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Donkey - Saturday Dec 19, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.5

A quick entry before my online Zoom (free) yoga class at the Garden!  Then, I hope to write more, when I have more time.  

So weigh-in was about expected.  In fact, the way I felt this morning, kind of bloated, I was rather expecting to see numbers around 145.  Essentially, I made no progress this past week.  OK.

The Paralegal Party at work was fun.  Not everyone drank, because the wine was "sweet red", and not everyone ate the stale pretzels - hey, nothing's too good for our law firm - but we all congregated for about 30 minutes or so, with good cheer and good  fun.

It turns out that we may have a catered party on Christmas Eve after all.  The Boss' daughter (down in the PT clinic) had her office party catered by the same gourmet sandwich place that Male Co-Worker initially wanted to use for our party (before the Boss bah-humbugged it and it was canceled).  But because now his daughter did it, the Boss thinks it's a WONDERFUL idea and we should do that too. 

(This is nothing new for the Boss; this has happened many times before, where an idea is shot down, but when the daughter does it, then it all of a sudden becomes a great idea.)

But enough about work - this is the weekend!

In addition to yoga, I have the usual laundry and fill up the birdfeeders outside.  I'm also making another type of Christmas cookie today.  If Husband can find an ingredient, then I will also be able to make a spice cake - maybe not today, but soon, for Christmas.

Inspired by Horn, AND because it's so slow at work, I took the opportunity yesterday to research some volunteering options for myself in my area.  I was discouraged by some, but I found a handful that look like things I want to do:

  • Volunteer at a cat adoption agency near work - maybe
  • Stock shelves & rotate food (check for expiration dates!) at the township food pantry, nearby - maybe
  • In the spring and fall, volunteer to clean up some nature parks, neither of which are near to me, but within driving distance - BIG maybe
  • Bell ringer for the Salvation Army -- oh I definitely want to have the courage to do this next year!!!
  • Sponsor the little neighborhood partk that my backyard opens up to -- definitely!  I just have to work up the courage to contact the village.

And I'm thinking that I just might keep volunteering at the legal clinic, at least for now, once we re-open.  It's a worthy endeavor, and just because the procedure has changed, it might not exactly change for our clinic.  So I'm going to wait and see what happens with that.

Post "Yoga" update:  Wow, was I ever disappointed by the free yoga.  I'm so glad I didn't make any monetary donation.  This wasn't yoga - it was high-impact aerobics with a yoga warm-up. Why would anyone want to do high-impact aerobics when you're in a beautiful, peaceful garden?  That seems to be a severe mismatch to me.

It's very dangerous to do high-impact activities - jumping, running, etc. - while barefoot.  This is something that I cannot even THINK about doing, due to a previous plantar fasciitis injury in my right foot. 

Also, I hurt something in my left hip.  Usually, it's my right hip that torments me. Well, now, I have both sides yelling at me. WOW is my left hip ever angry today.  I took a walk around the block, which felt good while I was doing it, but now that I am sitting, it is angry with me again.  I took Aleve - not helping.  I'm going to do some stretches here in a minute.

One thing though - I notice that I don't really jump - EVER.  Maybe I need to do that, with proper gym shoes, as an intentional act (and not unexpected during yoga).


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

Jacky82020 on 12/19/2020:
Terrific of you to consider volunteering, Donkey! You’re a good girl, you are.

Donkey on 12/19/2020:
I was inspired by Horn's efforts! I will edit my entry to reflect that. ALSO, as I was *thinking* about leaving the legal clinic this year, that I'm thinking of back-up plans NOW will make that decision easier (maybe?) to make, if it comes to that. does that make sense?

bearcountrygg on 12/19/2020:
Awww...cat adoption place......or I would go to the hospital and rock babies....

Donkey on 12/19/2020:
I thought about that, too, but for reasons I won't go into here, it's not for me. But I always thought that is a wonderful way to volunteer!

grannyannie on 12/19/2020:
Good for you looking into volunteering!

I've had plantar fasciitis 3 times. Last time was nearly 5 years ago and I practice prevention because I don't want it again. I'm afraid to do anything involving jumping as well. I've got a rope for jumping and think about using it.

Jacky82020 on 12/19/2020:
Thought of volunteering at the local cat sanctuary too. No kill shelter, but even so, I’d find some situations depressing & may bring too many home. But my stock market gains enable me to donate generously to them, the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado & Limbe in Cameroon, Arica. They rescue primate & African Greys. Sometimes another that rescues many species, including Bald Eagles, but the former are my favorites.

Donkey on 12/20/2020:
Yes, it is very depressing. I did do some volunteering at a Pet Smart adoption center. Room enough for 6 cats. I cleaned the cat cubbies where they lived, and socialized/played with the cats. I wanted absolutely no part of adoptions.

When this Pet Smart closed, I stopped volunteering because the new location was not convenient for me.

Not sure I want to get into that again. But maybe, if the legal clinic thing ends. Or if for some reason, I'm able to retire or work part-time.

Jacky82020 on 12/20/2020:
I am waaaay too sensitive when it comes to animals. Better for me, since I can, to focus on trading & donating. But so admirable of you & HOP et al to do what you do. I can’t risk covid exposures & have my heartstrings yanked

Donkey - Friday Dec 18, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

Yesterday was good until the evening but I suppose that turned out OK,  too.

Work has gotten very quiet except for a few files that are just hornets' nests. To liven things up,  I thought we'd open a bottle of sweet red wine a realtor gave me a couple of years ago. Couldn't find a corkscrew in the whole building,  so I'm bringing one today. I mentioned this plan to Mistakes Girl and she perked up to this idea. So a little party this afternoon!

I received a "happy holidays" email from a realtor (mass marketing thing), and somehow, I ended up on the website for the Garfield Park Botanical Gardens? Any way, they offer a free yoga Zoom class every Saturday!  I did not know this until yesterday! So I signed up!  They do ask for a donation but I figured I would try a class first,  and then if I liked it and signed up again,  I would contribute. So this Saturday, I'll be doing yoga in the garden!

The bad part of the day came at dinnertime. IDK, I was a little perturbed with Husband, and Daughter's boyfriend made a rude & thoughtless comment, directed at me.... it just wasn't great. 

But I had only half a cookie and 9 sugar-free gummies. Overall,  it was a good eating day. Had wine at dinner. I'm thinking wine might help me relax a little. 

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

grannyannie on 12/18/2020:
Yes, wine is very relaxing as I well know. Sorry dinner wasn't great and the bf was rude.

Are you off next week?

Donkey on 12/19/2020:
I have Christmas off, and I'm hoping - we're ALL hoping - that we can go home early on Christmas Eve, like around 2p.

Some title companies are closed on Christmas Eve, and some are only open until 1p. Nice Lady thinks it will be very quiet as some people will indeed take the whole week off.

innerpeace on 12/18/2020:
Never got the hang of wine, but you enjoy! We could use more thoughtless people in the world. Some just spout off before thinking.

I hope you have a happy day at work with your wine tasting party!

Have a great weekend.

Donkey on 12/19/2020:
I like most wines, the drier (bitter), the better. I also like light-colored beers, but I'm not into the heavy stout beers. And I'm not a fan of mixed drinks any more. Of course, if it's a pretty drink, like pina colada I may not resist, lol!

bearcountrygg on 12/18/2020:
Sounds like there will be a lighter work load now...hopefully until after the new year. You have the goodies under control...always a great feeling!

Donkey on 12/19/2020:
Oh I hope so... I mean, I know that the firm needs the business, so busier is better, but I'm just done with it.

Surprisingly, I do seem to have a better grip on the sweets this year. I hadn't really acknowledged that until you said something. Thank you!

Jacky82020 on 12/18/2020:
Got those low carb wraps and says something like 18 total carbs, 15 fiber & 3 net. So what’s the deal here? You poop out the insoluble fiber and it doesn’t count? Are they counted in the total calorie count? Back to the drawing board. I can always make enchiladas and feed these to Matt if the carb count is too high for me. I am going for an average glucose level of 70. Or better!

Donkey on 12/19/2020:
Yes, fiber is deducted from carb count. That's why I said NET carbs. Also, for other foods, sugar alcohol grams UP TO 8g can be deducted from total carb grams.

There are keto beads out there that are very good and lower in carbs - and are actual slices of bread! - but they are hard for me to find in the stores... when I used to shop in stores, that is.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
sounds like your eating is getting a bit better, that snacks are more in moderation!

next, you'll be doing some yoga outdoors in the park!?!?! how cool is this!? well, it may actually be COLD rather than cool...but this is cool, i can't wait to hear more about it!!!!

Donkey on 12/19/2020:
I'm sorry I wasn't more clear about the yoga. It's a Zoom session, so I'm at home. The yoga teacher is in the greenhouse garden (huge). So everyone stays warm!

When there's no covid, they do offer live yoga classes at the park, it seems, but that's too far for me to drive into the city, for that.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/18/2020:
oh yeah, i seem to have been having troubles with my own sugar gummies - i have decided your plan to count them out first, then close the bag and put it away, might help me, rather than eating out of a multi-serving bag of gummies! thanks for the tip.

Donkey on 12/19/2020:
Counting them out and then putting that bag away has helped immensely!

These are generic gummies. The store i bought them from has a huge selection of candies that they bag under the store brand: chocolate covered nuts, gummies, hard candies, gum, etc.

Donkey - Thursday Dec 17, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

 If you wrote an entry yesterday,  I have left a comment.   I'm not sure how many of you go back the next day to read additional comments. I read DD throughout the day,  but I seldom have the opportunity to log in again,  after the morning,  to write & comment. 

Yesterday was better.  It was quiet,  and, rather than feeling bored,  I appreciated the emptiness. 

There was a small event,  with a client,  that made me realize,  as with that other awful client I hung up on,  that most clients do not read what I send them. Some don't even read their emails,  I think. But now I realize that MOST aren't really reading anything I send them.  Then,  when a problem comes up,  it's our fault that they didn't know (whatever) before. 

So once I realized this,  I told my boss this,  and he agreed!  I told him that once I've resolved this fact with myself, it will make for better communications moving forward. 

With this latest client who didn't read his documents,  I started getting into contract obligations, which was negative,  so then I pulled back and said,  "I'll have to ask the attorney what our client's options are" and didn't get involved. 

Not stepping into another drama.  Let the Boss handle that.  Perhaps that is a dereliction of my duties,  but the attorney is better at handling these types of problems and these types of clients. 

Maybe I'm not the best person for this job any more. 

No weights or yoga  last night. I had half a cookie and 2 chocolates.  Hmm, that's not as good as I thought i had done.  Then,  after my bike ride, I went a little wild with the sugar free gummies. 

  • Need to count out the gummies,  so I know what I'm eating. 
  • Need to work on either  a suitable "dessert" or  night snack.
  • Need to stretch  more.

I'm sorry to fill this up with so much work drama. Thank you for your patience. 

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

bearcountrygg on 12/17/2020:
Work is life....for so many years.......just a fact!!! We have all been there and understand. It makes my heart happy when I see that you have eaten a carb.......I know....you get mad at yourself for what you consider an indiscretion.....but I see it as happy food...mood lifting.....self soothing.....one of the easiest and finest enjoyments of life. To me...it's always about not going overboard ( hard for me and probably hard for most)...but none the less....I had to learn to savor it.....enjoy it.....appreciate it's deliciousness......old days...I wolfed them down like I was in the closet and afraid someone would notice that I ate the whole bag....There is a huge difference in savoring.....and scarfing it down without tasting it.

Jacky82020 on 12/17/2020:
Wow, amazing how these people are so lackadaisical about contracts. I google mine until my fingertips go raw.

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
Annoying clients! I don't miss not working at all!

I go back and see if their are more comments the next day.

grannyannie on 12/17/2020:
Oops I meant I don't miss working!

innerpeace on 12/17/2020:
that's a fact - people don't read things they are not interested in...and it's always your fault. I hope you have a better day. And to answer your question...NO down numbers yet!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/17/2020:
what sf gummies are you eating?

also, maybe it's not in your job description to "get into it" as much with clients...if possible do save it for attorney / boss if it's no longer your "job territory."

next, like the others are saying, i couldn't agree more that work is life.

instead of volunteering at legal clinic, you could always in the future do my types of volunteering that occur at both parks (for nature organizations for volunteer cleanups) and pantrys (if you do some research and see what looks best in your area so it's a decent experience). you can still have your job and do something nice on the side.

and if you run out of time, when you retire, since you are pretty fit, that's more the time to give your time...or perhaps you'll work part time later in life, and have time to volunteer...

a job is necessary. i will need to go back to the working world at some point!

Donkey - Wednesday Dec 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

 Yesterday was not a good day.  Had a bad experience on the phone with a client.  Had to hang up on her.  I was shaking both inside and a little on the outside, too.  These incidents - as few as I try to mitigate - really do shake me up. 

To calm myself down,  I had 4 Christmas cookies,  then 15 or so sugar gummies,  and then a couple handfuls of sugarless gummies. I should have gone to bed early,  to put the day behind me,  but I still felt rattled up inside. 

I'm definitively feeling stressed,  even without a lot of work to do. This anxiety makes me more prone to a more salty self. Wearing the mask all day just drives me nuts. I don't know how healthcare providers do it. 

I find myself overwhelmed with sadness, tinged with gratitude for my blessings (if that makes any sense), in the evenings. I probably need a good cry but I don't want to do that. 

Well today is a new day,  and I don't want to drag yesterday's negativity into my fresh start. 

I need to find ways to get calm and remain calm, rather than to react. I think yoga helps with that. Need to do more yoga. 

Also, I haven't been drinking enough water this week, at all. I do believe that the beginning to well-being begins with water.  So I'm definitively going to work on that today. 

Just going to work on keeping my mouth shut today... even if it means feeling left out or isolated. 

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

Jacky82020 on 12/16/2020:
Oh, Donkey! I’m so sorry about that nasty client. Wish I could come and pimp slap the ****! I had a similar problem with someone in a DM room. Much drama! I left & returned. Laying low now. And yes, I bawled. Not that they will ever know. I am not a weeper. Usually only when a pet dies. Glad you’re doing better now. Upwards & onwards. It all passes.

Donkey on 12/17/2020:
Yes, yesterday was much better in that it was very quiet. I'll write more about this today.

bearcountrygg on 12/16/2020:
Sometimes a good cry is needed......not crying can easily end up in a sinus infection and nobody needs that! I try to remember that the only person I can control is myself and that always makes me feel better knowing that karma will get them....Hope today goes easier for you.

Donkey on 12/17/2020:
Funny, I did wake up with the feeling that a sinus infection was starting!

grannyannie on 12/16/2020:
Sorry about the idiot client. A good cry can help.

Donkey on 12/17/2020:
Thank you! I'm not feeling as vulnerable now, so maybe the feeling was partially hormonal. Knowing that helps too, but dang these hormones!

innerpeace on 12/16/2020:
crying helps! I hope you have a better day.

Donkey on 12/17/2020:
You've made me realize that I shouldn't dead a good cry. That there's some value in that, and maybe it's not something to avoid, but rather, to embrace a good cry, at the appropriate time and place.

Maria7 on 12/16/2020:
We are living in stressful times...We all have different things we are dealing with ongoing. It is easy to tell ourselves to RELAX but it is another thing to make ourselves do it. Yes, drinking more water is a good thing, to stay hydrated. And I agree with you...many times, the less we say, the better. I find myself holding back from saying things I would usually say in response to different things. Sometimes I feel like what will my saying anything accomplish, anyway? I find that reading verses in the Bible about peace when I get up each morning and after I pray, helps me to stay somewhat calmer during the day. I wish you a relaxing, peaceful day. Yes, a good cry does help sometimes.

Donkey on 12/17/2020:
You make some good suggestions that I am going to take to heart. I definitely feel the need to pray more.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
Wow...how did i miss this entry of yours yesterday!? maybe you wrote it really late on Wednesday night?

grrrr....so sorry the client rattled you up so much! i can understand that that is the business, $$$/real estate, and that is def something that causes a lot of frustration with people. I'm so sorry it had to affect you too! grrrr!

If you have washable masks, i can recommend you change them every 2-3 hours and just wash them back at home. Mine get sweaty and gross after a bit. When i volunteer in the cold, my nose even runs in them, even if i am blowing my nose a little bit to mitigate it and not have the inside of the mask get soaked and disgusting (decided to bring tissues today and just sneak in a couple blows...yeah not the best when serving people but i don't have covid as of now...)...but yeah, after i'm done volunteering, in the car i always have a fresh mask to put on and i throw the used one on the floor of my car...to take out of the car whenever i am not carrying a lot of things to my apt, to wash, to wear again. Masks are cheaper now, so i recommend the washable types. some are really, really cheap. and some are not. Like, when i bought mine, with shipping they averaged $10 each but now you can probably almost get five plain cotton ones for $10-$15, which is a lot better.

I think some of your emotions stems from not a lot of downtime since your trip. at least it will be Christmas soon, some needed time off...and then New Years...looks like it will be at least two 3-day weekends? enjoy them :) !!!

Just try, as best you can, not to let these clients throw you off. Try to take an "outsiders" view on them / the situations. What i mean is, try to distance yourself from the issue MORE. Try to remain cool and collected because it really is NOT your problem and realize that you can give them extra sympathy and kindness bc it's NOT your problem. Try and see if this works, to soothe them extra, listen harder, not to fight back, let them speak their minds...and see if it helps. and to always realize, they are angry with their situation, not you. let me know what you think about this?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
like a psychologist, who sits listening to so many people's problems, and never seems to need to cry WITH the patients...never really affected by the patients.

try to think of yourself as a therapist...they can get upset, but their probem isn't your problem so you see through it and can only help them with their problems but their problems will never affect you, personally...? what do you think about this?

Donkey on 12/17/2020:
Yes, I have often felt like a therapist, and I don't mind that :-)

My boss pointed out (to someone else), why is there so much complaining when it's Christmas time???

Horn_of_plenty on 12/16/2020:
*...they can get upset = i meant the patient can get upset

Donkey - Tuesday Dec 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

 I did well yesterday but DID struggle with temptations:

  • Struggled at around 10am to want to dive into dried fruit and nuts, at work.
  • Wanted a cookie after dinner but on Sunday,  I told myself that was it.  So I had some sugar free gummies. Maybe too many of them.  Malitol (sweetener) can cause gas. My corker will love me today. 

I feel like work was a little more stressful than it should have been - or needed to be - but I had time to do some online looking for gifts for Mr. Donkey. So he's done. 

I really want to reach my weight goal in 2021. I still have time to get into the 130's this year,  although,  with the eating challenges ahead,  I'm not so sure this can be done. But this is a good feeling to have. 


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

Jacky82020 on 12/15/2020:
Can relate! 2021 is creeping up on us! But we have a few good weeks left.

grannyannie on 12/15/2020:
I've bought sugar free hard candies before and if you eat too many you get more than gas! Werthers toffee is the worst for that. But they taste so yummy!

I need to reach my goal weight before summer.

horn_of_plenty on 12/15/2020:
Lol I don’t understand why the makers of so many sf candies and sweets still use maltitol when there’s much better alternatives ! More people would buy the products if they knew they could finally digest it!

Take your time with the 130s. Nothing is a rush during Covid. There’s too much stress now to rush things or push too hard...Jeep up the good work and it will work out for you as it always does!

Donkey - Monday Dec 14, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

I baked and decorated sugar cookies yesterday,  rather than knit or read.  We're sending a selection of cookies in a care package to our son for Christmas. Most of his gifts are computer or gaming related so those aren't something to send. 

And I feel that I did ok with cookies consumption.  Had a couple and then I was fine. 

I used my treadmill yesterday and jogged 0.5 miles. 

No yoga class tonight because the instructor is picking up her daughter at the airport tonight. I may do a session myself,  or perhaps weights.  Or I may opt to go to bed as soon as possible. 

My #1 resolution today is to abstain from eating the butter toffee covered and cinnamon & sugar coated almonds at work.  Willpower and discipline!

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

innerpeace on 12/14/2020:
Great job using your treadmill. I was not as good denying the sweets. Have a great day.

Donkey on 12/15/2020:
Thank you! I did better on Monday, but it's not easy. Struggled a lot but I didn't have any huge stressors to send me off the deep end.

Jacky82020 on 12/14/2020:
I can assist with the plans to abstain from the butter toffee,& coated almonds. Grab your fair share and immediately mail to me!

Donkey on 12/15/2020:
Ha ha ha!

grannyannie on 12/14/2020:
Mail some to me too!! LOL.

Good for you doing treadmill.

Done with my xmas stuff. Of course I only give gifts to 2 granddaughters, hubby and postman. Hubby orders gifts for his daughter and her hubby and grandson from us. And he ordered a poinsetta to be delivered to my sister.

Donkey on 12/15/2020:
You and Jacky crack me up!

I've finished getting the major gifts. I might do a quick run to get small stuff, not sure...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
yeah, share that info with your daughter - let her see what her Illinios local options are. These schools are far and few between that offer those special types of associates forestry degrees. She will need to do all the research so she knows what she is getting into. These specialized degrees, both forestry types and the engineering types, open her up to select jobs where you can only get them with these specific degrees and the jobs pay a "living wage." She won't be rich, but she also will not be poor at all....i have to find the school that is located very upstate NY, students live there, and it's both half laboratory and half outdoorsy program...sounds fantastic for the right person, who can afford to live update for the two years of the associates program.

Donkey on 12/15/2020:
Thank you!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
Here is the link to the school:


perhaps there's also a school like this in Illinios, or maybe she'd like to go to this school ! it's great from what i read on it.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
and they have a separate ranger program / school. talk soon...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/14/2020:
what about a smaller piece of the butter toffee with a tea or water or coffee? enough to satisfy? like an afternoon pick me up!? ha! as long as you can keep it small. and drink some liquids to fill up on too.

your son is going to be HAPPY when he gets those cookies! yum! Perfect gift.

Donkey on 12/15/2020:
My problem is portion control. Can't just stop at one little bit.

Donkey - Sunday Dec 13, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

I seem to be ahead of myself this weekend.  On Friday, I didn't want to get to work too early, so I filled up my birdfeeders. Yesterday, I finished all of my laundry and mopped the basement floor, so nothing really to do today.

I did well with the cookies that Husband made yesterday.  I had one of each, and now I'm fine.  It helped that he didn't make a lot.  Today, I am going to make sugar cookies - or my husband can.  So that will give me something to do.  And I think I will be OK with it.

I also did NO reading or knitting yesterday, so I can do those things today too.  I was disappointed in myself, as I watched a lot of TV yesterday but took no opportunity to be productive during this time, by knitting.  LAZY!  I sit so still while watching TV that my FitBit thinks I'm sleeping.  OK, so I didn't knit, and I didn't get on the treadmill either.  REALLY LAZY!

I saw on one the neighborhood groups I belong to on FB, that someone was asking if someone in the group was wanting to give away or sell (cheap) a treadmill.  I don't use my treadmill enough to take up the space that it does.  I know that with December's goal, I'm trying to change that, so I had doubts and didn't offer mine right away.  Turns out, there are others who have treadmills to give or sell cheap, so I don't have to make a decision right now.  The point  that I should make to myself is that I need to use my treadmill more.

I think I did OK with eating yesterday.  If I came up short on my water goal, it was not by much.  

Again, I feel like I'm just treading water or floating along.  I don't have an eating plan, I don't have a weight-trianing plan.  Maybe for now, that's OK, but motivation is kind of at a low point.

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

Horn_of_plenty on 12/13/2020:
Park Ranger, amongst a few other jobs requirements: Physical skills and abilities testing:

If you are considered for appointment, your physical skills and abilities will be evaluated through tests of strength, agility, flexibility, endurance, and swimming. These physical skills and abilities tests will be conducted by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

To obtain a statement of the requirements of these tests, write to the Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Forest Protection, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-2560.

Either 1. a bachelor's or higher-level degree including or supplemented by 30 semester credit hours in environmental science;*

Or 2. an associate's or higher-level degree in environmental engineering, forest engineering, forest management, forest recreation, forest technology, forestry, or natural resource management;

Donkey on 12/14/2020:
Wow, thank you for sharing that! I will share this with my daughter. It's helpful for her to know that she has options.

grannyannie on 12/13/2020:
All your talk about cake has got me wanting cake which I haven't had in a very long time! I wanted some kind of sweet treat for xmas day and thought about going to the bakery to pick up something. But decided I could just bake a cake. So I've ordered 2 cake mixes and 2 containers of icing (they were on sale 2 for 1) so will bake them myself. Just what I need, eh?! I will have to eat it all as hubby is gluten intolerant.

Donkey on 12/14/2020:
Good! Cake makes a day seem festive. You can always freeze the leftovers!

Jacky82020 on 12/13/2020:
Haha, my Fitbit always says I’m sleeping when I watch TV. Finally disabled the sleep function.

Donkey on 12/14/2020:

Donkey - Saturday Dec 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 143.0

A little disppointed in this week's weigh-in but I can't say that I'm surprised.  Stress-eating has plagued me this week - and not only at work, but mostly at work.   Yesterday, it was several handfulls of butter toffee covered almonds at work - for no good reason!  I need to think of an activity that I MUST perform before I allow myself to even consider eating food that is outside of my planned foods. Whether it's drinking a set amount of water, or stepping outside, or 50 squats -- SOMETHING a little bit uncomfortable that stops me in my tracks to make myself reconsider eating.

I'm a little nervous too, because Husband says he's going to spend this weekend baking Christmas cookies.  Cookies are so hard for me to resist.  I'm invited to help, which is nice, because seeing as I don't have much planned to do today, having something to do - and with my husband - would be .. well, would be nice, I guess.

It is cold and rainy all day today.  Then, tomorrow, the rain stops, but the temperatures drop. 

The stupid client that came to the closing on Thursday was not answering his phone, so we called his son (also a client, previously), who was unable to contact his dad as well.  (I swear, you cannot make this stuff up.)  Later the son called us back, saying that his dad was so sick that he couldn't respond to his phone.  According to Male Co-Worker, client has COVID.  So that's that.  Associate Attorney will get tested 4 days after his exposure, and then wait another 2-3 days for test results.  So he's out this next week for sure.  Meh.  That means that Nice Lady will be talking to me more, because that's one less person she has to talk to.

I hadn't noticed this before this week, but I have noticed that my Boss has gained weight.  Male Co-Worker told me that he's gained 20 pounds since August. I'm guessing that's about how much Boss has gained too.  In my experience, a 10 gain is when you yourself start feeling the gain, and 20 pounds is when others start noticing the gain.

I'm just feeling out of balance today, and it's not because it's a weekend.  


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

grannyannie on 12/12/2020:
OMG homemade cookies! No resistance!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/12/2020:
well, just remember, you are in charge of you. and you do not have to resist all the cookies. you can be moderate. make sure you do have a cookie that hubby makes. work it in. maybe by sleeping well on the weekend, you can enjoy a cookie bc you aren't eating for as many hours as if you were working? this works for me...i used to be able to indulge more on weekends bc i was up later and not up/hungry for as many hours as the days i worked (yeah, weird).

our temps drop the day after tomorrow. we will get a perfect day tomorrow, around 58F with partial sun and after that, our temp drops. it actually didn't rain today when i volunteered, oh, was the weather forecast constantly wrong all week leading into this weekend!

well, it's been a crazy year. i hope your boss starts to drop the pounds as he's not the healthiest person (as you've told us!)

you keep doing your thing, stay strong, stay healthy, stay active when you can do so. sending you positive thoughts, prayers.

Donkey - Friday Dec 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 Work has slowed way down,  to the point of having nothing to do.  No closings today. 

Good thing too because Associate Attorney and New Guy were at a closing yesterday,  and the client walks in,  says he's not feeling well, he's very tired,  having trouble breathing but thinks it's bronchitis,  and was COVID tested on Wednesday.  THEN WHY ARE YOU AT THE CLOSING???

As soon as New Guy heard saw,  he left the room and called the office for someone to come pick him up.  Unfortunately, Associate Attorney stayed behind,  had the client sign 8 pages and sent the client home. Asked him to stay by his phone but the client did not answer his phone.  We don't know when his test results will be in, will he tell us?

So I told AA not to come back to the office. He'll be out today and maybe into next week. 

Struggled a bit at work,  and ate 3 small wedding cookies (they're called). No more cookies left at work.  I didn't pack enough vegetables; also I was stress eating,  which i realized but that didn't stop me from the cookies. 

Did not get enough water yesterday either. Water might have helped with the stress eating.  DUH.

I'm not expecting anything great for tomorrow's weigh-in. 


Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/11/2020:
What's with all these stupid people going out in public BEFORE they get the results of the Covid test?

My son in TN was sick in Dec and just had an antibody test which was positive.

Jacky82020 on 12/11/2020:
What idiots, those ppl exposing others when they may be infected!

That’s a shame, Annie. Do they wait a while and retest?

grannyannie on 12/11/2020:
Nobody knew in December about Covid. My son just knew he was sick and so was a coworker. He got an antibody test mostly out of curiosity. But he'll still get a vaccination.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/11/2020:
it's so annoying that people are not following any guidelines over by you. wow. i can't believe this people, sick, are showing up to spread it around. not cool.

never really knew of the wedding cookie, will look it up to see.

i find that i like to indulge in the indulgent items, cookies, and i can do it better after i eat a lot of cooked veggies or lighter things. then i go to indulge, but i've filled up on the volume stuff and i'm better able to manage my indulgence on the real treats..

well, you are doing great overall. i need a job...you just keep up the good work. it's worth it.

Donkey - Thursday Dec 10, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

My hands are dried out from all of the hand sanitizer and cleaning agents I used for the Christmas Card Signing Party yesterday, LOL!  It wasn't perfect -- there were a couple of "drop-ins" from the physical therapy clinic in the conference room, even though the room was reserved.  I think that the boss thought we could all social distance ourselves in the conference room and have lunch first.  Male Co-Worker, Nice Lady and I specifically told him that we would not eat together in that room.  (We could have done it in our office space upstairs, but he didn't want to do that.)  So we three took our plates upstairs to eat. 

The thing about the physical therapy folks is that they are exposed to way more people (patients), some who have not been honest about their COVID precautions.  If you recall, the PT boss had COVID right after Halloween.  So that's why we wanted it exclusive, but the Boss is always a warm and welcoming guy (totaly extrovert, still not quite grounded in the reality of this).

I think because it didn't turn out the way the Boss wanted it, we are now having ANOTHER PARTY, upstairs, just us, on December 23rd.  Instead of an ugly sweater contest, it will be an ugly mask contest.  It's not potluck, so I'm guessing he's having it catered.  Anyway, alls that means for me is more eating....

I did the treadmill last night, for 1.5 miles.  I feel that it wasn't as enjoyable as the first time I used it.  However, this checks off a box for my monthly goals.  The knitting and the reading goals have not been consistent.  Also, I'm pretty sure that yesterday marks the first day (of this month's goals) that I did not meet my water goal.  I'll have to confirm this with my Fitbit tracking.  

I forgot - twice - to eat breakfast at home.  So I ended up eating an apple and 1/4 cup of walnuts that I brought to work for a snack.  I think I was still full from the cake on Tuesday night.  I've always wondered how people could just "forget to eat".  Apparently, I am capable of this too, LOL... Just not often enough.

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/10/2020:
That’s why I refused PT for the knee and am doing my exercises at home! Nice the physicians were so understanding. The building they’re in has a big place called Rehab Solutions. I thought it was for drugs, but someone told me it’s PT and the sports docs I saw send patients there. Haven’t checked my insurance recently, but at one time they limited PT to 6 visits except in extreme cases that had to be preauthoriized. Never made any difference to me. I’m a real DIY girl & now even more because this covid crap is terrifying. Can’t open a newspaper or turn on TV without hearing about relatively young or young ppl who did all the right things becoming very ill and often dying.

grannyannie on 12/10/2020:
Forget to eat?! Actually if some serious drama is happening or I'm really busy doing something then I forget until my belly starts growling a lot.

I had PT for a rotator cuff way back when in TN and insurance did have a limit but don't remember how many. Over here you have it until you don't need it. I had it for my shoulder a couple of years ago.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/10/2020:
more eating and more FREE food! just have some extra seltzer / tea / or diet coke with whatever is being brought in at the "second" holiday party! and remember you can bring your own veggies if need be...and you do not have to eat everything you take. ..and you can be picky....well, that's what i have to say about it!

congrats on forgetting to eat! i remember you got up late, so you must have been rushing! it's good you have snacks at work, i'd never get thru a morning at work without eating something. nope.

keep up the good work.

i was going to say, it's not really if you can match your goals but also if doing them makes you happy...if you have very challenging goals of doing a lot of things every night, it will be harder to match them. perhaps list your goals at what is a major goal and what are extra, minor goals, that may be optional...(just something i think might help you make your goals more attainable)).

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