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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 !

Donkey - Sunday May 10, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Happy Mother's Day!  Not much of a day here:  cold, damp, cloudy, dark.  I had anticipated that my daughter would be at work all day, so I hadn't anything special planned, as far as doing anything.  However, she took the day off, so we spent some time enjoying nothing in particular, and then she took a long nap, and I exercised on my bike.  I feel bad for anyone who had special plans with Mom today, because it is, frankly, a miserable day.  

I accomplished some tasks today that I'd been wanting to get done FOREVER.  Boy, do I feel accomplished today!!!  Funny thing is, that each one of these took less than 5 minutes to do.  Why was I procrastinating so much??  Now they are done, and all of them will make my life much easier, less annoying moving forward.  Finishing these tasks was my gift to myself.

My daughter gave me 2 small potted flowering plants, 2 bars of 90% dark chcolate, and a lovely card.  I had a nice conversation with my son this morning, and I'm about to check in with my mom to see if she is available to call.

My husband and my daughter are going to drive to the autoshop to drop off her car, for a tune-up.  (The car will stay in the lot overnight.)  I believe the plan is to pick up something for dinner, but perhaps my husband feels like cooking tonight instead. pizza tonight.

AFTERNOON EDIT:  Shortly after I posted this entry, it started to snow - SNOW - here.  In May. On Mother's Day.  Now I'm REALLY glad I kept my expectations low for today.

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

bearcountrygg on 05/10/2020:
The weather...so weird!! Happy Mothers day!!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/10/2020:
Have a wonderful, restful Mother’s Day!!!! I’m glad you were able to get certain things accomplished and feel good about that :)

Sorry it’s just that cold by you! My gosh!

Love the potted plants ! In some ways better than a flower bouquet bc they last !

Donkey - Saturday May 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

No weigh-in today.  TOM started, and so I do not want hormones to be influencing any numbers.  Plus, had 2 stroopwaffel cookies last night, so there's that.  I woke up with a headache this morning - hormone related - but I took some Tylenol and I think I'll be OK for a while.  Good thing because I don't want to be slowed down by a headache.

No yoga, no push-ups, no crunches yesterday.  The whole day my whole body - but mostly in my legs - felt like it was filled with lead.  This is also hormone-related.  So I thought that rest would be a better option. 

Much to my chagrin, I had to mop the floors today, so I got that out of the way.  My laundry is air drying, except for undergarments which are sitting in the dryer, dried, waiting to be taken out when  the rest of the clothes have dried out.

I hope to work on the latest puzzle today.  That actually sounds relaxing to me.

I found some yoga books on Facebook Marketplace.  Yesterday, I contacted the seller to see if she would be available today for pick-up.  She wanted me to pay her online, and I said I don't do app payments because I've had problems in the past with PayPal. (This is true.)  She then goes on to say that she's having a moving sale and doesn't want to hold the books for me.  I said I understood, and that I would contact her today to see if the books were available.

I haven't reached out to her yet.  I'm rather honked off about this whole thing, and I'm thinking that I might not reach out to her at all.  First of all, good luck selling these books at a moving sale for $1 - much less the $5 each you are asking for.  Second of all, why are you having a moving sale in the middle of all this COVID stuff?  YUCK.  Third of all, I didn't appreciate the pressure to pay her electronically right away, even though she knew I wouldn't be able to pick up the books until today.  I *specifically* said to her that I wasn't asking her to hold the books for me, but just wanted to know if she'd be available today to pick them up.

I figure something that's causing this much negative energy probably isn't worth it.

I wanted to thank you all for your helpful comments lately.

One thing about the PT woman who lost 20 pounds during her shelter-down:  she says that since she's had her weight-loss surgery, she no longer feels the sensation of hunger, which is why she kept "forgetting" to eat.  

It's not fair to myself to compare my situation to hers, or to anyone else's journey.  What works for others might not work for me, and vice versa.  

Looking back and now looking at where I am now, it's really a lesson in self-acceptance more than anything else.  I didn't really realize that until today.

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

Maria7 on 05/09/2020:
Also, might be a good time to hold on to a few extra calories... Just take it one day at a time.

Donkey on 05/10/2020:
I hadn't considered that aspect, but you may be on to something there.

Donkey - Friday May 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Despite being very tired yesterday,  I had a lovely Flow-Yin yoga session last night!  I think the teacher went a little easy on me,  and she said she was tired too, so the slower pace was just what I needed. I was able to maintain balance and transitions well.  I'm proud of myself.

Eating was a little iffy. Had a stroopwaffel AND a piece of dark chocolate,  but after yoga,  had a lovely cup of decaf,  and I was fine after that. 

The physical therapy office on the first floor of our little office house building is starting to take patients now on a limited basis, so the Office Manager is back.  She had bariatric surgery 2 years ago,  and I've enjoyed her weight loss  journey .   She had been working from home since the shelter-down. 

So she comes upstairs to my desk and says that because she was so worried about binge eating, being at home,  that she started running.  She lost track of her eating, which she wasn't eating,  and ended up losing 20 pounds!  So more she's trying to gain a little weight, and she feels disappointed in herself,  because she neglected herself being so focused on taking care of others. She's disappointed because neglecting herself is how she gained so much weight to begin with. 


I'm not sure how I feel about hearing all of this,  especially since I've GAINED 10 pounds and have been struggling a lot lately. 

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

bearcountrygg on 05/08/2020:
Stress eating is real.....and sugar and fat...are comforting...put sugar and fat in the same food ( like chocolate or ice cream) and you have the perfect storm. It is sad to me...that food causes us all so much grief.....we put so much importance on it while in other countries...people are just happy to find anything that is edible for survival. I keep thinking about how in the long ago past....the wealthy drank from pewter cups to show their wealth...and ended up poisoning themselves with the lead in the pewter. It's interesting how the PT lost wt and now fears being at home with food and ran to avoid food and lost too much weight.........we put so much on food and the way we deal with it.......what has happened to us?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2020:
Nice job on yoga transitions and moves ! I’m glad the class was what you were looking for last night !

Try to go with the enjoyment of the stroopwaffle and chocolate. I am also doing this. I find that allowing the indulgences also makes me feel more in control like I’ve had what I wanted and can move on.....I know it’s so hard!....but that’s why I am sure to have chocolate around now and not be limiting too much bc in the past when I limited the most I also binged the most. Sorry if that was a little bit too much info?

So I know it’s hardest to lose weight. As for the woman who had the surgery, try hard not to compare yourself as I am sure her weight will continue to fluctuate.

As for you I can only suggest to have the little things that you enjoy but really try to keep portions smaller. Like even the meat portions at your meals - last night I had a half a meat portion just because I knew I could eat it today for a meal again and that I’d save half the calories. Try for more liquids with low cals. And for dinner I have been adding the veggies in more - maybe add prayer into the mix ?

I know it is so hard and for myself I may have gained a pound or so at this time which is not much.

The longer the time passes and years go by, the harder it seems for me to lose weight.

It’s not about perfection but more about having a healthy weight and muscle to make it all look proportional- my idea anyways.

I would suggest not to go about trying to lose 10 lbs at once but to make a few changes to help you.

They sell mini stroopwaffles so maybe in future you can buy them and have 100 cals worth with your coffee.

Just suggestions - remember it’s your one life and not to hate yourself for enjoying something sweet. For me, it’s the calories I watch most on the sweets more than anything and I guess calories mean the portions.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2020:
I am sure that the weight is from the cakes and desserts and that you do have a healthy menu. I know it’s hard !

I have a nurse friend that has gained so much weight bc of her desire to enjoy sweets like every day and the size of like a piece of pie daily ! Lol. She exercises but would look great if she didn’t have pie everyday! She just doesn’t seem to care what people think ! But in my mind I’d think she’d be healthier if she cared.

Donkey - Thursday May 07, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I told myself last night that I had to wake up early today, in order to get something done.  When I woke up this morning, I could not remember what that reason was, to wake up early.  But I got up early anyway, hoping I'd remember what it was I had to do.  Nope. 

Stayed up WAY too late last  night.  Just could not get myself to start getting ready for bed.  I did push-ups but could not get myself to do crunches.  I *REALLY* hate any core exercises.

Tonight is Flow-Yin Yoga by myself, with the good yoga mat (lol). 

Trying to stay positive, trying to stay motivated today.   

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

Horn_of_plenty on 05/07/2020:
Well I do minor core exercises on the days that I do upper body. I switch off exercises Of pushups and core actually ! So after I do a set up pushups when my arms are tired, I can relax them with crunches ;) !!! I think you are talking yourself into hating the exercises more than you really do?

So did you ever remember why you were getting up early ?

Enjoy your good yoga mat and yoga seems that you were always on the fence about yoga and you have learned to appreciate at it so much :)

legcramps on 05/07/2020:
To be honest, I really think you probably get a good amount of core work done during yoga. If you continue to breath deeply through your diaphragm, you should be contracting and activating those core muscles the whole time.

I would *only my opinion* skip the crunches and do planks instead.

Donkey on 05/08/2020:
Good point about getting core work in yoga! The flow classes I take tend to focus on ab work. The Yin sessions not so much, but I love those classes for a different reason.

Planks is an interesting thought! That's a good idea! I'll consider that option!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/08/2020:
Omg core work on doing yoga - you might be doing enough is right ?!

Donkey - Wednesday May 06, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

 Tried the new yoga class last night!!!  

We were so funny.  We're waiting for the Zoom meeting to start, and the instructor comes on the screen.  My daughter says, "What do you think?  Is it Crazy Lady?"  LOL!!

I could tell by her voice that it wasn't,  so we joined in with video.  There was another lady too,  so 3 students and the teacher.  Nice!

It was nice to have a new teacher,  with new ideas and approaches.  However,  I felt it was more like the Flow-Yin class on Thursdays,  rather than a Slow Flow class. 

Also,  if I'm allowed the luxury of complaining,  my space at home is not very good for yoga.  There wasn't enough room for both of us,  I had to use a mat that is not good for balancing,  because my daughter had the good mat.  Also,  cat fights and husband's unintentional interruptions....  Not ideal. 

It would be better to have this teacher in real life class.  There were a few lapses of cues (left or right?) that would have been very helpful for me, because this is my particular issue, lack of coordination.  And I think there were a couple of times whe we did a move on one side but never did it on the other side.

Still,  I like the class.  I'm going to work on creating a better space over the weekend, so that my daughter and I can have ample room - or at least more room.  

And to be honest,  I have to evaluate if I can afford 3 classes a week,  with my daughter attending 2 of them.  I know she could pay her own way,  but I don't want her to do that. I hope that makes sense.  And I do want to support the Studio during this shelter-down time, too.  

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

legcramps on 05/06/2020:
I like doing Zoom workouts; it's fun to see everyone else in the class and it feels more like a group workout than just watching a video or live facebook stream.

Hopefully this weekend you can work on giving yourself (and your daughter) more space for yoga!

Donkey on 05/07/2020:
I think having a better yoga space will help a lot :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 05/06/2020:
I totally understand you wanting to give your daughter the gift of yoga and to do it together !!!

Hopefully with a a few changes to space issue will be improved in your home - but I think you should use the better mat ! :-) mother comes first !

Donkey on 05/07/2020:
Yes, that's my intention - to give my daughter the gift of yoga at an early age. I wish I had started at a younger age. Yet - I know there are yogis out there who are older than I, who started when they were older than I was when I started.

Donkey - Tuesday May 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Yesterday was a good eating day.  However,  still feeling bloated.  I'm sure this is hormone related.  It was somewhat easier to do crunches,  and I did my maintenance push-ups too.  The crunches were difficult,  but I enjoyed the push-ups!  I can't believe I said that about push-ups!

Last night was Yin Yoga but I just wasn't feeling it.  I was energized!  So a fast flow class would have felt better.  Also,  we did a lot of twists and my back really felt it.  I feel good today though,  so no harm done. 

I showed the online picture of the new yoga teacher to Nice Lady at work,  to see if she thought it was Crazy Lady, and she said no.  So I feel more confident about taking the new class tonight.  I still have to sign up for it; I'll sign up my daughter too. 

It's on Zoom, so I could "mute" the video. There's an option to do that,  and actually,  there was a new student last night that did just that.   She could hear us but we couldn't see her.  We'll see how it goes!


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

legcramps on 05/05/2020:
I'm glad to hear that you had a good day yesterday, although it's too bad you didn't really enjoy your yin yoga.

A big reason why I do a lot of yoga on my own is so that I can modify moves so that it's not taking a toll on my body - like my lower back right now. Also, I am not very flexible at all, so this is a really beginner starting point for me until I can gain some flexibility and move into more difficult poses.

Really, I started doing yoga to help calm my anxieties over the past two months, but i've grown to really enjoy it! It *almost* makes me more motivated to get out of bed early! LOL

Donkey on 05/06/2020:
That's very interesting to hear why you line to do yoga on your own. I hadn't considered that. I don't know (yet) how to sequence moves so that they flow together. Also, moves should counter each other, and I'm not sure I know enough.

Finally, and most importantly, I find myself "cheating" the pose, by slouching my shoulders, bending a leg or arm, or not aligned correctly.

However, I do practice individual moves on my own, e.g. crow, warrior 3, dancer, to become better - not a routine but isolated practice.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/05/2020:
Glad to hear you are enjoying pushups !

Interesting mute approach, thinking it’s more fun to see the students !!!!!

Donkey on 05/06/2020:
I think it's fun to see everyone too! Most definitely!

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