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    dianne m reacted to JohannaE in Starting January 2!   
    Today I had my first serious sweets FOMO. Today we had our monthly bake off at work, and a colleague brought the most amazing looking cinnamon toast crunch cake, make with cinnamon cereal milk, cinnamon toast crunch brittle, and cream cheese frosting. Store bought doughnuts, cookies and baked goods don't appeal to me one bit - I've honestly never understood why you'd waste the calories - but I am a sucker for homemade... especially when it's my favorite childhood cereal as a cake!  But I suppose I escaped the 3:30pm sugar crash and 500+ calories, so that's a win!
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    dianne m reacted to MaineacMom in Starting January 2!   
    I have been feeling really good. Lots of NSVs for me... sleeping great at night, more energy, skin is better, inflammation is down, less moody :), just overall I feel awesome.  I made the kids no bakes the other night and didn't cheat, even though they smelled divine. I appreciated how wonderful the aroma was and then didn't think about it... it was great.   
    I didn't reintroduce properly during my last Whole 30 in July so I am hoping to do it right this time and not just go out and eat everything in sight.  I am reading Food Freedom Forever and just so appreciate Melissa's honesty and her healthy way of approaching diet/life.  I have never "dieted" before so this reset with Whole 30 (first  in July and again now) are the first extreme things I have ever done in regards to my eating habits.  I have always been fairly small but after six babies and now that I am nearing 40 my metabolism is definitely different.  Combine getting older with food allergies/sensitivities and daily life and I knew my body needed some TLC.  After doing a lot of research I settled on Whole 30.  I just love the Hartwig's honesty, their research, and the way they view the body as a whole and how to care for it.  The thing that gripped me the most was when they emphasized that this was not a weight loss plan and how it was more about improving overall health.  For me, living in a culture that is so weight obsessed, that was a breath of fresh air. 
    Only 9 more days till reintroduction.  You guys are doing great! 
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    dianne m reacted to Kathy from Texas in Starting January 2!   
    Good for you!  That sounds like my weekend coming up.  Going to my nieces wedding!  We are staying with friends so I will have access to her kitchen.  I'm planning on making extra food this week so I can take some prepared meals but I know we will be eating out some too.  When I started Whole30 on the 2nd, I thought I might just do a Whole27 so that I didn't have to be restricted at the wedding.  But now that it's close and I have the hang of the program, I am thinking if at all possible with the meal at the wedding I will be compliant! 
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    dianne m reacted to JohannaE in Starting January 2!   
    I made it through the NYC weekend without cheating, although let me tell you a glass of wine sure sounded nice! Questions and explaining at restaurants definitely detract from the dining out experience, and sometimes makes me wonder why I impost restrictions on myself to begin with - it's not that I want bread, or fries, or cheese, but making the chef make substitutions to avoid a little cooked down wine at a French restaurant just feels arbitrary. 
    Apparently food boredom is normal around this time. I've experienced a little bit of it - especially around breakfast and when eating out, when options are fairly limited - but overall I'm excited about this week's meal plan.
    Keep it up through this final stretch, y'all!
     
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    dianne m reacted to Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    Hello all!  HUGE NSV for me last week... I made it through a week in the land of CHEESE CURDS, spent 15 hours in various airports on the 15th, lived in a hotel room for 4 days and, because I was prepared, I was able to stay 100% compliant and I feel FANTASTIC!!
    Happy day 21, everyone!  Keep up the great work!
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    dianne m got a reaction from ErikaA in Starting January 2!   
    @LagunaRover - YAY!!  It's amazing how just feeling better in your clothes makes you feel so good, but when someone comments - that's the best!  
    Last night we had a little going away gathering for a friend who will be on leave for a bit.  This is my social group at work and we do love our wine.  I had a lime cut in my office, ready to go if I needed it as camouflage; black olives ready to cut open should I need them.  Thought I would first peruse the scene of the party - so, I did - and they had grapes, sugar snap peas and guacamole - all compliant. I took a small plate and poured sparkling water in a wine glass and had a blast.  Did not take one bite or sip that was off plan.  I felt so strong and empowered when I left - it was a great feeling!
    This weekend and next week - more challenges involving overnighters for fun and then travel for work.  I am taking a cooler with my food/water.  Seems the best way and I'm not going to be apologetic about it.  
    @MaineacMom - your meal plan looks scrumptious!  Go girl!  Way to combat the cold.  What a tough winter.
    Day 18 felt really solid.  Hoping the rest of the month is as strong and uplifting!  
    Have a great weekend everyone!!
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    dianne m got a reaction from Kathy from Texas in Starting January 2!   
    I think the tiger blood has hit!  If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower!  Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog.  It felt SO GOOD!
    Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet.  I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them  ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up.  Who knows?  It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD!   I know I am walking taller.  I feel happier.  I find I am being gentler with strangers, too.  I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... 
    Anyway, I am LOVING the food.  Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook.  I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong!  Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying.  I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent.  I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me!
    Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
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    dianne m got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    Back from weekend with the gals and I did great!  I answered a bazillion questions cheerfully and no one tried to pressure me into drinking the wine - and I didn't feel like I was missing out for a second.  I stuck to tea and my protein salad, roasted butternut squash & other stuff I can't recall.  [I guess the brain fog hasn't quite lifted.   ] 
    Hey all - didn't it feel great to wake up to day 20?  HOME STRETCH!   I hope everyone has a great week!
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    dianne m got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    Back from weekend with the gals and I did great!  I answered a bazillion questions cheerfully and no one tried to pressure me into drinking the wine - and I didn't feel like I was missing out for a second.  I stuck to tea and my protein salad, roasted butternut squash & other stuff I can't recall.  [I guess the brain fog hasn't quite lifted.   ] 
    Hey all - didn't it feel great to wake up to day 20?  HOME STRETCH!   I hope everyone has a great week!
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    dianne m got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    Back from weekend with the gals and I did great!  I answered a bazillion questions cheerfully and no one tried to pressure me into drinking the wine - and I didn't feel like I was missing out for a second.  I stuck to tea and my protein salad, roasted butternut squash & other stuff I can't recall.  [I guess the brain fog hasn't quite lifted.   ] 
    Hey all - didn't it feel great to wake up to day 20?  HOME STRETCH!   I hope everyone has a great week!
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    dianne m got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    Back from weekend with the gals and I did great!  I answered a bazillion questions cheerfully and no one tried to pressure me into drinking the wine - and I didn't feel like I was missing out for a second.  I stuck to tea and my protein salad, roasted butternut squash & other stuff I can't recall.  [I guess the brain fog hasn't quite lifted.   ] 
    Hey all - didn't it feel great to wake up to day 20?  HOME STRETCH!   I hope everyone has a great week!
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    dianne m got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    Back from weekend with the gals and I did great!  I answered a bazillion questions cheerfully and no one tried to pressure me into drinking the wine - and I didn't feel like I was missing out for a second.  I stuck to tea and my protein salad, roasted butternut squash & other stuff I can't recall.  [I guess the brain fog hasn't quite lifted.   ] 
    Hey all - didn't it feel great to wake up to day 20?  HOME STRETCH!   I hope everyone has a great week!
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    dianne m reacted to ErikaA in Starting January 2!   
    Have just gone through all of your posts, so great to hear all of the NSVs!!! Very exciting!!
    I have had a crazy week with work so haven’t had much time to get on here - time outside of the office seemed to be used up in the kitchen and the gym (not that I’m complaining) - I was so exhausted heading into bed most nights, so I started to wonder if I would ever get “tiger blood”, but thanks to the Day by Day book, and a few articles online, I reset my expectations and realized that my energy has actually been really good. I powered through 10 hour work days without a second thought, fit a workout in every day except yesterday, and still managed to cook and eat good suppers AND finish the dishes afterwards. Thinking of everything I accomplished, it was no wonder I was ready for bed at night!!
    Dinners this past week included stuffed peppers (W30 book), grilled chicken with salad (different salads dif. nights), chicken with vegetables in a curry sauce (amazing!). Lunch was leftovers and breakfast was chicken sausage patties (W30 book) with salad topped with either coconut, olives, or mayo based dressing).  
    We have my husbands work Christmas party tonight (yes, it’s a month late!). It’s a pre-set menu, so I’m going to be eating before-hand and then bringing an emergency snack in my purse in case it goes a bit late. I feel like if I can get through tonight, the last 10 days or so will be no problem! And I’m definitely motivated/inspired by all of your success stories with your events and nights out. 
    I hope everyone has a great W30 weekend!
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    dianne m got a reaction from Kathy from Texas in Starting January 2!   
    I think the tiger blood has hit!  If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower!  Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog.  It felt SO GOOD!
    Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet.  I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them  ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up.  Who knows?  It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD!   I know I am walking taller.  I feel happier.  I find I am being gentler with strangers, too.  I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... 
    Anyway, I am LOVING the food.  Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook.  I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong!  Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying.  I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent.  I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me!
    Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
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    dianne m got a reaction from ErikaA in Starting January 2!   
    @LagunaRover - YAY!!  It's amazing how just feeling better in your clothes makes you feel so good, but when someone comments - that's the best!  
    Last night we had a little going away gathering for a friend who will be on leave for a bit.  This is my social group at work and we do love our wine.  I had a lime cut in my office, ready to go if I needed it as camouflage; black olives ready to cut open should I need them.  Thought I would first peruse the scene of the party - so, I did - and they had grapes, sugar snap peas and guacamole - all compliant. I took a small plate and poured sparkling water in a wine glass and had a blast.  Did not take one bite or sip that was off plan.  I felt so strong and empowered when I left - it was a great feeling!
    This weekend and next week - more challenges involving overnighters for fun and then travel for work.  I am taking a cooler with my food/water.  Seems the best way and I'm not going to be apologetic about it.  
    @MaineacMom - your meal plan looks scrumptious!  Go girl!  Way to combat the cold.  What a tough winter.
    Day 18 felt really solid.  Hoping the rest of the month is as strong and uplifting!  
    Have a great weekend everyone!!
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    dianne m reacted to MaineacMom in Starting January 2!   
    Hey guys, 
    I have been enjoying reading everyone's posts.  I haven't been on in a while... super busy in here and we had a nasty cold go through the family that has knocked me for a loop.  I really wanted a warm bowl of oatmeal to help with the sore throat and I find oatmeal to be a comfort food.  So, instead, I made homemade unsweetened applesauce and had that with some scrambled eggs and leftover veggies.  I have a bunch of friends who are doing W30 too and they have a facebook page and I get frustrated when I read about what they are eating.  They are using compliant ingredients but making pancakes and muffins and other things that look delish but I am going strict W30 so I share posts of my avocados and sweet potatoes with eggs and roasted veggies, or my big ol' taco salad.  I keep telling myself that it will all be worth it.  For some reason, it's been harder this time around.  (This is my second whole 30).  I don't know if it is because it is winter and I live in a cold state and just want comfort food lately or what but boy, I have to give myself pep talks all day long.  
    Dinner smells awesome tonight.  I am slow cooking a pot roast with chicken broth, lime, garlic, cumin and coriander and I will pull it apart and serve it on top of a salad for myself and serve with tortillas and taco fixings for the crew.  Made up my meal plan for the next week or so:
    Crackling Chicken Thighs with sweet potato, roasted zuchinni and summer squash with onions, salad.
    Chicken Sausage Stirfry
    Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken with veggie medley and roasted potatoes
    Baked Lemon Cod with steamed asparagus and salad
    Crock Pot Pork Chops with warm apples, mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon, and spinach salad
    Pan Steak and veggies
    What's cookin' in your neck of the woods?
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    dianne m reacted to LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    Yea day 18! 
    Someone at work this morning told me I was looking really good and that she could see some changes in my tummy area! (She's a good work friend so that wasn't an inappropriate comment, by the way...) In fact today I do see and feel some changes.  I'm wearing a pair of pants which used to be uncomfortably tight and now they are just tight (hey, I'll take that!) I have a few go-to dishes that I eat all the time and always have leftovers, and this weekend I'll experiment with some other recipes too. My work days are manic with meetings the entire day, including lunch meetings, and I just go in there with my compliant food and fill myself up while ignoring all the other food unless there are some items I know I can eat too.
    How is everyone doing this Friday?
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    dianne m reacted to diamonds422 in Starting January 2!   
    That's wonderful. The Whole30 helps me with my mental health, too. It's not a complete cure for me either, but it makes a huge difference.
    Y'all, I would just like to echo again how freaking amazing Mel Joulwan's chocolate chili is. I made a double batch a couple days ago and usually I freeze half, but this time my husband and I are just eating our way through it! Let it simmer as long as possible and you will really taste the difference. I like to throw a big handful of fresh spinach in my bowl and mix it in to get more veggies in there.
    Tonight I'll be making Nom Nom Paleo's sheet pan chicken fajitas with avocado crema. I'll report back and let everyone know how it is. It's only now, on my fourth Whole30, that I'm getting the hang of cooking on a schedule without it taking over my life or randomly running out of food in the middle of the week. Practice makes perfect, I guess!
    https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/06/13/20170613sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas-avocado-crema
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    dianne m reacted to JohannaE in Starting January 2!   
    This weekend will be the most challenging for me. We're headed to New York City (to see Hamilton!), where there is so much food (bagels!) and so many friends who want to grab a drink! We've found a couple great places for meals that I'm actually looking forward to, and are going to make it a lower key weekend than we likely otherwise would. I do take satisfaction in knowing that it will surely be a healthier weekend than it otherwise would have been!
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    dianne m got a reaction from Kathy from Texas in Starting January 2!   
    I think the tiger blood has hit!  If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower!  Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog.  It felt SO GOOD!
    Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet.  I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them  ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up.  Who knows?  It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD!   I know I am walking taller.  I feel happier.  I find I am being gentler with strangers, too.  I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... 
    Anyway, I am LOVING the food.  Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook.  I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong!  Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying.  I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent.  I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me!
    Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
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    dianne m got a reaction from Kathy from Texas in Starting January 2!   
    I think the tiger blood has hit!  If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower!  Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog.  It felt SO GOOD!
    Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet.  I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them  ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up.  Who knows?  It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD!   I know I am walking taller.  I feel happier.  I find I am being gentler with strangers, too.  I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... 
    Anyway, I am LOVING the food.  Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook.  I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong!  Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying.  I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent.  I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me!
    Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
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    dianne m reacted to elizabeth.joan in Starting January 2!   
    I have struggled with anxiety all my life and I really notice a difference with that! I don't feel nearly as anxious about things in my everyday life. it's still there, and it always will be unfortunately, but it's not nearly as bad as it was before starting this, and I've had zero anxiety attacks, so for me that's a huge success! I think the tiger blood is starting a bit slow for me, but I think today it started because I feel a difference. I'm feeling cheerier and really productive at work this week. At the start of this I wasn't finding everyone around me all that funny, but I feel like I have my humor back! All in all, this week has been good  
     
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    dianne m got a reaction from Kathy from Texas in Starting January 2!   
    I think the tiger blood has hit!  If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower!  Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog.  It felt SO GOOD!
    Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet.  I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them  ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up.  Who knows?  It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD!   I know I am walking taller.  I feel happier.  I find I am being gentler with strangers, too.  I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... 
    Anyway, I am LOVING the food.  Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook.  I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong!  Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying.  I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent.  I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me!
    Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
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    dianne m got a reaction from Kathy from Texas in Starting January 2!   
    I think the tiger blood has hit!  If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower!  Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog.  It felt SO GOOD!
    Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet.  I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them  ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up.  Who knows?  It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD!   I know I am walking taller.  I feel happier.  I find I am being gentler with strangers, too.  I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... 
    Anyway, I am LOVING the food.  Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook.  I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong!  Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying.  I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent.  I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me!
    Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
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    dianne m got a reaction from Kathy from Texas in Starting January 2!   
    I think the tiger blood has hit!  If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower!  Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog.  It felt SO GOOD!
    Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet.  I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them  ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up.  Who knows?  It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD!   I know I am walking taller.  I feel happier.  I find I am being gentler with strangers, too.  I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... 
    Anyway, I am LOVING the food.  Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook.  I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong!  Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying.  I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent.  I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me!
    Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!