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    MadyVanilla reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    @MadyVanilla ~ yep, you've got it.  Exactly.  It takes me just a few days for those ridiculous urges to go away - and then it's pretty smooth sailing.  And I feel so much better, I think I will stick with this forever and be perfectly happy!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 1:  6/21/20

    Starting weight:  124.8

    9:30 am:  (2) eggs w/ ghee & coconut oil
    Would have cooked more, but that’s all we had in the house.  Clearly there is some shopping to do.

    2:15 pm:  bowl of homemade almond butter mix:  raw almonds, MCT oil, 100% cocoa powder, salt
    I’ve made my own almond butter in the food processor, and have been eating this concoction, but with some maple honey added.  I finished the maple honey yesterday ~ how convenient.  It tastes just fine to me without it.

    9:15 pm:  (2) chicken breasts cooked up w/ ghee & a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies

    Might look like a weird eating day - but it feels like a major accomplishment.
    I fought past a major urge to drink alcohol while I was fixing my supper.  Too many things going on at once + probably a day of underrating overall.  That desire to drink went away after eating.
    Only downside to my supper was the big histamine hit - tomatoes are bad, and I think canned ones are even worse.  My eyes started watering like crazy, so I took an allergy pill.  I’m over it.  Histamine is almost impossible to avoid, so sometimes I may just have to medicate.

    REALLY looking forward to going in to the office tomorrow.  I love my MIL dearly, but we will benefit from some time apart.  This living situation is not what either of us would have chosen for ourselves … so we both just have to make the best of it.
    Had groceries delivered from Walmart for the first time tonight - oh my word, I'm sold.  I don't enjoy grocery shopping in the least, and I really hate going to Walmart.  Whole 30 food & frozen meals delivered right to my door?  Umm, yes please!   
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    I feel like I've been fibbing in my log, though it's not been intentional. It just occurred to me because I've been thinking about where I'm at since my round finished and assessing whether I have been non-compliant at all. Really, the only thing is that pretty much every night since I finished, I have had a square of my prune, nut and seed slice with a pot of tea of an evening. They're quite small and not very sweet at all - I didn't add any sugar or sweetener, so the only sweet is the dried fruit in the seed mix, and the prunes which bind it all together. The nut/seed to prune ration is pretty high, to its more an occasional taste of sweet among the crunch, and I quite like it. 
    So summary is:
    I have been compliant save for one meal of my bacon which was cured with brown sugar and maple (rinsed off prior to smoking), and the prune/nut slice, which is all compliant ingredients but would be in the same vein as an RX bar (with less sugar, to be fair - 3.3g per serving)
    So I'm not considering this another round, but it's good to know that I'm still on track. If I really, really wanted something non-compliant I would have it, but that hasn't come up yet. 
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    You just listed 3 of the 5 ingredients in my evening tea!  It also has catmint and valeian, which is really helpful for sleeping. I only have it of an evening though because of the valerian, maybe I need some without for during the day. 
    Most of my anxiety tends to be work related, even when that's not reasonable at all - I guess I don't really have anything else to stress about. It's just been such a weird year and just staying weird. I really want to go see my mom and BFF but that's not on the cards for the foreseeable future, their state is still enforcing 14 day quarantine on anyone coming in. 
    Monday. So, I am wondering if I should start doing a reintro, just because I have stayed compliant since finishing, save for the one tiny sugar in my bacon reintro, which I don't think really counts. But I can't think of anything I really want. 
    Oh, NS... V, I guess - I'm going by clothes size and staying off the scale, and I have an item of clothing which is definitely too big, but sadly it's my bra. Sob. Why couldn't it be my jeans??
    Food for today. 
    Meal 2 will be the lamb backstrap we didn't have yesterday with the pureed root veg and sauteed broccolini
    Meal 1, not really sure. I've had a hankering for tuna salad, so if I haven't decided its too cold by then, I'll whip up a new batch of mayo and have it with lettuce cups
     
     
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    You are already doing it!  Putting it in writing is more binding than just thinking it .  I had the same thing a few weeks ago - I think my comment was something like, "I feel like a dog on a leash pulling as hard as I can against my handler.  I'm still going to do it even though I'm dragging myself into it."  And of course now, just starting my 3rd week, I can't believe I fought myself so hard.  Congrats to you for coming back! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    The food...and maybe an herbal tea, such as chamomile, lemon balm, or peppermint?  Maybe the anxiety isn't so weird thinking about your lockdown being extended...there's a lot to support why we are having excess emotions right now, with everything happening in the world.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    The food...and maybe an herbal tea, such as chamomile, lemon balm, or peppermint?  Maybe the anxiety isn't so weird thinking about your lockdown being extended...there's a lot to support why we are having excess emotions right now, with everything happening in the world.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to emcate97 in My Whole 30 Log - June 2020   
    Yes, I love to cook! I have picked out a bunch of recipes for the upcoming week and am excited to try some new recipes and make meal time more exciting. Planning ahead seems to be key!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    What a wonderful way to spend your birthday!  Enjoying foods and drinks with those you love without guilt, without insanity.  That is so awesome! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to patrickjohn in Patrick's Whole30 Log   
    Thanks and that's good to hear - I think it's definitely subsided. I've started having sweet potatoes with a plant-based butter alternative and some cinnamon as my dessert over the past week and I've been very happy.
     
    Also I know I haven't been posting on here but I have been sticking to the Whole30. I'm at a point where I do it without needing to think or track it.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/19/20:
    Breakfast: Brussels sprouts + meatballs + butternut squash + sauce; a little Forager cashewmilk kefir
    Lunch: Last serving of leftover salmon cakes + diced red potato + sauce
    Dinner: Oh my goodness, surprise California rolls with my boyfriend on the patio of a restaurant. Yes, this was an infraction of my Whole 30. This was not a compliant meal (rice + soy sauce). However, I went with "food freedom" in the moment. Because rice and soy sauce are not trigger foods for me, and because sitting on a patio with my man was such a luscious break from the difficulty of the past three months, I am fine with this infraction. I did turn down his playful invitation to get a big ol' milkshake after the sushi (this would definitely have been a step in the wrong direction).
    Three weeks into this W30, and about ten days before my reintroduction starts. I've been thinking a lot about what my "food freedom" might look like. (The mere phrase "food freedom" stirs a sense of hope in me.) Today I ordered a copy of Michelle Tam's Ready or Not cookbook, which features lots of compliant recipes for last minute meals or cook-all-day meals. Excited about that. Getting a handle on the food preparation will really help. This cookbook even contains some "freezer hacks," which will be really helpful as the life begins to speed up again. (Have I mentioned that I really don't want life to speed up again?)
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    This.  
    And it may be my new mantra <3
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Yes...me, too. 
     
    Excellent point, and this fits with the way I'm really working to re-frame my thoughts into a more positive light.             
     
    I never did eat a M2 yesterday, just wasn't hungry.  I really thought I would be starving between the Arby's dinner and the Dunkin breakfast, but I wasn't.  The walk was nice, but I had a recurrence of the pain in my knee and hip that I had been battling prior to W30, and I limped my way through one mile.  So whatever was in those meals did not settle with me.  Dinner was delicious - my first time with the PK teriyaki.  I was hungry by then, but not ravenous.  A few weeks ago, I would have been raiding the pantry for an "appetizer" (cookies??) while I was cooking dinner.  I also had dates and almonds as a snack again last night, just to ensure that I was getting enough calories in yesterday.  That was a lack of trust in interpreting my body signals - I wasn't hungry, but did not believe I would be able to sleep all night because I didn't think I had eaten enough food.  Well guess what?  I slept horribly anyway.  I have insect bites that are driving me insane, so I think that's why.  I wasn't hungry, wasn't in pain. Plus, I was having crazy, vivid dreams.  My husband actually woke me up once because I was yelling at someone to stop following me!  As I'm writing this, I'm thinking I often have these types of dreams after eating Chinese food, and thought it was caused by MSG or soy.  But I'm realizing I had that teriyaki last night - maybe it's tamarind. That seems to be the common ingredient that I don't eat very often.  Something to keep in mind.  
     
    Day 15
    Energy-7, Pain-0, Mood-8.  I slept in LATE since I didn't sleep well.  When I got up and took the dog out it was hot outside!  Short walk, no pain.  I may take her for a longer walk later today.  I'm not really feeling ill effects from poor sleep since I got up 3 hours later than normal.  
    M1-3 eggs, kale sauteed in ghee, topped with mayo.  Black coffee
    M2-curried chicken salad with celery and cucumber and tomato slices
    M3-I'm thinking about tuna salad...over a salad.  I could walk the dog to the farmer's market this afternoon and get some local tomatoes....that sounds like a really wonderful idea.  With bacon...BLT with tuna...
    Today is going to be a lazy kind of day.  I may do a little meal prep, or save it for tomorrow.  Picnic lunch tomorrow, but I'm mixing in some good compliant foods with the non-compliant ones.  I was able to find sugar-free bacon at the store, so bacon-wrapped dates are in my future!  Then Father's Day choice of lasagne for dinner.  I've never been a big fan of it and neither has my daughter, so it's no big deal to make the two of us a W30 chicken piccata.  Also, thinking about foods to pack for my long (8+ hour) road trip to Mom's on Monday.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    What a wonderful way to spend your birthday!  Enjoying foods and drinks with those you love without guilt, without insanity.  That is so awesome! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    You could carry on as though everything you ate was compliant.  If you haven't reached the milestones you were hoping for by Day30, especially as noted in the W30 book, then extend your W30 until you reach the milestones.  You will be feeling so good by then anyways, and will want to do whatever it takes to feel the best you possibly can.    I did Whole40 because although I thought everything my sons made for me on Mother's Day (Day 10) was compliant, I couldn't be 100% sure and I was NOT going to interrogate them about the ingredients they were using. I was prepared to extend it longer if necessary, but didn't need to.  I believe that starting over would be a huge hit to anyone's resolve, and would likely lead to calling the whole thing off.  Besides, imo starting over would have been negating all the work I had done up to the possibility of eating off plan, which seemed a little too negative drastic, and I wanted to keep a positive attitude.  It worked   
    Look at it this way: I ate W30 for either 40 days or 40 days minus two meals.  If I started over I would only have credit for 30 days, and I like 40 or 40 minus 2 meals much better!  
    Good luck whatever you decide to do, and I hope things go well for you when you visit with your mom.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    I just decided that I would be starting over but im not really counting it as starting over. My body has so much work to do and i still have some general habits and mindsets i fall into when i eat certain foods that would ultimately lead me to fail if i tried to do any food freedom after only 30 days. I made it through 25 but have always known no matter what I would probably need a W60 -W90 to even start to feel like really confident in my ability to eat day to day. So that fact that ill be doing another 30 days isnt that big an issue - i just "started over" so i could keep track of the days easier in my log  .
    Maybe dont think about it now and near the 30 days take stock on how you feel and how you feel you could benefit from that extra 15 days. It might be worth it to just keep seeing the NSVs or if you dont quite feel as great as you think you might if you kept going. Then maybe it wont feel like such a stress/burden to do the w45.
    Ill support you either decision you make!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    I want to dine chez SC!  Happy Saturday to you too 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Happy Saturday
    It turned out to be a really nice day here today, so the doggo and I just got back from a 1.5 hour walk. It was lovely.
    Meal 2 will be roast pork with crackling, baked apple, balsamic and chilli sauce, roasted beets, carrots, parsnip and celeriac and sauteed broccolini.
    Meal 1 will be whatever I grab from the fridge shortly, probably a quick omelette with mushrooms, spinach, and jamon
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Post Whole30 Day 9, Friday June 19
    M1: sweet potato hash with onions, celery and kale, 2 eggs over easy, fried in olive oil, a bit of pineapple
    M2: fries from a fry stand
    M3: 1/2 homemade wheat dinner roll, green salad with romaine, spinach and lettuce from my garden & green goddess dressing, bbq roasted potatoes and onions in olive oil, tenderloin steak, bbq'd pineapple rings, 1 small glass cab merlot wine, small cup vanilla ice cream, cupcake
    NSV: I felt totally in control of all of my off-plan choices today.  M2 and M3 were birthday meals.  My sister and two nieces invited me to meet them at the fry stand for an early birthday treat.  This fry stand has been super popular for over 25 years and a place to meet up and hang out, so it felt right to go there today. Besides, one of my nieces had never been there before, so it was fun to introduce her to this very popular place.  I totally enjoyed every minute and every bite!
    NSV: I hosted a dinner party for my upcoming birthday.  It was nice to have people over after months of isolating.  Just family and kids' SO's.  Again, I felt in complete control of all of my food choices.  I introduced a guest to my homemade ghee, then tried some on a small piece of dinner roll myself.  The wine was planned and I had a small glass that I didn't even finish.  I enjoyed it with my meal and didn't feel the need to 'finish off' what was still in my glass after I had eaten all of my dinner.  I was happy to pour away what was left over.  The ice cream was a gift, a different brand that I had last night and I enjoyed a small amount.  I didn't notice any lingering after effects. Those cupcakes!  They were so pretty.  I savoured one - just one- I ate it slowly and didn't feel drawn to have a second.  We all went outdoors after dinner to enjoy a bonfire, the fireflies and the perfect weather.  It was a very nice evening and I feel proud of all of my food victories.  There was too much going on for me to notice any ill effects from any of the off-plan food I had, but I'm ok with that.  I feel good.  There will be lots of time going forward for more in-depth testing.  This weekend will not be the time for it.  I plan to enjoy the weekend, the company of friends and neighbours tomorrow, and I am feeling thankful for the good health of all of the people in my circle.  
    Plan for tomorrow: the farmer's market is finally opening up. I want to go to be around all that good fresh locally grown produce and the people who grow it.  I want to be where the healthy people are...
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    @Blueautumn I'm glad you came back!  
    Bring it on, it's not boring at all!
    Congrats on the scale victory - very impressive!  And isn't it cool how the things you craved just aren't as good as you thought they were?  Same thing happened to me.  This Whole30 way of eating has really opened up my senses to enjoying the lovely tastes of real food.  
    I'm looking forward to more of your posts, and sending positive vibes and best luck to you. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Ugh, so due to circumstances out of my control (a death in the family), I had to give up on this last week.  I did however, keep to no sugar and no alcohol.  Which is pretty good under the circumstances.  So, moving forward, starting again, pressing on, I need to do this so badly.  I AM SO TIRED.  and I know it is rubbish carbs - bread mostly.  I was going to do some painting this weekend, but I think I will rest and regroup.  And dream of tiger-blood. 
    Hope everyone else is doing well.  
     
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from RachelR in Take Advantage   
    Everything you wrote, but this especially.  I know this feeling well.  I like the idea of walking and talking to myself - I can absolutely see myself doing that at home.  I can make a big lap around the downstairs.  
     
    The first part of quarantine, I was going to do Beachbody workouts everyday.  I think I got two done?  Then I started all sorts of different fitness "projects" trying various times of the day.  My motivation is so poor for these things.  But the yoga has stuck - I was taking a yoga class after work 2-3 days a week at a local studio.  At home, I've continued with classes on YouTube at that same transition time of day to evening, just before dinner.  I've found an instructor I really like.  The stars, planets, and chakras all aligned. 
    Despite the rain showers and storms in the forecast, the dog and I found a new trail yesterday afternoon.  It was gorgeous, into the woods, wind whipping through the branches above.  We got about a mile in and the deer flies started swarming - OMG.  Deer flies love moving targets releasing lots of Co2 (I was walking fast and breathing heavy!) and are not deterred by DEET.  I made a calculated decision to continue onward as only my arms and face were exposed and hoping to get a good wind once the trail turned.  I got a little respite just enough times to keep my sanity.  I had visions of collapsing into a heap and being eaten alive.  The funny thing is, a month ago I would not have been able to walk fast enough or without taking a break to feel confident that I could manage the bug incident.   It's been a very long time since I've been able to really walk without limping or without needing to sit and stretch at the halfway point.  
    My other challenge yesterday was the timing of dinner.  My daughter and her boyfriend wanted to go look at kittens that a friend of mine has - the original time planned would have allowed me to eat dinner at a reasonable time once we returned.  The time kept getting pushed back, though, until finally we went.  It was after 8:00 pm when we got home.  I had planned a quick, easy meal of curry sauce poured over chicken I had cooked earlier.  So it only took a few minutes to heat and eat.  The best part is that I wasn't starving.  I was a little concerned later that I hadn't eaten enough, though, and so I got myself a handful of dry roasted almonds and 4 small dates.  That was the first sweet thing I've had in days, as I eat very little fruit.  It was good, satisfying, and didn't make me crave anything else.  A successful snack.  
    Day 13
    Energy-9, Mood-8 Pain 0-some very slight hip tightness while doing the cooldown portion of my C25K this am. I'm very pleased by the lack of pain.  I'm going to take it slow and listen to my body.  
    I woke up at 5:00 am and laid awake for a few minutes before deciding to get up and go walk/jog.  It was nice and cool this a.m., and good to get it done early.  
    M1-The rest of the chicken salad mixed with chopped raw spinach
    M2-The rest of the taco casserole with sliced, salted cucumber
    M3-uncertain.  Tonight and breakfast tomorrow will be meals out - travelling for my son's first actual baseball game of the season - he's pitching tonight, then we will be staying in a hotel and back home tomorrow.  I'll suggest Chipotle tonight or check out the restaurant on my phone.  I can always fall back on a dry steak, salad, and sweet potato.  
     
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Even though the ice cream was impulsive, it sounds like you were able to be thoughtful enough about it that you could record the negative impact.  I feel like anytime I've indulged in something that makes me feel bad, I haven't been able to specifically label that.  Enjoy your cupcakes (and company and dinner )!
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Blueautumn in Take Advantage   
    Back from the quick overnight.  Lesson learned:  research what's in the area before I go and pack snacks for myself.  We were basically in the middle of nowhere with only truck stops and fast food restaurants in the immediate vicinity.  Given time constraints, we ran through an Arby's for dinner - I got a gyro with no sauce, and dumped it over a side salad with no cheese.  So  meat, onions, lettuce over lettuce and tomato.  But it served the purpose.  Same issues this morning, so it was a Dunkin drive thru for breakfast - 2 eggs with ham in between and an iced black coffee.  I looked up the allergy menus for both restaurants and I'm fairly certain I avoided gluten, soy, and dairy.  There could have been sugar on the meats, I have no idea.  On a positive note, I rolled out of bed this morning and did my typical short morning walk and push-up routine.  And I'm going to take the dog for a long walk later this afternoon.  
    I'm really not sure how to handle my last two meals, as far as needing to start over again or not.  I made the best possible choices, but I'm not certain they were compliant choices.  I can extend my W30 in order to get the best benefits.  Maybe I'll do that - I really don't want to have the mindset that I'm starting over.  I have some really awesome NSVs and I'm not feeling any ill effects from those two meals.  If I extend to a W45, then that is sort of like starting over to get 30 days in.  Another big challenge is that I'm going to visit my mom for next week.  She is diabetic and generally follows keto, but likes to use my visits as an excuse to go off-plan.  I'll have to have a conversation with her.   
    FWIW, Day 14
    Energy-8, Pain-0, Mood-8
    M1-2 eggs and ham, black coffee from Dunkin Donuts
    M2-Nothing yet - I'm not even hungry and it's been hours since that breakfast.  Maybe I'll have a mini-M2 of chicken broth before I go on my walk, then eat dinner afterward.
    M3-Teriyaki chicken made with compliant teriyaki sauce and chicken tenders.  I will chop up some vegetables to make a salad.  I know there's cucumber, tomato, radishes in the fridge and lettuce in the garden.  It's funny, one day away and I can't remember what food I have to eat.  
    So I texted my mom to remind her that I was doing W30.  Her response - "Great!  I'll make us a keto cheesecake!"  Ugh....I will survive....
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Everything you wrote, but this especially.  I know this feeling well.  I like the idea of walking and talking to myself - I can absolutely see myself doing that at home.  I can make a big lap around the downstairs.  
     
    The first part of quarantine, I was going to do Beachbody workouts everyday.  I think I got two done?  Then I started all sorts of different fitness "projects" trying various times of the day.  My motivation is so poor for these things.  But the yoga has stuck - I was taking a yoga class after work 2-3 days a week at a local studio.  At home, I've continued with classes on YouTube at that same transition time of day to evening, just before dinner.  I've found an instructor I really like.  The stars, planets, and chakras all aligned. 
    Despite the rain showers and storms in the forecast, the dog and I found a new trail yesterday afternoon.  It was gorgeous, into the woods, wind whipping through the branches above.  We got about a mile in and the deer flies started swarming - OMG.  Deer flies love moving targets releasing lots of Co2 (I was walking fast and breathing heavy!) and are not deterred by DEET.  I made a calculated decision to continue onward as only my arms and face were exposed and hoping to get a good wind once the trail turned.  I got a little respite just enough times to keep my sanity.  I had visions of collapsing into a heap and being eaten alive.  The funny thing is, a month ago I would not have been able to walk fast enough or without taking a break to feel confident that I could manage the bug incident.   It's been a very long time since I've been able to really walk without limping or without needing to sit and stretch at the halfway point.  
    My other challenge yesterday was the timing of dinner.  My daughter and her boyfriend wanted to go look at kittens that a friend of mine has - the original time planned would have allowed me to eat dinner at a reasonable time once we returned.  The time kept getting pushed back, though, until finally we went.  It was after 8:00 pm when we got home.  I had planned a quick, easy meal of curry sauce poured over chicken I had cooked earlier.  So it only took a few minutes to heat and eat.  The best part is that I wasn't starving.  I was a little concerned later that I hadn't eaten enough, though, and so I got myself a handful of dry roasted almonds and 4 small dates.  That was the first sweet thing I've had in days, as I eat very little fruit.  It was good, satisfying, and didn't make me crave anything else.  A successful snack.  
    Day 13
    Energy-9, Mood-8 Pain 0-some very slight hip tightness while doing the cooldown portion of my C25K this am. I'm very pleased by the lack of pain.  I'm going to take it slow and listen to my body.  
    I woke up at 5:00 am and laid awake for a few minutes before deciding to get up and go walk/jog.  It was nice and cool this a.m., and good to get it done early.  
    M1-The rest of the chicken salad mixed with chopped raw spinach
    M2-The rest of the taco casserole with sliced, salted cucumber
    M3-uncertain.  Tonight and breakfast tomorrow will be meals out - travelling for my son's first actual baseball game of the season - he's pitching tonight, then we will be staying in a hotel and back home tomorrow.  I'll suggest Chipotle tonight or check out the restaurant on my phone.  I can always fall back on a dry steak, salad, and sweet potato.