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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday May 17, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.5

 


5.17.22 Tues - dinner w. meeting 5-6-7p cultural club i'm in for union..7:30p back at home - strength quick tonight after BEFORE...try not to skip....not worth skipping...!

Breakfast: part of a roti (i guess they ARE coming in handy) 100 max small amount, with pb 100, coffee 50. 250., pb 100...350

snacks: banana and pb 300....lately i'm not counting and focusing & eating too much)

Lunch: micro meal healthier type; teriyaki chicken and rice and veg around 400 calories later, side salad of mixed greens prewashed container type with some caeser yogurt dressing lighter type 100. 500.

2:30p Tamarind gummies 50...good, but too good so will prob not buy again bc it's hard to stop at 1.

left work half hr early, 3p...to go home & exercise before meeting - decided last minute....boss easygoing...i told him i'll make it up tomorrow....this worked out REALLY WELL!

4:30p Snacks back at home in afternoon before strength: plum 50, coffee & choc wafers 150, 200

6p meeting...actually walked after, at least a half hour with friend from meeting!!!! weather was perfect. so today, i got BOTH cardio, strength & a meeting in! had 2 garlic knots - approx 400 tops; caffeine free diet coke also.

9p nice snack since i have the calories - pb m&m's 1.5 servings 200.kombucha. filling up, at least cals are in line :) 50.

2050.

-5p Early dinner at union: may buy a big diet coke to bring in case there's none - to keep my mouth satisfied during / before the meeting.....yes...it will keep me SANE! ha. but for real....


5.18.22 Wed -

work till 4p - thinking bike after work again (it's already in my car)...


5.19.22 Thurs - strength after work...


5.20.22 Fri - walking after work


5.21.22 Sat - staying home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM weights/strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


5.22.22 Sun - 10a-3p - may work early voting in my area for special assembly elections - if i am chosen, extra money is good. $100 - may cancel if i'm not assigned anything or before assigned for socializing with friends/family


5.23.22 Monday -

3:30pm leave work for Dr by me @ 5pm - Medical #2 after work for second shot of 3 series (hpv vax - i opted into it.


5.28.22 Saturday - make plans with Christine? - signed up also for the bird watching for today (and tomorrow) and will cancel one as the event comes closer and i know my other plans for this holiday weekend!

5.29.22 Sunday - 8a-9:30a - Bird Watching / Walk at Ridgewood Reservoir (in my borough, but around 30 min away...good...and activity is free!)

5.30.22 Monday Holiday - Memorial Day YAY!!! - 


5.31.22 - Tuesday - 


...Be on lookout for check for 2 vacation days/3 sick days unused pay.!!! :-D. check should be for an entire 40hr work week, check to be approx $615 after taxes, my deductions, etc.

6.1.22 - Wednesday - Happy June! -


6.18.22 Saturday - Stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.19.22 Sunday - if chosen/if i don't cancel beforehand: early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100 - 




6.25.22 Saturday - stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.26.22 Sunday - early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100 (if i'm chosen and if i don't cancel before being selected)

6.27.22 Monday

6.28.22 Tues

6.29.22 Wed

6.30.22 Thurs

7.1.22 Fri (holiday weekend, may get out a little early from work today) and it's JULY! (ok, it's SUMMERTIME!)


7.2.22 Sat - 

7.3.22 Sun - 

 7/4/22 - July 4th Monday so it will be a nice, long weekend with today a Holiday!




8/6/22-8/7/22 - Drive down early morning Saturday;Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner New Hope, PA  (an artsy town on the water) - Peach Festival with Christine, walking around Peddler's Village. Staying at the hotel on the grounds - Golden Plough Inn - (colonial type of name to it lol) so we can just get up and walk around. It's one night only that we are staying, so we decided to make it easy, not have to drive at all while we are there!

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 05/17/2022:
I know you explained that roti is not naan, but we love naan here, which makes me wonder if we'd like roti as well. I will have to try it, the next time we come across it on a menu.

I'm glad you're going to your union club meeting tonight. (Welfare Club, right?) It's good to be around people, and we need to seize these opportunities while we can. COVID numbers are getting higher out here. My whole family out in Vegas has COVID.

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
yes, the welfare club! didn't plan on going, but then got a text from the president of that club and since i was talking with friend Christine about "just going" and not necessarily being active beyond that; i decided it could be useful to "just go." there is dinner provided - so there's that.

it will be hard to fit in exercise after, but i'm going to try for it; to stay on track. maybe skip legs and just do upper body to save time, perhaps.

yes, covid numbers higher here. i'll take my chances and go to the meeting. can only be out up to 5 days here at work...so that's good, if i had it. fingers crossed i don't get it. :)

sorry for your family being sick. hopefulyl they aren't too sick?

yeah, i think the roti is totally unleavened, whereas the naan has some rise in it.

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
it's compact or dense, just like naan...maybe moreso than naan bc it doesn't rise...so it is not low cal but also i think it's baked not fried so that's good. good thing is you can break off what you want; like you do for naan if it comes in a large size.

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
really just going to the meeting bc he asked me by text - i was about to skip it so i could exercise...maybe it will help me exercise more efficiently tonight with less breaks, since i'll be starting it late.


Jacky82020 on 05/17/2022:
Does your union not have built in raises? That’s how the teachers Union in California worked, for better or for worse.

They went by seniority and degrees. So that’s why every dunce there had some kind of a BS Masters. I started at 8K a year above the other 1st year teachers because of my doctorate. The extra classes I took got me nowhere on the pay scale, it maxed at the PhD. But every year the seniority went up.

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
teachers unions are probably the best unions in the country, on same wavelength as government types of unions.

No, our contracts are only made for 3 years. and not every year of those 3 is a raise. every 3 years, the entire contract must be discussed elaborately and for around 3 months before decided again. there must be agreement between the electrical company owners and the union between what the union is asking for (for the workers) and what the electrical contractors are willing to buy into. nothing is really guaranteed. teachers unions have a lot more guarantee with raises spelled out for years (whcih can change between contracts). but teachers also have tenure which we know is very special in teaching.

no, my contract being being an administrative worker doesn't spell out my salary or raises beyond 3 years. sometimes, no raises may happen in 3 years. this time its 2% raise now in 1st year and 2% raise in 3rd year, none in the second. they pushed for it bc of inflation.

they do not go by senority or degrees in the union; it's different,yes. you won't get a raise at the actual company you work with, aside from small union raises i just mentioned, unless you go out of your way to ASK for it - or are very exceptional from others and the company doesn't want to lose you. no, things don't go up and my position isn't ever guaranteed. not the same as teaching.

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
teachers unions are like a class and contract in themselves. they have much more pull and the contracts have a lot more longevity effects in terms of salary than ours, especially mine because i am administrative.

the electricians status / pay is more precise and same for all.

administrative division has less perks. and a separate contract. there are separate contracts depending on the division of the union you are in.


Jacky82020 on 05/17/2022:
Wow, very interesting HoP. Thanks.

Great flaws in the teacher tenure & Union system as I knew it then. Lazy uncaring people given annual raises who neglected their jobs. Drunks & druggies protected. Only fired teachers and admin I knew of were pedophiles, embezzlers or other types of criminals. But I hear in some places the times they are achanging.

I blew the whistle on my principal at one school, big time. He deserved prison, but was fired. Last I heard he’s a limousine driver at the airport for some company. Probably figuring out how to scam them. His wife was a high ranking police officer.

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
it's good when people that deserve it are caught. good for you on blowing the whistle. i tend to think there's lemons at all jobs, union or not...just my POV. in general, i feel a lot of teachers do a good job; and around here you need to get your masters in the first few years of teaching - so they def got a lot of schooling.

yeah, all unions and jobs are not created equal - in terms of contracts. at least we are more "free" than most other countries; for that the USA is wonderful!

scam artists also in every industry. i know of a teacher (thru my friend who's a good teacher) that has taken off the whole second half of the year bc of her foot which she hasn't even had surgery on....she's fooling the district and getting leave with full pay. it's unbelievable they are letting her bc nobody is looking closer into it....bc when nobody cares, nothing gets done. (when nobody cares to check up on things and do their jobs, the scammers will not be caught.)

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
btw,the only salary mentioned or admin workers are the very lowest mimimums, not max or average or anything else. and they are very very minimum, far lower than i make.

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
*for admin workers (not or)


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Jacky82020 - Tuesday May 17, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 112.2

  

 


No idea why I can no longer post animations  here!  May try later from another device.   too busy now!

Progress as of today: 7.8 lbs lost so far, only 7.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/17/2022:
I would try from another device. If I recall, that seems to have made a difference in the past.

Jacky82020 on 05/17/2022:
lol, Donk. I am on the throne with my old iPad as we speak. Same thing. All new gifs won’t budge an inch, but the old ones still dance. I wonder if they’re getting smarter about free loading won’t pay for it people like me.


horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
YES, i also love to watch honest judge judy! she is the best!


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happy-1 - Tuesday May 17, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 248.7

Tues 5-17-22 8am

The cat and I are locked in battle royale... I insist she eat wet food because she has small, hard poops. I have stopped the hard cat treats as well. She says she hates wet food AND people food, WHERE is her kibble? WHERE are her center-filled treats? THIS IS NOT what she signed up for! Baby food? Baby food? Really? No. Stop this at once she says. She knows better than to wake me up, but the minute my eyes opened she was all over me for breakfast. Baby food from last night was uneaten.

Stats today were weird. Body battery is continuing to charge higher overnight. It was in the 90s this AM. Blood pressure was a little high. Not sure why. Blood sugar was 150. Had a REM dropout and only got 45 minutes, so today will be quiet and at home. After I get dad his treats.

Never run out of dad or cat treats.

I think I have narrowed down sleep quality issues to stress and exertion after 3pm. Looking for ways to detox cortisol to fix that. So far I have found dark chocolate and L-Theanine...

Progress as of today: 68.3 lbs lost so far, only 88.7 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/17/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 05/17/2022:
9:45 Tried to do PT but I am so tired I can’t even sit up in my chair. Lying down. Maybe I can get a nap… Ha. Not like it will happen. Forget going to the grocery store. I guess today is a buffer day.

happy-1 on 05/17/2022:
11:45 placed instacart order

12:30 caregiver group

I’m so tired and miserable all I want to do is go to bed.

happy-1 on 05/17/2022:
Forgot… 11:30 2 cheese wheels and too many keto crackers.

happy-1 on 05/17/2022:
Nutritionist in caregiver group says the cycle of drama > poor sleep quality is cortisol. Got her email.

2:30 almonds and stevia chips

3:40 instacart delivery. Dad drama - accused me of lying about consulting him before instacart order last night augh.

Can I please go to sleep and wakeup tomorrow?

4pm ate too many chicken wings. Meant to split them with dad but they were too spicy for him.

4:20 lying down again


Jacky82020 on 05/17/2022:
Have you tried tuna, the kind for humans.? We used to get an off brand cheap & the cats loved it. Currently buy big cases of Friskies canned food which they eat in the evening. Feed kibble mornings.

happy-1 on 05/17/2022:
I will try that!!!! I think I have some here! She ate wet cat food this morning


horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
lol that's annoying for the cat to behave like a toddler yes!


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Donkey - Tuesday May 17, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

So a few of things happened:

So I can't take Wednesday afternoon off to watch the TV movie, because Male Co-Worker is already leaving at 3:30pm.  Technically, yes I could leave at 1pm, but it leaves a lot of work unmonitored.  So I'm thinking of renting the movie from the library, instead, and taking a different day off.  That way, I don't have to sit through commercials at least, and I can take the day off that I want.

That "slow-down" that the Boss keeps talking about - you wouldn't know it from all the new contracts that are coming in.  And who are these people who are willing to pay $10,000 to $28,000 more than a house is worth?  Do they not know what the word "equity"means?

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 05/17/2022:
Sorry you’re having down days. Only to be expected. HUGS

What was that movie? Do you have a DVR? We record what we can from Sling and over the air. Think not possible to record from some streaming services, but we get lots over the air & from Sling. Not so much from Prime anymore.

Matt recoded Once Upon a Time in Hollywood off the air on the DVR. Saw it before. Love Brad Pitt and Leonardo. Some real acting chops on display in that film. They are not just pretty faces, them boys.


horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
maybe take the next day off, instead of wednesday take the thurs or fri to leave early - re your comment below. - and tape it to watch!


horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
keep trying to stay positive. i know it's hard hormonally. i heard on the news it's not a big slow down everywhere in the country at all, only some pockets.

and yes, even here, homes go for thousands over the listing price.

My sister paid like 50K over asking/the listing.


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innerpeace - Tuesday May 17, 2022

Weight: 314.0

I am struggling with the adulting world right now, everything, and I mean everything just seems so hard. I watched a movie Sunday -  Breakthrough - I just about bawled through the entire thing, made me question everything again.

The girl, on my last nerve...she needs to earn seals to graduate - well, not being mean, but she isn't smart enough or tests well enough to earn academic seals, so she must look elsewhere to get her seals. She is getting an employment seal because of her job, she thought she had a fine arts seal, but they nixed that because she didn't finish her 2nd year of marching band....because of COVID, so now she will have to work on getting another - I think she was looking to volunteer somewhere to earn her community seal...OMG, I don't even feel sorry for her that she has to do this, but I don't want to listen to the whining about it for the next year and half. There are several volunteer opportunities around, APL, hospitals, food bank...she says she doesn't want to deal with people....HELLO, this is exactly why you need to. Kids today are so caught up in electronics they can't even relate to the real world and/or problems in the real world. And again, I deal with this because the mother is in LaLa land and DH is pretty much hands off and really doesn't care one way or the other.

Work - crap - someone always makes my job harder.

Having issues with shoes. I have three pair of sneakers, tennis shoes, athletic shoes, whatever they are called and each pair bothers/hurts my feet in different ways, will have to go and buy another pair. They seem to fit fine in the store, but once I get them home and actually start using them they bother me. One pair squeeze the middle of my foot and it feels like a constant cramp in the arch area, I kept wearing them hoping they would 'break-in' but this would turn into a awful heal pain...so I tossed those aside. The second pair, I guess I purchased too short because my big toe is crammed up and feels like my toe nail is being pulled off - I guess I have/had thinner socks on when I bought them and the other pair just doesn't feel right and no matter how tight they are always manages to pull my socks down - it's like the back of the heal area is too wide or something for my foot...it's all weird and maybe just excuses to NOT walk or go to the gym...who knows.

Today, the girl has her eye appointment for glasses and contact lenses, I will pick up my glasses I ordered a few weeks ago. We are supposed to go out to eat afterwards...place we haven't been to a brew house/pub...times like these I wish I drank.

I will try better, I will be better.

Progress as of today: 23.9 lbs lost so far, only 104 lbs to go!

Donkey on 05/17/2022:
Have you thought about going to either a running shoe store or a specialty shoe store to have your foot & gait evaluated?

I don't want to deal with people either.


Jacky82020 on 05/17/2022:
That movie sounds familiar, but I can’t place it, will google. Watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood now. Loving it.

This seal thing is new to me. Didn’t have it when I taught hs in California. They did have a community service requirement. many kids faked it and many schools looked the other way, wanting to graduate the little $hits out.


horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
i do agree, she'll have to get her seals...and do the work. can she get them in summer when she has more time? maybe she can do some weekend thing during summer or something.

sorry about the shoes and not getting the comfort you need. i know it all too well and have a LOT of trouble also finding appropriate footwear. i almost exclusively wear sneakers, even at work due to my feet just not feeling comfortable and all the injuries, i like to not stress my legs more!


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horn_of_plenty - Monday May 16, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.5

 


 

5.16.22 Mon - 

7:30 breakfast: pb, banana, coffee: 250

9a snacks:and pb 100,blondie 100

pb 100, granola bar, 100, 200

12p lunch: the egg cracked and opened in my bag -  during commute, so i trashed it at work; i think it's soup from freezer, with some roti 250 and need to see if any meat is in soup broth 50, veg 100, chicken breast 100...i couldn't see thru it bc it was frozen...500 approx very healthy. clementines 50; 

2p snacks: choc 50

dinner: leftover indian piece of roti 50 small, yogurt good brand & flavor150; from sister that her toddler opened but didn't want; leftover indian with it; blackberries 150, roasted eggplant spread 50, pumpkin sautee 150. 600.going to have dessert, chocolates. 150 and then a few more but then stopped. 60 - not going to cause weight gain. boy they were so good, a great dessert. so easy to keep going, will have some seltzer w. stevia even though i crave tea....even better, i'm going to hop in the shower for a nice, warm shower!

2060.

Call to book the Saturday 8/6 checkin until 8/7/22 hotel - Golden Plough Inn, see if they take AAA card discount - I MAY CALL DURING MY LUNCH to get this done! :)

keep bike in car & ride it after work at park by work for a half hour? it's not hilly at that park, i could try it out...may rain this afternoon, then i'll head home and use stationary.

bake my potato fries...they are sliced, so this is NOT hard~

freeze the beef soup by portions...this is NOT hard either!

organize tomorrow's lunch / get organized in general! - i think a frozen meal; side of salad.


5.17.22 Tues - strenght after work...

5.18.22 Wed

5.19.22 Thurs - strength after work...

5.20.22 Fri


5.21.22 Sat - staying home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM weights/strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


5.22.22 Sun - 10a-3p - may work early voting in my area for special assembly elections - if i am chosen, extra money is good. $100 - may cancel if i'm not assigned anything or before assigned for socializing with friends/family


5.23.22 Monday -

3:30pm leave work for Dr by me @ 5pm - Medical #2 after work for second shot of 3 series (hpv vax - i opted into it.


5.28.22 Saturday - make plans with Christine? - signed up also for the bird watching for today (and tomorrow) and will cancel one as the event comes closer and i know my other plans for this holiday weekend!

5.29.22 Sunday - 8a-9:30a - Bird Watching / Walk at Ridgewood Reservoir (in my borough, but around 30 min away...good...and activity is free!)

5.30.22 Monday Holiday - Memorial Day YAY!!! - 


5.31.22 - Tuesday - 


...Be on lookout for check for 2 vacation days/3 sick days unused pay.!!! :-D. check should be for an entire 40hr work week, check to be approx $615 after taxes, my deductions, etc.

6.1.22 - Wednesday - Happy June! -


6.18.22 Saturday - Stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.19.22 Sunday - if chosen/if i don't cancel beforehand: early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100 - 




6.25.22 Saturday - stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.26.22 Sunday - early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100 (if i'm chosen and if i don't cancel before being selected)

6.27.22 Monday

6.28.22 Tues

6.29.22 Wed

6.30.22 Thurs

7.1.22 Fri (holiday weekend, may get out a little early from work today) and it's JULY! (ok, it's SUMMERTIME!)


7.2.22 Sat - 

7.3.22 Sun - 

 7/4/22 - July 4th Monday so it will be a nice, long weekend with today a Holiday!




8/6/22-8/7/22 - Drive down early morning Saturday;Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner New Hope, PA  (an artsy town on the water) - Peach Festival with Christine, walking around Peddler's Village. Staying at the hotel on the grounds - Golden Plough Inn - (colonial type of name to it lol) so we can just get up and walk around. It's one night only that we are staying, so we decided to make it easy, not have to drive at all while we are there!

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 05/16/2022:
Well, a broken egg isn't the best way to start a Monday and a workweek, but hopefully that means your day will only get better.

Keeping your bike in your car is an excellent idea! Oh I hope it doesn't rain, so that you can ride around.

horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
it was somewhat soft-boiled so i just thought it was dirty to eat it after it was opened (i had cracked it thinking to have two at dinner...hence why it opened so easily in my bag...it was precracked haha lesson learned ....don't bring the precracked if i'm just throwing them in a lunch bag hahahaha!)

i may just leave bike in car...i have a nice hatchback...so it works, i leave the seats down in the back and there's space to fit the whole bike in the back part of my car. it "just fits," perfect scenario. good point to just leaving it there...i may.


Jacky82020 on 05/16/2022:
Go for that raise, girl! You’re worth it & more.

horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
awww, thanks, as soon as i can talk to the super... xoxo

lately my head is so foggy at work, bc there's not much supervision or direction; but today, luckily, i have good work to do!


legcramps on 05/16/2022:
Great idea to leave your bike in the car. I used to do this a lot when I traveled to go for group rides. If you find a nice spot to bike in, you can just park the car and go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
this is a good idea, yes, i do agree.


Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
I had a banana yesterday, mixed with grapes and cantelope. Was good.

horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
sounds quite nice. fruit is ok to fill up on....i get hungry an hour later, but the volume is delish. i find it great before or after a meal :) glad i stocked up on bananas on the weekend!


happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Hugs

horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
right back atcha ;) xoxoxoxo


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innerpeace - Monday May 16, 2022

Weight: 314.0

Work and schedule were just crazy last week...it was a blur and dealing with people.

Friday - worked and cleaned house - the girl left to go to her grandmother's.

Saturday I was alone most of the day, DH worked. When he came home about 10:30 we dropped my car off for an oil change and went to breakfast. Eggs, bacon, French Toast.

We then went to a community wide garage sale - walked several blocks - forgot my phone so all my steps wasn't logged. Only picked up a few items. Glass pyrex pie plates, mini clear Christmas lights and some shower aroma therapy fizzy discs. We had Subway for dinner. It was an early night for DH since he was up at 3:30...I watched baseball and finished the laundry.

Sunday - DH left early to go shop. I made an Amish salad (califlower/broccoli), DH grilled steaks when he got home. I mowed and pulled weeds for awhile. Walked the doggos twice. Not a lot going on, just trying to relax and enjoy the weather.

Here is the next installment of lunch box art...and flowers. I forgot to take picture of an elephant....

Just a few more weeks of the lunch box aret - School will be out and I will be glad.....

Ever thought a weed would be photographic? The weeds are behind the fence, we have to mow to keep the field mice out of the shed and garage.

DH planted this - he said the bench and teapot reminded him of his mother - so - it is special.

Still trying to get by day by day or has happy says - inch by inch.

I am striving to have a good productive week. IP

Progress as of today: 23.9 lbs lost so far, only 104 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Gorgeous pics you drew! You are an artist. The plant is very pretty, too and the photo of the flowers. Hope you have a blessed day.


happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw


happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Are the markers dry erase?

innerpeace on 05/17/2022:
They are acrylic paint markers.


legcramps on 05/16/2022:
you. are. awesome.


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happy-1 - Monday May 16, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 248.7

 Mon 5-16-22 8:30 am

Shocked by good stats today as I mixed it up today. Last night, I went to bed as soon as I yawned, earlier than intended, and got to sleep by 12:30. Working my way back to a normal bedtime. I slept 8 hours and got enough REM. Body battery over 70. My fasting sugar was down to 120. My blood pressure was 118/73. Hydration, 86%. I will weigh in in a little bit. Who ia this almost on the mend person????

Progress as of today: 68.3 lbs lost so far, only 88.7 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
10:30, up again. Weighed in… 250!!! Hopefully that is period weight gain.

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Called my aunt back. Nice conversation. She thinks I should get out and do more activities… thinks it is I don’t know what I would like to do… I KNOW what I would LIKE to do… the issue is that I am fatigued. Last week, I got out to 3 errands and 2 were stores, then I meal prepped. It knocked me back down again. At least I could report normal blood pressure and being able to do away with the fanny pack.

Ate. Tofu scramble, Ratio bar, almond milk with instant tea. No added sweetner because of what I learned from the Huberman Lab podcast yesterday about insulin sensitivity.

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Tidied my bedroom. Had to lay dow after. 12:30 now. Will get up and do pt at 12:45.

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
12:45 did part of PT.

1 Took dad to 2pm appt. Was going to walk but it was too hot and bright out. Sat in the car on reddit instead and got an answer on what protein powder would be better. On the way home dad had 3 or 4 errands to do that I said no to. I am only doing one thing at a time right now so I don’t burn out. That included not stopping for fast food sandwiches on the way home because he wouldn’t agree to only buy one. He has congestive heart failure!!!! None is better! I made him a burger when we got home then I heated up one of my meal preps.

4:20pm done eating

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
5pm, 2 cheese wheels and some keto crackers

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
6 back from my walk! Updated my habit tracker while lying down.

happy-1 on 05/17/2022:
At some point had an orgain shake, some supreme pizza shiritaki noodles, and almonds.

11:30 in bed.took melatonin and glycine. Looking forward to tomorrow. For once!


Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Glad you are having a good day.

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Hugs!


horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
12:30a is a big improvement from your times last week xoxo

you are also doing better on your scale! yes, keeping things in check nicely!

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Ty! Slow progress is stiill progress. Let’s not forget the all-important ditching of the fanny pack unless actually hiking


Donkey on 05/17/2022:
This is such a positive post, and wonderful updates. I hope you have more days like this one.


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legcramps - Monday May 16, 2022

Weight: 0.0

May 10 - gym workout 2.5 hours (includes coaching)

May 11 - hike 1.5 hours

May 12 - gym workout 2 hours (includes coaching)

May 14 - gym workout 1.5 hours


We received a whole lot of rain at the end of last week, and spent the whole weekend dealing with water in the basement - both at BF's and at my house. Running back and forth, bailing water while BF had to work - it was an exhausting and frustrating weekend. Really, REALLY hoping that this week at work won't have too many issues because I honestly don't know how much more I can handle. It's looking like I need a break from my breaks! Always dealing with one thing after another...

So stress is rising, trying to keep it balanced with exercise and trying to keep things light with BF. This is not the end of the world and I can get through it. Yesterday I had the thought that I should try a LOT LESS to keep other people happy, and it's ok to speak my mind sometimes rather than bottling up all my feelings because it might hurt someone else. I have been raised to keep my mouth shut and let people walk over me, but I don't think this is right. There is always a balance - be respectful, but be honest. In the end, I must do the things that are best for ME, not anyone else. I dismiss all my negative thoughts as me just being a princess and complaining over nothing, when - in fact - all of these little things are SOMETHING, and I have the right to dislike a situation if it doesn't serve me. Not everything needs to serve me, but gosh a few things could!

Anyways, just my ramblings on a Monday morning! Have a great day :)

innerpeace on 05/16/2022:
Oh that is my worst nightmare - having my basement flood. I can only imagine the struggle and work. I do have everything elevated at least 3 inches off the ground. I hope you didn't lose a lot of stuff. I pray you find peace and stress release.


Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
That sounds like a lot of work, dipping water. I hope you have less stress and more joy. No one needs more stress. That's for real.


happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Oh no! Watch for mold after the cleanup!!!


Donkey on 05/17/2022:
I've been in that water situation before. It is exhausting.

I would say, rather, focus more energy on making YOU happy. I have been in a similar situation - putting a lot of energy into trying to make other people happy - and eventually, I just started to pull back, WAY back. My efforts vary, but maybe it's time to pull back again, for myself.


horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
my parents used to get water in their basement where they used to live, they had a wet vac....sorry you had this issue...what a drain!!!!!

i was also raised to keep my mouth shut. my sister is raising my nephew quite the opposite!!!


horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2022:
really sorry about the water and i can def relate to your rant xo


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Donkey - Monday May 16, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

Another Monday, another work week...

Sunday's hike never materilized because it ended up raining, and then the temperatures dropped a bit.  It's too bad Daughter isn't a morning person, LOL, in some respects, but in others, it's good that she likes to sleep in and can do on her days off.  I try hard to respect her sleep. 

However, I spent a lot of time with my plants which was very rewarding.  Also, after the gym, I stopped by a lady's house to pick up some watering cans (for plants) for $2 each off of Facebook Marketplace.  I got 2 of them, and they are just what I wanted & needed.

Tonight is yoga, and I truly hope that work is not too busy, too stressful of a day. 

I'm thinking of taking half a day off on Wednesday, so that I can watch a movie that's on TV at 2pm.  That may sound silly but there you go.

I had mentionted to Happy that I was thinking of changing things up for a week.  My plan was to try to go to the gym in the morning to do the elliptical for 30 mintues.  That did not happen today -- but it's a thought to keep in mind.  It would be interesting to see how the daily step-count works out by doing that. 

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 05/16/2022:
Always a good idea to mix exercise & diet routines up every so often!

Great score on FB Marketplace. Reminds me, I never did get around to putting my old bike on Craig’s for free, along with a bird cage and working TV. We wanted bigger ones. I never liked selling anything. Did so with cars & houses only, otherwise I donate & will put the Craig’s items in the driveway.

Donkey on 05/17/2022:
I do not like selling on FB Marketplace. I don't mind giving away for free - I've done that several times, with stuff I just wanted gone.


legcramps on 05/16/2022:
The part about changing up your routine a bit made me chuckle. I coach one early morning workout every Monday, and I appreciate the evening sessions so much more because I coach this one morning session - I am not a morning person, but doing something 'hard' like waking up early does make the other time when you don't have to that much sweeter!

Donkey on 05/17/2022:
I realized this morning that if I were to go to the gym in the morning, it would mean putting in my contact lenses in early, too, and that will be hard to do. I know I've done it in the past, when I was in my early 30's. Twenty years later, not so easy.


Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Sorry to read you didn't get to go hiking with your Daughter. Maybe next time. Hope you are having a good day. Take care.

Donkey on 05/17/2022:
Yes, maybe next time. It's OK.

It was an OK day - except for some extra sadness, but that's OK. Of course, it wasn't as good as weekends when I can spend more time with my plants, LOL...


horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
haha about the movie!!! it is so hard to fit them in during the week, so this would give you some time. if you feel you can take the time off to watch it, i can see that as a very relaxing day....

if not, i'm sure you can record and watch it while you exericse?

either way, it's a nice thought of something to do. i can see why ;)

Donkey on 05/17/2022:
OMG would you believe that Male Co-Worker is already scheduled to leave early on Wednesday?!? So that's out for me. I know it wasn't intentional, but this year, it seems like EVERY single time off I want, he's already claimed.


happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
I think a movie is just what the dr ordered! Did you know you can look at your body battery from the morning by running your finger over the phone screen?

Donkey on 05/17/2022:
Ah I just tried that. I didn't realize that. Now the trick will be to remember to do it. Thank you for the suggestion!


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horn_of_plenty - Sunday May 15, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.5

 


5.15.22 Sun - 

8:15-8:45a Breakfast: some of a MASSIVE roti (was given like 3) - by massive, i mean that it's around 2' in diameter when you open it...it's all folded up - not sure i'll finish them bc i don't know the exact cals (like i don't know the calories in general, it's all a guess on the portions i take)...but i broke off some 200 and put some pumpkin spread (savory, with oil/seasonings) on it along with a coffee 100. 300...

10a Snacks: healthy - Sesame tahini bar pistachio flavor 100 (found on amazon, love the small size), lots of seltzer w. stevia during workout :), choc 50

12p Lunch: blackberries 150, naan bread 200, leftover okra negl, leftover eggplant 200, some pumpkin not much 50, yogurt 150. 750 at most...

3:00p Snacks: wafers 100; sister left around 3:30p which was good so i can relax and get back to relaxing before the day ends...!!!

5p later blueberries 100, lg plum 50while doing laundry, etc...

5:30-6p Dinner:  more roti 200, pumpkin 100, eggplant 50, egg 100, 450..puffed chips/kombucha 150...600.

2050

AM - strength/weights - best to do this early  so i don't need it on my mind tonight...; shower after!

10:45-11:15a? - getting together with my sister & my nephew today - they r coming here to play in playground & see my gp's...was good, nephew didn't stop moving, he's 3 1/2 and ran around from 11:30-3:30 when he left...! i'm so not used to that energy, he tired me out!  quite literally....

may just do the cleaning after sister leaves:  GP cages & my laundry ...in progress....

Need to clean out car, some non food items i bought are still in there from yesterday running errands!...DONE!

Slight meal prep....Freeze leftover beef / soup

Bake - potato fries that i sliced up with seasonings; maybe just spray oil them...

bake a spaghetti squash to eat this week with my slow cooked meat/try a - i think it's - butternut squash flavored sauce i have in the cabinet...


5.16.22 Mon

After work - call to possibly book the hotel, see if they take AAA card discount

keep bike in car & ride it after work at park by work for a half hour? it's not hilly at that park, i could try it out...


5.17.22 Tues - strenght after work...

5.18.22 Wed

5.19.22 Thurs - strength after work...

5.20.22 Fri


5.21.22 Sat - staying home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM weights/strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


5.22.22 Sun - 10a-3p - may work early voting in my area for special assembly elections - if i am chosen, extra money is good. $100 - may cancel if i'm not assigned anything or before assigned for socializing with friends/family


5.23.22 Monday -

3:30pm leave work for Dr by me @ 5pm - Medical #2 after work for second shot of 3 series (hpv vax - i opted into it.


5.28.22 Saturday - make plans with Christine? - signed up also for the bird watching for today (and tomorrow) and will cancel one as the event comes closer and i know my other plans for this holiday weekend!

5.29.22 Sunday - 8a-9:30a - Bird Watching / Walk at Ridgewood Reservoir (in my borough, but around 30 min away...good...and activity is free!)

5.30.22 Monday Holiday - Memorial Day YAY!!! - 


5.31.22 - Tuesday - 


...Be on lookout for check for 2 vacation days/3 sick days unused pay.!!! :-D. check should be for an entire 40hr work week, check to be approx $615 after taxes, my deductions, etc.

6.1.22 - Wednesday - Happy June! -


6.18.22 Saturday - Stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.19.22 Sunday - if chosen/if i don't cancel beforehand: early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100 - 




6.25.22 Saturday - stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.26.22 Sunday - early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100 (if i'm chosen and if i don't cancel before being selected)

6.27.22 Monday

6.28.22 Tues

6.29.22 Wed

6.30.22 Thurs

7.1.22 Fri (holiday weekend, may get out a little early from work today) and it's JULY! (ok, it's SUMMERTIME!)


7.2.22 Sat - 

7.3.22 Sun - 

 7/4/22 - July 4th Monday so it will be a nice, long weekend with today a Holiday!




8/6/22-8/7/22 - Drive down early morning Saturday;Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner New Hope, PA  (an artsy town on the water) - Peach Festival with Christine, walking around Peddler's Village. Staying at the hotel on the grounds - Golden Plough Inn - (colonial type of name to it lol) so we can just get up and walk around. It's one night only that we are staying, so we decided to make it easy, not have to drive at all while we are there!

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 05/15/2022:
Is roti the same thing as naan?

I hope you have a pleasant visit with your sister and nephew.

The Peach Festival sounds like fun! Good idea to book a hotel that is within walking distance of everything. Like you said, you don't want to spend too much time driving, parking, looking for parking, etc.

horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2022:
they are very similar. i looked it up and it says roti i think is wholemeal flour and naan is plain flour. also, what i ate is more like roti, it didn't look like naan at all that you see in supermarket and believe the menu said roti. i'm just used to writing "naan" as i don't eat indian breads much and always think of naan, not roti, when i think of their breads. it was massive, unleavened, soft, many thin layers...and just too big to eat 3...i may freeze them, but i really dislike that i don't know the calories and it's hard to estimate as the many layers, texture is different from what i usually eat.

horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2022:
also, i think naan is a little bit leavened, whereas roti is not at all.

horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2022:
lol and i checked back, yes, i was right in my entry in calling it roti, not naan. i think naan people don't usually make at home, whereas roti may be more often made in Indian/asian homes.


Donkey on 05/15/2022:
PS I commented on yesterday's entry too. I'm a little behind on weekend comments.

horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2022:
yeah it's crazy how inconvenient the post offices are! but it all worked out!


bearcountrygg on 05/15/2022:
Enjoy your visit today.

horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2022:
it was...very fast paced!!!!!!!


Maria7 on 05/15/2022:
Hope you have a nice visit with your family.

horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2022:
at 3 1/2, i think it's his first time to my apt ! was good he came over with my sister. nice that the playground is right next to the building!


bearcountrygg on 05/15/2022:
3 1/2 is a very busy age.....I bet he did wear you out.......brings back memories....

horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2022:
lol my back is sore i think from just picking him up a few times!! his mom is slightly smaller than me but used to picking him up and she actually has biceps just from being a mom! i'm weak compared to her! lol and i'm the one who "works out!"


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Maria7 - Sunday May 15, 2022
(Counting Calories)
Weight: 0.0

  John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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Hello, Friends.  Have a cup of coffee with me?  

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Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 got hurt in an accident here at home.  He is improving.  Please remember him in prayer...It is his leg...he was splitting wood with a maul (axe) from trees that were taken down recently,  and a big piece flew into his leg...caused a very large blood-filled hematoma about the size as his knee...went to urgent care...got sent to ER...was there 8 hours...no broken bones...sent home with 'RICE' care instructions...rest, ice, compression bandaging, and elevation...it has been almost 2 weeks now and very slow improvement going on but better than he was...hematoma not as large but his leg is purple and yellow...Thank you for your prayers.

 

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

  

Donkey on 05/15/2022:
Oh my word! I'm so sorry to hear this!! Yes, your husband is definitely in my prayers. And you are as well, as his caretaker. I am sending healing thoughts his way!

Maria7 on 05/15/2022:
Thank you so much.


bearcountrygg on 05/15/2022:
Will be praying for your Hubbys healing...his injury sounds just like the one D got in his truck accident in January. It was very slow to heal and he still has a raised knot at the site......he was also very colorful and still has a bit of that.....It has now been ... almost 4 months......But he is doing fine.......I'm hoping that your hubby heals quickly. I know it has to be painful......

Maria7 on 05/15/2022:
I will tell Hubby what you said. So sorry your Hubby had that happen to him, also. Bless his heart. Takes a long time to recover, doesn't it? Glad he is getting better, too. Thank you for sharing this with us.


horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
wow...didn't expect this sort of thing to show up in your entry...sending my prayers to your hubby for fast healing. keep us updated, sounds painful!

Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Thank you and I will.


Jacky82020 on 05/16/2022:
Sorry to hear about that great big nasty bruise. Hope it’s on the mend already, but they can take weeks and even months to go completely away. Poor hubby of yours. Sending good vibrations! HUGS too.

Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Hugs to you, too. It has gone down some and we are keeping the treatment going each day.


legcramps on 05/16/2022:
Ouch! Thinking of him, hoping he is healing.

Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Thank you. He is better than he was.


innerpeace on 05/16/2022:
I hope your husband gets better. I know dealing with injuries can be quite exhausting. Prayers for his healing.

Maria7 on 05/16/2022:
Thank you. Yes, it does take patience as well as care. Thank you for your prayers for his healing. Very appreciated.


happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Hugs! Sounds like a lucky escape. So many things can go wrong while splitting wood!!!! Prayers for his healing!


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happy-1 - Sunday May 15, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 248.7

Sun 5-15-22 11am

Pulling it back together a little bit at a time. Target bedtime was 2am last night. Fell asleep at 3:37am. Earlier than yesterday at 3:30am. Sleep uality held. I'll try for 1am tonight. I need to be up by 8, so it will be enough. I keep drinking my chocolate protein powder from before I started doing lower carb... it has 15 carbs per serving so not terrible but more than I can pull off without spiking sugar. I didn't buy any treats for myself this week and I keep forgetting to buy apples... and I had 2 shakes yesterday so my sugar was high. I totaled up my calories from the meal prep I did yesterday and discovered that Istill need to add 800-1000 calories to them!!! Veggies and protein without fat just don't have enough. No wonder I ate a whole costco bag of keto crackers in 2 days. I didn't have enough calories in my meals.

Mixing it up for next week... trying for a different set of 6 core stats for success measurement. I just need to find the right dominos.

Progress as of today: 68.3 lbs lost so far, only 88.7 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/15/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 05/15/2022:
1:50, back from 45 min walk. Taking a break then making dad pancakes. Having a protein shake because… that’s my best option right now

happy-1 on 05/15/2022:
2:50 just made dad pancakes. I ate the burned parts and f’d my sugar because it was on top of the protein shake. Ugh. Flopping into bed for a break

happy-1 on 05/15/2022:
5:30. Flopping over again. I got up for a few minutes, washed more dishes, meal prepped keto hot breakfast mix for the week. I’ll fill jars tomorrow. Had to dry a bunch. Heated up chili meal prep with spinach.

happy-1 on 05/15/2022:
Ate two cheese wheels and half a costco bag of keto crackers again. I can’t buy those anymore. I can’t stop.

7:20 just finished making dad a burger. I am a giant waste of space and resources.


Donkey on 05/15/2022:
I've thought about mixing it up for a week, as well. Ha ha - I just realized I didn't anticipate this week (like tomorrow) being the starting date. Might need a week to mentally prepare.

But I really like how you said you just need to find the right dominos. I like that!

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Inch by inch! Mix it up next week then!


Maria7 on 05/15/2022:
One day at a time!

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
You can say that again!


bearcountrygg on 05/15/2022:
Nice walk you got in.

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Ty!


horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
yeah, and not very satisfying to have only veggies and protein with no fat. too many missing food groups! fat is good for your skin and nutrition as well xoxo

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
And yummy!


Donkey on 05/16/2022:
You are NOT a giant waste of space & resources. Who said that? Shame on them.

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
I said that. I should be able to do more, I’m putting so much work into getting better.


Jacky82020 on 05/16/2022:
You’re making me miss Costco lots. Was on my way home from work in San Diego. The Sam’s here sucks. They offered up one free year membership & I just said no.

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
And did I mention the tasting buffet of free samples? ;-)


legcramps on 05/16/2022:
Berating yourself does nothing to benefit you. Do you journal? If you do, or if you would consider it - I would start a gratefulness journal for yourself where you can focus on a part of your character or personality that shines - and you have so many of these beautiful parts. You need to affirm your worthiness. You deserve the same quality of life as anyone else.

After a while, we start believing the things we say about ourselves. You are a smart, capable, loving person who has made it through so much already. You should be proud of yourself for continuing to strive to be better. Hugs.

happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
Ty. This is my journal…


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bearcountrygg - Sunday May 15, 2022

Weight: 0.0

I have been stressing less to control blood pressure and noticed that schedules do stress me.......winging it lowers my BP..........counting cals stresses me...not counting literally allows me to eat less and to think about it less...lowering BP........ 

I'm still doing housework but winging it.........doing what I want to when I want to......I'm still getting to use the basement exercise area........but when I want to.....and not on a schedule ( I notice that I rarely talk about using that here...but I do)...I usually only report food here.

Doing more relaxing and less scheduling is just better for me I guess at this stage in my life.

I'm finding it funny how things still get done...and with less prompting.....I'm actually doing things quicker ( cleaning)...than when I scheduled it..............now I just keep up  with the little things and the old big things just don't get to be big messes anymore.

The less I stress about food...the less I eat in total.

The scale may or may not move.......I have always allowed myself to go up or down 4 pounds anyway.....and I can see that staying possibly the same.......I also can tell that what used to be a serving for me has and needs to get even smaller......I really don't burn calories like I used to.....possibly because I am moving slower????   Not sure...but I can look back and see my parents and aunts and uncles just consuming less.....and I see why now.

I'm just basically allowing myself to relax and do what feels right at any given moment........and I can literally watch my blood pressure react accordingly.......no rules, no expectations....and no guilt.......It is just time for me to kick back and enjoy my old age........and stop trying to control everything around me...

 

 

Donkey on 05/15/2022:
That last paragraph is golden.

I feel that there has to be some happy medium between doing the things we don't want to do and getting them done. Mainly in reference to chores, and not about major life events and such. If you know you have to scrub toilets but you don't want to....

I also feel that perhaps I am at that place where I'm meant to be, physically (excluding the parathyroid issue). I won't ever be a waif. I might just be OK with being a little heavier and muscular.

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2022:
Agreed....I think that I belong where I am...otherwise it would be shifting around more with the scales........It is funny that when I allowed myself to get off the schedule...I did things even sooner than they were scheduled to be done......It is a lot more fun to be doing things in the moment out of desire than to do them because that is what the schedule says...


Maria7 on 05/15/2022:
Relaxing and not stressing goes a long way....Smaller serving sizes are important...We have been 'groomed' as a society to eat larger portions, I believe. This, in turn, makes us think we want more than we normally would, when we get ourselves used to eating larger portions. I didn't grow up eating large portions. We need to 'get back to basics', ha! Have a blessed day.

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2022:
I didn't grow up eating large portions either...in fact I was still eating small portions in my 40's........but once stress eating started...I somehow was never satisfied with smaller portions after that......groomed is the right word......overeating is a product of the industries that produce the food......they want to sell more and we make it easy for them to do that......like the potato chps with the challenge that you can't eat just 1..........I still backslide at times and eat more than a serving.....it used to be easy...but once the habit sets in...there is that old idea that has to be continually broken.


horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
relax is good. if you like some days counting and some not; that is a good approach. no 2 days needs to be exactly the same. good mind frame here. i like days with less rules too. very funny about that supermarket.

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2022:
Going stress free as possible.....seems to help me all the way around.


Jacky82020 on 05/16/2022:
You go Bear! Bears are born free, free as the wind blows. Do things your way.

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2022:
It is like a breath of fresh air!!!!

Total freedom.


legcramps on 05/16/2022:
Easier said than done! And I really think that some days we need schedule and routine, and some days we don't. As long as we can really find a good balance between the two - we're not doing so bad ;)

Have a great day!

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2022:
I'm keeping the main meal at noon and the bedtime routine...everything else is out the window and it feels great!!!


happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
I’d love to be able to stop tracking and lose weight. It seems like any time I stop focusing on any one thing, it falls apart. Money, calories, sleep, etc. Boom!

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2022:
It seems like the more I focus on something the worse I am at it.....I just do better with focusing on something else and forgetting about it.


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Donkey - Sunday May 15, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

Today was supposed to be gray and rainy, but instead, temperatures have cooled off nicely (low to mid 70's) and the sun is out.  This opens an array of possibilities for today.

I did not want to get out of bed, so I stayed in a little too long to make it to the gym early.  I'll go around 10am when the 2 elliptical ladies should be done.  Husband changed his mind about going to the hobby store (in a town that I hate), so I plan to spend my afternoon repotting some more plants that need it.  I bought 2 more plants at Walmart (total under $10), that looked like they needed me as much as I needed them.

I have no plans for weight training today.  Daughter has today off, maybe she'd like to go for a hike but if not, that's OK, because I have plants to work on.  Hiking will supercede the plants, though.  

I did not meet my water goal yesterday.  Eating, though, was a lot less "stressful" -- I can't think of a better word to describe it.  When I'm at work, I seem to be wanting to eat more, all the time.  When I'm at home, I feel more focused on doing things, and not eating.

At the gym, yesterday, I went into the hot tub after cardio on the elliptical.  That was so nice.  I went in the afternoon. When I go on Sunday mornings, I don't use the hot tub afterwards.  This is a nice routine that I like.  I haven't used any of the weight machines at the gym -- I don't think I've done so since Son passed away.  

Today:

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2022:
Sounds like you will be having a nice relaxing day....enjoy!

Donkey on 05/16/2022:
It was busy, which got a little stressful actually, but the overall results were good.


Maria7 on 05/15/2022:
Looks like you have a busy day planned. I read here, even if I don't write. Hope you have a nice hike with Daughter.

Donkey on 05/16/2022:
It ended up being a very busy day, with no hike, due to the rain. I got to spend more time with my plants though, so it was still a good day in that respect.

While meaning no disrespect, keeping busy keeps the grief at bay.


horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
Time off the net re your commenting later o. Weekend is good for you !


horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2022:
lol you have so many plants with size titles love it! :) glad you have more plants to take care of! that's a good hobby right there.

why do you hate the town where the hobby store is - a poor town or something like that? or crowded?

nice job going to gym....

at work, you are doing work, and you may crave energy...another reason you are hungry....also go back to your deep breathing and water. nice job staying on track this weeking.

i think at times that the water is overrated similarly to how i feel about protein..keep on, and not everyday needs to be perfect. even getting close to the water goal of yours may be sufficient.

if you don't comment on an entry of mine, it is soooo ok. being off the computer is good for the soul!!!!!!! i know from experience. haha

Donkey on 05/16/2022:
I think I do not like that town because people from there seem to be so pretentious.

I will try to focus on deep breathing and water, while at work. This will also help me get into a good mindspace for yoga tonight.


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horn_of_plenty - Saturday May 14, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.5

 


5.14.22 Sat - slept in, woke up a couple times in earlier morning, but decided to just keep sleeping until around 10a when i finally got up :)

10a: stovetop buttermilk pancake mix that i'm still using up! and is tasty...160, i included a serving white keto choc chips 50 by Lily's, coffee 40, 250.

12p Lunch: 2 soft boiled eggs 200, wrap 100, salt/pepper/garlic/mustard. 300..

550....

2p small coffee and wafers 200, 4p snack small blondie 100 dollar store pack 


6p another blondie during driving 100

Dinner tonight:picked up Trinidadian / Caribbean food Bc it was near where I went....veggies...got lucky, great veggies! tastes of pumpkin negl, okra large aount 200, eggplant roasted 200, roti bread huge not sure what ill do with all of it! 150, raspberries/kombuha 200....750

 9:30a staying up to read a little while, pb M&Ms 150

1900.

i want to have my leftover beef soup and package up the leftovers for the freezer....

+++++++++++++++++++++++

Earlier PM - Drop off return at post office by me....before driving out East to get bike tuned up...will pack it, but i missed the post office as it closed by 1pm...so i'll try to drop off at post office after work on Monday...found an open post office that closes at 4p...going to stop there before bike...  :-D

PM - bike to get tuneup; drive to & walk at park nearby during the tuneup - do not stay for the whole tune-up like i did 2 years ago....., the drive there is 40 min but i like that shop and think it might be one of the best prices for this service, $50. i will give a simple $5 tip. DONE.

i will go to supermarket also during tune-up - bigger supermarket - but will try to mostly get necessities only as i have a lot in the freezer at home. (more of a selection,a good idea to go here!) / maybe read in car, too. DONE.

Supermarket items: fruit - berries or grapes; clementines or oranges, grapefruit, veggies - greens for ME- prewashed/packaged, pigs don't need any this week, peppers x3-4, cucumber x1, tomatoes. DONE.

I will drive to nearby park to RIDE MY BIKE after the tuneup. even a half hour.i did this during the tuneup, for half hour, walking; it was drizzly so i walked with an umbrella. good exercise. around 1.5 mi. DONE.

Early evening - Call Christine to discuss / plan our trip and look at hotels together for August...we decided on the hotel right on the grounds of the peach fair. i will book it this week. see if they have an AAA discounts. DONE.

 


5.15.22 Sun - getting together with my sister & my nephew today! i think they'll come around 10:45-11:15a?

AM? strength/weights 

may just do the cleaning after sister leaves... GP cages so they are ready for sister's visit & my laundry ?

Slight meal prep

bake potato fries that i sliced up with seasonings; maybe just spray oil them; 

bake a spaghetti squash to eat this week with my slow cooked meat/try a - i think it's - butternut squash flavored sauce i have in the cabinet...


5.16.22 Mon - 

After work - call to possibly book the hotel, see if they take AAA card discount


5.17.22 Tues

5.18.22 Wed

5.19.22 Thurs

5.20.22 Fri


5.21.22 Sat - staying home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM weights/strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


5.22.22 Sun - 10a-3p - may work early voting in my area for special assembly elections - if i am chosen, extra money is good. $100 - may cancel if i'm not assigned anything or before assigned for socializing with friends/family


5.23.22 Monday -

3:30pm leave work for Dr by me @ 5pm - Medical #2 after work for second shot of 3 series (hpv vax - i opted into it.


5.28.22 Saturday - make plans with Christine? - signed up also for the bird watching for today (and tomorrow) and will cancel one as the event comes closer and i know my other plans for this holiday weekend!

5.29.22 Sunday - 8a-9:30a - Bird Watching / Walk at Ridgewood Reservoir (in my borough, but around 30 min away...good...and activity is free!)

5.30.22 Monday Holiday - Memorial Day YAY!!! - 


5.31.22 - Tuesday - 


...Be on lookout for check for 2 vacation days/3 sick days unused pay.!!! :-D. check should be for an entire 40hr work week, check to be approx $615 after taxes, my deductions, etc.

6.1.22 - Wednesday - Happy June! -


6.18.22 Saturday - Stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.19.22 Sunday - if chosen/if i don't cancel beforehand: early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100 - 




6.25.22 Saturday - stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.26.22 Sunday - early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100 (if i'm chosen and if i don't cancel before being selected)

6.27.22 Monday

6.28.22 Tues

6.29.22 Wed

6.30.22 Thurs

7.1.22 Fri (holiday weekend, may get out a little early from work today) and it's JULY! (ok, it's SUMMERTIME!)


7.2.22 Sat - 

7.3.22 Sun - 

 7/4/22 - July 4th - Monday so it will be a nice, long weekend with today a Holiday!




8/6/22-8/7/22 - Drive down early morning Saturday;Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner New Hope, PA  (an artsy town on the water) - Peach Festival with Christine 

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2022:
Lucky you finding a post office that stays open on Saturdays...none of those around here...Good idea to stay there while the bike gets a tune up...with the price of gas it does seem like a good opportunity to do some other things there while you wait...sounds like a nice afternoon......

horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2022:
get this!...i walked out of my apt building and the USPS was just coming out of his van to deliver our mail. i said to him, "oh, i'm headed to a post office that's still open now!"....and he said, "want me to drop it back off at the post office for you when i go back!?"...i said, are you sure!?....he said,"it's prepaid, your label right!?" i said yes, he said he'd take it for me...and he easily saved me 20-30 minutes time. :) my lucky day, i said....he's nice and something nice came back to me!


Donkey on 05/15/2022:
You had an ambitious day on Saturday! Our post office is open until noon on Saturdays. It seems odd to me that most post offices are now closed on Saturdays - I was not aware of this.

I just realized that I have no plans to do any weights this weekend, and Monday is yoga, so no weights then either. Yikes...


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happy-1 - Saturday May 14, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 248.7

Sat  5-14-22 12pm:

Despite best efforts yesterday I ended up with insomnia till 3am. Can only think that the grocery shopping, meal prepping and chores were too much for me and I wore myself out. I fell asleep about 3:30, woke up about 10:30, walked at 11. Trying Aura for insomnia. Free trial. This might just be a case of paying a toll for overdoing it, but I can't tell when I am overdoing it.

Progress as of today: 68.3 lbs lost so far, only 88.7 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 05/14/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 05/15/2022:
2:15am - just going to bed now. With any luck I can start moving my bedtime back half an hour a night. Augh.

Today I walked 20 min, picked up walmart groceries, hosted coworking, cleaned my bedroom, did PT (yay), made dad stuffed peppers, watched tv, and ate too much. Out of all of that, only PT moved me forward.

Thank you lord for all that you do.


bearcountrygg on 05/14/2022:
At least that is 7 hours.......you just have your bedtimes mixed up.


horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2022:
bear has a point above...not everyday is perfect...nice to hear you were very productive yesterday with how you spent the day xo


horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2022:
re the masterpiece theater comment you left me a few days ago: LOL LOL LOL. you hit the nail on the head!


Donkey on 05/15/2022:
Have you considered that maybe for you, your normal sleep schedule is a 2nd or 3rd shift? Except from when the kids were little, I've lived with a 2nd shift family for a long time. Night owls, sleep most of the mornings away...

happy-1 on 05/15/2022:
Maybe… except it eventually leads to depression because I don’t like bright light and I live in Lis Angeles. It’s blinding after 10am. I was happiest when I got up early to surf.


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bearcountrygg - Saturday May 14, 2022

Weight: 0.0

Up and feeling a lot better....I seem to have chased the cold away quickly...I do have an amazing immune system...so amazing it is constantly attacking my thyroid ( hashimotos)...but really...my neck glands ( mainly the left side)..swell at the first sign of illness... and I'm rarely sick for more than 3 days with anything......

 

Not counting food again today.......just basically eating what I want...that could be good or bad...but I needed a break.......it is funny to me how nutrition back in the day was a thing.....and there wasn't a lot of processed food......now...with a glut of processed food that is so darn handy and addicting.....nutrition seems like it rarely is mentioned but weight watching is.........

Follow the money...................it doesn't have to be healthy...just tasty........if there is money to be made by anyone.....then watch out.

I was reading a book the other day called Slim BY Desigh about how stores and food producers and restaurants make their $$$$ by leading the people to their best money makers.......and they were talking about fresh produce.........it is one of their biggest money makers BUT...it goes bad quickly.....so you will always find it right up front in a store........so that you are tempted to put that in the cart right away..........hopefully before it gets less than appealing..........Then the store will gently lead to the fresh meat department....same thing there...that stuff needs to sell quickly before spoilage........canned goods are on the inside aisles...because they can sit there for months and get dusty.....

 

horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2022:
i also need breaks from certain foods/habits time to time. or from lower calories in my eating to higher...i get you.

glad you are feeling way better.

good points in your last paragraph. never thought of that, even though i know the basic needs are the perimeter of the supermarket, this makes good sense as well.

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2022:
Daily counting eventually gets me to the point where I have to just stop it periodically......


horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2022:
if you don't want them to carry the bags, perhaps just tell that?

for instance, at supermarkets that bag my groceries for me as they pass along on to the bagging area, if my order is large i will also bag some things to help out / be doing something. i will say i want to. you can say that about carrying them out. if you want to... :) even if you have to come back in to get the rest, if you want to ;)

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2022:
I've tried that....They insist....I guess they are afraid that the cart won't come back in.....the only way they let me take them out is if I have no more than 1 bags....I usually have more than 2.....so I guess I will just go back to the store in my town...instead.


Donkey on 05/15/2022:
When my mom was reducing the sodium in their diets, because of my step-father's liver problems, she was amazed at just how much salt is in processed foods. Even foods that taste sweet seem to have more sodium than one would think.

I'm kind of glad to hear that you're taking a break from counting. I so dislike tracking. I know that's really the key for me to reach my goals, but ugh, I guess I just don't want it badly enough to do it.

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2022:
I don't want it bad enough either.....I really don't want to spend my life dieting to get to a number that will almost impossible to stay at.....

Salt is in everything it seems.......food producers know that sugar and salt are addictive and it keeps people eating their food....


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Donkey - Saturday May 14, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

Good to see the number come down a bit, especially since I am feeling kind of fluffy and bloated lately. With temperatures in the upper 80s or even 90 this past week, I've had to dip into my summer waredrobe.  I have 4 pairs of capri pants.  The black ones fit, but they have a stretchy material.  A little tight in the thighs - always the issue with me.  The dark green ones are quite comfortable.  The beige ones -- the smallest pair, size 8 -- are wearable, but I was afraid that they would feel too tight after a while so I did not wear them to work.  It's a sensory issue thing -- if they are too tight, it would drive me to distraction to the point that I'd have to come home and change.  Didn't want to deal with that yesterday, especially since we were short-staffed.

Too much eating.  We had a title company rep come into the office yesterday with soft-serve ice cream from Wendy's.  I just couldn't resist and had a vanilla one.  And yes, I ate the whole thing.  Then I had 2 Fannie May chocolates from a box dropped off by another title company rep.  I left those at work, because I thought if I brought them home, I'd eat the whole box over the weekend.

Did NOT succeed with my water goal.


Church Grief Group was much nicer because there were only 4 of us + the leader.  There was a new lady there who I know outside of this group.  She lost her husband in January.  It was easier for me to talk and contribute to the smaller group, and there were a few tidbits presented that I took with me that I will use for my own grief journey.

Husband surprised me this morning by saying he wants to go to a hobby shop in a town that I hate.  I suggested that maybe tomorrow would be a better day, because it's suppsed to rain all day.  Today is the last warm, dry day for a few days.  Also, I have other things I want to do, too.  He's open to waiting until tomorrow, except that tomorrow is Daughter's day off.  Oh well... he may end up going on his own.

I'm actually thinking of / wanting to go to Walmart by myself, just for myself.  I'm looking for a special type of watering can, which they may or may not have, maybe some plant food, and possibly a plant to cheer myself up with.  Plants are life. 

 

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2022:
There really is no reason to feel guilty about an ice cream cone or a couple of chocolates......you ate them in serving sizes...good idea to leave the box of chocolates at work.....that is a good way to slow down the temptation.

I had to dig into the summer clothes as well....but since I don't work I can get by at home with what I have leftover from last year/or before.....Work clothes do take a lot more consideration....Sounds like the green ones will be a favorite for the next few months....But I always seem to gravitate to black.......when I get down to 2 pair of black pants...it's time to do some shopping...LOL

Time to really get serious about gardening...looks like the snow is gone for good...YIPPEE.


horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2022:
i always wondered about those lower priced, pre-foreclosure homes!

I'm glad you are feeling good re Friday's entry. with everyone out,you'll have less office distraction and prob be able to do your work well. i like when folks are out also! :) Monday my boss will be out and he left me some work which i'm happy about...

Finally your Chicago weather is wayyyyyy higher than here in NYC. we had seasonal 70's, some rain. my dad had a "good weather week" by you. He heads home today. mom already home since tuesday.

when we have sweet temptations at work, i usually DO try to take a little of them, bc a little bit fits in calorie-wise. i consider the sweets part of my breakfast or morning snack quite usually...i have learned to go this way.

as with your overeating, i'm sorta doing that in the evenings right now....i think it caused minor weight gain so that when i step on the scale by evenings, it's up more than i put on my entry which is def only a morning weight now...i can also feel it in my clothes, but it's still a good weight...i may pull back some nights of eating, if i can...i think planning better or taking only portions of snacks and adding fruit to dinner may help...point is, if i want to lower my evening calories, i will have to take only servings to where i am eating and not a full bag; and add in fruit.


horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2022:
Yes, plants are great. and good for you!


happy-1 on 05/16/2022:
You will be back in those pants soon!


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horn_of_plenty - Friday May 13, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.5

 


I am confused and stressed at work and having a very hard time focusing on my work bc the manager cannot spend a lot of time with me right now and I feel unable to focus on doing work just on my own without more direction; but I will try...

5.13.22 Fri

breakfast: waffle and pb 200, coffee and banana 150, an extra regular coffee....trouble keeping eyes open in car today, had to roll down the windows!

snacks: the above; wrap 100, with 2 egg yolks small leftover from last night 100. 200.

Lunch: healthy mix - leftover flavored, butter veggies 200, beef soup 250, maybe half bagel brought in very good 200 650.

Snacks:150 gummies tamarind candies very nice found them and bought them for a more natural change of pace sweet treat 

Dinner: other half bagel lg 200, cream cheese and lox 100, 3 smallish clementines 100,whole milk strawberry flavoredyogurt 150...550..fat free choc on bottom yogurt 100

2000..

got a 10 min walk before work; and i plan to walk around my own neighborhood for approx 30-45min(easiest) once i get home. and maybe indoor bike; 1.5hr slow stroll after work, ankle weak as it generally is,but a great walk; felt nice.

 


5.14.22 Sat - prob getting together with my sister & my nephew today! (weather permitting, otherwise Sunday)

laundry

PM strength/weights

Slight meal prep

reading

(today or tomorrow - drive to lynbrook to get my bike cleaned up/tuned up (outdoor bicycle). while he tunes it, i'm going to drive to park and walk there...a wonderful park that is in the town next door only 5 min away and i used to go there when i lived on Long Island. it's a park i love.)

Strength Train Saturday evening possibly, once sister/nephew go home


5.15.22 Sun - decided to cancel signing up for working for early day voting at the polls bc my sister asked about a playdate with me and my nephew - and that takes precedence over working a day at the polls!  - but may cancel these signups as a social event will take precedence bc it's good for me to see friends/family.

AM bring bike to get tuneup; drive to & walk at park nearby during the tuneup - do not stay for the whole tune-up like i did 2 years ago.....




5.21.22 Sat - staying home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM weights/strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


5.22.22 Sun - 10a-3p - may work early voting in my area for special assembly elections - if i am chosen, extra money is good. $100 - may cancel if i'm not assigned anything or before assigned for socializing with friends/family


5.23.22 Monday -

3:30pm leave work for Dr by me @ 5pm - Medical #2 after work for second shot of 3 series (hpv vax - i opted into it.


5.28.22 Saturday - make plans with Christine? - signed up also for the bird watching for today (and tomorrow) and will cancel one as the event comes closer and i know my other plans for this holiday weekend!

5.29.22 Sunday - 8a-9:30a - Bird Watching / Walk at Ridgewood Reservoir (in my borough, but around 30 min away...good...and activity is free!)

5.30.22 Monday Holiday - Memorial Day YAY!!! - 


5.31.22 - Tuesday - 


...Be on lookout for check for 2 vacation days/3 sick days unused pay.!!! :-D. check should be for an entire 40hr work week, check to be approx $615 after taxes, my deductions, etc.

6.1.22 - Wednesday - Happy June! -


6.18.22 Saturday - Stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.19.22 Sunday - early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100 - may cancel to be able to see friends/family on weekend...




6.25.22 Saturday - stay home to get everything done before tomorrow:

laundry

PM Weights/Strength

Slight Meal Prep

Reading


6.26.22 Sunday - early voting day possibly working 10-3p $100

6.27.22 Monday

6.28.22 Tues

6.29.22 Wed

6.30.22 Thurs

7.1.22 Fri (holiday weekend, may get out a little early from work today)


7.2.22 Sat

7.3.22 Sun

 


7/4/22 - July 4th is a Monday so it will be a nice, long weekend with today a Holiday!




8/6/22-8/7/22 - Drive down early morning Saturday;Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner New Hope, PA  (an artsy town on the water) - Peach Festival with Christine 

Progress as of today: 6.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 05/13/2022:
Kind of a carry-over from yesterday: I hear what you are saying about your injured co-worker. I completely understand why you wouldn't want to get involved with providing her with free transportation (LOL), so stick with that decision, and keep to yourself.

As far as the office craziness yesterday, possibly carrying over into today, like you already know and have already said, yes, best to just keep to yourself and try to get through the work as best as you can. It's hard, I know, but try.

Maybe it doesn't matter how it's done as long as the work gets done. I'm thinking to my own situation, where New Gal works her files completely different than I do - I mean pretty much everything is done differently. But at the end of the day, the files close and we get paid, so what does it matter. It does not. If it did, someone would say so.


bearcountrygg on 05/13/2022:
I'm totally in line with what Donk says above........ Didn't you sleep well last night.....I've also driven while struggling to keep my eyes open and I know that is never a good feeling. Luckily no work tomorrow.

horn_of_plenty on 05/13/2022:
i did sleep well, i think i like longer sleeps than average bc i realize i don't skimp that much on sleep, but its enough to make me crave more of it by the end of the week....and feel tired...it's prob best not to rush so much getting out of bed and out the door; prob slowing down and waking up in not so much of a rush would allow me to feel more awake when driving, i think!

no work yes :) i will sleep in, why not!?


happy-1 on 05/13/2022:
Yay for sleeping in!

horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2022:
YES!!!!!!!!


Donkey on 05/14/2022:
^ LOL, Happy --- she's right, though.

Writing this on Saturday: I hope you had a better day at work on Friday.

horn_of_plenty on 05/14/2022:
xoxo


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