Emma

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  1. Emma

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    I know - forgetting to eat. What the heck! I'm about to stand up and make my breakfast and lunch so I've got food at work. And maybe I'll try to meditate and work on breathing. Did you know we lose fat through our expirations? So weird isn't it. Last night I was googling what two pounds of fat looks like. It's a big ugly handful - definitely something to feel good about passing along. (I was trying to recognize that two pounds of weight loss would still be something to feel good about instead of the oft envisioned miracle twenty pound weight loss)
  2. Emma

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Day 30 Thirty. There it is. And I have a gosh dang nabbit cold! The allergy pill helped last night. I'm glad I took it, but I had trouble falling asleep. This morning my ears itch and my throat and nose are congested. Blech blech blechity blech. My face feels bloated. My throat skin feels puffy. No way in H am I stopping Whole30 right now. But thank goodness I'm at this point because hopefully I can ride through this cold quickly and easily - something that rarely occurs when I'm eating my old ways and with my elevated inflammation markers. And the thought of reintro and feeling icky over some reaction is also unpleasant so I'm postponing it. I will, though, try to lay off all nut bars. I don't think they are helping the situation and there's no way I can even reintroduce them if I have never elimintated them. So....Congratulations to ME for making it do Day 30, but there's still more mountain to climb. I'm cool with it.
  3. Emma

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    The crazy thing is I haven't missed too much - probably a good greasy cheeseburger or a slice of pizza when everyone else is having one. I've missed having a beer when camping or hanging with friends, but overall, I haven't missed stuff. I've missed the convenience of finding food anywhere and everywhere. I've missed going out to dinner. I'll have to think about it today to see what I've missed. Regarding reintro, I'm going to do the slow thing I hope. I'm eating Whole30 to make big changes health wise and part of that is figuring out what foods might not sit well with me so I want to deliberately introduce soy products and some other things - though right now I can't remember what my tentative plan is at all! We did make it - including that obnoxious restart! It seems so easy once you get to 30 days, but there sure were plenty of days where things could have taken a turn. I do feel proud of myself and super glad there were others that were doing this at the same time and super glad some of those people were you with your good meals and positive attitude and organized reintro plan!!
  4. Emma

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Do I select laugh or the heart?! I opted for laugh. The line about your husband finding the scale and then the apple juice at the end both had my quietly laughing. You did it!!! And it was a good process! And you're excited! Ahhhh - what wonderful things to feel!
  5. Emma

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Day 29 - Oof. I have a foggy congested head. It's been really windy here so maybe there are pollens in the air. Or maybe it's stress and I'm catching a cold. Or maybe it's the nut bar I ate this morning. I am tempted to take a claritin but I also like that I'm not taking them so I'm not quite sure what to do. Go to bed I guess. I did not finish ANYTHING!!! Tomorrow morning is going to be a doozy at this rate and work will be a doozy and tomorrow evening will be a doozy. I did work most of the day on things, but things just always take longer than I expect. I might have to go into Plan B which is make things work without things being how I want them. I also didn't eat this morning. I totally forgot. And then when I realized, I ate some carrots and mackerel. Mmmm - that doesn't sound so good. It was my first time having mackerel from a can and it was good. For dinner we had spaghetti squash with ground beef and a tomato sauce I picked up in the store. It was a good sauce and my husband did a nice job putting it all together. Not sure what we're having tomorrow. SO much effort to figure out food. I'm tired. My lips feel chapped which is not a good sign. My head is stuffy. I think I will take an allergy pill to eliminate any allergy issues. This is a terrible week to be fighting something. But other than that, all is good. It's past nine and I'm still working. I haven't watched tv in ages or even checked Facebook more than a couple minutes at a time. I also haven't done laundry so some things are not miraculously changing for the better. All is acceptable. Good sleep to all of us (toasting a glass of lime soda water)
  6. Emma

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Day 29. Wow. That number kind of makes me feel a little sad. Like going away to camp and it's a bit stressful and fun and seems like it's going to be a super long week and then all of a sudden, it's the last day. And at the same time I feel a big smile and sense of pride, like yeah - I did it! It's my own special secret thing I've been working on for myself - kinda like waking up early and going to the gym and all day, you know that you already rocked things really well. I went to sleep at one and woke up at nine! I have not slept till nine in ages. The animals were all on the bed. They had semi woken me up earlier, but they all settled back down and I was able to get a nice healthy eight hours of sleep. I woke up and showered and made my coffee and am sitting in a sunny quiet house right now and will hopefully get some of my thinking project done before the family returns. My left ankle has been sore this last week. I assumed it was from my trivial amount of walk/jogging so I've been laying low, but it's still sore and my knees were sore at night and I can feel little sharp pains lurking underneath - nothing bad, but stiff and sharp. It could be my period or the nut bars or something else. I'm more just noting it. I love my sleeping bag and I loved the idea of sleeping outside last night, but I'm really glad I was able to come home and take my turmeric and magnesium and the things that seem to help support my system. And the eating thing - I often eat when I can't get my brain to focus. I frequently do many things at once and think big picture and very right brainy until I can find the patterns that weave things together in a nice left brain way and in this process....I think that's a time I eat. Like right now as I need to sit down to focus, I can see me wanting to clean up the table and get the visual environment less distracting and then make some food and sit down to try to focus -lots of rituals to get to that focus place. And then when I'm focused, I'm focused, but so hard to get there when I have lots I want to do. One thing at a time is what I sometimes have to tell myself. But this morning, I think I'm okay just grabbing my notebook and sitting here with the coffee and without the other rituals (for the moment). I had this other thought about traditional diets and the influence of the western junk food diets. In more traditional communities, if one grows up eating the meats, veggies, and regular foods people are relatively healthy. It's the introduction of the sodas and the chips and the SAD things that have triggered a huge increase in diabetes and obesity. I grew up eating a SAD diet so I don't think I was aware of the night and day difference - it was more a wide ski slope of 'healthy" foods and junky foods. And the nothingness that my body feels on Whole30 (nothing being good and kinda centered and not questing) is not something I ever really knew (or maybe noticed) even when eating healthy. I've always been a grazer, even when skinny. That was it. I'm off to grab my notebook. Cheers to a beautiful day for all of us!
  7. Emma

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    It is funny because you sound so strong and steady. I sure don't want you to run back to the bake shop or Gu's Dumplings because you're kinda serving as my role model/compadre in this process. Your husband is wonderful and his support is pretty wonderful. I wonder if it's harder now because the need to prioritize and focus on the process is beginning to take a back seat. I have to keep reminding myself of that. This morning I was thinking about how the scale might not show much change. It will show some, but maybe only a couple pounds and I was telling myself that a couple pounds is still quite a bit, but more importantly, I sure wasn't doing this to lose weight. Losing weight is a necessary part of the process of getting healthier, but my first goal was getting healthier which I'm doing eating this way and the losing weight is only one of the many data points. Those NSV's really don't get the credit they deserve. Hope you got lots done today. Oh my gosh, it's almost Monday again!
  8. The crazy thing about the mustard is that sometimes the cheapest looking ones are the cleanest! I just checked my fridge and I think the mustard I use is only a couple dollars. It's so funny that it's the one without all the extra stuff and it still has a nice mustardy taste. The preWhole30 foods make a big difference in how we react and the people who were eating well definitely have an easier transition. I always like looking at the timeline because it validates some things (the pants are tighter stage at the end of the first week or so), but it is not anything set in stone. Oh - and the day people are most likely to quit. I think I might have quit on that day! Confitted onions. Yum. Maybe not so yum with every meal and as the leftover that never ends, but still yum. I just read back on the part where your mother in law suggested better plans. Ugh. That would be so irritating for me because it requires so much grace to navigate because they have interpreted Whole30 as wild and extreme and have set ideas of what is balanced and healthy. At least my in laws just worried about our lives being in peril
  9. Emma

    KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand

    Laughing - I love how you are attacking this process and giving it your all. The first time, my husband and I cleared out our fridge and gave boxes of food and sauces away to the neighbors. We planned a menu, but we were sloppy and didn't really map things out or prep. What I remember most is how much time I spent each day preparing the food. Oh my goodness! It was crazy. I'd never really cooked before and there I was trying to figure out how to peel butternut squash or cut a spaghetti squash and it felt like hours each day. It no longer takes hours each day and we've found shortcuts (no more peeling of squash) and know how to make things without the recipes but it was a process, but a process totally worth the effort and time!!! We also learned to double the recipes for our four person family so that there was enough for leftovers. Leftovers become the most beautiful thing in the world on Whole30 because they're so EASY to reheat and eat. You're gonna have a great time on Whole30 and it's super great that you have a colleague doing it with you. So many of the people in the forum share links to really good recipes. Our family likes the new Whole30 Quick and Easy book as well as Practical Paleo. Welcome! Congratulations on Day One!
  10. Emma

    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Great! I've got the arrowroot and the almond flour already so I can just pick up the bone broth. I spent some money and tried a few different ones the store sold and - blech!!! It will be good to try again because I like the idea of sipping warm bone broth on a chilly day so I'll see if they have the recommended brand and use it and sample it. I think back to my mood the other night which was so snarly and happened so quickly. I had been in such a good mood just an hour earlier and then boom I was the opposite. I thought it was my lack of veggies which might have contributed, but it was odd how sudden. If it was PMS, wow, those hormones just turn things on. No wonder teens go through some moods.
  11. Emma

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Day 28 - Well, technically it's Day 29 since it's after midnight, but since I haven't gone to bed yet, I'm still on 28. I worked ALLLLLL day today and then drove out to the campgrounds and met my family around nine. I took my sleeping bag and was semi committed to spending the night, but also semi not. Then I realized I left all my vitamins and Natural Calm at home and I don't like disrupting that consistency. AND, my lips were feeling chapped which they often do right before I catch a cold. However, they were not chapped earlier. I have been stressed so it could be that and I slept crappy last night (period) but I also ate two nut bars this evening and I think it might have been that. Wow. I really do need to lay off the nuts, but they are SO convenient and easy. Anyway, once the kids fell asleep, I left and drove back home (I'd told them I was going to do so). I think I'll be more productive if I wake up at home, shower, and get working on things. But the point to all that....was that I did not stop at a McDonalds and pick up an unsweetened ice tea. I was thirsty and the pre Whole30 me would totally have pulled into a drive through and also ordered a cheeseburger and fries because why not. The old me would have grabbed some junk food on the way out to the campground or picked up a bag of chips at Target. Or maybe one of those pizzas they sell at Target. I've never had one. I WAS really hungry this evening - like crazy hungry. I didn't really eat enough and I guess I hadn't had dinner so I ate olives and the nut bars while driving and had to call it good. The hunger grumbles went away and at the campground I was fine with my bottle of water. I had a thought earlier today based on my observations that when I'm really busy, I just forget to eat and don't want to eat. When I travel by myself, I often don't eat. I don't need to eat in the sense that I don't get moody or grumpy or stressed until early evening when I'm in these modes. I suppose that's lucky cool that I can go so long without eating, but it got me thinking about why I eat when I'm not super busy and maybe I eat to get stimuli in my system. Not because I'm bored, but because my nervous system is seeking MORE. So it eats and then something about the food triggers the wanting of more food. Certainly there are times I eat when I'm upset or bored or stressed, but not really. Procrastinating often calls for food. So, as I was playing with this idea of my body wanting MORE, I was also thinking about how I am not an adrenaline junky and I like quiet times at home, but....my physical body is just not getting what it needs because I'm not exercising maybe and so it seeks something. But now, eating Whole30, maybe my overall system is just more centered and balanced and so it doesn't need anything more. Reminds me a bit of how some folks with ADHD feel more settled after a cup of coffee. Anyway, that was my big thought for the day. The other was the NSV about not eating at the drive through. And now it is one am and so I'd better get my body to sleep so the cat can wake me at five and the dog at six Or maybe we'll all sleep in!
  12. Isn't that crazy though! I'm just as likely to do the same thing and have the same thought process (ha - I already did) but when I'm sitting here in Whole30 world, I really don't actually want pretzels or oatmeal cookies or even wine. It's really wild how I don't want those things. So what is the THING that triggers that wanting? That was kinda one of those questions that doesn't really need to be answered. And I don't know if I'd get back on track. I think it took me years last time so huge kudos to you to be able to do so!!!
  13. Emma

    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Your post is wonderful and so good and honest and real. I'm getting my period as well which I think explains the crazy grumpiness I had the other night as well as my horrible fitful sleep last night. There are some other things, but nothing too extreme. This one is certainly chiller than last month and really, I'm rather tickled they are happening because my 50 year old body has been transitioning and when I do good things like cut out processed foods, I find that things return and steady goes the ship. I guess I'm the ship in that analogy The hot dog theory is kinda funny. I still think there are good Whole30 hot dogs out there. What brand did you eat?? I want to make sure I do not pick them up. And it is weird that the periods are so intense, but maybe it's also that they are no longer as muted and squelched by everything else. Maybe there is a transition back to a good smooth monthly cleansing that requires going through a bit of a bumpy road trip as the hormones figure out what's what. I am very in awe of just how much my cycle is impacted by changes such as cutting out coffee or eating Whole30. I'm super glad you're not quitting and you didn't give in and you made it through today. Oh - and hey - will you share the Salisbury steak meatball recipe?
  14. Emma

    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Oh, I hope it's good having coffee back. I like when I don't drink coffee because I feel a bit more even, but I like coffee in my brain. You are doing a really intense job at the exercise which is great, but I'd say stay focused on the food thing first. This is, you know, my issue trying to prioritize all the things, but I think the healthy eating trumps the other stuff and if you're getting really tired and sore, maybe a little less would help prevent injuries or exhaustion. Or not - if you've got it, you've got it and keep doing it. I think my period is coming around and it's why I was so grumpy the other night and my dreams were crazy and why I was so restless last night - talk about crappy sleep. If yours is happening soon, I hope the process is smoother. Last month sounded miserable. But I am glad you're here and hope you're feeling a bit better this morning!
  15. Emma

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Oh my gosh - that's exactly what I was thinking last night except I was thinking I'd go to the gym this morning to weigh myself since I'm so close to the official end. But you're plan is better. I'll wait till Tuesday as well. I have no measurements (wish I did) but I can tell by the way my clothes are fitting that things have changed. Enjoy your quiet day alone!!!