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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    But not Contessa, she told her chiropractor that she's on a new track and doing her body good!
    I hope the Dr's realignment of your spine helps so that you can get back to fully concentrating on your June realignment...
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    Contessa got a reaction from Blueautumn in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/13/20:
    Breakfast: Sweet potato + broccoli + 2 scrambled eggs + sauce
    Lunch: 5 oz kombucha; meatballs + mashed potatoes + sauteed kale + sauce
    Dinner: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, butternut squash, roasted chicken + sauce
    I have really reached apex Bowl of Stuff Plus Sauce here.
    A throbbing head and a gently spasming lower back made this day difficult. This morning, my chiropractor said that all his patients have been slowly limping into his office and telling him about all their bad behavior during self-isolation. I'm walking stiffly and trying to keep my back straight. Man. I'm such a wimp. I'd never make it as someone managing serious chronic pain.
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    Contessa got a reaction from Blueautumn in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/12/20:
    Breakfast: This was a grumpy breakfast smoothie of spinach, blueberries, cashewmilk, etc.
    Lunch: Spaghetti squash + ground turkey + brussels sprouts + broccoli + sauce
    Dinner: Melissa Joulwan's Cuban Meatballs + mashed potatoes + broccoli
    Woke up this morning feeling like straight-up trash. I don't think this is a Whole30 or carb flu thing..... probably more about not having been to my chiropractor since before COVID tranformed us all into shut-ins. I think my gimpy knee is affecting my gait; my lopsided gait is influencing my lower back, and my lower back is feeding me some pretty ferocious headaches. (I did check my temperature and got a normal reading. This doesn't seem to be COVID in disguise.) 
    Made an appointment with my chiropractor for tomorrow. I've been avoiding it but I think I need to get back to giving regular attention to these old bones. I'll just wear a mask and wash my hands before/after the appointment.
    Felt some mega strong cravings today but didn't give in!
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    Contessa got a reaction from Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    This also made me chortle. Some dream thief in the sky is having frito pie burps right now.... it's NOT FAIR! 
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/11/20:
    Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + shredded chicken + brussels sprouts + sauce + 1 egg
    Lunch: Mashed potatoes + ground turkey + sauteed spinach + sauce; one baby food pouch of apple, sweet potato, coconut milk, blueberry, etc.
    Dinner: Sauteed shrimp + cauliflower rice + steamed broccoli + sauce with cashewmilk yogurt
    Today was a very frustrating day at work, and the first time in this W30 that I have felt like face-planting riiiiiiight into a bucket of ice cream. I am not sure what I would have done today if it weren't for this reset.
    Doing a W30 is easy for me when everything is jazzy, and when I am able to prepare all my food myself, but it gets a lot harder when my mood is in the basement, or I'm traveling (I haven't yet found a way to stay compliant when I'm on the road for work). Today is a good test. I think I will try journaling away my irritation and see if that helps.
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    Contessa got a reaction from RachelR in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/8/20:
    Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs + kale + 1 piece bacon; black coffee. I really can't remember the last time I consumed black coffee. I neither loved nor hated it. Pre-Whole30 coffee for me was not a daily experience, but when I had it, it was a big, sumptuous affair with lots of frothed milk and sugar. Black coffee is a different animal entirely.
    Lunch: Power-eating in the precious, 6-minute window between meetings about my company re-org. Broccoli, spaghetti squash, sweet potato, roasted chicken + Garlic Everything sauce. A splash of cashewmilk yogurt.
    Dinner: Refrigerator clean-out: Butternut squash apple soup with ground turkey and shredded chicken. 1/3 apple + almond butter.
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    I've adopted Melissa Urban's Food Freedom Forever book as a companion to this Whole 30. Although I bought it when it first came out, it stayed on the shelf for a couple of years... until now. (I can't tell you how many times this has happened in my life... I feel irresistibly drawn to purchase a book, but then put it on the shelf when it arrives, only to find myself extremely ready for it two or ten years later.) I'm really enjoying the book. Adopting a growth mindset, using mantras, and using positive language around food are some of the tools Melissa unpacks for the Post-Whole30 eater who wants to develop a long-term success strategy.
    This section on the language of food really spoke to me:
    Food freedom catalyzes you to change your relationship with food. It also requires you to take an honest look at one more aspect of your life-changing transformation: your vocabulary.
    Negative self-talk is one of the fastest ways of destroying self-esteem, sabotaging your goals, and upsetting your mood and emotion....
    Insulting yourself for your choices—any choices— is perhaps the most harmful behavior of all. You aren't a mess, a disaster, or a train wreck. You aren't hopeless, worthless, or pathetic. You are a committed, motivated, healthy person working hard to change your relationship with your food, grappling with strong emotional ties and the pull of long-standing habits. You are so much more than the results of your struggles.   [emphasis mine]
    I really loved this section. When it comes to food, some of us are dealing with powerful old messages. Food touches on so many aspects of our identity. The families we grew up in, the relationships our caregivers had to their own food and their own bodies, our own self-image, our dreams about the future. Perhaps we'd all benefit from giving ourselves a tiny bit of credit for the effort we are putting in just by being here and by bringing more consciousness to our relationships with food.
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/12/20:
    Breakfast: This was a grumpy breakfast smoothie of spinach, blueberries, cashewmilk, etc.
    Lunch: Spaghetti squash + ground turkey + brussels sprouts + broccoli + sauce
    Dinner: Melissa Joulwan's Cuban Meatballs + mashed potatoes + broccoli
    Woke up this morning feeling like straight-up trash. I don't think this is a Whole30 or carb flu thing..... probably more about not having been to my chiropractor since before COVID tranformed us all into shut-ins. I think my gimpy knee is affecting my gait; my lopsided gait is influencing my lower back, and my lower back is feeding me some pretty ferocious headaches. (I did check my temperature and got a normal reading. This doesn't seem to be COVID in disguise.) 
    Made an appointment with my chiropractor for tomorrow. I've been avoiding it but I think I need to get back to giving regular attention to these old bones. I'll just wear a mask and wash my hands before/after the appointment.
    Felt some mega strong cravings today but didn't give in!
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Congratulations on finishing a good strong week!
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/12/20:
    Breakfast: This was a grumpy breakfast smoothie of spinach, blueberries, cashewmilk, etc.
    Lunch: Spaghetti squash + ground turkey + brussels sprouts + broccoli + sauce
    Dinner: Melissa Joulwan's Cuban Meatballs + mashed potatoes + broccoli
    Woke up this morning feeling like straight-up trash. I don't think this is a Whole30 or carb flu thing..... probably more about not having been to my chiropractor since before COVID tranformed us all into shut-ins. I think my gimpy knee is affecting my gait; my lopsided gait is influencing my lower back, and my lower back is feeding me some pretty ferocious headaches. (I did check my temperature and got a normal reading. This doesn't seem to be COVID in disguise.) 
    Made an appointment with my chiropractor for tomorrow. I've been avoiding it but I think I need to get back to giving regular attention to these old bones. I'll just wear a mask and wash my hands before/after the appointment.
    Felt some mega strong cravings today but didn't give in!
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/12/20:
    Breakfast: This was a grumpy breakfast smoothie of spinach, blueberries, cashewmilk, etc.
    Lunch: Spaghetti squash + ground turkey + brussels sprouts + broccoli + sauce
    Dinner: Melissa Joulwan's Cuban Meatballs + mashed potatoes + broccoli
    Woke up this morning feeling like straight-up trash. I don't think this is a Whole30 or carb flu thing..... probably more about not having been to my chiropractor since before COVID tranformed us all into shut-ins. I think my gimpy knee is affecting my gait; my lopsided gait is influencing my lower back, and my lower back is feeding me some pretty ferocious headaches. (I did check my temperature and got a normal reading. This doesn't seem to be COVID in disguise.) 
    Made an appointment with my chiropractor for tomorrow. I've been avoiding it but I think I need to get back to giving regular attention to these old bones. I'll just wear a mask and wash my hands before/after the appointment.
    Felt some mega strong cravings today but didn't give in!
  11. Haha
    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    This also made me chortle. Some dream thief in the sky is having frito pie burps right now.... it's NOT FAIR! 
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Last night, I combined the BBQ chicken with a sweet potato and ghee.  OMG-heaven!  I have some leftover for lunch today.  I didn't do much of anything yesterday afternoon-no nap, no yoga.  I scrolled through social media, looked for some recipes, started my grocery list, ate dinner, and went to bed to watch a movie.  It was good to do low-key without guilt.  I feel better today, and I think that's why.  
    Day 7 - One week in!  Yay!
    Energy-5, pain-0 when  walking, Mood-6.  The dog woke me up this morning.  When I got downstairs, the only shoes I had were flip-flops, so that sealed the deal for me to take just a short walk.  I'm glad that I'm sticking with the morning walks, but I have really cut back the last few days.  I'm hoping once my energy improves I'll be ready to increase my time again.  
    M1-eggs, peppers, spinach, ghee.  Kombucha
    M2-BBQ chicken mixed with sweet potato and ghee, caesar salad with PK dressing.  This dressing is actually pretty good.  I have had the Green Goddess before and wasn't impressed.  I'm not sure if it's that the Caesar is made with avocado oil or that if I just like this flavor better.  
    M3-W30 Beef barbacoa (in the crockpot now) and some sort of veggies.  Tonight will be the first real challenge I've been presented with - a pool party.  It has a Mexican food theme, and I'm hoping there will be salad or at least lettuce and tomato.  I can pile my plate with my beef, onions, cilantro, and hopefully some other vegetables.  There will be margaritas and sangria-I'll pack my cooler with my sparkling waters.  
    Snacks-celery and peanut butter before the party, if I think I might need it.  I'll go back for more barbacoa at the pool party if I need it.  It shouldn't be too hard to avoid dessert-at any given time one of my friends isn't eating dessert, so it won't be a big deal. 
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/11/20:
    Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + shredded chicken + brussels sprouts + sauce + 1 egg
    Lunch: Mashed potatoes + ground turkey + sauteed spinach + sauce; one baby food pouch of apple, sweet potato, coconut milk, blueberry, etc.
    Dinner: Sauteed shrimp + cauliflower rice + steamed broccoli + sauce with cashewmilk yogurt
    Today was a very frustrating day at work, and the first time in this W30 that I have felt like face-planting riiiiiiight into a bucket of ice cream. I am not sure what I would have done today if it weren't for this reset.
    Doing a W30 is easy for me when everything is jazzy, and when I am able to prepare all my food myself, but it gets a lot harder when my mood is in the basement, or I'm traveling (I haven't yet found a way to stay compliant when I'm on the road for work). Today is a good test. I think I will try journaling away my irritation and see if that helps.
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    Contessa reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    @ShadowInTheKitchenThat is an excellent idea about ordering expensive cupcakes, not only are there no leftovers but also no half packages of ingredients just begging to be made into more cake.  And anyway, you deserve super fancy cupcakes! 
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/8/20:
    Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs + kale + 1 piece bacon; black coffee. I really can't remember the last time I consumed black coffee. I neither loved nor hated it. Pre-Whole30 coffee for me was not a daily experience, but when I had it, it was a big, sumptuous affair with lots of frothed milk and sugar. Black coffee is a different animal entirely.
    Lunch: Power-eating in the precious, 6-minute window between meetings about my company re-org. Broccoli, spaghetti squash, sweet potato, roasted chicken + Garlic Everything sauce. A splash of cashewmilk yogurt.
    Dinner: Refrigerator clean-out: Butternut squash apple soup with ground turkey and shredded chicken. 1/3 apple + almond butter.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    I've adopted Melissa Urban's Food Freedom Forever book as a companion to this Whole 30. Although I bought it when it first came out, it stayed on the shelf for a couple of years... until now. (I can't tell you how many times this has happened in my life... I feel irresistibly drawn to purchase a book, but then put it on the shelf when it arrives, only to find myself extremely ready for it two or ten years later.) I'm really enjoying the book. Adopting a growth mindset, using mantras, and using positive language around food are some of the tools Melissa unpacks for the Post-Whole30 eater who wants to develop a long-term success strategy.
    This section on the language of food really spoke to me:
    Food freedom catalyzes you to change your relationship with food. It also requires you to take an honest look at one more aspect of your life-changing transformation: your vocabulary.
    Negative self-talk is one of the fastest ways of destroying self-esteem, sabotaging your goals, and upsetting your mood and emotion....
    Insulting yourself for your choices—any choices— is perhaps the most harmful behavior of all. You aren't a mess, a disaster, or a train wreck. You aren't hopeless, worthless, or pathetic. You are a committed, motivated, healthy person working hard to change your relationship with your food, grappling with strong emotional ties and the pull of long-standing habits. You are so much more than the results of your struggles.   [emphasis mine]
    I really loved this section. When it comes to food, some of us are dealing with powerful old messages. Food touches on so many aspects of our identity. The families we grew up in, the relationships our caregivers had to their own food and their own bodies, our own self-image, our dreams about the future. Perhaps we'd all benefit from giving ourselves a tiny bit of credit for the effort we are putting in just by being here and by bringing more consciousness to our relationships with food.
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Completely this. A colorful, neatly packaged escape hatch from life.
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal from 6/1/20:
    Breakfast: 2 egg scrambled in olive oil, coffee with cashew milk
    Lunch: Roasted chicken + mashed cauliflower + steamed broccoli with Primal Kitchen teriyaki sauce
    Dinner: Spaghetti squash + meatballs + spaghetti sauce
    I actually started my food revolution on 5/30/20, so it's been a few days. Right on time, a mild headache is brewing. It's like my body is crying out for potato chips and M&Ms. Fortunately, before all this happened, I tossed all the primo junk food into the garbage. Yep, I tossed the name brand stuff. The potato chips that cost $4.19 a bag. I wonder what the mark-up is on those chips. It's probably astronomical. Frito-Lay stock may decline sharply in the coming month as a result of my Whole 30.
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Thanks Shadow! I have been around this work since the "Whole 9" days — I think I did my first Whole 30 in 2013. I'm excited to be back in 2020. Every time I do a reset like this, I learn something meaningful about myself. And of course, I end up feeling great after changing my diet.
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    It's weird how much there is to appreciate about rice when one is maintaining a safe social distance from rice, isn't it?   I'm glad you are feeling such momentum to keep going. You've come a long way and it's wonderful to think about cherishing all that progress!
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    This is one of the challenging parts of a Whole 30! I live by myself, and I am reaching the stage of just kind of.... rinsing stuff and setting it aside. I know I'll be using that bowl/spatula/slotted spoon again shortly. Heroic levels of laziness!
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    Contessa got a reaction from Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    I've been working on my "I am" statements during this Whole 30.
    "I am a healthy eater."
    "I am committed to making great choices that benefit my long-term health."
    "I am a person who loves veggies!"
    Sounds like you are finding clarity in this reset — and behaving like a strong, energetic and intentional person! Congratulations!
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    Contessa got a reaction from Blueautumn in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/11/20:
    Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + shredded chicken + brussels sprouts + sauce + 1 egg
    Lunch: Mashed potatoes + ground turkey + sauteed spinach + sauce; one baby food pouch of apple, sweet potato, coconut milk, blueberry, etc.
    Dinner: Sauteed shrimp + cauliflower rice + steamed broccoli + sauce with cashewmilk yogurt
    Today was a very frustrating day at work, and the first time in this W30 that I have felt like face-planting riiiiiiight into a bucket of ice cream. I am not sure what I would have done today if it weren't for this reset.
    Doing a W30 is easy for me when everything is jazzy, and when I am able to prepare all my food myself, but it gets a lot harder when my mood is in the basement, or I'm traveling (I haven't yet found a way to stay compliant when I'm on the road for work). Today is a good test. I think I will try journaling away my irritation and see if that helps.
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    Contessa got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/11/20:
    Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + shredded chicken + brussels sprouts + sauce + 1 egg
    Lunch: Mashed potatoes + ground turkey + sauteed spinach + sauce; one baby food pouch of apple, sweet potato, coconut milk, blueberry, etc.
    Dinner: Sauteed shrimp + cauliflower rice + steamed broccoli + sauce with cashewmilk yogurt
    Today was a very frustrating day at work, and the first time in this W30 that I have felt like face-planting riiiiiiight into a bucket of ice cream. I am not sure what I would have done today if it weren't for this reset.
    Doing a W30 is easy for me when everything is jazzy, and when I am able to prepare all my food myself, but it gets a lot harder when my mood is in the basement, or I'm traveling (I haven't yet found a way to stay compliant when I'm on the road for work). Today is a good test. I think I will try journaling away my irritation and see if that helps.
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Words from the wise, I love it.  I just finished W40, today was my first day of reintroduction.  The thing is - my birthday is in 10 days and I've been thinking about what kind of cake I'd like.  Homemade gluten free vanilla with loads of vanilla icing on top keeps popping into my head.  I had this at a friend's wedding a few years ago, salivate every time I think about it, and have wanted more ever since.  But after reading your post, I need to rethink this.  Instead of cake, I think I'll order some ridiculously expensive super fancy cupcakes, just one for everyone in my family.  That way we can all indulge and there will be no leftovers.  Because seriously, I am always the one who eats the lion's share of the leftover cake.  Thank you for posting about your experience, and welcome back!  I'll be cheering you on as we all make our way to being a little bit healthier with every passing day. 
    @Tevenie @SchrodingersCat @MadyVanilla @kirbz @Contessa Y'all have me a bit worried because I am feeling super righteous right now - like I GOT this, I nailed it and I'm never going back to eating the way I used to.  I'd love to say I've never failed at anything in my life before but sarcasm doesn't read like sarcasm in a forum LOL 
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    Contessa got a reaction from kirbz in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    I've been working on my "I am" statements during this Whole 30.
    "I am a healthy eater."
    "I am committed to making great choices that benefit my long-term health."
    "I am a person who loves veggies!"
    Sounds like you are finding clarity in this reset — and behaving like a strong, energetic and intentional person! Congratulations!