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Donkey - Tuesday Nov 13, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.5

EVENING UPDATE:  Today, I had just had it with the back-stabbing in my office, so I took out the mail and just kept on walking, walked around the block to clear my head.  It really helped bring my mind to a joyful place, to be outside in the morning, walking.

I still feel like I am eating too much during the day.  I know that part of this is because I am struggling to drink water like I did in the leaner, summer months.  I can do this with more focus; but, this week, it's been easier to reach for another snack than it is to drink.  PLUS, I am having some bathroom issues that need to resolve themselves soon.  That could be part of what is causing discomfort.

Queen Bee will be out of the office for most of the day tomorrow, doing marketing at real estate offices.  PRO:  the office will be so much quieter without her around.  CON:  she's taking The Girl who Makes a Million Mistakes with her, so I'll be the one answering phones, which makes it harder to get my own work done.  However, if I don't have much work to do, then it's OK because it will keep me busy.

Last thing tonight, I am happy Donkey tonight because The Great British Baking Show has uploaded a new season on Netflix, and I watched episode 1 with my daughter.  I look forward to watching the show with her.... and fantasizing over the food, LOL.

I ended up eating a lot more than I had planned yesterday.  Queen Bee made an announcement that the little fridge in our upstairs office would be cleaned out at 5pm, so I had to move my food to the large refrigerator downstairs, and making re-arrangements with what I ate.  I ended up eating 2 cheese sticks and no cottage cheese.  And, unrelated, I ended up eating the entire can of garbanzo beans - it was so yummy!  But way too many carbs.  I also ate the banana - which upon peeling, decided it was a LARGE banana, not a MEDIUM one - AND ALL of the grapes - again, way too many carbs and sugars.

So with all this extra eating, I hoped I would have more energy for my morning bike-ride, but alas, I still found myself having to push myself a little bit.  The performance was there, but the motivation was a little weak.  Still, got the job done.

Adjusted my evening de-stressing bike ride so that I accomplish my goals.  I think a 25 minute ride does the trick, and it's just long enough to get in most any episode of Golden Girls or any other sitcom or game show.

I am hoping to schedule the closing for a couple of really troublesome files today.  Also, next Tuesday, I will be home all day because I am taking an online state-required continuing education class for one of the licenses I hold.  Thanks to WiFi, I plan to view this seminar and still walk on the treadmill or ride my bike or chill out in my bedroom.  It's from 9am to 6pm.  Can you imagine sitting the whole time???  YIKES.


Progress as of today: 62 lbs lost so far, only -12 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/13/2018:
That is a super long time to sit through a class....i HOPE THEY GIVE SOME DECENT BREAKS! You probably already know that I'm all for changing things around with the diet......I suspect it probably was good for you......and at least you got prior notice that the fridge was getting cleaned out......on to plan B and it was completed successfully by you...GOOD JOB!!!

Donkey on 11/13/2018:
I plan to unplug the laptop and move around to any room during the course of the day. I can take it into the family room and walk on the treadmill. Or downstairs to the basement and ride the bike. Or upstairs to the bedroom and knit.

graindart on 11/13/2018:
I miss beans. I've been avoiding them because the portion size I like to eat ends up being more calories than I'm willing to expend. Looking forward to adding them back to my menu when I get down to maintenance mode, like you and HOP.

End up having continuing-ed every couple years for my job and it's always mind-numbingly boring. Used to have to sit through the real in-person class with 20-30 others. Couldn't believe some of the questions asked by some of the people. These were very basic concepts that should've been learned prior to even obtaining a license. Some of the questions they asked made me wonder how exactly they were supposedly doing their jobs at all. Thankfully now everything's transitioned to on-line and I can sit there in my jammies.....

Donkey on 11/13/2018:
Mind-numbing is right. I had to attend a live 2-day class to get my license, originally... The 2-hour drive there alone was enough to cause me a nervous breakdown.

Now it's either live webinar or self-study. If you do the webinar, like I've signed up for,there's no final exam. I did the self-study last year because it was cheaper (and because I ran out of time to attend a webinar) and I was ready to pull my hair out. An 8 hour class took me over 16 hours to complete. And then I had to take the final exam! NOT THIS YEAR!

graindart on 11/13/2018:
The nice thing about the online continuing-ed classes I have to take is that they're pretty easy to knock out in much less time than they count for. I'll usually get all 28 hours of continuing-ed done in one 8-10 hour work day. It still irritates me that I feel like I'm wasting time and money on it, but at least it's not also killing 4 work days like it would if I had to physically show up somewhere.

Donkey on 11/14/2018:
I spent $120 on the online course and then I have to pay $186 to the state for their processing fee. There is a strong possibility that I will let my license lapse after 2019.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
maybe drink herbal tea also instead of just cold water at work? they offer decaf green tea keurig cup option at my work, so sometimes in the afternoon mostly i'll grab one to hold me over or warm me up or just to enjoy!

Like you, i'm having many experiences at my office lately where i can hardly believe the words / ideas / opinions / crap coming out of coworkers' mouths...

FOR INSTANCE, there's a nice woman a work with. She's opinionated but her opinions, after you remove her tone of voice she says them in because she DOES speak with confidence so she could easily fool you to thinking what she says is a "majority" opinion...she's in the minority comparatively in politics of NYC. i'll write more later, but, let me leave it with this: She is first generation Italian born here. She's 45 - so similar to you. and grew up here her whole life. Her parents both from from Italy countryside...

Well, I made a comment about Columbus Day perhaps being a "white man's initiated holiday" saying that those were the people in the Colonies at the time...just saying WHO was here...

and she said, bc she does like to say the complete opposite, without even realizing what she's saying, but this time she had thought about this statement...

She said, in response to COlumbus Day and Thanksgiving (which is not a white holiday, i corrected myself - at that point slaves were being freed and african americans were able to celebrate it too - initiated by President Lincoln who African Americans credit for helping greatly with freeing them)


I googled it, and considered it...

Her comment is so old, so NOT a current statement it really turns my stomach to hear her say that....BECAUSE...

JEWS, like myself, were once also thought not to be White.

but now, European Descent is considered WHITE!

Is Italy not in EUROPE!

so....there you go.

there's my coworker.

she literally feels she's not part of any group...tho she does identify with Christianity and feels her pastor would never guide people to support any candidate?

when i went to temple, they did mention politics.

is she sleeping during her Church services? i find it hard to believe that the church would not help unify and guide it's participants toward certain causes / politicians. in fact, i can't even consider it not to be the case! __________________________________________

About all your carbs with the beans and fruit, at least they are natural and healthy. this is an important thing to realize. maybe the servings too much, but way better than other options of indulgent eating...

i hope you plan something nice to eat / relax to some tv or something small anything small...on the day you are home :) maybe an extra decaf coffee ;)

i hope you have a great day. keep your head up. some people are just "crazy and deranged" haha. jk.

Donkey - Monday Nov 12, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.5

While I feel better today, if not a bit sleepy, I have no motivation to go to work this morning.  None whatsoever.  So I thought I'd log in while I wait for my raw broccoli to dry off a bit after cleaning.

I went to bed early last night -- 8:15pm?  But husband was watching TV, so that kept interrupting my sleep.

On Saturday, I bought some nice treats for the work week:  Fage Greek yogurt (plain) 5% milkfat, cottage cheese 4% milkfat,  more cheese sticks, and a small flavored creamer for those afternoons that are difficult.  Yesterday, I had the yogurt for lunch.  Today, I am taking some of the cottage cheese.  I still have 2 cheese sticks at work, so I'll keep my pack at work until I'm out.  And the creamer is coming with me today.

Here's a look at my food menu today:

  • Early morning wake-up while working out:  Coffee w/creamer & collagen
  • Breakfast:  protein bar, coffee w/ collagen and either creamer or half & half
  • 2nd Breakfast:  medium banana & 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • Lunch:  1/2 acorn squash w/1 TBSP of butter, 1/2 cup garbanzo beans, maybe raw grapes (need to get eaten soon). Coffee w/creamer after my walk, to get me through the afternoon.
  • Snack:  raw brocccoli & baby carrot sticks with either ranch salad dressing and/or cheese stick. 
  • Dinner:  TBD, but most likely will include salad.
  • After dinner:  decaf w/flavored creamer


Progress as of today: 62 lbs lost so far, only -12 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/12/2018:
Your foods look GREAT.....lots of nutrients there, protein, calcium..........I'm surprised that you have to work today. I've been eating the Fage 0% because of WW....and also a lot of grapes.....today I added blueberries...but I'm going to branch out and add some other fruits...and mix them in.....loads of good things there!!!

happy-1 on 11/12/2018:
Watch the decaf for the chemicals and the creamer for the chemicals and trans fats. Think about coconut oil with cinnamon and stevia for a healthier creamer

Donkey on 11/13/2018:
I hear you on the creamers, but right now, I'm not fighting that battle. You're 100% right, though.

graindart on 11/12/2018:
I'm with you on lack of motivation to work today. I'm always like this when I know other people have the day off.

Donkey on 11/13/2018:
Yes, that must be it. I agree!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2018:
I haven't had cottage cheese in a long time...it's sooooo good!

How is the collagen working out for you?

Lunch sounds great, great idea with the squash and beans!

great eats!!!!!!!!

Donkey on 11/13/2018:
I love the foamy-ness that the collagen adds to my coffee, but I haven't seen any visible improvement with my hair. And for the expense that the collagen cost, I do not think I will be buying another batch.

Also, for the same reason above, I am not going to buy any more hair/skin/nails gummy vitamins any more either. After about a year of buying these, again, no improvement in hair or nails. I think my nail problems are seasonal: in the winter they peel and chip so easily. My hair... well, I think I need something stronger. Going to discuss options when I meet with my new PCP in January.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2018:
lately i've been enjoying decaf as a nice snack also. usually on my commute home i stop into 7-eleven and get a decaf with a flavored creamer! :) just like you!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2018:
yes, if you see literally no change in a year, why continue!

Donkey - Sunday Nov 11, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.5

The back of my heel was hurting yesterday, and I think it's from walking around too much in the wrong shoe.  Wearing gym shoes for the remainder of the day yesterday and for most of today has helped.  I will do anything to avoid getting injured like that.

Yesterday was difficult all the way around.  This morning I woke up congested, so that explains why I was feeling out of sorts.  I got some zinc supplements to help stave off getting any sicker.  Last winter, my boss introduced me to zinc nasal swabs, which I think made a huge difference.

I rode my bike earlier this afternoon, so I'm looking forward to going to bed EARLY tonight.  For some very odd reason, I woke up last night at 12:46a sweating.  Sometimes that happens if I have a large dinner (or a binge), but none of that happened.  Maybe that's all part of getting sick?

Progress as of today: 62 lbs lost so far, only -12 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/11/2018:
Hope you feel better............Zinc is a good thing to take for colds...works wonders.

Donkey on 11/12/2018:
Amen! The big tip-off to me was this very strange headache on Saturday that I could not get rid of. Aleve, Tylenol, sinus decongestant - nothing worked except sleep. But when I woke up with a stuffy nose on Sunday, it was like the light bulb went on... Feeling much better today.

happy-1 on 11/12/2018:
Zinc is a miracle. So is chicken pho!

Donkey - Saturday Nov 10, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.5

"Day One or One Day - You decide."

I am not happy with my current plan.  I realized this last night, and I think a lot of it has to do with the menus being posted on this site.  I want to thank you all who do take the time to lay out what you eat, because it made me notice that my current plan is perhaps too restrictive.  Don't get me wrong - low carb/keto works for the numbers.  But I feel like maybe I'm missing out, or find myself wishing I had more flexibility in choices.  Unlike Grains, I don't feel bored; I feel resentment.  Anger.  Hate. <<< Who needs THAT in their life?

As I am looking at 2019 as the Year of Remodeling, I need some changes.  I've already made one.  As you know, I often ride the fancy bike in the evenings to releave stress.  It's a programmable bike, I can track my workouts on my phone, fancy schmancy blah blah blah -- Anyway, rather than going for "calories burned" (which probably isn't all that accurate), starting on Sunday, for the new week, my goals will be time-based. I really only need 20 minutes to crank it out and releave the day's stress and stiffness in my body, and not the previous 200-300 calorie goals I've been doing.  This will free up more time in my evenings for other activites or going to bed early.  This is a healthier approach for me, mentally & physically, but I'll re-evaluate and re-adjust as needed.

I decided on this after spending nearly 2 hours (!) trying to reach a 300 calories-burned goal.  Ridiculous!

Yesterday was Mom's birthday (70 years), so I called her up to wish her a happy birthday.  As you may recall, she's lost a lot of weight and kept it off, for many years.  IDK how long, but the kids were in grade school still, and now they're adults, so it's been a while.  In the course of our conversation, she told me that she's gained 20 pounds and is starting to work on that, before it gets out of hand.  WHAT???  She didn't seem heavier when we visited in October...  But she says it's either make changes now or buy new clothes, and she isn't going to buy new clothes!

So we talked about fresh produce and eating healthy, etc., and moved on.  But I have to confess to you, fellow DD'ers, that this really hit me like a brick.  It really is a never-ending battle, is it?  There is no "before" and "after", because once you get to "after", it can still be a struggle to stay in After-land.




Progress as of today: 62 lbs lost so far, only -12 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/10/2018:
The bottom line with weight loss or gain is just calories in and calories out.....there are lots of fancy plans...that I guess basically limit calories but they don't tell you that.....I actually think I was on a keto plan about 30 years ago ( and I really didn't need to lose weight...I see that now...but I thought I did).....it was called The Weight Loss Clinic...and I was allowed 400 calories a day....and they kept talking about burning ketones...I had no idea what that was...my boss told me I was messing up my body with that place...and I think he was right...because now..if I eat 1,500....I maintain...anything over that I gain. Donkey...I don't really know what you do eat...but if it makes you sad, mad or angry....I would try something else...When it comes to the bike...I always ride for 15 minutes...I could go longer...but it seems like enough right now...and it really does help my hip.....if I stop riding it...the hip gets touchy again...so I ride. Happy Birthday to your Mom...it is a lifestyle keeping it off...bless her....luckily she is catching the extra weight before it really gets out of hand.......and the clothes...I know that in WW in the past...they always talked about dropping or gaining about 15 pounds means a different size clothing...so your Mom is right around that point.

Donkey on 11/11/2018:
I've really noticed a change in my attitude since I've reduced the time I'm riding on the bike in the evenings. Not so stressful on my joints, more free time, more relaxed. In the morning, my time is pretty set because I ride the bike through local news and then the opening headlines of the Today Show. It's very low resistance and mostly pleasurable, even if it means waking up early.

graindart on 11/10/2018:
Whenever I've accomplished a goal before, I've reverted to eating whatever I want. This of course has caused me to gain the weight back every time. It's common sense, but every time, I think that the rules of life have changed and now I can be fit AND eat whatever.

This time will be different for me (although I've said that before). I've finally accepted the fact that if I want to remain at a certain weight, it will require continued effort. Daily at first, but hopefully weekly / monthly monitoring as I get used to maintaining.

And my emotions concerning this process are wide and varied. Sometimes bored, sometimes bitter, sometimes worn-out, sometimes ticked off. Weight, scales, fat percentage, carbs, calories, protein, etc - all of these things occupy way too much of my mental time.

Donkey on 11/11/2018:
You know, I think you've hit on something there. This is taking up way too much of my mental time. Maybe it's the feeling of "effort" that has me down.

And it might just be a seasonal blahs thing too.

graindart on 11/10/2018:
Forgot to mention, I did a 30 day trial of low-carb this spring and have similar opinions. It helped me drop a few extra lbs, but I really didn't enjoy the daily menu options / process.

Donkey on 11/11/2018:
I think this accurate reflects how I was/am feeling about the low carb thing. It's getting harder with the holidays coming up.

Donkey - Friday Nov 09, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.0

Logging in from work on my phone, which I hate doing,  but today is such a struggle against food.  Maybe it's the snow and or colder weather... maybe it's genuine hunger.

The struggle is real. 

Progress as of today: 62.5 lbs lost so far, only -12.5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 11/09/2018:
I am in the same boat. Stay strong!

BearCountryGG on 11/09/2018:
But the weekend is almost here!!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2018:
my guess is it's being tired or sleepy...feeling drained?

graindart on 11/09/2018:
For me, it's more of a struggle when dealing with boredom / stress / tiredness. Anytime that I'm looking for just a little instant reprieve. Of course the instant reprieve can often times make the scale jump, which just starts the vicious cycle over again.....

legcramps on 11/09/2018:
When I hunker in at home during the colder months, I definitely feel hungry more often. Is it boredom, or our bodies natural instinct to 'hibernate' and keep ourselves warm? I don't know - I never did watch The Nature of Things.

Donkey - Thursday Nov 08, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.0

So I woke up today with that "excited that it's Friday" feeling... only to realize soon afterwards that today is Thursday.  Usually this means it's going to be a very long day... 

 My husband is at the VA hospital today, for more evaluations, for most of the day, so he should have some good stories at dinner.  Last night, he made shepherd's pie with sweet potatoes instead of mashed potatoes.  I'm glad he made it because this was probably going to be one of our holiday meals.  While I'm so thankful that he made dinner, I was not a fan of the sweet potato substitution. I think that the dish would have done much better with the cauliflower "pseudo mashed potato" thing...  The bright side is because it wasn't a favorite, I didn't eat as much nor did I feel tempted at all to eat a lot of it. 

I think I may be on to something there...  

I mentioned something about trying to do some keto bakinig -- how this is my intention every weekend for the past 3 weeks -- and that got a very positive reaction.  I would really like to make the gingerbread, but I might do the keto brownies first, since it's easier.  My thinking is that easy baking will lead to enthusiasm for a more challenging recipe.  (And honestly, the gingerbread recipe isn't all THAT more complicated.  It just has more ingredients, which is what makes for a little more work.)

I'm actually starting to look forward to the collegan supplement in my morning coffee. It makes it a little more foamy than just straight creamer.  However, I have not seen ANY improvement in my hair or nails. Winter reaks havoc on my nails - they split, peel, and don't grow very quickly.  The collegan has not done anything to change that.  Neither have the "hair/skin/nails" gummy vitamins I've been taking for quite some time.  I recently ran out of those, and I'm not sure it's worth buying more of that either!  As Happy (I think) suggested, I'd probably be better served by bone broth, which will be nice during the winter, at least.

Progress as of today: 62.5 lbs lost so far, only -12.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/08/2018:
I'm thinking of trying bone broth too.....when I use up the regular broth around here that will probably happen. Hope all goes well with Mr Donkeys testing today. Did you get the snow? It's sticking to the ground here....so time to get the boots and snow shovels out......actually that broth is sounding good...LOL

Donkey on 11/08/2018:
Snow is coming Friday night into Saturday morning. I am READY!

horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2018:
Today was sorta a long day for me too....even will skip exercise tonight for sleep instead!

the meal he made sounds good...healthier of course with cauli mash! ....which reminds me, i want to make my own cauli mash!

if you want a good keto brownie recipe, the 4 ingredient ones that i made with coconut oil were the best ones and everyone at work liked them!

Bone broth is the BEST way to get collagen and great for slow cookers / crockpots. i ALSO want to make this a couple times in Winter. maybe freezing the broth in ice cube form...! to have it throughout winter as i like to!

also, your nails, will prob take some time to improve...not overnight!

Donkey - Tuesday Nov 06, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.0

 Not impressed with the PA (physician's assistant) evaluating my husband's heart test results. Very quick to prescribe a new pill, didn't mention diet,  exercise,  the desperate need to lose weight,  sodium reduction. 

I pointed this out to her and she replied,  "Oh, I just assumed he was doing that already because he talked about working out."  Yeah,  going to the gym once a week and thinking you can eat whatever you want (candy,  emergency frozen pizzas, Burger King) isn't really a plan. 

My husband was only too happy to take another pill if that will solve the problem without facing to put forth much effort. 

Still,  we had a Whole 30 dinner.  I was hungry. 

Progress as of today: 62.5 lbs lost so far, only -12.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
They get kick backs every time they prescribe a new pill..........and the warnings on almost all prescribed pills are just plain scary. I loved working in a doctors office...but my desk was so central that I heard all of the conversations between Drug Reps and Doctors.......they get rewarded very well for prescriptions they write.....I haven't worked there for 17 years now....and I haven't been to a doctor since. He most likely will not change 100%....but if meals you fix...and shopping you do....is inline with his new diet...then he will at least have that benefit....but as always...he has rights....he gets a chance to do it his way once.....all you can do is prepare meals that fit the program.

Donkey on 11/06/2018:
So true... Well, in that case, he cannot control how I respond as well, so if I seem a bit unhappy or a bit unenthusiastic or a bit unwilling, then I'm entitled to my reactions as well.

BearCountryGG on 11/06/2018:
When I see D eating something that isn't good for his diabetes....I just tell him that it's up to him.........because really....all of the responsibilities about his health are up to him.....I can prepare meals, but he chooses rather or not to eat them and in what quantities....I'm sure Mr Donkey will decide if he is all in or not......we can only just make it a little easier for them. But the final decision is theirs.

horn_of_plenty on 11/06/2018:
Regarding the PA...well, you can ask to see dr, right????

yes, someone talk sense into someone that it's not only a magic pill that is necessary!

legcramps on 11/06/2018:
Pills, pills, pills. It's so defeating when we're trying to raise and maintain healthy habits in our community to see that individuals at a very high level of knowledge about the human body would rather hand out another pill than sit and talk for a few minutes about eating healthy and getting in a little exercise!

Donkey - Sunday Nov 04, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.0

So I didn't mention this, but on Friday, my husband got his test results back showing that he has an enlarged heart.  This really had him worried, but then he spoke with a friend, who happens to be a radiologist, who talked him down, assuring him that this is not too uncommon and can be cared for, with medication (high blood pressure medication), reduced salt intake, and probably losing weight.  Ever since we returned from Vegas, I've been urging him to get back to losing weight, and this seems to have pushed him to do that.  So he's getting back on Whole 30, and I will participate when we're eating together.

Ironically, I was talking with my mom, who herself has lost and kept off quite a bit of weight, saying how I've mostly given up carbs and sugar, but I won't give up my salt (yet) or caffeine.  And now Mr. Donkey will most likely need to reduce his salt.  Needless to say, Mrs. Donkey (me) is not too thrilled, but realizes that she needs to be supportive.

While my husband's health issues are not caused by excess weight, it seems as though every doctor's recommendation to him has included "... and lose weight."  

Tomorrow, I'm taking time off of work in the afternoon to take Mr. Donkey to the doctor to discuss the results of the test, what he needs to do now, and probably a referral to a cardiologist.  

Progress as of today: 62.5 lbs lost so far, only -12.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 11/04/2018:
As unhappy news as it is.....you two can now support each other........that will make it easier for you too.

graindart on 11/04/2018:
Low sodium diet is the most irritating type of diet I've ever been on. Low-fat, ok. Low-carb, ok. Low-calorie, ok. Low-sodium.......bland and difficult to find options that interested me at all. Bought so many no-sodium spice mixtures, hoping that one of them would make things taste better. Never did find one. Now I've got several bottles of spice mixtures that taste great, once you add fresh ground salt to them.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
dang! it's so strange how the two thinks you enjoy - salt and caffeine - and that probably don't have to bad an affect on you at all...are the things your hubby will have to lessen.

remember one thing...you CAN enjoy your food still. you can always add your salt on after it's made? since i'm sure you will not use too much anyways...

most of Mr. Donkey's diet is really YOUR DIET as it is now...if he were smart he could eat like you.

i urge you not to change your diet too much to support him because you DO eat healthy now.

really, i want to say it's Mr. Donkey that NEEDS TO CHANGE.

there's a lot of studies that say weightloss doesn't change overall health, but, i'd even more support your husband changing is diet a little bit and adding in some exercise - even home exercise.

and YOU keep being you. You are doing great, Jdonk!

legcramps on 11/05/2018:
I think it's great that you are going to support Mr. Donkey in his quest to eat healthier and lower sodium. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, in fact. It's very well known that when you are fully supported, you will succeed with greater percentages than if you are not. It doesn't seem to matter what kind of crazy scheme I come up with, BF is always IN. And in turn, I commit to the things he needs to do to live a better life. That's just how it works.

Donkey - Saturday Nov 03, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 124.0

I have lots of little things to do today, which I am looking forward to doing:  walking, laundry, library, shopping (OK, this maybe not so much), reading, maybe some baking.  I have a recipe for keto gingerbread, and I would love my house to smell of gingerbread this weekend, but we'll see.

I was inspired by something someone said to me yesterday.  The office manager for the business that occupies the 1st floor of the building I work in (a converted 2-story farmhouse) had weight-loss surgery about 2 years ago.  Her journey, while different than mine, has been amazing to witness.  As she has had some illness lately, I wanted to know if she had passed her goal weight, and she has, because she wasn't able to eat much during her illnesses.  She has a new "goal" weight, but she said that if she stayed at where she's at, she'd be fine with that. 

She's lost about 100lbs, maybe a little more, so obviously, loose skin is an issue.  I mentioned to her that I once belonged to an online group where a lady who had lost about 100lbs on her own had reconstructive surgery a few months after reaching her goal weight (arms, tummy, breast), and it kind of messed her up emotionally (body-image, motivation, etc.).  So I was asking THIS lady where she is at with considering surgery.  She knows it's a real possibility in her future, but she said to me, "These past 2 years have been working on building a new body.  I'm looking at 2019 as a year to "remodel" with toning and weight training to take care of the loose skin, and then I'll re-evaluate."  

WOW - I LOVE IT!  And I love this for myself!  I think this is where I might be at, especially since surgery is NOT a realistic possibility for me, unless I win a lottery.  IDK maybe I should have surgery on my inner thighs and knees, and just be done with my body issues.  I can't see paying $8000 out of pocket for that; I'd have to do some kind of credit or financing option, and I do NOT want to take on any debt, especially for something like this.

But I might be better served by looking at my next goal as a "remodeling" project, rather than a numbers game.  I'm already brainstorming what this might mean, and for starters, I think it might mean only weighing in 1x a month.  I think that would be OK and doable. IDK I'm going to think about this. I'm rather *excited* about this!!!

Progress as of today: 62.5 lbs lost so far, only -12.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/03/2018:
This is inspiring...…..I too am concerned with loose skin...and I will not be having skin removal surgery....but I also plan on doing the best I can with just toning exercises. I am a firm believer in...when in a rut...stop digging...climb out of that rut and start something new...…...whatever is inspiring will overshadow everything else....I love that you are inspired.....if frequent weigh ins are upsetting...I wouldn't weigh in ( actually I wait until my clothes fit differently)…..you will know by your clothes....I love the idea of focusing on something else......actually sounds like fun!

Donkey on 11/04/2018:
I've known that I need something else to focus on as a goal, but just didn't know what it was. This "remodeling project" perspective is, I think, the answer. :)

happy-1 on 11/03/2018:
Supposedly if you really work your legs on squats you naturally boost hgh levels and your bodr reabsorbs extra skin

Donkey on 11/04/2018:
I did a Google, and it seems as though variations on squatting - squats, plies, with/without weights - seems to be highly recommended. I could do this while watching TV (LOL) ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/05/2018:
What that lady said is sooo logical! and so good to hear indeed! i'm so glad she's first working on her health, the muscles underneath the loose skin, and her emotinonal / mind / mental balance over the weight loss. she's so smart to not jump on that, but to build herself up from the inside first.

it takes so long to learn to "fit" your new body...and surgery i agree with her...is when she's already more comfortable with herself in and out. :) love it!

Donkey - Friday Nov 02, 2018
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 125.5

I could have gone into work early today, but instead, I am taking some time for myself by reading and posting here.

I really need this weekend to re-charge.  My mood and my attitude have been down in the dumps this week.  We change the clocks here this weekend; I am so looking forward to getting an extra hour of sleep.  I really NEED to make an EFFORT to take advantage of that.  In the past, I've squandered that extra hour by staying up reading or watching TV.  So I'm going to try very hard to maybe even go to bed a little earlier than usual.

I am bracing for a weight gain this week.   Although I've done better with food, I've been using my wedding band as a gage, and every morning this week, it's felt tighter rather than looser.

PS  Comment to Graindart:  If you hadn't mentioned this in your own entry, I might not have taken the time to look at my own progress chart.  It *IS* rather nice to see my chart, with a gentle slope downward.  Every pound lost is truly a batte won at this point.

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only -11 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 11/02/2018:
Sleep does wonders to your mind and body in the effort to recharge :)

the extra hr i look forward to also.

sleeping TONS now. and it feels good.

Donkey on 11/03/2018:
I'm trying to evaluate how I can get this done. My evening routine doesn't allow me, really, to go to bed before 9p. So then I would have to sleep in, but then I would miss the Today Show at 7am.

I "slept in" this morning until 6:55am and woke up with a headache. Not sure if it's caffeine related (because I drank my 1st cup of coffee at 7am rather than at 5am) or sinuses or what.

BearCountryGG on 11/02/2018:
You are doing great!!! Maintaining is hard.....I've been a yo-yo-er in the past...maintaining was my problem...I could always lose...I just couldn't keep it off and I was apparently not able to stop myself and whip my self back into shape until I was waaaay out of line.......you have been maintaining for quite awhile now...you have this!! You've just been through a death in the family, you are looking at being an empty nester, you want to move and there are are obstacles to doing that when you really want to...you don't like your coworkers.......there have been a lot of unhappy things going on...and now you have to worry about coworkers eating your food.....I'd wonder why you weren't down in the dumps......but there are also many happy things in your life....your kids made it through school...and both are now adults..and working..you have a house to sell when the time comes, you have a job that keeps you guys in $ to survive, you did a fantastic job of losing weight and maintaining...you have a vehicle to get around...and I believe you have good health....you are doing great and I look forward to your posts...(I don't know what happened but somehow we aren't FB friends any more)....but life goes on and things keep making everyday different if we look for them...some good and some not so good.....and you have a lot of fun things to look forward to....you have this....you are a weight I can only dream of...and it seems so far away for me....you are doing great!

Donkey on 11/03/2018:
You are right: this has been a really hard month for me. Thank you for acknowledging that. And for pointing out that, in spite of the difficulties, there is much to be thankful and grateful for. This is true too. (I am not always as aware of this, on an emotional level.)

I'll have to check into the FB thing. I'm sorry about that, I too am not sure what happened.

happy-1 on 11/03/2018:
I was just thinking that this morning... Every pound is such a battle. A mental, emotional, physical, and financial battle. It doesn’t seem like a pound is worth what it took to lose it. But I feel so much better...

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