Blueautumn

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    Blueautumn got a reaction from Brewer5 in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    So i tried to give a few updates this week but my password wasnt working and I kept locking myself out.
    To sum it up, on Day 25 i ate nachos. Going so many days without eating and then Im pmsing, I was like you know what, 25 days is basically 30 days and I got nachos. Literally right at the end and I talked myself right into those nachos. How strange and annoying but I told myself i was going to complete a whole30 and complete it I shall (so ill be starting again naturally)
    Fun fact, im a self saboteur. Dont be like me people. I have an innate dread of success that basically causes me to destroy things especially near the end. I dont think the middle of things is all that hard. Its def the beginning and about the time you see the light at the end of the tunnel. But thats okay. I learned some things and honestly made it significantly longer than i thought I would for a first time around.
    Day 1 again will be sunday  June 21. The goal of course is to make it the full 30 days. Id at least like to keep it going long enough for tiger blood to come give me a big hug. And i want to be very clear that i thought long and hard about those nachos - as some of you could imagine. I am fully aware that it cant be a 30 days done its all over go right back to how i was. So I imagine the next few months will be mostly on whole 30 and tryin to figure out an eating habit that doesnt lead me right back down the paths of no return.
    I have also read a book, thinner, stronger, leaner (or some combination of those words) and I really like his general approach to eating and exercise. Ill be actually starting cardio 3x a week starting this first week since i never worked any in during my first 25 days. The second week ill be incorporating strength training and those will be the new healthy habits ill be working on for the next 30 days.
    Oh yeah i went ahead and weighed myself after the nachos - 300 pounds. Down 16 which aint that bad considering my new found love of potatoes for a while there lol. My blood pressure is looking good, hopefully in a few months i can get off at least one of them. I know i need to do everything within my power to get my blood sugar under control for good so yet another reason i need to stick it through 30 days. My body needs time to heal and to balance itself out without relying completely on sugar.
    Now the very astute ones will notice that there are a few days between my day 25 and my planned day 1. Yes i have been eating stuff that is not whole 30 compliant during this time. I have immediately noticed that the desire to binge, well the desire to feel full ( by eating lots of nonfilling processed things), came back quickly and thats somethin that needs to be beaten down with a stick.
    I was like you know what, lets get some cheesy bacon wedges in before i start over. Guess what? about 99% those delicious cheesy goodness that i raved about for posts and posts cause my fire volcano indigestion, so thats FUN! Guess its time to retire those completely. On a positive note, im hoping that keeps craving them under better control lol.
    Hopefully everyone is ready for another round of boring, long posts of rambling thoughts about my issues with food. 
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    Blueautumn got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Thinking very hard about my food freedom i was able to successfully convince myself that I deserved nachos  so ill be going on another 30 days!
    Let me know if you like the cookbook! I found that i need to have a variety of stuff ready to go in case something just isnt sitting with me well which can happen especially during my flares and i just wont eat anything for days at a time...which is kinda how i got to nachos! SO i have to prepare against that this next month.
    Ive had that canned salmon recipe bookmarked for like 5 weeks lol. I even have canned salmon! and i havent gotten a chance to make it yet. Maybe ill do that instead of the chowder.
    Youve been doing so well! keep it up - good call on the milkshake, though i mean maybe ill try to get one before i start again on sunday....ill think of you <3
    Happy thoughts!
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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 Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    @Blueautumn I'm glad you came back!  
    Bring it on, it's not boring at all!
    Congrats on the scale victory - very impressive!  And isn't it cool how the things you craved just aren't as good as you thought they were?  Same thing happened to me.  This Whole30 way of eating has really opened up my senses to enjoying the lovely tastes of real food.  
    I'm looking forward to more of your posts, and sending positive vibes and best luck to you. 
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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 patrickjohn in Patrick's Whole30 Log   
    Thanks and that's good to hear - I think it's definitely subsided. I've started having sweet potatoes with a plant-based butter alternative and some cinnamon as my dessert over the past week and I've been very happy.
     
    Also I know I haven't been posting on here but I have been sticking to the Whole30. I'm at a point where I do it without needing to think or track it.
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    Blueautumn reacted to Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/19/20:
    Breakfast: Brussels sprouts + meatballs + butternut squash + sauce; a little Forager cashewmilk kefir
    Lunch: Last serving of leftover salmon cakes + diced red potato + sauce
    Dinner: Oh my goodness, surprise California rolls with my boyfriend on the patio of a restaurant. Yes, this was an infraction of my Whole 30. This was not a compliant meal (rice + soy sauce). However, I went with "food freedom" in the moment. Because rice and soy sauce are not trigger foods for me, and because sitting on a patio with my man was such a luscious break from the difficulty of the past three months, I am fine with this infraction. I did turn down his playful invitation to get a big ol' milkshake after the sushi (this would definitely have been a step in the wrong direction).
    Three weeks into this W30, and about ten days before my reintroduction starts. I've been thinking a lot about what my "food freedom" might look like. (The mere phrase "food freedom" stirs a sense of hope in me.) Today I ordered a copy of Michelle Tam's Ready or Not cookbook, which features lots of compliant recipes for last minute meals or cook-all-day meals. Excited about that. Getting a handle on the food preparation will really help. This cookbook even contains some "freezer hacks," which will be really helpful as the life begins to speed up again. (Have I mentioned that I really don't want life to speed up again?)
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    Blueautumn reacted to Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    I was also a little iffy on the salmon cakes, but curiosity won. Canned salmon is not a food I have worked with before. Also, the can of salmon contained... some tiny bones and tiny bits of salmon skin! (I was emotionally unprepared for this.) But once I separated the wheat from the chaff,  metaphorically speaking, the recipe was very easy. Even though I halved the recipe, it still yielded 3 servings. I will make this again. It's worth the weirdness.
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    Blueautumn reacted to Brewer5 in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    Hello @Blueautumn ~ sorry I've been MIA.  I hope things are still going well for you!  
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    Blueautumn reacted to 50Fab in Covid 19 health re-set   
    I am starting the Whole30 tomorrow (June15) after 2 and a half months of partial and full lockdown because of the Covid 19 pandemic.  I am at home, not working, as my job in the service industry cannot be done from home.  I am deathly afraid of getting this virus in my current state of health.  I have type 2 diabetes, which I take medication for, I am obese according to the BMI calculation, and I am 56 years old.  I also have a history of cancer, and have severe allergies which are under control with weekly immunotherapy shots.  From everything I have been hearing, I would not do well if I contracted this disease, so I am hoping this elimination diet will get me back on track towards health. I have a month and a half before I am scheduled to go back to work, so I hope this will help get me where I need to be to have a fighting chance if I should contract Covid 19. When  I go back to work with the public, I know some will have no sense of responsibility to others and will not wear facial coverings or cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze.  So I know I will inevitably be exposed.  I hope that Whole 30 will help me lose some weight, lower my inflammation and improve my health problems.  It feels like a matter of life or death to me, not trying to sound too dramatic.  I have  a vague overall feeling of anxiety and fear that I have not had before, that verges on panic at times. I have done Whole 30 once before (six years ago) and felt really good on it.  My greatest challenge will be giving up my red wine.  I have used alcohol to try to stave off my anxiety.  It works temporarily but then I suffer the consequences.  So....here goes!  Tomorrow I take that first step...
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    Blueautumn got a reaction from Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    If it works it works!
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    Blueautumn reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Patrick's Whole30 Log   
    @patrickjohn @Blueautumn Your statements remind me of what I went through.  I was eating a lot of potatoes on Whole30 until maybe just the last week or so.  I wonder if it was the carbs - replacing the carbs I was used to eating All. The. Time. with the high carb potatoes.  The potato/carb cravings have subsided now.  When I have potatoes I just eat a small amount, like 3 fingerling potatoes, and I really savour them.  Enjoy your potatoes!
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    Blueautumn reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    @Blueautumn Do you have an alien living in your belly?  It sounds like it loooooves almond butter   
    @Blueautumn I need to start reading your posts when no one else is around because I'm feeling a bit looney when I laugh out loud to my Mac...   Can I come hang out with you, you're just too funny!
    Also, what @MadyVanilla said, that makes a lot of sense.  I'll have to remember that part about "the blanket of inflammatory protection no longer being there."  That will be on my mind as I continue with my reintroductions.  
    @Blueautumn I'm enjoying reading about your progress, and am interested to see how you will proceed after 30 days.  Meanwhile, keep it up - you're doing awesome!
     
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    Blueautumn reacted to MadyVanilla in Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log   
    Reading your last two posts, it is so clear that you have shifted your mindset, that you are doing the hard cognitive/emotional/psychological work as well as changing what goes in your mouth.  I once read that when we eat the Standard American Diet we are in a state of chronic and diffuse inflammation (which is actually a barrier of protection) and that our body takes an enormous amount of resources to maintain the inflammation and protect our cells from the attack of that SAD diet.  The resources wear out much more quickly, and we get diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc at a younger age as a result.  When we begin to feed ourselves with good food, the body can begin to relax a little bit and isn't in the constant state of protection.  As inflammation decreases, our cells become more sensitive to the environment we are in - our taste buds are a good example.  But what also happens is that foods that maybe didn't seem to bother us before begin to irritate those sensitive cells because that blanket of inflammatory protection is no longer there.  I don't know if that makes sense with what you are experiencing or not.  But if it does, maybe your new flare is almost like a rebound effect to your better choices, a stage in the journey.  Getting through this, you'll be continuing to increase your health, but might have another flare in the future as your body continues to reach towards the perfect balance of sensitivity.  Your glucose numbers are impressive and support that you are on the right track!   An aside, I have a friend who was allergy tested and found to be allergic to just almonds, no other nuts.   
    Seriously, this statement should be your go-to mantra, post it everywhere, lol!  Fire vomit indigestion sounds awful and not experiencing it may just be the best NSV ever!  
    You journey is a long one, but an inspiring one.  You have so much to gain by continuing on this path.  Thank you so much for continuing to post here - I'm learning from you! 
     
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    Blueautumn reacted to patrickjohn in Patrick's Whole30 Log   
    Thursday June 11th (Continued):
    I ended up having some snacks yesterday evening
    Additional snacks:
    Small antipasto salad (it was so delicious) Homemade baked potato / sweet potato chips with thyme, garlic, and onion powder I've really been craving potatoes of all varieties yesterday...I know baked chip recreations aren't fully in the spirit of Whole30 but ~technically~ I feel like they're not breaking the rules as long as they're enjoyed in moderation.
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    Blueautumn reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Contessa's June Realignment   
    But not Contessa, she told her chiropractor that she's on a new track and doing her body good!
    I hope the Dr's realignment of your spine helps so that you can get back to fully concentrating on your June realignment...
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    Blueautumn reacted to Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/13/20:
    Breakfast: Sweet potato + broccoli + 2 scrambled eggs + sauce
    Lunch: 5 oz kombucha; meatballs + mashed potatoes + sauteed kale + sauce
    Dinner: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, butternut squash, roasted chicken + sauce
    I have really reached apex Bowl of Stuff Plus Sauce here.
    A throbbing head and a gently spasming lower back made this day difficult. This morning, my chiropractor said that all his patients have been slowly limping into his office and telling him about all their bad behavior during self-isolation. I'm walking stiffly and trying to keep my back straight. Man. I'm such a wimp. I'd never make it as someone managing serious chronic pain.
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    Blueautumn reacted to Contessa in Contessa's June Realignment   
    Food journal for 6/12/20:
    Breakfast: This was a grumpy breakfast smoothie of spinach, blueberries, cashewmilk, etc.
    Lunch: Spaghetti squash + ground turkey + brussels sprouts + broccoli + sauce
    Dinner: Melissa Joulwan's Cuban Meatballs + mashed potatoes + broccoli
    Woke up this morning feeling like straight-up trash. I don't think this is a Whole30 or carb flu thing..... probably more about not having been to my chiropractor since before COVID tranformed us all into shut-ins. I think my gimpy knee is affecting my gait; my lopsided gait is influencing my lower back, and my lower back is feeding me some pretty ferocious headaches. (I did check my temperature and got a normal reading. This doesn't seem to be COVID in disguise.) 
    Made an appointment with my chiropractor for tomorrow. I've been avoiding it but I think I need to get back to giving regular attention to these old bones. I'll just wear a mask and wash my hands before/after the appointment.
    Felt some mega strong cravings today but didn't give in!
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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 reacted to bunh6773 in Need the Reset Button   
    I'm on Day 4 and I can say that sometimes meal prepping can blow up in your face.   I tried a "breakfast bake"  with some ingredients I had on hand and it was just the worst thing ever , so there goes my pre-planned breakfast for the next few days.  I actually had to stop my husband from trying it, it would ruin my credibility as the chef in the house!
    Day 3 -
    Meal 1 - Gross breakfast bake, couldn't finish it
    Meal 2 - Salad with chicken and balsamic vinaigrette 
    Meal 3 - Salmon with Roasted vegetables
     
    Day 4 - 
    Meal 1 - cauliflower soup with shredded chicken
    Meal 2 - spring mix salad with veggies, chicken and avocado dressing
    Meal 3 - Thai meatballs in coconut curry sauce with cauli rice - looking forward to this one!
     
    Still looking forward to the magical "sleeping better"  So far it's been weird dreams and waking up in the middle of the night wide awake.