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Donkey - Friday Jun 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 I woke up feeling better, although I am still experiencing very vivid dreams, which I would rather not have.  Cat fight at around 2a woke me up.  In the morning, there was a prized cat poofy toy in the supper dish.  I guess we know what the fight was about.

Flow-Yin yoga was "slower" last night because the instructor has an injured toe.  I learned that "slower" does NOT mean easier, and I should prepare myself for lots of core work.

Getting back into the yoga studio is harder than I thought it would be.  Things aren't "back to normal" so the new rules, procedures,  and prices need to be sorted out.  This will require emailing the owner.  Monday yoga will be at home, because the class is too full for both daughter and I to attend.

For Thursdays, it seems silly for the teacher to drive to the studio for just one student (me), so I'm thinking Thursday yoga might still be at home too.  It's cheaper if I do the yoga at home on Zoom.

I did push-ups last night.  I think Wednesday I did leg and biceps weights. Trying to do at least a little weight training more often.

My excessive bloating is reduced.  I'm still carrying around SOMETHING in my midsection, though.  Can't tell if it's  weight, bloat, gas, what.  

I realized this week that no matter how active I am,  I may be at the point in life where I just need to eat less, because of changes in metabolism as we age (and hormones change).

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
That is a fact...as the years go by...the calories do need to be reduced......I remember my aunt saying that she and my uncle shared 1 sandwich....at the time I was surprised...but now I get it. Sometimes I forget and eat what my eyes want and I'm always miserable after.....BUT..it is always the first bite that tastes the best....Luckily!

grannyannie on 06/05/2020:
Yes, the older we get the harder it is to lose and keep weight off. Sigh.

legcramps on 06/05/2020:
LOL, I used to take tai chi classes a while back, and they were so slowwwwww but my core, legs, arms, everything just ached so much from doing it. It's amazing how much you can activate your muscles just by slowing down a movement!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2020:
It’s true the older you get the more you gotta watch (or at least my view correlates with you and Bear)

You are doing good, never give up or give in <3

Donkey - Thursday Jun 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

Had a rough day yesterday ( Wednesday) and today.  Not only busy at work,  but physically with TOM, which is really racking my body this month.  

Well,  at least I don't have to worry about the last piece of ice cream cake that I discovered in the freezer from Mother's Day.   It was going to get eaten on Saturday anyways,  but now that's not an issue. 

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 06/05/2020:
Hope you're feeling better

Donkey on 06/05/2020:
Some months are harder than others. I woke up feeling feeling capable :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2020:
Hey there! I’m so glad today is Friday and the days have moved along and feeling better now - wishing the same for you! The weekend is almost here !

I also sometimes have bad period months .

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
I remember those days...but only when you gals talk about them...funny how all of that pain and discomfort is forgotten one it's over.

Donkey - Tuesday Jun 02, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Quick entry today:

If I did not have June goals,  I probably would have had eating difficulties last night.  I opened the freezer only to find that there is one more piece of frozen ice cream cake from mother's day!  I had told my daughter to finish this,  a few weeks ago. I guess she didn't.  And oh my did I EVER want to drown my anxieties in frozen deliciousness. 

But I realized that I wasn't hungry, so I stayed away,  and the piece of cake remains.   I might have it some other day.  Right now,  I'm focused on June goals. 

Yin Yoga was delightful. The teacher thanked us for supporting her during the shutdown! Awwww!  

We have to register for classes online now - ANOTHER FREAKING APP!!! -   with only 3 slots available.  The Yin class for next week already has 2 people signed up,  so daughter and I will join the class virtually on Zoom.

I still have 5 punches left on my 10-class pass,  so I finally realize that I will have to reconcile this with the owner .  Each punch is $13, but when I pre-register for in-studio classes,  each class is $15.  So I just have      to figure out if I can use passes or not .  $15 a class is kind of steep.


Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 06/02/2020:
You're tough! Good for you. I can eat sweets whether I am hungry or not.

innerpeace on 06/02/2020:
^same - DH brought me a blizzard the other day! I didn't resist, so GOOD for you.

bearcountrygg on 06/02/2020:
Good job avoiding the temptation...each time you do that it will get easier and easier.

legcramps on 06/02/2020:
Thank goodness for goals to keep us on track!

thinkpositive on 06/03/2020:
I wish I could have some of that discipline!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2020:
Interesting with the punch card - I do hope it works in your favor :)

Glad you could listen to your hunger.

For today, bedsides lunchtime, I have not been too hungry due to being so busy today watching a 10yr old who didn’t want any of my discipline lol or to do anything

Donkey - Monday Jun 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Staying true to myself and weighed in at 143.5.  Not sure how enthusiastic I am about my June goals. 

June Goals:

Lose 5 pounds. Want to get back into the 130's, if just barely. 

Bike 100 miles on my recumbent bike.  Not sure if this number is correct.

Yoga 3x a week

Weights 2x a week

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/01/2020:
Good goals ! Very thorough! If you cannot do it every week, at least see how many weeks you can get this all done :) perhaps actually plan the days you will do these activities ? I would have to do that in order to get them all done !

Happy June :-)

legcramps on 06/01/2020:
Those are great goals! One foot in front of the other, just keep trying each week.

grannyannie on 06/01/2020:
Good plans for June.

Maria7 on 06/01/2020:
5 lbs sounds good (for both of us!!!).

Donkey - Sunday May 31, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

 It has been a difficult day.  I finally decided,  ENOUGH, and clicked the Home icon on my browser,  because I decided that the only place I wanted to be was home. 

So I will be putting all social media to bed for the day.  (It seems as though I started a small flame war on Twitter.) But I did not want the day to end without writing here,  as I know that I am among friends here. 

I did many small activities today that I enjoyed,  including working on a puzzle and re-potting the 2 flower plants I  received  for Mother's  Day. I overcame my fear and inertia and went to CVS to pick up some elderberry to try.  (Thank you, Bear!)  I am encouraging my husband to try these as well.  I plan to read and go to bed early tonight. 

I did not formulate my monthly goals,  but I will have them ready for tomorrow. 

Progress as of today: 43.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/31/2020:
I'm glad to see you are trying out elderberry....we take it daily and I sure don't think it has hurt anything....and we have stayed healthy so far. The chaos that is now is kind of hard to face in anything but small doses....I'm with you.....Sometimes I just have to shut everything down too...and read a book...or a magazine...or take a nap. Tomorrow is another day.....have a good evening.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2020:
You certainly are among friends!

What kind of elderberry formula did you buy?

Enjoy your day, I’m sure you can make the most of your day without social media :-)

I will see about that library course - I will prob still not be working.

Donkey on 06/01/2020:
Elderberry gummies. I know gummies are probably not the most effective medium, but they look yummy.

Actually, they are a little bitter, but that's ok wth me. I still think they are yummy.

Donkey - Saturday May 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

 Good morning!  So happy to be home!  And I remembered to weigh in!  If that scale had not been front-and-center by my clothes, though, I would have forgotten!  As it was, i reached for my leggings and then saw the scale.  Oops!  I am glad to see that  in spite of my struggles with food and stress this week, I managed to lose 0.5 pound.

Also, I think I may weigh in  on Monday since it's the beginning of the month.  My goals for June are still kind of fuzzy, but I will solidify those this weekend.

While I was on my lunchtime walk yesterday (Friday), Mistakes Girl found out that her mom has tested positive for COVID.  Completely asymptomatic.  And as she works for a nursing home, she is tested at work every day, before she starts her shift.  Great.

We're having fabulous, dry, cool, sunny weather here.  Can I overcome my inertia to go for a walk outside today?  That is the real question.  Aside from that, I would like to do weights, read, and work on the last puzzle.  Some cat jumped up on the puzzle board we use underneath the puzzle, and broke off big sections that had been put together.  No one in my family cared enough to put those sections back together, so I'll do it.  I'm really looking forward to this, and I've asked my husband to spend his free time at home (while I'm at work), looking for other puzzles to do.

My son has been transferred to his first duty station and will be calling home soon, so I'll end this entry now, but I may post updates later.

Progress as of today: 43.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
Yes, go for a walk. Hubby and I went for one today and it was nice to take a walk for a while. Congrats on your lower number! There are now '3' instead of '1' employees at my Mama's nursing home with Covid 19 and they haven't even begun testing the residents yet.

bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
Congrats on the scale! The doctor i used to work with has sent out his opinions on the tests...he says they really are not very accurate....but they are all he has...so he is using them.....I suspect the asymtomatic positives may not be accurate...but.....basically...I know nothing. I bet you are excited to hear where your son is heading.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2020:
Good luck to your son on his first duty station and I hope you can at least enjoy the sun in your backyard today!

Obviously without working, I’m living a sorta care free life as compared to yours where there’s a bigger schedule during the week so you may need time to relax more on the weekend. Don’t feel bad just enjoy it however you choose xo

Donkey - Friday May 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Very quick this morning as time is tight.   

Had a very bad eating day,  starting with eating a jumbo muffin at work.  WTH?  Then,  after an awesome yoga session last night,  had a totally junky dinner:  hot dog with bun,  chips,  ice cream.

I'm so glad today it's Friday.  On many levels,  I'm so done with this week. 

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/29/2020:
You got that little food fit over with......and it was okay! Sometime we just have to do that to move on.

innerpeace on 05/29/2020:
I've always been told - everything is OK in moderation. Don't be so hard on yourself - it's not like you eat hot dogs, chips and ice cream everyday.

I do think it makes you feel yucky though. Have a great day!

horn_of_plenty on 05/29/2020:
Sorry about eating - when I start with a muffin it’s hard for me too during the day .... I sometimes would try to have half muffin with coffee and later the other half as I’d know I’d be hungry again ....and I would want the whole thing and to finish the whole thing too

Donkey on 05/30/2020:
Yeah, that's EXACTLY how it played out. UGH!

Donkey - Thursday May 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

Yesterday was a rocky day.  Started with a tense conversation with my husband about daughter.  

Went to work and Nice Lady kept interrupting me for about 2 hours with her resignation that if she's going to get COVID  and die,  then so be it. Her son and grandson,  who live with her,  have to get on with their lives,and  can't stay home to keep her protected.

Came home and had a nice talk with daughter as we walked. We're not set up here to have any one person live in isolation unless they are confined to one room. So we will have to take our chances and hope COVID does not enter our home.

Tonight is Flow-Yin yoga.  I probably need it. Maybe I can get to bed early. 

No weights,  no push-ups last night.  Probably not today either,  since there's yoga. 


Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2020:
I actually skipped weights yesterday too - I was too mentally drained to do it after the previous busy couple days - so back to it this morning !

Yeah people will have to start taking chances it seems regarding Covid. But we can take safety and regard it as much as we can.

Donkey on 05/29/2020:
Glad you got it in. I'll wait for the weekend I guess. Gotta keep trying!

bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
I keep saying it but will once again.......build up immune systems as much as possible......so as to be able to have a milder case. I watched a Dr Berg you tube video today...and then again watched it with D. Overweight people are getting the cytokine storm because of visceral fat ( fat inside the abdominal cavity)with covid 19.......it just makes it harder to fight off......makes me think I should probably go look at BMI again just to make sure we are where we should be......I guess if nothing more...this covid is pushing us to be as healthy as we can be.

Donkey on 05/29/2020:
I can't get husband to eat better, for his health (anti-inflammatory diet), do I'm thinking about increasing in some elderberry. For both of us, lol!

legcramps on 05/28/2020:
So how is your daughter feeling about it? What are her thoughts about self-isolating or monitoring her own symptoms?

Donkey on 05/29/2020:
I think we're all on edge about it. She definitely had some anxiety about it. She talked to some of her friends and slept over at her friend's house (friend and her sister also work at the store). That helped.

She and I talked on our walk, and discussed both self isolating in her room, if she gets actively sick, and monitoring.

If she got sick, that would be one thing. It's the "non-symptomatic contagious carrier" thing that we're really worried about.

But at the end of the day, we'll deal with whatever happens.

thinkpositive on 05/28/2020:
I think we’re all trying to figure out how to keep going while staying safe,

Donkey on 05/29/2020:
Some of us are. The rest of us can't wait to get back to the bars and nail salons.

(Good grief!)

Donkey - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 I had thought about editing yesterday's entry last night,  but didn't want to dwell too much on the negative today,  so here is everything all in one:  the good,  the bad,  the ugly - in no particular order. 

First,  to be accountable,  I did not do weights Monday or yesterday.  I did do push-ups last night. 

Second,  as yesterday was the hottest day so far,  I wore my tan capris bottoms,  which sad to say,  were no longer loose,  but almost too tight.  If I had been at home,  I would have unbuttoned the waist button and possibly loosened up the zipper, or better,  changed out of them.  They were a little snug in the thigh too.  Scales lie,  but clothes don't. 

So now on to my concern today.  My daughter has 3 coworkers who have tested positive for COVID.  She doesn't work directly with either,  but the latest case works closely with a mutual friend, which my daughter had recent contact with. 

The mutual friend employee has a vulnerable parent at his home.  And my husband is also vulnerable. We did a little brainstorming,  but came up with no solution other than to pray and hope for the best. 

The friend- coworker who was recently diagnosed doesn't have all of the symptoms and asked TWICE to be tested, with the 2nd request granted. 

So there's that.  

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
Weight shifting...it's a thing....the scales are not always a good gauge. BUT...you are monitoring it so that will help ( there was a time...when I watched the scales go up without a care in the world....never again...so keep monitoring, I know you can. The virus situation....that is scary....I also don't know the solution other than to get everyone in your house's immune systems pumped up immediately so that you have a chance at getting a milder reaction if it comes to that. Possibly replace bathroom hand towels with paper towels for now. Maybe she should stay in her room or a specific area of the house away from her Dad.........I'm sure she is also concerned with his and your safety too.......Hopefully she wasn't infected.....((Hugs))

horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Thank gosh we know the verdict after they finally approved the request to be tested.

It’s scary with the vulnerable population indeed especially when they are your loved ones.

My weight is at its higher point that it’s been for many months - just keep doing what you have been doing and don’t give up on yourself. :)

Donkey - Tuesday May 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Back to work today.  That's okay.  

Male Co-Worker works for half a day,  leaves for his pre-op COVID test,  and then is off for the rest of the week for hernia surgery. 

I am looking ahead,  because I like to be mentally prepared,  for our office to unlock the front door and accept walk-in clients.  This is difficult.  I do not like it.  And someone explain to me why I, the busiest assistant,  is also the receptionist...

I have replaced the stroopwaffel cookies with ice cream.  Had a bit of a struggle yesterday,  but I don't think I did too much damage. 

Participated in online Studio Yin Yoga. The instructor, who is the owner,  asked for MY opinion on owning the studio!  I'm so honored!  I said that I would be ok with going,  but would probably wear a mask and bring my own props, rather than using what the studio has as far as supplies. 

I didn't want to insult her,  but most of the time,  I'm the only student there! So instead I said that I appreciated that her studio is an intimate space and not real big, which also helps me feel more comfortable. 

Some of the other studios in the area have space for 20+ students.  No thank you.  That's too many folks in a confined space for me. Just because you can fit 20+ people in the rim doesn't mean that you should. (This is one of the reasons I don't go to one particular studio.)

No yoga today, and I might have husband turn on the air conditioning today.  Hot and humid. 

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
We turned on our air this weekend...it is more comfortable and keeps me moving around...it wasn't that many years ago...that we didn't have ac......oh the misery of that. Yoga sounds like exactly the thing for gentle movements.....It's been awhile for me again.....and I'm noticing that I'm having more leg cramps again...i think more water is needed...but wondering if the yoga was helping that too.

innerpeace on 05/26/2020:
I've been having conversations over mask wearing as well... We also turned on our AC this weekend - my puzzles pieces were sticking to my arms. And after mowing it was cool and refreshing. I do miss the airiness the open windows bring - but it was a bit uncomfortable with no wind blowing and the ceiling fans just wasn't making a big difference.

grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
I'm so glad I'm retired during a time like this! No worries about job, kids out of school or change in income.

Donkey on 05/27/2020:
^This. 100%

I mean I still work, but do glad my kids are adults in this time.

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
What Annie said!

horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Wonderful you can suppprt the yoga teacher and I’m sure she loves having YOU as her student .she should prob stick to more online training during this time right ?

The busiest people always get wrapped up in even more work - you are the reliable one !!!!

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