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    misslindy

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hello I have been reading your posts and catching up with you all. I agree, I want to be Susan when I grow up too! And love the idea of gift bags. Abs of Steel - indeed, you do not need any gym work ever again. I am back from Oz and exhausted. I have not gone anywhere, even overnight locally, for so long I was quite afraid to travel by myself. But I did well. Managed the electronic check in, seat selection and all that. I know it sounds strange to most of you but was big stuff for me. Easy once you get going though. I managed a train from the airport and arrived hungry, tired and triumphant at the hotel, to find they are renovating and had no operating kitchen, although they offered breakfast with the room. Breakfast consisted of many kinds of cereal, toast, jams, milk, including soy milk--not a dang thing I could eat. The closest restaurant was blocks away and didn't open in time for me to eat and be back for the course. So back on the train to find some food. Honestly, it was so funny. I found several restaurants with 'specials' most of which started at $35 plus. Not in my budget for one meal. Eventually I found a Subway and managed to have a fresh salad, added meat to it and non-compliant dressing but it was so good. Then I got on another train to check out Manly. Gorgeous, found a fresh veg and fruit bar--had the most wonderful green drink--totally compliant, all veg with some coconut water and meat, and fresh fresh fresh. I wanted to buy six more for the rest of the weekend but had no way to transport them. So, suffice it to say foodwise my weekend was a bit of a disaster. I went without rather than eat stuff I knew would make me feel ill. I did buy some yogurt (plain) and some walnuts so had that for dinner Friday night and breakfast. I was working on next to no fuel all weekend and when I got to the airport Sunday I decided I would just have to buy something to eat. I walked for miles and every kiosk I looked at was either food from the week before (in my view), bread/pastry/mega sweet or just plain looked like it was not good to eat. I ended up with a blueberry muffin and cup of tea. When I got home finally at 0200, I ate cold pork slices and some veg. My husband thought I was demented! So the 'odd food' challenge ended up very little food, but there were choices I just could not make myself buy to eat. It would be a waste of money and I knew I would feel so ill, it was better to be hungry, of course it was not better to be hungry because my poor adrenals are still screaming. Lessons Learned: smuggle food on the plane. No, seriously, I have to take food with me all the time. The latest Whole 30 for September with the prepared food is fabulous and I wish we had access to that here. I would be carrying it all the time. I take my own food most of the time now and have something with me when going to MIL or know I will be out for the day. Travelling is an entirely different scenario and not sure how to handle that when on my own in a strange city. Just do the best I can, I guess. It was interesting that things I would have rationalized as the best of a bad situation and just have it and enjoy it, I could not make myself buy as I knew I wouldn't be able to swallow it. So something has changed radically and I am very, very pleased about that. I have lost my desire for some of the foods I used to have to be so disciplined about. I guess just doing it one day at at time for a long time has helped. And even though I am not where I want to be size-wise, I am healthier and making better choices for my health. A couple weeks ago we watched a programme called: The Truth about Exercise, Michael Mosley. He talks about the research on HIT, high intensity training. Three minutes a week. Interesting. I don't think it is necessary to buy his book, but he does have one out with accompanying exercises. Some of you may find this of interest, it is certainly thought provoking. I am going to try it for a month as well as the water walking once it warms up a tad. https://www.fast-exercises.com/michael-answers-frequently-asked-questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7-h_w7bJrU L
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    NancyW

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Wow, Crimsann, I read your post and I am exhausted! I love the gift bag ideas--sounds like the makings of a wonderful trip. One thing we did on a girls' trip was write little cards to everyone starting with, "My wish for you is:" I just found mine yesterday while cleaning and packing, and it brought back so many memories! The group that I was with was women from all over the country, and one from Holland, who met on a Weight Watchers forum, and eventually started meeting every summer in real life. The group has dwindled now, as our lives have changed, but those memories are SO important! And those cards contain wonderful thoughts that remind me of good friends. Loved the potty training story! We call that type of personality, "spirited and independent." We have a few of those in our family! I'm really having a rough time with the W30 thing. I worked hard all weekend, and gave in to quick and easy meals (read: non-compliant). Mostly, I'm still eating my compliant food, but sporadically rebelling. There's a reason my nickname was Rebel... I'll continue to do the best I can, but I guess for now, that doesn't necessarily mean compliant. Still, mostly paleo and no sweets. I had an MRI on my jump rope injured knee today. Am interested to see what that shows. Hopefully no surgery, as our deductible on our health insurance is multiple thousands of dollars... And I got grief from someone at the clinic because I thought it was ridiculous that they were going to bill my insurance $6,000 for that knee MRI. SERIOUSLY? I went to an independent place and paid $560. My deductible for this year is still over $3,000 and it's almost September. I guess that's both the good news (I've been pretty healthy) and the bad news (I pay big bucks to my insurance company and get nothing in return). Gotta go. I'm going to see if I can view my MRI results, not that I'd know what I'm looking at!
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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Well, it's sure a lot closer than I've gotten in my life...new workout included! Got to be one of my favorite posts of the entire year. What a rock-star! Not like you aren't all role models just for sticking with this is going into our 9th month now. (Hey we have nearly birthed this baby, lol.) But I totally want to be Susan when I grow up. I do actually have the bare bones of a long term plan to be able to carve more time out in my day for more serious fitness and a more normal looking day/night before I turn 50, which since I'm not quite 40 yet is a ways off still. It's a good year to start fleshing that out some with some real numbers though so I can hit 40 with a solid plan in place. Me and plans, yeah sometimes I even laugh at myself but work is at an odd balance right now where I'm teetering on the edge of maybe making a significant move or needing to look in another direction all together. The "other direction all together" would possibly mean going back to school for awhile and the sheer amount of extra time that would take is somewhat staggering. So best not dwell on that for a Sunday. Thanks to some unexpected rain showers yesterday I skipped my shopping trip and spent the time in the kitchen to get my lunch and dinner prep for the week done early. As soon as I get the rest of this coffee down I'm going to hit the treadmill and get my Move goal knocked out for the day as well. I've got some projects to get done over the next few weeks as vacation draws ever nearer but I may skip the errands today and just laze around. Most of what I need to pick up I can do on lunch breaks during the week when I'm closer anyway and my sister works next weekend so I know I will have wide open days then as well. Speaking of, my older niece is nearly done with potty-training at last but still has some issues here and there. She can be very stubborn at not wanting to do things that aren't her idea and that still includes stopping playing just because nature calls. She was hanging out with her bestie this weekend while their Mom's had a garage sale at her friends house and she got new shoes, light-up shoes no less, and was in love with them. I guess the deal was, if an accident happened, the shoes got put away for the day. And in all the fun of having a whole day with Jordan, it's not surprising an accident did happen. I'm still sketchy on the details of what happened next, but in an attempt to prevent Mom from taking her shoes away, she managed to lock the entire household outside. ::wince:: Always the bad Auntie, I'm of course devolving into giggles trying to write about it. How she figured out the locks and it's not even her house... Probably no wonder the younger niece is constantly on her guard is it?! I'm so excited about taking the two of them to the beach next month. It's going to be my first real vacation in more years than I care to think about as well. So, not a W30 related question here either, but one of the things I want to do is make up some gift basket/bag welcome things for the adults. Sort of like what you might get at a nice hotel. Trying to stay on the reasonable side, but I want to put together some really indulgent things to make it special for the people coming. Especially like for my sister who also really Needs this vacation with a capital N and will still be juggling Mommy duty with trying to relax. For example, our Whole Foods has some house-made sugar scrubs that are really nice. One in particular with a coconut vanilla scent just strikes me as perfect for vacation, it leaves just a subtle fragrance on the skin so nothing like smelling like suntan oil, but the kind of thing she wouldn't do back home for herself. For her, I'm also including some nail polish because as a nurse that's another thing that's out for daily life. Some of my other tentative ideas are to include a small glass bottle and cork with a note about creating their own little beach inside to take home...fill them with a bit of sand, a tiny shell, whatever found treasures. I definitely want to do that with my older niece as well and make one for her sister since it's their first time at the ocean, so I've already ordered the bottles just need to make up the "kits". I thought maybe some reading material, especially for my Mom and her friend since they are likely to be up earlier than the rest of us and wouldn't be in to watching television or anything. (Not sure I've ever shared this, but my parents were from a very old-fashioned religion similar to Amish but somewhat more modern. We had cars for example, but no television growing up.) Harder is pinning down which books to get them that they would enjoy, but I'm working on that. I'm also planning to make bookmarks, I like the ones that are often called book "thongs" since they are lengths of waxed linen thread with beads tied at the ends. I've gotten different beach theme charms to put on them. And lastly, I thought about getting mini scrapbook albums of some kind, a variety of pens to journal with, photo corners maybe...and stocking up on film for my Instax. I could see most of this group enjoying spending some time after the girls are in bed each night just putting together a page about what we did that day. I'm also getting my older niece a toddler friendly digital camera which is technically for her birthday but I will give it to her early for this trip and it could be fun to include some of her images, although if past experience of her using my phone/camera are any indication this will mean about 1,000 pictures of her favorite Auntie and not always from slimming angles! LOL! Okay, not just putting off treadmill time here ladies, I had a point with all that...I'm looking for some other brainstorming suggestions. You will notice that so far it's also entirely non-food related and that doesn't have to be the case, but while I have time to still hunt things down and put this all together I thought I would see what you guys thought up. If you were going away for a week, what would you like to have or get that you might not do for yourself, it can even be totally practical I'm really just looking for some new avenues to explore and I could really use some new perspectives!
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    QuilterInVA

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Good morning, ladies! Another hot (95 degrees) and humid day in VA. We need rain! Having an off-road month and it isn't good. I'm sure you have all heard about the big W30 starting September 5 and leading up to the publication of Melissa's new book. There are going to be some extras for those who sign up on Facebook. The book will be delivered October 4 and the W30 will be over October 5 and then she'll give us hints for the slow reintroduction and that will give us 10 days to read and digest the book and come up with out daily plan. It sounds like what I need at this point. Since I live alone you would think I'd not have a problem with junk creeping into the house but it happens. I'm just not good with having one serving of ice cream or chips. I end up eating the whole thing at once and buying single servings seems so wasteful of money. A small bag of chips is $1.59 and the store brand for a 10 ounce bag is $1.49. I'm a mess. I'm spending the next 10 days making out menus and cooking some recipes ahead and freezing them. I'll also grill up a bunch of chicken breasts and thighs and cook up some ground beef and make single servings packets for the freezer. Where I run into problems is with dinner. I have it planned, I want it, but I'm too tired to cook it. COPD brings fatigue with it. Some days I'm fine and some not. I upped my exercise at the Y and it seems I have more energy. Those endorphins are great mood boasters, too. I am now doing water aerobics and yoga M-W-F and T-TH I do strength training and SilverSneakers (circuit training for seniors). Once a year we have to go around with a trainer and be accessed on the machines so our levels can be adjusted. The girl who did mine started out "Well, you're 75 so lets go to the other room and see how you do." That room has machines for beginners. I passed it a long time ago. I told her I wanted to regular weight room and then she actually looked at me and saw I had a lot of muscle definition. Then she let me show her how much I could do and was pretty surprised. She added some different machines and weights to my workout so I'm glad for that. Have a wonderful day!
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    C_Cezeaux

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Checking back in on real internet instead of my phone, I cracked up at the typos in my last post. Smart phone, indeed. Crimsann, the 7 minute workout sounds intriguing. Although tonight I'm tired for a 2 minute one, lol. Plus, I still haven't unpacked enough boxes to clear floor space in the spare room. I can see the handles of my elliptical back there. I think you've got a good goal going there, NancyW. Mine worked better when I actually did the planning. I'm hanging in on the healthy foods, for the last week it's pretty much been chilled soup and tea, though. I managed to pick up bacterial/fungal respiratory infection that my Doc thinks was caused by all the cotton fields being cut. Cotton dust and mold. Yippee. So she put me on great whomping horse pills for two weeks. One makes me ill for a couple hours, the other makes me sleepy. ...sigh... Not W30 related, but how I spent part of my morning at work - does this count as Abs of Steel?
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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Somewhat hard to believe it's Friday already... With my internet back, I made the mistake earlier this week of downloading one of the 7-Minute Workout apps. Wow-ow-ow-ow. My thought here was...yes, I'm doing a lot better with getting in some regular and deliberate exercise rather than just tracking what few steps I would normally get in during the course of the day. In order to meet that Apple watch Move goal I talked about in my last post, I actually have to get on the treadmill every night and do 30-40 minutes of some kind of movement. If I'm really tired, I might just take it at a decent paced walk...if I'm more ambitious I've been trying to run some, but still at the end of the day it's just cardio and not really toning anything. Juggling work, cooking better meals, and meeting that Move goal as well as trying to find some personal time and...oh, that thing called SLEEP...I can't also fit in my favorite yoga deal because it's an entire hour. I love it, but I will skip it more than do it rather than give up that chunk of time. So in the back of my mind for awhile now I've been thinking about just some basic do-it-anywhere things like fitting in a set or two of sit-ups or whatever...just something more than cardio without committing to equipment or a long session. And thus, I heard about the 7-Minute deal which is supposed to be the equivalent of a hour (I admit I scoffed at that) and it sounded perfect. No video needed, no equipment aside from a chair and a wall, I thought I could do most of the exercises involved (can't quite pull off a real push-up yet but hey, built in challenge!), and 7 minutes sounded perfect for a quick fix. omg. whimper. I'm only on Day 3 and it's a total love/hate. I hurt everywhere. So short program or not, it's roused some muscles that don't normally need to participate in daily life. On the other hand, it's only 7 minutes and it's done. It's done, but I also feel (boy how I feel) like I've actually done something. 12 exercises for 30 second each with a 10 second rest between, it's like just as I start to really HATE whatever I'm doing it's over, rest, start something else, and the whole thing is done before I hit the point where I just want to stop altogether. So it's kind of weirdly effective for me. Well, gotta run, my quiet afternoon just exploded...will check in again soon though. I'm instituting not quite a W30 this month since I'm obviously flexing a few food choices but I'm actually hammering down on other things and calling it "Bootie Camp"...there may be some shoe shopping as a reward involved. But I'm definitely on board this month and through September in my fashion at least!
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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Quick update from me...internet is down at home which made for a really frustrating weekend for this tech-geek. The taco's were pretty good, the almond flour wraps were far better than I expected so will definitely be a keeper for me when I'm not doing a to-the-letter type 30. Tortilla wraps as a rule, especially the flour ones, are relatively tasteless so it's more a "you won't notice these either" and that's a win. I know it also begs the question why I would need a replacement for a tasteless thing and I have no answer for you. The one thing I did find that was different is their durability. My taco chicken meat came out with a good bit of moisture, likely due to that crock-pot cooking, and it soaked through the wrap and it was like trying to keep the stuff in tissue paper! LOL! Not a complaint though, they were so tender that I could cut them with a plastic fork and I think that's actually a benefit compared to the tough/dry wraps I might have used in the past. I will just need to drain my chicken better. I'm now really looking forward to using these to make some scrambled egg wraps. The party was fun and I did make some watermelon "lemonade" but I got a bad watermelon. It was nearly white inside with very little pink let alone red so I ended up just adding the watermelon to the last of the lemonade and chalked the weekend up to another off-plan adventure. By the time I got home, still damp from a water fight with a two-year old who showed NO MERCY, I just wanted the world's longest nap. Didn't fare much better on Sunday and I count it as a personal achievement that I kept my Move streak going both days. (Apple watch activity tracker does three metrics, the Move part tracks the number of active calories burned and you get achievements for keeping up meeting that goal every day...I'm at 20 days and counting despite having increased mine a bit already from the initial goal.) Food-wise, the best I can say is I did some of my prep for this week. I absolutely could not motivate myself for a whole slew of reasons, so getting any of it done took grit. I'm hoping I will be able to shake this off soon, it would help if my internet isn't still down tonight. Oh, let's be honest, it would actually HELP a few of my goals if it never came back on...but moping around about how frustrating it is to be cut off is wasting more of my time than being on does. I think.
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    NancyW

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Crimsann, your niece is adorable, and quite a badass!! Love the steely stare. You best behave... And that Chicken Tinga Taco recipe, yum! I am to be starting my W30 this weekend. I was talking to my daughter and mentioned that after a horrible workweek, I just can't get my head in the right place. She says, "But mom, maybe if you start, your head WILL get in the right place." Brilliant! I haven't done much planning, but I am shopping either later today or early tomorrow. I have a mental list that I need to get down on paper. This first week will be very basic. I have a freezer full of chicken breasts and ground turkey breast, so will augment with salad fixins for the chicken, and sweet potatoes to serve buffalo turkey over. I've come to love Craisins on my salad, so bought a 4 lb bag at Costco a few weeks ago. I'll be giving that to a Craisin-loving friend. My fridge is stocked with flavored seltzer. That's become a W30 staple. So I can do this. Planning for the move is in full swing. I will be taking lots of boxes to Kim's house with my brother's help. That will save on the cost of the move. Packing will start soon--right after planning and prep for my 30. I did go against my "no more gadget buying" rule since we'll be combining kitchens, and bought this salad chopper bowl: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AEH634/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I love the idea of not having to chop everything up separately! Will be trying it soon. Better go, lots to do. And we're going to a semi-pro baseball game tonight. Should be fun!
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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    I haven't made the watermelon concoction just yet...the party is tomorrow and in typical me fashion I'm still working on things. If I find what I need to make it, it's still on the table to do something along those lines and I will share results. I've made granita with watermelon before which is essentially a fruit juice based ice though it does take some simple syrup to keep it from fully freezing. My tentative plan right now is make a batch of watermelon syrup to add to the lemonade anyway for those wanting a pink version, and I can just keep some of that aside for myself if I want. My August hasn't been clean either which is disappointing. These last two months are the first time I've really struggled with being on plan and fallen off when I had intended not to. I've chose to go off plan for months at a time before, but not been so far off plan when I planned to be on plan. I don't even really know why it's been a challenge other than the fact that I've hit that point where results are so much slower and it's harder to keep the enthusiasm for the super strict going just when I need the super strict the most. I haven't actually hit the road, I'm still sort of just leaning way out the back of the wagon, and exercise is still steady and increasing. My weekday meals are still nearly entirely compliant, but weekends are just come what may. That's what I had in mind for later this year, but I seem to be skipping some steps getting there! So this weekend will probably be about the same, mostly on...somewhat off...hitting my movement goals...and planning for a better next week. I did find a recipe I'm thinking about adapting to a crockpot version, I will also omit the cheese and will finally be trying some paleo wraps in place of the tortilla's...but if I don't care for the wraps or they aren't worth it to me...I can see this over a salad as well. http://www.howsweeteats.com/2016/08/chicken-tinga-tacos-with-grilled-corn-guac/ I will be doing the corn along with the guacamole since that is something that I allow right now but that also would need to be left out for a true W30 version. (I know you guys know that, I just always try to say if I link something that isn't down the line good to go.) I'm also doing something new to me with coffee that I thought I might share. I'm a drink-it-black kind of girl anyway, but come summer I do often pour the rest of my morning coffee over ice once it cools off and what I've been doing lately is adding a mint tea bag to the ice before I pour the coffee over it. One of my favorite drinks at a local café is a mint coffee where they muddle fresh mint and sugar and pour cold brew coffee and milk over. This replicates that flavor just a bit with a hint of sweetness and the tingle after-taste of mint but without the sugar or dairy. It's amazing how mint does almost seem to add sweet even though it's still completely unsweetened. So just trying this out, the new format and all, hoping to see if we can now add photo's easier because it kind of looks like we can? Fingers crossed because that would be an awesome enhancement. If it works you get a pic of my younger niece trying to catch me sneaking something out of her stroller. We laugh about the "cop stare" she inherited from her Dad, but she is no joke the most suspicious kid I've ever met. Or else she just figured me out early...hard to say.
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    misslindy

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    So this is a new look, when did the forum change? I guess I should show up more often. We are freezing solid here, you won't believe it but there are communities without power and probably won't have it for over a week. The snow is incredible on South Island and even on North Island. We don't get snow but OMG the wind is freezing. At least I have to get up frequently or I would freeze solid and my poor feet would have to be thawed out --so good for the exercise, jumping around. Doing well food wise sofeeling better about it all. I spent most of yesterday cleaning my office--and man did it need it! Now it is shiny and sparkling, the curtains are so beautiful - a major pleasure to be in here today. Mind you there are several other rooms that need the same attention but one doesn't want to be too hasty.