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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 reacted to Contessa in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Just here to say that a "6 hour slow roasted brisket in pomegranate and pecan marinade, with a pistachio mint gremolata" sounds phenomenal. You're on a cooking hot streak!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    OH, other NSV that just occurred to me - standing in the kitchen I realised that even though work has ramped up and is getting pretty crazy, my anxiety is WAY down. Like, it's not proportionate to the work I have, and not at all out of hand. I'm also a lot clearer headed, not great but a vast improvement.
    Lunch is soup and boiled eggs. Simple but it works.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    The lip balm thing didn't hit me until about round 3 - It's just something I do multiple times a day which stopped! It makes sense, because W30 also gets rid of my oral allergy, but it was something that I never even realised was an issue until it wasn't.
    So the W30 gods heard my prayers and I slept really well last night, even after the hubster got up crazy early for a meeting (he works for a US company and often has to be up at 5am to video in to team meetings), I went right back to sleep and didn't budge until the alarm. Let's hope the NSVs keep rolling!
    I also chucked on jeans yesterday which I hadn't worn since Saturday (so only 3 days) but they fit better - one of my most immediate results is losing belly bloat. 
    Hoping to duck out today to buy fish for dinner. Whether I can or not will dictate today's meals, really. I don't have anything pre-planned for lunch, but I haven't frozen the soup so that will feature, I'm guessing!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to UrsulaB11 in Ursula's Whole 30 log.. late start   
    Wow. Today has been hard. My husband is out of town, which I thought would help me to stick with the program since he wouldn’t be wanting to go out. Instead, I’m lonely. He’s been gone since early Friday and all I want is to either order food off program or to hit a bar. A glass of wine. Perhaps some great food from restaurant week. 
    And all of my food is chicken. So tired of chicken. I had a pork loin in the freezer but it has sugar. Insert heavy sigh. 
    Lesson. Have varied food choices pre made. Or at least some compliant meats in the freezer. Ugh. Guess I’m headed to Whole Foods tomorrow. 
    And it’s worth the effort, I get it. Just a tough night - grateful that I can vent here. 
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from UrsulaB11 in Ursula's Whole 30 log.. late start   
    No scale for you tomorrow - LOL!  I'm going to check out that app.  It sounds like exactly what I need to get myself in gear again.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I'm so inspired that you are on Day 9!  I've been away, partying it up (), and had promised myself all along that today would start a new W30.  I'm dragging my feet, but I made it back to the forum.  Reading about your meals and NSVs is so encouraging.  
    Yay on acquiring all the steps!  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to jennifer_k in Take Advantage   
    Enjoy your getaway! Looking forward to reading about your adventures.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to jennifer_k in Jenn's W30 - 8/15 - 9/13   
    I missed yesterday, but I'm still on track!
    It's Day 8!
    Yesterday I did weights and this morning some intervals of running/walking.
    Have a nice weekend everyone!
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    MadyVanilla reacted to jennifer_k in Jenn's W30 - 8/15 - 9/13   
    Day 5

    Yesterday's menu: grilled beef patty, grapes, pistachios, grilled drumsticks, sweet pot, squash, olive oil, almond milk
    This past spring one of my neighbors gave me a cinnamon basil plant for my herb garden. It's a gorgeous plant with purplish-green leaves and it smells utterly calming. However, as much as I liked to look at it and smell it, I couldn't figure out how to use it -- until yesterday! I cubed and sauteed my sweet pot/yellow squash with olive oil and the cinnamon basil and it was delicious! I also ate some chicken, so tonight I can have steak again, LOL.

    This morning I walked to the clubhouse gym and did full-body strength training. I use the squat rack and Olympic bar for my entire workout. I'm going to try and run a mile later this evening. I want to run at least 1 mile every day. Then tomorrow, I'll try for a 3 mile run again.
    Weight Training
    exercise: weight x reps x sets
    Military press: 45 x 8 x 4
    Squat: 45 x 10 / 95 x 4 / 75 x 5 x 2
    Barbell row: 55 x 6 x 4
    Deadlift: 75 x 6 x 4
    Bench press: 65 x 4 x 4

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    MadyVanilla reacted to jennifer_k in Jenn's W30 - 8/15 - 9/13   
    Thank you! 

    So I managed to go 2.83 miles at a pace of 13'40".  Hopefully speed and mileage will improve with consistency. 
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    MadyVanilla reacted to KelseyClaire in FatGirl Slim   
    It’s day 31! I’m down 9.2 pounds, which is cool. I definitely feel less puffy. My sugar cravings are super manageable, which is a big deal. I don’t think I ever quite hit tiger blood. I think I’m still just not eating enough or sleeping enough. 
    Today is cheese day. There are a lot of things I’m just not going to bother reintroducing because I don’t miss them. Like beans, and milk, and surprisingly bread. I mean sure I miss cake and cookies and brownies, but I really haven’t missed pasta or toast or sandwich wraps. So I’m going with the theory that if I don’t miss it, why reintroduce it? I’m definitely going to do corn because I want to be able to do polenta, and my sister has a Cooking Light Mexican street corn salad recipe that I reeeeeally want to try. I also do miss hummus, but not peanut butter (unless it’s in candy). And I never really ate beans to begin with. I’ve also found that cauliflower is a perfectly acceptable rice substitute, so I probably won’t bother with that either. Really, if I can have cheese whenever I want and let myself indulge in a special dessert from time to time, I think I’ll be perfectly happy.
    I am going to sign up for Weight Watchers to keep myself on track and accountable for a while. I’m trying to be back to pre-quarantine weight by my birthday (late November) and that’s still 27 pounds away. There’s also a therapist in Chicago who is a certified Whole30 coach and is leading a Whole30 group online starting Sept. 14th with a focus on emotional eating. I’m debating doing it, since emotional eating is definitely a huge thing for me (see the 35 pound quarantine depression gain). 
    My goal with this Whole30 was to have it be different from past Whole30s, and I’ve definitely accomplished that. In the past, day 31 meant a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and take-out from my favorite place, and a pretty immediate return to my pre-Whole30 habits. But this day 31 is the start of my first ever reintroduction phase, and it feels like the first step of a larger journey. I don’t feel relieved that it’s over, I feel excited to keep going and that feels like a pretty bid deal.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Will4095 in Old and tired and sick and gray   
    That is how my brother in law responds when you ask him how he’s doing...and I get it! I’m almost 68 and in good health and pretty good shape, but the aches and pains (that my friends claim are due to age) are creeping in. On that note I will lose many listeners because the younger crowd cannot relate, but I am joining this forum because I would love some like minded people in my world. I am very strong willed so I expect to succeed at my second Whole30, but continuing with healthy habits may be an issue. I am on day 16 and incredibly lazy and unmotivated...consequently pretty angry and frustrated! I am a people pleaser which serves me in two ways. It makes it pretty easy to follow the plan, even when it makes me grumpy, but it also makes it difficult, when I socialize, to say “No” to drinking and eating the wrong foods. I find little support for a plan that is designed to help deal with overall health rather than weight loss. Again, I reach out to this forum and hope to find others in the same boat.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Thanks @ShadowInTheKitchen for your kind words & continued support.  Our middle son is in good hands, surrounded my family who loves him ... getting to have lots of good talks and spend a lot of time out in nature and with animals.  They’ve acquired a pot-bellied pig & rescued an abandoned puppy just in the last couple of days.  So the farm is really growing!  Lol.  
    I’m taking a couple of days off from W30.  Last night, I drove up to have a “treasure hunt” with my dad at my grandmother’s house - she’s owned the home for 70+ years, and today it is being closed on to go to a new family.  My grandparents both used to hide money in strange places.  I had to get in the crawl space in the basement to investigate a spot my grandpa told my dad about 30-40 years ago.  It took some strength, flexibility, and a small body to get in there.  I was happy to work my way through the cobwebs for my dad.  If I hadn’t done it, he would have always wondered.  Alas, no money was found - but we had a good evening. It was an adventure.  
    So when they wanted to order pizza from the local bar afterwards - I went with it.  No regrets.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Day 4:  8/18/20

    Finally had the emotional breakdown about our middle son - who is still at my sister’s (doing fine) and has had zero desire to talk to us.  I was on my way to the office and suddenly just decided to have an ugly cry.  My *normally uplifting* music made me finally lose my composure.
    I made a U-turn and drove an hour north instead, and spent some time with my parents.  Because I have the most understanding employer in the world, she puts up with my life and just told me to take care of myself.
    Came home and got a surprise phone call from a friend ... and I am thankful beyond words.  Turned my whole day around.
    Took MIL & both dogs for a walk.  The evenings are getting cooler, and the Shelties can go for walks with us again.
    So many blessings in this post.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Emmaa in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Day 5-7:
    On day 5 I realized my ankles are not thick anymore. Stomach is still bloated and joint do stil hurt.
    I had my 'normal' breakfast, eggs and fruit. Lunch was a chicken salad with fruit and vegetables, without mayonaise. I have decided I don't like the mayonaise and I just use some olive oil over it. I've been hungry the entire afternoon, so had some sweet potato and green beans before going out for dinner. The restaurant did not really had any options for dinner. But the made me some fish with potatoes and vegetables. I'm not 100% sure it was WHole30 apporoved, but I did my best and that's okay for me now.
    On day 6, I couldn't get out of bed. Someone was picking me up for a drive north. We were looking for a campground for next summer. Spend most of the morning and afternoon in the car and we had lunch at the beach. I ordered a salad that looked Whole30 approved and asked for the sauce on the side. That worked perfectly. They only served it with bread and that just kept staring at me. But I didn't eat it
    Day 7: I was meeting friends in the morning and afternoon. We just stayed at one friends place and normally she would make lunch. Last week I already let her know that she didn't need to get lunch for me. I brought my own lunch. And had that. It worked really well.
    I'm really proud of myself for sticking to it this week. I had a couple of times that I had other food in front of me, that I was not allowed to eat and I resisted everytime. Even the chocolate in front of me on Sunday. I do feel hungry in the afternoon. I should look into snack food for the late afternoon, before the gym . What do other people eat as snack food? It would be easiest to eat vegetables or fruit, but as far as I know that's not allowed. So I eat nuts, but I also think I eat too many nuts.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Your meals look beautiful!  I know what you mean about food prep becoming so time consuming. I often make big portions and then put leftovers in the fridge or freezer to have later.  
    If you are wondering how to improve your Whole30 experience just keep going and keep reading  articles and info from the Whole30 website about meal recommendations vs rules, meal templates, etc.  
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Emmaa in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Day 4:
    I had to go to the office for a meeting. I had breakfast at home and realized when I wanted to go for lunch that I left my lunch at home................ I had to buy lunch at the restaurant. I had one egg, two small tomatoes and an apple. After my last meeting, at 3pm I drove home and ate all my snacks. I had an early dinner and allowed myself to have a snack while watching Netflix.
    Althoug I forgot my lunch, I felt a lot better then on day 3. I was bloated and ad a headache. And I kept looking for snacks, but that might have something to do with forgetting lunch. The most difficult part of today... Not stepping on the scale.
    Overall, I think I'm doing okay. Please let me know if I do something wrong. Or if you have tips and tricks I'm already thinking of extending it for 60 days.

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    MadyVanilla reacted to Emmaa in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Day 2:
    The morning went really well. No problems. I had breakfast and lunch. In te afternoon I couldn't focus. Working was hard. My head was foggy and I only wanted to watch TV. I got a friend over for dinner. I cut a sweet potato really carefully, because foggy head and shaking hands are not the best for making dinner. But dinner turned out really good. I'll make this again
    After dinner foggy head and shaking hands are gone. Had a good visit with my friend and watched Netflix. Was really tired and went to bed on time.

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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Day 24
    Felt pretty good and productive, made a pot of soup and a pot of stew.  I portioned them out into separate serving size containers so they'll be easy to grab and eat for meals.  Making meatballs for the soup was a bit of a drag so early in the morning but the payoff was so worth it.  I can't wait to have some of the stew tomorrow!  It feels pretty good to know I'm in the final week.  After today, it's just 18 meals to go and then I can relax a bit.  I haven't been able to find fully compliant bacon locally this time around and decided not to try ordering any meats this time either, just uncured but with traces of sugar used found locally, so I'm counting the days to have some.  hahaha  
    Breakfast- Scotch (Asian spices) egg and green beans with creamy coconut curry sauce
    Lunch- homemade Whole30 compliant Italian wedding soup with a side salad
    Dinner- Vietnamese style fish in clay pot with a big salad
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Ginsky in Gin's 6th Whole30 Log   
    Day 18
    Woke up at 3:30 so I could be at my designated post at 5 am and was nonstop busy until 9 pm.  I was really glad I had everything packed, including breakfast waiting in the fridge which I ate at home before leaving.  There was a lot of junk food around and being offered to me but I avoided it peacefully and didn't feel tempted.  I did pack pretty big portions so my meals were very filling.  
    Breakfast- Deviled eggs and zucchini-yellow squash soup.  Oh and coconut milk coffee.
    Lunch- cucumber salad and spinach turkey burger, plenty of homemade mayo (with dill) involved.  Also a little more coconut milk coffee.  
    Dinner- (creamy sauce) curry chicken and sesame green beans.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 2 Tuesday August 18, 2020
    M1: kale, prosciutto and sweet potato hash with green beans and 2 fried eggs, olive oil & ghee
    M2: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, mandarin sections, chicken, walnuts, Primal Kitchen green goddess dressing
    M3: salted cucumbers slices to snack on while at the bbq, zucchini rounds, roasted white potatoes and bbq steak tenderloin, boiled carrots, olive oil
    NSV: I didn't snack between meals, was craving a snack beginning mid afternoon but I powered through... and drank lots of water.
    NSV: my energy has been a bit low lately, I've been feeling slow and my arms and legs were feeling heavy, but today I felt more energetic so:
    I walked 3 x 30 minutes and did an hour of strength training at the gym, and spent a nice 20 minutes stretching at the end of the day.  I'm feeling a bit more like my normal self again.  Maybe it's the cooler weather or maybe it's the sugar ban, but whatever it is it feels great.  Looking forward to another compliant day tomorrow...
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    MadyVanilla reacted to Contessa in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I feel like many of my close friendships slid into neutral when COVID hit. Heck, those friendships probably aren't in neutral anymore, but are kind of rolling backwards down the hill as weeks melt into months, and months merge into one amorphous blob. Yes.... those connections are so important. Every bit as good for us as leafy greens. 
    Relating completely to what you've said, and I wish more people were talking about this. Thank you for reflecting on your experience.
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    MadyVanilla reacted to UrsulaB11 in Ursula's Whole 30 log.. late start   
    Day 9 is proving to be tough. 
    Late meeting yesterday meant 10:00 p.m. arrival at home and no time with husband before showering and heading to bed. Early return to work for conference calls and after getting through an interview for a podcast, more emails, a nervous call from a client that needed reassurance and the day ending with uncharacteristic sunshine instead of the constant deluge of rain, I want a glass of wine outside somewhere. Why? Well, I feel kind of special being on the podcast. It was on leadership and they wanted me as their first guest (don't get excited, it's something in my industry, not that I am "someone") and that made me feel good. And it's been a really hectic few days so unwinding with a glass of wine with the husband sounds delightful, especially since he heads out of town Friday for 12 days.  And yes, having a glass of wine outside in the sun sounds so much better than hitting the treadmill, lifting and then eating my Whole30 dinner (leftover salmon).
    But why wine.... why not fizzy water with a lime? Well, I want to turn off my brain for a bit, dull the mental exhaustion I am feeling after some busy days. And, my husband says he doesn't like drinking alone, so if we go out somewhere and I don't drink, he will have less fun. And yes, I have been weighing myself every day even though you aren't supposed to and after the weight falling off like water, it stopped. I know that it was mostly water weight and bloat and the real weight loss isn't going to happen until the later stages, but I see why people fall off the program around this time if hey are weighing themselves.
    Logical side of me says that I will accomplish the same effects by working out and being proud of that progress.  Plus, it will push me more towards weight loss than just eating well. Finally, it's been 9 days and throwing all of that away just because I feel good about myself and it isn't raining seems like a stupid idea. And tomorrow I will wake up and be mad at myself. Mad that I undid what I started, mad that I should have been healthy and worked out and mad that I threw that all away over a stupid glass of wine that I wanted just because it was sunny outside.  Plus, I'll be dehydrated and with the amount of work I have on my plate, that is only going to make my life worse. And, if I have a drink, I wll likely be thinking about all of this and hating myself, meaning it would not be enjoyable.
    Lots of people quit things and its ok, When my husband and I climbed Kilimanjaro (bad idea, don't do it), I broke down crying about 2 hours from he summit, just miserable. With my husband's support, I made it to the top.  After we got back down the mountain, showered and met our fellow hikers for dinner, several of the guys remarked that had I turned around and quit, they would have too. While that made me feel "better," the fact that I made it to the top was such an amazing high (no pun intended) that I didn't care. So is this my Kili moment? The moment that I turn around and back down the mountain with others who want to give up to? Or is it the moment I buck up and push through. 
    Sometimes I hate logical side of me. She's really persuasive.  
    My hope is that my next post tomorrow is for Day 10 and not Day 1.  
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    MadyVanilla got a reaction from Contessa in Emma's 1st Whole30 log, starting August 17   
    Everything is so time-consuming during the first Whole 30, but you'll get more efficient with your food prep, clean-up, etc.  I can whip up a mayonnaise now in two minutes.  Your meals look yummy!