SchrodingersCat

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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Hooooo boy. 10 days completely off track and I have vertigo and feel like hell. It feels like a lot longer since I was on track. And when I say off track I mean I can't remember the last vegetable I ate.
    First thing, cut out the wine. Second thing, get back to whole foods and proper meals.
    We've just started a fresh 6 week lockdown due to an upsurge in cases, so it's not like I've got anywhere to be...
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Contessa in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Bravo! As a veteran of throwing things in the trash....  I enthusiastically support this gesture.
    Melissa Urban talks in Food Freedom Forever about her one-bite rule. If she takes a first bite and absolutely loves the treat, great. She lets herself continue with the second bite, and so on. If she doesn't love it, she either gives the food away or gets rid of it.
    Throwing food away is a nice way to signal that you have changed your mind, and that you get to call the shots... not the food.
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from Contessa in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    I bought cookies yesterday. They weren't very nice, but I still ate a bunch. This morning I threw the rest in the trash. 
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from Contessa in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    I bought cookies yesterday. They weren't very nice, but I still ate a bunch. This morning I threw the rest in the trash. 
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Go for it.  
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Wine wasn't so bad, though I forgot how yuck I feel after drinking, even when it's not a hangover, it's just a feeling of toxicity. Blergh. It also really disturbs my sleep and 100% ramps up my anxiety.
    Sooooo notice how I haven't been around for a few days? haha yeah, hiding my shame. I'm not going to laundry list all the crap I ate here, because it will just make me sad. But let's say that I feel garbage, I'm not proud and I really need to get back on track. 
    Good thing, I guess, is that I don't appear to have any actual really nasty effects from any food - my cast iron stomach endures! 
    So annoyed, I was due to go back to TKD today and the area where my dojang is has been locked down coz it's a covid hotspot so that's delayed again. Sigh. 
    Anywhoo. 
    Today's food will be an omelette with veggies and jamon for meal 1, and a beef stir fry for meal 2.
     
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Weekend
    I have 2kg of tomatoes and 1.5kg of red peppers in the smoker, and zucchini and sweet potato chips in the dehydrator. 
    I'm a bit meh on the old compliancy today, I know this feeling, it's that lead up to "f it". I'm trying to hold off, because next week is going to be a non-compliance splurge (friends coming over for 4h July small gathering, and I'll be making a bunch of REALLY not compliant food.). That needs to be the exception and not the reason to just go off track. It doesn't help that I braved (caved?) the scale again and I'm not really progressing on the weight thing. Finally back at TKD this week, so hoping that will shift things up a bit.
    So today I have had a leftover lamb chop because I was starving after mowing the lawn, shopping an food prepping. Actual meal 1 is chicken, spinach and pinenut patties wrapped in jamon, with leftover turnip/cauli/celeriac/carrot mash. 
    Meal 2, I really don't know and that's where my "bugger it, treat yourself!" attitude is coming in. Trick is to treat myself without going completely off base. 
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to mazzystarslight in Only Lost 6 Pounds, but...   
    So, I have an unhealthy obsession with my weight. I lost 22 pounds my first round, 12 my second, and about 6 this third one (weighed in this morning, which is my Day 31!).
    1) I basically did them consecutively over the past few months.
    2) I probably had more to lose at first and the novelty has worn off.
    3) I probably under-ate my first round and have progressively incorporated more carbs/fats/variety into my Whole30 diet.
    So I only lost 6 pounds, BUT I have so many NSVs...
    Most of them are related to mental health improvements - I have been diagnosed as bipolar and border and experience extreme mood swings and intense emotional states. I made the decision to stop meds a few years ago (which I know is very controversial and not right for everyone, even maybe myself) due to crazy weight gain and not feeling like myself. Whole30 has helped me stabilize my mood and improve my self-esteem; I feel way less cloudy and much more stable. This is a major victory for me! Cholesterol and vitamin levels improved (no more meds/supplements needed) My skin is glowing (and very tan from biking!) and my hair is the longest and healthiest it's ever been (also, haven't gotten a haircut in forever with the pandemic) I have a tasty, healthy arsenal of food to eat throughout the week and like the routine - food shopping is easy and cooking has become more routine, brainless, easy, and fun; I know how to stock my fridge, freezer, and pantry with foods that I enjoy that also happen to be healthy I feel less likely to rebound and binge this time... it only took me three rounds!  My doctor recommended I do a round every 3 months, which I think is a good idea for me. Until next time! 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    So glad you liked it!!!
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Post Whole 30 Day ? Wednesday June 24
    M1:orange root vegetables (rutabaga, sweet potato, carrot) mashed with ghee, herb roasted chicken breast, shredded
    M2: egg salad with chives, carrot
    Snack: handful of walnuts and raisins
    M3: Cat's Chicken Thing (herb and garlic chicken on sliced potatoes & prosciutto), broccolini spears on the side @SchrodingersCat this was delicious 
     
    Post Whole 30 Day?  Thursday June 25 
    M1: broccolini spears, steamed and plated with 2 fried eggs, sweet potato, rutabaga and prosciutto hash, ghee
    M2: leftover spaghetti squash topped with ground beef & Kirkland marinara sauce, spiced up w/ ground oregano and red pepper flakes
    Snack: raspberries & sweet iogo yogurt 
    Snack: vanilla ice cream
    Snack: 2 Vachon caramel cakes
    Snack: yogurt topped with Honey Bunches of Oats cereal
    Snack: Nature Valley peanut granola bar
    M3: leftover chicken & potato casserole, broccolini
    WTH happened? All those snacks?  I wasn't even hungry.  Napped mid afternoon because I was falling asleep at my desk, woke up and started to snack.  No explanation, but I'm throwing some serious shade at my dragon right now  
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    OMG, me too! Either snacking to settle an off tummy, or snacking to settle anxiety. I used to joke I was squashing the butterflies with food. 
    Yesterday I was 100%, 2 meals, one small mid-afternoon snack of a dozen stuffed olives. 
    It's FriYAY!! I haven't heard from work whether or not we are back to 5 days next week, I'm hoping it's still 4 because I have some stuff to get done. But going back to 5 will be good, too. I haven't missed the $ but the extra is always nice. 
    Not much planned for the weekend, hubster has his final assignment due on Monday (thank the gods) so he will be working on that. Hopefully once that is in, things can get back to some normal. I love that man like life itself, but he obsesses over things like this and it is all consuming. I want my weekends back. 
    I have promised to take my MIL shopping, she stocks up on bulk cleaning stuff etc once every 12 months or so, and asked hubster if we could go this weekend, and he said no coz assignment, but I said I'd go. So that will break up tomorrow at least. I might also do some smoking and dehydrating this weekend, my stocks on smoked and dried peppers and tomatoes are very low. Also need to mow the lawn. Sigh. Thrill a minute around here.
    Anyway.
    Round up: It's been 17 days since I finished my round, and I have been compliant save for the sugar in some bacon, the wine, and sugar in the seasoned salt I put in my veg last night. So I guess I'm following the slow roll reintro pretty much to the letter?
    Meal 1: medley of leftovers, I have a bit of yesterday's soup, some veggies from my laksa on Tuesday, and some roasted veg from last night. I'll have all of those with a couple of boiled eggs just to clean out the fridge.
    Meal 2: No idea. Usual Friday issue - desire to cook something a little fancier is warring with my "who cares, all the days are the same anyway" attitude of the moment.
     
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    OMG, me too! Either snacking to settle an off tummy, or snacking to settle anxiety. I used to joke I was squashing the butterflies with food. 
    Yesterday I was 100%, 2 meals, one small mid-afternoon snack of a dozen stuffed olives. 
    It's FriYAY!! I haven't heard from work whether or not we are back to 5 days next week, I'm hoping it's still 4 because I have some stuff to get done. But going back to 5 will be good, too. I haven't missed the $ but the extra is always nice. 
    Not much planned for the weekend, hubster has his final assignment due on Monday (thank the gods) so he will be working on that. Hopefully once that is in, things can get back to some normal. I love that man like life itself, but he obsesses over things like this and it is all consuming. I want my weekends back. 
    I have promised to take my MIL shopping, she stocks up on bulk cleaning stuff etc once every 12 months or so, and asked hubster if we could go this weekend, and he said no coz assignment, but I said I'd go. So that will break up tomorrow at least. I might also do some smoking and dehydrating this weekend, my stocks on smoked and dried peppers and tomatoes are very low. Also need to mow the lawn. Sigh. Thrill a minute around here.
    Anyway.
    Round up: It's been 17 days since I finished my round, and I have been compliant save for the sugar in some bacon, the wine, and sugar in the seasoned salt I put in my veg last night. So I guess I'm following the slow roll reintro pretty much to the letter?
    Meal 1: medley of leftovers, I have a bit of yesterday's soup, some veggies from my laksa on Tuesday, and some roasted veg from last night. I'll have all of those with a couple of boiled eggs just to clean out the fridge.
    Meal 2: No idea. Usual Friday issue - desire to cook something a little fancier is warring with my "who cares, all the days are the same anyway" attitude of the moment.
     
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    This. Was. Me - for most of my life.  When my stomach was feeling off, I ate to 'settle' it.  Now I know I wasn't doing it any favours.  
     
    Alcohol can be nasty.  I'm glad that you're working out how it affects you.  Maybe you will eventually be able to have red wine again, to enjoy paired with food, but stop short of having more than a few ounces.  Then work out how to get that 'fun buzz' without the crap that comes along with it 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Haahaa I also have a deep fryer. I bring it out once a year for my 4th of July junkapalooza (it gets called Fatth of July). It was cheaper to buy one than rent it. But the way my house smells for a week after grosses me out!
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to RachelR in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Just say no.    
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Agreed!! The lack of availability (and paranoia about not wanting people to bring me food), plus the time to actually cook, we're saving a bomb and eating better than ever.
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
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    So, there's one of the clearest, most unequivocal reintro answers ever. Can I still drink red wine? HELL NO.
    Yes, I had a few glasses but over the course of the evening, and drank more than 2L of water as well.
    I was up at 2:30am with horrific heartburn, never got back to sleep due to racing mind, got up 4-5 times to go to the bathroom with gastric distress, had to take MORE antacids at 5am, have a headache, achey joints, anxiety and a hugely sour stomach. There is nothing fun or ok about this!!
    I feel like hot garbage, and not even in a hangover kind of way, literally in a I feel like I've been slightly poisoned kind of way. BLERGH. Guess who's staying on the wagon?
    No idea on today's food, I have NO interest in it. But it will be W30, and nutritious. I also have a video chat with my cooking gals tonight, no set recipe, just whatever we feel like, so I'll think of something kind of fun. 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    So I have been grumpy about that scale, and feeling blergh, but I tried on a pair of pants that I didn't fit 6 weeks ago, uncomfortably fit 2-3 weeks ago,and totally fit today. Also noticed that the jeans I've been wearing can now pull down without undoing. So I must be doing something right
    Day off tomorrow, I plan to walk the dog, clean the house and buy fish for dinner
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR 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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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    It was really pretty!!

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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    @ShadowInTheKitchen you hit it right on the head - it's not the number itself that I'm disappointed in, its the fact that I let myself down by getting high enough that this number was the result and not the starting point. But, I have spent some time looking at some photos of where I was when I was happy, and no matter what has gone before, I'm 6.5kg closer to than now than I was 30 days ago. PLUS, I wasn't doing it for the weight loss (ok, not only for the weight loss), and my NSVs are amazing.
    Meal 1: last of the chicken tikka masala and cauli rice. Thank Ath it was the last of it, I love that recipe but I am so sick of leftovers. I have this compulsion to make sure I eat leftovers and don't waste them, but I've made too many things that have leftovers of late! It's still delicious.
    Meal 2: My beef, mushroom and smoked tomato sausages with balsamic sauteed cabbage and pine nuts, and sauteed asparagus and broccolini.
    Little devil on my shoulder is going "you could have a sywpo treat!' and it needs to STFU coz I don't even really want one.  
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Day 31! Round 5 (and I have decided it is, in fact, round 5) is in the bag! 
    As per the above, I plan to continue but here's the round up. In round 5 I have achieved:
    Getting rid of my migraine/vertigo (which was constant and frankly life ruining) Substantially reducing brain fog My headache has finally gone away! I have not taken anything, not even over the counter, for my GERD/reflux/heartburn all round - it's just gone My oral allergy syndrome is also gone - I use lip balm sparingly and have none of the horrible mouth rash feel I sleep like a log, I fall asleep quickly, sleep solidly, and wake up refreshed My anxiety (which can be pretty/very bad) is under control  There are other knock ons too, like the amount of stuff I have achieved this round because I have energy, but a lot of that has to do with being home in lockdown and having a lot more time on my hands. However, if I wasn't on round, and still had all the above issues, I wouldn't have achieved nearly as much as I have.
    I agonised over stepping on the scale but did, just to get a baseline (I'm not weighing more than once a month from here on out, though, body scale is just as bad for my outlook as food scale, I've found) and I'm down 6.5kg (14.5lb). It's not as much as I lost my first round and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed, which is INSANE, and exactly why I should stay off the scale because my ideas of what those numbers should say are unreasonable and unhealthy. That's a huge loss for 30 days. My logic brain knows it, the demon brain is just being a jerk.
    ANYWAY.
    There's no reintro plan to announce, and no special meal with something I've been missing, I'm just going to keep on keeping on, doing the slow transition to paleo, meaning I'll consider some of the more SWYPO baked goods (not the sweet treats though - I still don't get how paleo justifies chocolate)) and I might try some SWYPO pasta. But my allowed food list will really just stay W30 for the time being, with maybe some paleo sweeteners only in savoury contexts (the sugar dragon sleeps lightly, my friends). So I plan to just keep logging right here, if that's cool with everyone
    I'll be back with today's food plan in a bit.
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Day 30!!! This was by far the easiest round. I credit that to not even having the opportunity to eat out, having ALL the time in the world to prep and cook and shop, and having no outside pressures at all. Here's hoping that as that stuff begins to creep back in, it stays easy
    I downloaded FFF yesterday and have started it - @ShadowInTheKitchen I hear you with reading at night LOL, I'm 2 pages and out like a light!!
    I forgot to eat meal 1 today, only realised after 3:30 when I was out walking the dog. Had a mini-meal when I got home of a bit of cauli/brocc rice and a bit of chicken tikka masala. 
    Dinner is seared salmon steaks with sauteed asparagus and broccolini, and maybe some jicama sticks with chilli and lime...
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from RachelR in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Today is day 29, I got confused yesterday. Or did I? I don't know. 
    So now I'm having an existential crisis about what to do after Day 30. I find structure so comforting, and I don't know whether to keep going, transition to paleo, and I'm not sure on the little things either.
    Do I weigh myself on Day 31? Will 'not enough' weight loss make me throw in the towel? Will a huge loss make me want to restrict more?
    Do I start making SWYPO stuff? Will that be a slippery slope? If I go to paleo, do I start allowing the natural sugars it allows?
    Big one - Next weekend, do I have a drink with my husband? Do I stay on the wagon? I don't miss it except that it's just a thing to do (and if I'm really, really honest - and sorry, my love - it's frustrating hanging out with people who are drinking when you're the sober one LOL) 
    My vertigo is gone, I don't have GERD symptoms, apart from some stomach upset this week, IBS symptoms are gone, no oral allergy symptoms, the rash I had on my side has cleared up, and I feel REALLY good, and I do not want to go back to how I was. Do I just say 'this is who I am and how I eat now'? Save for occasions, of course. 
    I know I'm not in the mindset of just going 'back to normal' because despite there only being 2 days to go, I'm still shopping for, searching, and making compliant foods. If I wasn't going to continue in some way, I wouldn't have made 5 litres each of chicken and beef broth, right?
    I don't miss grains or baked goods. I'm not a real legume person, so don't miss those. I like cheese, but will be happy to eat it sparingly, and I don't eat other dairy, really. I know I can't go back to eating candy because that's a huge black hole for me, and I'm not really into other desserts. Going back to eating any of those things isn't 'worth it'.
    Maybe I'll download Food Freedom Forever and give it a read, while staying compliant and hope I have more of a plan at the end. Going back and looking at ALL my previous logs on here just shows me how badly I spin off course when I finish a round (and gain back a ton of weight, and all my horrible symptoms), and I need to break that cycle. 
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Ugh, super munchie today. 2 squares of my fruit and seed thingy, a couple of pickles, a pack of pistachios and a couple slices of roast pork with mustard. On top of meals and the choc orange balls. All compliant ingredients, but just eat, eat, eat. This is yet another reason I am going to stay away from the booze.