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Donkey - Friday Jun 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 Thank goodness today is Friday.  What a long week. 

Today,  the cleaning people are coming,  so I have to do a lot of picking up this morning before I go to work.  I have it on the calendar at work that I'm coming in late. 

However, I was able to get up earlier this morning,  so perhaps I won't be so late. 

Last night,  I told the yoga teacher that for now,  I'm more inclined to take her class online,  rather than come into the studio. She said that was fine, since I'm usually the only one that attends.  

I think Monday's yoga will also be online,  since sometimes the owner has other people attend the Yin class. This is the class that my daughter also attends. 

But I think I'll sign up to go into the studio for the Tuesday class.  We tried it online twice,  and I felt that it might be a better class to attend in person. My only hesitations are that work will be too busy,  so either I'll run late,  be too stressed,  be too exhausted,  or all of the above. 

No evening bike ride after yoga.  Had a small piece of dark chocolate (65 calories) and got ready for bed.  Turned out the light at 9p instead of watching the news until 10p.

These 2 things may be why I was able to wake up feeling rested (FINALLY!), rather than having to drag my body out if bed feeling ragged.  But then again,  it may just be the sense of urgency to pick up stuff (for the cleaning crew) that motivated me. 

If it's the no-bike, no-news thing,  though,  that would be something to consider seriously. Sleep versus goals.

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

bearcountrygg on 06/12/2020:
My new sleep routine is working better and better for me too.....I guess it does make sense to compile all of the things that help into a nightly routine that works...instead of just climbing onto bed and laying there wondering If sleep is near......I know now that I cannot go to bed on an empty stomach.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/12/2020:
that's great you are up early and responsible like that!

i had to skip these past two weeks (last and this) of the chair yoga unfortunately. today i'm going to see parents and wasn't about to tell my dad i have online chair yoga instead of arriving at a certain time for dinner, you know!?

great sleep and structure for you!

Donkey - Thursday Jun 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 If I could call in sick,  today might be a good day for that. I think this is allergies,  but the headache I woke up with is quite unpleasant. 

I signed up for Flow-Yin yoga tonight at home.  The instructor asked me if we could have a Zoom session instead of coming into the studio.  I'm glad she made that decision for me. 

Did my evening bike ride (watching season 4 of "Better Call Saul" - finally) and then weights (chest and biceps).

No sweets last night,  although my supply of dark chocolate has been replenished,  so we'll see how I do tonight. 

The struggle is real. 

MORNING EDIT AT WORK:  I forgot to mention that yesterday,  my clothes were uncomfortably tight.  It was very depressing. 

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

innerpeace on 06/11/2020:
i loved Better Call Saul. DH and I binged watched over the summer.

grannyannie on 06/11/2020:
You did well!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2020:
Sounds excellent ! Did you call in sick ? I rode my bike while speaking on the phone today !

Horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2020:
Ah you went to work - I understand clothes being tight - stay strong J!!!! Try to really limit the sweets and treats to smaller servings

bearcountrygg on 06/11/2020:
UGH...tight clothes....miserable but a good reminder.

Donkey - Wednesday Jun 10, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 What an exhausting week!  Work is insanely busy,  and yet today,  half the staff is gone:

  • Boss will be in around 11a
  • Associate Attorney is out all day
  • Nice Lady leaves at 2p for a medical procedure. 
  • Male Co-Worker is on vacation this week.

What the heck?

I did not do any yoga last night. I felt bad, because Tuesday is the new teacher's class, and no one had signed up!  I felt bad about going without my daughter, although this is a class I want to attend alone.  And then I was so busy at work.... I couldn't stand one more thing "to do".  So I never signed up.  Maybe next week.

Also, no weight training. Just rode my bike while watching TV and went upstairs to retire for the evening .   I had had enough.

We had take-out last night, and I ordered a cheeseburger with everything.  I ate half of it, and then supplemented the rest with salad and carrot sticks. 

No sweet after dinner, but had decaf.  Trying to break the "sweet after dinner" habit.

Realized last night that I need to refocus on my June goals.

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

legcramps on 06/10/2020:
Refocus - you and me both! We can do this :)

grannyannie on 06/10/2020:
Just start again. You can do it!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/11/2020:
it's fine to not reach your goals every single day and i'm glad you got on the bike!

Donkey - Monday Jun 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 Cookies, anxiety, and inertia got the better of me yesterday.  Although the weather was lovely, I spent a great part of the weekend watching TV, getting lost in a British detective show series for hours.  

I did do a few odd things around the house, including starting a new puzzle.  But most of my weekend was TV.

I did do weights, both Saturday and Sunday.  And I managed to meet my steps goals both days, too.  

I still have to sign up for studio yoga.  Kept putting this off all weekend until it never happened.

Bracing for a busy day at work.  Wish I didn't have to go in today.

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

legcramps on 06/08/2020:
British detective shows are very addicting!

Donkey on 06/08/2020:
Something very comforting about British shows, for me.

grannyannie on 06/08/2020:
Which shows were you watching? We watch a lot of them here as well.

Donkey on 06/08/2020:
Reruns of Midsomer Murders. Oh my...

bearcountrygg on 06/08/2020:
If you find yourself putting off doing something then your subconscious is stopping you for some reason...maybe try to look at why you didn't really want to do that?

Donkey on 06/08/2020:
Good point! Nailed it!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2020:
you are doing so well, JDonk! so proud of you.

i have enjoyed so much my chair yoga practice during the quarantine and hope to do it one more time this Friday.

keep your head up. it's ok to relax on the weekend. keep fighting and working.

Donkey - Saturday Jun 06, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.0

 Making some progress on the scale, although I am still struggling through a tough TOM.  Also, last night, I had a little scoop of ice cream.  As husband and I were putting away dinner, and he was really tired and I was really tired, I caught myself thinking, "Wow, I cannot wait to have a bowl of ice cream to relax, after I'm done."  Well -- that's not right.  Food isn't relaxation or a reward. So I finshed up, and went downstairs to ride my bike and drink some water.

When I was finished, I could have gone upstairs to bed, but I had that small scoop of ice cream instead, and I'm OK with that.  Many nights this week, I've caught myself saying to myself, "I'm not really hungry, so why do I want dessert?  I don't, so go to bed." <<<And that worked, except last night, I wanted the dessert.  I'm not sure if I was technically hungry, so I was a little disappointed in my lack of discipline, but oh well.  It was SO humid last night, and the cold sweet treat was very nice to have.

Part of the reason for the ice cream, too, I think was that yesterday was very busy at work.  I'm just BUSY.  And I was trying to get so much done before next week, because next week, Male Co-Worker is on vacation and so we'll be short staffed, which makes the rest of us stuck at work all the busier.

It is a beautiful day here, moderaterately warm temperatures (75F) and sunny.  I've got my laundry going, and I've read up on the re-opening policy of the library, which will start at the end of this month (June).  I will work on my yoga class-pass with the owner, to start using up my remaining passes.  Then I'll start with a "clean slate" after that.

I guess I was quite naive to think that things would return to "normal".  I saw on the local news program this week, though, that our COVID curve is proper, starting with very few cases, then we had a peak, and now we're coming back down quite well.  Who is to say with the the inconsiderate prats not behaving properly during the re-opening, i.e. wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands, that we won't have another spike?  And then add the crowds from the protesting, too, although I saw a lot of masks at these rallies -- well, we'll just have to wait and see.  Last night on a Chicago news show, they were saying that we'll see what happens in 2-3 weeks.  

I have few ambitions today, other than to complete my laundry.  Realizing that our activities together are quite limited, I asked husband to buy more puzzles.  So I want to work on finishing up the one puzzle, so that I can start one of our new puzzles.  My goal is to have a puzzle going at almost all times, do work on here and there.  

The library website says that due dates have been extended through July 1st, so I've been given a third chance to finish - or at least make some progress on - the yoga book I checked out.  I also have some fun reading to do, but I like to save that for bedtime.  

I'm making the most of rejuvenating now for the very busy week ahead...

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

bearcountrygg on 06/06/2020:
Ice cream is okay...plus you made yourself wait for it...so all the better. I don't think Michigan had a raise in covid cases...we have been on the curve down quite well......most are wearing masks here....and other than people coming up to stay here for a few days...there is little going on in town...the store has less than usual....our small county only had 5 with 1 death and they caught it on a trip and brought it home with them...and the husband died while the wife was in the hospital...she is home now.....I'm still just going out about once a month or every 3 weeks or so.............

grannyannie on 06/06/2020:
A wee treat once in a while is fine.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/06/2020:
You sound much better than a couple / few weeks ago in regards to work and getting back into it.

My ambitions for the rest of today are similar to yours. More laundry for me also so it’s done and can be forgotten about for this week.

Suddenly it seems my work situation has changed overnight. It was going to be a temp lay-off now is probably a full layoff bc my opportunities at current temp lay-off company will be diminished bc the job I working on is winding down and they have decided they don’t want me back on it - and that I return to main office which is where I had some issues with people 3 years ago now. So we’ll see. Seems a fresh start is better. Not that I want it - but I was pretty much told I wouldn’t be working anymore with my last supervisor - so it’s best I just move forward - the new job is also in estimating and not Project management - I would have preferred project management. But it’s a job :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/06/2020:
Thanks for listening.

I’m glad to have an interview / job. Many don’t right now.

Donkey - Friday Jun 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 I woke up feeling better, although I am still experiencing very vivid dreams, which I would rather not have.  Cat fight at around 2a woke me up.  In the morning, there was a prized cat poofy toy in the supper dish.  I guess we know what the fight was about.

Flow-Yin yoga was "slower" last night because the instructor has an injured toe.  I learned that "slower" does NOT mean easier, and I should prepare myself for lots of core work.

Getting back into the yoga studio is harder than I thought it would be.  Things aren't "back to normal" so the new rules, procedures,  and prices need to be sorted out.  This will require emailing the owner.  Monday yoga will be at home, because the class is too full for both daughter and I to attend.

For Thursdays, it seems silly for the teacher to drive to the studio for just one student (me), so I'm thinking Thursday yoga might still be at home too.  It's cheaper if I do the yoga at home on Zoom.

I did push-ups last night.  I think Wednesday I did leg and biceps weights. Trying to do at least a little weight training more often.

My excessive bloating is reduced.  I'm still carrying around SOMETHING in my midsection, though.  Can't tell if it's  weight, bloat, gas, what.  

I realized this week that no matter how active I am,  I may be at the point in life where I just need to eat less, because of changes in metabolism as we age (and hormones change).

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
That is a fact...as the years go by...the calories do need to be reduced......I remember my aunt saying that she and my uncle shared 1 sandwich....at the time I was surprised...but now I get it. Sometimes I forget and eat what my eyes want and I'm always miserable after.....BUT..it is always the first bite that tastes the best....Luckily!

grannyannie on 06/05/2020:
Yes, the older we get the harder it is to lose and keep weight off. Sigh.

legcramps on 06/05/2020:
LOL, I used to take tai chi classes a while back, and they were so slowwwwww but my core, legs, arms, everything just ached so much from doing it. It's amazing how much you can activate your muscles just by slowing down a movement!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2020:
It’s true the older you get the more you gotta watch (or at least my view correlates with you and Bear)

You are doing good, never give up or give in <3

Donkey - Thursday Jun 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

Had a rough day yesterday ( Wednesday) and today.  Not only busy at work,  but physically with TOM, which is really racking my body this month.  

Well,  at least I don't have to worry about the last piece of ice cream cake that I discovered in the freezer from Mother's Day.   It was going to get eaten on Saturday anyways,  but now that's not an issue. 

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 06/05/2020:
Hope you're feeling better

Donkey on 06/05/2020:
Some months are harder than others. I woke up feeling feeling capable :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/05/2020:
Hey there! I’m so glad today is Friday and the days have moved along and feeling better now - wishing the same for you! The weekend is almost here !

I also sometimes have bad period months .

bearcountrygg on 06/05/2020:
I remember those days...but only when you gals talk about them...funny how all of that pain and discomfort is forgotten one it's over.

Donkey - Tuesday Jun 02, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Quick entry today:

If I did not have June goals,  I probably would have had eating difficulties last night.  I opened the freezer only to find that there is one more piece of frozen ice cream cake from mother's day!  I had told my daughter to finish this,  a few weeks ago. I guess she didn't.  And oh my did I EVER want to drown my anxieties in frozen deliciousness. 

But I realized that I wasn't hungry, so I stayed away,  and the piece of cake remains.   I might have it some other day.  Right now,  I'm focused on June goals. 

Yin Yoga was delightful. The teacher thanked us for supporting her during the shutdown! Awwww!  

We have to register for classes online now - ANOTHER FREAKING APP!!! -   with only 3 slots available.  The Yin class for next week already has 2 people signed up,  so daughter and I will join the class virtually on Zoom.

I still have 5 punches left on my 10-class pass,  so I finally realize that I will have to reconcile this with the owner .  Each punch is $13, but when I pre-register for in-studio classes,  each class is $15.  So I just have      to figure out if I can use passes or not .  $15 a class is kind of steep.


Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 06/02/2020:
You're tough! Good for you. I can eat sweets whether I am hungry or not.

innerpeace on 06/02/2020:
^same - DH brought me a blizzard the other day! I didn't resist, so GOOD for you.

bearcountrygg on 06/02/2020:
Good job avoiding the temptation...each time you do that it will get easier and easier.

legcramps on 06/02/2020:
Thank goodness for goals to keep us on track!

thinkpositive on 06/03/2020:
I wish I could have some of that discipline!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2020:
Interesting with the punch card - I do hope it works in your favor :)

Glad you could listen to your hunger.

For today, bedsides lunchtime, I have not been too hungry due to being so busy today watching a 10yr old who didn’t want any of my discipline lol or to do anything

Donkey - Monday Jun 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Staying true to myself and weighed in at 143.5.  Not sure how enthusiastic I am about my June goals. 

June Goals:

Lose 5 pounds. Want to get back into the 130's, if just barely. 

Bike 100 miles on my recumbent bike.  Not sure if this number is correct.

Yoga 3x a week

Weights 2x a week

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 8.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/01/2020:
Good goals ! Very thorough! If you cannot do it every week, at least see how many weeks you can get this all done :) perhaps actually plan the days you will do these activities ? I would have to do that in order to get them all done !

Happy June :-)

legcramps on 06/01/2020:
Those are great goals! One foot in front of the other, just keep trying each week.

grannyannie on 06/01/2020:
Good plans for June.

Maria7 on 06/01/2020:
5 lbs sounds good (for both of us!!!).

Donkey - Sunday May 31, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

 It has been a difficult day.  I finally decided,  ENOUGH, and clicked the Home icon on my browser,  because I decided that the only place I wanted to be was home. 

So I will be putting all social media to bed for the day.  (It seems as though I started a small flame war on Twitter.) But I did not want the day to end without writing here,  as I know that I am among friends here. 

I did many small activities today that I enjoyed,  including working on a puzzle and re-potting the 2 flower plants I  received  for Mother's  Day. I overcame my fear and inertia and went to CVS to pick up some elderberry to try.  (Thank you, Bear!)  I am encouraging my husband to try these as well.  I plan to read and go to bed early tonight. 

I did not formulate my monthly goals,  but I will have them ready for tomorrow. 

Progress as of today: 43.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/31/2020:
I'm glad to see you are trying out elderberry....we take it daily and I sure don't think it has hurt anything....and we have stayed healthy so far. The chaos that is now is kind of hard to face in anything but small doses....I'm with you.....Sometimes I just have to shut everything down too...and read a book...or a magazine...or take a nap. Tomorrow is another day.....have a good evening.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2020:
You certainly are among friends!

What kind of elderberry formula did you buy?

Enjoy your day, I’m sure you can make the most of your day without social media :-)

I will see about that library course - I will prob still not be working.

Donkey on 06/01/2020:
Elderberry gummies. I know gummies are probably not the most effective medium, but they look yummy.

Actually, they are a little bitter, but that's ok wth me. I still think they are yummy.

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