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horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Nov 30, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

0.00 December Sunshine Hours...I actually totaled sunshine hours for every single month and I will do a recap end of this year for personal review here of how I can improve in 2022! :-D

30.00 Total November Sunshine Hours ...i have successfully gotten  "an hour per day" average of cardio this month! (all thanks to my working election day!)...it feels good to see a high total this month and it's motivation to stay active. especially on weekends!

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of THE YEAR..

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. Page 249 of 683 e-book pages.


 11/30 Tuesday:

Breakfast banana and coffee 150, pump pie 300, (someone brought in the pie from thanksgiving leftovers and i plan to eat it up all week long!...)

snacks: 2 special darks hersheys 100, hot decaf 50.

Lunch: healthy from home: tofu 100,i need to open package and slice up - 4 servings perfect to use as my protein throughout this week today thru friday, butternut squash sautee I made 200, tortilla chips 250. 550 

dinner: chopped cucumber/tomato, seasoning, olive oil, 100. leftover split pea w/ potato, ham soup from weekend still very tasty  250?, pretzel sourdough nuggets: 300,.....650.....and dried jackfruit (wanting to chew...eat slowly). 100, and....2 brownie filled choc chip cookies (i knew i had some leeway in calories for them!)...indulgence before a workout :)

2050....

Light 3rd candle, end of workday...lol, forgot again!

Weights tonight - upper - maybe lower too (if i choose to skip lower, i'll do it tomorrow which is a big possibility as it's a long week and i'm not pushing myself extra this week.)...i could try to get to 30 hours sunshine this month, but more important is to get home and do weights! :) will be driving home ASAP today after work!...

update -  I did a short walk to get to 30 hours :)

It would be nice to read some of the book above tonight too. i want to get thru weights quickly. 


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

get in some walking before work?

Light 4th candle, end of workday

If weather ok, do some walking after work or if not in mood, come home and use stationary


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday

upper body tonight :)


12/3 Friday -  6th candle tonight 


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight


12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

12/7 Tues

12/8 Wed

12/9 Thurs

12/10 Fri 

12/11 Sat

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

Donkey on 11/30/2021:
At work, my Boss has a big glass canister that contains little Hershey's chocolates, and one of them is the Special Dark. I have fallen into a nasty habit of getting one of those Special Darks after lunch. I know 50 calories isn't going to break any diet, but it's the habit that I dislike. Believe me, this is on the list for potential December (weekly) goals.

But I'm so glad you posted this because I've been trying to find the calorie count for these. I presume you're talking about the little tiny bars that are about an inch long.

horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
why it's such a small candy...and free..why not take it!? i think you should continue your special habit hahaha...they are a little under 50. i think it's 4 for 190. :)


Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
Wishing you a happy day!

horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
oh, thank you, same to you!!


bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
I got curious about the cals in the dark hersheys kisses and D always has a bag of them in his nightstand drawer,,,,( I don't care for Hersheys chocolate).....and I checked...they are 7 for 150 cals ( purple wrappers)

horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
yes, those are smaller that the ones i have listed...and i love how low cals they are, just about 20 cal each, such a steal! (deal!)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
https://www.riteaid.com/shop/hershey-s-organic-dark-chocolate-4-2-oz?gclid=Cj0KCQiAtJeNBhCVARIsANJUJ2F8-w7A-IJDxsCGCOXaL6D_-h9zkMVCXQnvFnNixW5qeVVBisggQ_MaAjjTEALw_wcB

the ones i'm talking about are at the link...found them on sale :)


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Maria7 - Tuesday Nov 30, 2021

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16&17

 

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Good morning to you.  Having a cup of coffee.  Have one with me?

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155 this morning.

So much for rowing harder to 152 as was said in my last post...more like rowing harder to 155....

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I've been quite lenient with snacks during Thanksgiving holiday!

 

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Remember, every day with our Lord Jesus is a good day!

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Love, Maria

 

 

 

 

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

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
It's hard to avoid them this time of year.....and no need to worry about them.....january will be here quicker than we think.....and that has a whole different vibe!!!

Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
You are right. I hope I don't gain even more. I'm already up 9 pounds since was down to 144 in August (due to Covid sickness at that time).


innerpeace on 11/30/2021:
Hi Maria, have a great day! Enjoying the holidays is what's its all about - don't be so hard on yourself.

Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
You are so sweet!!! You are right, too. It 'is' that time of year! Smiles!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
i had one regular and one decaf. seems i'm really enjoying both types this end of the year. warms me up at work.


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happy-1 - Tuesday Nov 30, 2021
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.0

Tuesday Nov 30, 2021, 6:30am/

Momma cat is back on the job. Last night she made sure I went to sleep on time by insisting I put down my phone and not use it at bedtime. It was hilarious... everytime I picked it up (was researching CFS and REM) she marched over and demanded petting. Who can resist a solid, sturdy, fluffy, purring kitty kat? This morning I was oversleeping and she did the full wakeup drill... clawing at my head, marching up and down my body. Purring for rubs... Good kitty. Keep me on schedule.

Insomnia last night was because I forgot to take the gaba, melatonin, and glycine.

Sugar was almost well-managed yesterday. My hot keto breakfast caused a 22 point spike. Probably the protein powder. The second spike was triggered by dad stress. He didn't like his breakfast in bed that I tried to be extra nice with... absolutely beat your dog for bringing you your slippers. Then I had a snack and lunch to spike it more, a walk to bring it down, and a low carb dinner. The astonishing thing is that I ate the same meals and had the same walk on Friday before I started taking the amino acid balancers and the spikes were 50-100 points higher and I needed to take 2 glipizide to get them down. Just astonishing. With these lower spikes, all I need to do is work on timing and I can get my baseline down and sugar 90% in range or better.

I took it easy again yesterday and was rewarded with enough REM to be functional.

Onwards and upwards. Today I have fasting labs... at 9:30am. This will probably screw me up pretty bad.

Priorities are the labs and a stop at trader joes and ralphs. Then home to do more writing.

Tomorrow I run

 

Progress as of today: 74 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
Wow, you have a very SPECIAL cat! Have a good day.


bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
Your cat was made to belong to you....she is thanking you for giving her a home!!!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
i love a pet that insists on being cuddled!!! :)


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Nov 30, 2021

Weight: 126.0

 

It is funny how things  work sometimes..............I have been fighting a very minor cold since friday ( probably got it at the grocery store last week)......I feel fine....just a runny nose, sneezing and headache and congested lungs......so I have been taking it easy....but really feeling just fine.........it gave me time to read and I want to get MOTIVATED to do some heavy decluttering....so this morning I was looking online for a sign to print out and hang over the computer ( which It  seems like I'm tethered to...UGH).....found the one above and then D walked into the room...he had no idea what I was planning to do...and started telling me a story...3 guys went on a bear hunt......1 was a large man who struggled walking through the woods.....their dogs ended up in a deep gully and they slid down the bank and went to them..............2 easily climbed out....and the larger guy struggled.....and told the other 2 to PULL HIM UP THE HILL!!!!!  One said...OKAY...but I need to go back to the truck and get my axe........The larger guy said..okay...but why?  The other guy said...."we will get you out...but it's going to take several trips!!!   LOL...Suddenly the big guy got all of the motivation he needed to get out of that gully on his own........!!!   It struck me that I went looking for a motivational meme...and within seconds D was telling me this story..........I think that was quite the coincidence......

On another note this morning son B called...realized I sounded like I had a cold and has called me 3 more times since....with cures......keeps bringing up the C19 and it's variants............I think it may turn out to be a long long day!!!

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost and already at goal!

Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
What a very sweet son you have to be so concerned over his Mama and making sure she is okay. I really like your sign above. Have a nice day.

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
I am lucky....both sons are quite protective....but I don't like them worrying....I figure that was my job...You have a nice day too Maria.


innerpeace on 11/30/2021:
how important is that goal? that is my problem.

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
I think it will happen when the time is right....


Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
Yes, when the time is right. I've got to get 'in the mood' for that time to be right, ha!

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
This time of year is kind of a wash.......few people are in the mood to lose weight this time of year......we will deal with it when we can...


Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
so good to hear your son is concerned for his mom! :) wishing you feel better soon....yes, we need to motivate ourselves and not rely on others before we even try!

bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
WE can do more than we think we can!!! I am lucky.....but I don't like them worrying about me...I'm fine.


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Donkey - Tuesday Nov 30, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.5

I don't know where my time went this morning.  No time to do weights.  Hardly any time to write here.  Could not finish replying to comments, so I will try to do that, either tonight or tomorrow morning.

Something clicked in my brain yesterday, and it was easier for me to eat less.  However, the chocolate cupcakes are gone (1 on Sunday and the last one last night), even though I "gave" them to Daughter to finish.  100% honest with you:  I was afraid that they would start to get moldy, which is why I ate them.  I find myself doing a lot of "clean up" eating lately, and even so, Husband threw out some white rice and some tomato paste that had gone bad. 

I just realized that I could have frozen those cupcakes.  Dang, I forgot...

I tried hard but did not do a morning meditation time-out at work.  It was just too busy.  I was so busy with new contracts that it was hard to keep up with emails.  And time tasks on the calendar?  Those kept falling on the back burner.  I think today should be better for me, but it will all depend on how many contracts come in.

New Gal went home early because she was sick with a cold/sinus infection.  She's blowing her nose and opening up new files.  YUCK, I don't want to touch those!  And there were like 8 contracts to open and she only got through 2.  So I may need to help her pick up the slack, but then that will put me behind on my stuff.  I just hope that I dont' get sick too.

Out of time - must go and start my day.... *sigh* 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
Get some spray disinfectant and lightly spray them. Hope you have a nice day.


bearcountrygg on 11/30/2021:
I would spray them too...totally agree with Maria!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
keep sleeping decently to keep your immune system high! yeah, it's good she went home. :) i hope you week continues in an even more positive direction.

lately, i'm doing "clean up" tasks, trying to catch up with little things/tying up loose ends at work.


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horn_of_plenty - Monday Nov 29, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

 29.75 November Sunshine Hours ...i have successfully gotten "an hour per day" average of cardio this month! (all thanks to my working election day!)...it feels good to see a high total this month and it's motivation to stay active. especially on weekends!

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Waiting To Do -  read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of THE YEAR..

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. Page 249 of 683 e-book pages.


11/29 Monday 

Breakfast: banana and coffee 150, pumpkin pie someone brought in 250-300. (didn't eat the whole slice in one shot either)

Snacks: choc x2 100, if still hungry, i'll take something healthy like a spoon of nut butter 50.....

Lunch: leftovers brisket, kasha, broccoli; 500 and it will include a rum cake with canoli cream, maybe just a little and hot tea or something..i do want to taste all the layers/parts of the cake since i chose it..!

ok, just had bites not a full slice 200 had all the rum filling part and some cake, whipped cream and cannoli cream one bite.

1300.

Snacks:

Dinner: i have a ton of good eats at home!...lots of chopped cucumber/tomato 100 salad with oil, garlic, pepper, salt 150, some of these tortellini that i didn't heat up from the fridge with a weird ricotta salmon filling - def different ~ 150 didn't have too much, dried jackfruit 100. 500, good. filling volume with some fat, protein,carbs. will prob have some hot herbal tea, and go to bed with a shower in the AM.

1800

Light 2nd light of the menorah at end of workday, before going home), keeping the batteries with them on throughout night so early risers at work will come in with them  on each morning :)...forgot! will do tomorrow AM!

Def drive to work, have a lot to bring into work today...cake, ornament, balloons, candles, lighter... :) i got it all down from my apt and into my car in one swoop. it all worked out just fine this AM :)

I will walk after work in the park - have my call with the new nurse that I was assigned to to talk to monthly (other one had a baby and isn't working), so will talk to her while walking after work tomorrow...did AN HOUR!!!

leg exercises tonight! - while watching tv...should be easy enough to do after i have dinner / relax a bit!


11/30 Tuesday:

Leg exercises in AM at home after shower, before leaving for work...maybe no walking at work, will be under 40 in AM...but may do it all including a leg workout and short walk tomorrow AM before work if i can shower Monday night to prepare to do all this Tuesday AM!

Bring signature stamp into work (small gift from us to exec), - advise the person that got it with me and the other admin to save it to give later this month...and not to keep giving  in little trickles...more at once is better i would think...or she'll keep coming up with little gifts and keep adding up how much she keeps asking us to give...so i'd say no more giving until the secret santa / day before Christmas, if we do intend to do that too...? (i'd rather skip it, my wallet won't mind!) it is only $15 per person, so not terrible, but i'm soooo done lol.!!!

Light 3rd candle, end of workday

Weights tonight - upper


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

get in some walking before work?

Light 4th candle, end of workday

If weather ok, do some walking after work or if not in mood, come home and use stationary


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday

upper body tonight :)


12/3 Friday -  6th candle tonight 


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight


12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

12/7 Tues

12/8 Wed

12/9 Thurs

12/10 Fri 

12/11 Sat

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

Donkey on 11/29/2021:
Have fun with the office birthday party!!!!! Oh CAKE!!!!!

Can you talk to the nurse about some of the emotions you've been experiencing lately? Or is it not that kind of appointment? (Or maybe she's not that kind of nurse. The one nurse at my Dr.'s office - LETTY - is fierce. I wouldn't talk to her about anything. The other one, whose name I don't know, is really nice though.) Well, I hope your check-in goes well.

With your planned walk and leg exercises while watching TV -- oh that sounds like a really nice evening :-)

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2021:
yes, it is a therapy type of appt ...i should talk to her yes thank you as i had pushed those emotions to the back of my mind even though they were on my mind on the weekend too of lonliness, etc.

yes, this nurse is just for that, covered by insurance due to my background...a free service as long as it exists and i want it. phone calls 1-2x a month or whatever i choose.


happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
Hugs. You do a great job of bringing joy to everyone around you! And cake!!!!

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2021:
thanks, in all honesty, i wanted to show them i could show up prepared and reliable to bring in the bday cake for the celebration! :) LOL...almost cake time.


happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
Ask her for an amino acid test. Being too high or too low can create feelings of anxiety and loneliness. Also B-6.

https://healthmatters.io/understand-blood-test-results/aspartic-acid-plasma

https://healthmatters.io/understand-blood-test-results/taurine-plasma

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2021:
ok, i'll make sure to read about this on the weekend....not tonight, too much on my mind, unless i change my mind..!

horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2021:
ty for your insight.


happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
Read your post on Donkey’s blog about controlling negative thoughts… if amino acids are balanced they just don’t start at all.

horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
will read about it...keep reminding me!


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happy-1 - Monday Nov 29, 2021
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.0

Monday Nov 29, 2021 6:52 am:

Ok... to go with the suddenly well-controlled sugar and higher body battery... Drumroll... enough REM. Not enough to cover a 5 day deficit, but enough to be able to drive and go grocery shopping. No wonder I felt like I could tackle a yoga class this morning. If Garmin's 3.5 days recovery time was correct... after my workout on wednesday, it took 3.5 nights to recover, so my REM came back up a little bit yesterday, then night 5 (last night), I got normal REM.

 

Progress as of today: 74 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
8am... If that's true... then the 16 hour recovery time it shows after a run means I need to run as soon as my eyes pop open

happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
10am… had enough energy to not only make dad breakfast, I set up a tray table and everything he needed to make a cup of coffee the way he likes it so he didn’t have to get out of bed to do it.

happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
10:15am… it backfired terribly. Dad is mad because I made him eat a breakfast he didn’t like and before he could take his medication. Augh.

happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
3:27pm braved eating dinner with dad. Bailed to go back to writing as soon as he spun negative

happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
4pm. Sacrificed my piece of pumpkin pie to my dad. My sugar won't be low enough this week to eat it. Maybe next week. Another pie. Sigh.

happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
7pm tore myself away from a very productive day of writing to give it up and wind down before bed. Trying headspace for 20 min meditation. After logging here. Just don’t feel like watching tv tonight.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2021:
Congrats happy, little by little! today was steps in the right direction. i'm glad you slept well. a good sleep is so satisfying and truly helps you in everything you do the next day :) sorry dad was a "bear" to you!

happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
Hugs, ty. Inch by inch, pebble by pebble. One step at a time.

Dad is dad. Growly, cranky... a bear... LOL. I'm more recording that I ACTUALLY HAD ENERGY TO ENGAGE with him... I've been so exhausted I haven't wanted to step in it with him!


Donkey on 11/30/2021:
I'm a little confused about recovery time. With a recovery time of 3.5 days, does that mean that you should only be running about 1-2 times a week? Or am I misinterpreting what recovery means?

Interesting idea about making up an REM deficit.... Hmm... Is this something the body naturally does?

I liked your comment to Horn about amino acids influencing the onset of negative/spiraling thoughts. I do know that for myself, when my nutrition balance is off, I am more prone to depression and anxiety. So what you said makes total sense to me. I will do more research into amino acids - also because they influence recovery time too (re: BCAA supplements).

happy-1 on 11/30/2021:
I think the recovery time of 3.5 days was because I drank ginseng tea that morning on top of coffee and ADHD stimulant meds... My body just doesn't like that at all. Previously it was showing 16 hour recovery time. Recovery time is based on EPOC and all day lifestyle data... so it shows alerts if you max your stress out or are more active and delay recovery.

Amino acids are apparently considered "alternative psych treatment" which is bizarre. Why aren't they trying to balance your nutrients and acids first?

I feel clearer today. Probably the sugar and no diabetes meds, not enough time for things to build up... but still shocking that they made that big of a difference that fast.


Donkey on 11/30/2021:
PS I wanted to say that I truly appreciate the graphics that you share with us, today and yesterday in particular. Thank you!!


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happy-1 - Monday Nov 29, 2021
(FlrBkfstFdAgYlog,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp1G9bed)
Weight: 243.0

Monday, November 29, 2021, 5:45 am:

BIZZARE. UTTERLY BIZARRE. Here is my sugar for yesterday... What's weird about it? It is suddenly well-controlled... without diabetes meds AT ALL. No glipizide. The spikes match the number of carbs I actually ate... Not impossibly disproportionate to what I eat and do. My afternoon walk didn't cause a huge drop even though it was only 20 minutes. Why the **** don't doctors look at amino acids for all their patients???? I'm so angry.

Body Battery is up to 84 today. It didn't bottom out yesterday... yes I took it a little easy to see if I would get REM sleep last night, but I also think it didn't bottom out because I didn't take 2 Glipizide and my standard deviation (difference between the highs and lows) wasn't as big. It's not like I ate anything different or took it that much easier than I did on Saturday.
 

Progress as of today: 74 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

Donkey on 11/29/2021:
Didn't you say that you have started to supplement with amino acids? Which kind are you taking?

For a while I was taking BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids <<I have NO IDEA what that means) because I read on a fitness group that a lot of lifters, exercisers, take these to help them recover quicker (I think?). I spent about $30 on a big bottle, but I didn't notice any difference, so I never ordered more.

happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
I started with tyrosine, carnitine, theanine, gaba for adhd. Glycine for sleep. After the mysterious not-a-uti I added arginine. It was so bizzarely effective, I demanded a test. I interpreted my own results with the site below because I don’t have an appointment till 12/10 and I can’t wait that long to feel better. I dug through the Internet and came up with balancing my results with P5P (the active form of B6), magnesium maleate, cholated zinc, AKG, taurine…

happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
https://healthmatters.io/understand-blood-test-results/taurine-plasma


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Donkey - Monday Nov 29, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.5

Well, it's Monday morning and I'm up!  A little earlier than usual, in anticipation of going to work earlier.  I'm waiting to see if perhaps things will "start to slow down" like the Boss keeps saying they will, or if things will continue at a brisk pace for New Guy. 

Associate Attorney has a "lunch date" with realtors EVERY DAY this week.  This is his method - as recommended by the Boss - to woo realtors and their business.  Needless to say, he's gained a bit of weight, even though he walks 3 miles a day.  You can't out-exercise a bad diet.

Plus, I'm a little annoyed with all of that because, not only does it keep him out of the office for an indecent amount of time, but it really lacks innovation and original thought.  He's just doing what the Boss tells him to do.  He needs to think outside of the box!

So why am I wasting time writing about Associate Attorney?  Because I realized that what I'm really doing is telling MYSELF what to do:

Last night marked the beginning of Advent.  I'm kind of surprised that I haven't seen more of a to-do about Advent on social media.  It wasn't trending on Twitter at all.  I didn't see anything about it in my FB feed.

I really hope to use Advent as a time of rest, contemplation, renewal, mindfulness, silence, calmness.  Oh maybe this would be a good time to bring back my mid-morning Vespers break at work!  

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2021:
still didn't ask mom about green beans. it's very simple, but i don't want to mess it up telling you anything different than what she did!

next, i really LOVE the weekly goals like for squats, etc. that is fun.

oh, also, i didn't know you were getting paid extra for the half. then, maybe it's worth it on those holiday, to get 45min of pay for 30 min right? at OT rate. i'd take it. easy money. but it's annoying at the same time after a holiday, but i'd take the pay.

wow i wouldn't be happy if i were AA gaining the weight..i'd find a way to get thru the lunches without...then again, it's hard, because it's a "working lunch" and therefore he cannnot (or I wouldn't at least!) be able to enjoy the meal!

the only advent i see...is my two married friends who are always in disney...they buy themselves advent calendars and are sooo big with it! actually, some of their friends with kids also are! LOL. just the one group of friends. i haven't heard much about it otherwise!

i know you say you "hope" advent is a time of rest, contemplation, etc....but there's more than hope....plan for it...plan in it SOME of your days! :) like a weekly goal! (my suggestion that you can bring yourself more happiness and satisfaction than you think you can!)


Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2021:
the nurse i spoke with, not the BEST but not the worst...anyways, we spoke very briefly about trying to break the habits of turning thoughts into spriraling, accidentally due to habit, in a negative way. even without thinking, it is a habit and hard to break and folks like me and you, i believe, have to make those extra efforts to stay positive...and to remind ourselves how capable we are.

Donkey on 11/30/2021:
All too easily. I commented on Happy's diary that I notice that when my nutrition is off, that I'm more prone to negative feelings. BUT I am naturally a glass half-empty personality. I am working hard to counteract that though, and I believe that my efforts are working. I'm not always successful but it's working.

So I think the next time I start to feel depressed or anxious, I'll stop and take an inventory. How is my nutrition? How is my sleep? Am I getting outside enough? Do I have a project (e.g. craft or TV show, movie) that can interest me?

The most important cognitive change I've made is realizing that my depression isn't forever - or at least it doesn't have to be. Knowing that it's temporary, that this too shall pass, has helped me immensely overcome that drowning, sinking feeling.


happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
^HOP - you do that already. It’s a lot easier if you have all the vitamins and amino acids in place.


happy-1 on 11/29/2021:
I’m sure he’ll walk it off eventually. Glad you can get time and a half at least!!!

I was thinking about the lady at your gym who avoided you in class… Bodybuilding groups are more supportive. They compete alone but support each other like a team. Different setup than going to a gym to grind out something you don’t really want to be doing.

Donkey on 11/30/2021:
Oh yes, the OT is nice, but it is SO HARD to get to work early like that. And on that particular day where the Boss got mad about nobody being there to help him -- it had been me that usually got there early, but I was feeling particularly nauseated that morning, and arrived at work about 10 minutes late.


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Nov 28, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

 28.75 November Sunshine Hours 

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Waiting To Do -  read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of THE YEAR..

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. Page 249 of 683 e-book pages.


11/28 Sunday -

2am? couldn't sleep in middle of night and had sort of an appetite, so had some tastes of the small serving of key lime pie i took home from renee (just a sliver, not a full or even half slice). 100. then, i had some of the pumpkin pie slice she gave me, included in calories below. i knew i had low calories the day before and decided to grab something sweet and go back to sleep,which is what i did...

8:30-9:30am breakfast: the rest of the pumpkin pie 400, coffee 30, banana 120, low sugar gummy bears 150...

1pm snack twix bar 100

3pm afternoon meal i picked up after running errands to bring home: taco bell beef chalupa with extra lettuce,tomatoes added a couple packets hot sauce : 450 approx, will also have a bag of dried jackfruit 100.

5:30pm? pint of raspberries after cleaning piggie cages and doing laundry / cooking veggies. 150 tops, hot herbal tea.

6:45 light dinner sauteed broccoli i made, very large amount, 200, pretzels 200. kombucha 50

2050.

Mp other plan is to do some cooking today - ....yes....lots of veggies will be cooked/prepped..i bought pre-spiralized butternut squash so need to sautee it before it goes bad as it goes quickly...and i have a lot more veggies at home that i want to prep so i have choices / ample veggies at home all week. i want to try a week without takeout!? :) done!

i cooked: a butternut squash spiralized sautee, broccoli sautee, and chopped veggies for an israeli salad to eat later in the week. :) feels good to get a lot done. was easier to do more because of this long weekend.

clean guinea cages/laundry.) done!!!

 Accomplished

find a card at home (got a thousand, one of them should be sufficient as a congrats/success type!), write card and mail card for Rachel....something online my friends are doing...and that i cannot forget to do...must go into mail today! DONE!

Do legs exercises in am...before going to bakery, DONE!

GO TO LuLu's BAKERY....10am 11:30...2pm, DONE!

2 helium balloons for Jay....dollar store, also the "56" candles for the cake...- DONE!

say the chanukah prayer tonight, email to my work email the hebrew/english prayer. (like a sentence each, not a big deal, just don't want to forget). - doing this now...in the AM, 9:15am - ok this is done, got distracted, finished just before 10am. DONE.


11/29 Monday (1st night Chanukah last night, light menorah 1st candle as soon as i get to work)

Light 2nd light of the menorah at end of workday, before going home).

Def drive to work, have a lot to bring into work today...cake, ornament, balloons, candles, lighter... :) hopefully i can get it all down to my car in one shot tomorrow. everything else can wait for tomorrow (another small gift for trailer executive that we all got came in, but i do not want to break it / have my lunch get on it...so i'll bring it tomorrow or Wednesday). 

If weather decent, walking after work in the park - have my call with the nurse, so will talk to her while walking after work tomorrow...

leg exercises, not sure when, maybe Tuesday after work.


11/30 Tuesday:

walk before work?

Light 3rd candle, end of workday

Weights tonight - upper


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

get in some walking before work?

Light 4th candle, end of workday

If weather ok, do some walking after work or if not in mood, come home and use stationary


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday

upper body tonight :)


12/3 Friday -  6th candle tonight 


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight


12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

12/7 Tues

12/8 Wed

12/9 Thurs

12/10 Fri 

12/11 Sat

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

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Happy Chanukah!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
thank you bear :) I will say the blessings to get into the spirit and as a challenge to myself to do something besides the normal night.

i could go to a neigborhood tree lighting, but i'm uninterested and would rather cook/clean the guinea pig cages and get ready for the week ahead! :)


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Happy Hanukkah!!!

I'm glad that your friend was able to help you order a cake. I would have done the same thing.

I'm sorry that you didn't sleep so well. :-( Perhaps use today to reset, after the holiday. What a wonderful, peaceful way to end the weekend by lighting the menorah candle.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
i was happy not to have to do the "cake call / research" on my own and yes i appreciated my friend and her hubby's advice.

in the end, i wrote this as a joke on the cake (well, had the bakery write it): Happy Birthday, Young Man!? as a joke, he's turning 56. (which isn't old, but it's not young!) we joke a lot on bdays, we range in age at my workplace. besides the 24yo, we range from approx 40(well, i'm 39) thru 60. it's like an even spread all throughout...

here's the approx list: 24 admin 39 admin 44 admin 46 48 50 low 50s 56 57 60 61 :)

it's a nice range. so it feels very comfortable bc of this spread. everyone gets along well.

interestingly, the project executive, highest boss, is the one who is 50! he is boss over everyone...except for the 60yo. the 60yo is sorta a boss of the electricians in the field.

all 3 admin assistants are female, everyone else is male and with a more challeninging job description ! it's very old school like that, in our trailer. just the way it happened to work out.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
I have to reread your other comment with the advice below about the website...but i am in agreement not to force it at all...and that it can most probably wait...yeah ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
yeah, she's a very outgoing friend, Renee with the 7mo baby. we are the same age, 39, so she has lots of life experience pre-baby and always has good ideas, advice, support, and a good friend to have. a few years back in 2016, i went with her for her bachelorette to Texas. another friend came also.


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Happy Hanukkah!!!! Hugs!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
YOU REMEMBERED!!!!!!!


Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Hah! I remember well my 2AM key lime frenzy! 500 cal for a tiny slice!

Been good last few days on desserts. 4 chocolate rice cakes topped with sugar free blackberry jam.

Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
that sounds delish. i used to love sf jams, now i always have a bad rap on them in my head as i do not like the splenda sugar alternative near as much as my stevia...i think i'm spoiled by stevia! ha.

this key lime was surprisingly pretty "low cal" each 1/4 of the pie was 400 cal for a decent sized piece. i think it was by trader joes.


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bearcountrygg - Sunday Nov 28, 2021

Weight: 126.0

Up at 5....and had coffee with D.....ready to get my day started.

Feeling pretty good and realizing that I like the weight I'm at right now...........

I'm very firm that I will not be renewing WW in December.

I have given myself the okay to get off the diet train......I know what to do, I know what my body wants intuitively and I am happiest and healthiest when I follow that versus counting cals, points or anything.

I know that following any kind of eating regimine just takes away my happiness......and with the world going in the  direction that it is going...I want all of the happiness I can find...where ever I can find it.

I'm happy with my current weight and will  just be sticking with that (126)......

Along with intuitive eating I  will also be adding things at times that are indulgences....I won't live on indulgences...but will add them for the pure enjoyment of them.......because life is also supposed to be fun.

I really don't need diets or books, doctors or the government to tell me what to eat.....My body does a very good job of that all on it's own.  Listening to my body gives the best possible outcome for me..........taking all other noise out of the picture just works best for me.  I'm dropping the weighing of food, the counting of calories and points and the dieting mentality........I dropped doctors and prescription meds over 20 years ago......I can do this......I feel good and need to go back to my own instincts.......somewhere along the line...and I have said this before....people stopped taking care of themselves and put their bodies in the hands of others.....(the government, the doctors, the diet plans, the authors of books, the pharmaceutical companies).........I'm taking my life back and will be living it as it is meant to be lived........My body knows what it needs if I listen, it's easy to figure out......my mind sometimes needs some fun and it tells me to enjoy some food that may have zero food value but has a great big happiness value..............I'm going back to my best life now on my terms and I'm excited about it......

As a friend told me many years ago......pick a weight you like......get on the scales every morning..........if you weigh that or less...then eat what you want that day....if you weigh more.....eat what you want but in a slightly smaller quantity........for that day......This is foolproof when I have followed it through many times in my life..........it works....you eat what you want and you maintain the best weight.......for 1 day......no dieting....just eating naturally...whatever you want..........maintenance at it's best.....and happiness without putting your life in the hands of anyone else........you control it and it is a much happier way to live........lately I have noticed that I lost my happy nature back a while ago........I want that back....and I know this attitude will help it return........It isn't gone forever...it just got lost in the crappy way life has gone recently.................I made it to 72 just fine.......no Drs, no Prescriptions........I have the knowlege I need already......and I'm ready to use that and place my health in my own hands and do what I need to do to stay healthy......and I'm excited to finally go back and trust my own instincts.

While I'm not going to count anything I am going to keep track of the types of foods I eat so that I can go back to see if I am leaving any food groups out for any length of time...I still believe that I should have some balance in types of foods and this is as good of a place as any to record that....

 BREAKFAST = 2 light spinach flat outs, salami, cheese and light mayo roll ups and some green grapes, 1 cup coffee and a lot of water.....

 LUNCH = Chili and crackers

Dinner = 2 spinach flat outs with peanut butter, grapes and mango drink powder

Bath, dressed, make up and perfumed....ready to get busy around here.......

Washing all of the laundry up today because I ordered 3 new laundry hampers for the laundry room and they will be delivered tomorrow....I want to start fresh with those and see how many days laundry they can hold.  I ordered 3 in black.

Bed made and now to pick up the bedroom, dust and vaccum it.

 

 

 

Progress as of today: 128.8 lbs lost and already at goal!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Awesome laundry hampers. Love them!

You’re doing all the right things. I never could count calories or points. I keep a running tally in my head sometimes, usually something to focus on because it takes me a long time to fall asleep & I wake up often during the night. Today woke up before 3. Turned on lights & tweeted & read until maybe 4:30. Then tried to sleep again. No success, so back to the iPad until Matt got up at 6:30. Enjoy seeing him sleep in on days off, but his 4:30 get up times often works better for me. Then I can hop on the bike with my coffee.

I’d be dead if I didn’t take my meds at 10AM, 2 PM, & 4 PM. Ok, a bit of an exaggeration. I’d only be dead if I didn’t take them at all. These times work best for me. This sucks! All the healthy eating & weight management all my life & I inherit some crap DNA. But those genes could have been a lot worse.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I have always been a sleeper......although I have ocassionally woke up early and waited for D to wake up as well because I don't want to wake him....I weaned myself off of 4 prescription meds about 20 years ago and also got rid of the CPAP when I found out that it was set so high that it could literally blow out my lungs.....( I needed that setting but decided that I would rather take my chances naturally then to kill myself with a cpap).....losing weight was really the answer to that for me so now no problem......My diabetic Mom lived to 89 and my Dad to 83...so I figure I likely have a few more years...and they were not healthy eaters.....mainly I just like to cover the food groups daily....and I'm fine.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I will be so happy to get those old plastic laundry baskets out of there!!! LOL

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Just ordered a black and white checked rug for in there to....gonna snazz up the place...LOL


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Oh I love the laundry hampers!!! Cute and coordinated!

I look forward to reading more about the new phase in your journey. When it comes down to it, you (anyone) have to do what's right for you. And I completely agree with your opinion about tracking & measuring. Nooo argument there!

That's not to say that I'm unsupportive of folks who do track - that's wonderful if it works for them, and while it no longer works for me, I can see why it works for others. I'm guessing I'm probably not doing it right, LOL.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes....I've done this before and it is the right fit for me.......just making me happy is a big plus too.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
PS No sense in being thin if you're miserable. Life's too short.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
It is...and life passes by either way.....why not be happy.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
I really love your firm mindset about WW. you can always change your mind, but i did love reading your firm statement here! you've made up your mind!

you've done so well managing your weight, and 126 is def considered a healthy weight for us short women. it must feel good to have reached your goal. you have come such a long, long way.

nice laundry bins, especially that they are on wheels. we have a couple metal large ones in the community laundry room for my building that are good for moving clothes from the washers to the dryers. and my own laundry bin is falling apart with holes,but i'm not replacing it because i simply but it in my own cart on wheels when i transport my clothes to be washed downstairs and then back up. however, in the future, i might like a cart like yours...but for now i guess what i have works well! why pay when i have something that works, right!?

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes, my mind is made up.....and 126 is fine for 5 ft 2 inches....and I feel good and I never want to go back to the yoyo thing again......I'm too old for that and it isn't healthy anyway....I I agree...if your laundry set up works then why change it???


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Cute!!!! I love the fresh, empowering feeling of setting on a new path and reinforcing it with a non-food reward.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Me too.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
I would LOVE to be at 126 and 5'2". (I guess I'm closer to 5'3", but I don't think that extra inch makes that much of a difference. For YEARS I thought I was 5'2".)

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
I don't think the extra inch counts for much either.....I started out at 5'4"......


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
yeah, yo-yo-ing is SO STRESSFUL! even on your mind! to know you were thin, then being heavy and all the inbetween, never being satisfied with how your clothes fit, always too tight...that's why i made the choice to maintain and try not to yoyo ever again also.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
It is definitely better to never do it.......and it does mess with your mind.....I had clothes here from size small to 2x.......and that never really helps either.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
agreed. i always thought of it like you say, a mind-game, that would mess with my confidence and the self-respect i had for myself.

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Yes...me as well.....


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Jacky82020 - Sunday Nov 28, 2021
(Eat less & exercise more)
Weight: 107.8

 https://www.mdedge.com/familymedicine/article/248067/covid-19-updates/coronavirus-found-infect-fat-cells?utm_medium=email&sso=true&utm_content=Coronavirus%20found%20to%20infect%20fat%20cells&uac=307313FR&utm_source=NewsMDEFAMeNL112821F&ecd=wnl_fam_211128_mdedge_4am 

 

Another article saying the covid virus targets fat cells.   Obesity long known to be #1 risk factor for people <60

 Hit lowest weight in many years, 107.8!     This not a lifelong low, always 100-105 in late teens & twenties.   This weight makes me feel peppy & energetic.  

Thw WW scale arrived, but I've been too busy with tank  projects to set it up.   I watched the nocturnal pink salamanders a few nights on a wildlife cam connected to the iPad and confirmed the male is after the girl constantly and she never gets any rest.   She spawns constantly & I'm reading all this can stress a female to death, so I set up a new 20 G tank and seperated her from the male.   All this took hours.

Had to return to Walmart for a few forgotten items.   So starving that I ate nearly half a container of cherry tomatoes in the car on the way home.  

 Love articles like this that say best to do as I am doing!  

 https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p0711_sodiumpotassiumdiet.html 

Progress as of today: 26.2 lbs lost so far, only 2.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Those cherry tomatoes...we eat a lot of those here too......WOW...a new low weight!!!! Happy for you.....Have fun setting your new scale up!!!!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
We just did it! I’m 4 people now! LOL. Almost positive it has algorithms for all the metrics except fat, based upon weight & age. It is going to assume 80 yr me lost bone & muscle mass & 20 yr. old me is mightier. Idk really.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Oh my, what an adventure with your fish tanks! I hope the separation helps your girl.

Wow, congratulations on your new low!!!!! I'm happy for you - happy, proud, impressed! :-)

Thank you for sharing the short article on COVID & obesity. Being obese seems to put a body behind the 8-ball in so many situations :-(

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Thanks, Donk.

She was out in the open last night. vs cowering in a hide, Yay!

So much of what ails us is lifestyle.


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
I don’t get why we don’t treat childhood obesity as a sign of neglect. It impacts us as adults so much… can’t ever make up that health impact as an adult.

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Interfering with parental rights/choices is highly problematic. I’d imagine pediatricians counsel parents & it mostly falls upon deaf ears.

I know fat kids who lost it & are fine. I’m married to one & he is an incredible fitness buff, strenuous cardio & weights.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
good eats on Friday and nice job working on eating better. sometimes it takes the body a few days to regulate itself before losing weight, especially if you start your weight loss plan after high cal days, your body has to burn all that off first!

Your axie caves are sounding creative. i want to see more of your axie pics.

also,please post a pic of your new WW scale...

I cannot believe your stores weren't crowded on black friday. i was not interested in going out on that day.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
.8 loss is a lot. nice job sticking with your goals.

I want photos of all your new fitness spree/gifts to yourself that you talk about in these entries with your review after you use them!

you know, i hadn't looked at your weight until this entry, wow,you lost a few pounds so quickly. opposite of my style! :) I was just around 100-105 in my teens but then got into disordered eating and screwed up my always being in the 10th percentile 10% for weight as a kid based on my height. starting senior year of high school i think i gained like 10lbs almost. i think i was like 110 at prom, compared to starting the year at like 103. I was maybe even heavier before prom by a couple pounds, not sure. gained my weight thru sweets, cookies, cereals lol. then gained more thru college first two years! then got back on track but lost it too quickly and lost my "TOM" for like 2 years.

it's good you could snack on cherry tomatoes, lol...will read your articles soon. it's good to find support of your lifestyle, agreed.

for what i do, i just know whenver i want to really indulge, to find the veggies, lol. but i also love all my snacky foods. currently i'd say i'm low protein / less protein. such a far cry from my 20's to early 30's when i was heavy on the low carb but also binged a lot on carbs during my heavy years.

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
I can lose a pound a week when I work at it. Had to laugh when the PCP said don’t lose more than 2 a week. Never could! And he said don’t go under a 100. Probably couldn’t if I wanted to & don’t. The normal weight range for my slight stature is 100-127.

Losing a pound a week generally involves eating ~1000 calories a day & burning off half.

How fast did you lose & how thin did you get? I’ve only ever heard of anorexics losing TOM & some elite athletes who maintain weights way below their normal range.


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Is that top ic of the girl thinking she had better just hide out in the cave in case tht BOY comes back....or is it the boy pouting? LOL....Where did you ever find that dog toy????

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
LOL! She doesn’t trust him not to escape the tank next door & climb in hers.

Found axie on Amazon! Where else!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
lol, you even have a plush axie for your pups, that's adorable!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
It’s for me. LOL. They’d have it destroyed in under an hour.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
the real pink axie is adorable!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Isn’t she sweet? Boy looks identical.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
yeah, how in the world did you find the plush axie!?

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Amazon of course!


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Awwwww...She is so cute....if I was her...I wouldn't trust him either!!!

Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Sally says 1 year of marriage is enough to last a life time!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2021:
i think i went from around 130 down to 110 or approx a little lower in under a year. also i did a lot of low fat, not enough fat. i remember my hair got a little brittle. i just did it wrong and too fast / not a great diet. it was my first time ever losing a bit of weight. i was always thin as a kid, gained due to lots of overeating from ages 17-19, then progrssed to lose it from 20 that college year...from like sept-May i lost the 20lbs at least, prob closer to 25. for my body, it was too fast. Also i was doing lots of exercise.

Jacky82020 on 11/30/2021:
20 pounds in < a year is not a rapid weight loss for a woman of your size going from high average to lower average, I’m 5’1” & the typical range is 100-127. So I have stepped onside normal. but never by much.

I suspect other factors were in play. I’ve never heard of such extreme reactions as those you describe. And I’ve personally known or known of hundreds & hundreds of people losing weight.

That said, everyone is different & your metabolism may very well require very gradual changes. Doesn’t much matter now. You have mastered the arts of healthy eating & exercise & won’t ever go beyond your current excellent weight. You’ll be like the Blue Zone folks & live a long disease free life. You have found inner strength. Go HoP!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/29/2021:
and between the losses, of course i was bingeing here and there. it wasn't just a loss all right away - prob all of sept and october was steps forward, then backwards. got a real handle on it by mid semester!

Jacky82020 on 11/30/2021:
Yay! You resolved it quickly!


Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
Congratulations to you and hope you have a happy day.

Jacky82020 on 11/30/2021:
Thanks! Hope your days go well too,


Horn_of_plenty on 11/30/2021:
the loss was a shock to my body. went to spluging for 2 years to severely limiting food. many 1200 days. my body wasn't used to it, so it was a shock to my body, reason for the loss of period, etc. i'm sure there are other young woman this happens to. plus i did lots of cardio....it was just all slightly overdone when my body wasn't used to it.

Jacky82020 on 11/30/2021:
Like a great man once said All’s well that ends well! You’re doing great!


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Donkey - Sunday Nov 28, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.5

A late log-in today, because I ended up going to the gym this morning, and if I wanted to get done all that I wanted to get done, my morning computer time would have to be delayed.  It didn't help that I didn't get out of bed until almost 6am!  These weekends make  me wonder how I manage to get up at 5am during the week.


So yesterday (Saturday) at lunch, I had my last piece of apple pie.  Just came to the conclusion that I had had my slices over the holiday, and now I was done.  Husband finished it off for lunch.  Also, I announced to Daughter on Friday night that the rest of the pumpkin pie was for her.  I think it was Thursday when I mentioned to her that the last 2 gluten free dark chocolate cupcakes are for her as well.  This has helped me, because I just finished lunch, and really want a dessert.  I had a few gulps of vanilla protein shake instead.  I'm good to go.

Last night, I had so much protein that I did not even want dessert.  I had some sleepytime tea instead and I was fine.  I finished up some deli turkey that didn't have much time left.  It was still good, but not for much longer.  So I ate more than what I probably normally would have had.  It was VERY satisfying and filling.


This morning, I took that dumbbell class at the gym again.  I'm REALLY feeling it in my arms right now.  I wonder if I will feel it tomorrow.  I actually hope not, because this is quite inconvenient.  Anyway, about the class, the lady I had hoped to be next to - and hoped maybe we could make a connection eventually - chose a spot way far away from me.  So that's not going to happen.  And I'm having some mixed feelings about being in a closed classroom with people breathing heavy.  I'm the only one who wears a mask throughout the whole class.  (I wear a mask the whole time I'm in the building, actually, and I'm one of the very few who do so.)

The minute I walked into the studio, the stench of garlic overcame me.  Oof!  Someone in the previous class had had a garlicy dinner last night and was breathing it and sweating it out today.  Also, the instructor said that it felt to her like something was not quite right with the air conditioning, which means that the air filters (for COVID) probably weren't working right too.  Bleah.  Well my chosen spot was socially distanced and near the door - which remained opened the whole time.  It was a very challenging class, even more so with the garlic and stuffiness.

Daughter surprised me today by announcing that she has a day off today!  She and Husband are watching a football game I don't care about, and Husband wants me to join in soon, which I will when I'm done here.  I also need to read more of Library Book #2, because it's due on Wednesday.  I will turn it in late, next Saturday, so that I can try harder to finish it.

So my plans for today: rest & read, pick up CBD stuff I ordered from a local farm, drop off aluminum cans at the animal shelter (part of their fundraising).  Prepare myself mentally for this week at work, and in particular, for tomorrow, when I have to go in 30 minutes earlier.  It's an office rule that after a holiday weekend, the next workday you have to come in 30 minutes earlier or you don't get the holiday pay.  I kid you not.  And I will tell you why.

A couple of years ago, the Boss had a 9am closing the Monday after a holiday and he couldn't find the damn file.  So he was late for the closing.  In the meantime, because it was a holiday weekend, the phones were ringing off the hook with "emergencies".  He was upset because we were all running a little late, and there was nobody around to help him.  So now we all have to come in 30 mintues early.


I'll talk about my December goals a little bit now, since it's the weekend, and I have more time to write now, than I will on Wednesday morning.  Rather than having a solid monthly goal, I plan to have smaller, weekly goals.  The first week will be shorter, because 12/1 falls in the middle of the week, of course.  I think this approach will allow me some flexibility and perhaps keep things more interesting.  I noticed this month that the November daily push-up goal has been very trying.  Some of the challenge is in the remembering to do them, but also, some of it is soreness, which may be due to the heavier weight training.  

So anyway, that's what I've been planning for myself for next month.

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
WOW...That is quite amazing that you could even smell the garlic through the mask!!! So the boss doesn't prepare ahead for his closing and everyone gets their hands slapped...He is quite the piece of work..........Love you goals for next month!!!

Donkey on 11/29/2021:
Not only could I smell the garlic through my mask, but before I leave the locker room to workout, I spritz the inside of my mask with a lightly scented spray. And even THAT was lost in the green haze of garlic in the room.

My Boss is quite the card, alright. Well, I'm sure he'll want to waste those 30 minutes just talking. Ugh, talking! Why does everyone want to talk so much????


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
lol, re below, i'd NEVER wait in line for a coffee/choc advent calendar or anything similar either. i dislike lines also ! :)

Donkey on 11/29/2021:
Right? I was totally caught off guard. Next year, if I feel like we can do this, I'll order them online.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
LOL. you sound like my coworker who I texted to ask if he's turning 56 to make sure....he said "i was up at 4am!" lol you guys don't sleep, do you!? I told him he was up with he roosters...so are you!

I like how you had the vanilla protein shake after lunch as a dessert and as something instead of nothing to at least fill you up / settle any dessert cravings!

was it sliced turkey meat? that is low cal and filling, yea. i am also needed to finish things faster than i can...i may need to throw out a small slice of expensive lox again...i just forgot about it and the package goes bad within a week and it's not worth "experimenting" with fish!

i don't get why people don't wear masks. if you took that class here in Queens, i am almost certain masks would be mandatory. i would wear one, too, most probably. i only don't wear my mask at work, but everywhere else i do...

lol, was it the teacher you think who wreaked of garlic!? LOL.

LOL. interesting rule about the coming 30 min early after a holiday. it does sound quite annoying. but i can see why....not that i agree!

i agree, GREAT idea on weekly goals. i like this very much. you remind me that sometimes the "smaller" the goal, the more attainable....smaller could also mean shorter...i like this approach, how did you come up with the weekly goals vs your typical monthly?

Donkey on 11/29/2021:
I don't know that it's my CHOICE to get up that early. I follow this one lady on a fitness page, and she's at the gym at 3am. She goes to bed around 8pm. She does not have an office job, though.

Donkey on 11/29/2021:
(Hit "reply" too soon, without answering the rest)

Yes, it was sliced turkey meat, so I figured it was probably the equivalent to a big ol' chunk of white meat. I try not to take too many chances, but I have to confess, this past weekend -- I took a LOT of them, LOL.

I'm pretty sure it wasn't the instructor who smelled like garlic. Even she commented on a funky smell in the classroom. And she was talking to other people, before the class, rather close to her (but distanced enough and wearing masks).

I don't like the 30 minute rule, but it's 1/2 hour of guaranteed overtime. And like I mentioned to Bear above, it's mostly wasted by just talking.

See below to Happy regarding the 1-week goals reasoning :-)


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
I like the idea of weekly goals!

I too mourn the absence of pie.

Donkey on 11/29/2021:
I was so tempted to help with the elimination of pie last night, but instead, I had one of the cupcakes, which I felt had less calories. After tonight, that pie is going to be one, one way or the other. (Freezer or tummy -- whichever is stronger)

Donkey on 11/29/2021:
The main motivation behind the weekly goals this month was the realization that my goals/objectives will change greatly after my doctor's appointment.

Plus, after my doctor's appointment comes quite a few eating occasions: office Christmas party, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, visit with Sister and BIL, anniversary dinner, New Year's Eve. Oof!

Finally, the last reasoning came about when doing my daily push-ups. It's really taxing to do something like that EVERY day. But I could see setting a squats challenge or crunches challenge for a week. I feel THAT I could do.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
i will review with my mom this week how exactly she did the green beans. they were extremely garlicky, which we all liked.

Donkey on 11/29/2021:
I would greatly appreciate that -- and I promise not to go to take a dumbbell class afterwards, LOL!


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innerpeace - Sunday Nov 28, 2021

Weight: 306.3

Ate OK not great - glad the holiday is OVER! one down, one to go!

forgoing the scale for a day or two longer.

Next thing is to get ready for the girl's birthday 12/10 I told her years ago, I would not put up the Christmas decorations until after her birthday...she's really into Selena so planning with this in mind.

We went out on Black Friday - lots of people - new experience for me. We waited over an hour at a ten minute oil change place - this was when we were in the stall - they had to go to a parts store and get the filter for my car - annoyed - Christmas shopped a little, but mostly birthday for the girl.

Football - didn't turn out exactly like I wanted...oh well

DH and I got into watching the Squid Games on netflix...wasted a whole day! Interesting though.

Here is a sunrise picture taken - it was so beautiful

Here is a picture of DH and I at the Kane Brown concert - I just thought it was good

and some snow melting in little balls from the walk this morning.

Grocery store today and getting ready for work and school tomorrow - here's hoping my head gets back in the game.

CPAP going ok - still only making it 4:30-5:00 hours a night. Sometime in the night my face mask seal starts leaking - not sure if its from face sweat or natural oil - but it IS super annoying. Still not noticing a big different. Blood sugar this a.m. 118. I will keep plugging along and making adjustments.

Have a great week! ip

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

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
The CPAP is just going to do that.......I would just readjust it again and go back to sleep.....Your glucose number is getting really good!! Maybe the cpap is helping that too. Love the pics!!!


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Beautiful sunrise! Oh I didn't realize you had snow covering on the ground already. Ours in IL will be here soon enough!

I'll have to ask Husband about the face mask seal issue - if he's had to deal with this and what he does about it.


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
My cpcp leaks always seemed to be either at the top where it would blow into my ( or at) my eyes....or my mouth was open and the air woud whoosh oup....just needed to shut my mouth...like in real life...LOL


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
^^^^^^OUT^^^^^^^


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
You look pretty and happy in that pic!


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Haven’t tried one yet… But I read about this… You need a liner if the CPAP seal is breaking that way. They absorb sweat and oil to keep the seal. Also, wipe the part that touches your face with a baby wipe to reduce buildup that breaks the seal.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
oh man that's rough, an hour instead of 15 min for an oil change! wow! hopefully they'll be stocked next time!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
great pic of you two...i like your haircut a lot.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
hopefully the cpap will continue to improve for you. maybe there's other people posting online about how to make it a more comfortable experience all night...maybe some tips to find online :) have a restful night!! :)


Maria7 on 11/30/2021:
Nice pics! Pretty sunrise! You and your Hubby look very happy together! Snow is nice, too! Have a happy day!


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happy-1 - Sunday Nov 28, 2021
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Weight: 243.0

Sunday 11-28-21:

Inch by inch, pebble by pebble. I only had to take glipizide 1x yesterday and my sugar was 71% in range. Sugar was in range all night. Oh the power of an overnight fast.


Today I need to do some writing. Hopefully I had REM last night... It would be 3.5 days... but Garmin might mean tomorrow not tonight... IDK.
 

Progress as of today: 74 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Glad to hear that your sugar was good....That is such a huge help in generally just feeling good.

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Right? Apparently it takes about 6 weeks of consistently 80% in range sugar to feel better… it takes time to reduce inflammation.


Donkey on 11/28/2021:
^I agree with Bear! And I also agree with getting (enough) REM!!!

So fasting helps with blood sugar. What is an effective, minimum fasting period?

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
14h, starting 3-4 hours before bed


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
6:35 am, checked Garmin… REM came up a little bit to 0:59 in 7:36, but still about half what I need on top of a 5 day deficit. I feel better enough to go for a run today, but I kind of want to take another rest day and see if REM comes back tonight. Maybe another tomorrow if it doesn’t. Possibly all the dad duty and chores I did Wed-Fri delayed recovery.

Body battery is higher though, 69, possibly from the combination of no Glipizide before bed and in range sugar overnight. Probably why I feel just a little bit better today.

Starting to think that my blood pressure med could be the issue as well… I’ll have to go back to monitoring BP a couple of times a day to see if I can get off that as well.

Nothing about any of this makes any sense.

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Also… I took a bunch of new supplements yesterday to try to start balancing my amino acids, it’s way too soon, but I swear I have an “aaaaah” feeling of sinking into a hot tub… but in the back of my eyes and jaw.

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
3:43pm... still feeling "better" and "on it"... a rare and welcome occurrence. Not drivable though... Need better sleep quality for that.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
along the lines of less inflammation and good in range sugars, i'm sure it makes your skin/face feel better too! (like less acne)...my skin gets bad if i eat too poorly!

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
That would be great... I have all these blocked pores that can't be pore-stripped where my sunglasses touch my skin.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
i will need to read your link about the adhd below and how technological aids are helpful, i never thought of that connection!...good point, haps!

happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Actually… ha. I should write that article


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Donkey - Saturday Nov 27, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 136.5

Judging by the number on the scale, you can tell that it was a yummy holiday!  Well... I may not be able to reach my fighting weight for the Doctor's appointment in 2 weeks.  Oh, I won't give up.  No, never give up.  But in the past, Thanksgiving usually kicks off a month of eating, and it's been a struggle.  The scale is going in the wrong direction, though, and NOW is the time to put on the breaks, especially since I'm a little above goal weight :-(  Disappointing. The struggle is real and ongoing.

Although yesterday's conversation, with my Husband, about weight training was not the best, it pushed me to see if I could go heavier than I have been doing in the past.  And I could!  And I could probably go even higher, if I would be content with doing on 6-8 reps, but there's something in me that doesn't feel right unless I do 12-15 reps.  10  minimum.  3 sets  minimum.  This is where I feel that I could benefit from working with a trainer.  But not a trainer from the gym that I go to, as most of them are overweight, and the one I worked with --- well, we know how that ended.  


I put up outside Christmas lights (not a lot, but since I'm the only one putting up and taking down, it's enough), and I was glad that I did that.  My next door neighbor has not put up any lights, and usually he does a respectable show.  (Halloween is when he really goes "all out", but he does Christmas too.)  I hope everything is OK.  It's a lot of work, but seeing the Christmas lights cheers me up -- and I think this will be very helpful for my own peace of mind when I come home, in the dark, after work.

Advent starts this Sunday, and for once, I have my pink candle way ahead of time.  Having the candlelight at dinner will be nice and cheery too.

So while I feel rather "dull" about the holidays --- I'm not really excited or energized by it this year --- I feel that I'm in a good spot about it.  Some years are full of travel and excitement and visiting, and other years (like this one) are more about calm, quiet, and relaxing. I'm really OK with the way this year is coming to an end.


Today is Saturday, and so I'll be doing Saturday things, which I love to do (seriously):

 

Progress as of today: 50 lbs lost so far, only 1.5 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Meh on the trainers. What about a weight-lifting class at a junior college or extension program? It feels like you need a few friends who lift more than a trainer.

Donkey on 11/27/2021:
Seriously contemplating this.

Donkey on 11/27/2021:
I think you're right: I need a support group of peeps who also like to lift. It would be nice if they were older gals like me, but it could be younger serious gals, or even dudes.

*sigh* I don't know where to find peeps like that - at least not at my gym. There used to be a local gym that was for mostly weight lifting - like serious lifters (no cardio bunnies), but they went out of business when COVID hit :-( The former owner still trains, but I'm pretty sure he's not at my gym.


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Right? Pity you are so far away. THAT is a girls night I could get behind. It would almost be a fun social thing for a gym to run… An Athena first wednesday of the month night for women to come lift and spot each other.

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Right??? I would love this!


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Meetup has weightlifting groups… I mean you could bodybuild and maxamize your best ass-et. https://www.meetup.com/topics/weightlifting/

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Ohhh, that's a good idea! This never occurred to me. I'll do some research.


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Search women bodybuilding groups

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
OK - I will look into this. :-)


Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Haha, Donk, I always stress out about my weight prior to PCP visits too. As I mentioned, I’ve refused to step on their scale many times over the years.

Wish you lived nearby and could visit me and my incredible gym. I called it studio quality once & Matt said: No! It’s pro quality.

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
I already know that going into my PCP visit, my weight won't be accurate because it's at 2pm. So I will have coffee, water, and 1-2 meals in my tummy by the time it comes to weigh in. This is why I wanted to get below my nice weight of 132-133.

I love seeing pictures of people's home gyms - what they do. I think yours is one of the best I've seen. There's one lady who lives in an apartment, and she has her squat rack set up in her living room. Her husband is OK with that. What a gem!


bearcountrygg on 11/28/2021:
Holidays are supposed to be yummy....so it was a GREAT ONE!!!! Good job getting your outdoor things done...you are way ahead of me.

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Yes, it was a great one -- one of the best ones I've had. I really enjoyed just relaxing and going with the flow.

Ah, believe me, I didn't do all that much as far as Christmas decorations outside, because I have in my mind having to brave the cold temperatures afterwards to put everything away. Still, Christmas lights bring cheer to me, so I'm glad that I did this.

The rest of the winterization stuff -- again, minimal in what we take out, because it all has to get put away later on. I've been working on this a little bit at a time over the weekends. I have to say, I really lucked out with the weather this year.


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
oh yeah,it's great to have the home gym alternative for times you cannot get to the gym. during my walk last night with my friend, it was dark out, we saw someone had fabricated an entire gym in their two-car garage space complete even with a TV. we could see in because the lights were on, bright, and we saw the tv on and gym equipment thru the windows of the garage. It was a big house, so i couldn't believe they couldn't put the gym somewhere else!? when it snows, they'll have to clean their cars...haha, maybe they don't care enough and the gym is most important! it was a pretty big gym, to fill a two car garage!

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Ha ha ha -- priorities, Horn. It's all about priorities - LOL!

Frankly, I'd have a hard time giving up my garage for a gym, since you and I have snowy winters. I want my car to be sheltered, but apparently, not a lot of people do, judging by folks in my neighborhood who park outside all year round, due to the amount of junk stored in the garage!


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
being mindful and remaining calm are also behaviors i am looking to improve upon :)

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Me too, SO MUCH. I'm getting better at it, but it's a work in progress :-)


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
i have heard of these advent calendars. have you ever done those? where they have little gifts in them each night? for instance,my friend has a beauty advent type of calendar and in each day there's a sample perfume/cream/etc...have you heard of that!? i believe it's the 30 days before Christmas?

Nice job getting your saturday goals accomplished. hope to hear more from you today!

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
Ohhh, your question takes me back to when the kids were little. They would each get an Advent calendar, either from my mom or us, and each night, they would open another window and find a piece of chocolate.

The chocolates were in the shape of Christmas things and toys, so we'd try to guess the shape of the chocolate before they opened the door, e.g. train, snowflake, Santa hat, ice skate.

THIS year, I was kind of feeling the Christmas spirit, so I had planned to pick up Advent calendars for us here, with nice chocolates. One kind was a coffee Advent calendar! Unfortunately, they all sold out immediately, with people lined up, waiting for them to be re-stocked. Definitely not my thing, so it didn't happen this year.


Jacky82020 on 11/28/2021:
Yeah, I’m always heavier on this doc scales too. Time of day & clothed. I remove my shoes & wear lightweight clothing, but it’s always up 3-5 pds over my naked no food drinkless AM weight. I asked if they take off pds for clothing before calculating BMI & she said no.

Once the added weight moved me from upper normal range to low overweight. Sad!

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
One time, I weighed in with my key fob in my pocket, loaded with keys. IDGAF at the time.


happy-1 on 11/28/2021:
Wear an outfit made of parachute silk and kick off your shoes!

Donkey on 11/28/2021:
LOL! I'm planning on lightweight leggings. Haven't figured out the top part yet.


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Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Nov 27, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

  28.75 November Sunshine Hours 

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Waiting To Do -  read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of November, during Thanksgiving weekend.

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. Page 249 of 683 e-book pages.


11/27 Saturday - 

breakfast: coffee and banana 150, cornbread 200...350

snacks: 2 snack size candies, one butterfinger, one twix 200...holding out for late lunch at renee's lots of veggies, too.

 snack with renee tortilla chips and carrots with salsa 200, 

2pm or so late lunch (i forgot really what time!) roasted red peppers (i seasoned them and brought them to renee to cook there) 100, taste of kiche (think i'm spelling it wrong) that renee made 50, drumstick meat large one 150, salad with balsamic dressing 150, a dbl stuff pb oreo that my friend gave me to try as we were talking about oreos haha...tea.500-550 excellent.

8pm dinner back when i got home - tastes of my supermarket splurge on all kinds of snacks: kale chips that actually aren't good but i will finish as they are very healthy and not that bad to throw away 150, crackers that look like cheeze its but made with first ingredient butternut squash 2 servings 200, layogurt mango yogurt 150

1750....

30 min walk with renee in the cold! she is awesome. we walked after the sun had set from aroudn 5:30-6pm in 38F weather.! nice friend. i had made sure she really wanted to go....her hubby stayed home with their 7mo baby and we walked around the block a few times :)


Yesterday - quiet, mostly on couch.  a very long rest day. went out to supermarket for a little shopping, but most of the day was just chilled on the couch which i don't regret but that's what it was. i did get in some reading on the book above, so that's good.  i started to eat high in calories but then settled into a more relaxed state come the late afternoon. old habits die hard!...laziness/no plans...pushing into the unmotiavated state...but i'm back today!!! :) back to reality feels good to see my friends later!

Weights Saturday morning - IN PROGRESS! :) was nice to take a day off from it this week.

Leave apt around 11:50-12 to get to friends at 12:30ish...  see renee, her hubby eric and baby Andrew Sebastian :)... if nice weather, we will go for a walk / bbq :) also someone named erica, her bf and her son will be going...not sure if anyone else....we will prob not have time to walk, so if not, i'll go on my stationary bike tonight

CALL LuLu's BAKERY while at Renee's house as i do not want to do it earlier as i'm involved in some other things at home earlier now and i do not want more delays on what i'm doing (exercise, laundry, preparing some veggies to bring to renee to be roasted but prepping at home, did a fast cranberry sauce, then the microwave breaker shut and i had to call housing but that was a fast fix :)) - to ask about cakes and which is best to get for bday for Monday....must get this right for Monday at work...have renee help me decide on the cake!!!...done! got the "amore" cake ...it has rum in it! :)

and def planning to catch up with everyone here soon, yesterday was NOT the day for it, sorry.!! (sometimes i am just not in the right mindframe).

supermarket again on Long Island for MORE veggies/fruit...the inexpensive and deals place by Rennee! and seltzer....done, was a splurge bc this particular supermarket is full of snacks and interesting foods that aren't in regular markets...lots of snacks.

get gas on long island :) done! :)

upper only done. legs tonight.

tonight, without question: find a card at home (got a thousand, one of them should be sufficient as a congrats/success type!), write card and mail card for Rachel....something online my friends are doing...and that i cannot forget to do...must go into mail today!

did my weekly laundry this AM, so it's out of the way.  :-D


11/28 Sunday - (1st night Chanukah tonight, email myself the hebrew prayer (a lot of people know it by heart as it's very similar to all the prayers which are about a sentence long in hebrew language, but i always forget the end of the prayer bc i don't say it every year and do not say prayers much during the year so i need to print it to make sure i do not mess it up accidentally) to print at work and also the english version of prayer) - 

Do legs exercises in am...before going to bakery.

GO TO LuLu's BAKERY....10am

1 helium balloon for Jay....

I think my plan is to do some cooking today?....yes....lots of veggies will be cooked...to announce what i make later...

clean guinea cages/laundry.

say the chanukah prayer tonight, email to my work email the hebrew/english prayer. (like a sentence each, not a big deal, just don't want to forget).


11/29 Monday (1st night Chanukah last night, light menorah 1st candle as soon as i get to work)

Light 2nd light of the menorah at end of workday, before going home).

Def drive to work, have a lot to bring into work today...cake, small errand/gift things, get it mostly DONE.

If weather decent, do leg strength / walking after work in the park.


11/30 Tuesday:

walk before work?

Light 3rd candle, end of workday

Weights tonight - upper


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

get in some walking before work?

Light 4th candle, end of workday

If weather ok, do some walking after work or if not in mood, come home and use stationary


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday

upper body tonight :)


12/3 Friday -  6th candle tonight 


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight


12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

12/7 Tues

12/8 Wed

12/9 Thurs

12/10 Fri 

12/11 Sat

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

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Happy Hanukkah!!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2021:
ohhh ty...it will begin tomorrow night...you def did NOT forget Happy!


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
Good for you for slowing down the eating! I know where you're coming from, with an unstructured & unmotivated day --- we tend to start grazing, which can be fine but can also lead to bad choices. If I recall, it actually ended up being a lower calorie day for you? Anyway, recognizing the behavior (in time) AND changing the behavior - BOOM! That's what it's about! WOOT!

If I may make an observation and suggestion: I've noticed that you've kind of put off reading the changes on the courts website. Why not save this for Christmas (Eve)? I presume that you will get a day off of work for the Christmas holiday, and since it's not really a holiday that you observe in a religious way, why not use that day to read up and set yourself up for the new year, whatever that may bring.

Perhaps you are procrastinating because it represents a potential big change. (I do this, so I'm offering this from my biased perspective.) Remember, it's only reading and learning. Even if it may be discouraging (or encouraging), once you've read and reviewed the website, you'll be better equipped with the information to make decision(s) down the road. Once you've visited the website, it's a completed task, and you can go on with your day. Perhaps plan to go for a walk afterwards, treat yourself to some coffee (e.g. Starbucks, but I'm sure you have better around you).

Anyway, just putting that out there. I could be completely wrong, coming from the opposite end of the universe on this one, LOL.

I hope you enjoy your visit with friends!!! That's what the holidays are about :-)


Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Why do you have to read about court changes? Job search?

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2021:
yes, future job application / tests...


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
Sounds like you had a really nice outing with your friend. I like a gal who is not afraid to walk in the colder weather :-) And the food sounds so delicious! It's great that you were able to keep the calories on the lower side, but that's the power of vegetables for sure - YUM!

Looks like it was a very productive trip as well, since you could go grocery shopping and get gas for the car - you're all set for this upcoming week.

I did upper body weights today too :-)


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
PS Answered your comment on my Friday diary. :-)


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Horn_of_plenty - Friday Nov 26, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 108.0

  28.25 November Sunshine Hours 

Last TOM - 11/17/21....

Waiting To Do -  read courts changes to their website...reminder to do - END of November, during Thanksgiving weekend.

Currently reading NYPL digital book called....."Can't Let Go," By Barbara Freethy romance novel, seems ok - nothing special just yet. lol. Page 249 of 683 e-book pages.

Hand-sew my ripped pillow case during the long Thanksgiving break...


 11/26/21 Friday, Continued Holiday....i am not sure how i will spend today...i think i may drive myself to a new (but local-ish) park...there are some park hikes as listed on a website for NYC Parks and i may just look into and join one...on the drive back, i may go to Bath and Body Works to buy around 3 3-wick candles as they are good gifts and/or to keep myself 1 or two of them. big sale, always, on Black Friday at Bath and body works on those candles, listed over 50% off.....

I slept in until almost 9am...prob around 11hrs sleep which is typical for me after a short or long workweek it seems. i don't mind. it means i can get up and eat more of what i want without needing a snack between breakfast and lunch. yes, i always think about that on the weekend.

will write more later, going to read a little...read up on the courts website would be smart too...

Weights today for sure....

maybe a quick phone call and walk to the tailor/cleaners to fix my fleece and my pillowcase...but first check if it's even open today...

 

breakfast: banana and coffee 150, 2 small bags blueberries and cream oatmeal almost finished few bites left with almond milk 250  400.

Snacks at close to noon until 1pm: rest of the oats above, then I sampled a free keto cookie dough bar not great at all 130, a butterfinger mini 100, and a cookie 50, kombucha 20. 300.

1:30 light lunch rest of the roasted veggies from yesterday little bit mom gave me 150, small tastes brisket almost nothing 50, pretzels 150
 

1,050...

went out shopping to supermarket in the afternoon  before sunset - will just add 30 min cardio / sunshine for it since the rest of the day I've been on the couch just reading / chilling which I don't feel bad about at all. 
4:30-5:15pm blueberries and another pack dried jackfruit 200, Hershey's special dark choc x2 100

Dinner Tbd ??: just realized i'm out of veggies...aside from what's in freezer or a few fresh peppers...do i do takeout?i cook something or go to supermarket? maybe i'll do my canned soup finally!!!- def planning on heating up a split pea soup with crackers or corn bread 

Dinner - half the can of split pea with ham soup 150, one cornbread 200 - 350

1700....I did want to eat and eat today but somehow got thru with the veggies from mom and the soup tonight, there was some health to my eating today ..! I was pretty lazy yesterday and today but will do my workout tonight - upper body and get back on track a bit as the weekend progresses - reminding myself I still have a whole weekend ahead of me :-) 

mom invited me to come back over for dinner but i'm thinking just to stay local by me and do the little things around here that need some doing...

 


11/27 Saturday - Leave apt around 10 to get to friends at noon:  see renee, her hubby eric and baby Andrew Sebastian :)... if nice weather, we will go for a walk / bbq :)

CALL THE BAKERY - to ask about cakes and which is best to get for bday for Monday....must get this right for Monday at work...


11/28 Sunday - (1st night Chanukah tonight, email myself the hebrew prayer (a lot of people know it by heart as it's very similar to all the prayers which are about a sentence long in hebrew language, but i always forget the end of the prayer bc i don't say it every year and do not say prayers much during the year so i need to print it to make sure i do not mess it up accidentally) to print at work and also the english version of prayer) - 

GO TO THE BAKERY....

I think my plan is to do some cooking today?....

I also need to order / buy a bday cake for someone at work who always does all the buying / shopping....and i want to make sure it's all done and done right by me....very important to get this right...

Weights today for sure.


11/29 Monday (1st night Chanukah last night, light menorah 1st candle as soon as i get to work)

Light 2nd light of the menorah at end of workday, before going home).


11/30 Tuesday:

Light 3rd candle, end of workday


12/1/21 WEDNESDAY....DECEMBER!

Light 4th candle, end of workday


12/2/21 Thursday

Light 5th candle, end of workday


12/3 Friday - Bring menorah home to have it at my apt, since i only have 1 electric one and no other, light 6th candle tonight (but may just leave it at work for ease...will decide closer to this date).


12/4 Saturday, Light 7th candle tonight

12/5 Sunday - Light 8th Candle tonight (complete) but then prepare it to bring back to work Monday...(might just leave menorah at work, haven't decided).


12/6 Monday - Set up menorah again at work, fully lit.

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

bearcountrygg on 11/26/2021:
Sounds like a really good deal on the candles....I forget to light candles these days.......

Horn_of_plenty on 11/26/2021:
i might go, i might not! there will be a long line there because everybody loves this 1x a year deal! :) have nice day, Bear!


Donkey on 11/26/2021:
I received a few really good coupons for Bath & Body Works, but that store is completely out of my comfort zone. It would have to be a deliberate effort to go. I offered the coupons to my daughter, but she hasn't used them yet. I think I will save them to use soon when I want a fun, indulgent, "something new" outing for myself :-)

I realized from reading yesterday's entry that you had pie for your mother's birthday and cake for Thanksgiving -- kind of the reverse of what many folks too, but hey, nobody's going to say bad things about chocolate cake, right?

Enjoy your day off -- you and me both :-)


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Bath and Bodyworks sounds amazing!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2021:
i skipped it....haha, i have enough candles to skip this year! haha, savings!!!! :) LOL.

i do have a coupon for a free lotion, may use it tomorrow tho!


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happy-1 - Saturday Nov 27, 2021
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Weight: 243.0

Saturday, 11-27-21 5:20 am:

Inch by inch. Pebble by pebble. I will conquer. Survived having my dad's friend over. I had enough energy to move the trash cans out and clean up outside, but ran out of will to do his bathroom. Just couldn't keep going. Not the best... but he still had a nice visit. She brought us her husband's frozen specialty meals for heart failure... he had a stroke. I gave her a bag of compact nutrition shakes leftover from when mom was on hospice. All that happening and she still had time to come see us. Amazing.

I didn't get any exercise in... second day soreness set in plus the fatigue... but I made mostly lower carb choices and took 2 glipizide and I was able to get my sugar in range all night. This was hard because she also brought over some thanksgiving leftovers and my dad went straight for the mashed potatoes. I made him stop and eat protein first, then tucked them away. Then I went to bed. He woke me up to demand where the pie she brought was... It was on the counter. Then when I came out, there was more conflict because he wanted me to put drinks in the fridge anfd I said no.. a small request but he's angling for 5 star white glove service and I am half dead. I still have my piece of pie from Thanksgiving set aside so I can eat it when my sugar is low... it just sat there calling to me last night.

I must have made the best worst choices because:

  1. I fell asleep easily and on time.
  2. My sugar was in range all night.

Onwards and upwards.

 

Progress as of today: 74 lbs lost so far, only 83 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Indeed! Upwards & I onwards. I admire your positive attitude.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Every day above ground…


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
And also… I changed my Alexa settings to start the heat earlier… tracking little tweaks like this to find the perfect system to get to yoga-ready at 6am. Tonight, I will clear space for my yoga mat tonight before I go to bed. Catch is still that to fast and do yoga, I need to stop eating at 3pm, not 5:30 pm. Inch by inch.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
6:40 am. Day 4 of not enough REM sleep. It started on Tuesday night after I went for a walk around my neighborhood. I don’t understand.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
12:17am… my missing iHerb order of Active B-6 mysteriously showed up at my door! Celebrate!!!!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
6:30pm I finally figured out what’s wrong with the thermostat. I’ve been so tired I didn’t even see that the part that connected to the thermostat itself was frayed and only connected by a couple of wires. Facepalm. 3.5 days of recovery time sounds about right. All I did today was pack and order supplements and pick up my Vitamin D prescription… and that and the heat was literally all I could do.


Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Alexa turns on the heat? Wow!

I couldn’t stop eating at 3 PM. Consume most calories nights.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Yeah… it’s a challenge… I am doing better and not hungry at night anymore… but it’s weird to stop eating at 3…


Horn_of_plenty on 11/27/2021:
remember not to let the tests and results skew your mindset. you have a lot of inner strength, so do not rely only on automated results from watches and results to make you think you cannot conquer more than you think is possible. i'm saying you are stronger than you think....don't be fooled by electronics. they may be good, but not as good as our own Inner Strength.

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Right… UNLESS you have inattentive adhd and your introspective awareness is broken… then technological supports can help us listen to our bodies like a hearing aid. https://proudlyadhd.readysetchoose.com/52-understanding-inattentive-adhd-guest-barbara-luther/


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
Whoa, I had no idea that Alexa could turn on the heat. I guess that makes sense, but it just never occurred to me. Whoa...

#1 and #2 are HUGE victories!!!!!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Right? Inch by inch.


Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Donk, I’m thinking Alexa is smarter than my husband! LOL

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
You HAVE to see the Southpark Post COVID special where Stan dated his Alexa and it didn’t work out and they are trapped in a marriage from hell but he can’t afford to upgrade and she still runs everything.


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Jacky82020 - Saturday Nov 27, 2021
(CR & Cardio & Exercise)
Weight: 108.0

 

Finally saw a .8 pd weight loss overnight after a full week of strick CR.   Ate maybe 750 calories yesteday &  burned off at least half.  


Excited about the WW scale.   It accommodates 4 users.   So there will be 4 of me, a 20 yr old, 40, 60 & 80.  All bogus.   This is to see if they are using algorithms to calculate their metrics.  I had a scale that worked that way years ago.   One entered age & height and it used those.  No idea how this scale works, too busy lately to google.

After we left Walmart, Matt mentioned he saw a Black Friday Charge 4 Fitbit down $99 to 69.  Wish he had said so sooner!   I have a fkaly Charge 3.  I ordered it online & it can be picked up after 11 today. 

Progress as of today: 26 lbs lost so far, only 3 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Congratulations!!!

Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Thanks! I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. Been thinking about fast food all morning.

Saw the Garmin with the Body Battery. Does it extrapolate energy levels from your sleep numbers & heart rate?


happy-1 on 11/27/2021:
Yes. Forerunner 245 at minimum to include oxygenation and respiration. The only sensors it is missing is hydration and body temp which I get from Hdrop and their Garmin connect app. Plus you can add on gear to measure cycling power. It is amazing. It has changed my life.

Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
Oh, that’s interesting. Didn’t know a wrist pulse ox existed. I have a few finger ones here. I don’t understand how it could measure hydration, will take a closer look.


Donkey on 11/27/2021:
I look forward to hearing about your new scale!!! How long will you use your fake users? Will it change your viewpoint to use it for yourself?

I have an FitBit Alta -- 2, I think? I like it but when it starts to konk out on me, I may switch to Garmin like Husband and Happy. IDK, right now it works so I don't have to think about it.

Let us know about the scale!

Jacky82020 on 11/27/2021:
I just ran outside & checked. Not here! Sometimes Amazon emails pics of porch as soon as a package arrives, but not always.

Not sure if 4 fakes me’s will become integrated into one real me. Depends on how much hassle to switch users & how my 4 girls are doing. LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 11/28/2021:
lol, just coming by to say that's a very juicy looking steak below! and quite thick too! will be back with more comments later today, i'm not done with you!


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