#WeekendCoffeeShare (January 7, 2022)

Hi everyone on this first Friday of January, 2022. Today, I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare. I’m right between my dinner and my evening coffee, but if you’d like a drink, I’m sure my staff can make you a Senseo or a cup of tea, pour you a glass of juice or offer you a soft drink. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, I’d start off by saying that the weather is all over the place right now. Sometimes, it’s raining or even snowing, while at other times, the sun is shining. It’s too cold for a walk though, so I’ve stayed indoors all day and most of the week. Last night, despite the heating being on and all windows being closed, I was feeling quite cold. Okay, I can feel cold in the middle of summer sometimes. That’s just me, I guess.

If we were having coffee, I’d also share about my new food plan. Like I shared before, my hope is to get to a healthier, less stress-inducing diet this year. The dietitian got back to my staff on Tuesday with a healthy food plan. It’s a standard basic food plan I’m sure, as for instance it allowed for an artificial sweetener in my coffee even though I’ve been drinking my coffee black for years.

I have been trying to stick to the food plan ever since. On Wednesday, I did have my crunchy muesli for breakfast, because my staff had already prepared it. Oh, I said this was something I wasn’t willing to give up, but I’m trying after all. Yesterday and today, I had two slices of bread with jam on them.

So far, it’s going okay, but I do find that I’m struggling to eat a variety of foods, as out of the healthy food choices, I only like a few things. Today, as an alternative to the bread with jam for lunch, I tried a toasted cheese and bell pepper sandwich. After all, the dietitian said that toasted sandwiches are a healthy choice as long as you don’t load them with more than one slice of cheese, ham or the like. You can, however, add veggies to taste.

If we were having coffee, I would share that, speaking of the food plan, I do look forward to getting chips this evening. I am so happy I am still allowed these on weekends.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I haven’t been too inspired on the crafty front lately. On Wednesday though, I did create a polymer clay dolphin charm. I used the Fimo soft color blue ice quartz for the body of the dolphin, white for its belly and black for its eyes.

Polymer Clay Dolphin Charm

If we were having coffee, lastly I would share that I did do a fair bit of reading lately. I started the latest Maggie Hartley foster care memoir, which came out as an eBook yesterday, right then. I’m now at 54% already. It doesn’t look like I’m going to finish any of the other books still on my currently-reading shelf on Goodreads though, but that’s okay.

How have you been?

20 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (January 7, 2022)

  1. Hi Astrid. You sound great for our first communication of the new year.
    But do we have to talk about food plans . . .?
    I’ve always enjoyed the spontaneity approach to eating as planning just feels like work. But I know that I should do as you are doing and get more disciplined about what I eat.
    On the other hand, with the help of a certain medication for my type 2 Diabetes and covid last Sept. I’ve lost 35 pounds in the past 9 months and have managed to keep it off, so I feel less pressure to work harder on what I eat and just try to be careful.
    Hope you have a great 2022 coming.
    Blessings.

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    1. Hi Gary, thank you for your kind words. Congrats on your weight loss (even though you didn’t really do much for it or so it seems). I will still allow myself some spontaneous treats, but I need the rough structure or I’ll be overindulging. At least that’s my current train of thought. I might get frustrated with the food plan in a few weeks or so, but we’ll see. Wishing you all the best for 2022.

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    1. Thank you so much. It was a little stressful at first, because my staff had been putting things on the list I wasn’t sure I’m supposed to eat, such as certain slightly less low-calorie cookies for with my morning coffee than the dietitian had put on the plan. Then when I said my staff should get these off the list, they were like “Are you sure you never want to eat those again?” I said that I can eat anything I want occasionally, so there’s no never, but I just wanted them off my food plan unless/until the dietitian okay’ed them. Since then, it’s been going pretty well.

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    1. Oh, that’s cool that you’re on Goodreads too. I hardly do anything on there except track my reading progress though, but I’d really like to do more. Thanks for the reminder, haha.

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    1. Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you enjoy Goodreads. I don’t do much with it at this point, although I intended on doing more with it last year. That was a massive fail though, LOL.

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  2. Hi Astrid – good luck with the food plan. I work on eating healthy for most meals and having the occasional “cheat meal” over the weekends. I figure if I’m eating plenty of fruit and veggies plus some protein, and not too much fat or sugar, then I’ll stay around the weight I am atm. I think most of us would like to lose a kilo or two (or three! quickly) but sometimes it’s just a matter of slowly, slowly one day at a time and you get there eventually – can can sustain it long term.

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    1. Thank you for sharing. I agree completely. I need to lose at least 13kg to be at a healthy weight for my height, but I don’t have that as a goal to be honest. My goal for now is to eat healthily regardless of what happens to my weight. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been stable despite not eating too healthily, so I’m hopeful that I’ll lose some, but it isn’t a given.

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