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Donkey - Saturday Jan 23, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Happy Saturday!  I seem to be swaying between 148 and 145 this month.  Nice to see that I shed most of the bloat from TOM, at least.  

One thing I've noticed this month is that I really enjoy dessert after dinner.  I'm done fighting this craving or need or whatever it is.  It is who I am.  I love dessert, and want to make peace with this aspect of myself, rather than to be at a perpetual war, which sometimes implodes into a food fit.  So, I've decided that life is too short, and I need to find a way to incorporate a "dessert" into my life that is compatable with my goals. I've been able to be satisfied with 2 Hershey's kisses, or graham crackers.  I think I can expand on options, with the help of my food scale.  

I"m not giving up on my weight-loss goal, though.  I'm still very motivated to reach a more comfortable weight of 135.  

My goal for this weekend is to rest.  Last weekend, I felt so busy with chores.  Even though it was a great weekend, I need to rest until I feel back to 100%.  I want to do some of the following today:

  • Read
  • Puzzle
  • Nap

I still have things to do today, though:

  • My laundry - wash & dry
  • My laundry - fold & put away (UGH)
  • Husband's laundry - wash & dry
  • Cat laundry 
  • Mop main level - an unfortunate necessity thanks to kitty.  Thankfully I don't have to do the basement floor too.
  • Fill bird feeders
  • Spend time with plants - water, have a chat, maybe sing to them
  • Yoga - if I don't put it on the list, I just won't do it.  This is not good.
  • Upper body weights

Hmm, that doesn't look too relaxing, does it?  The laundry chores, is a relatively passive activity, except for folding & putting away (a chore I detest, so it's just better to get it out of the way)

Next weekend will not be so relaxing because I have to drive Husband to the VA hospital to get his 1st COVID vaccine shot.  Very, very glad that he is able to get this sooner, rather than later. This will take up my entire morning next Saturday, unfortunately, but it's totally worth it.  

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/23/2021:
Love desserts too. Easy does it. Like the 180 cal M&M tubes, but getting kinda tired of them. Filled bird feeders too! Lots of jays, cardinals, juncos and woodpeckers around. The peckers love suet.

Donkey on 01/24/2021:
I find that when I get tired of a dessert, that I start to eat more of it, maybe just to finish it off? IDK, this time, now that I have a food scale, I can mix things up without overdoing it and KNOWING that I'm OK.

I got a hook for a hummingbird feeder from Santa. I put a birdseed thing in the shape of a bell, and the little birds love it. I'm going to get another birdfeeder for either seed or maybe a suet holder (to hold the block of suet & seed) to use when it's not hummingbird season. :-)

grannyannie on 01/23/2021:
Glad husband is getting his shot. How is your daughter?

If you need dessert you can find some lower calories treats. Or smaller amounts of higher cal ones.

I'm seriously missing my popcorn, and if I could stick to one bag a day I'd buy more.

Donkey on 01/24/2021:
My daughter's fever broke and she has regained her sense of smell. I will write more about this in my own entry today. Her appetite has remained consistent. Hard to tell about her energy levels, because she naps a lot when she's not working anyway.

You nailed it on the head about portions. Like you with popcorn, I really struggle to keep it down to 1 portion. I struggle with this at work, I struggle with this at home. Most days I'm OK, and then I'll have a day where I want to eat the whole thing.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2021:
YES!!!! my support is 100% in your resolve to enjoy your desserts! yes!...there's a way. you can have a light cooked dinner of veggies and just a little grains like rice or something...and have your dessert...i did this for lunch yesterday but i also had some calories to spare from not eating much earlier in the day...but i will say, it's all possible. your goals are GREAT regarding this. they are the same as my goals - to enjoy all the food i like in moderation as best as i can...i still rely on veggies for a full feeling here and there, especially this weekend since Friday night.

Rest is so important. I am doing that this weekend too. I have saved both laundry and weights for today, because of changes to the day yesterday :) and I have a nature walk...but i'm planning so that the day is actuallly very enjoyable and not rushed :)

Donkey on 01/24/2021:
I'm going to keep trying with the desserts. I think it was yesterday that you mentioned that you are an all-or-nothing person (we were talking about goals, I think?). I have the same issue, and perhaps desserts is my key to learning to moderate these tendencies in myself.

I saved cat laundry for today, in case there was more to clean up on the floors today. It's never-ending.

Donkey - Friday Jan 22, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 148.5

Last night, as I was cleaning the thermometer after taking daughter's temperature, I just felt I was at a breaking point. At that point, all of my goals just seemed so overwhelming and impossible. This doesn't feel like what goals are supposed to do. What is the point of goals,  when I'm doing all I can do to keep it together?  

My family has no idea I had this storm inside my head last night. Had a pleasant dinner, the evening was fine... but I stayed up a little too late to make sure that I was exhausted and would drop off to sleep immediately. 

I did a couple of leg weights, and I actually did 2 miles on the treadmill!  So maybe that's the point of goals,  to nag you and eat away at your conscience until you get them done. 

It's easier to say what I didn't get done: I didn't read,  I didn't write in my journal,  no yoga (home or work). And I did have a small slice of that frozen cake,  which actually didn't taste all that great so maybe it's time to toss the rest. 

I don't want to edit my old post from yesterday,  so let me correct it here and say that my daughter can't SMELL. She can still taste.  This is typical of a sinus infection.  However,  she has a fever,  so she is getting a COVID test today. Her boyfriend is also sick. She will isolate in her room until we know. I feel relatively fine,  just the usual winter complaints. My husband felt fine last night.... wait and see. 

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/22/2021:
I’m glad your daughter is getting the test. But probably it’s the sinuses. I suppose one benefit of goals, so far as weight, is to maintain & not let it get out of hand. I’m glad I bounced up and down for years. I would have preferred dropping only, but had I not yo you’d, I may have approached 200. You’ll get back on track and the sun will come out.

Donkey on 01/23/2021:
I think so too, but I do miss her. Whatever she has, it hasn't affected her badly, and she has improved since Thursday.

legcramps on 01/22/2021:
I try not to make detailed goals anymore; I find the specificity to be overwhelming and seemingly impossible to accomplish sometimes. Instead, I make "goals with holes" that allow me to change and shift focus if I find that I am not enjoying the current path; it allows me to do things I enjoy doing right now, while still moving towards my main goal. Like a tangent LOL.

Donkey on 01/23/2021:
"Goals with Holes" - LOL, love it! But this is true - having goals tends to make me push myself a little more (good), but then I have those days when I feel like I "just can't", and that kind of leaves to negative self-talk (bad).

I think I need to step away from the "checklist" mentality. That would give me more flexibility.

grannyannie on 01/22/2021:
Hope your daughter and bf are negative or have mild cases.

I think everybody is struggling for this past year so don't beat yourself up for sometimes losing motivation.

You'll get back on track. You've come a long way.

Donkey on 01/23/2021:
Yes, you are right. I need to acknowledge to myself that I'm not "off the track" if I'm still moving forward, even if I have a bad day or hard week. It HAS been a hard time. I don't think I give enough respect to that.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2021:
i read your yesterday's entry that you put off exercise to conserve energy...smart. it's better than gettin geven sicker which is what happens. i do agree, and so do the experts, that when your body craves sleep / rest, that is what you should give it!

when your goals feel unreachable, you can cut them, think smaller. you have a tendency to have HUGE goals...with this virus pandemic, give yourself a break. do what you can do. it's ok. you've been working the whole time thru it. and you are doing a good job.

on a side note, i have felt very sad the past 2 days and the only reason i can really think it is because is lack of sleep. perhaps this adds to your seasonal depression? i have realized that lack of sleep has always hindered me emotionally....will post this and keep commenting before i lose these comments...

Donkey on 01/23/2021:
I need to be able to wrap my head around the fact that I don't NEED to check off everything on my "to-do" list. It's such a satisfying feeling to cross an item off, but at what expense?

Also, I still do not think I am allocating my free time correctly. I just wish I did not need as much sleep, I guess. But you're right - not enough sleep leads to other problems. I wouldn't doubt that your feelings of sadness are related to the lack of sleep. See if this improves over the weekend, when you are able to rest up more.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/22/2021:
when goals seem unattainable, lessen them and break them down so that they are achievable.

i'm also someone who wants it all or nothing...but it's ok if you reach half the goals...there's always something more to attend to. try to be OK with not reaching all the goals...especially if your list is a long one..

i crossed my fingers to pray for your daughter not having covid.

take care, sleep is very important. i think if both you and I could sleep more, we would both be emotionally happier in general.

Donkey on 01/23/2021:
Correct. I'm seeing the two-sided aspect of having goals. They are good when I can use them to try a little harder -- pushy myself, if you will.

Goals become counter-productive when I push myself too hard or feel disappointed in myself at the end of the day. WOW, I'm going to work on that!

Donkey - Thursday Jan 21, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 148.5

 I've been fighting off something this week. I can tell because I have a cold sore flare up,  which means that my immune system isn't as strong as it might otherwise be.  I put off treadmill, weights, and yoga to conserve some energy. Even with this tactic,  I still woke up late this morning.

I'm not sure what I'm fighting off. Daughter has had a sinus infection and lost her sense of taste,  but can still smell.  If course,  we're very worried about COVID,  but I figure if she had that,  the husband would REALLY have it since his immune system is suppressed.

I don't like living in this state of paranoia and high alert all the time. 

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

Grannyannie on 01/21/2021:
Hope you and daughter don't have Covid. Losing sense of smell is worrying. Can you both easily get tested?

Donkey on 01/21/2021:
No, it is not easy to get a test. That's the thing. Takes too long.

Jacky82020 on 01/21/2021:
Terrible about that sinus infection. How difficult is it to get a covid test where you live? It’s not all that easy here in Pennsylvania. I know someone in Iowa who got one very easily simply because a relative thought she may have been infected. Neither had any symptoms. Here, you have to get your PCP to approve it, based upon several symptoms. The one in Iowa only had to contact the state health dept online & they told her to go to a nearby place the following day. Got a negative. No cost either.

Donkey on 01/21/2021:
No cost as far as has been my experience, but you have to make an appointment 1-2 days out, and then wait for test results 2-3 days. WTH, how does that help???

Jacky82020 on 01/21/2021:
Wow, that friend in Iowa had her results the next day. The test takes 6 hours to run, but only hi profile ppl get results that quickly

Donkey on 01/22/2021:
I thought I overheard the Boss saying that one of his grandkids might have it and the schools aren't accepting the rapid test results. I've had both tests.

innerpeace on 01/21/2021:
No taste! Definitely would get tested. Everyone is different and have different systems. My PCP did say sinus affected taste as well so if you are for sure it is sinus... Definitely hostile environments, I stay home as much as possible.

Donkey on 01/21/2021:
I mistyped that!! She can taste but she can't smell, and we think that's because of the sinus infecting!!!

If it were the other way around, I'd definitely be more concerned!!!!

grannyannie on 01/21/2021:
I sometimes get sinus headaches, normally from allergy to something scented. Can't recall losing sense of taste, but don't really feel like eating anyway with the pain of sinus headache.

Hope you are both okay!!

Donkey on 01/22/2021:
Thank you! Honestly, until she spoke a low fever last night, I was not too concerned. We also learned that he boyfriend is sick and has a higher temperature of 101F. That's not good.

legcramps on 01/21/2021:
I hope you are not too sick! Losing your sense of taste is certainly something to be concerned about regardless of whether it's covid-related or not. Feel better soon, both of you!

Donkey on 01/22/2021:
Thank you! It was actually the sense of smell that left her, which if you have had congestion makes sense. She says she can still taste but everything tastes off, which is also typical of a sinus infection (cold). It's only when she had a temperature that I started to worry a little bit more.

Maria7 on 01/21/2021:
Bless your heart. Praying for you to feel better.

Donkey on 01/22/2021:
Thank you! I plan to rest this weekend. I usually push myself to do a lot on weekends, but maybe not this time. (((hugs)))

Donkey - Tuesday Jan 19, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 148.5

 Grannieannie asked why we want to lose weight. 

I've always wanted skinny legs,  which has always been my main motivator. Sadly,  I've come to the realization that, genetically,  this will not happen the way I want it to without liposuction surgery, which I am not willing to do or pay for. 
I started yoga because I realized I was losing balance and coordination.  It has helped a lot,  although even last night I got left and right confused in one or 2 poses.  Now I realize that some of the poses would be easier or better done if I lost weight, too. So there's that. 
I worry,  too,  about losing bone density and muscle strength,  which is what motivated me to (try to) do more weight training. However,  I do not eat to train. That is to say,  I do not eat specifically to gain muscle mass. 
Maintaining mobility is also a huge motivator to being active. However, I  can't say that it's a reason to lose weight, other than it's easier to move when the load I'm carrying is lighter. 

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/19/2021:
Retaining mobility is so important.......when I was young...I wondered why old people....( specifically my grandparents)...were so stiff and careful and always seemed to be in pain...I figured that it wasn't going to happen to me...I was convinced that it was mind over matter....LOL....BUT...I found out that rather I liked it or not...I got stiff, and sore and I started seeing what they had been living with. I can not move like I used to....getting up off the floor, being sure where my feet really are...counting on balance...all went out the window......I see my heavier years did nothing to help these things....and I now wonder if I had stayed thin all along....and had continued to do yoga, walk, just stay more active in general...would have helped...and I think it would have.....because staying active all along has to be easier that trying to get active again......many of you here are still in the position to continue on and I would say...don't stop.....stay active.....because the lounge chair does nothing for fitness. Once I had hit the 200 pound mark...i had discovered the lazyboy chair......and it only got worse from there.

grannyannie on 01/19/2021:
Bone density is a big concern and more muscle and weight bearing exercise increases it. Also stamina is great to have. The more muscle you have, the more efficiently you burn calories.

legcramps on 01/19/2021:
You are so right!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/19/2021:
now i'm behind...left a comment on your entry yesterday, a brief one...

your legs are FINE...totally good! give your mind a break. be happy that you have strong legs. I know you want the opposite, but, just be glad you can use them for exercise. btw, i don't love my legs either. I'm blessed with very weak legs, due to little exercise growing up...i could never strengthen them enough....and they aren't as strong or lean as i'd like either. but that's it...i'm happy as is now. i try my best to keep working them, making little changes if any each year...and see where i am the next year :)

and yes, the lighter i am, the lighter my step is, the happier I feel.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/19/2021:
my last sentence above is me agreeing with YOU.

Maria7 on 01/20/2021:
Hope you are having a good day.

Donkey - Monday Jan 18, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 148.5

I ran out of time this morning to post.  I posted comments on my phone while I was at work becuase it was so slow.  (That's why there were a lot of typos in my comments, but I think you all got the gist of what I was trying to say.  Stupid phone!)  I did have quite a few emails, but I got through them relatively quickly.  Then things got very slow...  The boss called in around 10:30am to say that he might be in later.  I took my walk at 11:15am instead of later in the afternoon.  Still slow. Verrrry slow....

I told myself that if the boss didn't come in by 2:00pm that I would leave at 3:00pm.  Well wouldn't you know it - he came in at 2:45pm.  WHY???  Dude, just stay home!  What's the point of coming in with only 2 hours left in the day?  He wrote 1 letter and then spent the rest of the time talking to everyone.  I slunk out at 4:59pm and headed home.

Dinner was a light vegetarian affair, but then I went had had a bowl of apple crisp, which has a lot of sugar, relatively speaking.  It was delicious!  

Just finished up yoga, so I'm going to do my Monday evening chores and get to bed. 

PS  My arms and back are a little sore from yesterday's upper body weights workout :-)

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/19/2021:
Too bad you couldn't get out earlier!

grannyannie on 01/19/2021:
I always do lots of stretches after muscle work but am still at least a bit sore on shoulders and lats.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/19/2021:
lovely that you are sore...

not lovely the boss showed up, but that's work for you! work....what you get PAID to do...! haha ;)

Donkey - Sunday Jan 17, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 148.5

It is snowing again today.  It's making everything very pretty outside.  However, I will need to shovel soon.

I accomplished everythingon my task list yesterday.  I did not log back on, though, because I was STRUGGLING with my self about eating a piece of frozen cake (back from the days of the Promotion Cake for my daughter).  Oh I really wanted a piece, but this is NOT the time to be indulging in cake.  I mean, if there was a special occassion, then that would be fine; OR if I were at goal, that would be fine, too.  But my weight is up, I'm not at goal or anywhere near there, so now is not the time for cake.

I told myself that if I was going to have a piece of cake, that I'd have to log on here and make the announcement.  That was enough to stop me.  What also helped is having the sugar free gummies upstairs in my nightstand drawer.  Going upstairs kept me away from the garage freezer on the first floor.  And the sweetness of the gummies was a little treat - enough to satisfy. 

I checked out 2 books on meditation.  One is a 21-day program, and one is a 12-week program.  I'm going start with these books.  The 12-week program is written by a yoga instructor, so it's from a different (and helpful, I hope) perspective than the 21-day program.  I started the 12-week book last night, and I can get into it.  I also read a little more on a book called "Stillness" written by a man who was isolated for 3 months (?) over a winter, as a caretaker for a summer lodge.  So he wrote about his experience of solitude and unplugging from society, and how he used his time to think and reset his life.  An easy read, but I seem to be dragging this one out for some reason.

Today's To-Do:

  • Yoga
  • Fill bird feeders
  • Upper body weights
  • Scrub shower floor
  • Treadmill
  • Bake eggplant
  • Shovel

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/17/2021:
Good job on finishing all your tasks yesterday.

Well done on resisting the cake!

Keep us posted on how your meditation is going. When I used to do it I would count my breaths, and when I started to think I'd put the thoughts in a bubble and let it float away. Or I would chant. Whatever works.

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2021:
Those strong cravings are so difficult...good job finding a substitute.

Jacky82020 on 01/17/2021:
I eat sugary cereals as a dessert substitute. Love the ones by Dunkin Donuts. The Caramel Machiatto has 150 Cals per 1 & 1/3 Cup serving. Sitting right there when I devoured a HUGE piece of chocolate cake the other day, but more often than not it helps. Also like the Churro one. Lots of sugar & cinnamon, not nearly as bad in terms of calories as cakes & pies etc.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/18/2021:
lol...i'm answering you here to the comments you left me on my entry for Saturday (i'm also behind in replying/comments). needed time off from the internet in general to do off internet things!

so, to answer your question if i did any more cardio on Saturday after I did a couple errands: NO. i was pretty busy the rest of the day with exercise and getting organized. i forget what it was i also did? but the day passed and it was mostly a rest day.

to answer your other question about if I notice I am eating less / less calories: YES. i say a big YES. As you know, i'm a calorie counting queen and there hasn't been a time in my life that i wasn't aware of how much i was eating, since i was 21.

Moreover to answer your question, i was able to eat a little less due to less stress at home when i wasn't working. Now, i'm working ...but it is a NEW experience and when i have these type of new, challenging experiences, i'm able to manage my appetite better because it's not a priority. I'm so into the job and new commuting that my appetite, for the time being these two weeks and probably this whole month, i have not been as insatiable as, per se, when working a boring job i've done for years. i'm sure you understand. When i'm bored is when i'm hungry. I'm not bored so i'm not hungry. but don't get me wrong: i've started getting hungry for lunch at work and i do have an appetite but i've been using what i learned on covid to try to dial it back and keep being moderate in general ....I am learning, continuously, what is best for me in maintainence. like you, i'm not done learning what works for me / weight maintenance / health!...

Horn_of_plenty on 01/18/2021:
Now i'm replying to your entry here, for Sunday:

Great swap from cake to gummies. I also drink seltzers with my snacks. or coffee if it's early in the day. i LOVE jacky's tip about the cereals, tho, i will not be going out and getting them. but a great way of also swapping, just like you did with the gummies. i like how you had something, instead of nothing (to eat).

All books sound good. I know the meditation is right up your ally. I'm sooo missing having a local library to go to right now. My go-to is indefinitely closed for now. I'm going to research a city library to see if there's any by my work. but for now, i'm going to read a book on kindle on my phone.

as for that Isolation book about the guy isolated, that sounds SO INTERESTING. if you like the book, i'd like to know the title. i want to read it next!!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/18/2021:
and yes, i took advantage of the 3-day weekend to get together with my friend yesterday, you got that right :)

legcramps on 01/18/2021:
Looks like it was a very nice Sunday indeed!

Donkey - Saturday Jan 16, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 148.5

 Well.... I'm not sure what happened with my weigh-in.  I did eat more yesterday in the afternoon, but it was carrots and celery sticks.  And then I get this number on the scale??  REALLY???  I'm wondering if it's the small glass of wine I've been having some nights this week (like 1/3 measuring cup), or TOM bloat, or too much salt (?), but frankly, I'm too distracted by cramps to evaluate thoroughly.  Just VERY DISCOURAGING, especially since I KNOW I was hungry a few afternoons at work.

I was not expecting snow this morning, so I've already been outside to shovel.  It wasn't a lot but I want the driveway to melt, so the snow has to go.  The direction that the driveway faces doesn't lend itself to melting very well.  We face north.  Anyway, now my hands are feeling a little shaky, but my driveway is clean, and I got in more steps.  Shoveling is great for steps, but I have to wear the fitbit on my ankle or the arm movement doesn't count accurately.

I have a long list of things to do today, most of which bring me joy.  I'm sharing it with you so that you can see what I planned for my day, but I'm not going to check things off here, unless I happen to update my entry for some other reason.  However, I have a written list that I will cross off tasks as they are completed.  Something very satisfying about checking things off a list.

Saturday's Happy Tasks:

  • Go to library (return Lews & Clark book, browse meditation books)
  • My laundry - wash & dry
  • My laundry - fold & put away
  • Yoga
  • Mop basement
  • Mop main level
  • Water plants
  • Fix sunglasses
  • Email mom
  • Cut cats' nails x3
  • Lower body weights

Progress as of today: 38 lbs lost so far, only 13.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/16/2021:
Wow! You cut cat nails? Never attempted that. Big ordeal with the dogs who need it. Keep all kinds of good scratching pads around for the kitties. Seems ok. They have their separate living quarters, away from my parrots & dogs, so no furniture etc they can damage

grannyannie on 01/16/2021:
Sounds like fluid could be the reason for the change on the scale. I doubt a small glass of wine every night would make you gain.

I like checking things off a to do list as well.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/16/2021:
awww, weight that goes up will come down...maybe it's like Jacky goes thru....there's a period of ups before you get to a loss in weight that stabilizes. keep your progress, it will work out.

I have some Happy Tasks too! i will be buying a book to read on my phone...or maybe it'll be practically free...I would go to the library, but, it's temporarily closed by me and i don't know where the library is in the city where i work yet...so i'll just use my phone app to read a book this time around....i'm going to read a famous George Orwell book that i never got to reading in high school.

enjoy cutting the nails, so much better than paying at the vet for something you care capable of.

i may do weights tonight also.


bearcountrygg on 01/16/2021:
I have the clippers to cut Sampsons nails but haven't gotten up my nerve yet to try them.....

Donkey - Friday Jan 15, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

I'm having a hard time with work stress, now that I'm refraining from stress eating.  I'm at the point of thinking about bringing a bottle of wine to the office for a small glass to calm my nerves. However,  I am going to try some camomile tea first,  today, to see if that helps without making me sleepy. (My daughter bought some.)

I did not get to yoga at work yesterday.  I had done a little in the morning at home,  so I still met my daily goal,  but now I see that I have this secondary goal of taking a break at work to do a little yoga,  too. Hmm... well, I'll keep working on this. 

I did a mile on the treadmill, with half of it spent jogging. Met and surpassed my water goal.  Did not read. Did not write in my journal. 

Looking forward to going to the library tomorrow. Checking out books on meditation. 

Mistakes Girl is going to have a baby!  She is 6 weeks along,  due in early September,  which could mean late August...  I don't know if this means maternity leave or if she's quitting altogether.  

Unfortunately for me, I may not be able to take that Labor Day vacation to Montana to visit Son.  And I was tentatively considering that,  if I quit to move on to become a Walmart Shopper, I would make my move in September, after the summer students quit to go back to school.  Yes, I could still do that,  but that would put my current boss is a pickle,  indeed. I know I don't owe him but in a way,  I do feel some kind of loyalty to him.

Well, I can't spend too much personal energy thinking about that now. First,  I just have to get through today. 

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/15/2021:
Sorry the job is so stressful! What kind of Walmart shopper are you considering? The kind that fills orders for pickups out back or the ones that deliver to the house? Walmart is pushing a $99/yr home delivery service, unlimited orders over $35. I thought the driver dumped them on the porch, but they knock and tipping is customary. Can be good, depending upon location, I am reading.

Donkey on 01/16/2021:
I would want to be an in-store shopper. And I could choose what I like to shop for - fresh, homewares & non-food, canned/boxed goods. So the person who chooses your fruits isn't the same person who chooses your cereal, for example.

The appeal is that it is an active job. Also, it's pretty much a solitary job - no answering phones, that's for sure! Also, I can choose a variety of hours to work, so no 9am-5p. For example, many of the in-store shoppers work 5am-2pm.

Donkey on 01/16/2021:
^... which would allow me to take afternoon yoga classes, LOL...

grannyannie on 01/15/2021:
Takes a while to make something a new habit - yoga at work.

Sorry about the work stress. Been there before.

Do you have a 3 day weekend? Sounds like you need it badly.

Donkey on 01/16/2021:
Yep - I'm wondering if maybe I should try just taking time to stretch, rather than doing something "officially yoga", to get into that habit of taking a break, going into the spare room, getting the mat out, etc.

I do NOT have a 3-day weekend. Most law firms are open on these smaller holidays to catch up on paperwork. It's only those lucky people who work for the courts that have the day off.

However, I'm glad you asked, because this means that yes, I probably DO need a day off soon. I will look into this.

Jacky82020 on 01/16/2021:
Oh, that’s very interesting. Had no idea different ppl selected different items.

Donkey - Thursday Jan 14, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

Recently, when I wake up before my alarm, and if it's after 4am, I am getting up to get the day started, rather than lying in bed debating whether or not to get up, or trying to go back to sleep.  If I'm awake, I find that it works out better if I just get up. 

I started commenting on your diaries on my phone, while on the recumbent bike, but then the site started hiccuping, so I thought it best to write my own entry using my laptop.  Here I am!

I was able to do yoga at work yesterday!  I am using an unused office that is cramped with too much furniture and isn't heated very well.  (This room has heating/cooling issues ALWAYS.)  I did a short routine (Sun Salutation B) which took about 10 minutes.  It was awkward taking the time to do this, so I just have to get used to MAKING the time to go into this room to take a break.  I will keep trying.  Also, I was much better at doing the sequence yesterday than on Monday evening, when it was very awkward.  My goal is do this sequence with video guidance so often that I have it memorized.  

Tonight will be treadmill night.  I ate too much dinner last night to jog on the treadmill - and I like to jog at least a little bit when I use the treadmill (for my goal) - so last night was upper body weights after a light bike ride to help my stomach settle.  Met my water goal.  The only thing I didn't get to was reading.  *sigh*  

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 01/14/2021:
The yoga at work will become a good habit for you.

My stomach has to be mostly empty to do cardio or muscle weight. I'd get indigestion otherwise or just not have the energy to do it.

We get up at 5:50 to Alexa turning on the light and telling us good morning and some random fact. If I wake at 5 or later I don't go back to sleep because I don't want to wake during REM sleep. Feel too groggy.

Jacky82020 on 01/14/2021:
Hey, nice you can use that office space!

legcramps on 01/14/2021:
How great that you have a space that you can close to the rest of your coworkers and still have enough room to do your routine. Yes, definitely keep trying, this feels like a really fantastic way to break up your work day!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/14/2021:
i've been having STRANGE dreams recently.

you know how sometimes there are stories on the news about how our brains "make sense" and make connections of our experiences and what we learn during the day at night?

well, i woke up last night dreaming of how to do some of the new work i'm doing...i was dreaming of the procedure. LOL LOL LOL.

if it works better when you wake up at 4am, so be it. you aren't the only one up early like that...and if you are able to be productive, you do YOU.

enjoy the treadmill, i did some extra walking on the way home, too (less bus, more walk!)

Donkey - Wednesday Jan 13, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

 Very tired,  so TOM will be here soon.   

I brought my spare mat to work,  but I did not get the opportunity to do any yoga.  I need to readjust my lunch routine to fit this in on an empty stomach. I'm glad it didn't happen yesterday because I checked out the YouTube videos last night,  and the routine I had planned to do was not right. I did a few videos until I found one I liked. 

We're getting bad weather Thursday into Friday,  so it may be better to plan to do yoga at work tomorrow,  with no walk,  and then use the treadmill at home tomorrow night. Yes. That will allow me time to do weights tonight. Upper body for sure,  maybe some legs. THAT'S MY PLAN. 

Work was hectic in the afternoon,  so when I came home,  I had a small glass of wine to help me relax and NOT release all the energy and stress into eating too much.  I think I did well with that. 

Progress as of today: 41.5 lbs lost so far, only 10 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/13/2021:
Hope you escape the worst of the weather....looks like it will get us pretty good.

Donkey on 01/14/2021:
I'm grateful that it will start with rain, towards the later afternoon. That way, if it starts to get bad, I can leave work early. I'm wondering if it might stay as rain. I haven't heard that in the forecast. I'm hearing "light snow". We'll see. We're kind of on the line between rain and snow a lot of times.

Jacky82020 on 01/13/2021:
I am having a difficult time taking meds/vitamins on an empty or thereabouts stomach. Causes some nausea. Need to find a better way

Donkey on 01/14/2021:
I take the iron pills right before bed, because they were making me sick on an empty stomach. Oh how I hate taking iron. Messes up everything in my GI.

grannyannie on 01/13/2021:
Good plan! Yes, you must do the yoga on a empty stomach. Can be tough I'm sure.

Hope the weather doesn't get too bad.

Donkey on 01/14/2021:
I will write about my yoga experience in today's entry. It needs some work.

The precipitation is supposed to start in the afternoon, so that's good. I do not like waking up to surprises that need to be shoveled first thing in the morning. I am OK if I am expecting it, but not if I'm not.

legcramps on 01/13/2021:
What a great idea to take your spare yoga mat to work with you! I remember once I did a yoga challenge with a group of people and one of the other participants worked in the same office as me so we used to do our daily challenges at work on our breaks. It was such a nice break from sitting at our desks all day!

Donkey on 01/14/2021:
We had talked about doing yoga in the office at one time. The obstacle to that is that there is no room available to do that. I was in a very small, cramped room that nobody uses anymore. Still, I got it to work for me.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/13/2021:
because i was so distracted this month, i had no cramps until the actual night before i got it! i actually woke up earlier in the AM before monday morning to get up for work, knowing it was coming in hours. and i was right!

hoping your TOM doesn't give you too many troubles. it's true, usually when we are distracted by other things, it doesn't...but it takes a BIG distraction.

a small glass of wine is relaxing.

sorry for your bad weather, i think we are still having quite unseasonably mild weather. 40s.

Donkey on 01/14/2021:
It seems lately that each month is a different experience. Had a few months where TOM was here, but very slow starting. This month seems to have started right off the bat. It's always a 5-7 day inconvenience, anyway you look at it.

Donkey on 01/14/2021:
I'm appreciating the benefits of having a small glass of wine with dinner after stressful days at the office. I want to emphasize that it's a small amount - part of my continuing practice of "everything in moderation".

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