Amy_Michigan

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  1. Amy_Michigan

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    You completed your whole30! Wow!!! Awesome work! Sorry about your toe situation- major bummer. Hope you feel better soon. Love that you know yourself enough to know right away this is for life, not 30 days.
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    Yay! That is wonderful to hear! Good luck with the new job To get my mind off of my own job stress and worries, I've been walking everyday and doing Spanish lessons. Only 3 days in...hope I can keep up this up because goal achievement feels really good!!!
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    Hi everyone! I was here last year around July/August 2019. I'm 33 now and my starting weight at the beginning of 2020 was 240! [Shriek! Highest ever for me.] I am here again to make something wonderful happen in my life! Every Nov/Dec, I start getting depressed. I think one reason is the weight gain, I'm sure. The other is the lack of sunshine. Unfortunately, I can't do UV therapy (according to my rheumatologist) because I have lupus and UV light can trigger a lupus flare (achy joints, rash, etc). Here is where my grandma would say- are you taking your vitamin D supplements? And the answer is actually "no", so okay, I should really start doing that... Anyway, for one week (since Dec 31st), I have been doing awesome (if I may say so) with exercising and I have actually lost 8 pounds (yes, a lot of that is water weight, but I still feel proud!) I am on a roll, and I'm making better decisions about food, not drinking alcohol, and not stopping at restaurants or coffee shops. Something is missing though- I need to log, I need to write down how I feel and what I'm eating because it's a big part of the journey to better health. So here I am again, ready to put all of my thoughts here. Maybe I will get to know some people here- I hope I do. It sure is easier to remember to log in and post when I look forward to reading posts from other people. Right now I am eating healthier but I will spend the next week or so planning what foods to have around the house for a successful Whole30. I'm looking forward to feeling better and less tired. I think I've already gone through a sugar withdrawl even though I only drastically reduced my intake, and didn't completely stop yet. I'm hoping I don't get the sugar withdrawl symptoms again when I quit cold turkey! Wish me luck!
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    As much as I wanted it, I haven't started over yet in terms of my food choices. It totally sucks that I keep making the wrong choices every day. However, until I'm ready, I want to try to remember to post one good thing I did on each given day, so I'm not so down on myself. One good thing about today: I walked a mile during my lunch hour. I used the Map my Walk app so I could get my total time and distance walked.
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    Haha...Oops. Just trying to say I felt bad you may have eaten something that didnt make you feel the best... anyway, very cool that you live in the Indianapolis area and we are both midwesterners. I don't think I have ever visited Indiana. Ohio and Wisconsin- yes. I haven't had an excuse to go to many other midwestern states. I decided after studying abroad in college that I wanted to appreciate where I live more and explore every corner of the cities I live in and keep travel within my state for the most part and cherish moments with family instead of leaving them behind again. I know I'm missing out on a lot of wonderful parks and other touristy places doing that, so maybe eventually I will change my tune, but that has kind of been my motto unless my work sends me somewhere. Anyway, I love the vibe and energy you are giving off in your posts lately! You are rocking it! It is a bit contagious, I feel! And the weather is beautiful today, so that helps!
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    I thought at first you meant you were working on writing a book instead of in the middle of reading one..oops. Anyway, besides the green beans, sounds like you are doing great. I sometimes look back to 2014-2015 when I was at my healthiest, and I wonder why I can't just be that person again with that motivation and healthy eating habits. I remember feeling low-stress at my job, and I was able to work outside a lot in addition to spending time outdoors at home getting into shape. People say you should look at the food you eat first, but for me I think if I am sabotaging my fitness goals/exercise routine, I don't have a lot of motivation to eat healthy either.
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    And, sorry I didn't mention this, but I've had a weird heart skipping a beat or heart fluttering situation (something that makes me "feel/notice" the beats) that has freaked me out before in the past. Always scary, and sorry to hear something like that happened to you. At least you knew to try things that could help keep your body in balance. I'm very impressed!
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    Yay, DAY 11!!!! That is great! I'm glad I'm back to logging in and reading your posts. I'm still eating non-compliant foods, unfortunately, but inching my way closer to where I want to be because I've been making more paleo recipes and all of the snacks in the house that I liked are gone and I am NOT replacing them. After I made hamburgers, my daughter asked if we could have them every week, and both of my kids finished theirs. It am so happy when I am able to have my daughter finish a meal, especially including red meat. I also made tuna salad with onions, celery, primal kitchen mayo, salt/pepper, and garlic powder....I used three 5oz cans of tuna and an entire package of celery. I told my husband that he could eat one of the three containers I filled up because it was so much. I will be eating tuna salad for lunch for about a week, I think. But the only way I was going to make this tuna salad was cutting up the vegetables as soon as I got them delivered from the store. Otherwise I would let them go bad. And it worked! I made carrot fries the same day... so I'm eating a lot more veggies now. Anyway, sorry for such a long update on your log. Just want to say thanks for all of the food ideas
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    Great to hear you are thinking positive about your career option in the nursing field. Good luck!! I’m getting some meal ideas from you that I’m going to try for tomorrow. Hamburgers sound really good.... and steak and potatoes YUM
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    So, I've had a rough month in terms of my health. I gained back the weight I lost earlier this year..literally just 1.5-2 months ago I was 10-15 lb lighter. Ugghhhh. Wake up call. So I'm back. Tomorrow. No excuses anymore. I have veggies and chicken in the fridge...and the veggies are going to start going bad if I don't eat them soon. The food is here, so it's as simple as eating those right foods and not the wrong ones. So very simple... (Rolling my eyes) Anyway, keep a look out for my daily posts. I will be here. I updated my notification settings, and I'll put a reminder on my phone...anything I have to do to remember to post, I'll do it.
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    Good for you for fighting for what you want and not giving up. A lot of things have changed in the past month (obviously) but what I want hasn't changed. I'm just not reaching for it like I was before. When you are in this (I mean REALLY in this), you allow that passion to drive you, and continue driving you more than 10 days, more than 14 days...even if we are not perfect, if we can be at 95% for those 10-14 days then we CAN make it to 30 and it will change our lives and help us develop new, healthier lifestyles. I need to let that goal consume me again, but I'm scared. It takes over everything. But it also prevents me from having random lupus flares so it IS worth it. There is a half of a batch of cookies still left over from my baking day with the kids yesterday. And it will cause me pain, serious mental pain, not to eat any tomorrow, but I really want to be in this again. And the best time to do it is when others are there to support you and share their experiences with you. So I'm so happy you're still posting.
  12. This log is going to be an outlet for me. I don't post a lot on social media. I don't want to talk about my feelings or anxiety over this pandemic on here. I mostly want to use this as a place to center myself and have some normalcy each day. I want to post what I eat, the recipes I try, and which ones I want to try next. I want to write about how my day went and what I did with my husband and kids. So on that note, I will start with today. April 1st 2020- Day 1 of my work-from-home food log (I hadn't yet decided to start this log yet, so I'm hoping to go back to better habits I learned from my whole30s starting tomorrow) M1: White bakery bread with 1/3 fat cream cheese, cinnamon kind bar M2: oreos (too many), graham crackers (too many), and milk M3: 1 mini pot pie muffin, cucumber slices and avocado ranch Snacks throughout day: Another 2 slices of white bakery bread with 1/3 fat cream cheese, 3 or 4 cans of vernors/pop, 1 strawberry yogurt, 1 popsicle, 1 bottle of apple juice After work I did a puzzle with my kids, read them a chapter from Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, and watched them try out some yoga moves that my son's preschool teacher posted a video of. My husband and I watched an episode of Gargoyles on Disney+, and we have started watching Game of Thrones for the second time, so tonight we watched another episode (near the middle of Season 1). I was in bed trying to fall asleep, but realized how important it was to get back up and type this out for my "day 1" so that tomorrow can I can move forward/passed this and try harder on day 2.
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    April WFH Accountability Log

    Another Day 1 of trying to have healthier habits. I have decided to go old school and track my habits on paper. I'm going to take pictures and still post, though. Summary: Snacking at night is still a bad habit and food choices are not ideal. My meals during the day were mostly whole30 compliant and filling foods. Didn't eat a lot of veggies but I'm allowing myself flexible on that during quarantine. Goal for today is to exercise more, and snack a little less after thr kids go to bed.
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    Good luck! https://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-basil-soup/
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    Very Hungry Mommy W30 Round 2

    I’m so happy for you that you are starting again and making that commitment. I had one good, compliant meal today, so that is a start. If I can keep improving my habits this week, I might be able to join you soon!
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    @Brewer5 I'm alive- thank you for asking me to check in. I have occasional coughing but I'm feeling 90% back to normal. My family is also doing well. I'm able to work from home for the new job I was hired for (whew), but I'm not extremely busy. I think things will improve in time. Construction projects are a little up in the air right now, even though public works was considered "essential". I work at a civil engineering consulting firm and everyone in my office has set up their computers at home and continued working. My husband, I may have mentioned, is a stay at home dad who works from home part time as an online test-prep instructor. So we've been okay; he is homeschooling the kids. I am going to start a new journal on this site somewhere to help me through April. Not sure what it will be under- food freedom maybe. All I know is that I've been eating like crap the last 2 weeks because of the temptations from being at home all day. And for some reason when I was loading up the grocery cart a couple weeks ago for my family, I happened to grab all my old favorite snack foods/comfort foods... wheat thins, cheese-its, graham crackers, oreos, and LOTS of granola bars that look like candy bars. So that wasn't very smart. I've been noticing a few health related consequences of eating junk- some lupus related skin issues. I have noticed a few red bumps inflamed on my arms, and I got this weird under-the-skin blood spot on the crook of my left elbow. That was weird enough that I messaged my rhematologist. She didn't think it was an emergency, but I will also let my primary care/internal medicine doctor know too, just in case. I noticed it yesterday and it already seems to be fading a little bit today, like a bruise would. So I'm putting my health in jeopardy when it is NOT a great time to do that. On the plus side, after 45's tweet about my lupus medication being a possible miracle drug (which is NOT proven), I was able to pick up a 3 month supply...Thank God- I thought my pharmacy would have been cleaned out like how stores were with toilet paper. So at least I don't have to worry about that for a little while! Oh- and I have been praying every day for this pandemic to end. I live outside of Detroit, but not far. Looks like Detroit may be following in NYC's footsteps, at least in terms of the steep incline of cases. There are about 600 cases in my county right now. I'm trying not to let anxiety get to me.
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    Day 43: Friday- March 13- still sick- not on whole30 M1: chick soup with broth, carrots, potato M2: sweet pot soup with chicken, and drank more broth Snack: steamed broccoli- shared with kids M3: Banana pancakes, kids rxbar Also drank a couple of glasses of Naked juice (blueberry type) Day 44: Saturday- March 14- still sick- not on whole30 M1: sweet potato soup with chicken, some broth on the side to drink Will probably have a salad for lunch
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    Very Hungry Mommy Food Freedom Journal

    Awesome!! I love that you are keeping track of compliant vs not complaint too. I wish I was doing that, but I have a guilt issue when my eating structure/template and choices suck even when they are compliant. You don't seem to have that problem. Your meals/pictures look and sound delicious!
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    I've been there when I tried AIP (autoimmune protocol of the Whole30) a few years back. Because I have lupus, I feel this huge pressure to be on the perfect diet to manage it and reduce inflammation. However, I have determined a few things about myself: 1. As much as I want to make a forever lifestyle change, my my mind/body/life cannot handle being that consistent. Maybe some people can do that forever but I'm not one of those people. 2. I feel pretty good when I eat paleo/whole30 meals and avoid overeating. Staples that have always worked well for me to keep me full and happy are sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and squash. And I have gotten used to soup purees with added meat, or salad for any meal. I think if we can find favorite fruits and vegetables that don't make our bodies feel bad, we can develop routines with recipes using those foods. Even if I have an off week, I can always go back to that routine... that is what I'm trying to do now, anyway.
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    So I started my new job this week. And I got sick starting today. I was going to start my next whole30 today but I have training today and tomorrow and it is catered with Jimmy John's so I decided to extend my break to a later date (TBD since now I am sick). Yesterday I ate mostly complaint except for Cesar salad dressing at a restaurant where I was taken out for lunch on my first day. Here are my meals written out: March 9- Day 39 (not on a whole30) M1: Banana (my tummy growled at me during the HR presentation for not leaving myself enough time to make or pick up breakfast) M2: Chicken Cesar Salad from a restaurant, some complaint mixed nuts for a snack after M3: Sweet Potato Basil Soup with chicken March 10- Day 40 (not on whole30) Today was not good. My daughter got sick starting Sunday night and last night (Monday night) I didn't get a lot of sleep because she was up several times. Thankfully my husband took over taking care of her so I could sleep a little bit. My symptoms are mostly just sore throat and cough. My daughter has had a fever and cough and has stayed home from school Mon/Tues. I also had a lot of gas and bloating today...I am thinking it was due to eating something that didn't agree with me since I've been adding in foods I haven't eaten in over a month like Kind bars and chocolate almond milk (and the cesar dressing yesterday). My poor tummy hurt with cramps from gas during my training (even before the Jimmy John's sandwich). Eek! M1: A cup of mixed melon, two kind bars, and a bottle of chocolate almond milk M2: Jimmy John's Sierra Sandwich (turkey) M3: Homemade (my husband's doing) Chicken Soup made with potatoes, carrots, chicken, and broth.
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    Happy Birthday! Have a happy day! I'm totally in this with you with the goal to feel good each day...why ruin any days of our remaining time on this earth doing otherwise?
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    Day 36... 4 more days until I start my next whole30. M1: Sweet potato basil soup with chicken M2: Strawberry, Banana, and Coconut milk (1/2 can) smoothie. Only 3 ingredients and it was still delicious! M3: Taco salad with romaine lettuce, ground beef, taco spices, and salsa. Then ate half a cauliflower-crust pizza with pizza sauce, ground beef, and half of a string cheese. Saving the other half for my moms birthday party tomorrow where she is having pizza delivered. I am making a gluten free chocolate cake to bring so I can partake. As you can tell, I loosened the reigns slightly for dairy, but not grains/gluten yet. The cauliflower crust was gluten free but did have a small amount of cheese and chickpeas (legumes). I went to see The Invisible Man tonight at the theater and didn’t get any drink or food. Yay me.
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2020

    Yes! Meal prep is the absolute hardest part about starting the whole30 in my opinion. There are times I want to cook, and many many more times when I look through my cupboards as a habit to try to find something whole30 compliant. My last round I ate the last few boxes of raisins. Now there is nothing “snacky ” left except stuff in the fridge like fruits and vegetables, which makes it easier to eat only at meals. Anyway, good luck - hang in there! Look up old whole30 recipes you loved last round if you need inspiration! Or search for new ones!
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    My meal before bed yesterday turned out to be 2 eggs over easy and roasted potato and carrot fries. ***Also, I’ve decided to start my next whole30 on March 10th.
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    Amy's Log for 2020

    Yesterday - Day 34 on this site (not on plan) Worth noting: I started my period on this day. M1: Banana I think? M2: Panera chicken salad, apple, and non-dairy peach blueberry smoothie. M3: Avocado pudding made with avocado, cocoa powder, almond butter, and maple syrup. I made it with a large avocado and regretfully I ate the whole thing myself. I can’t remember if I ate anything else. Today- Day 35 (not on plan) ... still no idea when I’m going to be ready to start Day 1 I have cramps and no appetite. M1:Zucchini Spaghetti with ground beef Might have some of my sweet potato soup with chicken before bed.