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thinkpositive - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

 
hi,

a good start to the week . Some social distance family get togethers on Monday. Golf on Tuesday . A good long walk today. 
keeping track of calories on My Fitness Pal. Staying under 1300 calories. Can't seem to get my Fitbit to synch with My Fitness Pal.

Next challenge is to cut back on daily glass of wine. 
 

Will check back  soon, hoping for some progress this week.

 

 

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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 115.0

 Good morning and boyyy did I sleep in!

10:45am late breakfast - oats cold with coconut milk 200, dried jackfruit just a little left 200, coffee 50, gummies 100...

550

2pm snacks gummies 200, seltzer , 1 small chocolate, full fat yogurt with stevia and cocoa 250

1000 cals .

dinner fries 450?, salad with dressing 150, leftover pork loin 100, gummies 200

1900

prob do weights tonight was a busy last 3 days so happy to have a relaxed day. Might skip weights until tomorrow. will call Christine later in afternoon and spoke to French friend this AM for 1.5 hours from 11am-12:30pm. Reading my book and having my

skipping weights until tomorrow. Tired day but got an hour walk in. 

Progress as of today: -5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

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bearcountrygg - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

The local station isn't working today.....it popped on just long enough to tell us that it would be in the 80's today.............so I could wear summer clothes for sure...YET......with the AC...it will be just like winter in here...so i need warm clothes....LOL....my summer quandry has once again started........layering......my only answer.

Poor cat.....his worm meds and his harness and leash both arrived yesterday.....my guess is that he must think yesterday was the worst ever.........fight to get him in the harness ( which he escaped from outside).....me yelling NO...when he finally found his chance to explore the yard for the first time ( lucky for me that he automatically stops whenever I say no)...then...getting back in his house prison.to get wrapped in a towel and .. to have worm meds forced into his mouth......poor guy....totally confused and suspecting that we aren't such nice people after all........

Of course......after making a trip to the bank yesterday...a check for 48 cents arrived in the afternoon!!!!!!    48 CENTS....the cost to mail it was more than the check.........this has been happening for the last year.......stock that splits off into small little companies must issue dividend checks...........and .........it's crazy.......I could toss it.......waiting for another ck to arrive would take too long........so.......I end up adding 4 dollars and 52 cents in cash....and depositing it.  This will be done the next time I go to town........I probably spend more gas money doing this than the 48 cents.  BUT...I will be darned if it stops me from cashing it...it's the principle of the thing!!!   They will not force me to rip it up!!!!     I'm getting that 48 cents if it costs me a couple of dollars to do it!  OKAY.....rant over.

Plenty aroung here to keep busy with. 

Going to follow Annies lead.....and make a list of things to do......and then pick one each time I get the urge to accomplish something.........that will get at least 1 thing done per day.....and likely more.

coffee with sf skinny syrup.......( note to self...don't buy that anymore....way to artificial to be enjoyable for me).....but i will use it up...because that is how I am.........( choke that stuff down...because i bought it...LOL)  Teach myself a lesson....be a lot more careful whart I buy...because I might just HAVE to eat it)

Breakfast ended up being chicken, a RX bar and a fiber one bar

Lunch was chili, brat and tater tots....using some odds and ends up

Donkey on 05/27/2020:
From yesterday's entry, I'd be interested in your impressions with MCT oil.

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
Haven't opened it yet but will definately give some sort of report on it.


Donkey on 05/27/2020:
None of the 7 cats I've owned tolerated a harness. If it's a choice between moving with a harness or flopping on the ground in protest, they all chose to flop.

Poor kitty! We've been giving Baby Kityy, aka Sick Kitty oral squirts of medicine for months now. She hates it. We hate giving it to her.

And then last night, she was such a mess that I gave her lower end a bath, but not after clipping her nails, for my own survival. I think that checks off all the boxes of things she hates to do.

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
This is the 2nd cat slipping out of a harness...not sure what to do now...i'm thinking adding some sort of straps under back legs? Don't know....this one pulled on the leash...then decided to walk...but slipped his front legs out and head...when he got tangled around a table leg.......UGH...poor things.


horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Ricky My friend is so great at fixing things - if we lived by you, he’d have that cat harness adjusted and working perfectly !

We also had nice weather today high 70s so nice !

I also am not a fan of many of the sf syrups out there bc of the same reason - too artificial tasting


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legcramps - Wednesday May 27, 2020

Weight: 0.0

MAY 21 - yoga/mobility 25 minutes

MAY 22 - yoga/mobility 20 minutes

MAY 23 - yoga/mobility 30 minutes

MAY 24 - yoga/mobility 30 minutes; bike 1.5 hours; walk 1 hour

MAY 25 - yoga/mobility 20 minutes; bike 1 hour

MAY 26 - yoga/mobility 20 minutes; bike 50 minutes

MAY 27 - yoga/mobility 20 minutes

I've been battling with a cluster/migraine headache since Sunday morning. Not too sure what it's from...sinus pressure, shooting pain, swollen eye, sensitivies to light, nausea and upset stomach. We had a bit of a storm last night and I immediately felt better afterwards so I thought maybe it was barometric pressure or something, but no. This morning it was back, but it's not as bad so that's good.

Going to try for another bike ride tonight. Then helping BF's daughter with homework. BF should be coming to visit also. A busy night.

My gym is doing a daily check-in challenge - drink 64 ounces of water and eat at least three servings of veggies each day. They started it on Monday and so far, i've hit the targets two days in a row. Pretty impressed, especially since I normally have a hard time getting those veggies in. Looks like I will have to go out and buy some more already today.

That's it from me. I wish I was feeling better!

horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Yes ! Those veggies are what I need to buy the most often lately :)

Nice job on biking !!!


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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday May 26, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Breakfast and snack:  Croissant 350, egg100 bacon 200..coffee 50 700, later some gummies 

 

 

watching my friends daughter today while she goes back to work .....I hope she's doing her hw ? She is being quiet on her I pad .....I just hope she is doing the hw lol I am having a snack... will also cut strawberries and make chicken at my friend's house now ....I will remind her daughter when to go on zoom class meeting then we eat then I'll let her finish her hw if she's not done before we go outside for a walk ....then back to my apt to play with piggies ....lol different kind of day over here :)

 

 

***test edit by ddwebmaster 05/27/2020***

Progress as of today: -3 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
That is different....How old is she?

horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
10 :) end of 5th grade so not bad :) and she’s smart


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Nice piece of chicken that I cooked here at her house ! 300, chips 200. 500.

1300.....


bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
She is at a nice age......enjoy your company for the day.

horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Yes not too terrible but is fussy and testy about doing hw :/ (homework) and there was quite a bit and we didn’t finish !!


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
1600..... 4 packs gummies today lol

horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Kombucha 1650, salad 150

1800....


Donkey on 05/27/2020:
Are you still having problems with DD, being able to update/edit your entries? That is so odd! I'll be on the alert for that to happen to me.

horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Yeah :(


horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Total cals 2060


ddwebmaster on 05/27/2020:
I left a response in the "Cannon edit entries" forum topic.

horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Yayyyy it’s fixed ....!!!


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Donkey - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 I had thought about editing yesterday's entry last night,  but didn't want to dwell too much on the negative today,  so here is everything all in one:  the good,  the bad,  the ugly - in no particular order. 

First,  to be accountable,  I did not do weights Monday or yesterday.  I did do push-ups last night. 

Second,  as yesterday was the hottest day so far,  I wore my tan capris bottoms,  which sad to say,  were no longer loose,  but almost too tight.  If I had been at home,  I would have unbuttoned the waist button and possibly loosened up the zipper, or better,  changed out of them.  They were a little snug in the thigh too.  Scales lie,  but clothes don't. 

So now on to my concern today.  My daughter has 3 coworkers who have tested positive for COVID.  She doesn't work directly with either,  but the latest case works closely with a mutual friend, which my daughter had recent contact with. 

The mutual friend employee has a vulnerable parent at his home.  And my husband is also vulnerable. We did a little brainstorming,  but came up with no solution other than to pray and hope for the best. 

The friend- coworker who was recently diagnosed doesn't have all of the symptoms and asked TWICE to be tested, with the 2nd request granted. 

So there's that.  

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
Weight shifting...it's a thing....the scales are not always a good gauge. BUT...you are monitoring it so that will help ( there was a time...when I watched the scales go up without a care in the world....never again...so keep monitoring, I know you can. The virus situation....that is scary....I also don't know the solution other than to get everyone in your house's immune systems pumped up immediately so that you have a chance at getting a milder reaction if it comes to that. Possibly replace bathroom hand towels with paper towels for now. Maybe she should stay in her room or a specific area of the house away from her Dad.........I'm sure she is also concerned with his and your safety too.......Hopefully she wasn't infected.....((Hugs))


horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Thank gosh we know the verdict after they finally approved the request to be tested.

It’s scary with the vulnerable population indeed especially when they are your loved ones.

My weight is at its higher point that it’s been for many months - just keep doing what you have been doing and don’t give up on yourself. :)


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grannyannie - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.0

One thing I can't find any more in the supermarket is Quorn pieces and mince (vegetarian) which hubby uses in curries and chilis. So I've been buying boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead (chicken breast is too dry).  Or he uses chickpeas or other beans. Sometimes tofu.

Many people where I live take the ferry over to the city and do their shopping - bigger stores, lower prices, more variety. But they can't do that now as you have to prove that your travel over is essential.  So that means everybody is shopping in the same 2 stores. 

Plans for today:

I'll choose a household chore from my list to do today.  Probably clean one or both bathrooms.  Need to make a list of exercises to do every day - even if it's just doing stretches. 

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/27/2020:
That's a good idea of having a list of chores or projects to choose from.

That quinoa bar sounds yummy!

grannyannie on 05/27/2020:
I do better with lists and plans.


bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
Trying your list idea today....so far...so good.

grannyannie on 05/27/2020:
It helps. I'm undisciplined.


horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
A little chicken is a good change to the Quorn :)

grannyannie on 05/28/2020:
It is very tasty!


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday May 26, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Beautiful day....have to head out to the bank and then back home........Stimulus check showed up on friday....so need to take care of that............Slept a good 7 hours last night and feel like I'm full of energy today...so taking advantage of that....got a lot done yesterday which spurs me on again today.............

Coffee....and multi vit, extra c, extra D, extra omegas, zinc, turmeric, baby aspirin, elderberry...not hungry yet...so waiting on that.

Big order of a lot of small things coming from Amazon today...( things we would have gone out to buy ourselves....Amazon sure comes in handy sometimes).....( cat harness and leash so I can take him out on the deck, wormer for cat and puppy, multiple car cleaning things that D wanted, D's glucosomine, can opener, MCT oil....to try out)......Amazon is quite amazing.....just not ordering magazine subscriptions form them anymore...that was a disaster....in fact no more magazine subscriptions for me anymore at all....D gets lots.....but I'm not renewingg anything...I need to read all of the books we have here...and then pass them on.........lots to work with there.  I like to finish a book and then if it isn't a keeper i put it in the free library at the grocery store...(in their foyer)....I see they have removed that for now understandably....but hopefully it comes back in the future......I will hold onto donations for that until it returns.........

Did the big overhaul in my clothes closet yesterday and love it......still working on the mess I created in the bedroom though....today I tackle that.......no need to keep suitcases in my closet if we aren't going anywhere.....to the basement with those now.

Dressed and ready to start the day.

banking done, bills sent, trips to town are short when i don't stop at any stores....and that could be a good thing. 

Yogurt for breakfast

Lunch = chicken, potatoes, granola bar, chocolate

Dinner = shaved beef with cheese, rice with kale and granola bar

Thought this was interesting...according to Dr Berry...any oil higher that 20%  is not conducive to a long healthy life.

 

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
Sounds like you have a busy, full day ahead! :-)

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Got a lot done already just waiting for the bank to open at 9:30


Donkey on 05/26/2020:
I wish we could edit our comments. But I wanted to add that a nice day and good sleep are wonderful things!

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Yes they are......I'm working on not napping during the day...some days i succeed......it really helps me to sleep better at night if I don't nap.


grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
Busy day! I feel better when I clean out a closet or something.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Me too...just spurs me on to do more.


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
That’s adorable you can take the cat outside on a leash !!!

I’ve just renewed and received my gumMies order from amazon! Lol ! Soooooo many!

It’s good to feel comfortable with some things you need off amazon at this time.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
The harness and leash arrived...took him out on the deck...and he escaped from it...he was standing at the steps and ready to run down...when i told him NO and luckily he stopped.....Ugh...I need to alter it somehow to make it work I guess.


grannyannie on 05/27/2020:
We use Amazon UK ALL the time! Especially now.

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
It was great...everything appeared on the front porch in 3 packages yesterday..........It definately is keeping us out of the public and for that we are grateful.


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innerpeace - Tuesday May 26, 2020

Weight: 328.9

Lots of ramblings and thoughts...

Sunday I went out - first time going some place other than work for two months. On the way we passed a community college - they had a big display on a field that was so beautiful. It was to represent all the graduates. It was touching and for the first time I felt sad for the ones who couldn't partake in the ceremony.

We were going to the Home Store (home decorations and stuff). Lots and lots of people there for the big sale. I didn't know there was a big sale...so great for me. I did have my mask on. About 80% of the people had masks on.  There were one way signs on each aisle that I didn't notice until I walked down a few aisles the wrong way. I got hot and irritated with my mask on. Why was I wearing this stupid thing?  Once I got in the long line at 1:28...I people watched of course. I wondered why the people NOT wearing masks weren't and what did they know that I didn't? I maintained my distance, but then I touched and picked up a lot of stuff and then wondered how well my mask would work if there a virus on those things. Not just COVID-19, but any virus. We got out to the car about 2:15 - so it was a good 30 minute wait in line.

I was better when I got home....

Monday the girl came over and DH smoked a lot of meat...turkey, chicken, ribs.

Once the meat was smoked DH had it laid out on the counter. It looked disgusting to me. If you've ever seen 600 pound life or any weight loss show with skin removal surgery...all the meat looked like the skin removed. It just really disgusted me. I had a hard time especially with the turkey...I don't like turkey anymore. I had a few ribs and this was hard for me too, especially after I bit a piece of beat and all the other stuff came off as well - all the - i don't even have words for what it is - the membrane that protects the bone I guess.  And then I wonder why we even eat ribs.

DH told me a story that was told to him by his best friend's wife's sister - her name was Dot. He said Dot was a cook in a prison for a very long time and she learned this story from someone in the prison. She said the slaves started eating ribs, because that is the only portion of the pig the owners would give the slaves to eat. So the slaves cooked up the ribs and learned to cook them well and ate the meat from the rib bones. They cooked them so well, this turned into what it is today with rib cookoffs and let's all eat a meal made with ribs.

Me...I think I was more happy eating salad - so after all this disgust...I may be back on my vegetable kick!

And the girl left at 7:00....then soon she texted me the question....the question I will have to answer...I am struggling with this so I am trying to think through my answer here.

THE Girl: When can Anthony come over?

OMG...how do I answer this?

Me: At first I thought about being funny and my reply was: IDK you are lucky you get to come over

(Because she has step nieces and nephews running in and out of her mom's house and we don't know where on earth they are coming from or where they have been.)

TG: Do you have an idea of when?

M: what are you going to do? How long will he stay? Does he have a mask? Will your dad have to go and get him? Has he been around anyone with corona? Does he know anyone with corona? Has he been around anyone who may have had corona and recovered? Has he been tested for corona?

TG: What we used to do. The usual time when he came over before. Most likely will. I'm sure he has a mask he was messing around with one. Not that I've know of. No he doesn't. No he hasn't he doesn't leave his house. He's never gotten sick.

M: How does his family feel about him coming over?

TG: His mom is OK with it.

M: I'll think about it.

DH and I have had a long conversation about this...my first thought is - previously when the kid came over we had a love seat in the family room - we have since gotten rid of this love seat - so I worry about where he will sit - there are now two living room chairs and a rocker down there - great - social distancing...they can remain six feet apart. And then DH has already been in the vehicle with him when they "surprised" the girl that one day...and that has been well over two weeks ago - wouldn't we all be sick if he had it then?

I can never be sure and I just want to stay safe...

We have to wear masks at work - with the issues I've been having with my face - this is not good for me.../

Work on puzzle continues, I may be 1/2 finished.

I will continue to wash hands and pray to stay safe and sane.

Have a great day! IP

 

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 118.9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
I watch that show too......I think if that meat reminded me of what they remove in skin removal surgery...I probably wouldn't want to eat it either.....nothing wrong with being a vegetarian! Turkey just messes up our stomachs...so we rarely eat that. Now ribs.......those are hard to resist here. Does the girls mom let Anthony go to their house?

innerpeace on 05/26/2020:
No...the girl doesn't take Anthony to her mom's house because her step-dad is a crazy freak and she said she doesn't want Anthony to meet that side of her family yet. I see the point. This is the step-dad who she can't tell she has service on her Iphone. And I'm pretty sure it also has something to do with her step-sister.


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
I also wear the masks inside places of enclosed business! Smart thing to do!

I may be sorta off my meat kick soon too and craving veggies :-)


Donkey on 05/27/2020:
I'm having some difficulties with meat lately too.

What you described at the store is actually why I've been avoiding shopping, putting things off as long as possible. Example, I'd like to buy new pillows and birdseed but that's not essential.

I'm going to be a stick in the mud and vote NO for Anthony coming over to the house. Outside OK, maybe.


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Donkey - Tuesday May 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Back to work today.  That's okay.  

Male Co-Worker works for half a day,  leaves for his pre-op COVID test,  and then is off for the rest of the week for hernia surgery. 

I am looking ahead,  because I like to be mentally prepared,  for our office to unlock the front door and accept walk-in clients.  This is difficult.  I do not like it.  And someone explain to me why I, the busiest assistant,  is also the receptionist...

I have replaced the stroopwaffel cookies with ice cream.  Had a bit of a struggle yesterday,  but I don't think I did too much damage. 

Participated in online Studio Yin Yoga. The instructor, who is the owner,  asked for MY opinion on owning the studio!  I'm so honored!  I said that I would be ok with going,  but would probably wear a mask and bring my own props, rather than using what the studio has as far as supplies. 

I didn't want to insult her,  but most of the time,  I'm the only student there! So instead I said that I appreciated that her studio is an intimate space and not real big, which also helps me feel more comfortable. 

Some of the other studios in the area have space for 20+ students.  No thank you.  That's too many folks in a confined space for me. Just because you can fit 20+ people in the rim doesn't mean that you should. (This is one of the reasons I don't go to one particular studio.)

No yoga today, and I might have husband turn on the air conditioning today.  Hot and humid. 

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
We turned on our air this weekend...it is more comfortable and keeps me moving around...it wasn't that many years ago...that we didn't have ac......oh the misery of that. Yoga sounds like exactly the thing for gentle movements.....It's been awhile for me again.....and I'm noticing that I'm having more leg cramps again...i think more water is needed...but wondering if the yoga was helping that too.


innerpeace on 05/26/2020:
I've been having conversations over mask wearing as well... We also turned on our AC this weekend - my puzzles pieces were sticking to my arms. And after mowing it was cool and refreshing. I do miss the airiness the open windows bring - but it was a bit uncomfortable with no wind blowing and the ceiling fans just wasn't making a big difference.


grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
I'm so glad I'm retired during a time like this! No worries about job, kids out of school or change in income.

Donkey on 05/27/2020:
^This. 100%

I mean I still work, but do glad my kids are adults in this time.


bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
What Annie said!


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Wonderful you can suppprt the yoga teacher and I’m sure she loves having YOU as her student .she should prob stick to more online training during this time right ?

The busiest people always get wrapped up in even more work - you are the reliable one !!!!


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grannyannie - Tuesday May 26, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.0

Finished the shopping this morning at 7am for my friends and I.  Dampness meant biting midges were all around as we queued up for 7 am opening. Only 2 bites. Wore my mask as usual.  Maybe 4 or 5 others wore one.  Not enough.

Dusting and hoovering the living room.

Partly cloudy and warm today so might ride my bike later.  

Yes, I had a few beers out on the patio yesterday.  Starting talking about my son and made me sad.  No, I'm not worried about becoming an alcoholic. If I was destined to be one it would have happened decades ago.

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
I'm beginning to get to know quinoa....and find it a nice rice alternative...it seems to be a good base for lots of things...but I don't think I have seen a quinoa bar...sounds interesting. Hope you have nice weather today Annie.

grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
We used to eat quinoa instead of rice occasionally, but don't have any in the house right now. The quinoa bars I eat are made by a British company. https://perkier.co.uk/ They are gluten free which hubby needs but I don't. He is very fussy and not a snacker but he loves the Cacao & salted caramel quinoa bars. They have nuts, dates, cacao, sea salt, caramel. 137 cals, protein, fibre. Sunny today and mid 60's. But Sunday is to be 70 and sunny so looks like a socially distant garden party.


Donkey on 05/26/2020:
I'll say it again: I love to read your menus!

I like to shop early myself, but my husband prefers to go around 3p, which usually means dinner will be late.

grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
Thanks :) We only have 2 supermarkets in town. The hours at the big one are 6-7 NHS workers, and 7 on is anybody. So I get there at 7. It's supposed to be only 20 allowed in the store at once and 2 metres apart but I think they let in more than that now. I've always been a morning shopper as they run out of fruit and veg later in the day. Used to go after a gym workout around 9:30 or 10.


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Here in nyc almost everyone is wearing a mask !!!!

grannyannie on 05/27/2020:
Understandable. You got hit really hard and you are in crowded conditions. My entire peninsula has about 20,000 people.


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bearcountrygg - Monday May 25, 2020
(WW points)
Weight: 0.0

Bright and sunny today....birds chirping so that makes me happy

There has been a huge police presence around here since friday.......still plenty of non residents here....but very little racing on the roads.......they are now driving at the posted speeds..........so.....that is fine..........I've seen more police cars on our dirt road in the last 3 days....then I have seen in the entire town in many years.......we can deal with that.........even though we are still in lockdown......they are here....but I guess that isn't a crime?  At least they are not going 100 miles an hour anymore.

Still working on reorganizing my walk in closet....and I like it......but wow...the mess in the bedroom now.....LOL....today....I work on all of that.........will just be making a pile of donations and leaving them in the basement I guess,.......that stuff used to go in the car right away for dropoff....but no place to drop things off now....so no need to fill  the car up with that........I used to do the same thing with cans...also....no place to drop off now.......so they sit in the garage.

20 years of prepping is paying off........if we want or need something specific....I go.....but if we can make do with what we have here....we can last a long long time..........there was one other time when the prepping paid off.......and again now.......I sometimes have asked myself if it was worth it.........( the room it takes up...the continual rotation, D's aggravation about just the numbers of supplies......being called a hoarder( although this stuff was bought before the pandemic).).......and just the aggrivation of having it in my face all of the time....and my final answer is...YES YES YES...it was worth it........do I get irritation with the quantity of it...ABSOLUTELY!!!  Yes...some things have gone bad...it's obvious when you open a package and it's rancid( that happens with drygoods that have oils and grains in the package)........you know immediatly.  I've only had one can actually leak....and it was in perfect condition otherwise....it was cranberry sauce......well....out it went......there are some dented cans....I'm using those myself...and so far..they have been fine.........could I end up getting botulism?????  I suppose...but I think I would sense something is wrong before eating it......I have thrown out some things that I just didn't want to take the chance on.......I'm fine with that.  The bottom line is in the US...our supply chain has been broken.........and it's not improving............it will only get worse from here........it's time to pick up a few things each time you shop...to just set aside in case.  My family is all doing that.........they aren't buying out the store...they are picking up some extras each trip and stashing it away......the fact is....unless you have a garden and can or freeze extras..., have chickens for eggs and meat.......or....you have some things that keep stored away....you could be very sorry at some point in the next few months or years.....besides......if for some reason....you will be able to purchase what you need....it sure is nice to have that stash set aside....if you just don't feel like cooking, or you have a loss of income....or you just don't want to go to the store..........it is up to all of us to plan for these things...........Even our government tells us to have up to a years supply of food........they mention a minimum of 3 days...(OMG)......suggest 6 months and a year even better.  We are not mormon....but mormons have been keeping a years worth of food for a very long time. 

We have been happy to share with family and friends when they were in need.....that makes us very happy that we could ease their burden a bit......that will continue. 

It makes me happy to be able to have a back up when D says.........do we have anymore almonds, olive oil etc.......so far...I have been able to hand him what he asked for within minutes.

My frustration comes with the fact that I need to have it organized better.........and that is a ongoing issue.....working on that again today also.

As soon as D's prescritions are able to be renewed...I do that.....I would rather have too much of that for him...than not enough.

I'm just so much more relaxed knowing that I can come up with a solution...at home ...I may have to open a few bins....but I usually find it......and if not...it goes on a list for the next shopping trip.

I never clear shelves....I've built this up over time....1 or 2 at a time......it's not hard.....but it sure comes in handy at times.

Currently...we have enough food for at least a year....will me miss some things...absolutely......but will it keep us alive?  ABSOLUTELY.  We have enough dog food for more than a year...and enough cat food for several months.......( need to get a little more of that each trip)

When people were in a panic over toilet paper.......while I noticed there was none here for sale......and so many were going without.....we had plenty, as well as kleenex, laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap........

Being prepared for everything is not necessarily being a hoarder........instead...I believe that that it is being prepared to take care of myself and family when needed.....without stressing about it.  When what you need to survive is right there in your home there is such a feeling of peace and contentment.

Ok....enough about me and my suggestions..........I was raised by parents and grandparents that lived through the great depression......I have had many times in my adult life when there was only a couple of days worth of food in the house....and I wasn't worried..........but....there has also been lots of time pass...lots of water over the dam and under the bridge...lots of unemployment, prosperous times and weeks when the bills took up all of our income so we just didn't buy food......we never missed a meal.....but lets just say...that sometimes...there was  an awful lot of pancakes and macaroni and cheese..............but we made do..........and that is what I aim for again..........survival.....and while I can pick up an extra can or soup or 2 to set aside...I'm doing it...because it adds up.....and gives me peace. 

I hope everyone has what they need...wants are one thing...needs are something else....and once I started to prep....it became fun and a new hobby that actually has had a calming side to my life.  Times are changing....and i'm not as worried as I could be..........

Breakfast = coffee, multi vit, extra c, extra omegas,, extra D, zinc, turmeric, elderberry.....not hungery yet.  Building up our immune systems...so that we hopefully stay as healthy as possible.

Breakfast ended up being toasted english muffin with peanutbutter

Lunch was philly cheese steak sandwiches, baked beans and brown rice with kale and chia seeds

 

Donkey on 05/25/2020:
I found your insights on prepping to be very interesting! For one thing, I've never heard of a can leaking! Good to know that can happen.

Also, I learned that boxed goods can go bad, myself, when my daughter tried to massage a cake with an expired box. It probably would have baked ok and been edible, but it smelled "off".

Finally, I never considered the amount of time and organization it requires to maintain a stockpile pantry, with rotations and such.

On a different note, I've seen elderberry gummies at the drugstore, and have considered perhaps starting a regime or at least having some on hand for allergies and other maladies.

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
That leaking can surprised me too.. .so since...I always do wash the lid before opening...wait for the pop of air...look, smell...and make sure it seems normal. If it smells off...best not chance it...i agree totally. I think I can do better with the organization of it.....I have too many different things mixed together...but I lack shelves that would make it easier since it's in a walk in clothes closet.....I'm thinking maybe book cases? We are on our second bottle of the elderberry....and I'm not sure if it's helping or not but I don't think it's hurting anything......we are healthy so far.


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Exceptional, excellent post! I agree 100%. People call preppers hoarders, who didn't stock up a little here and a little there when they were able to do so, putting priority on getting their fingernails and toenails done at the salons in malls, instead, or other frivolous things they threw their money away on. Now, with our country at an employment rate just about the same as it was in the Great Depression, people still are not waking up and getting prepared, but instead are striving for the same lifestyle they have become accustomed to, and thinking that preppers are nuts. Anyone who has less that a month's supply of food and supplies put up, surely needs to take action quickly and get food and supplies while they are available. Stock up while you can. A hoarder is a person who is mentally ill and fills their homes with items they never use to the point of leaving themselves no space to live in inside their homes. A hoarder does not think about stashing food for the present and future, they think about stashing anything and everything they can get their hands on, whatever it may be, useful or not. People are not taking our economy seriously. They think it is just going to 'snap back' to how it was pre-pandemic, which was not good, even then but is greatly multiplied from that now. It is enough anxiety to deal with the pandemic and the lockdowns by themselves without adding worries about having not prepared for times when food acquisition might be very restricted. The grocery store that Hubby and I go to has entire areas of NOTHING...no toilet paper, forget rice, there have been times of not hardly any meat for sale, etc. You never know when you go in there what they will be out of but they are certainly out of a lot of items. In our town, bleach is not easy to find at all. Yes, we have some stored and thankful to the Lord we do. Very thankful to Him. I've tried over the past few years to add a little here and there when I could. For those who are beginners in prepping, I would advise to start working on a month's supply to being with, of basic foods like dry beans, canned foods, self-rising flour and oil or shortening to make bread (biscuits or fried bread, etc.), sugar, coffee, and creamer (forget expensive lattes), RICE, pasta, whatever you eat for breakfast (grits, cereal, oatmeal), canned meats you like, and don't forget to stock up on cleaning supplies, including bleach, as well as paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) and a good first aid kit would be my recommendation. Finally, have an alternative source of heat for where you live and also battery powered lanterns with batteries. A good oil lamp and lamp oil is something good to acquire, too. These are just some of the things that come to my mind. This is what I would recommend to new preppers. I should have written it on my post but didn't know I was going to write this much. Smile. Have a blessed day and again, thank you for your very informative post today.

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Maria...you know I agree with you 100%........so much GREAT advise here.....it isn't difficult to prep....but when you need it...is worth a million $.....We also have areas in our local store that are totally empty......the meat department one day had only chicken.......and then the next week...only beef.......our food chain has already been broken...recovery could take many years.......plants are shut down and will not just be able to run as normal right away.........if they can't get the goods they need to run...they won't run. The damage has been done and it's mighty. Being able to take care of ourselves will be the best thing we can do...instead of wasting our resources on unnecessary things. People will say they were caught off guard...they didn't know....well....they weren't listening then...because when they are hungry and have nothing to eat....they will cry the loudest. Right now....along with the staples you mentioned...and you also mentioned canned meat......that is something ( canned meat) that we are focusing on right now...any canned good with meat or chicken in it...or a can of solid meat/fish/poultry...... I think that meat may just disappear all together. Very good advise...thank you for your input.


grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
We've got everything we need. It was sparse at first but fine now.

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
That's great Annie......in the US...it varies greatly from week to week. The last time I shopped the cleaning supplies were bare as well as no TP....I didn't need those thankfully but anyone else that did still had to go without......Our Dollar General stores seem to be doing better at keeping things on the shelves...and I did pick up TP for a son there....but canned veggies were sparse........I hope the US can fix it...but not sure how long that takes......It's nice to see that Scotland is doing well though.


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
People talk about buying silver and gold...well that all well and fine if a person has it to spare to do so, but you can't 'eat' silver and gold. I'd rather have extra food and supplies, myself and to me that is a good investment. People are buying things for entertainment with their stimulus checks...thinking the economy is going to go back to the way it was pre-pandemic, which was not in good standing even then...I thought we might be in for an economic collapse before the pandemic, the way the US economy was going...As for the meat being restricted/not available, I think that the elite are preparing us all to accept 'Fake Meat'...lab-grown meat...I guess they think that if people get hungry enough for meat they will eat almost anything. No thanks. Very smart to get canned foods with meat in them. Anything with protein (but not fake).

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
I agree totally....they are already talking about the fake meat putting the meat industry out of business.....we will see....i bought a package of that fake hamburger several months ago...it's still in the freezer...D already has said he isn't eating it......I will at some point but haven't got there yet. I agree about the silver and gold...if you can't find someone to buy it from you...it's worthless. There is a new world order in progress and it's totally frightening....we can resist but I'm not sure how long we can hold it off....exposing the culprits has to happen.....but...in the meantime....we just need to be prepared and ready to survive on our own wits. We had the gold/silver discussion here.....not going with that......money may become worthless here as in Venezuela....but I'm willing to take that chance. I'm trusting banks for the moment.....and that may change at any moment. We are prepared to protect what is ours if you know what I mean....We give freely by OUR choice.....but will not fall prey to theft. Lets just say we are both good shots....and I will leave it there.


Donkey on 05/26/2020:
100% there with Maria. I just can't understand spending money - lots of it - on vanities like nails and such.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
Me neither........I've never had my nails done....hair salon only once in my life.......I'm a do it yourselfer too...LOL....we try to put the finances in places that we will benefit longer from...it's become a habit......


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
I wish I could see all your food storage ! You are very prepared !

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
It isn't very pretty right now...maybe sometime when I get it more organized I will be able to take pics.


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horn_of_plenty - Monday May 25, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 9am breakfast dd croissant 350 with egg and cheese 200 coffee 50. 600

 

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Off to pick up older futon which parents are giving me - throwing out my bob's couch which didn't last long and the material of fake leather got all frayed and peaked. Also uncomfortable !!!!

did weights last night so it's done with....

Feeling a little heavy and extra jiggly. It's TOM. Came with some pain this month but my face has cleared up quite a bit so that's good :)

Progress as of today: -3 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Happy Memorial Day !!!!


bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Happy for you that your skin is improving. although I never notice anything like that in photos....never heard of a bobs couch.

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Thanks I get acne around lower chin area and it’s not as visible in photos as in person.


horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Kombucha 50, 2 apricots 50

700


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Hope you have a good day, HOP!

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
To you too.


horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Arby’s fries a lot 500 pieces of roast beef 50

Weird eats doing lots of errands today with ricky can’t edit my entry

1250....

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Drink 100 and choc 1400


horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Pizza small 350, fried chicken 300, broccoli 50. 700

2100?

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
And pepperoni 50.

2150...

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Extremely busy two days today and tomorrow comment with everyone tomorrow.

horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Gummy peaches 100 2250....

Really long day and I cannot edit my entry - hopefully this will fix soon!


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Donkey - Monday May 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

I *FINALLY* remembered to check in with the scale this morning.  I'm such a creature of habit that I kept forgetting to do so,  even though I put the scale right by my  workout clothes. 

It is good that the numbers are going down.  Cutting out the stroopwaffel cookies was a good thing to do for now. 

I watched a movie last night and rode my bike while doing so.  Even though the bike  was set at the very lowest level,  my legs are feeling some fatigue this morning.  

It is raining this morning but I think that will clear up to a beautiful afternoon.  Truth be told, who cares?  As long as I'm home and not at work, I'm fine with anything.

I plan to do some legs and chest weights today.  If we're doing Studio Yin Yoga tonight, I will need to sign up.  Back to reality...

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Good idea putting the scales with you clothes.....!!! Great that the numbers were good......ahhh stroopwaffels.....thy kind of call me in the evenings sometimes.

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
It's funny-sad that I completely disregarded the scale by my clothes on Sunday. I guess "overlooked" is the correct word. Yesterday, though, it registered in my brain, Oh, there's the scale. I should weigh in. (LOL)


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Hope you have a good day at home today. You have a lot of stress you deal with when you are not at home, so time for relaxing and hope you enjoy your afternoon.

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
Yes, it was so nice. I know that this feeling will be fleeting once I step into the office. But I'll take what a can get as far as peace.


grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
Well done!

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
Thank you! :-)


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Really great to hear your weight is closer to where you want it - I also am probably going to have to watch things bc lately I feel loose.


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grannyannie - Monday May 25, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 169.0

Was not even tempted to have a beer or wine yesterday.  Socially distant garden party is changed to the weekend when the forecast is better. 

Today I do a click and collect at the supermarket.  Just sit in the car and the groceries are put in the boot.  I can get the majority of it this way, but always have a short-ish list of stuff I can't.  So I go back tomorrow to get the rest (wearing a mask and 2 metres apart) and also what our friends need that they can't get with click and collect.  This couple can't risk leaving the house at all (except click and collect which is no risk at all).  So I just leave what I buy for them on their porch. 

Did 60 minutes on the exercise bike yesterday. Will try to do something with dumbbells today - upper and lower body. 

Not much ambition to do housework. I do keep the kitchen clean and the laundry done and sometimes do hoovering.  Occasionally clean one of the bathrooms.  I think I should make a list of household chores and do at least one every day. 

I've already finished a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and am working on another one.  Very distracting. 

Plans:

Weights???

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/25/2020:
Good for you for breaking the string of days that you've consumed alcohol! So now you know it can be done, and can be done again.

That's so nice that you are helping your neighbors with shopping. Are you finding some foods difficult to come by? Shortages, that is.

I love doing puzzles with my husband. It's one of the few activites that we can do together.

grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
I know it can be done. I've often gone months without wanting anything. But we started talking about my son today while sitting out in the sun and cold beer sounded good. My concern is weight gain due to alcohol, not the alcohol itself. My husband isn't interested in doing puzzles, but that's okay.

grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
I can find almost any food we need. Rice was difficult for a while but fine now. Pasta was hard to find but we don't eat pasta.


bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Happy for you that you weren't tempted last night....since you would like to cut back. I gravitate back and forth with the housework....days of cleaning and then days of putting it off.....I get irritated with myself sometimes....and where i used to like scheduled days way back in the past out of necessity...now in retirement...I fight that...i try and try to make a schedule...and i somehow always seem to sabotage it.....right now...I'm just rolling with it and getting the work done when I'm motivated...if you figure out how to do it...please let me know...I'm open to suggestions because when I set a schedule...I don't want to get out of bed in the morning.

grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
I'm concerned with the carbs and calories in beer and the calories in wine, and alcohol overall is bad for weight loss. I made a list of 7 chores to do and plan to do one of them daily. Today did washing kitchen floor.


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
You are doing very well in your household chores each day, Annie. Now, if everyone else does the same we will all be doing well, too. Smile! Love you, Maria (hugs)

grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
Like many on lockdown I've had no ambition for anything, and top that off with grief and I really didn't give a ****. Now it's starting to bother me not having a really clean house.


bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Drinking calories does complicate things for sure....sounds like you are doing well with the chore schedule.....I think I over schedule each day and then it just looks impossible....good job!


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Calories liquid ones do mess me up !

Nice the other couple can Count on your help at the supermarket!


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thinkpositive - Sunday May 24, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

 
Hi,

I just posted but somehow must have checked on the private button. 
just touching base after being MIA for over a year. DD friends were very helpful back in 2011-2012;when I was living abroad. I was very grateful for everyone's encouragement. 
I will be reading your posts and plan to check in on a regular basis.

take care

 

horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
I remember you! Welcome back it seems this is an active time for DD members !


grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
I remember you as well. I just came back myself.


Donkey on 05/25/2020:
Welcome back!! Good to hear from you!


bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Welcome back.


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Welcome back.


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thinkpositive - Sunday May 24, 2020
(Eating healthy, watching carbs, exercise)
Weight: 0.0

 
Hi,

I just posted but somehow must have checked on the private button. 
just touching base after being MIA for over a year. DD friends were very helpful back in 2011-2012;when I was living abroad. I was very grateful for everyone's encouragement. 
I will be reading your posts and plan to check in on a regular basis.

take care

 

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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday May 24, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

10:45am Kombucha 50

11:30 breakfast sandwich whole wheat toast fried 200, egg 150, ham 100 with coffee 50. 500.

12:30 cake for bday 400

 Snack 2pm Swedish fish 200

4pm couple apricots 50 and drink 50

5pm before reading some of my stock book pineapple cottage cheese 100 and choc whipped cream 200

1550

Woke up real late! It's a hair cooler and overcast but no rain and going out walking with Ricky and friends with masks at a park 20mi away from us. Should be nice, I have never been to this park either. We are picking up breakfast sandwiches and coffee on the way too :-)

leftovers for dinner tonight :-) 

was a good day of being in the sun in rickys convertible and walking in the sun. I'm going to start wearing more sunblock like I did today :)

Progress as of today: -3 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Sounds nice!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
Finally had a nice walk in a new place :-)


bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
Breakfast sandwich....YUM!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
Great change of pace but I admit I like my own better :-)


Donkey on 05/24/2020:
Have you heard of a thing called a Quarantine Bubble? I saw it on PBS last night. A group of friends, who have a pact to follow all quarantine social rules, so that they can meet together in person in their small group. I thought of you and Ricky, since you kind of do this already.

Hopefully you will be with other citizens who value the health and safety of others to follow the public health protocols.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
Yes the people we were with were also pretty careful ;) though you can never be too careful right ?!

Ricky didn’t want to walk with them so I went on a different walk with him after talking to my friends...he was happy.


Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
Sounds wonderful! Enjoy your walk.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
A really wonderful outdoorsy day :-)


horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
Somehow I cannot edit but 2050 cals And prob one more snack tonight

horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
And a roti. Total 2200 :-)

horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
Did upper body weights, and at least 4mi walk today.

horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
And chocolate 2250. Hungry night.


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Maria7 - Sunday May 24, 2020
(Prayer and counting calories)
Weight: 152.0

  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 

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 

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Hello to you...

Had a shocking phone call from a friend named Linda this morning, announcing that our mutual Friend, Beth, passed away last nite.  She had been sick but was recovering at her home and was more worried about her Hubby, who was in the hospital, than herself.  She was a good Friend and she was a very sweet, loving person.  She took care of her aged Mother at her home and also many others of her family, including her Hubby when she was well before she got sick earlier this year.  Please pray for her Family.

I  visited Mama at her window at the nursing home today, who wants to know how much longer will it be before I can come inside and visit her in her room?  I tried to encourage her, telling her hopefully not long, but she said it will probably be "forever".  Mama has been sick and she didn't look too good.  Thank you for your prayers for her. 

Everything is opening up here in SC and Hubby and I still staying home mostly (except food store and me visit Mama at her window at the nursing home), while others we know come and go like they always have. 

I think our country may be going into a depression, if not already in one.  Gather food while you can and above all, stay close to the Lord. 

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Love, Maria

Progress as of today: 53 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
I'm so sorry to hear of your friend Maria....and also that you Mom has been sick....praying for all......I agree...there is more going on right now besides the virus.....this all goes much deeper.....and I agree.....food and household supplies are going to be harder to get......I've been a prepper for 20 years....and I have to admit...it has served us well during this difficult time....stay safe.

Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Thank you. Yes, for those who have not prepared for 'SHTF' time, now is the best time to do what they can while they can in the way of stocking up food and supplies while they are available and also before they become even higher priced. You are very smart to have been a prepper for 20 years.


Grannyannie on 05/25/2020:
So very sorry about your friend. Hugs.

Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Thank you, Annie.


Donkey on 05/25/2020:
I'm very sorry to hear about your friend. A very sad time for her family and friends.

(((hugs)))

Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Yes, it is, and thanks for the hugs, too.


horn_of_plenty on 05/25/2020:
Yes people are suffering more :(

Prayers for your mom and so sorry about your friend !


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Donkey - Sunday May 24, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

After forecasting a wet holiday weekend all last week, the weather here today couldn't be better:  sunny, a few clouds, warm.  I do not think it is supposed to rain here today, and tomorrow's chance of rain has dwindled down considerably.  After that, though, the rest of the week (when I'm inside anyway) is supposed to be rainy.  


I am quite dismayed this morning, to read on Twitter, that the states that have opened their beaches, water parks, hotels, and pools are having massive crowds - no social distancing, no masks, people saying that the virus is 99% survivable, that masks infringe on their civil liberties, that their mental health is also important (meaning that their mental health is more important that the physical health of others).  Just sad, sad, sad.  

(Reference Phoenix, Arizona; Ocean City, Maryland; and, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri)

So to focus on the positive, I am glad that the mayor of Chicago is keeping our beaches closed.  I am glad that our governor has instituted shelter-down policies for as long as he has.  I know that there are some inconsistencies, but overall, I'm glad that there are some politicians who do have some sense.  I was so touched by the governor of North Dakota, pleading tearfully to his constituents to wear a mask.  I feel the same way.


I have no real plans for today.  I would like to do weights, but my right shoulder is hurting again, from the weights I did on Friday.  I may do some Library Yin Yoga on YouTube.  She always has a wonderful way of calming me down. It is beautiful outside, and it may be nice just to spend time enjoying it, without having to DO anything specific.

We are having breakfast for dinner, and then tomorrow's dinner will be chili.  I found a recipe in a magazine for homemade crackers, so perhaps I will make those tomorrow, to go with the chili.

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Far too many people don't take Covid seriously. We are still on lockdown in Scotland until mid June. But when I do my weekly shopping there are never more than 3 or 4 of us wearing masks. Most are good about staying 2 metres apart and only a certain number are allowed in the store at one time. That's the only time I'm in public.


grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Be careful with your shoulder. I had trouble with mine for 2 years by injuring it lifting too heavy dumbbells.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
Chicago sounds like Nyc - our lockdowns are certainly not finished ! Too much density around my parts ! There’s certainly not a collective approach in the country but then again the density varies widely depending on population so - I understand a little the other states but I am sure the virus will spread more relatively !

I may try your library yin at some pin t - we will see !


bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
We had chili leftovers today...turned mine into chili fries.......and enjoyed it. I agree with Annie...i my shoulder and suffered with that for a couple of years...it took forever to the point that I thought it would never heal......now it's fine again...but I never want to go back to that...it lasted way too long.


Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
I'm with you on the wearing of masks. I think it is very important but so few, it appears, does it.


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