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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 !

Donkey - Wednesday May 20, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 I've been having some difficulties lately that I'd like to share with you. 

I've been waking up in the middle of the night,  for one reason or another.  Last night,  I woke up and started worrying about a file.    "Did I send out the declaration page to the other attorney???"  I haven't done this in a long time.  The last time it happened,  my boss told me not to let that happen,  that no file was worth that kind of anxiety. 

I've been waking up for other reasons too,  though, like the cat,  the husband,  too warm, etc.  Then when I finally fall asleep,  I start having wild dreams.  When the alarm goes off,  I'm in the middle of  a dream, exhausted. I fall back asleep,  into the dream,  and then wake up again,  still exhausted,  and get up. 

So I haven't been sleeping well.  This started over the weekend,  possibly last Friday-ish.  

Skipped Slow Yoga (difficult) last night,  and ironically,  we finished dinner in time where we could have taken the class.  Still,  I was glad not to have the pressure of needing to be ready at 6:30 class .

I think my eating has been ok,  although last night was Turkish take-out, and I had more carbs than usual.  Also,  I had a hot dog with a bun at lunch,  so that's more unusual carbs. 

I looked in the mirror last night and my underwear is looking too tight in the waist. 

I guess I'll go back weekly  weigh-ins as I try to  take off the extra pounds....

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

bearcountrygg on 05/20/2020:
I need to look up turkish food...sounds interesting. Nothing but good old midwest fare here......chili, stew, burgers, hot dogs, and my personal fave...reubens!!! We have ZERO access to any other...i miss that......used to love me some almond chicken from the chinese take out place.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2020:
Sometimes the waking up thing in the middle of the night would affect me too. It’s such an easy habit to slide into. Try to stay in bed or have a glass of water or even a chocolate with water - well this is what I do!

The Turkish meal sounds good!

You are probably doing well again with eating but it will just take more than a week for it all to even out.....stay the course !!

Donkey - Tuesday May 19, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 It's going to rain all day - yikes!  It was hard to get out of bed this morning as it was dark and damp... and for some reason, I am very tired this morning.  I almost considered sleeping in, rather than get up to ride my bike.  It was hard, but I'm up, drinking coffee, riding the bike.

I was busy at work!  It makes me wonder how busy I would be if there weren't a virus!  

Studio Yin Yoga was so nice last night, as we worked on stretching out the hips and shoulders.  Long story short, I did not have dinner before yoga, and it felt better not to have food in the tummy.  Afterwards, I was not hungry for a full dinner, so I had a protein shake and a piece of chocolate, and I was fine.

I did push-ups last night but not crunches.  I'm growing quite fond of push-ups!

I've opted not to take the Slow Flow class tonight, and while I offered it to my daughter, she passed as well.  I think we just need a break.  

Food intake will remain my focus today.  

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

Donkey - Monday May 18, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

Happy Monday!  Next Monday will be a day off due to the Memorial Day holiday.  Until then,  just gotta keep moving forward. 

I signed up and paid for Studio Yin Yoga for my daughter and myself tonight,  and for Flow-Yin Yoga for just me on Thursday.  I haven't decided about Tuesday night yoga yet. Want to check in with daughter first. Maybe a break this week ...

Library Yin Yoga has a YouTube channel!  She's been posting yoga sessions since April!  So I can do these any time!  I'm going to do them in chronological order , and I did the first one yesterday afternoon.  So relaxing and calming.  I think that's why I like hers the best. 

I did much better with eating,  over the weekend.  In fact,  I woke up last night (because of the cat) realizing I was hungry.  It's been a while since that happened!  When I catch myself feeling munchie during the day,  I drink more flavored water,  which takes the edge off or, in some cases,  delays eating altogether . 

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

bearcountrygg on 05/18/2020:
The flavored water is helping me too...I don't mind water at all...so I drink plenty...but the flavored seems to take away sweet cravings.

Donkey on 05/18/2020:
Yes! The flavors help me drink a LOT at one time. Not in a dangerous amount, but to fill me for a tad... because I'm learning that my eating is often not because I'm hungry.

Maria7 on 05/18/2020:
Filling up on non-calorie beverages/water is a good way to stave off feelings of munchies.

Donkey on 05/18/2020:
Yes! Too often I reach for something to eat, rather than focusing in on drinking more water, which I've been struggling with getting in enough.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/20/2020:
I’m sure the 3day weekend is hard earned !

Donkey - Sunday May 17, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

It never did get as warm as I thought it would yesterday, but it was still nice enough to work outside on clearing the deck in the backyard, so that it can be powerwashed this week. (Both my husband and I are no longer able to do chores like this.  I could do it, probably, with his assistance, but he cannot assist either.)  The dead tree is gone, and I've disbursed all of the soil (and worms) that was in the huge planter pot into the little patch outside that I'm trying to develop into a milkweed-butterfly garden.  The only thing that seems to be growing there are lillies though.  Those don't really attract monach butterflies, but so be it.  The milkweed is coming up in front, so I should have some butterflies in the front yard, at least.

Today is raining outside, so no outside activity.  I forced myself to do a little banking.  I've done all of my cardio.  I don't know if I will get to weight training.  I folded and put away laundry.  Even though I had a list of indoor things to do, I don't feel like doing any of them, so i thought I'd log in here first.  I'm thinking about reading a little bit.  I might watch some TV.  I should do some yoga :-)

In yesterday's mail, I received brochures for both of the public libraries in my area.  Both Library Chair Yoga and Library Yin Yoga classes are going to be offered online only.  The library has to plan all of their programs in advance, and so it looks like for at least June and July, we'll still be doing social distancing -- which is fine by me.  The Library Chair Yoga is a Zoom meeting.  We can see her, but she cannot see or hear any of us.  However, they will have a chat function that can be used if we have questions. Usually, it's just her talking anyways.  I will put this on the calendar so that my husband does not forget this time!

For Library Yin Yoga, every Monday (evening?) there will be a new video posted to YouTube, and we'll be emailed the link.  As you may recall, Library Yin Yoga is my absolute FAVORITE yoga session.  However, Monday nights I usually do Yoga Studio Yin Yoga.  I'm hoping that the Library Yin sessions will be still be available (archived) so that I can do them on Wednesday nights.  They should be, right?  I hope so because I do not want to have to choose between supporting the Yoga Studio and partaking in Library Yoga too.

Of everything, the thing I miss the most is being able to go to the library.  In Illinois, our numbers are still peaking - they have not plateaued nor decreased yet.  Now we have fools that want to open everything up and refuse to wear masks.  Lord, help us.... 

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

bearcountrygg on 05/17/2020:
There are a lot of things we just can't do anymore...and have had to hire others to do them....and that works.....we have been forced to at least try to simplify things more....than ever...and as the years go by...we do less and less...I'm beginning to see why people my age move to condos or apartments.......

Donkey on 05/18/2020:
Yep, we're getting to that point sooner than expected, due to husband's health issues and my back. Once our daughter moves out, it will be even more obvious.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2020:
Oh that’s so beautiful that the butterflies will come to your house :)

I’m taking a break from weights today to hold off until tomorrow wonder if you will do the same!

Speaking of power washing, the gas station by me has a new do it yourself car wash station for only $5! I used it for almost 10 minutes to first rinse, then soap wash, then rinse off! It was so fun and cheap! And with a towel I was able to further get any streaks off my car and any missed spots clean once I quickly drove home!

When is your library zoom chair yoga ? Can I take part ?

I’m sorry that the folks in Illinois are not doing well In terms of still peaking! I’m nyc we are slowly decreasing...

Donkey on 05/17/2020:
I cannot find the sign-up for the Chair Yoga yet. I will share this with you when it either shows up on the calendar or when I figure out how to register.

Donkey on 05/17/2020:
No weights today, but I will do my push-ups! :-)

Donkey - Saturday May 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

As I promised to myself, I weighed in this morning... it was not good.  Picked up another 1.5 pounds.  NOW is the time to stop the weight gain, and focus on habits that helped me lose it in the first place, which is mainly eating habits, since I'm still done a lot of the other good habits (exercise, water) that helped me lose weight in the first place.

In the meantime, I'm grateful for my health and my mobility.

Today is beautiful weather, so I'm getting stuff done outdoors:  drying laundry on the deck, clearing off the deck for power washing next week, took out the large, dead avocado tree that was in the corner of my living room.  The space looks empty now, but it's already a relief to have it gone.  So sad - it was a beautiful tree, but after the last repotting, things did not go well and eventually it died, but it has been too cold outside to drag the thing out until recently.

Perhaps I will get a walk or a jog outside, but with the weather being so nice, I'm anticipating that everyone else will be outside too.... so maybe not.  

Tomorrow, we're getting storms, so I'm thinking of indoor things to do tomorrow.  If I have a list of activities to choose from, it helps fight against anxiety that can pop up when I do not have a plan.  I still have the yoga book I'm trying to get through, an abridged copy of Dracula.. there are some other books that I haven't cracked open in a long time that I can read, as well.  


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

bearcountrygg on 05/16/2020:
I'm moving a dead cactus out today too........wish I had a green thumb...but if it doesn't talk and tell it's thirsty...I tend to forget to water it...LOL.

Donkey on 05/17/2020:
I removed the dead cactus, but the pot it was in is still on the deck. However, the dead tree is completely gone now.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2020:
I have found that when I go walking in communities and not parks it doesn’t get very crowded ...

I do better with some plans too as we both are. I’m glad you could enjoy some nice weather to work in your yard!

Donkey - Friday May 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Grateful it is Friday today. Grateful we have  closings at work today because that means that the attorneys will be out of the office. Grateful for the warmer weather,  even if it's raining,  which is a beautiful thing. 

Flow-Yin yoga was so nice. Worked up a small sweat, and then sink into a relaxing Yin stretch. 

Struggled with sweets after dinner again.  It occurred to me that this seems to be the one piece of the puzzle that is missing.  This means that if I can focus on overcoming this one obstacle,  I should be good to go. So this is where my efforts need to be. 


Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 18.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 05/15/2020:
Cookies got to me yesterday......it is a battle that is probably the toughest one to break.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/15/2020:
I have noticed as I have been looking at homes lately in ththe city of Chicago extremely low priced homes that seem very under value. !!!

Finally I did chair yoga and of course I liked it :)

I had a bit of a struggle this evening. Decided not even to reach for anything more.

Donkey - Wednesday May 13, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Last night's yoga session was challenging!  I wonder if the teacher teaches at the Fancy Gym,  because her class feels more workout oriented rather than,  "feel the zen" yoga.  

Funny thing:  last night we did a pose that we also did on Monday.  On Monday,  the pose was painful in my hips.  Last night,  it was so nice for my right hip and only minimally painful in the left hip.  Amazing how different one day was from the next!  And once the hormones are back to normal,  I anticipate that this pose will revert back to equally enjoyable on both sides. 

I plan to weigh in this Saturday.  Yesterday was better,  eating wise,  but not great.  Now that the mother's day/ graduation cake is gone,  I should do better for the rest of the week.   I am refraining from opening up a new package of stroopwaffel cookies.

I can't keep falling apart every time there's a dessert in the house!!!!!

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 18.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/13/2020:
I fall apart when I have NEW desserts in the house that are different from what I’m used to - I’m outta gummies and my best bet is to lay off them a couple weeks ! :-)

Glad your yoga was goood! I’m so excited for chair yoga :) it will be calm, but still movement exercises and good for posture

Maria7 on 05/14/2020:
Might be good for all of us to have a little extra weight on us during these times, but I know how you feel. Keep on keepin' on!

Donkey - Tuesday May 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

 My son graduates from his military training class today!  They are streaming the ceremony on Facebook,  so I'll go into work late,  because we're watching it as a family. 

Then he'll be off to his first duty assignment!

Did not eat well yesterday.  Yin yoga was difficult. Having issues with my hips.  Still feeling the hip joints this morning.  Sore,  feels like grinding in the hip sockets,  more so in the right hip. This is hormone related, I'm sure of it. 

If I want changes,  I've got to get the eating under control. 

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 18.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 05/12/2020:
I've noticed some changes in my right hip as well, that's kind of weird that we're both feeling it on the same side. I looked in the mirror a couple of weeks ago, and it looks like my right side juts out further than the left side :(

Can't wait to be able to see a massage therapist or chirpractor again! I'm sure my pelvis / hip joints are out of place.

Enjoy watching the graduation! Congrats!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2020:
I hope your hips find relief soon - my sciatica hasn’t gone away much either pretty painful :(

Super congrats to your son!!!!!!!!! How awesome !!!!!!!!!!!

innerpeace on 05/12/2020:
Graduation is always such an accomplishment in the military. I hope he gets a good duty station. I hope your hip pain gets better.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/12/2020:
I’m glad you put the graduation as priority !

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