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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday May 12, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

11.00 May Sunshine Hours; 

24.50 January "Sunshine Hours";  20.25 February Hours in the Sun/Outside/Cardio/Commute/Moving!  28.75 March Sunshine Hours :-D; 27 April Sunshine Hrs, 

June 1st:(if not paid previously without a request by me), request pay for both 1 unused vacation day as well as 1.5 sick days that i didn't take and was accrued by me for last cycle.

Summer July-August 2021 6 week Adv Parlaegal Last Course - Business Law: 

Fall 2021 - Prerequisite I  (Statistics) have been told i need to complete 2 prerequisites prior to signing up for the SUNY.

Winter 2022 - Prerequisite II (Financial Management or Accounting)

Summer or Fall 2022 - SUNY Financial Management & Analysis Cert program, 4 classes to take up to 2 years, max.


Lookahead - Wednesday, 5/12/21: AM Upper Body, done, except for chest-flies tonight on bench.

Work as been relatively really easy the past few days....i cannot expect a change until next week, so, i'll "keep busy" at my desk and not bother my boss...i've caught up, noticing that he hasn't on his work...

Free Online Course, next 3 Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm thru my library. Course: "Excel for Data Analysis" I hope to stop working here by 3:30 (normal is 4pm) and stay at work till 5pm taking the class, while staying at work...we'll see how that plays out, I plan not to tell my boss until the last moment, when he sees i'm still here at work past my time. I have earphones for it, as well.

Breakfast: banana 120, coffee 30, dark choc muffin veggie based so good 100..250..

Snacks: 100 in a choc chia seed small bar, tasty, seems good as a snack., later almonds. 50.

400....

Lunch: leftovers: leftover soup veggie not much, 50, rice 200, chicken meatballs 100, veggie stir fry 150..500...

Snacks:

Dinner: takeout or something easy at home, undecided..


Thursday, 5/13/21: AM Legs


Friday, 5/14/21 - AM Upper Body

call in to see if I have Jury Duty in the next week starting Monday, 5/17/21 


Sunday, 5/16/21 - get together with my good, loving (Deaf) Cousin and friend that studied Sign lauguage for a fun, sign language day and good times.


Thursday, 5/27/21: leave early from work @ 3pm - Gyn appointment near my home - edit timesheet, dock an hour - maybe try to make up the hour on other days, half hr extra? tbd.it's near the holiday for Memorial Day, so i might have an easier time making up an hour with having Monday coming off.


Friday, 5/28/21:


Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Holiday !

Saturday, 5/29/21: 9:45am near my home - MNR Vaccine 2nd dose (measles - do it every 10 yrs) 

Sunday, 5/30/21:1-4pm Queens Farm Volunteering on the County Farm!


Monday, June 28th: Business Law, last Adv Paralegal Course Begins, 6 weeks in length - to get the "real advanced paralegal degree" it's 6 specializations. but i'm good with the 3 i took, i will have paperwork from the school in the form of an email showing my grade and that i took the classes. then, i'm moving on to pursue other studies that will help me both now and in the future, outside of legal studies.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 05/12/2021:
I took a full-length 16 week college course on Excel and a short little class on Excel from my library, like the one you're taking. The library class was WAYYYYY better. Sounds like fun! I hope you don't get in trouble for taking it while you're at work. Great idea to take this class!

Way to go on getting the weights done in the morning! I too am finding doing weights in the morning to becoming more enjoyable and beneficial. I love it!

Sometimes I get slow at work, too, and then it's up to me to find things to do. Like you said yesterday, take this opportunity to relax. Personally, I've learned it's just not worth it to try to get other people to do their jobs or to do their jobs for them, just so that I have something to do.

horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2021:
if you have any other advice for slow days at work, please give it to me...struggling here to go more slowly, too bad i cannot just take courses while at work always, right?!


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
I'm totally behind what Donk says!!! Not sure how they are going to feel about paying you for that half hour while you take that class......The class is a good thing...but the timing isn't right.....do they offer it some other time...when you will be at home?

horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2021:
no, the class is only then....i see what you mean....i'll try not to say too much and just stay late...i totally wasn't thinking about what you just said and your points are pretty straightforward, valid...thanks for acknowledging them so i can have it on my mind...

horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2021:
i'll see, maybe i can "doc myself" or work extra / come in early to make up for it.


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
I just looked at youtube...and there are a lot of excel classes to choose from that you could do at home on your own time......I'd hate to see you lose your job over something like that......

horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2021:
if i get caught or something, i'll say i can make the time up by staying late a diff day....you have a very good point that i really didn't give any thought to.


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
That Advanced Certificate sounds like a great idea! How much do the courses cost each? Knew someone doing something similar & it was 12 classes, taken as one wished.

horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2021:
I believe $625 per credit = $7,500. (more than i thought, not sure why. must check price again for this.)

horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2021:
yes, that's the right amount & the reason i prefer to pay for only a few classes! surely adds up. the masters would have added another 10k to the amount. def not going to do a Masters for 17G.


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
So $7500 for whole program? Not bad at all!

horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2021:
yes! plus around $500 for two prerequisites, so around 8K.


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
That’s a good deal!


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Donkey - Wednesday May 12, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

I continue to make gains (?) in my weight training goals.  I am actually starting to really like weight training!  I'd like to see more definition in my arms and back, but in order to do that, I have to lose some of the fat I'm carrying around. 

After last night's weight training and bike session, I had a few sips of protein shake. I was going to have graham cracker(s) too, but then I realized I wasn't really hungry, I just wanted a reward.  I made sure that I had enough protein at dinner, and I did.

My work situation will improve soon.  Mistakes Girl is supposed to be coming back to work next week, Tuesday, and that will help a lot.  I realized this morning that in spite of being really stressful with all of these absences, we've done a really good job of taking care of things.

One thing that I'm noticing at work -- for several weeks months now - is that I'm being bypassed at work, for tasks.  I'm not sure if it's because people think I'm so busy, or if it's something personal or what, but the Boss usually goes to Mistakes Girls to ask her to do extra tasks.  And Male Co-Worker is handling the New Guy's files while he's gone.  I find it incredibly odd that I wouldn't be tasked with his files, since I work on purchases.  Yesterday, Male Co-Worker said, "I guess I'm learning how to do your job" and I guess he's right. 

I should take an example from Queen Bee and not do anything more than is necessary, and yes, I am quite busy enough with what I have.  I have no fear of getting fired - that's not really something my Boss does - but it is a little unnerving to see that I'm no longer the "go to" person.

Yesterday we were confronted with a mistake on a deed we prepared several months ago, which we will need to correct and pay $$ to be re-recorded.  After talking it out, we discovered that the problem came with the file was initially opened with Mistakes Girl.  My Boss' response?  "If that's the worst mistake we make, then we're doing pretty good."  WHAT????  I kid you not.

I also caught my Boss making some more cognitive errors yesterday.  One might catch up with him when the file closes in a week or 2.  The other one wasn't bad, but if you, as a tax return preparer and tax wiz, can't interpret a W2 form correctly, then maybe it's time to re-evaluate things. 

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
Mistakes will happen for sure.....The boss does sound like his age/or health is catching up with him. I'm sure they feel that you are plenty busy so may be trying to ease your work load where they can. It really doesn't hurt if more than one person can do any or all jobs....that gives you some back up if needed. But...I also get that it is a little unsettling that that guy said he was he was learning to do your job...they may suspect that you are considering leaving them...hopefully all in all it will come together in a way that makes the office run smoother.


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
How old is this boss? Is he getting ready to retire? Or cut back?


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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday May 11, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

10.00 May Sunshine Hours; 

24.50 January "Sunshine Hours";  20.25 February Hours in the Sun/Outside/Cardio/Commute/Moving!  28.75 March Sunshine Hours :-D; 27 April Sunshine Hrs, 

June 1st:(if not paid previously without a request by me), request pay for both 1 unused vacation day as well as 1.5 sick days that i didn't take and was accrued by me for last cycle.

July-August 2021 6 week Adv Parlaegal Last Course - Business Law: 

Fall 2021/ Winter 2022 - CUNY (City Univiersity of New York) tbd - looking now into SUNY advanced options for certificates as SUNY (state univiersity of NY) SUNY - Certificate in Financial Managment & Analysis, 12 credits, i may need a prerequsite prior to taking it. Will take me approx -2 years to do part time at my own pace.


Lookahead - Tuesday, 5/11/21:

I've applied to SUNY for their Advanced Certificate in Financial Management & Analysis program.  It's a shortened program that hints in the same direction as an MBA (Masters in Business Administration), but faster and more direct.

It will take me 2 years to finish at my own pace, rather than rushing to do a Masters at the speed of light at rushing to finish in 3-4 years. I'm REALLY grateful for this opportunity and type of certificate that SUNY offers bc it mixes management with finance/accounting in a shorter time frame.

The CUNY city university doesn't offer anything similar in a shorter time frame except regular management with no business/finance added in. I'm def not paying 5G only to learn about how to manage people with no other education in finance or accounting from CUNY!

Follow up with requirements for the Suny cert if Financial Management & Analysis...may need to call Hofstra my university to have them directly email my transcripts, as my PDF transcripts email wasn't official ha.  I will have to wait for the office where i work to be more empty before contacting Hofstra, will try to do it on the phone.

It's 52F and the darn boss as the door WIDE open. i have a boss who simply doesn't care about anyone except himself. and he sits farthest from the door that's open. plus i have allergies and so does a coworker. so, it's just a man that doesn't give a hoot about anyone. plus we have central heating that works, so now the air is going to be blasted above me to counteract 52F air forced in from an open door..

Perhaps add in a light walk to my commute, but not too much today.

I have dinner at home, so go home and relax.

Eats: banana 120, coffee 30, 2 waffles 250 (protein type from Vans)...400

snacks: remainder of waffles above, they are ok, and pb 100., got very hungry, light on work today...can you imagine!? 50 cals

lunch: actually going to go outside and enjoy nature, as i am very up to date with my work...soup leftover 100 and veg 50, rice 250, chicken meatballs 100. 500, will pick up something caffine like outside, monster drink to enjoy later while at my desk.

one lady i work with, sometimes, is emailing me to stop reminding her that i'm waiting on things...so i guess i can just sit back, if nobody is replying to emails because i'm low on totem pole and nobody is giving me anything to organize. :) feels good to relax.

snacks: bad thigh cramps on right leg, took a tylenol. selzter with stevia brought over by cleaning lady, 1 choc and 1 clementine. very hungry at 3pm craving more but waiting patiently for my boss...100, gummies 100

dinner: leftover low carb pizza 400, goldenberries 150...550...cheezits 200. 750, kombucha 50.

2050, extremely snacky day...soon i may need to add some days of healthier breakfasts, we'll see.

Small chia bar 100

2150. 


Wednesday, 5/12/21: AM Upper Body


Thursday, 5/13/21: AM Legs


Friday, 5/14/21 - AM Upper Body

call in to see if I have Jury Duty in the next week starting Monday, 5/17/21 


Sunday, 5/16/21 - get together with my good, loving (Deaf) Cousin and friend that studied Sign lauguage for a fun, sign language day and good times.


Thursday, 5/27/21: leave early from work @ 3pm - Gyn appointment near my home - edit timesheet, dock an hour - maybe try to make up the hour on other days, half hr extra? tbd.it's near the holiday for Memorial Day, so i might have an easier time making up an hour with having Monday coming off.


Friday, 5/28/21:


Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Holiday !

Saturday, 5/29/21: 9:45am near my home - MNR Vaccine 2nd dose (measles - do it every 10 yrs) 

Sunday, 5/30/21:1-4pm Queens Farm Volunteering on the County Farm!


Monday, June 28th: Business Law, last Adv Paralegal Course Begins, 6 weeks in length - to get the "real advanced paralegal degree" it's 6 specializations. but i'm good with the 3 i took, i will have paperwork from the school in the form of an email showing my grade and that i took the classes. then, i'm moving on to pursue other studies that will help me both now and in the future, outside of legal studies.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 05/11/2021:
My boss does the same thing but will close the door if I say something. However, I have a cardigan and a heavy fleece at work, that I keep there always. Sometimes, I like the fresh air and will just bundle up.

Of course, that says nothing about allergies.

But yeah, that's rude.

horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2021:
and he sits farthest from it. makes no sense. just makes me raise the heat more; and i sit right by him.


Donkey on 05/11/2021:
Oh I should mention that my Boss doesn't open the door unless it's AT LEAST in the 60's -- but usually waits until we're in the 70's when it's nice out. So I feel your pain.

horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2021:
he's nuts. and with a door open to cold air, he will make the heat system and blower, above me and near him, work harder and make it hotter in here! idiot. He will in the end feel hotter. hey, i will say nothing as i realize it and i'm glad.


happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Open door means fresh air, less contagion… just saying

horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2021:
yeah, but not when it's cold and the air is on! also, i have allergies.

but, i cannot fight you...you have your solid points. xoxo

hope you are well, Happy.

you were right about that other school being cheap. but only for full-timers.


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Jacky82020 - Wednesday May 12, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 114.2


That's Little Flash below,  the feral I finally caught in a trap.


Finally finished the taxes.  Steep learning curve.  Two of my srocks consider shareholders partners and had a whole unique set of papers.  Selling both this year, but will still have to deal with them for the 2021 taxes.

Weight creeping up.   Hardly any exercise for a week due to tax situation and rearranging two rooms to accommodate the feral cat.  Fnally caught him!   He's adorable and not so feral anymore, since I worked with him 2 years out front.   We set up a new Cat Room upstairs and brought up the 2 other cats from the old downstairs cat room, the one that has an outdoor enclosure.   I see they call these Catios. lol.   The husband plans to relocate it to the new Cat Room.   The windows are elevated, so he'll have to build a deck to place it on.  The three cats, all neutered males are getting along great!

BEAR, Box.com sent me 15% off promos for their Spring Prince products.   See they have TP and paper towels.  Haven't crushed numbers yet.   Are they any good? Do you buy them?

Progress as of today: 19.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
crunched numbers.... compared to Walmart


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
I got the 15% off sale too...but it isn't on everything P and S I don't think. I will have to go back and check.......I saw the Blue button to push over some P and S things but not others.......Funny...I just shopped on there this morning...don't forget the free button at the top of the page....right now it's a free box of kleenex and 2 pkts of Emergen-C......I buy the TP, and paper towels a lot....keeps me out of the store ...Love their huge bottles of olive oil.....I'm a regular on their site...

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Thanks. I will have to see how the paper products compare to Walmart It’s only a few miles away & I like getting out.

They sent 2 emails re P & S , the first had paper products and the second didn’t


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
Flash is beautiful!!!

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Thanks! He’s a very good boy.


Donkey on 05/12/2021:
Little Flash is so handsome! I'm glad you caught him and can give him a better life. Winters will be easier for him, from now on, for sure.

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Yes, I am overjoyed. Spent many days worried about him outside even though he had 2 heated outdoor cat houses. His back still felt cold to the touch.


Donkey on 05/12/2021:
I do not envy you on your taxes. Sounds VERY complicated :-(

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Next year will be easier. Think I made a few mistakes on the state & may get fined. Time will tell. Wishing now I’d worked on it a few days longer, but couldn’t take it anymore


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
BEAR, looks like all the S&P essentials are 15% off, whatever that means. Even so, it’s only pennies less than Walmart. Maybe a $4 savings on TP, PT, & trash bags of various sizes. So don’t know.


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
I went back and you are right...it does appear to be all of P and S......I didn't add the code...so I did get some things when I went back in.....( things with no exp dates mainly that will keep)...but I messed up my main orders.....oh well live and learn...LOL...I like their trash bags...use those all of the time....

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Oh, no! You didn’t get the 15% offf? Will they let you amend the order? They were so nice to me on the mislabeled protein chips


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
What I did was cancel and then reorder with the code....but when I went back in and tried to do another order...it wouldn't let me do the code again...so i do recall that happening once before...code can only be used once. I might have been able to call then but I had already cancelled it when I found that out....live and learn!!!

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Yeah, a lot of places only allow one time use of a code.


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
Also...I believe that you only have a few minutes to cancel an order...I read that somewhere but can't find it now....seems to me it was 30 minutes.

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Yep, they do that too. Some places lie and say they already shipped it. Right.


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happy-1 - Sunday May 09, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 217.7

 Day 3, no metformin, no anxiety attacks... but higher blood sugear overnight raised HRV and so I was exhausted today. I try again tomorrow. I fasted 14 hours, walked 10,000 steps, controlled my carbs, and drank 6 bottles of water. It eventually came down. Giving it 2 more days or so to see what I feel like with it out of my system. Science.

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
Metformin is known for causing anxiety and memory issues....it also causes B 12 deficiency......are you taking B12?

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Apparently you know all about it but not a single one of my health professionals. Now I want to sue.

Yes.


Donkey on 05/10/2021:
Fascinating experiment! I can see why you're trying to get the metformin out of your system.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
I've lost 4 years of my life to this mess with my parents. I'm just wiggling every tiny variable I can to see what frees me to get back up. Trial and error. Trial and error. Trial and error.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
I've lost 4 years of my life to this mess with my parents. I'm just wiggling every tiny variable I can to see what frees me to get back up. Trial and error. Trial and error. Trial and error.


horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2021:
is the fasting ok to help you?

also, yeah, if you feel better with taking less drugs, will that ought to be a good thing!

nice job on your water.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Right???????? Here's hoping.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Right???????? Here's hoping.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Right???????? Here's hoping.


bearcountrygg on 05/12/2021:
I was just telling D about you getting off the metformin a few minutes ago....I wish he would!!! He told me to let him know how you do without it....


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happy-1 - Monday May 10, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 217.7

 Tomorrow I get to see what it feels like to not have metformin in my system... I can't wait.

Controlling sugar is super hard without meds... not a long term strategy, but it does make it easier to see what drives it up and down. Just shy of 15,000 steps today, which was a lot of work. Fasting since 5pm and hungry... But worth it.

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/11/2021:
I'll be interested to hear about it too! I can't imagine though the extra effort it takes to keep your sugar level low(er).

What do you find works? Does the fasting help? The extra steps?

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
I will post all about it today! It was glorious.


horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2021:
GREAT exercise!

isn't it hard to control sugar while fasting??? can't it drop very low??

anyways, keep us updated on how you feel without the metformin. i've heard of it, but not familiar with it.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
That’s true for late stages diabetic. Mid-stage is a drop, then the liver releases too much glucagon and jacks your sugar up. Then the cells are insulin resistant and don’t absorb the glucose and your sugar goes up, which raises HRV and you wake up exhausted and foggy all day like you didn’t sleep. Fasting retrains the liver to respond more appropriately to sugar drops that still stay above 70. It’s basically seeing any drop as a signal to release glucagon instead of sensing the drop then measuring then responding.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Fasting also literally gives your liver an extended rest period to recover from too much stress, released in the form of cortisol. The cortisol makes the liver release too much glucagon.


Donkey on 05/12/2021:
^^ I've been reading that fasting is very good for one's liver.


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happy-1 - Tuesday May 11, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 217.7

Day 5 off the Metformin... Oh it was glorious… yesterday I woke up in a good mood. Today I woke up with cognitive energy and clarity before coffee and stimulants… Food tasted better and was more satisfying. I’d walk a million steps to feel that way everyday.

Unfortunately I also had higher sugar values overnight... and so I burned through all my energy too fast. My Garmin Body Battery was all the way up to 93 at 6am and was down to 41 by 11 AM. Garmin said I should rest and try to recover because I was burning through my energy too fast. At that point, I realized I might as well take a Metformin at lunch, because if I am burning through energy too fast, what's the difference? I laid in my bed to ice my neck and almost exactly 45 min later I felt my heart start pounding and the room start spinning without any anxious thoughts, tv or other stimuli. 1.5 hours in and I was having problems with basic requests from dad. So, definitely the Metformin. BUT much easier to handle in the afternoon after the majority of stuff is done for the day and I am doing chores and stuff. It's much easier to push off the wrenching panic and think "it's just the med"... then clean something.

About 8500 steps today because I touched something gross looking for a geocache and the park bathrooms were closed and I had to go straight home because I hadn't brought hand sanitizer. I won't say what I touched. Ever.

Miracle from God today... I badgered Dad and made him get another A1C test done prior to surgery. Somehow despite all the junk food and binge eating his A1C did not go up from 7.9 to 8.6 like his Fructosamine indicated... but down to a jaw-dropping in range 7.7. I don't know how. It defies all science, logic and reason. The math absolutely 100% does not work. I praised the Lord... and emailed his endocrinologist for why that might have happened.

Started reading evryone's logs, but the food notes are making me hungry and I'm fasting... So I will comment more tomorrow!

Progress as of today: 99.3 lbs lost so far, only 57.7 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
When activity trackers begin to age the battery discharges quickly. I learned this the hard way by being cheap and purchased used ones on eBay. Some only lasted 2-4 hours. The new Fitbits I currently use usually last 5 days, on average. They send an email when the battery’s down.

Is it not possible to get off readings on A1C readings? I know it is with the various type of home meters. I’ve found POGO to be the most accurate,


Donkey on 05/12/2021:
I've often wondered if my comments about food - especially those "food fits" and "cake encounters" - are triggers for others. I suppose the best thing to do is to not have fits and encounters, right? Then I wouldn't feel compelled to confess here, because there'd be nothing to confess. I'll work on this.

That is amazing about the Metformin experiment! Wow, I wish there was something you could do to stay off of it for longer. How about a lower dosage?

That really is a miracle with your dad's A1C levels. Wow!...


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Donkey - Tuesday May 11, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

Well.....  my little May experiment of not weighing in isn't going to work if I keep having nights like last night.  The problem was - as it usually is - that I didn't get enough protein.  Take that and mix it in with an extremely stressful day at work, and my stamina to "stay strong" just faded away with the sunlight... To summarize:  half of a protein shake, many sugar free licorice twists, and then a big ol' piece of Daughter's birthday cake in the freezer.  NOT GOOD.

The stress was from work.  Queen Bee did not show up today - just "couldn't make it" - and the phones were crazy and the new contracts were many.  I stayed about an hour late, so that I could start today in a better place.  I was so busy that I did not get to take my walk at lunchtime -- that's right, I basically worked through lunch, ate at my desk.  NOT GOOD.

I've come to the realization that it's not just me, but my Boss is truly sliding into a mental decline.  Nice Lady brought it up, Male Co-Worker finally agreed with me that it's getting in the way of doing efficient and correct work.  And in the legal profession, doing "correct" work is really important!  NOT GOOD!

I am starting to have concerns about Male Co-Worker too.  I'm not sure he's reading all of his emails, or the ones I forward to him.  Maybe it's just "email overload", which it definitely well could be.  Yesterday he missed an email that came in at 8am, which affected a sale closing yesterday, that will affect my purchase closing today.  My Boss got REALLY lucky that the title company saved his butt -- and that was only because they were running behind and didn't send out the wire transfer of funds.  So now this morning, the funds will go to the RIGHT place and we can close on the purchase.  Sending money to the wrong place --- THIS IS NOT GOOD, in case you didn't know that.

If this keeps up, I do not see myself working here for much more than another year.  I don't want to work for New Guy -- I just don't like the way he works.  I cannot work for Associate Attorney - at least not while Nice Lady is alive, because she is his everything and he is hers.


 

I cut my morning bike ride, so I'm really short on steps -- didn't even make the 10,000 mark.  BUT I had a really good upper body weight-training session.  I can make up the steps today or tonigh, and I will do other upper-body weights tonight -- mainly chest presses and back exercises.

Work should be better, too, because it's not a busy Monday, and we'll have extra help with the phones (Queen Bee is coming in today - she'd better!).  

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Sugar free licorice treats may be increasing your hunger and sabotaging food choices… affects brain chem and hormones.

Donkey on 05/12/2021:
I think you're right. I really should toss what's left.


horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2021:
Happy is right...maybe have the sf with some real sugar. i have to do this...almost always when i have no sugar things, i have some sugar along with them.

Donkey on 05/12/2021:
Well, I did -- unfortunately, the real sugar was a big piece of cake!

I think it was just an overwhelming day that I could not cope with. There's that too.


horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2021:
but i'm more satisfied bc i'm having more food - like a seltzer with stevia AND some fruit...is a bigger portion than just a seltzer or just fruit.


horn_of_plenty on 05/11/2021:
i didn't mean to be satisfied at your weight forever (regarding your comments back to me yesterday. i mean being comfortable for a little while, before delving back into weightloss...).

you may have went to the cake bc you really wanted some sugar - both your brain and body. so, next time, have something WITH sugar to complement the licorice and protein shake. like a fruit. or a granola bar. or a cookie or two. i find a little sugar relaxes my body and mind, especially in the evening.

maybe new attorney and you will get better at possibly working together...it's always hard to learn to work with someone new...honestly, YOU are probably the MOST reliable person in terms of keeping up on emails - because you are organized. (like me, we are organized).

you do a FANTASTIC job on getting in steps. i'm so glad that i do some steps on my commute. otherwise, if i drove, i'd get no steps ever (unless i added in all my cardio).

i was able to take a walk at lunch bc i have literally hardly any work this afternoon...so weird.

seems my boss is catching up on his work and doesn't want me to help him?

i am not worried about being fired, i heard my boss literally practically snoring...he had fallen asleep before...so i think he's just catching up.

i wish he'd ask my help for something, but i am honestly not going to ask him as he seems not to be able to give me work as he's just doing his work....and i don't find him so organized to give me work as he organizes his own...

Donkey on 05/12/2021:
Well, I've been at 145 for a little over a year. I put these 10 pounds on last April during the COVID shut-down.

The way the workload is structured, I don't really work with New Guy. I would never work closely with him, because I don't speak Spanish, and his assistant needs to be able to communicate with his Spanish-speaking clients as well as his English-speaking clients.

I'm thinking of - one day - telling Associate Attorney to call me when Nice Lady can no longer work for him. Ugh...

I've had similar things happening to me at work. I'm not worried about getting fired either, but I will write more about this in my own entry.


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Sounds like an unbearably stressful work situation. Hope the situation improves. You deserve a huge raise for running that place.

Donkey on 05/12/2021:
Thank you! I just realized this morning that we've done a pretty good job of getting through this mess.


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Progress!


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horn_of_plenty - Monday May 10, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 9.00 May Sunshine Hours; 

24.50 January "Sunshine Hours";  20.25 February Hours in the Sun/Outside/Cardio/Commute/Moving!  28.75 March Sunshine Hours :-D; 27 April Sunshine Hrs, 

June 1st:(if not paid previously without a request by me), request pay for both 1 unused vacation day as well as 1.5 sick days that i didn't take and was accrued by me for last cycle.

July-August 2021 6 week Adv Parlaegal Last Course - Business Law: 

Fall 2021/ Winter 2022 - CUNY (City Univiersity of New York) tbd - looking now into SUNY advanced options for certificates as SUNY (state univiersity of NY) has a few more options for advanced certs that cover more material in less TIME than than CUNY in terms of business / financial / management because CUNY has no advanced option for business (finance), only management. and i do not need 3 similar classes all in management. - i am look for that mix of business management / finance. and so far, SUNY has it for 12 credits. though i may need 1-3 prereqs since i have no economics/accoutning/finance already on my transcripts. and still, that's 7 total classes, not 10-12 like the Masters programs!


Lookahead - Monday, 5/10/21: AM Upper Body - all except push-ups which I'll do tonight 

the q train part of my commute this AM I missed the earlier train and need to wait 12 minutes for it and that'll have me late to work by 10 minutes +. It's my fault as I left my apt 5 min late and I had to wait for the bus, other train as nothing came early so I'm late. My fault. I really couldn't care today though after being home all weekend after the shot. I will say nothing to my boss, but I will need to make up my time at the end of the day and leave as late as I came...make up all time, always. 

20 min late, stay at work until 4:17-4:20pm; buy bananas on way home from work, at least 4 of them.

Call in Rx sometime during work, set alarm for 10am on phone if i can. The pharm is old school, can only call-in rx. but it's on the way home & convenient otherwise!

Pick up rx, if it's ready for today and not too early, on the way home :)

Breakfast: bar 250, banana 120, coffee 30...400...

Snacks: prob another coffee, a tea (coffee machine is broken) and small amount pb 50.

Lunch: since a light snacks and breakfast, hungry...! good food: 3 chicken meatballs 100, chips 2 servings 300, veggie stir fry 100 from dad (will have it often this week, prob again tonight! clementine 50.  550. there's no coffee, i may have tea later. 

Snacks:gummies 100 and 1 choc 50, 150

1150-1200

Dinner:one coconut chocolate while out and very hungry shakey 50, veggies 50, half a spiked drink 50, half a cauliflower crust pizza 400...550

1750, resting 

Will add in 20 min walk if i feel up to it, during commute and/or take the bus most of the way and get off early / buy bananas close to home - as well as pick up my rx on the way home too. (kill 2 birds with one stone today in the same shopping center!). good deal...i will remember later.

 


Tuesday, 5/11/21:


Wednesday, 5/12/21: AM Upper Body


Thursday, 5/13/21: AM Legs


Friday, 5/14/21 - AM Upper Body

call in to see if I have Jury Duty in the next week starting Monday, 5/17/21 


Sunday, 5/16/21 - get together with my good, loving (Deaf) Cousin and friend that studied Sign lauguage for a fun, sign language day and good times.


Thursday, 5/27/21: leave early from work @ 3pm - Gyn appointment near my home - edit timesheet, dock an hour - maybe try to make up the hour on other days, half hr extra? tbd.it's near the holiday for Memorial Day, so i might have an easier time making up an hour with having Monday coming off.


Friday, 5/28/21:


Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Holiday !

Saturday, 5/29/21: 9:45am near my home - MNR Vaccine 2nd dose (measles - do it every 10 yrs) 

Sunday, 5/30/21:1-4pm Queens Farm Volunteering on the County Farm!


Monday, June 28th: Business Law, last Adv Paralegal Course Begins, 6 weeks in length - to get the "real advanced paralegal degree" it's 6 specializations. but i'm good with the 3 i took, i will have paperwork from the school in the form of an email showing my grade and that i took the classes. then, i'm moving on to pursue other studies that will help me both now and in the future, outside of legal studies.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 05/10/2021:
After my 1st shot, which was on a Wednesday, I rested the whole weekend, and I was still slow-going on Monday. I wouldn't say anything to anyone about it either, just make up the time at the end of the day, like you have planned.

I was impressed that you did leg weights last night. GREAT! I didn't let the shot keep me from riding my bike - which I kind of need every day to relax the hips and lower back. Everything else, though, exercises related, was put on hold.

I hope you have a great day!

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2021:
i shouldn't have, but in the AM when i sat down and walked by my boss, i said i'd "make up the time after work." in this particular company, seems people are not all that timely. although, that would be a terrible predicament for me, young and still growing, to become that. and of course i'm not going to cheat the system and work less. but you are right, i will say no more to my boss about lateness or making up time and just do it...

i also put everything on hold during the weekend. i didn't leave my apt or go food shopping - i had extra from Friday night and then my dad came (how nice!) yesterday and brought me some stir fry veggies from a supermarket which has me now very prepared for the week.


bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
Careful on the train...they said that a man was stabbed in the chest with a screwdriver for no reason...they are looking for him now.....they have him on video...and know his name I think...his wife gave a good description.....keep your eyes open.

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2021:
totally crazy - i have never seen any of these strange things, though of course i have heard of all of them (not this one you mention yet though!).

most of the time, if you do not provoke someone, you are ok.

there are a lot of crazies and or people that need mental help / drugs. i have seen that, but not any real violence in person, though you are right and it exists, based on everything in the news we both hear.


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bearcountrygg - Monday May 10, 2021
(Counting calories and WW points)
Weight: 130.0

Started out cleaning the litter box and he jumped right in and used it again.......I guess we were both happy that it got cleaned...LOL

I plan to stay busy all day...I've been doing a lot of sitting around and I think it is bothering a hip...more moving around today to see if that helps.

 

coffee

Blueberry yogurt

pear

Small biscuit

chicken

gravy

mixed vegetables

chips

jelly beans

 

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

Donkey on 05/10/2021:
My cats do that to me all the time. With 3 cats, I have 5 litter boxes. Everyone has their favorite box, although it changes from time to time. Also, some kitties use the same box as one of the others, i.e. 2 cats use the same box, even though there's 4 other boxes to choose from. I clean boxes 2x a day, because nobody likes a dirty box.

It's not good to sit for too long. Even if it's for short bursts of activity, it's good to get up and walk a little bit every hour. That's why I have my Fitbit remind me during work hours to get up every hour and get 250 steps. Otherwise I could easily stay sitting for most of the day.

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
I like cleaning the cat box about as much as I like cleaning the bathrooms...LOL..Wow...5 litter boxes!!! Do you use liners? I recently started those again and I like them...he had 2 boxes and I tossed those about a month ago and now he has 1....funny...he followed me downstairs this morning...not unusual..he follows me all of the time.....but I guess it was the power of suggestion....because as he watched me take the liner out he got really antsy...and jumped in there as soon as i started pouring litter in...LOL


horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2021:
lol cleaning after pets is definitely a job!

like you, i did a bunch of sitting around this weekend...and i am eager to move around a bit more during this week :)

i know i'll feel better for it, when i'm up to moving around !

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
I feel better when i keep moving.


Donkey on 05/11/2021:
I don't use liners in the litter boxes, just a scoop. I use World's Best Litter because I can't tolerate the dust from clay-based litters. It's a very good clumping litter.

Looks like you had a nice variety of food!


happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Sounds like a happy fur baby.


Jacky82020 on 05/12/2021:
Bratty Catty! Mine do that too. I have 2 boxes for 3 cats and scoop them out twice a day. One box is really big.


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Donkey - Monday May 10, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

Trying hard to find enthusiasm for the day.  I had such a nice weekend...  who on earth would want to go back to the office?  Especially since I know today has some difficult files to deal with.  Well, either it happens or it doesn't.  Queen Bee will be there today...  At least I do not have yoga tonight, so I don't have to worry about having to leave exactly at 5pm.

I need help with my nutrition.  Last night, I was really wanting some kind of feedback or direction on eating.  Well, I realized that if I tracked my foods, I could get that feedback right away.  I tried using the tracking feature on my FitBit a few months ago, and could NOT get it to record the correct amount of rice that I was going to eat.  I just gave up from there.  I know a lot of people use My Fitness App to track their food, especially for those who are tracking "macros".  I don't like to use apps if I can avoid it.  

I did go to the gym yesterday afternoon and did lower body weights with no issues.  Came home and had a delightful dinner with my family, and then a relaxing evening.


 Well, I'd better get the day started.  Hoping for the best.

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
Mondays are tough.....good idea to use the tracking feature to get things back in line. That is one thing I do like about WW...it reminds me to eat more veggies. Have a good day!

Donkey on 05/11/2021:
I'm going to try the tracking app Fat Secret, but some others I'll check out are Lose It and Carb Counter, although I'm not counting carbs.


horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2021:
i do agree that having a personality like mistakes girl is a nice thing for the office. i'm sorry she just makes so many mistakes. perhaps you can work on training her...maybe she can now improve, it may get her mind off her loss, to do some training now..remind her of certain things to check again. ask her to dble check like if she says she does something, ask her to review it a second time. i thinking she needs to slow down, dbl check?

sorry you gotta see QB.

you can always list your foods here, you know "HOP will comment!"

I'm really glad you ended your weekend effectively to start the week well. on that note, you are on a roll. You are in a good place, despite everything you feel.

also, your chart: you are doing a GREAT job maintaining for 6 months straight. you do not have to do much to have any decline as you are very used to your weight now, believe it or not.

perhaps, just work on maintaining your current weight, in your mind, it may put you at ease? see if you can keep your current weight for a couple more months, knowing that you basically have it done well already. see what it takes to maintain just as you are. take notes (mentally) of what can be done in the future to lose, based on your maintenance. maybe see what could work, see what works for us here, and use it later.

maybe less pressure to lose weight, as you aren't in any sort of unhealthy place.

one thing that is helpful you know i'll say is cooked veggies at mealtimes to fill up a larger portion of the plate. also, less protein at one time (half portions) if you want to save on calories - and this is something i picked up from my friend once - who gained weight a lot over a time that was stressful, but now she's on the decline (thanks to ME! as her guide!). she eats are usual meals but at dinner she does low carb, but i did that just at first with her, since the rest of her day is high carb...and because i knew she'd see an immediate drop in calories bc she was eating bowls of pasta for dinner...and i wanted to see her eat vegetables....and protein.

Donkey on 05/11/2021:
I came to the realization about a year ago that Mistakes Girl isn't trainable to improve. Believe me when I say that we've tried. We all have.

Donkey on 05/11/2021:
I just don't feel comfortable at this weight. I can feel the extra 10 pounds. I don't know. I mean I know you're right but I'm not ready to give up yet. BUT maybe this is something to really think about. Being satisfied with where I'm at, on a long-term basis...


happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
Cronometer is the gold standard for nutrition tracking.


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday May 09, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

  8.00 May Sunshine Hours; 

24.50 January "Sunshine Hours";  20.25 February Hours in the Sun/Outside/Cardio/Commute/Moving!  28.75 March Sunshine Hours :-D; 27 April Sunshine Hrs, 

June 1st:(if not paid previously without a request by me), request pay for both 1 unused vacation day as well as 1.5 sick days that i didn't take and was accrued by me for last cycle.

July-August 2021 6 week Adv Parlaegal Last Course - Business Law: 

Fall 2021/ Winter 2022 - CUNY (City Univiersity of New York) tbd - looking now into SUNY advanced options for certificates as SUNY (state univiersity of NY) has a few more options for advanced certs that cover more material in less TIME than than CUNY in terms of business / financial / management because CUNY has no advanced option for business (finance), only management. and i do not need 3 similar classes all in management. - i am look for that mix of business management / finance. and so far, SUNY has it for 12 credits. though i may need 1-3 prereqs since i have no economics/accoutning/finance already on my transcripts. and still, that's 7 total classes, not 10-12 like the Masters programs!


Lookahead - Sunday, 5/9/21 parents know i'm getting the shot Friday night before this...i already gave my mom her mother's day gift on a previous weekend, 4/17/21...so, i do not plan to see my mom this weekend. 

called mom and she was happy!

dad visited...

10:30am breakfast vitamins gummies x 2 30, cherry greek yogurt 120, blueberry & cream oatmeal 120....270...coffee 30....300

1pm: drinks 50, 100 in sour gummies...

3pm light meal / snacks:2 chicken meatballs 100, remaining ceasar salad, croutons 150. 250

4:15pm snacks: anther coffee 40, chocolate filled wafers 160. 200. maybe kombucha later...60

dinner: leftover "chinese thai" (i ordered thai from a chinese takeout, best part is ample veggies) - 3 jumbo shrimp 100, rice 200, sauce and veggies 150..450.

snacks: little bit of wine. 150

3am banana - thank gosh I had extra - helped me fi back to sleep but not A good night's sleep.

1750.

Maybe do a simple lower body exercise routine tonight. Cardio break for the weekend, mostly resting. No cardio today, no desire so taking the break.

did the legs workout, DONE!


Monday, 5/10/21: AM Upper Body - all except push-ups which I'll do tonight 

the q train part of my commute this AM I missed the earlier train and need to wait 12 minutes for it and that'll have me late to work by 10 minutes +. It's my fault as I left my apt 5 min late and I had to wait for the bus, other train as nothing came early so I'm late. My fault. I really couldn't care today though after being home all weekend after the shot. I will say nothing to my boss, but I will need to make up my time at the end of the day and leave as late as I came...make up all time, always. 

15-20 min late...tbd

Call in Rx sometime during work, set alarm for 10am on phone if i can. The pharm is old school, can only call-in rx. but it's on the way home & convenient otherwise!

Pick up rx, if it's ready for today and not too early, on the way home :)

Breakfast: bar 250, banana 120, coffee 30...400...

Snacks: prob another coffee, 

Lunch:

Snacks:

Dinner:

Will add in 20 min walk if i feel up to it, during commute.

 


Tuesday, 5/11/21:


Wednesday, 5/12/21: AM Upper Body


Thursday, 5/13/21: AM Legs


Friday, 5/14/21 - AM Upper Body

call in to see if I have Jury Duty in the next week starting Monday, 5/17/21 


Sunday, 5/16/21 - get together with my good, loving (Deaf) Cousin and friend that studied Sign lauguage for a fun, sign language day and good times.


Thursday, 5/27/21: leave early from work @ 3pm - Gyn appointment near my home - edit timesheet, dock an hour - maybe try to make up the hour on other days, half hr extra? tbd.it's near the holiday for Memorial Day, so i might have an easier time making up an hour with having Monday coming off.


Friday, 5/28/21:


Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Holiday !

Saturday, 5/29/21: 9:45am near my home - MNR Vaccine 2nd dose (measles - do it every 10 yrs) 

Sunday, 5/30/21:1-4pm Queens Farm Volunteering on the County Farm!


Monday, June 28th: Business Law, last Adv Paralegal Course Begins, 6 weeks in length - to get the "real advanced paralegal degree" it's 6 specializations. but i'm good with the 3 i took, i will have paperwork from the school in the form of an email showing my grade and that i took the classes. then, i'm moving on to pursue other studies that will help me both now and in the future, outside of legal studies.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
Hope you feel better today!

horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2021:
yes, far better than Saturday :-) not enjoying rush hour, but that’s the working life ! ;)


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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday May 08, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 8.00 May Sunshine Hours; 

24.50 January "Sunshine Hours";  20.25 February Hours in the Sun/Outside/Cardio/Commute/Moving!  28.75 March Sunshine Hours :-D; 27 April Sunshine Hrs, 

June 1st:(if not paid previously without a request by me), request pay for both 1 unused vacation day as well as 1.5 sick days that i didn't take and was accrued by me for last cycle.

July-August 2021 6 week Adv Parlaegal Last Course - Business Law: 

Fall 2021/ Winter 2022 - CUNY (City Univiersity of New York) tbd


Lookahead - Saturday, 5/8/21:

skipped the walking tour, woke up on time to get ready and go, but didn't, in the end, feel up to changing into street clothes, driving, being outdoors, or doing the tour. I was too wiped out from the 2nd dose Moderna.

very tired, cold, and will only rest today. i've slept like half the day away already. of course, i'm also just tired from the week, but combined with the shot, i'm so glad to be home today.

Eats:

8:30am-9am breakfast banana 120, oats 150, raisins 50, almond milk 30, seeetener. 350.

went back into bed around 10 and stayed there until 2, mostly sleeping.

3:45-4:15 meal: full fat Fage yogurt 5% fat 190, with cherry jelly healthier type of brand but not sf 60. coffee 30. dried fruit.110.  400

6pm gummies sour 100

7pm - 7:30 Chinese wanton crackers from a takeout order 200, followed by 2 servings lightly sliced nachos 300, 1 shrimp large 50, some leftover veggies 100. 
 

Tired all day, just resting, did some laundry just not the pig fleeces so I don't have to do everything tomorrow.

9pm very hot then cold can't sleep had a banana 150

1650


Sunday, 5/9/21 parents know i'm getting the shot Friday night before this...i already gave my mom her mother's day gift on a previous weekend, 4/17/21...so, i do not plan to see my mom this weekend. 

called mom and she was happy!

dad visited...

10:30am breakfast vitamins gummies x 2 30, cherry greek yogurt 120, blueberry & cream oatmeal 120....270...coffee 30....300

1pm: drinks 50, 100 in sour gummies...

450

snacks:

snacks:

dinner:

snacks:


Monday, 5/10/21:


Friday, 5/14/21 - call in to see if I have Jury Duty in the next week starting Monday, 5/17/21 


Sunday, 5/16/21 - get together with my good, loving (Deaf) Cousin and friend that studied Sign lauguage for a fun, sign language day and good times.


Thursday, 5/27/21: leave early from work @ 3pm - Gyn appointment near my home - edit timesheet, dock an hour - maybe try to make up the hour on other days, half hr extra? tbd.it's near the holiday for Memorial Day, so i might have an easier time making up an hour with having Monday coming off.


Friday, 5/28/21:


Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Holiday !

Saturday, 5/29/21: 9:45am near my home - MNR Vaccine 2nd dose (measles - do it every 10 yrs) 

Sunday, 5/30/21:1-4pm Queens Farm Volunteering on the County Farm!


Monday, June 28th: Business Law, Adv Paralegal Course Begins, 6 weeks in length - to get the "real advanced paralegal degree" it's 6 specializations. but i'm good with the 3 i took, i will have paperwork from the school in the form of an email showing my grade and that i took the classes. then, i'm moving on to pursue my MBA from the City University Of New York, School of Professional Studies! This process may take over 3 years, i'm ready to take it day by day and to learn a LOT thru this process, primarily patience from start to end as it is going to be a journey!

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Jacky82020 on 05/08/2021:
HoP, have you considered Trump University for your MBA? 50K a semester, but the counselors will advise you on how to apply for and max out credit cards, and get personal loans. Heard there’s a new advanced course on how to loot your family’s accounts.

horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2021:
Hehehehe sounds right along my budget requirements !!!! Hehehe and I’m sure my family would open their accounts for me until I’ve used every cent left in them :)


Jacky82020 on 05/08/2021:
Tell the Fam you’ll be President in 2032 and make them all very proud and give them good jobs

Seriously, I think a MBA is a terrific idea.

horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2021:
I am also looking into shorter programs that hint on the classes of the MBA, but not the whole long 3-yr process ....like 5 classes instead of 10-14 classes ...


Jacky82020 on 05/08/2021:
Sounds good. Less time and you’ll get into a career path sooner

Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
yes, and it'd be finished by the time i venture to the next path! :)


Donkey on 05/08/2021:
JACKY!!!!! HAHAHA!!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
:-D


Donkey on 05/08/2021:
How you are feeling after shot #2 is pretty much how I felt after my 1st shot, although I also had a lot of aches in my legs. It was unusual to feel cold and yet be sweating a little bit. Rest and lots of water are the best things. Also move your arm often, if you can, when you are awake.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
yeah all those symptoms you had after the first shot is how i felt with the second. and heaps of feeling so tired. i've slept for hours and hours this weekend. starting to now feel better at 3pm sunday to the point of my appetite returning slightly more...still off...and point of wanting to actually get up and prepare myself for tomorrow a little bit...!!! lol JACKY is so funny...even if education were free, i do not think another Masters is for me at this point, but further education in some of the Master's courses is totally worth it.

i'm now looking into a SUNY advanced degree which offers more of the management/business fundamentals in an advanced cert that CUNY didn't offer. SUNY is state univeristy of NY instead of City. State is more expensive, but still under price of any private school. and if i take an advanced cert for 12 credits with possibly a couple-prereqs, it's still cheaper than an entire masters. and shorter. that's a win for me. i can learn a bit, but not be stressed to the max for serveral years.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
maybe since you had the bad reaction at first, you will get a lesser reaction the second time, hopefully.


happy-1 on 05/08/2021:
Western Governors University is supposed to be super affordable.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
i will look thank you :)

Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
i will look thank you :)

Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
i looked - its's good if you can go full-time and finish fast. the tuition is per 6 months instead of per credit.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
and, yes, if you are going full time, it is very inexpensive.


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Donkey - Sunday May 09, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms -  Kid moms and Pet moms :-)  We celebrated yesterday, and I had a very nice day.  Nothing too eventful, nice a quiet.  Went to the gym and had a nice workout.  Had nice dinner with my family.  Had a quiet, relaxing evening.  Slept for nearly 9 hours.

I'll be calling my mom sometime today.  We sent her flowers, since we can't visit in person.  My mom and I aren't really on the same wavelength (so to speak) on many things in life (never have been), but it's been a while since we've spoken on the phone.

I would like to go to the gym and do lower body weights, BUT I went to bed with a tight right hip and woke up with hip pain persisting, even though I took 2 12-hour Aleve.  While I was riding my bike, I was feeling some slight lower back spasms, so I'm not sure that I should be doing leg weights today...  I'll do some stretches when I'm done here and re-evaluate how I feel this afternoon, before making a final decision.

I went to the gym yesterday and did well with the upper body weights.  Still struggled with night-time eating.  This seems to be a consistent vulnerable time for me. I stayed strong, having 1 sheet of graham crackers (75 calories) and the last of the vanilla protein shake (30 calories?  50?).

In 2 weeks, the Disabled Veterans program is having an outdoor hike at one of the local forest preserves.  However, the Conservation District is also offering a "Beginner's Cross-Fit" excursion at a different forest preserve.  I've been toying with the idea of doing Cross Fit, to amp up my weight training goals. Obviously, though, I cannot be in 2 places at once.  I think I have to pay for the Cross-Fit excursion, so I don't want to sign up if I can't show up.  Husband really wants to try to do the Veterans hike though, and I definitely need to support him in that.  Plus it's nice to have a few activities that we can share together.  With his limitations and our different interests, there aren't many things that we do do together.  The thing is that if Husband isn't feeling well or the weather is the slightest icky (wet = slick), then either he won't go or the event will cancel.

I've been chipping away at the "cat in the library" puzzle.  It's a picture of a black cat surrounded by stacks of books.  The problem is, all that is left are all black pieces for the cat.  So now, it's a matter of analyzing by shape and size.  LOL!  I was quite pleased that I was able to find 5-7 pieces that fit, BUT I took one piece out of its place because I don't think it belonged there.  I'll spend a few minutes today, too, to see if I can make more progress.


Just trying to relax before the next workweek starts.  The Boss is leaving early on Friday, to attend a family graduation downstate.  Nice Guy will be out.  So that will leave us with just 1 attorney.  Great.

 

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
Happy Mother's Day!

Yesterday sounded like a full day, i'm sure that's why you were able to sleep so well last night!

maybe stretch it our massage the body part that is tight/stressed.

the hike is what i'd do...because with crossfit there's a lot of "snatching and jumping" in my opinion and easy to injure oneself (my opinion).

i hope you'll share a photo of the end-result of the puzzle once you finish!

A little hunger, unless unbearable, shouldn't be necessary, you are right. also, veggies at meals will help. especially when you are home, if you need to feel very full (i still do). (regarding your entry below). congrats on not needing the scale.

it's too bad mistakes girl will come back...just to make more mistakes. i really think your office needs someone else...(and perhaps pay them something more...? - like a newly graduated paralegal or someone with an associates ?)

oh, i hope your keto pizza was nice! yum! you just reminded me, i can have that for dinner after work tomorrow! (i have two frozen ones in the freezer).

Donkey on 05/10/2021:
Yes, I will do the hike, not the Cross-Fit. You are right.

I looked at my step-count for Saturday and Sunday. You are right - I was busy! 35,000+ steps on Saturday and 30,000+ steps for Sunday. That's a lot for me.

I don't disagree with your comments about Mistakes Girl. She has told me that she's asked for a raise twice. She doesn't get raises because she makes so many mistakes! I don't think she realizes this. Yes, she has taken on more responsibilities, but the quality of her work has not improved, pretty much from the day she started.

There are 2 advantages to Mistakes Girl coming back:

1. Won't have to spend the time and energy to train someone new.

2. We all like her, and she DOES help keep me calm by setting a good example.


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happy-1 - Saturday May 08, 2021
(Improve lipids, fight fatigue, increase REM sleept)
Weight: 218.5

 Doing an experiment of not taking AM dose of metformin and seeing if it gets rid of fog and anxiety attacks. Already feel massively better. Takes 4 days to clear your system... so Tuesday should tell me if that was it. Already feel massively better. 2 days and a little anxious, but no attacks. I was so shocked at how much better I felt, I stayed up way too late last night watching Hulu. Just didn't want the day to end... I woke up in the morning, went for a walk, did paperwork, chores, errands, more chores, made dinner, did another walk, then worked on ADHD book club notes... it still wasn't time to go to bed... a whole hour and a half left... so I flipped on hulu and just spaced out... oops. Screwed myself up for today. in bed on time though and will hopefully drift off soon. I know I'm not supposed to be on my phone at bedtime... but logging here is just such a geat way to give it all up to God for the night and try again tomorrow. 

Also, if you happen by a Target they have reusable silicone ziploc bags for your lunches in their dollar days bins for $3. I'm super happy. Finally a good way to pack insane amounts of broccoli in my electric cooler and still leave space for seltzer.

Augh now I am hungry again.

Happy mother's day tomorrow everyone! I miss my mom. I lit electric candles for all the moms tonight.
 

 

Progress as of today: 98.5 lbs lost so far, only 58.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/09/2021:
Just asking out of concern, but should you fiddle with the metformin without talking to your doctor first? (maybe you have and just didn't mention it) It DOES sounds like your days would be clearer and better without that morning dose.

It's been so long since I've been to Target. My daughter went the other day. They have a nice selection of stuff :-)

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
I don't have a doctor until May 19... I go to an establish care appointment. Then I get a physical sometime after that. I'm just hacking it out by calling Teladoc every time I have a question. Weirdly, I get better information and more experience from the doctors on Teladoc than anyone I have seen in person.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
nice entry yesterday, especially with sleep! and you are right that it's just trying to go in a positive direction as much as we personally can do it!

well, along with you, i still go on my phone before bed. i just like to. i know it's not best, but i've learned to be able to still go to sleep afterwards.

hmmm, the reusable bags sound good...why are they better than plastic? more resistant to damage? are they easy to clean?

great idea with the electric candles. they will prob be popular thoughout these next few yrs.

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
More resistant to damage, but also I just feel terrible using ziplock bags for meal prep... I have this feeling of killing the earth so I can have broccoli. It makes me not want to make the broccoli. For $12 I have 4 silicone bags that hold 2 days of broccoli. Takes up less space in the mini cooler I have in my bedroom. If I eat what's in my bedroom before I walkout into the house and deal with my dad, I have fewer hangry moments. Just another little variable to wiggle and see if I can get myself free... More broccoli, weight loss, lower sugar, improved cognition, back to work...

happy-1 on 05/11/2021:
More resistant to damage, but also I just feel terrible using ziplock bags for meal prep... I have this feeling of killing the earth so I can have broccoli. It makes me not want to make the broccoli. For $12 I have 4 silicone bags that hold 2 days of broccoli. Takes up less space in the mini cooler I have in my bedroom. If I eat what's in my bedroom before I walkout into the house and deal with my dad, I have fewer hangry moments. Just another little variable to wiggle and see if I can get myself free... More broccoli, weight loss, lower sugar, improved cognition, back to work...


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horn_of_plenty - Thursday May 06, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

I wrote a question to Donkey today on 5/6/21....i cannot transfer it now to my entry...PLEASE, anyone here and everyone, give your feedback on my options for Master's Degrees....I really wanted the MPA, but it's limiting, so (even though i really, really didn't want to pursue the MBA, it's similiar and both offer classes in administration/management....so i need to go to the one that relates to my industry now right??? see my question to Donkey....i want the courts later, but i'm not in public administration now....so i should go to the regular MBA right? and not just the Public MPA?

6.25 May Sunshine Hours; 

24.50 January "Sunshine Hours";  20.25 February Hours in the Sun/Outside/Cardio/Commute/Moving!  28.75 March Sunshine Hours :-D; 27 April Sunshine Hrs, 

June 1st:(if not paid previously without a request by me), request pay for both 1 unused vacation day as well as 1.5 sick days that i didn't take and was accrued by me for last cycle.

Date TBD: ivermectin shots for other two guinea pigs for mites so I can in the future house all guinea pigs together (other affected guinea pig's skin has healed and hair begun to grow back now) ...just need time to do it without other weekend plans too bc it gets to be too much for me if it's a lot of running around and no relax time! 

Fall 2021 Business Law: studying Business Law using the adv paralegal option course will be cheaper than studying it the other way - Business Law at a college at the bachelor or masters level course. Thnking to start this around October 2021. 

Winter / Spring 2022 - concentrate on the classes (1 at a time), that CUNY (city univiersity of New York) offers for the Public Administration Masters at their John Jay College which is most directly related to law enforcement / courts. - take their court administration class.


Lookahead - Thursday, 5/6/21Legs AM - DONE!!

Eats: coffee 30, banana 120, half a protein cookie apple pie flavor just ok not again 220. 400 approx

snacks: 9:30am another coffee, cals negl and real sugar gummies sours 100, nuts 100

lunch: similar to yesterday - easy week of eating,most of a pizza, lost my appetite for it (celeste one) 400 and some veggies 50.

snacks: one small clementine 50 tops, gummies 100 sour ones. cravings week, TOM.

1200...

dinner: can't have the eggplant again, will freeze to eat tomorrow after work....will be doing a light caesar salad mix 100 for dinner, and McDonald's nuggets 200 with my free fries and sauce 350 as usual when ordering with the app , kombucha with it.half a drink 50, kombucha 50 750 total 

1950, good. 

relaxing tonight, maybe skipping cardio again or just do a slight walk, just want to rest up.


Friday, 5/7/21:Upper Body AM, second dose covid-19 vaccine after work.


Saturday, 5/8/21:NYC Walking Tour of "High Bridge".  Will take subway in. It was $30 but it's bringing me a learning experience of a place i'm not familiar with and 1.5 hours of exercise. Bring it on!....taking a chance on this, the day after my shot the evening before. I don't want to miss this tour & can relax Sunday as Mom knows i'm getting a shot on Friday night as well.

Sunday, 5/9/21 parents know i'm getting the shot Friday night before this...i already gave my mom her mother's day gift on a previous weekend, 4/17/21...so, i do not plan to see my mom this weekend. 


Monday, 5/10/21:

Friday, 5/14/21 - call in to see if I have Jury Duty in the next week starting Monday, 5/17/21 


Sunday, 5/16/21 - get together with my good, loving (Deaf) Cousin and friend that studied Sign lauguage for a fun, sign language day and good times.


Thursday, 5/27/21: leave early from work @ 3pm - Gyn appointment near my home - edit timesheet, dock an hour - maybe try to make up the hour on other days, half hr extra? tbd.it's near the holiday for Memorial Day, so i might have an easier time making up an hour with having Monday coming off.


Friday, 5/28/21:


Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Holiday !

Saturday, 5/29/21: 9:45am near my home - MNR Vaccine 2nd dose (measles - do it every 10 yrs) 

Sunday, 5/30/21:1-4pm Queens Farm Volunteering on the County Farm!


Monday, June 28th: Victim Advocacy Will switch this to Business Law, Adv Paralegal Course Begins, 6 weeks in length.

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 05/06/2021:
Today is leg day for me too! I did mine this morning, and I do plan to do a couple of more tonight, but in case that doesn't work, time-wise, I've done something already. Isn't a good feeling to have it "out of the way"?

horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2021:
Yes, it feels really good to have them out of the way.

I have a question for your input to you...

There's two options in Masters programs:

1. MPA Online(Public Administration, easier, less math and economics courses, and aimed for PUBLIC government like the courts).

2. MBA Online (Business Administration, more classes and more math/economics, not what i really wanted - but works better to include both public and private - as i work in private right now.) Friend/former manager told me i should do this one because i shouldn't limit myself to Public Administration as it's putting my eggs in one basket, just for the courts, when i don't even work in Public Admin now....

so, do you also advise i go with the more challenging MBA because it is more versatile?


bearcountrygg on 05/06/2021:
Boy I'm missing the bananas since we ran out!!

horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2021:
it's very easy for them to both go bad and run out of them! yes! ... could you give some advice to the question i added at the top of my entry...


bearcountrygg on 05/06/2021:
HMMM... I don't feel qualified at all to advise on another masters...( You have a masters already...am I correct?)......Do both of the careers you desire require a masters? I know that a excellent recommendation from prior employers goes a long way in helping get a new job. I also know that it is possible to have too much education as far as employers are concerned....because to them it can mean a higher salary demand which they may not want to commit to before hiring. I wish I knew more about the careers you are interested in...I know we have written many letters of recommendation over the years and also many phone recommendations...but in our line of business masters were not needed.

horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2021:
It is true, i do NOT need it to go forwards with the court prospect that I want.

However, I now work a lot with administrators & I feel it necessary to have the same training as they do...so i do not feel lesser or without the knowledge they have.

I hope it doesn't look to bad with so much extra in terms of applying for the court thing - many will NOT have masters, most will not. And i know exactly what you are talking about - with being over-educated / over-qualified and them not wanting you bc the salary expectation. But, i think i will get the masters as a personal HUGE challenge. It will not take a short amount of time, but i'll think of it as Step by step, class by class....

your thoughts are def on par with my questions. I wish the degree i really wanted, the one directly related to public administration (courts) would be the one....but since i'm in private business now, not public, the public degree will def "look bad" to employers now as to why i'd get that when i don't even work in public...

so if courts ever ask why i did this one, it's to learn more for the industry i am in now, and relates of course to the administration of the courts (both degrees are for administration, one for admin of public governments, the other is a regular business administration which works for public or private)....

i feel the need to challenge myself. it is around 20k which is a lot of money, but not that much in the scheme of things. i am not in debt, i have that amount in my savings, so i figure, let me do this...

my other masters is in music teaching / band conducting. there's no knowledge or classes i took on business. i have NO past classes even in economics. this is why i want this degree, i feel i have no training and i want to increase it trenmendously. it will help my vocabulary and everything.

my undergrad was also in music education / french horn, almost the same as my masters.

so i want to get this masters to diversify myself, maybe take the other master OFF of my resume, actually.


bearcountrygg on 05/06/2021:
There sure is nothing wrong with continuing education......I know a few people who love to take classes and have changed their majors near the end of graduation so that they could stay in school, and one who went back and got another degree. If you enjoy that I think it's a fine idea.

horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2021:
I feel i should. no classes ever towards what i'm doing now, so i feel it's my duty to both learn the material and pay for it. At least i have a lower cost option, the lowest cost option, which is the CUNY schools, City University of New York system. it will ALL be online, as well.


happy-1 on 05/07/2021:
I’ve been on planet elder care for so long I almost forgot what a master’s is, lol.

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2021:
Totally understand that. xo...your dad is in good hands, Happy.


Donkey on 05/07/2021:
I'm sorry my response to you was delayed. Busy day, out of the ordinary routine...

Like Bear, I'm not sure I'm completely qualified to advise you on this, but here are some of my thoughts.

Having an MPA or MBA will most likely not help you obtain a courts job, unless I've missed something. Once you have a courts job, though, you would be able to determine more clearly if either of these advanced degrees would be beneficial. I mean, once you're in the courts system, you are probably not leaving it, although I realize you can move around within it.

If you are getting an MPA to advance in the career field you're in now, then I'm all for it.

I don't know if this is something you have to commit to now. If focus on getting through the Business Law class first - see if you like it. (I know for myself, I would not be happy in that field.) If you can take the 1 class at John Jay that most relates to the courts job without having to actually be in an MPA program, that might be a good idea, to get your feet wet.

In my former library career, I took classes here and there to see if I wanted to pursue related, but more lucrative careers. Turns out I hated the classes I took and realized what I was thinking about would not be a good idea to pursue.

I agree with your friend that an MPA is more narrow than an MBA, so I myself probably wouldn't pursue it unless I knew I was in a field to stay in (for a while at least) where it would help with getting a better position or salary. I don't know if a MBA is really what you want. Math, economics, etc.

It's an interesting thought that you want to get another Masters degree to "replace" the one you already have. I hadn't thought about it like that. I'm not sure how I feel about that (lol).

So that's my 2 cents.

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2021:
Yes, i am in agreement that, very unfortunately, the MPA cannot be the one i pursue because it is not related enough to my work now.

So, i'm going for the MBA as a big challenge. I will have to focus on the journey, not the end as it's going to be a long process.

I may keep both masters up. if people say something, i'll say i'm a life-long learner and enjoy it ;) that's a good answer, i would say...

you are right, no further education is needed to get my foot in the court door.

scary - my half-family member (not blood related), who is high up, thinks one day they will not test anymore for these types of court positions. i am not sure why she is always so negative about it...i am listening...but i do not think she is right at all. i think there will def continue to be these civil service options...i think her ideas and thoughts may be skewed bc she doesn't work at those lower levels or with those employees anymore. i will continue to remain positive that the civil service tests will be coming around, as they always have...she's near retirement and i do not know why she thinks so poorly about the court system as she has done so well in it!? it's not like the courts are going anywhere...


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horn_of_plenty - Friday May 07, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

8.00 May Sunshine Hours; 

24.50 January "Sunshine Hours";  20.25 February Hours in the Sun/Outside/Cardio/Commute/Moving!  28.75 March Sunshine Hours :-D; 27 April Sunshine Hrs, 

June 1st:(if not paid previously without a request by me), request pay for both 1 unused vacation day as well as 1.5 sick days that i didn't take and was accrued by me for last cycle.

July-August 2021 6 week Adv Parlaegal Last Course - Business Law:  Interestingly, this Business Law course will help me when i have to take Business Law again while pursuing my Masters in Business, below. I've decided that taking the course twice in two different settings is optimal, as i'll understand it better when taking it at the Masters level and it won't be as new and therefore easier the second time around, but from a different perspective.

Fall 2021/ Winter 2022 - CUNY (City Univiersity of New York) offers for  Master of Science in Business Management & Leadership (love the courses, still need pre-reqs i think in economics, that is OK, i hear the math isn't as much as i previously thought. if i study, i'll be A-OK!)


Lookahead - Friday, 5/7/21:Upper Body AM DONE!

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's walk led by the group NYC H2O - it's a non profit that does volunteer cleanups and educational activities like this walk based on a historical lecture - assuming i feel ok, i'll be driving there as it's a fast drive in the morning hours - and it's not too early, so i'll be able to get some decent sleep after the 2nd covid shot.

I will leave the office to buy lunch from the halal food truck around the corner (will get falafels over salad, healthy and tasty!!) can't wait!

I get my second dose covid-19 vaccine after work., leave promptly at my 4pm time, take busses to the High school location.

Eats

breakfast: banana 120, small zucchini choc chip muffin 120, coffee 30...270...

snacks: a lot of water, trying to help myself use the bathroom - a bit constipated all week (sorry, tmi)...and some sour gummies bc that's the only thing i want right now..130, later almonds 100

lunch: hopefully it will be falafels (fried chickpea balls) over salad...hopefully the food truck is there...i have chips with me too...ordered thai from the new chinese place also around the corner; with coworker, was good. lots of veggies in sauce, i'll take it home to have on weekend again, tons of leftovers, 200, shrimp 100, rice 250. 550-600.

snacks: some raspberries that weren't good and had to throw the rest out, 50, some gummies 50, coffee.

1200...

dinner was leftover Chinese 150, rice 100, shrimp 100, dried fruit 100, kombucha 50...500

1700....

1750 total after a drink 

 


Saturday, 5/8/21:NYC Walking Tour of "High Bridge".  Will drive in. It was $30 for the ticket to this historical based walk, but it's bringing me a learning experience of a place i'm not familiar with and 1.5 hours of exercise. Bring it on!.... I don't want to miss this tour & can relax Sunday as Mom knows i'm getting a shot on Friday night as well.

skipped the tour, woke up on time to get ready and go, but didn't, in the end, feel up to changing into street clothes, driving, being outdoors, or doing the tour. I was too wiped out from the 2nd dose Moderna.

very tired, cold, and will only rest today. i've slept like half the day away already. of course, i'm also just tired from the week, but combined with the shot, i'm so glad to be home today.

Eats:

8:30am-9am breakfast banana 120, oats 150, raisins 50, almond milk 30, seeetener. 350.

went back into bed around 10 and stayed there until 2, mostly sleeping.

3:45-4:15 meal: full fat Fage yogurt 5% fat 190, with cherry jelly healthier type of brand but not sf 60. coffee 30. dried fruit.110.  400

750


Sunday, 5/9/21 parents know i'm getting the shot Friday night before this...i already gave my mom her mother's day gift on a previous weekend, 4/17/21...so, i do not plan to see my mom this weekend. 


Monday, 5/10/21:


Friday, 5/14/21 - call in to see if I have Jury Duty in the next week starting Monday, 5/17/21 


Sunday, 5/16/21 - get together with my good, loving (Deaf) Cousin and friend that studied Sign lauguage for a fun, sign language day and good times.


Thursday, 5/27/21: leave early from work @ 3pm - Gyn appointment near my home - edit timesheet, dock an hour - maybe try to make up the hour on other days, half hr extra? tbd.it's near the holiday for Memorial Day, so i might have an easier time making up an hour with having Monday coming off.


Friday, 5/28/21:


Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Holiday !

Saturday, 5/29/21: 9:45am near my home - MNR Vaccine 2nd dose (measles - do it every 10 yrs) 

Sunday, 5/30/21:1-4pm Queens Farm Volunteering on the County Farm!


Monday, June 28th: Business Law, Adv Paralegal Course Begins, 6 weeks in length - to get the "real advanced paralegal degree" it's 6 specializations. but i'm good with the 3 i took, i will have paperwork from the school in the form of an email showing my grade and that i took the classes. then, i'm moving on to pursue my MBA from the City University Of New York, School of Professional Studies! This process may take over 3 years, i'm ready to take it day by day and to learn a LOT thru this process, primarily patience from start to end as it is going to be a journey!

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 05/07/2021:
Good for you! In your comments to Bear greatest, it did sound like you had already made up your mind, but I put in my 2 cents anyway. :-)

An MBA will be especially good to have if the courts thing doesn't come to fruition, too.

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2021:
Ijust double checked!...there's no online MBA! i swear it was there yesterday...it's changed a little, for my benefit!

There's two masters programs in business....but the concentrations are easier....i can do business with emphasis on human resource management OR i can do business management & leadership...taking a look again at the courses.


Donkey on 05/07/2021:
^^ I'm sorry, but LOL. Could you have seen the online MBA program at a different school, perhaps? Oh I hate it when this happens, but as you said, it's more in your favor, so I guess it was meant to be.

It's good that you're thinking about this now. Yes, look at the classes now and continue to mull your next step, after Business Law, that is. At least this way, you can get yourself into the mindset that you're pursuing more education in your near future. I'm a firm believer in having a strong mindset --- and yet, one must be flexible enough to make changes, if the occasion calls for it.

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2021:
i figured it out...something has changed since yesterday...the degree is called MS in Business Management & Leadership...and is better for me than the MBA! i'm set :) I can do this one, it's not as crazy with the economics as an MBA. More leadership involved, i think.


Donkey on 05/07/2021:
^^ GREAT!!! Well, at least you know you're not getting senile, that the site DID change, and you didn't imagine it.

Glad to read that you got your morning weights in. Good luck with shot #2 tonight! I can't WAIT for mine!!!

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2021:
have a nice day, Jdonk, I will catch up on your diary later :) xoxo. I feel like they changed the name of the degree overnight.


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Donkey - Saturday May 08, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

It felt strange not to weigh in this morning, but letting my body settle into its proper weight is the purpose/goal for this month.  Since the beginning of May, though, I've been struggling more with hunger.  Maybe I'm more aware of it?  Maybe I'm eating less so I actually do feel hungry? It's not a strong hunger, but just a nagging hunger.   It's been so crazy this past week though that I haven't had time or energy or awareness to really sit with the hunger, feel it for what it is, embrace it, perhaps, and appreciate more what I do have in life.  AFter all, a lot of humans have to live with hunger -- and much worse hunger -- than I do, for much longer. 

I think this little hunger is a sign that I'm doing things right.  I read on a fitness FB group that to get lean(er), you need to have a calorie deficit, but that it doesn't need to be a painful experience.  That probably best describes what I've been feeling.  I hope I'm not wrong about my hunch; time will tell.


Mistakes Girl will be coming back to work in 2 weeks.  It is becoming SO obvious in our files that she was not really clearly thinking the past 1-2 months or so.  Files that she had worked on are closing, and the mistakes and omissions are causing  a lot of problems.  New Guy is on vacation in Mexico for 1.5 weeks, next week.  So no one to take of his files.  He never connected with me at the end of the day yesterday, so I have no idea where he has left off on his files.  

Anyway, what this means for me is that it's important to rest up and relax this weekend, because next week may be a real struggle.  I'm glad I took next Monday off from yoga; the last thing I need is another time commitment.


It is cool and sunny this morning, but it looks like we might get some rain this evening.  Daughter has to work tomorrow, so we're celebrating Mother's Day today.  My daughter got me some flowers and lovely, fun gifts.  Keto pizza tonight for dinner, which I will have in moderation, with a green salad.  It has been determined that we do not need any more cake in this house.

I'm hoping to get to the gym today or tonight, with an upper body weights workout.

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2021:
Guess she won't be training someone now?

Donkey on 05/08/2021:
Correct. Since she has said she would like to come back, and maternity leave is no longer an issue, we won't need a replacement.

Good question though. My Boss did say something to the effect of, Do we want her back? Male Co-Worker got mad at him.


Jacky82020 on 05/08/2021:
I have been experiencing the same hunger. Most unpleasant! To call it pain or not for people like us (not truly famished ppl) may be semantics, idk. But it sure does suck!

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Donkey on 05/08/2021:
Thank you! Yep, just gotta push through the nagging hunger. Thank you for confirming in not alone.


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bearcountrygg - Saturday May 08, 2021
(Counting calories and WW points)
Weight: 130.0

Planning on keeping busy around here today..........Pulling out some books to start reading too..

coffee

Maple and brown sugar  instant cream of wheat packet

 

 

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

Donkey on 05/08/2021:
LOL, I'm not sure I was ever a fan of blowing candles out on a cake. Eew!

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2021:
We had a little incident with a 3 year old grandson who didn't understand the concept of blowing out the candles....so he spit on them......several people decided to not eat cake...LOL


Jacky82020 on 05/08/2021:
Haha! I remember blowing out the candles! Guess that’s taboo now?

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2021:
It is...and the birthday party is taboo too....!


Jacky82020 on 05/08/2021:
Maybe they have zoom partied and people can blow away. Lol


Horn_of_plenty on 05/09/2021:
LOL...yeah, now cake candles will be blown out with the fanning of a plate...at least that's how my dad likes to do it ;)=

Breakfast sounds tasty, i had a packet of blueberries & Cream oats!

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2021:
Good idea.


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Donkey - Friday May 07, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

 Well, I did well with eating last night because I was not home.  However that also means that I did not get my 2nd leg weights without either.  However,  I'm glad that our errands last night are out of the way,  so that I can enjoy a relaxing weekend. 

I was out late,  so I was up late,  and did not get much sleep. Thank goodness it's Friday. Work should be manageable.  I don't have a lot of tasks.  Associate Attorney will be out at closings all morning.  Boss and New Guy will be out at closings all afternoon. No Queen Bee.

We're celebrating Mother's Day more on Saturday,  because Daughter has the day off. I'm looking forward to working on my puzzle, going to the gym, a virtual tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum - something I've wanted to visit in person,  but with COVID,  that has been delayed... 

Can't wait for the weekend!


NOTE:  I edited my entry to correct some grammatical error(s), but I wanted to let you know, too, if you're reading my entries, that I replied to comments to yesterday's diary entry too.  You may want to read those, too, if you like :-)

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2021:
thanks for your advice, i wrote you back on it from yesterday and will comment here later.

Donkey on 05/07/2021:
Great! I'm just sorry my comments came so late. Seriously, it was a crazy day/evening/night yesterday.


Jacky82020 on 05/07/2021:
Congrats on doing well on the eating!

Virtual tour of museum sounds interesting.


happy-1 on 05/07/2021:
Aaaaaw. Good happy plans.


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