MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla reacted to Emmaa in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Day 2:
    The morning went really well. No problems. I had breakfast and lunch. In te afternoon I couldn't focus. Working was hard. My head was foggy and I only wanted to watch TV. I got a friend over for dinner. I cut a sweet potato really carefully, because foggy head and shaking hands are not the best for making dinner. But dinner turned out really good. I'll make this again
    After dinner foggy head and shaking hands are gone. Had a good visit with my friend and watched Netflix. Was really tired and went to bed on time.
     

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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Day 24
    Felt pretty good and productive, made a pot of soup and a pot of stew.  I portioned them out into separate serving size containers so they'll be easy to grab and eat for meals.  Making meatballs for the soup was a bit of a drag so early in the morning but the payoff was so worth it.  I can't wait to have some of the stew tomorrow!  It feels pretty good to know I'm in the final week.  After today, it's just 18 meals to go and then I can relax a bit.  I haven't been able to find fully compliant bacon locally this time around and decided not to try ordering any meats this time either, just uncured but with traces of sugar used found locally, so I'm counting the days to have some.  hahaha  
    Breakfast- Scotch (Asian spices) egg and green beans with creamy coconut curry sauce
    Lunch- homemade Whole30 compliant Italian wedding soup with a side salad
    Dinner- Vietnamese style fish in clay pot with a big salad
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Day 18
    Woke up at 3:30 so I could be at my designated post at 5 am and was nonstop busy until 9 pm.  I was really glad I had everything packed, including breakfast waiting in the fridge which I ate at home before leaving.  There was a lot of junk food around and being offered to me but I avoided it peacefully and didn't feel tempted.  I did pack pretty big portions so my meals were very filling.  
    Breakfast- Deviled eggs and zucchini-yellow squash soup.  Oh and coconut milk coffee.
    Lunch- cucumber salad and spinach turkey burger, plenty of homemade mayo (with dill) involved.  Also a little more coconut milk coffee.  
    Dinner- (creamy sauce) curry chicken and sesame green beans.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 2 Tuesday August 18, 2020
    M1: kale, prosciutto and sweet potato hash with green beans and 2 fried eggs, olive oil & ghee
    M2: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, mandarin sections, chicken, walnuts, Primal Kitchen green goddess dressing
    M3: salted cucumbers slices to snack on while at the bbq, zucchini rounds, roasted white potatoes and bbq steak tenderloin, boiled carrots, olive oil
    NSV: I didn't snack between meals, was craving a snack beginning mid afternoon but I powered through... and drank lots of water.
    NSV: my energy has been a bit low lately, I've been feeling slow and my arms and legs were feeling heavy, but today I felt more energetic so:
    I walked 3 x 30 minutes and did an hour of strength training at the gym, and spent a nice 20 minutes stretching at the end of the day.  I'm feeling a bit more like my normal self again.  Maybe it's the cooler weather or maybe it's the sugar ban, but whatever it is it feels great.  Looking forward to another compliant day tomorrow...
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I feel like many of my close friendships slid into neutral when COVID hit. Heck, those friendships probably aren't in neutral anymore, but are kind of rolling backwards down the hill as weeks melt into months, and months merge into one amorphous blob. Yes.... those connections are so important. Every bit as good for us as leafy greens. 
    Relating completely to what you've said, and I wish more people were talking about this. Thank you for reflecting on your experience.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to UrsulaB11 in Ursula's Whole 30 log.. late start   
    Day 9 is proving to be tough. 
    Late meeting yesterday meant 10:00 p.m. arrival at home and no time with husband before showering and heading to bed. Early return to work for conference calls and after getting through an interview for a podcast, more emails, a nervous call from a client that needed reassurance and the day ending with uncharacteristic sunshine instead of the constant deluge of rain, I want a glass of wine outside somewhere. Why? Well, I feel kind of special being on the podcast. It was on leadership and they wanted me as their first guest (don't get excited, it's something in my industry, not that I am "someone") and that made me feel good. And it's been a really hectic few days so unwinding with a glass of wine with the husband sounds delightful, especially since he heads out of town Friday for 12 days.  And yes, having a glass of wine outside in the sun sounds so much better than hitting the treadmill, lifting and then eating my Whole30 dinner (leftover salmon).
    But why wine.... why not fizzy water with a lime? Well, I want to turn off my brain for a bit, dull the mental exhaustion I am feeling after some busy days. And, my husband says he doesn't like drinking alone, so if we go out somewhere and I don't drink, he will have less fun. And yes, I have been weighing myself every day even though you aren't supposed to and after the weight falling off like water, it stopped. I know that it was mostly water weight and bloat and the real weight loss isn't going to happen until the later stages, but I see why people fall off the program around this time if hey are weighing themselves.
    Logical side of me says that I will accomplish the same effects by working out and being proud of that progress.  Plus, it will push me more towards weight loss than just eating well. Finally, it's been 9 days and throwing all of that away just because I feel good about myself and it isn't raining seems like a stupid idea. And tomorrow I will wake up and be mad at myself. Mad that I undid what I started, mad that I should have been healthy and worked out and mad that I threw that all away over a stupid glass of wine that I wanted just because it was sunny outside.  Plus, I'll be dehydrated and with the amount of work I have on my plate, that is only going to make my life worse. And, if I have a drink, I wll likely be thinking about all of this and hating myself, meaning it would not be enjoyable.
    Lots of people quit things and its ok, When my husband and I climbed Kilimanjaro (bad idea, don't do it), I broke down crying about 2 hours from he summit, just miserable. With my husband's support, I made it to the top.  After we got back down the mountain, showered and met our fellow hikers for dinner, several of the guys remarked that had I turned around and quit, they would have too. While that made me feel "better," the fact that I made it to the top was such an amazing high (no pun intended) that I didn't care. So is this my Kili moment? The moment that I turn around and back down the mountain with others who want to give up to? Or is it the moment I buck up and push through. 
    Sometimes I hate logical side of me. She's really persuasive.  
    My hope is that my next post tomorrow is for Day 10 and not Day 1.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Everything is so time-consuming during the first Whole 30, but you'll get more efficient with your food prep, clean-up, etc.  I can whip up a mayonnaise now in two minutes.  Your meals look yummy! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Hmmm....me, too.  I thought it was just because I wasn't riding around in my car all day (this is where I most frequently apply lip balm), and so I got out of the habit.  But it makes sense that it's a NSV-my elbows are no longer dry and I attribute that to positive diet changes, so why not the lips, too?? 
    I like the idea of a tattoo reminder - why do we let ourselves backslide so much knowing these consequences?  You're almost over it, I know you'll make it to the other side of those physical symptoms.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    A lane lined with white daisies!  I love that you were so at peace with your grocery choices.  That thankfulness is truly an in-the-moment emotion and a marker of health and well-being.  And that you have found similar peace and gratitude through your connections with others.  This is BALANCE.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Everything is so time-consuming during the first Whole 30, but you'll get more efficient with your food prep, clean-up, etc.  I can whip up a mayonnaise now in two minutes.  Your meals look yummy! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I think the pandemic has made me realize that even though I'm an introvert, connections to others are so very important to my well-being.  You are doing good things for yourself, preparing nourishing foods, concentrating on wellness goals.  It's so challenging to actually feel emotions and not be overwhelmed by them or try to avoid them in some way.  I love that you noted that as an NSV.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    A lane lined with white daisies!  I love that you were so at peace with your grocery choices.  That thankfulness is truly an in-the-moment emotion and a marker of health and well-being.  And that you have found similar peace and gratitude through your connections with others.  This is BALANCE.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Thank you @ShadowInTheKitchen and @jennifer_k!
    This will likely be my last post until next Monday - I won't be taking my laptop on vacation with me.  My meals were good yesterday, but I dealt with that headache all day...I ended up taking a hot, soaking bath and then a nap in the late afternoon (I don't think I've done a daytime bath since I was a child!).  And still had the headache.  Probably I should have gone for a walk, but I just never felt like it.  I ended up eating raisins, then went for the potato chips.  Came back to my senses and did shoulder-focused yoga.  And then just had chicken salad for dinner.  Not terrible, not great.  It seems that no matter how much I *try* to convince myself, I'm remaining stubborn...but I'm comfortable with my plan to start my next W30 next week, so there's that.    
    I haven't eaten anything yet and it's approaching lunchtime.  Chicken salad it will be.  Dinner will be on the road tonight, then grilled foods for the next few days.  And there will at least be lots of walking.  And lazing around, reading.  Maybe some more introspection, but my husband will be with me all the time through Friday, then my bffs for the weekend.  I've spent so many hours of each day in solitude during the pandemic, it will be weird to be with someone 24/7 for the next few days.  
    I look forward to catching up on everyone's journeys when I return! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I think the pandemic has made me realize that even though I'm an introvert, connections to others are so very important to my well-being.  You are doing good things for yourself, preparing nourishing foods, concentrating on wellness goals.  It's so challenging to actually feel emotions and not be overwhelmed by them or try to avoid them in some way.  I love that you noted that as an NSV.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    You sound so zen about your food freedom! What a great space to be in. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Relating fully to this statement. I heard someone refer today to jeans as "hard pants" — I laughed in recognition. Please don't make us go back to the land of hard pants!
    Hope you get a great night of sleep.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to jennifer_k in Take Advantage   
    Hey there! I've really enjoyed reading your journal and can relate so much to some of your struggles. I, too, have a well and impaired version of myself. Just this morning, I deleted a stupid phone game app that I've been spending too much time on. I can also relate to all-or-nothing behavior and grabbing food when I don't want to deal with uncomfortable emotions. Basically, I just wanted to tell you that you're not alone. And thank you for your transparency and honesty. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    This is your progression into becoming who you need to be.  I love what you shared above.  All of it.  I wish you well.  
    I'm sending you a big virtual birthday hug for your upcoming 50th... and I hope you have a very happy birthday week!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from jennifer_k in Jenn's W30 - 8/15 - 9/13   
    These are both wonderful things to celebrate!  Congratulations! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Day 17
    I'm still feeling good.  I'll be away from internet and my phone from 5 am until 9 pm tomorrow so I might not summarize the day until the next morning.  I spent today preparing and packing my food (with extra just in case) so I'll be staying on track while away.  Sauerkraut tasted really good this morning, almost put it away in the fridge but decided to wait until this evening.  After this evening's taste test it's officially in the fridge!  
    Breakfast- zucchini and potato frittata
    Lunch- halupki with cucumber salad. Munched on cashews while cooking and packing for tomorrow.
    Dinner- chicken in the nut/seed sauce and zucchini-yellow squash soup
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Mikaliki in Starting August 5th- need this to feel happier   
    Dear all, I made it thru the weekend, and can it be that it is day 10... whoa! Got a little help by -avoiding- the usual friday night family dinner. Other than that, making healthy choices and surprisingly pretty minimal fruit and nuts, was doing that much more the last time i did one of those.  Mood is solid, good even. Still bloated and heavy in the belly and the body. Good news- i'm not having sugar cravings and its a miracle, but there are cookies and chocolate inside my house and I haven't devoured it. Lunch today was a bunch of steamed cauliflower, red cabbage and avocado with a homemade carrot ginger dressing. I have a huge bowl of chopped red cabbage to dig into with the dressing if i get hungry and I am going to boil some baby potatoes too.
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 3:  8/17/20
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    So, of course ~ MIL's dr appt went just fine.  My husband and I both reassured her that her living situation was not going to change, no matter what was talked about at this appointment.  I know what she's been through was genuinely scary for her ~ then compounded by the fact that no one else "believes" her.  Deep down she's afraid she's going to get locked up somewhere if she talks about it.  I'm not patting myself on the back, but I am going to say out loud what a blessing it is for her that she has us.  Because I've seen first-hand: so many people do not have someone who is willing or able to take this on.  <-- And that makes me so sad.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to UrsulaB11 in Ursula's Whole 30 log.. late start   
    I didn't even know this was on here to do - I have been actually logging my progress on my own in a notebook that I carry around with me.  My husband started asking questions about it and I told him it was for me to stay accountable and aware of what I was eating and thinking and feeling and based on the look on his face, I was thinking that something online would be better. And so here I am, but it is Day 8, so you all missed my travels my first 7 days. Nothing exciting, although last night I had a nightmare that I ate a ham and cheese on white bread and fell off the program and my friends laughed at me for doing it. That was unpleasant.
    So, I guess I'm going to poke around and see what others do to log on here and maybe I will stop carrying around my little notebook. 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Emmaa in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Welcome, Emma!  It sounds like you've done your preparations and you are ready to go.  I'm looking forward to hearing about your journey - here's to a successful first day!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    I love this.  On a related note, I was watching a movie the other night where the parents and their only teenage child had a number of dinner scenes.  Each time, they sat at the dining room table, with candles lit, and discussed the events of the day.  I thought, "How lovely.  There is such little effort that goes into taking a plate to the dinner table and lighting candles."  Of course, the scene was completed by a bottle of wine shared between the husband and wife...