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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. . . . 
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 Round 2.3   
    I think I want all the love language I can get! Really I do think of affirmation as one of mine but I am trying to actually get past that because I need it too much. I need to find the affirmation within. My hubby is all about written affirmations. It's so sweet he saves them and I run across them in the oddest places. I need to write more instead of just going into the office and cheering him up. 
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Thank you. I really don't mind giving up foods now that I realize how much it improves my quality of life. And, yes, easing myself into changes is always a good thing, otherwise I try really hard at first and then give up.
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    I think I will have a party when I can get rid of all my plus size clothing for good!

    Smallest I ever wore was a 12 but 10 or 12 is all I really ever hope for. My mom who keeps shrinking (really she is not doing well) keeps handing me her size 8 and 10 clothing as well as everything else up to a 14. Only a few of them are "me" but I take a few and hang onto them because they are classic styles and good quality. Who knows? 
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    It's amazing how much diet affects our lives! Glad you're getting to move into your house. My advice do all you need to do to your house now. I have been waiting for new floors for 25 years. Our house will be paid off next year and the money is going to re-sodding the yard first. 
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 51
    And I can leave my house for the first time in two weeks today!!! Which means I get to do a final walk through of the new house with a painter who thinks he'll be able to get the interiors done before I move in. This is starting to feel more and more real. No doubt when I hand over the biggest check I've ever written upon closing Monday it will feel really real!
    Today I woke up feeling the best I have since COVID, so that's promising, indeed. I actually think I'm going to be able to get myself packed in time for the move a week from Friday. And as ALL my clothes now fit again, I can be even more ruthless about weeding out needless clothes in my drawers and closet. If I don't love it and it doesn't fit magnificently, OUT it goes! Such perfect timing. I just don't want to bring anything into my new house that I don't love and need and want. It's been quite a process over the past years . . . losing my mom, then my dad, then my gram . . . somehow it's easier to let go of things after having had to let go of all the primary relationships in my life. I can feel them watching over me as I take this enormous step into home ownership. It's a pretty beautiful thing, really.
    I received an Imperfect Foods shipment yesterday, so I'm pretty good with groceries. Haven't had chicken in a while, so I'm thinking I'll throw some in the air fryer to have on a fresh salad. I may pop over to the grocery store for some fennel and fresh fruit, though. That will be an amazing treat after these weeks of little else but apples. So grateful for options and the ability to move freely!!
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen 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 Jennifer Jensen in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 Round 2.3   
    Thank you so much @BabyBear! I've just been letting myself rest this weekend, but I keep thinking one box at a time, start small. . . . the good thing is I already have a lot of my packing done from when I had planned to move Sept. 1. It's mostly the kitchen and bathroom at this point. I might get started on the bathroom today. It won't take long, and it would feel like a major accomplishment. Thanks for the nudge!
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Grassfed Beef & Tarot Cards ~ I'm going to enjoy my Whole30.   
    Oooh, yes. That does present some real creative challenges. But it can be done--and done deliciously! I'll be mindful if I offer other recipes. . . . 
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Grassfed Beef & Tarot Cards ~ I'm going to enjoy my Whole30.   
    Reading about your pad thai made me realize that the ONLY time I make pad thai is when I'm on a whole 30. Here's the recipe, FYI.
    Cheers to your W30 adventure!!
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    You look so beautiful and vibrant in your pic! So happy for all your wonderful results!!!
    (and yes, tomatoes/nightshades are commonly a problem for folks with autoimmune issues. Might be smart to do a stretch of autoimmune protocol at the end of your W30 and see how that goes for you. This is a good resource when you're ready: https://www.thepaleomom.com/start-here/the-autoimmune-protocol/ though there's also plenty of free info online. Having done W30 without AIP could very well be a good thing if you decide to go further, as you're easing your body into more radical changes and will likely do better!)