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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    @Laurie's All In and @cinco_mouser -- you two have both shown me really consistent kindness when I've been going through a very difficult time. You cannot know how much I appreciate it.  And Laurie, I just want to tell you that I am so sorry for your loss. All my love and good thoughts to you. <3 
    DAY TWELVE
    Breakfast: Salsa chicken on cauliflower rice, plus roasted cabbage, last handful of nuts
    Lunch: Salsa chicken on cauliflower rice, plus roasted cabbage
    Dinner: Chicken soup with an egg
    Snacks: Lara bar, Epic bar, half an apple, some deli turkey 
    Exercise: 3 miles run and some light weight training
    Thoughts/Reflections: I went to see a movie today at a theater that lets you order food and drinks, and I’ve been so burnt out I gave myself permission to have two drinks (max), but I ended up not having any of them, because I didn't want any. So I ended up ending Day Twelve compliant! 
     
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    @Laurie's All In and @cinco_mouser -- you two have both shown me really consistent kindness when I've been going through a very difficult time. You cannot know how much I appreciate it.  And Laurie, I just want to tell you that I am so sorry for your loss. All my love and good thoughts to you. <3 
    DAY TWELVE
    Breakfast: Salsa chicken on cauliflower rice, plus roasted cabbage, last handful of nuts
    Lunch: Salsa chicken on cauliflower rice, plus roasted cabbage
    Dinner: Chicken soup with an egg
    Snacks: Lara bar, Epic bar, half an apple, some deli turkey 
    Exercise: 3 miles run and some light weight training
    Thoughts/Reflections: I went to see a movie today at a theater that lets you order food and drinks, and I’ve been so burnt out I gave myself permission to have two drinks (max), but I ended up not having any of them, because I didn't want any. So I ended up ending Day Twelve compliant! 
     
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    @Laurie's All In and @cinco_mouser -- you two have both shown me really consistent kindness when I've been going through a very difficult time. You cannot know how much I appreciate it.  And Laurie, I just want to tell you that I am so sorry for your loss. All my love and good thoughts to you. <3 
    DAY TWELVE
    Breakfast: Salsa chicken on cauliflower rice, plus roasted cabbage, last handful of nuts
    Lunch: Salsa chicken on cauliflower rice, plus roasted cabbage
    Dinner: Chicken soup with an egg
    Snacks: Lara bar, Epic bar, half an apple, some deli turkey 
    Exercise: 3 miles run and some light weight training
    Thoughts/Reflections: I went to see a movie today at a theater that lets you order food and drinks, and I’ve been so burnt out I gave myself permission to have two drinks (max), but I ended up not having any of them, because I didn't want any. So I ended up ending Day Twelve compliant! 
     
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from cinco_mouser in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY ELEVEN
    Breakfast: Sauteed broccoli slaw and mushrooms, with two scrambled eggs and a sausage, and a pear and a couple nuts
    Lunch: Sauteed broccoli slaw and mushrooms, with two scrambled eggs and a sausage, and a handful of nuts and some dried fruit
    Dinner: Salsa chicken on lettuce with half an avocado
    Snacks: A L L. What didn’t I have? Prosciutto, tons of nuts, dried fruit.
    Exercise: None...
    Thoughts/Reflections: Well I started out really strong with my no-snacking thing when I got home from work, but then I just went berserk in the evening. I understand why people said these would be the hardest days. I threw out the remainder of the nuts/dried fruits this morning (Day Twelve). I read on a facebook forum today that the reason why you should only have nuts sparingly was because they have enough carbs that they can activate your sugar dragon and get you into a “no brakes” situation. Well, I guess I’m nominally comforted in that I am not alone in having this problem. So glad E is coming home today (Day Twelve).
    I made a huge batch of salsa chicken thighs in my crock pot, so that is going to have my meals prepped for a little while. 
    Extremely disappointed to learn that we are going out to a restaurant for my dad’s birthday on Tuesday next week, where there is no way I will be able to have a 100% compliant meal. I will call the restaurant the day beforehand and see if there are a few adjustments I can make, but it’s a prix-fixe menu. I am kind of devastated... but last year my dad had a massive heart attack (the kind you don’t survive, but he did) and we didn’t get to celebrate his birthday, really. So there’s no f--ing way I’m going to not go to this, or that I wouldn’t eat. I just wish my mom (who made the reservations) was a better ally as I eat healthier (she said “just skip a day” :| ). I know that means that I technically am supposed to start over, but I’m just going to keep going. I am doing this as part of pre-wedding stuff, and the end of Whole30 will pretty much run right into it, so that’s going to be its length. 
    But boy I wanted to give up yesterday. LIKE A LOT. But I knew it wouldn't make me any happier.
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    MAYHEM reacted to Laurie's All In in 30 Day Time Machine   
    DAY 10
    Breakfast: Sweet Potato, Chicken Apple Sausage, Apple Hash
    Lunch: Turkey Bacon Apple Wraps with Lemon Herb Mayo
    Dinner: Steak with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
    Snacks:  Grapes, a few nuts,  an RX bar, bacon, some apple .... too much snacking
    Exercise: Weight Lifting at the Gym
    Sleep:   My old regular 9:30 to bed, up at 1 immediately tilting at windmills anxiety, about 1:30 I took an Ativan and finally got back to sleep. Woke about 5:30....I was really hoping my sleep issues had be helped but nope!
    NSV:  No cravings.  
    Thoughts & Feelings:  Yesterday I woke with a rib out of place. I went to the gym remembering as I got there that they have this hydro massagers, and I thought great, I'll try that to see if it can pop my back into place. Nope, it more shifted it and I felt it in my breast bone instead. Chiropractor got him in that morning and was able to talk to him about the Hashimoto's and what he could do for me with regards to that as well, which was good. Got my back put back but it was sore for the rest of the days as the muscles were adjusting. I'll go back and see him again next week. It'd been over a year since I'd seen him before yesterday. 
    2 weeks and 4 phone calls to the Integrative Health Clinic that the doctors recommendations are still done but stuck in their system and I still don't have them. Felt like I've lost 2 weeks of doing things that may have been able to help me but can't. Last night while fuming about this I did remember the supervisors name so I'll call Monday and ask to talk to her since nothing else has worked yet. Next I guess I drive over there in sit in their office until I get it. 
    Spent yesterday afternoon taking my daughter over to see her BFF (they call each other Partners in Crime), and me to see all of her family - close friends of ours. Their kids attend where the shooting was this week. It was great to put my arms around her, and her parents - her older brother is not really the hugging type, but it felt good to put eyes on him and talk to him.  Definitely a tough time, they were/are closely involved with what went on.  Tonight we're going back over with the rest of our circle of friends, Framily, for a potluck sort of gathering just to be close and connect.  (I'll eat before and am taking a side that I can eat)
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    MAYHEM reacted to Laurie's All In in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    I agree with Cinco completely. Family first. I just lost my dad less than 2 months ago and I'd do anything to have any kind of dinner with him again. 
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    MAYHEM reacted to cinco_mouser in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    I wouldn't even hesitate to keep going. Go enjoy yourself. 
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from cinco_mouser in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY ELEVEN
    Breakfast: Sauteed broccoli slaw and mushrooms, with two scrambled eggs and a sausage, and a pear and a couple nuts
    Lunch: Sauteed broccoli slaw and mushrooms, with two scrambled eggs and a sausage, and a handful of nuts and some dried fruit
    Dinner: Salsa chicken on lettuce with half an avocado
    Snacks: A L L. What didn’t I have? Prosciutto, tons of nuts, dried fruit.
    Exercise: None...
    Thoughts/Reflections: Well I started out really strong with my no-snacking thing when I got home from work, but then I just went berserk in the evening. I understand why people said these would be the hardest days. I threw out the remainder of the nuts/dried fruits this morning (Day Twelve). I read on a facebook forum today that the reason why you should only have nuts sparingly was because they have enough carbs that they can activate your sugar dragon and get you into a “no brakes” situation. Well, I guess I’m nominally comforted in that I am not alone in having this problem. So glad E is coming home today (Day Twelve).
    I made a huge batch of salsa chicken thighs in my crock pot, so that is going to have my meals prepped for a little while. 
    Extremely disappointed to learn that we are going out to a restaurant for my dad’s birthday on Tuesday next week, where there is no way I will be able to have a 100% compliant meal. I will call the restaurant the day beforehand and see if there are a few adjustments I can make, but it’s a prix-fixe menu. I am kind of devastated... but last year my dad had a massive heart attack (the kind you don’t survive, but he did) and we didn’t get to celebrate his birthday, really. So there’s no f--ing way I’m going to not go to this, or that I wouldn’t eat. I just wish my mom (who made the reservations) was a better ally as I eat healthier (she said “just skip a day” :| ). I know that means that I technically am supposed to start over, but I’m just going to keep going. I am doing this as part of pre-wedding stuff, and the end of Whole30 will pretty much run right into it, so that’s going to be its length. 
    But boy I wanted to give up yesterday. LIKE A LOT. But I knew it wouldn't make me any happier.
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY TEN
    Breakfast: Aidells chicken apple sausage, a hard boiled egg, half a bag of baby carrots, an apple, half an avocado
    Lunch: Leftover coconut curry meatballs over cauliflower rice, half an avocado
    Dinner: Salad with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and a chicken thigh 
    Snacks: Kombucha, some mixed nuts, an apple, a pickle, more nuts, a couple pieces of dried fruit
    Exercise: None but some good walking today -- to and from work, and for about an hour and 15 during my lunch break (the ball of my foot hurts again, WTF!). I am over my step goal of 12K, so that's a win especially if I didn't go to the gym, haha
    Thoughts/Reflections:  After a nightmarish evening last night where I felt super out of control, today I was feeling newly committed and fierce about claiming food freedom through Whole30. I threw out a couple of unhelpful snack foods I’d bought at Whole Foods and am going to recommit to “best practice” principles. I want to recommit to no snacking, but I just bought some dried fruit and nuts (I got excited at the bulk section of my grocery store), so I am going to portion them out and not just "get into them" whenever I'm feeling like it.  So they are in my top cupboard now, and I bagged up some of the dried fruit and two servings of nuts to take to work tomorrow as part of my breakfast/lunch so I can enjoy them as they should be enjoyed -- as part of a meal.
    To help combat my out-of-control eating, I engaged in some Big Aries Energy and signed up for a Beginner Guitar group class within an hour of learning of its existence and went to the first class six hours later this same evening. The class was relaxing and fun -- easy first class but most importantly it got me out of the house for this evening. Did I come home and have more snacks in addition to dinner? Yeah, but it could have been worse, I guess. I also got a lot of protein-heavy snacks at the grocery store, so that's good! Onward and upward.
    To end on a good note: I spent lunch with some former coworkers walking around campus, and they told me how good my skin looked! I would have thought they were just being nice but I actually had the SAME thought this morning looking into the mirror -- my skin looks really clear and good right now!  To touch briefly on changes I've noticed (ahem, TMI ahead) --
    my skin is very clear right now, my energy feels consistent throughout the day,  I've been more "regular," I haven't been feeling bloated (even after my snack attacks these last couple days), I've been feeling satiated for longer, I've been sleeping well, I've been feeling confident, my mood has been generally good/optimistic (I've been lonesome being home, sometimes to a really intense extent, but I've also been comfortable reaching out to my friends, which I am not always up to doing) Feeling irritated because I'm not sure I'm going to have time to work out tomorrow because I have to go to my therapy appt (I hope it's better than last week) at lunch and then I have a doctor's appt after work... note to self, you can always jump on the stationary bike when you get home! 
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from cinco_mouser in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY ELEVEN
    Breakfast: Sauteed broccoli slaw and mushrooms, with two scrambled eggs and a sausage, and a pear and a couple nuts
    Lunch: Sauteed broccoli slaw and mushrooms, with two scrambled eggs and a sausage, and a handful of nuts and some dried fruit
    Dinner: Salsa chicken on lettuce with half an avocado
    Snacks: A L L. What didn’t I have? Prosciutto, tons of nuts, dried fruit.
    Exercise: None...
    Thoughts/Reflections: Well I started out really strong with my no-snacking thing when I got home from work, but then I just went berserk in the evening. I understand why people said these would be the hardest days. I threw out the remainder of the nuts/dried fruits this morning (Day Twelve). I read on a facebook forum today that the reason why you should only have nuts sparingly was because they have enough carbs that they can activate your sugar dragon and get you into a “no brakes” situation. Well, I guess I’m nominally comforted in that I am not alone in having this problem. So glad E is coming home today (Day Twelve).
    I made a huge batch of salsa chicken thighs in my crock pot, so that is going to have my meals prepped for a little while. 
    Extremely disappointed to learn that we are going out to a restaurant for my dad’s birthday on Tuesday next week, where there is no way I will be able to have a 100% compliant meal. I will call the restaurant the day beforehand and see if there are a few adjustments I can make, but it’s a prix-fixe menu. I am kind of devastated... but last year my dad had a massive heart attack (the kind you don’t survive, but he did) and we didn’t get to celebrate his birthday, really. So there’s no f--ing way I’m going to not go to this, or that I wouldn’t eat. I just wish my mom (who made the reservations) was a better ally as I eat healthier (she said “just skip a day” :| ). I know that means that I technically am supposed to start over, but I’m just going to keep going. I am doing this as part of pre-wedding stuff, and the end of Whole30 will pretty much run right into it, so that’s going to be its length. 
    But boy I wanted to give up yesterday. LIKE A LOT. But I knew it wouldn't make me any happier.
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Pandora’s Whole 30 log   
    Ooo, would you mind hooking me up with the recipe, if convenient? Sounds tasty! I would fear cooking zoodles in a crockpot, I feel like I'd turn them to mush so I'm super curious how yours works!! 
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in 30 Day Time Machine   
    YO nice job with managing lunch, it was a tough situation and it's awesome that you were able to persevere! Even though an iced tea is not a super fun option while friends are having lunch, it is so great you were still able to get out and be social.
    I feel you (and @cinco_mouser) on the stress about eating out. I am extremely blessed to live in a place that is absolutely bursting with "healthy" and "alternative diet" options, and it's been hard for even me to find places that have options that are very obviously compliant. I have two salad places, a Chipotle (which has a whole Whole30 bowl, that I have already had once and it was mostly guacamole which is... not quite as fun without at least beans in it), and... that's kind of it, for the places I know I would be "safe" to have options. (But I am trying to take this as an opportunity to save some money, so am trying to console myself re: not being able to go out to eat very often that way... :/ ) 
    You are doing amazing!!! Keep it up!
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in cinco_mouser's log Apr29 - May31   
    I hope tomorrow is a better day for you too! I've had a rough last couple of days too but I am hopeful that it's turning around starting tomorrow!
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in cinco_mouser's log Apr29 - May31   
    I hope tomorrow is a better day for you too! I've had a rough last couple of days too but I am hopeful that it's turning around starting tomorrow!
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in cinco_mouser's log Apr29 - May31   
    I hope tomorrow is a better day for you too! I've had a rough last couple of days too but I am hopeful that it's turning around starting tomorrow!
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in cinco_mouser's log Apr29 - May31   
    Ooo! I recently pinned a compliant deconstructed egg roll recipe, but I've never made it before. I'm wondering if the recipe you used was the same one that I have -- can you link it? So excited to try it.
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY NINE
    Breakfast: Remainder of pineapple, some almond butter (and then I PUT IT IN THE CUPBOARD AWAY), half a pack of baby carrots, three servings of olives, three hardboiled eggs
    Lunch: Whole30 bowl from Chipotle with extra guac (seriously, SO much guac, they goofed my order so they gave me pretty much a pint’s worth of guac… I ate all of it)
    Dinner: Coconut curry meatballs over cauliflower rice and a sunny-side up egg
    Snacks: A mango, two plastic tubs of raspberries, kombucha, almond butter, an Rx bar... 
    Exercise: None… my foot was super painful yesterday so I decided to take a rest day, but now it doesn’t hurt at all?! OK self
    Thoughts/Reflections: I’m posting this log to stop myself eating. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. NONE OF THIS FOOD TASTES THAT GOOD. At least the almond butter is in the trash now. And I’m trying to stay accountable to all of you, and list everything I’ve had. At least I think that was everything? Ugh.
    The dinner recipe was great, definitely check it out if you’re looking for something curry-ish. But definitely taste it as you do, mine was lacking salt and that extra punch, so I had to add some hot sauce a little later.
    Well, I guess I’m still Whole30 compliant, but it was a tough one today. I very nearly fell off the wagon this one. Feeling extremely discouraged and extremely pathetic, to be whining about something like this that shouldn't be a problem. I guess the one victory is that I never seriously considered drinking?  
    Maybe I should complete take fruit out of my diet for a while?
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY NINE
    Breakfast: Remainder of pineapple, some almond butter (and then I PUT IT IN THE CUPBOARD AWAY), half a pack of baby carrots, three servings of olives, three hardboiled eggs
    Lunch: Whole30 bowl from Chipotle with extra guac (seriously, SO much guac, they goofed my order so they gave me pretty much a pint’s worth of guac… I ate all of it)
    Dinner: Coconut curry meatballs over cauliflower rice and a sunny-side up egg
    Snacks: A mango, two plastic tubs of raspberries, kombucha, almond butter, an Rx bar... 
    Exercise: None… my foot was super painful yesterday so I decided to take a rest day, but now it doesn’t hurt at all?! OK self
    Thoughts/Reflections: I’m posting this log to stop myself eating. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. NONE OF THIS FOOD TASTES THAT GOOD. At least the almond butter is in the trash now. And I’m trying to stay accountable to all of you, and list everything I’ve had. At least I think that was everything? Ugh.
    The dinner recipe was great, definitely check it out if you’re looking for something curry-ish. But definitely taste it as you do, mine was lacking salt and that extra punch, so I had to add some hot sauce a little later.
    Well, I guess I’m still Whole30 compliant, but it was a tough one today. I very nearly fell off the wagon this one. Feeling extremely discouraged and extremely pathetic, to be whining about something like this that shouldn't be a problem. I guess the one victory is that I never seriously considered drinking?  
    Maybe I should complete take fruit out of my diet for a while?
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in 30 Day Time Machine   
    This sounds sooooo good! Thanks! I love pineapple so this would be great to try!
    I am glad that it seems like you are getting through these hard Whole30 stages well! I hope you notice some more good health improvements today.
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    MAYHEM reacted to Laurie's All In in 30 Day Time Machine   
    DAY 5
    Breakfast: Simply Potatoes Hash browns, 2 eggs, fried up in coconut oil
    Lunch: Whole 30 Protein Salad - chicken, grapes, celery, almonds, mayo and a little curry powder for flavor
    Dinner: Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!  I finally got a recipe that the family got excited about! Hawaiian Chicken Burgers out of cookbook I got from the library. The recipe I found online here. 
    Snacks:  A few grapes, a few nuts, a cup of blueberries. 
    Exercise: 12 mile bike ride with the family in Waterton canyon. Kid complained through most of it. Can't win everyday I guess. 
    Sleep: I was exhausted and was falling asleep on the couch at 8 so I just went up to bed. I only had a few chapters left in my book and finished it while tossing and turning, I had restless legs bad. I thought of taking something but didn't because I'm trying to keep this all clear as to what's changes in my diet and what's something else.  But I ended up falling asleep at 9 and slept through till 4. Think I got up once to go to the bathroom.  Laid back in bed sleeping on and off until 5:30. I am a big fan of whatever is going on that's allowing me to sleep.  
    NSV: - No real cravings. Energy a bit down, but I did feel like I could keep going on that bike ride at the top where it dirt road turns to steep and to single track, or at least I would have been willing to try. Sleep!!! 
    Thoughts & Feelings: I and my family all survived "Kill All Things" and "Eat All Things" weekend, though the kid just barely with her whining on the bike ride. 
    Still no progress on the hair loss. I washed my hair this morning (I try not to very often given how much hair I lose each time) and yea, still not good. And don't feel like I've lost any weight, definitely curious though. I'm not secure enough in feeling like the W30 is life changing enough without the weight loss though to try it because I know if I got on the scale and it hadn't moved (or god forbid went up!) it would all be a downward spiral from there. 
    My board meeting tonight got canceled and so I could go climbing tonight - fingers crossed that I have the energy to do so. 
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    MAYHEM reacted to Laurie's All In in 30 Day Time Machine   
    May 1st is the start of my first Whole 30. Less than 2 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, a thyroid auto-immune disease, which answered so many questions about why my body has been working against me. What it didn't answer was how to fix it.  My Dr said go gluten, dairy and soy free and come back in a year and we'll check your numbers again with no explanations no nothing. Yes, she was terrible. I left that appointment and got to reading and researching. Turns out there's some evidence that yes, removing these things from my diet can help address my symptoms. I thought I would give up one at a time to see how it goes and a couple of friends who'd done Whole 30 before suggested this and said they'd do it with me. So here I am. I also met had a consultation with new doctor this week who works with an integrative health clinic at the university hospital and that went really well. Science-based holistic care: here I come!
    I saw this today on how to explain Hashimoto's to family and friends and thought it funny while eerily accurate: 
    Tell them it's like donating 4 pints of blood after getting into a car wreck, then trying to manage a marathon on decaf coffee with 2 hours of sleep in the past 5 days 
    I am a 47 year old mom to a teenage girl and wife who lives in Colorado. I'm a SAHM who also am the Board Secretary and run the day to day of the largest bike racing team in CO. I love being active, riding my bikes, rock climbing, being outdoors, and reading. So all of those things are great until you start l feeling like the description above. I do still try and exercise 6 days a week, because I keep thinking how bad my symptoms would be if I didn't exercise. 
    What I'm hoping to get out of this Whole 30 Challenge is:
    Energy!!! I'm so tired of being so tired.  Sleep. I've been an insomniac for 6 years now. 1am - 4am is prime reading time if you can't sleep. But I used to be able to still function, now I can't. Lose Weight. I'd be lying if I didn't say I would love to see this happen. The weight has just kept coming on despite all the training I've do.  Ride by bike with my friends and teammates again. I only ride by myself right now because I am so slow and tired that it's embarrassing to me how hard it is to ride things that I would used to consider my easy rides.  Race my mountain bike. Last year I made some big mental gains about racing. I have been and will probably continue to be slower than my competition, but I made some great personal gains last year. This year, I'm not signed up for any races because everything is like riding through molasses right now.  Rock Climbing. I used to climb indoors 2 nights a week with friends while my daughter, who is on the competitive climbing team, had practice. I have bailed on my friends a million times now, and I can't believe, they still ask me. And two of them are the ones who suggested this and doing it with me. I would love to start meeting up with these wonderful women again, and climbing again (my first love before I ever got into bike riding), and summer is coming - I wanna climb outside! Stop Losing my Hair! I would love to take a shower without a ton of hair coming out of my head.  Don't Worry. Be Happy! My ability to handle stress is now non-existent. And I'm on the verge of tears constantly.  Focus. I am known for being really well organized and being on top of things. My training is as a paralegal. But anymore I feel like I'm losing my mind. My dad had Alzheimer's and the thought of losing my mind is not a good one.  Swelling.  My right knee has been swollen since a crash in a race last June or July. Been to the doctor. It doesn't hurt anymore. But there's this non-roll of fat over my right knee that doesn't exist over the the left that's been there since it that crash (when I got up and got back on my bike and finished the race, pain be damned - see personal gains above). I also swear my feet have swollen, or gotten fat, some of my bike shoes that I hadn't worn since fall are really uncomfortable, when they weren't last year. They also just kind of ache, especially first thing in the morning when they didn't used to do that.  Machu Pichu. I have this dream vacation coming up and I can't believe that I wish it wasn't. This trip includes, hiking the Inca Trail, of course and mountain biking and rafting in Peru and I'm afraid that I won't have the energy to do it or enjoy it.  I have some good support going in, but more support is always better.  I have my two rock climbing friends, and two of my bike friends (one with Hashimoto's  and one with no thyroid) also on this journey with me.  My husband is trying to be supportive (he's a typical engineer and struggles with emotions and things he can't just fix). My daughter is in, especially when I told her that if this works you get back your active mom for the summer who isn't just irritated all the time! She's even going Gluten Free to see if it helps her eczema. Both are on board with eating W30 complaint meals with me. I reached out to the women on my team and told them what I was doing and may offered their support. 
    Now it's up to me to make it happen and see if I can go back in time to the old, active, happy, healthy me. 
     
     
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY SEVEN
    Pre-workout; Post-workout: A little almond butter; coconut water
    Breakfast:  Leftover steak and potato hash with eggs, sauteed garlic and red onion; a carrot
    Lunch: A Lara bar (Cherry Pie, omg so good), half an Epic chicken meatstick (freaking disgusting, do NOT recommend), a broccoli slaw bag salad from Trader Joe’s (dried cranberries and blueberries, sunflower seeds and slivered almonds)
    Dinner: Roasted butternut squash, an Aidell’s chicken apple sausage, a fried egg with extra egg whites on top with half an avocado, a carrot
    Snacks: A couple strawberries, kombucha, almond butter, a mango
    Exercise: A little over 5 mile run, some walking because lots of hills aieee
    Thoughts/Reflections: Don't have a lot of time so putting this together in a rush -- not too much to report today. Was out and about all day which was why the super late lunch. Maybe I need some more portable lunch ideas? I should probably have a better and more dedicated plan to eating on the weekends. I didn’t actually eat my lunch until about 3pm?! That might have been why I was snacking on so much almond butter… straight from the jar… didn’t think I’d do that because it doesn’t have sugar in it, definitely not a good habit. Need to work on that.
    Love being on Whole30 because my “decision” to not have things that are available to me has already been made, so I don’t have to stress about opportunities to have, idk, ice cream.
    E leaves for the week tomorrow. Please give me lots of love and support these next few days, ya’ll. This is gonna be really hard for me to stay on track.
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    MAYHEM got a reaction from cinco_mouser in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY SIX
    Breakfast: Half a banana and some cashews, cold brew
    Lunch: Leftover eggroll in a bowl with a fried egg on top and an apple
    Dinner: Ribeye steak, roasted brussel sprouts, baked potato, a La Croix with some frozen blueberries in it (check that below omg it was so good)
    Snacks: Cashews, kombucha (my fiance and I are going to work our way through the GTS brand, hahaha), a bite of the coconut cream pie Lara bar (my fiance E took one for a snack so I demanded a bite, because that’s mine! It was REALLY GOOD, haha)
    Exercise: Oops, not in the cards for today! This has been a low-intensity week for exercise, haha. On my feet a lot today, anyway.
    Thoughts/Reflections: Another amazing night of sleep. My fiance E and I walked to get some coffee and picked up a few groceries, including some huge steaks for dinner. Did not actually have much for breakfast, oops, but I figured I was going to have a pretty big lunch and it was totally fine. I also bought every single compliant Lara bar I found at Safeway, and put one in my purse, because I had to work at a college fair in the afternoon from about noon to 4:30 and was worried about getting hungry. Didn’t need to worry about that -- the high fat diet that I’m eating lately is keeping me super full for a super long time, but I did feel really weak and tired by the time I got home. But oh mannnn I made such a huge massive dinner -- steaks and baked potato (with ghee, salt, and salsa for me) and roasted brussels sprouts, yumm. Neither E nor I could finish such a massive portion, so we saved a bunch of potato and steak for an awesome hash tomorrow.  
    Not too much to report for today, but this Saturday is so much healthier than my Saturdays usually are -- I can’t even believe it. Usually I am having tons of beer, and then we go out to a restaurant to get some huge-portioned meal, ice cream, etc. I made a huge dinner at home, but I didn’t eat all of it -- such a significantly better choice. It makes me really happy to know that my Whole30 is helpful not only for me, but for my fiance, too. I am feeling very relaxed with our day and don't feel any kind of FOMO. Have been feeling consistent optimism these last few days.
    I will be on my own for five days next week because my fiance is going out of town… I'm pretty nervous. I historically have not made great choices when I have been on my own... it is something I struggle with... Any advice? I want to make a meal plan to keep me occupied, so if you have any fave recipes, hook me up!

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    MAYHEM got a reaction from cinco_mouser in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY FIVE
    Pre-workout: Hard-boiled egg (can’t recommend the pre-hardboiled ones from Whole Foods, ya’ll, they ain’t it)
    Breakfast: Gross sausage (there is ONE LEFT), two hardboiled eggs with some Trader Joe’s Everything Seasoning on them (they became Tolerable), half a carrot, half a cucumber, a pear, some cashews
    Lunch: Chicken (10ozish), broccoli, half an avocado, half a carrot, half a cucumber, olives
    Dinner: Eggroll in a bowl!!! (See pic.)
    Snacks: Two GTS kombuchas (oops), apple, a couple cashews, a handful of frozen berries because I was feeling snacky right when I got home from work and it's Friday :/
    Exercise: About 25 min of weight training, a 30 min brisk walk on the treadmill (worn out from donating blood maybe)
    NSV: I went to my first therapy appointment today for the first time since I moved. It went OK. I was honest and frank but I always feel like I’m coming out of the gate hard and if someone doesn’t meet me on my energy level… ehhh, I don’t know. I’m not sure it’ll be a good fit yet but I’m gonna try again next week. I am aware that my approach to therapy might not necessarily make finding a therapist that resonates with me super easy. Ugh. Still did it though!
    Thoughts/Reflections: YO I got the BEST night of sleep last night, I hadn’t taken anything to help my sleep (which I often do) but I slept super soundly. Potentially a result of the double-blood donation yesterday -- also feeling weaker today during my workout, haha. I know I should be in Kill All The Things mode, but I am still in a very good mood. Feeling optimistic and upbeat and pretty energetic! Total inverse of earlier this week, haha.
    Today is Friday, which is a big first nerve-wracking milestone, because I typically am pretty good about eating well during the week but absolutely launch into culinary debauchery during the weekends. Well, I had a very successful first Friday on Whole30! I went to Whole Foods after work and got everything I needed to make the infamous Eggroll in a Bowl recipe, and YA’LL. TEAM. It was SO GOOD. It didn’t take much time to make, just be sure you start with an enormous wok because the slaw takes up a lot of space, haha. I mixed coleslaw and broccoli slaw for fun. The only compliant chili garlic sauce I could find was extremely spicy, but I was lucky in that my eyeballing was perfect! I will probably continue making this recipe even once I finish with Whole30 -- it was excellent. You didn’t miss rice or anything like that. Very filling. I will be making this one again -- maybe with chicken thighs next time!  Peep the Masterchef-level plating below.
    PS: I read somewhere that someone subbed out their regular wine/beer habit for pouring kombucha into a fancy glass and enjoying it that way. LOVE IT. I can tell it's going to be my Whole30 weekend ritual. 
    PPS: My fiance has discovered he really likes kombucha, even though he hates the marketing for it lmaoooo

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    MAYHEM got a reaction from Laurie's All In in MAYHEM's Whole30 Log (Apr29 - May29 2019)   
    DAY SEVEN
    Pre-workout; Post-workout: A little almond butter; coconut water
    Breakfast:  Leftover steak and potato hash with eggs, sauteed garlic and red onion; a carrot
    Lunch: A Lara bar (Cherry Pie, omg so good), half an Epic chicken meatstick (freaking disgusting, do NOT recommend), a broccoli slaw bag salad from Trader Joe’s (dried cranberries and blueberries, sunflower seeds and slivered almonds)
    Dinner: Roasted butternut squash, an Aidell’s chicken apple sausage, a fried egg with extra egg whites on top with half an avocado, a carrot
    Snacks: A couple strawberries, kombucha, almond butter, a mango
    Exercise: A little over 5 mile run, some walking because lots of hills aieee
    Thoughts/Reflections: Don't have a lot of time so putting this together in a rush -- not too much to report today. Was out and about all day which was why the super late lunch. Maybe I need some more portable lunch ideas? I should probably have a better and more dedicated plan to eating on the weekends. I didn’t actually eat my lunch until about 3pm?! That might have been why I was snacking on so much almond butter… straight from the jar… didn’t think I’d do that because it doesn’t have sugar in it, definitely not a good habit. Need to work on that.
    Love being on Whole30 because my “decision” to not have things that are available to me has already been made, so I don’t have to stress about opportunities to have, idk, ice cream.
    E leaves for the week tomorrow. Please give me lots of love and support these next few days, ya’ll. This is gonna be really hard for me to stay on track.