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Donkey - Wednesday Jul 06, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I got up early, because I thought I may have set up the coffee pot (to brew automatically) incorrectly, and I was in no mood to clean up coffee.  Turns out, it was OK, but I stayed up anyway.  I rode my bike, to help out my hips, and worked my back muscles with weights.  However, because of the large weight on my left hand, in the fatty section under my thumb, I am not able to grip heavy weights properly.  So I worked mostly with 8lb & 5lb weights, doing more reps, more sets.  I figure every little bit counts.  I might be using lighter weights for quite some time as this large cut heals.

I had extra time to do some indoor & outdoor chores this morning, so while it was not walking, it was still being active, so I consider that a win.

A couple of changes I'm working on:

  • Eating slower, especially at dinner.  This means less 2nd helpings, less discomfort ("sitting heavy") after eating.  Drinking more water during dinner, to help with digestion and feeling full.
  • Sticking to eating only what I bring to work, when I'm at work.  

These changes were inspired by Horn's advice to me, that my recent weight gain really comes down to eating too much.  This was a reality check for me.  Emotionally, I know that I can only do that which I can do., and I know to give myself the grace to get through each day, however it may be.  I guess I decided that it's hard enough to grieve without having the discomfort of having 10 extra pounds to carry around.  

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 07/06/2022:
I'm sorry to hear about the cut on your hand, sounds like it is really bad so I hope it heals up properly and quickly!

I would agree that the weight gain is likely from what you are eating rather than what you are lifting. In fact, weight lifting increases metabolism, which in turn burns more calories :)

Donkey on 07/07/2022:
It's healing quite well, but I'm sure there will be a scar. I think of these as battle scars, showing I've lived a life.

That's true about muscle, and that's one of the reasons why I started incorporating more weight training, with heavier weights, in the first place - to maintain my muscle mass and keep up my metabolism. I had totally forgotten this. Thank you for the reminder!

horn_of_plenty on 07/06/2022:
Highland park shooting has aired a few times; in fact just a moment ago on the news again. I'm sorry too that these violent acts are happening so often.

Re Sunday eating - one of the reasons i like the weekends is to sleep in and be able to eat more in a shorter time frame (bc i sleep in).

Donkey on 07/07/2022:
Without offense to anyone here or in my daily life, I feel like I've kind of given up on people. Mostly, I'm about staying home, taking care of my cats, my plants, and my family.

I know that Husband and Daughter do not share this point of view, and it's probably just as well, as I'm not sure it's particularly healthy.

horn_of_plenty on 07/06/2022:
sorry about your cut...i would agree with you to not push it's healing...and lifting lighter is WAY better than not lifting. just like chair yoga, it's amazing what a little exercise can do. i always felt chair yoga was a good workout, the few times i tried it on zoom.

I'm glad my advice was useful. My good friend who i always think of - was very in denial about her weight gain for several years until she could take it no longer and took action. she actually gained around 45 pounds overall, from stick thin to thicker. she naturally has muscle, so, it wasn't all fat bc her body is just made that way. but it was still unhealthy and not becoming. she used to blame it on her birth control pills / anxiety medicine. but the truth is, she changed her ways. yes, anxiety medicine maybe made it harder for her to get so anxious to not want to eat or restrict like she used to; but, in the end it was mostly her own change of eating that caused the weight gain in addition to being sick one summer and home most of it...etc etc.

so, i would try to tell her that it couldn't be the medicine that much...she had to change when she was ready. she let herself gain weight prob over a period of 2 or 3 years. it then took her i think 1.5 years to lose it.?

glad you do not have that much to lose.

Donkey on 07/07/2022:
I did not know that you tried chair yoga - GOOD!!!!

Thank you for sharing your friend's story regarding weight gain & meds. It's nice to hear that your friend also managed to eventually lose the weight that she had gained.

I have gained and lost the same 50 pounds - I think 3 or 4 times in my adult life. I do not want to have to do that again. It's bad enough that I need to lose these 10 pounds again. I call them the COVID pounds. When I lost this weight last year, I vowed never again - and yet here I am.

I'm not going to beat myself up about it, but I am going to take pro-active steps to stop the gain and lose the extra weight. It's uncomfortable - I can really feel it in the lower hips and inner thighs.

Donkey - Tuesday Jul 05, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

If any of you have heard about the Highland Park mass shooting yesterday, that is not too far from where I live.  Husband and I used to go there a lot when we were dating, so this feels just awful -- too close to home.  Kind of a death of memories of Highland Park being idealic.  Just as I felt like I was putting my Son's death into a healthy perspective, to crawl out from under this grief, this happened.  Another young man with easy access to a firearm to cause death and destruction.  I am heartbroken.

I did not meet even half of my step-goal yesterday, and that's OK.  No gym.  No walk.  I did ride my exercise bike twice and did leg weights. That felt like enough.

I tried a different approach to meals Sunday.  I made an effort to eat slower and chew more.  I made an effort to put aside my plate and drink more water during the meal.  (Sunday included white wine with dinner, so I took breaks for sips of wine too.)  That seemed to help with that heaviness feeling. 

I scored a pink pineapple plant - marked 50% off for $4 -- at Walmart yesterday.  Not much else was marked down though....  Kind of disappointing.

Last night, I cut my hand - deeply - with the box cutters.  I should have gone in for stitches, but it was too late for Urgent Care, and I was tired & didn't want to spend the whole night at the ER waiting to get stitched up.  I'm OK with having a scar, but my left hand is pretty useless for picking up stuff. 

Everything feelings completely messed up, inside and out.  And having a gimpy hand doesn't help anything.

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/05/2022:
I thought of you yesterday when I heard of those horrible shootings.....I know you had talked of walmart over the weekend.....and hoped that you weren't there at the parade as well............I'm relieved to know now that you weren't...........Take care of your hand....what a way to start the work week....great score on the pinepapple plant though.

innerpeace on 07/05/2022:
Ugh prayers for you - everything is not OK. I hope your hand gets better.

Donkey - Monday Jul 04, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I'm switching my breakfasts back to oatmeal with peanut butter, rather than the low carb wraps.  Also, I need to do something about how my tummy feels after I eat (sometimes) lunch and (most often) dinner, where my stomach feels ... unpleasant.  I can't think of a better word to describe it. It's not nausea, it's not pain, it's not bloating.  My stomach feels heavy and sour and uncomfortable. Normally, I'd just reach for some Tums, but now I need to look at alternatives and behavior modification.  Mint tea might be an alternative to Tums.  Eating slower?  Eating less?  Even if that's NOT the cause of this bad tummy feeling, it couldn't hurt to eat less and eat slower.

No plans today, at least that is set.  I'd like to get over to Walmart for cat food and piddle pads for Baby Kitty.  And while I'm there, I'm going to take a look at the marked down plants and plant supplies.  Honestly not sure about getting more plants though.  

I'm not even sure about the gym. 


Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
I just went through a few days where I had a stomach ache about an hour after eating .....it rememinded me of a time in the distant past where I had an ulcer...........it has stopped thankfully......I hear you about the Tums and the calcium in them......I have found that when I have hearburn...sometimes just drinking water washes the acid back down....my Mom found that eating a piece of hard candy neutralized acid for her.....I think your idea of the tea sounds good as well.......maybe add some honey to it for neutralization?

Donkey on 07/05/2022:
It's excess acid. Husband reminded me that I had this problem many years ago, and an acid reducer took care of the problem.

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
Have fun shopping today...they might just have some good bargains.

Donkey on 07/05/2022:
My daughter was incorrect. There were no markdowns at Walmart's garden center, except for plants that were having issues. So I bought a green and pink plant that was 50% off ($4) because it was missing its decorative pot and had scarred leaves. Turns out it's a pineapple plant! This was something I was interested in acquiring. They are not easy, especially in Illinois (lol), but they are beautiful and can (sometimes, but not always) produce a tiny pineapple that can be used to start a new plant. (Not recommended for eating - too bitter.)

And I was shocked at how much we spent. I won't even go there, because I'm so embarrassed. Half of it went to cat stuffs. Grr...

happy-1 on 07/04/2022:
This could be a good article for you and/or your husband… Interesting on how to use supplements to prevent/recover from overdoing it. https://forums.phoenixrising.me/threads/supplements-and-drugs-that-reduce-or-prevent-pem-post-exertional-malaise.48438/

Donkey on 07/05/2022:
I've heard of some of these! But I don't think I've used them in the context of exercise recovery. Thank you!

horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
re your first sentence about your breakfasts, i soooo crave carbs in the AM as that's what i'm used to these days. and i wouldn't be so happy with a low carb wrap at all. so the oatmeal switch sounds like a good one. maybe you are just bored.

smart idea to (you should google) and look into alternatives to tums. it is smart that you are trying to naturally relieve this. i do think you will find some good alternatives. eating slower is always a good option as well, as you said.

horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
i do not think, re previous entry, that you are gaining weight from weight training. the truth, although you don't want to hear it, is it's calories in vs calories out. i don't want you to be in ...what's the word...denial about gaining weight and being about weight training.

even tho your meal yesterday was big in volume, it was pretty healthy. nice job on the banana for dessert and even the frozen fruit bar either. calorie-wise, the banana can be up to 150 cals, and the frozen fruit bar up to 200 cals. total 350 cals, like a small slice cake...totally good. not a high amount for a dessert. that's why i count calories. i look at more the overall amount, rather than how big it sounds....

Donkey on 07/05/2022:
I am afraid you are right. I just can't handle the hunger feeling that comes from calorie reduction right now. And I do know that I've been eating some for comfort. NOT food fits by any means, but more so in the choices I've been making.

horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
like you, i want to change certain things about my diet, adding more whole grains. it will be a change i will need to make for the long run to help my health. i'm making this change slowly; and it won't be a daily change...slower than that. i still have leftover treats to eat tomorrow at work (a sealed, packaged larger side single serving of banana bread from starbucks that i put on the side when a coworker brought them in) - i'm not about to waste the goodies. but i also realize i need to start eating a slice of whole wheat some days - bread - instead of always cookies. i also feel my body might react better..both inside and outside, physically and mentally...

horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
i also have a lot of brown rice to eat this week with my lunches....leftover. another better option than salted pretzels or chips. i will have to make these changes, i'm thinking, as i get older - or face health challenges later.

horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
you may not be happy with your weigh-ins, but, it is summer and the season where more fruit is easier and more economical to buy and eat. and we can go outdoors more this time of year. i say take advantage and try to get in the summer feels - go outside and stay more active...and that may help your weight go down in addition to more salads/veg....i am also on this mindset.

i have more muscle than i used to; i wish i were fitter...but i know that i look as good as i can for the amount of working out i do (less than other years).

i also am taking my own advice and trying to switch up my routines, do outdoor biking more as it feels like a great workout when i do it (and i think i've already improved a bit from when i first started a few weeks ago!).

and just trying to move around a little more than i did in the winter. (morning walks are again easier in the brighter mornings and summer weather!) this helps weight mainteinance as well.

Donkey on 07/05/2022:
I know, which has me worried, because if I'm gaining during the summer, what on earth will happen when the weather turns colder and the days become darker?

This fall/winter could be a huge challenge, especially dealing with grief and struggling with depression.

horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
i will also mention that sleep is very important for weight maintenance. i do SO MUCH BETTER when i am not exhausted feeling; i'm sure its like that for you, too.

Donkey - Sunday Jul 03, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I'm thinking about stopping weigh-ins for a month or so.  I'm wondering if I'm actually acquiring extra weight from weight training.  Oh I'd be ready to chuck weight training in a blink of an eye, but Logical Donkey knows that this is not a good idea, especially as she gets older. 

Yesterday afternoon, I was trying to get myself into a mindset of disciplined eating.  And then dinnertime came around and I wanted 2nd helpings of spaghetti with meat sauce.  I ended up having 2nd helpings of salad, with cheese and dressing.  I had a banana for "dessert" but then had a frozen fruit yogurt bar after that.  So much for being disciplined.

But otherwise, it was an OK day!  I went to the gym -- so busy.  Too busy to do weights, so just the elliptical.  Did my own awesome chest/triceps/shoulders weights at home.  Worked on my plants a bit.  Helped Husband take apart Son's bedstand - the hard way.  So next weekend, we'll rent a truck to take the bedstand and as many boxes as he can pack up to the storage facility.  Not my idea of fun, but ...  it needs to get done.

I had the chance to nap a bit as well, which is sometimes hard for me to do mentally.  

I'll be heading off to the gym soon.  We might go to the pet store to get cat food today and take bags pop cans to the animal shelter for recycling.  I'm trying to put off going to Walmart until tomorrow, because Daughter says that all of the plant stuff gets marked down to clearance on 7/4.  I'm not sure I want any more plants, but I would like to see what's been marked down, as far as pots, etc.


Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
I stopped weigh ins as of this morning...not worth the stress it causes.

Donkey on 07/04/2022:
I'm still thinking about this. I might trying it for August?

Donkey - Saturday Jul 02, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Weigh-in was a shocker and a disappointment.  But can I say that I'm surprised?  I guess not, considering that I had salty, carby Chinese food last night, and haven't been very disciplined about eating at work or at night either.  I also wonder if I'm not retaining water because I've started up the weight training again...  Oh well, it is what it is.  I'm back to losing the "last 10 pounds" again.

I rode my exercise bike last night, after dinner, to help with digestion.  I've become very aware that many times this past week, I get done eating and I feel like I want a Tums.  I'm supposed to avoid Tums because of the calcium.  So why do I keep eating like that?  Ugh... 

I am looking forward to a nice long weekend.  At 4:35p yesterday, the Boss said we could all go home early, but I stayed almost an hour later to finish up the montly stats.  If he comes into the office over the weekend, he'll see that I got them done, and hopefully he'll appreciate that.

I don't have ANY exciting plans for this weekend.  Just the usual "laundry, gym, plants" stuff, so I'm trying to think of things that I/we can do, if I/we get bored.  I would like to do weights at the gym again.  I have no walks planned - not even around my neighborhood - but that's also something I can do.

Husband has started to take apart Son's bedstand so that we can take it to the storage facility.  


Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/02/2022:
It is likely water weight...but as you know...muscle weighs more as well.........but I alsys go by the thought that our bodies find weights that they are comfy at....and sometimes it is hard to get past them...and stay past them........But...we all know what chinese foods do to us....so no worries.........No exciting plans here this weekend.......

Donkey on 07/03/2022:
I will write more about weigh-ins today.

Frankly, I'm glad to have quiet time at home, but I think Husband wants to do stuff. He won't come up with his own ideas though.

Donkey - Friday Jul 01, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

I just realized that yesterday, when I sent out my recap email to prepare a client for closing today, I gave them the wrong location for the closing.  So now I have to hussle to work, so that I can check my mistake (I'm sure I made it) and reach out to the client to make sure they are headed out to the right location.  UGH!

So I need to get to work ASAP.  BUT - I've actually been quite lucky, because I've caught 2 other mistakes that I made in time, so that I didn't end up having big disasters.  I have enough time to correct the mistake I've made above, as long as the clients answer their phone!

New Gal made a huge mistake yesterday, and it was kind of fun to watch her with that. A dog that will fetch a bone must carry a bone.  Not that she's a dog, but rather, be careful with what you wish for.

I am seeing a potential staffing problem next Friday, where, if it happens, there won't be anyone available to cover the sales desk (Male Co-Worker).  I'm so tempted to say something, but it's really none of my business.  And our staffing problem will NEVER get fixed until a disaster forces the Boss to make some real changes.

Yesterday, after work, I did no exercise.  No bike ride, no walk, no weights.  I think part of the problem was that it was very hot, and Husband did not turn on the AC yet.  And then he was kind of grumpy -- having a very hard day with grief and physical pain -- so I kind of didn't want to be around him, and my exercise stuff is in the basement where his computer is.  

And then I probably had too much ice cream.  It wasn't that I had too much, but rather, I had an ice cream bar, and then another small dish of ice cream.  I certainly didn't need BOTH.  Why do I sabotage myself like that?  And I've GOT to stop eating trail mix at work, even thought somebody has been eating the sunflower remains I put outside.  WHY IS IT SO HARD TO RESIST???

Anyway, I did manage to make my step count goal of 10,000+ steps (silly goal).  This morning, I did some leg weights after my morning bike ride.

Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 07/01/2022:
I admire your step goal - it is more steps than I ever realized, since I've been doing it - much more respect for DH now too. I couldn't live without the AC - I'd rather be cold than hot any day. Hope you get your work mistake straightened out. Have a great 4th.

bearcountrygg on 07/01/2022:
Sometimes at work...it is best to just let sleeping dogs lie....and let problems work themselves out on their own........and it will work out...one way or another......guess we all need to deal with our own problems anyway because that is how we learn.....Hope you can get your mistake fixed easily....and that the other gal can fix hers as well.

Donkey on 07/02/2022:
Yep, I didn't say anything and it call came out anyway, thanks to Queen Bee's big mouth. So I guess we have no sales coverage next Friday, and the Boss is aware but isn't doing anything about it, to my knowledge.

I was able to catch all of my mistakes - yay me! (lol)

horn_of_plenty on 07/01/2022:
remember, remember (hope i am not bothering you), it is OK to have the trail mix. maybe just take a portion of it to your desk. a cowowrker gave me a pack of trail mix today....it was a really interesting mix preportioned small packs...and had a bit of dried fruit and just a few nuts. total calories i honestly think are wrong, at 160, prob more around 200 cal. but very satisfying. i like the dried fruit in it, as it gives the body a boost and lately i feel carbs def have their place. it was so enjoyable.

it's ok to take a day off now and then. i know you will get back into it.

Donkey on 07/02/2022:
Yes, I know -- and I have to say, the trail mix packets that Replacement Kid bought are very helpful. It was just staggering to see how many calories are in this tiny packet.

So I limit myself to 1 packet - because to have more would not be as pleasurable and would actually feel gross. Then I take out the sunflower seeds because they aren't my favorite. So I figure that what I eat is less than 270 calories because of that.

Donkey on 07/02/2022:
I'm OK with a 200 calorie snack.

Donkey - Thursday Jun 30, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

Yesterday was another one of those days where I come home from work just *exhausted* from work.  I should check my body battery when this happens to see where I'm at.  I did no exercise last night, other than the steps I get with evening chores.  I was in bed by 8:30p, with lights out about an hour later. 

I'm less busy at work, and yet, I seem to be so drained by 4pm (sometimes 3pm).  Now yesterday, it might have been because the AC at work stopped working again, so the room I'm in was a bit stuffy, although the new fan my Boss bought me was very good and helped a lot.  I have a couple of theories as to why I'm so tired, but it certainly isn't from a lack of calories.

Replacement Kid went to Sam's Club to stock up on foodstuff for the break room and brought back a box of trail mix packets for me, because he knows how much I like trail mix -- I like it too much!  I was very touched at his thoughtfulness.  This mix is better than the previous mix I ate my way through, because it's in individual packets and because there's not as much chocolate in it.  But I couldn't believe 270 calories per packet!!!  Yikes!!!  So I had 1 packet in the afternoon, but didn't eat the sunflower seeds, so I hope that cut down the calories to 200.   I took the sunflower seeds outside and left them for the squirrels or birds.  I'll check to see if my pile is still there this morning, or if someone else is enjoying the trail mix too. 

Today will be the hotest day of the week with a high of 90.  We do not have the AC on in the house yet, but Husband might turn it on this afternoon.   

IF I have energy tonight, I plan to do either chest weights or legs.  However, it might be better if I just focused on getting more rest/sleep. 

PS  Husband and I had a conversation yesterday and decided to sit out this next 6-week session of Church Grief Group.  He says he wants a break, but agrees that it would be helpful to attend in the fall and probably winter.  I know -- or at least I think I know -- that if I wanted to, I could go alone. 

Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
see my comment on your entry yesterday...

bearcountrygg on 06/30/2022:
Hopefully birds or some little critter found the sunflower seeds.......They are actually good for you though......That might be one of those instances where the calories are worth it.

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
did you know that if you use a cast iron cooking pan, it adds iron to your food? i just was reading about cast iron and read that online! they say it's good if you are low in iron or to increase the iron content of food!

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
good alternate use of the sunflower seeds! - to the birds.

i also have been too tired. like when i get up, i feel it....so i rested up yesterday and feel a bit better today & am pumped for a bike ride...(tomorrow will be a push to do weights, but i already skipped a day, and hope to start earlier if we get out approx an hour early tomorrow...)

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
i put a can of caffeinated Bubly in the fridge today, but may wait to drink it until tomorrow, on my ride home before doing weights....anything to pump me up before i get home tomorrow...

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
...i mean to ENERGIZE myself before weights tomorrow. i hope to start them and THEN rest on the couch AFTER...instead of rest before weights which leads to doing them too late at night (procrastination).

Donkey - Thursday Jun 30, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5




This is my Bird of Paradise plant.  I do not yet know his/her name.  If you zoom in, you can see a new leaf "shoot" which looks like a green stick or stem, but is really a new leaf, waiting to uncurl.

Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
yes, my plant at home also has shoots, a different color the tip of the shoot though. it's like an auburn tip where the leaf comes out of...

Bird of Paradise, interesting plant name.

i also saw your banana plant below. very nice! i think it's great you are into planting, especialyl if some plants are indoors which would add to indoor Oxygen quality right?

bearcountrygg on 06/30/2022:
Your plants look good and healthy!

Donkey - Wednesday Jun 29, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

I was able to leave early yesterday, at 4pm, to vote.  And in true Donkey tradition, everyone that I voted for lost, but that's OK, because this is just the primary. 

I have to check with Husband to see if he wants to start the next session of Church Grief Group on Friday(s), or maybe he wants to do Veterans Chair Yoga?  Oh my... I don't think I'm up for the Chair Yoga, yet.  And I'm not sure I want to do another session of the church group right not either.  It might help me decompress on Fridays in a faster way, so that my Saturdays are not spent so much unraveling my sadness, and can be spent with my more authentic emotions.  I know this week, at work, the emotions have been packed down hard and hidden away.  Which means they will be all the more harder to unwrap over the weekend.

I did a few arm (biceps & triceps) last night, but was really tired.  I was already exhausted when I came home at 4pm, so everything after getting home - including voting - was just way above and beyond. 

Ate too many carbs at dinner, but did not have ice cream afterwards because I was full.  At this rate, who knows what to expect for this week's weigh-in.  I really wish I could do more on this goal or in this part of my life, but it just doesn't seem to be working right now.   

Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/29/2022:
Things will get a bit easier..........you will find that you have times where other things occupy your mind for londer periods of time. You are doing well.

Donkey on 06/30/2022:
I truly appreciate your "reality check" feedback/comment.

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
i am almost caught up and plan to come back to your previous entries later today to scan thru them.

i also voted. my choice wasn't the winner for governor, sadly for me! In general, my votes were the losers also. I didn't vote for judges or the other smaller election titles bc i didn't study the candidates.

i wish there was a local chair yoga or maybe i should look online for free zoom sessions. i do like chair yoga too. it's very good on posture and i always found it to be a workout.

good job on getting some strength training in. surprisingly, i skipped a strength workout yesterday in order to regroup. it was worth it. i feel better today and amped for a bikeride.

in terms of "eating too many carbs" at dinner...i just want to reiterate what worked for me - which is mostly carbs in terms compared to the amount of protein i take in at a meal. i find protein overrated, and just a small bit of fat is helpful. i had a yogurt yesterday, adding some keto chocolate chps of a brand i chose to try, helps make it all satisfying. the yogurt was 2% greek and good with calories, i added a tart cherry syrup that has regular sugar...to make the yogurt once again more tasty and satisfying...and with the fruit and other things i ate, i was able to round out the meal, a sweeter side meal, and be satisfied...

the whole past few years, i'm all about the carbs..and it helps me become more satisfied and not need to binge like i used to, interestingly.

Donkey - Wednesday Jun 29, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

This is my banana tree. Her name is Hannah.  Hannah Banana.



Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 06/29/2022:
Looks like a nice plant!!!

Donkey on 06/30/2022:
I know I won't get bananas but I just love her big leafy leaves. This is the plant that had the spider mites, which are very "contagious" and yucky and creepy and yicky. In a way, though, that infestation was a blessing because I realized that the plant light I was using with her was really no substitute for real sunlight. She's about to produce her 4th new leaf! And I think I see a third "pup" starting at the base.

happy-1 on 06/29/2022:
Love this

Donkey on 06/30/2022:
See my lengthy comment to Bear above -- can you tell that I'm really excited about this plant - LOL!

I can post photos from my phone easily. I will try again today, I think, to upload another.

innerpeace on 06/29/2022:
Every plant needs a name!

Donkey on 06/30/2022:
I agree! Not all of my plants have names - yet ;-)

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