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Donkey - Wednesday Oct 14, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

Happy Wednesday....  I'm not a fan of Wednesdays, but I saw something on Facebook today that calls it Wellness Wednesdays, and it relates to self-care.  I like that so much more than any other reference to Wednesdays that I've heard of.  Rather than the hardest day to get through, this is a day of self-care.

Last night, I picked up those dumbbells to train back muscles, and after 10 reps of rows, I just didn't have it in me, so I took the day off.  I'm glad I did because I did a little searching online and found 3 more exercises that I can do for Back Day.  So my goal is to lift weights for Back Day tonight, unless I end up going to the gym.  Husband has something with his online gaming group tonight so perhaps I will venture out.  We'll see.

I read more of the Lewis & Clark book last night, until I realized that the section I want to read - as they approach Montana - is what I should be spending my time reading.  So I've marked the chapter to start on tonight.  To answer Horn's question, I was motivated to read this book after our visit with Son in Montana.  I saw signs for the Lewis & Clark Trail, and as we drove through mountains, I wondered what it was like for those who came first.  These are abridged diary entries from the L & C expedition team, mostly Lewis' writings.

Yesterday, I made a conscious effort to eat less.  My breakfast was less, my lunch was less, my dinner... well, I had 2 helpings of green salad, but the Italian beef sandwich was less.  I experienced some discomfort (hunger) during the day, but I told myself that this is part of losing weight.  This is true. It's not a pleasant feeling. It is particularly unpleasant to be hungry - even a little - and stressed out at work.

If I want to lose weight, I have to eat less.  Whatever I have been doing in the recent past, my body has adjusted to maintenance.  So time to change it up.  That's another reason why I want to learn the gym machines:  time to change it up.

Finally, I did not find my monitor.  So it is what it is.  It is of no expense to me, as it was free.  Still, I don't like the feeling of not having everythig in in its place, and I feel pangs of its missing from time to time throughout the day. 

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/14/2020:
When I still went to the gym one of the resistance machines I used was for your lat muscles. When I am ready to use my dumbells again I'll find a youtube video which shows back exercises.

You are nearly to goal weight which typically means your body is trying hard to hold on and not lose. Seems the last 5 lbs is always the hardest.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2020:
Wellness Wednesdays sounds like a perfect renaming of the most dreaded day! (or is that Mondays!)

next, because i've been skipping weights a bit much, i had to switch today to a lower weight on my chest press using dumbells! ugh! so, i will have to try to be more regular and do my 3x a week sessions!

sounds like an intriguing part...maybe one day when i'm not focused on current readings, i'll pick up the L&C book!

I gotta agree that you DO have to eat less to lose weight. but, not veggies. remember them at your meals...i have pretty much fogotten them during COVID (but DO have them 1x a day at least)...but they will help me always...and when i want to indulge, like i did for lunch, i did it on veggies.

lately, with veggies, i'm getting some cravings for cooked ones. I may need to do more experimenting in the kitchen ;)

Donkey - Tuesday Oct 13, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

I lost a monitor that I wear.  I realized this last night when I went to charge it.  (Not my Fitbit, but something else.)  It is held in my pocket with a magnetic holder, and when I reached into my pocket at night, it was gone.  Sometimes it sticks to the car or to anything else that is metal, so I looked for it a bit, but I think I either lost it at work or on one of my long walks yesterday.  So I'm going into work early -- HATE THIS -- to look for the monitor.  Drat.

I met all of yesterday's goals.  I use dumbbells and a barbell.  The shoulder work is 3 pounds only, because otherwise, it really starts to hurt.  So I do a lot of sets with light weights.  As I get older, I am definitely more aware of the joint pain I'm experiencing.  I hope that learning how to use the weight machines at the gym will help - that is, that they will allow me to work harder with less soreness.

I like having a list of goals, but no time for that right now.  I do hope to read the Lewis & Clark book tonight.  I did not, last night. 

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/13/2020:
Hope you find your monitor.

Good for you meetng all your goals. I still have to be careful of my right shoulder that I injured using extra heavy dummbells a few years ago.

Will staff show you how to use the resistance machines at the gym? They are great in combination with dumbells.

Donkey on 10/14/2020:
I have a free PT session available to me, but I'd much rather have my daughter just show me how the machines work.

But actually, I've been thinking about investing in a physical trainer, to change things up.

Jacky82020 on 10/13/2020:
Hope you find it. I’m forever misplacing things & finding them later

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2020:
Hope you can locate your lost monitor......That is so frustrating...we lose our phones around here...but at least we can call them to find them...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 10/13/2020:
Sorry about that monitor, maybe in the future (when you hopefully find it), there's a way for you to get it to stick better to what you are wearing? that's annoying, indeed. i have never worn a monitor, even after a friend gave me her old apple watch? i think that's what it was. for some reason, i don't care to track my steps (i would def fall very short on steps per day compared to the recommended 10k steps!)

ha! i use both dumbells and a barbell too. I use the barbell on leg days - weighted squats with the barbell resting over my shoulders.

yes - the weight machines should def be a big help to you doing more exercises with less strain...i do think so!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/13/2020:
what pushed you to read the lewis and clark book?

Donkey - Monday Oct 12, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

I got up when my alarm went off, because I was having strange dreams.  Therefore, I had enough time to go for a morning walk, but then, did not have time to write here.  It was so beautiful this morning, I could not resist the walk.

I went for a longer walk at lunchtime too, but it rained.  My pants got wet, my jacket kept me dry - the parts that covered me, that is - and it was a lovely walk.

However, I have nothing this evening to look forward to. 

Yesterday's Goals:

  • Weights - biceps & triceps - DONE
  • Fold & put away my laundry - DONE
  • Gym - DONE
  • Read Lewis & Clark book - DONE
Today's Goals:
  • Outdoors walk - DONE
  • Shoulder weights - it's not over yet!
  • Leave work before 5:30p - DONE
  • Evening bike ride - it's not over yet!
I'm switching my weights routine to workout one body part a day:  legs, biceps, triceps, chest, shoulders, back/abs.

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 10/12/2020:
Do you use dumbbells? I like them.

Jacky82020 on 10/12/2020:
Do you use dumbbells? I like them.

bearcountrygg on 10/12/2020:
I'm working on arms right now....love the lighter weights.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/12/2020:
what was your motivation to read a Lewis & Clark book?

you got a lot done yesterday! good idea with weights....it's something to keep it short and sweet - one body part per day.

Donkey - Sunday Oct 11, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

My hips are hurting this morning.  I'm trying not to let the pain get me crabby about the sink full of dirty dishes left for me this morning, by other family members.  To make matters worse, the kitchen faucet is not working properly, so rinsing off dishes for the dishwasher, or washing by hand is nearly impossible.

The weather is noticibly cooler here today, and the sky is gray and cloudy.  My daughter has plans with her boyfriend today, so no nature walk with her, no gym weight training session with her either.  You know, I'm OK with that.  It is what it is, so I'm not at all stressed out by her lack of time with/for me.  I had no expectations, actually, so I've made plans/goals of my own for today.

Lest you think I'm ridiculous or paranoid about my neighbors, when I went for an outdoor walk yesterday, I had another encounter with the Snooty Neighbor.  Or should I say, "non-encounter" because she went totally out of her way to avoid crossing my path, and tried to make it look like she was walking another route.  But as I turned a corner, I caught her out of the corner of my eye, and saw her backtrack her route and resume her way on the original path.   So it's not just COVID avoidance; this was personal avoidance.

Came home and told husband about it, and he was just astonished.  He said, some people just need to get over themselves. Yup.  Actually, she did me a favor because I did not want to cross paths with her either.  

Grannieannie's entry made me notice that there are exactly 3 weeks left until November.  AND November starts on a Sunday, which is helpful for goal setting.  Unfortunately, American Thanksgiving is at the end, to blow any progress to pieces.  Also, I'm going to visit my family, so basically, not much exercise.  Well, still that's 3 weeks in October and 3 weeks in November to make some real progress!!!

Today's Goals:

  • Weights - biceps & triceps
  • Fold & put away my laundry
  • Gym
  • Read Lewis & Clark book

Not really a goal, but I'd like to go to Walmart to pick up coffee and Halloween candy.  I might wait until Monday and go on my lunch hour, since it's supposed to be a rainy day.


Yesterday's Goals Re-Cap:

  • Weights - legs, chest - DONE
  • My Laundry - DONE
  • Cats' Laundry - a perpetual chore, but this load is DONE
  • Refill birdfeeders - DONE
  • Read Lewis & Clark book - won't finish this by the time I have to return it to the library, but I'll read as much of it as I can.- DONE but got so sleepy I didn't read as much of it as I wanted; had this not been a goal, I would not have read it at all
  • Gym - DONE
  • Watch Registered for legal clinic video - the link took me to a very confusing calendar page, eventually figured out that I had to register for a webinar - DONE
  • Outdoor walk? - DONE (twice)

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/11/2020:
We can always behave in between these indulgences. I will behave before Nov 3rd and will behave off and on while waiting for the final result which I hope does not take weeks.

We don't do Thanksgiving here although we have a couple of times with some other American expats.

Ignore snooty neighbours - not worth your time.

We rewatched a documentary on Lewis & Clark not long ago.

bearcountrygg on 10/11/2020:
Yes..ignore snooty neighbors...look right through them as if they don't exist. The best revenge is living well......Be happy it will drive them nuts!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/11/2020:
i hope you can get the kitchen faucet fixed. my parents have had issues with their sink faucet often in their house. it gets tight, doesn't move around (it's one that you can turn in different directions) like it should...feels like it needs WD40...but they say that's not why. LOL.

sounds like your neighbors are a$$holes.

but when you visit family, can't you all decide to, possibly, "relax" for some of the time as well as get at least half hour walks in together? maybe after dinner if need be? not everyone likes to go out and walk, that's for sure...i can only get my parents in on a walk mostly if my sister is not there with her baby (when she goes back to the city) and then my parents have more energy and freedom to both go for a walk....

Donkey - Saturday Oct 10, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 141.5

Remembered to weigh-in...  Glad to see the lower number, of course, but I think this is where I was at the end of September.  It's like Cicyphus, pushing the rock up the hill, only to have it slide down again, to push back up again, for eternity...  So what I need to do is figure out how to get over the hump on the hill.  I know I can do that if I buckle down. I need a plan with specifics.

It is very humd here today, for some reason, which makes the house feel warmer than it really is.  I have the doors and windows open.  At least I can still hang the laundry outside to dry, so that's a good thing. My husband hasn't complained about his pain - which is usually worse when it's humid out.  I was going to do weights last night, but the weather was so moderate that I took a walk outside.  I can do weights today, and there will be plenty of time for that this winter.  The pleasant evenings walks must be done while they are still available.

As you may recall, I volunteer at a legal clinic that used to meet once a month, before COVID.  The last clinic we had was in January, because too many volunteers were sick for February's clinic, and then came the shut-down.  Well, they want us to get re-started with our clinic, but virtually, or hybrid option, where the lawyer(s) stay safe and sound at home, but the staff put ourselves at risk by meeting in person.  Anyway, there is an hour-long (UGH!!!!)  video to watch on what the new procedures woule be, and I said I would watch that this weekend-- NOT realizing it was an hour long!  So that's on my list to do.


  • Weights - legs, chest
  • My Laundry
  • Cats' Laundry
  • Refill birdfeeders
  • Read Lewis & Clark book - won't finish this by the time I have to return it to the library, but I'll read as much of it as I can.
  • Gym
  • Watch legal clinic video
  • Outdoor walk?

I can't vote early in person at the village hall until October 19th.  So this will not be on my list until then.  I do not want to go to the county building to vote early, as it's much easier to vote at the village hall.

I mentioned this in one of my comments earlier, but I was able to overcome my issue with my neighbors and went for a morning walk on Thursday, before I left for work - just to prove to myself that I could do it (and plus, to get a really good step count for the day, lol).  And I did it!

Last thing I want to mention is something nice that I did for myself.  Down the block from where I live, there is a house that has a "Little Library", which is a dropbox for a free book exchange.  You borrow a book and return it, or exchange a book for a book.  So I overcame my shyness about this, and exchanged 3 books of my daughter's for a children's book of "Christmas Stories".  This is not your usual Santa, Rudolph stories, but stories I had never heard of.  It's a very easy read, with large print and each facing page has an illustration.  I am looking forward to reading this at night, before bed, as we get closer to Christmas.  

Progress as of today: 45 lbs lost so far, only 6.5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 10/10/2020:
Weather here is crazy too, we are supposed to get remnants from Delta, but don't think those will be here until Sunday night. We have a few of those take one leave one libraries in a few people's yards around our neighbor hood. I want to but haven't - i should read more. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 10/10/2020:
Good idea to vote early. Going for evening walks sounds nice.

bearcountrygg on 10/10/2020:
Our grocery store has a free library in the foyer...I leave my unwanted books there...but with covid...they took it out...I'm looking forward to leaving some more when they put it back in there....so nice to be able to share things like that...and GOOD FOR YOU WALKING...step out like a boss....and enjoy yourself.....I'm sure they all have things that they may regret...we all make mistakes!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/10/2020:
it's sooo easy to have issues with neighbors - growing up, my parents weren't fond of their neighbors for the most part!

good luck with the reopening of the clinic....i vouch that masks (probably) help a lot as long as everyone wears them ...correctly!

I'm really glad you can do the walk and pay no mind, mostly, to your neighbors - you have to be able to live your life and be happy.

the book you got sounds like its going to make you smile before bed!!

thinkpositive on 10/11/2020:
Like your analogy of pushing the rock up the hill & sliding back down. The story of my attempt at weight loss.

Maria7 on 10/11/2020:
Congrats on your progress. Hope you are having a good day.

Donkey - Friday Oct 09, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

I have to keep pinching myself this morning to remember that today is FRIDAY!!!!  YAY!!!!

Very warm day today here, highs in the low 80s.  Next week will be back to cooler temperatures.

I met all of my goals yesterday even though:

  • I left the office with several things not completed.
  • My Zoom meeting had to extend to a 2nd 45-minute session, because we "wasted" the first 45 minutes just catching up with each other.

It's already going to be a trying day.  I was interrupted in posting this, due to too much time spent in the bathroom.  My whole GI is in turmoil, thanks to TOM.

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/09/2020:
Temp sounds gorgeous!

Hope you feel better. I do NOT miss TOM.

Donkey on 10/10/2020:
I do not think I will miss TOM either, but I know it will bring changes to my body. Right now, I can't handle another thing to work on.

Maria7 on 10/09/2020:
Yes. The weekend is just about here.

Donkey on 10/10/2020:
Amen, amen, AMEN!!!

bearcountrygg on 10/09/2020:
I don't miss TOM either.....and I don't miss the hot flashes....

Donkey on 10/10/2020:
REALLY hoping I don't suffer too much from hot flashes. My Aunt Mary used to get them really bad.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
how i understand your GI turmoil completely! i have the whole thing too...more often the older i get!

enjoy your warmer day...we've had plenty of those (upper 70s) lately. it's cooled a little but still more nice days than rain...almost no rain!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/09/2020:
why don't you want to run into neighbors walking dogs? you don't have to stop to talk!? just keep walking and wave?

or, are you afraid of dogs?

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
My neighbors hate me and I'm not fond of them either. I gave a better explanation to Inner Peace yesterday.

What I didn't mention was that I overcame those thoughts and DID go for a walk Thursday morning before leaving for work!

Donkey - Thursday Oct 08, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Thankful that today is Thursday.  I did manage to leave the office before 5:30pm but did have to leave some unfinished things behind.  Then, because the mornings are cold but the days are quite warm, I got to my car (leaving work) only to realize that I had taken my car key out of my jacket pocket and left it in my sweater.  So all the way back into the office, up the stairs...  I was a little upset by that, but decided to look at my error as a chance to get in more steps.

Today's lesson learned already:  if I get up when my alarm clock goes off, I have a LOT of free time in the morning to do what I want, like log into DD and write.  I'd love to go for an outside walk but I don't want to run into any neighbors walking their dogs.  I gotta get over that.

My body figured out what it was doing and TOM finally arrived.  Albeit crampy and uncomfortable, I'm ok with this, because I'm not ready to be dealing with menopause at this time.  

Goals today:

  • Leave work by 5:30p
  • Evening bike ride before Zoom meeting at 8pm.
  • Brief outdoor walk outside after Zoom meeting


Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 10/08/2020:
Why do you want to avoid the neighbors with the dogs? Is it dogs or neighbors? I would love to get up when my alarm goes off - I hit the snooze button like three times - 30 minutes of interrupted sleep.

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
Several years ago, I had a very embarrassing event that was very public. After that, my neighbors turned their backs on me. Now I seethem for the hypocrites and mean people they truly are, under their "we're good Christians" facades.

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
Well, that was not entirely accurate. Only 3 of the families are practicing Catholics and they completely shunned me. The other folks just think of themselves as "Good People" - but I never see them going to church.

grannyannie on 10/08/2020:
Nice to get up early in the quiet.

We have Alexa turn on our bedroom light in the morning. No reason we have to get up since we're retired. But hubby likes to have his tea and get on his bike by 7am. And I've gotten used to it so I'm fine (unless I wake up during a dream which makes me groggy).

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
We could do that but hands and I have separate sleeping schedules, mainly because I work and workout, and he doesn't sleep well when the pain flares up. Plus, sometimes he stays up late to make sure Daughter gets home safely.

Good point though. I think even if I weren't working, I'd still get up early in the morning.

legcramps on 10/08/2020:
Yes, I have a tendency to hit the snooze button too many time in the morning. I think extra time in the morning is great - I would much rather wake up slowly than have to rush around to get ready!

Donkey on 10/09/2020:
I so dislike being rushed in the morning.

Donkey - Wednesday Oct 07, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Got all my goals done last night. I finished the chapter I was reading and started into the next one before I got too sleepy to continue.

Every day this week, my goal will be to leave work before 5:30pm. Yesterday, Mistakes Girl left at 4:53p!  And sure enough, someone called at 5:05pm wanting to talk to the Boss, who left at 4:30pm.

I did not go to the gym last night.  I thought about it, but then decided to stay home, so that I could accomplish weights and outdoors walk.  This is our last week of beautiful, perfect weather, so I need to grab these days while I can.  

  • Tonight is the VP debate, so I will not go to the gym.  I may not do much else tonight.  Bike ride or walk, perhaps, before showering & getting ready for bed, before watching the debate.
  • Tomorrow night, I have a Zoom meeting with 2 of the other volunteers from the legal clinic, to talk about whether or not we are ready to re-open.  This led to a brief but interesting conversation with Husband.  No answers, but it was nice to hear his thoughts. 


Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 10/07/2020:
I'm looking forward to the debate as well......Sounds like everyone likes to escape early....UGH

Maria7 on 10/07/2020:
I'm not thrilled about watching this debate if it is anything like the one we watched recently.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
VP debate is wrong time zone for me but CNN will likely replay it at 8am my time. Anxious to see it!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/07/2020:
I also have some MAJOR problems reading if/when sleepy and I have a BIG tendency to fall asleep reading if i'm not too interested in matter i'm reading about. i don't think it happened much with paralegal...but it's happening so much studying project management. i'm just not as invested...maybe because i invested nothing into it, none of my money, and i know the test is hard, it's hard to stay motivated....eh, not good reasoning here!

anyways, let me get back to you. YOU on the other hand, sound really productive the past couple weeks on doing things for YOU (yes!) and for work.

def grab the days while you can outdoors. There was someone on TV today from Chicago (guest on a tv show!) and the producers said to that person how they give that person a lot of credit because they certainly can get some bad weather mix in the Winters! I thought of you!

Donkey - Tuesday Oct 06, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Unfortunately, I ran out of time to write this morning.  I woke up at 4:18am and I should have gotten out of bed then, but husband was in the bathroom already, getting his day started (shower), so I decided to stay in bed.  Then it because SUPER hard to get up.  Lesson learned.

I managed to get 1.5 of my goals completed.  I did leave work almost at 5pm!  This works, to have this as a goal :-)  I read my book, but did not finish the chapter I wanted to complete, because I got too tired.  I did not walk outside in the evening, for some reason, even though it was a nice night.

One lesson I learned from Monday:  So I'm not sure I mentioned it but on Friday, I stayed at work until AFTER 6:30PM trying to deal with a file that blew up at around 4:50p.  Then, as I'm working on the file that's on fire, I'm getting other emails from annoying clients who aren't reading what I sent them.  UGH!

Well, it turns out that EVERYTHING I worked late for on Friday was for NOTHING.  The file wasn't on fire, and it was able to close on Monday afternoon as scheduled.  Whoa... It's gonna be a while before I let THAT happen to me again.  Another lesson learned.

Goals for tonight:

  • Leave work before 5:30pm - DONE
  • Walk outside - DONE
  • Finish reading chapter - NEXT
  • Weights - DONE

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 10/06/2020:
That must be frustrating.....why do people wait for the last minute to make calls to offices?

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
I don't have a good answer for that. I know that I send out emails after 5pm because I don't want to have to deal with them on Monday (or the next work day). My boss would be OK if I left them for later, but eventually, they'd catch up to me... or I'd walk in and have 108 emails waiting for me.

A bad start is anything over 25 emails in the morning, to start the day.

Horn_of_plenty on 10/06/2020:
don't feel bad about not walking...i skipped weights tonight...i'll do it tomorrow ;)

lately, i feel that doing weights TWO or 3 days a week could become regular for me...especially if i need to start a new job...i may actually drop down to 2 days a week once a month or so...and the rest of the weeks of the month keep it around 3...as best i can. looking to "cut corners" in terms of exercise once i start working again...i think i'll have to...

back to you - good job leaving on time.

one thing i learned at work - in order to avoid some overtime, i'd have to stop in the middle of a task and come back to it the next time...i couldn't always finish a task and leave on time..

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
Actually, I'm kind of glad you talked about your plans for weight training. That's helpful to hear.

If my desk wasn't in the middle of every walk-way, I'd consider leaving things on my desk half-way done. Male Co-Worker does it all the time.

Maria7 on 10/07/2020:
You are very work-oriented, which can be a good thing if you are still taking good care of yourself. Hope you have a good day today.

grannyannie on 10/07/2020:
Work stress is awful! Take care of yourself.

Jacky82020 on 10/07/2020:
What a busy schedule you have!!! But you handle it so well.

Donkey - Monday Oct 05, 2020
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 144.0

Note:  I finally did read last night, but I started much later than I had anticipated.  

I've been trying to make a plan for myself this week, as far as gym, weights, etc., but I'm finding that there are too many variables for me, mainly because one never knows how long I'll need to stay at work. I'm going to make it a goal of mine to leave as close to 5pm as possible.

  • Leave work before 5:30p
  • Evening walk outdoors
  • Finish chapter in book

These are good goals.  I do want to go to the gym tonight, but from 8p-9p, there is some TV I want to watch.  So not tonight.  And although I'm finding it difficult to make goals this week, I know already that there won't be any gym on Wednesday night.

No weights today, it's a rest day.  I'm feeling a little soreness in my shoulders this morning, but gladly, it's more of a "hey, I worked this muscle" ache than it is a "oh I strained my shoulders" or "oh my aching shoulder joint" pain.

One of the reasons I'm not sure what will happen this week, is because Son called me yesterday, wanting to meet up in North Dakota so that we can give him his computer, headphones, and winter boots.  This was an unexpected request.  I was afraid that perhaps he was wanting us to visit, and this would not really be a proper visit, since we're just making a delivery.  So I called him last night, and he assured me that he was not needing a visit, but really wanted his computer and will need his snowboots.  

I remembered seeing the work calendar before I left on Friday -- AFTER 6:30PM, did I mention that ??? --- and realized that this is going to be another busy week, with daily tasks.  So I told him that this weekend is unlikely but perhaps next week.   We promised to let each other know what happens Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, to see if the trip would work.  Otherwise, we'll mail him his boots and headphones.  IDK about the computer....

Progress as of today: 42.5 lbs lost so far, only 9 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 10/05/2020:
It's hard to make a schedule when you have to be so flexible - and very frustrating!

bearcountrygg on 10/05/2020:
Good goals.....How long would it take you to get to North Dakota?

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
16 hours? It would need to be an overnight thing.

My back prevents me from riding longer than 3 hours straight. After that, even with a stretch and a walk, it's all pain after that.

legcramps on 10/05/2020:
Is that a long trip to make to see son? If it is not too long, I would welcome the change of pace and scenery :)

I hope you are still focusing on getting enough rest.

Donkey on 10/06/2020:
Incredibly long drive and painful. Not an easy endeavor.

Maria7 on 10/05/2020:
Hubby and I had our walk outdoors this morning. Refreshing!

Horn_of_plenty on 10/05/2020:
there was a time, quite a long time ago, between 5-9 years ago, when i was working lots of overtime. and like you and the others say, it becomes hard to plan anything after work.

do you get paid for your overtime?

Maria7 on 10/06/2020:
Hope you are having a good day.

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