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Maria7 - Monday Jan 17, 2022

Weight: 156.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Meet Snowball.  He says hello to all of you.

Writing this rather late but want to give a special THANKS to BearCountryGG...for helping me upload Snowball's photo.  Been so long, I forgot how to do it!  Thank you very much!!! 

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

 

 

I rowed to the wrong island yesterday but I'm back to rowing in the right direction...yet again...I must remember...do NOT stop by Pizza Island!

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 photo IndianWomanWaving.gif

Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Oh...Snowball is beautiful!!!! Glad you were able to send his picture!!!!

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Thank you for helping me. I spent hours tonite, trying to figure out the html code that I used a long time ago. Never dreamed it would be so simple...just never really paid attention to edit. Smile! Thanks for your compliment. I will tell my sweet boy. Your sweet boy is gorgeous! He looks very intelligent with his pretty eyes.


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Does he have BLUE eyes????? Beautiful!

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Yes. He has very bright blue eyes. Thank you.

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
What color eyes does Sampson have?


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Sampson has green eyes...I don't think I have ever seen a cat with blue eyes.......

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
I think cats with green eyes are very beautiful. (I have green eyes, myself, hahaha!). Both of Snowball's parents were blue eyed.


happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Oooooh... so fluffy... That is a much loved, spoiled cat.


happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
I will show Mama Cat when she wakes up. Yoga really wore her out.

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Okay. Sweet dreams Mama Cat. Smiles!


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innerpeace - Monday Jan 17, 2022

Weight: 306.3

Day 17 - Better

DH got up for work and the next thing I new he was back in bed. He said he was on this way to work but couldn't see the road so took the first exit and came back home. He crawled right back into bed. I think I got up at 6:30 and made the day.

Had to wait until light to shovel and snowblow...the dogs couldn't wait for me to shovel the patio and of course I made them a path in the back yard...the snow was almost deeper than they are tall

I made it to the gym at 7:00 - had a nice little leg work out and road the recumbant bike. There were more people there than normal - I thought everyone would have stayed home due to the all the snow but I guess every one has an agenda.

B: Killer Dave's blueberry bagel, vanilla iced latte

L: left over meatloaf and mash potatoes

S: Cleo bar

D: shrimp shapey (scampi) but auto correct made it shrimp shapey, salad

S: elevation bar

Tomorrow will be a rough day, especially after the holiday and time cards are due - busy, busy

Have a great Sunday evening! IP

Progress as of today: 31.6 lbs lost so far, only 96.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
You got a lot of snow!!!! Shrimp scampy sounds delish......


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Oh, Wow! Look at all that pretty snow! We got ice but it has melted now. Your doggie looks like he is having a good time playing in the snow.


happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
He skipped work and stuck you shoveling snow???


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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 17, 2022
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

 


Funny news: I pooped the other morning...a big one...and lost over a pound of weight after! (weighed myself before and after LOL).

1/17 Mon - Martin Luther King Holiday! :-D 

8am Breakfast: pump pie with coffee 250

10:30am Snacks: regular gummies sour patch 2 tiny bags 120, kombucha 40, gummy vitamins 40. 200.

12pm Lunch: leftover indian cabbage mix 200, salami 100, 2+ servings parmesean goldfish crackers 300. 600.

1:30? 3 clementines and small peach 150

3pm 2% greek yogurt with stevia; and my cooked cranberries with some of the liquid i made also (just monkfruit and water that turns color and sweet and tastes of the sweetened cranberries)  150 along with a small iced coffee, negl. 

5:15 -6pm snacks / light meal at start of workout...: 2 chocs 120, small peach 40 ish. total 150ish; cup of indian spinach 100 (not really any cream)? - like a spinach blended soup.pringles 150, salami 50.

1800...


 


1/18 Tuesday - public trans.

6pm after work - online zoom meeting for religious affilated club to union.99 years this club has been around, one of the longest if not the longest in the union. interesting, anyways. 


1/19 Wednesday - 

Strength Exercises, upper and lower


1/20 Thursday - 


1/21 Friday - 


1/22 Saturday - 

dye roots?

2pm Matinee: Seeing Alladin on Broadway! I know a musician in the pit orchestra and he offered me two free tickets. I'm taking a friend who's never been to a Broadway show. I'm sure she'll enjoy it.


1/23 Sunday 

Laundry today / guinea pigs cleaning: 

Strength today - upper / lower 


1/24 Monday - 

1/25 Tues - 

1/26 Wed - 

1/27 Thurs - 

1/28 Fri - 


1/29 Saturday - Hopefully i do not cancel this one ;) 

10am-12pm 

Paerdegat Park (Brooklyn)  -  NYC Parks Stewardship Volunteer event that i signed up for, but this one looks to be more of a walking tour! Never been to this park and hardly go into this area of Brooklyn so i'm looking forward to a change of pace. 

 

(We will be walking with people who identify 14 speciies of plants at  Albany Ave., E. 40 St. between Farragut Rd. and Foster Ave., Brooklyn / Meeting Location: Meeting at Ecology Park Gate - closest intersection is Bergen Avenue and Avenue T)


1/30 Sunday - Home. 


1/31 Monday - 

2/1 Tuesday - 

2/2 Wed - 

2/3 Thurs - 

2/4 Fri - 


2/5 Sat - 

2/6 Sun - 


2/7 Monday

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Enjoying the kombucha again?

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
i tried a new brand from a store i don't go into much! this brand is not as potent but the flavors are nice. they were a good price, as kombucha can be a pretty penny. you are right, i have had much less of it lately. trying not to buy so many at a time lately; as it gets pricey as well as the fact that i do not need to drink it as often as i once did! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
i like kombucha as it's usually a lot of flavor and not too high calories!


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Surely I musta told you Matt’s dad attended the Juilliard and made a living playing in the orchestra for many mega hits that went on forever. Think he did the base fiddle & tuba. He retired to Westchester County but still had connections & got us good seats when we visited. We took a train from their house into the City. Tons of fun. But then they relocated to Florida & Matt visited alone. Florida has never appealed to me. But NYC sure was a blast.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
i had forgotten. it's great to have friends in different fields; or family like you have. there's nothing like a good, live professional performance.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
It was nice. We got good seats & programs signed by the cast. Given away to someone who cared when we left California

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
it is so nice, i do know that! i am lucky to have also known a cast member who gave my friend and I a backstage tour of another show that wasn't on Broadway a long time...it was called Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. there was a lot of dancing but i didn't care for that show. but the set design was cool and the dancers would sometimes come up on the mezzanine right in front of us...not my fave show tho.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
this was prob around 5 years ago already.


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
I'm starting to crave pumpkin pie. Haven't had any in a long time.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
i love how it's sold over many months now! almost year long in the supermarket!


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bearcountrygg - Monday Jan 17, 2022
(Calorie Deficit)
Weight: 130.0

 Slept like a log for 7 1/2 hours....and woke up feeling like my old self....headache is gone finally....the bug seems to be over with......it's about time and I'm happy about it......D says his was over yesterday.  

Sampson LOVES his hated bed as long as it's covered with his beloved throw........not sure why I didn't try that before.......but happy that he is so in love with it now.

I'm full of energy this morning........BP is back to where it needs to be......haven't checked glucose yet but may skip that today as long as I feel good.

Counting calories now with a new goal of 115...or at least less than 130........130 is my plateau place so it will be slow......my body gets stuck there and doesn't want to leave.....so will have to be patient and do different things again to get below that...once I start heading down it will be easier hopefully........but with the bug that is out there right now.......getting to a lower number will probably be the healthiest way to go........up for the challenge.

Plenty of things to do around here and I can't wait to get started......nothing like coming off some sick time for me to want to make up for lost time and tackle some things.

Coffee and some news and a chat with D...........

Then getting some things done..........skipping the notebook today and listing them here...gives me a minute to sit down here and there today....getting a lot of little things done today....and NOT keeping a list in my head.

Today I.....made the bed, emptied the kitchen trash, did some unboxing and putting away, some organizing in 1 room, Unloaded dish washer , reloaded and ran it, took garbage and a bunch of boxes to the garage, Cleaned out the cats food storage container, lots of paperwork, including the christmas card list for next year.   Picked up bedroom, neaten the area in garage by door, bag up some small things, Put some laundry and cleaning supplies in closet....Son T called...talked a long time.  

 

 

 

 

 

 Spent the night in his bed....and  followed me to the living room for awhile and then right back in that bed he hated..........His beloved throw on top of it made the difference.  Funny how changing things up can make such a huge difference in things........Life isn't really that complicated.......it's a puzzle, and when I find the  missing piece it all falls together........everything is do-able......just find the missing piece,,,,doing the same thing over and over and expecting a diferent result doesn't work.........I need to remind myself that switching things up constantly gives me the best result and when it's right , it's right and when it fails...switch it up until it's right......

 

Today I ate

coffee = 2

3/4 C Fage 0% greek yogurt = 90

2T Walden Farms Breakfast Syrup = 0

Small apple = 77

Homemade whole wheat bread (toasted)= 81

I can't believe it's not butter spray (15) = 12

Lasagna  = 788

3 Heavenly Hunks ( oatmeal and dark choc) = 330

cheese biscuits and spray butter = 490

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Wouldn’t you want a cover over the new bed for easier laundering? I keep baby blankets on all mine.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
The one I bought goes right into the washer...he didn't like the texture I guess......I will be throwing the bed and the throw into the washer and dryer on the regular.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Unzipping & washing original bed covering is a PITA for me

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
I will toss it in the washer and dryer...no zipper on this one.


Donkey on 01/17/2022:
That's so funny about the throw. Well, it means you'll keep the bed after all! We have one like that but in gray. The Boss' cat has one, too, in gray. I brought it home to wash and left it on the top of the dryer to air dry overnight. Next morning, I came downstairs to find my own Boy Cat sitting in the bed! So we got him one too! He and Baby switch off using it.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
He has always loved that throw and it was constantly in the washer so it might as well be his alone now...I think he has taken full possession of it. That is so cute.....we had never had a cat bed before...we have had dog beds that were loved by the dog ...but the cats always just had special places they liked so I left it at that. This one washes and dries really well......guess he didn't like how it felt.


Donkey on 01/17/2022:
So glad to hear that you both are feeling much better! Now you can crunch out those goals today!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Full of energy today......looks like a productive one. Kind of mossed that feeling.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
^^^^ MISSED^^^^^


legcramps on 01/17/2022:
All those little puzzle pieces! I'm glad he is enjoying his bed now :)

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Tons of little pieces...UGH.......Me too...he loves it.


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Love the photo of Sampson. He looks quite content on his new bed. Cats love what is familiar to them. The throw was just the thing he needed. Glad you and D are feeling better. You have inspired me this morning to begin working on the linen closet. I have it almost emptied out and going through items I had stored in it. Came across something my Mama had given me a few years ago that I had forgotten about. Smile.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
He has loved that throw since he came here 3 years ago......guess he couldn't resist...even if that hated bed is underneath...LOL....I am still getting things done........it's been a good day.....Awww....Isn't it nice to find a special something from your Mom.....when you least expect it........I do that too and love it.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Pretty kitty!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
HE sure thinks he's cute...LOL


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
What a work out with the linen closet! Spent a very long time working on it today. No procrastinating with it. Now it looks very tidy after taking the many items out and restructuring what goes on each of the shelves. So much better organized. Thank you for the inspiration or I would still not have tackled it yet. Next...I've got to make myself tackle one of the cabinets under a bathroom sink that is totally filled up and very over-cluttered. Smile.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Isn't it nice to have a nice neat closet???? I love finding things I had forgotten about and then it so easy to find things again once it's done!!! The cabinets under bathroom sinks need a redo too!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
Glad you are doing better :) Sampson is an adorable little cat and looks like king of his castle in the photo! how sweet!

like i said the other day, i love your goal to break thru your plateau to under 130. i KNOW it's doable for you.

of course, coffee here too!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
It is nice to feel good again...yup...Sampson is the boss around here.......Losing more is do-able......it will be painfully slow though I'm sure.....hoping to get there by the end of the year.


happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Mama Cat says she'd snuggle up with him in that throw! Now I know how she had so many kittens!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
I keep asking him if he is a Daddy but he won't tell me!!! He says tell Mama to come on over...he will make room for her at his crib!!


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
For some reason, I've not been successful in uploading personal photos from my computer to here as I used to do long ago. I wonder what I am doing wrong? Maybe I'm keying in the wrong code. I looked up the old code that I used here years ago and tried that and no go.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
In your edit area...click on the little photo....choode upload, choose file...find your picture, open it...send it to server.......a box pops up saying ...( your file has been successfully loaded)...click OK......after the word WIDTH...remove those numbers and change it to 300 or 400...the height will fill itself in automatically...press OK and the pic will appear on your page.


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Anyway, my Snowball says to tell Sampson hello.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Sampson says Hi to Snowball...He loves company....I hope you can get a pic to load...would love to meet snowball.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
those heavenly chunks sound good. is that what they are called?

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Yes...I ordered them to be delivered by Walmart...quite expensive but I had heard so much about them...Thay are good...a little smaller than I expected...Basically it will be a good thing when they are gone because they call my name too much.


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! It worked! I had forgotten how to do it and seems I did it differently years ago...can't remember. But anyway, hugs to you! How do you like Snowball?

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
You are very welcome...SNOWBALL is BEAUTIFUL!!!!


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Thank you! So is Sampson!


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Jacky82020 - Monday Jan 17, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 107.4

 

Dinner feeding frenzy.   looks like a lotta food, but 20 fairly big fish in that tank. 

Went out to back deck & scraped snow off railing for birdseed. Bold font unintentional.   

 


Loving the LifeFitness bike, what a workout!   Easiest setting is a lot more strenuous than what I did  on the old bike.  Lowest setting burns ~240 cals per hour at a pace of ~55 RPM. Machine seems determined to maintain this calorie burn and if you slow down, it increases the resistance.  Putting some pressure on my right knee because of how it's angled out.   This is a big bike. Knee sore, so quit after 3 half hour sessions.  Will resume soon.   No idea what ligament, tendon or whatever is being stresssd, but experienced similar discomfort yesterday.   Whatever's going on, sure I'll adjust.  

Matt said he can't peddle at level 16.   Think it goes to 25.   Must be for injuried linebackers.   LOL.  accommodates up to 400 pds, so Matt, me & all the dogs and cats & more could climb aboard.

Progress as of today: 27.6 lbs lost so far, only 2.4 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/17/2022:
Ah LifeFitness, that's what we have at the Anytime Fitness gym here :) they ARE pretty awesome, aren't they?!

I wonder if your knee hurts because the seat is not high enough?

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Didn’t even know seat was adjustable! Thanks, all I’ve done is push it way forward. Seller over 6’ tall

Thanks, taking a look at operation manuals now. Guy found them at last minute. Assembly musta been a bitch from the looks of the one manual


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Maybe just work your way slowly into using the new one....with breaks using the older one.

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
I am, sorta. Old one in guest room, crowded in by futon. Going on Craigslist soon, free to first caller who can remove it from driveway. Will put it out after I get a caller.

Very heavy snow here.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
sounds like a very durable, great new addition of a bike you have! i'm glad you are happy with it and that it was a good purchase!

Your fish are all so bright and pretty. that's what's great about a lot of these "pet fish" that people buy, they are a joy to look at.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
those fish look so cute, so helpless, so fragile! so beautiful!

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
They are the best group! Bought tank, stands, lights filters etc from guy near NY border. $500. Woulda cost 1500 to2000 to put together . Got some really good deals on Craigslist, including Frankie & the new bike.


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happy-1 - Monday Jan 17, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

Mon 1/17/21 6:52am: 

Hard time falling asleep last night. 3 hours from putting my butt into bed (albeit I did skip wind down). Got up at 5 with alarm. Getting back on track inch by inch. Knew on wakeup I didn't get enough REM to be sharp. Bizarre because my CPAP says I did great. Respiration is a culprit here.

 
 

Searching the Internet and following up with pulmonologist.

 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
At 7:30, Garmin updated stats and showed I only got 25 min of REM last night. It fits how I feel. Decided to restart Garmin Coach and do a 10 min benchmark run for daylight. I'll do yoga after lunch.

8:00 - Called and dealt with health insurance stuff. Yay me. Now I just need to hold out till 9am to eat.

I'm so frustrated and hopeless. I was supposed to do all these errands and I shouldn't be driving today.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
8:20... Digestive system finally kicked in and I weighed myself... LOST MORE WEIGHT! 240.9

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
9am - meltdown on phone to therapist because no matter what I do, how many rules I follow, I can't make myself breathe better at night. I might actually be disabled, even though doctors just tell me that if I lose weight this will all get better.

9:30 - Got dad's Ralphs order for Instacart. Can't drive today.

10am - Ordered a neck brace on Amazon for sleep. Maybe it's my neck position while sleeping?

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
10:27 on Instacart order chat. Looking for ways to film myself sleeping tonight. New CGM sensor will be calibrated by then. I can raise the head of my bed today as the first variable to eliminate. It's MLK day... so no point in emailing doc today anyway.

I just want to cry.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
10:45 - I can swap the pillow on my bed for the one in the car. It might be less compressed.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
3:22... Have posted today's challenge article, raised the head of my bed, gotten dad groceries and dealt with a drama issue (I spent too much on groceries but there's nothing in the house), had a small lunch (and drama about said lunch... I had sausage and almost lost a hand). Received Instacart order, put away Instacart order. Rested on raised bed, doesn't feel high enough. Measured... Only raised it 5.5" not 6... but starting point for tonight.

I want to scream and cry, but I need to write another article and figure out how to take video of myself sleeping tonight... and every night until I find the source of the hypoxia.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
3:46 - Bought used 8" bed risers on Amazon. $12. If nothing else it will keep me from running creaming into the night to hang onto hope for a week.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
5:30 - Yoga done. I swear this cat loves being on camera. She just walked all around and over me and loved on me like a cat food commercial. I'm going to end up on YouTube.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
6:51... Showered on time for wind down. Amazon package may still arrive. Neighbors are jerks and keep my packages.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Also, the cat has a clean box. I have a basic plan for video taping myself while asleep. The boardroom cam I use for yoga captures my entire bed. I can put my alarm next to my bed tonight for time code in the video. I will solve this. It's not every night anymore. It's 2x a week but that 2x a week sends me off schedule and messes me up wit bedtimes/wakeup times and exercise.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
The mask stats look good. I wish my fancy new bike had an app, but don’t think so.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
You can retrofit it to work with Garmin, just change the pedals


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Hope you have a good day.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
I tried calling LifeFitness today, but closed. I am entering the hard to earn burned calories into Fitbit as oz of water.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
? You can't log an activity to Fitbit?


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Do you have shortness of breath in the daytime? I once wore a heart monitor for a couple of days and nights for the cardiologist and he said that I breathe very slow and shallow at night.......years later an in hospital sleep study showed severe apnea..........I do have asthma (lifelong). I'm wondering if you are dealing with the same thing.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
I have asthma... who can tell?


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
I sleep on 3 pillows....I just seem to breathe better that way....I put 1 down flat...then one halfway over that and then the third on top of both of them...actually I add a small 4th one on top too....it is a small one that I can kind of bunch up where I want it......I cannot sleep flat.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Sounds like a good system. I saw special pillows for that... I have the neck injury and need to sleep flat... I even sleep on a board on top of my mattress. Only 1 pillow for my head, then I use a body pillow for my knees. So risers it is.

It does actually feel a little better raised.


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
No problem with Fitbit. LifeFitness is the company that makes pro gym equipment


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Congrats on the weight loss

Hope a neck brace helps. Worth a try

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
$10. Beats throwing in the towel and trying to get disability.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
for the first time in a long time, i stayed up a bit more last night. was even on the phone with a friend at 10pm! hope you will have better sleep toinght!

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
OMG... I would love to have consistency like that.


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legcramps - Monday Jan 17, 2022

Weight: 0.0

Jan 16 - gym workout 1.5 hours; hike 2 hours


Big day of exercise yesterday #1 because I hadn't done anything since Thursday and #2 to test out my ankle. It is still swelling up but doesn't seem as bad as before. I have a phone appointment at some point today with my doctor to maybe get something to help with the swelling.

I was limping around a good bit yesterday after the long two hour hike, but this morning it feels fine so I don't know what's going on with it. Wait and see I guess.

I had a hard time getting to sleep last night; my right side ribs were achy for some reason and I just couldn't find a comfortable position to fall asleep. I ended up taking a couple of tylenol joint and muscle pain tabs around 11:00 p.m., then was up around 4:00 a.m. with a little discomfort again. I think I just slept on it wrong the night before. Hopefully this will pass.

A few things on the go at work, so that should keep me pretty busy. I was up early and coaching at the gym this morning, so am planning on relaxing tonight and maybe hitting the pillow early. Always tired on Mondays!

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
You win the “push through the pain” award

legcramps on 01/17/2022:
I don't recommend it.


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Hope you are feeling better today.

legcramps on 01/17/2022:
Thanks!


Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Wow, a shame the ankle pain lingers. I saw 3 sports med docs (at same time, 2 in training ) & they all said work thru the pain. Different thing though. They said the muscle tear will form scar tissue if not worked & that’s bad.

legcramps on 01/17/2022:
Yeah, and there was no pain initially so wanted to test it out. I don't recommend working through pain, but you're right it does depend on the situation!


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Hoping that you feel better soon...

legcramps on 01/17/2022:
Thanks!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
sorry about your ankle. lately, due to the cold/less exercise and then too much cardio; i also have an ankle that needs tending too...but not as bad as yours at all. It is so hard, like Jacky says, to get thru the injuries and training obstacles!


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Donkey - Monday Jan 17, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

I wish I had today off.  Title companies are closed.  Banks are closed.  However, I suppose I'll have a few contracts to open.  Now that New Gal is busier working on New Guy's files, and I have not much to do, I've been opening up my own files.  Might as well.  Still, I'd much rather be at home.

Eating was OK yesterday.  Husband and I ate lunch and dinner while watching football.  I did struggle a little bit with my sweet tooth.  Had a spoon of peanut butter, a chocolate, and one of those Christmas cookies I put in the freezer.  These were not eaten all at once but steadily through the day starting after lunch, taking bits here and there.

It's the eating part that is my weakness, that's for sure.  I was reading on a Facebook thread for a fitness group different mottos and sentences that members had for themselves for 2022.  One guy posted "Dietary Discipline".  BOOM!  This is so not me, but that's what it takes in a nutshell.  Aw shucks...

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is my follow-up blood draw at 3:30p.  If I leave from work, I would leave at 2:30pm to ensure I arrive on time, with traffic and all.  However, I was thinking of maybe leaving at 1pm and stopping at the gym, before heading over to the doctor's office.  That's a thought.

Before I have to make up my mind about that, though, I have yoga tonight.  It's getting time for me to purchase another class ticket.  I think after tonight I have 1 more class left.  It always seems like such a pain in the butt to get everything done in time for class, but I do enjoy the class, and it's so helpful to have that time to really relax.


I was talking to Male Co-Worker last week about how different our lives have become since COVID, and how we've managed to cope or not cope.  For me, being an introvert and homebody, it hasn't affected me all that much.  However, he was telling me how he and his wife used to go out almost every single night to do something.  They were very involved in their church, so right there was at least 3 nights out.  Then they would have dinner & and movie night on Friday -- even if there were no good movies, they'd go see something. And then there would always be something else they'd want to do or check out.  So really, most nights they'd be out.

He has taken up painting, so he's adapted and is doing OK/well in the age of COVID, but his wife is terrilbly lonely and depressed/anxious.  She needs work to interact with people.  Well, now she's working from home and miserable.  She needs to be out and about, and now she doesn't have that.  So she sits in front of the TV if she has nothing to do and just sits.

How do people do this?  How do they come home from being at work all day only to rush off to do something else?  Doesn't anyone need down time after work?  Relaxing time? Sleep?  Here I am struggling to be able to Zoom one night a week FROM MY OWN HOME, and there they are (or were), going out every night.  How do they do that?  

I mean, I could do things at night too if I could:  go to the gym, take a class at the gym, go to yoga in an actual studio, shop a little, go to the shooting range... IDK, a whole bunch of things.  My life could definitely be more exciting if I could stand to step outside my home.

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/17/2022:
Some people find their energy by doing things, and some people find it by not doing things. I am also an introvert, and find when things encroach on my home time, it makes me terribly grumpy. Yes, I'd rather make a hot chocolate and do some reading than go out shopping or out to dinner somewhere. No, it doesn't mean i'm anti-social, it just means this is how I gather the energy that I need to get through the next day.

I have been learning to just do what I need to do for myself, and not compare my lifestyle to someone else's. However - I have noticed that those busy people sure let me know they are busy!


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
I guess I am what is called an extrovert...I always loved being in everything about church...playing the piano and singing...teaching Sunday School, etc...Hubby and I ate out at least once a week...had friends over for coffee or dinner occasionally...and we'd go shopping once in a while...things like that...but now, being home most of the time, we still find pleasure in doing at home things instead and enjoy each other's company. Everybody is different.


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
I am a homebody too.....I make a great phone friend but a lousy friend to go out and do things with. I always loved to get home and kick back......I now look back on our nights out to dinner ( we weren't into fancy restaurants)....and we were usually so tired after work that he was still in jeans and work boots and I was still in scrubs...we were too tired to even shower and change....which I guess worked well with the diners we liked... I always liked the busy days the best because time flew........the long days were the ones I was searching around for something to keep busy with.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
hahha....for yesterday, good for you on getting to the gym and getting one of the "good ellipticals!" First come, first served! go you!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
awww, sorry also that you had to go in today! but it will go fast i am sure.

i think it's a good idea to leave early to go to the gym also tomorrow besides just the doctor. just make sure you have enough time for both so you do not have to rush too much :)

i'm also mostly a homebody. love my single time. love my alone time. I also do not like coming home to just go back out. but i know plenty of people that like to also do what your coworker does. we are just different.

there are people that like to dress up and go out drinking (not a lot, but she is social with it) / dancing even at 44. (my female coworker). she still likes to dress up and go out late. her lifestyle is the exact opposite is mine. plus she has two twins that are 12 and then a 20yr old. she is pretty high energy for all that....i'm so the opposite. i also wonder how people do it, but it seems we are just differently wired...


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innerpeace - Sunday Jan 16, 2022

Weight: 306.3

Day 16 - Boredom

I was up this morning and went to the gym...routine = boredom in two short weeks - recumbant bike, ellypical, upper body, legs...repeat. Going to the gym will take a lot of motivation - because it is just so easy to NOT go.

This morning a lady was on the ellypical in BEAST mode. She was running on that thing for well over 30 minutes, like not slowing down...I'm like you go lady!! But where the hell does she get that motivation and stamina? She was a heavier, older lady, she was not slim by any means...and then when she was finished with the ellypitcal she jumped on the treadmill and was climbing hills - she had my respect. I have not been a fan of the treadmill - everytime I use it- I am dizzy and discombobulated after, I prefer not to use it...I may check the rower out next time.

Sent DH shopping...he said lots of people were out and there was hardly any bread or pasta at the Walmart...

The girl is staying at her grandmother's until tomorrow sometime...fine by me! She said she was hanging out with her mom  - good thing I guess. She texts me and ask for me to help her fill out another job application...uh, can't your mom?  She has a wonky schedule at school this week due to mid terms - she goes for two classes each day and will be home before noon. weird.

Off tomorrow - may get to the gym...early or I was liking going in the evening will think about this.

Snow is here - may have 2 inches, not sure how much - work says possible 5-6 inches...we will see how accurate they are.

B: malt-o-meal, vanilla iced latte

L: hot dog with ketchup  & mustard

D: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and salad

S: clio bar before lunch and elevation bar after dinner

Have a great evening! IP

 

Progress as of today: 31.6 lbs lost so far, only 96.3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Adderall… she gets it from Adderall


bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Back i the late 70's I worked in a bookstore at the mall.....the owners were addicted to running...marathons.....they were depressed if they didn't run and admitted they were addicted to adrenaline rush....that would be my guess about the lady at the gym. Other than that...determination to meet some kind of goal. Would the girl like going to the gym too?


Donkey on 01/17/2022:
Glad to see you are logging in your snacks too. My snacks - especially at work - are my downfall.

Wow, that's quite a bit of snow! Good thing you don't have to work today.


legcramps on 01/17/2022:
We got a bunch more snow too, and it looks like there is more coming this week again. So much shovelling!


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Hope you have a good day.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
well well! the good thing about all those machines at the gym - you can switch on and off of all of them fast. like 10 min on each type! then, you are done! :) it can be hard, yes, to stay motivated at the BEGINNING of new habits.

Happy has a funny answer!


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 16, 2022
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

 


1/16 Sunday - Eats:

 2am woke up with slight cramps still in right leg - had a ripe, perfect banana 100 in lieu of tylenol

10am late breakfast: extra gummy vitamins was a new, very sugary brand so i had a few lol 50, coffee 50, pumpkin pie 1/8 slice 200. 300.

Lunch before leaving apt for city: half a pop tart package lol 200.

Snacking during / after show:chocolate, did i only have 1? 100

Dinner: do I get takeout (veggies only needed) from the area where the train before i drive home??? - and/or drive to another restaurant for something different???

dinner back at home verdict: picked up indian from a new place. had the option to order dishes with or without cheese and vegan instead of with cream. i ordered the vegan way but not entirely impressed with the flavor of the cabbage or spinach dishes. however, for the amount of food, including rice, it was a good price. prob will not go back unless i have my car and i'm near that train (which is not usually!). anyways, it's healthy and just not my style of taste, but still very decent.

6pm-6:30pm a lot of cooked cabbage 200 in some sauce, leftover piece of iranian restaurant bread, last piece 150 or so. 350...pringles 200, some of the indian spinach 50, ...600...dessert: greek yogurt with extra, extra jelly 250.

1550.


AM brief as i need to shower/get ready to leave soon - read some of the novel above; have a relaxing short morning before leaving for city :)

PM Tonight - do some court studying - take a practice test for the lowest level entry exam (JG12 Clerical Assistant)....

look into what court materials i have regarding the Court Clerk (not an elementary entrance test, but something i want to study) and see what i can use now and/or need to buy to learn about the court rules (many, many topics, may need mulitple study guides/resources).

noon-ish leavefor matinee 2pm Broadway show - "The Book of Mormon" (from the creators of South Park) taking just myself, got a ticket for $65. not the absolute best deal but not a high price at all either. :).  This day is projected as 40F & full sun. Perfect for commuting into the city in January! Will drive and find a far spot so i can walk a little to the train. Driving so i don't have to wait for the bus and realize i can find a spot and walk a bit for exercise. Driving for the convenience of not needing to wait for the bus which made me almost late last time a week ago to the circus.


1/17 Mon - Martin Luther King Holiday! :-D 

Strength Exercises, upper and lower - Most important to keep on track :)


1/18 Tuesday - public trans?


1/19 Wednesday

Strength Exercises, upper and lower


1/20 Thursday


1/21 Friday


1/22 Saturday - quiet weekend...

 Cook "Cream" of mushroom soup..."cream" bc it's silkin tofu, not cream. looking forward to trying this....also the protein?

Strength today?


1/23 Sunday

Strength today?


1/24 Monday

1/25 Tues

1/26 Wed

1/27 Thurs

1/28 Fri


1/29 Saturday-

10am-12pm Paerdegat Park (Brooklyn)  - Another NYC Parks Stewardship Volunteer event that i signed up for, but this one looks to be more of a walking tour! Never been to this park and hardly go into this area of Brooklyn so i'm looking forward to a change of pace. 

We will be walking with people who identify 14 speciies of plants at  Albany Ave., E. 40 St. between Farragut Rd. and Foster Ave., Brooklyn / Meeting Location: Meeting at Ecology Park Gate - closest intersection is Bergen Avenue and Avenue T

 


1/30 Sunday - Home. 


1/31 Monday

2/1 Tuesday

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
Hope you enjoy the play.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
the show was a bit...nuts....very dramatic and very naughty. not the "best show" i've seen, but funny even if the humor was quite raw and all. the actors/music were fantastic.


Donkey on 01/16/2022:
I hope you have a good time! Good idea to drive in and get in a walk. You might appreciate that after sitting for a couple of hours during the show.

Eagerly awaiting to see if you get take-out or do with what's at home.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
ended up finding some new, good eats of veggies :) an interesting indian place that i drove to to pick up the food. may order again, tho not sure. good if i want cooked indian veggies and i'm in the area ;)


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Pumpkin pie sounds delicious!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
you know it! it was on sale, 3.99 for the whole pie. i had to get it!


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
Gave up on bananas,at least for a while. Was slicing & freezing all the ones too ripe for Matt & eating with sugar free syrup. Got old after 100 years but will revisit someday

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
there was a long while where i didn't eat bananas bc they had "so many carbs" and that was a time i didn't treat my body right. not enough potassium and bad issues with healing injuries. now, they are important to me bc of my tendency to get thigh cramps in my right leg! and they help my digestion.


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
The walking tour sounds like fun!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
i'm going to cancel it because i'll be going into the city the day before, i just decided....! and that would be too much to be running around all weekend for me! i wanted to go so badly! but i just got practically free tickets to another show! (they are free, but need to give a small gift card to the musician who gave them to me!)


legcramps on 01/17/2022:
The show looked like it was fun!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
a crazy, crazy show in terms of the type of humor and adult jokes. whacked out!


Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Hope you have a good day.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
you too!


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bearcountrygg - Sunday Jan 16, 2022

Weight: 131.0

 It's 5 degrees here now and feels like 2 below at 10:30 A.M.

Cleaned out and organized a few drawers here this morning.  Taking a break right now and doing a little laundry......cat totally hates the bed I got him.....it actually makes him mad....he grabs it with his teeth and drags it as far away from him as he can...I have been putting a few of his treats in it to encourage him to like it better......so now he just thinks it a giant serving bowl....probably should wash that...but not sure why...D says to throw it out...but...I'm a virgo...I'm on a misson now!!!!   I am determined that he will like it...Virgos are like that....( probably not a great trait)  LOL

Eating leftovers today.........nothing special............Bp is coming down...day by day......forcing myself to do what it takes...and it's working.......

Boy those are the most "patient" animals ever....the dog is hooked up to a toy IV bag and the cat is letting her poke it in the face...(1 eye squinting)....

 

I guess it didn't take as long as I expected for him to learn to love the cat  bed he detested......I tossed a throw that he loves on top of it and he settled right in....should have done that sooner...glad I didn't throw it away........I was ready to go put that pet bed in the washer when Donkey thought he might not like the way it smelled.......figured I would toss the throw on it for a few minutes first........when I went to get it to wash...he was already sleeping in it........I think we have a winner...and now the throw belongs to him too....I can live with that.

Progress as of today: 123.8 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/16/2022:
Stick with the bed -- my cats didn't always like their beds (we have 4, as 2 of them were free), but over the months/years/seasons, each cat has taken to taking naps in all of them. They seem to rotate. One cat will like one bed for a while, and then not use it for a while (sometimes a long while). If your guy likes to take naps in the sun, perhaps put the bed in a sunny or semi-sunny spot. Maybe he doesn't like the way it smells...

I'm so glad to hear that your BP is coming down. GOOD!!!

Cute picture - that cat is a good sport. Dogs are almost always good sports, but it's like you can almost read that cat's thoughts by the expression on his face, LOL...

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
I keep thinking about the old song..."I'm going to make you love me...yes I will....Yes I will!!!!...insert the cat bed in there and I'm determined......I'm going to put it in the washer and see if that helps.....it really seems to make him mad........


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
What good sports those animals are! That's nice you got some drawers cleaned out. I have been procrastinating decluttering the linen closet. Just gotta make myself do it!

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
Once I get started I don't want to stop...I enjoy that kind of thing.


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
I suspect photoshop

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
Looks real to me.


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
That kid needs a swift kick in the ass for animal abuse, but sure Happy is correct

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
? Just looks to me like the animals love her attention.


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
No, pic by some attention seeking fool who could care less about animal welfare & wanted a picture some may consider cute. But most likely as happy says. Fake See it all the time on Twitter & worse.


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
I think it was just that two pets were in the same space at different times and they spliced it together.


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Jacky82020 - Sunday Jan 16, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 107.8

 

Having fun getting to know "new" 8 yr old bike. Seller says battery replaced in 2018 & good for a few more years.   he gave me a link to a $40 one that beats my $45 one, both on Amazon.   Very very sophisticated machine, so happy I got used gym quality bike vs home model 

Resoved some issues with "new" 6 yr old Nikon DSLR. Thought it was also 8 yrs old, sellers says 6.  Had lots of trouble today with autofocus, something I won't be using on the fish, but would like for doggie snapshots etc.  Had to contact eBay seller.   Told me how to do factory resets to over ride his settings.He was using it for still shots on his YouTube channel & lucky for me not all that often, in excellent condition, a steal at $200.

Here's a test pic to  confirm autofocus issues fixed.   Many of the fish are nocturnal & hiding out in the ship now.

the photo is not uploading.   not sure if file is too big or what.   going to try uploading SS to test if file too big.

 

 

Progress as of today: 27.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
Yep, it was the file size, too much detail, exactly what I need for fish photography


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
What a pretty fish tank! Love the ship. Have you thought about adding anymore decor, like a lighthouse, for example? That would be pretty on the side where the yellow fish is.

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Maybe a light house for the new tank that’s been on order since 11/21. Good idea! I like these guys to have swimming space


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Those look like very happy fish.

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
LOL They are!

I keep the most spoiled happy animals this side of the Mississippi


Donkey on 01/17/2022:
Love the tank photo :-) Not only do I enjoy the fish and decor, but I also like the plants on top.

Glad you're continuing to learn to love your new bike! It's kind of like having a new family member, LOL...

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Thanks. The top plants are there for a reason. The submerged roots uptake nitrates in the water, by product of mostly fish poop that is toxic in high accumulations. Has to be monitored carefully in tank with 20 big fish.


legcramps on 01/17/2022:
Sounds like a cool bike! Enjoy getting to know it!

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2022:
Thanks. Very complex from what I’m used to, this commercial grade gym bike. Has a feature that allows one to connect it to a gym & fitness coaches, for the right price. Think I can skip that part. LOL Had upright bikes etc for decades, even when young & skinny


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Donkey - Sunday Jan 16, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

Good morning!  I will update this entry later today, because I need to get to the gym ASAP.  Yesterday, I waited until Daughter left for work at around noon, and the gym was PACKED.  I'm not doing that again.  I missed one of the machines I wanted to use, because this one guy monopolized the machine the entire time I was doing the other weight machines - like 20 minutes!  I almost had to wait for the machines that I did use, just because there were so many people.

Inner Peace - congratulations to your Bengels!  They played a good game, definitely a better game, and I'll be cheering them on at their next game.


Post-Gym Update:

I arrived at the gym around 8:30am, and realized that if I had gotten there maybe 15 minutes earlier, it would have been even emptier.  I will try to do this next weekend.

The gym was certainly less crowded than yesterday (Saturday) afternoon, BUT the ellipticals were busy.  There was another lady there who uses these 2 particular ellitpcals.  Well, some guy was using 1 of them, and I hopped onto the other one, because all of the other available ellipticals - and there weren't many - have issues with them.  I felt kind of bad, because I knew why she was there, but I "beat" her to the machine (unintentionally).

Today was lower body weight machines.  I noticed that many of the cable machines were not being used, but still not quite brave enough to walk through a sea of weight training men to get to those machines.  I may do some more weights here at home this afternoon or evening.

The only football game I'm really interested in is tonight, but I may tune into the others, especially If I exercise more at home.

Right now, I'm finishing up a load of cat laundry.  The dishwasher needs to get emptied.  The birdfeeders need refilling.  And hopefully I'll get to see a little of Daughter before she leaves for work.

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Hope you have a good day today. Sorry you missed using the exercise machine you wanted to use yesterday. I guess Hubby and I won't be getting in our walk in the neighborhood this morning with it being Icicle Winter Wonderland here. Trees are covered in ice. Thousands already out of power in my state and county. Take care.

Donkey on 01/16/2022:
I love going to the gym early-ish on Sunday mornings, so that I have the remainder of the day.

No walking, no driving in your neighborhood, I would say. Ugh...


bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
Hope your early trip to the gym worked well for you. It's probably less germy there first thing in the morning too.

Donkey on 01/16/2022:
Less germy and was able to socially distance myself from non-mask wearers. It would have been even BETTER if I could have gone earlier, even, but I just can't seem to get myself to leave the house before 8am.

That's funny, I just realized that when I go to work, I leave the house around 8:30am too. Why is it so hard to leave the house earlier than that, especially if I don't have to work?


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
I used to have an elliptical...also a treadmill...(but not at the same time)...what I miss most is the treadmill.

Donkey on 01/17/2022:
Me too -- I had a refurbished gym elliptical at home at one point, but ended up selling it. Took up too much room and just wasn't the same using it at home.

The treadmill I have now was a gift from Mom when she and step-father downsized and moved to Vegas. Otherwise, I never would have had one. However, especially in these winter months, I'm glad that we do have one. I think I would miss it.


bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
The nice thing about getting there earlier is that it's done and you can be proud all day that you did it!!! The earlier I get started on anything the better it makes my entire day...a late start for me just seems to drag the entire day down.

Donkey on 01/17/2022:
EXACTLY! And for some reason, more so on Sunday than any other day.


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
Ever thought of getting an elliptical? We have a nice one that Matt uses regularly. I’m too short for it, annoying, but have come to accept it.

Donkey on 01/17/2022:
I have, and at one point, we did have a Precor at home, but for several reasons, we sold it, and I never considered having one at home again. That's definitely one piece of equipment I'd rather use at the gym.


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Good job on the workout!

Donkey on 01/17/2022:
Thank you! I definitely feel more accomplished once I've done it.


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
We need to get some birdseed for our bird feeders.

Donkey on 01/17/2022:
I love mine (2 of them), especially on weekends, when I am home to enjoy them.


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happy-1 - Sunday Jan 16, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

 Sunday Jan 16, 2022 8am:

Phooey on staying up on friday to reset my sleep clock. I did get to bed on time last night. Too early by an hour but that's ok. I ended up sleeping almost 12 hours... and not getting up till 7. It must have been what my body needed though because my 7 day average is on point.

 

$5 says this is the day I start to sleep better. Today I had enough rem sleep and a good 7 day average at the same time.

Feels like a good day for a run.


 

 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
I really believe in doing what your body tells you to do....unless it involves too much sitting down...then I believe that it's time to get up and move around....I'm glad you got some needed sleep.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Lol… except my body tells me to stay up all night, be a couch potato, and order chinese food…


Donkey on 01/16/2022:
Well, maybe your reset was successful, perhaps. Do we sleep better when we're utterly exhausted?

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
We sleep earlier when we are utterly exhausted. The trick is not to nap, go to bed early, and the next day not lounge around from too much sleep inertia… you wipe yourself out on purpose to get to sleep again that night in your desired bedtime window.


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Glad you were able to get some extra sleep.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Hugs! Ty!


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
9:38 am… so far I have accomplished making my bed and taking a shower. Had enough mental energy to color condition my hair, shave, and get calluses off my footsies. Overdue maintenance. Maybe that’s my theme for today.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
10:12 - there is an invisible force that keeps pulling my butt back to bed. All I did was get up, dress, brush teeth and comb hair.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
And the cat says she will give me my desk back if I buy her a cat tree with a little bed in it at the top that she can jump up into. I was thinking of just buying a second folding table that comes to waist height… it is a disagreement.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
10:42 - we both like this one, but we aren’t sure about the platform part being in the middle of the scratching post…

https://www.chewy.com/frisco-285-in-modern-cat-tree-condo/dp/204589?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Frisco&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQiAoY-PBhCNARIsABcz770iHWboJ5hruCKFKCEvxyPDOtt07gf8YuzJmZpCbWE3qErfDDDv_Y8aAsz8EALw_wcB

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
11:19… well I ate something. That’s progress. IR stimulants are not as good as xr stimulants

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
12pm - have accomplished taking another IR, running out to buy a heat gun, de icing the freezer. Fended off dad requests. Heating up a heat pack for my knee and eating a keto bar

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
3:36pm - Used up my Instacart $15 promo on an order with a great sale on collagen creamer... that they didn't have. Bah. Waiting for the call from the ADHD coach. I gave her a window I was free, but she didn't pick a time, just said she would call me. Should have picked a time.

Making a meal plan and a grocery list. A little frustrated because Spoonacular has a bug in their Custom Foods feature so I can't add my bars and their cost. UGH!

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Worked on my grocery list and throwing away old coupons till about 4:30pm. Then I called the ADHD coach. I'll keep an open mind. She's cheap. I booked 2 sessions to start. We shall see.

5pm, I started dinner. Meatloaf and whipped sweet potatoes for dad, veggies for me. I ate with him. It was dismal. He called a friend back who texted me... I bailed when he started talking about how he can't get out. It's an issue and not much I can do tonight about it without stressing myself out, missing my bedtime and prolonging it another week.

6:45pm - Working on the challenge. Just going to sort the topics in order for tomorrow and then wake up early and do some writing. I've been too foggy all day to write and seeing people's answers makes everything I wrote a little irrelevant.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
7pm- I caught myself settling in to watch Netflix. Something I am trying to do in bed. I packed everything up for the night and am starting over tomorrow. Nothing is gained by staying up late. I didn’t do much today but hopefully with the IR meds and the earlier bedtime, I can make it happen.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
7:30 - in bed

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
9:19 - can’t sleep. Hungry. Bored. Tired

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
10:24 - still can’t sleep


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
That link won’t open for me. But I’ve bought from Chewy for years


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Sometimes I use a fan on our freezer.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Yeah… I was using my expensive CHI hairdryer and it’s refreezing so fast I can’t keep up.


Donkey on 01/17/2022:
The Chewy link worked for me. I like it! It's not very tall. You could get a taller one for a little more money. However, perhaps the shorter one is more suited to your home/room. It has everything she needs: scratching posts, a perch to sit and reign over her kingdom, and a hidey hut.

happy-1 on 01/17/2022:
Right? She wants to be either under my chair (not that bright with a reclining folding chair) or lap-adjacent, able to view everything I am doing and occasionally lick my arm to indicate that she would like me to put aside my lap desk and pull a blanket over my lap so she can have a cuddle. Occasionally get a piece of anything I am eating. I do have a taller window-mounted one, but can't figure out how to mount that in my bedroom without giving up either the AC or my night stand. This one can be picked up and moved on top of my bed for yoga. It matches the taller one so they would be cool positioned adjacently in my next space.

I'm just not sure if the ledge in the middle of the post discourages scratching.


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Maria7 - Sunday Jan 16, 2022

Weight: 156.0

   For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Have a cup of coffee with me?  We are currently having an ICE STORM here in SC and our state is under a state of emergency.  Please pray that our Daughter's electric stays on as she is upstate here in SC and lives with and takes care of her Dad.  They have no back up heat if their electric goes out.

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This morning I am at 156, same as yesterday when I was down -4 in three days from 160, this year's high.  1700 calories yesterday and it was a bread day because I baked homemade biscuits.  Didn't want to resist them and ended up having 1700 calories for the day, which for me means holding steady...not gaining and not losing...

 

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 I stopped by 'Biscuit Island' yesterday, so no 155 this morning.

 

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/16/2022:
Oh how I dislike ice! I'd even take snow over ice. I'm praying for your daughter and all of those similarly situated with a precarious electrical service situation.

"Biscuit Island" - LOL, you have a way with words :-) I don't blame you for wanting to have 1 or 2 biscuits after baking them. I bet they are delightful.

Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Thank your prayers for her. Very appreciated.


bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
Ice storms.......how difficult they are. I'm sure they are not a common occurrence there which makes them even tougher to deal with. Praying for your daughter and all that are affect by the storm. It's a good day when you can eat biscuits and stay at the same weight indeed.

Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Thank you very much for your prayers for her. I am expecting our power to go out any minute as thousands already out of electric power in my country as well as in our state.

Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
I meant to write county, not country.

Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Most people around here only heat with electric heat and have no backup if power goes out.


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
Thousands are already out of electric power here in SC at 9:30 am including thousands out of power in my county. Ice storms are rare here.

Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
It is white winter wonderland with trees covered in ice all around us.


bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
You are getting a bit of our winters here........One things good...you don't need to go to the mailbox today!!! No mail delivery tomorrow either for the holiday.....Hopefully it melts quickly....no power in the cold isn't fun.

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Written next day...ice is melted.


Donkey on 01/16/2022:
Not everyone has the luxury of a generator. I hope you do not lose electricity too! That usually involves broken wires, which are not a quick fix. I heard Georgia is in for a mess, too. Iowa (to the west of us) got a bunch of snow.

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Yes, we have a small gas generator. Can plug in fridge and freezer.


Jacky82020 on 01/16/2022:
Hope you’re having a good day!

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Thank you. Hope you are, too.


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Hugs… if it was that cold and windy out I would be making biscuits too

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
They turned out pretty good.


legcramps on 01/17/2022:
I hope that ice storm has melted and power is back on for everyone and everyone is safe!

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Yes, ice has now melted in our area, that is. Our power, and Daughter's, and friends around us didn't lose power but thousands did here in SC and they are working to restore power in our state.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/17/2022:
the carolinas were on our weather news this AM because of all the storms down south. nothing here except heavy rain in the wee hours of the AM!

Maria7 on 01/17/2022:
Glad Y'all are okay! Ice been melting here.


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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jan 15, 2022
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

 

Freeze leftover cabbage soup / potatoes if i have any left after Sunday..


1/15/22 Saturday catching up with things!

(I will be catching up later on your entries, espec Bear - saw you may have covid?...reading it later)....

Slept in till around 9am.

Chat with neighbor on phone around 9:15, she was asking advice. talked 30 min...

10am late Breakfast: oats 150, coffee 50, yellow raisins 150...350...

2nd planned video phone chat with Paris friend! 2 hours from 10-Noon.

Early Afternoon Strength - Upper and Lower :) 12:30-2:30ish

Light lunch:1pm during workout: Snack : gummies vitamins, choc covered wafer bar from coworker 150.; 2 nice tbsp soft skippy peanut butter yum. been awhile since having regular pb. is good. 200.

5pm Dinner: pringles 150, cooked cabbage & potato 100, leftover thai eggplant 150, jackfruit dried 100, 1/4 of a pumpkin pie just bought 400...900.

8pm 2 chocs before bed 100

1700.

3pm-4pmish Oil Change - after exercises only - not sure i can get it done today, we'll see based on their hours...DONE!

Walked around 25 min while waiting for oil change...was cold! 20F today. Glad to get a little walk in!


1/16 Sun - 

AM - do some court studying - take a practice test

Call christine on way home from city? or just wait until tomorrow.

2pm - Broadway show - "The Book of Mormon" (from the creators of South Park) taking just myself, got a ticket for $65. not the absolute best deal but not a high price at all either. :).  This day is projected as 34F but full sun. Perfect for commuting in to the city in January, so i'm glad i'm going in this day and not yesterday/tomorrow!


1/17 Mon - Martin Luther King Holiday! :-D 

IF RAIN STAYS IN FORECAST (NOW PROJECTED AT 90% RAIN FOR THIS DAY), I WILL SKIP THE VOLUNTEERING BELOW: - big chance of cancellation!

9:30-12:30 NYC Parks Stewardship - signed up to volunteer locally (within my borough of Queens) - closer than my usual drives when volunteering with the New York City parks!.  We will be removing invasive plant species at a large park called Forest Parkexact meeting location "Oak Ridge: Union Turnpike/Myrtle Ave/Park Lane S."

Strength Exercises, upper and lower  :-D - Most important to keep on as i had to skip a day last work week (just felt too tired/too much going on per my own standards).

Clean GP cages well. BIG CLEANING.






1/18 Tuesday


1/19 Wednesday

Strength Exercises, upper and lower


1/20 Thursday


1/21 Friday


1/22 Saturday - quiet weekend...

 Cook "Cream" of mushroom soup..."cream" bc it's silkin tofu, not cream. looking forward to trying this....also the protein?

Strength today?


1/23 Sunday

Strength today?


1/24 Monday

1/25 Tues

1/26 Wed

1/27 Thurs

1/28 Fri


1/29 Saturday-

10am-12pm Paerdegat Park (Brooklyn)  - Another NYC Parks Stewardship Volunteer event that i signed up for, but this one looks to be more of a walking tour! Never been to this park and hardly go into this area of Brooklyn so i'm looking forward to a change of pace. 

We will be walking with people who identify 14 speciies of plants at  Albany Ave., E. 40 St. between Farragut Rd. and Foster Ave., Brooklyn / Meeting Location: Meeting at Ecology Park Gate - closest intersection is Bergen Avenue and Avenue T

 


1/30 Sunday - Home. 


1/31 Monday

2/1 Tuesday

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

Maria7 on 01/15/2022:
Hope you are having a good morning. Cold here...they are saying that we are under a state of emergency here in SC, expecting ice storm.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/16/2022:
yes, i hear there's a big storm brewing south of New York State! Also Virginia! Crazy first month of the year!


bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
We think we have the easy germ.....but we are fine....I really don't expect it to get bad. I've never made cream of mushroom soup...I'm interested in hearing how that turns out.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/16/2022:
it is interesting bc it uses tofu instead of cream...but the tofu is best to be the silkin kind, which is extra soft.

went to 3 supermarkets so far; and it's in none. will look further tomorrow!

in the days before covid, i believe it was easier to find.


Donkey on 01/15/2022:
Yay, you got in your weights :-) Oh what a happy day :-) (LOL)

I hope that you are able to make your soup this weekend. I look forward to reading your reviews.

Sounds like just a nice day at home and we need those from time to time.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/16/2022:
trust me, weights were THE PRIORITY because sometimes with these long weeks i find myself skipping a day during the work week of weights...making it so much more important to get them in when i do have the time! :) was happy, indeed Donkey!

it was a good day; i'm thankful for the long weekend to do a little more without feeling strained.


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
I have to try the tofu trick!!!


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innerpeace - Saturday Jan 15, 2022

Weight: 306.3

Day 15 - Believe

I believe I can keep this up. Not much going on today...laundry and hanging out. Thought about going to the gym later, but dinner is not sitting well (heavy). I will get up early tomorrow and go. No work Monday so will also be able to get to the gym during the day.

I believe it will just take a little more work - DH tried feeding me cheese and crackers after noon - I'm like I'm trying to do better here...going to the gym. I did eat a few slices of cheese with a cracker though. He means well, but just don't get it. I'm tired of being heavy and worrying about my weight, maybe one day he will be fully on board.

I believe I feel better in the mornings - CPAP? maybe, but I don't remember waking up so much during the night before I had to adjust this stupid mask. No morning headaches, so this is a big plus, I will just keep plugging along with the CPAP....no work on DH's machine yet.

B: malt o meal - iced vanill latte

L: half baked chicken breast, bacon cheddar cheese slice and cucumbers and tomatos

D: bean burrito with chili (last night's left over chili) with cheese and avocado

Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 31.6 lbs lost so far, only 96.3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/15/2022:
You probably are feeling better. We will both feel better in March and then again another level of better in June. Takes 6 months to see benefit of CPAP.


bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
The masks do need adjusting during the night...especially when they are blowing on your eyes......or the hissing wakes you up....lucky are the times when your mouth is just open...that is always an easy fix.


Donkey on 01/16/2022:
My Boss does the same thing that your husband does, by tempting me/us with food that nobody needs. It's hard to say "No" but I think that was probably the biggest change I made at work to help me lose weight.

How did he respond when you told him you're trying to do better and lose weight?

I'm glad that you're feeling better in the mornings. :-)


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
What a wonderful menu! Glad you are feeling better.


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Jacky82020 - Saturday Jan 15, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 108.8

 

 

Matt figured out the resistance problem.  since it's not powered by electricity he figured it had a big-assed battery & either a generator or alternator that is recharged by regular use.   he also saw the battery online for $44.   This is a 6 volt battery.  He has 2 battery rechargers, but  both are 12 V.   Haven't priced the charger yet.   He rode the bike hard for about 1/2 hour & it's much easy for me to use now. Probably the first owner never replaced the battery.   Appears they need replacement every 5 years or so & this, having been used minimally for a commercial machine,  doesn't need it yet.

BUT!  Matt just saw in the owner's manual there is an optional electrical add on that eliminates the need for recharging by peddling, appears to target older and disabled people unable to maintain a steady rate & use bike daily.

Really thrilled, this same model goes for 2K refurbished at Amazon and much more at places that sell used gym equipment.   So far, an incredible buy at $650. 

 


Got the bike!  OMG!   What a workout!  Display I have iPad on too far back for me to type, but I can read.   Will take some getting used to & learning how to work the ten thousand options.   So far, the easiest one I can find is quite strenuous.  Many flashing displays including very annoying beeps indicating you're slowing down.   when this happens, the peddles get even more difficult to turn, Matt thinks it thinks you're putting on brakes.   it's a high step to climb into the seat, like stepping over a barricade and one, at least someone as short as me, has to step down carefully. Something I'm actually used to from using step ladders so often.

all kinds of features like ways to connect to "cardiac entertainment videos and even personal trainers.   no video display but has USB connector, so looks like one could plug in a phone or tablet.  must have subscription services like Peloton.   That's a hard no! 
 

Looks like the "easiest" workout is burning 230 Cals per hour.   You can set it for however many calories you want to burn in an hour (within reason) and it will adjust the resistance accordingly.  

Progress as of today: 26.2 lbs lost so far, only 3.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
Wow...and it has a cup holder!!! Looks like it will be fun learning all of its options!!! Had to chuckle.....Matt thinks you are peddling so slow that it thinks you are putting on the brakes........

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
LOL

Good thing it has cup holder since it sits high above the built-in dressers & it’s quite a stretch down . Bigger & taller & heavier than old bike


Donkey on 01/15/2022:
What a NICE bike!!!!! This is an older model - that is to say, when I belonged to the gym before this one, these were the bikes that they had. I loved the preprogrammed routines!

These are not the version of LifeFitness bikes that are currently at my gym, and I MUCH prefer what you have to the ones at the gym. Much MUCH more. You scored a good deal! I hope it works for you and serves you well.

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
Yes, this bike is ~8 yrs old. I was initially afraid it had seen heavy commercial gym use or PT place or whatever as LifeFitness is a commercial line. But guy bought many many tickets & won it at work, only used by him & his wife & not all that much from the excellent condition. Looks new, some of the I used ones have worn seats and peddles. Even the peddle straps look new.


happy-1 on 01/15/2022:
I didn't like my Peloton subscription. It was weird to have the instructor not see you.

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
I can imagine. I looked into a peloton before buying the Schwinn spinner, close in price, but Peloton wanted a monthly subscription fee to unlock most features, otherwise you only get a few, so passed on that one.


innerpeace on 01/15/2022:
Nice bike! Hope you adjust well.

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
Thanks! I am determined to make it work!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2022:
the new bike looks great, i def recognize the brand. a good deal for you. and since you are an avid home biker, i know you will put it to good use. you do not like to ride along with a video, etc?

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
No, never watch videos daytimes at all. I read nonfiction & trade stocks.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2022:
you did get some awesome shots of the fish below. very clear.

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
Thanks. Those are the best I can get on the new iPad, not good enough. I bought the same Nikon 3200D this outstanding photographer has. Used on eBay for $200, good buy. About 8 years old. Hoping to get to his skill level. Many challenges, shooting through water, glass & getting the lighting right.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2022:
300-600 is a ton for white glove service of the bike. shows that many people would prob get it; or do prob get it; because a lot of folks aren't going to put together their own bike. interesting.

so expensive tho!

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
Yeah seems like could hire a local handyman or something. I did see the assembly instructions. The previous owner found the manuals. Sure Matt could have assembled it, with a lot cussing & yelling & groaning. LOL


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happy-1 - Saturday Jan 15, 2022
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Weight: 243.1

Saturday Jan 15, 2022 1pm -

Tried to stay up all night and go to bed at my regular time. Backfired. I couldn't make it past 3am, woke up at 7:30 am and now I am dead tired. So far today I have jumped my car battery, made an attempt to clean out the fridge, inflated my exercise ball. Mostly I am watching Netflix and taking breaks from the kitchen stuff... Everytime I go in there I end up crosswise with my dad.

Tired. I hope I go to bed on time tonight. 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/15/2022:
Inch by inch.


Jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
Sometimes breaks & Netflix are the way to go! Have had Netflix off on & the on for years, off now. Have Sling, Hulu and Amazon Prime. When we first moved to the sticks in PA, I had Netflix DVDs coming in every other day or so. This was circa 2005, before streaming went big. Also a missed stock opportunity for me, a big one that got away. Could have bought in at $50 a share, but thought online DVDs getting old, everyone streaming & not the foggiest Netflix would make its fortune doing original programming.

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Omg… all the things we missed out on, right?


Horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2022:
so glad yo hear that you and your cat have bonded so well! i remember the day before the bond and when she was just in your bathroom / getting used to it all was hard! now, you both finally are in a good spot :)

will you need to get a new car battery? i am starting to worry about mine, but will wait until my next oil change in 3 months to ask about it. they have a test to measure how much juice is in it!

you give me an idea to clean the one stain i have in my living room carpet. the stain is the side of a grape, but is truly annoying to look at. perhaps i'll take care of it in a few more months...or not at all yet...

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Did you buy a warranty for the battery?


bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
I don't think I could stay away anywhere near 3 A.M. anymore.....I fall asleep at the computer at 8 P.M. sometimes...LOL

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Omg… teach me how to do that


Donkey on 01/16/2022:
I hope you were able to go to bed on time last night. Were you trying to reset something in yourself by staying up all night?

happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Yeah, it’s called planned sleep deprivation. I was supposed to see the Exish this weekend but his brother has COVID so that whole place is in quarantine and so is he. With the unplanned time, I just figured I’d try resetting that way.


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bearcountrygg - Saturday Jan 15, 2022

Weight: 131.0

Changes...Changes !!!!!

 

 

I'm pretty sure we have the Imicron...or how ever you spell it.........D must have picked it up at the tire store.  The town is flooded with it.   I will say it's like a mild cold.......he just mostly has the stuffy nose..that turns into a drippy nose that turns into a very dry nose...alternately over very short periods of time...he also has the itchy eyes.......I have the nose, eyes,sudden sweats that stop quickly( but no fever).....a little congestion...headache....neck ache and swollen neck gland...and probably unrelated low blood sugar and high blood pressure....... I will say that I have had colds in the past that were much worse....this is really quite mild to moderate........and life goes on......I've ordered some home tests but this will likely be over by the time they arrive....but will be good to have them on hand anyway.......They aren't 100% accurate .....so.....there is that.  We are staying away from everyone as we should.

I can see that there are some things I really need to do.........and I'm right now committed to doing those things......I have never been a scheduled person ( when it came to work/jobs...I was...but not at home.)  I had some habits and routines that seemed to happen naturally...but scheduled days were not my thing.......but I think I will start scheduling my days a little more so that I can forget some chores instead of carrying them around in my head.......nagging me to do them and then not actually doing them...that just causes me stress which in turn raises my blood pressure......so if I work from a schedule daily I will just do what is on the list...and possibly do things that I WANT to do that aren't.  No more carrying around the to do list in my head...work off the schedule......plus anything I want to do.

I have put my bottle of Tylenol away...THANK YOU MARIA!!!!!!    We are replacing our Blood pressure monitors...THANK YOU JACKY!!!!.....DONKEY for reminding me about sodium first thing yesterday morning!!!!...Thank you to everyone that gave me things to think about and change yesterday...I so appreciate all of you......I think I will get things in line now that will help......My aim is to remain med free and I believe that I can do that with the right behavior changes.

New personal goals

1.  Keep losing weight ( lowered my goal weight yesterday)

2.  Keep an eye on my glucose and BP levels daily now

3.  Remain calm, don't carry to do's around in my head...just walk the walk...follow the schedule.  It will all get done without the mental list.

4.  Stay calm/relax......just enjoy every day and live in the moment because the moment is really all any of us have.  If it causes stress then fix it or walk away from it.......but don't let it rent space in my head.

Started the day with BP at 155/80...which is a lot better than yesterday and glucose at 77 which is worse than yesterday ( need to get that into the 90's)

 

coffee 

3/4 Fage 0% greek yogurt 

Walden farms SF breakfast syrup less than a serving

2 cheese biscuits

navy bean soup (1 cup)

lasagna

 

Progress as of today: 123.8 lbs lost so far, only 16 lbs to go!

jacky82020 on 01/15/2022:
You may very well have Omicron. Reading it’s so highly contagious it’s expected almost everyone in the US & nearly every other place will get it. The vaxxed & boosted will be asymptomatic or have mild cases. Donglad we got double vaxxed & boosted ASAP for our age group.

Matt ordered a rapid response test from Amazon a few weeks ago, $18 for two tests. I never did get around to researching reliability compared to the PCR test.

Just reading in newspaper every household will be able to order 4 tests from the Feds beginning next Wednesday. On national news last night & in the works for a while.

More & more complaining about how unvaxxed are crowding ERs & taking up hospital beds. Nurses & doctors getting sick, some died from Delta.

This was the first Friday that we didn’t go into Walmart, did pickup only & skipped BK drive through, even though Matt is convinced that’s safe.

We decided not to do anything because of Omicron for a while & then I went & found the commercial quality $3.5K used recumbent bike & got the guy down from $850 to $650, so Matt has to pick it up at ten today. Told the guy we are afraid of Omicron & wanted the bike our front in his driveway for a quick lift into our trailer. Matt always wears the best N95 mask available. Bought them last year from a medical supply business in Texas.

I think Omron is one of the best home BP monitors, many models on Amazon & pretty sure it’s the brand I see up front at the Walmart pharmacy. Funny how I just threw all the other monitors away. They were making my guest bedroom look like a damn hospital & I hate those!

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
Our old one is omron...but VERY old....our last one just says CVS Pharmacy.......we are using that now and will be replacing that soon.....BP started better today and glucose started a lot worse..... We are double vaxed and not time for the boosters..... I think we do have it....it's not that bad really...I have had worse with nasty colds in the past that turned into pneumonia......pneumonia and asthma have been an issue for me since early childhood and still can be....but I always get through it.....it takes me about 5 weeks to deal with pneumonia ....I'm allergic to all penicillen and sufa related drugs...( so is oldest son and oldest grandson)....for there appears to be genetic issue there.....so I handle it on my own...so far so good....I monitor my own oxygen levels and they are atually really good today. I haven't been inside any business or other house in a very long time now.....I would say a month and a half probably......D still does what he wants buts limits it...for him...it's hardware store, tire store, mechanic shop etc.....he only wears masks if they are...if not...he doesn't...I'm not in aagreement with that but I'm not his Mommy or his boss....so he is a grown man and he decides....BUT...It does appear that he is the one that brought this home...Just saying...


Donkey on 01/15/2022:
Are you still able to smell and taste? Best to stay isolated, and I'm glad that you did order at-home tests. I hope you both feel better very soon.

A schedule can be helpful! But on the flipside, I hope you won't rebel against the structure of a schedule. I'm not sure that I have one at work per se. I do know that I need to look at time-sensitive tasks no later than 1pm or it gets very difficult, especially if I have a lot of tasks to do. (Recently, I haven't had hardly any tasks, so I just focus more on emails as they come in.)

What I really liked best about what you wrote today - or what really caught my attention - was to stop carrying around the "to-do's" in your head. I think I do that a lot.

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
My sense of taste and smell actually lessened a few years ago and I believe began with a sinus infection so they weren't very good to start with...but they are there mildly which is kind of typical for me. I have definitely rebelled against schedules in the past....This one will be rather loosely set up....and something I can add to daily of I want to....no specific times or anything...just a daily list of things to do and not too many per day....I figure I won't fight that too much....I'm also reminding myself quite often that it will be healthier...and that seems to make me want to do the things......Yes..no more things to do on my mind...now they get written down and crossed off.....We are staying isolated now...wouldn't want to pass this bug to anyone else.


Maria7 on 01/15/2022:
Oh, no!!! So sorry if you have covid. If you do, hopefully you have a milder case and over it quickly. I will be praying for you and D. Hugs sent to you. Get plenty of rest!!! Love you, Maria

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
Thank you Maria......It appears to be the easy one....we don't feel too bad........


Horn_of_plenty on 01/15/2022:
Hi Bear :)

I see you have decided to change your weight goal. you can see how it goes. I am sure you can reasonably lose the first (next) 5 lbs...i'd take it small steps and see how you do. At 130, it was always not a great weight for me as i'm also decently small boned, little muscle on my lower body, so it was fat and not comfortable weight for me. Walking around, it felt better to me once i lost weight below 130, especially on my weaker leg/ankle. Honestly, i was good in mid 120's, but happiest here. but even a little weight in your case may help you positively, rather than thinking of the whole 15lbs now. step by step.

good on trying to get the home tests.

I do hope you and D feel better soon, and i'm glad it's nothing too crazy for you both going on.

very good goals and plans you have. scheduling helps me feel more accomplished, especially when i can say i did what i set out to do. some days i need a break from a schedule too.

take care and keep us updated on how you are doing!

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2022:
I will tackle the weight verrry slowly...Not interested at this time in doing any drastic losses...which would probably be next to impossible anyway......so it is something to work on.


Donkey on 01/16/2022:
^A slower weight loss may benefit you in the long run. It's easier on the body, too.

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
Yes...I'm figuring it will be very slow.


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
I hope you and your Hubby are feeling better this morning. Prayers for Y'all.

bearcountrygg on 01/16/2022:
I think we both are on the mend......he feels pretty good today...I'm just down to the headach, runny nose and sweating/chills....better than the last few days.


Maria7 on 01/16/2022:
I know that's not any fun. Praying for Y'all.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Thank you...much better today (Monday)


happy-1 on 01/16/2022:
Hugs. Praying for your swift recovery!

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2022:
Thank you...Today (Monday is a lot better)


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