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  1. I ALWAYS make the mistake of trying to do too much, even when I say I'm going to keep it simple. I never learn but I keep trying! I already know that's what I'm going to do for the Christmas party (yep, Hoedown friends). The "guidelines" for the party are to bring something festive that you aren't going to get to eat for your holiday dinner but will miss or something new that you would like to try out before serving it for Christmas or whatever strikes your fancy so it's pretty wide open. I'm limiting myself to not duplicating someone else's offering because I don't want to appear judgy; I just want to have some things that I can eat and fly under the radar at the same time. Since sweet potatoes are already on the menu, I was thinking of doing something with regular potatoes but I'm having a hard time finding anything without dairy. I have a really good au gratin recipe and I might make that using good chicken stock and herbs instead of cream ( maybe topped w bacon crumbles?) or I might try hasselback potato and brush them with herb-infused duck/bacon fat. There is a humongous 1930's restored oven that is the coolest oven ever that we'll be able to use. Her name is Stella. I'm also thinking about stuffing 'shrooms with spinach/artichoke dip using cauli mash as the base instead of dairy and I'd like to bring a green vegetable, too since we don't have one yet. I might make the creamed kale (coconut milk version) that I brought for Thanksgiving even though there will be a lot of the same people there. I already have the kale cleaned, cooked and chopped because my husband wanted to bring it for his potluck lunch at work but now he's skipping it. As I type all of this, I realize that I have a plan! Or at least most of one. Cool. I love my hula hoop but it's not weighted; that sounds like even more fun. I'm not very good at it but it's still fun. We have a friend that is really, really good and it's amazing to watch her. I saw mine leaning against the wall a couple of days ago and thought about how perfect it would be for incorporating more movement. I think I could do it even with my sore foot, which is better but I'm trying to be careful. It seems like there's still something funky going on it there but at least I can walk and am not in excruciating pain any more. I managed to get a fair amount done, cookup-wise but need to get lunches for Wednesday and Thursday ready to go since we'll have late nights tomorrow and Wednesday nights. I grabbed the Costco-sized pack of chicken thighs because I was running low so if I get those baked off tonight, that will take care of those lunches. I think I'm going to use my mom's standard seasoning for them: s&p, lots of garlic powder and butter (ghee this time). I even made more ghee last night so we could have buffalo wings for dinner. Pork chops for dinner tonight, steaks tomorrow for my husband's birthday, eating out on Wednesday and chuck roast for the rest of the week, assuming we survive TWO nights out in a row! Dentist appointment this afternoon then tomorrow we finally get to drop off the car to get the deer damage repaired. We weren't going to get a rental but it's going to take 7-10 days for the repairs so we're getting some little front wheel drive something that can deal with the possible snow/ice we're going to get. Busy, busy... Cheers to you as well!
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    Sunday, Dec 8, Day 16: Sleep: 7h 35m + 2h 18m awake = 9h 54m in bed/sofa Crazy night! I managed to really hurt my foot watching TV and when I got up to go to bed, I could barely walk. After a couple of hours lying in bed in pain, I took some ibuprofen and rubbed some anti inflammatory gel on my foot then moved to the sofa so I could elevate it and ice it down. Finally got to sleep and slept really well until 730. Not going to be able to push my steps for a while. Very late M1/M2 AKA brunch: 3 scrambled eggs w broccoli, fermented peppers, cherry tomatoes handful of pecans and a cup of turkey bone broth around 4 M3: buffalo chicken wings w ranch dressing Steps: 4,237 better than I thought I'd be able to do. Foot is still sore but I can walk on it if I don't flex too hard. Just need to keep treating and taking it easy
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    I thought I'd try something new this time and create a log. I've kept a bare bones paper log once before but never a public one. I made a spur of the moment decision that I wanted another W30 to guide me back onto the path and help create some more good habits. I am specifically going to focus on sleep and movement while letting the program show me once again how much better I feel when I follow the guidelines. It was amazing how quickly my brain switched to W30 rules! Saturday Nov 23, Day 1: Sleep last night: 7h 38m + awake 1h 38m = 9h 16m in bed M1: 2 scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and cherry tomatoes late M2: burger patty and a big pile of slaw w homemade mayo M3: burger patty with raw brocc and homemade ranch dressing Not very imaginative but no snacking, it fit the template and was compliant. 8411 steps and no extra activity except 4 min each hand with the gyro ball Sunday, Day 2: Sleep: 7h 13m + 1h 31m awake = 8h 45m in bed M1: 2 fried eggs with a sm beef steak and fermented radishes M2: grilled salmon filet, raw brocc and ranch dressing M3: Serious Eats Pork Chili Verde need more veggies but the chili verde sauce is all veg so not too bad- still need more. no snacking. 10,422 steps that included 4 trips up/down the driveway with medicine ball fun in between each lap
  4. Good morning @LadyLisbette! Are you familiar with Sara Ballantyne? She must've been reading our thread; I had this article in my email this morning: https://www.thepaleomom.com/goitrogens-cruciferous-vegetables-thyroid-disease/. I find her research to be impartial, thorough and like that she includes a bibliography so you can read her reference material for yourself if you want to. I'm on the downhill side of my W30 now: Day 16! Unfortunately, I managed to hurt myself last night WATCHING A MOVIE! I did something to my foot, I guess, as a result of the funky way I was sitting on the sofa. I got up to go to bed and almost couldn't walk. It hurt A LOT so I got out of bed around midnight so I wouldn't keep my husband awake and took some ibuprofen, iced and elevated it and slathered it with an anti-inflammatory gel I had in the medicine cabinet. It's swollen but better this morning. I was going to go to an urgent care but decided that since it was better, I'd keep doing what I was doing and go see ortho tomorrow if I need to. I was so proud of myself for getting my 10K steps in yesterday even though all I wanted to do was take a nap (and I never nap- I'm terrible at it). I walked our driveway and up around the house to make a little loop and played with the medicine ball on each lap. Then...drumroll, please...I took a nice long tub soak with some amazing bath salts, guitar music, a glass of elderberry kombucha and the fourth Earthsea book- heaven. Squeaky got comfy on the bathmat next to me and kept me company the whole time, too. Then I hurt myself siting on the sofa. Doh! I had the privilege of not leaving the house yesterday and that was great! I puttered around and did a little of this and that. We had picked up some produce and chicken pieces parts on the way home Friday so I'm set for a small cook-up today after we go watch the Saint's game. I spent a big hunk of yesterday morning trying to come up with an appetizer and a couple of vegetable side dishes for our Christmas party. Our hostess sent out a list of what people were bringing and, except for the prime rib, I can't eat ANY OF ITI!!! I don't want to duplicate what someone else is bringing (green salad, sweet potatoes) and I want something appropriately festive. This is the first time I've had a major holiday event during a W30 and it's being more difficult that I thought. I had a major pout-fest and seriously questioned why I was doing this when I saw the menu but I got over it after a couple of hours and decided to view it as a challenge to get creative. Now create, damnit!! Time to get moving, or hobbling, as the case may be. Plan, plan, plan so I'm eating before we go to watch the ball game. Have a marvelous day!
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    Thanks! Saturday, Dec 7, Day 15: "A date which will live in infamy..." Thinking of all of the people that died that day as well as the recent shooting victims. Sleep: 6h 45m + 1h 14m awake= 8h 1m in bed M1: 3 boiled eggs w mayo, cherry tomatoes, fermented peppers M2: pan-seared chicken breast diced and added to broccoli, cherry tomatoes w ranch dressing- made enough for both of us this time! M3: surf (trigger fish) and turf (sirloin) w blistered green beans Steps: 10,175 Yay! and that included 4 trips up the driveway with some medicine ball fun in between each trip Halfway and it's flying by!
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    Friday, Dec 6, Day 14: Had a slight hissy fit and pouted for about two hours last night when I realized that I can eat nothing except the prime rib at an upcoming Christmas party/wine tasting. Nothing! It kinda took the wind out of my Tiger Blood sails but I'm trying to put my big girl pants on and come up with an hors d' oeuvre and veg side dishes that I can eat, everyone else will enjoy and won't be a duplicate of something that's already there. I'm glad I have a couple of weeks to brainstorm because I'm drawing a blank. Anyway... Sleep: 6h 41m + 1h 35m awake= 8h 17m in bed 20 minutes of weights (forgot to document 20 minutes of mobility yesterday morning) M1: same + fermented radishes M2: same as M3 yesterday M3: pan-seared chicken breast diced and added to broccoli, cherry tomatoes and green onion w ranch dressing- delicious and gorgeous enough that my husband was jealous that he only had steamed broccoli w cheese to go with his chicken Steps: 8,954 I need to start checking my steps late in the evening- it would have been a good mental boost to get another 47 steps in! That's two days in a row!
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    Thursday, Dec 5, Lucky Day 13: Sleep: 6h 53m + 1h 7m awake= 8h in bed Would have liked a little more sleep but the fact that I was only awake for an hour is great! M1: same w fermented dilly beans M2: Sous vide dark meat turkey (again! and totally over it) and cauli mash w better butter sm handful of cashews and blueberry drinking vinegar w soda M3: meatloaf muffins and sauteed brussels sprouts I remembered to add collagen to my tea tonight! Steps: 7,988 One more trip up and down the stairs and, at least I would have broken 8K
  8. I've read that about cruciferous vegetables as well but have never followed up on it. A quick look brought up this: https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/cruciferous-vegetables#iodine-thyroid-function which has a nice explanation and I also saw an Mayo article that said it would take very high consumption for it to be a problem but they didn't define "high consumption". I should have questioned her more but I found it curious that my eye doctor asked me if I ate a lot of kale. I told her that I eat green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables at least once a day and almost always more than that. She said she could tell by the health of my eyes; they were very clear. I hate to generalize, but as a laboratory professional, many physicians are sorely lacking the knowledge to order and interpret labs. They aren't taught it in medical school and have to just pick it up along the way- hardly a good approach. Thyroid function testing is one of those areas that if often not done properly. It's probably more information than you want, but take a look at "Stop The Thyroid Madness" if you want more information about it. There are other tests that should be ordered along with a TSH for it to truly be a useful diagnostic tool. Your "weekend" is where you find it! I rotated through working weekends (usually every other, or every 3rd) for most of my career and, even though I missed out on some events, it was usually nice to have the time off during the week to get things done because you avoid the crowds. You're breakfast sounds lovely. I get the motormouth thing. For me, it's filling a void and trying to do "something" to help. When my dad was dying I channeled it into cooking for everybody and cleaning the kitchen. There wasn't anything I could do for him at that stage so I filled the void by doing for the people I love that were there. Aside from my dad, and his disease progressed so quickly (and from afar), I also have had no experience with terminal illnesses in people that are close to me. It can be hard enough to face the consequences of it at work and I don't even know the patients who have so generously consented to allow me to preserve their cells for research "for the good of mankind".
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    Wednesday, Dec 4, Day 12: Sleep: 7h 17m + 1h 29m awake=8h 39m in bed actually slept well but my husband tossed and turned and kept me from falling asleep for an hour or so. 20 minutes stretching/mobility M1 same as Monday with fermented radishes M2: same as Tuesday Went to a friend's graduation and didn't have any of the gorgeous Russian cake his wife brought. Or the liquor-filled dark chocolates or the Champagne! The whole room smelled like sugar! I wonder if anyone noticed besides me? cashews- wasn't hungry just snacky M3: pork chop with Bavarian seasoning and sugar snaps sauteed in oo. Had CBD/chamomile/lemongrass tea after dinner same as Tuesday (forgot to doc) -added some hibiscus flowers this time but forgot to add a second serving of collagen. I haven't documented it but I have two cups of black coffee every morning (usually 3 on the weekend) and add collagen to one cup. Also have about 4 oz kombucha every day. Sometimes a little more, sometimes less. Also try to remember to do a gut shot every day but that's hit or miss! Steps: 8,767 better...
  10. All of your walking/hiking SF sounds amazing! It's so great that you got to revisit favorite places. Like NY, even thinking about going to SF is overwhelming to me. There's so much to see and do, where do you even start? Like the fettucini alfredo I made a couple of months ago, it was delicious and worth it and not-to-be-repeated anytime soon! But sooo delicious! Dr. visit was good. I DID look at the scale but it was in kilos so I was safe right up until the nurse did the math and blurted it out! I've lost 5 lbs so that was good to know even though I was guessing it was about that just from how I felt. My blood pressure has been borderline for ages; it went down some then they lowered the threshold and I'm borderline again (at home I'm under the cut-off but in the office I'm just above). She was good with continuing lifestyle mods and suggested I see either an allergist or ENT about my nighttime congestion. I opted for allergist first so that ball is rolling now. Sleep quality is my biggest issue so I hope we can make some kind of progress. I was so tired last night and wonderfully, snuggly sleepy when I went to bed until my husband came home, came straight to bed and couldn't sleep. When he can't sleep, nobody sleeps I think I would have had a really good night sleep if he hadn't kept me awake for over an hour. Next week is going to be a bit of a challenge. My husband's birthday is Tuesday and we're going to see a tribute show for Tony Joe White that should be amazing judging from the musicians that are participating but the venue has terrible food even if I'm not W30-ing. There's BBQ place nearby that we like so I asked them about sugar, soy, etc and found out their brisket is compliant but, other than that, plain baked potato is the only other thing I can eat and that doesn't excite me a whole lot. The next night we're going to the Country Music Hall of Fame to see the First Ladies of Bluegrass (musicians that we're really familiar with that were the first women to win artist of the year for their particular instruments- banjo, bass, guitar, fiddle, mandolin). At least that show has reserved seating so we don't have to be there when the doors open to get good seats like we do at the other venue. I need to make a plan and I'm drawing a blank but, hopefully, I'll come up with something that is celebratory but I can also make compliant. I did some good stretching and strength this morning but I'm really struggling to move more during the day. It's a work in progress!
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    Tuesday. Dec 3, Day 11: Sleep: 6h 52m + 1h 45m awake= 8h 37m in bed M1: same as Monday M2: sous vide turkey dark meat with jus + fat, turnips and broccoli sauteed in duck fat 1/2 cup turkey bone broth M3: pan-fried turkey "oysters" and slaw made w fermented hot pepper "vinegar" & homemade mayo, pinch of dried coconut to finish Steps: 6,767 Need to step up my step game!
  12. Today is Day 11 so I'm over 1/3 of the way there and definitely feeling slimmer. My sleep hasn't been very good, though, and that's disappointing. My new glasses will have a blue light filter in them so I'm hoping that might help but I won't have them for at least another week. I had whisker tickling and face washing in the middle of the night, too. It doesn't help my sleep but I like knowing he's inside and safe. Did I mention that we got a set of steps for him to be able to get his arthritic rear end in bed? He was really struggling and clawing his way up. It took a couple of tries to find an acceptable set of steps but he uses them all the time now. He sits on my night table and waits for me to get in bed most nights. Crazy cat! That's great that they're bonding with you both. Maybelle never did totally settle down after her traumatic start in life and was always on high alert. It got better over the years but we were always sad that she never got out of panic mode; a heavy footstep was all it took to send her flying up the stairs to her safe place in the attic. So glad your girls are adjusting so well! I've been having thoughts of chili, too! I like to use chuck roast for my chili and I'm not sure I have a big enough piece to make it a worthwhile endeavor so I need to inventory. I have turkey everywhere right now! Since I didn't need it for Thanksgiving Day, I waited until Sunday to deal with it. I roasted one breast and both thighs, froze one breast and experimented with sous vide on the legs and wings. The experiment was a raging success and now I have a bunch of deliciously juicy dark meat all for me! I roasted the carcass and put it plus all of the drippings from the roasting pan on a long simmer to make stock. My husband worked from home yesterday so it cooked all day and is so delicious I couldn't resist having a cupful when I got home. Squeaky gets his share, too. I pulled some of the little bits of meat out of the pot and minced it up with the gizzard, heart and skin so I'll be able to give him some of that for a few days. No waste here! I've been a bit tired and not moving as much as I would like so I need to work on that. Still. Follow-up doctor appointment today - am I going to look at the scale? Probably
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    Monday, Dec 2, Day 10 Sleep: 6h 36m + 1h 39m awake= 8h 15m in bed M1: 2 eggs scrambled with ground pork, shredded brussels sprouts and broccoli (this will be my breakfast all week), fermented curried cauli M2: the rest of the turkey thigh, cran-cherry sauce, cauli/mushroom "pilaf" M3: sous vide turkey dark meat, sauteed turnips Steps: 6,468
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    Sunday, Dec 1 Day 9 ( I'm obviously all mixed up about what day/date it is! ): Sleep: 7h 50m + 1h 55m awake = 9h 45m in bed M1: 2.5 pieces of Pederson's bacon, 2 eggs scrambled with a big handful of chopped broccoli topped w fermented curried cauli Lots of cherry drinking vinegar watching football but NO bar food. Chomps stick when I got home. M2: turkey thigh, cran-cherry sauce, cauli/mushroom "pilaf" Steps: 7,444. Didn't meet my goal but better than yesterday. Was pretty hangry after we got home from the football game but wasn't hungry enough to eat before we left Bad planning but didn't see another way around it unless I smuggled food into the bathroom and ate there- yuck.
  15. It sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving, complete with a black cat! Day 9 arrived with Tiger Blood! Feeling great and much less puffy. Wish my sleep was a little better but I'm working on it. My movement yesterday was a little lacking but I was tired and was happy to do some quiet things. I had lots of grandiose ideas about what I wanted to accomplish with four days in a row off of work. Hahaha! I'm taking it in stride, though and enjoying the time as well as things I have gotten done rather than beating myself up for not getting all the things done. I stalled out on getting rid of stuff but I'm not quitting! I just won't finish within the 30 days but I'm going to get it done. Yesterday I parted ways with five (!!) binders full of recipes that I had amassed over the years and really never used. Now I have room for all of my notebooks that I use to document what I'm doing when I'm tweaking on recipes. So, I've discovered that shrubs (AKA drinking vinegar now-a-days) are typically made with a butt-load of sugar so I'm working on infused vinegars instead. I've been wanting to make fire cider but had a hard time finding fresh horseradish root. I finally found some and got it infusing yesterday. It will be ready in a month and I'll add some honey to it to ameliorate the vinegar & hot spices but I'll be finished with my W30 by then. For now, I macerated the cherries left from my cranberry sauce with some ACV and used it to flavor some soda water yesterday and I really liked it. My husband wanted to go out and watch feetsball so I ate ahead of time so I wouldn't be tempted by bar food and I brought my cherry concoction and it made me so happy to have something fun to drink! I researched some other infused beverages this morning and ordered a few ingredients so I'll have some festive drinks for our Christmas party. I'm doing a bare bones cook-up today and roasting part of that turkey for dinner so we'll have some leftovers. It's beautiful outside but I'll probably wind up in front of a football game (again ) but all is good. Yesterday was a day of rain and more rain but I finally got my husband to take that walk/hike with me on Friday and we had a really nice time. He, of course, was walking too fast and complaining that his hip was hurting at the same time but I sucked it up and kept up with him. I knew I could outlast him and he would slow down as he tired but he called it at 3 miles. It was fun and I'm hoping it will be an icebreaker so I can get him out more often. I always try to give myself a present when I start & finish a W30 round so I got a pair of Correcttoes since they were on sale to celebrate starting. I think I'm going to make an appointment for some highlights in my hair to celebrate my finish. I've been wanting to try a technique called balayage but am always a chicken when it comes to doing something to my hair. I'm feeling like it looks a bit drab right now so I think that will perk it up a bit and camouflage some gray without being high-maintenance. New glasses, new hair and new habits to start the new year!
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    Saturday Nov 29 Day 8: Sleep: 7h 50m + 1h 55m awake= 9h 45m in bed M1: 3 fried eggs, 2 sliced Pederson's bacon, fermented radishes M2: brunschweiger, broccoli and ranch Made a "syrup" with cherries macerated in ACV to add to soda for a drinking vinegar-style drink. Yum! M3: NomNompaleo's cream of mushroom soup and some slices of prosciutto Steps: 4461 but got a lot done; it just didn't require much movement, sadly. Made fire cider and sorted through (and got rid of) 5 binders of recipes as part of the Mins Game! Yaaay! Feeling really good and was totally stoked to have something delicious to drink. Didn't miss having a beer while we watched the ballgame at all and made sure I wasn't hungry so I wasn't tempted to eat bar food. It had been a dreary, rainy day so it was good to get out of the house, run a couple of errands and socialize for a bit. Need more steps and more vegetables!
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    Day 7: Opt Outside Friday! Sleep: 5h 57 + 1h 32m awake= 7h 29 min in bed so a little low on sleep because we went to bed so late but feeling good even if a little tired. Planning a low key day! Lazy and reading so didn't get around to M1 until it was almost time for M2 so just skipped it. M2: burger and slaw w fermented peppers Did a 3 mile hike and had a Chomp's stick, some coconut an a few dried blueberries as a post workout snack M3: small ribeye and the last of my creamed kale from Thanksgiving Steps: 11,002! Trying to stay >10K for all 4 of my days off but the weather Saturday is supposed to be awful so I'll have to figure out how to make that happen.
  18. Happy Day After National Overeating Day! I ate, I survived and I had a great time! My plan to eat ahead of time was a flop; I was too busy cooking to make it happen but I managed to push M1&2 back a few hours so I wasn't ravenous when we got to the party. Holy Cow! There was a TON of food but almost nothing I could eat except turkey and brisket until some lovely soul brought some brussels sprouts! I made the sweet potato-stuffed oranges and topped them with a fancy Italian meringue instead of those dreadful marshmallows but I forgot to leave it off of one of them so I didn't even get one. My husband said they were awesome, though! Nomnom's cran-cherry sauce was very good but not cherry-y. I added a little orange peel to it and that was nice but I wanted to be able taste the cherries. I also brain-farted and forgot to get the apple juice to sweeten it but my husband sacrificed the apples I got for him and I ran them through the juicer (the one I'm about to sell! ) so I'm going to make it again but will probably use 2 parts cherries:1 part cranberries. The creamed kale was a little bit of an adventure, too. I was only going to make my compliant version with coconut milk but my husband was helping me cook and asked what was in it Doh! Busted! So I had to make a second one w cream. At first I was disappointed that the coconut milk version tasted like coconut but by the time it sat for a bit then got transported to the party, you couldn't taste it at all. I topped it with toasted pine nuts and was really happy with it. I only have one little serving of it leftover. I had two small servings of everything, was very satisfied and wasn't even very tempted by all of the pies. I was, however, slightly tempted when offered a taste of a really nice, really expensive red wine. I was sipping on a concoction that I brought that had ginger in it so I used that as an excuse to pass- no sense wasting very good wine when I've blown up my palate with ginger. I was exaggerating but it worked. If I had just declined, I would have gotten some push back by one person and I didn't want to go there. It was easier to use an excuse. I noticed a couple of people drinking LaCroix; I wish I liked them but I don't. I did, however, like it mixed with a shrub (fruit & vinegar-based fermented beverage) that I had at the biodynamic conference. I think I'll work on that for our Christmas gathering. I'm not sure what I'm going to be up to for the next couple days and I'm plenty tired from yesterday. I managed >10K steps and most of it was in the kitchen with a million trips down to the basement (AKA as my butler's pantry). I think I have my husband convinced to walk the rails-to-trails with me today even though it's overcast and chilly. It's not raining or freezing so yay! The only thing I HAVE to do today is either put my turkey in brine or put it in the sous vide thing. Other than that, I want to take it a little easy. I hope your trip is being wonderful and can't wait to hear about it. One of the many things I'm grateful for is your friendship so, blessings on you, my friend! Until later.
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    That looks really good; I'll have to try it. I have a country pork pate that I like but the percentage of liver in it is pretty low. I've also read that pork liver is the strongest flavored liver so trying the beef sounds like a good plan. I think I'll bring that to a Christmas gathering next month. Hmmm, I kind of assumed the Usinger's was widely available since it's made in Milwaukee and I've gotten it in both Louisiana and Tennessee but I guess not. Sorry. Day 6, Thanksgiving Day!!: Sleep: 7h 29m + 2h 7m awake= 9h 36m in bed M1: 2 fried eggs w fermented peppers, broccoli and ranch dressing (late 1000) M2: burger patty with a big pile of slaw (also late 1430- trying to NOT arrive at the party starving) M3: turkey, brisket, my Cran-Cherry sauce, brussels sprouts, my creamed kale w pine nuts- 2 sm helpings and didn't overeat. We were at a party and here's all of the thing's I didn't have: cornbread dressing, ham, mac-n-cheese, the sweet potatoes I made because I forgot to leave the topping off of one of them, pies, pies and more pies, homemade bread with Irish butter, lots of casserole-y things that looked delicious and lots more. It was hard but finding the brussels sprouts helped a lot because I felt like I had a complete meal. Also turned down a taste of a very good, very expensive red wine. Steps: 10,549 most of it in the kitchen and up and down the stairs because I was cooking all day!
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    Well, I'm not just starting; my first W30 was in 2014 so I've been around the block a couple of times , three to be exact. This is my 4th W30 and my second one was a W60! I reap more benefits and lasting good habits with every round so I decided it was time for a re-set to give me some much needed focus. Yes, brunschweiger is liver sausage- think liver cheese luncheon meat but better. Even though, unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of liver I liked liver cheese as a kid and finally found a compliant braunschweiger, Usinger's if anybody's interested, and it's delicious. I've never heard of pak dong but it sounds interesting. Yeah, that's a lot of sugar in that recipe! BTW, I can't remember how I discovered Katy Bowman. I think I was surfing looking for proper squat technique and ran across a terrible video of hers that I could barely understand so I went to her website and got hooked. I have several of her books and have shared them and I subscribe to her virtual classes as well. She's awesome! Wednesday, Day 5: Sleep was terrible: 6h 24m + 2h 50m awake= 9h 14m in bed 15 min mobility M1: 2 eggs, 2 sausage patties, a big pile of stir fried onion, celery, cabbage and kale, pickled radishes M2: meatball soup w kale (cream of tomato), cherry tomatoes a couple of slices of prosciutto M3: pork chili verde w steamed cauli 8,073 steps
  21. Plan, plan, plan! It's what we do when we're on track and focused. Those wraps sound perfect for traveling. I need to give them another go and this time actually wrap them up so they're not so messy. Tarragon in the ranch sounds great; I'll try it with my next batch. I've never had much luck subbing yogurt but that's just a personal thing. It brings a sourness that I'm not crazy about but I haven't tried it in ages so maybe my taste (and yogurt choices) have changed so I'll have to try that as well- in about 25 days. I decided to try something new and started a log for this W30. Littleg chimed in and expressed concern that I wasn't including enough fat. She doesn't know me very well! I struck out on cherries but did find the fresh horseradish (for a different project) that I've been looking for for weeks. I'm worried that it's past its prime but I kept my receipt and will return it if it's bad when I cut it open. Your post gave me a giant boost! I needed some affirmation and your positive thoughts helped a bunch- refocused and feeling Tiger Blood-ish instead of thinking about what I was missing. I was feeling a bit deprived yesterday afternoon and, of course, all of my husband's suggestions for dinner and for the long weekend involved non-complaint things. He wasn't doing it on purpose but has to keep reminding himself that I'm W30-ing. He did mention how cool it was that I was doing this over Thanksgiving since it would halt the overindulgence that IS this time of year. I almost bailed on my mobility session this morning but I didn't and I'm proud of myself for sucking it up and doing it anyway. It feels great to work on getting back on track. I really want to make staying on track the norm and deviating from it less so. I'm working on it and it helps that he's starting to want to work out more. If he joins the gym, he'll have to go on the days that we don't ride together or when we have to take separate cars for other reasons. He works from home two days/week anyway so he could still make it work if he wants to. You mentioned a while back that you were cutting back on hospice and massage but I didn't realize that you let it go completely. Your self-care and lady-like things sound spot-on. As I've been sorting through my closet, I've been thinking long and hard about what I want to keep and how I want to look. This is the first time I've worn casual clothes to work and I'm realizing that a pair of pants and a T-shirt just doesn't really cut it for me. I've been feeling dowdy. Last Friday I added a little jacket to what I was wearing and it was warm enough to wear my red Softstar ballerinas with the zebra heels so I felt put together in a way that felt like me but not in a trendy, consumerish way. I celebrated by ordering myself a pair of grey jeans that will fit into the vision of myself that's starting to emerge in my brain and I picked out a new pair of glasses. I'm sad to say good-by to my purple glasses but I've had them forever and it's time to part. My new ones are blue and really cool looking. I hadn't realized that my prescription was 5 years old and that was the second one I put in those frames so I've probably had them for about 8 years! Can't wait until they're ready! I guess, in a way, I'm lucky. I have no idea when I started menopause. My uterus and a 1-lb fibroid were removed about 25 years ago and I've never really had any symptoms but I'm there by default because of my age. I forget what the age cut-off is but after 50? maybe? It's just assumed. OK. Many things to be thankful for, yes? Enjoy SF!
  22. hollysmokes

    hollysmokes log

    Hey @littleg thanks for stopping by. There is actually a lot of added fat in there; it's just hidden. I'm pretty generous with the fat when I make my eggs and I make sure it all goes into the eggs; not left in the pan. The chile verde used a pork butt which is pretty fatty and the eggplant had a generous coating of olive oil. I actually have to be careful not to include too much fat which is easy for me to do if I'm having a dollop of mayo or ranch dressing. I often default to a big serving of one vegetable because it's easy but I'm happier when I can have smaller serving of several vegetables at one meal so sometimes I feel like I'm not getting the variety that I would like. Overall, I know I actually do get a nice variety, though. I love fermented vegetables, beverages, pretty much anything and I make my own. I feel like get a double whammy benefit-it's an extra serving of vegetables plus all of the fementy goodness. My job is terribly sedentary so I really have to make an effort to move. It helps that I have to park a couple of blocks away and I have an Oura ring that reminds me to move if I've been still for 50 minutes. I felt good on Day 3 but wound up feeling a bit deprived towards the end of the day. I wasn't really deprived; it was just my brain being a brat! being a little low on sleep didn't help either, I'm sure. So, Tuesday Day 4: Sleep: 7h 7m + awake 2h 25m= 9h 32m in bed 20 min mobility M1 & M2 same as Day 3 mid-afternoon a piece of fruit leather, a chomp stick and a sm handful of almonds M3 brunschweiger, brocc & ranch dressing, 6 garlic/jalapeno stuffed olives, an apple slice, a few raisins and a big pinch of coconut Ran errands on the way home in an effort to avoid the holiday crush so only managed 8,398 steps but got lots done!
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    hollysmokes log

    Monday, Day 3 Sleep: 7h 13m + 1h 31m awake = 8h 45m in bed 15 min yoga/mobility M1: 2 XL scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, fermented radishes, a dab of guac and a few cherry tomatoes M2: grilled salmon filet, roasted eggplant w chermoula, cherry tomatoes M3: Chili verde with a big pile of steamed cauli and a sm handful of dried coconut right afterwards 8,623 steps. Wanted 10K but 10 hr work day + 1 hr commute home crushed motivation
  24. I did start with a scale number. I got weighed at my Dr's office a few weeks ago and felt puffier so I wanted to confirm that and also have a frame of reference for later. I was up two pounds since that visit and I am due back next week for a follow-up so I wanted to know where I stood. I already feel less puffy and it's only Day 4 so, hopefully, by Tuesday I'll weigh a little less than I did at the last visit. It will be on Day 10, 1/3 of the way there. I was thinking this morning about how I'm going to navigate Thanksgiving at our friends' house and I think I might eat something before we go. If I'm not starving, I'll be less tempted and I figure I'll be able to eat turkey and the two sides I make, at the very least. NomNom has a cherry cranberry sauce that looks pretty delicious so I might give that a try if I can remember to get a bag of frozen cherries this afternoon. My car is full of STUFF that I'm bringing to donate this afternoon. My husband and I didn't carpool today and he left before I did so it was a great opportunity to get a couple of things out of the house that he won't notice and load up the bags and boxes that were already packed up. Tomorrow we'll ride together and drop off a whole bunch of stuff, new and gently used, for Operation Stand Down. I'm hoping that getting everything out of the house that's ready to go will open up the opportunity (and space) to go through some more things over the long weekend. I think we're going to do an Ebay photoshoot, too and maybe be able to make a few bucks on stuff we need to get rid of anyway like three crystal decanters that my mother gave me as a wedding present the first time (30 years ago!). I had a very successful run at the used bookstore nearby and wound up with a $30 credit. I sold a bunch of cookbooks that I never really used and now never will and, in exchange, I got space for books I do use, another of the Earthsea books (score!), Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. I'm back on track with my morning routine and am feeling good. My husband asked me if I had done my stretching this morning and when I told him that I had, he said, "That's good." He's pushing to join Gold's Gym, thinking that on the days that we ride together, we can go there after work instead of stopping for a cocktail like we do once a week or so. I really hate the whole gym atmosphere so I think I'm going to encourage him to join but I'm going to pass. I already pay monthly for the Katie Bowman videos and I don't want to double that amount by paying for a gym that I don't really want to attend. Except for the sauna. I love saunas. I also love steam rooms but they do a number on my hair (very long and curly turns into a frizzy, matted up mess) so I generally opt for the sauna instead. I've let that bushel of kale languish in the fridge so tonight is cook-the-kale night. It was so fresh that it's still fine but getting it blanched is the first step towards creamed kale and I don't want to leave everything for the last minute. Grilled salmon, cherry tomatoes and roasted eggplant with chermoula is lunch and we'll probably wind up with the chili verde pork for dinner again. I steamed some cauli to have with it last night and that was good combo. I'm trying to do a bit of goal setting for my 4-day weekend but want to pace myself so I don't wind up exhausted and frazzled. Saturday is going to be a wash-out weather-wise but we'll have the last Formula 1 race to entertain us. Your husband and mine must've learned kitty feeding at the same place. I got a second bowl to make it easier to use a clean one then wash the cruddy one but he still uses the crusted up bowl most of the time! I haven't worried about it making them sick because of what they do/eat outside but it's just gross. If it makes you feel any better, when I was researching raw cat food, I read that the transit time for food in a cat's digestive tract is very short so organisms that would make us sick don't really have the time to make them sick even if it's an organism that is pathogenic like Salmonella.
  25. Breaking news: I decided I was in! That makes today Day 3. I think I'm going to do the whole thing but I'm giving myself permission to call it a mini at Day 14 if I decide that the reset has been sufficient. Yep, that's where I was alright and as soon as I made the decision to do something positive I felt that good ole tiger blood feeling. Essentially I'm giving myself a good reason NOT to eat all the crap and focus on what I DO need to do. That is the mindset that I need but I don't seem to maintain it very well. Maybe that will be my lasting habit from this go 'round! Why does this always seem like the right way to approach the end of the year?! I really want to focus on sleep and the best way to do that is to optimize everything I can towards that end. The top two things are movement and nutrition so all of these lumped together would be amazing NSV's plus I'm hoping for SV's too. I didn't get THAT walk in but I did get outside on a beautiful day. I brought the medicine ball outside with the intent to go up and down our driveway then grab the medicine ball to throw against the house a few times, take it with me up and around the house then throw it up/down the access road behind our house back to the top of the driveway and reverse directions every time. That lasted two laps then I had to ditch the medicine ball but I still did two more laps up, down and around. I can really feel it in my shoulders (Yay!) and was really tired last night. Today is a long day at work for me so I'm going to take a break before too long and walk over to the Mac store to drop off my old laptop to get a new battery installed. My husband has been using it to surf since his freebie pad died but it can't hold a charge at all and we have a battery that his brother gave us. (Also, that's one more thing out of the house, right?) The high today is going to be in the mid 60's so I'm really looking forward to getting out for a bit. I'm going to make a concerted effort to get >10K steps/day. The number of steps I've been taking has been on a gradual but steady decline. I didn't have a huge cook-up this weekend but I had a good one. I finally got that pork roast done and it was so easy that I feel dumb for putting it off for so long. The best part is that I have leftovers for dinner tonight and won't have to cook anything except some vegetables when I get home. I have some compliant smoked salmon that I had with scrambled eggs, fermented radishes and cherry tomatoes for breakfast and have the same put together for tomorrow. I'd forgotten I was having salmon for breakfast and grilled a couple of extra pieces of salmon filet yesterday for my lunches but there are worse problems to have besides having too much salmon. I've been making creamed kale for years and it's one of my husband's faves. I'm going to try to make it without him seeing me so I can sub coconut milk and see if he can tell the difference. I'll probably put cheese on half of it and leave the other half compliant for me and whoever else might not want dairy. I did a pretty awesome green bean casserole one year, too. I made cauli mash, added a lot of sauteed mushrooms to it and used that instead of the mushroom soup/cream sauce part of it. It was really good but, so far, I haven't been able to find any decent green beans; they're all tired and slimy-looking. Is your husband ready to take care of the babies while your gone? Your trip sounds wonderful!