Contessa

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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    I finished the fondue for breakfast, and will finish my dairy-based coffee creamer this morning.  And I *have* to eat black-eyed peas for dinner...good luck for the new year and all that.  But I'm mentally ready to begin tomorrow.  I was inspecting my skin in the mirror earlier, noticing how puffy and pasty I look.  And such achiness from my hips down.  I'm ready.  
    Meal prep for today - I'll make mayonnaise, poach chicken breasts, roast sweet potatoes, and cut vegetables.  Also, 30 days of yoga starts today.  
     
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Contessa's January reset   
    Oh my goodness, the soups!  Inspirational, and so lovely to have that option.  
    It is strange to think of 2020 as having a silver lining - the time for self-refection and contemplation.  I often wonder how I'll go back to working outside my home, as the daily routine seems so sane now.  How will I have time for the walks?  And I can't imagine frequent travel as part of the daily grind...
    Savor your Whole 30, the time to prepare and enjoy wholesome meals.  Your first day's foods sound delicious! 
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    Contessa reacted to Lorna from Canada in Contessa's January reset   
    How great are those 4 soup options? I want one of each! 
    Hubs and I are truly privileged to have had phenomenal work years this year too. He has been WFH since March 13th and I own my own coaching practice and both of our companies posted record sales this year. Bananas indeed! We recognize and appreciate our privilege.
    No air travel has been weird. Between Jan 1 and March 20 I had already taken 16 flights and Hubs was at 20... it's been SO strange not to fly at all. I miss it. We did spend 90 nights in our Airstream but even that was weird - no visiting, no touring, just a change of scenery from our apartment. Anyway - a strange, evolving year and we're doing fine! As Hubs likes to say each night "just another day in covidice".
    We're starting W30#4 on January 1 although we've been tapering all week. We have had CRAZY sugar frenzied diets and terrible sedentary lifestyles (agree about the gym and all things covid - we just stay home 24/7) all year so this reset is a big one. 

    We'll catch up with you in a few days.
     
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    Contessa reacted to Lorna from Canada in Here's To Success   
    I'm glad some people are still using the forum  Happy to have somene to follow along with on here as we head into January W30s together. I find journalling to be extremely effective for all parts of my life and this forum is a great journal for me.
    I'm working on getting ready for a W30 by not gorging for a change - lol! We started a W30 in May 2020 and totally bombed - it felt like a punishment with all the covid-craziness swirling around us! This time we're approaching it like a gift. Let's get this going!
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Thank you, @Contessa.  You have been such a wonderful support and mentor for me through this process of life change.  Appropriately for some, W30 is a 30-day reset.  For others, like me, it is a striving toward wellness.  Your message of self-kindness and gentleness has stayed with me, even during my months away from here.  
    @LydiaJo - thank you!  I've found that I land closest to my ideals when I make - and write out! - a plan for myself.  
     
    Here are two recipes I found yesterday that I want to try next week.   I'll make mayonnaise as part of my preparation.  And chicken salad - an easy go-to middle-of-the-night snack that I sometimes find I need during the first week:
    https://themodernproper.com/steak-bites-with-sweet-potatoes  
    https://themodernproper.com/sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas  serve as salad with crema made with mayo
    I'll spend time meal-planning today.  
    I'm working on being indifferent to these last few days before W30.  This is often a time when I gorge on all the non-foods I sometimes like to feed myself.  
     
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    It sounds like you've maintained some nice positive habits for these past few months. Excited for your return to W30 — you know how to do this, and how to do it well.
    Excited in anticipation of all these NSVs waiting for you.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Restarting a journal is my first step toward starting my next W30 on January 2.  My ultimate goal is to live close to W30/paleo most of the time, but I constantly struggle against myself and my addiction to sugar and processed foods.  Part of the issue is that I'm lazy and don't like to spend the time prepping and cooking and part of the issue is self-sabotage.  I use this journal to track my foods, work through my challenges, and keep myself accountable to myself.  Even though I fall off and disappear (I haven't posted since early November), the fact that I come back and start again is a win for me.  
    My health habits have whittled down to maintaining my ButcherBox meat order, doing yoga a few times a week and walking daily.  Since October 7, I've made it a priority to walk 10,000 steps/day.  I've missed only one day - Christmas Eve.  I report in daily to my Mom and her best friend, who are also committed to a daily step count.  I have osteoarthritis and a few other bone/joint/chronic pain issues and I know that eating well helps my pain levels.  I'm looking forward to being able to get up from a chair easily and walk without shuffling.  I'd also like to be able to walk longer distances without having to rest or stretch.  These things will be NSVs for me pretty quickly once I start W30.  
    My plan:
    12/28:  Start journal, search for recipes
    12/29: Journal, meal plan
    12/30: journal, create grocery list
    12/31: journal, order groceries
    1/1: journal, meal prep
    1/2: Start W30
     
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    Contessa reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I've got to come back.  The bad habits I've developed since I was last here have got to stop.  I love to eat mostly Whole30, most of my meals are compliant and include lots of vegetables, but between meals I totally lose it.  With the cooler weather I started baking again. Oh how I love to bake, and eat, those sweets.  Now I have painful inflammation in my feet and ankles, and milder inflammation in my knees and hips.  It hurts to walk.  Every step hurts until I get "warmed up."  So just walking from the couch to the pan of squares on the kitchen counter hurts, but I do it anyways.  I've lost control.  
    And so I am back.  I will begin now, this evening.  Freeze those decadent squares and hope my family eats through them fairly quickly.  Fingers crossed I can keep away from them.  See, the thing is, since I was last here I trained for and now I run 5K three times a week.  Sore feet and ankles do not make walking or running enjoyable.  I want to run more than I want to eat sugar. I remember how well I felt when I was eating compliant to the plan.  The only way that I can get back to feeling great is to go all in, so here I am.
    Hi to my old friends/followers here on this forum.  I took a few moments to catch up and read through your latest entries in your logs.  I missed you.  I look forward to journeying together with you to better health.
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days.  I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today.  My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in.  Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof?  Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours?  But it's not like that, it takes a few days.  I know this.  My desire to have pain controlled  has to be stronger than my desire to eat brownie bites if I'm going to do this.  I think the fact that I have done multiple W30s is a double-edged sword.  On one hand, I'm well-experienced and have meals and prep down.  On the other hand, the novelty is worn off and I know that it only takes a few days to see positive effects.  
    Committing to my restart.  
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    Contessa reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I need to do this next-my first step toward normalcy was to turn off my email notifications on my phone at the end of the workday.  I'm moving toward ending at my normal time, just not there yet.  And also working toward the mandatory lunch break, which is more likely to happen when I write a daily schedule.  Thank you so much for the encouragement!!  You are exactly right, we used to take lots of mini-breaks all day long, now it feels like I must be working every minute.  That's good food for thought.  Plus, I also hate having to talk on the phone!  
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    Contessa got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    Oooh... chicken salad. I kinda forgot that chicken salad existed. I have historically loved this stuff.... and it's not hard to make a W30 compliant chicken salad.
    I'm being reminded again of how very frequently I have used food as a transition point in my day...
    Wrapping up a work meeting with a client > How about a peanut butter cup? Coming in from a stroll outside and turning my attention to the next task > Time for a bit of chocolate milk! (HOLY MOSES, I LOVE CHOCOLATE MILK. The rich, full fat kind.) Midday, feeling kind of grumbly, not sure what to do for lunch > Don't want to stop for a real meal, so I'll aimlessly graze my way through every bag, carton, and box in the house. Learning not to reach for the salt and vinegar chips at random intervals through the day will take some time. From my lofty perch here on Day 9 (ha!), it's worth the discomfort. Hope this new day goes smoothly for you.
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    Contessa reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Thank you. I love it so far. I think I am actually experiencing a kind of freedom already. I thought I would die having to give up sweeteners and dairy but, oh joy, I have a world of foods to explore and I love the community! 
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    Contessa got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Just wanted to say I'm loving your posts. You have a delightful way with words. I hope W30 is very effective and enjoyable for you!
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    Contessa reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    What is your start date? How many times have you done Whole30? 

    I really am hoping this works. Right now I am trying to find out if I am going to have to take digestive enzymes to digest all the protein. I was doing great until yesterday... that's another post.
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Thank you!!
    Well, 2 weeks after I finished a round (and 2 weeks of eating like hell, drinking way too much and otherwise just letting it ALL go), I'm back with vertigo and migraine again, so - guess who's back?
    I need to get some groceries and do some prep but I need to get back to at least trying to eat decently. This cycle is terrible. I'm also noticing that it's taking shorter time for the migraines to come back when I get off track, so I wonder if my sensitivity is increasing. I still don't see the immunologist for 3 months, so I'm just going to try and stay as compliant as possible until then. 
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    Contessa reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 31
    I picked up Food Freedom Forever yesterday and have nearly finished it for the second time. There's really some good, helpful stuff in there, especially as it supports the need to do reintroductions every time you do a W30 reset. I most certainly will do so eventually. Either in December, when I have completed my 105 days; or, if I feel like celebrating my birthday and T-Gives (both in the same week) with a glass of wine, I may end my W30 then just for that, and then continue on with my W30 macros experiment at least through December as planned. Time will tell.
    I'm finally starting to get some energy back after returning from Wisconsin. Really realizing how much that trip took it out of me. Doing my best to practice exquisite self care and not rely on excess caffeine or anything else as a crutch.
    OK. Back to work. Looking forward to having scallops today for the first time in months!
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    Contessa got a reaction from LadyM in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Regardless of what the food looks like, I hope you have a truly joyful birthday with lots of greetings and cheer from your loved ones!    I'm toasting you with this extremely boring glass of seltzer water!
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    That's always a big red flag for me, too. Even compliant snacking is a slippery slop because I know I'm not hungry, I'm just doing it because I'm bored or cranky. 
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    Contessa got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    After righting the ship and having some very good days last week, I see anew that snacking between is the start of a huge cascade of undesirable emotional and physical outcomes.
    I'm not talking about "Enjoying a slice of apple with peanut butter after a 5k" snacking.
    I'm talking about "It's mid-afternoon and I feel irritable with my job so I'll open up this bag of tortilla chips and suddenly look down and realize I've eaten 2/3 of it" snacking.
    A new mini-goal for this week: No snacks between meals. Period.
    I'll report back later on my findings
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    Contessa got a reaction from UrsulaB11 in Bumpy journey to food freedom   
    Absolutely love this thought! Perhaps we should use it as a guide and let it teach us more about how we respond to food.
    I appreciate your takeaway on alcohol, too. It affects me the same way, impairing my sleep. Wine and beer are great as weekend treats.
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    Contessa reacted to decker_bear in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Don't be so hard on yourself! I'm reading a really good book right now called The Hungry Brain. I'm about halfway into it. The basic premise to this point is that we are biologically wired to want the most calorie-dense foods, and when we get our hands on them, we over-consume. This is based on the caveman days when they may not always have access to honey or starchy tubers or fatty meats. When those foods are available, they gorge on them, because there is no telling when they will find the next batch. The problem in today's world is that we are still biologically wired that way, but calorie-dense foods are absolutely everywhere and a lot worse for us than honey or starchy tubers. 

    See if you can get your hands on this book, I think it might help. I can't say what the recommendations are because I'm not there yet, but even Melissa says that our lack of "self-control" isn't really our fault. Scientists create "food" in such a way that is addicting so we eat more and more. I can't say why some people are seemingly better able to resist these temptations, but I can only guess it has to do with habits built over long periods of time. 

    Hang in there!  W30 is always here for you when you are ready for another round. 
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    Contessa reacted to decker_bear in Take Advantage   
    Oh my goodness, those brownies sound like they are in the "worth it" category! I am a SUCKER for a good brownie. I'm excited for you to start again tomorrow! I hadn't been reading your log because it looked old, but I just realized it's current! I'm super excited to follow you. 
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    Contessa got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I just want to say that I love this so much and I relate fully to this aspiration! Brava!
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    Contessa reacted to SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    I've decided I'm staying off the scale long term. It only messes with my head. Of course, I've also decided many times in the past to stay W30, to ditch the scale, to keep exercising daily, all of which I've failed on, but hey - never stop trying, right? LOL.
    Great to see pain at a 0!! Stay safe in that stormy weather!
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    Contessa got a reaction from UrsulaB11 in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Feeling listless on a Friday night. I made plans to enjoy a breezy patio dinner at a restaurant with my fella tonight, but in the end we canceled the reservations out of COVID concerns. Infection rates in our area seem to be really high, and I am not sure I can handle two hours in public without a mask on, even if it's outdoors.
    "Your 'Surge Capacity' is Depleted — It's Why You Feel Awful"
    This essay has been making the rounds in my social media circles, including a repost from W30's Melissa Urban. It resonates with me. I continue to find help in hearing (reading) other people's reflections of life in the time of COVID. What is happening with COVID has upended so many dependable aspects of life for us. Particularly here in the States. It continues to be a huge adjustment!
    The article talks about building and maintaining friendships, and on building a "resilience bank account." I hear a lot of us here on the forum thinking in these terms as well. Gold stars for my W30 pals as we continue to navigate this challenging time.