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Donkey - Friday Dec 28, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 128.0

Well, I decided to go ahead and weigh in today. Might as well face the truth. So I was very pleased to see that i have essentially maintained my weight loss even with the cookie fiasco on Christmas Day. (I gained 0.5lb.)

This is my final weigh-in for 2007. I started this year out at 136.4, but as you can see from my ticker, I gained weight up to 144.0 at my highest weight this year. The stress of moving and not having a gym are probably the big reasons behind that number.

So whether you want to say that I lost 8.4lbs or 16lbs is up to you. Gee, I guess I never thought of it that way. I feel that I am at a very comfortable, healthy, maintainable weight right now.


Progress as of today: 16 lbs lost so far, only -2 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 12/28/2007:
What a great way to end this year. Keep up the great work!

dearerdiarist on 12/28/2007:
"Disasterous encounter" and "Cookie fiasco"... So darned cute! (Not the actual fact, but the clever way that you worded it!) You are just doing so great. I am inspired now to go back and read your history here so that I can know where the move you mention was from and to...

workingit2 on 12/28/2007:
Great job! Keep up the great work, Lord KNOWS you've worked hard to get here!

greengirl on 12/28/2007:
I am proud of you Donkey. You have been a great example for a lot of us this year. Next year I hope to follow that example :o)

timeforachange on 12/28/2007:
Awesome job this year! I hope this coming New Year brings you the same satisfaction. You really did great!

shadetree on 12/29/2007:
Three pounds from goal. That's awesome! Have a great weekend!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/29/2007:
either way, you had a successful year and you should be proud of your efforts! Aren't you glad you weigh just under ten pounds less this year than you did last year!?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/29/2007:
Thanks for that motivational comment about not lowering calories too much. I know it, in the back of my mind, and its so true. I'm better off eating a few more calories and not binging in the AM! :)

Donkey - Thursday Dec 27, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Tomorrow is weigh-in, but I'm not so sure I will do so. I had that disastrous encounter with those cookies on Christmas Day. Just not sure I'm ready to face the music.

I might wait until New Years Day to weigh in, so that I have a reference point for anything that happens next year. I started 2007 out at 136.4. If I had a starting weight, then I should at least have an ending weight for 2007, too, don't you think? So I should probably weigh in tomorrow. Ugh... I know it will be bad.

Then I will weigh in on New Year's Day as well, for 2008.

...yuck, I don't know what I will do. Maybe I will just forget to weigh in tomorrow, lol ....

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

fritters on 12/27/2007:
Go for it! You might be plesantly surprised. when it comes to weigh ins, it is best to face the music and just be done with it. Then you know - one way or the other. I hope if you do weith, that it is good news.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:
i like your suggestion of the importance of weighing in...its like admitting to the fact...or simply not denying the truth. you know? however, i can understand if you don't weigh in tomorrow bc new years is not too far away. however, if you're not weighing in so that you can continue to eat bad for a week, i'd say weigh in tomorrow also!

as for me, i like that idea of doing a weight comparison...but i think it may impede my progress...that's what's happened in the past with me. so, i think i will continue to eat well and exercise. oh, the weight i will record for the New Year will be a weight I know I am hopefully around by then take 1 or 2 lbs...125. I will use that as my baseline for Jan. 1st.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:
oh, last new years, i was aroud 106! haha

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:
it was my lowest weight of the year i think

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:
ok, done with commenting for now...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/27/2007:

kyrin on 12/28/2007:
Hey, Donkey! It sounds as if quite a few of us are waiting until New Year's Day to do their weigh ins. I probably would have too, but I want to have atleast a week's worth of work behind me when I do my first weigh-in for BL's new season. (Biggest Loser's newest season starts on Jan 1.) I'm doing my weigh-ins in show days...trying to use the excitment for contestant's progress as a bit of motivation for my own workouts.

I'm cheering for your continued losses! Go, Don-key! Go, Don-key!


Donkey - Tuesday Dec 25, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Merry Christmas!!

Survived the Christmas party last night. Ate sparingly of the meal because I knew there would be cannoli for dessert. I had one -- oh it was so good! Then I had a homemade anise cookie. Then I grabbed 3 cookies on my plate and started nibbling -- so I put a piece of gum in my mouth. Had like 4 cups of coffee, and 2 Liters (8 cups) of water. Bringing my own water bottle saved me, that's for sure! I will never go to another party without my own water bottle.

Only one person asked if I had lost weight, and I hadn't seen Uncle Joe in over 10 years. I think that I actually weigh the same as I did last time I saw him (possibly even weigh more now), but I'm older, and it shows in my face. I've seen pictures taken of me lately. I'm not sure I like how I look. Maybe I do look too thin in the face. (Or maybe it's age; I'm almost 40.) Too bad my hips and thighs don't look as thin (old) as my face does. Ick.

May check in later; not much planned for the rest of the day except Mass.

EVENING EDIT: Well, the cookies got the best of me this morning. I've learned a couple of things: For one thing, I've got it through my thick head that regardless of whether I exercise or not, I've got to make breakfast more substantial than a bowl of cereal. So from now on, I'm having my slice of peanut butter toast no matter what. (The protein holds me well.)

I still think that with the amount of exercise I do and the way I eat normally (i.e. not so many cookies), having a day of cookies will not change my results all that much. That is to say, it will work itself out by week's end or so.

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

kyrin on 12/25/2007:
Hi, there! Congratulations on the three pound loss this week. Way to go, Donkey!

I hope that you have a lovely day with your family. ...Sending you Christmas hugs!!

workingit2 on 12/25/2007:
Merry Christmas!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/25/2007:
Yes, i'm sooo happy about this yoga pass.

You sound like you are being extra hard on yourself and how you look in this entry. Honestly, i think the family stress of this get together got you feeling frazzled and you are punishing yourself with a lot of negative talk. You've been exercising and doing most things right, so don't judge yourself so much on the holidays! I understand well how a new job can be stressful and certainly this time of year. Be proud of your achievments. :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/26/2007:
No, one night of cookies CANNOT ruin your overall success! LOL, it takes a lot more than that! take it from the official calorie counter herself!

Moody2 on 12/26/2007:
LOL ..had to laugh at "too bad my hips dont look at old as my face"..I totally get what you mean!

And listen to what HOP said!! She knows!

greengirl on 12/26/2007:
You are doing great Donkey. I hope you have a wonderful New Year. Good luck and best wishes for 2008. I have a feeling that it will be your year !!! ***HUGS*** winging their way to you from across the Atlantic with my best wishes and high regard :O)

shadetree on 12/26/2007:
OOOOOOH! Cannoli! It's been YEARS since I've had cannoli - there's no place around here that makes them - there's this Italian bakery in Balitmore that makes the BEST!

sorry, I digress! You're doing great, are down under 130 - almost to 125! You can do it! 2008 will be your year!

Donkey - Monday Dec 24, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 127.5

Just checking in really quick. I have some company due in about 30-60 minutes. I wanted to notate my weigh-in for today. Normally I don't weigh-in on any other day other than Fridays, but I weighed in today because I was involved with a Christmas Challenge on another message board, and today was the final weigh-in.

As you can see, my overindulging on Saturday (and then Sunday and Tuesday) has been rectified. I am much relieved and happy to be motivated. Enjoying the momentum!

Tonight is the last holiday obstacle that I can foresee. We are going to my stepfather's family's party tonight. They are Italian, so the cooking is to be outstanding. I think cookies will be my downfall, if anything. But this should be the last family gathering. We are making our own beef roast for Christmas Day. Then I have my anniversary, New Years Eve (which we don't normally do anything for) and New Years Day (which we don't do anything for either). So hopefully I will be set after I get through today.

No gym tomorrow, because it's closed. But I'll be here, hopefully logging in on what a successful time I had with tonight's celebration.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/24/2007:
congrats on your awesome weigh in!!! like you, i am also limiting my celebrations this year! i have nothing planned for new years, either.

thanks for acknowledging the fact that i am not the only antisocial person on the planet! LOL

shadetree on 12/25/2007:
Congrats on breaking 130! When is your anniversary? Mine is the 28th I'm pretty sure (neither of us can really keep track of it - it was one of those last minute, tax purposes kind of things...I know, I'm an anal accountant...) We usually celebrate on New Year's Eve anyway.

Merry Christmas & happy anniversary!

Donkey - Sunday Dec 23, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.5

It's official: I have a cold/sinus infection. It's driving me nuts. It's hard enough to get up in the morning and go exercise, but when I have a cold, it's like twice as difficult, because of all the mucus in my chest/nose/sinuses. But since the gym is closed on Tuesday for Christmas, I skipped my Day of Rest on Saturday and just kept on going. I can really feel the heaviness in my legs, but Tuesday I will get to relax.

The weather has turned cold and icy. Not very cooperative for my walk after dinner. Not conducive to doing anything outdoors, actually. But perhaps this is a good thing, because it will keep me indoors and resting with this sickness. It's just very inconvenient to have.

I've been doing well on the calories and exercise. There is a family party on Christmas Eve that will be a challenge, and then we are making a roast for Christmas Day, but that will not be a challenge, I think.

Since dh is not really good at buying me practical presents that I can use, I decided to treat myself to a couple of presents ahead of time. I got myself a big jar of multi-vitamins and another big jar of calcium citrate (a calcium supplement). Plus I got a new workout shirt that was on sale for $9. So this way, I won't be disappointed with nothing under the tree for me again (like it was last year).

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

fritters on 12/23/2007:
Congratulations on wroking through the cold crud! What a trooper. You did good with your gifts-very practical!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/23/2007:
awwwwwww, feel better donkey!!!! I have been pushing my yoga practice also, knowing that there'll be no classes on Christmas! I am now trying to see how i will keep myself busy on Christmas (since i celebrate Chanukah!) maybe a movie!

but really, feel better. It's pretty cool to see you getting in physical fitness despite feeling sick. Bikram, a well known yoga instructor, says there are never excuses about exercise. The more you work through the pain, the more benefits you'll recieve.

shadetree on 12/23/2007:
I always save my husband from buying me disappointing gifts by shopping for myself- this year he got me a wonderful new robe, new gloves, a few other things...I haven't decided yet what he's getting me for our anniversary! (It works for us...saves an arguement.)

Hope you get to feeling better! Have a good Christmas!

Donkey - Friday Dec 21, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.5

Look at that weigh-in!!!!!! I can't believe that after that binge on Tuesday night (Fritos and cream cheese, and then cinnamon cookies, which are almost solid butter) that my weight could still be around my goal weight. Just imagine where I would be if I hadn't allowed myself to derail like I did, after the Christmas party on Saturday.

I am much relieved. This is just what I needed from my body to show me that maintenance with me really is a possibility.

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

crategrl on 12/21/2007:
Happy holidays Donkey!!!

jmarie60 on 12/21/2007:
Look at you with your great weigh in! way to go!!!!!!!!

Happy Holidays and keep up the good work!!!!!

hollybelle on 12/21/2007:
I used t imagine that every bite of foods that weren't entirely healthy went straight to my middle. It's good to know that they don't and we can endulge "some" without disasterous results. Of course endulging for day on end is not going to get us where we want to go, eihter. Good job "pacing yourself".

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/21/2007:
It's not a possibility...it's DEFINITELY POSSIBLE!!! :P :P :P

Donkey, you are doing good this time of year! :)

jon'smom on 12/21/2007:
Congrats! Keep up the great work:)

fritters on 12/21/2007:
You are doing great. A slight de-rail is not only ok - it is sometimes necessary!

Donkey - Wednesday Dec 19, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

Just a quick note here to confess my eating "sins" again last night. Ugh, it was horrible. My tongue feels so gross, from eating so much salty foods. I couldn't even run today because I was so bloated and gassy. I did the elliptical, took the resistance level WAY DOWN and it was STILL so difficult. It should not have been; I am better than that, when I'm eating correctly.

So that just proves to me that junk food is just poisoning my body. I've got a game plan in store for tonight, so you may be hearing from me again, if I start to feel anxious, edgy, or munchie. After today's dismal workout failure, I realize that IT STOPS NOW. I'm not going to let myself throw away my successes, my goals, my hard work.

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2007:
yes, let it rip! lol, get on here if you feel any urge!!!!! its sooooo true....that food poison is a total KILLER. so bad for the body. I think that's why i've been having such trouble at work in the morning...i think my body goes through sugar withdrawal! haha, actually i'm not kidding! I think it takes a long time for our bodies to get adjusted to new ways of eating...and i also believe that just like riding a bike, our bodies NEVER learn to loose the bad habits, they're ingrained. so, we can only work on bettering ourselves and learning to eat better, although we may never loose our memories of the past!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/20/2007:
yes, that was me rambling.

fritters on 12/20/2007:
You sound very determined. Junk food is poisin to our bodies. If I eat very much sugar, my whole body bloats and my hands swell and get hot. It can't be good!! I hope your determination stays with you.

Donkey - Sunday Dec 16, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

MONDAY EDIT: I don't think it's the stomach flu, but rather from all the crap I ate. I did the elliptical on Sunday, and today I did the elliptical again PLUS ran 3 miles on the treadmill. If I were really sick, I don't think I'd be able to do either of those. So I just have to get this stuff out of my system. Bleah...


I'm either getting sick or I'm hung over from the Neighborhood Christmas party last night. I didn't drink that much but I had all sorts of crap food. Is there such a thing as a food hangover?

Anyway, I think I might be getting sick with the flu because water does not sound appetizing at all (and I usually like to drink water). I went to the gym today and thoughts of being sick to my stomach came to mind several times. Then again, I had a great workout.

I think the real test will be tomorrow, how I feel. I really do not want to be getting sick.

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

hollybelle on 12/17/2007:
Hope you are able to stave off the flu monster! Take care of yourself as best you can and I'll keep my fingers crossed (while saying a prayer, of course)!

jmarie60 on 12/17/2007:
HA... food hangover! I totally believe in that.

Great exercising!!! I'm sure it's what made you feel better!

Take care and I hope you get over your illness.

workingit2 on 12/17/2007:
So happy that you don't have the flu virus!

hollybelle on 12/18/2007:
Sometimes just taking it easy is called for.

fritters on 12/18/2007:
If your body isn't used to all the junk food, I believe that it can make you sick. I hope that is all it is. This is not the time of year to have the flu!

Donkey - Saturday Dec 15, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

I'm in a dark mood today. We're expecting more snow today. Gosh but I'm sick of winter already. And it's not even officially winter yet. Oh well, at least the snow looks pretty. But I've had enough of it. Today is my rest day from the gym, so I usually walk outside. More snow certainly doesn't help that. Maybe it's written in the Fates that I'm destined to be fat. Bleah...

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

shadetree on 12/15/2007:
But on a bright note, days start getting longer next week!

fritters on 12/15/2007:
I love the snow, but am sure tired of being cold - can't wait for spring!!! When it is cold, I want to hibernate!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/15/2007:
yuck, snow!!

If I had been put to sleep, I would not be able to drive home...so, i opted just for the numbing. However, I am definitely in some pain now and I realize yoga would be a very, very bad idea! :(

why are you destined to be fat? you reached your goal!!!!!!! Keep at it, nothing at all in life is easy....but you can be successful and be happy about that! :)

Donkey - Friday Dec 14, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.0

To quote Moody2: "Well crap!"

Today's weigh-in was *extremely* disappointing. Not only was I unable to maintain the 3lb weight loss, but I gained 2.5lb of it back! I know I should be OK with this weigh-in; it is my goal weight after all. (To clarify, 130 is my goal weight.) However, after having a taste of the 120s, I was trying very hard (eating-wise) to STAY in the 120s. And now here I am back in the 130s again.


Why did I gain this weight? Well, for one thing, I did not run this week. I think running on the treadmill hurts my hip joints. My hips feel so much better after taking a week off. (I did not intentionally take the week off from running; it just worked out that way. I still do 1 hour of the elliptical 6 days a week, and I take a 1 mile walk after dinner, every night.)

But I thought I compensated for this by staying at the low end of my calorie range. Consistently. Maybe TOO consistently? I do not know. Since I wasn't running, I didn't feel as hungry. And I'm actually OK with doing less and eating less, I think. It's just if I do eat/do less, I expect to be rewarded with a lower weigh-in. I don't think I should have to workout 2x a day, 3x a week (I run 3x a week, so 3x a week, I get a double cardio workout) to achieve/maintain weight loss. That just isn't fair!!! Not to mention a ridiculous strain on my time. Not everyone has time in their day to do 2 workouts!

Meedless to say I am EXTREMELY frustrated. I'm not maintaining, I'm not losing, I'm gaining. I should be happy with my numbers but I'm not. And then I have this eating party on Saturday night with the neighbors looming ahead of me. I just feel like it's coming at me from all sides, ya know?

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

borntocry on 12/14/2007:
Hmph - same here exactly! And man, it is frustrating!! I have worked so hard for the last couple of weeks - running every day (when I am NOT used to that at all!) and eating much less than I would have liked! And same here - not losing, not maintaining, but gaining. It's just not fair and it's not right.

I'm also wondering if I've been too consistent. (You remember, I share your theory about "changing it up" from time to time.) But in that case, I'm set, because in my current frame of mind this weekend is going to be an impending disaster for me, too. Okay, not as much as yours, maybe. (But I have a buffet lunch at work on Monday, which could spell disaster for the whole week to come!) As for your house-to-house party, I suggest you position yourself as far from the food as possible. You'll get trapped into conversation with someone and won't be able to help yourself to the food. At least that's what happened to me once at one of my office parties and it worked wonders. A whole plate of nuts went to waste at that party, and that has never happened before at any other party where I've been present.

I'm sorry to hear about the treadmill affecting your hips. Wish I had some advice for you but I haven't done much treadmill running, and hips aren't my problem area (mine is the knees, and that seems to be worse on concrete). I know my husband had to give up cross-country running because of his hips, but I always assumed that was because he's so tall! I'll ask him if he has any advice for you.

Look, let's take it easy this weekend and not stress out too much about the food. Maybe just try to make healthy choices rather than count calories because the pointlessness of it might just drive us to a weekend-long binge instead. I know I'm in danger of that myself at the moment!

greengirl on 12/14/2007:
Please dont get downhearted Donkey !! You are my hero!!

mylifechanges on 12/14/2007:
i agree with greengirl- i think you are doing GREAT...we all have those times where our weight fluctuates...and although the 120's may have "felt" great- remember that 130 is your goal! If you've reached that, you've already succeeded!!!

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