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    Amy_Michigan reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January   
    Thank you! Definitely back right after! I can't believe I'm completely cut off for 3 days haahaa. 
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to BabyBear in Amy's Log for 2020   
    You rebel!  Lol my house is never so clean as when I have major deadlines impeding... or when I get really mad/upset.  
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from BabyBear in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Yeah, that sounds totally like me/the inter-workings of my brain!  Thanks for sharing.  That is interesting.  Usually in my line of work I am not faced with deadlines like that, and I'm glad.  I of course take those deadlines seriously- unlike deadlines in my personal life.  For example, when my husband tells me I should do something that I was already planning to do in my own time, I suddenly procrastinate WORSE because he was telling me to do it and I wish he hadn't mentioned it in the first place.  Then suddenly, something ELSE I had been meaning to do for awhile suddenly becomes my top priority instead HA.  I had a sparkling clean room when I was "preparing" from my P.E. exam.  
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    I'm not going to number today.  Not yet, anyway.
    I had a big post started here ~ sounding kind of down, like I was feeling.  Then I had a phone call that strangely lifted my spirits.  (More on that later, perhaps).  Plus my morning coffee is kicking in.
    So I'm going to leave it at this:  I'm going to get off the couch now, and I'm going to go kick this day's ass.  Then tonight, I might have some wine.  With my husband.
    And life will go on.  And it will be good.   
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Emma in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Oh Amy - I laughed out loud at that! I was so embarrassed also at my falling apart. I'm not cheering on your chocolate eating, but I sure do get it! I guess part of this process if figuring out what blindsides us and then how we react to it. YOU reacted far more gracefully than me!!!
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Emma in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    Smiling and a bit of laughing out loud - Well, @BabyBear and @Amy_Michigan I did slip a bit into the abyss and I did do some justification about taking advantage of a slip up to postpone things, but I am still here - just not back in the saddle or on the trail.  I sure do love that I was gone a few days (maybe even more than a few) and that I knew when I came back, there would be people still here most likely hoping I was still around. I am very thankful for that and it was nice reading your words and encouragement.
    I was trekking up a mountain with my backpack, just plugging along, when I started to take some liberties. I felt myself floundering and I knew my load was heavy and I knew I'd been staying to the path and persevering, but boy - I just toppled. I didn't topple quickly. I kinda slow toppled and then went with it....quite a ways down the hill. And then I'd dust myself off and eat something healthy and then eat some junk and topple some more.
    The crazy thing is...I have felt horrible physically. Nothing in the things I have been eating have felt good. And a couple things left me feeling horrible in my head and crazy tired like I had some allergic reaction, but was semi numb to things so I couldn't isolate it. And even while I've felt bloated and headachy and fat and grumpy and behind, I've just eaten more and more sugar. And not just one, but numerous bars of ice cream. And each day, I say, I'll get back up on the trail tomorrow and each tomorrow, I find myself loving the "freedom" of eating whatever the f I want. 
    Except I don't really want those things. I do in the moment. But they don't taste near as good as a good meal and they all leave me feeling sh----.
    Again, I'm reminded that this is exactly like an addiction for me. I don't want to eat the crap and yet I do. And I justify it or deny what I'm doing and eat some more.
    But....the good news...there's still a lot of good food in my fridge  My cauliflower had some brown edges on it, but once roasted, who cares! My pork tenderloin didn't smell bad so I cooked that up too. My coleslaw in a bag looks just fine (I love cabbage for its staying power). My spaghetti squash sounds so unappetizing, but it's still probably okay.
    I guess the also good news is that I have continued to go to the gym. Laughing. I feel like I was gone for WEEKS! Or MONTHS! I just scrolled back - it was only last Thursday. Wow - what a lot of screwed up eating I managed to do in such a short time!
    So...back to the good news. I went to the gym Thursday night, Sunday, and Monday. I'll go again tomorrow. Good news....I ate asparagus the other day (in between ice cream bars). I ate spaghetti squash with the cashew sauce Saturday night instead of the store bought pesto sauce.
    The bad news: lots of chocolates, shortbread cookies, dairy free ice cream bars, dairy free cheesecake, more sugary crap.
    I watched Brittney Runs a Marathon last night and enjoyed it. I felt a bit like Brittney at times as I went back to the kitchen to get some more food to eat that I didn't even really want.
    My thoughts about my toppling off the trail....I was eating a lot of nuts and I remember my system feeling bloated and full and not being able to use the restroom and I think when my body feels "off" I try to fix it by eating things - seeking the thing that will make it feel better. Even coffee isn't doing it these days. There isn't really a magical "fix" other than letting this stuff pass through my system and then just putting the clean stuff in.
    Blech blech blech! I'm still here and I'm hoping tomorrow is my Day One again.
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from BabyBear in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    Hope you are having a good weekend @Emma.  Remember that more than anything we are rooting for each other to make healthy choices, but we don't expect each other to be perfect.  We need to do what we need to do, and then hop back on the healthy lifestyle bus when the time is right.  
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Emma in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    It's hard to come and post after a screw up.  The weird thing is- I ALSO messed up today and it is my Day 15.  Crazy!  I'm just going to keep going, though.  Something about valentines day, and the weird half-way mark in the whole30.  Ah- well.  I'm not going to give up, and it doesn't seem like you are either.    
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to BabyBear in Amy's Log for 2020   
    @Amy_Michigan way to hang in there and stay compliant.  Some days are harder then others.  Could it be that the you “had” to get work done “or else” scenario caused you to want to rebel and you couldn’t so you were deflecting the rebellion onto something you had control over... food the choice to eat or not the choice to stay compliant or not?  This happens to me a lot with deadlines ... when I finally realized what I was doing and why and realized it was not a will power thing at all it helped me process the situation better.   I think Melissa addresses this in her podcast about the four types of people with Gertrin Rueban (spelling? And I’m not taking the time look it up lol)
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from BabyBear in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Day 19/ Restart Day 4 cont.
    Dinner.  I feel much better now.  Ate my whole chicken salad nice and slow and working on my mashed sweet potato and ghee now.

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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from BabyBear in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Day 19/ Restart Day 4
    This is not good. I am on a BAD path today...veering off of the whole30 track into nothing-land.  I keep thinking- "Go get lunch!"- and then another hour passes by and I'm still SITTING HERE at my desk.  I had a banana today for breakfast.  That is all.  A banana.  Then I went to starbucks and got a black coffee, a large bottled water, and a package of compliant mixed nuts/dried berries.  Ate that and then I went to work where I still am and I basically haven't moved since.  It's not even intermittent fasting because I ate between 5:30 AM and 8 AM this morning so if I have a large dinner at 5:30-6:30 PM, it's like fasting twice in one day which is the silliest thing I ever heard, and definitely doesn't sound healthy. 
    It all started when my I was told I had to try to get some work done "by noon on Monday".  So I procrastinated and I've been trying to play catchup and get everything done ASAP or else possibly bad consequences.  UGH.
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from BabyBear in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Day 18/ restart day 3
    M1:  compliant mixed nuts and cranberries and black coffee
    M2: Asian salad from health food store with romaine lettuce, chicken, red pepper, red cabbage, carrots, green onions, and sliced almonds. I used Noble Made Sriracha Tahini dressing and threw out the dressing with soy that came with the salad.
    M3: zucchini spaghetti and meat sauce, side of cucumbers

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    Amy_Michigan reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    I feel asleep early last night so posting for yesterday (Day 8) here:
    B: Eggs with spinach, salsa and avocado
    L: Salad greens with plain fresh crab meat, tomato, radish; lemon juice as dressing (best I could do eating out)
    D: Leftover sweet potato soup and chicken apple sausage. 
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Good work making progress on your house project!!  Laughed when I saw you mentioned me and my Outlander addiction in your log.    It's sooo good.  And for some reason I find it better watching on a tablet/ipad up close instead of all the way across the living room.  I do both, though.  I subscribe to Starz every time a new season comes out.  And then I watch the new episode like three times before the next episode comes out a WEEK later.  I also started watching episodes backwards from the last available episode.  A new way to watch!  LOL.  My husband and I are watching/making fun of the show The Witcher on Netflix.  He doesn't watch Outlander with me.  Lately I've been picking up the next book (partially pictured in my Day 17 meal pic)- "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" (book 6 I think) and it has been a real dilemma on whether to read or keep going on my backwards series-watching during the week between new episodes.  Yes, I could be doing better things with my time, but as long as I'm whole30-ing, I go easy on myself with other things.    I'm a type B, not a type A personality so I take things nice and slow and I never over schedule myself (if I ever schedule anything at all).  As for my knee, it only hurt that one day!  If it happens again I will take a look back at my log entries and try to figure out a correlation between foods I eat before experiencing the pain.  I've been having sweet potatoes nearly every day since starting the Whole30 (at least 2/3) so I think those are safe- yay!  I haven't added any white potatoes into my diet so far because I like sweet potatoes just fine.  Sorry you experienced yuckiness when you have potatoes!!   I might have to cut out nightshades eventually if my face redness/eczema doesn't go away with my Whole30... hope it does.  
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to SchrodingersCat in Amy's Log for 2020   
    You're recognizing risk before you give into it, and that's half the battle! Some days our eating times are going to be out of whack, that's life! But don't go slashing the other 3 tyres just coz you got a flat  you can keep this on track!
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Amy's Log for 2020   
    @Amy_Michigan ~ how is your knee?  ...Why, yes, I did pop in here just to see how you're doing...    
    I am going to throw this out there one time, and one time only ~ because I think I got quite the reputation here, years ago, of being a Potato Hater.  Lol.
    I'm not a Potato Hater.  You know I've been eating them.  I think they can be a great transitional food and a sanity-saver for those coming to W30 from SAD, in particular.
    But I do have a long and proven history of arthritic feelings showing up on Whole 30 when I am consuming potatoes / most likely nightshades in general.  I get swelling and pain in the joints of my fingers, aches and stiffness in my knees, and popping in my knees and ankles -- all things that are not occurring when I am not consuming potatoes.  It's been tested and obvious enough over and over again ... that for me, it is now a Personal Fact.
    That is all ~ I just wanted to share my experience.  If it helps one other person out there have a lightbulb moment, then my time away from my onion was well-spent.    I hope you have a wonderful day!
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 4 today ~ and the floor is coming along beautifully.  
    You would think, living in a home with four males aged 13-43, that I might have some help ... but I really don't.  I'm not typing that out in a bitter PMS state.  It's just a layer of my onion that I'm putting out here to observe.  
    There is a sense of pride and accomplishment, seeing our home transform ... row after row after row ... and I will always be able to look at it and say:  I did that.  It's not perfect, and it never will be ~ but it's mine.
    I've come to realize that I have a need to create.  I think, perhaps, that need has gone unfulfilled at many points in my life ... and I wasn't even aware of it being a need, until recently.
    Now that I am aware of it, I will cultivate it.  I have a lot of ideas in my mind, all the time.  I will try not to get frustrated if those around me cannot see and share my vision.  I most likely don't need their help ~ I just need their support.  Get out of my way, and let me create.  
    I popped over to Amy's log today, and it was so interesting to see her talking about her Outlander addiction.
    ...Oh, @Amy_Michigan ... girl ... I so hear you.  
    I read approximately the first three books, before I lost interest.  That was years ago.  But I just finished watching the entire Poldark series, while working on my floor over the weekend.  Then I'm like:  well, crap, now what?  
    So I go to Amazon - realize that apparently I had purchased the first season of Outlander, years ago - and apparently I had watched the first couple of episodes.  I started back up, somewhere in the middle of the third episode.  I'm just thinking, "Whatever ... it's something to listen to while I work on this floor."
    For the past two nights, I have stayed up until close to 2:00 am -- not working on the floor, because that involves banging with a mallet, and my kids are in bed -- but watching this damned show.  Last night was The Wedding, and ... good Lord.  I mean, seriously.  Seriously.  Lol.  I'm not sure if it's a good thing for me to be watching.  It made me want to drink wine with my husband, for one thing.  And it made me realize how far, far, far away it is from my reality.  It's far away from everyone's reality, clearly, and that's why we love it.  It's an escape.
    So I started thinking along these lines:  Is it better for us to shut things like this out, and not stir up those feelings of discontent?  Is it better for us to watch things like this, and acknowledge that perhaps this is an area of our life that could use some ... weed-pulling?  
    Hmmm.  I am going to keep deep-thinking on that one.  The conclusion I come to might decide whether I'm buying wine again anytime soon.  Which brings up the question:  Why do we need wine?  I'm not saying everyone does ... but I am going to call a spade a spade, and say that our level of intimacy is most certainly enhanced by alcohol.
    Man.  Now my brain hurts, and I have to go to work.    As always ~ best wishes for a glorious day!
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January   
    Nice NSV...Great job sticking with this!  You make it seem easy!  
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January   
    Fish Tuesday!
    I feel like shellfish, I need a recipe. Something with scallops and prawns, maybe. Might do a cherry tomato chilli seafood 'pasta' with zoodles and sweet potato noodles for me.
    Meal 1: eggs n kraut
    Meal 2: Corriander Beef Curry with cauli/brocc rice
    Meal 3: Right now, as above. We shall see what the markets hold, though.
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January   
    OH, NSV (I don't  even know what I weighed when I started ), but today I tried a skirt that I 'grew out of' some while back and it does up.  Didn't wear it because it has no stretch and it wasn't comfy, but it was done up. That's definitely something.
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from Jihanna in Day 28, Underfed, and Uninspired to Eat   
    If I were you, I would be be hesitant to start my reintroduction because it doesn't seem like you were to the point yet that you formed a new lifestyle change of incorporating new whole foods into your diet.  I would highly recommend trying "paleo" for at least a week- still not introducing grains, legumes, and dairy, but having more food variety because there are less limitations.  This is how I learned to love to incorporate adding sweet potato, pumpkin, and all sorts of veggies into delicious meals.  For breakfast, when you are paleo you can have banana pancakes.  Or PUMPKIN pancakes, which I have LIVED off of.  You can also make pizza egg muffins which are the bomb (although that might be allowed on whole30 already).
    My favorite paleo breakfasts:
    Banana Pancakes *I make the kind with a bit of almond flour*:
    Pumpkin Pancakes *My favorite*:
    Pumpkin Waffles:
    Pizza Egg Muffins *My other favorite*:
    Other favorite paleo treats:
    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins *Yum*:
    Sweet Potato Chai Muffins *So much better than they sound!*:
    Sweet Potato Brownies:
    I'm not a fan of veggies myself, but over a few years of paleo/whole30 eating, I learned that I actually love the taste of roasted broccoli, roasted carrots (carrot fries), roasted sweet potatoes (sweet potato fries), and figured out that I like cooked zucchini when it is covered in spaghetti sauce and meatballs (I'm too lazy for noodles so I just cut the zucchini in long strips after peeling the skin off).  Or I just dip cucumbers and carrots in ranch...that's still eating my veggies!  I'm not a great cook.
    When I am off of Whole30s I really enjoy Paleo Parents/ (if kids like it, I'm more likely to like it), Paleomg, and Well Fed/
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 3 today ~ and back to work!  
    It's amazing that I can type that out and realize that I actually look forward to going to work.    What the heck?  Is that a thing?  Do people do that?  Haha...  
    I've always liked this job ~ and there were some days in nursing where I was happy to go back on some level.  Those days just also had an impenetrable, underlying sense of anxiety, because it's the nature of the profession to never know what the day is going to bring.  I can handle "rolling with it" pretty well in most areas of life, but when people's lives are in your hands ... it requires a level of constant vigilance that is just exhausting.  I did that day after day after day, often for 15-16 hour shifts.  {I wonder why I feel burnt out on nursing.}
    So I'll keep it short today and just say:  I'm so glad I listened to that little voice.  
    I searched on indeed one time for the word "manager" to see what came up in my area.  "I also have the business management degree ... let's just see what else is out there."  My employer had listed this job as "Executive Assistant/Office Manager" -- and if she had not included the word "manager" -- we never would have found each other.  That is crazy.  I have become a part of the family, and I cannot imagine where I'd be and what I would be doing today if I hadn't listened to that little voice in that moment.
    As it is ~ I did listen ~ and now I get to go spend my day away from the chaos of my house ... in a wonderful, quiet, uncluttered, office space with the two beautiful Irish setters who have become my very best work buddies.  ...Sorry, boss, if you read this someday.  You know the dogs are why I stay.  
    Everybody, as always, have a fantastic Monday.  I hope you listen to that little voice and make great things happen.
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    Amy_Michigan got a reaction from BabyBear in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    Hope you are having a good weekend @Emma.  Remember that more than anything we are rooting for each other to make healthy choices, but we don't expect each other to be perfect.  We need to do what we need to do, and then hop back on the healthy lifestyle bus when the time is right.  
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to Sofija Dunjic in Sofija's February log - 1st Whole30   
    Day 14
    Finally feeling much better and sooo full of energy! We had some nice fritatta for breakfast and salmon for lunch. For dinner we had a little bit late Valentine's day special dinner with shrimps and it was awesome! I am happy that we've come almost half way there and we feel amazing. Hope we accomplish some important NSVs till the end.
    Being from Serbia, doing the perfect Whole30 can be pretty challenging. On one hand, we have access to great unprocessed and locally grown meat on our farmer's market (be it regular beef, pork etc or sausages and bacon) which is usually cheaper than in supermarkets, and a whole lot better. Also, vegetables, fruit and fresh fish are much higher quality there because our farmers are usually  cultivating on their own farms. However, we are severely lacking in other whole30 approved stuff, like condiments and huge amount of different vegetables etc. So usually I have to make everything from scratch or skip some recipes entirely (cause we don't have coconut aminos or ANY compliant mustard..or pickles ). Sometimes it's not a big deal, but other times it can be really hard. Although, we are still doing pretty good on this journey.
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    Amy_Michigan reacted to LindaC in Day 1 of second round-Fail   
    Oh thank you BabyBear!  Not a rock star but I don't really want to start over.  His first thought was to use spaghetti squash but then really wanted the angel hair pasta and it's my sister-in-law's favorite food (seriously! she passed on the pie to have two helpings of pasta and scallops!)  I was happy with the scallops and big salad -ok- if I'm honest it was not at all easy but I figured I've made it this far so I've got to try hard to get the next two weeks done.  He's away next week so I'm on my own and there will be less temptation in the house.  And yes, my husband is a really awesome guy in that he never tries to sabotage my WH30 efforts and is almost always willing to cook compliant meals.  My sugar craving is lessening so that's one NSV!