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

 17.00 Sept Sunshine Hours! 

22.25 August Sunshine Hours!  

Last TOM - 9/20/21....

Currently reading a NYPL digital book called "The Energy Bus.

Business Law:


Wed - drive in.  do weights in evening - just upper...

Overslept, half hour late to work. i've made up extra time already; don't need to make it up. will not stay late to make it up.

Breakfast: banana 120, coffee 30, sm wrap with whipped cream cheese 150. 300

Snacks: 

Lunch: 

Snacks: 

Dinner:


9/23 Thursday - public transport to study notes Week 5 - def should...have a lot of pages to read; do not want to read on weekend..


Friday - public trans again? - def should, have a lot to read; do not want to read much on weekend.


Saturday 

Sunday


9/27 Mon

9/28 Tues

9/29 Wed

9/30 Thurs

10/1 Friday...how is it OCTOBER!?


10/2 Sat - last weekend of work for Business Law Week #6

10/3 Sunday

10/4 Monday

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

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Donkey - Wednesday Sep 22, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 132.5

This afternoon, Husband and I leave for our long weekend getaway, and all I can feel is stressed that I'm not packed yet, and I have a ton of work to do, at work, before I leave.  I'm worried about leaving Mistakes Girl so much work. I'm worried about all the work that wil be waiting for me on Monday.  This so sucks.


Mistakes Girl and I had a nice private chat yesterday. She has it on good authority that if something should happen to the Boss,unexpectedly, where Boss cannot work, that the New Guy is to take over the running of the firm, not the older, more experienced Associate Attorney.  This is in writing, so it will be.  What a kick in the gut to Associate Attorney - I wonder if he knows.  Nice Lady has already sort of figured it out.

I didn't tell MG that I don't want to work for New Guy -- BUT I did tell her that I have problems "meshing" with New Gal.  (New Girl is 47 years old, so she's not really a "girl" - I will be calling her New Gal from now on.)  And I do not want to work at the firm if Mistakes Girl isn't there to act as a buffer between the 2 of us.  


Eating was OK yesterday.  Upper body weights wasn't as good though, because I worked an hour of overtime, to get caught up for today, so that I could get as much done today as possible, before I leave. Lower body weight training this morning was only OK.  The stress of everything kind of got in the way, plus, I didn't want to push myself and strain my back right before our hiking trip. So I held back a bit and it was nothing spectacular.

The nice thing about this trip is that we are coming back home on Friday afternoon, so I get a little longer at home.  That probably defeats the "long weekend" thing, but I really just need those 2 days AT HOME.  My mom recently mentioned to me that a 3-night stay anywhere seems to be the ideal limit for any trip.  This is 2 nights...  IDK I feel like I just need time to think and be.

 

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost and already at goal!

horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2021:
good idea to let him know "i'm listening." (my coworker)


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2021:
Vacay sounds exciting! You deserve a break from the office etc. Does this firm do real estate only?


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Sep 22, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Out of bed at 5...cofffee and the news with D as usual....slept really well all night.....only side effect is a mildly sore arm.......otherwise feeling really good.  I have some things to do at home today so will probably get started on these soon......... The boys keep calling, checking on their Mom...LOL......Their Mom is a tough old bird!!!  

Coffee

2 boiled eggs

a piece of my late birthday cake....got it made finally last night...

 

 

Donkey on 09/22/2021:
So glad that shot #2 is going well. If you feel the need to rest, though, do it.

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2021:
I feel great...but if that changes....I will settle down a relax....but right now...loads of energy.


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2021:
Think you’re rewriting your early AM posts & deleting. Believe I responded today but it’s gone. Could also be I messed up on the day. Easy to do before dawn.


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Brett - Tuesday Sep 21, 2021
(Atkins)
Weight: 171.0

Hey, everyone

I have a lead  on a foldup treadmill. Should fit nicely into my studio apt.  She is moving and wants $150. Worth $600 new and in great condition.

Progress as of today: 9 lbs lost so far, only 11 lbs to go!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
sounds like something great to have at home, especially with colder weather coming!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
sounds like something great to have at home, especially with colder weather coming!


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2021:
Good deal, Brett. Bought my first treadmill used for a hundred, think in San Diego. Upgraded years later & sold it to some soldier at Pendleton for the same hundred. Likely you could recoup your investment if it doesn’t work for you. & maybe get another. Lots of used treadmills & stationary bikes out there.


Donkey on 09/22/2021:
That's a pretty good price, and it sounds like it would work for you, in your space.


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

 17.00 Sept Sunshine Hours! 

22.25 August Sunshine Hours!  

Last TOM - 9/20/21....

Currently reading a NYPL digital book called "The Energy Bus.

Business Law:


 Tuesday: Took Public Trans, got 3 pages read i believe out of like 12 pages I printed out, Lesson Week 5.

Recorded 1.25 hours for cardio today.

Breakfast / snacks : banana 120, wrap with cream cheese 200, dbl stuff oreo 70, coffee 30. 420..

11am Snacks: muffin keto 200

Lunch: tofu 100, roasted squash 250, med banana (bc TOM) 150...500

Snacks:none, busy

late Dinner after dentist: badchinese eggplant leftovers bc not cooked through 100, white rice 250, gummies regular 250 tops600. 

1700.

Dentist appt after work 6pm - 

Meeting 6pm, will skip due to dentist; or maybe log on for half since it's an online meeting.


Wed - drive in, do weights in evening.


Thursday - public transport to study notes Week 5


Friday - public trans again?

Saturday

Sunday

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

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2021:
Bananas....I don't think they get enough credit.....full of lots of healthy vitamins.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
and really good for thigh pain during that time of month ;) lol.

i do agree, they are one of a kind!


Donkey on 09/22/2021:
I hope you had a good day - it was a good food day, at least! And you managed the public transportation, which is good.

horn_of_plenty on 09/22/2021:
all was good, just late today coming in by half hour. but i ahve worked extra previously and therefore just going to try to get home to do weights and be on time tomorrow and the rest of the week...grrr!


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Sep 21, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Up at 5....coffee and the news with D.......raining much of the night...it's the last day of summer.....and ready for fall.   Hoping that the rain slows down because I would like to leave here at 9:45.....ready to get this jab over with.  

coffee

1 boiled egg

banana

2 baked chicken tenders

1 C potato salad

2/3 C cole slaw

Bagel

spray butter

white chocolate peanut butter

cake

Jab went just fine....much busier today than last month but didn't have to wait there afterwards this time.  Feeling fine....took a nap and then no side effects so far.......raining all day and saw lots of trees turning colors on the drive.....

 

Jacky82020 on 09/21/2021:
Just saw today’s forecast. 100% chance of rain. Must have been sprinkling at the news station when they predicted that. Didn’t get outside to work on yard. Had plans for today, but don’t know now. No rain yet but my habit is to hop on bike, get coffee & read newspapers on the iPad.

Good luck on the poke! Chances are all will go well, maybe some injection site soreness.

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2021:
Still raining here, feeling good so far.


Donkey on 09/21/2021:
Rainy & cooler this morning over here - yay!!!

Good luck with the 2nd shot. I found that I had more reaction with the 1st shot than the 2nd, but I'm the oddball apparently. Just be sure to drink water and move your arm (shrugs, rotations, stretches) throughout the day. Rest.

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2021:
Napped and feeling just fine......younger son called this morning and just like his brother...he also had a panic attack but his woke him up in the middle of the night.....so far so good here.


Donkey on 09/21/2021:
And happy belated birthday!!! I wish you many blessings in the year ahead.

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2021:
Thank you so much!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
nice job adding veggies in (cole slaw!)

cheers on the banana. i find it makes me feel good. so many years i ran from them...ooops. now, i have one very often.

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2021:
I also add lots of veggies to my potato salad......so peppers, celery, radishes are in that too...also relish...


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
i hope you continue to feel good after the jab :)

bearcountrygg on 09/22/2021:
So far so good....slept like a log.


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Jacky82020 - Tuesday Sep 21, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.2

 Weather prediction Fake News. Said 100% chance of rain & zero so far.   Put off yard work and rode bike for several hours.   Feet beginning to ache.

 Continue to work on preparing for the pink  or maybe yellow axolotl.  Walmart sells live worms which appears to be best food choice, but some saying soft salmon or trout pellets good.   These ones from the Pennsylvanian seller are used to worms  & ppl saying maybe be reluctant to switch.  Breeder has some GFP: green flourescent protein.   They glow green under black lights! 

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 09/21/2021:
This PA seller has great prices, averaging 50-70% off other breeders. Expecting overnight FedEx to be as much as animal


bearcountrygg on 09/21/2021:
I've never seen anything like those before...I can see why you want one.

Jacky82020 on 09/21/2021:
So cute, huh? Turning out to be a big project. And I don’t even have the axie. Not anxious to make any mistakes.

Hope the Walmart worms will be ok. Saw them in huge quantities at Amazon & eBay. Some Walmart reviews saying they don’t take good care of the worms & to open carton & inspect.

Never see any around here. Used to after the rain in California.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
the copper scares me but the bottom right i find pretty cute!

Jacky82020 on 09/22/2021:
Find them all adorable, but definitely prefer a pink or gold to the greys & others. Some have gorgeous long fluffy purple/hot pink gills.


Donkey on 09/22/2021:
Did you ever get the rain?

Jacky82020 on 09/22/2021:
No! And I could have done some yard work. But why do today what can be put off? LOL

Jacky82020 on 09/22/2021:
No! And I could have done some yard work. But why do today what can be put off? LOL


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happy-1 - Tuesday Sep 21, 2021
(HcOcPsNsPrdDs,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp7w9bed)
Weight: 234.0

Tuesday 9/21/21:

So many things went right... still missed 6AM yoga... I think I need to start getting up at 4:30AM. My brain just needs more warmup time. It took me like 15 minutes to realize that was why my computer wasn't turning on... Doh. 

Getting ready for a 6:30am class (yay). Then I will either run or bike. Probably run. If I can get the Garmin coach program to load. If I can't I will bike since that is my plan for today. Except my butt hurts.

Minor success... OT says I can use my time tracking study for function level the way I planned to. I just need to build in a buffer for being introverted and needing wind down time alone, and have a way to account for travel time and things going wrong outside of my control. Yay me.

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

happy-1 on 09/21/2021:
7am. Tried and bailed on the 6:30 AM class. I might not be up to a class everyday. It might be a class EOO day, with cardio in between. Or I am really feeling only drinking 4 bottles of water yesterday not 7.


bearcountrygg on 09/21/2021:
Is there a yoga class that corresponds with your best time of day? That would probably make it easier.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
i love time alone.

a class everyday is a lot; and there's classes most times of day...who knows, maybe you like evening classes?

also, nice job getting a lot right, nobody is perfect all the time xoxo


Donkey on 09/22/2021:
I agree with the above - a yoga class a day is kind of a lot, unless you're doing something like a challenge, e.g. "30 days of yoga". If you are looking to yoga as a "workout", then it's a lot. If you are looking to yoga as a mind-connection thing, then even sitting for 5 minutes to meditate or participating in shavasana would count for daily yoga.

That's kind of cool about the OT feedback, to manage time. :-D


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Donkey - Tuesday Sep 21, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 132.5

So let me start by saying that overall, yesterday was an OK day, which isn't bad - not great, but not awful.  Having said that, I will tell you that work just drained any sense of happiness or contentment that I had from the weekend, stomach problems or not.  The most positive thing I can say is that at least I know that I wasn't alone in feeling that way, because Mistakes Girl has probably reached my level of fatigue/frustration that I have been operating at.  

Just drowning in emails mostly, for me.  I walk in to 32 emails to start my day.  That is a high number, meaning it will be a busy day.  I have to jump in and get started on chipping away at those right away or the emails will become uncontrollable.  At least I did not have as many new contracts as Mistakes Girl had (because of New Guy).  And New Girl was there all day, which helped, EXCEPT that I just don't like the way she opens up files.  Of the 3 that I reviewed (for mistakes) that she opened, only 1 of them could pass.  The other 2 have mistakes that require extensive data re-entry.  I know that she won't learn if I don't say anything, but these were so bad that I don't even think it's a learning experience.  It's just a redo.

So I put the new re-do files aside and left for the day at 5:15p - late for a yoga day. Dinner was a little rocky because Husband thinks that by talking louder, he'll become more clearer in what he's trying to communicate.  I couldn't understand what he was trying to say - I think my brain was just on overload. 

Yoga was pretty bad because the instructor's WiFi wasn't working well, and so it was very choppy.  Also, I'm not sure what's going on with her, but I notice that she's not participating in the session as much any more.  She sits and coaches me verbally through the moves.  In a way, that's good, because she lets me know when I've gotten into the pose correctly or prompts me to make adjustments.  I miss that about yoga in the studio. 

I think I did OK with eating.  Stayed up a little later because I went out with Daughter after yoga, to drop off cans at the animal shelter, and then to use coupons at the drug store to buy vitamins.  It was so nice to spend time with Daughter, even at the expense of my own sleep.  We had an interesting conversation about younger workers and older workers, and how they relate or don't relate.  This was prompted by my realization that Male Co-Worker is a bitter old man.  For someone who identifies as a Christian, I'm just amazed at the lengths of his meanness sometimes.  TOXIC.

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost and already at goal!

Jacky82020 on 09/21/2021:
Sorry to hear work didn’t go so well. Here’s hoping that mean old guy retires soon or shows up less.

I get vitamins/supplements online from Puritans Pride. Mostly for Matt, I don’t take many, he does. Some better prices than Walmart.

Donkey on 09/22/2021:
3 years until he can retire, and if the Boss is still working, he'll probably keep working too, since he doesn't want to be home with his neurotic wife.

What is it with people I work with don't want to be with their spouses????


bearcountrygg on 09/21/2021:
I'm sure it is so frustrating that Mistakes girl makes so many errors in data......she has 1 job ( to enter things correctly) and can't even be trusted to do that.....what is she getting paid for? Sad that her work ethic is so flimsy! Agreed...louder isn't better....it just makes me want to leave the room.

Donkey on 09/22/2021:
Actually, this is New Girl who is making the mistakes. These are different though. She's not following our established procedure -- these aren't really mistakes, these are something else.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
if you do talk to your doc, let me know if they say anything about rogaine.

Donkey on 09/22/2021:
Will do!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
i wasn't trying to turn you off from trying something new, below! :)


Horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
sorry to hear about this bitter old coworker that you speak of sometimes. just stay away as much as possible. luckily, i am not currently working with ones like that now. although in the past i sorta had.

my male coworkers have many personalities. one tells me of his stresses, sadly. he's just stressed and wants to retire. he's only 57. i tell him not to forget about the good things in his life....i hope he'll be ok. he's just a kind man. i guess i should let him. i once went to him crying, on my bday, when i misinterpreted something a coworker said - i went into him and he made me feel a lot better. so, if he wants to share anything with me, i just have to give him some pep talk i guess..

Donkey on 09/22/2021:
I can so relate to YOUR male co-worker. Pep talk - or maybe just let him know you're there to listen.


Jacky82020 on 09/22/2021:
Maybe it’s the spouses who don’t want them around. LOL


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happy-1 - Monday Sep 20, 2021
(HcOcPsNsPrdDs,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp7w9bed)
Weight: 234.0

Monday 9/20/21:

Last night Mama Cat said no phones in bed, pet me. I passed out petting her while she purred away on my chest.

today I pulled off yoga but not cardio.

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

Jacky82020 on 09/21/2021:
Geez. Post vanished. Anyways, said we know who the Boss Lady is in your house. My cats approve.


Donkey on 09/21/2021:
Ha ha ha - kitty is the boss! Ha ha ha! But how nice to call asleep to a purring kitty nearby. This I know - I miss the little kitty girl that we had that used to do this almost every night with me.

Hey, getting yoga accomplished is GREAT!!!! Yay you!!!!


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horn_of_plenty - Monday Sep 20, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

 15.75 Sept Sunshine Hours! 

22.25 August Sunshine Hours!  

Last TOM - 9/20/21....

Currently reading a NYPL digital book called "The Energy Bus.

Business Law:


photo of the keto pb chocolates: they do taste good - a little less empty (i meant MELTY) than regular Reece's but I do like these. Not too many per bag though abs a high price. However they are small and even just having two is only 150

cals 

 


 

 

 

Monday - weights tonight; upper only

Breakfast 350

Snacks none - fast morning

Lunch salad mostly cucumber and iceberg with olive oil and spices 150, part of pork sausage 100, lots of pretzels tasty 300-350. 600 tops.

Snacks black tea with stevia.

5:30 "dumbb" snack instead of preparing dinner. will lift weights before dinner and settle in with my snack: a diet coke but it's called green coke and with stevia. no cals. it's pretty good. tried it from amazon. a few servings gummy vitamins lol 50 this is where i started down the wrong path!, dried jackfruit 100. 150 1 pb cup. 

Dinner - not sure but it's getting late. 7:45pm during workout banana 120, yogurt light chobani pretty good 60, banana dry oatmeal mixed in 110...300

1500.

Sister's bday today


Tuesday

Dentist appt after work 6pm - maybe take public trans to study...tbd

Meeting 6pm, will skip due to dentist; or maybe log on for half since it's an online meeting.


Wed


Thursday - public transport to study notes Week 5


Friday

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

Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Looks like you have a good plan for this week! Here's to a good Monday - cheers!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Cheers to you too! I am really sorry to not always respond in a timely manner. I try to respond to your questions, but it may take longer than expected.

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
i'm cheering you on! :)


Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Relating to yesterday's post, how are your ankles/legs feeling today after all of that walking?

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
a little tightness in left lower leg (back of shin) and ankle but nothing major at all! i do well when i do a lot of cardio followed by a day of rest or even two when i'm working. Saturday was very low key so Sunday worked out well. also, being that my dad did the driving, i was able to relax quite a bit on the way to the destination and back (and then drive home from parents). also, instead of eating dinner with them, i left my parents early to go home and relax. :) doing pretty well. and today is mostly rest day; no cardo.


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
The dentist and a meeting at the same time...UGH!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
may not attend meeting at all, LOL. i guess the meeting would be easier to attend than the dentist....but now i'll have clean teeth LOL.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
I need to take a page or two from your book & do more planning. Only time I was ever good at it was when remodeling the old Victorian money pit. And of course teaching.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
planning helps me look forward to things and have goals....

but sometimes it does feel overwhelming like it never ends!

i will prob lay back from planning for the rest of the year to some extent.

and in terms of more education, i figure i can save my money and just read books on leadership, etc, as well as the other paralegal topics. i think saving money and not "going to school" is really what i should consider! haha...maybe i've had enough classes for awhile!

planning can help you if there's something new you want to get into. like a new hobby or project...

makes sense you had to plan for your home, yes. any project you do semi-successfullly needs a plan! :) xo


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Imagine 2 thumbs up!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Hahahaha I can do that ;)


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Those peanut butter cups look yummy!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
They are a little pricey but have a nice flavor. Top ingredients no gas issues filling flavor


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I'm glad to see that they are making more low sugar things without the nasty fake sugars.....that stuff is miserable.

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
even chobani has began to make yogurt with stevia! finally! it took manufacturers so long to make candy without the other stuff! i do like real sugar, but sometimes it's nice to lessen it and just have the fat.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
They had some Stover sugar free peanut butter cups on sale at Walmart, but oh! The fat!

Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
these are very good, many steps up from stover! i hope you would try these!?!? you may like them too much.... a little fat is good for you! :)


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
I’ll take a look. Thanks!


Donkey on 09/21/2021:
Oh my those PB cups look dangerous.... dangerously delicious!

horn_of_plenty on 09/21/2021:
they are good; i like the flavor a lot.


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bearcountrygg - Monday Sep 20, 2021

Weight: 0.0

 Up at 4:15.....coffee and the news with D...........Lots of conversation and planning our day.........

It was in the 40's here yesterday morning...in the 50's today......gearing up for fall/winter underway.  

Trying to get used to this switch on laptops.......I really miss my lighted keyboard...HP is not my favorite....so have had to make some allowances for lack of light...without light...it has proven to me that I know some of the keyboard....( emphasis on some).....but I will get used top it...don't have to like it though.

I have a full day planned...especially since I get my second jab tomorrow and son just had a bad reaction to his second...so I want to be ready to spend two or three days down if necessary starting tomorrow......

coffee

banana

2 baked chicken fingers

cole slaw ( 2/3 cup)

potato salad (2/3 cup)

JACKY,,,,FOR YOU...........

Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Good idea to have a full day today, in anticipation of tomorrow being a day of rest and hydration.

It can be hard to switch to a new device. I usually feel out of my element for a week or 2 until I can get used to it.

Hope you have a great Monday!

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I didn't appreciate my old light up keyboard when I had it....boy do I miss that! If my day after the jab is anything like my sons...it will be a wild ride.......he tried to go to work but had to go home after 2 hours......he had never had a panic attack before but had one the next day.......plus trouble staying awake and nausea...since he and I have the same drug allergies...I'm suspecting mine may be similar....plan on just spending it in a chair or bed.....lots of cooking and laundry and cleaning going on today......not dreading it...just want it over with.


innerpeace on 09/20/2021:
Sounds ominous. I hope your affects are minimal.

I get the electronic device switch. I have an old phone and DH has a new one. He picked up my phone (one he had for 3 years) and totally forgot how to work it and he said it made him feel dumb....I didn't argue.

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
LOL...YUP...when they say they feel dumb...do not argue.....LOL.....I'm looking forward to just getting the jab over with.....ready for it...will see how it goes......the first one wasn't too bad....just a little fleeting chills and nausea.....easy enough....and next day was great....this time...his next day was awful....so it wouldn't suprise me now.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Shame about the other keyboard.

Wow! It’s getting cold there. Still fairly warm here.

Hope the poke goes ok. HUGS

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Trees are turning.....not fully yet but we have a few.....Thanks...I think it will be fine...just did a lot of laundry and cooking today so I don't need to think about those things for a few days.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Good to get those things behind you for a while. We will have a ton of leaves to cope with soon. Matt grinds many up with the Deere & I have to rake & bag the rest.

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
We don't have much yard work here om purpose....gravel around the house and then trees, ferns etc...just growing natural.....so we don't deal with leaves...they fall and stay there and become part of the earth...LOL


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
HAPPY BDAY TO YOU!!!!!!! :)

WOW is the weather by you cold! here, only dipping into 60's for nights. i don't think we've even reached 50's at night yet!

I use an HP too. it's not my favorite either.

yes, i def recommend you relax tons after your second jab. it can be difficult to do much; you may want lots of rest. and that's ok!

your eats are very healthy and wholesome, very nice! :) (i know i need to get on the healthy/wholesome bandwagon a bit more!)

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Thank you......will make the cake tomorrow....spent the morning making cole slaw and potato salad.....the cake can wait. I do plan to just relax tomorrow and possibly for 2 days after.....no plans...plenty of food prepared ahead...

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Not too hungry today so it was an easy day.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Thanks. Bear! Nice to have alternatives. Nothing tops vegetable juice and apricots but they can become tiring day after day etc etc

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I'm sure it gets boring.......I can imagine that they do get boring,.....I'm sure it will be easier to deal with now that you have raised the numbers.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Almost everything gets boring except BK burgers & onion rings. LOL

bearcountrygg on 09/21/2021:
LOL..True!


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Jacky82020 - Monday Sep 20, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.2

 BEAR!   

Now peaceful it is to come here!   They are fighting & brawling in the fish forum.  Again.   LOL.  Started when some person in France made a general apology for being difficult & stubborn at times.   I never noticed & was aware of this poster.   Only one from France, most there are Brits.   So most of them blasted the French guy.   All I said was: you seem ok to me.   This fighting goes on and on because there are some controversial topics & more than one way of doing things. Some of these ppl are fanatics and convinced their way is the only way.

Getting really really tired of vegetable juice, but want 4 gms of potassium a day.   Walmart out of low sodium kind, which has twice the potassium & isn't all that much lower.   bought a small mortar and pestle & am grinding 100 mg potassium pills & adding 5 to each glass of juice to get to one gram.   Can't taste it at all.   Amazon had these huge ones. Can't imagine what ppl would grind a lot of other than nuts. Mine is for spices & pills.

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
LOL...fighting over how to raise fish....I can't even imagine. Did the Dr tell you to keep working on the potassium? Maybe now that it is up I wonder if it will stay there naturally....as long as you eat some potassium rich food...there are a lot of them.

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
They said to up daily level & retest. I did and went from under normal (3.2) to normal, 3.9. But I want better yet, maybe 4.5. He did write an order to get retested again in a week or so. Not sure if insurance will pay since I am in the normal range. May be out the self-order fee of $40-50, forgot all ready. Probably I’m being stupid by insisting on upping a good level. Not aware or any health benefits.

Good thing the vegetable juice is low cal, 45 & filling.


horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Love that pink salamander super super cute ! Ohh I hope you can order it ! You are very good at getting deals !

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
I will get it sooner or later. But no deals, at least on the animal itself. (Weeping emojis) Some ppl have waiting lists! In contact now with a woman here in Pennsylvania who breeds them.


horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Grilled cheese in air fryer sounds so perfect just yum !


horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
As long as grinding the pills doesn’t hurt your digestion or stomach, sounds like a great plan

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Nope, same as taking them whole. Weird that I prefer to add powder to the vegetable juice. 5 or 6 pills in one fell swoop didn’t bother me either.


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Thank you!!!

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
HUGS

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
HUGS


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I posted a pic of a lot of potassium foods...CHOCOLATE!!!

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
YAY! Chocolates!


Donkey on 09/21/2021:
What a lively fish forum! I think I'd just stick around for the drama - forget the fish talk. (LOL)

I never thought about crushing up the vitamin pills to add them to a drink. Interesting... Just thinking more to my iron tablets. Oh I wish you knew how much I hate taking those. They are small pills, but they mess up my GI so much (constipation).

Jacky82020 on 09/21/2021:
That’s horrible! I can relate to anything re a constipation battle! Been there all my life. 40+ grams of fiber & excessive exercise worked well for about 2 years, then faded, much like developing a med tolerance.

So far, all the potassium doing the job, but it’s only been a few months & I am getting diminished results already, which is good. Too many farts! OMG! Couldn’t do that if I had a job around ppl.


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innerpeace - Monday Sep 20, 2021

Weight: 306.3

Friday - stripped the beds and washed laundry  - this is new usually do this on Sunday. I think I like this Friday laundry.

Saturday - a whole lot of nothing. I did mow the front yard. DH wouldn't budge. He said he wanted to 'chill' at home...doing nothing, so we did. I did tell him I'm eventaully going to want to do something and he said...yes, I know.. We had papdilla's for late lunch dinner.

Sunday - we go shopping and get the girl. We talk DH into the Apple Festival - it was just OK. I swear all the crazies that live in our town come out to this event. DH took pictures of the car show -

I walked away with a carmel apple.

DH grilled chicken, salad and corn on the cob for dinner.

Blood sugar this a.m. 130

I have been searching for my other pair of glasses...everywhere. I will go through some more drawers and cabinets tonight and declutter to find them.

Have a great day IP

 

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

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
We went to car shows often in California. Even entered my 1956 Chevy with frames in a small town contest here. She didn’t do so well. Driven everyday & not a Car Show Trailer Queen.

My insurance allows one new pair of glasses a year. Always take advantage. Recently bought more online at Zenni. Inexpensive. Nice! You upload a current RX with the measurements. Made in China & shipped to California for quality control.

Nice pic of you & the fam!


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
Great pic, great blood sugar, new routines......don't you wish you had one of those things on your glasses and all you have to do is find them with your phone???


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
I like festivals too; that are outside and nature-filled!

I like your idea of talking to get girlie talking. it's nice she just doesn't say "i don't know!"...she's actually thinking somewhat....but i'm sure there's more of a benefit in terms of these plans and who benefits? but she may be right....i'd have to think about it or google it to get the real answer lol!

never heard of papdilla's! will need to google it!

if by grilling, you mean bbqing...YUM! otherwise, that's yum too! but bbq food is delish! :) my dad does a great job at the grill :)


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
i love the pic too! the girlie is such a teenager!


Donkey on 09/21/2021:
What a nice family picture!!!

I thought 130 was kind of high for blood sugar, but Bear says it's a good number?

Oh caramel apples - we're gonna have to look into getting me one of those soon.


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Donkey - Monday Sep 20, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 132.5

I was feeling much more positive, but I can feel that my energy has shifted.  Is it the lingering heat and humidity? (Cool-off is coming Wednesday, now.)  Is it the dread of going to work?  Is it the bathroom issues this morning?  I just don't feel as well situated as I had yesterday.

It seems as though my GI system has FINALLY reconciled itself -- it's just unfortunate that it chose early Monday morning to do so, rather than on a weekend, when time is more lax.  Whoa, what a difference!  I had not realized how bloated and uncomfortable I was, until this correction.  I feel "reset" but also a bit surprised by this.  Also struggling with TOM right now - things are changing.

I'm hoping that yoga tonight will help me "reset" myself mentally.

 

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost and already at goal!

bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
I know what you mean about TOM changing......it did for me too and a hysterectomy stopped that part but the menopause [art goes on and it was a wild ride...get ready for hot flashes....( hint...don't put your summer clothes away...it may be snowing outside but it will be 90 degrees inside)...

Donkey on 09/21/2021:
I'm not at the hot flashes point yet, which I confess, I haven't even really considered. However, I have seen other women suffer through those, especially bad ones. My poor Aunt Mary used to sit outside in the middle of winter just to get some relief.

So I guess it could be worse. However, I hope that my dark moods don't get much worse.


Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Donk, are you saying you took a decent dump & feel better? One of the highlights of my week, or perhaps weeks gone by when a good crap was truly a blessing from on high. LOL The potassium is really doing it now. Doing about 4 grams a day.

Donkey on 09/21/2021:
Yes, that is what I am saying. A Donkey Dump served done did well. It is such a struggle, with the iron supplements. I eat lots of fiber, drink lots of water... It's just one of those things.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
awww, sorry you aren't feeling as good as yesterday! xoxo

we have had a cooling off and it's soooo nice. mid 70's. just perfect!

i also got TOM today...! wasn't expecting it for a few more days. i think it's a hair early. but, i always (almost) wear a pantiliner to work for issues like this and similar so that i always have extra protection, lol. it's one of my peeves to leave without wearing one!

i'm sure you feel better after the dump dump as jacky mentioned.

i'm currently realizing my hair is quite thin due to hormones. may try something like the women's version of rogaine, but not yet. i need more of a push to do it...and once you start, you cannot stop. so first, i'll just work on growing my hair out a little more so i can even it up; get a trim in december or so.

Donkey on 09/21/2021:
I'm thinking of starting rogaine (or similar product) but want to talk to my doctor about it first.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
wow! 90F yesterday for you?! it was at tops 75 yesterday and so sunny that the beaches were pretty full! people really enjoyed it and it WAS warm enough bc of the very warm sun!

The gun range sounds fun for a date night. it's not like you are going out shooting and random people/things. it's controlled. i see that as fun too. it's similar to bowling, aiming at a target. responsible adults should be able to enjoy it.

i think i once tried either tai kwon do or tai chi but i didn't understand the moves. whoever was teaching, was teaching above my beginner level .i think it was when i was in college, there was a small group being taught.hardly anyone came, most had some practice lol. so i was the newbie. if you don't want to sign up for classes starting so soon - don't. you really don't have to do what you don't want to - and i've certainly been doing a lot of them by not showing up to volunteer (which really isn't the right thing to do!) so i've made a mental note not to sign up for anything else while i am taking a course!

Donkey on 09/21/2021:
Thank you for saying this. I was thinking about your comment on my (short) drive home from work. It's one thing to stretch one's boundaries and try new things, but it's another thing to engage in activities that aren't really authentic to who I am. So I may not sign up for Tai Chi after all. I thought perhaps it would be a nice complement to yoga - and it might be - but it's a direction I really don't see myself going in.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
great idea to do the practice hike(s) with hubby. it's a good way to go to local parks / neighborhoods with walkways / greenways and benches and to get good exercise, both of you, this lovely time of year.

i remember there used to be gym hogs. if i really wanted to use the equipment; and already tried waiting; i'd ask if they could share. many times, they would...


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
all because we are female and they can do higher weight levels, doesn't mean they can hog the machines.

Donkey on 09/21/2021:
Combining my replies here: I can't even ask this guy to cut in, because he's wearing headphones, so he wouldn't be able to hear me anyway.

And I think what really annoys me is that he's a skinny little thing. He DOES lift at very heavy weights, but waits way long in between sets.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
Have you ever had any issues in pushing yourself to read at home. sometimes, i have a very hard time starting to read; which is why i like to do it on the subway and bus (there seems to be less to do, lol, while sitting there; and it's easier for me to distract myself with a book).

Donkey on 09/21/2021:
My problem is maintaining interest in a book. I seem to have no problem selecting books, getting started, but then my enthusiasm just fades out. So finishing a book, for me, feels like a major accomplishment.


Jacky82020 on 09/21/2021:
I set aside many of the books I begin. No regrets! If they don’t hold my interest, there’s thousands that will. The big political blockbusters are a good example of this. I get on the Brooklyn Library wait list as soon as I hear about one. By time I get it, the juicy stuff is all over the media & there’s always much dull stuff. For me anyway. Waiting for Peril now, about Trump’s chaotic final months in office & how the Generals had to work up stop him from nuking China & starting WW3


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happy-1 - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(HcOcPsNsPrdDs,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp7w9bed)
Weight: 234.0

Sunday - Sept 19, 2021:

3rd post for today... except I really need it. Pushed through my 8:30 cutoff time to finish my stats for tomorrow... and did it. Took the trash out at 8:30. Dad thinks I'm up and should be available to work with him. He tried to give me a whole to do list while I took out the trash. I said no, I won't remember tomorrow. I'm too tired. 9:45 he called me on the phone. I got up out of bed to see if it was an emergency. It wasn't, He wants me to buy something. I said I'd talk to him about it tomorrow and went back to bed. I'm wide awake now. Might as well setup yoga for tomorrow AM. Coffe and breakfast are already setup. 

Path of least resistance is being developed.

Grrr. Get after it.

 

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

Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Quite impressive with establishing boundaries... or if you prefer, being true to yourself in knowing where to draw the line.

I hope you have a really good yoga session this morning - good luck at the doctor's appointment!


bearcountrygg on 09/20/2021:
It's good to set boundaries with your dad....you count too...and if there is anything at all that he can do for himself then he should be doing those things.....you really are not his personal servant......you may be there to help and aid him but you also have a life and he needs to respect that too.......sounds like he likes to rile you/push your buttons.......you can resist that...you went to check to see that he was safe...after that....it can wait for another time that also works well for you......being a caretaker is so hard...been there.


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
sometimes, it's worth it (like you did!) to push to get something done for that satisfied feeling you get when you accomplish it! xoxo i do agree, boundaries are a good thing. he cannot call you any time of night; if it's not an emergency :) xoxo


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
it does feel good (now commenting on your previous entry!) to clean up and organize. i always have to be in "the right mindset" to clean up. finally went thru all my "unimportant mail" from the union / health insurance. i had been putting the letters aside, knowing they were just records of copays (still not the best idea to wait so long to open, because you never really know!) things were almost 3 months old. oops. nothing important, but i let it clutter up too much. usually i'm better, i will remember that going forwards! :) and not let that happen again! i think it's been extra bad because of my job changes and i got really distracted, but that's no excuse!

i agree, that in the AM, it's gotta be a clear path in order to do exercise! definitely, the more obstacles towards starting, the less inclined anyone would be!

sorry for your dad's moodiness. the older people get, the more difficult at times!


Horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
that first time of the quake, when you were petting your cat, it may be that she was scared and that's why she stayed with you and didn't bite you!

when we had some fireworks this summer, my little piggie was scared; and it was one of the only times he sat with me and didn't fight me to get off!


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Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 110.0

  15.75 Sept Sunshine Hours! 

22.25 August Sunshine Hours!  

Last TOM - 8/25/21....

Currently reading a NYPL digital book called "The Energy Bus.

Business Law:


PHOTO BELOW: Fire Island Lighthouse, it's  open to walk up if you want to, daily. we just went in to see the stairs, but didn't walk up.  maybe another day or maybe never will i walk up it...we walked enough as is ;)


9/19/21 Sunday - out east on Long Island with parents :-) spontaneous plans, lots of walking most probably. maybe some photos taken :)

3 hours in sun.

 9:30am breakfast: keto muffin i made yesterday 200, mixed with oatmeal/almond milk mix 150, coffee 50. 400.

snacks:chocolates 150-200

lunch:2:30 pizza approx 800? - parents and i ate halfway thru our hike/walk thru beach and beach towns. they are very fit to hold up. we walked for around 2-2.5 hours, resting a few times. (i rested the most, ha!)

snack blow pop, diet coke 50 (while driving home, getting gas, picking up a few things at supermarket)

dinner: salad with olive oil/vinegar 100 (just cucumbers and iceberg lettuce - using some things up before they spoil), part of a spicy pork sausage 100, a little more than 2.5 servings everything flavor ritz 250. 450.

1950...will stick with this; have some nice, stevia sweetened seltzer and go to bed around 9pm prob :)

 

 


9/20/21 - Monday Sister's 36th bday! boy does time fly! (celebrating earlier? on weekend?) see about it.

 

Not much pre-planning to come....unless i start making plans with family/friends...i will sign up for another course after finishing Business Law. there's, i think, 2 months rest period between courses when i take them with Center for Legal Studies. so that's good.  Overall, i have enjoyed all of them except 1. I have had all different instructors.  All were good, except 1. I have, to date, had 4 different instructors. so that's great that all were great except 1 - hard to communicate with and course didn't include multiple courses of instruction like videos, etc, just a textbook and then the final and exams weren't even off it only...lol. all other courses taught exactly what they should have and i attained a lot of knowledge from taking part ;)

Will be trying to lessen days off and wait to take them until real Winter, as in January...if i have to take one or two before then - ok, but i don't think i'll have to.

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

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
I have no idea how you do all that you do!

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
:-D


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
Ah what a lovely surprise! Enjoy your day!

horn_of_plenty on 09/19/2021:
Bc I finished my work and everything yesterday !!!! Got a long walk and workout !!


Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Cool! We have a nice lighthouse here in Erie

horn_of_plenty on 09/20/2021:
this one is the tallest in the state here! :) i would love to see yours!


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Jacky82020 - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(CR & IF & Exercise)
Weight: 113.2

 

 

It's not DD, re posting  the salamander pics.  Couldn't get them up on at another place either.   weird  because I can email them.   Will look for other ones.   This guy is adorable! 

Many errands to run today.  Never made it outside to do yardwork, but many calories burned walking around shopping & changing water in a fish tank. Got a new 20 gallon tank at Petco today. What an ordeal!   Wanted to use their 20% off orders >$50 when ordered online & picked up locally.  Onlne not showing discount, so called.   Rep spoke poor English.   Said 20% off ineligible on tanks. But he'd apply it as a one time courtesy.   But tried many times to use 3 different credit cards.   Robot telling me on 13th digit card bad.   I don't have any bad cards!

That was yesterday.  Tried today. Same failure to get 20%.  Called. Told same thing, except this agent said she could apply online & I could pay (without being transferred & required to enter CC). Appeared ok until I got to store after running several errands.   Order not entered into system.   Went to BK, Ollie's & then home.  
 

Turns our misstep was mine.   Many Save And Coninues after the one that took me to PayPal.   But order ready to be executed & today's agent gave me $15 off, so big savings.

Fell in love with pics of a pink axolotl, a type of salamander.   He will be ordered online when tank's set up.   None available now locally.   Interesting creatures.  Require cooler temps, 60F ideal.  Tank on end of kitchen table in the sunroom (all windows & skylights, but heavily shaded).   Room kept at 60 F winters except when we eat in there.  Tank won't heat up that quickly, however, I will have to purchase an aquarium chilling system.   Expected to cost more than "Mander," the tank and other equipment.

DD NOT ALLOWING ME TO UPLOAD PIC.  WILL TRY LATER.

 

Progress as of today: 20.8 lbs lost so far, only 4.2 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
Sorry for the hassle. How many tanks do you have now?

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Have to stop & think! First was 5 gallon from Walmart. Kinda an impulse buy but not really. Thought about it for a few years.

Then got a 10 gallon tank, equipped, on Craigslist. Had betta that died the day before I was to pick it up. Then a 40 gal & 2 more 10’s and then the big 90 gal cabinet tank. So that’s 6? Plus a 10 gal for plants and snails, transferred out when they’re big enough.


happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
I bet it's super peaceful to sit with your dogs and tanks and just chill. Like having your own nature center in your living room.

Makes me want a few goldfish but maybe when this cat is old.

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
It is indeed! I know ppl in the fish forum who have cats & several tanks. This one guy I talk to a lot in northern England has some really cute YouTube vids of his 2 cats kinda lifting a paw up to the tanks & watching the fish. I am sure his tanks have covers. The first 5 gal I picked up at Walmart has a cover with LED lights. Important to me because I’m growing plants in there.

Here, the cats have their own Cat Room and catio. They don’t get along with the dogs. The dogs, BTW, ignore the fish.


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
That's a wonderful image that Happy mentions: relaxing fish tanks to gaze upon... If course, I realize it's a ton of work. That part isn't so relaxing, but what a cool endeavor!

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Thanks, it is a lot of work, especially at this time because I’m inexperienced, but very peaceful and relaxing.


happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
OMG... The pics! Little space aliens you can watch in a tank!

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
ikr?

Kinda getting grossed out though as main diet seems to be big live ugly worms. Can be ordered on Amazon. Yuk!


Donkey on 09/20/2021:
Oh my goodness, those salamanders look so cute and beautiful! I'm glad you posted a picture - thank you!

Jacky82020 on 09/20/2021:
Finally found ones I could upload. Weird how here and another forum wouldn’t accept others.


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happy-1 - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(HcOcPsNsPrdDs,BpNs14h2doPln-25010cr10Kstp7w9bed)
Weight: 234.0

Sunday 9-19-21...

A little better this morning. I started by clearing all the clutter in my bedroom that makes it hard to set up yoga before bed so I can work out as soon as my eyes open. Basically I had stuff that could go into my closet out where my chair, folding tables, and exercise ball need to go. I've been putting them on my bed when I do yoga, but when I wake up at 5am, I need to start setting up yoga at 5:40 am to be ready for a 6am class. I mentally just can't get it together to move these before 7am. Hopefully a path of least resistance will make this easier.

Today I need to finish getting all my data together for the OT so that I am ready for my endocrinologist appt on 9/27. It's a lot... and I'm weirdly just not that into doing it. I don't know why. This is supposed to help me get it all back together again and free to live my own life. 

Maybe I just need some time out of the house. I haven't seen good daylight in a couple of days.

Dad isn't helping. He seems to want me to be on my knees begging forgiveness for meddling and getting him a COVID test and accidentally getting home health pulled. I said of course I made a mistake. I am going to make mistakes. The only way to not make mistakes is to not get involved at all. Do you think you did anything to contribute to the situation? Then he wanted soup, but for me to pull all the meat out of it and just give him the pea soup. I said I can blend it up for him and he told me to shut my ****ing mouth and do what he tells me to do. I told him the soup was on the stove and when he is ready he can get it himself.

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

Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Geez, your dad can be so trying, poor you. HUGS

Good to get out of the house. Just do it!

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
Yeah... it's a bummer battle... He's miserable, I want to help, me helping means I get worn down and I don't achieve my goals and I need to get this data stuff done for tomorrow. It's 6:42 pm and my brain is finally "on" enough to focus, but I've only got an hour or so left of energy. UGH


Donkey on 09/19/2021:
Glad that you have a better setup for yoga, now. GOOD!

Getting out might be very helpful. I'm so sorry about your dad's choice of words. Just gotta walk away, I guess...?


Jacky82020 on 09/19/2021:
Think of it this way. You have to care of yourself so that you can assist your dad. Sounds like sometimes he’s miserable with or without you, so try to relax & tend to your needs

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
Hugs. Ty!


Donkey on 09/20/2021:
^ Excellent insight from Jacky :-)


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Donkey - Sunday Sep 19, 2021
(Low carb eating w recumbent bike, yoga, weights)
Weight: 132.5

Good morning!  A lovely, quiet, calm Sunday morning, but oh BOY is it gonna be a HOT one today.  HOT and HUMID, with a high of 90F.  Ooof!


I kind of wanted to clarify things.  I'm not really a gun person at all; I don't care for them, definitely not my first choice of things to do.  On a personal level, I find them rather intimidating.  Also, philisophically, I don't agree with them.  However, I can support responsible gun ownership.  And finally, this endeavor is more for the benefit of Mr. Donkey - see my comment to Happy on my entry yesterday - but it's also good to test my boundaries & limits, which can be very rigid & narrow.

BUT I came to the realization this morning that perhaps I am too ambitious with changes & challenges.  I have come to a place of weight-loss maintenance; I have come to a place of professional (job) maintenance.  So perhaps now is not the time to be diving into all sorts of new adventures and such.  It may be a time for mental maintenance as well. 

Having said that, BEFORE I came to this thought TODAY, the following happened YESTERDAY:


I finished reading "When Breath Becomes Air".  I'm proud of myself that I could finish a book.  I did stay up late (10:30p) to finish it. I'm glad that I did, and this didn't stop me from waking up naturally at around 4:30am today.

I had an only OK day at the gym yesterday.  I'm really surprised, too, because it was not crowded at all, and folks were doing OK with wearing masks.  However, there were 2 guys that were monopollizing 2 of the machines that I wanted to use, because they were ON THEIR PHONES.  And one guy -- he was playing Scrabble or Words with Friends!!!  DUDE!  Get off the phone and do your weights!  And Scrabble Guy wasn't even the most offensive.  It was the OTHER guy who was honking me off, because he did the very same thing LAST Saturday too.  In the 25 minutes that he spent sitting on the chest press machine, I was able to do 3 sets of 15-20 reps on THREE other machines!!!!


I'm looking forward to a day of folding laundry, reading, gym (leg day), and spending time with Husband. He proposed that we have a "practice" hike to prepare for the hikes while we're on vacation, but if it's hot, forget it.

Progress as of today: 54 lbs lost and already at goal!

happy-1 on 09/19/2021:
A practice is a very good idea!!! Shoes and ankles need testing!

Donkey on 09/19/2021:
Oh boy, my right shoulder is gonna be sore!!!!!


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