MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Here's To Success   
    The picadillo was delicious.  I fried up some cubed potatoes in olive oil as the base.  I will definitely be making that again.  
    I am feeling better - a good energy level yesterday, though a slight headache in the background.  Still a little stiff and pretty significant tightness and pain after yesterday afternoon's walk.  But this morning was much better - the dog and I walked about 1.5 miles and for the first time in ages I did not have tightening in my low back or hamstrings, no pain in my knees or hips.  I kept waiting for things to appear, and noticing every little twinge.  I was getting a little tightness toward the very end, but I came in the house and was able to sit normally (rather than collapse into a seat because I can't quite bend my knees far enough to sit correctly), 
    I also slept well, practiced yoga, and was well-hydrated, so those things help, too.  
    Day 4
    M1-chicken salad with celery
    M2-chicken fajitas over salad 
    M3-leftover picadillo over potatoes fried in olive oil.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Contessa's January reset   
    Point well taken-food as an enjoyable respite, not the main source of joy.  The pandemic does make this so much more challenging.  I enjoy my daily walks and look forward to weekend hikes with the dog, but the solitariness of it all presents it's own challenges.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Here's To Success   
    The picadillo was delicious.  I fried up some cubed potatoes in olive oil as the base.  I will definitely be making that again.  
    I am feeling better - a good energy level yesterday, though a slight headache in the background.  Still a little stiff and pretty significant tightness and pain after yesterday afternoon's walk.  But this morning was much better - the dog and I walked about 1.5 miles and for the first time in ages I did not have tightening in my low back or hamstrings, no pain in my knees or hips.  I kept waiting for things to appear, and noticing every little twinge.  I was getting a little tightness toward the very end, but I came in the house and was able to sit normally (rather than collapse into a seat because I can't quite bend my knees far enough to sit correctly), 
    I also slept well, practiced yoga, and was well-hydrated, so those things help, too.  
    Day 4
    M1-chicken salad with celery
    M2-chicken fajitas over salad 
    M3-leftover picadillo over potatoes fried in olive oil.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Point well taken-food as an enjoyable respite, not the main source of joy.  The pandemic does make this so much more challenging.  I enjoy my daily walks and look forward to weekend hikes with the dog, but the solitariness of it all presents it's own challenges.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Here's To Success   
    Oh the headache....yesterday I ended up doing nothing most of the day but vegging and peeing.  I always go to the bathroom so much in the beginning - the massive cut in carbs equates to an increase in fluid release...and the headache.  I have been eating sweet potato in an effort to ward off the impact, but substituting proteins and vegetables for what has been bagels and cereal is going to crash my carb intake.  The headache seems to be gone today (a little on the fringes), so I'm hoping that part is over!
    One error that I make every Whole 30 - I'm gung-ho with the recipes the first week, without considering that my energy levels are going to be shot and I might not feel like cooking.  That happened yesterday, so I did not make the fajitas.  Instead, I had sugar-free bacon and eggs cooked with onion and kale.  It was good comfort food.  
    Otherwise, I definitely seem to be moving a little better.  And while I had a hard time falling asleep last night, I wasn't having the overall achiness that has plagued me.  Whether or not this is a true NSV or wishful thinking/"all in my head" I'll take it.  
    Day 3
    M1-eggs sautéed in olive oil, topped with mayo.  sugar-free bacon (all gone until next week!)
    M2-chiicken fajitas over salad - going to make this and then I'll be back on track with my meal plan for the week.
    M3-picadillo recipe from above.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Pencil Case in Whole 30 starts today!   
    Hi all,
    The house is clean, the fridge and cupboard compliant.  I was going to wait until Monday Jan 4, 2021 to begin but decided to start today.  If I delay, I will want to indulge.  Tough love!  Meal prep is ready for the next few days.  I did step on the scale this morning and took my measurements...   no need to roll your eyes at me!  
    I am looking at this Whole 30 challenge as an adventure, as a hike toward health.  Along with the Day by Day and the encouragements from my friends, I will make it.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Here's To Success   
    So glad you are doing this reset. Looks like you're off to a great start! Cheers for that homemade mayo.... wishing you a tasty day 2
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    MadyVanilla reacted to TonyaM in Whole30 Downunder   
    So I'm now midway through Day 3, journaling my food, water and sleep... I'm feeling good, although Day 2 & 3 has seen me get a bit hungry between meals other than that, all is going well.
    Hubby is supporting my efforts and is returning to paleo himself although not doing a W30. 
    I treated myself yesterday and actually ordered the W30 book but it wont arrive until the end of the month, still I'm confident it will be a good resource.
    I'm keeping the food interesting and varied and spent a bit of time sorting my recipes and trawling through the internet for blogs/websites etc to help keep the motivation high.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in W30 v4.0 - Day 2   
    Today was good - woke up late after a good sleep. I'm working on a routine to help my plantar fasciitis and it seems to be working with reduced pain on rising. I will keep at it. My first W30 eradicated my chronic PF in my right foot after every treatment known to mankind failed. I had it for more than 6 years then, boom, gone! 6 months ago I developed it in my left foot. I am hoping this W30 helps but, already deep (painful) massages, stretching and voltaren are starting to work. My goal is to return to running (I'm a marathoner) with some confidence but there are a few things that need to be in place first - starting with a resolution of this particularly painful PF. 
    A little headachey and logey today. Unlike previous W30s I'm laying off the fruit beyond the recommended 2 pieces/day. In previous W30s it took me a few weeks to reduce my daily banana/orange/apple/dates/raisins/dried cherries quotient - sugar bombing from the acceptable list. Yes, I knew what I was doing. Anyway - I think the sugar withdrawal has hit hard already so the dragon is whining. Tomorrow might be a KAAT day early...
    Off to my pot of herbal tea and what's left of the Christmas movies on dvr. We've watched about 30 so far - they're mostly terrible and OH SO predictable but we like them anyway  

    Hope everyone is having a great day whatever your stage is! 
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    I think I was one of the subjects in those food scientists' studies....I was part of the experimental group that bought all the reduced rate Halloween candy on November 1.  I vaguely remember waking up from a sugar coma once or twice () surrounded by mini M&Ms and Almond Joy wrappers....
    Almond butter and cashew milk - that sounds like some kind of special smoothie or milkshake in the making.  With a dash of black coffee....hmmm, that has potential....
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Here's To Success   
    Just in case I was having any thoughts of putting of my start until Monday, I slept terribly last night due to joint pain.  So I'm ready.
    Because of the poor sleep, I slept in the recliner for a few hours this morning while it was foggy and dreary outside.  I do feel somewhat rested at this point, but it's very late in the morning.  I just finished my first meal and am about to put the laptop away and go for a 3 mile hike through the woods and cypress swamp with the dog.  And then day 2 of 30-day yoga later this afternoon.  
    Day 1
    M1-3 eggs with diced tomatoes and fresh basil, topped with homemade mayonnaise.  3 slices sugar-free bacon.  No coffee - I like black coffee, but have been using holiday flavored creamers since Thanksgiving (pumpkin spice, peppermint twist, etc.) so I need to go cold-turkey on the coffee for a few days.  
    M2-chicken salad with celery and kale.  I didn't put this together yesterday after poaching the chicken and making the mayo, so I'll make a big batch today.  
    M3-Steak bites with sweet potatoes recipe from above.  Along with sautéed onion and kale. 
     
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in Here's To Success   
    Right? UGH!

    Okay - you're ready! Let's git 'er done
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Michele72 in Whole30 Round 3, January 1   
    I was debating whether to start Round Three today or Monday. Today's our anniversary and I DO love to start on a Monday, but decided since we have no plans to celebrate this year, there's no reason not to get started. Otherwise, there will always be a reason to wait.
    Meal 1:  2 fried eggs over a potato, onion, red bell pepper and cherry tomato hash, with half an avocado.  It was amazing.
    Meal 2:  Salad with shredded iceberg lettuce, seasoned chicken, salsa, green onions, half an avocado and some Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime dressing. Very tasty. 
    Meal 3:  Currently leaning towards a baked potato with pulled pork on top, but we'll see what this evening bring.
     
    Prepping: Sautéing up some bell peppers and onions now - I will eat that combination on/with SO many things, so it's nice to have ready to go. I have some wings, chicken breast and ground beef all defrosting, so plenty of protein options. Going to roast some golden beets to have those on top of salads with some of that chicken breast.  And going to make some pickled red onions - also good on everything.
    The Whole30 email this morning prompted me to go pickup a bunch of dressings and seasonings, so I should have a decent amount of variety to add to my meat and veggies to mix things up a little, and keep it simple, just the way I like it.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to TonyaM in Whole30 Downunder - Day 1   
    My second Whole30 - this is a restart for me.
    Day 1 was yesterday - Breakfast was 2 poached eggs on a paleo toast I have made for years, no idea where I found the recipe but it is perfect for when you want "on toast" with black coffee. easy/no brainer. 
    I spent the morning on some food prep and baked kumera (sweet potato to anyone not in New Zealand), made a savory beef mince (with celery, garlic, onion, yellow capsicum, herbs), Mel Joulwan's scotch eggs, and made a jar of Chia pudding (chia seeds, coconut milk & vanilla).
    Lunch was half a kumera with a serving of the savoury mince
    Dinner was baked salmon, asparagus and broccoli
    Did my best to up the anti on the water intake... managed 6 glasses
    Sleep at 9:30pm
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in W30 v4.0 - Day -1   
    Right? Work work work. I've been feeling guilty for not responding to a work email that was sent to my personal email (so I know they want me to see it) because I really, really needed a break! Very challenging.
    Didn't get going on my knitting project so that's my stretch goal today. It's 10:30AM so I have set a target to have it out by 1PM. Doable. I really need to commit to the balance if the whole W30 approach is going to work for me this time around.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    So I already messed up.  Note to self: don't have ice cream in the house.  Starting clean tomorrow!  Happy New Year everyone!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in W30 v4.0 - Day -1   
    WFH-it's just way too easy to sit on the couch and respond to email, edit a report, regardless of the time of day.  And for me, I don't have a designated office in my house.  Some days I work from the kitchen table, some days from the dining room...I like the idea of a goal of creating more work/life balance.  Art projects-love it!  
    Best of luck to you and your husband on your start today!
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Here's To Success   
    I finished the fondue for breakfast, and will finish my dairy-based coffee creamer this morning.  And I *have* to eat black-eyed peas for dinner...good luck for the new year and all that.  But I'm mentally ready to begin tomorrow.  I was inspecting my skin in the mirror earlier, noticing how puffy and pasty I look.  And such achiness from my hips down.  I'm ready.  
    Meal prep for today - I'll make mayonnaise, poach chicken breasts, roast sweet potatoes, and cut vegetables.  Also, 30 days of yoga starts today.  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in W30 v4.0 - Day -1   
    Math, apparently, is hard. We start tomorrow so my countdown has been off all week! LOL - oh well, blaming it on the covid because, why not?
    We're ready! The fridge is loaded with W30 compliant goodies and the freezer is full of gorgeous protein. I've got one more order coming next week (it has the local sugar free bacon in it - so excited to have found it!) and we'll be good for about 10 days. Hubs was a bit concerned about all the veggies taking up all the fridge space so we took out all the beer and wine and made room - HA! Definitely a W30 exercise    
    We haven't done any meal planning yet. We're still off work for a few more days so meals aren't going to be an issue. Still, I want to try planning some meals as that is such a novel idea!
    I have other goals for this month. Hubs and I WFH fulltime (well, we work from anywhere which is even better) but work has become IT - EVERYTHING. He's working right now at the end of the couch, on NYE for pity's sake. So, I want to get some work/life balance happening. We have been privileged to have no income change this year but if we work 60 hours a week, we probably HAVE had an hourly wage decrease. SO - I have some art projects I want to tackle and I want to re-establish a yoga practice. Getting back to those will be a NSV for me as everything right now is wrapped up in overall poor lifestyle choices. This afternoon I am going to get something onto my knitting needles - that'll be a good place to start.
    Happy New Year everyone - I know we're all on pins and needles wondering and waiting but let's celebrate just being here shall we?
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to w30virgo in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Gearing up to start my fourth round of Whole30 this January. I posted logs for my last two rounds on this forum, and I've found it really helpful for tracking meals I like, as well as habit tracking. Just read my logs for the last two rounds, and I'm happy to see that I've come pretty far with my eating and habits since I first started my Whole30 journey.
    Thinking about how much the world has changed since January 2020 is really unbelievable, although my lifestyle actually hasn't changed much. I worked from home mostly before the pandemic - now I just don't travel for work anymore. I miss seeing friends and family - with the spikes in numbers, I haven't seen anyone outside of my family in at least two months. I'm excited to do Whole30 as a way to break up the winter, fortify some healthy habits, and continue to improve my health.
    My boyfriend is doing Whole30 again with me - he did it with me last year as well, and really enjoyed it. We'll be starting 1/1 - no use in putting it off, since we won't be doing anything super special for New Year's this year. I'm just making us a nice dinner, and we'll enjoy some champagne. I've started planning, and did some grocery shopping to get us set up for success earlier this week.
    I'm taking the rest of the week off work, so I'll have more time to prep and get things ready later on in the week. Here's my meal plan for the first few days:
    1/1 - Pork & Sauerkraut for luck, of course
    1/2 - Indian Skillet Roasted Chicken from the Defined Dish cookbook
    1/3 - Burgers with a Veggie, Oven-Baked Fries, and Awesome Sauce from the Whole Smiths cookbook
    1/4 - Chicken Tortilla-Less Soup from the Defined Dish cookbook
    1/5 - Steak Street Tacos from the Defined Dish cookbook with slaw and roasted sweet potatoes
    That's all I have planned so far - for breakfast, I'll make an egg casserole with whatever veggies we have leftover and sausage or bacon, and we'll figure out lunches with leftovers for the time being. I'll probably plan more formal breakfasts/lunches for next week, when I'll be back at work. I'm planning to go to our local winter farmer's market on Saturday, and will get veggies and other items there for the week ahead. I'm going to start my grocery tracking then, when the new month starts.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's January reset   
    Oh my goodness, the soups!  Inspirational, and so lovely to have that option.  
    It is strange to think of 2020 as having a silver lining - the time for self-refection and contemplation.  I often wonder how I'll go back to working outside my home, as the daily routine seems so sane now.  How will I have time for the walks?  And I can't imagine frequent travel as part of the daily grind...
    Savor your Whole 30, the time to prepare and enjoy wholesome meals.  Your first day's foods sound delicious! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Lorna from Canada in W30 v4.0 - Day -3   
    Today's preparation involves getting back home and making sure we have everything there that we need to get going. We've been spending a few days in our trailer which we have set up for the winter in a park about 40km from where we live. Its been really beautiful here but it is supposed to rain on and off for the rest of the week so we might as well go home. Home is an apartment on the 20th floor in an urban village near Toronto. I love the convenience of living in an apartment except during a pandemic... being in our trailer where we can easily get out and about is quite a lovely change!

    This afternoon I will put in my TRUlocal order for bacon and pork shoulders and spare ribs - our freezer is already full of amazing chicken, beef, fish, seafood but W30 needs pulled pork and sugar free/nitrate free bacon!
    Hubs and I have toyed with the idea of meal planning for months but haven't done it. I think today might be a good time to try that - it will take some of the pressure off. We both have crazy work schedules and it is too easy for us to get to 7PM and not have anything planned for dinner. That is never a good scenario! I will suggest we do some planning today when we get home.

    Other than that, I need to check my ingredients to make sure I have what I need. We're low on vegetables so definitely need to put together a instacart order. Onward.

     

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    MadyVanilla reacted to Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Brewer5 The chopped nuts sound really good!  Haha.. and that rule sounds like a good one.  I just have to stop forgetting about my protein needs and then I'm all about it. 
    I bought some sparking water today for myself, and I also bought sparkling grape juice for the family.  This might be the first year I let my kids stay up (or wake them up if they demand it) for New Years.  They are 5 and 8 years old and their bedtime is still 8 PM but they usually read in bed until 9 or 9:30 at the latest (bigger kid reads to littler kid).  Neither of them have stayed up past 10 PM.  My husband does not like the idea of them staying up until midnight, but going from 2020 to 2021 is kind of monumental, so I plan to convince him.  Plus, I already bought "2021" eyeglasses, headbands/hats, and party blowers for the occasion.  AND I bought a 1/2 size apple pie and ice cream for them as a special occasion treat.  (Which I will stay away from.)
    Continuing Day 2, I've had:
    Vegetables/Starch: 
    - An ENTIRE 10oz bag of Birds Eye frozen "Shredded Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Cauliflower Florets".  A lot of carbs, but I'm here for health, not eating low-carb.  (It has garlic , salt, and pepper and the ingredients are CLEAN/whole 30 compliant.  I'm proud of this find.)
    - A big bowl of lettuce, a small bowl of peas and carrots
    Fruit: frozen mixed berries
    Protein: 2 eggs, half a can of tuna
    Fat: Ghee for eggs, olive oil to prepare the frozen veggies in a frying pan, mayo
    Other: unsweetened almond milk with coffees (2 or 3 cups), larabar
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LydiaJo in Here's To Success   
    @MadyVanilla The ingredients for the stake bites and sweet potatoes are now on my shopping list. Thank you for sharing.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Here's To Success   
    Restarting a journal is my first step toward starting my next W30 on January 2.  My ultimate goal is to live close to W30/paleo most of the time, but I constantly struggle against myself and my addiction to sugar and processed foods.  Part of the issue is that I'm lazy and don't like to spend the time prepping and cooking and part of the issue is self-sabotage.  I use this journal to track my foods, work through my challenges, and keep myself accountable to myself.  Even though I fall off and disappear (I haven't posted since early November), the fact that I come back and start again is a win for me.  
    My health habits have whittled down to maintaining my ButcherBox meat order, doing yoga a few times a week and walking daily.  Since October 7, I've made it a priority to walk 10,000 steps/day.  I've missed only one day - Christmas Eve.  I report in daily to my Mom and her best friend, who are also committed to a daily step count.  I have osteoarthritis and a few other bone/joint/chronic pain issues and I know that eating well helps my pain levels.  I'm looking forward to being able to get up from a chair easily and walk without shuffling.  I'd also like to be able to walk longer distances without having to rest or stretch.  These things will be NSVs for me pretty quickly once I start W30.  
    My plan:
    12/28:  Start journal, search for recipes
    12/29: Journal, meal plan
    12/30: journal, create grocery list
    12/31: journal, order groceries
    1/1: journal, meal prep
    1/2: Start W30