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    Emma got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    I loved reading this response from you. Weight is such a crazy isn't it - and the fact that it's such an issue for so many people. I do owe it to myself to not lose traction for too long - but it's sure hard to keep focused on that! 
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    Emma got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    I'm still here - not gone. Ate a HUGE wonderful lunch yesterday of cooked slaw, onions, eggs, and sausage. Ate almonds as snacks. Drank my water and my coffee. But at dinner time, with the relatives, we went out to a Mexican restaurant. I ordered carnitas so I had some good intentions, but I didn't really because I ate lots of tortilla chips and then I ate my rice and beans. I ate a LOT. Too much. I felt uncomfortably stuffed. Oh - and I had a beer. Geez - I didn't really go into that with any time of good plan at all!!! The beer was nice though because the weekend is annoying and stressful. I put my work on hold to be a guest (work that I procrastinate on already) and so I feel resentful or annoyed though I also know that it's not really fair. Still - last night when I was stuffed, I was bummed that I knew I wouldn't wake up as bright and ready to go as I did yesterday morning. And, that's what happened! My legs and arms fell asleep while I slept and I woke up to a numb foot. This happens when I've been eating well and then eat a meal high in salts - I assume it's the salt. Sighing - I guess I just need to test this out again and again and again till i realize the consequence isn't worth it.
    Yesterday, I was aware that my mood had shifted and I was happier and feeling cleaner in my brain. Today, I'm a bit grumbly. Mood, Food. 
    On good notes though, I have spent time this weekend reading instead of being on the computer and time in the mornings cuddling with my kids instead of leaving the house and going to the gym or work. I'd be happier in the short run with the gym and work getting done, but in the long run, the time on the sofa with my kids is far more important and valuable.
    So....today is either a Day One or a Day Zero.  Obviously I'm not quite committed. I don't predict any major benders or huge forays into the world of crappy eating, but I'm not totally barring myself from a few stretches - like a healthy lunch or dinner that isn't 100% Whole 30 compliant.
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    Emma got a reaction from BabyBear in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    I'm still here - not gone. Ate a HUGE wonderful lunch yesterday of cooked slaw, onions, eggs, and sausage. Ate almonds as snacks. Drank my water and my coffee. But at dinner time, with the relatives, we went out to a Mexican restaurant. I ordered carnitas so I had some good intentions, but I didn't really because I ate lots of tortilla chips and then I ate my rice and beans. I ate a LOT. Too much. I felt uncomfortably stuffed. Oh - and I had a beer. Geez - I didn't really go into that with any time of good plan at all!!! The beer was nice though because the weekend is annoying and stressful. I put my work on hold to be a guest (work that I procrastinate on already) and so I feel resentful or annoyed though I also know that it's not really fair. Still - last night when I was stuffed, I was bummed that I knew I wouldn't wake up as bright and ready to go as I did yesterday morning. And, that's what happened! My legs and arms fell asleep while I slept and I woke up to a numb foot. This happens when I've been eating well and then eat a meal high in salts - I assume it's the salt. Sighing - I guess I just need to test this out again and again and again till i realize the consequence isn't worth it.
    Yesterday, I was aware that my mood had shifted and I was happier and feeling cleaner in my brain. Today, I'm a bit grumbly. Mood, Food. 
    On good notes though, I have spent time this weekend reading instead of being on the computer and time in the mornings cuddling with my kids instead of leaving the house and going to the gym or work. I'd be happier in the short run with the gym and work getting done, but in the long run, the time on the sofa with my kids is far more important and valuable.
    So....today is either a Day One or a Day Zero.  Obviously I'm not quite committed. I don't predict any major benders or huge forays into the world of crappy eating, but I'm not totally barring myself from a few stretches - like a healthy lunch or dinner that isn't 100% Whole 30 compliant.
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    Emma reacted to Amy_Michigan in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    Great job resisting that temptation!  I don’t understand why it was in your pocket, though?  Haha.  
    I need to be where you are... I need to lose a significant amount of weight to a point where I feel more comfortable doing day-to-day things.  My mid to late summer goal is to be down to 180.  I was comfortable with myself at that weight.  I was that weight in college, and probably in high school too.  When I was in my late twenties I lost weight down to 150, and I felt skinny.  I felt my pelvic bones sticking out a tiny bit when I laid on my back.  Maybe that was the reason I didn’t stay there very long- it felt so weird to me.  However, it was so great to feel lighter and stronger when I exercised, and my skin was healthy along with my body because I was eating clean.  Today’s culture of body positivity is great..it encourages us to feel more comfortable in our bodies.  I think it is a daily struggle for women, though, at whatever weight we are.  I just wanted to share a little and say I’m with ya.  I think I will feel the exact same way as you when I get down to my first goal weight. You have achieved so much!  You owe it to yourself not to lose traction for too long so you can keep that confidence you have!  You are making a great decision to keep going and reset your habits!  
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    Emma reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Day 23/ Restart Day 8
    Eggs for breakfast
    Chicken salad with tomatoes for lunch
    Turkey-mushroom burger, roasted broccoli, and roasted sweet potatoes for dinner YUM 


    I ended up sharing the huge batches of roasted broccoli and roasted sweet potato fries with my family.  They loved it, except my son who loved the broccoli but didn’t care for sweet potato.
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    Emma reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    SO, I ate my good breakfast yesterday and my salad I packed for myself for lunch, came home and wasn't hungry for dinner.  I got home at around 6 PM and I could have made something and ate dinner anyway, but nothing sounded good so I shrugged it off and went to bed by my new, self-inflicted bedtime of 10:30.  I watched Children of Men with my husband which is really depressing.  I thought I'd never seen it before, but I had a few years back so it was even slower than watching it the first time.  It does give you things to think about though.  There were immigrants in cages, and officers like ICE, and terrible pollution everywhere.  Not anything like the world now...   
    I had a good breakfast this morning, so hopefully that starts my day off right and helps me get through the day with more optimism.
    I don't feel sick today, so that is good news.  I will try to drink a lot of water and eat a healthy meal-template lunch today.   
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    Emma reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Day 22/ Restart Day 7
    M1: eggs as mentioned in previous post
    M2: Not a good mea.  I had almonds and some sweet potato chips that had canola oil.  I know- canola oil is not ideal, but my personal choice is not to restart due to that.
    M3: Here is my yummy dinner... broccoli with ghee and beef-mushroom burger.

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    Emma got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    I thought of you today, BabyBear! I was on my second beef stick, second lara bar, and so tempted to eat the chocolate bar in my pocket. It's soy free chocolate which I would eat when I was eating clean, but not officially Whole30. Sighing. I did want to eat it. 
    But I didn't!
    Day Two:
    I cooked up the bok choy (that was still fresh looking!) with three eggs and an onion. I baked up slices of sweet potato. I got myself to bedtime.
    I don't want to topple over again. It's so hard to get back here. It's easier to just persevere (also, easier said than done - obviously).
    Today I saw a photo of me. I can look at the photo and see me. I can also appreciate how much more pleasant it is to look at a photo this year as opposed to last year where I weighed 50 plus pounds more. I've been feeling pretty good about my weight loss. It was substantial and I feel SO much better physically and mentally. I've been also aware that I've gained some weight again, and lost a bit, and gained a bit. I'm okay with it - the ebb and flow of things as I find my balance eating well. But, today looking at the photo, I saw myself thinking I don't look as thin as I perceive myself to be.  Last year I was aware that losing weight was going to positively impact all other areas of my life so I buckled down and focused. These days I am not as focused because I don't feel that sense of urgency. But looking at the photo, I saw that my body will be happier and healthier if my new set point is 20 pounds less. I've created a new set point (set zone) where I've been now for a couple months, but I think it's time to start thinking about a new one. But....this is all evening talk and it was only a wee bit ago that I was considering eating a chocolate bar. Ha. 
    It's time for bed. Tomorrow the relatives come to visit and I have to put away laundry, change bedding, and clean the bathrooms in the morning. Bleh!
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    Emma got a reaction from BabyBear in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    I thought of you today, BabyBear! I was on my second beef stick, second lara bar, and so tempted to eat the chocolate bar in my pocket. It's soy free chocolate which I would eat when I was eating clean, but not officially Whole30. Sighing. I did want to eat it. 
    But I didn't!
    Day Two:
    I cooked up the bok choy (that was still fresh looking!) with three eggs and an onion. I baked up slices of sweet potato. I got myself to bedtime.
    I don't want to topple over again. It's so hard to get back here. It's easier to just persevere (also, easier said than done - obviously).
    Today I saw a photo of me. I can look at the photo and see me. I can also appreciate how much more pleasant it is to look at a photo this year as opposed to last year where I weighed 50 plus pounds more. I've been feeling pretty good about my weight loss. It was substantial and I feel SO much better physically and mentally. I've been also aware that I've gained some weight again, and lost a bit, and gained a bit. I'm okay with it - the ebb and flow of things as I find my balance eating well. But, today looking at the photo, I saw myself thinking I don't look as thin as I perceive myself to be.  Last year I was aware that losing weight was going to positively impact all other areas of my life so I buckled down and focused. These days I am not as focused because I don't feel that sense of urgency. But looking at the photo, I saw that my body will be happier and healthier if my new set point is 20 pounds less. I've created a new set point (set zone) where I've been now for a couple months, but I think it's time to start thinking about a new one. But....this is all evening talk and it was only a wee bit ago that I was considering eating a chocolate bar. Ha. 
    It's time for bed. Tomorrow the relatives come to visit and I have to put away laundry, change bedding, and clean the bathrooms in the morning. Bleh!
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    Emma reacted to BabyBear in Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January   
    Well you’ll be doing an internet detox rather than a food detox  stay calm and eat cheese!  Seriously I would love a full report of all the wonderful and even some of the not so wonderful cheeses you taste.  Sigh take me with you!  I love cheese even funky stinky cheese.  
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    Emma reacted to Amy_Michigan in Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January   
    Well, you knew this was coming, right?  Are you coming back after? It sounds like you will, but wasn't I sure of your exact plan... safe travels and hope to see you back in a few days!
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    Emma got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I look at that tea sampler and think....not for me! But you know - maybe I'd like it! I'll keep my eyes open at the store.
    Super kudos for prepping your lunch AND getting up and making some breakfast!!!
    As for the digestive scenario - maybe it's your change in eating or maybe you just picked up a small stomach bug. You should still do all the good balanced stuff, of course, but maybe the lack of balance didn't cause it.  I even wonder if your not eating could be due to a small stomach bug. I only say this because we had one go through work and people didn't get the normal headache and icky feelings, but we all had a couple hours of bathroom use and it impacted our eating.
    Well....anyway...you're rocking it this morning!!!
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    Emma got a reaction from BabyBear in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    Ha - I did! Ten pounds gained! It's got to be all bloated weight. I don't think I actually ate enough calories to gain ten pounds of real weight, though my skewed perspective imagines I did.
    I just read back through my posts. Amy's digestive ills reminded me of mine on Saturday the 8th. Reading back, I slept poorly Friday night. I assumed it was caffeine or excited thoughts, but maybe it was an unhappy body fighting off something in the bowels of my bowels (haha). I also noticed that the foods I ate the following week were not the best for me. They were tasty and I was cooking, but they were not my go-to foods and I was really bloated and reacting to things (bloated from nuts perhaps, reacting to tomatoes).  Nothing in this is quick and easy and I'm glad I tried out the recipes and I'd make them again, but not just yet.
    Last night, I woke up at three and couldn't fall back asleep till five. That's not my norm, but I did eat late last night. My mind kept swirling around work and all the things that stress me out. I was aware of this, but it took a move to the sofa and a book to regroup my brain. Thankfully, I did sleep some more and woke up on my own at 6:30. Oh crap! It's almost time for me to have to get up and rush to get out of the house on time. Bummer!!!
    So...Day Two - Starting off with healthier foods working their way through my gut via yesterday, bloating in my gut and fingers and face (maybe salt from the coconut aminos last night, stress in my being, annoyance at things, stress over today....:) It's good I'm here.
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    Emma reacted to BabyBear in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    @Emma I’m so glad you are back too.  If trying to get some recipes together for the next day or two don’t.  Just toss compliant ingredients onto a plate and eat.  Your meal doesn’t have to be fancy or the perfect plate just eat compliant.  You are in pull yourself out of the ditch mode so as long as it’s compliant it will give you the ability to climb out and get back to enjoying finding and making amazing recipes.   
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    Emma got a reaction from BabyBear in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I don't eat when I'm stressed. Most of the time it doesn't seem to impact me in any way that I notice and I often feel better because I'm not putting things in my system that bog it down. But, at the same time, there is something to that "take care of yourself" thinking. I'm impressed that you're planning on prepping your foods in the evening.
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    Emma got a reaction from BabyBear in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    Day One:
    It helps putting things in perspective and realizing I only fell off the path for four or five days. My binge eating of junk was a little crazy, but even so, I bet it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
    I cooked up cabbage and pork last night as well as roasted cauliflower. I'm eating it now after a long day. I didn't get to the gym as planned because I had to pick up the kids, but I ate clean foods and made it till evening. I'm back on board. I was definitely tempted early evening when I didn't have time to get to the store like planned and all I had at work was frozen veggies. I wanted the chocolate cake. I wanted the frozen Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches. Or the frozen chicken nuggets, but I didn't have them. Instead I microwaved up that big bowl of frozen veggies.They'd have tasted better with garlic powder and been more filling with some protein other than almonds, but overall....it worked.
    @Amy_Michigan My husband got into tea. I try here and there, but haven't found a love for it yet, except when I give up coffee. Perhaps I'll give it a go. I do like having Lara Bars on hand and currently I have none. i also like the blueberry one.
    @BabyBear I am back and that is what matters. And I'm so glad you all are still here!!!
    Not sure what I'll eat tomorrow because I just finished off the cabbage, pork, and cauliflower, but I know I didn't like how I was feeling over the weekend. I need to constantly remember why I am doing this because it's so hard to get sidetracked.
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    Emma reacted to Amy_Michigan in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    Good luck with meal planning tomorrow.  Remember... there are recipes that just say throw some things in a crockpot and you’re done...so just finding the right recipes for your motivation level is the first step.  And why not weigh yourself since you are back to Day 1?  I always find that a big motivator...up to you, though.  I hope you find a few meals you can get excited about for the rest of this week!
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    Emma reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I prepped!  I cut lettuce and chicken and put them in my salad bowl and placed it in the fridge.  What a simple thing that will save me time tomorrow and keep me on the whole30 path.  
    I hope everyone that has days where they want to cheat tries this herbal tea.  It is the only tea I actually like.  It has probably saved me once or twice from snacking at night with TV shows.  All the flavors they offer prevent me from getting bored.  I don’t drink this every night..maybe 2-3 times a week.  My  favorites are Raspberry Zinger, Wild Berry Zinger, and True Blueberry.

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    Emma reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Day 21/ Restart Day 6
    M1:  I actually made myself breakfast.  Scrambled eggs in coconut oil and an apple

    AND last night I cut up lettuce and chicken for my salad I will bring for lunch!!!! Yay!
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    Emma reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    OMG my digestive system is exploding and I don't know what I did wrong.  I should probably start logging what I have been drinking in addition to foods I have eaten.  I have been drinking quite a lot of coffee during the day this whole week.  And I have been drinking a lot of carbonated La Croix water at night.  I have also been fasting (no food) for 12 hours in the middle of the day for two days in a row- NOT intentionally, but it happened.  I woke up with a huge air bubble in my abdomen that was painful.  I didn't really notice it that much until I went pee this morning and then the pain was more apparent.   I took a couple of tums.  A couple of hours later and the pain is gone now after a trip to the bathroom and diarrhea.    So THAT'S not cool.  Haven't had that at ALL during my whole30 so far (I don't think).  I also stayed up really late last night (again)- I don't even have a reason.  Maybe the caffeine and/or the rush of things I had to do after work today made me restless.
    Well, I went back to my healthy routine of eating a good breakfast and packed a healthy lunch.  I'll try to lighten up my coffee intake during the day, and go back to no eating after 7 pm.  I'll try to go to sleep by 10:30pm each night.  Going to be hard, but I know I can do it!
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    Emma got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)   
    Day One:
    It helps putting things in perspective and realizing I only fell off the path for four or five days. My binge eating of junk was a little crazy, but even so, I bet it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
    I cooked up cabbage and pork last night as well as roasted cauliflower. I'm eating it now after a long day. I didn't get to the gym as planned because I had to pick up the kids, but I ate clean foods and made it till evening. I'm back on board. I was definitely tempted early evening when I didn't have time to get to the store like planned and all I had at work was frozen veggies. I wanted the chocolate cake. I wanted the frozen Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches. Or the frozen chicken nuggets, but I didn't have them. Instead I microwaved up that big bowl of frozen veggies.They'd have tasted better with garlic powder and been more filling with some protein other than almonds, but overall....it worked.
    @Amy_Michigan My husband got into tea. I try here and there, but haven't found a love for it yet, except when I give up coffee. Perhaps I'll give it a go. I do like having Lara Bars on hand and currently I have none. i also like the blueberry one.
    @BabyBear I am back and that is what matters. And I'm so glad you all are still here!!!
    Not sure what I'll eat tomorrow because I just finished off the cabbage, pork, and cauliflower, but I know I didn't like how I was feeling over the weekend. I need to constantly remember why I am doing this because it's so hard to get sidetracked.
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    Emma got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I don't eat when I'm stressed. Most of the time it doesn't seem to impact me in any way that I notice and I often feel better because I'm not putting things in my system that bog it down. But, at the same time, there is something to that "take care of yourself" thinking. I'm impressed that you're planning on prepping your foods in the evening.
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    Emma reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    I'm not going to number today.  Not yet, anyway.
    I had a big post started here ~ sounding kind of down, like I was feeling.  Then I had a phone call that strangely lifted my spirits.  (More on that later, perhaps).  Plus my morning coffee is kicking in.
    So I'm going to leave it at this:  I'm going to get off the couch now, and I'm going to go kick this day's ass.  Then tonight, I might have some wine.  With my husband.
    And life will go on.  And it will be good.   
     
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    Emma reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January   
    In the spirit of tracking (and I'm going to try to track the weekend, too, and post when I get Wifi):
    Breakfast: Ham and veg soup (non-compliant ham, corn, and chicken stock)
    Lunch: Salad of arugula and baby spinach, sweet potato, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber and boiled eggs with a jalapeno lime dressing (no idea whats in it, def not compliant)
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    Emma reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    I made it through Day 10. Hooray!
    I'm feeling a little bored, and my lunch was kind of pathetic but I didn't touch my emergency larabar, so that's something. 
    B: Hard-boiled eggs, banana, a spoonful of almond butter. 
    L: Ugh. What I could do at the lodge...uninspiring but compliant beef patty on lettuce, then some more salad greens (with apple cider vinegar only because there was no oil at the salad bar?); a couple of almonds. Tomorrow, I'll bring my own dressing at least.
    D: Pleasantly surprised by the Chipotle Whole30 Bowl.
    So yes, I'm getting a little bored with the choices I have at this point. But I feel good and realize that but for this effort, I'd be eating all kinds of crazy stuff while away from home. Plus, my knees felt so much better today than the last few times I skied, so I'll count that as a victory, too. And since the book says people are most likely to quit on Day 10 or 11, there's some new confidence that comes with staying on track today. I'm less worried about tomorrow since I have more of an idea what to expect and we went to the grocery store. If my littlest person will just sleep all night, I think tomorrow will be a great day!