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Donkey - Saturday Dec 08, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

UGH!!!!! I am REALLY STRUGGLING with my hunger today. I don't know if it's PMS or because I didn't work out today or what. I feel like I could eat several jars of peanut butter right now.

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 12/08/2007:
what IS it about peanut butter that makes us want to just chow down on it like it is going out of style? I just bought two jars today to tide me over for my recovery...I sure could dive into one right now! Hold on, Donkey!

Soon2BThin on 12/09/2007:
Maybe if you go do some exercise the hungries will go away. Anyway, that's what "they" say. I know, I don't feel like exercising either. So it's up to you. Weigh your options. And if you decide not to exercise, that's okay too. But stay far away from the peanut butter, haha! Have a great week!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/09/2007:
umm, i feel your pain. PMS can definitely do it to you! Try to get outside and exercise! :)

Donkey - Friday Dec 07, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

I waited until my Weigh-In Day to make an entry for the beginning of the month. I would say I have been fairly successful in maintaining since my American Thanksgiving Day weigh-in and have managed to lose a little more for "insurance". Actually that was a fluke, but it just goes to show what measuring out your portions can do for you. Portion control is everything for my success (weight-loss speaking ONLY, of course).

I managed to pass a class for certification for my new job. It was a 2 night class and of course, they had coffee and two packs of the most delicious store-bought chocolate cookies. The first was chocolate stuffed Oreos. The second was those vanilla cookies that have a chocolate coating on one side and chocolate fudge stripes on the other side. *sigh* That was really hard to pass up, but I knew that cookies and stressful situation wouldn't mix well together. So I just had coffee. Then I had a healthy snack when I got home (because I hate going to bed hungry and or waking up hungry or even worse -- having dreams about being hungry or eating).

Like BornToCry, I have managed to keep up a base running (on the treadmill) mileage of anywhere from 9-10 miles. I still do the elliptical 6 days a week, and every night now, I take a walk after dinner around the neighborhood, which is anywhere from 0.8-1.2 miles. (I'm sorry I don't know the metric conversion.) This is no small feat with all the cold, snow and ice that Chicago has had lately.

Once I start job training, I'll still be able to maintain my exercise, but once I start working (probably some time in January) it will be harder to get in my exercise time. I concede right now that the first thing to go will be the running. My hour on the elliptical always comes first. I can do weight training at home, which I've already been doing for a week. I much prefer the machines at the gym, but it's good to try something different for a few weeks.

All of this coming at the time when the gym will be PACKED with newbies signing up for the new year (with all the weight loss resolutions). That should last until February at most. Actually, some places, the New Years gym rush only lasts a couple of weeks. Then people give up.

Progress as of today: 16.5 lbs lost so far, only -2.5 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 12/07/2007:
Congratulations on surpassing your goal! Great work!

biscottibody59 on 12/07/2007:
Maybe a certain donkey can ask Santa for a treadmill for Christmas;-) She's certainly been an unnaughty donkey whether she gets it or not--keep on truckin' girl!

greengirl on 12/07/2007:
I am so proud of you!!! Look at you go!!! :o)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/08/2007:
yay!! when they give up, lol, it's better for us! :)

borntocry on 12/08/2007:
So how are those chocolate-stuffed Oreos? Oh, wait, you didn't have them. Good for you!

Thanks for your comment. I have to admit, I've been using quite a high-calorie crust lately. I just discovered this recipe lately and can't get enough of it. But I rolled it really thin for my sweet potato pie, and didn't do a top crust. So it wasn't too bad. In the past, I used a reduced-fat crust - about a quarter cup butter for a cup of flour. I also sometimes use a biscuit crust. Those have less fat, but then they're usually thicker. I'm also going to try what looks like a really great relatively healthy crust recipe here:


And thanks for your advice about cutting down on my running to shock my metabolism into dropping a few pounds. I totally believe that myself - that's why I used to keep nagging Runner to quit (or cut down on) running for a bit. But having said that, I must sheepishly confess that I'm not planning to do that myself at the moment. The reason being that I'm actually feeling quite motivated again right now, and that never lasts long for me. Also, who knows for how much longer the weather will hold out here? If it starts snowing and the roads ice over, I'll be forced to cut back on my mileage (or join a gym!).

Donkey - Friday Nov 30, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.5

Today's weigh-in was 130.5, so I think that I have successfully maintained my weight through Thanksgiving (and the weekend afterwards). I expected it to be a little higher today because of PMS. I tend to retain a few extra pounds until TOM is over. But even so, I am happy with my progress.

I will update with my test results later on today, when I return from testing.

AFTERNOON: I passed my test so now I can proceed with job training. Dh and I went out to lunch after my test. He had a honkin' huge plate of food, but I did very well with soup and salad.

Working hard today to keep my calories at a moderate level. Sometimes after weigh-in days, I tend to eat a little more.

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 0.5 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 11/30/2007:
There you go! Congrats!

geevee on 11/30/2007:
Oh, for the days of weighing 130 again!

starfish on 11/30/2007:
Congrats on passing your test. I know what you mean about eating more after weigh in. It's because I know I don't have to weigh in for another week so I figure if I'm a little bad for a couple days I can fix it in the next 5 days after! LOL! but yeah I'm trying not to do that!

mylifechanges on 12/01/2007:
you're doing great! keep it up! ~Michelle

MeAgain on 12/01/2007:
OMG you are soooo at the foot of your goal weight!!!! You have obviously done a FANTASTIC job!!!! You are about to WIN this race!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/02/2007:
soup and salad is good. I'm fond of vegetable and bean soups :) congrats on passing your test! :)

meagain on 12/02/2007:
What up Donkey?! I love that name ... how'd you come up with THAT????

WOW you are AT your goal weight!!!! How cool is that! Congrats!!!!

workingit2 on 12/06/2007:
Thank you for the positive support on my diary! LOL If I had any more vicodin I'd gladly send them your way! Surgery is scheduled for the 13th of this month...only eight days away! YAY!!

I hope everything is going great for you!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/06/2007:
we actually didn't even light a real menorah, only the electric one in the window. nobody was home at the same time and everyone is busy...although if we had planned to, we could have found the time to celebrate together and give each other a card in my family. not this year. chanukah is not a big holiday once you grow up...for kids it is...but a card is a nice thought. i think my lonliness has gotten the best of me. i feel like a big potato sucked into small clothes right now!

greengirl on 12/06/2007:
Well done, Donkey. You have worked so hard this year that you deserve this success. Well done on maintaining during the holiday season. Good luck with the job training. I bet you are full of confidence and looking good :o)

Donkey - Thursday Nov 29, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

OK, I have a big test for the job tomorrow, weigh in day is tomorrow, and my son and Husband are arguing about son's math test (grade D).

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

fritters on 11/29/2007:
WOW - You have really got a lot going on! Good luck with the test and weeigh in.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/29/2007:
ahhhh, lots to do! I know you will get through it! :)

Teriyaki on 11/29/2007:
Have a good day tomorrow....ace the test....win the weigh in...


starfish on 11/29/2007:
good luck tomorrow :)

Donkey - Wednesday Nov 28, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

I am sorry that I have not written more regularly lately. Most of my time has been consumed with this new job thing. I have to take several tests to get licensed and so not only am I trying to keep up with everything as usual (e.g. laundry, errands, etc.) but I'm also studying my brains out, except for today, when I had a fit of laziness come over me, and opted to watch TV instead of study or going to the gym to run (or writing on Diet Diaries).

Besides, I felt that I had nothing to say until I weigh in on Friday (my normal weigh-in day) to assess the damage that I did over Thanksgiving. PMS hit today, so I'm sure I'll be retaining some kind of water for the next 2 weeks until TOM. Greeeaaat.

However, I did want to write and say how touched and grateful I am for all the support I received in your comments, congratulating me on achieving my weight loss goal. Thank you so much -- I really appreciate it, more than you'll know. :-)

I did have a dream last night that I weighed in and my weight on an incorrect scale was 132, so I knew that in reality, on my correct scale, I was under 130 (!!), but --- in my dream --- when I stepped on the scale I could not read the number. So we shall see on Friday if dreams come true (ha ha).

At least it wasn't an eating dream. Oh boy I hate dreaming about eating. Yuck!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 11/28/2007:
I read in prevention magazine that as long as you don't go 5lbs over or under your 'target' weight that you should be able to consider yourself as maintaining. So, don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff LOL. It is nice to see someone else reach their goal weight! So far i've seen harleygirl, maria and you! Have a great evening!

hollybelle on 11/29/2007:
A change in schedules does upset the applecart, so to speak. Congratulations on meeting your goal wieght! from 180 - that's so impressive. I started out just a little under that (I'm 5'5") but I can't seem to get under 155!

borntocry on 11/29/2007:
Funny... I love those dreams where I'm eating like there's no tomorrow! Sometimes I even wake up pleasantly full from my unconscious feast!

greengirl on 11/29/2007:
Donkey I am so pleased to see you reach your target weight!! I couldnt be more pleased if it was me that had done it!! (actually that might be a slight exaggeration!!). Well done, you deserve if for all the hard work you have put in !! *****celebratory hugs to you******

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/29/2007:
yuck...dreaming about eating is not good at all lol!!! after all, if you're anything like me and consumed with thoughts of food during the day, it's the last thing i would want to think about at night! :) haha.

Donkey - Thursday Nov 22, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

Just wanted to take time to announce that I officially reached my goal weight today. I didn't have a chance to update my DD until this evening, but I weighed in early in the morning before hitting the gym.

It's a great feeling. I actually started my weight loss at 180lb after my daughter was born. And here I am at the end of my journey (again) and this time, my goal is to maintain this weight. Amen!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/22/2007:
wow!!! congrats Donkey!!! Nobody would ever think that you would reach a goal on Thanksgiving no less! haha! That definitely puts on the pressure to eat healthy on this holiday! :)

biscottibody59 on 11/23/2007:
Good for you!

shadetree on 11/23/2007:
I know you were at times wondering if you would make it to your goal - perserverance pays off! Congratulations!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/23/2007:
leg magic is available in some sporting goods stores and also online and on tv infomercials. I bought "Red" which is an ab exerciser and I have also bought the ab lounge. I like both of those. Leg Magic works your inner thighs. It's a little odd and you have to get used to it. The good thing is that if you don't like it, there's a 30 day return policy. I paid 150 dollars for it. Then, I went to the mall the other day and saw it there for 130. oh well, i can't do anything about it now. In the past 3 years, these are the purchases i've made. I will not be purchasing anything else for at least one year! :)

starfish on 11/23/2007:
WOW!!! GREAT JOB! :) How wonderful for you!

starfish on 11/23/2007:
It is so inspiring to see someone reach their goal

biscottibody59 on 11/24/2007:
Hey, just saw your last comment--thanks for your vote of confidence:-)! Also, it's JShawstad's loss (haha) that she's not here to share your joy in hitting goal!

I really was astonished at her reply--and for the record I'm often wrong as well--at least in the fact that I should have "said" NOTHING. That was a perfect example.

signed, biscottibody59 (wondering what happened to my "keep my head down" policy--yikes!)

workingit2 on 11/25/2007:

borntocry on 11/26/2007:
Hey there, Donkey! Congratulations!! I take it you didn't eat the whole pie, then? Wish I could say the same! :(

legcramps on 11/26/2007:
Way to go Donkey!!! Keep us posted on the maintaining part of your lifestyle change - it will be great to follow all your efforts!

Donkey - Wednesday Nov 21, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 131.5

Tomorrow is weigh-in day and I go and have bacon for dinner tonight. So I will have major water retention tomorrow. DOH! I must remember this when I see the number on the scale and not get discouraged.

I got a phone call today about the job I applied for. I am not going into detail about the job yet because if I don't pass training, then I don't have a job, and so why make a big deal out of something that hasn't happened yet.

But anyway, I get this phone call and on Monday morning, things are going to start happening. I have a study class, then I take a state certification test (on my own time), and then I return for the practical (hands on) training.

Great that I get this exciting/stressful news the day before like the biggest eating holiday in the U.S. I hope I don't try to drown my anxiety and worries in a pumpkin pie (yes, the whole pie).

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

borntocry on 11/22/2007:
Eeek! I share your fears. In particular because I made this pumpkin pie, and I think I may have left it in the oven too long, so now if it sucks I'll feel obliged to finish it!

I wish I had some good advice for you, but all I can say is, try not to worry too much about the training. I'm sure you will pass it - why wouldn't you? And maybe you can try to fill up on vegetables (and lots and lots of water) at the meal itself - perhaps then you will be too full to eat a whole pie? Actually, I should probably try that myself...

workingit2 on 11/22/2007:
Happy Thanksgiving!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/22/2007:
make sure you offer the pie to everyone before you take a piece. and like BTC said, fill up on major heaping amounts of veggies. and, the protein of the bird also is very satisfying. I think i may be anti-thanksgiving today. I have decided to eat only veggies and turkey...and a baked apple for dessert. so, veggies, apple, fruit at the Thanksgiving meal. Even if calories are still high, they will be lower carb. I'm gonna stick with this for at least one month.

Donkey - Monday Nov 19, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 131.5

So my family has known for WEEKS that I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner. WEEKS. My grandparents were going to go to one of my (step) grandma's daughter's house for Thanksgiving dinner. FINE.

Today I find out -- from my brother nonetheless -- that my Grandfather has invited himself over to our party instead of with his WIFE (where he should be, I feel) and her family. Just invites himself over.

The man is 96 years old, uses a walker, and says he'll drop Grandma off at her place and then drive on up to my place. NOT. So now one of us has to take the time to drive the hour to go get him and then drive the hour back to my house. My brother said he and my stepfather would do it when they got here. Oh sure, after 3.5 hours driving to my house, they are going to hop in the car and drive another 2 hours to go get Grandpa.

This is just INSANE.

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

kyrin on 11/19/2007:
You're going to be busy with dinner. Let them go get Grampa. What else do guys have to do while the women cook? ...B-r-e-a-t-h-e. It will be fine. You don't personally have to solve all of the family problems. You're probably another nurturer (like me), and feel responsible to make everything run smoothly. Everything will work out if you let other family members be responsible too.

I'm wishing you peace for this holiday. {{Hugs}}

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/20/2007:
that's kinda odd. i agree. why isn't he going with his wife!? i guess that's what a 96 year old brain does to a person. my grandfather is 96 and he cannot make it to our thanksgiving. he's in a wheelchair and is in a nursing home. my dad loves his parents and does everything for them, but cannot take the responsibility of moving an imobile man around. its way too much physical stress on my dad. so his wife will be joining us...she's in better health and 86.

Donkey - Sunday Nov 18, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 131.5

All in all, I survived the weekend. It's ironic that I did better food-wise on my NON exercise day than I did on the day that I exercised at the gym, but I still stayed within calorie limits.

Now starts the preparation week for Thanksgiving. I am thankful that my gym is open on Thanksgiving day, LOL!

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey - Friday Nov 16, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 131.5

It's been about a week since I've written an entry. I had a good weigh-in today, so I feel like I'm back on track. I realize that I may never reach my goal weight but I'll keep on trying.

I haven't started my new job yet. Training is supposed to start the week after Thanksgiving. So when it starts, things will move rather quickly, and my life (daily schedule) will change a LOT. So right now, I'm trying to maintain my cardio and I'm taking a rest from my weight training program, and looking for a new weight training program to start, because it's good to mix things up every 4-6 weeks with weight training.

My running has taken a hit because it is bitterly cold outside. I hate running on the treadmill. I also hate going to the gym 2x a day in order to get in the running workout. This probably won't be possible once I start working anyway, and it's just not practical. Life is not a day in the gym.

One positive thing about going back to work is that if I am busy and away from the house, my eating should become more organized. If I'm away from the house (refrigerator), then I won't eat as much. And I will have my food planned and organized ahead of time if I take my lunch. The eating/dieting part of weight loss is my major challenge so this would be a huge positive, in my opinion.

Next week is Thanksgiving. That should be interesting....

Progress as of today: 12.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 11/16/2007:
Good luck with the new job. Have a great weekend!!

hollybelle on 11/16/2007:
What's your new job?

borntocry on 11/16/2007:
Oh gosh, yeah. I eat at least twice as much on days spent at home as I do when I'm at work. After all, I can hardly sit at my desk munching away all day long without anyone noticing.

So you hate running on the treadmill. That's funny because I yearn to join a gym. But I just can't justify the expense, especially as here it's rarely too cold to run outside. Also, gyms here have the most inconvenient opening hours, so there's really no point. What don't you like about the treadmill - too monotonous? I kind of like how I can just zone out and watch the numbers go by. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side!

I definitely think weight loss has more to do with diet than exercise, though. At least for people our size. I love the feeling of fitness I get from running, but I honestly don't think it does much for weight loss. It doesn't raise your metabolism like weight-lifting, so the only way to really burn lots of calories is to run long distance, and that generally spikes your appetite so you offset those calories anyway by eating more.

fritters on 11/16/2007:
I hope you enjoy your new job. What will you be doing? I don't care for a treadmill, but I really miss the cross trainer that I used at the ymca.. The kind where your legs and arms both work, you can set tension, incline.. all that good stuff. In fact I miss it so much that I have given thought to giving up curves to get it back - cost is about the same. BUT I love curves and the friendships that I have there and I know that I am getting a good work out.

kyrin on 11/17/2007:
Hey! Congratulations on the new job! ...I also start training for a new job on the Monday after Thanksgiving. I'm excited and am looking forward to starting a job with steady hours, so that I can get on a regular eating schedule.

Here's to both of us being successful in our newest challenges.


workingit2 on 11/17/2007:
Congratulations on being where you want to be with your weight. Good luck with the new job!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 11/17/2007:
i agree, working definitely has helped to control appetite. weekends are by far the WORST. friday nights included, haha.

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