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Donkey - Sunday Aug 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

Kind of a quiet day here... With random thoughts.

I washed a throw rug and it completely fell apart in the washing machine. I guess it was older than I thought.  So now the washing machine has a bunch of crap from the rug backing material.  I cleaned out the machine and ran a rinse cycle.  Everything else that was in the washer was shaken out and is drying outside.  I will give everything another shake and re-wash the entire load (minus the destroyed rug) again.  Lots of water wasted.

I love our poor little baby Kitty (the one who was very sick with the mold infection) but her incontence is really testing my patience.

It is very sunny but less humid here today, and while the daylight has not yet changed, I am feeling a sense of autumn in the air.  School (e-learning) starts this Friday, and I am now doubly relieved that neither of my kids is in school at the moment.  My daughter elected not to enroll in community college this term because she doesn't do well with e-learning.  She can do a hybrid class, but there needs to be some in-person interaction for her, or she finds it difficult to maintain her motivation.

I would like to go for a walk, but I left my hat at work, and it's very sunny outside.I think instead, I will go to the gym this afternoon.  I went yesterday and it was eerily not-busy.  It wasn't empty but there were not a lot of peope there.  I noticed that their sales associates are down to 3 (from 6).  They are extending the outdoor pool season until the end of September, weather permitting.

It will be interesting to see what happens to the local businesses - outdoor eating, gyms, etc. - once the cooler weather comes in.  I distinctly remember having to turn on the furnace last year in September.  I remember this because I usually try to hold off until November - or at least the week of Halloween.  This past Spring, it took Illinois a longer time than usual to warm up, too.


  1. I went to the gym,  which was actually rather empty side from the outdoor pool.  Had a good time.
  2. No question about it:  I now need reading glasses all the time.  I will get a chain to wear them around my neck so that I have them with me always.  I have a pair at home and at work.   

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/16/2020:
I hate when that happens with rugs with the rubber backing...what a mess it makes...all over the washer and usually the floor....but they are better at not slipping especially on bathroom floors...so I usually just replace them with the same thing....I've had them go bad in the linen closet too.....they stick together there....UGH....That's sad about your kitty......do they give you any hope that she will get over it?

Donkey on 08/16/2020:
THANK YOU! So you know what I'm talking about! I felt stupid for venting about the laundry, but oh my goodness what a lot of extra work that made.

Kitty has good days and not so good days. We're should be able to zap the mold/fungal infection, but I don't know if she'll regain control of her bladder muscles.... The vet thinks Kitty is a recovery miracle (lol) so she's thrilled at Kitty's status. (Awww...)

happy-1 on 08/16/2020:
Snake the washer drain if you can. Those loose fibers will turn into concrete.

happy-1 on 08/16/2020:
And I feel you on the incontinence. I'm struggling with my 24yo dog... I keep thinking about euthanasia, but I can't do it... but I also can't leave her alone because she poops, walks in it, and then it is EVERYWHERE.

happy-1 on 08/16/2020:
And good job on getting out for a swim!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/16/2020:
sorry about your kitty...so much stress with her ...as well as the rug...i have yet to have an experience such as yours! what a pain!

ugh...i wonder when i'll need reading glasses! i think i may be lucky it may happen later since i now need glasses for distance..

i'm glad you made it out to the gym :) exercise is a good thing!

Donkey - Saturday Aug 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

I remembered to weigh in this morning,  lol!  The scale was all over the place but after 6 times on the scale,  the average came to 141, so I'll leave it at that.  And I'm quite pleased with that because my eating was definitely more than what I usually eat,  and my steps were lower,  even though I had hiked. 

I miss the mountains and the lower humidity,  but I'm glad to be home with my cats.  And I'm comfortable in my house. 

I'm rather enjoying my modified exercise plan.  I've been doing a little weights every day, since starting.  I won't do weights every day, of  course, but I'm pleased with doing more weights. 

I will sign up for yoga classes for this last week at the studio.   I WILL just have to adjust my time at work in order to attend the classes. Yoga is more important... Well,  saying good-bye is more important. 

Work was again impossibly busy,  and next week will be too ,  just by the sheer number of files and closings.  After the trip,  I realized that I don't like my job as much as I did at one time.  

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/15/2020:
Jobs are like that...once you learn the ropes and do things without even thinking about it.....it either becomes something that is super easy and carefree....or it is no longer fun ( either because there is no challenge or you can't stand the people there)......I usually realized that the people were what I wanted away from more than the actual job. I'm sorry to see that your favorite yoga studio is closing.....I know how much you liked it there. Hopefully you are able to find a place that you like as well.

Donkey on 08/15/2020:
"... or you can't stand the people there..." Ha ha ha, isn't THAT the truth?

Actually, this time feels different. It seems to be more about the allocation of my time. I need that winning lottery ticket. It wouldn't even need to be a big prize.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/15/2020:
i love the comfort of my home too! And it's so great when the scale starts to agree with you. I've been having a lot of agreement since i'm "relaxed" not working. Soon I hope to be back to working though!!!

Weights, well of course i'm going to agree!, are a good thing. I am actually going to start (at some point!) in adding in a couple more leg exercises. i think it will be leg lifts.

i love cardio but it's never really loved me. so, especially in the Winter, i would like to improve on the musculature of my legs...by adding in 1-2 more strength exercises like i just mentioned :)

that's great you WILL be able to enjoy yoga (since i guess i wasn't thinking how much you will miss it and how much you love it!) this week.

i totally understand what you mean by enjoying your job more at different stages in having it. totally get you.

if i do well on this interview and am able to possibly score a new job, i will work hard to enjoy the job in a way i have never done so before - especially the fact that if i get this job, it is NOT due to any personal connections or politics.

Donkey on 08/15/2020:
I'm sure that would be extremely gratifying to you, on a completely different level than the usual reasons, to get this job. Sending positive vibes your way!!!

Donkey - Thursday Aug 13, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 So... into work I go today.  I have a feeling it's really bad,  because I texted Mistakes Girl and she wouldn't comment on work questions. I finally got it out of her that Queen Bee had indeed worked my desk, but that she helped a bit.   Today and tomorrow will be tough. 

But next week,  Male Co-Worker  comes back,  part-time.  So sanity IS coming back. I just have to get through the difficult part. 


Yesterday, I caught myself,  quite a few times,  taking extra bites of food, here  and there - enough to make a difference, and also, a habit I don't want to continue if I'm going to be serious about things for the rest of the month. These extra bites were mindless,  not even thinking or realizing what I was doing. So this is a wake-up call!  Yikes!


Next week is the last week that the yoga studio is open.  I just don't think I'll be able to attend class tonight or the meditation workshop on Friday.  (Because of catching up at work. )  However,  I think I will be able to attend 2 classes and possibly a workshop next week. 

My daughter suggested that rather than look for a new yoga studio,  that I take classes at the gym.  That is quite sensible,  even if they are not my preferred class (Yin) or slightly above my ability level. So I might do that for a bit.  The classes are free because they are part of my membership. I might learn something,  I might meet people. 

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2020:
Free classes sound interesting.....you just may like those!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2020:
it's good you come back to a short week! rest up on the weekend, leave the weekend for YOU!

i also have noticed my own ability lately to really think about how i am mindless vs. not with my eating and how it's important to develop a mindful relationship (and it's never to late to do better). i feel the older we get, the better our relationship can become with food.

being that it's the last week of yoga studio being open, i would say it's not too important to make it a priority since you will be forced to not inlcude it after this week! so you'll be departing from it no matter what...

happy-1 on 08/16/2020:
I love that you made an alternate plan for yoga so quickly. Good job!

Donkey - Wednesday Aug 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

As getting tested for COVID took up all of my morning, I did not have a relaxing day back from vacation, BUT it was nice to have the whole day to catch up a little.  I'm proud of myself for making the effort (and succeeding) in getting up super early to get tested.  Most of the time was spent just waiting.  I got to the clinic at 5:52am and they didn't even start testing until 8am.  I finally got tested around 12p noon.

I kept thinking to myself, Queen Bee would never do this - to go this much out of her way to get tested so that she could work.  NEVER.  So why on EARTH would I push myself to do this?  And since I got the quick test, and not the one that takes 3-7 days, I have to go in to work tomorrow.  YUCK.  If I had taken the slower test, I would have had more time off.  What is WRONG with me?

 I did not have time to try out my new plan, but I found a very good video with some upper body weight routines that I'm going to do.  I'll do this through to the end of the month, and then see where we're at.  However, the ONE thing that I DID do that was different was to ride my exercise bike for only 65 minutes (the last 5 minutes are cool-down) rather than 90 minutes.  The extra time will be for weights or another activity.

I really do not want to go into work tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 08/13/2020:
Our governor tested positive for COVID-19 - when the retested it was negative, so they did a third one, apparently that was negative too, so now he doesn't have it.

I hope your people do a better job than Ohio people.

I hope you find a class you like to take at your gym...the people are what scare me. I am like I am never leaving my house again. Have a great day!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2020:
glad you were able to get the fast test. it's just better to get it over with!

also, that's a LONG time, like 6 hours to get through it.

you are a rockstar doing it after vaca!

Donkey - Tuesday Aug 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 I am home now,  but I have to go to bed extra early to get to the clinic tomorrow morning for a COVID test.  The neighborhood Facebook group is saying that you have to be there in line around 5a in order to get a test,  because they run out very quickly. So,  waking up at 430a, and will leave at 5a, to get there at 530a to wait.  I hope my bladder can hold out. I just don't think I can get there any sooner. 

If I cannot get a test, then I will make an appointment at the CVS minute clinic,  but those tests take about a week to get results. A nd it might take me a week to get the appointment!  After my trip,  though, I am in no hurry to go back. 

This trip was life-changing!  Of course it was wonderful to see my mom and our son,  but I came back inspired. 

  • I want to change things up a bit in my routine for the rest of August,  and see where I'm at after that. I plan to do more Wright work. 
  • I love hiking!  I love mountains!  That is where my heart is.  What am I doing,  living in flatland Illinois?
  • I'm so sick of eating out and eating too much. I'm going to focus on putting in the hard work!  How do people eat lime that all the time?  YUCK!

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2020:
When you say you are sick of eating out, I also get sick of eating out on vaca because i LIKE to have some simplicity and make simple meals for part of what i eat daily. i'm good with going out to eat for dinners or 1 meal a day but i agree it's quite too much to do it for the whole vacation and i do get sick of it too!

good luck with your test today. i hope it all goes well.

i totally get you on being able to hike and not live anymore in Illinois flatlands....who knows!? maybe you will be able to move as your kids are growing up and you may not be able to keep your roots in Illinois. Who knows, maybe you can move someone where the cost of living is under what it is for you now...

for myself, i have to stay where i am...I just don't see the point to move because i have an apt for very under the market rate and i don't know how i could get a better deal somewhere else...and also get a good job somewhere else...

i'd rather see how i can get by here...and enjoy summers and the 4 seasons here...maybe to retire i'd move elsewhere, i am not sure.

can't wait to hear about the changes in your workouts..

happy-1 on 08/16/2020:
I'm with you on the "sick of eating out"... It just doesn't taste that good anymore.

Donkey - Wednesday Aug 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

Dear friends,  I'm sorry I haven't had the time to comment or write.  I an reading your entries faithfully and I keep you in my thoughts during the day.  Between crazy work and preparing for our departure on Friday,  my mind just goes to mush wth whatever remaining time I have. 

So what brings me here tonight is that I received the very sad news that my yoga studio is closing August 22nd.  I'm not sure what my next step will be.  I can't process all of this right now. 

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2020:
Closing!? terrible. Do you know why? I'm so sorry. I know you cannot fathom what you will do, but, you've actually shared your options with us many times here :) And i KNOW you will not stop doing yoga!

I totally understand that you have a LOT going on with the trip! I'm really excited for you. I hope you will share experiences from it with us after you go :)

Donkey on 08/06/2020:
The studio couldn't survive through COVID.

Yoga in the time of COVID just doesn't really work. Do much of yoga is breathing, exhaling hard.

Also, the teacher would typically walk around and lightly correct form. Can't touch anyone now, with social distancing.

grannyannie on 08/06/2020:
Oh no! Sorry!

Donkey on 08/06/2020:
I know. Thank you. I know that this is the push that I need to move forward in my yoga journey, but on so many levels, I'm feeling this loss.

legcramps on 08/06/2020:
I'm sorry your yoga studio is closing, the end of an enjoyable phase is never a nice feeling. Hopefully you are able to move forward and find something that is equally as enjoyable!

happy-1 on 08/06/2020:
Join me on Ompractice! I am trying for one class a day!

bearcountrygg on 08/06/2020:
That's sad that your class is closing...I know you enjoyed that....but hopefully something even better will open up......you know when one door closes...it creates and open window.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/09/2020:
hoping your trip is going well xo

Donkey - Saturday Aug 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 A very positive weigh-in today... I was noticing my one pair of capris pants that I wear to work was feeling less tight this week, so while I haven't lost a lot of weight, perhaps the bloat is subsiding, and that's good too!

I am quite pleased, even with the birthday celebration meal of cheese pizza and birthday cake w ice cream.  And then a small slice of cake Thursday night and Friday night.  I thought about freezing the rest of the cake, but I think my daughter and I can finish it up this weekend.

I have done NO planning for our trip next week.  You all are right though, that if I have to take extra time off because of COVID, then so be it.  I should let it go and just use the time to relax at home.  It is what it is.

I had a very good workout this morning, but sadly, my FitBit did not register it correctly, I think, because my step count was much lower than it usually is.  That was a bit discouraging, but I'm not going to let that get me down.  It was a good workout with higher speeds, no lagging at higher resistances.  

I've got my laundry drying outside, and I've pulled weeds, etc., so this afternoon, I'll be putting the weeds, etc. into the yard waste bin.  I'm delighted that in the Fall, I will have 2 additional places to plant lilies for next year.  Excellent!  And next year, I hope to be on top of weeding sooner than I did this year.  For a while, the rear side of the house looked a fright.  The thistles were pretty but then I read that they are highly invasive so down they came as soon as the flower started to turn to seed.

I find it more important to have these relaxing, fulfilling activities to do/have on the weekends, to help balance out the chaos during the week - especially when it's so impossibly busy.  In typing that, I realized that yoga would be (should be?) included in that, but for some reason, it just isn't.  

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/01/2020:
Well done on looser fitting clothes! Good job on the workout. I've ordered a fitbit but still hasn't arrived.

bearcountrygg on 08/01/2020:
Congrats on the great weigh in!!! I had fitbit problems too......once I figured out that if I sat in a rocking chair and rocked off some energy...it looked like I had really outdone my exercise for the day...LOL that's when I took it off...I love my rocking chair...a little bit more than I loved my fitbit...LOL.

Donkey on 08/01/2020:
You'd be surprised how many "steps" knitting can add, because of the wrist action, LOL...

bearcountrygg on 08/01/2020:
LOL...I've heard all kinds of stories...just taking it off and swinging it around for awhile makes it look like you've been exercising all day...LOL.......I bet knitting is a good one. One gal was putting hers on her exercise bikes pedal....she thought she was supposed to do that....I finally gave up on mine when I realized it wasn't accurate.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2020:
so glad to hear about your progress, that are you feeling better in your clothes again! :) so happy!

also, many people run into that "trap" of planting things that turn invasive - like bamboo! there are some homes in my overall larger area of queens / nassau county of Long Island that plant bamboo which will grow and grow and take over your lawn if you let it! terrbie.

Maria7 on 08/02/2020:
I enjoy doing yardwork, also. What kind of lilies are you planning to plant in the fall?

thinkpositive on 08/03/2020:
I do love my Fitbit but haven’t quite mastered programming it for various workouts. Good job with weight loss and feeling the loss in how your clothes fit!

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
What does fitbit say your avg actual calorie burn a day is?

Donkey - Friday Jul 31, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 So to be fair to all,  the boss has said that anyone traveling has to get COVID tested before they can come back to work.  I feel that this is the correct thing to do.  Unfortunately,  for me,  it means I have to get tested after our trip. 

Instead of going back to work Wednesday afternoon,  I won't be able to go back until maybe Friday but probably the following Monday. It will be hard on everyone to be out longer, but no one seems to feel this angst like I do. 

Also,  it is not clear to me but I think the boss asked Mistakes Girl not to go camping in Kentucky this weekend,  and thus be in the office on Monday instead of taking the day off to return home from Kentucky. 

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

legcramps on 07/31/2020:
That is the right thing for boss to do, but hopefully it's not because he is trying to dissuade anyone from taking their rightful holiday time. I don't think you should stress about the extra days, and rather use them to your advantage. It's not worth it to stress over something that you have no control over.

Why do you think boss asked Mistakes Girl not to go camping?

innerpeace on 07/31/2020:
i agree with legcramps. Don't stress over something that you have no control over. I think it is wise to get tested after travel.

Grannyannie on 07/31/2020:
You deserve time off!

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2020:
Just go and enjoy yourself and then enjoy the extra few days while you are waiting for results......don't let them fill you with guilt...if nothing more they will appreciate you more when you return.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/31/2020:
finally! mistakes girl has to work! :)

i'm glad you will be off...enjoyed the couple days back when you don't have to go straight back to work <3

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
Sounds like you get the thing everyone needs most... a vacation from your vacation. I think extra time will really help.

Donkey - Thursday Jul 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

Yesterday was an exhausting day.  It felt like the fatigue had caught up with me.  I could not make myself go in to work early but I did stay until 6p.  

Despite trying to do everything possible to avoid needing Queen Bee to come in,  I'm afraid it's inevitable.  There was talk of a chance that Male Co-Worker would be able to delay his surgery,  but sadly,  he will be having it next week,  which means he'll be out for another 5 weeks minimum. 

I have no business leaving for 3.5 days but so be it. I feel bad about leaving work in such a painful position,  but I am looking forward to seeing our son and my mom.  And I'm looking forward to the break.  

Exercise and eating were not on plan because of birthday celebration.  No evening bike ride,  pizza and cake for dinner.  Ya know what? That's OK. I did eat too much frosting,  but I feel at peace with that.  Not feeling tons of energy this morning but also not feeling depleted. 

Inspired by grannie annie,  I hope to do some weights tonight.  No yoga because I'm sure I'll be working late. 

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/30/2020:
You deserve a break to see family. They'll just have to cover for you.

legcramps on 07/30/2020:
I like your attitude about the pizza and cake. There have to be some days where that's OK.

I know how difficult it must be to leave your job, even for a few days, when you know what you'll be returning to - more work. But you have to remember that you need to take the break and work on balancing your work with the rest of your life. You deserve this break, and you should enjoy it without having to stress about what you're leaving behind! I truly hope you're able to do this :)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2020:
you do deserve your break too. you cannot be expected to be the only one without a couple days off..in the SUMMER. do take care of yourself and your desires. this is YOUR BUSINESS to see your family as Annie said.

i do hope you do your weights too, it's on my agenda today as well!

bearcountrygg on 07/30/2020:
You need the vacay...let the owner figure it out himself......they will use you and try to intimidate you all they can if you let them.

happy-1 on 08/04/2020:
You need to take a break. Breaks are not optional and this is a company, not a pet, dependent or relative... and they will be OK. What won't be ok is if you don't take a break, get resentful or frazzled and your performance suffers. They won't be like "oh she didn't get her vacation"

Donkey - Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 Oh my word,  work is so busy and we're so behind.  I'm going in early and staying late just to open up new files. So working 8a to 6p is probably the new normal until I leave for our trip 

I hope not, but as long as the new deals keep coming in,  this is how it will be.  Mistakes Girl  left 5 contacts to open on Friday,  probably thinking she'd have plenty of time to open then in Monday.  Then this happened and we're 15 contracts behind. 

To help with the workload,  unfortunately,  Queen Bee will be coming in.  However,  she just came back from vacation in Mississippi, which is a COVID hot spot.  She's supposed to self quarantine for 14 days. 

So Nice Lady threw a fit and  requested that Queen Bee get tested.  That will delay her presence in the office for 5 days or so until she gets her results. 

I left at 530 last night to attend the last Yin yoga class offered by the studio owner.  I didn't ask her why the change but I will miss her.  It was such a good class last night.  A much needed stretch after all that stress at work. 

Progress as of today: 44.5 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
Ugh! Work nightmares. Had many of those.

legcramps on 07/28/2020:
Those are long days! I hope they don't last much longer. When do you leave on vacation?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2020:
umm...i'm glad Queen Bee will get tested!!!!!!!! she shouldn't be coming in after a trip to another state at all!

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