Monday Morning Coffee Talk


I meant to sit down and write a “coffee talk” post on Saturday morning and then on Sunday morning, but I’m only now getting around to it. I have hardly been online this entire weekend, and it’s actually been quite nice. Sometimes you just need a break, ya know?

Today I start back on that sugar detox — you know that little diet experiment that monopolized my blog during the better half of August 2014. Don’t worry, I’m not going back to posting what I eat every day, but I will keep you posted about how it goes the second time around.

This time I’m not doing it as strictly. I realize that could be my downfall. It might be harder to stick to if I’m not being as strict, but the purpose this time isn’t so much to break the sugar cravings as it is to lose a few extra winter pounds, and more importantly, get rid of the bloat. I know, such pretty talk, but let’s face it. We all know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been there, and it doesn’t look good OR feel good. I have to put on a bathing suit when we’re in Arizona next month, and I want to look and feel my best. Without the ability to exercise, the only thing I can do is adjust my diet, so that’s what I’m going to do.

I will still enjoy fruit and perhaps an occasional glass of wine, but I’m cutting out all desserts, breads, beans, peanut butter, and white potatoes. In fact, I sort of started on Friday, but I had some events this weekend that I wanted to enjoy, so I’m officially starting today. The good news is, I already dropped a pound, and I’m already feeling better, so I’m motivated to keep going.

I know a few of you have asked me to let you know if I decide to do this again, so let me know if you’re going to join me. We could even start a Facebook group for accountability if there’s interest.

In other news, it’s been a busy weekend — in a good way. We attended my nephew’s baptism yesterday after attending our own worship service, and on Saturday, I had a marathon women’s council meeting for our church. That may not sound like fun, but we had a good time, and we accomplished quite a bit, so it’s all good. Friday night, I played BINGO with some neighbor friends. It was a fund raiser for our middle and high school music organization. I love that our school district has such an active and enthusiastic music program.

Last week the kids had two 2-hour delays, one early dismissal, and two snow days, so it was a relief to send them off to school today. Not that I don’t enjoy my kids, but having them underfoot definitely creates some challenges as far as getting my work done and staying focused. I feel like I can finally hunker down and bang out some posts today.

I’m still babying my foot and hoping I’ll be able to do everything we have planned when we go to Arizona. We aren’t planning any hiking or anything like that, but I know there will be a lot of walking involved, and I hope I’m up for it.

My foot still doesn’t feel right. I may have to break down and get that injection the doctor wanted to give me for this latest diagnosis of sinus tarsitis, but that is my last resort. I haven’t had good luck with injections, and I don’t relish the thought of yet another complication to this seemingly endless string of injuries and diagnoses.

I truly feel like this will never end, and I will spend the rest of my life with one issue or another involving my feet. I honestly don’t get it. I was healthy and strong and ran a half marathon 18 months ago. How I’ve gradually become an invalid since then, when I haven’t even been running or doing much exercise at all, I just don’t understand; but I am trying to stay positive and take one day at a time. What else can I do??

I posted this on Instagram yesterday. That about sums it up.

Dean Karnazes Quote

And did I mention that I got summoned for jury duty? It is when we are planning to be in Arizona, of course. So I have to claim undue hardship and hope to be excused.

Oh, yes, and due to the two snow days last week, our kids now have school during spring break, which is also when we will be in Arizona, so now I have to fill out a non-school sponsored travel request and hope THAT is approved. I was trying NOT to take my kids out of school for our vacation. What is it they say about the best laid plans??

I just don’t know why nothing can be easy.

But anyway.

On that note, I will publish this epistle and get on with my day. I have a loooong to-do list awaiting me, with so much work time lost last week, and these new tasks on my agenda.

Here’s to a productive Monday for all!

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27 Responses

  1. I am sorry your foot is still hurting and glad you are keeping hope. I agree on the plans and have learned to not get so worked up as I volunteer at a counseling center and was worried about being gone one week and having to tell the clients I would not be there and feeling guilty and I went that night and no one showed up!!! So much in life we don’t control! Here is hoping it continues to be more spring like weather! I hope you can get your bike out soon. Take care.

    1. Thanks, Christa. I really do hope I can bike by the time the weather is conducive. At this point, I just want to be able to walk the dog, do daily tasks, and maybe wear a pair of high heels every once in a while. My bar has been lowered significantly, lol.

    1. I was debating doing Whole 30 this time. But I need my dairy. 🙂 Plus, I don’t want to do 30 days. My goal is to do it till we go to AZ and then to try to be sensible, but enjoy myself while I’m there.

  2. I definitely need a detox to drop a few pounds and get some spring energy going. An accountability group sounds like a great idea. It’s too easy to hide under big sweaters and layers all winter long!

  3. you look fantastic! are you doing this no sugar thing to lose weight? or is it just to be healthier, my issue is no sugar but sodium, since I have been logging my calories on MFP i find that my sodium is waaaaay over each day, I am trying to lose 20lbs!

    1. Thank you. I do need to lose a few pesky pounds, but more importantly, I want to lose the bloat – and the two are not necessarily intertwined. When I did this last summer, my stomach got so flat. It was awesome.

  4. I need the sugar detox……and a general junk detox! Sugar, sodium…the works. We moved three weeks ago with my husband’s job and that has thrown me in a spin along with some family stresses going on. I munched down on a bag of kettle chips and dip, tried out the new Easter candies and would have put down a bag of those little powdered donuts but they weren’t fresh! Yikes! Bloated, sluggish and no motivation here! I’m in on a better plan! I will get the potato chip grease off my fingers, the donut powder off my lips and get the candy out and join you!

  5. Yes, the winter pounds. Oh I can relate! I like to see what you eat each day. Gives me ideas. Maybe you can at least post a few :).

    I’m wondering if you’ve read about common core curriculum in the schools? A friend has been filling me in and now I’m pretty distressed about the push for it. She directed me to Eagle Forum’s info about it. Most parents aren’t aware of its negative impact on education. Since you are a teacher I would value your input after you do a little reading on it. You are so good with that research mind of yours!

    1. Yeah, I have to admit, I have stuck my head in the sand with this Common Core. I am not a fan of all the standardized testing and crap that is going on. I am hoping the pendulum will swing back again, as more parents and teachers push back.

    2. Oh, and yeah, I can post some meal and snack ideas. I tend to be pretty repetitive – especially when I’m on a restrictive diet like this. Lots of eggs and canned tuna, lol.

  6. I’m in! I like your idea of not doing it as strictly. . I think it is unrealistic to expect myself to totally forgo sugar. But I can cut way back. So I’m joining you on FB .I’m starting by making that crustless quiche tonight.
    So sorry that you are struggling with foot issues. Praying for relief for you!

  7. If you have a “prepaid vacation,” you should be excused from jury duty. You just need to write a letter. I’ll be in Arizona for work from March 30th to April 3. 🙂

  8. I know how hard it is to stay positive about your foot but it will get better. I am now 7 months post surgery, running yet but still dealing with some pain – but I can say the pain is getting less and less. I am looking forward to the day I am 100% pain free.

  9. What can you eat when just about anything and everything has sugar? I eat A LOT of fruit and drink only water. I love yogurt and eat it every day, but that also had sugar.

    1. I don’t go crazy overboard with every gram of sugar. (Although I wouldn’t eat sweetened yogurt right now. Maybe plain greek yogurt with some fruit?) But I focus on what I can have – meets, veggies, cheeses (that’s why I prefer the 21 Day Sugar Detox to Whole30. I like my dairy!!) And even though fruit is technically not on the OK list, I do have some, but not a ton.

  10. Count me in on your group! I’m going on a cruise in April, and want to get bathing suit ready. I need all the motivation I can get, sometimes I swear chocolate calls my name when I’m at the store! I try to eat healthy most of the time, hoping this will help keep me on that path.

  11. Ps. I don’t have a facebook account, so perhaps you can keep us in the loop from here, too?

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