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

 Omg I had a huge entry which I lost because I pressed the wrong button on my phone. 


Well I was probably writing too much anyway.  The gist of it was that while studio yoga was helpful in establishing boundaries with work - gotta leave on time to make it to class - it's also starting to be a bit too much, because of the amount of work I have. 

And it doesn't help that so much of my valuable time is wasted on correcting Mistakes Girl,  taking phone calls that are too long and not productive,  and listening to the boss rattle on and on about non work things.  He's bored.  I'm really busy. 

So 3x a week is maybe too much for yoga.  But I'm not sure which class I would cut.  Something to think about....

Especially since the gyms will be opening on Saturday. So I will need to figure out if I'm going,  and if so,  how to fit that all in. 

Eating went well yesterday,  although I had Indian food leftovers for lunch and dinner,  and that's quite high in carbs and calories. I tried hard to control portions. 

Still had a mad desire for sweets after dinner,  but just upstairs instead, with decaf and water. 

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

grannyannie on 06/24/2020:
I know what you mean about losing things you've typed on your phone. Drives me nuts! Our gym isn't opening yet. Let me know how your gym manages if you go.

bearcountrygg on 06/24/2020:
Writing and losing the post is frustrating...happened many times. Good job going to bed to avoid cravings.....I would NEVER get out of bed to eat and apparently you wouldn't either....good job.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/24/2020:
I kinda agree that 3x a week is a LOT of yoga.

Also something to take from leg cramps, perhaps you can do it sometimes in the morning instead of your bike or just do a half evening session of yoga (a shorter one) instead of skipping totally?

KathyBlue on 06/25/2020:
I hear you on that with the phone. I love DDs because it's simple, it's effective and it is minimalist. But when it comes to updating quickly your foods on the run, from the phone... it's quite annoying, hehe...

Horn_of_plenty on 06/25/2020:
Many times in the past couple weeks I go to bed to avoid cravings - I am always thinking about that and I am working on doing it even more :)

Donkey - Tuesday Jun 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

 I'm becoming quite frustrated with the number of errors that Mistakes Girl has made in opening up files.  TWICE now,  she's had the wrong address for the file,  so when I prepare amendments,  they are wrong, which is very embarrassing. 

Everyone knows that she does this,  but we all really like her.  So  nothing changes,  except that I have to take  time out of my busy day to check all of the files that she opens now.   And even so I don't always catch her mistakes. 

All of this makes me busier than I already am. 

If the mistakes affect me,  I correct them. But if not,  I leave them for Male Co-Worker to discover, because someone else needs to know that she's doing this.  Otherwise I become the nagging bad guy. 

Trying to eat less and not snack so much.   Thought about my goals and my physique and how my clothes fit...  I eat too much. 

I think I'm going to invest in a $10  food scale for occasional tracking. This would be short term so that I don't become obsessed. 

Yin yoga was so nice yesterday, but the teacher changed her routine because I didn't bring any props,  which I have at home.  I will pack them in this really ugly bag I have so that it's easy to bring them to any class. I haven't done this before because the bag is really ugly, but I'm not going to let this vanity inconvenience anyone. 

Because of COVID ,  you have to bring your own props, to minimize germ transmission by sharing blocks,  bolsters , mats,  etc. 

I went alone because my daughter was still quite sore from her physical training on Saturday.  I hope she will come wth me tonight for Slow Flow.  I was having issues with the online registration last night. 


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

grannyannie on 06/23/2020:
How aggravating to have to correct others mistakes! Yoga sounds so relaxing. I've used a digital scale for years. Very small.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/23/2020:
Good idea with the food scale - it could be an eye opener in terms of portions that you can really best track by weight - proteins especially !

I’m glad someone else will see her mistakes good with that too so it’s not only you

innerpeace on 06/23/2020:
Food scale...I hope you can use yours better than I use mine. It is just sitting on the counter. Mistakes girl, for real though! I am often the nagging lady at my job too. I just want the stuff done correctly in case of an audit. I will be the only one around if we get audited. I hope your daughter feels better.

bearcountrygg on 06/23/2020:
Love my food scale....you will like it!

bearcountrygg on 06/23/2020:
Love my food scale....you will like it!

Donkey - Sunday Jun 21, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

A lovely warm day, today!  I have a little yardwork to do, and a little laundry to do, but other than that, not too much.  I will add bike miles to my monthly goal and do weights today.

My wonderful husband purchased a barbell for our daughter - and for me, but mostly for her, I think.  And then he scored some 10-pound weight plates on Friday, from a young guy that has a gym at his workplace, so he's clearing out some space.  I have been using dumbbells up until now, but let me tell you, having the bar and weight-plants --- game changer!

I also have some adminstrative things to do today, such as rumage through the box of puzzle pieces to make sure I have all of the edge pieces and also to add up the bike miles for the month so far.  I should also make a decision about which yoga classes to sign up for.


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

Horn_of_plenty on 06/21/2020:
The bar I use ! For my squats !

Sounds like you you have lots of decisions to make and all are for good reasons!

Keep charging ahead !!!!

grannyannie on 06/22/2020:
I've never tried barbells. Go for it! You're doing great!

Donkey - Saturday Jun 20, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

 Weigh-in today...  I am not making much progress on my June weight-loss goal, am I?  This is one of the numbers that my body is comfortable at.  This is what I weighed at when I was married, and held onto this number until I had children.

It is difficult to look at my arms and see them larger, knowing that it's muscle, but not liking the bulk nor the higher number on the scale.

I realize that it's been a whole week since I've posted my own diary entry, but I'm pleased enough that I was able to comment on everyone's diaries here.

Work has been insanely busy again, and I imagine it will be like this until they figure out if the schools will open or if they will start the year online.  I've mostly been consumed with coordinating communications between clients, agets, attorneys, lenders, title companies.  Emailing letters back and forth.  Then I get a phone call and I have to stop everything I'm doing and take the call.

Or I'll be reviewing documents and finding a problem or an error and have to stop everything and take care of that.

I stayed late on Friday, hoping that by doing so, I'd be in a good position on Monday.  However, I know that is not so, because I sent out a whole bunch of stuff on Friday.  Plus, there's the contracts that will come in over the weekend.

However, overall, I'm ok with everything, as none of the clients are unpleasant.

Recap of the week:

  • No food fits, but did have a small dish of ice cream a few days
  • No weight training after Sunday
  • Took 3 yoga classes:  2 in studio and 1 online

Because of COVID, the yoga studio is not offering any price other than individual classes.  Online classes are cheaper than in-studio classes, but even so, I realized that by taking 3 classes a week, and 1-2 of them would include my daughter... well, I'll be spending quite a bit on yoga every week, once I use the remaining 4 punches on the classpass I purchased in Februrary.

See my plan had been to use up my class package and then switch to a monthly membership -- all the yoga I want for a flat, monthly fee, to be paid by the month (no long-term contract) and start at any time.  But then COVID came and everything shut down.  When Zoom sessions started up, they are only $10, which is less than what I paid for 10-classes in the package.  So I was paying for online, saving the package classes for when the studio re-opened. 

I discussed this with Husband, who is always supportive of my yoga journey.  He would agree that I should do as much yoga as possible that I want to do.  BUT he also sees what I am saying, that this gets costly.

The thing is, I get something good and different from each one of the 3 classes.  It would be like trying to decide which finger I could stand to cut off. (OK, that's an exaggeration, but I think it makes my point


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

grannyannie on 06/20/2020:
I'm very comfortable when I get to 145, 140 is better. I was going to do a private yoga class in Thailand last winter, but never booked it. If it is safe enough to go next winter I plan to join a full gym and go 3 times a week. It's far enough I'll need to drive there. As for my gym here, it is still closed and I'm not anxious to go back until I'm sure it's very safe. Our memberships are all on hold.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/20/2020:
I totally hear you on when your body is generally happy at a certain number ! Don’t judge yourself too unfairly!

Also, it’s great to know the clients are ok right now and no crazies !

I hear you on waiting to use the expensive punch card in person and hope it all works out in the end! Yoga has served you really well!

KathyBlue on 06/21/2020:
Ohh that "recap of the week" sounds really nice, maybe I should do that too! I don't know if I'd be too successful in it because I tend to forget what I did an hour back even... :D About yoga - I saw there is a site "unlimited yoga" or what, wouldn't online classes work out for you? I think there is a fix fee monthly subscription and you get exclusive content unlimited. But I don't know too much about it, I can search if you want.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/21/2020:
Happy Father’s Day to your hubby !

Donkey - Sunday Jun 14, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

Enjoying a lovely, moderate, sunny day...  I thought I'd better write now, or the day will slip away.

 My shopping trip yesterday was a disaster.  I took in 7 bags of plastic bags for recycling, and at this time, Walmart is not accepting plastic bags.  So I had to walk around the store with my 7 bags of recycling in my cart.  Then, I left my list at home.  I had completed 1 length of the store already when I decided to ask husband to text me the list.  Finding the items I had forgotten took 2 more lengths of the entire store.  Well, got my steps in at least...

I have signed up for 2 in-studio yoga classes this week, on Monday and Tuesday.  The Thursday class I usually take has only the in-studio class option, when I *just* told the instructor that I'm leaning towards keeping it online for now.  So I will ask the owner on Monday if the sign up has an omission or if it was an error.  Otherwise, I am not sure I will take the Thursday class.

I did no weights yesterday.  I had a small dish of ice cream last night, but worked really hard to resist getting a 2nd dish.  And then I worked really hard to resist getting a bowl of tortilla chips.  

I will do weights today, as soon as I'm done here.  

I forgot to mention that I ran into Queen Bee at work this past week.  She has not lost any more weight that I can tell.  However, she hasn't gained anything back anything, which I wish I could say the same thing.  

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

Horn_of_plenty on 06/14/2020:
you do not use your plastic bags for garbage!? i use my plastic bags from grocery shopping in the garbage can!

yup, always good to get in the steps...and also good you posted early. lately, the day gets away from me fast after the morning passes also.

our gyms in nyc are still closed along with yoga studios.

lately, if i put off exercise, seems i find it hard to fit it into the day. strange....i also have to do weights later this afternoon, i will try to do them fast so i can be done quickly in an hour and not like 3hrs! good luck with your weights today too. they help SO MUCH with proportions and physique.

Donkey on 06/14/2020:
I use my plastic bags for garbage in every room but the kitchen where I have a tall can and use hefty bags.

I also use the plastic bags for cleaning the cat boxes.

These are plastic bags from bread, tortillas, ripped store bags, damaged ziploc bags, etc., that I take to the store for recycling.

Donkey on 06/14/2020:
Gyms are still closed but somehow yoga studios are allowed. I think they fall more under the salon category, although one local yoga studio I would not want to go to because the room is waaaaay too small.

Thank you for the encouraging words about my exercising and food. I keep trying!

bearcountrygg on 06/14/2020:
Forgetting the shopping list...my usual frustration too......and sometimes I have it and forget to look at it...LOL .........Good job resisting the things you know you don't really need.......I feel your pain.

Donkey on 06/14/2020:
Thank you! This weekend was not as relaxing as I had hoped and far too short!

happy-1 on 06/14/2020:
Hugs! Shopping is super awkward right now! I feel you on that.

Donkey on 06/15/2020:
Thank you! Can't use my reusable bags, either!

grannyannie on 06/15/2020:
Shopping is not enjoyable at all right now here either. I like to browse for sale items but can't do that now.

Donkey on 06/15/2020:
Yes! This too!

But don't get me wrong - I completely understand why we're doing this and support these measures.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2020:
what a good citizen you are to actually recycle the food plastic bags! i hasn't considered those!

Donkey - Saturday Jun 13, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

 While I am happy not to have to go to work today, my weekend is not off to the best start.  Husband went to bed early so I could not settle into my usual bedtime routine, which usually entails having an hour in bed to wind down with reading, watching news, etc.  So instead, I stayed up late (for me) to watch more episodes of Better Call Saul and then Midsomer Mysteries.  Ugh!  

Because I went to bed late, I woke up later.  Rather than watch the morning news, I settled into more Midsomer Mysteries while I checked in on my phone (News, Twitter, FB, tv schedules, etc.)  while riding my bike.  The bike ride was not that great either.  Legs feeling a bit sluggish, so my pace was slower.  

In spite of the change in routine, I did manage to remember to weigh in, and I gained 0.5 pound.  That's neither good nor bad, except that it shows a lack of progress. 2.5 more weeks to lose 3 pounds.

Work offered a free CPR class this morning, for the physical therapy clinic on the first floor, and we were invited.  Everyone in my office is going except me.  Why on earth would I want to be anywhere near work on my day off?  In fact, I left some things at work that I wanted to bring home, but I am not going anywhere near that place on my time off.  I'll have to deal with the consequences on Monday.

I have nothing planned for this weekend, specifically, which usually means I end up doing nothing. I would really like to go to Wal-Mart today to pick up some items for myself - that I need to pick and choose from - but I dread going into a busy store.  I keep putting this off.  Perhaps I will feel motivated to go this afternoon, as we are having the wooden deck professionally stained, and I really dislike strangers around my house, even if they are limited to outside.  So that might work.  Husband is in agreement with that, because it means we'll have a take-and-bake pizza for dinner tonight, LOL...  Now I just have to gather the motivation -- but it's better, I suppose, than sitting around watching more Saul or Midsomer...

I also have to figure out what yoga I'm doing next week.

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

grannyannie on 06/13/2020:
I love to read in bed before going to sleep, but since hubby and I stayed on our Thailand schedule (9 - 6) I can't do that. When he goes on trips to visit grandson, etc then I can do it. I like to read my kindle on my exercise bike. Or listen to audiobooks.

Donkey on 06/14/2020:
Apparently, my idea to read in bed using a small flashlight did not work, as husband said it woke him up and bothered him.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/13/2020:
i'm sure you could relax, staying up late, watching those shows ;)

sometimes when exercise feels sluggish, it's sometimes good to rest...but could you tried.

i agree a half pound is not a big factor as long as you are working still...

nice, a CPR class, i did that one and it lasts a year the certification....

like you, i hate doing errands too. and now i see that i shouldn't hate them...and learn to be a more efficient person LOL....not saying ANYTHING about you...i am thinking of my dad and how he's so efficient and EVERYTHING. he worked all day and then did the bbq for us so easily...setting up his grill and doing all the work...setting up the mosquito repellent candles (citronella) and just running back and forth in the house.

whenever i've been with my dad doing errands, he practically is RUNNING doing them between the stores and the car. he is FAST.

Donkey on 06/14/2020:
I've been out of shopping practice - I definitely need to build up my speed.

Donkey - Friday Jun 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 Thank goodness today is Friday.  What a long week. 

Today,  the cleaning people are coming,  so I have to do a lot of picking up this morning before I go to work.  I have it on the calendar at work that I'm coming in late. 

However, I was able to get up earlier this morning,  so perhaps I won't be so late. 

Last night,  I told the yoga teacher that for now,  I'm more inclined to take her class online,  rather than come into the studio. She said that was fine, since I'm usually the only one that attends.  

I think Monday's yoga will also be online,  since sometimes the owner has other people attend the Yin class. This is the class that my daughter also attends. 

But I think I'll sign up to go into the studio for the Tuesday class.  We tried it online twice,  and I felt that it might be a better class to attend in person. My only hesitations are that work will be too busy,  so either I'll run late,  be too stressed,  be too exhausted,  or all of the above. 

No evening bike ride after yoga.  Had a small piece of dark chocolate (65 calories) and got ready for bed.  Turned out the light at 9p instead of watching the news until 10p.

These 2 things may be why I was able to wake up feeling rested (FINALLY!), rather than having to drag my body out if bed feeling ragged.  But then again,  it may just be the sense of urgency to pick up stuff (for the cleaning crew) that motivated me. 

If it's the no-bike, no-news thing,  though,  that would be something to consider seriously. Sleep versus goals.

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

bearcountrygg on 06/12/2020:
My new sleep routine is working better and better for me too.....I guess it does make sense to compile all of the things that help into a nightly routine that works...instead of just climbing onto bed and laying there wondering If sleep is near......I know now that I cannot go to bed on an empty stomach.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/12/2020:
that's great you are up early and responsible like that!

i had to skip these past two weeks (last and this) of the chair yoga unfortunately. today i'm going to see parents and wasn't about to tell my dad i have online chair yoga instead of arriving at a certain time for dinner, you know!?

great sleep and structure for you!

Donkey - Thursday Jun 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 If I could call in sick,  today might be a good day for that. I think this is allergies,  but the headache I woke up with is quite unpleasant. 

I signed up for Flow-Yin yoga tonight at home.  The instructor asked me if we could have a Zoom session instead of coming into the studio.  I'm glad she made that decision for me. 

Did my evening bike ride (watching season 4 of "Better Call Saul" - finally) and then weights (chest and biceps).

No sweets last night,  although my supply of dark chocolate has been replenished,  so we'll see how I do tonight. 

The struggle is real. 

MORNING EDIT AT WORK:  I forgot to mention that yesterday,  my clothes were uncomfortably tight.  It was very depressing. 

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

innerpeace on 06/11/2020:
i loved Better Call Saul. DH and I binged watched over the summer.

grannyannie on 06/11/2020:
You did well!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2020:
Sounds excellent ! Did you call in sick ? I rode my bike while speaking on the phone today !

Horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2020:
Ah you went to work - I understand clothes being tight - stay strong J!!!! Try to really limit the sweets and treats to smaller servings

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2020:
UGH...tight clothes....miserable but a good reminder.

Donkey - Wednesday Jun 10, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 What an exhausting week!  Work is insanely busy,  and yet today,  half the staff is gone:

  • Boss will be in around 11a
  • Associate Attorney is out all day
  • Nice Lady leaves at 2p for a medical procedure. 
  • Male Co-Worker is on vacation this week.

What the heck?

I did not do any yoga last night. I felt bad, because Tuesday is the new teacher's class, and no one had signed up!  I felt bad about going without my daughter, although this is a class I want to attend alone.  And then I was so busy at work.... I couldn't stand one more thing "to do".  So I never signed up.  Maybe next week.

Also, no weight training. Just rode my bike while watching TV and went upstairs to retire for the evening .   I had had enough.

We had take-out last night, and I ordered a cheeseburger with everything.  I ate half of it, and then supplemented the rest with salad and carrot sticks. 

No sweet after dinner, but had decaf.  Trying to break the "sweet after dinner" habit.

Realized last night that I need to refocus on my June goals.

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

legcramps on 06/10/2020:
Refocus - you and me both! We can do this :)

grannyannie on 06/10/2020:
Just start again. You can do it!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2020:
it's fine to not reach your goals every single day and i'm glad you got on the bike!

Donkey - Monday Jun 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 Cookies, anxiety, and inertia got the better of me yesterday.  Although the weather was lovely, I spent a great part of the weekend watching TV, getting lost in a British detective show series for hours.  

I did do a few odd things around the house, including starting a new puzzle.  But most of my weekend was TV.

I did do weights, both Saturday and Sunday.  And I managed to meet my steps goals both days, too.  

I still have to sign up for studio yoga.  Kept putting this off all weekend until it never happened.

Bracing for a busy day at work.  Wish I didn't have to go in today.

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

legcramps on 06/08/2020:
British detective shows are very addicting!

Donkey on 06/08/2020:
Something very comforting about British shows, for me.

grannyannie on 06/08/2020:
Which shows were you watching? We watch a lot of them here as well.

Donkey on 06/08/2020:
Reruns of Midsomer Murders. Oh my...

bearcountrygg on 06/08/2020:
If you find yourself putting off doing something then your subconscious is stopping you for some reason...maybe try to look at why you didn't really want to do that?

Donkey on 06/08/2020:
Good point! Nailed it!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2020:
you are doing so well, JDonk! so proud of you.

i have enjoyed so much my chair yoga practice during the quarantine and hope to do it one more time this Friday.

keep your head up. it's ok to relax on the weekend. keep fighting and working.

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