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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. @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
  10. 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!
  11. I had to stop and think if today was Tuesday or I missed posting yesterday. Crazy busy at work right now, but I'm doing okay. Today is Day 4. I've been on such an eating roller-coaster over the last month that my body doesn't know if it should hold off on reacting to the positive changes, or just wait me out to see if I revert back to the old stuff. Well, at least I'm not dealing with fatigue and grumpiness. I had a lovely walk through the woods last evening with one of my dogs, right after a downpour and just before dark. It was soul-soothing. Day 4 M1-b
  12. It sounds like things are going well! The waking up naturally is a perk I get, too, and so love being able to just wake up and start the day.
  13. I'm so glad you were able to run without hip pain, I know it helps mentally as much as it does physically. We've got this @Rebecca001. I hope today is going well!
  14. @Rebecca001 and @ShadowInTheKitchen - thank you both! The support means so much! I'm on Day 2....I had one final glass of wine (It would be wasteful to throw away what was left in the bottle, right???? Ugh.....) Saturday night while sitting by the fire with some friends. It was lovely. But will be equally lovely with a tea or soda water in the coming weeks. Yesterday was quiet, getting settled back into it. I made a list of rewards to buy for myself after each 7 days - they include a new lanyard for my name badge, a new lunchbox, and new dishes. I have been wanting new dish
  15. I so agree with you. It's October 1. We are both ready for a better month. Cheers!
  16. Catching up with your posts - it sounds like you have worked through some of the harder bits. PSL-I'm not sure if it's in keeping with W30 as far as not substituting a trigger food for one made with compliant ingredients, but this is what I sometimes make: Regular, black coffee frothed with coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I tried adding canned pumpkin and blending that a few years ago, but wasn't happy with the outcome. This is pretty good, though.
  17. @Semi - thanks for checking in. I'm restarting today. We went to a comedy show Saturday night, the last day I posted here, and the last day I started compliant this week. I had wine. I don't even know why - the atmosphere, I guess. I didn't even think about it, just ordered a glass. Then, it was downhill from there, the cascading effect of well-I've-already-gone-off-plan-what -difference-does-it-make. I've had lots of restarts this week, compliant for a good portion of the day, sometimes all day. And then I'd have an "oh well" moment. And then I decided that today, October 1, woul
  18. The party was cancelled last night as one of the organizers tested positive for COVID. Dinner ended up being a chicken Caesar salad, with compliant Caesar dressing. I woke up a little after 5 this morning. I could have got up, but didn’t and fell back asleep for 2 more hours. I think I’m ready to start getting up and going to gym next week. I’ve been busy so far today, cleaning, taking dog to class, walking…just now sitting down to read for a bit. Day 11 M1-sausage and spinach M2-leftover chicken chimichurri and spinach M3-hamburger with the fixings, sal
  19. Finally, I made the chimichurri chicken - and it was AMAZING! The recipe was easy and definitely a keeper to add to the rotation. I'm feeling settled into the days, not really having any cravings. I'm waking up earlier (but not getting up yet), my energy level is improving, my sleep is better, I feel as if I may have lost a little weight. Always starting over, whether it's after Day 2 or after months of eating well has a bit more of a motivating factor to it for me than does sustaining. With sustaining, I'm not seeing the regular changes in my health that I do when I crash and start over.
  20. Oh my goodness, I'm jealous of your menu! Everything sounds amazing!! Do you like to cook? I also have to keep snacks around the house for other family members, but as your body recalibrates and no longer relies on sugar, it will be easier to avoid the snacks. I'm always amazed at how unappealing Oreos and chips become for me around week 2. YMMV, but it's a fairly common NSV to easily snub the sugary/processed snacks. And the low energy is no joke. I'm so excited for you as you progress through the first few days!
  21. I hear this so loud and clear. I have chosen (over and over again, some times more successfully than others) to consider such trials an opportunity to practice strategies I have developed - If I don't test them, how do I know they work? You don't want to cycle away, you just want to feel better, back in control, and have food be interesting. You know what to do. You sound as if you have a plan. Good luck with the physio - I know it doesn't help matters that you can't run through the emotions/boredom/etc.
  22. @Rebecca001 - I hope you had time to YouTube a yoga class - I like yin and vinyasa and Yoga with Kassandra is my favorite. There are so many, though, and so many styles, it's easy to find one to enjoy. Finding and sticking with the time is another story... I typed a bunch about yesterday (but it disappeared!), which basically ended with me not having time to cook the chimichurri chicken. Day 9 M1-turkey rollups black coffee M2-cauliflower, spinach, tomato paste, chicken breast M3-Chimichurri chicken! Busy day, will catch up tomorrow.
  23. You have so many fantastic reasons as to why you've taken this on! Journaling definitely helps me be accountable - I can be completely honest because none of you know me () and I can come post a quick "get-yourself-back-on-track" note to myself when I'm struggling. This is a wonderful community, with so much support. Welcome!