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Donkey - Thursday Nov 19, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 139.5

 I did better yesterday but did have 2 chocolates at work at the very end.  I'm almost done with the chocolates,  but let's see if i can hold off eating the last 2, shall we?

This week is almost over and I've done no weight training.  Mostly because I've been trying to get into bed as soon as possible,  and there's always a million chores to do beforehand.  

Tonight,  I have a training webinar for the legal clinic, to discuss ways to reopen the clinics during COVID.  Here's my suggestion:  DON'T.  I have absolutely zero interest in holding/running clinic once a month right now. But I'm willing to hear what they suggest. 

Progress as of today: 47 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/19/2020:
nice job on treating yourself with a couple chocolates...certainly within a portion and does no harm and is delicious! :) good for you.

sorry about no weight training, rest is more important though. you don't need to have lingering colds all winter.

i was talking to my friend about how just about nobody is going to be as produtive as they were pre-covid. like, even at work, with the anxiety and stresses of covid, i feel that most people are not able to be as efficient or productive (to a degree...). My opinion. so i totally agree with you about the reopening of the clinics and how it poses another level of stress on top of regular stresses right now. you do what you can right now...and at least the webinar tonight can hopefully educate / inform you in some helpful way whether you pursue it or not. you do you.

legcramps on 11/19/2020:
It would be different if you had a lot of downtime and would be able to put a full effort into the clinics, but it seems like you've been busy from the get-go, non-stop. I really don't see how adding hours of work to your life is going to benefit you or any of the other staff in your office right now.

grannyannie on 11/19/2020:
Agree the clinics should not be opened. Cases of Covid are rising rapidly everywhere.

If you need extra rest then you should skip muscle work for now.

Jacky82020 on 11/19/2020:
Haha, love your advice: DON’T Do you eat those low fat chocolates or whatever they call them? Supposed to be very healthy.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/19/2020:
i also love your "DON'T" ...see above in your writing in reference to the clinics. lol.

grannyannie on 11/19/2020:
I've bought 85% dark chocolate. Not exactly low in calories but a lot less than others. And it's good for you!

Donkey - Wednesday Nov 18, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 139.5

I'm so frustrated with myself.  I had too many chocolates at work,  and then,  after an unhealthy dinner,  had one of those jumbo oatmeal raisin cookies from the bakery. What is wrong with me?  I know part of it is from not quite feeling good,  but how does eating a whole bunch of sugar help anything?


I was having difficulty with wearing a mask at work,  and used the chocolates to get me through that. 

I have been feeling fatigue in my joints,  cut short my walks (I think). No bike ride last night,  went up to bed and relaxed until 9p. Lights out. Felt better rested this morning. 

Well,  all I can do is what I have done.  Today is a new day. 

Progress as of today: 47 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/18/2020:
Sugar is like a drug with me too. Good while you are eating it but not so great later.

Hope you start feeling better and more energetic.

My mask is a washable one - 2 ply I think with a slot for the filter, so 3 ply. I only wear it for about 15 mins once a week at the supermarket and can't wait to take it off! It's just so hot. I'd have a tough time wearing one all day.

Jacky82020 on 11/18/2020:
I’d be wealthy if I had a dollar for every time I gobbled down a plumb cookie when I sure didn’t need the extra calories. We all do it.

Hate the masks. Stuffy and fog up my glasses. Using one since March now and see no end in sight. Even with the vaccine.

grannyannie on 11/18/2020:
I find that if the nose grip is tight enough I get very little fog on my glasses.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/18/2020:
if you feel fatigue, do rest. i support that!

next, it's ok to have the cookie. remember this. perhaps plan it into your day no matter what. if it's big, cut in half and have it with your tea / coffee or as a late evening reward. you deserve sweets. you can do this.

it's hard to get used to mask wearing all day.

Donkey - Tuesday Nov 17, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 139.5

 Still not quite 100%.  I thought I was almost back to feeling normal,  until dinner, which felt like a rock,  and then started the gas. 

Now that the CDC says that wearing a mask CAN protect yourself (as well as others), I started wearing a mask at work all day.  After a couple of snide remarks from others (WTF?), Nice Lady and Male Co-Worker also started wearing masks.  New Guy usually wears a mask but didn't. The  mask is more about me than it is about them, anyway. 

My boss seemed bothered by it.  Oh well,  told him I could always work from home.  

The Boss's daughter,  who had COVID,  came back yesterday, after the 10-day quarantine period. I hope she doesn't come upstairs to visit her dad or take chocolate any time soon. 

Did I mention that daughter's boyfriend's roommate has COVID too?  So she hasn't seen him for nearly a week. 

Sorry - enough of the COVID talk.  It's not only boring and mundane but discouraging and depressing. 

Progress as of today: 47 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/17/2020:
I've seen data on how masks protect you and others for many months.

Hope everybody with Covid has a mild case!

I listen to everything being said about Covid, especially about the vaccines and the timelines. I need to get to Michigan!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/17/2020:
did his daughter do another test? some people still have it after 10 days! 10 days is NOTHING!

i know someone who had to quarrantine for 20 days!

yeah, she needs to not see BF for maybe 3 weeks! not kidding!

Donkey on 11/18/2020:
His daughter did not have another test. That would not be helpful. As I understand it, the test would reflect antibodies, showing she's had it, which we know. That's all. Doesn't tell if you're contagious.

Boyfriend tested negative. That's very good news.

Donkey - Monday Nov 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 139.5

 Feeling much better today.  I could tell yesterday that my appetite was returning to normal. Food didn't feel like a rock in my stomach,  and although some things still tasted off, for the most part, food tasted alright. 

I also had more energy,  especially after sleeping 10.5 hours Saturday night. My joints still ached a bit but it was manageable. 

I rested for most of Sunday, although I did ride my bike twice,  to help with the stiffness in my back.

This will be a very busy week at work.  Everyone wants to close on Friday and none of the loans are ready.  Kind of hard to close without money. What part of that do you not understand?  That's what I want to ask people who complain that we're not closing on time. 

Progress as of today: 47 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/16/2020:
Glad you are feeling better. 10.5 hrs sleep!?

Hope the work week isn't too stressful!

Jacky82020 on 11/16/2020:
Glad you’re feeling better, Donkey! Yay!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/16/2020:
sometimes busy is good, in moderation!, maybe it will keep you on track.

like the others have mentioned, well BCGG only actually, PEOPLE ARE CRAZY.

Donkey - Saturday Nov 14, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 139.5

 Good morning!  So glad it's the weekend.  I really just need to rest.  I haven't been feeling 100%, but it's impossible to get tested for COVID around here.  Appointments are 1 week out.  I don't think I have COVID anyway, as I have no fever and I can still taste and smell.  So what I have is more likely a sinus infection and the PMS pains that come from hormones.

I'm surprised to see the lower number on the scale, as I stopped tracking calories after having that big piece of cake earlier this week (Tuesday, I think?).  Starting Thursday, I had little to no desire for coffee, which is the #1 indicator that I'm fighting something.   Everything I ate just sat in my stomach like a rock.  Yesterday, I was very gassy, which means whatever this is, is working itself out.  I've been going to bed at 8pm, able to fall asleep quickly, but then not getting enough deep sleep.

I woke up so stiff in my back this morning, that I had a hard time getting myself downstairs to ride my bike.  Thank goodness I have the bike.  Afterwards, I am limber and mobile.  

So my main goal this weekend is to rest up pretty much.  I'm doing laundry, which is not too intensive.  The basement floor had to get mopped (thank you, Baby Kitty), so I did that, and now I'm resting.  I will try to get outside to break down more branches that fell during the last windy day, but if that is too much, then I'll stop.  I should be able to fill the birdfeeders.

No gym at all this weekend.  

Progress as of today: 47 lbs lost so far, only 4.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/14/2020:
Good job getting under 140!

You mentioned your boss's relative worked nearby and was positive, right?

Have a good rest.

Jacky82020 on 11/14/2020:
Hey, you’re under 140! Congrats. Big milestone for me not so very long ago.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/14/2020:
Yeah, i second everyone in congratulating you on an awesome weigh-in!

Rest helps when you aren't feeling great. so if you need rest, do it by all means!

exercise only after you feel better.

did you also have less of an appetite this week?

Horn_of_plenty on 11/15/2020:
i think a goal to continue with your weight in this lower range (130's) is extremely doable for you...and it's still warm enough to do cardio outside sometimes walking...and still not the dead of winter when people really struggle at continuing their exercise programs (though me and you will always keep ours up even if we need to take a break here and there).

Donkey - Thursday Nov 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 I'm not sure if I made good use of my time off yardstick,  but it was nice to take a break. 

I took a nice walk (by myself), mended my glove,  made a fabric skirt for my desk area at work,  to hide the storage stuff under the table, rode my bike early, and did a great upper body weight workout.  Weights started out as chest only but then I started ding biceps and triceps because it felt good. 

I seem to have strained a hamstring in my right thigh. I think this was from jogging over the weekend. Just that little bit caused all this inconvenience. It's been quite distracting for the past 2 days but this morning it finally feels better.  Anyway,  that is why I did not do legs weights. 

I wish I could tell you all it ended splendidly,  but alas,  I had a big piece of Election Day cake from the freezer. I wish I could say it's almost gone but there's still 5 large pieces left.  Why is my willpower so weak?  I think it was because I wasn't feeling  100% last night.  Didn't want decaf,  and usually when I'm getting sick, coffee is the last thing I want.  That's kind of where I was last night. 

It is difficult, logistically, to get tested for COVID.  

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/12/2020:
Sounds like you got a lot done.

Take care of that hamstring!

Cake is always hard to resist.

Jacky82020 on 11/12/2020:
Wow, hope that hamstring is all better very soon. Our Election Day cheesecake met its end fast enough! RIP, good cake.

legcramps on 11/12/2020:
I think you made perfect use of your time off, and i'm really glad to hear that you took it. You should do that more often if you can :)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2020:
yeah, seems only way to do well on the court tests is to be accurate on it!

extra credits go only to Vets...veterans. ah, i'm sure overall not too many of them take those court tests so that's OK with me!

cool idea on a skirt for your desk. yes, i use to put things under my desk too!

this weather, as it gets colder and darker, seems to get me run down as well. dress warm and sleep well!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/12/2020:
and nice job on the weights, i did them last night also. glad i didn't wait until today. way sore over here.

Maria7 on 11/13/2020:
Hope you are feeling better. The cake sounds wonderful.

Donkey - Wednesday Nov 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

I decided to take half a day off.  I didn't have much to do at work, and decided it would be nice just to take some time away.  I've been distracted at work, by so many things, and today was no different.  So I'm hoping that the time away will help me refocus when I return. Also, I had some little things at home that I wanted to take care of, e.g. sewing up a mitten, trimming the cats' nails, etc., and now I've had time to do these things that are best done in natural sunlight.

The Boss decided to get started talking about Christmas gifts for the realtors, and then he went off the deep end on trying to figure out why realtors that have used us in the past but are now using other attorneys.  Then he goes into this whole thing about his marketing plans for the New Guy - but none of his ideas can happen until after COVID is under control.  I had to think to myself, as I was minding my own business, that the successful ones are the people who think of how to reach out in the here and now - not waiting for conditions to be ideal.  

Oh yes, need to step away...

I went to bed last night at 7pm and pretty much slept until my alarm went off at 5:15am this morning.  No evening bike ride, no weights, just sleep.  I think I really needed it.  I woke up this morning feeling tons better.

I'm going to take a walk around my neighborhood now, and enjoy the rest of my time off.

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2020:
I do agree with the “here and now” of marketing. Totally. But you are right - it’s not your job.

Sometimes rest is the best medicine, no doubt!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2020:
re- your question the other day about the court assistant test - you are so right i could be reviewing / following up on notes for the test....

well, the court assistant test is rather EASY. same with the other.

however, i have my flash cards i made for the vocabulary section on court terms...but i will not study those words now as the test is YEARS away (around 2+ years?) ....

the test is NOT paralegal level. those court entry tests are more basic. they are also about ability to spot mistakes. later i may buy some kind of book or app i can use to help me, but it's not a "subject matter knowledge" test - it's more of a general aptitude test.

i should stop my procrastinating on PM...i will lose all chances to pass soon....listen - if it's meant to be, it'll be. otherwise, who cares. ;) (PM Test).

Horn_of_plenty on 11/11/2020:
what might help me for the court test, is to possibly do something in volunteering - like Auxiliary police for NYPD...the volunteer division. it might help me on the court test...sometimmes they ask about if i was in any organizations, specific to that type...i have to actually research how i can add on to my score....and you just reminded me to do that type of research.

i'll let you know if i find out anything on how to add onto a court assistant exam score (how to add extra points)

grannyannie on 11/12/2020:
Good to take some time off when you need it.

Donkey - Tuesday Nov 10, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Well.... I think i should have re-read my entry from the morning,  when I got home from work,  as I was not able to resist having a piece of the chocolate cake for dessert. I'm not going to teach my goals eating cake,  that's for sure. Come on,  Donkey, get with it. 

Found out yesterday that the Boss's daughter who owns the PT business downstairs,  has COVID, and is isolating at home since Tuesday. I sure hope my boss is being honest when he says the last time he saw her was Halloween. Apparently,  we're not doing contact tracing here,  either. 

It did not help things to be feeling poorly, myself, but I believe this is due to allergies, as everyone in the office is coughing and sneezing. I have a dull sore throat and my breathing feels slightly constricted. BUT I have no fever,  and I can still taste and smell (which is the only symptom the Boss's daughter has).

No weights last night. I know,  bad.  Instead, I rode my bike and spoke to my mom on the phone for about an hour. 

Tonight would be a good night for weights ;-) and the chocolate cake is GONE. No more distractions!

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 11/10/2020:
please go get tested. Symptoms are NOT the same for everyone. If you have issues breathing, please, please go get tested.

innerpeace on 11/10/2020:
My DH said he never had a fever either, just concerned.

grannyannie on 11/10/2020:
Yes, get tested. Many people are asymptomatic.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/10/2020:
i've been having a slight annoyance in my throat but i also do not think i have covid....fingers crossed.

i can DEF taste my food and def do not have fever. one day, last friday, volunteering, i was talking a lot and seemed to give myself an irritated throat. then i saw my parents saturday, also lots of talking. then also had some phone conversatinos that were lots of talking...

....either way, COVID spreads and people do get it, even if accidentally.

a friend of mind that i actually know from facebook and in-face meeting him a few times, got covid. when i asked how he thinks he's gotten it, he said the supermarket....so people can get it, accidentally, even though they try to follow precautions.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/10/2020:
i'd say that you can get to your goals eating cake...just slower....

but it doesn't matter bc the slower things happen, the easier it is to maintain those things.

we all know there are skinny people that can eat cake...eat fries....so in moderation it can be done!

maybe not as often or large servings, but the foods obviously shouldn't always be off limits.

who knows, maybe you are turning over a new leaf in terms of moderation.

Jacky82020 on 11/11/2020:
Maybe you should get a covid test. Hope it’s not a hassle where you live. But more than likely you have seasonal allergies like me now.6

I have officially banned cheesecakes from the house. I am simply unable to resist and was shocked to see the barely macroscopic pieces are 350 Cals each! Sucks! And I was getting the multiple flavor slices and eating all the chocolate & coffee ones, frozen. So good!

Donkey - Monday Nov 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

I didn't track calories over the weekend because I didn't have the little paper squares that I use from work to normally keep track.  However, I felt that I was able to keep everything in check, even when faced with Cake #2.  I decreased my meal calories to accommodate the cake.  Now I'm back to tracking for the week, because I'll have access to the square pages from my notepad at work.  (I was too lazy to make my own squares from cardstock I have here at home.)

As Maria and Horn pointed out, I am VERY close to my goal (for the past 2 months!) of being in the 130's, so now is the time to stay the course.

I went to the gym both Saturday and Sunday.  Also, during my morning walk on Sunday, I jogged a little bit.  So I did no weights on Sunday, because I was feeling a little sore in my right arm - overextended it a bit on the moving handles on the Arc Trainer.  The Arc Trainer is a good machine, but doesn't fit my body well, so I can't use the hand peddles or I strain my shoulder(s).  Also, I was afraid that the jogging would result in thigh pain or back pain, but neither of those things happened, so if work doesn't drain too much life out of me today, I will do leg weights tonight.

Now is the time to stay the course.  I must not let myself be distracted or swayed either way.  My path is clear.  

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 11/09/2020:
Well done on going to the gym. You are very close to your goal.

legcramps on 11/09/2020:
Great job lately! You've got this.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/09/2020:
so you know some other shortcuts to not having the papers, i have emailed myself calories and just keep adding on to the email! (by using my phone to keep emailing a calorie email - when i forget or don't want to log into DD or something).

yep, you are very close to the 130's so try to stay motivated...no reason not to be!!!!! :)

nice to add some jogging in...ahh, you make me want to jog...but i have NO reason, personally, and my ankle is sore just from so much walking the other day with my parents! so, i'll be quiet on this topic...stopping now!

Donkey - Sunday Nov 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

The Cake Forces are against me.  My daughter brought home a delicious chocolate torte (with chocolate buttercream icing - the best!) last night, so even though Election Day cake is in the freezer, I now have yet another cake to deal with.  Her boss gave her the cake as a sign of appreciation.  I've had this cake before - it's delicious!  I thought that now that the election had been called, that I could move on from cake (for a while, at least), only to be faced with another cake.

I accomplished ALL of my chores yesterday - including folding and putting away my laundry, somethign I usually reserve for Sunday mornings - so today is pretty much a free day.  It is warm but cloudy here today. After my morning recumbent bike ride, I decided to take a walk outside right away, so that I had little chance of running into any hateful neighbors. Mission accomplished.

I pushed myself last night to do weights - I worked on back exercises.  I could feel some of that in my upper arms this morning.  I may do legs tonight, or wait until Monday.  Then perhaps do chest on Thursday.


Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2020:
...another nice thought to mention regarding your weight, it shows a lot of maintenance over the past 6 months as well. no large fluctuations which is good too.

Maria7 on 11/08/2020:
That's wonderful that you accomplished your goals yesterday. You had a long list. Hubby and I DID put up our Christmas lights on our front porch yesterday, too! They are beautiful! Neighbor complimented us on them!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/08/2020:
as long as you aren't having many pieces of cake, i'm sure having a piece of cake will not take you far away from maintenance. you are doing quite well.

nice job on your weights....today was a COMPLETE rest day...for me.

you are doing GREAT, keep up the GREAT work.

Donkey on 11/08/2020:
Today will be a weights test day for me, as well.

The torte is rectangular in shape so it's easier to cut skinnier slices. I'm resolved not to eat any more of either cakes. I'm very close to goal

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