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Donkey - Sunday Jun 09, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Yesterday afternoon was full of errands and then the evening was swallowed up by weight training.  Glad I did the weights, but I could tell that I strained my right shoulder. It's not hurting me this morning, but we'll see how weight training goes later today with back and biceps.

We bought a nice, used patio set yesterday.  The folks we bought it from wanted something heavier because of the Illinois prairie winds that still blow through these neighborhoods.  That's all great, but we need something that is lighter weight because neither husband nor I can lift heavy.  So this set was perfect!  It looks so nice on our deck.  Unfortunately, it was drizzling today, so I could not sit outside with my cup of coffee.  Maybe later this afternoon, though, to read.

This is what happens when you get old and realize it:  So I went to the library to pick up my books.  One is a light read on yoga, but the other one is historical WW2.  Oh my the print in the World War 2 book is so small.  And it's a paperback from the 1970's -- the smell of the paper kind of tickles my lungs which are still trying to recover from the infection last week.  I definitely need readers to read this book, but I only have readers for when I wear my contacts.  My glasses don't have bifocals, because when I bought this pair, they were so expensive  - $600 WITH insurance - and I didn't need bifocals at the time.

Had a heavier breakfast and I'm waiting for the TV show I missed on Wednesday to rerun again today at 11am (Masterpiece Theater).  I was going to sit in my bedroom and fold laundry while I watch it, but now I'm thinking I'll go downstairs into the basement and work out!

LATE AFTERNOON EDIT:  I did all of my workouts instead of folding laundry.  Maybe I'll get to that tonight.  Did some organizing/decluttering in the backyard.

I'm proud of myself for this accomplishment this weekend.  I signed up for 2 yoga events.  One is a fundraiser with our local animal shelter, called "Cat Yoga".  For $15, I'll join a class of 16, in a yoga session in the main cat room - water bottle and "light snack" included, mat provided.  I will pass on the water and snack.  I don't mind paying this price for a fundraiser for cats.  That is next Thursday.

The last Thursday in June, my church is having a free beginner's yoga, except that it's not "yoga" but "Pietra Fitness".  (Google it)  I won't expound on my opinion from this flagarant plagerism, but it's free.  [ I would SO not be doing this if I had to pay for it.  It's this hair-splitting, judgmental overthinking that has really turned me off to the Church, but that's a separat post.]  I was going to invite a lady or some ladies I know from other church activities I've done, but then decided that I really want to do this on my own.  If I meet up with anyone I know, great - and if not, that's fine too.

But at least I've taken the initiative to step out of my comfort zone.  

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 06/09/2019:
Look at you! Bold adventurer!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2019:
Congrats on your new patio set! how perfect for the late spring and summer weather.

$600 with insurance is seriously such a crime!

I'm also into the WW2 books lately. right now reading a really good one if you want to read it - called The Japanese Lover and is a very creative fictional take on history and also the lives of the japanese and even the jewish during ww2 both abroad and in the US. it's very interesting.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2019:
like you, i'm learning to prioritize differently at home. now, workouts do not wait anymore until evening. i'm starting to have to prioritize differently and it is def working out way better that way. for example, i'm not staying up late to get in a weights workout tonight bc i got it done before lunchtime. we gotta get creative with how and when we do our workouts.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2019:
I'm happy to hear you signed up for those 2 yoga classes, especially the one that's free of charge but the fundraiser is awesome too knowing your love for animals. i think you will enjoy those classes. thanks for all your comments this week and keep getting your rest so you can feel better !

Donkey - Saturday Jun 08, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Oh dear... So where to start....

Chair yoga last night was OK.  My heart wasn't really in it, so I felt more like I was going through the motions rather than truly enjoying it, but that's OK, because something is better than nothing, and I have to think that the stretching had some benefit, even if it didn't feel 100% relaxing.

Part of the problem is that yoga involves a lot of deep breathing, and I'm still struggling with this sinus infection.  It seems to have settled in my chest, and I cannot get rid of this annoying, unproductive cough.  So things like breathing deeply, talking in a loud restaurant (and this interfered with our dinner date afterwards a bit), a lot of talking on the phone -- those are not so easy to do.  Last night I started thinking that maybe this cold/sinus thing has evolved into bronchitis or possibly walking pneumonia.  Everything else has pretty much resolved itself except this chest thing.  If I do not feel better by Monday, I will call the doctor.

Feeling so tired and drained last night, when we got home, I just went up to get ready for bed.  Didn't get to bed as early as I would have liked, but didn't stay up late either.  Did NOT ride my bike but did my push-ups.

I did not weigh in today.  IDK, with not feeling good, and then having the dinner out last night (keto pizza and salad), I just didn't want to drag out the scale today.  I did notice last night that I AM getting some bulk in my arms - exactly what I want -- but didn't want to feel "punished" for this bulk with a higher number on the scale.  So now I'm thinking I'll weigh in at the end of June, maybe...

My weight training schedule - the way I have it adjusted now, will work well for me.  Saturday and Sunday, I work with heavier weights, extensively on upper body muscle groups.  Tuesday is lower body.  Thursday is total body overall, but with high reps, light weights.  I shouldn't have to readjust my morning routine at all.

It is a beautiful day here today, but tomorrow promises rain, which is fine, because I have 2 books waiting for me at the  library - I'm so excited!  I love to read, and I didn't have anything that I really wanted to read this week, which I think was part of the reason why my bedtime routine was so messed up -- which ended up with not very good sleep times.  Library, laundry, walking, weights, reading and relaxing.

My priority for next week is getting more sleep.  This HAS to happen. 


Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 06/08/2019:
Not getting on the scale can be very effective for me.....especially if you think you might not be totally happy with it...muscle does play that trick on the scales.....body looks better...scales...not so much.....definately the look is way more important.....Sounds like you will have a nice weekend!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/09/2019:
Well, when you are sick, it's best to rest. taking off from the bike was prob the best decision. and i'm sure you'll enjoy the yoga far more when you are feeling better. it's good you did keep the pushups as they don't take that long and the muscle definition works out so much better without missing sessions. so that's good too!

where did you get a keto pizza!? and speaking of which, i had that same thing for dinner tonight! 1/2 a caulipower pizza, shared with Ricky! it was AMAZINGLY GREAT.

Along with you getting more sleep, that's a goal of mine too because now i cannot be "shot" come Saturday since i have a class most of the day...so i'll have to really make good use of rest time when i can here and there and make good use of the rest of the weekends.

i have a book waiting for me at the library too ;)

happy-1 on 06/09/2019:
Sleep is super essential! I feel you on that.

I thought the rule for workouts and rest was anything below the neck you have to rest? Like a cold and breathing?

Donkey - Thursday Jun 06, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

 Really struggling this week, but strangely enough not with food.   My stress levels are through the roof at work.   Too many time sensitive things,  too many people wasting my time.   

Had it out with my boss about the never-ending struggle to get communications from Associate and Nice Lady.  He gives out his email address instead of mine. Associate never reads his email,  so I have to wait for Nice Lady to forward everything to me.   There's many other examples of how I'm being excluded from information from these 2 as well.  Finally exploded at my boss,  saying information sharing is a two-way street.  I can't do my job if I'm cut out of the loop. 

The real problem is that Associate is not that good of an attorney and relies heavily on Nice Lady to help him figure it out 

I keep telling myself that I just have to let this go.  If it means an inferior work product,  then that's on them (boss, Associate,  Nice Lady).  I have a good life and I should NOT allow their misery and mediocrity poison that. 


So woke up too stressed to change my routine this morning.  I need my morning routine.  Therefore,  I will make revisions to my weight training plan tonight:  short bike ride w resistance and then light weights, high reps on upper and lower body.  

I think this version will work for me.  Heavier weights 3 days a week as originally planned on days I have more time and less stress,  i.e. Sat., Sun., and Tues , rest days,  then one weekday evening with light weights.  My schedule and stress levels should be able to work with this. 

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 06/06/2019:
Yup....just let it go......if the office isn't running to the best of it's ability...then the only way the bosses will ever figure it out is by experiencing it themselves......Do what you can do with whatever you have to work with....and if they confront you about something tell them the truth......and let them fix it. It's really all the office managers job. Office politics are a thing.....and the squeaky wheel just get talked about....sad but true......and above and before everything else....if you don't own the business then leave the business there when you leave everyday...let the owners worry after hours....because they don't pay you to store their junk in your head after hours. This is coming from a prior business owner and also a medical secretary who worked for someone else. It's frustrating in both situations......but it's the business owner or office manager that gets paid to take it all home in their head.

Donkey on 06/08/2019:
100% correct. I did better with this on Friday. A situation came up -- again with Nice Lady -- and then just let it go, saying to myself, "He knows what he's doing. This is actually a good thing for me." And I think so -- he said to me, "you don't want this client; he'll be very difficult."

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/06/2019:
was your boss doing it intentionally not to include you as a way to hurt you or he hadn't thought of the effect it had on your work? either way, it's good you spoke to your boss. lol maybe next time do it before you get to the point of exploding!? bc it sounds like you did the right thing to speak to him to add you on emails..

of course let the rest of it go - speaking to your boss to help yourself to get work done is needed though. everyone else is trivial.

yes, you decide the right "plan" for workouts for you.

i also change my plans at times, as i mentioned to you yesterday i think. i am also changing today's plan and not working out tonight in order to feel more rested tomorrow. and also to eat better tonight.

Donkey on 06/08/2019:
My boss does what he wants to do, and doesn't let anyone's opinion sway him. I knew that's why I could just vent and then let it go. I think he knew it too, as we talked about it later on in a calm and quiet manner. I tried to end the week on a very "up" beat -- everything closed or is scheduled. And that's good.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/08/2019:
I hope you feel better soon, pretty woman!

Donkey - Wednesday Jun 05, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Time is sparse so posting on my phone again... which I hate doing...

Did not get much sleep again.  Went to bed only on time,  not early.  Then,  very loud storms woke me up at 12:30a and around 4a.  Woke up at 5a, but very hard to get out of bed. 

Not sure my legs workout was sufficient or effective.  No aches this morning except the pain in my hip,  still.   I will stretch it out after my bike ride. 

Today is a rest day for weight training,  but there's a TV show on tonight that would entertain me if I did upper body tonight.  We'll l see.  A lot of that will depend on how late I work,  because the show starts at 7p.  I can catch the show again on Sunday.

We have chair yoga on Friday, so the scheduled weight training won't happen as initially planned (on Fridays) but I'm changing the schedule,  so that Friday is a rest day any way,  yoga or not.  So Thursday would be upper body weights normally,  unless I decide to do them tonight.

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/05/2019:
You know, the same things happened with my sleep. So i'm still working, also, on getting more. At least we are both getting decent sleep, even though i think we both would feel better with more.

I'm glad the workout was good. As you keep doing it, you may start getting less sore. to work legs more, you can hold weights. i don't do this, but that's a way. also another way is to do more repititions in your sets. i do this to judge my progress - how many reps i can do per set i'm always looking to increase. it took me very long to increase this. sometimes i still feel like a beginner compared to what other athletes can do with their squats. but i always keep on and i always improve from where i started :)

yes, work out your schedule so there's less conflicts sounds like a good idea to me! i'm always changing my days here and there. i've learned to work around different meetings for work or activities on the weekend, trying to figure out the best times to devote to my different workouts!

happy-1 on 06/05/2019:
What's the show? I am addicted to watching Wife Swap right now.

Donkey on 06/06/2019:
The series is on Masterpiece Theater Mystery. It's one of their detectives, but back in the 70s before she became the successful detective in the Prime Suspect series. Wasn't following it, but caught an episode, and now I have to know how it ends. You know how that goes, one show & you're hooked...

Donkey - Tuesday Jun 04, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

On my phone... which I hate but didn't want to stay away too long.  Sunday,  I lifted heavier and hurt my back.  Certain exercises are not ready for the heavier weights yet.   So I did some stretches and took some Aleve.  Yesterday was no weights.  Today I feel more sore in my right hip,  but I'm going to try to stick to the schedule, and cut my morning bike ride short to train.   Today is legs and abs. 

Horn asked if I was pleased with my results from May (carrying over from April,  actually).  I *AM* quite pleased.  I was brushing my hair out last night and noticed I've developed a nice bicep. Whoa...

I did have a bit of a food struggle last night and had done extra nuts and spoons of nut butter.  Yes,  it's extra calories,  but I'm ok with it.  

 MUST get more sleep.  I have been going to bed too late, not getting 7+ hours.  Also,  once again,  did not get my walk in at lunch,  but sat at my desk and worked through it.  I MUST step away and walk.

EVENING EDIT:  Completely blew my plans up this morning. I got distracted talking to husband and by the time I looked at the clock again, I had already ridden 80 minutes on the bike.  So I just did my usual 90 minutes and decided I would have to do weights this evening.

Did not get much of a walk in today, because it was raining, so I went to the drugstore to get more cold and cough medicines.  The decongestant is kept behind the pharmacy in back, so you have to ask the pharmacist for the box.  The expectorant (Mucinex) is kept behind the register in front, so you have to ask the cashier for it.  Who would have thought that Mucinex is highly shoplifted?  The decongestant I get, because people make meth from it (with like a million jillion little red tablets, I suppose), but Mucinex?  Forget it!  So I made my choice to get the Mucinex, because the pharmacy was busy.  I'll restock on that some other day.  I walked around the back of the parking lot back up to the front of the store.

As soon as I came back from lunch, it stops raining and the sun came out.  By 2pm it was gorgeous but too late for a 2nd lunch (LOL).  So not really walking.

I rode my bike this evening (the one with resistance) and did lunges and squats.  I'm going upstairs to do some thigh and butt work.  Some abs.  My push-ups.  And then I'm going to BED.  This day did not go AT ALL as I had planned, but at least I can still try to get in the extra sleep!

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/04/2019:
Nice job sticking to your schedule :) and sorry about your pain ! i think if you mostly let it rest, your back, you shall be OK! let us know :)

nice job sticking to your new schedule for today. i'm also headed for a weights routine in a few moments. i always come home and have trouble setting right in to exercise and usually relax a bit. today i even made my breakfast for tomorrow and put away laundry :) even before relaxing LOL...anything to procrastinate!?

sometimes there is the food struggle! i had the same exact issue with chips. and today at lunch i made sure to have carbs so i didn't come home and binge again on them!

lately, i think due to extra exercise, i'm quite hungrier than usual, especially at work.

same as you, i'm looking to get good sleep tonight...which means i should start my workout!

whenever i skip a walk at work, i know the next day i'd better go out! :)

Donkey on 06/04/2019:
I completely blew my schedule, which I will explain in this evening's edit.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/04/2019:
even though you blew up your schedule, you actually did what you could to work most of it out! proud of you..

Donkey on 06/05/2019:
Thank you :-)

happy-1 on 06/04/2019:
Hugs! I know how you feel about blown up plans. I'm there today too. Double hugs.

Donkey on 06/05/2019:
Thanks -- it all worked out to some degree, but it was incredibly discouraging at the time.

Donkey - Sunday Jun 02, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

I had logged in this morning, to comment, but this morning was so beautiful that I wanted to get out there and take a walk while it lasted.  Unfortunately, many other annoying people had the same idea.  There was a lady that followed me pretty much the whole time that was walking pretty briskly.   I didn't want her to pass me up, so I walked briskley too, but I would say after 3/4 of the way, I pulled over to let her pass me.  Sheesh!

So I did a little research yesterday for a weekly weight training schedule, that would help me organize which areas to exercise when.  I found one that I think will work for me.  I started it yesterday, which was shoulders/triceps/chest.  Today is back and biceps.  Tomorrow is rest.  Tuesday is legs and abs.  Wednesday is rest.  Then repeat.  On the weekdays that have weight training, I will cut back on my morning bike rides, so that I have time to do weights.  On the rest days and on weekends, when I have more time, I can go back to my regular bike rides.  So 3 days a week will be shortened cardio.

I realized that if I want to see changes, then I need to be the change that I want to see.  Otherwise, it's not going to happen.  So this will be my summer plan for June, July, and August.  Then I will re-evaluate.  I want to give this change an opportunity to set in as a new habit and then see what the results are, if any.  To be fair to the program, which means, to myself, I know that I have to give it some time.  Results don't come overnight.

I figure that if I decide that I just love cardio so much - or the numbers, rather - I can always go back to what I was doing before, maybe for the winter, when the weather turns colder, the extra cardio would be a good thing.   OR I can change up the weight training routine again.  OR who knows?

I realize that this post is very results oriented, but my hope is that all y'all will follow me in this new phase and enjoy the journey with me.


Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 06/02/2019:
It is so true...nothing changes unless something changes.....change is hard...but if you want it bad enough it's worth it. If numbers are your impetus...then you will be more apt to do it if it involves numbers....if that is where your interest is than use that!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2019:
lol, i like to walk alone without any followers! i always move to let them pass bc i get nervous i'll have to fart (which usually happens all the time when i walk)! hahahaha

nice job researching some moves to use. by the way, were you happy with your progress last month? Seems to me you are looking to add a little more strength? that's what it sounds like here..

that's right! changes come only if we make changes! otherwise, things will def remain the same! :)

i would say this post is good. you are considering all options! for some reason, i think it's results oriented but with many options and considerations. your plans sound good for this month & i think def that you should see how it plays out for a month. it you can keep it up, i'd say doing this new routine for several months will pay off :)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/03/2019:
glad you're doing it for a few months!

i've done workouts sometimes for well over a year before changing!

Maria7 on 06/03/2019:
Glad you are feeling better.

Donkey - Saturday Jun 01, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Did NOT weigh in today!  Long story short, didn't follow my usual morning routine --- mostly because NyQuil makes me so groggy in the morning --- and weighing in just didn't fit in before I had my first cup of coffee.  I'm still struggling a bit with congestion/coughing/runny nose.  All of this is such a pain in the donkey -- it's the inconvenience more than anything.  I'll be fine.

Last weekend, I had 2 amazing days of weights.  Really challenged myself and did well.  Then no more weights - other than daily push-ups - during the week.  THIS is an ongoing problem.  What can I do?  I want to incorporate AT LEAST one more day of weight training, but ideally would like to do more.  However, with coming home at 6p, riding my bike (to de-stress) at 7p, and then getting ready for bed at 8p (for sleeping at 9:30p), I run out of time.

Then I looked at my mornings.  I will be completely 100% honest here.  My morning routine is 90 minutes on my old exercise bike for a light ride (i.e. not intense) while I watch the news, drink coffee, read the news on my phone, and just wake up and move.  I love starting my days with this.  I usually hit "500 calories" and "19 miles" on the read-out --- I KNOW this is NOT accurate, but (as you know), I tend to be OCD about numbers, and that's what's happening here.  Then I get ready for the day.  Happy Donkey.

I was talking with Mortgage Guy at work, who is trying to lose the last 10 pounds of a 30-pound weight loss goal.  He spoke to a personal trainer who advised him to cut back on cardio, do high intensity intervals (meaning slow/fast/slow/fast) to work up a sweat, and then focus on strength training.  This is SOLID advice. I think this could work for me, too.  In fact, I'm pretty sure it would, but I am finding myself SO resistant to changing my routine.  

I could cut out the evening bike ride, to make time to do weights, but I don't think that's where I need to make the change.  It's the morning "workout" that really isn't doing me much good beyond 30 minutes.  I was thinking about cutting back to 60 minutes -- to give me an hour to watch the news & use my phone -- and which would leave an extra 30 minutes to do weights.  Sounds logical, right?  But in considering making this change, I'm finding much reluctance to do so.

I came to the statement last night that if I want to see change in myself, I'm going to have to make changes.

I'm afraid to change.

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 06/01/2019:
19 miles is amazing...I know someone who has been using her exercise bike for a little more than an hour each morning and she is getting in 21 miles now...so it may be more accurate than you think.......none the less......that is GREAT!!!

Donkey on 06/02/2019:
Possibly, but I still don't believe it, LOL. It's more of a numbers fixation, which I will comment on in my own entry, further. But thank you for the encouragement! :)

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2019:
so i started commenting and then accidentally closed the browser! grrrrr! so now i'll start again! :) luckily i wasn't done with my comments!

i support you taking the Nyquil because you need to sleep well to get over being sick. it's def a give and take and knowing the consequences that you'll be tired in the morning after Nyquil. i get that way too, after both sleeping pills and cold medicine at nighttime. i was very groggy yesterday after the sleeping pill i took on Friday night (i took it bc i had eaten a lot, was emotionally tired, wasn't going to work out, and knew the best thing i could do was sleep early and end the day...) but i was tired Saturday bc of it, but seems to have still been a fine decision on my part. ok, back to you!...

Donkey on 06/02/2019:
Oh I hate it when that happens...

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2019:
with the weights and time issue, you have to re-evaluate your priorities! i'm saying this just in general, not as a criticism at all. i'm trying to say that whatever you prioritize and plan for will happen. you mention struggling to adapt to a new routine, oh me too!!, but if you PLAN for it, it will happen. you've got to put the time in. BUT, if time is lacking, then you have to SUBTRACT time from something else...

this is why i have changed my weights routine and why it's less now. i found it the only way i could also still relax at home a bit and also be happy and content with the lifestyle of adding in the ladder workouts and soon to be other cardio stuff on the opposite days. i had realized my weights workout had gotten too drawn out and i couldn't deal with being so tired at work anymore the next day. part of exercising isn't how long, but how efficient we are. so, you may have to take away from the bike. you need your sleep and i'd NEVER recommend skimping on that to fit a workout in. also, you can also do 1/2 your strength workout one day, opposite body parts the next? to cut it short at both sessions? not sure, just an idea. you used to bike in the AM, perhaps time your workouts differently. but of course it all has to work out in your lifestyle. and you have to be content with it in the end.

in regards to pushups,that's one of the MOST important exercises i'd like to say in my own opinion. pushups have such a wonderful effect on body shape and muscle strength. keeping that in all week was a wonderful decision.

remember, if you cannot do a full session or long session, perhaps cut things down. like, instead of doing half hour bike, jsut warm up 10 min on bike on the days you will also do weights along with bike. this is an example of what i'd do - in order to incorporate a little cardio and little strength and get it all done.

Donkey on 06/02/2019:
Time management is going to be the solution to my dilemma, as you have touched upon here. And you are 100% that some workout is way better than no workout. So even if some things are cut short, some progress was made, even with abbreviated sessions.

I have done this in the past, when I'm running short on time. I do something, because doing nothing does not lend itself to a good day -- especially with the bike riding and my back. I gotta do that or I'm no good.

Horn_of_plenty on 06/02/2019:
if you like your 90 minutes of leg movement on the bike, keep it. it is a LONG amount of time though.

it's def hard to change routines. if you got the weights in, only some mornings not all - if you are doing a simple amount of exercises, i recommend 3x a week only. that means that you can stick with your bike still 3 days of the 5 workdays in a week. just two days you need the weights too, along with a weekend day. that means your routine is mostly the same.

also, there's some time not considered, i'll make the bike workout 45 min on weights days, just to make sure you are good on your timing and not late for work? just an idea to make it easier at first, so you can make it your routine.

Donkey on 06/02/2019:
I'm going to write more about this today. You have given me some good observations and insights. My entry will expound and expand on this.

Donkey - Thursday May 30, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

 Up early because my coughing woke me up and I didn't want to wake up anyone else at this hour.  I did manage better sleep last night and the night before. 

What I really need is rest but work won't let me.  Friday is the busiest closing day so far this year, and there's far too much to do.  Nice Lady called in sick with food poisoning or stomach bug, and Mistakes Girl started the day with a sore throat send ended the day with head congestion. 

If I could,  I'd work until 3p and come home to rest.  My brain gets foggy with fatigue and my voice quits about that time,  too.  This just needs to go away. 

EVENING UPDATE:  I feel not too bad tonight.  I'm still a little congested and coughing, but not in pain any more.  I will be taking NyQuil tonight to help sleep and not cough.

Work was so sad.  I went in almost an hour early, worked through lunch - yep, took no walk today - and STILL ended up working an hour over.  But all of my files are pretty much ready for tomorrow's closings.

One thing I wanted to mention is that during one of the walks I took over the weekend, I added some light jogging.  I can say now that it's the running that causes my back pain, not weight training.  I felt my hips out of alignment and did some special stretching to keep my hips stay aligned with my spine.  I might try this again, to see if jogging is something I can do once a week, but I think my running days are pretty much over.

Having said that, I'm thinking about getting a (used) weighted vest for walking.  I'm not sure, because I'm trying to downsize, right?  And maybe I could use a backpack that I already have, right?  But someone is selling one for $15 that holds up to 20 pounds... so I'm thinking about it.

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2019:
Maybe you should leave early from work if you can, considering everyone else is sick too i'm sure they'd understand. Perhaps just do it.

You do need to rest, come home and rest, go to sleep early :)

Feel better, it will pass.

legcramps on 05/30/2019:
I also vote for you to take off from work early today :)

Please take care of yourself.

horn_of_plenty on 05/30/2019:
Take care of yourself in order to enjoy next month and Springtime. Listen to your body. nobody will say anything if they understand / see you are sick. go to bed early. take meds.

Horn_of_plenty on 05/31/2019:
Weighted vest seems a great idea. That would also work your whole body including legs more. Burns more calories. i wouldn't use it for long walks at first though. it will be more pressure on your feet? like you are a heavier person walking. i'd def see tons of opportunity and positive features to using it. i fully support it.

running...not necessary unless you have a goal for it. do what doesn't hurt your body. if you have back issues, causes by running, don't run. it's not worth it. there's so many other types of exercise out there.

i myself don't think i'll ever run many miles. i like my weights and i do like cardio, but i think my body is also limited to how much i can do (at least right now). try to do what workks for you.

Donkey on 06/01/2019:
The only purpose for running is for HIIT, so that I'm doing fast/slow/fast/slow intervals. When I say "running", please know that this is a slow jog for no longer than 5 minutes at a time.

BearCountryGG on 05/31/2019:
I've had hip pain for quite a few years....and when I think of it...I stop...and look immediatly at my feet....when my hip is bothering me...my LEFT FOOT is ALWAYS turned out a little...when I pull that foot back straight...it helps the hip right away...Apparently it is something I have done to myself....you may want to notice that.

Donkey on 06/01/2019:
Good point!

Donkey on 06/01/2019:
Alignment is huge. I have foot problems, knee problems, hip problems - all on the right side, all that lead to back problems. I'm sure that my form has something to do with the results (pain). I do try very hard to be aware of my positions while jogging, but it still ends up with residual effects.

legcramps on 05/31/2019:
I've never used a weighted vest before, sounds interesting. As long as it isn't something that might affect your current back issues or alignment, it might be worth a try.

Donkey on 06/01/2019:
Another REALLY good point that I hadn't considered. Thanks!

Donkey - Tuesday May 28, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

 It was a wonderfully relaxing day yesterday,  but sleep was no good.  The sinus infection has moved down to my chest,  as it usually does,  and the very annoying , persistent dry cough would not let me sleep.  Finally,  around 1am, I propped myself up with a pillow,  which stopped the coughing but hurts my neck and back. 

It's office policy to be at work 30 minutes earlier after a holiday weekend (or we don't get paid for the holiday), so it was important that I get up on time to do my morning exercise,  etc.  Wow was that HARD!  Very hard!!

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2019:
Did you take any sleep/sick medicine?????? Do you have NyQuil? i hope you will take it, so that you can sleep.

Great Job getting the exercise in - it's worth it to get it in and get the day started. I'm learning that i have to plan more intricately than i used to. actually, it's the opposite of intricate:

Now, if i want to make sure i exercise, i keep the day very open if i want a big exercise session. no longer do i try to do everything in one day. I am actually prioritizing differently now. exercise will take precedence if it needs to be.

I hope you feel much better soon. take the OTC meds to feel better during day and night!

wishing you a fast, shortened week.

like legs, i have a lot of plans for exercise.

and yes, the gym i don't need, probably at all. and in Wintertime, maybe i'll just take my workouts indoors, we'll see, indoors in my apt. maybe even buy a small elliptical or other type of trainer. then again, i do have something already at my parent's house i can take to my place :)

horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2019:
yeah, i don't need a gym at all for training as i have everything i need at home. i can totally take the cardio indoors in my apt. no more gym for me for a few years i'm thinking :)

unless i hire a trainer and must go to the gym. that would be in the Late Fall / Wintertime.

horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2019:
LOL sorry it's about me...

but for now, i have the cardio training under control. I'm training myself on agility which is the basis of the beep test and other test...and my own training is going well. it's enough. it's only 10min but those 10min of work are hardcore. constant movement. i was sweating yesterday midway thru!

i hope you and Legs will continue to motivate me. lets keep on, all together, always looking to keep fit and active.

Maria7 on 05/28/2019:
I just recently got well of bronchitis...started off w sore throat and sinuses, then dry cough, then not dry (ick!)...I suggest Mucinex DM...it is very good but expensive...also you can get the cheaper (and weaker) version at Dollar Tree, which I took a lot of and helped a lot, along with generic tylenols...try to rest as much as possible and not overdo and not worry. Hope you feel better.

legcramps on 05/28/2019:
I'm sorry you're not feeling great; hopefully it passes soon! Make sure you take your rest when you need it, and keep those stress levels down :)

Strange that you have to show for work 30 minutes early in order to be paid for a holiday? In Canada, we are 'entitled' to statutory holiday pay, as long as we are full time employees, Monday to Friday. So are you working an extra 30 minutes then today? I feel like that is such hogwash.

Donkey - Monday May 27, 2019
(Reduction of processed carbs & wishful exercise)
Weight: 135.5

Got in 2 walks yesterday - wow, my step-count was right where I love it to be, around the 25,000 mark.  Storms are forecasted for the remainder of the day, so that if I want to walk outside, I will have to get out there soon, which I will do.

My throat is still sore, although it's a different kind of sore this morning.  I can feel it running its course, though, so that is a good thing. 

I checked out a book from the library on Saturday about decluttering.  It's a "hot pick" so I have only a week, but it's very easy reading -- I figured I could get through that in a day.  So I started the book and realized that while I completely agree with the premise that an orderly exterior lends itself to an ordererly (peaceful) inside, this book was making me very anxious.  I have a lot of things I could declutter, but as long as my house is clean, I'm ok with it.  (More than ok actually -- I'm very happy to have a clean house.)  I suppose that the one area I really should and do need to declutter is the pantry, because I don't want to waste food, and even dry goods expire eventually.  Every month, my church has a food drive.  So why is this so hard for me to do? All of it?

I've broken away from keto with eating more fruit.  Yesterday, I had frozen grapes.  Today I will have frozen bananas or perhaps fresh melon.  Maybe both? 

OK, now I must leave for my morning walk.  It's quite a bit later than I had planned yesterday, but with the sore throat, I was not able to get up as early as I normally would have wanted to.  I thought that additional rest would be a better option today.   

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only -1 lbs to go!

BearCountryGG on 05/27/2019:
WOW....that is a lot of steps!!! I'm glad to see you are eating more fruit...Maybe some extra vitamin C for the throat?

Horn_of_plenty on 05/28/2019:
that's an awesome amount of steps! very, very healthy and active. i am going to check how many miles, approx, that equals...actually, i think the recommended minimum is 10k steps, which is 5mi, which means yours is over 10mi!? nice. I guess that means you were walking most of the day?

I know exactly what you mean of getting to know your body and how to recognize the pattern of a cold. thank gosh it's getting there...

well, with the pantry, maybe do less than the whole thing. maybe do one shelf each weekend? my pantry area is a mess. i wouldn't want to clean it all at once. i have cleaned it before, takes a little while indeed and some thing got tossed because they were so old.

nice on the fruit. it's a perfect time of year to include more of it. plus, calories on fruit are rather low for the volume - especially with berries - and especially strawberries - which is probably part of the reason i love them.

I agree that extra rest is always a good thing, especially if your body is able to rest / sleep more, give it to your body.

there's so many resources out there about rest and how it's the best healing power. i support those claims as i know how i felt without rest and don't think i'll ever do that again.

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