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Donkey - Tuesday May 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Yesterday was a good eating day.  However,  still feeling bloated.  I'm sure this is hormone related.  It was somewhat easier to do crunches,  and I did my maintenance push-ups too.  The crunches were difficult,  but I enjoyed the push-ups!  I can't believe I said that about push-ups!


Last night was Yin Yoga but I just wasn't feeling it.  I was energized!  So a fast flow class would have felt better.  Also,  we did a lot of twists and my back really felt it.  I feel good today though,  so no harm done. 

I showed the online picture of the new yoga teacher to Nice Lady at work,  to see if she thought it was Crazy Lady, and she said no.  So I feel more confident about taking the new class tonight.  I still have to sign up for it; I'll sign up my daughter too. 

It's on Zoom, so I could "mute" the video. There's an option to do that,  and actually,  there was a new student last night that did just that.   She could hear us but we couldn't see her.  We'll see how it goes!

 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 18.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 05/05/2020:
I'm glad to hear that you had a good day yesterday, although it's too bad you didn't really enjoy your yin yoga.

A big reason why I do a lot of yoga on my own is so that I can modify moves so that it's not taking a toll on my body - like my lower back right now. Also, I am not very flexible at all, so this is a really beginner starting point for me until I can gain some flexibility and move into more difficult poses.

Really, I started doing yoga to help calm my anxieties over the past two months, but i've grown to really enjoy it! It *almost* makes me more motivated to get out of bed early! LOL

Donkey on 05/06/2020:
That's very interesting to hear why you line to do yoga on your own. I hadn't considered that. I don't know (yet) how to sequence moves so that they flow together. Also, moves should counter each other, and I'm not sure I know enough.

Finally, and most importantly, I find myself "cheating" the pose, by slouching my shoulders, bending a leg or arm, or not aligned correctly.

However, I do practice individual moves on my own, e.g. crow, warrior 3, dancer, to become better - not a routine but isolated practice.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2020:
Glad to hear you are enjoying pushups !

Interesting mute approach, thinking it’s more fun to see the students !!!!!

Donkey on 05/06/2020:
I think it's fun to see everyone too! Most definitely!



Donkey - Monday May 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

 Did not sleep well.  My one cat was scratching at my daughter's closed bedroom door, which was so loud it woke me up,  once at 2:50am and then again at around 4am.  When my alarm went off at 5:15am, I was exhausted.  So I'll have to talk to daughter about what can be done about this. 

Eating went well yesterday.  Had  half a Stoopwaffel cookie after dinner,  no decaf. However I was experiencing bloating again,  to the point of discomfort.  Did crunches but was so uncomfortable,  I'm not sure how effective they were.  I did push-ups,  tried to do other ab exercises, but again,  discomfort. 

I spoke to my daughter about the new yoga instructor. She says the photo looks like Crazy  Lady if she lost weight and wore make-up. So that didn't help calm my nerves much. I couldn't find her on Facebook...  I guess I'll try the class and if it's her,  it's just a click of a button to log off...  Very unnerving.


Going to focus on eating well today... that's my main goal. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 18.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/04/2020:
Can she keep her door open so the cat doesn’t scratch ?

I have done crunches while being bloated lol I know exactly the feeling !!!! I think it’s good you did them anyways and I do think it still helps.

I’m sure that stroopwaffel hit the spot . They are nice and sweet so they hit your brain and stomach equally as well :) to me anyways !

Have a good day ....and you are off today right ?

Donkey on 05/05/2020:
I had to work on Monday. No extra days off for me this week.

We can't leave her door open because Sick Kitty will go in and mess up. Poor Sick Kitty is struggling to control her lower half and has accidents. So her space is limited.

Last night was not bad. I slept right through it until my husband woke me up when he came to bed. Grr...


legcramps on 05/04/2020:
Are you a light sleeper? I am, and I keep a pair of ear plugs on my nightstand if i'm woken up by noise in the night. I plug them in and usually it helps, although I try not to use them too regularly.

Donkey on 05/05/2020:
I am a light sleeper. We sleep with a loud box fan on. All year round. The white noise helps me sleep and the noise drowns out the sound of my husband's CPAP machine. Some noises transcend the roar of the fan, unfortunately.

If I wore earplugs, then I couldn't hear the fan. :-/ However, if I continue to have difficulties, then I might go that route.



Donkey - Sunday May 03, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I am not feeling as positive today as I did at this time yesterday, so I'm going to work hard at turning that around.  I'm quite concerned for my daughter's safety at work.  Customers are being very aggressive when they are told they cannot come into the store without a mask on.  This is ridiculous.  If you don't want to wear a mask, don't go to Walmart!  And by the way, good luck getting into any other grocery store around here, because masks are mandated.

Another problem:  I noticed that the new yoga instructor (Tuesday nights) is not the person I thought I had met previously.  In fact, she looks very similar to a person we had working at the law firm a few years ago.  She was hired, and then we found out that she was a complete fraud (because my boss doesn't do any background checks).  After she was let go, she got into some problems with the law.  Now, I have my own opinion about law enforcement, but she assaulted a police officer, which in my book, crosses the line.

So I'm going to have my daughter look at her picture to see if she thinks it's the same person.  It's the same first name, different last name - and I wouldn't put it passed the former co-worker to totally re-invent herself with a new persona.  Creepy...

This may be my own paranoia causing my discomfort, which is why, after I talk to my daughter, I'm going to focus on my mental well-being.


 My eating went well yesterday and, especially last night.  I feel back on track.

I took Friday and Monday (1st and 2nd of May) off of any challenges.  Friday I needed a day of rest, and yesterday, I wanted to be sure that I could stay disciplined with evening eating.  It was NOT easy.  I had a piece of sugar-free candy, and then a stick of gum.  Lots of water... got through it.

Today/tonight, I will start my crunches challenge of which I'll have 4 solid weeks and an extra day (the 31st). 


I jogged yesterday, a little bit, and then a little over a mile this morning - yay!  I wanted to measure the distance it is to run my neighborhood loop, and my Fitbit says that it's 1.07 miles, from the front door and back again.

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 18.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/03/2020:
I agree ! Wear the darn mask If the store demands it !

Let us know if your daughter thinks the two women as one in the same though that is sooooo strange indeed !!!

That’s a perfect loop ! A mile is a good distance to use and then to be able to repeat it!



Donkey - Saturday May 02, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

 Good morning!  The sun has come out, even though it's cloudy outside (no blue sky) and the weather promises to be warm and lovely - THIS is my kind of weather!

Before I talk about my weigh-in, let me confess that I had some eating difficulties last night, after dinner (of course).  I ate too many cookies.  Also, it was a more carb-y day (rice, beans) than usualy, so I'm hoping that some of the weight is just water retention....  But who am I kidding?  My weight is up because I'm eating too much!

Maitenance is NOT easy!  Weight loss is JUST the beginning, not an end!

So of course I'm very disppointed by my numbers, but all I can do is try to do better.  And so that is my goal for May, to focus on eating better.  I must find a coping mechanism for munching throughout the day and then at night after dinner.  I've been drinking too much coffee during the day - dare I say I'm sick of it!  So my evening cup of decaf is no longer a working option for me.  I'm thinking of popping a stick of mint gum in my mouth immediately after dinner, to cleanse my palate.  Mint has a wonderful way of curbing an appetite.

I took yesterday off from any challenge entirely.  I just needed a rest.  And maybe that's what triggered the cookie fit.  But like my push-up challenge, I think my crunch challenge will be 3 sets of 20.  Also, to maintain the progress I've made in my arms, I plan to continue doing 3 sets of push-ups, but only 10 per set, rather than the 20 I was doing.

I decided NOT to sign up for a monthly yoga pass for The Other Yoga Studio, because most of their evening classes are at 5:30p, which is not enough time for me to get home be prepared to start on time. 

However, I am delighted that the Yoga Studio (my regular studio) is now offering an extra class on Tuesday nights!  Yes, I will sign up for that.  So that would make Yoga 3x a week:  

  • Monday night Yin
  • Tuesday night Slow (new)
  • Thursday night Flow-Yin

And I will look for 2 online YouTub sessions to do on Saturdays and Sundays.  Yes, I can do that.  This works!  Oh I hope the Tuesday night teacher stays with it!

Now I must get my day started :-)

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 18.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/02/2020:
Remember that nothing needs to be off limits! Why not have two cookies and tea in the evening?

Or a couple small chocolates with tea or seltzer ?

For me, I’m having total issues with not eating sugar and just going with it and quite a bit everyday. More than usually and less protein bc it works for me for now. But if I were working I think i would be too hungry to eat like what I’m doing now with far less sleep and more time awake ....Meaning I think my diet is good for now but not for going back to work ....

I’m glad the yoga classes worked out In your favor :-)

Donkey on 05/03/2020:
You are absolutely right! It does NOT have to be an all-or-nothing thing with sweets. I just wanted to have a "reset" day with nothing after dinner.

I definitely have something sweet after dinner on my plate tonight - either a piece of dark chocolate or a stroopwaffel. One is 90 calories, the other is about 200 calories. So we'll see how the day goes. Thanks for the gentle observation! Again, you're right!



Donkey - Friday May 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 Today is Friday!  A new month,  a new me!  Well that's my challenge this month,  anyway...  I struggled in April,  but here's another month to work on me :-)  

If things were normal,  I'd be so busy at work that I wouldn't have time for anything.  So while this isn't good,  I can make the most of it for my own well-being. 

I did not weigh in this morning,  to see if anything happened over April.  I was halfway dressed before I remembered,  and I just wanted to get my day started. I'll try very hard to remember to weigh in tomorrow morning. 

I went to bed early last night at 9p and yet I still had trouble getting out of bed this morning.  I've been having very stressful dreams so I don't feel rested in the morning.  I wake up feeling tense,  mentally and actually physically too.  Probably a sign that a bedtime yoga routine would do me well. 

I've decided to do a crunch challenge this month.  3 sets of something.  My abs need help,  and I've been feeling quite a bit of fatigue in my thighs, like they are filled with lead.   So I thought it better to focus on the abs instead. 

I haven't signed up for a monthly pass with the Other Yoga studio.  I'm still thinking about it, but if I'm going to do it,  i should do it soon. 

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/01/2020:
Happy Friday and happy weekend !!!!!! For you weekends mean something ! I was thinking if you need to take a day or two offf make sure you haven’t been working too much without a day off ?

Your crunch challenge is great are there any details ?

My challenge is to improve greatly on my weights and get used to the new weights of higher weight !

Donkey on 05/02/2020:
Yes, for me, weekends are absolutely necessary, but I think only because I am still working.

I do think I'd have a LOT of problems if I were not working or if I were working from home.

I'll talk about my crunch challenge in today's entry! :-)

Donkey on 05/02/2020:
And I should add that I'm having enough problems coping with everything that's going on as it is. Please see today's (Saturday's) entry regarding cookies to cope.



Donkey - Thursday Apr 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 Yesterday was another trying day.  We had another closing in the office (downstairs conference room) -  actually,  it was part 2 of the closing we tried to do on Tuesday.  Tuesday took about 4 hours.  Yesterday took about 4 hours too.  Ridiculous.  These folks can't really afford to be buying,  and that was a huge part of the problem.   But oh well,  it's done,  they own the home. 

With that out of the way,  today should be ok at work. 

I'm undecided about my May challenge. Trying to decide if I want to do squats or crunches. In the meantime,  today is the last day of this challenge,  so I guess that means I'll be weighing in tomorrow to see how I did with the weight.   It was not a stellar performance with food,  but I'm not going to beat myself over that.  May might be a better month to focus on food.  No birthdays,  so no cake...

My main goal for today is to go to bed early.  Not only am I having difficulty getting out of bed in the morning,  but I'm feeling fatigue in my legs.  So more rest is required. 

Peace be with you all...

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/30/2020:
So if they can’t afford to be buying, why are they buying? Downsizing ???

I have always found great recovery with rest ! Maybe that’s why I have been doing so well with my upper body weights this month!

Donkey on 05/01/2020:
Buying their first ever house... sheesh. Exactly - why are you buying??? If you need financial assistance for the downpayment, doesn't that tell you something???



Donkey - Wednesday Apr 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 Okay, I'm going to be completely honest here and say that I'm really feeling the apathy creeping in.  I have no motivating reason to go to work,  even though there's good work to be done. 

I realized that this apathy is the reason why paying for online yoga classes works,  and using free online yoga doesn't work.  If there's no push,  I don't do it.   Making the monetary investment is enough to prompt me to start,  and once I get started,  I'm okay.  So something to think about,  if I'm going to sign up at the Other Yoga Studio for the month of May.  (I would sign up for a monthly pass. )

Tomorrow is the last day of the pushup challenge,  and I am thinking of starting a squat challenge for May.  I guess I'm taking this week off from weights, lol...

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/29/2020:
I do think that apathy is a good word to describe how moods are everywhere....We are weary....and stressed....and just plain bored and blah. Finding ways around it that work for you is the answer....and great that you discovered a way around it......run with it Donkey!!!!

Donkey on 04/30/2020:
I see this time as an opportunity. I think that's the main motivation to keep battling against the apathy.

WOOT! :-)


innerpeace on 04/29/2020:
Though you may feel apathy - i find your commitment inspiring. You have resilience and commitment. These are things I look for but have yet to find.

I will try a challenge for May! Have a good day.

Donkey on 04/30/2020:
Thank you!

It just occurred to me that it may be this encroaching apathy that I'm really tired of, and not so much the trying.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/29/2020:
Great idea on a squat challenge!

Speaking of squats, I haven’t done a lower body exercise in awhile so that should be good for me to do tonight thank you for the reminder !!!!

I totally get the apathy and I have also paid more for things that get me up and going. And perhaps you do like the pay classes maybe better than the free ones ?

Donkey on 04/30/2020:
I hadn't thought about the paid classes being better than the YouTube classes. That could be!

I'll talk more about my thoughts on a May challenge in my entry today. :-)



Donkey - Tuesday Apr 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Yesterday was so draining.  Even the anticipation of yoga vanished,  and I left the office exhausted.  We had a closing in our office that was strewn with technical problems,  and then,  in the end,  it didn't go through so we have to do it all over again tomorrow or Thursday.  It's bad enough having outsiders in the office, and then all for naught.  

When it came to doing yoga,  then,  it felt like another task to take care of rather than a relaxing reward.  It was a good session,  though,  with my daughter except that the cats kept acting up throughout the entire class. 

Throughout all of this,  I had that awful bloating.  I think it's the protein shakes,  so I'll skip that today.  My eating was good but I did have 2 Stoopwaffel cookies after yoga.  That's about 400 calories.  Oh well.

Did my push-ups. 

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

legcramps on 04/28/2020:
I understand completely how hard it is to relax after a hard day at work; you did your best so take some pride in the fact that, even though the day wasn't great, you still tried to spend time doing the things and being with the people that you love.

Donkey on 04/29/2020:
Yes. Thank you for saying this. It helped to read this, because I'm not sure I recognized this completely.


legcramps on 04/28/2020:
Oh, and now i've just read your comment to innerpeace about being tired of trying...apologies if i've just disgruntled you more with my comment! Unintended!

Donkey on 04/29/2020:
No worries! I know where you were coming from. That's why I appreciated your comment, because it feels like I'm tired of trying, too no avail, but perhaps I'm doing better with coping than I give myself credit for.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/28/2020:
I know those stroopwaffles !

Well I’m glad you did the yoga and I know what you mean by it sometimes feeling like a standard task and not a totally free minded relaxation! But there’s benefits to that yoga :) muscles !

Wishing you a better day today - try not to take offense to people and things that you cannot change :)

Donkey on 04/29/2020:
Thank you! It's one of those "fake it till you make it" moments. I know that I always feel better after yoga, which motivates me to at least get started. Getting started is the hardest part.



Donkey - Monday Apr 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

It's 7:02 am and I've already reached my limit of patience with stupid.  So today may be a lower social media day.   Hopefully,  work will cooperate.  

I tried a bedtime yoga session last night.  It was the wrong session (painful to my back and the stretch wasn't a good stretch,  either).  Tonight is Yin yoga with the Studio owner,  so no need to look for another bedtime session until tomorrow. 

Did push-ups last night.  No weights because I had hip pain Sunday morning and decided best not to test my back.  Probably a good thing,  especially after the bad yoga session at night 

I've been feeling out of sorts this weekend,  with bloating.This morning is particularly uncomfortable.  No pain,  just bloat. The iron pills I take are hard on my GI system, sometimes more so than others.

Anyway,  I'm not going to let my morning get me down.  I'll just change my focus and make it a better day. 

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/27/2020:
Iron pills are known for that.....Miserable I'm sure. But happy that you will enjoy yin yoga tonight...something to look forward too....hope your day goes well.

Donkey on 04/28/2020:
Thank you! Strange thing, though, is that I actually dreaded the yoga, because it was one more thing to do. Of course, afterwards, I felt great, lol.

Perhaps I was too occupied, mentally, at work, to appreciate the yoga reward awaiting me.


Horn_of_plenty on 04/27/2020:
I’ve been out of sorts all week with this horrible leg pain only one sided of course - it’s def a bit of sciatica

I hope your Monday improved and if not, tomorrow will be better xo

Donkey on 04/28/2020:
Now THIS is the right spirit! :-)



Donkey - Sunday Apr 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Had a little struggle last night, but I still feel like I did ok.  I had an extra cookie after dinner, and was able to keep it at that.  And that's not so bad.  Bad would have been feeling like I had to finish the cookies, or go on to some other food, in a food fit.  No, I had an extra cookie and then I was done.

My right shoulder/arm/elbow/hand is very achy today.  I may have to switch my push-ups to wall push-ups tonight.  Wall push-ups don't aggravate my arm as much.  Yesterday, for weight training, I did shoulders and back.  Even though I used only 5 pound dumbbells for the shoulders, maybe that was too much.  I took some Aleve but I'm still in quite a bit of pain.

I also did some knitting last night - about a hour! - and I wonder if that's why I'm feeling this pain in my hand too.  It goes straight up the middle finger.  

I did a little reading last night, but I'm only in chapter 8 of a 30+ chapter book.  (Each chapter is about 3 pages long.)  I looked at the table of contents,though, and I think the next section may be more interesting, as it deals with suffering.  This first section is "principles" of yoga.  For example, one principle was to detach ourselves with the material and focus on the spiritual, or refocus from the external to the internal, if you will.  

My plan is to do lower body weights tonight.  I hope to enjoy some of the sunshine today, but it's  not quite warm enough to make it truly enjoyable.  But that's OK - I'll take what I can get :-)

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!


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