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    w30virgo got a reaction from Terra Milliken in W30Virgo Post-Whole30   
    Tuesday Meals
    M1 - 3 egg muffins, yogurt, granola
    M2 - Sandwich - sourdough, turkey, prosciutto, dijon mayo, kraut, chips, dairy free onion dip - the onion dip was quite good. I'll definitely buy more of their dips in the future when they're at Aldi.
    M3 - Slice of frozen leftover lebanon bologna pepper relish pizza.
    I had some thin mints after dinner (maybe around 4), and had a headache before sleep - I looked at the ingredients today, and there's a ton of stuff I'm not really used to eating - HFCS, soy lecithin, palm oil - I'm sure one of those is the culprit.
    Otherwise, I felt pretty good yesterday. I know I'm not feeling as good as on Whole30 - less motivated, it's more difficult to fall asleep and wake up in the morning, etc. I actually think my digestion isn't much worse than when I was doing Whole30, though. 
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in W30Virgo Post-Whole30   
    Back again.
    Tuesday Meals
    M1 - Ham & cheese sliders
    M2 - Beef empanadas with guac and cheese
    M3 - Teton Waters Ranch mini hot dogs with leftover brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes
    Wednesday Meals
    M1 - Three eggs, scrambled in ghee, Whole30 compliant potatoes o'brien mix from Trader Joes, ketchup
    M2 - 
    M3 -
    Not totally sure about meals for the rest of the day yet. I've spent 32 minutes so far today doing dishes - still have probably around 30 minutes left to get them all done, then I'll move on to the fridge. I feel better today, at this point, than yesterday. I've been feeling markedly worse physically this week than last, although mental health-wise I'm doing alright. 
    Here's a rundown on my areas I was looking for improvement with in my Whole30 - how I'm doing right now.
    Sleep - Slept alright last night. I've been letting myself sleep in the past few days, trying to adjust back to my normal sleep schedule. Woke up this morning at 7:08 AM - I told myself I would wake up at 7:15, so that's good. Didn't have the vivid dreams I was getting used to on Whole30.
    Skin - A huge blind pimple is developing on one of my cheeks. I feel like my chin acne is getting worse.
    Digestion - Not good at all. Way more gas than I'd been dealing with previously, bloating, etc.
    Energy/Focus - Okay today, considering. Not tiger blood or anything, but I've been good with maintaining my focus on work, and have gotten a fair amount done around the house so far. I feel a little mentally sluggish, but I'm dealing.
    I'm also fairly dehydrated still, from the weekend and its aftermath, so I'm sure that's no helping.
    I'm going to include our grocery shopping from this weekend - I've been keeping a running tally of our food spending that I want to keep up as part of our budgeting. I'm counting the grocery shopping on Friday as February, although it was technically 1/31.
    Trader Joe's
    Sriracha - $2.99
    Coconut Cream - $2.29
    Spicy Brown Mustard - $1.29
    Relish - $1.99
    Mango Spindrift - $8.99
    Cornichons - $2.69
    Yellow onions - $2.99
    Gallon of water - $2.99
    Jalapenos - $1.69
    Frozen vegetable fried rice - $2.49
    Rosemary - $1.69
    Yellow mustard - $1.69
    Apples - $4.49
    2 Epic bars - $4.98
    Garlic stuffed olives - $3.49
    Peanut butter - $1.99
    Turkey Summer Sausage - $3.99
    4 avocados - $3.49
    1.5 liter water bottle - $0.69
    1 white onion - $0.99
    2 packages NSA bacon - $8.98
    Frozen roasted potatoes with peppers - $2.99
    Shallot - $0.49
    Radishes - $2.99
    Unexpected Cheddar - $3.99
    Cotswald Onion & Chive Cheese - $5.29
    Triple Cream Brie - $3.69
    3 dozen pasture raised eggs - $11.97
    Salami - $3.99
    Total: $105.07
     
    I'll update later with Whole Foods.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Day 29 & 30
    Almost forgot to post on Wednesday, and totally forgot to post Thursday. Oh well - I think it's just a sign of how comfortable I'm getting in eating this way. I'm planning to eat Whole30 tomorrow, then reintroduce dairy on Sunday. I'm going to try yogurt and cheese. I already know milk is an issue, so I avoid it as is. I basically already know cheese is an issue too - I may add a day of reintroing sheep and goat's milk cheeses later, to see if there's a difference. I just love cheese so much - it's very difficult for me to imagine a future where I never eat.
    I've been having some issues with my mood this week. I tend towards depression in the winter, but, so far this month, I've felt very positive. This week, on Monday, Tuesday, and yesterday, I really felt depressed. Unmotivated, crying spells, thoughts turning toward dark topics, low self-esteem. I've been trying to be gentle with myself, but I have to get it together to clean our house and get things ready to host for the Superbowl on Sunday, so I'm just creating very specific schedules for myself to follow, so I don't have to make choices about how I spend my time. I'm just limiting my expectations for myself to the bare minimum of what needs to get done until I feel better.
    I'll do a post Monday about my results, how I'm feeling, and how reintroduction is going. I'll reintro dairy on Sunday, then legumes on Wednesday, and non-gluten alcohol on Saturday. One of my friends is so excited to have us "back on the sauce" that she's planning a little party for it Saturday. I think I'll probably reintroduce gin on that day - I want to stick to one type of alcohol at a time as I ease back into drinking - that's smart to do, anyway. Then, Dave and I are planning to go to Cleveland for Valentine's Day and my parents are visiting the following weekend, so those two will be a bit of a free-for-all. In Cleveland, I'm going to mindfully treat myself to foods that I love - I know I'll be having a bagel with cream cheese, and will probably bring some home to freeze, because they have a bagel place that I love. Otherwise, definitely breweries, and there are a few new restaurants we want to try. When my parents visit, we will likely go to some restaurants that don't have really compliant options, although I'm going to try not to go to crazy here. On 2/11, I'm going to reintroduce non-gluten grains, then I probably won't be able to go back to reintroduction until 2/26, when I'll have gluten left to reintroduce.
    I'll update a bit later with my meals from yesterday and today.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Day 29 & 30
    Almost forgot to post on Wednesday, and totally forgot to post Thursday. Oh well - I think it's just a sign of how comfortable I'm getting in eating this way. I'm planning to eat Whole30 tomorrow, then reintroduce dairy on Sunday. I'm going to try yogurt and cheese. I already know milk is an issue, so I avoid it as is. I basically already know cheese is an issue too - I may add a day of reintroing sheep and goat's milk cheeses later, to see if there's a difference. I just love cheese so much - it's very difficult for me to imagine a future where I never eat.
    I've been having some issues with my mood this week. I tend towards depression in the winter, but, so far this month, I've felt very positive. This week, on Monday, Tuesday, and yesterday, I really felt depressed. Unmotivated, crying spells, thoughts turning toward dark topics, low self-esteem. I've been trying to be gentle with myself, but I have to get it together to clean our house and get things ready to host for the Superbowl on Sunday, so I'm just creating very specific schedules for myself to follow, so I don't have to make choices about how I spend my time. I'm just limiting my expectations for myself to the bare minimum of what needs to get done until I feel better.
    I'll do a post Monday about my results, how I'm feeling, and how reintroduction is going. I'll reintro dairy on Sunday, then legumes on Wednesday, and non-gluten alcohol on Saturday. One of my friends is so excited to have us "back on the sauce" that she's planning a little party for it Saturday. I think I'll probably reintroduce gin on that day - I want to stick to one type of alcohol at a time as I ease back into drinking - that's smart to do, anyway. Then, Dave and I are planning to go to Cleveland for Valentine's Day and my parents are visiting the following weekend, so those two will be a bit of a free-for-all. In Cleveland, I'm going to mindfully treat myself to foods that I love - I know I'll be having a bagel with cream cheese, and will probably bring some home to freeze, because they have a bagel place that I love. Otherwise, definitely breweries, and there are a few new restaurants we want to try. When my parents visit, we will likely go to some restaurants that don't have really compliant options, although I'm going to try not to go to crazy here. On 2/11, I'm going to reintroduce non-gluten grains, then I probably won't be able to go back to reintroduction until 2/26, when I'll have gluten left to reintroduce.
    I'll update a bit later with my meals from yesterday and today.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Day 24, 25, 26
    Good morning! Can't believe how close we are to 30 days. I've decided that I'm actually going to do a Whole31, since I'm planning to reintro cheese on Superbowl Sunday.
    I've been feeling really good this weekend into this week. I'll do a little recap below:
    Friday night: We had the Buffalo Chicken Salad for dinner - I tried to make Whole Sisters Dump Ranch, and really struggled to get it to emulsify. I normally use the Basic Ranch recipe that can be found on this site, so I think I'm going to keep using it. Otherwise, it was good. We went to pop punk karaoke with our friends at a local bar and had so much fun! I couldn't get to sleep until around 3:30 AM though, even though we left the bar around 1. I made the mistake of having a cold brew at like 9:30 PM (I just wanted something that wasn't water, and thought it was funny that the bar had it) so I'm not surprised that I had trouble sleeping. Otherwise, we had a really great time. I honestly didn't mind being sober for the most part - it was one of the first times that I went out so late, to a real bar, sober. I couldn't believe how many people I saw who were really, really drunk - it was concerning. When I asked my boyfriend if that was normal (he regularly will have alcohol free months, and continue to go out with all of our friends, where I tend to isolate myself during Whole30s or other times that I don't drink), he said it was, that there were always plenty of people who were too drunk out at bars that late. Really eye-opening for me. Anyway, we drove to the bar (another benefit of sobriety - saving on Ubers, and I spent $0 at the bar after my cover), and drove one of our friends home. That was a much better experience than being drunk and carsick in a stranger's car.
    Saturday: I was only able to sleep in until 7:30. Felt a bit rough when I woke up - tired, obviously, with a sore throat from yelling and an ear ringing from the loud music. But, blessedly, no hangover. I had a slow, gentle morning, and when Dave woke up around 9:30 (he always sleeps late on weekends), he made us a quick breakfast, and we decided to go out to run some errands. If we had been drinking the night before, this never would have happened. We would have laid around the house all day, and probably ordered delivery food, spending more money and making ourselves feel worse. I'm chalking this up as a major NSV - something that really didn't happen in other rounds, either.  It's great to see how much I can learn and grow with each round. So, anyway, we went out to the suburbs to go to the mall and do some Christmas returns and exchanges. I treated myself to some new makeup at Sephora - I really didn't feel like I should be spending money, but we saved so much Friday night that I didn't beat myself up over getting a treat. We got Starbucks - nitro cold brew, while we were out. After we got home for our errands I got ready to go out again, to an organizing meeting for Bernie Sanders. That was...interesting...and when I came home Dave had made dinner. I had a really early night for the weekend, turning in around 8:30 PM.
    I'll write about Sunday and this morning a bit later.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Brezymurph in Briannas Log!   
    Here are a couple favorites we've made recently:
    White Chicken Chili - delicious with cauli rice and roasted sweet potato cubes with avocado on top. I've made it in the instant pot and slow cooker, and both ways are great. https://therealfoodrds.com/slow-cooker-white-chicken-chili/
    Hibachi Chicken - this magic mustard sauce is so good! It came together really quickly, too. http://www.thedefineddish.com/hibachi-style-chicken-with-magic-mustard-sauce/
    Meal Prep Meatballs - these were really good and great for using whatever you have on hand. https://therealfoodrds.com/meal-prep-meatballs/
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    So yesterday for dinner we ended up having the Warm Potato Salad & roasted brussels sprouts, but the zucchini I was going to use for the poppers was bad, so I made a double batch of these Ultimate Meal Prep Meatballs: https://therealfoodrds.com/meal-prep-meatballs/. They ended up not being done in time for us to eat them before trivia, so we just had a no protein dinner. By around 9:30 PM I was getting really hungry - should have brought a Chomps stick or Epic bar with me. I ate 1 1/2 meatballs when we came home, cold.
    Here are my meals for today, Day 15
    M1: Breakfast Burrito Casserole with Mexican Coleslaw - we made it through the casserole we made Sunday, so I mixed up a new one this morning. It was delicious fresh.
    M2: 6 meatballs (recipe above), with some leftover Awesome Sauce mixed with Dijon mustard, and leftover Avocado Salad - the meatballs are so good heated up! I love how flexible the recipe is - will definitely make again.
    M3: Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings (https://www.realfoodwithdana.com/chili-lime-chicken-wings-whole30/) with oven baked potato wedges and Mexican slaw (http://www.thedefineddish.com/whole-30-mexican-coleslaw/)
    We're going to a movie right after work today, so we'll be having a bit of a late dinner.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    @BabyBear the recipe is from The Defined Dish - here's a link: http://www.thedefineddish.com/hibachi-style-chicken-with-magic-mustard-sauce/
    Her recipes are great! I also recommend the epic meatballs. We had them last week and they were delicious.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Runningmom in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Okay, so my meals this weekend and today. I'm going to be pretty detailed here, in case anyone from Pittsburgh, or who's visiting, is looking for restaurants with compliant options.
    Friday for dinner we went to OTB (Over the Bar) in the South Side of Pittsburgh. This restaurant has a Paleo menu (they're near a Crossfit gym), so I figured we could find something good.  I had "Heaven on a Plate" which was a turkey burger over sauteed veggies, topped with chipotle aioli, and a side salad with vinaigrette. It was fine, but I didn't really feel satisfied afterwards. I think there wasn't as much fat as I'm used to in the meals I make myself. We had a nice time at happy hour with my family and dinner, then went home.
    Saturday - Day 10 - this was a long day.
    M1 - Went to breakfast with my parents at Square Cafe in Regent Square. I love this place - it's a super cute neighborhood cafe, and their food is fresh and delicious. I had a smoked salmon scramble (asked the server for it to be prepared without dairy - she made sure with the kitchen that the eggs wouldn't be scrambled with milk), topped with red onion, tomatoes, & capers, and a side of mixed greens with a vinaigrette.
    After breakfast, we went to an RV show. Breakfast held me over well, until around 1:30 PM - we had breakfast around 9 AM. I started to get hungry, but I was prepared with snacks. I had a refillable water bottle, two Chomps sticks, an Epic bar, an individual packet of olives, a bag with almonds, and seaweed snacks in my bag. I gave one of the Chomps sticks to a friend who was with us, had a few almonds, and split the other Chomps stick with my boyfriend. I tried the seaweed - it was the first time I had it. I did not care for it, LOL. This is great, because I bought a 6-pack of them at Trader Joe's. I'll have to find a way to use them in recipes. I got an unsweetened iced tea to get the taste out of my mouth and drank about half of it.
    M2 - Walked from the convention center downtown to Burgatory in the North Shore. This is a chain in Pittsburgh, that has multiple locations. They have a build your own burger option, which I got. I got a Wagyu burger topped with mushrooms, grilled onions, avocado, and pickled jalapenos, with (another) side salad with vinaigrette. Yum! This was delicious - would totally get it again. I got to really enjoy a great burger without feeling terrible and bloated afterwards.
    We went to a few bars to have drinks and watch football. We went to one in the North Shore that had hundreds of beers, and they had an impressive non-alcoholic drinks section of their menu. I saw they had Red Ribbon sodas (a small company from the Pittsburgh area) and their plain seltzer is one of my favorites, so I asked for that. They didn't have it. I asked about another sparkling water I saw on the menu - did it contain sugar? - the server didn't know. I ordered it to try, and she brought me the bottle unopened. Sadly, it had sugar in it, so I gave it back to her and just had soda water from the gun. Oh well.
    When discussing where to go to dinner, I let me family pick where they wanted, since they'd been so good with our restrictions. They wanted to go back to the South Side, to a British (Scottish?) restaurant we love, Piper's Pub. There were a few different options I could get with some modifications, and hallelujah, I wouldn't have to have salad again. I love salad, but having it for 5 meals in a row was a bit much. We went to a bar in South Side to watch the game before dinner. The only area with a table big enough for our group was on the smoking side. I didn't want to be on the smoking side for obvious reasons, but I'm also a former smoker, so the nicotine cravings on top of everything else (noncompliant food, alcohol, etc.) started to wear on me. I stayed in pretty good spirits, though, and made it to dinner.
    M3 - Piper's Pub on the South Side - love this place. I ordered a grilled salmon dish, no sauce, with roasted fingerling potatoes & green beans. The salmon was, no lie, the best salmon I have ever had. I can't wait to go back and have it again, LOL.
    I'll update with Sunday and today's meals a little later.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Runningmom in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Happy Monday! We're at Day 12. 
    I'm feeling quite good. We had a busy weekend - out from 8 AM-8 PM Saturday, then all morning yesterday. We had a good time with my parents and managed to find compliant meals everywhere we went.
    Since we were so busy this weekend, I didn't end up getting much meal prep done. I did most of the prep for a breakfast casserole yesterday, and my boyfriend finished it up while he was watching football last night (I'm an early-to-bed person). After we got home yesterday, I was SO happy to be back to my own home-cooked meals. We were able to find compliant foods while eating out, but it really is stressful to be sure that you're asking the right questions, and to resist all of the noncompliant options.
    I was really impressed with how far I've come in my ability to navigate social situations on Whole30, though. I had my if/then plan in my head, was calm and confident in each situation, and had a really nice time spending time with my family. During my first Whole30, my boyfriend and his family were going to the Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA - it's a huge trade show for the agriculture industry, with live animals, butter sculptures, all kinds of vendors, and tons of delicious (and almost all unhealthy) food. I was planning to go with them, but the morning that we were leaving I had a meltdown because I didn't have enough time to get my meals packed, and just stayed home. Looking back, I almost can't believe the way I handled that situation. I can find so many different strategies where I could have been successful (hello, prepare your food the night before, not the morning of!). It makes me happy that, while I may not have lost much weight over the past three years, my mind has changed so significantly. I think that the changes in my relationship with food are a better NSV than losing weight, anyway.
    Here's a run-down of how I'm feeling:
    Sleep: Good. Saturday into Sunday, I woke up early (6:00 AM on a weekend), feeling really anxious. I think part of it was the dream I was having, and part of it was just thinking about all the stuff I wanted to do, that I wasn't able to with my parents visiting. Last night, I slept well, but didn't feel well-rested when my alarm went off at 6:05. I let myself sleep until Dave's first alarm went off at 6:45 AM.
    Skin: No new zits, my pores still look good.
    Digestion: It was better Saturday/Sunday, but today is giving me some issues. I think all the food I ate outside the house is coming back to affect me.
    Energy: Good. On Saturday, I was in good spirits all day until, after lunch, we went to a bar to watch football. We sat in the smoking side of the bar, and I just started to get to a point where I wanted to leave and go home. I stayed with everyone until we all went home after dinner, but I was getting tired. We walked 4 miles on Saturday, and I wasn't wearing the best shoes for it, so I'm sure that contributed. Yesterday, I had good energy all day, but I just wanted to relax when we got back from the morning with my parents. I'm definitely an introvert, and that much socializing takes a lot out of me.
    I'll update with the meals I ate, and some grocery shopping we did, a little later.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    @BabyBear the recipe is from The Defined Dish - here's a link: http://www.thedefineddish.com/hibachi-style-chicken-with-magic-mustard-sauce/
    Her recipes are great! I also recommend the epic meatballs. We had them last week and they were delicious.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Runningmom in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    I started my third round of Whole30 this morning. I posted a log here of my round 2, and found it very helpful to keep myself on track with recipes, meal prep, and tracking my NSVs. I stopped posting around the end of February, in a Post-Whole30 log, and I wish I had kept it up. I've taken up journaling as a habit in the past few months, and have found it very clarifying. I don't really want to keep my Whole30 log in my normal journal though, because I enjoy the community aspects of the W30 forum, and have a separate place to just focus on the way I'm eating and feeling physically is easier for me.
    I just reviewed my W30 log from last year, when I did my second round, and I was happy to see that I've maintained some of the habits I developed last round. I've kept up walking - I walk 45 minutes each day, at least, which has helped to keep my spirits up. I've gotten more into hiking as well, taking several trips in the last year that focused on hiking, rather than eating/drinking, as I'd done in the past. 
    I've slipped on the way I eat, however, which is why I'm back to Whole30. I find myself making less healthy decisions more frequently than healthy ones, and I want to get back to energy and motivation that eating Whole30 provides me. So, I'm back for another round, and this time, my boyfriend is doing his first Whole30 with me. I'm excited to have a partner on this round, if just to share the dishes and grocery bills! 
    So, I'm planning to do a by-the-book Whole30, avoiding fruit/nut convenience bars which I had some issues with self-control concerning my last round. We did a quick grocery shopping trip yesterday, to get ourselves food for dinner, today, and tomorrow. I'll do a more thorough meal plan/prep this weekend for the upcoming week. We live in Pittsburgh, and the only grocery store around that was open was Giant Eagle, a local chain that we don't frequently shop at. They tend to be a bit more expensive than other grocery stores, so we normally stick to Costco, Aldi, Trader Joes, and different markets in the Strip District, which is a market neighborhood in Pittsburgh close to the area where we live. Last round, I tracked my groceries and spending, so I'd like to do that again. I left our receipt from yesterday in the car, so I'm going to get it later and update my log today or tomorrow with what we bought and how much we spent.
    Our plan for the next couple days:
    Breakfast: Cabbage cooked with sausage and eggs.
    Lunch - Buffalo Chicken Salads - My boyfriend (we live together) got an Instant Pot for Christmas, so I'm planning to christen it by making this buffalo chicken recipe: https://www.thekitchn.com/instant-pot-buffalo-chicken-22948830
    Dinner - Yesterday: Beefy Foil Packets - I don't really follow a recipe for these, but they are a Whole30 favorite of ours - 4 cups diced potatoes, 4 c diced veggies (we used zucchini last night), 1 lb ground beef, choice of seasoning (we used Primal Palate's Adobo) - mix together and divide into four foil packets on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 F for 45 minutes, top with desired fat/sauce (I used a Central PA brand - Torchbearer - Smoky Horseradish Sauce and also added some Roasted Garlic Cleveland Kraut).
    Tonight - Sheet Pan Dinner - I'm just going to wing this - we have some delicata squash and we got some broccoli at the store yesterday, so I'm going to roast those together and then add Aidell's Chicken Apple Sausage (a great Whole30 option that we get at Costco) during the last 20 minutes. We'll top it with some compliant ranch or maybe some other sauce.
    Tomorrow - White Chicken Chili (this recipe: https://therealfoodrds.com/slow-cooker-white-chicken-chili/) I made this during my last Whole30 and it was delicious! I'll need to run to Trader Joe's after work today or tomorrow to get coconut milk for it, because I couldn't find a compliant brand at the Giant Eagle we went to last night.
    Then Saturday we'll have our meal plan, and do a larger shopping trip. If I can get it together, I'd like to make a more complete meal plan today, so I can get some stuff at TJs for it when I go, hopefully eliminating some grocery shopping this weekend.
    Here's my log so far today:
    Breakfast - 1/4 lb savory sage breakfast sausage, 2 c red cabbage, sauteed, and 1 fried egg. - This held me over to lunch really well - it's been about 5 hours, and I just got hungry for lunch in the last 1/2 hour.
    Lunch - I didn't get around to making the buffalo chicken today, so I'm going to just have some leftover beefy foil packet for lunch, with avocado.
    Dinner - We'll either do buffalo chicken salad or the sheet pan meal, I'll let my boyfriend decide.
    I started to get some heartburn around 10 AM, but it was short-lived. I'm feeling anxious today, but I think it's mostly because it's my first day back at work after the holidays and almost 2 weeks off.
    I haven't weighed/measured myself yet, so I'll probably do that later today, just to have a starting point for how things are looking from a scale perspective.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from heb2014 in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Good Morning!
    Not much to report today:
    Sleep: Very good. I woke up before my alarm today, but just laid with my eyes closed until it went off. I fell asleep well last night, too.
    Skin: Same pimples as I brought up before, but the other improvements are still good.
    Digestion: It's okay. Not great, but okay.
    Energy: Really good! Sustained throughout the day, no lulls. I went into the office yesterday, and was feeling a bit distractable, but otherwise fine.
    I do want to talk a bit about my mood. I tend towards depression, especially in the winter, and can also get very anxious. I've done a lot of work over the past several years to get these tendencies under better control, so that I'm not consumed by them. I take daily walks outside, I journal, I have a light therapy lamp, and I try to avoid alcohol when I'm feeling down or anxious. It's been much better this year than in previous years, so I haven't been as concerned. I do want to note that yesterday afternoon, I started to feel quite depressed. The feeling went away by this morning, but I was a bit more short and impatient than usual last night. I think part of why I started feeling down was being in the office - I've worked in the same office, in various roles, for 5 years, and I was not in as good of a place with managing my anxiety/depression in the past - I think being there brought up some bad memories. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to move past it with being in the office more in the coming months. 
    Anyway, here are my meals for today:
    M1: Breakfast Burrito Casserole with Mexican Slaw
    M2: Leftover cauli rice and delicata squash with hibachi chicken & veggies.
    M3: Chicken Zucchini Poppers with roasted brussels sprouts and warm potato salad
    Tonight, we might go to trivia with my boyfriend's brothers at a brewery. It should be fun. One of his college roommates is also going to be in town this weekend - it'll be nice to see him. Those weekends are normally full of drinking, but I feel fine with being sober. I'm looking forward to not doing anything embarrassing, and being hangover-free!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from heb2014 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Love this discussion of the relationship with alcohol. I'm on my third round of Whole30, and I've made such huge strides with my relationship with alcohol through them. I'm 28, and I think the aspect of Whole30 that I'm most grateful for is the way that I've changed my drinking. Learning how to moderate and be really thoughtful with my drinking has made such a positive difference in my life. I think it's so great that you have the chance to talk with your daughter about this stuff!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Okay, back again.
    Day 11 Meals
    M1 - Went out to breakfast at Dor-Stop, a diner in Dormont. This place was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and I was going to get "Guy's Plate" which is basically a hash with hot Italian sausage and peppers, but I had a stomachache on the way over, so I just got poached eggs with potatoes o'brien and sausage.
    We went shopping with my parents to the market neighborhood in Pittsburgh, the Strip District, after breakfast, and I got some groceries that I'll outline below.
    M2 - Finally, a home-cooked meal! I had a small bowl of leftover Chocolate Chili with cauliflower rice, delicata squash, and 1/2 avocado.
    M3 - This one was delicious. Earlier last week, I was poaching a chicken breast to make BLT chicken salad with, and the pack had 3 breasts in it. I asked Dave if he wanted me to make the other two for him to eat, and he said yes. Well, Sunday rolled around and he hadn't eaten them. I decided to use them for an easy dinner - Buffalo Chicken Dip (https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/buffalo-chicken-dip-paleo-whole30/). I was going to make oven-baked fries (Dave's request) and have raw veggies with it, but then I saw the recommendation in the recipe to eat it with a baked potato, so we did that with roasted broccoli. So good!
    We were talking with some friends about Superbowl plans, and we decided to host at our place. I figure it will be good motivation to deep clean our apartment, and I'll be able to make some more healthy snacks, since we'll be just finished with Whole30 on Superbowl Sunday. I made that Buffalo Chicken Dip last year, and it was a big hit. I think that I'm going to make potato skins topped with it this year. I've been brainstorming the menu - thinking I'll reintro dairy that day, even though it's out of order. It'll be the thing I'd miss the most. Would love to hear any recommendations if anyone has them!
    Here's what I'm thinking:
    Buffalo Chicken Dip stuffed Potato Skins
    Grain Free Sausage Balls from the Defined Dish (http://www.thedefineddish.com/gluten-free-sausage-balls/) - haven't made these before
    Three cold dips with Siete chips, potato chips, plantain chips, and raw veggies:
    Tahini Onion Dip (https://www.everylastbite.com/2016/01/05/tahini-onion-dip/) - Made this for last Superbowl, it was a big hit
    Guacamole
    Spinach Dip (https://www.mysuburbankitchen.com/healthier-spinach-dip-paleo/)
    Deviled Eggs - I like the recipe in Chrissy Teigen's Cravings - glad that it's easy to find compliant Sriracha now
    I might make a Paleo dessert for it as well, we'll see if the mood strikes.
    Anyway, here's my meals today:
    Day 12 Meals
    M1: Breakfast Burrito Casserole with Avocado - I didn't get to make the slaw I was going to for breakfasts this week yet, so I got hungry quicker than usual. 
    M2: Leftover Buffalo Chicken Dip over ~1 c roasted broccoli and ~1 c roasted cauliflower rice/delicata squash mix from when I made chili on Thursday with 7 olives. - I was going to have 10 olives, but realized I was full at 7 and just put the other 3 away. This is a big deal for me, to stop eating when I'm full rather than just mindlessly clearing my plate.
    M3: Hibachi Chicken over Cauliflower Rice
    I'll update with our groceries from the Strip tomorrow.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from heb2014 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Love this discussion of the relationship with alcohol. I'm on my third round of Whole30, and I've made such huge strides with my relationship with alcohol through them. I'm 28, and I think the aspect of Whole30 that I'm most grateful for is the way that I've changed my drinking. Learning how to moderate and be really thoughtful with my drinking has made such a positive difference in my life. I think it's so great that you have the chance to talk with your daughter about this stuff!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from heb2014 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Love this discussion of the relationship with alcohol. I'm on my third round of Whole30, and I've made such huge strides with my relationship with alcohol through them. I'm 28, and I think the aspect of Whole30 that I'm most grateful for is the way that I've changed my drinking. Learning how to moderate and be really thoughtful with my drinking has made such a positive difference in my life. I think it's so great that you have the chance to talk with your daughter about this stuff!
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    w30virgo reacted to Ann in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Agreed.  And one of the things we talked about was that the victory isn't in making it through January without a drink, but in those moments when we say no to a drink when we most want it, and LEARNING SOMETHING from that moment ... i.e. Why did I want it so much right then?  Is there some other need that can be filled with something other than a glass of wine?  What would have been different (better or worse) if I had imbibed?  What did I gain (or lose) by saying no thanks?  I think the same can be said for our food choices.   
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    w30virgo reacted to BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    @w30virgo  I love your ideas for super bowl snacks!  Those sound amazing.  Sounds like you had a great time with your family and still holding fast to your Whole30.  Congrats on your success!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Okay, back again.
    Day 11 Meals
    M1 - Went out to breakfast at Dor-Stop, a diner in Dormont. This place was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and I was going to get "Guy's Plate" which is basically a hash with hot Italian sausage and peppers, but I had a stomachache on the way over, so I just got poached eggs with potatoes o'brien and sausage.
    We went shopping with my parents to the market neighborhood in Pittsburgh, the Strip District, after breakfast, and I got some groceries that I'll outline below.
    M2 - Finally, a home-cooked meal! I had a small bowl of leftover Chocolate Chili with cauliflower rice, delicata squash, and 1/2 avocado.
    M3 - This one was delicious. Earlier last week, I was poaching a chicken breast to make BLT chicken salad with, and the pack had 3 breasts in it. I asked Dave if he wanted me to make the other two for him to eat, and he said yes. Well, Sunday rolled around and he hadn't eaten them. I decided to use them for an easy dinner - Buffalo Chicken Dip (https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/buffalo-chicken-dip-paleo-whole30/). I was going to make oven-baked fries (Dave's request) and have raw veggies with it, but then I saw the recommendation in the recipe to eat it with a baked potato, so we did that with roasted broccoli. So good!
    We were talking with some friends about Superbowl plans, and we decided to host at our place. I figure it will be good motivation to deep clean our apartment, and I'll be able to make some more healthy snacks, since we'll be just finished with Whole30 on Superbowl Sunday. I made that Buffalo Chicken Dip last year, and it was a big hit. I think that I'm going to make potato skins topped with it this year. I've been brainstorming the menu - thinking I'll reintro dairy that day, even though it's out of order. It'll be the thing I'd miss the most. Would love to hear any recommendations if anyone has them!
    Here's what I'm thinking:
    Buffalo Chicken Dip stuffed Potato Skins
    Grain Free Sausage Balls from the Defined Dish (http://www.thedefineddish.com/gluten-free-sausage-balls/) - haven't made these before
    Three cold dips with Siete chips, potato chips, plantain chips, and raw veggies:
    Tahini Onion Dip (https://www.everylastbite.com/2016/01/05/tahini-onion-dip/) - Made this for last Superbowl, it was a big hit
    Guacamole
    Spinach Dip (https://www.mysuburbankitchen.com/healthier-spinach-dip-paleo/)
    Deviled Eggs - I like the recipe in Chrissy Teigen's Cravings - glad that it's easy to find compliant Sriracha now
    I might make a Paleo dessert for it as well, we'll see if the mood strikes.
    Anyway, here's my meals today:
    Day 12 Meals
    M1: Breakfast Burrito Casserole with Avocado - I didn't get to make the slaw I was going to for breakfasts this week yet, so I got hungry quicker than usual. 
    M2: Leftover Buffalo Chicken Dip over ~1 c roasted broccoli and ~1 c roasted cauliflower rice/delicata squash mix from when I made chili on Thursday with 7 olives. - I was going to have 10 olives, but realized I was full at 7 and just put the other 3 away. This is a big deal for me, to stop eating when I'm full rather than just mindlessly clearing my plate.
    M3: Hibachi Chicken over Cauliflower Rice
    I'll update with our groceries from the Strip tomorrow.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    I loved what you wrote about taking stock of what you've accomplished when getting overwhelmed with housework that still needs to be done! I'm going to take that mindset with me in the future. 
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Welcome, Amy! We have similar starting weights - I'm on Day 8 of my third round of Whole30 this month. I hope you find that the Whole30 improves your life as much as it has mine. I LOLed at your comment about eating meatballs for breakfast - you can actually find recipes for Whole30 breakfast meatballs out there. One of my favorite Whole30 breakfasts, when I get sick of eggs, is a pureed veggie soup with meatballs. So warm, nourishing, and easy to heat and eat on cold winter days.
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    w30virgo reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Hi everyone!   I was here last year around July/August 2019.  I'm 33 now and my starting weight at the beginning of 2020 was 240!  [Shriek!  Highest ever for me.]  I am here again to make something wonderful happen in my life!  Every Nov/Dec, I start getting depressed.  I think one reason is the weight gain, I'm sure.  The other is the lack of sunshine.  Unfortunately, I can't do UV therapy (according to my rheumatologist) because I have lupus and UV light can trigger a lupus flare (achy joints, rash, etc).  Here is where my grandma would say- are you taking your vitamin D supplements?  And the answer is actually "no", so okay, I should really start doing that...
    Anyway, for one week (since Dec 31st), I have been doing awesome (if I may say so) with exercising and I have actually lost 8 pounds (yes, a lot of that is water weight, but I still feel proud!)
    I am on a roll, and I'm making better decisions about food, not drinking alcohol, and not stopping at restaurants or coffee shops.
    Something is missing though- I need to log, I need to write down how I feel and what I'm eating because it's a big part of the journey to better health.
    So here I am again, ready to put all of my thoughts here.  Maybe I will get to know some people here- I hope I do.  It sure is easier to remember to log in and post when I look forward to reading posts from other people.  Right now I am eating healthier but I will spend the next week or so planning what foods to have around the house for a successful Whole30.  I'm looking forward to feeling better and less tired.  I think I've already gone through a sugar withdrawl even though I only drastically reduced my intake, and didn't completely stop yet.  I'm hoping I don't get the sugar withdrawl symptoms again when I quit cold turkey!   Wish me luck!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    I wanted to do a quick midday update with some thoughts I'm having.
    I added chimichurri to my greens today for lunch, and had a bit more chicken salad. I'm feeling much more satisfied than yesterday!
    I was thinking more on my "Healthy Person" statements from my entry this morning, and on something else I read in FFF (that book sneaks up on you!) about habit forming - that it often takes at least 60 days to build a habit. I think I'm going to focus in on one of those statements every two months this year - there's 7 statements there, so it'll go a little into next year - this feels like a really good way to transform into the person I want to be, that I know I can be. 
    Anyway, back to work for a couple more hours.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from heb2014 in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    @heb2014 LOL I had the same issue - I have an unopened compliant salad dressing, Spicy Marinade, and Yai's Thai Curry sauce sitting in the pantry. Waiting for some food boredom/nothing to eat days to come around so I can use them up. Now that I'm thinking about it, I have some chicken breast defrosting in the fridge for chicken salad - I only need one breast for the salad, so maybe I'll use some of the marinade on the other ones in the package.