Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    The sleep is the best - I don't know what messes with sleep but I really want to find out this time. I was back to frequent wakefulness and early morning waking (like 4:30am) without being able to get back to sleep less than a month after my first W30 ended. 5 or 6 days into this W30 and I'm sleeping like a baby. Gotta figure this out!
    Hope your hubbie is on the mend. I basically get Montezuma's Revenge everytime I go to Mexico (even though no one else in the family ever does!). Last time was 2 days before I was heading to Australia in 2018 - THAT was not a fun flight.
    I'm hoping your vertigo leaves again really soon - that's an awful thing to deal with! I'm assuming it's benign positional vertigo (BPV) and not anything more serious (although, BPV feels worse than death I realise). I had labrynthitis for 6 weeks and remember how awful it was.
    Hopefully all the good W30 stuff will flood back soon. I feel so good on this round I am wondering why I would ever stop...
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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 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 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 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 Christa22 in Reintro Day 11 - the good, the bad and the ugly   
    Here is a summary of my first 10 day reintroduction results:
    I have not yet reintroduced:
    soy (in any form) and all other legumes. I don't think I am going to reintroduce legumes at this point. peanuts (yes, I know they are legumes but PB deserves its own space. I have developed a love of almond butter and I can stop after 1 tablespoon. On the other hand, I have a PB problem. I've been known to eat 1/2 jar of Adam's (AMAZING) peanut butter in one sitting with nothing more than a teaspoon in hand. So, no more peanut butter for me. sugar first foods - like candy, baked goods etc. No intention or need to reintroduce at this point. Not missing them and never think about them so, meh. grains with the exception of corn and white flour in bread (see below) dairy - this one is still on the fence for me - I want to reintroduce soft cheese and Greek yogurt. I've no need for milk. Ultimately, I am waiting to do this until I feel ready because I am pretty sure I am lactose intolerant so I want to feel 100% well before I try it. I had a bike accident a few days ago and got pretty banged up so I have a lingering headache and feel kinda lousy overall. WEAR A HELMET - I landed, literally, on my face. My properly fitted helmet saved me from smashing my nose into smithereens and losing a few teeth. What I have reintroduced:
    corn - fresh on the cob. Can't get much cornier than that. No problems to report after that. Haven't tried corn meal or starch yet - don't really use those much so, if and when it'll be no big deal. wheat bread - artisanal sourdough (the real deal) from a local bakery but white flour. To amp it up - I had a hamburger with a proper bun that evening. No discernable impact! YEAH - I love bread but my intention is to stay away from my old overconsumption patterns. I do love to make thin crust pizza on the BBQ so I'm glad I can still do that. gin and tonic - so, a bit of sugar in that Fevertree tonic. No problems post consumption - no interrupted sleep, no anxiety. sugar as it shows up in ketchup, keilbasa, chorizo and my homemade salad dressing that I use honey in - no discernable change the sleeping pattern of my sugar dragon and that's the BEST. No feeling of inflammation or stomach discomfort. I don't eat a lot of processed food but, I've had each of those 4 things once in 11 days and am doing just fine with them. wine. Let me whine about wine. I am a wine lover! I have taken extensive training in wine appreciation and sensory. I love going to wineries and talking to vintners about their wine making processes and challenges. Right this minute, I have a South Australia wine reference book on my bed. I really, really, really love wine. There's simply nothing better than the act of opening, decanting, pouring and savouring a glass of wine. I love pairing food and wine. I love going to the store and buying wine. OMG - I love wine. But - apparently, wine doesn't like me. I've had it 3 times with 3 day breaks between and, each of those 3 days have ended with a terrible night sleep and wakening in the morning with anxiety - like, something is terribly wrong and horrible in my head when, in fact, my life couldn't be more lovely at the moment. 1 glass of wine with 3 different dinners and 3 crappy nights and 3 crappy mornings. That's the equation. So - LOTS to think about here. No more wine for the time being - right now I am back to being 100% compliant during the week. I'll make a choice about wine on friday night.  I don't have a scale here so I can't weigh myself for 2 months. No worries - I can weight (HAHAHAHAHA - okay, that was a really terrible pun).
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from EllieHH in Why I do the Whole 30. Okay?   
    Welcome @Coffee girl. I love Shannon's reply - the Mods here are great! I'm an aging athlete and had surgery on my foot last May - ended up with some compensatory issues during recovery - completely stopped working out October - January because I was angry and seemingly unable to do anything without hurting myself. I returned to the gym at the end of my W30 and  that has been great! The W30 is amazing 
    I don't listen to what other people say I can or can't maintain in my life. I feel utterly fantastic when I'm 100% compliant and staying that way is attractive to me. Now, I do need some wiggle room because life requires I be flexible and health requires flexibility too - rigidity isn't good. So, I did the proper reintroductions over 3 or 4 weeks. I discovered a bunch of interesting things and am currently working on my ideas around what would make something "Worth It" to eat? There are some food categories that are going on my permanent off limits list and I feel committed to eating mostly W30 compliant forever. So - screw those...
    Do it for as long as you like! I'm going to. Right now I am heading into the final 2 weeks of my annual trip to Australia - the day I get home I am starting my second W30 to reset and get ready for summer in Canada. Bring it on!!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from EllieHH in Hungry in Middle of the Night?   
    It's so hard to get used to eating giant meals in the beginning! I'm still eating a huge plate of veggie hash, some kind of meat and eggs every morning. I love being able to eat so much - in my previous dieting world I was only allowed to eat huge portions of salad and steamed vegetables - ugh. One of my favorites for breakfast is my leftover homemade potato salad - what a great start to my day! It does take awhile to allow yourself to eat a full plate of W30 compliant food (and seconds if you're still hungry!) but, once you do, your body really starts listening. 
    I'm still losing weight (I haven't weighed myself since my almost 11lb loss after my W30 but my clothes are getting looser and looser) and I am loving food again. 
    Hang in there @123Sisters Trust the process - follow the rules and EAT!!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to RogValGal in Trying AGAIN!   
    Greetings...I began my W30 journey on April 1, 2019, so I’m almost done, but really just beginning, since I plan to continue with W30 for the rest of my life. In 26 days my joint pain is gone, acid reflux is gone, sleeping soundly every night...can’t believe that, but it’s true. Overall, I just feel so much better both physically and mentally. I’m amazed at how much improvement has happened in just 26 days. And, I’m really enjoying the food, I am making it easy and uncomplicated. This eating program is not hard, as long as you follow the rules, you can be creative and have FUN with it, very important...enjoy the journey. It’s not complicate, it is not hard. Limping around with achy joints is hard, sleepless nights is hard, acid reflux is hard....W30 is not hard. It takes some planning....very important....and thinking it through. I usually make enough of any recipe for leftovers, and there are many easy recipes online, on Pinterest and various blogs. Lots & lots of help out there. I highly recommend getting the Whole30 Day by Day journal while you are on your journey...it is very helpful, and is nice to look back. The journal offers encouragement and guidance. Keep learning new recipes, new foods to buy from Trader Joe’s, your grocery store etc. There are food lists for different stores on Pinterest. Keep reading and learning. Keep it fresh! The journey to better health is a lifetime commitment, live it and enjoy it! 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Forgive my intrusion here Schrod but it sounds to me like you and I are struggling with the same thing... what truly makes something "worth it"? Like 
    just doesn't cut it, does it? I ate TWO giant chocolate cupcakes (delicious) AND a creme brulee in a single day at my work event last week because "it seemed like a good idea at the time". Like you, my stomach (and entire digestive tract) rebelled in the most painful and regretable way for the next 24-36 hours... NOT WORTH IT. 
    In this W30, I am focussing ALL my attention on what would make giving up this peacful, restful (slept like a goddess again last night on W30 2.1 Day 6), beautiful pain free life afterwards worthwhile? I don't think pizza OR chocolate cupcakes OR creme brulee are going to make the cut.
    I still don't know, but am enjoying trying to figure it out.
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from AllieInWonderland in Sweet potato chopper   
    I have a very expensive KitchenAid Chopper that attaches to my KitchenAid stand mixer and it does an awesome job of making uniform chopped cubes of things. I know this because, in the 2 years that I have owned it, I used it one time. Like Schrod, I use my knife. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Peace, Lorna! I hope you had a great weekend!
    I ate ALL the non-compliant things, ugh I feel awful. Hands are all puffy, and I have heartburn.
    Back to compliant now, until we go to Bali. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    No Momma here so nothing non-compliant to eat in my house. Day 3 of W30 v2.1 - I shall be on the look out for errant legumes...
    Hoppy Easter - hope you enjoyed a lovely autumn weekend. Cold rain here - ugh. We snugged up in our Airstream and put together a jigsaw puzzle.
    Peace Schrod!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    OK, I'm feeling better today, so that's nice.
    Lunch: Tuna salad and celery boats
    Dinner: Flake and scallops with lemon pepper seasoning and lemon ghee sauce, celeriac chips, broccolini and brussel slaw
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to ladyshanny in Tired after sugar   
    I'm not sure specifically why this happens but my guess is that because your body isn't used to processing that amount of added sugars anymore, it has to ramp up the systems to do so. Or maybe that happens to everyone but after Whole30 we realize how much energy we have and the people that are using sugar for energy are using it over and over for short term spikes which create deep drops afterwards.
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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 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 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 got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Sweet Mother of Chickpeas - in Baba Ganoush???   
    That's the BEST story I've heard in awhile. Poor, culturally illiterate thing.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Sweet Mother of Chickpeas - in Baba Ganoush???   
    Funny story (sorry if I've told you before!) - I was going through the checkout once and saw eggplant on sale. I grabbed some and said to my friend I was going to make Babaganoush. The girl at the checkout said "what did you just say?" in quite an offended manner. I repeated myself and she tells me that Babaganoush is HER word and SHE made it up as a pet name for her boyfriend. Trying not to laugh the poor girl into the ground, my friend and I had to explain to her that she's been calling her boyfriend "Eggplant Dip" as a honey-name for a year.
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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.