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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    So here's a thing - Not drinking during lockdown is making me cranky. Not because I want a drink, that's not bothering me at all, but because I sleep great, don't have vertigo or general malaise, and I'm sooooooooo bored. There's only so many walks I can take, my house is clean, my garage is empty and organised, my food is prepped, I'm learning ASL, I'm playing Xbox, and I'm soooooooo boooored. I'm much better at doing nothing with a glass in my hand.
    Thing is, I don't even want a drink. My husband is still drinking on weekend nights and the smell of wine on his breath makes me a little queasy sometimes. This isn't about me craving alcohol, it's about me feeling better than I have in months, having energy and having NOTHING to do with it! ARGH!!
    Maybe tomorrow I'll line up a good playlist and go for a long drive.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Meal 1 was small, and meal 2 is late so I had a mini meal of the leftover beef sausage and a couple of dill pickles. I had water first and waited to make sure I was really hungry, but I was.
    I had a lovely bath this afternoon, I don't do that often enough. 
    Not sure what I'm going to get up to tomorrow, if the hubster is studying again (which he was today and I think he is tomorrow), nd the weather isn't awful, I might pack the doggo up and take him for a hike. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Day 20! I have to say, this has been my easiest round so far, but probably due to the 100% of meals being at home, no office, no invites. It does limit the chances of messing up. But I also haven't craved anything, despite being pretty cranky. 
    Meal 1 today is leftover buffal chicken ribs and slaw
    Meal 2 will be 7 hour slow roasted lamb shoulder with roasted root veggies and sauteed brocconili and beans
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    Soooo the chicken didnt go well but I'll make a full post after I get some sleep.
    All my awesome whole 30 friends who are being super supportive I'll respond in a few days specifically lol I'm so blah and annoyed and not my best self so I'll just be posting daily updates till my work week is over
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @SchrodingersCat Thank you! I appreciate you checking in to share your support! 
    @ShadowInTheKitchen Thank you! I'm definitely finding that my spiritual re-awakening and taking better care of my body go hand in hand. It's a big part of the alignment that I am seeking! And I totally agree that discovery of self is really the start of becoming something new! I'm excited for the journey to continue on both fronts! Thank you for your support and best wishes to you on your journey! 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Dinner was one of my beef sausages (got too full for two), sauteed cabbage with balsamic reduction, pan fried broccolini, and roasted celeriac and radishes.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Day 19.
    Ugh, had huge post written, accidentally deleted. Long story short - NSV, bought super cute t-shirt in Paris last September, immediately come home and put on a buttload of weight, just tried shirt, it fits. Woot!
    FRIDAY! Not that weekends mean us doing any more leaving the house than during the week, but the no alarm is nice.
    No ideas on food today. Meal 1 will be leftovers of some description, I have a sausage, and I have chicken tikka masala. So one or the other.
    Fridays I tend to like something a little fancy for dinner, but I'm currently at a loss for what that might be. 
    Thinking I might take Monday as a leave day and have a 4 day weekend. Just coz.
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Ugh, of COURSE I immediately get told I have a teleconference on Monday, lol. Ah well.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    I did your 30 minutes, plus mine, plus 40 more! I took the doggo for a long walk because I knocked off at lunch, and ended up walking too far one direction before realising we had to walk back, lol. The perils of a good playlist!
    Meal 1 was turkey stew with cauliflower
    Meal 2 will be buffalo chicken ribs with chimmichurri/mayo slaw - yum!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Blueautumn in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 28, Thursday May 28
    M1: fried potatoes and onions. fried kale and spinach, 2 eggs
    M2: green beans, potato-egg salad with chives
    M3: beef burger on iceberg lettuce wrap with onions, tomato and mayo https://40aprons.com/whole30-in-n-out-burgers/ 
    Snack before supper: larabar
    Snack after supper: raspberries and banana
    NSV: I shopped for a few groceries and didn't buy any junk
    NSV: I was eating breakfast and was full before finishing.  I heard Alanis in my head singing "How 'bout stopping eating when I'm full up." (Thank U)   I fed the rest of my very healthy breakfast to my dog and he loved me for it :-) 
    I didn't really need any of the snacks today.  The Larabar I had before supper just because I was curious how it tasted (delicious!).  The fruit after supper was just a habit to eat something while visiting with company.  My kitchen was a mess and I'd had a super busy day at work. I wouldn't have eaten it if my day had been more organized.  I just felt a bit... frazzled?  Well its not like I gave in to something junky, so go me!
    Tomorrow: I'm going to eat well and remain compliant.  I hope to get up early enough to get myself organized after the morning rush and before my work day begins.  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Blueautumn in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 27, Wednesday May 27
    M1: sweet potato hash with onions, pineapple and cinnamon, 2 eggs, green beans https://www.thesophisticatedcaveman.com/bacon-pineapple-and-sweet-potato-hash/#wprm-recipe-container-4016
    M2: romaine and spinach salad with celery, avocado, green grapes, PK green goddess dressing
    M3: leftover chicken with strawberry rhubarb salsa, cauliflower
    NSV: I tried another new recipe (sweet potato hash) and loved it! Thanks so much for the link @scoakley13. I didn't have cilantro or bacon on hand, and I didn't add the jalapeno, but it turned out just fine.  I've never been a fan of cilantro, but that has to change.  I'm planning to buy a cilantro plant for my garden, and try it a bit at a time to overcome this distaste I have for it.  
    NSV: I didn't snack between meals again today. That's a two day streak!
    NSV: Since my high cravings day last Friday - 5 days ago, I am finding it easier to focus on eating well and to avoid off-plan foods.  
    I need regularly to bring myself back to my primary focus: Eat nutritious, delicious food always, and strive to aways be on auto-pilot with my food choices.  The difference with my focus from a week or two ago are the reasons for the distractions.  It used to be that trashy foods would be distracting, but I find that the hot weather and my new gardening hobby are what distract me now and lead me to unintentionally put my W30 plans on the back burner.  
    Plan for tomorrow: Prepare a potato-egg salad and chop up some more sweet potato, carrots and onion for the fridge
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Blueautumn in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    yes!  eat it every day or every other day if you can until you find your groove, or heck just keep eating it for as long as you want!
     
    Its part of the process.  You are tuning in to yourself, it happens gradually so embrace it!  This is another victory, something to feel proud about, not a negative thing at all.
    Keep going, you're doing awesome!
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 5 RESULTS
    Alright, well, I'm officially done with my Whole30 so I thought I would log my scale- and non-scale victories! I'm also planning to continue for another month, so I've added measurements, which I will compare in another 30 days. I lost more weight than I thought this round, but it felt a lot harder to see and feel the difference. Probably because it's less easy to notice weight loss when you only wear sweats! LOL. Much easier to notice when you're actually wearing real clothing, like business pants! 
    I still continue to be disappointed that I don't have more energy  but I really think it might just be the intensity of my spiritual awakening and my increased sensitivity to the energy around me (meaning I'm connecting more with the overall negative energy associated with the global pandemic). 
    But... I looked up my max heart rate for my last three rides and it has gone down with each ride, despite maintaining the same speed! I also did a trail run last night and I felt good! So, my physical stamina and performance is improving, even if I'm not feeling it with my day-to-day energy levels! And that's okay!
    Weight Loss: 11.5 lbs 
    Non-Scale Victories:
    Genuinely loving the food I'm eating Enjoying finding and playing with new recipes My insides feel healthy  Feeling an aura of health surrounding me My resting heart rate is lower My heart rate during exercise is decreasing  My skin is lovely  Feeling in alignment  Current Measurements:
    Weight: 194.7 lbs Bust: 37.25" Waist: 33.5" Hips: 45.5" Right Thigh: 28" Right Bicep: 14.5"
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to scoakley13 in Pants don't fit and I'm tired   
    Last night dinner - I was tired after my exercise so I made a simple burger patty and ate some canned green beans. Very boring but did the trick. 
    Movement - four mile run/walk (mile run/mile walk/mile run/mile walk)
    I was tired most of the day yesterday due to lack of sleep Tuesday night. I forced myself to go to the Greenway for my run/walk. I got it done but crashed as soon as I got home. My anti-depressant is great but it makes me tired and also gives me insomnia sometimes. That's a horrible combination and I feel for anyone who has to deal with it on a regular basis. 
     
    Day 3 - May 28
    Breakfast - nothing - I overslept 
    Lunch - leftover apple/bacon smothered pork chops
    Planned Dinner - grilled apple and pork kabobs - https://www.thesophisticatedcaveman.com/grilled-apple-and-pork-kabobs/
    Planned Movement - none! rest day
    I feel ok today. I'm still a little tired but it's date night so I'm excited to see my boyfriend (I hate that term since we're both 44 but don't know what else to use). 
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to scoakley13 in Pants don't fit and I'm tired   
    @ShadowInTheKitchen I will and glad you liked the hash! I've always appreciated when people shared recipes so I plan on doing the same. I love to cook but am not creative so I typically have to have a recipe to follow. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Blueautumn in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    @RachelR I agree, and have noticed that although I still spend time working to have compliant meals or looking for new recipes, it’s productive time, in which I am usually learning something, not just counting or weighing.  W30 is definitely not “no pressure,” but when I look back at my NSV’s I can see the progress I’ve made in many ways.  Sort of like working towards a degree in my own health :-)
    Thanks for your comment
    Shadow
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from scoakley13 in Pants don't fit and I'm tired   
    @scoakley13 Ah the shaky-ness.  I used to get that a lot.  Like, almost every day, multiple times.  I thought it was from being hungry, or needing something to eat.  Now I think that it was more of a "crash" of some sort.  I used to feed my shakes with some quick protein, or some total junk.  If I would have had the protein first then I wouldn't have got those shakes in the first place.  Thanks for mentioning it, I totally forgot about that problem.  Another NSV now that I think about it.
    Its so good that you notice how much protein you need, already, only on Day 2.  You are tuned in to your body so take that victory!
    I'm looking forward to trying that crispy steak, and I love the sweet potato hash.  I hope that you continue to post links to your food!
    Shadow
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    I got ready to head out the door to work yesterday - realized I hadn't eaten anything, and I had no plan.  Grabbed a pile of air fryer bacon sitting on the counter, and a teeny tiny can of tuna salad that I had gotten back when coronavirus first hit.  Because, you know ... we would all survive a really long time with that tiny can to save us!  
    So I crammed that food down at about 4pm at work.
    Got home at about 11:30 pm and had a big bowl of cole slaw veggies, with HB eggs chopped up in it, and an obscene amount of Tessamae's ranch.  That hit the spot - and I promptly passed out.  In my scrubs.  
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Cilantro is such a weird thing, apparently some people carry a gene which makes it taste soapy to them! It's really one of the most divisive foods out there. That hash sounds really good! I love the sweet and spicy combo.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Good morning! Day... 18? 
    The last couple of nights I have struggled to get to sleep due to to twitchy legs. It's been really weird. It's like there's this twitch in my lower back that makes my legs feel weird and I just want to keep moving them. I hope it goes away.
    So last night I actually did a workout. Exercise is supposed to make you release happy endorphins, right? This one just made me maaaaaaaad. No reason, just like epic PMS cranky. It passed, eventually, but I was a bit of a sook for the rest of the night.
    But, I've decided to make the effort to go back to Taekwondo. I've found a dojang not far from my house, with an instructor who seems really great. I reached a provisional black belt a few years ago at a really cool family run dojang, and then it moved one direction and I moved the other direction and I couldn't make classes any more. Tried a couple of dojangs closer to me, but one was a chain which was really cookie-cutter and the other was more of a MMA gym and it was whoa to go and nothing in between. This one seems a lot like my old dojang, to the point I was chatting to the instructor about my original dojang and she knows my old instructor and says her style is much the same. 
    When I was doing TKD years ago, I was at my healthiest, lightest and fittest. I really enjoyed it (I really don't like just exercising for exercises' sake, I think learning something). Class doesn't go back in-person until the end of June, but that gives me 4 weeks to try and crank up some fitness, and the motivation to do so (falling over dead at your first class back is rather embarrassing). So I'm trying to actually do the 30 minutes exercise a day that I've been repeatedly committing to. 
    Anywhoo.
    Meal 1: Leftover turkey stew with broccoli
    Meal 2: Hmmmm. i have a freezer full of food and very little inspiration. Maybe stuffed peppers because I bought too many - I could do a Mediterranean style meatloaf mix and bake them in. That could work. EDIT: opened the freezer and remembered I made a bunch of beef, smoked tomato and mushroom sausages, so they're dinner with mashed root veg (I'm on a kick lately) and sauteed brussel sprouts and beans.
     
     
     
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to scoakley13 in Pants don't fit and I'm tired   
    Day 2, Take 2 - May 27
    Breakfast - two eggs and leftover sweet potato/pineapple hash; coffee with Nut Pods
    Lunch - steamed potatoes with salt & pepper, two hard boiled eggs, romaine and cherry tomatoes with Brianna's Real French Vinaigrette 
    I got a little shaky before lunch today. I can really tell a difference if I don't have my crispy steak or some type of meat at breakfast. I know I should probably be eating three eggs if it's my only source of protein but I just can't do it. I put that I ate three for lunch yesterday but I was typing as I was eating and couldn't finish the third one. 
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    ShadowInTheKitchen got a reaction from Blueautumn in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    @RachelR I agree, and have noticed that although I still spend time working to have compliant meals or looking for new recipes, it’s productive time, in which I am usually learning something, not just counting or weighing.  W30 is definitely not “no pressure,” but when I look back at my NSV’s I can see the progress I’ve made in many ways.  Sort of like working towards a degree in my own health :-)
    Thanks for your comment
    Shadow
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    So yesterday ended up looking like, "well, I guess I'll just do carnivore" with some cole slaw & ranch, potato & ghee thrown in later in the day.  Lol.  That's not carnivore at all.
    Point being - there wasn't anything in the danger zone for me.  
    I think I'll keep posting daily just to keep track of what's going on.
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    ShadowInTheKitchen reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    @ShadowInTheKitchen ~ yes, I have to go.  My MIL has dementia and I will be the one in charge of her care.  This is a huge, big deal ... taking her from the tiny (tiny) town she's been in her entire life ... saying goodbye to her mom, son, grandkids, and her house.  Going away from everything she's ever known.
    What a blessing that I went back to school, became an RN, and specialize in elderly / dementia care.  I understand what is going on with her, and I am a comfort to her in a way that perhaps her sons are not so much.  It's hard for them to recognize and deal with the disease and not look at her as same-old mom, and try to treat her in that manner.  It's a big transition ... and I definitely need to be there for my husband, and for her, at this time.
    Also - I have 3 teen boys and 2 sheltie dogs at home.  Lol.  Enough said!