Amy_Michigan

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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    So I already messed up.  Note to self: don't have ice cream in the house.  Starting clean tomorrow!  Happy New Year everyone!
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Brewer5 The chopped nuts sound really good!  Haha.. and that rule sounds like a good one.  I just have to stop forgetting about my protein needs and then I'm all about it. 
    I bought some sparking water today for myself, and I also bought sparkling grape juice for the family.  This might be the first year I let my kids stay up (or wake them up if they demand it) for New Years.  They are 5 and 8 years old and their bedtime is still 8 PM but they usually read in bed until 9 or 9:30 at the latest (bigger kid reads to littler kid).  Neither of them have stayed up past 10 PM.  My husband does not like the idea of them staying up until midnight, but going from 2020 to 2021 is kind of monumental, so I plan to convince him.  Plus, I already bought "2021" eyeglasses, headbands/hats, and party blowers for the occasion.  AND I bought a 1/2 size apple pie and ice cream for them as a special occasion treat.  (Which I will stay away from.)
    Continuing Day 2, I've had:
    Vegetables/Starch: 
    - An ENTIRE 10oz bag of Birds Eye frozen "Shredded Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Cauliflower Florets".  A lot of carbs, but I'm here for health, not eating low-carb.  (It has garlic , salt, and pepper and the ingredients are CLEAN/whole 30 compliant.  I'm proud of this find.)
    - A big bowl of lettuce, a small bowl of peas and carrots
    Fruit: frozen mixed berries
    Protein: 2 eggs, half a can of tuna
    Fat: Ghee for eggs, olive oil to prepare the frozen veggies in a frying pan, mayo
    Other: unsweetened almond milk with coffees (2 or 3 cups), larabar
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Amy_Michigan ~ I hope you and your family have a wonderful celebration of 2021 ~ no matter what time it occurs.  There is much to celebrate.   
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Brewer5 in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Brewer5 The chopped nuts sound really good!  Haha.. and that rule sounds like a good one.  I just have to stop forgetting about my protein needs and then I'm all about it. 
    I bought some sparking water today for myself, and I also bought sparkling grape juice for the family.  This might be the first year I let my kids stay up (or wake them up if they demand it) for New Years.  They are 5 and 8 years old and their bedtime is still 8 PM but they usually read in bed until 9 or 9:30 at the latest (bigger kid reads to littler kid).  Neither of them have stayed up past 10 PM.  My husband does not like the idea of them staying up until midnight, but going from 2020 to 2021 is kind of monumental, so I plan to convince him.  Plus, I already bought "2021" eyeglasses, headbands/hats, and party blowers for the occasion.  AND I bought a 1/2 size apple pie and ice cream for them as a special occasion treat.  (Which I will stay away from.)
    Continuing Day 2, I've had:
    Vegetables/Starch: 
    - An ENTIRE 10oz bag of Birds Eye frozen "Shredded Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Cauliflower Florets".  A lot of carbs, but I'm here for health, not eating low-carb.  (It has garlic , salt, and pepper and the ingredients are CLEAN/whole 30 compliant.  I'm proud of this find.)
    - A big bowl of lettuce, a small bowl of peas and carrots
    Fruit: frozen mixed berries
    Protein: 2 eggs, half a can of tuna
    Fat: Ghee for eggs, olive oil to prepare the frozen veggies in a frying pan, mayo
    Other: unsweetened almond milk with coffees (2 or 3 cups), larabar
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    Mama gets her chicken first ... that's what I always say.    (No I don't - but perhaps that should be a rule.)
    Tuna salad sounds good.  I like to put frozen blueberries and chopped nuts in mine, too.  Might sound weird ~ but it's tasty.
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Brewer5 in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Brewer5Oops, read your post wrong from November.  Glad you are thinking about being around more.  You are right.  It does help to know someone is reading and cares about your success!
    Day 2-
    Managed to avoid all the sugary, bready things in the house again by waiting to have breakfast until around 11:30.  Yay me.  Had some coffee with unsweetened almond milk to start my day.
    Starting Day 2, I've had:
    Vegetables/Starch: An ENTIRE 10oz bag of Birds Eye frozen "Shredded Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Cauliflower Florets".  A lot of carbs, but I'm here for health, not eating low-carb.  (It has garlic , salt, and pepper and the ingredients are CLEAN/whole 30 compliant.  I'm proud of this find.)
    Fruit: 
    Protein: 2 eggs
    Fat: Ghee for eggs, olive oil to prepare the frozen veggies in a frying pan
    Other: unsweetened almond milk with coffee
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to MadyVanilla in Here's To Success   
    Restarting a journal is my first step toward starting my next W30 on January 2.  My ultimate goal is to live close to W30/paleo most of the time, but I constantly struggle against myself and my addiction to sugar and processed foods.  Part of the issue is that I'm lazy and don't like to spend the time prepping and cooking and part of the issue is self-sabotage.  I use this journal to track my foods, work through my challenges, and keep myself accountable to myself.  Even though I fall off and disappear (I haven't posted since early November), the fact that I come back and start again is a win for me.  
    My health habits have whittled down to maintaining my ButcherBox meat order, doing yoga a few times a week and walking daily.  Since October 7, I've made it a priority to walk 10,000 steps/day.  I've missed only one day - Christmas Eve.  I report in daily to my Mom and her best friend, who are also committed to a daily step count.  I have osteoarthritis and a few other bone/joint/chronic pain issues and I know that eating well helps my pain levels.  I'm looking forward to being able to get up from a chair easily and walk without shuffling.  I'd also like to be able to walk longer distances without having to rest or stretch.  These things will be NSVs for me pretty quickly once I start W30.  
    My plan:
    12/28:  Start journal, search for recipes
    12/29: Journal, meal plan
    12/30: journal, create grocery list
    12/31: journal, order groceries
    1/1: journal, meal prep
    1/2: Start W30
     
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Amy_Michigan ~ I actually just managed that one day in November ...  Lol.  But I am glad you appreciate my posts.  I also know that (for me) it can be really motivating to know that even one other person in this world actually cares how you are doing with this, and is out there "listening".
    It's interesting that your first, perfect, by-the-book Whole 30 was in 2014.  Maybe we've talked about that before.  Mine was also.  Clearly there's something about this way of eating ... since we both keep coming back to it, even if we don't manage a full 30 days.
    I might be around more and trying to start again on January 1.  I do miss feeling my best.  It's been awhile.
    All good vibes sent to you today as you manage Day 2.    I hope you do keep posting a lot.  I think it really helps.
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    Reflection on Day 1:  I do have to work on getting more protein into my diet.  Veggies too but I'm more concerned with protein because I'm switching over from eating lots of cheese, regular milk, greek yogurt, peanut butter, beans/legumes, and soy milk for protein.  Pretty much everything you can't eat on a Whole30.  I added eggs into my diet on my first day of my Whole30, so I'm super proud of that.  Haven't prepared and eaten an egg of my own free will in months.  Tomorrow, will add in a little bit of chicken.  I remembered to take it out of the freezer - yay me!
    My first Whole30 back in 2014 was a complete goody-two-shoes Whole30, by the rules 100%.  I have never done anything close to that perfect since then.  I don't think I've made it passed day 5 after 2014 when I try to be perfect.  It just works better for me if I don't hold myself to those first-time standards.  When I allow some convenience, I get pretty close to 30 days (like regular ketchup once in a while, restaurant balsamic vinaigrette because that's the best option sometimes, larabars with chocolate occasionally).  I'm not letting myself down at all when I do this because I know it helps me to reach goals for healthier eating habits in the long run.  Plus I know my body pretty well, so I am not going to attempt a structured re-introduction after the Whole30.  I'm just going to do my best not to shock my system (I've done that before- stomach cramps in my intestines are not fun so you can bet I've learned from experience what to do after my whole30 experiences to add some food groups back first in that I know won't affect me horribly)
    So I'm really happy to be here, and I'm going to be posting A LOT my first few days because you know- obsession is almost necessary in the beginning so I don't forget what I'm doing and start eating a peanut butter sandwich or cream cheese bagel.  
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Brewer5 in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    Hi @Brewer5!    Seems like I missed you by a month, but maybe we'll be on here doing a whole30 again around the same time in the future, who knows!    Good job on finishing up at the end of November!  I love reading your posts because I really relate to so much you talk about, especially about how the best time to restart your healthy lifestyle journey is not when you are feeling desperate, but when your motivation meter is high (summarized in my own words, haha).  Hopefully, my motivation stays where I need it to be to keep this going for awhile.  I usually don't get all the way to 30 days, but it doesn't matter to me because I never regret doing it and getting as far as I do.
    --
    Continuing Day 1, I am going to add on what I ate the rest of the day:

    Vegetables/Starch: Sweet Potato, Mixed Salad greens, red onion, cucumber
    Fruit: Frozen mixed fruit (Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberry, Raspberries), lemon juice
    Protein: 2 eggs
    Fat: Ghee, olive oil
    Other: 2 larabars, balsamic vinegar, unsweetened almond milk with coffee
     
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    Hello @Amy_Michigan ~ good to see you!  
    I wish you all the best on your 30 day journey.  Please feel free to reach out anytime if you need/want the support.
    And ... hey ... let's toast some virtual sparkling water to welcoming 2021!
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby.  He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer.
    One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck.
    "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought.  I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh.
    But Toby had a plan.  He was working toward a goal.
    You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck.
    And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immersed in the water in the bed of the dump truck.  ...Ah... he'd made it.  And he has made it several times since.
    This is the dogs' drinking water.  Yes, we use a plastic dump truck as our dogs' outside drinking bowl.  How did this happen?  Well, you see ~ life is busy, and when we got our first dog - there was the dump truck, right there by the outside spigot.  We filled it up with water for him to drink ... and it has been the dog bowl, for five years now.
    Five years.
    I had friends here five years ago, who were part of my journey when we first brought Rocket into our family.  My sleep was disrupted for the first time in years.  I struggled with cravings, and increased caffeine consumption, and trying to figure out a new normal.
    That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's okay.
    I was thinking tonight about how much has changed just since I started this journal.  I feel like a different person.  
    That's because I am a different person.  That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's good.
    We should always be moving forward.  We should always be working toward a goal.  
    We may look like Toby in my avatar sometimes - and that's okay, too.  Toby sat there and thought about it for awhile ... but he reached his destination.
    I wish the same for each of you.
     
     
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 1: 11/23/20
    Done!
    And fine.  Just had a bad reminder of how badly my body reacts to grass-fed beef when I made meatballs tonight. My heart rate climbed to 131 while standing completely still, before it finally decided to start going back down.
    I don’t know what it would be like to do a whole 30 and be able to eat all of the things allowed. That’s OK. I will keep figuring it out as usual.
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    @Jennifer Jensen Thanks for stopping in!  I hope your first Whole 30 went well.  Love the quote.
    Hey y'all ~ clearly my "Day 1" back on September 25 was not an actual starting point for a Whole 30.  Lol.  Nope, I didn't die or drop off the face of the planet.  I'm still here.
    I've been on a wild ride that did not involve Whole 30.  Have thought of returning many times, only to then think ... "I'm not sure if that's the right direction for me right now ... because, what happens at the end of 30 days?"
    Well.  I do know what happens at the end of 30 days.  I've also said many times that perhaps this will be my pattern for the rest of this lifetime.  And that's okay.
    I do think I've figured out that starting a Whole 30 (for me) needs to happen when I've got gas in the tank - when I am feeling pretty filled up - and not at a point/feeling of desperation.  This takes a certain mindset, determination, and confidence to know that no matter what comes in the 30 days ahead - I'm going to get through it, I'm going to be okay, and I'm going to come out stronger on the other side.
    Yesterday we had our family Thanksgiving at my sister's house.  I didn't eat anything too crazy - there's no need to talk about it.  I'm still listening to my body and I still know the "danger zones" pretty well.
    What there IS to talk about is the love that is surrounding me.  The realization that there are so many people who have been placed in my life who are depending on me, while also lifting me up ... and that I have so many people who simply enjoy my presence.  
    I am blessed.  I am reminded not to look at what others appear to have, and not to think that the grass is greener on the other side - but to appreciate the bounty that has been brought into my own life.  Right here and now.
    We got home late after a LONG drive - and I poured myself a shot of silver tequila with sparkling water, as has been my usual lately.  ...Why?  Why did I pour it?  Well - of course - because it has been my usual lately.
    I took a few sips and just wasn't feeling it.  Dumped it.  And so I woke up today for the first time in awhile, pretty sober.  It feels good.  It feels right.
    Anyone out there who has read this far - I'm sending you good energy, positive vibes ... and I truly hope you have a beautiful day.  I'm going to.  No matter what.  :)
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from RachelR 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 got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Preparing for the fall - August Whole30   
    M3. Zucchini Spaghetti. (But really I quarter the pieces of zucchini but whatev)
     

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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Preparing for the fall - August Whole30   
    From M2

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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 Semi 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.