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Donkey - Monday Jan 03, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

Good morning! And thus starts the new year reality.  I mentioned to Husband that it may be the realization that we'll have no long weekends for a while that's bringing me down. He suggested leaving early once a month on Fridays.  Unfortunately, doing that isn't very condusive to happy Mondays, but it's something to keep in mind for sure.  

 "Healthy body, healthy mind.  100% focused going into this new year.  The world is not like we once knew it.  Many challenges ahead for each and everyone of us!"

^THIS is what I needed to hear after writing yesterday's entry.  I wish that I had felt it and written it; this is what has been lacking in me last week, as we were approaching the new year.  So, I'm glad that the guy who wrote this, shared it on Facebook, because I needed this.  Written by a chap in the UK, and they've had their share of troubles too.  If I can't feel it, I can at least hear/read it and repeat it to myself.  When you're your own coach, sometimes you have to borrow from others.

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/03/2022:
Maybe the answer to that is to take Mondays off...LOL We will keep putting one foot in front of the other no matter what the future brings...we will adjust.....That is what we do!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/03/2022:
i agree with Bear...or take a midweek or Thursday off so you can come back and do what you are able to friday; and then go into the weekend just like that....

today at my job, another one has covid in my trailer. :( an older man, around 60, and not great health. he did get the J&J. I will be listening to others to hear how he is doing. nobody has said much today.

oh yeah, we can't run around without listening and learning from others, re the UK guy <3 same here! i learn from all of you here.

Donkey - Sunday Jan 02, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

We fared well with the Big Snow, by keeping up with the shoveling.  Now the frigid temperatures set in.  I'm kind of sad that the holidays are coming to an end.  I don't even know when the next long weekend will  be for me at work. I'm leaving my outdoor string of Christmas lights up and lit (at night) until Epiphany (aka Three Kings) which is January 6th.  The lights look pretty at night against the snow.

Eating went well yesterday.  I did finish the last slice of raisin sourdough bread from my mom.  It would have been better, of course, to skip it altogether, but it had the right amount of carbs and sweetness to satisfy; it's not really a sweet bread, but the raisins and cinnamon make it seem so.

I just came in from shoveling the driveway, so that I could go to the gym, and it's snowing again.  This is supposed to be a brief snow, but I don't want to be out driving in any snow if I can avoid it.  So the gym will have to wait.  That's OK, because it has to be.

If I can confess something here:  I'm not feeling all that enthused about 2022.  It's feeling like "2020 II, the Sequel:  Here We Go Again".  I don't have any real goals for myself other than to cut the fat.  What a boring goal.  I mean, it's a great goal - everyone loves a Cinderella story - but the work in itself is boring.  

Speaking of Cinderella stories though, I've taken full length body pictures on 12/31 as a starting reference point.  I haven't thought it through if I will take monthly pictures. I'm not very tech savvy with my phone, so getting these shots was difficult for me to do, but I have them. I have to say that I was quite dismayed by my rear view.  Not so much the butt, but the back of the thighs, knees, calves & cankles.  Let's just say there is much to be improved...

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/02/2022:
I totally agree...I also think that 2022 is just 2020 again......and I actually think that we will never again see life as we knew it...little did we know then...but we know now that it has all changed.....I believe that it has gone too far to fix and return...the damage has been done......but bending, adjusting, reacclimating can be done......and to not lose hope that we can still be happy...no matter what our circumstances. Change is hard.....but it also gives us new things to focus on and new ways of doing things.......at the very least it should help us bring out some new creativity. Taking pictures along the way is a good idea.....but we are always our own worst critic so don't be too tough on yourself.

Donkey on 01/02/2022:
One thing that has changed for me is a huge awareness of germs out there. So I look at situations quite differently, now, and not really for the better.

I hate what this virus has done to all of us, directly and indirectly. But as you said, to remain flexible and resourceful will keep us resilient.

Now is not the time to be down on myself about so-called vanity imperfections. I'm healthy and that's what's important.

Maria7 on 01/02/2022:
Hoping you are having a good day. Sounds like you already had a good workout shoveling snow.

Donkey on 01/02/2022:
It was a quiet day, which I chose deliberately, opting not to go to the gym, but to stay home, where I love to be the most. I was grateful to have time to work on the latest puzzle, have a healthy lunch, and some cuddle time with my Baby Kitty.

Jacky82020 on 01/02/2022:
I would have asked Matt to take my pics, if I wanted any, that is.

Thanks so much got recommendations Aldi for the protein bars. Amazing all they had!

Donkey on 01/02/2022:
I'm so glad that suggestion helped!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2022:
You are right. 2022 will not be everything new. Some things are continuing from previous years, like Covid. So you have a goal to cut fat; like other years. Except this year it's less than previous years. Nothing is exactly the same; and only some things will be new. As people get older, life can be more and more of the same; but special things along the way and celebrations, for example, are worth celebrating.

I do agree with Bear, please don't be your worst critic. You know the spots on your body you'd rather trade in for someone else's...but they are yours and you can only work on yours and also be thankful you can work on yours. I do understand and I can relate in my own way to what you are saying. On the other hand, you may be taking your job/work anxiety and pushing it to something you want to control more like your weight/body.

Back to 2022...it could end up being very different (or maybe not) in terms of your work and other unrelated things too.

Not everything in life is exciting, i do agree. and if you do not have something so new for 2022 to think about; that is OK too.

for example, i started to think i wanted to go back to school as you know...i'm glad you all left comments and that i changed my mind. i see that life may get more complicated at times at my current job and that time is ticking fast until the courts tests...and i now see there's a lot more free review information online that i need to do...

what i'm trying to say is, things will come up. all because its Jan 1 or 2 doesn't mean you need to automatically set how the rest of the year will go.

perhaps one reason you do not want to is beacuse you aren't sure how it will go? or perhaps, that's just me teasing you (tho not to upset you, but i realize this comment is a little naughty of me - regarding your work and not knowing / knowing if it will mostly be the same all year, which is may or may not). of course, the paycheck is an important part of that, not to forget!

with the snow, maybe that is what brought your mood down? shoveling is never fun, though it is exercise...but i tend to have a massive appetite after shoveling too....hopefully you have some healthy stuff around too ;)

wishing you happiness. all because you aren't making changes now doesn't mean that everything will stay the same forever. perhaps it is not time yet to make big changes.

Donkey on 01/02/2022:
Yes. It was 2 things that kind of deflated my balloon. First was the realization that work will change. This was further squashed by the 2nd, which was the cold weather.

Things have changed, things are always changing. I had thought that I had done well to adapt to COVID conditions, only to recently realize that I have changed a lot more than I initially realized. This too saddened me, maybe because it meant too much change.

You're right, though. So I don't have big ambitions or goals on Day 1. SO WHAT?

Thank you for reminding me that it doesn't have to Halen on Day 1. Perhaps this will be a Renaissance year where I explore things I haven't tried or known before.

Donkey on 01/02/2022:
Should be "happen", not Halen. Stupid phone!

Donkey - Saturday Jan 01, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

Happy New Year!!!  I had written an entry earlier today, but I guess either the site went down or my login expired, because I got a message that the server wasn't working or communicating.  Something about "tomcat" too.  I guess it just wasn't meant to be, so I'm trying again.

If you are in the US, and hearing about a big winter storm in the Chicagoland area, you can say to yourself, "Donkey is living in the middle of that."  Yes, I've already been out to shovel once, and the snowfall is picking up.  Most of the snow will come tonight, after I am in bed, so no early gym for me tomorrow, most likely, and that's OK because I went yesterday and Friday.  I might go tomorrow afternoon, once we're dug out (or snowblowed out).

My weight went up again this week, and no surprised, as eating both at home and at work was not ideal.  This week was a very good example of how you cannot out-train a bad diet.  It is time for me to make peace with food.

Goals 2022:

  • Optimal rest - striving for a bedtime of 9:30pm.
  • Reach & maintain a weight 127-128
  • Seek happiness & joy:  laugh at least once a day or find a warm fuzzy to embrace in my heart
  • Seek peace:  pray & practice meditation

This will be a year of change, and I tend to cope with change by eating.  If nothing else changes - and of course there will be OTHER changes -  I know that my work environment WILL change, once Mistakes Girl leaves for maternity leave.  I am getting signs that she will most likely not come back; I have no expectation that she will do so.  This will be a huge change to the dynamics at work, and everything will be different in her absence, be it temporary or permanent.

It will be an interesting 2022!

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 01/01/2022:
Love your goals! Smile! I hope you and yours are okay with the storm and that your power stays on. Don't feel alone in having indulged over the holidays. I did, too and am up in weight but we can get it back down. We've done it before! Smile! Take care and happy new year!

bearcountrygg on 01/01/2022:
Love the goals......Oh the storm.....wonder if we will be getting that one after it passes through your area. I tried to get in here once today too and just got a blank white page...must have been around the same time....wonder what TomCat is.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/02/2022:
Hi Donk! I noticed DD was down for a little also; but it was revived shortly after bc i was posting allllll dayyyy long, so i know!

I expect an update from you on the storm :) Hopefully it isn't too bad?

Here in NYC, it's been a rainy weekend. Temps nice. around 50F!

That's a good goal to make peace with food. There's always bumps in the road, but we can work on that and smooth many of them out.

Your 2022 goals are so great because they are mainly for lifelong health and happiness. they are reminders to keep the positive spirit alive and aim to think on the positive side of things no matter the challenges. That will be a challenge for you this year...but also, your work situation, it may just stay in flux all year still....and that's ok too!...i'm saying you may work at your company all year this year!, time will tell...

Even though it's def a year of more change and you have coped by eating, you have more tools in place now, like i always tell you, along with the gym and other hobbies that take you away from food 24/7. You have changed some of your habits for the better and you can only be a better you to come.

Donkey - Friday Dec 31, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Goals 2021 Wrap-Up:

I decided that the recap needed its own post.  Here are the goals that I posted January 1st:

Starting Weight: 146.5

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.

What I accomplished:
Last weigh-in:  137.0  
  • Incorporated weight-training into my weekly routine 4x a week -- this is the one I'm most excited about, because I never thought it would happen.  Wow!  This has really made a HUGE difference in everything I do and how I feel.  Game-changer 100%.  I never ever thought I'd get to this point.


  • Reached goal weight of 135 --- and then I gained back those 2 pounds, so that I didn't *quite* end up at goal.  However, I'm confident that I will be down to 135 soon enough.
  • Did start a gratitude journal, which I was pretty diligent about but fell off in the month of December
  • Read a few books and managed to finish at least 2 of them.
  • Didn't use the treadmill until just recently, because of the Garmin tracker

Yoga suffered greatly this year.  This was not a good year for yoga.  However, meditation has made its way into my life, and that's a positive.

All in all, not too bad.  It was a very interesting year.



Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/31/2021:
I think of all of them you achieved the most important one and made good headway on the others. I do believe in meditation!!!!

Donkey on 01/01/2022:
Horn mentions the meditation below, too, and I realized that I am not giving myself enough credit for this step. It is hugely beneficial to me, and much more versatile to do. You can't do yoga in a car, but you can meditate (as long as you're not the one driving, LOL!), as an example.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2021:
I went back and wrote comments on all your entries that i had missed. you don't need to comment back tho bc i don't want to miss any replies as i would forget to scroll down again.

Happy New Year's Eve / Happy New Year!

I see you are back to monthly goals and that the weekly December goals was just like you said - for December only.

You went from disliking weights to enjoying them in your routine, how wonderful! They do pay off after like a year of doing them, right!? I mean, i think it took me a year of doing them initially to see any visual results! Nice job. Also, kudos on keeping your weight goal and mastering it! You did what you initially set out to do, even if it wasn't right away, you lost the weight and kept the majority of what you set out to lose off! way to go! I remind you here to look at this accomplishment and see you did it! You are so capable! :)

I like how you got into meditation, despite it not being a goal to start. It's great to be flexible and have new intentions pop up during the year that you initially didn't think to do.

Also, I guess the new watch will have you more on the treadmill -- just like I need to get more on the bike, so i'm not always using the same muscles for walking and i develop more of a cross-training which i think could be good for me, although i do like walking more!

Donkey on 01/01/2022:
The recap was for last January (2021)'s goals, not this month. But yes, I think I'm going back to monthly goals.

Maria7 on 01/01/2022:
Wishing you a happy new year.

Donkey on 01/01/2022:
Thank you!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/01/2022:
Yes, i noticed it was a recap of this past year and how you think you performed according to the original goals :)

Donkey - Friday Dec 31, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good-bye 2021 - I can't say it's been a great year, but I've enjoyed our adventures together and truly appreciate the learning experiences I've had this year.

Work was very boring, other than to say that it was a limited staff, with New Guy out with COVID and New Gal out with pending test results.  (Tested on Monday with still no results?  Re-tested on Tuesday, with still no results?)  I left at 3pm. 

I thought that the visit went very well.  My Daughter was kind of in a sour mood beforehand, but she perked up when my sister and BIL arrived.  That was nice.  And the Boyfriend was able to attend, arrive about 30 minutes after we started eating, but there was plenty of food left for him.  And I encouraged him to eat what he wanted - don't be afraid to finish it up - because we didn't need leftovers to put away.  I do like him.

I ate too many cookies and not enough fresh vegetables and fruit.  The good news is that now I have fresh vegetables and fruit to enjoy today.  Any leftover cookies, etc., will be put away in the freezer to be enjoyed at a later date, piecemeal.

Things to do today:

  • Gym - DONE
  • Nap
  • Read
  • Change out porch lights back to regular ho hum white - DONE
  • Work on recycling, etc., to put extra gift bags, wrapping, etc., in storage and break down boxes, etc. - DONE

I will recap my 2021 goals later today.

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/31/2021:
Happy to hear that your last celebration of the season went well....It's always nice when You like your kids friends.....Fresh veggies and fruit are a good way to start today!!!

Maria7 on 12/31/2021:
Fresh veggies and fruits sound very good! Glad you had a happy time with your family.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2021:
I have heard of people waiting up to 5 days for results on non-rapid tests but yes that's a long wait time

I kinda like how you say now you have the fresh veggies for today. I've been snacking on odds and ends today...with a goal to schedule my eating a little better tomorrow and/or go out for a walk :)...or bikeride indoors for a break. whatever the case, i'm encouraged to do cardio / movement tomorrow as well as a workout!

nice job on all those things to do so far today.

Donkey - Thursday Dec 30, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Small get-together with my sister and her husband tonight.  Leaving work at 3pm to get home and do some last-minute pick-up before they arrive.  We're not sure about the Boyfriend coming over.  He's feeling well enough to go to work, so he may or may not stop by after work.  Vegetable tray(s) and pizza, with cookies for dessert.  Please, no more food...

Had bad cramping yesterday and woke up at 2:31am (again) with cramps.  So sleeping was not the best.  Not the best start to any day, much less a day that ends with company. 

OK, I'll make a confession here and now:  Santa brought me a Garmin Venu 2 for Christmas.  I'm still trying to figure out all of the metrics.  The one major thing that I'm struggling with right now is getting Garmin to register 10,000 steps for the day.  UGH.  I know Jacky has discussed "fake steps" when riding the bike.  Fitbit registers the leg movements of pedaling as steps, but the Garmin does not.  I have taken to walking on my old treadmill to meet my steps.  Earlier this week, I went outside at night to get enough steps.  I don't move nearly enough at work lately.  IDK, it's different.  I guess I'm not doing as well as I thought I was doing.  Or maybe this push is what I need... Not sure. 

One very helpful tool that the Garmin has is the "body battery" that Happy writes about.  I don't seem to recharge to 100% -- more sleep would help that.  Also, I get mighty run-down around 3-4pm at around 34%.  So you can imagine that pushing through those evening workouts - whether it's bike, treadmill, weights - has been difficult.

Work has been OK.  Male Co-Worker is already making plans to rearrange the office spaces while the Boss is in Florida for January.  I will not be moving desks, but the small desk behind me might be getting a computer.

Apparently, the people they interviewed for Mistakes Girl's replacement do not speak fluent Spanish.  So back to square one on that one.  Also, Male Co-Worker has become quite vocal about New Gal not being the asset that we need her to be.  She has her own ways of doing things and is not flexible to adapt.  If she is corrected, then we're yelling at her.  Should be an interesting 2022 at the office as long as I'm there.

Tomorrow I will be recapping 2021 goals - I'm very excited about this!  Honestly, though, I don't have much in mind for 2022 yet, as far as specific things I want to achieve.

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 12/30/2021:
OOOOH... YAY!!! Garmin!!!! You have to turn on a bunch of features that are turned off by default to save battery life for best metrics.

Make sure you have turned on respiration, pulse oximeter, and periodically check VO2 Max via Garmin Connect app. It won't calculate it if you don't check it.

Also, best to charge it as soon as you wake up so that it doesn't track your wakeup time as REM sleep, and also, you need to keep it on for 2h before bed for accurate sleep tracking!

You have (that I don't)... Way better workouts (including animations) on the watch itself for the gym and out and about... Relaxation reminders, advanced sleep insights, 24x7 respiration rate, health snapshot, altimeter, gyroscope, ambient light

You don't have that I do... Recovery time, auto max HR, interval training... all of the automated training data that sets up workouts I can actually do without maxing out recovery time, audio prompts, basic outdoor recreation stuff...

The Connect app has the same features as Fitbit for connecting with friends.

Garmin doesn't count steps on a bike because it is meant to actually track cycling as an activity with all of the GPS and power data that goes with it. If you change the pedals on your exer cycle to power meter clips, it will track that. It uses intensity minutes and stress to track your Body Battery run down.

Your Body Battery will actually charge to 100% if you follow the instructions it gives you. It's amazing... literally saved my sanity and future.

Honestly if you made charging your body battery to 100 everyday as your only goal/priority, everything else would fall into place.

Donkey on 12/31/2021:
I tried to research the body battery issue - getting it to 100% - yesterday at work (very slow day), but I could not find instructions on how to do so, other than to rest and get at least 8 hours of sleep. That was not helpful.

But I like that you pointed out that if I made the 100% body battery my only ONLY goal, that this would be majorly significant in and of itself alone. I had not considered that, to be honest, as an option.

Donkey on 12/31/2021:
See my comment to Legs, but I thank you very much for letting me know about the pedals, as I was completely unaware of that option.

happy-1 on 12/30/2021:
And I'll connect with you on Facebook if you want to be my Garmin buddy, lol.

Donkey on 12/31/2021:
I'm not sure what this means, beyond connecting on FB. I'm not very techy - becoming ever more obvious to me as the days go on, I'm afraid :-( I guess what I'm asking is if there is a group, or did you mean just friending? I'm so confused (lol)...

happy-1 on 12/30/2021:
And I have the forerunner 245.. wish I had bought the Fenix 6 solar pro... Garmins last for a lot longer than the Fitbits... so maybe think about exchanging?

Compare here: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/catalog/product/compareResult.ep?compareProduct=707538&compareProduct=628939&compareProduct=702902

Donkey on 12/31/2021:
If I were a runner - heck even a walker - then maybe the Forerunner would have been for me. To be completely honest, this was Santa's doing, so I had very little input other than, Would you be willing to consider something other than a Fitbit...

happy-1 on 12/30/2021:
Someplace with electronics coverage?

Jacky82020 on 12/30/2021:
I’m relatively certain if you can remove the device & put it in a ankle strap as I do, you’ll get steps. My Fitbits all pop easily out to accommodate strap changes. They sell many gorgeous ones.

Donkey on 12/31/2021:
Probably or most likely. However, I think with the Garmin, I'm going to take a different approach and leave it on my wrist - at least for now. I like how it has been pushing me to get actual walking steps to reach 10,000.

My Alta Fitbit still works, so now I wear that around my ankle for most of the day. (I can do that in the winter and nobody thinks I'm under electronic confinement.) 10,000 walking/movement steps (Garmin) and 10,000 "biking" steps. I'm OK with that.

legcramps on 12/30/2021:
Your bike pedals, as happy noted, can be swapped out for power meters, though it may be costly (not sure) - then your garmin will track the workout!

Donkey on 12/31/2021:
I'm so glad that both of you suggested the bike pedals, as I had no idea that this was an option. I need to see if the Garmin can connect to the computerized Schwinn bike I have. The older, mechanical tension bike obviously can't sync, because there's no computer mechanism.

At this time, I am not ready to invest in pedals, but it sure is good to know that this is an option!!!!!

bearcountrygg on 12/30/2021:
I'm looking forward to hearing how you like the new Garmin.

Donkey on 12/31/2021:
I will! Right now, I'm getting used to all of the available metrics (information overload - ha ha), but I foresee that this could be very helpful in establishing goals in the future.

I'm still learning, and I'm not a very techy person, I'm afraid. All in my own time, I suppose.

Jacky82020 on 12/30/2021:
Donk,forgot to add many use ribbons etc to extend bracelet to go around ankle & move it back & forth to the arm.

Donkey on 12/31/2021:
Good point! Also, the wristband that I have is a lot longer than what I had for my Fitbit. It may be able to fit around my ankle in itself. I haven't tried it yet.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2021:
I see you get run down to 34% at 3-4pm but after dinner and such, maybe a little rest before working out, your body battery may go a little back up in the evening? or does it only go down until the next day starts?

remember, that more than any watch or exterior measurement, listening to your own body and mind in general is most important to your well being, in my opinion. a watch is good, but if it has you overdo or underdo because of the watch, then it will not be worth it.

if you like to bike, i would continue. do more walking if you want, but i wouldn't go crazy all at once to increase your steps...everything takes time and new habits or longer walks or more walks take time. In my opinion. but you changed watches, so the watch will be different from the other one, it seems, in terms of measurements. similarly, you could change scales. and the scales could be off from each other by two pounds. so if you wanted to weigh the same on one as you did on the other, you'd have to make long-term changes.

lol if you were looking for fluent spanish and your office was over here, that's a dime a dozen in my neck of the woods!

Donkey - Wednesday Dec 29, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Yesterday was my wedding anniversary, which is why I left at noon.  However, for many reasons, it was .... just kind of OK.  Not a great day.

New Gal has been exposed to COVID through her family members with whom she works with at the family jewelry business when she's not working at our office.  So she was out yesterday, waiting for her test results.  This FINALLY motivated Male Co-Worker and Mistakes Girl to start wearing masks at work.  However, as the day progressed, there was less and less staff, so as long as they are at their desks, they are isolated and socially distanced from others.  

So New Guy was out.  New Gal was out.  Nice Lady left at 11am because of the snow storm.  I left at noon, because it was my anniversary.

Husband picked me up because I don't have my car back.  $1200 to fix the car.  I should have it back by Thursday, but might be Friday.  That's fine.  I'm glad Husband did pick me up because my car does not handle well in the snow, and he's a much better driver than I am.  We passed 3 accidents on our way home.

So we didn't go out shooting like we had planned.  After a blase lunch, I got very tired, but decided to walk on my treadmill for my lunchtime walk.  Then we started a puzzle even though I really could have used a nap.  IDK, it was nice to work on the puzzle together.  Then we both went out to shovel.  It wasn't a lot but it was wet & heavy snow - perfect for a snowman!

I couldn't make up my mind about special dinner, and I sensed that Husband wanted to eat out, so we started out going to one restaurant and ended up going to a favorite restaurant further away  No one wearing masks, so Husband put his away.  I wore mine until the food came.  Our server was not wearing a mask and came quite close to us a few times.  Dinner was delicious, as we both got ribs.  Brought a lot of it home with us.

I still needed to get in about 1300 steps to reach goal, so I walked on the treadmill for a little bit, while some cat laundry was in the dryer.  Early bedtime after that.  No additional weights in the evening.  No bike ride.

It's tough to have a special day during the week, if one is working, and if the weather is bad.  *sigh*  I guess maybe I don't like winter as much as I thought I did.  At least it's very pretty outside, none of this dull gray & brown Illinois scenery.  Looks more like Wisconsin & Michigan now :-)

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/29/2021:
Happy Anniversary a day late........sounds like you had a nice dinner at least.......unforunately the weather can be a bummer sometimes. Seems like people are just getting infected and reinfected over and over again...in that case it will just become something that will become an illness that we never get rid of like a common cold or flu.....

Donkey on 12/30/2021:
Thank you! I think it would have been a better day all the way around if I had not been so tired. (PMS)

innerpeace on 12/31/2021:
We haven't had an inch of snow yet - this will probably cause us to have snow until the end of April - I hate that! Happy Anniversary - together time! Puzzles together that is the sweetest image in my mind.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2021:
Happy Belated Wedding Anniversary what a wonderful long-time commitment to celebrate. I cannot relate but at the same time i can with my own parents. It's truly wonderful to have another human supporting you in your adult years! :)

Your workplace sounds like my workplace on Wednesday / thursday of this week. Lots of folks out, either planned or unplanned vacation.

I heard on tv about chicago having it's first snowstorm.

I'm glad for your anniversary and enjoyable rib dinner, despite the weather and shoveling. it sounds like you got a LOT done.

Donkey - Tuesday Dec 28, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good morning!  Today is a very short day for me at work as I am leaving at noon (hopefully). 

The 2 hours I took off yesterday were spent taking my car to the mechanics and then riding home with Husband.  Oh I still had about an hour of "free" time, but didn't do much... rode my bike and watched TV.  Actually this was nice, because then, after dinner, I did some upper body weights (instead of riding my bike).  So I guess it paid off in the end. 

Today, I hope that Husband and I can go to the range to shoot and then maybe a nice early dinner.  However, we're getting the first snow storm today, so people will be driving like idiots.  Also, I have some picking up to do and wrapping gifts before my sister comes on Thursday.  I don't know, we might just end up starting a puzzle and ordering Chinese delivery.

So New Guy has COVID.  With his 5-day quarrantine, he'll be back on Thursday, to handle his closings, hopefully.  He said that he had a tickle in his throat, so he decided to take a test, which ended up positive.  He has/had no other symptoms.  This is why I've been wearing a mask at work pretty much all the time.  These attorneys go to closings and restaurants and parties, being exposed to all these germs.  They wear masks at the closings, but not at the other gatherings.  And Associate Attorney - restaurants, bowling, church, parties - no mask.  New Guy is probably right up there with him, except for the restaurants. 

Because of this, there was a lot of action at the office, since those who work on New Guy's files had to scramble to cover his closings and deadlines.  That's not me, because I'm not assigned to any of his files.  It was fun to watch.

Despite the shorter days this week, I don't anticipate going to the gym on any of them other than New Year's Eve which I have off. 

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
Nice to have a little taste of what it is like to not be at work during work hours ...LOL....Is your shooting range indoors? Around here they are outside for the most part......I'm surprised that this is your first snowstorm.....we have been having them for awhile now and I assumed you were too...but you are quite a bit south/west of us so Maybe it was just us. Nice for a change to watch the others scramble...maybe they will learn something....can only hope!

Donkey on 12/29/2021:
All 3 ranges in our area are indoors. This didn't happen though. The roads were too bad to venture out. Passed 3 accidents on my way home from work. I was grateful just to be home.

Jacky82020 on 12/28/2021:
I sure hope you & all those coworkers are vaxxed & boosted! We never go anywhere without N95 masks. Hardly anyone around here wearing masks.

Donkey on 12/29/2021:
Same here with no mask wearing but I do me, and they do them.

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2021:
It has been several weeks since I have been out in public.....and I wear a mask....and usually only about 10% of the people are wearing them.......I've had the first and second shots and not due for a few months for the booster but since even those who are vaxed are still getting it....I wear it...basically I figure now that it is 100% up to me to stay away from the germs......luckily it is easy enough for me......it is funny....for the years that I worked in a medical/24 hour walk in clinic....I never got sick other than a sinus infection...and there were people throwing up in the waste baskets..yet....no problems for me......now I really do not want to push my luck.

Donkey on 12/29/2021:
Many years ago, when Husband was having severe issues and we didn't know the cause of all of his pain and GI problems, we would end up in the ER or Urgent Care quite often. It seemed to never fail that after a visit there, I would come down with a really bad sinus infection / upper respiratory thing, which usually involved something that sounded like "smoker's cough" even though I don't smoke.

Maria7 on 12/28/2021:
Hope you have a good day.

Donkey on 12/29/2021:
For me, it was pretty good, but to be honest, it wasn't a great day, even with leaving at 12p noon.

The expense of my car problems loomed over me. The snow kept me at home. I was very tired, too, which was quite unusual. Anyway, good but not great. That's OK too.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2021:
well well, i'm glad you didn't need to also scramble over new guy's files.

girl that thought she was sick yesterday...IS SICK. she got a covid test today (and didn't come into work today). she was in my car, both of us masked, and i worked at the same table with her yesterday all day ugh....

i plan to get a test tomorrow or thursday after work.

Donkey on 12/29/2021:
I think that's a good idea... Can you get an at-home test, maybe?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2021:
they say to wait a few days after exposure, so that's why i am waiting. not good; hoping i get thru this.

at work, people are starting to wear masks, some of us. 3 are now out either on vacation for one, two of us 3 women now have covid leaving only myself as the only woman in the trailer. it is quite hilarious as they are quite nice to me...treating me pretty well aside from all their jokes that are only for fun but spewing all lunch today! :) i'm lucky right now..but omg my boss is quite intense sometimes with his jokes. my gosh. nothing bad, he just has a LOT of energy....

Donkey on 12/29/2021:
Finally yesterday, Male Co-Worker and Mistakes Girl started sort of wearing masks, below their noses. Where their desks are situated though, they are quite socially distanced, unless someone comes up to them and talks with them -- like the Boss who doesn't seem to be aware of the whole social distancing protocol. I'll write more about it today.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2021:
I am eager to hear how you spent the rest of your day.

it's ok to spend it relaxing, this extra time off, also.

glad you will hopefully be leaving at noon! :)

Donkey on 12/29/2021:
It was not the time off that I would have preferred. Still, it wasn't at work, so that's good --- although I might change my mind when I see how many emails are waiting for me.

Donkey - Monday Dec 27, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

A quick post, because today is an early day at work:  The Monday after a holiday weekend starts at 8:30am.  Plus, I started having some car problems over the weekend, so Husband is driving me to work today.  The engine starts to shake violently and make a bad knocking sound.  I'm guessing it's bad gas, but the "check engine" light came on yesterday on my way to the gym, and I can't be driving a car that is shaking uncontrollably down a 2-lane highway. 

 Oh my goodness, the gym was PACKED yesterday.  I don't know what the heck is going on.  Is everyone starting their 2022 resolutions early????  I can only hope that most of them are vaccinated.  

It was an OK day yesterday - got in a short nap even! - but it was kind of marred by dismay about the car problems.  Then, I had left something in my locker at the gym, so there was a mad scramble to remember where I had left it, did someone turn it in, when can we pick it up, etc.  

I woke up at 1:27am due to kitty problems.  Let's just say that the waterproof blanket Daughter got us for Christmas works. Darn Baby Kitty....

I'm hoping to leave at 3pm today. Needless to say, if we got in ANY contracts over the weekend, I will be SHOCKED.

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/27/2021:
That would be unusual to have home closings this week...I know back in my real estate days....it was a super quiet time....especially in a cold weather state.

Donkey on 12/28/2021:
The problem is that everyone wants to close on Thursday, and because it's the day before a holiday, closings stop at 2pm because they won't fund before the day is over, even though Thursday is just an ordinary day, if you think about it.

So you'd think that it would be slow, and it's a little slower, but it's a mad dash to the end of the month/year.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2021:
I wrote you back on your entry for yesterday; as i meant to but got very distracted yesterday.

I hope you will find out what is going on with your car and i'm really glad hubby drove you so you will not encounter any issues on the way or back home. sorry about this.

that is SO WEIRD the gym was packed. i guess everyone is HOME. nothing to do. less travels. perhaps this was their "go to" activity...i know it's usually not like that on holidays that i can remember?

I hope you are able to leave early.

what will you do about the car?

there are good deals this time of year i think...also used vehicles, but maybe your car can be fixed. what year is your car?

I also was up on and off last night; after my hours on end of sleeping all weekend LOL.

Donkey on 12/28/2021:
I couldn't comment too much on your comment, because I'll write more about it today. I dropped off the car at the mechanic's yesterday, so we should hear today what's wrong. Personally, I'd love to be a one-car family - just me and Mr. Donkey - but that would be a compromise to both of our freedoms. It would be an adjustment.

Jacky82020 on 12/28/2021:
Dang! Hate car problems. PITA

Donkey on 12/28/2021:
Total dark cloud hanging over everything. Seriously...

Donkey - Sunday Dec 26, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Good Sunday morning!!!  Happy Boxing Day!!!  (if you celebrate it)  I'm just glad to have the day off!

The boyfriend ended up not coming over, because he took a 2nd at-home test and tested positive.  He was able to find a clinic open on Christmas that would test him, and he tested negative.  So 2 negatives and a positive -- but he elected to stay home, I guess, just to be careful.  I found out that he's not vaccinated (a nutter).  UGH!!!  So NOW I'm very much not wanting him to come over on 12/30 (Thursday) to visit with us when my sister and her husband come over.  I know this would really upset my Daughter, who spends time with him, too...  I feel obligated to tell my sister that he's not vaccinated, so that they can make a decision for themselves, but I haven't done this yet.  I'm so torn over this, yet, logically, it should be a very black & white issue. 

Son called us and we were able to do a video chat.  He opened his gifts while we were on the video chat, and that was nice.  Then, he took himself out to dinner and went to see a movie.  

Dinner was good but it was sitting heavy.  I had a morning bike ride and and evening bike ride (to help dinner along), but no weights.  The gym is open today, so I'll be heading off there later.  Today is lower body weights.  I was doing so well with leg weights, but the last 2 times (for legs), I've had to decrease the weights and really struggled with completing sets.  I'm not sure what's going on with that.  My strength is in my legs, so what's that all about?  Well, it is what it is, and if I have to decrease the weights to be able to do the exercises, then so be it.

Watched football - Browns vs. Packers - and felt bad for InnerPeace because her team pretty much gave away the game (5 interceptions!).  Glad we weren't counting on watching the 7pm game, because that was on cable only, apparently, which we don't have.  That's OK. After the heartbreaker game, I was ready to do something else.  So I folded laundry and got ready for bed.  Ended up staying up too late, which is pretty much what I've been doing all week - not real good :-(

I have 11 hours of time off to take before the end of the year, so I'll be taking shorter days this upcoming week.  I do not want any of my vacation time to carry over into next year.  It ends up being a big paperwork hassle with the Boss' son in law, who does our payroll.  He doesn't automatically carry over unused time, so then I'd have to argue with him --- no, not up for it this year.  If I run out of time off, I'll just take it unpaid.  And who knows how much longer I'll be here anyways...  It's better to take more half-days rather than to take a few days completely off.  So that's what I'll do.

Also, I've helped calm my nerves about my blood tests in January by promising myself that if the results come back with a problem, that I will work to reverse what I can holistically (diet & nutrition) before I start taking prescribed meds.  I'm wondering if it's the collagen powder I put in my morning coffees at home?  Maybe too many Tums?  Fiber supplements?  Well, all of that has stopped until I can get retested. Anyway, it is comforting to know that I will not jump into taking (thyroid) medicines hastily.

I didn't do so well with my Week #3 goals for December - because it's Christmas, right?  (ugh...)

Week #4 Goals Re-Cap:

  • Bed by 9:30p - FAIL
  • No candy at work - DOUBLE FAIL

Week #5 Goals:

  • Go to bed by 9:30pm
  • No candy at work
  • Start reading library book (been putting this off)

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/26/2021:
Wow...Those tests results are so confusing....but I agree...he should stay away from everyone until he is over it. Hopefully your daughter doesn't get it. Time to buckle down now that Christmas is over with.....not 100% since we still want to live and enjoy some things....but within reason.......Next Christmas is a year away......we can do better now. It's a good time for some fresh new habits to begin........shake it up time!!!

Donkey on 12/26/2021:
I'm at that point where I'm so ready to get back on track. I got anniversary dinner and then the winter visit with Sister, et al. Oof! I had leftovers for lunch, and truly, I think I am done.

happy-1 on 12/26/2021:
With your husband's health issues it is a very black and white issue right now... He just needs to stay separate for a couple of weeks. Even if it isn't COVID, you don't want your husband to have to go to urgent care for the flu and get exposed.

I seriously wish I hadn't done the Moderna. I don't feel well and none of my stats have recovered.

See a naturopath. I had no idea how crap GPs are by comparison. It's not their fault... they are in clinical pathways that don't cover all the bases and their education is only as up to date as when they graduated.

Donkey on 12/26/2021:
It's funny you say that about Moderna, because my mom had a really bad reaction to the Pfizer. So bad (with both shots) that she is putting off getting the booster (which I understand but I don't agree with). I was thinking that if she got the Moderna booster, it wouldn't be so bad for her.

I like my GP alright, and I think she stays up on the research, but she's an MD, and they only know how to treat with drugs. I hope that nothing happens to change my opinion about my doctor.

Yes, we shall see...

innerpeace on 12/26/2021:
Thanks...Donkey - yeah it was definitely a self-inflicted wound!

Donkey on 12/27/2021:
It was just so frustrating, because I really wanted the Browns to win.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2021:
I'm sorry i didn't comment yesterday as i breezed thru most of your entry here yesterday but of course couldn't get myself to actually comment bc i was probably also trying to exercise LOL. so sorry, especially bc your entry had me smiling.

I enjoyed hearing about your son and how he spent the day including treating himself to a movie. I remember doing that a few times myself in the past, usually enjoying the films that way as i sometimes find it hard to watch movies at home, unless i'm with people. (kinda bc i don't even know what channel to go to for movies...i hardly watch anything besides talk shows/news/whatever is on without changing channels too often). i'm not picky when it comes to the tv....i should really figure it out so i can watch movies...LOL. anyways, happy for your son and more that you were all able to catch up!

I also love how you went to the gym! :) woohoo!! I took a lot of rest from weights over the weekend; came back decently strong with them Sunday. was also nice getting good amounts of cardio in most of the weekend!

nice job on your biking. i keep choosing to walk rather than bike; although i think biking at home would work diff muscles and possibly get my legs stronger to walk....(in the back of my head i always think "walking burns more calories and is harder....), but the bike has it's own benefits, surely!!!!

oh, i agree to take the shorter days. this will be very helpful way to spend those 11hrs. you can maybe do chair yoga or other exercise without rushing. you'll possibly be able to go to bed earlier / not rush. or enjoy a longer walk like in the sunshine instead of getting out later when it's dark!

Good goal to read your book. I'm trying to finish mine. The intro, prologue, and anything but my book are better than how the book is written. I actually have enjoyed everything but the book; but i still think it's a useful book, so i am not ready to put it to bed yet / choose another.

Donkey on 12/28/2021:
Thank you!!! I'll write a little bit more on my shorter day off yesterday, but there's not much to say, since those extra 2 hours were swallowed up by the mundane.

I love taking the shorter days, but I'm a little worried about what I'll be walking into this morning. Actually, not really, since I'm still in denial. It will hit me at 9:01am, LOL.

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