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Donkey - Friday Apr 30, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Thank goodness it's Friday!  This has seemed like the longest week ever.  Oh my, just never-ending.  Even getting up this morning was so hard, because I need a weekend.  Some of this difficulty might be due to allergies or something that is causing some minor stuffiness in my head.  Pressure is probably the better word for what I'm feeling.

I started a lower-body weights workout last night, and got a headache -- felt like a caffeine headache, so I'm thinking allergies/sinuses -- and didn't get done as much as I had wanted to, but I did push through to complete what I was doing.  So I kind of woke up with that same headachy feeling. 

I've been mulling over the questions and observations I brought up yesterday.  Get this - so Male Co-Worker has been experiencing a lot of the same stress that I've been feeling (at least it seems that way to me), which has been affecting his gut.  His doctor suggested a therapist, and yesterday was his 2nd session. I asked Male Co-Worker if his therapist had any magic solutions to dealing with the stress at work.  (Was I trying to get a freebie without having to undergo my own therapy?)  He hadn't, but he said he'd mention it.

He came back and said that he talked about work stress with his therapist, and when I heard him describe what we're dealing with to his therapist, it sounded so comical. Like, Why are we even getting upset about this stuff?  LOL...

I plan to explore my questions/observations during my "Month of May" journey. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/30/2021:
Breathe......will any of the issues at work be important a year from now? How will your health/nerves be a year from now? I suspect that so many people are over stressed right now that it's affecting all of us. Save yourself....you want to retire one day....and really enjoy life.

Donkey on 05/01/2021:
Wow, what you said -- "Will any of the issues at work be important a year from now?" --- RIGHT!!!! EXACTLY!!!!

In fact, I thought of this wise advice yesterday, when I was going over a file with the Boss. I realized that when this deal closes, it will be done and fade away from my memory. I may remember what I've learned, as examples for future files, but all of the energy and emotion poured into this file will be gone.

It was this same file that caused me to have the epiphany on Thursday about "why am I letting other people's problems get to me?"

Donkey - Thursday Apr 29, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I figured out a thing or 2 yesterday and asked myself a couple of important questions:

  • The stress I feel in the morning that causes me to want to eat at work is from being bombarded by the emails from the night before and the morning before I get to work. 
  • The stress I feel in the afternoon is due to mental fatigue - the lunchtime walks aren't cutting through this any more - and daily deadlines.
  • The stress I feel in the evening is because I want a food reward for having survived the battle of the day.

I asked myself,

  • Why am I getting so stressed out over other people's problems?  I mean, I know my job is to help people buy and sell, but if they are intent on sabotaging their own deals, that's on them. 
  • Why am I letting myself get so stressed out over annoyances that I have no control over? 
  • Am I creating more negativity and drama by focusing on these little negatives?  (For example, Mistakes Girl's mistakes, Nice Lady's constant chatter, husband's chattiness, Boss' chattiness...) 

I did not do well with evening eating last night.  I rewarded myself (UGH) with a big bowl of vanilla ice cream, only to cause major tension between 2 of my cats who also wanted to share my bowl of ice cream...  More stress.

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2021:
Another persons lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on your part. A friend who worked in an office once said that...and it made so much sense to me. As women...we have a tendency to make everything better.....( probably why there are so many women running offices.) Maybe if you eat healthy all day and then reward that with an evening treat you wouldn't feel guilty about it and feel instead that you earned it by eating well during the day. Mistakes girls is just going to make mistakes and everyone will seem to think it's cute UGH! Nice lady has also figured out that she can get away with it even though others are busy...She may be nice but that is RUDE! ( I would listen for a minute and then turn back to my work. ( that's just me)...Husbands chattiness.....hey...that's the guy that is your life partner ( I get tired of mine being chatty too)...BUT...he misses you all day...have some fun with him!! The boss...you kinda have to listen to him if you want to keep your job!!!

Donkey on 04/30/2021:
Your insights are spot-on.

legcramps on 04/29/2021:
Those are great questions. Have you had any luck finding a resolution to them?

I can commiserate with your stress and I think it is because you WANT to help, you WANT to solve the problems, you WANT things to run smoothly. Feeling stress over that for your personality type might be something that you have simply "normalized" over the years, and continuing to search for ways to negate this, day by day, maybe hour by hour, might be your only recourse. I wish you luck with that, and if you figure it out, let me know so I can try out your ideas!! There are a lot of daily resilience exercises you might be able to incorporate to help with this.

I do also believe that negativity breeds negativity.

Donkey on 04/30/2021:
Not yet to all of them, but I looked at my list of questions several times yesterday, thinking things over.

I was asking the wrong questions. It's not the "why" that's important but rather "how will I react" - because you're right, negativity breeds negativity.

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2021:
i still need to look into those sf licorices...and find them!

Donkey on 04/30/2021:
Not worth it, in my opinion. I'd rather have sugar free jelly beans instead.

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2021:
will follow up more later on today's entry.

horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2021:
it is very easy to turn to food when stressed...

sometimes it's the carbs in the food that calm the stress thru additional seratonin. there is a self-medication thing at work and it's scientific.

that's why i do have have more carbs and why i am not into the keto anymore....it didn't work for me due to a need, i think, for seratonin. just my own thoughts on it...

so my point is that you will get hungry but there needs to be some satisfaction from eating something to help you but within reason.

i find that small amounts of what you really want will help. i supplement my snacks with liquids at work...or i'd remain entirely too frustrated / hungry / unsatisfied.

at work, liquids - even water...does help. i will have a carb of fruit or something less healthy and when i add liquids to it - i help myself immensely.

Donkey on 04/30/2021:
You're RIGHT -- I've been self-medicating with food!

I've started having carbonated water with my lunch, sometimes my afternoon snack, to help fill me up.

Also, having a BIG cup of chamomile tea in the mornings (at work, only) to help keep me calm and warm me up. This has helped a lot. I'm not much of a tea drinker, actually.

horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2021:
another idea for a sweet after dinner: a whole package (smaller 6oz size) of raspberries or blueberries. that's under 150 cals. it will fill you up if you already had dinner, seltzer or an iced herbal tea after...keep going, be full...

i have been having salty dinners, and sometimes on my way home - like yesterday - the fruit stand guy selling fruit/veg at somewhat of a discount compared to the city supermarket prices has decent raspberries for $3 for that size container. easy to wash and eat....easy dessert after dinner...no prep needed (most important thing for Jackie here!)

the reason (IMO) why you get stressed from other people's problems is you have that quality where you are affected, empath. but always remember those problems are theirs....and take care of yourself, your hubby, your family. that's your only real thing to care over.

Donkey on 04/30/2021:
In the past, frozen grapes helped a lot, because they are VERY sweet once they are frozen. (At least it seems that way to me.)

However, I think I'm going to try a delay tactic first, to see if that helps.

Donkey - Wednesday Apr 28, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Woke up before my alarm, so this morning I have time.  I'm enjoying the quietness of the morning with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.  

I had forgotten to send out positive, calm vibes last night, with eating, until around 7:30p or 8p.  Then I remembered, so I started focusing on trying to feel calm.  That is about the time that I finished my upper body weight training.  I had a couple of sips of a protein shake and then 2 sugar-free licorice sticks and called it a night.  That would have been fine, except that I'm not sure I even needed to be eating that stuff.  Dinner had a lot of protein.  

What I really wanted was something like a Graham cracker square to top off my palate, but we don't have any.  Besides, that's carbs, and so not ideal after weights. 

Ohhh, getting this eating thing in a "good place" is hard.  I think May's challenge is going to be harder than I thought.  This "need" for a sweet after meals is tough to break.   

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 04/28/2021:
Know what you mean, girl! Unable to give up my M&Ms. Having the Fun Size bags in the freezer helps. 70 Cals each. But the Share Bag has all the good flavors, like mint & toffee. Taboo! Lots of sugar free and regular hard candies around, but not really into them. A few a day are ok.

Whipped cream cheese topped by sugar free jam on a rice cake hits the sweet spot nicely. Sure there are variations like sugar free syrups one could try instead of the jam.

bearcountrygg on 04/28/2021:
I think what i may do is save a treat for evening....I'm thinking that it just may not be worth it to try to fight it. It would be something to look forward to. A hard candy is only 20 calories.....I have a bag of Brachs hard candy mixture here and they are all 20 cals.........that is not enough to affect weight at all and it lasts for quite awile.

coffee&calories on 04/28/2021:
Oh Donkey I’m right there with you. I just want to snack snack snack this morning. I’m trying to tell myself that’s what ends up leading to a binge. I just need to get comfortable with waiting until the next meal.

Donkey - Tuesday Apr 27, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Ran out of time this morning.  Part of it was because I did some upper body weights after my bike ride - I thought I had more time to do what I wanted to do, than I actually did.  Also, my husband is in a very chatty mood today and keeps interrupting me while I'm trying to write comments. 

So I'll make this very short, to say that I really struggled with eating last night.  I had 2nd helpings of chicken salad -- OK, I'll let this slide -- but then I fought REALLY HARD against having 3rd helpings!  What's up with that???

I kept cutting slivers of the gluten-free cinnamon coffee cake I made for husband, too...  I finally cut it off at having 150 calories worth of the sugar-free licorice sticks.  Those are not very good, but they do help with sweet cravings.  They are not low-calorie either.  I'll finish them but I won't buy more.

So tonight is upper-body weight training, but I will also be focusing on remaining calm and focused with food, from dinner to bed. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 04/27/2021:
Never tried the sugar free licorice. Maybe I won’t after your comments. Lol. Plenty of sugar free hard candy around. Ok, eat a few a day. At least I’m not tempted to go overboard on them.

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2021:
Almost all of the sugar free things mess with me........Fiber One anything is pure agony.....I still eat it and act like I either don't know what is going to happen...OR...remember completely what will happen and figure I will take the chance..>LOL...it NEVER turns out well.

Maria7 on 04/27/2021:
Your chicken salad sounds very delicious! Hope you are having a good day.

coffee&calories on 04/27/2021:
Girl you’re not alone. ME TOO. Last night was just one thing after the other, and my weight shot up almost 2 lbs over night.

horn_of_plenty on 04/27/2021:
well, i'm glad to hear your hubby isn't grouchy this AM! :)

i have to find those sf licorice sticks...they do not cause bloat?

Donkey - Monday Apr 26, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

What an odd weekend it was.  I didn't do much Saturday, and I did probably even less on Sunday.  On Sunday, I spent 3 hours on the couch, napping with various cats in my house.  Very unusual for me.  No gym, no weights, no yardwork, no walk.  I'm not entirely sure it was laziness.  Part of me felt like I just needed to try to recharge as much as possible for whatever lies ahead this week.  That and TOM is especially difficult this month. I need to make a doctor's appointment for annual bloodwork.  Not urgent, but not to be put off for much longer either.

Tonight is yoga.  There are 3 opportunities coming up to do outdoor yoga -- 2 of them require a $10 donation to the conservation district, which I'm fine with, 1 is free at the library.  I'm not sure though....   This would require stepping out of my comfort zone.  Not sure it's worth it to do so.

No museum this coming up weekend -- I'm not interested in the Children's Musuem -- so I could be available for yoga.  I just don't know if I want to put the effort into being with other people, new experiences, etc., right now.  As I am an introvert, pushing myself to be with new people and new places, new experiences --- that all takes effort.

I suppose it will depend on how stressful work is, except that if I'm going to register (and pay), I need to do so soon.

So... let's talk about cake.  As you may recall, from Saturday, I had come to the conclusion that I'm done with Daughter's birthday cake, that is now sitting in the freezer.  Well, last night, I guess I wasn't fully convinced of my conviction, so I had another slice.  And it was still not good - of course, this didn't stop me from finishing it.  But now, NOW I'm pretty sure that I'm done.  And there isn't much left, anyway (ha ha).

Eating, eating, eating.... The struggle is real. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/26/2021:
Cake and Yoga...your 2 passions!!! Can't blame you for testing that cake just 1 more time... Maybe you are still having some fatigue from the vax.

Donkey on 04/27/2021:
See my comment to Maria below :-)

Jacky82020 on 04/26/2021:
Upon a few rare occasions I tossed frozen cakes & candy into the trash. Ashamed to admit I once went and retrieved the M&Ms in the still of the night. They were in individual Fun Size bags, so sanitary.

Choosing the best yoga class sounds challenging! Know you’ll make a good one, and if not, run. That’s what I do. Few things are cast in stone.

Donkey on 04/27/2021:
Oh I've taken stuff out of the trash before too (within reason, of course). Don't feel too bad about that.

You have a really good point. If I don't choose a yoga class, so what? I can still do something else really rewarding with my time.

horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2021:
thank you for the comments, even though i seemed against them, I may in fact take shorter classes on the things that i never learned in college / masters / previously - so i'm not in the dark in terms of knowledge. just don't need a masters to do it, i don't think.

Donkey on 04/27/2021:
I think your assessment is spot on, at least for now. You've done a Master's. Your next step in your career probably won't need one ... at least not until your path becomes much clearer -- and that's fine.

Maria7 on 04/26/2021:
I would say that cake was pretty good! Smile! Hope you are having a good day. Remember to smile!

Donkey on 04/27/2021:
I think you have something there... If I need to keep confirming that the cake is "just awful", then maybe it's NOT really all that bad after all. Hmmm..... (LOL)

horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2021:
for instance, i think i should take a payroll type of course...and maybe a billing type of course...but we'll see..

for example, the notary license i got - i use every week at work, that was a great endeavor on my part. i need to find things that will help me to succeed by having them, not necessarily a masters, but individual courses that will help me more.

Donkey on 04/27/2021:

horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2021:
Good weight chart...!

Donkey on 04/27/2021:
THANK YOU for helping me keep my eye on what's really important.


horn_of_plenty on 04/26/2021:
i find library yoga / town offered yoga is generally good, from my experiences. plus it's free...see what yoga is most convenient for you and i'd go with that?

lol, the more alternatives to cake you have, the less appealing it MIGHT be. i could be so wrong.

happy-1 on 04/26/2021:
Toss the cake... Toss the cake...

Donkey on 04/27/2021:
I know, I know, I know....

Donkey - Sunday Apr 25, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Good morning!  Wow, yesterday went by so fast, and wasn't nearly as busy or productive of a day as most of my Saturdays are.  Hopefully today will feel a little longer, before I have to jump back into Monday... and another long work week.

As I was headed up the stairs last night, to get ready for bed, I realized that I didn't get much done. So today I will fold and put away my laundry.  I did not go to the gym yesterday, as I didn't feel quite right.  I did not ride my bike in the evening, after dinner, but rather watched TV.

I did not eat quite well yesterday either.  I realized that my May goal of "eating less" -- first of all, will be more difficult than I thought, and second of all, needs to be re-worked.  I don't mean eat less per se, but to eat more mindfully and make better food choices. 

I'm not sure how I came to the conclusion that I would have a piece of the frozen birthday cake (from Daughter's birthday), but I did.  It was not very good at all.  The cake part of it has dried out and is flavorless.  The frosting was just too much.  I think I'm done with that cake.  So that's a little good to come of it. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/25/2021:
Something you said about the cake not being very good hit home with me......I would have finished that piece rather I liked it or not........and it just occurred to me that we have a choice at that point to stop eating it........I can truly say that this is a completely new option in my mind......I never considered that before.

Donkey on 04/26/2021:
I confess that it has not occurred to me to leave an unfinished piece of cake.

Jacky82020 on 04/25/2021:
Wow, the perpetual cake! You must be taking itty bitty pieces. Found 2 beautiful “Decadent Carrot Cakes” yesterday. Oh, Yummly!!

Donkey on 04/26/2021:
I guess the slices are thinner. There's so much frosting (ugh) that a large slice is hard to finish. It's not a good frosting either. It's like whipped butter with a dash of cocoa powder... Definitely not like the stuff that comes out of a can.

Maria7 on 04/25/2021:
I know your cake was good. I've been into chocolate cupcakes lately. Smile.

horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2021:
Hi donkey ! I finally caught up on your entries and responded I believe on each one since Thursday. Not the most constructive comments but comments nonetheless!

I was not productive yesterday - needed to relax. Luckily, I was motivated and got everything done today !! I guess not having homework to do frees up the day !

That’s good the cake seems not worthy of being eaten. Good. I like that with food - when I decide that certain junk food isn’t appealing to me at the time dor one reason or another

Donkey on 04/26/2021:
I'm smiling to myself, which you'll understand why after I write today's entry.

happy-1 on 04/25/2021:
Toss the cake... Toss the cake...

Hugs! Missed u!

Donkey on 04/26/2021:
Missed you too, girlfriend. Bunches.

Yeah that cake has got to go. And after I write this morning, you'll understand why this is even more true.

Donkey - Saturday Apr 24, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Good morning!!!  When my alarm went off this morning, I had to try to think if I had to get up or not.  I didn't, so I went back to sleep but had a disturbing dream about working at a garage sale and taking stuff that I had permission to take, but didn't pay for. 

TOM is here in full force, so it's hard for me to tell if what I'm feeling today is a result of the vaccine or TOM.  I really think it's TOM.  I've taken some pain relievers, but I'm not sure about going to the gym today.  I'm feeling muscle fatigue in my legs, so I'm wondering if the anemia is back.  And I'm having lower back pain, which is quite typical with TOM.  My arm where the shot was is only the slightest sore now - only if I press on the area.  We'll see.

I'm looking forward to having a relaxing weekend, with the usual chores. I won't list those here today, because it's the same old stuff, but let me just say, after almost a week away from the puzzle, I've made some *amazing* progress today. (The crowd goes wild -- LOL...)  It felt good to focus on the puzzle and just kind of zone out.  And that's kind of the whole point of a relaxing activity.  

I'm very excited for the month of May.  I'm going to be stepping away from the scale after May 1st, to focus on what I eat -- mindful eating, getting a handle on the stress-eating, etc.  Not following any specific plan or program other than to eat less -- but not restricting calories per se, but just eating less than what I would norally eat (that's the "mindful eating" part).  And NOT reaching for food when I get stressed out at work -- that's the "stress-eating" part of my plan.

I will be cutting my morning cardio by 10 minutes and incorporating weight training in the mornings, still sticking to the Tu/Th at home workouts, and then Sa/Su at the gym (as far as weights go).

It will be cloudy but a little warmer today, which is perfect for me.  I'd better get out there to make my bird friends happy.  Then it will be on to mop the floor, etc.  Today's musuem tour is the National Museum of Mexican Art.  I love art, so I'm really looking forward to this.


Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 04/24/2021:
Oh, no! TOM and maybe vaccine reactions! You poor kid. Relax lots this weekend.

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement re Little Flash. I’m on the porch with her now. I am both shocked & delighted & amazed that she let me pet her & apply the topical after a day! She is somewhat skitterish

Maria7 on 04/24/2021:
Hope you feel better. Try to get some rest today. Take care.

bearcountrygg on 04/25/2021:
I totally believe in stepping away from the scale when it isn't helping........I do that often myself.

horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2021:
I did the same thing today without an alarm - I woke up and saw it was around 7 or 7:30 and decided to go back to sleep which happened somewhat easily despite the brightness in my bedroom.

Great May goals and I’m cheering for your progress on the puzzle !

Donkey - Friday Apr 23, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.0

Recently, I've been seeing older posts pop up on Diet Diaries - coming up as more recent entries.  Is it me or is something happening with this site?

Yesterday was quite odd.  The first 40 minutes or so at work was so drama-filled that I wanted to just go home.  I guess we're going to be finding a replacement for Mistakes Girl.  I don't know if we can even do this.  Isn't firing someone for having a complicated pregnancy against the law?  I mean, she's not going to get FIRED fired -- I'm sure the Boss will dress it up as a "parting of the ways".  Mistakes Girl won't fight it, I'm sure.

I wish I could have gone home early. I started having some side-effects - just the typical ones that you read about - to the shot, and it would have been nice to go home and rest.  Instead, because we're short-staffed, I pushed myself, worked until 5:40pm, came home, ate a weird dinner, and got ready for bed.  When I say "get ready for bed", that takes me about an hour.  I clean cat boxes for the 2nd time, shower, charge my phone and Fitbit -- all of that takes time.  Lights out at 8:30pm.

I woke up in the middle of the night, when Husband came to bed, and then kind of floated in and out of sleep for the remainder of the early morning.  I slept in and had a really easy bike ride this morning.  Didn't push myself at all, just to work out the kinks in my back...

No weights last night.  No weights tonight - I'm having a Zoom call with my friends from the Legal Clinic.  There's "news" so that's the reason for the meeting. 

My arm is still quite sore, but perhaps by tonight, that will have worked itself out.  If I feel this way tomorrow, I will not go to the gym - no need to do a strenuous workout.  But if I feel better, then yes, I will go to the gym.  I *should* feel better tomorrow.  I've signed up for the virtual museum tour - this week it's Mexican Art.  I'm really looking forward to this!!!

First, I just have to get through the flotsom of today.

Progress as of today: 40.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 04/23/2021:
Wow, you are going through a lot at work. Try to not let yourself get stressed out (easier said than done, I know). All you can do is your best and leave it at that and enjoy your life. You are a very good worker and very responsible, too. Hoping you feel better. Take care.

Donkey on 04/24/2021:
These latest struggles this week have actually brought me to a new place of enlightenment. I am going to make changes in how I approach some matters. I think it will make a difference.

horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2021:
The old posts pop ups might have been mine. I was deleted all my work assignments from my dd entires since March.

Honestly I think there should be another paralegal but maybe lacking experience that you train a little - at your job

Donkey - Thursday Apr 22, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.0

Ran out of time to write much here this morning.  BUT I did want to let you know that my shot went well and I woke up feeling great this morning.  

During my morning bike ride, I checked my stats (miles and "calories burned") at the point at which I would stop, if I were to cut back by 10 minutes.  I think I can make those numbers work for me, as long as I'm OK with a lower step count.  

Then I did 3 lower body weight exercises.  I will do more tonight.  Trying to see if doing these "split" sessions helps.  Also, maybe I'm subconsciously trying to get into the habit of doing weights in the morning.  Could be.... I never really thought about it, but it would seem that way, wouldn't it?

My work load wasn't too bad yesterday and I was able to do some of Mistakes Girl's work that she does for me -- mainly, opening up my contracts.  However, there are other attorneys that give her contracts, and so she will come back to at least 3, maybe 4 contracts on her desk to open as new files.  None of them are mine.

One thing that MG does *really* well is to call up our new clients to welcome them.  Not only am I very uncomfortable doing this, but I'm no good at it either, and it takes up a LOT of my time. I find though that it's best if I work with my weaknesses and shortcomings and not try to be someone I'm not, doing something I can't do well. 

Progress as of today: 40.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
I wouldn’t like calling to welcome the new clients either.

I’m bingeing on the legal drama The Good Fight now. A lot about law firms poaching/stealing clients from other firms. Is that really done? They will even go to a competing dead lawyer’s funeral to meet potential clients. lol

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
Now I would enjoy calling new clients...LOL

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
As sweet as you are, I bet they enjoy receiving your welcoming calls.

horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2021:
Wait - I hope you make over 40-50k! If not, I would be saddened and think you ate highly underpaid ! Also, mistakes girl is making pennies ouch. On a 7 hr day, that means 22k a year and an 8 hour day means 25k a year. That’s low income... you with all your experience should be, in New York salaries, 60s lowest...that’s what I see online for paralegals with experience in specialty areas.

Donkey - Wednesday Apr 21, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.0

Oh my.... today is feeling a little overwhelming at this moment.  There are 3 reasons for this:

  • Getting my vaccine shot #1 today.
  • Work situation may be turning for the worse.
  • TOM is trying to get started.  It's always rough in the beginning.

It seems as though Mistakes Girl is having some complications with her pregnancy, and she will be out today as she has an appointment and possibly procedure with a fetal specialist.  Her doctor tried to get her in with the specialist yesterday - that's how urgent this is - but the specialist couldn't get her in.

So on a very superficial level, this means more work for me today - just what I don't need today - but on a deeper level, we (and by that I mean the Boss) realize that Mistakes Girl might be leaving us sooner than expected, if she goes on mandatory bed rest.  It is my understanding that the Boss now realizes that we will most likely be in the situation where we will need to replace Mistakes Girl, because she wants to work part-time and he feels that we need someone full-time.  And now with this latest development, we might need to find a (temporary to possibly permanent) replacement sooner rather than later. 

I went to buy some more sugar-free gummies and the store that carries them (cheap) was out of stock.  So I bought some sugar free licorice, to help me through the after-dinner sugar cravings, to try.  Not bad, but 2 strings are 50 calories.  It's probably better to have 1 Hershey's Kiss, with real sugar than the sugar-free junk.

I had an awesome upper body weights workout last night, with my dumbbells at home. 

I'm giving serious thought to cutting my morning bike rides by 10 minutes.



Progress as of today: 40.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2021:
How wonderful with the conviction of the office Chauvin or however you spell it! :)

i will write more later..back to work..

Donkey on 04/22/2021:
The whole Chauvin thing is just so sad. Everything about it. That's one thing that just left me so flabbergasted was how do we go from the video in the store with a happy (high) guy dancing to being dead on the ground 20 minutes later? Really?

horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2021:
also, good luck with vaccine. you may have a sore arm for a few days...do not be afraid to move it, i was told to keep it mobile as it's not an injury, just local inflammation.

Donkey on 04/22/2021:
I'm not feeling much soreness at all, which is great! So whatever may come of today, I will know that at least ONE thing is going right with it.

I may be speaking too soon. I think my husband had some soreness like 2 days after his shot. We'll see.

Jacky82020 on 04/21/2021:
Hope M.Girl leaves sooner rather the later and you get a good replacement.

Will have to try sugar free licorice! Hadn’t thought of that, thanks. I continue to really like the 70 cal Fun Size M&Ms. hard part is limiting it at a few.

Donkey on 04/22/2021:
I think the small sized chocolates -- Kisses, M&M, etc. is the way to go. My problem is that those come in a larger bag, right? (Right.) And then something happens and I end up eating 20 of the smaller units and blow the whole thing to hell.

bearcountrygg on 04/21/2021:
Hope the vax goes well.

Donkey on 04/22/2021:
It went very well. No problems yesterday and woke up feeling A-OK.

horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2021:
if it's a regular bun for a burger, unless it's one of those bigger "restaurant buns," those smaller 150 cal buns are a good amount of carbs, IMO.

let us know what comes of your shot <3

yeah, i think it would be good to find that temp/replacement for mistakes girl and someone maybe BETTER? maybe boss should hire a secondary paralegal who is knew to the field and you can train??? someone with more qualifications than mistakes girl, but for around $40-50K salary..? may benefit the company that way...or break down that salary to hourly for a temp? you may think about this ??

what is the brand for sf licorice, that sounds incredible.!!i would want it too, maybe for work.

Donkey on 04/22/2021:
Ummm.... *I* don't make $40-$50K and I think I'm the highest paid non-attorney person at the office. I think Mistakes Girl makes about $12/hour.

But I wouldn't want to be salaried anyways, because if there is overtime, then you don't get paid extra for it.

I forgot that you asked about the brand name of licorice. I'll get back to you on that :-)

Maria7 on 04/21/2021:
You really have a lot going on. Take some special time for you to relax.

Donkey on 04/22/2021:
Thank you for saying this. 100% spot on. It's just nice to hear it from someone else, as a gentle, friendly reminder :-)

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