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    mergthemagnificent reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I have been a bit better with water the past 24 hours! wish it was longer but one day at a time. I have to get up at night more than I'd like too. Last night we went to bed so early it seemed I spent most of the time up and down! Such an exciting room in our house.
     
    Isn't it good that you have noticed no joint pain when eating W30. Brilliant. I think with me too much fruit or sugar stuff will bring on pain. I still rely on my bone broth that makes such a difference and I am taking fermented cod liver oil but the bone broth calms things down almost immediately.
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi
    I read the food grief item, pretty accurate I think. 
     
    I agree with you bpaitsel, something to be learned from each one and even though it is early days for me with this one I feel so much better and more in control. The dragon has been back with teeth, not that I want sugar as much as I would love some bread or muffins or something like that. Banish all thoughts! Banishing doesn't do it though. I have to acknowledge that is what I want and I am choosing not to have it. One thing I had forgotten is how much I love raw celery, so now I have stocked up on celery and when I get the unwanted urges I eat celery, does a couple things I think, keeps my mind preoccupied, crunches and is watery. Oh well we all have our little tricks.
     
    So I realized the other day that I have been actually eating tainted food--because I didn't prepare it properly.  After two weeks of spastic bowels I spewed out my breakfast halfway through the other morning, told my friend what I'd been eating (how I had prepared my breakfast routine) and she was horrified. Who would guess that having stopped eating it for the past couple of days, life is much easier. I feel more energetic and healthier in general. Hmmm.  I swear to goodness when I win the lottery I am hiring a cook--full-time.
     
    So for those who are doing a repeat W30 are we still posting in here to complete the year? I have joined another thread but do prefer to come back to this group for the main stuff. 
     
    Nancy, I didn't make the shepherds pie on the weekend but am planning to do it today, although I don't have enough kumara so may just have to leave that off and call it something else. See what I mean? I need a cook.
     
    It's Friday here so the weekend is looming--love it. Still swimming or water-walking mostly but even though it is cooler it's not too bad. I am so thrilled I can do it that I will keep going until the ice chips prevent me from stepping in. (Just joking we don't get ice chips here but it does get blinkin' cold.)
    L
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    That seems to be my thought process too.  There is no way in h*** that I would be cooking all those goodies if I couldn't eat them.  Have you tried any paleo recipes?  I have done a couple of things that I have taken to work that even the worst, pickiest eaters liked.  There was a carrot cake made with coconut flour (I did put cream cheese frosting on it though) that was great as well as an apple cake made with almond flour.  I realize these aren't even close to W30 but are non-allergen (without cream cheese of course!) My favorite part of baking is licking the bowl  so I wouldn't do well doing regular food.  I used to watch The Biggest Loser and there was an episode a long time ago where the contestants had to make cookies but if they tasted the batter off the spoon or their fingers they were out - I think I would have just walked out the door!   Hope your Mom did well with her surgery too.
     
    So... on Monday I devoured half a pretty good sized peanut butter egg (PNB, butter, conf. sugar in milk chocolate).  Then during the night Tuesday I developed some of the worst nausea that I have had in a while.  Along with headache, puffy eyes, congested sinuses and being lightheaded.  Symptoms not as bad today but not gone.  Lesson Learned
     
    Sounds like Nancy and Crimsann you are planning April W30's?  Even though I wasn't going to do another one I think I will.  I recently read on here somewhere where Melissa was talking about having learned something new from every one that she had done and for that reason it was important to do proper reintro's each time.  Makes sense.  I think I still have a lot to learn (obviously).  Might also help as far as going through the grief stages.  I'm usually stuck on Anger - "I just want to be able to eat normal" etc, etc.
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to Crimsann in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Most important things first...the swimsuit has still not arrived, so my silence the last couple days was not a pit of despair.  I don't know how I misread the tracking label, but it's not due until Saturday when I checked again this morning so...reprieve!  LOL!
     
    My week got chopped up because I had to be designated driver for my mother's foot surgery yesterday and I'm in scramble mode, again.  I need to get my meal plan for next week locked in today because this coming week is another bake-fest.  Our department is doing ANOTHER bake sale, Easter basket themed this time.  Will the madness never end?  I also have the first meeting of the Extra Life committee and I rashly asked to bring cookies.  So I will be in the kitchen all weekend surrounded by stuff I can't taste.  May need to hang the swimsuit up above the stove just as added mental reinforcement.  I would say wear it, but that might not be kitchen safety at it's smartest.  Would definitely be incentive not to sample cookies though!
     
    This also means that I need the easiest ever meal plan because I already have too much on my plate.  Think, brain, think!  I may go with chicken salad again.  That I can do the cooking part in the crock pot at least.  I feel like I should do something more inventive for the last week of March though.  I would need to plan ahead for that since I'm having Easter at my house.  Trying to keep that simple too, in my usual non-traditional way I'm thinking about serving those shrimp "fajita" things.  I could provide shells and cheese and sour cream or whatever for the rest of the family and still be able to enjoy mine. 
     
    Well, time to go pour my now cold coffee over ice and pretend it's the same as water. 
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Too funny about the link!
     
    I have done Weight Watchers on and off (and on and off and on and off ad infinitum) since 1984, and the one thing I have retained all this time (besides the weight  ) is the ability to drink lots of water. But given that my nickname was Betty Bitty Bladder, you can guess what effect that has on me!
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi! Ok, here's what I've noticed: When I am doing a W30, I have no pain in my joints, especially my knees.Now that it's been a few weeks, my knees are hurting again. It seems to take a while for it to catch up to me, and now I don't know what the cause is. So I will be doing another W30 to see if I can figure it out. Probably April. I think the same thing happened after the September W30. It took a while but eventually the achy knees came back. It's worse this time though. I'd really like to have pain-free joints...
     
    misslindy, I try to get more water in during my workday, so I don't have to drink as much in the evenings. I find that sometimes, I still have to get up 2x a night to pee! 
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Nancy I hear ya - those "extracurriculars" will get us every time.  I saw an interesting link http://whole30.com/2012/01/the-five-stages-of-food-grief/(I'm not very technically inclined so I don't know how to link to it) but it was an interesting article.
     
    Crimsann - I like your idea of nothing in the basket.  And as far as counting things ....  several months ago I decided to track on Fitness Pal.  Every day it said something like "at this rate you will lose x number of pounds by whatever day."  Only problem .... I was steadily gaining weight    Was it my math or theirs?!?   How was the bathing suit session?
     
    Confession:  I don't usually have a problem with treats that are brought in to work because usually has gluten.  However, yesterday a patient brought us each a peanut butter egg.   Now granted I am trying to "moderate" dairy but I do love pnb and chocolate - that egg didn't stand a chance
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to Crimsann in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I can totally understand all the frustration with counting.  I remember once posting in another forum for a counting type app that I can't wait for the day when our smartphones come equipped with a tiny probe that just zips out and scans over our plate and calculates exactly the nutritional content of what we are about to consume.  Maybe mine can come with some alarm bells when I am about to eat a zillion chocolate units and loudly announce that I must add 60 units of kale to balance this.  LOL! 
     
    My problem with counting is, while I'm also in love with numbers and charts and seeing "progress" tracked, I'm simply not honest enough.  Depending on the day I can look at a medium sized potato and call it "super-large so I've totally met my caloric needs" or "barely a bite and I totally still have points for ice cream".  Neither scenario help weight loss though.  It's aaaaahhhmazing how many days I exactly hit my goal, neat and tidy, and was probably way out in orbit.  And the healthier you eat, in other words the more whole foods you cook yourself, the harder it is to track accurately.  I would get to the point where I threw my hands up and said, "okay, how may Cherry Pop-Tarts can I fit in my points...cause at least I think I know how many calories/fat/carbs they contain"  And never mind that's just trusting their packaging to be even as honest as me.  At the point eating all toaster pasteries started to sound like the only logical way to continue...I must stop. 
     
    I think it pretty much was my breakthrough when I realized that while W30 is kind of hard, it's also kind of easy and while I do try to think through my meals ahead and make sure it's not eggs all day or haven't had a green thing in weeks...I'm at a point now where I know what goes in my cart and what doesn't and that's about all the thought I have to give it.  I know exactly what will happen when I start putting other things in my cart.  ::spoiler alert::  I will eat them and probably sooner rather than later and definitely instead of spinach.  This is why the plan I'm working on for myself for April/May involves not putting anything that isn't compliant in my cart.  I may eat out on occasion, or pick up a latte, I may even bake something (thinking birthday cake which I plan to bake myself and it shall be massive or at least really pretty), but when I do my weekly shopping I'm still limiting myself to compliant ingredients only.  With my schedule, if it isn't in "stock" at home I can't trip over it.  I'm also making a strict no fast food rule for these months.  I have done that before, in fact a few years ago I did an entire year with none as my New Year Resolution.  I know I can do without that even if it is super easy on those late nights and I know it often leads to more bad decisions.  I think I've come up with something that will eliminate the gaping holes ahead of me, which doesn't mean I will sail through it smoothly, but I wanted to identify some steps I could take to keep close to the path while my mind was still clear.  And knowing that I have another three-month stint coming up and that beach trip, I don't want to end up taking too many steps backwards in between!
     
    Everyone else signed up for the W30 emails?  Not the 31 days of encouragement, but the Wholesome thing that comes out occasionally?  There was one today where they talked about doing a W10 or W14 which I thought was interesting.  It wouldn't be as good for doing a reset when that's needed, but if you could fit in one W14 a month...you are still on 50% of the time.  Something like that would keep my shopping easy too.  I'm not sure I could ever do the day-to-day or meal-to-meal, not enough structure for me because it sounds like I could reintro the next day or the next meal and I would take that as license to do just that.  I might like the 14-day plan every month for next year.  Since I could flex those weeks around between early and late in the month I could accomodate a few special occasions and still be on the plan as much as off the plan, but without doing the long slog.  It's a thought, plenty of 2016 left to decide though.
     
    Anyway, everyone take a deeeeep breath.  The (dreaded) swimsuit try-on will probably be tonight as it looks to be out for delivery today.  Trying to remind myself, it doesn't have to look fab today.  But also, no sense in keeping it if it doesn't mostly fit no matter how cute it is!    
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I laughed out loud at this: just need to get out of our own way. And I agree. I was telling someone the other day that is how I write--just move over and let the story unfold. Perhaps I should expand that theme.
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    My comrades, brave ones...stumbling from time to time, losing hope momentarily...but always revisiting your deep internal strength and good humor...HOORAY for each and every one of us as we keep getting back up on the horse, over and over.
    Oh, I too have stumbled and strayed. I have watched myself drink wine at night, and then lose sleep, and also get out of whack emotionally...and I ask WHY OH WHY???
    I see how sugar sneaks back in....the main doorway being mild in my coffee, believe it or not....seems to be a straight line to a chocolate croissant, a cookie, a piece of great chocolate in the afternoon....gotta stop. STOP...STOP.
    here in Virginia we are having a ridiculously early Spring....I hope it is just a preview and not the beginning of a LONG hot summer....but, anyway, it brings with it less inspiration for coffee drinks and more toward iced tea....more inspiration for las clothing...and thoughts of the beach....the promise of fresh local food....produce...HOORAY,
    So, I am hoping to shake off the darkness and coldness of winter and open myself to the great new beginning of Spring...not starting all over again, but picking up where I left off....now a bit wiser than before...now moving on o th next level.
    C'mon, let's go!!
    Miss Lindy....every now and then, our "better angels" just take a nap and the little devil inside just needs to speak up. I am actually not surprised by what you said...well, a little, since I would have doubted you had such behavior in you...BUT, with the discouragement you have been feeling, I am not surprised that frustration gave birth to such an event.
    I know, however, you are indomitable, and will be back on the trail VERY SOON, soaking up the scenery and loving it all.
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    My comrades, brave ones...stumbling from time to time, losing hope momentarily...but always revisiting your deep internal strength and good humor...HOORAY for each and every one of us as we keep getting back up on the horse, over and over.
    Oh, I too have stumbled and strayed. I have watched myself drink wine at night, and then lose sleep, and also get out of whack emotionally...and I ask WHY OH WHY???
    I see how sugar sneaks back in....the main doorway being mild in my coffee, believe it or not....seems to be a straight line to a chocolate croissant, a cookie, a piece of great chocolate in the afternoon....gotta stop. STOP...STOP.
    here in Virginia we are having a ridiculously early Spring....I hope it is just a preview and not the beginning of a LONG hot summer....but, anyway, it brings with it less inspiration for coffee drinks and more toward iced tea....more inspiration for las clothing...and thoughts of the beach....the promise of fresh local food....produce...HOORAY,
    So, I am hoping to shake off the darkness and coldness of winter and open myself to the great new beginning of Spring...not starting all over again, but picking up where I left off....now a bit wiser than before...now moving on o th next level.
    C'mon, let's go!!
    Miss Lindy....every now and then, our "better angels" just take a nap and the little devil inside just needs to speak up. I am actually not surprised by what you said...well, a little, since I would have doubted you had such behavior in you...BUT, with the discouragement you have been feeling, I am not surprised that frustration gave birth to such an event.
    I know, however, you are indomitable, and will be back on the trail VERY SOON, soaking up the scenery and loving it all.
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to jmcbn in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Is this a night time craving?
    Warm milk is known to improve sleep - but it has to be cow's milk, and it has to have been milked from the cows before dawn - if it ticks those boxes it will be high in melatonin which is why it works so well. We actually have a company here that markets their milk as a sleep enhancer - they call it lullaby milk.
    As for it leading to sugar cravings it is the lactose in milk that causes that.....
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hello
    Haven't been here for awhile. Well, I have been here but not posting, just reading. I am feeling very discouraged so having a few laughs at the antics Crimsann's car has been getting up to as well as the baguette and work wear has been very refreshing. Honestly I can't imagine where you work that they mandate such extremes in clothing for the staff. 
     
    Glad the closets are getting cleaned out--anyone want to come and do mine? I think it is such a good idea but haven't the nerve to do it. Mind you I am at a bit of a disadvantage in that when I fill bags to go to the recycle or goodwill, my husband goes through them and takes out 3/4 of what I have put in. Somehow it looses the effect of clearing when that happens.
     
    I did some baking the other day and over estimated the amount needed so had to keep changing to bigger and bigger bowls until I was finally using a large canning pot. When the flour settled the kitchen was a mess and so was I. My quick little bake took most of the day and all night to clean up--slight exaggeration but you get the idea. And I don't even eat any of the finished product!
     
    I keep hoping that one of these days I am going to wake up and all the weight I have been carrying has melted off in my sleep. Doesn't seem to be happening any other way. I wonder how long it will take to kick in. I do have other improvements and I suppose it is being shallow wanting it all immediately but there you go, that's just the kind of girl I am! Sixty days on AIP today and I haven't lost an inch. Mind you that extreme hunger has faded so perhaps that is a good sign.
     
    Enough complaining.
     
    Enjoy your week everyone. Summers on its way to you and cooler weather is coming to us--yay!!!
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to MeadowLily in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Maw let me drink a "Choco" milk bottle until I was 4.  The kids would tease me.  I used to roll it up in my dress...start at the bottom hem and roll that bottle up and put in my mouth.  What a baby.   A lorra lorra dentist visits.  Starting at the age of 5. Choco milk.   No wonder I'm still here...it's taken all my adult life to recover from childhood.       
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to MeadowLily in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    It ruins baby teeth, falling asleep with the bottle.  Ayup.  Lactose.
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to Crimsann in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Good to see this, I was just wondering how that was going Nancy!
     
    So I hinted earlier in the week that I had something to post regarding closet cleaning...this is something I've been looking into the last couple weeks.  The first thing I read up on was making a capsule wardrobe.  This is a pretty good example of what I think that is supposed to be:  http://www.jodigoldman.co.uk/tips-videos/building-a-capsule-wardrobe/ though there is a lot of debate around what magic number a true capsule wardrobe would contain and whether it's meant to be year-round or seasonal.  I'm pretty sure those in the year-round camp don't deal with quite the temperature changes that I deal with so whatever I ultimately decide to do, it's going to need to be at least partially seasonal. 
     
    The next thing I sort of stumbled on was Stitch Fix https://www.stitchfix.com/ which I also found compelling for sort of the opposite reasons. 
     
    I'm sort of scattered explaining this I guess, but I'm guessing some of you are in a similar position, particularly if you have been doing this for awhile.  Since this time last year, I've dropped 3-4 sizes.  I also had a complete upheaval in the dress code at work.  For a couple of years they tried this horrifying idea where we all wore matching polo shirts and black/khaki pants.  I can't tell you how much my soul shriveled.  LOL!  But in April of last year they went back to a slightly more sane program that unfortunately leaned a bit too far into the professional category to truly suit me.  Everything has to have a layer, I can't wear just a nice sweater...it has to either have a jacket over it or be a cardigan with a layer under it.  Shoes are the worst.  We can have open toe, or open back, but the instep has to be covered. This rules out far more dress shoes than you can possibly imagine until you try and shop by that guideline.  Not to mention, the style last year was heavy into those shoes that look like a basic pump from the outside, but then have the inside scooped out.  In other words, the ONLY part of the foot that wasn't covered was...the instep.  But I often walked right up to those shoes from the wrong side and had to shriek when I realized I had been played once again. 
     
    So combine all of these things...and as spring starts to sort of creep nearer...I really need to do some shopping and closet cleaning.  All of the jackets I bought last April are swimming on me, less of an issue when I could wear a sweater under them, but it's only getting worse.  Same with the pants, some of which I could now pull on without even unzipping.  Mostly happy problems to have, but I'm less confident about shopping for my new size.  Especially since with my time constraints, I often mail order things.  And I still find myself putting a large in the cart when I know I rarely wear anything bigger than a medium anymore. 
     
    I also know, if I go out shopping, I tend to buy a few things here and there...anything I like that is on sale and some things that aren't...but I usually wind up with pretty random pieces that then don't really go with anything else.  So before I get all ruthless with the closet, I really need to have a more defined plan and I kind of want to push the boundaries a bit with what I buy but without ending up with nothing to wear.  Given too much direction, I will also end up with nothing but black and white and stripes.  LOL!  Not a bad thing, but even I will burn out on that in short order.
     
    One of the things I really liked about Stitch Fix was the idea that you could put together a Pinterest board that your stylist would use as a way to visualize your style and taste and guide the selections they send you.  I also really like the idea at least of someone outside my head taking a look and then making some suggestions on how to broaden that.  It seems relatively risk free for what all is involved.  The most you would be out would be $20.00 if you hated everything, or didn't want to spend as much as they sent. 
     
    Oh, also, I can't take my hair another week.  I was going to try to do a "Nancy" and get a fresh cut and style at the end of March but it's just not going to happen.  I already made the appointment for next weekend, would have been today if I could have gotten it.  So I thought I might try to get my board done, get registered, and time the first delivery to hit at the end of March just in time to possibly have a new look for April.  Even if it just turns out I like one or two things, or get some fresh ideas from what they picture for me, seems like it would be both fun and worth it. 
     
    And that gives me a couple more weeks to pare down what I have now.  It's just we are still in that tricky season where the temps bounce between 20 and 60 making you pretty much need everything in your closet at a moments notice! 
     
    If you have any other tips or resources on this topic, would love to hear them.  I think even just doing the Pinterest board is really helping me see how the things I'm looking at getting do/do not work together and what I might want to add to that. 
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Merg, I can honestly say I've never craved warm milk...unless it was sweetened with a ton of hot chocolate mix and marshmallows.   I do love my coffee with cream or coconut milk though!
     
    My experiment with mixing Paleo/W30 with Weight Watchers has begun. Being a number nerd (I have a t-shirt that says "Nerd? We prefer the term Intellectual Badass!") I'm enjoying the process, and I think it will help me get a handle on post-W30 eating. I will eventually switch to the no-count option, which includes most of my favorite W30 ingredients as no-count foods, and use the points to track my "extras." This is the part I need the most! I'm happy to say that even with all the off-roading I've been doing, some of the good habits have stuck, and I've maintained about half of the initial loss. That makes me very hopeful! 
     
    My clearing-out effort was productive and fun. My daughter is such a good resource when it comes to clothes. And she's taught me well! There were a few things that I was tired of because I've worn them too often, and she saved them from the Goodwill pile to take home for herself! Today, I start on the kitchen. I think I have about 40 dish towels. This is pretty amusing, because I hardly ever dry a dish! If they don't go in the dishwasher, they dry on a mat on the counter. So why I collected that many, I'll never know. But at least 3/4 of them are going to be gone! I think some of them actually date back to my 1980 wedding... Hoard much???     No joy-sparking going on there...
     
    I hope everyone else is doing well in their efforts. Enjoy your Sunday!
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Crimsann, your baguette story is just the BEST...oh, well, making a weak second to the brakes story...glad you stood up for yourself, but I do hope you find someone who decides to END this being your problem. I DREAM of having a good friend who is a really superb mechanic....and he could be kind and a little bit sexy too, just as a bonus.
    I also appreciate your bread in the car in the rain story because I,ve navigated the last few rainy days by making the OTHER decision....taking in things that lead to sweet, that ARE sweet, and that form the foundation of this thinking on my way home: "well, I have already BLOWN today, so why not.....(fill in the blanks)"......this is the road to ruin. Curious to me that abstinence come in segments called DAYS, rather than meals, or hours....so when I go off the rails, I throw out the baby with the bath water. So, in that light, I appreciate your bread story of resistance, even though you had more than enough frustration quotient for that day to munch down the entire loaf. I am amused by my own patterns here...and how strong they are.
    One thought that has entertained me over the past several days of my wrestling with coffee: do you think we crave warm milk because of early experiences as infants?? Is there something primal about that? A good friend of mine is working with the Briight Line Eating Program, in which they advise to stay away from milk...and actually coffee too...but milk because it tends to lead to sugar cravings...sure seems to for me.
    Anyway, Nancy, as our weather turns here, I am looking at last season's Marie Kondoization of my closet and realize I did a very halfway effort, being nowhere near discriminating enough to get rid of things. I confess that I struggle a bit with how to store and manage clothes for multiple seasons, but it is true that, whatever the season, I opt to wear the same five or six outfits every week.....I guess those are the ones, in Kondo's lexicon, that "spark joy". As for the multiple sizes challenge...get rid of those smaller clothes. When you get back to that size, you will deserve some great new clothes and it will be a way to celebrate to go buy them!!
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    mergthemagnificent got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Crimsann, your baguette story is just the BEST...oh, well, making a weak second to the brakes story...glad you stood up for yourself, but I do hope you find someone who decides to END this being your problem. I DREAM of having a good friend who is a really superb mechanic....and he could be kind and a little bit sexy too, just as a bonus.
    I also appreciate your bread in the car in the rain story because I,ve navigated the last few rainy days by making the OTHER decision....taking in things that lead to sweet, that ARE sweet, and that form the foundation of this thinking on my way home: "well, I have already BLOWN today, so why not.....(fill in the blanks)"......this is the road to ruin. Curious to me that abstinence come in segments called DAYS, rather than meals, or hours....so when I go off the rails, I throw out the baby with the bath water. So, in that light, I appreciate your bread story of resistance, even though you had more than enough frustration quotient for that day to munch down the entire loaf. I am amused by my own patterns here...and how strong they are.
    One thought that has entertained me over the past several days of my wrestling with coffee: do you think we crave warm milk because of early experiences as infants?? Is there something primal about that? A good friend of mine is working with the Briight Line Eating Program, in which they advise to stay away from milk...and actually coffee too...but milk because it tends to lead to sugar cravings...sure seems to for me.
    Anyway, Nancy, as our weather turns here, I am looking at last season's Marie Kondoization of my closet and realize I did a very halfway effort, being nowhere near discriminating enough to get rid of things. I confess that I struggle a bit with how to store and manage clothes for multiple seasons, but it is true that, whatever the season, I opt to wear the same five or six outfits every week.....I guess those are the ones, in Kondo's lexicon, that "spark joy". As for the multiple sizes challenge...get rid of those smaller clothes. When you get back to that size, you will deserve some great new clothes and it will be a way to celebrate to go buy them!!
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Why did the car guy not immediately replace your noisy brake pads with the ones that were originally installed??? Why does this kind of thing always have to be so damn difficult? I think it would be perfectly acceptable to let him have it "KILL ALL THE THINGS" style! Unfortunately, that puts you in the unenviable position of feeding yourself really, really good (tasting) bad (for you) food for a month... 
     
    Speaking of decluttering and closet cleaning, I live in a 480 sq. foot apartment, and have a tendency to hang on to clothes I love that are too small. I figure I might fit into them someday, so I keep them. That's why I enlisted my daughter's help. I need a more objective opinion than, "But I LOVE that, and it might fit someday!"  Even if it does fit someday, and I do love it, it'll be so hopelessly out of style that I shouldn't be seen in public wearing it...
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to Crimsann in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Well I got an answer on the car, but I sure didn't like it.  It ran along these lines...
     
    "We were trying to save you some money, so we used a cheaper brake pad than what originally came with the car.  And, uh, those do sometimes make noises.  Nothing wrong with them though!"
     
    I can't tell you how many things I found wrong with that statement.  Starting with, who wants to take bets as to who actually "saved" money when they opted for the cheaper product.  Call me a cynic, but I doubt that was really passed on to me in any meaningful way and by his own estimate it was about $20.  Since I was in to the tune of around $700, the words "drops" and "buckets" come to mind.  Then, I know you don't all know me so very well as this, but there is ZERO chance I would have opted for anything other than the original parts, especially when it comes to brakes.  Between driving at night, driving in a rural area, driving in the snow....nothing about my lifestyle says skimp on something like brakes.  And finally, maybe I'm just fussy, but to me MAKING A NOISE is SOMETHING WRONG. 
     
    He also admitted that this is the second instance of this he has seen in two days, so he assured me they would file a report and if enough people complained, they would pull the product and issue a new design next time.
     
    This is so completely unhelpful to me right now.  I kind of just had to stare.  He isn't even suggesting a possible recall, he is saying some future version of this product might be better. 
     
    OH, and if that weren't enough, he also trots out the reassurance that the LAST version was so bad they often squeaked before they even got the car out of the bay after installing them. 
     
    I mean, the only thing you can say for this guy is....he was probably being honest.  To sort of a fault.  Right?!?!? 
     
    So new plan. I'm going off Whole30 effective immediately, eating nothing but cinnamon rolls and butterscotch lattes and baguettes (will come back to that in a sec) for all of March and then in April I'm going back on.  I will wait until, oh, about Day 4...and then I'm taking my car back in to have the brakes replaced.  ::evil grin::
     
    Okay, totally kidding, but let me tell you about what happened next.  I left the dealership and headed to Panera because my office is having another stupid non-compliant and inconvenient carry-in tomorrow and someone sent an email out asking if anyone could please bring bread.  Pffft.  Well, to be honest, I could have done this one if  had the time and/or inclination to lug in a crock-pot and end up with unwanted leftovers.  The theme is soup and that one really would have been pretty simple, but between the goings on today and my work load and the fact that I'm teaching half a day tomorrow AND it might snow...I just wasn't even going to bother.  But bread, that I can pick up and I will show for a few minutes and eat my chicken salad in their company.  I did reply back though that someone is taking the leftovers if there are any.  Otherwise it's just cruel.
     
    So it's drizzly rain today, drive-thru is a zillion cars long, so I park and go in.  I don't really want to ogle the pastry case or spend too much time thinking about the menu so I just ask the kid, looked like he was 12, if they had any French bread.  He looks at me all seriously and says, well we have some baguettes.  I say, sure, fine one of those and some sourdough.  He keeps looking at me.  "Do you know what a baguette is?"
     
    Yeah, go back, read that over again.  He asked me....do I know what a baguette is. 
     
    I die.
     
    I mean, does this mean I am now so waifish I look like I've possibly never met a baguette?!  No, no honestly, I have no clue what that question was even about.  I can't even hazard a guess. 
     
    I reassured him that I was, in fact, familiar with the concept and was amenable to taking one even if it is a slightly funny shape.  But I am still sort of shaking my head.
     
    The kicker?  He goes off and comes back with a bag of bread....that is still freaking hot. 
     
    Never, ever, ever, have I gone in to Panera and got bread so fresh it's still hot.  I mean their stuff is fine, but that's just not my luck to hit the right time or whatever.  So here I am, steaming myself still over the car issue and I'm headed back into the rain to drive to work along side a still warm loaf of bread which I can't even inhale too deeply near. 
     
    How can the world be so cruel??? 
     
    Ah well, truth is, I wasn't even a little tempted to sneak a pinch off it.  Not that I wouldn't have enjoyed it, but mentally it would have been a choice to do it, not a craving I couldn't control.  Just like I passed up the latte I'm sure I deserved too.  Part of me is kind of sad I had to make that choice, but it wasn't even hard to do so...and that's pretty crazy ladies. 
     
    I'm sure I've taken up more than my share of inches here, but I do want to circle back around to closet cleaning in another post...maybe not tomorrow cause crazy day (unless we bet buried in snow and I can play hooky) but don't let me forget!
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    This just tickled my funny bone! Maybe I'm tired from having been awake since 3am, or maybe I'm a bit wacky because I'm off the rest of the week, but I read that and laughed out loud. 
     
    I'm picking my folks up from the airport tomorrow right in the middle of the day, so took the whole day off. And if I'm off on Thursday, why go in on Friday?? So my daughter is coming over to help me get rid of some of my clothes. I keep going through them and keeping them all.   Not productive! 
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to Crimsann in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hey guys, just checking in as it's been a few days...more drama with my car means I will be sitting in the lobby waiting on news again tomorrow so cue the stress.  This time, I have some reason to think it's something they did or did not do last time and it hopefully won't be major and may not even be a charge.  But of course there is that little voice that keeps hinting it might be totally unrelated and costly.  Sigh.  So far it seems to just be some brake noise and brakes were one of the things they replaced barely two weeks ago so....surely....but still it's both inconvenient to have to take another partial day off and hardly fun.  At this rate I'm not going to have any problems staying under our vacation time budget (cut in half this year as far as how much we can store before we start losing it) but I'm going to be less relaxed than ever!
     
    So in between that nonsense, things have been going okay otherwise.  I made a number of different things this weekend, but rather than counting on any of them as weekday meals, I tried something just for the weekend and that way if it was another fail...I wasn't up against the wall for the week.  Gettin' smarter, aren't we all!?!  So for the first thing, I made that chicken meatball/sweet potato noodle/cauli alfredo sauce thing.  Overall, I ate one serving, but that will likely be it.  The meatballs were pretty dry to be honest, the sauce had way too strong a garlic flavor though I feel that was my mistake as I didn't have fresh and probably overdid it subbing powdered, and the noodles far from being last weekends pasta texture were underdone.  Oh sure.  I try to make fries and I get pasta, I try to make pasta and I get carrot sticks.  Just really not worth all the effort, and that's kind of been the bottom line of so many recipes I have tried on this journey.  Probably a lesson in that too.  I also tried the green bean salad and this was better, but that ended up being an eye popping amount of mustard so the end result was a lot less like the typical bean salad I had in mind.  I haven't ever made that myself, but without looking, I would guess the dressing for those is some kind of sugar and vinegar business so I should have suspected this would be different.  It's not exactly bad, but it ain't pretty like the glossy bean salads of my dreams so I may look for some other variations on that theme as well.  Nice green beans aren't that easy to find right now anyway, but come summer that would be a go-to recipe if I could perfect it more.  Lets see...oh and I tried another batch of muffins.  This time with peach and using almond flour.  I had to improvise wildly because I had neglected to take into account that coconut and almond flour absorb moisture in wildly different ways.  I would have been better served in looking for a recipe that used almond flour as a base rather than trying to adapt the one I had, but the end result wasn't much different as far as taste and texture so I must have gotten that part right.  But never one to leave well enough alone, I added a dash or two or three of Chinese five-spice which I just never seem to learn....hasn't won me over in anything I've tried it in yet.  It just feels like it should be fun, and yet at least one of those spices doesn't hit my palate right.  The taste isn't super strong, but it's there enough that I'm less motivated than ever to eat more than one.
     
    LOL, possibly I could come up with a whole new diet plan...make all my dishes with chicken and five-spice and pick at tiny helpings for the rest of my life. 
     
    You've already seen chicken mentioned once, and it's what I made for lunch again too.  However.  This weeks was a slam dunk.  I put the chicken breasts in the crockpot again, on low, salt and pepper (might have been lemon pepper) and let them cook for most of the day until they fell apart and had soaked the juice right back in it seemed.  Simple but great flavor and I just chopped up some crisp celery and some red grapes, added a touch of Tessemae's mayo and we have chicken salad.  The fewest ingredients and pretty easy prep work, but it is a winner. 
     
    I do think, as I start to look towards March, that I'm going to work really hard on keeping it that simple.  Fresh ingredients are starting to show up here and there as the weather lightens a little and I think my palate also wants lighter and simpler fare.  I don't regret playing around with ingredients this month and trying to add some new things to "the table" so to speak, but I want to keep it uncomplicated and success friendly for the remaining few weeks.  If I'm enjoying food going into April I'm less likely to hit the gas headed downhill.  I've got a pretty good feeling about where I'm at right now, I feel like the daydreams of what I would go for first are a lot less defined than they were at the end of January even, and whatever I choose will be more a choice than a capitulation. 
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Nancy I think your plan sounds good.  I know there will be those that would think it's not necessary to count points, calories or whatever and I was hoping to get to that point.  However, I did WW 3 years ago and lost 30 lbs; then started reading and learning about Paleo, how calories don't count, etc., etc. and managed to gain most of it back.  Go with your instinct and keep us posted.
     
    I have been compliant with my rules last couple of days and made it to the gym. This might be TMI but here goes any way . . . I have a tendency to have, shall I say slow digestion.  So a few days ago I started taking a magnesium supplement once a day and I think it is working a bit.  Just in case that helps someone else.
     
    Also, hot flashes are not fun!
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    mergthemagnificent reacted to QuilterInVA in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Nancy, with the new WW plan that came out in December, I'm sure you can do this. Protein has few points, example 3 oz chicken breast is now 2 SmartPoints and it was 3 before, carbs have higher points (an extreme example is pecan pie which is 26 SmartPoints), and fruits and vegetables have no points so *I think that will leave plenty for fat. The lowest daily SmartPoints is 30 and the Weekly Points now depend on weight, age, and activity level. I'm a lifetime member so don't have to pay as long as I'm within 2 pounds of my goal weight so whenever the plan changes I go to a few meetings just to get the materials and see what it is all about. The Smart Points formula is based on calories and saturated fat and carbs. The Whole30 will work just fine for you when combined with WW. Just keep posting here. You inspire us because you keep on trying.