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    Blueautumn got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I just decided that I would be starting over but im not really counting it as starting over. My body has so much work to do and i still have some general habits and mindsets i fall into when i eat certain foods that would ultimately lead me to fail if i tried to do any food freedom after only 30 days. I made it through 25 but have always known no matter what I would probably need a W60 -W90 to even start to feel like really confident in my ability to eat day to day. So that fact that ill be doing another 30 days isnt that big an issue - i just "started over" so i could keep track of the days easier in my log  .
    Maybe dont think about it now and near the 30 days take stock on how you feel and how you feel you could benefit from that extra 15 days. It might be worth it to just keep seeing the NSVs or if you dont quite feel as great as you think you might if you kept going. Then maybe it wont feel like such a stress/burden to do the w45.
    Ill support you either decision you make!
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    Blueautumn got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    I just decided that I would be starting over but im not really counting it as starting over. My body has so much work to do and i still have some general habits and mindsets i fall into when i eat certain foods that would ultimately lead me to fail if i tried to do any food freedom after only 30 days. I made it through 25 but have always known no matter what I would probably need a W60 -W90 to even start to feel like really confident in my ability to eat day to day. So that fact that ill be doing another 30 days isnt that big an issue - i just "started over" so i could keep track of the days easier in my log  .
    Maybe dont think about it now and near the 30 days take stock on how you feel and how you feel you could benefit from that extra 15 days. It might be worth it to just keep seeing the NSVs or if you dont quite feel as great as you think you might if you kept going. Then maybe it wont feel like such a stress/burden to do the w45.
    Ill support you either decision you make!
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    Blueautumn reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Post Whole 30 Day 8, Thursday June 18
    M1: oatmeal with apple, cinnamon, salt
    M2: egg salad and carrot
    Snack: spoonful of maple syrup
    Snack: walnuts
    Snack: orange
    M3: leftover spaghetti squash with beef and marinara sauce
    Snack: ice cream
    Snack: pineapple
    The oatmeal was disgusting, but I ate it anyway.  I was hungry and wanted to get the reintro done.  It wasn't like I remember oatmeal.  It was just too slimy and tasted boring.  I made in on the stove, probably should have tried overnight oatmeal.  Anyway, I'd rather have my oats mixed into cookie dough LOL
    I was transferring the maple syrup to smaller bottles for the freezer, and I had to eat up the last little bit in the pot before it went into the sink for washing.
    So the ice cream happened.  It was an impulse thing.  It tasted good going down, but not when it made me burp for the next two hours and I could still taste it.  There doesn't seem to be any other negative effects, but I'm really going to have to remember how much I hate the taste of ice cream burps.  Did that happen before W30?  Probably and I just thought it was normal. Yuck.
    It's interesting that I had two foods today that I was missing on Whole30 but both left me feeling disappointed.  
    Today was a low-key day with the effects of the vaccination lingering.  I was weak and dizzy, but I'm over it now and hopefully tomorrow I'll be back to normal.  Good thing because I have those cupcakes ordered for dessert tomorrow evening.  I've been looking forward to them.  I've been thinking about what to serve (we will be 8 people in total) but I'll probably just do a simple steak bbq with potatoes and salad because the weather is super hot and I don't want to use the oven or stove top if I can help it.  
    My stomach was a bit sore until mid-afternoon-ish (1/10), and I didn't feel bloated today.  My appetite returned, which explains the extra snacks because I was still eating very small meals.  
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    Blueautumn reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Post Whole 30 Day 7, Wednesday June 17
    M1: egg salad and carrot
    M2: chicken vegetable soup
    Snack: orange
    M3: sweet potato and chicken breast
    I was out of bed late this morning and feeling sick all day with a fever and flu-like symptoms from the Shingrix immunization shot yesterday.  Had breakfast, slept on the couch, had lunch, slept etc.  
    My stomach was still bloated this morning and continues to be a bit sore (2/10).  I purposely ate very bland meals today, and was thankful to myself for making and freezing that soup about a month ago... 
    My cholesterol results came in today:
    Total cholesterol is 5.66 mmol/L (less than 5.2 is ideal, 5.2 to 6.2 is borderline high)
    HDL - Dr didn't give the number but said I have lots which is protective for heart disease (1.6 mmol/L or higher is desirable)
    LDL - 3.51 mmol/L (less than 2.6 is optimal, 2.6 to 3.3 is near optimal, 3.4 to 4.1 is borderline high) 
    Triglycerides - Dr said I hardy have any (less than 1.7 mmol/L is normal, 1.7 to 2.2 is borderline high)
    The rest of my bloodwork was all normal.
    My doctor isn't worried about my blood test results, but I don't like being 'borderline high' with my cholesterol health.  I haven't put all this work into the last 7 weeks to be satisfied being borderline unhealthy.  I will need to stop eating as much fried foods as I have been, especially sausages, will need to cut back on ghee and red meat, add small amounts of nuts, and take Omega 3 capsules.  I will try to start now, but my reintroduction phase has only just begun and I don't want to make too many changes yet.  I also want to keep trying to figure out what is causing my mild stomach pain, it may be residual from my meds, from the peanuts or from the marinara sauce from two days ago, or it could be something altogether different.  
    Today I was craving a nice warm bowl of oatmeal with apple and cinnamon.  Comfort food.  Maybe tomorrow if I feel more back to myself I'll have some for breakfast.  
     
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    Blueautumn reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Back from the quick overnight.  Lesson learned:  research what's in the area before I go and pack snacks for myself.  We were basically in the middle of nowhere with only truck stops and fast food restaurants in the immediate vicinity.  Given time constraints, we ran through an Arby's for dinner - I got a gyro with no sauce, and dumped it over a side salad with no cheese.  So  meat, onions, lettuce over lettuce and tomato.  But it served the purpose.  Same issues this morning, so it was a Dunkin drive thru for breakfast - 2 eggs with ham in between and an iced black coffee.  I looked up the allergy menus for both restaurants and I'm fairly certain I avoided gluten, soy, and dairy.  There could have been sugar on the meats, I have no idea.  On a positive note, I rolled out of bed this morning and did my typical short morning walk and push-up routine.  And I'm going to take the dog for a long walk later this afternoon.  
    I'm really not sure how to handle my last two meals, as far as needing to start over again or not.  I made the best possible choices, but I'm not certain they were compliant choices.  I can extend my W30 in order to get the best benefits.  Maybe I'll do that - I really don't want to have the mindset that I'm starting over.  I have some really awesome NSVs and I'm not feeling any ill effects from those two meals.  If I extend to a W45, then that is sort of like starting over to get 30 days in.  Another big challenge is that I'm going to visit my mom for next week.  She is diabetic and generally follows keto, but likes to use my visits as an excuse to go off-plan.  I'll have to have a conversation with her.   
    FWIW, Day 14
    Energy-8, Pain-0, Mood-8
    M1-2 eggs and ham, black coffee from Dunkin Donuts
    M2-Nothing yet - I'm not even hungry and it's been hours since that breakfast.  Maybe I'll have a mini-M2 of chicken broth before I go on my walk, then eat dinner afterward.
    M3-Teriyaki chicken made with compliant teriyaki sauce and chicken tenders.  I will chop up some vegetables to make a salad.  I know there's cucumber, tomato, radishes in the fridge and lettuce in the garden.  It's funny, one day away and I can't remember what food I have to eat.  
    So I texted my mom to remind her that I was doing W30.  Her response - "Great!  I'll make us a keto cheesecake!"  Ugh....I will survive....
     
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    Blueautumn reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Everything you wrote, but this especially.  I know this feeling well.  I like the idea of walking and talking to myself - I can absolutely see myself doing that at home.  I can make a big lap around the downstairs.  
     
    The first part of quarantine, I was going to do Beachbody workouts everyday.  I think I got two done?  Then I started all sorts of different fitness "projects" trying various times of the day.  My motivation is so poor for these things.  But the yoga has stuck - I was taking a yoga class after work 2-3 days a week at a local studio.  At home, I've continued with classes on YouTube at that same transition time of day to evening, just before dinner.  I've found an instructor I really like.  The stars, planets, and chakras all aligned. 
    Despite the rain showers and storms in the forecast, the dog and I found a new trail yesterday afternoon.  It was gorgeous, into the woods, wind whipping through the branches above.  We got about a mile in and the deer flies started swarming - OMG.  Deer flies love moving targets releasing lots of Co2 (I was walking fast and breathing heavy!) and are not deterred by DEET.  I made a calculated decision to continue onward as only my arms and face were exposed and hoping to get a good wind once the trail turned.  I got a little respite just enough times to keep my sanity.  I had visions of collapsing into a heap and being eaten alive.  The funny thing is, a month ago I would not have been able to walk fast enough or without taking a break to feel confident that I could manage the bug incident.   It's been a very long time since I've been able to really walk without limping or without needing to sit and stretch at the halfway point.  
    My other challenge yesterday was the timing of dinner.  My daughter and her boyfriend wanted to go look at kittens that a friend of mine has - the original time planned would have allowed me to eat dinner at a reasonable time once we returned.  The time kept getting pushed back, though, until finally we went.  It was after 8:00 pm when we got home.  I had planned a quick, easy meal of curry sauce poured over chicken I had cooked earlier.  So it only took a few minutes to heat and eat.  The best part is that I wasn't starving.  I was a little concerned later that I hadn't eaten enough, though, and so I got myself a handful of dry roasted almonds and 4 small dates.  That was the first sweet thing I've had in days, as I eat very little fruit.  It was good, satisfying, and didn't make me crave anything else.  A successful snack.  
    Day 13
    Energy-9, Mood-8 Pain 0-some very slight hip tightness while doing the cooldown portion of my C25K this am. I'm very pleased by the lack of pain.  I'm going to take it slow and listen to my body.  
    I woke up at 5:00 am and laid awake for a few minutes before deciding to get up and go walk/jog.  It was nice and cool this a.m., and good to get it done early.  
    M1-The rest of the chicken salad mixed with chopped raw spinach
    M2-The rest of the taco casserole with sliced, salted cucumber
    M3-uncertain.  Tonight and breakfast tomorrow will be meals out - travelling for my son's first actual baseball game of the season - he's pitching tonight, then we will be staying in a hotel and back home tomorrow.  I'll suggest Chipotle tonight or check out the restaurant on my phone.  I can always fall back on a dry steak, salad, and sweet potato.  
     
     
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    Blueautumn reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    It was amazing! Really loved it, as did the hubster! I'm having leftovers right now, with cauli rice
    Meal 2 is breakfast for dinner - fried eggs in ghee, bacon (my maple espresso bacon), garlic mushrooms and sauteed spinach and sweet potato hash browns!
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    Blueautumn reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Weighed in yesterday - 125.0
    So I've actually lost another 1.4 lbs since I ended my last 30 days.
    It's been a whirlwind these past couple of weeks.
    We got our projects around the house wrapped up (or at least to a stopping point), took a bunch of stuff to storage, made it so our house isn't quite so much of an obstacle course.  
    Went to Kansas, visited with family and picked up MIL, headed back home.  Got her settled in, had a rental house for 4 days for my oldest son's graduation party and his 19th birthday.  This house had a pool & hot tub, pool table etc - was a great venue for what we needed.  Thankfully it was only about 20 minutes from our house, so we came back here and slept at home instead of having to pack up everything we owned for 6 people ... and 2 dogs.  
    Yesterday, the last of our visiting family headed out of town ... and now, things "settle" and we figure out our new normal.
    There has been a lot of restaurant food in this time, one bowl of dirt pudding, and last night - I finally tried one of the GF cupcakes my sister had made for the party. Worth it?  No.  I'm sure they were excellent the day of the party.  Now they are dry, and I just sat there thinking, "Why am I eating this?"  Lol.
    --
    MIL is good.  I have a lot to straighten out with her finances, Medicare, etc. but it is doable.  She is sleeping through the night, sometimes more "with it" than others, and overall - in a good mood.  She's a trooper, and so am I - so that's part of what I love about her.  She's resilient.
    She wants to be healthier and lose some weight.  She's already not eating bread and buns - ordering her food without.  She's asking questions, and thinking about her choices.  I think she really trusts us, and she wants to follow our lead.  No more buying gummy worms, etc. - all of those things she did when no one was watching and/or when she was staying with her mom, who is also a fan of sugar.
    I would like to get back in for 30 days.  At the same time, I don't want to "announce" it here at my house, and make a big deal out of it.  So we'll see how that goes.
    Today and tomorrow I go back to nursing for evening shifts (2-10).  It's been about 1.5 weeks since I've worked there - and I don't want to get out of the habit.  Financially, I really need to (somehow) still be picking up a few shifts per week.
    My work-at-home job has been a joke - I have not found much time, and I feel like I am letting her down big time.  She would like for me to get back in the office with her sometime soon, and I told her next week is looking good for that.  Whew.  We'll see.
    I hope you are all doing well.  I don't have time to catch up on journals - I'm sorry.  If you've read this far, I know you understand.
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    Blueautumn got a reaction from scoakley13 in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    So awesome for all of it! Ive been trying to figure out what i want to do after the thirty days and I think there is a very high chance i continue it out to at least 60 days. Though i really want cheese back in my life. Like cheese will have to be the first intro at some point no matter what but i dont want to fall right back into eating all these things all day every day so Ive been trying to come up with a long term plan after the reintros and everything. Plus my dr hasnt seen the results yet but i imagine after the 30 days shes gonna be super pushy about me sticking with for a while LOL my sugar numbers are gonna excite her so much.
    I wish i could have you just come cook for me <3 your food always sounds so yummy with such a veggie variety! I still just grab one and im like broccoli there something veggie lol.
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    Blueautumn got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    So awesome for all of it! Ive been trying to figure out what i want to do after the thirty days and I think there is a very high chance i continue it out to at least 60 days. Though i really want cheese back in my life. Like cheese will have to be the first intro at some point no matter what but i dont want to fall right back into eating all these things all day every day so Ive been trying to come up with a long term plan after the reintros and everything. Plus my dr hasnt seen the results yet but i imagine after the 30 days shes gonna be super pushy about me sticking with for a while LOL my sugar numbers are gonna excite her so much.
    I wish i could have you just come cook for me <3 your food always sounds so yummy with such a veggie variety! I still just grab one and im like broccoli there something veggie lol.
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    Blueautumn reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Meal 1: Thai Green Curry tuna patties with steamed broccolini and spicy mayo
    Meal 2: OMG, I went to the supermarket and they had this amazing standing rib roast on clearance, so cheap! So I snapped it up, with rub it, sear it, then oven it til it's medium and serve it with roasted veggie medley and brown onion and peppercorn gravy! 
     
    Edit: I just went to put the last tuna patty away (ok, in my mouth. I went to put it in my mouth) and one of the cats has had a go at it. Joke's on them, there was a LOT of curry paste in those patties! Suckers!
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    Blueautumn reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    OMG. Lunch. I made seared tuna, and served it over baby spinach, blanched green beans, sauteed radish, artichoke hearts and jalapeno stuffed olives with a mayo/lemon/drill dressing. I am in heaven.
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    Blueautumn reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    SO, I have been processing my disappointment in my weight loss since I posted this, and I've got some context around it. It's not that I feel like 6.5kg isn't an amazing loss, or that I think I should have lost more. Its that the weight I am after this round is the weight I was before lockdown, and I'm so disappointed/annoyed at myself that I could have done this round and lost 'real' weight, instead I let myself gain so much in that short period of time, that even after this round, I'm just back where I was a few short months ago.
     
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    Blueautumn reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Day 31! Round 5 (and I have decided it is, in fact, round 5) is in the bag! 
    As per the above, I plan to continue but here's the round up. In round 5 I have achieved:
    Getting rid of my migraine/vertigo (which was constant and frankly life ruining) Substantially reducing brain fog My headache has finally gone away! I have not taken anything, not even over the counter, for my GERD/reflux/heartburn all round - it's just gone My oral allergy syndrome is also gone - I use lip balm sparingly and have none of the horrible mouth rash feel I sleep like a log, I fall asleep quickly, sleep solidly, and wake up refreshed My anxiety (which can be pretty/very bad) is under control  There are other knock ons too, like the amount of stuff I have achieved this round because I have energy, but a lot of that has to do with being home in lockdown and having a lot more time on my hands. However, if I wasn't on round, and still had all the above issues, I wouldn't have achieved nearly as much as I have.
    I agonised over stepping on the scale but did, just to get a baseline (I'm not weighing more than once a month from here on out, though, body scale is just as bad for my outlook as food scale, I've found) and I'm down 6.5kg (14.5lb). It's not as much as I lost my first round and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed, which is INSANE, and exactly why I should stay off the scale because my ideas of what those numbers should say are unreasonable and unhealthy. That's a huge loss for 30 days. My logic brain knows it, the demon brain is just being a jerk.
    ANYWAY.
    There's no reintro plan to announce, and no special meal with something I've been missing, I'm just going to keep on keeping on, doing the slow transition to paleo, meaning I'll consider some of the more SWYPO baked goods (not the sweet treats though - I still don't get how paleo justifies chocolate)) and I might try some SWYPO pasta. But my allowed food list will really just stay W30 for the time being, with maybe some paleo sweeteners only in savoury contexts (the sugar dragon sleeps lightly, my friends). So I plan to just keep logging right here, if that's cool with everyone
    I'll be back with today's food plan in a bit.
     
     
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    Blueautumn reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Post Whole30 Day 1, Thursday June 11
    M1: 1/2 sweet potato, kale, Greenfields crumbled bacon with sugar but no nitrates, pineapple, cilantro and cinnamon, two eggs sunny side up
    M2: green salad with lettuces, celery, broccoli, green grapes, chicken breast, bacon crumbles, 1/2 avocado, PK dressing
    Snack: salted cantaloupe (thanks @Blueautumn for the tip! I've never had it salted before but I like it)
    Snack: raisins, pecans, walnuts, almonds
    M3: sweet potato topped with beef taco meat, guac, and cantaloupe to finish
    NSV: I had excellent energy all day
    NSV: I didn't have any cravings for junky stuff
    NSV: I had an excellent sleep last night
    NSV: My healthy habits are rubbing off.  DD17 chose to take a Larabar on her lunch in place of a granola bar :-)
    I snacked today.  Twice.  I'm disappointed in myself.  I had the fruit early in the afternoon, then was feeling shaky (sugar crash? at 5pm) so had some trail mix.  Having fruit on its own is not a good idea.  I know this. Now to remember going forward
    I used to like to add bacon crumbles to my salads, but now?  Not so much.  The bacon flavour overpowered the other flavours in the salad, and I could still taste it in my mouth a half hour after I finished eating my lunch. I now know that I prefer my green salad without bacon.
    I am still having trouble getting out of bed some mornings, not because I'm tired.  I think it may be my meds, which are supposed to help me to sleep, though my sleep has been waaay better these last few weeks of W30 than the previous years on the meds.  I also think my medications may be causing my stomach to hurt a bit (pain level 1/10).  This gut pain is so minimal that I probably wasn't bothered by it pre W30 due to other g-i issues.  I had a phone appointment with my doctor today and have been cleared to discontinue taking them, hoping it helps with my mornings and with the stomach pain.  I also have an appointment for bloodwork on Monday to make sure everything else is ok.  I'm thrilled to stop the meds, and feeling hopeful.
    Plan for tomorrow:
    1. All meals will be Whole30 compliant
    2. No snacking!
    3. Out of bed at 7am  
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    Blueautumn got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Fats are still weird iffy for me to get in but I'm trying. One of the reasons I kept eating that chicken casserole was because it kept me full. No cravings no headaches no nausea and that made me happy. I like easy lol
    You doing great! My stiffness is so much better and I'm glad you are already seeing an improvement. 
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    Blueautumn got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Take Advantage   
    Fats are still weird iffy for me to get in but I'm trying. One of the reasons I kept eating that chicken casserole was because it kept me full. No cravings no headaches no nausea and that made me happy. I like easy lol
    You doing great! My stiffness is so much better and I'm glad you are already seeing an improvement. 
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    Blueautumn got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Take Advantage   
    Fats are still weird iffy for me to get in but I'm trying. One of the reasons I kept eating that chicken casserole was because it kept me full. No cravings no headaches no nausea and that made me happy. I like easy lol
    You doing great! My stiffness is so much better and I'm glad you are already seeing an improvement. 
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    Blueautumn reacted to MadyVanilla in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Yes, what the heck?  This happens to me, too.  I am thinking my evening hunger may actually be habit....the experiment is in process.   
     
    What a  cool idea!  
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    Blueautumn reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Day 39, Monday June 8
    M1: leftover tenderloin steak, 2 perfectly cooked over-easy eggs, a generous handful of green beans topped with lots of ghee, strawberries to finish
    M2: a large romaine salad with chicken, walnuts, celery, 1/2 avocado, green grapes, Primal Kitchen dressing
    M3: apple Larabar while cooking my family's dinner, leftover primavera veggies for my dinner
    NSV: last night I was feeling 'hungry' after dinner but chose not to eat a snack, then woke up this morning not feeling hungry at all.  This is the second time this has happened on this W30 that I'm aware of.  I'm not sure what's going on. If I was hungry in the evening then logically I would have been even more hungry in the morning, but I didn't eat my pillow, so what was I really feeling after supper last night?  I'm counting this as a victory because I am becoming aware of stuff going on with my body.  Previous to W30 I would have chosen the snack.
    NSV: I had high energy all day
    NSV: Cravings were absent all day
    NSV: I didn't nap, even though my sleep was less than ideal thanks to my annoying cat waking me at 4:30 and being relentless until I kicked him out of my room at 6:30.  He didn't get to go outside to hunt for birds like he wanted to, so thats another victory: I very likely saved a bird's life this morning :-)
    NSV: my new raspberry patch (3rd one) is finished as of this evening. I hope we get a yield from it this year.  I am so looking forward to eating all of my home grown foods.  I am a bit disappointed that I haven't found a sugar-free rhubarb recipe that I like yet, but I have been freezing the rhubarb because I am eager to eat it when I add sugar back in. This is new for me, prior to this year I've never looked forward to eating rhubarb in my life!
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    Blueautumn reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I need to make sure I get calories today, especially from fat.  Raging carb cravings haven't hit yet, but I fully expect that given where I am in the program coupled with the lower intake yesterday.  Hopefully I can stay ahead of the cravings by getting in good fats.  I'm going to add avocado to my lunch, ghee on my broccoli at dinner.  
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    Blueautumn reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Yesterday ended up being completely different than expected.  I fixed my lunch and thought I would have time to eat before a meeting, but I only got in two bites of my hamburger/sauerkraut.  A whirlwind of meeting/phone call/appointment/errands resulted in no lunch.   I got home in time to fix dinner.  I wasn't terribly hungry and was able to move through the afternoon pretty easily.  I made a snack of celery and almond butter and then fell asleep pretty early.  
    I woke up in the middle of the night with a raging headache.  Still lingering and I have almost no energy today.  I don't feel like I want to sleep, I just feel like it will take too much effort to move.  I woke a little after 5 a.m.  I could have gotten up and taken the dog walking then, but I stayed in bed.  When I finally did get up, we went for a very short walk, just because today is day 7 of morning walks and I feel like a streak is in the making.  
    Day 4
    Energy-1, pain-0, Mood-6
    I have two great NSVs already - I'm definitely much less stiff when I stand.  I was able to get out of the bed this morning and immediately start walking, rather than stand for a few seconds and wait for everything to be able to work.  This is so clearly due to my diet, as I've proved over and over to myself.  This alone SHOULD be enough to keep me going.  My joints are so much happier without grains/dairy/sugar.  
    The second is that my face feels thinner.  It doesn't look thinner, but it definitely feels that way.  Three days down and these 2 amazing NSVs.  These are going to get me through today - I think it might be a tough one, given my fatigue and the number of work meetings I have to get through.  I'm just going to eat when I'm hungry and drink lots of water.  Maybe I can take a nap late this afternoon.  
    M1-chicken salad
    M2-Epic Turkey, Cranberry, Sage bone broth; leftover taco salad - note to self:  the next time I have meetings that might interfere with lunch, fix a mug of broth.  I can sip this while on Zoom.  
    M3-leftover BBQ chicken and broccoli
    Snacks-almonds, celery with almond butter, the bone broth
    I probably will do yin yoga.  I might fall asleep while doing it.  
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    Blueautumn reacted to Contessa in Take Advantage   
    Oooh... chicken salad. I kinda forgot that chicken salad existed. I have historically loved this stuff.... and it's not hard to make a W30 compliant chicken salad.
    I'm being reminded again of how very frequently I have used food as a transition point in my day...
    Wrapping up a work meeting with a client > How about a peanut butter cup? Coming in from a stroll outside and turning my attention to the next task > Time for a bit of chocolate milk! (HOLY MOSES, I LOVE CHOCOLATE MILK. The rich, full fat kind.) Midday, feeling kind of grumbly, not sure what to do for lunch > Don't want to stop for a real meal, so I'll aimlessly graze my way through every bag, carton, and box in the house. Learning not to reach for the salt and vinegar chips at random intervals through the day will take some time. From my lofty perch here on Day 9 (ha!), it's worth the discomfort. Hope this new day goes smoothly for you.
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    Blueautumn reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Thank you, I need the encouragement!  And @Blueautumn I stalked your journal, found the recipe and bookmarked it.  I don't have all the ingredients, but I will be eating that chicken pot pie in the near future.  
    Chicken breasts are in the instantpot and bbq sauce is simmering on the stove.  I am in such a foul mood.  It's gorgeous outside today.  I should go sit out there.  But I'm irritable and hungry.  I know it will pass, but some salt and vinegar chips would make me feel better right now!  Ugh.  I'm going to eat some chicken salad once it's done.  I'm glad I can come here and post.  I shall carry-on, and report back with a successful day 2 tomorrow.  
     
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    Blueautumn reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Day 1 done - yay!  I really can't believe I did it.  There were some challenges, though.  I had a nice big breakfast - I almost only fixed 2 eggs instead of 3, but I had a calorie thought "those 80 extra calories are not going to hurt me."  Yes, I still have flashbacks to days of counting calories.  At least I don't think in WW points.  I was ravenous by lunch time!  I'm thinking that my typical cream-fulled coffee provided both extra fat and the appetite-suppressant effect of caffeine.  I don't recall this happening before, but I don't think I've started a W30 and ditched coffee on the same day.  Because I continued to be hungry (or maybe craving sugar???) I ended up eating celery and almond butter as a snack.  Then I ate dinner late, but my taco salad was amazing!!
    On-line grocery shopping was interesting.  All of the usual temptations that I would put in my "basket" kept popping up on my screen.  Because I usually buy them.  I'm just glad that I know what tomato sauces, broths, etc. are compliant.  Plus, I was able to check ingredient labels in the shopping app, which I didn't realize.  And, I learned that some kombucha has cane sugar added to it.   A disappointment-My Misfits Market box of vegetables did not get delivered.  I planned my meals and my grocery shopping around that box.  I know they've been having some issues because of covid-19, but I got an email that it shipped...I may have to make a run to the farmer's market later this week.  
    Not surprisingly, I had a headache last night.  But I did sleep well.  I woke up this morning around 5 am, pain-free, but went back to sleep until the dog pounced on me at 6:00 wanting to go for her morning walk.  We've only been doing this first-thing walk daily since Wednesday - how is it that dogs can form habits so much more quickly than humans???  It was a gorgeous morning, though, and we walked a little longer than we have been.  I guess I should consider her part of my support system if she's going to get me out of bed to walk every day. 
    Mood-7, pain 0, 3 while walking, Energy-6
    Plan for Day 2:
    M1-kombucha.  This was my planned meal a few days ago when I didn't think I would be so hungry in the morning.  I'm not hungry, sipping on it now.  If needed, I'll eat lunch earlier today.  
    M2-leftover taco salad
    M3-hamburgers with grilled onions and broccoli  
    celery and almond butter, if a snack is needed.  
    More meal-prepping planned for today.  I'm going to make a breakfast casserole that I can eat from all week, chicken salad (I made mayo yesterday), and my first attempt at W30 barbecue sauce, for shredded chicken later in the week.