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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 42
    Feeling pretty run down with what feels like a cold but makes me worried it could be something else. I scheduled a COVID test in the morning to be sure, especially because I may have exposed the Dude and his Mom.
    Nothing much to report here on the food front, except I had a phone consult with my doc's office and will be continuing phase 2 of this Whole 30 for at least 10 days longer. I'm good with that. It seems drawing things out is what it's about in my life these days.
    Which brings me to the house and the good news that it appraised at exactly our agreed-to price. Which means, fingers and toes crossed, the house will be mine and I'll get to move in at the end of the month. Ahhhhhhhhh! So much packing to finish up. It'll get done, though. Everything will work out just fine. 
    Now to get some rest and stop stressing. I think it's time to make meditation a daily priority again. My trip to Wisconsin to eulogize my Grandmother threw me off that practice. Time to return to the mat. It's as simple as that. . . . 
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 Round 2.3   
    Such profound reflections here. I can definitely relate to the scarcity mentality learned from a very real history of poverty, and it's so true how the way we relate to money can have everything to do with the way we relate to food. I've done so much unpacking and processing of this myself--and likely will for years to come. But I love the way you bring it back to mindfulness. I just reflected in my own log about my need to return to the anchor of my daily meditation practice, which is how I ground myself again and again in mindfulness. . . . 
    Oh, and I'm sure you and your hubby are a wonderful pair in many, many ways--and it's just perfect that you're a saver and he's a spender. You can't have two of one or the other and have a successful partnership, I don't think. I'm learning much to my surprise that I, too, am the saver in my pairing with the Dude.
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    My log is not much of a log. I just can't keep up with everything I do and do it as well. Not sure if that made sense.

    I didn't have to worry too much with food today. I am loving making fried eggs. I don't know why I always make scrambled. 

    M1 fried eggs, bacon, two sweet potato rounds with blueberries on top. (The blueberries was a new thing and I really like it.)
    M2 citrus rosemary chicken on kale with grapes, apple, dried cranberries, raisins, carrots, chopped spiralized butternut squash, toasted walnuts, and bacon (I just put a little bit of everything b/c I like variety) with my apple blueberry acv dressing
    M3 red chicken curry with potatoes and onions - so filling!

    Note to self: Never, ever eat 1 1/2 avocados in one day! 

    I am making a little project for the daughter of a friend of my sister's. Her name is Violet and she has Rett Syndrome so I am making a Teacup filled with African Violets for her. I tried to find some colors for the teacup that are a little brighter. Now I found out that I will need to mail it. Hmmm...
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    LadyM reacted to BabyBear in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 Round 2.3   
    Day 8... Time to Monday
    7:00 up with the toddler.  Feeling bleh, but could be Im hungry, I am definitely thirsty.  I’ll eat some breakfast and hope that helps.  At the very least keep the hangry monster within at bay.  Get the little one fed and situated and get started on my own food.
    8:00 M1- eggs scrambled, air fried breakfast potatoes, stir fry veggies carrots, snap peas, zucchini, broccoli with some garlic and coconut aminos.
    Breakfast was good. I got a plan together for food for the rest of the day.  
    10:30-11:30 nap
    2:00 M2 - beef stroganoff, over top spaghetti squash with steamed broccoli.  (The cashews that make up the cream sauce counts as my fat)
    This recipe is so Ah!-mazing.  My boys love it and willingly ate the broccoli that I served with it.  My 11DS did the majority of the work to make the meal and did a great job.  This dish is so creamy and inviting. Half way through my meal  I had to sit and listen to my body for a moment to decide if I was just enjoying the taste or if I was still needing more food. I was indeed still needed more food.  But after a few more bites and being intentional to listen to cues I found I was satisfied, so I packed up the rest for lunch tomorrow.  
    NSV: a healthy food had the potential to be a no brakes food.  I was mindful as I ate and listened to my bodies cues.  
    Phew changing a light bulb shouldn’t be so hard.  I went to change the lightbulb overhead light for the stove that sits under the microwave, and only the glass bulb and filament came out.  The bottom half stayed in the socket.  My hubby said to leave it and he would call our handy man to come out and fix it… but that would cost a minimum of $75 just for him to come out.  When hubby headed out to run errands I gathered the troops (the boys) and we took the bottom of the microwave apart disassembled the light fixture, removed all the corrosion and the rest of the light bulb from the socket and gave the underside of the microwave a good scrubbing.  I was putting the last screws in when my hubby came back.  We plugged in the microwave and turned on the light and ta da it worked plus the underside of the microwave got cleaned.  Oh yeah and I saved $75 buckaroos.  Girl power!  I also demonstrated to my boys how to troubleshoot a problem and some safety points on working with appliances.  My hubby shook his head and kind of chuckled at me because I was out of breath from manually putting 10 screws back in that required some real umph to make em tight.  He told me I didn’t need to put myself through that hasssel he didn’t mind paying to have someone do it. Then kissed my forehead and said thank you for being stubborn and saving us $75.  It’s a good thing he loves me, or I would probably drive him insane.  
    Some of this overly independent I can do it myself spirit probably stems from the trauma of being abandoned with two little kids.  Being forced into a lifestyle and situation you never ever thought you would be in does something to you.  Sometimes you had to learn how to do things because they had to be done and you were the only one you could count on and hiring out the job wasn’t possible because there just wasn’t enough money for those things.  I’m okay with that, but I am also having to learn to be okay with being dependent.  Had my hubby said hold off and I’ll look at it and fix it, I may have forced myself to wait.  But to spend money on something I knew I most likely could manage with a little effort is so beyond my nature.  I’m a saver not a spender of course that tendency became really bad when I was a single mom.  I am learning to push through the unhealthy aspects of that, but it’s hard.  It upsets my hubby when he finds out there is something I wanted that could make life easier but I do with out because it cost x amount of dollars.  I love that he wants me to have everything my heart desires.  He used to laugh at me when we were dating because he would say let’s go to the mall and I would be like why is there something you need?  He would say no I just want to walk around and see what there is.  This baffled me… why would you do that, if you don’t know it’s there, then you don’t know you want it, and therefore you do not spend money on something you didn’t know you wanted in the first place.  That was my survival mode thinking.  It’s how I made it on a small amount of money and still made sure my children didn’t want for any needs.  He’s been good for me in this area, leading me gently to a place where it’s okay to buy those shoes if really love them, not because I need them.  So I’m learning to apply this to food.  I’m not going looking for the unhealthy indulgences but when there is something I really want I’m not going to deprive myself not feel guilty when I do partake.  But that something really does have to be worth it, and I really do have to want it for me.  Not because I’m bored, hungry, stressed, or it’s a special day; but because I truly want it.   
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    LadyM got a reaction from BabyBear in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 Round 2.3   
    This made me laugh! I hope you're finding the rest and de-stressing you need.
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    LadyM got a reaction from BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    @BabyBear NO WONDER you have such wisdom about my situation. Your words give me so much clarity and hope. Thank you! It's been a little over three years for us, too, and in that time he moved home to a rural area from his life in Chicago, cared for both parents, put his dad in a home and watched him die from a distance during quarantine on Easter; then within weeks his mom received a stage 4 cancer diagnosis and began chemo sometime after that. It's certainly been a rough go, and it's hard for me to understand why he doesn't respond to my texts, etc., and, for example, on Friday he didn't call me until 4 p.m. to invite me for a visit when he knew I had to work today and had limited time. However, he was cleaning the house in preparation for my visit. I just think he's drowning in all of it, most of all his emotions that have little to no outlet right now. That's part of what we talked about yesterday.
    Anyway, thank you again for your insights and empathy. So very, very helpful! He is a wonderful, caring man, for sure, and though I can't know how things ultimately will play out for us, I can do my best to be in the moment and supportive in ways that aren't destructive to me. That's a huge part of the learning for me here, and very much a gift. And it helps to know you've gone through this and come out the other side stronger together!
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    LadyM reacted to BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    The distance makes it hard on both.  The years prior to marrying my hubby he was the sole care giver for his mom as her health failed for three years.  Within that year his last member of his family his older brother started getting really sick and my man insisted on getting him in front of a doctor.  Stage 4 cancer in his lungs and 8 brain tumors.  He basically became the sole care provider for his brother as well.  We lost his brother exactly one year after his mom passing.  We lived 1.5 hours from each other (not the 4 hour drive you had) but even that distance made it so hard.  Communication on your part and understanding is key.  When I got my head out of my own feelings to realize some days he didn’t have the fortitude or energy to even text back “ok” or “hi”  I remember having a hard heart to heart with him while his mom was sick and afterwards seeing that my good morning messages and my sporadic I love you and thinking about you messages throughout the day we’re keeping him going (even though I felt like they were being ignored) help me put my role of support from a distance into perspective.  I had offered many times to help relieve him to sit with his mom or brother but he never wanted me there.  I felt like I was being stuffed armed until he explained for his own sanity sake he wanted to keep me separate from all the pain.  His association with me was his happy place his place of escape as little as it was at the time and he didn’t want to taint that or expose me to the deep deep painful moments he was walking through.  I never understood his thought process there but i learned to be okay with it if it was what he needed.  After all was said and done and he had a year to really grieve and process he asked me to marry him.  He is the most wonderful man and I’m so glad I weathered that very very long storm.  I also saw how well he cared for his family and I knew that he would provide the same care for me and my kids.  Be patient with each other, stay out of your head on things. Communicate every day your support and thoughts and on goings of life even if he can’t. I’m sorry for carrying on and crying all over your log.  I just want you to know you have at least one person who understands and you can feel free to message me anytime for support.  *hugs*
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    LadyM got a reaction from BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Thank you, @BabyBear. You got it right 100%. I cared for both my parents in the end and have also helped him with his parents, so I absolutely know the truth of what you say. Sometimes the distance between us can lead to a feeling of disconnect that allows me to focus more on how things are affecting me rather than him, try as I do to be empathetic. We had some important heart-to-heart conversations. It's been an interesting journey to start and build a relationship while he's been the primary caregiver to his parents. I often feel I'm not the primary, because I'm not; but it's also meant I haven't ever really been able to lose myself in the relationship, which is something I've certainly done in the past. In any measure, it's been a huge period of personal and spiritual growth for both of us. And that's definitely a good thing.
    I really appreciate your wisdom and support!
    Day 41
    I've had a sore throat on and off for the past two weeks, and this morning it finally broke into sniffles. Pretty sure it's just a cold. I'm having garlicky scallops with turmeric cabbage and onions for meal 1 and inviting healing. I think I'll be OK. Just hoping I didn't bring any crud to the Dude and his mom.
    Back to my coffee and CBS Sunday Morning. My favorite ritual of the week.
    Happy Sunday, friends!
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    LadyM reacted to BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    I’m so glad you had a good visit.  Sounds like you came home in a better frame I’d mind and lighter spirits.  I’m sure it nourished his soul too.  Being the care giver to an ailing parent takes such an emotional, mental, and physical toll on a person.  I’m sure your presence provided a small sense of rest and escape from all of that.  
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    LadyM got a reaction from BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Thank you @BabyBear! I think it worked!
    Day 40
    I did end up going to see the Dude for about 24 hours and it was a good thing. Now I'm home again. Packed all my food, ate all my food, and am now ready for bed. We had a nice visit and spent some time hiking and enjoying the fall colors. It was good for both of us.
    Happy weekend, all!
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    LadyM reacted to BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Ah hormones they bring out the devil in me.   At least you have an understanding of why you feel this way.  As my mom always said, if you know the reasoning you can adjust accordingly.  Sending you happy thoughts for next few days.  
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Congratulations on your fabulous results!! Sounds like reintro is going well. Good luck navigating legumes. For me, the smaller the bean the better. And I don't know what to tell you about how to work it into a template. I think you're just going to have to experiment.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    The only times I haven't 100% regretted my eating while with family was when I had the "no" of a very structured plan in place and didn't indulge at all. I hate to say it, but it's true. So, I totally understand and commiserate.
    No doubt the majority of your weight is bloat and will subside as you return to eating you know makes you feel better. Really good information about dairy. Dairy does the same to me--not that I feel terrible, but it's not optimum. And come to find out, I have a casein intolerance. Go figure.
    Wishing you all the best as you're back to normal life and working toward your goals for you--as well as finding your food freedom with and without family. I think it's a lifelong process.
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    LadyM got a reaction from BabyBear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 39
    According to FitBit, I'm three days out from TOM, so my cruddy mood is, I guess, right on time, unfortunately. 
    However, I'll keep on keeping on, and eat some delicious grass fed beef. So very low energy right now, though. Pilates was kind of disastrous this morning. I think I need rest. 
    I may have a nap, actually, before I do lunch, an infrared sauna, and a walk in nature. The dude asked me to travel to see him, but I suspect that will be disastrous as well, so I'll probably just stay home and rest. The thought of driving for four hours to watch him take care of his mother makes me want to poke my eye with a stick. So, yeah. I'd better go back to bed where I can't hurt anybody. . . . 
    Happy Fri-YAY to all of you not currently completely unstable.
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    Day 38
    Now deliberately playing with IF, and so far so good. Grateful for the drawn-out process this time around. Learning so much about myself and my body with little-to-no white knuckling. I think it's the cumulative effect of all the years of W30s and experimentation. Good to know I'm still learning--and teachable!
    Not entirely sure what my meals will be today, but I have plenty of options prepared and ready to go. It's amazing to me how returning to W30 began with a renewed food obsession and now I've wended my way through to not really thinking about food much at all. It's a good thing.
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    Day 37
    I was so hungry yesterday I ate an extra meal. TOM is due in less than a week, so I'm just calling it normal and celebrating that I listened to my body.
    Today I'm playing with Intermittent Fasting. It's part of my experiment going forward. I'm also reading up on keto, and though I've played with both in the past with lackluster results, I'm convinced again that it might be something worthwhile if I'm to stave off diabetes, the thing that killed my Mama seven years ago. I know I have a predisposition, and I'm willing to do what it takes to live healthier and happier longer. 
    Anyway, this morning has been a big cook up for me after yesterday's focus on teaching. I slept in, journaled, meditated, then got to work. Baked orange roughy with fennel and tomatoes, crock pot chicken with salsa, shrimp with garlic green beans. So happy to have plenty of meals on hand. Friday is my day to replenish what needs replenishing after pilates and a long walk in the woods, but I have plenty until then. That makes me feel good.
    Going to soak in a hot tub with BFF, hit the library, and refill my water jugs. Yoga on tap tonight via zoom with one of my favorite instructors. I signed up for a month-long of Wednesday nights with her. It'll be a very nice treat!
    Look at that: a treat that has nothing to do with food. That's what I'm aiming to fill my life with.
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    Day 37
    I was so hungry yesterday I ate an extra meal. TOM is due in less than a week, so I'm just calling it normal and celebrating that I listened to my body.
    Today I'm playing with Intermittent Fasting. It's part of my experiment going forward. I'm also reading up on keto, and though I've played with both in the past with lackluster results, I'm convinced again that it might be something worthwhile if I'm to stave off diabetes, the thing that killed my Mama seven years ago. I know I have a predisposition, and I'm willing to do what it takes to live healthier and happier longer. 
    Anyway, this morning has been a big cook up for me after yesterday's focus on teaching. I slept in, journaled, meditated, then got to work. Baked orange roughy with fennel and tomatoes, crock pot chicken with salsa, shrimp with garlic green beans. So happy to have plenty of meals on hand. Friday is my day to replenish what needs replenishing after pilates and a long walk in the woods, but I have plenty until then. That makes me feel good.
    Going to soak in a hot tub with BFF, hit the library, and refill my water jugs. Yoga on tap tonight via zoom with one of my favorite instructors. I signed up for a month-long of Wednesday nights with her. It'll be a very nice treat!
    Look at that: a treat that has nothing to do with food. That's what I'm aiming to fill my life with.
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Under a Rock, or a Log, or a Stone   
    Picture from https://www.maryjanedetroyer.com/new-york-city-registered-dietitian-criticizes-keto-diet/

    I am an unorganized, totally over-extended or completely lazy, immoderate individual desiring peace more than I desire happiness or even food. Love - I absolutely love nature because that is one place peace spreads over every part of my being until I am just glowing. A co-worker actually gave me a shirt that says, "Nature is My Happy Place." Indeed it is.

    I am a very visual person. Well today I was walking and came across a heron in the lake near my house. These birds seem so serene to me. I can just stand there and watch them and my level of peace eases on up to ten. Whole30 is like that for me.

    I have been doing Keto on and off for a year and never felt at peace. I tried adding intermittent fasting. To some extent that worked until quarantine. 

    Maybe it is because of my tendency to do things that upset my peace that I desire it so much. Dieting has never, ever brought any peace into my life. It stirs up the negative feelings just to think of the word. Giving up sweeteners and dairy would have terrified me before but because I am doing this for a reason I am at peace. I told my husband that I don't have to worry too much about quitting because my motivators are so HUGE!

    One day I will wake up and my right hand and hip will drag me out of bed for a happy dance, I am sure of it! Already my digestive issues are better. Of course, I was talking to Google the other day when we found out that I probably have low stomach acid. Reading a W30 success story, I realized that this might become a thing of the past for me soon. I was also all set for an incontinence clinic visit and, happy day, a colonoscopy. I'm cancelling those for now and will see if they are necessary after W30!

    I hesitate to write this but I am feeling so great I can't believe it! I don't want anyone else to feel bad if they are not. Believe me, my Keto flu lasted forever².   Maybe the reason why on Day 5 I am already seeing so many results is because I went through sugar and wheat withdrawal with Keto! Of course, I may just be getting ahead of myself. Who know what Day 10 or 23 will bring.

    #Whole30 #HappyPlace #Keto #NoMoreDiets #inflammation #lowstomachacid #peace #digestiveissues #motivation #nature #hip #hand #neuropathy #Day5 
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    LadyM reacted to BabyBear in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 Round 2.3   
    10/6 W30 R2.3 Day 2 Reboot
    3:15am up with the toddler.  I figured this would happen with him falling asleep so early last night.  I changed his bed gave him some milk and some snuggles and back to bed he went.  While I was up I rebooted the laundry and started another load.  Also had some water
    7:00 rise shine the little man was ready to tackle the day whether I was or not.  Prepared my food.  Also made a batch of ketchup and mayo.  I’m thinking burgers on the grill for lunch
    8:00 M1- 3 scrambled eggs chili powder, oregano cooked in ghee.  1/2 cucumber sliced, a peach.
    Okay the peach was a little self indulgent.  They smelled amazing at the grocery store and they will soon be completely out of season.  I rarely buy peaches because my 11 DS with all the allergies are allergic to them.  So after eating a peach or eggs or a whole list of other foods I have to wash up and sanitize the area and utensils and even my face hands and mouth.  Peach is probably my favorite fruit.  I could eat peaches for days, in so many ways.  So every once in a while I like to enjoy a good peach.  And this peach today did not disappoint.  Of course I got the sarcastic eye roll from my son when he saw my breakfast.  
    11:30-1:30 nap
    2:45 - M2 Grilled hamburgers with lettuce tomato and with mayo and ketchup, grilled zucchini 
    Lunch was really tasty.  They mayo and ketchup I made this morning was so good.  The zucchini was a last minute inspiration by @Jennifer Jensen
    After lunch I got the rest of the dishes done and sink and counter cleared so hubby can build skates.  
    8:00 - M3 shrimp scampi (of sorts) with spaghetti squash, and spinach and a side of sautéed broccoli.
    So I was staring into the freezer that blank stare of I’m hungry, I need to eat, but I don’t know what.  Then I saw the shrimp, and I remembered I cooked the spaghetti squash last night… so what the heck let’s make up a shrimp scampi style recipe.  I sautéed the shrimp in an amazing amount of ghee and garlic.  Squeezed in some fresh lemon and piled on the basil.  Once the shrimp were close to done I added 1/2 the spaghetti squash I had in the fridge and a handful of spinach plus a spoon full of mayo to add some creaminess.  Oh my oh my was it ever good!  I left half for tomorrow’s lunch which will be on the road.  I was tempted to eat it because it was soooo good, but I’m full and I’ll need a good meal for tomorrow while working with clients. … and now to do more dishes lol.
    The sink is clean.  Go me!  It’s been a good day.   Wrapping up the day with a movie with the hubby.  
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 Round 2.3   
    @BabyBearThat is so awesome! Maybe we are just geeky homeschool moms but even though I have finished my homeschool journey I still find that really exciting! Really. That must be why my mayo turned out so great last time. I didn't have "enough" oil because I was making a double batch. I decided to try it anyway. It is the best mayo I have ever tasted and thicker and creamier than my husband's Duke's mayo which has been my favorite up to this time. 
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    LadyM reacted to BabyBear in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 Round 2.3   
    Funny story this morning as I was preparing to make some mayo… it never fails, NEVER, my mayo always breaks.  It is really disheartening but I’ve always been able to salvage it.  I was think there must be something that I’m doing wrong on the chemistry side of things.  So I decided to do an impromptu school lesson.  I got the 11 DS and my 14 DS to meet me in the kitchen.  We researched the chemistry of emulsification and what happens with the molecules.  In layman terms we discovered the non oil ingredients suspends the oil fat molecules in air and they can hold a lot but as soon as you reach saturation point the mixture will “break” and the oil and other ingredients will separate.  A good rule of thumb is max saturation level is  80%  because of this it was recommended to play it safe with a 1 part to 3 part ratio which the boys determined would be a 75% saturation.  So measured our base ingredients and it measured 1/3 cup.  The recipe calls for 1 and 1/4 cups oil.  And just like that now I know why mayo breaks up even with a super slow pour.  We decided to use only 1 cup of oil, and perfection was achieved.  My 11 DS take away was that “Mayo is just floating fat”. My 14 DS said “mind blown.  We used school stuff to solve a real life problem”.    
     
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    @LadyM I need some recipes/tips for making kabocha squash. Mine was dry. I have loved the acorn squash, though.
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    Day 34
    Just back from a country drive with BFF that started in the morning. I packed a thermos and snacks and ate what I brought. BFF hit the fast food and bakeries. He's supportive of what I'm doing but not yet interested in making changes for himself. It's all good.
    So, still on track and feeling good. Enjoying a lazy weekend. Loving fall.
    Watched a couple of interesting documentaries yesterday about paleo and lchf diets for healing. Feeling more and more recommitted to this lifestyle long term. Convinced it really is how human bodies achieve optimal health. Really contemplating how to create my own food freedom forever and realizing that a much longer, slower reintroduction phase is going to be important for me. Rereading my first log from 2013 reminded me that I ended it by eating and drinking all the things on a Memorial Weekend celebration. Eager to do a careful reintro this time and really pay attention to how each food, not just food group, affects me. But I don't plan to do that until December.
    Had a food nightmare last night. My first one this round!
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    LadyM reacted to Jennifer Jensen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    @LadyM Glad to know how well this works for you that you have done it so many times that you can't count them.  

    I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and no thyroid and had thyroid cancer. Much of my life has revolved around trying to live with inflammation. I am hoping this will work! I, too, love the food. I am a foodie anyway and love trying new things. Whole30 has gotten me out of a food rut. I am eating to the season as well and trying all kinds of squash. 

    Are you still trying to sell your house and move? What a life situation! I guess we all have them at times. Wishing you the best this go 'round.
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    Day 9 Whole 30 Number eleventy five thousand
    Whole 30 brought me everything it promised and more back in the day, and I largely stuck to the template much of the time, though I also saw my weight and exercise habits fluctuate somewhat and tinkered with tweaks involving a mishmash of things from ayurvedic medicine to weight watchers. 
    A visit to my holistic thyroid doc and bloodwork brought me back to W30. Their office supports paleo 100%, and I figured if I'm going to do it, I might as well do it all in. So here I am, W30 number 7 (or maybe 8 or 9? I stopped counting. Because it doesn't really matter). I've made my long-distance boyfriend aware of what I'm doing, and I've dusted off my trusted old cookbooks as well as invested in a few new ones. And here's what I have to say:
    Holy smokes is this food delicious and do I ever feel good putting my energy into taking care of myself in this way!
    The pandemic and solo quarantine life for me has, to put it mildly, been a roller coaster. The search for a house and the last minute falling through of the sale of said house, complete with packing and sorting and now living amid boxes in the same old space I was trying to leave, with the start of a new school year teaching online, amid a long-distance relationship with a caretaker and his dying mother, has only exacerbated the stress and instability and uncertainty of it all.
    Yet, W30 feels less like an added stressor and more of a great big fat YES to creating stability through self care in a dramatic yet ordinary way. Through food. And as my energy shifts for the better, I'm also getting back to moving this body gently--after months-long hiatus from teaching yoga and barre and my old life of walking everywhere (man did my life have a lot of movement and exercise built in!) and going to the gym and pilates.
    Anyway, it feels good. I'm grateful for the structure of this program, as ever, and looking forward to checking in here now and again as I keep chugging along.