meli22

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  1. meli22

    Day 27 Round 3, Exhausted/Scared

    YES. I relate to this so much. I've been listening to FoodPsych and F*ck It Diet podcast for a long time and I think the message they're promoting is very important. I went on my first diet at 8 years old and have never had a "normal" relationship with food - I hope to, one day, but I'm just not there yet. It's complicated. I find that being on a diet gives me a sense of control otherwise lacking in my life, and the pandemic has only intensified this need. The sense of structure does give me a sense of security but it is bringing out my orthorexic tendencies. The usual restrict/binge cycle happened after my first W30 - it was inevitable. So here I am, again, on my second W30! Same cycle. It is definitely a diet in disguise! I'm trying to work on other ways I can feel more in control of my life without resorting to dieting but this stuff goes generations deep. Plus, the positive reinforcement you get when posting about any weight loss only makes it worse. There is a podcast called RealFoodWithDana you might like. In earlier episodes, she speaks specifically to W30 (she used to be a W30 coach) as it relates to dieting. Have you ever read the Intuitive Eating book?
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    Round 2

    Day 9 B = coffee w/ almond milk; egg salad (2 hardboiled eggs w/ mustard, pickled onion, sauerkraut); 1/4 avocado; peach S = bowl of cauliflower soup L = zucchini noodles w/ marinara sauce; sardines w/ olive oil, capers & pickled onion; cucumber & tomato slices S = iced coffee; peach D = zucchini noodles w/ marinara sauce, hardboiled egg & 1/4 avocado; green apple; trail mix S = cup of almond milk Most challenging day so far. Unsatisfied with my meals, craving sugar, hungry but not hungry... Almost 9pm and I haven't left the apartment yet (no exercise today but will try for a walk around the block before bedtime). Drinking coffee at 4pm was a terrible idea - hope I sleep tonight! Heaviest day of period = lethargic, bloated, and miserable Tomorrow is a new day!
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    Round 2

    Day 8 B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 sausages; cucumber slices, 1/4 avocado, sauerkraut L = cabbage-carrot slaw w/ olive oil, vinegar & mustard; seafood mix; cauliflower-dill soup; 2 plums D = 2 hardboiled eggs; baked yam; zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; a peach for dessert exercise = 60 mins walk
  4. meli22

    Round 2

    @MadyVanilla fizzy drinks always add a little something to the end of the meal
  5. meli22

    Round 2

    Day 7 B = coffee w/ almond milk; egg salad (2 hardboiled eggs w/ mayo, capers, sauerkraut & pickled red onion); 1/2 baked yam; tomato slices L = cabbage-carrot slaw (w/ mayo, caper berries & pickled onion); seafood mix; sugar snap peas; 1/4 avocado; 2 apricots P-WO = 1 hardboiled egg w/ hot sauce D = zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; 2 sausages; cauliflower florets & cucumber; la croix for dessert exercise = 20 mins run // 30 mins weights
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    Round 2

    Day 6 B = coffee w/ almond milk; egg salad (2 hardboiled eggs w/ mayo, capers, pickled peppers & lettuce); 2 apricots, cucumber slices L = sardines w/ olive oil, capers, sauerkraut & pickled onion; sugar snap peas & cucumber slices; 1/2 avocado S = zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; 2 apricots D = carrot-cabbage slaw w/ mayo, pickled peppers & caper berries; seafood mix (clams, mussels & shrimp); 1/2 baked yam exercise = 90 min walk + will probably do some yoga later this evening Feeling good! Energy is steady, skin has cleared up. I've been feeling more sleek and slim since the third day, probably because I'm not waking up bloated anymore. I actually wake up hungry and have been eating breakfast around 8:00am instead of the usual 10:00. I've also been able to drink 2L water / day the last couple of days, which has probably helped with that as well. Branched out and bought some giant caper berries and sausages today at the grocery store. I have a tendency to get hooked on eating the same thing day after day, so I want to push myself to get a bit more variety into my diet.
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    Round 2

    Day 5 B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 hardboiled eggs; 1/2 grapefruit; 1/4 avocado L = cabbage-carrot slaw w/ mayo & chicken; tomato & sugar snap peas; blueberry smoothie S = tomato slices & 1/4 avocado D = zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; sardines w/ olive oil, capers & pickled red onion; baked yam exercise = 20 min run Note to self: if you eat more at breakfast, you will have a better run I'm still figuring out what feels like "enough" at each meal though I am currently pre-menstrual and am always extra hungry at that time. I have a feeling I could increase the amount of fat I'm eating with my meals (when I go grocery shopping I'll pick up some coconut and olives). Also feel I could benefit from the inclusion of a starchy carb at breakfast. I'm going to try to limit my fruit to 1 serving a day. Also, I think this is my favourite way to eat sardines by far (I love sardines) - nice and simple, get the water-packed ones and dress them in olive oil, capers and pickled onions. In another lifetime, I would eat this on rye bread with cream cheese
  8. meli22

    Round 2

    @Kirra Thank you! Yes, the dreaded mid-afternoon slump has always been a problem. Especially now, working from home - a few feet away from my bed lol
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    Round 2

    Day 4 B = coffee w/ almond milk; chicken-vegetable stew w/ 1/4 avocado; cucumber, sauerkraut, handful of cherries L = zucchini noodles w/ marinara sauce & roast chicken; sugar snap peas, 1/2 grapefruit S = la croix; hardboiled egg, last of the cherries D = red cabbage-carrot slaw w/ homemade mayo & boiled shrimp; tomato slices exercise = 30 min run A miracle: Today was the first day in living memory that I didn't need a nap - I was able to work straight through the afternoon without needing a lie-down! Energy was steady all day. These 30-minute noonday runs are feeling great!
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    Round 2

    Day 3 B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 poached eggs; cucumber slices, 1/2 baked yam, handful of cherries S = tomato slices, 1/4 avocado, bit of roast chicken L = zucchini noodles w/ marinara sauce; sardines w/ olive oil, capers & pickled red onion; cucumber slices & sugar snap peas S = handful of cherries, closed handful of sunflower seeds; la croix D = smoothie (blueberries, zucchini, cauliflower, red cabbage, ground flaxseed, fish oil, compliant protein powder) exercise = 30 min run Slept better! I want to cut back on my fruit consumption as soon as cherry season peters out. Summer fruit only comes once a year and cherries are my favourite. I know smoothies are frowned upon in this program but I felt it was ok since this one was more vegetable than fruit - does that make it more soup than smoothie? Though it sounds pretty gross, it was really good (I couldn't taste the vegetables at all, just tasted like a creamy blueberry smoothie). I'm going to try to avoid smoothies for the rest of my program, however, as I notice they do leave me a bit... puffy.
  11. meli22

    Round 2

    @Kirra Good luck! I'm excited to see how your Whole30 progresses! Let's cross our fingers for glowing complexions
  12. meli22

    Round 2

    @MadyVanilla I know, right?! Is sun tea when you let it steep for a few hours in the sun? I usually do a mix of nettles and hibiscus
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    Round 2

    Day 2 B = coffee w/ almond milk; chicken-veg stew w/ zucchini noodles & drizzle of fish oil L = sardines w/ olive oil, pickled red onion, capers & sunflower seeds; tomato, cucumber, sauerkraut, pickled radishes & peppers; a tangerine S = bit of roast chicken; la croix (aka clown water) D = zucchini noodles w/ compliant marinara sauce; roast chicken; 1/2 baked oriental yam (it was huge); handful of cherries for dessert exercise = ran errands on foot (about 70 mins walking total) - plan to go for a brisk 20-30 min exercise walk this evening. I slept so poorly last night that today was a write-off. Deeply depressed but that's what sleep-deprivation does to me so hopefully tomorrow will be better. I made a point of not having an afternoon coffee today, so fingers crossed. Lunch today was definitely not enough food. After eating some starchy carb my mood lifted considerably, so there you go I find I drink more water if I make a point of making a large pitcher of herbal ice tea the night before - will start incorporating this into my pre-bedtime routine.
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    Round 2

    Day 1 B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 hardboiled eggs, handful of cherries, tomato wedges, 1/4 avocado L = roast chicken w/ skin, tangerine, cucumber slices, pickled peppers, sauerkraut S = coffee w/ almond milk; last of the cherries, sunflower seeds D = chicken-vegetable stew w/ zucchini noodles & drizzle of fish oil exercise = cursed and scowled my way through 40 mins yoga
  15. meli22

    Round 2

    Thank you everyone for the encouragement!