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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    I have eaten out more this week than the last 6 months!  I have made the best choices I could, but think I am experiencing sodium overload.  Today, everything has been home cooked.  Much better.  Tonight, I made pecan crusted trout and boiled, then roasted brussel sprouts.  This week, I will focus on eating at home.
     
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    You seem to be going strong.  Me?  Struggling to get it together.  The last week especially has been challenging.  I'm hoping my mind will embrace the new month tomorrow to give me some will power to stick to my plan.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    Food looks wonderful -and on a beautiful plate!  I have been fairly basic the last 3 days.  Steel head trout, simply baked, has featured in my meals; also my basic cabbage soup with eggs.  I have turkey tenderloins in the oven now which will get me through the next few days.  Heading to the store later to stock up on more veggies.  So far going ok.
     
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    Browsing through WellFed and WHole30Cookbook doing some prep work.  I have such exciting weekend nights!  Actually, feeling a bit of an adrenaline rush.  My younger son, who is in town for the weekend from college, called about an hour ago - "Mom, can you come get me?  Someone just ran into me."  Turns out it's a fairly minor fender bender, broken headlight - guy merged into him.  Glad everyone is ok and he's been through a wreck without injury and now knows what to do.  Trying to get over the "my baby's been in a accident" fear.  So - trying to use my energy to get ahead for the week.
    Pearlgirl, I have to admit I had to search to find out Lent starts March 6.  When I read your first post, my immediate reaction was "Lent, already?"  Starting the 18th should get me on solid ground so I can have an accident free Lent.  And yes - I should read the fine print - you did say to the end of Lent. 
    I looked up the recipe you list.  Sounds good.  My husband sounds similar to yours.  WE tend to eat the same things over and over again.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    HI from another southern lady over 50 - from GA and am 55.  I am considering joining you - but only for 30 days.  I may extend to 60 days.  If you want company here for 30 days, I'll be glad to join in here.  I have never completed a whole30.  In my 1st and only attempt, I made it 15 days, I think.  Intending to make it the 30 days this time.
    I have been unable to reduce/eliminate my sugar and processed carb intake as I need to.  I seem to have lost my mental edge and I need to find it again.  Hoping this will get me back to who I want to be - mentally and physically. 
    I will prep my meal plans and get review the book and rules.  Glad to join you.
    Deb
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    HI from another southern lady over 50 - from GA and am 55.  I am considering joining you - but only for 30 days.  I may extend to 60 days.  If you want company here for 30 days, I'll be glad to join in here.  I have never completed a whole30.  In my 1st and only attempt, I made it 15 days, I think.  Intending to make it the 30 days this time.
    I have been unable to reduce/eliminate my sugar and processed carb intake as I need to.  I seem to have lost my mental edge and I need to find it again.  Hoping this will get me back to who I want to be - mentally and physically. 
    I will prep my meal plans and get review the book and rules.  Glad to join you.
    Deb
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from Emma in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Thanks for stopping by Laurie.  I will check out the Saga group.  I can always use some caring friendship!  I did enjoy the coaching class.  The focus is weight loss - but it goes beyond that to 'living with (add your focus word)' - more on that later.  The woman teaching the class uses Sparkle as her word.  And it suits her.  She is a bubbly, joyful, inspiring woman.  Handouts from last week were info on Med diet (which I know you know about, and I do as well, but it's a nice refresher, altho it doesn't fit in with W30 fully)...and just some exercise info, weight loss info, etc.  Nothing major - nothing 'new' to me, but a way to get myself back in the game, so to speak. 
    Today, I took my MIL to a water aerobic class specialized for those with arthritis.  MIL had back surgery last May and has severe mobility issues right now.  Can't remember if I've written about her here, so sorry for any repeats.  Doctor wants her to start water aerobics.  I found out 2 weeks ago that she is falling every night, she fell down an entire flight of steps into the basement, and fell head first into the bathtub.  SO - I finally got her to class today.  Honestly, I was not wanting to go.  I've never really gotten into pool work and I HATE the coldness of getting out of the pool and into the locker room....  I went to class with her just to make sure she didn't fall getting in the pool - or go under during exercise.  Was I surprised!  During class, I gradually shifted to the deeper end of class.  Arms, shoulders, back, and hip areas are all feeling it.  It's making me think I might want to add in some water work.  There's a non-arthritis-specific class about the same time - so if MIL joins, I can go to the one class while still getting her to her class.  Or, I could do laps.  I'm inspired to do something new and see what happens.   And I found that taking a robe instead of a towel goes a long way to keeping you warm on the way to the shower. Then, I worked in some TRX things later in the day.
    A couple days ago I made the W30 cookbook recipe for Italian Pot Roast.  The next morning, we had the poached eggs and meat with potato fingerlings (altho my fingerlings fell apart and were basically 'hash').  Not too bad.  Tonight was the ragout.  meh on that one.   Beef chuck roast is much fattier than I like or am used to.  But, it reminded me of Sunday afternoon pot roasts my mom used to make.  I have several more meals of 'reserved' meat.  I may need to pop some of that into the freezer for next week.  I think I'm chuck roasted out.  Turkey and chicken may need to dominate for a while. 
    So - on to my later 'living with FAITH' (my focus word).  I found out when I returned from water aerobics that it is very likely we will get very busy again at work.  And I did not panic or scream or cry or stop breathing.  And I think I am being given an opportunity to redeem myself for my falling apart in 2013 and 2014.  I learned so much during that time.  I know what to avoid, what to prevent from happening.  We know what to expect.  Silly me...I know there will be things that will challenge and frustrate us.  But - I DO KNOW - that things WILL work out.  One way or another.  And I will find restored FAITH in myself as I STEP OUT IN FAITH.  (Can you tell I'm giving myself a pep talk?? )
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from Emma in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Day 1 - again......so far, great day.  Boot camp was a good class.  Not the typical boot camp format I've done in past, but still good.  Only 14 in class - and 1 was sick today so only 13 of us.  Many younger ladies - which I figured.  I modified the burpees, but other than that, I was able to do everything.  Then on to coaching class.  Which was good.  and motivating.  I have some handouts to review, a week challenge which fits in with W30 perfectly, a notebook to get together, and some planning to do.  One of the class suggestions is to do a 5K every month.  Which was one of my 'possible' goals.  She (coach) wants us to commit to 6 'official, organized' 5Ks and then 6 on your own (at least that's how I see it).  The coaching class participants can walk/run together - and there are 12 runs identified - so I'm not sure whether she means she wants us to commit to the listed runs as a class at least 6 runs...which I'm not sure about as I looked over the list.  January 28, I am already registered for.... or , just run 6 organized runs somewhere.  I have to laugh - I always get caught up in the details and planning.  I have trouble ad libbing, in case that's not evident.  I will take it month by month - or registration deadline by registration deadline.  
    I bought the W30 Cookbook yesterday. I wonder if I will actually use it.  There are several recipes that caught my eye.  I need to branch out and try some new things without getting overwhelmed.  Planning...I need to get my planning done.  And then I need to live my plan.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from Emma in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Day 1 - again......so far, great day.  Boot camp was a good class.  Not the typical boot camp format I've done in past, but still good.  Only 14 in class - and 1 was sick today so only 13 of us.  Many younger ladies - which I figured.  I modified the burpees, but other than that, I was able to do everything.  Then on to coaching class.  Which was good.  and motivating.  I have some handouts to review, a week challenge which fits in with W30 perfectly, a notebook to get together, and some planning to do.  One of the class suggestions is to do a 5K every month.  Which was one of my 'possible' goals.  She (coach) wants us to commit to 6 'official, organized' 5Ks and then 6 on your own (at least that's how I see it).  The coaching class participants can walk/run together - and there are 12 runs identified - so I'm not sure whether she means she wants us to commit to the listed runs as a class at least 6 runs...which I'm not sure about as I looked over the list.  January 28, I am already registered for.... or , just run 6 organized runs somewhere.  I have to laugh - I always get caught up in the details and planning.  I have trouble ad libbing, in case that's not evident.  I will take it month by month - or registration deadline by registration deadline.  
    I bought the W30 Cookbook yesterday. I wonder if I will actually use it.  There are several recipes that caught my eye.  I need to branch out and try some new things without getting overwhelmed.  Planning...I need to get my planning done.  And then I need to live my plan.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Thanks for visiting Sue - yes, I like the rising from failure.  Not sure if you read my starting post/explanation - but to sum it up - failure is (can be) a good thing.  you learn things, you get stronger.  You learn to rise - sometimes over and over again.  I rise again everyday it seems sometimes...LOL.  And yes - the LOL is a very important part of life.  And no matter where you go - there you are..
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Thanks for visiting Sue - yes, I like the rising from failure.  Not sure if you read my starting post/explanation - but to sum it up - failure is (can be) a good thing.  you learn things, you get stronger.  You learn to rise - sometimes over and over again.  I rise again everyday it seems sometimes...LOL.  And yes - the LOL is a very important part of life.  And no matter where you go - there you are..
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Been out of town the last few days.  Some 'off' eating that needs to be tightened up.  Lots of walking.  LOTS.  Hips are a rather irritated at the moment, but can't decide whether it's the excessive walking or a combo of walking and food.
     
    Bought a couple magazines to browse on the plane today.  Found some exercise plans that have inspired me. 
     
    Tomorrow - back to better eating, more water, getting back into a routine. 
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    So - I have a pre-colonoscopy appointment in a couple hours.  Husband had his a few weeks ago - one polyp removed.  Now it is my turn.  Fun times in our household.  
     
    I am still bummed about the results I have experienced/not experienced.  This is not where I wanted to be - weight wise or mentally or physically.  We took a family walk last night - all three of us - each one had a dog to walk.  It was a beautiful evening.  My son ran a little with his dog.  I slowly jogged a couple times with my dog dragging me - of course I had the most chipper dog.  The knees and ankles were not happy about that.  Immediately, I thought - "I must need new shoes.  These shoes are worn out."  Can it be PART of the issue?  I know I am heavier than I have been in the past, but these shoes are 2 years old.  So, i will go to the running store, get some new shoes - and then USE them.  I will walk...then I will incorporate slow jogging into my walks...and maybe, just maybe, I will get back into jogging/running.
     
    As for eating - I am going to incorporate some brown rice and quinoa back into the meals and see what happens.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Walk again last night - again a beautiful evening - walked the field instead of the roads.  Came upon a very large king snake - I hate snakes - even 'good ones'.  Dogs about went crazy when snake took off for shelter. Weather is supposed to turn tomorrow, returning to freeing temps. Won't last long, I hope.
     
    Food has been good.  I have not added in the rice or quinoa yet - maybe tonight.  I did have a greek yogurt yesterday.  Did not notice anything 'odd' or alarming.  I will be very slow to add in foods so I can get an idea of what affects me.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Thanks Meadow for the info.  I will stay hopeful.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    I'm coming close to the end of this with mixed results.  No where near the improvements I had hoped or expected.  Which is very disheartening.  I had looked to this as a way to get back to me, clean up my eating - and along the way, cleanup my life, if you know what I mean.  I don't really have emotional issues with food - I'm not a binge eater and I don't have massive reactions to food (at least that's the conclusion I draw from not seeing much improvement...). So, I guess I'm in a rather blah state of mind right now.  I've actually gained weight - and I look much more puffy than I did at the start of this.  I'm in a mental fog/haze wondering WTH is happening to my body?  If eating in a much healthier fashion has not made any improvements to my body - I'm kind of screwed no matter what.  As you can tell, I'm rather bummed.
     
    The strict/harsh structure is bothering me.  I've never been an obsessive type person - I can be structured, I can be dedicated - but when you spend so much time THINKING about eating - it's not right FOR ME.  So I know I will annoy/PO some people with my comments.  I have written and deleted a couple paragraphs.  I abhor social media and the backlash you get from stating an honest opinion.  So - I will stop expressing my opinions for now.  I will finish - and then I will continue to eat in a fashion that works for me.  I wish my results had been better.  I wish I could say this was a fantastic experience.  But, for me, it hasn't made much difference.  I will trudge along - eating in a healthy fashion - and hope that I can find what works for me.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from Kmlynne in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    I thought I had made a decision at the beginning of the year to stop paying attention to other people and only focus on me and mine.  How do I forget that so quickly and easily?  And how do I Do it - really not 'compare' my life to anyone else's?  I have learned many times - and it was reinforced this weekend - that people present an image they desperately want to be real.  And in most cases, it is totally fabricated with no basis at all in reality.  I struggle with being on social media sites because of my attitude. UGH!  Sorry - had to get it out of my head and down so I SEE it and REALIZE it.
     
    This week - last week in February - things to focus on:
    water increase
    exercise increase
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from Kmlynne in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    I thought I had made a decision at the beginning of the year to stop paying attention to other people and only focus on me and mine.  How do I forget that so quickly and easily?  And how do I Do it - really not 'compare' my life to anyone else's?  I have learned many times - and it was reinforced this weekend - that people present an image they desperately want to be real.  And in most cases, it is totally fabricated with no basis at all in reality.  I struggle with being on social media sites because of my attitude. UGH!  Sorry - had to get it out of my head and down so I SEE it and REALIZE it.
     
    This week - last week in February - things to focus on:
    water increase
    exercise increase
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Great advice Laurie.  I'm staying away from junk.  I'm hoping to do some mind prep between now and Tuesday midnight!
     
    Prepped a boston butt in the crockpot.  The amount of fat and grease is unbelievable.  It cooked down nicely and will be ready for me this week.  About to prep a few other items - turkey thighs, chicken thighs, flat iron steak, ratatoille.  I have enough squash for the ratatoille and to make veggetti.  I did purchase some potatoes.  I found last time when I get that hollow stomach feeling, I can get through it by having a small potato stuffed or smothered with ratatoille and a meat source.  That starch helps my stomach and mind.  Hopefully within a week my hollow stomach will go away.  Started a meal plan yesterday.  Having the same thing everyday (for a few days at a time) is my goal. Everything depends on how much food my husband and son eat.  There's nothing more frustrating than thinking I have food for 4 days to open the fridge and find everything gone! 
     
    Hips have really been bothering me the past few days.  Thinking over what I've eaten - too hard to guess what is causing it. 
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from thehudlermom in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Thank you MeadowLily and Laurie for your concern - so I must explain about my use of the word 'failure'.  I agree with you - I am not a failure - but I have failed in my past attempts. I've copied over my last post in my last journal in hopes of getting my 'theme' across - hope it makes sense to you:
     
     
     
    I've never been one to like admitting failure - who does?  But, you can only beat a dead horse for so long before it starts to smell...or, something along those lines - never good at analogies.
     
    This weekend has made me decide to admit my failure(s).  My oldest son graduated Saturday - YEA!!!  The speeches at the commencement ceremony were excellent - the student reflection especially. And that speech has been rolling around my mind all weekend.  A little background:  this university is tough (which isn't???) - they pride themselves on breaking you and then building you back up.  My husband and I both graduated from the same school - so we know.  Everyone struggles.  Many do not make it.  The student reflection was presented by a guy in the same major as my son which was nice.  
     
    Anyway - his speech/reflection centered on the fact that everyone at the commencement that day had learned "to rise from failure."  He reiterated that thought several times during his address.  And as I sat there listening, I realized how an essential part of rising from failure is being able to admit to failure, analyzing what went wrong and why, realizing that admitting to failure does not define YOU as a failure, regrouping - and then starting over - doing everything you can not to fail again.
     
    And - I have not done that.  Over the past several months, I have tried, with varying levels of effort, to be on plan. Each time I have failed, I have stated my excuses, said I did the best I could, said I was going to do better, etc - but I have not said "I failed."  Well - I failed!  It doesn't matter that family issues came up influencing my decisions and actions - untimately, I failed.  And I know deep down that I am going to continue to fail through the rest of this year and even on January 1.  I dearly love hoppin johns - and I KNOW without a doubt that I will make hoppin johns on New Year's Day - and I will enjoy them.  Probably with cornbread too.
     
    SO - instead of flogging a dead horse - it's time for me to admit that my efforts the past few months are at an end until...January...5 (at the earliest).  I may rethink my Day 1 target - and that's ok.  I am going to eat in a healthy fashion, minimize what I will - I'm not going hog wild into sugar overload - but if I decide to have something, I will.  And I will not feel as if I AM a failure.  My attempts so far have failed.  But - I WILL rise from failure.  I am re-reading the book, making plans, determining my game plan.  In essence, I'm learning from my failure and deciding what I need to do to succeed. 
     
    Learning from failure - it's not a bad thing.
     
    Hope this explains my title a little better to everyone.  I TOTALLY agree - I am NOT a failure.  But I have failed in the past.
     
    And it's funny that this comes up, because I've been talking about this with my husband the last few days: I listen to a certain radio guy about finance stuff and he and his daughter always say that parents don't their children fail at anything - and therefore, when they get older either they freak out because they are afraid to try anything in case they fail; or they fail and can't handle it - they don't know how to get back up and give it another shot.
     
    Failing is not a bad thing...if you learn from it, regroup, and get going again. It means you're trying something new - you're exploring, you're growing.  I agree - defining yourself as a failure is a bad thing - and I won't do that.  Hope this helps to explain my reasoning - THANK YOU for epressing your concern - it means a great deal over these cyber miles!   BTW - I enjoyed my hoppin johns - but I did not hav ethe cornbread.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    I'm going to start counting from 1 again today, February 1.  I'll keep at it until I get it right.
     
    I've always hated February - but this year, I will love it, because I am getting organized and clean (house and me) this month.
     
    I made beef bone broth - ended up with 2 very small containers.  Not sure I like the seasonings, so this will be something to try again.  I have some chicken backs ready for making chicken broth later this week.  Lots of veggies  - need to thaw some meat and get it cooked, I am out of ratatoille, which has become my go-to food.  I can top it with eggs for breakfast, slice up some type of meat in it, top a potato with the mix plus meat, so on.  I have 1/2 a head of cabbage in the fridge that I need to do something with.  This week  - I will be more organized and I will follow my plan.
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    I'm so wishy-washy...Changed my 'official' start date again.  I had been considering linking it with Lent -since I've never successfully given up anything for Lent...not that I've ever REALLY tried.  Well, I did promise not to eat the Thin Mints until Lent was over - and I think I made that promise.  Once.  SO - as I meant to say - I decided to start again on Feb 18.  Instead of the 11th as I stated in my last post.  Kind of gives you an idea how much of an iron will I have, huh?
     
    There's another site I visit where I follow this one woman's posts.  She drives me absolutely freakin crazy.  Everyday, she moans and whines about her life, about how she's GOING to change everything.  But nothing ever changes.  EVER.  Ever have a moment when you're walking on a street and see a person walking and think something ill about the person - and then realize you're seeing your reflection in the store windows?  Yep - I see myself in this woman's posts.  And I hate it.  So - for Lent, along with doing Whole30, I'm giving up my pessimistic attitude, my 'allowance' to whine and moan, my tolerance for less than my best effort.
     
    It's time to get things done, to return to the person I used to be - or still am, but have been pretending not to be. 
     
    I will clean out my pantry this weekend and prep some wonderful things.  Stock my freezer.  Get my recipes together.  I will be prepared both physically and mentally.  And I will not go crazy on Fat Tuesday thinking I need to indulge one last time. 
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Feeling a little more normal, but this thing is brutal.  Nasal issues and nagging cough.  Been doing alot of mind ploughing again.  Feel like I'm stuck in a cage of my own making.  I know it's up to me to break out of it. Every week it seems like something comes up to impede me -I guess I allow things to impede me.
     
    Made chicken broth this weekend.  Husband has to prep for a medical procedure - only clear liquids tomorrow.  I'm going to join him in his liquid meals tomorrow as a way to get myself back together.  Then back on the template meal stuff on Weds.  Will start AGAIN at day 1 on the 11th.
     
    Saturday night, my sisters 'kiddingly' asked when I was restarting  - I cheerily said "tomorrow" - and that's what's going to happen.  each day, I will do my best to make this my way of eating. 
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    I'm so wishy-washy...Changed my 'official' start date again.  I had been considering linking it with Lent -since I've never successfully given up anything for Lent...not that I've ever REALLY tried.  Well, I did promise not to eat the Thin Mints until Lent was over - and I think I made that promise.  Once.  SO - as I meant to say - I decided to start again on Feb 18.  Instead of the 11th as I stated in my last post.  Kind of gives you an idea how much of an iron will I have, huh?
     
    There's another site I visit where I follow this one woman's posts.  She drives me absolutely freakin crazy.  Everyday, she moans and whines about her life, about how she's GOING to change everything.  But nothing ever changes.  EVER.  Ever have a moment when you're walking on a street and see a person walking and think something ill about the person - and then realize you're seeing your reflection in the store windows?  Yep - I see myself in this woman's posts.  And I hate it.  So - for Lent, along with doing Whole30, I'm giving up my pessimistic attitude, my 'allowance' to whine and moan, my tolerance for less than my best effort.
     
    It's time to get things done, to return to the person I used to be - or still am, but have been pretending not to be. 
     
    I will clean out my pantry this weekend and prep some wonderful things.  Stock my freezer.  Get my recipes together.  I will be prepared both physically and mentally.  And I will not go crazy on Fat Tuesday thinking I need to indulge one last time. 
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    ChiggerCane got a reaction from MeadowLily in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Virus knocked me down on Weds night - still trying to get up.  It's been a long while since I have felt this bad.  Not even considering exercise at this point.  Is this total body detox?  LOL  - not.  About to make some chicken soup now.  Hope to be better tomorrow.