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Donkey - Sunday Nov 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Happy November!!!  It's windy, cold, and cloudy here today, but that's OK - I'm really looking forward to this month!

I pushed myself to get a lot done, so that I would have more time to work on my closet today.  I have a dumbbell rack that you may recall I found on the easement for trash pick-up back in September  (maybe August?).  I finally brought it into the house, and now I have to decide if it goes upstairs in my closet or downstairs in the basement.  

  • If it goes upstairs, I will use it as a shoe rack and a place to hold my yoga stuff.
  • If it goes downstairs, it will hold dumbbells and yoga stuff.

The difficulty is that if it goes downstairs, Husband has to move at least 1 of his tables.  He's been "getting to it" for over a month now.


November Goals:

  1. Write down what I eat and calculate calories
  2. Use my treadmill 1x a week
  3. Weight training 2x min a week
  4. Get into the 130's

Weekend Goals:

  • Clean dehumidifier - DONE
  • Cat laundry - DONE
  • My laundry - In Progress
  • Prep outdoor Christmas lights on the back deck - DONE
  • Fill birdfeeders - DONE
  • Mop basement floor - DONE
  • Mop main level floor - DONE
  • Mop upstairs hall - DONE
  • Gym - Saturday & Sunday
  • Weights - legs, back, or chest - DONE
  • Vacuum 2 area rugs - DONE
  • Cook cranberries - DONE
  • Clean out my closet

 

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/01/2020:
Good goals for the month. And you got a LOT done.

It's about 50 here but feels good as it's windy and wet again.


grannyannie on 11/01/2020:
I need a dumbbell rack, especially when I get back to using all of them. Don't know why I didn't get one before.


Jacky82020 on 11/01/2020:
Great goals! You can do it!


Maria7 on 11/01/2020:
Good goals and happy November 1st to you, too! Can you BELIEVE that NEXT MONTH is Christmas!!! Happy Thanksgiving SEASON in the meanwhile. SMILE!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/01/2020:
at least you have a lot of uses for the said "dumbbell rack." seems both would work quite well! i have a very tall shoe rack, i think it has 5 rungs and is around 4.5 ft tall...it's out in the open and my mother hates it because it's kind of in the foyer entrance to my apt and all my shoes are laying out...most i don't wear! ha!

there's something very different about your November goals this month! they are very short and to the point. usually, i believe, your goals were more detailed / in depth. maybe this way will make it easier to get them done? they are very succinct and to the point.



Donkey - Saturday Oct 31, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

My main motivation for weighing in today was to get a start weight for November, rather than to see how I ended this week.  I knew that it was going to be a disappointing weigh-in, and who needs more disappointment in their lives? Not me!  So, I'm not discouraged, but rather encouraged that I have success awaiting me in the near future.


I can't tell if work is truly slowing down or if I was able to catch up a bit because Mistakes Girl was out of the office, so she couldn't open up new files.  However, I was able to catch up a little bit on monthly statistics - then I realized that our realtor Christmas list hasn't been updated since June!  The Boss will want the Christmas list soon, so that he can order gifts for top producing realtors.  If need be, I can do the work at home on the weekend, but I'd rather not do that.  I'd rather plan to stay late for an hour and catch up that way.


I'm feeling a bit sad/down today.  It doesn't help that TOM is starting and so hormones are making emotions more delicate.  Let's just say the state of affairs:  COVID, Halloween (not passing out candy this year), election stress (even my husband is getting freaked out!), and then hearing Sean Connery passed away - it's just become too much to carry today.

So better, I think, to put my head down and get things done this weekend. Busy hands are happy hands.  I've been very motivated and encouraged by your entries, to make REAL progress next month!


Weekend Goals:

  • Clean dehumidifier
  • Cat laundry
  • My laundry
  • Prep outdoor Christmas lights on the back deck - trying a new arrangement this year, and today's weather is nice, so I'm taking advantage of it
  • Fill birdfeeders
  • Mop basement floor
  • Mop main level floor
  • Mop upstairs hall
  • Gym
  • Weights - legs, back, or chest
  • Vacuum 2 area rugs - looks like there are possible remains of hairballs
  • Cook cranberries
  • Clean out my closet

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/31/2020:
I love Sean Connery. Didn’t realize he was 90, but then seems like he’s been around all of my life. Also thought he was British, not Scottish. He was a brilliant actor and one of those rare men who remained handsome even in old age. RIP


grannyannie on 10/31/2020:
Good list for the weekend. You'll get those pounds back off!

Lots of reasons for stress with the state of the world now!

Sean Connery was from Edinburgh and said he would not move back to Scotland until we have independence from the UK. Sorry he didn't get his dream.


Maria7 on 10/31/2020:
Hang in there. Be extra kind to yourself today.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/31/2020:
yup! new month starts tomorrow! you can make November a month full of success...plus, you can have a BIG goal for up to Thanksgiving...see how you can do up until the Holiday...then enjoy the holiday...and keep going until Christmas? perhaps!

you have good goals for this weekend.

At least Sean Connery was 90! :)



Donkey - Friday Oct 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.5

A quick entry again, because I must try to get to work early, to see if any closing documents came in over night or early this morning, for today's closings.  (These are things that we should have at least the day ahead of time, but everyone is so busy and so overloaded with work, that nowadays, these documents don't come in until right before closing!  Yikes!)

I should have been more clear with my "lightbulb moment" with weight training.  The past 2 weeks, I've been doing one body part per day, for 6 days a week.  But after watching the FB video, I realize that I don't have have to be a slave to that schedule.  So now I can do 2x a week, or 3x a week, etc., depending on life's events and my motivation, and just change what I do on a weight training day - and I can still be "successful" with my efforts.

I did not do so well with the cake last night.  I had a big piece, but now there is only 1 piece left, and that is for my daughter.  I also had some tortilla chips last night, when what I really should have had was a cup of broth to drink. 

So it is very doubtful that I will meet my goal of getting into the 130's this week - with this eating episode last night and then TOM on top of everything else.  That's too bad. I sabotaged myself :-(

But I have 3 weeks in November before the week of American Thanksgiving, and I plan on being very dedicated. 

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 10/30/2020:
Well, maybe next week you will see the 130s...hang in there...

Donkey on 10/31/2020:
Not today, but November is a new month with new ambitions and motivations!


grannyannie on 10/30/2020:
You'll get back on track, no problem. I love cake!


grannyannie on 10/30/2020:
You must workout every single muscle!

Donkey on 10/31/2020:
You'd think so, but I don't think I'm doing it right. Also, I spend WAY too much doing cardio. Frankly, the "lean look" comes from calorie restriction. I'm not dedicated like Jacky is to do that - at least at this time.


legcramps on 10/30/2020:
OH I see now about your schedule for weights. It definitely won't feel as daunting if you lessen the load a bit in terms of x times you workout. I like it!

Donkey on 10/31/2020:
I think a 3x a week schedule will work best for my level of motivation: legs, back, chest.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/30/2020:
well, lady, who cares if it takes a couple weeks more to reach your goal!? the good thing is the overall downward spiral (in weightloss it's a good thing!) and that's all that matters!

Donkey on 10/31/2020:
Mine is more of a sine/cosine wave, if you've ever taken trigonometry. :-(



Donkey - Thursday Oct 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.5

A quick morning entry:

Did OK with eating - resisted the Promotion Cake and it's almost gone.  It was VERY difficult to resist.  In fact, I took the box out of the refrigerator and started nibbling at crumbs.  My daughter came home, which interrupted this, so I put the box back.  However, I was not as strong-willed when it came to roasted pumpkin seeds (with the hull).  But calorie and nutrition-wise, the seeds were a better choice. 

Worked on my triceps last night, but I saw this video on Facebook (personal training who just competed in bodybuilding and is working to turn pro) that has me re-thinking my routines.  I can base my weight training on an individual week, depending on how many times I can or want to work out.  So if I want to do weights 2x a week, I would do legs one day and chest/back on the other day.  Three days a week would be legs, back, chest.  And so on... 

I was feeling much more positive this morning until Husband dumped on that.  Can't let other people bring me down today.

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/29/2020:
Cake is sooooo hard to resist! I loved roasted seeds of any kind. But I have to weigh them in small amounts.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/29/2020:
I also commented on (yours & mine) yesterday's entry (i'm falling behind here on days that i'm not home for the majority)...

the pumpkin seeds are by FAR a better and healthier choice that is more satisfying!

wanted to say how nice it is to see you doing your weights and upper body strength exercises. I used to be much more on track with my own - when i look back at some photos on facebook i see i was a bit stronger before ! but, as long as i'm somewhat consistent right now, that's my only goal with them...(because i know i won't be getting a job for my strength, it's not a goal in my forefront right now to be the "strongest," if that makes sense.?) however, job or no job that is strength related, it does FEEL good to be fit. I miss my triumphs of when i really trained hard at the gym. maybe another time, maybe not.

I think that your contemplative approach to 3x a week working different body parts sounds intriguing and you can work them "hard" since it's only 1x a week. I think it might be less gains than if worked more, but, given your schedule and other life goals, i think you could try it for a month and see how it goes! and let us know!


legcramps on 10/29/2020:
Isn't that what you're doing now with your weights programming? Sorry if i'm misunderstanding - you're saying you want to have separate body parts for separate workouts during the week, right?


Maria7 on 10/29/2020:
Good work on resisting the cake.



Donkey - Wednesday Oct 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.5

 I was unable to resist having a slice of the Promotion Cake last night,  after dinner,  but I'm in the right mindset now to resist tonight. 

Was not very motivated to do weights last night but I ended up doing a few sets of different lifts for the back. So triceps it shoulders tonight.  It helps to say that here, so that I feel more obligated to follow through. 

TOM starts very soon, so I'm dealing with the monthly fatigue. I'm so tired of taking iron supplements and having to deal the the subsequent constipation,  but if I don't take the iron,  then the fatigue is worse. Plus,  in a pandemic it's probably a good idea to have healthy blood. 


Mistakes Girl is out of the office for the rest of the week.  She takes a LOT of time off,  and the Boss never tells anyone no. 

Nice Lady and I were talking about the stress of training the new lawyer.  She had mentioned to me before how change is hard for her,  and I realized that I'm having a harder time with the New Guy too. Not him personally,  or even professionally  - he'll be fine.  Just the process of integrating someone new,  watching him learn,  hoping he picks things up quickly,  etc.

But he better learn quickly,  because the Boss came back from vacation less inclined to work more than ever. (shrugs shoulders)


I want more of my life back. 

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/28/2020:
Promotion cake? Sounds good! Send me a piece, ok?


grannyannie on 10/28/2020:
Good for you resisting having more cake. You're stronger than me.

It can be stressful having a new person in the office and having to train them.

I post my stuff here early in the morning so I feel obligated to do what I say I will.

Donkey on 10/29/2020:
Good point about posting in advance to feel obligated later!!!


legcramps on 10/28/2020:
I take iron supplements as well; one week on and one week off. I haven't had any trouble with constipation, but my fiber intake might be pretty good right now and that might be helping.

I understand about feeling stressed having to train new people; i've been there too! It's even more difficult when you don't have the same working style.

Donkey on 10/29/2020:
I never considered taking the iron one week on, one week off! I'm going to consider that. At least I won't feel too guilty if I miss a day.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/29/2020:
Change is certainly hard at the workplace and especially with integrating new people. it's so sad when they don't last! !!! (i've seen it time and time again thru my last 9 year "tenure" position at my last job).

that being said, it will help for you to realize that it's not easy, but, some of the stress you are undoubtably feeling is your empathy for the guy that should be stressing most - new guy. try not to take in all his stress, if you can....

like Jacky said, "promotion cake" sounds so good...does eating it give me a promotion too!?


Horn_of_plenty on 10/29/2020:
i wonder if you can take something to combat the iron supps...like probiotics? (capsules).



Donkey - Tuesday Oct 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.5

It seems as though, when I workout with weights lately, I'm not feeling the after-effects until the next day in the afternoon!  A few times I've told myself, "Wow, I'm going to feel this in the morning!" but then I don't.  I seem to feel the soreness more in the afternoon.  That's OK.  Last night I really had to push myself to do weights - I was all ready to go upstairs to retire for the night, when I realized that I said I was going to do biceps.  So I did it.  I could have done more, but I did alright.  I'm ready to feel the soreness this afternoon!

My daughter got a promotion at work!  And now she makes more money than I do!  We got her a cake to show her how proud we are of her.  So... I had a small slice on Sunday, and then I had another small-ish slice last night.  But I'm not going to make it into the 130's (my October goal) if I keep eating cake.  So I think that's it for now, and I will suggest to daughter after  tonight, that the rest of the cake go into the freezer.  It's a beautiful cake.

TOM will be kicking in soon - hence the fatigue - and that plus cake, I am already not anticipating a favorable weigh-in on Saturday.  I won't be discouraged, though. I'm going to refrain from additional cake.  I'm going to write things down.  I'm going to continue my weights schedule.

PS  Thank you for all of your comments on Sunday's entries.  I did respond, if you are interested :-)

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/27/2020:
Congrats to your daughter!

I do my workouts in the morning, so when I get sore it's usually that evening, and moreso in the morning.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/27/2020:
Nice job sticking to your word and doing biceps. It's much better when we do it on the day we are supposed to instead of pushing it to the next day / skipping sessions. I am a bit weaker due to the latter...ha!! but i'm also not concerned right now as I have some other things more important to me lately than just the weights.

just WOW WOW...congrats to your DAUGHTER! it's great to hear she is doing well and received a raise / promotion. Happy for her!



Donkey - Sunday Oct 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.5

 I accomplished so much yesterday, that I don't have much on my "to do" list for today.  The things that I said weren't going to happen:

  • Move futon mattress to son's bedroom
  • Disassemble futon frame (separated this task, for clarification)
  • Winterize patio furniture; AND
  • Bring in ladder to check out ceiling leak

These are all things that I cannot do on my own. They are at least a 2-person project.  That is why I know they won't happen, because Husband cannot do these things (even if he says he can do them, he should NOT do them, and he's very unmotivated to do them) and Daughter is too busy.  Today is finally her day off, but she really needs that day for herself (beyond voting with her parents, which is essentially, doing something for herself, too, in the long run).

So that is my dilemma.  And this is not necessarily a criticism of my husband, because some of this stuff, I should not be doing either with my back issues.  UGH, getting old!


My Little Gym Story from Yesterday:

It was not empty, and the cardio area had more people than I would prefer, although we're all socially distanced.  Not enough mask wearing while not on the machines, people!  Grr!!!...

Anyway, long story short, due to reasons beyond the gym's control, the air ventilation system was shut down and, because of COVID, the manager felt that it was best to close the gym, because the air could not be properly filtered for the virus.  You would not have known this if he hadn't said this, because it felt fine in the gym at the time.  (Gee, I wonder how long the ventilation system had been off, while I was there before he made this decision to close down for the day.  I *just* thought of this.  That's not good!)

Of course, I had a really good workout going, and I was already starting to think of what machine I would try next, because I was enjoying the workout so much.  I am grateful that I was able to get a 30 minute solid cardio workout (intervals).

The problem with the power source for the ventilation system was an external and temporary situation, and the gym will be open today.  Hmm...


I did chest weights last night - yay!  I think my eating went well EXCEPT that I had too much Ranch salad dressing in order to be able to finish the leftover chicken in my salad.  It wasn't particularly good chicken.  I just realize now that I probably should have salted and seasoned the chunked chicken FIRST, as I probably could have saved myself some of the salad dressing.

I don't have this is as a daily goal but you should know that I am still writing down what I eat.  I will continue to do this until I announce that I'm not doing it any longer.


Sunday's Goals:

  • Vote early with the family
  • Gym
  • Legs weight-training session
  • Walk in neighborhood
  • Sign up for continuing ed loan originator license - DONE

Those other "not happening" goals that I wrote about above and yestesrday - if any of those happen today, I'd be most grateful, but I'm learning to adjust my expectations so as not to be disappointed, crabby, naggy, etc.

 

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/25/2020:
Is your gym very large? Staff needs to be tougher with those who don't have their masks on.

I really, really miss my gym but not enough to go. It's tiny and you have to book a slot in order to visit it. Very limited numbers of members. Anyway, I've cancelled my membership.

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
Yes, it's one of the biggest in the area. Not sure if that's a good thing or bad. I definitely don't utilize all of what they have to offer.


thinkpositive on 10/25/2020:
Sorry about your gym & the ventilation system. Tough when you need help with chores & the help isn’t there. I can identify with that but so far I’ve been able to handle most normal chores.

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
I figured it out that, while I'm working hard on these chores and right afterwards, I'm very angry and resentful of my husband. Then, those feelings go away and I'm left with relief and pride that I got the job done.

So I just need to keep my mouth shut and avoid my husband immediately after completing said chores. LOL.


jacky82020 on 10/25/2020:
Wow, the ventilation system is scary! I wouldn’t join a gym to save my ass; a lot can be done with free weights & walking.

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
Agreed! I got a nice set up here. Not fancy but definitely adequate.


legcramps on 10/26/2020:
Expectations set on people other than ourselves can prove to end up being quite disappointing, i've learned!

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
True 100%! Finally learned last night, after 25 years of marriage, too let the anger pass. It will. Then I feel great in getting it done!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2020:
hi Donkey! I'll start by saying sorry not to comment sooner, I have been prioritizing other activities before commenting this weekend...I was surprised to see a new entry from you today, what a nice surprise. I have also left some short comments on yesterday's entry that you wrote.

the gym situation sounds unreliable in terms of health safety, in my viewpoint, knowing that you have equipment at home.

and with the chicken, salt/pepper/garlic goes a long way so that is an interesting point you make that seasonings may replace the need for more ranch. that's a reminder to me as well. lately i'm trying to cook meals with more cheese / sauce, but i do not end up liking them very much because i do not like these extra calories or tastes. i feel like it covers up the taste of the actual FOOD in the meal. (my preference).

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
I agree. Also, I commented on your comments from earlier today.

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
I hope you will read them because you helped me figure out the gym thing.


Maria7 on 10/26/2020:
Hope you had a nice walk in your neighborhood.

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
I did! I was checking up on the neighborhood Halloween decorations :-) It cheers me up! I'll do the same for Christmas - especially Christmas- too!



Donkey - Sunday Oct 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.5

I was going to do an "Evening Edit" and then decided that I wanted/needed to do a separate post altogether, so consider this to be my Monday morning post as well, because a lot of times, I don't have time to log in, in the mornings.

Sunday's Goals:

Vote early with the family - DONE
Gym - did not happen (see below)
Legs weight-training session - DONE (and it was amazing!)
Walk in neighborhood - DONE
Sign up for continuing ed loan originator license - DONE
Winterize patio furniture - DONE!!!!
Move futon cushion into Son's room - DONE

 
I ended up not going to the gym.... [pause]
 
I had intended to go in the early afternoon, but I decided I would rather try to winterize as much of the patio furniture as possible, by myself.  Then, because she was home today, I managed to get my daughter to bring in the glass-topped table, which is something I cannot do alone, as it takes 2 people.  Everything else was accomplished except the umbrella (for the glass-topped table) which my husband can certainly manage on his own.
 
Then, I intended to go to the gym in the evening.  But I was thinking about what you all had commented on my entry from this morning.  I want you to know that I considered what you had said, and I thank you for your comments, because it really made me stop and THINK about where we're at with this virus.
 
Here are some of those thoughts:
  • I spoke to my daughter about our membership dues, and mentioned that perhaps she might want to think about putting her portion on hold until we're in a better spot.   She said that because her days off schedule changed./changes and because the gym is no longer 24-hour, that it's not realistic to think that she would go to the gym.
  •  
  • For myself, I was thinking about maybe going really early in the morning.  They open at 4am.  I could probably get there around 5am.  It would be cleaner, because they santize at night.  It would be emptier, because only the die-hards come that early.  But in the mornings, my exercise is light (but lengthy) to warm up my muscles and loosen my joints & ligaments (especially my back).  So I wouldn't want a strenuous workout that early in the morning.  (When I was younger, I did this all the time.  Can't do that any more.)
  •  
  • OK, so how about going later in the evening, like 8pm, since they close at 10pm.  It would be emptier, especially by 8:30p, but there would be very little wiggle room for extras.  And it would be hard to get motivated to go in the dark, late. 
  •  
  • 'm wondering if I should suspend my membership too.  It's a lot of money for just 1x a week.  And after what happened on Saturday, I'm not sure about going 1x a week, even!  I thought the early morning idea was a good one, but geez, it would mean a total re-vamping of my routine.  I just don't know if I could do it.

Anyway, I'm proud of myself for getting the patio furniture winterized - bring on the snow!  (lol)  Before I get ready for bed, I'm going to see if maybe I can slide the futon matress myself.  If I can, then I'll move it into the other room.
 
 

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2020:
sorry i haven't been commenting as quickly. been distracted thru the weekend with time spend outdoors, i think :)... glad to catch up with you now though!

well, you prob know that I, for one, will be in support of putting your membership on hold. and maybe your daughter should cancel her membership if she's saying she will not go anymore.

with the gym, i think masks need to be worn when at the gym, at all times. When i volunteer at the farm, our masks remain on at all times outdoors, unless we are drinking some water and we try to do that away from each other...

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
I think I keep talking about the gym, hoping to get to a different conclusion, and that's not going to happen.

If they made masks mandatory while working out, none of this would be an issue.

Thank you for your support in this decision-making process.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2020:
also, you got a lot done yesterday. i think you should be satisfied. glad to see the legs workout and a walk! very nice!

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
I did get a lot fine and I was quite pleased with my efforts!


Horn_of_plenty on 10/26/2020:
...i'm now inspired to do my upper body workout after i finish with a few more comments :)

Donkey on 10/27/2020:
Yay! Oh my legs workout was awesome! Had lovely soreness the next day. Not bad, just a gentle "hey" from the muscles.



Donkey - Saturday Oct 24, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.5

EVENING EDIT:

Please see my goals list below for what was accomplished today.  I was going to write more about my gym experience, but I think I'll save it for tomorrow's entry, since I'm not sure I'm entirely done processing it yet.


I'm very skeptical of this morning's weigh-in, but I'll take it.  I'm so close to breaking through back into the 130's!  I think the monitored eating is helping.  I guess this makes those times of hunger a little more worth it.  


I stayed until 5:45p ar work. My husband doens't like me to stay late on Fridays.  Neither does my boss.  I probably could have gotten out of there at 5:30p but stayed a little later to talk with New Guy.  I have to say, this past week was a brutal week.  And I didn't have a chance to look at the calendar for Monday, before I left, but I guess a couple of more closings were added, so it will be a crazy day on Monday too.

I did not do weights last night.  I cannot remember why I didn't, but I think that taking Friday's off of weights works better for my schedule.  I like to do more weights on the weekend because I have more time.  I still don't know if I will do chest or biceps but this is where I will start for this rotation.  (So my weights week is Saturday-Thursday.)


It has been a stressful morning, as I went to my boss' house with my daughter to take care of his cat.  It was a bit overwhelming, because his wife is a hoarder.  Daughter was concerned that maybe they hadn't actually left on vacation, because there was a car in the driveway.  There is a car in the driveway because the garage is too full of stuff to park in it AND have a pathway to walk.  You can get the car in there, but then there's no room to get out.


I think it would be easiest if I listed my weekend goals to let you know where I'm at:

(Extra tasks in red)

  • Return Lewis & Clark book to library - DONE
  • Vote early (Sunday)
  • Move patio furniture to its winter location - not going to happen
  • Move futon mattress out of Yoga/Plant Room into son's bedroom (temporary) - not going to happen
  • Fill birdfeeders - DONE
  • Yardwork (fallen branches) - DONE
  • Gym (Saturday) - DONE
  • Gym (Sunday)
  • My laundry - COMPLETELY DONE
  • Husband's laundry - DONE
  • Cat laundry - DONE
  • Run coffee maker on clean & rinse cycles - DONE
  • Bring ladder into house to investigate wet spot on ceiling (Sunday)

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 5.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/24/2020:
Busy, busy! You'll be into the 130's very soon!

Hoarders are such a nightmare. I'll never understand it. At least you don't have to clean the house!

Donkey on 10/24/2020:
Get this - the Boss has a cleaning lady come every 2 weeks! What on earth is she cleaning???? There's so much STUFF - EVERYWHERE - I can't imagine what she could clean other than vacuum the carpet in the living room, once the stuff on the floor there is picked up.


Jacky82020 on 10/24/2020:
Was she as bad as those people on TV?

If you see a low number on the scale, even if it doesn’t last overnight, it will reappear soon. Happens to me all the time.

Donkey on 10/24/2020:
In the kitchen/dining room/living room - the only areas I really feel comfortable entering, it's bad, but not like you see on TV.

However, January 2020, while they were away in Florida, their daughter went over and had to "clear out" the master bathroom because there was SO MUCH STUFF that it was becoming dangerous to walk in there, i.e. trip hazard. You couldn't walk in there without knocking stuff over, stepping on stuff, etc.

I visited the cat after the daughter did a "clean-out" and the bathroom was a complete WRECK. I kid you not - there were at least 20 bottles of shampoo in the shower. The separate bath was full of clothes, drawers so full that they couldn't be shut, countertop full, still piles of stuff everywhere....

I would say that this time, the house was worse than before, so I dare not even try to go into the bathroom.


Maria7 on 10/24/2020:
Lists are good to make. Helps one get things accomplished because it reminds one of things to do that need to be 'checked off'. You are SO CLOSE to the 130's...You've got this!!!

Donkey on 10/24/2020:
THANK YOU for the encouragement!!!! I'll remember this, Maria, when I reach for that extra bite.


Jacky82020 on 10/25/2020:
What Maria says

Donkey on 10/25/2020:
:-)


Horn_of_plenty on 10/25/2020:
You must be very proud of yourself. You certainly should be. So you are doing it. You are losing weight and breaking into a lower bracket. (140s) I am proud of you.

and for those times of hunger, small snack, one small chocolate with a big tea sweetened with stevia, helps greatly. especially when i'm at my parents house....

Weights are def an ongoing process...i also sometimes don't find opportune times for them...like after farm i feel tired and not up to it...i feel it's never a good time for them lately! just kidding on never a good time - but i run into challenges even though i'm not even working LOL...how crazy. i have no excuse LOL.

i hope that the line moves fast for you to vote...i am hearing crazy stories! good luck! can't wait to read more later if you log in!



Donkey - Friday Oct 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.5

Oh how I wish it were Saturday!  It is gray and cloudy and raining - the perfect day for just staying at home.  If I could only take today off.....  Or even this morning....

No lawyers in the office today, because they are either on vacation or at closings all day.  So I'm wearing leggings and an oversized comfy flannel shirt to work.  No face powder, but I am wearing lipstick. 

I stayed at work until 6pm last night - this was planned.  I felt that I left in a good place for today.  My ability to leave on time will depend on how early in the day I get settlement statements for Monday's closings.  If I get them at 4:50p, that will be at least 30 minutes of time spent following up with the clients.

I felt I was doing OK with eating until dinner. I was hungry, so I had a big serving of scrambled eggs (OK) and then 2 pork sausage patties - this is what killed me.  That was about 6 oz, which was 550 calories.  I'm not tracking macros or calories on my write-down lists, but for some items, like the sausage or the mini-Snickers bar (for desserts), I do figure out the calories and put them down on the list.

I think my intent will be to calculate calories for the week.  So Saturday or possibly Sunday (?), I will sit down and figure out calories.  I haven't made up my mind yet if I will  do old-school pen, paper and calculator, or if I will use an app.

I missed a little of the debate, to shower and get ready for bed, because I worked late.  Worked late meant dinner late, meant clean up late, meant bike ride late, etc.

No weights last night either. I watched the debate in my bedroom, so that I could watch the commentaries afterwards and then go to bed as soon as my head started bobbing.  Lights out around 10:15p.  Tonight will be chest or biceps, whichever I feel inspired to do. (Right now, I feel inspired to do none of that, so I'll have to practice some self-discipline and choose the lesser of the 2 evils - cue wicked laugh and lightening & thunder here).

I drink over 100 oz of water a day and am getting over 20,000 steps a day.  Yet here I am at a higher number.  Oh well, I know in my heart that I am doing the right thing.  Perhaps I will have a loss this weekend, but if not, I'm still sticking to my new routine.

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

grannyannie on 10/23/2020:
Never used an app for calories but spreadsheet works well. It adds up the total calories for each day.

Well done on 20K steps a day.

I LOVE pork sausages! I could eat them every day. We have 2 packs in the freezer that I'm pretending aren't there.

Donkey on 10/24/2020:
A spreadsheet (or even old fashioned calculator) would tell me calories, but an app would tell me macros too (depending on the app, of course). Do I care about macros, though, to try to struggle through an app? I don't think so - at least not yet.


grannyannie on 10/23/2020:
Don't know if you saw my comment to you on Bears, but my brother and his wife sometimes go to Saugautuck. I had been taking my son and his daughters to Ludington every summer and was supposed to go this August.

Donkey on 10/24/2020:
I did! I commented that I looked up on Google maps to see where Saugautuck is. The photos are magnificent! However, I don't think they're getting the best weather this weekend.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/23/2020:
yes, you are a good walker and good with your cardio.

i think tracking calories may help you, yes.

also, reading your entry, i'm thinking back to the old days of BCBG's entries. she use to had double portions of things...like two portions of a snack that comes in singles - like 2 rice krispie treats, or two english muffins...she was having a hard time with the portions (i think this doesn't happen as much with her now...)

and the two sausage thing sounded a bit like BCBG when she would be having doubles. see if you can have one portion of the meat/protein part of meals. i feel like as long as you get veggies in, a little fat, some carbs, that protein doesn't need to be big and you'll save calories.

i see a little snickers or two as something really nice to include...remember everything is OK to eat, just moderate the bigger elements with more veggies.

i know you love cake, somehow i cut my pumpkin pie into 8 slices and the nutrition facts make it so they are only 200 cal each. idk...it is a smallish slice, moderate slice, but, i cannot believe they are so low calories. could be a mistake. then again, it says it's without sugar added and still tastes so good! what a good find at the supermarket!

ah, but the cake - that's an example of something that is HARD to moderate. a slice of cake, in general, is bigger than a couple cookies. i find that cake can sort of mess up a person's daily calories, but is good for celebrations. the thing about cake is how big the slice is and what it's made with (chocolate filling?)...it can add up. and why cake just take like 4 bites to finish!

Donkey on 10/24/2020:
Good point! Portion control is everything, isn't it? That was a good thing to do with the pumpkin pie slices, cutting them smaller.

I do measure some things with a measuring cup right now. Some foods I don't, and I probably should, e.g. tuna salad. I may get to the point of using a food scale, as I know I've talked about it here. That would be most accurate.


Maria7 on 10/23/2020:
I was hungry last nite, too...hadn't planned to eat more but scrambled 2 eggs and added cheddar cheese and had one piece of bread...was soooo good.

Donkey on 10/24/2020:
I'd say you were hungry! :-) At least your foods had some nutritional value, and wasn't things like Streupwaffle cookies (lol).


horn_of_plenty on 10/24/2020:
Wow ! You have so much experience and insight regarding the essay I wrote! That is so interesting - the emotional aspect - and how you concur and support even more that important part of taming and soothing clients / emotions so that the mediation can continue and not become a failed endeavor with an unsuccessful closure ! Wow! I can see you’d do very well if you took this course !

So now when you talk of difficult clients and even partners, I guess remember how important and difficult this emotional aspect can be for all and how important it is to get experience and be familiar with dealing with it - like young new lawyer needs !

Your response was so thoughtful ! I could still revise the paper but I will probably leave it as I have more work to do for the class and PM .... but your response has me thinking to take 5 minutes when I’m home to make the paper even better - so I will add a little more to the emotional aspect as it’s also considered huge in the book I am reading for the course



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