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    decker_bear got a reaction from tinman57 in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Right!! All the advertizing screams at us to eat keto, low fat, low carb, sugar free, count macros, exercise, etc etc to "be healthy." And WW is certainly no different - "eat everything you want AS LONG AS you stay within your points," which effectively equates to "restriction." Coming back to W30 where the message is "Eat!" definitely takes some adjustment. One of my friends I'm coaching said, "Are you sure I'm not going to gain a bunch of weight?" Nope! But that is surely another indication of the restriction mindset that is so prevalent. 
    Speaking of sauces ... earlier this week (or last week, I can't remember, it all blurs) I tried making a W30 Worcestershire sauce. It definitely was NOT Worcestershire, but it was crazy tasty. I added some to a batch of chili I made and I have been eating it on eggs. It's BBQ-esque in the sense that it has the tomato paste, the acidity from the vinegar, and the umami from garlic and coconut aminos. Another member found this so I can't take credit.  It won't be BBQ, but it is a really tasty sauce you could add to your repertoire. 
    https://iheartumami.com/paleo-worcestershire-sauce-hamburger-steak/
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    decker_bear got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    I've been eating Raisin Bran Crunch for breakfast most days. Why? It's easy. I need to find some "easy" breakfast things that don't require pulling out the skillet and cutting boards. 
    Lunch today was solid - Aidell's sausage, spaghetti squash, Newman's Own pasta sauce and grapes. 
    Anxiety has been kinda overwhelming today. Not overwhelming, exactly, but ever present. Anxiety has a tendency to drive my snacking. 
    I did my first outdoor run in a really long time yesterday. I did 4 miles "wogging" (half walking, half jogging) and finished in just under an hour. That's not fast, but I did it and I finished it. My allergies flared up and did not respond to medication. I was miserable the rest of the day, all of last night and into this morning. I finally felt better after the 2nd dose of allergy meds I took this morning. Note to self: take allergy meds BEFORE going outside to run. 
    I don't have a plan for dinner. I'm sick of protein and veggies. 
    I feel like I'm just whining today. Gotta pull out of the funk. Maybe a fun, new dish for dinner will help. I still want to try the Paleo Pad Thai - maybe we'll give that a shot. 
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    decker_bear reacted to tamar in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    That sounds so fun! Any particular types?
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    decker_bear reacted to LadyM in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    I hope you enjoy your dinner whatever it turns out to be. Congrats on your outdoor run, and hope you can get those allergies under control. That will help your performance infinitely, I'm sure. As for breakfast, one of my faves is soup this time of year. Once it's made just put some on the stove and heat it up. Very nourishing and satisfying.
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    decker_bear got a reaction from LadyM in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    I've been eating Raisin Bran Crunch for breakfast most days. Why? It's easy. I need to find some "easy" breakfast things that don't require pulling out the skillet and cutting boards. 
    Lunch today was solid - Aidell's sausage, spaghetti squash, Newman's Own pasta sauce and grapes. 
    Anxiety has been kinda overwhelming today. Not overwhelming, exactly, but ever present. Anxiety has a tendency to drive my snacking. 
    I did my first outdoor run in a really long time yesterday. I did 4 miles "wogging" (half walking, half jogging) and finished in just under an hour. That's not fast, but I did it and I finished it. My allergies flared up and did not respond to medication. I was miserable the rest of the day, all of last night and into this morning. I finally felt better after the 2nd dose of allergy meds I took this morning. Note to self: take allergy meds BEFORE going outside to run. 
    I don't have a plan for dinner. I'm sick of protein and veggies. 
    I feel like I'm just whining today. Gotta pull out of the funk. Maybe a fun, new dish for dinner will help. I still want to try the Paleo Pad Thai - maybe we'll give that a shot. 
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    decker_bear reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days.  I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today.  My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in.  Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof?  Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours?  But it's not like that, it takes a few days.  I know this.  My desire to have pain controlled  has to be stronger than my desire to eat brownie bites if I'm going to do this.  I think the fact that I have done multiple W30s is a double-edged sword.  On one hand, I'm well-experienced and have meals and prep down.  On the other hand, the novelty is worn off and I know that it only takes a few days to see positive effects.  
    Committing to my restart.  
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    decker_bear got a reaction from LadyM in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Okay, Day 2 in my Quest for Physical Fitness... 
    I woke up around 4am and my stomach was GROWLING. I was borderline hangry. I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't.  I'm certain it's because I didn't eat enough yesterday. I got up and ate some Raisin Bran Crunch with almond milk, watched an episode of Criminal Minds and eventually fell back asleep. It was crazy hard to get up when the alarm went off and I snoozed for almost 2 hours. Finally, 10 minutes before work started, I dragged myself out of bed and made some coffee. 
    Even though I wasn't hungry, I made breakfast first thing. I made some eggs and pan fried some sweet potato in coconut oil and a portobello mushroom in lemon infused olive oil. Surprisingly I was able to eat most of it early in the morning. 
    I wasn't hungry for lunch. Not even a little bit. I didn't even notice it was nearly 3pm when I started feeling like maybe I should eat. I planned to do my workout when I got off work at 3:30 (early today since I worked long on Monday) so I didn't want to eat a lot. I had some hard boiled eggs and a couple of cuties. We'll call that lunch instead of a Pre-WO snack since I didn't otherwise eat lunch. 
    It's interesting to me how not having the structure of a formal W30 affects mindset. I know I "should" eat all 3 meals. I know I "should" follow the template and eat a lot of vegetables, but there's something about not having a Day Whatever changes my mindset. I have been very diligent about making sure most meals and snacks are compatible, but the mindset is very interesting nonetheless. 
    PS I am sore already from yesterday's workout. The 2nd day is always the worst, so I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow. 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Oh my gosh, I know, right??? I had to toss out some veggies yesterday that I hadn't eaten up because I was doing reintro. UGH that was painful! 
    You're doing awesome! Great Day 1! And just think, if you're getting the early on side effects out of the way now, maybe you'll get that Tiger's Blood early on, too.  I went through the same thing - I eased in, and then I got some of the yucky side effects on the first day. Great NSVs with the inflammation, too. 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from MadyVanilla in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Okay, Day 2 in my Quest for Physical Fitness... 
    I woke up around 4am and my stomach was GROWLING. I was borderline hangry. I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't.  I'm certain it's because I didn't eat enough yesterday. I got up and ate some Raisin Bran Crunch with almond milk, watched an episode of Criminal Minds and eventually fell back asleep. It was crazy hard to get up when the alarm went off and I snoozed for almost 2 hours. Finally, 10 minutes before work started, I dragged myself out of bed and made some coffee. 
    Even though I wasn't hungry, I made breakfast first thing. I made some eggs and pan fried some sweet potato in coconut oil and a portobello mushroom in lemon infused olive oil. Surprisingly I was able to eat most of it early in the morning. 
    I wasn't hungry for lunch. Not even a little bit. I didn't even notice it was nearly 3pm when I started feeling like maybe I should eat. I planned to do my workout when I got off work at 3:30 (early today since I worked long on Monday) so I didn't want to eat a lot. I had some hard boiled eggs and a couple of cuties. We'll call that lunch instead of a Pre-WO snack since I didn't otherwise eat lunch. 
    It's interesting to me how not having the structure of a formal W30 affects mindset. I know I "should" eat all 3 meals. I know I "should" follow the template and eat a lot of vegetables, but there's something about not having a Day Whatever changes my mindset. I have been very diligent about making sure most meals and snacks are compatible, but the mindset is very interesting nonetheless. 
    PS I am sore already from yesterday's workout. The 2nd day is always the worst, so I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow. 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Okay, Day 2 in my Quest for Physical Fitness... 
    I woke up around 4am and my stomach was GROWLING. I was borderline hangry. I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't.  I'm certain it's because I didn't eat enough yesterday. I got up and ate some Raisin Bran Crunch with almond milk, watched an episode of Criminal Minds and eventually fell back asleep. It was crazy hard to get up when the alarm went off and I snoozed for almost 2 hours. Finally, 10 minutes before work started, I dragged myself out of bed and made some coffee. 
    Even though I wasn't hungry, I made breakfast first thing. I made some eggs and pan fried some sweet potato in coconut oil and a portobello mushroom in lemon infused olive oil. Surprisingly I was able to eat most of it early in the morning. 
    I wasn't hungry for lunch. Not even a little bit. I didn't even notice it was nearly 3pm when I started feeling like maybe I should eat. I planned to do my workout when I got off work at 3:30 (early today since I worked long on Monday) so I didn't want to eat a lot. I had some hard boiled eggs and a couple of cuties. We'll call that lunch instead of a Pre-WO snack since I didn't otherwise eat lunch. 
    It's interesting to me how not having the structure of a formal W30 affects mindset. I know I "should" eat all 3 meals. I know I "should" follow the template and eat a lot of vegetables, but there's something about not having a Day Whatever changes my mindset. I have been very diligent about making sure most meals and snacks are compatible, but the mindset is very interesting nonetheless. 
    PS I am sore already from yesterday's workout. The 2nd day is always the worst, so I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow. 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    I know a few crazy people who enjoy talking on the phone, but I am for sure not one of them! haha! 

    Having a written schedule is a GREAT idea!! I find I do better with more flexibility, but solid start and end times are really helpful. You're gonna rock it!! 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Take Advantage   
    I am SO CHEERING YOU ON RIGHT NOW! When I started working from home I felt EXHAUSTED and I wasn't really sure why. The day was more or less the same, the biggest differences being that I was doing everything over the phone and video. I HATE THE PHONE SO BAD, so I just figured it was the talking on the phone that was wearing me out. I quickly learned it was so much more than that. I felt like I had to be super productive every single minute of the work day. When we were in the office it wasn't like that. People took breaks and chatted with each other and ran to the coffee shop, so there was absolutely no expectation that I be even MORE productive than I was in the office. 
    That was also about the time I started setting very strict start and end times. If it's not inside my work hours, it doesn't get my attention. Period. I also started making a point to get away from my computer for a lunch break and at least one other break every. single. day. No exceptions. That has helped A LOT. I'm encouraged that this is part of your plan. I think it will help your mental health a LOT. 
    You totally got this! I hope your bike ride was amazing and I'm so excited for you to start killing this. 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    So smart! Plus it makes the side effects less, I think. 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    So ... I started tracking my post-W30 log over in that thread, but then I was like, I miss the little group I've connected with over here. So - I'm back. 
    My goal at this point is to shed some fat and get in shape so I can pass the physical test to apply to police departments. The requirements are: 
    15" vertical jump
    25 sit-ups in 1 minute
    16 push-ups without stopping (no time constraint)
    1.5 mile run in 15:37 or less 
    I'm not stressed about the jump, sit-ups or push-ups. The run kills me. I have asthma and I've never been a great runner, but I have to make this happen. 15:37 is about a 10 minute mile, which is fast for me, but I know I can do it. My focus will be on strength training and increasing speed. I will eat to fuel my workouts. 
    I've learned over the years that I feel my best and perform my best when I stick to W30 principles. Gluten is not my friend when I'm running (or training to run), yet I obviously need some carbs for endurance. I think that's why I fell in love with sweet potatoes back in the day.  
    So, breakfast ... today I made some chicken thighs, delicata squash, and strawberries. Of course, I also had my coffee with coconut oil. I ate some strawberries and a few bites of chicken and I felt like I just couldn't eat. I left my plate there hoping I would start feeling hungry and be able to finish eating, but I didn't. 
    I did my workout on my lunch break. Today was strength - chest, triceps and hamstrings. 5 minute warm up, 1-2 minute run between circuits, and a 5 minute walking cool down and stretching. I feel like I might have pulled a muscle wrong in my back when I was doing dead lifts. Totally crossing fingers that this won't be a problem. 
    Post WO snack - banana and protein shake. Soon after I finished the chicken and squash I had prepared for breakfast. 
    Other snack: a handful of cashews. 
    I roasted a spaghetti squash, so I plan to have that with some compliant marinara and compliant sausage for dinner. 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from LadyM in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Thank you! I like that it's measurable so I know when I get there. 
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    decker_bear reacted to LadyM in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    How exciting to have a very tangible goal in mind! I'm rooting for you!!
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    decker_bear got a reaction from LadyM in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    So ... I started tracking my post-W30 log over in that thread, but then I was like, I miss the little group I've connected with over here. So - I'm back. 
    My goal at this point is to shed some fat and get in shape so I can pass the physical test to apply to police departments. The requirements are: 
    15" vertical jump
    25 sit-ups in 1 minute
    16 push-ups without stopping (no time constraint)
    1.5 mile run in 15:37 or less 
    I'm not stressed about the jump, sit-ups or push-ups. The run kills me. I have asthma and I've never been a great runner, but I have to make this happen. 15:37 is about a 10 minute mile, which is fast for me, but I know I can do it. My focus will be on strength training and increasing speed. I will eat to fuel my workouts. 
    I've learned over the years that I feel my best and perform my best when I stick to W30 principles. Gluten is not my friend when I'm running (or training to run), yet I obviously need some carbs for endurance. I think that's why I fell in love with sweet potatoes back in the day.  
    So, breakfast ... today I made some chicken thighs, delicata squash, and strawberries. Of course, I also had my coffee with coconut oil. I ate some strawberries and a few bites of chicken and I felt like I just couldn't eat. I left my plate there hoping I would start feeling hungry and be able to finish eating, but I didn't. 
    I did my workout on my lunch break. Today was strength - chest, triceps and hamstrings. 5 minute warm up, 1-2 minute run between circuits, and a 5 minute walking cool down and stretching. I feel like I might have pulled a muscle wrong in my back when I was doing dead lifts. Totally crossing fingers that this won't be a problem. 
    Post WO snack - banana and protein shake. Soon after I finished the chicken and squash I had prepared for breakfast. 
    Other snack: a handful of cashews. 
    I roasted a spaghetti squash, so I plan to have that with some compliant marinara and compliant sausage for dinner. 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I know a few crazy people who enjoy talking on the phone, but I am for sure not one of them! haha! 

    Having a written schedule is a GREAT idea!! I find I do better with more flexibility, but solid start and end times are really helpful. You're gonna rock it!! 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from MadyVanilla in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    So ... I started tracking my post-W30 log over in that thread, but then I was like, I miss the little group I've connected with over here. So - I'm back. 
    My goal at this point is to shed some fat and get in shape so I can pass the physical test to apply to police departments. The requirements are: 
    15" vertical jump
    25 sit-ups in 1 minute
    16 push-ups without stopping (no time constraint)
    1.5 mile run in 15:37 or less 
    I'm not stressed about the jump, sit-ups or push-ups. The run kills me. I have asthma and I've never been a great runner, but I have to make this happen. 15:37 is about a 10 minute mile, which is fast for me, but I know I can do it. My focus will be on strength training and increasing speed. I will eat to fuel my workouts. 
    I've learned over the years that I feel my best and perform my best when I stick to W30 principles. Gluten is not my friend when I'm running (or training to run), yet I obviously need some carbs for endurance. I think that's why I fell in love with sweet potatoes back in the day.  
    So, breakfast ... today I made some chicken thighs, delicata squash, and strawberries. Of course, I also had my coffee with coconut oil. I ate some strawberries and a few bites of chicken and I felt like I just couldn't eat. I left my plate there hoping I would start feeling hungry and be able to finish eating, but I didn't. 
    I did my workout on my lunch break. Today was strength - chest, triceps and hamstrings. 5 minute warm up, 1-2 minute run between circuits, and a 5 minute walking cool down and stretching. I feel like I might have pulled a muscle wrong in my back when I was doing dead lifts. Totally crossing fingers that this won't be a problem. 
    Post WO snack - banana and protein shake. Soon after I finished the chicken and squash I had prepared for breakfast. 
    Other snack: a handful of cashews. 
    I roasted a spaghetti squash, so I plan to have that with some compliant marinara and compliant sausage for dinner. 
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    decker_bear reacted to LadyM in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Day 51
    And I can leave my house for the first time in two weeks today!!! Which means I get to do a final walk through of the new house with a painter who thinks he'll be able to get the interiors done before I move in. This is starting to feel more and more real. No doubt when I hand over the biggest check I've ever written upon closing Monday it will feel really real!
    Today I woke up feeling the best I have since COVID, so that's promising, indeed. I actually think I'm going to be able to get myself packed in time for the move a week from Friday. And as ALL my clothes now fit again, I can be even more ruthless about weeding out needless clothes in my drawers and closet. If I don't love it and it doesn't fit magnificently, OUT it goes! Such perfect timing. I just don't want to bring anything into my new house that I don't love and need and want. It's been quite a process over the past years . . . losing my mom, then my dad, then my gram . . . somehow it's easier to let go of things after having had to let go of all the primary relationships in my life. I can feel them watching over me as I take this enormous step into home ownership. It's a pretty beautiful thing, really.
    I received an Imperfect Foods shipment yesterday, so I'm pretty good with groceries. Haven't had chicken in a while, so I'm thinking I'll throw some in the air fryer to have on a fresh salad. I may pop over to the grocery store for some fennel and fresh fruit, though. That will be an amazing treat after these weeks of little else but apples. So grateful for options and the ability to move freely!!
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    decker_bear got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    I am SO CHEERING YOU ON RIGHT NOW! When I started working from home I felt EXHAUSTED and I wasn't really sure why. The day was more or less the same, the biggest differences being that I was doing everything over the phone and video. I HATE THE PHONE SO BAD, so I just figured it was the talking on the phone that was wearing me out. I quickly learned it was so much more than that. I felt like I had to be super productive every single minute of the work day. When we were in the office it wasn't like that. People took breaks and chatted with each other and ran to the coffee shop, so there was absolutely no expectation that I be even MORE productive than I was in the office. 
    That was also about the time I started setting very strict start and end times. If it's not inside my work hours, it doesn't get my attention. Period. I also started making a point to get away from my computer for a lunch break and at least one other break every. single. day. No exceptions. That has helped A LOT. I'm encouraged that this is part of your plan. I think it will help your mental health a LOT. 
    You totally got this! I hope your bike ride was amazing and I'm so excited for you to start killing this. 
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    decker_bear got a reaction from LadyM in Take Advantage   
    I am SO CHEERING YOU ON RIGHT NOW! When I started working from home I felt EXHAUSTED and I wasn't really sure why. The day was more or less the same, the biggest differences being that I was doing everything over the phone and video. I HATE THE PHONE SO BAD, so I just figured it was the talking on the phone that was wearing me out. I quickly learned it was so much more than that. I felt like I had to be super productive every single minute of the work day. When we were in the office it wasn't like that. People took breaks and chatted with each other and ran to the coffee shop, so there was absolutely no expectation that I be even MORE productive than I was in the office. 
    That was also about the time I started setting very strict start and end times. If it's not inside my work hours, it doesn't get my attention. Period. I also started making a point to get away from my computer for a lunch break and at least one other break every. single. day. No exceptions. That has helped A LOT. I'm encouraged that this is part of your plan. I think it will help your mental health a LOT. 
    You totally got this! I hope your bike ride was amazing and I'm so excited for you to start killing this. 
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    decker_bear reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    And I fell off the wagon - HARD.  I kept telling myself I haven't strayed for very long, it won't take much to get back...6 weeks!!!  I've been off for six weeks!  Even longer, really, because the slide started before then.  I'm not ready yet to read back over my last few posts.  I need to get myself in a positive frame of mind.  
    Returning to a greater than full work load, virtual school, was really hard.  Exhausting.  There were no brain cells left at the end of the day...did a day really even ever end?  Looking back, it was such a nebulous blur.  The skills that I had really worked on - journaling, walking, yoga, talking to a person every day, healthy eating habits...I could not sustain those things that I had developed to help me feel better and manage stress.  What good are they if I immediately fall back to old, unhealthy, maladaptive habits when life gets tough?  And I did so almost gleefully-here, finally an excuse to eat a potato chip sandwich for dinner!  Here, another excuse to put doughnuts and Naan in my Instacart order!  And one more excuse to collapse onto the couch and scroll through social media rather than do yoga (restorative, yin yoga - it's NOT EVEN hard)!
    The reality is that I don't want to change my diet.  I don't want to stop eating convenience foods.  I want to be able to call my local sub shop and have an Italian sub delivered right to my door.  I've written before about feeling like a dog on a leash who doesn't want to budge, but the owner keeps tugging hard at the leash until finally I have to move forward. Am I really going to spend the rest of my life volleying back-and-forth from wellness to pain? I was able to delude myself for so long because I was not experiencing the significant joint stiffness and pain issues that are the core catalyst of my desire for wellness.   But I ached so badly last night I was nearly in tears.  And I've brought it on myself-I know that an inflammatory diet results in pain for me.  
    But I am an intelligent human being.  I know that I am a slave to the chemical sludge inherent in most foods with labels.  I know how to break the chains.  And I know that the fact that I don't want to today is because I'm currently under the mind-dulling influence of  biochemical reactions in my body that are the direct result of poor nutrition.  
    So here I go again, trying once again.  The last time I made a lot of cognitive/mental growth.  In my case, this is huge.  And I know the growth is not linear, but rather serpentine.  If I can just make those switchbacks shorter....So let me move on, not beat myself up beyond what I need to get my butt in gear.  Six weeks!!  Ok, moving forward.  
    Let me take stock of my healthy habits:
    I'm still drinking coffee black I started a 10,000 step/day challenge with my mom.  Today is Day 13.  This is huge for me, as I'm at best 2,000 steps on a work day when I don't actively try to move more.   I've stopped watching television to fall asleep most nights and instead I'm using sleep stories, mediations, and/or calming music.  My sleep is definitely better.   And my plan:
    Start Whole 30 on Thursday - October 22.  This will be 5 weeks until Thanksgiving.  I've done W30 Thanksgiving before, very successfully.  So I'm not tied to being done in time to eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving, but it's nice timing-wise, especially if I opt for reintroduction.   Back to journaling.  I really enjoy this, and it helps me get my thoughts straight.  I enjoy following fellow W30ers journeys, as well.  I was writing my daily schedule to include time for journaling, but that fell by the wayside.   Resume a daily schedule.  Even if I don't get to everything on the schedule, the structure helps keep me from stagnating in front of my computer all day.  Work will never end - I need to force breaks into the day or breaks won't happen.   And now, off to join a friend for a bike ride.  I will be back tomorrow!  
     
      
       
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    decker_bear got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Oh my goodness, those brownies sound like they are in the "worth it" category! I am a SUCKER for a good brownie. I'm excited for you to start again tomorrow! I hadn't been reading your log because it looked old, but I just realized it's current! I'm super excited to follow you. 
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    decker_bear reacted to Jennifer Jensen in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    This is my first W30 and I eased into it because I have to be ready and know what to expect. I didn't want to try making a food and find out I didn't like it and then fall off plan or for any other reason that is food-related.