplement to help keep things moving- and even with that, it sometimes is a struggle to go :-(

I don't think that I am eating something that would negate the iron levels... I probably don't eat enough red meat, but UGH, I just get so beefed out after 2 days of it. And I DO NOT eat liver or any organ meat AT ALL. I'd rather take extra iron if that's what it takes.



Donkey - Tuesday Jul 07, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

 One of the "nice" things about Nice Lady being upset with me and not talking to me I'd that I am able to focus much more in getting work done.  I feel bad for her because I think she is lonely. My boss has become the same way.  Talking  just to talk.  This drives me nuts.  Is this my destiny as well? To become like this?  Will younger people write me off as lonely and annoying too?  Probably. 

I had too many tortilla chips at dinner last night.  That WAS my dinner because I just couldn't handle having tuna salad again.  Then,  after yoga,  I dove into a bag of marshmallows. 

Needless to say I have more energy today!  Gone is the fatigue I've felt the past few days, although my joints still ache a bit. 

I think last night's yoga will be it for this week. 

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 07/07/2020:
Hope you have a good day and take a time out to step outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. Love, Maria


bearcountrygg on 07/07/2020:
They do sound lonely....probably a new issue we will all have to deal with.....I have a tendency to smile at people in the store...and realzed that with a mask...I still do that...but they don't see it......masks have taken away a lot of our connecting with others.....but so be it.


legcramps on 07/07/2020:
I'm glad to hear that you have more energy today! I'm sorry that Nice Lady is upset with you. Even if it is creating more space for you to focus, it's never a good feeling when you work around people who you are not getting along with. I hope this is rectified soon!


grannyannie on 07/07/2020:
Mmm marshmallows! At least you are energetic!


Horn_of_plenty on 07/07/2020:
i'm glad that you can work in peace finally!

also, i don't think you have the tendency to be a "chatter" when you are older! i'm glad you can do your work today.



Donkey - Sunday Jul 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

Took today to rest, so my steps will be under 20,000 today. 

Still feeling quite discouraged about everything, but I'd rather keep this to myself. 

Not even sure I want yoga this week. 

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/06/2020:
Hope you're okay soon.


KathyBlue on 07/06/2020:
My 5 year old kid nowadays, when he gets frustrated or something, he sits down or just stands, depending on the place where we are at that moment, closes his eyes and put himself into a yoga position and says "let me breathe in, and out, and think..." LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 07/06/2020:
it's OK to relax. take the week off and relax then...sending you a hug!



Donkey - Saturday Jul 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

 Gained 3 pounds...  Wow.  I don't even know what to say.

I'm not even sure what to change because I feel like I'm doing all the right things....

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2020:
i recommend to keep doing what you are doing...3 lbs can be lost much easier than 30lbs! so keep on, things fluctuate. sometimes i am surprised what i see on the scale too!

happy 4th! you don't have to ever make a thousand changes at once. try to think of only a little change or to keep doing what you are doing for further results! <3

thanks for asking about me!


bearcountrygg on 07/04/2020:
Scales do that...don't worry about it...a 4 pound range is totally normal....in either direction....



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