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Donkey - Monday Mar 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.5

So the Fancy Gym finally closed down today.  I'm kind of relieved that they finally made that decision.   

When I drink cold drinks,  I tend to cough.  I also sneeze.  So I'm sure people wished I had stayed home today. 

Some law firms are working from home but my boss says that would be a bad idea for us,  and that we're "essential" workers - that a state -wide or national shutdown wouldn't apply to us because we're essential.  

We may be essential - which we aren't  - but don't think for one damn minute that we're not expendable.  

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/17/2020:
Cold things make me cough too....My father in law was the same way. True......they would replace anyone in a minute!

Donkey on 03/17/2020:
^^Right???? I learned later that everyone was laughing as they overheard this conversation.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/17/2020:
well to make you feel better, sneezing is not (i believe) on the main symptom list!

we are also at work...would be difficult for us to work from home (some could, but some cannot due to the materials / computer software all being at work).



Donkey - Sunday Mar 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.5

Several random things:

Something changed in the way I ate yesterday, and I had way more energy for my morning bike ride this morning.  I've increased my starting resistance level (which I then increase as I progress.  I go up and down, but never below than my starting level.) and I've been DRAGGING to keep my pace up.  This morning - WOW!  I was able to get it up consistently and then some.

I went to the Fancy Gym yesterday early afternoon; I usually go at night, so this was a change.  I always distance myself from other people working out anyway, and ALWAYS wipe down the areas I've touched.  I won't make it to yoga today, unless I go at 7pm, but I'm watching the (maybe last) debate tonight, which starts at 7pm, so I don't think I'll make it.  As an informed voter, I feel it my civil obligation to hear ALL SIDES before casting my vote, and although I've already voted in the primary, there is still the general election in November, and I'm not yet committed to any particular candidate. So that's why I'm staying home to watch TV rather than going to the gym.  *Oh my grandmother would be turning in her grave at that statement.* 

I am having second thoughts about not participating on the online yoga classes at the Yoga Studio.  I should be clear, not all available classes, just the one that I go to on Thursday nights (Fast-Slow).  I'm thinking that my reluctance to adapt to modern technology is a sign of being old in my thinking.  I do think I have a valid point of needing live feedback when I do  yoga, because I tend to compromise my form if I'm not mindful of it (bending a straight leg or hunching over my shoulders).

I had an awesome weight training session this morning too.  If I could do that 1-2 times MORE during the week, that would be great.  There just isn't enough time before and after work, unless I cheat on my sleep.

Speaking of which, I slept in this morning until almost 7am, and that was wonderful!  I think I will discard going to Sunday morning yoga at 8am at the Yoga Studio, and sleep in on a regular basis.  Especially if I can do the same type of yoga (Yin Yoga) at the Fancy Gym.  (This is to be applied after the Studio opens again.)

Finally, I was told that the Legal Clinic that I volunteer at once a month, is going to be canceled AGAIN this month because of coronavirus precautions.  I'm actually OK with this, because that would have been a really LONG day and consumed a LOT of my Saturday, and I NEED 2 days off, not just one.  You see, the legal clinic would have been from 8:30a-1p, and then the clinic leader's dad passed away last week, and his memorial service is on the same day, at the same place as legal clinic would have been.  So if everything had happened, I would have been at this church (for clinic and then services) from 8:30a-3p or longer.  

Since clinic has been canceled, now it will just be the service for an hour or so, and that would be much more manageable for me, mentally but also emotionally, as far as wanting to pay my respects.

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/16/2020:
it's good to hear about your super cycling workout at home! another good reminder that we both have great deals right now with our home exercise equipment.

gyms in nyc are now closed until further notice. i'm so thankful to have home weights! although, i realize i should be more thankful to be in good health right now!

it's good you had the whole weekend to take care of what you need to do. did you end up going to the funeral? or was it canceled or made smaller because of not wanting a large crowd there?

stay safe and get enough rest at this time so your immune system stays strong!



Donkey - Saturday Mar 14, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.5

I really need this weekend to re-set. 

I desperately need some time off.  The one day in March that I had planned to take off I cannot, because Male Co-Worker and Queen Bee have already taken that week off, and I can't cause a shortage in staff at the office.  I talked to my boss about this, who was very sympathetic and suggested that we'll try to work something out.  I think I'll just have to wait my turn though.

The Yoga Studio has canceled classes.  They are setting up an online thing, but I'm not going to do that, because I can do online yoga for free.  I'm so sad, too, especially since I was feeling an upsurge in my motivation to practice more.  Perhaps this is my chance to try yoga at the Fancy Gym.  It's a HUGE room and usually, there's only 5 students, so I am not worried about germs, since I take my own mat and can be an appropriate distance from anyone else.  I'm hoping that Fancy Gym doesn't close!

The meditation seminar I signed up for at the library (where I go for Library Yin Yoga) has been canceled.  I ordered some books from the library, instead, to read, that have meditations.  So while it's not the seminar, I'm excited to get the books.

I've been struggling with eating this week.  I think I am not eating enough, but if that is so, why am I gaining weight?  Notice, if you will, that I did NOT weigh in today.  I'm not sure I would know HOW to eat more, without going off the deep end. 

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/14/2020:
It's a great time for reading. I swear......what I used to eat when I was thin...now makes me gain....I'm just guessing...but I suspect that as the years go by...apparently we are supposed to eat less and less until we have no teeth and then they can feed us through a straw....LOL...it is frustrating!!! I know one thing....the things I thought I knew....don't always apply.......

Donkey on 03/15/2020:
I don't mind getting older but I cringe at the thought that menopause will mean I have to eat less.

It snowed here yesterday afternoon and I thought of you! The streets are clear but the yards and trees have a beautiful snow covering.

However, I reconsidered my comment to you yesterday. If I had a foot of snow, I'd be eager for springtime too.

It looked to me, on the map, that you may have gotten more snow yesterday, too. :-/


Horn_of_plenty on 03/14/2020:
It's good that me and you have some exercise equipment at home too :)

I skipped a weights session this week and will make up for it today :)

first some reading of the project management class notes though!

You may be gaining because of hormones / this time of the month?

Keep on, never quit. The weekend is here for you :)

oh, and your vacation time is coming soon :)

Donkey on 03/15/2020:
I don't think this is hormones, but why shouldn't it be? They've completely ran and ruined my life so far. Why should this be any different...

I still need a day off but my situation has changed for next weekend, so as to be not so desperate for additional time off immediately.



Donkey - Friday Mar 13, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.5

I was at work yesterday,  of course,  but apparently everyone was/ is making a run at the grocery stores,  emptying the shelves. It was eerily quiet at work, phones mostly quiet. It was as though all of the confidence in this country went out the window after Wednesday night.  Hmm...

I was delighted that the yoga studio was still open.  They have a stated cleaning policy now.  I was the only one at class. I was able to balance quite well - very encouraging,  since I've been struggling with balance for a few weeks - and not just yoga but in other areas of my life.  I'm hoping this means I'm effectively restoring my inner self.

I voted yesterday.

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/13/2020:
You are soooo awesome! Only one at the class! woohooo love some private instruction for the price of group instruction :)

nice job voting, i am sure many didn't go due to the germs.

I am at work today and was here yesterday too.

When my legs are tired, after walking, many times i decide not to do any leg exercises for strength. I feel very weak in my legs when they are tired, and i find myself unwilling to stand on my feet and risk injuring or further pain from doing any more exercise (including strength workouts). i hope to get at least 1 leg workout a week for strength these days....thanks for asking!

keep hand washing.


innerpeace on 03/13/2020:
I haven't even thought about voting, because of reasons. I never learned, and was told because I'm a registered republican I couldn't vote anyway. I never asked, and I may just being ignorant in not finding out.

I am so proud of you for sticking with yoga, I always enjoy reading about how far you've come with it.


bearcountrygg on 03/13/2020:
I can imagine that people looking for new homes will will stop for now........self preservation seems to have taken over......good opportunity to get some other things done though.



Donkey - Tuesday Mar 10, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.5

 Last night was Library Yin Yoga and I just wanted to write down,  here,  how much I love that class.   

Afterwards,  I met daughter at the gym.  Neither one of us was really feeling it, but better to do something than nothing.  I felt good afterwards, even though it was quite late for me by the time we got home. 

THEN, we all sat together and celebrated husband's birthday with brownies and vanilla ice cream.  Kind of defeats the gym,  but oh well. 

I didn't turn off the lights for sleep until almost midnight!  I had thought about going into work late this morning,  to get more sleep,  but there is a file at work that is closing later this afternoon,   and the file isn't ready yet (because the lender is awful), so I have to go in and work on this, first thing. 

That's one thing I really hate about my job,  how it infringes on my life outside of work. 

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/10/2020:
It sounds like you found the right class for you!! If you leave feeling better than when you walked in...it's a winner!!

Donkey on 03/11/2020:
It's too bad she doesn't have more evening classes that I can attend. In April, though, she's teaching 2 nights, instead of just 1!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/10/2020:
i think a lot of jobs do infringe on your life outside of work...mine does too.

of course, some people are very happy with their jobs and life but many people are continuously pushing for more work-life balance.

you did great last night! happy bday to your hubby!

Donkey on 03/11/2020:
Thank you!

Yes, I guess most jobs do require that you stay late if you have things to finish up.

Mistakes Girl is really good about boundaries. Most times, she's able to leave at 5pm.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/12/2020:
hahhaha...maybe leaving at 5pm = mistakes ;)



Donkey - Sunday Mar 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.5

I did not make it to any yoga this weekend.  It *almost* worked out to go to Yin Yoga at the Fancy Gym tonight, but due to a series of unfortunate events on my husband's part, dinner was delayed, and thus, the 7pm class  just never happened.  So I will keep trying.

One nice development is that the Yoga Studio has started to offer a yoga class that can be chair OR mat, depending on what your need is.  So both my husband and myself could go, with me on the mat and him in a chair.  Even though it's "gentle" yoga - meaning not hard at all - this would be something that we could do together, after hours (unlike Library Chair Yoga, which I have to take a 1.5 hour lunch break) at a place that I really like to be.  So as long as he feels up to it, I would like to try going to this class, this week.  The only problem is, THIS week IS Library Chair Yoga, also on Wednesday.  I'm not sure he would feel like going to both classes, and I know he really likes going to the Library Chair Yoga because one of his Veteran friends from Veterans Chair Yoga goes there too.

That's a lot of yoga classes to keep straight - sorry!  I have:

  • Yoga Studio -  Fast-Slow (Thursdays), Yin (Sundays and Fridays), and Mat-Chair (only as a "together" thing)
  • Fancy Gym Yoga - trying!
  • Library Yin Yoga - 1x or 2x a month, just me
  • Library Chair Yoga - 1x a month w husband
  • Veterans Chair Yoga - 1x a month w husband

I have 5 classes left on my yoga pass ticket.  I'm thinking of getting a montly pass, for unlimited yoga (this is at the studio).  That way, I could take Friday night yoga, Sunday morning yoga, and Wednesday night yoga (the new class I was talking about), along with my Thursday night class and not feel like I have to be sparing of the classes that I take.

Regardless, I do still want to challenge myself with taking yoga classes at the Fancy Gym.  


Today, I said to myself, If I'm going to chuck the scale and not worry about numbers, I might as well go ahead with weight training, because who cares if I gain weight by doing weights?  It won't matter because there's no scale to discourage me on this.

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/08/2020:
So many choices for yoga..how lucky are you!!!!! I agree....forget the scale and do things that you think will be better for you. The scale can be my worst enemy.....and it really is not always a good gauge of health!


bearcountrygg on 03/08/2020:
About your kitty.....maybe when she does use her litter box...don't be in too big of a hurry to clean it out.......that way she will recognize it....also...if she goes on the floor....put it in her litterbox...so that may give her some ideas.

Donkey on 03/10/2020:
Hmm... that's a good idea. Can't do that with #1, of course, but I like the idea.


bearcountrygg on 03/08/2020:
When I moved Sampsons litter boxes yesterday...I didn't clean them out....and i took him over to show him where I moved them too......he showed interest.......and as soon as i walked away...he jumped in one....but when he saw me noticing that.... he jumped back out.....he does like his privacy. lol

Donkey on 03/10/2020:
Ha ha, yes, my cats like their privacy too.

Donkey on 03/10/2020:
Part of the problem we've had with New Kitty and Old Kitty is the lack of respect of box usage. Do not attack your fellow kitty when she is using the box!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/09/2020:
yes, if you are gaining from yoga/weights and it's muscle, that's good!

next, that would be wonderful for you and hubby to work out together! and even if it's gentle, it's exercise and better than being on the couch (because when i'm home, i'm mostly on the couch!)

Donkey on 03/10/2020:
I know what you are saying, but to be honest, I'd rather be thinner, smaller and less bulky, more than anything else. I'm not really into the whole muscle thing.



Donkey - Saturday Mar 07, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.5

So after weighing in today... I do not know what to say.  Up 3.5 pounds.  No major food fits.  No real changes to exercise.  Not happy, not good.

I'm kind of a jumble of thoughts today, but I think that I need to step away from the scale for a while.  Perhaps focus on my yoga journey a little more.  I was still very much out of balance in one-legged positions.  Ever since that client screamed at me at work, I've been struggling with balance.  While I still attend the Thursday night Fast-Slow class, I am not feeling very connected to the yoga experience.  Kind of like "doing it but not really feeling it", if that makes sense.

This coming up Monday is Library Yin Yoga, my favorite class.  I love the instructor, her method, the music she chooses, the readings.  However, I get a very hostile feeling amongst all of the participants.  I think maybe we're all in our little worlds, not really connecting with one another?  It's very odd.

I still have this weekend to try any yoga class at the Fancy Gym.  

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 11.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/07/2020:
Staying away from the scale is how i keep my sanity...( if in fact I still have it...LOL).....The scale often just does not show an accurate picture...there are so many variables....I totally agree...avoid it when you need to. You are lucky in that you have a lot of yoga options to choose from....Just go where you are the happiest.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/09/2020:
that is a weird feeling to get from the participants. if the scale is up, also go by how your clothes fit.

you may have gained also a little muscle, if your clothes fit well still.

otherwise, you will i guess have to watch it until you feel like yourself again in terms of weight. right now, i am sorta in an up phase as well.



Donkey - Wednesday Mar 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.0

 Yesterday ended up being a huge drama,  but in the end (ha ha), my husband was able to completely the lower half of his procedure.

Because my husband's spine is completely fused,  the anesthesiologist would not sedate him at the outpatient office we were at, because he could not intubate if necessary.  So then we tried to get us scheduled into the hospital.  Each step of approval took about 30 minutes.  Is the doctor available? Yes.  Half hour later,  is there a surgical room available? Yes. Half hour later,  will insurance approve the procedure in the hospital?  THREE DAY WAIT FOR APPROVAL.

At this point,  we thought it was not going to happen but my husband opted to try with just a local numbing agent, rather than full blown anesthesia.  And he was able to endure it. 

But seriously,  what should have been 2 hours took half a day.  We came home and ate lunch - I hadn't eaten since dinner the night before and had 2 workouts since my last meal!

I was tired after everything but pushed myself to go to work for 3 hours.   *Daughter did not take me. 

Had Subway sandwiches for dinner,  then I went to the gym for cardio,  since I spent most of the morning sitting and waiting. 

I woke up very tired today,  so I may just ride my bike at home tonight, rather than going to the gym.  I usually take Thursday and Friday off from the gym but I'd like to get to bed earlier tonight. 

Progress as of today: 51.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/05/2020:
I'm glad that it all went thru. sorry for the change of scenery with the procedure changes!

it's good you were at least able to get the appointment done and the procedure finished.

whenever i have a change from the regular day, it also tires me out. it could also be mentally draining.

i'm glad you are keeping up with your activity.

i think i'm partially more tired because i'm trying to be more active and my body is a little unused to it.



Donkey - Tuesday Mar 03, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.0

 So.... I know I said I would take today off,  completely,  but I'm thinking about going in from 2p to 5p.  My daughter would drop me off on her way to class and then pick me up on the way home.   We're just too busy right now,  and I want to be sure that deadlines get met.   Normally,  this would not be an issue,  but Mistakes Girl is just now coming back from being on vacation for 4 days.  So... I'm not sure I can count on her checking my stuff correctly AND her working on catching up on her stuff.  We will see.  A lot will depend on how Husband does with his scopes.

Yesterday was a Hungry Day, where all I wanted to do  was eat.  Thank goodness the Title Company Guy stopped by with a fruit platter.  I had 4 bowls!  To be honest,  it was more stress eating than actual hunger. 

Picked up a new yoga schedule at the gym.  I'm going to try again to attend ONE class this week,  to overcome my fear and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Progress as of today: 51.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/03/2020:
Hope all goes well with the hubby's scope today.....It's a shame that coworkers are so undependable...been there and experienced it firsthand. The hungries have been hitting home here too......and it's carbs!!! Comfort food I guess. Stressful times these days and that usually makes me want to eat. If you want to overcome a fear then it may help to give yourself a pep talk beforehand. It's a free country and you are as entitled to be there as much as any other person.....and besides.....you've done yoga a lot lore than some others so at least you have experience with it.......sometimes when we think we are not worthy...we don't realize that others may be looking up to us......don't let those people or yourself down! You can do it Donk!!!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/03/2020:
i'm glad you are so into this yoga because i'm sure it's having wonderful effects on your body and strength!

also, do what you can, the work will be here for you if you go in today or tomorrow. I'd like to hear what you did and how your hubby did too!


bearcountrygg on 03/03/2020:
How did the hubby do??? Did you go back to work???



Donkey - Sunday Mar 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 135.0

I thought today might be the day that I be brave enough to try yoga at the Fancy Gym.  However,  I was very comfortable working out at home to be prompted to step out.  I used my weights and weight bench this morning.  No yoga at all. 

Son called this morning too,  which was nice.  He is getting transferred this week to a new station to begin training for a new job (Air Force).  So I'm excited for him.  I hope he does well. 

I plan to go to the gym today. The weather outside is supposed to be nice and warmer (50F) so I'm hoping the gym will not be crowded. 

My husband is having a full GI scope on  Tuesday,  so I'm taking the whole day off.  Yes,  we could try to have daughter drive him there and home,  but she needs sleep, since she works 2nd shift and this appointment is early in the morning. 

I could go to work in the afternoon,  but I'd like to spend some time with Daughter.  And frankly,  I need time away from the office. 

Progress as of today: 51.5 lbs lost so far, only 8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 03/01/2020:
It seems like a good time to take the day off anyway...besides...you hubby may be groggy all day.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/02/2020:
The point is you exercised! doesn't matter how, just that you did it!

Good luck to your hubby on Tuesday, he'll appreciate you being by his side!

It's good you are making a good work-life balance Tuesday. Sounds that way to me.


legcramps on 03/02/2020:
Good luck to your husband on Tuesday! And it's very nice to hear that you are taking the whole day off - HoP hit the nail on the head when she said it's a good work-life balance.



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