MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla reacted to UrsulaB11 in Ursula's Whole 30 log.. late start   
    Dear wine, cheese, scale, sushi, pasta, pizza and dessert:
    I miss you all, I really do. But it's been 19 days without most of you (took me a while to quit you scale) and I walked through Whole Foods after an intense workout and barely twinged when I caught sight of most of you. I read labels - and noted that items I looked at were already turned to ingredients, which I imagined meant that another Whole30-er had come down the aisle ahead of me - and didn't buy anything non compliant. My clothes fit well this morning. Yes, I need to lose some fat, but removing the bloat and inflammation brought me down to a reasonable girth for my clothing. And I accomplished a ton of work and other errands today without dragging around as a result of poor food choices or the glass of wine that I likely would have had to celebrate my win today.
    So look. I am starting to realize that not only can I live without all of you, I can thrive.  I guess this is what forming a new habit looks like. 
    But don't worry, there will be times that I will want to hang out with all of you - especially the scale - I just want to be smart and meaningfully interact with you all on my terms, not yours.
    Love,
    Me.
    PS it is entirely possible that I will change my opinion on this immediately and without warning and tell you how much I miss and love you all.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 2 yesterday:  8/28/20
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    The day was fine & compliant.  It was our anniversary - married 21 years - and he was out of town for work.  Not the first time & won't be the last ... so, no big deal.
    @MadyVanilla ~ I'm sorry, I haven't been venturing out to explore other people's logs or any other discussions here.  Have you not completed a Whole 30 yet?  I think getting that full 30 days in at some point, when the time is right can really be a life-changing experience.  It was for me, anyway.  
    But I also think that this way of eating is just the best human diet that makes sense - and what I mean is, the things that are eliminated are simply not the best human choices.  Every thing that has been eliminated is gone for a reason.  So "lightening the load" on your body - even one day at a time - can certainly be beneficial, as well.  I'm glad you agree.    Too many people get stuck in an all or nothing mentality.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    @MadyVanilla thanks for the tea suggestion, I will be on the hunt for warm drinks that I can have.  I considered kombucha today, but it had an herbal tea base (low caffeine) so I didn’t buy it.  I’ve never really been a fan of herbal tea, but I’ve got an open mind to trying new brands and different flavours.  The sweet licorice flavour is likely from the herb called sweet cicely, something I’d never heard of before this spring.  It has a mild and sweet licorice taste.  I have some growing in my garden but it didn’t do well.  It currently has one lonely fern.  Which may be enough for one cup of tea...
    I’ll be watching your log for your 5k progress, cheering you on. I haven’t started yet.  My original plan was to lose 5 lbs first, and I’m down 1.5 so I hope to reach my goal in about 2-3 weeks and I’ll start the c25k then, or whenever I reach my weight loss goal.  I’m searching now for the best app to use, my Fitbit doesn’t link with the running app.  

    Interesting that you noted the difference between corn on the cob and corn chips.  Whole food vs processed food.  Corn sneaks into processed foods in lots of ways.  I will be avoiding all that, but I’m enjoying fresh corn now while it’s in season.  I’m not a W30 newbie, so I’m changing the rules a bit with wholesome intentions and I think that’s ok. At least it’s ok with me.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 12, Friday August 28, 2020
    I haven't posted in a few days (I tried on Day 10 but my computer gave out as I was submitting my reply) but I've stayed on Whole 30.  My meals have been same old, same old, and I'm ok with that.
    Cravings: this afternoon I was a bit rushed for lunch, and rather than prepare a meal what I really wanted was to grab a quick bowl of cereal.  I'm glad I didn't.  I made a salad and felt much better than if I'd had cereal with milk, which was my standard rushed lunch for years.
    With the cooler weather lately I've been walking a lot, and I went to the gym today too.  I've noticed that my appetite has increased a bit.  Yay - I get to eat even more food!  
    Today I cheated and weighed myself at the gym.  I debated weighing in, but decided to go for it because the InBody pod scans more than just weight.  I wanted to know if I had lost any fat weight.  As it turns out, I lost some fat and gained some muscle.  Not bad for just under 4 weeks.  My personal trainer has been telling me for years to stop thinking about losing weight, rather consider losing fat and gaining muscle.  I guess I'm a slow learner LOL!  I am pleased with the new numbers, and credit the wholesome food I'm eating on Whole30 plus my new intentional walking, aiming for 15,000+ steps most days.  I don't plan to weigh in again until after Day 30.   
    I'm finding it fairly easy to remain compliant.  I have a selection of meals that I like and can make quickly, and my family has been eating more Whole30 meals too, they just don't know it.  This evening H has gone out for errands and a fast food dinner, I had no trouble saying no that I didn't want to go along.  Occasionally I miss the junky stuff, but I get over it.   
    Sleep:  I've been sleeping better, my FitBit Sleep Score was 80+ (Good) for the past four nights.  It may be W30 or maybe the extra exercise, or a combo of both.  
    I had chocolate a couple of days ago!  It was in an Rx bar, oh it was a nice treat.  No sugar, just egg whites, fruit, nuts and chocolate wrapped up in 209 calories.  It was a special treat for myself after spending fifteen minutes walking up and down a toboggan hill in the city.  Totally planned.  I won't make these things a habit, but it did feel good to have a 'bar' that was tasty and good for me too.  
    Plan for the weekend: I am out of frozen meals, so make some W30 single serve meals to stash away in the freezer.  I also need to focus on Whole30 a bit more, and plan out some more meals/groceries.  I may not be able to withstand cravings if I don't have any compliant food on hand.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to laurasuzanne in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 2 finishing up. Something I never thought about until this Whole30 is to start on the weekend. We have such a mindset to start on Monday or the 1st of the month. I started on a Friday. I work M-F. Weekends I’m usually pretty busy (I love to do lists). I think I do better with eating during the day on weekends because I’m busy. NIghtime is different because socialization can be hard. But, today was awesome. Cleaning, dog baths, errands, laundry, I didn’t have time to think about be deprived or hungry. 
    My NSV’s for the day were socialization. Today was a family community day in my subdivision. I considered not going because I knew there would be food trucks and temptation. And why go if you couldn’t drink? But, I wanted to support my community and went anyway. I had fun. I saw some neighbors and met some more. And the food trucks weren’t tempting because I knew it was a no, so I didn’t even go near them.
    I also went to a bonfire at a friend’s people had food, there were s’mores, and alcohol. I brought a sparkling water and was perfectly content chatting with everyone. I’m often prone to going on a socializing hiatus during a Whole30 and I don’t want to be that way. I need to learn to have fun without alcohol.
    Overall it was a good day. I did have a 4th meal. Maybe I misread hunger cues or maybe I didn’t have enough fat in my meals. 
    I am going through the Whole30 Day by Day book. My last round I did as well and it is so helpful. I want to pay more attention to how I feel this time. I think I did sleep well last night and I’m sure it wasn’t because of the cleaned up diet yet. I think it was a mindset. I’m feeling good about prioritizing myself and my health. I want to sleep better, and improve my confidence. I felt like I stood different today, not that anyone knows what I’m doing, but I do and I’m worth this effort. I’m sure it will get harder, but right now today I am feeling good.
    Good night. :)
    Laura 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    So I found this Italian antipasti blend in the international aisle and it just happened to be compliant, so I got it and it's delicious! Ingredients are Olive oil, hot chili peppers, carrots, eggplant, artichoke, peppers, dried tomatoes, mushrooms, salt and vinegar. But what I love most about it is the name, check it out: 

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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Sunday!
    I realised last night that I hadn't had vertigo. It's like hiccups, you don't really notice it stop, you just realise sometime later that it's not there anymore. So we shall see if that keeps up, but day 18 appears to be the magic day!
    Low-key day today, yesterday was huge for the activity, and I want to work on my cross-stitch. I'll try and get out to the elliptical for 30 minutes. 
    Food will be leftovers for lunch, I have duck and fennel salad. Also ended up having some leftover lamb because that duck leg was small! Plus olives.
    I really want to make sweet potato waffles (just SP and egg, I finally have a waffle maker!) but that might wait until I make burgers with waffle 'buns'... hmm. Tempting. To do that tonight, I'd have to duck out for rolls for the hubster... hmm.
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Saturday! It's a lovely day, I'm just waiting for the sun to dry off the grass so I can mow. I was going to clear out some of my non-producers in my veggie patch today, but when I looked yesterday, my late bloomers are coming through and I have baby cauliflowers and oodles of brussel sprouts! Yay!
    After mowing, I will take the dog for a big walk (might even sneak out past the 1 hour limit *GASP*. 
    Then I'm going to get the Weber going and spatchcock a chicken for dinner - might even do 2, so there's leftover, though the fridge is leftover central right now - brisket (3 meals, maybe 4), lamb steak (1 meal) chicken thigh (1 meal), tenderloin and root veg mash (1 meal)... hmm, maybe I don't need that second chook after all.
    It's such a lovely day, this is the first day I really wish I could have a drink, not even for the alcohol but it feels like that kind of day, so once all is taken care of, i'm going to make myself a pitcher of virgin Mojitos (no sugar) and sit in the yard in a lawn chair with a book.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Oh my goodness, three (two?) more days!  
    Your breakfast sounds like something I could eat every single day...
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    And things are starting to get easier, no cravings at all...today has been extremely busy with work.  I typically journal in the morning, but I'm just getting a chance to do it now in the late afternoon (instead of going for a walk!) Yesterday was compliant, I just didn't get to go for a bike ride because of work.  It's ramp-up week at work, next week will be easier.  
    Day 4
    Mood-7, Energy-7, Pain-1
    M1-leftover ground beef and zoodles
    M2-onion and mushrooms sauteed in ghee with compliant ham on cassava tortillas
    M3-I don't even know. I'm still full and satisfied from lunch.  Let's go with chicken tenders in a compliant sauce with cauliflower rice.  And spinach, to add some greens.  
    I was planning to take the dog on a long walk, that might still happen.  Yoga, of course.  I'm going to breakfast with family in the morning, then to the gym afterward, so that should help me accomplish my goals for the week.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    And things are starting to get easier, no cravings at all...today has been extremely busy with work.  I typically journal in the morning, but I'm just getting a chance to do it now in the late afternoon (instead of going for a walk!) Yesterday was compliant, I just didn't get to go for a bike ride because of work.  It's ramp-up week at work, next week will be easier.  
    Day 4
    Mood-7, Energy-7, Pain-1
    M1-leftover ground beef and zoodles
    M2-onion and mushrooms sauteed in ghee with compliant ham on cassava tortillas
    M3-I don't even know. I'm still full and satisfied from lunch.  Let's go with chicken tenders in a compliant sauce with cauliflower rice.  And spinach, to add some greens.  
    I was planning to take the dog on a long walk, that might still happen.  Yoga, of course.  I'm going to breakfast with family in the morning, then to the gym afterward, so that should help me accomplish my goals for the week.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Mikaliki in Starting August 5th- need this to feel happier   
    Starting day 11! Happy with the amount of walking I did yesterday. I didn't eat the potatoes I planned to last night, got busy, and then had a pack of salted cashews (snack-pack from kirkland) to quell the hunger. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    For dinner I marinated some chicken thighs in Coconut Aminos, a couple of pureed dates, garlic, ginger, smoked paprika, onion flakes, and ground lemon zest.
    Will serve with seasoned cauli rice and a cabbage/carrot/fennel slaw in raspberry vinaigrette.
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Day 2 down, gym, 8,000 steps, yoga, c25k goals met - I walked in place in front of the tv to get my last 500 steps, but it got done.  
    Day 3
    Mood-8, Energy-8, Pain-3/4.  My entire left side is one big ache-shoulder to knee.  I probably still have too much inflammation from my poor diet choices of the last few weeks to get away with running (even the small amount I'm currently doing).  I did sleep well, though, with the help of anti-inflammatory meds.  
    M1-Leftover Caesar salad with 3 strips of compliant bacon
    M2-Tacos with cassava flour soft shells
    M3-Broccoli and zucchini with spicy mayo and ground beef
    Bike ride today, long yoga session, and I need groceries!  I ordered a Butcher Box yesterday, my first one, so I'm looking forward to that later this week.  
    I doubt I'll have too many new NSVs, as I don't think I lost many of the ones I had acquired earlier this summer.  The ones I lost centered around mood, energy, and body achiness (though not as bad as it was in the spring.) My mood has definitely improved since Tuesday morning, I love the "I can do this" feeling I'm currently experiencing.  This fluctuates so much for me, but while I've had some really tough days over the last month or so, I've generally been able to work myself out of the wallowing by putting my go-to behaviors in place (number 1 = journaling).  This, by far, is my biggest NSV.  I'm not getting stuck in the rock-bottom quicksand, I DO have control, there ARE easy, enjoyable, small things I can do to lift myself back up.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Yogi brand has an Egyptian Licorice tea that is caffeine-free and delicious.  It has a sweetness to it that I can't access unless my diet is free of sugars (if that makes sense).  Apple cider sounds yummy, too.  I;m looking forward to fall - these hot, muggy days are endless...
    I signed up/paid for a virtual 5K in October - so I MUST train!  I don't mind the first few weeks 60 -90 secs of running at a time on the c25k.  I'm glad you are doing it to!  
    The corn...there is such a difference between corn chips and locally-sourced in-season corn-on-the-cob.  It's surprising that corn wouldn't fall into the same category as potatoes.  I'm pretty sure I could come up with a compliant Mexican street corn dish!   
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    TRUTH!  
    Reading through your last posts, it sounds like you've made food choices that have made sense with life.  As opposed to binging on something without logical thought.  Be kind to yourself, return to W30 as you can.  Sending positive thoughts that things go well with your son.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Take Advantage   
    I just re-read this and feel like I need to be able to look back on it again as needed in the coming days.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    You're so active!! That's awesome. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to UrsulaB11 in Ursula's Whole 30 log.. late start   
    Good suggestion. I have been buying Spindthrift sparkling water and I use it in the afternoon when I get a bit of a slump after drinking several bottles of water. I think part of the problem is that there is no "reward food" on the program. I know that's actually the point - we are supposed to eat when we are hungry and not be driven by compunction/cravings/hormones/emotions, but a little reward can go a long way. Someone had suggested kombucha and I read Melissa's article on it and I don't think I want to go there. 
    It's like we are breaking down our system of eating/drinking and after a lifetime of developing these habits, this is really hard. I'm not sure that 30 days is enough time to "break" all of the habits.
    But I'm committed and one of my Dailies on Habitica is that I eat compliant, so I anticipate that I will stay compliant but will be frustrated several days. I think tonight I am going to workout and hit Whole Foods. Just getting some different foods in here will help, I hope.
    13 days to go until reintroduction....
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Day 26
    Busy day which started with my 6am Japan call.  It's a weekly Wednesday and Sunday thing.  I'm still staying away from caffeine, not even feeling tempted so I'm glad my few mornings of it didn't ignite a habit.  My energy is good. Someone gave me a little gift of something  I love but is non compliant (because of a small amount of sugar).  Luckily it will keep until this is over so it's safely tucked away.  
    Breakfast- African Stew with mixed veggies in cashew cream sauce
    Lunch- Italian wedding soup and a dish of sauerkraut
    Dinner- ginger lime cracklin' chicken with roasted asparagus covered in hollandaise sauce
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Thank you!! 
    Thursday (Blursday, lol)
    We're having some really nice weather over the next couple of days, which is a double edged sword. On one hand YAY SUN! On the other, boo not being allowed to go for a hike or a beach walk. At least I can mow the lawn on Saturday, it's way too high but it's been too wet to do it.
    Slept REALLY well again last night, I love my W30 sleeps, they're the best.
    Last night's dinner was as written but without the fries - my fish man gave me HUGE pieces of salmon so the chips were not needed to fill the plate. LOVED the cucumber salad - just thinly slices cucumber with a coconut yogurt, garlic, fresh mint, lemon juice and black pepper dressing. It will be such a good summer salad.
    Today's food - the never ending brisket and broccolini (yesterday was brisket and brussel sprouts because I ate all the broccolini lol)
    Dinner - I have a whole beef filet that I got on super sale, I'm going to rub it in something delicious and serve it thin sliced and medium rare with green peppercorn sauce and sides that are yet to be determined. I know hubster will want duck fat potatoes, for sure.
    I currently don't have a grill/BBQ and I've decided I want/need one coming into the better weather. Currently browsing for one, thinking I want a Weber Q - I want something with a lid and a temp control, but that's small enough to fit on the area outside my back door. I would grill SO much - I have griddle pans for my stovetop but it smokes out the house and spits fat.
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    Day 1 conquered!  A little iffy in the afternoon - hungry too late for lunch, too early for dinner, but I grabbed pistachios.  And then I wanted to snack while watching a movie last night, but that's habit not hunger.  I guess the thing with starting over is that I don't have to spend a lot of mental energy on things I've already figured out, like the reason for the nighttime cravings.  
    I went for a bike ride, did an hour of yoga, accomplished 8,000+ steps.  I'm coming into today feeling accomplished and ready.  
    Mood-8, Energy-7, Pain-3
    M1-1 egg (must get to store today!), 1/2 avocado, 4 slices compliant bacon, 1/2 tomato.  I also know that nightshades are not my friend, but I should be ok with the small amount of tomato I had.  
    M2-Shrimp salad that I made last night
    M3-Steak ceasar.  I didn't make this last night, had the shrimp salad instead.  
     
    Plan for today is the gym, which will include C25k session and deadlifts, yoga, grocery shopping.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Me, too, but due to arthritis, not vertigo.  The ability to walk/jog up and down stairs like a normal person is huge!  
    I'm sorry - I was gone a few days and then forgot you were over here  - I hope you get moved because there is a good group in the other section, but if not, I'll keep coming back to read.  I LOVE hearing about the different foods you prepare!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from UrsulaB11 in Ursula's Whole 30 log.. late start   
    The thing with the wine...I guess a sparkling water maybe works for people who drink white wine, but I'm a red drinker.  Unsweetened cranberry juice mixed with seltzer, add some fruit...that could be a makeshift sangria.  Or is that SWYPO?  I don't know, just thinking "out loud."  
    The venting here in the forum is a lifesaver, just to get the thoughts out.  I hope you find something awesome at Whole Foods! 
    BTW-Habitica is really cool.  I'm still figuring it out, but I like it.  Thanks! 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Contessa's Food Freedom   
    Feeling listless on a Friday night. I made plans to enjoy a breezy patio dinner at a restaurant with my fella tonight, but in the end we canceled the reservations out of COVID concerns. Infection rates in our area seem to be really high, and I am not sure I can handle two hours in public without a mask on, even if it's outdoors.
    "Your 'Surge Capacity' is Depleted — It's Why You Feel Awful"
    This essay has been making the rounds in my social media circles, including a repost from W30's Melissa Urban. It resonates with me. I continue to find help in hearing (reading) other people's reflections of life in the time of COVID. What is happening with COVID has upended so many dependable aspects of life for us. Particularly here in the States. It continues to be a huge adjustment!
    The article talks about building and maintaining friendships, and on building a "resilience bank account." I hear a lot of us here on the forum thinking in these terms as well. Gold stars for my W30 pals as we continue to navigate this challenging time.