SchrodingersCat

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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from LadyM in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Ended up with Italian herbs BBQ chicken thighs, BBQ fennel and eggplant with Kalamata tapanade, and duck fat roasted sweet potato.
    I love my Weber so much.
    Had to duck out and get some wine for hubster and thought really hard about some for me. Especially because I've taken tomorrow off work. But I really thought about it, and now I'd just wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety, and it would make me feel crappy tomorrow and waste my day off, so I didn't. And I'm glad I didn't. 
    Day off tomorrow, I'm going to go for a long walk in the sun, do some sewing, and relax. 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    When we got our doggo (he was a rescue but a pupper) my husband had been laid off and could be home full time and I'm SO grateful that was his job and not mine, lol
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Contessa 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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    SchrodingersCat reacted to LadyM in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    I wondered if the tension between you and hubs had something to do with your unceremoniously ending your W30. . . . So glad you had some downtime together! And in some ways, I'm a little envious of folks who have such clear reactions to non-compliant food. You certainly get your answers loud and clear, and can make your choices in response equally clearly. Good for you, and cheers to staying on track today!
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from LadyM in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    You and me both, sister. If I start, I don't stop, even if I feel sick. All the ice cream, whole packs of candy. I'm more and more convinced I'm an abstainer not a moderator. 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from LadyM in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Oh, my friend, lack of self control is my jam. I'm amazing at staying compliant when I'm being compliant, and when I'm not, I'm absolutely off the reservation, even though it makes me feel like hell.
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from LadyM in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    I'd love to cook for you, you'd be more than welcome!  I'd love to open up a cafe/restaurant which just specifically catered to dietary needs while still making really amazing meals. Food is my hobby, it shouldn't be, but it is. 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from LadyM in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Happy Day 1!! I too dusted off my old Fitbit and it's really helping with the lockdown movement - I get shamed by how little I'm moving, LOL.
    Food sounds great!! 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from LadyM in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Welcome back!! You've picked a great time, there's a real buzz about September W30s
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from LadyM in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    BLERGH!!!
    In true Schrode-style yesterday was a complete fest. Hubster and I, after a couple days of fighting and ventilating built up frustrations, had finally made up and were spending a day binge watching shows on the couch, and one had a box of chocolates, so we decided we needed one. So that was great decision 1. Then I decided wine went well with chocolate, that was great decision 2. Then we (I) decided that seeing as the day was already wine and chocolate and I was going to get back on track today, then we would get takeaway because it had been so long. So queue pizza, great decision 3.
    Woke up at 3am couldn't get back to sleep, sour stomach, gastric distress and a headache, brain fog and generally feeling BLERGH. I'd say lesson learned, but we all know that's a lie. But it was good to have the slack off day with hubster, I think we needed it.
    So back on track for me. Not committing to another 30, my b'day is coming up, but I'm definitely going to the Food Freedom idea of eating W30 unless I consciously decide I'm not going to, and will actually make those conscious decisions instead of just stuffing my face.
    Lunch:  I have some fish in the freezer, might defrost a piece of that and have it with a rocket and baby spinach salad, couple of boiled eggs
    Dinner: Finally having the roast pork that should have been Saturday's dinner with roasted veg.
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Oh, the other thing this morning - I did NOT let my "well, you ate a bunch of crap and have failed miserably" mindset make me weigh. I still do not want to know.
    Lunch was a baby spinach, rocket, sauteed brocconini and roasted pumpkin salad with boiled eggs (there were 3 but I could only eat 2) with dukkah, and raspberry vinaigrette. Was yum. Now to stay on track for the rest of the day.
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    BLERGH!!!
    In true Schrode-style yesterday was a complete fest. Hubster and I, after a couple days of fighting and ventilating built up frustrations, had finally made up and were spending a day binge watching shows on the couch, and one had a box of chocolates, so we decided we needed one. So that was great decision 1. Then I decided wine went well with chocolate, that was great decision 2. Then we (I) decided that seeing as the day was already wine and chocolate and I was going to get back on track today, then we would get takeaway because it had been so long. So queue pizza, great decision 3.
    Woke up at 3am couldn't get back to sleep, sour stomach, gastric distress and a headache, brain fog and generally feeling BLERGH. I'd say lesson learned, but we all know that's a lie. But it was good to have the slack off day with hubster, I think we needed it.
    So back on track for me. Not committing to another 30, my b'day is coming up, but I'm definitely going to the Food Freedom idea of eating W30 unless I consciously decide I'm not going to, and will actually make those conscious decisions instead of just stuffing my face.
    Lunch:  I have some fish in the freezer, might defrost a piece of that and have it with a rocket and baby spinach salad, couple of boiled eggs
    Dinner: Finally having the roast pork that should have been Saturday's dinner with roasted veg.
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Thanks @decker_bear.  I ate it.  First the ice cream.  Then today I used up most of the leftover cream cheese to make squares, which I haven't had in ages.  Then I ate a row of squares.  BUT...
    I weighed in at the gym on Friday and my numbers are better than they were a week ago, last night I began training for a 5k, and my meals lately have been sooo good with special thanks to Whole30 training/practice.  I am walking lots and working out regularly.  Last week's spiral is over, I'm done eating the squares and am making a healthy supper for myself tonight.  Good old shepherd's pie with sweet potato and rhutabaga topping, my favourite comfort food.  So I'm done wallowing for now and I feel good physically.  I'm giving W30 a mini break because I want to eat some off-plan foods.  It's a nagging worry for me that by eliminating entire food groups for too long I will also not be getting enough nutrients, and autumn is THE BEST TIME to enjoy homemade baked beans.   I also want to focus on some other stuff right now, and W30 just takes too much mental energy sometimes.  That's not to say I won't be back, I just don't know when I'll be ready to devote another 30 days to this. Maybe after Thanksgiving, which for us here in Canada is on October 12 this year, or maybe sooner if I fall off the rails again and can't find my balance without help from the structure of the program.  
    I plan to check in regularly with posts about my habits, or lack of and the perspective is invaluable when I read through my old logs. It also helps to know I'm not alone in this.  
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Germane in First time   
    Hello, I started 9/9, so I am five days in.
    I am 53.  I had a pretty bad nicotine lozenges habit.  I was never a smoker.  They help with mental clarity and alertness, but became an expensive crutch for me, and I felt I could never cope with stress or make mental effort without one.  Also, I was drinking too much (2 or 3 beers or equivalent a day).  
    So I woke up five days ago, and decided I was done with lozenges.  I also resolved to quit alcohol for at least a month.  Then, in the same flow of thought, I decided, “I should also start Whole 30 today.”
    So I did.  I read the book a couple of years ago but can’t find it.  Still, the rules are clear to me and the website is great. I know now I wasn’t supposed to start this way - that I should have prepared and planned, but it’s still going ok.
    Because I am withdrawing from the nicotine, the food part of this feels easy.  I didn’t have a huge sweet tooth and actually enjoy a lot of the compliant foods.  I am incredibly grateful for coffee (which I have always taken black).   At least I still have that little dependency;) I  am sure I will get tired of the food limitations eventually, but for now I am seriously craving nicotine and missing that mint flavor in my mouth.  
    I don’t need to lose weight, but I do need to change my life, to have energy and self-belief, and to wake my brain.  If I can reduce the stiffness and pain that plague my hips and legs, I will be thrilled.  If my GI issues resolved or improved, THAT would be so great.  I ready I think the pain is less and I definitely feel better when I wake in the morning (probably because of the alcohol).
    Even though I am off to an unorthodox start, I just wanted to introduce myself and “thank you” to our hosts for facilitating.  
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Day 7 (and yes, I still have to check!)
    This morning was a bit cray cray. I had the pups sleep in the playpen last night, hoping against hope I could get some sleep. It kind of worked. The little one (Gen) ended up in bed with me but fortunately slept NEXT to me instead of ON TOP OF me. The bigger one (Ulli) stayed in the playpen until morning. So thank goodness for finally getting some rest. We got up and I started getting my shoes to take them outside. They were out of bed for 30 seconds when I find Ulli in my office taking a dump on the floor.  I rush them downstairs and get them outside, and of course they both just stare at me. We hung out forever until I finally conceded to going back in, and within seconds they both peed on the carpet. I got to exercise my "don't get mad" face. Cleaned it up and started watching videos on house training adult rescues. I made a cup of coffee but breakfast wasn't even on my MIND. Tried a few things and then ran to the store to pick up a few things. I got back around 11:00am and realized I hadn't eaten. D'oh! 
    So, all that to say ... I'm going to need to figure out some kind of morning routine that meets their needs and ensures I get my own business handled. 
    Breakfast: 4 eggs (which felt like a lot today despite not having eaten much) topped with a healthy pour of my "cash-alm-shine sauce," sweet potato mash, asparagus and cuties. Coffee with coconut oil. 
    I'm going to try to get in a light lunch later this afternoon and have a slightly later dinner to get the 3 meals in, and make some sort of effort to get back on schedule. 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from LadyM in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    @ShadowInTheKitchen thank you - it's good to hear from someone who is doing what I want to do - so many of the resources I look at are for people with a drinking problem looking to quit altogether - my only problem with drink is that it gives me migraines, and makes me eat crappy food, and admittedly if I do drink, I tend drink more than I should and end up with a hangover. But I'm happy to go months at a time without a drink, and be around people drinking when I'm not, and I will always have a drink on occasions. 
    So, as you know, I'm in lockdown and I'm bored. With little else to get creative with, food is my outlet. So tonight's dinner is:
    5 hour slow roasted North African Lab Shoulder, rubbed with Ras el Hanout, with reduced pan juices Cauliflower tabbouleh with pomegranate seeds  Maakouda batata (Moroccan potato cakes) Roasted date and tahini glazed carrots I've decided Saturdays I'm going to cook as if I was throwing a dinner party, but just for the hubster and I. 
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to decker_bear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Right!! All the advertizing screams at us to eat keto, low fat, low carb, sugar free, count macros, exercise, etc etc to "be healthy." And WW is certainly no different - "eat everything you want AS LONG AS you stay within your points," which effectively equates to "restriction." Coming back to W30 where the message is "Eat!" definitely takes some adjustment. One of my friends I'm coaching said, "Are you sure I'm not going to gain a bunch of weight?" Nope! But that is surely another indication of the restriction mindset that is so prevalent. 
    Speaking of sauces ... earlier this week (or last week, I can't remember, it all blurs) I tried making a W30 Worcestershire sauce. It definitely was NOT Worcestershire, but it was crazy tasty. I added some to a batch of chili I made and I have been eating it on eggs. It's BBQ-esque in the sense that it has the tomato paste, the acidity from the vinegar, and the umami from garlic and coconut aminos. Another member found this so I can't take credit.  It won't be BBQ, but it is a really tasty sauce you could add to your repertoire. 
    https://iheartumami.com/paleo-worcestershire-sauce-hamburger-steak/
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to decker_bear in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Congrats on completing another W30! Woo hoo!! 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from Kynard in Sweetener clarification   
    I kind of see it like the zoodle vs say, sweet potato noodle thing. One is just the product cut/served a different way and the other involved some very significant processing which we can't do in out own home.
    Plus juice adds flavour with a bit of sweet, while stevia just adds a whack amount of sweet with a tiny amount.
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from decker_bear in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Well, if this was just a W30, I'd be done, so go me. Day 30 went out with a fizzle - not because I was non-compliant but because hubster pissed me right off so I ended up going for a long walk (would have been longer if not for curfew) and went to bed right after so the omelette was all I ate all day. Ended up at almost 20k steps, after a 1 hour walk @ lunch, 50 min elliptical and then angry walking.
    I'm not going to weigh, but I'm wanting my Fitbit to be accurate so I was thinking of getting hubster (once we've made up) to note my weight while I weigh with my eyes closed, then put it into my Fitbit. I already have the weight widget deleted so I can't see my weight or how much I've lost. It would then be accurate but I wouldn't know. But I'm worried that even that would mess with my head. I might just pick a number and drop it down to that as near enough is good enough.
    So, Friday. Yay. My enthusiasm levels are around those of someone facing a blocked toilet and no plunger.
    No idea what I'm eating today. I have the lamb chops defrosted from last night but they may become tomorrow lunch and I'll go out for fish today. If I got to get fish, I'm going to get some marianara mix (calamari, squid, prawns, chunks of salmon) and make myself a laksa over the weekend. It's my favourite lunch and easy to make compliant, if you use zoodles or sweet potato noodles.
    So yeah. Happy Day 31, me
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Another W30 in the bag, well done!
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    You and me both, sister. If I start, I don't stop, even if I feel sick. All the ice cream, whole packs of candy. I'm more and more convinced I'm an abstainer not a moderator. 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Happy Blursday. 
    I'm so in love with my Weber, that rib-eye last night was *chef kiss*. We're going to get out money's worth out of this!
    I didn't get any exercise yesterday but I'm glad for the 'rest day'. Walks and elliptical are on the cards today. 
    Lunch will be the ever present leftovers I think... We still have a bunch of croc, emu and roo meatballs. I might have the meatballs in the bush tomato sauce with some grilled zucchini. 
    Dinner is lamb loin chops on the Weber, with grilled sweet potato and sauteed broccoli and carrots.
     
     
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    #realtalk
    So happy for you that you've returned to sanity. Cheers to that! I'm so grateful to be back myself.
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Welcome back! I'm so sorry to hear of your pain and stress.
    I hear you loud and clear on W30 not actually being an additional stressor, but actually being an oasis of control in a raging ocean of WTF 2020. I'm in Melbourne in hard lockdown, have been for months and it would be (and was) so easy to just eat all the things and drink all the wine, but that just made everything worse. Locking into another round has been the best thing I've done for my body and my mental health, to be honest. Good luck!