MadyVanilla

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  1. Another week has gone by...I ended up eating really well all last week, at least until Saturday night.  Then I just ate whatever on Sunday.  Yesterday, I was generally back on track, but not watching the sweets.  I did get a workout in yesterday.  In the moment it seems that I've really back slid, that I'm doing terrible, but when I look at the grand scheme, it's not so bad.  

    I've added a power smoothie for breakfast - almond milk, kale or spinach, black cherries, blueberries, collagen powder, and flaxseed.  This works well for breakfast, but I think it would hold me over better if I did coconut milk instead of almond milk.  But then I lose out on protein.  Maybe I can add egg white...I think this will be my summer breakfast.  

    I'm almost at the milestone of 75 workouts in my program.  I should have easily reached this two weeks ago.  This happens to me sometimes, when I'm almost to a goal, I start to fail.  It's like a mental block.  Maybe I think I don't deserve it?  Or I haven't worked hard enough to achieve it?  I've actually been pretty consistent with the workouts.  The exceptions to that are vacation/long weekend away and these last two weeks.  So I do deserve to reach the milestone.  Consistency is the most important part of the program.  I've come back to it despite roadblocks, which is quite an accomplishment.  Was every one of those workouts hard and did I work up a sweat, do my best on each one?  No, I did not.  But that's ok.  I wouldn't be able to maintain the consistency if I was worn out or hurt all the time.  Something is better than nothing.  Consistency is key.  I'll keep at it.  I do deserve the milestone.  two more workouts and I'm there.  

  2. I wrote the above a week ago, and spent the rest of the week floundering.  I had a couple of good restarts, but just didn't make it through a day.  I ended up doing only 2 workouts all week (Monday and Tuesday) and no yoga at all.  

    I was fully back on track with eating yesterday.  I didn't get to workout or do yoga, but the work day was too busy for a mid-day workout and I had an after work task I had to do, so it's fine.  

    I've gained back 5 of the official 15 I had lost...but it's better than gaining back 10.  Or all of it.  

    I'm sooo tired right now...I think it's because I was really high carb all last week and then yesterday I was below 100g.  I slept well, I just really want to close my eyes now at mid-morning.  I want coffee.  Or food.  I can't get in to retrieve what I need to work on for at least another 20 minutes.  I played a game of scrabble on my phone.  I'm journaling.  I think I'll research for my next vacation.  Or shop for plates.    

  3. @Neanerzzz, what a great idea!  I know this will work for me (if I do it!!)  Thank you!  

     

    I'm struggling a bit today...long weekend mini getaway with my mom and daughter, which involved eating out nearly every meal for four and 1/2 days.  And missing workout sessions, though I did walk alot.  I worked out when I got home last night, so at least there's that.  This is a good opportunity to prove to myself that I can be off-track for special occasions, then get myself back together when life returns to normal.  I have found that I just don't do well when I'm not home on the weekend to do laundry, etc.  And I also don't do any better if I take an extra day off to get things back in order.  I think it's just that I embrace vacation mode so very easily and resist the return back to reality.  

    Anyway, I'm going to incentivize myself to get back on track.  On Friday,

    I will purchase the Fiesta ware plate I've been eyeing if:

    -Tomorrow I'm on track for breakfast, dinner, and snacks

    -Thursday I'm on track for all meals and snacks

    -I do 3 more Street Parking workouts

    -I do 3 yoga sessions

     

  4. I have been doing a pretty good job of living Food Freedom.  Most of my days are spot on, just where I want to be.  It's helping to keep a food log.  I'm sticking with the exercise and yoga.  I feel really good.   I'm now 15 lbs down since January, though there's been some fluctuation within that number.  One morning, I was 20 lbs down, but since I haven't seen that number again in over a week, I think I may have been standing on the scale wrong.  Otherwise, I'm eating LOTS of vegetables, an occasional taco, a glass of wine here and there.  I have had a few "off the deep end" days, but I've recovered from them, back on track.  

    My great disappointment this week was getting back my cholesterol numbers.  I was down only 4 points in total cholesterol.  My triglycerides and VLDL are good, but my total and VDL are still high.  All I can do is keep doing what I'm doing.  

     

  5. I ended up making banana muffins and banana bread on Sunday due to an overabundance of bananas.  The muffins were gluten and sugar free, made with oatmeal.  The bread was a regular recipe bread.  I gave away the vast majority of the muffins (all but 4), kept the bread.  I kind of gorged on the baked goods on Sunday...then had a slice of bread after dinner on Monday night.  Since then, though, I've been back on track.  

    The other thing about Sunday was that my husband wanted to order Italian subs for dinner, I agreed.  Hell, I'd already thrown in the towel for the day (old, unproductive mindset!!!).  I had the worst heartburn of my life that night - I had to sleep sitting up.  A well-deserved punishment!

    The rest of this week has gone well.  I've actually packed my lunch all week, which is a challenge for me.  I've kept up with my workouts and yoga.  

    Next week, I go to get bloodwork done in preparation for my doctor's appointment the following week.  I really think I've made the positive changes that I've needed to lower my cholesterol.  My weight has not changed as drastically as I had hoped, though.  I still have two weeks, and I need to lose 5 pounds to be where I wanted to be at my next appointment.  I keep waiting for the boom, when the diet and exercise effects finally come together and I get a big whoosh of weight loss.  Maybe it won't happen at this stage of my life?  Maybe it won't happen because I take a diuretic now, and so there isn't a loss of water weight?  Regardless, I feel and look so much better now than I did 3 months ago.  Plus it feels pretty easy most days.  Maybe I need to make it a little harder for myself, at least over the next two weeks.  Something to think about.  

     

     

     

  6. It's been an interesting week...I documented the weekend above, then on Tuesday my husband wanted to go out for dinner and drinks for his birthday.  I wasn't prepared for that, but I really feel like I did ok with it.  My first drink was a vodka with fresh squeezed orange juice-it seemed the best thing on the menu, but I had forgotten about carbs in juice for some reason.  Second drink was a vodka and soda.  Much better choice carb-wise.  We split Korean tacos as an appetizer.  After enjoying some time at that place, we went to a different restaurant for dinner.   There were so many high-carb choices on the menu.  I ended up ordering a charcuterie (we split that) and a chicken Caesar salad (and a glass of wine).  And was perfectly delighted and not overly full.  And able to easily not order dessert despite the birthday, and the drinks in my system (over several hours, but still no issues with inhibition-yay!)  Needless to say, my carb count was way over for the day. 

    Even so, I was easily back on track yesterday.  

    Three out of five days were challenging.  And yet I don't feel like I'm struggling.  That's unusual for me.  I'm usually fighting myself and my cravings.  I think it's because I'm approaching with a slightly different mindset.  Not an all-or-nothing mentality.  

    I do crave getting back to routine, though.  I have missed my yoga due to activities each evening since Friday.  Hopefully, tonight I can get back to it.  

     

  7. It sounds like things are going well and your food sounds yummy!  I'm glad you've been able to get back to running (it's been a while since I've been here, but I remember you were experiencing pain..)  Here's to continuing to achieve the NSVs-clearheadness is a great one!  

  8. The weekend was a little challenging, in the sense that there were lots of situations posed to me that I could have very easily said, "what the hell" and gone over the cliff.  But I didn't.  

    Saturday:  I knew I was getting together with friends Saturday night and that we would be having a dinner of cauliflower crust pizza, salad, and a peach vinaigrette dressing that one of my friends found.  And we would be drinking wine.  I arranged my day carb-wise to account for these:  eggs and kale for breakfast, W30 compliant sausages and blistered green beans for lunch.  I felt confident and in control for dinner and wine.  We stuffed Easter eggs with all of the good candy...I was not tempted at all.  Afterward, one friend brought out dark chocolate covered pretzels.  I ate one, then lamented about having the taste in my mouth and wanting more.  Supportive friends and my second glass of wine got me over that 3 minute craving.  

    Sunday:  I was more hungry than usual at breakfast and ended up eating complaint bacon and leftover cauliflower pizza, so my carbs were up a little.  While I was working through wanting something else to munch on, a friend called to make a lunch date.  We went to a local bbq place and I got brisket and coleslaw.  I ate about 3/4 of the cornbread that came with it.  I was satisfied all afternoon.  That night we had a family dinner, but I was making it.  My MIL offered to bring mac and cheese, which was great - I had planned to make risotto (which I love), but her dish replaced that.  And I don't like her mac and cheese!  Win-win for me.  I also made brownies for the kids, which I knew I could resist.  Chicken piccata with Paleo Powder coating, asparagus and green beans, a delicious, low-carb dinner.  I wasn't planning on dessert, but my MIL unexpectedly made the most beautiful lemon-blueberry bundt cake.  I hadn't paid any attention to it in the cake tin, until she brought it out.  I decided to have a slice since it's one of my favorites, and I knew my carbs had been low all day, so what if I went a little bit over?  I discovered later that the cake had nearly my entire carb allotment for the day.   I'm not going to beat myself up though - it was a delicious cake and a real treat.  Even though my carb count for the day was near 200, I had eaten lots of vegetables and was conscientious about my choices.  That's all I want to do, is be conscientious.  Not throw in the towel because of an imperfect breakfast, and imperfect lunch, and a piece of cake.  

    Despite the extra carbs, I was able to recover well on Monday.  I'm thinking having a high-carb breakfast of oatmeal helped reset me.  

    I feel successful...I was one pound up on the scale this morning (I did not weigh myself yesterday as I knew I would be up) but I feel in control and know that I'm on track for food freedom.  

     

     

     

  9. It's generally been a good week, and I've hit my 120g or less of carbs goal every day.  Except for yesterday.  But I learned a lesson-vegetables have carbs, and when you eat a lot of them, they add up.  I figured out my plan for lunch, which involved carry-out.  I decided that I could have one piece of bread - it's really good and I felt that it was worth the carbs, I would have meat and vegetables for dinner.  When I put my dinner in the tracker, I was 10g over for the day.  Bell peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, greens...they added up to 27 g total!  I wasn't expecting that.  But now I know.  

    I think I'm going to continue what I'm doing and not do a W30 in April.  I like eating oatmeal for breakfast and having the occasional glass of wine.  I've successfully managed these things for the last 2 weeks.  I like being able to have a taco, if it works with my day.  I don't really need a W30 as a way to check my reactions to foods - I know that I'm likely to bloat if I eat gluten (yesterday's 1 piece of bread = puffy ankles) and I get GI distress with most dairy products.  For the most part, I'm sticking with whole, unprocessed foods, lots of vegetables and grass-fed meats.   This is the first time ever that I've felt like I can really sustain this...with W30, I usually continued beyond 30 days but always thinking about what would happen if I messed up and then I would mess up.   

    Exercise has been good - I've walked every day, done 2 HIIT workouts, 1 strength, 1 endurance.  I've done yoga each evening.  I have a little muscle soreness and a feeling of tiredness.  And I'm sleeping well.    

  10. Continuing to work well within my parameters.  I had wings (traditional, with dry rub), a cheesesteak in a salad, and a hard cider this weekend.  All worked within my carb limit.  This is where I need to decide if I want to go for the full clean-up required for a W30, or hold where I am for a while.  The rest of my week, my diet is good.  I'm eating lots of vegetables, clean meats, and homemade sauces and dressings.  I use W30 compliant ingredients (including spices) because I have them.  It is nice to be thoughtful but not really restricted in what I eat on the weekends, though.  

  11. I'm a W30 veteran, but haven't actually done a full 30 days in a very long time.  I have 6 complete rounds under my belt over the last 10-15 years, but I took about a 5 year hiatus and then started and stopped several times during lock-down.  Most recently, I started this past September, but didn't get beyond the two week mark.  

    I ended up back on this forum today.  I'm not really sure why.  But I do know it helps me to journal.  So I'm going to journal here, while I contemplate whether or not I want to start an April W30.  Since last September, I've been inconsistent with my eating habits.  I'll do exceptionally well for days, even a few weeks, only to find myself sitting in the McDonald's drive-thru.  My weight has been stagnant.  I'm about 50 lbs overweight.  

    Back in January, my doctor told me he wanted me to consider bariatric surgery.  This was a complete and utter shock to me.  Am I really that heavy?  Do I look that bad?  He pointed out that my weight had been fairly steady over the last 5 years.  This is true - I gained a bunch of weight (I'd like to blame it on my knees and not being able to workout, or on perimenopause, but the reality is my diet is crap) and I have failed to lose any of it for any length of time.  The other thing was he wanted me to take a statin as my cholesterol is a little elevated.  Uh-uh, no, not doing it.  And so the real lifestyle change began.  

    I have a good base of healthy habits, know what works for me, but I'm just sometimes too lazy to do it.  But since January, this is what I've done:

    -Joined Street Parking, an on-line exercise/lifestyle resource. Similar to Crossfit (which I'm also a veteran of) but even more accepting of people of all different abilities.  They preach consistency above all else.  Something is better than nothing.  This is really working well for me.  I'm getting in some type of workout at least 4-5 days a week.  And not suffering from excessive pain, achiness, or injury.  This is huge - I used to go all out, get hurt, and be laid up for a week or more.  Same cycle, all the time.  Now, I can do the actual or a modified version of the daily workout.  Or do an endurance workout.  Or pick something else.  Today for instance, my plan was to do the kettlebell swing/box jump (well, low jump for me) combo then work on my deadlifts.  The kb/jumps only took about 15 minutes to get through, but my lower back was feeling a little tight afterward.  So I scrapped the DLs for today.  I would have never done that before-I would have pushed through.  And probably be icing my back tonight.    

    -Joined a CSA.  The winter vegetables were wonderful, and forced me to prepare and eat them.  The spring one starts April 1.  

    -Keep track of stuff.  Steps, exercise, sleep, diet.  I'm not good about tracking foods every day, but I have a Fitbit that tracks everything else.  I can see the changes in my resting heart rate.  I can see how much better I'm doing with my activity level.  During lockdown, I was averaging a little over 2,000 steps/day (!!!!!)  I have made a concerted effort to get at least 8,000 a day.  I'm doing well with this.  I'm definitely not conserving steps like I used to.  Part of the issue is I have significant osteoarthritis in both knees, that I'm trying to ride out until I'm a little older to have surgery.  But, I've discovered that moving more I actually feel better, not worse.    

    -Lost 10 pounds since January.  Not great, but not terrible.  Something is better than nothing.  

    -Started limiting my carbs.  I decided about a week and a half ago that I don't have to go full-blown W30/paleo, I can work toward that awful word - "moderation".  I have since worked in tacos, cauliflower crust pizza, oatmeal, red wine, a York peppermint patty, a Reese's mini peanut butter cup, and a meal at a Mexican restaurant.  And stayed below my first week's goal of 125g of carbs per day.  This week, my goal is 120g.  This is very doable for me, and feels like true Food Freedom for once in my life.  At least so far.  I feel deprived of nothing.  I am tracking my foods in Myfitnesspal.  But I don't care about the calories, just the carbs.  I've lost 2 additional pounds since starting this, so I'll keep at it.  I do worry about what might happen...the one Reese's cup might not be satisfactory when the glamour of this "new" approach wears off.  We will see. 

    -Practice yin yoga 4 or more days a week.  I started this during the pandemic, and have really gotten into a good routine with it, through YouTube videos.  Yin is a restorative, more meditative, practice, focused on holding poses for longer periods of time (usually 3-5 minutes) and concentrating on breath, presence, clear-mindedness.  

     

    So  this is where I am.  I'm sleeping well, I feel good, my skin looks decent.  The true test will be when I go back to the doctor the end of April.  I'm hoping my cholesterol is back in the normal range and my weight is down enough he won't mention bariatric surgery again.  This is part of the reason that I'm not sure if I want to do an April W30....I'm making very positive progress with my lifestyle changes.  Will a W30 throw me into overdrive, such that when I get a good report from my doctor, I'm done?  Back to old habits?  I'm carefully contemplating....

     

  12. On 11/3/2021 at 2:39 AM, Rebecca001 said:

     It’s that I have given IT permission. 

     

    Oh my goodness - this.  And every thing else after it.  But this is the thing.  I give IT permission.  This is where to concentrate on change.  

    I'm thinking alot, processing alot.  Today has not been a great day.  My belly hurts.  It's my choices. 
     



     

     

  13. 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.  

    M1-Egg, compliant bacon, compliant mayo wrapped in a collard green leaf

    M2-Homemade chicken salad wrapped in a collard leaf

    M3-Hamburger with sauteed mushrooms and onions.  Served on Bibb lettuce.  

     

  14. @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 that I play with myself.  Maybe I should be concentrating on living my Food Freedom since I pretty much know how various foods impact me.  And if I stop playing games with myself, maybe I'll be able to better enjoy a candy bar once in a while, without a nearly week-long derailment.  I need to change the mindset of permission.  

    It's a Catch-22 for me - if I give myself permission to eat whatever, then I will most definitely eat whatever.  I *think* I do better with an all-or-nothing approach, and while I'm quite successful with the nothing, when the all kicks in, which it always does at some point, the all really does equate to everything - McDonald's and all.  If I try a more moderate approach, I still can't handle the sugar.  While I may flail along eating a bit of sugar here and there for some time, I eventually give in completely.  And go back to eating everything.  So the issue is - Why do I find myself back in a position of eating foods that make me feel terrible, that are terrible for me?  And they really make me feel terrible - there were several nights last week that I had moaning, groaning tummy aches because of what I ate.  All the while saying to myself, this is why I don't eat that crap.  AND YET I DID IT ALL OVER AGAIN the next day.     

    I read a book on nutrition (I read lots of books on nutrition) that suggested that sugars, fats, and salts lay down "memory" in our cells.  And so even though a food may have been reformulated and tastes terrible to us now, we still want to eat it because of the memory of how it made us feel when we ate it at a different time in life.  This was theorized to be one of the reasons why it's so difficult for the tv dinner and processed food generations to change their eating habits - a Poptart might call up pleasant memories of childhood, and when presented with a Poptart today, I might have a hard time resisting because of the physiological and the emotional memory of the impact...dopamine & serotonin spikes, smiling Mom, Saturday morning cartoons, whatever.  I can buy that theory...but why can't I overcome it?  There is also the theory of noxious substances - eat something that makes you sick, and you'll avoid it in the future.  I haven't eaten hot dogs and baked beans since I was a kid for this very reason.   So if Poptarts make me feel sick, but frozen grapes make me feel good (and are delicious!) why do I have to fight myself to choose the grapes over the Poptart?  

    I wrote the above paragraphs yesterday, but never finished or posted.  So I'll post, but then start a different post for today.  

     

     

      

     

  15. 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 diet food.  :blink:

     

     

     

     

  16. 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 used on the potatoes - I woke up in the middle of the night thinking that the mustard, while Primal Kitchen brand, may not be W30 compliant.  

    M1-Another egg, bacon, mayo sandwich wrapped in collard greens.  With the addition of an heirloom tomato this morning.  So yummy!  I need to stop at the produce market for more collards.  

    M2-Chipotle lifestyle bowl  - I'm taking my daughter lunch at her new job today, and she requested Chipotle.  

    M3-Carnitas tacos with collard green "shells."  Topped with heirloom tomato, lettuce, and cilantro.  Blueberries and almond milk.  Plus I need to poach the chicken thighs since I didn't do that this weekend.  I need something for lunch tomorrow.  

    I'm hoping for another long hike, but I'm not sure if I'll get out of work in time. It's getting dark so early.  Once the time changes, I can get back to morning hikes (I hope my energy level agrees!).  I can walk around the neighborhood, but that just isn't as much fun.  Plus yoga, probably a short session tonight.  

    *I did check the dijon and it is W30 compliant.  Yay!  

     

     

     

     

     

  17. On 10/25/2021 at 5:40 AM, StefMonster said:

    Had 2 batches of mayo fail and I can't figure out why. The only difference is that I used olive oil from Kroger instead of Aldi. It's a real puzzle.

    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.  

  18. 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 wrapped up in two collard leaves.  Because I didn't prep my breakfasts for the week, I had to get up earlier today to make this.  It was well worth the effort.  

    M2-Salad greens topped with compliant Caesar dressing, pork carnitas, apple, La Croix drink

    M3 - Pork, Rainbow chard, oven roasted potatoes tossed with compliant Dijon.  

    Long hike and yoga planned for after work.  

     

     

     

     

     

  19. 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't consider it a treat.  It's a non-egg based breakfast today, I had some last week for dinner.  So I'm not going to worry about it.  If I made this because I was looking for an alternative to tapioca pudding for instance, then yes, it should not be part of my W30.  Chia seed pudding is not a gateway food for me in the same way coconut balls made with coconut cream, shredded coconut, and almonds would be.  

    I haven't journaled much this week, as it's been crazy busy at work and I'm so tired by the time I finally settle down at night.  Everything is going well as far as not having cravings and being able to stick with my meal plans.  NSVs  are significantly decreased joint pain, looser pants, no indigestion, even energy levels throughout the day (no mid-afternoon yawning).  Sleep has been good, but I still can't bring myself to get up as early as I was prior to my trip in August.  I mentioned earlier in the week that I had been diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency and I've since taken 2 doses (twice a week supplement).  I'm hoping that with the time change in just over two weeks that can key me back into the mornings.  I would like to get back to exercising in the morning, whether it's just a walk or going to the gym.  I'm also hoping for the bags under my eyes to disappear.  I think that's as much from the on-going fatigue as it is a remnant of poor diet and aging.  

    Interestingly, I've gotten into watching the Great British Bake Off every night.  All those lovely treats, breads, pies, savory and sweet.  I am not a good baker as I don't have the scientific precision required to do it right, but it's fascinating to watch and learn.  I got thinking last night I could bake a loaf of bread....nope, not going to do it.  

    Day 20

    M1-Chia seeds, compliant almond milk, frozen blueberries

    M2-Chicken Caesar salad - cubed chicken, romaine and cucumbers, primal kitchen caesar dressing

    M3-Steak tips and sweet potato cubes, broccoli

    Walk and yoga.  

     

     

  20. 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

     

     

  21. 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 blaming my sudden loss of morning wakefulness on jet lag, and then W30, but it continues with only a little improvement over the last few weeks.  Where I used to pop out of bed by 5:30 am most mornings (and have time for a walk and coffee meditation) I'm now staying in bed until the last possible moment of 7:00 a.m.  I have been waking sometimes at 6:30 and have gotten up and walked twice in the morning, but it's not usually this hard for me.  Even when it's dark in the morning.  Researching Vitamin D deficiency, fatigue is a symptom.  I got some time in the sun this weekend, but I'm hoping the supplement will help.  

    I'm just realizing that this is the farthest I've made it this round without having to start over - I think I have had two restarts since starting the day after Labor Day.  Dinner tomorrow night at a Japanese restaurant will present a little challenge, but otherwise I should make it to Day 21 without any challenges.  Other than today - Taco Tuesday at work, and they smell amazing!!! - I'm about to leave to go home for lunch, but really I'm not terribly tempted despite how good they smell.  Anyway, if I make it to Day 21 the rest should be pretty easy for me.  Plus, I had someone tell me this morning I looked good, had I lost weight?  That made my morning.  Continuing on...

     

  22. 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 evening activity that allows me to be planful and structured in my eating for the day.  But Sundays, I lounge in the morning, reading and drinking coffee.  Sometimes I attend church (virtual, but maybe it will help if I go back in the building).  Usually, I'm out of leftovers and need to prep for the week, so lunch and breakfast are always a bit of a struggle.  By dinner I'm usually back on track.  Yesterday, I snacked on cashews through the afternoon and so wasn't terribly hungry for dinner.  I ate it anyway, minus the sweet potatoes, and seem to be ok this morning.  

    Day 16

    M1-3 egg muffins

    M2-egg salad over greens, blackberries

    M3-leftover pork chops, rice, kale, blueberries and almond milk.  

     

     

      

  23. 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!