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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Now one of these trips Nancy, we are going to have to plan a meet-up you know. It kills me to think of you drifting so close and not being able to say "hi!" Maybe if I promise to bring the entertainment in the form of my two nieces? LOL! On the zoodles, what I did this time was sprinkle salt on each pile of them when I got to the end of a zucchini so I knew the whole container was well salted, then covered them with paper towel and waited probably half an hour. This timing wasn't intentional, I just had other things to prepare and it took me that long to get back to them. The towel was soaked and I strained out a good bit of water, pressing lightly into a colander. It was interesting because they looked wilted compared to the crisp hard "noodles" I usually have. They almost looked cooked, which could make sense since there are cooking techniques where you do use salt alone to "cook" something. I did warm up some olive oil and sort of tossed them a few times on each side then before packaging them up in individual glass containers with some meatballs and sauce for lunches. I don't know if it was all that method or partly because the sauce I used cooked down with the meatballs so that there wasn't a lot left. Each meatball had a visible coating of sauce and there was maybe one large serving spoon of sauce besides so the combination of drier noodles and less extra sauce? Mmm, it was so good though. My week 1 was a tad shaky, I found out mid-week that one of the things I was eating wasn't as compliant as I had thought. Just a silly mistake on my part, I had read something about that brand being compliant but has misread which item and didn't double-check by reading the label when I bought them because at the time I was not doing Whole30. It was only when I went to open the second bag about Wednesday night that I realized. I think all things considered this is something I would be okay with having in my Food Freedom plan and I didn't get all the way to 10 on my allowed exceptions list so I added them. Sort of covering my backside after the fact for sure, but I seemed to do just fine with them all week. No signs of a horrible headache or a desire to maim everyone around me, so again a pretty seamless bounce back though of course my menu wasn't 100% compliant. I did notice some fatigue most days, crashed earlier at night than usual and slept deeply. I also backed off my workouts just a bit, not enough to break my streak but I only did the cardio AND yoga maybe twice all week. Towards the end of the week I also added a small side salad at dinner because I found one of the newer Tessemae's dressings at my local grocery and wanted to try it. It contains honey which is on my allowed list as long as it's in either a sauce, condiment, or dressing and is used sparingly and not routinely. It was nice for a change of pace from so many savory dressings lately but all in all I found it too sweet and not that satisfying. I may try it again another time maybe to make something like a traditional broccoli salad, but I found I prefer the more herbal dressings at this point. I am using honey again this week, as well as a no sugar added peanut butter. I tried another version of that Peanut Chicken Salad I think I mentioned a few weeks ago. Fingers crossed I like it better than the last version. I think I will though unless the flavors change a lot as it melds. Those are the only two non-compliant items on menu though, everything else toes the line. I ended up with a pet fish this week, which is partly why I haven't checked in sooner...I've been in full stress/research mode. It was a sort of accidental acquirement and I wasn't prepared to take on tending anything finicky which it apparently can be. It's a betta which are about equal parts hardy and diva from what I've read so far, few things that can be agreed upon either which tells me they vary some. I named him Siam Spade since I learned the fish originated in Thailand, which does sort of beg the question why they are also called Japanese Fighting Fish but I haven't run across the answer to that yet. I did get him moved into a home last night and after close monitoring I think it's going to suit. He seems energetic enough and curious about everything which seem like good signs. We took the girls to an aquarium store yesterday and on the advice of one of the posts I had read I got a Ghost Shrimp to keep him company but more importantly to help keep the tank clean. The girls batted eyelashes at their Mom and sweet talked her into getting them a small tank for a few pink Tetra's. Luckily their father approved of this and actually wants to go back because he was left out with no fish of his own to name. I can only imagine what will go with Posie (my sisters choice), Sassy (the best we can figure out from Maddie who is only talking a little so far) and....wait for it...Pinky Pie Balloon (named, you won't be surprised to hear, by Eliana the older niece.) I also bought a piece of rock while I was there, just an interesting shape with some holes and such out of a bin of rock. I got home and setup the tank, made sure the water that I had been warming in the room all day was the right temp, got all the decorations and plants in place and the pump humming along and had no more than introduced the shrimp who was scooting along happily when I noticed a tiny movement on the rock. OMG. Snails. First one which was sort of cute, though how it had lived through who knows how long of a dry spell I don't know, but then more. At last count I had six. This lead to a moral dilemma. The thing is, a snail or two or maybe three can help keep the tank clean and they were tiny things....but the wrong combination of snails with amorous intentions on each other and you can very quickly wind up with more snails than water. In the end I did the evil thing and divested myself of all but one of them. So we will see. Alas the shrimp did not survive his first day. I actually don't know what happened. Siam is inordinately curious and had been seen sneaking close to take a peek but I hadn't caught any territorial or aggressive moves. It is possible he acts up behind my back though. He has a rather pronounced air of innocence at times for a fish. It's also possible that the shrimp got ahold of some of his food. I didn't realize at the time that it contains some copper sulfate and copper is a problem for the shrimp. If that's the case it would have happened eventually because part of his function was to clean up after things. I may give it a week or so, read up some more on potential betta companions and foods that would work for both and try again. I have also caught him nose to shell with the snail, again no sign of nibbling, just intense scrutiny and I think he would do with some sort of play mate if I can find something he won't threaten. And that was my week. P.S. Huge hurrah for some measurable results there @C_Cezeaux very inspirational. Here is to another solid week!
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    C_Cezeaux

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Crimsann, it's part of the 30 day Figure 8 challenge, they ask you to post your "before" pics in loose shorts and a sports bra. Rum, talk about a deity check right between the eyes. The food plan she suggests has some things on it that are not W30, so I am sticking with the W30 compliant while I attempt to follow the exercise plan. Much to my surprise, at the end of week one I have measurable results, will see how it goes. I also have some muscles in places I wasn't aware I had them, Lol. Hoping to look less like a frog in a blender during the dance moves by the end of the month. Nancy, I feel you on the shared living spa e. I do not tolerate living in someone else's space well. I need my own space and my own kitchen setup to be comfortable. I may be a little territorial and particular about that. ;-) Will keep fingers crossed for a vacancy for you soon. Melinda, I have always loved pork, but can only eat limited amounts and only the leaner pork. Pork fat causes me somesevere distress and sits in my stomach like a rock.
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    NancyW

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    @Crimsann What do you do with your zoodles to keep them from making the sauce watery? I've tried a couple things, but without much success.
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    NancyW

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    This, SO much this... As I read all these posts, I realize that all of you are my tribe!! I'm feeling a bit lost because I'm floundering badly on the food front. And the only reason I'm doing anything physical is because I'm now paying a trainer to help with that! But I'm also not getting any kind of notification of new posts, so I'm also feeling very alone in my struggle. I finally remembered to come here, and I'm not alone!!! Thank you for that... I blew my reinto again. I was reading a post on a moderated FB group about a woman who said adding in food was like opening the floodgates. That's exactly where I am. I think I may need more than 30 days in a row to get my head right. I'm headed to Ohio to take my parents to see my daughter who is stationed at Wright Patterson AFB this coming weekend. When I get back, I'd like to start another W30. I have to weigh the benefits of that (HUGE) with the difficulties of using the kitchen that's not mine (also potentially huge). I don't know when I'll have my own kitchen again. but maybe I can't wait that long. Off to an early Mother's Day celebration with my daughter here in town. She always asks what I'd like to have, how I'd like to eat, when she has me over. That's a good thing, but she also understands because I've passed my complicated relationship with food on to both of my daughters. Great legacy... Luckily, they love me anyway!
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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Anyone else seem to be missing the email alerts of a new post here again? Just curious. I want to give a shout out to Mel Joulwan's Pesto Meatballs, not sure what I did differently before but while I liked them the first time I made them...I'm swooning over them this time. Well, okay, let's me honest I do know a few things I did different this time. I used Paul Newman's Tomato Basil sauce, which is actually compliant even though I'm not 100% W30 right now myself. At first I was kind of worried because a jar of that didn't fill up my electric skillet the way the sauce ingredients in the recipe had and I worried these were going to turn out dry. Far from it. The texture is incredible. I let the zoodles sweat more than I have before too and I don't know if that made a difference or if just being less "watery" meant they reheat with more flavor or what... Great start though, to have both of my made ahead meals really hit the spot this week. I won't get into my personal hurdle with canned salmon, leave it that I like it once it's made up but getting it made takes a Herculean effort on my part with not letting the fish smell or the visuals of the skin and bones get to me. I added a lot of chopped orange bell pepper and red onion and some of the green goddess dressing I make as well as a bit of mayo and wrapped it up in a crisp romaine leaf. My local grocery has started carrying a really convenient package of large mostly flat romaine lettuce leaves that are so perfect for this kind of use without wasting anything. I'm further in on reading Food Freedom as well and it strikes me that I probably should have planned for an initial 30-days of going by the book. This isn't really going to be possible without putting off the rest of my plan though and I'm not going to do that. @C_Cezeaux who required posting the wretched pictures in a public forum?! I'm horrified at the thought of doing that myself so huge props to you. I did get off my lazy tush the other night and got a number from the scales that actually sort of shocked me (in a bad way, the pants test hadn't give up enough warning signs so I'm hoping that was a fluke number but wrote it down anyway) and took some pictures that didn't really make me happy either. I will be glad I had them at the end though I'm sure. I just today had an invite to join a co-worker for spinning class which is a lot more like exercise than I try to get into but I'm considering it. Possibly with the same area of the brain that said committing to doing this for 365 was a smart idea.
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    C_Cezeaux

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Vozelle, I think I need the magic bullet to the head tonight, lol. I know I have to have both the exercise and the right food or it doesn't work, don't know what possessed me to think I could happily slide along with no exercise when I suddenly dropped into sedentary mode at work. Probably originated in the same part of the brain that thought jumping into intense latin dance exercise challenge would be perfect for someone who doesn't know how to dance in the first place. Challenge it is. Sweaty I am. Maybe by the end of the 30 days I will have learned something close to a dance move, lol. Sticking with it anyway out of sheer stubbornness. Signed up, posted the wretched pictures as required in a public forum with all the other out-of-shapers hoping for miracles, so I am darn well sticking it out. MsLIndy, I am with you on the no sugar/flour thing. Other than being allergic to the wheat flour, typical baked goods are a definite no brakes kind of food for me. Just no. I do ok with the grain free baking, they're dense enough that they're impossible to gulp.
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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    @C_Cezeaux Oh, thanks for the reminder. I really need to do the pics and weigh in today too, maybe when I finally drag myself off the couch to go pack the lunch I made earlier. I am totally in sync with you right now. One of the things I wanted to talk about, but couldn't get the words, was that I have now passed the 100 day mark on doing some kind of workout every day. I started that back in January? February? I've sort of lost track I guess. I've gone through one (mostly) Whole30 and two months of complete abandon, but never lost the workout. The thing is, it really hammered home for me that I simply can't do one or the other. I can keep up the workout streak for months, but when my eating suffers I know I hold back. I may make my goal, but I'm not really pushing myself because the energy isn't there. On the flip side, at this point in my dieting adventure...I can eat a pristine Whole30 and still not see the kind of changes I want to see because losing weight doesn't translate directly into gaining tone. Most of my life I've wanted the magic bullet to be anything BUT working out or eating right. Maybe in the last three years or so I've wanted it to be EITHER working out or eating right because either one of them was hard enough. And yet what I'm staring at is...the only times I've felt like I was making a real difference in myself is when there were some elements of both going on. Can I get a chorus of "dang it!!?!" So one of my rules for this 365 day challenge is that I have to keep making that Move goal every single day. I know of several different ways to accomplish it, everything from yoga to a marathon shopping day...and I've done it when I was tired, when I was sick, and when I was on vacation...so short of breaking a leg, I've little wiggle room. I've also sort of hit that moment when breaking the streak now means getting a new record would take a loooong time. If I manage to keep it going for the entire 365, I will be here a year from now and will be just about a month away from hitting a 500 day streak. I like that. Because it means even if I happen to need to eat an entire loaf of bread in 366 days...I will still have some motivation to keep the workout thing going until my sanity returns. And I do think that these two things feed off each other. The better I eat, the more energy I have to Move...and the more I Move the more I don't want to ruin all that effort by eating poorly. So a few little snags in getting ready today, I still haven't finished reading Food Freedom and I'm probably not as prepared as I was even for my first Whole30...I do have some of those same nerves though. Underlying them is the certain knowledge that of course I can do this even if it feels sort of daunting right now. I've made up a batch of Mel Joulwan's Pesto Chicken Meatballs (though for some reason I always opt for turkey) and some Zoodles for lunches this week, and I've got the stuff to make up some lettuce wraps with salmon salad for dinners. I have a few more recipes bookmarked to try in the coming weeks that are new to me...not sure if any of you follow Whole30 on Instagram but the gal who was sharing recipes this past week had some amazing ones and also offered a free e-book version that included all of them. I highly recommend looking that up. No real offense to that thread, but I've sometimes felt like all the recipes boil down to the same four ingredients just photographed from a different angle, but this week it's either my perspective or it all seemed much more unique. If you signed up for the e-book she also sent some emails about video courses on being successful and one of them included 5 recipes for sauces to go with steak which were also really interesting and 5 things to do with chicken. I also got some sort of fun inspiration from the Starbucks unicorn frapp that was in the news a week or so ago. Yes, I didn't see that coming either and no, I didn't try one. Mostly because they neglected to put coffee anywhere near it so how magical could it have been? One of my friends went to try one though and the barista talked her into trying something she called a dragon frapp instead. Basically it was a green tea frapp with some of the mango powder on it. Mango powder still sounds kind of gross but I'm working out a way to make that with compliant ingredients instead, green tea and frozen mango and the one toasted coconut almond milk I like....something along those lines. I have made up a list of a few food items I'm using that are not compliant, but I do want to keep about 98% of what I eat entirely in the bounds for this year. I know too well how blurring the lines is a long walk off a short pier. I've done this kind of balancing act before though and it's been a good fit, allowing me to be more creative with food but without reintroducing much of anything. Thrilled to see a few faces around tonight, so glad to not be feeling alone setting off on this. It feels like I'm not the only one feeling a fresh surge of energy to make some positive changes. So no looking back ladies, some great feelings to come if we can slug through the next two weeks!!!
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    misslindy

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    I tried to respond but the computer doesn't like me any better than I do at the moment. I can so relate to you, Nancy and Cynthia. I have decided sugar and flour are out for life for me and have to do it one day at a time or perhaps one meal at a time. I haven't lost any weight on W30 but have changed some habits and developed some good ones. I W30 but have changed some habits and developed some good ones. I need to do something to change the weight however so have been doing more research. Flour and sugar, in any form, are out for me and hopefully that will help. I will be in and out of here briefly over the next couple of months but will still be around. Sending light and love to you all. L