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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Jul 24, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 23.25 July Sunshine Hours. (based on my scheduled plans, July will have better exercise / hours in the sun compared to all the months preceding it...and that's how summer should be ;) ) marble hill added to total.

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

Current Accounting 1 Progress Exam 3: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

Exam 3 - taking this test on the weekend of the 7/24-7/25. or study if need be over the following week, take the test weekend of 7/31-8/1.  but will also studying the next chapter on 7/31/8/1 which will be one of the new chapters for Exam 4....

Exam 4:

Final Exam: all chapters.


EDIT: tour guide was an A-hole.  he didn't want to chat or answer questions and pretty much made it clear he didn't even want to hear what i had to say. will never go on a tour of his again. this is a different and horrible tour guide. the tour itself wasn't much to praise either.  I have found there are free tours thru the NYC parks; i will be trying to get into those after summer's over as i should stick to going to the farm a few more times for food. ha!


Saturday, 7/24/21 

breakfast 2 kashi waffles, coffee, 200, cocoa nut butter spead 180...380-400...

snacks:  Rice Krispie treat, chia small bar, some sour gummies, iced coffee with a pump of sugary stuff was ok total 400

4pm Late, healthy afternoon meal: leftover Indian spinach and mushrooms 200,Turkey meatball 50 with melted cheese 80 on eng muffin 150 :-) calories calc to follow ....500, chips 150

5-7pm Snacks: kombucha 50, 2 chocs with rasp filling. water.

later - maybe a keto pumpkin pie thing from the fridge; though, they are so small and unsatisfying; i will prob need to have it with some yogurt...maybe better to have it tomorrow, we'll see..

around 8:45, mint chocs 100. mostly just thirsty. didn't study except for like 15 min while getting car oil change...now just beginning few notes on chapter 6. yes, i will need a BIG BREAK after this course and the business law...and will prob go visit parents more and everything come wintertime instead of being home as much on days off/weekends.

9:30 lg apple 100

1800.


I will drive because in the morning, traffic will be somewhat light as the tour begins at 11am. Going home traffic but after walking on a 2-hour tour, I'll deal with driving in traffic. will see about using free bridge both ways  on the way home to save $. in the AM, i chose the toll bridge bc it was a half hour vs an hour without tolls and i just wanted to get there.

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.  done.

oil change/study notes or just relax as oil change shouldn't take long... straight after tour- bring notebook with me in morning so i do not forgot it...DONE!

also finished a romance novel i was reading, ebook, from library. was good.

finish last chapter of notes? (may need to finish Sunday as well)...

laundry 


Sunday, 7/25/21

Supermarket AM -maybe wait until Monday after work for supermarket.

eat leftovers for the week; don't cook. got enough; unless i want to sautee an onion and mix into a frozen cauli rice dish.

bake pumpkin pie :)

EXERCISE; get it done!

study all notes for all chapters, take exam 3, see how i do, hopefully pass.

Move onto the Exam 4 study chapters, see above.

clean/launder gp fleeces & all laundry 


Friday, July 30th - 

 


Saturday, 7/31


Sunday 8/1 - August Already!

Farm Sunday 1-4pm

 check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4


Thurs - 8/5


Fri 8/6


Weekend of fri afternoon 8/13-8/16 sunday AM....totally signed up last minute for this educational seminar with the club i'm in thru union (gave into the guy asking i participate)..not sure the topic is great (Covid - like i really need more education on this!?)...we'll see how it is. anyways, i'll prob take days off before/after this event as it's going to take most of the weekend (sleepover 2 nights out east) and i'm totally not ok with working straight, a weekend away for "work" and then back to work with no days off...so i have to plan for this. my parents will be there too...but we'll see...it's a lot of sitting in class, will try to at least get minimal amounts of exercise i like on this weekend..

8/25/21 - Wed - Vaca Day 9 (6 vaca days left and also have 5 sick days unused all to use before April 2022) - start of new course??? Business Law - prep and notes today at home.


8/26/21 - Thurs - Back to work

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
Wait! You’re going on a two day covid retreat? Tell that union to pay a dollar a week for everyone to get a digital NYT subscription. You’ll learn more than you ever wanted to know on the virus.

horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
I’m annoyed if this is all we’ll discuss ! Hope not !

horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
Really didn’t want to go - got sucked in, it is free though so there’s that


bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
How ironic...lets all get together in person and talk about how we make each other sick...LOL...............There has to be some kind of kick back on that one!!!

horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
Ha- there is ! Jk- you must be vaccinated to attend lol


Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
LOL. I’m always reading about how these business retreats are company paid excuses to party hardy, drink & have sex. Seriously. But I know you are a very good girl.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
trust the, this retreat isn't like that at all...smaller thing, i've done it once before. also, the type of people i'm with are all mostly married or will bring someone in their family like their spouses. LOL.

the last time i went, there was some drinking afterwards, but that really isn't my thing and i was frustrated that i had to sit at a table while people talked and drank. its def not high-end and the property is actually owned by the union for eduational retreat purposes. i really didn't want to go as i don't love it and i'm single (so i have no spouse to bring for fun etc), so hopefully the course will offer more than just covid stuff...it usually is also politcally motivated (which is fine with me).


Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
Is it at least in a nice area?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
yes - it's a retreat kind of area. but not fancy, like i said. it's along the Long Island Sound i believe, not the ocean, if i'm correct. it's very beautiful. most of the time will be in class. then, some people just sit at the pool after class...i'd rather be WALKING. moving after being in class. we'll see. there's a gym there, not sure if it'll be open. i will prob not even try to use it. the first time i went, i used the gym ;)

but this time, my parents will prob leave the place very quickly on Sunday morning, i may see if i could get them to go with me to an adventure park and stay with me while i climb the course! YES, not kidding. it's on the way home...

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
it's far out on Long Island, quite the drive. so nothing is too close near it though there's a small town not too far away. and by being on the beach, i mean that. it's on the water, you can walk along the beach. i may be doing it by myself...though a friend of mine is in fact going with her hubby...so i realized just now i'm lucky...


bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
Vaccinated people are still getting covid...they usually just get a milder case of it though.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
yes, i know, and it's good it's milder if they do get it.

i am not a fan of the retreats as i'm more of a homebody and don't like a full weekend spent with people that are more my associates than friends. ah well. i'm going as a challenge. plus, my parents will be there. hopefully i won't feel like "their child" while there ! ha!


Donkey on 07/24/2021:
^ I agree with Bear on both of her points, as far as the irony. Still, if work is paying for it, I'd probably go. Maybe there's a hot tub and a gym at the hotel. Or cable... Or even just a *change*.

I'm so sorry that the walking tour was a dud. I know you were really looking forward to it, and you had to pay money, only to get a jerk as a guide. How many other walkers, besides the guide, where there? Was it a large group? Did you have a chance to chat with other walkers? Well, I'm glad that you're not letting THIS experience get you down and that you will continue your park tours into the autumn.

I'd be interested to hear what the next chapters are, for Exam 4, if you're willing to share. :-)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
yes, there's a lot of irony. i wish i were wrong and i hope we aren't discussing covid the whole time because if we are, i think i'll go insane! it's the last thing i'd like to discuss; considering everyone in the room already made the decision to be vaccinated; it's a lost cause having the discussion with us...if you know what i mean. we already did what "we had to do." so anyways, i really hope there's some other stuff to be discussed. the topics always have relevancy.

i didn't chat much to the others because the walk was quite fast and it was quite loud at times due to overhead trains and being in the city and near water; and tight sidewalks, it proved difficult for more than two people to talk at a time. most of the participants were at at least 1.5x my age if not almost double. yes, a few were indeed older than 70. out of about 10 participants; maybe 12; i'd say there were AT LEAST 3-4 that were older than 70. so i'm not kidding. there was one younger guy and i think he came with his parents; they looked to be in their 50's. there was an Asian woman there also, just a little older than myself (she looked to me to be). oh, and one other later around your age. and another single woman around your age. (2 around your age). the two women in their 70's were actually very nice; but like i said it was too hard to talk with them above the noise and tight spaces.

however, i was left with such a distaste for the guide, that i left quickly when it was done; noticing the tour ended around 20-30 min from my car (but those 20 min were left to get back on your own!; not like a nice tour or anything else.).

but i left quickly and saw one of the women around your age leaving. i quickly asked if she liked it and just as quickly told her i didn't like it at all...she agreed it wasn't the best; she mentioned there were "no sites" to be seen (seriously!, aside from ONE!); and she mentioned he read straightforward from his notes the whole time (not a problem, but, he went thru them so fast (in my mind), it was actually confusing to even follow at times.

anyways, rather than leading this as a nice tour; he lead it like it was his job and we were his crew - except, that is NOT what it was and not what i believe he should have done.

yes, i had wanted to talk and was in a talkative mood even on topics not related; but he was not inclined to listen.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
there's a gym there; not a lot of people use it; but i'm not sure it will be open. i'm not even sure i'll want to use it - the weekend is a tiring one with all the sitting/classroom aspect.

also, there's an ocean but people don't swim in it. but there's also the pool. quite small and honestly i'm not sure i want to sit around the whole time in the pool. i was hoping to walk; but, my mom has told me that since she doesn't attend the classes as she's not a club member; she hangs out with other members' wives; going for walks while we are in class and she has told me she will not walk with me again later - so as you see, of course, it's not really optimal for my own sanity to even go, but, since a am sort of a member in this club (yes, i paid the dues), i am going as a challenge on the learning part - although in my mind the last time i went i told myself i never have to go again...hmmmm....here's me once again going back on my own decisions and feelings on what i want to succumb to when i really don't want to.

like we said, it's free. i'll prob hop a ride with parents, although, it'd be nice if I COULD DRIVE, for the experience...

also, it's not a hotel per se, but townhouse style of a two-floor structure with a common kitchen for all rooms. and it's not apartments, but single rooms - i do not htink they even have tv's. it's a place built to be a getaway for learning by the union and on a lovely waterfront. it could prob be sold for a pretty penny but it's not a luxury place. it's just rooms with bathrooms also and a bed and not a fancy place but it was built recently; prob around 10-15 years old, tops. so good condition. the union sold the last place, very old in disrepair; for a lot of money bc the land was in a good location and very expensive. anyways, i will now spend my a few of vacation days to relax on both ends of this "getaway," (both taking days off before the weekend and after...because the weekend is not a "vacation" in my mind. i'll try to be open minded, but, it's not my cup of tea.

i was also asked to attend a fishing trip...which i asked if my dad was going and the man said he wasn't sure. so i called my dad to find out my dad hated the trip too because it's just "standing around on a boat with nowhere to go for 5 hours"...said dad....and it used to be a full day!

so i was like, oh, well, then i won't go...because i feeel the same way! who wants to be stuck on a boat all day.?! and drive at least an hour to get to the boat!? like what.?!

so i'm glad i'm not doing both.

but, i just know i do not want to end up forever in this job...but i seem to still do several things i do not want to do.

all in all, i hope i can get something new out of the retreat course.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
and the trips for this club aren't related to my job, but they are to the overall union. (kinda a confusing thing, i know). but def nobody from my job will be in attendnace.


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bearcountrygg - Saturday Jul 24, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

Woke up to a downpour this morning and I love the rain.....totally clears the air...washes everything off and cleans up the dusty greenery.

Sleeping a good 7 hours in this cooler weather...but where is summer...surely not here.

Feeling great.....got caught up on the laundry...LOL...now I can keep up with it in some kind of normal way.

Sampson loves his $$$ potty and life is pretty good.  When I stopped cleaning out his old litter box ( right next to the new one)...he decided that it was A-Okay!  Now I have to get the old one out of the house.....and into the garage for his garage obsession............

Will need to make a grocery run in the next couple of days......not rushing.....I've been putting that sort  of thing off as long as I can lately.....and that is fine....but running out of specific things so...will have to.

Counting and points are on the high side....need to rein that in a bit.......but clothes fit so not getting mad about it...just need to vigilant.

 

 

Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
Sounds like you’re having a good day!

No rain here today, but lots nearby.

Did my Walmart pickup today. Usually do it Friday, but had to see the PCP. Routine. Boring. Saturdays are busier than Fridays at Walmart.

Nice the fancy litter box has been approved by your feline! I’d be afraid to try one box for 3 cats, although I’ve never seen them poop side by side in the two boxes I have.

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
It's a good one...I LOVE the rain.....we had 2 cats at one point and one was a bobcat/american standard combo.....huge guy that purred like no other I have ever hears....the other a opinionated black cat...and they shared a box really well...and one day just wanted outside and took off together...never came back although D did see the black one in a tree a few years later....for a part wild cat I was surprised...that they shared so well......but cats can be so finicky....I'm just glad he is accepting it....makes clean up simple.

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
He was given to us by a friend.....His name was Big Daddy...and his purr was more like a low growel....he smelled wild...LOL....and was a big husky guy. He had come from up here somewhere and another foster parent had gotten him but she had to get rid of him...when d found out he wanted him...so that is how we got him.....don't know too much background but he had been fed venison that hung from a tree...of course once he was taken downstate he had to settle for regular cat food....but he was nice...we enjoyed having him...but then he and our black cat shadow ran away together.....and never came back home.


Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
Wow! How did you acquire a bobcat/domestic cat?

Never allowed our cats to roam. Have an enclosure which I see ppl call catios. Mine is a study wire parrot breeding cage. Has a walk-in door. Matt has spent the last several weeks building a large platform for it outside the new cat room window. The cats used it when we had them downstairs. Transported it from California (disassembled) not having a clue how I’d use it. Cost enough! I had a large female cockatoo who started laying eggs & bought her a hubby. That did not go well. He was aggressive, mounted her 25/7, so I had to separate them.

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
whoops...answered this above by accident.^^^^^^^^^^^ We were letting our black cat out and she would usually come right back in quickly...one day let them both out....and that was it!


Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
Musta been a real beauty!

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
He was pretty neat....very macho tough guy persona but really a sweetheart


Donkey on 07/24/2021:
We could use all the rain that WI and MI got last night and into today. Apparently, we had rain here at home for maybe 10-20 minutes, but I was at the gym and it never rained there. By the time I was driving home, it was hotter than heck and bright & sunny again...

It really is too hot to do much of anything outdoors. It was OK outside until about 9am. By 10am it was already uncomfortable.

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
We got a lot of it...I love rain though so I'm always happy to see it...cools things off. So you are getting a summer.


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happy-1 - Saturday Jul 24, 2021
(BP1,4ns,14fs,2do,30pln,2.5k@5,10cr,10Kstp,7w,9bed)
Weight: 229.6

 Still going through my entries here and doing my stats. It's really helpful. 

7 nights in a row of quality sleep. Like answered prayers. I'm just normal fat and out of shape middle-aged lady tired, not omfg I'm losing my **** tired.

Resisting Shein shopping to finish.

For Friday, July 23, 2021:

  1. BP1, Yes, not sure it recorded. Elevated
  2. 4ns, No
  3. 14fs, Yes
  4. 2do, No
  5. 30pln, No
  6. 2.5k@5, Yes?
  7. 10cr, No
  8. 10Kstp, No but I went for a walk for the first time this week.
  9. 7w, No, about 4
  10. 9bed, No, stayed up till I yawned. I don't want to set alarms till I catch up on my sleep debt now that I am getting quality sleep.

Progress as of today: 87.4 lbs lost so far, only 69.6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
Did you get the results of your sleep study?Is that why you are sleeping better?


Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
Great you’re getting good sleep!

I got an email from Fitbit re a new tracker. Does all kinds of stuff including an ECG. Geez! What next!

Plus it tells you what your mood is. Not sure how. Guess it’s BP & skin moisture, maybe sleep too. I should Google it


bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
I used to have amood ring back in the 60's.....LOL


Donkey on 07/24/2021:
That's really wonderful to hear about your sleep.

In your entry for July 19th, you had asked what my FitBit sleep score was from a certain night this week (that we just finished), and I realized this morning that I didn't answer you. My sleep score for Monday night into Tuesday was a 92, with 7 hours and 53 minutes. The next night, my score was down to 84 -- that was the lowest for all week.


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Donkey - Saturday Jul 24, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 133.0

Happy Saturday!!!  So glad to be home!!!


Well, I finally reached my goal - YES!!!!!  But the battle is not yet done.  There is a family birthday next week.  The plan was to have ice creams of various favorite flavors, but Husband is supposed to be avoiding all dairy for 2 weeks until he sees the GI doctor again.  It might be better to have tiny cupcakes (with lots of frosting!) and just 1 flavor of ice cream.  I mean, the last thing we probably need in this house is 3 gallons of ice cream in the house.  OR, Husband could buy a small thing of sherbert or gelato for himself.  I have to discuss this with him.

And as I've mentioned here, my plan is to continue to track on the Lose It app for another full month before easing up.  But maybe I'm just the type of person that needs to monitor portions all the time.  That could be it too.  This might be my new reality.

What I MUST remember is this:  Do NOT regain this weight.  Do NOT do this to yourself again.  This number feels great, clothes fit great, appearance looks great... ha ha, at least as well as to be expected, let's say.  I definitely have a lot of loose skin from having 2 big babbies, and there does remain skin/fat ("flab") on the thighs, where I tend to hold most of my fat, that could shrink by continued reduction in calories.  It's not atrophy but a similar word that Google can't find for me at this moment.

Rather that a "BEFORE" and "AFTER", what I'm seeing ahead of me, through the end of August, is a prolonged transition.  I may go a little lower or higher than where I'm at right at this moment, but ultimately 135 is the Tipping Point.


I did find some literature that the dietician and GI doctor gave to Husband at his appointments.  The dietician gave him the diet - a list of what to eat, what to avoid.  The GI doctor gave him more symptomatic stuff, like "What Causes Gas?" and "Having a Healthy Gut".  I have to applaud my Husband though.  He does seem to be trying, at least to obey doctor's orders until his next follow-up. 

And he went to the gym yesterday afternoon on his own, without too many problems this morning.  My Husband's auto-immune disease causes him a lot of back and joint pain, so "working out" doesn't always work out well for him.  It can cause him soreness that lasts for days.


Yesterday, the Boss had an unexpected doctor's appointment early Friday afternoon.  I was told not to expect him back.  Turns out, he was supposed to have a 6-month follow-up appointment with his cardiologist (he had a heart attack 2 years ago), but thought he didn't need one as long as he was taking his pills.

Well, his prescription ran out and the doctor wouldn't renew it because it was time for another appointment.  Boss went to Walgreens to try to convince the pharmacist to refill the prescription but the pharmacist was like, No can do.  Can you believe the denial that my Boss is living in?

My Boss doesn't like his cardiologist because he feels that the doctor is being too negative.  Um... you had a heart attack.  You don't exercise, you haven't lost weight (you look like you've might have gained a bit in the gut, actually, because your pants keep falling down), you think you're eating healthy but you eat out 1-2 times every day and your choices aren't really all that great, you haven't stopped drinking alcohol...  I could go on, but my point is that the cardiologist has good reason not to be all "warm and fuzzy, everything's OK" like his primary care physician is.  I guess my Boss should be lucky that I'm not his doctor, LOL.

For someone who always likes to be "doing something", he sure does hate to exercise.  Frankly, I hope the doctor gives it to him straight.


So I'm glad he took the rest of the afternoon off.  But at around 2pm, it just got to be insanely busy.  Fortunately, it wasn't anything to do with the Boss - mostly New Guy and Associate Attorney.  AA had like 10 files on his desk - for DAYS _ that he just didn't do anything about, because he was busy at closings, having lunches, coming in late, leaving early to go to the post office, leaving to pick up Nice Lady's grandson, going for a walk while making phone calls....  So I told him, don't give me all of this stuff at 4:45p to send out (to myself:  because you've been slacking off all week). I want to start my weekend as much as you do.  He was actually quite understanding when I put it that way.

I expect to have a stack of letters, to send out, waiting for me on Monday morning...


I'm taking this week to think about goals for August.  Righ tnow, though, I'm enjoying my weekend.  Very hot and humid here.  Husband caved and turned on the AC yesterday around 4pm.  I'm glad that he did.

Progress as of today: 53.5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
CONGRATS on meeting your goal! It will most likely require constant monitoring. Mine has been creeping up lately. We must remain Forever Vigilant. Sad!

Great your husband is trying, that’s half the battle.

Your boss sounds like a jerk! Pharmacists do not renew prescriptions. The physicians do

I had to see my PCP yesterday. Hate it! He will not renew my meds unless I see him 2X a year. Calls me “a cardiac patient” because I have to use meds to control a cardiac arrhythmia. Makes me feel like he’s fixing to put me on the transplant list. LOL

Donkey on 07/24/2021:
THANK YOU!!!! Yes, you are correct. Fat cells, once formed, never go away, they just get larger or smaller. The potential to regain the weight remains higher than if I had never gained weight in the first place. So, I agree with you - I will be required to constantly monitor my weight. I think, for some reason, I was in denial about my situation. Now that you've said it, I see that it is true. There's a little more leeway with fruits and vegetables, but other macros will need to be watched carefully.

Yes, my Boss is oblivious to a lot of that which surrounds him. He is very privileged and just has NO idea of what others go through. He's never had a weight problem before. He's always been able to do whatever he wanted to do, with no limits. Now that he has limits, he just can't see them.

Donkey on 07/24/2021:
Twice a year to see the doctor! I can see why that might feel inconvenient. This reminds me that I still have yet to make an annual appointment for well-being. Ha ha, I guess now that I've lost the weight, I can go see her.

The last time I saw my PCP, I had gained 10 pounds and she said, "Why do you think this happened?" (I know I've shared this with you before.) Ha ha ha - I know COVID kind of stopped regular appointments, but I didn't want to go back to see her until my weight was lower.


bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
BIGGGGG CONGRATS......The long awaited.....Moment has arrived!!!! You must be so happy!!! Yup about the skin!! But it will lesson since you are still young! I think the word you might be looking for is autophagy......??? I'm also glad to hear that hubby is following their diet...there are some good non dairy frozen desserts out there. It's been raining here...more like a downpour...for the last 12 hours!!! It must have missed you!

Donkey on 07/24/2021:
THANK YOU!!!! I was/am very happy and relieved. It's so frustrating and puzzling to do what's right, only to see the scale not reflect the effort and sacrifice. I am getting to the point where the skin will not be as flexible. I think there's still time, since I am not in menopause, but the improvement will be less and slower than if I were in my 20s or 30s. (I'm 50.)

I am glad that my husband is trying. With my own weight-loss THIS time, I've learned (FINALLY!) that really most of it is what you put or don't put in your mouth. Yes, exercise is great, but it's mostly diet. And since he cannot do a lot of exercising or exercises because of his condition, going on a gut-friendly diet is even more important.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
super congrats on reaching goal! i will say, you did a great job maintaining within 10lbs of your goal! it's not like you regained all the weight. so your learning and experimenting and all this time that you had fluctuated but not much; was not in vain. every year we are maintaining or within reason accountable; we learn and i feel you will do better and better as more time goes by. at least, that is what happened with me (though i cannot really KNOW for sure my future or what time will bring in 10 yrs or so when i'm your age!). i can only hope that experience will pay off helpfully to me (and you!); as we continue our journeys.

i am glad you didn't stay late at work on Friday with everyone leaving early and you getting your work done on time. that worked out well; and to rather catch up on Monday which makes much better sense with the letters/folders.

yep, your boss is in total denial of his situation. i can't comment further as both you and i know and see it's pretty clear.

in terms of the family bday and ice cream; i will say that i agree in terms of getting ONE ice cream gallon and not 3 types. the more choices of desserts, the more limits / choices you will have to make and the HARDER it becomes. it's easier when there's less. (that's how i do it!) but if hubby cannot have the ice cream, why not do a sorbet. or an ice cream that is milk free or made with coconut instead.

oh right; and in terms of meeting your goal; and just meeting it; i'd enjoy the ice cream for sure arounding bday time yes!; but also know you have just gotten to goal and if you can 1lb or two; just to get back into it and know you'll prob want to continue to maybe experiment later.

i'm sure you could lose more; though, if you are at a happy place, it's good to spend time here too and not push yourself too hard since it took you effort to get here - although i'd say you got it done quickly swiftly but in good pace...you stuck to your gut this time and didn't get sidetracked. so you have what it takes! i'm so glad the app helped you so well!


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Jacky82020 - Saturday Jul 24, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.8

 
the other cake Matt bought.   Walmart is getting cheap & only marking baked goods down 25%.   used to be 40-50%

 

 

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 20.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/24/2021:
Oh my... some of these will be hard to resist. I happen to like Walmart carrot cake. Not everyone does, but I think they do a pretty good job. Chocolate - GONE. The remaining 2, the German chocolate and Red Velvet... I could probably resist.

Have you spoken to your husband about bringing these cakes into the house? (LOL)

Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
I told him no more chocolate cakes for a while, but damn, this variety cake has German choc and regular choc.

Like the Walmart carrot cake too. Not as good as the one I made years ago, Used crushed pineapple and lots of vegetable oil. Moist & scrumptious.


bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
Oh gee...it must be hard to have that around and not dive in! I know for a fact I would not be able to walk past those too many times......and the lids on those things are so NOISY!!!!! LOL

Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
LOL! They are! And sometimes the husband bangs them down so hard I practically need a tiny crowbar to get them off. But, alas, I always find a way.


bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
LOL....no sneaking goodies in those containers...LOL

Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
LOL! I need one of the old fashioned glass kind.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
i commented on the pic below. sometimes when it's a mix of pies and calories aren't for sure, i get turned off bc i'm such a "calorie counter" for so many years.

of course, i could guestimate which i do.

the German choc looks best. it's nice you can freeze pie, i think?

at least the cakes are cheaper than a bakery. hopefully they taste pretty good. i agree, too many temptations at once!

Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
We freeze all kinds of pies, cobblers and cakes. I think the Walmart bakery stuff is terrific. Love frozen chocolate cake, especially cheesecake.


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horn_of_plenty - Friday Jul 23, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 21.25 July Sunshine Hours. (based on my scheduled plans, July will have better exercise / hours in the sun compared to all the months preceding it...and that's how summer should be ;) ) 

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

Current Accounting 1 Progress Exam 3: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

Exam 3 - taking this test on the weekend of the 7/24-7/25. or study if need be over the following week, take the test weekend of 7/31-8/1.  but will also studying the next chapter on 7/31/8/1 which will be one of the new chapters for Exam 4....

Exam 4:

Final Exam: all chapters.


Friday, 7/23/21

lower body strength - AM - done, instead of walking. glad i got that in before work, after parking.

breakfast: banana 120, pb not much 50, one more italian tri-color cookie 200? coffee 30. 400.

snacks: almonds bbq 50, 10am pb 100, bite size piece of tricolor - and maybe more later. very good tasting. 100.

lunch: hopefully nobody orders ahhhh JOE ORDERED PIZZA! i have some healthy items...ate my squash stewed 100 (bc i wanted to be very full and it helped...), also ate the brocc rabb (tons of it!) off the pizza of two huge slices 200, half a large slice of pizza dough/cheese part 400. 700. was a good taste. the pizza is NYC style and extremely large slices. hot strong coffee. 

snacks:

dinner: 5:30pm light snack before workout, decided to do upper body - fruit, small choc, fiber one cookie. total 250

7:45 spicy dill pickle almonds 100, mint chocolates 100 250. followed by reading and sleeping. no workout. possibly tomorow eve, but prob just do it Sunday. old pack some sugar free gummies 100

1850-1900.

will prob eat what i brought for lunch, the remainder of it, for dinner (older eng muffin i've had a while, slice cheese, two turkey meatballs i made). but i may just throw it out and have a lighter dinner of fruit/yogurt, yes, really, because it's not that much of a waste. or i can try to give it to a homeless person but it's not good to eat cold.  maybe i'll heat it up and give away?


I took my notes today; to study at work for the last half hour that i'm here is my plan; to study the accounting as main boss is out, another PM on vaca, and the other PM leaves usually at 2-3pm and i leave at 3:30 so nobody should be around that i need to communicate with during that half hour...(others will be here; but they will be doing their own things).  I may study at other times too, but first there's def things to catch up on first...had enough work work to just stick to real work at work!

I've decided to skip weights tonight & go to bed early so I will enjoy the walking tour tomorrow. So that means just 2x upper body this week; not 3x. LIke i was saying in earlier entries, i'm going to maybe do 2x a week some weeks just bc i've found this schedule/commute a little rough...and try to keep my strength going back & forth between 2x a week some weeks and my better 3x a week approach. (It is what it is - and i am not about to exhaust myself when the most important thing i need to do right now is SLEEP!).  Bed early tonight, i'm sure, around 8pm/9pm.


Saturday, 7/24/21 

If i decide to wake up early, i can take notes on the last chapter?

I will drive because in the morning, traffic will be somewhat light as the tour begins at 11am. Going home traffic but after walking on a 2-hour tour, I'll deal with driving in traffic. 

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.  

mcdonalds after tour with a diet coke - while having oil change?

oil change/study notes straight after tour- bring notebook with me in morning so i do not forgot it...

finish last chapter of notes? may need to finish Sunday as well...

 


Sunday, 7/25/21

Supermarket AM - do a quick stop at supermarket bc not going to farm this weekend. get fruit/veg/any other small items. no need for breads/meat. have a lot of frozen turkey burgers, etc.Laundry AM

Earlier PM - EXERCISE; get it done!

study all notes for all chapters, take exam, see how i do, hopefully pass.

Move onto the Exam 4 study chapters, see above.

 


Friday, July 30th - 

 


Saturday, 7/31


Sunday 8/1 - August Already!

Farm Sunday 1-4pm

 check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4


Thurs - 8/5


Fri 8/6


 Thinking to take the following 4 days off in August:

8/20 Fri, Vaca Day 6 - Home

8/21/21, Saturday - Beach with Christine?

8/22/21, Sunday Home

8/23 Mon - Vaca Day 7, Beach w/ parents?

8/24 Tues - Vaca Day 8, (can be a farm morning or afternoon...)

8/25/21 - Wed - Vaca Day 9 (6 vaca days left and also have 5 sick days unused all to use before April 2022) - start of new course??? Business Law - prep and notes today at home.


8/26/21 - Thurs - Back to work

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 07/23/2021:
YES! I completely support your decisions regarding weight training in relation to time/sleep and walking tour. And I also applaud your good judgment to get a little more sleep and drive in today. You do not want to be compromised for your walking tour - which you are looking forward to a lot - nor do you want to be compromised AFTER your tour because you walked too much the day before the tour. Your legs need to rest. And I know the walking tour is very important and much anticipated by you!

My step-father was Sicilian, and when his parents' generation were still alive (Uncle Joe, Aunt Santa, Grandma, etc.), they would make Italian cookies - from scratch - that were authentic. Soooo delicious! And wonderful while they were fresh, BUT I also liked them very much when they were just a little older (not stale, but not freshly made). It changed the textures and brought out the flavors a little more, I felt. Ohh so yummy and hard to resist. In fact - impossible to resist!

Glad to read that you brought study material to work. Your plan sounds good. If I weren't out in the damn open where I work, I would do the same thing. I have a question: If you leave something in your car (like your study material), are you allowed to leave your office to fetch it out of your car?

horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2021:
car is quite down the road and takes just under 5min to get to it; and nobody goes for walks at lunch and it would take over 5 min just to go to my car and then come back. it's a good idea to get a walk in, but, better to bring the materials with me purposely so i have them at my desk no matter what. with nobody here, i wouldn't want to show either that i'm going walking extra, etc. best to lay low with the materials here; but, i may go outside a few minutes at lunch depending on what everyone else is doing...like if they order pizza (i doubt it, and they are all in the same room, i shouldn't go and instead stay with the group, etc.)

yeah, i need to learn to be moderate in knowing not to overdo both before and after the walk so i'm able to keep going without days off of work :) the life/work balance :) thank you!


Maria7 on 07/23/2021:
Squash sounds good. Thought we were going to have some to harvest from our little garden, but even though they got blooms, no squash yet.

horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2021:
i hope you get some, it's so lo-cal and healthy! you can do a TON with it! GOOD LUCK!!!


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Jacky82020 - Friday Jul 23, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.2


Evil!      Look what Matt grabbed at Walmart! I am not at all tempted.   Maybe if it were a chocolate cheesecake.  

 

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 5.2 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/24/2021:
So one-fifth (1/5) of that pie is 500 calories..... Oh my... I take it that this is an 8 or 9 inch pie. They sell these little single-serving pies that Husband used to pick up for himself... This used to make me mad, but then I realized, it's probably better that he do that, rather than buying a whole damn pie (that I would eat).

Definitely small portions, if one cannot resist. Who would think it would have this many calories?!?!?

Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
I just measured the diameter. It’s 7 inches! OMG! It’s all the sweetened condensed milk that is close to 1000 Cals a cup. Sinful pie! This condensed milk has more calories than heavy cream,.

Probably a single serve pie is better! I’ll have to post the other cake the husband picked up. He needs a good swift kick in the butt! He runs fast on the treadmill & can burn 800 Cals in a run. I’m all la di dah on the treadmill & just walk.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
those calories aren't worth it. would turn me off, or i'd have to cut the slice in half to make it a better portion controlled piece. 500 on the daily sucks. maybe just one time!?

Jacky82020 on 07/24/2021:
Not worth one time for me. Never again. I have tastier options for blowing 500 calories. Actually I ate 2 pieces, so 1000. Could have eaten the whole pie! Was a middle of the night feeding frenzy. Couldn’t eat more because Matt bought the pie and so I had to leave the rest for him.

Amazingly didn’t seem all that filling despite the calories


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Maria7 - Friday Jul 23, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
Weight: 155.0

  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Hello to you. 

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I'm at 155 this morning.  Happy about that.  Eating good. 

Hubby and I are still working on getting over this summer cold we have.

 

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/24/2021:
Yay! Sounds like things are even-ing out. If you have congestion - especially sinus congestion - you may be eating less because you can't taste food 100%.


Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2021:
i'm with donkey...hopefully you aren't in the mood to eat as much! that's the only thing i'm ever thankful for when sick!

FEEL BETTER!


bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
Hope you get over that cold pretty soon....good weigh in!


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KathyBlue - Friday Jul 23, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hey all,

I'm tired... 

I did strength training with machines today and I'm so worn out, haha. It's so odd, when I leave the gym I feel like nothing has happened, but after some time it hits me so hard.

I still don't like hypertrophy or strength training with machines but I understand that I needed to change at some point. So now I need to let it sink in and I need some structure and additional planning. I suck at planning, I like improvising a lot but this won't work with machines training ... One has to know all the details and work strictly on schedule... MEH!

Here's a good article on the topic:

Hypertrophy Training vs. Strength Training: Pros and Cons of Each (healthline.com)

Medieval fair details from town:

Donkey on 07/24/2021:
I have the opposite problem when it comes to weight training: I get so *stuck* in my training schedule that it's difficult to make a change or add a machine. I leave the gym very tired, so to add a machine, I usually have to take away a machine. (Actually, I have managed to do this but for me, it's just not as easy as it may seem to others to do.)

I have been reading a lot about the hypertrophy training. It's been a discussion on a few of the fitness groups I belong to on Facebook. I'm not sure what it is that *I* do. Sometimes I like to use the lower weight for more reps and sets, because it's easier on my joints; this is hypertrophy training as I understand it. But every once in a while, I forget what weight I left off of the previous weekend and lift heavy. And then I'm always impressed with myself and how it feels: Wow, I did that??? (LOL)

If I wrote things down or went to the gym more often, I'd remember what weight I was lifting on which machine. Ah well.... like I said, it's hard for me to deviate from routine.


Donkey on 07/24/2021:
Beautiful mosaic! I love the paved walk-way, too!


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Donkey - Friday Jul 23, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

Day 5 of 5:  TGIF!!!


I realize that this whole week, I've woken up early, ahead of my alarm.  I'm getting up anywhere between 4:21am and 4:42am. I think it's because of the reduced calories, although sometimes it's having to go to the bathroom... might also be the humdity and warmer temperatures that make sleeping a less ideal.

Anyway, I appreciate having the extra time in the morning!

My legs are a little stiff from yesterday's weights.  Last night I did only 1 leg exercise, because it's one that I *HATE* doing it (lunges with 10lb dumbbells).  I do this because I know it challenges my leg muscles, unlike anything else I do or have at home.

Food was fine.  The hardest part is getting through the mornings at work; I don't seem to have this problem on weekends, when I'm home.  The broth helps, but I'd much rather eat, LOL.The Lose It app keeps moving my goal date ahead, but little does it know that I'm actually going to achieve my goal with tomorrow's weigh-in <<< trying to think positive here.  Like Bear has mentioned, I kind of think the app is leading me along, so that I keep using it (even though it's free).

Another thing that I have found to be VERY helpful is in the afternoon, I have a large iced coffee, with a little cream.  I find this to be very satisfying to any hunger or stress-related cravings.  This has helped a LOT.

I am starting to feel and see physical improvements though, and that's the great part.  The bad part is that this is hard.  THIS IS HARD.  Last night, it occurred to me that this is like Chinese water torture.  The deprivation is slight, just so that I notice it as uncomfortable..  The exersion is felt, and also noticed - but not to the point of incapacity or totally stopping.

That darn scale better cooperate tomorrow!!!


Yesterday was the 2nd and last day of Queen Bee.  I am on totaly heightened alert when she's in the office.  And I was very aware that she talked pretty much non-stop until around noon, when she started texting friends.  Thank goodness New Girl came in at 1pm and she left --- while I was on my lunchtime walk, which helped cut down my time with QB even more.

Nice Lady has finally figured out that the future of the firm is with New Guy.  All of our marketing is now being focused on growing New Guy's business, a big switch from all of the money we poured into Associate Attorney that never really panned out.

Anyway, what this tells me is that my role in this firm will be diminishing, as New Guy grows and the Boss cuts back.  So I do need to really prepare myself for this inevitability.  I just never seem to either have the time to think it through or the courage to make a change.

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 07/23/2021:
Having something good to drink does help with cravings. I have found the same thing. But I'm drinking caffeine-free diet coke over ice. This helps me a lot.


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happy-1 - Friday Jul 23, 2021
(BP1,4ns,14fs,2do,30pln,2.5k@5,10cr,10Kstp,7w,9bed)
Weight: 229.6

 For Thursday, July 22, 2021:

  1. BP1, I don't think so
  2. 4ns, no
  3. 14fs, yes
  4. 2do, no
  5. 30pln, no
  6. 2.5k@5, yes
  7. No to the rest: 10cr,10Kstp,7w,9bed

Progress as of today: 87.4 lbs lost so far, only 69.6 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2021:
two entries of yours that i'll be catching up on!


Donkey on 07/23/2021:
Well, I give you a LOT of credit for achieving a 14-hour fast. That is not easy to do. #6 is impressive too. That's 80-90% of weight loss (perhaps I should say optimal nutritional intake).


Maria7 on 07/23/2021:
Hope you have a good day. Your cat sounds so adorable!

happy-1 on 07/24/2021:
She's such a sweet little thing!


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Jacky82020 - Thursday Jul 22, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 112.4

 
 

This is why the key lime pie had so many calories.  the sweetened condrnsed milk alone had nearly 3000 calories.   then the top had whipped cream around the edges.

Ned This LOOK BEAR!   almost as bad as peanut butter.   must be why that key lime pie had so many calories.

Progress as of today: 21.6 lbs lost so far, only 4.4 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Yes.......22 grams of sugar......if you were making the truffle recipe....and instead of making 8...made 10...each would probably be around 150 cals..( guessing because I'm not sure what cocoa would be....possibly less.....does have some protein and vitamin A........

Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Cocoa is fairly low cal.


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I can see that it could easily be confused with evaporated milk........but there is a HUGE difference. They would not be able to be used for the same things for the most part. One is milk...the other is heavily sugared.

Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Yep, it’s entirely different!


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Also I see that they are warning against boiling the can now....they have another way of preparing it that is safer....pour it into a pie dish and cover with foil, place in a water bath and i believe put in the oven......It's mentioned in several places online......todays cans are quite different then they used to be anyway.


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
yup........you know what is low ww points was lemon meringue pie....During a ww class back in about 2000....The teacher handed me a ww restaurant book and told me to look up the points in a lemon meringue pie in any restaurant...3 or 4 others had other things to look up.....when i found it...even the teacher was shocked...and had to look for herself.......everyone changed their minds about lemon pie that day...LOL....I bet there are some good recipes out there for that with lower cals.

Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Lemon meringue is made the same way? I love meringue. Better than whipped cream.


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I just googled low cal lemon meringue pie recipes and there are a lot of them out there for under 200 cals per serving...the egg white ( meringue)...are super low cal....some corn starch....low...lemon low....

Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Beats key lime!


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
No sweetened condensed milk in lemon meringue pie.......why couldn't we make it in cupcak tins.......with a graham cracker crust on the bottom......that would control the size...of course with the meringue it wouldn't keep too many days refrigerated....but it would control the size of the serving.

Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Sounds good! They do sell small graham crackers pie crusts


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I went to see what WW counts them these days and it is higher than back then...( the way they count points now is very different)....I think then it was 3 points...now the lowest is 8 points.....back then we used a sliding scale that totaled things very differently.....but I still think it could be done in a way that could make them lower.

Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Probably so. Anything except sweetened condensed milk. Lol


horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2021:
will review, so do not delete this!

Jacky82020 on 07/23/2021:
All’s we’s saying is sweetened condensed milk is evil! Drink of the Devil! Lol. Close to 1000 Cals a cup. Funny thing is those 500 cal little slices of pie weren’t all that filling for 1000 Cals total. The Ch’King sandwich & onion rings are about the same & satisfies me all day.


Donkey on 07/23/2021:
Crossing key lime pie off of my list. It is just NOT worth the calories, and I don't like it all that much.

Jacky82020 on 07/23/2021:
Wise move, Donk!


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horn_of_plenty - Thursday Jul 22, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 21.00 July Sunshine Hours. (based on my scheduled plans, July will have better exercise / hours in the sun compared to all the months preceding it...and that's how summer should be ;) ) 

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

Current Accounting 1 Progress: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

Exam 3 - trying for this weekend, ending July 18.


 

Thursday 7/22/21 - 

8am Breakfast: someone brought in the tricolor italian cookies with the raspberry jelly. SO FRESH. calories were totally off on the package. anyways, they are a good size. rather than not have one, I was going to have half a donut i put in the fridge, but i will throw a half a donut away as this was much better! ha. 200 and a banana and coffee 150....350. (lol, no it wasn't satisfying by 10am very ready for something with a little sugar to keep the blood sugar good lol...it's fine...always like my morning with a snack no matter what!)

10am snack: similar to a granola bar 120; pb 120. 250., 11:30 two chocs small 50, one sucking candy 50.

lunch: brought in a thai soup that i had froze bc i wasn't eating it for a week (but now it's older, been in freezer prob at least a week). should be good after heating up.  (omg, very garlicky! but good /fresh. but this time too much garlic taste! maybe bc it's old.. 200. I will prob have it with toast & PB Kelloggs 200cal crackers to add some more carbs/fat. 400 one clementine. 50.

snack: prob a couple clementines...

dinner: prob toasted eng muffins with cheddar just like last night; side of my cooked squash? maybe lay off the kombucha as i've been wayyyy too gassy and having issues lately. it's def posible too have too much of it! haha...if i change my mind to fried chicken/fries that is fine, too....from arbys; with a side salad of my own making...

dinner: tried a new indian place. food is expensive for the portion size, but GREAT! great prep of the spinach/mushroom. i'd def order it again. no cream in this one, just oils. better that way...not that i care as long as i can get Indian food, but their food tastes GREAT. by work. did takeout. spinach and mushrooms sauteed, lots of sauce/oils but tasty and healthy 200?, fried samosa with herbed potato inside 250-300, gummy candy for dessert 200. lol not the best choice. 650. and an alcoholic beverage. (yes, i do seem to splurge when i know i have the calories left in the evening).

1900...

 guinea pigs are eating all the farm goods. Def savings this week; not too much; but prob around $10.  That's nice! And that includes i guess savings on my food, too, since i'm eating mostly the weeds! haha  Last summer i think my savings would go up to $15 per week of free food.


Today I commuted, so I added in an HOUR overall of cardio. :)  I have a nice long commute; so it's easy to read over some of my notes each way.  Depending how I feel, I may even do it again Friday (but depends how I feel tonight when i decide to set my clock or not). plus i've added on an extra half hour as i'm walking from lunch to pick up Indian Mushroom Saag (like creamed spinach with mushrooms) from a place around a mile away from work after work today for a change of pace! I will eat with my last hard boiled egg...

Tonight will be weights, maybe only upper so that it's shorter as i know i'll be a little tired after being up early. I went to be very early which is why I knew it'd be OK to do an early day today  :)

Lately, I'm a bit constipated and everything is blocked up, mostly. not totally, so it's not like I haven't gone to the bathroom, but just I'm not able to totally do what I know I have inside me which is quite weird this week!

anyways, it's almost the weekend; and i'm super excited to go on another walking tour Saturday.

skipping weights tonight - will do tomorrow as I'll be getting home late and would prefer to go to bed straight after dinner - will drive to work tomorrow abs do weights after work.


Friday, 7/23/21

lower body strength - AM or PM


Saturday, 7/24/21 

Prob will drive.

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.  Maybe take public trans there; study notes on trans.


Sunday, 7/25/21

oil change - AM? 

 


Friday, July 30th - 

 


Saturday, 7/31


Sunday 8/1 - August Already!

Farm Sunday 1-4pm

 check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4


Thurs - 8/5


Fri 8/6


 Thinking to take the following 4 days off in August:

8/20 Fri, Vaca Day 6 - Home

8/21/21, Saturday - Beach with Christine?

8/22/21, Sunday Home

8/23 Mon - Vaca Day 7, Beach w/ parents?

8/24 Tues - Vaca Day 8, (can be a farm morning or afternoon...)

8/25/21 - Wed - Vaca Day 9 (6 vaca days left and also have 5 sick days unused all to use before April 2022) - start of new course??? Business Law - prep and notes today at home.


8/26/21 - Thurs - Back to work

8/27/21 Fri - 

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
I am shocked by the calories in some desserts. Ate a reasonable sized piece of key lime pie last week. Then another. Next day I saw 500 calories in 1/5 slice. It was NOT a big pie. I was floored. So that was a thousand Cals in the middle of the night. Wish I had at least taken 2 Alli & blocked maybe 150 Cals of all that fat. I rode the bike and treaded until my toes hurt the morning after. The pie wasn’t even all that great,

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
really 500!? per 1/5? was there a lot of whipped cream on it?? usually they look under 400 cals...


Donkey on 07/22/2021:
I agree with Jacky on the disappointing number of calories in desserts. I be like, "How can there be so many damn calories can be in this little piece of cake, y'all?" Right??? Just doesn't seem fair.

Good for you for taking public transit!!! It's good to mix things up a bit, from time to time. I hope that you do not get too tired during the day, at work. Try to get to bed early, in a proper way, rather than taking a Guinea pig nap ;-)

If Christine can't go to the beach, will you still take the day off? I know you wrote more about your friend, last week, and in earlier entries as well. All friendships have a different level of "give and take". It seems as though the friendship with her is a lot of giving on your part. Still, that doesn't mean to scratch her off your friends list (yet, or ever). It just means that you'll have to set your expectations differently (like, way low, LOL). Sounds like she has issues, and it's nice that you reach out to her, even if she says no a lot.

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
public transit DEF breaks it up. and it's DEF a long commute to get in some studying...

i think the sleeping gp and me waking up DEF disturbs my sleep...hence being extra tired some mornings, for sure.

yeah, C, she's stuck in a world of rules and it's harder for her since she's not vaccinated. not sure why she isn't asking me to go to beach. i have told her to ask me....she loves beach but i'm not pushing her as she should push herself to plan or ask me to plan?! lol. it's ok. when it's close to when i'll take off again, i'll ask her what days are good / plan around the weather. ...i doubt i'll go much to the beach with her this year...i think we already went once though i can't even remember!? nah, that must have been last year.!...it's al good i have learned what you are saying, take care of my own stuff...


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
They come with whipped cream around the perimeter. Not even sure it’s real. Read made with sweetened condensed milk. Cold day in hell before I have another piece of key lime pie! Could have had Butterfingers or Reese Cups for all those calories & enjoyed it far more. But the pie was there and they weren’t.

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
seems like too many calories for a key lime pie! i agree, better off with chocolate!


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Jacky mentioning sweetened condensed milk reminds me of a 3 ingredient truffle recipe.....UGH...I never made them...BUT...darn it..i WANTED THEM!!! And I think I saved it in my email in case I ever want to gain weight again....LOL AS IF!!!

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
see if you can find it; possibly can sub in unsweetened choc to save calories; i'd like to see it, maybe add stevia in....maybe i make for work! i want to make a low or no sugar added dessert as i think everyone would like it....and there was one that i made i the past that everyone loved at another workplace...so i may do it again, but not yet, or the other women are going to get annoyed with me. need to be careful not to show off or do anything too much. i'm thinking 1x a month or less.

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
see if you can find it; possibly can sub in unsweetened choc to save calories; i'd like to see it, maybe add stevia in....maybe i make for work! i want to make a low or no sugar added dessert as i think everyone would like it....and there was one that i made i the past that everyone loved at another workplace...so i may do it again, but not yet, or the other women are going to get annoyed with me. need to be careful not to show off or do anything too much. i'm thinking 1x a month or less.


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Easy and Quick Chocolate Truffles ( 2 Ingredients Only ) Prep Time10 mins In the refrigerator1 hr Course: Desserts Servings: 8 Ingredients

100 ml condensed milk ( 3.38 fl oz ) 50 g 100% cocoa powder ( 1.7 oz ) 30 g 100% cocoa powder ( for coating ) ( 1 oz )

Instructions

Pour the condensed milk into a large bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Then pour the cocoa powder over the condensed milk using a sieve. Then stir with a spatula until the cocoa and milk are well combined. Finish mixing the paste by hand. Make a flat disc from the dough, wrap in cling film and let it chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Remove the dough from the fridge, and place it on a cutting board. Then cut the dough into several squares. In a plate, pour into a sieve 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Take a square of chocolate paste in your hand and knead it until a uniform ball. Do the same for each square. Place all the balls on the cocoa powder and roll them up so that each ball is well coated with cocoa. You can eat them right away or put them in a air tight container and keep them in a cool place for several days.

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horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
Thank you!!!!! Will review. this looks great! :)


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
These are only 2 ingredients I see...I thought they had butter in them but I guess not...even easier.....I will put the pic on my diary...it won't let me put it here.

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
I will def take a look, THANK YOU!!!!!!!


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
The original recipe that I saw was one where you did make the flat disk and refrigerate...and then you just cut them in squares and toss in the extra cocoa powder to coat all sides.....I think I would go in that direction so as not to handle it as much....pic is up on my diary.

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
yes, i guess the squares are handled less but the balls are cute!


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I should say here that this is using SWEETENED condensed milk...NOT evaporated milk.....there is a HUGE difference.

horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2021:
yeah, i'd prob just use it too if i make them. ;) thank you. bc evap would need a thickener, etc. we'll see.


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bearcountrygg - Thursday Jul 22, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

It's a chilly mid summer day.......and washed bathroom rugs that actually fell apart in the washer!!!  What a mess...but tossed them...and was able to vaccuum out the mess......need to order new ones now today! 

Watched some Pahla B on you tube.........she really does have sound advise.......and found myself eating the absolute wrong things while watching!!!  Mindless eating is still with me some days...and the ironic part is I never feel good after eating that stuff..........YET...there I am..once again visiting the wrong aisles in the store.....and picking some little treats...UGH!!!!!  D has cut back a lot on those...has very good self control about 90% of the time when it's a bout food...me....I usually tell myself I will do better tomorrow...i KNOW that tomorrow never comes......and once I start,I put it off until the next tomorrow...................a couple of days of stomachaches....will usually do the trick!!!  It truly is such a rediculous thing to do...yet....here I am.  I deserve a good old/bad old stomachache!

Obviously not counting today.........

I know this is so wrong.....I should never have brought this up in a diet group......This is the pic that I gave HOP the recipe for.

 

Here is a can of sweetened condensed milk that has been boiled and turned into caramel........a friend does this......instructions online.....and this is a diet site.....I need a spanking....

Now I'm curious about how many calories are in this stuff...i have never really liked it and haven't bought it in years......now I'm tempted.

 

 

 

 

Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Looks good! What are they?

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
They are 2 ingredient chocolate truffles.....Recipe in the comments on HOPS diary......Not a good idea to put this here really on a diet group though....my fault.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Although with only 2 ingredients they would be simple to count calories for.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Oh, I love good truffles! You’re a very bad Bear! Gonna have to make me some!

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Yup...bad bear.....one caveat though...it doesn't make many...LOL


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Nice recipe. I love sweetened condensed milk. Used to drink a can now & then back in my skinny days (20’s to early 30’s). Not the whole can at once, It’s very filling.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I have a friend who literally puts the entire unopened can in a pan of water and boils it...and when you open it it is caramel...never tried that...I never figured out what keeps it from exploding...LOL


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
LOL..i've heard of rugs falling apart. my rugs have lasted a long time, they have rubber on the bottom. Got them at Costco only like 3 years ago. they're holding up quite well.

i'll have to read your recipe closely, prob when i'm home :)

lastly, i think treats are good. no treats = no happiness. those are fun food isles. ;)

thanks again for the recipe, Bear!

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
You are welcome....that is what fell apart...the BACKING ALL CAME OFF IN THE WASHER...HAD TO VACUUM THE WASHER OUT...lol


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
my other ones got ruined in an accident; but not the same accident as yours! :)

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
My rugs were getting old...and that rubber backing eventually deteriorates.


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
my other ones got ruined in an accident; but not the same accident as yours! :)


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Wow! I’d be afraid to put a can of anything in boiling water!

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Me too...I will look that up...it's an old thing....

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Well...it is all over out there...wonder about the can lining???..Apparently you simmer it for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.....will put a pic on my diary....

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Pic up on my diary.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
The rubber bottom on my bath mats delaminate faster than I’d like. The husband takes two long showers a day, me one, but the main thing I use them to protect certain areas of the wall to wall carpets from the dogs, so they have to be washed frequently. The dogs have full run of a big fenced in yard.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Rubber just doesn't really hold up well...it happens to all of our bathroom rugs over time...I knew better than to wash them this time...all the signs were there...and it makes such a mess...but I vacuumed out the washer and that worked well.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Was that can boiled? That’s not how I remember it looking! Just a thick sweet milky almost syrupy consistency

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
yes...That is the brand and the can of the type we have here...called sweetened condensed milk...It is thick and almost needs to be spooned out of the can...i don't care for it. But now I'm tempted to try it again......It is different from evaporated milk in a can.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
I posted a pic for you. Some other site said the milk is ~950 Calories a cup.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
WOW!!!!


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Cooked with it years ago. Love the taste

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I've never cared for it.....I had used it a little way back when...and I can't remember what i made with it...but back then I did a lot of cooking/baking........It's been years since I've bought it......I do still see it in the stores here though.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Lol. Can’t remember what I cooked either. Probably a pie or maybe fudge. Years ago

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I'll bet it was fudge too....I think there may have also been some kind of fruit type of salad....can't remember.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Think I may have added it to coffee years ago too

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I wasn't a coffee drinker back then...but i could see using it for that.


Jacky82020 on 07/23/2021:
It came back to me. I did use it for coffee & fudge. You’d think I’d remember better. It was like in my college days. Been a coffee drinker for ages, but never black. Can’t imagine SC Milk in my coffee now. 130 cal for 2 tablespoons! Bet that’s worse than cream.

bearcountrygg on 07/23/2021:
Luckily I like coffee black...LOL


horn_of_plenty on 07/23/2021:
condensed milk is high cal but it also means you will prob not need to add much sugar into the recipe as the sugar is already in the milk...like in pumpkin pie, when i use the condensed milk, i do not think i add any sugar...i will prob make a pump pie this weekend :) i have all the ingredients ready...maybe i'll even make it tonight really quick to eat tomorrow too!

bearcountrygg on 07/23/2021:
Sweetened condensed milk is sweet enough...and the cocoa isn't so it works out....no extra sugar needed. So your pumpkin pie recipe uses sweetened condensed milk too?


Donkey on 07/23/2021:
Oh my, those truffles....

bearcountrygg on 07/23/2021:
yeah...thankfully it only makes 8...LOL


Jacky82020 on 07/23/2021:
The truffles are to die for! Metaphorically speaking,

bearcountrygg on 07/23/2021:
Yup...like for real!!!


Maria7 on 07/23/2021:
Sometimes, a person's just gotta eat what they are hungry for. Photo of the truffles looks good.

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2021:
They do look good...and way too easy apparently.


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happy-1 - Thursday Jul 22, 2021
(BP1,4ns,14fs,2do,30pln,2.5k@5,10cr,10Kstp,7w,9bed)
Weight: 229.6

Shocker this morning. My 14 day Deep and REM sleep deficit is finally starting to close... And I just feel SO MUCH BETTER.

I seriously hope it's the blackout curtain and running the AC at night, not giving up chocolate. How could I ever give up chocolate? And how much will it suck to donate my protein shakes and keto chocoloate treats to a food bank? So expensive.

My task for today is to go through past logs and crunch them for the timeline of stuff that happened (changes, positive stressors, negative stressors, productivity). I find it kind of depressing to look at past entries... I'm trying so hard and making so little progress... But seeing that change is such a morale boost. Maybe I will pull it off. Goal is be to figure out why/how all of a sudden my habit scores go from 0 to 9, then fall off again, and have a more complete narrative for the endocrinologist next week. This is at the expense of stuff I need to process and summarize for my dad, but the stats get me out and back to work and the stuff for my dad just feeds his endless demands and doesn't change anything.

For Wednesday July 22, 2021:

Cat started experimenting with being a lap cat on her own, a few minutes at a time. She thinks she might like that... This house cat gig isn't so bad she says. I still don't have a cat tree for her. I flipped around my bike desk so that she can sit at the window and peek out, but she isn't interested in that yet. The view outside isn't much... I need to hang some plants and a bird feeder or something.

I was up and on track, moving a little slow and foggy but pulling off my day when I got major cramps a few days early. UGH!!!!! I ended up rescheduling my eye appointment that afternoon and PT in the morning because I just couldn't do anything. I tried to get stats done but just couldn't pull it together. UGH. I ended up pulling out my camp cot and watching Netflix till all hours, unplugged my alarm, and slept in.

  1. BP1, Yes, elevated. Rescheduled PT appt tomorrow so I don't get scolded in public again.
  2. 4ns, Probably not. 
  3. 14fs, Yes. Doing well with this on enough REM sleep.
  4. 2do, No. It was blown up 100%.
  5. 30pln, No. I was a vegetable
  6. 2.5k@5, I think I blew past this with extra snacks, but I did stop eating at 5pm.
  7. 10cr, No. I was sedentary. Felt like poop.
  8. 10Kstp, Nope. Barely moved.
  9. 7w, 4 waters
  10. 9bed, no 1:30 AM

 

Progress as of today: 87.4 lbs lost so far, only 69.6 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 07/22/2021:
Almost forgot... 4 rounds of intermittent dad stress yesterday because he wants thing from me and I need this week to myself to recover from all the extra trips to kaiser, not sleeping well, and I had massive cramps. I dealt with it, but it didn't help.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
I have used blackout curtains in the bedroom for ages. Love them!

Why do you have to donate that pricey stuff? Won’t it keep for a while in case you change your mind?

happy-1 on 07/22/2021:
Because if it is in the house, it will end up in me. I will get sick, tired, or stressed and eat it... It has to be gone for the same reason I have a separate mini-kitchen in my bedroom to keep me out of my dad's food. My sanctuary cannot have anything bad for me in it.

I'll stay off it 30 days... Then try re-introducing it, see if it is actually what messes me up.


bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Blackout curtains are life changing!!!

happy-1 on 07/22/2021:
Yeah... I bought them last year and ended up taking them down... Waking up in darkness bums me out. I prefer a sleep mask that I shift off while sleeping and a shade tarp outside to keep heat off the wall and window... cie la vie.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Gotcha. I’ve thrown away candy and cookies etc.

Thanks for mentioning (I think it was you) how how easy ginger is to grow, It is from what I’m reading, but I’d have to grow it indoors in pots here. Unfortunately I froze what I bought from Amazon & am fairly certain that I killed the little bud thingies. The ginger is all soggy now. I’m leaving it on the counter to see if it grows, but highly doubt it. There’s a little upscale supermarket nearby that probably has ginger root. So I’ll get there soon.Try to avoid that store because it’s always crowded, but don’t need a full pound from Amazon.

happy-1 on 07/23/2021:
Yeah it’s actually invasive, so keep it in pots. Turmeric and garlic will also grow prolifically.


Jacky82020 on 07/23/2021:
Wonder if they’d grow here where it snows & freezes. The ginger won’t, hence the pots. They have a lovely tropical red flower when they thrive

Thanks again for the suggestion! Gonna buy & plant some today.


Donkey on 07/23/2021:
I'm enjoying reading about your sleep journey/goals. I've learned so much.

That's very interesting to read about your habit scores oscillating like that. I think it would be very difficult to stay on course or establish any habits when the demands of caregiving keep throwing you curveballs. IDK, kind of reminds me of PTSD symptoms in that you're moving along and then something happens and there's a sudden stop, like a paralysis (physical, mental, both?). IDK... (((hugs)))


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Donkey - Thursday Jul 22, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

Day 4 of 5:  Light at the End of the Tunnel


I had made comments about Husband's appointment with the dietician and GI doctor last night (on yesterday's entry), saying how positive it was.  After I logged off for the evening, my Husband came up to the main level to get himself a snack of tortilla chips and salsa.  Then he went back downstairs and was crunching so LOUDLY that it drove me upstais very quickly.  This whole thing with a nighttime snack just drives me nuts.  Oh well... He's going to do it whether or not I'm aware of it. He tries to get his snack when he thinks I've already gone upstairs to bed.

And thinking about it more, I'm not so sure it WAS a positive appointment - or appointmentS - yesterday.  I mean, the dietician sounds like such a cool person - the person whose lifestyle I'd like to live.  Very much into yoga, meditation, the whole mind-gut connection.  He told Husband that he recently lost a significant amount of weight making these changes to his life.  Very inspiring to hear, I'm sure, for his patients.

But the dietician isn't a doctor, and Husband has way more issues than just fatty liver disease.  So he gave Husband the "fatty liver disease" diet -  not a menu plan, but just what to eat, what to limit, and what to avoid. I didn't see any literature.  I thought there was some, left on the kitchen island, but when I woke up this morning, it was gone, and it's not in the recycling bag, so I'm not sure what he did with it.  Maybe it was nothing.  Anyway, the dietician was realistic (which I appreciate) and told Husband that this is the plan, but to follow what his doctors tell him to do, and if it's different than the plan, that's fine.

The appointment with the GI doctor was not as inspiring.  She was a very overweight woman, who wants to get to the bottom of Husband's gut and bathroom problems (IBS, IBD, whatever).  He is to avoid dairy for 2 weeks and then have a follow-up appointment with her in 2 weeks.  He's already cut back on gluten, he's going to try to cut down on red meat, and he's definitely cutting out all dairy for 2 weeks.


Yesterday, I did well with calories.  In fact, I felt they were a little too low, so I had some frozen banana slices after my evening bike ride.  I didn't want to wake up hungry.  Turns out, I woke up 2-3 times.  The 1st time it was just waking up but it was 2:15am.  The 2nd time I had to go to the bathroom.  Third time it was still early (before 5am) but decided to get up since it was late enough.

Yesterday was just cardio.  Didn't go to the gym during the week, again.  I thought about it, yes ma'am and sir I sure did... Didn't happen.

Work yesterday was not too bad, with Queen Bee, actually.  Of course, she talked the WHOLE time she was there -- honest to God -- either to co-workers, the Boss, the phones (which I ended up answering, most of the time!), or her own personal cell phone (!) - friends calling her all the time.  It was such a relief to me when she left at 2pm.  And I had contracts that she could open, but I just wanted her GONE.  I was on pins and needles the whole time she was there --- and so relieved, like air out of a balloon, when she left.

She's coming in this morning to help, and then that's it.  New Girl comes in this afternoon and all day Friday.


I REALLY want to reach my goal this weekend weigh-in.  

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
Oh boy...I hoped that hubby would have been given a list of acceptable foods..... I get that he is sneaking foods when he thinks you don't know....D and I have both done that....and it is proof that we are not innocent...and that we know better.....cases of we know what to do but darn it...we are just going to have a big old food fit and let out our anger about having to be restricting certain things. I notice that D has gotten a lot more careful about his carbs.....he doesn't want his sugar to go any higher....so he has finally internalized what he needs to do. My guess is your hubby will at some point most likely do the same....but he doesn't want it bad enough yet. Your work place sounds like misery....like you...I hear everything.....i wonder if it's a Mom thing! I wonder if we can ever get past it.......you know...how we slept with an ear to a potential child out of bed? How we were well aware of it being too quiet ( usually meant trouble).....or more than 1 kid giggling together....( usually meant they were into something they weren't allowed to be into. It's a hard thing to stop doing...I still tell D his phone is ringing, His battery charger light is on Green, might as well be telling him not to forget his lunch or homework........That is why i believe that women are usually the ones in the front office.....they see and do all......and it is a hard thing to turn off.


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
I wrote you back yesterday, will come back here later to read today!

Donkey on 07/23/2021:
Thanks! :-)


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
well, one evening snack and the rest of the day sorta on track will not hurt hubby...unless he snacks relentlessly all day. i'd say the tortilla snack, assuming it's not five bowls of it...is OK...

well, that is sorta counterproductive that the dr is overweight. i do find it frustrating to patients, yes, because they aren't taking better care of themselves; and they as doctors should be able to (my view).

LOL, QB is such a...QUEEN BEE!

Donkey on 07/23/2021:
Logically, I agree with you about the evening snacking. I just don't see it as a healthy habit. This time it was a cereal bowl of chips, but in the past, it was a cereal bowl full of ice cream. The habit is there. And it drives me nuts, because I love nighttime snacking --- Oh to watch tv and snack at night...

It was so painful with Queen Bee yesterday (Thursday). I'll write about it more today (Friday), but at least she's gone until the next time we need her.

Donkey on 07/23/2021:
"need" her... LOL!


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horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Jul 21, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

19.50 July Sunshine Hours. (based on my scheduled plans, July will have better exercise / hours in the sun compared to all the months preceding it...and that's how summer should be ;) ) 

Lookahead Dates: Last TOM - 6/30...

Current Accounting 1 Progress: trying to finish course by Aug 9th, or i'll be billed yet another month.

Exam 3 - trying for this weekend, ending July 18.


Wednesday, 7/21/21

having a very tired day. not enough sleep this week so far. up late all nights. not very late, but late enough. also sleep not straight thru as i've fallen asleep two nights in a row on the couch with guineas lol and then walking to my bed.

I think one of my guinea pigs is learning to "kiss me"...on my face! it's extremely adorable (in my mind, it's cute). he used to bite slightly, but it's softer now and with a lick sometimes of his tongue. like a small dog. will be making sure he continues to do this bc it's too cute.

breakfast: banana 120, coffee 30, pb on waffle 200.

snacks: cashews 150, choc 100 .; later couple sucking candles. very tired and also hungry feeling this AM.

lunch: healthy leftovers: really nice tasty pork chop? not sure what meat. also tasted a bite of someone's steak . 350, veggies 50, rice 150. 550. later or after a clementine 50.

snacks: lg cookie 100

dinner: maybe leftovers, maybe also takeout/leftovers...tbd: strawberries 100, eng muffin toasted with 2 slices cheddar and spices 150, jackfruit 100, kombucha 50....400...

1750...


walked for 15min AM, recorded. was rushed bc i left a hair late in the AM.

dr. phone call after work, 7pm...

legs tonight, maybe some cardio on stationary bike during/before/after phone call at 7pm.

 IF i can get myself to bed early after phone call at 7pm, I may set my alarms to take the train tomorrow and study the 2 chapters of notes i've taken so far. (but having a very tired week, so,it may just be worth it to wake up at the later time, will think about it.)

(should have brought my accounting notes to study today bc it's been a slow day and that's a way for me to keep VERY quiet.)


Thursday 7/22/21


Friday, 7/23/21


Saturday, 7/24/21 

Marble Hill Walking Tour, $30, 11am-1pm. i should be able to get there on time if i leave at 9:00am, no problems at all; and read a book on my phone in my car if i'm early.  Maybe take public trans there; study notes on trans.


Sunday, 7/25/21

oil change - AM? 

 


Friday, July 30th - 

 


Saturday, 7/31


Sunday 8/1 - August Already!

Farm Sunday 1-4pm

 check my progress in accounting course, am I almost done?...


Monday, 8/2 


Tuesday, 8/3 


Wed - 8/4


Thurs - 8/5


Fri 8/6


 Thinking to take the following 4 days off in August:

8/20 Fri, Vaca Day 6 - Home

8/21/21, Saturday - Beach with Christine?

8/22/21, Sunday Home

8/23 Mon - Vaca Day 7, Beach w/ parents?

8/24 Tues - Vaca Day 8, (can be a farm morning or afternoon...)

8/25/21 - Wed - Vaca Day 9 (6 vaca days left and also have 5 sick days unused all to use before April 2022) - start of new course??? Business Law - prep and notes today at home.


8/26/21 - Thurs - Back to work

8/27/21 Fri - 

Progress as of today: 5 lbs lost and already at goal!

Donkey on 07/21/2021:
Nice to get in a walk before work! Are you finding your phone appointments with your doctor to be helpful? Or is it more of a check-in for your prescription only? I'll admit, I'm kind of envious of Male Co-Worker going to see a therapist to help him with his mind-gut connection problem (stress, anxiety).

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2021:
only for rx tonight with dr. it's only every 3 months. This dr never met me bc i had to change during pandemic and the other moved onto a diff workplace / making a new practice and it wasn't up and running where i could just switch over to her. it's just for renewal, although i can bring up any questions/statements. I will just update him on how i feel; prob get a renewed rx as usual. prob have already had 4 appts with him over phone by now since switching over to him.

monthly i do also get a call from a nurse for around 30min or however long i need to talk. that one is for like monthly therapy/support thru my insurance.

you should see about phone support or internet support therapists that you don't actually have to drive to and take your insurance. you could prob cut it down to once per month even.


KathyBlue on 07/21/2021:
Are you able to study on public transport? Uhh I was never able to focus because of the surroundings and noise and had to focus on the route itself to not to miss my stop.. hehe.. this all makes so much sense now, fast forward many years, I got diagnosed with ADHD so it is kind of expected that I felt too overwhelmed to study on buses.

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2021:
yes, i am more distracted at home sometimes. but i also pay attention to the stops and have to transfer a couple times. but it's such a long commute, 1.5 hours at least, that it's worth bringing my materials even if just to browse over...which is what i do..i read my notes.

i'd rather re-read notes on the train/bus than at home!


Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
That is so sweet about your affectionate guinea pig. Sweet.

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2021:
loving this one...he used to be a bit on the harsh side when i'd bring his face to mine, now he's being cool about it! so cute.

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2021:
loving this one...he used to be a bit on the harsh side when i'd bring his face to mine, now he's being cool about it! so cute.


bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
I agree with maria....the piggy sounds like he is quite content and happy.

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2021:
i got lucky! and the baby is starting to come around and relax more when i hold it.


Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
It is good to have an affectionate pet. My cat, Snowball was affectionate until I had to treat him for ear mites the other day and now he won't let me near him. Smile. At least he is now healed and no longer scratching his left ear, which looks good now.

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2021:
haha, hopefully your cat will turn back around. it's a little bit, i kiss him on the lips! haha...but not with a tongue or anything that would be insane!

but it's really cute the kissing. he also kisses my nose.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
How adorable! A piggie kiss!

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2021:
oh yes!!!!!! i'm lovin' it! :) right now, 1 out of 3 pigs does it. it may stay like that! :)


Donkey on 07/21/2021:
That was so cute to read about your Guinea pig - and nice! It's nice when our animals tell us they love us.

Good luck with waking up early tomorrow... Hmm... you could also just wake up to drive in, and take your notes with you to study. That would be a win-win (sleep & study).

Perhaps on days that you drive in, always have your study stuff just in case the opportunity presents itself. ??? Just an idea?

horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
I SHOULD see if I could check my notes sometime after lunch today ;) studying on the train is so easy; the bus is like 15-20 min, each train piece is like half an hour and there's 2. def great browsing of my notes all AM. :) the benefit is huge. PLUS, my metrocard i've been using has had money leftover that I put on months ago; when i was commuting everyday back in the other office (before i moved here). so it's like I'm commuting "free" each time i come in this way - because i haven't had to refill the card...but i need to soon - will only put low amounts on it now since i do not commute much anymore ;) While commuting daily, i'd fill the card to like $90 since a daily commute both ways is $5.50. Now, i'll prob just keep the card around $30.00-$40.00 tops.


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Maria7 - Wednesday Jul 21, 2021
(Prayer, counting calories,and intermittent fasting)
Weight: 156.0

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 

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Hello to you.  

I'm still enjoying reading your posts, altho not posting much yet.

Hubby and I are 'under the weather'.  Summer colds, we think.  We haven't gone to the doctor and are taking care of each other here at home, with our good Lord's help.

I just wanted to say hello to each of you and wish you a happy day and tell you that I love you.

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Hope you are having a blessed day in the Lord.

 

Love, Maria

 

   

Progress as of today: 49 lbs lost so far, only 6 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
Summer colds are rough.....Hope it isn't too hot there for you. I'm happy that you came by...I've been thinking of you and missing your posts.

Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
Thank you. I miss your posts when you be taking a little break from posting, too! Smile! Take care and have a good day.


Donkey on 07/21/2021:
Ugh I do not miss those summer colds. I've been doing OK on the allergies this year, so far. Those colds are more inconvenience than anything.

Maria7 on 07/23/2021:
Glad you are doing okay with allergies this year. Looks like they sure got us good this time. Smile!


Donkey on 07/21/2021:
I miss you, and I hope you and Hubby feel better soon!

Maria7 on 07/23/2021:
I miss you, too. Thanks. We are slowly getting better. Smile!


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
Hello Maria!!! We love you and your posts (when you want to!) too!

So sorry you and hubby are feeling a little down lately. maybe due to being stressed out a little. i'm sure you'll be on the mend soon!

Maria7 on 07/23/2021:
Thanks. I love you, too and wish you a happy day.


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Jul 21, 2021
(calorie deficit)
Weight: 0.0

Got a good solid 7 hours of sleep last night...even after taking 3 naps yesterday...I do that every once in awhile...and yesterday was that day.........so I at least feel wide awake today. 

Beautiful day out...slightly cool...really funny for mid july.....But I like it.

Counting cals and points again...just to keep accountable......since finding some more pants in the closet that fit a few days ago.......I guess i've lost a little more.......but no weigh ins....I feel great...and working on staying busy...on my feet and off my butt......I guess that is paying off.

Waher and dryer are amazing...this is the actual first time in my life that a washer and dryer are on the same exact timing.....so efficient...in the past....going back 56 years...the dryer could never keep up with the washer......this is so nice....plus...I obviously knew that over the last year my washer and dryer were limping along working so poorly....that this is even more special. 

Sampson has begun to love his new expensive litter robot.....Thankfully....

Things are coming together.....keeping up with the cleaning and organizing has benefits.....less mind clutter for me and I LOVE it.  Less online time has made me so much more efficient.........I get online now only occassionally.......and I'm not having any withdrawl...thought I would....but the happy side of a clean and organized day is making up for it I guess.  I had been letting things slide.....and with all of the heavy lifting and shoving things around and climbing stairs......i haven't actually exercised but I feel it in the muscles that I haven't used for awhile...feels good to get accustomed to it again.

Looks like everyone here is doing well......glad to see that!

 

 

Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
Happy that you are enjoying your new washer and dryer set. We recently got a new refrigerator as our 24 years old one said good bye. Dryer will be next. Have a good day.

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
I'm happy to hear that you were able to find one available...there are major issues with getting appliances right now...I'm suspecting that our fridge is betting ready to quit too....making funny noises....and was not a fancy one to begin with..I'm sure it is getting close to quitting too.....


Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
Our very old dryer has gotten louder and louder but it is still drying clothes. You can hear it all over the house, real loud as it turns. I do not leave the house with it going. Prices of appliances are ridiculous! Yes, we were very blessed that we found the refrigerator we wanted in stock at a store in a nearby town. So we went and got it and with our good Lord's help, Hubby got it into the house after he got it off the truck and we are surely enjoying it. It is a little larger (18 cubic foot) than our other one (was 16.5) we were using.

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
You were very lucky to find one that will work for you. Ordering and delivery right now is very difficult...we had 2 delivery dates before the final third one when it actually arrived...( but without the parts needed to hook them up)...they eventually found some parts in their truck that worked....thankfully. I don't know how you guys got it in the house yourself....I'm impressed.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
Nice the cat likes the robo box. I couldn’t even get mine used to a covered box.

So glad the W&D worked out well!

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
It took him a few days...but he finally decided it was okay! The washer and dryer are great...i didn't realize how truly bad our old ones were...i had put up with them for a bout a year.....after they quit working right. Makes me appreciate these even more.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
Awesome! My 3 cats are pretty good at kicking small poops out of the box. I’m pretty good at picking them up with paper towels. lol

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
LOL....Been there with past cats...this one has been good about keeping it all in the box....but he was tracking a,lot of litter all over....now this new litter robot seems to have cured that...no tracking right now.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
Good kitty! I caught one on the cat cam spreading litter around with his paw. Made sure I swept the area well today.

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
This one is doing that with his dry food....sometimes scratches in it with a paw....making a mess...and today he started pushing a rug around...3 different times...LOL....He doesn't want toys...refuses to play with thise....but he loves to lick plastic...LOL...I looked that up...it's a thing...never had any other cat do that...buthe can get quite obsessed with anything plastic....( but not toys...LOL)


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
My cats have almost never liked toys, Only things that interests them are the scratch pads

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
He loves his scratching post too.....I think because he was 9 when we got him , he was past that playful stage.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
My cats have almost never liked toys, Only things that interests them are the scratch pads


Donkey on 07/21/2021:
I figured you have been doing laundry 24/7 which is why you haven't been posting. Ha ha, just kidding, but I bet that it did take you a while to catch up on the laundry. I'm so happy that you have an efficient W/D system now. That's such a blessing.

STAY ACTIVE - it doesn't have to be a "workout". In fact, I'm wondering if your activity also exercises your brain a bit -- having to make decisions and designations (keep/toss/recycle along with where-does-this-go). (Actually, I know you don't have recycling as an option, but I thought I'd mention it, as an option to your readers who might have that opportunity.)

It's the activity that keeps a body and mind healthy.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I agree.....when i just go downstairs and exercise....i think about the work I'm not getting done...LOL....When I do the work i feel better...less on my mind. I agree.....I just need to stay active...I guess it's important at all ages. I have been keeping the washer and dryer hot...probably time to let that cool off...LOL


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
I love the recumbent bike because I can easily sit on my butt and use the iPad. For hours literally, at least 5 a day. I’ve always been an avid reader & am into some social media. Does this count as social media?

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
I think it does in a way...but in a different way...I figure anything that I put hours a day into is probably social media for me. I do limit my exercise bike because i don't want to wear my hips or knees out any quicker than I already have....it's good for muscles...but for me...kind of hard on the joints themselves.


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Mostly I read newspapers & nonfiction books. Never was into daytime TV.

I’ve wondered about added wear & tear to joints & everything I’ve found says the exercise is good, it strengthens ligaments, tendons & muscles and takes pressure off the joints. I was DX’d young with OA.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2021:
D had a knee replacement 3 years ago...from wear and tear....construction is really hard on the joints.....I decided then that I really never wanted that surgery....and would opt for a brace instead...it took him a full year to really get totally comfortable with that knee....and even now will kneel only on a cushion or something under it if he has to......He was muscular while working and all was well then...but when he retired and didn't use his legs in the same exact way then...he lost that muscle and the knee got bad. I agree...the muscles and tendons kept things good as long as he didn't stop building on them though.....but it would have to be something to go on and do forever.


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Donkey - Wednesday Jul 21, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.0

Day 3 of 5:  Going to Get Through This 


MORNING EDIT:  I forgot to mention that I signed up for the continuing education webinar for mortgage originator, so I'll be at home August 10th to attend the webinar.  I'll be using my tablet (fingers crossed!) so that I can move around during the day and not be chained to my desk.  YAY!!!


Did well with calories/macros, steps, and weights.  I had a good weight training session last night, even though the morning was anemic.  I used dumbbells, and did 2 exercises for back, and one for chest.  That balances out the triceps/biceps I did in the morning.

I had only 1 chocolate after dinner, and that was fine.  I seem to have adapted to eating less calories -- not sure if this is a good thing or not.  I'm not feeling desperately hungry any more.  I'm not sure if that means I'm used to it, or I'm not tracking correctly - I weigh just about everything.  Hmm... it might be when I have a better balance of macros (carbs, fats, protein) that keeps the hunger away.  The only time I feel a little wanting is in the morning at work.  I'm sticking to the spicy chicken broth, and for maintenance, I will probably switch to frozen fruit or a protein shake (?) instead...

I listened to my morning vespers alarm, but disregarded the afternoon one.  There was some drama brewing, and I just wanted to get what *I* had to get done, finished up so that I could leave work on time.


I seem to be getting through this difficult week.  Being short-staffed is difficult but not impossible. Queen Bee did NOT come in yesterday - no big surprise there, but unfortunately, New Girl did not come in either.  So I was pretty much on my own, now that Nice Lady is not really working for us any more -- EXCEPT that I see her doing little things for our firm that she really shouldn't be doing, and that's annoying.  Well, like I said to Male Co-Worker, if she wants to do things without getting paid, that's on her and fine by me.  (It SHOULD be fine by me, but I find it annoying -- I need to let this go, and I will.)

So New Guy had 3 contracts to open and instead of giving them to me, he asked Male Co-Worker to open them.  I'm not sure why he did that.  This was at 3pm and New Guy wanted them opened TODAY.  After he asked me, I told Male Co-Worker that he's breaking protocol by opening up contracts, but there was no way that I could open all 3 of them TODAY - with notice at 3pm.  So he said, OK, then I'll open them.  Do you know how to open contracts?  No, but I'll figure it out.  OK, well this is how mistakes happen.  Good luck putting the deadlines on the calendar.  And I didn't get any of the information for our stats list, so New Guy won't get credit for these contracts, but oh well... letting it go....  And somehow, he seemed to open up all 3 contracts -- at least I didn't see any evidence that would suggest otherwise, on his desk after he left at 5pm.  Good for him!  (And maybe I'm doing something wrong by taking so long to open contracts... Hmm...)

I left at 5:30p but only because the Boss gave me 2 letters to send out at 4:45p, and then there were a couple of emails to process for the attorneys, and I had to set up a Zoom meeting on the laptop, because the Boss is hopeless at setting up anything like that.  (Nice Lady took the liberty of writing down the meeting ID and passcode on a sticky and leaving it on the laptop for the attorney.  I'm sure that was "very nice" of her to do that, but that's not really her place.  Besides, my Boss needs a LOT more help to set up the Zoom than just that.  I don't even think he knows how to log in...)


Anyway, focusing on TODAY, so Queen Bee is coming in today - so she says - so we'll see how it goes.  I finished up all of the contracts I had to open up, so I don't need her help there.  It will be nice for her to answer the phone and check Mistakes Girl's emails.  


 

Husband has his appointment with the dietician and GI doctor this morning.  I am interested to hear what he learns.  

Progress as of today: 50.5 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
Hope all goes well with your work day today. Hope all is well with your Hubby. Take care.

Donkey on 07/21/2021:
Actually, it wasn't too bad at work, and my Husband had a great appointment with the dietician and an interesting appointment with the GI doctor.


happy-1 on 07/21/2021:
Saw this article and thought of you… sleep deprivation causes overeating, overeating causes sleep deprivation… https://www.sleepfoundation.org/physical-health/sleep-and-overeating

Donkey on 07/21/2021:
Thank you for sending me this article! Some of it I did not realize or make the connection until I read it. A few things I did know - like how overeating some foods can rev up your body heat, making sleep more difficult (yep, been there many a time, done that many a time - it's not good).

The correlation between overeating and the effect on our brain function, thought processes -- this was really enlightening.

THANK YOU!!


bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
Cutting back on the number of chocolates sound s like a win!! And a day at home for the webinar sounds like a very good idea. Hope hubbys appt goes well today and that they give him some very specific rules to follow and that he tolerates that well.

Donkey on 07/21/2021:
I appreciate the chocolate that I get, because it's less - AND the box of chocolates will last me longer. I don't regret those 2 days of having 2 chocolates, but I've learned to be very satisfied with just the one. It's a higher quality chocolate, which makes it easier.

I'll write more about the dietician, but I really wish I had been there. He sounds like he is so cool, with the whole mind-gut connection. The GI doctor had more rules, too.


Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
Oh, meant to ask how the visit with the dietitian went.

I can’t keep Kisses in the house! Not that much self control. Too many good flavors!

Donkey on 07/21/2021:
I'll write more about the dietician tomorrow, but it was very helpful for my husband that it was an in-shape middle-aged (50) man, rather than an overweight woman. I think it helped him relate more.

I'm not so sure about the Hershey's... You give me such inspiration to endure the restriction of calories, since you do it yourself with success. You take in a lot less than I do, and seem to manage it. When I find myself having a weak moment, I think, "Now what would Jacky do..."


Jacky82020 on 07/22/2021:
Awe…. You’re much too kind, my friend.

Donkey on 07/23/2021:
:-)


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
congrats on taking the step to sign up for the mortgage continuing ed next month. very nice. that's great you can do it on your tablet and can even go on bike during it...which you may want to do!

i have also adapted to slightly less calories. it is normal, i think.

when you see elderly people, some are rather thin and do not each too much and live long...they just eat for life; not to indulge. they are past the indulgent days.

i think the broth idea is quite good especially if you can make it low sodium. you can add herbs too. I would do this, seems a good satisfying trick.


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
will respond later to your second half the entry. but i will say that when people are away, the office will be quieter with less distractions...which is a very good thing.

around here, when people are out, most others at work try to leave at very reasonable times. (they try not to work too much (OT) when others are away...)


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
yeah, try to ignore Old Lady. there's nothing you can learn from her. she'll retire soon enough.


horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2021:
let us know how hubby's appt went and how the day went with Queen Bee.


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