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horn_of_plenty - Monday Jul 04, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


7/4/22 - July 4th Monday - sleep in! - Yes, did a good job with that!  I'm spending the day mostly home;  prepping for the week, relaxing, bc i have work tomorrow!

Snacks AM - piece plantain, gummies 200 total.

Breakfast: oats 150, golden raisins 150, coffee/almond milk in cereal too 50, chocolate chips keto lakanto brand very nice. 50. total here 400.

1p?- wasn't paying attention to the time -  Lunch:  rest of the pinwheel 250...

2p?rest of some leftover thai veggies from last night 250?, some spiked drink to finish later 100; 2 milano cookies 130

4:30 strawberries 70

5:30 strawberries 50, 2 more orange milanos, cup cold coffee/almond milk etc blended for even better consistency. 150.
8:45 Dark choc with hazelnuts 150 during workout 

 10:30p gummies after workout 100

1850....

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Watch Joyce's a capella videos quick before our chat as she requested!   :-D DONE! :)

11a - Video chat with Joyce (french friend that i'm going to Guatamala with) to discuss things in general and our trip...checking out flights and options, exact dates, etc...finalizing. DONE...of course we will have more planning to do ;) - exact dates are MORE finalized. DONE!

My Laundry including most of the guinea pig fleeces.... :)...planning to do all of this in one shot, early afternoon after i get off phone w Joyce. DONE!

Commenting on DD journal entries...in progress....haha, DONE!

Weights today -YES - to do...DONE!

Reading some of the book above (not much left, i'm near the end)...yes little bit now...

INDOOR biking - (OR skip cardio).


7.5.22 Tues - Buy 2-3 bananas at deli before work (i forgot to buy them on weekend and don't have enough to get me thru the whole week); AM walk before work

Breakfast: coffee, half banana bread, part of plantain

Snacks: rest of banana bread (from starbucks, saved from last week, prepackaged) and pb

Lunch: 

Snacks:

Dinner:

Prepping veggies - maybe just cold salad prep...organizing so it's packed in containers for the rest of the week at work...to be organized & make the remainder of this week easy :)....

PM - Macroeconomics read FAST - not something long. just wikipedia and another quick article or two...i CAN do this (this is instead of studying/getting degrees....) just to understand the gist of it...


7.6.22 Wed

7.7.22 Thurs

7.8.22 Fri


7.9.22 Sat,

7.10.22 Sun - dye roots; 


.... need to get oil change soon.....Mid month-end of July.


7.29.22 - Friday - Maybe Vacation Day #1 ??? - may take this day - before going Rafting with dad tomorrow - and also may drive to destination below later today?

7.30.22 - Saturday Potential Date (will be cancelled if not enough people sign up)  Whitewater Rafting Trip in Jim Thorpe, PA on the Lehigh River with dad & the Welfare Club - wouldn't mind if the club cancels this- lack of days that i want to take off in summertime so it's challenging to do very active things on weekend and stay energetic for full work weeks..

7.31.22 - Sunday - 

Important: Pay July Maintenance bill on Delta rewards/miles card to get welcome bonus miles; last payment needed for Delta reward to come thru !


8.1.22 - Monday - 8.2.22 - Tues, 8.3.22 Wed, 8.4.22 Thurs...


8/5/22 Friday - Sick Day #1/5 Day off before road trip with C. Day off to take care of stuff - perhaps laundry/cleaning, etc. and of course Weights workout most probably...

8/6/22- Saturday - New Hope, PA  Peach Festival !!!!!- Basically first "trip" since covid & since my last trips in 2019!!  Pick up Christine & Drive down early morning Saturday; stay Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner.  It's an artsy town on the water - walking around Peddler's Village which is all artsy and shopping. I plan to ride the carousel! Staying at the hotel on the grounds - Golden Inn. 

I was thinking to plan another overnight with Christine for July, but i realize just going to the beach takes a lot out of me and that I should try to save most of my vacation days for later this year/next year.....so the Peach Festival should be enough this summer; along with trips to the typical beaches we go to...

 8/7/22 - Sunday - New Hope, PA Peach Festival!!!! - 

 8/8/22 Monday - Sick Day #2/5 - Day off after trip, most probably.




9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening - just a reminder - for my info).

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Come to work - DO NOT stay late; & take Friday off instead...) - dad of course annoyed i plan to work, but i have to live MY OWN LIFE. and i Have to do what's best for me at this point - i do NOT feel bad about it.

 9.30.22 Fri - Vacation Day #2/15 Day off -  Critical Thinking Course (i did this course once around 5 years ago - different topics each time - I believe this will be about union / Local 3 history). overnight at union grounds out east- fri night/sat night- out east at the Long Island Educational Center thru union. Going with Leslie, thankfully. It's 2hrs away.  I will try to go with her and her BF in same car. I can pay half the gas...Either drive this evening or early tomorrow morning. I'm leaning towards early Saturday morning drive....leslie not working for union, need to contact her, i may be going alone...or parents to drive me and go out with me (which i'd appreciate - it's a two hour drive each way, minimum).

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking (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 Breakfast, then drive back home soon after.

10.3.22 - Monday - Go to work, push thru, and continue with plans to take Wednesday off for observance as planned....


10.4.22 - Tuesday- Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins in evening

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur (holiest day in the entire calendar year) Day Off - Sick Day #3/5

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

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
Leftover soup here today as well.

horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
leftovers are always appreciated :)


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bearcountrygg - Monday Jul 04, 2022
(Riding the plateau)
Weight: 130.0

 INFLATION!!!!!!!!

 

I found a new hobby in the last few days...........fighting inflation!  Most hobbies have some cost to them monetarily...........My new hobby ia saving me money....and has turned into something that has been very worthwhile.

Recently...we got a notice from our WIFI company ( Frontier)....That they were going to start charging us $2.99 a month for paper bills........I decided last week to start allowing them to deduct from a credit card...to save the $2.99 plus the 50 cent stamp and the hassle of writing the check ( which also has a cost because we have to pay for our checks)...and mailing them.  So there was a $3.00 plus a month savings for that bill.........but yesterday...They sent me an email that they would be taking $109.XX out of our credit card for July...BUT......For the last year...our bills have always been $86.XX.......why did the price go up?  I went to their website...and had a chat...and it was well worth it.......apparently a promotional perk had just expired and the new bill would be $109.xx a month...........( we also have a never used house phone tied to this wifi. but we keep it as back up and don't want to get rid of it..........SO........Pedro ( very nice knowelege guy) and I had a chat.......he figured out a new bundle for us....and suddenly our cost for July would be $55.00  and $61.00 for every month after for the next 12 months.........our bill went from, $86.00 to $109....to $55.00 and next month to $61......in  one simple 15 minute online chat....WELL WORTH IT!!!!!

I am now literally preparing about 90% of our meals from the food storage........food that was bought at half the price that is now in the stores..........A HUGE inflation fighter.  Since I also had paper products and all knids of toiletries and OTC meds/vitamins etc...........our grocery bill is practically nothing......and it's like having a grocery store in the house....I'm now mainly buying only some fresh produce and a little meat...also using what is in the freezer and bought for much less at that time.

I had...about a month ago...started a Thrive Market ( online store)....deal for a year.  I had placed 3 orders......but really wasn't that happy with the products or prices......and didn't want to order after that...YES...They say they are giving you lots of free products...and they did...but for the prices I was paying for their tiny pkgs...I was really paying for those FREE things......I looked up their cancellation policy.......and in 2 days...I would have been a customer for a month....I could get a refund of the yearly charge but it had to be before 30 days.......They didn't make it easy to cancel though....but I spent awhile searching their site...and finally located another chat area....and just in the nick of time..cancelled...and they are returning their yearly fee of $60 plus dollars.........and I am no longer a customer that would have had their yearly fee deducted from my credit card for years to come.

We also got a notice from the electric company about peak and non peak hours....so now all laundry and disheasher use is in the mornig where it costs 1/3rd less to run those things...( peak price hours are between 2PM and 7PM....so there is a good savings there.

I am on a roll now......I'm finding all kinds of ways to beat inflation........It's become a game..........Keeping our money in our pockets is very satisfying.  

I found myself really enjoying the IF.....but when I could not continue with that...I went back to calorie counting.....and really found it unnecessary...I was still eating under 1,600 cals a day...and usually around 1,200...just naturally....scales were staying around 130...( a little less and a little more...but it has proven itself to be a plateau that is just fine with me)...so I'm going to drop the counting....

SOOO.......I'm making a determined effort to spend my spare time saving money......like it's a game.....and forgetting about dieting......because dieting was always such a drag.  I know what and how to eat and I know what puts pounds off and on.  I know that the more I move the better I feel...and recording every bit of it was getting to be  quite depressing.........BUT beating the system monetarily is a lot more fun......game on.

ALSO...Note to self......Bank accounts with no activity for 6 months to a year can be put into a process where they become orphans...( even if you have other accounts at the same bank......The process can allow the bank to declare it inactive)...so I need to at the very least...transfer money from one account to another to show activity...because THEY EVEN SAY that having automatic deduct from an account does not count.........Give some thought to this...interest rates are so low that banks are looking for ways to steal accounts....and at any time could literally lock their doors and stop all access to our own money.......shady world we live in!!!!

Breakfast

coffee ( have enough stockpiled for at least a year)

2 scrambled eggs with real bacon bits ( bacon bits from food storage)

SNACK

Dried fruit and nuts and seeds from food storage

 LUNCH

Navy bean soup ( dry soup pkg, canned beef, canned green beans from storage and fresh carrots)

fresh pineapple

trail mix ( from food storage)

chcolate covered almonds ( from food staorage)

 DINNER

Starkist tuna creations ranch flavor ( from food storage)

Dole mixed fruit cup ( from food storage)

No sugar apple strawberry sauce ( from food storage)

RX protein bar ( from food storage)

 

Progress as of today: 124.8 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 07/04/2022:
Bravo! You've got the right idea!

Do you own chickens? (I'm sorry, I just can't remember. I think it's Maria that has chickens, but maybe you do too?)

That's very interesting about the orphan bank accounts. Funny because a lot of the banking offers I get in the mail say that one of the conditions to the deal is that you have to set up at least 1 automatic withdraw on the account. Funny how automatic deposits aren't considered "inactive". One thing I've learned working in real estate is how evil banks/lenders truly are.

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
No...we have never had chickens.......The neighbors guinnea hens used to come over and keep me from leaving the driveway...>LOL....maria is the one that used to have them until they got covid. I had called a couple of years ago about a savings account we had...and they told me it was marked as inactive......( scared me)...funny how our attached checking acct was very active...they had all of our info ...yet they were trying tot ake it......they told me they wanted a withdrawl or an addition of money to or from it from D or I every 5 months or so...when it reached 6 months it was considered abandonded.....scary...so I try to at least transfer somthing now to or from the accts online........


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
Congrats and good work on having that phone chat and the patience and time to work out your bill. Way to go on your phone/internet provider cost! around here, a good deal is what i have - in the $80's....or if i pay Spectrum, i could get less but i won't use them bc they are anti union and being that i am so union-oriented, it would be wrong....just a personal decision. ;) but i couold prob save and also be around your rate, if i switched. i think it's great you were able to find a better deal and save and pay with automatic payments monthly. why not. also, with credit card payments, you may get points/cash back.

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
I think it was an all around good deal......I'm happy about it.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
THANK YOU. for the reminder that for this week, i could go into my freezer for all lunches this week, just prep salads to eat along with my leftovers.

thank you also for the general reminder to use what's in my fridge & not to waste food.

i do better now than i used to i think, in terms of food waste.

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
Tossed out food is money wasted....with todays prices...it is well worth using up what is already paid for......Then the money could go to soemrthing more fun...or even saved.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
that is SO SHADY that automatic deducts don't count as activity wtf! also, great job in general on all your savings lately as well as getting a refund on that food/package/delivery service you didn't like. way to go! i almost feel like i could have wrote a few parts of your entry as savings and deals are soooo up my alley too! :)

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
It was fun devoting a morning to doing that....and quite the savings.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
PSPS PS PS PS....i also have canned tuna and salmon to use....i do not need to buy fresh chicken or meat at all the next few weeks.

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
That's great!


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
hopefully gas will come down a bit later on (and not always be this high or higher in the future). i hope it will come down later, as less people need gas and more buy electric cars... i just hope we will come up with alternatives to how we get our gas, etc.

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
I know most people will not jump on the electric car thing........there are going to be gas vehicles for a long time......and the electric v=cars are so expensive...and eventually people will have to replace those batteries and they are super expensive.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
Re your previous entry, there are a lot of weird (and CRAZY) as well as not so well intentioned people at there, sadly.

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
Yes...Have to be especially careful these days...it's getting a lot worse.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
with the 15-pack coca cola and saying it's 3 more than a 12 pack, omg....i can't believe they wrote that on the package.

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
LOL


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
and there's not enough public / private vehicle charging stations. i live in an apt complex, they didn't add them....so if there's no charging stations here, i couldn't get an electric vehicle either. i think most of the people that get them must own homes and install their own charging stations otherwise it's not possible / convenient.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
you may be right about the bad intentioned people, getting worse. the pandemic and everything with the economy and war that has affected us even more; people must be more angry/stressed/deperate than ever.


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legcramps - Monday Jul 04, 2022

Weight: 0.0

June 30 - swim 30 minutes, gym workout 1 hour

July 1 - bike ride 1 hour

July 2 - yardwork 1 hour, bike ride 1.5 hours

July 3 - hike 2 hours

July 4 - coach 1 hour


Lots of good exercise over the weekend; also some downtime in between. I do not like that it is already Monday and back to work, LOL. But I will live.

I would have liked to do some yardwork at my house this weekend, but it didn't work out. I did get some of my pathways sprayed for weeds, so hoping that will help a bit - it is starting to look a little overgrown even though I have someone cutting the grass once a week. The paths and driveway are all gravel, so there are weeds coming up in sporadic areas. I need BF and I and about three hours to get it looking better. Maybe this weekend if it all works out.

I have my second therapy session tonight. Hoping we can get a little more work done today.

I don't have any exercise planned for today besides the coaching I did early this morning. Lane swimming tomorrow morning!

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
It does seem like yard work is never done...I hope that your house seels soon.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
i hope your therapy goes well tonight. i also commend you for speaking of it here. it helps many of us, including myself, realize that we aren't alone! and neither are you.

also, if you get to the weeds, it will be good exercise when you do! :) Happy Monday! haha!


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horn_of_plenty - Sunday Jul 03, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


7.3.22 Sunday - Beach day at Ocean Beach on Fire Island (not the gay part), Christine's fave beach , hour drive out east and a short ferry to get there - nice for a long weekend!! - it's like a vacation-feels type of day :)

Leave apt around 9:45am to get on 11:30a ferry.

 10am Breakfast oats cold with raisins and coffee 350

Afternoon snacks gummies100, strawberries 50, granola bar 100 250

later meal : 2:30 hot dog from home with mustard 300

4:30p snacks 2 blowpops 150 was hungry...with gum inside, etc.

7p dinner: 1 fried medium spring roll 300?, summer not fried rolls 200, lots of sauteed veggies 400 tops.

9p evening snack small drink 50

2000. excellent!


PM - Macroeconomics read FAST - not something long. just wikipedia and another quick article or two...i CAN do this (this is instead of studying/getting degrees....) just to understand the jist of it...

7/4/22 - July 4th Monday - sleep in! - probably spending the day mostly home prepping for the week, relaxing, bc i have work tomorrow.

Noon? - Video chat with Joyce (french friend that i'm going to Guatamala with) to discuss things in general and our trip...checking out flights and options, exact dates, etc...finalizing. 

Laundry including guinea pig fleeces

Outdoor biking today

Weights today 

thinking to dye roots today ?


7.5.22 Tues, 7.6.22 Wed, 7.7.22 Thurs, 7.8.22 Fri, 7.9.22 Sat, 7.10.22 Sun



.... need to get oil change soon.....Mid month-end of July.


7.29.22 - Friday - Maybe Vacation Day #1 ??? - may take this day - before going Rafting with dad tomorrow - and also may drive to destination below later today?

7.30.22 - Saturday Potential Date (will be cancelled if not enough people sign up)  Whitewater Rafting Trip in Jim Thorpe, PA on the Lehigh River with dad & the Welfare Club 

7.31.22 - Sunday - 

Important: Pay July Maintenance bill on Delta rewards/miles card to get welcome bonus miles.


8.1.22 - Monday - 



8/5/22 Friday - Sick Day #1/5 Day off before road trip with C. Day off to take care of stuff - perhaps laundry/cleaning, etc. and of course Weights workout most probably...

8/6/22- Saturday - New Hope, PA  Peach Festival -  Pick up Christine & Drive down early morning Saturday; stay Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner.  It's an artsy town on the water - walking around Peddler's Village which is all artsy and shopping. I plan to ride the carousel! Staying at the hotel on the grounds - Golden Inn. 

I was thinking to plan another overnight with Christine for July, but i realize just going to the beach takes a lot out of me and that I should try to save most of my vacation days for later this year/next year.....so the Peach Festival should be enough this summer; along with trips to the typical beaches we go to...

 

 

8/7/22 - Sunday - New Hope, PA Peach Festival - 

 

8/8/22 Monday - Sick Day #2/5 - Day off after trip, most probably.




9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening (just a reminder - FIO)....

 

 

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Come to work & take Friday off instead...)

 

9.30.22 Fri - Vacation Day #2/15 Day off (instead of 9.26.22) -  Critical Thinking Course (i did this course once around 5 years ago - different topics each time - I believe this will be about union / Local 3 history) overnight - fri/sat - out east at the Long Island Educational Center thru union. Going with Leslie, thankfully. It's 2hrs away.  I will try to go with her and her BF in same car. I can pay half the gas...Either drive this evening or early tomorrow morning. I'm leaning towards early Saturday morning drive....

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking 

10.2.22 Sunday - Critical Thinking Breakfast, then drive back home.

10.3.22 - Monday - Go to work, push thru, and continue with plans to take Wednesday off as planned....


10.4.22 - Tuesday- Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins in evening

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day Off - Sick Day #3/5

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

Donkey on 07/03/2022:
Enjoy the day at the beach! Even the gay part, LOL! It sounds like it will be a full day :-)

I can't believe I didn't comment on yesterday's entry -- I will do that now.

horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
you are right! and since this movie came out, called "Fire Island," on i think netflix or hulu?.....it was a LOT more crowded! we noticed right away bc i had to park in a farther lot than we ever have to get a spot before walking to the ferry. Christine and I came to the conclusion that one of the reasons was due to the movie...bc we also felt the crowd was a lot younger than in the past (it could be us getting older, but i think it also had to do with the movie). also, it was Sunday on a holiday weekend with Monday off...so i guess a popular "staycation" place to go for folks on Long Island / Queens, etc.

horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
The cheese pinwheels were not humongous, but yes pretty big. i felt they were rich, in the amount of dough and the cheese. reminded me of a bagel but a bit larger and with the cheese/spinach filling. i round up to try not to underestimate the calories instead, since i really rely on calorie counting.

thanks for your comments, do not feel bad about not commenting daily. i'm unable to do it anymore until a work/job change. thing are a bit fast paced for me and sometimes i don't have the mindset to respond here in the same manner i used to....just life changes, etc. i know you get it <3 in the future, i believe i may possibly be more active here again with commenting more regularly. just do not see it happening for many months/year.


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happy-1 - Monday Jul 04, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 243.4

 Mon 7-4-22 7:15 am

Chased the Amazon truck yesterday in an effort to get a critical misdelivered package. Not sure if it was the exertion or the extra snack (chicken quesadilla) , medication timing was off and taken to late, or extra vitamins before bed from increased hunger, but I sank my battery for today. I feel alright but in a couple of hours, I am really going to feel it. 

Last year I spent July 4 feeling miserably sick and desperately unhappy but with a new cat. This year I am still at home, no fun or partying... but I am basically content and on the road back. Milestones.

Happy July 4 everyone!

 

Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/04/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 07/04/2022:
8:30, back from grocery pickup. I can feel the tired setting in

happy-1 on 07/04/2022:
Tried to have dad sort his own laundry, it was a disaster.


bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
Did you end up getting the package from UPS?


bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
I read yesterdays post that the package did show up.....that's good news.

happy-1 on 07/04/2022:
Yes! I just need to install it. If I wasn’t so tired I’d just pop it on now.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
I am spending the day home on purpose. i have work tomorrow and def didn't want to push it today. it's a Monday anyways...not a weekend xo.


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Donkey - Monday Jul 04, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I'm switching my breakfasts back to oatmeal with peanut butter, rather than the low carb wraps.  Also, I need to do something about how my tummy feels after I eat (sometimes) lunch and (most often) dinner, where my stomach feels ... unpleasant.  I can't think of a better word to describe it. It's not nausea, it's not pain, it's not bloating.  My stomach feels heavy and sour and uncomfortable. Normally, I'd just reach for some Tums, but now I need to look at alternatives and behavior modification.  Mint tea might be an alternative to Tums.  Eating slower?  Eating less?  Even if that's NOT the cause of this bad tummy feeling, it couldn't hurt to eat less and eat slower.

No plans today, at least that is set.  I'd like to get over to Walmart for cat food and piddle pads for Baby Kitty.  And while I'm there, I'm going to take a look at the marked down plants and plant supplies.  Honestly not sure about getting more plants though.  

I'm not even sure about the gym. 

 

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

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
I just went through a few days where I had a stomach ache about an hour after eating .....it rememinded me of a time in the distant past where I had an ulcer...........it has stopped thankfully......I hear you about the Tums and the calcium in them......I have found that when I have hearburn...sometimes just drinking water washes the acid back down....my Mom found that eating a piece of hard candy neutralized acid for her.....I think your idea of the tea sounds good as well.......maybe add some honey to it for neutralization?


bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
Have fun shopping today...they might just have some good bargains.


happy-1 on 07/04/2022:
This could be a good article for you and/or your husband… Interesting on how to use supplements to prevent/recover from overdoing it. https://forums.phoenixrising.me/threads/supplements-and-drugs-that-reduce-or-prevent-pem-post-exertional-malaise.48438/


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
re your first sentence about your breakfasts, i soooo crave carbs in the AM as that's what i'm used to these days. and i wouldn't be so happy with a low carb wrap at all. so the oatmeal switch sounds like a good one. maybe you are just bored.

smart idea to (you should google) and look into alternatives to tums. it is smart that you are trying to naturally relieve this. i do think you will find some good alternatives. eating slower is always a good option as well, as you said.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
i do not think, re previous entry, that you are gaining weight from weight training. the truth, although you don't want to hear it, is it's calories in vs calories out. i don't want you to be in ...what's the word...denial about gaining weight and being about weight training.

even tho your meal yesterday was big in volume, it was pretty healthy. nice job on the banana for dessert and even the frozen fruit bar either. calorie-wise, the banana can be up to 150 cals, and the frozen fruit bar up to 200 cals. total 350 cals, like a small slice cake...totally good. not a high amount for a dessert. that's why i count calories. i look at more the overall amount, rather than how big it sounds....


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
like you, i want to change certain things about my diet, adding more whole grains. it will be a change i will need to make for the long run to help my health. i'm making this change slowly; and it won't be a daily change...slower than that. i still have leftover treats to eat tomorrow at work (a sealed, packaged larger side single serving of banana bread from starbucks that i put on the side when a coworker brought them in) - i'm not about to waste the goodies. but i also realize i need to start eating a slice of whole wheat some days - bread - instead of always cookies. i also feel my body might react better..both inside and outside, physically and mentally...


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
i also have a lot of brown rice to eat this week with my lunches....leftover. another better option than salted pretzels or chips. i will have to make these changes, i'm thinking, as i get older - or face health challenges later.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
you may not be happy with your weigh-ins, but, it is summer and the season where more fruit is easier and more economical to buy and eat. and we can go outdoors more this time of year. i say take advantage and try to get in the summer feels - go outside and stay more active...and that may help your weight go down in addition to more salads/veg....i am also on this mindset.

i have more muscle than i used to; i wish i were fitter...but i know that i look as good as i can for the amount of working out i do (less than other years).

i also am taking my own advice and trying to switch up my routines, do outdoor biking more as it feels like a great workout when i do it (and i think i've already improved a bit from when i first started a few weeks ago!).

and just trying to move around a little more than i did in the winter. (morning walks are again easier in the brighter mornings and summer weather!) this helps weight mainteinance as well.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
i will also mention that sleep is very important for weight maintenance. i do SO MUCH BETTER when i am not exhausted feeling; i'm sure its like that for you, too.


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happy-1 - Sunday Jul 03, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 243.4

Sun 7/3/22 10:30am:

Much better. I stuck to my boundaries and rested yesterday. Kept my Body Battery high enough at bedtime to get real sleep. Still need more rest today. I'm not exhausted but I just have no brainpower.

Yesterday I dragged myself out of bed and took meds but couldn't pull it together to check stats, thought about making a tofu scramble and couldn't, never made it out of my pajamas, and said things the wrong way to my dad...

Today I got up, checked my stats, put on clothes, made the sauce for the tofu scramble (this will be an all day project I can tell... not back on top of things yet), minded how I said things, and then sat back down again. 
 

A minor improvement, but it's cumulative.

Blood sugar 167, blood pressure 122/73, hydration good, 

Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/03/2022:
Inch byinch

happy-1 on 07/03/2022:
3:30pm did something dumb and flat out chased the Amazon truck like a stray dog. What was the misdelivered item I was so desperate for? A bidet faucet attachment so my dad can wash his own butt. So much for being able to preserve his dignity and telling him it’s an early birthday present.

4pm forcing the issue and making dad take care of hygiene. Omg.

No shot at REM tonight. Why did I chase the truck?

My knee may be rehabbed. Tomorrow will tell.

happy-1 on 07/03/2022:
7pm Dad is fed (meatloaf), cleaned up and rebandaged. His foot looks like a civil war horror movie. I can’t even begin to describe it. I just look at it and all I want for myself is to pass before I hit end stage T2 diabetes.

The amazon delivery mysteriously showed up. Augh.

I ate pretty on track today. I did end up with too many calories and topped it off with one dark chocolate square. I just… needed it.


Donkey on 07/04/2022:
Husband could probably use a bidet. Are they hard to hook up?

Yes, you are right to force the issue of self-care hygiene with Dad. If you had any doubts, take it from Donkey: You're doing the right thing.

Oh I hear you on the dark chocolate.


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Donkey - Sunday Jul 03, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

I'm thinking about stopping weigh-ins for a month or so.  I'm wondering if I'm actually acquiring extra weight from weight training.  Oh I'd be ready to chuck weight training in a blink of an eye, but Logical Donkey knows that this is not a good idea, especially as she gets older. 

Yesterday afternoon, I was trying to get myself into a mindset of disciplined eating.  And then dinnertime came around and I wanted 2nd helpings of spaghetti with meat sauce.  I ended up having 2nd helpings of salad, with cheese and dressing.  I had a banana for "dessert" but then had a frozen fruit yogurt bar after that.  So much for being disciplined.

But otherwise, it was an OK day!  I went to the gym -- so busy.  Too busy to do weights, so just the elliptical.  Did my own awesome chest/triceps/shoulders weights at home.  Worked on my plants a bit.  Helped Husband take apart Son's bedstand - the hard way.  So next weekend, we'll rent a truck to take the bedstand and as many boxes as he can pack up to the storage facility.  Not my idea of fun, but ...  it needs to get done.

I had the chance to nap a bit as well, which is sometimes hard for me to do mentally.  

I'll be heading off to the gym soon.  We might go to the pet store to get cat food today and take bags pop cans to the animal shelter for recycling.  I'm trying to put off going to Walmart until tomorrow, because Daughter says that all of the plant stuff gets marked down to clearance on 7/4.  I'm not sure I want any more plants, but I would like to see what's been marked down, as far as pots, etc.

 

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

bearcountrygg on 07/04/2022:
I stopped weigh ins as of this morning...not worth the stress it causes.

Donkey on 07/04/2022:
I'm still thinking about this. I might trying it for August?


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horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jul 02, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


7.2.22 Sat - slept in easily until around 10a. dad called me and kinda woke me up...and it was time to get up!

Smallish breakfast, 10:30-11:30. ripe plantain (uncooked) large amount 150, coffee 50, granola bar 100. 300.

Lunch: with cousin, Lots of broccoli with garlic sauteed but lightly and not tons of oil. very nice. 150; part of a spinach and cheese pinweel. 350-400. seltzer. 550. good.

Snacks: gummies small pack 100, then later plum 50, 2 seaweed salted snack packs 50. 200..., bud light orange 150...

late Dinner: part of the pinwheel 400

1600.

thinking bed early.

shower/shave etc for beach tomorrow tonight - so that it's easier to get ready for beach tomorrow..

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Outdoor biking today with Cousin Richie....after lunch, not the WHOLE Day, but a portion of it...i think no meals...just pick up food but eat at home, i think...or i do get food but on the healthier side with him...i guess the options are endless and i should eat with him at his apt, possibly, after biking....we'll see.......THIS WENT SO WELL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quick food shop in PM ? - to be prepped for beach and rest of weekend, YES!, done!

PM - Macroeconomics read FAST - not something long. just wikipedia and another quick article or two...i CAN do this (this is instead of studying/getting degrees....) just to understand the jist of it...


7.3.22 Sunday - Beach day at Ocean Beach on Fire Island (not the gay part), Christine's fave beach , hour drive out east and a short ferry to get there - nice for a long weekend!! - it's like a vacation-feels type of day :)

Leave apt around 9:30am to get on 11:30a ferry.


7/4/22 - July 4th Monday - sleep in! - probably spending the day mostly home prepping for the week, relaxing, bc i have work tomorrow.

Noon?? - Video chat with Joyce (french friend that i'm going to Guatamala with) to discuss things in general and our trip...checking out flights and options, exact dates, etc...finalizing. 

Food shopping ? - maybe do this Saturday?

Laundry including guinea pig fleeces

Outdoor biking today

Weights today

so it will be a nice, long weekend with today a Holiday! -  

thinking to dye roots today ?


7.5.22 Tues, 7.6.22 Wed, 7.7.22 Thurs, 7.8.22 Fri, 7.9.22 Sat, 7.10.22 Sun



.... need to get oil change soon.....Mid month-end of July.


7.29.22 - Friday - Maybe Vacation Day #1 ??? - may take this day - before going Rafting with dad tomorrow - and also may drive to destination below later today?

7.30.22 - Saturday Potential Date (will be cancelled if not enough people sign up)  Whitewater Rafting Trip in Jim Thorpe, PA on the Lehigh River with dad & the Welfare Club 

7.31.22 - Sunday - 

Important: Pay July Maintenance bill on Delta rewards/miles card to get welcome bonus miles.


8.1.22 - Monday - 



8/5/22 Friday - Sick Day #1/5 Day off before road trip with C. Day off to take care of stuff - perhaps laundry/cleaning, etc. and of course Weights workout most probably...

8/6/22- Saturday - New Hope, PA  Peach Festival -  Pick up Christine & Drive down early morning Saturday; stay Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner.  It's an artsy town on the water - walking around Peddler's Village which is all artsy and shopping. I plan to ride the carousel! Staying at the hotel on the grounds - Golden Inn. 

I was thinking to plan another overnight with Christine for July, but i realize just going to the beach takes a lot out of me and that I should try to save most of my vacation days for later this year/next year.....so the Peach Festival should be enough this summer; along with trips to the typical beaches we go to...

 

 

8/7/22 - Sunday - New Hope, PA Peach Festival - 

 

8/8/22 Monday - Sick Day #2/5 - Day off after trip, most probably.




9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening (just a reminder - FIO)....

 

 

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Come to work & take Friday off instead...)

 

9.30.22 Fri - Vacation Day #2/15 Day off (instead of 9.26.22) -  Critical Thinking Course (i did this course once around 5 years ago - different topics each time - I believe this will be about union / Local 3 history) overnight - fri/sat - out east at the Long Island Educational Center thru union. Going with Leslie, thankfully. It's 2hrs away.  I will try to go with her and her BF in same car. I can pay half the gas...Either drive this evening or early tomorrow morning. I'm leaning towards early Saturday morning drive....

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking 

10.2.22 Sunday - Critical Thinking Breakfast, then drive back home.

10.3.22 - Monday - Go to work, push thru, and continue with plans to take Wednesday off as planned....


10.4.22 - Tuesday- Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins in evening

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day Off - Sick Day #3/5

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

Donkey on 07/03/2022:
Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your cousin! How big were the cheese pinwheels? Sounds like maybe they were huge or very heavy.

I'd save the macroeconomics for rainy day reading, myself... LOL!


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innerpeace - Sunday Jul 03, 2022

Weight: 307.0

I think I hate my life....

Tell me how does an almost 17 year old get lice.

I hate being a step parent and I hate cleaning up after people...I hate it! Life shouldn't have to be so hard.

More later....

Progress as of today: 30.9 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/03/2022:
I suppose anyone could get lice at any time... but yuck. Was she at her grandmother's lately?

I bet it feels like the forces of nature are all against you. Daughter had lice 2x when she was in the 1st grade -- not fun.


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
oh don't we know that answer....her mother's house. ugh.

sucks so bad. she must be pretty annoyed as well (17yo).


horn_of_plenty on 07/04/2022:
i do agree, the mess is not yours to clean up.

that being said, your "daughter" (step) is getting older and will soon be more able to take care of herself more and more. so you can feel a little better as she gets older. tho, i do think she needs your direction still for a little while longer and help into knowing what she wants to do for college/career.

i will always support taking tests to work for government jobs, like in the courts - and to take all the public service (desk orieinted, not fitness like police) tests...as a backup to other careers. just my advice based on my own crazy past.


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bearcountrygg - Saturday Jul 02, 2022
(Calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Slept like a log and 1 and a half hours later than usual..........must  have needed it.

 Son told us a story about what happened at his store the other day....He was at the back of the store and a woman came up to him and wanted him to check out her groceries....but didn't want anything from his area....she whispered to him that she was scared and that some guy was following her around the store and taking pictures of her........( my son is big burly guy)........so he told her he understood........and that he would engage the guy in conversation long enough for her to get out of the store and to her car.  He finished her order...and the guy appeared........she took off quickly...and he started talking to the guy........and kept him busy with questions and showing him the kayaks that he said he was interested in...............unfortunately there isn't much that stores or anyone can do about these kinds of things these days.........they are even told to ignore theft..........if he had been on break or the end of his shift...he would have walked her out to her car..........she was scared and just wanted to get out of there without checking out at the front of the store.........I believe that she could have asked for someone to walk her to her car........but apparently didn't think of that at the time.....or wanted to make sure the guy didn't see her car..........but there really isn't much out there today to keep womwn safe.....just a heads up to everyone.....Even D had an incident in a hardware store recently.........a guy kept wanting to talk to him in the store....waited for him to check out...and didn't buy anything himself....he followed D right out the door and right up to his truck.......still talking........D had to just get in the truck .........and leave.........still wondering what that guy had in mind.  So even men aren't safe right now.  When out in public these days......it is important to keep an eye out for your surroundings.......People know that it is easy to get away with anything right now....so they are getting more and more bold about it........unfortunately that is the way it is right now.........

 

EDIT....Just found out that a house we almost bought 5 years ago burned down.......The current owners got out thankfully.........Kind of a strange feeling knowing that we would have been living there when it happened.

 

coffee

Got into a bin of things that need to be used up now.....and had an unconventional breakfast ( not really unusual for me though)

applesauce

mixed fruit cup

Quest bar

nature valley protein bar

Beef

Navy bean soup

chocolate covered almonds

1 heath klondike bar 

1 ounce chicken breast

nutritional yeast

Natures Garden heart Healthy mix pkt ( nuts and fruit)

banana

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1,575

Donkey on 07/02/2022:
Over the years that she's been at Walmart, Daughter has come home with similar stories. Our local town Facebook group has also posted incidents that have happened while shopping and in parking lots. Constant vigilance!

bearcountrygg on 07/02/2022:
Yes.....We have to be aware of what is happening all around us...I also always make it a point to look for any back doors in stores...etc......I used to always carry pepper spray back when I sold real estate.....and D picked up several canister for me.......I really should keep one of them in my purse....( I had actually ordered some from Amazon but he didn't know that)........We keep them in the house in case someone comes in....or to the door and tries to get in.....I also keep my Dad's wooden baton by the door ( he was a sheriffs deputy mounted division.).....I wonder if that guy would have followed him like that if he had known that D has a concealed weapons permit and carries.......but he was able to drive away so no need for that of course.......but ...that could have turned out differently.


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happy-1 - Saturday Jul 02, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 243.4

 Sat 7-2-22 8:50am

8 days of not enough REM. 1:06 avg means that I've got 2 sets of batch meals to make up (tofu scramble, turkey shepherds pie) and no brainpower to do it. Ugh. Doc finally gave dad some pain killers yesterday so maybe he will settle down. 

I just need to keep it calm today, not do very much, and then REM will come back. And I can make food up before it goes bad.

 

Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/02/2022:
Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 07/02/2022:
9:30 - Dad wants to “talk”. I said dad, I haven’t been able to get an actual recovery day in 3 weeks. I haven’t had enough REM sleep in 8 days. I am so tired, I want to lay down and cry. Please, let’s just keep it light today. Only things that are absolutely necessary to make it to tomorrow… Food, grooming, meds, other necessary care. I need complete rest. He says I make him feel horrible and awful every time we interact. I felt horrible, like I am the worst daughter in the world. I don’t know what else to do though.

I wish I hadn’t eaten those chicken strips 3 weeks ago and shot my blood sugar to hell. I’m still struggling.

happy-1 on 07/02/2022:
6:30pm. Mostly quiet day except for this morning. Ventured out to wash my teapot. Dad wanted me to change his shower bench setup, but it would have raised my heart rate too close to bedtime so I said in the morning. Biggest jerk in the world, but I need real sleep.

happy-1 on 07/02/2022:
7:30 taking melatonin early. Took a ton of extra glycine today. Fingers crossed I get real sleep.


Donkey on 07/02/2022:
I think I would have responded to dad that what he said was neither light nor necessary. Can we try again some other time....

I was just thinking that you seemed like you were on the upswing for a little bit there but have been struggling quite a bit. I didn't relize it was the chicken strips.

happy-1 on 07/02/2022:
That is a great comeback! I should have said… Man. I’m saving that one.

It was a bunch of things but it was the chicken strips that were the variable that prevented me from bouncing back after my day off last month. They raised my sugar trend for two whole weeks and made me more tired by end of day so I didn’t get quality sleep, so I started charging lower and lower which beget more poor quality sleep.

On the other hand I’ve lost 8lbs and my blood pressure is great… It’s bizarre. Weight loss and improved blood pressure are supposed to improve sleep.


Donkey on 07/03/2022:
Yes, I meant to comment on the weight loss - and blood pressure! Well done!!!


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Donkey - Saturday Jul 02, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 145.5

Weigh-in was a shocker and a disappointment.  But can I say that I'm surprised?  I guess not, considering that I had salty, carby Chinese food last night, and haven't been very disciplined about eating at work or at night either.  I also wonder if I'm not retaining water because I've started up the weight training again...  Oh well, it is what it is.  I'm back to losing the "last 10 pounds" again.

I rode my exercise bike last night, after dinner, to help with digestion.  I've become very aware that many times this past week, I get done eating and I feel like I want a Tums.  I'm supposed to avoid Tums because of the calcium.  So why do I keep eating like that?  Ugh... 

I am looking forward to a nice long weekend.  At 4:35p yesterday, the Boss said we could all go home early, but I stayed almost an hour later to finish up the montly stats.  If he comes into the office over the weekend, he'll see that I got them done, and hopefully he'll appreciate that.

I don't have ANY exciting plans for this weekend.  Just the usual "laundry, gym, plants" stuff, so I'm trying to think of things that I/we can do, if I/we get bored.  I would like to do weights at the gym again.  I have no walks planned - not even around my neighborhood - but that's also something I can do.

Husband has started to take apart Son's bedstand so that we can take it to the storage facility.  

 

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

bearcountrygg on 07/02/2022:
It is likely water weight...but as you know...muscle weighs more as well.........but I alsys go by the thought that our bodies find weights that they are comfy at....and sometimes it is hard to get past them...and stay past them........But...we all know what chinese foods do to us....so no worries.........No exciting plans here this weekend.......

Donkey on 07/03/2022:
I will write more about weigh-ins today.

Frankly, I'm glad to have quiet time at home, but I think Husband wants to do stuff. He won't come up with his own ideas though.


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horn_of_plenty - Friday Jul 01, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


7.1.22 Fri My Aim is to walk before work so weights can be done tonight. - just over 20min this morning's walk - success!

Breakfast: soft mini corn muffin 100, pb 100, banana/coffee 100.

snacks: pb 50. mini corn muffin 100, pb 100...

1:45p Lunch: Veggie 100, soup 100, hard boiled egg 100, jalepeno goldfish crackers (or toast with butter) tbd cals 100 i think; grapes/pretzels 100, smallish croissant 200, ketchup 50, 500 tops.

got out of work an hour early, nice, at 2:30/2:45....home around 4p. also nice.....

Drink on way home...caffeinated bubbly seltzer....

4:30pm snacks at home: 2 larger gummies 50, coffee small 50, 2 wafers 100. 200...put one guinea pig fleece in wash and will start my workout around 5:30, which is earlier than i would have started coming home at my normal time!

5:30 more snacking: small pack dried fruit/nut mix 150, dried jackfruit 100, seltzer

7pm 2 more gummies - 50....yogurt greek plain, stevia, 150, tart cherry in sauce 50. 200...

Dinner: tbd -not sure, but it won't be takeout i don't think bc i'm already home and didn't pick up anything on the way. i may even chop up a salad later as i have a cucumber and peppers in the fridge now..

9:30p late night snack near end of workout (i really spread out the workout, but it was still a good one) cream of wheat, almond milk, some of a plaintain, keto chcolate chips. 250

2000, good.

(holiday weekend, may get out a little early from work today) and it's JULY! (ok, it's SUMMERTIME!

FILL UP GAS TANK ON WAY HOME. - DONE!

Out early - do weights tonight - a good session, bc i will be able to start early as I think we'll get out early!...starting soon....


7.2.22 Sat - 

AM - Macroeconomics read FAST - not something long. just wikipedia and another quick article or two...i CAN do this (this is instead of studying/getting degrees....) just to understand the jist of it...

Outdoor biking today with Cousin Richie....after lunch, not the WHOLE Day, but a portion of it...i think no meals...just pick up food but eat at home, i think...or i do get food but on the healthier side with him...i guess the options are endless and i should eat with him at his apt, possibly, after biking....we'll see.

Quick food shop in PM ? - to be prepped for beach and rest of weekend? 


7.3.22 Sunday - Beach day at Ocean Beach on Fire Island (not the gay part), Christine's fave beach , hour drive out east and a short ferry to get there - nice for a long weekend!! - it's like a vacation-feels type of day :)

Leave apt around 9:30am to get on 11:30a ferry.


7/4/22 - July 4th Monday - sleep in! - probably spending the day mostly home prepping for the week, relaxing, bc i have work tomorrow.

Noon?? - Video chat with Joyce (french friend that i'm going to Guatamala with) to discuss things in general and our trip...checking out flights and options, exact dates, etc...finalizing. 

Food shopping ? - maybe do this Saturday?

Laundry including guinea pig fleeces

Outdoor biking today

Weights today

so it will be a nice, long weekend with today a Holiday! -  

thinking to dye roots today ?


7.5.22 Tues, 7.6.22 Wed, 7.7.22 Thurs, 7.8.22 Fri, 7.9.22 Sat, 7.10.22 Sun



.... need to get oil change soon.....Mid month-end of July.


7.29.22 - Friday - Maybe Vacation Day #1 ??? - may take this day - before going Rafting with dad tomorrow - and also may drive to destination below later today?

7.30.22 - Saturday Potential Date (will be cancelled if not enough people sign up)  Whitewater Rafting Trip in Jim Thorpe, PA on the Lehigh River with dad & the Welfare Club 

7.31.22 - Sunday - 

Important: Pay July Maintenance bill on Delta rewards/miles card to get welcome bonus miles.


8.1.22 - Monday - 



8/5/22 Friday - Sick Day #1/5 Day off before road trip with C. Day off to take care of stuff - perhaps laundry/cleaning, etc. and of course Weights workout most probably...

8/6/22- Saturday - New Hope, PA  Peach Festival -  Pick up Christine & Drive down early morning Saturday; stay Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner.  It's an artsy town on the water - walking around Peddler's Village which is all artsy and shopping. I plan to ride the carousel! Staying at the hotel on the grounds - Golden Inn. 

I was thinking to plan another overnight with Christine for July, but i realize just going to the beach takes a lot out of me and that I should try to save most of my vacation days for later this year/next year.....so the Peach Festival should be enough this summer; along with trips to the typical beaches we go to...

 

8/7/22 - Sunday - New Hope, PA Peach Festival - 

 

8/8/22 Monday - Sick Day #2/5 - Day off after trip, most probably.




9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening (just a reminder - FIO)....

 

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Come to work & take Friday off instead...)

 

9.30.22 Fri - Vacation Day #2/15 Day off (instead of 9.26.22) -  Critical Thinking Course (i did this course once around 5 years ago - different topics each time - I believe this will be about union / Local 3 history) overnight - fri/sat - out east at the Long Island Educational Center thru union. Going with Leslie, thankfully. It's 2hrs away.  I will try to go with her and her BF in same car. I can pay half the gas...Either drive this evening or early tomorrow morning. I'm leaning towards early Saturday morning drive....

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking 

10.2.22 Sunday - Critical Thinking Breakfast, then drive back home.

10.3.22 - Monday - Go to work, push thru, and continue with plans to take Wednesday off as planned....


10.4.22 - Tuesday- Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins in evening

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day Off - Sick Day #3/5

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

bearcountrygg on 07/01/2022:
Enjoy your long weekend...You got a good start today with the walk!!!

horn_of_plenty on 07/01/2022:
def, and 20 min is something!

horn_of_plenty on 07/01/2022:
thank you!


Donkey on 07/02/2022:
How nice to get out early! And good for you for doing weights last night!

Looking forward to a nice, long weekend!

horn_of_plenty on 07/02/2022:
Yes :) a good way to end the week, i wish you nice things for the weekend. hope the weather will be ok for you!


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bearcountrygg - Friday Jul 01, 2022
(Calorie counting)
Weight: 0.0

Woke up to rain today........ but warmer than usual in the 60's..........Slept well........doing  alot of cleaning and organizing today.  

Will be rotating some foods today.....new month......and time to also use some things up so as not to waste anything.  

Working hard to keep up with everything......for me...letting things slack is not productive....and so much easier to keep up...than to try to make up....just so much less effort all around.  And something I need to commit to.....so far....playing catch up is working....but I need to keep at it on the daily....all of it.  ( just me .....working on my self discipline.)

Used both old and new glucose meters today....new one read 100 and old one read 101....so I'm super happy about that......That is a good place for me to be and it means I will have plenty of energy today.......need that....big busy day planned.

coffee = 2

1 cup brown rice = 175

1 cup chili beans = 197

1 g2 lower sugar gatorade = 30

More brown rice = 131

Chili beans = 150

Chicken chow mein = 100

banana = 90

Kind nut butter bar = 170

Cauliflower crackers = 120

Fage 0% greek yogurt = 60

Walden Farms SF syrup = 0

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1,225 cals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donkey on 07/01/2022:
I agree that keeping up is better than catching up! That's why I don't like to take days off from work, unfortunately :-(

BUT take care not to let yourself get overwhelmed or stressed out. It's a tricky balance, isn't it, sometimes?

Great blood sugar readings!!!!

bearcountrygg on 07/01/2022:
I'm takeing lots of short breaks.....and working in short bursts of activity...it works for me...old age stinks.....butit can be amnageable........I think keeping up helps me with stress....then I don't sit around and think about it.

bearcountrygg on 07/01/2022:
Thanks...I was happy with todays reading too....it's a good place to be for me.....


horn_of_plenty on 07/01/2022:
only the 60's huh!? this end of the work week we are having summer weather, upper 80s the past couple days. hot hot! since i work in AC, i actually wore long sleeves both the past two days bc i am tired of feeling cold at work. i also wear a fleece and sometimes warm scarf (colorful for spring) over my shirt bc it is so annoyingly cold and also breezy/drafty. I also have hand warmers that work by plugging them into a USB outlet. my body likes it warm. all dr's visits never show a blood issue yet!

bearcountrygg on 07/02/2022:
Sounds like you have the answers to keeping warm.....good odeas!!!


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happy-1 - Friday Jul 01, 2022
(Walk 15 min and do PT daily. Regular meal prep.)
Weight: 243.4

 Fri 7-1-22 8am

Feeling pretty decent for a crash day. Brain is just sluggish and not wrapping around tasks. 

After waking up at 3am when my body released cortisol, I took a day for bed rest (except for helping my dad). It should have put me back on top, but Dad had another drama fit at 5 and it knocked out my REM sleep again I think.It might also have been all the recovery bank hours from cleaning the house for the notary. Either way I just could not get myself together yesterday to do anything.

I should do another day of bedrest but there is an errand I have to run today. I will try to get it done and be home before 3 pm, give myself a better shot at sleep.

The dishes are piled sky high in the sink in just one day of rest. How????

Sugar is high... 182

Blood pressure is down... 115/73???? Woo hoo!

Hydration ok, but not "great".

Welltory says I am up for a challenge, no brain fog

Weight up a lb, but that's normal fluctuation.

Progress as of today: 73.6 lbs lost so far, only 83.4 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/01/2022:
Inch by inch

happy-1 on 07/01/2022:
5:30… Today was supposed to be a rest day but I didn’t get one. Dad wanted constant attention. Then he had a nurse visit he wanted me to be part of. Then I had to run errands. Then I came home and found out he had a prescription for a painkiller his doctor ordered last minute. I went back out again. I came back, got a painkiller into him. Now he wants extra attention because he’s “sick”. I’m too tired.


bearcountrygg on 07/01/2022:
Dishes pile up fast around here too......not one of my favorites. Would rather do laundry any day instead.


horn_of_plenty on 07/01/2022:
very nice blood pressure. :) i am going to bed with dishes in the sink too...not very dirty, but i do not want to wash them bc i have a band-aid on and don't want it to get wet ! haha

happy-1 on 07/02/2022:
I’m so proud of it!!!!!


Donkey on 07/02/2022:
Oh my, this sounds like an exhausting day... I'm so sorry dad is being difficult.


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innerpeace - Friday Jul 01, 2022

Weight: 307.0

Last night BLTs for dinner - these were great  - light and easy.

In the evening I walked the doggos and then then girl and I went on a walk to get my accumulated steps (between work, dogs and the extra walk it was 12,149)

Yes, there is a blister on my heal and bottom of foot between bottom of big toe and second. Funny how I haven't gotten blisters before (having military flashbacks of the forced ruck marches - feet would be so chewed up afterwards)

Up this morning and walked the doggos just around the block -

Blood sugar this a.m. 132 - this I like and will try to get it down even further

missing the vanilla lattes I would drink in the mornings, but am making it with iced tea

B: strawberry frosted flakes, banana

L: southwest personal salad

D: TBD = but thinking tacos

Bank with girl this afternoon

Have a great 4th!! IP

Progress as of today: 30.9 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/01/2022:
That blood sugar is where D stays while on metformin........glad to see you got it lower. Blisters are miserable....and you do need to keep an eye on those.....diabetic feet are precarious......I know you already know that but just a reminder.


bearcountrygg on 07/01/2022:
I don't mean to bug you about that....but want you to know that I care and want you to not get into a foot situation that would be dangerous.....That hits too close to home in my family.

innerpeace on 07/01/2022:
Thank you I appreciate more than you know.


bearcountrygg on 07/01/2022:
If I get to be too much of a drag...just let me know...and I will shut up.....LOL


horn_of_plenty on 07/01/2022:
nice meals!

the BLT sounds very, very satisfying. my kinda meal...so much so that i think i may order it tomorrow if i go to a diner with my cousin! and some kinda side veggie. thanks for the idea :)


Donkey on 07/02/2022:
I share Bear's concerns. It's good to see the lower numbers, because they've been higher lately.


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Donkey - Friday Jul 01, 2022
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 142.5

I just realized that yesterday, when I sent out my recap email to prepare a client for closing today, I gave them the wrong location for the closing.  So now I have to hussle to work, so that I can check my mistake (I'm sure I made it) and reach out to the client to make sure they are headed out to the right location.  UGH!

So I need to get to work ASAP.  BUT - I've actually been quite lucky, because I've caught 2 other mistakes that I made in time, so that I didn't end up having big disasters.  I have enough time to correct the mistake I've made above, as long as the clients answer their phone!

New Gal made a huge mistake yesterday, and it was kind of fun to watch her with that. A dog that will fetch a bone must carry a bone.  Not that she's a dog, but rather, be careful with what you wish for.

I am seeing a potential staffing problem next Friday, where, if it happens, there won't be anyone available to cover the sales desk (Male Co-Worker).  I'm so tempted to say something, but it's really none of my business.  And our staffing problem will NEVER get fixed until a disaster forces the Boss to make some real changes.


Yesterday, after work, I did no exercise.  No bike ride, no walk, no weights.  I think part of the problem was that it was very hot, and Husband did not turn on the AC yet.  And then he was kind of grumpy -- having a very hard day with grief and physical pain -- so I kind of didn't want to be around him, and my exercise stuff is in the basement where his computer is.  

And then I probably had too much ice cream.  It wasn't that I had too much, but rather, I had an ice cream bar, and then another small dish of ice cream.  I certainly didn't need BOTH.  Why do I sabotage myself like that?  And I've GOT to stop eating trail mix at work, even thought somebody has been eating the sunflower remains I put outside.  WHY IS IT SO HARD TO RESIST???

Anyway, I did manage to make my step count goal of 10,000+ steps (silly goal).  This morning, I did some leg weights after my morning bike ride.

Progress as of today: 44 lbs lost so far, only 9.5 lbs to go!

innerpeace on 07/01/2022:
I admire your step goal - it is more steps than I ever realized, since I've been doing it - much more respect for DH now too. I couldn't live without the AC - I'd rather be cold than hot any day. Hope you get your work mistake straightened out. Have a great 4th.


bearcountrygg on 07/01/2022:
Sometimes at work...it is best to just let sleeping dogs lie....and let problems work themselves out on their own........and it will work out...one way or another......guess we all need to deal with our own problems anyway because that is how we learn.....Hope you can get your mistake fixed easily....and that the other gal can fix hers as well.

Donkey on 07/02/2022:
Yep, I didn't say anything and it call came out anyway, thanks to Queen Bee's big mouth. So I guess we have no sales coverage next Friday, and the Boss is aware but isn't doing anything about it, to my knowledge.

I was able to catch all of my mistakes - yay me! (lol)


horn_of_plenty on 07/01/2022:
remember, remember (hope i am not bothering you), it is OK to have the trail mix. maybe just take a portion of it to your desk. a cowowrker gave me a pack of trail mix today....it was a really interesting mix preportioned small packs...and had a bit of dried fruit and just a few nuts. total calories i honestly think are wrong, at 160, prob more around 200 cal. but very satisfying. i like the dried fruit in it, as it gives the body a boost and lately i feel carbs def have their place. it was so enjoyable.

it's ok to take a day off now and then. i know you will get back into it.

Donkey on 07/02/2022:
Yes, I know -- and I have to say, the trail mix packets that Replacement Kid bought are very helpful. It was just staggering to see how many calories are in this tiny packet.

So I limit myself to 1 packet - because to have more would not be as pleasurable and would actually feel gross. Then I take out the sunflower seeds because they aren't my favorite. So I figure that what I eat is less than 270 calories because of that.

Donkey on 07/02/2022:
I'm OK with a 200 calorie snack.


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horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jun 30, 2022
(counting calories/walking/weights/strength)
Weight: 108.0

 


6.30.22 Thursday - much less traffic in AM bc schools are out. very nice. 15 min walk in AM :)

Breakfast: coffee and banana 100, 2 small biscotti cookies 150, pb 100. 350.

Snacks: small pb 50, 1 biscotti 100, pb 100, spicy chickpeas roasted

lunch: hot chicken not much 100 veggie 100 soup 100, spicy jalepeno goldfish crackers 100. 400.

snack on way home: lg orange, caffeinated bubbly seltzer...

5;00PM snacking-6:30p before going out to bike: dried jackfruit, my throat itched just a little as allergy season is just about done. :) 150, cold coffee and choc wafers 150.  300.

8p dinner: tbd - it may be a cold dinner, again - yogurt ? or maybe an egg sandwich...we'll see...i also have the hotdogs at home (doubt i'll wait that for dinner though). popcorn butter small bag 100, small glass spiked seltzer  50, leftover roasted broccoli 150?, pop chips 100...400

1750...

Outdoor Biking tonight after work, outdoors...(purposely still skipping weights to work on my cardio and on the bike so i'm working my other muscles. as well, with the slight hills in my neighborhood, biking is harder at the moment than walking. it's a great workout. i also found a better route that is a little safer - a long street (avenue as it's called) with bike lanes on both sides. it's called 73rd avenue and has a little less traffic as well as slower speeds than the other route i was taking previously.  It is safer bc of the bike lanes...and just long enough to be a decent workout before i get to a large intersection which is my turnaround spot to come back home.

perfect biking weather tonight! DONE!


7.1.22 Fri - My Aim is to walk before work so weights can be done tonight.

(holiday weekend, may get out a little early from work today) and it's JULY! (ok, it's SUMMERTIME!

 

Out early - do weights tonight - a good session, bc i will be able to start early as I think we'll get out early...


7.2.22 Sat - 

AM - Macroeconomics read - not something long. just wikipedia and another quick article or two...i CAN do this (this is instead of studying/getting degrees....) just to understand the jist of it...

Outdoor biking today with Cousin Richie....after lunch, not the WHOLE Day, but a portion of it...i think no meals...just pick up food but eat at home, i think...or i do get food but on the healthier side with him...i guess the options are endless and i should eat with him at his apt, possibly, after biking....we'll see.


7.3.22 Sun - Really trying to make this the Beach day, not tomorrow (based on weather)......

Leave apt around 9:30am to get on 11:30a ferry: Ocean Beach on Fire Island (not the gay part), Weather permitting; going to Christine's fave beach , hour drive out east and a short ferry ride to get there - nice for a long weekend.


7/4/22 - July 4th Monday - sleep in! - probably spending the day mostly home prepping for the week, relaxing, bc i have work tomorrow.

Noon?? - Video chat with Joyce (french friend that i'm going to Guatamala with) to discuss things in general and our trip...checking out flights and options, exact dates, etc...finalizing. 

Food shopping

Laundry including guinea pig fleeces

Outdoor biking today

Weights today

so it will be a nice, long weekend with today a Holiday! -  

thinking to dye roots today.



.... need to get oil change soon.....Mid month-end of July.

7.29.22 - Friday - Maybe Vacation Day #1 ??? - may take this day - before going Rafting with dad tomorrow - and also may drive to destination below later today?

7.30.22 - Saturday Potential Date (will be cancelled if not enough people sign up)  Whitewater Rafting Trip in Jim Thorpe, PA on the Lehigh River with dad & the Welfare Club 

7.31.22 - Sunday - 

Important: Pay July Maintenance bill on Delta rewards/miles card to get welcome bonus miles.


8.1.22 - Monday - 



8/5/22 Friday - Sick Day #1/5 Day off before road trip with C. Day off to take care of stuff - perhaps laundry/cleaning, etc. and of course Weights workout most probably...

8/6/22- Saturday - New Hope, PA  Peach Festival -  Pick up Christine & Drive down early morning Saturday; stay Saturday Night overnight hotel; Spend the day Sunday; drive back Sunday after Dinner.  It's an artsy town on the water - walking around Peddler's Village which is all artsy and shopping. I plan to ride the carousel! Staying at the hotel on the grounds - Golden Inn. 

I was thinking to plan another overnight with Christine for July, but i realize just going to the beach takes a lot out of me and that I should try to save most of my vacation days for later this year/next year.....so the Peach Festival should be enough this summer; along with trips to the typical beaches we go to...

8/7/22 - Sunday - New Hope, PA Peach Festival - 

8/8/22 Monday - Sick Day #2/5 - Day off after trip most probably.




9.25.22 - Sunday - Rosh Hashannah (New Year) Begins in evening (just a reminder - FIO)....

9.26.22 - Monday - Rosh Hashannah (Come to work & take Friday off instead...)

9.30.22 Fri - Vacation Day #2/15 Day off (instead of 9.26.22) -  Critical Thinking Course (i did this course once around 5 years ago - different topics each time - I believe this will be about union / Local 3 history) overnight - fri/sat - out east at the Long Island Educational Center thru union. Going with Leslie, thankfully. It's 2hrs away.  I will try to go with her and her BF in same car. I can pay half the gas...Either drive this evening or early tomorrow morning. I'm leaning towards early Saturday morning drive....

10.1.22 Saturday - Critical Thinking 

10.2.22 Sunday - Critical Thinking Breakfast, then drive back home.

10.3.22 - Monday - Go to work, push thru, and continue with plans to take Wednesday off as planned....


10.4.22 - Tuesday- Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins in evening

10.5.22 - Wednesday - Yom Kippur Day Off - Sick Day #3/5

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

Donkey on 06/30/2022:
Yay a morning walk! Isn't the lighter traffic just a blessing?

I've been reading ahead to your weekend plans! I love that Monday's #1 is to sleep in - right?!? Seriously, though, it sounds like you have a really nice long weekend coming up.

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
The light traffic is the best blessing yes!

i do look forward to more sleep & thankful i have the opportunity to do so.


bearcountrygg on 06/30/2022:
Nothing wrong with a cold dinner....as long as it's good on nutrition.

horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
yes....and it's easy to beat the lack of nutrition of a hot dog haha ;)....not the best quality, hot dogs.


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bearcountrygg - Thursday Jun 30, 2022

Weight: 0.0

Breakfast

coffee = 2

fage 0% greek yogurt 3/4 C. = 90

Walden Farms sf breakfast syrup = 0

 

Snack

G2 lower sugar Gatorade = 30

 

Lunch

2 chicken tenders baked with 2 T nutritional yeast = 108

lettuce ( mixed) = 8

1 T ranch = 65

3 baby carrots = 11

1 1/3 cups red beans and rice = 297

Dinner

1 low carb larger tortilla = 110

Jif Peanut butter = 190

cauliflower cheddar crackers =  120

banana = 120

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1136 cals

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Donkey on 06/30/2022:
A good start to the day!

bearcountrygg on 06/30/2022:
Back to counting calories...LOL....Just safer for me I guess.


horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
re below and the pregnant mother, i feel for them. i'm sorry they have to go thru with this situation. how terrible.

bearcountrygg on 06/30/2022:
I'm so sad for them......I can hardly believe it.


horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
re your previous entry to that, i have not had any issues myself using DD this week...hopefully it's improved for you.

bearcountrygg on 06/30/2022:
It got better when I removed the last microsoft update.......I'm glad to see that I'm the only one with that issue.......


horn_of_plenty on 06/30/2022:
i see you have an air fryer. any tips on cleaning it?

bearcountrygg on 06/30/2022:
I put both parts in the dishwasher every time I use it.....I've never washed it by hand....although I'm sure it would be aesy to clean by hand.......I know a lot of people don't clean theirs everytime....and that could end up with a buildup .....I always spray my basket...or mix olive oil into what ever I put in it...so it's always messy


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