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Donkey - Wednesday Mar 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.0

 Yesterday ended up being a huge drama,  but in the end (ha ha), my husband was able to completely the lower half of his procedure.

Because my husband's spine is completely fused,  the anesthesiologist would not sedate him at the outpatient office we were at, because he could not intubate if necessary.  So then we tried to get us scheduled into the hospital.  Each step of approval took about 30 minutes.  Is the doctor available? Yes.  Half hour later,  is there a surgical room available? Yes. Half hour later,  will insurance approve the procedure in the hospital?  THREE DAY WAIT FOR APPROVAL.

At this point,  we thought it was not going to happen but my husband opted to try with just a local numbing agent, rather than full blown anesthesia.  And he was able to endure it. 

But seriously,  what should have been 2 hours took half a day.  We came home and ate lunch - I hadn't eaten since dinner the night before and had 2 workouts since my last meal!

I was tired after everything but pushed myself to go to work for 3 hours.   *Daughter did not take me. 

Had Subway sandwiches for dinner,  then I went to the gym for cardio,  since I spent most of the morning sitting and waiting. 

I woke up very tired today,  so I may just ride my bike at home tonight, rather than going to the gym.  I usually take Thursday and Friday off from the gym but I'd like to get to bed earlier tonight. 

Progress as of today: 51.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/05/2020:
I'm glad that it all went thru. sorry for the change of scenery with the procedure changes!

it's good you were at least able to get the appointment done and the procedure finished.

whenever i have a change from the regular day, it also tires me out. it could also be mentally draining.

i'm glad you are keeping up with your activity.

i think i'm partially more tired because i'm trying to be more active and my body is a little unused to it.

Donkey - Tuesday Mar 03, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.0

 So.... I know I said I would take today off,  completely,  but I'm thinking about going in from 2p to 5p.  My daughter would drop me off on her way to class and then pick me up on the way home.   We're just too busy right now,  and I want to be sure that deadlines get met.   Normally,  this would not be an issue,  but Mistakes Girl is just now coming back from being on vacation for 4 days.  So... I'm not sure I can count on her checking my stuff correctly AND her working on catching up on her stuff.  We will see.  A lot will depend on how Husband does with his scopes.

Yesterday was a Hungry Day, where all I wanted to do  was eat.  Thank goodness the Title Company Guy stopped by with a fruit platter.  I had 4 bowls!  To be honest,  it was more stress eating than actual hunger. 

Picked up a new yoga schedule at the gym.  I'm going to try again to attend ONE class this week,  to overcome my fear and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Progress as of today: 51.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/03/2020:
Hope all goes well with the hubby's scope today.....It's a shame that coworkers are so undependable...been there and experienced it firsthand. The hungries have been hitting home here too......and it's carbs!!! Comfort food I guess. Stressful times these days and that usually makes me want to eat. If you want to overcome a fear then it may help to give yourself a pep talk beforehand. It's a free country and you are as entitled to be there as much as any other person.....and besides.....you've done yoga a lot lore than some others so at least you have experience with it.......sometimes when we think we are not worthy...we don't realize that others may be looking up to us......don't let those people or yourself down! You can do it Donk!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/03/2020:
i'm glad you are so into this yoga because i'm sure it's having wonderful effects on your body and strength!

also, do what you can, the work will be here for you if you go in today or tomorrow. I'd like to hear what you did and how your hubby did too!

bearcountrygg on 03/03/2020:
How did the hubby do??? Did you go back to work???

Donkey - Sunday Mar 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.0

I thought today might be the day that I be brave enough to try yoga at the Fancy Gym.  However,  I was very comfortable working out at home to be prompted to step out.  I used my weights and weight bench this morning.  No yoga at all. 

Son called this morning too,  which was nice.  He is getting transferred this week to a new station to begin training for a new job (Air Force).  So I'm excited for him.  I hope he does well. 

I plan to go to the gym today. The weather outside is supposed to be nice and warmer (50F) so I'm hoping the gym will not be crowded. 

My husband is having a full GI scope on  Tuesday,  so I'm taking the whole day off.  Yes,  we could try to have daughter drive him there and home,  but she needs sleep, since she works 2nd shift and this appointment is early in the morning. 

I could go to work in the afternoon,  but I'd like to spend some time with Daughter.  And frankly,  I need time away from the office. 

Progress as of today: 51.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/01/2020:
It seems like a good time to take the day off anyway...besides...you hubby may be groggy all day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/02/2020:
The point is you exercised! doesn't matter how, just that you did it!

Good luck to your hubby on Tuesday, he'll appreciate you being by his side!

It's good you are making a good work-life balance Tuesday. Sounds that way to me.

legcramps on 03/02/2020:
Good luck to your husband on Tuesday! And it's very nice to hear that you are taking the whole day off - HoP hit the nail on the head when she said it's a good work-life balance.

Donkey - Saturday Feb 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.0

 Oh the weight is so much harder to come off this time...  Overall, I think I'm doing ok with eating less,  mindfully and intentionally.  The last 2 dinners (shrimp) have been harder to limit.  Plus,  retaining water,  as my rings are a little tight. 

I went to Yin yoga last night,  and the joke is on me.   There were 5 of us in the class!  So no need to feel guilty about not attending.  Looks like other people appreciate a Friday evening yoga session to start the weekend!

This class time actually might work better for me,  because I can go straight from work, if I stay late, which I often do!  (That's the key!  Otherwise,  it won't  work.)  Much better for my schedule than rushing on Sunday morning to make the 8 am class. 

My daughter's work schedule is changing again so I won't have our Family Gym time on Sunday any more.  It's ok.  I plan to go to the gym anyway,  today and tomorrow, either with Husband or alone. 

I have nothing else planned for this weekend 

Progress as of today: 51.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/01/2020:
weight may be diff to lose but just be happy that you don't have much to take off this time around :)

also, i agree that going from one activity straight to another (like work straight to yoga) is best. when i was driving my car to and from work, that's why i'd go to gym. worked out perfectly. now, not so much with the public trans commute!

sorry daughter and you will not go to gym but hopefully she'll continue like you do at other times. maybe talk to her about it. :)

enjoy the gym, it's easier to be more productive there. do they have any back exercise equipment?

Donkey on 03/01/2020:
Other than free weights and your standard weight machines, I'm not sure that they do.

Donkey - Friday Feb 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.5

 I know there is still today,  but I cannot believe I got through yet another incredibly difficult week.  I have a lot of deadlines today,  so it's not over yet. 

Much chaos going on outside of work too,  with mother in law deciding she needs to move out of assisted living into something more independent (even though she is both deaf and blind), daughter completely overwhelmed,  overworked,  and freaking out,  husband freaking out over all of this....  

Fast yoga last night was fun,  although I wasn't particularly very good at balancing.  Plus,  I felt it was too short,  even though it wasn't. 

Guilt will prompt me to try hard to attend Yin yoga tonight.  I had suggested a Friday evening class to the owner,  so she set one up,  but I  have had a hard time attending it.  The class starts at 6 pm and it's hard to make this time    because often on Friday,  I stay late at work to finish up things before the weekend.  I don't know that anyone else goes to this class either. The one time I made it,  I was the only one. 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/28/2020:
You are doing good, keep your head up Jdonk!

your 6pm yoga class reminds me of the library event at 6:30pm i went to last night. It was mostly all seniors in attendance, not many younger people since 6:30pm can be a challenge to go to after work. But the event was still good and i'm glad i went. i think it will be the same for you, if you go to yoga.

you motivate me with your stick-with-it attitude towards yoga!!!

legcramps on 02/28/2020:
Sounds like you're being pulled a lot of different ways lately. I hope you can attend the yoga class tonight; it will likely bring you some relief from your everyday stress.

Deep breaths.

Donkey - Tuesday Feb 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.5

So yesterday was awful,  still feeling the effects of that client who screamed at me last week.  My boss is aware but remains neutral.  I think that's how he remains calm and happy.   Maybe he's on to something there. :-)

I was so done after work that I stayed home and rode my bike.  I had  intended to do weights too but that didn't happen.  Husband and daughter went to the gym and said it was REALLY busy, so I'm kind of glad I didn't go. Maybe tonight,  if the weather cooperates. 

We were supposed to get this big snow over 3 days, starting today,  but now it looks like it will just be a  dusting overnight, so the gym might be a possibility. 

My next personal challenge is to attend yoga classes at the gym.  Although I'm not exactly a beginner, I think that's where I will start. 

Still trying to eat less and have been doing ok with that.  I've essentially cut out my afternoon snack. 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 02/25/2020:
I can relate. I think about incidents that happen way after the fact too. It seems to affect me more than most. I That reminds me of the Officer and Gentleman scene where Sid tells Zach that he can't just sh!t on people and sleep like a baby at night. hope you have a better day.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/25/2020:
He may choose also to remain calm on the outside ;) bosses sometimes just know how to manage that emotional aspect better, maybe, not that i'm saying YOU can't be a boss! not at all! just saying. also he may be used to this even more than you ;)

remember that you can eat less, but "MORE" you can always substitute a different snack for a piece of fruit and tea or something, very low cal. or, one single chocolate and a drink can go far too, i find.

Donkey - Saturday Feb 22, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.5

 Remembered to weigh in this morning.  The weight is slowly coming back down.  I might have had a lower number but ate mindlessly at dinner and had a whole chicken breast!

I had an epiphany last week that the reason my weight is up is because I've been eating too much!  So if I want results,  I have to do the hard work,  and most of the struggle is on my plate. 

With the exception of last night's dinner,  I've been working hard to be very mindful of what I'm eating .

I plan to go to the Fancy Gym this weekend.  Had yoga Thursday and last night,  so I couldn't go. 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/22/2020:
Great progress !

The struggle is real :)

Remember when you only worked out at home ?! What an awesome change ....

It’s 3:30pm and I’m home on couch eating a snack thinking to work out at home ?! Lol gym may have to wait till next week ..

Donkey on 02/22/2020:
It's almost dinner time, and all I've done is workout at home. I'm still aiming to go to the Fancy Gym tonight, when it's less busy. Trying to work my way up to it...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/24/2020:
I totally agree with you, she did wrong in yelling at you :( maybe she needs anger management! :)

it's hard not to take it personally i know. i'm SURE you weren't the first to be yelled at!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/24/2020:
i def see that going to the gym this past weekend used more of my energy / time.

one good thing about GOING out to the gym, is you aren't distracted by everything at home!!!! my workout was a lot stronger and dedicated. and i hopped on elliptical for 20 min. as well, i made sure to use the back exercise machine and do some stretching. i was reminded to do some moves i don't do at home.

it's nice to go to gym, but, i see my arms have benefited from my home workout. the gym did help me stretch and do some cardio...

all in all, i have figured that i need to devote a little more time to strenthen / stretch my back at home and keep doing more walking as i'm able to...

once at the gym, it's a wonderful, easy environment to get things done.

Donkey - Friday Feb 21, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

 So yesterday,  a client SCREAMED at me on the phone because I wouldn't apologize for the other party's attorney's mistake.  We're the Buyer and the Seller's attorney made the mistake. 

I was so taken aback that I was physically shaking.  I developed a headache and could not see nor think clearly.  So I went home early.

I've been trying to shake this off but was completely off balance at Fast-Slow yoga last night.  I also did not sleep very well last night,  with waking up at 12:13am and unable to go back to sleep until over an hour later. 

So I'm sure you can imagine how much I do NOT want to go to work today.  But all I can hope is to reset myself mentally over the weekend. 

To help in this reset,  I am attending a yoga restorative workshop tonight,  taught by last night's instructor.   It will be a larger group of 9 or possibly 10.  I signed up for this in January,  but who knew how much I would need this now. 

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/21/2020:
Sorry you were screamed at. One important thing to remember is you cannot control other people’s actions and you never know the full history behind this person who acted that way towards you!

I’m glad you have yoga to help you thru this :)

Donkey on 02/22/2020:
I appreciate your comment, but whatever that client is going through, that is no excuse for her verbally assaulting me like that.

After the call, my legs were shaking uncontrollably. I had problems with my eyes focusing, and I had a shooting headache. I felt sore all over and was very out of balance at yoga.

The next morning I woke up feeling sore all over as if I had been physically hit.

Donkey - Sunday Feb 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

 I wanted to clarify that I don't write here for comments,  per se, unless of course,  I specifically ask for feedback,  reality check, opinions,  etc.  Please don't think that my comment yesterday about weekend posting was attention seeking.  I love reading feedback on my diary,  and I love to read about what you're doing too.  It's just harder for me to comment in other diaries during the week, which makes me feel somewhat disconnected from the group here. 

I wanted to mention that what helped me get through this week,  emotionally,  was to think of at least one thing I could look forward to after work, whether it was a warm dinner,  a small piece of chocolate,  a tv show,  a yoga session...   Now I can add treats to be had at the Fancy Gym, such as hot tub, sauna, etc.  This really helped me get through days that would otherwise seem grim and depressing. 

I made it to the Fancy Gym last night!  That is a great time to go!  Not crowded at all.  The only thing was that I couldn't partake in some of the water things (hot tub, e.g.) because husband didn't pack a bag.  He's not sure he has swim trunks that fit him.  So he will try on the 2 pairs we have today.  And today,  my daughter is coming along,  and she will want to do the hot tub and sauna.

I stuck to familiar cardio machines last night.   30 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes rowing.  I do free weights at home,  right now,  but I will eventually gravitate to the eight machines at the FG (Fancy Gym).  And of course they are supposed to have *amazing* yoga classes there!

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/16/2020:
I do admit to felt less connected this week because hardly anyone was posting lol ;)

Anyways, I’m proud of you for making it to the FG. I do miss my gym days - perhaps I’ll go back at a different point in the future when it works out better with my commute :-)

bearcountrygg on 02/16/2020:
It's necessary for all of us to have some fun...whatever that may be for each of us......I picked up some spa type face masks a while back and had been forgetting about them......during a quiet time the other day...i put one on...laid down...and read for the 30 minutes that it said to leave it on...and it was wonderful...i don't know if it actually did anything for my skin....but it was a nice pampering 30 minutes.

bearcountrygg on 02/16/2020:
That would be a fun thing for you and your daughter to do together!

legcramps on 02/18/2020:
It really sounds like Fancy Gym is a pretty great place. It's nice to find a new challenge from time to time as well; maybe FG will help you in your yoga practice, or maybe it will open up another different and exciting challenge for you! A gym with a hot tub and sauna would be so amazing! Enjoy it!

Donkey - Saturday Feb 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

I'm not writing as much.  During the week,  I have no time.   During the weekend,  no one comments. 

It's been a very difficult week, both at work and personally, so I didn't eat as much.  I've also made small changes to my exercising to make it a little more challenging.   Working out is now a priority in my life, every day. 

I'm hoping to have the time  and courage to go to the Fancy Gym for a first- time workout.   It would be just me and Mr. Donkey, since the daughter has to work. 

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/15/2020:
I've found the slow weekend presence here in the past too.......people get busy and I just tried to keep moving along anyway....sometimes posters catch up...and sometimes not.....but It all helped me clarify things for myself...even if I was the only one posting....writing things out just causes so many aha moments for me. I also have shifted gears.....and your boost in exercise time sounds like a sound plan. I hope next week gets better for you. Don't forget to do things that make you happy!!!

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2020:
I’m happy to hear you are prioritizing exercise. That is one thing I am continuously trying to make more of a priority again. I’m taking a class now and even though I’m not the one teaching it, it left me mentally drained enough to not be productive the rest of the day.

Anyways, I’m sorry also that I don’t comment as much during the week as at work I do go online and find it simpler to catch up with everyone during the week ;)

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2020:
Thank you for your comments today :) let us know if you make it to the fancy gym!

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