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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)).

Donkey - Wednesday Dec 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

Well yesterday was kind of a bust.  In addition to being "off" on my days,  it seemed as though my day vascillated between extreme boredom and high urgency.

I had trouble with cookies at work.  Then,  I did not moderate portions or servings at dinner.  Finally I had a piece of cake. 

The cake was still yummy,  even having been frozen for a couple of months.  However,  I was surprised that after 1 slice, not small but not huge either, I was satisfied and done.  Perhaps it was not as yummy as I remember it.

But now that I've had a slice,  I'm satisfied,  and I am fairly confident I won't want another slice for some time.  There are 3 slices left. 

Some aches and pains from yoga but I consider this to be friendly reminders of my efforts. 

Today is the card signing event.  I don't care so much about that,  than I do about having an extra day to wear a Christmas sweater!!!

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

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Good for you having one piece of cake.

Mild aches and pains are a good sign you worked your body. My thigh are slightly sore - especially my quads - often. And I'm fine with that. Muscle!

I want to get some of treat for xmas day (for me - hubby can't eat and doesn't want anyway). But I want to keep it to 2 servings and the bakery section of our store seems to only have bigger sizes but I'll look again.

Jacky82020 on 12/09/2020:
That’s so true! No pain, no gain. Usually.

grannyannie on 12/09/2020:
Yes, as long it's not too much pain or the wrong kind of pain.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/09/2020:
isn't it wonderful when you can have your fix of a slice of cake and it's finally enough!? ohh, the feeling when the "moderation gods" start working with us! haha!

loving that your sweater is the bigger deal than signing the card....totally 100% with you...and i'm glad you consider it that way...i couldn't support that enough! great deal there.

keep working and being happy.

i will prob be a little sore tomorrow too...did a lot of bending today, but not the whole day, only near the end of volunteering. I was offered a table but said i wouldn't mind bending lower because i know we were ending soon ;)

a little soreness is ok. a lot is not!

thanks for your comments, i've read them all and appreciate it. sometimes i don't write back as it doesn't require a response and i'm into the next day so i figure you may miss it. ;)

i appreciate it all.

Donkey - Tuesday Dec 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

Woke up thinking today was Saturday, so I was a little late getting up this morning. Not ideal, but since I went in early yesterday, no great need to come in early again today, but no dilly dallying this morning. 

Yoga was wonderful last night! I forgot how much joy it brings. I was dreading the class - the time obligation,  I think - but once we started, the feeling of relaxing brought me back. 

I woke up a little sore,  which could also explain the desire to stay in bed this morning. 

Still struggling against the cake. After yoga, I didn't feel so tempted. 

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

Jacky82020 on 12/08/2020:
Glad you enjoyed the yoga! I had a difficult time this morning doing the PT home exercises for my knee. Reminded me of yoga stretches. Need to try again in another room. The two little dogs kept jumping me. Brats!

Donkey on 12/09/2020:
Lol! There was a time when, every time a started a Zoom yoga class, the cats would get into a HUGE mood spat. I learned to put myself on mute.

grannyannie on 12/08/2020:
Yoga sounds great!

Donkey on 12/09/2020:
It was! It got me thinking to what it would be like to do yoga all day long. Not 8 hours straight but say 3 hour-long sessions.

innerpeace on 12/08/2020:
I hate thinking it's a day it's not..Yoga sounds fantastic.

Donkey on 12/09/2020:
Me too! So far, this week has been rather dreary.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/08/2020:
yes, sometimes a nice workout or something causes my brain to shift also from wanting an indulgence to not!

This happened to me today, on my ride back from volunteering once I was back in my car near the train! All day, i thought i would pick up some Arby's and indulge again like i am sorta used to doing after volunteering. but because it wasn't as hard work and once again my appetite was less than you'd think it would be, i drove to the supermarket for some healthier items and was majorly satisfied to go home to some of my healthy ratatoille (and perhaps because i had fresh bagels from where i was volunteering, i guess i realized i shouldn't spend money on more food!)...

but sometimes, doing one certain thing sets off a GOOD domino effect where other positive things transpire. so i guess that is what happened to you!

i've been having HUGE wake-up issues too with sleeping in. i think with my heater on, it drowns out my phone alarm...so i will set a double alarm tonight with also the clock on my nightstand!

Donkey on 12/09/2020:
I sleep with a box fan on, for white noise. It's delightful but I have run into issues in the past with not hearing the alarm.

When this starts to happen, I place my phone where I have to get out of bed to turn it off.

Donkey - Monday Dec 07, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 No fooling around this morning.  I need to get to work early today to wait for a settlement statement to come in for a closing at 3p today.  Client needs to know how much to wire,  and she wants to do this first thing this morning. 

Also,  tonight is yoga with Jean at  7 pm, so no fooling around tonight either. 

It was another struggle last night to resist the cake in the freezer.  I should not have to throw it out. I'm stronger,  better than that. Also,  I realized this morning that I'm not hungry when I wake up,  so if I can just resist and refrain,  these feelings will pass.  I GOT THIS.

I got a call from our son yesterday.  He has been isolating since returning from Vegas. I feel bad for him,  as I'm sure he is lonely and bored,  going a little stir crazy. He gets tested today,  and his last day of isolation is Friday. 

I think that if I had to endure this current situation alone,  it would be so much more difficult. That is why I applaud Horn for doing everything that she has accomplished during this time, while taking precautions to stay safe. 

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

grannyannie on 12/07/2020:
If I had to isolate alone I'd go seriously nuts!! Although I love to have time that's all mine, I couldn't take it for that long.

Just knowing the cake is there would drive me nuts. No resistance.

Jacky82020 on 12/07/2020:
I was awful on deserts last night. Frozen chocolate cake AND a piece of apple pie. Today I shall atone for my sins.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/07/2020:
you are so right, the isolation by oneself is not the same as being in a household of a few. that is something my mother doesn't get, lol. but, my parents have softened when it comes to my volunteering, so it's easier for me to go and not have them currently flip out like they were, previously. but my mom freaked for an hour straight on me, when i told her about the possible PA trip....so when my friend needed to change the date, it was easy for me to totally just cancel it. I feel bad to totally go against my parents on some things...so that's why the PA trip is out. mom wasn't happy i'd be in the same car for 4 hours that day, there and back, with 2 others.

try to communicate extra with your son, if possible, thru text or videocall. he will like the extra thoughts. maybe offer a suggestion to both your hubby and daughter to contact him too. isolation is hard.

thank you for the kind words you wrote above about me, for supporting what i am trying to do. I don't volunteer as many hours per week, at all, as a working person puts out to go to work, simply because it's lots of strenuous activity and many times i am sore after! but it's enough to get me out to the community and doing things...and will be easier to get back to work after already being out a little bit, I think! Thanks again.

Donkey - Sunday Dec 06, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

Is it bad to want to start drinking wine before 10am?

Last night was so difficult, and while this morning seems better, don't think that I haven't thought about uncorking that bottle of wine already. 

Oh what a battle it was last night NOT to go out into the garage  to grab a slice of frozen cake.  Thought about it several times, and REALLY struggled with this.  However, I did win this battle.  Somehow I was able to resist.  I'm not sure how, because all of the "go-to" tools that I said I had (brushing teeth, chewing gum, etc.), never popped into my head.  I guess the one thing that DID help was that I said to myself, If you are going to have a slice of cake, you need to log into DD and make an announcement before doing so.

While I was having this raging internal battle, I DID manage to hop onto the treadmill and do 4 laps (1 mile).  I thought to myself, in the middle of this cake war, Why don't I do this more often?

I had planned to settle down with reading, but Husband decided that he wanted to spend time with me instead.  (Usually, we do our own things at night.)  So rather than having this time alone, we were watching TV together - and even though it was a show of my own choosing, I was feeling an illogical rage inside --- same sensation about the cake battle, but just now other things (ideas) to rage about.  To be clear, I was not angry AT my husband, nor was I angry at the cake or angry about not eating the cake.  Just a feeling of silently having a tantrum - an overwhelming feeling of anxiety, frustration, discouragement, etc.

Frankly, I think it was the harshness of all reality affecting me, but fortunately, Donkey was grown up about all of this to keep it self-contained.

I've mopped the floors and have 1 of 2 loads of cat laundry started.  I will knit some, and I want to sew a string of cranberries for the birds and squirrels.  Husband bought 2 bags of cranberries, and I'm just not in the mood for those this year.  And of course, I can do the reading that I wanted to do last night, today as well.

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

Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Love how you feed the critters! So do I! Buy scratch grain at Tractor Supply and 40 pd sacks of wild bird seed at Walmart. I understand that sense of frustration. You handled or well.

Love frozen cake! I watch TV with the husband until he gets tired, 8:30-9 and then go to my own bedroom and binge on medical dramas until 11 or so. Doing Nip/Tuck now, a weird one! Too much sex, often bizarre. I FF over some. A unique medical drama! Lots or crime and suspense, which I do like. They can keep the pervy 3-ways.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
Around 2009, I started watching TV series that I had missed because I don't have cable TV. I watched Nip/Tuck until they moved the practice to Los Angeles. Not interested in it after that. And I NEVER understood the appeal of the wife/girlfriend character that they were fighting over. Not a pretty person - inside or out!

grannyannie on 12/06/2020:
I understand wanting alcohol before 10am! And I'm having a lot of trouble resisting everything.

We are all having a lot of stress now with this damn virus and life not being normal.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
I'm trying to find that panacea that I can eat in moderation but will satisfy me. I don't think there is such a thing.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
Perhaps this is why I appreciate still going to work, to keep some "normalcy" in the day. The unstructured weekend is harder to handle - at least this time it is.

Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Nip/tuck is populated by unsympathetic characters, Donkey. Weird show! Last night the wife/girlfriend was banging that dwarf guy you see around. Think his name is Peter Dinklage. Good actor.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/06/2020:
to your comment back to me, yesterday, i think the journey is always about moderating. like me, for example...i am sorta on a pretty darn unhealthy run now..a little too much junk even for my liking...and it's about just learning to tweak things, moderate things, to where it works best...i'm still learning that too.

nice job to have a cake war and win by going on the treadmill for a mile! that is huge! great exercise, jdonk! applause sent your way, seriously.

i am sorry to hear you weren't very content last night and quite aggravated with some things. it happens, it's ok to experience emotions. i understand it.

enjoy your writing. i may write about some things i felt today, negative thoughts, kinda like your rage...that just can't be helped and it's just emotions that sometimes we feel, that i also felt and let go of during the day today.

Donkey - Saturday Dec 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 Good morning!  It's so nice to be home!  It is clear & sunny, but cold.  I need to fill my birdfeeders and do a quick return/pick-up at the library.  Then I think I'm pretty much at home for the remainder of the weekend.

I have laundry started, the dishwasher running (so it will need to be emptied), and I will need to do a little mopping either today or perhaps tomorrow.  After mopping comes a load of cat laundry, so that the mop-head can get washed too.

As I didn't get far with the Lewis & Clark diaries, my brother recommended a book about L&C that is written by Stephen Ambrose.  I'm picking that up today to see if it's easier to read.  I hope I will find the "storyteller" account, rather than diaries with poor grammar and incomplete sentences, to be a more successful read.  While I was waiting for my inter-library loan to come in, I read and finished "When Talking to Strangers", which is non-fiction.  I found it very enlightening about how we interpret conversations with people we don't know.

Finally, I want to replace some of the outdoor porch/deck lights with red or green bulbs.  So that's on my to-do list too.  It will make our house look a little more festive on the outside :-)

It seems as though I've dropped most of my holiday weight.  Once again, I am *so close* to getting back into the 130's.  

I've discarded the goal of using flavored decaf coffee at the end of the day, but having this as a goal really helped me learn something for myself.  I much prefer the straight up cream in my coffee - the real deal, not artificial.  Also, I like having a little dessert every night.  What's wrong with that?  So rather than trying to fight this, I'm going to fit it into my daily routine.  Just like I've started taking 6 dates to work, as a snack, I will incorporate a chocolate candy after dinner.  I think that in the long run, this will be more constructive towards a good life, rather than trying to win an internal battle every single night.

I need to use the treadmill today for my other December goal (one of them).  I think I can do that.  I don't know if I'll do any weights.  I'm wondering if I should get into the 130's first before I start weight training again???  IDK - maybe I'll do legs today.  Those are usually easier to motivate myself to do.

Thank you all for your feedback on the Christmas Card drama at work.  I plan to wear a Christmas sweater and celebrate that day, but I haven't decided yet what option I will take for myself.  I'd much rather if we all ate upstairs, kind of distanced from each other but still together.  We can do that; it would work.  For the actual card signing in the conference room, we couldn't be 6 feet apart, but someone wrote "Masks and Hand Sanitizer Required" on the calendar, and I think I'd be comfortable with that.  Maybe the lunch part will be eliminated - after all, it's more about the cards than anything else.

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

grannyannie on 12/05/2020:
I know about that internal battle every night!

We don't have xmas decorations. We aren't here at xmas normally - maybe twice in 20 years. But of course we are this year. I have a huge weeping fig tree so hubby suggested we get lights for it. So one string came today but it wasn't enough, so I've ordered 2 more and might string one of them across the mantle over the fireplace.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
It seems to me that people are putting up more lights than usual. It's very cheery. You inspired me to put an extra set on our mantle! It lives up the room.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
PS the nighttime battle was SO difficult last night.

Jacky82020 on 12/05/2020:
Never could taste much flavor in the flavored coffees. The aroma is usually nice though.

I have a big weeping fig in the sunroom. Love it. Also lots of huge philodendrons. They grew outside in Southern California.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
I should be more clear, but I was too lazy to type more (lol!): the coffee isn't flavored, the creamer is. I wonder if part of the problem is that I'm using a good, solid dark roast. The flavored creamer kind of ruins that, while the real cream enhances that roasted coffee flavor.

I have plans to add an oak tree to my collection. There's a baby oak growing in a precarious location at work, and I fear it won't survive the foot traffic in the area. In the spring, I want to dig it up and bring it home.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
Does your fig tree bear fruit?

Maria7 on 12/05/2020:
I have watched a Lewis and Clarke movie long ago. Was very interesting.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
What an adventure! And to think, I've been there! (Well, Montana...)

horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2020:
I’m so glad you’ve found your interest in learning more about L&C! I had no idea you didn’t like fiction books! ...

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
It's not that I don't like fiction, but it's difficult for me. I like the classics more than contemporary works of fiction.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
I find that I start critiquing storylines (not being realistic or rushing the plot) and quality of themes.

horn_of_plenty on 12/05/2020:
Yes I like this idea of incorporating a treat after dinner ! I believe we humans are meant to have some Sweetness and that’s how I’m making it thru Covid....

Yes it’s totally more about the card signing than anything else ...

Donkey on 12/06/2020:
I'm wondering if my journey is more about learning to moderate (food, emotions, interests, etc.), rather than abstain.

Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
Nope, the fig tree just sits there and looks pretty. Love the flavored creamers. The husband uses the Italian Cream sugar free. Still too many calories for me, must contain fat. I use the chocolate flavor protein drink & have quite a collection and of sugar free syrups.

Jacky82020 on 12/06/2020:
I’m 100% with you, Donkey, on preferring classic fiction over contemporary crap. Read mostly nonfiction.

Donkey on 12/06/2020:

Donkey - Friday Dec 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

Very short on time - I'm so sorry I haven't had the opportunity to comment on entries from yesterday.  I am reading & keeping up.  You all are doing so well.

I just couldn't get on the treadmill last night, so I went for a walk outside (quite chilly!) to look at all of the Christmas lights.  Well, I got turned around and by the time I figured out where I was, I had gone much farther, for much longer that I originally planned.  So when I got home and saw what time it was, I decided not to knit but rather to read.  I read until almost 11pm - way past my bedtime. 

So of course, this morning, I woke up very tired and later than I wanted. 

I'll tell you what has been bothering me.  My boss asked me to arrange a time where we (all staff) would sign Christmas cards that we send to realtors.  So I did, and I sent out an email saying that this is when we're signing cards and we might get Subway for lunch.  I didn't want to include Queen Bee in the email, but I did, because I didn't want to seem like I didn't like her - which I don't. 

Anyway, Male Co-Worker replies to all (except my boss, who doesn't use email) saying he doesn't want to eat as a group and would rather not sign cards in a group.  Well, DUH!  Buti don't shoot the messenger!!  So I've been feeling really bad about this.  However, in trying to process this, I realize 2 things:

  1. My email may seem tone deaf, especially after having traveled recklessly.  
  2. Male Co-Worker is right.  

Ever since my co-workers turned on me 2 years ago, during a very, very stressful time in my life, I have stopped eating with them unless absolutely mandatory. So heck no, I don't want to eat with these people.  And NO, we should NOT be meeting together to sign cards - think like an assembly line.

At least there's some relief in knowing that Queen Bee will not be stopping by to eat and sign cards.  That's the most important thing, so who cares about the rest of the drama, right?

Odds and Ends:

Found out yesterday that Mortgage Guy who works from home (but stopped by yesterday) has tested negative for COVID, but his wife has a stubborn case of COVID.  Um... So Male Co-Worker and Nice Lady were really upset about that.  I guess the COVID announcement happened while I was gone, so I was completely unaware until yesterday and couldn't understand why Nice Lady was so upset.

Went to the the thrift store yesterday to buy some Christmas sweaters, to help me feel more in the Christmas spirit, even if we can't celebrate like usual.

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/04/2020:
Jesus, why isn’t the Mortgage Guy keeping his butt home? I sure wouldn’t want to deal with all the card signing. Why don’t they pass the cards from person to person vs a mass signing?

legcramps on 12/04/2020:
Holy Mortgage Guy, what the heck?!

grannyannie on 12/04/2020:
WTF with Mortgage guy!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/04/2020:
sounds like a nice walk outside! it's been quite chilly here, too, as of late!

yay to Queen Bee not coming along to the card signing! I see no problem for everyone to sign cards together...just wear the masks...like don't you already all work together!? (except Queen bee, that is!) Also, i think Male Coworker is quite annoying...i don't think he needed to reply all...someone can just pick up Subway to distribute to the staff. why's he so adamant to not do anything!? maybe he's just a nervous type. Story sounds like a piece is missing. but also, i wouldn't be too upset, Donkey, after all, you said you were just "the Boss' messenger!" your boss isn't exactly careful with Covid situations. i wouldn't give it too much more thought. passs the cards around, distribute the Subway (if there's someone to go around and collect everyone's order and what they want?) Subway might be a difficult one, with difficult orders...

Mortgage Guy did wrong. If there's someone in his house with Covid, now's the wrong time for him to come by your office.

Donkey - Thursday Dec 03, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

 The best thing about yesterday is that it's behind me.  I didn't do well at work - just didn't have it together. Nothing that can't be fixed,  I suppose, but I could see that I wasn't on top of my game,  and my co-workers could see it too.  Not a pleasant feeling,  but I suppose we all need a little humility to keep us humble.  I will remain positive in attitude. 

I figured out that my recent decaf problem is the flavor of the creamer. Can't taste it without using a ton of it.  I tried a different flavor with more success.

To answer Bear's suggestion,  tea just doesn't do it for me,  as far as curbing my desire for sweets after dinner. I do drink herbal tea - orange is my current favorite,  with mint being a close second. But for after dinner, I need something a little thicker?

I met (sort of) my daily goals,  but may have to rethink the knitting goal,  as I went to bed with my wrist complaining. Dang!  

I'm looking forward to making today a good,  positive day!

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/03/2020:
Nobody can be 100% all the time. Just not possible.

Might not be to your taste, but I developed the habit of putting milk in my tea. At night if you want to take the edge off drink decaf black with milk.

I also drink chamomile sometimes but it's definitely not 'thick'.

How about packets of low cal hot chocolate?

Jacky82020 on 12/03/2020:
It will get better, Donkey. We all get the blues and feel under par at times. I can only drink iced tea. I’m content sipping on diet root beer after dinner. No caffeine.

Maria7 on 12/03/2020:
I love my coffee, too! Which I have learned to drink it black.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
this is a comment i left on granny annie's page: if jacky or donkey is reading this also, that's why i do not overdo my protein anymore. a lot goes a long way. that's why i even, many times, cut a burger in half...i feel that a lot of meat is just a waste of calories and that a little meat will satisfy just as much!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/03/2020:
also, i re-read my comment that i left you yesterday, ugh!, so many typos! i hope you could read thru those horrible typos!

i totally understand you on wanting something "thicker." i find that i am not satisfied to think about making a tea for myself, but i think the truth is that i'm too lazy to make it!? this is not about you, but it is certainly about myself. i should get into teas again, they are so healthy...

but i hear you on needing something more satisfying, like a coffee, to hold you over. i feel that if you want a coffee with some sweetener, to do it...or, if not sweet enough, perhaps add stevia unless you do not like that sweetener. (or another sweetener that you do like?) i still use my stevia most days, especially in my coffee..

are there any stretches for your wrist? try not to overdo it...LOL...i know that's a hard tip to follow!

lastly, like the others say, sometimes we have those days where we find it hard to reach our own standards. you just got back from your trip and if i'm correct, you'll be feeling far better after this coming weekend! and tomorrow is friday!

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