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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Thanks for the links!  I'm not sure if I'm joining either the official or the unofficial threads this time around but we will see as it gets closer.  I'm also contemplating a version of your Sugar Free Year, but I want to mull that over for a bit first.  I wouldn't have said sugar was my biggest struggle, and it's not cravings wise...but what I've found is I am more likely to cheat with sugar than anything else that is off Whole30 (gluten and dairy being close in the mix but almost never without sugar as well) due to how pervasive and convenient it is.  I think the closest I could get to doing a Whole365 without actually doing that is to eliminate added sugar because I'm not sure how often I would reach for anything else off plan if that wasn't involved.  It's the convenience that gets me.  And the one thing I do have going for me going into this next year is more time to do better by myself.   
    But I'm not sure if I want to go so far as saying no sweeteners of any kind as that would mean also giving up my favorite ketchup and my favorite chicken sausage and both of those are quick/easy tasty boosts that have helped me stay on track between Whole30's and which don't lead to any cravings that I can tell.  I think I may be willing to do a sugar free year plus those two very specific exceptions with the understanding that just because honey/brown sugar is okay in those items doesn't make them okay in anything else. 
    I do think this plan would force me to focus on smarter/better ways to take breaks from Whole30 without falling into the traps I keep falling into.   
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Merry Christmas! 
    My sister is working today, occupational hazard when half the family is in healthcare and another quarter of it is in law enforcement, so I won't see my girls until tomorrow.  I'm tucked up today with every hot drink from black coffee to mulled wine and three kinds of cough drops.  How festive!   I don't actually feel bad, but I've picked up a cough and I need to kill it dead by tomorrow.  Trying to ignore the small mountain of wrapping that none of the elves bothered with last night...what were they doing instead?!  And the recipe for a layer cake with a complicated German butter cream that I should have left ON the internet.  Right now I just want to tie a big red bow around a long winters nap and hand it to myself. 
    At least I can spend the whole day in pajama's with little to no shame. 
    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Stockings were always my favoritest thing.  I got both my nieces the most adorable advent "calendar" which is actually a long garland of tiny little stockings numbered 1 - 24.  They are small enough that it's hard to fit much more than a piece of candy or hair clips in most of them, but they have been having a blast opening something each night from Auntie.  I added some "cheats" as well by slipping in a note about a movie night one day and giving my sister a few larger gifts to pull out on those nights...so for movie night they got a copy of "Ratatouille" and popcorn and hot chocolate.  I think it's going to be one of those traditions that they enjoy for many years to come and the gifts can grow with them. 
    Anyway, I've got you on the songs...I popped over and added versions of both of those songs to the list though if you get time to shop around and add different versions that's totally welcomed!  I also added a version of "So Good to Be Bad" which I would love to rewrite a W30 version for January about "Feels so Good to be Good" but I don't have the voice to record that and I think the lyrics would be missing something without the tune to go with it.
    Also, I couldn't think of a quick rhyme for broccoli. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    So it's official, Friday will be my last day with the evening hours...it's settling in for me and I'm mostly feeling good about the decision.   The transition however is not going well work wise and with three days left the stress is mounting.  This is their fault, because I offered to work out the rest of the year so there wouldn't be this holiday week scramble but they chose not to extend past the typical two weeks notice.  I think this was to "show me" they didn't need me, it fits with the rest of the silliness going on right now so I don't know why I still insist on feeling responsible and stressed about something that really is not my problem at this point.  The thing is "not a problem" is my catchphrase, the "not MY problem" attitude is a shoe that does not fit. 
    I've really been struggling with keeping the holiday spirit alive, so I'm glad at this point that by the time we roll into Christmas Eve it will be a clean break and I won't have even that one more short week to wade through.  I bought myself a pair of huge puffy elf slippers with curled up toes AND bells and keep putting them on at night to try and boogie away the blues...plus I think they will be fun to chase the girls around on Christmas day with.  Food wise I'm a disaster area of leftover cookies and candy canes which is going to make January super ouchy. 
    I think I need to enroll in a yoga class first off, lol!  But I sort of hate being a January Joiner so I may wait a few weeks to do anything like that.  I will be working out a more scheduled exercise routine for myself though even in the first week off between holidays just so I get started right away with coming home early and putting some of that extra time to good use.  I'm also working on my resolutions for this coming year, though I think this years are going to be primarily focused on reorganizing finances.  That fits since I need to start the year off working on rolling over my second retirement account. 
    I haven't forgotten you guys though, quiet as I've been.  I did start putting together a collaborative holiday music list on Spotify.  I don't think it's "finished" but as a song has popped into my mind I've been adding to it and I'm going to go ahead and share the link.  It's set up so you should be able to add to it I think if you want, and please feel free to!  I love a good crazy mix so I hope some of you will get to try this and enjoy it and maybe add to it as well.
    https://open.spotify.com/user/crimsann/playlist/4jUjpOIGqaEPYqdFXf4EPv
     
     
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    Crimsann reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    So I guess the Christmas Party is happening after Christmas????? Hope you all have a good holiday season and I will be checking in before and after the big day. I have lost my voice and am croaking like a frog, a sick frog at that. Still too cold most days to swim so am not happy, perhaps we will have a longer time after Christmas. Seasons are definitely changing.
    Safe travels to those of you going away, happy times to all and see you back in here.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I don't even want to look back at how long it's been since I posted last, nothing too serious going wrong over here but a whole pile of drama (work related) has had me both scrambling to keep up with life and in a bit of a funk.  Without going into all of the detail, the parent company where I work at night has been taking a more aggressive stance towards taking over some of the billing functions and just let our manager go with zero notice.  Since I only work there at night, I am not usually too involved in the office drama but this one is going to have far-reaching implications.  I see it as a very clear move towards taking the entire process to their home office, we are already separated from the local office payroll wise and without her expertise with the system we use there isn't any argument in favor of who does/doesn't fill the seats.  Most of the remaining staff have only been with the agency for two years or less.  I can only imagine what they are feeling.  The timing, this close to the holidays, has added a layer of stress that's probably got me to the breaking point and I'm mostly out of the thick of it.  I'm trying to give it some time to let the dust settle and at least hear a bit about what they have planned in my case, but it's looking like a clean break is in the near future and it's really just a matter of who does the breaking!
    I've mentioned this possibility a couple of times this year, so the signs have been there, this was just the most forceful one and the most personal.  I've got a lot of thinking/planning/talking to do this week but the way things are looking right now, I don't expect to be starting the year there.  Which adds both an interesting advantage and some additional challenges to a January Whole30.  While I would have more free time for meal prep and exercise, I would also have a tighter budget and that free time on my hands could lead to more temptations than usual.  I'm not sure how much that last bit worries me being that overeating isn't typically my struggle, but part of what has really helped me in the past is the fact that I only have the food I bring with me for most of the waking day. 
    So I'm not sure what to think about that, I have planned out 15 weeks of potential lunch menu's...some with "matching" dinner menu's but I haven't gotten that far with those yet.  Yes, you read that right...15 weeks and to think I was so pleased to have a months worth of plans for January 2016.  LOL!  One thing I can say about this last year is I've amassed a lot more in the way of ideas and options and having it all written down is huge.  Even now, knowing that I have that list, I can't think of more than three things I could make that would be compliant...but I sit down with my list and suddenly I'm off and running.
    No matter what it looks like, I do plan to be Whole30 for a long stretch starting the year off.  I've struggled, or maybe more accurately not bothered to struggle, the entire time I've been off which as frustrating as that's been has also given me a better appreciation for how I feel when I eat right.  It's going to take a good serious 3-month kick in the pants to get back in gear (and into those pants) and undo this fall, but I'm going to find a way to make it work no matter what the outcome of the work situation.
    Just wanted to check in and let you know where I was at with things.  I desperately need an injection of holiday cheer, you can tell because I can't even really muster up the humor to tell you about taking my niece to get a live Christmas tree and watching her attempt to pull a scrawny sapling out of the ground like it was a weed.  (You could see the thought process, she was nearly horizontal with pulling it and clearly thinking "well this works at home, you just put a little back into it and.....tuuuuuuuug!")  Maybe by the time we get the pictures back I will have recovered somewhat and will share that.
    You know what might be sort of fun...what if we all added maybe two or three favorite songs...and I mean specific title and artist...to a Tigers and Turtles Holiday Play List.  We could just post the suggestions and you could listen to them however you personally wanted to, easy enough to make a playlist on something like Spotify and even free account users could listen to it.  I know there are other similar options as well.  I bet we could come up with a pretty interesting mix. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Had to sneak back on for a second to say...ME TOO...but I didn't pick it.  I let my sponsors design the character right down to the name, but the girl who did the name this year had this brilliant idea to look up a random fairy name generator.  Granted, I'm not exactly a fairy in this game, but that was close and it came up with so many clever options.  Since I know you like games too, and having multiple characters, I had to share that tip. 
    Also, I need to beg right now that anyone who does check in on our page this weekend turns a blind eye to any conversation around an alleged Midnight Ice Cream Toast.  Pictures prove nothing.  You never saw, you never heard.  Let's talk about January instead. 
    I can't wait to see Vozelle in purple hair but am stuck where I can't view that yet.  Argh!!!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Had to sneak back on for a second to say...ME TOO...but I didn't pick it.  I let my sponsors design the character right down to the name, but the girl who did the name this year had this brilliant idea to look up a random fairy name generator.  Granted, I'm not exactly a fairy in this game, but that was close and it came up with so many clever options.  Since I know you like games too, and having multiple characters, I had to share that tip. 
    Also, I need to beg right now that anyone who does check in on our page this weekend turns a blind eye to any conversation around an alleged Midnight Ice Cream Toast.  Pictures prove nothing.  You never saw, you never heard.  Let's talk about January instead. 
    I can't wait to see Vozelle in purple hair but am stuck where I can't view that yet.  Argh!!!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Is it January yet?!    Sigh....
    Somehow everything I thought was next week, is actually tomorrow!  How did this happen?  Argh!  Trying not to complain too much since I had a rather fun weekend getting ready for what will be a fun if totally exhausting weekend coming up.  There was no time for food prep though so it's going to be another week of struggling to figure out how to balance running errands with eating halfway decent.  Unfortunately for me, Whole Foods doesn't actually carry everything under the sun.  It really would be a great time for them to branch out into things like a new game controller and flannel bedding if you ask me.  And if they could make room in the far back corner for a branch of our local credit union?  Perfect.  Whew, what a relief. 
    My character for game day has been created, but doesn't yet have a name so I can't really introduce her.  My sponsors did the designing and I wound up pretty pink, and covered in bark, but with no helmet.  Well, they didn't want to mess up my hair I guess.  So my first goal is going to be to unlock a completely inappropriate from an armor standpoint but adorable fuzzy plush hat which will be hiding actual armor.  I'm hoping to get my donations up to $250 or more by Saturday, which is doable with the people who had said they will donate but haven't yet...I just need to keep with the gentle reminders.  I have to remind myself it's for a good cause because I'm not a champion nagger.  Sometimes I think next year I will just sponsor myself anonymously for the full amount of my goal and be done with it.  I love doing it, I just hate the fundraising part.  I'm always surprised though at the people in my life who go along with this, it seems like every year it's the one person I wouldn't have thought would give it the time of day and that's a pretty good feeling.
    I'm also straining my brain today to come up with some food options that aren't completely lethal.  I didn't do really well with eating regularly during the event last year and I know I will have a better day if I can get in some real food.  I wish I hadn't just done my three favorite "in a crock pot" things.  I don't really want to try something completely new since that comes with the risk of potentially not liking it at all.  Could use some inspiration though, anyone know of any good paleo blogs that do a lot with crock pots?  I know I've got one good cookbook I can dig out and just try to find the nearest best thing to adapt.  I'm not even against doing something that isn't entirely compliant given that I'm not on Whole30 right now, but I figure the cleaner it is the better in this case.  I need ALL the energy. 
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    But if you do, that saves us from reading all those books so it's a win really. 
    We had (another) bake sale this week which just wrapped up this afternoon so I'm wiped out and wondering how there is still so much left of this day when I need bed time?!  At least it can be an early night tonight, well, by my standards at least.  I made pumpkin muffins, gingerbread cut-out pumpkins with pumpkin spice meringue, and pumpkin spice caramel corn...as well as some real pumpkins dusted with "fairy dust" or in other words gold glitter spray paint.  Our theme was "all things pumpkin" so I've pretty much had my fill now for the season. 
    Lunches this week consists of a Squash Enchilada casserole I have a recipe for, made entirely in a crockpot.  It is unfortunately not W30 for various reasons including:  black beans, corn, non-compliant enchilada sauce, cheese, and corn muffin mix.  Whew!  I think I could make something similar but by the time I strip out all of those things, I'm kind of down to squash and onions.  I do want to try a variation at some point though, I'm sure I've seen compliant enchilada sauce recipes and if I added chicken... 
    @misslindy I love the idea of a Christmas party.  We need to figure out how to make that work.  For sure we should do something to celebrate sticking out an entire year of sharing this journey, stops, starts, start-overs, and stalls. 
    I think, with the way things are scheduled for the rest of this year, that I'm not going to be doing another official by-the-books Whole30 until January.  That was the original plan anyway.  I had considered trying November, but that first weekend is my 24-hour video game marathon for charity and couldn't be a worse weekend to try and prep food! 
    Speaking of, when we get closer to the day, I will see if I can post a link to the Facebook group I use to stay in touch while I'm playing.  Last year I committed to posting something every hour, on the hour, just to check-in with the people who had sponsored me for the full 24 hours to prove I was still awake.  LOL!  I'm getting really excited for this year's event.  We have put a lot of work into recruiting so that we can get our local group listed as a guild which will allow us to participate more in national events next year. 
    I was trying to put something together to present to our work group and found a video they had done about the way it all started and the girl who sparked the idea...total tear jerker.  It doesn't help at all that she is a lot like my niece.  Same build, coloring, and interest in gymnastics.  It's like seeing my niece in 10 years and totally breaks my heart.  I'm not even overly sentimental as a rule but was nearly in floods.  I admit, I would do this just for the sheer fun of it, but knowing it's for a good cause is totally the frosting.    
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    @ShannonM816 thanks for the update!!!  I just started getting the emails again which was perfect timing...yesterday was my first day back to work so it was swamped but it was at the top of my list to check in here as soon as possible. 
    It just feels like checking in is sort of my first step in "get back to business" food wise.  I was nowhere near as successful as Vozelle in completing a gluten-free holiday, but I also wasn't trying so no surprise there.  I did a post-vacation weigh in and it was negligible but I've struggled with getting back to working out.  I'm glad I gave myself the full two weeks off, but now I sort of wish I had started back last week with running at least.  This week I'm in full on PMS and already exhausted from going back to waking up in the morning (rather than mid-afternoon which is my first choice!) so sleep is trumping exercise until I get back on track there.  Not the end of the world I guess, this week I'm cleaning up food...easing back towards my plan of W30 weekdays and less W30 weekends...and that will give me an energy boost towards starting back on exercise next week. 
    I'm also going to be checking out the new Food Freedom book since that seems like another great way to reconnect and get some solid ideas and strategies for handling the rest of this year.  I'm already considering another Jan/Feb/March Whole30 like I started this year with, those months seem to work pretty well for being a reset period without crossing over very many holidays or family events. 
    But...that's all just chatter and what we are really long overdue for now is my promised before/during photo! 
    I'm still a little taken aback by the change myself when I see this because as we all know while the face is one of the first places you see changes...but when it's all happened rather slowly and you are so used to seeing your own face...I think YOU can be the last person to realize it until you see some kind of before/after like this. 
    Anyway, short post (by my standards) and I will try to make time very soon for a vacation picture or two.  Plus, I'm really wanting to do some more recipe exploration for the fall season so those of you who are nose deep in cookbooks right now...any fresh ideas I should look up?!

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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    @ShannonM816 thanks for the update!!!  I just started getting the emails again which was perfect timing...yesterday was my first day back to work so it was swamped but it was at the top of my list to check in here as soon as possible. 
    It just feels like checking in is sort of my first step in "get back to business" food wise.  I was nowhere near as successful as Vozelle in completing a gluten-free holiday, but I also wasn't trying so no surprise there.  I did a post-vacation weigh in and it was negligible but I've struggled with getting back to working out.  I'm glad I gave myself the full two weeks off, but now I sort of wish I had started back last week with running at least.  This week I'm in full on PMS and already exhausted from going back to waking up in the morning (rather than mid-afternoon which is my first choice!) so sleep is trumping exercise until I get back on track there.  Not the end of the world I guess, this week I'm cleaning up food...easing back towards my plan of W30 weekdays and less W30 weekends...and that will give me an energy boost towards starting back on exercise next week. 
    I'm also going to be checking out the new Food Freedom book since that seems like another great way to reconnect and get some solid ideas and strategies for handling the rest of this year.  I'm already considering another Jan/Feb/March Whole30 like I started this year with, those months seem to work pretty well for being a reset period without crossing over very many holidays or family events. 
    But...that's all just chatter and what we are really long overdue for now is my promised before/during photo! 
    I'm still a little taken aback by the change myself when I see this because as we all know while the face is one of the first places you see changes...but when it's all happened rather slowly and you are so used to seeing your own face...I think YOU can be the last person to realize it until you see some kind of before/after like this. 
    Anyway, short post (by my standards) and I will try to make time very soon for a vacation picture or two.  Plus, I'm really wanting to do some more recipe exploration for the fall season so those of you who are nose deep in cookbooks right now...any fresh ideas I should look up?!

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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    @ShannonM816 thanks for the update!!!  I just started getting the emails again which was perfect timing...yesterday was my first day back to work so it was swamped but it was at the top of my list to check in here as soon as possible. 
    It just feels like checking in is sort of my first step in "get back to business" food wise.  I was nowhere near as successful as Vozelle in completing a gluten-free holiday, but I also wasn't trying so no surprise there.  I did a post-vacation weigh in and it was negligible but I've struggled with getting back to working out.  I'm glad I gave myself the full two weeks off, but now I sort of wish I had started back last week with running at least.  This week I'm in full on PMS and already exhausted from going back to waking up in the morning (rather than mid-afternoon which is my first choice!) so sleep is trumping exercise until I get back on track there.  Not the end of the world I guess, this week I'm cleaning up food...easing back towards my plan of W30 weekdays and less W30 weekends...and that will give me an energy boost towards starting back on exercise next week. 
    I'm also going to be checking out the new Food Freedom book since that seems like another great way to reconnect and get some solid ideas and strategies for handling the rest of this year.  I'm already considering another Jan/Feb/March Whole30 like I started this year with, those months seem to work pretty well for being a reset period without crossing over very many holidays or family events. 
    But...that's all just chatter and what we are really long overdue for now is my promised before/during photo! 
    I'm still a little taken aback by the change myself when I see this because as we all know while the face is one of the first places you see changes...but when it's all happened rather slowly and you are so used to seeing your own face...I think YOU can be the last person to realize it until you see some kind of before/after like this. 
    Anyway, short post (by my standards) and I will try to make time very soon for a vacation picture or two.  Plus, I'm really wanting to do some more recipe exploration for the fall season so those of you who are nose deep in cookbooks right now...any fresh ideas I should look up?!

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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    @ShannonM816 thanks for the update!!!  I just started getting the emails again which was perfect timing...yesterday was my first day back to work so it was swamped but it was at the top of my list to check in here as soon as possible. 
    It just feels like checking in is sort of my first step in "get back to business" food wise.  I was nowhere near as successful as Vozelle in completing a gluten-free holiday, but I also wasn't trying so no surprise there.  I did a post-vacation weigh in and it was negligible but I've struggled with getting back to working out.  I'm glad I gave myself the full two weeks off, but now I sort of wish I had started back last week with running at least.  This week I'm in full on PMS and already exhausted from going back to waking up in the morning (rather than mid-afternoon which is my first choice!) so sleep is trumping exercise until I get back on track there.  Not the end of the world I guess, this week I'm cleaning up food...easing back towards my plan of W30 weekdays and less W30 weekends...and that will give me an energy boost towards starting back on exercise next week. 
    I'm also going to be checking out the new Food Freedom book since that seems like another great way to reconnect and get some solid ideas and strategies for handling the rest of this year.  I'm already considering another Jan/Feb/March Whole30 like I started this year with, those months seem to work pretty well for being a reset period without crossing over very many holidays or family events. 
    But...that's all just chatter and what we are really long overdue for now is my promised before/during photo! 
    I'm still a little taken aback by the change myself when I see this because as we all know while the face is one of the first places you see changes...but when it's all happened rather slowly and you are so used to seeing your own face...I think YOU can be the last person to realize it until you see some kind of before/after like this. 
    Anyway, short post (by my standards) and I will try to make time very soon for a vacation picture or two.  Plus, I'm really wanting to do some more recipe exploration for the fall season so those of you who are nose deep in cookbooks right now...any fresh ideas I should look up?!

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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Thanks Shannon...I checked just now and it does still show me following this thread and with "immediate notification" rather than the once a day or once a week...but I went ahead and toggled that on/off and saved it again to see if that refreshes things in the background.  I will reach out if it's still not working just to let you know. 
    I promise I will keep trying on the picture...it is kind of funny timing, I didn't break the camera but I broke the forum?  You sure you want to see this hot mess?  LOL!
     
    Enjoy your time abroad Vozelle!  We are leaving tomorrow morning (waaaay earlier than I wanted to) so I'm just trying to keep all the balls in the air long enough to make a dash for the door and try not to hear them all crashing to the ground behind me.
     
    My own fault for letting the scales matter again, but I had this number in mind and while it winked at me over the weekend...as hard as I've worked I can't get it to stick and I'm letting that disappoint and frustrate me so I'm making a vow here and now NOT to check tomorrow morning before we leave.  Maybe not thinking I'm "there" will help me keep from thinking I'm free to indulge with abandon next week.  That's the faint silver lining I'm trying to see.  It is hard, when you have worked (and worked out) so hard not to see a tangible result and this is EXACTLY why the scales are not your friend so I know I need to look for results in another way.  I really do know that.  I guess I just need to remember that I know that. 
    So in that spirit...one NSV for the road...I now own a full weeks worth of workout gear.  Because I actually NEED it in order to not be doing laundry every third day.  Because I actually sweat through a set on a daily basis.  And I'm even sort of mad about leaving so early tomorrow because it means I probably won't get a workout in.  Wow.  Who am I??!?  I might even go clear off the deep end and set my alarm clock to get up early just to do it. 
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Thanks Shannon...I checked just now and it does still show me following this thread and with "immediate notification" rather than the once a day or once a week...but I went ahead and toggled that on/off and saved it again to see if that refreshes things in the background.  I will reach out if it's still not working just to let you know. 
    I promise I will keep trying on the picture...it is kind of funny timing, I didn't break the camera but I broke the forum?  You sure you want to see this hot mess?  LOL!
     
    Enjoy your time abroad Vozelle!  We are leaving tomorrow morning (waaaay earlier than I wanted to) so I'm just trying to keep all the balls in the air long enough to make a dash for the door and try not to hear them all crashing to the ground behind me.
     
    My own fault for letting the scales matter again, but I had this number in mind and while it winked at me over the weekend...as hard as I've worked I can't get it to stick and I'm letting that disappoint and frustrate me so I'm making a vow here and now NOT to check tomorrow morning before we leave.  Maybe not thinking I'm "there" will help me keep from thinking I'm free to indulge with abandon next week.  That's the faint silver lining I'm trying to see.  It is hard, when you have worked (and worked out) so hard not to see a tangible result and this is EXACTLY why the scales are not your friend so I know I need to look for results in another way.  I really do know that.  I guess I just need to remember that I know that. 
    So in that spirit...one NSV for the road...I now own a full weeks worth of workout gear.  Because I actually NEED it in order to not be doing laundry every third day.  Because I actually sweat through a set on a daily basis.  And I'm even sort of mad about leaving so early tomorrow because it means I probably won't get a workout in.  Wow.  Who am I??!?  I might even go clear off the deep end and set my alarm clock to get up early just to do it. 
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I only snuck one of the turkey meatballs since I think I made a bit less than I should have to cover lunches.  I was trying to be smart and not make a gob since I only had 3-4 days worth of lunches to pack, and probably ended up making only about two servings...pffft.  It was really good though!  I made it pretty much exactly following the Well Fed recipe I linked above although I didn't use compliant unsweetened cranberries.  I had hoped I would find some at my regular store and didn't think it was worth making a second stop to try and find them when I didn't.  I will put this on my list for sure for this fall and will try an unsweetened version then but I think this was a winner. 
    Had a sort of funny experience this weekend.  I was in line at the grocery with my pile of ground turkey, sage, oranges, cranberries, broccoli slaw, carrots, apples, cider, almond milk, another color of this sports bra thing I keep buying because they are insanely comfortable even if buying them at the grocery seems weird.....and holding a pumpkin spice iced latte with whip.  The woman behind me starts making all of these comments about "oh look how healthy all that is and then you have that dessert in your hand!"  Not entirely sure how to take her, or if one of you had managed to track me down to lay a guilt trip on me for sneaking in a 1000% non-compliant treat, I was none the less starting to feel a blush coming on.  She must have said the same thing three different ways while I was waiting on the guy to finish ringing it all up and the shame was mounting.
    Until I started to walk away and heard Ms. Health Official request "a carton of Marlboro Light".....yeah, my eyebrows shot through my hairline and I felt a bit better about my vice which at least includes a vegetable.  Sort of. 
    I've been trying every post to include the picture I promised but it's not taking it, or any other file I try, and I've had no reply from the site about what the problem is...I'm kind of giving up.  I did see a post about some work they did on the site two weeks ago so that's about when I started having problems and not getting email updates again but I don't know if that's related or not. 
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hmm, where did you find that recipe Nancy?  It sounds really good!  I found a similar sweet potato free version from Well Fed just now which includes some really interesting information on using cream of tartar and baking soda in place of bread crumbs to tenderize them....weird science stuff, probably going to have to try that to see what kind of difference it makes.  I can always make the sweet potato on the side this time... 
    http://meljoulwan.com/2013/11/14/turkey-cranberry-meatballs/
     
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Has anyone else stopped getting email notifications of updates here again?  Seems like this happened once before and I sort of forget how I fixed it or if it just resolved itself. 
    I sent an email to them yesterday about not being able to upload pictures...still having that same problem all week.
    Funny you mention turkey/sweet potato meatballs Nancy, that's on my meal plan for next week too!  I'm trying to pick some things I can make smaller servings off since it won't be a full week for me.  I want to go out strong though.  I've struggled some this week after rocking last week.  The weekend took me down hard.  Last night I pulled my workout short with some lame excuse about new perm/don't want to wash hair yet/so can't get sweaty.  Pathetic.  LOL!  I'm hoping I get my feet back under me today.  I was so close to my vacation goal last Friday, so I'm super frustrated with myself for not kicking these last days into high gear.  I'm trying to let that go now though, what I don't want to do is try to cram two weeks into ten days in an attempt to make up for the lost time.  There is a difference between going out strong and pushing too hard and going into vacation susceptible to everything under the sun!   
    My solution is a well-crafted meal plan.  If I make a tight one, hit all the right notes, and stick to it...meaning no skipping it and no supplementing it with pumpkin donuts...I should be setting myself up as well as possible.  Then I'm going to turn my brain off as much as possible for two weeks and regroup from there. 
    Anyone who signed up for the September emails have anything interesting to share?  I noticed Tessemae's is making their weekly meal plan email all compliant for this month which has been nice.  I feel like I didn't get in much food experimentation this summer and now it's time to think about autumn type foods. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Yeah, I need to have a heart to heart with her about taking boys up on dares. 
    I admit, I have a love/hate relationship with that app...I've been skipping it when I do the longer walk nights so I haven't progressed as much as I wanted to be able to say I've done but it is slightly easier now even when I skip nights.  A couple of times I've been in the shower when I remember I haven't done it, I think my brain is actively blocking my memory to get out of it.  But I still love that it feels like it's effective even though it's so short and I love that it doesn't require anything equipment wise. 
    Okay, so as promised...I tried to upload the before/after shots.  It felt great to get the extra length off my hair today so I'm glad I waited to do this.  I took a series of pictures and tried to match up the one that was the closest to the same size and head angle, but the lighting is different.  They were both taken outdoors but I couldn't simulate April in September, lol!  Oh well, this isn't a scientific before and after anyway.  The thing is, no matter what I've tried the site is telling me there is a problem uploading the image.  I know it's a small enough file size, and it's a standard image file type...so I'm kind of at a loss.  My best guess is there is just something going on with image uploading right now.  I will try again later this week!
     
     
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    Okay, no question I probably overshare when it comes to my nieces....but I sort of have to share this.
    Their cousin is sort of a celebrity on You-Tube, well he is at least if you are into fishing videos/tutorials, and last weekend he took Eliana and her Dad out fishing with him and then posted a video about fishing with family.  I'm totally cracking up that thanks to his audience it already has close to 120K views which I realize has less to do with her than with his following, but still...I sort of insist on making everyone I know watch it. 
    Please try not to notice she isn't wearing a life vest, not sure her Mom knew about that either but if they are fearless independently...it's nothing to what Daddy and Daddy's girl are together so I'm sure he had some story about how it messed up her casting or something.  (eye roll)  And all ended well. 
     
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zDk67lKn8h0
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    Funny about the book, where we in the same group when I suggested that one?  I sort of thought that was maybe before we met so even more fun if so...it was such an unexpectedly fun book.  I haven't seen the movie and I'm kind of two minds about whether I want to or not since I liked the book as much as I did.  If you still love it at the end, I have another one for you...it's about the same "chunk" of book, only slightly related topic, but I like it and think you might as well. 
    The song story, by the way, was a lot funnier when it happened again that same night.  Three times in a row, made for a rather intense week let me tell you.  I'm glad to report it has not popped since.  I'm still trying to add to my playlist, the more variety the better for me.  There are a few songs I honestly wouldn't mind hearing every single night, but for the most part I'm insanely fickle about music.  What I usually listen to is in no way suited for working out, I prefer ambient or a sort of swing/electronic fusion that would be ideal for sleep walking possibly.  LOL!  So it's harder for me to come up with music that keeps the blood pumping.  I'm also painfully susceptible to earworms so I have to be sort of careful about that or I will drive myself nuts the next day.  Totally open to any suggestions from the group.  I'm wide open to trying any genre for this even if it's outside what I would listen to normally. 
    I had a rough day yesterday, which is partly why I'm checking in today.  I don't even know if rough is really the right word, it was partly just PMS/headache/chasing nieces all morning/a long and rough week....but I decided to pretty much deliberately not make my Move goal yesterday.  It's been on a streak, I think I mentioned this, and I was at something like 38 days.  I had gotten the Perfect Month achievement for August which meant hitting the move goal every day from the first to the last of a month.  I could have kept it going longer, but I know it is something I'm unlikely to be able to keep up on vacation.  There will probably be days where we are all active enough that I hit it, but it's also just as likely that even when we are out walking around it isn't going to be the sustained pace that registers.  With no treadmill and no familiar turf for walking, it would be a real challenge to keep up a streak and I actually didn't want that to be a "fail" feeling if I wasn't able to keep it up.  I'm aiming for a sensible vacation, and that does not include desperately walking in circles around my bedroom for an hour to try and hit a target.  So it's been on my mind to break it now so that's not even on the table.  It still made me a little sad to do it, it also "scared" me a little that as soon as I broke the streak I would just let the whole thing go.  But I woke up this morning, toyed with the idea, but then put my walking shoes on and hammered out an hour before I did anything else.  I may be on another streak by the time we leave, but it won't be a record one, so I think that's a better place to be.  I can get weirdly hung up on numbers and streaks, and sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes I just have to eat a popsicle (the thing that broke my first Whole30 stretch which ended up being 90 before I made myself eat something off program to end that.)
    Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend, I know I'm thrilled to death that I can sleep in again tomorrow. I haven't had my eyes open before 11:00 yet and I am hoping tomorrow won't be any exception.  LOL!  Tuesday will be right back into it, as I am teaching an "early" AM class so have no choice but to be up as soon as the alarm goes off and on the move. 
    Just taking it easy today, I have a couple of craft projects and some work on my upcoming charity event to get done this weekend but I'm going to just chill for the afternoon at least and worry about that later.  Got my meal plan ready for the short week, but don't plan to start prepping anything until tomorrow.  I'm going to do a basic grilled chicken salad thing for lunch, sort of a nod to fall with some apple and pecan in the mix I think.  And dinners will be a really low prep grilled pork chop/baked sweet potato and sautéed zucchini.  Simple favorites that don't take much work to put together.  If I get moving early enough I want to try a recipe this weekend for paleo sausage gravy, I have this idea to make some wraps with scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, and roasted sweet potato for brunch tomorrow while I have more time that I usually do in the mornings.  If it turns out good, it's something I think I could make up pretty easy for mornings on vacation and maybe even pass off on non-paleo eaters.   
    Oh!  And I do promise to post something on the before/after once I get my hair done.  The selfie I did the other night isn't completely frightful but it was an "end of the day" shot and I do want to see what the before/after looks like when my hair is the same.  One way or the other though, I promise to post something for you guys after teasing that!  I'm still digging to see if I can find the actual pre-first W30 shots I took.  I know I immediately deleted them from my phone because they were majorly depressing, but I am pretty sure I kept them somewhere for my eyes only.  I won't promise to post those, I don't love you guys that much, but I find it somewhat funny that I now sort of want to see them. 
    One final note, while looking for a starter paleo gravy recipe, I ran across this article on "cheat days" and I kind of liked some parts of this.  I'm not sure it's all an entirely W30 friendly post since it doesn't really promote (and actually calls out) 30 day challenges...but I think it's something I kind of needed to hear as I'm working on my "off plan" plan.  Just the image at the top about eating for "myself and half of Africa" is worth a look.  Cheat Days
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    I agree, I think it's kind of why we all decided to stick it out here for a year...we know the thing we REALLY need help with right now is making it work after.  Although I will also admit I've had less success this summer sticking to the plan when I meant to, I also feel like I'm on the brink of making that part happen for myself.  I know you won't want to hear me say this, but I do think a lot of what has helped me the most is doing longer stretches than 30 days.  Maybe even especially if you rock the first 30 days, it's too easy and it doesn't force you to dig deep enough to really start making long term habit changes.  The biggest success to come out of the last few months for me is how much better I've done at straying off the path and then getting back on it because so many of what I think of as my go-to foods are now compliant.  I'm not "there yet" with Whole30 being what I want to do, and only do, for the rest of my life...but I'm finding it easier to do more often than not. 
    I really think that the longer I made myself stay on plan at a time, but still with end dates in mind, the more I had to explore the foods I could eat and the more I adapted myself to eating them and even eventually craving them a little.  Finding new things I really liked that took the place of things I missed to the point where now they are honestly at least neck and neck with my first choice was another game changer.  I now use that green goddess dressing/dip in place of my old favorite ranch dressing or sour cream on taco's and it's just as good to me.  I actually prefer the taste of avocado oil on a lot of vegetables or baked potatoes to the taste of butter.  If I'm trying to come up with the fastest dinner possible, the first thing I think of is throwing a chicken sausage on the grill....and that even sounds really good even if I've done it three nights already that week.
    The more those new foods become normal, the easier it is to see off plan foods as occasional treats and not the mainstay of my diet.  When the new foods become as easy as the old foods, or close to it...that's when real change is more probable.  It can seem boring, but now that I have even a handful of things that are quick/easy/and tasty...I don't fall back on convenience foods nearly as often.  And the more I stay away from those convenience foods, the less tasty they are when I do cave in for one so it's even easier to say "pass" the next time I'm tempted.  It's taken a long time it feels like, but I do think my tastes are changing and that's going to be huge in helping me incorporate this into the "rest of my life" whenever that happens to start.  LOL!
    I think the tough love part here is just to ask yourself, if you are not ready or willing to do more than 30 days with a specific plan....why would you think you are ready or willing to make healthy eating a lifelong change in that vague sense?  I'm definitely not proposing just go all out with no end date in sight, I know for me that would be a sure-fire fail.  I need to be able to see the light a little even if it's months off.  But it may be time to think about clearing your head again knowing that the very foods you want to avoid cloud your judgment and your resistance to them the more you eat them.  Rediscover how delicious the compliant food can be, remind yourself of the things you are NOT giving up with eating this way and give yourself more time in the safe zone to dig in deeper and create habits that are better cemented before trying to look at some sort of maintenance version of the plan. 
    I also wonder if, for some of us, there is a sort of tipping point with weight loss.  If I lose 5 maybe even 10 pounds, then gain it back, it's not necessarily an entire wardrobe change or something everyone around me would notice.  Having lost 30 pounds though, and having kept the bulk (pun intended) of it off makes me a lot more cautious about letting things go.  If I shot right back up to where I started from, I would literally need to buy all new clothes again and people would notice.  I can't say that isn't some motivation either, knowing I would get all those looks of "yeah, see it's easy to lose but keeping it off...I knew you would give in eventually."
    And the thing is?  I don't think I will.  I may struggle with it, I may have months where I don't make any new progress or even slip back up a little, but I've come too far and the program does still work when I stick to it. 
    I think we have all felt the benefits, know they are there, and want them...but it's really hard to let go of what we think of as the "normal" life we "deserve".  I know I've tried a couple of different things and I'm still working on what after could be without giving up all the benefits.  Hopefully we learn from each other and keep working at making a new normal that we are also really happy with. 
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    I'm probably not going to officially sign up for the Grand September Event because I hate to do that knowing full well I won't finish it...but it's tempting to see what all they send out. Weighing my conscious, sign up as a cheater or not.....lol!
    Two funny things that happened last night...
    So first, as I mentioned before, the last month or two I've been focused more than ever on being more active in order to hit the goals on my Apple watch.  On a normal day, I can hit my Move goal (which is the one I'm currently on a streak with so really motivated not to miss a day) by doing a little extra walking during my workday and then a 30-minute walk on the treadmill.  As long as I haven't been literally tied to my desk and I keep up a decent paced walk, that is long enough for an average day.  However, the rut has worn in a little with walking on the treadmill and that is the only safe option for where I live at that time of night.  (Not that I live in a dangerous place exactly, but it's very rural and there are no streetlights or sidewalks so once it's dark it's a safety issue to be along the roads and it's uneven surfaces not to mention trespassing to be off the roads, lol!)  Usually I listen to audio books while working out like that, but in the evening when I possibly could fall asleep standing up that hasn't been cutting it so I created some music playlists.  As I was going through my collection, which is weird and mostly not suited to exercise, I found a track of "Sixty Minute Man" which I think was originally part of a soundtrack.  As a "joke" to myself, I tossed that in the mix with hours worth of other songs and I shuffle it every night.  I figured on the occasions I hit that song at random during my planned 30 minutes I would kick it up a notch by doing another 30 minutes for 60 total.
    Seemed like such a great idea until it was the last song at like minute 29.45 on Monday...yeah, a Monday...so I whined a little but I stuck it out and went for the full hour.
    Then the same song shuffled in as track #2 last night.
    What?!?  I told my friends I think I need to find a "Five Minute Dude" song to balance this out...where if it prompts, I can just jump off right then and there.  Seems fair!  One of them then informed me that the more often you don't skip a song, the more likely it is to come up early in your playlist so now huge moral dilemma.  I really don't want to make 60-minutes a pattern because it means eating painfully late.  I guess I just need to make sure I don't skip any other songs either so it stays mostly random!
    The other thing that happened is, in trying to download more music to make my playlist longer...and yes, to hopefully make it even less likely I get the trick song...I found my iPod was nearly full so I went through to delete out some pictures.  Like the 500 in a row my niece took of me from the angle of her car seat the other day.  In doing so I found some older pictures of myself with her right after she was born.  I hardly ever show up in pictures because I originally majored in photography and am nearly always the one behind the camera but they did manage to snag a few of me with her that I didn't have the heart to immediately delete.  I was so struck by my face...though that sounds hilarious to say out loud...but what I mean is, it seems like I really don't see the changes in myself as much day-to-day but coming face to face with myself from nearly three years ago was sort of a "wow".  I'm even considering posting this because it seems like something I should share with the group even though I've not done well at recording a lot of before/after pictures.  I even took a close up selfie last night just to see if the difference was as startling side by side photographically as I thought but I'm vain enough not to post that one.  I'm due to get my haircut again next weekend so maybe after that which will be more of an accurate comparison since the before shot is of short hair as well.    
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    Crimsann got a reaction from NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I agree, I think it's kind of why we all decided to stick it out here for a year...we know the thing we REALLY need help with right now is making it work after.  Although I will also admit I've had less success this summer sticking to the plan when I meant to, I also feel like I'm on the brink of making that part happen for myself.  I know you won't want to hear me say this, but I do think a lot of what has helped me the most is doing longer stretches than 30 days.  Maybe even especially if you rock the first 30 days, it's too easy and it doesn't force you to dig deep enough to really start making long term habit changes.  The biggest success to come out of the last few months for me is how much better I've done at straying off the path and then getting back on it because so many of what I think of as my go-to foods are now compliant.  I'm not "there yet" with Whole30 being what I want to do, and only do, for the rest of my life...but I'm finding it easier to do more often than not. 
    I really think that the longer I made myself stay on plan at a time, but still with end dates in mind, the more I had to explore the foods I could eat and the more I adapted myself to eating them and even eventually craving them a little.  Finding new things I really liked that took the place of things I missed to the point where now they are honestly at least neck and neck with my first choice was another game changer.  I now use that green goddess dressing/dip in place of my old favorite ranch dressing or sour cream on taco's and it's just as good to me.  I actually prefer the taste of avocado oil on a lot of vegetables or baked potatoes to the taste of butter.  If I'm trying to come up with the fastest dinner possible, the first thing I think of is throwing a chicken sausage on the grill....and that even sounds really good even if I've done it three nights already that week.
    The more those new foods become normal, the easier it is to see off plan foods as occasional treats and not the mainstay of my diet.  When the new foods become as easy as the old foods, or close to it...that's when real change is more probable.  It can seem boring, but now that I have even a handful of things that are quick/easy/and tasty...I don't fall back on convenience foods nearly as often.  And the more I stay away from those convenience foods, the less tasty they are when I do cave in for one so it's even easier to say "pass" the next time I'm tempted.  It's taken a long time it feels like, but I do think my tastes are changing and that's going to be huge in helping me incorporate this into the "rest of my life" whenever that happens to start.  LOL!
    I think the tough love part here is just to ask yourself, if you are not ready or willing to do more than 30 days with a specific plan....why would you think you are ready or willing to make healthy eating a lifelong change in that vague sense?  I'm definitely not proposing just go all out with no end date in sight, I know for me that would be a sure-fire fail.  I need to be able to see the light a little even if it's months off.  But it may be time to think about clearing your head again knowing that the very foods you want to avoid cloud your judgment and your resistance to them the more you eat them.  Rediscover how delicious the compliant food can be, remind yourself of the things you are NOT giving up with eating this way and give yourself more time in the safe zone to dig in deeper and create habits that are better cemented before trying to look at some sort of maintenance version of the plan. 
    I also wonder if, for some of us, there is a sort of tipping point with weight loss.  If I lose 5 maybe even 10 pounds, then gain it back, it's not necessarily an entire wardrobe change or something everyone around me would notice.  Having lost 30 pounds though, and having kept the bulk (pun intended) of it off makes me a lot more cautious about letting things go.  If I shot right back up to where I started from, I would literally need to buy all new clothes again and people would notice.  I can't say that isn't some motivation either, knowing I would get all those looks of "yeah, see it's easy to lose but keeping it off...I knew you would give in eventually."
    And the thing is?  I don't think I will.  I may struggle with it, I may have months where I don't make any new progress or even slip back up a little, but I've come too far and the program does still work when I stick to it. 
    I think we have all felt the benefits, know they are there, and want them...but it's really hard to let go of what we think of as the "normal" life we "deserve".  I know I've tried a couple of different things and I'm still working on what after could be without giving up all the benefits.  Hopefully we learn from each other and keep working at making a new normal that we are also really happy with.