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    LadyM reacted to tamar in smiths37 #3   
    I'm curious how you make it! Technically you need some serious machinery for that. But truth is if you have the right spices that's all that matters.
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    LadyM reacted to smiths37 in smiths37 #3   
    I know exactly how you feel about imperfect foods! haha
    The shawarma is really good! And the garlicky sauces totally makes it! Although I can’t say that I’ve ever had it in a restaurant, I’ve only ever made it at home. So I could be so wrong! 
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    LadyM got a reaction from smiths37 in smiths37 #3   
    Your food looks and sounds amazing!
    I love/hate Imperfect Foods so much. Such a bummer when it turns out you don't get what you ordered but you still have to figure out a way to procure it!! Oh well. First world probs.
    How's the chicken shawarma recipe? Not frequenting my favorite Lebanese restaurant is kind of the only hardship I'm having with my Whole30. I'd love to have some decent shawarma!
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    LadyM reacted to tamar in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    Thanks!
    Yeah, that's what I'm trying to do. Cook like I did before, just more meat and less other stuff. Though some of the recipes I've found look soooo good 
    I hope I remember to update once in awhile! Good luck to us all!
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    LadyM reacted to tamar in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    So I didn't think I would post here because I'm not into sharing things online, but then I thought I might need a place to talk about this a little because in my world nobody is really interested in this Whole30 business.
    I'm Tamar, 31, mom of two adorable boys from Israel and I have been waiting for three years to be able to make this journey.
    I first came across the whole30 about 3 years ago and I don't remember where. Maybe there was an article about it on the kitchn or something. Anyway, I decided I wanted to give it a chance and I did. I bought the book and I even posted a bit in here.
    I lasted 5 days.
    I should say, 5 whole days because I made the decision to quit on day 5 but I didn't eat anything off-plan until the following morning. So five days.
    I was incredibly overwhelmed by all the cooking. Not that I don't cook for my family every day, but the planning and prep wore me out. In retrospect I realized I was trying too hard with all the recipes from the book instead of using my own recipes which I know and love, many of which are compliant or can be easily adapted.
    Anyway, I decided the time wasn't right so I quit. And ever since then the whole30 was like this old boyfriend I wanted to give another chance but was waiting for the right moment. I was TTC and I didn't want to do my first whole30 while pregnant or even potentially pregnant. Long story short, two years later I was pregnant and promised myself that after I had the baby and after the holidays I would give it another shot.
    So here I am.
    The timing seems good. Here in Israel we have a big batch of holidays in the fall and then Chanukah in the winter, so this seems like the perfect time of year. My little guy is 6 months old so I'm not dealing with a newborn and we're already on solids. I'm not particularly worried about my milk supply dropping but we'll see how that goes.
    I am doing this alone. I nag my husband about enough things without dragging him along with me on a diet he's not interested in, but I think he will benefit from eating what I eat (when he wants), and besides, this is really the kind of food he likes. He (unlike me) is a simple food non-foodie kind of guy. As for my kids, the little one doesn't eat much, and the 4.5 year old is super picky. He rarely eats meat or vegetables and I had no thought of taking him along for the ride. This is about me and that is not a battle I want to fight right now.
    But, unlike my first attempt, now I successfully explained the program to my husband and earned his support. This is huge because up until now every time I mentioned that I wanted to try again he responded with "oh please don't!", that's how bad it went the first time around.
    I have lots more to share about my expectations and challenges, but day 1 is drawing to a close and I am almost ready for bed. So far so good! 
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    My main issue yesterday was being terribly bloated and gassy...the significant increase in vegetables, I imagine.  And tired and achy.  I could barely ride my bike 3 miles around the neighborhood.  I didn't dare try for more than that.  I know this is all part of the process, and it tells me I'm on the right track.  If I need to take a nap today, I have time in my schedule to do so.  
    Day 6. Feeling a little blah.  Slight headache.  Not as tired as I expected to be.  No pain/achiness this morning.  
    M1-scrambled eggs and compliant bacon in olive oil, over a big pile of arugula and topped with compliant Dijon
    M2-leftover beef Bolognese over zucchini and spinach
    M3-Chicken Caesar salad with cucumber and compliant Caesar dressing.  I may "bread" the chicken with Paleo Powder, though I tend to really love this and sometimes overeat the chicken as a result.  I'll see how I'm feeling when it's time to cook.  
    Short walk with the dog this morning because I slept later than normal.  I will take her to a local trail this afternoon.  With the time change this coming weekend, we won't be able to get out in the woods after work for much longer.  
    No obvious NSVs yet...I'm in better control of cravings, but I think I'm still operating on willpower as opposed to biochemical change. 
    Halloween is traditionally difficult for me.  Many years, I start a successful campaign for healthy eating (W30 or otherwise) at the start of September and sustain well through Halloween, when I often fall off.  Fun size Mounds bars are my absolute weakness.  Sometimes I get myself back on track and continue through the holidays, sometimes I'm off the deep end all of November and December.  No trick-or-treating this year, so no need to buy candy.    
     
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I didn't post yesterday just because I sometimes don't make time to get on the computer on Sundays.  
    Day 3 went well, as did yesterday.  I went on a lovely 4 mile walk through a local arboretum, experiencing all the lovely colors of fall.  Not only was it good exercise, but good mentally, too.  
    Day 5 - already.  I said yesterday went well, but I was mildly tempted by the thought of Dunkin Donuts pumpkin muffins.  I drove past several billboards advertising them....in another week, they will have no impact on me whatsoever.  The beauty of W30-taming the sugar dragon.  
    M1-3 eggs scrambled in olive oil, compliant bacon, served over arugula and topped with compliant Dijon mustard
    M2-I have a little autumn salad left from Saturday night, but not enough for a meal.  Last night I finished all the leftovers.  I think I'll order a W30 bowl from Chipotle.  
    M3-the beef bolognese over zoodles that I have yet to make because I've had enough leftovers.  
    I'm very achy in my knee and hip this morning.  I didn't walk any longer collectively than usual yesterday, but there were more hills than I'm used to.  Maybe that's why?  But it's one-sided achiness.  Plus, it's a damp and foggy morning here.  The dog and I had a short walk in the dark this morning but then she got a thorn or burr in her foot, so we cut it short.  I think I'll ride my bike to round out today's exercise.  
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    LadyM got a reaction from MadyVanilla in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 56
    It's official: I'm a homeowner!!
    I closed this morning and popped over this afternoon to check on the painter. And this is hilarious to me: the first thing I  moved into the new space was all my booze. I emptied out my bar and grabbed the boxes of wine from the basement and I had FOUR BOXES of the stuff, all of which I haven't touched in the more than one year since I moved the last time.
    The thing is, I'm a party girl. Come summer and come the holidays I'm kind of famous for being a good time and loving to have a cocktail or two. My people are from Wisconsin and Texas and it's how we do. My entourage of gay friends are all about it. The Dude manages a bar. 
    But the thing is when I stop drinking I don't miss it. I mean AT ALL. Really makes me wonder why I even ever do it anymore. I guess to be social. And I do love a nice wine with a good meal. Or a fun cocktail poolside. But the pandemic has interrupted all that, and frankly, as I continue to recover from COVID, I don't think I need a powerful immunosuppressant like alcohol in my life for the foreseeable future. I think I'd rather ring in 2021 sober and perhaps even still on W30. Who knows.
    This morning I was awake super early and opted to roll out my yoga mat and do a decent practice. I'm teaching a yoga class for the first time in months (online) Wednesday, and it seemed only right to get back to the mat myself. It felt good. And challenging. Slowly getting back to it. And I may have more opportunities once again to teach yoga and barre since the studio closed. So, I'm excited about that possibility.
    And I've been contemplating my daily and weekly practices and how very much I look forward to establishing new patterns in the new house. I have an enormous finished basement for which I have no plans except yoga and other fitness activities. It will be wonderful to have designated space for that. Feeling so out of shape lately despite the weight loss and better nutrition--and it's simply because I haven't been moving my body much. But I think the rest has been needed. And in good time, a return to physical practices will come. I'm not going to push it, but I am looking forward to getting stronger on purpose. Little by little.
    Food today is fine. I stopped at Costco before closing and picked up more orange roughy and shrimp to see me through this week and next until my Butcherbox arrives. So thrilled to get to break in the new kitchen! But first, I must finish packing the current kitchen!
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Day 2 went well.  I ended up having day 1 leftovers for dinner, which were just as good the second time.  I slept terribly last night-I woke up almost instantly each time I drifted off to sleep.  Finally, I got up, got a handful of almonds and 2 dates and read for a while.  Sleep was still rough.  I slept later than normal as a result, and so didn’t do a morning dog walk.  
    Even so, I feel fine.  I’ve planned meals and ordered groceries.  I’m taking the dog for a long hike in a little while.  Planning a campfire dinner this evening with a friend who is doing Whole 30ish eating.  She assured me the chicken she is barbecuing is compliant, and I’m going to bring a fall salad made with apples, pomegranate, pecans, and a vinaigrette dressing that I’ll make.  
    Day 3
    m1-2 eggs, asparagus, sliced leftover steak topped with compliant dijon
    m2-rest of yesterday’s shrimp salad with cucumber slices
    m3-chicken and fall salad
    Nothing else to report, no expected barriers today.  
     
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Day 26 Completed and Only 4 to Go!

    I made a chorizo sweet potato frittata with caramelized onions and cranberries yesterday and had that for breakfast today as well. For lunch I just had a tuna protein salad with boiled egg for extra protein. Dinner was a potato and leek soup that morphed into a spicy turkey kale chowder that was delicious! 

    I have no idea what I am making tomorrow night. I guess I'll try to pick up something to cook on my way home tomorrow. I have two Meals on Wheels routes tomorrow and I really wanted to take something by Linn Park for the people who gather there, most are homeless. 

    I am so ready to get back to work!!!

    Looking forward to a quick hike with my older sister on Friday.  My older sister is really fit and I may not be able to do anything for the rest of the day. 
     
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    I do this, too.  I love coffee-especially with cream, but I can drink it black.  Every so often, though, it starts to taste strange and I think it's time to take a break.  So, I'll break for a few months and then start back up again when I feel like having a cup.  I've never seen any real difference in myself on or off coffee.  
    Congratulations on the packing!  What an achievement, especially given you're recovering from Covid.  And an even bigger achievement to maintain the healthy habits.  I think it is one of those irrational beliefs that people (me!) have that when time gets short, life gets thrown off schedule, the best way to cope is to save time and energy with fast food.  On my better days, I've done the math (20 minutes to throw together a salad and make dressing in the morning vs. a quick-20 min in line?-trip through the drive-thru at lunch...).  What a wonderful testament to your dedication to your health!  
     
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    LadyM got a reaction from MadyVanilla in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Oh yes--very much worth a party!! For me the size doesn't matter quite as much as just getting back into clothes I once loved and have long aspired to wear again. And it's taken a looooooong time I now realize because my body had a lot of healing to do before it could release the weight. It's been really important to not be on anyone's timetable but my body's. And to finally only wear clothes I really love.
    So sorry your mom is not doing well. Watching some of the people in my life age and become ill has certainly been a cautionary tale and inspiration for me to get my health in order. My mother slowly killed herself with diabetes she didn't control that led to heart disease and major depression; my father struggled his entire life with morbid obesity and ultimately committed a violent suicide. My grandmother, on the other hand, lived until nearly 102 hardly taking any meds at all except a baby aspirin and a stool softener now and again. I aim to make my own way as joyfully and authentically as possible--and keeping my eyes wide open about who I am and the choices I'm making.
     
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    @MadyVanilla and @LadyM glad to know it is not everyone's fitness level. I tried it at my first and only yoga class after a 5K run (maybe I did a little walking) and my legs began some serious cramping. I hiked 7.5 miles today and that's all the exercise I will be doing today. I'm just trying some strength training using my own body weight. I'm hoping it will help more than it hurts in the long run.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    ME TOO!!!
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    EXACTLY my thoughts!
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Amazing! I just finished a hike and feel at least 10 years older in spite of loving the outdoors so much. My grandmother lived to be 93 and the last thing she did was plant flowers before she had a stroke. She had a list of things to do in her car and a change of clothes. I deliver meals for Meals on Wheels and I pray I never end up unable to get out of bed. My goal is to get healthy and remain healthy the rest of my life.
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Seriously?  Star plank is everyone's fitness level???  Uh, no.  Good for you for pushing through!  You'll get better every single day!
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Day 22 - I can't believe it!

    Time to ramp up the exercise! 

    A very humbling moment... when you realize you are too out of shape for exercise for "anyone at any fitness level." I almost finished this one which is 2/3 the way through the workout but I am done. I will not quit trying. Some of my attempts are actually so pitiful it is quite hilarious.

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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Is It Tiger Blood?  (Part 2)

    I am having ups and downs with my energy level. We just got back from vacation on Sunday evening and it was the best trip we've had in a very long time. I woke early and very alert two of the four mornings we were there (really early for me - 4:30 am) and swam an hour each time. We hiked around tfifteen miles the entire trip and canoed four and a quarter miles. The weather was gorgeous and the views were amazing - a waterfall, a lovely and serene creek with cypress trees set in a national park, a stroll beside a canal, and a final brisk walk along a lake watching the sailboats and paddle boarders. 

    I am glad I didn't put off Whole30 until after the trip. It really wasn't a problem. I had to be careful for sure but we found some really good places to eat and one that we would never, ever recommend. I had a burger salad two different places and it was like night and day. 

    NSV from the trip:
    Putting my focus on activities instead of food made my trip much more enjoyable. We ate out but it wasn't a key part of our trip. 

    Tiger Blood - I really don't know. One day I feel like I have all the energy in the world at my disposal and the next I am exhausted. I have found that I sleep much better now and I fall to sleep much faster.

    21 days down 9 to go - I really can't believe it has gone by so quickly! I probably haven't lost much weight but I have seen many changes already. I really want to reintroduce foods to find out what has been depleting all my energy. I am still having digestive issues and that makes me a little sad. I am better and I may just need more time. I will definitely be doing another round in January, probably a Whole45 since my birthday is February 18. 

    The last few days have not been the best as far as typical three meal days. It is so very hard for me to get a lunch when I deliver for Meals on Wheels. I've had too many Larabars and I don't even like the kind I am eating. I have to come up with some good alternatives.
    I did buy some Chomps while we were in Lexington. They have a great store called 14 Carrot Whole Foods. I told my husband that you would have thought it was the main venue for our trip because we went by there four times. My husband is on Keto maintenance and likes Zevia which were on sale. I wanted Chomps, GTs Kombucha (on sale), and we had to get some Primal Kitchen sauces to try on our oven roasted wings.

    I need to go back to work. I have a project to complete and one of the nurses that works with families asked me to cut some items on my Cricut. I could clean out the garage or a dozen other household tasks but it hasn't happened yet.

    I listened to a Do the Thing podcast on "Talking to Strangers". I am definitely on board with that. I do, sometimes. Then sometimes I am so focused on getting a task done that I don't realize that other people are even around. I don't like that about myself. I guess I am an Upholder but I do love it when I take time to get to know people.

      
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Oh yes--very much worth a party!! For me the size doesn't matter quite as much as just getting back into clothes I once loved and have long aspired to wear again. And it's taken a looooooong time I now realize because my body had a lot of healing to do before it could release the weight. It's been really important to not be on anyone's timetable but my body's. And to finally only wear clothes I really love.
    So sorry your mom is not doing well. Watching some of the people in my life age and become ill has certainly been a cautionary tale and inspiration for me to get my health in order. My mother slowly killed herself with diabetes she didn't control that led to heart disease and major depression; my father struggled his entire life with morbid obesity and ultimately committed a violent suicide. My grandmother, on the other hand, lived until nearly 102 hardly taking any meds at all except a baby aspirin and a stool softener now and again. I aim to make my own way as joyfully and authentically as possible--and keeping my eyes wide open about who I am and the choices I'm making.
     
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 53
    I'm rereading It Starts With Food and SO GLAD that I am. Reacquainting myself with the how's and why's of this radical transformation is so good and helpful for continuing on the path. Interestingly enough, the thing I'm most interested in reintroducing is legumes. I do love my lentils and black eyed peas and hummus. Gas is generally the only issue I have, and less so the smaller the bean. Anyway, I'm nowhere near reintroductions yet, but it's on my mind.
    I also read Dallas Hartwig's new book about living with the seasons, and I really enjoyed it. I've often thought much of his thinking and research is in alignment with what I know about ayurveda even though he never mentions it. I love finding and making those connections.
    Still giving myself rest as you can see with my reading frenzy, but today I'm going to set a timer a couple of times to do some packing bursts. I'm such a social person it's hard for me to get motivated on my own. But I'm too afraid to let friends come help since I'm really only two weeks out from COVID.
    BTW, the Dude's COVID test came back negative, and that's a HUGE relief. No symptoms from him or his mom, so it's looking good that we're in the clear. Praise be. Truly.
    Another cold and rainy day here and after an early morning wake up, I went back to bed and got up just in time for student conferences. Now I'm off to get my glasses repaired. I'll report back about packing later!
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Okay, Day 2 in my Quest for Physical Fitness... 
    I woke up around 4am and my stomach was GROWLING. I was borderline hangry. I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't.  I'm certain it's because I didn't eat enough yesterday. I got up and ate some Raisin Bran Crunch with almond milk, watched an episode of Criminal Minds and eventually fell back asleep. It was crazy hard to get up when the alarm went off and I snoozed for almost 2 hours. Finally, 10 minutes before work started, I dragged myself out of bed and made some coffee. 
    Even though I wasn't hungry, I made breakfast first thing. I made some eggs and pan fried some sweet potato in coconut oil and a portobello mushroom in lemon infused olive oil. Surprisingly I was able to eat most of it early in the morning. 
    I wasn't hungry for lunch. Not even a little bit. I didn't even notice it was nearly 3pm when I started feeling like maybe I should eat. I planned to do my workout when I got off work at 3:30 (early today since I worked long on Monday) so I didn't want to eat a lot. I had some hard boiled eggs and a couple of cuties. We'll call that lunch instead of a Pre-WO snack since I didn't otherwise eat lunch. 
    It's interesting to me how not having the structure of a formal W30 affects mindset. I know I "should" eat all 3 meals. I know I "should" follow the template and eat a lot of vegetables, but there's something about not having a Day Whatever changes my mindset. I have been very diligent about making sure most meals and snacks are compatible, but the mindset is very interesting nonetheless. 
    PS I am sore already from yesterday's workout. The 2nd day is always the worst, so I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow. 
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I had such a delicious Day 1 dinner last night - I pan seared the tritip steak in my cast iron skillet, and then finished it in a hot oven.  Oven baked sweet potatoes, and broccoli, both dressed with just salt, pepper, and ghee.  So very simple and yet so yummy!  Pumpkin spice rooibos tea for dessert.  I know I need to check the tea - there are no sweeteners, but it's not an officially approved brand.  For the moment, I'm glad that I was able to be satisfied with the tea as opposed to ice cream.  I got my 10,000 steps in plus a short yoga session.  
    No headache today, I slept more than 8 hours last night (!!) and so/but I'm not feeling tired today.  My mood is pretty good, my pain levels are tolerable.  
    Day 2, Today's plan:
    M1-same as yesterday, eggs, ham, asparagus.  black coffee
    M2-Shrimp salad.  Can asparagus be eaten raw?  Or maybe I'll lightly steam it - I need a crunchy vegetable to add to the shrimp, as celery was one of those things I thought I had but had to throw out.  I also need to make more mayonnaise.  The eggs and lemon juice are sitting on the counter coming to room temperature right now.  
    M3-Beef Bolognese over zucchini noodles that I've had in the freezer for the last 6 weeks.  No need for zoodles when I'm off the deep end, pasta!  Ugh.  And I really do like zoodles....
    Hot tea for a dessert.  I may have to order some compliant teas.  I'll check this evening.  
    Not sure if I'll walk or bike ride today.  I typically reserve the bike ride for days when I'm really hurting, which tends to be every third day or so.  That would be today, yet I'm feeling ok.  Not great, but tolerable.  We'll see.  Regardless, I still need to get the equivalent of 6,000 steps.  I'm already at 4,000!  The morning dog walks are a wonder!  Plus yoga - I would really like to get in a longer session today.  My back would appreciate that.     
    I should do a grocery list today, but it might wait until tomorrow morning.  I have so few vegetables right now, and I won't have any more eggs after making mayo.  I can eat leftovers for breakfast tomorrow.  I prefer to concentrate on my menu and grocery list on Saturday mornings.  
    Mentally, I would like to work on my idea that practicing good health habits is so very delicate.  Sometimes, I've got everything going exactly right and it's so easy.  But that perfect practice topples just as easily.  I'm realizing this has more to do with my mind set and less to do with some mystical, unknown power outside of myself.  I have pretty powerful visuals, and so I see plates balanced and spinning on a thin rod as representative of my positive health practices.  Each plate is a habit:  journaling, making a daily checklist, walking the dog upon waking, menu planning...and I'm quick to attribute the plates tumbling to something outside myself.  To place blame instead of take responsibility.  I have the power.  I should own it.   I'm going to work on this.  
     
     
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    LadyM got a reaction from MadyVanilla in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 52
    I have a bit more of an appetite today than I can remember for some time. That must be a sign of my continued recovery from COVID--hooray for that!
    Feeling tired, though, after a foray out into the rainy cold for groceries followed by a cooking frenzy followed by online student conferences. I'm going to FaceTime with a dear friend shortly and aim to pack a couple boxes but then call it a day. Was considering a little walk outside now that the weather has cleared--and it felt so blissful yesterday, but we'll see. Must be mindful not to push. And packing really does need to be priority right now. I know I'll feel better if I just get going.
    On an unrelated note, I opened up my new Vitamix and gave it a whirl with some super simple soup I whipped up from bone broth+onion+garlic+celery+spinach+salt and pepper. Totally amazing. I don't know how or why I lived so long without this magnificent kitchen gadget. I can't wait to use it every day in my new house!!
    Speaking of which, I did a final walk through last night with my realtor and a painter who's going to be able to get much of the main floor interiors done next week before I move in. It's not cheap, but I'm sure it will be worth it. Starting to get anxious about how much owning a home is going to cost, but doing my best to trust that the universe will provide. It's time to make the leap!
    So glad I decided to get back to W30 and clean up my diet before moving into the new house. It just feels as if I've prepared myself for a new life there, and that's a wonderful thing.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Welcome back and congratulations on selling your house!!! By the by, I'm all set to close on the one I've been wanting to buy this Monday, so YAY US!!
    You'll be feeling great in no time now that you're back to prioritizing good eating, and you must cut yourself some slack for being distracted by your move. . . .