Scotch Eggs, Bare Grocery Shelves, and Setting My KYD55 Self Improvement Plan

Sunday we ate in the Sun Room. The temps are moderating where we can eat out there in the evenings too. George fixed “Scotch Eggs”. They were so good.

I have mine broken up here on my plate so you can see inside. It’s boiled eggs coated in sausage and then air fried in the air fryer. It has several steps though. It’s not quite that simple. I think he had to add flour and corn meal and spices, etc.

There’s a mustard sauce that goes over the Scotch Eggs. They were so good.

The grocery shelves had some bare spots in the produce section. The sacks of potatoes and onions were dwindling. George said it could be the lack of help to stock it. It makes you feel so bad for these businesses and it’s just so weird that no one is working suddenly. Well some of us are keeping the world afloat. I’m not sure why people can feel like they don’t have to work. I guess they have enough support they don’t have to. There are signs everywhere with places begging for help. I have bagged my own groceries the last 3 times I’ve been there. I enjoy it. Good for them that I do, lol. I’m not very fast at it. I stand there trying to get the bags open, lol.

The eggs were skimpy too. And where there were any Kroger coupons on items – it was gone. I guess those not working are really having to coupon. lol. We were able to use a few coupons but not many. This is kinda scary.

The grocery clerks told George that turkeys would be harder to get this year. So when Mom and I were at Aldi, we bought a turkey breast and put in the freezer so we at least have that. We will keep watching though in the next few weeks for the Smoked Turkeys.

George and I fixed the Beef Bourguignon dish yesterday. Actually he fixed it. I gathered ingredients and filmed it. So expect a video at some point. Right now I’m in May 2021 with the videos. I was almost about to catch up and then fall happened, lol. I’m sure I’ll get behind again with all that will happen with Mom’s move, getting her settled, Thanksgiving, shopping, Christmas, and Texas, and then the New Year catch up and the New Year start up. Ahhhhhhhhh!

So the bread goes in first and you pour the beef bourguignon on top.

If you want to try the recipe, it’s in one of my old blogs below:

BEEF BOURGUIGNON Recipe

Getting Ready for the KYD55 Challenge: Reading, Eating More Nutritious Food, Moving More, and Drinking Water

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So, I have been working some yesterday on the upcoming KYD55, redefining that. I really had to push to get that done yesterday. I stayed in my bedroom and worked on it after dinner. Here’s the plan for this 55 day push with focus. I can keep doing 55 pushes as I need to I guess. It’s nice because you can set varying focuses as needed. So here’s mine.

First of all it’s important to set the goals and/or realize and remember what they are and here’s mine, not in any particular order:

  • Lose Weight
  • Feel Better
  • Be Healthier
  • More Energy
  • Stronger Muscles
  • Be Happy
  • Enjoy Family and Friends
  • Be there for Family and Friends
  • Stay Spiritually Connected
  • Enjoy Hobbies
  • Live Longer

Water intake per day:

94 ounces and I downloaded the WATER Reminder App. Not sure if I will use it but we’ll see.

Reading 5 pages of any of the Below.

First of all, I chose things based on my goal. I normally read 2 chapters of the Bible and feel lucky if I get to read anything else. But when picking your subjects, since the reason for doing this is improvement, then it needs to be something to help toward your goals. the Bible of course is one, and I chose to do a study on forgiveness as I have realized that I’ve not quite been able to let go of a few things. I can improve my heart in that area. I also want to learn more about my camera, vlogging, creating video, SEO and growing a blog and growing a YouTube channel. And I’m also wanting to learn more about eating nutritional diet so any encouragement there will be good. I’m including “watching a video” or “listening to a podcast” as a part of this reading section – it’s just information gathering for your brain anyway it comes to improve your life. And because being happy is one of my goals, I get to read fiction! I can do this! It’s only 5 pages! The Bible I’m counting as two. IF YOU were to do this program which would you choose? What would your reading material be?

Act of Service Each Day

Well, I’ve not constructed a list yet. But I think each day will present its opportunities. Most days I’m doing something for Mom but I will take the opportunity to be more mindful to do things for my family and friends and check in with them more. I will also be looking more intently at serving others when I’m out and looking for those needs instead of being out for my own agenda. If some seem insignificant, I will do a “set of three”. 😉 You can never be too kind right?

Movement

Here is where I’m excited. Because I’ve set my goals up for success. It’s totally doable. Right now I basically am doing nothing, so any improvement is good.

  • Twenty minute walk (at once) – one time during the week. I have all week to do this!!!!
  • 80 Muscle Strengthening movements. I don’t know what to call this but it can be any of the following. I just have to do 80 a day. In sets of 20. Maybe I roll my neck 10 times around. Maybe I reach my arms to the sky 20 times. Maybe I do 20 side to side bends. Maybe I do 20 air punches forward. Maybe I do 20 windmills. Maybe I do 20 leg lifts. I can do 80 across the course of a day. Might do 10 sit ups.
  • I have to try to do a push up once a day. Just one. Just try. 😉
  • Ten Deep Breaths per day in a row

Embracing – Nutrition / Eating Plan

I chose to go with the “embrace method” or all encompassing. Some are just eliminating one thing. But I need to embrace! Here’s my plan:

  • Less starch, flour based foods, sugar
  • More fruit, veggies, greens
  • More water of course
  • Less alcohol. No more than 1 a day if any.
  • More whole foods
  • Less processed foods

I need to have healthy food available, plan ahead, and plan meals.

My rules?

  1. Have something green every day
  2. Have fruit every day
  3. Dessert once per week
  4. If I just have to have something – only 2 bites
  5. Remember that “emotions” lie when we’re talking emotional eating!

So if you were going to tackle such a plan, what would you do? What are your goals of improvement? How would you tackle this? It’s something to think about.

Busy Week Ahead

Better go. Will be a busy week ahead. Here’s my To Do List. I’ll be back Wednesday for a mid week update.

Have a great week ya’ll!

Committing to the KYD55 Program: Self Improvement with 5 Pillars to the Plan

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Got the mid-week update going on here! Happy that it is Wednesday. It has been a quick start to the week. I told you I was working on a “plan” or “project” – yes trying to sneak some extra things in! Hopefully this will not be too time consuming. Initially it is taking a bit of time to get going – mostly in planning and in thought. And it is……the KYD55 program. It is a program to help you meet health goals and personal improvement as well as be an asset to those around you by serving. It is to be done in 55 days in an effort to spur on good habits and is sponsored by KYD – Keep Your Daydream. It is free. I think you can still enroll. ——-> KYD55

Their program started already but you can alter “your” 55 day starting point. At least I am. I’m starting mine Oct 1 and it will go through Thanksgiving. The program has 5 pillars, but within those you can set your own goals. Heck I suppose you could even make your own pillars if you wanted. Their recommended pillars are:

*Water (drinking a certain percentage of your body weight). I’m actually going to do 1/2.

*Read (for self improvement or work toward goals). At least 5 pages a day.

*Service (acts of service for others – big or small)

*Exercise (you determine) but move thyself

*Nutrition (you also determine the improvements)

I’m still going through the preparation stages and the “webinar” portion (a series of short videos on each one) to get prepared, make decisions, define my goals specifically, listen to their suggestions, and set myself up for success. I have to finish getting through the videos and sort of writing out my specific goals, rules, ideas, and so forth.

I have downloaded the app, found my water bottle and already started that habit. Having a big thermos of water and pouring into a pretty glass or cup is making me drink more instead of drinking out of a plastic bottle. It feels more like I’m in a restaurant, lol. It works. The bottle has a preset number of ounces of course so you always know how much you have had when you are through. I’m bringing filtered water from home, using some purified water – some I bring in and some work provides. It’s so much water I’m not wanting to use more than one water a day from work. I have always supplemented anyway, I just have to bring more in!

I have made some decisions already on reading. I’m continuing my 2 chapters of Bible reading every day which has a lot of small print. I’m counting that as 2 pages so I can get in more reading in other places. I am also going to do a lesson on Forgiveness – for part of my reading material. Likely it will be a Bible plan through YouVersion. I will also be doing an audiobook and pleasure book as well as one of my goals is to relax more and be less anxious and uptight and more content and happy. I’ll include the Canon lessons (reading or video) as a part of these 5 pages as it is also considered part of my improvement and movement toward goals. So if any of these things are part of the 5 pages – we are good! This makes me happy already! Wonder how many pages an audio book is for 30 minutes! BAM! lol

For nutrition, I’m still working on tweaking this. This is always ongoing but there needs to be some rules and guidelines but the goals need to be reachable, definable, measurable. So one of them is that I need to eat something green every day. So I’m going to go and buy little individual containers of green beans and peas in the event that it’s not on the table, I can go get it. lol I’m likely going to only allow so many bread portions and sugar portions during the week.

The exercise for me will be the hardest reach. So I have to make it attainable to start somewhere. Mostly I’m doing it in my bedroom. I am doing 20 toe touches, 20 reach ups —I don’t know what to call these, 20 side bends on each side, 20 punches front, 20 leg lifts, and I have to try to do 5 push ups. I can’t do one right now, lol. These are once a day. I have all day to do them! I also have to do a 20 min walk at least once per week. Surely I can accomplish these things. Being able to bend and reach and keep my balance and all these things are important for those of us nearing retirement. Watching Mom’s ability to do things diminish over time, has really been an eye opener. It’s true that to be in motion you have to stay in motion. Sitting long periods of time – you lose functionality. One must keep moving! I was already doing some of these anyway, but was not making it a habit every day. The 20 minutes of walking is for cardio. I want to say twice a week but I want to be a success. Once a week is an improvement and with all going on right now, I can only say I can commit to that. And these are all goals you must commit to and take very serious.

As for serving others. It’s suggested that you make a list of ideas so you don’t get to the day and not having anything. It can be as simple as writing someone a letter, checking in with them on Messenger, calling someone, or doing something for someone.

KYD provides tools, charts, lists, meal planners, and check off lists for the 55 days. So that has been good. I also already have my tracker I created for “wellness” a few months ago.

I’ll keep you posted how it is going. Right now I’m just getting prepared and setting the SMART goals. SMART is acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time based.

So 55 days is about 8 weeks. I figure to set myself up for about 5 lbs of weight loss. I’d really like to say 8 as it would be losing a lb a week but….I’d be happy with 5 and can do that I think. I’ll set up some rules and guidelines for my meals – for example, I want to do fish once per week, less bread, less desserts. Dark chocolate is ok, one dessert a week or something like that. I have to make it SMART! I haven’t watched their video on this section so I need to do that. I’ll also develop a service list! I will include doing things for Mom as a part of that – so I’m already doing that some. George said he’d give me a list, LOL!

So this takes me to Thanksgiving and a push for being a better me. Of course it’s timebases but also is to create habits, so I will likely try and keep it up afterwards if I’m met with success. But I do think the 55 day challenge is good to reach certain goals like X amount of lbs, X amount of reading toward your goals, being a good person and contributing to your circle and your community with specific projects or kindness, and losing weight and/or being stronger and healthier. Having a 55 day push will give extra focus and set up habits to continue. I love it!

Outlook for the rest of the week:

Now that payroll is over, it’s the last payday of the 3rd quarter, so the focus now is on month-end and quarter end taxes and returns, doing my reconciliation sheet and so forth.

I have my OWN eye doc appointment this morning. Part of that is making sure I’m not developing into macular degeneration like Mom did. It runs in our family. She already was legally blind in one eye before she realized what was happening. So I go annually to an ophthalmologist.

Tonight I’m cooking Teriyaki Steak and Orzo with Spinach and Sweet Potatoes. If it’s good I’ll share the recipes.

Taking a friend out Friday for lunch for her birthday if she feels like going. She’s had recent surgery.

And George is going to play golf with a coworker from work on Saturday in Kentucky. So I’m planning a “special day” of my own. My options are coming together but I’ve offered to take Mom to breakfast at a new cafe/coffee shop in town and if it’s busy we’ll get it to go and eat in the car, a shoe store visit (I meant to go in spring and got behind), and maybe the Dollar Store or Dollar General if not too busy (Mom wants to do that). I’ll offer up a place or two for her if she wants to go too.

My other options for Saturday are to do the Fall Bucket List, Canon Lessons, Walk the Greenway in Mount Juliet, get my car washed, and do a photo shoot somewhere locally or around Mount Juliet. Many of these things still remaining on the summer bucket list. I also need to do some vacuuming this weekend of all the floors!

Meanwhile in Texas

Dear Daughter dresses up like a Pirate for the kids. What the teachers do! It’s awesome.

Precious little morning angel right there. He still has a little cough so keep praying. I think it’s better, but I need to check in with her today and see. I know she’s tired of me asking. But those lungs are so little and can fill fast.

We have a plan to visit now. We are going for his birthday. We are taking off 3 VAC days to go in Jan. We are flying and renting a car. I hope we can stay on the ranch to evade some extra costs, but we’ll see. At least dogs are not a problem now. But at that time probably Cody’s family will be there too so we prob won’t get to stay at the house next door is my guess. They currently do not have a spare bedroom. So….Katy said they may have somewhere else on the ranch for us to stay. We will see what happens. If not – hotel it is. But at least we have a plan. I will turn in PTO at work soon and will schedule the flights.

That is it for today! Working on the video tomorrow morning and will be back here on Friday. Ya’ll have a grand day.

Let me know what you think about the KYD55! I think it’s doable – a little push and precision on goals, but doable!