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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from Cris06 in Newbie and scared but ready to try   
    To all three of you: BRAVO!  You've taken the most important step and I am right with you.  This is a series of decisions made to love yourself in a really good way - not in the "oh, I want a cappucino" way.  I have been on this road before, but need to fine tune some behaviors - and I can learn a lot from each of you who have kicked the alcohol habit....so help me out too - and I will do what I can for you.
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Here I am....back in my old form....recognize the meditating bear???
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Ok, that worked.  Now I can go back to saying how glad I am to find you all here still.....like coming home for Christmas.  I am in for Jan +++ w30 but need to get my butt in gear about it, which takes more effort than it used to BECAUSE IT IS BIGGER THAN IT USED TO BE 
    Well, Merry Christmas everyone See you after and may 2017 bring many delights to us all.  
     
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Ok, that worked.  Now I can go back to saying how glad I am to find you all here still.....like coming home for Christmas.  I am in for Jan +++ w30 but need to get my butt in gear about it, which takes more effort than it used to BECAUSE IT IS BIGGER THAN IT USED TO BE 
    Well, Merry Christmas everyone See you after and may 2017 bring many delights to us all.  
     
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to MeadowLily in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    Food eating contests really turn my stomach.  Watching them makes me want to step out back and do all of the things that you can imagine.  They are not a sport or athletic.  They remind me of ancient Rome. There's really nothing new under the sun.
     
    Why telecast it.  I don't want to watch someone shove pies, Big Kahuna burgers or dogs into their mouth as fast as they can go.   Don't go there.  Don't do it.   
     
    A few years ago someone passed on after a water chugging contest.  Don't chug water as fast as you can go by the gallon.  
     
    All of it grosses me out and for the life of me,  why would you do this to yourself.  It's a reflection of too much excess.  Does anyone enjoy watching it.   Just go to one of my family reunions and you'll see more of the same.  But there's also secret eating under the bleachers and in the closet.  Shoving food and emotions down.   
     
    Strangely enough,  when the birds of a feather fly together...they encourage one another and pretend it's really fun.  Some will actually diet for an entire year and then shove as much food down at the family reunion pretending they eat that way all of the time.  It is ridiculous and imaginary and nutty as a fruitcake.
     
    No wonder my relationship with food was so messed up.  It's genetic and environmental and you can catch it like the flu.  It does rub off on you.  Family reunions can end up like ancient Rome and stepping around back.  Bellying up to the foodbar buffet tables and shoveling it all in just to impress each other is so not worth it.  
     
    When in Rome do as the Romans do but not what they used to do...in ancient times. 
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Well, folks, I dunno what happened, but I had one heck of a time logging in there for awhile. At least I could read your posts and SMILE at the stories, sliding pie crusts, rebellious bread dough, bathtub negotiations, and Crimsann's incredible capacity to be around cupcakes while doing a whole 30!! You are fantastic...all of you!
    I am back from joy trip, all 48 hours of it, to NYC with the hubs. We had a great time, once we got through the flying stuff, which sends him to the literal edge...but we had what was almost a second honeymoon, minus the sex ( we are old) and it was very sweet.
    I can feel myself getting thick in the middle and a little too loose with the ISH part of whole 30-ish, so I am going to start up July 1...need the next few days to get my mind around it again. I will probably ignore the soy sauce in a few dressings in the fridge that need to be used up...but otherwise, full steam ahead. Help me out, partners, becauseI have sinned while in NYC...so the comedown may be Hard!!
    Susan, I get the hubby who never throws things away...and unfortunately, it is about to get worse at our house. While in NYC, we went to an antique book store where they were selling old covers of the New Yorker. My beloved says:" oh my, and I have been giving those away!! I think I will start keeping them ". Time for an addition on the house for the magazine wing. We alread have the old tax returns room, and the files from committees twenty years ago library.
    I don't use my Instapot much in the summer except for Bone broth and ghee...am thinking more abut how to make salads and cold proteins easier.
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Nancy, so glad to see you back on the screen. I know you have been a comfort to your family, snorting and all. I believe laughter is so important at times like these. Glad you were able to give them that gift, a sell as the many gifts that come from just being YOU.
    Crimsann, thanks so much for sharing the meal plan....very great ideas. So, each week you plan 2 meals and make enough of it to cover all 14 meals ( minus meal 1)? That is surly one way to simplify....don't you get bored with rotating two things out for all those meals???
    I've given up looking for a great 30 days ahead when some event won't interfere with a whole 30, so I am just going to do my best to be compliant all the time, except for the really special occasions ahead, and then not go crazy...then maybe I can do a very strict 60or more starting in August after I return from vacation. There is plenty I can do to make myself feel and be better...and no reason not to ramp that up right now.
    Otherwise, all is well here. Keep taking good care everyone.
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to Crimsann in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Had the most hilarious type dream last night...which you will appreciate for the way it ended.  I was helping throw a fancy dinner party somewhere, and we needed to do so much stuff to get ready that we were actually replacing the wallpaper minutes before people were to arrive.  I was frantically trying to find the right basket to coordinate with the colors in the lounge when this guy arrived with some bottles of wine and we realized we had no good wine glasses.  I ended up just giving in to the inevitable and brought in a wine glass with some kind of cartoon character etched on it which had obviously not been used in a long time because I was still drying it with a dish towel as I came back in the room.  The guy was really into wine but was gracious enough about the lack of quality glasses and in fact had brought his own anyway.  Whew!  I must have given up on appearances at that point because the next thing I know I was curled up on the couch ignoring the rest of the preparations and letting him pour me a taste.  (This in itself makes little sense as I almost never drink wine.)  It was incredible and was playing at being a wine snob myself asking him if that was a hint of star anise I tasted...really impressed him!  ROFL! 
     
    Uh so much so that the dream flashed forward to the next morning where the self same guy was carrying me out to a lacey canopy bed in the garden for breakfast in bed in the morning sun among the roses....way romantic overkill...and then the alarm went off. 
     
    Well.  Dreaming about breakfast, could anything be more ridiculous for me?!?  At least I know now under which circumstances I would find eating in the morning appealing.  Now to just make a list of all the things from that scenario that I'm currently missing....hmmm, guy, garden, staff to make this breakfast...  Rats.  Looks like I'm going to have to come up with another strategy for June after all.
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    GLOP.
    Went to a garden party (WAY too fancy for me) today and ate bad stuff. FEEL LIKE GLOP.
    Going to bed. Tomorrow is another day. Sigh.
    Let's hope this is a good week. Supposed to have a taste of summer here this week....a few days of that and I will start complaining about the heat
    OK, I am actually better than that sounded....just a bit irritated w myself for sliding off the rails.
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Merg - great for you eating fish.  I know it would be good for me but I just don't like it.  Sometimes you just have to have a sandwich I bought some round (instead of long) sweet potatoes this week and I am going to try roasting some slices and make an "unwich" to see how that goes - will let you know.
     
    Cynthia - thanks for the recipe - looks great!  I would think lard would be cheaper and tasty!
     
    Crimsann - of course it's a "he"!  So sorry about the extra stress of the credit card fraud.  Perhaps I can help.  I recently received an email from His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces Federal Republic Of Nigeria and United Nations (UN) and (IMF)  informing me they were going to transfer sum of USD$10M Only to you through ATM visa Card which you can be used in any cash point, shopping mall or banking.
    I can "withdrawal" money from  ATM visa Card any ATM TELLER MACHINE location or center of  choice in any part of the world. 
     
    And all I have to do is send them my name, address and cell phone #.  Since I am sure this is legit I would be glad to share my good fortune with you, and all the other tigers and turtles.  
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi, everyone. Nancy, sorry for your loss. I LOVE my SILs...just don't see them enough. Kudos to them for living with my love able but rotten big brothers whose favorite trick in childhood was to tie me up in the garage and leave me there until Mom and Dad wondered where I was. No wonder my favorite thing to do was to go hide in a neighbors dog house, with their German shepherd who lived there, or to climb the tree behind our shed and get up on the roof, out of sight. My poor hubby, he is living with result of these coping mechanisms....
    My fish...yes, 60 pounds, just for the two of us. My freezer is now so full it is a death defying act to open the door. The Fish is caught in Alaska, in season, flash Frozen and shipped by a one man outfit called Salmon and Sable. I bought 60 pounds to avoid the shipping charges, but, then again, I basically had to surrender my puny freezer space until we eat our way back into it. The fish is the best I have ever had, but it comes in season, so now I have enough halibut and sablefish to get me through to next Spring. If you are interested, check out the Salmon and Sable website...but, warnin, it is EXPENSIVE....just worth it for me to be compliant and not eat so much red meat along the way. I have an order for salmon for the fall...not in season now. Anyway, since I spent so much on the fish, I have my Julia CHild The Way To Cook here on the coffee table and am reading about how to,properly treat frozen fish....hmmm...I might have to quit my job....
    I've fallen by the wayside twice this week, stopping by our health food store and the juice bar to get a green smoothie...then today, a sandwich (WHAT.???).....so will restart my whole 30-ish on Sunday as tomorrow I am meeting up with a friend from out of town at a local French bakery-her choice...cmon people....I cannot be asked to do that, can I?
    So I may be facing joining you all in June, for real. Or maybe waiting to jump in with Nancy in July because hubs and I are going to NYC at the end of June and I just won't feel like being compliant for a weekend in the Big Apple. In the meantime, I am going to try to I've toward compliance...getting way from those smoothies, the cappuccinos, sandwiches, etc....I feel so much better when I do!!
    Crimsann, any chanc you can share your meal plans?
    Cheers everyone!! UNiversity graduation here, so the town is a zoo!!!
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Nancy, Crimsann, Lindy, Bpaitsel, Susan, C Ceseaux....hi! Crimsann, thanks for your ruminating on longer programs. I love things like that , counterintuitive but true. I am planning to start TOMORROW and was thinking of only 30, but will at least go through all of June....could be longer IF I am able to do what you do, Crimsann, in allowing some flex on weekends.....is that compliant ingredients flexibility, or do you let it all go for two days and then get back to business??
    I dunno, in that regard I think Nancy and I are alike...no such thing as a little baccanalia.....love that, Nancy! So, I am venturing back into 30 at least. I am not fully prepared....the freezer has stuff but not really as I like it to support w30, but, as you say. This time of year has TONS of food supports out there, with more coming in. I am not going to fuss about a little butter here or there, or even a few legumes...but I will feel a whole lot better with no sugar, no wine, no bread, cheese, and some of the other little treats I have fallen back to trying......too often.
    I am expecting my shipment of the spring catch of Alaskan fish this week...60 pounds of it...hope my freezer willandle it all....but I will have no excuse not to have fish 2-3 times a week now....
    And, after ready Lindy, I am going back into the kitchen now to start some bone broth...
    Bpaitsel and Susan, hope your spirits are up a bit with the return of the sun for we Virginians....even tho it is a bit chilly☃☀️
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Bpaitsel,
    Looks like we posted At the same time, so I didn't see your post until now. Wow, two deaths in your family, I am so sorry. YOU ARE ALSO FREAKING FEARLESS to have come out on the other side of THAT as level headed as you sound....and now selling your hous? YOWZAH!
    so very wise of you to keep taking good care of yourself. We know we do better in times of stress and loss when we are rested and hormonally even from making good food choices....
    Life is just better in or near the whole 30, especially because it includes our crew!!
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Bpaitsel,
    Looks like we posted At the same time, so I didn't see your post until now. Wow, two deaths in your family, I am so sorry. YOU ARE ALSO FREAKING FEARLESS to have come out on the other side of THAT as level headed as you sound....and now selling your hous? YOWZAH!
    so very wise of you to keep taking good care of yourself. We know we do better in times of stress and loss when we are rested and hormonally even from making good food choices....
    Life is just better in or near the whole 30, especially because it includes our crew!!
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to Crimsann in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    Two ways to answer this, right now it means more like the later because I'm not doing a Whole30 at all for May but I wanted to start easing back towards it before June rolls around.  My solution to that was to pick back up my meal planning and packing lunches for the week, but not worry so much about weekends.  I don't know about this as a long term plan though.  I mentioned earlier I might try a two-weeks on/two-weeks off approach next year but I'm still not sure I would do that well with so much free time myself! 
     
    Typically though when I talk about compliant ingredient mode for me I am talking about doing what would look like a Whole30 otherwise but relaxing some of the rules around using compliant foods to make "treats" or non-compliant foods.  That had always struck me as a grey area, I mean you could say zoodles are non-compliant intentions as they clearly are taking the place of noodles hence the name...but they truly are so far from pasta that it would be really over the top to call them SWYPO.  Drawing that line though...where do you stop?  I just always liked the idea of being more creative with the foods we can have, but I also understand why that isn't allowed on a true Whole30 so for me that is something I do as a way of breaking up longer stretches of being on the program.  It feels like more freedom even while it's not really.  I also think I sometimes make it sound like I'm girl gone wild with it, and in reality I don't eat banana ice cream every day during one of those months.  In fact in the past year I've made that stuff exactly twice.  Wiiild, huh?!  It's just an easy example.  It's almost more the idea that I could, if that makes any sense.  When I allow that flexibility I'm still doing so under pretty controlled conditions, meaning that whatever I go off-roading with it's all still planned ahead and not impulse eating and it's still the minority of what I'm doing overall.
     
    For July I will probably use that mode to make almond flour muffins as a change from endless egg breakfast options or do something like smoothies for a week as another break from the more typical Whole30 breakfast options.  Whatever I do it will be planned ahead just like the rest of my meal planning and I will be attempting to balance it with template meals as much as possible.  I also pretty much never plan more than one food item like that in a weeks meal plan, so the rest of my day would be entirely compliant.  It's really all about a little more variety for me.
     
    I think you may be on a good track with picking one or two things you know you aren't sensitive to like legumes and just preplanning in those items for more flexibility for yourself.  It's all about what you decide ahead of time rather than giving into a temptation in the moment.  If adding butter and legumes makes a longer Whole30 sound much more doable and you stick to just that for whatever period of time you pick, I think it's a winner myself for where we are in this process.  It's like all of the structure but customized to you and I think it's exactly what we need to be experimenting with as the next step in making this a lifelong change.     
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Nancy, Crimsann, Lindy, Bpaitsel, Susan, C Ceseaux....hi! Crimsann, thanks for your ruminating on longer programs. I love things like that , counterintuitive but true. I am planning to start TOMORROW and was thinking of only 30, but will at least go through all of June....could be longer IF I am able to do what you do, Crimsann, in allowing some flex on weekends.....is that compliant ingredients flexibility, or do you let it all go for two days and then get back to business??
    I dunno, in that regard I think Nancy and I are alike...no such thing as a little baccanalia.....love that, Nancy! So, I am venturing back into 30 at least. I am not fully prepared....the freezer has stuff but not really as I like it to support w30, but, as you say. This time of year has TONS of food supports out there, with more coming in. I am not going to fuss about a little butter here or there, or even a few legumes...but I will feel a whole lot better with no sugar, no wine, no bread, cheese, and some of the other little treats I have fallen back to trying......too often.
    I am expecting my shipment of the spring catch of Alaskan fish this week...60 pounds of it...hope my freezer willandle it all....but I will have no excuse not to have fish 2-3 times a week now....
    And, after ready Lindy, I am going back into the kitchen now to start some bone broth...
    Bpaitsel and Susan, hope your spirits are up a bit with the return of the sun for we Virginians....even tho it is a bit chilly☃☀️
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Nancy, Crimsann, Lindy, Bpaitsel, Susan, C Ceseaux....hi! Crimsann, thanks for your ruminating on longer programs. I love things like that , counterintuitive but true. I am planning to start TOMORROW and was thinking of only 30, but will at least go through all of June....could be longer IF I am able to do what you do, Crimsann, in allowing some flex on weekends.....is that compliant ingredients flexibility, or do you let it all go for two days and then get back to business??
    I dunno, in that regard I think Nancy and I are alike...no such thing as a little baccanalia.....love that, Nancy! So, I am venturing back into 30 at least. I am not fully prepared....the freezer has stuff but not really as I like it to support w30, but, as you say. This time of year has TONS of food supports out there, with more coming in. I am not going to fuss about a little butter here or there, or even a few legumes...but I will feel a whole lot better with no sugar, no wine, no bread, cheese, and some of the other little treats I have fallen back to trying......too often.
    I am expecting my shipment of the spring catch of Alaskan fish this week...60 pounds of it...hope my freezer willandle it all....but I will have no excuse not to have fish 2-3 times a week now....
    And, after ready Lindy, I am going back into the kitchen now to start some bone broth...
    Bpaitsel and Susan, hope your spirits are up a bit with the return of the sun for we Virginians....even tho it is a bit chilly☃☀️
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi all! Just occurred to me I hadn't checked in for a bit. I guess that's to be expected when one's eating habits take a dive... Anyway, doctor appointment coming up Monday, routine bloodwork, and a chat about my bad knee. And maybe some sage advice about how to handle my eating since I seem to have only two settings: spartan, and bacchanalia!! I need to try for spartanalia! I'd chat more, but have been so tired lately that 9pm is about the best I can do and still get up at 6 the next morning. Sad... Will check in soon.
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to Crimsann in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    (Aaaand Crimsann limps back into view)
     
    Okay.  I have survived the week.  It wasn't pretty.  So the less said about that the better.  In a nut shell, it was the last week I should have started by baking mochacinno cupcakes for my sisters birthday and then bringing half of them home.  I can't really regret that though because they were delicious and I baked them with my niece and that in itself was the single bright note in the entire 7-day stretch! 
     
    But it did mean I was whining to my friend just yesterday about why my pants were feeling tight and I had only eaten one or two cupcakes....a day....since Sunday.  Sigh.  So it's back to a meal plan for next week which will perhaps not be 100% W30 but will be nearly indistinguishable.  My revised plan for May, now that I'm looking at a setback at least rather than the maintain I had hoped for, is to go back to W30 for the weekdays leading up to June when I'm "scheduled" to go back to W30 for three months again.  Weekends will still be a bit more relaxed, otherwise I'm not testing/learning from this time either.  I don't want an all or nothing after life so I'm going to keep fighting for better balance. 
     
    So, funny niece story because really...what else do you guys keep me around here for?  I don't know if I have ever even given a word sketch of myself, but one thing you should know...I'm short.  Like 5 foot zip.  And that is important for this story. 
     
    My sisters birthday was Monday, but her husband was working last weekend so she didn't really have anything fun planned to celebrate.  As you know, we talked about doing a road trip with the girls but due to lack of any chance to plan we did end up scrapping that idea at the last minute and settling for just spending most of Saturday doing some fun things at home.  As part of this, I offered to bring over all the stuff to bake cupcakes with my older niece who loves helping in the kitchen.  Being the "smart" Auntie, I decided to mostly measure and mix as much as possible of this at home so that by the time I arrived what we were doing was one step up from mixing a box mix and using canned frosting but they were still entirely homemade.  (I'm sort of picky about this, box mix is just fine to be honest, but it's like its too easy and what's the point of baking...again with the fact that I love the act as much as the result!)  I figured this would keep the flour on the ceiling potential down to a mere minimum.  I think my sister must have already told Eliana that we were going to be baking before I got there because she was rushing me right into the kitchen and ready to get to work.  I'm laying out the ingredients and I hear this "screetch-screetch" sound which is the two-year old dragging a chair into the kitchen.  The counters there are unusually high, so when she is helping, she is allowed to bring a chair in from the dining area to stand on.  So she hops up, then looks over at me (sort of the up and down thing) and then sweetly asks, "Tee-tee need a chair?"
     
    Snort.  She just kills me.  Of course her mother (who is 5' 9" and has never been offered a chair) was passed out on the living room floor laughing.  We could have just stopped there.  I think that was probably all the "cake" she needed for the day.  But I manfully carried on despite the insults.  At least I wasn't blonde enough to dump the sugar in with the butter measuring cup and all little Missy.    I don't care if you did go running off at the sound of it clanging around yelling that "Tee-tee did it", that was ALL you. 
     
    Yeah, still pretty much getting a stitch in my side just thinking about it, so it's worth it.  And hopefully a better week this week in all respects. 
     
    I found a recipe for a Mojo Grilled Chicken thing that I think I'm going to make for salads for lunch next week.  The chicken itself is W30, though I may add a non-compliant dressing I don't expect to use much of it.  Usually if I warm up the chicken I don't mind that on a salad with no dressing at all or with a little guac as a dressing.  I'm going to do up another batch of deviled eggs to have with baby carrots as the evening mini meal at work, that's always a quick favorite.  While I hate to do chicken twice, I'm probably going to alternate just some basic burgers and some chicken sausage with baked potatoes and veggies.  Next week is going to be closer to normal but still really hectic and I need to set myself up for dinners that can be made in minutes at most or I know I won't be able to turn this week back around. 
     
    Going to try and spend today doing as close to nothing as possible, maybe even an early night, and then hit the ground running tomorrow with grocery shopping and errands, some tidying up (tentative plan to start adding some exercise in gearing up towards summer means clearing that space so it feels more inviting and less cluttered), and laundry as well as some work for that Children's Miracle Network event I'm involved with this year. 
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Crimsann that was hilarious - it is so nice that you get to spend such great time with your niece.
     
    I am looking forward to Melissa's new book too.  I am keeping my diet pretty compliant except for intro of corn which went ok and beans which I think did not go ok.  However, since the weather here has been gray and rainy I will reintro beans again when weather is dry and sunny to make sure symptoms were not weather related.  In the last couple of days I think I have inadvertently had butter/margarine while eating out.  Not sure so I won't do any other intro's for a while then I want to do a structured reintro of one form of dairy at a time.
     
    I did have a good victory today - attended a wedding, with cake of course (and I do LOVE cake and especially icing ) and I didn't even drool on it.  I ate before I went which certainly helped.
     
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi everyone!  I LOVE this group - each of us on our journeys, climbing over (or carrying) our own rocks, but also seeking and finding the sun and thew cool breezes of enjoying life and FEELING GREAT.
     
    Miss Lindy, your cold water swims absolutely take my breath away - just thinking about them!  I am so impressed and so appreciative of you for reminding me about bone broth.
     
    bpaitsel and nancy, and everyone suffering from deep loss - thanks for sharing what is happening in your lives.  I've been swimming thourhg mud with a very depressed husband and resulting family uproars - a broken heart for me when I had to miss a weekend away with my sister - but now I am on a plan to find my feet beneath me again....rounding up all the psychological and spiritual supports I need - AND remembering that It Starts With Food!!...but, hearing from each of you, I feel your arms around me and all of us...and I know my challenges are no more or less than any of yours...
     
    I also know and see how emotional eating does not take care of the emotional stress...just makes me feel worse overall.  I need to move closer to 100% for sure.
     
    so good we are here for each other.
     
    I've been trying to focus on more sleep (and hence less screen time) for the past week or so...but now, well, I just need you all....and you never disappoint.
     
    So, one foot in front of the other - each meal, each day, each decision about what I put in my mouth a vote for my well being...
     
    You are all so inspiring...and so real.
     
    So now, after watching Donald Trump wrap up the nomination (more or less) tonight...accompanied by a cup of sleep tea...I am off, with you all in my heart and prayers.
     
    What a country, what a process. Whatever we see in the candidates and the process, it all clearly points to the need for more of us to be in our bodies, not thrown from one shoal to another by bad food choices....clear and energized. We are going to need all the clarity we can get, whether we end up with Donald or Hillary.....whew.
     
    Peace out, my friends. Sleep, eat, and be well.
     
    merg
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi everyone!  I LOVE this group - each of us on our journeys, climbing over (or carrying) our own rocks, but also seeking and finding the sun and thew cool breezes of enjoying life and FEELING GREAT.
     
    Miss Lindy, your cold water swims absolutely take my breath away - just thinking about them!  I am so impressed and so appreciative of you for reminding me about bone broth.
     
    bpaitsel and nancy, and everyone suffering from deep loss - thanks for sharing what is happening in your lives.  I've been swimming thourhg mud with a very depressed husband and resulting family uproars - a broken heart for me when I had to miss a weekend away with my sister - but now I am on a plan to find my feet beneath me again....rounding up all the psychological and spiritual supports I need - AND remembering that It Starts With Food!!...but, hearing from each of you, I feel your arms around me and all of us...and I know my challenges are no more or less than any of yours...
     
    I also know and see how emotional eating does not take care of the emotional stress...just makes me feel worse overall.  I need to move closer to 100% for sure.
     
    so good we are here for each other.
     
    I've been trying to focus on more sleep (and hence less screen time) for the past week or so...but now, well, I just need you all....and you never disappoint.
     
    So, one foot in front of the other - each meal, each day, each decision about what I put in my mouth a vote for my well being...
     
    You are all so inspiring...and so real.
     
    So now, after watching Donald Trump wrap up the nomination (more or less) tonight...accompanied by a cup of sleep tea...I am off, with you all in my heart and prayers.
     
    What a country, what a process. Whatever we see in the candidates and the process, it all clearly points to the need for more of us to be in our bodies, not thrown from one shoal to another by bad food choices....clear and energized. We are going to need all the clarity we can get, whether we end up with Donald or Hillary.....whew.
     
    Peace out, my friends. Sleep, eat, and be well.
     
    merg
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi there, T&T buddies!
     
    After a LONG vacay from following this thread (when I actually missed you all) - here I am plugging back in.  I'm up to date on all the posts and cheering you on, everyone.  Love the shopping basket discipline, Crimsann (and the sneaky workaround, Nancy)...and appreciate all the tips and recipe ideas, etc.  I believe the last time i squeaked up was when I was screeching off road in my speeding car...I was staying silent then about starting another W30 in April since my birthday was in the first week and I didn't want to rain on my own parade...
     
    But, let me tell you something....my own theory that I think is interesting  During my post-January slow slide into bad habits, I didn't go whole hog bad....just a breakfast croissant here, a latte there....more wine than usual...and then - god forbid - an actual sandwich (or two).  It wasn't every meal, or even every day...just the drip, drip, drip of decisions that had consequences.
     
    I started to notice some joint aches (like some of you) - and then some change in my, eh...elimination patterns.  THEN, I was exposed to a GI virus when I visited someone in a nursing home - and I was hit HARD for more than a week.  I think my system was already out of balance and the virus found a happy home.  I'm just coming out on the other side of this....and now thinking about getting back on the horse.
     
    I do believe that each w30 helps to lock in better habits and preferences....adding bread back in was really a last resort....and sugar has still not been of great interest.....so there is some progress.
     
    The good news about my illness: NO INTEREST IN WINE....yay.
     
    Nancy, I am so with you about believing it must be all or nothing....and so hopeful you can believe in your ability to get to a place where that isn't true....maybe it is just chipping away at it with each successive w30....
     
    Miss Lindy, your polar bear swims are an inspiration - and will likely stay that way for me...brrrrrr....and Crimsann, bpaitsel, and Susan, thanks for all the strategies and recipes....I've had an IP for a year now, but never went on the Facebook page....that is NEXT.
     
    Anyway, happy Spring everyone (Fall for you, Lindy)....and has everyone seen the recent spate of articles debunking the FAT myth...and then pointing to sugar as a demon?  Good stuff out there these days.
     
    Cheers to all!
     
    merg
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi there, T&T buddies!
     
    After a LONG vacay from following this thread (when I actually missed you all) - here I am plugging back in.  I'm up to date on all the posts and cheering you on, everyone.  Love the shopping basket discipline, Crimsann (and the sneaky workaround, Nancy)...and appreciate all the tips and recipe ideas, etc.  I believe the last time i squeaked up was when I was screeching off road in my speeding car...I was staying silent then about starting another W30 in April since my birthday was in the first week and I didn't want to rain on my own parade...
     
    But, let me tell you something....my own theory that I think is interesting  During my post-January slow slide into bad habits, I didn't go whole hog bad....just a breakfast croissant here, a latte there....more wine than usual...and then - god forbid - an actual sandwich (or two).  It wasn't every meal, or even every day...just the drip, drip, drip of decisions that had consequences.
     
    I started to notice some joint aches (like some of you) - and then some change in my, eh...elimination patterns.  THEN, I was exposed to a GI virus when I visited someone in a nursing home - and I was hit HARD for more than a week.  I think my system was already out of balance and the virus found a happy home.  I'm just coming out on the other side of this....and now thinking about getting back on the horse.
     
    I do believe that each w30 helps to lock in better habits and preferences....adding bread back in was really a last resort....and sugar has still not been of great interest.....so there is some progress.
     
    The good news about my illness: NO INTEREST IN WINE....yay.
     
    Nancy, I am so with you about believing it must be all or nothing....and so hopeful you can believe in your ability to get to a place where that isn't true....maybe it is just chipping away at it with each successive w30....
     
    Miss Lindy, your polar bear swims are an inspiration - and will likely stay that way for me...brrrrrr....and Crimsann, bpaitsel, and Susan, thanks for all the strategies and recipes....I've had an IP for a year now, but never went on the Facebook page....that is NEXT.
     
    Anyway, happy Spring everyone (Fall for you, Lindy)....and has everyone seen the recent spate of articles debunking the FAT myth...and then pointing to sugar as a demon?  Good stuff out there these days.
     
    Cheers to all!
     
    merg
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Btw, in case any of you also are struggling with alcohol restriction....I got an email todayom the whole life challenge people (I did one of those before I found w30).... Anyway, the writer said that it takes the liver 10 hours to process the toxins in alcohol from one drink....and during that time the liver is NOT processing the fat from the food you have also eaten....so, give the liver a break and let it do its whole job without overloading it with alcohol....
    Are you listening, Merg???