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Donkey - Wednesday Jan 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

The worst part of overdoing it the night before is that I wake up feeling not-so-great.  But today is a new day, and I will do better.  

I'm not sure why I'm behaving as though the rules don't apply to me, but this is not acceptable. 

My arm feels much better but I'm not doing much with it until yoga on Thursday (oh, that's tomorrow, lol).

I signed up for the Library Yin Yoga classes offered in February and March.  I also signed up for the free Mindfulness seminar (at the library) towards the end of March, to learn more about meditation.  

I have not been able to start a meditation practice on my own.  And I just cannot spend $120 at the Disaster Yoga studio, even though it's for 5 classes.  So I'll keep looking, but this seminar sounds like it could be helpful.

Although I have a busy weekend with legal clinic on Saturday, I want to take the time to revisit my list of 2020 goals.  I seem to be falling short.

I just realized that with legal clinic on Saturday, I won't be able to go to yoga :-(  So only 1 session of yoga this week!

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/15/2020:
Times flying eh? Thursday is here so fast for me too. I need to revisit my resolution list too....but then again there may be something said for taking things one step at a time...mastering that and moving to the next thing!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/15/2020:
I'm fully with you on being accountable. I have been overeating and finally it has caught up...as long as i quit while i'm ahead on the weekends with too much indulgence, i should be OK. but i must curb it also!

it's great to see you involved with the legal clinic, involved in the community.



Donkey - Tuesday Jan 14, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Really wanted to go to yoga last night, but time wise, it just didn't work out.  The 6:15p time slot does not work well for family dinners.  While I was disappointed, I figured it was  for the best, as my right shoulder, tricep, and elbow were REALLY  sore yesterday - all day.

Turns out that it was a good thing because the instructor pasted that she did a strength training & cardio session (is that even possible in yoga?), which definitely would have hurt my arm.   

I will baby my arm a little longer this week, but I WILL attend fast-slow yoga on Thursday. 


EVENING EDIT:  One thing I know, I will never get to where I want to be if I keep eating like I ate today.  Something is WAY off balance.  Had 5 salted chocolate covered carmels at work.  Dove into figs and walnuts this evening.  Not good.

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/14/2020:
Hope the arm feels better soon.....it took me many months to get my shoulder back to being pain free....you don't want to make a long term problem there.


legcramps on 01/14/2020:
One of my friends goes to Cardio Yoga, which i've never seen myself, but she says it is really fast and definitely gets her heart rate up!


happy-1 on 01/14/2020:
I love my tens unit for neck, shoulder and arm pain... also, tiger balm and one of thse stick on neck warmer pads that gets hot in the air from the 99 cent store.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/14/2020:
i hope your right side feels better as this week moves forward!



Donkey - Sunday Jan 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Did a little shoveling this morning, and the snow looks quite pretty covering the ground and trees, but we did not get nearly the amount of snow they predicted.  At one point last week, they said we could get 12+ inches of snow!  Everyone was anticipating 5-7 inches.  I think we got about 2.  Very easy to manage shoveling, which is good because my right shoulder is noticeably sore today.  This soreness could be due to the yoga session I did yesterday, but I'm wondering if it's because I'm not doing keto.  (Carbs cause inflammation.)  The soreness started this past week when I started adding more carbs to my diet.  Hmm...

About yesterday's yoga session AT HOME (proud of myself) using my phone app:  I'm so proud of myself that I was able to last through an hour of Hatha yoga.  I didn't do all of the challenges, but I did do all  of the poses.  Also, I was able to maintain my balance throughout most of the workout, with the slight exception of having to touch my left toe to the ground (i.e. standing on my right foot) momentarily *just* before I was cued to transition to the next position.  Oh so close!  AND I was able to do the routine at a "normal" pace rather than selecting "slow".

I am planning my yoga schedule for this week. If all goes well, I can make it to the studio 3x this week PLUS husband and I have Library Chair Yoga on Wednesday afternoon.

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/12/2020:
WE didn't get the quantity here either...icy though. Good job with the yoga...practice does make perfect!!!


happy-1 on 01/13/2020:
Good job with the home workouts!!!! I have not yet broken the mental barrier on that.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/13/2020:
excellent commitment to yoga practice here !!! you will def progress a lot at this rate!



Donkey - Saturday Jan 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Pretty much feeling myself this morning.  I spoke to my son this morning, and he's starting to get sick.  

We're expecting nasty weather and big snow today, so I am planning for a weekend at home.  I would like to do some reading.  Laundry.  Weights.  The yoga studio is closed today, in anticipation of bad weather, so I would like to do some on my own using the app.  I need to make that a priority, if I'm going to actually do it though.  I won't get better unless I practice more.

Thursday's yoga class (Vin-Yin or fast-slow) was a surprise because another lady showed up!  It completely changed the energy of the class.  I don't think she'll be a regular, but I've practiced with her before, I think on the Sunday morning slow class.  This lady was an inspiration to me:  older than myself, with scoliosis in her spine, and although she had not attended THIS class before, she was able to do all of the positions and keep up with the routine quite well.  (Meanwhile, there's Donkey, huffing and puffing, trying not to topple over...)  So I figure that she has been practicing yoga for a lot longer than I have, which is why I said that the more I practice, the better I will get.


I *did* manage to remember to weigh in this morning.  I confess that I was not as focused on eating less this week.  Being sick throws off my sense of taste.  Oh... I did have that one night where I kind of dipped into the sweets a bit.  Male Co-Worker is back on keto, but for myself, this is not sustainable, as I really love fruit.  My husband is trying to do Whole 30, which is very much like keto, except that you can have fruit.  I'm catching little pieces of evidence that he's not sticking to it 100%, but even if he does it 85% of the time, it will be an improvement to how he usually eats. 

Isn't that kind of how it is for all of us?  If we ate properly 85% of the time, we ought to be doing alright?

I feel that I need to do an honest self-evaluation, because I do not know what else I can do to lose weight.

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/11/2020:
Glad to hear you are feeling better and that you had some company at yoga. I agree...85% makes a lot of sense.....enjoying life counts for something too!!! We shouldn't have to be a slave to any choice....as long as we lean in that direction and work on it most of the time...thankfully...we aren't robots!!! ;>)


happy-1 on 01/13/2020:
I think you will lose weight if you stick to the 80/20 rule of life. If you stop beating yourself up so much, your stress level will drop and your cortisol levels will drop... allowing your body to lose weight.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/13/2020:
yup, 85% of the time in the right direction would be great for most people out here indeed!

i love your idea of rededicating yourself to practicing yoga.

after all, for how long can we only want to lose weight (only goal i mean)... for myself i also need redirection that i'm sorta bored with my routine but don't wanna stop either because i like the heaviness factor of the weights that i can lift. so, i just need to add more cardio again - i think?



Donkey - Thursday Jan 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.5

Head cold is hanging on!  Each day feels a little better,  although I'm back to sneezing today, it would seem.  I feel up up hard yoga tonight. 

I'm beginning to think that my feelings about the hard yoga class have more to do with the teacher than the yoga.  If there were others in the class besides me,  that might help a lot.  (So it might not be the teacher after all.)

I did not do weights last night, to keep up with my 2020 goal of 2x a week, because my shoulder is hurting.  Strain or arthritis,  I'm thinking.  Yoga has shown me that I'm very tight in the shoulders.  Not a lot of flexibility there.  Perhaps I can YouTube some helpful stretches today at work. 

One thing I am extremely proud of accomplishing already this year is FINALLY clearing out my pantry last night.  Threw away everything expired, put together a small bag of food that can be donated.  This was a HUGE step for me. 

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/09/2020:
Great job organizing your pantry! :) Even though i organized not too long ago, my closets will need another cleaning this year LOL...makes sense i guess, to clean at LEAST once a year!

Also good job sticking to your yoga goal. One of my goals is to get up on time or just change the time i do get up in the morning - either way, lots of wasted time occurs and some of it can be eliminated :)

my mom used to or maybe still does do shoulder stretches since she had a chip of bone come off her shoulder and it was very painful...she had to do some physical therapy for it and was doing it at home, i'm not sure if she still is.

Donkey on 01/11/2020:
Yes, I've decided to do theraputic exercises at home. Wall push-ups were recommended. Also, one of the shoulder exercises I'm doing with weights isn't good for sore shoulders, so no more of that exercise for a while. (Weights over the head)


legcramps on 01/09/2020:
Try these:

https://drjohnrusin.com/5-exercises-to-instantly-improve-shoulder-mobility/

Dr. John Rusin is very knowledgeable in the fitness industry!

Donkey on 01/11/2020:
Thank you - I have this site open on another window tab, so I'll check it out when I'm done on DD. I did a YouTube search at work and got some good tips, but I appreciate you sending me this link!


bearcountrygg on 01/09/2020:
Hope you are feeling better......You throw out expired food and I make myself eat it as punishment I guess...LOL

Donkey on 01/11/2020:
Well, I feel like 4+ years is too expired. There's expired, and then there's EXPIRED. I confess that I kept a box of unopened cereal that expires this month, and a can or 2 that has passed only a couple of months (November-ish).



Donkey - Wednesday Jan 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.5

I've been struggling to get over this cold or sinus infection, whatever it is.  The symptoms are manageable but the fatigue is just incredible.  I went to bed last night at 8p and still had a very hard time getting up late at 6a.


Library Yin Yoga on Monday night was wonderful!  I wish I could attend the daytime classes she offers.  In March,  I will leave work early so that I can go to her 5p session.   (Her classes tend to be irregularly scheduled. )

This really is my favorite yoga class!

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/08/2020:
Hope you feel better soon...there is so many sick right now...it seems like everyone in the store was coughing the other day.


legcramps on 01/08/2020:
Feel better soon! I think I am starting to come down with a head cold as well.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/08/2020:
How nice you are back to yoga.

If i could relate to you - i'll just say i have been sleeping TONS this winter and with it being dark in the mornings, I am also struggling to get up - AND I'M NOT SICK.

it's true to get over your cold you will need rest. Well, that's my opinion.


happy-1 on 01/08/2020:
Glad you are back to yoga. It's OK to just rest. I'm loving "The Moth" podcast for filler noise and stress reduction.



Donkey - Sunday Jan 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.5

Hanging in there, and feeling OK about it.  My cold seems to have plateaued, so this is probably the worst it will get, which is just a little congestion, and the occassional cough.  It seems unlikely that this will develop into a serious cough or chest congestion.  I opted to watch football playoffs (of which I have zero interest in) instead of riding my bike or walking on the treadmill.  So while it wasn't a nap or sleep, it was more rest than what I would normally allow.

Yesterday, husband and I went to pick up a yoga mat someone was selling on Marketplace.  It was new and about 50% off of what Amazon charges.  Then we went to the store for some personal care items that I really needed, mainly moisterizers and hair conditioner - essential in these harsh midwest winters.  I felt quite pampered.  The new yoga mat is thinner and will help me with fast yoga.  I still plan to use my thicker mat that I have, for Yin yoga, for extra cushioning on all the floor poses.

I would like to get my hair cut today, too.  I'd like to keep it long, but I need the ends trimmed up and evened out.  I'm not quite ready to color my hair again, but at the store, I did choose a beautiful warm dark brown color for when I am ready for a change.  I'm working my way into accepting and embracing the gray.  If I were fully gray, like Bear, then that would be OK.  But I have just these spots that are gray, which, in my opinion, does not look as nice.


EDIT:  Oh I forgot to mention that Associate Attorney posted on Facebook that his daughter does NOT have cancer - she had a virus - and that she came home from the hospital last night.  And of course, now that his adult children are leaving go to back to their respective homes (California, Iowa, Ireland), he can get back to the office and actually do some work.


 EVENING EDIT:   Got a lot done today:

  1. Made jellied cranberries. 
  2. Baked eggplant. 
  3. Did weights (triceps and back)
  4. Washed sheets and most towels.  Son's room and bathroom are back in order.
  5. Got my haircut.  It's still long and straight,  but now it's even and the dried ends are gone.  Looks much healthier. 

Now I'm cuddling with Sick Kitty, and I will be in bed at 9p.

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/05/2020:
I'm glad to hear that your coworkers daughter is okay and able to come home....now he can go back to work...no more excuses. My gray started here and there..especially around my face...and I colored it for a few years but finally gave up on that when it seemed like i almost always had a gray strip across the top of my head......LOL......I just let it grow out and kept cutting it until it was just all gray.....I have to admit...it took a few years....good deal on the yoga mat!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2020:
great find again on yoga marketplace! did you end up getting the haircut?

glad your coworker's daughter isn't sick.

seems in the Winter rest is more important than in the warmer months.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/06/2020:
I'm glad you made your cranberries and caught up with tasks at home! Nice to hear you did some weights, me too!


happy-1 on 01/06/2020:
Hugs, I feel you on cuddling sick kitty.



Donkey - Saturday Jan 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.5

Oh this year has started off with a struggle.  Still not getting enough sleep (6 hours or less).  The problem is that I cuddle with Sick Kitty on the couch for an hour, because she loves that, and that delays getting ready for bed for an hour.  She doesn't like coming to bed with me, so that's not an option.  I thought about bringing her down into the basement on nights that I workout after dinner, but that's not the same as cuddling... although she does like to be with us.

Woke up late, got started very late with everything.  I'm feeling this "cold" in my throat and sinuses.  At least it's not the flu.  I opted out of Warm Slow Yoga this morning, even though I really wanted to go, because of germs, the need for rest, and the lack of time to get ready.  I am planning to miss tomorrow morning's yoga at the studio as well.  

Monday night is Library Yin Yoga, which I especially like!  This is the one with the yogini (teacher) who had weight loss surgery and used yoga as her physical activity.  She keeps it real, and it's a nice small group. 


Yesterday at work was a minefield.  Not only was every file I touched in dire straights, but also, Associate Attorney said that his 19 year old daughter, home from college for the winter break, might have cancer.  This would be awful, of course, except that there were just too many holes in his story to make me fully believe him.  His main concern was that he had to leave the office ASAP so that he could be at the hospital when the doctor came to talk them in the afternoon.  "Do you have an appointment?"  No, it's whenever they come around.  Later, I find out that he met up with his 3 adult children, who leave to go back home on Sunday, probably for lunch or something, before heading over to the hospital at around 3:45p.  Hmm...  So what happened to being at the hospital ASAP to speak with the doctor?

And then he seemed very surprised when I mentioned to him to call the Boss over the weekend (the Boss is in Florida until Feb. 15th) to let him know what's going on.  Like, "Oh, Boss knows about this?"  Well, YES, because if you're going to be out of the office to be with your daughter, we need to find an attorney that will actually BE here to cover closings.

I told husband at dinner that I cannot have 1.5 more months like the last 2 days have been.


I've done well with my reading goals, but finding the time to meditate - or to start meditating - has been difficult.  Remember the Difficult Yoga Studio I went to back in September?  (See Donkey's Yoga Disaster)  They are offering a meditation series on Sunday evenings.  5 sessions, 1-1.5 hours, for $120.  That seems a bit expensive to me.  Maybe not, for one's time.  Sunday evenings (late afternoons) though are not the best time for me.  Not sure.  I've got time to think about doing this if that's what I want.

Weight-loss goal is not going so well, either as it looks like I gained half a pound.  WTHeck...  When TOM is here, it's just complete chaos until I can have my own body back.

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/04/2020:
It is sad to think that the coworker would use such a serious health issue of his child in such a flip way...hopefully she doesn't have cancer and I suspect he is realizing now that he shouldn't have tossed that out there in such a careless way. It does sound like he was just trying to get away from work. Hopefully the yoga will work out when it's right for you...no fun being sick and exercising anyway.

Donkey on 01/05/2020:
I found out this morning that his daughter had a virus and is out of the hospital. Whatever.

Turns out that some of the yoga instructors are getting sick, so I'm really glad to be staying home this weekend. I do not think I will get any sicker than I am right now, this time around, and this is completely manageable.

I still want my own body back from TOM though, and I should feel more myself on Monday. Oh great, just in time to go back to work.


happy-1 on 01/05/2020:
It's ok to take a break from yoga till you feel better. Do it at home.

Donkey on 01/05/2020:
Yes, I hope to do a session with the phone app today. However, last night, I had fun just doing a few poses. Not a routine - no flow, but just trying out different things.


happy-1 on 01/05/2020:
And if you are struggling with sleep it is going to make it harder to fight colds. You might need to get more early morning light instead of riding your bike in the basement... And also build up more sleep drive by walking and changing up your exercise patterns.

Donkey on 01/05/2020:
YES on ALL of this! I've been wanting to do more walking, but just can't seem to get my butt up to do so. Not sure what that's all about.

But doing more walking would definitely be a welcomed change.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2020:
With work, rememember not to get too caught up with lives of your coworkers and to take your life first and foremost as most important to you - not that you aren't, but, try not to stress over what is going on or what coworkers are saying and doing. i guess male coworker had quite a few agendas.

I find myself sleeping tons also on the weekend. i do think that your extra sleep will have you feeling better sooner than anything else will.

plus, your upcoming yoga on Monday sounds wonderful



Donkey - Friday Jan 03, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Having a hard time getting enough sleep,  which is interfering with working on all my other goals!  In fact,  I'm writing now, on my phone,  because this may be the only chance I get today!

I've been fighting something for about 2 weeks, which I'm sure is not helping.  I had a breakout of painful sores on my lips last week.  The sores are mostly gone, but now I'm battling a sore throat.  I wake up congested,  which is part of the problem. AND - There are people around me who have family members with contagious flu!  


It was good to get back into the studio for Vin-Yin yoga.  It is very much the same vigorous yoga at the beginning,  but then it transitions into the slower,  Yin yoga.  I felt invigorated and yet relaxed, at the same time,  if that's possible. 

Tonight is Veterans Chair Yoga with the husband.  Looking forward to this a lot. 

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/03/2020:
Hope it isn't the flu...I hear it's a rough one this year. Could the sores have been cold sores or fever blisters? Good news about the yoga...question....do you use your own yoga mat? And a caution...rolling yoga mats puts the side to the floor onto the side you are using...and while there aren't a lot of ways to carry them...I believe there is a way to spray disinfect them.....just a thought...hope you feel better soon.

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
It's not flu - this feels like a sinus infection or cold.

Lately, I've been using the studio's mats, because they are thinner and provide a better balance for one-legged poses. Good point that this could be a source of germs. I'm working on getting a thinner mat.

The sores were cold sores. See, that's what I get for kissing Danny Witten when I was 8. They usually flare up right around TOM. The sores are gone, TOM is here this week. It's usually not this many sores though. This was a particularly bad breakout.


innerpeace on 01/03/2020:
Yikes! I hope you get better soon and avoid the flu. Enjoy the yoga.

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
I think I need to be more vigilant about germs, until I get over this bug.

I'm staying home as much as I can this weekend.


legcramps on 01/03/2020:
The flu has been rough around here lately too, lots of people sick with it right before Christmas. I was so lucky to sneak by unscathed! Feel better soon!

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
Thank you - this is a throat thing today. Lots of hot tea and rest :-)


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/03/2020:
Chair yoga sounds like "da bomb!"....i would have liked to do it as a group at therapy, ah well, they never offered it even though i asked since they mentioned it.

in fact, all of your yoga sounds incredible. maybe one day...i'll be doing yoga :)

i hope you can work thru into feeling better xoxo and to getting more sleep this weekend! :)


happy-1 on 01/03/2020:
I have a gripper towel I put over the studio mats that can be folded so you never have to touch anything that touched floor.


happy-1 on 01/03/2020:
Or you can take a little tea tree oil and dilute it with water and a spray bottle so you can spray your mat down prior to using it.

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
That's what the studio has to clean the mats, which I use after I use them. However, it's probably better (for me) to use the tea tree oil BEFORE using them.



Donkey - Thursday Jan 02, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Son left this morning to go back to Texas and has left a sadness behind. 

The hard yoga class has been changed to fast- slow "vin-yin" style.  I'm checking the new format.

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/02/2020:
Change is hard......when will he be able to come back home again?


Maria7 on 01/02/2020:
You have a lot of good goals. As for Son, he will be all right. I know it hurts to see him leave and wonder if he will be happy and all right. But he will and he will make new friends, too. Who said it was easy being a Mama and not worrying about them (even after they are grown???)?


happy-1 on 01/02/2020:
Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugs.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/03/2020:
so you must be happy with a slow yoga class in place, you will be comfortable doing it :)



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