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Donkey - Saturday May 02, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

 Good morning!  The sun has come out, even though it's cloudy outside (no blue sky) and the weather promises to be warm and lovely - THIS is my kind of weather!

Before I talk about my weigh-in, let me confess that I had some eating difficulties last night, after dinner (of course).  I ate too many cookies.  Also, it was a more carb-y day (rice, beans) than usualy, so I'm hoping that some of the weight is just water retention....  But who am I kidding?  My weight is up because I'm eating too much!

Maitenance is NOT easy!  Weight loss is JUST the beginning, not an end!

So of course I'm very disppointed by my numbers, but all I can do is try to do better.  And so that is my goal for May, to focus on eating better.  I must find a coping mechanism for munching throughout the day and then at night after dinner.  I've been drinking too much coffee during the day - dare I say I'm sick of it!  So my evening cup of decaf is no longer a working option for me.  I'm thinking of popping a stick of mint gum in my mouth immediately after dinner, to cleanse my palate.  Mint has a wonderful way of curbing an appetite.

I took yesterday off from any challenge entirely.  I just needed a rest.  And maybe that's what triggered the cookie fit.  But like my push-up challenge, I think my crunch challenge will be 3 sets of 20.  Also, to maintain the progress I've made in my arms, I plan to continue doing 3 sets of push-ups, but only 10 per set, rather than the 20 I was doing.

I decided NOT to sign up for a monthly yoga pass for The Other Yoga Studio, because most of their evening classes are at 5:30p, which is not enough time for me to get home be prepared to start on time. 

However, I am delighted that the Yoga Studio (my regular studio) is now offering an extra class on Tuesday nights!  Yes, I will sign up for that.  So that would make Yoga 3x a week:  

  • Monday night Yin
  • Tuesday night Slow (new)
  • Thursday night Flow-Yin

And I will look for 2 online YouTub sessions to do on Saturdays and Sundays.  Yes, I can do that.  This works!  Oh I hope the Tuesday night teacher stays with it!

Now I must get my day started :-)

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 18.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2020:
Remember that nothing needs to be off limits! Why not have two cookies and tea in the evening?

Or a couple small chocolates with tea or seltzer ?

For me, I’m having total issues with not eating sugar and just going with it and quite a bit everyday. More than usually and less protein bc it works for me for now. But if I were working I think i would be too hungry to eat like what I’m doing now with far less sleep and more time awake ....Meaning I think my diet is good for now but not for going back to work ....

I’m glad the yoga classes worked out In your favor :-)

Donkey on 05/03/2020:
You are absolutely right! It does NOT have to be an all-or-nothing thing with sweets. I just wanted to have a "reset" day with nothing after dinner.

I definitely have something sweet after dinner on my plate tonight - either a piece of dark chocolate or a stroopwaffel. One is 90 calories, the other is about 200 calories. So we'll see how the day goes. Thanks for the gentle observation! Again, you're right!



Donkey - Friday May 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 Today is Friday!  A new month,  a new me!  Well that's my challenge this month,  anyway...  I struggled in April,  but here's another month to work on me :-)  

If things were normal,  I'd be so busy at work that I wouldn't have time for anything.  So while this isn't good,  I can make the most of it for my own well-being. 

I did not weigh in this morning,  to see if anything happened over April.  I was halfway dressed before I remembered,  and I just wanted to get my day started. I'll try very hard to remember to weigh in tomorrow morning. 

I went to bed early last night at 9p and yet I still had trouble getting out of bed this morning.  I've been having very stressful dreams so I don't feel rested in the morning.  I wake up feeling tense,  mentally and actually physically too.  Probably a sign that a bedtime yoga routine would do me well. 

I've decided to do a crunch challenge this month.  3 sets of something.  My abs need help,  and I've been feeling quite a bit of fatigue in my thighs, like they are filled with lead.   So I thought it better to focus on the abs instead. 

I haven't signed up for a monthly pass with the Other Yoga studio.  I'm still thinking about it, but if I'm going to do it,  i should do it soon. 

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2020:
Happy Friday and happy weekend !!!!!! For you weekends mean something ! I was thinking if you need to take a day or two offf make sure you haven’t been working too much without a day off ?

Your crunch challenge is great are there any details ?

My challenge is to improve greatly on my weights and get used to the new weights of higher weight !

Donkey on 05/02/2020:
Yes, for me, weekends are absolutely necessary, but I think only because I am still working.

I do think I'd have a LOT of problems if I were not working or if I were working from home.

I'll talk about my crunch challenge in today's entry! :-)

Donkey on 05/02/2020:
And I should add that I'm having enough problems coping with everything that's going on as it is. Please see today's (Saturday's) entry regarding cookies to cope.



Donkey - Thursday Apr 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 Yesterday was another trying day.  We had another closing in the office (downstairs conference room) -  actually,  it was part 2 of the closing we tried to do on Tuesday.  Tuesday took about 4 hours.  Yesterday took about 4 hours too.  Ridiculous.  These folks can't really afford to be buying,  and that was a huge part of the problem.   But oh well,  it's done,  they own the home. 

With that out of the way,  today should be ok at work. 

I'm undecided about my May challenge. Trying to decide if I want to do squats or crunches. In the meantime,  today is the last day of this challenge,  so I guess that means I'll be weighing in tomorrow to see how I did with the weight.   It was not a stellar performance with food,  but I'm not going to beat myself over that.  May might be a better month to focus on food.  No birthdays,  so no cake...

My main goal for today is to go to bed early.  Not only am I having difficulty getting out of bed in the morning,  but I'm feeling fatigue in my legs.  So more rest is required. 

Peace be with you all...

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2020:
So if they can’t afford to be buying, why are they buying? Downsizing ???

I have always found great recovery with rest ! Maybe that’s why I have been doing so well with my upper body weights this month!

Donkey on 05/01/2020:
Buying their first ever house... sheesh. Exactly - why are you buying??? If you need financial assistance for the downpayment, doesn't that tell you something???



Donkey - Wednesday Apr 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 Okay, I'm going to be completely honest here and say that I'm really feeling the apathy creeping in.  I have no motivating reason to go to work,  even though there's good work to be done. 

I realized that this apathy is the reason why paying for online yoga classes works,  and using free online yoga doesn't work.  If there's no push,  I don't do it.   Making the monetary investment is enough to prompt me to start,  and once I get started,  I'm okay.  So something to think about,  if I'm going to sign up at the Other Yoga Studio for the month of May.  (I would sign up for a monthly pass. )

Tomorrow is the last day of the pushup challenge,  and I am thinking of starting a squat challenge for May.  I guess I'm taking this week off from weights, lol...

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2020:
I do think that apathy is a good word to describe how moods are everywhere....We are weary....and stressed....and just plain bored and blah. Finding ways around it that work for you is the answer....and great that you discovered a way around it......run with it Donkey!!!!

Donkey on 04/30/2020:
I see this time as an opportunity. I think that's the main motivation to keep battling against the apathy.

WOOT! :-)


innerpeace on 04/29/2020:
Though you may feel apathy - i find your commitment inspiring. You have resilience and commitment. These are things I look for but have yet to find.

I will try a challenge for May! Have a good day.

Donkey on 04/30/2020:
Thank you!

It just occurred to me that it may be this encroaching apathy that I'm really tired of, and not so much the trying.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2020:
Great idea on a squat challenge!

Speaking of squats, I haven’t done a lower body exercise in awhile so that should be good for me to do tonight thank you for the reminder !!!!

I totally get the apathy and I have also paid more for things that get me up and going. And perhaps you do like the pay classes maybe better than the free ones ?

Donkey on 04/30/2020:
I hadn't thought about the paid classes being better than the YouTube classes. That could be!

I'll talk more about my thoughts on a May challenge in my entry today. :-)



Donkey - Tuesday Apr 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Yesterday was so draining.  Even the anticipation of yoga vanished,  and I left the office exhausted.  We had a closing in our office that was strewn with technical problems,  and then,  in the end,  it didn't go through so we have to do it all over again tomorrow or Thursday.  It's bad enough having outsiders in the office, and then all for naught.  

When it came to doing yoga,  then,  it felt like another task to take care of rather than a relaxing reward.  It was a good session,  though,  with my daughter except that the cats kept acting up throughout the entire class. 

Throughout all of this,  I had that awful bloating.  I think it's the protein shakes,  so I'll skip that today.  My eating was good but I did have 2 Stoopwaffel cookies after yoga.  That's about 400 calories.  Oh well.

Did my push-ups. 

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

legcramps on 04/28/2020:
I understand completely how hard it is to relax after a hard day at work; you did your best so take some pride in the fact that, even though the day wasn't great, you still tried to spend time doing the things and being with the people that you love.

Donkey on 04/29/2020:
Yes. Thank you for saying this. It helped to read this, because I'm not sure I recognized this completely.


legcramps on 04/28/2020:
Oh, and now i've just read your comment to innerpeace about being tired of trying...apologies if i've just disgruntled you more with my comment! Unintended!

Donkey on 04/29/2020:
No worries! I know where you were coming from. That's why I appreciated your comment, because it feels like I'm tired of trying, too no avail, but perhaps I'm doing better with coping than I give myself credit for.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/28/2020:
I know those stroopwaffles !

Well I’m glad you did the yoga and I know what you mean by it sometimes feeling like a standard task and not a totally free minded relaxation! But there’s benefits to that yoga :) muscles !

Wishing you a better day today - try not to take offense to people and things that you cannot change :)

Donkey on 04/29/2020:
Thank you! It's one of those "fake it till you make it" moments. I know that I always feel better after yoga, which motivates me to at least get started. Getting started is the hardest part.



Donkey - Monday Apr 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

It's 7:02 am and I've already reached my limit of patience with stupid.  So today may be a lower social media day.   Hopefully,  work will cooperate.  

I tried a bedtime yoga session last night.  It was the wrong session (painful to my back and the stretch wasn't a good stretch,  either).  Tonight is Yin yoga with the Studio owner,  so no need to look for another bedtime session until tomorrow. 

Did push-ups last night.  No weights because I had hip pain Sunday morning and decided best not to test my back.  Probably a good thing,  especially after the bad yoga session at night 

I've been feeling out of sorts this weekend,  with bloating.This morning is particularly uncomfortable.  No pain,  just bloat. The iron pills I take are hard on my GI system, sometimes more so than others.

Anyway,  I'm not going to let my morning get me down.  I'll just change my focus and make it a better day. 

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2020:
Iron pills are known for that.....Miserable I'm sure. But happy that you will enjoy yin yoga tonight...something to look forward too....hope your day goes well.

Donkey on 04/28/2020:
Thank you! Strange thing, though, is that I actually dreaded the yoga, because it was one more thing to do. Of course, afterwards, I felt great, lol.

Perhaps I was too occupied, mentally, at work, to appreciate the yoga reward awaiting me.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/27/2020:
I’ve been out of sorts all week with this horrible leg pain only one sided of course - it’s def a bit of sciatica

I hope your Monday improved and if not, tomorrow will be better xo

Donkey on 04/28/2020:
Now THIS is the right spirit! :-)



Donkey - Sunday Apr 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Had a little struggle last night, but I still feel like I did ok.  I had an extra cookie after dinner, and was able to keep it at that.  And that's not so bad.  Bad would have been feeling like I had to finish the cookies, or go on to some other food, in a food fit.  No, I had an extra cookie and then I was done.

My right shoulder/arm/elbow/hand is very achy today.  I may have to switch my push-ups to wall push-ups tonight.  Wall push-ups don't aggravate my arm as much.  Yesterday, for weight training, I did shoulders and back.  Even though I used only 5 pound dumbbells for the shoulders, maybe that was too much.  I took some Aleve but I'm still in quite a bit of pain.

I also did some knitting last night - about a hour! - and I wonder if that's why I'm feeling this pain in my hand too.  It goes straight up the middle finger.  

I did a little reading last night, but I'm only in chapter 8 of a 30+ chapter book.  (Each chapter is about 3 pages long.)  I looked at the table of contents,though, and I think the next section may be more interesting, as it deals with suffering.  This first section is "principles" of yoga.  For example, one principle was to detach ourselves with the material and focus on the spiritual, or refocus from the external to the internal, if you will.  

My plan is to do lower body weights tonight.  I hope to enjoy some of the sunshine today, but it's  not quite warm enough to make it truly enjoyable.  But that's OK - I'll take what I can get :-)

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!


Donkey - Saturday Apr 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 I just typed up a long entry and when I went to submit it, the website said it "couldn't be reached" and I lost everything I typed up!  Maybe I'll come back here later to write more.  Or maybe I'm just done with this site for the day.


OK, I'm going to try again, I think in short intervals, perhaps, as Bear recommended.  See, folks, even Diet Diaries is feeling a  little testy lately!

Today is gray, rainy, and cold, but I have a nice little list of things to do that I like to do, with probably the exception of mopping up the floors, but that has to be done because of little kitty.  She seems to have been struggling with her lower half all week, and not just bathroom issues.

I am glad to be home today, and I realized that this feeling is because I am still able to go to work during the week.  Being able to go to work has enabled me to keep up a general framework of normal routine.  And for this I am grateful.  I think I'd feel completely different if I worked from home or if I were unemployed.

I *WANT* to knit, read, and start this new puzzle.  I'm still having difficulties reading this yoga book.  I read a little last night and enjoyed it.  Very easy, very enlightening.  Why is this so hard to get to the point of where I'm holding the book and cracking it open??


If I'm going to watch TV this weekend, aside from news, I want it to be something different.  I have season 3 of Ozark and season 4 of Better Call Saul to watch.  I WANT to watch these, but like with reading, I'm struggling to get started.  What is this all about?


 Finally, next week's schedule from the Yoga Studio has posted and it's the same as last week's.  That's unfortunate. There's another studio that is offering more classes that I'm thinking about signing up with, just for the month of May, for a monthly pass.  I would probably not go to this studio in real life, because it's a little farther away, parking is an issue, and they have more students, so the room is pretty full.

But then, why would I pay for something when maybe I can find something comperable online for free?  Not sure.  I checked out the website.  I have a few days yet to think it over, before May starts.

Anyway, for now, I'll be doing Yin Yoga on Monday night and Flow-Yin on Thursday night.

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/25/2020:
That happens to me sometimes...frustrating......I'm gun shy for a day or two after that usually.

Donkey on 04/25/2020:
I'm going to try again here shortly, although when I clicked on my shortcut to get here, before logging in, I got the same message! Maybe the server is having some issues today... Be forewarned y'all! ;-)


bearcountrygg on 04/25/2020:
What I usually do when that happens is add a little bit at a time once I get the initial post on.....then go back and add a little more....until it's all online.

Donkey on 04/25/2020:
I'll try that today :-)


Horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2020:
Ohhhh no! The case of the erased entry ! :(

Maybe with the yoga book less is more - go for reading like 3 pages and then do something else ?

I guess free is best but only pay If you want to support local ? But I can see If you just go free and it’s up to you and you can change your mind another time



Donkey - Friday Apr 24, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

What can I say about yesterday?   Illinois has extended our shelter- down for one more month, through May 30th.  I'm ok with that.  Masks will be mandatory.  I'm ok with that.  Mistakes Girl is making cloth masks.  I've asked for 2 or 3, if she's willing.  In the meantime,  we have 3 masks here,  2 disposable and 1 no-sew.

I fought a good fight with food and WON.  Twice I caught myself going towards cookies, once at work and once after dinner,  and STOPPED myself.  NOT EASY.

The thing is,  this is an ongoing battle.  I was victorious yesterday,  but I will be confronted with this challenge again,  often, and it will still be a struggle to win.  And I may not always win - I'm sure of that. 


All I do at work these days is nag.  The constant chasing after lenders to have the loans ready is wearing thin on my nerves.  It gets old really quick. This nagging gets me cross, crabby.  Nagging all day long is NOT a pleasant feeling ,  not how I want to live my life!


The office was treated to lunch yesterday,  and I had half a sandwich, plus vegetables that I brought from home.   I find that I do better when I have some carbs.   I've also started having oatmeal for breakfast,  and that is working well too ,  as it seems to hold my hunger away longer. 

Finally,  I've started having a protein shake at home before I go to work so that I'm not so hungry when it's time for oatmeal.  We'll see how that goes for a week or two ,  and then reevaluate. 


Fast-Slow yoga was much needed,  and my balancing was good for most of the session,  but I had trouble with left and right coordination.  Yoga is about balance.  What is done on the left must be done on the right.  So I'll keep on trying!

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2020:
I just ordered some cotton masks on eBay for when I have to start commuting and possibly to use next fall / winter. Soooo overpriced :( but at least I have some.

I’m glad you are victorious today xo

Yes I’m finding the same with carbs now. I’m eating more of them and it has really diminished my cravings

I’m glad you are pursuing yoga and keeping with the activities important to you


legcramps on 04/24/2020:
I hear you about the nagging. I'm feeling that way too. Also, when I talk to BF at night I sort of vent a lot to him. It can't be good for the relationship!


bearcountrygg on 04/24/2020:
We just have some of the regular old dust masks...but haven't had to wear them yet..there is a pretty easy one to make with the large bandanna hankies and 2 pony tail holders to go over the ears....no sew even.



Donkey - Thursday Apr 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Running late this morning,  even though I went to bed relatively early last night. I need to sign up for tonight's yoga class, so I'll probably be late to work. 

I did well with eating last night,  for a change.  Did not eat all of my take-out dinner (Italian beef sandwich with cheese), added fresh vegetables,  had a piece of chocolate,  and then after my evening bike ride,  I enjoyed half a cookie, so about 100 calories.  This is HUGE for me because I'm usually seen all or nothing person,  and member of the Clean Plate Club.  I can have the other half tonight or whenever. 

I decided to start eating more in the mornings,  to balance our calorie intake.  I hope that will help with  that edgy after dinner feeling. 

One thing that's been helping is telling myself,  at night,  Go to bed,  if I still want to eat (whatever), I can have it in the morning. That's helped a lot.

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 04/23/2020:
It's refreshing to have left overs.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2020:
Good job on the half a cookie.

For me being home I’m allowing a lot of carbs and letting my eating be quite different from when I was working . I’m not even eating lots of veggies now, but trying to get some veggie in daily

I also love leftovers mainly bc it saves me cooking !!! There was a vote on Facebook weather people like leftovers I was surprised how many people won’t eat them?!



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