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horn_of_plenty - Thursday Feb 25, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

18.75 Hours in the Sun / Strolling Outside / Indoor Cardio Feb 2021 

24.50 Jan 2021


Lookahead:



Thursday: 
Rested a lot, no reading, on way into work on bus/train - closed eyes the whole time bc i woke up quite tired...feeling extremely tired at work
 
but i will work myself up to a full body workout tonight, maybe drink some caffeine before the workout, to get it done, go back to bed...sleepy after a full week!
 
 
Eats:
banana and coffeex2 (one decaf) 200...
 
pump pie no sugar added 1/8 slice only 150 cal
 
other snack almonds 120
 
470-500....
 
 lunch: i think i brought rice and chili leftovers? go out and buy $2.50 sf monster energy drink of my FAVORITE flavor...having one of those days where i won't be easily affected by caffeine...very tired.
 
snack: another new type of chocolate i bought! dark with pb filling but not reeces, i think Dove.
 
dinner: TBD - thinking salad with tofu and side of fries that i have in my fridge :) and maybe some of an energy drink both for taste and caffeine...having a very tired day.
 
 

Saturday
 
Repeat order of what i did over a month ago (January 16th) kombucha whole foods / amazon delivery again, if available.
 
Sunday
 
 

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

grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
I'm pretty sure my brother drinks kombucha every day.

horn_of_plenty on 02/25/2021:
love them so much. they are very sweet to me, but low calories.


Jacky82020 on 02/25/2021:
I may for a diversion.

Trading has become very intense lately. Held the line over a hour last night to talk to TD guy. Asked about day trading rules & he said I had to apply for a margin account. Did this AM & instantly approved. Yay!

horn_of_plenty on 02/25/2021:
good job..


Jacky82020 on 02/25/2021:
Mean check on the fries.

horn_of_plenty on 02/25/2021:
i know you meant that!


Jacky82020 on 02/25/2021:
Ok, good, wasn’t sure. Think I meant to post after comment yesterday & got today instead.


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Donkey - Thursday Feb 25, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

 Ate too much for dinner again,  I'm afraid. Most of it was salad and raw vegetables, but I also had 2 slices of sausage and pepperoni pizza - a frozen pizza that Husband adds his own pepperoni and extra cheese to. 

So if the scale is higher on Saturday,  I know exactly why. 

The appointment with the insurance guy took longer than we thought so I did not do upper body weights last night. I will do them tonight. 

I've noticed for SURE yesterday that I am wanting to eat at around 10:30a at work. It's happened every day this week,  and yesterday, I realized that this is becoming a pattern. I've been dealing with it by eating something - usually fruit - from the food I bring with me for the workday. 

I guess I'm like Bear - I just like to eat. I like it a lot!  

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
Mmm... pepperoni pizza is very hard to limit. But 2 slices isn't bad. And salad and veg is good - any amount is fine.

I love to eat too! Once we make something a habit (like my popcorn) it's hard to break, but can be done.


Jacky82020 on 02/25/2021:
I had leftover pizza too. Love the new DiGiorno croissant one. Of course I can hand make & order in better ones, but this has less calories & is good enough.

So many things I have given up since age 30 to stay on the thin side. Very difficult at times, often more so as the years roll by, but my choice for better health.


grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
We had a pizza maker so every Friday night hubby made homemade pizzas. Then we found out he had celiacs (and probably had it all his life) and since he didn't want gluten free pizza base, we gave the pizza maker to his daughter.


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grannyannie - Thursday Feb 25, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 156.6

Scale: 156.6. Has been slowly creeping downward. But after my next 2 days of indulgences I’ll stay off the scale for about a week!  

Did shopping pickup at 10am at supermarket. Not happy that they didn’t have my bakery oatmeal raisin cookies as I really wanted one with coffee when I got home.

Planned on cheeseburger and homemade chips (fries) for birthday tomorrow, but since friends invited us over for a birthday BBQ (in their greenhouse with a heater) we’re having this tonight instead. Saturday husband will make a big curry with all the veggies and mushrooms etc I got Thursday and Friday while they are still fresh.

Menu:

B: porridge with blueberries, tea w/soy milk x 2

S: coffee with coconut milk

L:  chicken and cheddar on bakery roll, apple

D:  Cheeseburger and homemade chips (fries), veg

Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, diet pepsi, diet lemonade

Bought Pimms to celebrate, normally a summer cocktail that you serve with fresh berries or slices of lemon or oranges. 

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Pimm's is a gin-based spirit made by infusing gin with a secret combination of herbal botanicals, caramelised orange and warm spices. Mr Pimm originally served it at his oyster bar in London, but by the 1850s it had gained popularity and gone into mass production.

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Treats for today and tomorrow:

Magnum almond ice cream bars (husband and I will have 2 each), Pimms cocktail with fresh strawberries and a slice of orange.

30 minutes spin bike? Naw!

 

Progress as of today: 14.4 lbs lost so far, only 7.6 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/25/2021:
Well done on your numbers!!!

I don't care for the taste of gin by itself, but that Pimms sounds delightful with all that fruity flavor! Enjoy!

Cheeseburger sounds so yummy! Early happy birthday!

grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
There are lots of flavoured gins that are just lovely! Raspberry is my fave.

I've been wanting a cheeseburger for ages!

Thanks.

grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
I've never seen anyone drink gin straight, but have seen them drink vodka straight. Yuck!


Jacky82020 on 02/25/2021:
Sounds like someone is going to have a terrific BDay!

grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
A 2 day bday! Oink!


Jacky82020 on 02/25/2021:
Awesome! You go, girl!

grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
You bet! I needed a couple of days to indulge! And I get to see friends tomorrow! Although it's against the rules right now. Supposed to be one person from one household seeing one other person from another person outdoors.

grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
I meant one person from another household outdoors.


Jacky82020 on 02/25/2021:
Terrific! Indulge away!

Reminds me the K95’s are here. Much better fit with the double behind the head bands than the KP95’s with the ear elastic. Will wear them Friday for the vaccine pokes.

~50 yr old friend getting bad arm pain after the second poke. None on the first, he says. Younger wife ok. Seems like lots of exemptions for under 65 going around. Heard the vaccines are a big money maker and they’re expanding the pool of eligible ppl. Probably that PCP of mine is getting a kickback for putting me & Matt on the list. lol

grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
I like my FFP2 with the 2 bands much better. More comfy, easier to breathe and I feel safer.

No kickbacks here.

grannyannie on 02/25/2021:
I had no reaction. And I know many who had none.


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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Feb 24, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 18 Hours in the Sun / Strolling Outside / Indoor Cardio Feb 2021 

24.50 Jan 2021


Lookahead:

Assurant / Geico: Condo insurance revision...waiting on Assurant bc i need doc revised for Housing Company...i get my incoming mail pdf's of the envelopes emailed to me, seems i'm getting something from Assurant yesterday in the mail, 2/23/21, so i'll take a look today on what that is!...fixed, finalized!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday
Cook brussel sprouts after work, slow cooker for ease in water with a little salt....NOT TODAY
 
Stop in CVS on way home, buy some more chocolate treats...see if anything is for a sale price....like Bear said, maybe there's some half price Valentine's Candy....i will check!...there were some sales! :) DONE!
 
Walk a mile during commute...2.5 miles! DONE!
 
FILE TAXES (that are done) Electronically...get it over with and filed....ON WEEKEND
 
hoping for bed early bc last night i went to bed late but i'm feeling good anyways bc it was a nice upper body workout....want this! yes....
 
Eats:
banana and coffeex2 (one decaf) 200...
 
pump pie no sugar added 325...
 
other snack: almonds 120
 
Noon lunch: tbd....250 piece of brisket, veggies in a light sauce 150, lots of rice and also a small clementine 250. 650, tops, maybe less...some of a diet coke.
 
3pm snack: prob chocolate as i've been enjoying as opposed to almonds which just haven't been calling out to me, lol, but maybe i can mix it up a little bit, do half and half?...just the 3 chocolates 150
 
dinner: really thinking to do another mcdonalds takeout with a LARGE side salad 100 of my own at home...only 4 nuggets 200, another free fries with additional 300 leftover fries (bc i'm not about to eat the whole medium fries as it's a lot more calories and i do not want that) to keep in fridge / freezer for another time. $2, very inexpensive and tasty. and i'll still eat a few greens with it.  i'll certianly sleep well :)  it's nice to eat fast food and also eat a salad with it and be very satisfied...also i am enjoying the honey mustard sauce which is quite excellent from mcdonalds.....600
 
2050
 

Saturday
 
Repeat order of what i did over a month ago (January 16th) kombucha whole foods / amazon delivery again, if available.

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

Donkey on 02/24/2021:
Did your insurance stuff come in?

Do I understand correctly that you stopped drinking kombucha?

horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
with insurance, i didn't open the letter yet and i'm nervous it's the same as the last mailing at not changed...i have to wait to check it when it's not as quiet in the office so people don't hear me opening my mail...

next, i AM STILL drinking kombucha, yes. i have been having some in the morning (but only a few sips today as i ran out the door quickly but wanting some sweet liquid in my mouth before my commute so i took a few sips before heading out...and i have also been having some at night if i know i didn't have much in the AM...def trying not to overdo the kombucha, but i have been listing it still in a lot of my entries, unless i forget to.

horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
not ready to break the kombucha habit...i ordered so much last month that i still have a week's worth left this month...hoping to order again bc it was both the cheapest and most convenient option ! :) have a good day, talk soon!


bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
I got some marked down valentines candy and was immediately sorry....now I'm craving it...and D won't touch it.

horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
LOL...maybe do what Jacky does...put them in freezer or stick them in a place that's hard to get to, like a garage...you can do thiss!!!!

and it's so good you paid marked down prices...ty for the reminder to search for it today!


grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
Husband asked if I wanted some nice chocolates for my birthday and I said yes but only if he helps me eat them. So it's early but the box has been opened. 85 cals per piece (2 bites each). They are too yummy! But thankfully hubby hid them and is rationing them. Otherwise, I would eat the entire box!

horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
so, share with us a link to them so we can "eat with our eyes"


grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
It's Green and Blacks Organic collection - every flavour. My faves are butterscotch, toffee, plain dk chocolate.

horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
i'll take a look later...!!!!


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
God, Taxes! Will begin Monday.

Only thing in today’s USPS alert is a county tax bill. 4K. Expect a bigger one from the school district in July. Paid much lower taxes in California. Stable too. Here they go up every year.

horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
ugh 4k...hating i have to release 4k of my savings this year! uhhhhh!


bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
Glad you got your paperwork squared away.

horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
ME TOO...i really expected it to take longer with more challenges. but it worked out!


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
The only McDonald’s food I can eat is from the breakfast menu. The new cinnamon bun is to die for. Probably a good 450 Cals, not sure. Share with the husband .

Found their chicken McNuggets fake & crappy

Horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
for some reason, i love their nuggets. BK has better fries, but i like how mcdonalds fries are skinny and prob slightly lower cal...i find BK fries greasier.

that cinnamon bun would be good if i could share with someone! great idea on sharing.


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Tried the chicken fingers at one, can’t remember which, but GROSS! Seems to me , the thinner fries would have more surface area & thus more grease. We could probably compare by weight online.


Donkey on 02/24/2021:
I thought that the (return to) kombucha would help your bathroom issues - which is why I thought you had stopped drinking it. I see though that it's not. Maybe once you're REALLY used to the job, things will change and your GI will learn to relax a little.

Nice Lady has a LOT of mind-body issues when it comes to stress/anxiety and her GI system. Even if we talk it out logically, if she says she's got it handled, her body just reacts a certain way when she's ... not tranquil.

horn_of_plenty on 02/25/2021:
this week i was able to poop a little after work on both monday and tuesday and that made me happy.

horn_of_plenty on 02/25/2021:
thanks for the side note on nice lady! i can relate!


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Donkey - Wednesday Feb 24, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

 I'm leaving work early today so that I can meet with an insurance agent to see if I can get on a better plan that doesn't cost as much. That is to say, I have a good plan that costs too much. YUCK. Well,  at least I get to leave work a little early. 


I think I ate too much at dinner. I was not "stuffed" but I know my portions were not good. Husband made shrimp with various sauces,  and it was delicious. Oh well,  had a longer bike ride last night and did a couple of leg weights. I know you can't out-exercise a bad diet.  Damn...


Male Co-Worker is getting his 2nd COVID shot today. He is the first in our office to do so. I will let you know his reaction. Nice Lady got her first shot yesterday. She left early, so I don't know how it went for her. My Husband gets his 2nd shot on Saturday. 

My mom got her 2nd shot a couple of weeks ago. I have not told anyone about her reaction yet,  until I have other stories to compare. She is glad she has been vaccinated. 


EVENING UPDATE:  So I met with the insurance guy, who readjusted my account on the Market Place (Obamacare), and what I pay went way down.

My Boss brought in pastries again!!!  WTH!!!!  Some kind of cherry almond coffee cake, scones, and something else in a separate bag.  We were discussing with him how he abuses his staff, and I said that the pressure to eat these breakfast desserts was just too much for any one person to endure.

Speaking of which, we're getting new pictures of the staff for our firm's website.  I am in DESPERATE need of a haircut.  And I don't wear makeup any more because of the facemask.  Lipstick would be useless and messy, and face powder would just get all clumpy and gooey under the mask.

My daughter says that my hair looks nice long.  It's either keep it this way or find a way to get into Great Clips for my $10 haircut somehow.  They've changed their protocol for appointments, and it's just overwhelming to me to figure out how that works.  Everything is an app on the phone these days...

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
We are quite content with Humana...but boy do they flood the mailbox with stuff...just unnecessary things that I'm positive we are paying for......We both kind of sigh...when we pull Humana mail out of the mailbox...LOL...( more stuff to file or toss).....

Donkey on 02/24/2021:
LOL good to know about Humana.


grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
I love anything with shrimp in it!

Donkey on 02/24/2021:
Amen! I can't eat a lot of shrimp, but I do like it. I don't want it every day, but I think 1-2 a month is nice.


horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
What kind of insurance, car?

Yes,they are always raising their rates. I hope you can save some, let us know.

My condo insurance document was revised, no price change, and it all went well, as well!

I've been eating a bit much at lunch, like a real full meal...but i always get sooo tired after full meals...it's so frustrating. i've had this problem as long as i can remember, even in high school when i started having larger meals. but i'm not changing anything, but it's nice to have a filling meal and feel satisfied at work.

my mom got some bad reactions to her shot on Tuesday. muscle aches and fever. hopefully she gets better soon!

how was your mom's reaction? some people get a reaction and some do not.

Donkey on 02/24/2021:
Health insurance. Most smaller law firms here don't offer benefits, so I have to get my own insurance, since Husband is on Medicare. My husband used to carry the insurance, but once he stopped working, then I was on borrowed time.

I've been on Obamacare for a couple of years. I'm very healthy, and my doctor takes the insurance. I'm quite lucky as long as I stay out of the ER.


grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
My husband had muscle aches and slight fever. Lasted less than 12 hours.

Donkey on 02/24/2021:
I am waiting to see the reactions from Husband and Male Co-Worker before I start saying what I've seen. I'll do a recap here on DD when the time comes. Those 2 and my mom had Moderna. Your husband's reaction seems to be what I would consider to be manageable.


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Jacky82020 - Wednesday Feb 24, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 112.4

 

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 4.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Annie, next to my bike this very moment, iPad has no flash, so lousy pic


horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
oh my but so pretty and i like the sun shining thru the blinds!

Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Thanks. Had the thought afterwards I should have opened them wider

I can see deer and turkeys outside that window.


horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
my dad only had a slightly sore shoulder, nothing compared to my mom.

Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
That’s too bad. The friend in Buffalo said neither of her parents had any side effects My young (25) niece didn’t either. She said all the nurses are doing great. A young crowd.


grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
Beautiful!


bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
Daughter in law works at a school and has had both of her shots and only had a sore arm.

Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
I am expecting something bad because I don’t get flu shots due to side effects. No idea if it’d be similar! Guess could google, but so many variables


Donkey on 02/24/2021:
Beautiful plants!!!

Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Thanks, donkey. I like plants around the house


horn_of_plenty on 02/25/2021:
i'm not eager enough to check, but the fries calories can be checked, yeah, i guess my weight / ounces


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grannyannie - Wednesday Feb 24, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 157.4

Today is 50-52F, but drizzly and breezy and no sun to be seen. But it's not freezing so that's a good thing.

It looks like it's likely things will start to open up here early April. That means I can get my hair cut finally. So I contacted the salon I go to in Glasgow but my hairdresser is on maternity leave until autumn. So I'll go to a local salon and go back to her next time. 

B: porridge and blueberries, tea w/soy milk x 2

S: coffee with coconut milk

L: 6 veg salad with chicken, cheddar, apple

D:  Tom Yum Gai Thai soup

S: chocolate 1 piece

Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, diet pepsi, diet lemonade

Total:  under 1200

Workout: 

Skipping cardio and doing 4 sets instead of 3 of upper and lower body muscle work. I started using 5kg dumbbells instead of 4kg for some routines. Also started doing some pecs using 2kg dumbbells.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

 

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 8.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
We are having a tropical heat wave! 56F & all the snow’s melting.

grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
A friend in Michigan said her daffodils are poking up already. Ours are getting ready to bloom.


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Oh! I should check ours! The guy who owned this house for 30 years before us was a master gardener and planted many fancy daffodil varieties. Interestingly enough, seeds apparently disperse in the wind and and flowers are scattered throughout the woods. Awfully pretty.

grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
We have 7 or 8 varieties of daffodils in our garden. A lot of our flowers weren't planted but arrived with the wind - like all the bluebells.


bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
Your porridge and blueberries always sounds so good!

grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
I rotate with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Awesome!

grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
I'm ready for all the flowers to start blooming! Just have snowdrops and crocuses right now, but daffs soon.


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Me too! All I have now are some beautiful orchids growing inside. 3 by my bike right now. I have many plants, they blossom again & again, but not optimally because I prefer a cool house.

grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
I only have a weeping fig inside, all the rest are outdoors.

I love orchids!


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Yep, we have a really big fig in the sunroom & many other plants. Huge philodendrons, vines, & orchids not in bloom. Also a supposedly 100 yr old Christmas cactus. Biggest one I ever saw, from an estate auction


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Posted a pic for you!

grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
Lovely!


horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
it's 50F here too...but sunny..little wind...and we had such drizzly and rainy and snowy temps for so long that everyone is out celebrating!

grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
Supposed to be sunny tomorrow.


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Feb 24, 2021
(Intuitive eating and adding carbs as needed)
Weight: 0.0

Well....I'm loving having shoulder length hair.....I think I need to just keep it here now..or possibly a little shorter........It was way down my back....My hair grows so fast I can easily have it reach my waist in a little over a year....but I think I'm past that......and will keep it shorter. 

The sweets cravings continued this morning along with the hamburger craving so I had that also.....I need to get it together...........The sugar is not a real need...the hamburger probably was....but the sugar is just a feel good food.......should never have bought valentines candy at half price......D is refusing to help me eat it......I shouldn't even be offering it to him...i shouldn't even be eating it....I'm a sick puppy.......I have reached the point where I cannot even go into a store and turn away from the things that made me fat in the first place.....they just fall into my cart.....like they have a mind of their own...and I'm not strong enough to throw them back out.  I always tell myself that I can have them in moderation.......well real food I can handle in moderation....but sugar once I get started I'm searching for more...looks like an addiction to me. 

This morning I find myself searching for some new self rules before everything totally goes haywire........

Should I go back to posting pics of everything I eat?  Should I put myself on a schedule I hate?

Should I make myself go down to the basement gym and  just exercise rather I want to or not?

I know for a fact when I do set those kinds of rules...I truly do not want to get out of bed in the morning.........I had so many years of a tightly scheduled life and I love retirement so much...that I find myself dreading a schedule of any kind really...I have so loved the freedon of doing things when I want to....and I really don't like the thought of giving that up. 

I know the statistics....95% of people put their old weight back on and add some more for good measure...been there...done that  a couple of times at least.  I have a very clear memory of actually watching the scale go up...and taking a ho hum attitude about it...and being so unwilling to stop it.....Because i was having so much fun with the D**M food.

 

grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
I'm one of those 95%. On off on off. And gain more. You are so busy all the time I wonder if you need to exercise. I feel better after I do workouts, but sometimes have to force myself to start it.

I'd never dare cut my hair (always screwed up my bangs). I often wear it in layers and that would be tough to do yourself.

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
It has been a pattern for me too...and I'm finding myself yet once again getting pretty bored of the dieting.....UGH


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
95%? Wow. Knew it was high. But not that high.

Luckily I couldn’t find any good discounted Valentine’s candy. I wanted the 180 cal M&M tubes, but they only had bigger ones. Got all excited when I saw 140 cal on one tube, but it had 3 servings!

Hate when they do that. Was looking at calories in some cookies the husband bought & it said 150, so I’m thinking: not bad. Serving size was half a cookie!!! BS!

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
Oh my gosh!! half a cookie...what they do to make it all look like something a person would do...UGH


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
I know! Saw some small Pita breads saying same thing, serving size 1/2. Think they want to trick people!

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
It's easy to do if you don't check the pkgs.


horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
lately, all i want to do is chop my hair but the fact is i've been trying to grow it all year....so i'm patiently trying to let it grow. a friend of mine told me of this serum to use and i'm prob trying it because thin hair runs in my family and my hair is quite thin even now. (i don't have a lot of hair on my head)

it's been a LONG while since you spoke of big cravings and sugar rushes...maybe just freeze it!? either way, i think that these feelings will pass for you...you have been moderate for a long time, maybe keep the chocolates cold in the fridge and when you eat them they'll melt slower in your mouth compared to if they were room temp?

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
It has been awhile.......but I will say...this feeling of just throwing caution to the wind AGAIN...is rearing it's ugly head!!! this is way to familiar......I will admit to getting tired of dieting!!


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
I know! Was once talking to a very heavy student re all the calories in these bags of potato chips she ate everyday. She said there’s only a 100 calories. Had to show her the bag had ten servings.

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
OMG!


Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Get really tired of it too. One day at a time.

Have you tried the 2 brown sugar substitutes? Really good. I put it on an English muffin topped with whipped cream cheese & microwave.

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
No...haven't tried those.


Donkey on 02/24/2021:
You are brave, in my book, to cut your own hair. I bet that's a wonderful feeling to have a "lighter head"!!!

I'm of 2 minds about a schedule. I got tired of wasting so much time doing nothing, without a schedule. I'm the sort that needs some kind of structure. OK, I'll be honest - I don't enjoy getting up any morning. I wasn't always like this. I fell into a deep depression in 2009 or 2010, and since then, to this day, every morning I wake up alive is a *** **** curse. I spent 6 months in bed because of what happened. So that I get up out of bed and lead a "productive life" is somewhat of a minor miracle in itself.

So even when I was off of work for COVID quarantine, I found it best to try to stick with a schedule. I need to be out of bed by 7:50am, because that's when Fitbit starts counting my 250 steps/hour. Hey, it gets me out of bed, so Fitbit can't be all that bad.

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
I think it's great that you have a way to control it and that you recognize that it helps......I guess my issue right now is that I'm afraid a schedule may actually cause me depression.....the alternative ( eating what I really want when I want would make me happy for awhile and then would put me right back in a worse dieting mode when I gain again.....UGH!!!


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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Feb 23, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

16.75 Hours in the Sun / Strolling Outside / Indoor Cardio Feb 2021 

24.50 Jan 2021


Lookahead:

Assurant / Geico: Condo insurance revision...waiting on Assurant bc i need doc revised for Housing Company...i get my incoming mail pdf's of the envelopes emailed to me, seems i'm getting something from Assurant today in the mail, 2/23/21, so i'll take a look tonight on what that is!


Tuesday:
No extra cardio tonight; upper body exercises tonight :), take care of my two personal items...both are taken care of...DONE
 
Eats:
banana and coffee 150
 
egg mc muffin (was supposed to have sausage that i removed from my order easily using the app), free, with app, no purchase necessary! 300
 
snack: if necessary - granola bar 150
 
lunch: good leftovers tbd rice 250?, meatloaf 250?, cooked veggies 100 - slightly boring veggies but should be pretty tasty with everything alse going on....maybe step out and buy a diet coke, but, the forecast shows 100% rain...but i don't see it!?...diet coke was good, i swear i may just finish the 2.5 serving bottle this afternoon, but we'll see...650 def not more.
 
snack: reeces dark choc pb 150
 
1400.....
 
dinner: tbd, thinking to have more salad (iceberg and add a little cilantro in also for taste, oil, spices), grilled cheese & chicken bacon...maybe half a sandwich as the bread is thick and adds up to 300 calories once i add a tiny bit of butter...so, maybe half the sandwich, not sure.  my own salad (will eat a big one, have tons of shredded / bagged iceburg lettuce varieties) with mcdonalds..$2 for 4 nuggets with free medium fries so i'll eat some of them and save some in the fridge to heat up another day...with these low prices, mcD's will come up weekly probably. salad with olive oil 100, fries 250, nuggets 200. 550-600. some kombucha?
 
2 choc towards end of workout that did last awhile bc i took too many breaks, but at least i am more relaxed and awake tonight than last night and even all day today :)
 
2100.


Wednesday
Cook brussel sprouts after work, slow cooker for ease in water with a little salt.
 
Saturday
 
Repeat order of what i did over a month ago (January 16th) kombucha whole foods / amazon delivery again, if available.

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

grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
Meals sound good, especially meatloaf.

horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
it's soooo soft...my mom did a great job. with a little bbq sauce i think on the outside.


bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
Free food at Mickey D's...what a deal!

horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
i thought so, too. especially a nice english muffin and egg...the cheese i could have done without, didn't love the taste, but overall it was a free breakfast sandwich!


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Feb 23, 2021
(Intuitive eating and adding carbs as needed)
Weight: 0.0

Breakthrough morning...not necessarily in a good way...just a change.....I have been shedding lots of hair lately...and I mean a lot.  My hair grows super fast...and was very long again............2 things make my hair fall out........low calories and age....I've had both going on for quite awhile.......so....I had a huge bowl of ice cream for breakfast...( YEAH>>>THAT SHOULD FIX IT).....and I cut it........looks like about 8 inches gone...so now it's shoulder length on the sides...but the back is a little longer......it won't stay here long........I will say...it sure was nice to wash shorter hair.....!

so coffee....the news...and a freakish amount of peanut butter chocolate ice cream....

No counting calories today.........for a number of reasons.

These were the swine flu jet guns we were injected with in the 70's.....

she looks like she's ready to slap him!

 

Be happy they are using needles!!  Just saying!

I just really want to say THANK YOU to InnerPeace for serving our country......you went through so much for your fellow Americans and I do not think you get enough recognition for that.  I for one grew up with a Dad that had been a ball turret gunner in WWII and I don't think he got the recognition he deserved......After his passing America became more aware of what our Service people really went through.....so THANK YOU INNER PEACE for your service......You are AMAZING!!!!

 

 

Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
My hair always looks crappy this time of the year. Must be related to low humidity. Always wore it long & straight & cut the ends myself. Think another 2-3 inches should go to make it look thicker.

Love peanut butter chocolate ice cream! Frozen Reese Cups are my fave.

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
Trimming always makes mine look better....mine does grow irregularly.......I'm really enjoying it shorter today.....I did really enjoy that odd breakfast!


grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
Life is short. Sometimes you need ice cream for breakfast.

I was losing a lot of hair last April/May due to stress. It didn't look thinner but there was a lot in the brush. Hope your hair loss stops.

I haven't had my hair cut since Nov 2019. All I can do is stick it in a ponytail or bun. I like mine about chin length, especially when we are in Thailand with the heat and washing my hair daily. So I'm anxious to get it chopped!

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
I have always cut my own hair ( or when My mom was alive she would cut it sometimes)......I can still get it into a ponytail......but there sure is a lot of hair in the waste basket right now....LOL....but I'm liking it.....we have been having a lot of hair all over everything lately and it was annoying.....1 1'2 foot long hairs all over is a pain.......so no more.....I can see stress doing that too...although I know I really need to get my calories up higher.......that has always been my worst trigger.......but with that comes weight gain...UGH>

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
1 and a half foot


Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Wow! Those guns!

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
Believe me...the shot is a lot easier...those guns hurt.

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
Notice how he is holding her arm? They did that because they were pressing the gun to your arm and the tendency was to move away....


Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
So that’s not a staged photo & how they did it? Ouch!

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
That is not staged...D and I went with my parents and got our injections....That is exactly how they were.


innerpeace on 02/23/2021:
Those are the types of guns they used on us in basic training, i swear they inoculated us whether we needed it or not - one or the other, i think we received three or four shots in one day. The next day we could hardly raise our arms. We even received the small pox vaccination and those that never had it developed nasty burn mark looking scabs on their arms. It was gross at the time...I tell you I've been forced to take some crazy things while being in the military, especially while being in Desert Storm, I think that is my main reason for having an aversion to this one...I actually have a choice for now.

I hope you enjoyed your ice cream, sounds like a perfect breakfast to me.

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
The ice cream hit the spot...LOL......I didn't know that they continued to use the guns....They were rough...it forced the serum through the skin in a circle as I reall...i' can't imagine having more than 1 in a day.....I suspect that the military may have used them because they were available plus no syringes were needed...they used them over and over again. I'm with you....we won't have the vaccine either until they force us by refusing to let us renew our drivers license or something like that. We aren't trusting them at this point...just our personal opinions....if others want them than that's fine.


Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Think I saw those guns in old movies, military

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
Inner Peace has had injections with those she says ( in the military)


grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
I wouldn't dare try to cut my hair. I always butchered my bangs when I tried to trim them! I'm growing them out this time. No more bangs.

You should see my husband's hair! No haircut for a year. He has wavy/curly hair and it's long and white and wild.

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
I've only been to a salon once in my life I think...always had long hair ( except when I got tired and chopped it off)...and then it would grow back again....I think a lot of people have not had haircut for awhile....at least your husbands is curly...I'm sure that helps.


innerpeace on 02/23/2021:
Yes and when you did move away, it left a nasty cut. I saw it happen to a few girls in basic training.

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
Oh my....!!!! I remember well the firm grip they had on us....I guess that is why! You deserve a HUGE THANK YOU for what you went through in the service.....


grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
I had the first dose of swine flu vaccine in the 70's.

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
With the gun?


grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
I don't remember the gun but must have been.

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
I don't think I will ever get that gun picture out of my head......they promoted it as something new.....and it sure was different.


grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
We have a framed photo of my hubby's university graduation pic. Nearly shoulder length curly brown hair.

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
Curly hair can wait longer to a haircut for sure.


grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
It's not hanging in his eyes, so he's fine for now. He's rejected my offer of barrettes and ponytail holders.

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
LOL


horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
congrats on your hair=chop! i know what you mean by it being so much different when you are washing it!

i, with my rather short hair, am starting to get actually fed up with washing my hair as it's much longer than it used to be and feels just so knotty...i'm not sure how much longer i'll be able to grow it!?

VERY NICE thank you to InnerP!

the photo of the lady receiving a shot is indeed priceless!!!!!!!

bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
My head feels a lot lighter....LOL


Donkey on 02/24/2021:
I don't think you could have picked a better flavor of ice cream. Oh that sins heavenly.

My nails thin out every winter, starting November 1st or very close to it. I've struggled with losing hair for quite a few years. The iron supplement hasn't really helped with that. I've taken other supplements too that haven't really helped. Collagen, vitamins, protein, etc.

I hope you had a good day.

bearcountrygg on 02/24/2021:
Cute Freudian slip>>>LOL...And it did sin heavenly!! Back when I was anemic...my nails would peel...and were very thin...when i did eventually put on weight it stopped so I thin for me at least it was nutritional....but now with the lower cals...while they don;t peel...they are brittle and break easier.....


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grannyannie - Tuesday Feb 23, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 157.8

Got online yesterday to order a surprise gift for my granddaughters and their family. Ordered a big gift basket of various chocolates, cookies, nuts, popcorn, etc. Looking at all the photos was driving me crazy and I started drooling! Anyway, I think it will be a nice surprise for them. I think I will order some nice flowers for them for the anniversary of us all losing their dad (my son) on April 5th.

A couple of you say your pooping is not often enough. I highly recommend porridge (oatmeal), a big salad for roughage, lots of veg, and lots of fluids (doesn’t have to be water). I never miss a day and often go 3 times a day.

Did major housework today and didn’t finish until almost 1. I normally have lunch at noon so I didn’t feel like making a salad and had a melted cheddar wrap instead. 

Husband asked if I wanted chocolate for my birthday and I said I better not, but it would be okay if he helped eat it. So it came today. Assorted 2 bite-sized dark chocolate. 85 cals each.

B: porridge and blueberries, tea w/soy milk x 2

S: coffee with coconut milk

L:  wrap with melted cheddar and apple, 1 chocolate 

D:  Tom Yum Gai soup

Drinks: diet tonic, sugar free diluting fruit drink, water, tea & coffee, diet pepsi, diet lemonade

Total:  under 1200

Progress as of today: 13.2 lbs lost so far, only 8.8 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Sent my mom in California a huge gift basket for Xmas. Ordered early from Amazon & they delivered it the very next day, on a Sunday. If Amazon offered to include a card, I missed it. She had no idea who sent it for a few days. lol. Amazon sent me a pic of it on her porch. Odd because I have sent gifts before & they never sent pics.

A friend said Amazon has a huge distribution center not far from her house in the SF Bay Area.

That snow blower I ordered from Amazon is due in 1-3 weeks. By then we may have no use for it, but I do recall heavy snow here once at the end of May. Unusual. Oh, well. It was a great price & we will be prepared for next season.

grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
I didn't use Amazon this time. I used a site called GiftTree.com. They had better looking stuff and more variety (was thinking of the age range in the house and one being a fussy 10 year old). They had a lot of good reviews. I sent a message on the gift card and signed it Nana although I addressed it to the family.


Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
I’ll have to check them out. Thanks. Last time Amazon had the best price I saw & I get a 5% kickback on the Chase Amazon CC.

The 5% I get off at Amazon, Walmart & Lowe’s adds up.

grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
I couldn't find a gift basket on Amazon that had what I wanted.


bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
Oh they will enjoy the gift I am sure. I'm with you on the bathroom habits......more fluids, more of the foods that work for you.

grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
Yep, fluids and fibre.


bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
To Jacky...when you are placing the order with amazon there is a spot that asks you if it's a gift.......( it does not require a response so if you miss it then it doesn't matter to the order)..If you say it's a gift they put a piece of paper in the package with some info and your name.

grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
I do that on Amazon as I use the .com account most of the time to send gifts to granddaughters.


bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
We had sent a gift to a great grandson in Wyoming and I forgot to check that box...so had to contact his Mom and let her know a package would be arriving.

grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
I have had to let people know I was the sender before and they had something coming.


Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Thanks, Bear! Good to know! Will be sending Mom more Amazon baskets for Mother’s Day and Easter. She shares with the grands and greatgrands out in the backyard


bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
It's easy to miss. But it's always there.

grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
Yep!


horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
my poop problem is due to work environment and if the day is rushed, the pooping doesn't get resolved until the weekend.

i was lucky last night, pooped after work at home :)

your tips do help me stay regular in general, but life/work stress changes my system - it's been this way for me my entire life.

it's ok. i'm used to it.

grannyannie on 02/24/2021:
Retirement makes it easier to be really regular.


Donkey on 02/24/2021:
I love the surprise gift idea!!!!

Your fiber suggestions are very good, but I would still have problems. I take 2 fiber pills a day, to help with the constipation (especially now that I take iron supplements), and eat I high fiber diet, drink nearly a gallon of water a day, but I still need help from time to time. Sometimes it's a stool softener, sometimes it's a "gentle" laxative, to get things going. If I'm lucky and regular, I go 1x a day, but often I get backed up for 2-3 days which is quite uncomfortable and painful.


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Donkey - Tuesday Feb 23, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

 I don't even know what to say about yesterday. Overwhelming, I think is the word. Not only did I have extra work to do at home,  before work, to prepare for the cleaning lady, but work was just a bundle of negative energy. Around noon,  I said to Male Co-Worker that it felt like the whole morning was one big fight.  He agreed. I said to my Boss at the end of the day that he dealt with a lot of complaining and conflict.  He agreed. 

Definitely not an oasis of positive energy. 

Today, the title company is treating us to a surprise lunch. We do not know what the sales rep will be bringing us. So I'm bringing my own salad and fruit so that,  if lunch is unhealthy, I'll have that to fall back on. 

Had yoga last night and really enjoyed it.  I felt just a slight pang of anxiety leading up to the class. Performance anxiety?  I enjoyed the class,  while listening to both my husband and daughter is their respective rooms,  talking over the internet with their friends. How lucky am I?

I hope to either use the treadmill or weight train tonight. 

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
Sorry about all the negative energy at work. It really zaps you, doesn't it? :(


Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Negative energy can be so draining. But it usually passes. Here’s hoping today is better!


bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
It seems like negative energy has a domino effect.....the more there is...the more will come.


horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
well, at least you've been there long enough where you can actually say your feelings on the aura to your boss / coworkers and not keep that to yourself too!

sorry it was that way..

great you brought your own healthy sides. you can now have prob a little of anything the title company brings...along with your lunch! that's good! that's exactly what i'd do!

so glad you got in yoga. tonight is upper bod only for me - so glad i skip lower body on tuesdays, it's just too much to live up to..so i just skip it tuesdays.


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Jacky82020 - Tuesday Feb 23, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 111.4

 

 

Girls, I'm getting scared about those shots now! 

Progress as of today: 22.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/23/2021:
Ha ha ha ha! Well I don't think you'll be facing a jet rocket! If you're getting the first shot, you should have no issues.

I have a bunch of people in my life getting the 2nd shot soon - Male Co-Worker, Husband, Boss & wife - and I can share with you their experiences, if you like.

Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Please share! Are they having reactions? Are they worse for the second? Not bad for the first?


grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
Don't worry. My sister had no reaction to her first, my cousin and his wife had no reactions to either of their 2 doses. Have lots of friends who had no reaction. Husband reacted to his AstraZeneca - muscle aches, slight fever for less than 12 hours. I had no reaction at all.

Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Good to know! Thanks, Annie


bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
I remember well...one flu season that had to be back in the early 70's...when they actually gave us all flu shots with a gun.....it didn't have a needle I believe...it forced the serum through the skin....Now I have to go look those up...it was only for a year and then they brought the shots back...but your rocket reminded me of it......be thankful for the shot...the gun was no fun....

Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Great balls of fire! Didn’t know they used guns. Didn’t even know they had flu shots that far back.


bearcountrygg on 02/23/2021:
They were for the swine flu.......they didn't have regular flu shots then...in the 50's/60's we got sugar cubes with polio vaccine on them.....but nothing like regular flu shots.....that was many years in the future at that time....I never did see those guns being used again....I don't think they were too popular.

Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Good!


grannyannie on 02/23/2021:
I barely felt my vaccination this time. Flu jab in the autumn hurt a lot more.

Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Good to know! Thanks! I’m scared because of bad reactions to those 2 flu vaccines. They never bother Matt & he gets them every year. Figure if I only had the flu once in my entire life & am distancing myself & wearing a mask, I don’t need it. But there are a few studies claiming the flu shot enhances the covid vaccine. So he’s reacting to that this year.


horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
don't be scared to get something that can only help you!

i do hear from my younger friends of a lot of soreness / body aches.

Jacky82020 on 02/23/2021:
Did your patents get theirs? My friend in Buffalo got shots for her parents; she’s the one who called RiteAid bawling to a sympathetic pharmacist who told her to bring them in the next day. They adopted her relatively late in life and are pretty old, older than I thought.

She’s around your age, ~40, but has an underlying condition. She has the 2 doc notes needed, but is having trouble scheduling. Told her to call that pharmacist and cry really really hard.


horn_of_plenty on 02/24/2021:
my mom got her shot and suffered very bad symptoms of pain and fever yesterday and today!!!!

Jacky82020 on 02/24/2021:
Oh, geez, that’s awful! What about your dad? Hers are both doing fine.


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horn_of_plenty - Monday Feb 22, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 16.00 Hours in the Sun / Strolling Outside / Indoor Cardio Feb 2021 

24.50 Jan 2021


Lookahead:

Assurant / Geico: Condo insurance revision...waiting on Assurant bc i need doc revised for Housing Company...  call this Friday AM or whenever everyone is out of the office ? 

Take care of two other mailings...bills 
 
back to more of a regular schedule with workouts on Tues/Thurs, etc...
 
on the mcdonalds phone app, there's tons of freebies! lots of food, free. like, fries medium for free with any $1 purchase! or, a free egg mcmuffin without any additional purchase even!...may do this for breakfast one day this weeK! hello, i like free, and mcmuffins aren't even high calorie!  i have a mcdonalds next to the subway station i use by work which is why mcdonalds will pop up time to time...and it's cheap, so, and tasty, so...it will happen! woohoo!

 Monday
do notarizing for friend at work, stick in work outgoing mail when I complete it all....nope, she sent me an electronic signature, so no notarizing today...i called her to fix it.
 
mile walk during commute home yay (unless it's raining)...rained a bit but got off bus a little esrly at the end :)
 
reading on commute and tonight to relax before bed of my book "down and out in paris and london," by orwell...yes....
 
sleeping early tonight bc last night wasn't ! :) :)  :)

Monday eats:
Breakfast banana 120 (stomach is a little gassy - basically i pooped all weekend since i hardly pooped during the week - this will be my MO for awhile as i am a nervous pooper and cannot do it at work when people are present and working near the bathroom), coffee 30. 150
wrap with ricotta 220.
 
 
10:45 snack: tbd - maybe almonds but i don't see that happening as much as a granola bar might happen, lol...tbd....Sunbelt (cheap brand love it) choc chip granola bar 150 so good. always fresh.
 
Noon lunch: leftovers, balanced: white rice sooo soft even after being frozen, sooo fluffy (was frozen with liquidy items which is why everything heated up so well in the microwave!) 300, veggies in curry sauce i think? 100, meatloaf small piece but a full piece at least 3oz 300...: 700 at least prob.
 
snack: dark choc pb mini reeces x 3 130
 
dinner: tbd at home...not sure...got tons in the freezer, totally not buying anything that's for sure!...no cash in checking except for maintenance fees this month and not using credit card when i have no cash to pay it back...later in week i'll prob do some takout, though! salad just greens, seasoning, olive oil 100, grilled cheese toast and butter 300, cheese & chicken bacon 110..510..
 
1/8 smaller piece no sugar added store bought pumpkin pie, tasted good after my dinner 160 cal only.
 
decided also on an alcoholic beverage which is more calories but I do not mind today 100
 
2100 good.
 


Saturday
try to see if i can repeat what i did over a month ago (January 16th and the kombucha has lasted me until probably this weekend - great deal for me as otherwise it's more errands on weekend to get it which also means not always finding parking, time, etc...):  kombucha whole foods / amazon delivery again if available.
 

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

grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
Have a good day at work.

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
Will do :) and you have a good Monday as well!!! :)


grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
Thanks! I think everyone is a bit shy about pooping at work!

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
yes, i'd agree at least the majority!!!!!!


bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
I remember you used to drink kombucha in the mornings.( to kickstart things)......What if you drank that as soon as you got home at night....maybe it would help the bathroom issue and you wouldn't have to be so miserable at work. I think that is why a lot of people drink coffee in the morning..it is an intestinal stimulant....

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
your idea is great...i drink a cup of coffee at work, doesn't do a thing...

it's something related to "flight or fight" hormones and not feeling relaxed enough for the muscles to do anything during work....

even when i take a trip, i have gone 10 days without when i went to israel. i may improve with time, but, i have so far only went that way to the bathroom at work when seriously nobody was left in the office and it's been just me (either Thursday or Friday.)...but yes, i used to relax in the AM before work when i could get up later...now i refuse to get up any earlier.

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
i will say your suggestions are good, but my body is like an iron build and nothing esacpes, beyond lots of GAS! hahahaha

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
all weekend, very relaxed, nothigng but loads of gas (which occurs bc the smooth muslces are moving to also make you poop) and poop...well over 3x per day, both days, to make up for the week of lack of pooping. crazy.


Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
I hope the amount you owe on taxes does not kick in a penalty. It did for us 2-3 years ago. Said we’d be fined. Never heard from them. Get scared everytime I see a letter from the IRS.

If you underpay by a certain %, they get you. Can’t recall the %, but since then we have them withhold more, including 10% when Matt was furloughed & on unemployment.

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
yes, i was notified by Turbo Tax i was maybe going to be considered for underpayment, except, with covid and what happened, i am sure the 4k makes up for it...i am sure there are so many people in my boat...and also i will pay every penny back, i will not stall on it....but interesting you bring this up. if i ever have the choice again, i guess i'll try having them withold taxes, instead of having to pay them back later.


Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
You can’t stall. They increase the penalty. But I believe one can arrange payments. Interest may accrue during that period, idk.

I wish they’d just fine me and get it over with.

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
yes, someone else told me that yesterday, how you can do multiple payments. since i have enough in my savings to cover the 4k easily, i'll just blow thru 4k now to not have a problem later. owing money to anyone should be taken care of asap, always! LOL, you want them to fine you!? no way! not me!


Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Well wait & see what the IRS says. They will send a letter which you have to sign, acknowledging you underpaid. They didn’t say by how much & what the penalty was. I am surprised they never got back to me. That letter was signed & sent off the same day.

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
weird!


Donkey on 02/23/2021:
Have you thought about running the water in the work bathroom to help you relax? The water also covers any sounds.

I know some folks with serious poop issues like yourself, both at work and family. You're not alone in this.

horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
i even run the water at home, sometimes!...because the wall of my bathroom shares a wall with this 20-something-year old's room!...

at work, i do it sometimes, but, i'm trying to at least be able to pee without the water,tho, if i am gassy or something i may run the water, yes...thank you for the reminder - appreciate it always.


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bearcountrygg - Monday Feb 22, 2021
(Intuitive eating and adding carbs as needed)
Weight: 0.0

Working on adjusting bedtimes......stayed up later last night and slept later this moring and I liked that........need to keep doing that.

Got a lot of things done yesterday and the bedroom sitting area is coming together finally.  No more maze to walk though in the middle of the night.  Pantry room is working great and helping alot with keeping track of what we need and what we have.  Should have done this years ago.......now I can unpack other small appliances because there is a place to keep them.

Still snowy cold and at least there is some hope soon that it will warm up a little......spring is sounding good right about now.

Had a food fest this last weekend and need to rein that in a bit.........Not really wanting to...but it's more of a need than a want.  Pajama pants aren't supposed to be snug...LOL

I guess I'm kind of glad that D keeps insisting that I not cancel WW....he has a point....I do rely on them at times...I have started and stopped them so often I have no idea at all about how many times....I know in the past I have lost a lot with them...and then get lax and decide that I want to stop that automatic withdrawl......but I always go back.........guess I should listen to him...LOL

coffee = 2 cals and 0 points

I see my day basically being a human garbage can......lots of things in fridge that need to be used up..( I will cook for D)....

Chicken salad for breakfast...Thankfully I am capable of eating anything for breakfast! 341 cals and 7 ww points

Lunch was the last of the leftover chicken salad......1 down!!  341 cals and 7 ww points again!

 

Donkey on 02/22/2021:
Maybe D has a point. I could see WW being helpful if you eat intuitively, to help with portions.

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
It really does and it does give me points and cals and other macros when I want them........I truly have a LOVE/HATE relationship with WW...LOL.....It's not them..it's me!..there is a lot of info there and it is one of the few that allow me to use them on the laptop instead of the phone ( I can use them on the phone but I don't care for that...I like my keyboard.


grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
Agree that if WW has helped before to stick with them.

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
I really need to.....I guess I just dislike that $ being taken from the credit card every month...what I really loved was the FITDAY CD...I broke mine...it was wonderful.....no monthly fee.....and was so easy to use....no ads....( their online doesn't work right)....I just need to wrap my head around the fact that I can't replace the CD...and just need to accept that WW is it!


Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Whatever works! What does WW do now? Are there meetings any more? My sisters did that years ago.

Great job on all the organization! I need to take a few pages if not a chapter from your book.

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
I went to meeting back in the old days....but when we moved up here...they are an hour away and that just isn't possible to do from November through April for me...so I've used them online sine...off and on.....they give everyone a certain number of points per day....plus some free weekly points....and when you've eaten your points you are done......they do have a lot more zero point foods these days and i would have to say that I really did like the old way better...there were better losses in those days probably because there were very few free point food.....and I loved it when we had cardboard sliders to figure things.....and weigh in's at meetings.....I know a lot of people miss those old ways....we think they were more effective....( I think I have an old cardboard slider here..I just haven't located it yet in unpacked boxes....That last move of ours was very unorganized.....but the basement is my next project....so i hope to find it then ( hopefully It didn't get thrown out).


Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Maybe you can find a slider on EBay? So many things there!

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
I've considered that...in fact I think I sold some of them on ebay myself back in the day...I'm hoping I kept one though...LOL


Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Bear! I posted a pic from Mars for you! lol

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
I see that...Too funny!!!


grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
LOL. I've seen that photo from Mars!

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
IT could happen!! LOL


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Jacky82020 - Monday Feb 22, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 111.4

 


 

Interesting development on my covid vaccine!   I was shocked to get a notice from the insurance provider saying I am in Tier 1 & can make an appointment now.   Could have selected today, but chose Friday. The husband has an appointment for the same time, 10:30 AM.

The insurance originally said we were Tier 4 (16-65) & it could be a 6-12 month wait. Then they said we are now Tier 1 (>75 or underlying condition).   So turns out the PCP has me under "cardiac condition."   I do have a cardiac arrhythmia which is well controlled by lots of meds.   Been years since the husband had to haul me off to the ER.   He has a mild case of asthma, comes & goes.   Appears the PCP had someone electronically go through medical histories & move many to Tier 1.

Had our choice of a big sport's arena or a hospital downtown.  Chose  the hospital.   Have no idea if it will be drive through or what.   Only had 2 flu vaccines in my entire life due to unpleasant side effects, so am kinda dreading this, but beats the alternatives.

Progress as of today: 22.6 lbs lost so far, only 3.4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
Well at least you will be able to put that behind you. I also have an arrhythmia but no meds. The only one I would be able to use would make me sleepy all of the time so I just learned to live with mine ( Rate dependent Left bundle branch block)......My heart races all of the time...and since it's been so long..I'm used to it. Just have to avoid anyone trying to make it stable.. medically....because it would not be a good result. Dr handed me a folder with 2 inches thick of EKG's and told me to keep it with me at all times.....UHHH NO....I'm just taking my chances...LOL

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Weird thing happened the 1st time I went to the ER. I have SVT, rapid heartbeat. They bring it down with an IV. The cardiologist suggested a cath ablation instead of the meds which I take faithfully, 3 different ones 3X a day. I set a digital alarm.

Anyways, the very day after I went to the ER, four local cardiologists went under federal investigation for performing too many cath procedures. In my little city here! A resident MD reported them. He said he got suspicious because every time a new patient walked in they were sent to the cath lab.

This involves inserting a tube into the femoral artery and burning away some heart tissue, or least that’s how it would have been done in my case. My ER cardiologist was not in the crooked group, but I wanted to try to meds first.

And the amazing thing is Medicare and other insurers fined the crap out of those crooks, but they continued practicing. The doc who reported them got a $600,000 whistleblower award & returned to his home state of Texas.


bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
FUNNY!!!

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
LOL! I like editorial cartoons.


bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
Well..that is scary.........Mine was caused by a doctor that was banned from several hospitals ( wish I had known that at the time)....I was 30...and had a simple unrelated surgery under general anesthesia....and they somehow caused me to have a heart attack on the table and didn't know what happened......heart attack continued through recovery room and then into my hospital room where it finally stopped. Dr admitted that something happened, did a test and then never gave me the results.....years later...a test showed the MI ( heart attack damage...back left side of heart is damaged).....That dr kept switching specialties over the years and I guess now we know why.

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Great Balls of Fire!

They have storylines just like that on my TV medical dramas. Sometimes the patient dies on the table and they cover it up and transfer the physician.


horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
congrats on the change in tier and ability to get your Jabs! :)

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Thanks! Will be good to get it over with & interesting to see how it goes. Don’t know anyone in PA who got poked, but ok for all I know in California.

Matt checked with his California employer & they said he can take paid time off to go, however he works long hours Monday to Thursday & gets off at 10AM anyways.

Too bad he’s not at one of those places that are paying ppl $200 to get the shot. lol


bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
After working in a doctors office I quickly learned that Doctors are just people who went to school longer.......They are not as perfect as people like tom think they are, many are quite eccentric and can barely remember to bathe, change clothes, comb hair etc. I haven't been to a doctor in 20 years and I'm doing fine.....

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Wish I could avoid docs, but have to see them twice a year for these meds. Otherwise a waste of time. PCP won’t refill the RX’s unless I see his a$$. Fortunately the company in California the husband works for pays him Xtra money every month to cover the insurance premiums.


grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
Funny cartoon!

Glad you two are getting your vaccinations! Hope you don't have a reaction beyond a sore arm.

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Me too! But has to be done.

This may be a good excuse to sip champagne and suck frozen Reese Cups.


horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2021:
also let us know if you get any side effects...i hear the side effects are more present in the younger people!

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Will do. Only had 2 flu shots in my entire life because my arm was dreadfully sore for over a month. Also only had flu once in my life & I was exposed to all kinds of kids in that ghetto school. Think my resistance is strong because I don’t get colds either.

The school brought nurses into the staff lounge & encouraged everyone to get poked.


Donkey on 02/23/2021:
Glad to hear you're getting your shots. That's wonderful!


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legcramps - Monday Feb 22, 2021

Weight: 0.0

February 17 - bike ride and yoga; burned 237 calories.

February 18 - strength session; burned 205 calories.

February 19 - worked late re: vaccinations; 12 hour day.

February 20 - worked four hours re: vaccinations; hike 3 hours; burned 1,366 calories.

February 21 - yoga, hike, and gym session; burned 1,273 calories.


If I feel tired today, I know why. /

I felt something new on Friday night/Saturday morning. I felt like an extrovert, absorbing the energy of the people around me. They were just all so happy to get their vaccinations; it was really nice to finally be around some positivity, regardless of what anyone's opinions are - it was a happy two days for a lot of people around these parts, and I soaked up as much as I could.

And then I used all that energy to completely exhaust myself physically haha!

Another busy week ahead, starting with an evening meeting tonight that I really don't want to participate in. I will try and turn my attitude around before tonight; no use going into it with a bad attitude.

Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Wow! You’re burning calories all over the places, Did you get the vaccine?

legcramps on 02/22/2021:
No I didn't, I was volunteering some work time to help out while a particular population got theirs.


bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
Nope....Don't want to begin bummed!! Maybe someone will get a shot today and make you happy???? JK!

legcramps on 02/22/2021:
Haha! Maybe!


grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
You're like a machine! Good job on all the workouts.


Donkey on 02/23/2021:
Oh I loved reading your adventure with positive energy!!! I love it when that happens. Doesn't happen enough for me.

Hope the meeting went well. Maybe you could be the cool, quiet one, lol.


horn_of_plenty on 02/23/2021:
lol, at least you know WHY you are tired!

today i'm tired and for less of a good reason beyond laziness and my couch-sitting and it's making it so i cannot get into a work flow this week....i'm sure i'll get back into it, though, after a week or two? or never!?

well, at least you finally have a little positivity to help you shine!...my office is pretty positive as well, so i def can only say i can relate!


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Feb 21, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 15.00 Hours in the Sun / Strolling Outside / Indoor Cardio Feb 2021 

24.50 Jan 2021


Assurant / Geico: Condo insurance revision...waiting on Assurant bc i need doc revised for Housing Company...  call this Friday Am or whenever everyone is out of the office ?


Sunday:
 
 Do taxes...The Verdict: I owe a combined 4k in taxes to federal / state this year!!! ahhh! never owed in my life but this year was different with unemployment.
 
full body afternoon - after i finish taxes around 5pm-6:30pm
 
prep meals - fridge & frozen leftovers - sort so i have enough lunches for this entire work week & also put aside dinners ....use my ample leftovers...try to mostly save money from today thru thursday with friday Thai takeout.
 
 laundry / guinea pig fleeeces anytime - evening, after workout...trying not to have many interruptions during workout, i want it done :)

Sunday Eats:
slept in!
 
10:30am store bought no sugar added pumpkin pie 1/4 pie slice 325 (just ok, calories great, not a great taste, used maltitol - didnt look at label till i got home, will not buy again), coffee 25...350....
 
1:pm lunch: banana small 120, leftover fries 250, chicken bacon 50. 420. small plum 30., couple chocs 100
 
4:30 snack: gummy vitamins x2, plum 100, extra selzter with stevia
 
5pm before working out...gathering up my energies! snack dark pb chocs and hard cider 200 total
 
dinner..will be some leftovers of my own cooked veggies in leftover panang curry sauce, will def be experimenting going forward with how i can make my food LAST!...atop some shredded lettuce i think!...and tofu, i have a package of it i can open for this week.  kellogs cheese pb crackers and a sweet alcoholic beverage 400
 
1600.
 

Weekly Lookahead:
back to more of a regular schedule with workouts on Tues/Thurs, etc...
 
monday
do notarizing for friend at work, stick in work outgoing mail when I complete it all.

Friday
try kombucha whole foods / amazon delivery again if available
 
 

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

grannyannie on 02/21/2021:
Enjoy your day off!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2021:
THANK YOU! I am :) sleeping in is icing on the cake!!


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grannyannie - Monday Feb 22, 2021
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 158.4

Stuck to planned menu yesterday and plan to until Thursday and Friday, then back to being good Saturday.

Scale 158.4

Total:  under 1200

Workout: 

  • Adding in Single Arm rear deltoid raise (used to do this before I hurt my shoulder a few years ago) - I’ll start with 2kg weights and only 5 rep.
  • Spin bike: 20-30 mins - running, sitting, jumps, hill climbing 
  • 3 x 10 lunges, squats using 3kg weights
  • 3 x 10 side lunges and calf lifts using 4kg weights
  • 3 sets x 10 of upper body routines with the 4kg weights (5 routines)
  • 3 sets x 10 of upper body routines with 2kg (5 routines)
  • 3 sets x 10 thighs and bum wearing ankle weights (5 routines)
  • 5 sets x 4 standing abs with ankle weights, bridge, planks, abs, push ups
  • S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S

Progress as of today: 12.6 lbs lost so far, only 9.4 lbs to go!

Donkey on 02/22/2021:
What's happening on Thursday and Friday, that you anticipate going off plan?

I'm going to try, time permitting, your lower body exercises this week.

grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
Friday is my birthday and friends invited us for BBQ. So going to have the meal I wanted on Thursday instead (cheeseburger and homemade fries). Plus the treats I've ordered.

I think you said you had ankle weights, right? I love mine.


Jacky82020 on 02/22/2021:
Great workout!

Happy early Birthday! Love BBQ.

grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
Thanks!


bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
YES...definitely enjoy your birthday......just because we watch our weight doesn't mean we can't enjoy special occasions!!

grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
Thanks! I've been looking forward to this 'legal' cheat day(s) for quite a while!


Donkey on 02/23/2021:
Yes, I have able weights that I don't use nearly enough.


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Donkey - Sunday Feb 21, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

Good morning!  I went to bed before 10pm and yet still slept in.  I feel a lot more rested this morning.  It was the 2nd night of melatonin and 2nd night of the new mattress.  Plus, I just didn't have to get up early.  I might also be catching up on some quality sleep.  Whatever it is, I'll take it!

I was very busy yesterday, got most everything done on my list.  The only 2 remainint things that carried over:

Yes, I even did treadmill and upper body weights.  I also did some leg exercises!


Today I plan to relax a little. I would still like to walk on the treadmill, while watching TV for a little.  I'll be active with the box cutting and walking out into the backyard.  I plan to give myself a facial peel this afternoon.  I've trimmed and filed my nails


We are expecting a wet, heavy snow this evening, stopping around midnight.  So there is some shoveling in my near future, I'm afraid.  I'm thinking I will need to wake up early tomorrow to get everything done that needs to get done before putting in a full day of work at the office. NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS.


 

So my new plan of attack - inspired by something Bear said - to handle temptations at the office is this:  If there is a pastry that I would like to indulge in, I will save it for my "relaxed" eating day of Saturday, possibly Sunday.  I have always taken this approach to eating during my weight loss journey.  And by "relaxed", I don't mean go off the deep end, but rather, I can eat a little more carbs, indulge a little more. For example, yesterday, I had 1/2 (and the last) of a lemon bar - and those are now gone.

This day is Saturday, because it's after weigh-in.  I also relax a little bit on Sundays, but by Monday, I need to remind myself that it's back to being on point.  Anything can wait until Saturday; there's nothing that needs to get eaten immediately, when it comes to things like that.

I don't feel that by relaxing a little bit on Saturdays, that I'm sabotaging my overall efforts.  However, perhaps I am, because I'm not making much progress towards my goal.  My body fat % is around 30%, even with the weight training.  I wonder if it would be easier for me to eat less, if I did less cardio, in order to lose weight.  What do you think?

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/21/2021:
Glad to hear you got a good long sleep.

I don't find that I eat more the more cardio I do, or less when I do less.

It's tough to behave at work when people bring in goodies. I've worked in a couple of offices where people were always bringing in something to share.


grannyannie on 02/21/2021:
Well done on the workout!


Horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2021:
unintentionally skipping your entires...will write later on both the last couple, yesterday and today.


Horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2021:
like i always say, sleep is NOT ovverated! and it IS essential!

what kind of mattress did you get? i'm guessing quite firm? i love a firm mattress.

i've got a box cutter too..it's a must have in these amazon / home delivery days! :)

facial peel sounds nice! i have so many facial masks at home, to just have them sitting around wasting away. they were all bought in 2019!

it could be easier for you to eat less with less cardio in that if you are like me, after a do a lot of cardio (like a 3mi walk), i will feel very "low" on my energy especially if i didn't eat right before it. i will want carbs after the walk...and i have learned that by having a snack after the walk right away, then i can feel better and not have to "overindulge." for instance, when i was volunteering and i would be very hungry before lunch, in my car i'd snack on a small 100cal granola bar or a couple chocolates. i do this to curb my hunger. not sure if this relates anymore to your question...

oh, back to your question, when i'm very inactive is when i sometimes have less appetite and can eat less...sometimes when i have to do a workout, i have to eat a little more (in my mind, i feel that way) either after or before for the energy to work out.

HOWEVER, in regards to your question, i do not think it'd be easier for you to eat MUCH less...just a little....

but with weight loss, the saying is it's 80% in the kitchen 20% exercise...


Horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2021:
love the idea of using the office sweets on your relaxed day. why waste a good thing?

i mean, if i had office temptations continuously, i am quite sure i'd be taking some...to eat whenever I MYSELF chose to.


Horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2021:
but i'll tell you this, in regards to your hunger yesterday and not feeling satisfied after breakfast:

when i do NOT sleep enough, i will def be more hungry.

when i do not sleep enough, i have a greater tendency to eat more calories, be hungrier, and make poorer choices.


grannyannie on 02/22/2021:
We use melatonin when we travel to help with jetlag. Works wonders. I have buy it on visits to the US though as we don't have it here.


bearcountrygg on 02/22/2021:
Offices are like that and I have no idea why.....I've worked in real estate and retail and they weren't like that...just the doctors office....and the food there was brought in by drug reps who wanted to talk the doctors into prescribing their new meds.


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