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Donkey - Saturday May 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

 Good morning!  So happy to be home!  And I remembered to weigh in!  If that scale had not been front-and-center by my clothes, though, I would have forgotten!  As it was, i reached for my leggings and then saw the scale.  Oops!  I am glad to see that  in spite of my struggles with food and stress this week, I managed to lose 0.5 pound.

Also, I think I may weigh in  on Monday since it's the beginning of the month.  My goals for June are still kind of fuzzy, but I will solidify those this weekend.


While I was on my lunchtime walk yesterday (Friday), Mistakes Girl found out that her mom has tested positive for COVID.  Completely asymptomatic.  And as she works for a nursing home, she is tested at work every day, before she starts her shift.  Great.


We're having fabulous, dry, cool, sunny weather here.  Can I overcome my inertia to go for a walk outside today?  That is the real question.  Aside from that, I would like to do weights, read, and work on the last puzzle.  Some cat jumped up on the puzzle board we use underneath the puzzle, and broke off big sections that had been put together.  No one in my family cared enough to put those sections back together, so I'll do it.  I'm really looking forward to this, and I've asked my husband to spend his free time at home (while I'm at work), looking for other puzzles to do.

My son has been transferred to his first duty station and will be calling home soon, so I'll end this entry now, but I may post updates later.

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

Maria7 on 05/30/2020:
Yes, go for a walk. Hubby and I went for one today and it was nice to take a walk for a while. Congrats on your lower number! There are now '3' instead of '1' employees at my Mama's nursing home with Covid 19 and they haven't even begun testing the residents yet.


bearcountrygg on 05/30/2020:
Congrats on the scale! The doctor i used to work with has sent out his opinions on the tests...he says they really are not very accurate....but they are all he has...so he is using them.....I suspect the asymtomatic positives may not be accurate...but.....basically...I know nothing. I bet you are excited to hear where your son is heading.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2020:
Good luck to your son on his first duty station and I hope you can at least enjoy the sun in your backyard today!

Obviously without working, I’m living a sorta care free life as compared to yours where there’s a bigger schedule during the week so you may need time to relax more on the weekend. Don’t feel bad just enjoy it however you choose xo



Donkey - Friday May 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Very quick this morning as time is tight.   

Had a very bad eating day,  starting with eating a jumbo muffin at work.  WTH?  Then,  after an awesome yoga session last night,  had a totally junky dinner:  hot dog with bun,  chips,  ice cream.

I'm so glad today it's Friday.  On many levels,  I'm so done with this week. 

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

bearcountrygg on 05/29/2020:
You got that little food fit over with......and it was okay! Sometime we just have to do that to move on.


innerpeace on 05/29/2020:
I've always been told - everything is OK in moderation. Don't be so hard on yourself - it's not like you eat hot dogs, chips and ice cream everyday.

I do think it makes you feel yucky though. Have a great day!


horn_of_plenty on 05/29/2020:
Sorry about eating - when I start with a muffin it’s hard for me too during the day .... I sometimes would try to have half muffin with coffee and later the other half as I’d know I’d be hungry again ....and I would want the whole thing and to finish the whole thing too

Donkey on 05/30/2020:
Yeah, that's EXACTLY how it played out. UGH!



Donkey - Thursday May 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

Yesterday was a rocky day.  Started with a tense conversation with my husband about daughter.  

Went to work and Nice Lady kept interrupting me for about 2 hours with her resignation that if she's going to get COVID  and die,  then so be it. Her son and grandson,  who live with her,  have to get on with their lives,and  can't stay home to keep her protected.

Came home and had a nice talk with daughter as we walked. We're not set up here to have any one person live in isolation unless they are confined to one room. So we will have to take our chances and hope COVID does not enter our home.

Tonight is Flow-Yin yoga.  I probably need it. Maybe I can get to bed early. 

No weights,  no push-ups last night.  Probably not today either,  since there's yoga. 

*sigh*

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

horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2020:
I actually skipped weights yesterday too - I was too mentally drained to do it after the previous busy couple days - so back to it this morning !

Yeah people will have to start taking chances it seems regarding Covid. But we can take safety and regard it as much as we can.

Donkey on 05/29/2020:
Glad you got it in. I'll wait for the weekend I guess. Gotta keep trying!


bearcountrygg on 05/28/2020:
I keep saying it but will once again.......build up immune systems as much as possible......so as to be able to have a milder case. I watched a Dr Berg you tube video today...and then again watched it with D. Overweight people are getting the cytokine storm because of visceral fat ( fat inside the abdominal cavity)with covid 19.......it just makes it harder to fight off......makes me think I should probably go look at BMI again just to make sure we are where we should be......I guess if nothing more...this covid is pushing us to be as healthy as we can be.

Donkey on 05/29/2020:
I can't get husband to eat better, for his health (anti-inflammatory diet), do I'm thinking about increasing in some elderberry. For both of us, lol!


legcramps on 05/28/2020:
So how is your daughter feeling about it? What are her thoughts about self-isolating or monitoring her own symptoms?

Donkey on 05/29/2020:
I think we're all on edge about it. She definitely had some anxiety about it. She talked to some of her friends and slept over at her friend's house (friend and her sister also work at the store). That helped.

She and I talked on our walk, and discussed both self isolating in her room, if she gets actively sick, and monitoring.

If she got sick, that would be one thing. It's the "non-symptomatic contagious carrier" thing that we're really worried about.

But at the end of the day, we'll deal with whatever happens.


thinkpositive on 05/28/2020:
I think we’re all trying to figure out how to keep going while staying safe,

Donkey on 05/29/2020:
Some of us are. The rest of us can't wait to get back to the bars and nail salons.

(Good grief!)



Donkey - Wednesday May 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 I had thought about editing yesterday's entry last night,  but didn't want to dwell too much on the negative today,  so here is everything all in one:  the good,  the bad,  the ugly - in no particular order. 

First,  to be accountable,  I did not do weights Monday or yesterday.  I did do push-ups last night. 

Second,  as yesterday was the hottest day so far,  I wore my tan capris bottoms,  which sad to say,  were no longer loose,  but almost too tight.  If I had been at home,  I would have unbuttoned the waist button and possibly loosened up the zipper, or better,  changed out of them.  They were a little snug in the thigh too.  Scales lie,  but clothes don't. 

So now on to my concern today.  My daughter has 3 coworkers who have tested positive for COVID.  She doesn't work directly with either,  but the latest case works closely with a mutual friend, which my daughter had recent contact with. 

The mutual friend employee has a vulnerable parent at his home.  And my husband is also vulnerable. We did a little brainstorming,  but came up with no solution other than to pray and hope for the best. 

The friend- coworker who was recently diagnosed doesn't have all of the symptoms and asked TWICE to be tested, with the 2nd request granted. 

So there's that.  

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

bearcountrygg on 05/27/2020:
Weight shifting...it's a thing....the scales are not always a good gauge. BUT...you are monitoring it so that will help ( there was a time...when I watched the scales go up without a care in the world....never again...so keep monitoring, I know you can. The virus situation....that is scary....I also don't know the solution other than to get everyone in your house's immune systems pumped up immediately so that you have a chance at getting a milder reaction if it comes to that. Possibly replace bathroom hand towels with paper towels for now. Maybe she should stay in her room or a specific area of the house away from her Dad.........I'm sure she is also concerned with his and your safety too.......Hopefully she wasn't infected.....((Hugs))


horn_of_plenty on 05/27/2020:
Thank gosh we know the verdict after they finally approved the request to be tested.

It’s scary with the vulnerable population indeed especially when they are your loved ones.

My weight is at its higher point that it’s been for many months - just keep doing what you have been doing and don’t give up on yourself. :)



Donkey - Tuesday May 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

 Back to work today.  That's okay.  

Male Co-Worker works for half a day,  leaves for his pre-op COVID test,  and then is off for the rest of the week for hernia surgery. 

I am looking ahead,  because I like to be mentally prepared,  for our office to unlock the front door and accept walk-in clients.  This is difficult.  I do not like it.  And someone explain to me why I, the busiest assistant,  is also the receptionist...

I have replaced the stroopwaffel cookies with ice cream.  Had a bit of a struggle yesterday,  but I don't think I did too much damage. 

Participated in online Studio Yin Yoga. The instructor, who is the owner,  asked for MY opinion on owning the studio!  I'm so honored!  I said that I would be ok with going,  but would probably wear a mask and bring my own props, rather than using what the studio has as far as supplies. 

I didn't want to insult her,  but most of the time,  I'm the only student there! So instead I said that I appreciated that her studio is an intimate space and not real big, which also helps me feel more comfortable. 

Some of the other studios in the area have space for 20+ students.  No thank you.  That's too many folks in a confined space for me. Just because you can fit 20+ people in the rim doesn't mean that you should. (This is one of the reasons I don't go to one particular studio.)

No yoga today, and I might have husband turn on the air conditioning today.  Hot and humid. 

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

bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
We turned on our air this weekend...it is more comfortable and keeps me moving around...it wasn't that many years ago...that we didn't have ac......oh the misery of that. Yoga sounds like exactly the thing for gentle movements.....It's been awhile for me again.....and I'm noticing that I'm having more leg cramps again...i think more water is needed...but wondering if the yoga was helping that too.


innerpeace on 05/26/2020:
I've been having conversations over mask wearing as well... We also turned on our AC this weekend - my puzzles pieces were sticking to my arms. And after mowing it was cool and refreshing. I do miss the airiness the open windows bring - but it was a bit uncomfortable with no wind blowing and the ceiling fans just wasn't making a big difference.


grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
I'm so glad I'm retired during a time like this! No worries about job, kids out of school or change in income.

Donkey on 05/27/2020:
^This. 100%

I mean I still work, but do glad my kids are adults in this time.


bearcountrygg on 05/26/2020:
What Annie said!


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Wonderful you can suppprt the yoga teacher and I’m sure she loves having YOU as her student .she should prob stick to more online training during this time right ?

The busiest people always get wrapped up in even more work - you are the reliable one !!!!



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

I *FINALLY* remembered to check in with the scale this morning.  I'm such a creature of habit that I kept forgetting to do so,  even though I put the scale right by my  workout clothes. 

It is good that the numbers are going down.  Cutting out the stroopwaffel cookies was a good thing to do for now. 

I watched a movie last night and rode my bike while doing so.  Even though the bike  was set at the very lowest level,  my legs are feeling some fatigue this morning.  

It is raining this morning but I think that will clear up to a beautiful afternoon.  Truth be told, who cares?  As long as I'm home and not at work, I'm fine with anything.

I plan to do some legs and chest weights today.  If we're doing Studio Yin Yoga tonight, I will need to sign up.  Back to reality...

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

bearcountrygg on 05/25/2020:
Good idea putting the scales with you clothes.....!!! Great that the numbers were good......ahhh stroopwaffels.....thy kind of call me in the evenings sometimes.

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
It's funny-sad that I completely disregarded the scale by my clothes on Sunday. I guess "overlooked" is the correct word. Yesterday, though, it registered in my brain, Oh, there's the scale. I should weigh in. (LOL)


Maria7 on 05/25/2020:
Hope you have a good day at home today. You have a lot of stress you deal with when you are not at home, so time for relaxing and hope you enjoy your afternoon.

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
Yes, it was so nice. I know that this feeling will be fleeting once I step into the office. But I'll take what a can get as far as peace.


grannyannie on 05/26/2020:
Well done!

Donkey on 05/26/2020:
Thank you! :-)


horn_of_plenty on 05/26/2020:
Really great to hear your weight is closer to where you want it - I also am probably going to have to watch things bc lately I feel loose.



Donkey - Sunday May 24, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

After forecasting a wet holiday weekend all last week, the weather here today couldn't be better:  sunny, a few clouds, warm.  I do not think it is supposed to rain here today, and tomorrow's chance of rain has dwindled down considerably.  After that, though, the rest of the week (when I'm inside anyway) is supposed to be rainy.  


I am quite dismayed this morning, to read on Twitter, that the states that have opened their beaches, water parks, hotels, and pools are having massive crowds - no social distancing, no masks, people saying that the virus is 99% survivable, that masks infringe on their civil liberties, that their mental health is also important (meaning that their mental health is more important that the physical health of others).  Just sad, sad, sad.  

(Reference Phoenix, Arizona; Ocean City, Maryland; and, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri)

So to focus on the positive, I am glad that the mayor of Chicago is keeping our beaches closed.  I am glad that our governor has instituted shelter-down policies for as long as he has.  I know that there are some inconsistencies, but overall, I'm glad that there are some politicians who do have some sense.  I was so touched by the governor of North Dakota, pleading tearfully to his constituents to wear a mask.  I feel the same way.


I have no real plans for today.  I would like to do weights, but my right shoulder is hurting again, from the weights I did on Friday.  I may do some Library Yin Yoga on YouTube.  She always has a wonderful way of calming me down. It is beautiful outside, and it may be nice just to spend time enjoying it, without having to DO anything specific.

We are having breakfast for dinner, and then tomorrow's dinner will be chili.  I found a recipe in a magazine for homemade crackers, so perhaps I will make those tomorrow, to go with the chili.

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Far too many people don't take Covid seriously. We are still on lockdown in Scotland until mid June. But when I do my weekly shopping there are never more than 3 or 4 of us wearing masks. Most are good about staying 2 metres apart and only a certain number are allowed in the store at one time. That's the only time I'm in public.


grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Be careful with your shoulder. I had trouble with mine for 2 years by injuring it lifting too heavy dumbbells.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/24/2020:
Chicago sounds like Nyc - our lockdowns are certainly not finished ! Too much density around my parts ! There’s certainly not a collective approach in the country but then again the density varies widely depending on population so - I understand a little the other states but I am sure the virus will spread more relatively !

I may try your library yin at some pin t - we will see !


bearcountrygg on 05/24/2020:
We had chili leftovers today...turned mine into chili fries.......and enjoyed it. I agree with Annie...i my shoulder and suffered with that for a couple of years...it took forever to the point that I thought it would never heal......now it's fine again...but I never want to go back to that...it lasted way too long.


Maria7 on 05/24/2020:
I'm with you on the wearing of masks. I think it is very important but so few, it appears, does it.



Donkey - Saturday May 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

I think I commented on Grannyannie's post that it was wet and gloomy here, too -- Well, it's not - YET.  Right now, it's sunny and lovely.  I know that this will not last for much longer, as we are expecting a rainy weekend, with some storms being severe.  So I want to get outside as soon as possible, to sit in the beautiful weather, drink my coffee (which has just finished brewing) and spy on my neighbors watch the birds and squirrels play.   This won't last long - white puffy clouds are already starting to move in.

But I thought I'd write here first.  I forgot to weigh-in this mprning, so I think I will check tomorrow, if I can remember.  I want to keep track of my numbers.  Speaking of which, I am inspired by Legcramps' post where she mentioned having a fitness goal.  So I am switching my focus from time or calories to miles on the bike, for my evening bike rides.  I've never done that before, so I think it will be a nice change.

Also, I want to do Library Yin Yoga (on YouTube) and weights this weekend.  I did some weights last night, and wow, it felt good!


Illinois will start to open up after this week. I still think it's too soon, but they are reporting that numbers are going down in the Chicagoland area.  I had a Zoom chat last night with the 2 ladies I volunteer with at the legal clinic. One works in the travel industry, and she has been furloughed.  She does not expect to go back to work until the end of the year.  The other lady works in an eye doctor's office, so she was furloughed for a little bit, and now is back part-time.  It was good to catch up with them, and it was interesting to hear how their lives have been affected by all of this. Each one of our experiences is different.

I *am* nervous about people thinking that just because the state is opening up that the virus is over.  NO, IT IS NOT.  We're opening up because of money, not because of health.  On the other hand, I do understand the need to try to get re-started.  I can only control myself and influence my family.  So if other people are not courteous enough to practice social distancing and mask-wearing, then I need to remove myself from them.  Simple as that.

And what I need to focus on for myself is not letting my dismay at what other citizens in my community are doing or saying, and just take care of my own.  It's sad to say that we're not all in this together, but some folks have it in their heads that they are better and know better than what the SCIENCE - and leaders/politicians who FOLLOW THE SCIENCE - are saying.


This weekend, I would like to start thinking of goals for June.  June starts on a Monday, which is a perfect day to start a new plan.

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 05/23/2020:
Good time to think of goals for June. Smile.


bearcountrygg on 05/23/2020:
We are just doing the best we can here....we can all be responsible for our health......take precautions....build up immune systems etc.....I suspect the summer heat will help a lot too.

Donkey on 05/24/2020:
It makes me so mad when I see other people with no regard for public health standards.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/23/2020:
Totally 100 percent with you. Seems we have to open for the economy although let me tell you that the nyc area has been especially quarantined and still is - no city beaches along with our queens beaches will open until after this holiday.

I still don’t know when I’ll be heading to work but it seems a scary time with so many unknowns and the potential for so many more to be sick. I totally hear you!

Great idea on a miles tracking for the bike. I may also make some changes coming forward ...


grannyannie on 05/24/2020:
Scotland is on lockdown (with very limited opening up in some places) until mid June. We aren't doing what the irresponsible PM is doing (and he had the virus). Only England does what he says now. Scotland, Wales and NI are all doing it their own way.

Donkey on 05/24/2020:
Oh I read about that - outrageous! It is good to know that the separate countries are using better preventative measures. We're not hearing about that in the US.



Donkey - Friday May 22, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 I spoke to my boss about my sleeping problems.  He suggested that I visualize pleasant memories as I wait to fall asleep. I think that helped!  I woke up dreaming but the dream was much less disturbing.  I will continue this habit.

I was very proud of myself yesterday for setting limits on the files that were driving me crazy.  One I said, I can't work on this any more - didn't answer emails on it, had  anyone who called on it told that I had left for the day. 

The other,  I canceled the closing because the other side isn't ready. I guess they thought it would all be worked out at the closing?  Nooo that's not how it works. 

Despite these boundaries,  I still stayed late,  getting home just in time to get ready for yoga. Not good. Missed seeing my daughter,  missed dinner with my husband.  Not good. 

Oh, but let me add that the boss left the office at 12:30 and didn't come back. So he gets time off while I'm stuck being harassed at the office.  I guess that's what I'm paid to do.   But I did call him at the end of the day regarding that canceled closing file. 

Work has definitely taken over my life.  Not good. 


I noticed at lady night's yoga session that I'm getting much better with balancing on one leg. I am planning to practice yoga this weekend. 

Eating was pretty good,  although I did not wake up hungry third morning. Perhaps because dinner was late. 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/22/2020:
My balance is terrible and I really should do yoga.


innerpeace on 05/22/2020:
That is one thing I don't miss about the office is dealing with OPP (Other people's problems). Regarding sleep - I once had a boss tell me to start with my toes and flex them for like five seconds and release and do that for the calf, thigh and work your way up your body to your butt, hands, arms, shoulders and you will relax enough to go to sleep. I just remember doing it up to my butt and I guess fell asleep. So maybe it works. I find myself falling asleep during prayer too...so I guess anything that takes your mind off of it.


bearcountrygg on 05/22/2020:
I'm with Annie...my balance is also not good.....but then again...mine never was...I was probably the worls worse child ballerina....LOL....that probably won't change for me now...but if you can improve that..it is well worth it.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2020:
I am glad you are working to pay the bills and hope that the job and personal time will balance out more soon!


Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2020:
Happy Friday :-)



Donkey - Thursday May 21, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 I have  a handful of files at work that are just driving me nuts. These files alone are keeping me way too busy. 

Male Co-Worker is taking all of next week off and then half of the week after that, to have and recover from hernia surgery. I suspect that there is also some vacation time too,  not just recovery.  This sucks for me because Mistakes Girl will be doing his job and not helping me!  She opens up all of our files,  which is terribly time consuming for me to do.  I'll make the adjustment if needed,  but it just sucks. 

He's having surgery in August too. Hope we're not real busy...


Waking up felt like a repeat of the past several days,  with wild dreams,  waking up tired,  not sleeping well...  I think this weekend,  I'll give myself permission to take a nap. 

This is the Memorial Day weekend,  and while the weather will be warm,  it's supposed to rain the entire weekend!  Ugh!  If it's not raining on Monday,  I'd like to go hiking with daughter,  but I'm not counting on the weather to cooperate.  And even if it fights,  with all the rain we've had,  trails will be messy. 

Well let me just focus on getting through today,  I guess. 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

legcramps on 05/21/2020:
Yes, just get through today! It would be lovely to go hiking on the weekend; hopefully there will be a break in the weather to allow you to go for a little while. A little mud never hurt anyone :)


grannyannie on 05/21/2020:
Hiking sounds good, even in the rain.


Maria7 on 05/21/2020:
As for the rain, we are getting thunderstorms here today. Hoping you are doing well today.


Horn_of_plenty on 05/22/2020:
I’ve been having some odd dreams myself but it’s bc I am sleeping more....they relate to past periods of my life and people !

Rain all weekend ! What nonsense !



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