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Donkey - Saturday Aug 24, 2019
(Lazy/dirty keto & recumbent biking (indoor))
Weight: 136.0

 Well... I was writing, and then the page decided to update itself and I lost everything I wrote....

I slept in this morning - a gift to myself - so I did not weigh in, but I know I will definitely weigh in next Saturday, to mark the end of Summer (in my mind at least), the beginning of the last trimester of 2019, and set some goals for myself.

I often realize that it's been about a month since my birthday, and I feel as though I have not made the most of any of the days that have since passed.  Most of my time, it would seem, is consumed by the mundane.

I do not have much planned for today, other than to go to the library.  I need a new book to read at night. I'm not enthralled with what I'm reading right now, and my husband says he'd like to go too, so that's something we can do together.  Other projects:

  • Repair backyard birdfeeder from squirrel damage - waitng for it to dry, then will get the super glue out.
  • Place black dirt in patch in the backyard, prepping for next year's butterfly & bee garden.  This way, I will have an ecologically productive place to put my coffee grounds, too.
  • Move furniture around, both in basement and in guest room.  
  •               For the basement, it's so that I can use my weight bench more effectively.
  •               For the guest room, we'll be taking in a black cat from one of my daughter's co-workers who is moving & can't take him with her.  So he'll stay in the guest room until he's acclimated.  He's 10 years old, so his owner was having a hard time re-homing him, unfortunately.

My laundry is done washing, which means it's time to start my day!


Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/24/2019:
I've reached a point in my life where if I don't enjoy a book...I just stop reading it...there was a time when I would still finish it.....but since i was daydreaming while reading......and I finally acknowleged that I was enforcing some self imposed rule...that didn't need to be......now I also skip articles in magazines.....I'm working on letting go of crosswords now...they are hard for me to ignore....but will be happening soon I'm sure.

Donkey on 08/25/2019:
I kept one of the books - going to try to finish it. The others I took back. However, I may not finish the book I kept because now I've moved on to another topic of interest. We'll see...

Horn_of_plenty on 08/25/2019:
sorry your entry got deleted that is the worst! LOL.

i never have really thought of the year in trimesters till you wrote it here. what an interesting view - and of course reality.

i can totally relate to your feelings of mundane and not making progress. i have spent the summer just trying not to overdo and as you know i laid of cardio a lot in order to not hurt myself but now i'm feeling a struggle again to push forward.

i see you don't love the book you are reading! what a coincidence...mine is starting to get repetitive on the subject matter and i'm not even 50% through so i will prob start skipping around a few pages here and there and then return it. same with the next book...i don't think i'll read the whole thing (the nazi story you read).

Donkey - Friday Aug 23, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Had a terrible time sleeping last night.  I kept dreaming that my alarm was going off!  The first time, at 1:27a, I realized I hadn't put on my FitBit - left it in the charger, so I got up and put it on, but I woke up at least 3 more times thinking my alarm was going off, and it wasn't.

Yoga was fun last night, but I wore the wrong shirt, so I was a bit uncomfortable.  Also, because I had my daughter with me, I chose a different area, so on the other side of me, I had a man, and that was a little distracting (not that he was handsome or anything, but rather, that I was more self-conscious, which kind of defeats the whole purpose).

There was a lot of hissing and growling with the cats, too.  Last month, it was also noticeable, but I thought it was because the weather was so hot and humid.  I don't know if there's bully cats or if having all these strange people in the room is stressing out the cats.  My daughter said it was all too "Lord of the Flies", which was sad to think about.

I will try to remember to weigh in tomorrow morning, but TOM is about to start, and so... my mindful eating results might not be quite so evident (if there are any actual results) due to hormone issues.  I'm not expecting to see anything, because...

I put on a pair of fall/winter pants today, because the weather is cool enough, and they still fit.  Not baggy or saggy or any signs that I've lost weight or tighted up...  Well, that's OK, because I'm supposed to be on maintenance, anyway, right?  Right???  

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/23/2019:
Sorry about your sleep - hate when that happens.

BearCountryGG on 08/23/2019:
Cat yoga...are you working your way up to goat yoga? I see that is a thing too......Too bad that the cats weren't getting along...you would think they would love all those people on the floor...maybe dog yoga would work better......lots of doggy kisses...

Donkey on 08/24/2019:
That's a NO to the goat yoga. Dog yoga might be fun, but I haven't found any offerings around my area (yet).

But I kid you not, there is a women's retreat not too far from me that offers Horse Yoga. Yep.

I'm not really a horse person.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/23/2019:
so will you go to yoga again of this Cat type? i am sorry you were uncomfortable but you KNOW this man was probably not paying attention to you ;) did your daughter like the yoga?

good to hear your pants are fitting...that's a good thing, Jdonk!

it was cooler here today too. If the weather stays this way for awhile, it will be nice (upper 70's,low 80's)

Donkey on 08/24/2019:
Oh I will definitely do this Cat Yoga again. I support the cat shelter that it's held in - this is really more of a fund raiser, but I like the instructor, too.

happy-1 on 08/23/2019:
Oh to be able to wear fall pants... 90+F here.

Donkey on 08/24/2019:
My mom lives in Nevada - she's enduring the heat wave too. I confess that this is one of the things holding me back from moving out there. I love the mountains, but I don't think I can do the heat.

happy-1 on 08/23/2019:
If he was a dude at cat yoga, he was probably gay. You weren't on the menu. He was more into the cats.

Donkey on 08/24/2019:
Ha ha ha ha! TRUE -- gay or whipped husband, either one.

Donkey - Thursday Aug 22, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Signed my husband and I up for the Library Chair Yoga on September 11th.  I registered him first, so as to be sure he had his seat reserved, but there's still enough room for me too, so I did it, too.

Had reservations about taking more time off, just for Chair Yoga, but being that it will be 9/11, I already know that I'm probably going to welcome anything that is positive, calming, and uplifting.  It's a difficult day.

 Cat Yoga tonight with the daughter!  I hope she likes it!  I want to introduce her to George, if he's still there.  I'm quite smitten with him.  He's orange.

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

legcramps on 08/22/2019:
Cat yoga sounds very entertaining! I love that you have access to all these different styles of yoga; it sure does keep things fresh doesn't it?

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
I have to tell you -- all these different types of yoga have shown me that my practice is still very young. It's like opening a whole new world for me.

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
Somebody is getting a cat.

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
Yes, but not like you think. We'd be getting Orange George, but one of my daughter's co-workers is moving and cannot take her 10 year old cat with her. So sometime in September, we'll be adding Black Jack to our family.

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
And if I went there I would end up with all the cats.

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
100% RIGHT -- it's really hard to leave.

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
And getting hubby to chair yoga is amazing!!!!

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
It was very helpful that we know that his one Veteran man goes to Library Chair Yoga too. Otherwise, it would be an entirely different endeavor.

In Library Chair Yoga, he's in the minority. In Veterans' Chair Yoga, I'm usually the only gal.

grannyannie on 08/22/2019:
The yoga sounds good!

innerpeace on 08/22/2019:
cat yoga..oh my. We have a cat cafe near, but no yoga yet. Enjoy.

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
Have you gone? Are the cats friendly? There was a lot of growling amongst the cats last night.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/22/2019:
have fun with George the cat and with your daughter tonight at Cat Yoga!

and that's nice you are doing something positive on 9/11.

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
Thank you! Got to spend more time with George. :-)

Donkey - Wednesday Aug 21, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to log in last night.  I had planned to ride my bike, workout 100% with my weight bench, and then log in.  I was so tired that I could hardly finish the bike ride!  Went to bed early, but woke up at 2:30a ready to start the day.  That is too early, so I tossed and turned for a long time...  I must have gone back to sleep because when the alarm went off at 5am, I was so tired.  But I got up anyway, because I still wanted to start the day.  The best way to shake that sleepy feeling is to get up and get started. 

So now I have the extra time to log in here.

It would have done no good to log in and write about yesterday anyway, because it was pretty much the same as Monday.  I'm so frustrated with my boss.  He's usually out at closings, that seem to be taking longer than usual, so I'm thinking he stops and shops or goes home before coming back to the office.  When he is in the office, he doesn't want to work.  But he doesn't want to go home.  He wants to sit around and chat, joke, gossip, etc.  He almost had Male Co-Worker write his attorney letters for him yesterday!  (I realized I could have done it, but then I would have been way far behind in my work.)  And I feel bad for our clients!  They shouldn't be getting bad news from one of us - that's for the attorney to do!  That's what they're paying him for!

Monday night I did a brief run with the weight bench, just trying out different settings, without using any weights.  I was very clumsy, so I put off doing a real workout, but as I wrote above, that didn't happen last night.  I need to move around some furniture so that I have more room. Tried to do that this morning, but it's going to require more effort than I was ready to put out this morning.  Besides, then I would have had the time to write here this morning, and I really did want to check in.

Please know that if I do not write or comment, I'm still reading your entries and thinking of you all.

Anyway, speaking of clumsy, the yoga studio from last Sunday's epic is having a FREE session where all 5 (or 6) trainees are teaching one session -- I think where they are switching off during the session.  Sunday's drill sargeant yoga instructor is included (of course, as she is one of the trainees).  I decided to pass on this, because if I do decide to attend the other sessions, I would like it to be with one instructor at a time.  So I will wait for the next free instructor session in September, and decide if there will be a Chapter 2 to my Yoga Adventures.

The yoga studio owner is offering a 5-session ticket for $100 on meditation.  The sessions are 1 to 1.5 hours long...  Unfortunately, they are in the late afternoon on Sundays, and that's family dinner, and calm down time for me, before I start the workweek.  (Yes, I need that down time on Sunday, starting around dinner, to mentally prepare for Monday.  Otherwise I'm a wreck of anxiety.)

Chair Yoga for Veterans is canceled for September, so I'm going to sign the husband and myself up for the other chair yoga offered at the library.  I'll have to miss half a day, but if nobody else wants to work at work, then I think I can take some time off too.

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/21/2019:
Can you post a photo of your new bench?

Donkey on 08/23/2019:
I have to do that. Hopefully this weekend!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2019:
I really enjoyed reading this and all about what you are up to. I think you said good and that things are a bit more balanced (aside from your boss). but it sounds like you aren't taking ALL the work on at work that isn't yours and just you are prioritizing well.

I like your plans regarding yoga both regular and chair. I do hope you will enjoy that afternoon of it with your hubby.

I also like to have down time at home and it really helps me relax as well.

innerpeace on 08/21/2019:
I will have to look for chair yoga. I went to bed at 9:00 last night and like you I was wide awake at 2:30 a.m. ready to go. I fell back asleep and woke up with a headache.

BearCountryGG on 08/21/2019:
Meditation is relaxing.......but if it stresses you to think about having a specific time on Sunday to be there....you can just meditate at home....although for some reason...whenever I tell D I need some alone time to meditate/ or pay bills/or balance bank books/or do taxes....Okay....enough....for some reason that does trigger the immediate need in him to 1. Need to tell me something 2. Need to show me something or 3. to turn the tv volume up...or blow leaves under my window......on second thought...a class would be nice.

happy-1 on 08/22/2019:
The thrill of new gear...

Donkey - Monday Aug 19, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Yoga Disaster Afterthoughts: 

The yoga studio is 2 doors down from this really good Mexican restaurant.  I hadn't had lunch before class, because yoga on a full stomach is not a wise choice.  Oh my word, after leaving the studio, as the cool air hit my brain --- so did the wonderful aroma of tortillas, salsa, Mexican spices.   Oh my....

(I mentioned this in my comments)  One of the first things the yoga instructor said was, "Yoga is not a workOUT, it is a work-IN".  Trust me when I say:  THIS WAS A WORKOUT.

Today was a bit stressful at work.  Again, people not showing up to work, phones start ringing, etc.

You know, it's OK if my boss wants to start pulling back a little bit and not being at the office as much, but then he needs to set boundaries, because otherwise I get stuck doing twice as much work, sending out extension requests on deadlines, because he isn't in the office.

He's not admitting to anyone -- in fact, I've heard him deny that he's pulling back.  But truth be told, he's just not here as much as I need him to be.  Well, I guess I'll just keep on extending out deadlines, asking for more time.

Got marvellous sleep last night.  Wasn't too sore from yoga, although I did feel some aches in my neck and my left hamstring and my right hip flexor.  I'm going to try to use my new weight bench tonight, but if I don't get to it, then tomorrow night might be a better option.  We'll see.


Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/19/2019:
You sound like you are having fun...I love your stories!!!

happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
Ha!!!!!!! I’ve actually made this mistake myself... and I am so glad that I am not the only one to do that. I hope you rated the instructor as “two farts up”.

Probiotics, greek yogurt, and kale/broccoli will also add to the general atmosphere of the class.

I had to find the Mad TV Sunrise Yoga class clip for you... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y_1NajgvvaY

happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
We’re not alone!!! https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/why-yoga-fart

happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
You know what... I just reread your post and realized I totally thought you did what I did and went for a big old bean burrito before class like who-not-me-not-ever did. Nevermind...

happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
Gah, just reread my own comment and realized I wrote that wrong... sigh...

grannyannie on 08/20/2019:
Yea, eating before yoga would be awful for digestion, not to mention calories. I learned the hard way not to eat before a massage.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/20/2019:
i'm guessing things at work will stay as per this new status quo unless your boss miraculously feels better :(

i'm glad you aren't too sore from yoga and mexican does smell nice!

i'll be using my weight bench tonight also :)

Donkey - Sunday Aug 18, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

(I thought that my free yoga class deserved its own entry, even if it's still Sunday...)

Donkey Yoga Adventures, Chapter 1 

Have you ever gotten yourself into something and then realized, I do not belong here -- whether it's the deep end of the pool or a really bad movie or the wrong gender restroom -- have you had that happen?

I got to the yoga studio early, like they said to do, and the door was locked!  Oh my word, I almost left right then and there.  But no no no -- we're going to give this a fair shot.  So I stayed in my car until I saw someone come and unlock the door.  Went in.
Very pretty studio, but very disorganized.  No sign-in sheet, oh wait yes just sign in here. Oh wait, you're new? then fill this out instead. "I didn't bring my own mat, can I still participate?"  Yes, we have mats over there, but not the pilates mats.  (How the heck do I know which mats are for pilates and which are for yoga?  They all look like mats to me!  It was at this point where I almost put down my clipboard and wanted to say, "I don't think I can do this now" and walk out.  If I had the courage to maintain BOUNDARIES, that is exactly what I would have done, but Donkey is a chicken butt, so here we go...
Found an area WAAAAY in back, next to the wall, which is actually a wall of mirrors, with a ballet bar.  Thank goodness for that bar - I used it a few times to prevent myself from crashing into the mirrors., especially towards the end when we were doing one-legged positions and then HOLDING them for a  minute.
So we get started and right away, I can tell that this is not a relaxation yoga class but one of those where you move, move, MOVE!  It was taught by a "trainee" who is actually a polished instructor, but just wants to take it to the next level -- and dragged this poor ol' Donkey butt with her...
Almost everyone there was either already a member or a yoga teacher.  I think the girl next to me was maybe a newbie, but she was a lot younger -- and flexible -- than me.  But Donkey endeavors to give it her best.  I sweated, I twisted, I held positions, breathed, stretched, balanced (well, sort of...), I moved, moved, MOVED - over and over again.  This was NOT a beginner's class by any means.  I'm used to a slower, more meditative, relaxing style.  It was like going from Math 101 into Advanced Calculus - like walking at lunchtime to running the Boston Marathon.  
So I'm trying to keep up with the moves - thank you to people in front of me who know what they are doing so that I could tell what we're supposed to be doing, because I couldn't hear the instructor's voice over the guy singing in the music - and trying to avoid being caught in the video tape or pictures being taken by the instructor's husband and studio owner -- just praying it's over soon.  Look at my watch, we're 10 minutes into it -- But I held on!!!
I was so glad at the end to just lie there and breathe, but afterwards, no instruction on where to clean your mat, where to put stuff away.  I was so shaky and dazed and warm (no AC, apparently) that I just needed to get out of there and into the cool breeze and breathe and sit.

I'm SO glad I did not bring my daughter with me.  At least I have a minimal knowledge of yoga, but she would have been lost.  Hey, let me tell you, if you don't know what a downward dog position is, in this class you'd be SO lost.  So at least I knew that, but I do not think that my daughter knows any yoga.  Plus, I am already feeling my muscles ache and tighten up.  I am glad that I did not subjugate her to embarrassment or achy muscles.  I would have felt awful.  So at least I had a happy feeling about that --- which, I'm not exactly sure is the intent of the instructor or studio owner.  Glad that you DIDN'T bring someone along?

So I'm left with the following thoughts:
  • How on earth does Donkey keep getting her into these kinds of situations?
  • After looking in the mirrored wall, why didn't anyone tell Donkey how huge and thick her legs are????  Yikes those things are like the trunks of an oak tree!
  • Will Donkey go to any more of the free yoga classes at this studio (LOL)? (There are 5 more free classes, with 3 of them in September, and 2 in October)


Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
OH MY!!!! You had me laughing!!! Great story telling..it was as if I was there messing up right along with you!! Hope you aren't too sore tomorrow......but you got a good workout !!

Donkey on 08/19/2019:
Thank you - Yes, I was the disaster Donkey in the back corner. It was a good workout.

Which reminds me, first thing the instructor said: "Yoga is not a work-OUT, it's a work-IN." Um..., no sweetie, this was a workout. Trust me...

happy-1 on 08/18/2019:
Yech. Try another studio until you find one that feels like home. It took me like 20 studios on classpass till I found a couple of comfy ones.

Donkey on 08/19/2019:
I think so... the owner was nice. Also, i think now that I know what to expect, the next time - if there is a next time - would be a much smoother experience.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
you are def quite a story teller today! i also laughed quite a bit reading this!

I still think it's wonderful that you tried the class and stayed. i KNOW that your legs look a lot better than you are describing them!

also, the class does sound hard. it's ok to check things out and see if it's for you. even if it was hard for your daughter, she'd have it as a learning experience i'd say.

i miss the days of HOT YOGA when i used to do it. now i do not have time for that, really. it was challenging and many of the poses were also for 1 minute.

i'm glad you did it. you'll have to let us know if you do end up getting sore from the class or not.

after this class, maybe take a couple days to see if it's worth going back. it's sorta nice that they are free. nicer if they benefit you. i do think that there's so many types of yoga/teachers/studios.

also, you can figure you the style of yoga you like and see if any nearby studios have that type....

i'm glad you went!

Donkey on 08/19/2019:
I'm glad I went too, as difficult as it was. I need things like this in my life to keep me on my toes!

Donkey on 08/19/2019:
This was not Hot Yoga - to anyone but Donkey. I cannot imagine people actually WANTING a hotter yoga experience. I was dyin'!

innerpeace on 08/19/2019:
Sounds pretty much like my experiences. I was in a class where more experienced people attended and they let me know it...I was slowing down the class when the instructor took a few extra seconds to put me in the right position. It was horrible, the under their breath comments and whispers. "oh she's new" "they should have a beginners class" stupid comments like that. OH HELLO, it was a free introductory class!! Not to mention it was so crowded we were basically one on top of another...so not a pleasant experience to even something I want to try again.

But please go and do your free classes, you might like it better especially if you know more of what to expect.

Donkey on 08/19/2019:
I'm going to see what kind of yoga is with the next "free class" offering in September. Now I know enough to ask "what type of yoga will be offered?" instead of going in blindly.

happy-1 on 08/19/2019:
You know, if you are that thick in the butt and legs... should you be using those to your advantage? like jiu jitsu instead? at least that way instead of lamenting your butt you can view it as a lethal weapon...

Donkey - Sunday Aug 18, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Oh how much I appreciate my weekend mornings!  I didn't realize it until I compared this morning with yesterday's morning (with legal clinic).  I love doing the legal clinic, but I confess that it does make my weekends feel shorter.

So today is a typical Sunday morning - with the exception of doing laundry today instead of yesterday - EXCEPT that .... a local yoga studio is offering a free yoga class today at noon, and I want to go, but it's really scary for me to do this.  My daughter had to work today or I would drag her with me.  As this is regular yoga, this is not something that my husband can do with me.  I have no one else to call on to go with me.....  and actually, that's OK because **IF** I do this---- like with the Cat Yoga --- it's something I want to do by myself, for myself.

It's funny that I write this, because this is the yoga studio I intend to join eventually.  They are offering 6-7 free classes, taught by yogi trainees (so folks training to be certified yoga instructors) about once or twice a month.  Today is the first one.  

So you KNOW I will be agonizing over this, all morning.  

MORNING EDIT:  So I just learned that the Catholic yoga at my church is now going to be a regular thing -- Tuesay and Thursday MORNINGS.  So that is no longer an option for me, whether or not I was going to try to attend it again.

I did a little more poking around and learned that the form of yoga for today's free class might be too advanced for me.  I also should arrive early to fill out paperwork, since I'm not already a member.  Neither of those bits of information are encouraging, lol.  IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THIS STRESSFUL!


This week's goals:

  • Mindful eating:  portions & selections.
  • Sleep:  aiming for that 7 hours a night again.
  • Weight training:  start using my new bench!  Do I want to start this week, or wait for the beginning of a new month?  Hmm...
  • Water intake (100 ounces) & step goals (FitBit) remain ongoing.

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
I keep thinking of started yoga lessons. Good goals for the week.

Donkey on 08/19/2019:
Do your research! Pick a beginners' class, even though you are already in good shape.

Maria7 on 08/18/2019:
Good goals...You will know when you want to start using your new bench..enjoy!

BearCountryGG on 08/18/2019:
Great goals!!!

happy-1 on 08/18/2019:
You deserve something that is all for you and only you!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
your goals are good and i like how you are looking for something "to do by yourself" as it's very healthy of you to do!

it's nice to have your own passions and hobbies and now that you hubby cannot do certain things with you, it's important you challenge yourself still!

Donkey - Saturday Aug 17, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Crazy day... Friday was crazy at work.  It would help if co-workers would actually show up for work.  Way too many people taking time off lately, and nobody seems to care.

Today was legal clinic, so no time to post in the morning.  Left  my cell phone at home and while I missed having it - may have been able to post here from the clinic in between clients -- it was actually kind of nice to be free of it.

Came home and found my weight bench put together!  Oh my is it so much nicer than the very old, basic bench I have.  I am looking forward to using it!

I did not weigh in this morning.  I had already gotten dressed for my morning workout when I remembered.  I said to myself, "I don't have time to play scale games today" and went downstairs to start my bike ride. 

Recap on this past week's goals:

  • Mindful portion control on proteins. Ate more mindfully but not specifically on proteins, more on portions.
  • Drink more water!  (I've been slipping on this; my goal is 100 ounces a day.  Unless I use one or 2 of those flavor packets with artificial sweetener, it's hard to meet this goal.)  Did better but did not succeed every day
  • Weigh-in on Saturday.  Did not do.
  • Concerted effort to get at least 7 hours of sleep.  There were a couple of nights that I fell short of this goal, but a few nights, I got some really good sleep, for more than 7 hours!


Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 08/17/2019:
Portion control is tough at first...but luckily it does get easier....I'm one of those that belong to the clean plate club....had to retrain myself....

Donkey on 08/18/2019:
I too have a membership to the Clean Plate Club. It was really ingrained into my head as a child not to waste food. And I agree -- wasting food is not a good thing, especially if it's meat.

I'm going to keep trying.

grannyannie on 08/18/2019:
I depend on my food scale as I don't trust my judgement as to portion sizes. Nice that your new bench is ready for you!

Donkey on 08/18/2019:
THIS is fabulous advice. I need a food scale, I think.

"Dear Santa..."

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
you did good this morning! i left my phone home recently too and it was not the worst thing in the world, thankfully.

good for you on going to the legal clinic and doing something extremely constructive on the weekend. i applaud you because i know it's a personal commitment and your choice and i think it's great to be able to do something more with yourself and lend your talents/skills to this group!

congrats on the weight bench! you will be happy! i should have bought the weight bench that holds the ankles/feet for situps...i totally wish i had bought that one! for now though, i get my feet under my couch and it holds them just fine...

100 ounces of water may not be necessary for you. remember it's just a cool sounding number. if you eat fruit / veggies with water, that adds in too. when i visited my naturally thin (thinner than me) friend in Paris this year, she drank/ate very little throughout the day until a main meal for dinner!!!! she didn't like to be inconvienced by needing the bathroom all day (her schedule is very much on the go for work and travels a bit - plus she has use of only one hand so it can be understand why she would want to simplify certain things). what i mean is, i'm not saying to be like her (i personally don't like her style of really just one main meal a day), but i'm saying humans have lived a long time without exactly 100 ounces and that you will be ok....also, she would drinks LOTS of tea at home in evening since she wouldn't be going anywhere and could use the bathroom easily at home LOL.

I also am working more on sleep lately ...my plans are bigger and have to wake up early for them lately...so today i was grateful to sleep in a bit / go to bed early last night.

i feel i def have better workouts when i recover more with the extra sleep.. for my body, i think 8 hours per night is best. like you, i do like more than 7 hours.

Donkey on 08/18/2019:
That's very interesting about your Paris friend. More like the "One Meal A Day" (OMAD) philosophy. I watched a show on PBS - wow, I wish I remembered the name of it - that addressed food, weight, cultures, etc. OMAD seemed to be the most effective in weight loss and health benefits.

It wasn't really OMAD, but 2 very light snacks, and then just one meal. So snack 1 might be a small apple and a hard boiled egg. Snack 2 might be a small garden salad and an ounce of cheese. Then the Meal would be a real meal, with say, a piece of dark chocolate for dessert.

I am going to keep working on sleep as a specific goal this week.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/18/2019:
That was what she ate!!! she started the day with an orange and sometimes tea if she had a longer morning at home. and days she was extra hungry, she also inluded the egg. and this was her style of eating!

her bigger meal would be full and balanced.

happy-1 on 08/18/2019:
I like your goal recap. Maybe I should do that.

Donkey - Thursday Aug 15, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Lights out before 9p last night.  Woke up twice during the night,  but forced myself to just go back to sleep for more glorious rest,  and it worked. 

Chair Yoga 2 was good.  Turns out,  one of the guys who goes to Regular Chair Yoga also goes to this yoga.  Says he's been going for over a year!  That really helped husband feel better.  Otherwise,  he would have been the only guy there. 

The yogi is a movement therapist,  which I really liked.  She teaches folks how to do movements correctly:  posture,  how to get up off a chair correctly --- body mechanics.  I loved that! 

There were a lot of neck exercises that husband couldn't do because he can't turn his head any more.  Still,  he said he'd go on his own if I couldn't go with him.  I liked it - and enjoyed having the afternoon off from work! - but I don't know that I can do that every month. 

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 08/15/2019:
Nothing like a good sleep! I've thought about getting a yoga instructor. I'm very flexible but do not have good balance. I'm sure it would help.

legcramps on 08/15/2019:
Oh, I love that your yoga teacher is a movement therapist! I love picking their brains! And I think movement pattern is SO SO important for daily moving!!

BearCountryGG on 08/15/2019:
I slept like a log last night too.......it makes the day go by so much nicer!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/15/2019:
i'm glad you enjoyed chair yoga. sounds good for everyone.

also good to get some sleep....i'm currently looking for that!

Maria7 on 08/16/2019:
Always good to know how to move without injuring one's self. I know you are happy your Hubby going to this. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Maria7 on 08/17/2019:
Hoping you have been having a good day today.

Donkey - Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Today was a stressful day at work.  In fact, I had almost forgot that I was leaving at 4pm today to take New Kitty to the vet.  I found myself getting so stressed out with one file because the other party (not our client) wanted the repair AND a credit for the repair.  Well, that's not how it works.  You either get the repair done or you get a credit instead of the repair so that it can be done once you own the property.  Not both.  I felt that I was disproportionately honked off about this.  It didn't help that it was before lunch.  Also, I think I'm having some emotional sensitivity due to hormones, but not TOM.

See - this type of situation is what I'm talking about, when I refer to the desire to be more mindful at all times (working, eating, etc.).  Instead of getting caught up emotionally, I should have stepped away and taken a break -- take a walk, get a drink, eat lunch, go visit a co-worker.  Anything but get more honked off!

If I could just catch myself before I get consumed by these dark forces.....

Took New Kitty to the vet and they doctor said we are doing the right things.  There a few more options than we could be doing, but we're not ready to have a litter box on the main floor of the house yet, and not ready to try drugs.  The doctor could not get a urine sample for the UTI, so we might try again next Wednesday.  However, we have changed our routine in the morning, so that New Kitty is not so stressed out by Daughter getting ready for work in the mornings (she has a new schedule).  And so far, for a few days anyway, it has worked out well.  Right now, she is curled up on my lap taking a nap.  I swear that she looks like she's smiling.

Thanks to your comments about the weight bench, I realized that what I want it for - leg curls and leg extensions - in addition to what I've been doing before, is almost done.  Like 95% done.  The last part that's taking a while is a squat rack, but I don't need that right now because I do not have a weighted bar.  So maybe this weekend I can work on getting the leg extension part finished.  The rest of the "bells and whistles" can wait.  That might be our happy ending for now, and that's OK.


Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only -0.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 08/14/2019:
Happy that you got your weight bench done to where you can use it...yes, bells and whistles can always be done later as needed... Good plan to take a break when the stress begins building...a coffee, a walk, or simply enjoying outside nature for a few minutes or even talking with a friend...are all good distractions from stress...Hoping you have a good day today...

grannyannie on 08/14/2019:
Work stress is awful! Do you ever use ankle weights? They make a huge difference when focusing on thighs and bum.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2019:
agree with the above. and you are starting to catch yourself and try more to not be consumed. at least you can see it where it's happening and where you can help yourself..

good idea on weight bench. at least you can start using it. sounds like me when i was getting my fitness equipment, it wasn't all right away but in bits and pieces.

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