Laura of The Great White North

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  1. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Don't feel bad @KaraS. This is why we're here - to support each other through the good and the bad. I have not been feeling well the last two days. It's been a struggle to eat because I have no appetite. But I make sure that what I do end up eating it's on plan, even if it's not perfect. I hope we all get through these next few days and feel better by Monday!
  2. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    End of Day 10. Today was a so-so day. I didn't have any cravings but I didn't really have any appetite either. I know there's a lot of talk about making sure we're eating enough fat, but is there such a thing as too much? For today, I had a sweet potato and chorizo hash with 2 eggs fried in about a tbsp of ghee, and for lunch I had buffalo chicken spaghetti squash with peppers and green onions and 2 to 3 tbsps of ranch dressing drizzled on top, a cup of strawberries and about 6 to 10 cashews. I ate breakfast at about 6:30am and lunch around 11:30. Last week I felt really hungry when it was getting close to mealtime. But today I practically had force myself to eat my meals, especially dinner. The day to day guide says that today we might be kind of sick of food and I think that's where I'm at. I'm going to scour pinterest for some interesting recipes for next week. I hope everyone had a good, successful day today. We will conquer the day again tomorrow.
  3. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    @kristilarson I'm sorry to hear you lost your dad. I lost my dad in early March and he is part of the reason I took this on. He also smoked for many years and ended up with heart failure and COPD because of it. His heart stopped when he was admitted to the hospital for some tests and they couldn't revive him. You are right, there is no right way to grieve. When I'm feeling down or like this is too hard I remind myself that no change is easy. I try to remember that I am really lucky to understand that a little discomfort means that I am making good changes in my life. I don't want my children to have to watch me get sick and die slowly before their eyes like I did with my dad. I want to have a healthy life that I enjoy to the fullest and changing my relationship with food through this program is the step I need to take right now to accomplish that. You are in my thoughts and heart. ❤
  4. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    We made it through Day 8 everybody! The day by day guide says that this week cravings are supposed to be worse than last week so I'm trying to keep that in the forefront of my mind in order to not trip into one. I made one of my favorite meals tonight - buffalo chicken spaghetti squash. I found it a while ago and I'm so glad I did. Also, thank you to all of you who talked about the chorizo and sweet potato hash. I made that for breakfast and it's very good! I wish you all a successful Day 9!
  5. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Hey everyone! End of Day 6 year. My hubby made amazing rib eye steaks on the grill tonight and I don't think they've ever tasted so good! My sleep quality is already much improved and that makes me very happy because that was one of my goals. We went to a friend's birthday tonight and I was very sorely tempted by the buffalo chicken dip but I resist. Fortunately I had already had that fabulous steak. I am meal prepping tomorrow and I'm going to try my hand at making the Magic Mushroom Powder from Nom Nom Paleo. Wish me luck! I'm so grateful to have all of you here ❤
  6. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    @kristilarson I know what you mean about not being excited about my food. I was looking through some recipes and cookbooks this morning and even though some of it sounded good none of it jumped out and yelled, "Cook me! I'm awesome!" I am going to make a buffalo chicken spaghetti squash recipe that is compliant and the chorizo sweet potato hash everyone has been talking about and I'm going to keep scouring Pinterest for more recipes. I'm also struggling with finding things that are compliant for me but also what the rest of my family will eat. It's a little daunting.
  7. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Hey everyone! Almost the end of Day 4 here. I know the book says that as long as you're following the rules there's no wrong way to do this...... but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. I have not felt bad or crabby or over tired and the few small cravings that I've had have been fleeting. I know the book says I should celebrate if I'm not experiencing the not so great side effects but does this mean that all the bad stuff will happen next week? I don't want to spend this entire month waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak.
  8. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Way to go @Sarah_MT! That's a big win! When we first adopted our dog I lost lots of shoes and part of my mom's antique coffee table until we discovered tennis balls! She loves them, they keep her entertained and allow her to satisfy the drive to chew. Good luck!
  9. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    One of the big reasons I am taking on this journey is to change my relationship with food. It has been my drug for my entire life. I was also reflecting on my tendency to self sabotage when I try to make a change in my lifestyle. I discovered that there's a part of me that feels unworthy of being healthy because I'm fat. Somehow I've allowed myself to believe that I'm doomed to remain unhealthy because of the unhealthy choices I've made thus far. But I see now that I am the most worthy of love and self care and healthy habits. You are too!! And the fact that you recognize that you were eating out of habit/craving last night rather than hunger is a HUGE non scale victory that you should celebrate. Plus you didn't eat sugar, you found a healthier option. Next time you'll be able to recognize your motivation for eating and you can make a different choice-or not if you're truly hungry. You're doing great!!
  10. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Well my husband or my kiddo is getting the cashews and I'm adding a day. What a bummer!! I'm so glad I checked!
  11. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    I am so grateful for the wonderful discussions happening on this thread. I am learning so much from reading everything. I have learned 3 things so far today on Day 2. 1- Tessemae's Pantry Ranch Dressing is VERY GOOD! 2- You can make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Game Changer! And 3- I need to read the label on my cashews. Peanut oil???? I hope you are all having a wonderful day!
  12. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    That sounds so delicious!! Thank you for sharing!
  13. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Congratulations everyone!! We finished Day 1! I am so grateful to have the company and support to go through these next 29+ days. I hope you all feel successful and accomplished tonight. See you tomorrow!
  14. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Midday day 1 update: So far so good for me. I was dismayed to learn this morning that the rotisserie chicken that I bought and was counting on to ease my meal prep stress has sugar in it. But then I saw that Walmart has compliant frozen meals so that made me very happy! I enjoy cooking so I don't plan to rely solely on convenience options but it was a lifesaver today! I've discovered I like RX Almond Butter better than regular peanut butter and I may end up skipping my morning coffee altogether. I have both Nutpods and Better Half creamer options at home but they just don't do it for me. Maybe I will feel differently in a few days. Have a great day everyone!
  15. Laura of The Great White North

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Good evening everyone!! Tomorrow is the day! I will be honest and say I am not as well prepared as I would have hoped. We had my father's memorial service this weekend and we have been host to a lot of family from out of town. I am so grateful to see them but I didn't get the meal prep done that I was hoping for. It will be okay though. I work the late shift this week so I will definitely have time for breakfast and it will also give me extra time in the morning to pack my meals for the day. Good luck to everyone on the first day tomorrow!