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Donkey - Saturday Feb 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

Remembered to weigh in this morning,  no change in weight.   Discouraged.  

The family joined a Fancy Gym, because, long story short,  it was cheaper for all of us to join than just my daughter.  The problem is that I seldom go that direction any more because the traffic is so bad.

In fact, Husband and I were supposed to go there last night,  but I wouldn't drive through the construction that was between where we were and where the Gym is.  (These rigid rules I have are a symptom of unresolved PTSD.)

So maybe I'll get my membership activated over the weekend.  I would be totally against this gym, except that the word around town is that they have great yoga classes.  But what good is that if I never go?  DUH

The boss comes back from vacation this week.  I hope he comes back ready to work.  That's doubtful, but maybe I'm wrong.  My husband suggested I give him some time to adjust, and I will.  I've changed my approach to my workload too,  so I hope the boss can adjust to me,  as I will with him. 

Depending on how the boss picks up (or not) upon his return may help me make decisions about how much longer I work at this job. 

I'm considering making a total career change,  if I make a move. 

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2020:
What is the career change you are considering?

Also, that's wonderful the whole family joined the gym! awesome!!! I hope you make it there, soon. that would be awesome to take (free)? yoga classes once you are a gym member?

Donkey - Monday Feb 03, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

I went to the doctor's this morning for a physical.  Last year,  I weighed 132. This year I weighed 142... I guess.  

So she turned to me and says, "You've gained 10 pounds over the year.  Why do you think this happened?"

Nothing like a kick in the head when you're down...

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/04/2020:
That sure was rude.......in the whole scheme of things 10 pounds is nothing....in fact back in the day..WW wouldn't even let someone join if they only needed to lose 10.....i remember when my 83 year old Dad went to the dr and the dr told him to lose 7 pounds.......Sounds to me like that was the only thing she could pick on you for.....sad.

innerpeace on 02/04/2020:
That in itself is why I don't go.

legcramps on 02/04/2020:
Don't let it bother you...health professionals do not always have the best bedside manner - they are very matter-of-fact due to the nature of their work. Let them tick their boxes and you go on living your best life - which doesn't have to be one that is weighed and measured.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/04/2020:
i was reading a book about it just being a scheme that gaining weight leads to physical problems / health issues if you are within normal weight category. i was reading that book - written by a "fat" girl. i forget the name of it right now.

i do think the drs statement was sorta dumb in that it's an obvious answer!

you may have more muscle now. it could be due to many things. but don't let the office visit throw you for a total loop. remember to be creative with your meals and eating.

Maria7 on 02/05/2020:
Sometimes being a little heavier than we would like to be can be beneficial...as in a healthier immune system is what I think.

happy-1 on 02/06/2020:
Tell her it's because she's slacking off and needs to do every test and scan your insurance will pay for and give you a list and a referral for the ones that they won't.

Donkey - Sunday Feb 02, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 So after I posted yesterday morning, I had a breakdown and cried for about an hour.  Then, I sank into a depression for the rest of the day.  I still managed to drop off recycling and take husband to the library.

I did yoga at home last night.  It helped a little.

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Duaa123. on 02/03/2020:
Yoga is nice for reliving ourselves , nice activity try to do it at nature

bearcountrygg on 02/03/2020:
Hoping that you are feeling better now....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/03/2020:
I'm glad the yoga helped. what's wrong? is something in particular bothering you?

legcramps on 02/03/2020:
I hope you are doing better today. Hugs.

Maria7 on 02/03/2020:
Hoping you are feeling better today. Just realize you are surely not alone in your struggles and know that we all care about you a lot.

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:

Donkey - Saturday Feb 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

I completely forgot to weigh in this morning.  Missed a good opportunity to start the  month with a weigh-in, and end the month with a weigh-in, since the last day of February (this year) is on a Saturday.  Well, I'm not going to let my forgetfulness stop me this month from measuring progress.  I'll just go into February with my last weigh-in and pick up from there.  Ooo, let's see what I can do in 29 days!

I went to Yin Yoga at the studio last night.  (This was the Friday evening class that I had suggested to the stuido owner, and then could not attend the last 3 Fridays.)  Oh how wonderful!  I was so stressed from this workweek, and I didn't even think I was still stressed when I got home, until after this class, and then I realized how much better I felt.  

There are no yoga classes at the studio today because the teacher with anxiety taught on Facebook live.  I did not participate (because I arrived late) but I would definitely NOT PAY for her online classes.  So I'm glad that I found this out for free.  


Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/03/2020:
you know, you inspire me with your yoga as it's so good for the body to move in all those positions that we lose (our flexibility)when we are older. i KNOW i have some changes to make, still thinking about them.

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:

Donkey - Friday Jan 31, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 Yoga last night was wonderful!  It felt so good to be back!  My daughter went with me,  and she confirmed that the fast part is definitely challenging.  

However,  it looks like the teacher with the anxiety issues may not be back, at least for a while.  She is holding online classes instead.  Well,  if I'm going to pay,  it's going to be for a live class.  She's good but there are a lot of very good free yoga videos in YouTube that would work just fine. 

I'm so glad today is Friday.  Just need to get away from work. 

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2020:
totally agree with you about the online classes....

i like how that yoga studio by you online shows a donation class of $5-$15...that's honorable.

today my back is stiff like you say yours sometimes gets. ahhh, the desk job!

i keep saying "soon i'll do more cardio and be more active,"....i totally feel myself getting rigid but at the same time i do little things to help myself...may have to change up my routine and thinking about my activities differently, soon.

legcramps on 01/31/2020:
Glad you made it back to yoga!

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
You are definitely Donkey... Hard working, steadfast, determined, and enduring.

Donkey - Thursday Jan 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 My neck feels 99%.  I only feel a little soreness in my sinuses.  I still may not be able to attend yoga tonight,  though,  if TOM doesn't cooperate.  *sigh*  It's always something...

The extra computer in my office space is getting moved today.  Queen Bee popped in yesterday,  very briefly.  It was nice that she stopped to say a "hi-bye" to me. 

No attorney at work today,  as the Boss is still on vacation and Associate Attorney is taking the afternoon off to take care of his mom.  Okay....  I had hoped to go with my own husband to his consultation with a new GI doctor this afternoon,  but with AA out of the office,  and being as busy as we are,  I should stay at work.  Not happy about that,  but if I take the time off,  I would not be able to leave at 5 pm to attend yoga. 

So all of that PLUS my daughter wants to have a serious conversation with me this morning,  before she goes to class.   She's considering enlisting...  the deal was that she needed to keep both of us in the loop.  So today,  it's my turn to get caught up with her and her intentions. 

I feel my work-life balance slipping away quickly....

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/30/2020:
Smart of your daughter to join something that is long-term or has future benefits. I do support that. I hope you continue to feel better - the weekend is almost here! :)

Donkey on 01/31/2020:

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
I wish I had enlisted.

Donkey - Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 Cramps woke me up.  Struggled to remember what day it is.  Imagine my disappointment when I realized it wasn't Friday. 

Had a "fig fit" last night,  kind of giving in to hormonal cravings,  and finished up the last 15 or so figs.  We're done with figs.  I don't feel any ill effects from eating the figs this morning. 

My neck continues to improve.  I believe I'll be ready for yoga on Thursday.  I also want to try the Friday evening class.  No classes offered on Saturday.

Yesterday, I took an abbreviated walk at lunchtime,  just walking up and down the block,  in the street (not taking any chances with icy sidewalks any more!).  It's a quiet street,  but I feel kind of weird. Lame.

I've even looked around for lunchtime yoga classes.  Nothing. 

MORNING EDIT:  I didn't want to talk about work drama but here I am. 

Business has been picking up,  and there's been whispers about Queen Bee coming back to the office.  Maybe not full time, but still.  I have an extra computer in my office area that I use as  an email backup.  It has been said that if Queen Bee comes back,  she would use that computer. 

So yesterday,  I made some moves to see if I could get that computer moved to Mortgage Guy in the office across the hall;  he needs a computer with Windows 10.  I said,  This needs to happen ASAP.

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2020:
Are they figs or dates.....because D has been on a date kick lately..but he only eats 2 or 3 a day...and they haven't hurt his glucose level so far.

Donkey on 01/29/2020:
Sorry!! Dates!!!

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2020:
OH man...yup...get that thing out of there.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/29/2020:
yes, good idea moving that computer OUT fast!

It's good your neck is continuously getting better :) I think walking in the street and being careful is better than falling again on the sidewalk, i'd prob have done the same thing as you! I have heard about storms in the Chicago area. NYC has only had rain this month!

legcramps on 01/29/2020:
Yep, get rid of that computer!!

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:

Heck I'd take it apart myself and put it in the copy room in the meantime.

Donkey - Tuesday Jan 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 Neck is still sore, but I do have nearly full range of motion.  

Went out to dinner last night.  Probably ate too much.  Opted out of my nightly bike ride,  but still got in over 20,000 steps for the day because of all the cat clean up that needed to be done.  I felt bad that I was not able to spend more time with my cats, but i just wanted to get into bed and use the heating pad on my neck. 

I read a post on Facebook this morning from someone who starts and ends her day with yoga.  Oh how I'd love to get to that point.  I'm getting frustrated with my exercise routine but just can't seem to break away from it. 

I guess nothing will change until my neck gets better. 

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
i also have a slightly dull exercise routine but i also do not want to break away bc it gives (some) results.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
oh and that's a LOT of steps!!!! good job!

legcramps on 01/28/2020:
Wow, great step count!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
you know that equals...10 miles!?

bearcountrygg on 01/28/2020:
Beginning and ending the day with yoga is an interesting idea....meditation at night always sounded calming to me too...been years since I've committed to that really.

Donkey - Monday Jan 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 Between my husband's coughing and cleaning up after Cat Fight #1054, I did not get very good sleep, despite the fact that I turned off the light before 9pm.

So this morning got off to a very late start.  Oh well,  I'm not changing my morning routine today.  My ME time is more important to me.  I just regret not having extra time to spend with my cats before I leave - especially Sick Kitty.  

Along these lines, I've thought about trying a couple of yoga classes that the studio offers in the mornings to see if I'm at their level. I'd have to take time off of work (go in late).  I guess that's silly to do,  since I wouldn't be able to attend regularly...  I guess I'm just missing yoga overall, to consider this. 

My neck has almost full mobility, but still feels achy.  Leaning my head back hurts the most.  I hope I'm healed enough to attend Thursday yoga. We'll see. 

Queen Bee stopped by the office on Friday.  She's lost more weight,  it seems.  According to Mistakes Girl,  she's lost about 50 pounds.  I'm kind of jealous. 

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/27/2020:
Be careful with your neck....try not to rush it....that can be an issue that lasts for a long time....i had physical therapy for mine for months....and when the dr found out they were doing traction on me....he stopped the therapy...apparently they were doing more damage than good.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
i would say, if rarely, it's not a big deal to take time off to do the yoga. as long as you aren't doing anything more than your coworkers ;)

queen bee may lost fast...but most fast losers are also fast gainers ;)

Donkey - Sunday Jan 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 My neck feels almost normal -- 90 to 99%.  The heating pad helps A LOT.  I'm also using a cold compress, which does not feel as good, but I think alternating the hot and cold is key.

I did not go to yoga today.  BUT - I did notice that the teacher who had the anxiety attack has taken herself out of the teaching schedule for the entire week.  The owner - who ended up teaching the class last Monday, after the unexpected attack - emailed me and the other lady to give us a free yoga session.  She apologized for the last-minute switch - something I feel was unnecessary but a very nice gesture.  I'm not sure if I will accept the free class, since there WAS a class, just an unexpected change in teachers.

I don't know, I can't think about that right now.  I just want my neck to feel better, so that I can get my life back.  I'm almost there.

I've tried to revert back to my low carb way of eating, which I used when I was actually losing weight.  However, it doesn't seem to be doing well for me this time around.  My boss comes back from his 5-6 weeks off in 2 weeks and I haven't lost anything.  In fact, I gained and now I'm slowly coming back to the 136 I was at the beginning.

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2020:
Glad to hear that your neck is a lot better....neck pain is the pits!! Good idea not pushing the yoga while your neck is still vulnerable.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
whoa another free class!? cool. maybe just tip her for the class ? that's extremely nice.

i am so far from low carb it's funny now. it worked for me, but left me depressed i think. i'm almost now too heavy on the carbs, but, idk.

always with weight loss, try it little by little. as long as it's mostly maintenance, you can work on things!!

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