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Donkey - Saturday Feb 20, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

 Good morning!  I'm glad I put my scale out last night, because otherwise, I'm not sure I would have remembered to weigh in today.  I had problems again getting a consistent number.  If I step on the scale on my right foot - with more stability and thus, more gingerly - I got 144.0.  If I stepped on the scale with my left foot, more clumsily, then I was getting 145.5, 146.0...  Finally, the last 2 step-ons the scale said 144.5 so that's what I'm going with.

That's essentialy the same as last week.  I verified this by taking the average of all weigh-ins, which came out to 144.8.  Darn, that's disappointing!

My husband is still having a lot of GI issues, so that is pretty much dominating my day, helping him manage his pain and symptoms, but that doesn't mean that I don't have a LOT to do today.  We got a new mattress yesterday, so there's all of that to clean up after.  Plus, the floors were in a state of decline since Monday, so those are getting mopped today.  Also, we have a primary ballot to vote on this weekend (early voting - election on Tuesday), and I'm dragging my whole family to vote out the current tax assessor.  This election just determines who will be on the ballot in April.

I'm afraid it won't be a very relaxing weekend for me, it seems.

I just finished my peanut butter breakfast wrap, and I'm already wanting lunch.  This is not a good sign.

I don't think I've been sleeping well at all this week.  Part of that might be the need for a new mattress.  Also, the stress of having a symptomatic husband in pain all the time has not been easy to live with.  Another problem, I ran out of melatonin, a herbal supplement to help me sleep, and while I didn't have visible problems falling asleep, I have woken up every day this week feeling EXHAUSTED.  Funny thing too, because for the most part, my Fitbit has said that I've been getting really good sleep scores.

Last night, when I went to the pharmacy to pick up husband's new prescription, I picked up more melatonin.  I took some last night, woke up exhausted.  But I'm  hoping that resuming the melatonin will help me get better sleep in the long run.

Things to do:

  • Mop main level
  • Mop basement floor
  • Cut up huge boxes from mattress
  • My laundry - wash & dry
  • My laundry - fold & put away
  • Cat laundry
  • Fill 4-5 birdfeeders - not easy, as I have to walk through deep snow to access them.
  • Treadmill
  • Upper body weights


Progress as of today: 42 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/20/2021:
Hope the hubby starts feeling better....one nice thing though...your treat the other day didn't really hurt anything.....and that's good.

Donkey on 02/20/2021:
I suppose that's the "half-full" glass way looking at it. Honestly, I hadn't considered that perspective at all.

This has sparked an idea for a new approach. I want to think about this today.

Jacky82020 on 02/20/2021:
Busy lady! I stepped off & on the Fitbit scale with all the same numbers. Betting I’ll see inconsistencies on the others & will try out of curiosity.

Can you vote by mail? We did in last year’s primary and general elections. The voting registrar just sent forms to be submitted if we wish to continue with the absentee ballots. Never liked standing in line at that big church down the road.

So sorry to hear about your husband. Chronic conditions are a bit*ch.

Donkey on 02/21/2021:
I felt like I was working far too hard and too much for my "day off".

I wasn't even aware that we have the election on Tuesday. It came up so quick! It would be too late to vote by mail for this one, since it's only 3 days away. This is the primary, for candidates to get onto the ballot for the general election in April.

Because this is a smaller election, it was very quick and easy.

bearcountrygg on 02/20/2021:
I don't know how true it is...but I've heard that if you lean back on your heels the scale reads lower....I tried it on mine and nothing changed though.

Donkey on 02/21/2021:
LOL - I'd probably fall backwards! I usually stand more on the outer rim of my feet. Maybe I'll try the heel thing - carefully!

grannyannie on 02/20/2021:
Poor hubby - hope he feels better!

Good plans for the day.

Donkey on 02/21/2021:
I got most of it done, actually! :-)

Donkey - Thursday Feb 18, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

Today was so "special" that it's getting 2 posts.  I'm so disappointed in myself today, with eating.  So I am putting this day behind me as soon as possible and going to bed early. 

The Boss brings in these damn pastries from the bakery  every freakin' week.  This week it was these HUGE peanut butter cookies, a chocolate chip coffee cake, and HUGE scones the size of my hand.  I had been doing well to resist but today, for some really strange reason, I caved in and had the chocolate scone.  I thought I'd just have a small piece and save the rest for later or tomorrow.  But one piece led to another and another and another.  Before I knew it, almost 3/4 of the scone was gone!  I threw away the rest, but the scone just sat heavy in my stomach. 

Scones have a lot of fat in them, plus the chocolate... IDK, I know what's done is done.  No sense in beating myself up about it, which is why I'm going to bed soon.  Just - darn it, I was doing so well this week, and then to go blow it on something so cheap and hollow like this. 

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/19/2021:
Don't beat yourself. We've all done it. I'm a pro at it!

Donkey on 02/19/2021:
I know... I'm just so disappointed in myself.

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2021:
I despise those huge pastries! always feel the smaller, the better, with pastries!

listen above to Granny annie also.

you can only do better by learning, over and over, from lower points. this can only help you.

Donkey on 02/19/2021:
Well now, there's truth in that. A learning experience. Yes, now that I think about it, I will take and use that. I agree!

horn_of_plenty on 02/19/2021:
how can you not know what reiterate means!!!!!!!!????

Donkey on 02/19/2021:
That's kind of what I was thinking too... oh well, the nice part about where I work is that you don't have to be particularly good at what you do or smart. (Most law firms are not like this.)

bearcountrygg on 02/19/2021:
You don't do that everyday....you got it out of your system....don't worry about it....we have all been there.

Donkey on 02/19/2021:
Thank you. This was very calming and reassuring to see, written out, and read.

thinkpositive on 02/20/2021:
That would be difficult for anyone to resist those pastries. Same for me- if I have a taste, I’m in for the whole thing whether it be cookie, cake, or pie!

Donkey - Thursday Feb 18, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

I didn't mention this but on Tuesday, the Boss left at 4:30p, and I decided right then and there that I was leaving at 4:45p - which I did!  I can't tell you what a difference that made. Not so much with the timing,  but mentally it was so refreshing to leave work behind a little early. I came home,  had a small glass of wine,  spoke with Husband as he finished up making dinner and we waited for Daughter together. Not rushed,  very relaxed. 

I must remember to tap the door frame at work when I leave. I wish it were that easy to leave work at work,  or to give up stress for Lent, but it is worth trying!

I hope that doesn't mean that I can't share work stories though.  Yesterday's stupid was when Mistakes Girl and Male Co-Worker didn't know what the word "reiterates" meant. 

I intended to do lower body weights last night but got caught up with my chores and forgot. By the time I realized this,  I was already upstairs,  ready to begin my bedtime routine.  So I will do weights tonight. 

It's OK because I stayed up too late looking at various manicures on Facebook marketplace, and woke up later and tired. 

Had 1/4 lemon bar last night,  no chocolate. Did well with eating. I can visibly tell that some of the bloat in my middle is gone. Much more comfortable too. 

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/18/2021:
Coworkers could have looked that word up on the computer.

Jacky82020 on 02/18/2021:
Hope you can leave a little early more often. Can make a big difference.

grannyannie on 02/18/2021:
Nice to get home early and relax!

I don't know how I managed to always do workouts at home or gym when I still worked! I guess it was just habit and that was the only time to do it. Now I can't even do it in the afternoon - has to be mornings.

Donkey - Wednesday Feb 17, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

I woke up early today, so I got up.  I woke up a few times, actually.  Once around 1:30am - too early.  Then around 3am - still too early.  At 4:45am, I decided this was late enough to get up.  That is why I have the benefit of having sufficient time to write and comment here - while typing on my laptop, nonetheless!

The only problem is that I got hungry too early, so I'm drinking a 2nd cup of coffee and typing here.  When I am done here, it should be late enough to have something to eat, so that hopefully I won't have to have a morning snack.

So my husband and I had words yesterday while shoveling in the morning.  I hate starting my work day like that.  My boss was being a little annoying with small talk - I hate small talk - so I said, in front of him and Associate Attorney, "Yeah, my husband and I had a BIG FIGHT this morning before I came to work, so this morning has been a struggle."   After that, they gave me a little space.  

However, some of the problems caused by the mistakes of others, started to really wear thin on my nerves, and I could feel the burden of all the negative energy I was feeling.  By 11:30am, I texted my husband, "Not to be negative, but there is a whole lot of stupid going on around here."  He replied, "It seems to be a national problem apparently."  HA HA HA!  After that, my day improved significantly.  

Since I didn't have to shovel last night, I had all this free time!  So I did upper body weights - triceps, biceps, and shoulders.  I felt great afterwards, that I had done that. We'll see how tonight goes, if I'm up for doing legs.  Usually that's not a problem for me.

I did well with drinking water and eating, limiting my dessert to 1 Hershey's Kiss -- although those lemon bars, as not-good as they are, were calling my name briefly.

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/17/2021:
I'm glad you guys had a laugh!!!! There is a whole lot of stupid going on everywhere! I'm impressed with the 1 Hershey's Kiss....D totally limits his to 2 and you guys rock. Work is important because it finances your life......Life is the most important though ...I'm really glad you and hubby cleared the air...don't forget to leave work at work this afternoon...touch that door frame on the way out!!!

grannyannie on 02/17/2021:
Good job on the muscle work.

I kept waking up last night as well, don't know why. I try to hold off having my porridge and berries until after 8am. But since we get up at 6 I sometimes am hungry - so had cereal this morning.

You are tough only having 1 Hersheys kiss!

Maria7 on 02/17/2021:
Yes, there IS a lot of stupid going on...more places than one. Smile!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2021:
let us know if you try different mixes in your coffee.

yeah, the thing about getting up early is...hungry hungry hungry for a longer portion of the 24hour period of a day...LOL...oh how i know!

i suppose sometimes getting the aggrivation out of your system by letting people know...is a good idea. without reading your entry until now, it seems that i took the same approach as you this AM with coworkers.


but now i see work didn't get better after that...

my boss has been odd at work...

when nobody is there but me and him, he jokes a lot.

when everyone is there, he jokes less with me...and talks to one guy more...i guess that's normal LOL now that i think about it.

wishing you a better day tomorrow. keep your head up!

Donkey - Tuesday Feb 16, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

I shoveled last night, and then I shoveled this morning.  Husband helped me this morning.  I don't think it's worth it to have his help because he is bossy and cross when I do things my way, and he has a completely different way of doing things.  He has no proper winter clothes either, because he's either too big now (boots, coat) or loses things (gloves) he's had. Many years ago, I bought him a good windbreaker that was a size 3X because his other jacket was getting too small.  It sat unworn in the closet for YEARS.  This weekend, he found it and is now wearing it because he has no other choice. He needs something that fits and that is warmer than just a fleece.  Nevermind that it's 5F outside.

Eating and drinking water is going OK, but I've fallen into the dessert trap again.  My husband bought lemon bars from Walmart. One bar has 400 calories!  So I've been having half a bar for dessert, Sunday and then yesterday.  That's still too much.  So no more lemon bars, and no more desserts other than a Hershey's Kiss.

Finally opened the vegan heavy cream substitute for my coffee.  It's delicious! (Silk brand) It's quite expensive.  I'm wondering if I could just use canned coconut milk or canned coconut cream (or a combo of the 2) in my coffee.  Cheaper, a little less in calories than the heavy whipping cream, more readily available in stores.

Yoga last night was wonderful!

Out of time to write & comment! Have a good day!


Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/16/2021:
400 calories for a lemon bar! Yikes.

Are you getting snow every day?

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
We were. It looks like the Wednesday and Thursday snows have been canceled. Lord, I hope so.

innerpeace on 02/16/2021:
I tried to shovel today - but the snow was so heavy. I did make a trail for my doggos to get outside. Just a note - I didn't think you comment was insensitive. I just didn't get around to making a post and replying. You are partly right. My husband and I have a bad sweet tooth, so much so we don't have things in the house, for the reason that we eat it until it is gone. So when he leaves or goes shopping I am always ask him to bring me something sweet. I eat it and it is gone. Only once in a blue moon does he bring me something without me asking first. He is a type II diabetic so again, we TRY not to eat sweets because I have documented struggle with my sugar numbers. Please don't think you were insensitive, even if I thought that, I would surely want someone to point that out and I thank you. Have a good day.

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
Ok, glad we're good. In that way, I see what you're doing, since it keeps sweets out of the house unless it's a special effort. That works.

horn_of_plenty on 02/16/2021:
hmmm, sounds like you do good shoveling without hub's added into the mix lol...seriously, tho!

half a lemon bar sounds ok to me. is it good?

GREAT idea to use a cheaper alternative to silk like canned coconut...smart of you...

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
I've been reading some recipes. I thought I would whip it up, but what I'm seeing is to heat the coconut milk or cream to condense it slightly. Then, I would use that condensed version as creamer. I'm going to give this a try, when my current stash gets a little lower.

Donkey on 02/17/2021:
Ya know, the lemon bar isn't THAT good to justify the calories, in my opinion.

Donkey - Monday Feb 15, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

 Yesterday was a quiet day. I spent most of it alone,  as husks was in a bad mood (pain), and I don't think I was helping, being around. 

The things I didn't do on Saturday were accomplished on Sunday:  treadmill (walking), upper body weights,  lower body weights. Did some cat laundry.  Mopped some floors.  Worked on the puzzle a lot - that was relaxing. Had thought about having a small glass of wine,  but never got to it. 

I kind of feel like I got shorted this weekend.  I need another weekend. 

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/15/2021:
Well done on your Sunday workout and chores.

Poor hubby. Hope he feels better.

What's your jigsaw? The one I'm working on now is a collage of various unusual doors and windows.

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
It's a huge photo of a ship with sails, like from the 1700's. I'm sure there's a word for that kind of ship.

Jacky82020 on 02/15/2021:
Are you off today?

I am bored because the stock market is closed. Have become quite the retailer investor during the last ten years or so. Read interesting article that the Big Boys made all the money on the recent Game store thing, not the little guys. They closely monitor retail (home) investors on Reddit and other forums, so are always one step if not lightyears ahead. Very interested how the news distorted the story to make it look like the little guys won. I preferred that version.

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
I was not off. The phones were quieter than usual, I would say, but I was still plenty busy.

bearcountrygg on 02/15/2021:
Hope today goes more like you want it and that your hubby feels better. Sometimes too much togetherness is too much...I get it!

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
We're kind of at that point right now.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2021:
I'm sorry you didn't have "in" on the president's day weekend! :(

you did great for your two days off...and i hope do have another 3day before my next 3day...

i shouldn't have one till at least end of March (i could prob fit one in if there's a jewish holiday), otherwise, i'll hold out to April and take off at least a couple days then since i will have been working lots since January and will take it for my sanity...if my days are back and available to me as April is when our new vacation year always starts...

i hope next weekend will be more relaxing for you, if that's what you need...otherwise, i wish you a 'fast' week as my friend and i say as a joke as it doesn't mean productive, just fast. although, i always include productive in my meaning of fast when i say "fast week"! :)

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
Had I taken yesterday off, I would have been overwhelmingly busy today. That is for sure.

Donkey - Sunday Feb 14, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

Not a good start to the day.  Woke up after my husband did, at 6:30am.  This is because I sabotaged myself last night by staying up too late (10:30pm).

Coffee machine broke.  It won't brew after turning it on.  I'm trying to run it through a clean cycle, so see if that will help reset the functions, even though the coffee pot did not indicate that it's ready for the cleaning cycle.  THANK GOODNESS I saved the old percolator coffee maker, so at least I don't have to go without.  It's *vital* that I have sufficient coffee.  Bad things happen when I don't have my coffee.

I didn't do weights yesterday.  I didn't walk on the treadmill yesterday.  I was feeling a heavy, fatigue feeling in my legs.  And I watched TV with Daughter instead of using the treadmill.  I'm not too disappointed in myself though because: (a) I can only do what I can do, and (b) I did go out and shovel twice.  

So I will do the treadmill today and or weight train.  I still need to write those checks, but since there's no mail tomorrow, I can actually get away with waiting one more day.  For less stress, though, I *should* do that today.

Not doing anything especial for Valentine's Day.  Husband is still having GI problems - this is part of the auto-immune disease - but as I mentioned in Annie's diary, perhaps we'll do the puzzle together.  I plan on opening a bottle of wine this afternoon or evening.

I was feeling very binge-y last night, but was able to stave it off with only 2 Hershey kisses.  Then I had probably too many sugar-free gummies.  Those aren't calorie-free, but they seem to help with those desperate sugar cravings.  Can't eat too many of those, though, because the malitol can cause painful, excess gas.  Knowing that ALWAYS helps keep my portions limited.  I do not plan to rely on these gummies forever, but for now, they are getting me through this winter, COVID, work, Husband, etc. 

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/14/2021:
You were right about the cat grass......!!! Yuck!!....made good use of the cleaner and paper towels for the last few days.....and it's tough on the carpet...!! Sounds like you had good control of the snacks.....artificial sweeteners are tough for me too......my worst ones are Fiber one bars...and anything made by Nutrisystem!!! Back quite awhile ago I ordered a months worth of nutrisystem...( can also get it at Walmart and Big Lot stores)...and i tried it for a couple of days....OMG.....That was never going to work!!! It is so full of fiber I couldn't stand myself!!!

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
I've been there. Those Fiber One bars are dangerous!

Jacky82020 on 02/14/2021:
What is malitol? A sugar substitute? I could never stop at 2 kisses unless there were only 2 in the house. Irresistible!

I tried Nutrisystem once from eBay. Hated it! Sold it back on eBay, so didn’t lose much money.

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
Yes, malitol is a sugar alcohol that the body doesn't digest. Causes gas if eaten in quantity. It doesn't take many gummies to start up the bloating and gas. A serving is 9 gummy bears. 15 starts problems. I try not to eat more than 10.

Maria7 on 02/14/2021:
Good you have got a treadmill...I miss mine sometimes...it caught on fire years ago and had to be taken off.

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
The treadmill was my mom's, before she moved to Nevada. Too big and heavy to move. Plus, she doesn't need it out there because the weather is much nicer. I would probably not buy one on my own.

grannyannie on 02/14/2021:
If I eat sugar free sweeties they act like a laxative because I can't eat just a couple of them. Werthers toffee is a fave but can't buy it.

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
Never have the laxative effect. EVER. That's a problem.

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2021:
I LOVE the end / middle of TOM when the bloat goes away! oh, that bloat can be SO BAD up until Tom starts!

The book you are reading about isolation sounds sooo good. Soon, i'll be reading Bankruptcy! haha...again, I appreciate all your feedback you gave me about the classes.

I hope your hubby is feeling better...

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
I didn't get a far in the book this weekend as I had hoped. Oh well...

Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2021:
that is why i like my instant coffee (though there is NO nice scent like brewed coffee...but it's so darn easy to make instant, lol)...good for my lazy bones!

yeah, depending on the brand of gummies things can go wrong. The Smart Sweets brand of gummies do not give me any ill-effects. other brands do. i currently have a few smart sweets left and a few of another brand that aren't as good, but that i will not waste.

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
Yes, there are better sugar free and low sugar gummies, but I did not want to spend a lot of money on this crutch.

Donkey - Saturday Feb 13, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

 Good morning!  The scale was so wonky this morning.  As you know, I weigh in 3 times, to make sure that the number is correct.  I couldn't get a consistent read-out.  I got 145.5 twice, then I got 144.5, then I got 143.5.  I went to the other scale that measures to the 0.2 lbs, and that weighed me in at 145.2.  That scale is usually 1.5 pounds heavier than the scale I normally use.  I went back to my regular scale and got 144.0.  So my weight might be a little lower than 145, but probably not.

I definitely feel less bloated.  I would attribute this to:

  • Drinking more water
  • Being on the end of TOM
  • Eating less

I'm glad about that, because the bloating was very uncomfortable.

It has been snowing since I got came downstairs at 6am.  I thought it was waning, and it would stop, but it seems to have picked up again, so I need to get out there and shovel, or it will be too heavy for me to lift and throw.

My husband is having painful GI problems today, so he cannot help at all.  Not even the snowblower, I don't think.  His pain has been dominating the morning. If it's impossible, I will ask my daughter to help shovel. 

I have my laundry drying right now, in anticipation that my daughter will do her laundry later today, once she wakes up.  Once again, she's put off doing her clothes, and she has a ton to wash and dry.

Today's list:

  • Upper body weights
  • Treadmill
  • My laundry - wash & dry
  • My laundry - fold & put away
  • Read book on isolation - the book I started last month about a man who was isolated for 2-3 months while being a winter caretaker for a summer cottage. (putting aside the meditation books for now)
  • Write checks to be mailed out on Tuesday.

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 02/13/2021:
Sorry to hear about your husband and hope he feels better soon.

You mean you weigh yourself 3 consecutive times? I only do one, first thing in the AM. I will see if it varies, now that you mention it.

My BP monitor can be set for 3 consecutive readings and does the average. Takes too long, so I no longer use it. Just do the one.

Donkey on 02/14/2021:
Yes, I weigh myself 3 times. You'd be surprised at how many fluctuations I get in numbers. I either take the majority or an average.

grannyannie on 02/13/2021:
Sorry about husband - hope he feels better soon.

Good plans for today.

I am now keeping the scale in my bathroom and I get on it naked first thing in the morning. I move it once to a different area of the floor to confirm the number. Almost always the same.

Donkey on 02/14/2021:
And putting the scale on carpet will influence the numbers too.

Donkey - Friday Feb 12, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 Thank goodness today is Friday. That thought was about the only thing that got me through yesterday. 

As I was falling asleep last night, the lead story on the news was that it was snowing outside again,  which means shoveling for me this morning. GRRR! I turned off the TV, and as I was actually drifting off to sleep,  I heard the snowplow in our cul-de-sac. So once I finish my bike ride,  I'll go out and shovel. I should have a good step count on my Fitbit at least. 

Weigh-in tomorrow,  so I hope I can hold it together with eating until then. Still drinking lots of water. 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 02/12/2021:
Snow and more snow! Forgot where you live, the Chicago area?

I seriously need to drink more water. But I like coffee, iced tea & a few soft drinks.

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
Chicago suburbs, up near the Wisconsin border, sort of.

It's hard for me to drink straight water, so I often have herbal tea, carbonated water, and sugar-free flavor packets (some which have vitamin C). Yes, it's REALLY hard.

bearcountrygg on 02/12/2021:
We got your snow this morning but not enough to plow really......will see what the rest of the day brings. Lots of water is one of the best things you can do......good job on that.

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
More snow this morning. I thought it was ending around 8:30am, but it seems to have picked up again.

legcramps on 02/12/2021:
Well at least you'll have gotten the majority of your exercise already done for the day! Happy Friday!

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
YOU BET! Even 20 minutes of that extra walking (shoveling steps) really cranks up my stepcount!

grannyannie on 02/12/2021:
Just keep looking at shoveling as extra exercise!

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
Absolutely! The snow has built up so high around the drive, that in order to throw the snow farther, I do squats and then throw as I come up. I'm gonna be so buff after snow season! (lol)

horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2021:
Here's comments regarding your previous entry:

2nd paragraph!...oh, yes, how wonderful...it will certainly help you to do those things. i feel that the best bosses / administrators / executives are the ones that can hold back and are not quick to react...here's also where i could improve VASTLY on that subject of waiting before reacting. boy does that help in work and at home....and yes, it would help eating. i am this way too...the longer i can hold off between eating and then eating more, i realize i do not need as much "more..." like with chocolates...i was about to have 3 last night, but i took two and a drink...and i had a pig on my lap...and i decided against getting up for that 3rd one..i was able to hold off it...since it wasn't with me...and then i didn't want it anymore later...

i was going to walk today at lunch, but, same here - it's just too cold. tomorrow i'll be outside, it will be below 32F, but i'll have my warm electronic socks as well as full gear that i'm wearing to deal with over an hour outside...

lol this sure is a winter for snow! here, too, but not as much as Chicago. we'll be getting some more soon, too.

talk soon.

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
That little delay can really make a huge difference. It's sometimes hard to be mindful of that though - to delay. That's kind of where I tend to slip up.

Maria7 on 02/12/2021:
Try to stay warm while you are outside. Take care.

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
To be honest with you, I really don't have a good pair of gloves, so my fingers suffer the most. I don't like a bulky glove, so I wear 2 layers of thin gloves. It's so cold lately that this doesn't work too well. I would come in, of course, if it started to become painful.

Donkey - Thursday Feb 11, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 I did ok with eating yesterday,  but not as well as I had done on Monday or Tuesday. Higher carbs at work (eating up leftovers),   and then,  too much nibbling at dinner. I've been doing very good with water intake!  I'm really happy with that!

I'm realizing that I need to work on my attitudes and perceptions.  That is to say,  I need to see the glass half full,  rather than dwelling in a world that's half empty.  This might mean holding back on comments.  No snide remarks. Rather than reacting or responding instinctively (which for me is negatively), hold back and pause before saying or doing (emailing) anything. 

This may also help me  handle emotional eating better.

Holding off on weights until the brunt of TOM is past. I should have more energy this weekend.

I'm back to stepping outside at lunch,  but my walks are much shorter because it's so cold AND there's a lot of snow and slush on the streets.  

It will be a busy day at work,  but I will do my best to remain calm and positive. Breathe deep...

I WILL do better today with food, since most of the leftovers are gone. Freezing that chili was the best idea!  I'm already looking forward to drinking lots of water. 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/11/2021:
I can relate to emotional eating. I can eat when I'm not even hungry!

Are you getting anywhere close to menopause? I kept wishing for menopause and it hit me at 40.

Donkey on 02/12/2021:
Things are starting to change subtly, but I wouldn't even say I was experiencing peri-menopause yet.

My thought is that I need to lose the extra weight now and build up muscle BEFORE menopause, because I've heard it gets much harder after that.

Jacky82020 on 02/11/2021:
I have learned many things from my husband. One is:

Nice is always better.

Donkey on 02/12/2021:
LOL - 100% CORRECT! Unfortunately for husband, this didn't happen yesterday.

Jacky82020 on 02/12/2021:

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