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Donkey - Saturday Aug 03, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

I've come to the realization that I really need to focus on eating better.  I'm having a hard time getting back on track -- whether that means keto, low carb, portion control --- none of that is happening.  I probably should have weighed in today, to check myself.

 After I posted yesterday morning, I remembered that it was Chair Yoga night - we had totally forgotten!  I went into the yoga sessioin with a more open mind, even though I was still carrying a lot of stress from the workday.  I started with a sour mood, and then caught myself, made the correction in attitude, and gave a concerted effort.  Not to try would only hurt myself.  Mostly, my issue was physical (aches, pains).  I did alright.

Afterwards, husband and I went out to dinner at the local diner.  That is where the eating took a nose-dive.  Reuben sandwich, then buckled and had a slice of sugar-free chocolate cream pie.  Must remind myself, NO MORE PIE. I knew I shouldn't have had it, regretted it afterwards.  So I told my husband to REMIND me not to order it next time.  (I think I did that last month too and he didn't remind me this month - lol.)  Well, I hope that **I** remember.  I don't mean that I regretted the experience, but rather that the pie just isn't that good.  THAT is why I am chastizing myself for having had the slice of pie.

Today will be kind of iffy as to what happens.  I do need to go to the library, I did laundry and it's outside drying.  I took care of my plants and filled the birdfeeders.  I did not take a walk (yet), and I do not know if I will.  

I found another offering of free chair yoga.  One of the public libraries is offering Chair Yoga, once in August and then once in September.  So I signed Husband and I up for August's class.  The "problem" is that it's offered at 2p, so I will be leaving work at 1pm.  I NEED A BREAK.  If he likes the class, I will sign him (us) for the September class too.

This same library is offering a free Yin Yoga class in September, so I signed myself up.  It's at night, so I won't have to take any time off from work. 

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

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2019:
i have been finding some free / low priced yoga options too!

I also am going to take advantage as there's a church right near work with a yoga class at 5:30 which is just perfect as i get out of work at 5pm!! :) i am excited to try it out!

sounds like you are having a good start to the day.!!!

yeah, sometimes eating the pie is just not worth it...

it's the exercise i haven't picked up...eating has been more moderate actually but no weight loss like i usually have in summer bc i have been less active than previous summers.

Donkey on 08/04/2019:
Oh, Church Yoga sounds like fun! If you go, I hope you will write about it, and I hope that it turns out to be a positive experience. (NO PROSELYTIZING!!!)

If my church (with which I'm having a serious conflict with right now -- well, for the past 2 years) offers the Pietra Yoga again, for free, I will try it.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2019:
i love that you will do yoga with hubby. do not regret the decision.

it's ok once in a blue moon to leave work to take care of yourself.

Donkey on 08/04/2019:
Exactly! Because of his disability, we have limited activity we can do together, so I'm starting to make these more of a priority, especially if they are free and conveniently located. And the yoga is good for me, too!

Donkey - Friday Aug 02, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

Had a lovely time with my husband on the realtor boat ride!  Could not have asked for a more beautiful day,  weatherwise.   Afterwards,  I went home instead of going back for an hour (or more).  Exercised,  dinner,  evening walk,  TV, bed.   The birthday cake is gone. 

And now that the cake is finished,  I can go back to focusing on very low carb eating. 

I was a bit resentful yesterday morning,  because it looked like I would have to come back to the office to reconcile a mortgage deadline.  Not fair!  That's one thing I HATE about my job is the time sensitivity.  This aspect is what keeps me chained. 

Fortunately,  this time,  I was able to enlist Associate Attorney's help in getting this covered in the morning, before we all left for the boat trip. 

The boss took those left behind out to lunch to celebrate Mistakes Girl 's birthday.  When he asked me,  I said,  I'd love to but I have to go on this stupid boat ride.  

If I had to go without my husband,  I would not have had a good time. 

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/02/2019:
i'm glad you were able to bring hubby and have a nice boat ride! that's awesome - i'm sure he was having a great time, as well?!

i'm so glad your night was good and i'm so grateful to hear you didn't go back to work, for an hour. !! :)

if i were in your position, i'd also have not gone back to work for sure :)

happy Friday. Happy weekend!!

Donkey on 08/03/2019:
He had a good time too!

Donkey - Thursday Aug 01, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

 Today starts a new month.  I want to make this a really good month for myself.  Especially since July was not so great. 

Had an issue with Associate Attorney and Nice Lady at the end of the day.  She infringes on my files and AA is so  dependent on her that he lets it happen,  and sometimes invites it.  I've mentioned this to him and to my boss:  when Nice Lady gets involved,  I don't know what is going on with my files because she's interfered.   My complaints are heard but nothing changes. 

So after I called them both out on that,  the last thing I wanted to do was to go on some stupid boat ride with them.  That is when I made the decision to go (separately) with my husband,  since I really can't get out of going,  and just enjoy it as an activity with him. 

Then,  I'm going home for the rest of the day to enjoy the late afternoon and evening.  

Tomorrow,  no self-imposed pressure to get through emails, and will make it a point to leave in a timely manner at 5 pm. 

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

Maria7 on 08/01/2019:
Wonderful plan!

BearCountryGG on 08/01/2019:
Work is work...just try to leave it there when you go home......took years of experience to learn that...and i must say..it didn't even click for me totally until years after I retired....just do your best....work within the system and cash thart pay check...LOL Good idea going with hubby!!!!

legcramps on 08/01/2019:
Too bad it came about that way, but i'm glad you ended up making the decision to go with your husband. I'm sure it will end up being a much better experience!

Maria7 on 08/01/2019:
What you are enduring at your work will be a very distant memory one day after you are retired, like BC and me. I have a travel mug that says 'Lighten Up!' that I take around with me sometimes...helps keep everything in perspective... Sending you a hug today...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/01/2019:
YES, go with your hubby and work at your pace and don't kill yourself.

today, when i was walking around lunch, i went into a nearby church and they had a brochure for church yoga...and it takes place after work! i may try to go...! it's year round.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2019:
ty for the info on the book!

Donkey - Wednesday Jul 31, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

The last 2 days at work have just been crazy.  Not crazy busy - although I am busy because we're incredibly short staffed due to various health issues among the staff - but like, insane clients.  I took my walk too late - I should have gone earlier.  I realized this after I started walking, how caught up and stressed out I was by the chaos.  The key is to walk earlier (not at 2:30p) so that I can release the start of tension, and then coast in the afternoon. 

I have not been taking walks in the morning.  Instead, I've been doing the sit-ups and push-ups to get them out of the way.  It's harder, mentally, to do these at the end of the day, when I just want to start relaxing before bed.  

Tomorrow, there is this boat cruise at a nearby lake for realtors.  Our firm has 4 tickets to go, to mingle and meet realtors.  This was before the boss' heart attack.  I thought he and I would go, along with Associate Attorney and, of course, Nice Lady -- where he goes, there she is.  Peas in a pod -- which, frankly, gets annoying at times but whatever.  The boss cannot go, now, because of the heart attack, so now I have to go alone, which I do NOT want to do.  I really dislike doing things as a third wheel with AA and NL; it's like being on someone else's date, and I'm just there.  Plus, I hate these social things. I'm an introvert.  Finally, there will be food and wine - which brings up other issues I have.  Food and stress and social -- not good for Donkey.

So I'm thinking of taking my husband along to use the 4th ticket.  Male Co-Worker will be out of the office (wife had knee replacement surgery) and Mistakes Girl is doing his work and her work.  Boss says someone has to be at the office - we can't close down.  And so if I end up going with my husband, I'm thinking that I will just go home afterwards - on company time.

 Work is hard enough without having to do all this outside social stuff.  BUT if I do go home after the boat thing, then I will have a lot of emails on Friday.  

I just realized that I cannot win in this situation.  Either way, it will not be very pleasant.

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

Maria7 on 07/31/2019:
The boat ride with your Hubby with you sounds like FUN! It might be something you enjoy! That could be a win-win! For both of you!

BearCountryGG on 07/31/2019:
I say...Take the hubby!!!

legcramps on 07/31/2019:
I would definitely take your husband along to use the fourth ticket. Why not?! It will be more enjoyable for you, and the ticket will get used.

Understandably, time away creates more chaos at work; but even though you may return to more emails, you'll have created a balance between work and play that we all need, regardless of what you return to. There will always be work. Will there always be the opportunity to do these things with your husband?

Donkey on 08/01/2019:
This is a good point!

Horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2019:
I agree! Take your hubby! he'll enjoy it and you'll enjoy it more.

Regarding all the emails that you'll return to, maybe give yourself some leeway to catch up to them in 2 days rather than the next day, like, give yourself till the end of the day monday..

i'm an introvert too, so i also do not always enjoy socializing all the time ! lol i know what you mean.

Donkey - Monday Jul 29, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

 Today is Donkey's birthday.   To treat myself,  I took an extra walk at work and had a Diet Coke. 

During my regular walk,  which I thought about cutting short,  I asked myself,  Why am I in such a hurry to get back to work and worry?  Just enjoy the walk, make it a little longer and enjoy it.  

So I did!  And I'm glad I did!  I don't know why I always feel so rushed to do things during the work day.   That's how mistakes are made. 

Having a slice of chocolate ice cream cake until it's gone.  Now it is half way gone.  That's ok!

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

Horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2019:
You sound like you had a wonderful birthday! You make me smile to know you could enjoy a nice walk on your birthday too!

Rushing does cause mistakes. Many times at work i don't need to rush and when i do, def a mistake is made.

Where did you get that cake for your birthday!? did you make it? it's beautifully presented on fb.

take care and i'm really glad that you were able to enjoy your bday to the fullest xo.

Donkey on 07/31/2019:
My cake came from Cold Stone Creamery, but usually they come from Dairy Queen. Thought I'd go for the real ice cream this time - full fat - rather than the ice milk that DQ uses.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/30/2019:
when you get a chance, please let me know the name of the book you are reading, i want to request it at my library :)

Donkey on 07/31/2019:
I should warn you that except for brief spots of insight - especially towards the end - it's a very tedious book. The first half of the book is about him as an architect and the amazing buildings he designed and or built for the Reich. The book is "Inside the Third Reich" by Albert Speer.

The author has his critics, especially when it comes to the Holocaust.

I definitely needed something more positive to read after that. Now I am in the middle of a book about awareness meditation.

Donkey - Sunday Jul 28, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

OK... Today is "feels like 97F" and the AC isn't working.  It works, but it doesn't blow cold air.  Thankfully there is a wonderful breeze and that I have lots of window fans.  I'm also very grateful that after today, the weather will cool down quite nicely for the remainder of the week.  Also, I can take a cool shower any time I want, for relief.  Finally, we have this nice outdoor deck, that I sit outside, except for the next few hours until the sun passes.  It was nice outside this morning.

So on the way home from running errands today, I started to think about my diet.  I lost weight eating low carb.  I have weighed less (i.e UNDER GOAL) eating low carb.  Then I got into this keto diet, with high protein and high fat, very low carb -- which has helped me maintain AT GOAL and gain muslces.  Now that summer is here, I'm eating more fruit, which is a no-no on keto, because of the sugars.  I was hoping that the "really low carb" approach would lean me out -- but it hasn't.  

A few weeks ago, my husband ordered a weight bench for me that has an extension to do leg exercises and an extension to help with curls (for biceps).  Have you ever wanted something, gotten it, and then regretted getting it?

It is a very nice unit - or at least I'm sure it will be once it's put together (yep, still waiting) - but we just do not have the room for it with the rest of the stuff that we have in the basement, and there is no other room I'd want it in.  So I'm thinking of moving the better bike (the one I ride in the evenings, with resistance) to a different location -- and taking a break from this -- so that the bench can be assembled next to my old bike (the one I ride in the mornings).  I'm not sure. 

 Trying to finish the World War 2 book I'm reading so that I can start working on other books I want to read.  It was written by a member of the Third Reich (yes, a Nazi) and I'm kind of like, OK can we end the war already?  I just got past the part where Hitler commits suicide.  It was incredulous to read this:  everyone around him knew he was going to kill himself, talked about it like you would talk to someone about their next vacation.    I suppose if nothing else, I'm coming away from the book feeling that if there is some justice in the afterlife, I hope he's getting his.

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

trishpiglet3 on 07/28/2019:
I love the sense of feeling I can 'see' your surroundings by the way you describe them. You'd make a good author!

Interesting re the Hitler book. I have a friend who has one German parent and one Polish parent; his family owns a brass ornament that Hitler gave to his grandad. I didn't want to touch it because Hitler had touched it... even though I know fascism isn't spread in the same way as germs, I just had this almost-overpowering feeling of 'don't touch the thing that Hitler touched'.

Happy leg-exercising when your thing is made xx

Horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2019:
awwww, i'm getting sad you are having second thoughts about the weight bench. i admit - i used ricky for help in putting mine together LOL. once you have it all set up, i'm SURE you'll feel a bit better about it! with all my weight equip - i also have weight shelving unit - it was a process to get it all put together too - and a waiting process bc i didn't want to do it by myself so i had to also plan to put it together - which meant i couldn't start using the units right away! you'll get there! :)

i'd like to read the book you are reading. can you tell me the name and author so i can request it at the library??

i'm almost done with my book too. it's so sad. i've gotten the chills a few times from it. written by a black author who owns a non-profit law firm to represent individiuals placed on death row who were wrongly placed there, mostly down south, and a lot of the time period is the 80's when black people were facing much, much more racism than even now and the reasons they were being put there were far from legal. it's a true book, non fiction, still of course biased base on the author's retelling of the stories, but, i accept it as factual and it is so sad to read some of these stories.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/29/2019:
the reason i'm reading it is to learn from the past, learn about other's struggles, understand how some of them were made right or helped, and also see how much some people work for what they have in life - as inspiration.

i'd like to read your book just to see how he presents his views as an author and i'd like to take a look at his writing style..

Donkey - Saturday Jul 27, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

What a lovely Saturday!  It's supposed to get really hot and humid today.  I have my laundry out on the deck, baking in the sun.  I took a shorter morning walk today, and I think that's enough.  

I have a small project I want to do, but only thought of after today's walk.  I want to time 5-6 shorter walks to do when my time is budgeted.  This will help especially in the late fall and early winter when daylight is shorter.  I would love to continue to incorporate morning walks before work - ideally before my bike time with coffee & news, but my need for coffee seems to get the better of me.

My focus this weekend is to just relax after a very stressful week at work.

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

Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2019:
Hello J Donk!

Our heatwave has turned to beautiful weather all weekend. Mid 80's and on the lower side. Such a nice change. :)

I think your morning walk is wonderful and enough you you decide that's so. I went to beach yesterday and nobody was pushing the long walk on the beach, so we didn't do it. I'm glad. My ankle isn't worse than it was before and my body is tired from a beach day, but, I slept in and know i can make it thru another week full week of work without any issues! :)

I am a little bit confused about your project. tell us more. I'm thinking that you talking about when time is limited, you want to do at least a short walk, if no walk? That sounds good, if that's what you mean.

Donkey on 07/28/2019:
Sorry - I did not mean to be vague about my walks.

Sometimes, I want to take a walk, but my time is not unlimited. Weekends are usually unlimited, but after dinner or on workday mornings, if I have only 35 minutes before I have to get ready for work, or 45 minutes before my TV show starts and I want to take a walk, it would be helpful to have a route or routes in my neighborhood that I know how long they take - give or take 5 minutes.

The routes I would be taking would vary in distances from my house. Loops I call them. There would be the neighborhood loop, the cornfield loop, the park long loop, the park short loop, the next-door neighborhood loops (Left Loop and Right Loop).

I would be happy to expound on this more if I am still being unclear :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2019:
love the looped walks and timing plan...! great idea. i have done this also obviously - but not as lengthy as your plan. i know how long one 10 min looped walk takes as well as a 30-40 walk loop also. thanks for going into detail, that also breaks the monotony of always doing the same walk.

Donkey - Friday Jul 26, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

The major mistake I made earlier this week will be ok.... I think. Reviewed the file with my boss,  put my cards in the table.  So we'll see.  I did catch myself setting my reminder for this problematic file past another deadline (today), though.  Yikes.... 

Nice Lady was back yesterday, and she kept things pretty much to herself unless someone asked her about her doctor appointments or other issues.  I did not ask,  because I did not want to get sucked back into and feed any more drama.  That is an unfortunate way to be,  but I have to preserve my boundaries. 

Did well with food,  still trying hard with water,  skipped my morning walk because as much as I enjoy it,  I'm doing too much.

I woke up too late this morning to walk,  so I'll just finish up my morning bike ride and move forward with my day. 

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/26/2019:
At least you are starting to be more aware of these mistakes and hopefully figuring out ways to be more preventative going forward! :)

With drama, as is happening in my office right now near me but not with me, the best thing unfortunately is not to talk too much to the drama :) yup.

i'm also needing a lot more water lately!

Sometimes less is more, when you really are listening to your body....

have a wonderful night :)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/26/2019:
the drama by me is that there's a really sensitive person working in the office who happens to also live near me...and it's awkward bc everyone says just normal stuff to her and she keeps coming back at all of us, saying what we are saying is rude or without thought! it's nutz. and now it's important (especialyl for me) to watch what we say and/or not talk as much with her about things not related to work!

Donkey on 07/27/2019:
Yep, a very similar boat. It's sad to cut off connections with other people - and it's not that I don't feel their pain.

Donkey - Thursday Jul 25, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

 I made a couple of comments to previous entries,  but then I realized that your comments triggered some learning points for me that I think deserve a separate entry so that I can refer back to what I've learned. 

Work was so calm yesterday with Nice Lady and The Boss out all day.  I realize that when the work drama increases,  I lose my focus. I lose focus on the job I'm doing,  on my health (mental and physical), family,  everything).

Bear is 100% spot on with her analysis of the "thunder thighs" incident in 7th grade.  While Jim Z.'s comment was devastating,  if I had no connection to him,  he would have ignored me.  Indifference is the opposite of love. 

So it's time to let this go.   Confession:  at times,  I have considered getting surgery to slim out my thighs.   I usually talk myself out of this saying such things are vanity and that self- acceptance is the real answer.  Yet,  this is psychological "weight" I've been carrying around with me... and probably will until I die. 

Part of me rejects any cosmetic surgery on my legs because other than their shape,  they are quite good:  functional,  no veins,  strong,  even skin tone...  Some cellulite but I don't care about that. 

I have been blessed but cannot seem to receive my blessing,  no matter how hard I try. 

Thanks to a comment from Horn about drinking water to combat the urge to stress eat,  I have quickly formulated a plan,  with specific steps,  so that I know exactly what to do in a moment of weakness,  should that happen. 

I got this. 

I appreciate Innerpeace's comments ( and Bear's, too) about work drama.  First,  I know I'm not alone.  Secondly,  I'm willing to bet that my work drama is not nearly as bad as what other work environments offer.  In fact,  I just now rememberedas couple of jobs that were worse.  

So you know what?  I'll take what this job offers - good and bad - and make the best of it.


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

BearCountryGG on 07/25/2019:
Work drama I believe causes everyone to lose focus........sounds like having a coping plan will help....THUMBS UP TO THAT!! That 12 year old boy just liked you.....but as typical of young boys...they show their admiration for girls with teasing.....you are perfect just the way you are, besides...surgery will leave physical scars...and I suspect that old bad memory possibly made you notice or dwell on something you may never have even thought about. People just don't realize how much damage can be caused by a few words......and that boy was just looking for you to notice him.....but he hurt you in the process... he was just a kid that was trying to get attention from a young girl he liked. I'm glad that you see that now...just try to let it go...and laugh about his awkward way of getting your attention....it really wasn't ment to hurt you...it was about getting you to notice him.....

Donkey on 07/26/2019:
That very last sentence: yes. And here we are 36 years later and I still remember him. I should do a Facebook search and see if he's gained any weight.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/26/2019:
Bear had good insight regarding that boy when you were younger.

Your legs sound strong and beautiful. I have a coworker who has very strong and thick legs. (same coworker that forgives people so easily and never lets an argument linger ever). she just naturally has a TON of muscle, from growing up doing lots of yardwork also, but her legs are THICK. but, the thickness is muscle not really fat. so her legs look NICE when she shows them off. Her calves are thick but they match with the rest of her legs, so men like it because it's proportional.

legs. your legs sound good. after all the work you do to train them, you may as well show them off...even with any imperfections.

i have been reaching for my water a LOT lately also at work.

i thought it's matter of fact what you wrote at the end. sounds like a fine plan. you've been around to know that all workplaces have their drama.

Donkey on 07/26/2019:
My daughter says that thick legs are in style now, lol.

I've been trying to build up (a little) my upper half to get things proportional. I can't get my shoulder muscles to *pop* out, for a nice muscle cut. But I'll keep trying.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/26/2019:
thicker legs (muscular legs, athletic legs, being fit) is def in style over tooo skinny.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/26/2019:
weightlifting will def keep your proportions in check. i have changed my own proportions over time as you know.

Donkey - Wednesday Jul 24, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 136.0

 So I made another huge mistake at work...  missed a deadline.  The boss had already gone home (early), so I talked to Male Co-Worker, who confirmed my instinct of what to do next. 

Finally told Nice Lady - after a week of her talking about her problem - that telling off a certain someone would only be a waste of her time and energy and would not bring a reconciliation to her problem, as "someone" and problem are 2 separate, unrelated things.  

(Mistakes Girl later told me that she was cheering me in from my desk.)  

I think Nice Lady got my message,  but then she started crying at her desk to Associate Attorney (with whom she's been with for over 10 years).  

You know,  I'm just DONE with all this drama!!!  It's getting in the way of being able to work correctly!!!  I think that's why I'm making more of these mistakes now.  

And the boss is out all day because his wife is having a heart procedure this afternoon,  too.

I'm so frustrated --- all I want to do is eat.  A lot. Of something. 

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

innerpeace on 07/24/2019:
Drama at work - reading it I love your names for every one - I do that at work too - it entertains me. Living it - Oh my, I can definitely understand the frustration and being ill at ease. I bet that makes for a very long day. I hope you have or can find time to relax....and not eat all the food.

Donkey on 07/24/2019:
Today was much better, low on the drama

BearCountryGG on 07/24/2019:
I commented on your post from yesterday about the rude boy.....but on with todays post......probably time for a nose to the grindstone time at work....and they can take their drama to their mama.......that type of atmosphere at work causes everyone stress...and may have contributed to the bosses and his wifes tension, hense heart problems........sounds like yoiu work with a big bunch of whiners....who bring their home problems to work with them...somewhere along the way that office must have encouraged that........sounds to me like they all just need therapists to talk to ( and mama).....and they need to just go to work and work......maybe if you just keep working when they want to whine to you will give them the message that you don't have time for their problems.....I had a similar problem at my last office job....a nineteen year old whiner went to our boss with a complaint about me expecting too much from her......they were in an office talking...and called me in....when my boss told me that teenager said I was expecting too much of her...I tolsd them both that we get paid to wor...and we leave our personal problems at the door when we come into this office......my boss agereed...and teenager said i didn't understand her homelife....I repeated what I had said earlier...the boss once again nodded in agreement.....and we all left.....the truth of the matter is that employees get paid to work...not whine.....Ifeel for you having to deal with that .....it's tough to listen too......I just got so that i stopped listening and kept working...they soon found that I was not a good person to whine too.....it's hard...but it can be done.

Donkey on 07/24/2019:
Thank you! I'm still letting your suggestion sink in, because I think you're 100% right.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/24/2019:
I totally agree with BCGG ! and InnerP!

try to let the drama bounce off you. do not let that drama into your personal work space (your desk). these folks you work with DO sound DRAMATIC. with the crying and everything else. plus the fact they've worked together 10 years...

you just do your stuff. you can maybe put reminders in your email or phone for deadlines. you be you. stay strong.

also, if you are getting hungry...try to drink more during the day and i also suggest more volume in your lunch. make sure to bring snacks - 14-16 almonds is 100 cals...an apple with tea...take your breaks...

Donkey on 07/25/2019:
It's not hunger; it's stress eating cravings. Although... you do have a good point because I have been drinking less water lately. I didn't make the connection until you pointed that out. Now I have a plan on what to do that won't cost me calories. Thanks!!!

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