Ouisie

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About Ouisie

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    Houston TX
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    living the easy life, planning a camper make-over, doing creative gardening and fun things with my grand children, being a compulsive organizer, lifelong weight lose enthusiast

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  1. I finished my Whole30 R2 on Feb. 12th. I lost 5 pounds and felt great BUT totally love the tiger blood I felt being so clean. I gradually added back sugar (Raw sugar and added sugar in food) . Then 2 days reset. Then I added some gluten in the form of crackers and bread. I have also added back alcohol in the form of Potato Vodka. I started out with a Bloody Mary then settled in on a potato based Vodka Tonic. All was going well. I added back some dairy in the form of ice cream. All is still going well. Then I added back artificial sweetners in my coffee, in my sparkling water, in my applesauce and then the lower GI went crazy! My eating has settled into a routine and I am just fine WITHOUT too many grains, dairy, and legumes. I enjoy one of my 'Tater tonics' on Friday's and Saturday's but during the week I stick pretty close to the Whole30. Breakfasts are eggs and veggies and fruit. Lunch is either some form of a salad or soup and a fruit. Dinner is usually a protein, a veggie and a fruit. Over the last month I have felt great and motivated. Eating is easier than it has ever been with no guilt. I have lost 2 more pounds over the last month in spite of a few days when i went totally out of control with my grandkids. I immediately did a reset for 7 days and the bloated and foggy feeling went away with the tiger blood coming back. I am changing a couple of attitudes - increasing activity and just watching my eating. My weight loss expectations are only a half pound a week. I have 9 more pounds to go so I am in no hurry. I will come back to my blog as time goes by.
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    Well, today is day 30. I have not documented some of my challenges this time around but I definitely pulled through the whole thing without a hitch. I will start Reintroduction tomorrow by officially weighing in. I have gotten into a rhythm with my eating which I like. I have been making a list of the things I want to reintroduce and will start with 'sugar' or artificial sweeteners tomorrow. Then 2 days of W30. Planning to add back alcohol (the potato based vodka) on Saturday! More later.
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    Today is Day 15. The last few days have been easy but also tough. Last Thursday I fell in the driveway and totally messed up my right arm!! Nothing is broken BUT functionality is limited so .... I did not do my usual cook-up on Sunday. I had to take hubby with me to do my shopping, loading and putting up. I have 2 recipes I am prepared for this week. The Asian Chicken Salad out of the Cookbook and Stuffed Peppers from the W30 book. I will have to make these during the week because it takes me FOREVER to prep the veggies. I am living on salads, baked (and sweet) potatos, roasted veggies, baked chicken, scrambled eggs and any other quick stuff. Breakfast has been easy, lunch not too bad, but dinner has been the challenge. The important thing is that this 'life event' has not deterred me from my quest to clean my system out. I am rather impressed with myself and it only proves that I have what it takes to continue the W30 after the 30 days. I think I have what it takes to do the 'slow and calculated' method of reintroduction. I have been tracking my aches and pains, sinus coughs, headaches, etc and things have been getting better. When I went to the dr. they always track your weight and I have no idea how their scale relates to mine but ... I am down from my home scale. Just a small medically required fudge! More next time. I did hit my step limit several times in spite of my handicap!
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    Today is Day 11 and things are going very well - with a few challenges that are being met. No. 1 - lesson learned: don't skip over doing your 'chop-up' as soon as you get home from the store. I usually fill up some containers with chopped up versions of the veggies I buy so they will be ready for a quick 'cook-up' on Sunday. I got busy and did not do that so my Sunday session did not reap my full list of prep items. I got caught up during the week but would rather have it all done. No. 2 - lesson learned: don't beat yourself up over a written but not met (yet) goal. I wanted to get back to my 30 min. aerobic time this week but have been distracted and busy wrapping up the remodel of our house. All should be done, furniture returned and place today so I am giving myself the weekend to level out and then get back to walking, riding, gyming or something next week. I am giving myself CREDIT for this round running smooth. I have eaten out several times and have been faithful with my 'cook-ups.' I always have something in the fridge to eat. I put together a plan for each meal and usually stick with it (or another W30 option that I WANT). I put any non-W30 things on my hubby's shelf and he can nibble on them throughout the week. He brings home doggie-bags and has his milk and his jellies so I set the top shelf as off-limits to me. Life is good so far. I am thinking about reintroduction and that this time I need to do it right. Kinda blew it after the wine last time.
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    Today is Day 6 and I battled some cravings but won! Breakfast was 3 slices of W30 Turkey bacon, a small red potato, and tomato slices. I am using up my botched mayo from last weekend so put a very green goofy looking concoction of olive oil and egg on my potato. It was really good. Lunch was several leftover protein and fruit salads and dinner was the remaining of the Chicken Chowder. The kitchen is almost cleaned out of the things I made last Sunday - only Classic Chili left. Ready for the cookup tomorrow. I am planning on Chicken Primavera, Protein Salad, Spinach Frittata, Roasted Veggies and Cauliflower Rice. I am planning another soup but not sure what. More later.
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    Thanks Meco. I can relate to everything you mentioned. I have often noticed that dairy would trigger my coughing too. I have always had a good habit of drinking at least 60 oz. of water each day so hydration is good and I am glad to know it helps. Today was Day 5 and I was very hungry today. Had a good breakfast (2 eggs + some bison chili) about 9. Had lunch at 12 (chicken chowder + green cabbage salad + fruit salad). Had dinner at 6 (leftover seafood salad from last night + unsweetened applesauce) I was nimbly hungry all afternoon. Had grapes and EPIC Chicken bites and Kale chips. While everything was legal, I still felt like I was slipping back into my old habits of eating mindlessly. My challenge today was fixing the goodies for bible study tomorrow night - hubby did the taste test so I'm good. The only test I will have tomorrow is to deal with the goodies. I'm getting groceries and have my meals planned for the cookup day. More later.
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    Today was Day 4 and I was faced with 2 challenges. Lunch was out at a local lunch room. I had the Salad Bar and a baked potato. I took my own dressing and had the potato 'dry' . I did really GOOD at lunch! Dinner was at a cajun kitchen and was a bit more difficult. With my ladies group almost all of the 10 had wine or drinks but I had sparkling water in a wine glass with fruit in it. Worked well. I got a Steamed Seafood Cobb Salad without their bacon, blue cheese and no dressing. I asked for oil and vinegar instead. The salad was great (and big) and I have enough for another meal. I may have been a bit over on the fats for this meal - 1/3 avocado plus the oil - but had plenty protein, veggies plus the fruit from my drink! Tomorrow has a challenge with my BFF coming over for lunch but I am more in control. I am also making some pastry goodies tomorrow evening for bible study so that will be difficult but I will have hubby do the taste test! Almost to the end of Week 1 and I have logged my info for each day and have been making my initial goal of 5000 steps each day. More later.
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    Yesterday was Day 3 and I noticed two things. I have switched to caffeine free tea instead of coffee and yesterday I had one of my favorite teas but it had caffeine in it. I noticed a headache coming on after about 5 min. so I am thinking that caffeine may be part of my issues. I have long thought that caffeine causes my cough because it bothers something in my throat. Oh well, the research continues. I also have noticed off and on that I am not coughing as much. Maybe the reduction in caffeine but I also think my meals were causing the scratchiness in my throat. Wonder what was doing that? I was very busy yesterday and actually took a lunch kit with me to make sure I could get something to eat between appointments. It worked out perfectly. The portions listed in the cookbook are very large for me. The Protein Salad is said to serve 2 ! Oh My Gosh! I will eat on that for the entire week. I put it on a lettuce salad, on top of the Green Cabbage Salad, and have it by itself. One serving a day and it will last me most of the week. I have two challenges today - lunch out to support the contractors working on my house and Ladies Night Out at Pappadeauxs Cajun Kitchen. I will let you know how I do. More later today.
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    Today is Day 2 and challenges are starting. I miss two things - wine with my hubby and chips, both social. So I figured out a W30 compliant exchange. I get out the biggest wine glass I have and use fruit and flavored sparkling water. I still have my social time with hubby without the system effect of the wine. For the chips I tried the Kale Chips in the new Whole30 Cookbook. All the changes will get easier. I have three event challenges this week: 1. dinner with the ladies on Thursday - going to a cajun place and I am researching the menu, will have a sparkling water instead of wine 2. lunch with my BFF on Friday - invited her to my house to taste some good W30 food 3. taking goodies to bible study on Saturday - cleaning out the final few left over things in the fridge More tomorrow. So far, still logging each day.
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    Today is Day 1 and things are going well. I picked up my groceries on Sat. and did most of the chop-up and basic prep for the Sun. Cook-up Day. The prep took a bit longer because I am getting back in the groove. Things will get easier next week. I selected 2 salads (Green Cabbage with chicken and the Protein Salad made with chicken) and 2 soups (Classic Chili with bison and Chicken Chowder) to get the week started. I am doing eggs and veggies for breakfast and tried the sweet potato buns for the first time. To be able to do without sugar in the morning I have switched to some orange herbal teas. Life is good so far. My week 1 goal is to just get back on track and write something each day.
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    Whole30 Round 2 Log

    It's New Years Eve and hubby and I are up in the Ozarks on our annual 2-week getaway. This is when we review the last year and talk about changes for the coming year. We hike a lot, eat bigger meals than normal and, of course, drink! One of my goals for this next year is to clean up my eating. Not that I am out of control, but I can feel the joints aching and my hidden allergies are coming back. I did the Whole30 in 2017 and felt great. The feeling of control is great plus the affects of clean eating can be felt. Then, life took hold and I went back to eating what was convenient. This time I have a better handle on what it takes to be successful with the W30 and .... continue or recover with the clean eating afterwards. Here is my approach and my goals for the Whole30 Round 2 (recommit, get-your-act-together) process: - Start date is Jan. 14th : We get back from the mountains on Wed. Jan.9th. I will use the next 4 days to prepare my kitchen, do my meal planning, do my shopping, and get back to Meal Prep Sunday. - 5000+ steps a day : I know this may not sound like much but on a consistent daily basis I want to start here. There are days when I get in over 10,000 but I don't want to put that heavy goal in place to get my re-commitment started. - Week1 goal : get back in gear with the program, record daily log - Week2 goal : get back to the gym, even if only for 30 min. activity - Week3 goal : increase daily step goal - Week4 goal : try on a few clothes to see if they fit better (I expect the 'gassy' gut to be gone and a few pounds as well) - End date is Feb. 12th : I will step on the scales to see how my weight has done over the 30 days. There were 3 things I was anxious to reintroduce on my last Whole30 - creamer in my coffee, crackers and chips, and wine (and sweets). This time around I want to stick with black coffee and start to enjoy the homemade baked sweet potato slivers. I will deal with the sweet tooth and the wine reintroduction challenge later as I travel this journey. More coming, Linda