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  1. I think it was yesterday's post from Melissa Urban that talked about, "I'm not drinking right now." I decided to try that with sugar. So, "I'm not eating sugar right now." I put a red hair band around my wrist that will serve as my visual reminder for the month of November. It comes down to making the decision at each moment. I am usually really good at making the pro-health decisions. But when I'm not, I'm all in to the bad choice. So for now, I'm going to choose not to make the bad choice and remember that I'm going to be mindful and conscious of the choice by wearing the red band.
  2. @Rebecca001 - I fell from grace. On Day 25. I made the mistake of buying Halloween candy early, overconfident that I could handle having it in the house. I had bought the candy Monday and it lasted until Wednesday night - then I discovered that I could not handle having it in the house. But really, I think I didn't want to handle it - I wanted those creamy, coconut-y Almond Joys. And then I struggled so to get back on track, I think because in the back of my head I wanted to eat whatever I wanted until I could get to today. November 1 and Monday, the perfect time to restart. Head games t
  3. Nothing much to say today. I didn't get around to poaching the chicken thighs - MUST DO TONIGHT. I also didn't make it to the produce stand-another must do, but at least I'll be coming home from that direction tonight. M1-Nothing yet. I was not hungry this morning and so chose to sleep rather than get up and make breakfast. M2-Grilled chicken salad M3-Carnitas tacos tonight-didn't have the collards to make the shell portion happen last night. And there is still ALOT of pork left. It's soo good, but no one else eats it - I don't understand why. My husband must think it's
  4. Dinner was delicious last night. Oven roasted potatoes rank above macaroni and cheese as comfort food, in my opinion. There were some left over potatoes that I'm looking forward to frying up with an egg and greens later this week. Plus, I had a nice long hike with the dog, which ended with a 1/4 mile run back to the car to avoid the impending thunderstorm. Followed by a LONG yoga session. I slept so well last night after spending a blissful afternoon/evening. How easy it is to take good care of myself when I'm motivated to do so. Day 24...though I need to check the dijon mustard I
  5. Sometimes it really is a puzzle, but when it turns out right, it's so lovely! I personally have more success with avocado oil than olive oil, but now based on your comment, I wonder if it's actually brand dependent. The only advice I can offer is to make sure all your ingredients are room temperature. Also, if the mayo doesn't turn out, add seasonings and turn it into a creamy salad dressing or a marinade.
  6. I can't believe the weekend has come and gone and I did no journaling...Saturday, Day 21, was on-plan. Yesterday, I didn't feel well, a stomach bug or something, and I didn't eat much or do much. I slow-cooked a pork roast for carnitas over the weekend, but didn't do the rest of my planned meal prep. Friday after work I stopped at a new produce stand and loaded up on greens - collard greens, rainbow chard, salad mix, plus scallions, mushrooms, and apples. The collard leaves make excellent wraps for sandwiches. Day 23 M1-2 eggs, 3 slices complaint bacon, Paleo Kitchen mayo w
  7. I did make chia seed pudding last night to have for breakfast this morning. As I sat before my computer eating it, I wondered if it was in fact compliant. I did a search through the forums and found technically it's not, because it's a treat with compatible ingredients or a no-brakes food. Chia seed pudding is a fairly new discovery for me, and it's delicious. Just as those egg muffins (are they technically non-compliant because I cook them in a muffin tin with muffin papers?) were that I had for breakfast earlier in the week. I don't typically eat pudding. This is not sweet and I wouldn
  8. Day 19 M1-last of the egg muffins. I need to plan breakfast for tomorrow (chia seed pudding?) M2-Green Goddess salad from Panera with oil and vinegar and no bacon M3 - leftover taco salad
  9. Day 18 M1-egg muffins M2-egg salad over salad, grapes M3-Japanese restaurant-fish and vegetables is the plan.
  10. Interesting note - I was packing grapes for my lunch this morning and I remarked to my husband and son how delicious and sweet they were. Both tried them and said they barely had any taste. I'm guessing it's the lack of sugar in my diet Day 17 M1- 3 egg muffins and black coffee M2 - egg salad over spinach, grapes M3 - taco salad - ground beef, sautéed bell peppers and onions, big salad, fresh pico de gallo. I've been doing well getting a daily walk and yoga. I just started a vitamin D supplement last night and I'm hoping that will help with my fatigue. I was blam
  11. From Monday 10/18 - forgot to hit submit: I'm killing time waiting for a meeting that starts in 45 minutes. I've worried about all weekend. I had breakfast this morning and packed lunch, but I think I'll wait until after the meeting to eat. It's either going to go well and be fairly quick or it's going to go horribly and end quickly (only to have to be rescheduled). I find Sundays to be a little bit tougher - certainly, the work week is easier because it's fairly regimented. And Saturdays I'm often busy with housecleaning, dog obedience class, and then an afternoon or e
  12. It looks like you are off to a good start! I love your goal list and the pesto - yum!
  13. I often don't feel like eating breakfast, either. And the days that I do eat breakfast, it often throws me off for timing my other two meals. I find it difficult to get the portion size just right, so that I'm hungry at the right time. I'm glad your running is coming back. Enjoy the beautiful day!
  14. Day 15 M1-salami, raspberries, and black coffee M2-BLT salad, cashews, grapes M3–pork chops, skillet sweet potatoes, cauliflower rice. meal-prepped egg muffins for breakfast and egg salad for lunch. Overdoing the eggs this week.
  15. Day 14 M1-3 eggs, 3 slices bacon, spinach cooked in olive oil M2-Charcuterie at winery with friends: meats, olives, grapes, berries, cashews. I avoided the cheeses, crisp breads, olives stuffed with blue cheese, and chocolate dusted almonds. And it was fine! M3-Leftover chicken over kale.
  16. For lunch today, I ended up going with Five Guys. Researching on-line, I did find compliant meals for several quick places near me, including Panera, but a juicy Five Guys burger sounded yummy. I did not realize they don't use oil or butter on their grill and no seasonings. Two patties, no cheese, lettuce wrap, with tomato, grilled onions and mushrooms, and mustard. Filling and satisfying.
  17. I use the Headspace app frequently to help me sleep. I discovered last night there are mediations on there for cravings and for mindful eating. I think I will try them. Day 13 M1 final serving of egg casserole. That was really good this week. M2 I would really like to have Panera for lunch, rather than go home. I'm going to see if I can find something compliant on their menu, but if not, I'll go home and make chicken salad over salad. M3 BBQ chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes if I need the extra carbs. Plan for walk, yoga, and bodyweight exercises after work
  18. The day is almost over and I’m just getting to journal. Dense fog this morning, so no walk, but I did get a nice short hike in this afternoon. And yoga. I had routine lab work done yesterday and most of my numbers were good, except my HDL cholesterol was a little high and my Vitamin D was quite low. First time for both. I haven’t been spending as much time outside in the middle of the day and I guess it shows. I haven’t talked with the doc yet-I do not want to take meds for my cholesterol. The other cholesterol numbers were good. This will give me incentive to stay away from the p
  19. I added some body weight exercises to my routine last night. Did not get up to walk this morning, just wasn't feeling it. I woke up, and then just laid in bed trying to go back to sleep, unsuccessfully. Just lazy. Day 11 M1-nothing, I had to do labwork this morning, which required a 12 hour fast. M2-rest of the chicken salad over mixed greens M3 - chicken with Primal Kitchen BBQ sauce, broccoli. Maybe a sweet potato. I have an appointment after work and so probably won't have time to walk or do yoga. A no exercise kind of day.
  20. Mile long pre-Dawn walk this morning. Day 10 M1-egg casserole and black coffee M2-Chipotle W30 chicken bowl. I thought I’d have time to go for lunch, but didn’t. M3- leftover chili over spinach. I made chia seed pudding last night-just the seeds and almond milk. I need to perfect my technique, but it was pretty good. It would be good for breakfast or a snack, especially with fruit added. plan to walk again after work and yoga.
  21. This is also how I find my groove when I get off-track. Return to the habits that set me straight, like you with planning your food every evening. It's a fine balance, intending 100% compliance but being able to quickly restart if you aren't. There are so many cute quotes about success and failure, but there is so much truth in trying again and not letting less-than-perfect derail you. The journaling helps me, too. One of my healthy habits that I return to if things go awry. The motivation is there, or you wouldn't keep coming back. It's just sometimes not easy to bring it to the s
  22. @Rebecca001 I didn't do the class . I just couldn't be brave enough...not yet, anyway. I'm going to keep trying to talk myself into it. I did get up this morning and walk a mile with the dog, though. That's the first time I've done that since early August. It's dark that early, but such a great way to start the day. I've been busy at work and haven't been good about logging in to journal. I've made journaling one of my daily healthy habits to do this week in working toward my "prizes", so I'm going to try to do at least a short entry each day. Day 9 M1-Slice of egg, s
  23. This is spot-on with the timeline...just sayin' The struggle with the husband is so real for me. We've long ago agreed to disagree and often cook our own, separate dinners. Which is sad. And expensive. You have a great plan with sitting down together to look at the budget - hopefully, that will do the trick! You're a wonderful role model for him, sticking to it when it gets tough (I hear the chocolate and cheese...) and with your new energy and improved mood you don't even have to say anything for him to see the positives in really a very short time. Good luck!