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    LadyM got a reaction from Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    No truer words were ever written. BRAVO!! You really have transformed yourself in remarkable ways--and you just keep getting and doing better for yourself!
    As for your regularity issues . . . have you ever tried a magnesium supplement? Changed my life. 
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    YESSSS!! I shall zoodle my little heart out today! 
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    A W105 seems so daunting, but you're doing great. 20 days in is no joke! I've loved cheering you on through your journey. Support is huge. I get addicted to this forum sometimes. 
    I love your idea for prepping the zoodles. It's a lot easier to just add them to a dish than to zoodle them, salt them, wait for them to drain, dry them and THEN eat them. 
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    You're not wrong! I knew it, too. Yesterday it felt like a victory just sitting down with compliant food.  Today I'm going to try to get some veggies prepped. That was the other challenge yesterday - I didn't have any veggies prepped and ready to go. It's a lot easier to eat your veggies when all you have to do is put them on a plate and heat them up. 
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    LadyM got a reaction from decker_bear in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    No truer words were ever written. BRAVO!! You really have transformed yourself in remarkable ways--and you just keep getting and doing better for yourself!
    As for your regularity issues . . . have you ever tried a magnesium supplement? Changed my life. 
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    LadyM got a reaction from decker_bear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    It's just the one out of Mel Joulwan's Well Fed cookbook: An oldie but goody! I used zoodles instead of spag squash and some different veggies. Infinite possibilities for variations.
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Day 13 - I think??? 
    I can't seem to keep the days straight anymore. This whole adopting dog thing is NO JOKE. It takes SO MUCH TIME to do medicine and potty and walks. It's exponentially more difficult having 2 than it was with 1. 
    The last few days haven't been easy schedule wise but I've done my best to stay on track. I haven't eaten anything non-compliant but I haven't necessarily hit the templates. Part of the problem is food boredom and part is just being too tired to care (and too tired to be able to face more dishes). 
    I went grocery shopping this morning without a list - not usually the smartest idea. I ended up buying another bag of cuties thinking I was nearly out, so now I have way too many. I guess that will be my fruit for the next little bit. 
    Breakfast - eggs, zucchini, asparagus and mushrooms, coffee with coconut oil 
    Lunch - apple, almond butter, chicken breast 
    Snack - cuties and coffee with coconut oil 
    Dinner - I'm debating between chicken wings and a steak. 

    NSV - I have taken the pups on 3 walks already today 
    NSV#2 - I slept really well last night despite having a small chihuahua fighting me for space 
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    LadyM reacted to Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    I used to eat pizza every single day bit gave that up when I quit sugar and flour a year and a half ago. I switched to making almond flour tortilla pizzas when the craving would hit, but havent had one of those in 7 days Eating healthy fuels me, pizza weighed me down!
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    LadyM reacted to Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    Thank you so much! Yesterday I ended up stopping at the store to just to grab some peppers, I have NEVER EVER done that. I still dont like the green, only red, yellow and orange. I find their flavor to be milder and a little sweet, and only roasted will do
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    LadyM got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    Well, you could look at it as good information resulting from systematically reintroducing different kinds of alcohol. . . . 
    Sorry about your regret, but if you glean something from it then all is not lost, right? And I am sooooooo with you on paleo sweets. Total food without brakes for me and a definite no-no in my world. It's almost better for me to eat the real thing and suffer for it later so I don't over do on a more permanent basis, if that makes any sense.
    Love your resourcefulness with your faux junk food game night. Brill.
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    LadyM reacted to Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    Yesterday was a KATT day for sure. I didnt want to deal with anyone at work except for my husband. He kept me grounded and positive. It helps to work with someone who understands my moods. 
    I used to HATE bell peppers. Wouldn't eat them for anything. Wouldnt eat dishes that they were in, but now I have discovered that I love them roasted!! A little charred...yes please. 
    I got anxious feeling yesterday because I didn't know exactly what I was going to eat. I had plenty of compliant foods, but didnt have a plan for what to actually eat. I made it through just fine. For dinner I made a version of chicken fried rice with cauliflower rice and it was wonderful!
    I feel like I have already slimmed down, I know it has to be the less bloating, feels fantastic! 
    My husband will say, "You look so skinny" and I reply, "Healthy, I look healthy" 
    I am loving this! I am grateful that I found whole30!
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    So today was a MASSIVE fail. After the wine last night, and today being a lovely day and it being a weekend, I thought f'it, I'll try a different kind of alcohol. Got organic, no added sugar hard apple cider.
    Wowee. I have the worst gastro. I feel like I'm being torn apart. I had leftover meatballs and a chicken wing from last night with some slaw for lunch, and then nibbled on some crackling this afternoon (I made bacon and cooked up the skin I trimmed), but no dinner because my innards are the pit of doom. 
    So lets go with - not just wine, but alcohol bad, hhm? Ugh.
    Oh, I also had some date/cocoa/cashew/orange balls - basically a Lara Bar of a different brand. Delicious, and I'm glad I stopped and put them away, because I could polish them all off. This is where I've failed with paleo before - the paleo sweets are too close to real sweets. 
    So compliant food plus cider and a day filled with regret. 
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    So dinner was like game night, hot wings, pork belly bites, meatballs, zucchini and sweet potato tots, and spicy slaw. I also had red wine, which I am REGRETTING A LOT RIGHT NOW. I even went to bed early, but my head is killing me, sour stomach, gastric distress, and UGH. Such a bad idea. I need to break up with wine. 
    Today's plan is coffee, coffee and more coffee, dog walk, groceries, more coffee, sewing, potentially torturing myself on the elliptical, cooking something and NO WINE.
    Lunch is steak on the BBQ, leftover slaw and some leftover grilled fennel from the other night.
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    LadyM reacted to laurasuzanne in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 22. It's Friday! My Day 30 will be next Saturday. I'm glad it's ending on a Saturday like that. Less temptation. I have Sunday to evaluate a reintroduction plan. I'm not super social media saavy, so I had thought the official September W30 starting on the 14th would make me want to continue with that group. It hasn't. As far as alleviated symptoms or things that would make me want to continue further than 30 days... sleep is the main one. I don't really think that's my diet's fault at this point. It's a habit issue. 
    So, this upcoming week would be my final full-on meal prep! I said yesterday that I only intend to re-introduce dairy in the first week, so I'm not sure how different next weekend's meal prep will be. I'll probably add cheese to my breakfast quiches. Not much else. I don't drink milk regularly, but I don't know if I should just to test it. Should I use butter as a fat source for the week just to make sure I'm adequately testing dairy? I could put heavy cream in my coffee (which I love), but when I do that I also add some type of sweetner. If I recall properly I think sweetners after I haven't had them for a while give me headaches. I could try my coffee with just cream and see if that's as lovely, but I doubt it will be and I'd rather not waste the calories. I do need to keep in mind as I add dairy/cheese I need to remove fat. My go-to breakfast quiches typically have cheese and no added fats. Since the W30, I've been adding some avocado oil to the mixture before baking and I've ate 3 instead of my normal 2. It's so funny to me when I'm following W30 threads and how sick of eggs people get. I eat way more eggs than the average person. I have eggs for breakfast probably >340 days/year. I don't even think I'm particularly exciting with how I make my eggs, either. I started doing the mini-quiches for the past 9-10 months, maybe longer. Before that I had a hash I would do using riced sweet potato and cauliflower with an egg on top that I was doing for about a year before that.
    I'm probably a good fit for W30 because I've always been a meal prepper. I hate feeling rushed in the evening making dinner and I have zero issue with leftovers. I think it's economical and practical. Once I find a recipe I like it takes a while for me to get bored with it. I love seasonings, not super big into sauces, and I think that keeps my meals exciting to me while not feeling the need for highly processed sauces. 
    As far as habits go, my nutritional journey has been a long one. I used to weigh almost 300lbs and in 2013 I found the Atkins program and community. I started low carb and fixed by very very bad habits (like, McDonalds 5 times/week bad habits). It wasn't until after I had a significantly better food focus and health mindset that I found Whole30. That doesn't mean my first W30 wasn't hard, but by that time I didn't eat a ton of highly processed foods, grains or legumes with much regularity. Anyone who goes from the standard American diet to a W30 is a freakin' hero, I must say. It's hard to be pretty healthy to a W30 and you all should pat yourselves on the back! 
    Happy weekend to everyone!
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    OK, lunch was actually a baby spinach, rocket, sauteed broccolini and beetroot kraut salad with mayo, 2 boiled eggs and bacon. Yum!
    Edit to add - SERIOUSLY yum. This salad was such a great combo!
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    I've had SUCH an unmotivated week, work-wise. So, so unmotivated. One of my principals has next week off, so the unmotivation is guaranteed to continue.
    I think we will have an Asian fusion buffet for special food this weekend. @LadyM inspired me with her Bahn Mi meatballs and other delights! I'll plan a menu
    Today lunch will be similar to yesterday unless I get otherwise inspired, and dinner will be steak, baked sweet potato with ghee, broccolini, green beans, carrots. All just simple.
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    LadyM got a reaction from decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    I've never kept ghee in the fridge. Ever. And it's fine. 
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Your food prep sounds divine!! I might actually do an Asian banquet for us this weekend
    You sound so centred and in tune with what your body needs, it's a great place to be.
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    LadyM reacted to laurasuzanne in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    This is the seasoning with the slight change I think makes it better.
    Copycat Popeye's Blackened Chicken Seasoning
    2tsp Fine Sea Salt
    1tsp Smoked Paprika
    1tsp Paprika
    1tsp Cayenne Pepper
    2tsp Chili Powder
    2tsp Garlic Powder
    2tsp Black Pepper
    Super simple. I just mixed it together and put it in a jar. I think the recipe talked like the entire slug for 3 lbs chicken tenders. Toss them in it and then pan fry them in some oil. I didn't go that heavy. I generously sprinkled it on each side of the tenders, pan fried them for 1 minute on each side, then baked at 350 for 25 minutes. They were/are (still have leftovers) delicious. Next time I do this (which will be as soon as I'm out because I'm hooked) I'm going to use a meat tenderizer/hammer to smash them thin before seasoning and pan frying. For that I will likely cook them for less time in the oven and it would likely take more rounds in the oven because they'll take up more surface area on the sheetpan. As I perfect this recipe I intend to make up the seasoning in jars to give away at Christmas. That has been my new fave Christmas present, to share seasonings I have grown to love.
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    LadyM reacted to Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    It is absolutely amazing!!! I didnt think I would see such changes in my attitude in 4 days, but I definitely have! 
    I run a Pizza shop with my husband and I am usually major stressed and on edge there, and the past 3 days I have been much more chill
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    LadyM got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    YES!! Music can be so motivating! I love that you have this to look forward to on the elliptical of all places. You're doing GREAT! Congrats on your fitness gains and for proving to yourself you can off road and then get back on the path when you desire. That's HUGE! And your previous post-W30 clothes fit? *slow.clap.*
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    LadyM reacted to laurasuzanne in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 20.
    Shadow, I'll find the recipe tonight. It's so easy to find a copycat recipe and then never find it again. I just tried googling it and, yep, I can't find the original. But, I did write it all down at home with one change I thought it needed. I'm glad I found the one I did because when I searched it right now they were all way too complicated. The one I found was very simple. I actually made a jar up of it to have on hand in the future. I do recommend if you try it to mash your tenders a bit with a meat hammer. I think it would turn out more like Popeye's texture that way. I just did a minute pan fry on each side and then baked in the oven for 20 mins. They were very thick and juicy, but I actually wanted that thinner chicken strip style and being thinner might do the trick.
    My attempt to sleep better last night did not go as planned. I had forgotten I had an online movie night with friends that started at 9pm. They're in a different timezone, so it's not like I could have done earlier. Good or bad, I did intentionally not care about staying up for the full movie and fell asleep by 10pm, probably. It was still a bear to wake up this morning. Shadow, like you said, I want that wake up bright eyed and ready to get out of bed. Instead I loathe waking up. I'm fine about 10 minutes after I'm out of bed, but my brain can be a manipulative jerk in those snooze moments. I can convince myself that there's enough time, that my work day isn't important enough to do my full hair/makeup routine, I can eat my breakfast in the car, and the biggest lie... today the dog's will go outside to potty and eat super fast. Nope, none of that works out and I end up rushing, panicking, and arriving to work later than I wanted to. Not late, but later. I'm the type that likes to get there extra early and even being 10 minutes early feels late, to me.
    Tonight is a later night for me. I know I won't make it home until after 9pm, but I'm not going to stress about it. It might work better because I won't set myself up with home tasks. I'll get home, shower and go to bed. 
    Oh... I did forget my lunch today, which is stressing me. I think I can stay compliant with the local restaurant (I work in a small town). But, I'm scared about the calories. I have spin class tonight and that is a calorie burner. I don't want to be under-fed going into it. I have compliant salad dressing here at work, so I intend to get a salad with no dressing and douse it in dressing to ensure I get my calories. I'm feeling better already about this just by writing it down. Thanks for listening, everyone! I feel I haven't had much scary stuff to navigate this W30, so I'm not necessarily flexing my willpower muscle. Or making this a permanent lifestyle. This hiccup is probably good for me. I need to make this sustainable. Or give myself the confidence that it is sustainable.
    Thanks, everyone.
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    LadyM reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Ooooh, this sounds good, could you post the link?
    Sleep is a big problem for me too, or more specifically staying asleep.  I have a vivid memory from my first Whole 30, I woke in the morning after a full night's sleep, my eyes opened in the morning and I was awake! Not groggy, just fully awake and ready to get out of bed right away.  What a wonderful feeling that was.  I haven't been able to recreate it since, and that was a year ago.  But it is a goal for me, as it is for you.  I know it's doable, I just need to figure out the right combination again.  I don't think the insomnia is caused entirely by poor eating habits, but I do think that having wholesome eating habits is a part of the solution. I have been getting out of bed at a decent time, before 7am most mornings as long as insomnia doesn't strike for hours in the night, and that has been a goal that I set for myself while on Whole30 and attained entirely through healthy eating and ramping up my exercise habits.  You're over the halfway hump and coming soon into the home stretch.  Keep doing what you're doing, eating well and exercising lots.  Maybe switch to an old fashioned book rather than your phone before bed.  You've noticed an improvement in the acne, give your body time to work through these major changes and the sleep will improve.  
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    LadyM reacted to laurasuzanne in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Thanks, LadyM! You got this!
    Day 19...not much to report. I definitely fell flat last night on attempting a better end of day routine. I had a nice shower after the gym and my intention to slow down didn't happen. I worked on things on the computer and come 10:15pm I was scrolling through my phone in bed! Grrr... That's on me. I got home around 7:30 and told myself "9pm, electronics off." At 8:45 I saw a clock and thought, "meh, not today." I can remember back to an earlier W30 and sleeping better. I probably wasn't as tech-connected as I am now and it's honestly a different kind of habit/addiction. I need to view W30's more than just nutrition, but lifestyle. Working towards being the person I want to be. It's a work in progress. I want the tigerblood and I think there's aspects of my day it's there, but I'm a sloth to get out of bed in the morning. I absolutely know in the past W30's have helped me wake up more refreshed, not a slave to the snooze. I have 11 days left to work on this. I truthfully think I don't want to stop until I have better nighttime habits. Acne and sleep are my TOP goals in a W30. I don't want to let myself down or worse, lie to myself and say the W30 doesn't improve my sleep anymore like it once did. No, this is a bad habit like smoking or drinking I need to manage. I need to live in the moment. I need to prioritize myself. 
    We got this, LadyM. Better sleep, this week!
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    LadyM reacted to Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    Feeling so good! My bloating is so much better but I feel like my digestion is still wacky, but it is only day 3 so I get it. 
    After I gave up sugar I ate a lot of corn tortilla chicken tacos with cheese. I love tacos, so easy and filling. I am suspicious of the corn and cheese being a sensitivity for me though. Tonight I am having tacos in lettuce cups, no cheese, instead I am using guacamole and salsa YUMMY!! I also roasted a huge tray of veggies and they are very tasty. Also made coconut lime rice from Real Plans. I am loving all this whole30 food.
    I'd like to share a little story with you about something that happened to me this morning. 
    Each night I set up my coffee so that it will automatically brew while I am in the shower in the morning. 
    After getting ready I came into the kitchen, which was dark and I step in a puddle. I turn on the light and the floor is wet, the counters are wet and then I realize....I never put the coffee pot in the machine! An entire pot of decaf....everywhere!
    I laughed, I thought to myself "No use in crying over spilled coffee" and I chuckled. As I was cleaning it up I thanked The Universe for this lesson in patience. Perhaps this happened to stall me so that I wouldn't get in a car accident, perhaps this or that. Who knows. The Universe works in mysterious ways and today I am happy to say that it gave me a laugh rather than a cry!! 
    Try to find some humor today in the lessons that life gives you. When you get upset, it only causes twice the suffering. 
    NSV??? More patience, less reactivity...I'll take it!!!