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Donkey - Tuesday Jan 28, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 Neck is still sore, but I do have nearly full range of motion.  

Went out to dinner last night.  Probably ate too much.  Opted out of my nightly bike ride,  but still got in over 20,000 steps for the day because of all the cat clean up that needed to be done.  I felt bad that I was not able to spend more time with my cats, but i just wanted to get into bed and use the heating pad on my neck. 

I read a post on Facebook this morning from someone who starts and ends her day with yoga.  Oh how I'd love to get to that point.  I'm getting frustrated with my exercise routine but just can't seem to break away from it. 

I guess nothing will change until my neck gets better. 

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

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
i also have a slightly dull exercise routine but i also do not want to break away bc it gives (some) results.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
oh and that's a LOT of steps!!!! good job!

legcramps on 01/28/2020:
Wow, great step count!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
you know that equals...10 miles!?

bearcountrygg on 01/28/2020:
Beginning and ending the day with yoga is an interesting idea....meditation at night always sounded calming to me too...been years since I've committed to that really.

Donkey - Monday Jan 27, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 Between my husband's coughing and cleaning up after Cat Fight #1054, I did not get very good sleep, despite the fact that I turned off the light before 9pm.

So this morning got off to a very late start.  Oh well,  I'm not changing my morning routine today.  My ME time is more important to me.  I just regret not having extra time to spend with my cats before I leave - especially Sick Kitty.  

Along these lines, I've thought about trying a couple of yoga classes that the studio offers in the mornings to see if I'm at their level. I'd have to take time off of work (go in late).  I guess that's silly to do,  since I wouldn't be able to attend regularly...  I guess I'm just missing yoga overall, to consider this. 

My neck has almost full mobility, but still feels achy.  Leaning my head back hurts the most.  I hope I'm healed enough to attend Thursday yoga. We'll see. 

Queen Bee stopped by the office on Friday.  She's lost more weight,  it seems.  According to Mistakes Girl,  she's lost about 50 pounds.  I'm kind of jealous. 

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

bearcountrygg on 01/27/2020:
Be careful with your neck....try not to rush it....that can be an issue that lasts for a long time....i had physical therapy for mine for months....and when the dr found out they were doing traction on me....he stopped the therapy...apparently they were doing more damage than good.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
i would say, if rarely, it's not a big deal to take time off to do the yoga. as long as you aren't doing anything more than your coworkers ;)

queen bee may lost fast...but most fast losers are also fast gainers ;)

Donkey - Sunday Jan 26, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

 My neck feels almost normal -- 90 to 99%.  The heating pad helps A LOT.  I'm also using a cold compress, which does not feel as good, but I think alternating the hot and cold is key.

I did not go to yoga today.  BUT - I did notice that the teacher who had the anxiety attack has taken herself out of the teaching schedule for the entire week.  The owner - who ended up teaching the class last Monday, after the unexpected attack - emailed me and the other lady to give us a free yoga session.  She apologized for the last-minute switch - something I feel was unnecessary but a very nice gesture.  I'm not sure if I will accept the free class, since there WAS a class, just an unexpected change in teachers.

I don't know, I can't think about that right now.  I just want my neck to feel better, so that I can get my life back.  I'm almost there.

I've tried to revert back to my low carb way of eating, which I used when I was actually losing weight.  However, it doesn't seem to be doing well for me this time around.  My boss comes back from his 5-6 weeks off in 2 weeks and I haven't lost anything.  In fact, I gained and now I'm slowly coming back to the 136 I was at the beginning.

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

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2020:
Glad to hear that your neck is a lot better....neck pain is the pits!! Good idea not pushing the yoga while your neck is still vulnerable.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/28/2020:
whoa another free class!? cool. maybe just tip her for the class ? that's extremely nice.

i am so far from low carb it's funny now. it worked for me, but left me depressed i think. i'm almost now too heavy on the carbs, but, idk.

always with weight loss, try it little by little. as long as it's mostly maintenance, you can work on things!!

Donkey - Saturday Jan 25, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 138.0

Feels like I have whiplash.  Thankfully,  my neck is the only thing that hurts from my slip & fall.  But oh my does this hurt!  I will be alternating warm and cold on my neck.   Out of Advil, so aspirin until I can get some. 

This feels worse than when I had my car accident.

Poor husband is sick with a cold and had to go out to shovel and snowblow the driveway.   

We need someone to take care of us. 

Weigh in today.  Numbers are down --- oh those figs were calling to me last night!  But I went upstairs to get ready for bed instead.  It's really sad that I no longer have lost 50 pounds.  That is my first goal.

Since walking outside in the winter is now a dangerous thing, I have to think of an alternative. This blows...

Funny how your life can change significantly in a single moment.  

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

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2020:
I hope that your neck will feel better soon and so sorry about this injury ! I also hope your hubby feels better soon.

Remember how much weight is still gone, try to look at the positive. Also, have you don’t any new baking or cooking recipes lately ? I know you get enthusiastic to try new Things. I’ve realized I can make jello out of all types of frozen fruit as the coloring will be nice In jello.

I’m actually starting to look forward to eating my recipes and I have decided that the next time I need whipped cream, I’m def making it.

Donkey on 01/26/2020:
I don't know why but lately, baking and cooking new things just doesn't seem to interest me. I bought ingredients to make Fat Head dough, and then never did.

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2020:
I've been worried about you since I read your previous post. I'm so glad you brought us up to date. Hopefully you don't catch hubby's cold on top of everything else. Boy it doesn't take long for food habits to start does it...maybe there is something in (dates or figs?) that your body needs...i know dates are full of minerals. Feel better ((HUGS)).

Donkey on 01/26/2020:
I think there might be something in the dates that I'm lacking, too. I had 3 dates on Friday night and they upset my stomach. So now they seem less appealing to me.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2020:
finally bought heavy cream tonight :)

Donkey on 01/26/2020:
YUM!!!! I have left heavy cream behind, since I'm doing low carb, but started adding coconut oil to my morning coffee then just a splash of half and half, if even.

happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
You really, really need to see your doc right away. A fall like that is no small thing. You can easily have cracked something. You only get one spine.

Donkey on 01/26/2020:
I know, I know... I have an appointment to see her Feb. 3rd anyway. Since I didn't have any of the danger signs of a concussion, I figured seeing her could wait.

I cringe at the thought of an MRI or x-ray, which she'll want to do, just to cover her butt if nothing else. I just can't afford to pay what insurance won't cover.

Donkey - Thursday Jan 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 I was walking outside at lunch and slipped on a sidewalk that was not properly cleared.  Under the newly fallen snow was a sheet of ice.  Fell straight on my back and the back of my head hit the icy pavement hard.  It made a noise when my head hit the sidewalk.   My jaw jarred shut from the impact. 

Quite an interesting experience. I felt ok, although I admit not quite 100%.  Skipped yoga tonight.  Going to bed after taking a hot shower.  I am anticipating some soreness tomorrow. 

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2020:
Aww.....Hope you didn't get hurt too badly, a fall on the ice happens so quick and the landing is so hard......That is the scariest thing in the winter. Hope you are okay today......the day after is when you notice the bumps and bruises that happened and you didn't even remember hitting there.

innerpeace on 01/24/2020:
OMG, I hope you are OK. That can be very dangerous.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/24/2020:
I hope it's just bruising and that you feel much better soon. it can be scary to fall like that!

happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
You need to get checked out. You could be leaking spinal fluid. Book an appt with your GP right away.

Donkey - Thursday Jan 23, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

Still stuck in neutral.  Work has become mind-numbing.  Very frustrating dealing with Associate Attorney.   It would be one thing if this was his first year with us,  but this is year 5, and I'm not seeing much growth in ability or leadership.  

A realtor wants us to do a real estate workshop for seniors. Associate said he'd have to ask the boss.  Why?? No,  you don't.  Just say yes!  We'll figure it out the details.  He has to grab these opportunities when they come up.   BE A LEADER!  LEAD US!!

Yesterday,  my daughter and husband went to a job fair that the military  recruiter's office had.  Oh my....  so hard to realize that my last chick is getting ready to leave the nest.   She may or may not move forward with that path,  but eventually she will leave too.  Which is a good thing,  of course,  but with a sad element for me. 

We met at a diner afterwards,  and I did not do so well but oh well. We did not talk about the job fair at all.  I do not want to influence her decision at all - especially negatively. If she wants to talk to me, she knows I'm here. 

Fast-slow yoga is tonight.  Looking forward to it except that I'd much rather do nothing than something.  (Not a good attitude)

The Disaster Yoga studio is going to be offering Fast Yoga on Wednesday nights. Additionally,  they have started offering Slow Yoga on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  It's too bad that my first experience (Donkey's Yoga Disaster) was so bad,  because this studio really  has a lot of nice classes. 

I just have to get through today.  I can't even think about the weekend yet.  Just working on today. 

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/23/2020:
Maybe you can "advise" associate attorney to say yes :) tell him you think it would be good for him :)

maybe forget about the bad yoga experience and try some of the other nice classes, as you say they are!!!

bearcountrygg on 01/23/2020:
You sure do have a good array of choices when it comes to yoga classes.

Donkey - Tuesday Jan 21, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 Went to Yin Yoga on Sunday morning.  It was wonderful,  but yesterday I woke up and my neck was so sore.  Also,  my right shoulder was on fire.  I was in pain for most of the morning.  My coworkers, the ones who came into work,  were sympathetic,  but my husband seems to forget that he is not the only one that can have pain. Yeah, sometimes he has to step up,  when I'm hurting too.

Last night,  I went to Slow Yoga w Restorative.  The instructor had an anxiety attack, so the owner (who teaches Yin Yoga) taught the class.  That was disappointing because I knew that the class would not have any balance challenges.  It was an ok class,  with one other gal,  but I won't go to this class again. 

I'm wondering if I triggered the instructor's anxiety attack.  I've met her before.  She's a really good teacher,  which is why I wanted to go.  I suspect that I am emitting a negative energy or aura - which is not what I want.  AT ALL.

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/21/2020:
Anxiety attacks are no fun, but i'm not entirely sure that her attack had anything to do with you.

legcramps on 01/21/2020:
Also, I completely believe that we emit energies and I know for a fact that my Monday energy is no where near as positive as my Friday energy :) :)

bearcountrygg on 01/21/2020:
I doubt that you triggered her anxiety attack....she probably had something else going on before the class.......she may be worried that people aren't showing up for her class.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/21/2020:
I agree with the others, her attack most probably has to do more with her than with you...

Legs has a good point :)

you don't emit any negative energies that i know of!

did the teacher have an anxiety attack at the studio?

Donkey on 01/22/2020:
Yes. She and the owner were sitting at the front desk. Everything was ok. Another student was in the studio, stretching. I came in, said hello, tried to sign in but both ladies had the pens, so I said no worries, I'll sign in later.

I went to set myself up, and anxiety lady said to owner, This is a really nice pen. Then they went into the back, where there's an office, and shut the door. Owner came out and said she would be teaching, due to an unexpected health issue with the other teacher, that these things pop up from time to time.

I knew enough background to know that this was anxiety related. :-(

happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
HA!!!! You should be so powerful as to cause someone to have an anxiety attack.

Donkey - Sunday Jan 19, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 Really my only day off this weekend,  because legal clinic is like working - at least that's what it's come to feel like - and I am exhausted. 

Woke up early again so that I could make it to Yin Yoga at the studio.  Had a wonderful yoga session,  but felt like  my arms really got a workout,  even though most of the poses focused in hips. 

Ran errands in the freezing cold.   (Feels like -6)  After leaving at 8am for yoga,  I got home at 11am, and the next 3 hours were consumed with cleaning up after cats,  whether it was bolt (puke) or poop or diarrhea or pee.  I kid you not.  I am still in the middle of doing all of the recovery laundry (recovery from poop, etc.).  Just started the last load.   Dryer loads take forever to dry... *sigh*

So with all the cleaning,  now my right shoulder is in fire.  I see that there is no way I can do weights right now.  I must continue to try to rest this as much as possible.  (Excluding yoga - sorry I need yoga for my sanity.)

I see the doctor for my yearly physical on February 3rd.  (Not a pap exam, just bloodwork,  etc.)  I will talk to the doctor about my shoulder if it has not improved by then. 

I drove out of my way while doing errands to get a photo of that inspirational sign I spoke of yesterday:

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

legcramps on 01/20/2020:
Nice sign! So true.

Donkey on 01/21/2020:
Right? I feel like this was no accident.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/20/2020:
with your shoulder, try to not force things at yoga either if you can help it!!!

also, thanks for sharing the truth with us....The Sign :)

Donkey on 01/21/2020:
If I sound hokey, just disregard, but I truly feel that God speaks to us quite often, but we don't always hear Him.

Thank you for the advice about the shoulder! It did occur to me that yoga might exacerbate the issue. I'm being very careful.

happy-1 on 01/25/2020:
Not unless the old way was a battering ram!

Donkey - Saturday Jan 18, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.0

 This whole time I've been saying "figs" when what I've really been eating are dates.  I can't believe my mixup.   And on that note,  the scale has reflected my struggles with eating this week.  *sigh*

I'm trying to get in my bike ride before legal clinic,  but the husband keeps calling me away to assist with the snow removal.  So I'd say we got about 4 inches but it is thick,  heavy,  wet snow.  I'm soooooooo glad we invested in a heavy duty snowblower.  My shoulder and back are very grateful. 

On my snowy drive home last night,  from work,  I passed a sign that one of the training institutes has in front of their business.  They use this sign, not to advertise,  but to promote positive and encouraging messages.  (It IS a school after all.)  The message they have up now really spoke to me.  I'll try to get a picture of it.   I only go this way if the weather is bad because it's longer but the roads are safer and cleaner.

Anyway,  the message on the sign had to do with change.  If there's no new change,  there's no new results.  (To paraphrase) That is what I need to do,  because what I'm doing now is not bringing the changes I want to see.  

I realize I've said this before,  and I'll keep mentioning it until it sinks in and I MAKE changes.

AFTERNOON EDIT:  Legal clinic went on WAY too long.  There are a lot of changes, a lot of uncertainty.  Fortunately, not a lot of it is falling on my shoulders, but I feel bad for the lady who this is all getting dumped on.

There are 3 of us:  Cynthia, Kim (who is getting dumped on because she's the leader), and myself.  We all work full time.  Kim is divorced and has no children.  Cynthia is married and works from home.  Cynthia told me privately why she has no more time to devote to the legal clinic beyond our clinic day.

This made me stop and think, if she's so busy getting stuff done, why don't I have more time to accomplsh more?  It seems to me that I squander my time in the evenings during the week. 

  • Dinner is usually at 6pm unless there is yoga.
  • I clean up after dinner.
  • Then I'll ride my bike for 30-45 mintues to destress my back and muscles from sitting all day. 
  • I usually have to spend about an hour dealing with cats, whether it's cleaning up after, spending time with Sick Kitty (she gets very lonely, since she still cannot walk), or paying attention to the other 2 cats who want to kill each other.
  • Try to spend time with husband or daughter.
  • Thursday nights I have yoga, instead of the bike ride.  I'd like to start doing yoga on Monday nights, too.

But Cynthia does this:

  • Monday - cleaning
  • Tuesday - laundry
  • Wednesday - budgeting
  • Thursday - prepare stuff for church
  • Friday - finish stuff she didn't get done on Thursday.

So she gets stuff done; I spend my free time trying to be with other family members, feline or human - or exercising. 

I know it's not fair to compare myself with others, but still.  Maybe this is why I always feel like my life is tearing away at the seams.

Progress as of today: 45.5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/18/2020:
OHHHH I...I find figs gritty...and I don't think I could eat more than one...but dates...now that is a different thing.....D has been eating dates lately and they aren't raising his glucose levels...

Donkey on 01/18/2020:
I am wondering if my thing with dates isn't trying to fill some nutritional deficit - you know what I mean?

bearcountrygg on 01/18/2020:
Dates have a lot of minerals in them.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/20/2020:
i just don't think it's helpful for you to compare yourself to this lady Cynthia...

and does she really budget every single Wednesday!?

i do find it cool that she does laundry during the week, instead of wasting a day on the weekend...

but i'm not sure that her week plans should be your week plans.

Donkey - Friday Jan 17, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 137.0

 My first thought this morning was gratitude that it is Friday!  Then I quickly realized that, this weekend,  I will need to get up even earlier than I do during the week - BOTH days!  Saturday because of legal clinic and Sunday if I want to do Yin Yoga at the studio.  Ugh...

My time is up on the bike this morning,  so I will post an updates later,  hopefully,  when I have more time. 

EVENING EDIT:  I was not so successful against the figs tonight.   Even though I knew that weigh-in is tomorrow.  What is wrong with  me????

The snow started at 316p.  It quickly started sticking to the roads.  I left at around 445.  It's still showing and blowing, and I have to be in the road early to get to clinic.  And only 2 clients who may or may not show up.   (One probably will,  but the other is doubtful. )  What a waste of my time except that I like to visit with the other 2 volunteers. 

At least the work week is over.  My nerves are shot from not knowing that Associate Attorney will perform as we need him.  He's out of the office an awful lot. 

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

bearcountrygg on 01/17/2020:
Good job getting on the bike so early!

Donkey on 01/17/2020:
Thank you for the encouragement. Knowing that my daughter has to be up at 6a helps.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/17/2020:
you have good plans for the weekend! are you off on Monday for Martin Luther King Day?

i plan to sleep in tomorrow ;)

Donkey on 01/17/2020:
I don't get MLK Jr. Day off unfortunately. With kids off of school, and the courts closed, I imagine it will be rather quiet.

You get the extra sleep for me. It should work, if we're psychically connected ;-)

happy-1 on 01/25/2020:

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