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  1. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Ha ha, I posted the wrong link! But yes, I think you'll love the lemon garlic chicken Holly, whatever cut of chicken you use. I used it as a starting point, and can't wait to do so again. I am going to Paleo Running Momma more and more these days, and the egg roll bowl looks so good, I printed the recipe and will make that soon. Thank you! Today we'll finish up some of the leftovers, and soon I'll get my cook up going, too...the creamy dijon chicken, and I'll use the original nutpods creamer I have on hand. And the apple cinnamon chicken patties finally...Holly, what do you use to grind your spices? I've never done that but I understand you can use a coffee bean grinder? Does that really work? For fun, here is the Mel Joulwan soup recipe I intended to post earlier: http://meljoulwan.com/2017/10/07/roasted-carrot-caraway-soup/ I thought my nerves were settling lately as we're in a holding pattern until the seller gets through their to-do list, but my stomach disagrees. Yesterday I was too rushed to eat breakfast, so I leaned on an Rx bar and decaf with nutpods, then had a salad with grilled chicken at the Mexican place, and when I got hungry in the evening I ate a cold plate of sliced turkey, some olives, and then dug into the pomegranate on the counter before it went bad...I'm thinking maybe I can store those in the fridge in a plastic bag to keep them fresh like I do with citrus, but they're so pretty I hate to out them out of sight. So it was a weird, kind of hanging on by my fingernails kind of day, plus the nerves, I need to start over and have a good, air-tight, organized week! We're having a staff holiday party on Thursday and I'm getting a sandwich platter from the awesome local deli, and I'll enjoy watching others enjoy it. All parties are being careful about what they eat, and supportive of each other in various approaches, and none are bringing in the usual sweet things with one exception, and my lovelies kindly whisked things out of my sight. Sweet and thoughtful! So come to think of it, it's been the "safest" and most supportive December ever, maybe in my whole life. That is something, eh? I thought this excerpt from brainpickings.org (the brilliant Maria Popova) may be of interest, on the subject of taking responsibility for our own lives, which is clearly what we are doing here with Whole30: “Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs,” Joan Didion wrote in her timeless essay on self-respect. And yet this willingness does not come naturally to the human animal. We glance left and right, we peer above and below, placing the responsibility for our suffering everywhere but at the center of our own being. We treat the unhandsome consequences of our actions as something that happens to us, at us, by some wretched external causality. In the process, the tick of our self-righteousness grows fatter and fatter on bloodthirsty blame..." Maria is so generous with links and further reading. Though she starts here with Joan Didion, she's launching into a discussion of Herman Hesse, one of my all time favorite authors and thinkers. If you're interested in the context of the article and reading more, here's the link: https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/12/12/hermann-hesse-letter-to-a-young-german/?mc_cid=ff1aba8dfe&mc_eid=9730dce241 Besides cooking, I also need to assemble some gift baskets and prepare a few mailers so as not to be later than late. Posting here and reading everyone's news helps keep me grounded. Wherever you are at, do check in when you can!
  2. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    I've taken a page out of your book, Holly, and have been lotioning my feet in the morning as an extra portion of self-love and care. Thanks for the reminder! Also, I'm feeling like a queen of delayed responses, but I forgot to congratulate you on getting comments at work - your focus and commitment are evident to others! Yay! That must be so gratifying! Like you, I haven't stepped on a scale to start this W30, so I'm not using it as a comparison. That is a first. I don't think I've weighed myself since the end of the last W30. I just know that looking at the numbers is not a good idea, and doesn't matter, really. My clothes, belt, and overall sense of self tell me everything I need to know. Freedom! The highlight of the day food-wise was discovering just how delicious the lemon garlic thicken is as a leftover - serious yum. Oh, and the Nutpods was really delicious in my coffee - I brewed decaf to be safe. But seriously, it's so expensive, it will have to be an occasional treat.
  3. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Hi everyone! @hollysmokes your bluegrass solstice sounds heavenly! Thanks also for keeping Rudolph Steiner on my radar. Is there a book you recommend? Maybe your sweet cat is getting better, hope that trend continues. What a lucky feline to have you making all that yummy food for her...if I'm her I'm thinking what's the point of being a domesticated animal if I can't let the mistress feed me chicken hearts I don't have to fight for? As for the amber goggles, yes, me too, fitting over glasses for extra glamour. Hubs is entertained. In the evening he prompts me to put them on, as in, let me see, and we both giggle. Geek love I suppose. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think they are working! I'm sleeping soundly, waking up early before the alarm, and feeling more or less rested. It would be better to get a couple more hours (8 or 9 instead of 6 or 7) but considering all the mayhem right now, I think I'm doin' alright! I'll take it. @Elizabeth33 good to "see" you again. Sinus infections are the worst! Are you using probiotics during the course of antibiotics? They may not be compliant, but since you would be using them as medicine, for your gut, if I were in your shoes, FWIW, I would cling to them like a life raft. During my first W30 I had to take antibiotics after a nasty tick bite and I forgot to use probiotics, and I got very sick. Now I know! You are really getting pummeled, and handling it all with grit and determination, it sounds like. Bravo! Also, sometimes numbness can be from a vitamin B deficiency, and one way to know is to add them and see if it goes away. Hope you'll be feeling better soon! As for the glasses, they fit right over the reading glasses, easy peasy! I finally got to town for a shopping run yesterday, and am all stocked up, ready to make the creamy dijon chicken, and eventually soup with meatballs....I was delighted to find NUTPODS! i was impressed that this area has them. Meanwhile, I've let go of creamy stuff in my cup, and not even drinking coffee anymore. But my nerves have settled down, and I'm feeling like a little compliant mid-W30 treat: so, later, coffee and nutpods with my breakfast! Woo hoo! Mel Joulwan posted a recipe for roasted carrot caraway soup https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/lemon-garlic-chicken-paleo-whole30/ ...that has really piqued my curiosity, and darned if I can find ground caraway anywhere! I have caraway seeds, but will have to add them to my online shopping list, along with a compliant champagne vinegar. That got me wondering, what are some of your favorite spices and flavor combos? Keep up the great work everyone! I'm grateful for your presence - it does help so much!
  4. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    @kirbz that lasagna recipe looks so good! I printed it and will try it out. Your husband is right @hollysmokes you are awesome for making that dish for him! So glad you took it easy when you got tired instead of pushing through with the squash. It's the balance, right, not doing things to exhaustion. I took note re your treatment of the eggplant. I don't have a lot of experience with eggplant, kind of like your story of "soft eggs" in childhood...a grown up who cooked at our house did some pretty greasy, soggy things with eggplant, but I am learning it doesn't have to be that way...and when I can get some next, I will try what you explained...oven roasted is also good, right? Rubbed with garlic, and roasted? Any other eggplant suggestions you all have are welcome. This is of course such a sweet time to have the oven on at home! @kirbz your trip to Bishop sounds wonderful - an outdoor adventure for solstice, I love it! I haven't been to Bishop yet, but nearby Lone Pine on a jag to Manzanar before heading out to Death Valley last winter. But I'd love to go to Bishop one day...I'll look for the good eats there. As the crow flies, it's just over the mountains from where I live, so I'll send a raven with greetings! I'd love to know what you're planning to cook/assemble. Today was potentially wobbly, but I got through it okay. Bearing in mind that I've been running out/officially out of vegetables (I see I'm not the only one here!) I was planning to go to my local village market to tide me over until I could get to town again. That always works. Decent produce, though mostly not organic...and then, like a bad dream, I walked in and the produce aisle was E M P T Y. I'll bet my jaw dropped. I guess the motor konked out and they have to get a new one to keep stuff cold. OH NO. So I went home and had another cold plate of turkey wrapped cucumber spears, olives, and some delicious radishes from my CSA...and that held me until dinner. For dinner I made classic lemon garlic chicken thighs, slightly piccatta'd with capers, and a dusting of minced rosemary. That was super yummy, but cucumbers are getting a tad old! In between those adventures it was otherwise a day off to get caught up on laundry and start packing! It has begun! I was dreading it but now I am enjoying the momentum. The house is an obstacle course of packed and ready to pack boxes. The other exciting news is that my amber goggles came in the mail! To block the blue light at night, and hopefully help me sleep. It's v e r y glamorous, let me tell you, friends. I first learned about these a couple years ago when Michelle Tam was still a graveyard pharmacist and p/t food blogger, she wore these to help with the wonky sleep schedule. Have any of you tried them before? I will, next up, make that tomato soup with mini meatballs. And then chicken apple cinnamon sliders. And soon, the creamy mustard chicken that @ElizabethG and @hollysmokes made...the capers and chicken tonight reminded me of that. The moral of the story is: don't let the vegetables run out! Aaaahhhrrrrggg. My Whole30 soul could get in trouble that way! Keep the news coming, all!
  5. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Hi everyone! Whew, the month is flying by. Congrats to all at different stages! @hollysmokes your bullet list of food is making me hungry! I'm about to rustle up some bison burgers, and for mine, I'll have a side of steamed brussels because that's all I've got on hand for the moment besides frozen peas. Yep, time to get shopping again. @kirbz often I dress a pile of greens, and use it as a bed for whatever I'm eating. Tossed all together. I don't like things piping hot, so I'll reheat (for example leftover meatballs) a little bit, and it doesn't wilt the greens, but everything ends up being room temp. But if you like your greens wilted, that works, too....this is my fast-n-easy solution to getting greens with my leftovers. Like Holly, I will often chop kale to put in soup, and a favorite regular, hash...if you are interested I could link a recipe as a template. I don't use the recipe anymore, but adlib whatever is in the fridge, usually kale, mushrooms, zucchini, maybe chopped apple, seasoned with Lebanese 7 spice blend, or adlib an Italian combo oregano, s/p, etc...and toss it into browned ground pork or chicken. I add the kale at the end and enjoy watching it wilt and change color, so pretty. And. Yum. I like potatoes, too! In fact... The his/hers chili was fun, and I will do that again. I used yams in mine, and beans in his. I loved reading about NSVs, good job @kirbz and @hollysmokes!! I feel like I'm running a marathon right now. It's a nail biting time choosing a home inspector, a lender, etc....and I am staying compliant! Yay! I continue to get in my morning survival-yoga, though sometimes it is woefully brief, but I'm doing it! I'm enjoying the bath at night to relax and pamper myself. I'm feeling notably lighter in my body, and even in my clothes, a little. Of course there's a lot of adrenaline in my blood these days, but I'm feeling more graceful/less clunky. That is a huge relief...more like myself. I think my stomach is a little bit flatter. Big NSV here: my hips don't hurt. And my feet don't hurt. That has to be reduction of inflammation. Yippee! Solstice is a week from Friday if I'm not mistaken, and my house is turned inside out, but I want to mark the occasion somehow...maybe a nice bath, and no devices from after work until the next day. Maybe some journal writing, too. It's such a rich time, and it's going to be a great new year. Do you guys feel that way, too? Have a great time tonight @hollysmokes celebrating your husband's birthday! Your lasagna sounds delicious! How's it going @Elizabeth33? More soon, all!
  6. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    This is the story of my life at this exact moment! For example, since I posted this morning, we got a counter offer and accepted it! Ha. One foot in front of the other. Thank you! While we are down-scaling to a two bedroom from a three, there is a ton more space, and yes, plenty of room for yoga, exercise, and YES a deep freezer too!! It might be a while before I get a deep freezer, and I will start by querying my CSA pals about local meat...but still...Yippee! Thank you for sharing the joy, @hollysmokes! While we were waiting for a response to our initial offer today, I planted my feet in the ground at work, and applied laser FOCUS to my work. My co-workers were just being their merry, lovely selves, but I got so annoyed! So tense! I figured it was anxiety about the house, and by the end of the day it occurred to me that another name for my feelings might be KILL ALL THINGS. Okay, I get it, I never felt that before, but that must be it, or, both. Another sign post to eat more! This was my first time with Mexicolas: when you shake them, the pit rattles around in there. The pit is a little smaller than usual. You wait until they are very, very soft, and then, yes, you can eat the skin, which is more tender than a grape skin! I had to scrape a little of the pit's skin off the flesh of the avo, but it was really good, and I'll look forward to the next time I can get them. Ill bet you make your own pickles, don't you? That sounds good, I'll have to get some. Your lasagnas, both of them sound so good! And a puttanesca twist on that sauce is making my mouth water, and I just ate dinner! Are you feeling lighter in your body at this point? I'll bet you are with all that great movement, and strolls with you pet rock! = ) Was it a good week overall? I managed to get in 20 minutes of yoga every day, so that is something. Happy weekend to you, and all of our gang! @Elizabeth33 how are you feeling? I trust all went well...write when you can!
  7. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    @hollysmokes I'm excited to try the vetiver/bergamot combo for sleep, also the magnesium. Thanks for the tip! Have you ever had raw lasagna? I don't have a recipe, just a memory from 15 years ago, one I shared with a friend. It tasted and textured just like the real, pillowy, delicious dish. The cashew ricotta, the wide ribbon zuccini lasagna noodles, and a tangy tomato sauce that I suspect had sundred tomatoes, too...very delicious. Would that be to your husband's taste? Let us know what you dream up! Yesterday's plan for 3 meals was a bust, but it was a tremendous day. We made an offer on the house in the morning which took through midday. We started the day with another viewing of the house, and then I went home and made a slightly larger plate of breakfast. I sat in a dream state while I ate and enjoyed it! Later...after all the paperwork on the offer I drove 45 minutes to town to do 9 errands for home and business, with the intention of grabbing a compliant lunch...but I had so much momentum I couldn't bear to stop. It was another Rx bar snack to keep me from poorer decisions. That got me through a very productive afternoon, but when I got home I was FAMISHED! Hubs was putting in a long day, too, and he got home very late just after I had everything unpacked. I steamed tamales for him, and for myself a lovely plate of cucumber spears wrapped in Costco organic sliced turkey breast (thanks @kirbz and @hollysmokes for the encouragement), a Mexicola avocado with edible skin from my local CSA, a pile of kalamata olives, and a dollop of mayo to dredge the wraps in. It didn't look like much food, but was tasty and filling. Win! It's nice to have the larder stocked up again. I guess this region of the country is not supporting all of the wonderful things mentioned from Costco, but I will get lots of that turkey in the future. Speaking of future, there is a cook up on the horizon: tomato soup and Italian meatballs, and his and hers chili, yep, I'm finally going to divide a nice big batch of chili and put beans in his, and yams in mine. Being a creature of habit, I'll keep myself stocked in a steady rotation of romanesco, cauliflower, brussels, and nice organic greens from my local grocer, and crisp cucumbers and peppers to go with them. I don't mind a little monotony, it's like my security blanket. I learned something on this round...leftover steamed or roast veg are really not bad in a salad, and are easier on my GI. Does anyone else do that? I'm excited to not just slay December, and what a fine job we are all doing there! But also go into the new year, and a new home with Whole30 habits and momentum. A fresh start! In years gone by when I was a <whisper> smoker, I noticed it was easier to quit when I moved. Fresh slate. I'm planning to do that on this move, up my rate of compliance all year long. Holly you inspire me on that note among others!
  8. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    @Elizabeth33 I couldn't sleep last night, either. I'm waiting for the legendary W30 sleep...it must be right around the corner! The nervous euphoria of recent days reduced down to plain old nerves. I could tell at bedtime that I wasn't sleepy, ruminating away, but I didn't want to take anything besides valerian and that did nothing. I tossed and turned all night. Argh. Your pad thai sounds seriously delicious. It sounds like your template is working, so am I right to understand that the cravings are separate from feeling hungry? I'm struggling here a little bit, to @hollysmokes question...sometimes I'm hungry too soon, and wonder if I'm subconsciously under eating. Mind you, under eating is far from a specialty of mine, quite the contrary! Maybe I'm trying to stretch out the cooking...I am always sad when the tubs run empty. This morning I added a little more of each: protein, fat, veg and greens....and I was still hungry after a few hours. Maybe this is from eating 2x/day instead of 3...I've been intermittent fasting, eating lunch at 3 or 4 and not again until morning. I'm realizing as I type that I should let that go, and for a full week eat 3x/day, with the same plate size/template I've been doing and see if that's better. Today I was too busy to eat lunch, so I had an Rx bar for a snack, and ate dinner with my husband.... with that I'll start fresh tomorrow. Some times I think it's ok for me to eat twice per day but right now my system seems to need something else... Holly, the tostones sound so, so good. I'll do a big shopping run tomorrow, and am excited to make tomato soup. Not sure what else, but for now there's a tub of roast cauli, and another one with brussels and a few yams too. Overall, I'm doing well. My brain is tired though...going to bed, to sleep per chance to dream. it's so nice to see all these posts at the end of the day. Thanks y'all!
  9. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Hi there @Elizabeth33 , welcome to the club! I nodded my head in understanding to so much of what you wrote. The sugar dragon is a fierce beast, I know. Go, Dragonslayer, go! I hope your first day is great, all around. I am also letting go of coffee on this round. I like to be on again/off again with coffee, and right now I'm off. So I get to enjoy a variety of other things in my cup, and also be aware of my true energy levels, which is very handy. Plus, when we're in a caffeine naive state we can use it therapeutically ie headaches, or as a "recreational drug"! I too had a colonoscopy during my last W30, last December. I'm glad you're not letting it stop you! Someone gave me a tip about a compliant electrolyte supplement that looks good. I didn't use it, but thought it might come in handy: https://www.amazon.com/LyteShow-Electrolyte-Concentrate-Rehydration-Additives/dp/B00EISFBYA/ref=pd_ys_c_rfy_rp_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp;pd_rd_i=B00EISFBYA&amp;pd_rd_r=T8791SSVHMP776GXBMS7&amp;pd_rd_w=IjwtS&amp;pd_rd_wg=shuTd&amp;refRID=ZHDB7FVKWB5THB90R6CZ&amp;th=1&amp;pldnSite=1 @hollysmokes that is a big cook up for a weeknight and sounds delish - yay! Oh, you had asked about the lime-ginger mayo. I start with my usual mayo and added the lime zest/juice, and grated ginger until it tasted just right. I'm going to try using ACV next time. I like using lemon and dijon, but it would be fun to try something new. I'm a total lemonhead. I was disappointed that handle was taken on this board! The bok choy sounds good with both of those. I'm curious, too, if you have added your own twist to the wonton meatballs, or do you pretty much make them per the recipe? I find the wonton recipe pretty forgiving, and sometimes I use a lot more shitakes, cilantro, etc.. But for the shrimp, I love the recipe exactly as it is, and don't tweak it much at all. That garlic! Yum.... In other news, your conversations, Holly, about movement have inspired me, and I'm moving more. I also have a lot of (happy and excited) adrenaline right now because of house hunting, so I'm doing nervous little happy dances throughout the day. And conscious movement in the morning...but adding some fun here and there. Also stretching when I get out of bed like a cat. Cat's know what to do. Did you replace gum with anything in particular? Funny, a parallel reality: On Saturday night, after I escaped the farewell party treats, hubs and I settled in to watch a documentary, and he asked eagerly for the caramelized honey popcorn that is our occasional movie treat. I said the same thing as you Holly, not wanting that Temptation. He understood and supported me, devouring, instead, the pistachios we keep as pretty much the only snack food in the house. I abstained. @LauraP How is it going? I've been thinking a lot about self talk, and self kindness since I read your post yesterday. I was thinking about W30 experience as a drop of ink in a glass of water that is the whole life. I feel that way in just the first 4 days: that it is helping me move through the world less self-consciously, engaging in my life without that nagging voice...I haven't lost weight or inches yet, of course -- my attachment to that is the part of re-wiring my brain -- but my self esteem is notably shaped up. Do you feel that way? I'm curious what others here do, also, around changing the shaming self talk. When I was a pre-teen, saying hateful things aloud about my body, my mother would say, "It's not becoming of great spirits to say such things." That was a gift that keeps giving. So I'm offering that here to all of us. Also, I think I've found our house. And I'm getting a massage this afternoon. Sorry so long, but one last thing: Last night I had a classic Whole30 dream of stepping through a party, reminding myself to behave on my W30, walking towards a buffet of ice cream, and digging in!!
  10. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    I like what you're saying about re-wiring the brain, @LauraP, and I really trust that is exactly what we're doing here. As far as the plate goes: are you using the meal template? How is that going? And as for the stomach, are you noticing when you feel full? I think the 30 days are all about observation and fine tuning. This morning I was disappointed to feel a little hungry earlier than I thought I should be, so I drank my water and I felt better. @hollysmokes FWIW I say, keep the scrubs, they will be fitting in no time at all! Today's discovery: I was wanting to reach for the chewing gum after lunch. So I'm going to bring my floss and mouthwash and/or a batch of iced peppermint tea to sip after lunch. Hopefully that will do the trick! I made time for yoga this morning...I didn't have a lot of time, so I put my whole heart and focus into the postures I did have time for, and it made me happy and felt so good. Then I sat for about 10 minutes in meditation. My goal is to do at least that much, every morning. How are you doing @ElizabethG? And yes, onwards, @Shosh2015, so glad you are feeling better! Good job passing on the cookies! I went to a farewell gathering on Sunday, and there were baked goods everywhere. Ninja -- moving right along, and then right out the door! ha.
  11. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    @kirbz I'm so glad you see you here! Yay! I'm doing a little happy dance to see your posts. Thanks for all your encouragement and kind words...and also for the awesome links. Like you, I love Mel Joulwan, and I have all of her books. I love the salmon cakes, and also the holy mackerel cakes. Have you ever made her silken ginger zucchini soup? http://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/...this will be the next soup, after the tomato soup which I haven't made yet because I have to get that beautiful compliant chicken broth at Costco first, but more about Costco later. MJ's influence is literally all over my kitchen and my cooking...the elvis burger reminded me of her "PB&J" burger, which I have actually never made, but the nut butter inspired me to put a schmear of almond butter on this new favorite of mine: https://www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com/2018/08/27/paleo-whole30-apple-cinnamon-breakfast-sausage/ Today my husband asked me to make more of these, which is stunning, and, a FIRST! He is typically very disinterested in food. During my first two W30s I was a bit neurotic and though I'm not proud of it, I didn't want to share the good W30 cooking with him because I felt he didn't appreciate it. Now I'm sharing it more, happily, and glad he is slowly noticing, etc. Oh, how the good things in life do often take time! Right? I also love Michelle Tam, and just finished up the aforementioned wonton meatballs: https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/03/20/2017032020170320wonton-meatballs I often pan sautee them as sliders, but today I cooked them as sliders in the oven - I find them more manageable that way, especially for re-heating, and cutting up to put in my salad. Today I put some cholula in there for a little heat and with that, and a giant tray of roast brussels sprouts, also out of the oven now, I have momentum for a good week! I appreciated your earlier post with generous list of compliant things at Costco. I will look for those! It is just the nudge I needed to slow down and take greater advantage of Costco. I go there reluctantly with a list of mostly non-food things that I need for our small business, and I take a deep breath, focus on patience and slowness, then focus and get through there, zip zip zip just to get only what is on my list. I don't like to shop, so I try to be focused. Thank you for giving me something new to look for! @hollysmokes it's not news to you, I see, with your Costco chicken thighs. Good job being so efficient with your cook up and also getting outside! I hope you had a beautiful walk! A small, simple food pleasure I'm enjoying this time around is tossing a little half spoonful of coconut butter on my steamed vegetables, this morning I did that with heavenly romanesco (love!), over a pile of lightly dressed greens to go with the last of the chocolate chili. http://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/ I must say that was a delicious breakfast.
  12. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    That's funny! Today I picked up some gorgeous produce from my local CSA including some blue oyster mushrooms I've never cooked before, any advice there? Day 1 is already not perfect, but good: morning M1, and afternoon M2, both perfectly compliant and delicious...then a big adventure looking at houses with the real estate agent. The good news is that I'm less fearful and even excited about the change. But I was too busy and excited to eat, and now it's too late to eat anyway, so I'll probably wake up super-hungry like this morning. I know this is not ideal, but, moving forward...and determined! Welcome @Shosh2015 what a great way to celebrate your birthday! You can do it! And congrats @Una-lee on a great month!
  13. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Happy Whole30 Eve! I made Mel J's chocolate chili yesterday and served it for dinner last night with BLTs using the last of the forbidden, sugar added bacon...so that was my last hurrah. Today was a nice compliant day starting with a M1 of chili and steamed broccoli. That held me for a long time, and good thing b/c I was too busy to eat again until 5, and called that dinner. At the end of my meal some stressful news came, that we have to move in two months. The owners are moving into our rental, so we are going to start looking for a place to buy. I could feel the urge to stress-eat. I made dinner for my husband and was tempted to snack on pistachios while he ate, but I thought better of it. It will be a tougher month than I thought, but I am ready for it. And I know I'll have support here, and am grateful for that. Daily movement and meditation would be a good anchor of stress management, and I should be on top of that with better consistency, anyway. You are my witnesses, gang. @hollysmokes and @LauraP I love your focused, clear intention for this month. It inspires me. I'm grateful to have a couple of W30s behind me because I kind of feel like I know what I have to do, and it's familiar, so I can fine tune my habits and routine, and make myself accountable to take it to another level for myself...wanting to spend 2019 very much on program...I had a good year, but I could be more compliant. Not shaming myself, though, but I can feel that seedling inside my brain...this too is a practice, right? @tinman57 I admire you so much for doing the program in the midst of so much change and grief. So life affirming! You're creating a new life, it sounds like, and coming from self love to leave a hateful job, too. Congrats on that one! Are there loved ones in Midwest, I'm guessing? Good to stay close. I realize that @ElizabethG and @kirbz got an early start, but to everyone I wish you a happy start day.
  14. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Oh, @kirbz, I am listening. It can be overwhelming at first, yes. In your first post you mentioned Lucky Charms and Mac-n-Cheese. Does this mean that you don't have a lot of experience cooking? If that is the case, maybe relax your expectations of yourself doing a W30 and spend a few months enjoying cooking some W30 dishes as time allows. Take small steps at first. Take a deep breath, and whatever else helps comfort you when you're stressed out. It'll be okay.