Laura P.

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    Laura P. got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    One other thing I have been craving...for years...a good night of sleep. Besides mild sleep apnea (and no I won't use that machine ever again) I've heard that if my neck is less ... yes...fat, it will help. I read that one of the perks of the Whole30 is good sleep. Bam! last night was so much better than my usual regimen of waking up every hour on the hour, tossing and turning etc... I only woke up twice, and had long, fun, weird-but cool dreams... Dream on during the Whole30!
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    welcome @Elizabeth33!
    @LadyLisbette self talk is what I need to watch out the  most. Last night I had a conf. call with a group of peeps I trained in 2017 with to become an equus coach (life coaching w/horses as co- facilitators) and we are plqnning a reunion next yr. Was supposed to be june and now we are looking at October. I caught myself thinking "Yesasss! 3 more months to get my weight down and show them!" And "but its not about them or anybody else for that matter...it's about my self perception, what triggers me, the self talk and shame attached to the whole thing."... Right now I am once a day almost, doing that exercise to thank my body for allowing me to function in the world, treating it like a frenemy rather than enemy, and slowly accept where it is at right now. Then make some choices..baby steps.
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    on the pratical side of things:
    I tried the home made mayo yesterday. I was surprised to see the recipe calls for 2 whole eggs...I was born in France...and I've always been aware that in the mayo one puts only the yolk... So I did just that, 2 yolks. And I only used 3/4 of light olive oil (instead of 1 1/4). Make sure to season to taste and also use a (compliant) mustard you like because that taste will come through. I used it on the salmon cake this am and it was delish!
    But I'll have to revisit the salmon cake recipe...I found I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes so much...I'll try butternut squash or for even less calories and great taste... Acorn.
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @tinman57 so sorry for your loss...be gentle with yourself in this process...
    Rainy and gloomy day yesterday in NY, so I put in good use the froceriea I got Sat evening. A lot of planning, cooking and freezing...I ran out of Ziploc! I mostly am unable to stick to a in-advance menu so I gave myself some options.
    My main pbm is portion control...I didn't get 50 lbs over healthy weight by mindful eating...and now I have to rewire my brain to allow it to catch up with how much I fill my plate (visual) and my stomach (when it screams "stop! I can't take no more!")
    And also the self body-shaming that runs 24/7... Learning about being kinder to myself...
    But I'm here!
    Have a great week everyone!
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @hollysmokes, indeed, never forget.
    tonight I am finishing off the "forbidden" .... without any guilt attached! But I already have got some compliant stuff, and will get some more. Will prepare something for tomorrow as I am on-the-go to the horse farm where I ...horse around - LOL - so I have something else than hot dog ,chips and Sour Patches in the car...! Will also plan for tomorrow night so I won't have to think about diner. Sunday will be prepping, cooking and planning for the week. And dusting off the couple of Whole30 books I have and also the Well Fed one from Mel Joulwan...
    @kirbz...all of the above are wonderful advises. Baby steps and most important, be gentle with yourself!
     
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @LadyLisbette @kirbz I did my 1st round back in Jan 2015...and fell off afterwards pretty hard.
    So this time around, my intention is about self care and self worth, re-frame my thoughts and re-wire my brain...adopt a new life style @ 60 ... never too late  right?
    Snapping my fingers because it's that simple!
    Eager to read about new tips, recipes etc...the one thing I remember for sure is that I was NEVER HUNGRY, and that  I HAD FUN COOKING! (even for 1 person...maybe my cat will enjoy left overs if any)
    Let's do this!
     
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    Laura P. reacted to Una-lee in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    You can do!! I started Whole30 11/1/18 and finished yesterday.  The first 3 days was challenging, but I got through it. I am happy to say I feel terrific, eating healthy and more wholesome meals. I weighed today and 13 lbs vanished.  Thanks for the awesome program and support. I looking forward to maintaining healthier eating options.
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    I decided this am to do it in Dec...glad to join!
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    Laura P. reacted to kirbz in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    And thank you again to everyone for your kindness and encouragement! I am going to stick with this and feel like I maybe have a better plan for next week. We'll see. I just absolutely hate leftovers and will not eat the same thing for the whole week. That was awful. 
    I haven't been eating the most "healthy" meals the last couple of days but I've been staying compliant and eating what makes me feel good (mentally). I needed that after the frustration and doubt I experienced earlier in the week! But I'm feeling much more positive and dedicated now! And have some good meals planned for the next couple of days. 
    And for those of you who may be looking for some new recipes... My very favorite online recipe blogger is Paleo Running Momma. She has a Whole30 section on her site and I really love almost everything I've eaten from her. Here are a couple of my favorites: 
    https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-paleo/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/stuffed-acorn-squash-paleo-whole30/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/cauliflower-fried-rice-paleo-whole30/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/citrus-grilled-shrimp-zoodles-paleo/ I also LOVE Mel Joulwan (author of the Well Fed cookbook series). Here are some of my favorites from her: 
    https://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/ (I like the Tex-Mex variation) https://meljoulwan.com/2013/10/19/wf2-recipe-elvis-burger/ https://meljoulwan.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/ I also love her pan-fried sardines from the Well Fed cookbook but that one isn't available online  Anyway, if you need some recipe inspiration, these are some good ones! 
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    Laura P. reacted to Shosh2015 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hey Gang,
    I’m in for December 2018. Turning 37 in one week on 12/8 & this is the best gift I could give myself! I’ve done one Whole30 successfully and it was amazing. I’ve done several failed attempts since then but I’m optimistic this time. I have more tools in my belt!
    Thanks! 
    Shoshana 
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    Laura P. reacted to tinman57 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    It's whole30 Eve.  I'm ready. Had an emotional day today. Back story: my husband died September 2 and I'm planning to move back to the Midwest from southern california. Quitting my job of fourteen years. Don't worry! The job is hateful and stressful. So this is a good thing.
    Today, realizing I had one car too many, my little car with high mileage was donated.  Now I will be driving my husband's Jeep.
    And I continue to downsize and pack.  
    Tonight, though, I realized that, among so many other massive changes and unpredictable feelo feelings, the one thing I really need right now is feeling as if there is something in my life over which there's control....and control in the direction of feeling better mentally and physically. So tomorrow, December 1, I will move to eat whole foods, prepared healthfully and though I know it's going to be a rough few days (been here, done this) I need and want to do it.
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    Laura P. reacted to ladyshanny in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    I feel like December Whole30 is an especially magical Whole30 - rock it, girlfriend!
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Stegner in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    Stegner and Cotteagequeen
    "I stopped trying to talk about it to people who were experiencing back pain because it made them mad. They could accept that it might be true for others, but for themselves..."
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    There always will be skeptics, Or people that are more comfortable not challenging their beliefs. Some do not have an inquisitive mind and don't want to expose themselves in thinking that there might be "another way"
    In the same spirit of Sarno, or at least the same mind/body approach, Jo Marchant in her book "Cure" is right up that alley! 
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Stegner in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    Stegner and Cotteagequeen
    "I stopped trying to talk about it to people who were experiencing back pain because it made them mad. They could accept that it might be true for others, but for themselves..."
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    There always will be skeptics, Or people that are more comfortable not challenging their beliefs. Some do not have an inquisitive mind and don't want to expose themselves in thinking that there might be "another way"
    In the same spirit of Sarno, or at least the same mind/body approach, Jo Marchant in her book "Cure" is right up that alley! 
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    Laura P. reacted to kirkor in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    I just realized something --- 2016 is a LEAP YEAR!
    One extra day of personal growth for everyone!!
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    Laura P. reacted to LucieB in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    WholeChristina - A private yoga class sounds more intimidating to me, thanks for the perspective and story about your experience. 
    I'm catching up on the links and books and videos shared this week, thanks to everyone who posts those. Slowly working through them. I enjoy getting the new ideas. And I have one to share.
     
    I found a new-to-me podcast yesterday called 'Small Changes, Big Shifts'  and in the second episode the podcaster talked to a woman named Sonia Choquette about "taking it to heart". Going to need some explaining here first though...
     
    I've been pushing myself to change some habits (not all Whole30 related, some very personal) these past few weeks, but the push has been mechanical. I'm going through the motions of change right now, so the new habits don't stick and don't have meaning. For the past week, I've been thinking on why I'm feeling this way, why I'm doing this, what my goals mean to me. Lots of thinking, lots of head stuff. 
     
    It's like a self sabotage? But it's more than that really, I don't like ME after I do these things. I get frustrated and down, not mad, but like UGH this is not who I want to be. Why do I keep making the same mistakes? We are what we repeatedly do, right? I tell myself I'm human, humans make mistakes. But when you know exactly what you need to do and how to do it, yet you don't do it, well dang it, it's frustrating!! 
     
    The podcast discussion talked about resolutions, how to stay in the present moment, how to get out of your head, about using your HEART for change and being connected. After some thinking, I'm seeing that I'm not taking my stated goals to heart. They're in my HEAD, but not in my heart. And my head is a harsh place to be sometimes. 
     
    To make a one hour podcast short (and skipping over most of what the podcast was about!), the discussion talked about moving your thoughts and goals to your heart. Taking some phrases from third podcast: "to become more connected to what I'm doing", to be more present in my daily life". Think I might go back and listen to these again. To absorb more. I'm really skimming and paraphrasing here. 
     
    This weekend is Valentine's Day, so what a neat confluence of heart thoughts and a heart holiday!
     
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    On a less serious note, my recipes for the weekend are selected. A new Eritrean/Ethiopian restaurant opened near me and every menu item has onion and garlic, so even though I love those foods they are a no-no for this FODMAPer. Looked online and found recipes to modify. Green peppers stuffed with ground beef and butternut squash spiced with berbere; a cabbage, carrot, potato (tikil gomen); and spicy chicken (tsebhi derho). These are usually served with teff-based injera, a gluten-free grain, and I haven't decided if I'll buy some some for my week or invent a potato-based version? Or just use a fork! This site has great pictures of the foods I'm talking about. 
     
    As per my February FODMAP goals, cabbage will be my test next week. The Monash site on FODMAP research says to try up to 1 cup. I'll go heavy on the carrots and potatoes in the recipe  
     
    Happy Friday, Happy Weekend, and Happy Valentine's Day!!
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Stegner in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    Stegner and Cotteagequeen
    "I stopped trying to talk about it to people who were experiencing back pain because it made them mad. They could accept that it might be true for others, but for themselves..."
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    There always will be skeptics, Or people that are more comfortable not challenging their beliefs. Some do not have an inquisitive mind and don't want to expose themselves in thinking that there might be "another way"
    In the same spirit of Sarno, or at least the same mind/body approach, Jo Marchant in her book "Cure" is right up that alley! 
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    Laura P. got a reaction from Stegner in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    Stegner and Cotteagequeen
    "I stopped trying to talk about it to people who were experiencing back pain because it made them mad. They could accept that it might be true for others, but for themselves..."
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    There always will be skeptics, Or people that are more comfortable not challenging their beliefs. Some do not have an inquisitive mind and don't want to expose themselves in thinking that there might be "another way"
    In the same spirit of Sarno, or at least the same mind/body approach, Jo Marchant in her book "Cure" is right up that alley! 
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    Laura P. reacted to cottagequeen in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    Yep, it was recommended to me by some one who had back issues that the docs could find no cause.We were actually talking about Whole30, Bowen and other alternative health things. I'm reading it because I like to investigate everything and I do believe our minds are connected to our bodies. I'm not scared that I am crazy... My aunt actually posted "schizoid" as a comment to my Facebook post that I was reading the book. Just want to learn. It is that interest in learning that brought me to Whole30 in the first place. The way I see it, recommending the book to someone is just that. It is their choice to take that recommendation or leave. It is their life and I am not upset if they choose not. You never know, there could come a day when they think "Hey, maybe I will look into it" Just like talking to people about Whole30. There will and has been people who don;t like what I say, in fact a lot more than those who want to know more, but the seed is planted... Planting seeds, some will grow, some won't! None will if one doesn't plant them... 
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    Laura P. reacted to cottagequeen in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    My big personal growth thing going on right now: reading The Divided Mind, The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders by: John E. Sarno, MD. A good friend told me about this a few months ago. Definitely very interesting.
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    Laura P. got a reaction from WholeChristina in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    I tried the guided meditation CD's by Jon Kabat-Zin. Have to get back to it. Who'd though I'd do 45 mn/day for a month! He has great YouTube videos as well.
    What I like about him is that he invented mindfulness before it got trendy, through Mindfulness Stress Reduction Clinics...
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    Laura P. reacted to init2winit in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    jmcbn - so awesome! He makes a whole lotta sense. Time to channel my inner lobster and get out of my old, constricting shell! 
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    Laura P. reacted to Saree_maree in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    I hope it is not too late to jump on this thread?
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    Laura P. got a reaction from WholeChristina in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    I tried the guided meditation CD's by Jon Kabat-Zin. Have to get back to it. Who'd though I'd do 45 mn/day for a month! He has great YouTube videos as well.
    What I like about him is that he invented mindfulness before it got trendy, through Mindfulness Stress Reduction Clinics...
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    Laura P. got a reaction from WholeChristina in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    I tried the guided meditation CD's by Jon Kabat-Zin. Have to get back to it. Who'd though I'd do 45 mn/day for a month! He has great YouTube videos as well.
    What I like about him is that he invented mindfulness before it got trendy, through Mindfulness Stress Reduction Clinics...