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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Semi in Preparing for the fall - August Whole30   
    Pre-whole30 log for today (not going to be compliant, but I'm getting used to tracking):
    M1: 2 eggs cooked in butter (need to switch over to ghee Aug 1st!)
    M2: Apple with natural peanut butter (will switch to unsweetened almond butter soon!)
    Snack: Baby carrots with primal kitchen ranch  (I think I will switch to oil and balsamic vinegar, Vanilla yogurt with frozen blueberries (going to miss yogurt!)
    I'm getting pumped for Aug 1st!  
    I think my plan for tonight is a chicken salad..or tuna patties made with almond flour.  Not sure yet!
     
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Preparing for the fall - August Whole30   
    I did really well today in preparation for Aug 1st.  You have no idea how much junk food I have been eating most days...soooo bad.
    I haven't officially started the whole30, but I'm trying to get used to eating more fruits and veggies and less bread and bagels.
    M1: Cereal...hopefully for the last time for 32+ days.
    M2: Green Smoothie
    Snacks: Apple, Crackers with wheat...hopefully for the last time for 32+days
    M3: Chicken Salad
    M4: Another Chicken salad with a hardboiled egg
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Semi in Preparing for the fall - August Whole30   
    I am going to be starting a whole30 again.  Soon!  August 1st!  Wahooo... 
    The last few months have been WEIRD.  Very weird.  I started a new engineering job only 2 days before our office closed due to the coronavirus.  I tried learning the ropes remotely (with my kids and husband at home all day)  and I hated it and was getting pretty depressed about it so I quit.  Thankfully, my husband saved me and "plan B" went into action... We switched roles and he is working full time and I'm the one home with the kids all day starting this fall when he starts teaching.   Our public school district announced they are starting 100% virtual this fall.  So I'll be "homeschool mom" for a change.. my husband was the stay-at-home dad for the last 7 years and now my son is going into kindergarten and my daughter's going into 3rd.  We had been planning to try both working full time before the pandemic to save more money, but plans changed. Oh well!  I am working as a cleaner part time after the kids go to bed for some extra hours and in an environment where I don't have to be around other people since its after closing time of the office building.
    I've been getting more exercise with the cleaning and that's really good- makes me feel happier.  
     
     
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Semi in Whole30 in Germany   
    Went to the sea.
    Friend offered me cookies and cake. Said "no", swamm 45 Minutes, ate my chicken breast, sausage, sweet potatoes and some carrot.
    Home again.
    Climbed 15 floors today.
     
    Dinner: Salad, Champignons filled with egg, steamed broccoli and zucchini, selfmade guac.
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 5:  7/31/20
    Let me clarify: I am now being more productive.  
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to MadyVanilla in Preparing for the fall - August Whole30   
    Same here!  
     
    Think about nightshades, too, if you haven't already.  These are easy enough to cut back on during your W30 so it won't change your post plan.  I did not want to give up tomatoes, peppers, and white potatoes, but I really noticed a difference with a few days elimination and then trying to eat them again.  It was pretty dramatic and surprising, for me, though of course everyone is different.  
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Semi in Whole30 in Germany   
    Hello!
     
    Could be very well eczema, you could clear it up with a dermatologist. Normally they also do some bloodwork and can pinpoint you to the cause
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Semi in Whole30 in Germany   
    So, I got my period.
    Normally that means a week of very hard pms'ing, cravings and bingeing ahead.
    Last month I had a terrible migraine and my blod pressure was very low.
     
    The last 5 days? Nothing!
    No cravings, barely any water retentions (not more than I expect with around 32°C outside), no Binge Eating.
    Just a bit of cramping in my back and stomach.
    Quite honestly one of my best PMS's in the last year.
     
    I'm totally happy with Whole30 until now.
     
    I'm thinking about doing it for 40-50 days. Or doing a very slow introduction of foods (like one food group per week) so I can really pin point what is causing the inflammation and the eczema.
     
     
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Semi in Whole30 in Germany   
    So, I'm on Day 4 of my very first Whole30.
    It's not as hard as I anticipated and I'm really happy about that.
     
    So I went searching for W30 compliant condiments and sauces and truth be told: I didn't find much here in Germany. Went to 3 different stores and I only found:
    hot tabasco hot ajvar hot mustard some liquid smoke spray tomato passata I guess I have to make my own sauces. At least I already have some spices at home.
    Found out that regional sourced free range meat is really really expensive. Like really expensive. Bought some meat on monday, spend over 30€ and it was used up by today.
    So I had to buy more meat. And spend another 40€. Just on meat. 
    Of course I could buy the cheaper options but I don't think it ethically responsible (also the people slaughterinng the animals from mass farming are badly paid, live in terrible conditions and have an higher risk of catching Covid).
    I will either have to eat more eggs (used 18 eggs since Monday!)  or eat more veggies (I already eat a ton of them) so it's a bit of a struggle.
     
    Good news: My eczema is already clearing up and as long as my hand doesn't catch dirt it doesn't even itch! For itch-frees days! Longest time in the last 2 years!
    Will write more tomorrow!
    I hope everyone has an amazing day!
     
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I am also into bike riding and I do yoga with my kids sometimes.  I bought a new bike seat cushion as well, but I've had it over a month without installing it!  Don't be like me.    Hope you had a relaxing evening.  You seem like you are doing a great job with food choices!  Good luck with dinner!
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Preparing for the fall - August Whole30   
    I did really well today in preparation for Aug 1st.  You have no idea how much junk food I have been eating most days...soooo bad.
    I haven't officially started the whole30, but I'm trying to get used to eating more fruits and veggies and less bread and bagels.
    M1: Cereal...hopefully for the last time for 32+ days.
    M2: Green Smoothie
    Snacks: Apple, Crackers with wheat...hopefully for the last time for 32+days
    M3: Chicken Salad
    M4: Another Chicken salad with a hardboiled egg
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to KelseyClaire in Preparing for the fall - August Whole30   
    I think a lot of people’s typical junk food patterns got wildly out of wack during quarantine. Sounds you’re doing an awesome job refocusing and getting ready for Whole30!
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Continuing to be on-track food-wise, but ran out of time to bike and yoga yesterday.  Well, I didn't want to yoga during a thunderstorm (Why??? That seems so strange in the light of day....) and I got involved in scrolling through social media.  My school district voted to start virtual yesterday, and i couldn't tear myself away from the trainwreck created by various posts of differing opinions.   The excuses I make just to myself are really pretty hilarious...and sad...but, I'm going to keep calling myself out.  
    Mood-7, energy-7, Pain-0.  My mood is continuing to improve.  
    M1-ham roll-ups, spread with mayo and spinach.  I have almost no food to make (Lots of boxes of mac & cheese, though.  I will be packing these up to send off with my son to his new home).  Today needs to be a grocery day.  
    M2-I'm thinking about cooking the last bit of chicken breast, maybe combining it with one of my Primal Kitchen sauces...the only veggies I have left are zucchini and yellow squash.  And tomatoes.  But I'm not feeling like dealing with achiness right now.  
    M3-TBD.  I'm going to do some meal planning and  grocery shopping.  I slacked this past weekend.  
    Thinking about walking under the shade trees again this afternoon just before watching a softball game, may be bike riding with my buddy later this evening.  On a positive, my new gel seat cushion just arrived - so there's an incentive to get myself back on wheels.  I'm craving a long, chakra-based yin yoga session, but I don't think I'm going to have time today.  Work, a/c repair man, softball game...busy afternoon and evening.  
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to MadyVanilla in Preparing for the fall - August Whole30   
    I look forward to reading your adventures with getting ready for the upcoming school year in the midst of the pandemic while doing W30!  My youngest is starting college next month, my oldest will be starting her last year.  I'll be continuing to work from home this fall (due to the pandemic) and dealing with empty nest while my husband works outside the home full-time.  Here's to beginning anew on August 1!
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Jwillow in Returnee as a pescatarian   
    Hello,
    I am a returnee to whole 30.  I did the program about 5 years ago but since then I have switched to being a pescatarian and am not willing to eat beef/pork or chicken for many reasons. I am just looking for a little encouragement that being a pescatarian this is still possible. I can do anything for 30 days. looking for some ideas and advise....
    Thank you in advance.
    Julie
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 2:  7/28/20
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    Worked a nursing shift today, and just not much time for logging my food like I used to.  Deep thoughts might come another day, too.    
    My food has all been compliant ~ this really hasn't been hard (and shouldn't be for me, anyway).  I think the tough moments will be when I really want a diet dew or alcohol.  Neither of those has hit me just yet.
    @Amy_Michigan ~ thanks so much ~ good to hear from you!
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Good luck with your next whole30 round!
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 1:  7/27/20

    Starting weight:  120.4
    Not necessarily trying to lose weight - just recording it here for future reference.

    I overdid it with the alcohol last night.  Woke up this morning with a headache, low blood sugar feeling, and three trips to the bathroom.
    I started to journal more about that, but later decided to delete it.  The main point is that I just want to feel good again.

    I wasn’t able to sit down at the computer and keep great track of meals and times today - but I did keep the food compliant, and NO alcohol.  I haven't veered terribly far off course in the food department, so finding things to eat here at home was not a problem.

    Just got done placing another Walmart grocery delivery order.  MAN, that has been a nice service to have - especially now that masks are mandatory in all public places in our state.  Honestly, who wants to go to the store?  I sure don't.
    Overall, a good day.
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    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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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 31:  5/14/20

    Had to be at work at 6 am, and definitely had an unhappy gut this morning.  Took two Imodium just so I could make the drive to work.  Ugh.
    I was careless yesterday with the garlic and onion in the meatballs … and of course, the ranch.  I know better, and I ate it anyway.  It’s too easy when my husband cooks “compliant” items - just because it’s W30 compliant does NOT mean it is going to do great things for me.
    Broken record on that issue.  

    12:30 pm:  quickly crammed down a sad bowl of cold leftover potatoes w/ ghee and salt at work
    This is what happens when you don’t plan ahead on W30.

    After I clocked out, I actually went and examined everything in the vending machines - and I *almost* bought a diet Mt. Dew for the drive home.  I stood there for a minute, mentally slapping myself right back out of that idea.
    What was I thinking?
    The 30 days are done - it’s like another part of me wanted to take over now.  Ridiculous.

    4:30 pm:  frozen W30 meal w/ ghee

    7:30 pm:  banana

    Weird eating day.  Just a weird day overall.  When I have to get up that early for work … well, it’s not something my body is ever going to get used to.  It is completely unnatural to get up when it is still totally dark outside.  Period.
    Re-examining what shifts I should actually be signing up to work.  Morning shifts are too early - evening shifts go too late.
    I think I just chose the wrong profession.  {Joking, not joking.}
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 29:  5/12/20

    10:30 am:  banana

    11:15 am:  (1) acetaminophen d/t headache

    11:30 am:  (3) eggs w/ diced potatoes and ghee

    12:45 pm:  (1) Imodium & (1) acetaminophen

    I just don’t feel good today.  Feel like my blood pressure is up.  I finally ordered a BP monitor so I can check it out at home.  This doesn’t happen very often, but I’d like to see what it looks like when I’m feeling this way.
    I don’t think this has anything to do with my diet.  I have come to realize that emotional stress creates physical symptoms that are quite real.  A recent conversation with a friend stirred some things up in me, and I don’t feel at peace.

    8:00 pm:  W30 frozen meal w/ ghee

    I was pretty wiped out after just a 5-hour shift.  Went to sleep without posting - so I’m posting this the next day.
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 30:  5/13/20

    11:00 am:  banana & egg (yes, pancakes) w/ bacon
    I wasn’t planning to eat these today, but my husband made them - and when I decided I was ready to eat, there they were on the counter. 
    Too easy.  I’ve got other stuff to do and worry about.

    12:15 pm:  grabbed more banana egg circles lol

    2:30 pm:  meatballs w/ ranch

    5:45 pm:  finished the ... umm, bananas cradled in eggs

    9:30 pm:  steak, diced potatoes, ghee

    Well, I did it.
    Tomorrow morning I will weigh myself, out of curiosity and for the sake of documentation.
    I predict a small loss of # on the scale.  But I’d be happy if the number were exactly the same as when I started.  I had been gaining, gaining, gaining at a rapid rate … for I don’t know how long.  {I’d really have to think about it ~ and I’m too tired for that.} 
    I just wanted/needed the gaining to stop.  I’m sure I’ve achieved that ~ and of course, so much more = many NSV’s.
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Thanks so much @BabyBear ~ you have been here at some crucial moments for me ... I still remember when I was feeling lost, and was ready to turn my back and walk away from the forum earlier in the year - and your sad face was all it took to make me stay.  
    I'll be taking it one day at a time ... which, honestly, is what I've been doing all along.  Each day I have still had the choice to say "screw it" and have a glass of wine (or whatever) ... I mean, look how many times I have started numbering, re-started numbering, etc etc. 
    My tiny goal was to make it past my record (on this journal, this year) of 10 days - and by the time I got to that point, I was over the hump of cravings, and it was no big deal to just keep going.
    On the subject of reintroduction: no.  And the reason for this is twofold: 1) I don't believe that anything W30 excludes is good for me, and 2) I have already done reintro in the past.  I have a pretty good idea of how each excluded item affects me.
    That is not to say that anyone else should not do a reintro -- I believe that is a vital part of the program, especially for anyone on their first round.  But this is far from my first round.  I believe this is officially four.  
    And, as I've mentioned before - I have been experimenting with my nutrition for close to 20 years.  I have been a member on this forum for 6 years now, and W30 has been a part of me and the way I view what is food vs. what is not food for the entirety of those 6 years.  I most certainly have not stuck to W30 foods - and I am not claiming anything of the sort.  But I have always believed, since 2014, that some combination of W30 foods is best.  
    So for me, personally, these 30 days really need to serve as a stepping stone to the next level.  I've established a good baseline - but I still have plenty of room for optimization.
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 31:  5/14/20
    Weighed in today ~ same conditions:  126.4 lbs
    That's 4.8 lbs in 30 days ~ and 3.7% of my weight = gone.
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    Day 24:  5/7/20

    9:30 am:  frozen W30 meal w/ ghee

    Definitely feeling the effects of working an evening shift … didn’t get to sleep until around 1 am, and that’s pretty far from my norm.
    Had a moment in the kitchen this morning of: “screw it, let’s just shove in whatever’s easy” … but didn’t take me long to counter that with: “no way, you’ve come too far”.
    And I don’t mean far as in # of days.  I mean far, as in:  managing anxiety much more effectively / reduced overall, majorly cutting down on the painful bloat and bowel issues, beginning to shed some of the ridiculous winter fat layer, and not feeling out of control with my food decisions.
    So I know that the next day after a nursing shift, I’m going to need to be careful to honor my body’s needs … and no, that isn’t cramming in “whatever works” in that moment because I’m tired.  That is *nourishing* my body.  Giving it good food, fluids, and rest … realizing that, internally, I have just gone through a battle - because it is.  For me, especially.  I think some do better with it than others - but we are not designed to be “ON” for 8, 10, 12, 16 hours STRAIGHT.  Alas ~ that is nursing.  The woman I took report from yesterday afternoon had just been on duty for 20 hours.

    3:15 pm:  chicken breast, tri-color cole slaw veggies w/ ranch

    9:15 pm:  (2) HB eggs, tri-color Cole slaw veggies w/ ranch