MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    Me, too.  I really do feel better in my body when I'm not moving much, because then I'm not dealing with the achiness from my bones rubbing together (osteoarthritis).  Except that when I am exercising regularly and eating well, I can move more easily.  I can get up from a chair and walk without having to wait for everything to loosen first and I can walk up and down stairs like a normal person.  Reducing the dietary causes of inflammation helps tremendously, but I still get the physical trauma inflammation because no matter what, my knees are going to swell as a result of the reduced cartilage in my joints.   So, everything hurts when I walk for exercise and sometimes it's hard to not convince myself to just stay still.  It's a tough trade-off, a tough balance.  I'm going to have to look into the equalizer bars!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    I had such a delicious Day 1 dinner last night - I pan seared the tritip steak in my cast iron skillet, and then finished it in a hot oven.  Oven baked sweet potatoes, and broccoli, both dressed with just salt, pepper, and ghee.  So very simple and yet so yummy!  Pumpkin spice rooibos tea for dessert.  I know I need to check the tea - there are no sweeteners, but it's not an officially approved brand.  For the moment, I'm glad that I was able to be satisfied with the tea as opposed to ice cream.  I got my 10,000 steps in plus a short yoga session.  
    No headache today, I slept more than 8 hours last night (!!) and so/but I'm not feeling tired today.  My mood is pretty good, my pain levels are tolerable.  
    Day 2, Today's plan:
    M1-same as yesterday, eggs, ham, asparagus.  black coffee
    M2-Shrimp salad.  Can asparagus be eaten raw?  Or maybe I'll lightly steam it - I need a crunchy vegetable to add to the shrimp, as celery was one of those things I thought I had but had to throw out.  I also need to make more mayonnaise.  The eggs and lemon juice are sitting on the counter coming to room temperature right now.  
    M3-Beef Bolognese over zucchini noodles that I've had in the freezer for the last 6 weeks.  No need for zoodles when I'm off the deep end, pasta!  Ugh.  And I really do like zoodles....
    Hot tea for a dessert.  I may have to order some compliant teas.  I'll check this evening.  
    Not sure if I'll walk or bike ride today.  I typically reserve the bike ride for days when I'm really hurting, which tends to be every third day or so.  That would be today, yet I'm feeling ok.  Not great, but tolerable.  We'll see.  Regardless, I still need to get the equivalent of 6,000 steps.  I'm already at 4,000!  The morning dog walks are a wonder!  Plus yoga - I would really like to get in a longer session today.  My back would appreciate that.     
    I should do a grocery list today, but it might wait until tomorrow morning.  I have so few vegetables right now, and I won't have any more eggs after making mayo.  I can eat leftovers for breakfast tomorrow.  I prefer to concentrate on my menu and grocery list on Saturday mornings.  
    Mentally, I would like to work on my idea that practicing good health habits is so very delicate.  Sometimes, I've got everything going exactly right and it's so easy.  But that perfect practice topples just as easily.  I'm realizing this has more to do with my mind set and less to do with some mystical, unknown power outside of myself.  I have pretty powerful visuals, and so I see plates balanced and spinning on a thin rod as representative of my positive health practices.  Each plate is a habit:  journaling, making a daily checklist, walking the dog upon waking, menu planning...and I'm quick to attribute the plates tumbling to something outside myself.  To place blame instead of take responsibility.  I have the power.  I should own it.   I'm going to work on this.  
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    I really am hopeful about this and good for you. What happens to me is I begin an activity and do great until inflammation hits then I just feel so bad for so long that by the time I feel good enough to start again it is like starting all over again. This is one reason for the equalizer bars. It told myself that I can do a few every time I see them. We'll see. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    Me too. I appreciate everyone who journals. I've been away because I was on vacation and was so happy that the activities we planned turned out so well and kept my mind off of food. I really didn't have as much problem with Whole30 while on vacation as I do while at home. Since being furloughed I have tried my best to get out of the house because when I am home I think about food. Even thinking about healthy food and making food plans is a little bit to obsessive for me. It just makes me look to the next meal instead of eating to refuel because I have had a full day.

    I added two Meals on Wheels routes and take food and drink to the homeless in a park near me and hike to keep myself away from food. I was trying to walk everyday and it hasn't worked since I returned but I also got Lebert equalizer bars to help myself with exercise goals. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    I've been furloughed since then. I am finishing my last ten days of Whole30 before reintroduction and just reading through what you said was hard will be a great warning to me. I started Whole30 because of inflammation and digestive issues and they have eased some but I know I will be doing a Whole45 in January then a Whole60 in March. 

    Glad to see you were able to control many of your health problems through Whole30. Love that you were able to see the culprits of weight gain right away. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to decker_bear in Take Advantage   
    Oh my gosh, I know, right??? I had to toss out some veggies yesterday that I hadn't eaten up because I was doing reintro. UGH that was painful! 
    You're doing awesome! Great Day 1! And just think, if you're getting the early on side effects out of the way now, maybe you'll get that Tiger's Blood early on, too.  I went through the same thing - I eased in, and then I got some of the yucky side effects on the first day. Great NSVs with the inflammation, too. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Okay, Day 2 in my Quest for Physical Fitness... 
    I woke up around 4am and my stomach was GROWLING. I was borderline hangry. I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't.  I'm certain it's because I didn't eat enough yesterday. I got up and ate some Raisin Bran Crunch with almond milk, watched an episode of Criminal Minds and eventually fell back asleep. It was crazy hard to get up when the alarm went off and I snoozed for almost 2 hours. Finally, 10 minutes before work started, I dragged myself out of bed and made some coffee. 
    Even though I wasn't hungry, I made breakfast first thing. I made some eggs and pan fried some sweet potato in coconut oil and a portobello mushroom in lemon infused olive oil. Surprisingly I was able to eat most of it early in the morning. 
    I wasn't hungry for lunch. Not even a little bit. I didn't even notice it was nearly 3pm when I started feeling like maybe I should eat. I planned to do my workout when I got off work at 3:30 (early today since I worked long on Monday) so I didn't want to eat a lot. I had some hard boiled eggs and a couple of cuties. We'll call that lunch instead of a Pre-WO snack since I didn't otherwise eat lunch. 
    It's interesting to me how not having the structure of a formal W30 affects mindset. I know I "should" eat all 3 meals. I know I "should" follow the template and eat a lot of vegetables, but there's something about not having a Day Whatever changes my mindset. I have been very diligent about making sure most meals and snacks are compatible, but the mindset is very interesting nonetheless. 
    PS I am sore already from yesterday's workout. The 2nd day is always the worst, so I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 52
    I have a bit more of an appetite today than I can remember for some time. That must be a sign of my continued recovery from COVID--hooray for that!
    Feeling tired, though, after a foray out into the rainy cold for groceries followed by a cooking frenzy followed by online student conferences. I'm going to FaceTime with a dear friend shortly and aim to pack a couple boxes but then call it a day. Was considering a little walk outside now that the weather has cleared--and it felt so blissful yesterday, but we'll see. Must be mindful not to push. And packing really does need to be priority right now. I know I'll feel better if I just get going.
    On an unrelated note, I opened up my new Vitamix and gave it a whirl with some super simple soup I whipped up from bone broth+onion+garlic+celery+spinach+salt and pepper. Totally amazing. I don't know how or why I lived so long without this magnificent kitchen gadget. I can't wait to use it every day in my new house!!
    Speaking of which, I did a final walk through last night with my realtor and a painter who's going to be able to get much of the main floor interiors done next week before I move in. It's not cheap, but I'm sure it will be worth it. Starting to get anxious about how much owning a home is going to cost, but doing my best to trust that the universe will provide. It's time to make the leap!
    So glad I decided to get back to W30 and clean up my diet before moving into the new house. It just feels as if I've prepared myself for a new life there, and that's a wonderful thing.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    It's amazing how much diet affects our lives! Glad you're getting to move into your house. My advice do all you need to do to your house now. I have been waiting for new floors for 25 years. Our house will be paid off next year and the money is going to re-sodding the yard first. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to lizziehall in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    @MadyVanilla It’s always nice to know I’m not alone! Whole30 really makes you realize how we’re trained to look at food throughout our lives. And I appreciate the luck, I’ll use all I can get  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    I find that if I can get through 3 days, I'm usually able to keep going, so I'm hoping today is easier for you!  It's the age old question of why do we want to turn to poor food items when we least need them?  I've certainly never found that my stress levels lessened or that I've felt better after digging into a box of sugary whatnots, and yet I also tend to go to food to cope.  And we KNOW this doesn't work!.  *Sigh...no good advice, just saying I know your struggle.  Good luck with the studying!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from lizziehall in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    I find that if I can get through 3 days, I'm usually able to keep going, so I'm hoping today is easier for you!  It's the age old question of why do we want to turn to poor food items when we least need them?  I've certainly never found that my stress levels lessened or that I've felt better after digging into a box of sugary whatnots, and yet I also tend to go to food to cope.  And we KNOW this doesn't work!.  *Sigh...no good advice, just saying I know your struggle.  Good luck with the studying!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Thank you for sharing your story!  I'm returning after a 6 week hiatus, trying to catch up on everyone's journals...I was drawn in by your writing style.  It sounds like you are really seeing the benefits of W30.  I look forward to continuing to read your journey.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    Off and running with day 1....
    And I have a headache.  I was thinking this is ridiculous, it's literally "in my head" because I started today.  But then I remembered I had a soft start two days ago, and 4 of my last 6 meals have been compliant.  So maybe it is a carb-fluish headache.  I only realized this after thinking about walking this morning - this was the first time in ages that I was able to walk a mile without beginning to feel achy.  I chalked that up to the immediate benefits of reducing inflammation by making a few small diet changes.  This just speaks to how terrible my diet had gotten.  It was bad.  I tend to retain a lot of water when I eat too many carbs and I've definitely seen a reduction in puffiness over the last few days.  This is good news for me, but also exactly why I have such a hard time staying healthy.  I can balance mostly compliant choices with a few high-sugar, processed items and live relatively well.  But I can't stay in that balance - I jump off the deep end.  My goal is to be able to balance.  I actually was doing better with that then I ever have before until mid-September.  Two steps forward!  
    M1-compliant ham, asparagus, 3 eggs scrambled in olive oil topped with compliant dijon mustard
    M2-chicken salad made with homemade avocado oil mayo and  mashed avocado. I thought I had bok choy to chop into the salad, but it had gone bad.  Another side effect of poor diet, too many vegetables to throw away.  
    M3-beef tips and broccoli, sweet potato with ghee
    Evening snack- plain hot tea
    I have a free hour and I might try to take a nap.  If I get hungry this afternoon, I'll eat an apple with almond butter.  I don't eat a lot of fruit, but apples are in season here right now.  
    I've already walked a mile and a half this morning, plan to do another this afternoon.  Plus yoga.  All is good, if I could just get rid of the headache! 
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    In all honesty, the reason I wasn't planning to start until tomorrow was that I had a pint of Ben & Jerry's Pistachio ice cream in the freezer that I wanted to finish.  Well, I finished it last night .  I was also planning on making beef stroganoff for dinner tonight, which I can make compliant, but it's so much better with sour cream...I'll think on that as the day goes by.  Regardless, I'm definitely in the mindset to start my next W30.  
    I'm going to shoot for compliant M1 and M2 again today.  I've taken the dog for the wake-up walk and written up my daily schedule. Today's plan includes making my menu for the week, completing my produce pick-up order for Saturday, and doing at least a short yoga session.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    I need to do this next-my first step toward normalcy was to turn off my email notifications on my phone at the end of the workday.  I'm moving toward ending at my normal time, just not there yet.  And also working toward the mandatory lunch break, which is more likely to happen when I write a daily schedule.  Thank you so much for the encouragement!!  You are exactly right, we used to take lots of mini-breaks all day long, now it feels like I must be working every minute.  That's good food for thought.  Plus, I also hate having to talk on the phone!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen 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 got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    Today, I'm starting my 5th or 6th Whole 30.  I decided to do this last night and so these first few days are going to be pulling things together that I have at home.  My last Whole 30 was in September, and I still have a jar of ghee and Paleo seasonings that I can use to get started.  
    I've been working at home since March 16th due to Covid-19.  I have made it a habit to walk the dog for about an hour and then do an hour of yoga most days.  My eating has not been over-the-top crazy and yet, I've gained weight.  I think because I have created a decent schedule for myself, I'm not doing boredom snacking.  At the same time, I must be eating more calories at each meal.  I've also definitely been indulging in too many chips and too much dessert.  And grains-I've been having some form of bread/pasta/cereal with most meals.  I started out with big bagels and naan, re-thought what I was doing and switched to bagel thins only.  It's funny how I deluded myself into thinking I was eating ok when really I was not.  I gain weight very easily and retain water like a camel.  
    The kicker for me was yesterday on two fronts.  I manage osteoarthritis in my knees and hips with a combination of diet and exercise (including yoga).  I was also diagnosed with hypertension last summer, but lost 25 pounds through the fall and was able to get off medication.  I knew I had gained some of it back (16 pounds as of this morning, since Christmas) and was starting to be concerned about my blood pressure.  I ordered a blood pressure monitor.  So yesterday, I was experiencing a lot of joint pain and had to cut my walk short.  I haven't had to do that in a while.  I know it's the cumulative effect of the wheat I've been eating.  The bp monitor had arrived when i got back home from the walk - no surprise that my bp was elevated. I'm sure that's because I've gained weight.  And been eating foods high in sodium.  And not drinking as much water as I should.  It's time to get back on track.  
    I'm really pretty good at creating Whole-30 compliant meals.  I like meat and vegetables and I also like to cook.  I receive a Misfit Market box of fruits and veggies every two weeks.  I have an account with Thrive Market.  My challenges are my husband and teenage son who do pretty much everything they can to sabotage healthy eating habits.  I also have a pretty fierce sugar dragon, but I have learned that three days of Whole-30 sends it back to the cave (staying there is another issue!).  My final challenge is my love of wine.  This one is the hardest for me - I enjoy collecting, pairing with foods, sharing with friends.  I rarely have more than one glass a night, and often plan my meals around the bottle that I open (since I'll have it available for 3 nights!).  I can survive by substituting a seltzer water with fresh fruit.  I do not view wine as a SWYPO food even though I will miss it.  It's a hobby I won't be indulging in for the next 30 days.   I'll have to be happy with researching and adding to my collection.  
    During my last Whole 30, I journaled my pain and energy levels, because I was really in a bad place when I started.  I'll do the same this time, though my energy is pretty good and my pain is tolerable.  After the first 2 weeks of quarantine, I've been sleeping more hours.  I've gone form an average of less than six a night to more than seven, sometimes eight hours.  Pain is an issue at night though, and sometimes wakes me up and prevents me from falling back asleep unless I take some ibuprofen.  I try to avoid medications when at all possible.  
    Today is Day 1:
    Pain-3, annoying headache (due to high bp or bad weather?) and some achiness in hip joint
    Energy-7  I didn't have any trouble getting up and was eager to do this mornings workout.  I'm looking forward to my walk this afternoon.
    Breakfast-3 scrambled eggs over salad with avocado dressing and coffee
    Lunch-leftover potroast and a vegetable
    Dinner-leftover ham and steamed broccoli
    Beverages - lots of water, cut-up orange slices to put in 
    Cranberry-lime seltzer water
    Exercise-20 minute upper body routine this morning, walk the dog this afternoon, yin yoga video after walk.  
     
     
                
     
      
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Thank you so much! I'm doing my best, little by little. . . . being able to fit into pretty much all my clothes is shockingly motivating. Really realizing on a new level how much I was carrying that I can now lay down. . . . 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to decker_bear in Take Advantage   
    I know a few crazy people who enjoy talking on the phone, but I am for sure not one of them! haha! 

    Having a written schedule is a GREAT idea!! I find I do better with more flexibility, but solid start and end times are really helpful. You're gonna rock it!! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    So ... I started tracking my post-W30 log over in that thread, but then I was like, I miss the little group I've connected with over here. So - I'm back. 
    My goal at this point is to shed some fat and get in shape so I can pass the physical test to apply to police departments. The requirements are: 
    15" vertical jump
    25 sit-ups in 1 minute
    16 push-ups without stopping (no time constraint)
    1.5 mile run in 15:37 or less 
    I'm not stressed about the jump, sit-ups or push-ups. The run kills me. I have asthma and I've never been a great runner, but I have to make this happen. 15:37 is about a 10 minute mile, which is fast for me, but I know I can do it. My focus will be on strength training and increasing speed. I will eat to fuel my workouts. 
    I've learned over the years that I feel my best and perform my best when I stick to W30 principles. Gluten is not my friend when I'm running (or training to run), yet I obviously need some carbs for endurance. I think that's why I fell in love with sweet potatoes back in the day.  
    So, breakfast ... today I made some chicken thighs, delicata squash, and strawberries. Of course, I also had my coffee with coconut oil. I ate some strawberries and a few bites of chicken and I felt like I just couldn't eat. I left my plate there hoping I would start feeling hungry and be able to finish eating, but I didn't. 
    I did my workout on my lunch break. Today was strength - chest, triceps and hamstrings. 5 minute warm up, 1-2 minute run between circuits, and a 5 minute walking cool down and stretching. I feel like I might have pulled a muscle wrong in my back when I was doing dead lifts. Totally crossing fingers that this won't be a problem. 
    Post WO snack - banana and protein shake. Soon after I finished the chicken and squash I had prepared for breakfast. 
    Other snack: a handful of cashews. 
    I roasted a spaghetti squash, so I plan to have that with some compliant marinara and compliant sausage for dinner. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to CGinDC in Fifth W30   
    M3 yesterday was beef & lamb kabobs, grilled asparagus, and cauliflower (about a cup of each), and a clementine. And I wasn't hungry before bed! For the first time in a while I got myself into bed by 10:00 - I was so beat, and just dragging and feeling overall pretty blah. I woke a few times at night but didn't have any trouble getting back to sleep, thankfully. My period started this morning so that could have been part of it.
    M1 today was a breakfast hash with sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and chicken sausage, topped with two fried eggs and mayo. One cup of coffee with hazelnut nutpods and I'll probably go grab another in a few minutes.
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Congratulations on the house!  I love the idea of only keeping clothes that "fit magnificently" - what a chore to be cleaning out, packing, moving but it sounds like you are embracing it whole-heartedly.   
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    In all honesty, the reason I wasn't planning to start until tomorrow was that I had a pint of Ben & Jerry's Pistachio ice cream in the freezer that I wanted to finish.  Well, I finished it last night .  I was also planning on making beef stroganoff for dinner tonight, which I can make compliant, but it's so much better with sour cream...I'll think on that as the day goes by.  Regardless, I'm definitely in the mindset to start my next W30.  
    I'm going to shoot for compliant M1 and M2 again today.  I've taken the dog for the wake-up walk and written up my daily schedule. Today's plan includes making my menu for the week, completing my produce pick-up order for Saturday, and doing at least a short yoga session.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    I need to do this next-my first step toward normalcy was to turn off my email notifications on my phone at the end of the workday.  I'm moving toward ending at my normal time, just not there yet.  And also working toward the mandatory lunch break, which is more likely to happen when I write a daily schedule.  Thank you so much for the encouragement!!  You are exactly right, we used to take lots of mini-breaks all day long, now it feels like I must be working every minute.  That's good food for thought.  Plus, I also hate having to talk on the phone!