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    Ann reacted to BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    We are so close yet so far from the end. I had to go recipe surfing to get inspired for next week.  I cruised through some of the logs on here and then hopped over to Instagram and Pinterest... then I bought the Whole 30 slow cooker book on my kindle. I probably have enough new recipes to last another two months.  I will say this though, the next few days will include chicken nuggets, burgers, and bang bang shrimp. My son had pizza last night and it nearly did me in, but that’s when I decided to buy the cook book.  Which I made a roast from it today and it did not disappoint.  Dig deep!  You can see this through to the end.
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    With only a week to go, it feels like my resolve is waning.  I'm feeling uninspired in the kitchen and my boring meals are reflecting that. Be glad that I'm not posting photos anymore.   A gooey pizza with lots of cheese and a cold beer sounds so good (which is exactly what so abruptly ended my second round). 
    And making things worse, my daughter, who is generally my biggest support, quit her Dryuary tonight.  I guess she and her work team had an especially stressful day and they all went to happy hour.  She texted this to me while I was in the grocery store trying to find some ready-to-eat compliant dinner.  It was so tempting (especially after her text, and an unusually long commute home) to just grab a tray of sushi and a bottle of wine.  But I didn't.  New Seasons has a very nice deli counter, and I got some marinated tri-tip steak, some sort of cauliflower/olive dish that looked good, and sesame green beans.  All of it compliant, except some canola oil in the steak and cauliflower dishes (which both also had olive oil, so hopefully the canola oil is a small amount).  And I walked right on past the wine aisle.  
    I'm sticking with it, but feeling pretty weak.  It even occurred to me after I got home that I could run up to the corner store and buy just a little can of wine (they do have a very nice selection of canned wine ... LOL!).   It just somehow sounds comforting to sit on the sofa with a glass of wine and the fire going, something mellow on TV while zoning out on my phone.  But I'm SOOOOO close (we're all so close, right?) - I just need to manage one more week, or for now, just one more evening. 
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    Ann got a reaction from LO867 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Three days pre-W30.  Cleaned out fridge and pantry as best I could (my adult kids live with me so can’t really get rid of their non compliant stuff).   And went shopping to stock up on everything.   Made homemade ghee, mayonnaise, and Romesco sauce.   Any boring meal can be made better with one of these. 
     
    I feel like I’m ready NOW to go all in, except I have plans on NYE to play board games and drink bourbon with my neighbors, so it just makes sense to wait till Wednesday.  At least I know I’m prepared for day one, when I will probably be ....not in the mood to shop, and looking for something I can just grab and eat. 
     
    I mentioned this in my intro, but my 27 yr old daughter (who lives with me) is doing her own 30-day mission alongside mine: she is a vegetarian who will for 30 days eat 100% vegan, do daily yoga, and eliminate alcohol.  So although our meals will be different, we will be supporting each other.  I sure love her.  
     
    Tonight I am enjoying a glass of wine (well, two).   Maybe it tastes better knowing I will be giving it up soon.  But I’m also looking forward to committing to no alcohol for a month. I’m sure it is the biggest part of what makes me feel better when I do a W30.  I’m also hoping to be transparent on here with that part of my struggle, without feeling judged. 
     
    Okay.  Here’s to a successful W30!  
    Ann

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    Ann reacted to BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Oh the chicken sounds delicious. I’m going to try this soon!
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    Ann reacted to BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    @Ann I’m so glad you are pushing through all the stress and pain and holding fast to your whole 30!  If jumping on the scale is the worst you did then I applaud you.  The past few weeks have been eye opening in regards to how much that number affects my perception of me.  
    I tried my theory about starting a new thread to post pics... didn’t work apparently our accounts are limited to a certain amount of space for digital media.  I’ve been bummed out about this because I really enjoyed posting pics and felt it gave me that much more accountability.  So I’m going to start posting my pics to my Instagram account that I set up just for my journey to health and I’ll post links to that.  
    Just because you are having cravings doesn’t make you a lush! It makes you normal, and facing them makes you Wonder Woman.
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    @BabyBear, you’re SO sweet to check in with me!  I’ve been lazy about posting (and reading posts, too), but I’m still on board!!   I think when I wasn’t able to upload photos anymore, I sort of lost my “posting” motivation.  But I’ve been taking photos and keeping track of what I’m eating.    


     
    This is a longer post since I’m making up for a few days’ missed time. 
    I did blow it with one rule - I stepped on the scale this morning.  I actually went to the garage, dug the ladder out from behind the suitcases, and climbed up to get it.  I feel bad that I did it, but fortunately I don’t think it will change anything as far as my Whole30 experience.  I’ve lost two pounds since the start.  I am incredibly relieved I haven’t gained any weight, which was my main concern.   But honestly, I’d take a few extra pounds if it meant less shoulder pain and regular good nights of sleep.

    Shoulder.  I see my PMC doctor tomorrow, and I’m anxious to see what she says.  It does seem my shoulder pain has eased up a bit in the last couple days, but that could be related to the high dose of Naproxen my doctor prescribed.  Or maybe it’s tiger blood!  

    Sleep.  Sleep has been decent, and sometimes great.  On Friday night, my sleep score was 89, which is incredible for me.  I am typically in the 65-74 range.  In addition to the high dose of Naproxen I'm taking, I have trazadone, which I started taking at bedtime when my shoulder started getting really bad.  I'm sure that plays into sleeping better.  
    Wine cravings.  I wanted wine this weekend more than I have so far on this round.  Maybe it was the self-pity about my shoulder stuff.  I didn’t do it, though!  My daughter decided to take a night off from her Dryuary, which made it even harder.  She didn't drink in the house or in front of me, but just knowing that my sister, brother-in-law, best friend and daughter have ALL given in to temptation made it harder for me to stick with it.  My next door neighbor is also doing a Dryuary, and he tells me he's been true to it.  Geez, it seems like I'm surrounded by a bunch of lushes (myself included)!!!   
    NSV - On Wednesday, a colleague mentioned how bright and fresh my skin seemed.  Felt good. 
    Okay, catching up on food log, for whatever it’s worth. 

    Wednesday/Day 15

    M1 - scrambled eggs, sautéed zucchini, avocado

    M2 - Spinach salad with red peppers, onions, pouch of albacore, vinaigrette, apple

    M3 - Chicken pot pie soup  (From 40 Aprons, in the Instant Pot.  This was really good!   I did have to add quite a bit of salt, though, otherwise it tasted a little too sweet or something, probably from the coconut milk).  Made for excellent leftovers.  


     
    Thursday/Day 16

    M1 - Fried eggs, sautéed zucchini, avocado, black coffee

    M2 - Leftover chicken pot pie soup

    Snack - Three dates

    M3 - Applegate turkey lunchmeat, steamed broccoli with ghee, mayo/spicy mustard for dipping


     
    Friday/Day 17

    M1 - Scrambled eggs and sautéed spinach with Frank’s Red Hot, black coffee

    M2 - Leftover chicken pot pie soup

    M3 - Can of chicken mixed with mayo, with cucumber slices (I piled the chicken on the cucumber and at it by hand)


     
    Saturday/Day 18: 

    M1 - Egg/bacon/asparagus/sweet potato casserole, half an avocado, black coffee.   (Casserole from Paleo Running Momma. I vacuum sealed it in single servings, and have been popping it into simmering water to re-heat, turns out great!  Day-old eggs in the microwave always turn out too dry or rubbery for my taste).  
    M2 - Applegate turkey lunchmeat, sliced peppers (I rolled the peppers up in the meat and dipped it in spicy mustard), a handful or two of almonds.

    M3 - Pork Carnitas with jicama slaw and green chile aioli (from the Cultured Caveman, a local paleo restaurant).  AMAZING.  I had these during a previous round and forgot how great they are.  The tortillas are made with eggs, EVOO, tapioca flour, coconut flour and sea salt.

    Snack - handful of chopped apple (my son made it for himself and I grabbed a handful)


     
    Sunday/Day 19: 

    M1 - Leftover egg/bacon/asparagus casserole, half an avocado, black coffee x2.

    M2 - I really can’t call this a meal because it wasn’t “proper” and it wasn’t much food.  Out running a bunch of errands with my daughter, and she really wanted to stop for a bite to eat.  I had really good leftovers from last night, so didn’t want to eat much, so I ordered a simple salad with sliced radishes and sunflower seeds, and put balsamic and olive oil on it. 

    M3 - Leftover pork carnitas tacos (x3)

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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    That's an awesome NSV!!!   
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    Ann reacted to CannaBoy in #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...   
    @Ann I hear ya! On my first W30 I had 3 restarts. By the third one my mind had shifted and I thought...wait...this is my body and I only have one...so I want to restart...I did and I'm glad I did :).
    What would W30 be without a restart. This time around I was doing good and then...I visited a "Natural" food store and there was a stand outside promo Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel Chocolate Coconut. I tried it and was suspect with how sweet it was. The label seemed clean...not so...Monk Fruit is a sweetener so... boooooo.... Oh well, my W30 starts again today...I plan to do a W60 anyway to make sure I am reset. Then on to reintroduction. The other "landmine" is Epic meat bars. Some of them have sugar added. I guess I need to become a professional label reader...
    Cheers!
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    Ann reacted to Jim Baunach in #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...   
    @CannaBoy I'm on day 12 and haven't slipped up yet.  It's been really, really hard though.
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    Ann reacted to w30virgo in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Love this discussion of the relationship with alcohol. I'm on my third round of Whole30, and I've made such huge strides with my relationship with alcohol through them. I'm 28, and I think the aspect of Whole30 that I'm most grateful for is the way that I've changed my drinking. Learning how to moderate and be really thoughtful with my drinking has made such a positive difference in my life. I think it's so great that you have the chance to talk with your daughter about this stuff!
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    I've never heard a fried egg described a sophisticated -- love it!   
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Agreed.  And one of the things we talked about was that the victory isn't in making it through January without a drink, but in those moments when we say no to a drink when we most want it, and LEARNING SOMETHING from that moment ... i.e. Why did I want it so much right then?  Is there some other need that can be filled with something other than a glass of wine?  What would have been different (better or worse) if I had imbibed?  What did I gain (or lose) by saying no thanks?  I think the same can be said for our food choices.   
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    I've never heard a fried egg described a sophisticated -- love it!   
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Agreed.  And one of the things we talked about was that the victory isn't in making it through January without a drink, but in those moments when we say no to a drink when we most want it, and LEARNING SOMETHING from that moment ... i.e. Why did I want it so much right then?  Is there some other need that can be filled with something other than a glass of wine?  What would have been different (better or worse) if I had imbibed?  What did I gain (or lose) by saying no thanks?  I think the same can be said for our food choices.   
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    Ann got a reaction from CannaBoy in #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...   
    My second W30 unexpectedly turned into a W24 by almost the same weakness - pizza and red wine.    
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Agreed.  And one of the things we talked about was that the victory isn't in making it through January without a drink, but in those moments when we say no to a drink when we most want it, and LEARNING SOMETHING from that moment ... i.e. Why did I want it so much right then?  Is there some other need that can be filled with something other than a glass of wine?  What would have been different (better or worse) if I had imbibed?  What did I gain (or lose) by saying no thanks?  I think the same can be said for our food choices.   
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    Ann got a reaction from heb2014 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Days 11 and 12.  These days were the toughest for me so far.  I was hungry, none of the food sounded very good, I craved wine or beer, and I woke up this morning with a headache.  But I stuck with it.  It's really helpful that I have such an awesome daughter - we had a few conversations about our relationship(s) with alcohol.  For her, it's learning that she can have a great time at social events without (even if she's the only one not drinking), and feeling confident getting behind the wheel before coming home, or not spending $$ on a Lyft.  For me, it's finding peace in my weekened/evening boredom.  You'll see in one of my photos below that we started a puzzle.  I haven't done one for years, and forgot how engaging it can be!   Anyhow, we are both feeling pretty proud of ourselves, and of each other, for sticking with it.  
    Sleep - Saturday night - 6.5 hours, 73 score; Sunday night - 7 hrs 20 mins, 82 sleep score (yay!).  
    Shoulder - Really uncomfortable/painful.  I've got a request in to my doctor to decide on next steps in treatment.  I know my sleep will improve once my shoulder is feeling better.  
    Saturday -
    M1: Scrambled eggs w shredded sweet potato and asparagus, bacon, avocado, apple.
    M2: Leftover chicken salad, steamed broccoli, olives, remainder of morning apple.  I also had this La Croix drink I'd never seen - Cofea Exotica.  I'm on the fence with this - it's very odd, but maybe it's okay?  
    M3:  Ground beef with potatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini on top of fresh spinach, olives. 
    Sunday:  
    M1: Leftover ground beef/veggie dish, Mustard BBQ sauce, avocado, black coffee.
    M2:  Roast beef, sauteed asparagus, carrots & celery with cashew butter, apple (gawd, I love these Cosmic Crisp apples so much).
    M3:  Roast beef, steamed broccoli w ghee, baked potato w ghee.  
    Snack:  Three medjool dates, more carrots/celery with cashew butter.
     
    Also, went to the dentist this morning and it looks like I've got another week with the Invisalign trays in.  Rats!   
     
     
     


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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    I've never heard a fried egg described a sophisticated -- love it!   
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    Ann got a reaction from heb2014 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Days 11 and 12.  These days were the toughest for me so far.  I was hungry, none of the food sounded very good, I craved wine or beer, and I woke up this morning with a headache.  But I stuck with it.  It's really helpful that I have such an awesome daughter - we had a few conversations about our relationship(s) with alcohol.  For her, it's learning that she can have a great time at social events without (even if she's the only one not drinking), and feeling confident getting behind the wheel before coming home, or not spending $$ on a Lyft.  For me, it's finding peace in my weekened/evening boredom.  You'll see in one of my photos below that we started a puzzle.  I haven't done one for years, and forgot how engaging it can be!   Anyhow, we are both feeling pretty proud of ourselves, and of each other, for sticking with it.  
    Sleep - Saturday night - 6.5 hours, 73 score; Sunday night - 7 hrs 20 mins, 82 sleep score (yay!).  
    Shoulder - Really uncomfortable/painful.  I've got a request in to my doctor to decide on next steps in treatment.  I know my sleep will improve once my shoulder is feeling better.  
    Saturday -
    M1: Scrambled eggs w shredded sweet potato and asparagus, bacon, avocado, apple.
    M2: Leftover chicken salad, steamed broccoli, olives, remainder of morning apple.  I also had this La Croix drink I'd never seen - Cofea Exotica.  I'm on the fence with this - it's very odd, but maybe it's okay?  
    M3:  Ground beef with potatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini on top of fresh spinach, olives. 
    Sunday:  
    M1: Leftover ground beef/veggie dish, Mustard BBQ sauce, avocado, black coffee.
    M2:  Roast beef, sauteed asparagus, carrots & celery with cashew butter, apple (gawd, I love these Cosmic Crisp apples so much).
    M3:  Roast beef, steamed broccoli w ghee, baked potato w ghee.  
    Snack:  Three medjool dates, more carrots/celery with cashew butter.
     
    Also, went to the dentist this morning and it looks like I've got another week with the Invisalign trays in.  Rats!   
     
     
     


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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Day 10.  (Yesterday)
     
    Sleep/Shoulder: I’m having a hard time sleeping bc of shoulder pain.  I’ve been icing it, and doing a couple of the easier PT exercises, but most of the PT is just too painful.  I bought a shoulder brace/strap which I wore last night but it didn’t seem to help.  I think I will call Monday and get a referral to a specialist to figure out next steps. I can’t go on like this. 
     
    Meal 1: two eggs, sautéed spinach and onions, avocado, Franks Red Hot, black coffee. 
    Meal 2:  Chipotle salad bowl with chicken. 
    Snack:  Turkey meat stick. 
    Meal 3:  Deli roast beef, roasted asparagus, reheated potatoes with w30 ketchup.  
    Snack:  Dates, celery/carrots with cashew butter.  Hot tea 
    Wine cravings:  Definitely wanted some wine tonight.  Didn’t help that I had a phone call with my friend who is also doing W30/Dryuary, and she was BUZZED!!  She said she decided to allow herself vodka and unsweetened grapefruit juice. What?!?!  She is doing all this mostly just for weight loss, so I suppose she isn’t feeling the need to be quite so strict.  She’s proud that I’m sticking with it, but she was one of my best support people, and I was already craving a drink before I talked to her.  Fortunately I don’t have any wine in the house and I’m not nearly as “weak” to the liquor cabinet, so I got through with herbal tea.   And ... my daughter went to a board game party last night, where they had a full bar with the husband mixing cocktails on request.  She said it was so hard, but she got through it and had a fun time.  I’m proud of her.  I think is harder to be young and single and out in a weekend and avoid drinking than for an older homebody like me!

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    Ann reacted to 50andstillhere in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    I like all of your pictures of your meals! I wish mine looked so good. I have been eating a lot of compliant grass fed hot dogs from Whole Foods, plus fish. My shoulder is killing me too, probably from sleeping in my side, so tonight I will lean back and sleep in a lazy boy chair!
     
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    Ann reacted to BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Hey let’s hear it for Day8. We crushed another day!  Your food looks yummy and happy.
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    Ann got a reaction from heb2014 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    The rest of my day has been better.  Just some frustrations this morning.  
    @heb2014  I've gone on a bit of an office kitchen strike a few times, but it doesn't usually last more than a day or so, because there's one other sweet person here who will notice it and take care of it.  I suppose I'd need to get her on board for the real offenders (the other three) to notice and care, and she's not the sort who would want to make an issue of it.  Plus ... it drives me nuts to see the office kitchen messy, so I just do it.  At the end of the day, I'm grateful to have a great job with people I like.  A coffee cup or two isn't a dealbreaker, or even something worth getting all that frustrated over.  Just a small thing, that turned into "kill that small thing" this morning.  I'm better now. 
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Day 8.   Nothing too interesting to report so I will just jump in with the mundane details.
    Sleep:  6 hrs 45 mins, 77 sleep score (fair).  But an hour and 20 mins of this was deep sleep, which is a lot for me. 
     
    Shoulder:  I bought a brace on Amazon which should arrive Saturday.  It is painful and not getting better. 
     
    Meal 1:  two eggs overeasy, sautéed spinach and peppers, avocado, strawberries, black coffee. 
    Meal 2:  leftover cauliflower and meatballs with half an avocado.  Even better the second day. Also a Cosmic Crisp apple. 
    Meal 3:  Israeli Chopped Salad (ate it sort of like an appetizer, and it is so good!  Took a while to make - lots of chopping - but worth it!).  More cauliflower and meatballs. I wonder why it looks so different between the lunch photo and the dinner photo? Maybe the fluorescent lights at work?).  
     
    Wine cravings:  Still doing good with this.  In prior rounds this part was much harder. I was doing Noom for 7 months prior to this round, though, and spent quite a bit of time and energy working on my habits, behaviors, thought patterns around wine and I think it has really helped. I did think about bread and butter today, though - it would sure taste good with this cauliflower meatball soup.   

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    Ann got a reaction from AmyG74 in First timer starting January 2!   
    The good news, then, is that next week will be easier, right?  Good job sticking to it when things aren’t going quite as you had planned.