Fall Transitions, Outings with Family and Friends, and Canon Lessons

I love fall! The changes are slowly evident of our season’s turning from late summer into autumn’s arrival. Our mornings are foggy – especially around bodies of water or low lying areas as the night’s are cooling. I’ve already had opportunity to switch in some longer sleeves, a few thin sweatshirts, and take away some of the thinner and lighter summer clothes from the closet.

I ordered pumpkin spice from that wellness company I use as I’ve waited on this for two years. It is the most divine taste – not too sweet – just right. A better version even than the last, and I liked the last one. With the upcoming “challenge” I’ll be doing a bit more shakes and working them into my mornings and trying to overcome my constant need for a hot breakfast in the fall/winter months. Even in the summer I had not been doing the shakes. I began to associate it with “dieting” instead of the goodness they provide. I had forgotten just how good they make me feel. I’ve been struggling lately with tiredness, muscle issues, musculoskeletal issues, and I remember how these seemed to repair my body. So with challenge ahead and needing some extra help and nutrition, I’m going to be drinking more of these. They will help me toward my goals.

The 55 day challenge is coming up and it will be something I want to commit to as I try and develop habits that stick. I am creating some rules around how to be able to live my life, be healthy, less fat, and still be able to enjoy food like we do. I think one of my rules is going to be one that I’ve heard someone else use. They never say no if there is something they want really bad. They just have “TWO BITES”.

We went to Paula Deen’s last Friday – a group of us girls – in celebration of one of our coworker’s birthday. Look at the goodness of these rolls sat on the table. Slathered in ooooey gooey butter and herbs and cheese. Oh my. They were as heavenly as they looked.

The two bite rule could have been used here and under the 55 day challenge in which I hope to lose 5 lbs, before we go into Thanksgiving, I would have to keep my goals in mind and not eat the whole thing. I think that is doable with me. I would have to get over being wasteful and not eating the rest of the roll, but remember what the butter and fat does to my body.

I’m going to sit my 1 lb of fat around in my room to remind me what losing just 1 lb will bring off my body. Five lbs seems like a small goal. But five of these coming off my body – just imagine!

Here was our Paula Deen “family meal” choices. Catfish, broccoli casserole, Sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, creamed corn, beef roast and rice, and chicken and dumplings. The rolls have been attacked at this point. It was a great meal. I had a couple of bites of everything! TWICE, LOL. But keep in mind that my Challenge has not started.

Saturday, since George was going to play golf in Kentucky, I decided to make a plan for my own outing. Because when the guys go play, so do the girls, and usually it’s eating and shopping. (Insert evil grin here. And also please forget that I had just gone out the day before, lol.)

So Mom and I went to eat breakfast at Just Love Cafe in Mount Juliet, a place on my bucket list. The breakfast was wonderful. I had a burrito and Mom had a “Wammollete” or something like that – it was a ommellete wrapped in a waffle. My burrito was a think waffle also as the tortilla. Oh.My.Word. This was so good. I had forgotten my phone and left it in the car so I’m sorry to say that I do not have any pics. I was mad at myself for that. But it wasn’t convenient to go back to the car and get it. I’ll be back and I will take pics next time. I want to go for their lunch. I noticed they had a drive through too. Likely not a lot that would be healthy for breakfast though – but they did have avocado toast – so probably would do that sometime. But they do have nice looking salads for lunch. Once again, glad we did this before the challenge. After the challenge, I have to define – how often would I eat such a breakfast as this? A weekend splurge? Not during the week? Hmmmm. It’s these things that gets one in trouble. I’m sad to say, but I need rules I guess with my eating so I can learn to say “no” or “not now” instead of “yes, yes, yes, and more yes, and I’ll be better tomorrow I promise”. It’s a mindset and it’s a hard one for a lot of us, especially if you have a foodie family and foodie friends. I like being foodie and I like my foodie peeps! 😉

We didn’t do a LOT of shopping. Mom wanted to look for a comforter and some items that she would need for her new house. She wanted to go to Belk but they were not open yet. So we went to Home Goods, a part of TJ Maxx. She found one she liked but didn’t get it yet. She decided she really needed to wait until she saw the place to get a mental pic of the colors and understand what will match. I pulled up what was picked out on my phone but you need a mental pic of the space as well and the total look. So we’ll wait.

Mom sat in the car and I ran in Rack Room Shoes for their Buy 1 and Get 1 half off deals. I found the first pair right off. The next pair took a bit longer but out of site I saw them and tried them and loved them. I considered another set of two but just didn’t really see two other pair that would be basics. I’m really a basics person when it comes to shoes and pants. I like to have one pair that goes with everything in a color set. For shoes that is: black, navy, tan, and either silver, gold, or bronze to blend in with most things. I love my sandals in the summer and have pretty much converted to solid color tennis shoes/walking shoes for work (no stripes or colors so they don’t look sporty). I no longer enjoy wearing loafer type shoes in the winter. I’d rather wear the tennis shoes and same color socks and try to make it look uniform. It may not look dressy but it usually looks “uniform” as I said, and comfortable. I hesitate to call these tennis shoes, but they are most like tennis shoes as they tie or lace up anyway. This seems to do what I need for winter with my work clothes.

I am happy to be able to add these to the collection. I had bought some other black sandals that I wore the past two summers out of desperation as I was looking for these above and couldn’t find them anywhere. Of course last year was a bust at finding shoes in stores and online you can’t try them on. At last, I have them.

The left are my new metallic pair to dress up an outfit, dress up jeans, and just bring an uplift to the look. I haven’t had any like this, the past year or two and I’ve missed the metallic sandals. I often will wear the metallic look instead of white or beige and to go with outfits that are not calling for black or blue or brown. So I’m a happy girl!

I will find some blue sandals in spring. They are the only missing ones. I have some brown and blue croc sandals both, but they have a “gold” metal design on it that I’m not fond of. I bought them til I could find some I really liked. They have been “ok” as I bought them in a hurry a few years ago to wear at our new office when they ruled out the thong type of shoes, that we usually call a flip flop. However, I’ve since realized since then that apparently thongs are ok if they are dressy like the above and I even see and hear others wearing flip flops, so……I decided to go for these on the left as “if they can, I can” and will. ;-). I don’t want to flip and flop but I’m at least going to not rule out thong wearing shoes in the work place if I see others wearing them. And honestly, many of the women’s dressier sandals DO have the thong toe now days. Or it’s a pricier more expensive shoe.

In addition to doing some laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, and fixing spaghetti for dinner, I had made plans with myself to do a Canon lesson. So I watched three videos and also made some changes to the camera that should help me with vlogging. At 58, learning and remembering new skills can be a challenge. But with repetition it slowly sinks in. I’m able to find my way around the various functions. I mean that is half the battle. There are SO MANY setting screens. For now I’m mainly using automated settings on the videos that will help me. But am branching out on the photo side to do more manual settings to get better pics. I did NOT get to do my “photo shoot” this summer to practice that was on the bucket list. I had hoped to work that in yesterday but it didn’t happen. I suppose I can “check off the box though” with some photo shots around the house and call it a day. It’s better than nothing and I need the practice.

When I’m living my life though, I always have my phone available so mostly what you see are iPhone shots. The camera quality seems to be sinking though – is it just me or is the quality getting worse over time? I’m hoping for a newer phone in January. I’d really like to do the new every time upgrade but I think you have to pay so much per month from now on. I’m not sure what is best to do. I have to decide before my birthday but I also will look at it as an improvement to blogging and the videos as well, part of a hobby, and not to mention a HUGE part of our every day life. I’m also willing to give up cable but not sure George is. We seem to watch Netflix and YouTube most of the time. I watch weather sometime during a bad outbreak but I also have my phone and have been my own meteorologist for some time. 😉 I know how to read the radar and no how to tell what’s coming – for the most part. We are paying way too much for cable. But hey, if George wants to pay hundreds to keep cable for himself, then am I in a good position to argue for the “new every time” iPhone via ATT? ha!

This blog has been long enough. There is much to do today. George and I are going to the store to get stuff for beef Bourguignon and I’m probably going to film it. So it’ll be a busy afternoon.

I also have to finish watching a few KYD55 videos and doing some finally planning and defining for this challenge. What is ok and what is not and what my rules are and define my goals and such. Ahhhhhh I always do this to myself. I push and push but it’s worth it when I see and look back and see any growth, any happiness, and any goals met. Can we just retire already? lol Life is much! But the fun is in the journey. Just have to remember that when it gets stressful instead. My heart loves to see progress!

Getting Rid of the Fat, Intermittent Fasting, and Bad News

As you know I’ve been using a health/wellness program and system the last few years. During the pandemic and about six months before that too, I cut back on doing the intermittent fasting, and I have always had a hard time doing the cold shakes on a cold winter morning. My use of the products dwindled more during the pandemic and we began eating comfort food as we needed the comfort and ate whatever the heck we wanted, if we were all gonna die anyway! lol

I’m a die hard though over some of their products. I never gave it all up. No way. Some of it is my lifeline. There is so much nutrition packed in one shake that when I’m out of energy and hurting, it makes me feel better.

And I no longer sell it- actively anyway – I still am a consultant as they call it but no longer like to consult. I wouldn’t turn anyone away if they wanted it though, but I’m not going to sit for hours trying to convince people it works. It does. I just have more things to do with my time.

I’ve tried to cut back some and change the way I eat, but nothing is happening. George can cut back and immediately lose. For a woman it is much harder. The ONLY way I’ve ever lost weight is one of two ways: 1) exercise 2) intermittent fasting.

I don’t get much time to exercise. But I do plan on doing some periodic walking and I downloaded an app. I’ll let you know how it goes. Yes, I have the same time as everyone else – 24 hours a day, but am not willing to give up blogging, nor my last hour of the day TV show watching with George which is about our only quality time together – and that is while we eat dinner. And yes, I know it, we eat late and then go to bed and that doesn’t help either. But I was able to lose while doing the cleanse days. And I think the red berry cleansing liquid is helpful as it helps rid of the toxins and fat deep within your cells. But not the exercise front – I’ll have to fit it in somehow with all we have going on, but it likely won’t be a scheduled time. It’ll be haphazard as our free time is mostly spoken for, for much of the year this year.

So yeah, I’m at it again – here I go. I know for some of you this is not your favorite topic. But most of you said when I took a poll, just write about your day and do as you do, it’s YOU we want to hear about. I appreciate that.

Here was my schedule:

So I got 30 minutes off somehow on the schedule and just wasn’t hungry for the “next thing” and ended up skipping 3 p.m.’s chocolate square and hydrate drink. I had mixed the cleanse with water and ice and made it a big drink I sipped on so it lasted a while. So I wasn’t really hungry at all yesterday. Sure someone fixed BBQ in the break room and that smelled incredible.

The 6:00 p.m. egg – which ended up being at 7:00 as we had a conf call with Mom first, was my literal “golden egg prize” at the end of the day. I normally have a few protein plant based “chips” from the wellness company but I was out of those and so I fixed two scrambled eggs. I also had another cleanse drink I forgot to slide in there. I had the cleanse drink at 5 and bubble water at 6 and the eggs at 7. A shot of protein before bed time was good. This was doable yesterday.

Doing it on Tuesday was good as I was working on payroll. So I may just adopt that day instead of Monday. That worked well.

So I began using my health chart. The one I created below. And I have some BAD NEWS…..

Bad News

I was surprised that my blood pressure was 156 over 88 when I took it for this chart reading. Usually my blood pressure meds do a good job. So this was concerning. I will keep a separate chart of BP’s as the above chart is really only my once a week tracking. So I’ll have to do a recheck and make sure the supplements I take do not stamp out my blood pressure meds. Til then I’ll start taking my BP meds in the early morning and take the supplements at noon. That will give the BP meds a head start. It may not work that way.

There’s been a lot going on lately and rest and rejuvy have been minimal, stress and anxiety has been out the roof, so I just have to be careful and try to keep this under control.

Instead of taking the BP once a week I’ll be taking it morning and evening to try to keep tabs on what is working and what is not. Geez!

COVID Vaccine

So I am scheduled to get my shot tomorrow. Still not sure if it is what I want to do, but I’m scheduled for it. I have mixed feelings. I really don’t want the stuff in my body. The flu shot gave me 12 weeks of “issues” we will call it. And I’m not giving up my cleanse now that I started it. But I guarantee you my cleanse will try to wash the stuff out of me! And then you just don’t know what will happen so we are basically lab rats. I know they did testing already but long term, will we grow a 2nd nose or an 11th toe? I can still cancel but just feel that we will all be required at some point to get it anyway. And all those I work with are getting it. And Mom is going to be staying with us and she won’t get the shot. That doesn’t help my decision as many of my family members are not getting it and some of my friends won’t. So it really plays with my head. I suspect I will get it and doing so, I’m doing it out of love for those and respect for those around me, and out of respect for our leaders. But I don’t really wanna! And if this thing makes me ill – I am gonna cause a stink and a really big one too! Unless of course I die from it – blood clot or something -and then it’ll be too late.

Weekend Plans

We are going to Mom’s to begin packing up things not used and bringing it here. While I get my shot tomorrow at Walmart, while there, I’ll get some big florescent stickers and some sharpies, so I can put “MOM’s” real big on there and what it is inside. Since we have a lot of storage in the basement in boxes it will help make sure we know whose is whose and what is what.

George talked with the Real Estate guy yesterday and the price is set and date set. It’ll go on the market on May 1. I suppose we will help clean some this weekend too, for showing.

In the mean time ya’ll. Just know this.

I AM SO TIRED! And there is no rest for the weary.

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Tropic Storm, 16 Hour Fasting Technique, and Hacksaw Ridge Review

Good morning! Yesterday I set the desktop to fall photos with animals. It’s a desktop theme on microsoft. It reminded me of Cody and Katy and of course the deer in our yard. There are lots of new themes on there and I’m looking forward to finding a Thanksgiving one next week.

We had a lot of rain that threatened our area yesterday and it decided to unleash about the time I got off from work. I just took it slow, hugged the right lane and was thankful that most everyone else took it slow. It was very heavy rain. I could still see but ponding on the roads in Nashville area can be a big issue during these heavy rains. Flash flood warnings were out.

I was able to do the 16 hour window of “daily fasting” yesterday, in which I ate in an 8 hour window. It basically cut out a meal and instead I had two meals and a 140 calorie snack in between of protein. I drank my cleanse drink and put the Ionix stress formula in it with lots of ice and water. It kept me til lunch. I was busy and able to not notice any hunger pains but I had eaten a lot the night before (as we usually do).

I tried this Tuna Infusions yesterday. Oh my it was good. It’s by Chicken of the Sea. I had to look three or four times to make sure it wasn’t cat food. LOL

I may never buy regular tuna again! lol. Oh I will but this was good. It came with a fork and was easy to eat at my desk and totally worked for a snack. Requires mint chewing gum afterwards! Wearing a mask after tuna is no good, not to mention what ones coworkers may think when they are around. George won’t take tuna to work. But I do. Tuna rocks. I just got tired of eating it every week. I think that is what has happened to me. I got in a cycle of eating the same foods over and over and just flat got tired of it. I never DID get used to doing shakes every day during winter. I have some of it left in the big containers waiting to either drink it or expire so I can get the ones in the smaller containers. I just think something happens to the ingredients in the big containers that make them taste bad after it’s been open a while – even before it expires. But the ones in the little packets hold their “composure”. I haven’t ordered any more shakes lately though and I’m about ready to. I miss the chocolate ones. I just can’t stomach the big ones anymore. I had one or two that didn’t taste right and it’s hard to bring myself around. I guess I will toss them as they are taking up space but I feel guilty. They were expensive except the ones that I got for free. They sure do a good job though of getting the nutrients in. I can be achy from old age and drink that it is like medicine. I’ve just learned I have to get them in the packets. I will order more shakes next month. I have some vanilla’s left in packets.

Little Bit likes hanging outside as that is where he loves to be – either on our porch or out in the woods. I’m sure he probably visits neighbors. So far no one has complained. If they did not sure what we would do. He’s sortof a stray cat that we just brought home to this area so we could feed him. But we claim him as ours. He has to be about 11 years old or so. But yesterday he was just a fussing over the rain and wanted to hang inside. He tried to go back out a couple of times and ran back in, LOL. I fixed his bed up in the guest bed and put the quilt down in his favorite spot so he wouldn’t get on the comforter.

I tried to get a good pic of Roger’s little drowned rat look but he kept moving. I wasn’t going to use them but why not? It tells the story of what happened really well. Never mind my ratty floors. They will be gone soon and a pretty replacement. It hardly seems real. I will be so excited. Have to wait til after the baby is born and we will likely have to take off a day or two of work.

George fixed dinner and I wrapped gifts for Friday’s “shower” with no people. lol. I think there will be a table for the father to be and a bride to be. We had lessons of “No more sharing of food you guys. You cannot cook for each other and share food during the pandemic”. We had some sweet folks to pass out some things in recent days out of the kindness of their hearts. It was yum. I survived. It’s this kind of thing that is hard when you want to share and can’t. This virus is the perfect devil-created thing to keep people from being close. However, as we know, God takes things and turns it around for good. I’m not sure how yet, but I know He does. For me, it gave me time to learn iMovies! And of course if we want to commune at work, we just go out for lunch to do it. We have done more of that I guess than we normally did. So that is good. It’s about time too for another excursion out. Maybe after quarter end though. I’m sure I’ll finish with that next week, I hope. It should be finished this week but I didn’t get the information in time to even dream of being able to get it done this week. There were a lot of issues that had to be fixed, found, and adjusted first. That’s ok. I am trying to rush it through as quick as I can. It’s going pretty fast. But today is the 29th and it is supposed to be finished by tomorrow. It won’t be. Most things are not requiring much $ to be paid for unemployment so not much interest or fines, and that is what we would be trying to avoid.

We saw Hacksaw Ridge last night. I’d been putting it off as I figured it’d be hard to watch. And it was. It was very graphic, very real. I had to look away a number of times. We both cried. I knew that it was based on a real story and I knew without a doubt that it depicted what really happened at the Battle of Okinawa It was hard to watch, and as I said, I had to look away. I could not bare to see human life go through such. But the character of Desmond Doss played by Andrew Garfield was excellent. I enjoyed seeing Vince Vaughn as the sergeant and Rachel Griffith’s as the Mom (also played in Six Feet Under, and we had to figure that out.) The movie was excellent. The effects were excellent. But it was very intense and I had to delete messages on my phone for about 20 minutes as I looked down. I could not watch the graphic scenes. But it gives you a deeper appreciation for those that gave their lives. I think everyone should have to sit in the room with this one at least just to give respect for those that had to endure this and other wars protecting our rights. And here people go across our country trying to tear down what they protected. It’s insane the selfishness that is taking place right now across our country. People are standing for things they don’t realize they are standing for. They are being deceived.

“RATED R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images.”

And Little Bit watched it with us. Much of it in my lap. Do you know how much I loved this? I miss my lap cats and my lap dog. Maisy tried, but just couldn’t stay. She wants to watch me from a few feet away. She’s learned not to be jealous. For the most part. Bless her.

Maisy is on the floor behind me and Little Bit is so black you can’t see his face hardly, lol.

I just loved having him there in my lap.

I think he liked being there in my lap. Look at his back legs crossed like a human, lol. How many pics of a black cat in my lap did you really want to see? I had to share them all at every angle! That is how much I loved him being there. He seemed pretty happy too.