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horn_of_plenty - Saturday Aug 13, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


Again, my coworker brought me tons of food yesterday after work to bring home from his sister's restaurant! so nice!!!!!!!!! lots of salmon and other goodies to last me a LONG time...   :-D

8/13/22 - Sat -

9:30-10:30a breakfast: oats 150, golden raisins 150,keto chocolate chips 50, almond milk, coffee with almond milk 50, gummy vits.  400...

12:15p-12:45p Lunch: chocolate w. macadamia nuts 160, 2 just-made hardboiled eggs 150w. salt&pepper, snaps pea crisps chips black pepper flavor 340...650. healthy.

Snacks thru afternoon: Some of a spiked seltzer 50, two plums 100, seaweed snacks 50...also caffeinated seltzer...having a very tired day and stomach still having some digestive issues of needing the bathroom more frequently since last night, getting better tho, very tired from what felt like a long week. 200

 stomach really still out of sorts, a lot of gas/bloated and issues. i think it's mostly due to sorbet from halo top; but weird it's going on all day. i guess my body is just cleaning itself out as i never go to the bathroom much during the work week anyways. ...tmi,sorry!

7p Dinner: got to try the creamy italian dressing, very nice, 100 with salad 50. 150...gummies 150, chobani zeru sugar 100, with tahini 100, pumpkin butter 100. rest of the spiked drink. 50.

1900...

Today's Day at Home Plans:

Reading 'Dear John' ...in progress.....

hard boiled eggs..DONE

still can't find a baking crust (in fridge section is what i want, not the dry ones), so not making the water pie...might look online to order one off Amazon for convenience....i have decided to use a can of Grands Crescent rolls for the pie crust, whenever i decide to make it!

my laundry/gp's cages and laundry - did mine and half of the gp cages. may do the other cage tomorrow or Monday night. 

the other cage requires a bit more work bc of how i clip on the fleece, removing many clips, etc..the one i cleaned was far easier and doesnn't even get clipped to the cage.  the reason for the clips is the youngest guinea pig will burrough under the fleece and make a mess of the cage if i don't clip it; and the other pigs are calmer and do not burough.

Might do weights/strength in evening but not sure... to do strength for upper only and do legs tomorrow AM...needing to break up the workouts lately as it feels like too much / too long to do all in one session lately...


8/14/22 - Sunday - Might wake up early for weights/strength...

Beach with Christine..will prob not want to walk at all besides what needs to be walked to get on the beach bc my left leg and ankle are a little irritated since all our walking last weekend...


8/15 Mon - Public Trans

cut up veggies/prep some food for work week :-D...

8/16 Tues - Drive to work - make it easier to do weights tonight.

8/17 Wed - Public Trans? - may be a lot with Yacht tomorrow, we'll see how I feel, might choose to drive 3 days this week...

8/18 Thurs - Drive to work? maybe yacht??...everyone keeps having to cancel, is ok, no biggie for me!....skip weights tonight if yacht...

8/19 Fri - Public Trans.


8/20 Sat - SLEEP IN! :)  Full Body Weights today most probably.

Renee's Bday Dinner 8pm


8/21 Sun - laying low today; 

8.22 Mon  8.23 Tues  8.24 Wed  8.25 Thurs 8.26 Friday  8.27 Sat  8.28 Sun


9.3.22, Saturday 7:15p  Evening Citifield Mets vs Washington Nationals Baseball Game at stadium very close to me.  I am going without anyone else but will prob carpool with other members of the "Welfare Club" that i'm in so there will be people i end up going with due to carpooling, just not sure who yet, lol.  (and of course, i can always take public transportation also - especially if i want to leave to go back home early!)

9.4.22, Sunday - 

9.5.22, Monday, Labor Day Holiday 

(Call to schedule PRP on 9.26.22 Monday or 10.5.22 Wednesday)


9.9.22 - Friday my 40th bday, but i really do feel overwhelmed with planning and work right now; so i do not plan to do celebrations for it. I will want to relax this weekend as i'm going to walk in the Labor Day Parade tomorrow as it's a big union event for my union to show a presence at it. It is good exercise and can be very hot on the parade day; so i will want to take it easy on the sunday after it.

9.10.22 Saturday - Labor Day Parade this AM/Early Afternoon

9.11.22 Sunday - take it easy today at home.


9.24.22 - Saturday - (Christine's bday).

9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening - just a reminder - for my info). - maybe go to parents tonight? discuss with mom as comes closer.

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Sick Day #1/5 cycle ends april 15th)  PRP?

9.27.22 Tues,  9.28.22 Wed,  9.29.22 Thurs;


 9.30.22 Fri - Sick Day #2/5, cycle ends April 15th  -  Will prob go out East tonight - or tomorrow AM - my parents said they'd drive me out (i am not good to drive the distance alone, it's a straight road and uncomfortable for me). they volunteered to drive me and i'm sticking with that option instead of canceling this outing.

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking Course (stay overnight, paid for by union, nice perk of being a member and nice experience and knowledge - i support learning and education..) 

10.2.22 Sunday - Critical Thinking Course - Breakfast, then drive back home soon after. - maybe stopping at the Deer Park Outlets with parents??

10.3.22 - Monday Go to work!!!


10.4.22 - Tuesday evening start - Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) - leave work on time!;  

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day Off - Vaca Day #5/15 -   PRP?

...i will start to update important dates after 10.5.22 ...10.9.22 - might have a free stay and drive down to Atlantic City with Jen into the next day - 10.10.22 Monday Columbus Day Holiday,  10.30.22 Sunday - volunteer at Welfare Club Breakfast...

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2022:
How nice of your co-worker to bring you all of that food!!!

horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
such expensive food. large pieces of cooked salmon. and i don't even buy meat these days simply to save money as you know i'm only buying minimal most of my shopping trips.

he is so nice, i told him it's a lot of food and he should eat it as leftovers, that he doesn't have to; i thanked him a lot. so nice. it's expensive food. lots of salmon....


Maria7 on 08/13/2022:
Wow, how nice of co-worker to do that!

horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
right!? so much food. i feel bad. should i give him a 20? what should i do?


Maria7 on 08/13/2022:
You could offer it to him but he will probably refuse it if you decided to do that, and if that happened, just thank him and let it go at that. Was very generous of him to do that. I am happy for you.

horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
ok! once in awhile i do give him a $20 towards the food he brings in for everyone...I guess i should give it to him Monday again. but then i will lay low a bit on more cash to him.

i can also bring him food to share...when i start cooking more again....

and possibly bring him some salad this week. :)

thank you!


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Jacky82020 - Saturday Aug 13, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 110.5

   

For the last 2-3 weeks Walmart has not had my Thomas English muffins, the light multigrain.  100 cal.  8 gm fiber, 5 protein.   Checked online & nothing.   So Matt finds them in a minute online at the Giant Eagle, local supermarket chain I seldom shop at.  & they were on sale, 2 for $6.   Got up over $3.50 at Walmart, hard to remember because seems like higher price every week.   Bought 5 pd bag of ripe but very usable bananas for $1.  Such a deal.   running 59 cents a pound now.  Sliced each and froze in sandwich baggies.   back into frozen b's with sugar free syrup.  
Bought 16 packages of the muffins, eat 2-3 boxes weekly.
 

Very tired and never got some things done last week I should have.   Sad over my daughter and physically exhausted from all the big tank transfers.   Really must paint new 125 G stand black to match other one I painted . Easy job, just sand gloss off laminate & roll out paint.  But doilnt summon up the energy, a must do for next week.

 

 

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 08/13/2022:
Glad you found your muffins. Do the painting when you are in the mood to. Take good care of yourself.


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bearcountrygg - Saturday Aug 13, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

Chilly out here today.......just having a lazy day.

coffee

oatmeal with walnuts

Chicken chow mein

strawberry short cake 

hot sprouted almonds....(4)

tuna salad on crackers

oreo ...These things could be a problem

We got a new puppy yesterday......and he has gotten a lot of attention today.......

horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
it is not chilly here yet. still warm in morning. today is low 80's...we are done with our 90's heat wave, but still feels pretty warm...def not your forest temps!


Jacky82020 on 08/13/2022:
Now that’s an idea! Maybe so.

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2022:
;)


Maria7 on 08/13/2022:
Wow...fantastic menu!


horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
yes, great eats. what's with these hot, sprouted almonds!?


horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
Also, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!


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Donkey - Saturday Aug 13, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 145.5

The scale reminded me that one cannot eat too many chocolates at work and expect to receive favorable results.  This week, I really struggled eating too much.  I would eat most of my snacks around 10am, leaving nothing for the afternoon, which would then lead me to the chocolates.  Not drinking enough water.  Even drinking more coffee would be better than reaching for candy. You can't outexercise a bad diet.

I will endeavor to do better this week.  I've been struggling with a sore throat lately.  Last night, when I came home from work, my throat was quite sore, and this morning, it's still hurts quite a bit.  This feels like a sinus infection. 

Of course, I had plans today, and now I'm not sure if I should go, or if I should wear a mask, or what.  I wanted to go to the plant store party (1-year anniversary), since she's having a sale... oh yes, and a taco truck (LOL - for Husband).  Also, there's my usual gym time.  I have library books to return, and maybe pick one up.  How can I do all of this if I'm sick?  

Progress as of today: 41 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/13/2022:
I've been on a sweets kick lately as well......but that will get old too...and we will be over it!


Maria7 on 08/13/2022:
I've been on a sweets kick, also, especially while on vacation. I hope to correct it after we get back home. Hope you feel better. Take good care of yourself.


horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
are you bringing enough to eat at work? this week, some of my lunches weren't filling...i needed more veggies on some days..and missed them.

if you are sick, you should rest more so you can do more next weekend.


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SomeFineDayToo - Saturday Aug 13, 2022

Weight: 200.0

  
i made this diary because my wife told me to do it.   After 50 years of marriage I learned it is easier to do what she wants than get nagged.   And I am overweight.  

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 40 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/13/2022:
Welcome to the group! Yes best for man to listen to woman LOL My husband regrets it when he doesn’t! LOL


Donkey on 08/13/2022:
Welcome! It can be helpful to keep track of food intake, water intake, and activity.

When Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy...


horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
welcome, we always love when a Male joins here. so nice you are joining as a couple ! welcome. like Donkey says, it helps to first just track what you eat, whatever it is and whenever it is....so you can get an intake of what exactly you are eating...then work to adjust it after...for now, you may just want to write what you eat, as you eat it, without making any other changes!


bearcountrygg on 08/13/2022:
Welcome


SomeFineDay on 08/13/2022:
The Donkey and Jacky got it right. Listen to Mama And stop buying all those huge Hershey bars.


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SomeFineDay - Saturday Aug 13, 2022
(Eat healthy and take long walks)
Weight: 145.0

  

I created this diary because a friend who no longer uses it suggested I'd enjoy it.     I will take a long walk with my husband early tomorrow before it gets too hot.   

Progress as of today: -20 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/13/2022:
Welcome to the group! I’ve always thought walking was a great way to exercise. I walked outside nearly everyday in California, but rely more on a treadmill here on the East Coast. It gets hot, rainy & snowy sometimes.

SomeFineDay on 08/13/2022:
Thank you!


Donkey on 08/13/2022:
Welcome! I walk almost every day that I work, for around 30 minutes. Helps me save my sanity when dealing with co-workers and clients.

I hope you post often :-)

SomeFineDay on 08/13/2022:
You are much too kind, TY


horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
welcome, i think you'll enjoy this group! :)

SomeFineDay on 08/13/2022:
Me too!


bearcountrygg on 08/13/2022:
Welcome

SomeFineDay on 08/13/2022:
TY, nice to meet you


Maria7 on 08/13/2022:
Welcome to both of you.


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horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 12, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


Everyone, please note: i have two really annoying female coworkers, it's really just one but the older one is feeding into the younger one like they are allies. constant whispering about me and whatever else. constant bad talk by the younger one about me and whomever/whatever else to the older...so annoying...since nobody is here too much today, my earphnoes are in to block out the whispers which i cannot hear the actual topic but the whispers are SO ANNOYING to hear it all day...just the sound of whispers...since i don't need to be on call as much to authority, my earphones are IN and i'm going to do my work in my little space and not care what else is going on around me this AM.

I think i may drive on Mondays and Fridays. still sorting it out, with the public trans and not overdoing it too much. it won't work if i switch off every other day as it's not a good habit to always be waking up at different times....that's why i'm thinking to group the public trans days together....so when i take public trans, it's a few days in a row, not having to change alarm clocks, etc..that's why it would be best to do it everyday but my body isn't appreciating it...left leg/ankle is weak, especially after the trip to PA this past weekend, lots of walking. i feel ok, but could be better.


8/12/22 - Fri Drive to work, YES. left around 6:15a and forgot that there's slight traffic even at that early hour...(got to work by 6:45a bc driving was still decent for sure) reminder why public transportation is great to avoid frustrating traffic altogether...but no problems today, I didn't leave too late and got the leg exercises below in....

Did my leg exercises at home (2 exercises) and the rest by work...- DONE!

Breakfast: tea with almond milk, negl, may have a coffee later too (had tea in a cup in fridge, so microwaved it since i didn't drink it yesterday afternoon and was nicely made so didn't want to waste it. banana 150. cookie and jam inside it large hamantashen 250. 

Morning Snacks: pb 100 x2 100, rest of banana above , coffee also (regular) 50, smaller biscotti 50

Lunch: leftover bacon 150 ? egg 100? on thick white toast but half sandwich 150 from coworker that i have in fridge - will warm in toaster, with a side of  broccoli 50 i had in freezer, and cauliflower chips that a coworker brought in - good calories for them and i REALLY want, can't wait! 100.. ketchup 50...600.

Snacks: - plum 50 before going home.., 2 caramels before it 50.

Dinner: plum 50 , sorbet halo top 100, shrimp 150...300

 8:45 2 milanos cookies 150

1850.

 extremely exhausted upon coming home. too much with working OT this week (of my own choosing); but i did get a lot done in 4 days. i am not sure i can always work as fast as i did today...wasn't fast the whole day, but during parts i was extremely focused. i even had to contact a few "big shots" to ask questions for covid pay which is almost complete now for the month of july. wahoo!

 

the meal i picked up yesterday at the food fair. lots of cabbage, fresh large shrimp., prob some chips with it...also bringing my work salad home that i didn't have at lunch....may eat it as well, we'll see...i have a new "creamy italian" dressing to try out.

 


3pm at work - call the copier service for a cleaning of the copier.YES.

3:20pm at work but just with 10min left in the day- make phone call about cable bill

May stay at work a little late for my own stuff as well..planning, etc..yeah, but not on my own stuff.

After work - rest day for cardio...DEFINITE on that!


8/13/22 - Sat Weights/Strength

cut up veggies/prep some food for work days

my laundry/gp's cages and laundry

 


8/14/22 - Sunday - Beach with Christine..will prob not want to walk at all besides what needs to be walked to get on the beach...


8/15 Mon   

8/16 Tues   

8/17 Wed   

8/18 Thurs - maybe yacht??...everyone keeps having to cancel, is ok, no biggie for me!....

8/19 Fri   


8/20 Sat - 

Renee's Bday Dinner 8pm

8/21 Sun


9.3.22, Saturday 7:15p  Evening Citifield Mets vs Washington Nationals Baseball Game at stadium very close to me.  I am going without anyone else but will prob carpool with other members of the "Welfare Club" that i'm in so there will be people i end up going with due to carpooling, just not sure who yet, lol.  (and of course, i can always take public transportation also - especially if i want to leave to go back home early!)

9.4.22, Sunday - 

9.5.22, Monday, Labor Day Holiday 

(Call to schedule PRP on 9.26.22 Monday or 10.5.22 Wednesday)


9.9.22 - Friday my 40th bday, but i really do feel overwhelmed with planning and work right now; so i do not plan to do celebrations for it. I will want to relax that weekend as i'm going to walk in the Labor Day Parade tomorrow as it's a big union event for my union to show a presence at it.

9.10.22 Saturday - Labor Day Parade this AM/Early Afternoon


9.24.22 - Saturday - (Christine's bday).

9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening - just a reminder - for my info). - maybe go to parents tonight? discuss with mom as comes closer.

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Sick Day #1/5 cycle ends april 15thPRP?

9.27.22 Tues,  9.28.22 Wed,  9.29.22 Thurs;


 9.30.22 Fri - Sick Day #2/5, cycle ends April 15th  -  Will prob go out East tonight - or tomorrow AM - my parents said they'd drive me out (i am not good to drive the distance alone, it's a straight road and uncomfortable for me). they volunteered to drive me and i'm sticking with that option instead of canceling this outing.

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking Course (stay overnight, paid for by union, nice perk of being a member and nice experience and knowledge - i support learning and education..) 

10.2.22 Sunday - Critical Thinking Course - Breakfast, then drive back home soon after. - maybe stopping at the Deer Park Outlets with parents??

10.3.22 - Monday Go to work!!!


10.4.22 - Tuesday evening start - Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) - leave work on time!;  

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day Off - Vaca Day #5/15 -   PRP?

...i will start to update important dates after 10.5.22 ...10.10.22 Monday Columbus Day Holiday,  10.30.22 Sunday - volunteer at Welfare Club Breakfast...

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
That isn't a good work atmosphere at all.....They sure are rude people.

horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
i no longer even acknowledge the younger one, 24yo. she's the one who's started all my issues here, mostly. they are only issues caused by her and everyone else likes me fine. i think older lady may have jealousy towards me...for my lifestyle which is simpler than hers and other things. i don't know and don't care too much though. older is the one who accused me of eating her salad and got mad when i reacted rudely when she called me to complain i'd eaten it (which i never saw or ate her salad - so i reacted just fine to her accusation which was after work hours)...

so i work with one really rude 24yo and a 45yo who eggs her on and listens to her at least...so they are like this team of jerks here.

thanks.

i do somewhat acknowledge the older lady, but the younger one who has caused me many issues of which the boss knows she has caused - i don't say good morning or good night to her ...i say it to everyone else...to me, she doesn't exist.

she thinks i'm the rude one...ha! like i should give the time of day to someone who makes problems for me!? she's too stupid to realize her own mistakes. one of those. never been to college, not open-minded....a young entitled girl.


Donkey on 08/12/2022:
Oh my gosh, that sounds exactly like Queen Bee, that older gal! You're doing the right thing by putting in your earbuds and tuning them out. I'm so sorry. That's a very toxic work atmosphere. Try to separate yourself (mentally, physically) as much as possible from that.

I kind of like the idea of driving in on Mondays and Fridays. Mondays will give you a little more sleep at the start of the week, and Friday will give you a little more sleep at the end of a busy week.

Stay strong, Horn!!!

horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
on the driving, i think you are right...

also, see above on the toxic work girls.

the older one, 45, will probably get nice once the 24yo is out of our work environment; but it's sad that the 45yo chooses to ignore me at times; and talk to me after hours when i work late and she's still here.

if she talks to me again, i will just have to let her talk - but will just respond with "OK"....here they are again, chatting...whispering....it's hard to take...ear buds should go back in now...for me!

horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
i meant my above comment to Bear on some more background of "mean girls - at work!"


Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
Sorry to hear about the work meanies. Are you saying they whisper about you in your presence? How tacky! I always bashed my coworkers behind their backs and was very polite upfront. I bashed them to my friends, not workplace supervisors. All depends, but most don’t like hearing coworkers complain about one another. Even when the Boss appears sympathetic.

Whatever, it’s their problem, their petty envy or whatever. You are trim & fit & smart & well educated. Probably they are jealous. Try to ignore them and be mindful of your abilities & positive attributes. Leave Them to Heaven.

horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
yes, i believe some of the whispering was to me, but def not all of it. then again, i cannot hear the words, just a guess that some is about me. i may be wrong.

there is some jealousy of both of them on me. that's my sincere thoughts as well on it.

thank you, Jacky!! :)


Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
We sure did our leg exercises today...lots of walking!

horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
that's great to hear! i'm sure you put in a mile for me as well :)


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Jacky82020 - Friday Aug 12, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 110.5

 

Another test to see if I can upload & to send Bear greetings 


This post is a test to see if it will disappear like the other one. 

Progress as of today: 4.5 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
the cereal and syrup is a sweet sensation ! ;)

Jacky82020 on 08/13/2022:
Oh, I love it! Still do it hot from I minute in microwave & 1/2 C water. Can’t imagine eating any of the bran cereals dry.


bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
I can see it...Thank you!!!

Jacky82020 on 08/13/2022:
Good! You’re very welcome. I’m still mad my long post disappeared. I had not posted in nearly a week, busy & exhausted, so I do a long one that focused on my current diet. Also mentioned fatigue & sorrow related to my daughter. Had 3 pics. Then I hit the final submit button & it’s all gone. This has happened numerous times, but more annoying yesterday because it was a long illustrated post.


Donkey on 08/13/2022:
I'm seeing your posts too. I saw as you added on. Must be OK?

Jacky82020 on 08/13/2022:
Yes, all is well for now.


Donkey on 08/13/2022:
I'm so sorry about the lost post. When that happens, I too feel like there's no sense in going back to try to re-create the post.

Maybe it was too much data submitted all at once?


horn_of_plenty on 08/13/2022:
i also rarely go back to recreate a longer post...i just stick to the basics and don't add all the details again.


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Jacky82020 - Friday Aug 12, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 109.2

   

So now I can't edit onto the second post to add photos.   will try again to upload a pic again,

Progress as of today: 5.8 lbs lost so far, only 9.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
Oh wow! Very long post & photos completely vanished! What a waste. Very annoying. I will try again tomorrow.

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
Gonna edit and see if I can upload the photos. Too exhausted to rewrite post.


horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
yum yum

Jacky82020 on 08/13/2022:
It was supper yum! My biggest BK indulgence. about once a month. More calories than my usual Rodeo Burger & shared Onion Rings. Matt got the little burger & small bag of onion rings & had fewer calories than me.


Donkey on 08/13/2022:
Maybe it depends on the source of the photo? Or type of photo?


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Maria7 - Friday Aug 12, 2022

Weight: 157.0

   John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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Hello, Friends.   We arrived here yesterday and after checking in, a deluge of heavy rain came, followed by a beautiful, colorful rainbow!   Above is a photo of it!

Hubby   LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 stood by the window looking out and called me to come look at it.  What a sight to behold!  The Lord makes such beautiful things!   Notice in the distance, standing over the lake, a white cross.  It looks little in the photo but it is HUGE and it lit up brightly in white lights all nite each nite as it stands over the big lake and we can see it at nite. 

Hubby took me to a thrift store that I wanted to go, the same one we visited last year (but didn't get anything from it last year).  Well, this year, we hit the jackpot!  4 very large, long racks of clothing on hangers to choose from and only 25 cents each piece!  I picked out 9 pieces of clothing and with tax was only $2.41.  Mostly shirts, very nice ones.  So happy over this find!  Also, yesterday and also today, I had a HUGE salad and it was so delicious!  Fresh broccolli, strawberries, little tomatoes, cucumber pieces, leaf-lettuce (purple and green), shredded carrots, grapes (red and green), sunflower seeds, something else that resembled sunflower seeds and tasted chewy, and raisins.  Yummy!

Hope you are having a nice day.

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

  

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
That picture is so beautiful and perfect it doesn't even seem real....amazing!!!!! It must have been wonderful to see in person. Lucky you at the thrift store........sounds like you got some great deals.....and your salad sounds delish...could the unknown seeds be pumpkin seeds?

Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
Thank you. Yes, it was a huge blessing to witness that rainbow! No, not pumpkins seeds...have had them before...these seeds are a lot smaller...about size of sunflower seeds...and instead of crunchy, chewy. The salad was wonderful! We are having a very happy time! Hope you and D are doing well. Happy for Y'all about your new mattress...it sounds very nice.


Donkey on 08/13/2022:
A beautiful picture!

I rather enjoyed reading about your thrift store experience! What a score!

Maria7 on 08/13/2022:
Thank you!


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Donkey - Friday Aug 12, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 143.5

Yesterday was a very bad day at work.  I just felt like everything was falling apart, especially me.

Eating was not good.  Not food fits, but definitely not good choices.  Too many chocolates at work.  Too many carbs at dinner.

I did chest weights yesterday (Thursday) and had intended to do legs this morning, but I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning - so running late - and by the time I got to the point in my bike ride where I would normally stop and do weights, I noticed that Boy Cat was curled up comfortably on my weight bench, hanging out with me.  So I just rode the bike for an extra 10 minutes.

My Boss is getting his heart zapped today, to re-establish a normal heart beat rhythm.  This is presuming his blood test at 1pm is within the range that the doctor wants.  So also presuming that this goes according to plan, he will be out of the office this afternoon, which should make for a more relaxed day.

I might walk with Mistakes Girl and her baby at lunchtime.  That would be nice. 

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
Did you see my post to you re the sad saga of my Christmas Cactus? If your responded, I’m unaware. I get incorrect email alerts. Sometimes they say someone responded to me multiple times and I can only see one, or none.

I think HoP is onto something by turning off email alerts. Also, I think she’s right about some of my alerts from her or Bear were because I commented in their threads or feeds or whatever they’re called here. So I may get alerts every time Bear or HoP update. This happens in fish forum threads. If you comment, they will send email alerts every time someone else comments in the same thread.

Fortunately for me, the emails contain a link to stop further incoming alerts, so I can shut them down.

Donkey on 08/13/2022:
I did read about the Christmas Cactus, but I did not send replies to any comments that day -- I believe I was short on time and not quite in the right frame of mind.

I do not receive emailed updates. I opted out of that.

It was hard for me to imagine eating a cactus, but I know that they do that in Mexico. Some cacti is edible.

Donkey on 08/13/2022:
I'd be mad at that squirrel too. It's a good thing they're cute... and so far, they haven't totally destroyed any plant that is really important to me.


bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
I always had trouble with disturbing a pet too....LOL...I hope you can walk with mistakes girl and her baby....That sounds like a good way to get in some conversation away from the office.

Donkey on 08/13/2022:
She did not follow up with me, and I did not follow up with her. I was totally distracted by the Boss getting his heart zapped.


horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
I'm sorry yesterday was a bad day at work. Of course, we can relate here. Not everyday is the 'best'....we all have those down days. it's ok.

like you said, it's good there wasn't a particularly bad 'food fit,' as i feel those are the most detrimental.

glad i'm not getting my heart zapped, wow.

nice to see you doing chest exercises. sometimes sleep is most important, in my mind, over the exercising.

Happy Friday to Donkey!

Donkey on 08/13/2022:
Crying at work usually means a bad day. I was so tired, stressed, sad. It all kind of overtook me at once.


Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
That was me yesterday...too many carbs and too many chocolates...did better with the carbs today...also said NO to potato chips, even though we are on vacation. Smile!

Donkey on 08/13/2022:
The scale reminded me this morning that too many chocolates is not a good thing. I'll do better next week.


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bearcountrygg - Friday Aug 12, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

 Today is our 56th anniversary.......Pretty good for a couple of 16 and 17 year olds...and they said it would never last!!!  HA HA ......fooled them!

We decided to not go out and eat....local restaurants are mainly closed because of lack of workers...so I decided to place a walmart order for pick up today instead.....( the resturants that are open are not our faves...so there is that)

Decided that I really didn't want to cook...so would actually pick up some easy things and eat at home.

Lately it is nice to be able to place a walmart order in the morning and actually pick it up the same morning....so that is what I did.

Dishes washing...laundry washing and drying...got an early start and hope to have most of it done before I get back home

Groceries will be a 2 to 3 hour trip......and lots of wooded country driving........pine trees galore.......maybe some wildlife to see....(usually turkeys, deer and if I''m lucky a bear...........don't mind at all today.....

Taking a couple of nature valley bars to call breakfast......for the trip.

Slept like a log on the new mattress...I have never slept on a memory foam mattress before and found it so comfy I didn't even want to move.....winner with this one.

Sitting on the edge of it to put my shoes on was a bit funny though....but got that done...I was so used to the old style mattress with firmer sides......this will take some getting used to ...plus it is 4 inches higher than the old mattress....so there is that too....but so far...so good....glad we got it.

Scale is good...feeling good.....all is well......now on with my day!

FUNNY.....Right after I posted this I went to my Facebook page and D's favorite restaurant posted that they will be going back to 7 days a week again....in late August...that will make him happy......( not my favorite restuarant though...mine is up for sale....boo hoo)

 

 

 

horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
yes, i have the problem where i wake up easily from an empty stomach / slight hunger. it's good it doesn't bother you bc it's helpful to be able to just sleep thru the night and deal with it in the AM! xx have a nice day.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Food never crosses my mind during the night...and it takes me a couple of hours after waking up in the morning to even notice hunger......I think for most of my life......sitting down to eat was second to everything else........once I was married and had kids....I was thinking in terms of feeding them healthy foods for nutritions sake....I guess I have never really been too much about eating....so food as fuel seems to fit for me....don't get me wrong...I love dessert.....LOL

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
And I should say that I like almost all food......it was mainly about actually sitting down and eating that I never really enjoyed...LOL.....my poor parents...always trying to get me to eat something....but I just never seemed to have the time or desire to actually want a meal.......I guess that explains the skinny short kid I was.....56 years ago today...I weighed 104.......and stayed there for many many years.......Then eventually weighed 130 that was actually much healthier for me.....and where I am now happiest and healthiest....at 104...I was it seems always anemic.


Donkey on 08/12/2022:
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

So glad that the new mattress has worked out! Ahh that sounds so nice!

I'm all for a nice, easy dinner at home too. IDK, I'm not too much into going to restaurants any more. It seems odd to me to eat in a room with a bunch of other strangers. I have no problem with take-out though. Enjoy your trip into town!

Circling back to my comment to you on yesterday's entry, regarding 16/8 IF, it never occurred to me that an early end to the day's eating eliminates the acid reflux at night - yes! And I need to take a lesson from this, because of my recent woes with chocolate cake at night. It really does benefit us to stop eating much earlier than most of us do.

I can't imagine being one of those folks that has dinner at 8pm.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Nope...I could never eat dinner that late...we have friends tha eat really late....Like 10.....not around here....we are sleeping half the time at 10....LOL......

Thanks .......we can hardly believe it's been 56 years.......


Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Got an email from Walmart saying our regular 10-11 pickup has been delayed and to cancel if it inconveniences me, or wait. Never saw this before & I’ve used their pickup since long before covid. They were encouraging new users & gave a cash primo on your first order. So I set up two accounts, one for Matt and one for me. And they gave up very nice reusable grocery bags chock full of all kinds of good stuff.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
When I got there today....I wnt online and looked for my usual message...about substitutions....and all I got was a delay message...I was sitting there...the only one waiting....and a employee came out and said that the system was not working right...she took my name and said my order was ready......she went in and got it.......Then another car pulled in and apparently they got the bad message too....my gal went to talk to that person....and they got their order quickly as well.........I have gotten messages on a couple occassions that part of my order had to be picked up inside....and the person that brough mine out said...NOPE....She brought all of it to the car....It must be frustrating to have to deal with those mess ups...for the employees.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Thanks...we are having stouffers meatloaf for the first time....LOL...Lazy me today!


Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
We should have been notified of substitutions around 9:40 for a 10-11 pickup & a bit later that the order was ready. They finally emailed -11:45 part of the order was ready & there was one substitution, but too late to reject it online. I wanted Thomas Multigrain English Muffins, my fave for years. 100 cal, 8 gms fiber & 5 gms protein. Price keeps going up.

Anyway last week they gave me a light wheat muffin instead last week and today tried to substitute a higher calorie wheat muffin. They had none of the ones I wanted inside.

Went to Amazon. Sold at crazy prices by third parties, insane, like $15 for the package that now runs about $3.60. Was $2.50 last year. So then I went to that boxed placed you once mentioned. They had no English muffins at all. I forgot all my login info & created a new account.

They sent a 20% off coupon on my first order, so I will go back in & see if they have something I can use. Maybe paper products. The only thing I ever ordered from them was Flex Protein Crisps, by the case. Still eat them. But have since discovered I can get them cheaper at Amazon.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
I have slowed down my shopping on Boxed...I still order from them but a lot less.....they now have a LOT of things I have never heard of before and the prices are rediculous!!!! Today I spent 200 at walmart and didn't get very many bags......the prices are so high....and several bags only had 1 thing in them...not sure why they did that.......and as I too the watermelon ( in it's bag)...out of the car...it broke through the bag...hit the garage floor...rolled under the car...and right back out and srrived at my feet....LOL...I grabbed it quick before it decided to take another trip under the car...LOL...Luckily it didn't break open........Now that should have been double bagged.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
I always also check the expiration dates on BOXED things.......( that is one thing I like about them)....Some of their better prices I think are under the BEST SELLERS button...and then you can also have them show up priced from low to high under a button on the right in each category....and sale buttons on top.........I think their best prices are under the Best Sellers button though...they seenm to remain fairly steady.


Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
I know you are enjoying your new memory foam mattress...matter of fact, it feels like that is what Hubby and I are sleeping on here in the mountains. Happy Anniversary! Wow 56! So happy for Y'all!!! YAyyyy!!!

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Thank you!


Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
I will be taking a close look at Boxed since they sent the 20% off first order promo code. That may make certain items cheaper than Walmart & Amazon. All that popped up were a bunch of snack like sweets that’d I’d never eat anyway on their homepage.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
Yeah.....I don't use them too much now.......They do carry a lot of snack things.


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horn_of_plenty - Thursday Aug 11, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


 8.11.22 - Thurs - Take Public Transit...DONE. i've been reading the book above which is FANTASTIC. another NY Times Bestseller.

It got rainy on the morning transportation route, but not heavy at all. i didn't have an umbrella but got a little wet, but nothing like getting soaked. It's a reminder i need to probably use a backpack instead of my bag for commuting and always have an umbrella tucked away in it....i will transfer my belongings to a backpack for commuting instead of my crossover bag tonight most probably.

Breakfast: whole wheat with pb 200, medium banana 150, coffee 50. 400...

Snacks: tbd - more whole wheat with pb i think 200, two toffee candies 50.

12:30p Lunch: healthy mix: tofu with seasoings i put on it (dry mix of shallot/salt/pepper maybe one more thing) 100, small half of a beef empanada 300 tops maybe less, large salad 50-100 with dressing 100...600 tops, should be satisfying.

Snacks: brought a kiwi to slice and eat 50 - if not, i'll save for tomorrow at work...

4:30p 1st Dinner: planning on more salad; and a microwave meal i have in fridge  there was a food fair by work and i ended up seeing acquaintances that work on my project but not in my trailer/office. they treated me to the foods they were buying as the servings were BIG and let me sample things. culinary delights. anyways, too tired to write about it. sorta small samplings, but many. 400 cals.

Dinner back at home 7:30: diet no caffeine coke from supermarket as i was very thirsty and craving something  no cal; later a plum 50cal, gummy vits negligible today,jackfruit dried 100, half a spiked seltzer 50, ....200 so far...

1900...

supermarket after work to get food for the week. - greens for pigs/myself, peppers, tomatoes, fruit, bananas. - yes, DONE!

Change over from crossover bag to my backpack again - find it, organize my stuff in it...will do this on the weekend, since i'm driving to work tomorrow i'll just pack normally for tomorrow.- NO.

Do leg strength to what i feel i can do, then try for bed earlier...my ankle is weak but not really getting worse on commute, just not great overall, but not worse.Legs tired, i also got out of work late bc a major executive wanted me to print a load of documents for him which needed to be also sorted in order into a binder. it took me over a half hour extra and i did go to supermarket on way home, too, so i am ready to go to bed early and skip any more exercise.

- it's harder to maintain my upper and lower body strength exercises when taking public transit because it's slightly longer hours and a more challenging commute physically (not much, but a little bit), but the days off in September and months to follow (the holidays) should help me stay on track....i also need to remember to lay low sometimes on the weekends....

i think i may drive on Mondays and Fridays. still sorting it out, with the public trans and not overdoing it too much. it won't work if i switch off every other day as it's not a good habit to always be waking up at different times....that's why i'm thinking to group the public trans days together....so when i take public trans, it's a few days in a row, not having to change alarm clocks, etc..that's why it would be best to do it everyday but my body isn't appreciating it...left leg/ankle is weak, especially after the trip to PA this past weekend, lots of walking. i feel ok, but could be better.


8/12/22 - Fri - Drive to work, do leg exercises at home (2 exercises) and the rest by work...i will get up by 5:15..my legs are tired some public trans and better than taking it tomorrow, i'd like to make it easier on myself for Friday knowing i can leave work on time as boss will probably not be in...but i am actually not sure?

Breakfast:

Snacks:

Lunch: leftover bacon egg on toast from coworker that i have in fridge, to be eaten with a large salad like yesterday...

Snacks: tbd

Dinner:


8/13/22 - Sat - Weights/Strength

cut up veggies/prep some food for work days

my laundry/gp's cages and laundry


8/14/22 - Sunday - Beach with Christine..will prob not want to walk at all besides what needs to be walked to get on the beach...


8/15 Mon   8/16 Tues   8/17 Wed   

8/18 Thurs - maybe yacht??...everyone keeps having to cancel, is ok, no biggie for me!....

8/19 Fri   8/20 Sat  8/21 Sun


9.3.22, Saturday 7:15p  Evening Citifield Mets vs Washington Nationals Baseball Game at stadium very close to me.  I am going without anyone else but will prob carpool with other members of the "Welfare Club" that i'm in so there will be people i end up going with due to carpooling, just not sure who yet, lol.  (and of course, i can always take public transportation also - especially if i want to leave to go back home early!)

9.4.22, Sunday - 

9.5.22, Monday, Labor Day Holiday 

(Call to schedule PRP on 9.26.22 Monday or 10.5.22 Wednesday)


9.9.22 - Friday my 40th bday, but i really do feel overwhelmed with planning and work right now; so i do not plan to do celebrations for it. I will want to relax that weekend as i'm going to walk in the Labor Day Parade tomorrow as it's a big union event for my union to show a presence at it.

9.10.22 Saturday - Labor Day Parade this AM/Early Afternoon


9.24.22 - Saturday - (Christine's bday).

9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening - just a reminder - for my info). - maybe go to parents tonight? discuss with mom as comes closer.

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Sick Day #1/5 cycle ends april 15th)  PRP?

9.27.22 Tues,  9.28.22 Wed,  9.29.22 Thurs;


 9.30.22 Fri - Sick Day #2/5, cycle ends April 15th  -  Will prob go out East tonight - or tomorrow AM - my parents said they'd drive me out (i am not good to drive the distance alone, it's a straight road and uncomfortable for me). they volunteered to drive me and i'm sticking with that option instead of canceling this outing.

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking Course (stay overnight, paid for by union, nice perk of being a member and nice experience and knowledge - i support learning and education..) 

10.2.22 Sunday - Critical Thinking Course - Breakfast, then drive back home soon after. - maybe stopping at the Deer Park Outlets with parents??

10.3.22 - Monday Go to work!!!


10.4.22 - Tuesday evening start - Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) - leave work on time!;  

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day Off - Vaca Day #5/15 -   PRP?

...i will start to update important dates after 10.5.22 ...10.10.22 Monday Columbus Day Holiday,  10.30.22 Sunday - volunteer at Welfare Club Breakfast...

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/11/2022:
A backpack might be better for your back, in the long run, too. How long of a drive is it for you to the train?

horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2022:
it is approx 10 min to drive / find a parking spot in the community...then like a 5min walk from car to station, depending where i park...good exercise if i park further, but right now i park generally closer just a few blocks away.

yeah, i do have a backpack i was using prior when i was commuting at the start of this job, will switch back to it.

horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2022:
then, i take one train...then i get off and walk around 5 min to the next station..get on that train, then walk about 5-10 minutes to work.

in all, there's a minimum from my car to work of 20 min walk to work and then 20 min home. minimums :)


bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Good idea to wear a backpack.

How long do you think that job site will be lasting.....I remember well the days of D switching trailers on sites.......always on to the next job.

horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2022:
yes, you get it with the switching job sites.

the next job will prob last 2-3+ years. a long while.

horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2022:
I really hope to get a court job in that time, tho i am not sure how long it will take and the test has not come out yet, so we'll see.


Maria7 on 08/11/2022:
I have a backpack pocketbook which I can carry that way or by a handle. Backpacks come in very handy. You can also carry you a bottle of water in them for when you are walking.

horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2022:
a good idea to maybe have water to drink when i'm closer to home yes! two days this week i spent money while close to home bc it was hot and i was thirsty...good idea.


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bearcountrygg - Thursday Aug 11, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

Changed my IF eating window recently to 6 A.M. to 2 P.M. and I really like it.........Basically it allows me to get eating over with....Odd statement I know...but it is working......I discovered that even though I really never did enjoy eating early in the day...it actually agrees with me better than eating later in the day........Never did know that.  It also allows me to eat a larger breakfast...wait at least 6 hours and have a main meal...an possibly a snack which lately has been some junky things and the scale looks good and I'm getting in some favorites...that probably aren't that healthy but do make me happy......so I'm satisfied.......I'm finding it very easy to refuse eating after 2..........I do notice that I get a little tempted to eat around 7 or 8 in the evening....but it's easy to tell myself NO then......so it is all working well right now.  

I'm continuing to use things up that need to be used........ .......I'm trying to buy less food for right now so that I'm not tempted by it......( I still shop for D's favorites and he is happy with that)......and I'm the clean up crew which sounds funny but suits me perfectly........(I'm the second generation on that habit)...my parents were that way as well.......)

 

2 english muffins toasted with spray butter and apricot jam

coffee

Ground beef with BBQ sauce

beets

dressing w/gravy

chocolate

nuts,seeds and dried cranberries

 

 

We had a bed in need of a new mattress....but didn't want to drive for an hour and a half to the furniture store...so I ordered a memory foam mattress in a box from amazon.........for less than $300....and it arrived yesterday.........Looking forward to getting that bed all fixed up today....the new mattress looks amazing....I think it will be a winner...it had very good reviews...

I've also been ordering some clothes for myself on Amazon lately and they will be coming today.....looking forward to freshening up my wardrobe............as my weight came off...i was getting by with some older things that had been packed away.......and now they are looking quite "tired"...and I was getting bored with them...so looking forward to those things arrival.

Washing up bedding and dishes now.....and then on to the food storage room for some rotating and dating pkgs.......looks like a good day.

 

Mattress we got yesterday......attention IP

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2022:
You are correct, getting your eating over with does indeed sound odd. Makes it sound like eating is a hardship & most find eating a pleasure. 70% of Americans are overweight, so no hardships there.

But you are making all the right moves to stay healthy & fit, so hip hip hurray!

New mattress & clothing sound terrific! Amazon has long been my favorite shopping center, good prices & easy returns if needed. We just got a 65” TV from them & a new fish tank filter & a part that will hopefully repair a filter I bought used. It worked for a few weeks & croaked.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
In fact....for the 1st 40 years of my life...eating was for fuel...and always looking at the nutrients...THEN....a big stress happened ( dangerous foster/adopt girl in our house)....and and I discovered grazing........bad deal....Then that became a habit....The bottom line it my natural instinct is to eat for fuel and having some treats as well....I found the best of both worlds for me I guess.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
I will say....I don't really remember enjoying eating all that much.....It may have been before your time here...but my longest held opinions about food...other than nutrients...was making food disappear......I do have to say.....I find more enjoyment in making it disappear than I do in actually eating. Maybe OCD???? I have no idea.......I love to cook.......I love to shop for food........I love to use up the odds and ends......I would have to say that eating actual meals is way down the line for me....( I do love sweets though....LOL)


Donkey on 08/11/2022:
It's nice to hear that you're treating yourself to some new clothes, to help freshen up your wardrobe. I hope the new mattress is comfortable!

Remember the days when going to bed without supper was a punishment? During my crazy dieting days, I tried that - I was so ahead of my time with IF (lol) - but I felt like I was punishing myself by going to bed without dinner. I was hungry.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
I'm looking forward to the new duds...nothing fancy...but fresh!!! One huge bonus of not eating after 2 P.M. has been there is no more reflux during the night...I am so happy about that.......and I just really end up drinking my water in the evenings....I don't feel like I'm punishing myself at this point....I just tell myself that I will eat in the morning....I think I have always looked at food differently than most......


innerpeace on 08/11/2022:
We are in need of a mattress too, thought about a blow up for guest, but I'm having issues with it being on the floor. Very leary of buying anything that isn't new because of the bed bugs we had.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
See pick above...very reasonably priced too.


innerpeace on 08/11/2022:
Thank you much!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
;)


Jacky82020 on 08/11/2022:
Very nice mattress at a great price! We liked how Amazon had UPS deliver the big TV to our house. Matt happened to be out front & he opened the garage door for the driver to carry it inside to near the utility room door that opens into the kitchen area. Very large, not all that heavy for a 65” TV. Our old smaller one weighed a lot more.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Amazon does carry some things that I never thought they would....and we are happy with ups....they have always done well by us.


Maria7 on 08/11/2022:
I'm so happy for you getting you some new clothes. I hope they are beautiful and you are very happy with them when they arrive. You have worked hard to lose weight, very hard and you deserve it! Smile!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
It's time....I've been wearing some old ones and they are about ready to toss them.....I'm looking forward to getting them.


horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2022:
i don't like to get eating over wtih bc i find it hard to sleep if i do not eat within like 2.5hrs of bed or less....i get hungry easily before bed.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Some people can't sleep on an empty stomach......I'm a bit different...I like to go to bed with an empty stomach...and I don't think I have ever gotten u during the night and eaten anything....just water....so I don't mind it...I know D doesn't eat after 7 P.M.......so I guess it just became a habit for us.


horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
yes, i have the problem where i wake up easily from an empty stomach / slight hunger. it's good it doesn't bother you bc it's helpful to be able to just sleep thru the night and deal with it in the AM! xx have a nice day.

bearcountrygg on 08/12/2022:
If you can't sleep when hungry then getting up to eat something makes a lot of sense......if it works for you...then do that for sure.....I would get reflux though.


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Maria7 - Thursday Aug 11, 2022

Weight: 157.0

  John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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Hello, Friends.   

157 on the scale this morning.   

Hubby   LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567 and I are in the mountains and wanted to say hello!  The above photo was taking during our ride up here today.  We are having a very happy time together!

Hope you are having a nice day.

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

  

Progress as of today: 48 lbs lost so far, only 7 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Scale looks good.....Glad to hear you are having a good time...ENJOY!!!!

Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
Thank you!


horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
Very nice photo along your drive, it's like you are taking us along the drive with you :)

Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
Yes, Y'all are traveling with us!!!


horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
Do you go swimming in the lake? or lay on tubes?

Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
No, we are more into walking and exploring new places in the area.


Donkey on 08/12/2022:
Enjoy your retreat! The mountains look so beautiful!

Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
Thank you! They are gorgeous!


Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
Gotta love those mountains! Enjoy!

Maria7 on 08/12/2022:
Thank you!


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innerpeace - Thursday Aug 11, 2022

Weight: 302.0

I made the beef and brocolli last night and damn if I didn't cut myself on that stupid mandelin again. I was using it to make carrot matchsticks and even using the guard, but a carrot got hung and I tried to push it through and one of the prongs tagged me on the tip of the finger...it's a love hate relationship with that thing!

I was doing OK for the day until the girl brought home some brownies from her work...and I ate not one but two.

We watched stranger things again - it is addicting - we should be finished with it this week and I will not start any more Netflix series, takes why to much of my time when I could be doing anything constructive.

My son called and should be home the beginning of September for a few days. He said he was going to leave again  to go to Florida to visit some friends and then come back for a few days and then leave for Germany. Like Bear I will be in search of a new mattress. The girl moved out of this room into the other room and now this spare room has no furniture in it. We trashed the last furniture to get rid of the bed bugs and didn't replace it yet.

One of my friends on facebook posted a video of her shopping spree game - I want to do this with DH & the girl so made our version of it - With a small budget ($30-40) we have to shop for:

something that is their favorite color

something to drink

something you want them to try

something that makes you think of them

something random

something to snack on

The girl will buy for DH, I will buy for the girl and DH will buy for me! My friend got a package of TP for her something random, she showed what each bought, it was cute and I liked it so we are going to play this weekend. It will be easier now that the girl is driving and she can go her own way.

We are eating chipotle tonight - it's been awhile and we (the girl & I) didn't want DH to cook again.

Exercise class tomorrow!

and school shopping I think! shoes & clothes.

Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
I hink we are going to love this mattress......and it was delivered by UPS and out of the box and out of the bag....and like magic.....will be sleeping on it tonight to test it out.

Your game sounds like fun.....I'm interested in hearing what everyone got and shopped for!!! The girl will always remember that outing......You are such a good Mom to her.

I loved school shopping...have fun!!!


bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
IP....I will put the pic and the amazon listing of what we got.....will try it out tonight...so far though...GREAT!!!


bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Picture of matrrss is on my post today.........super easy...arrived in a box....took pkging off and it started to have a life of it's own....amazing!!! I looked at some on line for over $1,000......but Thius has breat review...4.7 ourt of 5.


bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
^^^^THIS^^^^^^^GREAT^^^^^^Should have proofread that!!!


Jacky82020 on 08/11/2022:
That spree game does sound fun!

LOL. When I first glanced at your post I thought you said you cut yourself on a mandolin. I didn’t even know you played.

innerpeace on 08/12/2022:
lol - its a slicer - and I usually cut myself every time I use it


Maria7 on 08/11/2022:
What a fun idea! Getting gifts for each other to surprise each other with. Sweet!


horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
would it help for you to wear rubber gloves (like a semi-thick cleaning glove) when using the mandolin?

the shopping spree sounds right up your alley with the fun & creativity.


Donkey on 08/12/2022:
I think we're about to start Stranger Things, now that we're all caught up on the Star Wars and Star Trek series. Or we might try "Only Murders in the Building" on Hulu for something lighter. Husband is concerned that Stranger Things is a Dungeons & Dragons thing, which he does NOT want to watch. But I've heard it's not really a D&D thing at all.


Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
Yeah, never heard of a mandelin, but assumed it was a food cutting device from the context, that is after I got over images of you & your family in a bluegrass band. I like some blue grass.


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Donkey - Thursday Aug 11, 2022
(Moderate eating w recumbent bike, walking, weights)
Weight: 143.5

So yesterday, I come home from work to find that "someone" (probably the same chipmunk friend) has taken my avocado pit from its pot!  I took the pit outside, hoping that the bright sun might bring forth more growth.  Now it's someone's dinner.  Fortunately, I wasn't too attached to the pit, and thought it was kind of funny actually.  AND the best part was that my other plants were left alone.

I decided to take another chance with Monster and put her back into clean soil.  That was last night, so we'll see how she does.  She suffers from root rot, which I've tried 2x to remediate.  IDK maybe I panicked.  We'll see what happens.

Also I brought home some cuttings from work, so again, bringing stuff home gradually.  The only plant left at work that is mine is an aloe in Male Co-Worker's office.


I've been training the new person, telling him that I'm being thorough right now because I might not always be there.  Frankly, I can't see this guy staying with us for more than 2 years but who knows...  Male Co-Worker has 2 more years left before he reaches 70 and will retire.  Nice Lady says she will be retiring at the end of next year.  When I mentioned to Husband that MCW has 2 more years left, he said that he doubts that the Boss will have even that much left.  I do not think MCW will stay if the Boss leaves.

But now that the Replacement Kid is gone, things have quieted down and are starting to settle more into routine.


It was not a good eating day overall.  A title company treated us to pizza, and I inadvertently took a very large slice.  Then we had another title company drop off some chocolates, so I had a couple.  WHY???  Because I was feeling very tired - like my body battery had just fizzled out.  So I tried (?) to recharge myself with some sugar.  It only sort of worked.

At home, dinner was light, which was OK, but then I finished up the last piece of chocolate cake last night, and boy did I regret that.  It sat heavy and was very uncomfortable afterwards.


It was a very rough TOM this month, physically and emotionally.  I'm glad that things are starting to settle down.  This has been a very rough month.

Progress as of today: 43 lbs lost so far, only 10.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Your little critter is having a lot of fun in your flowers/plants......he must think he found the neighborhood cafe finally....LOL....I wonder if he would both a small greenhouse on your deck.

I knew I was on my way out of my last job when I started taking things home with me on a regular basis......

I hope things are starting to settle down for you...you deserve it.

Donkey on 08/12/2022:
Don't get me wrong - I really do enjoy all the chipmunks, baby bunnies, big bunnies, robins, hawks, cardinals, misc. birds, I have in my backyard. At one point, we had a raccoon and a opossum that would come visit. Those probably aren't so desirable to have but still fascinating!

Yes, if work would just settle down a bit, then I feel like I would have enough energy (mostly mental/emotional) to regroup.


Maria7 on 08/11/2022:
I think you did outstanding with a piece of pizza and a few chocolates. I've had half a large bag of potato chips and chocolates, too, today. So good.

Donkey on 08/12/2022:
I've actually considered stepping away from DD and dieting for a little bit. My head is just not in the right place to be dieting right now.


horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2022:
Hi Donks! i guess you learned your lesson about Chipmunks?! is there a way to place netting around the plants or maybe put them indoors on a window sill that faces the sun? so sorry. but these things happen and you can take it as a learning experience to make you better at what you do in the future. that's my TRUE feelings on it.

Donkey on 08/12/2022:
I do have some screening (like for windows but just the actual screening material, not frames) that someone was throwing out and I salvaged for some use later on. This might be the time to put it to use! I have a lot of it, so I can experiment. Hmm...

My plant hobby has evolved from a rescue mission to a learning experience. I'm learning to appreciate life cycles and seeing how death has its place, how life goes on.


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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Aug 10, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

   


 Wednesday - accidentally post deleted during the day....is OK!...still taking public transportation, it's an easier week to do it with only 4 working days for me...

had two coffees today and a decaf. ...cannot reproduce the entry that got deleted, i had started to answer questions...is ok, plenty more days to chat it up with everyone xx...

6p dinner: lg salad 150, tofu with seasoning 100, puffed cheetos 2+servings  350, gummy vits/kombucha 50...650

2000...

snacks: 

tonight is Upper Strength and maybe save lower strength for tomorrow bc a bit tired extra due to less sleep, longer commute in AM.  Not getting as much sleep or sleeping as late as when i drove to work, not sure i will be able to sleep as much as i used to...but will try to make up on some days and go to bed earlier...but have not done it yet...so feeling a little more tired but making it thru right now without too much of a problem.

forgot my book at home - so just closing my eyes and reading a few short news blips on my phone during the subway (train) route. waste of time to not have a book to read, so hope to put it directly in my bag tomorrow!




8.11.22 - Thurs - Take Public Transit...

supermarket either today or tomorrow after work to get fresh produce for the whole week,

 

After work: No extra exercise, try for bed earlier...


8/12/22 - Fri - Take public trans...


8/13/22 - Sat - Weights/Strength

cut up veggies/prep some food for work days

my laundry/gp's cages and laundry


8/14/22 - Sunday - Beach with Christine..


8/15 Mon   8/16 Tues   8/17 Wed   8/18 Thurs - maybe yacht...everyone keeps having to cancel, is ok, no biggie for me!.... 8/19 Fri   8/20 Sat  8/21 Sun


9.3.22, Saturday 7:15p  Evening Citifield Mets vs Washington Nationals Baseball Game at stadium very close to me.  I am going without anyone else but will prob carpool with other members of the "Welfare Club" that i'm in so there will be people i end up going with due to carpooling, just not sure who yet, lol.  (and of course, i can always take public transportation also - especially if i want to leave to go back home early!)

9.4.22, Sunday - 

9.5.22, Monday, Labor Day Holiday 

(Call to schedule PRP on 9.26.22 Monday or 10.5.22 Wednesday)


9.9.22 - Friday my 40th bday, but i really do feel overwhelmed with planning and work right now; so i do not plan to do celebrations for it. I will want to relax that weekend as i'm going to walk in the Labor Day Parade tomorrow as it's a big union event for my union to show a presence at it.

9.10.22 Saturday - Labor Day Parade this AM/Early Afternoon


9.24.22 - Saturday - (Christine's bday).

9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening - just a reminder - for my info). - maybe go to parents tonight? discuss with mom as comes closer.

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Sick Day #1/5 cycle ends april 15th)  PRP?

9.27.22 Tues,  9.28.22 Wed,  9.29.22 Thurs;


 9.30.22 Fri - Sick Day #2/5, cycle ends April 15th  -  Will prob go out East tonight - or tomorrow AM - my parents said they'd drive me out (i am not good to drive the distance alone, it's a straight road and uncomfortable for me). they volunteered to drive me and i'm sticking with that option instead of canceling this outing.

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking Course (stay overnight, paid for by union, nice perk of being a member and nice experience and knowledge - i support learning and education..) 

10.2.22 Sunday - Critical Thinking Course - Breakfast, then drive back home soon after. - maybe stopping at the Deer Park Outlets with parents??

10.3.22 - Monday Go to work!!!


10.4.22 - Tuesday evening start - Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) - leave work on time!;  

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day Off - Vaca Day #5/15 -   PRP?

...i will start to update important dates after 10.5.22 ...10.10.22 Monday Columbus Day Holiday,  10.30.22 Sunday - volunteer at Welfare Club Breakfast...

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
Same thing happened to Bear the other day. Posts deleted often on my first fish forum, the world’s largest. Posts often deleted on Twitter which I rarely use these days. Wait, they weren’t deleted after posting they never went up.

That’s happened to me here too, I write a post and it vanishes. Usually I am too frustrated to rewrite, so do nothing that day or will do a simplified version later. Weird.

horn_of_plenty on 08/10/2022:
i read the "Recent Forum Topics" under DD maintenance and seems the webmaster is doing background maintenance....


bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
Bummer.....been there.

horn_of_plenty on 08/10/2022:
yeah, i saw your comments earlier this week to the Webmaster on that post.


Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
Just saw that. Wonder what he meant by some of us getting emails saying he’d posted, but nothing would be seen. He could have least said hello. LOL I didn’t get any emails from him. Did anyone?

horn_of_plenty on 08/10/2022:
i don't sign up for emails...so wouldn't know...

horn_of_plenty on 08/10/2022:
i never get the emails is what i meant.


Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
That’s right, I remember you telling me long ago you don’t get email alerts & it’s not really that much to go through all the posts. Well it is for me the way I do things. Never been good with planners. Buy them and forget to make entries. Or lose them. I jot appointments or things to do on a cat calendar hanging on the kitchen wall.

I did notice a few days ago you said you had a birthday coming up & I meant to jot down the date & post a cute BDay meme for you. Can you please remind me of the date? I’ll make a notation. The old fashioned way, on a piece of paper.

Then I occasionally forget to look at the wall calendar & miss minor things. Like calling in the monthly RX request to refill Xanax to the PCP. It’s only one low dose pill a night to help me fall asleep. So I’m losing pills I’d prefer to hoard by not calling on time. I skip a night or two every so often, so it’s not like I’m out. I need to move the calendar so it’s more in my face. I truly should better organized.

But I digress. It’s too much for me to go through everyone’s posts unless a comment is addressed to me. Love you ladies, but don’t read long dialogues between other members. Hope I’m not missing anything juicy. LOL

Speaking of juicy, I gave up on the Fire Island book. Still difficult for me to grasp it was part of the author’s PhD dissertation at Cambridge on gay cruising. The opening chapters on the history of the entire island were interesting then after that he focused on all the famous gay men who vacationed or owned homes there. Only heard of a few poets, old men at the time, & I really don’t care about how they chased young men around the beach and did it in the open. Yuk.

Re the Verizon bill, I always thought most carriers had flat rates. Def follow up on that when you have a chance.

horn_of_plenty on 08/11/2022:
haha my bday is 9.9. The only reason i have to plan is bc my schedule with this job is tight and if i do not plan, i will not do half the things i do :)

my friend Christine forgets things even more than you - she forgot we were going SATURDAY, not friday on the trip....and she forgot a hair appt...sometimes i do forget to call for refills until last minute too - tho now i think i have a monthy reminder in my phone...

i also don't usually read between dialogues either... i just read mostly posts and comments directed towards me.

yeah, i'd have given up the FI book too...i'm not interested on reading about gay life...if i were gay, maybe, but i cannot relate enough to read an entire novel about it. yeah, i'd only want to read it for the history part, too.

yeah, my flat rate went up $10. and now it's the raised rate always up $10. i was too lazy to call on the other days...maybe i'll call after work today...stay late and make the phone call at work is what i SHOULD do...easier to do things at work than home.


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horn_of_plenty - Friday Aug 05, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 HI DD WEBMASTER! i see you signed in to your entry in the list Recent Entries at left <3


 

8/5/22 Friday - Vaca Day #3/15 (cycle Ends April 1)  Day off before road trip - to relax and that's what i did!

Late 11:30a Breakfast: coffee negl, oats 150, almond milk 50, tahini tbsp 100, golden raisins 100and tiny banana 50...450

2:30-3p  plum 50; popcorn 200, popcorn 150. total 400. lots of good fiber.

 5p-5:30p meal...dried jackfruit 150, yogurt w. tahini 250, some chips tbd...1 2.3 servings of puffed cheetos so good 250.650.

8:30p rest of the dried jackfruit 2nd package 50, 3 choc milanos 200

1750.......

....Last night on my way home I got a little hair trim at barbershop which has pretty late hours with george - was good and now my ends are not looking ragged :)! really happy to do it now - still a month from my bday and still my hair is growing and not too short :)

I'm so glad to be off today bc even though a short week, the hours were quite long!  There was a very long train delay, we got stuck in the subway tunnel due to the emergency break being activated, we were never told the reason but the investigation had us standing on the train for 45 extra minutes going home; my train route is an hour on trains usually going home, so yesterday was 1hr 45 min...just on the train part...but i'm off today, THANK GOSH! usually this doesn't happen to this type of degree in the city, it's not often with problems like this that have NO reason for the delay and such a long delay without any notice beforeahand.  I'm not upset about it at all, it's out of my hands, just really happy to be home Friday.

So far today; I've slept in...didn't end of showering at all last night as i was so rushed and tired, so did a rinse with AM - will shower again hair and everything either tonight or tomorrow AM.

 

 

I will get a key made so neighbors can have it - for entering to take care of gp's (feed/water) while i'm away :)...DONE!

 

stopped by supermarket to get minimal cash back / minimal groceries bought (just to get gash back) DONE!

.....(last week i did not lock my door bc didn't have an exra key for neighbors and wanted to keep my own with me, unsafe as far as keeping door unlocked, but nothing bad has happened in this building in the entire 10yrs i've lived here, so I took the chance for last weekend only).

SKIP and REST...TOM this week and starting back with public transportation left me a bit exhausted come today.

I have no big plans for today

I'm resting up :)




8.11.22 - Thurs - Take Public Transit...

supermarket either today or tomorrow after work to get fresh produce for the whole week,

 

After work: No extra exercise, try for bed earlier...


8/12/22 - Fri - Take public trans...


8/13/22 - Sat - Weights/Strength

cut up veggies/prep some food for work days

my laundry/gp's cages and laundry


8/14/22 - Sunday - Beach with Christine..


8/15 Mon   8/16 Tues   8/17 Wed   8/18 Thurs  8/19 Fri   8/20 Sat  8/21 Sun


9.3.22, Saturday 7:15p  Evening Citifield Mets vs Washington Nationals Baseball Game at stadium very close to me.  I am going without anyone else but will prob carpool with other members of the "Welfare Club" that i'm in so there will be people i end up going with due to carpooling, just not sure who yet, lol.  (and of course, i can always take public transportation also - especially if i want to leave to go back home early!)

9.4.22, Sunday - 

9.5.22, Monday, Labor Day Holiday 

(Call to schedule PRP on 9.26.22 Monday or 10.5.22 Wednesday)


9.9.22 - Friday - my 40th bday, but i really do feel overwhelmed with planning and work right now; so i do not plan to do celebrations for it. I will want to relax that weekend as i'm going to walk in the Labor Day Parade tomorrow as it's a big union event for my union to show a presence at it.

9.10.22 Saturday - Labor Day Parade this AM/Early Afternoon


9.24.22 - Saturday - (Christine's bday).

9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening - just a reminder - for my info). - maybe go to parents tonight? discuss with mom as comes closer.

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Sick Day #1/5 cycle ends april 15th)  PRP?

9.27.22 Tues,  9.28.22 Wed,  9.29.22 Thurs;


 9.30.22 Fri - Sick Day #2/5, cycle ends April 15th  -  Will prob go out East tonight - or tomorrow AM - my parents said they'd drive me out (i am not good to drive the distance alone, it's a straight road and uncomfortable for me). they volunteered to drive me and i'm sticking with that option instead of canceling this outing.

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking Course (stay overnight, paid for by union, nice perk of being a member and nice experience and knowledge - i support learning and education..) 

10.2.22 Sunday - Critical Thinking Course - Breakfast, then drive back home soon after. - maybe stopping at the Deer Park Outlets with parents??

10.3.22 - Monday Go to work!!!


10.4.22 - Tuesday evening start - Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) - leave work on time!;  

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day Off - Vaca Day #5/15 -   PRP?

...i will start to update important dates after 10.5.22 ...10.10.22 Monday Columbus Day Holiday,  10.30.22 Sunday - volunteer at Welfare Club Breakfast...

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 08/05/2022:
I hope it wasn’t miserably hot while you were waiting. It was over 80 & muggy when we went to pick up the new 125 G tank at Petsmart. Took Matt forever to bundle it up in this 4x8 open junky wooden trailer we hook up to the Mini Cooper. Two huge people as in big & muscular, not fat, loaded it into the trailer. .one was a woman. Tank alone must weigh close to 200 pounds.

horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2022:
we were lucky on the train....the A/C and lights remained on the whole time we were waiting.

horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2022:
trains have AC when riding on them, just not the stations themselves.

horn_of_plenty on 08/05/2022:
haha....i wouldn't want to lift a 200lb tank....sounds heavy and i'm glad there were people there to help.


happy-1 on 08/06/2022:
Hugs

horn_of_plenty on 08/06/2022:
xxxxxxxxx :)


Jacky82020 on 08/06/2022:
Oh, that’s great you had AC inside.

Yeah, I made sure the store knew we needed help loading. It’s def a 2 person job & at 5’1” & slender, i can’t be person #2. The store said to arrive in the early afternoon because they have the most staff available then.

The guy on the phone was a snot & said to consider hiring movers because they may not be able to offer help. The site says curbside pickup & big & heavy items loaded into one’s truck or other vehicle. I pinned him down on the best time to get help. I would have had to hire our new handyman & paid him $50 to accompany us to the store which is about 25 minutes from the house.

As is, he is coming tomorrow to help Matt move the 125 tank into the house & move the 110 G tank & 56 G into other rooms.


Jacky82020 on 08/06/2022:
I found this guy at Craig’s when I put an ad up for “gigs.” He appears to be highly skilled, strong & early 40s. I asked about his hourly wage & he said he does bids. He may change $100 for a one hour plumbing job & the same $100 for a 4 or 5 hour landscaping job. Appears to have been a good find! We had a skilled handyman at the old house, none here.

I did find a “college athlete” kid who helped move yet another tank on Craig’s . He put up the ad for odd jobs. Soccer player at the Catholic university downtown. Pleasant kid, but unskilled and slow and didn’t want to get his hands dirty. Extremely handsome. This lad won’t be returning. Matt calls him: the pretty boy lazy bastard. LOL But he did good on the first job of helping Matt with a large tank & stand.

horn_of_plenty on 08/06/2022:
it's good to know of this...maybe i'll hire someone to remove my grout work in my bathtub....although i'm prob going to do it myself....next spring.


Jacky82020 on 08/06/2022:
I generally try to do what I can myself, if I can. I justify it as a form of exercise qs much as saving money. There’s lots of instructional videos on YouTube these days showing ya how to do stuff.

I hired that kid to trim back the ground cover bordering the long driveway, a job I normally do but kept putting off. He wanted $25 an hour & it should have been a 2 hour tops job. He takes 4. Matt went out to check on him and reported back: that kid is working way slower than you & you’re old enough to be his mother. LOL

horn_of_plenty on 08/06/2022:
i think about that too, like it's exercise...


Jacky82020 on 08/06/2022:
I’ve been trying to make Matt consider jobs around here as exercise for years but he ain’t buying into it & never will.


Donkey on 08/06/2022:
I think resting on Friday was a good idea, with the anticipation of all the activity and excitement you'll have over the weekend.


bearcountrygg on 08/06/2022:
Good idea getting the neighbors a key.......best not leave the place unlocked.


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Aug 10, 2022
(IF 16/8, and Intuitive eating)
Weight: 0.0

Should run some errands today...but putting it off a little longer...there is enough here to keep me busy and the desire to go out in the world just isn't there. I have always been a homebody and I can see the desire to leave the house is lessening more and more.  I'm fine with that......I can see in this small town...that I'm not the only one......so many retirees here....and so few young families other than the amish ( there are lots of them).............This is a place where so many from downstate end up in retirement....we are surrounded by downstate retirees on our road.......and  we fit right in.  The older we get...and the crazier the country gets....the more we hunker down and find our pleasures in our own homes..........with short trips here and there and then back to home base to recharge..........thankfully I enjoy that.

Right now I am concentrating on zero waste as far as food is concerned, we are stocking up on everything and while I still use all appliances for convenience...we use them at off peak hours....turn off lights, prepay for propane to ensure we will be getting regular deliveries, and making sure we have back up for everything...including back ups to the back ups.  There is a lot of feelings of security knowing that if lockdowns happen ( or something else similar)....that we have everything we need for an extended period of time.....including security measures.  We have plenty of things to entertain us that do not require electricity......books, board games, exercise equipment, hobbies etc...........We would rather be prepared for the unknown than not prepared.......and there is a great feeling of calm that it fosters.  I know I'm not the only one here that is living the prepared lifestyle.....and it is something that I hope everyone can get through if and when it happens.....and if by chance this prep time is never really needed in any big sense of the word.......it sure is nice to know that there is plenty available any day...at any time...and we make use of it regularly...so for us it is about security.........and ease of life 100% of the time.  It also allows me to go out and shop when I want....not out of absolute necessity when I don't want to.

coffee

2 Nature Valley almond bars

1 pkg wheat pb crackers

chili

gummies

chocolate

chicken

stir fry veggies

1 hash brown patty

 

Donkey on 08/10/2022:
Oh I hear you -- I often get to a point where it starts to become difficult to step outside of my home, because I'm so comfortable at home.

It was a bit eye-opening yesterday, when we thought we wouldn't have internet for most of the day. I truly was worried about Husband and how he would cope. I mean, for a day, I'm sure he'd get by. If he's not on his computer, he likes to work on his model building but he listens to the radio (via Alexa) while he works. So without Alexa... well, I'm not even sure we have a regular, old-fashioned radio!

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
We are so accustomed to having what we want when we want it........and it is quite a shock when it's gone. I dug out an old boom box....(LOL)...it takes a bunch of D batteries to use....but I kept it....and added a smaller little radio that runs on A's as a back up.....Thanks for the reminder...I NEED TO BUY SOME D BATTERIES!!!!!! Talking about this stuff is a very good reminder of what would make our lives easier if necessary!!!! Being my age...I know well the days before paper towels, garbage bags, garbage cans with wheels, washing machines that that had a wringer on them....no DVD's or CD's, we had tape decks, and no seat belts, automatic car windows or locks......in fact cars had tail fins and a little vent window because air conditioning was unheard of.......My Dad worked at Pontiac motors and there was an entire room that heald a computer......D had a pager for work and had to drive to a pay phone...Then got a bag phone the size of a suitcase......my first cell phone was huge...and I had to screw the wntenna on....it rang once in line at a store and the lady behind me asked what it was.....I remember those days well....and I can see the possibility of going back to that.....but many people will be totally thrown off by it.....we are so spoiled...and it possibly has ruined us for tolerating less.......I don't know about anyone else...but I feel a lot safer at home....I had an apartment that I would go to while caring for my Mom....just to recharge my own mind as a geyt away as needed......I would walk in a courtyard in the center of all of the buildings....It was a round path......and it worked for me...but there were some strange things happening there and I got out after a year....and eventually found another apartment....but I feel a lot safer out here in these woods then I ever did in the city.....at least here....there aren't so many people.....


horn_of_plenty on 08/10/2022:
my entry just got deleted...everything from Monday and Tuesday... :(

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
That happened to me a few days ago...it was there...then later it was gone.


Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
I go for zero waste too. Don’t get many leftovers. Will eat same meal 3 days in a row and if a little bit of a good for dogs thing is leftover, they get in mixed in with their regular meals.

The economy is looking better. I follow the stock market carefully & it’s way up today, up the last 3 weeks, so we may finally be on our way to a good month after such a lousy year. Many people have a 401k and this will help.

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
Hopefully...so many people are suffering.


Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
Some are, but it’s nothing like the real suffering that goes on in other nations. People literally starving to death & dying from easily treatable diseases. Too many people here live beyond their means and have to have everything new, when they want it. New expensive cars with fat monthly payments. Etc.

I learned a thing or two from my father, a highly frugal man. 6th grade education but self-taught & very smart. He’s worth over ten million. Mostly from real estate investments, he worked 4 jobs a week to save money to buy the first houses & apartment buildings.

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
The life here is why we have so many immagrating here......otherwise they would have stayed where they were........but I think we got too big for our britches.....and have a rude awakening coming.....My parents were also frugal....both grew up inner city poor and vowed that wouldn't happen to them as adults......and they lived much better as adults. One thing is for sure......being an entrepreneur is how to make money.....working for someone else will give a living wage though....and a lot less headaches than owning your own business.

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
Being a business owner is a 24 hour a day job...we lived that.....although D also worked commercial construction for companies as well for many years......but having his own business as well was another way of life and the only one we could actually control ourselves........The phone rang all the time.....I took messages for him....did much of the paperwork....it was a full time job in itself.....and I worked in a large medical office as well........busy....but well worth it.


Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
That’s certainly one way to create wealth, working hard & owning a business. My father did it in real estate, & lucky for him he lived in a good location where real estate prices are astronomical.

The stock market had a great day. Gas prices, while still high, are steadily decreasing and inflation lower this month. Hoping things continue to move in this positive direction.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Here the prices continue to rise....way over the 8% that is being reported..........I have changed my shopping habits accordingly....it's a game for me.....that I enjoy......basically beating inflation at it's own game....but also using the things that I had purchased previously at a much lower price...some at half the price. I sold real estate back in the 80's........as well as working at the same time as running a business...we also built 3 houses ourselves.........back then....we had the energy and the physical strength....it worked well for us.........now....we are just enjoying retirement and happy to do that. No more moving or building for us......it's our time now to just enjoy and take it easy......no lawn......no yard upkeep other than to have people come in and cut down trees as needed and haul that away......There is a lot to be said for retirement.....


Jacky82020 on 08/11/2022:
Yeah, they are reporting average nationwide drops in gas & other items, so it would be higher or lower in some locations.

Matt loves mowing the lawn on his Deere. Never learned to operate it myself.

Enjoying retirement all depends. Matt will continue to exercise 2 hours a day & work on his project cars. He’s been rebuilding vintage cars for years. So he will enjoy retirement.

I became very involved in the stock market partially because I was bored after quitting teaching for 13 years. I’ve learned much & made some $$$. Bought a lot of Amazon maybe a month ago at $104 a share & it quickly soared to $140+


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