elinve38

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  1. elinve38

    Time for a change

    Day 0 I find I naturally do better when I have more structure in my life so I'm hoping that doing a round of Whole30 will give me a sense of stability and accomplishment right now. Before the pandemic I was off my anti-depressants and doing great, eating beautifully and going to the gym most days. The pandemic led to major upheavals in my work and home life and I fell back into a depression. I stopped exercising and have been doing a lot of comfort eating. I feel gross, physically and emotionally, so I want to nip this in the bud before it gets worse. I recently went back on anti-depressants and the next step is to make a few lifestyle adjustments. GOALS: increased energy and sense of well-being incorporate exercise into my day (walking + fitness blender or yoga) drink more water less screen time - more reading, listening to music &c.
  2. elinve38

    Time for a change

    The desire to start all over again is strong but I need to remember consistency over perfection. Plus, I find that an "all or nothing" attitude will usually lead me right into a binge/restrict cycle, which I really want to avoid.
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    Time for a change

    DAY 3 B - coffee w/ nut milk; smoothie (green apple, celery, zucchini, flax seeds, fish oil, protein powder) L - salad (parsley, radicchio, red cabbage, celery, mint) w/ vinaigrette; chicken hearts; pickled peppers & olives S - coffee w/ nut milk; dates and walnuts D - 2 boiled eggs; tomato; 1/4 avocado S - smoothie (as above) S - sole fillet w/ chimichurri Slept poorly and didn't leave the house all day. I seem to swing between two extremes: waking up at 4am, or waking up at 10 - 11am. This has been an issue since I was laid off in March (and lost my gym routine) but has only been getting worse as things drag on. My circadian rhythms are completely out of whack and it's affecting my appetite and energy. This morning I woke up craving the quick energy of a sugar hit - hence the smoothie (and I sincerely doubt that protein powder was totally compliant). I compensated for the tiredness by drinking an afternoon coffee and eating wayyyy too many dates but I know this is only making things worse. It's interesting, I was craving the second smoothie because of the texture - I wanted something creamy and dessert-y. Needless to say, 2 smoothies have left me so bloated I look about 6 months pregnant. Ooof. I will definitely be avoiding smoothies and dried fruit for the rest of this program and will try to limit my caffeine intake to before 11am.
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    Time for a change

    DAY 2 B - coffee w/ walnut milk; 2 boiled eggs; tomato, cucumber & 1/4 avocado L - zucchini noodles w/ pickled peppers & chimichurri; sole fillet; handful of cherries S - coffee w/ nut milk; small handful of walnuts D - salad (parsley, radicchio, mint, red cabbage, celery & 1/4 avocado) w/ vinaigrette; chicken hearts; pickled peppers a few dates & La Croix (for dessert) Still not sure how I feel about the chicken hearts... I usually have no issues eating liver, kidneys &c. but the rubbery texture is kind of off-putting. I still have one more serving to go (I plan on hiding them in my soup) but after that I think I'll stick with chicken livers. Another afternoon without napping / falling into oblivion! Will definitely try to incorporate a post-lunch walk into my daily routine, as this seems to be doing wonders for my energy levels.
  5. elinve38

    Time for a change

    DAY 1 B - coffee (black); curried cauliflower soup L - salad (romaine, radicchio, celery, mint) w/ vinaigrette (olive oil, vinegar, mustard) + nutritional yeast; olives & pickled peppers; sole fillet S - La Croix; cherries & small handful of walnuts D - zucchini noodles w/ tomatoes, pickled peppers, olives, chimichurri & chicken hearts; a few dates (for dessert) A very small breakfast today because I woke up at an obscenely late hour. Feeling good! I went for a walk after lunch and this helped with the afternoon fatigue - managed to go an entire afternoon without napping.
  6. elinve38

    Time for a change

    @ShadowInTheKitchen and @Blueautumn thank you both for the encouragement. Your examples are very motivating for me
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    Time for a change

    I'm back! I ended up having to make some adjustments to my medication, which led to overwhelm (too many changes all at once) so I decided to focus on one thing at a time. After I adjusted my dosage I started to feel better and able to incorporate some daily movement. I started doing yoga every morning and have managed to stick with it for 10 consecutive days - a small victory! What I've learned is that it's preferable to do it every day, even if it's just 10 minutes, and keep the momentum going rather than aim for so-called perfection. I will be doing the same with W30 - aiming for consistency over perfection. I'm happy to report I have been reading and listening to more music as well, and feel much better for it. So I managed to tackle my goal list... with the exception of food, lol. Tomorrow will be my new Day 1
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    Time for a change

    Day 2 B - coffee w/ almond milk; sole fillet w/ mayonnaise; cucumber & tomato w/ oil and vinegar; sauerkraut S - green apple w/ small handful of almonds L - 2 hardboiled eggs; roasted cauliflower; green olives; baby carrots; dill pickle afternoon coffee D - chicken soup; baked yam exercise - long afternoon walk + took my meds
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    Time for a change

    @Blueautumn Aw, thanks I hope you start feeling better too! I've started writing a "schedule" on paper as if I were back in grade school, lol, and find that is helping me somewhat as well.
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    Time for a change

    Day 1 B - coffee w/ compliant almond milk; poached egg w/ tabasco sauce; cut up cucumber, tomatoes & sauerkraut w/ olive oil and acv (slept in abnormally late so this was more of a snack than a meal) L - tuna salad (w/ homemade mayo, parsley, celery, pickles, olives, shredded cabbage); pear; baby carrots afternoon coffee w/ almond milk S - pickles, olives, baby carrots D - chicken-vegetable soup; salad (lettuce w/ mayo); grapefruit; small handful of almonds exercise - 15 min gentle yoga + 45 min "exercise" walk + took my meds
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    Time for a change

    @BabyBear Thanks! I know, it's true isn't it? I find I feel lost without a routine. Today is my start date