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Donkey - Friday Aug 24, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 65 minute crosstrainer (single hill); Weight training: NONE -- but can I add 4 hours of school shopping as more cardio?; Calories: 1550 (I decided to have a dish of ice cream instead of a fiber bar; how bad is THAT??).

I made an error in yesterday's exercise report. I did intervals instead of a hill program. Today I did the hill program, and I don't know what happened, but oh man, I totally exceeded calories burned, strides, and mileage. So I think it's time to increase the resistance a notch to make it more challenging.

Husband is home today and this weekend. He is already driving me nuts, but he is out getting his errands done FIRST, which is all I asked of him in the first place (to get stuff done FIRST and then relax AFTER).

Wet and rainy here today. Probably no outdoor activities... Weight is down to 138.5, so I'm slowly losing what I put on from my pizza fest the other day. Might have been better but we went out for Mexican food last night. Oof!

EVENING EDIT: What an awesome day! I'm not very pleased at all the money I spent today for the kids to go back to school, but what had to be done, had to be done. I am glad that I got it done and over with and now I can put it behind me -- at least until the credit card bill shows up (ha ha). But I'm keeping track of what I'm spending, and that's a good thing.

Today we signed papers that declare that the offer on our old house we were selling has fallen through. So we did not sell our house (not the one we are living in now, the one I moved from in Feb.). We are now thinking that maybe we should rent out the empty house, since we really don't want it to be vacant, and the selling market is so bad right now. If we can do this, it would be great because then our old house becomes an investment, not a burden. I have to do more research on this before plunging into it. In the meantime, our house stays on the market for sale. :-(

In spite all of this stress, I did really well eating wise. I am so proud of myself!!! It is not often that I feel this good about myself or my efforts, but I did good.

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

greengirl on 08/24/2007:
Sounds like you are doing a great job with the exercise. My sympathies on the having to relose weight gained inadvertantly!! I have been losing, gaining and losing again the same five pounds for weeks!!! Time to make a big effort I think :o)


workingit2 on 08/24/2007:
Pizza and Mexican food...my two BIGGEST downfalls! Keep up the great work on the exercise!


hollybelle on 08/24/2007:
You are SO consistent with the exercise. I am envious! Good for you.


mylifechanges on 08/24/2007:
thank you so much for your encouragement!! I just arrived on Guam and it is beautiful! We have a lot to do as we settle in, but I'm excited!! I'll keep you posted!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/24/2007:
yuckie clothing shopping..not a favorite of mine! haha

you had a pizza fest...and i had a pizza fest...on leftover cold pizza! i didn't know i'd like it that way! craziness. i guess good pizza is good pizza!

you definitely offer some good advice...and i will apply to the job...after hearing your comments and listening to others all tell me the same thing. There are many people out there that may have already applied...as it was posted thursday. LOL. so, i should have just applied...i will not miss the radiography observation, NO MATTER what. too bad my suits don't fit!!!! I'd have to buy one...and return it!?...eh.

i see you are back to exercising!!! wahoo! It's good to hear you are doing better!!! ahhh, i'm sure intervals and hills are similiar! It's great to mix it up! go u!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/24/2007:
nope it won't solve your problems!! do we ever learn!? YES! we do learn! and we are improving our health everyday, despite these "minor" setbacks! thanks for all the kind words!


Soon2BThin on 08/24/2007:
Gosh, your exercise is awesome! You're doing great! Have a nice weekend.



Donkey - Thursday Aug 23, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 65 minutes elliptical crosstrainer (interval); Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1610.

Believe it or not, after everything that prevented me from exercising... Today on the way to the gym, I found out that the main road to the gym was flooded, and hence closed. So I had to take a detour. It's like God doesn't want me to workout any more, I swear. Well, ok, no offense, but sometimes it seems as though the cards are stacked against me.

So I had a wonderful cardio workout at the gym. No time for weight training, but that's ok. I think I may resume that on Monday. I'm just so happy I have a functioning vehicle back and I can go to the gym. This morning, I weighed in at 139.5, thanks to eating too much pizza last night. Now isn't that just what Donkey does? She breaks through her plateau of 136 and then bounces right back up to nearly 140. UGH, how SELF-DEFEATING!!!

Tonight we met the kids' teachers for the year. I like my son's teacher a lot. I do not like my daughter's teacher at all. But first impressions can be incorrect. I feel it was important to get a good impression of my son's teacher, since I will be working closely with her at the beginning of the year to address any concerns she has about my son's Asperger behaviors. I think he will like his class though. I did notice that he did seem a little nervous (finger flapping). I have to wonder if school isn't just overwhelming for him, not academically but everything else: social, stimuli, etc. OK, I must remain optimistic, so enough about that.

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

legcramps on 08/23/2007:
I always feel like i've overcome tremendous obstacles when i'm able to exercise on a day when it's just not in the cards for me. So you should feel very proud of yourself for getting there and getting it done!!


workingit2 on 08/23/2007:
Oh YAY on getting your car back! That is a load off your mind! And great time at the gym! thx for the advice on the fixing of the treadmill, I appreciate it!



Donkey - Wednesday Aug 22, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: 40 min bike ride w/kids; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 2100

Yes, Donkey finally got off her fat donkey and got some exercise, can you believe it??!! We had storms this morning that kept me up half the night, so no chance of me getting up early for a jog or a walk. Since my son fouled up the settings on the tv downstairs that the kids watch, there was no tv today for them. So I decided we would all go on a bike ride instead.

Good thing we went when we did, because as we were coming home, even with the breeze that comes from riding a bike, it was already starting to get hot and humid and sticky and icky.

The best news is that I got my car back!!! So I am going to the gym tomorrow that is for sure!!! (Now watch the gym be closed due to flooding or an electrical outage or something. That's what you call Donkey Luck, friends.)

I am sure by now that my weight is back up to 136 or worse. I do not know if I will start up with weight training too, right away, or just focus on cardio or what to do. I will think about this tonight and see how it goes tomorrow.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2007:
great getting back some exercise..and your car! sorry about calories...could be FAR worse! great job...and calories are still in the "normal" range!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/23/2007:
Nah, the gym is up and running and waiting for YOU! have a good day....and try to get some gymming in!!! I hope to get the MRI results today!



Donkey - Tuesday Aug 21, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: NONE; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1650.

So now that it has stopped raining, it is completely hot and humid outside. Miserable, but I'll be durned if I'm turning that AC on again.

I will not get my car back until tomorrow afternoon, after Husband is done with work. So probably no gym for me tomorrow. Funny thing, now that I'm not exercising, I'm getting all these aches and pains in my hamstring (left) and in my knee (right). And this is without doing anything!

I miss the gym. Even that kinda-creepy guy at the front desk that calls me by my full name.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2007:
i should be finding out about the mri results any day now...i'm very curious about them myself. :)

i think i can go observe really soon....i plan to go next week if possible to observe radiology...I'm calling up again later today.

i changed my mind on nursing because i think that radiology is a less-stressful job and, for some reason, my mom supports it 100% more than nursing. also, i see that if i work many hours, i could potentially make more money than teaching in the long run. of course, i'll need experience first. also, it would be more hours than teaching...i wouldn't be off in the summer, for example. also, i like that it's a two year educational program...and that all the schools are close by...and not very expensive. under 10,000 dollars for the two years...which really isn't bad.

you may be getting aches due to not moving around...this happens to be frequently when i take a few days off. I will start to feel tight due to lack of muscle movement!!! yuck. and, there is the opposite effect...when i start to exercise mutliple times per day, i start to feel extra flexible...which i love!



Donkey - Monday Aug 20, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.5

Exercise: NONE; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 2450.

EVENING EDIT: I'm taking my car in to get fixed. I'm really nervous about doing this, for some reason. Hence the high calorie intake. Damn, I can kiss that 134.5 good-bye. :-(

Yesterday I found out that the transmission in my car is dying. I can no longer get the car into gear without playing with the clutch pedal (I have a stick-shift, so if you drive an automatic, this may seem very strange to you). I did not think it safe to go to the gym this morning with an unreliable vehicle. So even though I am feeling great now, I still cannot make it to the gym. I am taking the car to the shop this evening and will be without a vehicle tomorrow.

I fought off a binge all day yesterday until nighttime. It wasn't so bad but I'm sure I ruined my great weigh-in of 134.5 on Sunday morning. I knew I wouldn't chance it at the gym this morning and was frustrated from that.

I will do better today. Hopefully I can stay at 134.5. I'm tired of being stuck at 136.

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

love9621 on 08/20/2007:
thanks for the comment. its hard, i dont know what to do. good luck with the car!


Soon2BThin on 08/20/2007:
Good luck with your car. And the 134.5 too. You're doing great!


WorkingIt2 on 08/20/2007:
I KNOW what you mean about the car problems. My car has over 300,000 miles on it and is ready to die. I wish I had lots of money to get a new car, but I don't. Have to buy a used car one of these days. I totally stress when I have car problems, that is one of my huge stressors. I know what you mean about being stuck at a weight...I can't seem to drop below 160.4 LOL. One of these days, one of these days. Best wishes!


ad_vitam on 08/20/2007:
Try to get rid of that water pounds ASAP tomorrow so it wouldn't stick to you and you'll see your 134.5 the day after. I'm happy for you that you're half way done on your weight loss bar!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2007:
ehhh...so the car got to you!!! i agree with ad-vitam...drink lots of water! that should help!

i know what you mean by letting the stress get to you! next time, i suggest trying to read a good book...maybe meditating. just try to get the though of food out. or, go over to your husband and talk/be with him.


MyJuneWedding on 08/21/2007:
LMAO well you made me realise our festival isn't so bad, and football games we deal mainly with traffic control so, long boring hours but hey, it's over time!!! Thanks for the comment



Donkey - Saturday Aug 18, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Exercise: NONE; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1450 (if I eat everything I said I would eat)

Not much happening here today. Cool and rainy outside, still sick, although each day is a little better than the day before. Not much of an appetite today. This will backfire on me if I don't eat more tomorrow. But I don't want to eat too much tomorrow because I want to weigh in on Monday. Well, why don't I just weigh in tomorrow morning instead? Maybe I will do that.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

toady on 08/18/2007:
I hope that you feel better soon. Thanks for welcoming me back. I wish you luck on your weigh in.



Donkey - Friday Aug 17, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

FRIDAY's Exercise: NONE; Weight Training: NONE; Calories 1890 (top end of my range)

I should be over this cold by Monday. I am really looking forward to giving it 100% when I get back into the gym. We're getting ready for the kids to go back to school. I'll be completely honest here and say that I am really anxious for my son to have a positive school experience this year. He's a great kid; I hope he can find his place in class. Luckily, he has one of the smaller classes (only 21 kids, as opposed to 26), and his teacher sounds very organized!

The heat and humidity have gone away for a while, so I am much relieved. I think turning off the AC helped my cold go away. Yuck.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Workingit2 on 08/18/2007:
Hey Donkey! Thank you for the entry in my diary! Sorry to read that you've been so sick. :(

I hope your son has a much, much better year this year.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/18/2007:
i agree with WI....i hope your son does have a good year. If it starts at all rocky, i'd suggest maybe some counciling or extra help right away. lol, what i mean is, try to do everything and anything to prevent any negativity before it actually happens. Your son as every right as the next kid to a good year.



Donkey - Friday Aug 17, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

I can't believe I forgot to log in yesterday!!!

THURSDAY's exercise: 65 minutes crosstrainer (hill program); weight training: NONE; calories: 1650

I don't know if I will get to the gym today. I missed my morning workout because I woke up late. And I doubt I'll get to the gym this afternoon, but I might. I'm still coughing and so tired, but I think the fatigue is just an excuse.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

GG on 08/17/2007:
Wait, so you did not work out today, even though you said you did 65 mins on the X trainer?


Donkey on 08/17/2007:
Thanks GG! I got my days mixed up. This cold medicine really makes me loopy sometimes.



Donkey - Wednesday Aug 15, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Exercise: NONE; Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1560

Slept in again because of my sinus infection. I'm sick, yet I have to drive around a couple of ungrateful kids and manage the entire household because my Husband is working 12 hour days. Do you think he could manage to throw away his own beer bottle cap for me? Or do I have to do that too?

I think Donkey is going to the gym tomorrow morning no matter what.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/16/2007:
you know, i think you're right. I do. i've beens saying it to myself often...that i sould try to eat as much as i want...the most calories possible, without gaining. lol, what i mean is, it's great to have a fast metabolism and be able to enjoy more food. it's annoying to restrict.

i know that's not all you meant, though. It's totally mentally and physically sick what i've been doing. I feel as if it's all catching up on me lately. the bad eating helped to bring on some acne. then, the left side of my body is weak from injury. LOL. i don't mean to complain to you...at all. sorry if i am.

it is good that you are resting...because when you are fully recovered you will have a better workout. these are things i'm constantly overlooking...i wish i could take my own advice sometimes!!

we are so hard on oursevles!

feel better, donkey!



Donkey - Tuesday Aug 14, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Exercise: NONE; Weight Training: NONE; Calories: 1700.

Today I was too sick to do much of anything, including commenting on your diaries. So I hope to be in better form tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2007:
hello donk donk! at least you did get some rest in! I will dedicate some of my fun day to you, since you said you didn't get any exercise in.

i had a good day. I think i sound like a manic depressive here! It's either really good...or really bad! haha.

your calories aren't terribe for a day of rest. i hope that you are able to get moving soon.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2007:
hello donk donk! at least you did get some rest in! I will dedicate some of my fun day to you, since you said you didn't get any exercise in.

i had a good day. I think i sound like a manic depressive here! It's either really good...or really bad! haha.

your calories aren't terribe for a day of rest. i hope that you are able to get moving soon.


biscottibody59 on 08/15/2007:
Hope you get well soon!



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