MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Fall 2021   
    Hey hey, welcome back! Wouldn't it be nice if we actually retained out wealth of knowledge from previous rounds LOL. Go you getting started without the prep! I know what you mean about being mentally ready to go, and just needing to jump in there. Looking forward to seeing you around
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Rebecca001 in Fall 2021   
    I hope your day goes well. 
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Round and round and round we go - Round... 8?   
    Oh the joys of starting over, why do we ever even stop??!!  Life, I guess. LOL!  I'm glad to read your vertigo is resolving and no headache this morning!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Fall 2021   
    I just looked back at my last log -it's been nearly a year since I've been here (November 3. 2020).  I've continued to struggle with my eating, making healthy choices many days, making not so great choices other days.  Making more healthy than not healthy choices as evidenced by a 12-pound weight loss, sustained over the summer (yay me, but I need to lose 50).  The first part of August, I decided to tackle another W30 beginning Sept 7th.  My husband and I just returned a week ago from an Alaskan cruise where I ate all the food, but also got quite a bit of exercise.  I knew I would need time to adjust to the jet lag, especially since it's a four-hour time difference.  I'm still on some time that is not Eastern Daylight Savings, but I'm getting there.  I ate my share of junk food/fast food/restaurant food last week.  I'm a little ashamed to admit that I've not cooked and barely opened the refrigerator since getting home at 3:00 a.m. last Wednesday morning.  In my defense, I went right to work Wed - Friday, and had commitments after work, and all day Saturday, Sunday, and yesterday morning.  Yesterday was the first day I was able to take a breath, do vacation laundry, and do a little cleaning.  While I'm not physically ready (I haven't cleaned out the fridge, meal-planned, or shopped), I'm mentally ready to begin today.  
    Current physical symptoms that are bothering me:  puffy hands, face, and ankles; painful and tight joints; dry skin; fatigue; laziness/low energy; erratic sleep; high resting heart rate (was as high as 80 a few days ago, currently 74)
    I forgot to weigh myself and take my blood pressure this morning.  Really, I slept too late to remember to do those things.  My typical wake up time is around 5:30 am.  Got up at 7:06 this morning.  I have to be at work at 8:00 am.  
    Today's meal plan:
    M1-Rx bar, black coffee
    M2-Chipotle W30 chicken bowl, water
    M3-Scrambled eggs with sweet potato chunks and broccoli  
    I fully expect today to be fairly easy, but the next two days to be challenging.  I'll continue to be fatigued and will allow myself to sleep until 7 the rest of the week, if needed.  I've done this enough times and have enough struggles with food/self-esteem/weight to know the best approach for me is resolve, gentleness, and a plan for the day.  
    Plan for today:
    Meal plan through Saturday morning Order groceries Short walk at lunch Walk after work Short yoga session Clean out top shelf of refrigerator while dinner is cooking  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Here's To Success   
    I'm back to my regular schedule.  I ended up having to travel last week.  Rxbars for breakfast and lots of Chipotle  I had an Rx bar for breakfast this morning, and another Whole 30 bowl from Chipotle for lunch.  Meal planning and grocery shopping are on today's to-do list.  I've been compliant, getting my steps in, and sleeping really well.  My pain is ok, and my energy is great!  I haven't had time to contemplate all the What-ifs and Why-is-thises that I usually do.  Maybe that's been a good thing - just going through the motions without all the ruminations.  Anyway, I'm back on schedule, so I guess I'll be back to thinking about everything, lol.  
    Today is Day 18!
    M1-blueberry Rx bar, black coffee
    M2-Chicken Whole 30 bowl from Chipotle
    M3-Grilled steak with sweet potato and broccoli
     
    I wish I had thought to meal plan during the car ride home yesterday.  It's a lot to do on a work day.  I'm going to use the rest of my lunch hour to get started.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in Here's To Success   
    I'm back to my regular schedule.  I ended up having to travel last week.  Rxbars for breakfast and lots of Chipotle  I had an Rx bar for breakfast this morning, and another Whole 30 bowl from Chipotle for lunch.  Meal planning and grocery shopping are on today's to-do list.  I've been compliant, getting my steps in, and sleeping really well.  My pain is ok, and my energy is great!  I haven't had time to contemplate all the What-ifs and Why-is-thises that I usually do.  Maybe that's been a good thing - just going through the motions without all the ruminations.  Anyway, I'm back on schedule, so I guess I'll be back to thinking about everything, lol.  
    Today is Day 18!
    M1-blueberry Rx bar, black coffee
    M2-Chicken Whole 30 bowl from Chipotle
    M3-Grilled steak with sweet potato and broccoli
     
    I wish I had thought to meal plan during the car ride home yesterday.  It's a lot to do on a work day.  I'm going to use the rest of my lunch hour to get started.  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in Here's To Success   
    Voltaren doesn't work for everyone - I'm one of the lucky ones too. It's amazing - I'm glad you discovered it and it's helping!
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Here's To Success   
    I'm glad you're on the path to feeling better!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Here's To Success   
    Busy week, forgot to post yesterday, and today is busy, too.  Just trying to keep my journal habit this week.  Next week will be back to normal.  All is going well.  My meals are compliant, I'm not really struggling with anything right now (well, maybe a little food boredom....), and my energy levels are great.  Still working on the pain/achiness/stiffness but this is much improved over two weeks ago.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Here's To Success   
    Busy week, forgot to post yesterday, and today is busy, too.  Just trying to keep my journal habit this week.  Next week will be back to normal.  All is going well.  My meals are compliant, I'm not really struggling with anything right now (well, maybe a little food boredom....), and my energy levels are great.  Still working on the pain/achiness/stiffness but this is much improved over two weeks ago.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Here's To Success   
    Busy week, forgot to post yesterday, and today is busy, too.  Just trying to keep my journal habit this week.  Next week will be back to normal.  All is going well.  My meals are compliant, I'm not really struggling with anything right now (well, maybe a little food boredom....), and my energy levels are great.  Still working on the pain/achiness/stiffness but this is much improved over two weeks ago.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from stealthstitcher in Here's To Success   
    Great day yesterday, energy is good.  I've discovered Valtoren, the wonder cream for arthritis pain and it, along with the diet changes, have really made a difference in my knees.  Everything seems to be moving in the right direction.  I slept well again last night.  
    Day 11
    M1-eggs and compliant bacon
    M2-grilled chicken, zucchini, onions, and peppers
    M3-grilled whitefish and broccoli, maybe some white potatoes fried in ghee.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Here's To Success   
    Great day yesterday, energy is good.  I've discovered Valtoren, the wonder cream for arthritis pain and it, along with the diet changes, have really made a difference in my knees.  Everything seems to be moving in the right direction.  I slept well again last night.  
    Day 11
    M1-eggs and compliant bacon
    M2-grilled chicken, zucchini, onions, and peppers
    M3-grilled whitefish and broccoli, maybe some white potatoes fried in ghee.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Here's To Success   
    Great day yesterday, energy is good.  I've discovered Valtoren, the wonder cream for arthritis pain and it, along with the diet changes, have really made a difference in my knees.  Everything seems to be moving in the right direction.  I slept well again last night.  
    Day 11
    M1-eggs and compliant bacon
    M2-grilled chicken, zucchini, onions, and peppers
    M3-grilled whitefish and broccoli, maybe some white potatoes fried in ghee.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Here's To Success   
    Great day yesterday, energy is good.  I've discovered Valtoren, the wonder cream for arthritis pain and it, along with the diet changes, have really made a difference in my knees.  Everything seems to be moving in the right direction.  I slept well again last night.  
    Day 11
    M1-eggs and compliant bacon
    M2-grilled chicken, zucchini, onions, and peppers
    M3-grilled whitefish and broccoli, maybe some white potatoes fried in ghee.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Another peaceful night of sleep.... loving it! I'm working hard to re-stock my fridge this evening while my phone is quiet. Work is bonkers busy this month. I'm almost to the point where I need to start scheduling potty breaks on my calendar. The beginning of the year is usually like this for us. I'm falling back into predictably boring food. But it tastes good and is all Whole 30, so.... [shrug]
    >>> Food journal for 1/11/21, day 13:
    Breakfast: Frozen veggie shreds with pulled chicken
    Lunch: Avocado chocolate smoothie
    Dinner: Steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, pulled chicken, sauce
    Natural Calm at night
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    @ContessaThanks for the laugh, I needed it today!  I have a personal trainer and yes, she would definitely approve!  7km will be the max for today.  I'm seriously considering reducing my daily goal to 7km, it's what is manageable for me right now, and walking 7km a day is still lots.  Besides,  I'm spending my spare time glued to the news, praying for justice and a peaceful long term outcome to the messiness that happened in DC, and also for some semblance of adherence here to heed public warnings to avoid unnecessary contact as our ICU's rapidly approach maximum capacity and continue to fill with more coVid patients.  
    Day 6, Monday January 11, 2021
    M1: l/o shepherd's pie
    Snack: Larabar
    M2: banana, walnuts, vegetable chicken soup
    Snack: clementine, dates and cashews
    M3: white potatoes mashed then fried in a hot pan with ghee until a golden crust formed; oven roasted sweet peppers, celery and kale tossed in olive oil; pan-fried steak
    Omggggg my supper was super delicious!  I was hungry after a seemingly long day of wanting to snack.  A half hour walk late this afternoon helped to distract me, as did a medical appointment in the morning.  
    I had lots of snacks today, lots of fruit and lots of fat, but my victory is that everything I ate was clean, there were lots of vegetables and healthy protein on my plate, and I didn't eat any overly large meals today.  I know that the need to snack will pass eventually, I'm not beating myself up over it.   I'm also pleased with how all of my meals tasted today.     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in The Long Haul   
    Hi @stealthstitcher welcome back!  
    I didn't eat sweet potatoes before W30, now I absolutely love them.  I eat them at breakfast, browned gently in ghee then roasted until tender in the oven, about 10 - 15 minutes depending on how small you've diced them.  I like them with my eggs, some prosciutto for a flavour hit and a bit of fried kale, which is another veg I didn't eat before but love it now.  I also love sweet potatoes mashed with ghee on top of my shepherd's pie.  I often mash them with other root vegetables too (white potatoes and/or carrots and/or turnips or rutabagas), just add ghee and salt for an easy side dish with steak, pork chops, etc.  I hope that you can find a way to enjoy them.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to stealthstitcher in The Long Haul   
    Grrrrr ...
    Completed my second Whole30 last May and felt like, this is it. I have arrived. Peak health, here I come!
    Nooope. The minute I relaxed my standards, I tumbled down a rabbit hole of junk food. So this time, my plan is to just keep going. Not that I'm planning on a WholeEternity - that would be a little impractical - but let's just see how far I can go.
    The rationales:
    1. While foods like grains and dairy do contain nutrition, I am not at the point where I have the willpower for reasonable serving sizes, and overindulgence leads to pain and discomfort.
    2. Refined sugar does NOT contain nutrition. I have no brakes for sugary foods, and they give me nothing my body needs.
    3. My dad's diabetes has gotten to the point where diet and medication can no longer keep it fully in check. This is to be avoided! 
     
    The plan:
    1. See how long an unbroken streak of compliant days I can do.
    2. If, for whatever reason, I go off plan, go back on plan at the earliest opportunity. Also, make the healthiest choice while off plan, rather than using it as an excuse to go crazy.
    3. Expand the range of on-plan foods I eat. There are certain things, like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and assorted kinds of greens that I've just never really liked. But I want to like them - they're so colorful and fun to grow in the garden! 
     
    Things to do this week:
    1. Get rid of remaining non-compliant foods in the house. I have half a container of freezer burnt ice cream that will definitely start calling my name soon ...
    2. Choose a food ... I think I'll start with sweet potatoes ... buy one and cook it.
    3. I feel like I should have a third thing here since I have three in the other sections. I've already done a meal plan and prepped some food. So ... check?
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Here's To Success   
    Last night's last meal took an interesting twist from my original plan.  A new Cuban restaurant opened in town, and the hubs offered to pick up carry out on his way home for work.  After scouring the menu and talking with the restaurant (her broken English v. my broken Spanish), I opted for the grilled chicken in a criolla sauce - spicy tomato, garlic, and peppers.  I was assured that "todas las salsas son sin azucar" or something like that and that the oil they use is lard.  I had yucca and plantains as my sides.  It was delicious and I haven't felt any ill effects so I'm thinking it's ok.  I realize that some of the dry spices they use could have soybean oil, but it is also an authentic Cuban restaurant, so with no effects on my part, I'm going to assume they use everything fresh and from scratch.  It certainly seemed that way based on the conversation we had - lol! 
    On a possibly related note, I slept excellent last night - I wonder if it's because my carb intake has been so low over the last 10 days and then I got a huge injection with the yucca and plantain last night.  I feel great today, with my GI issues mostly resolving yesterday.  
    Day 10
    M1 - Rx bar, mineola orange
    M2 - grilled chicken salad
    M3 - steak, sweet potato, broccoli
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Here's To Success   
    Last night's last meal took an interesting twist from my original plan.  A new Cuban restaurant opened in town, and the hubs offered to pick up carry out on his way home for work.  After scouring the menu and talking with the restaurant (her broken English v. my broken Spanish), I opted for the grilled chicken in a criolla sauce - spicy tomato, garlic, and peppers.  I was assured that "todas las salsas son sin azucar" or something like that and that the oil they use is lard.  I had yucca and plantains as my sides.  It was delicious and I haven't felt any ill effects so I'm thinking it's ok.  I realize that some of the dry spices they use could have soybean oil, but it is also an authentic Cuban restaurant, so with no effects on my part, I'm going to assume they use everything fresh and from scratch.  It certainly seemed that way based on the conversation we had - lol! 
    On a possibly related note, I slept excellent last night - I wonder if it's because my carb intake has been so low over the last 10 days and then I got a huge injection with the yucca and plantain last night.  I feel great today, with my GI issues mostly resolving yesterday.  
    Day 10
    M1 - Rx bar, mineola orange
    M2 - grilled chicken salad
    M3 - steak, sweet potato, broccoli
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in My daily food log - we'll see how this goes...   
    How we roll - apparently I am doing this every other day now - okaaay then. It doesn't really serve a purpose does it?
    This weekend, we've spent more than healthy amounts of time doomscrolling the sitch happening in our big brother's house next door. Stay sane my lovely American friends and neighbours! I don't get that involved - it gets me adrenalin up to overdrive and I can't fall asleep at night. This is a good time to be doing a W30 as at least I'm not anxious - just super SUPER revved up. 2:30AM I'm still wide (wild?) eyed and too ready for a good fight rather than sleep.
    I am also revved up because we're about to put an offer in on an ocean beach front summer home that will be our retirement home. We've been looking at retirement options for a few years and this is making it more real . So that also kept me up last night - we have found our ideal place and we have our fingers crossed. Hubs negotiates for a living so I am just on the sideliens cheering him on but MAN I want that house!
    SO - foodwise - meh - who am I kidding? It's all good! Day 10 almost in the bag.
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log 2021   
    R3D0: Today has been a good prep day. I got my menu planned for the week, made ghee and got my lunches packed up in the refrigerator. Spice pantry is now cleaned out of any non-compliant ingredients, and I was very happy to have my husband's help with this project. He helped me when I got sick from the soybean oil the other day, so he felt vested in the project. He also found out one of my vitamins had soybean oil in it, and I had NO idea. I had told my doc a while back about how the Vitamin D3 supplement upset my stomach, but he felt the benefits outweighed the side effects, but now we're going to have to change that up (we didn't find any others with soybean oil).  I feel good about where I'm restarting from tomorrow, and I know that I'll be more vigilant about reading and understanding my food labels. It's also nice knowing I have my family's support.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Thanks for the good feedback on magnesium! Very happy to report that I finally got some good zzz's last night. I'll chalk it up to Natural Calm.
    My boyfriend (who has a degree in nutrition) says magnesium sometimes takes a while for the body to absorb..... so I'll try to keep taking it for the rest of this W30.
    Had some more hard-core cravings today. Managed to work through them all. Fed the boyfriend a new batch of spinach-avocado chicken burgers, which he loved. "This crazy diet I'm on isn't so crazy!" I said with a wink.
    >>> Food journal for 1/10/21, day 12:
    Breakfast: Broccoli, sweet potato, pulled chicken, 1 perfect poached egg, sauce
    Lunch: Mashed potatoes, butternut squash spirals, spinach-avocado chicken burger; blueberry mint kombucha
    Dinner: Spinach-avocado chicken burger with oven fries
     Natural Calm at night
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in Here's To Success   
    Busy day yesterday, and I didn't get a chance to journal.  It was a good day, though, wholesome meals and 10,000+ steps.  I am starting to have a bit of the GI issues/sluggish digestive system.  Still this morning....I'm hoping today will be the end of this.  
    Day 8
    M1 - eggs and compliant sausage
    M2- grilled chicken and avocado salad
    M3-Grilled chicken with berries over salad greens
     
    I slept well last night, and I have a good energy level despite the digestive stuff.  Heading to a farmer's market shortly to pick up some winter vegetables!  
    Day 9
    M1- eggs with Applegate farms ham and a mineola orange
    M2- grilled chicken salad
    M3-steak, sweet potato, broccoli