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Donkey - Sunday Oct 01, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.0

Hurt my back again this Sunday morning... This is my first and only priority right now. 

Progress as of today: 55.5 lbs lost so far, only -5.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 10/02/2017:
Oh...I'm sorry to hear that....Relax and rest...thinking of you!

horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2017:
Hi J Donkey….

If the back is not getting better and you keep reinjuring, I can only recommend what I have learned in the past when I had continuous injuries and pain: your body needs no exercise now and needs extra rest for healing. At least, this is my only option and was in the end the ONLY solution when I was deep into my injuries approx. 2-3 years ago now. Boy does time fly. Still feels like yesterday but not at all…no wonder I am finally feeling like myself! Lol, it’s certainly been long enough!

But this is what I’m saying – injuries take time to heal. If you are really tired all the time, I suggest you take a week to heal. You were also sick. Your body is craving healing and rest. Just let it be. Even two weeks of mostly rest…until you get fully better, then resume. At least a week off. Just stretching at home or like a really short walk if you have to. Let yourself get back on track. Or at least this is what I’d have to do, everyone is slightly different.

Bc what happened to your back sounds very painful. Why even walk. Just stretch and let it be…

Forget about getting ready for the move for a week or two. Let yourself get better. Or let your daughter help you with the lifting…? Feel better, it will not last forever.

Donkey - Saturday Sep 30, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 131.0

 I threw my back out again quite badly on Thursday.  I was putting on a pair of pants, and it felt like a knife going through my back.  I could not move.  Thank goodness my son was at home.  I was able to move eventually and went to work.  After watching TV Thursday night, I could not uncross my legs without feeling stabbing pains in my lower back.  I ended up on the floor unable to get up.  Everyone else was upstairs and would not have heard me, since they wear headphones while on the computer or were sleeping with a box fan on for white noise.  Again, eventually I was able to stand up and go upstairs.

When I was upstairs, I looked in the bathroom mirror and my shoulders were aligned about 3 inches to the left of my pelvis. This is caused by a tilting of the pelvic bone.  Pain, pain, and more pain.  

On Friday, I finally went to the physical therapist on the first floor of my workplace, and she put me back straight again.  Unfortunately, my hips were so sore from being misaligned for so long.  I thought all was good until I came back from my evening walk, when I looked in the mirror again and saw my spine was visibily crooked again.  Not as much as before but still misaligned.

So I had my daughter help me with a couple of the stretches that my therapist used on me, and I think it helped.  Took a muscle relaxer, slept on a large cold-pack, and woke up OK.  But my morning stationary bike ride was not comofortable.  As I sit and type this, I'm feeling a lot of tension in my back.  I will have my daughter stretch me out again before she leaves for work this afternoon.

With this inconvenience, I'm not sure how much I will be able to get done this weekend.  Going into the crawlspace to pull out boxes to sort and purge through is probably not a good thing to be doing with a temperamental back.  I must get over this pain.  I feel so helpless, restless, frustrated...

I don't know if it's the muscle relaxers (which I don't take a lot of) or if it's the pain, but things have slowed down for me, intestinally, which is another complication I could do without.  "It's always something" is 100% right...

Progress as of today: 55.5 lbs lost so far, only -5.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/30/2017:
Well those sound like some miserable days....do you have a heating pad? My husband was at the emergency room with back spasms a few weeks ago...and the heating pad has been a lot of help to him.....feel better soon!

Donkey - Tuesday Sep 26, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

(I have responded to replies in my previous entry...)

My time is short tonight, but I am excited to say that I found a goal to strive for in October -- oh yes, I'm already thinking ahead to next month. 

Still battling sinus pressure/congestion.  Taking a nasal spray really helps clear me up, but once it wears off, wow, do I get stuffed up in a hurry.  By the end of the workday, I'm so stuffed up I can hardly speak on the phone coherently.

The driveway is done.  The painter started today.  I am confident that both will give the house the outside "pop" that we need.

I had lunch with a friend a few weeks ago, and we were talking about losing weight, calories, etc.  We were talking about my weight loss, and I looked at her and said, "This is the third or fourth time I've lost the same 50 or so pounds."  She was encouraging by saying, "This time I'm sure you'll keep it off."

I sure do hope so.  Maintenance is tough.

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

Donkey on 09/26/2017:
I guess it's 56 pounds, according to the DD tracker.

bearcountrygg on 09/26/2017:
I would say that you are keeping it off...and it isn't easy....good job!

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2017:
Hello J Donkey!

I am glad you considered all my comments previously. I only write the truth, I cannot stand lying or not being honest in my true feelings which is why I cannot be friends or even stand fake people (like some in my office lol!). It’s funny to see someone change their personality based on who they are with to be able to try to make everyone like them…I wish I had more social ability at times to be friends with more people, but, having few friends seems better for me because it’s very difficult to make friends with many compared to just a few reliable ones lol!...reliable even here on DD! I believe you are similar to me in your personality. Not fake! Lol….ok…

Well it IS the last week in September so it makes sense to think towards October. I JUST started also planning a hair towards October starting Monday I wrote in my calendar that I’ll be at the gym come Sunday. :-P yay. I like your goal setting and plans – it’s what I do also. If I do not make plans, I do NOT get anything done. Yesterday was one of the MOST efficient days home that I’ve had in a long time because I made dinner plans with my friend Ricky so I was sorta forced to stay on track during the day…it felt so good to sleep in, relax a bit on couch, get laundry done and gym!...and head out to dinner at night! It truly felt like another vacation day especially bc we went to a nearby “chinatown” – all Chinese and now also including Indian restuarants in an area I hardly go but only 10-15 minutes away from home!. It’s SO NICE tohave time to experience things that there is usually no time for!

I actually used a regular non-Rx nasal spray today bc my ears were still (but almost done) recovering from backed up / clogged ears from the flight(s) home…my ears always get this way. Finally they are cleared. Monday at work, I wasn’t hearing right all day lol. … all is good now. PLEASE TAKE THE NASAL SPRAY TO WORK, LADY!! DO NOT SUFFER AT WORK! Plan to get better…not worse!

Yes a new paint job will spruce things up tons!!!!!! It’ll be perfect to help sell your home. Yup! But – please don’t invest too much???? I know that even hiring a painter can cost a ton!

Maintenance is stuff bc the “high” we get from seeing the scale move is no longer. And the changes we made in our eating to lose weight need to STICK. No longer can you flip flop and become a glutton again – (I had a point in life where I’d binge on mcdonalds fries and then maybe even get more fries from a place called ….what is the name lol….Checkers fries…and then back to mcdonalds for a shake…that was the most glutinous time of my life…I had no control….and felt horrible after a binge….i’ll never go back to it)…you have to realize and deep down inside your mind realize that eating less calories and continued exercise makes for a BETTER YOU. To learn to love the way you feel when you look how YOU want to look. To realize that you can shape your outside and that you really are TOTALLY in control of people’s perceptions of you….and something related bc I am reminded right now as I sit at my desk at work – acceptance that NOT EVERYONE is going to ever like you….and to learn to let this feeling go…I sit here, realizing I am NOT allowed to speak to people at work….and realize I am also very lucky because I haven’t done any work since I left for my trip! My boss didn’t assign my partner and myself new work for Monday and I was off Yesterday. And now I’m following up on DD – now it’s 10am and I’ve sat here / used the bathroom a couple times since 8am.

Boy I am GLAD the pressure has died down at work …. That I’m finally able to concentrate on my needs for the NYPD…that I have one more trip planned in 2 weeks….and all I have to do is shut my mouth.

So – so what if people hate me?!

It’s hard to let that go…social pressures…

Also, I went out for dinner with my friend Ricky and his friend, Don, last night. Don reminded me of something…let it go even with my friends. I haven’t seen my “real friends” since the Spring. In the summer, I met up with old “friends” that I do not communicate with except for little reunions around 1x-2x per year. My other friends I used to see at least 1x per month. Now, it’s been maybe 3-4 months not seeing them. It’s a lot, but, I have decided to sorta let this go. Life is busy. Real friends support you no matter what. They travel also and it just doesn’t work to have seen them too often. Don also said he hangs out with people now based more on convenience of location – similar to me and Ricky who live a few blocks apart only! Makes things simple planning & convenience-wise!!

I used to be upset with my schedule feeling like it was a give & take to either see friends / family or work out or used to not even have time to sleep…now I mostly do….and instead of getting upset with my schedule, I’m learning to roll with it…and like you and how I suggested to you – I do plan for periods of relaxation since if I don’t plan to be home early, etc, it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like!.....

In general – having a plans for me is how I operate my life!

And mainteinance is tough…there must be a valid and big reason in your head of why it’s so important to you. For me, I love fitting into clothes and feeling lighter. And I love how the gym makes me feel. Even when I take a break and it’s hard to come back to.

Think of maintenance as your life. That there’s nothing better to go back to. And as you maintain longer, you’ll learn better ways to feel satisfied on less…I am now just recently learning the ability to eat those higher cal foods and not crave to follow with a binge onthem….to enjoy them in the moment and be satisfied. Something I’ve NEVER been able to do my entire adult life since college.

So you are going to learn strategies and coping mechanisms your whole life as you journey through it…maintenance is what you make of it, J Donk! It doesn’t have to be a struggle as much as you want to make it so – try to play the game and strategize to win. And this is while maintenance def does require some planning. No plans equals no wins….in my opinion.

Life success requires ACTION…inaction will have life controlling you instead of the other way around…so your planning in my opinion is necessary for a steady and happy life at your goal weight.

After my sister’s wedding in April 2016, I gained like 5 pounds and realized I’d have to really stick at the new maintenance plan and eating strategies for life….and since then, for 1.5 years now, I’ve maintained with slight ups and downs. I never like the ups on the scale to get too high, bc it feels very out of control for me to have to work to get it back down. Lifting weights has really helped me all along and adding jogging / walking in has helped also. I can eat more calories than I used to. Adding sleep in has also been a major benefit towards eating less.

horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2017:
and yes, my diet changes throughout the month, especially that Time of Month....but one steady thing is my return always to veggies.

Donkey - Saturday Sep 23, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 130.5

 Almost at 100%:  my back feels just about normal (functioning-wise) and the sinus infection has pretty much cleared up, with the exception of some pressure in the afternoons and an occassional cough.

Because of the medicine I was taking for my cold, everything tasted dull and tinny (like an aluminum can).  So you would think that would cause me to eat less, right?  WRONG.  I kept eating MORE because I was trying to reach that point of satisfaction and could not reach it.  Also, I had no desire for any sort of raw vegetable, which is usually my "fail-safe" at work to deal with stress eating.  Fruit might have substituted well (although too much fruit causes skin  breakouts and digestive issues), but we were out of fruit!  I ran out of protein powder that I use to make my morning shakes, so I switched to oatmeal and walnuts for breakfast.  

My whole eating routine was out of balance this week!

THEN on top of that, those lovely hormones kicked in and had a Hungry Day or two, where I wanted to eat all the time.  And I sort of fell to that.  I often wish that I could eat less, but that never seems to work for me.

This week has been... busy, I guess is the best word for it.  Work has gotten quite busy again, to the point of where it would be nice if I had help, but my daughter (who was my help) started her new job this week, so help is out.  My son went  to Chicago this week for testing for the military.  I guess he's really going to do this.  Of course, I am very upset, but then I had a friend tell me that I must have done something right as a mom, if I raised a child who is willing to make this honorable and noble sacrifice.  That has been of some comfort to me.

Also, made appointments for our driveway to get sealcoated and the trim on our house to be painted this week.  The driveway is getting done today.  This is in preparation of putting the house on the market in January/February.  I think the next appointment will be with the handyman to make some cosmetic repairs.  

I fell short this week of my goal to fill up the garbage can and recycling bin.  Just too tired, in too much pain, too sick, not enough time...

This is where I run into problems:  I work late, come home, have dinner.  Do I use my ONE HOUR of free time to purge stuff in the house or do I walk to destress and relax?  This week, I've been choosing the walking, except for last night, when I went grocery shopping so I wouldn't have to do it today.  FEEDBACK WOULD BE APPRECIATED.  What do you think?


PS  To BiscottiBody:  I am looking not only to downsize, but to also find a property where I do not have to maintain the outside of the property.  My husband really cannot do any of this any more without suffering a week of pain and problems, and his condition will only get worse.  My son (my muscle power), is leaving in January, and my daughter will be with us for maybe another 2 years at the most.  I cannot ask her to be responsible for all of the yardwork and repairs that I cannot do (either due to my back or to my shortness), since she is only getting busier with her own life.  We are trying to figure out if we should stay in this god-foresaken state of Illinois or move out to Nevada to be closer to family or to move to a state that is more beneficial tax-wise and health-care wise.  A lot of unknowns right now, so I'm trying to stay focused on the first couple of steps, but my back pain sidelined that this week. 

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

bearcountrygg on 09/23/2017:
It's good to hear that you are starting to feel better....and I hear you about eating waiting for the satisfaction point to kick in ... all I can figure out about myself is that somewhere along in life I started looking at food as something more than fuel...and it has become a mindset for me...I know it stated with extreme stress....but the stress is no longer there and I haven't changed back to food for fuel mode. We downsized to a much smaller house 6 years ago...and no lawn...we have trees and ferns right up the a 5 foot row of gravel all around the house...and we love it. We will stay in Michigan even with the winters...I know you have the same winter issues in Illinois.

Donkey on 09/26/2017:
I wonder if stress has residual effects. Sort of like PTSD but on a smaller level. Just because the stress stops, doesn't mean the biological responses to that stress do. It's part of what has helped us survive over the eons. Please don't be too hard on yourself!

Yes, I do know what winter is like. Michigan probably gets more snow than we do or did (especially if you're in the UP). Still, I love the changes in the seasons. I just wish my back were stronger to handle the maintenance.

horn_of_plenty on 09/23/2017:
I see you wrote a lot and will write to you when I am home :)

horn_of_plenty on 09/25/2017:
Hi J-Donk!

Finally I’m back home (at work actually) and ready to read this long entry of yours :-P…happy to read it and finally comment!

Oatmeal and walnuts is still ok, J-Donk. It sounds that you were not enjoying the “uncomfortable” change in your routine while being sick and not having full taste. I get why you were eating more, as a comfort reason I do believe….to make you feel better / try to get that same taste satisfaction without being able to taste things right…don’t worry. Give yourself a break in getting to up in arms with yourself (respect yourself, lady!!! You are a great person, wonderful human being – stop punishing yourself!) while you are recovering! I am 100% supportive of you because I know you work hard. I know you are a 100% giving, honest, considerate, caring person. You are a beautiful person – and I want you to realize this. Be good to yourself!!

I also know what it’s like to not want veggies. I get like this around my period I just cannot digest the veggies – too much bulk with the increased / decrease in movement of those lower ab muscles that work the body during that time of the month. I am reading your entry and it seems you wanted / craved a balance when everything was outta balance. Try to just go with it more….sorta like what I did during my trip – we ate mostly fried small portions of food at each meal including a pastry like a croissant filled lightly (mostly just croissant) with chicken (hardly any) for breakfast!

I put in my mind something similar that I was telling Innerpeace – I realized that my trip was just a short amount of time….and that once home I’d be able to gorge / eat more quantity for my meals with the veggies. And this is also how I have begun to think during that time of the month when I don’t want veggies – I just realize it…and realize that I will be craving veggies again soon once the current time passes me….don’t worry about eating different while sick and/or hormonal changes – because you will be accountable after those times!

Realize that moments are moments. Times pass. You can move from not wanting veggies to wanting veggies. To listen to your body. All because you had a plan to have protein powder, maybe that’s what is not best for a week. If you like a protein powder, you WILL buy it again, and you WILL start using it again. Even if not the week you were sick :-D Try to comfort yourself and know that you are in control of the situation, even if it’s not the usual eating and stuff – that you will return to eating that stuff you were missing when you are able or want to!

Congrats to your son on leaving for military testing. Is this straight out of high school or he went to college? I forget how old your son is. I also agree with your friend that your son’s decision to go is extremely honorable. As a mom, I understand your discomfort. But I do think you should be proud of him for the choice he has made.

Good for you to get the work done on your house! Proud of you for being proactive in the selling process…Even though you feel short on the recycling / garbage, it makes sense since you were sick. We don’t always finish everything we want to….But you’ll do it as you feel better.

I think that relaxing is a GOOD idea and that it’s not right to come home from work just to work. Things do NOT need to be always done ASAP. Your mental destressing and allowing yourself to relaxing for an hour at home is also important. You see, doing housework is important, but it’s also important to rest your body and mind. So I think it’s ok not to choose to be Homeworking after Working. It’s about balance. And it’s NOT wrong to choose relaxing. You HAVE to make choices in life and it’s good to choose relaxing. Life isn’t meant to always be a pain in the butt…you have to make the choices that give you peace and satisfaction. It’s OK to choose to relax. Many do. I do. It makes sense to not want to be always on the go. If work is busy, choosing a slower pace at home is not a bad thing. I think you are just fine!

You are taking a great step to move to a place where maintenance is included.

Donkey on 09/26/2017:
Thank you for your wonderful words of support. You are right - I'm starting to want raw vegetables again. Yay! Because I really do like them :-)

It's very helpful to know that this "change in taste" doesn't happen to just me. You're 100% right, though: in order for maintenance to be a long-term success, I have to learn to roll with the waves, so to speak.

Donkey - Saturday Sep 16, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.0

Had back pain - in various degrees - final got it reconciled thanks to stretching, walking, and a physical therapy appointment. Finally feeling pain free today and I woke up with a sinus infection. Wah-wah... but I'm so glad my back feels better.

Gained a pound... I attribute that to some irregularity. Hope that works itself out (figuratively and literally, LOL)

Donkey on 09/16/2017:
(Biscottibody - I left a comment on your latest entry.)

bearcountrygg on 09/16/2017:
Back pain is the worst, I just posted a pic of the one I use last night...see below.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2017:
I see it's been not so pleasant the past couple weeks - please don't worry....i know it'll pass....keep your head up and not in your JDonk like a J*acka$$.....LOL JUST KIDDING...but jack*sses are a type of DONKEY...lol...ok back to normal commenting...

You'll be ok and irregularity drives me nuts too!

next, feel better soon and get rest FIRST before exercise. SLEEP AND REST will solve the infection faster. Take it easy. It seems you were wearing yourself thin with the back pain maybe it caused a lot of stress on you and that's why you have an infection? possibly?

feel better, do not worry too much, you'll be back on the mend. This bad time doesn't stick around forever!

Donkey - Sunday Sep 10, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 132.0

Hurt my back yesterday morning, doing my first chore, so everything on my list has been put on hold until I can move around better.

Until then, stretching, easy walking, more stretching, and rest. *sigh*

Progress as of today: 54.5 lbs lost so far, only -4.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/10/2017:
I'm down with a backache today too...spending it on a heating pad.....Hope you feel better soon.

happy-1 on 09/10/2017:
Tiger balm is amazing. There is no substitute.

bearcountrygg on 09/11/2017:
I will look into tiger balm...Thanx!

horn_of_plenty on 09/11/2017:
Donkey, I am sorry that you are injured. I think what you body needs is exactly what you said – REST.

biscottibody59 on 09/12/2017:
Hope your back is getting better!

Are you downsizing in house--hope you get what you want!

Donkey - Saturday Sep 09, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 132.0

Maintained my weight this week, this in spite of having carrot cake for lunchtime dessert Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday...  The cake was from a co-worker's good-bye party on Wednesday (even though her last day was yesterday).  I just could not resist.  But I did remain firm on NOT taking the leftovers home on Friday.  The cake has nuts in it (of course) and my kids won't eat that.  My husband doesn't need the cake, and so I'd get stuck eating it all, which I don't need and would only serve to defeat me in achieving my goals.

It does seem sinful, though, to throw away cake.

I have several projects lined up for this weekend around the house, still working towards selling the house.  I've planned my exercising times around these projects and my normal errands.  It promises to be a busy but productive weekend.

I can feel the change in the seasons.  It's becoming harder to meet my water goals because of the chillier temperatures, and I wasn't very motivated to eat fresh vegetables.  It gets dark at the end of my evening walks, but that's partially my own fault because I've been staying until 6pm at work.

My daughter has been my walking partner, but she was sick this week.  She has a job interview after school on Monday, and if she gets the job, then I think she'll be gone some evenings during the week.  She needs a job though, and so I really am hoping she gets it.

Well now... must get up off my butt and get started.  Hope everyone has a good day!

Progress as of today: 54.5 lbs lost so far, only -4.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/09/2017:
Maintaining is GREAT isn't it? Good job with the cake...enjoy but not too much. I'm feeling the seasons change here in Michigan too...but I love fall...and I love the changing seasons..Have a Great day!

Donkey - Saturday Sep 02, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 132.0

 Finished up another very difficult week...  Professionally, personally, just not a good week - again!  Painful to get through... but I did get through it. Thank goodness for 3-day weekends.

Diet-wise though it was great!  Starting off the month with a good number.  Push-ups are practically an established habit now, so I'm just staying with it.

I don't have any specific new goals for September except to work on maintaining what I've established over the summer.  The cooler temperatures and decreasing sunlight after work will make it all the more challenging.  I live in a safe neighborhood (AMEN), so I would be OK walking at night, but mentally, it becomes more difficult to take that first step out the door.

Progress as of today: 54.5 lbs lost so far, only -4.5 lbs to go!

jayhawkjen on 09/02/2017:
I love walking at night but I'm in a big city so I have to be careful. Have you thought about making a walking date with someone? That would make it more fun and you'd have a harder time getting out of it.

bearcountrygg on 09/02/2017:
I'm afraid to walk at night...in fact I'm afraid in my own yard at night....BEARS!!!! But I d have to say..some people can be scarier than bears...BE CAREFUL!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 09/05/2017:
I am glad you were headed into the 3-day weekend and I do hope it was relaxing if nothing else!!! For the first time in my life, I’m learning to relax enough to relax in the comfort of a friend (a guy). It was a really nice weekend because of this – he adds so much fun and excitement into my life! I STILL miss Paul, the one I never got because he’s so accomplished at being just that – a tease – but realize that at least with Ricky I am having fun and enjoying myself. He says I do the same for him!

Yes, totally stick with the pushups, it’s amazing how perfectly they shape a woman on her upper body and shirts and tops in general will fit better and better over your upper traps around your neck. Speaking of those traps, I saw a man on the beach that OBVIOUSLY juices (takes supps like steroids I’d guess) because he’s muscles looked stupid and ill-formed with his traps just looking puffy and fat rather than muscular for some reason I knew it was not due only to exercise…lol…

Yes you can do the walking…maybe listen to music also – if the neighborhood is safe? Even half hour or 20 minute walk will be good for you.

Like you, my only goal is basically to maintain my progress. I may actually lay off weights (which I do NOT want to do) in order to progress in cardio….if I completely HAVE to. Or, I could just be happy with being a “below-avg” runner…which sounds really like a better choice in my opinion for me (just talking about myself!)…

Donkey - Monday Aug 28, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 134.0

I was so hungry pretty much all day long...

Progress as of today: 52.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/29/2017:
I have those days too...thankfully it doesn't happen everyday.

Donkey on 09/02/2017:
I think part of it has to do with the wave of cooler temperatures and the noticeable waning of daylight hours - especially after work. I'm a Leo - I need sun.

horn_of_plenty on 08/29/2017:
Lately i do have a bigger appetite at work too...MAKE SURE YOU SLEEP ENOUGH...bc once you start sleeping better, your appetite will GO DOWN!

Donkey on 09/02/2017:
I hadn't thought to check my sleep. I don't think I've been getting enough. Thanks!

jayhawkjen on 08/31/2017:
Have you every tried a small amount of juice diluted in sparkling water? It really helps me with hunger.

Donkey on 09/02/2017:
I have a sufficient supply of naturally flavored sparkling water. So why didn't I think of doing this??? DOH! Thank you for the suggestion --- this is what I will turn to, to see if it helps curb the hunger. The carbonation is very comforting. It might help calm me down somewhat too, LOL. Thanks again!

jayhawkjen on 08/31/2017:
Have you every tried a small amount of juice diluted in sparkling water? It really helps me with hunger.

Donkey - Sunday Aug 27, 2017
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 134.0

Very relieved that the garage sale is behind us. Today is my day of rest - except for laundry.  Next phase of our Moving Plan starts this week with decluttering:  throwing out, recycling, and donating.  A little online selling too -- gotta give at least a try.

Logged in this afternoon to say that I've returned to upper body weight training this morning.  May do legs tonight while watching TV or just save it for tomorrow.  Also did running intervals on the treadmill that my mom gave me when she moved.

My arms are sore, but in a good way.  I think they've missed the weight training :-) 

Progress as of today: 52.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/27/2017:
Sounds like a plan......good for you...you are e4tting lots done. When we sold our big house 6 years ago...we got rid of at least 75% of our stuff...but then again...big houses hold and draw into them lots of stuff...our current house is 1,300 sq ft and half th4e size of the previous one and we are still overloaded here..of course e moved some of my parents things in 2 years ago...and that adds up too....I'm looking forward to a big purge here again in the very near future...we really don't need all that we think we need.

Donkey on 08/28/2017:
I will keep this in my mind, to reference when I feel like giving up... like I did right now.

horn_of_plenty on 08/28/2017:
Hello again J-Donk! Now I’m getting into fully reading your entries!

Sometimes a push of carbs (like that apple pie) can YES make you feel better. The higher carbs does help you with at least a positive mood. Then again, all I ate was carbs yesterday, except chicken at dinner, and I’m feeling TERRIBLE today. I also drink around 3 glasses wine – so many that’s my problem too!? And lack of sleep. I’m a mess this Monday Morning! Ah, but now it’s actually 1:16pm….and I’m leaving a half hour early for dentist at 4:30…planning to YES maybe take a sleeping pill and bed early tonight. Like very early at 7pm or earlier. I’m wiped out. Maybe I will not even need a sleeping pill, actually, bc I’m already so tired. Who knows! But back to you!...

Like you, I’d hate a garage sale, but good idea that you did it! I’d also hate being out all day long dealing with everyone. Very energy depleting! But hopefully you made some cash! So you are moving for sure?

Yes J-Donk, stick thru your job, stay, keep your enemies close and just stick it out. As long as you keep to yourself, don’t complain, you’ll keep your job. !

I notice that when taking more days off weight training, arms become more sore after. Now that I go weighttraiing only 2x per week, I am getting WAY MORE SORE than when I did it 3x per week (never got sore!) so strange! I don’t know why but lately I get extremely sore between weightlifting sessions. My body is definitely adapting to 2x per week…weird.

If you have a sore body part, rest it until its not sore and then you can work it again.

Donkey on 08/28/2017:
Moving is for sure. Next year, both my kids will be out of the house, and I cannot maintain it alone, my husband can no longer help, and can't afford to pay someone to do the chores for us.

Good advice on the job. I will keep a stiff upper lip.

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