Bojibelle

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About Bojibelle

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  • Birthday 06/06/1954

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    Denver, CO
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    Music, gardening, bicycling, my dog, swimming, cooking fantastic meals the paleo way

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  1. Day 5 and I am feeling left out. I don't have any headaches and I am not hungry between meals (with one exception and I had some turkey carcass soup with an avocado instead of a fruit snack which is what I would have done before) and I am sleeping great!. Perhaps I didn't offroad as bad as I thought. The two biggest challenges for me are: 1) no eggs for breakfast. Remember I am doing an AIP Whole 30. I have found some great recipes but just not the same; 2) not looking for something to crunch on - like plantain chips or the latest new paleo cracker. I love the salty savory crunch. I am over the sweet stuff. Of course I don't have any of it in the house so I just have a cup of tea in the evening - peppermint and chamomile with lavender. Very nice. And the best is to get into a hot bath right before bed. Awesome! Still eating on my left over Italian Pork Roast that I cooked earlier in the week. Next I am going to try chicken livers. I found some pastured chicken livers through US Wellness Meats. I will fry one package first. Next I will make some pate. Yummm! I work at home but have two dogs, one a puppy and they both need attention so that gets me up and walking them several times a day. Keep going strong! I know it will be worth it for all of us.
  2. And I don't know what I was thinking! I am still 61 for 6 more months!!
  3. Hello - I started on Jan 2 but have not had time until today to check in. I am 62 and this is my 4th or 5th W30 and I have always been successful with the 30 days, and the following month or two but then things sort of disintegrate. I had some major changes this fall - moved into a smaller place, remodeled that smaller place while living in it, started a new extremely fun but challenging job, helping my parents with some very heavy decisions on assisted living and got a new puppy. So my wheels went off the track. I always feel great when I eat and live the W30 way, so my goal this time is to understand my triggers better so that perhaps next time I won't go off track. The one thing that I have never been able to really fully heal is my digestion so I am going Whole 30 AIP this time which means no eggs and no nightshades although I don't eat the nightshades regularly anyway. Leaving eggs of the menu is a sacrifice for me but I eat so many of them, I think it is good to give it a break. I am going to journal this time so that when I do get stuck, I have some data to provide to the moderators. And at the end of 30 days, my gut (ha ha) says I will be doing a Whole 60. I am doing a bunch of cook-up on a regular basis. In fact there is a grass-fed/pastured pork roast in my crock pot. I used a WellFed 2 recipe - Italian Pork Shoulder Roast. It is my go to winter or summer! MMMMMMMM! Off to put dinner together for me and the dogs!
  4. Bojibelle

    7/1/15 - Experiments in Bike Riding

    Well I had a fall. Someone brought in gluten free cookies but certainly not Paleo. I indulged and regret it. Bloating. But back on regular compliance. I will feel better soon.
  5. Bojibelle

    7/1/15 - Experiments in Bike Riding

    @JenX - I did recover from the oatmeal. Glad you are walking but try to build up to your previous mileage. Just went back to compliant eating and was fine. Next was champagne because of bridal shower. Headache and achy joints that night. Not bad but could see how if I drank often it would accumulate and not be good for me. Then it was a wee bit of goat cheese on my zoodles and tomato basil mixture. Had a tiny bit of bloat. Again I think it is the accumulation that gets us. Today I was at a luncheon and they served salad with salmon. I brought my own dressing because I can't stand most commercial dressings. It was nice not to worry about how the salmon was cooked. Dessert was cheesecake or sorbet. I had neither and was most satisfied and a bit smug that I didn't eat them. Bottom line is that I like how I feel when compliant but miss things on occasion so will allow a treat every so often. I don't feel the need right now to keep testing things since I know how I react to them from previous W30s. Very different for me and my attitude feels healthy. Remember I said I hadn't lost weight per the scale - I did lose about 3 pounds which is probably water weight but people keep saying I look great. I guess I will go with the vista instead of the scale. Keep up the good work.
  6. Bojibelle

    7/1/15 - Experiments in Bike Riding

    And I forgot to say thanx to JenX. Muchas gracias.
  7. Bojibelle

    7/1/15 - Experiments in Bike Riding

    I tested oatmeal today and with in 30 minutes of eating breakfast I had a bloated stomach. I decided that it was not worth it to test any more the rest of the day. So I will be three days compliant and test goAt cheese for my next challenge. The good thing is that as I've been drinking water throughout the day the bloating has gone down but I am very constipated. TMI I am sure. Just the facts folks.
  8. Bojibelle

    Starting July 1st

    GFChris - I did not notice a difference in how my clothes fit or my measurements. I feel great and that is what I am focusing on. I did read those articles that you suggested and I get where the scale is not helpful but in reality I weigh too much for my frame. Frustrating but I will hang in there since I feel better. I don't do weights and perhaps that is the secret to body transformation.
  9. Bojibelle

    Starting July 1st

    I made it and forgot to weigh this morning. Go figure. But I had a doc appt so they did the honors. Just as I suspected - no weight loss. Frustrating so I am focusing on all the NSVs I had this month. I did start reintroducing with Steel cut oats cooked over night in the crock pot. and my gut doesn't like it so not going to do any more today and head back to W30 land for the next two days until my next challenge of goat cheese.
  10. Bojibelle

    Starting July 1st

    So it is day 30 and I am in a mediation all day. They brought in a horrible salad. I should have brought my own. I decided not to eat the salad and just drink water until I can get some real food. Am I being a W30 snob? I know I should eat but I can't bring myself to eat turkey that I know has sugar in it plus a bunch of other additives. I did finally go out and get a salad. That being said it has been a good W30. I have had tiger blood for the past 2 weeks. I have been sleeping well. My only complaint is that my pants fit them same as at the start. I have been mostly paleo for almost 3 years and while I feel great it is not a weight loss program for me. Not sure what I need to differently because I have done low carbs and eating carbs. I had said I was thinking about continuing on but I am going to call it good at the end of today. After reintro, I am going to stay compliant unless I am eating out and then only if I can't be compliant (oils, sugars). I know I don't need to add in gluten or legumes. But do want to check out some favorites that I want to use in the winter. Goat cheese, oatmeal and rice and maybe natural sweeteners - honey and maple syrup. But the sweeteners will probably lead to baking and those are my gateway foods. I like the encouragement I get from the posts on this thread. Do we start a new one under Reintro or do we keep up with each other here?
  11. Bojibelle

    Starting July 1st

    Rdallas - Not a moderator but it sounds like you may need more time. JenX - You have been a great inspiration during this month. Even with your foot issue. Be kind to your foot and ramp it up slowly, speaking from experience with my new knee and my rehab. BGal - you have hung in there through thick or thin. It has not been a fun month for you. You are so sensitive and that can be impacted by your digestion. Just curious if you have ever had your digestion checked? Perhaps IBS or SIBO. Others who are too many to mention - Thanks for your insight and encouragement! For me, I am debating on whether to reintroduce or continue for another 30 days. I don't need to check gluten or legumes since I know I do poorly with those. But I do want to check some grains (white rice and oatmeal) and some goat cheese. I have not lost weight - pants still fit the way they did at the beginning of the month. My sleep is great, usually getting some daily exercise, I have tiger blood with so much energy and only one headache the entire month but my digestion is a bit off. A bit constipated alternating with the opposite. I had lunch out today - cherries, salad greens with a nice piece of salmon and a vinagerette dressing that didn't have sugar in it but probably had a bit of champagne in it. My gut is in turmoil today. Perhaps the tiny bit of champagne or the oil they used or the cherries right before lunch. I think it is the oil as I know I can be sensitive to anything other than a top quality EVO or coconut oil or lard. I remember BGal saying that she was never going to eat out again and I feel the same way today. I will decide on Thursday.
  12. Bojibelle

    Starting July 1st

    Hi everyone! I have been traveling and it is not easy to respond to these wonderful posts on my iPhone. I too have had the blahs about food but I think that is because I have been so busy this week and I haven't had time to properly prepare the food I like. I am doing well to stay compliant even while traveling. There were a few times on my trip when I almost threw it all in but stayed the course. Yay! I haven't thought about chocolate but I have thought about ice cream and Jackson's Potato Chips - both white and sweet. They are made in Colorado and are cooked in coconut oil. Just writing about them makes me salivate. As for re-intros I am going to try oatmeal, goat cheese, white rice in that order. I know better than to add wine back in more than just occasionally and I don't need to go the route of gluten because I know from past experience what it does. Can't think of anything else that I am interested in other than ice cream and potato chips. So I found out my dog has fleas - a first for me after 30 years in Colorado. Our spring/summer has been so damp they are everywhere when we never used to have to worry about them. Trying to get my house clean and that is a challenge. Hopefully cleaning lady is coming on Sunday to help. If you have any tips about how to manage, I would welcome them.
  13. Bojibelle

    Starting July 1st

    JenX - Good for you on the kombucha. I don't know how to make it but you said sweet tea? How does it work. And yes the migraine is gone. It took most of 2 days. BritishGal - Good for you in standing your ground at the BBQ. But what are champers? And last night I had a piece of grilled salmon with roasted beets (ghee) and green beans (olive oil) and some butternut squash (ghee) and a grilled peach. That was the most satisfying meal I have had in a long time. Stellala - You will not regret this change. This is the 3rd time for me and I never lose a bunch of weight but I lose gut issues, headaches, tiredness and I wonder why I ever stray away. I guess we are all human. And I will say ditto to the encouragement this forum has provided to me. I read about someone else's concern and it is one of mine too so I look forward to the response from a moderator. Traveling to DC this week and also have a phone interview. It will be a wild ride but it is all good!
  14. Bojibelle

    Starting July 1st

    @fmr_sailor - Your honesty is so refreshing. Each one of us has our own way of working through the W30 and for someone coming from the WW mindset, I know that has its own challenges. I am a former WW too and not using a scale is a tough change. Except that WW tells you to only weigh once a week so it isn't all that foreign. For my life, eating Paleo has become a life style for me. I batch cook often but not always. Summer is so easy because I can throw some protein and veggies on the grill and have dinner in about 20 minutes. In the winter, I batch cook a lot because when I get home after work I want something hot and substantial and there it is, almost like magic and I don't have to cook. That saves the snacking until dinner is done. And my focus this time has been to deal with all the other lifestyle challenges since the food is pretty much under my belt. Those are the more difficult for me right now. I am sure you will find your stride when it is the right time in your life and not before. Good luck.
  15. Bojibelle

    Starting July 1st

    So after 16 days of going strong without all of the normal detox challenges - headachy, muscle aches, I have a migraine today. Because I have to be capable and responsible for my job today, I took my meds. It really is frustrating to get a headache when I am eating as clean as I am. I could understand if I were eating dairy, sugar and chocolate but I am not. I reviewed everything I ate but couldn't find anything that wasn't compliant even with eating out. granted there could be oils that I don't normally eat but that hasn't bothered me in the past. What I really think is going on is stress from work. I had a rather nasty "breakup" with a direct report and when I reached out to work at mending fences, it was pretty much rebuffed. Glad I have decided it is time for me to try something new but that still doesn't take away the sting. So what else am I doing to relieve the stress and the migraine besides take my Axert at $40 a pill (which is very effective and worth it when I need it): 1. Joined up with the Oprah/Depok free 21 day meditation and doing that first thing in the morning - thinking about grace and how much it is related to forgiveness 2. Breathing deeply 3. Going Frozen and letting it go. 4. Looking for that next opportunity which I may have found. I have a phone interview next week. 5. Spending time with friends this weekend - book group (Reading The Crane's Wife / Patrick Ness - interestingly enough all about forgiveness) and yoga. 6. Ordained as a Universal Life Minister and helping some friends with their vows this weekend so I can officiate at their ceremony in September. Hope you all have a great weekend! 7. Life is good!