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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: 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!)
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    Welcome back!
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    LadyM got a reaction from MadyVanilla in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Thank you so much! I'm doing my best, little by little. . . . being able to fit into pretty much all my clothes is shockingly motivating. Really realizing on a new level how much I was carrying that I can now lay down. . . . 
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Thank you! I like that it's measurable so I know when I get there. 
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    LadyM got a reaction from decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    How exciting to have a very tangible goal in mind! I'm rooting for you!!
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    So ... I started tracking my post-W30 log over in that thread, but then I was like, I miss the little group I've connected with over here. So - I'm back. 
    My goal at this point is to shed some fat and get in shape so I can pass the physical test to apply to police departments. The requirements are: 
    15" vertical jump
    25 sit-ups in 1 minute
    16 push-ups without stopping (no time constraint)
    1.5 mile run in 15:37 or less 
    I'm not stressed about the jump, sit-ups or push-ups. The run kills me. I have asthma and I've never been a great runner, but I have to make this happen. 15:37 is about a 10 minute mile, which is fast for me, but I know I can do it. My focus will be on strength training and increasing speed. I will eat to fuel my workouts. 
    I've learned over the years that I feel my best and perform my best when I stick to W30 principles. Gluten is not my friend when I'm running (or training to run), yet I obviously need some carbs for endurance. I think that's why I fell in love with sweet potatoes back in the day.  
    So, breakfast ... today I made some chicken thighs, delicata squash, and strawberries. Of course, I also had my coffee with coconut oil. I ate some strawberries and a few bites of chicken and I felt like I just couldn't eat. I left my plate there hoping I would start feeling hungry and be able to finish eating, but I didn't. 
    I did my workout on my lunch break. Today was strength - chest, triceps and hamstrings. 5 minute warm up, 1-2 minute run between circuits, and a 5 minute walking cool down and stretching. I feel like I might have pulled a muscle wrong in my back when I was doing dead lifts. Totally crossing fingers that this won't be a problem. 
    Post WO snack - banana and protein shake. Soon after I finished the chicken and squash I had prepared for breakfast. 
    Other snack: a handful of cashews. 
    I roasted a spaghetti squash, so I plan to have that with some compliant marinara and compliant sausage for dinner. 
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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 reacted to Miss T the Tarot Reader in Grassfed Beef & Tarot Cards ~ I'm going to enjoy my Whole30.   
    Perhaps I should mention: I'm allergic to nuts and coconut. This makes the Whole30 and paleo just that much more interesting!
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    LadyM reacted to Miss T the Tarot Reader in Grassfed Beef & Tarot Cards ~ I'm going to enjoy my Whole30.   
    ooh, paleo pad thai. thanks for the recipe link!
    today went okay. i wasn't very organized. the (free range) chicken i planned to cook for dinner wasn't thawed out yet. also, we ran out of eggs and i didn't want to waste the gas driving into town just for eggs. tomorrow we get a delivery of produce & farm eggs.

    mainly it was like a regular "Whole30-ish" day but with no maple syrup. a
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Congratulations on the house!  I love the idea of only keeping clothes that "fit magnificently" - what a chore to be cleaning out, packing, moving but it sounds like you are embracing it whole-heartedly.   
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    In all honesty, the reason I wasn't planning to start until tomorrow was that I had a pint of Ben & Jerry's Pistachio ice cream in the freezer that I wanted to finish.  Well, I finished it last night .  I was also planning on making beef stroganoff for dinner tonight, which I can make compliant, but it's so much better with sour cream...I'll think on that as the day goes by.  Regardless, I'm definitely in the mindset to start my next W30.  
    I'm going to shoot for compliant M1 and M2 again today.  I've taken the dog for the wake-up walk and written up my daily schedule. Today's plan includes making my menu for the week, completing my produce pick-up order for Saturday, and doing at least a short yoga session.  
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I need to do this next-my first step toward normalcy was to turn off my email notifications on my phone at the end of the workday.  I'm moving toward ending at my normal time, just not there yet.  And also working toward the mandatory lunch break, which is more likely to happen when I write a daily schedule.  Thank you so much for the encouragement!!  You are exactly right, we used to take lots of mini-breaks all day long, now it feels like I must be working every minute.  That's good food for thought.  Plus, I also hate having to talk on the phone!  
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    LadyM got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Welcome back!
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in Take Advantage   
    I am SO CHEERING YOU ON RIGHT NOW! When I started working from home I felt EXHAUSTED and I wasn't really sure why. The day was more or less the same, the biggest differences being that I was doing everything over the phone and video. I HATE THE PHONE SO BAD, so I just figured it was the talking on the phone that was wearing me out. I quickly learned it was so much more than that. I felt like I had to be super productive every single minute of the work day. When we were in the office it wasn't like that. People took breaks and chatted with each other and ran to the coffee shop, so there was absolutely no expectation that I be even MORE productive than I was in the office. 
    That was also about the time I started setting very strict start and end times. If it's not inside my work hours, it doesn't get my attention. Period. I also started making a point to get away from my computer for a lunch break and at least one other break every. single. day. No exceptions. That has helped A LOT. I'm encouraged that this is part of your plan. I think it will help your mental health a LOT. 
    You totally got this! I hope your bike ride was amazing and I'm so excited for you to start killing this. 
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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Why can I never finish anything?   I can't even remember what happened, actually I do, we sold our family home - and the predictable happened.  
    Today, here in Ireland, we start a six week lockdown - so what better time to begin again.  I have the time to cook and I am not going anywhere.
    Breakfast: eggs, spinach, tomatoes baked with olive oil
    Lunch: Salmon, brussels sprouts, apple
    Dinner: Chicken curry, steamed potatoes, pear.
    Exercise: 45 mins brisk walk.
    Hope everyone else is well 
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    LadyM got a reaction from Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Honestly, I think it's totally fine to do two meals if that's what works for your body and your rhythm--especially after you've completed a more conventional Whole 30. I've been doing it myself somewhat, and a lunch around 11 and a dinner at 5 has worked many days for me. On other days, I get ravenous at night if I haven't had a third meal. It's all learning as long as we're listening and responding to our body's needs and not fooling ourselves with surreptitious restriction (yes, that certainly has been me!).
    And I'm so glad you're back! The forum isn't nearly as active as it was years ago, but I'm digging following the handful of us who've done W30 before and are doing it again to get back on track. Pandemic life is no joke, and this feels really supportive to me.
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    LadyM reacted to Miss T the Tarot Reader in Grassfed Beef & Tarot Cards ~ I'm going to enjoy my Whole30.   
    So here we are: Day One. I've been inching toward Whole30 eating again for a couple weeks, but last night closed out the non-W30 phase with a big homemade batch of pad thai. Right now, the idea of giving that up for 30 or 90 days doesn't sound like a big deal.
    We'll see how I feel as my hormonal cycle rolls along—my times of intense craving usually correspond to that.

    Another day of distance learning/home schooling with my son, so it's unlikely to be stress-free. But we have no appointments in town today. We can stay home, cook, learn, and walk in the woods. I do have a lot of computer-based stuff today (meetings and a conference) but some of it's optional.
    Whole30 can also be a good time to simply take care of oneself and de-prioritize what isn't important. So if I miss most of the conference, no big deal.
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    LadyM reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    And I fell off the wagon - HARD.  I kept telling myself I haven't strayed for very long, it won't take much to get back...6 weeks!!!  I've been off for six weeks!  Even longer, really, because the slide started before then.  I'm not ready yet to read back over my last few posts.  I need to get myself in a positive frame of mind.  
    Returning to a greater than full work load, virtual school, was really hard.  Exhausting.  There were no brain cells left at the end of the day...did a day really even ever end?  Looking back, it was such a nebulous blur.  The skills that I had really worked on - journaling, walking, yoga, talking to a person every day, healthy eating habits...I could not sustain those things that I had developed to help me feel better and manage stress.  What good are they if I immediately fall back to old, unhealthy, maladaptive habits when life gets tough?  And I did so almost gleefully-here, finally an excuse to eat a potato chip sandwich for dinner!  Here, another excuse to put doughnuts and Naan in my Instacart order!  And one more excuse to collapse onto the couch and scroll through social media rather than do yoga (restorative, yin yoga - it's NOT EVEN hard)!
    The reality is that I don't want to change my diet.  I don't want to stop eating convenience foods.  I want to be able to call my local sub shop and have an Italian sub delivered right to my door.  I've written before about feeling like a dog on a leash who doesn't want to budge, but the owner keeps tugging hard at the leash until finally I have to move forward. Am I really going to spend the rest of my life volleying back-and-forth from wellness to pain? I was able to delude myself for so long because I was not experiencing the significant joint stiffness and pain issues that are the core catalyst of my desire for wellness.   But I ached so badly last night I was nearly in tears.  And I've brought it on myself-I know that an inflammatory diet results in pain for me.  
    But I am an intelligent human being.  I know that I am a slave to the chemical sludge inherent in most foods with labels.  I know how to break the chains.  And I know that the fact that I don't want to today is because I'm currently under the mind-dulling influence of  biochemical reactions in my body that are the direct result of poor nutrition.  
    So here I go again, trying once again.  The last time I made a lot of cognitive/mental growth.  In my case, this is huge.  And I know the growth is not linear, but rather serpentine.  If I can just make those switchbacks shorter....So let me move on, not beat myself up beyond what I need to get my butt in gear.  Six weeks!!  Ok, moving forward.  
    Let me take stock of my healthy habits:
    I'm still drinking coffee black I started a 10,000 step/day challenge with my mom.  Today is Day 13.  This is huge for me, as I'm at best 2,000 steps on a work day when I don't actively try to move more.   I've stopped watching television to fall asleep most nights and instead I'm using sleep stories, mediations, and/or calming music.  My sleep is definitely better.   And my plan:
    Start Whole 30 on Thursday - October 22.  This will be 5 weeks until Thanksgiving.  I've done W30 Thanksgiving before, very successfully.  So I'm not tied to being done in time to eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving, but it's nice timing-wise, especially if I opt for reintroduction.   Back to journaling.  I really enjoy this, and it helps me get my thoughts straight.  I enjoy following fellow W30ers journeys, as well.  I was writing my daily schedule to include time for journaling, but that fell by the wayside.   Resume a daily schedule.  Even if I don't get to everything on the schedule, the structure helps keep me from stagnating in front of my computer all day.  Work will never end - I need to force breaks into the day or breaks won't happen.   And now, off to join a friend for a bike ride.  I will be back tomorrow!  
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    LadyM got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Hope all is well. Just found you and am eager to follow your log. . . . Love the way you move through conflict with yoga and journaling. I have a similar process and reading yours is wonderful confirmation for me. Thank you!
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    LadyM got a reaction from BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 49
    Looking forward to having some grass fed flank steak I pulled out of the freezer. I dragged my air fryer up out of the basement and made some cod in it yesterday, and I vaguely recall steaks are extra delicious made that way, so I'm going to give it a whirl. I still don't have much of a sense of smell or an appetite, but steak does sound good. That has to be a good sign, right?
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    LadyM got a reaction from CGinDC in Fifth W30   
    Welcome back! You'll feel better soon and be so glad you recommitted to yourself. In the meantime, hang in there!
    There are a few of us keeping logs. I'm nearly on Day 50 of a W30 after many years away and now I can confirm it's like riding a bicycle. . . . 
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    LadyM reacted to BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    @LadyMtrying on clothes is exhausting even if it is a positive experience lol.  
    ah 2021, so hopeful, so very hopeful.
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    LadyM got a reaction from BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 48
    Still on course, though the deviated COVID course, of course.
    I have never, and I mean ever, in my life lost my appetite the way I have this week. I'm still eating, but only one meal a day. Making it count the best I can.
    In addition to throwing away my old jeans, I spent some time trying on all my smallest jeans. They vary widely in size, with some 6s feeling bigger than some 10s (go figure, dang useless sizing), but the point is I can get them all on and zipped and buttoned for the first time in a very long time. That feels good, even if I have to take a nap from the exertion of trying on clothes. . . . 
    I got my 2021 planner I ordered in the mail today and transferred all my dates and appointments into it. Feels really good to be forward looking amid the crud. I have some wonderful things to look forward to, including my continuing W30. Especially with my health being compromised, it just makes sense to stick to the healthiest, most nourishing and supportive way of eating around. Day 100 is December 8, and my aim is to keep going at least until then, maybe longer. I like the idea of keeping the structure of the program through the holidays. I'm not anticipating any major difficulties or temptations, so why not?
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    LadyM reacted to BabyBear in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 Round 2.3   
    Day 13 10/17  saturday play... and feeling oh so prego
    7:30 up with the toddler.  Get laundry going and food going.
    9:30 2 deviled eggs (4 halves), dill pickles, cucumbers and carrots
    So pregnancy cravings kicked in for breakfast. And let me just say it was wonderful.  It’s a good thing I packed up the extra eggs I made for later or I would have eaten them all.  
    Life hack: to avoid eating a dozen eggs in one sitting when having made deviled eggs, only make half a dozen, that way you only eat six eggs.  Ha ha ha.    
    My mom came out and we went to JC Penny as soon as it opened and did some shopping for her and my dad.  We got great deals.  She got about $800 worth of clothes for $80 We had a good time.  It’s been forever since we have had girl time.  We always have the munchkins a foot.  We also grabbed lunch at one of my favorite mom and pops that also does a good job catering to my weird diet needs when on a whole 30.  
    1:00 M2 - sirloin steak, salad with tomatoes and cucumbers olive oil and some fresh squeezed  lemon juice 
    After lunch we picked up the boys and headed to a pumpkin patch farm.  The line to get in was forever long, but once on the farm it wasn’t too crowded.  The toddler had an absolute blast.  He got to see the animals and play in a corn pit, then there was the tire mountain, and tire swings.  They even had an old yacht they turned into a playground.  The best was letting him walk through the pumpkin patch to pick out his pumpkin.  He walked the entire patch probably close to 2 acres tapping his finger on his cheek saying “hmmmm let’s see.”  When he finally found “his” pumpkin he carried over to the stroller proud as a peacock.  After that every person that passed us he would pat his pumpkin and tell the people “Jedi’s Pumpkin”. He was so very proud of his pumpkin.   Let’s hope he doesn’t want to sleep with it.  
    Phew when we got home my body was done.  I was tired and my feet were tired.  We did sooooo much walking.  The farm was huge!  The corn maze was one of the biggest I’ve been too.  So needless to say my hubby told me to go soak when. Epsom salt bath did my body good.  I’m almost too tired to be hungry.  But if I do get hungry I’ve got some Left overs I can eat.  
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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!