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Donkey - Thursday Apr 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Didn't sleep very well because I was paranoid about getting up early.  But when my alarm went off at 5:15 am, I got out of bed to start my day.   My early lead on the day was delayed slightly because I had to clean up after last night's cat fight.  Grrr...


Today starts the 2nd half of the month,  and of the 30 day challenge I'm supposed to be doing.  

  • Did better with weights until this week,  where I've been struggling. 
  • Brought yoga back into my life,  which is paramount.
  • Have not done well with eating moderately AT ALL.

So,  for this 2nd half, I will focus on the eating part.  More vegetables!  Less eating!

I had worked hard to break that "after dinner food fits" behavior,  and then came the birthday cake.  Well,  I had my last piece last night,  because there's only one (big) piece left,  and it's only right that this piece be my daughter's,  since it's her cake!  

Tonight I start to "detox" from after dinner eating again.  I do not mean to make light of addiction, but rather to relate my behavior to the same process of changing self-defeating habits.  Taking an "addiction" approach will help,  I think, with coping mechanisms:  exercising,  meditating,  praying,  avoiding dangerous situations,  i.e. the kitchen. 

I can do this.


This is not a time of adversity,  for me,  but rather an opportunity to appreciate my blessings, not a shut-down, but the opportunity to enrich myself and my immediate environment in a positive way. I think blessings can grow if we nurture them.


Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/16/2020:
I hope it wasn’t a bad cat fight ?? What happened ?its so sad when cats and dogs fight and they actually get very hurt.

With the veggies, lately I’m having a good amount at dinner time - one meal a day has veggies. And I’m using liquids and other things to fill me with the other meals.

I agree that the food battle is the same as any addiction battle and we have to find good coping mechanisms. The only difference is we need some food to live which complicates things !

That’s a good last paragraph :)

bearcountrygg on 04/16/2020:
In think that after dinner eating is the hardest habit of all to break.......and it is/was the one I beat myself up for the most. Now I usually have a cup of tea or coffee...and I'm satisfied with that usually. Sometimes a glass of water with crystal light type thing added if I'm craving sweets.....it seems like when ever I give into the evening food fit...for even one night...the next night...I have even more trouble with it.

Donkey - Wednesday Apr 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0


I just finished up a lovely yoga session with the studio owner!  It was nice to catch up with her.  I hope that the studio can survive the shelter- down,  but we both agree how necessary it is to do this. 

Now I am enjoying a delicious cup of decaf while I ride my bike.  No weights tonight, because I'd like to get to bed on time.  I am hoping to get an early start tomorrow,  getting out of bed when the alarm goes off. 

I think I'm going to work tomorrow as usual, rather than taking time off for morning yoga.  It's just easier that way,  I guess. I'm still busy enough during the day.  I ran out of work but decided to disinfect the office after the boss allowed his grandson upstairs!  He just doesn't get social distancing. 

I mean,  why make a BIG DEAL over not having Easter with your grandchildren if you're going to let them into the office!

I was plenty busy yesterday, while others seemed to struggle to find things to do.  Grr...

I signed up for online Yin Yoga tonight and Flow-Yin yoga tomorrow night with the Yoga Studio.  I haven't made up my mind yet about taking time off (again) tomorrow morning to attend Slow Yoga. It will depend on how work goes today.   I know Mistakes Girl would like that,  so that she has my emails to work on tomorrow. So I will also check with her before I go home today,  to see how her workload is. 

I did not do weights last night.  I just can't get myself to do biceps and triceps.  Fortunately,  push-ups cover that,  but it's not the same. 

I've been trying to achieve a crow pose.  Back in my grade school gym days,  it was called a tripod.  Essentially,  I am trying to balance my shins on my triceps.  Picture doing a handstand without the legs sticking straight up,  but rather,  bent,  balancing on the back of the arms.   I used to have no trouble with this when I was young.  Now,  the balance is a lot harder to achieve!

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/15/2020:
A busy day goes by so fast though!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/15/2020:
It’s good that you have work to do at work plus it can take your mind off this for awhile - off the pandemic.

This crow pose sounds very interesting .... I may have to try it !!!

Donkey - Tuesday Apr 14, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

I took my yoga book to work again yesterday,  and so of course,  I walk into 34 emails right away.  (That's high. I like to set around 20, 15 if we're slow.)  I was quite busy for all of the day.  I don't think I can say the same about my coworkers though. 

So I've found the secret to keeping the law firm busy and solvent:  bring a book you really want to read.  You'll never have time to even crack it open. LOL!

I had one contract and it's a sale,  which is good because eventually, when my part is done, it will go to Male Co-Worker.  So he'll have something to do,  or he can give it to Mistakes Girl. And our client is also buying,  so I didn't feel resentful at getting this deal. 


No weights last night but did push ups.  Still doing my morning and evening bike rides.  I've brought my knitting upstairs and now I do a little knitting before bed.  This might be something I continue after the shelter down ends.  I would want a smaller project though.  This prayer shawl is too cumbersome. 


We're still working on eating the delicious birthday cake. And that's okay!

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/14/2020:
Many years ago I started an afghan that actually has 5 skeins/strands being knitted at the same time......so hard to work with...and the darn thing got so heavy that I quit...LOL...I can only imagine how warm it would be but....knitting it was a bit overwhelming. I get it.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/14/2020:
Lol I had days more in the past where I brought personal work to work - sometimes I was able to get a lot of it done and sometimes it had to wait... lol

Also, what do you recommend to buy for a beginner knitter ? What do you recommend they knit? Asking for a friend, def not me !

Donkey - Sunday Apr 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Happy Easter!  It was rather an odd day; it did not feel like Easter.  Also, it is Daughter's birthday, so it seemed more like Birthday than Easter, if that makes sense. We celebrated with Chinese take-out and then a yellow cake with chocolate frosting, that she made & decorated.  There was also ice cream.  This is a celebration, so no worries, just enjoyment :-)

Earlier today, I rode the bike and did leg weights.  So all I have tonight is push-ups.

The Yoga Studio is offering 2 evening classes that I can & want to take:  Yin (Slow-Hold) Yoga with the studio owner and then my usual Fast-Slow yoga.  My husband encouraged me to take time off this week,to participate in an extra class in the morning, if I am slow at work.

There was about an hour of sun around noon, and then the clouds came back and it didn't seem so appealing to go outside any more.  I don't have much to do tonight, so I should probably try to get to bed early.  I did some knitting last night, and I would like to do more of that, but I usually only do that if I'm watching TV.  I have nothing to watch.

So I should read my yoga book, but I'm not feeling very inspired to do that either.

I worked on the current puzzle a LOT this weekend.  Sometimes the shelter-down is easier to do than others.  I kind of wish it had been sunnier for longer today.  That would have made a big difference.

It will be interesting to see what Monday brings me at work.  Will there be any contracts?  Well, I suppose if I can get contracts on Christmas Day, then what is to stop us from getting contracts on Easter weekend with a raging COVID virus hanging around?

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/12/2020:
Happy bday to your daughter and happy Easter !

Nice job on getting exercise in - you just reminded me I can do leg exercises tomorrow :) When it rains

I think you could listen to your husband If work is possibly slower ... take it easy

Shelter down I find easier than most - I have many outlets besides hanging out with friends and I am a very introverted person at times

Let us know how Monday works out !

bearcountrygg on 04/13/2020:
Sounds like your daughter had a nice birthday...I agree...it didn't feel like Easter.....It's funny how we look at downtime sometimes I agree...sometimes it's fun and easy....and others it just seems boring.

Donkey - Saturday Apr 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

Good morning!  So glad to be home!  Ha ha ha - no, seriously, I really am glad to be home.  Beats being at work.

It is sunny but chilly here this morning. It will warm up later this afternoon when the rain starts coming through.  The weather here just doesn't want to cooperate I guess.  But that's OK, because I'm happy to be home.

I was successful last night, with no eating after dinner.  I *did* have a piece of dark chocolate, but then just settled down with some decaf and then water.  However, I will confess that it was DIFFICULT not to start diving into nuts, cookies, peanut butter.  Oh the temptation was there....  I wonder what that's all about?

I rode my bike and did my push-ups.  Thursday and Friday (yesterday) were rest days from weights, and I plan to do some kind of upper body today.

 Tomorrow (Easter Sunday) is my daughter's birthday.  She took the day off from work and is making her own cake.  I'm pretty sure she bought some cartons of ice cream too.  So moderation, especially with the leftovers, will be another challenge.  Well, I guess that's part of life, isn't it? 

I am a silent member of an online bodybuilding/fitness group.  Someone asked how to get that really "cut" look, where the muscles just pop out.  The unanimous response was a calorie deficit.  As I understand it, a person eats more while building muscle, eating lots of protein.  Then after some time, they cut out the calories, especially the carbs, and that process brings out the muscle definition.  Ugh, I don't know if I would want to do that, even if meant having awesome looking arms or lean legs.

Kind of along the same lines, I was tempted to weigh in this morning  but not gonna do that until May 1st.  There's still a lot of work to do on my April shelter-down challenge.

It will be interesting to see if I get any contracts at work, on Monday.  With this being a holy weekend (for Christians) and the shelter-down -- WHICH PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING -- you'd think that I won't get any.   But I bet we do, and I just think that is so socially irresponsible of people.  

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/11/2020:
Happy Birthday to your daughter tomorrow...enjoy the cake....because after all...it's CAKE!!!! Getting the cut muscles by calorie deficit...also has another name...it's starvation.......I agree....not worth it. Ejoy your weekend.....

Donkey on 04/12/2020:
Oh yes, the cake is ready to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/11/2020:
I know what you mean by loving being home :-) for the most part I am enjoying the time home too. Even though so many people aren’t..

You got yourself into a habit of the nighttime snacking and I totally understand having to start fighting yourself so you don’t continue it! Are you eating too far from bedtime and getting hungry?

For me, if I’m eating over 3 hours from bedtime, there’s a chance I’ll get hungry.

Good luck with work!

Question, do you celebrate Jesus’ last supper - the Passover ? I think it was Thursday eve ? A Christian / catholic not sure which friend of mine said she celebrates it every year!

Have a nice weekend and also celebrations as you will do even at home :)

Donkey on 04/12/2020:
This problem I've had with evening eating is NOT hunger related. It's craving/emotional eating all the way.

I think you're thinking of Maundy Thursday - some call it Holy Thursday. We've always referred to it as The Washing of the Feet in my little family. It is a beautiful service, and I like to see who gets chosen to have their feet washed, by the main priest.

Donkey - Friday Apr 10, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 I did it again!!!  No eating after dinner!  Actually I felt so full from dinner that I wasn't tempted to eat more.  I think it was more bloat that full.  The body is out of sorts - hormones.  I just need to relax and ride it out (and take Tylenol or Aleve).

I had a marvelous time at both yoga classes!  I can do this!  The Zoom program is so easy. I'm so glad I didn't let my fear of technology keep me away longer. 

I really enjoyed the morning class, Slow Yoga. It's moving through poses at a slower pace,  but not held as long as Yin yoga (where you hold poses for a couple of minutes) and not as fast as Fast (Flow) yoga where we are transitioning quickly,  like dancing almost. 

My evening class had a lot of the same poses as the morning class but that's ok because it was still a very good stretch.  Then we (the teacher and I) moved on to more challenging sequences for a little bit. Then we slowed way down to the end. 

It just felt so good to be connected with people again!  Even online!

I forgot to do my push-ups. By the time I remembered,  I was already in bed.  So I'll just do the sets tonight. A rest day probably would serve me well anyway. 

Mistakes Girl has run out of work to do.  Male Co-Worker is pretty much caught up on what he has to do,  so she cannot help him.  I will have stuff to do as long as I have emails coming in.  I'm going to bring my yoga book to work,  because every time I do,  thinking I'll have time to read,  we're incredibly busy and I can't read it. 

I should also email my mom at work,  time permitting,  and check in with my brother.  He's a pilot,  and people aren't flying much any more,  so I'm not sure how he's doing. 

My #1 goal today is not to eat after dinner.  I'm so glad the weekend is coming!!!

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/10/2020:
Sounds like the new yoga routine is working pretty well.....wonderful...hopefully at some point you can go back to in person classes because you enjoy those...but in the meantime..."staying in the game"...is for the better good!!! YEAH YOU!!!!

Donkey on 04/11/2020:
Thank you! And to think that the only thing that was stopping me was my hesitation to try new technology!

I left some "feedback" - actually, it was just a "thank you" - on the Studio's webpage, thanking them for having evening classes for those of us who still have to work. So hopefully, they'll have at least one evening class I can still attend. (And NOT at 5pm because that doesn't help me much.)

Horn_of_plenty on 04/10/2020:
Sorry I just haven’t been replying and commenting as fast as I could :)

Omg this time around my own hormones caused me enough pain to need Tylenol a couple nights in order to sleep that’s for sure !

Were you the only one taking the time evening class ?

Good idea to contact your family - harder to do while still working so it’s good you will attempt to do it when you can

Donkey on 04/11/2020:
I was the only one taking the evening class, as usual. The other lady, Kristen, who started coming to the evening class at the studio, didn't come to the last "live" class and wasn't online last night either. So... not sure if she's ever coming back.

The morning class had a regular attendee, Ellen. I've heard the instructor talk about Ellen before, so when I saw that she was taking the online class too, I made the connection, even though we've never met before!

That's why I wanted to explain to the teacher that I can't really take morning classes. I'll comment on this a little more in my own entry today.

Donkey - Thursday Apr 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 I did it!!! I didn't even have my bite of dark chocolate after dinner.  I just took my cup of decaf and went downstairs to ride my bike and watch Survivor with my daughter and Baby Kitty (the one who was so sick with the fungal infection).

My goal right now is to break the pattern of these outrageous food fits in the evening.  I'm taking this one day at a time.  

So today, my only goal is not to eat after dinner. 

I signed up for 2 online live yoga classes today,  one in the morning and one in the evening.  This is through the Yoga Studio. I decided that because things are slowing down at work,  now would be a good time to try out the Slow Yoga class.  (This is usually offered after Fast-Slow when the studio was open. )

Then,  tonight,  I am doing the Fast-Slow yoga with my usual teacher.  However,  I must lower my expectations on this session,  as I depend on a live teacher to show me the actual pose.  I don't do as well with just verbal cues. I also need form correction from time to time.  So my goal is to just move,  try,  enjoy,  laugh. 

My boss is still meeting with clients.  Tuesday night he stayed with clients for over 2 hours.  Yesterday he went to a closing and stayed for over 2 hours.  He doesn't get that even though he knows these people for a long time and they don't LOOK sick,  that their germs are not familiar to ours. 

I tried to  explain that it's bad that we're all at risk when he does that.  We're used to each other germs at work,  but not with these other new people. He didn't think that was so,  because they are "good people".  WHAT?!?!

This was AFTER Male Co-Worker and Mistakes Girl tried to talk to him. 

Oh and to top it all off,  Nice Lady was threatening - AGAIN - to take her stuff and work from home.  THIS time,  I didn't feed into her drama. Good grief!

I think I need more than just a couple of hours away from that place...

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 04/09/2020:
that is great! Still crazy about your boss. I hope your office doesn't get sick.

Donkey on 04/10/2020:
Thank you!!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/10/2020:
I’ve just been really slow to reply and comment these two days sorry !

Proud of you for knocking out some habits of eating more than you want to at night and yes you can certainly do this !

Nice lady is nuts and your boss sounds like my friends older dad who is still working and also meeting clients - they are too old I guess to realize the chance they are taking ?! Too set in their ways.

Donkey - Wednesday Apr 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

My only goal today is to stop eating after dinner.  No more food fits.  Seriously,  this is not ok.  Last night was not good at all. 

If I am to make progress in my April 30-day challenge,  I have to DO the work and stick to the plan. 

I'm proud of myself that I did my evening bike ride and chest weights.  Not to proud of the cookies that came after that.

Keep trying!

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2020:
Remember it’s ok to have some if it removes some of the intense cravings. This is why I have my go-to options lol....that I’ve been enjoying quite immensely!

You are doing a good job despite the stress and we are alllll rooting for you !!!!!!

Very good working sticking to a workout ! You’ll look and feel better for it :)

Donkey - Tuesday Apr 07, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

 I did not write yesterday,  but I am ok.  Struggling,  but ok. 

Last night,  I did my bike ride,  but was not inspired to do weights.  So I did 2 sets of back exercises and then quit.  Unfortunately,  I then went on to eat pecans and chocolates.  The chocolates are gone now. I was not stuffed but satisfied.   Still,  it was waaaaay too much chocolate for normal consumption. My eating remains unbalanced. 

I went to Walmart yesterday to pick up essential supplies.  I wore a homemade face mask.  There were a lot of people wearing masks but then again there were a lot who weren't.  I hope not to go shopping any more this week.   And I hope that husband won't have to go either. 

Today will be very warm. 70+ forecasted.  I hope to take a nice walk at lunch. 

Work was just unreal yesterday.  My boss is so bored.  Thank goodness Male Co-Worker came in.  I told him how bad it was last week without him.  Not the work,  but managing the boss.   The boss is so bored without anything to do on the weekends.   Then he comes to work,  and since there's nothing to do,  all he does is talk bullsh** to Nice Lady (who is equally bored and lonely) and Associate Attorney.  I would not mind this so much except that this all happens around my desk,  since I sit right outside the boss's office!  UGH!!!

All I can do is to try to do better today.   As always,  my weakness is what goes into and out of my mouth. 

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 04/07/2020:
The stress eating is getting to most of us I think...I saw a cute sign the other day.....It went something like this..... The TV program MY 600 POUND LIFE....when this is over...how does this work? Do I call them...or do they call me? I get it! Of course you won't be in that boat...I hope I won't!!! Take care and hopefully if they are going to keep the office open...then some work will come in.

Donkey on 04/08/2020:
Ha ha ha ha ha! That's so funny! I watch that show with my daughter, sometimes. Right now, I need Dr. N in my life!

innerpeace on 04/07/2020:
I still can't believe you are still working. Do you wear you mask at the office? We have warm weather too, however, storms are supposed to come in around midnight. I hope you have some better work days.

Donkey on 04/08/2020:
No mask, no gloves. I try to remember to sanitize the copiers and my phone and mouse as often as possible.

My boss just can't wrap his head around this to take it seriously. He changed his lunch plans because he didn't want to wear a mask to go into the grocery store.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/08/2020:
I’m trying to stay out of all stores as well. Totally skipping the supermarket this week :-) I have enough for now!

Donkey - Sunday Apr 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 140.0

I did alright today.  I slept in a little, did my morning bike ride, cleaned all four bathrooms, mopped the basement floors and the floors on the main level.  Husband and I worked on our newest puzzle today.  Yesterday, he and I worked on getting the edge pieces together.  Today, we started working on the inside part of the puzzle.  I also worked on knitting my prayer shawl, which is made of 3 skeins of yarn.  Today, I finished the 2nd skein and joined the ends to start the third.

While sunny outside, I did not feel very motivated to step outdoors, other than to hang out laundry. (My daughter's bathroom floor was covered in dirty laundry, so I did her a favor.  As long as I don't have to fold it, I'm good with it.)  Oops, just realized I have my own laundry to fold and put away... yuck.

Mortgage Guy is also a real estate agent, and he texted me today that he will have a new contract for our office on Monday.  Grr...  Especially, since he's been out of the office the past 2 weeks with a virus that turned into a massive ear infection that left him with a misshapened face due to Bell's Palsy.  Oh sure, let me handle that contract right away.  Thank goodness I have latex gloves at work!  FOOL!

I have a library book checked out that was supposed to be due today!  I checked online, and since our library is closed, they want us to hold on to any checked out materials we have.  There is an announcement that says they are tentatively planning to open May 2nd, and my book isn't due until June 1st, now -- so no reason why I can't finish reading the book.  It is a "textbook" for yoga teacher training.  That is to say, most of the yoga teacher training programs have this book as "required".  The chapters are short, the reading is light, but I don't know why I can't just get my head into it. 

Maybe the best approach is to just treat it as a "light read" and not anything too profound or "required".  Yes, I think that is the best approach for now.

Did my evening cardio and leg weight training.  Tomorrow is chest and back.  I also have to do my push-ups tonight.

Let me tell you, friends, eating is a real struggle here.  

Progress as of today: 46.5 lbs lost so far, only 13 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/06/2020:
from your first paragraph, i see you were very productive yesterday!!! :)

lol, i don't fold almost any laundry. all shirts that i wear outside are hung up in the closets LOL. i only fold pajamas / jeans.

mortage guy has some serious health issues whoa, sorry!

i agree with your approach to that book. i am also finding it hard to approach my own textbook i have to read for Project Management. But, as i said before, i bet i can read it for 20-30 minutes today. thanks for the reminder!

eating has been OK by me but i did go a little high for a couple days. i think as long as we do what we typically do...and eat as we typically eat, we will be OK. just no crazy eating sessions.....! (talking to myself and you...more myself! ;)

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