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Donkey - Wednesday Feb 17, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

I woke up early today, so I got up.  I woke up a few times, actually.  Once around 1:30am - too early.  Then around 3am - still too early.  At 4:45am, I decided this was late enough to get up.  That is why I have the benefit of having sufficient time to write and comment here - while typing on my laptop, nonetheless!

The only problem is that I got hungry too early, so I'm drinking a 2nd cup of coffee and typing here.  When I am done here, it should be late enough to have something to eat, so that hopefully I won't have to have a morning snack.


So my husband and I had words yesterday while shoveling in the morning.  I hate starting my work day like that.  My boss was being a little annoying with small talk - I hate small talk - so I said, in front of him and Associate Attorney, "Yeah, my husband and I had a BIG FIGHT this morning before I came to work, so this morning has been a struggle."   After that, they gave me a little space.  

However, some of the problems caused by the mistakes of others, started to really wear thin on my nerves, and I could feel the burden of all the negative energy I was feeling.  By 11:30am, I texted my husband, "Not to be negative, but there is a whole lot of stupid going on around here."  He replied, "It seems to be a national problem apparently."  HA HA HA!  After that, my day improved significantly.  

Since I didn't have to shovel last night, I had all this free time!  So I did upper body weights - triceps, biceps, and shoulders.  I felt great afterwards, that I had done that. We'll see how tonight goes, if I'm up for doing legs.  Usually that's not a problem for me.

I did well with drinking water and eating, limiting my dessert to 1 Hershey's Kiss -- although those lemon bars, as not-good as they are, were calling my name briefly.

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

bearcountrygg on 02/17/2021:
I'm glad you guys had a laugh!!!! There is a whole lot of stupid going on everywhere! I'm impressed with the 1 Hershey's Kiss....D totally limits his to 2 and you guys rock. Work is important because it finances your life......Life is the most important though ...I'm really glad you and hubby cleared the air...don't forget to leave work at work this afternoon...touch that door frame on the way out!!!


grannyannie on 02/17/2021:
Good job on the muscle work.

I kept waking up last night as well, don't know why. I try to hold off having my porridge and berries until after 8am. But since we get up at 6 I sometimes am hungry - so had cereal this morning.

You are tough only having 1 Hersheys kiss!


Maria7 on 02/17/2021:
Yes, there IS a lot of stupid going on...more places than one. Smile!


Horn_of_plenty on 02/17/2021:
let us know if you try different mixes in your coffee.

yeah, the thing about getting up early is...hungry hungry hungry for a longer portion of the 24hour period of a day...LOL...oh how i know!

i suppose sometimes getting the aggrivation out of your system by letting people know...is a good idea. without reading your entry until now, it seems that i took the same approach as you this AM with coworkers.

OH.

but now i see work didn't get better after that...

my boss has been odd at work...

when nobody is there but me and him, he jokes a lot.

when everyone is there, he jokes less with me...and talks to one guy more...i guess that's normal LOL now that i think about it.

wishing you a better day tomorrow. keep your head up!



Donkey - Tuesday Feb 16, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.0

I shoveled last night, and then I shoveled this morning.  Husband helped me this morning.  I don't think it's worth it to have his help because he is bossy and cross when I do things my way, and he has a completely different way of doing things.  He has no proper winter clothes either, because he's either too big now (boots, coat) or loses things (gloves) he's had. Many years ago, I bought him a good windbreaker that was a size 3X because his other jacket was getting too small.  It sat unworn in the closet for YEARS.  This weekend, he found it and is now wearing it because he has no other choice. He needs something that fits and that is warmer than just a fleece.  Nevermind that it's 5F outside.

Eating and drinking water is going OK, but I've fallen into the dessert trap again.  My husband bought lemon bars from Walmart. One bar has 400 calories!  So I've been having half a bar for dessert, Sunday and then yesterday.  That's still too much.  So no more lemon bars, and no more desserts other than a Hershey's Kiss.

Finally opened the vegan heavy cream substitute for my coffee.  It's delicious! (Silk brand) It's quite expensive.  I'm wondering if I could just use canned coconut milk or canned coconut cream (or a combo of the 2) in my coffee.  Cheaper, a little less in calories than the heavy whipping cream, more readily available in stores.

Yoga last night was wonderful!

Out of time to write & comment! Have a good day!

 

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

grannyannie on 02/16/2021:
400 calories for a lemon bar! Yikes.

Are you getting snow every day?

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
We were. It looks like the Wednesday and Thursday snows have been canceled. Lord, I hope so.


innerpeace on 02/16/2021:
I tried to shovel today - but the snow was so heavy. I did make a trail for my doggos to get outside. Just a note - I didn't think you comment was insensitive. I just didn't get around to making a post and replying. You are partly right. My husband and I have a bad sweet tooth, so much so we don't have things in the house, for the reason that we eat it until it is gone. So when he leaves or goes shopping I am always ask him to bring me something sweet. I eat it and it is gone. Only once in a blue moon does he bring me something without me asking first. He is a type II diabetic so again, we TRY not to eat sweets because I have documented struggle with my sugar numbers. Please don't think you were insensitive, even if I thought that, I would surely want someone to point that out and I thank you. Have a good day.

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
Ok, glad we're good. In that way, I see what you're doing, since it keeps sweets out of the house unless it's a special effort. That works.


horn_of_plenty on 02/16/2021:
hmmm, sounds like you do good shoveling without hub's added into the mix lol...seriously, tho!

half a lemon bar sounds ok to me. is it good?

GREAT idea to use a cheaper alternative to silk like canned coconut...smart of you...

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
I've been reading some recipes. I thought I would whip it up, but what I'm seeing is to heat the coconut milk or cream to condense it slightly. Then, I would use that condensed version as creamer. I'm going to give this a try, when my current stash gets a little lower.

Donkey on 02/17/2021:
Ya know, the lemon bar isn't THAT good to justify the calories, in my opinion.



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

 Yesterday was a quiet day. I spent most of it alone,  as husks was in a bad mood (pain), and I don't think I was helping, being around. 

The things I didn't do on Saturday were accomplished on Sunday:  treadmill (walking), upper body weights,  lower body weights. Did some cat laundry.  Mopped some floors.  Worked on the puzzle a lot - that was relaxing. Had thought about having a small glass of wine,  but never got to it. 

I kind of feel like I got shorted this weekend.  I need another weekend. 

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

grannyannie on 02/15/2021:
Well done on your Sunday workout and chores.

Poor hubby. Hope he feels better.

What's your jigsaw? The one I'm working on now is a collage of various unusual doors and windows.

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
It's a huge photo of a ship with sails, like from the 1700's. I'm sure there's a word for that kind of ship.


Jacky82020 on 02/15/2021:
Are you off today?

I am bored because the stock market is closed. Have become quite the retailer investor during the last ten years or so. Read interesting article that the Big Boys made all the money on the recent Game store thing, not the little guys. They closely monitor retail (home) investors on Reddit and other forums, so are always one step if not lightyears ahead. Very interested how the news distorted the story to make it look like the little guys won. I preferred that version.

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
I was not off. The phones were quieter than usual, I would say, but I was still plenty busy.


bearcountrygg on 02/15/2021:
Hope today goes more like you want it and that your hubby feels better. Sometimes too much togetherness is too much...I get it!

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
We're kind of at that point right now.


Horn_of_plenty on 02/15/2021:
I'm sorry you didn't have "in" on the president's day weekend! :(

you did great for your two days off...and i hope do have another 3day before my next 3day...

i shouldn't have one till at least end of March (i could prob fit one in if there's a jewish holiday), otherwise, i'll hold out to April and take off at least a couple days then since i will have been working lots since January and will take it for my sanity...if my days are back and available to me as April is when our new vacation year always starts...

i hope next weekend will be more relaxing for you, if that's what you need...otherwise, i wish you a 'fast' week as my friend and i say as a joke as it doesn't mean productive, just fast. although, i always include productive in my meaning of fast when i say "fast week"! :)

Donkey on 02/16/2021:
Had I taken yesterday off, I would have been overwhelmingly busy today. That is for sure.



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

Not a good start to the day.  Woke up after my husband did, at 6:30am.  This is because I sabotaged myself last night by staying up too late (10:30pm).

Coffee machine broke.  It won't brew after turning it on.  I'm trying to run it through a clean cycle, so see if that will help reset the functions, even though the coffee pot did not indicate that it's ready for the cleaning cycle.  THANK GOODNESS I saved the old percolator coffee maker, so at least I don't have to go without.  It's *vital* that I have sufficient coffee.  Bad things happen when I don't have my coffee.

I didn't do weights yesterday.  I didn't walk on the treadmill yesterday.  I was feeling a heavy, fatigue feeling in my legs.  And I watched TV with Daughter instead of using the treadmill.  I'm not too disappointed in myself though because: (a) I can only do what I can do, and (b) I did go out and shovel twice.  

So I will do the treadmill today and or weight train.  I still need to write those checks, but since there's no mail tomorrow, I can actually get away with waiting one more day.  For less stress, though, I *should* do that today.

Not doing anything especial for Valentine's Day.  Husband is still having GI problems - this is part of the auto-immune disease - but as I mentioned in Annie's diary, perhaps we'll do the puzzle together.  I plan on opening a bottle of wine this afternoon or evening.

I was feeling very binge-y last night, but was able to stave it off with only 2 Hershey kisses.  Then I had probably too many sugar-free gummies.  Those aren't calorie-free, but they seem to help with those desperate sugar cravings.  Can't eat too many of those, though, because the malitol can cause painful, excess gas.  Knowing that ALWAYS helps keep my portions limited.  I do not plan to rely on these gummies forever, but for now, they are getting me through this winter, COVID, work, Husband, etc. 

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

bearcountrygg on 02/14/2021:
You were right about the cat grass......!!! Yuck!!....made good use of the cleaner and paper towels for the last few days.....and it's tough on the carpet...!! Sounds like you had good control of the snacks.....artificial sweeteners are tough for me too......my worst ones are Fiber one bars...and anything made by Nutrisystem!!! Back quite awhile ago I ordered a months worth of nutrisystem...( can also get it at Walmart and Big Lot stores)...and i tried it for a couple of days....OMG.....That was never going to work!!! It is so full of fiber I couldn't stand myself!!!

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
I've been there. Those Fiber One bars are dangerous!


Jacky82020 on 02/14/2021:
What is malitol? A sugar substitute? I could never stop at 2 kisses unless there were only 2 in the house. Irresistible!

I tried Nutrisystem once from eBay. Hated it! Sold it back on eBay, so didn’t lose much money.

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
Yes, malitol is a sugar alcohol that the body doesn't digest. Causes gas if eaten in quantity. It doesn't take many gummies to start up the bloating and gas. A serving is 9 gummy bears. 15 starts problems. I try not to eat more than 10.


Maria7 on 02/14/2021:
Good you have got a treadmill...I miss mine sometimes...it caught on fire years ago and had to be taken off.

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
The treadmill was my mom's, before she moved to Nevada. Too big and heavy to move. Plus, she doesn't need it out there because the weather is much nicer. I would probably not buy one on my own.


grannyannie on 02/14/2021:
If I eat sugar free sweeties they act like a laxative because I can't eat just a couple of them. Werthers toffee is a fave but can't buy it.

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
Never have the laxative effect. EVER. That's a problem.


Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2021:
I LOVE the end / middle of TOM when the bloat goes away! oh, that bloat can be SO BAD up until Tom starts!

The book you are reading about isolation sounds sooo good. Soon, i'll be reading Bankruptcy! haha...again, I appreciate all your feedback you gave me about the classes.

I hope your hubby is feeling better...

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
I didn't get a far in the book this weekend as I had hoped. Oh well...


Horn_of_plenty on 02/14/2021:
that is why i like my instant coffee (though there is NO nice scent like brewed coffee...but it's so darn easy to make instant, lol)...good for my lazy bones!

yeah, depending on the brand of gummies things can go wrong. The Smart Sweets brand of gummies do not give me any ill-effects. other brands do. i currently have a few smart sweets left and a few of another brand that aren't as good, but that i will not waste.

Donkey on 02/15/2021:
Yes, there are better sugar free and low sugar gummies, but I did not want to spend a lot of money on this crutch.



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

 Good morning!  The scale was so wonky this morning.  As you know, I weigh in 3 times, to make sure that the number is correct.  I couldn't get a consistent read-out.  I got 145.5 twice, then I got 144.5, then I got 143.5.  I went to the other scale that measures to the 0.2 lbs, and that weighed me in at 145.2.  That scale is usually 1.5 pounds heavier than the scale I normally use.  I went back to my regular scale and got 144.0.  So my weight might be a little lower than 145, but probably not.

I definitely feel less bloated.  I would attribute this to:

  • Drinking more water
  • Being on the end of TOM
  • Eating less

I'm glad about that, because the bloating was very uncomfortable.


It has been snowing since I got came downstairs at 6am.  I thought it was waning, and it would stop, but it seems to have picked up again, so I need to get out there and shovel, or it will be too heavy for me to lift and throw.

My husband is having painful GI problems today, so he cannot help at all.  Not even the snowblower, I don't think.  His pain has been dominating the morning. If it's impossible, I will ask my daughter to help shovel. 

I have my laundry drying right now, in anticipation that my daughter will do her laundry later today, once she wakes up.  Once again, she's put off doing her clothes, and she has a ton to wash and dry.


Today's list:

  • Upper body weights
  • Treadmill
  • My laundry - wash & dry
  • My laundry - fold & put away
  • Read book on isolation - the book I started last month about a man who was isolated for 2-3 months while being a winter caretaker for a summer cottage. (putting aside the meditation books for now)
  • Write checks to be mailed out on Tuesday.

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

Jacky82020 on 02/13/2021:
Sorry to hear about your husband and hope he feels better soon.

You mean you weigh yourself 3 consecutive times? I only do one, first thing in the AM. I will see if it varies, now that you mention it.

My BP monitor can be set for 3 consecutive readings and does the average. Takes too long, so I no longer use it. Just do the one.

Donkey on 02/14/2021:
Yes, I weigh myself 3 times. You'd be surprised at how many fluctuations I get in numbers. I either take the majority or an average.


grannyannie on 02/13/2021:
Sorry about husband - hope he feels better soon.

Good plans for today.

I am now keeping the scale in my bathroom and I get on it naked first thing in the morning. I move it once to a different area of the floor to confirm the number. Almost always the same.

Donkey on 02/14/2021:
And putting the scale on carpet will influence the numbers too.



Donkey - Friday Feb 12, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 Thank goodness today is Friday. That thought was about the only thing that got me through yesterday. 

As I was falling asleep last night, the lead story on the news was that it was snowing outside again,  which means shoveling for me this morning. GRRR! I turned off the TV, and as I was actually drifting off to sleep,  I heard the snowplow in our cul-de-sac. So once I finish my bike ride,  I'll go out and shovel. I should have a good step count on my Fitbit at least. 

Weigh-in tomorrow,  so I hope I can hold it together with eating until then. Still drinking lots of water. 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 02/12/2021:
Snow and more snow! Forgot where you live, the Chicago area?

I seriously need to drink more water. But I like coffee, iced tea & a few soft drinks.

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
Chicago suburbs, up near the Wisconsin border, sort of.

It's hard for me to drink straight water, so I often have herbal tea, carbonated water, and sugar-free flavor packets (some which have vitamin C). Yes, it's REALLY hard.


bearcountrygg on 02/12/2021:
We got your snow this morning but not enough to plow really......will see what the rest of the day brings. Lots of water is one of the best things you can do......good job on that.

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
More snow this morning. I thought it was ending around 8:30am, but it seems to have picked up again.


legcramps on 02/12/2021:
Well at least you'll have gotten the majority of your exercise already done for the day! Happy Friday!

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
YOU BET! Even 20 minutes of that extra walking (shoveling steps) really cranks up my stepcount!


grannyannie on 02/12/2021:
Just keep looking at shoveling as extra exercise!

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
Absolutely! The snow has built up so high around the drive, that in order to throw the snow farther, I do squats and then throw as I come up. I'm gonna be so buff after snow season! (lol)


horn_of_plenty on 02/12/2021:
Here's comments regarding your previous entry:

2nd paragraph!...oh, yes, how wonderful...it will certainly help you to do those things. i feel that the best bosses / administrators / executives are the ones that can hold back and are not quick to react...here's also where i could improve VASTLY on that subject of waiting before reacting. boy does that help in work and at home....and yes, it would help eating. i am this way too...the longer i can hold off between eating and then eating more, i realize i do not need as much "more..." like with chocolates...i was about to have 3 last night, but i took two and a drink...and i had a pig on my lap...and i decided against getting up for that 3rd one..i was able to hold off it...since it wasn't with me...and then i didn't want it anymore later...

i was going to walk today at lunch, but, same here - it's just too cold. tomorrow i'll be outside, it will be below 32F, but i'll have my warm electronic socks as well as full gear that i'm wearing to deal with over an hour outside...

lol this sure is a winter for snow! here, too, but not as much as Chicago. we'll be getting some more soon, too.

talk soon.

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
That little delay can really make a huge difference. It's sometimes hard to be mindful of that though - to delay. That's kind of where I tend to slip up.


Maria7 on 02/12/2021:
Try to stay warm while you are outside. Take care.

Donkey on 02/13/2021:
To be honest with you, I really don't have a good pair of gloves, so my fingers suffer the most. I don't like a bulky glove, so I wear 2 layers of thin gloves. It's so cold lately that this doesn't work too well. I would come in, of course, if it started to become painful.



Donkey - Thursday Feb 11, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 I did ok with eating yesterday,  but not as well as I had done on Monday or Tuesday. Higher carbs at work (eating up leftovers),   and then,  too much nibbling at dinner. I've been doing very good with water intake!  I'm really happy with that!


I'm realizing that I need to work on my attitudes and perceptions.  That is to say,  I need to see the glass half full,  rather than dwelling in a world that's half empty.  This might mean holding back on comments.  No snide remarks. Rather than reacting or responding instinctively (which for me is negatively), hold back and pause before saying or doing (emailing) anything. 

This may also help me  handle emotional eating better.


Holding off on weights until the brunt of TOM is past. I should have more energy this weekend.

I'm back to stepping outside at lunch,  but my walks are much shorter because it's so cold AND there's a lot of snow and slush on the streets.  

It will be a busy day at work,  but I will do my best to remain calm and positive. Breathe deep...

I WILL do better today with food, since most of the leftovers are gone. Freezing that chili was the best idea!  I'm already looking forward to drinking lots of water. 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/11/2021:
I can relate to emotional eating. I can eat when I'm not even hungry!

Are you getting anywhere close to menopause? I kept wishing for menopause and it hit me at 40.

Donkey on 02/12/2021:
Things are starting to change subtly, but I wouldn't even say I was experiencing peri-menopause yet.

My thought is that I need to lose the extra weight now and build up muscle BEFORE menopause, because I've heard it gets much harder after that.


Jacky82020 on 02/11/2021:
I have learned many things from my husband. One is:

Nice is always better.

Donkey on 02/12/2021:
LOL - 100% CORRECT! Unfortunately for husband, this didn't happen yesterday.


Jacky82020 on 02/12/2021:
lol SH*IT HAPPENS



Donkey - Wednesday Feb 10, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 I did well with eating,  yesterday,  but as I was getting ready for bed,  I realized I hadn't done any weights.  Not that I had planned weights or really wanted to do them.  It just never occurred to me. I've been experiencing some physical fatigue due to the impending TOM, plus busy at work... so maybe no weights until the weekend. 

Insanely busy at work again. I just couldn't keep up with balancing emails,  phone calls,  sending out letters to audiences,  sending out emails to clients.  Every time I stepped away from my desk, is come back to 5-9 more emails in my inbox. I finally caught up at around 4p (sort of) , leaving emails that could wait until today ---- except that today is supposed to be even busier!  

And so many conversations around me.  Associate Attorney making constant phone calls.  Boss on the phone or going around talking to coworkers.  Nice Lady finding any excuse to walk by my desk to talk to everyone.  With all this taking,  there was just no way I could listen to the impeachment hearings. 

To add salt to the wound,  Mistakes Girl told me yesterday that Queen Bee is coming back to cover her desk while she's on maternity leave. So that's like 6-8 weeks of having Queen at the office.  And she does not know how to open files correctly.  This will make more work for me, because she will not take directing from me,  nor am I inclined to even approach that hornets' nest.

I need to talk to the Boss about this,  but I have no time!

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/10/2021:
Sorry for the work disasters and stress and the return of Queen Bee! Reading about your work stress reminds me of my last job in the US - always busy.


horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2021:
TOM had me outta sorts...now just getting thru it these couple days over here...

...i hate that i am all semi-constipated with TOM...but at least the bloat has died down. it's always worst for me, with bloat, right before. it's better now...

compared to your workplace, mine is silent. not much talking and sometimes the time goes on for over a half hour with nobody saying a word! very peaceful. it's nice - you are left to your own work, less distractions, you can think about anything you need to do even for you, outside of work!

maybe just stay far away from the Bee unless she approached you or asks you for help...maybe stick to your own work while Bee is buzzing around.

Donkey on 02/11/2021:
I've interviewed at law firms that were so quiet you could hear an echo of every sound made. That's a bit extreme in the other direction.

In all reality, I don't begrudge anyone talking. Just don't talk around me. And again, it's the location of my desk that is the problem.


horn_of_plenty on 02/10/2021:
maybe you will have to show Bee what to do, per the boss' instructions. you'll have to figure it out...what to do.

Donkey on 02/11/2021:
I'm going to have to weigh the risk of giving her direction versus just doing it myself.

I think we need to think about looking into hiring someone, because if Mistakes Girl does come back, she wants to work part time, and this is a full time job.


Jacky82020 on 02/10/2021:
By all means, talk to Boss!

Maybe you can catch up on the weights on the weekend?

Donkey on 02/11/2021:
Definitely! I'm already gearing up for the weekend! I think for 1 week a month, I can put weights aside - I have given myself permission for this.


Maria7 on 02/10/2021:
Sounds like you are very busy! Still, I hope you have a good day and maybe get a chance to go outside and get some fresh air today. Take care.

Donkey on 02/11/2021:
YOU understand why I need my lunchtime walks! :-)

Most of my coworkers know I am busy and are letting me work, for the most part. That's good.


innerpeace on 02/10/2021:
I get anxious just readying your post. Not my most productive work environment, but I suppose you do what you have to do! Have a great evening.

Donkey on 02/11/2021:
Oh dear! I hadn't considered that! I sometimes come here and "dump" my work dramas here, as a release, but I had thought about how that spread negativity.

I've got to work on that!



Donkey - Tuesday Feb 09, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

 Insanely busy at work. I'm worried that if it's like this now,  in February,  what will it be like when the "rush" starts in the warmer weather?  Very foreboding...

Last night was yoga at 7p (at home), so I told Associate Attorney that I needed his letter before 5p. He has this habit of writing letters late in the day,  which then I have to stay later to send them out and update the file notes. For every letter,  there is about 10-15 minutes of follow-up work for me to do.  He was able to comply this time.  However,  I'm not always this lucky. 

I mention this because it's time to purchase another set of yoga classes with Jeanne (my yogi). If you recall,  last Fall, I took a break from yoga because I was just too darn busy at work. 

And for the first time since November,  before Thanksgiving,  I felt the pain of how short the remaining time I have at home after I come home from work and have dinner.  I felt very disconnected from my husband. I suppose it didn't help that rather than relax or enjoy my evening,  I had to shovel.  

I see that I need to start being very possessive of my free time now. IDK, it felt like yoga swallowed up a bunch of time,  shoveling took up a bunch of time... No time to just relax. 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/09/2021:
How stressful! You need time to relax and enjoy hubby time after dinner (and yoga).

I'd be very annoyed when someone consistently waited too late in the day which meant I had to stay later at work.

Are you still thinking of looking for a different job?

Donkey on 02/09/2021:
Considering the Walmart job less, now that Mistakes Girl will be out on maternity leave. I know I don't owe my boss anything, but I feel that having 2 of us leaving (albeit hers is only temporary) would be an awful strain on my boss and in the firm.

However, I heard Associate Attorney say he knows someone personally, who got a job with Amazon and walks 8 miles a day. And I think I could get that at Walmart.

But would that be too much of a good thing? At my age?


Jacky82020 on 02/09/2021:
Could you do yoga at home without the classes?

I remember the olden days of yore when I had yoga books. Must be a lot of YouTube instruction and DVDs now. I buy used DVDs cheap on eBay. Movies. Cheaper than pay per view & they can keep the movie or give it away.

Donkey on 02/09/2021:
Ya know... when it's not a live class, I just don't do it. And paying for it is an additional kick in the butt to do it.

If I sign up for more classes, and I start to flake out, I can ask her to allow me a delayed access to that day's class. At least I would get my money's worth, if that makes sense.


legcramps on 02/09/2021:
Something needs to change if you are feeling more stressed about having to do yoga then using it as an opportunity to unwind. Would it work better in the morning?

Donkey on 02/09/2021:
I agree! And yet I do always feel better after her classes. So the activity in itself is beneficial. Hmmm... maybe this is something that will require an attitude adjustment on my part. I hadn't considered that, actually. This is good!


horn_of_plenty on 02/09/2021:
try not to worry about later at work because you are busy now...i think you are overcoming the work left for you also since you were out at least a week!!!

when he works on his letters too late, is there a chance you can have him date them for the next day to send out the next day? that is quite annoying to you...

like you felt, i never feel great about taking classes after work when i'm commuting from the city...if i was driving from a closer workplace home, possibly i'd consider taking weekday classes...so don't feel bad you had to cancel them as i'd never even consider them! LOL...but that's besides the point...

you just had some time off...yes...it does feel like time flies after work. you do what you want to do...even if not a class, you can do your own shorter yoga session that you make up of maybe less poses compared to the class?

honestly, that's why i do not do my lower body 3x per week...i only do it twice, on Thursdays and the weekends. But i do upper 3x, tonight is the extra day. HOwever, i do not do lower tonight also because it makes me ill to even think about having a workout that long on TUESDAYS AND thursdays...so i just grin and bare if for Thursdays, a full body...

what i'm saying is, it is YOUR LIFE and YOUR HAPPINESS...so you try to make a schedule that makes you content after work...perhaps it's just not that yoga class..or it's a yoga class on ONE day but the other is YOUR own yoga practice which is shorter.

Donkey on 02/09/2021:
About Associate Attorney and his letters: sometimes, if it's getting late or if I make the request, he will date his letters for the next day. But this letter in Monday was time-sensitive and had to go out.

You know, I hadn't considered a shorter yoga class! Wow! I will ask the teacher if we can work out a class package for shorter classes. I'm the only one that attends her evening Zoom class, so maybe she'd be willing to work with me.

Thank you!!!!



Donkey - Monday Feb 08, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 147.0

Ran out of time this morning to post my own entry, although I did respond to most of your entries and comments :-) 

Just wanted to boast though that I took the remaining chili and divided it up into single servings and froze the containers, so that I can grab one for my lunches at work.  Of course, we can always defrost 2-3 containers to have a full family meal, too, but I'm pretty sure that I'll end up eating these myself.  That's OK!  It was too good to waste! 

Progress as of today: 39.5 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/08/2021:
I do that every week - works great. Just froze some black bean chili. So now I have Tom Yum Gai and chili in the freezer. Wish I had a bigger one!


horn_of_plenty on 02/08/2021:
YEAH! great idea! and last night, i froze so much food, all the rice i had leftover in my fridge...i have SO MANY full meals to bring to work of protein, veggies, and rice. so nice! free food as i see it...money saved :) i am not sure i'll eat them all in a row, but, it's good that i have all of it to use often enough that i'm not spending as much as i did my first few weeks while working this new job. oh, it's great to have portioned meals ready in the freezer to grab for work! :) nice job. we are both so prepared.



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