Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Shani_SWP in Round 2 - Day 2 - Jetlag isn't a terminal condition   
    Home from my annual 9 week, get-the-hell-out-of-winter trip to Australia. It's a long trip home - 5 hours from Adelaide to Aukland then 13 hours Aukland to Vancouver then 4 hours Vancouver to Toronto. Add in the internation grounding of Boeing 737-Max and thus a 12 hour delay in Vancouver followed by a unplanned and unwanted Red-eye flight to Toronto and you have 40 hours of travel no matter how you cut it. So - home and jetlagged and ready to get back on track so I feel as well as I did in January!
    I did a W37 in January and ate pretty well on program afterwards until 2 weeks ago when I went off to Melbourne for a work related event. By then, trying to remain compliant in someone else's home (I live primarily with my daughter and her partner while I'm in Aus) was wearing thin and, since I had no control over my meals during my biz trip, I decide to Eat All the Things. Now, EATT is not a good thing for me - I don't do moderation well. I dove headfirst into the cheese platter; ate deli sandwiches like they tasted good (they did not); drank an entire bottle of wine over the course of a single day; consumed not one but 2 slices of lemon loaf with gooey frosting (so good!); and generally threw my happy body into a tailspin. It was an interesting experiment to watch but not much fun to live through. I returned to Adelaide feeling so sick but, tired of trying to remain compliant, I decided to just do my best until I got home. My best wasn't great. Within a week, my clothes were starting to feel a little more snug than they had and my guts were in turmoil.
    So, now I am home and I am SO looking forward to this second W30. Today my focus is on cleaning my house and getting groceries and getting to the gym. That's a lot on a jetlagged plate but I will do it. I also want to set some other goals for myself and get my monthly bullet journal planned out. I have another work event in New York next week (I'll see 2 of the same people I saw in Melbourne - the modern world is a funny place!) and I need to be on top of my plans for that so I can be compliant for those 3 days. Lots of planning and preparation but I'm down for it.
    Let's do this!
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from megbeveridge in Whole30 2019 Part 2: Spring Cleaning   
    @megbeveridge
    Hey Meg!
    I just got home from Australia and I started my 2nd W30 yesterday too!  Of course, I am dealing with serious jetlag so yesterday's return home food was just weird: some proscuitto, a banana and almond butter, a can of salmon and grapes - that's all. Today will be a return to proper meal structure - jet lag is the pits but it isn't a terminal condition.
    After my last W37 ended, I did really well despite living in my daughter's home for 2 months. The last 10 days were a return to a free for all - I went to Melbourne for a work related weekend gig and quickly realized I wan't in charge of any of the meals so I decided to just eat what was on offer. What a mistake! After a few deli sandwiches and some cheese platters, I started feeling all of my energy drain and my general physical malaise return. I haven't had any problems with any reintroduction bits but this general feeling of "ugh" has to be diet related. ANYWAY - I felt so good on W30 - am already looking forward to feeling energized and well again in a few days.
    I love your template. I don't know if I could reduce my meat - I'll be keen to see how that goes for you. Spring has returned to Toronto - it's daybreak and I can hear birds singing. I'm looking forward to a much more active W30 than my January blues one. I'm not anticipating any problems...
    Let's do this thing!!
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Pipi in Day 27 - Waving the White Flag   
    So - Day 27 - yowza. I remember 3 days in saying to me hubbie (quite feebly actually) "Look, we're 10% there!! yea us" but it felt like an eternity was stretching in front of us and I was SOOOO hungry and tired and, probably, a bit cranky - mostly because I was missing my wine. I knew 30 days wasn't very long but, from that vantage point, it seemed like forever!
    Fast forward to yesterday. I was suggesting to my very best BFF (40 years worth of BFFing) that she do a Whole 30. She was in a devastating car accident 4 years ago that ended her brilliant career and has left her with so much pain. She's still fighting with insurance and is up to her armpits in the lawsuit and, frankly, it's a bit of a mess. Meanwhile her weight goes up and down like a yoyo while she vacillates between extreme dieting and bingeing. I tried to describe what the Whole 30 is doing for me - it's hard isn't it? The weight loss results are obvious - my face is thinner than its been in years - but the rest of it is so amorphous. How do you describe it? So, after trying for a few minutes I said,
    "I feel like, for the first time in my life, I've come to a truce in my weight loss battle."
    A truce. There's a truce. It's not an actual written, signed agreement - that would be weird. But somewhere deep inside my mind and body have come to terms with what needs to be done moving forward. I'll keep feeding it well and it will love me. No fight - no frustration - no shame and anger and moments of wanting to beat myself up. Done. A truce.
    Now, like all truces, this needs commitment from both sides so I have to do my part to keep feeding my body the nutritious food it wants and needs. Right now, that means extending my Whole30 to a Whole40. I'll be travelling to Australia on the weekend - 3 flights, 24 hours in the air, 30 hours of travel altogether. I don't want jetlag to interfere with my reintroduction experience. So - I'm adding 10 days. I cannot even believe I am writing this...
     
     
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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 SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Had the hungers, so also added a bowl of spicy saeurkraut with hot smoked salmon. You know what they say "If you're not hungry enough to eat fish and veg, you're not hungry" - well, guess what? LOL
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to justalittledash in Compliant pickles in Canada   
    Yes I was just so excited!!!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in corn and beans   
    @missc2019 
    Welcome! Hope your W30 experience is as awesome as mine has been.
    I'd highly recommend reading ISWF. I didn't get into it until I was almost finished my first W30 and wished I had read it earlier. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in corn and beans   
    @missc2019 
    Welcome! Hope your W30 experience is as awesome as mine has been.
    I'd highly recommend reading ISWF. I didn't get into it until I was almost finished my first W30 and wished I had read it earlier. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in corn and beans   
    Do remember that corn is a grain, not a vegetable, and beans are a legume. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Michelle Joy in Scheduled Medical Check Up   
    Thank you.  I'll fill them in and not peek.  BTW, I had some pre- appointment fasting bloodwork today.  I was delayed by a floating bridge opening and a long line at the phlebotomist's.  I didn't Get to eat until after noon!  AT any rate, and a NSV ensued.  I was never a breakfast person but have been resolute to change that during my Whole 30 adventure.  I find that I am so much more in tune with my system!  I recognized my feelings of lethargy and anxiety due to the low blood sugar I was experiencing.  This is a victory for me!  
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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 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 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 got a reaction from megbeveridge in Have I already messed up?   
    @helenalena I started out snacking all the time too - for about the first week. It was REALLY hard to follow the meal template and to therefore eat enough to stop the need for snacks - we have so many wrong headed ideas about food quantity and how we need to have tiny servings on our plate. I load mine up with compliant food - it's been one of the best things about the W30 - to rediscover my appetite and my satiation points. I let my body decide when it's full - it's rather a miracle. To top it off, after almost 3 months (W37 followed by 95% compliance since), weight is falling off my body in a way it hasn't for more than a decade.
    @megbeveridge Totally agree with making ghee. That stuff is crazy expensive pre-made!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to megbeveridge in Have I already messed up?   
    Have you tried making clarified butter? I love that as an added fat on veggies and some people put it in their coffee. Ghee is really expensive, but sticks of butter are cheap and readily available, so making clarified butter is more economical. All you need is butter, a sauce pan, and something to strain it with to remove the dairy solids. It's a little time consuming, but I kind of enjoy the process. It's also easier to justify using in every meal because it's so much cheaper.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SugarcubeOD in Have I already messed up?   
    First, check that ham because it's very hard to find ham that's not cured with sugar or other sweetners - you may be fine but it's definitely an item that causes concern for compliance.
    You're very short on fat in all your meals it looks like and fat is what keeps you satiated between meals as it slows the body's absorption of protein. We generally suggest not counting the cooking/sauteeing fat because it gets split between portions so we'd recommend a plated fat like avocado, olives, pesto etc.  The first day that salmon meal had no fat.  The beef and broccoli you made had the almond butter but how much of it did you add and then split between two portions it likely wasn't enough.  The kimchi soup and ham meal has no listed fat.
    Take another look at the meal template (linked in my signature below) and try making your meals to match.  Until you get where your meals get you between 4-5 hours between without needing to snack, if you need to eat between meals, make it protein and fat, not fruit, nuts and dried fruit/bars.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from True Primal in Bacon! Please Help   
    That is very good to know @True Primal. Hubs and I take pre-cooked bacon when we backpack or canoe trip - I was thinking I'd have to give up bacon on these excursions which would be very sad since we just discovered an amazing shelf stable egg product last year (OvaEasy www.nutriom.com) and our bacon and egg and potato hash breakfast miles from the nearest road (or cell tower but that's another story) are an amazing part of our trips. I'm excited - can you tell? 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Shani_SWP in Recommitting   
    @Lorna from Canada haha yes! I used to have a medium nonfat latte which was 3 points. I was starving by 2PM lol I loved Whole30 so much, I became a coach.  Someone asked me today at work "so what DO you eat?" I said "steak!" and I said "what are you eating?". She said "greek yogurt and blueberries." I replied with "oh..." haha
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Recommitting   
    @Bootsie1947 
    I just came through a similar situation in that I lost >85lbs (between 2004-2009) and maintained that lost until 2014 when menopause really kicked in and I started dropping stitches in my own life knitting. Regains 30 lbs quite quickly. I decided to go back to WW since that was a big part of how I'd lost the weight originally. I started and restarted that program 6 times before finally trying hard enough by starving myself to lose dribs and drabs of poundage (avg loss of 1.5 lbs a month on approx 900kca/day). I quit that, of course, 900kcals/day is unsustainable.
    The W30 came along quite unexpectedly for me as I hadn't heard of it before. I had, by this time, quickly regained the losses from my futile WW project (ugh) and was feeling so miserable. I was standing at a table popping homemade chocolate covered peanut butter balls into my mouth like they were breath mints. I was feeling so physically ill (it was Christmas time and there'd been the customary onslaught of super rich, calorie laden food) and so guilty when the W30 logo on a bottle of sugar free ketchup caught my eye. 
    It struck me that the absolute and strict rules would appeal to me - a right and proper challenge. I took that as a sign. Then, I did what I encourage all of my life coaching clients to do - I started with my commitment. I know that if I am going to make a change, I need to be committed to it. I need, as Shani said, to start with my why. My WHY was to feel physically less awful - I'm 59, I'm tired of feeling so terrible with out of control IBS, asthma, joint pain...  So, my WHY was rock solid. I wrote it on a card and stuck it on my fridge - that was the first step. 
    After that, I had to commit to this W30 thing - so, in order to do that, I had to look at all of the other things I might be committed to and decide how to manage those things that were in conflict. One thing I'm very committed to is having an easy life - little or no stress. My work is hard enough, I don't want to have a hard life too. So, this shows up in lots of little ways like not wanting to make dinner as I am too tired and just want to sit on the couch and watch TV. I prefer to sit and chat with Hubs over a glass of wine and a plate of cheese and crackers. Right off the bat, I know I can't be committed to that easy life and doing a W30 at the same time. Another commitment I have was to my social group and our ways of having fun - involves fancy restaurants and definitely non-W30 foods! Once again, I had to think about that commitment vs the one I wanted to make to W30. I did all this work in my head before I ever embarked on my first W30 on January 3.  It takes some effort and thought to decide which committment is going to win out. We are always committed to something - as my coaching clients figure out, sometimes our commitments are hard to see because they are buried (it took me a long time to realize I am truly committed to just sitting and watching TV every evening!)
    So, long story but maybe you're taking something away from it. I know that once I truly committed to the W30, it was easy to stay on program. I lost 10.7lbs on it and am still losing weight as I manage my postW30 experience. I don't want to go back to feeling terrible because of my diet.
    Cheers,
    Lorna
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Shani_SWP in Recommitting   
    I gained weight on WW and felt so much shame at meetings when you get weight and they're like "oh, well, you have to pay, and you'll do better next week" without actually explaining anything about the "why" or "how"....  
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Shani_SWP in Multi symptom Rolaids advanced   
    @SchrodingersCat  I was going to tell you Whole Foods has a really affordable lemon juice in a bottle, but I realize you are probably across the pond with "Rennie" (well, two ponds from me). It's OK, I messed up on day 1 of my very first Whole30, twice really. I forgot what I did on the first batch of homemade marinara, but I dumped it (it was really wasteful), and then I screwed up on my second batch of marinara by adding a garlic spice blend with SOY in it... this is at 8:30 at night... I was so mad... but oh well. Reset and become a much better label reader from that day on  95% better, mostly.  
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to True Primal in Bacon! Please Help   
    FYI, pedersonsfarms makes Fully Cooked Uncured No Sugar Added Hickory Smoked Bacon. It's a little more expensive than grocery bacon, but since it's shelf-stable it can ship anywhere.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SugarcubeOD in Bacon! Please Help   
    You know, it's been a while since I looked (not being a huge bacon fan myself).  It occurs to me that they  might stock these now... I work across from WF so I can go check next time I'm there.