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Donkey - Thursday Jan 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.5

Head cold is hanging on!  Each day feels a little better,  although I'm back to sneezing today, it would seem.  I feel up up hard yoga tonight. 

I'm beginning to think that my feelings about the hard yoga class have more to do with the teacher than the yoga.  If there were others in the class besides me,  that might help a lot.  (So it might not be the teacher after all.)

I did not do weights last night, to keep up with my 2020 goal of 2x a week, because my shoulder is hurting.  Strain or arthritis,  I'm thinking.  Yoga has shown me that I'm very tight in the shoulders.  Not a lot of flexibility there.  Perhaps I can YouTube some helpful stretches today at work. 

One thing I am extremely proud of accomplishing already this year is FINALLY clearing out my pantry last night.  Threw away everything expired, put together a small bag of food that can be donated.  This was a HUGE step for me. 

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/09/2020:
Great job organizing your pantry! :) Even though i organized not too long ago, my closets will need another cleaning this year LOL...makes sense i guess, to clean at LEAST once a year!

Also good job sticking to your yoga goal. One of my goals is to get up on time or just change the time i do get up in the morning - either way, lots of wasted time occurs and some of it can be eliminated :)

my mom used to or maybe still does do shoulder stretches since she had a chip of bone come off her shoulder and it was very painful...she had to do some physical therapy for it and was doing it at home, i'm not sure if she still is.

Donkey on 01/11/2020:
Yes, I've decided to do theraputic exercises at home. Wall push-ups were recommended. Also, one of the shoulder exercises I'm doing with weights isn't good for sore shoulders, so no more of that exercise for a while. (Weights over the head)

legcramps on 01/09/2020:
Try these:


Dr. John Rusin is very knowledgeable in the fitness industry!

Donkey on 01/11/2020:
Thank you - I have this site open on another window tab, so I'll check it out when I'm done on DD. I did a YouTube search at work and got some good tips, but I appreciate you sending me this link!

bearcountrygg on 01/09/2020:
Hope you are feeling better......You throw out expired food and I make myself eat it as punishment I guess...LOL

Donkey on 01/11/2020:
Well, I feel like 4+ years is too expired. There's expired, and then there's EXPIRED. I confess that I kept a box of unopened cereal that expires this month, and a can or 2 that has passed only a couple of months (November-ish).

Donkey - Wednesday Jan 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.5

I've been struggling to get over this cold or sinus infection, whatever it is.  The symptoms are manageable but the fatigue is just incredible.  I went to bed last night at 8p and still had a very hard time getting up late at 6a.

Library Yin Yoga on Monday night was wonderful!  I wish I could attend the daytime classes she offers.  In March,  I will leave work early so that I can go to her 5p session.   (Her classes tend to be irregularly scheduled. )

This really is my favorite yoga class!

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/08/2020:
Hope you feel better soon...there is so many sick right now...it seems like everyone in the store was coughing the other day.

legcramps on 01/08/2020:
Feel better soon! I think I am starting to come down with a head cold as well.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/08/2020:
How nice you are back to yoga.

If i could relate to you - i'll just say i have been sleeping TONS this winter and with it being dark in the mornings, I am also struggling to get up - AND I'M NOT SICK.

it's true to get over your cold you will need rest. Well, that's my opinion.

happy-1 on 01/08/2020:
Glad you are back to yoga. It's OK to just rest. I'm loving "The Moth" podcast for filler noise and stress reduction.

Donkey - Sunday Jan 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.5

Hanging in there, and feeling OK about it.  My cold seems to have plateaued, so this is probably the worst it will get, which is just a little congestion, and the occassional cough.  It seems unlikely that this will develop into a serious cough or chest congestion.  I opted to watch football playoffs (of which I have zero interest in) instead of riding my bike or walking on the treadmill.  So while it wasn't a nap or sleep, it was more rest than what I would normally allow.

Yesterday, husband and I went to pick up a yoga mat someone was selling on Marketplace.  It was new and about 50% off of what Amazon charges.  Then we went to the store for some personal care items that I really needed, mainly moisterizers and hair conditioner - essential in these harsh midwest winters.  I felt quite pampered.  The new yoga mat is thinner and will help me with fast yoga.  I still plan to use my thicker mat that I have, for Yin yoga, for extra cushioning on all the floor poses.

I would like to get my hair cut today, too.  I'd like to keep it long, but I need the ends trimmed up and evened out.  I'm not quite ready to color my hair again, but at the store, I did choose a beautiful warm dark brown color for when I am ready for a change.  I'm working my way into accepting and embracing the gray.  If I were fully gray, like Bear, then that would be OK.  But I have just these spots that are gray, which, in my opinion, does not look as nice.

EDIT:  Oh I forgot to mention that Associate Attorney posted on Facebook that his daughter does NOT have cancer - she had a virus - and that she came home from the hospital last night.  And of course, now that his adult children are leaving go to back to their respective homes (California, Iowa, Ireland), he can get back to the office and actually do some work.

 EVENING EDIT:   Got a lot done today:

  1. Made jellied cranberries. 
  2. Baked eggplant. 
  3. Did weights (triceps and back)
  4. Washed sheets and most towels.  Son's room and bathroom are back in order.
  5. Got my haircut.  It's still long and straight,  but now it's even and the dried ends are gone.  Looks much healthier. 

Now I'm cuddling with Sick Kitty, and I will be in bed at 9p.

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/05/2020:
I'm glad to hear that your coworkers daughter is okay and able to come home....now he can go back to work...no more excuses. My gray started here and there..especially around my face...and I colored it for a few years but finally gave up on that when it seemed like i almost always had a gray strip across the top of my head......LOL......I just let it grow out and kept cutting it until it was just all gray.....I have to admit...it took a few years....good deal on the yoga mat!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2020:
great find again on yoga marketplace! did you end up getting the haircut?

glad your coworker's daughter isn't sick.

seems in the Winter rest is more important than in the warmer months.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/06/2020:
I'm glad you made your cranberries and caught up with tasks at home! Nice to hear you did some weights, me too!

happy-1 on 01/06/2020:
Hugs, I feel you on cuddling sick kitty.

Donkey - Saturday Jan 04, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.5

Oh this year has started off with a struggle.  Still not getting enough sleep (6 hours or less).  The problem is that I cuddle with Sick Kitty on the couch for an hour, because she loves that, and that delays getting ready for bed for an hour.  She doesn't like coming to bed with me, so that's not an option.  I thought about bringing her down into the basement on nights that I workout after dinner, but that's not the same as cuddling... although she does like to be with us.

Woke up late, got started very late with everything.  I'm feeling this "cold" in my throat and sinuses.  At least it's not the flu.  I opted out of Warm Slow Yoga this morning, even though I really wanted to go, because of germs, the need for rest, and the lack of time to get ready.  I am planning to miss tomorrow morning's yoga at the studio as well.  

Monday night is Library Yin Yoga, which I especially like!  This is the one with the yogini (teacher) who had weight loss surgery and used yoga as her physical activity.  She keeps it real, and it's a nice small group. 

Yesterday at work was a minefield.  Not only was every file I touched in dire straights, but also, Associate Attorney said that his 19 year old daughter, home from college for the winter break, might have cancer.  This would be awful, of course, except that there were just too many holes in his story to make me fully believe him.  His main concern was that he had to leave the office ASAP so that he could be at the hospital when the doctor came to talk them in the afternoon.  "Do you have an appointment?"  No, it's whenever they come around.  Later, I find out that he met up with his 3 adult children, who leave to go back home on Sunday, probably for lunch or something, before heading over to the hospital at around 3:45p.  Hmm...  So what happened to being at the hospital ASAP to speak with the doctor?

And then he seemed very surprised when I mentioned to him to call the Boss over the weekend (the Boss is in Florida until Feb. 15th) to let him know what's going on.  Like, "Oh, Boss knows about this?"  Well, YES, because if you're going to be out of the office to be with your daughter, we need to find an attorney that will actually BE here to cover closings.

I told husband at dinner that I cannot have 1.5 more months like the last 2 days have been.

I've done well with my reading goals, but finding the time to meditate - or to start meditating - has been difficult.  Remember the Difficult Yoga Studio I went to back in September?  (See Donkey's Yoga Disaster)  They are offering a meditation series on Sunday evenings.  5 sessions, 1-1.5 hours, for $120.  That seems a bit expensive to me.  Maybe not, for one's time.  Sunday evenings (late afternoons) though are not the best time for me.  Not sure.  I've got time to think about doing this if that's what I want.

Weight-loss goal is not going so well, either as it looks like I gained half a pound.  WTHeck...  When TOM is here, it's just complete chaos until I can have my own body back.

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/04/2020:
It is sad to think that the coworker would use such a serious health issue of his child in such a flip way...hopefully she doesn't have cancer and I suspect he is realizing now that he shouldn't have tossed that out there in such a careless way. It does sound like he was just trying to get away from work. Hopefully the yoga will work out when it's right for you...no fun being sick and exercising anyway.

Donkey on 01/05/2020:
I found out this morning that his daughter had a virus and is out of the hospital. Whatever.

Turns out that some of the yoga instructors are getting sick, so I'm really glad to be staying home this weekend. I do not think I will get any sicker than I am right now, this time around, and this is completely manageable.

I still want my own body back from TOM though, and I should feel more myself on Monday. Oh great, just in time to go back to work.

happy-1 on 01/05/2020:
It's ok to take a break from yoga till you feel better. Do it at home.

Donkey on 01/05/2020:
Yes, I hope to do a session with the phone app today. However, last night, I had fun just doing a few poses. Not a routine - no flow, but just trying out different things.

happy-1 on 01/05/2020:
And if you are struggling with sleep it is going to make it harder to fight colds. You might need to get more early morning light instead of riding your bike in the basement... And also build up more sleep drive by walking and changing up your exercise patterns.

Donkey on 01/05/2020:
YES on ALL of this! I've been wanting to do more walking, but just can't seem to get my butt up to do so. Not sure what that's all about.

But doing more walking would definitely be a welcomed change.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/05/2020:
With work, rememember not to get too caught up with lives of your coworkers and to take your life first and foremost as most important to you - not that you aren't, but, try not to stress over what is going on or what coworkers are saying and doing. i guess male coworker had quite a few agendas.

I find myself sleeping tons also on the weekend. i do think that your extra sleep will have you feeling better sooner than anything else will.

plus, your upcoming yoga on Monday sounds wonderful

Donkey - Friday Jan 03, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Having a hard time getting enough sleep,  which is interfering with working on all my other goals!  In fact,  I'm writing now, on my phone,  because this may be the only chance I get today!

I've been fighting something for about 2 weeks, which I'm sure is not helping.  I had a breakout of painful sores on my lips last week.  The sores are mostly gone, but now I'm battling a sore throat.  I wake up congested,  which is part of the problem. AND - There are people around me who have family members with contagious flu!  

It was good to get back into the studio for Vin-Yin yoga.  It is very much the same vigorous yoga at the beginning,  but then it transitions into the slower,  Yin yoga.  I felt invigorated and yet relaxed, at the same time,  if that's possible. 

Tonight is Veterans Chair Yoga with the husband.  Looking forward to this a lot. 

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/03/2020:
Hope it isn't the flu...I hear it's a rough one this year. Could the sores have been cold sores or fever blisters? Good news about the yoga...question....do you use your own yoga mat? And a caution...rolling yoga mats puts the side to the floor onto the side you are using...and while there aren't a lot of ways to carry them...I believe there is a way to spray disinfect them.....just a thought...hope you feel better soon.

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
It's not flu - this feels like a sinus infection or cold.

Lately, I've been using the studio's mats, because they are thinner and provide a better balance for one-legged poses. Good point that this could be a source of germs. I'm working on getting a thinner mat.

The sores were cold sores. See, that's what I get for kissing Danny Witten when I was 8. They usually flare up right around TOM. The sores are gone, TOM is here this week. It's usually not this many sores though. This was a particularly bad breakout.

innerpeace on 01/03/2020:
Yikes! I hope you get better soon and avoid the flu. Enjoy the yoga.

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
I think I need to be more vigilant about germs, until I get over this bug.

I'm staying home as much as I can this weekend.

legcramps on 01/03/2020:
The flu has been rough around here lately too, lots of people sick with it right before Christmas. I was so lucky to sneak by unscathed! Feel better soon!

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
Thank you - this is a throat thing today. Lots of hot tea and rest :-)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/03/2020:
Chair yoga sounds like "da bomb!"....i would have liked to do it as a group at therapy, ah well, they never offered it even though i asked since they mentioned it.

in fact, all of your yoga sounds incredible. maybe one day...i'll be doing yoga :)

i hope you can work thru into feeling better xoxo and to getting more sleep this weekend! :)

happy-1 on 01/03/2020:
I have a gripper towel I put over the studio mats that can be folded so you never have to touch anything that touched floor.

happy-1 on 01/03/2020:
Or you can take a little tea tree oil and dilute it with water and a spray bottle so you can spray your mat down prior to using it.

Donkey on 01/04/2020:
That's what the studio has to clean the mats, which I use after I use them. However, it's probably better (for me) to use the tea tree oil BEFORE using them.

Donkey - Thursday Jan 02, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Son left this morning to go back to Texas and has left a sadness behind. 

The hard yoga class has been changed to fast- slow "vin-yin" style.  I'm checking the new format.

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/02/2020:
Change is hard......when will he be able to come back home again?

Maria7 on 01/02/2020:
You have a lot of good goals. As for Son, he will be all right. I know it hurts to see him leave and wonder if he will be happy and all right. But he will and he will make new friends, too. Who said it was easy being a Mama and not worrying about them (even after they are grown???)?

happy-1 on 01/02/2020:

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/03/2020:
so you must be happy with a slow yoga class in place, you will be comfortable doing it :)

Donkey - Wednesday Jan 01, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

Happy New Year 2020, everyone! 

I have not been as pro-active as I might have been this morning.  Slept in, because I stayed up too late, and haven't done anything too ambitious so far.  If I may be frank, the sadness that my son will be leaving tomorrow morning is starting to creep up.  It's odd - I can almost feel this sadness in my shoulders.  BUT I do not want our last hours together to be sad, so we'll just enjoy the time that we do have remaining.

I weighed in this morning, and I do not believe the numbers I saw - have to weigh in 3 times, you know.  Each time the number was different, but they averaged out to be 137 (137, 138, 136 - go figure!), so that's what I'll go with.  I sure felt a lot heavier than that, from the carbs that I had last night.  Maybe this scale is finally dying, I don't know.  I did not have the time to weigh in on the better scale (the Ironman scale that weighs to the 0.2 and measures body fat %).  I wish I had done so.

As promised, I will share my goals for 2020 - but this morning, I was watching a video on a yoga group that someone shared, who said that setting intentions is better than setting goals, because so many times, we set unrealistic goals for ourselves.  Well that's just great - why wasn't this video available a week ago????

My theme this year is CHANGE.  Making changes, not being afraid to make changes, embracing the opportunity to change as a chance to grow, learn, improve, experience more in life.

Changes to improve habits

  • Read more - at least 10 minutes a day
  • Use my water pik at night - let's try to do this every day

Changes to nuture myself:

  • More sleep - at least 7 hours.  I need to make sleep a priorty in my life.
  • Meditation habit - I can spend 5-10 minutes a day.  However, a lot of yoga studios in my area also offer (free) meditation sessions, and so I will be on the lookout for these and sign up!

Changes to my health:

  • Lose 10 pounds - After a year of maintenance, it feels that this is the right time to do this.  I would like to do with eating less, and eating more plant-based.meals.  Having said this, I am reverting back to my "low carb" approach that I have used to lose the initial weight.  I'm not saying vegetarian, but rather, choosing more fruits and vegetables over anything else.
  • Weight train 2x a week - I want to SEE physical changes, so I have to DO physical things to make those changes happen.  And I have a wonderful weight bench that my husband and daughter got for me that is not used nearly enough.

Changes to my yoga practice:

  • Attend a class (free or at the studio, preferrably, presuming I can afford to) 3x a week:  Yin, Slow, and Fast/Slow classes are on my studio list, but additional free classes, like Chair Yoga and Library Yoga, are welcomed as well.  Ideally, I would like the free classes to be in addition to my 3x a week goal, but that may not be realistic.  So I'll just keep an open heart about it and see how it goes.
  • Work on improving achieving and holding 3 poses (tree, warrior 3, and plank) for 1 minute each.  The tree and warrior poses require standing on one foot, so that's working up to 1 minute on the left foot, and then 1 minute on the right foot.  
  • Practice yoga at home - if I can do this at least 2x a week, I've honored my intention

It's an ambitious plan, but it's more about doing better for myself, which in turn, will help be a better person to everyone around me. 

Progress as of today: 49.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/01/2020:
You can do this...it all looks very do-able! You have been very lucky having your son home twice during the holidays....You seem so in tune with the yoga and the meditation just adds another dimension in the calming direction...there are some good meditation you tube channels...can' t beat the price!!!

Innerpeace on 01/01/2020:
I love my waterpik, so does my dentist. I admire your yoga practice. I would like to be so committed to something.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/02/2020:
I slept in also on New Years Day! I would say, it's a nice day to sleep in because we have off and can still be productive during other parts of the day!

I really love your goals. They all sound so healthy. Your yoga goals are simply amazing, 3x a week, and i know you can pull it off as the sessions do't have to be that long at home - how long at home would you practice for in a session?

You inspire me to try harder and reach further in my goals. I hope to cook even more, maybe this year i will finally cook fish and meat and chicken and buy less pre-made in that category.

So i see your goals are health / happiness oriented. Thank you for sharing that goals do not have to be career oriented or just for learning purposes. i needed to see that i'm not the only one that enjoys the more "basic" nurturing things in life, if you know what i mean.

sometimes i feel like everyone around me is so technologically orientated...

i have a goal to start being more active cardiovascularly...at least on my exercise bike. i have actually sort of fallen off the wagon in terms of cardio. and my weights ...are easy to maintain as i've limited the exercises to just 3: pushups, chest flies, curls, and triceps.

good job being specific on your goals.

and i'm glad your son is headed back to better himself, too.

Donkey - Tuesday Dec 31, 2019
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.5

Day 100:  It's been real.

 It's almost midnight here in Chicago, but I wanted to write a recap today, before I start next year.  Today, I did celebrate a bit with food and was not as strict.  I'm OK with that, because I know that tomorrow, I will get back on track.  Life goes on, and I'm rolling with the waves.

The main reason for writing TODAY - specifically TODAY, the end of this decade - is that when I started this decade, I was just starting to get out of a very dark place.  I had lost all hope.  I was drowning in shame.  I lost my job.  I lost my friends.  I was publically humiliated.  I almost lost my kids. I almost lost my freedom.  I lost my savings.  I lost my credit score. I could have lost my husband, but thank the Good Lord that he (and He) stuck with me throughout this entire ordeal.  I didn't want to leave the house, I didn't want to live any more.

Sometimes in one's life, something happens that changes one's life so significantly that it divides one's life. I never thought something so major would happen to me like that, but it did.  My life became divided into "Before" and "After", and has been defined in those terms ever since.

However, last week, I had another light bulb moment  where it really HIT me that this is the end of a decade.  And realizing this, I thought back to where I WAS, and looked at where I'm at NOW - and realized that I had actually managed to rebuild a life that I now call mine, in the past 10 years.  It's not the same life that I had before, but in some ways, it's a better life, an authentic life. 

Believe me when I say that I would never EVER want to go through what I went through in order to have gotten to this point, nor would I wish it on anyone else - even if it meant ending up in a better place.  (No, some things should NOT ever happen, if they can at all be avoided.)  Maybe that's why this event happened - so that I could get to this "better place" - or maybe not.  What I DO know is I'm done trying to figure out or understand why things happened the way that they did, and have just accepted what happened, has happened. 

My point is that, in looking back, I realized that I've managed - ALMOST - to move forward freely.  When I took the Self-Love yoga series, that was the first time in 10-11 years that I was finally able to even think about being able to forgive myself, and even that tiny first step is HUGE to me.

Although this entry COULD be about how we should never give up, that's not what this is.  This is an acknowledgment of how far I've come in this decade, and that I'm able to be that friend to myself to say, You did it, Donkey, and I'm really proud of you.

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/01/2020:
What a wonderful sometimes sad...but VERY MEANINGFUL AND HEARTFELT POST. You are ready to move on into a whole new future that you can make so different and that is a super good thing. All of life is a learning experience.....and we become better and better the more we learn.......Here is to a bright NEW decade with happy changes and brighter expectations and lessons learned.......I have unloaded some very unhappy times on here and it is cathartic........as they say in Frozen ( never saw the movie but keep hearing the song)....LET IT GO!!!! And start a new decade with new experiences, new habits, new self respect and new beginnings......we all have a past.....but if we learn from our mistakes and go on we will all become better people......Love reading what you write Donkey!!! Lets go out and make this a wonderful decade!!!

Donkey on 01/01/2020:
Thank you - if we were together in person, I'd give you a big hug!

bearcountrygg on 01/01/2020:
We can do this!!! We are getting better and better!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/02/2020:
It is simply amazing the work and forgiveness as well as the progress you made during this decade! a big congrats to you! you have been motivating me for the past month, every single day!

Donkey - Monday Dec 30, 2019
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.5

Day 99:  I am open to change.

This is what I repeated to myself on Saturday during the impromptu,  "pop-up" yoga class.  It helped!  

It was startling to me to see that after a week of no yoga,  that I felt a little decrease in balance & stability in holding certain poses.  Just an interesting observation and motivation for practicing more often. 

As I left my goals list at work,  I didn't work on it much.  I plan to do that today.   For my yoga goals,  there are a few poses that  I would like to improve on.   (My initial thought was to "master" these poses,  but then realized that's not really the point of a practice. )  So, I have a short list of poses to hold for a minute.   It will be fun to challenge myself in this way. 

Some of my goals are habits to establish (e.g. using my waterpik daily) and others have a more progressive intention,  e.g. weight-training.

So the list is rather long, and I'm wondering if I should pare it down,  thanks to insights from Bear and Happy.


Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/30/2019:
Yes, we'd all like to hear your entire list of goals.

You motivate me with your progress and goals...i haven't come up with anything yet!

bearcountrygg on 12/30/2019:
My list is super long too. I'm wondering where to pare it...or even if I should. I'm also giving some thought to possibly adding some as I go along......but only if it is too much all at once....my memory says add them slowly...my excitement says...do it all now...LOL

Donkey - Saturday Dec 28, 2019
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.5

Day 97:  Be the change you want to see.

 I really wanted to write yesterday, but I refuse to log in at work, because my login gets stored, and I just didn't have the patience to try to write on my phone....

I had an epiphany yesterday (Friday) morning while exercising on my bike: 

If I want to SEE changes, I'm going to have to MAKE changes.

How about that?  It is such a obvious "duh" thing to say, but it truly felt like a light bulb turned on in my brain. 

As you know, I'm very connected with routine, with numbers, with habits.  But if I want to see changes - physically, performance-wise, emotionally, spiritually - I'm going to have to change things up.  This means stepping outside of my comfort zone to establish new habits.  What I'm doing now is fine, but it's time to change.

I'm still working on New Year's goals & resolutions.  I started writing down notes in the planner I use at work, that I mentioned a couple of days ago.  Not all of my aspirations are diet and exercise, but when it came to establishing some yoga goals for myself, I completely drew a blank.  THAT kind of startled me.  

I have a "pop-up" yoga class at the studio this morning at 10am.  This is "slow yoga" which has a nice combination of standing and floor poses at a slower pace, which is kind of where I'm at right now.  I started missing yoga on Thursday, and yesterday, I was like, "I really NEED yoga soon."

It is rainy and gray here today.  Tonight my husband and I are going out for our anniversary - 24 years.  Then he has something planned for afterwards, which I'm not sure what that is.  Hmm...  I'd like to go look at snowblowers, but I'm guessing his is a lot more exciting.

Queen Bee stopped in the office yesterday to pick up her bonus check.  She wished me a happy New Year - which I thought was really actually kind of nice of her to do.  She continues to lose weight and looks good.  I secretly admit to you all that I was a little jealous, actually, but not in a negative way -- that is to say, I'm using her progress to help motivate myself to making more positive changes.

Associate Attorney and Nice Lady will be off on Monday.  Tuesday is a shortened day for New Years Eve.  Then, my boss leaves for Florida until February 12th.

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/28/2019:
FIRST of all HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! I love the way you are looking at making changes to meet your goals!!! I think we can get so much done individually together here in the coming year!! I LOVE IT!!! Change is always hard but according to Dr. Phil...we can't just change something...we have to replace it with something else.....and then it becomes a new habit. No need to white knuckle it...just replace with a new habit and it is easier to change! Sounds like your next week will be a winner!!!

Donkey on 12/30/2019:
I confess that I hadn't really thought about replacement habits. My struggle will be in the letting go of the old, I've been so focused on that.

I give some more thought to developing the new habits.

happy-1 on 12/29/2019:
Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!

I feel like you are over stressing on the New Year's resolutions. Honestly, I think you work really hard and are too hard on yourself. What if your resolution was just to give yourself a hug every time you fall off track and have more fun?

Donkey on 12/30/2019:
You make a good point! I was noticing that my list at work has a lot of goals... maybe that's setting myself up for disappointment.

I'm a big advocate for starting NOW. Don't wait for a Monday, don't wait for January 1st - start today, start now!

What I'm saying is that some of these little habit goals I have for myself could probably start today. It would shorten my list and maybe be kinder too.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 12/30/2019:
Happy Anniversary to you! I guess Queen Bee working from home did her good with her dieting! Interesting! Finally! It's good to see people progress and it does motivate us.

So instead of Snow Blowers, you went to see a show,right!? Wonderful.

You sound good and involved in lots of wonderful activities lately and it's wonderful to hear.

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