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Donkey - Sunday Feb 16, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

 I wanted to clarify that I don't write here for comments,  per se, unless of course,  I specifically ask for feedback,  reality check, opinions,  etc.  Please don't think that my comment yesterday about weekend posting was attention seeking.  I love reading feedback on my diary,  and I love to read about what you're doing too.  It's just harder for me to comment in other diaries during the week, which makes me feel somewhat disconnected from the group here. 

I wanted to mention that what helped me get through this week,  emotionally,  was to think of at least one thing I could look forward to after work, whether it was a warm dinner,  a small piece of chocolate,  a tv show,  a yoga session...   Now I can add treats to be had at the Fancy Gym, such as hot tub, sauna, etc.  This really helped me get through days that would otherwise seem grim and depressing. 

I made it to the Fancy Gym last night!  That is a great time to go!  Not crowded at all.  The only thing was that I couldn't partake in some of the water things (hot tub, e.g.) because husband didn't pack a bag.  He's not sure he has swim trunks that fit him.  So he will try on the 2 pairs we have today.  And today,  my daughter is coming along,  and she will want to do the hot tub and sauna.

I stuck to familiar cardio machines last night.   30 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes rowing.  I do free weights at home,  right now,  but I will eventually gravitate to the eight machines at the FG (Fancy Gym).  And of course they are supposed to have *amazing* yoga classes there!

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 02/16/2020:
I do admit to felt less connected this week because hardly anyone was posting lol ;)

Anyways, I’m proud of you for making it to the FG. I do miss my gym days - perhaps I’ll go back at a different point in the future when it works out better with my commute :-)

bearcountrygg on 02/16/2020:
It's necessary for all of us to have some fun...whatever that may be for each of us......I picked up some spa type face masks a while back and had been forgetting about them......during a quiet time the other day...i put one on...laid down...and read for the 30 minutes that it said to leave it on...and it was wonderful...i don't know if it actually did anything for my skin....but it was a nice pampering 30 minutes.

bearcountrygg on 02/16/2020:
That would be a fun thing for you and your daughter to do together!

legcramps on 02/18/2020:
It really sounds like Fancy Gym is a pretty great place. It's nice to find a new challenge from time to time as well; maybe FG will help you in your yoga practice, or maybe it will open up another different and exciting challenge for you! A gym with a hot tub and sauna would be so amazing! Enjoy it!

Donkey - Saturday Feb 15, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

I'm not writing as much.  During the week,  I have no time.   During the weekend,  no one comments. 

It's been a very difficult week, both at work and personally, so I didn't eat as much.  I've also made small changes to my exercising to make it a little more challenging.   Working out is now a priority in my life, every day. 

I'm hoping to have the time  and courage to go to the Fancy Gym for a first- time workout.   It would be just me and Mr. Donkey, since the daughter has to work. 

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/15/2020:
I've found the slow weekend presence here in the past too.......people get busy and I just tried to keep moving along anyway....sometimes posters catch up...and sometimes not.....but It all helped me clarify things for myself...even if I was the only one posting....writing things out just causes so many aha moments for me. I also have shifted gears.....and your boost in exercise time sounds like a sound plan. I hope next week gets better for you. Don't forget to do things that make you happy!!!

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2020:
I’m happy to hear you are prioritizing exercise. That is one thing I am continuously trying to make more of a priority again. I’m taking a class now and even though I’m not the one teaching it, it left me mentally drained enough to not be productive the rest of the day.

Anyways, I’m sorry also that I don’t comment as much during the week as at work I do go online and find it simpler to catch up with everyone during the week ;)

horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2020:
Thank you for your comments today :) let us know if you make it to the fancy gym!

Donkey - Sunday Feb 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

I am not afraid of change....  Today I will be open to whatever opportunities the day offers...  I am  not afraid of change... 

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2020:
We are always here to listen :) and offer some opinions ;) haha

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/12/2020:
How are you, Mrs. Donk?!

innerpeace on 02/13/2020:
Hope you are OK.

Donkey - Saturday Feb 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

Remembered to weigh in this morning,  no change in weight.   Discouraged.  

The family joined a Fancy Gym, because, long story short,  it was cheaper for all of us to join than just my daughter.  The problem is that I seldom go that direction any more because the traffic is so bad.

In fact, Husband and I were supposed to go there last night,  but I wouldn't drive through the construction that was between where we were and where the Gym is.  (These rigid rules I have are a symptom of unresolved PTSD.)

So maybe I'll get my membership activated over the weekend.  I would be totally against this gym, except that the word around town is that they have great yoga classes.  But what good is that if I never go?  DUH

The boss comes back from vacation this week.  I hope he comes back ready to work.  That's doubtful, but maybe I'm wrong.  My husband suggested I give him some time to adjust, and I will.  I've changed my approach to my workload too,  so I hope the boss can adjust to me,  as I will with him. 

Depending on how the boss picks up (or not) upon his return may help me make decisions about how much longer I work at this job. 

I'm considering making a total career change,  if I make a move. 

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2020:
What is the career change you are considering?

Also, that's wonderful the whole family joined the gym! awesome!!! I hope you make it there, soon. that would be awesome to take (free)? yoga classes once you are a gym member?

Donkey - Monday Feb 03, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

I went to the doctor's this morning for a physical.  Last year,  I weighed 132. This year I weighed 142... I guess.  

So she turned to me and says, "You've gained 10 pounds over the year.  Why do you think this happened?"

Nothing like a kick in the head when you're down...

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 02/04/2020:
That sure was rude.......in the whole scheme of things 10 pounds is nothing....in fact back in the day..WW wouldn't even let someone join if they only needed to lose 10.....i remember when my 83 year old Dad went to the dr and the dr told him to lose 7 pounds.......Sounds to me like that was the only thing she could pick on you for.....sad.

innerpeace on 02/04/2020:
That in itself is why I don't go.

legcramps on 02/04/2020:
Don't let it bother you...health professionals do not always have the best bedside manner - they are very matter-of-fact due to the nature of their work. Let them tick their boxes and you go on living your best life - which doesn't have to be one that is weighed and measured.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/04/2020:
i was reading a book about it just being a scheme that gaining weight leads to physical problems / health issues if you are within normal weight category. i was reading that book - written by a "fat" girl. i forget the name of it right now.

i do think the drs statement was sorta dumb in that it's an obvious answer!

you may have more muscle now. it could be due to many things. but don't let the office visit throw you for a total loop. remember to be creative with your meals and eating.

Maria7 on 02/05/2020:
Sometimes being a little heavier than we would like to be can be beneficial...as in a healthier immune system is what I think.

happy-1 on 02/06/2020:
Tell her it's because she's slacking off and needs to do every test and scan your insurance will pay for and give you a list and a referral for the ones that they won't.

Donkey - Sunday Feb 02, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 So after I posted yesterday morning, I had a breakdown and cried for about an hour.  Then, I sank into a depression for the rest of the day.  I still managed to drop off recycling and take husband to the library.

I did yoga at home last night.  It helped a little.

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Duaa123. on 02/03/2020:
Yoga is nice for reliving ourselves , nice activity try to do it at nature

bearcountrygg on 02/03/2020:
Hoping that you are feeling better now....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/03/2020:
I'm glad the yoga helped. what's wrong? is something in particular bothering you?

legcramps on 02/03/2020:
I hope you are doing better today. Hugs.

Maria7 on 02/03/2020:
Hoping you are feeling better today. Just realize you are surely not alone in your struggles and know that we all care about you a lot.

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:

Donkey - Saturday Feb 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

I completely forgot to weigh in this morning.  Missed a good opportunity to start the  month with a weigh-in, and end the month with a weigh-in, since the last day of February (this year) is on a Saturday.  Well, I'm not going to let my forgetfulness stop me this month from measuring progress.  I'll just go into February with my last weigh-in and pick up from there.  Ooo, let's see what I can do in 29 days!

I went to Yin Yoga at the studio last night.  (This was the Friday evening class that I had suggested to the stuido owner, and then could not attend the last 3 Fridays.)  Oh how wonderful!  I was so stressed from this workweek, and I didn't even think I was still stressed when I got home, until after this class, and then I realized how much better I felt.  

There are no yoga classes at the studio today because the teacher with anxiety taught on Facebook live.  I did not participate (because I arrived late) but I would definitely NOT PAY for her online classes.  So I'm glad that I found this out for free.  


Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/03/2020:
you know, you inspire me with your yoga as it's so good for the body to move in all those positions that we lose (our flexibility)when we are older. i KNOW i have some changes to make, still thinking about them.

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:

Donkey - Friday Jan 31, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 Yoga last night was wonderful!  It felt so good to be back!  My daughter went with me,  and she confirmed that the fast part is definitely challenging.  

However,  it looks like the teacher with the anxiety issues may not be back, at least for a while.  She is holding online classes instead.  Well,  if I'm going to pay,  it's going to be for a live class.  She's good but there are a lot of very good free yoga videos in YouTube that would work just fine. 

I'm so glad today is Friday.  Just need to get away from work. 

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/31/2020:
totally agree with you about the online classes....

i like how that yoga studio by you online shows a donation class of $5-$15...that's honorable.

today my back is stiff like you say yours sometimes gets. ahhh, the desk job!

i keep saying "soon i'll do more cardio and be more active,"....i totally feel myself getting rigid but at the same time i do little things to help myself...may have to change up my routine and thinking about my activities differently, soon.

legcramps on 01/31/2020:
Glad you made it back to yoga!

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
You are definitely Donkey... Hard working, steadfast, determined, and enduring.

Donkey - Thursday Jan 30, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 My neck feels 99%.  I only feel a little soreness in my sinuses.  I still may not be able to attend yoga tonight,  though,  if TOM doesn't cooperate.  *sigh*  It's always something...

The extra computer in my office space is getting moved today.  Queen Bee popped in yesterday,  very briefly.  It was nice that she stopped to say a "hi-bye" to me. 

No attorney at work today,  as the Boss is still on vacation and Associate Attorney is taking the afternoon off to take care of his mom.  Okay....  I had hoped to go with my own husband to his consultation with a new GI doctor this afternoon,  but with AA out of the office,  and being as busy as we are,  I should stay at work.  Not happy about that,  but if I take the time off,  I would not be able to leave at 5 pm to attend yoga. 

So all of that PLUS my daughter wants to have a serious conversation with me this morning,  before she goes to class.   She's considering enlisting...  the deal was that she needed to keep both of us in the loop.  So today,  it's my turn to get caught up with her and her intentions. 

I feel my work-life balance slipping away quickly....

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/30/2020:
Smart of your daughter to join something that is long-term or has future benefits. I do support that. I hope you continue to feel better - the weekend is almost here! :)

Donkey on 01/31/2020:

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:
I wish I had enlisted.

Donkey - Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 Cramps woke me up.  Struggled to remember what day it is.  Imagine my disappointment when I realized it wasn't Friday. 

Had a "fig fit" last night,  kind of giving in to hormonal cravings,  and finished up the last 15 or so figs.  We're done with figs.  I don't feel any ill effects from eating the figs this morning. 

My neck continues to improve.  I believe I'll be ready for yoga on Thursday.  I also want to try the Friday evening class.  No classes offered on Saturday.

Yesterday, I took an abbreviated walk at lunchtime,  just walking up and down the block,  in the street (not taking any chances with icy sidewalks any more!).  It's a quiet street,  but I feel kind of weird. Lame.

I've even looked around for lunchtime yoga classes.  Nothing. 

MORNING EDIT:  I didn't want to talk about work drama but here I am. 

Business has been picking up,  and there's been whispers about Queen Bee coming back to the office.  Maybe not full time, but still.  I have an extra computer in my office area that I use as  an email backup.  It has been said that if Queen Bee comes back,  she would use that computer. 

So yesterday,  I made some moves to see if I could get that computer moved to Mortgage Guy in the office across the hall;  he needs a computer with Windows 10.  I said,  This needs to happen ASAP.

Progress as of today: 48.5 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2020:
Are they figs or dates.....because D has been on a date kick lately..but he only eats 2 or 3 a day...and they haven't hurt his glucose level so far.

Donkey on 01/29/2020:
Sorry!! Dates!!!

bearcountrygg on 01/29/2020:
OH man...yup...get that thing out of there.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/29/2020:
yes, good idea moving that computer OUT fast!

It's good your neck is continuously getting better :) I think walking in the street and being careful is better than falling again on the sidewalk, i'd prob have done the same thing as you! I have heard about storms in the Chicago area. NYC has only had rain this month!

legcramps on 01/29/2020:
Yep, get rid of that computer!!

happy-1 on 02/07/2020:

Heck I'd take it apart myself and put it in the copy room in the meantime.

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