MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    I just went and re-read my Round 5 (title says round 4) diary from the round that finished about 8 weeks ago. I tell you, it feels like YEARS ago. I had to keep checking dates. Ugh.
    Man I'm a starry eyed idiot when I'm on round LOL. Damn I can't wait to be feeling that good again. Maybe this time (unlike the last 5) it will stick?
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    MadyVanilla reacted to jennifer_k in Jenn's W30 - 8/15 - 9/13   
    Neglected to post the first 2 days, but today is Day 3!

    Day 1: eggs, sirloin, potato, veggies, nuts, almond milk
    Day 2: eggs, bacon, sirloin, potato, veggies, banana, peaches, almond milk

    Energy is still dragging but improving. Did a short walk/jog this morning and may go to the pool this afternoon. Need to grocery shop for dinner, not sure what's on the menu but hopefully something good.

     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Day 16
    Got woken up at 1:30 am by a (foster) kitten attempting to climb a bookshelf and knocking a bunch of card decks to the floor.  Had to get up and clean and make sure he was okay. He was, he hadn't fallen but fled the room from all the noise he made.  This was definitely a morning for coconut milk coffee before my 6 am Skype call from Japan.  I got through that and the rest of work stuff just fine and am feeling pleasantly tired as evening settles in.  Aside from lack of sleep, felt pretty good today, muscles and joints included.
    Breakfast- leftover vol au vent sauce on poached eggs and zucchini-potato-carrot hash browns.  Also taste tested my sauerkraut, getting so delicious!
    Lunch- tuna (with mayo) and side of zucchini soup.
    Dinner- bulgogi-inspired marinated steak with green beans. Had another taste of the sauerkraut, it's really getting so good I was tempted to eat more.  Also, ate the last spoonful of mayo so I could wash the jar.  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to jennifer_k in Jenn's W30 - 8/15 - 9/13   
    Greetings! I'm new to this place but not new to the W30. I've successfully completed it twice before and it helped my health and well being a lot! But .... I've fallen off track again over the past few years, so here I am again, starting over. 
    About me:  45 years old. Generally in good health besides my crappy diet. 

    What I want: More ENERGY. I feel tired all the time. I know my crappy diet is a huge factor. Also hoping to drop a few pounds, but how I feel is more important. 

    My plan is to keep it simple. Lots of grilled meat and veggies, eggs, nuts, potatoes, salads. 
    Logging daily will be important for accountability. I may also log some workouts. 

    That's all for now!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 2:  8/16/20

    Had a pretty good day.  
     
    MIL is having anxiety flare up, because we have her first appt with a new doctor tomorrow.  She hasn’t seen any drs since she’s been here with us - this is the soonest we could get her in.  So we spent quite a bit of time tonight discussing her past issues, how she’s doing currently, and reassuring her that tomorrow will be just fine.
    My stress is greatly reduced since I decided to stop picking up any nursing shifts for now.  We will be feeling it financially soon ... but I do believe it will all work out.  No doubt that this is what I need to be doing for now.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Yesterday, my IBS decided to flare up.  It has been pretty calm all this time.
    After 4 explosions spread inconveniently throughout my day, I finally decided to take two Imodium ~ and by then, I was so frustrated that all I wanted was chicken and rice topped with white cheese sauce from somewhere.  A glass of wine crossed my mind, but it was not a demand.  It was just a suggestion.  It was optional.
    Got home from work ~ and hey, it's Friday night!  My husband was home, which is rare ... and he, my MIL, and my youngest all decided they wanted to go out for Mexican.  I told my husband about my day, and said I was probably at the point of throwing this out the window anyway.
    We drove about 30 minutes to his favorite place around here.  The car ride was fun ~ somehow we got on the subject of music, and I started playing old songs MIL was referencing on my Amazon app.  We were laughing and sharing stories.  It was great.
    When we got out of the car at this place, which is downtown ~ there was a live band playing across the street.  She yells at them, "Bob Seger!" and we all started laughing.  No one could hear her, but the point is ~ the mood was high ~ relaxed and having fun.  She can be funny, and she has a good soul, and that is why she's here with me.
    I did decide to have one glass of Pinot Grigio, and it was wonderful.  I did eat just exactly what I was craving - and, at the very best place around here for it.  I made a choice, and it was a good one.
    There were more laughs and discussion on the way home, and we all agreed it had been a lot of fun.  Just what we needed.
    There is no wine in my house, and when my husband asked if I wanted him to go get me a bottle - I said no.  One glass is enough.  There is no need for it to turn into an entire bottle.  And I felt that deep down ~ it wasn't a struggle.
    Today I will weigh myself out of curiosity ... although, not sure what that's really going to tell me, now that I've stopped things up with Imodium and eaten Mexican food.  Lol.  
    But then I think I'll just go back to counting days for now.  I have a good friend who has invited me to go camping with her at some point next weekend.  I'm not sure that it is going to work out, with my other obligations here.  If it somehow does work out - I'll be hitting the pause button on W30 again.  And that's okay ~ for me, for now.  I've already achieved the 30 days, multiple times ... so this is really just me figuring out what things "should" look like, to be my best for the rest of my days here on Earth.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    I needed this reminder - these snacks would satisfy me.  I've had some moody days lately which also result in me being snacky.  But diving back into old snack habits.  Not good.  
    Your meals sound so amazing and creative.  Broccolini, Brussels sprouts, mashed cauli - not boring!  LOL!  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    A good way to put it.  I broke up with booze about 5 years ago, am mostly only doing the special occasion drinks now.  It was definitely one of the best decisions I ever made.  I was having trouble saying no when prompted to drink, which was every single day, so I developed a few boundary statements.  Something like "I love my body, I love having a healthy body, a healthy liver, I don't like to poison myself", etc and "if I am pressured to drink I'll say no, thank you" just once.  If I'm asked again I will say that I already gave my answer.  I had to practice my boundary statement to myself until it became second nature.  Now it's much easier to say no to other people, and not drinking has become the norm to me so it doesn't feel like a habit now when I do drink, it feels like a special occasion. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Mikaliki in Starting August 5th- need this to feel happier   
    ON to day 5, almost forgot what day im on. still feeling really bloated, heavy.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Day 13
    I woke up feeling normal and competent.  I went for a walk and a swim after breakfast.  I got scallops, enough for about 4 meals.  I cooked all the scallops and used half of those to make a fra diavolo and put the other half away lightly seasoned so I can decide later how I want them.  It'll depend on my mood, I have plenty of ideas.  I finished off the last of the yogurt this afternoon just in time to get the new batch into the fridge.  The sauerkraut jars are doing well on the counter.  
    Breakfast- poached eggs seasoned with dill and a side of fried cabbage and onions with a dab of coconut milk yogurt.  
    Post exercise snack- cashews.
    Lunch- halupki with a little coconut milk yogurt. 
    Dinner- scallops fra diavolo with kalamata olives, zucchini, and yellow squash.  Plenty leftover for tomorrow.  I love having leftovers, it's like someone else cooked for you.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 18:  8/13/20
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    Thanks, ladies.  Just got the update from my sister & sounds like they've kept him busy all day.
    My MIL was pretty upset by the whole thing ... paranoia is part of the mix she has going on, so I have spent quite a bit of time last night & this morning trying to allay her fears.  He's a teenage boy with a strong will.  We just want to see him use it to do good.  
    Finally, I think she has calmed.  We had a nice walk around the neighborhood with the dogs tonight.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Taking note of your own interior weather system feels like a great win here. You're creating space between stimulus (craving) and response, which is a really important part of this process. Small steps are still forward motion. Hugs for you on this gloomy, stormy day.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    {{{hugs}}}
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    I know it feels so good to be productive, making delicious and nourishing foods!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    I'm feeling like wallowing today, not wanting to eat well.  I ended up with an Italian sub for lunch yesterday - old habit, very busy work day, easier to order and have a delivery than to take 10 minutes to put together food I had ready and that I like.  Also, it's easier to eat food with my hands than it is to eat with a fork when I'm working on the computer...that seems so ridiculous and lazy as I write it, but it's how I perceive things, though as I think about it, it doesn't make sense that it's easier.  Dinner last night ended up being a few handfuls of chips (still working) then a bunch of raisins later.  I had an appointment to get lab work done at 7:45 this morning, and needed to fast for 12 hours.  I did do yoga last night, but no other exercise and very few steps through the day. 
    I can see where yesterday's poor choices are impacting me today - I'm really craving bad foods...I went into the lab and then home a different way because I was having thoughts of a trip through the Dunkin drive-thru for breakfast.  Plus, it's a gloomy, stormy day which just matches my mood.  Days like this I walk on the edge - I can fight through the day to make good choices or I can decide it's not worth it and just give in.  At least by journaling about it, I'm making myself think about what I'm doing.  
      
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    I'm feeling like wallowing today, not wanting to eat well.  I ended up with an Italian sub for lunch yesterday - old habit, very busy work day, easier to order and have a delivery than to take 10 minutes to put together food I had ready and that I like.  Also, it's easier to eat food with my hands than it is to eat with a fork when I'm working on the computer...that seems so ridiculous and lazy as I write it, but it's how I perceive things, though as I think about it, it doesn't make sense that it's easier.  Dinner last night ended up being a few handfuls of chips (still working) then a bunch of raisins later.  I had an appointment to get lab work done at 7:45 this morning, and needed to fast for 12 hours.  I did do yoga last night, but no other exercise and very few steps through the day. 
    I can see where yesterday's poor choices are impacting me today - I'm really craving bad foods...I went into the lab and then home a different way because I was having thoughts of a trip through the Dunkin drive-thru for breakfast.  Plus, it's a gloomy, stormy day which just matches my mood.  Days like this I walk on the edge - I can fight through the day to make good choices or I can decide it's not worth it and just give in.  At least by journaling about it, I'm making myself think about what I'm doing.  
      
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Day 12
    I woke up at 4:15 feeling okay today, no unusual cravings, it made me really happy to open my fridge and see the gorgeous platter of halupki waiting for me.  As happy as seeing it all beautifully laid out there made me, I had to break it up into portions to freeze most of it.  Right after that I grabbed the remaining cabbages out of the fridge and got that all shredded (I prefer using a knife by hand), salted, and into jars to become sauerkraut.  While I was in a fermenting mood, I set up a new batch of coconut milk yogurt so it could hang out on the counter with the jars of kraut.  I still had the inner leaves from the cabbages whose outer leaves became halupki wraps so I chopped that up into bigger chunks and fried it with onions and garlic using a bit of ghee.  That's another childhood favorite.  Then I grabbed the chicken breasts from the fridge, pounded and sliced it, then put it into a brine and back into the fridge, should give me 3 or 4 meals.  Busy morning but when you get up so early, you can finish a lot before anyone else even wakes up.  
    Breakfast- halupki!  There was no way I was going to skip it when it made me so happy to wake up to it.
    Lunch- spinach turkey burger with a generous heap of homemade mayo and a side of fried cabbage and onions.
    Dinner- chicken with zucchini and yellow squash in lemon and basil.  I snacked on yogurt while making it to make sure I had enough fat intake today.
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    W30 R3 Wednesday August 12, 2020
    M1: breakfast hash with leftover pork and potatoes, pineapple, kale, egg
    M2: green salad
    Snack: dates sandwiched between pecan halves
    M3: corn, leftover pork in non-compliant bbq sauce
    Snack: ice cream cone
    Starting over again tomorrow. That ice cream is rumbling in my belly and I'm feeling bloated and wondering was it worth it?  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    *standing ovation*
    This is so very true.  It's life.  And oblivious-we talk so much today about mindfulness, but there is absolutely a time and place for unmindfulness.  There is a reason for the saying, "Ignorance is bliss."  Sometimes, it really is what we need.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    The easy, typical days ARE easy.  It's those other ones, where something throws us for a loop, something unexpected occurs...that's where the growth happens.  I've been researching resiliency a lot lately - you've described a wonderful example of this.  It's not about being perfect, day-in and day-out, it's about bouncing back when thrown, whether that bouncing back occurs immediately, the next day, the next week, or the next year.  
     
    Exactly!!  There is so much stigma surrounding disordered eating.  I'm just as bad calling it disordered eating, that's not appropriate.  Just over- and under-eating.  Humans find comfort in basic needs - food, water, shelter, sex...why isn't the Kaiser Foundation or The Times asking if people are engaging in more or less sex?  Or how many have cleaned out or redecorated their homes?  LOL, just thinking about how to normalize changes in eating habits so people feel comfortable being more truthful.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Ginsky in Take Advantage   
    Yesterday was a much needed, fantastic day on the water with a very dear friend.  My food went as planned - noncompliant, but just as I planned it.  
    Today
    Mood-8, Energy-8, Pain-2
    M1:  rest of the shrimp salad 
    M2: Buffalo chicken over salad - I forgot I made this over the weekend.  I need to finish it up.  
    M3: Tacos on cassava tortillas
    I would like to make a trip to the gym today to at least do a c25k, but I'm not sure that's going to happen.  Busy day with work...I will do yoga, this afternoon/evening, though.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Yesterday was a much needed, fantastic day on the water with a very dear friend.  My food went as planned - noncompliant, but just as I planned it.  
    Today
    Mood-8, Energy-8, Pain-2
    M1:  rest of the shrimp salad 
    M2: Buffalo chicken over salad - I forgot I made this over the weekend.  I need to finish it up.  
    M3: Tacos on cassava tortillas
    I would like to make a trip to the gym today to at least do a c25k, but I'm not sure that's going to happen.  Busy day with work...I will do yoga, this afternoon/evening, though.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Like an Onion   
    *standing ovation*
    This is so very true.  It's life.  And oblivious-we talk so much today about mindfulness, but there is absolutely a time and place for unmindfulness.  There is a reason for the saying, "Ignorance is bliss."  Sometimes, it really is what we need.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Mikaliki in Starting August 5th- need this to feel happier   
    Day 3 was a success, starting day 4, woooo
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Thanks Mady.  I didn't consider it a victory, but you are right, it is.  I planned it, even though it was off-plan for Whole30, and that's one thing I'm eventually striving for, to be able to navigate the food courts, ice cream shops, junk food aisles etc without derailing my healthy self.