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Donkey - Tuesday Aug 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 I am home now,  but I have to go to bed extra early to get to the clinic tomorrow morning for a COVID test.  The neighborhood Facebook group is saying that you have to be there in line around 5a in order to get a test,  because they run out very quickly. So,  waking up at 430a, and will leave at 5a, to get there at 530a to wait.  I hope my bladder can hold out. I just don't think I can get there any sooner. 

If I cannot get a test, then I will make an appointment at the CVS minute clinic,  but those tests take about a week to get results. A nd it might take me a week to get the appointment!  After my trip,  though, I am in no hurry to go back. 

This trip was life-changing!  Of course it was wonderful to see my mom and our son,  but I came back inspired. 

  • I want to change things up a bit in my routine for the rest of August,  and see where I'm at after that. I plan to do more Wright work. 
  • I love hiking!  I love mountains!  That is where my heart is.  What am I doing,  living in flatland Illinois?
  • I'm so sick of eating out and eating too much. I'm going to focus on putting in the hard work!  How do people eat lime that all the time?  YUCK!

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2020:
When you say you are sick of eating out, I also get sick of eating out on vaca because i LIKE to have some simplicity and make simple meals for part of what i eat daily. i'm good with going out to eat for dinners or 1 meal a day but i agree it's quite too much to do it for the whole vacation and i do get sick of it too!

good luck with your test today. i hope it all goes well.

i totally get you on being able to hike and not live anymore in Illinois flatlands....who knows!? maybe you will be able to move as your kids are growing up and you may not be able to keep your roots in Illinois. Who knows, maybe you can move someone where the cost of living is under what it is for you now...

for myself, i have to stay where i am...I just don't see the point to move because i have an apt for very under the market rate and i don't know how i could get a better deal somewhere else...and also get a good job somewhere else...

i'd rather see how i can get by here...and enjoy summers and the 4 seasons here...maybe to retire i'd move elsewhere, i am not sure.

can't wait to hear about the changes in your workouts..

happy-1 on 08/16/2020:
I'm with you on the "sick of eating out"... It just doesn't taste that good anymore.

Donkey - Wednesday Aug 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

Dear friends,  I'm sorry I haven't had the time to comment or write.  I an reading your entries faithfully and I keep you in my thoughts during the day.  Between crazy work and preparing for our departure on Friday,  my mind just goes to mush wth whatever remaining time I have. 

So what brings me here tonight is that I received the very sad news that my yoga studio is closing August 22nd.  I'm not sure what my next step will be.  I can't process all of this right now. 

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2020:
Closing!? terrible. Do you know why? I'm so sorry. I know you cannot fathom what you will do, but, you've actually shared your options with us many times here :) And i KNOW you will not stop doing yoga!

I totally understand that you have a LOT going on with the trip! I'm really excited for you. I hope you will share experiences from it with us after you go :)

Donkey on 08/06/2020:
The studio couldn't survive through COVID.

Yoga in the time of COVID just doesn't really work. Do much of yoga is breathing, exhaling hard.

Also, the teacher would typically walk around and lightly correct form. Can't touch anyone now, with social distancing.

grannyannie on 08/06/2020:
Oh no! Sorry!

Donkey on 08/06/2020:
I know. Thank you. I know that this is the push that I need to move forward in my yoga journey, but on so many levels, I'm feeling this loss.

legcramps on 08/06/2020:
I'm sorry your yoga studio is closing, the end of an enjoyable phase is never a nice feeling. Hopefully you are able to move forward and find something that is equally as enjoyable!

happy-1 on 08/06/2020:
Join me on Ompractice! I am trying for one class a day!

bearcountrygg on 08/06/2020:
That's sad that your class is closing...I know you enjoyed that....but hopefully something even better will open up......you know when one door closes...it creates and open window.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/09/2020:
hoping your trip is going well xo

Donkey - Saturday Aug 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 A very positive weigh-in today... I was noticing my one pair of capris pants that I wear to work was feeling less tight this week, so while I haven't lost a lot of weight, perhaps the bloat is subsiding, and that's good too!

I am quite pleased, even with the birthday celebration meal of cheese pizza and birthday cake w ice cream.  And then a small slice of cake Thursday night and Friday night.  I thought about freezing the rest of the cake, but I think my daughter and I can finish it up this weekend.

I have done NO planning for our trip next week.  You all are right though, that if I have to take extra time off because of COVID, then so be it.  I should let it go and just use the time to relax at home.  It is what it is.

I had a very good workout this morning, but sadly, my FitBit did not register it correctly, I think, because my step count was much lower than it usually is.  That was a bit discouraging, but I'm not going to let that get me down.  It was a good workout with higher speeds, no lagging at higher resistances.  

I've got my laundry drying outside, and I've pulled weeds, etc., so this afternoon, I'll be putting the weeds, etc. into the yard waste bin.  I'm delighted that in the Fall, I will have 2 additional places to plant lilies for next year.  Excellent!  And next year, I hope to be on top of weeding sooner than I did this year.  For a while, the rear side of the house looked a fright.  The thistles were pretty but then I read that they are highly invasive so down they came as soon as the flower started to turn to seed.

I find it more important to have these relaxing, fulfilling activities to do/have on the weekends, to help balance out the chaos during the week - especially when it's so impossibly busy.  In typing that, I realized that yoga would be (should be?) included in that, but for some reason, it just isn't.  

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/01/2020:
Well done on looser fitting clothes! Good job on the workout. I've ordered a fitbit but still hasn't arrived.

bearcountrygg on 08/01/2020:
Congrats on the great weigh in!!! I had fitbit problems too......once I figured out that if I sat in a rocking chair and rocked off some energy...it looked like I had really outdone my exercise for the day...LOL that's when I took it off...I love my rocking chair...a little bit more than I loved my fitbit...LOL.

Donkey on 08/01/2020:
You'd be surprised how many "steps" knitting can add, because of the wrist action, LOL...

bearcountrygg on 08/01/2020:
LOL...I've heard all kinds of stories...just taking it off and swinging it around for awhile makes it look like you've been exercising all day...LOL.......I bet knitting is a good one. One gal was putting hers on her exercise bikes pedal....she thought she was supposed to do that....I finally gave up on mine when I realized it wasn't accurate.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2020:
so glad to hear about your progress, that are you feeling better in your clothes again! :) so happy!

also, many people run into that "trap" of planting things that turn invasive - like bamboo! there are some homes in my overall larger area of queens / nassau county of Long Island that plant bamboo which will grow and grow and take over your lawn if you let it! terrbie.

Maria7 on 08/02/2020:
I enjoy doing yardwork, also. What kind of lilies are you planning to plant in the fall?

thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
I do love my Fitbit but haven’t quite mastered programming it for various workouts. Good job with weight loss and feeling the loss in how your clothes fit!

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
What does fitbit say your avg actual calorie burn a day is?

Donkey - Friday Jul 31, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 So to be fair to all,  the boss has said that anyone traveling has to get COVID tested before they can come back to work.  I feel that this is the correct thing to do.  Unfortunately,  for me,  it means I have to get tested after our trip. 

Instead of going back to work Wednesday afternoon,  I won't be able to go back until maybe Friday but probably the following Monday. It will be hard on everyone to be out longer, but no one seems to feel this angst like I do. 

Also,  it is not clear to me but I think the boss asked Mistakes Girl not to go camping in Kentucky this weekend,  and thus be in the office on Monday instead of taking the day off to return home from Kentucky. 

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

legcramps on 07/31/2020:
That is the right thing for boss to do, but hopefully it's not because he is trying to dissuade anyone from taking their rightful holiday time. I don't think you should stress about the extra days, and rather use them to your advantage. It's not worth it to stress over something that you have no control over.

Why do you think boss asked Mistakes Girl not to go camping?

innerpeace on 07/31/2020:
i agree with legcramps. Don't stress over something that you have no control over. I think it is wise to get tested after travel.

Grannyannie on 07/31/2020:
You deserve time off!

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2020:
Just go and enjoy yourself and then enjoy the extra few days while you are waiting for results......don't let them fill you with guilt...if nothing more they will appreciate you more when you return.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/31/2020:
finally! mistakes girl has to work! :)

i'm glad you will be off...enjoyed the couple days back when you don't have to go straight back to work <3

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
Sounds like you get the thing everyone needs most... a vacation from your vacation. I think extra time will really help.

Donkey - Thursday Jul 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

Yesterday was an exhausting day.  It felt like the fatigue had caught up with me.  I could not make myself go in to work early but I did stay until 6p.  

Despite trying to do everything possible to avoid needing Queen Bee to come in,  I'm afraid it's inevitable.  There was talk of a chance that Male Co-Worker would be able to delay his surgery,  but sadly,  he will be having it next week,  which means he'll be out for another 5 weeks minimum. 

I have no business leaving for 3.5 days but so be it. I feel bad about leaving work in such a painful position,  but I am looking forward to seeing our son and my mom.  And I'm looking forward to the break.  

Exercise and eating were not on plan because of birthday celebration.  No evening bike ride,  pizza and cake for dinner.  Ya know what? That's OK. I did eat too much frosting,  but I feel at peace with that.  Not feeling tons of energy this morning but also not feeling depleted. 

Inspired by grannie annie,  I hope to do some weights tonight.  No yoga because I'm sure I'll be working late. 

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/30/2020:
You deserve a break to see family. They'll just have to cover for you.

legcramps on 07/30/2020:
I like your attitude about the pizza and cake. There have to be some days where that's OK.

I know how difficult it must be to leave your job, even for a few days, when you know what you'll be returning to - more work. But you have to remember that you need to take the break and work on balancing your work with the rest of your life. You deserve this break, and you should enjoy it without having to stress about what you're leaving behind! I truly hope you're able to do this :)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2020:
you do deserve your break too. you cannot be expected to be the only one without a couple days off..in the SUMMER. do take care of yourself and your desires. this is YOUR BUSINESS to see your family as Annie said.

i do hope you do your weights too, it's on my agenda today as well!

bearcountrygg on 07/30/2020:
You need the vacay...let the owner figure it out himself......they will use you and try to intimidate you all they can if you let them.

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
You need to take a break. Breaks are not optional and this is a company, not a pet, dependent or relative... and they will be OK. What won't be ok is if you don't take a break, get resentful or frazzled and your performance suffers. They won't be like "oh she didn't get her vacation"

Donkey - Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 Oh my word,  work is so busy and we're so behind.  I'm going in early and staying late just to open up new files. So working 8a to 6p is probably the new normal until I leave for our trip 

I hope not, but as long as the new deals keep coming in,  this is how it will be.  Mistakes Girl  left 5 contacts to open on Friday,  probably thinking she'd have plenty of time to open then in Monday.  Then this happened and we're 15 contracts behind. 

To help with the workload,  unfortunately,  Queen Bee will be coming in.  However,  she just came back from vacation in Mississippi, which is a COVID hot spot.  She's supposed to self quarantine for 14 days. 

So Nice Lady threw a fit and  requested that Queen Bee get tested.  That will delay her presence in the office for 5 days or so until she gets her results. 

I left at 530 last night to attend the last Yin yoga class offered by the studio owner.  I didn't ask her why the change but I will miss her.  It was such a good class last night.  A much needed stretch after all that stress at work. 

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
Ugh! Work nightmares. Had many of those.

legcramps on 07/28/2020:
Those are long days! I hope they don't last much longer. When do you leave on vacation?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2020:
umm...i'm glad Queen Bee will get tested!!!!!!!! she shouldn't be coming in after a trip to another state at all!

Donkey - Monday Jul 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 What a nice relaxing weekend! Nothing really special except for getting library books,  but after the 2nd hectic workweek,  this was so nice. 

I've been doing well with eating.  Yesterday,  in fact,  I had 3 figs and 3 walnuts for dessert.  Both of these are foods I like to eat a lot of,  in one sitting,  but I was able to moderate and enjoy this small amount. 

I've also been drinking more water,  which is good. 

Gotta keep focused on portions this week! 

Male Co-Worker texted Mistakes Girl and myself last night that he was being admitted into the hospital because of his diverticulitis flaring up.  I sincerely hope he did not need emergency surgery,  because if he did,  he'll be out for a month. 

And that means I wouldn't be able to go to Montana. 

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/27/2020:
Good job with the eating....need to get mine under control again. Making new habits with favorites is great!!

grannyannie on 07/27/2020:
Hope your colleague is okay! Hope you can get your escape to Montana.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/27/2020:
Moderation in key! perhaps your dinner was satisfying so it was easier to be moderate with the dessert. this is def what helps me - to feel content with a meal where i realize i do not have to go overboard on any dessert after.

oh my your male coworker def has his fair share of health issues! i pray you can still go on your trip <3

Horn_of_plenty on 07/27/2020:
i also commented on yesterday's entry of yours.

Donkey - Sunday Jul 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

Oh my it was before 9am and my phone's weather app already said, "Feels like 90".  I tried to stay outside as long as I could.  I moved some of my potted plants.  I'm glad that I have (new) books to read indoors, so that I'm not relying on the TV.  I try to NOT use other electrical devices with the AC system is worked so hard.  Right now, my laptop is on the battery, and I will recharge it tonight, when it's cooler and the AC isn't working so hard.

I had a lovely active day yesterday, with a little over 25,000 steps, but I did not go to the gym, and I did not do weights.  I'm struggling right now to get the motivation to do weights today...

I found out on Thursday that the studio owner will not be teaching her Yin Yoga class on Monday evenings, starting in August.  So I would like to use my last "class pass" ticket to attend her class in person - not especially to find out what's going on, but rather just to enjoy her teaching one more time.  I'm just going with the flow, knowing that she may or may not teach this class again, but that's OK, because I can still enjoy it with another instructor.

Last night, I realized how far away I've been from my yoga practice.  The yoga meditations book I checked out from the library made me feel the difference.  It's not just exercise, it's a mindset.  (Some say it's a religion but for me, it's not that at all.)  August might be a lovely month to focus on returning to my yoga 

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/27/2020:
OMG 25K steps is remarkable! 10,000 steps is 5mi i think, 2.5x5mi = around 12 miles! heck! you realize this!? you have a fit body to be able to withstand that many steps. :)

sometimes i wish i knew more about how the home wiring / circuits work as to know what can overtax the circuits / bill.

well that's good you have a reason to use the class pass again :) be safe in there!

yoga is good for the mind indeed, i didn't keep my promise to do the CALM meditations, but i can try that again this week still :)

Donkey - Saturday Jul 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

The scale was favorable this morning, in spite of TOM being here, and all the bloat that goes wtih that, AND the tortilla chips I had for dinner last night - and too many of those.  Oh those are so good, but my tummy was complaining afterwards, that I had eaten too many of them.  

To speak to people's anxieties over COVID, here is a good example of what I feel almost on  a daily basis:

I was quite pleased to receive a notice that the book I placed on an interlibrary loan way back on March 13th, right before the shutdown, was available for me to pick up from the library!  I have not been to the library since they re-opened, mostly because I thought services were limited to picking up and dropping off only, i.e. no browsing.  Oh but I really wanted this book - 365 yoga meditations!!!! LOL...  So my heart won over my head, and I read the guidelines on the library's website before leaving.

Even with this knowledge, of course comes all the anxiety.  What if I do it wrong?  What if there are other people there?  Will I be publically shamed?  It doesn't help that the library's parking lot and building is under construction, so everything is different anyway.  Oh but I really want that book!

So I go, park.  There are more people there than I expected, but most of them are older people leaving with books. I put on my mask, use hand sanitizer in my car, go into the building.  As soon as you walk  in, there is a bottle of sanitizer with a request to use it.  I do, even though I just did this in the car.  I found my book on hold and check out.    Then I realize that the library IS open for browsing, and there is another book I was wanting to read on the shelves.  So I go straight to that section, 2-minute search to find the book, checked it out, and left with TWO books, instead of one. In and out, very quick, done. Yippee!

But see all the angst that I had to face and overcome?  And it feels like everything has become like this.  

I'm glad to know that the building went through a sanitizing process while it was shut down and the books themselves are cleaned in between checkouts.  The yoga book has probably been sitting in a bin at the library since March.  The other book is about Zimbabwe, and I'm pretty sure it hasn't been checked out in a few years.  So I'm not TOO worried about handling the books themselves.

On my way to and from, I noticed that the one fancy health club (not mine) does not have their outdoor pool open this year.  Very sad, but this is the right decision.  The fancy gym I belong to has opened their outdoor and indoor pools and that's NOT the right decision.  No masks, no social distancing while in the water, NO THANKS.

Unfortunately the rules don't work if not everyone follows them, and Illinois' numbers are going back up again.  So I'm sure it's only a matter of time before we lose the gyms again.


Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/25/2020:
Change sure is hard.......but I'm glad to see that you got the books you wanted.

Donkey on 07/26/2020:
Yes, it's so nice to have something else to read.

And after I typed this, I *did* wipe down the covers of the books.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/26/2020:
I was having TOM these past few days too. Lots of bloating before it as well as some leg pain. glad it's basically over for this month!

that's wonderful that your library is open and you now have the books you wanted to read! nice job! I agree that many of us feel that anxiety and we have a lot going thru our minds before entering a public place.

yeah, at the beach club my parents, sister and her baby attend, there is little social distancing in the pool. they do take temperature when you enter the beach club, all guests, but it's a scary thing how close everyone can get to each other in the pool. i did realize that when i was in the pool the other day (of course, no mask in the pool).

Donkey on 07/26/2020:
This is not the time for pools, unfortunately. About a month ago, maybe a little longer, it was impossible to find inflatable pools in the stores around here.

I was delighted about the library! I can't believe how much this turned around my mood! And if we have another shutdown, I think the library system in Illinois will be prepared to weather it out. The lobby may not be open but they have a curbside procedure already in place.

Donkey - Friday Jul 24, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

 Because today is such a busy day at work,  with closings,  the boss has mandated that we come in at 8a instead of 9a. Which means I have to start my day early so that I can get my morning workout in.  I'm on the bike now as I type on my phone. 

Both Mistakes Girl and my husband were quick to ask if this means we can go home an hour early,  too.  Ha ha ha...

After not doing any yoga for about 2 weeks,  I went to the studio for an in class session of Flow to Yin. This is a class that I've been taking virtually.  It's so much nicer in person!!

BUT there were 2 other people there,  which kind of startled me,  because usually it's just me.  I used to love  it when there are other people there but now,  with COVID,  I'm like,  Eew, get away. 

It did not help that I could tell no one had used hand sanitizer or wore a mask while in the studio.  (The rule is to wear a mask until you're in your spot for class, and then afterwards,  as you leave. )  This upset me greatly. 

Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 7.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2020:
I get irritated with the lack of care in some people too....but yesterday....everyone in the store had a mask...and only one employee was wearing it wrong....I'd just rater stay at home.

grannyannie on 07/24/2020:
I'm quite paranoid about being around people that aren't far away from me, even though there are very few cases in my area. Rules have eased and we can go inside pubs and restaurants without a mask and only 1 metre apart. Nope. Not going in. 30 minutes shopping with a mask in a very uncrowded store is all I will do.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2020:
yeah...i also do wouldn't take a class if it involved no masks i don't think? it's not really an option for me as i don't take studio classes now or before the pandemic...

i have decided to skip the trip with the friend...it's too much risk during the pandemic and while i'm home trying to do work anyways - i'll wait for a future time to do it! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2020:
hahaha....so do you get to go home an hour early!? ahahaha

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