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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day 34
    Wow - what a day. I went in to work and worked steadily (minus 30 minutes to run an errand) from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm. I really don't know how the time goes by so fast or how I don't get more done because I know I was working steadily and with focus and trying to be quick about things. I only went down a couple rabbit holes and they were fairly connected and related. I talked to one other colleague for about 20 minutes in the morning. Crazy how the day went by.
    But crazy that I can do it. I didn't check Facebook or watch TV or lose focus. Instead I just kept digging in and I'm nowhere where I wish to be, but I have so much core and foundation stuff going that in a month or so, I'll hopefully have some good processes in place. But right now, my head can't quite figure out the best direction to do things - so right brainy - and setting up systems that are nice and organized takes time. Exhale. So even though I don't feel great about things, I feel like I've got to give myself credit for the effort. And, I rather enjoyed the day except when I was bummed about not being outside. And I told myself I could go back in Monday night. Fun!
    But tomorrow is my kid's birthday and I really wanted to be "present" all day. It's gonna be tricky because I have a few key things I HAVE to do before Monday. I figured I could maybe get a bit done if I woke up early, but chances are, my kid will wake up early. So I just wrote a focused to do list for myself for those things and maybe my kid will go play for a while and I can sneak that work in. Maybe I'll even do some of them tonight.
    I did have three cups of coffee today and my last cup I started around three or four. I'm able to fall asleep with caffeine in my system, but I can also take advantage of the alertness and focus of the day.
    I feel a bit Tiger Blood. 
    I also feel good. Like today I sucked in my stomach and I could feel it suck. I haven't had that sensation in a while. I also can't believe that nobody has commented on any weight loss. Not my family or friends or co-workers. I feel SO much thinner than last year at this time - at least 35 pounds thinner, maybe 40. But again, nobody else really cared about those things except for me. But it's SO obvious and I'm wearing the same clothes except they now hang on me instead of form fit. Ah well. That's okay. Just odd, but maybe not.  I am still quite solidly in the obese range on the charts.
    On the drive home, I thought about Whole30 and what my life long plan is. Not Whole30 for life, but really, right now, I'm content with it because the NSV's are racking up and until I feel more balanced and solid, I have no desire to rock this boat. It's so different than when I was on Day 15 and chose to screw up and eat nonWhole30 food. It's interesting.
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    Jihanna reacted to ShannonM816 in KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand   
    Remember that all your meals don't have to be fancy. Some really simple meals that I do that don't take a lot of prep:  scrambled eggs with spinach/other vegetables; a can of tuna or salmon mixed with mayo or avocado or even just olive oil, on top of salad; hamburger patty (I buy frozen, pre-formed ones and cook them straight from the freezer, but you could buy ground meat of whatever type you prefer and freeze it in patties) with mayo and mustard or avocado, tomato, onion, and pickles, with a side of roasted potato or sweet potato.  Or I grill a bunch of chicken at the start of the week, then I can use it in salads or stir fries for several meals. You don't have to have a brand new recipe at every meal. Just make sure you have food that is easy to prepare quickly on days when you don't have time to do anything elaborate. 
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    Jihanna got a reaction from KiwiKendra in KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand   
    Nope, it's not... you're right! I actually hate the store stuff with a passion, never have liked it and would purposefully avoid it when possible. I didn't like my first few batches of homemade mayo either, but they were fine for mixing in with herbs and stuff for dressings. How I make it now is great for me, though; I can finally stand the taste of it  
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day 33 - Wow - what a day. There were NO breaks at work and a meeting afterwards and then I raced home and cleaned the bathroom and kitchen and didn't get pissy that my husband hadn't done that. I'm not sure what he did, but I just accepted it and moved on (talk about some major NSV's!!!) and then people arrived and we had an epic loud wild super fun party for a little over three hours and it was great and then everyone left and we cleaned up and we're all in bed by ten. I had my leftovers from yesterday with me at work so that was good and then tonight at the party, I munched on the carrots and peppers and olives and avoided the chips (which again sounded really really good). I also did not try the cake and others said it was really good. It would have been nice to know exactly how this recipe came out, but I also didn't feel any real urge to try - kinda like not caring about swimming in a lake in Utah when you're hanging out at the pool in Texas. I mean, a lake would be fun, but the pool is cool too. That's kinda how it was with the cake.
    I'm glad the party is over. As fun as it was and as much as I enjoy people, it's taxing on my introverted ways. This is a major birthday season though - well, all of Fall is birthdays and celebrations and people visiting. It's like one thing after another. I love January when things seem to quiet down along with cold weather and dark mornings. I do love Fall and the weather and the outside and the back to school energy, but...it's busy.
    And, once again, I am SO glad I am doing Whole30 and I am 30 days into it and 30 days into feeling better and more resilient because I need me to be that person who can do things and feel things and experience things and weather through things and I feel like I'm finding that again. As well, I'm LIKING who I look like when I look in the mirror and I know it's not just physical.  It's like seeing myself a bit again and I know that's not just issues around weight, but more around something chemical going on in my system. Things are good. Not top of the world good, but overall good. Good enough for me to appreciate the good even when I'm feeling overwhelmed.
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day 33
    Well yesterday I totally forgot to eat my breakfast until seven at night. But can I just say that my day was BUSY because I really didn't stop at all from 7:30 in the morning to seven at night. It was a day to be "on" and I was and the day went well and I felt good. I also am not drinking any water. So, I know I'm on Whole30 and this is very bad form to not be eating. I get that and I have already gone through all of the self-talk and the identification of what I need to do differently. I went shopping last night and picked up more veggies, but also some Epic bars as a just in case. Once I eat, then I eat more. But if I don't eat, I don't seem to notice. And I've never been super prone to being hangry.
    The thing that is interesting and positive about all this is that this is even happening. A month ago, I was running away from all stress and watching tv and feeling lousy and not sharp and not focused and energy was hard to maintain. And now I'm not some olympic athlete, but I'm dealing with things and doing things and rising to the occasion and being quite pleasant about it all! It's such a huge difference. It also doesn't feel like a "diet" or a restriction at this point - right now it's feeling like "this is just what I prefer" "no thanks. I'll pass on that".  That's kinda cool. 
    However, last night at the store when I was hungry, the sweet things looked good. What looked even better were the barbecue potato chips. Oh my. I bought some for the party tonight, but not for me. I did pick up a dark chocolate bar that has no soy lecithin in it. I'm curious if cocoa is one of my things. There have been times my cough has seemed to get worse after eating home made chocolate cakes and frosting (and cocoa was noted on the blood work allergen test - which does have lots of false positives). So, I figure I could try chocolate in the am, lunch, and pm. But I don't really want to do that today.
    I am a bit scared. I'm scared of a big reaction and then feeling foggy for hours after like what occurred when I ate the dino bites made with potatoes, potato starch, and canola oil. I'm scared of the foggy and then the aftermath. I'm also scared of waking up the lurking sugar dragon or addictive questing behaviors.
    And I read what Jihanna said about this not being a for the rest of life thing and the need to try things out. Yeah. I get it. But right now I'm kind of enjoying the calm of the open seas. It was a bumpy ocean ride for many many months (years) and then bumpier more finally getting going onto Whole30. I'm taking a chance to breathe right now. Breathe, stabilize, maybe build back in meditation, practicing, and walk/running (all of which have gone by the wayside) and then reintroducing things.
    Last night as I was making frosting for the cake, I was thinking about the biggest NSV from the beginning and that is that I feel so much more confident. On my first post, I remember saying I really needed help and support. I was feeling really POWERLESS. I did not know if I'd be able to pull it off. In fact, I was somewhat doubtful. And I SO appreciate the people who chimed in and checked in and then the ones who became daily friends and supporters. And I wouldn't want any of that to go away because it's so much more fun with other people and I love reading about how others are doing and theirs downs and their ups. But I don't feel that sense of neeeeeding that support. I feel like I've got my power back. And so my biggest fear is that I will lose that power if I am too cavalier with what I try eating.
    AND, what I love is that I'm not measuring things or counting calories or doing anything restrictive. Heck - I eat some big healthy portions of food. I'm never hungry, but now I find I am just through and don't really want anything more as opposed to some more physical stuffed feeling calling the shots. It's much more subtle and it's nice.
    I slept well last night. I'm a bit groggy and I'm drinking my coffee and my lips are still slightly chapped and today is another high stress day from the point I close this computer till 8 or 9. Immediately after work and a meeting, I'm racing home to my kid's party which BEGINS right when I get home. It will be fun, but it will require some gear switching in my head and the entire social thing is exhausting. I love the people and know them and enjoy our parties, but I'm an introvert by nature so a day of people from start to finish without breaks takes its toll. Tomorrow will be another busy day in which I really need to be on and then blessed Saturday I will get some time to myself to work/plan/organize. Inevitably I will get frustrated at how little I get done, but I'll get to do some work and in silence!!!! And maybe I can even bike to work which would be nice.
    I hope everyone has a good day!
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day 31 
    Slept okay. Allergy pills have helped. Any cold virus I have is keeping itself to the bare minimum of a stuffy nose and puffy eyes. Overall, I'm okay. Drinking my coffee and realizing, OH NO, I need to be out of the house in thirty minutes!!!! EEeEEEEk.  I still have to shower, cook up some breakfast, and gather up all my work mess. I did make lunches for the kids already and I do know what I'm going to wear so that helps.
    There definitely does not feel like enough time in the days to get everything planned and set up, but again, I'm thankful I'm in this spot mentally and physically where I can ride through this and keep working on things and not feel overwhelmed and then procrastinate even more. This Saturday will offer me some time and things will start to relax in a couple weeks. 
    My husband made dinner last night since I was working. It was just chicken and broccoli. He apologized that it was so pathetic and yet it wasn't. The kids loved it. They wanted more broccoli. I loved it. We ate it all and there was a good amount of that green stuff. Too bad the only leftovers is from the one pound of chicken split four ways - isn't that interesting - it was the chicken we didn't finish, but the veggies we all ate up. I like how that shift starts happening.
    Going to drink my last sip of coffee and then get up and kick into Beast Conquer the Day mode
    (There was no wake up early and go to the gym and weigh myself scene this morning. I was not Beast Queen Wake Up Woman today)
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Beckha99 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    At a recovery meeting last week, someone spoke about how he finally stopped drinking -- he just started saying "I won't drink today, but I'll have one tomorrow.", and of course tomorrow never actually comes. I've been trying to bring this into my own food recovery by saying that I won't have insert food here today, but maybe I'll grab some tomorrow.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand   
    It's only failure if you don't learn something from the experience. If you do learn, it's a stepping stone.
    I'd definitely encourage you to kind of slowly ramp yourself into your start date, so that you can prepare some condiments ahead of time and get a feel for how they taste, tweaks you might want to make, and how often you use them. If you also go ahead and remove a couple of the food groups W30 eliminates, you might be able to limit your detox issues (since you won't be coming off all of them all at once).
    Either way, it's awesome that you're not just walking away!
    That said, I absolutely despise the taste of mayo made with olive oil, even the super-light stuff. I tried grapeseed oil once, and then tried once where I did half grapeseed and half light olive... both disgusting. SUNFLOWER OIL is my saving grace, because it's way cheaper than avocado (which is what's suggested in so many blogs) and it has an amazingly light flavor that lets the seasonings do all the talking. My recipe includes the oil, egg, and lemon juice, plus salt, mustard powder, garlic powder, and a sprinkle of pepper. I'm happy to share it, if you'd like
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I'm perfectly happy to eat an Aidell's chicken and apple sausage instead of a hot dog, personally... and those are W30 compliant (or at least were when I was on round a couple of months ago). For the kids, I've always gotten Gwaltney because it was on sale once (and is still one of the least expensive options even when not on sale) and the girls liked it... so any processed meat for them is chicken, and bologna and dogs has to be Gwaltney brand... the exception is corn dogs (I buy chicken corn dogs for home, but when we're out it seems that a corn dog is a corn dog is a corn dog, as far as my youngest is concerned -- we've never met a corn dog that child didn't like).
    From what you ladies are saying, though, it seems that hot dogs are one of those foods that follows the idea that "healthy" shouldn't taste good... even though we know better  
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Lack of veggies, and specifically starchy ones, will definitely lead to shifts like that for me. The best thing I ever did was start buying 2-3 lbs more potatoes than I planned to use for the week in dinners, so I can do a quick microwave-baked potato (peeled or unpeeled, just stick it a bunch with a knife or fork, cover, cook on high for 4-5 minutes depending on potato size) if I feel my mood slipping and realize I haven't had starch (or maybe not enough). If potatoes aren't your go-to for starch, find what is and have it easy to throw together (sweet potatoes can be done the same way, though I've found my microwave needs about 30 extra seconds compared to a white potato of the same size). I do try to make sure I include starchy veggies in my meal plan, but my plan includes dinners and sometimes I forget that I need to make sure ALL of my meals are good (and that I actually eat during the rest of the day, hah).
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Oh Beckha99, I don't think I should end things at all. I think I'm going to try a very slow reintro of a few things with some stretches between things, but IDK. I'm SO much happier and healthier. Tonight I caught myself wanting to sign up for piano classes, dance classes, and go buy a new bike. I'm wanting to do things and I'm not sitting around watching netflix. I don't feel like I'm getting much done, but I am - certainly more than before. What about you?
    The more I think about food, the more I see addictive behaviors and so I guess the only reason I want to do the reintro is to try to identify the foods that create those addictive behaviors, but it's probably not just one thing, but rather the cumulative effect of many things. 
    It's funny isn't it how we adapt and adjust and accept. I looked at the photo from last year and there was just so much MORE of me (physically, not mentally). I don't necessarily feel that much less except that I am feeling some lessness happening, but then I look in the mirror and there is still quite a bit of me and I'm a bit surprised. But I was always surprised to realize I weighed so much or clothes didn't fit or I was so much larger.  I try thinking about my body in terms of facts and truths instead of judgement, but underneath it all there is a lot of shame that I don't care for myself or I don't do more or.....So the negative self talk is there. Which I suppose is why I like Whole30 because it lets me know that there is something different going on in me physiologically that is vulnerable at a chemical or hormonal level to create these overeating behaviors. It takes off the shame.
    Any positive thoughts on your body? I am always impressed with how well my body responds when I do treat it right. Aside from being a walking inflammation and joint injured person, my body does improve or get stronger or faster (heh heh - not a lot and not like some young vixen, but given my age and the things its been through, I like to say "thanks" to my body for sticking with things and doing its part the best it can.
    The mental and physical are so intertwined aren't they? I'm hoping I can deal with more of the mental stuff as the physical part improves.
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day 24
    @Amuraand @Beckha99  - I know people don't think about my weight as much as I do, but when you're officially in the obese category and when you don't fit clothes at the store and when you don't fit in chairs, the weight isn't just a mindset. It is a fact. Other people did see me as huge, but they didn't fret over it - it's just who I am in their eyes.  But in my eyes, it's not who I am and the weight got in the way because I was less likely to go on vacation or go hiking or go out with friends because I....would have to find clothes that fit, would feel out of place, wouldn't be able to keep up.  I was huge, but I can also say that as a fact and not as a judgement. But even given all that, I'd still like a little, "Hey - have you lost weight?" or "Hey - you're looking so vibrant." or "Hey - want to share your secret?!" Thankfully, there are enough NSV's that I can walk around feeling confident that things really are changing in a positive direction.
    Breakfast: Eggs and zucchini
    Lunch: Eggs and zucchini
    Snack: A nut bar
    Dinner: Halibut and salad
    I wish I'd gone without the nut bar. My attempts to steer clear of nuts isn't going so well. Those bars are just so convenient when you're feeling run down and hungry and tired. I stashed some at work, but have none at home which has helped. I'm going to need to have some backup food at work for times when I fail to bring food in or when I do get really hungry.
    I was supposed to up my game today and I guess the day went fairly well.  There was more I wish I'd gotten done, but really, I did okay.
    I woke up, went for my thirty minute walk/jog, showered, went to work for a meeting that turned out to be postponed (argh!). I was annoyed at that so I stopped and ate my breakfast and then decided to work on an organizational project that I knew I'd never have time for. At lunchtime, I took the kids to Costco and picked up some grass fed ground beef, chicken, and a big bag of broccoli to make a salad for a  potluck later this week.  Then went back to work and was in the meeting till five. My kids were busy playing and wanted to stay longer so I did some more organizational work, took the kids home, grabbed the food my husband made, and went back to work and did a little paperwork while eating. Got home at nine and did some dishes, took out the trash, practiced for a few minutes, and caught up on some emails and now I'm here. Woo - it's been a long day and tomorrow is another long day but in a different way.
    I did not meditate today so I'd better do that right now before going to sleep.
    I also did not take any allergy pills yesterday or today which is the first time since things started blooming in the spring. So far, so good. (Minor itchy ears, but nothing in the way)
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day 23 - I didn't even write this morning!! I wanted to come and check in this evening, but I hadn't meditated or practiced....so I did. And now I'm here. This is the reward! 
    I'm back at work. Life is so busy. The camping we were planning to do with friends in two weekends was changed to THIS weekend. OMG. I had to cancel the housesitter and couldn't find one for this weekend. Let alone, my kid has a major birthday party next week that I'm not ready for. School is starting. Meetings up the wazoo. OMG and there's more.  BUT....
    What I wanted to say was that I was at work today in a meeting all day and I saw lots of people I know and most commented on my new hair cut. Nobody mentioned that I've lost weight. Yet I have. Last year at this time, I was 35 pounds more at least. So, I am reminded of a saying I saw on some Facebook meme - In four weeks, you will notice a difference with your body. In eight weeks, your friends will. In twelve weeks, the world will.  Haha - not so sure about the world, but thinking of that quote was somewhat reassuring. I'm walking around feeling better, but it's only been a month. Nobody is supposed to notice anything yet. But I tell ya, if I stick with this and another month goes by, I sure hope things are more noticeable. I guess I'll cross that bridge when it comes.
    I did well making my squash and egg breakfast and taking it with me. I still struggle with eating in the morning. I am just not hungry at all until I have been up for four hours or so. I'm trying to follow the Whole30 eating schedule so I made my breakfast, but then I just kinda forgot about it till noon so I ate that for lunch. When I came home, I had some nut bar and some zucchini salad (zucchini, vinegar, oil, dill). For dinner, I had a burger with romaine lettuce wraps and some sauteed veggies. I can feel my stomach rumbling a bit doing it's digestive thing. It makes me think I'm hungry and maybe I am, but I'm tired and eating doesn't sound good at all. I think this is what it is like for people who just easily stay a healthy weight. My husband's family is like this. They don't seem to need to graze or to eat too much and I don't think it's because they are practicing will power all the time - I think their bodies just react differently to food.
    Oh.....I like how things are. And reading the post from the person who returned back after being away for a bit gets me really thinking about how important it is that I stay focused on what I'm eating and how I'm feeling. I spent months, if not years, waiting to do another Whole30. There is something so inherently HARD about starting one. It's SO easy to just put it off till tomorrow and then meanwhile, weeks and months and years go by.
    Aye - I'm yawning. Time for bed. I need to up my game tomorrow and I hope I wake up early feeling good. We have no meals planned for this week and my husband is going out of town and then there is camping on the weekend and there is NO time. But I need to remember that my health is my top priority and goal and so getting the food and prepping the food should trump some of the other things and not get tabled because the other stuff seems so important. Stress  And so much would be alleviated if I just sat down and focused and got some stuff done.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    See if you have a chiropractor in your area who offers mandibular adjustments. Even if you don't get it adjusted, there are a couple of tests they can do (simple, non-invasive) to see if your TMJ is out of alignment... and pretty simple for them to adjust it, if needed.
    @Emma, that's so cool that you were able to wear your shorts! The awesome thing about it being unremarkable is that you didn't have any snide or derogatory remarks about how you looked. That's definitely a step in the right direction! (((hugs)))
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I'd honestly suggest trying things you're likely to eat... so if you don't typically eat soy in the form of edamame, tofu, tempeh, etc., then it's not necessary (in my book) to test them in that form for reintroduction. If soy's always just in something then reintro it that way. If the idea of testing it with a restaurant dinner is worrisome (considering the other stuff that might be mixed in as well), why not cook it up at home? Doing a quick stir fry of ground beef, cauli-rice, shaved carrots, and shaved zucchini, all fried up with some soy sauce and (if needed) water; or make some "poppers" (small meatballs) and a soy-based dipping sauce.
    Just some ideas I considered when it came time for me to test soy  
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    Jihanna got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I'd honestly suggest trying things you're likely to eat... so if you don't typically eat soy in the form of edamame, tofu, tempeh, etc., then it's not necessary (in my book) to test them in that form for reintroduction. If soy's always just in something then reintro it that way. If the idea of testing it with a restaurant dinner is worrisome (considering the other stuff that might be mixed in as well), why not cook it up at home? Doing a quick stir fry of ground beef, cauli-rice, shaved carrots, and shaved zucchini, all fried up with some soy sauce and (if needed) water; or make some "poppers" (small meatballs) and a soy-based dipping sauce.
    Just some ideas I considered when it came time for me to test soy  
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    Jihanna reacted to C.B. in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Sometimes the hardest thing is to hold back and stick to only a few things. It seems simple and too easy at first when our motivation is in high gear, but choosing a few simple habits is the path to success and achieving those goals. Keep up the discipline and hard work!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    This made me giggle... it's awesome that they're involved and excited about what you're cooking!
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day Eighteen - Well, I am definitely getting more done than I have. Today, I went into work briefly to do a few things and then went home to have the day at home. Driving home, the list of ALL the THINGS I want to do was going through my head. All the projects and the plans and the daily to-do's and then I decided I would just do what I FELT like doing. It was kinda risky because I do like hanging out on the computer and I do like watching shows on Netflix, but I was kinda trying to avoid that. So I came home and ate, practiced, meditated a bit, and then sat down with my work computer and worked solidly for about three hours without ever looking up and I was so contented. I do love when I'm working and focused. I did some good thinking too which was nice. I still have more magical thinking I need to do and lots of other stuff, but tonight I started working on a creative work project. Necessary no, but interesting and motivating to me, yes. And then I remembered that there were two letters I needed to write and format so I worked on those and now it's 10:00. Oh - and in there, I watered the plants, talked to my mother-in-law, picked up the kids, and made dinner. Wowzers! And, throughout the day, I felt thinner. And I enjoyed that I've been wearing my shorts all weeks so they're a bit stretched out and so they fall down giving the illusion of being far too big instead of just stretched out
    I'm not tired at all! Well, I am, but I'm not sleepy.
    My husband made a comment about how he fell asleep at work and is always so tired in the afternoon and he's not sleeping well at night. I suggested that Whole30 might help and he said, "No, that's not it." UGH! Does he not remember that he was the one whose sleep was dramatically improved when we did Whole30. It was the biggest NSV for him and it was huge. But no - continue to have evening drinks, munch out on tortilla chips, eat super spicy foods and sleep your crappy sleep. Not kind of me. But really, when I have a problem, I usually seek a solution. Whether I act on that knowledge is a whole different story  I'm exhaling my annoyance out of me. Meditation teaches me that LOL
    Breakfast: Leftover Egg Roll in a Bowl (Pork, broccoli/carrot/cabbage slaw)
    Lunch: I forget! (Greens, carrot, and turkey. IDK, but I remember that I did okay.)
    Dinner: Halibut, Broccoli/carrot/cabbage slaw cooked with coco aminos and vinegar, caesar salad for the kids
    My husband asked when I would finish and I told him the date, but then said I'd like to continue eating this way. He said, "You do a lot better when you do Whole30". It's true. Then I asked the kids to select meals from the cookbooks. They took out their sticky notes and must have used half that pad. Crap - now I have to follow recipes, but YAY, because they like the things they choose. They seemed to really like the pictures in the Whole30 Quick and Easy and they both got all sentimental about some of their old favorites in Practical Paleo (like the Bird's Nest). 
    I guess tomorrow I have to go shopping again. So much shopping.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Making your own pizza dough is actually pretty fun, especially for kids who get to spread out their little ball of dough into a personal pizza. It lets everyone get involved a little. We've also done homemade half-moon ravioli, which is also fun. And if you can manage to keep all of the rolling out and prepping on a counter top or plastic-covered table, clean up is usually fairly easy as well.
    I need to actually start doing all the things I said I wanted to start doing at home, and see if I can handle homemade stuff made with "normal" wheat flours or if I need to cut the wheat out entirely (I already know I don't fare well with most breads, which is fine by me because they don't taste good anymore anyway).
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    Jihanna reacted to SchrodingersCat in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Why so little food for dinner? I'd be starving and so cranky, especially after your epic bike ride!
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    Jihanna reacted to Beckha99 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I think squats are the devil's exercise. I mean they are great for your leg and butt, but holy hell they hurt when you start doing them again. Day 12!! Nice! 
    The pizza parties are horrible. I do not envy you having to do that! I am sure my kids would love to have pizza, but I am not making it/buying it for this whole30 timeframe. I love my pizza. They will have to suffer for another 19 days. 
    It sounds like you have a solid plan of attack for these outings, so you are ahead of the curve. Keep up the awesome work!
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day Twelve - Ahhh, I'm getting back to where I was before my reset.  Maybe that reset will be a good thing because if I hadn't had it, then I would be nearing the 30 day mark and I'm feeling good, but not great. My body needs a LOT MORE healing time. But with the fifteen day warm-up, by the time I get to the thirty day mark, it will really be about 45 days about clean eating and that's a good healthy dose of healthiness. And then to continue.
    Reintroduction thinking - I've never pulled off a reintroduction, but I really do want to this time. I've been noting what you've said, Jihanna, and think I should probably right some things down. Soy is a big one.  Corn is another because it seeps into so many things and I like corn on the cob. Dairy I only eat when it's in a cake or ice cream. Cocoa! I should check that. Eh - enough thinking about this. It's all two weeks away and life is going to be very busy. I can focus on it closer to that date.
    I slept from 11-6:30 which one quick visit to the bathroom. My dreams were vivid and a bit frenetic.  I am sore today still from doing squats two days ago. I love it! Even if I am hobbling around a bit. I also have blisters on the sides of my feet. I'm not sure why. I've been wearing the same birkenstocks. A hopeful part of me wondered if it was because I lost weight in my feet and so now my shoes fit differently. Haha. It's the only place that feels like it might have lost weight.
    Weight. I just did a guided meditation by Tara Brach and one of the things she says is to accept yourself as you are or love yourself or something open and loving and I was right there breathing in the good open loving energy and I DO love myself and all by myself, I feel just fine. But energy wise, my body isn't happy. And the extra weight on these joints must be exhausting. So then I forget about loving me and get focused on the weight which will take forever to go away. How long is forever? I'm going to quantify that. OMG - Forty weeks. I've lost thirty by watching calories and then eating clean and then I gained ten and then lost ten. But if I lost 40 more, I'd be in a much better space health wise. So, one pound a week - forty weeks. That's less than a year, but what a crazy amount of focus and attention and consistency for SO long. And yet, in one year, I'd be quite happy. I really just want results in six weeks.  That's not so possible.
    Plug along and plug along and stay focused on learning to eat the healthy foods and only healthy foods so that they become my base. And practice becoming aware of the foods that drag me down. My family is going to want to go out to eat once this Whole30 ends. We have several pizza parties we are hosting in upcoming weeks. Eeegadz. I'm going to want to join in. I think I'm going to need to start mentally prepping for these upcoming events. I will make paleo deserts for myself, but even that takes some mental prep. I can do it. 
    I like that I'm thinking in terms of longer term. 
    Ahh - the house is awake now so my quiet time is ending.
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    Day Eleven - Almost Completed
    I can't believe what a pill I was before my coffee! Half way through my cup I was a whole different human being. The day went well. I had a great time at home this morning CLEANING. I even cleaned out some drawers in the kitchen that were filled with crumbs and crackers pieces and nuts. I tossed expired stuff. I love tossing expired stuff. The house is still a mess, but there are parts that are cleaner and it felt so nice. And then I went to work and that was fun and then picked up the kids and went to swim lessons and then got home at 6:30 ready to cook the ribs and discovered the oven isn't working!!! It's new so it's under warranty, but it definitely is annoying. These ribs need to get cooked soon and I could grill them and use the Instant Pot, but I don't really want to be a problem solver yet. And I really wanted to roast some brussel sprouts, but it's okay. I cooked up burgers on the grill and prepped a Caesar salad for the kids (which the dog ate when I went out to the grill) and cooked up some onions and zucchini for me. It was fine. Breakfast and lunch today were just mixed greens with turkey slices. The turkey is all gone and the mixed greens are almost all gone so I'm gonna have to try something different tomorrow.
    My head is a little congested today. Hmmm. I should note that and notice what I ate, but I actually think it's some stuffiness from being around a bunch of dust.
    I have not meditated yet, but I will. It was either meditate or check in here and checking in was far more fun.
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    Day ELEVEN. Wow, how did that happen!
    Last night I googled "Running after 50" and found a site where he promises you can do it without injuries. I got hopeful. And my energy was so good that I pictured waking up early and once dropping off the kids, I'd go home and MOW the lawn and maybe start shoveling again. Hahahahah. It's eight fifteen and I'm supposed to leave in fifteen minutes. I'm stiff and sore and yawning and sitting on the sofa with coffee. I haven't made lunches for the kids, gotten dressed, or brushed my teeth!
    I slept from 11-8 with a wake up at four for the bathroom. My morning sleep didn't need to be so long, but I was having a great time dreaming. And maybe it needed to be long because my body needed it. I did go to the gym the last two days and I can feel the stiffness. It's a good thing though. My dreams were also fantastic. There was a fire which wasn't good and we were trying to get away from it by climbing up hills, but I was helping some older people I know and haven't seen in a while and then later in the dream there were a bunch more friends in the dream. Friends! I'm often such an introvert that it was really nice to have a dream where I was enjoying being with my friends.
    It's now 8:20. I'd really better get going. I act like this is so hard. I get to come home today after dropping them off so it's not like I can't check back in then. Goals today? Same as normal: Eat Whole 30, Meditate, Practice