Friday, June 30, 2023

Friday Mish Mash

 Friday is here and what a fabulous Friday!  Ok its fabulous because I am off of work today!  I have a scheduled day off.  It's one of those random days that I chose to just take time.  Use or lose and I'm not losing!  (Jason gets a lot less time than those extra days I just use randomly.).     It's been another crazy week leading up to this glorious day!

This week Jason and I have tried a zero sugar diet. Jason wanted to try and has been gung ho to hit it hard.  He is all 'no carbs and no sugar and no artificial sweeteners.'   I tried it.   I gave it the gung ho go.  However, those packets of flavor that I put in my water are still instrumental in me being able to get  a healthy amount of water, even though they are artificially sweet.  I tried it without and the water was a colossal failure.  Therefore, within a day or two I was back to my flavored water!    I also found that for me to cut carbs and sugar INCLUDING fruit was too much.  I found myself eating less healthy!  (I see you chips and crackers!)   Therefore, I have given up on the zero sugar mission. I will continue on with the low sugar meals that I've planned out.  They are healthy and there is no reason to "Add" sugar.  But it is in the simple things like the piece of fruit to appease my hunger versus grabbing a handful of potato chips!   So the attempt to go zero sugar is not a failure, it's simply an adjustment to live with less sugar but not concerned about zero sugar!

Jason and I did go out with a bang on the night before our quest to go zero sugar.  I made a banging awesome cake!  It is an Elvis Inspired Cake.   Banana-Chocolate-Peanut Butter.   Does that not sound heavenly?   Let me tell you, it was!

  As I said this past week has been crazy busy.  Lots of yard work.  Lots of mowing.  Lots of time out with the dog.  Lots of housework.  And of course my normal job.  I was tickled to see that my prickly pear that we cut and started indoors last year.  We planted it outdoors in the succulent garden this spring and Jason has been telling me that it's dead.  In fairness, I think it's wishful thinking, because he got attacked by the fine nearly invisible prickles of the prickly pear and I don't think he has ever forgiven that innocent plant!   BUT, I was super tickled to see new growth!  It's not dead!!!!

Zoey the newfoundland puppy is doing well.  She is growing like a weed!   She doesn't realize her size though and is pretty positive that she is a lap dog!

I have been coninuing my quest to run.  I have been going out regularly.  I'm not going to say I'm enjoying it yet.   I'm also not going to say that I look forward to it.  It's also definitely NOT easy.  But I'm doing it!  I'm trusting the training program and I know that it will get better and easier!

So my day off, a little bit bitter sweet.   It will be one year ago that I last spent a 'normal' day with my mother.  This weekend marks on year since her stroke.   Life has changed drastically for her.  She is not happy with her life and that makes even visiting her at the place where she is at difficult.  So if I want to be honest with myself,, I lost my mom a year ago.  She is still alive and still in my life, but where she is in life with her capabilities (both menally and physcially) and her misery honestly means that I lost my mom.  Irregardless, I will still continue to visit her.

OK, off to enjoy my day off. Mowing, cleaning, shopping and a visit to my mom.


Mrs Swan said...

Good for you on continuing to run!!! No matter if you want to or not you are getting out there. I decided to take the plunge and hired an online fitness/lifestyle coach. I need to go blog about it while I can. Our internet keeps crapping out lately for several hours at day. Super annoying

jen said...

I got just want to give you a hug 🫂
I fully understand what you going through.

Anonymous said...

How do you manage setting boundaries with your Mum, I find it so hard.

Paula C said...

First off, that cake looks so delicious. I tried no sugar but dang it is in everything. So I work on no added sugar. I need my fruit. I tried Lego & it was a bust. For me low fat works best. I lost the most weight on the McDougal diet. I am considering doing the Starch Solution. I am fat & I am tired of it. Great job running. The best ones are the ones you want to do the least. I understand how you feel about the relationship with your Mom. Once the cancer spread to my father's brain, we couldn't have our talks. I missed him before he died. Sending you positive vibes.

Paula C said...

I meant I tried Keto.

Rose S. said...

I am going through the care taking for my parents and I am just now experiencing panic attacks daily. It's so hard to watch your parents go through so much and try to take care of ourselves. I always say "One day at a time" Its all we have.

You're still doing very well for all the of the "things" you are going through!

Have a great 4th of July!

Anonymous said...

I can’t wait to hear what you think about after you are with the trainer/coach for a week or two!!!

Maryfran said...


Maryfran said...

That cake was to die for! I’m already dreaming about making another one!!!

Yes, the no sugar thing totally does not work for me!!!! Back to eating lower calorie/low fat! And fruit never tasted so good as it did when I added it back in!!!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there! I’ve had a few panic attacks also. It’s no fun! But we can do it! ~hugs~