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Donkey - Friday Jan 01, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 

I stayed up later than usual, saw the ball drop in NYC, but couldn't stay up much past that.  That's OK.  I slept in late, too, which was nice.  So far, I've mopped the basement floor and the main level, and did a load of cat laundry.  It has started to snow here, so I will be shoveling to keep up with the accumulation - still no gas for the mega snowblower that we spent $ on.  There is also a chance of icy mix in there too, so we'll see what the day brings.  "Shoveling is great exercise!"

I did NOT sign up for the online Beginner's Yoga series.  I was sorely tempted, and frankly, the main reason why I didn't sign up was because I forgot to do so.  I could have signed up at 10pm last night, but I thought that it would be better if I saved my money instead.  I signed up for a (free) 30-day Yoga Everyday Facebook group instead.  So I will be doing yoga later today - and I mustn't forget this!

I did NOT weigh in this morning, because my weigh-in days are Saturdays, and I'm sticking to that.  I do not have a concrete list of 2021 goals or January goals, but here are a few ideas that I'm floating around in my head:

  • January goal - daily yoga, even if it's only 10 minutes
  • January goal - use treadmill 2x a week --- I did well in December to use it 1x a week.  I think I can do better :-)
  • January goal - weight train 2x a week
  • 2021 goal - achieve maintenance goal weight of 135. 
  • 2021 goal - read 1 book a month
  • 2021 goal - write in journal at least 5 days a week.

I have daily water goals, of course, and Santa brought me a food scale, so I definitely plan to use that, to get a better idea on portion control. Husband ate the last of the Christmas cookies last night - after I had made a significant dent in them.  Finally, after I left work early - although later than I had planned to leave - I purchased more sugar-free gummies.  I did this because I think they will be helpful in curbing my sweet tooth after dinner.

I won't even go into the drama at work, and how I was much busier than I should have been, because of this drama - with a file, not with staff.  However, I want to say how PROUD I am of myself for being able to recognize the drama and step back from it, in order to deal with the transaction logically.  Once I was able to get and do what needed to be done to move forward, I did indulge our client and thanked them for being patient and working with a difficult opposing party and his difficult opposing attorney.  This made our agent happy, which makes me happy, too :-)

Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/01/2021:
The free FB yoga sounds good! I sometimes use a postal scale for food. Does pounds & kilograms Great 2021 goals! Gonna steal me a few. lol


grannyannie on 01/01/2021:
You've got good goals for 2021. My food scale can be changed to anything. But I use it as grams almost always.


Maria7 on 01/01/2021:
Our power went out before midnite last nite. Glad you got to watch the ball drop. Our power was back on this morning.


bearcountrygg on 01/01/2021:
Weighting and measuring food can be a real eye opened........I found out the hard way about peanut butter......High cal and a T is a lot less than what I used to think it was.....of course that wasn't on the scale....but 3 ounces of meat was more than I thought it was.


horn_of_plenty on 01/01/2021:
Great list of goals. Quite thorough abs motivational to all of us !!

So happy to hear of your successful actions at work !!!!


happy-1 on 01/02/2021:
I bought a baking scale for meal prep too... Somehow a double batch of pot roast only seems to yield 6 servings on keto?



Donkey - Thursday Dec 31, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

Happy New Year's Eve!!! 

I plan to work half a day, hopefully leaving at 1pm.  I don't have much on my task list to do, as I am waiting, for the most part, for other people to send me stuff.  So if other people aren't working, then there's not much for me to do.

The Boss' wife had a medical issue yesterday, and he was supposed to take her to the hospital last thing I heard.  I am pretty sure that he will be at work today, unless he's taking care of her at home.  She had some edema in her legs, and the doctor was afraid she might have a blood clot.  I personally think it's the beginning of heart failure, but that's just my hunch.


Daughter has plans for today, ending up with sleeping over at her girlfriend's house, so it will be just Husband and myself.  Husband is making a big pot of chili for tonight and tomorrow.

I still haven't joined the "Yoga for Beginners" online group.  I will need to sign up and pay today if I'm going to do it.  I also need to deposit a check today - was supposed to do it on 12/29.  Oh my procrastation is a real problem here.

Eating still remains a problem.  I did pretty well, BUT ate a lot of cookies - IDK maybe 9 of them?  They are gone now, and I feel that the remainder of the holiday desserts are either manageable or ignorable.  

I have not thought of goals for 2021 nor for January.  That's not a good sign, is it?

Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/31/2020:
I don't have any goals for 2021 either. I never do new year's resolutions.

Hope you get to go home early. Happy New Year!


bearcountrygg on 12/31/2020:
Probably my first year with no resolutions in the last 40 years....I will be Journaling and writing down what I eat but possibly not counting cals. But no resolutions like in the past......maybe I don't have anything I want to accomplish....I don't know....maybe you already have what you like too? I will say one thing....2020 has been such a mess that just going back to normal life would be nice but probably unlikely......


innerpeace on 12/31/2020:
Waiting on people is the WORST! Have a happy new year!


legcramps on 12/31/2020:
Enjoy your half day off today! Chili does sound very delicious... I haven't made a pot of chili in awhile - used to make this about once every two weeks and then had lots of leftovers!


Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2020:
whoa, hoping boss and his wife can rest up and she's getting better soon. seems she really is unwell, like you've mentioned.

do you have a phone banking app? those are the BEST for depositing checks (if they are made out to you - unless it's something for your workplace, lol).

you always think of goals...take your time and they may be more meaningful.

:)


Jacky82020 on 12/31/2020:
Wow, sad about the boss’s wife.. Is she elderly?

Donkey on 01/01/2021:
She's in her early 70's, but does not take care of herself at all. Part of that is because she had a stroke several years ago and just hasn't recovered well from that. I don't know if she has lost the cognitive ability to realize that she needs to make major changes in her life, or if she just doesn't want to change - like giving a big FU to life. Not sure.

Very overweight, smokes 2+ packs a day, no exercise (because she needs a knee replacement), etc.


Maria7 on 12/31/2020:
You know, with all the stress we all are under, it is fantastic we are all doing as well as we are and haven't gained MORE. Hope your Boss' Wife is okay. Take care and have a blessed day. Chili sounds good for this cold weather.



Donkey - Wednesday Dec 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

This eating must stop.  


We were expecting a snow storm yesterday.  Nice Lady left around 3:30p and the Boss left shortly after that,  to get home before the snow started. 

At 4p, I stepped out to take the UPS to the drop box next door and pick up our own mail. As I stepped out of our building, I saw, literally 3 flakes. By the time I had returned to the office, and used the bathroom,  the parking lot was already coated with snow.  So I left; it was around 4:15p. Drove home slowly,  but it was not bad,  yet. 

Shoveled when I got home and knew I'd have to shovel at least  one more time before bed. Came in to eat,  and ate way too much. Went out again and there were already a couple of more inches. It was heavy.  I was upset because we have an expensive,  obnoxious snowblower in the garage,  but no gas for it,  even though husband was home all day and knew it would snow. Unreal.


I woke up early so that I would have time to shovel,  but my daughter must have shoveled when she got home,  because the driveway is clear. I just need to shovel at the mouth,  where the plow has piled a foot or so of packed snow.  That will be hard. 

I'm still a little uncomfortable from all the eating last night. Not good. 

Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/30/2020:
Shoveling is great exercise. Or so I've heard. :) I had to scrape the windows on the car for my early trip to supermarket. Glad I put scraper where I could find it.

I don't think we are going to get away with no snow this winter (of course we aren't here in a normal year). This morning it was 0C/32F. Snow on mountaintops, but nothing else. And it's only partly cloudy so at least looks nice outside.


bearcountrygg on 12/30/2020:
We got the snow and it's still "arriving!"....Michigan girls know snow!


Jacky82020 on 12/30/2020:
We had 11 inches recently. More expected. They call us the snow belt, surrounds Lake Erie. Make the husband do the shoveling. Isn’t much really. We just drive over it and clear paths for the dogs and around the mailbox.


Maria7 on 12/30/2020:
Wow, I cannot imagine shoveling snow...sounds like a very cold, big job to do. We hardly ever get any snow here. When we do, it is very exciting and it usually is gone the next day. Hope you have a good day.


horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2020:
Well, unlike becoming sober, eating cannot stop, Donks!

Awww your daughter is sweet! Can you fill up a portable tank at the gas station for snowblower ? Does it take the same gas ? I hope you can get some! But so happy to hear daughter did some ! She sounds great !!!

You keep on...physical activity also ramps up my appetite - anything really- except with so much extra time to relax here, my appetite is seemingly quite satiated - we’ll see how that changes, hopefully soon, still haven’t got the address (it’s a field address not main company location) time, or exact name of who I’m working with! I texted to ask, no answer yet ! Not worried. Just keeping busy!


bearcountrygg on 12/30/2020:
I guess I should have said Midwest girls know snow.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2020:
haha...you know, i am not sure if Chicago is midwest...taking a look! wow...never realized Chicago was midwest...lol. now i do.



Donkey - Tuesday Dec 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

The past 2 days I've woken up later than I would like,  and so my posting time here is limited.  Sunday night,  I was up from about 1a - 3a, so when it was time to get up,  I was exhausted.  Last night,  went to bed later than usual, and got up an hour later than usual. 

Left work at 1p and came home to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I had lunch and then Mr. Donkey and I worked on a puzzle. Took a nap,  had Chinese,  I did yoga,  and then that was pretty much the end of the day. 

I asked if he wanted to eat at our restaurant,  but he was not comfortable doing that,  much to my relief.  Most restaurants are defying the shutdown,  but have "limited seating".  And some restaurants are just packing them in.  Unreal. 

Yoga helped "reset" my left hip.  I may have to do more yoga during the week,  to keep the pain from coming back. There are good videos on YouTube that focus on hips. 

Tired of eating but still get hungry.  And there are leftovers to plow through.  I'm feeling the extra pounds. 

Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/29/2020:
Happy anniversary! 25 is a biggie. Since our 20th in April was screwed up we are hoping to celebrate 21st if we've had both doses of vaccine by then.

We are on total lockdown here so no restaurants - I guess takeaway is okay. But no indoor seating.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
Seems I have the same wake-up issues! Not sure why. Just very uncomfortable also in bed. I've been waking up the past few nights at random hours and yes it leaves me tired and since i'm not working, i sleep in because of it...no good though!

Yum, Chinese! There's a lot of healthy chinese food out there! it still has ample veggies when you order right ;) ahh, you have me craving Chinese! wow. might order for dinner tonight.

yes, restaurants that have seating, on Long Island, not Queens (NYC not doing any open seating at restaurants at all, only takeout), LI restaurants tend to either follow or not follow the protocols. I saw one still packing them in a couple days ago after getting takeout. I'm glad the person i was with didn't want to eat in there either. I suggested we eat in his car, windows up, later told my parents i ate in his car and they were pissed! little did they know we didn't even where masks when i got together with this guy...oh well, not the smartest, but we were both under the impression we were both very covid-free and had been safe...lol, parents sent me home after i walked with my mom - they didn't want me breathing all over their house! lol.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
I wanted to wish you again a Happy 25th :) to you and your Hubby. wonderful. so glad you didn't work a full day and that you spent with him and with a nap too. wonderful.

oh, if you are into trying some kind of tai chi, mostly in a chair actually, i have a special access to limited people. i can connect you to the person who's setting it up...she's doing a series of 8 classes, i never tried, and i am thinking to try one session? it's mondays 6-7 and i'm not sure if i'd be home in time after going back to work (i don't even know the hours i'll be working...or the exact address!? and supposedly i start on the 4th!?)

but if you are interested, there's like 8 mondays that it'll take place, and you can even just try one class, $15 per person...maybe you hubby could be free since you'll both be using the same access to the class. if you have any interest, i can forward you the email / contacts. i just need your email.

try to incorporate large veggie sides in with the leftovers. lesson the size of the meats and starches and have extra veggies / salad...try that...or seltzers...i know it's so hard! :) I might have to do Chinese takeout...just veggies...and supplement maybe with what i have at home...maybe.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
wrote a lot about me ;) haha


bearcountrygg on 12/29/2020:
Happy Anniversary!!!! All restaurants here are closed except the McDonalds drive through.....1 has closed permanently...( owned by 2 women who started it just a couple of years ago)...another restaurant here had covid ( an employee)....I'm sad for all the people who have closed their businesses permanently....we haven't even eaten carryout since all this started.


innerpeace on 12/29/2020:
Happy Anniversary! I hope you enjoyed your time together. A big accomplishment!



Donkey - Sunday Dec 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

Had a very nice visit with my sister and her husband, and daughter's boyfriend.  I actually like this boyfriend quite a bit.  When the last boyfriend didn't work out, I actually grieved a bit, since I had already mentally adopted him into our family.  And, sadly, I can see myself doing this again with this boyfriend, too.  I had my doubts, but I noticed he kept saying things like, "Whe we do this again..." and "The next time...."  and IDK, that just melted away my cynicism.  Maybe those were just platitudes, but I thought it was so sweet.

I did well, I think, with the actual dinner, but unfortunately, my sister made some delicious Christmas cookies, and left the leftovers behind, so now even more cookies to eat through.  I know that I have extra pounds to lose, but I'm not going to be too hard on myself.  I've got all these leftovers, and this week is about bringing this awful year to an end.   

I'm feeling very anxious about the current state of things in the news.  I think I may need to take a media break.  However, this would do me no good.  I think the last 3 months or so, when I get home from work and settle down for dinner, Mr. Donkey starts rehashing the daily news events: "Can you believe this happened today?"  "Did you hear what (politician) said?"  We've been married for 25 years, and he picks now to get interested in news, politics, and current events.  There have been a few times where I've had to say, "I just can't deal with this now."

Anyway, back to things that I *CAN* control in my life, today I have laundry to fold and put away.  Also, I'd like to hop on my treadmill today, since that hasn't happened since last Sunday.  The birdfeeders need refilling, and I'm going to see if I can figure out how to set up the birdfeeder hook & clamp on the deck, to set up one of the birdfeeders I got for Christmas.  To be honest, I'm not sure I'm ambitious enough to tackle that one today. (ha ha)

Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/27/2020:
The news is totally scary........I can only watch a little of it now too. I think That is why I'm throwing myself into projects here at home more...it keeps my mind on other things.....Great that you like the new boyfriend....that's a good sign. But...I comletely agree...when we can't control the outside world....then taking control at home helps a lot!


Jacky82020 on 12/27/2020:
I’m getting covid fatigue and not following all the news., But not relaxing on any safety protocols.


grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
We watch far too much news (US mainly) but now we are watching less. No point. Just a lot of whining now. I plan to watch very little US news after the inauguration. Anyway, when I do watch it won't be tempting to kick the tv.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2020:
sounds like a sweet BF. that's nice :) so she picks nice ones!

i think you are smart not to be hard on yourself right now with cookies, eating. just do what you can.

the news is ultra-repetitive. i think i took like 1-2 weeks straight off it, came back to the same...hardly missed anything!

i hope you feel up to tackling the bird feeders and last bit of what you'd like to tackle soon xoxo



Donkey - Saturday Dec 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

 Good morning!  I'm surprised my weight isn't higher.  I can really feel these extra 5 pounds.  I'm hoping that some of this is bloat from salt and extra carbs and wine.  Just goes to prove that you cannot out-exercise a bad diet.  I stayed in bed an extra hour, debating whether or not I should weigh-in today.  I'm glad I did.  I can't tackle a problem if I don't know where to start.  

I've got a lot of cleaning to do today.  I've already mopped the basement floor, and my laundry is in various stages of drying.  There's still some cleaning up to do from Christmas present opening, too.  Picking up and mopping the main level are my next chores.  There is a lot to pick up!

I struggled a bit with sadness last night.  I thought having a glass of wine might help me relax, but instead, it seemed to make me feel even sadder.  

 

Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/26/2020:
I agree...a 5 pound gain is where I really notice it too.....But...it will get easier now with the main holidays over with. Wine can have that effect on me too.....UGH.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
relatively speaking, you are still doing well post holiday season!!!

yeah, red wine doesn't do a thing to help emotions...i is a lot of cals....when i go back to work, i'll have to see about possibly working on my diet...possibly subbing chips for rice...and thinking how to maintain energy better than ever ;) you are doing just fine...now that the holidays are over, you can work on you ;)

not sure about you, but when i have gained significant amounts of weight in the past, i didn't feel good with it on me...it did slow me down and tire me out...i'm sure if you feel that way, you will want to change...



Donkey - Friday Dec 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

Merry Christmas!!  Even if you don't celebrate, I wish you a happy, happy day!

I was able to leave work before 2pm, and if I hadn't wanted to take some of the leftover food home, I probably could have left closer to 1pm.  Believe it or not, of the less than 20 emails I received all day, 4 of them were crabby people!  One guy was FURIOUS with me: "Why are you emailing like it's 1998?  Call me on my phone like business is done."  Ha ha ha!

So I call him and his voice mailbox isn't set up!  What a dork!  Both my husband and my boss told me that I should have said to him, "Why isn't your voice mailbox set up like it's 1998?"  Anyway, he's a client of Associate Attorey, who LOVES to talk on the phone, so I'll leave the calling to him to do.  But honestly, UNREAL - on Christmas Eve.  WHATEVER.

The party at work was nice, although I ended up with a sandwich that was not my first choice.  I thought it was something else, but instead, it was just cheese.  I didn't think the margaritas were very strong (had 2), and I did have a bit of dessert.

I did OK with dinner last night, having only 2 cookies (approx. 120 calories), but this morning I did partake of the coffeecake that my husband bought.  I felt obligated to share the meal with him.  

I'm doing OK this morning, but it doesn't really feel like Christmas.  Maybe that's because of the lack of snow.  Or because we're still waiting for Daughter to wake up, so we haven't done gifts or anything. So I'm enjoying the quietness of the day, listening to Christmas music.  We'll be having Italian beef sandwichs, salad, and potato chips for our Christmas dinner.


MORNING EDIT:  Oh my goodness - I just saw a photo that Nice Lady took of me serving myself at the office party.  Wow, I definitely have a LOT of work to do next year.  YIKES...

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

bearcountrygg on 12/25/2020:
Photos are shocking aren't they??? Personally...I think they lie!! Merry Christmas Donkey!

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
I'd like to believe that... I'm not so sure.


grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
Photos tell the truth. I'm usually shocked when I see them of me.

Enjoy your day!

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
Isn't that the truth? I too am usually dismayed at photos of me.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
First, I'll comment on yesterday's entry, then later i'll comment today on your entry for today!

And really first, Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

I am sorry on the passing of your grandmother. I am sure she did live her fullest and best life.

I have such a hard time on emotional eating too. The only things that help are veggies that lately i just stuff in and don't even love anymore when i'm eating them (weird!), lots of low cal drinks, coffees, seltzers...

it's Christmas Day...enjoy it. Enjoy not having to get up to work tomorrow! (like is usually the case when Christmas falls during the week!) so crazy....

i'll write more later, again, I'm sorry on the passing of your grandmother.

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
Thank you...


Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
well, i don't celebrate, but it's been a very restful day, tell you that!

lol, that crabby guy that would rather have a phone call than an email...well isn't that what 1998 is!? haha...he's backwards!

can we see the photo of you at work!?!? i'm sure it's the cutest!

also, your dinner is a perfect dinner...it'd be very happy with it tonight! :)

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
It's not my photo - Nice Lady took it and posted it on her FB feed. I tried to send it to you in a PM. I'm not sure the download worked.


Maria7 on 12/25/2020:
Hoping you and your family are having a very blessed Christmas!

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
I'm truly grateful for all of my blessings.



Donkey - Thursday Dec 24, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 GET IT TOGETHER, DONKEY!

Ugh, struggled with food last night again,  with the desserts. Handful of cookies,  piece of spice cake,  slice of apple pie, and then another small piece. Total emotional eating.  Grandma passed yesterday morning...  Missing my son...  Cramps that would not stop... Completely lost my focus. 


But I'm ok now, and I will enjoy this Christmas Eve in its entirety. 


Christmas party at work, come home early.  Today would be a good day for the treadmill in the afternoon. 


Merry Christmas to all my DD friends!

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

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2020:
You know Donkey....Back around 1999...when I was going to weight watchers...and losing well.....there was a lady who sat in the back at every meeting......and she ALWAYS..every single meeting.....would say.....I lost weight over Christmas when everyone else gained...the leader seemed to have difficulty making her stop it.........so the leader once again...one week...asked how every one was doing SINCE the last meeting.....that threw that lady off...but she couldn't resist...she raised her hand again...and was called on as always...and once again...she said...I lost weight over Christmas when everyone else gained.......The leader was ready for her this time...and said Yes You Did BUT...Christmas was months ago and does anyone have anything to report for the last 7 days? The leader was finally sticking up for all that had gained over Christmas...( several months before).........for months that woman had been basically putting everyone else in the room down...and did it with a sneer on her face...and was finally put in her place......because we and the leader all knew that we had enjoyed holiday treats....and that woman probably ate lettuce for Christmas and it made her be and feel better than us...........and she never said that again.......because instead of feeling superior...now she felt some other kind of way...so she stopped bragging......and I never forgot it....now 20 years later...I think about it......we aren't robots...we live lives and we celebrate and we have no reason to be sad or ashamed or less than or guilty.....we need to just have fun sometimes and be happy about it.....so I say to you this morning that I'm glad you had that little food fit or snack or indulgence....because it was kind of fun and who says eating good tasty food is bad.....cake cookies and pie are AMAZING!!!! And you don't eat them every day or even every week.....and you can do that and it's okay. You had a sad and uncomfortable day.....and it's the holidays and there are lots of goodies around....there is no bad food.....sorry this is so long.

Donkey on 12/25/2020:
Oh my goodness, that lady! Ha ha ha ha - I guess it takes all kinds to make a world, doesn't it? I can just see the other members shifting uncomfortably in their chairs, rolling their eyes!


Jacky82020 on 12/24/2020:
Lol. So what did she do? Lose weight over the holidays & gain 20 pounds in January?


bearcountrygg on 12/24/2020:
I don't know because she never looked liked she lost any.......but she was sure making it known that she lost during the after Christmas weigh in.


grannyannie on 12/24/2020:
Don't worry about behaving right now. You've got enough to worry about.

Anyway, hope you can have a happy xmas.

Donkey on 12/25/2020:
Thank you! I'm right on course with feeling bloated and such. I imagine that after today, I will be very tired of eating.


happy-1 on 01/02/2021:
^LoL Jacky82020. She shopped the post-holiday sales and gained on the cheap, then paid extra to lose it again.



Donkey - Wednesday Dec 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Not a good day yesterday.  TOM is here, and yesterday was Cramp Day, so I didn't go home for lunch as I had planned to do all week. 

Then,  much worse, Husband received a call from his niece that his grandma has been in the hospital with COVID for the past 2 weeks,  and they were taking her off the oxygen,  etc., so if he wanted to say good-bye, he needed to FaceTime immediately. 

Well,  we have android phones so we can't FaceTime - that's an Apple iPhone thing.  So daughter had to come home to set up her iPad,  and Husband said goodbye. 

Needless to say, I didn't handle this well:  4 cookies,  1.5 piece of spice cake (single layered), and a dark mint chocolate candy. 

And it was hard to get up this morning,  knowing bad news awaits.  Bleah....

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

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2020:
((HUGS))....I'm sorry to hear about your sad news....How old is his grandma?

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
Grandma was 90, I believe. She passed away this morning, around 11am.


legcramps on 12/23/2020:
I am so sorry to hear of your sad news...hugs!

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
Thank you!


grannyannie on 12/23/2020:
So sorry for you and husband's loss. Hugs.

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
Thank you!


Jacky82020 on 12/23/2020:
So very sorry to hear that, Donkey. I watched a new episode of some medical drama recently & it focused on ppl in the hospital dying from covid, The nurses were holding these big iPads up to the patients so they could see their loved ones. Very sad & depressing.

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
I was still at work when Husband said good-bye. My daughter was here, and I believe she did say good-bye but did not converse otherwise.


grannyannie on 12/23/2020:
I did not get to say goodbye to my son.

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
I'm so sorry... (((hugs)))

Husband was very fortunate that the nurse took time from her schedule, to use her personal phone, to reach out to the family for this.

I can't imagine saying good-bye, and yet, I can't imagine not saying good-bye either.


Jacky82020 on 12/23/2020:
I am so sorry, Annie.

I know a cousin is no comparison to a child, but I didn’t even know my cousin was sick enough to die! It all happened so quickly. I miss her so much. She was 60 and there for me my entire life. Now she’s gone. Makes me so sad.

Did I mention my niece, an RN in her 20’s , got the vaccine in California? This is where my cousin died earlier this year. Think her cousin, my nephew, a police officer, got one too or will soon.


Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2020:
I'm sorry to hear about the Covid on hubby's side of family and that they are taking her off life support. that is very said news, I'm very sorry.

my nephew, 2 yrs old, got Covid at school! they don't wear masks at the school (teachers do). but somehow, teacher tested positive and i'm sure several kids now have it. my nephew and sister (his mom) were sent right home from my parents once it was known there was covid at the school...my dad has asthma and that would be terrible if he got it...fingers are crossed, everyone seems to be OK for now...

i hope you feel better too...cramps are the WORST.

soon it will be Christmas, time for some at-home time to rest up.



Donkey - Tuesday Dec 22, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

Good morning! I am practically all wrapped and ready for Christmas!  Whew!


Work.... oh Work,  what shall I do about you?  I can't believe we got 7 new contracts over the weekend! That is crazy!  That's typical of what we get in March,  not the week of Christmas!  So I will be busy next week,  but Mistakes Girl is busy this week,  opening up the files.  

I don't know how much of Monday I will be able to take off for my 25th wedding anniversary....


Yoga was very good. I explained to Jean what had happened over the weekend and the hip pain I was having. She made small adjustments to the session, and afterwards,  I felt as though my hips had been "reset".  I'm a little sore this morning,  but nothing more than the usual aches. 


The gym doesn't have group class right now,  because of COVID restrictions, but they have classes posted on YouTube, including the Basic class that never fit into my schedule,  when it was offered. I'm going to start doing these at home. 

Also, a local studio is offering a "yoga basics" package in January, a flat fee for 31 days of yoga,  whether it be a meditation,  Q & A, basic moves,  etc.  I'm thinking of getting that for myself.  Although I may be beyond that, my reasons are:

  • Get any questions answered,  especially the questions I don't even know I have!
  • Get fundamental explanations for poses. 
  • Establish 31 day yoga habit
  • Thinking this might open some doors for me in this journey.

IDK, maybe I'm being too self-indulgent.  There are things i could be doing at home on my own,  and I haven't. How is spending another $50 going to change things?


I did ok with eating, but did have 2 cookies after dinner. 

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

innerpeace on 12/22/2020:
Happy Anniversary! I hope you get some time to spend with your husband. Congratulations that is a major accomplishment - probably more than half your life.

Can we really be ready for Christmas?


grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
Happy anniversary to you and hubby!

Why would it be so busy this week? Strange!

Glad your hip is better.


Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
Happy anniversary! The 31day yoga may be worth it, ya never know. Good the hips’ better!!


bearcountrygg on 12/22/2020:
Happy Anniversary!!!It's okay to be self indulgent......we need to take care of ourselves in ways that are important to us!!! You work all day.....you NEED to do something that you enjoy too!!! Work is the vehicle that we do in order to have a life we love!!!


legcramps on 12/22/2020:
Spending another $50 will change things because it will keep you more accountable than you would be if you just decided to do these things at home. It's way easier to let it go when you are only accountable to yourself. At least this way, you will be accountable to a group or a leader, as well as to the money spent! I think it's a great idea!


Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
Just want to reinmd you - even if you don't love your work - you have those skills and should feel good that you have training in paralegal and you put it to good use because you work in the field. That's an accomplishment and a reason to feel good about your choices and decision to have gotten that paralegal training in the first place. i think it feels good to, when that is the case. when i go back to work, it will not be for something i was looking for, but something thru only networking and not personal to me. Totally different feelings and meaning than the work you do and why you do it.

I'm glad you'll spend your 25th with your hubby! how nice!

and that's so true...lots of those classes that community centers and gyms offer never fit into a working woman's schedule...ah, so be it...that's the give and take of being a working woman! i totally can relate ;) (relate from former experiences!). I think i've gotten to do everything and anything i ever thought of doing these past 9 months. what a refresher, huh!...but if i had a family, i'd have had to use my savings to pay for living...thankkfully that's not my case! whew!



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