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happy-1 - Monday Sep 20, 2021
(HcOcPsNsPrdDs,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp7w9bed)
Weight: 234.0

Monday 9/20/21:

Last night Mama Cat said no phones in bed, pet me. I passed out petting her while she purred away on my chest.

today I pulled off yoga but not cardio.

Progress as of today: 83 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

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horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 20, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 15.75 Sept Sunshine Hours! 

22.25 August Sunshine Hours!  

Last TOM - 9/20/21....

Currently reading a NYPL digital book called "The Energy Bus.

Business Law:


photo of the keto pb chocolates: they do taste good - a little less empty (i meant MELTY) than regular Reece's but I do like these. Not too many per bag though abs a high price. However they are small and even just having two is only 150

cals 

 


 

 

 

Monday - weights tonight; upper only

Breakfast 350

Snacks none - fast morning

Lunch salad mostly cucumber and iceberg with olive oil and spices 150, part of pork sausage 100, lots of pretzels tasty 300-350. 600 tops.

Snacks black tea with stevia.

5:30 "dumbb" snack instead of preparing dinner. will lift weights before dinner and settle in with my snack: a diet coke but it's called green coke and with stevia. no cals. it's pretty good. tried it from amazon. a few servings gummy vitamins lol 50 this is where i started down the wrong path!, dried jackfruit 100. 150 1 pb cup. 

Dinner - not sure but it's getting late. 7:45pm during workout banana 120, yogurt light chobani pretty good 60, banana dry oatmeal mixed in 110...300

1500.

Sister's bday today


Tuesday

Dentist appt after work 6pm - maybe take public trans to study...tbd

Meeting 6pm, will skip due to dentist; or maybe log on for half since it's an online meeting.


Wed


Thursday - public transport to study notes Week 5


Friday

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

Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Looks like you have a good plan for this week! Here's to a good Monday - cheers!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Cheers to you too! I am really sorry to not always respond in a timely manner. I try to respond to your questions, but it may take longer than expected.

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
i'm cheering you on! :)


Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Relating to yesterday's post, how are your ankles/legs feeling today after all of that walking?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
a little tightness in left lower leg (back of shin) and ankle but nothing major at all! i do well when i do a lot of cardio followed by a day of rest or even two when i'm working. Saturday was very low key so Sunday worked out well. also, being that my dad did the driving, i was able to relax quite a bit on the way to the destination and back (and then drive home from parents). also, instead of eating dinner with them, i left my parents early to go home and relax. :) doing pretty well. and today is mostly rest day; no cardo.


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
The dentist and a meeting at the same time...UGH!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
may not attend meeting at all, LOL. i guess the meeting would be easier to attend than the dentist....but now i'll have clean teeth LOL.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
I need to take a page or two from your book & do more planning. Only time I was ever good at it was when remodeling the old Victorian money pit. And of course teaching.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
planning helps me look forward to things and have goals....

but sometimes it does feel overwhelming like it never ends!

i will prob lay back from planning for the rest of the year to some extent.

and in terms of more education, i figure i can save my money and just read books on leadership, etc, as well as the other paralegal topics. i think saving money and not "going to school" is really what i should consider! haha...maybe i've had enough classes for awhile!

planning can help you if there's something new you want to get into. like a new hobby or project...

makes sense you had to plan for your home, yes. any project you do semi-successfullly needs a plan! :) xo


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Imagine 2 thumbs up!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Hahahaha I can do that ;)


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Those peanut butter cups look yummy!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
They are a little pricey but have a nice flavor. Top ingredients no gas issues filling flavor


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I'm glad to see that they are making more low sugar things without the nasty fake sugars.....that stuff is miserable.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
even chobani has began to make yogurt with stevia! finally! it took manufacturers so long to make candy without the other stuff! i do like real sugar, but sometimes it's nice to lessen it and just have the fat.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
They had some Stover sugar free peanut butter cups on sale at Walmart, but oh! The fat!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
these are very good, many steps up from stover! i hope you would try these!?!? you may like them too much.... a little fat is good for you! :)


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
I’ll take a look. Thanks!


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bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 20, 2021

Weight: 0.0

 Up at 4:15.....coffee and the news with D...........Lots of conversation and planning our day.........

It was in the 40's here yesterday morning...in the 50's today......gearing up for fall/winter underway.  

Trying to get used to this switch on laptops.......I really miss my lighted keyboard...HP is not my favorite....so have had to make some allowances for lack of light...without light...it has proven to me that I know some of the keyboard....( emphasis on some).....but I will get used top it...don't have to like it though.

I have a full day planned...especially since I get my second jab tomorrow and son just had a bad reaction to his second...so I want to be ready to spend two or three days down if necessary starting tomorrow......

coffee

banana

2 baked chicken fingers

cole slaw ( 2/3 cup)

potato salad (2/3 cup)

JACKY,,,,FOR YOU...........

Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Good idea to have a full day today, in anticipation of tomorrow being a day of rest and hydration.

It can be hard to switch to a new device. I usually feel out of my element for a week or 2 until I can get used to it.

Hope you have a great Monday!

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I didn't appreciate my old light up keyboard when I had it....boy do I miss that! If my day after the jab is anything like my sons...it will be a wild ride.......he tried to go to work but had to go home after 2 hours......he had never had a panic attack before but had one the next day.......plus trouble staying awake and nausea...since he and I have the same drug allergies...I'm suspecting mine may be similar....plan on just spending it in a chair or bed.....lots of cooking and laundry and cleaning going on today......not dreading it...just want it over with.


innerpeace on 09/20/2021:
Sounds ominous. I hope your affects are minimal.

I get the electronic device switch. I have an old phone and DH has a new one. He picked up my phone (one he had for 3 years) and totally forgot how to work it and he said it made him feel dumb....I didn't argue.

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
LOL...YUP...when they say they feel dumb...do not argue.....LOL.....I'm looking forward to just getting the jab over with.....ready for it...will see how it goes......the first one wasn't too bad....just a little fleeting chills and nausea.....easy enough....and next day was great....this time...his next day was awful....so it wouldn't suprise me now.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Shame about the other keyboard.

Wow! It’s getting cold there. Still fairly warm here.

Hope the poke goes ok. HUGS

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Trees are turning.....not fully yet but we have a few.....Thanks...I think it will be fine...just did a lot of laundry and cooking today so I don't need to think about those things for a few days.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Good to get those things behind you for a while. We will have a ton of leaves to cope with soon. Matt grinds many up with the Deere & I have to rake & bag the rest.

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
We don't have much yard work here om purpose....gravel around the house and then trees, ferns etc...just growing natural.....so we don't deal with leaves...they fall and stay there and become part of the earth...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
HAPPY BDAY TO YOU!!!!!!! :)

WOW is the weather by you cold! here, only dipping into 60's for nights. i don't think we've even reached 50's at night yet!

I use an HP too. it's not my favorite either.

yes, i def recommend you relax tons after your second jab. it can be difficult to do much; you may want lots of rest. and that's ok!

your eats are very healthy and wholesome, very nice! :) (i know i need to get on the healthy/wholesome bandwagon a bit more!)

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Thank you......will make the cake tomorrow....spent the morning making cole slaw and potato salad.....the cake can wait. I do plan to just relax tomorrow and possibly for 2 days after.....no plans...plenty of food prepared ahead...

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Not too hungry today so it was an easy day.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Thanks. Bear! Nice to have alternatives. Nothing tops vegetable juice and apricots but they can become tiring day after day etc etc

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I'm sure it gets boring.......I can imagine that they do get boring,.....I'm sure it will be easier to deal with now that you have raised the numbers.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Almost everything gets boring except BK burgers & onion rings. LOL


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Jacky82020 - Monday Sep 20, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.2

 BEAR!   

Now peaceful it is to come here!   They are fighting & brawling in the fish forum.  Again.   LOL.  Started when some person in France made a general apology for being difficult & stubborn at times.   I never noticed & was aware of this poster.   Only one from France, most there are Brits.   So most of them blasted the French guy.   All I said was: you seem ok to me.   This fighting goes on and on because there are some controversial topics & more than one way of doing things. Some of these ppl are fanatics and convinced their way is the only way.

Getting really really tired of vegetable juice, but want 4 gms of potassium a day.   Walmart out of low sodium kind, which has twice the potassium & isn't all that much lower.   bought a small mortar and pestle & am grinding 100 mg potassium pills & adding 5 to each glass of juice to get to one gram.   Can't taste it at all.   Amazon had these huge ones. Can't imagine what ppl would grind a lot of other than nuts. Mine is for spices & pills.

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
LOL...fighting over how to raise fish....I can't even imagine. Did the Dr tell you to keep working on the potassium? Maybe now that it is up I wonder if it will stay there naturally....as long as you eat some potassium rich food...there are a lot of them.

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
They said to up daily level & retest. I did and went from under normal (3.2) to normal, 3.9. But I want better yet, maybe 4.5. He did write an order to get retested again in a week or so. Not sure if insurance will pay since I am in the normal range. May be out the self-order fee of $40-50, forgot all ready. Probably I’m being stupid by insisting on upping a good level. Not aware or any health benefits.

Good thing the vegetable juice is low cal, 45 & filling.


horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Love that pink salamander super super cute ! Ohh I hope you can order it ! You are very good at getting deals !

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
I will get it sooner or later. But no deals, at least on the animal itself. (Weeping emojis) Some ppl have waiting lists! In contact now with a woman here in Pennsylvania who breeds them.


horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Grilled cheese in air fryer sounds so perfect just yum !


horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
As long as grinding the pills doesn’t hurt your digestion or stomach, sounds like a great plan

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Nope, same as taking them whole. Weird that I prefer to add powder to the vegetable juice. 5 or 6 pills in one fell swoop didn’t bother me either.


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Thank you!!!

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
HUGS

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
HUGS


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I posted a pic of a lot of potassium foods...CHOCOLATE!!!

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
YAY! Chocolates!


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innerpeace - Monday Sep 20, 2021

Weight: 306.3

Friday - stripped the beds and washed laundry  - this is new usually do this on Sunday. I think I like this Friday laundry.

Saturday - a whole lot of nothing. I did mow the front yard. DH wouldn't budge. He said he wanted to 'chill' at home...doing nothing, so we did. I did tell him I'm eventaully going to want to do something and he said...yes, I know.. We had papdilla's for late lunch dinner.

Sunday - we go shopping and get the girl. We talk DH into the Apple Festival - it was just OK. I swear all the crazies that live in our town come out to this event. DH took pictures of the car show -

I walked away with a carmel apple.

DH grilled chicken, salad and corn on the cob for dinner.

Blood sugar this a.m. 130

I have been searching for my other pair of glasses...everywhere. I will go through some more drawers and cabinets tonight and declutter to find them.

Have a great day IP

 

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

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
We went to car shows often in California. Even entered my 1956 Chevy with frames in a small town contest here. She didn’t do so well. Driven everyday & not a Car Show Trailer Queen.

My insurance allows one new pair of glasses a year. Always take advantage. Recently bought more online at Zenni. Inexpensive. Nice! You upload a current RX with the measurements. Made in China & shipped to California for quality control.

Nice pic of you & the fam!


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Great pic, great blood sugar, new routines......don't you wish you had one of those things on your glasses and all you have to do is find them with your phone???


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
I like festivals too; that are outside and nature-filled!

I like your idea of talking to get girlie talking. it's nice she just doesn't say "i don't know!"...she's actually thinking somewhat....but i'm sure there's more of a benefit in terms of these plans and who benefits? but she may be right....i'd have to think about it or google it to get the real answer lol!

never heard of papdilla's! will need to google it!

if by grilling, you mean bbqing...YUM! otherwise, that's yum too! but bbq food is delish! :) my dad does a great job at the grill :)


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
i love the pic too! the girlie is such a teenager!


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Donkey - Monday Sep 20, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 132.5

I was feeling much more positive, but I can feel that my energy has shifted.  Is it the lingering heat and humidity? (Cool-off is coming Wednesday, now.)  Is it the dread of going to work?  Is it the bathroom issues this morning?  I just don't feel as well situated as I had yesterday.

It seems as though my GI system has FINALLY reconciled itself -- it's just unfortunate that it chose early Monday morning to do so, rather than on a weekend, when time is more lax.  Whoa, what a difference!  I had not realized how bloated and uncomfortable I was, until this correction.  I feel "reset" but also a bit surprised by this.  Also struggling with TOM right now - things are changing.

I'm hoping that yoga tonight will help me "reset" myself mentally.

 

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I know what you mean about TOM changing......it did for me too and a hysterectomy stopped that part but the menopause [art goes on and it was a wild ride...get ready for hot flashes....( hint...don't put your summer clothes away...it may be snowing outside but it will be 90 degrees inside)...


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Donk, are you saying you took a decent dump & feel better? One of the highlights of my week, or perhaps weeks gone by when a good crap was truly a blessing from on high. LOL The potassium is really doing it now. Doing about 4 grams a day.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
awww, sorry you aren't feeling as good as yesterday! xoxo

we have had a cooling off and it's soooo nice. mid 70's. just perfect!

i also got TOM today...! wasn't expecting it for a few more days. i think it's a hair early. but, i always (almost) wear a pantiliner to work for issues like this and similar so that i always have extra protection, lol. it's one of my peeves to leave without wearing one!

i'm sure you feel better after the dump dump as jacky mentioned.

i'm currently realizing my hair is quite thin due to hormones. may try something like the women's version of rogaine, but not yet. i need more of a push to do it...and once you start, you cannot stop. so first, i'll just work on growing my hair out a little more so i can even it up; get a trim in december or so.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
wow! 90F yesterday for you?! it was at tops 75 yesterday and so sunny that the beaches were pretty full! people really enjoyed it and it WAS warm enough bc of the very warm sun!

The gun range sounds fun for a date night. it's not like you are going out shooting and random people/things. it's controlled. i see that as fun too. it's similar to bowling, aiming at a target. responsible adults should be able to enjoy it.

i think i once tried either tai kwon do or tai chi but i didn't understand the moves. whoever was teaching, was teaching above my beginner level .i think it was when i was in college, there was a small group being taught.hardly anyone came, most had some practice lol. so i was the newbie. if you don't want to sign up for classes starting so soon - don't. you really don't have to do what you don't want to - and i've certainly been doing a lot of them by not showing up to volunteer (which really isn't the right thing to do!) so i've made a mental note not to sign up for anything else while i am taking a course!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
great idea to do the practice hike(s) with hubby. it's a good way to go to local parks / neighborhoods with walkways / greenways and benches and to get good exercise, both of you, this lovely time of year.

i remember there used to be gym hogs. if i really wanted to use the equipment; and already tried waiting; i'd ask if they could share. many times, they would...


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
all because we are female and they can do higher weight levels, doesn't mean they can hog the machines.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Have you ever had any issues in pushing yourself to read at home. sometimes, i have a very hard time starting to read; which is why i like to do it on the subway and bus (there seems to be less to do, lol, while sitting there; and it's easier for me to distract myself with a book).


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happy-1 - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(HcOcPsNsPrdDs,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp7w9bed)
Weight: 234.0

Sunday - Sept 19, 2021:

3rd post for today... except I really need it. Pushed through my 8:30 cutoff time to finish my stats for tomorrow... and did it. Took the trash out at 8:30. Dad thinks I'm up and should be available to work with him. He tried to give me a whole to do list while I took out the trash. I said no, I won't remember tomorrow. I'm too tired. 9:45 he called me on the phone. I got up out of bed to see if it was an emergency. It wasn't, He wants me to buy something. I said I'd talk to him about it tomorrow and went back to bed. I'm wide awake now. Might as well setup yoga for tomorrow AM. Coffe and breakfast are already setup. 

Path of least resistance is being developed.

Grrr. Get after it.

 

Progress as of today: 83 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Quite impressive with establishing boundaries... or if you prefer, being true to yourself in knowing where to draw the line.

I hope you have a really good yoga session this morning - good luck at the doctor's appointment!


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
It's good to set boundaries with your dad....you count too...and if there is anything at all that he can do for himself then he should be doing those things.....you really are not his personal servant......you may be there to help and aid him but you also have a life and he needs to respect that too.......sounds like he likes to rile you/push your buttons.......you can resist that...you went to check to see that he was safe...after that....it can wait for another time that also works well for you......being a caretaker is so hard...been there.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
sometimes, it's worth it (like you did!) to push to get something done for that satisfied feeling you get when you accomplish it! xoxo i do agree, boundaries are a good thing. he cannot call you any time of night; if it's not an emergency :) xoxo


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
it does feel good (now commenting on your previous entry!) to clean up and organize. i always have to be in "the right mindset" to clean up. finally went thru all my "unimportant mail" from the union / health insurance. i had been putting the letters aside, knowing they were just records of copays (still not the best idea to wait so long to open, because you never really know!) things were almost 3 months old. oops. nothing important, but i let it clutter up too much. usually i'm better, i will remember that going forwards! :) and not let that happen again! i think it's been extra bad because of my job changes and i got really distracted, but that's no excuse!

i agree, that in the AM, it's gotta be a clear path in order to do exercise! definitely, the more obstacles towards starting, the less inclined anyone would be!

sorry for your dad's moodiness. the older people get, the more difficult at times!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
that first time of the quake, when you were petting your cat, it may be that she was scared and that's why she stayed with you and didn't bite you!

when we had some fireworks this summer, my little piggie was scared; and it was one of the only times he sat with me and didn't fight me to get off!


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

  15.75 Sept Sunshine Hours! 

22.25 August Sunshine Hours!  

Last TOM - 8/25/21....

Currently reading a NYPL digital book called "The Energy Bus.

Business Law:


PHOTO BELOW: Fire Island Lighthouse, it's  open to walk up if you want to, daily. we just went in to see the stairs, but didn't walk up.  maybe another day or maybe never will i walk up it...we walked enough as is ;)


9/19/21 Sunday - out east on Long Island with parents :-) spontaneous plans, lots of walking most probably. maybe some photos taken :)

3 hours in sun.

 9:30am breakfast: keto muffin i made yesterday 200, mixed with oatmeal/almond milk mix 150, coffee 50. 400.

snacks:chocolates 150-200

lunch:2:30 pizza approx 800? - parents and i ate halfway thru our hike/walk thru beach and beach towns. they are very fit to hold up. we walked for around 2-2.5 hours, resting a few times. (i rested the most, ha!)

snack blow pop, diet coke 50 (while driving home, getting gas, picking up a few things at supermarket)

dinner: salad with olive oil/vinegar 100 (just cucumbers and iceberg lettuce - using some things up before they spoil), part of a spicy pork sausage 100, a little more than 2.5 servings everything flavor ritz 250. 450.

1950...will stick with this; have some nice, stevia sweetened seltzer and go to bed around 9pm prob :)

 

 


9/20/21 - Monday Sister's 36th bday! boy does time fly! (celebrating earlier? on weekend?) see about it.

 

Not much pre-planning to come....unless i start making plans with family/friends...i will sign up for another course after finishing Business Law. there's, i think, 2 months rest period between courses when i take them with Center for Legal Studies. so that's good.  Overall, i have enjoyed all of them except 1. I have had all different instructors.  All were good, except 1. I have, to date, had 4 different instructors. so that's great that all were great except 1 - hard to communicate with and course didn't include multiple courses of instruction like videos, etc, just a textbook and then the final and exams weren't even off it only...lol. all other courses taught exactly what they should have and i attained a lot of knowledge from taking part ;)

Will be trying to lessen days off and wait to take them until real Winter, as in January...if i have to take one or two before then - ok, but i don't think i'll have to.

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

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
I have no idea how you do all that you do!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
:-D


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
Ah what a lovely surprise! Enjoy your day!

horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2021:
Bc I finished my work and everything yesterday !!!! Got a long walk and workout !!


Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Cool! We have a nice lighthouse here in Erie

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
this one is the tallest in the state here! :) i would love to see yours!


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Jacky82020 - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.2

 

 

It's not DD, re posting  the salamander pics.  Couldn't get them up on at another place either.   weird  because I can email them.   Will look for other ones.   This guy is adorable! 

Many errands to run today.  Never made it outside to do yardwork, but many calories burned walking around shopping & changing water in a fish tank. Got a new 20 gallon tank at Petco today. What an ordeal!   Wanted to use their 20% off orders >$50 when ordered online & picked up locally.  Onlne not showing discount, so called.   Rep spoke poor English.   Said 20% off ineligible on tanks. But he'd apply it as a one time courtesy.   But tried many times to use 3 different credit cards.   Robot telling me on 13th digit card bad.   I don't have any bad cards!

That was yesterday.  Tried today. Same failure to get 20%.  Called. Told same thing, except this agent said she could apply online & I could pay (without being transferred & required to enter CC). Appeared ok until I got to store after running several errands.   Order not entered into system.   Went to BK, Ollie's & then home.  
 

Turns our misstep was mine.   Many Save And Coninues after the one that took me to PayPal.   But order ready to be executed & today's agent gave me $15 off, so big savings.

Fell in love with pics of a pink axolotl, a type of salamander.   He will be ordered online when tank's set up.   None available now locally.   Interesting creatures.  Require cooler temps, 60F ideal.  Tank on end of kitchen table in the sunroom (all windows & skylights, but heavily shaded).   Room kept at 60 F winters except when we eat in there.  Tank won't heat up that quickly, however, I will have to purchase an aquarium chilling system.   Expected to cost more than "Mander," the tank and other equipment.

DD NOT ALLOWING ME TO UPLOAD PIC.  WILL TRY LATER.

 

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
Sorry for the hassle. How many tanks do you have now?

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Have to stop & think! First was 5 gallon from Walmart. Kinda an impulse buy but not really. Thought about it for a few years.

Then got a 10 gallon tank, equipped, on Craigslist. Had betta that died the day before I was to pick it up. Then a 40 gal & 2 more 10’s and then the big 90 gal cabinet tank. So that’s 6? Plus a 10 gal for plants and snails, transferred out when they’re big enough.


happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
I bet it's super peaceful to sit with your dogs and tanks and just chill. Like having your own nature center in your living room.

Makes me want a few goldfish but maybe when this cat is old.

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
It is indeed! I know ppl in the fish forum who have cats & several tanks. This one guy I talk to a lot in northern England has some really cute YouTube vids of his 2 cats kinda lifting a paw up to the tanks & watching the fish. I am sure his tanks have covers. The first 5 gal I picked up at Walmart has a cover with LED lights. Important to me because I’m growing plants in there.

Here, the cats have their own Cat Room and catio. They don’t get along with the dogs. The dogs, BTW, ignore the fish.


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
That's a wonderful image that Happy mentions: relaxing fish tanks to gaze upon... If course, I realize it's a ton of work. That part isn't so relaxing, but what a cool endeavor!

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Thanks, it is a lot of work, especially at this time because I’m inexperienced, but very peaceful and relaxing.


happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
OMG... The pics! Little space aliens you can watch in a tank!

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
ikr?

Kinda getting grossed out though as main diet seems to be big live ugly worms. Can be ordered on Amazon. Yuk!


Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Oh my goodness, those salamanders look so cute and beautiful! I'm glad you posted a picture - thank you!

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Finally found ones I could upload. Weird how here and another forum wouldn’t accept others.


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happy-1 - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(HcOcPsNsPrdDs,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp7w9bed)
Weight: 234.0

Sunday 9-19-21...

A little better this morning. I started by clearing all the clutter in my bedroom that makes it hard to set up yoga before bed so I can work out as soon as my eyes open. Basically I had stuff that could go into my closet out where my chair, folding tables, and exercise ball need to go. I've been putting them on my bed when I do yoga, but when I wake up at 5am, I need to start setting up yoga at 5:40 am to be ready for a 6am class. I mentally just can't get it together to move these before 7am. Hopefully a path of least resistance will make this easier.

Today I need to finish getting all my data together for the OT so that I am ready for my endocrinologist appt on 9/27. It's a lot... and I'm weirdly just not that into doing it. I don't know why. This is supposed to help me get it all back together again and free to live my own life. 

Maybe I just need some time out of the house. I haven't seen good daylight in a couple of days.

Dad isn't helping. He seems to want me to be on my knees begging forgiveness for meddling and getting him a COVID test and accidentally getting home health pulled. I said of course I made a mistake. I am going to make mistakes. The only way to not make mistakes is to not get involved at all. Do you think you did anything to contribute to the situation? Then he wanted soup, but for me to pull all the meat out of it and just give him the pea soup. I said I can blend it up for him and he told me to shut my ****ing mouth and do what he tells me to do. I told him the soup was on the stove and when he is ready he can get it himself.

Progress as of today: 83 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Geez, your dad can be so trying, poor you. HUGS

Good to get out of the house. Just do it!

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
Yeah... it's a bummer battle... He's miserable, I want to help, me helping means I get worn down and I don't achieve my goals and I need to get this data stuff done for tomorrow. It's 6:42 pm and my brain is finally "on" enough to focus, but I've only got an hour or so left of energy. UGH


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
Glad that you have a better setup for yoga, now. GOOD!

Getting out might be very helpful. I'm so sorry about your dad's choice of words. Just gotta walk away, I guess...?


Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Think of it this way. You have to care of yourself so that you can assist your dad. Sounds like sometimes he’s miserable with or without you, so try to relax & tend to your needs

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
Hugs. Ty!


Donkey on 09/20/2021:
^ Excellent insight from Jacky :-)


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Donkey - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 132.5

Good morning!  A lovely, quiet, calm Sunday morning, but oh BOY is it gonna be a HOT one today.  HOT and HUMID, with a high of 90F.  Ooof!


I kind of wanted to clarify things.  I'm not really a gun person at all; I don't care for them, definitely not my first choice of things to do.  On a personal level, I find them rather intimidating.  Also, philisophically, I don't agree with them.  However, I can support responsible gun ownership.  And finally, this endeavor is more for the benefit of Mr. Donkey - see my comment to Happy on my entry yesterday - but it's also good to test my boundaries & limits, which can be very rigid & narrow.

BUT I came to the realization this morning that perhaps I am too ambitious with changes & challenges.  I have come to a place of weight-loss maintenance; I have come to a place of professional (job) maintenance.  So perhaps now is not the time to be diving into all sorts of new adventures and such.  It may be a time for mental maintenance as well. 

Having said that, BEFORE I came to this thought TODAY, the following happened YESTERDAY:


I finished reading "When Breath Becomes Air".  I'm proud of myself that I could finish a book.  I did stay up late (10:30p) to finish it. I'm glad that I did, and this didn't stop me from waking up naturally at around 4:30am today.

I had an only OK day at the gym yesterday.  I'm really surprised, too, because it was not crowded at all, and folks were doing OK with wearing masks.  However, there were 2 guys that were monopollizing 2 of the machines that I wanted to use, because they were ON THEIR PHONES.  And one guy -- he was playing Scrabble or Words with Friends!!!  DUDE!  Get off the phone and do your weights!  And Scrabble Guy wasn't even the most offensive.  It was the OTHER guy who was honking me off, because he did the very same thing LAST Saturday too.  In the 25 minutes that he spent sitting on the chest press machine, I was able to do 3 sets of 15-20 reps on THREE other machines!!!!


I'm looking forward to a day of folding laundry, reading, gym (leg day), and spending time with Husband. He proposed that we have a "practice" hike to prepare for the hikes while we're on vacation, but if it's hot, forget it.

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost and already at goal!

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
A practice is a very good idea!!! Shoes and ankles need testing!

Donkey on 09/19/2021:
Oh boy, my right shoulder is gonna be sore!!!!!


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happy-1 - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(HcOcPsNsPrdDs,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp7w9bed)
Weight: 234.0

Saturday, 9/18/21... Second post for today but I really need it...

After midnight here... Having a hard time getting to sleep. It's on me... I spent the whole day inside... My neck and back hurt so I didn't work out... it stuck around all day till about 11pm. No daylight, no circadian drive to sleep. I ran book club which is the highlight of my week. Then I worked on getting data together for the endocrinologist. That was time in front of my monitor. I did get up and make dad some dinner, but then I sat down and worked again. I got very little done.

Mostly what is eating me up is loneliness. My friend invited me to her dog's birthday party next Sunday. I would really like to go, but I just don't feel well yet, it's an hour and a half south, it requires ATVs which bounce and my neck can't take lifting a chair. I'm also just out of practice being around people. And I'm nervous about being that far away from home without support for my dad.

Thanks for letting me say that out loud in the middle of the night. I feel better.

Progress as of today: 83 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
And also I was almost asleep and the cat woke me up at 11pm. Ugh!

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
But I started taking tyrosine and tryptophan tonight so maybe that will help

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
Because it’s pretty overwhelming to think of how much work it will be to get dad squared away, the house cleaned out, my neck back together, a job, friends, and a life again.

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
And I can’t get comfy in my bed… I probably need to go back to the chiropractor, even though I’m not supposed to… I’m supposed to do PT


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
I'm impressed that you gather data for your doctor. Is the endocrinologist open to reviewing the data?

Oh how I hate it when you almost fall asleep only to be jarred awake -- that has been my issue this whole past week. Ugh, then I have to start the whole "falling asleep" process over. If I have to do this more than once, on a given night, getting any good sleep becomes significantly harder. Each time, it's harder and harder to start the "falling sleep" again. It takes longer and doesn't seem as relaxed.

Maybe you need a new mattress, or time to flip/turn your mattress?

I'm sorry to hear about your loneliness, although I'm glad you came here to say it "aloud". That is not as easy as one might think, to admit it. (((hugs)))

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
I gather data for my doctors and prepare questions ahead because the healthcare system is so broken I need to be able to show data and push with questions to close the gaps. I find it unacceptable that I say I am short on REM and easily fatigued and they just shrug and say get more exercise. Also ADHD is pervasive so I need to show them what I am doing and not doing and get help based on my efforts and obstacles.

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
For sleep… melatonin, gaba, tryptophan, ashwagandha, theanine, and tyrosine is my current cocktail. Hopefully it will help.

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
I do need a new mattress but I didn’t find anything I liked for a low price. I have a fantastic CA king mattress in storage and no room for it here. I don’t want to shell out for a full size mattress. Also, I have found that my yoga board under a 1 inch mattress topper on top of my current mattress is more comfortable than any of the mattresses I have tried… that it suddenly isn’t comfortable is a sign I need to go to the chiropractor.

Having my yoga board in my bed between workouts is a time management challenge while I get myself stronger. It is easy to pull out but it is a struggle to put away. I wear myself out putting it away and miss cardio.

A second one would be about $120. I love it. It makes such a huge difference doing yoga at home. I wasn’t pulling it out when I started back up again and I wasn’t getting any stronger… but I have the past couple of weeks and it is such a big improvement. https://www.getlifeboard.com/

I’d rather get a board that covers my whole bed and a larger topper for the money though. I just haven’t felt great enough to do it.

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
I’d have to get MDF cut and then rent a van to get it home.

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
It’s super hard to say you are lonely. Thanks for being here for me to say it to.


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
I meant to mention, if the cat isn't concerned about the earthquake, then you're probably OK. Forget the Richter scale - your cat will let you know!

Makes total sense as to why you present empirical data at your doctors' appointments! I'm sorry it really got to that point though. How frustrating!

I believe that there are a lot more lonely people out there than one would think. And one can be married and still quite lonely (maybe even more so, from what I've heard from others).

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
I think it would be awful to be lonely in a marriage... I'd feel panicky and trapped.


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Jacky82020 - Saturday Sep 18, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.2

latest food obsession is grilled cheese sandwiches in air fryer.   Good!   using 40 cal slice bread & 80 cal slice of sharp cheddar. no oil.   hot mustard.   washed down with diet root beer.

Long day working outside.   too many chores neglected too long.  overcame my fear of extension ladders, did some work cleaning gutters.   but painstakingly slow & cautious.   passed job to the husband & pruned trees & bushes.  arms, sides & back aching!

no sign of the " college student athlete seeking work"    

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/18/2021:
omg air fryer grilled cheese?

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Yes, nicely toasts the bread. Maybe 5 mins. For 2 sandwiches, mine anyway with the 40 cal bread slices. Don’t overcook! The cheese melts out & goes to bottom tray. Can always add more air fryer time, but can’t fix overcooked good. Of course I ate them anyway & scraped off cheese at bottom as soon as it dried.


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
May I echo what Happy said? This could be a game changer. I'll have to mention it to Husband. What's the cooking time?

Ohh diet Root Beer --- I haven't had one of those in ages! I prefer diet pops (sodas) over the sugary regular beverages. I might pick up a 12 pack to have on hand. It might help when I have those dessert cravings that get out of hand. That's a good idea to try - thanks!

PS I see that you had deleted your comment to my entry yesterday. I actually am more in agreement with you. That is to say, what you said I don't disagree with. I'll write a little more in my own entry today.

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Yes, it nagged me that you may have it hurtful. So gone.

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
See response to Happy re air fried grilled cheese above. I have been, off & on, a big GC fan. Have many cookers in addition to my trusty electric frying pan: panini maker, Foreman grill, & a Bella Sandwich maker. That I can remember. LOL. AF the fastest, Have to stand around & remove sandwiches from others or they will burn, also requires preheating,


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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Sep 18, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 12.75 Sept Sunshine Hours! 

22.25 August Sunshine Hours!  

Last TOM - 8/25/21....

Currently reading a NYPL digital book called "The Energy Bus.

Business Law:


9/18/21 Saturday 9am-10:30am - Volunteering Cleanup @ Plumb Beach, Brooklyn Area.   Decided not to drive there. wasn't in the mood for a sorta longer drive or to volunteer. slept in a little more....

Rather than cardio, I will do weights, upper and lower, today; possibly a cardio break today.  I have a dentist appt on Tuesday at 6pm, so would rather just rest after that (hence doing weights today and again on Monday instead of tuesday)

did some laundry, may do some more tomorrow. (bed sheets, gp fleece)

Now onto Week 4 studies/work:

- Readings finished by noon. (DONE!)

- onto the videos - in progress at noon DONE!

- BB4 (bulletin board 4 assignment as they are called, students taking class can see others' answers after we submit ours - to compare and learn from other classmates) - easier assignments this week, DONE!

- Writing Assignment 4 - heavier assignment, worth more points than the BB assignments that are only with 10 points vs 100 points, i think, for writing assignments weekly. we cannot see others' work after we submit. ..easier assignment as well, DONE!

It would be nice to finish almost everything today...but i'm sure i'll need some time tomorrow as well..will be DONE!


8:30am First small breakfast: 2 of the keto choc pb cups 150, kombucha 50.

then, i did fall asleep later for an hour more....

11am meal after nap, 1 pancake 160, ran out of jelly, so had it plain as it was nice and thin and tasty like that; 1 more pb cup 80. 250 approx...may have a coffee also..50

12pm small lunch/snack: a leftover mashed potato/pea indian fried samosa. good size on it. 250? was tasty.  since cals are low and i'm doing work, i decided to indulge and fill any "hunger."...since i really just had some food an hour ago. so that was easy to fill up easily...

1:30 snack: last of the peach gummies, plenty more gummies exist here though! 100...

2:30 while doing laundry/studying...got snacky and into the ritz everything coated crackers. over 3.5 servings. 350 cals.

4:15 a yogurt that was very sweet, LaYogurt a mango yogurt marketed to Latino community...they have many marketing/types and with varying calories. this one was def sweet! 170, plus one chocolate and one milano cookie 100.

Will exercise - full body strength workout soon :) 

1500....

 

 

 

 

 


9/19/21 Sunday - Finish week 4 studies/work :) i am no longer behind, but need to stay on task and on time with the Week 4 work, due 9/22/21.

 

 

 


9/20/21 - Monday Sister's 36th bday! boy does time fly! (celebrating earlier? on weekend?) see about it.

 

Not much pre-planning to come....unless i start making plans with family/friends...i will sign up for another course after finishing Business Law. there's, i think, 2 months rest period between courses when i take them with Center for Legal Studies. so that's good.  Overall, i have enjoyed all of them except 1. I have had all different instructors.  All were good, except 1. I have, to date, had 4 different instructors. so that's great that all were great except 1 - hard to communicate with and course didn't include multiple courses of instruction like videos, etc, just a textbook and then the final and exams weren't even off it only...lol. all other courses taught exactly what they should have and i attained a lot of knowledge from taking part ;)

Will be trying to lessen days off and wait to take them until real Winter, as in January...if i have to take one or two before then - ok, but i don't think i'll have to.

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

Donkey on 09/18/2021:
I knew you'd catch up! I called it, week 3 or week 4, you'd be back on track. I definitely give you credit. I'm sure it was NOT easy, if your class was as intensive as mine; there's just a LOT to discuss in Business Law. Yay for you!!!

It's probably a good thing to take a break from pre-planning too much, although, to your credit, you've always allowed yourself the luxury of being able to cancel without feeling guilty, if need be.

Did you end up having a dinner last night? Or did you keep it kind of snacky? What is the brand name of the keto PB cups? You know, there are recipes online where you can make your own. I used to make a dark chocolate/peanut butter candy, when I was doing keto. However, rather than being separate, the peanut butter and chocolate were combined, melted, and then poured into an ice cube tray to freeze. So yummy, but they were called "fat bombs" for a reason.

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
i'll update later with photo of the pb cups.

great to catch up!


Jacky82020 on 09/18/2021:
You go girl! Lots of DONE going on. YAY!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
felt great!


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
I hope you had a great workout!!!!


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happy-1 - Saturday Sep 18, 2021
(HcOcPsNsPrdDs,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp7w9bed)
Weight: 234.0

Saturday 9/18/21:

4.5 earthquake last night... but what was surprising was how LONG it lasted. I had flashbacks to the Northridge quake in the 90s...  I was in my bathrobe post shower at the time and I was very nervous about having to get out and leave the house if it got worse. The cat was sitting on me for a cuddle at the time... I was more surprised that she didn't bother jumping off my lap and just chilled while I kept petting her. And didn't bite or scratch me. I actually had to pick her up and put her down to go check on dad when it stopped. Weird cat. Clearly a native Californian.

Woke up with a massive headache this morning. I pushed dad in a wheelchair yesterday no problem... then when we got home, he asked me to swap his chair and I was too hungry, lifted wrong and did in my neck. No workout till it goes away. Plus I am dehydrated. 
 

I need to go through all my data and get it ready by Monday. I'm a little apprehensive about how much work it will be and that makes me procrastinate on actually starting.

 

Now that I have said it aloud... time to get started.

 

Progress as of today: 83 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/18/2021:
Earthquakes! Takes me back to all my years in California. Lived there until 2004. On East coast now. No earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes etc here. Lots of snow which I like.

Keep up on the hydration. Sometimes I have to work on mine. Easy to lag.

Hope that neck is doing better today.

happy-1 on 09/18/2021:
ty! hugs!


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Donkey - Saturday Sep 18, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 132.5

Well, well... look at that lovely weigh-in today!  Isn't maintenance grand?  I'll be honest, I'd much prefer to see a number in the 120's, but this is a good number too.  And that I can maintain it, eat a lot, exercise a lot, and still feel great (except for the recent sleep slump) - I'll take it!!

Eating went well yesterday.  I felt satisfied after my 3pm snack at work, but that's good because I worked late.  Dinner was lighter - fish - and I felt very satisfied at the end.  In fact, I did not even finish my square of dark chocolate.

My sleep was probably not as good as I would like it, but I woke up early, naturally on my own, and I like that.  I went to bed much later (almost 10:30pm) so that it would be easier to fall asleep, and it WAS easier.

I'm well on my way to doing my weekend chores.  I do hope to read. I didn't get a chance to read last night; I also didn't write in my gratitude agent yesterday either, so I will need to write yesterday's gratitude as well as one for today.


Lately, my mantra has been "Inhale calm, exhale drama" that I use while breating to meditate. However, after my argument with Husband on Thursday, I started returning back to the "I am open to change. I am not afraid of change" during my lunchtime walk.  Closer to the truth would be, "I am not real receptive to change. Change is out of my comfort zone" but that doesn't quite have a Zen feel to it, does it?  LOL...  

So I have a couple of ideas on things to do that will challenge me, sort of a Bucket List, although rather minor in the big picture of life.

I still WANT to try other things in my own fitness journey.  I'm just brainstorming, some of these I've talked about before:

These 4 things I've listed are very easy to enroll in and free, except for the gun range (but about equal to the cost of a date night, which is what this kind of would be, for us).  

What is stopping me? ME.  

 

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost and already at goal!

happy-1 on 09/18/2021:
LMAO... A hot date at the gun range? I like it.

Donkey on 09/19/2021:
I do too, in the sense that there are very few things that we can do together, due to time constraints and his health issues. Winters here in Illinois are quite dark and long. It would be one thing if we had the pretty Michigan snow, but most of the time, it's a very drab gray-brown thing. Gray skies, brown grass, cold winds.

Now that the kids are essentially grown and gone, I'm working to find ways that we can reconnect, so to speak.


happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
I like anything target-related. It’s super calming to breathe, focus, and shoot. I like archery too. I don’t ever feel calm in mindfulness and meditation stuff, but I do woth anything target-related.


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Brett - Friday Sep 17, 2021
(Atkins)
Weight: 172.0

Down a pound unless the scale is trying to suck up because it knows I'm looking at replacements. 

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Donkey on 09/18/2021:
Ha ha ha ha -- I too have suspicions about my scale. It likes to play tricks on me.

But I'm going to say that your lost pound is due to your hard work! Good job!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2021:
hey, the scale is just a machine and doesn't discriminate! so, congrats on your loss and keep up the great work !!! :)


Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2021:
hey, the scale is just a machine and doesn't discriminate! so, congrats on your loss and keep up the great work !!! :)


happy-1 on 09/18/2021:
YOU CAN DO EEET!


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horn_of_plenty - Friday Sep 17, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 12.75 Sept Sunshine Hours! 

22.25 August Sunshine Hours!  

Last TOM - 8/25/21....

Currently reading a NYPL digital book called "The Energy Bus.

Business Law:


9/17/21 Friday -

just shy of an hour cardio today; combining AM and PM. good. maybe closer to 45min, but putting down an hour for attempting everything! :)

bus didn't show up on time; so i walked back to my car and drove to work bc driving is shorter. I read one page of notes in my car; but it had so much info that i may need to re-read again. at least i got one page out of the 4 remaining read before work. I may read after work, in my car, before driving home; as well, in addition to a short walk after work. Already got 20 min walk in this AM. Will record all cardio time later.

Breakfast: large banana, 200, coffee, negl, wrap with cream cheese chive whipped 150...350..spread out over morning, didn't have wrap right away.

Snacks: chia bar 100

Lunch:salad 40, pork spicy sausage 160, olive oil/vinegar 100, popcorn 100..400 and parts of a pear that weren't bad. lol. 100.

950...

Snacks: tbd.none, didn't need, had a good lunch.

Dinner: came home and a new snack i ordered came. these keto pb cups which are great! dark chocolate. i meant to have 1, but combined with some jackfruit, i had 3 of the chocs and some kombucha; instead of a real dinner at 7pm....now i'm going to review my notes, before eating anything further. the chocs are 2 for 150 cal...so i had one more 80, 230 total, bag dried jackfruit 100, and kombucha 50. 400 tops.

1350

 

i have leftovers, tho not the best, from Chinese...i will maybe have tofu and eggplant, but have to cook the eggplant better - chinese left it hard and undercoked (maybe microwave or something quick). 

 

 


9/18/21 Saturday 9am-10:30am - Volunteering Cleanup @ Plumb Beach, Brooklyn Area.   Later in day - Week 4 studies/work

 

I haven't made plans thru Thursday so far of the days leading into this weekend -  or discussed any plans with friend, so i don't plan to see her this weekend.

 

I will continue studies, do this volunteering; and head into the coming week on a strong note!

 


9/19/21 Sunday - Finish week 4 studies/work :) i am no longer behind, but need to stay on task and on time with the Week 4 work, due 9/22/21.

 

 

 


9/20/21 - Monday Sister's 36th bday! boy does time fly! (celebrating earlier? on weekend?) see about it.

 

Not much pre-planning to come....unless i start making plans with family/friends...i will sign up for another course after finishing Business Law. there's, i think, 2 months rest period between courses when i take them with Center for Legal Studies. so that's good.  Overall, i have enjoyed all of them except 1. I have had all different instructors.  All were good, except 1. I have, to date, had 4 different instructors. so that's great that all were great except 1 - hard to communicate with and course didn't include multiple courses of instruction like videos, etc, just a textbook and then the final and exams weren't even off it only...lol. all other courses taught exactly what they should have and i attained a lot of knowledge from taking part ;)

Will be trying to lessen days off and wait to take them until real Winter, as in January...if i have to take one or two before then - ok, but i don't think i'll have to.

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

Jacky82020 on 09/17/2021:
Bummer re bus, but ok as long as you’re not late. & Xtra walking always good.

horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2021:
yes, at least i was able to walk both to & from bus back to my car, lol. the bus/train takes an hour longer than driving; so i was easily able to get to work with over a half hour to spare still this AM, including the walks and all. so read notes in my car, but unfortunately was nodding off also!


Jacky82020 on 09/17/2021:
Oh, no! Huge thermos of coffee! But actually avoided that because it gives me the pee-pees

horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2021:
yeah, was pretty bad in terms of being tired on the drive...not good. usually i don't drive so early and now it's still dark. i also do not like to drink before the drive in the AM.


Donkey on 09/17/2021:
My comment here has more to do with yesterday, but all in all, even though you would get reimbursed for tuitions submitted this year, for this year, perhaps you need a break before you enroll in another class. I don't mean a break between classes, either. I mean a real break. IDK, just a thought.

That's too bad about public transportation not working out today. I guess there were a whole lot of people late this morning who rely 100% on the bus. When I was a commuter, my motto was, "I hate the bus." Even the L was better than the bus.

I'll write more about this in my own entry today, but doesn't it just seem as though available time is so short?

horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2021:
the L!?!?

horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2021:
you are prob right on needing a break, but, i sorta want to do 6 total classes, i'm on my 3rd now, from the advanced studies, before taking a break.

once i take 6 total advanced classes, i get a certificate from a college of my choice of listed schools that give the advanced paralegal certificate. i am not sure i want to "stop learning" right now...i kinda just want to learn what i can; about law/paralegal...especially in the Winter when the weather isn't great for being outside for a long time, anyways...and i'm not traveling now; so it's perfect...

but like you say, maybe it's time for a paralegal break; and i take the 3 classes for the advanced management degree from the state school...3 courses only..


Donkey on 09/17/2021:
The L - that's Chicago talk for our subway system because in parts, it goes above ground and is "elevated" --- get it? (ha ha - because of the pronunciation... ha ha) So it's referred to as the L.

Ohh, I didn't realize that about the certificate. And that's a good point about winter. As long as you do get a break, then I think you'll be fine. (I don't think it needs to be a "paralegal break", either - just time to rest. It might be better to keep up with the paralegal right now. After that accounting class, paralegal is a welcomed reunion, LOL.)

horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2021:
yes, the accounting was terrible! paralegal better ;) but it is still work that takes time. at least i'll have some time off basically the rest of Fall to make a decision when this course ends, very soon! :) I like these short, 6 week courses. it's work, but they fly by.

horn_of_plenty on 09/17/2021:
and actually, those 6 courses are supposed to be taken and done all in one year...which has taken me much longer...so i'm not even guaranteed a certificate....will have to look into that too. but these courses are short and i pick up knowledge - that's most important. and i can still list them on a resume, cert or not.


happy-1 on 09/17/2021:
I have no idea how you do it all

Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2021:
LOL, well, didn't go to the volunteering ;) hahaha decided i'm better off studying and doing my own walk/weights rather than volunteer --- there's a lot of kids that volunteer - let them go ;)


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Jacky82020 - Friday Sep 17, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.8

 

Girls!   I am so proud of myself!   Passed on tons of delectable candy in the Walmart clearance aisle!  And I was starving roundabouts 10:30 am.   Up very early & only had only coffee with small amount of chocolate protein drink.   Plan (done) was to get rodeo burger & share medium onion rings w/Matt. 
 

They had Reese Cups, big packages, all kinds of dark chocolate candy bars, M&M candy bars, family sized gummies,  AND huge bags of Stover sugar free mixed soft chocolates & peanut butter cups.   Killer on those was the fat.  I do buy Stover sugar free hard candy, only 10 Cals each.
 

I find as life progresses, I must say a hard goodbye to old ways of youth when I ate all & everything I wanted & stayed 100-105.   it's been a long graduale process.   Many a time I walked the grocery aisles with a sense of loss, as though grieving for what can't be.   Do indulge upon occasion (those cannolis & Mexican cakes). But not a daily thing.   Made the choice to stay healthy.

Progress as of today: 20.2 lbs lost so far, only 4.8 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/17/2021:
Good job passing up the halloween candy

Jacky82020 on 09/17/2021:
Too soon for that to be discounted, but after holiday candy used to be my greatest weakness. I was a real pig about it. Loaded up the freezer after Easter, Halloween, valentines, Xmas etc. finally passed beginning Xmas 2020.


Brett on 09/17/2021:
I understand, Jacky. My mother spoke of grieving over the loss of foods she couldn’t eat when she was ill. Good for you, walking past all the good candy.


Donkey on 09/18/2021:
Wow, that's impressive! Plus doubly hard when you're hungry.

Interesting... I used to walk down the aisles and get very angry that here was all this delicious food that I couldn't eat because I'd gain weight. Why was I stuck inside this fat body?

My point is that anger is one of the stages of grief. Maybe I've been (slowly) grieving and just haven't realized it.

Jacky82020 on 09/18/2021:
Yes! I think we do grieve & these gradual life changes are difficult. But we made the good choice to stay healthy & not surrender. That’s something. It’s not easy.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/18/2021:
Go you! all that candy is hard to pass up. I was thinking about gummies and chocoalte candy the other day....and how when it's fresh and so soft, it's so hard to pass on!

so what makes a "rodeo" burger? onion rings = delectable!

it's good you passed on the candy, if you are trying to not have that as an option right now in your home! :)

yeah, the older we get, with the more experience that eating junk all the time in quanities will not help us with our weight/health. same reason i've become more and more moderate in portions and what exactly is an indulgence, compared to the huge quanities/calories an indulgence used to be. very different these days compared to my younger past.

i think also as we get older our bodies work harder to do what was easier when we were young. eating dreck is harder for the body to recover from when we are older. for many reasons. metabolism, maybe our overall health isn't as good as it was when we were 20 also! fitness levels. injuries that make us unable to be as active as we were at 20. so many causes.


happy-1 on 09/18/2021:
It's a good idea to stock up on the holiday candy... I don't because I will eat it... but I have a stash of hard candy for emergencies.


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innerpeace - Friday Sep 17, 2021

Weight: 306.3

Glad it's Friday. I doubt I can deal with these yahoos anymore this week. That's why I'm sure weekends were invented.

There is the Apple Festival this weekend, DH and I may wonder around either Saturday or Sunday depending on how we feel after yard work. Glad festivals are coming back.

I was asking the girl questions just about crazy stuff just to hear her answers, ...we get a subscription to HBO Max with our AT&T phone bill - so I asked - if HBO Max & AT&T had a contract dispute or something and AT&T tells its customers, hey we are not able to offer free HBO Max anymore...would our phone bill go down? I mean I enjoy this perk and would expect something similar. Her reply was, I don't think that would happen, because HBO Max probably likes the money they are getting. So who does this benefit? AT&T or HBO? cause I know some other phone company is offering free NetFlix...so I guess it depends on witch streaming service you prefer would that be a decision on which cell phone service you use? Anyway...just talking to get her talking.

B: vanilla iced latte

L: grilled chicken with chips, salsa and cheese - ok nachos

D: some beef & shrimp habatchi thing DH is picking up

Ice cream is the devil.

That is all.

Have a great weekend! IP

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

Jacky82020 on 09/17/2021:
Ooooh! Festivals!


happy-1 on 09/17/2021:
I loved that you can get a teenager to talk, without waterboarding.


Donkey on 09/18/2021:
I want to combine the above 2 comments to echo their sentiments: 1. Apple Festival - oh this sounds like fun and very delicious!!! 2. Very ambitious to converse with a teenager. This is a Good Parent thing, and you did well!

Ice cream is the devil, isn't it? I'm so glad we don't have any in the house. I will not take the time nor make the effort to pick any up either. That's how I fight that battle.


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