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grannyannie - Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.4

Exercise bike today and more housework. Rainy all day or I'd go for a walk.

I have the option of 1 slice of bread with pb and set honey when I feel extra hungry on any day this week. Or I might just have one bottle of beer. 

B: porridge w/blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk, caramel rice cake

L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast, cheddar, clementine

D:  veg and chicken curry

S:  packet of popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1141 (3925 remaining for the week)

One of my favourite flowers in our garden - aquilega

 

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 21.4 lbs to go!

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Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Hi all! :)

9:45am breakast: oats 150, almond milk 50, raisins 150. 350. kombucha 5. 400.

upper body workout - DONE, which feels wonderful to have a workout completed so early in the day, no studying in AM (couldn't fit it in as i slept in after going to bed late). 

noon lunch:  1/2 flatbread 100, egg 100, butter 20...chips 200...450.

chocolates 200 after farm

dinner: lots of veggies, extra, 300 with light sauce, crackers 250, small strawberry margarita 8oz can 200 (higher sugar than the spiked seltzers). 750

1800

 

 

 

 

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10am - weights workout quick during tv show....

studying what i can / reading...

1pm-4pm farm...friend jen may WILL come !!!...we shall see ;)

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then, picking up some INSTANT coffee (cheaper and does the same thing as starbucks iced coffee!) , at the store..maybe also dried fruit for cereal, but reallly not much more than that...? running low on kombucha but thinking to do something different - hot water with stevia / lemon for a few days (cheaper alternative...)...

 studying. - i'm on chapter 1 - fundamentals of PM...will need to check out and start using the PMP study apps on my phone, TONIGHT.

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 as far as yesterday, i did get some studying done, but not as much as i could have. i drifted on facebook and the web a bit too much...but i'll be working more today to get MORE done. and i will...especially tonight, after the farm.

 

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Last night I was out very late. After seeing my family, i drove to my former coworker's home to pick up my disk that should have been finished. But it wasn't fniished downloading bc her computer shut down while data was transfering. So, I tried to get it done while I visited her, but there were a few more complications and I didn't want to stay past 10:30pm (there since close to 9pm). plus, she has work today and her father is flying in from Colombia (the country!).  so she's pretty busy. I tried again to get it done. I will stop by again in a week or less to hopefully pick up the finished thumb drive. :) I also have something to get from my family that i forgot as well as drop something off at another friend's house out on the island so it will be good to do all these things the next time I take the drive.... 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Busy day! You still have studying to do?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
Yes. there's an INTERNATIONAL Project Manager Professional exam. I learned about it thru the proj man. classes i was taking and review sessions.

It looks excellent on a resume. 30% of applicants pass it the first time. it is hard. I may not pass. I will try my best and put studying in.

now that i am home, it'd be great to take a stab at the test. If i cannot pass it, I will move forward without it. I'm giving myself until end of december. the test is online, similar to an SAT or other hard test that takes 4 hours.

in January, the test is being altered greatly and a lot of the studying / prep will not be relevant anymore.

so that's why now is the time to study, while unemployed, to try to pass that and get it on my resume as it is a great asset if i can pass it, but give up after i try if i do not pass because the test is changing greatly in the new year. i have 3 chances to pass, i believe.


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Have you ever tried mixed seeds and raisins on cereal?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
i really should upgrade what's been a really sweet, sugary, breakfast soon. i was loving it while home lol.


bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
You still did do a lot yesterday!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
;)


legcramps on 09/29/2020:
Sounds like you set yourself up for a great week!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
i do think so xoxo


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Exam sounds like a great idea. Good luck with it!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
thank you, Annie..


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innerpeace - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020

Weight: 309.5

It's Tuesday Innit?

Crazy is putting it loosely here today...with the debate downtown - my office is doing weather forecasting, I'm glad i"m not there!

Up this morning - did about 30 minutes of Zumba.

DH and I walked the doggos this morning - it was quite chilly but I found some cute pictures along the way.

Rock flowers anyone?

 

And a gnome garden - pretty cute

I will probably take them back out to our Indian Hollow about 4:00 when I get off work.

B: Fruity pebbles; vanilla iced coffee

L: left over chicken, pasta, cucumber, tomato salad with a little avacado

D: left over chicken with BBQ sauce, red onions on a pizza crust and little mozzarella

Blood sugar this a.m. 126

Cheering for the Indians!! Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 99.5 lbs to go!

trishpiglet3 on 09/29/2020:
Your lunch looks a lot like mine was today :)


bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
You are doing fantastic with the blood sugar...I am so IMPRESSED!!! Cut decorations in your neighborhood!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
Is one of your photos the back of your house and the other is the front? All looks so quaint and wonderful!

sometimes i like a nice, sweet breakfast also. I have been doing sweet for just about the entire pandemic...doesn't keep me full for long, but, SO TASTY.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
ooops, not your house!


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Heading out early to mail our ballots and other things...no other shopping or stops though...lots to do around here.....and I'm ready to get on with it.

1,734 calories to cover today and tomorrow....I'm fine with that...I would prefer to have excess leftover before the new switch on Thursday....but I'm fine with it.....Eating with some forethought today.

coffee = 2

raisin bagel toasted = 260

butter = 102

crystal light lemonade crystals = 5

Chicken patty = 200

1 slice sprouted bread = 140

sloppy joe meat and sauce = 185

corn = 106

pasta, vegetables/ chicken flavored sauce = 165

graham crackers = 165

snap'd crackers = 100

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1,430

Since I was having a very hungry day...I decided to eat today and have a very low cal day tomorrow.......

304 calories for tomorrow

 

Saw some beauty in my little errand this morning....

The sun was shining just right on my way past these areas...

Also saw some turkeys...and a couple of horses in a pasture watching a bunch of cows....but I wasn't camera ready...:(

Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/29/2020:
Good morning! You've got this. You will manage your calories today and tomorrow.

I like how you said, Eating with forethought. Yes!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Being very careful today!


innerpeace on 09/29/2020:
When you list reading as a goal - what do you read? A book? an article? a recipe? Something online like entertainment, news or something inspirational? Just wondering.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I'm reading 2 books..I'm basically always reading The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.....I read it over and over again and find new insights each time....And the other right now is Sing You Home by Jodi Pincoult....some days it's magazine articles.....and I also do some crosswords usually in the late evening.


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
You can do it! I'm hoping for leftover calories at the end of each week. I'd rather do really low the beginning of each week instead of being forced to do low the last day.

Mailed my ballot almost 2 weeks ago. My family temporarily in California are still waiting for their ballots from Michigan.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Michigan is having mail issues...We got a package yesterday that was ripped open with no contents....luckily the send is shipping another one out today....but all mail right now is backed up very badly. We got our ballots last week but I took them to the post office so that they would stay in our town instead of going through the Detroit Hub.....

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
If I had put them in our home mailbox they would have gone to detroit.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
i also have to fill out my ballot! got it in the mail a couple days ago :)

your photos of fall are amazing!!! so pretty!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
The sun will brilliant this morning....brought out a lot of color and lit up the sky nicely.


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Beautiful photos!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Took my breath away this morning.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Indeed! Spectacular!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I'm usually not happy with my phones camera...but today I was!


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
My ballot has to go to Tennessee (last place I lived and voted). Have to take it to the post office for international postage, then goest to London, then NY then maybe TN.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
It's a good thing it isn't going through Detroit.....My nephew quit working for the post office in Oakland County recently and went to work for UPS and he loves it there....he was so put off by how the mail was being handled he decided that he didn't want to deal with it anymore.


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I've read The Prophet but it's been years.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I guess you could say I never really stop....I pick a section and read it several times a month.......The more I read it...the more I understand it.


legcramps on 09/29/2020:
The fall colours are just so beautiful!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
They are and this morning the sun was shining so brightly....it really accented them.


innerpeace on 09/29/2020:
Stunning color! Things are NOT that far along in NE Ohio.

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
There are pockets of beauty here....a lot is still green!


trishpiglet3 on 09/29/2020:
Those are stunning photos!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I gasped when I saw the sun on them this morning.....


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trishpiglet3 - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(DIY regular and healthy)
Weight: 160.0

Apologies for long absence. I had a bereavement... lost my Dad last year, then we had to move house at short notice, then the whole pandemic thing.  I went down to 143lbs at one point over Christmas/New Year because I was living off Pepsi Max and not eating. Things a lot better now. Sorry to have been away so long. 
Looking forward to reading up on how you all are!
And hello to anyone new 

Progress as of today: 14.6 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Welcome back....I'm sorry to hear about your Dad's passing.

trishpiglet3 on 09/29/2020:
Thanks. It was a strange time. ... I found out he'd wanted to be a priest but they sent him away from the seminary saying he wasn't suitable and to told him to have a family instead. I hope he thought we did OK as a Plan B.


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Hello Trish. I joined in 2011 but was away for a long time. Sorry about the loss of your dad. I lost my son in April to Covid.

trishpiglet3 on 09/29/2020:
I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. We expect for our parents to go before we do, we don't expect our children to. All the love to you xx


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I see you are in London. I'm in Scotland west of Glasgow.

trishpiglet3 on 09/29/2020:
Oh wow! I've been to Glasgow - very, very long time ago now


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your father.

On a different note, I am extremely happy to see a post from you! welcome back!!


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Donkey - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 No weights since last Thursday,  but then I realized that I usually take the last week off the month off,  to prepare for the next month's goals.  Ok,  that excuse works, as long as I realize it's just an excuse. 


Male Co-Worker returned to work,  after a week off,  and I feel like the balance has been restored. As I explained to him, not so much the work, but more so the sanity. 

He was very busy. It sucks to have to come back to crazy busy. He said he was surprised that we're still so busy.  Yeah, welcome to my life!  I am starting to see a slight slowdown. I stayed late to catch up,  but spent so much time correcting Mistakes Girl that I didn't make much progress. 


I don't have much to add or mention. I'm feeling incredibly burned out.

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Sorry for the work stress. Are you still thinking about finding a new job?


bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Glad that the coworker returned...hopefully it will get better.


legcramps on 09/29/2020:
Hopefully now that your co-worker has returned, things won't be so busy for you. I understand the burn-out. Try to get some rest.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
keep your head up. i'm so proud of you.

If so burned out, perhaps you can take a couple days off soon ? next month?

you have been going on with work for awhile :)

sometimes downtime is good to rest (you say you took some time of weights)...i am freaked to go back to work full-time! the days of late wakeups and great sleep are over! not sure when going back to work or where, just thought i'd mention that!


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Jacky82020 - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(Eat less, move more)
Weight: 127.2

Doing ok.   Hit 127.2 today.   very motivated to get to 126.something tomorrow  

Progress as of today: 6.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Good morning! Having my lunch now.

Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
It is 7:52 AM here. What’s your time?


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
Wow, you are doing great! Isn't it nice to see quantitative results? YEAH!!!

Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Yep! Hallelujah!


bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Good Morning.....Good job with the scales!!!

Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Thanks. I do get so hungry though


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I'm 5 hours ahead of you. I get up at 6am so when it's still 1am for you (eastern US, right?)

Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Sounds right! Would that be the same for Ireland? I have a Twitter buddy from there.


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Good on your weigh in!


grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Yes, I am the same time zone as Ireland.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
fabulous work, Jacky!!

Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Thanks, HoP. You would not believe how hungry I am!


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grannyannie - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.4

Exercise bike 30 x 1 or 2

My weekly adventure today - going to the car park of our supermarket and waiting for them to load my shopping into the car.  Something new this week - I ordered caramel rice cakes. 

B: porridge w/blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk, caramel rice cake

L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast, cheddar, clementine

D:  veg and chicken curry

S:  packet of popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1141 (5066 remaining for the week)


Sharing more photos I took of flowers in our garden. 


Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 21.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Love it! You take great photos. Just started my Walmart pickup for Friday AM. They didn’t have my 40 pds wild bird seed, but are likely to have it in the store by Friday. We had a few hot days, ~80. Cooling and rainy now, a few leaves falling.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Thanks! When I got that dslr camera in 2011 I did photos of every flower in our garden by the month. We have dozens of species from Jan to Sept.


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
I hope you like the caramel rice cakes. I was using those, pre-keto, as a sweet snack at work in the afternoons.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
They are good, not exactly filling. I used to buy them all the time years ago. Nice to have with coffee mid-late morning. At 51 calories it's better than the quinoa bars I buy for hubby which are 141 cals (and I occasionally eat).


bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
The perfect flower pic...outstanding. Enjoy the rice cakes.....we use them around here for a low cal sweet treat...and they work well for a low cal breakfast too...enjoy!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I've got to have something heavy for breakfast - porridge and berries are most filling for me. But for snack later in the morning they are nice.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Love the Carmel rice cakes. Should bust out the old canon dslr and photograph my orchids.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Yes do! I love orchids!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
We can't grow orchids here but they have them all over Thailand. Love them!


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Mine all live in the house. I do get them to rebloom, must have dozens of plants. But I am too cheap to keep them at the optimum heat, humidity & lighting, so mine don’t do all that great. Spent a while a few years back experimenting with how they dye them bright blue. It was fun. You can’t simply inject the dye into the stem. You have to insert a tiny funnel full of dye into the stem and let it uptake for 24-48 hours. Did that in the bathroom with hi heat and humidity.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I'd love some in the house but don't want to ask my neighbour to take care of them while we are gone for long periods. We already have him check on the house and water my weeping fig tree.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Perfectly understandable. I have a great big fig inside too

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I fill and label tonic water bottles for the 3 months we are gone to Thailand (in a normal year) and he waters it every 2 weeks. Plant food every month.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
I’m afraid to feed this one, it’s big enough. But I really should.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Mine is huge. I have to cut it or it will take over the dining room!


legcramps on 09/29/2020:
I am going to try the grocery pick-up next time I'm in the city. I haven't tried it there yet, and I think it would help keep me from the larger crowds inside the store. I only hope I actually get what I pay for!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
I'm happy with all that I can get online from this small town store. I get everything I need most of the time.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
Mine needs to be trimmed, touches the ceiling. Used to let him summer outside in the shade, but kept him indoors this year.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
great eats, those flowers are so pretty they don't even look real!

grannyannie on 09/30/2020:
Some of my flower photos look 3D or like a painting.


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happy-1 - Tuesday Sep 29, 2020
(Week 2 - 9/20 60 day challenge, stubborn mule)
Weight: 225.4

Inch by inch. One foot in front of the other. Working my way back up.

Garmin didn't track my sleep data (damn tech glitch), but I think I got good REM sleep because I feel better. That would be 3 out of the past 4 nights. Such a difference. I got up, dealt with dad tantrums, made a to do list, ran 2 errands on the same trip, did the critical things I needed to do to get ready for the handyman on wednesday, came home, did chores till I got past the hardest parts. Sucked up the evening "hit the wall" burnout crying I wanted to do and washed dishes and fed the pets.10pm and doing one more chore till 11, then giving up for the day. 

I did my best today. I did everything I could. I did not sit down when I needed to be working. I kept pushing.

Progress as of today: 91.6 lbs lost so far, only 65.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
Your best is all you can do. It's all any of us can do.


Jacky82020 on 09/29/2020:
The Fitbit never did all that great tracking my sleep. Said I was sleeping while in bed watching TV. Turned the function off. Keep it around my ankle and it’s a bit uncomfortable nights, worse on my wrist. The burned calories function is way off too. All I find useful are the steps, which are mostly bike peddling.


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
My Fitbit sometimes flakes out with tracking sleep. This week especially. I wonder if it's starting to die.

Sounds like a successful day that you can be proud of. Victorious!


bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
I gave up on the fitbit...it has lived in the drawer for quite some time now...and I just go by how I feel...which for myself is more accurate......when I realized that rocking in a rocking chair made it look like I had run a marathon I took it off. ( Nobodys messing with my rocking chair)...LOL


bearcountrygg on 09/29/2020:
Doing all you can do is a successful day...good job!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
the brand Enlightened (ice cream) has come out with mini keto cheesecakes! was that the brand you will using for cheesecake?

i might have to try these bc they sound....too good to be true!


legcramps on 09/29/2020:
Your best is exactly all you need to be doing :)


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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

very late, 10:30am Breakfast: oats 150, almond milk 50, raisins 150, craisins also 150. 500. wanted sweet. 

snacking kombucha 100

2:45pm Lunch:  light butter popcorn 150, egg 100 250.

4pm black coffee, chocolate 150

6:30pm dinner: 2 pieces of a larger, tasty slice of bread 250, soup chicken 200, broth 50, veggies 50, noodles 250, fruit 100, 900 prob less.

spiked drink 50

1950 tops

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I will "break the fast" i'm personally not fasting, tonight with parents. My mom cooked a chicken soup and it should be AMAZING (with veggies). I was going to fast and spend the day with parents, but, i decided that I could attempt being more productive here at home. I'll do an edit later today/tonight on what i was able to review for the PMP (this is how i'll be refering to the Proj. Management Professional test)

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I got another totally 100% free trial for another meal service (a good one) called HOME CHEF. i ordered two meals that i would never in a million years think to cook myself at home. I'll post photos when i cook them. Seems i'm going to have LOTS of food at home these next couple weeks because I'm sure my mom will give me some chicken soup, then i have these two meals of 2-3 servings each, and i have some thai veggies that i haven't even eaten yet. so much food. nice to not have to think about needing anymore! Plus, with volunteering at the farm, I've been lucky lately and have received some greens when i go (spinach / kale) and really I do not need to shop for the guinea pigs either right now. I've been saving some, definitely...maybe as much as $15 per week the past couple weeks? plus the farm is fun!  and the free meals would have probably been around $65 at least. so, these couple weeks there's a savings of approx $100, at least! :)

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Today is usually a very special (holy) day of fasting / atonement. but i am not fasting because i didn't feel I would be productive that way (and since i haven't been studying for the past couple days, i didn't want to prolong that anymore), so i'm eating, but slept in, and getting down to some review. :)

 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
Sounds like you will be well fed for a long time!!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
yes i do think so!!!! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
and the food will be of such high quality...lucky me :) I can't wait to share what i cook up...and i will do the cooking soon...!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
and prob freeze what my mom gives me (the soup!).


grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Mmm....mom's homemade chicken soup!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
I cannot wait :)


innerpeace on 09/28/2020:
Free food is the best and it always tastes better too! Have fun working on the farm. Study hard!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
can't agree more on the food...thank u for the reminder to study harder.


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
Let us know your reviews of the new food service! That sounds exciting!

I hope you had a good Yom Kippur. You have a lot of possibilities ahead of you.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
I will def review the food...i have so much food now (from leftover thai veggies)...i will just have to cook these dishes so that the veggies that came with them do not spoil :)


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legcramps - Monday Sep 28, 2020

Weight: 0.0

PHYSIO JOURNAL:

September 27 - supplements, vitamins and protein done. We went back to the gym again today and I did all my physio as well as 50 minutes of walking and 30 minutes of biking. Big day! No pain meds. 

September 28 - supplements, vitamins and protein done. Went to work today until 2:30 and spent the whole time at work on the walking boot, off and on for 6.5 hours. Used crutches to get to my office but I don't think I needed to. Once home, I was pooped! Even took a nap. But eventually I got up and did all my physio then got on the bike for 20 minutes. 


Tomorrow might be a long day of work so I might be skipping the bike. I expect to go to work for 8:00 but will have two meetings in the afternoon I need to be at work for, 2:00 and 5:00. So it will be a long day even if I have time to go home for a bit between meetings to put my foot up.

I think I will take a pain med tonight.

Tomorrow marks two weeks of physio!

Eating Sunday - turkey bacon, eggs and toast, sausage and peirogies with lots of veggies, Coke Zero, tried some weird spicy potato chips, slice of banana bread (omg no thank you, gave me major stomach pains!)

Eating today - tried the banana bread for breakfast and the same thing happened to my stomach, definitely no more of that, banana, protein bar, burger with salad and cooked veggies, nibs, more spicy potato chips, and still planning on rice and chicken maybe with more veggies.

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
No pain meds is great!


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
No meds AND a very active day! Woo hoo!

Something in that banana bread wasn't right. Oh dear!

Good idea to rest after a busy day at work. No sense in pushing it right now.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
you have progressed REALLY well in the past couple weeks. I am SURE it's only due to the fact that you are rather fit compared to most! ROCKSTAR level.


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bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Up and feeling really good today......raining here and chilly and I plan to work on the bedroom today......need to get more order in there.  Happy to have the kitchen done and the pantry.

Headache is finally gone and I don't miss it at all.  Love Mondays and mornings....A whole new start to make a great week........just getting light here now and it's 8:00......

Read something DONE

Exercise something DONE

Prep something DONE

Homemaking dailies DONE

Eat to lose DONE

TV off until evening DONE

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Coffee = 2

graham crackers = 110

1 chicken patty = 200

pasta and vegetables with a chicken sauce = 330

Toasted bagel = 220

Butter = 102

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964 cals so far

Chicken wing = 145

mini bag snap'd crackers = 100

pomegranate tea = 0

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cals for the day = 1,209

Done eating for the day

 

Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
I'm amazed you can do anything with a headache!

Feels good to get those jobs done, doesn't it?

It's chilly and rainy here as well. Had a few days of sun so can't complain.

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I'm sure my headaches are not as painful as a lot of peoples...( they run in my family on my Dad's side...my Mother claimed to never have a headache in her life...Wish I had inherited that trait) LOL It does feel good to get that type of cleaning done..I really want to get back to the days when I had it all under control...really not under control here right now.


Jacky82020 on 09/28/2020:
Glad the headache is gone!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
Me too!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
i'm glad you are refreshed at the start of a new week also!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I love new beginnings, Maybe that is why i love mornings so much... :)


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
So glad to hear the headache is gone. Those can be such a nuisance.

Your weather yesterday sounds like what I had over here too. The sun peaked out a little bit in the late afternoon. It definitely felt like fall!


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innerpeace - Monday Sep 28, 2020

Weight: 309.5

Edited to add pics...because this is the new normal!!

Left work and headed home...work mentioned rain...i did not listen!

 

got caught in the rain...half way through our walk, down pour! No fun.

 

Soaking wet here...

Up early at 4:30 and did some Walk Away the Pounds (WATP) I will try Zumba tomorrow - as this isn't my favorite.

Blood sugar this a.m. - 117

B: boiled eggs, 1 piece of toast

L: chicken, tomato, cucumber, pasta salad

S: 100 pack almonds

D: same as lunch

pictures will return tomorrow.

Have a great evening! iP

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 99.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
Blood Sugar YAYYYYY!!!! You are really working hard at this IP!!!


bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
You are knocking at the door of the 200'S....Keep going...you have this!!!


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
Doing well! I got caught in the rain during my lunchtime walk, but I had an umbrella. Then about halfway through, the sun came out. Go figure!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
InnerP!!! you look FABULOUS! wow! your long, straight hair is so pretty! so nice to see a new pic of you!


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Duaa123. - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(Counting calories)
Weight: 190.3

 Helllo how are U everypne

I reallllllllly miss U 

I just order a scrub from outside and I remmber U

I hope every one is fine and has a great life

Progress as of today: 3.3 lbs lost so far, only 58.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
HI!!


Donkey on 09/29/2020:
Hello! I hope you are doing well!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/29/2020:
hello Duaa! so good to hear from you!!!! :) :) :)


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Donkey - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 The pumpkin cookies are gone,  and I'm ok with that. 

Looking back in my diary, this last 10 pounds was gained because I was eating too many cookies.  Struepwaffles, too be specific. So this stops now. 

I did not do weights.  I started feeling a lot of joint pain,  and then lower back pain during dinner.  I attribute this to hormones, and not my workout at the gym.  It was a completely different feeling than overexertion. Also,  TOM is due in about 10 days,  so that's about right. I took Aleve, but then had to take Tylenol,  and then had to take 2 more Tylenol. Then I went to bed. 

Now that I have found Endeavor,  I also found Grandchester and Inspector Lewis to watch -- all these Masterpiece Theater shows. And THEN I found out that Great British Baking Show has released season 8.  

So now that I'm determined to go to the gym at night more often,  I have all this TV to watch at home.  Oh the irony!

I'm just praying that work is less busy for me this week. 

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Be careful with joint pain! Good to avoid aggravating them.

I love British cop and other programmes. If you have it, watch Happy Valley - a cop series from a few years ago. Also Inspector George Gently and Foyle's War.


bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I think seeing how high those things are calorie wise...has been an eye opener for me...yesterday i also had dessert..and the numbers were a bit of a shock after I had eaten it......it's funny how that stuff is so enticing...yet so diet busting and I can see why I originally gained. I'm still drawn to it in the store...that is where ordering grocery pickup at Walmart is better for me...I have a lot more control at the computer than I do when i come eye to eye with that stuff.....I will never avoid it totally...but will limit it coming into the house.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
been there with TOM pain!

those TV shows are great to bike to / exercise along with.

i used to love to go to the gym but 2yrs ago when i started to workout at home, i was able to watch more TV which was nice


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Jacky82020 - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(Eat less, move more)
Weight: 127.6

 Weight stable at 127.6.  Hoping to hit 126 point something by Friday. & to be able to set new goal of 120 shortly thereafter.  Looked at BMI calculators yesterday.  Surprised to see normal weight for my height from 105 to 130.  Stopped plugging in numbers there, so actual range wider.

Progress as of today: 6.4 lbs lost so far, only 2.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/28/2020:
Good morning! Let's see what this new week brings you!

Jacky82020 on 09/28/2020:
Thanks! Fingers crossed!


bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
Good Morning!!!


grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Good morning! What is your ultimate goal weight?

Jacky82020 on 09/28/2020:
115. Used to weigh 105 to 110. Then maybe 112-115. Then up to a max of 140. Been in the low 130s for years. Will never see a 130 again!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
You are doing GREAT! keep on :)


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grannyannie - Monday Sep 28, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.4

Housework today. Then maybe 30 minutes on the bike. Getting really impatient for this soreness to disappear so I can do normal workouts.  Do NOT want to aggravate the injury. It's been 8 weeks today since I crashed.

B: porridge w/blueberries, tea w/soy

S: coffee w/coconut milk

L:  6 veg salad w/chicken breast, cheddar, apple

D:  veg and chicken curry

S:  packet of popcorn

Drinks: diet tonic or iced tea, or low cal fruit drink, lots of water, occasional diet pop, tea

Total:  1165 (6379 remaining for the week)


Sharing some of the photos I took of flowers in our garden a few years ago.

 

 

Progress as of today: 4.6 lbs lost so far, only 21.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/28/2020:
Spectacular!

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Thanks!


Donkey on 09/28/2020:
Yes, patience is what is called for. Healing WILL come. Difficult, I know.

Your photos are so beautiful!

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Thanks. Yea, patience is not one of my strong suits.


bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
The pics are so beautiful....D is having a slow recovery from his fall too.......I guess we just don't bounce as well as we used to.....I kind of miss those days when falling down meant a scab as the only evidence of a fall.....Have you tried a heating pad?

grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Yes, we do take longer to heal. I don't even know exactly what my injury was - muscle yes, but also tendon? Don't know what the stabbing pain was the first couple of weeks because Dr said no broken ribs.

I bought a heating pad which I did use for a few weeks and found it helpful. Haven't used it lately.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
you are lucky, in a way ;), that you have healed so well in 2 months.... :)

grannyannie on 09/29/2020:
The doctor I saw the morning after the crash said I could have pain for months. Gee, thanks doc.


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 27, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

let's see if I can remember, this morning was basicallly a quick shower and out the door ;)

Breakfast: pb cheese crackers (kelloggs) 200, kombucha 100...on  ride to former coworker (friend's) house 300.

snack: couple cookies at friend's house 150 (stayed there a couple hours, so, did what i needed in order to feel decent after a sorta rushed (but not stressed) morning. 150

lunch: was supposed to come home between friend and farm, but the time spead up and i ended up NOT coming home to change for farm....so i went to mcdonalds for a fast takeout and enjoyed it for 20 minutes or so in my car before going to farm. diet coke, small fries 300, 4 nuggets 200. 500.

during farm: few chocolates 50 (small)

(had a couple leftover crackers from the morning in car while deciding what to get for dinner (with another awesome coupon - $10 off of $15! these delivery services love when i choose that i will "pickup" my order and are giving TONS of coupons especially to the restaurants i have gone to in the past. awesome!)

dinner: thai shrimp lemongrass soup (was spicy!) 300 lots of veggies in there and health. also i added a bit of white rice to it 250. 550. very satisfying.

....prob going to enjoy some kind of snack at home after the soup ;)...and bed early would prob good as i'm getting up REALLY late these past few days and waking up even later as well because of it...i want to get back to waking up and out of bed by 8am which i do not do at all lately. it's become 9am which isn't early in the least in terms of waking up.

snack: tonic soda mixed with half a hard seltzer :) 150 oh and gummmies 100

1800.

 exercise: farm work and sweat :) really nice. plus almost a mile walk after that :)

tomorrow I could do weights, but, I will skip them until Tuesday and do them prior to going back to the farm.

For tomorrow, my goal is to make a study plan...or just start studying for that matter.

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I wrote the below (very bottom last piece of my entry) as a comment back to Donkey, but these are my thoughts on an exam I hadn't even heard of until I took a couple Project Management courses this year in 2020.  I'm glad I took them and one required quite a bit of work from me, though we did a LOT of the work during class, but I also spent some time on it on my own. ..anyways, the courses I took, provided free thru the Union i'm in!, were good and I just wanted to take the courses as I've been in the union 9+ years and i thought it would be "good" and "insightful" to take them. Well, then I learned about a certain test that the courses can motivate and help sometime to prepare for. The Project Management Professional, national, exam. It actually might be international, I have to check. 

anyways, it's something i never thought or knew about. and now i do. and since i'm not "going back to school" for another career degree any time soon, and while I may still rely on the union for future work, my best bet is to TRY. To TRY and STUDY for this exam. and see if i can pass it in November / DECEMBER. it's a $500 test.  I have money saved, that isn't the problem right now. The problem is I don't do well on these types of "scenario" exams or long-winded exams. I am an average student...so this test might be a leap for me in terms of passing. I'll try. Since i'm not working, I may try extra hard to study for this exam and actually not be looking "very" hard for jobs as I feel I might be able to count on the union, still, to get another job at another union company. I have that chance due to some connections, let's say...It's been a long 9 years in the union so far, lots of ups & downs. Lots of stress at times and also sliding at other times when things were just swell (literally, good)...so...let's see what then next 2-3 years look like. I can't really imagine them right now.

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with the studying that i haven't really delved into after the classes ended for PMP, since i'm at the very beginning of this study "plan," i'm not used to it and have done what i've done in the past which was procrastinate most of Saturday. i'm not proud but i sometimes STILL resort to this method on certain things i'm not accustomed to doing.

it would be great if i passed the exam (this is a long shot right now), because it would indeed be GREAT on my resume...

since i'm not going back to school any time in the near future (last resort is to go back to school fully - i have a master's so...yeah)...it would be good to prove to myself that passing the PMP is possible.

and it may be...and it may not be. but truth is, i should try to take it, and try to pass, and give myself up to 3 tries before leaving it in the dust.

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Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Lots of possibilities to think about there.......

Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
oh yeah.

i wish i stuck to teaching / got a different masters to teach special ed...or interviewed with the city. I have lost out on this and it costs both money and time to go back to school for time...in some ways it is not worth it...especially since i cannot guarantee myself a job in anything just by going back to school.

i hope to work for the city or state in the future. we'll see what happens in the next few years as people finally all go back to work, hopefully corona is in the past, and i can see what the future holds for state / city jobs that are available to me based on my education and skills (without spending any $ for further education) as the problem is getting the job...not spending more. i hope this scenario works out for me.


Donkey on 09/28/2020:
What a lovely, busy day! I'm so glad that you have this opportunity to work on the farm! How rewarding that must feel at the end of the day.

I completely agree that you should try at least once for the PMP test. I did not see taking Saturday off as procrastination, but you know yourself. I did think there was some hesitation in getting started - overwhelming task, perhaps? - which is why I suggested a day off or 2 before starting up again.

Don't spend too much time planning. Studying is like weight loss: you can plan all you want, but you have to actually DO it for results.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
i totally agree about the "planning" i am with my head in now, starting up again today, studying for the test. thank you. excellent advice and i appreciate you taking the time to give me this advice about studying.


Donkey on 09/28/2020:
Also, I agree, let's see what happens after this darn virus is under control.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
and yes, it was overwhelming for me to start the PMP study.


bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I totally agree with Donkey about doing a lot of planning.....plans often fall through...but goals remain...and working towards a goal leaves possibilities open....and allow us to bend to fit the outcomes.....

Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
I totally appreciate your input here. i am getting my head into the study. and will do as advised from BOTH of you.


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innerpeace - Sunday Sep 27, 2020

Weight: 309.5

For what is going on in my life - we had a nice relaxing weekend and went on several walks.

Sundway we were up and  out the door by 8:00 a.m. We walked for 3 miles (we could go longer, but we always have the dogs and it takes us longer than it should. 

 

Just a man and his dog...

 

While looking down at the Black River caught this spider web in the sun.

 

Actually what I was looking at....

We came home and got cleaned up. 

I cooked scrambled eggs, bacon and toast for brunch.

I did laundry and cleaned up the kitchen, DH went to visit a friend (he thought he was going to get food - it's a joke he has with his friend) he came home with no food though.

DH grilled some beer brats for dinner. He also made grilled chicken that I will use for dinner Monday & Tuesday night.

We then went on another little walk. We didn't go far, because I decided to wear a new pair of shoes...started rubbing a blister, so we cut the walk short - still logged almost 13K steps though.

 

Scary Jason woods!

Back home and settling in for the night.

I have plans to add Zumba in the morning...IF I can get up early enough.

I do have to go to the office so have to leave my house by 6:50 - early, early day!

Through it all, I'm optimistic for what tomorrow brings! Have a great night! IP

 

 

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 99.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Good luck tomorrow....Your pics are beautiful as always...how intricate is that spider web?


Jacky82020 on 09/27/2020:
Terrific pics! Love your pooch!


grannyannie on 09/28/2020:
Sounds like a nice day. Nice photos.


Donkey on 09/28/2020:
Hate blisters! I love the idea of zumba in the morning!

Lovely photos! You guys probably another 2 months of hiking weather.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/28/2020:
there's so much love and support between you and hubby. i just love how you go on all these outings, you walk together. i want this in my future.


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bearcountrygg - Sunday Sep 27, 2020
(Counting calories by the week)
Weight: 128.2

Up before 4:30.......headache remains and I now see it's a sinus infection along with low blood sugar.......life goes on.....it will hang around for awhile and then suddenly disappear...hopefully I have some horseradish...that is the best thing that I know of to clear sinuses.....

Weigh in going in the right direction today.

Hopefully finishing up the kichen cleaning today...then on to my stored clothes.........I've said it a thousand times here I know...I LOVE big shirts and I CAN NOT stand baggy pants.....this last few days......I've got baggy pants.....so I need to look through old clothes.........most are just not usable by me anymore........there are a lot of medical scrubs in there.....( make good PJ's but not good daily life wear)......some may just fall apart when I wash them ........I found a sweater that D got me about 50 years ago...and it looks like new and wears like iron...it had a matching belt...but that is no where to be found......I can't believe I saved so many pieces of clothing........and while they are so out of style.....they now look to me to be more like something to wear for  a halloween costume.......I have yoga clothes, Gaia work out wear in purple no less.......scrubs in any imaginable print..( baby foot prints to magical unicorns).....and a ton of white lab coats.......I must have worn regular clothes....but where are they?  I guess it's time to go excavating in the basement...there are bins that haven't been opened in years......or maybe I tossed the regular clothes a long time ago........I'm hoping to find a box or 2...and that elusive sweater belt..........today...! 

Read something DONE

Exercise something DONE

Prep something DONE

Eat to lose DONE

Homemaking dailies DONE

No TV until evening DONE

 

Breakfast

bagel = 220

butter = 102

Peanut butter = 191

apple = 95

coffee = 2

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Lunch

Pepperoni - 420

Rice = 280

Green beans = 16

Jif Bar = 180

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1,506

Dessert = 480........dessert was really small bites /servings of 3 things...1 bite blondie, 2 tiny cookies and a mini honey bun......it's really good for me to see how many calories are really in these types of things because it explains a lot of why and how I ever put on a lot of weight in the past....they were good/sweet and probably not worth the calories...and in the past...I would not have stopped at this amount......everything is a learning experience.

cup of tea = 0

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1,986

2,943 left through wednesday

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 127.6 lbs lost so far, only 13.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I have clothes in all sizes!! Well done on your weight in.

I sometimes gets sinus headaches, normally from allergic reaction to something perfumey. If I take 2 sinus pills as soon as I feel it then it usually knocks it out.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Thanks....I hope to get rid ovf everything that doesn't fat or is no longer appropriate by labor day net year....I'd really like to start fresh now.....what I used to wear 50 years ago is now kind of funny to me...LOL I don't think I have ever taken a sinus med...what kind do you use?

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Perfume also bothers me...or even other smells like burning food...etc....it's instant!


grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I use a brand called Sinutab but I don't think they have that one in the US. But they do have Sineaid or Tylenol Sinus.

I've been on antihistamines for year because I became so allergic to artificial scents when I hit my 50's.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
Thanks for the ideas...I have heard of sinutab...I will look for that first....We have asthma here and we are careful not to bring scented things into the house where we can help it...our allergies have gotten worse with age too.....I keep childrens benedryl around always ( it knocks me out...even the childrens)....to use if we get too bad......but I will look for the sinutabs...thanks!


Donkey on 09/27/2020:
It NEVER occurred to me to treat a sinus infection with horseradish!!! I am going to remember this!!! Those sinus headaches are quite unique. I hope that you can get some relief.

Within the past year, I finally did a purge of clothing that did not fit me properly, either too big or too small. I still regret donating the size 16 light blue denim Capris, but aside from that, no other regrets.

Have you considered donating all of your scrubs? There are a lot of students trying to get into the health care industry that would appreciate 2nd hand scrubs at a cheap price (e.g. Goodwill, Vincent de Paul, etc.).

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
I have sold some on Ebay...in the past.....and will donate them when our places around here that take donations open again...right now they are all closed. The St Vincent De Paul is an hour away....but they were closed the last time I checked.....need to ck again.


grannyannie on 09/27/2020:
I started taking OTC antihistamines years ago and decided I really can't take these for life. Went to my GP and he said 'you pay for these??'. Oh no no no, no charge on the NHS (prescriptions are no charge here). And he said it's okay to take for life.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
I just checked online at Amazon and walmart for sinutabs....none there.....but I did order some tylenol sinus......so will see how that goes...I'm super sensitive to meds and overreact to some of them so I have to be careful...but since I already can handle tylenol...I went with that...should be here in a few days......Thanks for the idea...i never considered that.


innerpeace on 09/27/2020:
I have clothes of all sizes too - from 12-24.

bearcountrygg on 09/27/2020:
I've made good use of many of them as the weight came off but then again...i would have been nice to have new ones...I've heard that we shouldn't keep clothes that are too small....or too big for that matter....I did anyway.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/27/2020:
it was fun to read your paragraph about all the clothes you have ! must have been from work work days (the scrubs!)

my menu is really similar to yours lately! peanut butter, bread, some butter...and other things.

bearcountrygg on 09/28/2020:
I had quite an array of scrubs...in sizes small, medium and large.....We were allowed to wear any color or print we wanted...I even have denim ones......( Now that office does have strict rules for colors)...so not as much fun now for them.......and hospitals and training programs also have rules for the most part now so I'm not sure anyone can wear the prints now......( I do think Vets offices can though)...I think scrubs were the most comfortable work clothes I have ever worn...like wearing my pajamas to work...LOL


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