Sunday, November 18th, Day Seventy-Five, Brunch Buffet

Sunday, November 18th, Day Seventy-Five, Brunch Buffet

 

Evening

 
The highlight of my day was getting myself and my husband to a giant brunch buffet at our retirement complex.
 
If you would like to join me in this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.
 
Finally, I have had a day of rest.  I slept a good portion of the day.
 
Brunch
 
I went to the Fireside Restaurant Sunday Brunch Buffet with my husband.  That was enjoyable.  We met some nice people.  Unfortunately, I over-ate at the brunch.  I planned to avoid the dessert line, but my husband asked me to get him something, and I got enough German chocolate and cream-cheese-frosted red velvet cake for both of us.
 
They served a homemade mushroom soup at the brunch that was to die for and some delicious roasted zucchini.  I also had a small piece of mushroom chicken, fresh fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple), and spinach salad with pistachios and dried cranberries.  For drink, I had tomato juice.
 
Managing my husband with a wheelchair in the buffet line was a bit challenging but doable.  Fortunately, our table was close to the serving line, so we could set things down midway.
 
For the first time that I remember, nobody remarked that I was too young to be there.  I felt more at home.  Maybe the difference was that I was with my husband, and people assumed I was with him and therefore belonged.  However, one of the servers at the brunch asked me if I was a guest, and I had to explain that I was with my husband and I was eating on his resident number.
 

Sleep, Friend, and Sermon

 
I wheeled my husband home from the brunch, and I slept for hours.  I woke up long enough to talk to my best friend, who called from Utah, and watch a sermon by Joel Osteen on my Android.  I turned the sound down.  My husband said he could not hear it, so I turned it up for him until it finished.  The sermon was about how God pulls strings for us.  It was encouraging, as all of Joel’s sermons are.
 
After the sermon I slept some more.  I have not slept this much during the day in a great while.  I made some gingered lemonade tonight with bottled lemon juice.  We did not eat much supper.
 

Conversations with My Husband

 
Though I do not think I accomplished much today, except to get us both to the brunch, I did sleep a lot, and that was the one big thing I needed.  My husband and I also spent some time conversing and reminiscing on past Thanksgivings together, including last year.  I would never have believed last year that we would be married this year and in Colorado together.  We are making our marriage work.  It has not been easy so far, but we have a strong commitment.  My husband’s decision to leave this plush retirement complex and make a home with me makes me realize how much he loves me.
 

Monday Morning

 

Polyphenols and Proanthocyanidins

 
The air in the residence was cold this morning when I woke up.  My husband got up, turned on the oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and left it open.  Our place is starting to warm up.
 
I drank some Knudsen’s Just Cranberry juice with a little stevia and diluted it with cold filtered water from the Berkey filter–a good dose of polyphenols and proanthocyanidins for the day.
 

Lost 0.1 Pounds

 
I lost another 0.1 pounds since yesterday, down to 122.6.  I did not eat perfectly yesterday, but I did consume a lot of fruit and vegetables again, especially at the brunch, which I believe is making a difference.  I ate mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, cranberries, lemon, tomatoes, even a tiny blueberry on the cake, and though I could do better, potatoes in potato chips.  If I keep losing at this rate, it will take 126 more days to lose the weight I want to lose.
 

Mood and Energy

 
Let me look at my other two goals:  I want to lose weight without sacrificing my mood and energy.  Yesterday, I did the best thing I could for my energy.  I got some rest and extra sleep.  I also got some exercise wheeling my husband to the brunch and back and walked around the residence as well.  I should do some resistance training too.  Is it time for me to concentrate more on my exercise?  It might be, but let me keep my life in balance.  I am juggling a lot of things right now.
 
I am starting to feel happy again, even amidst uncertainty.  I suppose a certain amount of uncertainty is always a part of our lives, and we just learn to live with it and even embrace it.

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