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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jan 26, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


1/26 Wed 

upper & MAYBE lower body tonight ( i was looking in mirror and feel like i have some slight booty gains from sticking with lower body exercises....but it may be better to rest off them now; we'll see, i may do them with the brace on) :) -

Breakfast: banana 150/coffee french toast sticks and nut butter 250.. 400.

Snacks: nut butter 100

500...

Lunch: leftover meal from freezer- white rice, turkey/chicken?, chinese sauteed eggplant with some sauce...work had food and i ate it...half croissant large one 200, pepperoni 100; 

Snacks:

Dinner:


1/27 Thurs - 


1/28 Fri 


1/29 Saturday - Hopefully i do not cancel this volunteer session like all the other ones recently due to weather, etc! ;) ...but if my ankle isn't up to it, or my mind isn't up to this excursion, i'll def skip, so we shall see...

10am-12pm -  NYC Parks Stewardship - Paerdegat Park (Brooklyn)  - this one looks to be more of a walking tour! Never been to this park and hardly go into this area of Brooklyn so i'm looking forward to a change of pace. Meeting at Ecology Park Gate - closest intersection is Bergen Avenue and Avenue T)  (We will be walking with people who identify 14 species of plants at  Albany Ave., E. 40 St. between Farragut Rd. and Foster Ave., Brooklyn.

 Finally - roast the potatoes i bought two weeks ago, despite the fact that i have tons of rice at work already to eat this coming week. (i have a ton of wraps to eat at home, trying to make a dent in them!)


1/30 Sunday Home


1/31 Monday - 

At work i have to start/work on the list asap of people being paid for being out with covid, the most important work task to finish by Wednesday end of day is my goal :) I'm actually the one that fills out a spreadsheet for payment and all details and then payroll checks it; and usually doesn't find much or anything lately to change if i do it well...and the employees are almost always paid exactly how i put it down on the spreadsheet; so it's nice to play a roll in that at my company..(this task is mostly started in detail by me after the end of the month, when i have all the details throughout the month of employees that are included. i save everything in one email folder for this task, but do not organize it until the month is done so i have what i need and anything i'm missing i solve in one shot, not all month long...otherwise this task becomes a distraction to other things i am working on the rest of the month, so i stick it all in one place; and go into detail with it once the month is over...)


2/1 Tuesday - Welcome Februrary :) One month closer to Spring... :-D


2/2 Wed - 


2/3 Thurs - 


2/4 Fri - 


2/5 Sat - 


2/6 Sun - 


2/7/22 Monday - 

2/21/22 Monday - President's Day Off - 3 day weekend ;)

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2022:
What kind of nut butter are you using now?

horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2022:
at work, i'm finishing something i had found, another fancy one, but healthy: Fix & Fogg Dark Chocolate nut butter. i found it at the supermarket a couple months ago. it's nice. will not necessarily buy again tho bc of the higher price. but it's a good one. soft, easy to scoop, a little separation of oil but not really...it's just a little more liquidy than nut butter usually is but is really nice on a spoon...LOL....i'm such a big foodie!

horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2022:
at home, i'm back to PB. store it on the fridge on top, out of the fridge, just on top, and it's warmer/softer up there, easy to scoop. liking in that way.


Donkey on 01/26/2022:
Why the need to work your lower body tonight? What harm would it be to rest the ankle a little longer?

horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2022:
yeah, i think you are right to just rest...i will def be taking your advice and not change my mind...point taken and will follow it.


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Jan 26, 2022
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 130.0

Hoping to get back to my old self today..........The day has no demands on me at this moment.......and I'm looking forward to that.  Food and water are getting back in order...I did forget to fill my water bottle this morning as I had done for years...BUT..........I remembered it an hour later...so there is hope. 

The insuranse adjuster is due to come and look at the pile of junk in the driveway on Friday.........

His knee looks ROUGH!!!!   But he is walking on it.......It is -5 here this morning and the truck remains need to be emptied........He is working on that......

I see some old habits in me....aside from the food and water avoidance ( it's getting better though).....that comes with big stresses or for that matter a string of stresses.........I have an over riding need to get order in my life..........( a need to regain control)...it all makes sense to me............Not sure if I'm a sick puppy ...( very likely)......but it helps!!!!  I'm not the type of person that takes to bed and gives up....I have to fight through it.

Most likely today....I will be cleaning,,,,and organizing......and looking for clutter with a magnifying glass ( I will regain control of my life)........I fight through things like this.......with laser vision........I'm in full attack mode....so be it. 

Coffee = 2

ground beef = 148

BBQ sauce = 58

pasta = 98

butter = 102

Lunch will be Homemade beef stew and cookies

Dinner will likely be potato soup

 

Working on the water...I have 20 ounces before me....made a deal with myself....make bed, start laundry get stew going in the crock pot....and sit down and watch 3 you tube videos of my choice....when the 3rd one ends...the water needs to be gone.....go refill it and make the next plan.....Drinking the water easier today.......Planning on figuring I'm back to my old self.....and happy to be there.

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/26/2022:
Good luck with the adjuster. It will be interesting to hear if s/he thinks the truck is repairable or not. D might get a new truck out of all of this.

I like that approach to drinking water. I think I could incorporate that into my workdays to make that work for me. That's a really good idea!

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2022:
We are certainly curious....but not sure we would replace it with a new truck...apparently they are all a bunch of junk from what we have heard...ours has had electrical computer glitches since day 1....flashing lights after it's turned off...hours of tailgate clicking...( electrical again).....It has been a mess...it's a pandemic truck and they are all cursed.....If they total it...then we may just go back and buy another one that is prepandemic.....Will see.


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happy-1 - Wednesday Jan 26, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:46 am

YES YES YES I DID IT AGAIN!!! I SLEPT IN MY WINDOW AND I GOT REM!!!! 

Surprising because I had a chiro adjustment so I expected it might be low due to trauma effect after so much pain... and I hit my bed like a ton of bricks and passed out before I could get the mask on, woke up and put it on about 12:30 am.

So now focus is on getting sugar down overnight so my body battery charges to 100 everyday
 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/26/2022:
And omg, I feel so much better after chiro

happy-1 on 01/26/2022:
9:15 am: I have no idea what to do with myself… a clear day and no anxiety that it’s going to be my only one this month… I ate breakfast and it was delicious. I took a hot shower and it felt amazing. I’m so distracted, I’m resting and about to start a meditation tape.


bearcountrygg on 01/26/2022:
Congrats....so glad you are having a good day. Hopefully that continues.


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Jacky82020 - Wednesday Jan 26, 2022
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 106.4

 

Terrbly busy trading etc.  Craziest stock market in years.   Don't expect any time to post until next week, so need a 1/21 post for my beloved bar graph.   It is of my most important ever bike, the LifeFitness.   Dang,  I love this thing.

Progress as of today: 28.6 lbs lost so far, only 1.4 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/26/2022:
Oh, horrors! Big pic blocked bar graph Will fix later


happy-1 on 01/26/2022:
Love the setup by the tank and the window of plants


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Donkey - Wednesday Jan 26, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 134.5

Last night, I got caught in some conversations AT work, but after work, so I got home later than I wanted to.  This meant that we finished dinner at 7pm, and I realized that if I had had the Hu$tle webinar, I would have been very rushed to login in on time.  I'll say it again, I'm grateful it will be rescheduled at a later date.  I will plan more accordingly.


Yesterday (Tuesday), I had 6 chocolate covered almonds, 3 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon.  But that was it.  New Gal brought in cookies and stuff to make avocado toast.  The cookies are "healthy bites" and yes, they look very loaded with oats and dried fruits and such -- very hard to resist (for me), but I did.  I just don't need that kind of complication in my life right now.  Also, someone found an extra title company cookie that I'm so tempted to bring home and freeze for later.  (It's wrapped in plastic, so it has been preserved.)  But "later" still means it gets eaten, eventually.  I don't think I need that kind of temptation in my life right now.  I will not bring any of that home with me for later.

I did a little treadmill last night and then worked on my arms (biceps and triceps).  Stayed up too late, but still managed to get up early enough to do some leg weights.  If I am able to get ready for work early enough, I will walk on the treadmill before I leave for work.  

I'm getting busier at work, and I'm not sure that I like it.  I guess it beats having nothing to do.  According to Male Co-Worker, the New Guy is giving more work to New Gal and less to Mistakes Girl, and Mistakes Girl is noticing, too, how things are changing.  It's hard when you realize that you're being downsized or phased out -- I think I was feeling this way in October onward, but I've come to realize that it is what it is, and I get paid regardless, until I don't.  And when I don't, then I'll move on.  I'll be OK.  

I did not feel so inspired to do lower body weights today.  So I did 2 exercises, and tonight, I can do them again -- or if I don't feel like it, then that's OK too.  I'm not pushing myself today, unless it's to push myself AWAY from those dang chocolate covered almonds and "healthy bites" cookies.

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2022:
Good job making choices and not caving to things you can easily resist.......


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Becca27 - Wednesday Jan 26, 2022
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 158.3

Yesterday's Win

It was a long workday, and I stuck with my food plan. This was a big win because on days when I'm traveling, I tend to eat poorly.    I planned ahead of time, anticipated pitfalls, and prepared an "escape route" for when temptation would hit.  

Challenges

I'm still battling with a lot of negative self talk.  I am my own worst enemy.

 

Progress as of today: -6.3 lbs lost so far, only 20.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2022:
Good job sticking with your food plan.


Donkey on 01/26/2022:
I agree with Bear, well done!

Traveling can be rough. Lots of sitting :-(


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innerpeace - Tuesday Jan 25, 2022

Weight: 306.3

Day 25 - Board

Today was crap! I have never been so mad at a human being in a long, long time! This one person really rubbed me the wrong way, offended me, annoyed me and everything else....and then has the nerve to tell me to cool down! WTF! If you would shut your mouth long enough for someone else to say something...that would help. Anyway, this is from the employee group I am in and as soon as I finish this Corp Values crap I am resigning, I don't need this BS in my life...resigning from this group...not my job!

Made dinner - a copy of the Alice Spring Chicken at Outback - it turned out pretty good...and broccoli - always broccoli

My @ss is sore - but I took it to the gym to work out some of my frustration from the conference call...and every night/day when I leave I look at this board on the wall -

I don't know these people...I know I would like to see my name on this board for the month of January - I hope I have worked enough to see it - I have six more days - 4 days at the gym for sure!

B: blueberry bagel; iced vanilla latte

L: left over sandwich

D: alice springs chicken, broccoli

S: elevation bar

Looked all over the house for my water bottle...found it at the gym!!

Have a great night! IP

Progress as of today: 31.6 lbs lost so far, only 96.3 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/26/2022:
I hope you do get to see your name on that board too...........Don't blame you for want to leave that group...I would too.


Donkey on 01/26/2022:
That's a fabulous goal to have - that would be so cool to see your name on the board!! Go for it!!

I'm sorry to hear about your group - or rather the jerk in the group. Nobody needs that in their lives. I hope you don't have to deal with that guy/gal except in that group, which you can leave.


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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Jan 25, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


1/25 Tues - at work, no shower day yesterday into today (wipes); just to get to work on time and hair not really dirty last night to wash anyways.  It's winter so i am not as eager to shower always every single day.

no cardio today. resting ankle. wearing stretchy brace which helps support it. doing some light, short time period, roller massage at home on my calves. taking it easy this week. maybe do a little light stretching at home, but going to relax tonight with bed early probably.

Breakfast: fresh, ripe banana 120, coffee 30, buttermilk french toast sticks 120 and nut butter 130. 400.

Snacking: Tbd leftover above and 2 tbsp choc nut butter healthy brand 200

Lunch: healthy: veggie salad with olive oil 150 /spices, leftover crab cake 200 from freezer with cocktail sauce, satisfying good amount of white rice 250..600..

Snacks: clementine maybe. 50

Dinner: 5% greek yogurt with cooked cranberry spread 200, cooked veggies 200, later 5 butter cookies 200. 600.

1850

 no exercise today. i would def have done cardio if not for my weak left leg / left ankle. just resting up. relaxing extra on couch. glad i have a good, strong stretchy brace to wear around my ankle. have been wearing it mostly nonstop but will prob take a break tonight.


1/26 Wed 

upper & lower body tonight :) - try to do both so they are both in sync again.


1/27 Thurs - 


1/28 Fri 


1/29 Saturday - Hopefully i do not cancel this volunteer session like all the other ones recently due to weather, etc! ;) ...but if my ankle isn't up to it, or my mind isn't up to this excursion, i'll def skip, so we shall see...

10am-12pm -  NYC Parks Stewardship - Paerdegat Park (Brooklyn)  - this one looks to be more of a walking tour! Never been to this park and hardly go into this area of Brooklyn so i'm looking forward to a change of pace. Meeting at Ecology Park Gate - closest intersection is Bergen Avenue and Avenue T)  (We will be walking with people who identify 14 species of plants at  Albany Ave., E. 40 St. between Farragut Rd. and Foster Ave., Brooklyn.

 Finally - roast the potatoes i bought two weeks ago, despite the fact that i have tons of rice at work already to eat this coming week. (i have a ton of wraps to eat at home, trying to make a dent in them!)


1/30 Sunday Home


1/31 Monday - 

At work i have to start/work on the list asap of people being paid for being out with covid, the most important work task to finish by Wednesday end of day is my goal :) I'm actually the one that fills out a spreadsheet for payment and all details and then payroll checks it; and usually doesn't find much or anything lately to change if i do it well...and the employees are almost always paid exactly how i put it down on the spreadsheet; so it's nice to play a roll in that at my company..(this task is mostly started in detail by me after the end of the month, when i have all the details throughout the month of employees that are included. i save everything in one email folder for this task, but do not organize it until the month is done so i have what i need and anything i'm missing i solve in one shot, not all month long...otherwise this task becomes a distraction to other things i am working on the rest of the month, so i stick it all in one place; and go into detail with it once the month is over...)


2/1 Tuesday - Welcome Februrary :) One month closer to Spring... :-D


2/2 Wed - 


2/3 Thurs - 


2/4 Fri - 


2/5 Sat - 


2/6 Sun - 


2/7/22 Monday - 

2/21/22 Monday - President's Day Off - 3 day weekend ;)

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 01/25/2022:
Rest sounds like the best idea ever (lol), especially since you were just saying yesterday that you wish you could do with another day or 2 off. I was surprised that you took a day off, but I'm so glad that you did. That's kind of the thinking I was using to go in late yesterday, because of the snow. Better to take a little time off for ourselves now, rather than to try to push it and end up worse off in the long run.

I hope you have a good day today! :-)

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2022:
Exactly :-D It's still early in the winter, so i do not regret this day off...it seems i'll take it when i feel like taking it...and try to save a few to be paid up for those leftover come mid April :) I feel bad that i'm not doing cardio, same feelings as Legs when she cannot exercise, but if i rest now, better things are to come later :)


bearcountrygg on 01/25/2022:
Crab cakes sound so good....Love them. Rest that ankle.....have you tried an ace bandage??

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2022:
yes, i'm wearing a stretchy bandage, a bit stronger than an ace bandage. it is good, providing extra support/stability around my ankle. it provides a false sense of security, so i know that i will not go walking, even tho it feels a little easier to walk with it on because it limits extra movements/makes it easier to walk with an injury.

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2022:
it's a size small very thick/stretchy elastic...very similar to the ace bandage but requires no wrapping, just pulling it on and it stays very tight.


Maria7 on 01/25/2022:
Hope you feel better. Take care.

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2022:
THANK YOU!!!


legcramps on 01/25/2022:
Hope you're having a good week, other than the ankle issue - which, with time, will heal!

I'm glad you mentioned in a comment to me that you're feeling extra sleepy lately too, with the weather. I was starting to think something was off for me, but I realize that all the snow we've been getting, less daylight hours, and very cold weather have added some stress into my life. Perspective!

horn_of_plenty on 01/26/2022:
yes, totally relating to you on every comment here.


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Jan 25, 2022
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 130.0

AS IF IT ALL WASN'T ENOUGH.........A letter came yesterday from the IRS.......They cashed our tax check that was sent 10 months ago for taxes...BUT...now want us to resend the actual tax forms...because they say they don't have them....!!!!!!!   Funny how they found the check in the envelope...but somehow lost the paperwork....so today will be spent gathering it all again...copying it all again...sending it all again...THEY DON'T WANT ANOTHER CHECK THOUGH........I am about to EXPLODE!!!! 

This  last 7 days has been  unbeliveable.........but I did eat and drink some water yesterday!!!!   I was kind of surprised and glad to at least accomplish that.

I really just want to go climb into a hole and hide for awhile........BUT I WON'T!!!!!   I will come out of all of this fighting as usual.........But I'm not having any fun!!!!

I am making a promise to myself that I will drink water and eat food today!!!!     

coffee = 2

Chicken and dumplings = 435.......( canned,,,,,,ugh.....didn't enjoy it...but it added lots of cals which was my plan)

Heavenly Hunks ( oatmeal and dark chocolate) = 330

egg salad ( boiled eggs and light mayo) = 251

goulash ( beef, tomatoes, pasta) = 667

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1,685

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/25/2022:
Oh my, when it rains, it pours. Good grief, the IRS of all things to have to deal with right now... Good for you for your resolve to take care of yourself first. Kind of like what I was commenting on Horn's diary: we have to take care of ourselves first, even if it means setting time aside.

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2022:
Yes......I got that business done and in the mailbox early so I can forget about it.....and now I plan to just do little odds and ends around here today.....no rules today now..( other than drink water and eat food)


Maria7 on 01/25/2022:
Hubby says they've probably got your paperwork there...just not hunting for it. So sorry you and D are going through this. Glad to read above comment to Donkey that you got it done and in the mailbox. Bless your heart. Hope D is feeling better today. Take care.

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2022:
I know they have it because the check which they cashed was in the same envelope.......But I'm playing their game.....and sent a second copy.....At first we thought it was a scam...but it is their address and phone number...so they are just not keeping up with their work....UGH!!!D is feeling better but the bruise is 3 times the size today.....pretty wild looking and colorful.....but he will be fine I'm sure...he has to keep it wrapped so the support is helping.


innerpeace on 01/25/2022:
I read that the IRS is having issues anyway - the story line was something like - Tax Filers may expect longer delays amongst IRS complications - You must be well organized to know where everything was kept to be able to ship it off so soon...kudos to you!

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2022:
I wish I had my files organized better...It is in my plans for this winter.....I do have an accordian file that is stuffed with nothing but income taxes...so that helped a lot.......I have also heard that they are so backed up that they cashed incoming checks to pay the people that had refunds coming....did those and left the ones that sent checks to them for last...of course now it's time to file again...I think Maria and her husband were right when they said that the IRS just doesn't want to look for the ones they set aside.....but now they will have double copies......The scariest words ever said were I'm from the government and I'm here to help........GULP>


legcramps on 01/25/2022:
Oh goodness, that's rough! As if, on top of everything else, we have to do the job that other people are being paid well to (not) do!

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2022:
Totally frustrating.......


Maria7 on 01/25/2022:
Glad to see you were able to eat today. Hope you feel better and your Hubby, too. Prayers for Y'all. Maria

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2022:
Thanks Maria........not enjoying eating but doing it anyway.......this too shall pass.


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happy-1 - Tuesday Jan 25, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

Tues Jan 25,2022 6:24 am:

Tried my best yesterday. I did my walks after 2 meals, but ran out of gas on the 3rd and 4th. I gave dad a haircut and just wore myself out. I was supposed to take him to Subway, but my car battery was dead. Luckily I still have some warranty left on my 5 year warranty and was able to get an appointment for today. I did two medication reminders at 8am and 8 pm, which needs to be a new habit. Also made dad a burger... and he still managed to find something to complain about... I ordered Instacart to resupply him on milk, eggs, etc and they had the rolls he really likes... used that for the bun and he didn't want a fancy roll he wanted a hamburger roll. I just walked away. It had taken me 30 minutes to wake him up to take his meds and I just had nothing left for complaints about bread he shouldn't be eating anyway. $120 on processed foods and overpriced non-organic groceries from Ralphs that are basically poison. 

Inch by inch. 

On the other hand, I posted another challenge article, gave moral support to an old friend who I reached out to on Sunday who had a job interview. I tidied up some more. I did two walks at least. I recovered from a sore neck... and most importantly, I went to bed on time and made more progress on getting REM and consolidating my sleep cycle. Really, really proud of this...



Apparently I should have done cardio yesterday.... and need to today.

 
I think it would have burned off the glucose and raised my body battery today.


 

 

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/25/2022:
7am… just realized I forgot to add stuff for me to the instacart order. Protein bars for breakfast for me.

happy-1 on 01/25/2022:
Augh worst headache all day and my car won’t jump start to go to the battery appt. Waiting for a tow. Should have started at 1 but it was too bright out. Missing car appt and chiro.

happy-1 on 01/25/2022:
Omg. The difference in sleep is everything. I soldiered on, got my battery replaced, went to the chiro, came home, made dad a burger, and talked to a friend


Maria7 on 01/25/2022:
I know your Dad is happy with his haircut. He sure does have a wonderful Daughter!


Jacky82020 on 01/25/2022:
What is a challenge article?

Did you see my comment re Garmin suggestion for my sisters?


bearcountrygg on 01/25/2022:
Looks like you got plenty done.


legcramps on 01/25/2022:
Sorry to hear about your car! It never gets easier, does it?!


Donkey on 01/26/2022:
Sounds like a really challenging day - but you got through it, and with a couple of positives to add, as well.


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Donkey - Tuesday Jan 25, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 134.5

I was able to get up early and felt energized.  Had a pretty good workout on the bike, although towards the end, my knee started to ache a little bit.  Also, uterus chimed in, reminding me that it is not happy.  Great.

As is typical in the Chicago area, after a snow, we get bitter cold temperatures.  I woke up to "feels like -12F".  My lunchtime walk will probably be on the shorter side (20 minutes, if I'm lucky) and I anticipate having some treadmill time tonight. 

Last night, before yoga, I got a notice that the "side-hu$tle" webinar has been postponed with a date TBD.  I was *so* relieved to be released from this "obligation" that it actually surprised me.  What does it say when I feel so happy that something, that I volunteered for, gets canceled?  Wow!  So maybe I'm not so interested in a side thing after all.  Or maybe I'm just being inert again.  I even told myself that I could watch the webinar while on the bike or treadmill, so that I wouldn't be sitting for 90 minutes straight.  Still, I'm so glad I don't have this tonight.  When it gets rescheduled, I think I will cancel yoga for that week.  I don't like weeknight obligations, I think.  One is enough.

I did OK with eating yesterday.  I resisted the chocolate covered almonds, but I did have a teaspoon (probably less than a tablespoon) of peanut butter after dinner.  And then about half of protein shake after yoga..  That is in addition to my square of dark chocolate that I have for dessert. 

I'm so glad that I went into work late yesterday.  THAT is why I stay at this job, to have that ability to take such allowances like that.  By the time I left for work, the rush was over, so less traffic, and the main roads had been plowed and salted.  They weren't perfect, but they were definitely manageable for me.  Because of yoga, I could not stay late to make up some of the time.  I might try to do that this time, or maybe I'll just let it go.

Did back, shoulders, and chest (a little bit) weights this morning. I'm already looking forward to working biceps and triceps tonight.

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2022:
It's interesting how our subconscious knows...even when we don't acknowledge it..........Maybe some time just doing absolutely nothing is needed. As you said on my post.....self care is so important.

Donkey on 01/26/2022:
I found it odd in myself how strongly I felt about not driving while it was snowing.

Yes, I would say that learning the power of nothing has been my biggest lesson last year into this year. Many many times, it's best not to act, and just wait.

On the other hand, I've missed opportunities because I spent too long waiting. I try not to feel too disappointed in that, rationalizing that "it just wasn't meant to be". But sometimes there have been some regrets.


Maria7 on 01/25/2022:
Glad your day went better yesterday. You did better than I did in resisting chocolates. I had 2 cellas chocolate covered cherries AND sweet potato/raisin pie with coolwhip. I gotta do better today! Hope you have a good day today.

Donkey on 01/26/2022:
Well, Tuesday wasn't the best day. Not a bad day, but just not the best --- oh, I mean as far as eating-wise. Work-wise and life-wise, it was a pretty good day.


Jacky82020 on 01/25/2022:
I will never forget when we visited Chicago in March. So windy & cold. Matt was interviewing for a faculty position at the University of Chicago which he declined. I was game, but he didn’t like the area. My first husband grew up there. He attended the Latin School of Chicago or something like that. Little rich boy. His mom was a prominent psychiatrist. His dad was a drunk, staff photographer for the Chicago Tribune. Interesting people.

Donkey on 01/26/2022:
U of C has usually been sheltered from the rougher Hyde Park neighborhood that surrounds it, but lately, I've been hearing about more crime happening on university grounds.


legcramps on 01/25/2022:
Stay warm! You're doing better than me with resisting the junk food, I need a hard reset or something. I hate winter.

Donkey on 01/26/2022:
I was not so successful on Tuesday, but managed to avoid many obstacles put before me. I know that feeling of needing a "reset" - a HARD reset. That's very hard to do in winter, at least for myself. But I hear ya, for sure.


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KathyBlue - Tuesday Jan 25, 2022
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hello everyone!

Weird times here. It's been so freaking cold (no snow, we don't have snow here but we have around 60 F (15 Celsius) that goes down to 41 F (5 Celsius) at nighttime and we have no heating in our homes! It's completely normal in Portugal but still, very bad) for weeks, I literally feel half frozen all day and without motivation to move. Controversial but true. Haha... ok this is not a valid excuse but it's a feeling.

Talking about excuses, so thanks to the Intellect app I mentioned in my previous entry, I'm feeling more focused and conscious about my decisions and overall, my own self. This is a very good feeling actually.
Now, still struggling with ADHD and OCD, I bought this Planner thing, and hoping to be able to stick to it. Fingers crossed.

Someone told me "just make sure you do it daily, and if you don't make something that given day, make yesterday's plan today's priority". This sounds plausible enough to me, right!

So this planner I bought is not an app, it's actually a real one, paper, and although they were saying on Amazon that it was a "beautiful planner", it's not. Hahaha... I am planning on decorating it, too. Should I put "decorating planner" on my to-do list as well? haha!

See? It's a very simple thing, I wouldn't say it's "pretty". It's just what it is, and seems functional enough to perform its purpose! 

Does any of you have any experience with planners and any rituals you created that make sure you do it daily? I'm still trying to find a spot in my life where I can say "yes, this is the hour I won't fail and I have 10 minutes of peace of mind to make the list" and then by the end of the day I should revisit the list and tick the ones I accomplished, or should I revisit it several times over the day? Ahhhhh ADHD overload, go away! 

This guy have simple plans for every day, same routine, same plans! Hahaha!:

bearcountrygg on 01/25/2022:
Your dog is adorable!!! I can't really help with the planner...I buy them and then don't use them......so I stopped buying them....But I know a lot of people live by them and I hope you enjoy your new one. One thing I do use is my record books that I keep track of all bills monthly...Mine go back many years.....and when I finally do fill one up....the first expense that goes in the new one is the cost of the new record book...LOL..... I know a lot of people love to use stickers and anything that motivates them to use their book......Make it work for you and make it something that you enjoy opening...whatever that is for you. I'm hoping you are able to stay warm...can you have portable electric heaters there?


Donkey on 01/25/2022:
For a while I was maintaining a planner/diary. There are 2 instances where I was consistent. One was when I was tracking my yoga sessions. I'd write about what kind of yoga, how long, who was the teacher, and positive/negatives that I felt about the session. Once the yoga studio closed, I stopped doing that.

Another successful time was when I was keeping a gratitude journal. All I had to do was write 1 thing I was grateful for, for that day. Sometimes, I'd write it the next day, but there was something written every day. Then things got bad at work, and I stopped doing that. Haven't picked it up again.


Maria7 on 01/25/2022:
Sounds quite chilly over your way. Do you at least have an electric space heater? Or an electric blanket to sleep with at night? We use a wood stove in the daytime when it is cold and have back up electric heat to that and at night, we have an electric (heat) blanket we sleep under. Love your puppy. He is cute.


Jacky82020 on 01/25/2022:
I never have done all that great with planners, other than lesson plans when I taught high school. Write appointments on the wall calendar. Occasionally start a daily list and a on a little note pad if there’s lots to be done


legcramps on 01/25/2022:
Your dogs plans are the best plans! LOL.

I used to journal a lot, but now all I make are to-do lists, things to follow up on, and important reminders for work. I enjoyed keeping a personal journal, I just don't have time for it anymore.


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Horn_of_plenty - Monday Jan 24, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


1/24 Monday - I Stayed home, sick day #3 from work. last night felt really unwell, legs bothering me, stressed, realized i could take this day and feel better for it; instead of facing a long week feeling unwelll. glad i took today off. I was going to save all 8 remaining days until April, but even if i use a few, I can still be paid for the rest in April. Health is always more important than proving i can save all days or money. So i'm home today.

10:45am Breakfast: large buttermilk pancake 250, some jelly 50, peanut butter 150, coffee 50. 500. good.

12:45 snacks gummy vitamins x2 50, reg sour gummies 60

2:45 back from supermarket Snack:  2 mini "diet" chocolate cheesecakes, not as good as the ones not labeled diet, but satisfying. (small difference in ingredients) 100 ea x2 = 200.

4pm-5pm snack/meal remaining roasted brussel sprouts, roasted fully and tasty from yesterday. 200, roasted (with some oil therefore) delicata squash 150?, banana coffee shake in blender with a whole banana 150. 

7:15pm during upper body only workout 3 clementines 150

(Lower body remains rested for now as i'm sore and feeling like i prefer / need rest)  Wearing ankle brace to help my left ankle that always gives out after added exercise/uncomfortable shoes. so that's what happened from 2 weeks ago, still healing. pretty sore, even slept in the brace as dad suggested.

8:30 almost done with workout / Late night snack: 2 chocolates 110 / spoon of pb 100

1660.

I read my book...in progress throughout day ...yes, Donkey it's the Brad pitt one....and yes, it's weird...a lot about fishing of which i cannot relate...but it's also about relationships, still at the beginning 

Stopped by supermarket - bananas, lettuce for pigs, large single carrots, few other veggies - peppers, zucchini, eggplant, shallot or two; spinach for sauteeing;new container whipped cream cheese if they have the brand i like, new small package lox for extra protein, don't need any grains - have too many wraps at home;  mushrooms?, see if there's silkin tofu at this supermarket bc i don't think i checked here yet, DONE!

I also quickly got gas for my car and added cash to my laundry card. all close and easy with the supermarket.DONE!

very low-key day on couch. would prefer a few more days, but back to work i go tomorrow! :)

(so glad i dyed my roots last night).


1/25 Tues - 

 


1/26 Wed 

upper & lower body tonight :) - try to do both so they are both in sync again.


1/27 Thurs - 


1/28 Fri 


1/29 Saturday - Hopefully i do not cancel this volunteer session like all the other ones recently due to weather, etc! ;) ...but if my ankle isn't up to it, or my mind isn't up to this excursion, i'll def skip, so we shall see...

10am-12pm -  NYC Parks Stewardship - Paerdegat Park (Brooklyn)  - this one looks to be more of a walking tour! Never been to this park and hardly go into this area of Brooklyn so i'm looking forward to a change of pace. Meeting at Ecology Park Gate - closest intersection is Bergen Avenue and Avenue T)  (We will be walking with people who identify 14 species of plants at  Albany Ave., E. 40 St. between Farragut Rd. and Foster Ave., Brooklyn.

 Finally - roast the potatoes i bought two weeks ago, despite the fact that i have tons of rice at work already to eat this coming week. (i have a ton of wraps to eat at home, trying to make a dent in them!)


1/30 Sunday Home


1/31 Monday - 

At work i have to start/work on the list asap of people being paid for being out with covid, the most important work task to finish by Wednesday end of day is my goal :) I'm actually the one that fills out a spreadsheet for payment and all details and then payroll checks it; and usually doesn't find much or anything lately to change if i do it well...and the employees are almost always paid exactly how i put it down on the spreadsheet; so it's nice to play a roll in that at my company..(this task is mostly started in detail by me after the end of the month, when i have all the details throughout the month of employees that are included. i save everything in one email folder for this task, but do not organize it until the month is done so i have what i need and anything i'm missing i solve in one shot, not all month long...otherwise this task becomes a distraction to other things i am working on the rest of the month, so i stick it all in one place; and go into detail with it once the month is over...)


2/1 Tuesday - Welcome Februrary :) One month closer to Spring... :-D


2/2 Wed - 


2/3 Thurs - 


2/4 Fri - 


2/5 Sat - 


2/6 Sun - 


2/7/22 Monday - 

2/21/22 Monday - President's Day Off - 3 day weekend ;)

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

Jacky82020 on 01/24/2022:
Are you familiar with the Thomas Gilbert homicide in Manhattan? 2015. His spoiled rotten entitled narcissistic son, 30, killed him to get his inheritance early. Book called: The Golden Boy, Murder Among the Manhattan Elite. Terrific true crime. Incredible how these people live. Very old family money. Jewish immigrants, (the grandparents or great grandparents) who changed their name to Gilbert, think it was Goldman.

I am reading the ebook from the Brooklyn Library. They sent a notice telling me to call ahead before coming in, keeping limited hours due to covid. LOL You think they’d know I am an out of state user who pays for the privilege & have no plans to drop by. Actually been reading ebooks only for years on the iPad so I can ride a stationary bike or use the treadmill.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
no but that sounds scary as heck!? not sure i could read it and then not be scared as heck


bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
Do you put the jelly and PB on the pancake?

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
Yes :) jelly on one side pb on the other !

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
Like a black and white cookie, so i can taste one half only iwth pb and the other with jelly :) i wanted a good taste of both.


Jacky82020 on 01/24/2022:
Well crap, lost long post, so maybe later.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
:(


Jacky82020 on 01/24/2022:
Basically saying you must avoid local newspapers/TV news. That was a huge story covered nationally & internationally because it involved such old money socialites. High profile defense attorneys, guy in charge for a few years now works for Mick Jagger, Elon Musk & the like. Involved other Manhattan elites. Very interesting lifestyles. Feel sorry for the wife & mother. The victim was a wonderful man, shot dead by his greedy only son. The mother basically gave the son, 30, a pass, blaming it on feigned mental illness & failing to see he was a world class greedy ****.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
lol are you saying because i don't know the case i avoid the papers and news??

anyways, i am shocked the mother gave the son a pass at killing the father.

crazy story. perhaps there are details we don't know.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
maybe i did hear about it, but def do not remember it or remember hearing about it since!


Jacky82020 on 01/25/2022:
Exactly what I’m saying! That case was nearly the equivalent of the NYC mayor getting assassinated. & not that long ago. Murder in 2015 & trial in 2019. Went on for years while the defense tried to get the little bastard deemed unfit for trial & declared insane.

horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2022:
lol


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innerpeace - Monday Jan 24, 2022

Weight: 306.3

Dinner last night the stuffed shells - watched football

Work this morning - opportunity to take a picture of the sunrise at the red light  - so pretty.

Also - found these little gems on my desk...guess someone believes I am in lack of sweetness in my life. I just brushed them behind the telephone and they will be forgotten for awhile.

Have a Webinar - Weight Loss Myths & Facts webinar to log into at 1:00

B: bacon, egg sandwich, vanilla iced latte

L: baon, egg sandwich

S: caramel nut elevation bar

D: roast beef something sandwich

Gym tonight!

The only thing I like about going in the morning - IT IS DONE and I don't have to think about it anymore

It is snowing again - supposed to last the rest of the day - I may go back home earlier than planned.

Have a great day! IP

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Day 24 - Brutal

So I learned in my webinar that I am only doing enough cardio to maintain my weight...no lose it...WTFE!!

It read I am supposed to do at a minimum of 250 minutes of cardio - oh yeah....not even doing that.

So I go to the gym and it is brutal cold and brutal snow and just brutal

I did the ellyptical for 30 minutes and the recumbant bike for an additional 25 and worked on my back (back feels good)

Anyway, I will try to get some extra cardio in during the day and at lunch to make this work better for me.

 

IP

 

Progress as of today: 31.6 lbs lost so far, only 96.3 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/24/2022:
Gorgeous photo!

I sure couldn’t resist that touch of sweetness.


bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
Beautiful sunrise........Oh my...candy!!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
yum to stuffed shells.

i would LOVE that touch of sweetness...perfect little assortment! :) i'm used to all those brands!

innerpeace on 01/24/2022:
they are still at work - I didn't even bring them home! Maybe someone will eat it while I'm out!


Donkey on 01/25/2022:
I'd be so pissed if someone left candy at my desk. Who is trying to sabotage my efforts?!?! Y'all KNOW I'm tryin' to lose weight here. B*tches, I tell ya, all of them.

Perhaps the person meant well, though. Or maybe they're trying to lose weight too, and shoving the candy off on someone else (you).


Maria7 on 01/25/2022:
What BEAUTIFUL photo! I would not have been able to resist that candy!


legcramps on 01/25/2022:
I would have eaten the candy. Good for you for brushing it aside. Manipulators everywhere!

Regarding 250 minutes of cardio - each week? Our standard here is 150 minutes of movement a week. Which is just 30 minutes, five days of the week.

My advice would be not to overdo it on the gym workouts. You might lose interest or motivation if you stop having fun or enjoying it. Just focus on what you want to get done at the gym, and get it done without fuss or lollygagging (is that a word?). No reason to be there for hours pushing to get a certain number of minutes done. Build strength, burn calories. Done.


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Becca27 - Monday Jan 24, 2022
(Healthy Eating and Exercise)
Weight: 158.3

IT's been a while!  Hoping for some accountability and to use DD as a place to express my feelings and support others!  

Wins for Today

Ongoing challenges

 

 

Progress as of today: -6.3 lbs lost so far, only 20.3 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
Cold weather sure does make exercise/fitness more of a challenge during the Winter months! I have def been experiencing that!

So glad you have come here for support. that is something we do here for everyone :)

nice job on your exercise for today.


Donkey on 01/25/2022:
I look forward to reading more from you! Oh I hear you on the cold weather part. "Feels like -12F" -- that's what I woke up to today. Thankfully, I too am able to exercise in my basement :-)


Maria7 on 01/25/2022:
Welcome back! Wishing you a good day today.


legcramps on 01/25/2022:
Welcome back!


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legcramps - Monday Jan 24, 2022

Weight: 0.0

Jan 22 - shovel snow 1 hour

Jan 23 - gym workout 1.5 hours


Oof, i'm wiped. Hello Monday!

So I didn't get an x-ray done on my ankle; I sure hope that doesn't bite me in the butt later, but the swelling has really gone down and my heel is only uncomfortable after a long time sitting - which has been my normal for years. So we continue on as is.

Up early for a coaching session at the gym; there were a few extra people this morning which made my head spin a bit - i'm not used to more than a few people so early in the morning LOL. My brain doesn't really function very well at this time of the day. But I made it through, and the worker-outers did too!

I have a good few hours in the morning where I can be really productive, and then it's like I just crash after that and can't get anything else done. I've been walking around the office this afternoon like my head is cut off - not being able to focus on what I should do next. Scattered. I know i've accomplished a few things, but not the things I really wanted to get done today. And my "issue" pile keeps building and building without resolution and it's starting to bug me. Good thing I have Friday off - sounds like I need it, huh?!

We spent most of Saturday shovelling snow at my place. We hadn't been there for the last couple of snowfalls, and the entire backyard was nothing but piled up, drifted in whiteness.

It wasn't nice, fluffy stuff either. We literally had to chop it into pieces and then shovel it off the path/deck/driveway. The two of us took just over an hour to get it done. We should have made an igloo, that would have been fun, but there were too many other things we had to get done.

After a nice morning workout on Sunday, BF got called to work, leaving me to sit on the couch listlessly and watch episode after episode of the Amazing Race. I did some cleaning and laundry and stuff like that between episodes, and then had a nice soak in the tub. I was going to say next that what I should have done was go outside hiking or snowshoeing, but I won't say that because, honestly, I didn't need to do any of that. Resting was just as awesome and important. I didn't get any reading done, but oh boy was the television captivating!! LOL

Donkey on 01/25/2022:
With your current ankle issue, it's probably best that you did not go out hiking or snowshoeing, but stayed put watching TV. But no need for the x-ray, right? Since the swelling is going down?

I'm usually productive at work until 11am. After that, it's all maintenance. I might have a spurt of productivity around 1pm, after my lunchtime walk. There are some days, though, where I can tell, literally, that I have nothing left to give at 3:30p.

legcramps on 01/25/2022:
That's what I thought too - no swelling, so I should be good right?

Thanks for commiserating on the work production! I feel like i'm being lazy, but honestly some days it's hard to make the noggin work any more than absolutely necessary!


Maria7 on 01/25/2022:
Hope you are having a good day today.


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bearcountrygg - Monday Jan 24, 2022
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 130.0

Today will be devoted to trying to get back to some kind of normalcy........I can see that I do need to start eating and drinking water again........when bigger things happen I do have a tendency to stop eating and drinking....When smaller stressors happen I tend to graze and snack all day.............I guess that is how my mind processes stress....it seems to sort it all out for me without even thinking about it......But...today...I will consciously work on getting back to some kind of normalcy.  Slept well last night.....got up at 4......but finally got around to eating at 9:30........forgot to fill my water container...kept putting breakfast off.......paid bills, took them to the mailbox...did some filing, doing laundry...made the bed...found some things to locate other places in the house......helped D with insurance info.......my head encouraged me not to eat...yet I was hungry.........I will get a grip on this.......it will have to be done mindfully I guess........my mind is still resisting.....even with thirst and hunger............The first I ran into this was when My Mom passed away.....I barely ate or drank  until after her funeral.....I'm hoping that that will kick in again naturally...until I will sit down to 3 meals today no matter what........

coffee = 2

3 boiled eggs = 216

2 T. Light Hellmans mayo = 70

crystal light lemonade = 10

1 cup potato soup = 150

1 mini red pepper = 7

1 cheese biscuit = 215

sloppy joe meat = 348

light mayo = 35

tea = 0

Lemon Bars = 380

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1433 cals

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Donkey on 01/24/2022:
It can be difficult to do, but trying to get back to a sense of normalcy is a very good idea. I'm actually quite relieved to hear that D went and got checked out by a doctor. I hope he feels OK today.

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
He is feeling less pain ( turned down pain killers as usual)....just needs to keep icing it...and wearing the Ace bandage.....looks worse today but that was expected......I'm trying to remember to eat...and drink.....( things will settle down I'm sure.


Maria7 on 01/24/2022:
Thank the Lord that your Hubby had no broken bones but I know he must feel very sore, including places he didn't feel the impact of the collision at yesterday. Still praying. Take it easy and do not overdo and drink as much as you are able...don't forget straws (as a Friend once told me and it helped)...and eat what you can. I hope you day gets better. Take care, both of you. Maria

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
Thank you........We are thankful that he wasn't hurt worse........I'm working on the eating and drinking part....I will do that rather I want to or not today....and I will remember the straws....(wink)


Jacky82020 on 01/24/2022:
Enjoy the lack of appetite while you can, it seldom lasts long except in the very ill. All kinds of studies out there showing benefits of various fasts, even ones I would call more low calorie than a fast, maybe 600-900 Cals.

Love my low appetite days, all too rare and unrelated to anything I can discern.

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
This is stress related.....I would prefer to fast intentionally....but times like this I avoid food and water.....look for other things to keep me away from the kitchen.....I'm eating today out of need....it will resolve soon...I'm hoping today gets the regular eating back on track.....I have low blood sugar on my best days.....when I can't eat from stress it really messes with it...


jacky82020 on 01/24/2022:
I’m sorry, sounds like a difficult situation.

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
Only happens with extreme stress....too many things piled on over the last 6 days...it will pass....


Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
i can totally relate to the eating/not eating processing of stress, i'm the same way.

you know the eating will return; so i wouldn't stress too much about not eating...but it's good you are trying to get back into good habits.

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
I'm eating rather I want to or not today....it will pass......just walking the walk.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
sloppy joe meat...a little meat is def very satisfying!

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
And provides protein and iron.....


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happy-1 - Monday Jan 24, 2022
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.1

Monday 1/24/21 6am - 

Listened to a bunch of meditation things last night to fall asleep, but I did it. Woke up on time,  no alarm with in range sugar. I salvaged yesterday as best I could... gave dad a bunch of hugs, made him a burger for game day.

Today begins the great "does switching to IR stimulants improve recovery time and allow me to raise my vo2 max" experiment. Have to do something. I'm weak as a kitten.

Waiting for Garmin to post sleep stats. It's definitely got me on a hook. 
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6:30am... very promising. Maybe I really am starting to turn it all around.


Also very promising... rate of recharge...


 

7:15 am... I used to backpack and surf... how are 4 15 minute walks just right?

Progress as of today: 73.9 lbs lost so far, only 83.1 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 01/24/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 01/24/2022:
11am- neck is definitely not happy. Chiro isn’t in until tomorrow

happy-1 on 01/24/2022:
Just gave up on coworking today. Took alleve and asprin and I am lying in bed with heating pad. Placed another instacart order for Ralphs for my dad. I’m wiped. Definitely messed up my neck on saturday


Maria7 on 01/24/2022:
Hope you and your Dad have a good day.


bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
Sounds like it was a good day for both of you yesterday.....hoping that today goes as well.


Jacky82020 on 01/24/2022:
Dang, that Body Battery sounds like the daily horoscope! Love the graphics.

happy-1 on 01/24/2022:
More like a hearing aid.


Jacky82020 on 01/24/2022:
Great analogy. Love it!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
very great work today!!


Jacky82020 on 01/25/2022:
My sisters want to get Garmins & are overwhelmed by the choices. What do you have? Is it the same you’d buy today if you got a new one?

happy-1 on 01/25/2022:
I have a forerunner 245 for advanced sleep, recovery, and cardiovascular fitness 7 day training load. If I had the money to do it again right now I’d buy the Fenix 6 pro solar for the advanced sleep insights and all the features that Donkey gets on her Venu. I’d also buy the Core body temp add on. It would give me the temp data the Oura ring gets but more accurately because it wouldn’t be distorted by room temp. In conjunction with my hdrop, it would tell me if stress while sitting is cortisol or dehydration.


Donkey on 01/25/2022:
I hope you can get your neck worked on. That's a game-stopper right there, for sure.


Jacky82020 on 01/25/2022:
Dang, that sounds so complicated, Happy! Does the device come will all that or are they subscription add ons?


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Donkey - Monday Jan 24, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 134.5

I was about to step out to shovel what snow fell overnight, when I looked up to see that it has started to snow again - quite a bit.  I do NOT want to drive in falling snow.  IDK this year, I'm just not feeling very brave about it.  In the past, I've been more of the "I'll do what I need to do."  Not this year.  I guess I'm getting old.

I am finishing up breakfast, because I was too hungry to go out to tackle the shoveling before eating something (and after my morning bike ride).  TOM arrived last night, so I was up all night with cramps.  Had a hard time getting up early this morning, only to discover that I hadn't set up the coffee maker to brew.  So everything was a little late today.  And now it is snowing....

I did not go to the gym yesterday.  Instead, I walked on my treadmill and did some lower body weights, but not as much, because my back was hurting. 

I think I did a very good job with eating yesterday.  Snacking and late night eating are tough spots.  Personally, I am OK with snacking as long as they are healthy.  On weekends, though, I sometimes skip the morning snack and just have an early lunch. 

Well, no sense in putting off the day any longer.  I'd better get dressed and get out there to shovel.  I feel bad about going in late.

Progress as of today: 52 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 01/24/2022:
Good job with healthy snacks.......It was quite the snowfall...I suspect that you got the same one we did......Hopefully you feel better today..


Maria7 on 01/24/2022:
Our snow is almost all melted here. It was pretty but glad it is melting. Have a good day.


Jacky82020 on 01/24/2022:
Seems like you did great on your own without going to the gym. Way to go, Donk!

Speaking of snacks, I saw some 100 cal bags of cashews at Aldi. Reasonably priced, 7 per box. Quickly dismissed them and now wished I hadn’t & will get some next time. Was thinking had to be very small quantity of nuts, but that’s not stopping me with the 100 cal yogurt dipped pretzels. Only 22 gms, so I usually eat half the box. Makes me feel kinda piggy, but geez, they are like mouse size servings. LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
oh no, do NOT feel bad about going into work late, you do have to take care of your property / manage it....you've got a lot of snow so far this year. we had on storm only; which mostly melted the next day.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
we both dyed our hair last night. nice job on your shoveling yesterday as well and getting more exercise on your bike! so great! you are very strong with your cardio and lower body muscles. that is awesome!!!! :) hope your back feels better.


Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
yeah, the book i'm reading is the same as the movie you saw... it's weird about fly fishing and some is very unrelatable. i wouldn't have chosen the book, but it's short, and coworker gave it to me to read, so i will continue. the storyline part is great, but not the flyfishing haha. it was the author's first novel he wrote, he was in with intellectual groups; but this was his first novel and he wrote it at 70yrs old! he was able to make headway and get published def thanks to being in his networking circles. it's interesting, he sure has a LOT of knowledge about life back then, it's storytelling basically about certain skills...but storyline like i said is decent too. if not plot, etc, i would not have been able to continue reading it!


Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
but yes, it's a very unique type of book and that's prob why it left you confused seeing the movie.


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jan 23, 2022
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

 


1/23 Sunday:

8:30am sugar/maple cinnamon oats 150, yellow raisins added 150, gummy vits x2 and herbal tea for now. 350.

Fell asleep on couch until around 10:30

11am healthy small meal: lox 50, with cream cheese 100, on a warmed wrap 100. finally coffee too 50. ...time to put laundry in (will take care of guinea pig stuff later near the end of today)..300.

 Snacking 2pm 4 large clementines 150

4:30? forgot when - roasted Brussels 200 quite a bit, not fully roasted but ate these and roasted again the ones I didn't eat lol, yogurt and cranberries 150, other veggies I cooked 100
 

6pm ish Snacking:reg gummies 120

Dinner: half one of those asian chicken noodle packs 200, but most of the liquid. not in a veggie eating mood the second half of today. stomach issues today.

9:30 pm before bed 2 chocs and pb 300

1900. Wishing to skip out on work tomorrow - almost at the point of doing so....

wishing that I  could take tomorrow off as my body feels a bit done in, but that's why I am resting today !


Read my book...yeah, a little bit :)

Laundry today DONE!

1 Make chopped veggie salad - tomatoes / cucumbers to eat on weekend/early next week with dark looking (that's the variety) tomatoes and mini english cucumbers still good, bought earlier this week was it? i believe it was after the weekend.  DONE!

2 make a ratatoille/sautee with vegggies in frige from last week (a green pepper, small zucchini squash, maybe tomato...see what else is in fridge...) DONE!...accidentally made pretty spicy, lol. DONE!

3 roasted brussel sprouts DONE!

4 lower body strength (might need to skip, left leg/ankle pretty sore, wearing a tight stretchy support brace)...dad recommneded i keep wearing it and laying low unil it gets better....truth is that i should have been doing this for over a week now! bad jackie! i had misplaced the brace, but now it's found and i'll try to do the right thing...- skipping lower body work until Tuesday 

5 Later today; guinea pigs fleeces/laundry - did partial cleaning DONE !

6 Later PM Dye my roots - before evening shower 

I'm going to lay low today, stay home....oh, YES!

(Christine may want to chat on phone, cannot do it for too long tho bc i need some time off/fully to myself before the work week begins tomorrow)...chatted with her coicidentally before she went out on a date! how exciting! :) i'm sure she'll let me know how it went, later..


1/24 Monday - rest day mostly; cardio on bike if i want at home (ankle week lately, may have to lay low on walking this week - back to wearing a stretchy brace, should have worn it to city yesterday bc the boots i bought are better than last time but more support with a brace would have been a better idea Saturday in the city/walking a bit after the show for a few hours actually)

stop by supermarket after work - bananas, lettuce for pigs, large single carrots, few other veggies - zucchini, eggplant, take a break from tomatoes, shallot or two; spinach for sauteeing;mushrooms?, see if there's silkin tofu at this supermarket bc i don't think i checked here yet, new container whipped cream cheese if they have the brand i like, new small package lox for extra protein, don't need any grains - have too many wraps at home - ; 


1/25 Tues - 

upper & lower body tonight :) - try to do both so they are both in sync again.


1/26 Wed 

1/27 Thurs - 

1/28 Fri 


1/29 Saturday - Hopefully i do not cancel this volunteer session like all the other ones recently due to weather, etc! ;) 

10am-12pm -  NYC Parks Stewardship - Paerdegat Park (Brooklyn)  - this one looks to be more of a walking tour! Never been to this park and hardly go into this area of Brooklyn so i'm looking forward to a change of pace. Meeting Location: Meeting at Ecology Park Gate - closest intersection is Bergen Avenue and Avenue T)  (We will be walking with people who identify 14 species of plants at  Albany Ave., E. 40 St. between Farragut Rd. and Foster Ave., Brooklyn.

 Finally - roast the potatoes i bought two weeks ago, despite the fact that i have tons of rice at work already to eat this coming week. (i have a ton of wraps to eat at home, trying to make a dent in them!)


1/30 Sunday Home


1/31 Monday - 

At work i have to start/work on the list asap of people being paid for being out with covid, the most important work task to finish by Wednesday end of day is my goal :) I'm actually the one that fills out a spreadsheet for payment and all details and then payroll checks it; and usually doesn't find much or anything lately to change if i do it well...and the employees are almost always paid exactly how i put it down on the spreadsheet; so it's nice to play a roll in that at my company..(this task is mostly started in detail by me after the end of the month, when i have all the details throughout the month of employees that are included. i save everything in one email folder for this task, but do not organize it until the month is done so i have what i need and anything i'm missing i solve in one shot, not all month long...otherwise this task becomes a distraction to other things i am working on the rest of the month, so i stick it all in one place; and go into detail with it once the month is over...)

2/1 Tuesday - Welcome Februrary :) One month closer to Spring... :-D

2/2 Wed

2/3 Thurs

2/4 Fri


2/5 Sat

2/6 Sun


2/7/22 Monday

2/21/22 Monday - President's Day Off - 3 day weekend ;)

Progress as of today: 7 lbs lost and already at goal!

Jacky82020 on 01/23/2022:
Do you have any Aldi stores in your area? Their little granola bars are pretty good. Going to compare the price of the six 100 cal bags of yogurt pretzels for $1.29 to other sources. Think their serving size is only 22 grams, and I NEVER eat one. Tiny little bags! So not sure how much these single servings help.

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
Actually I looked it up and there’s an aldi a few towns away ! Never realized there were any Aldis near me.


Donkey on 01/23/2022:
I have seen the movie (River Runs Through It) with Brad Pitt, but never read the book. It was a beautiful movie and won Oscars? Or Oscar nominations? I think the movie failed to capture the theme(s), but maybe I just missed it. I went with my grandparents so I have fond memories of the experience :-)

Laying low after yesterday's adventure sounds like a lovely idea to me! :-)


Donkey on 01/23/2022:
PS Today is leg day for me too, but I'm not sure if I'll make it to the gym today. I can do stuff at home, too.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2022:
oh, by the way, there's a question you asked and i had forgotten to answer...or a comment you made - all these holidays are thanks to my being in a union and the "holidays" i have gotten like Martin Luther King and Presidents Day next month...are thanks to the contract agreements between the electrical union and the contractors that hire us....and still people in the union choose to vote against union supportive politicians. dumb. anyways, yes, it's the contract agreement. that's what's nice about working for a bigger organization (like being a teacher, healthcare, working in courts...there's more of the supportive umbrella).


Maria7 on 01/23/2022:
Vegetable salad sounds real good.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2022:
yes, i must use and prep all my veggies that are waiting for me in the fridge :) after i put some clothes in the washers downstairs :)


Donkey on 01/23/2022:
Oh yes, I am definitely pro-union. :-)


bearcountrygg on 01/23/2022:
How as Aladdin?

horn_of_plenty on 01/23/2022:
Extremely well done :) :) :)


Donkey on 01/24/2022:
Might I suggest resting your ankle until Saturday? <:-) Just a thought, to allow it to fully recover.

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
This is a good suggestion and it’s what I should really do…


Maria7 on 01/24/2022:
Hope they have all your fresh foods today. Have a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
Heading out now :)

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2022:
LOL. no tofu. but i accidentally still bought mushrooms! LOL.


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