MadyVanilla

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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Your meals are so wonderfully autumn!  The carnival squash with apples and cranberries sounds delicious! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    I do this, too.  I love coffee-especially with cream, but I can drink it black.  Every so often, though, it starts to taste strange and I think it's time to take a break.  So, I'll break for a few months and then start back up again when I feel like having a cup.  I've never seen any real difference in myself on or off coffee.  
    Congratulations on the packing!  What an achievement, especially given you're recovering from Covid.  And an even bigger achievement to maintain the healthy habits.  I think it is one of those irrational beliefs that people (me!) have that when time gets short, life gets thrown off schedule, the best way to cope is to save time and energy with fast food.  On my better days, I've done the math (20 minutes to throw together a salad and make dressing in the morning vs. a quick-20 min in line?-trip through the drive-thru at lunch...).  What a wonderful testament to your dedication to your health!  
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    You and my husband both. I have to constantly remind him that he is pushing himself too hard. The harder he pushes the more they expect of him and the more stressed he becomes, deciding he must do more. I think it also is because home is work and work is home and it is hard to get away. Separating himself from the stresses at work is so very hard. I have to go in there and re-focus him every once in awhile. Our cat used to spend time curled up in there beside him but his stress levels are such that she hardly ever heads to the office anymore. 

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    MadyVanilla reacted to CGinDC in Fifth W30   
    It's been a hectic couple of days. I have three major deliverables due for work next week, and we're behind. I have a feeling the next 7 days will really test my resolve to stick with this one - I know tonight has been difficult, there i nothing more I'd like to do than kick back with a beer or glass of bourbon since I just finished work at 11:00 PM.
    M2 yesterday was leftovers - kabobs and veggies from the night before, and zucchini soup with a dollop of mayo
    M3 yesterday: my darling husband cooked what he thought was a W30 compliant pot roast with carrots and potatoes, except when he checked the seasoning ingredients he somehow didn't see that it had sugar in it, plain as day. Luckily I checked it before I ate anything, so I ate the rest of the kabob leftovers with roasted carrots and onions
     
    M1 today: same thing as yesterday
    M2: Since I couldn't eat the leftovers from last night I made one of the primal kitchen stir-fry meals. It was chicken fried "rice" and holy shit, it tore my stomach up. Not sure if it was because of the cauliflower or what but my stomach has been LOUD all day since.
    M3: Made some chicken salad with homemade mayo, carrots, celery, and radishes. Had it over lettuce with lemon dijon dressing.
     
    This week has taught me that even though I've done this many times before, I still need to do a fair amount of prep this weekend since I know I'm going to be exhausted from work and willpower will not be the best.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    @MadyVanilla and @LadyM glad to know it is not everyone's fitness level. I tried it at my first and only yoga class after a 5K run (maybe I did a little walking) and my legs began some serious cramping. I hiked 7.5 miles today and that's all the exercise I will be doing today. I'm just trying some strength training using my own body weight. I'm hoping it will help more than it hurts in the long run.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Oh yes--very much worth a party!! For me the size doesn't matter quite as much as just getting back into clothes I once loved and have long aspired to wear again. And it's taken a looooooong time I now realize because my body had a lot of healing to do before it could release the weight. It's been really important to not be on anyone's timetable but my body's. And to finally only wear clothes I really love.
    So sorry your mom is not doing well. Watching some of the people in my life age and become ill has certainly been a cautionary tale and inspiration for me to get my health in order. My mother slowly killed herself with diabetes she didn't control that led to heart disease and major depression; my father struggled his entire life with morbid obesity and ultimately committed a violent suicide. My grandmother, on the other hand, lived until nearly 102 hardly taking any meds at all except a baby aspirin and a stool softener now and again. I aim to make my own way as joyfully and authentically as possible--and keeping my eyes wide open about who I am and the choices I'm making.
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to smiths37 in smiths37 #3   
    Day 1 dinner was chicken shawarma, roasted potatoes, and Greek salad (with primal kitchen Greek dressing) that I prepped yesterday. So delicious and super filing! 

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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    Day 2 went well.  I ended up having day 1 leftovers for dinner, which were just as good the second time.  I slept terribly last night-I woke up almost instantly each time I drifted off to sleep.  Finally, I got up, got a handful of almonds and 2 dates and read for a while.  Sleep was still rough.  I slept later than normal as a result, and so didn’t do a morning dog walk.  
    Even so, I feel fine.  I’ve planned meals and ordered groceries.  I’m taking the dog for a long hike in a little while.  Planning a campfire dinner this evening with a friend who is doing Whole 30ish eating.  She assured me the chicken she is barbecuing is compliant, and I’m going to bring a fall salad made with apples, pomegranate, pecans, and a vinaigrette dressing that I’ll make.  
    Day 3
    m1-2 eggs, asparagus, sliced leftover steak topped with compliant dijon
    m2-rest of yesterday’s shrimp salad with cucumber slices
    m3-chicken and fall salad
    Nothing else to report, no expected barriers today.  
     
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from smiths37 in smiths37 #3   
    We are on about the same timeline - I started today, with the same thinking about Thanksgiving.  Looking forward to following along with your journey! 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Seriously?  Star plank is everyone's fitness level???  Uh, no.  Good for you for pushing through!  You'll get better every single day!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Seriously?  Star plank is everyone's fitness level???  Uh, no.  Good for you for pushing through!  You'll get better every single day!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    Me, too.  I really do feel better in my body when I'm not moving much, because then I'm not dealing with the achiness from my bones rubbing together (osteoarthritis).  Except that when I am exercising regularly and eating well, I can move more easily.  I can get up from a chair and walk without having to wait for everything to loosen first and I can walk up and down stairs like a normal person.  Reducing the dietary causes of inflammation helps tremendously, but I still get the physical trauma inflammation because no matter what, my knees are going to swell as a result of the reduced cartilage in my joints.   So, everything hurts when I walk for exercise and sometimes it's hard to not convince myself to just stay still.  It's a tough trade-off, a tough balance.  I'm going to have to look into the equalizer bars!  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    I had such a delicious Day 1 dinner last night - I pan seared the tritip steak in my cast iron skillet, and then finished it in a hot oven.  Oven baked sweet potatoes, and broccoli, both dressed with just salt, pepper, and ghee.  So very simple and yet so yummy!  Pumpkin spice rooibos tea for dessert.  I know I need to check the tea - there are no sweeteners, but it's not an officially approved brand.  For the moment, I'm glad that I was able to be satisfied with the tea as opposed to ice cream.  I got my 10,000 steps in plus a short yoga session.  
    No headache today, I slept more than 8 hours last night (!!) and so/but I'm not feeling tired today.  My mood is pretty good, my pain levels are tolerable.  
    Day 2, Today's plan:
    M1-same as yesterday, eggs, ham, asparagus.  black coffee
    M2-Shrimp salad.  Can asparagus be eaten raw?  Or maybe I'll lightly steam it - I need a crunchy vegetable to add to the shrimp, as celery was one of those things I thought I had but had to throw out.  I also need to make more mayonnaise.  The eggs and lemon juice are sitting on the counter coming to room temperature right now.  
    M3-Beef Bolognese over zucchini noodles that I've had in the freezer for the last 6 weeks.  No need for zoodles when I'm off the deep end, pasta!  Ugh.  And I really do like zoodles....
    Hot tea for a dessert.  I may have to order some compliant teas.  I'll check this evening.  
    Not sure if I'll walk or bike ride today.  I typically reserve the bike ride for days when I'm really hurting, which tends to be every third day or so.  That would be today, yet I'm feeling ok.  Not great, but tolerable.  We'll see.  Regardless, I still need to get the equivalent of 6,000 steps.  I'm already at 4,000!  The morning dog walks are a wonder!  Plus yoga - I would really like to get in a longer session today.  My back would appreciate that.     
    I should do a grocery list today, but it might wait until tomorrow morning.  I have so few vegetables right now, and I won't have any more eggs after making mayo.  I can eat leftovers for breakfast tomorrow.  I prefer to concentrate on my menu and grocery list on Saturday mornings.  
    Mentally, I would like to work on my idea that practicing good health habits is so very delicate.  Sometimes, I've got everything going exactly right and it's so easy.  But that perfect practice topples just as easily.  I'm realizing this has more to do with my mind set and less to do with some mystical, unknown power outside of myself.  I have pretty powerful visuals, and so I see plates balanced and spinning on a thin rod as representative of my positive health practices.  Each plate is a habit:  journaling, making a daily checklist, walking the dog upon waking, menu planning...and I'm quick to attribute the plates tumbling to something outside myself.  To place blame instead of take responsibility.  I have the power.  I should own it.   I'm going to work on this.  
     
     
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    I really am hopeful about this and good for you. What happens to me is I begin an activity and do great until inflammation hits then I just feel so bad for so long that by the time I feel good enough to start again it is like starting all over again. This is one reason for the equalizer bars. It told myself that I can do a few every time I see them. We'll see. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    Me too. I appreciate everyone who journals. I've been away because I was on vacation and was so happy that the activities we planned turned out so well and kept my mind off of food. I really didn't have as much problem with Whole30 while on vacation as I do while at home. Since being furloughed I have tried my best to get out of the house because when I am home I think about food. Even thinking about healthy food and making food plans is a little bit to obsessive for me. It just makes me look to the next meal instead of eating to refuel because I have had a full day.

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

    Glad to see you were able to control many of your health problems through Whole30. Love that you were able to see the culprits of weight gain right away. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to decker_bear in Take Advantage   
    Oh my gosh, I know, right??? I had to toss out some veggies yesterday that I hadn't eaten up because I was doing reintro. UGH that was painful! 
    You're doing awesome! Great Day 1! And just think, if you're getting the early on side effects out of the way now, maybe you'll get that Tiger's Blood early on, too.  I went through the same thing - I eased in, and then I got some of the yucky side effects on the first day. Great NSVs with the inflammation, too. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Okay, Day 2 in my Quest for Physical Fitness... 
    I woke up around 4am and my stomach was GROWLING. I was borderline hangry. I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't.  I'm certain it's because I didn't eat enough yesterday. I got up and ate some Raisin Bran Crunch with almond milk, watched an episode of Criminal Minds and eventually fell back asleep. It was crazy hard to get up when the alarm went off and I snoozed for almost 2 hours. Finally, 10 minutes before work started, I dragged myself out of bed and made some coffee. 
    Even though I wasn't hungry, I made breakfast first thing. I made some eggs and pan fried some sweet potato in coconut oil and a portobello mushroom in lemon infused olive oil. Surprisingly I was able to eat most of it early in the morning. 
    I wasn't hungry for lunch. Not even a little bit. I didn't even notice it was nearly 3pm when I started feeling like maybe I should eat. I planned to do my workout when I got off work at 3:30 (early today since I worked long on Monday) so I didn't want to eat a lot. I had some hard boiled eggs and a couple of cuties. We'll call that lunch instead of a Pre-WO snack since I didn't otherwise eat lunch. 
    It's interesting to me how not having the structure of a formal W30 affects mindset. I know I "should" eat all 3 meals. I know I "should" follow the template and eat a lot of vegetables, but there's something about not having a Day Whatever changes my mindset. I have been very diligent about making sure most meals and snacks are compatible, but the mindset is very interesting nonetheless. 
    PS I am sore already from yesterday's workout. The 2nd day is always the worst, so I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 52
    I have a bit more of an appetite today than I can remember for some time. That must be a sign of my continued recovery from COVID--hooray for that!
    Feeling tired, though, after a foray out into the rainy cold for groceries followed by a cooking frenzy followed by online student conferences. I'm going to FaceTime with a dear friend shortly and aim to pack a couple boxes but then call it a day. Was considering a little walk outside now that the weather has cleared--and it felt so blissful yesterday, but we'll see. Must be mindful not to push. And packing really does need to be priority right now. I know I'll feel better if I just get going.
    On an unrelated note, I opened up my new Vitamix and gave it a whirl with some super simple soup I whipped up from bone broth+onion+garlic+celery+spinach+salt and pepper. Totally amazing. I don't know how or why I lived so long without this magnificent kitchen gadget. I can't wait to use it every day in my new house!!
    Speaking of which, I did a final walk through last night with my realtor and a painter who's going to be able to get much of the main floor interiors done next week before I move in. It's not cheap, but I'm sure it will be worth it. Starting to get anxious about how much owning a home is going to cost, but doing my best to trust that the universe will provide. It's time to make the leap!
    So glad I decided to get back to W30 and clean up my diet before moving into the new house. It just feels as if I've prepared myself for a new life there, and that's a wonderful thing.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    It's amazing how much diet affects our lives! Glad you're getting to move into your house. My advice do all you need to do to your house now. I have been waiting for new floors for 25 years. Our house will be paid off next year and the money is going to re-sodding the yard first. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to lizziehall in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    @MadyVanilla It’s always nice to know I’m not alone! Whole30 really makes you realize how we’re trained to look at food throughout our lives. And I appreciate the luck, I’ll use all I can get  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    I find that if I can get through 3 days, I'm usually able to keep going, so I'm hoping today is easier for you!  It's the age old question of why do we want to turn to poor food items when we least need them?  I've certainly never found that my stress levels lessened or that I've felt better after digging into a box of sugary whatnots, and yet I also tend to go to food to cope.  And we KNOW this doesn't work!.  *Sigh...no good advice, just saying I know your struggle.  Good luck with the studying!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from lizziehall in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    I find that if I can get through 3 days, I'm usually able to keep going, so I'm hoping today is easier for you!  It's the age old question of why do we want to turn to poor food items when we least need them?  I've certainly never found that my stress levels lessened or that I've felt better after digging into a box of sugary whatnots, and yet I also tend to go to food to cope.  And we KNOW this doesn't work!.  *Sigh...no good advice, just saying I know your struggle.  Good luck with the studying!
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Thank you for sharing your story!  I'm returning after a 6 week hiatus, trying to catch up on everyone's journals...I was drawn in by your writing style.  It sounds like you are really seeing the benefits of W30.  I look forward to continuing to read your journey.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    Off and running with day 1....
    And I have a headache.  I was thinking this is ridiculous, it's literally "in my head" because I started today.  But then I remembered I had a soft start two days ago, and 4 of my last 6 meals have been compliant.  So maybe it is a carb-fluish headache.  I only realized this after thinking about walking this morning - this was the first time in ages that I was able to walk a mile without beginning to feel achy.  I chalked that up to the immediate benefits of reducing inflammation by making a few small diet changes.  This just speaks to how terrible my diet had gotten.  It was bad.  I tend to retain a lot of water when I eat too many carbs and I've definitely seen a reduction in puffiness over the last few days.  This is good news for me, but also exactly why I have such a hard time staying healthy.  I can balance mostly compliant choices with a few high-sugar, processed items and live relatively well.  But I can't stay in that balance - I jump off the deep end.  My goal is to be able to balance.  I actually was doing better with that then I ever have before until mid-September.  Two steps forward!  
    M1-compliant ham, asparagus, 3 eggs scrambled in olive oil topped with compliant dijon mustard
    M2-chicken salad made with homemade avocado oil mayo and  mashed avocado. I thought I had bok choy to chop into the salad, but it had gone bad.  Another side effect of poor diet, too many vegetables to throw away.  
    M3-beef tips and broccoli, sweet potato with ghee
    Evening snack- plain hot tea
    I have a free hour and I might try to take a nap.  If I get hungry this afternoon, I'll eat an apple with almond butter.  I don't eat a lot of fruit, but apples are in season here right now.  
    I've already walked a mile and a half this morning, plan to do another this afternoon.  Plus yoga.  All is good, if I could just get rid of the headache!