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Donkey - Friday Aug 05, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 144.5

When my alarm went off this morning, I seriously thought that it was Saturday morning.  Had to do some thinking about what I worked on yesterday to figure out that today was Friday.

So one more day to get through.

I had hoped to go to Home Depot last night with Husband, to see what kind of plant sales are available, but mainly to purchase some supplies.  However, everything was so delayed with dinner that we didn't end up eating until 7pm!  By the time we finished cleaning up, it was already 8pm, and I felt that was too late for me.  It had been a long day for all of us, but I was disappointed.

I was kind of disappointed in the plant books I had checked out, too.  Not bad, but just not satisfying. 

Eating was OK, but then I had chocolate cake after dinner.  Just one piece, but I certainly don't need that. I was a little upset (?) because what I really wanted was a little bit of ice cream, but Husband ate all of it.  I'm so disappointed that he's getting fast food for lunch too.  He's not even trying to take care of himself any more.  I know that he's just trying to cope with grief, sadness, stress, too.  But geez, some of us want ice cream too...

It's going to be very hot here over the weekend, but I would like to try to work on the plant room and Son's room.  I also want to stop by a nearby nursery to check them out.  I hear they are having amazing sales, and if nothing else, it would be fun to check them out.

PS I forgot to mention that:

  1. Yes, I did leg weights this morning, as I had planned.
  2. On Wednesday, I bought myself a $30 foldable papasan chair at Target, so that I can sit in either Plant Room and Son's room, and then I can fold the chair away, to make room when I'm not using it. I think this was a good purchase.

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2022:
good buy on your chair. i had a folding chair that i think i left in a guy's car that i don't talk to anymore....i may need to get myself a new one, actually!...thank you for reminding me to put that on the list / look for a good deal. may do that end of summer

also, i'm glad you had one piece of cake and not two xx

Donkey on 08/06/2022:
I'm very glad that I managed to get a chair before they sold out. But I especially like that it's foldable and portable.

horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2022:
nice job catching up on work yesterday. i stayed very late one day this past week too.

remember, seasoned veggies / cooked veggies / salad can be part of takeout, making it healthier to have that on the side.

Donkey on 08/06/2022:
I stayed a little later yesterday (Friday), too, to put myself into a better position on Monday. Good Lord, people - don't be buying houses you can't afford.

happy-1 on 08/06/2022:
Hugs. I like those chairs too

Donkey on 08/06/2022:
This has a padded cushion, but I've seen some that have bungee cord netting, but I'm glad I got this one with a comfy cushion.

Donkey on 08/06/2022:
And thank you -- I wish I could be as supportive to you as you have been to me.

Donkey on 08/06/2022:
Oh dear, what I meant to express is that I sometimes feel as though my support is insufficient. Or what I really mean is that I REALLY appreciate YOUR support.

bearcountrygg on 08/06/2022:
I had to look those chairs up....They sure look comfy.....( I have a bad habit of sitting on one leg....and I find myself doiing it automatically).......I'm wondering if those chairs would allow that...I need someone to come along and give me a slap every time I do it....LOL...OR...A chair that wouldn't allow it!!!

Donkey - Thursday Aug 04, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 144.5

Well, I stayed about an hour late at work last night, but I am very happy to announce that I am now completely caught up at work.  That was a wonderful feeling at the end of the day.

After dinner, I had the opportunity to buy more plants, but I want you all to know that I resisted this, and instead, bought 2 t-shirts that have pictures of plants on them. (lol)  Also, I have 2 plant books to pick up at the library.  I'm hoping that the plant books will:

  1. Help diffuse the craving to add more plants (ha ha - who am I kidding...)
  2. Bring my mind back to a place where it can read again, so that I can also enjoy the "It's Not Easy Being Mean" book too. (Haven't given up on this, either!)

Eating yesterday did not go very well.  Too much take-out and not enough fruits & vegetables.  DEFINITELY NOT enough vegetables.  So I will work to turn this around today.

I woke up earlier today, so I had time to do weights!  I did upper body weights this morning.  I'm still (?) having lower back aches.  I think that this may be hormone related and that this may just be a bad month.  Or maybe this is related to perimenopause.  Anyway, having an achy back doesn't bode well for weight traning, but I did all that I wanted to do - my favorite dumbbell exercises.  For now, that's fine.  I hope to have time to do leg weights tomorrow, but maybe tonight, unless something else comes up.

Thursdays are my favorite day of the week, so I'm hoping that today goes REALLY well.  Maybe I'm setting myself up for disappointment, but IDK, I just like Thursdays :-)

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/04/2022:
Great you caught up at work!

My local library has huge gardening section and even if my well laid plans fail to execute, it’s always fun looking at the photos.

Congrats on getting those weights in, you are one self-disciplined woman. I admire you.

Donkey on 08/05/2022:
Thank you -- it's hard to do weights when it's not really my passion. Oh I try to make it a passion. I think maybe if I saw serious tangible results, I might be more enthusiastic. I have a layer of fat that masks all muscle definition. So I never see any visible results.

happy-1 on 08/04/2022:

Donkey on 08/05/2022:
Thank you -- still struggling but I'm trying really hard to keep moving forward. Most of the time, it's just me going through the motions on the outside, but I won't discount that either.

legcramps on 08/04/2022:
I'm having the same problem with getting those veggies in. We can do this!

Good job getting the weights in this morning, but sorry to hear your lower back is sore. Try some stretching exercises to see if that helps at all?

Donkey on 08/05/2022:
I did much better with getting more vegetables in yesterday. Still, I feel that I could have done more and better. Kind of a slump right now.

There ARE some exercises that my yogi taught me, that help and I really wanted to do, but I never managed to pull out my mat last night. Dang it - I *should* have done that. Pretty much all of the floors in my house are hardwood.

OK, I'm going to do this - yes, DO THIS - tonight. I owe it to myself.

Donkey - Wednesday Aug 03, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 144.5

I've completely ran out of time to post here, but I'm caught up on comments (I think).  I replied to comments on my Monday and Tuesday entries.

My doctor's appointment went fine.  Not much to happen until December when I meet up with the surgeon again.  Weighed in at 148 - YIKES.

Work was busy.  Being late to work by 1.5 hours made for another busy day!  And today will be like that too, because we're taking a 2-hour time-out to have our title company rep come over and talk about title.  She's also having lunch delivered, which is great, but then it looks like I might not get in my lunchtime walk - especially since we're supposed to be getting storms this afternoon.

In one of my replies to comments, I made mention that a couple of the work plants that I repotted 2 weeks ago are not going to make it.  *sigh*  Also, I'm not sure about that Monstera plant that I bought over the weekend will pull through.  I think that was a mistake all the way around - wrong type of plant, wrong FB vendor, wrong timing.  Not all plants are meant for me.

Struggling in many ways.... 

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/03/2022:

Donkey on 08/04/2022:
Thank you - I really mean this. I know you're carrying a heavy load right now, and it warms my heart to know that you've read my entry and took the time to comment (and with a hug, which I need, too).

Jacky82020 on 08/03/2022:
Hang in there, you will find more perfect Donkey plants. I may give FB Marketplace a try for plants. I need root bound ones to be effective in taking up nitrates in the fish tanks. The pothos, for example, sold at most places new, are generally from relatively fresh cuttings and will do fine when kept in soil, but don’t work in tanks. & it’s quite a chore washing all the soil from established root systems.

Donkey on 08/04/2022:
I have had luck with some plants on FB, so I still look, but I will definitely think twice next time, if there is a next time.

So thank you - I won't be discouraged by this one. And don't get me wrong - I *DO* really hope that this Monstera plant can bounce back. I think this was a good lesson in keeping things in perspective.

As painful as loss can be, it happens.

horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2022:
tonight i get the chance to sleep in bc i worked so late, i am going to be able to come in an hour late tomorrow ...i actually work two hours late, so if i wanted to, i could really stretch it and come two hours late tomorrow....but i'm sticking to the hour and happy about it!

some plants have issues...but you are DEFINITELY meant for the plants. you are like, MRS PLANT!...THE PLANT WHISPERER

Donkey on 08/04/2022:
Thank you for the encouragement! Yes, I will persevere in my plant endeavors.

I agree about 2 hours versus 1 hour. For me at least, it makes a HUGE difference in how the day goes. Best to try to not get too far behind (and I'll write more about this today). I mean, if you're in late because of a doctor's appointment or something, then that's one thing. Maybe claim overtime for the extra hour yesterday.

Donkey - Tuesday Aug 02, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 144.5

I am not OK.  Yesterday was a disaster. I felt like setting the world on fire and not in a good way.  I was so ticked off in the morning.  Nobody wants to work.  IDK I guess it all got done, so what am I complaining about....  I think the main problem is that my sleep scores for the past 4 days (or so) have been so bad. I'm quite stressed out when I sleep, apparently.  I have no problems GETTING to sleep.  Getting up is kind of hard - lack of motivation.

If I was participating in any 30-day challenge, I didn't do so well yesterday.  Ice cream after dinner (1/2 cup) and a piece of chocolate cake after yoga.  So I guess I'm not exactly done with eating chocolate cake, but it's almost gone.  I will try again tonight.

No weights today. I woke up with a sore throat, so either that's an impending sinus infection or I was snoring last night. 

I'll try to reply to comments on my diary later tonight.  I am ever so grateful that you take the time to read what I write, even if it's about plants and stuff unrelated to dieting.    

IDK, I'm kind of all over the place this morning.  So really, my main goal is just to get through the day as quietly and kindly as I possibly can.

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/02/2022:
Appears you are surrounded by incompetents, Donk. Lots of that going around. Hope today will be better.

Sorry your throat’s sore. Could it be allergy related?

I’m envious of your Monsteria plant. No idea if I spelled that even close to correct. That is a popular plant for attaching to tops of fish tanks with the roots submerged in water. Good for taking up nitrates which are bad for the fish. I tried so hard to find one last year. None be had. Finally ordered a $30 plant online that was about half the advertised size. Very shallow root development, so removed it from tank and replanted in soil. Looks exactly today as when purchased. No growth whatsoever, but appears healthy enough.

Donkey on 08/03/2022:
I think my sore throat is sinus infection related. It got better as the day progressed. This morning, it's back, but not nearly as bad.

horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2022:
like you say, you probably need more sleep - i know it's hard to always get decent sleep. a lot of us here can relate. xx

Donkey on 08/03/2022:
OMG I can totally relate to Happy's struggles with QUALITY sleep. I'm like a completely different person. I need a vacation but can't take one until Queen Bee is done with her 2 week's off.

happy-1 on 08/03/2022:
Hugs. I feel you on the sleep. We need to do a Zoom call and figure out how to get you better sleep.

Donkey - Monday Aug 01, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 144.5

Well, even with 2 days off, I feel like I could still use an extra day, although for what I'm not sure.  It's more of a not wanting to go into work thing than anything else.  So help me, PLEASE let there be NOT a lot of contracts. Also, it gets a bit bothersome working for a Boss who doesn't want to work any more.  On the other hand, I think that's better than working for someone who is overly driven that it's overwhelming.  

I bought a few plants off of Facebook Marketplace yesterday.  2 African violets - 1 looks good, 1 needs a little help but I think it will be OK.  The lady through in a nice wooden carrying box & an additional plant for free.  That was very kind of her.  The other plant (Monstera) was bigger, but not as big as I had thought/hoped.  The plant & soil had some issues (root rot & centipedes).  I kind of regret that purchase.  Meh.  I should have gone to the nursery with Husband, but instead went on these wild goose chases around town with Daughter.  Well, who knows, these new plants might work out after all.  I do like African violets, and I will welcome the large foliage with the Monstera, as it matures (if it doesn't end up dying or becoming infested - yeck!).

I have a follow-up appointment with the endocrinologist tomorrow.  I'm not sure why, since I'm not doing anything until December, for the surgeon.  Anyway, presuming I go, it means getting to work late, which is fine by me.  

I checked out the "Mean" book recommended by Horn, but haven't been in the right frame of mind to start it yet.  

Yoga tonight, which is good because I'm feeling a tightness in my hips and right leg, which usually means something is out of alignment.  And I feel like it would be good to have this hour to just stop everything and focus.

One last comment:  Some dude on Facebook posted that he's starting a 30-day challenge this month. I guess for him it's 30 days of 30 minutes of cardio.  OK, that's great - except that August has 31 days, but whatever.  IDK, it got me to thinking that maybe 30 days is what I need too.

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/01/2022:
It must be hard to work under those circumstances......I have had times where I didn't want to go into work because it had become such a negative place.....

I hope you can get the plants to rally....You are so good with them.... Funny how the days in the month escaped that person...LOL

Donkey on 08/03/2022:
The one plant that fell over is struggling still, but it might pull through. I'm not giving up on it, but I'm thinking I made a mistake with this one all the way around - wrong plant, wrong seller, wrong time.

I noticed that some of the succulents that I brought home from work (thanks to New Gal) & transplanted 2 weeks ago aren't going to pull through. That's unfortunate. I'm not sure why. I may have overwatered them or maybe they just weren't happy. *sigh*

horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2022:
i can relate. there are people at my place that are negative and bring down the morale too (similar to your boss, but definitely NOT the same in any regard). I have two female coworkers that seem to not be working for full days the past 2-3 fridays but getting paid for it. it's people like me keeping my mouth shut to make that happen (bc i will not be trying to make trouble at this job).

Donkey on 08/03/2022:
I wonder if I'm the person bringing people down. However, I'm down right now, so it's hard to lift others up when I'm having a hard time lifting myself up just to get out of bed.

I just can't believe that I'm so busy right now. Why on earth are people buying houses right now???

horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2022:
Good luck at dr appt coming up. i see it's just a follow up.

the book is an easy read. i really didn't love the ending, but then again, it's good it ended and was a short read. lol. it's just about mean girls, anyways haha.

that's really funny about the facebook dude. i'm telling you, i KNOW if it were me or you, we'd probably of caught that right away if it was ourselves wanting to do the challenge. i like what Bear said about it.

Donkey on 08/03/2022:
I realized last night that I am just not in the right frame of mind to read fiction. And about people being mean to each other. <<<This is depression. Fortunately, I do have the book for 3 weeks, and it does seem like an easy read, so I haven't given up hope yet in getting to it.

horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2022:
Go you on getting on your outdoors bike. I haven't rode mine enough this summer, but i hope to ride it thru fall. it's good to get exercise in for all muscle groups, not just walking.

Donkey on 08/03/2022:
I was so proud that I overcame this hesitation. However, I haven't been on the bike since. Perhaps I should consider making this a regular thing, though, as a change of pace.

horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2022:
speaking of which, this weekend was almost NO walking for me! :) it was driving to the lake and river each day and all use of upper body to paddle when i did (we took turns, 2 paddles for 5 people, so i only did it a little bit of the 3 hours down the river!); and in the lake, i was able to swim a little. so my legs feel good :)

Donkey on 08/03/2022:
I think having the upper body workout was a nice change of pace for you! And yes, gave those legs some rest.

horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2022:
you say you are not sure about weigh-ins and you can blow it with one meal...i kinda disagree...if you keep on for the long run, which i know you have done and are good like i think last summer you had a really good run with weightloss ?. my point is one meal shouldn't ruin a weigh in. if anything weight would show more stability after salt or something...but shouldn't be flactuating too much after one salty or voluminous meal? my opinion. lately, i am really watching what i eat and it's been easy bc i seem to have enough variety at home...it could be that it's my 40th bday coming sept 9th. it's not really on my mind, though. i'm just in the zone of summertime now. enjoying it and not overdoing. i will not be doing anything big for my bday or posting too many photos. i am just trying to enjoy life is the bigger picture that i'm looking at now.

back to you...keep on and do not derail yourself. dig deep. xo.

Donkey on 08/03/2022:
If the weight loss is small (a pound or 2), then a larger meal or a salty meal could influence the scale - at least this is what I feel and see in my own experience.

But for longer term results, you are absolutely correct. And right, gotta dig deep and find it. I seem to have lost myself lately, and part of it is not getting quality sleep. I'm not at my best right now, but I am 100% confident that I will swing back up to a better state.

Donkey - Sunday Jul 31, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 144.5

I woke up early this morning thinking, "Gee, this weekend went by too fast - I could really use an extra day off."  I had to get up anyway, because the wristband for my Garmin watch/tracker came unhinged so it was flopping around my wrist.  It was only when I was in the bathroom, fixing the wristband that I realized I *did* have another day to the weekend because it was Sunday. Ha ha ha ha!

So I'm up early.  I decided to have breakfast early and get to the gym to knock that out ASAP.  Then that will leave the rest of my day free.

Last night, on my ourdoor bike ride (go Donkey!), I noticed a discarded pair of gloves in the middle of the road, so after my morning (indoor) bike ride, I took a short walk to pick those up.  I will wash them and use them.  Or if they are too big, Husband or Daughter can use them.

Yesterday's eating was good except for the pieces of chocolate cake I had for lunch & dinner desserts.  But I think I'm done with chocolate cake, or if not, then today is definitely the last day.  But I think I'm done.

Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2022:
Yay...A bonus day!!! Love that! Score with the gloves.....I hear you about the cake...I have been eating canned frosting on graham crackers......finally used it up and hope I don't find anymore of that around here...LOL

Donkey on 08/01/2022:
I think I have done the frosting & graham cracker thing too -- not bad. I often wonder why I don't have more graham crackers in my life. They are pleasant tasting and easier to proportion out. Of course, they are also easy to eat a lot if you don't limit yourself to one sheet/square (which is really a rectangle).

Jacky82020 on 07/31/2022:
Go Donkey! Haven’t owned an outdoors bike since I was a kid. Bought cheap used stationary bikes & treadmills even when I was young & skinny & we lived in sunny California. LOL

I am forever getting days mixed up on the weekends.

Donkey on 08/01/2022:
This bike is very retro. One gear: go. Pedal backwards for brakes. That's it. It's also got a heavier frame - very old school. Not like these high-tech light bikes now available for avid sport biking.

This was actually a welcomed change, once I got used to it.

(Welcomed change, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the higher tech bikes.) :-)

happy-1 on 07/31/2022:

Donkey on 08/01/2022:
Thank you - and to you too.

Donkey - Saturday Jul 30, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 144.5

Remembered to weigh in this morning, although after eating out last night, and the ice cream dessert the night before, I'm not so sure about weigh-ins.  You can have a good week and blow it in a day or a meal and weigh-in higher the next day.  Oh well, I won't be deterred, I'll keep working on sticking to my menus at work and trying to stretch out meals and/or using up leftovers.

Work was OK yesterday, I guess.  It was OK until around 2pm when I do not KNOW what happened but all of a sudden, I was SO busy!  Problems, emails, phone calls, letters, scheduled closings -- oh my word!  I was lucky to leave at 5:17pm when I did.  In fact, I left a couple of things undone that can wait for Monday, when I have more energy.

My main project this weekend (hopefully today) will be to re-pot my Bird of Paradise ("Big Bird") plant, since there are big roots coming out the bottom of her pot.  I think there's actually 2 plants in 1 pot, but I think I will keep the 2 together, at least for now.  This I know for sure:  repotting THIS plant will test my strength and coordination!

I am also seeing other physical improvements lately.  I seem to have better balance standing on 1 leg, while assuming various one-legged yoga poses.  And although I still have thick German milk-maid legs, I am seeing more muscle definition in the calves.

Things to Do Today

  • Gym - DONE
  • Repot Big Bird plant - DONE
  • Laundry - DONE
  • Outdoor bike ride - DONE - DID IT!!!!
  • Pick up Horn's "Mean" book at library - DONE - Looking forward to reading
  • Fill up bird feeders - DONE
  • Deposit little checks - DONE
  • Activate new debit card - DONE
  • Browse at plant store for sales with Husband - might be postponed until Sunday

AFTERNOON EDIT:  My back is feelign kind of achy, and I'm not sure why.  It may be hormonal

EVENING EDIT:  A very productive day.  Looking forward to a nice quiet evening at home.


Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/30/2022:
Being able to stand on one leg is great!!!! With the lymphedema in my legs...I have just come to be able to celebrate having legs that allow me to walk around.............I love the idea that you are able to see definition in your calves!!!!Anything that you can do to improve balance will be a big help in the future.....

Donkey on 07/30/2022:
I can appreciate that. Husband has awful lymphedema, especially in his lower left leg. The right leg is not so bad, but will swell if he does a lot of walking.

I opted to post-pone going to the nursery and instead encouraged Husband to take a nap, since he said he was feeling like he could use one. He was trying to be a good sport by still being willing to shop, but I think the nap is a better idea in the long run.

Maria7 on 07/30/2022:
Congrats on your lower number!

Donkey on 07/30/2022:
Thank you!!! Now the idea is to KEEP moving in that direction!!!

happy-1 on 07/31/2022:

Donkey - Friday Jul 29, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Yesterday was hard.  Sad.  I was sitting at my desk, and around midday, the sadness was just overwhelming.  I'm sitting there thinking, "Why am I here when I feel so sad?"  It seemed pretty senseless to me, but I guess Real Life - whatever that means now - goes on.  I felt sad on my lunchtime walk and sad when I came back, but the afternoon was a little better. 

Instead of riding the outdoor bike, I went along with Husband to run some recycling donations.  Came back and felt sad.  Moved my plants indoors - quite chilly last night! - and then had a dish of ice cream.  So eating was not the best, but oh well.

I did not meet my step count goal (Garmin 10,000).  I could tell at my desk that I wasn't moving around during the day as often as I could/should.  I will try to do better today.  I don't like sitting at my desk for long periods, and that's kind of what I was doing.  Perhaps because I was listening to how the new guy was being trained.

I wasn't too involved with the new replacement guy -- working on a nickname for him -- but I heard that he was much more responsive to learning new concepts and more polished on the phone.  I think he was a good choice to hire. 

Tonight, we are going out to eat with Daughter.  I'm already anticipating bringing home leftovers.  Perhaps I will take a longer lunchtime walk today as a treat for myself. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/29/2022:
I found that I couldn't get anywhere near 10,000 steps....That will never happen for me I see.....my hips will never allow it...

Donkey on 07/30/2022:
My Husband (double hip replacement) has a good day if he gets 3000. 5000 is a busy day for him and seldom happens without an intentional hike. I give him a lot of credit.

For me, my right knee is what will slow me down. I think it's arthritis, because it's not all the time, but when it's here, oh my word, the ache and pain.

horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2022:
Bear 10k is a ton, like 5miles. i do not get near this either, unfortunately...i do what i can and what i am comfortable with. maybe one day i could do more but not now.

Donkey on 07/30/2022:
I'm not sure about 5 miles -- maybe 3? I am a slow walker though. My mile time is about 18 minutes, but sometimes at lunch, it's 19 minutes.

bearcountrygg on 07/29/2022:
It just seems to me that there is a point where you are wearing out joints.......I wonder who decided that 10,000 was something to aim for.....I can tell you in old age (I'm there right now)...that joints wear out...cartilage wears away..and bone begins to rub on bone and is so painful...and there is nothing fun about joint replacements.......I agree with exercise...but repetative wearing away of joints is agonizing...walking is great....but I would think that a variety of exercises of all tyoes might just be healthier for the body in the long run....Just my opinion.....but I've seen it in D and myself.......and if the joints aren't worn out....with age comes bursitis ( me)...and tendonitis as well......

Donkey on 07/30/2022:
I agree to some degree. I mean, and this is just how I see it, but joints (hips, knees, elbows, shoulders) are kind of a paradox. You have to use them regularly or they get creaky and achy. However, yes, you get to a point and they start to wear out. So it's about balance, care, prevention.... but there is a lot to be said about luck and genetics.

My right knee problems are genetic. My mom, my aunt, my grandpa, and from what I know of family history, my grandpa's uncle -- all had right knee problems.

I think I do a good job (?) of mixing it up. I only walk during the work week, and that's mainly because I'm sitting for most of the day. The indoor bike rides I've had to reduce my time on that, because I was feeling that ache from too much. Less is more.

I could do with more stretching and yoga. I know I keep saying that - mainly because it's true - and I don't DO anything about it.

bearcountrygg on 07/29/2022:

Donkey on 07/30/2022:
LOL -- right? Do you feel like throwing the keyboard out the window sometimes ? :-)

legcramps on 07/29/2022:
I'm so sorry you had a rough day yesterday. Hugs. It's good to hear that new guy might actually work out, hopefully this will create some space for you and provide some relief at work.

Enjoy your time with Daughter tonight.

Donkey on 07/30/2022:
To be honest, it was a rough week. I could have used a support group meeting. Maybe I will look into other Zoom groups that are offered. I attend the 2 that I do because 1 is for suicide-related deaths and the other because it's "local" to Illinois (and run by the same guy who runs the suicide group).

Just for where I'm at right now -- to have a little more "support".

Being with Daughter can be tricky. She's kind of a troll, she's kind of salty. And some of the old-man habits that my Husband has started up with really irritate her. (Part of those old-man things are because of his physical disability and overweightness.)

Jacky82020 on 07/29/2022:
My heart goes out to you, friend.

Hope the work situation improves.

Didn’t get anywhere close to 10K steps yesterday. Laid in bed all day and cried and ate chocolate cake. Such a loser!

Donkey on 07/30/2022:
I think of you often. Some days I wonder how I'll ever get through it (the day). Maybe you feel that way too...

I need to change my outlook about work, I think, because things aren't going to go back to the way they were. I know that I'm not the only one struggling with "the way things used to be" and the things that are happening now. It's all about change.

I think with the loss of my Son (especially to suicide) has helped me realize or has reminded me of the importance of letting things go.

So, if a person has TWO chocolate cakes in her house, does that make her a double loser? Asking for a friend....

I don't think spending a day (or several days, in fact) crying and trying to pick up one's spirits with cake is a loser thing. And not even a bad thing. It's all about coping, releasing, healing...

Donkey - Thursday Jul 28, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I think yesterday was a better day.  The Boss left at 1pm or 1:30pm, because he was tired.  He had to pick up his daughter & her family from the airport at midnight, on their return from New Zealand.  Nevermind that she's a millionaire and can afford to hire a limo to save her ol' dad the physical stress of having to do this.  For being a physical therapist, it would seem that she is in some denial about her dad's health too.  Whatever -- I was glad that he went home to rest. I'm sure he also did some visiting --- actually, that's probably why he really left.

And I could have gone home early too (like 2:30p), except that I was waiting for a letter from Associate Attorney to send out - deadline was yesterday, so I had to wait for it. After he came back from his 2 hour lunch at 3pm, he made some calls and finally gave me the letter shortly after 4pm.   I ended up leaving "early" at 4:55pm.

The new Replacement starts today and I'm glad. I'm glad for the help, I'm glad that I don't have to train him, I'm glad to have another personality in the office to balance out all the obnoxiousness we already have. 

Yesterday's eating could have been better, but I don't think it was too bad.  For lunch, I ate half of my taco salad, because, as I sadly feared, most of it was not "salad" but refried beans and rice.  I am bringing extra salad from home today to supplement the rest of the taco salad - to make it more of a salad.  AND I *might* be able to stretch the taco part of the taco salad into an extra day with the additional salad part.  1 lunch to last me 3 days -- that would be great! 

Then, for dinner, I had a burger w/bun and kale salad.  However, I could not prevent myself from dipping into leftover French fries, which I guess maybe I had eaten too many of - or more than is ideal.  I was full, but that didn't stop me from having the other half piece of chocolate cake that I started on Tuesday (after cleaning the carpet stairs).

I did not go on an evening outdoor bike ride.  IDK, just decided to stay home with my plants.  Had enough of the outside world.  Maybe tonight though, especially since I know Horn will try to ride outside too.  However, I did do leg weights this morning, after my morning indoor bike ride - and that's a GREAT start to the day!

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2022:
i just wrote you a comment on your previous entry.

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
Thank you! I added 3 comments to your comment :-)

Jacky82020 on 07/28/2022:
A millionaire physician therapist? Did she get her money the old fashioned way? Married it? LOL

Hope the new new guy works out.

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
She had no college debt. She owns a few businesses, and her PT offices are thriving and expanding. Her husband is also quite rich. Her parents (my Boss) are also millionaires.

legcramps on 07/28/2022:
Yeah, I hope this new replacement works out as well. Hopefully you get outside for a bike ride today - the weather looks pretty hopeful here!

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
I'm told he did very well, picking things up. He has a very pleasant phone voice, and that's saying a lot there.

I did not ride the outdoor bike. I think I need to get over the "first time" of doing it, and then I'll do it more often. Like that feeling of the 1st time going to a new gym - it's a little intimidating, but then after that, it's old hat.

horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2022:
totally agree....she shouldn't bother her dad at midnight....

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
It's just unreal, the denial... the enabling...

horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2022:
yeah, stretch that salad out so you can continue with it...my coworker and i were discussing that today....how you can stretch out meals - ie. adding more veggies to them.

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
Yes! I hadn't made that connection, but meals can be stretched by adding more vegetables, and/or fruits too. In the cooler months, having a warm soup to start a meal is supposed to help stretch out the main meals too. I should try that.

bearcountrygg on 07/28/2022:
I agree too...stretching a meal makes all kinds of sense......for the firt time in a long time...I did not finish what was on my plate.......I felt so good about that....being a member of the clean plate club can get to be a drag for real.

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
I'm going to try to remind myself about the Clean Plate Club mentality at meals. Not so much about not finishing what's on my plate, but taking less to begin with, making meals stretch.

Just an FYI - my Husband does not share this approach at all, LOL.

happy-1 on 07/29/2022:

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
Thank you --- and you too. I think of you often, hoping you're holding up.

Donkey - Wednesday Jul 27, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Yesterday was a long, hard day.  And I'm glad that it's over.

I had a hard time at work.  Of course, I was right that they hired the candidate (another 21 year old male like Replacement Kid) that was my least favorite.  He starts Thursday and then full swing next week.  Queen Bee will be training him on phones first.

Then New Gal did it again - makes changes that affect MY workload, because she doesn't like the way it's being done right now.  Oh my gosh.  I should have just kept my mouth shut, but I got frazzled up again, and then she brushes me off like, "why are you getting upset?"    So from now on, need to keep my mouth shut.  And if things change, because of her changes, I'll just keep doing what I do.  If things are missed or not included because of her changes, so be it.  But this upset me for a greater part of the day.

I can't take it to the Boss because he doesn't like negativity and he won't do anything about it.  Plus, it's best not to tax him with my problems when he's got his own problems going on right now.  So my mouth needs to stay shut.  I vented to Male Co-Worker who said there's nothing he can do (which I know) because he's on the Boss' radar too, and needs to lie as low as possible right now.  So let the place crash and burn.  As long as I manage to stay afloat, that's what counts to me.

Then I come home, and there's a big problem with selling Son's car.  The dealership calls and said that title is no good and they can't accept the car.  Well, title IS good -- we spent an extra 4 weeks waiting for corrected title to come in from the Secretary of State's office, before selling the car.  This ruined our dinner and our evening.  At around 8pm, one of the managers called Husband to say that the problem has been corrected and the transaction can be completed on Friday (when Husband can pick up his check for the car). 

So thankfully that got cleared, but Oh. My. Gosh -- we don't need that stress in our lives!  And I *certainly* didn't need that EXTRA stress last night!

I had time to go on an outdoor bike ride, but elected to steam clean the carpeted stairs instead.  That's a hard chore, and I didn't want to spend my weekend doing THAT.  So now it's done, they smell much better, and they are cleaner too.  Knocking this out killed two stressors with one stone.

Also, to deal with the car stress, I repotted Hannah Banana and cut off 2 of her large leaves that weren't doing so well.  She looks lovely this morning!

I had a small "slip up" last night, by having a few bites of chocolate cake.  But I give myself credit as I did not eat the entire piece.  I had the 3-4 bites I wanted, to give me incentive to keep cleaning the stairs, and that was it.  Most of the piece of cake is still in the refrigerator. 

I woke up at 1:17am this morning and had problems getting to sleep.  Apparently, I'm very excited/anxious to buy tropical potting soil mix at the local hardware store.  It took me a while to calm down and fall back asleep.  Of course, I had a hard time waking up this morning. 

No weights, just indoor bike ride.  Tonight, weather permitting, an outdoor bike ride. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 07/27/2022:
You’ll stay afloat. I am sending a Donkey life boat with paddles and a fridge full of goodies.

Awful about the car! Stress on top of stress, you poor thing. HUGS.

Tropical plant soil. Reminds of a funny story. This guy in a fish forum pays $20 for 3 pds of aquatic plant soil. From Amazon. Gets cheap garden soil in bag. Someone bought that same bag & replaced the good aquatic soil with cheap stuff & returned it to Amazon who sent it to the other guy. The guy was beside himself. Amazon told him to keep the other bag & sent the right stuff.

Donkey on 07/28/2022:
Ha ha, that's a funny soil story. Husband was trying to convince me to order the soil through Amazon, but honestly, I really do want to help this little hardware store and pick it up personally. Amazon doesn't have to be everything.

legcramps on 07/27/2022:
My goodness, you really don't need that added stress about the car, but I'm glad it was so quickly fixed.

And, exercise is exercise, whether it's riding a bike or steam cleaning the stairs. Good job!

Donkey on 07/28/2022:
Hard-core cleaning is great exercise :-) And I noticed that I didn't feel achy in my arms/shoulders the next day. I think I'm a bit stronger now.

bearcountrygg on 07/27/2022:
We had a little glitch when I gave my Moms car to our youngest son......it was easily corrected and did eventually go through as well....glad yours did too.

Donkey on 07/28/2022:
Very relieved -- something about the DMV and Secretary of State -- anything relating to vehicles, driver's licenses, etc. = BLEAH.

horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2022:
haha so now both of us have "Rubber Plants!" they are quite nice. mine is more green, no burgundy except the new bud but the leaves are then green.

i have the same issues that you have with my 24yo coworker. she is the WORST. everything i say she construes in a way where i look so bad...but she is the one who should be. i do not like her and more and more i read thru her and see her as truly not helpful to my existance!

really nice on just a few bites of cake.

and i didn't know you had a bike for outdoor riding. my bike is old; i hope to get a lighter one in the farther future (few years); so that it's easier to pick up and put in my car.

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
Rubber Plants are ficus trees. I have 4 of them, each a different variety. Each beautiful in their own way, but the ones that you and I have are especially beautiful. The leaves start out redder but then turn a very dark green -- so pretty!

The other ficus trees do not have that beautiful dark green, but are pretty in their own different ways.

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
I forgot to say that the bike is actually my Daughter's but she hasn't had the chance to ride it either. I asked her if it would be alright if I rode it and she said fine. I do think it was in her plan to start riding more regularly, but then her new job started, and kind of rocked her world a bit.

Donkey on 07/29/2022:
I've come to the conclusion that the only way to deal with nuts like New Gal and Queen Bee are to stay quiet, avoid them, roll with whatever changes they make, agree with whatever they have to say.

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