MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Semi in Fall 2021   
    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, salad
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Semi in Fall 2021 in Germany Round 2   
    I tried the Whole30 last year and failed at day 15.
    This time I'm a bit better prepared and better informed.
    I already have a meat stash in my freezer, tons of potatoes (around 33 lbs, but they cost only 6€/7US $), eggs and other veg and fruits.
    I realized that I have to use a bit of a different strategy here in germany, simply because I don't have some shortcuts (like compliant sausages, sauces, nutpods etc), so I will adapt the rules a bit instead of sweating the small stuff.
    I will try to follow every rule as best as I can, but I won't restart if I can't find a compliant sausage, instead I will use the one which follows the rules the closest.
    Otherwise I wouldn't even start, because I don't have time to cook this often and meal prep doesn't work for more then 2 days for us.
    I also have some other restrictions: I have to follow a low FODMAP Diet for my histamine intolerance, so no tomatoes and other fun stuff for me, I'm also allergic to fish. So: Meat and eggs for me.
    Day 1:
    sweet potatoe "toast" with 1/4 avocado Ants on a log (with almond butter) Potatoes, Broccoli, celery, bellpepper, sausage in a pan (with coconut oil) chicken breast, potatoes, veggies (with coconut oil) Oven baked potatoes Today I'm on day 2.
    2 eggs, 3 egg whites, 1 banana ants on a log, cucumber  
    I will update it later, today.
     
    How I feel:
    Day 1: Normal. It's not that different from my normal diet. Main difference is: I don't eat my evening joghurt/quark with whey protein (I do bodybuilding) and I eat no toast, instead of my 2 slices/day. Instead of butter I use oil. So...not that different.
    I think I will have to eat more meat to eat enough protein for my muscle building, but that's it.
     
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    Thank you @MadyVanilla. You are so sweet. I do like to cook but I have gotten away from it so one of the fun things for me is getting excited about cooking with whole ingredients again and trying new recipes. One of the problems I had was that I was stuck in a rut with meals so I think I was actually getting bored with the same thing or I would focus on what my son will actually eat (because toddler food tantrums are no fun) which is pasta, nuggets etc and then I sneak veggies in there. So by cooking to his preferences I would often skip out because I know that those foods aren't the best for me (nothing wrong with pasta but 3-5x per week is too much for me) and then that leads to late night snacking. (and by the way I feel bad saying all of this because with the amount of food insecurity people are going through, it is ridiculous to be bored with food if you are blessed enough to have any food in the first place)
    Speaking of food waste and insecurity, I am finding that because I am being more conscious about my meal planning then I do not have that much food waste and one of my goals is not to waste any food. I cannot stand throwing out uneaten leftovers!!!!!!! It makes me so mad. 
    My husband is on board for now and is doing it with me. Actually, because a doctor recently told him he needed to eat an anti inflammatory diet. When I compared the list of foods he could and couldn't have with Whole30 we realized that it was similar and we might as well do it together. We will see how this goes. I have gotten some resistance already but hopefully once he realizes how yummy all of these recipes are he will stick with it. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    I’ve had a few answers today. 
    1) I have a really sore throat, which could go part way to explaining some of my trouble this week, maybe this has been brewing away. 
    2) physio answered a lot of questions, prescribed some stretches, didn’t say I couldn’t run on it, and really explained and showed me the places on my leg where I am weak and why my hip is bearing the brunt of it. Very useful and informative. 
     
    and I feel a lot better today, although quite frankly I could eat and eat and eat right now, as my binge yesterday has left my cravings fully switched on. Luckily there is absolutely nothing left in the house, our cupboards are bare. So nothing to graze on. I’m not feeling brilliant with my throat and I am in need of an early night and hopefully will feel better tomorrow. My food has been brilliant though, 100% on plan 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from eramsey in Starting 1st Whole 30 on Sept 22nd   
    You sound well-prepared.  You've got this! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Semi in Fall 2021   
    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.  I need to ponder this...
    Day 10
    M1-black coffee.  Not hungry and knew I could eat lunch earlier
    M2-Finished the sausage hash with extra spinach added
    M3-PRobably a burger and some sort of vegetables - going to a surprise party bbq this evening.  
     
     
     
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in Fall 2021   
    That sounds like you have things well under control @MadyVanilla
    sensible choice with your meal, this is real life after all. 
     
    Your posts always remind me to do more yoga. I love it, but I never make time for it, then will do a burst of daily practices and feel so good, then it dwindles off again. But you have motivated me to find a YouTube when my boys are out at football practice tonight 
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to JovicG3 in Random Thursday Start Date...but starting my next Whole30 Thursday September 9th, anyone else?   
    i thought its just me starting my 1st day in the middle of the week! i started mine on the 15th! and yay for us! this forum is really helpful. i was iffy to buy the new trader joes bbq coconut aminos and i think the only ingredients that wasnt sure is the natural flavor good thing someone posted and answered that for me! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    Weds morning, yesterday was ok. Especially considering I had a bad night and then worked from home, I did not graze or end up in the kitchen, just ate my 3 meals as planned. I did go out for a run and it was fine, but in the evening was very painful. So will have another week resting it, then will assess and then will consider a physio or other specialist to really get it sorted. However I feel that perhaps a longer, 6 weeks or more, rest would be prescribed and I genuinely don’t know how I would cope with that. 
     
    anyway, today. I’m not sure about breakfast, lunch will be salad with tuna or mackerel, and dinner will be lamb meatballs with some sort of sauce. Not brilliant planning, but I’ve got the skeleton structure there! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Fall 2021   
    Yesterday was tough cravings-wise, but I muddled through.  I ate dinner a little earlier than normal and added a handful of almonds later in the evening, as I was feeling hungry.  Still difficult sometimes to tell hunger from boredom cravings.  
    Day 6
    M1-3 of the breakfast muffins I made on Saturday
    M2-leftover ribs and broccoli
    M3-Portobello mushroom caps stuffed with Italian ground beef (kale, tomato paste, oregano)
    hot tea before bed
    Walking and yoga planned for this afternoon
    I was awake earlier this morning - 5:15 and let the dogs out.  I could have stayed up, taken them for a walk or gone to spin class, but I went back to bed.  I am encouraged, though, to not be so exhausted in the early morning.  A little bit bloated today - maybe all the ham and turkey I ate over the weekend.  While the meats are compliant, I think they do have a lot of salt.  Overall, though, I'm feeling pretty good.  
     Checking in regarding the above NSVs-I'm definitely less puffy and less achy in all joints, including shoulder.  Skin is a little dry, the fatigue/laziness/low energy seems a little improved.  Sleep is okay-Last week's average sleep score ended up at 80.  So far this week I'm at 80.  No headache, no gas or constipation right now.  My resting heart rate is currently 74, but it was 71 at the start of the weekend.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Fall 2021   
    @Rebecca001 and @Contessa - thank you.  This is exactly what I mean about the support in this community .  @Contessa - you have said many things to me, to others, and within your own journal that have helped me realign my own thinking.   The above referenced blog post is a must-read.  Contessa, the line you quoted is in itself thought-provoking, but the whole paragraph struck a chord:  
    But the Whole30 is not a diet. It’s not a quick-fix. It’s not even a weight-loss program. The Whole30 is designed to change your life. It’s a monumental transformation in how you think about food, your body, your life, and what you want out of the time you have left on this earth. It’s so much bigger than just food. It’s a paradigm shift the likes of which you may only experience a few times in your whole life.
    Thinking that such a paradigm shift happens in just 30 days, or even after 6 or 8 or 10 sets of 30 days is silly.  I know this.  Positive change happens in many ways - small shifts, giant leaps, and with many missteps and mistakes.  I know this also.  I have been firmly entrenched in the feel bad-junk food-feel worse-more junk food cycle for most of my 51 years.  Sometimes I deliberately choose the junk food because it commiserates with me.  I know I need a more adaptive coping strategy, but it's enough to keep in mind that I'm working on it, every day, even when I slip into old habits.  I won't know if new strategies work if I don't test them, and slipping into old habits allows me to practice.  
    So I did recover from yesterday.  A long, meditative yoga session was incredibly helpful.  I even slept well last night.  THIS is me slipping and practicing/using new coping strategies.  
    Day 1
    M1-Egg soufflé - avocado oil, eggs, black olives, spinach, kale, black coffee
    M2-leftover ground beef hash, if I have time to go home for lunch; Chipotle bowl if I don't
    M3-leftover taco salad- ground beef seasoned with Primal Plate taco seasoning over organic romaine and heirloom cherry tomatoes, sprinkle of nutritional yeast, avocado 
    hot tea after dinner or almond milk, kale, and raspberry smoothie if I'm feeling hungry.  
    Planned outdoor cycling and bootcamp with friend (hopefully!) this evening.  I will also do a longer yoga session.  I have time this evening and the extra 10-15 minutes in practice will help me sleep and set my intention.  
     
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Fall 2021   
    May I assist in briefly straightening your crown?
    I was heartened a few years ago when Melissa (co-founder of Whole 30) came out with a blog post backing off the whole "it's not hard" tough-love mantra that so many of us had internalized. "Changing the way you think about food is hard," she says, and I agree. "[Whole 30] is a monumental transformation in how you think about food, your body, your life, and what you want out of the time you have left on this earth."
    I somehow find it heartening that there are SO many of us who do not have all these principles perfectly dialed in.
    Perhaps a Whole 30 isn't "getting off heroin"-level hard — but I certainly don't think it's easy.
    Your self-awareness is, as usual, admirable. If your day closes with some new insights and self-compassion, let's call it a win.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in Fall 2021   
    @MadyVanilla what an insightful and honest post. I empathise with so much you have written there. The hardest bit of any of my w30 has been the acceptance that I eat food as emotional comfort (I still do, often) and when that’s taken away, I have to feel all the emotions without my helper! My “food freedom”  has generally been just compliant food, but introducing more and more non-compliant behaviours until I, like you articulate in your post, spiral out so much from the tightness of the rules that actually it’s irrelevant that my food is compliant. I feel just as bloated, over fed and stuffed as if I was eating donuts and sweets. And then I start again. 
     
    you have got this, you know what to do, and yeah you’re right it is tough some days, but so are you. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t keep on trying. 
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Fall 2021   
    *Sigh.  It just wasn't my day.  Shortly after I wrote the above post, I returned to my desk, where my boss had left homemade chocolate chip cookies and a "Thanks for all you do!" note.  In that moment, there was nothing but the cookies.  I ate them.  
    The thing I like best about W30 is the set of rules that are clear-cut.  Plus the fact that I've done it enough times now to know that when I do the program, I see the results and it gets easier, sometimes effortless, to stick to.  And the extremely supportive community, that over the years has helped me process my missteps and treat myself with more kindness, love, and forgiveness than I used to believe I deserved.  The hardest part to stomach though is the "It's not hard" mentality.  
    It IS hard.  No, it's not fighting cancer, caring-for-a-sick-or-injured loved one, enduring homelessness, how-am-I-going-to-pay-the-bills-when-I-just-lost-my-job hard.  But if current life circumstances are lucky enough not to include something that is truly excruciating, working through cravings, changing diet, changing mindset, planning, prepping, changing lifestyle IS hard.  If it wasn't hard, more people would do it.  More people would be successful from day 1 and not have to restart.  More people would eat this way all the time and there would be less food-related health problems in the world.  Why would people be proud of their accomplishment and want to celebrate a successful W30 if it were easy?  Simplified, it is just a choice, a choice between eating a healthy, clean breakfast and grabbing a bagel at Dunkin Donuts.  But that choice is a series of little choices, impacted by everything that happens in the course of a person's day.  Knowledge, preparation, the right combination of foods are imperative to making healthy choices, but mentality may be the most important part.  If W30 could happen in a vacuum, it would not be hard.  
    I get why Melissa and the W30 crew push the "It's not hard" mantra.  And I understand that the intent is a nutritional reset - not a psychological overhaul.  Though there is the relationship with food component that IS psychological.  Just because I'm having a hard time getting my W30 off the ground this time does not mean I've let myself down or that I should feel guilty or discouraged.  I know it's not the intent of the "it's not hard" to bring about those feelings in me, but it's easy to see why I might, why I have in the past ("If I can't do something as easy as choosing to throw cookies away rather than eat them, there must be something wrong with me....")  Each time I struggle to start, each time I successfully complete a W30 and struggle with reintroduction, each time I return to terrible eating habits I learn something about myself and get a little better.  And so I return to W30 to try again.  I don't understand how some people seem able to do a W30 and then live gloriously in their Food Freedom until they decide to do another reset, as if very slowly descending, a slow spiral, from perfection into mild disarray while I nosedive into chaos.  But I have my own journey to contend with.  Probably therapy would help me.  But W30 is by far the best program I've come across to help me disentangle myself from the emotional aspects of eating. 
    And so I'll start again.  I completely threw in the towel after eating the cookies and went to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch.  Three hours later, I'm feeling the bloated, puffy feeling that comes to me with sugary and processed foods.  But this will not be a descent back into chaos - I've regained my composure.  Dinner tonight will be the compliant taco salad I had planned.  I'll walk the dogs and do yoga.   I will count this as a NSV that comes from experience and knowledge of what W30 can do for me.  I want this, so I will start again.  Two steps forward, one step back. 
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    @MadyVanillayes I do get some reassurance from knowing what’s in store (good and bad) - if this was my first time I think I’d have quit by now! I suppose it says a lot that I only knew my period was due because Facebook told me, not because I had a week of pmt so that in itself if a sign that good things are coming. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in Fall 2021   
    @MadyVanilla well done. I think in a way it’s good that you restarted. We can so easily develop that ‘it’s ok’ sort of mentality and I think it’s a strong statement to ourselves that we deserve to do it properly. I restarted last week for a similar reason; my almond milk wasn’t compliant, and also I knew I’d not germ as disciplined with behaviours as I wanted to be. It was an important lesson to learn. 
     
    I use Fitbit too and I almost never ever get an 80 score! I am like you, high 70’s most days with an occasional 80 or more frequently, a very low one if I have a terrible night. I look for the deep sleep score as I find it so fascinating how some nights I Can have 1hr plus and others I get literally 5 minutes deep sleep! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round and round and round we go - Round... 8?   
    UGH. OK. So. 
    I stayed compliant food-wise all weekend, but had wine all 3 days. It's that slippery slope, and it was a weird and emotive weekend. Back on track 100% today, however. Didn't do a lot of food prep- yesterday was a couch and movie day, hubster needed a decompress. 
    M1: Tuna patties and carrot soup.
    M2: Not sure yet, need to have a browse and see what's there.
    M3: baked turkey drumsticks with gravy, mashed cauli and potato, and sauteed broccolini
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    Another dry weekend under my belt and as predicted I am starting to feel fresh, brighter, healthier! My food this weekend was good, I didn’t fall into the trap of replacing alcohol with snacks. I went for a run, hip feeling good, a little tender this morning. 
    this week my biggest aim is to drink more water especially at work, and to limit fruit consumption as I ate a lot last week. I’ve not bought anywhere near as much ‘luxury’ fruit this week, no berries or soft fruits for example, to try to limit my grazing. 
     
    it is a thoroughly marvellous feeling to find myself on Monday morning, well rested and going into school feeling that little tiger starting to roar for the week ahead! Have a great week everyone! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Fall 2021   
    Yesterday was busy, and I was just exhausted at the end of the day.  I always struggle with time changes, but this jet lag seems to be going on forever...I read that women are more impacted than men, and going from a place with lots of hours of daylight to a place with fewer hours of daylight makes it worse.  It certainly doesn't help that many days have been dreary-overcast or rainy.  Well, I will be thankful that I continue to feel less bloated and more emotionally stable despite the fatigue.  And I woke up this morning without the big bags under my eyes I've had the last few weeks! 
    Yesterday's meals were compliant and almost exactly as the day before, given the grocery shopping issue.  I will be able to pick-up groceries today, though, and so now I can actually cook some food.  
    Today's M1-Rx bar, black coffee
    M2-Large salad with grilled chicken, balsamic vinegar/avocado oil/fresh oregano and basil from my garden/salt & pepper
    M3-BLT salad with homemade mayo.  My store carries compliant bacon, and surprisingly, it was in-stock!  
    I did sleep until 7 yesterday, but was awake at 6:30 this morning.  I got out of bed at 6:50.  I am typically a morning person, and jump out of bed as soon as I open my eyes.  So maybe I'm finally starting to get over the jet lag.  I was actually looking at my local gym class schedule last night and contemplating going to 5:45 and 6:00 am classes before work starting next week.  I have been to the gym 4 times since Covid-19 hit.  I just haven't been completely comfortable with the numbers of people, especially with positivity rates increasing locally.  The early morning may be better, though.  There is a spin and a power yoga class that I could alternate...something to consider.  I could continue to walk in the am and do yoga in the afternoons on my own, too.  
    I'm actually not doing too bad with cravings.  I was ready to throw in the towel last night and have a piece of chocolate post-dinner, but stopped myself.  I made myself a cup of hot tea and was completely satisfied.  I know how to do this, I can do this.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Round and round and round we go - Round... 8?   
    I'm glad you found a fairly easy answer to your gastric issues - cabbage!  Ugh.  
    I'm laughing at your crack of dawn wakefulness - I want that back!  I was thinking this morning that I should have my hubby open the curtains when he gets up so that maybe the morning light will help me get back on schedule again.  I think he's just been trying to be nice knowing that I need the sleep.
    Enjoy the weekend - especially the gardening!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in (Re)starting September w30   
    Hmmm....now you have me thinking - I wonder how my tea would taste mixed with a sparkling water??  
    @SchrodingersCat - not the best idea for reintroduction, but maybe a glass of organic wine to celebrate your birthday?  You have time to plan something special for that day!  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    @MadyVanilla you can definitely steep fruit teabags in sparkling water, it’s nice! No reason why you couldn’t do green tea also 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in Fall 2021   
    @MadyVanilla you absolutely CAN Do this! 
    does your gym do any outdoor classes? I joined one pre-Covid that does outdoor bootcamp and circuits classes and I love it! I never thought I would do classes like this. Of course during the pandemic, they were able to still operate at times when the other indoor gyms had to close. 
    you could also look on YouTube for videos if you’re not ready to rejoin indoor classes? There are so many on there, something for everyone. 
     
    I hope you have a good day today! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    @MadyVanilla I tend to replace it with a very cold sparkling water, it is the only thing really that’s ‘dry’ enough. However I’m not really missing alcohol (yet) because I was feeling so horrible after drinking a lot all summer that I’m really enjoying the break! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Fall 2021   
    Yesterday was busy, and I was just exhausted at the end of the day.  I always struggle with time changes, but this jet lag seems to be going on forever...I read that women are more impacted than men, and going from a place with lots of hours of daylight to a place with fewer hours of daylight makes it worse.  It certainly doesn't help that many days have been dreary-overcast or rainy.  Well, I will be thankful that I continue to feel less bloated and more emotionally stable despite the fatigue.  And I woke up this morning without the big bags under my eyes I've had the last few weeks! 
    Yesterday's meals were compliant and almost exactly as the day before, given the grocery shopping issue.  I will be able to pick-up groceries today, though, and so now I can actually cook some food.  
    Today's M1-Rx bar, black coffee
    M2-Large salad with grilled chicken, balsamic vinegar/avocado oil/fresh oregano and basil from my garden/salt & pepper
    M3-BLT salad with homemade mayo.  My store carries compliant bacon, and surprisingly, it was in-stock!  
    I did sleep until 7 yesterday, but was awake at 6:30 this morning.  I got out of bed at 6:50.  I am typically a morning person, and jump out of bed as soon as I open my eyes.  So maybe I'm finally starting to get over the jet lag.  I was actually looking at my local gym class schedule last night and contemplating going to 5:45 and 6:00 am classes before work starting next week.  I have been to the gym 4 times since Covid-19 hit.  I just haven't been completely comfortable with the numbers of people, especially with positivity rates increasing locally.  The early morning may be better, though.  There is a spin and a power yoga class that I could alternate...something to consider.  I could continue to walk in the am and do yoga in the afternoons on my own, too.  
    I'm actually not doing too bad with cravings.  I was ready to throw in the towel last night and have a piece of chocolate post-dinner, but stopped myself.  I made myself a cup of hot tea and was completely satisfied.  I know how to do this, I can do this.