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Everything posted by MadyVanilla

  1. I'm trying to catch up on others' logs, trying to find my place back here. I love reading everyone's stories and journeys. So many of us have similar struggles...I learn so much from my fellow W30ers. I made a good choice for breakfast this morning - eggs with banana scrambled in olive oil. And I just started a pot of water to poach chicken in order to make my old standby of chicken salad. It helps me to gear up to start, rather than to jump right in. Thursday is the day. I walked the dog first thing-one of my previous healthy habits that went by the wayside. I made my list
  2. Thank you for sharing your story! I'm returning after a 6 week hiatus, trying to catch up on everyone's journals...I was drawn in by your writing style. It sounds like you are really seeing the benefits of W30. I look forward to continuing to read your journey.
  3. I'm so glad to be back and see that you are here! i can count on coming to your posts for delicious meal ideas. The migraines, vertigo...for me the joint pain...we know what we need to do! A mid-day bath sounds like such a luxury, I love it! Soaking sore muscles...wrap your blisters up well and your next walk will hopefully be ok. I'm impressed by the number of miles you are covering in such a short period of time. Also, happy belated birthday!
  4. And I fell off the wagon - HARD. I kept telling myself I haven't strayed for very long, it won't take much to get back...6 weeks!!! I've been off for six weeks! Even longer, really, because the slide started before then. I'm not ready yet to read back over my last few posts. I need to get myself in a positive frame of mind. Returning to a greater than full work load, virtual school, was really hard. Exhausting. There were no brain cells left at the end of the day...did a day really even ever end? Looking back, it was such a nebulous blur. The skills that I had really worked on
  5. I'm just here. Going to start over tomorrow. I have so much good, nourishing food it would almost be impossible not to eat W30. And yet, I was derailed by Labor Day barbecue food, wine, and my mother-in-law's brownies...I made the choice to indulge. I have a date for a bike ride with a friend in an hour. I'll be back tomorrow ready for day 1 again.
  6. What Schrodinger said... I'll add that meal prep and clean-up may seem daunting after the initial excitement wears off, but it gets much, much easier. The forum and FB groups are excellent resources for how to find short-cuts, too. Welcome and good luck!
  7. There are so many mental games that I play with myself, the scale is just one. I used to think a daily weigh-in kept me in line, but it didn't-I often didn't weigh myself if I had eaten "bad" the day before. But those days that I did, and the scale went down despite the "bad" choices, oh the fun mental games with that scenario! This summer, my plan has evolved into working on self-honesty. Calling myself out and taking responsibility for stuff. It's ALWAYS my choice-no one force feeds me. Working on the all-or-none thinking. It's a process, for sure. Day 11 Mood-8, Energy-6,
  8. Another late day post...those of you that work such long hours, how do you even manage to eat one healthy meal, let alone several and get in exercise???? Day 10 Mood-8, Energy-6, Pain-0 It's been a good day, so much accomplished, and I solved a problem for 4 people who were all very grateful. I was able to shower, dress, and get breakfast at an appropriate time this morning, but then the day took off. Lunch...I was again just wanting to grab something. I'm struggling a little more with the cravings this time around, I'm not sure what that's about, maybe just being busy,
  9. Me, too. Quarantine...I remember reading something that said the way we are impacted by it is similar to how we live on our incomes. There are lots of people who make less money (have less resources during pandemic), but most people still live at the top of their means (are near their "wits-end" during the pandemic). Our own reality is so vastly different than what it has every been that to expect ourselves to grin and bear it and accept our lot as just the way things are without any grieving would be the same as expecting ourselves to carry on as normal in the face of financial deva
  10. You are getting so much exercise! I know what you mean about letting yourself go in was a tough time, full of fearful unknowns. You are working yourself back to where you were. Enjoy the visit with your family!
  11. I like to ease into it seems to help, getting into a preparation mindset. I'm looking forward to following your journey!
  12. You've had such an awesome week, and such cool NSVs already! Whether or not you decide to go to the gym or spend time with your bf tonight the important thing to keep in mind is that you are making the best choices for your health, whether it be your physical, mental, or emotional health. Sometimes we need to hang out with loved ones, sometimes we need to go to the gym. And the true!
  13. These crazy days...I have forgotten how stressful work can be! It's amazing to me that I just handled these days previously. I've gotten soft while working from home, lol. I keep saying things will calm at work - I'm still hopeful... So it's almost dinner time and I'm just getting around to journaling. Yesterday went fine, I dressed for the gym, set my alarm, and got myself there and back before my afternoon meeting. I didn't have time to lift, though, and didn't get 8k steps. Today is not looking so hot, either - I've only gotten 1,400 so far. That is correct. It is a little aft
  14. I really like this idea. It goes along with my desire for structure. I hope you continue to journal as you reintroduce!
  15. Yesterday was a real trial. Things began going downhill shortly before lunch...I had an urgent question to answer for a co-worker that required me to gather a yes or no answer from 9 other people. After an hour, I had only heard back from 3 people. I was annoyed because the task was given to me and because everyone is supposed to be on their computers (where email pops up) and should have had time to answer me. So I texted, and got several "I think so" answers. Then I had a Zoom with several other people, one of whom I thought was going to relieve me of some responsibilities, but turns ou
  16. Day 7. I am constantly amazed by how food impacts my mindset and vice versa. A week ago I was grumbly and not wanting to commit to W30 and now I'm easily managing compliant meals. I've said this before - this seems simple and strong but it could crumble any moment, it's a true paper lion. Acknowledging the fragility is important to helping me be realistic and not so black-and-white in my thinking. Mood-7, Energy-7, Pain-2. A lot of "hurry-up-and-wait" with work making things more stressful than they were 2 weeks ago, but it should calm and settle into a nice routine later this week
  17. This happens to me, too, the improved sleep on Whole30 and the winter blues. Have fun in spin class tonight with your new shoes!
  18. A quick note to say all is going well - wrapping up Day 6, dinner is cooking now. I don't like to miss more than one day of journaling, and I got up for an early breakfast and gym workout yesterday morning and never got on the computer. Five mile hike with the dog today (gorgeous day!) and plans to hit the mat soon after dinner for a good restorative session.
  19. Lol. I'm currently on my 7th round. My first 4 were textbook, without reintroductions. My 5th round was the only one I did not complete 30 days. My 6th round, I did a restart mid-way because I had rice...I've been sloppy my last two times, and have never done a good reintroduction. I agree - I need to do the 30, then a good reintroduction. I get caught up in the "this is so awesome, I'm going to eat W30 forever!" and then decide I want something so I might as well make it a reintroduction, then all falls apart. All or nothing mentality - that's me!! Working very hard to change it this
  20. And things are starting to get easier, no cravings at has been extremely busy with work. I typically journal in the morning, but I'm just getting a chance to do it now in the late afternoon (instead of going for a walk!) Yesterday was compliant, I just didn't get to go for a bike ride because of work. It's ramp-up week at work, next week will be easier. Day 4 Mood-7, Energy-7, Pain-1 M1-leftover ground beef and zoodles M2-onion and mushrooms sauteed in ghee with compliant ham on cassava tortillas M3-I don't even know. I'm still full and satisfied from l
  21. Isn't this just the best NSV? It's sometimes hard to explain to someone how we can do a W30, but the reduction in sugar cravings makes it so much easier!
  22. (nodding head furiously in agreement) Wine-Good for you for getting rid of the temptation. I have a mail order subscription for organic, Paleo wines. My every-3-month case arrived today. And I just started another W30 on I want wine or do I want to finally finish a W30 and do a reintroduction??? The struggle is real... Here's to compliance!
  23. Oh my goodness, three (two?) more days! Your breakfast sounds like something I could eat every single day...
  24. Yay - another lover of the structure of W30! I think I'm on my 7th round - I started journaling in this forum for my 6th round (started in June), didn't really finish it and piddled around before recommitting again this week. Journaling has been the most helpful activity I have engaged in to help me with working toward Food Freedom (no where near there, yet). So welcome! It makes so much sense what you said about setting the tone as you transition into a new stage. I hope today is successful and that you continue to journal here through the next 29.