Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in W30 v2.1 - Day 23   
    I knew we were sisters from another mister Schrod! There's a reason I like you!!
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in W30 v2.1 - Day 23   
    "Pour me a glass of wine and drink it for me" -- I'm going to have to remember that one!
    Thanks for the mention, too! My mom and I are actually doing a round together starting in June (my 2nd, her 1st), and I think I might take special note of exactly how much I spend over the course of the month for 4 adults and 2 kids, with all the family meals being W30. We'll always have non-compliant stuff in the house because my girls tend to be super-picky, but I'm slowly working my way through more paleo recipes to see if I can find some good homemade (and healthier!) alternatives to some of what they will eat.
    I'm glad to hear your current round is going well!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Locsnlashes in How good is this Real Plans app?   
    I haven't tracked a single thing on my W30s beyond keeping a log here of my general experiences and thoughts. I'm a WWsurvivor of many decades and I am just over tracking. Here's been my W30 approach:
    If I am hungry, I eat things from the W30 template. Then I stop. 
    I also haven't planned ahead other than having enough compliant foods on hand all the time so, when I get hungry, I can eat from the W30 template.
     
    That's it.
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in W30 v2.1 - Day 23   
    Well, well, well - time is flying on this W30 - third attempt and doing just fine. I think there are a couple of things that make W30 easy for me:
    I don't suffer from food boredom - like, never. I can say I never get tired of eating the same thing with 100% confidence. I have a really adventurous palate and enjoy food a great deal but, if all I have on offer is 4 days of pulled pork with a side of kale hash, I'm down with that too. That's pretty lucky! I like to cook and am both good and efficient at it. I thnk W30 must be difficult for those who don't cook or aren't confident in their kitchen skills. I have access to the financial resources to buy the best food and ensure W30 compliance. I appreciate that very much. @Jihanna wrote a great post the other day as to how she does W30 on a budget (check it out here - it's great!) and, while I was grateful of Jihanna for sharing her time and expertise with us, I was more grateful that I didn't have to think about these cost saving measures or the time they take to manage/implement them. Hubs is 100% supportive. He had great success on his own W30 in January and has maintained what we call the W30 lifestyle (and his 5 pound weight loss) since. He likes tortilla chips with salsa and a cold beer and popcorn but he is 100% supportive of me and always asks if it's alright with me if he indulges in front of me. It generally is - I'm not tempted by anything anyone else is eating. Now, having said that, he did ask me what he could help me with while I was preparing a complicated dinner the other night and my response was "pour me a glass of wine and drink it for me"... I'm super disciplined and love a good set of rules. Give me rules with a solid rationale behind them and I am a happy camper. I suspect W30 is really hard for those always looking for away around a rule  I'm happiest when I know what I'm supposed to do and do it with commitment. I think that the fact that this particular set of rules leaves me so satisfied and not hungry plus I sleep soooo well and so long that I find it extra easy to commit to these rules. The so called Freedom in the WW plan was problematic for me - I'd eat 500mls of 0% Greek Yogurt - feel terrible afterwards, be hungry in an hour and not lose an ounce. This W30 thing is just easier One more week of strict compliance then back to my between W30 life - no dairy, no legumes (soy especially), no sugar, very little wine, minimal grains. And, I think I will weigh in. I feel like I've lost more weight - it might be reasonable to have a benchmark. I dunno for sure yet...
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in W30 v2.1 - Day 23   
    Well, well, well - time is flying on this W30 - third attempt and doing just fine. I think there are a couple of things that make W30 easy for me:
    I don't suffer from food boredom - like, never. I can say I never get tired of eating the same thing with 100% confidence. I have a really adventurous palate and enjoy food a great deal but, if all I have on offer is 4 days of pulled pork with a side of kale hash, I'm down with that too. That's pretty lucky! I like to cook and am both good and efficient at it. I thnk W30 must be difficult for those who don't cook or aren't confident in their kitchen skills. I have access to the financial resources to buy the best food and ensure W30 compliance. I appreciate that very much. @Jihanna wrote a great post the other day as to how she does W30 on a budget (check it out here - it's great!) and, while I was grateful of Jihanna for sharing her time and expertise with us, I was more grateful that I didn't have to think about these cost saving measures or the time they take to manage/implement them. Hubs is 100% supportive. He had great success on his own W30 in January and has maintained what we call the W30 lifestyle (and his 5 pound weight loss) since. He likes tortilla chips with salsa and a cold beer and popcorn but he is 100% supportive of me and always asks if it's alright with me if he indulges in front of me. It generally is - I'm not tempted by anything anyone else is eating. Now, having said that, he did ask me what he could help me with while I was preparing a complicated dinner the other night and my response was "pour me a glass of wine and drink it for me"... I'm super disciplined and love a good set of rules. Give me rules with a solid rationale behind them and I am a happy camper. I suspect W30 is really hard for those always looking for away around a rule  I'm happiest when I know what I'm supposed to do and do it with commitment. I think that the fact that this particular set of rules leaves me so satisfied and not hungry plus I sleep soooo well and so long that I find it extra easy to commit to these rules. The so called Freedom in the WW plan was problematic for me - I'd eat 500mls of 0% Greek Yogurt - feel terrible afterwards, be hungry in an hour and not lose an ounce. This W30 thing is just easier One more week of strict compliance then back to my between W30 life - no dairy, no legumes (soy especially), no sugar, very little wine, minimal grains. And, I think I will weigh in. I feel like I've lost more weight - it might be reasonable to have a benchmark. I dunno for sure yet...
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Kelli70 in Bacon   
    Thank you!
    I actually had chosen not to eat it, although it was very hard lol.  Sugar is the main ingredient I'm trying to remove from my diet, so I want to make sure I'm understanding this completely.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in What about - Ka’Chava Meal Replacement Shake?   
    I'm sorry, I normally wouldn't push on this, especially when shakes in and of themselves aren't actually recommended... but I hate feeling stupid, so I've looked at the actual website for the powder that I linked earlier, and the monk fruit extract is only in the flavored versions. That means there's nothing except the beef protein, egg protein, and sunflower lecithin in the "naked" version that I linked.
    It is good to be reminded that monk fruit extract isn't compliant, though, because I had forgotten that bit  
    I'll be quiet now.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from rrsu in a banana and hard boiled eggs for breakfast?   
    I have eaten a bowl of All-Bran with Greek yogurt and frozen (thawed) berries for breakfast for years and years and years. What a change now to my current breakfast of choice:
    1/2 of a compliant sausage fried with half an onion, a, couple of cups of chopped kale, a chopped tomato and mushrooms (if I have them) topped with 2 or 3 (depending on my mood  ) over easy eggs and sriracha. It fills me up and I have no need for snacks or fruit until 1 or 2 PM when I eat lunch.
    Now, I realize that I am VERY lucky in that I am absolutely immune to food boredom. I can eat the same thing 100 days in a row without a problem but, still, the W30 approach is such an interesting shift in mindset from "breakfast foods" to meal template thinking. I hope you will take Shannon's advice and branch out into the meal template for all your meals @annekrol!
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from FairyL0u in How good is this Real Plans app?   
    I haven't tracked a single thing on my W30s beyond keeping a log here of my general experiences and thoughts. I'm a WWsurvivor of many decades and I am just over tracking. Here's been my W30 approach:
    If I am hungry, I eat things from the W30 template. Then I stop. 
    I also haven't planned ahead other than having enough compliant foods on hand all the time so, when I get hungry, I can eat from the W30 template.
     
    That's it.
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from ladyshanny in How good is this Real Plans app?   
    I haven't tracked a single thing on my W30s beyond keeping a log here of my general experiences and thoughts. I'm a WWsurvivor of many decades and I am just over tracking. Here's been my W30 approach:
    If I am hungry, I eat things from the W30 template. Then I stop. 
    I also haven't planned ahead other than having enough compliant foods on hand all the time so, when I get hungry, I can eat from the W30 template.
     
    That's it.
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Did you experience any surprises??   
    @helenalena  I got better sleep within the first 2 weeks but no tiger blood. My gut hurt for most if the time I was one W30 but settled down towards the end. My asthma didn't change; my gastric reflux still required daily medication; and I didn't magically end with no hip pain - one of the things I was most hopeful about. So, I didn't get a bucketload of results either. 
    At the end of 30 days, however, I did tame my Sugar Dragon after a lifetime of fighting with her and she hasn't woken up since. I did come to a truce with regards to food - no longer seeing it as being for or against me; good or bad for me - just food and choices. I've been at war with myself and my appetites and the foods that feed me since I was 11 years old - (48 years!) - to come to a truce has been the most brilliant thing. I lost 11 pounds and they haven't returned despite some challenges. I discovered I could live without wine - absolutely, utterly unthinkable...
    At 23 days, none of these things was apparent to me yet. I was just willing myself to get through the remaining 7 days. So, hopefully you'll have, like Jihanna says, some interesting revelations in the re-intro phase. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to helenalena in Did you experience any surprises??   
    My only surprise was that nothing happened. I’m on day 23. Not even bad results, just literally no results. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in Did you experience any surprises??   
    @helenalena I'm so sorry that you're not experiencing any noticeable results at this point, but I do hope that you'll be surprised once you're on the other side of it all! It's entirely possible that you'll still be surprised by what you learn in reintroductions, too.
     
    @Lorna from Canada I think my biggest surprise was that dairy was the biggest factor behind my life-long struggle against indigestion (complete with heartburn, reflux, and nausea). I never considered that it was dairy doing it, despite knowing I had an allergy... but since that allergy had always led to skin irritations, I kind of assumed that was all it was doing. I was willing to live with the rashes if it meant I could still eat yogurt, cheese, etc.! But the further knowledge of what it does to me internally has made it much harder to find a "worth it" moment with dairy! I also experienced much less acne during W30, and I was quite surprised at my ability to live without soda... or that coffee could actually be enjoyable without cream or sugar (yay cinnamon).

    I've gone back to some of my old habits since then, though, so I definitely need to clean my diet back up soon (I plan to start cutting things out again in a few weeks, but not a true W30 - more like a week or two to get my bottom kicked back into gear, then slide into something that will be a viable long-term plan after that.)
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Nephryna in a banana and hard boiled eggs for breakfast?   
    I have eaten a bowl of All-Bran with Greek yogurt and frozen (thawed) berries for breakfast for years and years and years. What a change now to my current breakfast of choice:
    1/2 of a compliant sausage fried with half an onion, a, couple of cups of chopped kale, a chopped tomato and mushrooms (if I have them) topped with 2 or 3 (depending on my mood  ) over easy eggs and sriracha. It fills me up and I have no need for snacks or fruit until 1 or 2 PM when I eat lunch.
    Now, I realize that I am VERY lucky in that I am absolutely immune to food boredom. I can eat the same thing 100 days in a row without a problem but, still, the W30 approach is such an interesting shift in mindset from "breakfast foods" to meal template thinking. I hope you will take Shannon's advice and branch out into the meal template for all your meals @annekrol!
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from FairyL0u in a banana and hard boiled eggs for breakfast?   
    I have eaten a bowl of All-Bran with Greek yogurt and frozen (thawed) berries for breakfast for years and years and years. What a change now to my current breakfast of choice:
    1/2 of a compliant sausage fried with half an onion, a, couple of cups of chopped kale, a chopped tomato and mushrooms (if I have them) topped with 2 or 3 (depending on my mood  ) over easy eggs and sriracha. It fills me up and I have no need for snacks or fruit until 1 or 2 PM when I eat lunch.
    Now, I realize that I am VERY lucky in that I am absolutely immune to food boredom. I can eat the same thing 100 days in a row without a problem but, still, the W30 approach is such an interesting shift in mindset from "breakfast foods" to meal template thinking. I hope you will take Shannon's advice and branch out into the meal template for all your meals @annekrol!
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from annekrol in a banana and hard boiled eggs for breakfast?   
    I have eaten a bowl of All-Bran with Greek yogurt and frozen (thawed) berries for breakfast for years and years and years. What a change now to my current breakfast of choice:
    1/2 of a compliant sausage fried with half an onion, a, couple of cups of chopped kale, a chopped tomato and mushrooms (if I have them) topped with 2 or 3 (depending on my mood  ) over easy eggs and sriracha. It fills me up and I have no need for snacks or fruit until 1 or 2 PM when I eat lunch.
    Now, I realize that I am VERY lucky in that I am absolutely immune to food boredom. I can eat the same thing 100 days in a row without a problem but, still, the W30 approach is such an interesting shift in mindset from "breakfast foods" to meal template thinking. I hope you will take Shannon's advice and branch out into the meal template for all your meals @annekrol!
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in a banana and hard boiled eggs for breakfast?   
    I have eaten a bowl of All-Bran with Greek yogurt and frozen (thawed) berries for breakfast for years and years and years. What a change now to my current breakfast of choice:
    1/2 of a compliant sausage fried with half an onion, a, couple of cups of chopped kale, a chopped tomato and mushrooms (if I have them) topped with 2 or 3 (depending on my mood  ) over easy eggs and sriracha. It fills me up and I have no need for snacks or fruit until 1 or 2 PM when I eat lunch.
    Now, I realize that I am VERY lucky in that I am absolutely immune to food boredom. I can eat the same thing 100 days in a row without a problem but, still, the W30 approach is such an interesting shift in mindset from "breakfast foods" to meal template thinking. I hope you will take Shannon's advice and branch out into the meal template for all your meals @annekrol!
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to HappyBecky in Encouragement please!   
    The crazy thing is that at the end of a W30 it becomes so second nature that it hardly feels like work to eat right!  "Small price to pay to feel well, healthy and in charge" is right!  Good luck Lorna!!
    I think I've decided to do a W15 and see how I'm feeling at that point in time.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from HappyBecky in Encouragement please!   
    Hi @HappyBecky  It's 1:40AM where I am and I can't get to sleep. I attribute this to the soy, gluten, carb laden, chemically laced, bad fat infused meal of Asian food washed down with a glass of wine and shared with my daughter and her husband at 8PM this evening. On my W30, I felt amazing and slept so well! This afternoon, I rode my bike for 40 km up into the Adelaide Hills and, right now, I should be sound asleep. I am not. And I know, without any doubt, that it is related to all of the non compliant foods that showed up on my plate and found there way into my mouth and are now rumbling around in my gut. 
    It wasn't worth it. I really hate this feeling - headachey, gassy, with heartburn and anxiety and a desperate desire for sleep but, here I am, eyes wide open.
    In 10 days, I return home to Canada and start my 2nd W30. I don't care if I don't want to go through it again so soon after completing my first one. I don't care if it's hard work. I don't care about how difficult it makes dining out and meeting friends for coffee. Right now, I want my tiger blood and I want my sleep. I want to make a clean break from winter in Australia and start spring in Canada with health, wellness, and a sense of taking care. I don't know what a post W30 life looks like for me in Canada since I haven't done that yet - I arrived here at the tail end of a W37. 
    So - that's my plan because I deserve to feel well, healthy, happy and in charge of my life. If doing a great job managing my diet is what that is going to take, then that is what i am going to do. W30 seems a small price to pay for those things.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Wendy104 in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    OMG, that is so funny.  But it does feel accurate--a little!!
    Thanks for sharing!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Lauraco in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    Talk about restrictive - I was looking at keto yesterday.  Yuk.  No potatoes at all.  And you go around hoping for bad breath because then you're in metabolic ketosis.  And no fruits, either.  I'll give up dairy any day.  
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to w30virgo in W30Virgo Post-Whole30   
    @Lorna from Canada Thank you! Yes, it's definitely been interesting. Taking things slow has really helped me make a plan for how my eating will look in the future.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Lauraco in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    I suspect all of the people who have commented on my "crazy diet" in the past 6 weeks see me this way too - 
    and maybe you'll see yourself in this.
    it's cute; enjoy a little humour while we continue our journey!
    https://nwedible.com/tragedy-healthy-eater/
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Christie Inge, HHC in What would you do?   
    So, I totally understand the whole not wanting to waste food thing. AND, what I've also realized along the way is that food is always going to get wasted; we have an overabundance of food in the US and unless you are going to ship it off to people in less fortunate countries, you can waste it in the trash or in your body. 
    As far as the neighbor, if it continues to happen, you may need to have an honest conversation with her and perhaps discuss other ways you might be able to connect that isn't food (her actual motivation for bringing you the scones was probably to connect with you). 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    @kirbz I should have labelled it NSFW - sorry about that . I completely agree about the W30 experience. When I read any discrediting reviews of W30, the writer always talks about it as a weight loss program or a long term diet which, of course, it isn't. I've never been more engaged in or curious about the relationship between my diet and my health than I have been here since starting W30 Jan 3. And I've learned a lot about me and food. I do know that something I eat has caused chronic pain and now I'm going to try to figure out what that is so I can make informed decisions about my own needs. And that is very, very cool.
    Now - get back to work