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Donkey - Wednesday Aug 07, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Checking in...  I've decided to take this week off from push-ups and sit-ups.  This to help with fatigue,  plus I've had some aches in the arm joints.  So just rest. 

Yesterday,  I was so unmotivated, probably as part of feeling so tired. In the afternoon,  I started yawning -- loudly. I couldn't help it.  

I found Bear's comment on my entry yesterday to be quite illuminating.  I've been eating more fruit lately,  and I think the extra sugar is affecting me.   

Yesterday was a low carb day and this morning,  I feel better. I hate to pass on the delicious watermelon.  *sigh*

Might be hormonal too.  This was a harder month than usual,  although all months are very difficult.  

Anyway,  so my goal for today is less sugar and a nice walk at lunch.

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

BearCountryGG on 08/07/2019:
Sounds like you are having a "Eureka" moment.....glad to hear that you are feeling better.....Hormones are a bummer.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/07/2019:
Hello Donk!

Like you, when i'm feeling tired i also have taken off from certain exercises. it's ok.

it can also depend of course on the TYPE of sugar you are having...i know you know this.

i was reading the comments between you and Bear and sometimes i also feel like i've had too much sugar and it does affect my system. so i understand what you mean.

i hope you feel better. the sleep thing can be weird when you do get just about enough...but it feels like not enough. i can relate and have been there, feeling abnormally tired, many times.



Donkey - Tuesday Aug 06, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

 Just a quick entry... and I'm sorry for not commenting on your diaries lately. 

Feeling very tired, since Sunday really.  Although I'm going to bed on time,  I feel unable to catch up on sleep. 

Also very bloated.  I might be gaining weight.  I must make it a point to weigh in on Saturday to keep myself in check. 

It was all I could do to get up this morning. 

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

BearCountryGG on 08/06/2019:
I'm feeling the same way......I started eating too much sugar a few days ago......dang those toaster strudels...they started something.......and I'm bloated too....and sleepy....you sound like me right now.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/06/2019:
I sometimes get into those tired spells too. I completely understand. Like we always say here, you will feel better soon :)



Donkey - Sunday Aug 04, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

I think I did OK food-wise yesterday, even though lunch was half a sandwich (the leftover Reuben I did not finish after Chair Yoga on Friday).  I looked up the carbs, and figured if I was careful for the remainder of theday, it would be OK.  And I think it was.  

Now that I am no longer using sweetened flavor packets, I find that getting in 100 ounces of water a day is a real challenge.  I fail most days.  When the water drink is sweet and flavored, it was no problem to drink 124 ounces.  Still, I think this is the better route, to go with plain water, iced water, lemon or lime juice, herbal tea (no caffeine - like Celestial Seasonings Peach or whatever).

I stayed up really late, first watching the PBS shows until 11p and then reading.  I didn't turn off the light until after 12:30a.  I forced myself to get up this morning, though, in hopes that either I can take a nap later on today or go to bed very early tonight.

I hear some activity in my neighborhood, so I think I'll for for a short walk. Also, I think one of the houses got new windows earlier this week, so I want to check those out.  It will help clear my mind.  It was a difficult news morning today, with yet another Walmart mass shooting and then Dayton, Ohio...

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

BearCountryGG on 08/04/2019:
You had me at REUBEN...we have a local restaurant that makes the most awesome reuben...seriously...I have had reubens in many restaurants and never had a bad one...but anyway...I have been craving that for a couple of weeks.......and now you said the word!!!!! I read the rest of your post and I don't have a clue what you said...i just kept thinking...REUBEN>>>REUBEN...UGH....okay...just read the rest......I was stuck to the TV last night too....about Texas.....and this morning I woke up to the ohio shooting...and we have many family members there.....according to FB...my family is okay....but it is all so sad......the state of so many peoples minds, that they are able to do this sort of thing......so sad for the families of the victims........


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/05/2019:
I TOTALLY (gotta get the caps off!) agree with you about it being better to drink natural water, even if it's less, than the sweetened variety. i do believe it's healthier that way and i also find myself able to drink MUCH more flavored than when it's not.

i got a really bad sleep last night due to coming home late and not being able to relax my mind / body before bed so i woke up on and off. no biggie though but it happens. good plan for you tonight to go to bed early!

too bad with both those shootings that happened! so many killed.

also, did you like the new windows?



Donkey - Saturday Aug 03, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

I've come to the realization that I really need to focus on eating better.  I'm having a hard time getting back on track -- whether that means keto, low carb, portion control --- none of that is happening.  I probably should have weighed in today, to check myself.


 After I posted yesterday morning, I remembered that it was Chair Yoga night - we had totally forgotten!  I went into the yoga sessioin with a more open mind, even though I was still carrying a lot of stress from the workday.  I started with a sour mood, and then caught myself, made the correction in attitude, and gave a concerted effort.  Not to try would only hurt myself.  Mostly, my issue was physical (aches, pains).  I did alright.

Afterwards, husband and I went out to dinner at the local diner.  That is where the eating took a nose-dive.  Reuben sandwich, then buckled and had a slice of sugar-free chocolate cream pie.  Must remind myself, NO MORE PIE. I knew I shouldn't have had it, regretted it afterwards.  So I told my husband to REMIND me not to order it next time.  (I think I did that last month too and he didn't remind me this month - lol.)  Well, I hope that **I** remember.  I don't mean that I regretted the experience, but rather that the pie just isn't that good.  THAT is why I am chastizing myself for having had the slice of pie.


Today will be kind of iffy as to what happens.  I do need to go to the library, I did laundry and it's outside drying.  I took care of my plants and filled the birdfeeders.  I did not take a walk (yet), and I do not know if I will.  


I found another offering of free chair yoga.  One of the public libraries is offering Chair Yoga, once in August and then once in September.  So I signed Husband and I up for August's class.  The "problem" is that it's offered at 2p, so I will be leaving work at 1pm.  I NEED A BREAK.  If he likes the class, I will sign him (us) for the September class too.

This same library is offering a free Yin Yoga class in September, so I signed myself up.  It's at night, so I won't have to take any time off from work. 

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

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2019:
i have been finding some free / low priced yoga options too!

I also am going to take advantage as there's a church right near work with a yoga class at 5:30 which is just perfect as i get out of work at 5pm!! :) i am excited to try it out!

sounds like you are having a good start to the day.!!!

yeah, sometimes eating the pie is just not worth it...

it's the exercise i haven't picked up...eating has been more moderate actually but no weight loss like i usually have in summer bc i have been less active than previous summers.

Donkey on 08/04/2019:
Oh, Church Yoga sounds like fun! If you go, I hope you will write about it, and I hope that it turns out to be a positive experience. (NO PROSELYTIZING!!!)

If my church (with which I'm having a serious conflict with right now -- well, for the past 2 years) offers the Pietra Yoga again, for free, I will try it.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2019:
i love that you will do yoga with hubby. do not regret the decision.

it's ok once in a blue moon to leave work to take care of yourself.

Donkey on 08/04/2019:
Exactly! Because of his disability, we have limited activity we can do together, so I'm starting to make these more of a priority, especially if they are free and conveniently located. And the yoga is good for me, too!



Donkey - Friday Aug 02, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Had a lovely time with my husband on the realtor boat ride!  Could not have asked for a more beautiful day,  weatherwise.   Afterwards,  I went home instead of going back for an hour (or more).  Exercised,  dinner,  evening walk,  TV, bed.   The birthday cake is gone. 

And now that the cake is finished,  I can go back to focusing on very low carb eating. 


I was a bit resentful yesterday morning,  because it looked like I would have to come back to the office to reconcile a mortgage deadline.  Not fair!  That's one thing I HATE about my job is the time sensitivity.  This aspect is what keeps me chained. 

Fortunately,  this time,  I was able to enlist Associate Attorney's help in getting this covered in the morning, before we all left for the boat trip. 

The boss took those left behind out to lunch to celebrate Mistakes Girl 's birthday.  When he asked me,  I said,  I'd love to but I have to go on this stupid boat ride.  

If I had to go without my husband,  I would not have had a good time. 

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/02/2019:
i'm glad you were able to bring hubby and have a nice boat ride! that's awesome - i'm sure he was having a great time, as well?!

i'm so glad your night was good and i'm so grateful to hear you didn't go back to work, for an hour. !! :)

if i were in your position, i'd also have not gone back to work for sure :)

happy Friday. Happy weekend!!

Donkey on 08/03/2019:
He had a good time too!



Donkey - Thursday Aug 01, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

 Today starts a new month.  I want to make this a really good month for myself.  Especially since July was not so great. 

Had an issue with Associate Attorney and Nice Lady at the end of the day.  She infringes on my files and AA is so  dependent on her that he lets it happen,  and sometimes invites it.  I've mentioned this to him and to my boss:  when Nice Lady gets involved,  I don't know what is going on with my files because she's interfered.   My complaints are heard but nothing changes. 

So after I called them both out on that,  the last thing I wanted to do was to go on some stupid boat ride with them.  That is when I made the decision to go (separately) with my husband,  since I really can't get out of going,  and just enjoy it as an activity with him. 

Then,  I'm going home for the rest of the day to enjoy the late afternoon and evening.  

Tomorrow,  no self-imposed pressure to get through emails, and will make it a point to leave in a timely manner at 5 pm. 

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

Maria7 on 08/01/2019:
Wonderful plan!


BearCountryGG on 08/01/2019:
Work is work...just try to leave it there when you go home......took years of experience to learn that...and i must say..it didn't even click for me totally until years after I retired....just do your best....work within the system and cash thart pay check...LOL Good idea going with hubby!!!!


legcramps on 08/01/2019:
Too bad it came about that way, but i'm glad you ended up making the decision to go with your husband. I'm sure it will end up being a much better experience!


Maria7 on 08/01/2019:
What you are enduring at your work will be a very distant memory one day after you are retired, like BC and me. I have a travel mug that says 'Lighten Up!' that I take around with me sometimes...helps keep everything in perspective... Sending you a hug today...


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/01/2019:
YES, go with your hubby and work at your pace and don't kill yourself.

today, when i was walking around lunch, i went into a nearby church and they had a brochure for church yoga...and it takes place after work! i may try to go...! it's year round.


Horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2019:
ty for the info on the book!



Donkey - Wednesday Jul 31, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

The last 2 days at work have just been crazy.  Not crazy busy - although I am busy because we're incredibly short staffed due to various health issues among the staff - but like, insane clients.  I took my walk too late - I should have gone earlier.  I realized this after I started walking, how caught up and stressed out I was by the chaos.  The key is to walk earlier (not at 2:30p) so that I can release the start of tension, and then coast in the afternoon. 

I have not been taking walks in the morning.  Instead, I've been doing the sit-ups and push-ups to get them out of the way.  It's harder, mentally, to do these at the end of the day, when I just want to start relaxing before bed.  

Tomorrow, there is this boat cruise at a nearby lake for realtors.  Our firm has 4 tickets to go, to mingle and meet realtors.  This was before the boss' heart attack.  I thought he and I would go, along with Associate Attorney and, of course, Nice Lady -- where he goes, there she is.  Peas in a pod -- which, frankly, gets annoying at times but whatever.  The boss cannot go, now, because of the heart attack, so now I have to go alone, which I do NOT want to do.  I really dislike doing things as a third wheel with AA and NL; it's like being on someone else's date, and I'm just there.  Plus, I hate these social things. I'm an introvert.  Finally, there will be food and wine - which brings up other issues I have.  Food and stress and social -- not good for Donkey.

So I'm thinking of taking my husband along to use the 4th ticket.  Male Co-Worker will be out of the office (wife had knee replacement surgery) and Mistakes Girl is doing his work and her work.  Boss says someone has to be at the office - we can't close down.  And so if I end up going with my husband, I'm thinking that I will just go home afterwards - on company time.

 Work is hard enough without having to do all this outside social stuff.  BUT if I do go home after the boat thing, then I will have a lot of emails on Friday.  

I just realized that I cannot win in this situation.  Either way, it will not be very pleasant.

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

Maria7 on 07/31/2019:
The boat ride with your Hubby with you sounds like FUN! It might be something you enjoy! That could be a win-win! For both of you!


BearCountryGG on 07/31/2019:
I say...Take the hubby!!!


legcramps on 07/31/2019:
I would definitely take your husband along to use the fourth ticket. Why not?! It will be more enjoyable for you, and the ticket will get used.

Understandably, time away creates more chaos at work; but even though you may return to more emails, you'll have created a balance between work and play that we all need, regardless of what you return to. There will always be work. Will there always be the opportunity to do these things with your husband?

Donkey on 08/01/2019:
This is a good point!


Horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2019:
I agree! Take your hubby! he'll enjoy it and you'll enjoy it more.

Regarding all the emails that you'll return to, maybe give yourself some leeway to catch up to them in 2 days rather than the next day, like, give yourself till the end of the day monday..

i'm an introvert too, so i also do not always enjoy socializing all the time ! lol i know what you mean.



Donkey - Monday Jul 29, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

 Today is Donkey's birthday.   To treat myself,  I took an extra walk at work and had a Diet Coke. 

During my regular walk,  which I thought about cutting short,  I asked myself,  Why am I in such a hurry to get back to work and worry?  Just enjoy the walk, make it a little longer and enjoy it.  

So I did!  And I'm glad I did!  I don't know why I always feel so rushed to do things during the work day.   That's how mistakes are made. 

Having a slice of chocolate ice cream cake until it's gone.  Now it is half way gone.  That's ok!

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

Horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2019:
You sound like you had a wonderful birthday! You make me smile to know you could enjoy a nice walk on your birthday too!

Rushing does cause mistakes. Many times at work i don't need to rush and when i do, def a mistake is made.

Where did you get that cake for your birthday!? did you make it? it's beautifully presented on fb.

take care and i'm really glad that you were able to enjoy your bday to the fullest xo.

Donkey on 07/31/2019:
My cake came from Cold Stone Creamery, but usually they come from Dairy Queen. Thought I'd go for the real ice cream this time - full fat - rather than the ice milk that DQ uses.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/30/2019:
when you get a chance, please let me know the name of the book you are reading, i want to request it at my library :)

Donkey on 07/31/2019:
I should warn you that except for brief spots of insight - especially towards the end - it's a very tedious book. The first half of the book is about him as an architect and the amazing buildings he designed and or built for the Reich. The book is "Inside the Third Reich" by Albert Speer.

The author has his critics, especially when it comes to the Holocaust.

I definitely needed something more positive to read after that. Now I am in the middle of a book about awareness meditation.



Donkey - Sunday Jul 28, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

OK... Today is "feels like 97F" and the AC isn't working.  It works, but it doesn't blow cold air.  Thankfully there is a wonderful breeze and that I have lots of window fans.  I'm also very grateful that after today, the weather will cool down quite nicely for the remainder of the week.  Also, I can take a cool shower any time I want, for relief.  Finally, we have this nice outdoor deck, that I sit outside, except for the next few hours until the sun passes.  It was nice outside this morning.

So on the way home from running errands today, I started to think about my diet.  I lost weight eating low carb.  I have weighed less (i.e UNDER GOAL) eating low carb.  Then I got into this keto diet, with high protein and high fat, very low carb -- which has helped me maintain AT GOAL and gain muslces.  Now that summer is here, I'm eating more fruit, which is a no-no on keto, because of the sugars.  I was hoping that the "really low carb" approach would lean me out -- but it hasn't.  


A few weeks ago, my husband ordered a weight bench for me that has an extension to do leg exercises and an extension to help with curls (for biceps).  Have you ever wanted something, gotten it, and then regretted getting it?

It is a very nice unit - or at least I'm sure it will be once it's put together (yep, still waiting) - but we just do not have the room for it with the rest of the stuff that we have in the basement, and there is no other room I'd want it in.  So I'm thinking of moving the better bike (the one I ride in the evenings, with resistance) to a different location -- and taking a break from this -- so that the bench can be assembled next to my old bike (the one I ride in the mornings).  I'm not sure. 


 Trying to finish the World War 2 book I'm reading so that I can start working on other books I want to read.  It was written by a member of the Third Reich (yes, a Nazi) and I'm kind of like, OK can we end the war already?  I just got past the part where Hitler commits suicide.  It was incredulous to read this:  everyone around him knew he was going to kill himself, talked about it like you would talk to someone about their next vacation.    I suppose if nothing else, I'm coming away from the book feeling that if there is some justice in the afterlife, I hope he's getting his.

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

trishpiglet3 on 07/28/2019:
I love the sense of feeling I can 'see' your surroundings by the way you describe them. You'd make a good author!

Interesting re the Hitler book. I have a friend who has one German parent and one Polish parent; his family owns a brass ornament that Hitler gave to his grandad. I didn't want to touch it because Hitler had touched it... even though I know fascism isn't spread in the same way as germs, I just had this almost-overpowering feeling of 'don't touch the thing that Hitler touched'.

Happy leg-exercising when your thing is made xx


Horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2019:
awwww, i'm getting sad you are having second thoughts about the weight bench. i admit - i used ricky for help in putting mine together LOL. once you have it all set up, i'm SURE you'll feel a bit better about it! with all my weight equip - i also have weight shelving unit - it was a process to get it all put together too - and a waiting process bc i didn't want to do it by myself so i had to also plan to put it together - which meant i couldn't start using the units right away! you'll get there! :)

i'd like to read the book you are reading. can you tell me the name and author so i can request it at the library??

i'm almost done with my book too. it's so sad. i've gotten the chills a few times from it. written by a black author who owns a non-profit law firm to represent individiuals placed on death row who were wrongly placed there, mostly down south, and a lot of the time period is the 80's when black people were facing much, much more racism than even now and the reasons they were being put there were far from legal. it's a true book, non fiction, still of course biased base on the author's retelling of the stories, but, i accept it as factual and it is so sad to read some of these stories.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2019:
the reason i'm reading it is to learn from the past, learn about other's struggles, understand how some of them were made right or helped, and also see how much some people work for what they have in life - as inspiration.

i'd like to read your book just to see how he presents his views as an author and i'd like to take a look at his writing style..



Donkey - Saturday Jul 27, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

What a lovely Saturday!  It's supposed to get really hot and humid today.  I have my laundry out on the deck, baking in the sun.  I took a shorter morning walk today, and I think that's enough.  

I have a small project I want to do, but only thought of after today's walk.  I want to time 5-6 shorter walks to do when my time is budgeted.  This will help especially in the late fall and early winter when daylight is shorter.  I would love to continue to incorporate morning walks before work - ideally before my bike time with coffee & news, but my need for coffee seems to get the better of me.

My focus this weekend is to just relax after a very stressful week at work.

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

Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2019:
Hello J Donk!

Our heatwave has turned to beautiful weather all weekend. Mid 80's and on the lower side. Such a nice change. :)

I think your morning walk is wonderful and enough you you decide that's so. I went to beach yesterday and nobody was pushing the long walk on the beach, so we didn't do it. I'm glad. My ankle isn't worse than it was before and my body is tired from a beach day, but, I slept in and know i can make it thru another week full week of work without any issues! :)

I am a little bit confused about your project. tell us more. I'm thinking that you talking about when time is limited, you want to do at least a short walk, if no walk? That sounds good, if that's what you mean.

Donkey on 07/28/2019:
Sorry - I did not mean to be vague about my walks.

Sometimes, I want to take a walk, but my time is not unlimited. Weekends are usually unlimited, but after dinner or on workday mornings, if I have only 35 minutes before I have to get ready for work, or 45 minutes before my TV show starts and I want to take a walk, it would be helpful to have a route or routes in my neighborhood that I know how long they take - give or take 5 minutes.

The routes I would be taking would vary in distances from my house. Loops I call them. There would be the neighborhood loop, the cornfield loop, the park long loop, the park short loop, the next-door neighborhood loops (Left Loop and Right Loop).

I would be happy to expound on this more if I am still being unclear :-)


Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2019:
love the looped walks and timing plan...! great idea. i have done this also obviously - but not as lengthy as your plan. i know how long one 10 min looped walk takes as well as a 30-40 walk loop also. thanks for going into detail, that also breaks the monotony of always doing the same walk.



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