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Donkey - Sunday Oct 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

My hips are hurting this morning.  I'm trying not to let the pain get me crabby about the sink full of dirty dishes left for me this morning, by other family members.  To make matters worse, the kitchen faucet is not working properly, so rinsing off dishes for the dishwasher, or washing by hand is nearly impossible.

The weather is noticibly cooler here today, and the sky is gray and cloudy.  My daughter has plans with her boyfriend today, so no nature walk with her, no gym weight training session with her either.  You know, I'm OK with that.  It is what it is, so I'm not at all stressed out by her lack of time with/for me.  I had no expectations, actually, so I've made plans/goals of my own for today.

Lest you think I'm ridiculous or paranoid about my neighbors, when I went for an outdoor walk yesterday, I had another encounter with the Snooty Neighbor.  Or should I say, "non-encounter" because she went totally out of her way to avoid crossing my path, and tried to make it look like she was walking another route.  But as I turned a corner, I caught her out of the corner of my eye, and saw her backtrack her route and resume her way on the original path.   So it's not just COVID avoidance; this was personal avoidance.

Came home and told husband about it, and he was just astonished.  He said, some people just need to get over themselves. Yup.  Actually, she did me a favor because I did not want to cross paths with her either.  

Grannieannie's entry made me notice that there are exactly 3 weeks left until November.  AND November starts on a Sunday, which is helpful for goal setting.  Unfortunately, American Thanksgiving is at the end, to blow any progress to pieces.  Also, I'm going to visit my family, so basically, not much exercise.  Well, still that's 3 weeks in October and 3 weeks in November to make some real progress!!!

Today's Goals:

  • Weights - biceps & triceps
  • Fold & put away my laundry
  • Gym
  • Read Lewis & Clark book

Not really a goal, but I'd like to go to Walmart to pick up coffee and Halloween candy.  I might wait until Monday and go on my lunch hour, since it's supposed to be a rainy day.


Yesterday's Goals Re-Cap:

  • Weights - legs, chest - DONE
  • My Laundry - DONE
  • Cats' Laundry - a perpetual chore, but this load is DONE
  • Refill birdfeeders - DONE
  • Read Lewis & Clark book - won't finish this by the time I have to return it to the library, but I'll read as much of it as I can.- DONE but got so sleepy I didn't read as much of it as I wanted; had this not been a goal, I would not have read it at all
  • Gym - DONE
  • Watch Registered for legal clinic video - the link took me to a very confusing calendar page, eventually figured out that I had to register for a webinar - DONE
  • Outdoor walk? - DONE (twice)

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
We can always behave in between these indulgences. I will behave before Nov 3rd and will behave off and on while waiting for the final result which I hope does not take weeks.

We don't do Thanksgiving here although we have a couple of times with some other American expats.

Ignore snooty neighbours - not worth your time.

We rewatched a documentary on Lewis & Clark not long ago.

bearcountrygg on 10/11/2020:
Yes..ignore snooty neighbors...look right through them as if they don't exist. The best revenge is living well......Be happy it will drive them nuts!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2020:
i hope you can get the kitchen faucet fixed. my parents have had issues with their sink faucet often in their house. it gets tight, doesn't move around (it's one that you can turn in different directions) like it should...feels like it needs WD40...but they say that's not why. LOL.

sounds like your neighbors are a$$holes.

but when you visit family, can't you all decide to, possibly, "relax" for some of the time as well as get at least half hour walks in together? maybe after dinner if need be? not everyone likes to go out and walk, that's for sure...i can only get my parents in on a walk mostly if my sister is not there with her baby (when she goes back to the city) and then my parents have more energy and freedom to both go for a walk....

Donkey - Saturday Oct 10, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

Remembered to weigh-in...  Glad to see the lower number, of course, but I think this is where I was at the end of September.  It's like Cicyphus, pushing the rock up the hill, only to have it slide down again, to push back up again, for eternity...  So what I need to do is figure out how to get over the hump on the hill.  I know I can do that if I buckle down. I need a plan with specifics.

It is very humd here today, for some reason, which makes the house feel warmer than it really is.  I have the doors and windows open.  At least I can still hang the laundry outside to dry, so that's a good thing. My husband hasn't complained about his pain - which is usually worse when it's humid out.  I was going to do weights last night, but the weather was so moderate that I took a walk outside.  I can do weights today, and there will be plenty of time for that this winter.  The pleasant evenings walks must be done while they are still available.

As you may recall, I volunteer at a legal clinic that used to meet once a month, before COVID.  The last clinic we had was in January, because too many volunteers were sick for February's clinic, and then came the shut-down.  Well, they want us to get re-started with our clinic, but virtually, or hybrid option, where the lawyer(s) stay safe and sound at home, but the staff put ourselves at risk by meeting in person.  Anyway, there is an hour-long (UGH!!!!)  video to watch on what the new procedures woule be, and I said I would watch that this weekend-- NOT realizing it was an hour long!  So that's on my list to do.


  • Weights - legs, chest
  • My Laundry
  • Cats' Laundry
  • Refill birdfeeders
  • Read Lewis & Clark book - won't finish this by the time I have to return it to the library, but I'll read as much of it as I can.
  • Gym
  • Watch legal clinic video
  • Outdoor walk?

I can't vote early in person at the village hall until October 19th.  So this will not be on my list until then.  I do not want to go to the county building to vote early, as it's much easier to vote at the village hall.

I mentioned this in one of my comments earlier, but I was able to overcome my issue with my neighbors and went for a morning walk on Thursday, before I left for work - just to prove to myself that I could do it (and plus, to get a really good step count for the day, lol).  And I did it!

Last thing I want to mention is something nice that I did for myself.  Down the block from where I live, there is a house that has a "Little Library", which is a dropbox for a free book exchange.  You borrow a book and return it, or exchange a book for a book.  So I overcame my shyness about this, and exchanged 3 books of my daughter's for a children's book of "Christmas Stories".  This is not your usual Santa, Rudolph stories, but stories I had never heard of.  It's a very easy read, with large print and each facing page has an illustration.  I am looking forward to reading this at night, before bed, as we get closer to Christmas.  

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 10/10/2020:
Weather here is crazy too, we are supposed to get remnants from Delta, but don't think those will be here until Sunday night. We have a few of those take one leave one libraries in a few people's yards around our neighbor hood. I want to but haven't - i should read more. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
Good idea to vote early. Going for evening walks sounds nice.

bearcountrygg on 10/10/2020:
Our grocery store has a free library in the foyer...I leave my unwanted books there...but with covid...they took it out...I'm looking forward to leaving some more when they put it back in there....so nice to be able to share things like that...and GOOD FOR YOU WALKING...step out like a boss....and enjoy yourself.....I'm sure they all have things that they may regret...we all make mistakes!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
it's sooo easy to have issues with neighbors - growing up, my parents weren't fond of their neighbors for the most part!

good luck with the reopening of the clinic....i vouch that masks (probably) help a lot as long as everyone wears them ...correctly!

I'm really glad you can do the walk and pay no mind, mostly, to your neighbors - you have to be able to live your life and be happy.

the book you got sounds like its going to make you smile before bed!!

thinkpositive on 10/11/2020:
Like your analogy of pushing the rock up the hill & sliding back down. The story of my attempt at weight loss.

Maria7 on 10/11/2020:
Congrats on your progress. Hope you are having a good day.

Donkey - Friday Oct 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

I have to keep pinching myself this morning to remember that today is FRIDAY!!!!  YAY!!!!

Very warm day today here, highs in the low 80s.  Next week will be back to cooler temperatures.

I met all of my goals yesterday even though:

  • I left the office with several things not completed.
  • My Zoom meeting had to extend to a 2nd 45-minute session, because we "wasted" the first 45 minutes just catching up with each other.

It's already going to be a trying day.  I was interrupted in posting this, due to too much time spent in the bathroom.  My whole GI is in turmoil, thanks to TOM.

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

grannyannie on 10/09/2020:
Temp sounds gorgeous!

Hope you feel better. I do NOT miss TOM.

Donkey on 10/10/2020:
I do not think I will miss TOM either, but I know it will bring changes to my body. Right now, I can't handle another thing to work on.

Maria7 on 10/09/2020:
Yes. The weekend is just about here.

Donkey on 10/10/2020:
Amen, amen, AMEN!!!

bearcountrygg on 10/09/2020:
I don't miss TOM either.....and I don't miss the hot flashes....

Donkey on 10/10/2020:
REALLY hoping I don't suffer too much from hot flashes. My Aunt Mary used to get them really bad.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
how i understand your GI turmoil completely! i have the whole thing too...more often the older i get!

enjoy your warmer day...we've had plenty of those (upper 70s) lately. it's cooled a little but still more nice days than rain...almost no rain!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
why don't you want to run into neighbors walking dogs? you don't have to stop to talk!? just keep walking and wave?

or, are you afraid of dogs?

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
My neighbors hate me and I'm not fond of them either. I gave a better explanation to Inner Peace yesterday.

What I didn't mention was that I overcame those thoughts and DID go for a walk Thursday morning before leaving for work!

Donkey - Thursday Oct 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Thankful that today is Thursday.  I did manage to leave the office before 5:30pm but did have to leave some unfinished things behind.  Then, because the mornings are cold but the days are quite warm, I got to my car (leaving work) only to realize that I had taken my car key out of my jacket pocket and left it in my sweater.  So all the way back into the office, up the stairs...  I was a little upset by that, but decided to look at my error as a chance to get in more steps.

Today's lesson learned already:  if I get up when my alarm clock goes off, I have a LOT of free time in the morning to do what I want, like log into DD and write.  I'd love to go for an outside walk but I don't want to run into any neighbors walking their dogs.  I gotta get over that.

My body figured out what it was doing and TOM finally arrived.  Albeit crampy and uncomfortable, I'm ok with this, because I'm not ready to be dealing with menopause at this time.  

Goals today:

  • Leave work by 5:30p
  • Evening bike ride before Zoom meeting at 8pm.
  • Brief outdoor walk outside after Zoom meeting


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

innerpeace on 10/08/2020:
Why do you want to avoid the neighbors with the dogs? Is it dogs or neighbors? I would love to get up when my alarm goes off - I hit the snooze button like three times - 30 minutes of interrupted sleep.

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
Several years ago, I had a very embarrassing event that was very public. After that, my neighbors turned their backs on me. Now I seethem for the hypocrites and mean people they truly are, under their "we're good Christians" facades.

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
Well, that was not entirely accurate. Only 3 of the families are practicing Catholics and they completely shunned me. The other folks just think of themselves as "Good People" - but I never see them going to church.

grannyannie on 10/08/2020:
Nice to get up early in the quiet.

We have Alexa turn on our bedroom light in the morning. No reason we have to get up since we're retired. But hubby likes to have his tea and get on his bike by 7am. And I've gotten used to it so I'm fine (unless I wake up during a dream which makes me groggy).

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
We could do that but hands and I have separate sleeping schedules, mainly because I work and workout, and he doesn't sleep well when the pain flares up. Plus, sometimes he stays up late to make sure Daughter gets home safely.

Good point though. I think even if I weren't working, I'd still get up early in the morning.

legcramps on 10/08/2020:
Yes, I have a tendency to hit the snooze button too many time in the morning. I think extra time in the morning is great - I would much rather wake up slowly than have to rush around to get ready!

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
I so dislike being rushed in the morning.

Donkey - Wednesday Oct 07, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Got all my goals done last night. I finished the chapter I was reading and started into the next one before I got too sleepy to continue.

Every day this week, my goal will be to leave work before 5:30pm. Yesterday, Mistakes Girl left at 4:53p!  And sure enough, someone called at 5:05pm wanting to talk to the Boss, who left at 4:30pm.

I did not go to the gym last night.  I thought about it, but then decided to stay home, so that I could accomplish weights and outdoors walk.  This is our last week of beautiful, perfect weather, so I need to grab these days while I can.  

  • Tonight is the VP debate, so I will not go to the gym.  I may not do much else tonight.  Bike ride or walk, perhaps, before showering & getting ready for bed, before watching the debate.
  • Tomorrow night, I have a Zoom meeting with 2 of the other volunteers from the legal clinic, to talk about whether or not we are ready to re-open.  This led to a brief but interesting conversation with Husband.  No answers, but it was nice to hear his thoughts. 


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

bearcountrygg on 10/07/2020:
I'm looking forward to the debate as well......Sounds like everyone likes to escape early....UGH

Maria7 on 10/07/2020:
I'm not thrilled about watching this debate if it is anything like the one we watched recently.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
VP debate is wrong time zone for me but CNN will likely replay it at 8am my time. Anxious to see it!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/07/2020:
I also have some MAJOR problems reading if/when sleepy and I have a BIG tendency to fall asleep reading if i'm not too interested in matter i'm reading about. i don't think it happened much with paralegal...but it's happening so much studying project management. i'm just not as invested...maybe because i invested nothing into it, none of my money, and i know the test is hard, it's hard to stay motivated....eh, not good reasoning here!

anyways, let me get back to you. YOU on the other hand, sound really productive the past couple weeks on doing things for YOU (yes!) and for work.

def grab the days while you can outdoors. There was someone on TV today from Chicago (guest on a tv show!) and the producers said to that person how they give that person a lot of credit because they certainly can get some bad weather mix in the Winters! I thought of you!

Donkey - Tuesday Oct 06, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Unfortunately, I ran out of time to write this morning.  I woke up at 4:18am and I should have gotten out of bed then, but husband was in the bathroom already, getting his day started (shower), so I decided to stay in bed.  Then it because SUPER hard to get up.  Lesson learned.

I managed to get 1.5 of my goals completed.  I did leave work almost at 5pm!  This works, to have this as a goal :-)  I read my book, but did not finish the chapter I wanted to complete, because I got too tired.  I did not walk outside in the evening, for some reason, even though it was a nice night.

One lesson I learned from Monday:  So I'm not sure I mentioned it but on Friday, I stayed at work until AFTER 6:30PM trying to deal with a file that blew up at around 4:50p.  Then, as I'm working on the file that's on fire, I'm getting other emails from annoying clients who aren't reading what I sent them.  UGH!

Well, it turns out that EVERYTHING I worked late for on Friday was for NOTHING.  The file wasn't on fire, and it was able to close on Monday afternoon as scheduled.  Whoa... It's gonna be a while before I let THAT happen to me again.  Another lesson learned.

Goals for tonight:

  • Leave work before 5:30pm - DONE
  • Walk outside - DONE
  • Finish reading chapter - NEXT
  • Weights - DONE

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

bearcountrygg on 10/06/2020:
That must be frustrating.....why do people wait for the last minute to make calls to offices?

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
I don't have a good answer for that. I know that I send out emails after 5pm because I don't want to have to deal with them on Monday (or the next work day). My boss would be OK if I left them for later, but eventually, they'd catch up to me... or I'd walk in and have 108 emails waiting for me.

A bad start is anything over 25 emails in the morning, to start the day.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
don't feel bad about not walking...i skipped weights tonight...i'll do it tomorrow ;)

lately, i feel that doing weights TWO or 3 days a week could become regular for me...especially if i need to start a new job...i may actually drop down to 2 days a week once a month or so...and the rest of the weeks of the month keep it around 3...as best i can. looking to "cut corners" in terms of exercise once i start working again...i think i'll have to...

back to you - good job leaving on time.

one thing i learned at work - in order to avoid some overtime, i'd have to stop in the middle of a task and come back to it the next time...i couldn't always finish a task and leave on time..

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
Actually, I'm kind of glad you talked about your plans for weight training. That's helpful to hear.

If my desk wasn't in the middle of every walk-way, I'd consider leaving things on my desk half-way done. Male Co-Worker does it all the time.

Maria7 on 10/07/2020:
You are very work-oriented, which can be a good thing if you are still taking good care of yourself. Hope you have a good day today.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
Work stress is awful! Take care of yourself.

Jacky82020 on 10/07/2020:
What a busy schedule you have!!! But you handle it so well.

Donkey - Monday Oct 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Note:  I finally did read last night, but I started much later than I had anticipated.  

I've been trying to make a plan for myself this week, as far as gym, weights, etc., but I'm finding that there are too many variables for me, mainly because one never knows how long I'll need to stay at work. I'm going to make it a goal of mine to leave as close to 5pm as possible.

  • Leave work before 5:30p
  • Evening walk outdoors
  • Finish chapter in book

These are good goals.  I do want to go to the gym tonight, but from 8p-9p, there is some TV I want to watch.  So not tonight.  And although I'm finding it difficult to make goals this week, I know already that there won't be any gym on Wednesday night.

No weights today, it's a rest day.  I'm feeling a little soreness in my shoulders this morning, but gladly, it's more of a "hey, I worked this muscle" ache than it is a "oh I strained my shoulders" or "oh my aching shoulder joint" pain.

One of the reasons I'm not sure what will happen this week, is because Son called me yesterday, wanting to meet up in North Dakota so that we can give him his computer, headphones, and winter boots.  This was an unexpected request.  I was afraid that perhaps he was wanting us to visit, and this would not really be a proper visit, since we're just making a delivery.  So I called him last night, and he assured me that he was not needing a visit, but really wanted his computer and will need his snowboots.  

I remembered seeing the work calendar before I left on Friday -- AFTER 6:30PM, did I mention that ??? --- and realized that this is going to be another busy week, with daily tasks.  So I told him that this weekend is unlikely but perhaps next week.   We promised to let each other know what happens Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, to see if the trip would work.  Otherwise, we'll mail him his boots and headphones.  IDK about the computer....

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

grannyannie on 10/05/2020:
It's hard to make a schedule when you have to be so flexible - and very frustrating!

bearcountrygg on 10/05/2020:
Good goals.....How long would it take you to get to North Dakota?

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
16 hours? It would need to be an overnight thing.

My back prevents me from riding longer than 3 hours straight. After that, even with a stretch and a walk, it's all pain after that.

legcramps on 10/05/2020:
Is that a long trip to make to see son? If it is not too long, I would welcome the change of pace and scenery :)

I hope you are still focusing on getting enough rest.

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
Incredibly long drive and painful. Not an easy endeavor.

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
Hubby and I had our walk outdoors this morning. Refreshing!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
there was a time, quite a long time ago, between 5-9 years ago, when i was working lots of overtime. and like you and the others say, it becomes hard to plan anything after work.

do you get paid for your overtime?

Maria7 on 10/06/2020:
Hope you are having a good day.

Donkey - Sunday Oct 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Good morning!  The morning gray sky has cleared up a bit and now it is sunny with blue sky and puffy white clouds.  Perfect for a nature walk, once my daughter wakes up and is ready.

I updated my list from yesterday and accomplished most of what I wanted to do.  Today's goals:

  • Nature walk with daughter - DONE
  • Gym
  • Fold & put away laundry - DONE
  • Weights (at home) - back, chest, legs - DONE
  • Read (Lewis & Clark book) - later tonight, this WILL get DONE
  • Stop off at the office and cover Boss' outdoor potted plant (frost advisory tonight) - DONE
  • organize plastic containers cabinet - DONE

I have fat in unusual places.  As you may recall, I've complained a LOT about my fat knees.  Well, last night, after my shower, I fluff up my thinning hair with my hands lifted above my head - sort of in the position you would have them if you were doing a sit up - and as I'm shaking my fingers through my hair, I see a wobble in my lower arms.  Well, I've been keeping an eye on this area, and doing tricep exercises, and I had noticed this "wobble" flab before.  

So I lowered my arms and doing some pinching, I've come to realize that I have fat arm pits.  Great.  Fat knees, fat pits.  That's just great.

 AFTERNOON EDIT:  One of the most important tasks for this entire weekend was omitted from my lists yesterday and today, but today I got it DONE, so I put it on the list.  This is an area of the house that needs regular organizing.  It's too easy to throw the clean containers haphazardly into the cabinet.  Eventually, someone opens the cabinet door and they all fall out.  Inspired by Happy, I made it my mission to keep this area organized, focusing on it on a frequent basis.

I had a lovely nature walk with my daughter.  It was almost a little too busy for my liking.  It is not a large conservation area, so we kept crossing paths with the same few groups.  This would be a path that I could do on my own, which was one of my goals today, to see if it were something I could do independently.  Also, most of it would be something that husband could probably handle if he were up to it.

There is another hiking area that I'd like to take daughter to, to see if I can manage that alone.  It is larger, so maybe not.  She has a larger area to share with me, that she thinks I might like too.  Both of those are larger, though, so I don't know if I'd want to ever do those alone.

I may or may not make it to the gym.  I usually go Sunday afternoons.  I think the hike may have been fulfillment enough.


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

innerpeace on 10/04/2020:
You are way too hard on yourself! I hope you have a great nature hike.

Donkey on 10/04/2020:
Thank you for pointing this out. Yes, I am often quite unforgiving of myself.

Hiking was good! I will write more about this.

grannyannie on 10/04/2020:
Sounds like a nice day.

Some of us call that jiggly flab under your arms 'batwings'. I tried and tried to build the triceps but after you hit a certain age you might as well give up. The flab won't go away. You can still work on triceps of course, but it won't 'suck up' the flab. Having bulging biceps could distract from it though. :)

Donkey on 10/04/2020:
LOL, yep, I'm afraid you're right about the flab - and under the arms seems to be particularly difficult. Once it's there, it's very, very difficult to banish - even if one loses more weight.

That's right about a big bicep though. Thanks, I'll definitely keep that in mind. More motivation to pick up those weights!

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
A gift to us all as we age, even if we are active. Just have to accept it and know you are beautiful, regardless! Smile!

Donkey on 10/04/2020:
So true, so true. I just need to keep reminding myself of this.

bearcountrygg on 10/04/2020:
I would say that is just about right for normal healthy women Donk!!! It's OK..OUR arms still work....and so we have lots to be thankful for....And our fat legs still keep us moving around ...we have lots to be thankful for.....!!

Donkey on 10/04/2020:
AMEN! You are so right!

Maria7 on 10/04/2020:
Sounds like you had a very nice walk with your Daughter.

Coffee&Calories on 10/05/2020:
I understand the frustration of seeing our bodies change as the years pass! But at least we all go through it - you're not alone :)

Donkey - Saturday Oct 03, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

 Well.... this is NOT how I wanted to start off October, with a 2-pound gain.  Yesterday's eating was completely atypical for me, with the birthday party we had at work for the Boss.  Lots of carbs, an then a cake.  Also, my body seems to be trying to make up its mind if TOM is here or not.  It's not due to start for another week or so, but this week, I felt like it was starting.  For me, it starts off slow and then kicks in.  Well, I've had a whole WEEK of "starting slow" but I'm thinking maybe the hormones are causing some bloat.  

It's not painful, per se, but just a bit uncomfortable and a lot unnerving.  Last month was a difficult month.  We'll see how this month goes before I start thinking about calling the doctor.  Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, but with COVID, it's not as easy to make a doctor's appointment these days.

There is so much I want to do today, and I'm afraid I won't have enough time to get it all done:

  • Laundry - DONE
  • Early voting - did not happen
  • Gym - DONE
  • Yardwork - DONE
  • Weights (at home) - DONE
  • Walk cornfield route neighborhood loop - DONE

Some good news for our family unit:  Daughter is getting a promotion and her days off are changing, at least temporarily.  So now I will have someone to go hiking with on Sunday, if she is willing.  She usually is, because she likes to hike too. I desperately need to be out in nature, so I'm hoping she'll go with me tomorrow, to a smaller nature preserve for a shorter walk.

Also I NEED her to show me how to use the weight machines at the gym.  I don't like to impose my needs on her, but I think for this, I'm going to push this a little bit. I know she's quite willing to do this, because we've talked about it.  It's just finding the time to be with her to do this.  Perhaps now we will have that opportunity.  Once she shows me, I'll be good to go on my own, so it would be only a minor "obligation" on her.  Well, I suppose if it doesn't happen, then so be it, but I am going to try to make this happen sooner rather than later.

Of course, there are other many  more signficant benefits to her promotion, but I only described these 2 benefits, as they affect me, for the purposes of DD.

OK, time to get those things on my list started!

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

grannyannie on 10/03/2020:
Hang in there you'll lose it. I love the resistance machines at the gym. I really miss that.

Maria7 on 10/03/2020:
Congrats on your Daughter's promotion.

bearcountrygg on 10/03/2020:
That store is making all kinds of changes...Son T is in the same situation...restructuring and moving things around......but he also will be staying with the company in a new position...he's happy with that.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/03/2020:
I want to say a big congratulations to your daughter. I am so happy to hear the good news for your family. I hope you can learn a few thigns from her at the gym. Of course, you can also google what to do for certain muscles you want to work and what gym equipment is good...but it'd be more fun with your daughter i'm sure!! :)

next, it is VERY hard to make doctor's appointments! for a dermatologist, i had to wait over a month.

i had a gynocologist appt cancelled last March and she isn't back yet to the office i do not think. ... glad i at least got my glasses/opthomologist appt last March and regular checkup. :)

coffee&calories on 10/04/2020:
Congrats to your daughter! I hear you on the doctors appts

thinkpositive on 10/05/2020:
Carbs are my downfall. Nature is important to me as well. Good plan to go hiking with your daughter.

Donkey - Friday Oct 02, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 I'm running out of time to write this morning.  DRAT.

Thank goodness today is Friday. And the Boss turns 70 on Sunday,  so we're having a lunch party for him today.  Means I don't have to fix a lunch. But also means the menu will be most unfriendly:  tacos, tamales, rice.  I'm bringing fruit. 

I rode my bike (the one I don't like) last night for a little bit,  did some light weights,  and then went for a walk in search of Halloween decorations in the neighborhood,  with no success. 

Yesterday,  New Guy brought in the most beautiful box of donuts to work.  I kept catching myself trying to work out ways to eat one. Then I remembered,  "hard work and dedication" so I decided to take one of the donuts that I really wanted,  too freeze at home. And when I reach my goal weight,  then I can eat it if I still want it. 

Husband is leaning towards NOT going to Chair Yoga tonight because it's outdoors and it's cold outside. I told him, I'm up for whatever he wants to do. 

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

bearcountrygg on 10/02/2020:
Good idea with the doughnut!

innerpeace on 10/02/2020:
I have noticed a lot of Halloween decorations too. I see a lot of blow ups and they are cute if you like that sort of thing. When that donut thaws won't it be soggy/mushy...eww! When you make goal weight, go out and buy a fresh one and enjoy the hell out of it! Have a great weekend!

Donkey on 10/03/2020:
Just between you and me, I don't even care about the donut. I just want to scrape all the icing off the top, and that should survive any kind of freezing and thawing.

grannyannie on 10/02/2020:
Doughnuts are so hard to resist. When I worked in an office in TN sometimes one of the staff would bring in a box of warm Krispy Kremes and when we ate them our eyes would roll back in our heads with pleasure!

horn_of_plenty on 10/02/2020:
Well, that’s the best idea I ever heard with regards to the donut ! Good idea seems when you really limit the sweets, you do very very well. May as well stick to your goals and reach them!

Nice job exercising and getting these activities in after resting last night :)

KathyBlue on 10/03/2020:
Hard work and dedication! YESSS!!! Nice job on the exercising. Cold outside is not an excuse, exercise means body will warm up in a short time and that cold feeling will be anyways gone! Remember - it's always difficult to START something, but it gets easier when you're on the way. Then it becomes a habit and a need! Have a nice weekend :)

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