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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/18/20:
    Breakfast: sweet potato + sauteed kale + roast chicken + 1 poached egg + sauce
    Lunch: purple smoothie with beets, spinach, blueberries, etc.
    Dinner: leftover salmon cakes + diced red potatoes
    Today I pulled my sleep data from my Apple Watch and compared my pre-W30 results to my mid-W30 results. It's really interesting to see this data. The graph on the left is my "deep sleep" from January. The graph on the right is my deep sleep from June.
    Red = not great results.
    Green = great results.
    Blue = so healthy that I am basically floating six inches above the surface of the earth.
    It's nice to see these colors!
     

     
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    I have her cookbooks and keep wanting to try this recipe after seeing where so many have raved about it.  Salmon cakes cause me to take pause, however.  Cake made of salmon?  And yet I like crabcakes.  Maybe if I make it one word - salmoncakes.  Anyway, I think I will try to make these.  
     
    It's like going from a punk rock concert where everyone is screaming and jumping on top of each other to a lovely outdoor jazz concert along the river...
     
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    Contessa reacted to kirbz in Contessa's June Realignment   
    I love Mel Joulwan's salmon cakes! They're delicious! I make the Tex Mex version with the Lizard Sauce and pretty much just eat the Lizard Suace with a small piece of salmon cake on my spoon! LOL. So. Good. 
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Take Advantage   
    I love this list.... and I love that you've written a list like this!
    One of my strategies during this W30 is to get up, walk around, and talk out loud to myself when I'm in a heightened state.
    Yesterday I got really grumpy over a project a coworker had failed to deliver on behalf of our client. I recognized the flinching wish to just go to the cupboard and eat something stupid. So I walked around my house and spoke affirmingly to myself. "Of course it makes sense that you would be upset about this. This sets you back in your relationship with your client. It's understandable. Let's think about ways to correct this and deliver a great report to the client."
    Displacing upset feelings with food is a strong "feedback loop" that I'm wearing down on this W30.
    Bravo on your progress, it's wonderful to witness.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/17/20:
    Breakfast: cauli rice + broccoli + roasted chicken + sauce
    Lunch: Sweet potato + mashed potato + sauteed kale + meatballs + sauce; 1/2 apple + almond butter
    Dinner: Mel Joulwan's Salmon Cakes (fantastic!) + steamed broccoli + sauce
    Non-scale victories so far:
    My sleep quality has improved greatly, almost since the very start of my Whole 30. My breathing is much clearer. Starting to think that my beloved daily yogurt may never return. I do find myself feeling better in my clothing, which is nice. I really didn't want to buy more clothes. If I'm not eating sugar, my mind is generally a more pleasant place to hang out. My knee is not back to 100% yet, but it's much better. Another day of doing the thing. Chop wood, carry water. Chop vegetables, boil water.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Strategies for dealing with heightened emotions:
    -Go for a walk.  Easy to do at home, even at night.  A quick trip around the building will also be easy to do at work.  
    -Put in my headphones and listen to music or a book.
    -Do a 1-2 minute activity from the Headspace app.  I will start doing this in reaction to the FB posts so I can start to make it a habit.  I think I'll forget about it in the moment, otherwise.    
    -Fix a cup a tea.  
    -Go get a cup of coffee/decaf
    -Journal
    -Yoga  Easier at home, could go in the file room and do some stretches at work.  I probably won't, though. 
     
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    I think it's totally appropriate for a Whole30 journal! I love my Whole30 journal because I can offload all sorts of thoughts and burdens and I think that doing a Whole30 is so cleansing, not only physically but mentally. I truly believe if we can't get the underlying causes of our unhealthy relationships with food, we're doomed to repeat our mistakes. Good for you for the introspection!!
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/16/20:
    Breakfast: 1 poached egg + meatballs + sauteed kale + sweet potato + sauce
    Lunch: Butternut squash + roast chicken + brussels sprouts + mashed potatoes + sauce
    Dinner: Lord have mercy, I am very tired of cooking! Chicken fingers and fries with compliant sauces.
    At the end of the day, I gratefully remembered that Day 17 is typically my very worst day on the Whole 30. And today is my day 17! Day 17 tends to be Peak What Is the Point of All This? for me. My ennui and irritation today felt so familiar — then I realized why. I managed to hang on by my fingernails today and will live to sauté kale and steam broccoli another day.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/16/20:
    Breakfast: 1 poached egg + meatballs + sauteed kale + sweet potato + sauce
    Lunch: Butternut squash + roast chicken + brussels sprouts + mashed potatoes + sauce
    Dinner: Lord have mercy, I am very tired of cooking! Chicken fingers and fries with compliant sauces.
    At the end of the day, I gratefully remembered that Day 17 is typically my very worst day on the Whole 30. And today is my day 17! Day 17 tends to be Peak What Is the Point of All This? for me. My ennui and irritation today felt so familiar — then I realized why. I managed to hang on by my fingernails today and will live to sauté kale and steam broccoli another day.
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    Contessa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/16/20:
    Breakfast: 1 poached egg + meatballs + sauteed kale + sweet potato + sauce
    Lunch: Butternut squash + roast chicken + brussels sprouts + mashed potatoes + sauce
    Dinner: Lord have mercy, I am very tired of cooking! Chicken fingers and fries with compliant sauces.
    At the end of the day, I gratefully remembered that Day 17 is typically my very worst day on the Whole 30. And today is my day 17! Day 17 tends to be Peak What Is the Point of All This? for me. My ennui and irritation today felt so familiar — then I realized why. I managed to hang on by my fingernails today and will live to sauté kale and steam broccoli another day.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    This is important.  I am the same way.  Right now I'm in a good place.  But I have dealt with felt feelings of anger, jealousy, annoyance, unfairness toward people who are able to eat what they want, as much as they want without any apparent consequence.  My sister-in-law and a really annoying co-worker come immediately to mind.  And I have gorged myself on something I thought I wanted as a result.  Great example, just before Covid-19, my co-worker was gloating (ok, maybe not gloating so much as sharing...) that she was going to get a DQ blizzard for lunch because she saw it on a tv commercial the night before.  This irritated me so much that I went and got myself a DQ blizzard (large of course) for my lunch and then parked in the park and ate it.   My smug, self-righteousness that I also could have a DQ blizzard if I wanted was not in any way deterred by my resultant fuzzy-brained, sick to stomach, tired, listless demeanor.  This is so stupid.  I want out of that self-created drama in which I'm the only player.  I'll have to dedicate a journal entry to my co-worker-I need to work through my feelings toward her.  She will crop up as an annoyance again soon.   
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Wow, that was long.  And maybe not appropriate for a W30 journal.  But this is a primary source of my poor eating habits and I need to deal with it.  I want Food Freedom Forever!  
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/15/20:
    Breakfast: A bit of hardboiled egg; green smoothie with banana, blueberries, spinach, kale, ginger, etc.
    Lunch: Broccoli + mashed potatoes + roasted chicken + sauce
    Dinner: Leftover turkey burger + sweet potato fries + 1/2 "Gutzy" food & veg snack pouch
    Today was my first day back in the office after being away for a while. The very first thing I saw when I walked in the door of the office was two boxes of donuts, brought in by our office manager! Ha. That's a fine welcome back. I sailed right past the donuts without flinching.  (I'm REALLY glad the office manager didn't bring in two boxes of tender, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies..... breakfast may have unfolded differently.)
    Seeing a couple of colleagues gave me a real lift. We "air-hugged" each other from a distance as we returned to our desks. Glad I had some compliant food ready to grab and go to fuel me through the day.
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Seriously. My inner 4th grader was so disappointed in that moment. The moment I'd worked for! the moment I'd dreamed of! and it just tasted like sweet, peanutty antifreeze.
    We deserve better!
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/15/20:
    Breakfast: A bit of hardboiled egg; green smoothie with banana, blueberries, spinach, kale, ginger, etc.
    Lunch: Broccoli + mashed potatoes + roasted chicken + sauce
    Dinner: Leftover turkey burger + sweet potato fries + 1/2 "Gutzy" food & veg snack pouch
    Today was my first day back in the office after being away for a while. The very first thing I saw when I walked in the door of the office was two boxes of donuts, brought in by our office manager! Ha. That's a fine welcome back. I sailed right past the donuts without flinching.  (I'm REALLY glad the office manager didn't bring in two boxes of tender, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies..... breakfast may have unfolded differently.)
    Seeing a couple of colleagues gave me a real lift. We "air-hugged" each other from a distance as we returned to our desks. Glad I had some compliant food ready to grab and go to fuel me through the day.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Seriously. My inner 4th grader was so disappointed in that moment. The moment I'd worked for! the moment I'd dreamed of! and it just tasted like sweet, peanutty antifreeze.
    We deserve better!
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Thanks guys! I was really pleased with how it turned out, and so easy! 
    Ugh, I need to stay off the scale. Hopped on this morning and hopped off before it could even decide on a weight, because I didn't like where it was going. I know it's my utter lack of exercise, working from home I'm probably not even getting 1000 steps a day. I need to fix that but I get caught up and by the end of the day it's dark and I just can't be bothered. So much for being fitter to go back to TKD in a couple of weeks! That will whip me into shape though (I hope).
    So I'm putting another moratorium on the scale. It adds nothing to my life and just has the potential to derail me. 
    No ideas on food today, I have no leftovers so meal 1 will have to be something I ship up and I usually have fish on Tuesdays but I'm busy and might not get out, so that may be Thursday. Will update when the brainwave hits.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    What a beautiful dish and amazing way to deal with a down mood.  It's so empowering to learn that we can manage an off mood without immediately turning to food.  
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    Contessa reacted to Tevenie in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Can I come over?
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    A reward for a job well-done, here's a big bag of technicolor chemicals!  Why in the ever-living black hole of eternity do we do this to ourselves???  
     
    "...that honors every dimension of my life..."  This is beautiful.  It IS worth careful meditation.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    This is one of the aspects of this reset that's easiest for me to forget. It feels good to put care and intention into my meals (hell, it feels good for me to eat meals instead of grazing mindlessly like a ruminant). I sometimes tell myself that all I want is to be able to eat anything with reckless abandon at any time, but... when I practice that philosophy, I end up feeling like garbage afterward.
    I'm glad you are feeling hopeful. What a difference eight days can make.
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Yes, a blessing, albeit a mixed one.  These are hard times for so many people, and yet here I am feeling healthier than I ever remember.  I want to support businesses that are struggling right now, but going forward I won't be buying too much of anything that I don't feel is best for me.  I suspect that I'm not the only one.  
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    This is one of the aspects of this reset that's easiest for me to forget. It feels good to put care and intention into my meals (hell, it feels good for me to eat meals instead of grazing mindlessly like a ruminant). I sometimes tell myself that all I want is to be able to eat anything with reckless abandon at any time, but... when I practice that philosophy, I end up feeling like garbage afterward.
    I'm glad you are feeling hopeful. What a difference eight days can make.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Well, it was 8 people eating Mexican food and floating in the pool while watching a movie.  A small, outdoor gathering.  We still aren't allowed to have gatherings of more than 10 unrelated people here, either.  But restrictions are beginning to be relaxed, so there is hope...I'm perfectly happy to avoid large crowds and just get together with close friends, but it will be nice to get back to something close to normal.  
    The party was fun.  There was only guacamole and my beef that was compliant.  Someone brought a giant garden salad, but poured a bag of shredded cheese over the top (ok, I guess that did fit with the theme...).  I dug down to the bottom of the salad and was able to manage some without cheese, topped it with barbacoa and guacamole.  Someone made jalapeno poppers-ahh!   One of my favorites!  I just avoided looking at them.  I drank 5 cans of sparkling water.  I have a headache this morning - very much like the type of headache I get after having red wine the night before.  So odd.  I'm wondering if I'm a little dehydrated, or if there was something in the sparkling water that didn't settle with me-there is only carbonated mineral water and the ever elusive "natural flavors" in the ingredients.  I also went to bed much later and woke up fairly early, so that could be why my head hurts, too.  
    Day 8
    Energy-5, pain-3, headache, and a little more stiff this morning; mood-6; short walk with the dog upon waking.  
    M1-leftover hamburger patty.  I was really hungry, but also really tired and wanted to go back to sleep for a bit.  
    M2-barbacoa over salad with avocado
    M3-BBQ chicken with sweet potato and some vegetables
    Anyone have any good ideas about what to do with a bulb of fennel?
    I'll probably go spend the day at the beach with a friend staying down there.  There won't be any food involved with that.  I don't anticipate any challenges today.  Other than continuing to work through this diminished energy and the headache.  I should list my NSVs so they are in my mind today:
    -Very few cravings, the cravings that I have had are tolerable.  I usually grab a snack before bed after a late night.  That pull to the habit hit me last night when I got home, but I was able to quickly see it for what it was and forget about it.  Oh, that this could always be so effortless.  
    -No heartburn or burping - this was starting to become pretty regular, but I don't think I've had an issue with this since starting this W30.  
    -My skin looks luminous.  All those healthy fats! 
    -My blood pressure numbers have been good and stable the last four days.  I am on a bp med, but I was still having numbers a little higher than I should.  
    -My face not only feels thinner, it is looking thinner.  I did not look so round and bloated in the photos taken last night.  
    -Even though I'm a little stiff this morning, joint stiffness in general has been much better as has been my knee pain.  I'm looking forward to going on a long walk/hike, but I just don't yet have the energy to do that.  
    -A general sense of hopefulness and well-being because I'm taking care of myself.  I'm in control and doing good things for my body.  Just a little over a week ago, I was dragging myself into this, trying to convince myself that I was ready to do another W30.
    All these NSVs after one week.  That's pretty amazing.  
     
      
     
     
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    Contessa reacted to Blueautumn in Contessa's June Realignment   
    If it works it works!