MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from decker_bear in Take Advantage   
    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 - journaling, walking, yoga, talking to a person every day, healthy eating habits...I could not sustain those things that I had developed to help me feel better and manage stress.  What good are they if I immediately fall back to old, unhealthy, maladaptive habits when life gets tough?  And I did so almost gleefully-here, finally an excuse to eat a potato chip sandwich for dinner!  Here, another excuse to put doughnuts and Naan in my Instacart order!  And one more excuse to collapse onto the couch and scroll through social media rather than do yoga (restorative, yin yoga - it's NOT EVEN hard)!
    The reality is that I don't want to change my diet.  I don't want to stop eating convenience foods.  I want to be able to call my local sub shop and have an Italian sub delivered right to my door.  I've written before about feeling like a dog on a leash who doesn't want to budge, but the owner keeps tugging hard at the leash until finally I have to move forward. Am I really going to spend the rest of my life volleying back-and-forth from wellness to pain? I was able to delude myself for so long because I was not experiencing the significant joint stiffness and pain issues that are the core catalyst of my desire for wellness.   But I ached so badly last night I was nearly in tears.  And I've brought it on myself-I know that an inflammatory diet results in pain for me.  
    But I am an intelligent human being.  I know that I am a slave to the chemical sludge inherent in most foods with labels.  I know how to break the chains.  And I know that the fact that I don't want to today is because I'm currently under the mind-dulling influence of  biochemical reactions in my body that are the direct result of poor nutrition.  
    So here I go again, trying once again.  The last time I made a lot of cognitive/mental growth.  In my case, this is huge.  And I know the growth is not linear, but rather serpentine.  If I can just make those switchbacks shorter....So let me move on, not beat myself up beyond what I need to get my butt in gear.  Six weeks!!  Ok, moving forward.  
    Let me take stock of my healthy habits:
    I'm still drinking coffee black I started a 10,000 step/day challenge with my mom.  Today is Day 13.  This is huge for me, as I'm at best 2,000 steps on a work day when I don't actively try to move more.   I've stopped watching television to fall asleep most nights and instead I'm using sleep stories, mediations, and/or calming music.  My sleep is definitely better.   And my plan:
    Start Whole 30 on Thursday - October 22.  This will be 5 weeks until Thanksgiving.  I've done W30 Thanksgiving before, very successfully.  So I'm not tied to being done in time to eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving, but it's nice timing-wise, especially if I opt for reintroduction.   Back to journaling.  I really enjoy this, and it helps me get my thoughts straight.  I enjoy following fellow W30ers journeys, as well.  I was writing my daily schedule to include time for journaling, but that fell by the wayside.   Resume a daily schedule.  Even if I don't get to everything on the schedule, the structure helps keep me from stagnating in front of my computer all day.  Work will never end - I need to force breaks into the day or breaks won't happen.   And now, off to join a friend for a bike ride.  I will be back tomorrow!  
     
      
       
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    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 - journaling, walking, yoga, talking to a person every day, healthy eating habits...I could not sustain those things that I had developed to help me feel better and manage stress.  What good are they if I immediately fall back to old, unhealthy, maladaptive habits when life gets tough?  And I did so almost gleefully-here, finally an excuse to eat a potato chip sandwich for dinner!  Here, another excuse to put doughnuts and Naan in my Instacart order!  And one more excuse to collapse onto the couch and scroll through social media rather than do yoga (restorative, yin yoga - it's NOT EVEN hard)!
    The reality is that I don't want to change my diet.  I don't want to stop eating convenience foods.  I want to be able to call my local sub shop and have an Italian sub delivered right to my door.  I've written before about feeling like a dog on a leash who doesn't want to budge, but the owner keeps tugging hard at the leash until finally I have to move forward. Am I really going to spend the rest of my life volleying back-and-forth from wellness to pain? I was able to delude myself for so long because I was not experiencing the significant joint stiffness and pain issues that are the core catalyst of my desire for wellness.   But I ached so badly last night I was nearly in tears.  And I've brought it on myself-I know that an inflammatory diet results in pain for me.  
    But I am an intelligent human being.  I know that I am a slave to the chemical sludge inherent in most foods with labels.  I know how to break the chains.  And I know that the fact that I don't want to today is because I'm currently under the mind-dulling influence of  biochemical reactions in my body that are the direct result of poor nutrition.  
    So here I go again, trying once again.  The last time I made a lot of cognitive/mental growth.  In my case, this is huge.  And I know the growth is not linear, but rather serpentine.  If I can just make those switchbacks shorter....So let me move on, not beat myself up beyond what I need to get my butt in gear.  Six weeks!!  Ok, moving forward.  
    Let me take stock of my healthy habits:
    I'm still drinking coffee black I started a 10,000 step/day challenge with my mom.  Today is Day 13.  This is huge for me, as I'm at best 2,000 steps on a work day when I don't actively try to move more.   I've stopped watching television to fall asleep most nights and instead I'm using sleep stories, mediations, and/or calming music.  My sleep is definitely better.   And my plan:
    Start Whole 30 on Thursday - October 22.  This will be 5 weeks until Thanksgiving.  I've done W30 Thanksgiving before, very successfully.  So I'm not tied to being done in time to eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving, but it's nice timing-wise, especially if I opt for reintroduction.   Back to journaling.  I really enjoy this, and it helps me get my thoughts straight.  I enjoy following fellow W30ers journeys, as well.  I was writing my daily schedule to include time for journaling, but that fell by the wayside.   Resume a daily schedule.  Even if I don't get to everything on the schedule, the structure helps keep me from stagnating in front of my computer all day.  Work will never end - I need to force breaks into the day or breaks won't happen.   And now, off to join a friend for a bike ride.  I will be back tomorrow!  
     
      
       
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    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 of things to do today, slowly working through it.  
    Why do I slip so easily?  Such simple things, a daily list, a healthy breakfast, a morning walk...but they give me a sense of accomplishment and wellbeing.  
    It feels so good to be taking steps in the right direction once again.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Is It Tiger Blood?
    I woke up at 4:30 am and felt rested after only five hours of sleep. Yesterday we hiked what some consider a strenuous but short hiking trail up to the most beautiful waterfall and, while it was difficult, there is no way I would consider it strenuous. We're staying in Lexington, SC right outside of Columbia and we drove the two and a half hours to Marietta, SC to hike the Falls Creek Waterfall Trail. The day before we went to Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park and walked along the canal after I swam an hour in the pool at the airbnb. Today, we will either canoe Cedar Creek in the Congaree National Forest or Lake Murray. My husband is concerned about the water levels but it looks like the water level is in the safety range and by 10 am maybe it will be low enough that he believes we can paddle it. 

    I am so excited that my cravings are under control. I really only want to eat at meal times. I still am having difficulty finding food when we go out to eat but, if you are ever in Lexington, SC, check out Momma Rabbits Nibbles and Sips. Our server checked out all the food for me and I was able to eat a meat and three called McGregor's Dinner Plate with smoked turkey, roasted Brussel sprouts, roasted vegetable medley, and a naked baked sweet potato. The smoked turkey was so delicious I got some more to make a turkey salad to take on our hike. I couldn't finish it all and gave some to my husband. That is another thing - I have been more mindful of when I am full. Yay! 

    NSVs:
    no cravings more aware when I am full nails are stronger and healthier my hair is so silky, shiny, and thick - never looked and felt this great maybe clothing fits better, my jeans are really hard to tell but I have a pair of black dress pants that seem to say, "yes" tiger blood, I really think so, I feel ready for the day While here I have been cooking scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast and usually some fruit since veggies are a little more difficult to cook. We had some oven roasted wings last night and celery with a combo of my homemade mayo, Primal Kitchen buffalo sauce, and Primal Kitchen ranch dressing. 

    I am a little concerned that tomatoes, my favorite veggie/fruit, is an inflammatory food for me. I am not sure but will wait until after the reintroduction and try eliminating later. I am just cautious right now. 

     

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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    A Home for a Bunny

     
    Under a rock or a log or a stone or under the ground were some of the places this bunny went looking for home. I read the story to my sister until she had it memorized and could "read" it all by herself. My journey is a lot like this little bunny's search for a home. Sometimes the bunny searches in bunny-like places and sometimes the bunny looks in bogs and nests in trees. I feel like most of my journey has been not knowing what kind of home to look for.

    As a child I was six to eight inches taller than the other tallest kids in my class until I stopped growing at about twelve. Because I was bigger than the other kids I have always had this impression that I was fat from an early age. I was not. I was bigger and at times a little chubby but most of the time I was simply bigger.

    I wanted to be petite and skinny like my sisters, like most of my friends, but I do love food. I must confess that right now. I love fresh food best but I do love baking and all the aromas and warm memories associated with food. I love variety and trying something new is exciting to me. This applies to life not just food.

    At ten I was told to go on my first diet. This is the first time I realized I needed a new home or new way of eating. Like the bunny in this story I sometimes searched in fairly good spots that could be a home for me. This first diet was just not eating so many sweets and not eating them when my brothers and sisters were. That part did not feel like home at all. Then I started riding my bicycle to stay at the hundred pound mark.

    I would ride and ride and ride and weigh. Then I would ride and ride and ride and weigh again until I was at that hundred pound mark again. Then I would get to go swimming. Cycling and swimming felt like home but watching my siblings eat the sugary foods did not.

    In my teens I rebelled and said people should just like me the way I am. This led me down a very dark hole that definitely was not a good home for anyone.

    In college I tried a couple of other homes - The Cambridge Diet and, my most successful, I'm Gonna Get an "A" in this Class Diet. The first of these two homes was a terrible fit. I was sick and on antibiotics and only doing the shake and have never felt so ill in my life after taking an antibiotic. That was no home for a bunny.

    The second home I found was a mansion and I really thought I could live there. I lost thirty pounds in thirty days and got an "A" in my Business Management class because I had successfully changed someone's behavior. I had graphs and charts. I weighed. Every. Single. Day.

    The many, many places I searched for this home and the many, many stories I could tell, if I remembered them all. Ha! Ha!

    I did find a rock for a home for a little while. Yes, I had motivation. I was getting married and I had a wedding dress to fit into. I did not starve myself but I ate my certain meals and purchased a stair climber. I posted my wedding dress in front of the stair climber and ate my diet and exercised and weighed. I finally arrived at my goal weight! 

    Then came marriage and children and an undiagnosed autoimmune disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, and there was just not a place to call home. I tried so many diets but the one that discouraged me the most and gave me the best results was WW. I lost 75 pounds and it was the toughest thing I ever did. My husband went with me. My sons went sometimes and encouraged me. BUT I had to get down to 15 points to lose the weight. I was exercising so hard I was aching and my stomach was growling a lot. This was not my home.

    Hashimoto's made my life miserable for over ten years and I didn't even know why I couldn't find a home that suited me. I felt fat, lazy, and sad. I tried not to. I love my family and wanted to be different. I tried so very hard. Even when I was diagnosed, had my thyroid removed, and was treated for thyroid cancer, I did not feel like I was healthy. I had a little more energy and wasn't as depressed but still wanted to live life more. I set out in search of that home.

    My husband's super metabolism finally failed him late into his forties and in his early fifties he needed to look for a home. He found Keto and shed the weight like no one's business. I tried and failed and tried again. Not happening. Not my home.
     
    In the meantime I had been diagnosed with polyneuropathy, basically nerve problems throughout my body due to inflammation from undiagnosed Hashimoto's. Searching for a home became a necessity. My digestive system started failing me as well. I started trying to control it through diet and was sure that there was something that worked for my husband while on Keto that was working against me. It was time to look for the perfect rabbit hole and I found it in the comments of a Facebook post.

    My cousin had some serious issues and had done a diet and it had helped her, changed her health. It was Whole30. I had heard of it of course. I started researching and it looked like I "was already headed that way" like my cousin said. When I realized this could lead me to the rabbit hole of my dreams, I posted something on Facebook and found out it is also what turned my niece's life around. Yes! I'm doing this!

     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Miss T the Tarot Reader in Grassfed Beef & Tarot Cards ~ I'm going to enjoy my Whole30.   
    I have a start date! Tuesday, October 20, with a friend. This is my third true, hardcore Whole30. It's her first go at W30.
    To start my journey, I'm pulling a Tarot card for inspiration. The Queen of Coins, from the Burning Tarot deck.

    The Queen of Coins can do this. She understands the deep importance of body, of nourishment, of connection to the great Earth. She is wise and authoritative, but generous and fairly flexible. She knows that leadership is required. She is unafraid of riches and bounty.

    The Queen of Coins is ready to live in a most healthy and delicious manner, and so am I.
     
     

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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    OH MY GOODNESS. We are twins. I'm back here journaling food but not back on round after 4 weeks this time of going completely off track and undoing ALL my good work. Good habits out the window!
    Good to see you back, I'm going to look for your posts because I need to get back under control!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyM in Take Advantage   
    Hope all is well. Just found you and am eager to follow your log. . . . Love the way you move through conflict with yoga and journaling. I have a similar process and reading yours is wonderful confirmation for me. Thank you!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to decker_bear in Take Advantage   
    Oh my goodness, those brownies sound like they are in the "worth it" category! I am a SUCKER for a good brownie. I'm excited for you to start again tomorrow! I hadn't been reading your log because it looked old, but I just realized it's current! I'm super excited to follow you. 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    I like to ease into it myself...it seems to help, getting into a preparation mindset.  I'm looking forward to following your journey! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    This happens to me, too, the improved sleep on Whole30 and the winter blues.  
    Have fun in spin class tonight with your new shoes!  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    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.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    It was such a disappointment to see that my bacon was not in fact sugar-free.  "Less than 2% cane sugar"   ugh.  I think the shopper picked up the right brand, but wrong bacon, as it doesn't say sugar-free on the front of the package.  I did, however, walk the dog to the farmer's market.  It was lovely.  And so affirming.  I felt like a really healthy person, taking a walk to go shop for local tomatoes.  
    Day 16
    Energy-7, Pain-0, Mood-7.  There were a whole bunch of teenagers strewn out in various locations throughout the entire downstairs, so I tiptoed through so as not to wake them.  I couldn't get to my walking shoes, so took the dog for a short walk in my flip flops.  But the walking streak is now at day 19!  
    M1-eggs with riced cauliflower.  Umm, I hope this is good.  Trying to get rid of leftovers before I leave tomorrow.  I didn't buy any cooking greens that could go in my eggs. I could put my egg over salad, though...I think I'll do that.  With mayo.   
    M2-picnic lunch.  Curried chicken salad, homemade bruschetta (minus the mozzarella), sliced cucumbers and celery, sliced oranges, grapes.  We will be at a local winery with friends, listening to good music.  I don't expect an issue with turning down wine (same people I went to the pool party with last week).
    M3-Father's Day dinner.  W30 chicken piccata, Italian fennel salad.  
    Some NSVs that I didn't realize right away:
    -I can walk up and down stairs, one foot on each step, even when I first wake up in the morning.  It has been a LONG time since I could do that.  
    -I think I reported this with my last set of NSVs, but the general feeling of well-being, contentment with myself.  I really go through a lot of self-talk when I'm faced with and indulge in a tempting food.  The entire script to try to convince myself not to go get the bag of chips from the pantry could win an Oscar.  Then there is the afterword, the self-flagellation of thoughts in an effort to punish myself and keep it from happening again.  The W30 and paleo are the only types of eating I've done in my life that are mentally peaceful.  I haven't put words to that feeling before, but that's what it is - mentally peaceful.  The internal struggle just dissipates when I'm eating wholesome foods.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    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 out isn't.  I have mixed feelings about that - I enjoy that aspect of my job, but there are other things I do that only my profession is licensed to do, so I was hoping to have more time for those things (and therefore do a better job.) So things were quite stressful during the late morning, early afternoon.    I spent some time talking to myself to help me remember "I can't control other people's behavior only my own."  I think I would have been ok if that had been the end of the day's stresses.  However, a loved one texted me some upsetting information, but then wasn't answering my texts or phone call.  I felt like i was being ignored.  By this time, it was around 3:00 or so, and I still hadn't had anything to eat.  But I wasn't hungry.  
    I was so restless and distraught and unsettled...I was still in my pajamas and it was raining so I wasn't feeling like going for a walk or bike ride.  I also had residual upsetment because of an issue during my hike on Sunday...I was  feeling trapped at home.  I went upstairs and began cleaning which helped a little.  I was starting to feel hungry and beginning to feel a pull toward junk food, so I just didn't make anything.  Then I started to convince myself that I deserved to order a pizza for dinner.  I tugged and pulled mentally for a while, then decided to do an emotional release yoga before doing anything else.  I cried through most of the hour session, and journaled during and afterward as suggested by the instructor.  That helped tremendously, but I was still feeling that pizza was the answer.  Before I headed downstairs to order, my loved one texted me back, then called.  We resolved our issue (which I was only able to address calmly because of the yoga and journaling...).  I finally decided that I would stick with the original plan of ham and broccoli, but discovered that my husband was making spaghetti and meat sauce.  So I had zoodles and meat sauce.  Somehow I got through all the feelings without sabotaging myself, not really on my own and with luck and good timing, but I still got through them.  
    Day 8
    Mood-6, energy-5, Pain-3  Still feeling a little beaten up from yesterday, plus I didn't sleep great.  Lots of shoulder pain this morning.  
    M1-I was so hungry this morning, so I made a breakfast favorite - sauteed banana with scrambled eggs and cinnamon and black coffee
    M2-yesterday's plan for lunch
    M3-My butcher box order is due today, and I would like to make Kulua pig for dinner.  If not, last night's plan for ham and broccoli.  
     
    Goals for today-
    Dress before lunch!
    early afternoon gym session
    yoga this evening
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    Note to self:  indulge in dinner at the dining room table, fresh flowers, lit candles.  It's not expensive, not time-consuming, and NOT HARD.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from decker_bear in Take Advantage   
    Note to self:  indulge in dinner at the dining room table, fresh flowers, lit candles.  It's not expensive, not time-consuming, and NOT HARD.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    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.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Take Advantage   
    I just want to say that I love this so much and I relate fully to this aspiration! Brava!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    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, Pain-0
    M1-black coffee so far, not terribly hungry.  I might eat some Kahlua pig.  
    M2-chicken salad or Kahlua pig.  I need to make mayonnaise
    M3-leftovers, Hawaiian chicken, Kahlua pig Caesar salad.  I have lots of romaine.  
    I MUST get some exercise today -it looks like a beautiful day outside, so I'm hoping to get out for a walk, maybe even a hike with the dog this afternoon.  I need to restart my morning dog walks, too.  I stopped because of my shoulder issue, but I've been able to walk her on the opposite side with some adjustment.  I just have been lazy in the mornings about getting out with her.  Tuesday Sept 8 seems a good day to start this, the day of new beginnings.  
    Yesterday, I was brainstorming why I was having a little more difficulty with cravings this time, thinking it was habit...I also think it's due to eating more fruit this past week.  Typically, I don't eat fruit, just not a big fan.  But, I've had a banana many days and pineapple a few days.  The fruit, along with the cassava tortillas, means I've been getting more carbohydrates than I normally do on W30.  The cassava tortillas aren't quite SWYPO because I can stop eating them, but boy are they delicious and satisfy my love of tacos.  I need to decrease carbs, increase fats, which will be easy now that the tortillas are gone.   I know what ratio works best from me, just hadn't been thinking that I had slipped from this until just looking back over my logs.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Start 9/6   
    Hi Tyler! Welcome  Good luck on your W30. You've picked a great time - lots of people are on-board for the September W30!
    My biggest tips are:
    Read the ingredients before you eat it. Read them even if you can't imagine them having something non-compliant. Read them even if you've bought that product before. Read them even if your best friend told you its compliant. Read them even if you read them when you bought it and it's been sitting in the cupboard. Even read them if there is a Whole30 logo on the bottle - mistakes have been made. It is far better to read everything over and over, than face a restart because you didn't!  Keep a food/feelings journal - the section on this forum is great for it. I have done 6 rounds (I have some pretty wacky intolerances I'm working out) and being able to go back and see what I ate and how I felt on various days (both emotionally and physically) is so so helpful, and can really get you through a slump if you think nothing's happening. Stalk other people's W30 logs! There's inspiration, answers and great solidarity Get as creative as you want to be, BUT don't feel like you HAVE to! Simple gets the job done too!  Don't get overwhelmed by the substitute products or feel you need to spend a fortune to prep up. At it's heart, W30 is whole foods. The compliant products are window dressing, and you can use them as much or as little as you want. If you're a FB user - find and join a few W30 groups - there are great ones out there and they're a fantastic resource for support and answers (and you generally get answers/interaction pretty quick).  Good luck! And enjoy yourself!
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Thank you, I feel all full of early autumnal, crisp early morning air enthusiasm.  I am not sure if that is a thing, but I feel it anyway.  I have just signed up for 30 days of 15 mins a day of Pilates too.  So lots of menu planning and getting ready this weekend.  I am excited to feel well again.  I intend to make sure I go into next year healthy and happy.  Looking forward to chatting with you all again. x
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Hello!  I am back.  I am going to start this again on Monday and this time I WILL COMPLETE IT. 
    I want tiger blood and I ain't leaving until I've got it. 
    So there.  

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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Thank you both @ShadowInTheKitchen and @MadyVanilla, it helps to know that I'm not just screaming into the void!!
    Finally Friday, for a whole lot of nothing, this week sure has been a doozy. 
    I'm very physically weary today, floppy muscles. I only did my typical 45 mins on the elliptical yesterday but it really did seem like hard work. Hopefully I'll pep up a bit. 
    Fish Friday today, I'm thinking maybe some battered whiting tails, or maybe just my standard snapper. Hubster wants the cauliflower tabbouleh (GASP!!!!) so whatever we have will have that on the side. 
    Lunch I have a bunch of leftover roasted veggies from last night, so I think I'll have that with a couple of poached eggs and either a hollandaise or kimchi dressing. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to laurasuzanne in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Thanks for the ideas, decker! I have heard of the body mindfulness in regards to falling asleep, but that's great advice for stress management. I'm intrigued to try that. 
    Today is Day 8. I am approaching my first weekend with socialization. I have a hefty to do list, so I think staying busy and not thinking about snacking shouldn't be a problem. 
    This morning when I was getting ready for work I grabbed my last meal-prepped meal (turkey chili). I opened the freezer and there was 1 bag of frozen veggies left. I got nervous. I have nothing prepared for dinner. I'll come home hungry, my boyfriend will be here, and we will not have dinner planned and may go out or I have to make dinner while hungry. Then I remembered my crock pot meals and that I have a freezer full of meat. I zipped out to the garage and 2 minutes later had plenty of food thawing in the fridge. Yes, I will have to make dinner tonight hungry, but it wasn't the tragedy my 6:30am self tried to make it. It was honestly a bit funny because I'm not normally a dramatic person and I swear my brain blew it up for a moment in an attempt to get me to go out to dinner. I miss restaurants and I know I can do W30 dining out, but my go-to is Chipotle and the nearest one is 45 minutes away. I was already getting my mind set on it and how I was going to tell my boyfriend after 4 hours driving we should go spend another 45 minutes for fast food. Hahaha. 
    Tomorrow will definitely require a grocery trip for more veggies. Tomorrow night we'll have kabobs for dinner. It absolutely baffles me each time I make them out unbelievably good meat and veggies taste off the grill and how healthy it is. 
    I'm in a good mood overall, which is great! Have a great weekend, everyone!
    Laura
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    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 salt.....so true!