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happy-1 - Monday Mar 25, 2019
(Slow Carb + Yoga. Track fasting sugar.)
Weight: 216.3

Did best effort again today. Did a better job of keeping my word immaculate. And the other 2 agreements fell in somewhere between the first 2.

Got mom to eat almost a normal amount of food today. It was a lot of work. Also cleaned the kitchen and did a grocery run.

Made it back to yoga sunday morning. Missing it Monday morning. Dad had an anxiety attack at 12am. It's getting to be a routine

225.6 getting super fat again. 

Progress as of today: 100.7 lbs lost so far, only 56.3 lbs to go!

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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Mar 24, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Good Morning ! 

8:00 am breakfast: onyxorgum shredded wheat, craisins, and almond milk 400. iced coffee 50. and...sugar rush! LOL.

10:30am: good fats bar cookie dough flavor, pretty nice. and more seltzer and stevia 200

lunch: cooked veggies large amount 150?, barley and mushrooms bigger amount 200, salmon nice size piece 300? 700 tops - might have overestimated  a hair but that’s better than underestimating !

snack half orange 50

before gym seltzer with stevia and a cookie 150  and during gym with be a bigger serving of coconut water 150 ...might skip something here ?! 

after gym to be determined - a real meal. 500 or so.a cauliflower crust 200, 2 kebabs of tasty and so garlickly shrimp! 250, and a plum 50. 

2200, excellent.

2 day: 2150, fine.

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My planning for Paris is going slowly because i get anxious and start to do everything but plan for Paris. Before I drive to vvisit my mom around noon today, I'm hoping to plan 2 more days, so that i've planned at least 3/6 days...!  If i work harder, i could probably even plan 4/6 days before noon today...let  me get to work! Well, now i just spoke to mymom and i have to have to leave more around 11:30 which gives me just under 2 hours to plan...i'll be lucky if i can plan 2 days...

picking up some food & seeing mom for lunch ...followed by a HOME workout - i think gym is not a good idea...still need to write more Paris plans at home...grrrr! and gym will just waste the day away.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
Oh dear, I do not like the idea of planning making you anxious! This is supposed to be fun! But I confess that the same thing can happen to me, especially if there is so much I want to do in a short period of time.

I'm sure you want to do it all, but would it be possible to plan some things as "for sure to do/see" and then have a subset of "maybe do if time or want to"? I remember when my mom took the kids to Washington DC, that was her approach, and I think it worked out well, because there IS so much to see and do.

My Male Co-Worker went to Paris as a day trip (or maybe it was one night) when he went to England/London. His main memory of Paris is that he was constantly being told: No, Monsieur! No matter where he went, he'd always run into someone telling him no. Ha ha ha! I do not think Paris was a good fit for him.

But you are so lucky that you will have a trusted guide/friend to go with you!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/24/2019:
yes i am in agreement with you on all!

the problem is i don't know the area well enough and i scheduled a few things and i'm trying to do a "half day" thing on the day i go...and realized that i didn't give enough time to get from Eiffel tower back to a short fashion show at a store....so now i have to think about the plan again! grrr hahaha...

i did plan the days we are in Disney (france's labor day May 1st), Versailles which is on the last day of April, and also i did plans for the sunday i am there. 1/2 the trip is planned, but the easier part! still have to pay for everything so far LOL.


Donkey on 03/24/2019:
PS I hope you have a pleasant visit with your mom. I hope that she continues to heal. I suppose being older, it's taking her longer? I hope not.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/24/2019:
it was very nice...she sometimes gets so serious though! grrr....it is taking quite long for 7 ribs to heal, she's doing much better, but it's taking it's time. i think bones generally are healed in 6 weeks and she's halfway thru...


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Donkey - Sunday Mar 24, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 132.5

I'm hoping to get some keto baking in today.  While yesterday was sunny and everyone was outside, today is cloudy and the rain keeps teasing us here.  I imagine that maybe not so many people will be outside today.

Thought I ran all my errands yesterday, but it appears that I didn't get everything needed at the grocery.  Hmm...

Lower leg workout today sometime. 


AFTERNOON EDIT:  Due to lack of autos in our family at the current moment (daugher's car is in the shop again), I decided to just stay home, which is fine.

I am expecting a library book to come in on Monday or Tuesday, and I can go to the store at that time and get whatever it is we may need.

My keto baking did not go so well today.  The stewed/jellied cranberries I made are delicious, by cooking them down an extra 2 minutes, and I got the Swerve sweetener just at the right balance.  However, the keto "fat head dough" flat bread I made did not turn out well, as it stuck to the parchment paper.  I was able to salvage like the upper half of each slice, leaving the melted bottoms stuck to the paper.  Wah wah.

My lower body workout was excellent!  I was very mindful when during lunges and it paid off.  I am ready to get ripped!  

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

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happy-1 - Sunday Mar 24, 2019
(Slow Carb + Yoga. Track fasting sugar.)
Weight: 216.3

I did my best today to do what I could for 2 critically ill parents. It’s an impossible situation but I am doing my best. The stress is really getting to me and I am not being my best self. Weirdly, planning to go to CA Adventure with my boyfriend really picked me up. A little hope for a better life when all this is over.

My word was not impeccable... I got really sad when my dad poked a nerve and said dumb stuff.

Hugs to my fellow insomniacs.

Progress as of today: 100.7 lbs lost so far, only 56.3 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/24/2019:
I'm so sorry that you are not in a great situation right now. I hope your parents feel better. It sounds like the situation with your parents has changed a lot and that they are sicker than they used to be. I'm sorry you are struggling now! Try to at least buy / make veggie dishes i guess...try to have some things on hand so you have good choices to choose from when you need something fast.

happy-1 on 03/25/2019:
Actually they have been sick for a while and lying about it. Long story.


Donkey on 03/24/2019:
(((hugs))) I too am very sorry you are going through this difficult time. I can't even imagine how stressful this must be for you at this time. Thinking of you!


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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Mar 23, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

7pm Edit: very anxious and stressed as i write the daily plans (hard to do when you don't know the area so have to search and make sense of it all....good to do, but it's VERY STRESSFUL for me as i'm not a great planner....doing it...but i just took a generic 1/8 xanax (i've had the same pills home had only 2-3 pills since Spring 2016 lol) because i am seriously starting to go nuts...really just started the plans at 6pm today lol...was cleaning and cooking all up until then....i'm a GREAT procrastinator!)

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Good Morning ! 

8:00 am breakfast: onyxorgum shredded wheat, craisins, and almond milk 400. iced coffee 50.

snack: chocolate 200 (should have tried the sugar free stuff i bought but had regular - forgot i have to try the other stuff!)

12pm-1pm lunch: egg freshly hard boiled /and a tablespoon nut spread 200 (got hungry and was cooking lots of things for the whole weekend/week ahead), cauliflower rice with pesto sauce 150. 350. 1/2 cauliflower crust 100 (since i am home today i've been cooking up a lot of frozen items to have ready for this weekend and next week). blueberries 50

4:30-5:30pm  - 2 smallish plums 50, tried REALLY, REALLY dark chocolate 98% cacao omg!? crazy stuff! 100, ice cream 150

7:30 good dinner at home: garlic/black pepper shrimp250 from frozen, i made ealier in oven and still have a few kabobs left (they were actuallly frozen on the kabob!) , avocado 120, wrap 80. 450 satisfying. and a drink 50...now back to planning...i don't think i'm going to finish all of Paris today, i think i'll need one more day or so...like my day off in April...

snack: more regular ghardinelli chocolates 150

2100, good.

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9:30 or so and i already showered and put the laundry in...i need to figure out my Paris schedule TODAY. i've researched the areas and now have to make a 6day schedule. it's sorta easy as 2 of the days are "excursions" outside paris and will take longer just to get there so the only plan mostly is where we are going: one day is Disney (outside Paris) and the other day is Versailles. Disney doesn't need too much planning other than picking up a schedule for the day when we get to Disney. Versailles does include some planning - need to see what kinda tour we want....i need English, but maybe we'll just get an automated tour. i'm not sure if i want a tour guide or device to listen to. I do prefer guides, but, they are MUCH MORE expensive. Anyways, then i have 4 more days of Paris to plan...so i'm getting started. Like i said, the research is done, now i just have to put my notes into a plan. I also need to research the "cheaper" concerts. We've decided NOT to attend a dinner/show at Moulin Rouge - only to walk by / into it briefly. Instead, there are other cheaper shows and events available, which is fine with me...i just like performances in general. And i know from going to events totally free at libraries that it's not always the price that determines the calibre...you can get high calibre for inexpensive price if you are open to it! :)

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/23/2019:
I have not been to Paris, so let me qualify my next advice. However, I have had friends who have been to Paris. I would gently suggest that you allow for wait times or crowd times when making your plans. Especially for Versailles and the Louvre. After all, who wants to feel rushed at the Louvre - right? :)

I'm curious as to how Disney made it on your Paris list. I mean, after all, there is Disney here in the states. Just curious, no judgment at all.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
I was looking at a "Paris Bucket List" and asking what have you done on it type of thing i found online. It wasn't a concise list or fully engaging with every part of Paris. But, it listed Disney on it.

Including a day of Disney makes planning for me easier because we simply get to the park and spend all day there - and i do not have to plan so much in advance - just show up and see what's going on at the park. I've not been to Disney in many years and figure i might as well go for a fun day. I can be so much like a child and enjoy fun little shows. Maybe there is a Safari / zoo section? i have to check. I'd go and see what it's about. It's just a low-key day and to get away from "museums" and "must-do's" in Paris.

At the Louvre, i'm hoping for an English tour, i don't htink my friend wants to pay for guide-tours. maybe we'll just do another automated tour (headphones).

some passes, a lot, can be bought ahead of time to skip lines mostly...i have to try to do this - after i plan the days i'm going to these places lol.

yes, Louvre and Versailles are mostly two days within themselves.


Donkey on 03/23/2019:
Also, and maybe I should have mentioned this in your previous entry: Your average calorie total was lower this week (yay!). Can you feel a difference?

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
The difference is miniscule, but YES, i'll say it makes a difference. Mentally, first off, it's nice to say i've had a far better week than i have in several of the previous weeks. and obviously it's going to take me more than one week to make up for so many weeks of 2200 type of averages. For me, 2050 a day is perfect and i won't gain weight. But a few weeks here and there over that amount also won't kill me, as is the case right now...coming off that...it feels good to eat a little less. i was bloated this week because of TOM and issues like yours though, so it wasn't noticeable till around friday i did feeel slimmer.


Maria7 on 03/23/2019:
I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris. So happy for you!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
thank you :) i'm staying with a female friend, so my budget should be okay in the end....or should i say wallet!?


Donkey on 03/24/2019:
A few things:

Yes, I can see the advantages of going to Disney Paris. It's kind of funny, because one of the things I loved at Disney was Epcot, where you get to go "visit" different European countries. So in Disney Paris, I suppose they don't have any of that - LOL!

YES -- pre-pay for as much as you can to avoid lines!!! This is true and it works! And I would opt for an automated tour myself, especially if it saves you money. I think it ends up being better than being with a guide. I mean to say, there are advantages and disadvantages to both, but the automated tour could work just fine and save money and perhaps give you more flexibility if you wanted to stop in front of certain artwork a little longer (?).


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Maria7 - Saturday Mar 23, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 159.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Hello to you. 

Scale weighed me at 159 this morning.

 I did well yesterday with diet change.  I ended up drinking a little caffeinated coffee later on, to try to help get rid of the headache.  Today I mixed half and half decaf and caf coffee when I made it.  I want to be totally free of caffeine, except maybe a caf tea when we go out to eat occassionally.  Hubby and I ate out today and I had a large veggies salad and baked turkey.  One step at a time...

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Hope you are having a good day.  Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

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Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
i think it was Donkey who once suggested to me a good way to get off the caffeine...little by little using different amounts of decaf mixed with caffienated.!

congrats on making these changes so far!

you can change over slowly so the headaches are not as severe, i would say.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
the nice thing is you can still have coffee later on, decaf style :)


Horn_of_plenty on 03/24/2019:
yum to that salad and baked turkey!!!! i am actually craving veggies since i don't have too many types right now at home. mostly i have cauliflower and tons of it.


Donkey on 03/24/2019:
I have to laugh (at myself, mostly): When I read about you combining regular and decaf coffee to wean yourself off of the caffeine, I was like: Wow, that is a REALLY good idea!

Then Horn says, I think it was Donkey who mentioned that -- hahahahaha! I forget my own advice! (if it was my recommendation - I seriously have no recollection.)

Dinner sounds lovely: salad and baked turkey! I often have that for lunch, but the turkey is from the deli and served cold. I still love it!


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Donkey - Saturday Mar 23, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 132.5

OK, this will sound silly, but I'm happy to see that I've lost half a pound.  I know that this is really just maintenance.  I don't know what it is, but there is something terribly rewarding about seeing a lower number on the scale - even in maintenance.  You know, this is almost *disturbing* if I think about it.  

I have remained consistent or maybe even stepping up a little bit with the weights, but I am not seeing any visible changes -- no muscle cuts, not getting leaner -- and I am losing a little weight?  

I'm proud of myself for curbing the sugar free candy habit in the evenings.  I'm down to having just one, and now I'm out.  I am not going to buy any more for home.  I still have a bag at work, but that's going to stay at work, to use as a crutch/vice with the stresses at work.  Also, I do not think I will be making any more chocolate peanut butter bombs.  I would rather enjoy a square of dark chocolate (the darkest I can go is 90% - and I love this.  Not sweet, but anything higher tastes like baker's chocolate, which I cannot do -  way too bitter).

I mentioned this in my response to Maria's post, but I have noticed just how much I love and miss sugar.  My biggest downfall is needing sugar in my coffee.  I LOVE saccharine (Sweet N Low - the pink packets).  Just one packet is a sweet treat in my coffees!  But it's awful for a body - that stuff is poison.  So I've been searching for a substitute that works.  Unfortunately Stevia leaves a very tinny bitter aftertaste.  Swerve leaves an unpleasant cooling aftertaste and requires 3 TBSP to be sweet enough.  I've had mild success with Lakanto Monkfruit blend but that is expensive and it takes about 2 TBSP to get to an acceptable level of sweetness.

I can drink my coffee unsweetened, but I do not like it unsweetened every time.  And sometimes I use sweetened coffee as a substitute for eating dessert. 

While I was at the grocery store, I was giving some serious contemplation to adapting a plant-based diet.  I've tried that before and it just doesn't work for me, but I really wish it did.  

 

 

 

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

Maria7 on 03/23/2019:
I can't do Stevia...the room spins around when I have that, ha. I have decided I want to not only give up caffeine, but also artificial sweeteners. I have done some research on studies done of consumers of them and it was not good reports but I also feel that it may not be healthy with it being artificial sweeteners. At the very least I want to greatly reduce consuming any of them. What can 1 teaspoon of sugar do in coffee? 15 calories. Even if we drink more than one cup, we can always substitute something else in our diet to make up for those little coffee/sugar calories. I also use creamer in mine, 10 calories a teaspoon but often here lately I simply drink my coffee BLACK and actually enjoy it! My GM (gone to heaven now) lived to almost 97 and drank her coffee black and enjoyed it that way. I would like to get to where I do likewise, so I figure I'll just have a black coffee here and there and not feel like I have to have black coffee if I want a creamer/sugar coffee, ha. So have them both, ha. You are doing fantastic at maintenance and I totally 'get it' about wanting to go down lower. It is a perfectionism trait but also possibly ocd, which I say from experience because when I weighed 205, my goal weight was between 150 to 160...Ohhhh! I would be just 'so HAPPY' to get to between 150 to 160 I thought at that time (21 years ago)...checked out 17 diet books at the library and studied them and worked with what knowledge I could gather and when I finally got to that weight about a year later, it was just not good enough, had to go lower. Couldn't simply enjoy arriving at the goal, and staying put, cause apparently it was the journey I was enjoying (actually working at)...So, goal weight revised to 150, not higher nor lower, then after that was arrived at, was 145, then 140. I went all the way down to 132 and still was not happy. I think I got addicted to losing weight and also I got addicted to wearing smaller and smaller sizes, a number addiction. I remember how I felt wearing 6's. I was happy to be that size but I had very little energy. (Currently I wear stretch 8s, 10s, and 12s.) My figure was not the best for my height, needless to say at 132. I was sickly at that weight (I am tall at 5'8"). Are we ever happy with our weights/sizes? That is the question. Smile. But happy for you as you are doing fantastic!

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
I would love to be able to drink black coffee, but it's a little hard on my stomach. I have no problem (in my mind) having cream (real cream, not artificial non-dairy stuff) in my coffee. It's wanting the sweetness where I really struggle. One thing that I've discovered that sort of works is putting a couple of teaspoons of vanilla protein powder. I discovered this quite by accident, as I have leftover powder that I'm not using any more.

You are right, I need to come to terms with numbers on the scale and then move on. That's why I feel that weight training would help - if I could only start to actually see results!


Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
No it is GREAT when in maintenance and going down a hair on the scale. Just like you do, I enjoy it too!

A half a pound is not enough to see cuts i don't think...but give it a few pounds and you will. Maybe a few more months of your upper body weights!

YUP, that 98% cacao chocolate i bought -omg too much taste like Baker's indeed...i will probably do something with it like melt it into yogurt or something. it is too strong is right! well, at least i can't overeat it!...it's just too strong to want to overeat on!

i also am sorta "off" of the fat bombs. lately, it's just smaller pieces of things, with some sugar...but i do love my "good fats" bars i've been eating, but i'm eating them as i have a "mocha coffee" made use the k-cups and since it's free at work, i use two kk-cups: one of coffee, and one of chocoalte lol. and i mix it into one cup, 4 ounces for the coffee and like 6 ounces for the chocolate, then add a little milk and it's a mocha coffee! there's some sugar but not a ton. and with the "fats bar" it's still ok. change of pace for awhile, i'm bored of coffee plain and needed something to go with the fats bar and find that having NO sugar in the AM doesn't give me an energetic feeling at all in the mroning at work and i do not like that feeling, at least not right now as of late! i sort of crave an energy boost when i get to work...probably because i don't eat before work, only when i get there after commuting so i am craving energy i guess? who knows!

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
Your comment made me think that perhaps if I combined my coffee with cream in it with eating something that is sweet in itself might do the trick. That way, the coffee complements the food. Thinking along the lines of a protein bar... I'm going to play with this and see if it works. Thanks for the idea!


Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
but isn't monkfruit sorta like stevia? i thought it was sweeter than sugar? maybe i am wrong?

i will say that i cannot take caffeine without some kind of real sugar too. that's why i'd always mix a coffee (with stevia usually) with a granola bar on the side. i don't do well having caffeine without any sugar. that's why when i USED to have energy drinks, there was a granola bar or fruit involved too!

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
The monkfruit is sort of like stevia, but it IS different. I wish I liked stevia because that is truly natural from the plant. Monkfruit is a blend of monkfruit extract and a sugar alcohol from fermenting (something -- perhaps monkfruit).


Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
i also cannot do plant-based. i need meat and more protein at times.

Donkey on 03/24/2019:
Same boat here!


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horn_of_plenty - Friday Mar 22, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha 50

Breakfast: Good Fats bar and mocha coffee 300

CHOCOLATES 100

Midmorning: wrap 80, egg 70, 1/4 avo 100. 250.

Lunch: all healthy, bought it yesterday and forgot to take it home for dinner last night / weekend too so i'll eat that today...wish i remembered to take that food yesterday bc i'm not going directly home tonight and so i'm not sure i want to have food in my backpack for like 4-5hours until 9pm...we'll see...and it's too much to eat only for lunch. maybe i leave part of the cooked veggies for Monday for work (i don't like wasting things i pay for!) light shrimp/fish 150?, lots of roasted yellow peppers oily 250. 400. fruit 50.

snacks: almonds 50

dinner: TBD...i'm going to an event that has White Castle (well, maybe i'll just eat one slider!?) and beer. it's boxing tournament held annually by the Sportman's Club of my union and a 10 min walk from my apt...it starts at 7pm but i plan to get there around 6pm and i'll eat then...Ricky is supposedly saving me a seat very close to the boxing ring...fingers crossed! 550 cal beer, one slider, 1 diet coke, snack bar after the event.

total friday cals: 1800 tops, excellent !!

7day avg is going to be GREAT: 2070 FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

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i'm excited to see a boxing tournament tonight, starts at 7pm, going straight from  work.

I am leaving my cooked veggies i bought yesterday for lunch monday / tuesday at work next week as i don't want to carry the veggies home, i don't think!

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Planning to sleep in tomorrow, do laundry, make corned beef and cabbage in slow cooker, and if weather is nice enough to do a walk :) maybe in Valley Stream (town where i grew up) as a change o fpace i'll drive there.

I keep switching my decision about my hair. I prefer it with blonde, despite the price. i'm just not ready to go back to brown pixie cut. At least my haircuts are rather cheap (since i get them done at a barbershop!). I've decided to keep the highlights. I almost want to go get them done this weekend, but it's too soon because i have my trip in one month...the highlights will have grown out by then and look bad in Paris photos LOL, so i'll wait 2-3 more weeks on the highlights. 

 but then again, making the appointments is so inconvenient and annoying, that i should just touch up grays myself and dye it back! yeah, its not the money that's the issue but the making appointments and wasting time getting hair done. i'll have to go back to brown eventually.

highlights are just really inconvenient for me....BUT I REALLY LIKE THEM....!? ...GRRRR.

 

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/22/2019:
Boxing is not really my thing, but if you enjoy it, I say go for it. It's good to get out at least.

I would think that time at the beauty shop getting highlights would be something you look forward to as a "pampering" luxury, and not a burden on your time. I love having my hair worked on, but don't really do this any more, initially because I didn't have the finances, and now, more so, because I do not have a lot of hair, so I really need to be careful with what I have left.

(I am at the point where I have given some thought to shaving my head - starting over - and getting a really nice wig in the meantime.)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
yeah, i'm glad my hair is still a decent amount as my coworker's hair has thinned a lot and she's just a year older than me...

i do not feel pampered when i go get beauty luxuries done like nails and hair. I become very impatient and do not enjoy spending time in the salons. it's like my attention span cannot take it, lol. that's a major reason i don't get nails done. but also, my nails seem super sensitive and they tend to thin out and get very brittle from polish anyways.

i just get very impatient at the salon.

i have been looking at photos, and i find the blonde color to add a lightness and "fun" quality to my appearance. i realize i need to just relax when the roots show, as it's better if i just space it out and deal with roots as my hair really is mostly brown so a few grays in the roots is really not noticeable enough at the moment and when it starts to become noticeable i can change up from the blonde.

i think i wanna keep getting highlights approx every 2.5-3 months for the next couple years if possible as i do like the blonde look and find, like i said a moment ago, that it adds a certain "fun quality" to my overall look.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
because i don't wear makeup to work and don't have long hair, i feel it's a statement with the highlights. and i do like them a lot.

also when my hair is messy, i feel it still looks great when it's highlighted.

but when my hair is just brown and messy, i don't like it as much.


Donkey on 03/23/2019:
I should correct myself: watching boxing is not really my thing. However, I was really excited to hear that researchers found that shadowboxing can help with Parkinson's! Wow!

Also, I enjoyed the boxing program on Wii Sports.

They've opened up a studio called I Love Kickboxing here in my town, which I did give some consideration in joining. I feel like I need something extra - more challenging and more social. However, joining this studio would be totally out of my comfort zone. Joining a gym or a yoga studio is more my style and that's hard enough for me to do! (obviously because I haven't done even that!) (yet)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
i have heard of I love Kickboxing, yes.

please don't feel like things are out of your comfort zone...and let that feeling prevent you from joining things.

for the I LOVE kickboxing, there's probably a trial. you can do that to see if you like it before actually joininng / buying a package.

kickboxing is nice if you want a different kind of class. i have done a different brand, Tiger Shulman kickboxing, it was rather hard for me...very much legs involved...a good workout, but not up my ally. you will burn tons of calories.

you can try new things, many people are in your boat and everyone is a beginner at something at some point. the only way you can break thru the feeling of not being in your comfort zone is to start up the new things.

at the gym, there are great classes but that also depends on the gym! ...and depends on the actual instructors!

yoga studios also vary in the type of yoga, how challenging, and length of class as well as type of instructor. you can probably find that many studios may offer a one pay class feature like you had wanted...see what's out there. maybe try a few things, if you have the oppportunity / time, before making a full decision for the long run...i have done this in the past...but now i am sort of set for awhile in what i like to do / exercise i do / gyms i belong to...


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Donkey - Friday Mar 22, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.0

Still struggling with my GI system a bit.  These iron pills really throw me for a loop.  I am supposed to take them on an empty stomach, which makes me nauseated.  They also cause some mild constipation.  I have also been feeling very bloated in the abdomin this week.  My daughter suggested hot water with lemon, and I have found that this is such a nice thing to drink even if I wasn't having problems.  I will probably stop this once the weather gets really warm, but I must remember to do this as often as I can.  I had a cup of this in the morning, instead of a 2nd cup of coffee, and now I am enjoying a cup of it right now.

When I went to my GI appointment, of course, they had to weigh me.  I must remember going forward that ANY doctor that I see will weigh me. 

When I stepped on the scale, I shut my eyes, but no worries, because the doctor sent me home with a print-out of the summary of my appointment, and sure enough, there was my weight: 137.8.

Skipped my evening bike ride and had a dinner date with my husband (had a very nice salad with chicken, brought home the cornbread for my vegetarian daughter, and skipped the ice cream dessert), and then we went grocery shopping together.  It was fun.

Progress as of today: 53.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
I will comment more later...but, did you have the dr appt after work? if so, of course you're gonna weigh more. same with me, i cannot even really consider an evening weight to mean very much if i usually weigh myself in the AM! so don't take such offense to that :)

i'm not sure if it was an evening appt...?

next, yes, the hot water with lemon is just like drinking kombucha and it helps move things along.

i tend to have GI issues at certain times during the month....hormones def affect my GI system too.

perhaps you can find something to help you bc of the iron pills...perhaps taking the probiotics or something.

if i were in your place, maybe google what people do who take iron pills to combat GI issues...you may find some good tips!


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Maria7 - Friday Mar 22, 2019
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 160.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Hello to you.

 I have not posted in a while.  I have been on a sweets binge...mostly ice cream but also donuts and buddy bars.  So I weigh 160 now, as this binge has been going on daily for weeks.

Blood pressure has increased above normal and I am now in caffeine withdrawal as one of the steps to getting it back down to normal, along with a big change in my diet, which of course means saying goodbye to the ongoing sweets binge.  Don't want to take bp meds if I can get it back down naturally.  I have also been eating a lot of salty popcorn, the 100 cals kind at nite, along w the moo cow ice creams and nutty bars...so I think sodium has definitely contributed to high blood pressure.  So let me say...it is no joke quitting caffeine.  Have any of you had any experience with withdrawal form quitting caffeine?  I have been having a severe headache for 2 days, along with tearfulness and not much energy.

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Hope you are having a good day.  Every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

 

Love, Maria

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Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/22/2019:
Hello, my name is Donkey... and I'm a caffeine addict. More accurately, I'm a coffee-aholic. I would definitely have a problem if I had to give up coffee. I mean, I know I could get over it, but wow, for their own personal safety, they should stay far away from me.

IDK... I've given up carbs, sugar, soda pop (diet), alcohol of all kinds... I'm drawing the line at coffee and salt.

I completely understand your desire to want to not treat your problems with medication. I truly believe that a person, if they can, should try to make active, nutritional modifications as part of their treatment program. I know that you have it in you to do this.

On a more serious note, it has often come to my mind to treat some vices in my life with a 12-step approach. That is not to diminish the gravity of a full-blown addiction, but rather that this kind of approach could help me as well. >>>The problem is that I kinda of keep forgetting to use this approach.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
i'm sorry you have been bingeing / struggling as of late...you can surely make a change though and get back on the healthier track!

I am not against taking meds, though of course it's best to do it thru diet. but nothing wrong with getting help from meds if that's what it takes.

although, now you have a reason to clean up your diet...you can still have treats i'd think occasionally or what is life :)


Donkey on 03/23/2019:
Oh I am also a sugar addict. This has become increasingly obvious to me more and more lately... It is REAL and it is HARD.


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horn_of_plenty - Thursday Mar 21, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

Home: kombucha 50

Breakfast "good fats" bar and mocha 300

mid morning: wrap 80, egg 70, 1/4 avo 100. 250. salt/pepper.

cheesecake thing 150

lunch: the rest of that indian :) big portion of the saag with mushrooms 300? (lots of cream), rice 150, tofu 100, tomatoes. 550-600

snacks: apple/almonds 200, CHOC 50

Pre-exercise: not sure. thinking to have somethign more like a meal...thinking veggies & to get some at lunch for both today & tomorrow...iced coffee, blueberries, yogurt 250

during exercise: coconut water 100

Post exercise: not sure.trying another "good fats" flavor bar probably...we'll see...or a higher carb thing...not sure.200 for that bar :)

2150, excellent.

6day: 2110 or so, excellent also.

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For anyone feeling like they have too much going on / hard to keep head above water right now: i'm in your boat!

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last night i had dinner, exercised, and had a drink/piece of chocolate and it was enough. i may start trying this out, now that the routines are getting shorter (exercise routines) thankfully...i still have to amp up cardio again. I have mostly stopped the evening walks because my ankle was getting beat up from longer walks lately on the weekend. working on balance.

Very long, rough week over here. Lots of extra errands thrown into the mix but glad i went to bed on the early side last night. Tonight i have upper body but it's a lot shorter now that i do legs mostly separately on a separate night!  I still plan to get decent sleep tonight!  As well, I am Still eager to sleep in come Saturday.  I feel very drained.  If i did have sick days, i'd have taken one today! Ah, and i do have one, but i'm saving it for the month of April for close to before i'm going on vacation in France.  It's my last sick day of "this year" and i want to use it very close to that trip, since it'll be good to have a short week close to going on the trip as it will be stressful going away after several straight, full, busy weeks of work.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/21/2019:
Sounds like a busy week - it's so hard to find that balance all the time! Some days it's just going to be busier and we have to find a way to deal with it without completing exhausting ourselves. Hope the last couple of days of your week are good ones!

horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2019:
Seems that the beginning of the week’s rush got better by Friday oh thank gosh !!!! Much better day today !


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Donkey - Thursday Mar 21, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.0

Logging in from work, because I do not see that I will have time to log in later.

Had an awesome leg workout yesterday!  Still not quite seeing the results I think I should be seeing, though.  Finished up the branched chain amino acids and will not reorder them.  As I mentioned when I started my "Advocare" experiment last year, I wanted to see if I could find Advocare supplement products for cheaper (i.e. same stuff, but different brand) and have results.  I wanted to prove to myself that one does not need to spend a $$$ fortune on Advocare stuff in order to successfully lose weight.  I have proved that to myself.  Unfortunately, now the next new thing in MLM is "Thrive" products.  I'll pass.  I really hate gimmicks like that.

I"m still struggling with fatigue.  It's a very odd feeling - I'm not tired, like I didn't get enough sleep.  And it's not the muscle achy that I get after weight training - it's not that.  It's almost like a tired feeling from not eating enough, but I *AM* eating enough -- in fact, I'm finding myself not really hungry, but eating because it's time to eat and because I like to eat.  

I am scheduled to be scoped in April.  The GI doctor said she is concerned about elevated lipids in my liver, i.e. signs of fatty liver.  She wants more blood work.  I looked at my test results and I didn't see anything that indicated there was a problem there.  I sent my test results to my mom, who is a retired nurse, to look at the blood work.  Doing a little Google research (for what it's worth), I'm already doing the right things to fight against fatty liver, although I suppose I could cut back MORE on red meat.  But cutting back on red meat won't help my anemia.  

Tonight is no weights, so I will be spending some time with my daughter on her night off, which isn't very often I get the chance to do something like that with her.


EDIT:  Queen Bee, who made a HUGE deal about going on Weight Watches - on and on, blah blah blah -  has been seen eating shamrock sugar cookies at work and ordering French fries and cheese curds at Culvers for lunch.  

 

Progress as of today: 53.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2019:
Well hello! lately time is just FLYING! the days are turning into weeks and into months! Is it me or did March just begin Yesterday!?

now that you've stopped the Aminos, i have started, though i just realized i forgot to take them on the regular while i'm working out as of late! oops! i did it more for the taste, though...and for something else besides water and setlzer. not sure i'll continue either, but i did buy a lot...they don't all taste that great i have noticed!

i am also struggling with fatigue though i am starting to actually feel better now that the week is done tomorrow :) i tried pretty hard to get to bed earlier the past couple nights and it has helped immensely. i think i've also begun to get used to the time change. i also think my own fatigue was due to hormones / TOM.

Donkey on 03/22/2019:
My aminos were in capsules. I would take 2 after my morning bike ride and 2 after my evening activity (weights, bike, walk). I was taking them -- again because of the Advocare test but also to help with the fatigue, but protein isn't really the issue with me.


Horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2019:
about the eating, i have noticed that if i eat a hair (not a mountain!) more of carbs, i feel less exhuasted...

Donkey on 03/22/2019:
Well..... Right now I'm sticking with keto. And if it turns out that I have a fatty liver -- or that I have a genetic tendency towards a fatty liver, I don't think I'll be going back to carbs unless it's a big thing (like my birthday CAKE)...


Horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2019:
Enjoy your time with your daughter! I may actually just do legs (lower body) 2x a week instead of 3x for now on...for awhile. we'll see how it works for me!

so Queen Bee will soon find another diet to start & never finish! LOL.

better QB do this than either of us! yuck...no need to lose all the weight just to gain it back, just horrible.

Donkey on 03/22/2019:
I'm looking forward to hearing what Queen Bee's next diet will be - LOL! I probably shouldn't be too hard on her. Maybe she was using her extra "freebie" weekly points or something.

I was watching her today (her back was to me) and I was trying to decide if she has lost any weight. I could not tell yet.


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legcramps - Thursday Mar 21, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:30; 6 hours, 21 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 6-8:30; REST; 7 hours, 39 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7:30-8:30; 5 hours, 38 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6; 7 hours, 52 minutes

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; REST;

SATURDAY - Workout 10-11;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-4;


I knew i'd be close to getting 8 hours of sleep because I fell asleep HARD once my head hit the pillow last night. I'm not sure if I even moved, because my ribcage was really sore this morning (usually happens when I don't move much through the night, and lay only on one side).

After my work meeting last night, I got a few groceries then did a workout on the bike trainer at home. Tonight I have a run scheduled, so I took it easy on the bike to try and save my legs for the run. I will also be using an air pocket leg compression/lymphatic drainage system on my calves later tonight to try and ease any discomfort in my calves and shins from the run.

Supper last night was Hello Fresh Mexican style pork tacos. Delicious!!! Wow!!

Looking forward to getting the workweek over with! It's been busy every day, and with working late last night, i'm just over it!

Donkey on 03/21/2019:
Nice picture of dinner - wow! I hope you will have the opportunity to catch up on sleep soon.


horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2019:
Beautiful dinnner indeed ! Also wonderful sleep!

I’m so looking forward to my shorter routine and trying not to totally procrastinate on it so I can also get to bed tonight I’m a timely manner !

Good idea to think about how you should work out last night in order to have a successful workout today - I’ve been also working on that type of moderatation!


Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2019:
i totally am in the mood for some ground turkey flavored taco style!


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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Mar 20, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

KOMBUCHA 50

BAR AND MOCHA COFFEE 300

WRAP 80 SALAMI WHICH WAS GROSS 80 AVOCADO 100. 250.

LUNCH: FROM HOME: tofu 100, indian spinach lots cream bigger portion 250?, rice 200. 600 tops.

Apple100, later almonds 100

after moving my car to a better spot which i found on the quick side thankfully, i got home at 7pm to eat a tasty indian dinner (leftovers yum!)

dinner: saag big portion 300?, wrap 100, rice100, berry yogurt 100. 600. so tasty!

after workout: chocolate

2100 :)

5day is 2100 too.

 leg workout & bed :)

 

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WORKOUT STARTED AND ENDED LATE LAST NIGHT DUE TO UNFORSEEN ISSUES. I'M SO TIRED! LONG WEEK.  BED EARLY TONIGHT. 

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/20/2019:
That really sucks about your parking situation and how they can just boot you the night before without any more notice than that. Do you pay extra to park in the garage? Will you get reimbursed at all?

Way to still get in a workout last night, even though it went a lot later than you wanted it to! Hope you are able to catch up on sleep tonight - I need to catch up as well.

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2019:
I was VERY surprised i hadn't gotten any notes sooner. I think they forgot about the people that use those garages but do not live in the "housing #" that goes along with those garages. Meaning, i have a garage in housing #2, but i live in housing #5...i think they forgot to send an earlier note to people living outside of housing #2....like me in #5...!

I pay a very CHEAP sum compared to other places: $46 per month.

In the fall, they were paving and it took 2 whole months to rip up the old and pave new. We were reimbursed for 2 whole months but it was def annoying to find spots and i hardly ever moved my car.

Additinally, my car was scratched badly when i had left it for a week in front of someone's house.

i'm going to move my car tonight to a street spot, it's prob not good to leave my car overnight at the college...but the $40 is not going to waste - i like to exercise at that school & plan to park there for certain training sessions i'll do at the track over there.

so tonight, i'll still deal with my car, need to find a street spot and get it out of the college facility overnight....! parking is a major pain in queens as it's pretty crowded!

i'm also GLAD i didn't skip my workout last night :) in the home stretch with little days off, just gotta try to get sleep as keep a routine as much as possible, despite the AMPLE distractions along the way!


Donkey on 03/21/2019:
What was wrong with your breakfast wrap?

Horn_of_plenty on 03/21/2019:
too much salami...too strong a taste...and i think the salami is slightly not fresh...


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legcramps - Wednesday Mar 20, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:30; 6 hours, 21 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 6-8:30; REST; 7 hours, 39 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7-8; 5 hours, 38 minutes

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6;

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; REST;

SATURDAY - Workout 10-11;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-4;


I'm playing a game of ping pong with my sleep schedule this week. Really twitchy sleep last night, so a longer day at work today is NOT going to feel good later. Yeah, I could already go for a nap.

I processed someone's time off request for next month and they are taking Fridays off all month (includes the Easter holiday). What a great idea. I should do that too, it would be so nice to have a whole month of long weekends. I'm also taking April 17th off. It would mean three extra vacation days. That's not bad. I get lots of holiday time - I've been working here for 18 years (!) and I get six weeks of vacation now. Three days is a drop in the bucket. So why do I feel guilty already and I haven't even requested them yet?!!

We made eggs for supper last night. Which was fine, until it wasn't. I guess I hadn't had eggs for a little over a week, and my stomach revolted. So that was fun.

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2019:
Last night i didn't get long sleep, but man did i sleep DEEP when i was asleep lol. you know, this morning i felt miserable (but also maybe due to TOM)....and as the day went on at least i'm eating healthy meals and i am actually feeling good at 3:30pm woohoo! maybe the same will happen to you?

I know this guy i used to work with and he also did a few weeks in a row of Fridays off. Sometimes, you just have to take care of yourself, as long as you are productive on your work days! After my vacation at the end of April, I'm adjusting my time off to be shorter periods and more frequent, kinda like the guy who took Fridays all month.

WOW 6 weeks huh!? nurses get that kinda time over here, but not many office workers. I get 3 weeks and 5 sick days (so it's like 4 weeks) which is pretty decent though!

Sorry the eggs didn't work for you...did you have them with any toast?

legcramps on 03/20/2019:
Yeah I did have them with toast; it just hit me hard this time!


horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2019:
maybe you hadn't eaten in awhile....and your stomach was very empty. this happens to my dad!


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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Mar 19, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

evening edit:  seriously came home to a note that said i should move my car out of my garage for a continuous length of time while the garage roofs are replaced....i had thought if i ever had to do this again, to pay for parking at the nearby college tennis center...so instead of starting an earlier workout, i got ricky to drive with me over there around 7pm so i could pay the $40 for 6 months of parking there and he could drive me home....i will now walk the 2mi to get my car when i need it ;)...will not be needing it much i guess until the roofs are over (probably 3-4weeks of garage non-use!) no biggie. i cannot believe they let us know the NIGHT BEFORE we had to move our cars...at least i had a good option instead of horrible street parking finding spots all week ....i hope my car doesn't get "booted" at the college for leaving in mostly in the same place every 3-4 days...they told me that it usually isn't enforced...we shall see....

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TOM is finally here, i feel like crud for sure. leg crumps and very tired...this too shall pass!

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Sleep: wayyyy better. around 8hrs, slightly getting used to the time change, still a little more groggy than usual though in the mornings.

Kombucha 50

Snack at work: mocha coffee 100 and bar 200 and a piece of less sweet (different chef this time but i loved it) caraway seed Irish Soda Bread. yum! 150 (could be more) 

Breakfast: wrap 80, avo 100, salami 100. 300.    more soda bread, butter :) SO GOOD.

lunch: very tasty offerings, from home: chicken thigh from friend from weekend so good 150, okra small amount 100, chips 150, tomatoes 50. 450. 

4:30pm almonds 100, chocolate 50. half apple 50

dinner: wrap 80, egg 70, very creamy saag and mushrooms 200?350, iced coffee 50

coconut water during exercise 150

11pm bar after exercise, higher in carbs 250

2200. good.

4day

 

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After a whole week of sensing it's arrival, TOM finally is here. Ah thankfully bc it needs to come back next month and leave before Paris on the 26th! LOL.

 

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 03/19/2019:
I love Irish soda bread - that's one of the breads where I cannot get enough. That is to say, any ol' loaf of bread, I can definitely pass up, or be OK with just a slice. But when it comes to Irish soda bread - I have to eat the whole loaf. I just love it.

horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
i'm behaving. it tastes good both ways the sweet way yesterday and caraway seed version today.


legcramps on 03/19/2019:
Great job on your sleep!

horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
seems though i needed more lol....not used to time change yet! :( otherwise though, i do feel better than yesterday!


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innerpeace - Tuesday Mar 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0

DH smoked meats over the weekend. The YA gave DH a turkey breast and he smoked that and a pork roast and a smaller full turkey. Turkey is not my favorite. DH sliced up the turkey breast and added cheese and panko and heated it in the over for dinner. It was just OK, I didn't really care for it, but I didn't have to make it, so that makes it taste better.

I used the left overs and made turkey salad out of it, the pickle relish and light mayo helped this out considerable. I would never eat turkey again and I don't think this would phase me.

The first night of the week DH goes back to work is noticed...by me and the dogs. I turn on the radio to drown out the outside noise that will make them bark and run up and down the stairs. This was after the radio went off, they barked and barked and took turns running outside. DH gets home and they bark some more. I think he comes to bed after 1:30 - almost 2:00. The fire alarm goes off at 3:30. It wakes me up, DH doesn't here it. I go downstairs and see that the electricity is turned off. The fire alarm is wired to the house electric and the battery was low, so it went off. DH made it stop buzzing. I reported the outage and was told it would be fixed by 6:30...it wasn't.

I called work and told them I would be late. I had dreams of property inventory and not getting work done. The new time for repair was 8:30.

My message of coming in late was not given to my boss and he texts asking if I was OK. touched...I told him I had electricity problems and I would be in shortly.

The house was cold now and it was hard taking a shower. The electric came back on just as I was leaving to come to works...someone this didn't surprise me.

Got into a little tiff at work with someone. He asks me for account numbers for our electricity accounts for work. I ask him why. He says there is another meter outside that he doesn't know who it belongs too, but one of our buildings is hooked into that meter and not one of ours. Well this is just wrong to me and I want to call and find out who the meter belongs too. He says, this isn't your business. I just wanted to know what our account numbers are, you gave them, so mind your business.

Wow, just wow! I hate shady business doings and I told him about it. I told him I don't do lying and cheating and if something was amiss, we need to make it right. He again told me, I am just doing what I was told and I don't want you to get too much involved and/or know too much to get anyone else into trouble. Whatever, he said the person who hooked the building electricity up didn't know there was more than one meter and he is long gone from our office. Regardless if you know something shouldn't be happening I still want to make it right. The whole thing ended up being, someone back in his shop cut a lock they weren't supposed to, to open the meter, and that is why they don't want to call right at this moment. The situation is crap and now I wish I didn't know anything about it. I will see how this pans out in the end...but it'sn not my business.

Looking forward to warmer weather.

Have a great evening. IP

 

Horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2019:
i guess you find turkey dry would be my guess?

I like a roasted turkey...wish i could have tasted your smoked one as i LOVE the taste of smoked food!

you know, if i were you, don't let that work situation phase you. you are out of it. sometimes it's better just to give the info and not as questions. then, when there is a problem later bc of shady stuff, you won't get blamed. i wouldn't let it bother you in the least. just concentrate on your other involvements like at home with DH :) work is work.


legcramps on 03/20/2019:
Ugh, that sounds like a rotten sleep. One thing after another. And then a bad day at work on top of it all. I would be upset about the work situation too, I completely understand. I hate shady dealings.


Donkey on 03/21/2019:
I'm not a big fan of turkey either.


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legcramps - Tuesday Mar 19, 2019

Weight: 0.0

THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 6:30-7:30; 6 hours, 21 minutes

TUESDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 6-8:30; REST; 7 hours, 39 minutes

WEDNESDAY - Work 8-4; Work 5-7; Workout 7-8;

THURSDAY - Work 8-4; Workout 5-6;

FRIDAY - Work 8-4; Coach 4:30-8; REST;

SATURDAY - Workout 10-11;

SUNDAY - Workout 2-4;


The group training last night went pretty well; I was glad to be able to get in some exercise on my usual OFF day, and it was especially good to be pushed a little bit from a coach - sometimes, that little extra push is what you need to turn a mediocre workout into something amazing!

Plus, as I was driving home afterwards I noted that I felt much more energy than I usually do on a Monday night.

I forgot I have an evening meeting tomorrow night, so I may not get in a workout like I wanted to. No big deal, if I get it in that will be awesome, if not that's ok too!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
Good luck at your meeting tomorrow, i just realized now it's part of your job to attend them!

better sleep last night, good :)

keep on !


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Donkey - Tuesday Mar 19, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 133.0

Logging in today from HOME because I have TIME!  Doctor's appointment is at 10am.  I am taking this free time to do ME things and enjoying every minute of it!

My husband and my daughter are in Chicago to watch my son get sworn in again to enter the Air Force.  At least that's what we hope.  He was told yesterday that he was a no-go because he had a band-aid on his finger.  So after spending 3+ hours in Urgent Care to get a doctor's note to say that this was not an open wound.  Hopefully, that was acceptable to whomever the decision maker is about these sorts of things.  My son has the worst luck of anyone I've ever met.  My husband just texted me to say that it's a go.  He'll be sworn in at 10am.  RELIEF.

With this extra time, I decided to do my upper body routine with heavy weights this morning.  This will make the evening more relaxing, especially if I end up staying later at work to catch up on emails.  I was motivated and enjoyed the workout, although now I feel a little sore in my arms.  That's OK.  If I want, I can do some exercises tonight with lighter weights.  Funny how all this weight training using heavier weights isn't bringing the results like 30 days' worth of push-ups.  I never thought about adding push-ups to my routine.  Hmm...

Yesterday was so stressful at work.  I have 2 computers that I use, one has Windows 7 and the other has Windows 10.  I don't use the one with 10 - even though it's the better computer - because my templates are not saved on that computer.  Well, yesterday, our lawfirm database wasn't working on my old Windows 7 computer, so I had to try to work with the Windows 10 computer while trying to fix my 7 computer, while fielding calls and actually work.  It wasn't just my computer, but not all of the Windows 7 computers were affected.  Male Co-Worker ended up going home and getting his laptop to install the lawfirm software because he could not get it to re-install on his work computers.

After this fiasco, I decided NOW was the time to start copying templates that I use to the 10 computer.  So I went home for lunch and got my thumb drive and stayed late at work to copy files.  I suppose eventually I will transfer them over to the hard drive on the 10 computer, but at least I have them now, and they are portable.  The bright side of all of this is that I put in enough extra time at work to make up the time I will lose this morning because of the appointment.  So no losing sick or vacation time for me - YAY!

It's all about balance!

Funny thing about this morning is that I realize that if I worked part-time, I could manage to do the things that I like to do and have availability for my husband AND still have something to keep me in the game.  I was uplifted today by a post in one of the fitness Facebook groups I belong to, where the lady is turning 56 and getting ready to start her new job as a pilates instructor.  How cool is that?  One of my biggest real fears is that I will be in my early 50s and out of a job.  Once you are 50, it is REALLY hard to find a new job.  This is not a myth.  I have this first-hand from many people who have been in this position.  That is one of my biggest fears about leaving the job I have now - if we were to move and I'd be unemployed, 49, and looking for a job.  However, I might be in that position anyway if my boss decides to retire.

I think Someone is trying to tell me something...  It is my true belief that God speaks to us all the time.  We just have to know how to hear Him.

 

Progress as of today: 53.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

legcramps on 03/19/2019:
You could definitely add push ups to your routine. If your arms aren't at least a little sore after a heavier weights session, then you're either not doing enough or not lifting enough :)

And I don't mean sore as in "holy something in there is very painful and feels torn or broken", I mean "oh when I touch that spot it feels kinda tender, and geez it kinda hurts to bring that cup of coffee to my mouth".

I think it's awesome that your friend is starting a new job as a pilates instructor. That's why i've been working so hard to get my fitness certification in now, because when I retire from my full time job, I want to be able to continue what i'm doing as a coach.

Donkey on 03/21/2019:
Thank you - I think I will add them in April.


innerpeace on 03/19/2019:
Great job for your son, I hope he likes it. My son is in the air force stationed in Georgia, he will be going to Hawaii in August. I don't think he particularly likes it but he is afraid he won't be able to find a job in the civilian world at 33.

and by law employers are not supposed to discriminate age, so you know you can get a job...you probably don't look a day over 25. lol.

We have windows 10 now and it takes a bit to get used to, good luck with that. Great job on your weight training.

Donkey on 03/21/2019:
Thanks!


Horn_of_plenty on 03/19/2019:
You should enjoy YOUR time AM. I'm glad you are able to have a bit of time before your appt. Wishing it goes well for you.

Congrats again to your son. Keep motivating him. It can be a struggle, but it will be so great if he continues on...

I highly recommend pushups. if you cannot do them yet, doing ones on your knees or even "wall pushups" is a start. pushups do wonders.

we were JUST talking at work (my supervisor and i) how we need to save all the files so she especially will be able to take them with her when this project finally ends (not close yet!)

yeah, i have heard that employers do not generally like to hire older, but, i will tell you that where i work now, i have seen 50's get hired..so..not sure what to say about that!


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horn_of_plenty - Monday Mar 18, 2019
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 114.5

kombucha - not working tho 50

breakfast: coffee and hot choc mix 100, bar 210

snack wap 80, av0 80, salami 50. 210

Lunch: tofu 2 pcs 200, lots of indian okra 250?, irish soda bread (cake) (coworker baked it and it was GREAT!) 200 small pc. 650.

snack: i have an apple and a tasty drink 150 total, later almonds 100

snack blueberries and drink 150

dinner: chicken thigh 150 tops and cauliflower big pizza crust not more than 300 though. 

2100, tops. probably less!

dinner: i'll try to exercise earlier with my leg routine and get to bed early as in at 8:30pm...if possible, that is.

in the mood for a light dinner, really...liquidy prefered like a yogurt..

evening remarks: came home walking in the sunshine - time change is good for a mood boost ;) ... and i was home early around 6:15pm! couldn't believe it. had some blueberries and low cal drinks and started leg work early so that i'll be DONE around 7:30pm...must remember to do this on Leg Days :) EARLY START TIME :) 

so bed will be nice and early tonight.

3day: 2060, excellent.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 03/18/2019:
I'm so glad you had a good weekend! It looked like it was the perfect mix of relaxing and activity; good for you :)

Irish soda bread cake sounds so delicious - was it special for St. Patrick's Day?

Bed early sounds good to me LOL!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
yes, she made it homemade and special for Saint Patrick's! it was AMAZINGLY good but i didn't have too much as i've been gaining and i'm more careful right now!

bed early shall be GREAT! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 03/18/2019:
yes, she made it homemade and special for Saint Patrick's! it was AMAZINGLY good but i didn't have too much as i've been gaining and i'm more careful right now!

bed early shall be GREAT! :)


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