Christina Williams Routon

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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    Mine would be a house in the mountains of North Georgia or the Smokies in Tennessee, a stone and wood cabin with a hot tub and huge rock fireplace inside with plenty of wood. There would be plenty of hiking trails from easy to moderate - some going further up the mountain, some heading down to a lake. I would have a personal chef as well as maid service. The chef would either cook there or would bring the meals to me daily and I would heat and eat as I needed. The food would be simple stews, salads, fruit in season, food perfect for chilly weather. I'd spend time in nature, enjoying the wildlife, and spend the evenings writing or reading in the great room next to the fire. No TV signal, but maybe a TV with a DVD player and a good selection of movies for a rainy day if I couldn't go outside. No internet either. I'd have my laptop but it would only be for writing, nothing to distract me, and my phone would be off 90 percent of the time - if I even got a signal. I'd get at least one massage and sit in the hot tub every night.
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    @NatPatBen - at my Kroger in the organic / gluten free section there's a freezer section and they have frozen waffles, pizzas, etc. that are gluten free. They have one frozen pizza made with a rice flour crust so it's gluten free.
    Your dinner sounds wonderful!
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Good to know I wasn't the only one who got fed up and wanted to quit. I was so close to buying a rice crust pizza last night and I talked myself down. I knew I had Kahlua Pig in the fridge already cooked and it just needed reheating with veggies. No reason to buy a pizza. Besides, I wanted comfort food, and I knew it. Even a rice crust pizza. I wanted pizza to feel better, not just to eat.
    I didn't plan yesterday well. I procrastinated, ended up with no breakfast, late to work, and was hungry all day. That's why I wanted the pizza.
    I'm also sick and tired of cooking. I did the bare minimum yesterday, just enough to make sure I had lunch today and I was up in time to make my breakfast, but I'm really, really tired of prep work and cooking. I need to use the slow cooker more.
    Tonight we're going to a friend's house, so I need to eat something before we go. Saturday is my son's birthday and he wants to go to Golden Corrall, so I'm going to mix up some dressing from Well Fed to bring with me and I'll have a steak and salad, maybe a sweet potato from the bar.
    For exercise, I started 30 min 3x week doing workouts on You Tube. I ended up doing 1 workout, and this week I've done 1 workout. I'm keeping it simple but I know it's important to incorporate exercise. I like "healthy movement" . It sounds better. Got a free treadmill yesterday too, so if I'm watching TV I need to be on the treadmill.
    I've been craving orange juice for some reason and I also have to stay away from Lara bars. I've fallen back on the coconut cream too often.
    I feel good, I'm glad I'm doing this, but I'm really getting tired and frustrated. I guess it's bringing up some food issues, though, and I guess that's part of the point.
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Still doing well. Have the Kahlua Pig from Nom Nom's at home in the slow cooker. It cooked all night and hubby will be bringing me some for lunch. I have hormonal acne, and it's starting, but I only have two bumps instead of the half dozen or so, and no painful acne cysts either. Those are the worst, IMO.
    Those who tried the jicama home fries, try them again in a few months. Hubby didn't like them either, really, and no, they're not going to be as soft as potatoes, but I really, really love them. This is how I do it -
    clean and halfway peel them. You don't have to peel them all the way.
    Cut into chunks, like potatoes, and add to slow cooker.
    Cover in water about 1 inch.
    Prepare in slow cooker about 6-7 hours instead of the 12-24
    Drain and keep in fridge until ready to cook
    Heat coconut oil in skillet. Saute onions (I also added some peppers). Instead of taking these out of the pan, I leave them in.
    Add Jicama in one layer. I do have a huge skillet, so I add them in one layer and let them sit about 5 min.
    Stir to turn, let sit another five minutes.
    Add seasoning. I mix the seasoning together and blend, then add. Stir again, let sit five minutes.
    Put into serving bowl and be sure to get the onions and peppers as well so it's all mixed together.
    They will still be a bit crunchy, but these are really one of my favorite new recipes.
    Started adding exercise last week.
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I felt the same way. I told my husband I was in Kitchen Jail. This also fell on the same days as the Kill All The Things part of the timeline, so that could have had something to do with my outburst. But he's been helping me as he's home during the day while I'm at work. He'll thaw something or brown the ground beef, chop vegetables, wash the dishes, so all I have to do is put stuff together.
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I found myself falling into the try new recipes trap and was cooking and prepping stuff all the time, as well as spending money on more spices. But this week I think I've found a good middle road, we know what some favorites are, and we're sticking with simple recipes and will try others on weekends or after Whole 30.
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    It's my day 8 and I'm feeling really good today. Not "on top of the world" good but a nice, steady good. I did have a Kill All the Things meltdown over the weekend when I felt all I did was cook and clean, cook and clean. I made venison burgers Friday night and it took two hours to cook the two pounds I'd thawed. I felt better after I finally ate. I ate two of them standing at the stove, then another one with my veggies during my "proper" dinner.
    I'm still about 40-45# overweight and I don't crossfit either. I would love to try, but it's so expensive and I would not be able to do burpees, pull-ups, etc. But I did get out my dumbbells and started back with weight training yesterday, and that felt SOOOO good! I may not be able to change my legs (due to my lipedema) but I am going to work them anyway and have a good looking upper body for spring / summer.
    I bought Well Fed before Christmas and got the PDF download special too. The book is AWESOME! I am in love with Jicama home fries. I've made them twice and I will be making them again next week. Chocolate chili is another favorite.
    My son made brownies last night They smelled really, really good. I didn't even taste.
    No weird dreams for me yet, but I slept through my alarm on Monday morning and was ten minutes late for work. But today I was asleep on time and up 45 minutes before the alarm went off. That's what I'm working on now - getting everything ready the night before and being in bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep.
    I'm not sure what I miss at this point - my Splenda or gluten-free pancakes or rice crust frozen pizza. I was already wheat free / sugar free for a couple of months, but was still using Splenda and eating Kroger Deluxe ice cream with Splenda along with Pamela's pancake mix on the weekends and the $8.99!! rice crust pizza on Friday nights.
    I have an appointment at my endocrinologist on February 8. He's planning to run a full panel on me this time around to check my insulin resistance. I know he's going to happy with the results
    You're all doing so well! Hubby has already fallen off the wagon. The headaches were making him crazy, he ate pizza at work, and it made him sick. Otherwise, he eats what I make for dinner and is helping me by browning meat, chopping veggies, etc. so I don't spend a lot of time cooking during the week. Our son is 19, so he's usually at work or with his girlfriend and he's been buying his own food so I'm not making special meals for different people.
    I was hungry last week, but yesterday and today I felt fine. I caught myself in the kitchen last night looking for something to snack and I made myself leave the room and turn out the light.
    You're all doing so well! We made it through the first week! Yay us!
    What I've discovered my first week:
    AWESOME foods - jicama home fries, scrambled eggs in coconut oil, roasted butternut squash. Yum!
    I am stronger than I give myself credit.
    It's only 30 days. I can do this!
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    It's my day 8 and I'm feeling really good today. Not "on top of the world" good but a nice, steady good. I did have a Kill All the Things meltdown over the weekend when I felt all I did was cook and clean, cook and clean. I made venison burgers Friday night and it took two hours to cook the two pounds I'd thawed. I felt better after I finally ate. I ate two of them standing at the stove, then another one with my veggies during my "proper" dinner.
    I'm still about 40-45# overweight and I don't crossfit either. I would love to try, but it's so expensive and I would not be able to do burpees, pull-ups, etc. But I did get out my dumbbells and started back with weight training yesterday, and that felt SOOOO good! I may not be able to change my legs (due to my lipedema) but I am going to work them anyway and have a good looking upper body for spring / summer.
    I bought Well Fed before Christmas and got the PDF download special too. The book is AWESOME! I am in love with Jicama home fries. I've made them twice and I will be making them again next week. Chocolate chili is another favorite.
    My son made brownies last night They smelled really, really good. I didn't even taste.
    No weird dreams for me yet, but I slept through my alarm on Monday morning and was ten minutes late for work. But today I was asleep on time and up 45 minutes before the alarm went off. That's what I'm working on now - getting everything ready the night before and being in bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep.
    I'm not sure what I miss at this point - my Splenda or gluten-free pancakes or rice crust frozen pizza. I was already wheat free / sugar free for a couple of months, but was still using Splenda and eating Kroger Deluxe ice cream with Splenda along with Pamela's pancake mix on the weekends and the $8.99!! rice crust pizza on Friday nights.
    I have an appointment at my endocrinologist on February 8. He's planning to run a full panel on me this time around to check my insulin resistance. I know he's going to happy with the results
    You're all doing so well! Hubby has already fallen off the wagon. The headaches were making him crazy, he ate pizza at work, and it made him sick. Otherwise, he eats what I make for dinner and is helping me by browning meat, chopping veggies, etc. so I don't spend a lot of time cooking during the week. Our son is 19, so he's usually at work or with his girlfriend and he's been buying his own food so I'm not making special meals for different people.
    I was hungry last week, but yesterday and today I felt fine. I caught myself in the kitchen last night looking for something to snack and I made myself leave the room and turn out the light.
    You're all doing so well! We made it through the first week! Yay us!
    What I've discovered my first week:
    AWESOME foods - jicama home fries, scrambled eggs in coconut oil, roasted butternut squash. Yum!
    I am stronger than I give myself credit.
    It's only 30 days. I can do this!
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    Christina Williams Routon reacted to rollthewindowdown in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    So here we go, day 5!
    Yesterday was a tough one. I didn't bring enough food to work, so by the end of the day I was ready to eat paper, and I had a pretty bad headache.
    My finance and I had some friends over for dinner, and I decided to cook the way I would if we weren't entertaining (i.e. paleo). So we had grilled santa maria tri tip, grilled carrots, grilled asparagus with crumbled grilled prosciutto (I love to grill) and a lemon olive oil sauce, and riced broccoli (cooked in ghee).
    It was delicious, but the meal was still tough for me because the other three were drinking good wine, and after dinner... my dad's homemade (amazing) fudge came out... as did some sea salt butterscotch bites from Trader Joes that our guests brought. I sat there and watched them eat and drink things that I really wanted, but I did not partake! Like. A. Boss.
    The most interesting (and painful) part of this was that while I was sitting there like a dog told to 'STAY' with a table full of treats in front of my nose, my head was THROBBING... like blood vessels popping out of my temples and a bad, bad headache unlike any I have experienced in a while. I think that I am emotionally and mentally tied to things like sugar and wine in deeper ways than I first thought going in to this whole 30. For that reason, it makes it much more imperative to stay the course and break free from these well-worn neural pathways that would have me knee deep in chocolaty, sugary, winey mud without even a second thought.
    I think we all want to believe in a grand, ceremonious moment where, with much pomp and circumstance, and in front of a cheering crowd we once and for all time 'break free' from the things that hold us in captivity. My friend Darin once told me that the process of breaking free isn't actually like that for most people. It is a gradual loosening of the shackles, a feeling of the chains slackening, and with each inch of slack chain we gain a little more freedom of movement which lets us wiggle more and create more slack until eventually, we can slip out of the things that hold us down and run free. Last night I was reminded that my chains are loosening, but they are still very much attached to me. Here's to 25 more days of loosening the chains!
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    Christina Williams Routon reacted to Becking in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hi! I'm in for the first time, too (started Jan 1). Am still going strong, but almost had a complete melt down yesterday- I started potty-training my two-year old. What.was.I.thinking? After resisting the urge to reach for a glass of wine a couple of times yesterday, I thought "Why am I setting myself up to feel stressed?" So, potty training will begin for real February 1.
    Feels good to choose my battles.
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    Christina Williams Routon reacted to DVeep in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Good luck Christina!
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    Christina Williams Routon reacted to Nila in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hi Christina.
    For your husband...before I even discovered It Starts With Food and the Whole30 concept, I had started cleaning up my diet. Because I'm on the go a lot and sit in regular meetings with lunch ordered in, I bought two Thermos brand hot food containers. They have a fold-up spoon built in to the lid and a bowl as a second lid if you choose to use that. I pack them with stew, chili, or a ground meat/veggie stir fry for a satisfying meal on the go. A couple of those and a small cooler - maybe even one that plugs in to the car's charger outlet - might help him get through shifts more easily.
    For you...I too am here to reduce inflammation. My levels have given my doctor fits. He's the one who prescribed Whole30 to me.
    Let's do this!
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from DVeep in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I also started on 1/1/13. This is my first go round. I'd already started gluten free and sugar free but had been using Splenda in tea and coffee and hadn't given up dairy, although I was eating coconut yogurt and drinking almond and coconut milk in the carton, which I won't do anymore. I started playing with recipes during December and getting some pantry stuff ready up for January. So far I've missed the Splenda and my oatmeal in the morning. I've also been hungry. I know this means I need to eat more and make sure I have enough fat. It's a learning curve. Hubby is doing this with me. His struggle is working at a pizza place. He's always in his vehicle and doesn't have access to a break room with a microwave or fridge. He has to make sure all food is able to be eaten on the go. If he gets hungry, he has snacked on a pizza that wasn't picked up or was burned or otherwise messed up. He said he won't do that anymore. Tonight is his first major test of that resolve as it's his first back since the holidays. He's got a headache too. Aside from being hungry, I'm feeling fine so far. Planning ahead is definitely a key factor in succeeding with this.
    My goal is to reduce inflammation and basically feel better. I've lost 60 pounds but it's taken four years, and I've discovered I have a possible autoimmune / fat disorder called Lipedema. Most of my weight is in my legs, and no matter what I do that weight won't come off. All I can do is lose what I can, reduce inflammation, and keep from gaining any more.
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from Lizzymomizzy in Starting my Whole 30 January 2013   
    Hi, all.
    I'm Christina and I'll be starting my Whole 30 on January 1 along with many of you.
    I have a disorder called Lipedema, which affects how my body metabolizes and uses and stores fat and carbs. It's characterized by a disproportionate body - lower body larger than upper body - with other issues tossed in there making weight loss difficult.
    I'd already adjusted my diet to cut out wheat and sugar to slow down the inflammatory responses with this disorder, so it's time now to start the next step. In my mind, the next step is paleo and the Whole 30 seems to be a good way for me to slow inflammation, reset my metabolism, and get a clean starting point to see how various foods truly affect me.
    I'm not in this for weight loss as this disorder keeps me from losing weight via conventional means. My main goal is to return to my endocrinologist in February and be told I'm no longer insulin resistant. Any weight loss will be a bonus, and I'll go into February slowly adding some foods back in - but not wheat or sugar - to see how they affect my body.
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    Christina Williams Routon got a reaction from Bethie Annie in I have recognized that I do not stick to my plan when I do it for me, sooo   
    Sounds like a wonderful and beautiful thing to do, Bethanny.