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Donkey - Friday Apr 24, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

What can I say about yesterday?   Illinois has extended our shelter- down for one more month, through May 30th.  I'm ok with that.  Masks will be mandatory.  I'm ok with that.  Mistakes Girl is making cloth masks.  I've asked for 2 or 3, if she's willing.  In the meantime,  we have 3 masks here,  2 disposable and 1 no-sew.

I fought a good fight with food and WON.  Twice I caught myself going towards cookies, once at work and once after dinner,  and STOPPED myself.  NOT EASY.

The thing is,  this is an ongoing battle.  I was victorious yesterday,  but I will be confronted with this challenge again,  often, and it will still be a struggle to win.  And I may not always win - I'm sure of that. 

All I do at work these days is nag.  The constant chasing after lenders to have the loans ready is wearing thin on my nerves.  It gets old really quick. This nagging gets me cross, crabby.  Nagging all day long is NOT a pleasant feeling ,  not how I want to live my life!

The office was treated to lunch yesterday,  and I had half a sandwich, plus vegetables that I brought from home.   I find that I do better when I have some carbs.   I've also started having oatmeal for breakfast,  and that is working well too ,  as it seems to hold my hunger away longer. 

Finally,  I've started having a protein shake at home before I go to work so that I'm not so hungry when it's time for oatmeal.  We'll see how that goes for a week or two ,  and then reevaluate. 

Fast-Slow yoga was much needed,  and my balancing was good for most of the session,  but I had trouble with left and right coordination.  Yoga is about balance.  What is done on the left must be done on the right.  So I'll keep on trying!

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

Horn_of_plenty on 04/24/2020:
I just ordered some cotton masks on eBay for when I have to start commuting and possibly to use next fall / winter. Soooo overpriced :( but at least I have some.

I’m glad you are victorious today xo

Yes I’m finding the same with carbs now. I’m eating more of them and it has really diminished my cravings

I’m glad you are pursuing yoga and keeping with the activities important to you

legcramps on 04/24/2020:
I hear you about the nagging. I'm feeling that way too. Also, when I talk to BF at night I sort of vent a lot to him. It can't be good for the relationship!

bearcountrygg on 04/24/2020:
We just have some of the regular old dust masks...but haven't had to wear them yet..there is a pretty easy one to make with the large bandanna hankies and 2 pony tail holders to go over the ears....no sew even.

Donkey - Thursday Apr 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Running late this morning,  even though I went to bed relatively early last night. I need to sign up for tonight's yoga class, so I'll probably be late to work. 

I did well with eating last night,  for a change.  Did not eat all of my take-out dinner (Italian beef sandwich with cheese), added fresh vegetables,  had a piece of chocolate,  and then after my evening bike ride,  I enjoyed half a cookie, so about 100 calories.  This is HUGE for me because I'm usually seen all or nothing person,  and member of the Clean Plate Club.  I can have the other half tonight or whenever. 

I decided to start eating more in the mornings,  to balance our calorie intake.  I hope that will help with  that edgy after dinner feeling. 

One thing that's been helping is telling myself,  at night,  Go to bed,  if I still want to eat (whatever), I can have it in the morning. That's helped a lot.

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

innerpeace on 04/23/2020:
It's refreshing to have left overs.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/23/2020:
Good job on the half a cookie.

For me being home I’m allowing a lot of carbs and letting my eating be quite different from when I was working . I’m not even eating lots of veggies now, but trying to get some veggie in daily

I also love leftovers mainly bc it saves me cooking !!! There was a vote on Facebook weather people like leftovers I was surprised how many people won’t eat them?!

Donkey - Wednesday Apr 22, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

So it's official.  I now know someone who has COVID-19.  One of our agents is sick.  How many showings did she have before she became symptomatic?

Today we have strangers (clients) coming to our office.  I will be wearing my mask and sanitizing the room after they leave. 

It looks like Illinois will be extending the shelter-down order into May, which sounds prudent to me.  I'm very interested to see how the states that are opening will do.  Georgia is opening up guns next week.  As much as I miss the gym,  I would not go at this time,  even if it means I'm paying dues.  Same goes for three yoga studio.

Enjoyed my evening bike ride and did my push-ups.  After dinner eating,  i.e. NOT eating after dinner,  went ok.  I had a price of chocolate and a cup of decaf.  I look forward to the same,  tonight. 

Today is supposed to be warm temperatures but rainy.  That's how it rolls in Illinois.  Oh well,  if it were really nice outside,  I'd want to be outside and not in my windowless office. So there's always a bright side. 

I have ambitions to develop a daily yoga practice. I felt so good after Monday night's session.  Just can't seem to fit it in. 

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

legcramps on 04/22/2020:
I agree that it would be prudent to continue the shelter-down, although I know that in Canada they are looking at opening up certain businesses as soon as next week. And if we think it's too soon for Canada to open up, I can't imagine what that might look like in the U.S.

I like that you want to start practicing yoga daily, although it might be more reasonable to check in daily instead; some days, your mindset may show the 'need' to practice more than other days. In my opinion, that's when it would benefit you the most! I'm definitely reaping the benefits of doing a quick routine in the morning :)

Donkey on 04/23/2020:
I've been encouraged to start a nightly yoga routine to help me sleep better. As I mentioned in my comment to you, it's all a matter of priorities.

I think I could benefit mentally by doing yoga in the morning, for sure.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2020:
Well..now that is scary! Good plan to counteract it all.....I for one will continue to stay quarantined for some time...no matter what the Gov says.....I think we will be fighting this for awhile and suspect there will be a jump in the numbers when things open up....stay safe.

Donkey on 04/23/2020:
This just affirmed to me that having our office front for locked is for a very good reason, even if the boss's daughter is suing patients on the first floor... and then comes up to get chocolate and talk of over 30 minutes. Grr...

Horn_of_plenty on 04/22/2020:
Sorry to hear one of the agents is sick!

We also had one day of warm temps and rain - it’s cold these couple weeks !

Donkey - Tuesday Apr 21, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 Yesterday,  work was just difficult.  I just realized that I have to get to work as early as possible for a particular file. Ugh...

I will say that doing Yin Yoga last night with the studio owner (and my daughter) really helped with the tension and soreness I was feeling all day in my upper back,  shoulders,  neck.  

Did ok with after dinner eating too. 

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

legcramps on 04/21/2020:
I've just been kind of doing my own thing with yoga lately; I took a couple of classes with our gym's yoga instructor, and learned enough moves that I just repeat them over and over ;). Maybe tomorrow morning I will look one up on you tube, or maybe our instructor has posted a new one that I can follow along with.

I really think yoga is so calming, and really sets the tone for the rest of my day. Yesterday I managed to stay calm the whole day LOL, which is saying a lot these days!

Thanks for your comment on my post yesterday. I'm glad you're 'ok' too. I guess, right now, that's the best we can hope for. And 'ok' is better than the alternative, right?

Now, if you could just give me some pointers about the after dinner eating...yikes, I was a bit of a wild animal last night.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2020:
I’m so glad that yesterday was a good day for you!!!!!i hope you were able to fix whatever it is you want to do at work today :)

Donkey - Monday Apr 20, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

It will be interesting to see if there are any new contracts today.  Sunday's weather was nice - not quite warm enough for me,  but not cold.  I can't imagine anyone wanting to buy or sell right now.  

My daughter took too long to eat the last piece of her birthday cake so I ate it last night.  I admit,  I was looking forward to it,  wasn't even trying to resist. Then, I had a couple of brownies.  I was feeling tired, sad,  lonely . 

Tonight is Yin Yoga, slow paced,  holding poses for an expanded period of time.  My daughter is home today,  so she will join me.  (This is on Zoom, through the yoga studio. )  So there's something to look forward to,  during the work day, to keto me moving forward. 

I will try to do better with eating today. 

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

innerpeace on 04/20/2020:
My neighbor's house has been on the market since middle of December. He thought he had a buyer in February, but that fell through and now he says we will have new neighbors May 1st. He was over all weekend, trying to get all of his crap out of the shed and garage. We will see.

We have a two day rule in our house. If it's still in the refrigerator after two days of being claimed it is NOW free game for DH to eat.

Enjoy your yoga!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2020:
Sorry Sunday was a struggle food wise but at least you are looking past it towards yoga :)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2020:
Sorry Sunday was a struggle food wise but at least you are looking past it towards yoga :)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/21/2020:
Sorry Sunday was a struggle food wise but at least you are looking past it towards yoga :)

Donkey - Sunday Apr 19, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Good morning!  It is sunny here this morning - what a blessing! - and warmer, because there is no breeze.  Well..... looking out the window, I see branches moving.  It's definitely NOT as cold-feeling as yesterday.  I hope to sit outside and enjoy my backyard for a bit today.  Perhaps I will bring out my knitting.

Speaking of which, I did knit a bit and read a little bit yesterday.  I also did a lot of laundry.  I will do floors today, after daughter goes to work...

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

abdab74 on 04/19/2020:
Thank you for your comment on my post! Although I try to be diligent about my water intake I definitely could do better some days. I love the idea of setting a timer.

I’m thankful you’re enjoying some sunshine! Happy Sunday!

Donkey on 04/20/2020:
You are most welcome!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/20/2020:
On cloudy days I’ve started to stay in more and house my home cardio exercise equipment. The sun is always nice to be outside with!

When you say clean floors, is this vacuuming or sweeping or both ?

Donkey on 04/20/2020:
MOPPING - which is very hard on my back.

Donkey - Saturday Apr 18, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Sunny here today - which is wonderful - but very windy and so the "warmer temperatures" don't feel very warm.  Definitely too cold to sit outside and enjoy coffee.

My stay-at-home routine was disrupted a bit this morning, because I took Baby Kitty to the vet.  This is the cat that has been Sick Kitty.  She's been having more accidents (it seems) outside of the box, so I wanted to make sure she didn't have a UTI.  Last time, we figured these accidents were part of the paralysis that came with the fungal infection, and so we let it go, and she ended up peeing blood.  Definitely did NOT want THAT to happen again. 

It was an interesting procedure for our appointment, with the social distancing and such.  Sad to say that I was the ONLY client that wore a mask.  People are so RUDE of other people - but I digress.  I dropped off the cat at the front door.  The tech came and got her and took her into the building.  I waited for a call from the vet in my car.  After the call, I spoke to the receptionist who processed my payment.  The tech met me at the door to drop off the cat (in her carrier).

Anyway, the good news is that kitty has no UTI - so she's just having accidents. Maybe I'm just more aware of it, or she just may be eating and drinking a little more, too. In June, we will have her retested for the fungus, to make sure she is all clear.

 I'm doing OK today.  I was afraid that the "stay at home" thing was starting to get to me, but I'm actually OK with this.  The only thing I miss is going to the library and the yoga studio, but I'm OK with giving this up NOW, if it means that we'll all be able to enjoy our freedome LATER.

I'm logging off now to go downstairs and do weights.  I'm about halfway done with laundry.  I would like to try to read and knit tonight, if possible.  

Sorry - one last thing:  speaking of laundry, Male Co-Worker's dryer caught on fire yesterday while he was at work!  I was on my walk, so I missed how this played out, but apparently, his wife called him, and he just got up from his desk and said, "I gotta go!"  (And considering how much pain he's in with his GI problem, this was not easy for him to do!)  Obviously, he did not come back to work but he sent us all pictures of the fire truck and his burned out dryer.  YIKES!  

So he and his wife, who lost her job and was home at the time of the fire, are staying at the Holiday Inn until they can get the smoke smell out of the house.  She has a LOT of anxieties, and he's in physical pain --- this is a hard time for them both. I know that if this happened to me, all I would want to do is to be able to go back home.  I hope that they are able to do that today or tomorrow at the latest.  Thankfully, it was just the dryer that had damage!

So see - it can always be worse!  

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

Horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2020:
It has been quite chilly here too but tomorrow is sunny and 60F and ricky and I are so excited to go take a walk :-)

Sorry to hear of kitty struggles ! I am so unfamiliar with vets and caring for bigger pets. If something were to happen with my guinea pigs I don’t know if I’d take them to vet - depends on the issue. I never had “vet pets,” only fish and hamsters growing up.

Now in nyc we must wear masks when in high volume areas like supermarkets

Wow that is a really unexpected problem to happen to male coworker I hope they can get back home soon and glad nobody is hurt !

Donkey - Friday Apr 17, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 A quick update this morning:

Yoga was fun last night, the Fast-Slow class.  It's not the same as being in the studio,  and the teacher mentioned that to me.  She didn't have to because I could feel it,  but I think that perhaps she was feeling the same "frustration" and wanted to connect with me on that.  I certainly hope I didn't project that feeling!  

Because yoga was at 6:15 pm - and we actually started at 610 pm - dinner was light.  I'm taking the rest of mine to work for a delicious lunch!  After yoga,  I had a cup of decaf coffee and a handful of walnuts.  That was enough. EXCELLENT!


I will resume weights on  Saturday. Did my push-ups and practiced my crow yoga pose.  I was able to balance seconds longer than the day before,  and I didn't fall on my head this time! (LOL)



Work is thinning out.  Male Co-Worker has nothing to do.  I realized that he's at work to get paid.  It doesn't matter if there's work to do or not.  We're an audience for the boss. 

Mistakes Girl is grabbing for any work that will keep her busy.  

I still have some work to do, but my file racks are thinning out because we're not getting many new contracts. 

We'll see what today brings,  besides a couple of inches of snow on the ground this morning!!

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

bearcountrygg on 04/17/2020:
I love that you are enjoying yoga so much....so gentle on the body yet so zen and good for muscles....I LOVE the peaceful aspects of it. I was listening to a video of a mystic a couple of days ago......he mentioned that a dr used to ask a fatigued patient if they play golf.....if they said no....then he told them to start......if they said yes...he told them to stop.....thinking about it...that is it in a nutshell.......if we are tired....then we need to decide...is it because of lack of movement...then move....if it is because of excessive movement...then stop.....perfection.

Donkey on 04/18/2020:
I bet it was relaxing to listen to that video!

I think yoga has helped bring an awareness for the need for balance to the forefront of my life. It's definitely a new practice for me, but that's OK. Gotta start somewhere, right? Just the awareness of the need for balance has been a game-changer for me.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/17/2020:
Great plan to have a few walnuts with coffee sounds satisfying !

Also proud of you for doing yoga which also strengthens muscles well

That’s awesome you still have work to do - stay safe it’s now a law in nyc to wear a face covering in crowded places like supermarkets. I’m glad .

Donkey on 04/18/2020:
I wish more people here would be wearing masks. I asked my husband to wear one when he went to the store yesterday.

Donkey - Thursday Apr 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Didn't sleep very well because I was paranoid about getting up early.  But when my alarm went off at 5:15 am, I got out of bed to start my day.   My early lead on the day was delayed slightly because I had to clean up after last night's cat fight.  Grrr...


Today starts the 2nd half of the month,  and of the 30 day challenge I'm supposed to be doing.  

  • Did better with weights until this week,  where I've been struggling. 
  • Brought yoga back into my life,  which is paramount.
  • Have not done well with eating moderately AT ALL.

So,  for this 2nd half, I will focus on the eating part.  More vegetables!  Less eating!

I had worked hard to break that "after dinner food fits" behavior,  and then came the birthday cake.  Well,  I had my last piece last night,  because there's only one (big) piece left,  and it's only right that this piece be my daughter's,  since it's her cake!  

Tonight I start to "detox" from after dinner eating again.  I do not mean to make light of addiction, but rather to relate my behavior to the same process of changing self-defeating habits.  Taking an "addiction" approach will help,  I think, with coping mechanisms:  exercising,  meditating,  praying,  avoiding dangerous situations,  i.e. the kitchen. 

I can do this.


This is not a time of adversity,  for me,  but rather an opportunity to appreciate my blessings, not a shut-down, but the opportunity to enrich myself and my immediate environment in a positive way. I think blessings can grow if we nurture them.


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

Horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2020:
I hope it wasn’t a bad cat fight ?? What happened ?its so sad when cats and dogs fight and they actually get very hurt.

With the veggies, lately I’m having a good amount at dinner time - one meal a day has veggies. And I’m using liquids and other things to fill me with the other meals.

I agree that the food battle is the same as any addiction battle and we have to find good coping mechanisms. The only difference is we need some food to live which complicates things !

That’s a good last paragraph :)

bearcountrygg on 04/16/2020:
In think that after dinner eating is the hardest habit of all to break.......and it is/was the one I beat myself up for the most. Now I usually have a cup of tea or coffee...and I'm satisfied with that usually. Sometimes a glass of water with crystal light type thing added if I'm craving sweets.....it seems like when ever I give into the evening food fit...for even one night...the next night...I have even more trouble with it.

Donkey - Wednesday Apr 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0


I just finished up a lovely yoga session with the studio owner!  It was nice to catch up with her.  I hope that the studio can survive the shelter- down,  but we both agree how necessary it is to do this. 

Now I am enjoying a delicious cup of decaf while I ride my bike.  No weights tonight, because I'd like to get to bed on time.  I am hoping to get an early start tomorrow,  getting out of bed when the alarm goes off. 

I think I'm going to work tomorrow as usual, rather than taking time off for morning yoga.  It's just easier that way,  I guess. I'm still busy enough during the day.  I ran out of work but decided to disinfect the office after the boss allowed his grandson upstairs!  He just doesn't get social distancing. 

I mean,  why make a BIG DEAL over not having Easter with your grandchildren if you're going to let them into the office!

I was plenty busy yesterday, while others seemed to struggle to find things to do.  Grr...

I signed up for online Yin Yoga tonight and Flow-Yin yoga tomorrow night with the Yoga Studio.  I haven't made up my mind yet about taking time off (again) tomorrow morning to attend Slow Yoga. It will depend on how work goes today.   I know Mistakes Girl would like that,  so that she has my emails to work on tomorrow. So I will also check with her before I go home today,  to see how her workload is. 

I did not do weights last night.  I just can't get myself to do biceps and triceps.  Fortunately,  push-ups cover that,  but it's not the same. 

I've been trying to achieve a crow pose.  Back in my grade school gym days,  it was called a tripod.  Essentially,  I am trying to balance my shins on my triceps.  Picture doing a handstand without the legs sticking straight up,  but rather,  bent,  balancing on the back of the arms.   I used to have no trouble with this when I was young.  Now,  the balance is a lot harder to achieve!

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

bearcountrygg on 04/15/2020:
A busy day goes by so fast though!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2020:
It’s good that you have work to do at work plus it can take your mind off this for awhile - off the pandemic.

This crow pose sounds very interesting .... I may have to try it !!!

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