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Donkey - Wednesday Dec 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

This eating must stop.  

We were expecting a snow storm yesterday.  Nice Lady left around 3:30p and the Boss left shortly after that,  to get home before the snow started. 

At 4p, I stepped out to take the UPS to the drop box next door and pick up our own mail. As I stepped out of our building, I saw, literally 3 flakes. By the time I had returned to the office, and used the bathroom,  the parking lot was already coated with snow.  So I left; it was around 4:15p. Drove home slowly,  but it was not bad,  yet. 

Shoveled when I got home and knew I'd have to shovel at least  one more time before bed. Came in to eat,  and ate way too much. Went out again and there were already a couple of more inches. It was heavy.  I was upset because we have an expensive,  obnoxious snowblower in the garage,  but no gas for it,  even though husband was home all day and knew it would snow. Unreal.

I woke up early so that I would have time to shovel,  but my daughter must have shoveled when she got home,  because the driveway is clear. I just need to shovel at the mouth,  where the plow has piled a foot or so of packed snow.  That will be hard. 

I'm still a little uncomfortable from all the eating last night. Not good. 

Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/30/2020:
Shoveling is great exercise. Or so I've heard. :) I had to scrape the windows on the car for my early trip to supermarket. Glad I put scraper where I could find it.

I don't think we are going to get away with no snow this winter (of course we aren't here in a normal year). This morning it was 0C/32F. Snow on mountaintops, but nothing else. And it's only partly cloudy so at least looks nice outside.

bearcountrygg on 12/30/2020:
We got the snow and it's still "arriving!"....Michigan girls know snow!

Jacky82020 on 12/30/2020:
We had 11 inches recently. More expected. They call us the snow belt, surrounds Lake Erie. Make the husband do the shoveling. Isn’t much really. We just drive over it and clear paths for the dogs and around the mailbox.

Maria7 on 12/30/2020:
Wow, I cannot imagine shoveling snow...sounds like a very cold, big job to do. We hardly ever get any snow here. When we do, it is very exciting and it usually is gone the next day. Hope you have a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2020:
Well, unlike becoming sober, eating cannot stop, Donks!

Awww your daughter is sweet! Can you fill up a portable tank at the gas station for snowblower ? Does it take the same gas ? I hope you can get some! But so happy to hear daughter did some ! She sounds great !!!

You keep on...physical activity also ramps up my appetite - anything really- except with so much extra time to relax here, my appetite is seemingly quite satiated - we’ll see how that changes, hopefully soon, still haven’t got the address (it’s a field address not main company location) time, or exact name of who I’m working with! I texted to ask, no answer yet ! Not worried. Just keeping busy!

bearcountrygg on 12/30/2020:
I guess I should have said Midwest girls know snow.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2020:
haha...you know, i am not sure if Chicago is midwest...taking a look! wow...never realized Chicago was midwest...lol. now i do.

Donkey - Tuesday Dec 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

The past 2 days I've woken up later than I would like,  and so my posting time here is limited.  Sunday night,  I was up from about 1a - 3a, so when it was time to get up,  I was exhausted.  Last night,  went to bed later than usual, and got up an hour later than usual. 

Left work at 1p and came home to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I had lunch and then Mr. Donkey and I worked on a puzzle. Took a nap,  had Chinese,  I did yoga,  and then that was pretty much the end of the day. 

I asked if he wanted to eat at our restaurant,  but he was not comfortable doing that,  much to my relief.  Most restaurants are defying the shutdown,  but have "limited seating".  And some restaurants are just packing them in.  Unreal. 

Yoga helped "reset" my left hip.  I may have to do more yoga during the week,  to keep the pain from coming back. There are good videos on YouTube that focus on hips. 

Tired of eating but still get hungry.  And there are leftovers to plow through.  I'm feeling the extra pounds. 

Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/29/2020:
Happy anniversary! 25 is a biggie. Since our 20th in April was screwed up we are hoping to celebrate 21st if we've had both doses of vaccine by then.

We are on total lockdown here so no restaurants - I guess takeaway is okay. But no indoor seating.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
Seems I have the same wake-up issues! Not sure why. Just very uncomfortable also in bed. I've been waking up the past few nights at random hours and yes it leaves me tired and since i'm not working, i sleep in because of it...no good though!

Yum, Chinese! There's a lot of healthy chinese food out there! it still has ample veggies when you order right ;) ahh, you have me craving Chinese! wow. might order for dinner tonight.

yes, restaurants that have seating, on Long Island, not Queens (NYC not doing any open seating at restaurants at all, only takeout), LI restaurants tend to either follow or not follow the protocols. I saw one still packing them in a couple days ago after getting takeout. I'm glad the person i was with didn't want to eat in there either. I suggested we eat in his car, windows up, later told my parents i ate in his car and they were pissed! little did they know we didn't even where masks when i got together with this guy...oh well, not the smartest, but we were both under the impression we were both very covid-free and had been safe...lol, parents sent me home after i walked with my mom - they didn't want me breathing all over their house! lol.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
I wanted to wish you again a Happy 25th :) to you and your Hubby. wonderful. so glad you didn't work a full day and that you spent with him and with a nap too. wonderful.

oh, if you are into trying some kind of tai chi, mostly in a chair actually, i have a special access to limited people. i can connect you to the person who's setting it up...she's doing a series of 8 classes, i never tried, and i am thinking to try one session? it's mondays 6-7 and i'm not sure if i'd be home in time after going back to work (i don't even know the hours i'll be working...or the exact address!? and supposedly i start on the 4th!?)

but if you are interested, there's like 8 mondays that it'll take place, and you can even just try one class, $15 per person...maybe you hubby could be free since you'll both be using the same access to the class. if you have any interest, i can forward you the email / contacts. i just need your email.

try to incorporate large veggie sides in with the leftovers. lesson the size of the meats and starches and have extra veggies / salad...try that...or seltzers...i know it's so hard! :) I might have to do Chinese takeout...just veggies...and supplement maybe with what i have at home...maybe.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
wrote a lot about me ;) haha

bearcountrygg on 12/29/2020:
Happy Anniversary!!!! All restaurants here are closed except the McDonalds drive through.....1 has closed permanently...( owned by 2 women who started it just a couple of years ago)...another restaurant here had covid ( an employee)....I'm sad for all the people who have closed their businesses permanently....we haven't even eaten carryout since all this started.

innerpeace on 12/29/2020:
Happy Anniversary! I hope you enjoyed your time together. A big accomplishment!

Donkey - Sunday Dec 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

Had a very nice visit with my sister and her husband, and daughter's boyfriend.  I actually like this boyfriend quite a bit.  When the last boyfriend didn't work out, I actually grieved a bit, since I had already mentally adopted him into our family.  And, sadly, I can see myself doing this again with this boyfriend, too.  I had my doubts, but I noticed he kept saying things like, "Whe we do this again..." and "The next time...."  and IDK, that just melted away my cynicism.  Maybe those were just platitudes, but I thought it was so sweet.

I did well, I think, with the actual dinner, but unfortunately, my sister made some delicious Christmas cookies, and left the leftovers behind, so now even more cookies to eat through.  I know that I have extra pounds to lose, but I'm not going to be too hard on myself.  I've got all these leftovers, and this week is about bringing this awful year to an end.   

I'm feeling very anxious about the current state of things in the news.  I think I may need to take a media break.  However, this would do me no good.  I think the last 3 months or so, when I get home from work and settle down for dinner, Mr. Donkey starts rehashing the daily news events: "Can you believe this happened today?"  "Did you hear what (politician) said?"  We've been married for 25 years, and he picks now to get interested in news, politics, and current events.  There have been a few times where I've had to say, "I just can't deal with this now."

Anyway, back to things that I *CAN* control in my life, today I have laundry to fold and put away.  Also, I'd like to hop on my treadmill today, since that hasn't happened since last Sunday.  The birdfeeders need refilling, and I'm going to see if I can figure out how to set up the birdfeeder hook & clamp on the deck, to set up one of the birdfeeders I got for Christmas.  To be honest, I'm not sure I'm ambitious enough to tackle that one today. (ha ha)

Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/27/2020:
The news is totally scary........I can only watch a little of it now too. I think That is why I'm throwing myself into projects here at home more...it keeps my mind on other things.....Great that you like the new boyfriend....that's a good sign. But...I comletely agree...when we can't control the outside world....then taking control at home helps a lot!

Jacky82020 on 12/27/2020:
I’m getting covid fatigue and not following all the news., But not relaxing on any safety protocols.

grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
We watch far too much news (US mainly) but now we are watching less. No point. Just a lot of whining now. I plan to watch very little US news after the inauguration. Anyway, when I do watch it won't be tempting to kick the tv.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2020:
sounds like a sweet BF. that's nice :) so she picks nice ones!

i think you are smart not to be hard on yourself right now with cookies, eating. just do what you can.

the news is ultra-repetitive. i think i took like 1-2 weeks straight off it, came back to the same...hardly missed anything!

i hope you feel up to tackling the bird feeders and last bit of what you'd like to tackle soon xoxo

Donkey - Saturday Dec 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 146.5

 Good morning!  I'm surprised my weight isn't higher.  I can really feel these extra 5 pounds.  I'm hoping that some of this is bloat from salt and extra carbs and wine.  Just goes to prove that you cannot out-exercise a bad diet.  I stayed in bed an extra hour, debating whether or not I should weigh-in today.  I'm glad I did.  I can't tackle a problem if I don't know where to start.  

I've got a lot of cleaning to do today.  I've already mopped the basement floor, and my laundry is in various stages of drying.  There's still some cleaning up to do from Christmas present opening, too.  Picking up and mopping the main level are my next chores.  There is a lot to pick up!

I struggled a bit with sadness last night.  I thought having a glass of wine might help me relax, but instead, it seemed to make me feel even sadder.  


Progress as of today: 40 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/26/2020:
I agree...a 5 pound gain is where I really notice it too.....But...it will get easier now with the main holidays over with. Wine can have that effect on me too.....UGH.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
relatively speaking, you are still doing well post holiday season!!!

yeah, red wine doesn't do a thing to help emotions...i is a lot of cals....when i go back to work, i'll have to see about possibly working on my diet...possibly subbing chips for rice...and thinking how to maintain energy better than ever ;) you are doing just fine...now that the holidays are over, you can work on you ;)

not sure about you, but when i have gained significant amounts of weight in the past, i didn't feel good with it on me...it did slow me down and tire me out...i'm sure if you feel that way, you will want to change...

Donkey - Friday Dec 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

Merry Christmas!!  Even if you don't celebrate, I wish you a happy, happy day!

I was able to leave work before 2pm, and if I hadn't wanted to take some of the leftover food home, I probably could have left closer to 1pm.  Believe it or not, of the less than 20 emails I received all day, 4 of them were crabby people!  One guy was FURIOUS with me: "Why are you emailing like it's 1998?  Call me on my phone like business is done."  Ha ha ha!

So I call him and his voice mailbox isn't set up!  What a dork!  Both my husband and my boss told me that I should have said to him, "Why isn't your voice mailbox set up like it's 1998?"  Anyway, he's a client of Associate Attorey, who LOVES to talk on the phone, so I'll leave the calling to him to do.  But honestly, UNREAL - on Christmas Eve.  WHATEVER.

The party at work was nice, although I ended up with a sandwich that was not my first choice.  I thought it was something else, but instead, it was just cheese.  I didn't think the margaritas were very strong (had 2), and I did have a bit of dessert.

I did OK with dinner last night, having only 2 cookies (approx. 120 calories), but this morning I did partake of the coffeecake that my husband bought.  I felt obligated to share the meal with him.  

I'm doing OK this morning, but it doesn't really feel like Christmas.  Maybe that's because of the lack of snow.  Or because we're still waiting for Daughter to wake up, so we haven't done gifts or anything. So I'm enjoying the quietness of the day, listening to Christmas music.  We'll be having Italian beef sandwichs, salad, and potato chips for our Christmas dinner.

MORNING EDIT:  Oh my goodness - I just saw a photo that Nice Lady took of me serving myself at the office party.  Wow, I definitely have a LOT of work to do next year.  YIKES...

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

bearcountrygg on 12/25/2020:
Photos are shocking aren't they??? Personally...I think they lie!! Merry Christmas Donkey!

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
I'd like to believe that... I'm not so sure.

grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
Photos tell the truth. I'm usually shocked when I see them of me.

Enjoy your day!

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
Isn't that the truth? I too am usually dismayed at photos of me.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
First, I'll comment on yesterday's entry, then later i'll comment today on your entry for today!

And really first, Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

I am sorry on the passing of your grandmother. I am sure she did live her fullest and best life.

I have such a hard time on emotional eating too. The only things that help are veggies that lately i just stuff in and don't even love anymore when i'm eating them (weird!), lots of low cal drinks, coffees, seltzers...

it's Christmas Day...enjoy it. Enjoy not having to get up to work tomorrow! (like is usually the case when Christmas falls during the week!) so crazy....

i'll write more later, again, I'm sorry on the passing of your grandmother.

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
Thank you...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
well, i don't celebrate, but it's been a very restful day, tell you that!

lol, that crabby guy that would rather have a phone call than an email...well isn't that what 1998 is!? haha...he's backwards!

can we see the photo of you at work!?!? i'm sure it's the cutest!

also, your dinner is a perfect dinner...it'd be very happy with it tonight! :)

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
It's not my photo - Nice Lady took it and posted it on her FB feed. I tried to send it to you in a PM. I'm not sure the download worked.

Maria7 on 12/25/2020:
Hoping you and your family are having a very blessed Christmas!

Donkey on 12/26/2020:
I'm truly grateful for all of my blessings.

Donkey - Thursday Dec 24, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5


Ugh, struggled with food last night again,  with the desserts. Handful of cookies,  piece of spice cake,  slice of apple pie, and then another small piece. Total emotional eating.  Grandma passed yesterday morning...  Missing my son...  Cramps that would not stop... Completely lost my focus. 

But I'm ok now, and I will enjoy this Christmas Eve in its entirety. 

Christmas party at work, come home early.  Today would be a good day for the treadmill in the afternoon. 

Merry Christmas to all my DD friends!

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

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2020:
You know Donkey....Back around 1999...when I was going to weight watchers...and losing well.....there was a lady who sat in the back at every meeting......and she ALWAYS..every single meeting.....would say.....I lost weight over Christmas when everyone else gained...the leader seemed to have difficulty making her stop it.........so the leader once again...one week...asked how every one was doing SINCE the last meeting.....that threw that lady off...but she couldn't resist...she raised her hand again...and was called on as always...and once again...she said...I lost weight over Christmas when everyone else gained.......The leader was ready for her this time...and said Yes You Did BUT...Christmas was months ago and does anyone have anything to report for the last 7 days? The leader was finally sticking up for all that had gained over Christmas...( several months before).........for months that woman had been basically putting everyone else in the room down...and did it with a sneer on her face...and was finally put in her place......because we and the leader all knew that we had enjoyed holiday treats....and that woman probably ate lettuce for Christmas and it made her be and feel better than us...........and she never said that again.......because instead of feeling superior...now she felt some other kind of way...so she stopped bragging......and I never forgot it....now 20 years later...I think about it......we aren't robots...we live lives and we celebrate and we have no reason to be sad or ashamed or less than or guilty.....we need to just have fun sometimes and be happy about it.....so I say to you this morning that I'm glad you had that little food fit or snack or indulgence....because it was kind of fun and who says eating good tasty food is bad.....cake cookies and pie are AMAZING!!!! And you don't eat them every day or even every week.....and you can do that and it's okay. You had a sad and uncomfortable day.....and it's the holidays and there are lots of goodies around....there is no bad food.....sorry this is so long.

Donkey on 12/25/2020:
Oh my goodness, that lady! Ha ha ha ha - I guess it takes all kinds to make a world, doesn't it? I can just see the other members shifting uncomfortably in their chairs, rolling their eyes!

Jacky82020 on 12/24/2020:
Lol. So what did she do? Lose weight over the holidays & gain 20 pounds in January?

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2020:
I don't know because she never looked liked she lost any.......but she was sure making it known that she lost during the after Christmas weigh in.

grannyannie on 12/24/2020:
Don't worry about behaving right now. You've got enough to worry about.

Anyway, hope you can have a happy xmas.

Donkey on 12/25/2020:
Thank you! I'm right on course with feeling bloated and such. I imagine that after today, I will be very tired of eating.

happy-1 on 01/02/2021:
^LoL Jacky82020. She shopped the post-holiday sales and gained on the cheap, then paid extra to lose it again.

Donkey - Wednesday Dec 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Not a good day yesterday.  TOM is here, and yesterday was Cramp Day, so I didn't go home for lunch as I had planned to do all week. 

Then,  much worse, Husband received a call from his niece that his grandma has been in the hospital with COVID for the past 2 weeks,  and they were taking her off the oxygen,  etc., so if he wanted to say good-bye, he needed to FaceTime immediately. 

Well,  we have android phones so we can't FaceTime - that's an Apple iPhone thing.  So daughter had to come home to set up her iPad,  and Husband said goodbye. 

Needless to say, I didn't handle this well:  4 cookies,  1.5 piece of spice cake (single layered), and a dark mint chocolate candy. 

And it was hard to get up this morning,  knowing bad news awaits.  Bleah....

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

bearcountrygg on 12/23/2020:
((HUGS))....I'm sorry to hear about your sad news....How old is his grandma?

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
Grandma was 90, I believe. She passed away this morning, around 11am.

legcramps on 12/23/2020:
I am so sorry to hear of your sad news...hugs!

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
Thank you!

grannyannie on 12/23/2020:
So sorry for you and husband's loss. Hugs.

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
Thank you!

Jacky82020 on 12/23/2020:
So very sorry to hear that, Donkey. I watched a new episode of some medical drama recently & it focused on ppl in the hospital dying from covid, The nurses were holding these big iPads up to the patients so they could see their loved ones. Very sad & depressing.

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
I was still at work when Husband said good-bye. My daughter was here, and I believe she did say good-bye but did not converse otherwise.

grannyannie on 12/23/2020:
I did not get to say goodbye to my son.

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
I'm so sorry... (((hugs)))

Husband was very fortunate that the nurse took time from her schedule, to use her personal phone, to reach out to the family for this.

I can't imagine saying good-bye, and yet, I can't imagine not saying good-bye either.

Jacky82020 on 12/23/2020:
I am so sorry, Annie.

I know a cousin is no comparison to a child, but I didn’t even know my cousin was sick enough to die! It all happened so quickly. I miss her so much. She was 60 and there for me my entire life. Now she’s gone. Makes me so sad.

Did I mention my niece, an RN in her 20’s , got the vaccine in California? This is where my cousin died earlier this year. Think her cousin, my nephew, a police officer, got one too or will soon.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2020:
I'm sorry to hear about the Covid on hubby's side of family and that they are taking her off life support. that is very said news, I'm very sorry.

my nephew, 2 yrs old, got Covid at school! they don't wear masks at the school (teachers do). but somehow, teacher tested positive and i'm sure several kids now have it. my nephew and sister (his mom) were sent right home from my parents once it was known there was covid at the school...my dad has asthma and that would be terrible if he got it...fingers are crossed, everyone seems to be OK for now...

i hope you feel better too...cramps are the WORST.

soon it will be Christmas, time for some at-home time to rest up.

Donkey - Tuesday Dec 22, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

Good morning! I am practically all wrapped and ready for Christmas!  Whew!

Work.... oh Work,  what shall I do about you?  I can't believe we got 7 new contracts over the weekend! That is crazy!  That's typical of what we get in March,  not the week of Christmas!  So I will be busy next week,  but Mistakes Girl is busy this week,  opening up the files.  

I don't know how much of Monday I will be able to take off for my 25th wedding anniversary....

Yoga was very good. I explained to Jean what had happened over the weekend and the hip pain I was having. She made small adjustments to the session, and afterwards,  I felt as though my hips had been "reset".  I'm a little sore this morning,  but nothing more than the usual aches. 

The gym doesn't have group class right now,  because of COVID restrictions, but they have classes posted on YouTube, including the Basic class that never fit into my schedule,  when it was offered. I'm going to start doing these at home. 

Also, a local studio is offering a "yoga basics" package in January, a flat fee for 31 days of yoga,  whether it be a meditation,  Q & A, basic moves,  etc.  I'm thinking of getting that for myself.  Although I may be beyond that, my reasons are:

  • Get any questions answered,  especially the questions I don't even know I have!
  • Get fundamental explanations for poses. 
  • Establish 31 day yoga habit
  • Thinking this might open some doors for me in this journey.

IDK, maybe I'm being too self-indulgent.  There are things i could be doing at home on my own,  and I haven't. How is spending another $50 going to change things?

I did ok with eating, but did have 2 cookies after dinner. 

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

innerpeace on 12/22/2020:
Happy Anniversary! I hope you get some time to spend with your husband. Congratulations that is a major accomplishment - probably more than half your life.

Can we really be ready for Christmas?

grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
Happy anniversary to you and hubby!

Why would it be so busy this week? Strange!

Glad your hip is better.

Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
Happy anniversary! The 31day yoga may be worth it, ya never know. Good the hips’ better!!

bearcountrygg on 12/22/2020:
Happy Anniversary!!!It's okay to be self indulgent......we need to take care of ourselves in ways that are important to us!!! You work all day.....you NEED to do something that you enjoy too!!! Work is the vehicle that we do in order to have a life we love!!!

legcramps on 12/22/2020:
Spending another $50 will change things because it will keep you more accountable than you would be if you just decided to do these things at home. It's way easier to let it go when you are only accountable to yourself. At least this way, you will be accountable to a group or a leader, as well as to the money spent! I think it's a great idea!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
Just want to reinmd you - even if you don't love your work - you have those skills and should feel good that you have training in paralegal and you put it to good use because you work in the field. That's an accomplishment and a reason to feel good about your choices and decision to have gotten that paralegal training in the first place. i think it feels good to, when that is the case. when i go back to work, it will not be for something i was looking for, but something thru only networking and not personal to me. Totally different feelings and meaning than the work you do and why you do it.

I'm glad you'll spend your 25th with your hubby! how nice!

and that's so true...lots of those classes that community centers and gyms offer never fit into a working woman's schedule...ah, so be it...that's the give and take of being a working woman! i totally can relate ;) (relate from former experiences!). I think i've gotten to do everything and anything i ever thought of doing these past 9 months. what a refresher, huh!...but if i had a family, i'd have had to use my savings to pay for living...thankkfully that's not my case! whew!

Donkey - Monday Dec 21, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 We'll see if this week will be a quiet one or a crazy one. I  think it will be alright, unless I let it get to me.

Tonight is yoga with Jean on Zoom.  I really like her but her seedings are all the same,  it seems.  That was one positive thing to come out of the Saturday Yoga Disaster - tried some new poses. 

If nothing else,  having yoga at 7p means that I need to leave the office promptly at 5p, no later. 

Oh I wanted to mention that I did get my butt on the treadmill and jogged for a bit. I did well.  Again,  why don't I use this more often?

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

grannyannie on 12/21/2020:
Well done on the treadmill. I miss being at the gym and using the treadmill and other machines.

At least you learned some new poses.

Are you off Xmas eve?

Donkey on 12/22/2020:
I have to work Christmas Eve, but Male Co-Worker is emphasizing that we get to leave after the lunch party at noon. I am planning on being there until 2p.

Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
Congrats on the treadmill! Do you jog? The husband runs very fast. I prefer a quick walk up a steep incline, but am temporarily sidelined.

Donkey on 12/22/2020:
I have been jogging on the treadmill after a short walk to warm up.

I used to walk slower on inclines, but the last couple of times I did that, my hips complained.

I think I could get better results from jogging anyway

bearcountrygg on 12/21/2020:
Taking the first step is usually the hardest....glad you are past that...getting on the treadmill will be easier now.

Donkey on 12/22/2020:
Need to make this a habit, and I'm not quite there yet. Therfore, treadmill usage will be on my list for January goals, too.

legcramps on 12/21/2020:
Enjoy your yoga tonight, even if the poses are all the same. Consider it a steady constant in life around all the other chaos :)

Donkey on 12/22/2020:
True! I hadn't thought of it this way.

It was a wonderful session. I will write more about it today.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
the reason i was asking about the ground cloves is that i also have them, bought them for something i made (not sure what!?) and hardly any recipes are calling for them. so they just sit in the cupboard. and they smell so nice. i'll have to google when/where/how i can used them more often bc it's got to be healthy to ingest them! :)

well, about that yoga and trying to find yoga you like...there's so much yoga on zoom and online, you may want to google and find a whole new yoga instructor to follow...there's a lot of great yoga teachers out there, so you don't need to settle with mediocre.

nice job using the treadmill. you know, that's the same question i ask myself about my stationary bike and stepper...why don't i use it more?! and the same question i ask myself when i do squats: "these went by fast, why can't i do them a bit more!?" haha.

Donkey on 12/22/2020:
When I was a girl, I made a gift for my grandmother by taking an unpeeled, whole orange, and piercing it with whole cloves all around it. Pinned a ribbon to the top of it, and she could tie it in her closet. Smelled very good!

I'll have to Google things to make with clove. It's a delightful scent in the winter!

Donkey on 12/22/2020:
Also, I'll write more about the yoga class and plans for my next step. However, I stick with this lady because something tells me having a connection with her could be more beneficial some time down the road.

Donkey - Sunday Dec 20, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Was in some pain for most of yesterday - damn that free "yoga".  I received an email asking for feedback, and I'm inclined to give it.  Went to bed relatively early, thinking that rest would be best for the pain.  Going to bed at my usual earlytime allowed me to wake up at my usual early time this morning.  Rode my bike, did some stretches, took different meds this time, rather than Aleve.  We're going to see how Motrin does.

I have some presents to wrap before Daughter wakes up for the day.  The gifts for my husband are in her room, so I won't wrap them until she wakes up.  Then I have 3 things to bake: 

  1. Spice cake
  2. Oatmeal buttermilk cranberry cookies
  3. Eggplant.

All three require a 350F oven, and the eggplant may be too soft already.  Kept forgetting it was there.

I made some good peanut butter cookies with the Hershey's Kiss candy on top.  My family thought they were good enough to keep (versus disposing of them at work, LOL).  I did quite well with eating only 2.  Later on, as I was setting up the coffee pot for the morning's brew (on a timer), I wanted another cookie, but then told myself, "Just wait - you have some yummy gummies upstairs waiting for you," and that worked.  Now that I think about it though, they are about the same amount of calories...  Well, at the time, it seemed to work well.  

I plan to write more later today, but I should get started on wrapping those gifts.

LATE AFTERNOON UPDATE:  Feeling kind of empty and aimless.  Ate 4 or 5 oatmeal cookies, and they aren't even that good.  Then I had some dip with carrot sticks, and then dip with a handful of tortilla chips.  I'm done eating for now, and I think I'll walk on the treadmill a little to help stretch out my aching hips.

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

grannyannie on 12/20/2020:
You are really tough eating only 2 pb cookies with chocolate on top!

Where was the pain from the yoga? Everywhere? I'd send in a review.

Husband puts aubergines (eggplant) in curries often.

Donkey on 12/20/2020:
I did leave a comment. My pain is mostly in the hips... so the hip flexors, I would say.

I did not do so well with the oatmeal cookies -- and I don't know why because they don't taste very good. I guess I keep eating them hoping I'll like them better, ha ha ha.

Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
I am taking ibuprofen for the knee. Same as Motrin, but 200 mg each instead of up to 1,000. I am taking 4 (200 mg) tabs. Supposed to be doing prednisone but it was aggravating my ever present insomnia. Helpful.

Donkey on 12/20/2020:
I've taken 4 Motrin at a time, before, for cramps. Not at this time.

Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
Oh, I see Motrin is OTC now. Used to require a RX. This old man across the street from me was always giving me these 1,000 mg pills. Big!

Donkey on 12/20/2020:
Getting 1000mg requires a prescription - and yes, they are big, honkin' horse pills.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
My comments regarding your entry for yesterday: - no weight progress is good maintenance and no harm done! excellent. - the sandwich/catering idea sounds VERY TASTY and satisfying! enjoy it! always can bring yourself your veggies or some light drink/diet coke to wash it down/seltzer/tea/coffee...i'll take free food, plus, it's a change of pace from your own food = win win!

What was the ingredient for the spice cake that you were looking for, Cloves?

I'll tell you, the park clean-up thing has been great. They are only two hour sessions, most of them - the tulip bulb planting was 4 and a lot more physical because of that...but for two hours, it's good when you can work with a partner, to help bring the garbage bag around to fill up...or if it's a leave bag, that's even easier to work as partners. i have found it nice to always find someone to work with, thankfully. it can be lonely by oneself!

cat adoption is nice if you can cuddle with them, but, you have your own and this is a lot of sitting...? perhaps it's ok once in awhile?

the stocking / expiration date is a standup job i'm sure, could be counted as somewhat of a moving task / light exercise not a desk job...sorta sweet.

for sponsering the park? is that a volunteer thing or just a donation?

regarding the high-impact aerobics that the yoga became...yuck...i cannot really jump and do those things myself either anymore...it irritates my left ankle too much as well. too bad you didn't know and they didn't make it clear.

Donkey on 12/20/2020:
The spice cake was a gift, in a jar. The dry ingredients come in a jar, and I added the wet ones, plus sugar, because sugar is always mixed with the wet ingredients first.

I don't believe it had cloves, which I LOVE. It tasted more like allspice and nutmeg. It was very similar to the spices in the oatmeal cookies.

I'm not sure what is involved with sponsoring a park. I'm thinking it would involve trash pick-up, and then notifying the parks department when naughty kids wrap the swings on the top bar of the support frame. If it's just money, then I think I'd have to pass.

Your summaries of the other volunteering ideas are correct, unless the cat thing involves cleaning. Not sure I need to be cleaning more cat boxes.

I can't tell you how disappointed I was in the yoga.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
Do you ever add the cloves seasoning into your desserts or food?

ohh how i love eggplant. if i can break my lazy spell, i should cook up my brussel sprouts so they are ready to eat tomorrow after volunteering (?) if it really happens for composting. i will go and hope for parking and hope everything works out!

if you are getting so snacky all the time and give into your treats more than you want, perhaps you need snacks so you aren't as ravenous between meals? or drink more liquids as well.

that's why i'm eating so many carbs and sweets, it seems i am able to eat them and my cravings have gone away mostly...because i'm eating such a carby diet during Covid.

as far as volunteering, thank you for saying i motivated you ;) i'm glad i could do something positive for you!

Donkey on 12/20/2020:
I've baked with cloves before, but I've never been spontaneous with cloves. I have ground cloves. Any suggestions?

I did give into my sweets today, figuring that I have all week until next weigh-in.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/20/2020:
don't worry about your comments to me, i don't are if they are about you - because i can relate to them anyway! i am totally with you, could not do the skip meals thing while working at a desk, lol...no way. it's a break, yes.

even this job, i will have to take breaks to snack. there's no way i'll last till lunch. just can't do that. I'm contemplating coming in earlier than my job starts to eat breakfast at my desk...do you do this?

Donkey on 12/20/2020:
Thank you for understanding. I'm sometimes tell my stories as a way to say, "I can relate." But then, that can come across as rude and self-centered. It's not intended to be that at all.

OMG you get me! I used to bring my breakfast to work and eat it at my desk around 10am. However, now that I wear a mask all day, I do come into work early, to eat without my mask, because usually no one else in my area has come in yet. Yes, I've done that!

Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
Holy ****, Donkey. 4 Mortrin. How many mgs is that? I do 4 or 5 200mg generic ibuprofens. And occasionally the big 1000 Motrins that were given to me, in years gone by.

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