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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Back from my time off, slipped past the milestone birthday, and it's time to really ink in the rules for my next challenge.  I actually think I'm ready to go there, but I still want to finish Food Freedom before I make it official.  Just in case that changes anything for me.  It's pretty liberal, more so than I thought it would be when I first toyed with this idea but I'm working really hard on keeping W30 ideals but also thinking about what I want my long-term food choices to look like and in context with some other lifestyle changes.  
    This is going to be a super short check-in because my brain is just scattered today and while I sort of know what I want to say...it's not coming together.  I hope to be back again before next Monday to maybe share what I've settled on.  I do love that May 1 is a Monday so I'm going to be starting out with that symmetry.  I've got my first week meal plan pretty well laid out and ironically it doesn't include much of anything that wouldn't be compliant.  I thought about doing a strict first 30 days but that's not really the spirit of what this year long challenge is for me.  Still a good clean first week will be a nice fresh start and I'm looking forward to getting back to fresh food...or maybe that's just because it's lunch time.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Well my April isn't going as smoothly as I had hoped.  For one thing, neither of the dishes I made for this week hit the spot.  Which is a really bad place for me to be in.  I hate wasting the food, but if it's completely unappealing I will skip meals before I will eat it.  The chicken recipe called for chicken thighs but I almost never like the taste/texture of those so I don't know why I thought this would be different.  I should have gone with breasts.  I also really liked the casual taste of the glaze that went on them and the broiling technique but the peanut butter dressing was horrible which ruined the slaw and left me with mildly gross chicken and little else.  I actually think I would like it if I made double the glaze and used that as a drizzle of dressing instead of just while the chicken baked.  I think it was adding the lime to the dressing that just didn't work for me at all.  So that's going down on the list of "try again".  The coffee bbq sauce was okay, but not fantastic.  Due to a last minute schedule change though I ended up putting the pork in the crock-pot late Saturday night and needing to leave it on until Sunday early evening.  This made for pretty tender pork by Sunday morning, but it was almost too dried out by Sunday evening even with the sauce added back in.  It was still pretty good fresh, but now reheated it's dry as dust.  Not helped in the slightest by the buns I bought to eat it on, which is an irony not lost on me.  Eating food on bread as become an almost weird thing for me over the last few years, more often than not I notice how it does little to enhance much of anything.  I still love bread, but I would rather enjoy it for itself than add those extra calories/carbs/sleepy making gluten elements to some innocent pulled pork that was just as good without it.  I guess this is a good thing.  
    So, time to regroup and plan next week, I really need something rock solid because the week from start to finish is a nightmare of deadlines and projects and things that probably will go wrong.  On my cupcakes for everyone project this will be one of 4 weeks this year where I will need to bake twice in the same week, on top of which our Easter bake sale is next Friday, I have no less than three birthdays that happen this week on a personal level that need some attention, I have a kick-off meeting for that game marathon charity I'm involved with, I still need to do my taxes....okay that last one is pretty much my fault.  Oh and I'm hostessing Easter so there is that whole thing to plan from food to Easter baskets.  
    The only ray of sunshine in any of that is once next week is in the books, I'm off for a week straight with not much at all planned.  
    I'm hoping by the end of the month to be able to report that I've finished the Food Freedom book and that I have my own rules ready to go for my 365 challenge.  I will also be happy if I just survive the month.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Wow Nancy, I swear I could have subbed your name for one of my good friends and it would have read just as true.  She moved in with a friend last summer and has been living that exact same life ever since!  Just last week she got a line on an apartment that she could move into come August and even having a possible move date has felt so good...but in the mean time, it's rough.  I still struggle with that same thing when I've counted on Mom being gone and all of a sudden she is underfoot.  I have the blessing of being able to use the basement kitchen if I really needed to, but taking all the things I need down there and then running back down a dozen times over the next week for things I need back upstairs...well you can imagine.  I do always set up for my biggest baking days down there though and I think what I need to do is slowly stock it up with more utensils.  Hmmm.  Unfortunately the sink down there isn't really up to the type of massive cleanup that comes along with a massive cook-up so it's still not ideal but I wish I could share it with you right about now!  
    Starting to work on next weeks meal plan.  While I will be exiting W30 rules for a few weeks, I am focused on keeping fresh food at the front and packing my lunch and planning specific meals.  I will also be keeping up with my Move goals, I'm excited to say I'm due to hit a 75-day streak this week!  I'm set up for yoga and am starting to add that in here and there on top of my 30-minute walk/run, not sure I want to make that a daily though.  I did try it out with my Apple watch the other day to see what type of calorie activity it recorded but the only setting that made sense was "other" and it records it like I was doing a brisk walk.  I'm not sure that it wouldn't be somewhat similar in the end, but I don't like that I can't really tell for sure.  It would satisfy my Move goal to swap the walk for yoga but if that's not really comparable calorie wise it feels like I'm slightly cheating myself.  Need to do some more research there, or possibly find a shorter program that I like so I can combine the cardio with that without being at it all night.  
    Anyway I think for lunches next week I'm going to try something off one of my favorite food blogs, it's partially compliant with a broiled chicken over a slaw based salad...but uses some honey in the glaze that goes on the chicken and has a peanut butter based dressing.  For me, peanuts will be one of the things I allow during my 365 of FF so this recipe is something I could use down the road if it works out.  I hadn't considered allowing honey though.  I think that is generally accepted in Paleo but I'm not sure I want to add that in.  On the other hand, I do want to widen the variety of dressings especially for summer salads.  I might consider honey as long as it's used in a dressing or sauce and not in baked goods.  Some of my favorite dressings are sweet/sour combo's and while I'm cool with playing around with fruit based dressings a nice whole ingredient honey mustard would be a bit of a game changer.  Any time an idea for an "add" comes to mind, I try to think it over a couple of times and make sure I'm staying true to what I want to get out of next year, so April is going to be a good time to experiment with a few of the fringe decisions yet to be made.  
    Also, not sure if I've mentioned but I think my sister is getting closer to wanting to try the program.  She is looking at going back to school this fall and being at home more while she isn't working and all the stress of exams and projects I think she wants to be feeling as on top of life as possible at the start.  I would love to see her try it, but I am walking that balance between supportive and pushy.  I know my nieces would love it, they are fiends for vegetables.  Not so sure about my brother-in-law, he totally has the discipline to do something like this with them, but may or may not buy into it right away.  Unfortunately she lived through my first round where it felt like six trips to twenty stores each weekend to get everything for these huge sessions in the kitchen.  I can help streamline that now, but she knows it can mean a lot of planning.  Keep your fingers crossed!  I'm trying to talk up a June start, such a good month with no major holidays (or for us birthdays either) and fresh produce coming in to season not to mention outdoor grilling weather.  Gives enough time for some planning and to try some recipes ahead of time to see this can feel like completely normal meals.  Also it leaves time for her to be on it for several months before school if she is successful on it.  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    So couple updates, but first a confession is in order...I definitely skipped off the track a bit last Friday.  It's a positive story in that I've been back on ever since, but this can't count as a true Whole30 in any sense and that's probably the first time I've ever really been faced with an absolute "do over".  I'm not actually going to restart because I'm not doing this for the reintroduction and I am sticking to my schedule to break in April and then do the 365 deal, but it's only fair to tell my crew!  It started with missing breakfast, which in and of itself unfortunately isn't all that unusual.  Then I missed lunch, sort of, because my sister called to say she was about to order tickets to take the girls to the circus that night and did I want to come.  Since it was one of their last performances in our state ever, this circus is closing down, I couldn't say no.  But that meant I had to run home over lunch and grab a change of clothes.  I did manage to fry a couple eggs while dancing from foot to foot in impatience but that was it.  And between the drive and the performance and the traffic in the parking garage it was looking to be well over 24 hours since I had last eaten anything except those eggs before I got a chance to eat a real meal.  Not good.  So midway through, when my super shy younger niece warmed up enough to try a new game of "force feed Auntie stale popcorn"...I let her do it.  To be honest, at that point, I wasn't starving yet and would have been fine not eating until I got home...but she hardly ever plays with me and the giggling was priceless.  The popcorn?  Not so much.  But that was fun, so she then followed it up with some cotton candy which couldn't be any further from compliant if it tried...and which tasted sort of like soap.  
    Being that I avoided most of it, I might not even have counted this as a true slip...again given that I'm not doing reintro this time around and don't need a pristine cleanse.  It's what happened when I got home later that I have to confess and that was me heading straight to the candy dish with the "well I've already broken it" mentality.   Sigh.  That part I do think was hunger taking over and my old thought process of once you run the first red light...gun it all day long.  I went to bed too tired to feel guilty yet, but not in a good place because there was no way I could tap dance around having done that.  
    So the upside is I woke up the next morning, did my workout, and just got right back on track without a hitch since.  This is I think what Food Freedom is supposed to be...though I still have to finish that book...and because it was showing me I really have changed how I react to a little failure, I'm kind of thrilled with it.  I may need more of that, oddly enough.  More of having a moment of "normal life" and then turning it right back around without beating myself up or agonizing over the lapse.  That's one thing my modified plan for the coming year is going to allow room for, especially with the "one cupcake" rule, so I'm hoping this example sets the right tone for myself.  
    Which leaves me on Day 24-ish.  Working on my meal plan for next week, I think I'm going to bring back the bacon/chicken/tomato/mayo/lettuce wraps again for lunch because those were really good.  If I can find the shrimp I like, I will probably do the mock fajita thing for dinners.  
    Now, here is a fun challenge for you girls...while on vacation (what feels like forever ago) we stopped in one of those olive oil/vinegar tasting places and I picked up a few things I need to get out and start using.  I have been saving them for my FF year because I can't tell for sure if they are compliant.  No ingredients list to go by, they are talked up as being "infused with" but I can't tell for sure with what if it's more than what the name says or not.  I do want to use some of these interesting flavors to play around with though and I'm curious to see what comes to mind for you!  Here is what I have as inspiration so far...
    1.  First I have a blood orange infused olive oil.  My thought for that was to start by using it as a sort of drizzle/glaze on grilled or blackened salmon.
    2.  A lemongrass vinegar.  Here I was thinking maybe a bit Thai...trying out some kind of cold zoodle thing with the vinegar, some chili, maybe some garlic?  Or, if the cold zoodle just doesn't work, maybe with something like sugar peas or green beans cold?  
    3.  A pineapple vinegar.  I need to check into this more but on The Splendid Table the other day she suggested to a caller that she use some fresh vanilla beans in a dressing over fruit salad with a light vinegar...and I'm thinking with a pineapple vinegar!  No idea where to get fresh vanilla beans though, I'm lucky to find dried, but I could improvise I think.  I like the idea of adding a slight bit of sour to a fruit salad though.  I may also go back to experimenting with the pineapple coleslaw I tried to make with coconut milk during my first W30 and take it in a tangy rather than sweet and creamy direction by using fresh shredded coconut in the slaw mix rather than using the milk at all.  
    But I would love to know what comes to mind for you on these...give me some new directions to try!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Still no sign of the headaches, but I got home Friday night and since I felt like I was fully recovered from the cold decided it was time to rev it up on the workout front.  I had been taking it pretty easy all week, making my Move goal but not pushing for anything past that and it's still set moderately low.  So instead of listening to my book, which tends to allow me to walk longer but definitely paces me slower...I flipped over to my latest workout playlist and it just killed it.  I should probably save that particular random order, but it led me into seriously overdoing it.  That's something I rarely do on a Friday night because I know come the weekend I will be doing back to back longer sessions on the treadmill.  During the week, I let the steps and calories add up during the day, then hop on the treadmill to finish up what's left.  On the weekends though I try to make it the first thing I do in the morning and I push to get my Move goal completed before I even start in on the day.  That way I could flop on the couch and be a potato and still have checked the day off.  I rarely do that mind, I nearly always have errands or something else planned, but I don't have to worry about running around all day and THEN having to make up any remaining amount at the end of the day.  So a killer workout on Friday night, followed by a just as killer workout Saturday morning (still grooving away because at the time it felt good) led to me hobbling to bed last night.  OUCH!  Like in every single particle. 
    I got up pretty limber though and knocked out my goal pretty quick this morning as well before heading off to the market.  Got laundry started, groceries put away, and a whole chicken doing a marinade in a Peruvian blend I found a recipe for so just letting that sit for a while longer.  I figure I will sit for a bit, tried napping in the sunbeam but couldn't quite fall asleep, then finish laundry while the chicken roasts and cools...pack my lunch...and call it a weekend. 
    My new stylist worked out pretty well, I think she was a bit nervous about following up from my previous girl once she knew she had been recommended but she got really seriously close and I'm happy with the results.  My tradition with myself has always been to go shopping right after a hair appointment and buy something new to wear to work the next day.  Just sort of a way of boosting the "new me" feel even though it's the same style I always get and people don't always even notice I've had it cut.  LOL!  This whole year I've been really focused on refining my style, cleaning out my closet, and restocking it.  Our dress code changed again a few months ago and now that I no longer have to wear a jacket every day, I thought it would be nice to reinvent myself a little, especially with that 40th lurking up.  So this was my first foray out with that in mind.  Last weekend I took every stitch out of my closet and pared it down, set up a second closet in the basement for off-season things and stuff I wasn't sure about yet.  I have a couple other homework projects to work through in the book I'm reading, but I thought I was ready to take a stab at this.
     
    Yeah.
     
    So what I came home with was.....a rose gold metallic leather jacket and a pair of wildly floral embroidered jeans.
     
    Needless to say, neither of those things are ever going to work as work-wear...and I couldn't be more pleased with either item.  Sigh.  It's official.  I will never grow up.  Even worse?  The jacket matches my cell phone.  I'm not going as far as to say I bought it because of that, but I was aware and didn't put it back.  It might be why I picked it up in the first place, then it was all...."oooooh it's soooo soft" and once on, to be frank, it's sexy as hell.  In a sort of soft, sweet, pink blush way that fools no one.  And short as I am, I've never in my life found jeans with embroidery that weren't also too long and where hemming would ruin the embellishment entirely but these were exactly the right length.
    So that was my weekend.  New goal in life is to learn how to nap again though.  I think it's been too long since I felt like I had enough time in the day to just take a nap, and I don't like the me that thinks that is wasting time.  I mean for crying out loud...my initials are N.A.P....I more than anyone should be able to do this.   
     
    P.S.  Totally agree with you @misslindy it feels like I'm turning a bit of a corner right now too after being disconnected for too long...but through it all, I never lost that thread of connection back here and I think it makes all the difference.  It would be fun to all do another month together, sometime, but I think the various updates trickling in even I wasn't personally doing a stretch helps keep me in touch with what I wanted to have and that was a more permanent change in my life.  Still working on it, but ever so glad to be working on it with you guys. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Quick update, after a full night of sleeping in a self-induced sauna scenario (and say THAT ten times fast) the arm is feeling much improved.  Still noticeable, but more tight and dull ache than actual pain and I have not even added another round of pain killers yet.  May need to do that thanks to the ever opportune timing of mother nature or the moon or the tides whoever/whatever is to blame for cramps.  I'm continuing the heat therapy today though so brought little kitty with me to work today.
     
    On the other hand, I did apparently alarm a few random people on the elevator...I suppose it's not precisely normal to ride on elevators with a stuffed cat tossed over your shoulder and to absently stroke it from time to time.  (I was actually just making sure it didn't slide off and that it was centered as much as possible on the problem area...but I can see why that might not have been obvious to strangers.)
    The next time I left the office I tossed my jacket on over it thinking that would be more subtle.  Imagine my face when I caught a glimpse in the mirror and realized that the extra bulk, which I hadn't fully factored in, gives me the approximate silhouette of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Yup, we got this Nancy...I just made something that ended up like some kind of compliant blooming onion burger I think with that spicy mayo and some thick rings of grilled onion on top.  Not something I would want every night, but it got some fat/protein/veggie in even if none of it was green this round and should more than tide me over until morning.  I made up another batch of zoodles and packed up the remaining lunches for the week and some spare for the weekend. 
    Now I'm curled up on the couch with my cute fuzzy wool kitty cat heating pad...have come to the self-diagnosed conclusion that the strain (possibly tear) is to the deltoid.  Trying to resist the urge to make the heating pad hotter and just settle for a nice long steady heat.  Hot shower felt amazing on it and loosened things up for a bit.  Will let this set for a couple hours and then maybe reheat once before I go to bed.  I also sort of forget sometimes in my dislike for taking any kind of pain killer that some of them are also targeting inflammation and that might be advantageous at the moment. 
    Will try to head to bed early too and dream of warmer days!  Fairy garden class is this weekend...that's something to live for, lol! 
    May need some help with meal plan for next week if anyone has any current faves to share.  Kind of thinking about some kind of roasted vegetable topped salad.  One of the food trucks that stops at our office weekly had a deal like that a few weeks ago, betting I could make a compliant version.  Or maybe a soup/salad combo of some kind. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I've been meaning to check in since this weekend...nothing earth shattering to share mind, just keeping on with the process.  I had my first cupcake challenge this week and passed that.  I did find it harder than I expected to resist the few that didn't make the cut to go into work, so new plan in place to make sure they all leave the house promptly.  
    Meal plan is holding up pretty well for this week so far, even managed breakfast every day so far which is a pretty big deal for me.  The Pesto Meatballs turned out really good even with the sub to turkey, though I will have to make another batch of zoodles tonight to finish out the week.  I constantly underestimate how much those will shrink down in cooking.  No ideas yet for next week, hoping something strikes me out of the blue!
    Workout streak will hit day 60 tomorrow, pants are feeling a tad loose already, food boredom hasn't yet settled in...but I have hit a bit of another kind of snag.  Somehow I've strained a muscle in my upper arm.  I don't even know for sure what I did, it almost has to have been during my workout but that night was all treadmill and I'm not one to be flailing around with exuberance or anything so why this was an arm injury baffles me.  I noticed it about an hour after working out though and it's still killing me today.  No bruising or obvious swelling, and I have full range of motion, but moving it in certain directions is painful.  I tried moving it around as much as I could stand yesterday, I guess thinking it was more of a cramp and that keeping it active would help work it out.  Now I'm not so sure that was the smartest thing to do, maybe babying it a bit more would have been in order and I will probably try a heating pad or something tonight as well.  My one pal suggested icing it, but me and cold do not go...the mere thought of that has me feeling like hypothermia has already set in so I'm really hoping that isn't the answer.  It won't prevent me from getting in my Move goal, I will step the pace back down some and make sure I'm not swinging my arms while walking for the next few days just to be sure I'm not aggravating it though.
    Working on my plan for my birthday/vacation week in April.   I've found an art exhibit I want to go see, about 15 years ago I started a personal tradition of going to a new art museum every year on my birthday but let it lapse after about 8 years when it meant traveling further and I just didn't have the extra days.  I would like to pick that back up to some extent, even if I don't keep pushing for a new museum each time.  Kind of inspired by Vozelle here, I'm now looking around to see if I can find a Paleo restaurant near where I'm headed.  I'm not aware of anything like that locally, but as I'm headed to a larger city for that art trip...maybe there are some possibilities.  I won't be doing W30 next month, but that doesn't mean I couldn't explore some options or at the very least try some place that is close to Paleo while I'm out of town!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Quick update, after a full night of sleeping in a self-induced sauna scenario (and say THAT ten times fast) the arm is feeling much improved.  Still noticeable, but more tight and dull ache than actual pain and I have not even added another round of pain killers yet.  May need to do that thanks to the ever opportune timing of mother nature or the moon or the tides whoever/whatever is to blame for cramps.  I'm continuing the heat therapy today though so brought little kitty with me to work today.
     
    On the other hand, I did apparently alarm a few random people on the elevator...I suppose it's not precisely normal to ride on elevators with a stuffed cat tossed over your shoulder and to absently stroke it from time to time.  (I was actually just making sure it didn't slide off and that it was centered as much as possible on the problem area...but I can see why that might not have been obvious to strangers.)
    The next time I left the office I tossed my jacket on over it thinking that would be more subtle.  Imagine my face when I caught a glimpse in the mirror and realized that the extra bulk, which I hadn't fully factored in, gives me the approximate silhouette of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I've been meaning to check in since this weekend...nothing earth shattering to share mind, just keeping on with the process.  I had my first cupcake challenge this week and passed that.  I did find it harder than I expected to resist the few that didn't make the cut to go into work, so new plan in place to make sure they all leave the house promptly.  
    Meal plan is holding up pretty well for this week so far, even managed breakfast every day so far which is a pretty big deal for me.  The Pesto Meatballs turned out really good even with the sub to turkey, though I will have to make another batch of zoodles tonight to finish out the week.  I constantly underestimate how much those will shrink down in cooking.  No ideas yet for next week, hoping something strikes me out of the blue!
    Workout streak will hit day 60 tomorrow, pants are feeling a tad loose already, food boredom hasn't yet settled in...but I have hit a bit of another kind of snag.  Somehow I've strained a muscle in my upper arm.  I don't even know for sure what I did, it almost has to have been during my workout but that night was all treadmill and I'm not one to be flailing around with exuberance or anything so why this was an arm injury baffles me.  I noticed it about an hour after working out though and it's still killing me today.  No bruising or obvious swelling, and I have full range of motion, but moving it in certain directions is painful.  I tried moving it around as much as I could stand yesterday, I guess thinking it was more of a cramp and that keeping it active would help work it out.  Now I'm not so sure that was the smartest thing to do, maybe babying it a bit more would have been in order and I will probably try a heating pad or something tonight as well.  My one pal suggested icing it, but me and cold do not go...the mere thought of that has me feeling like hypothermia has already set in so I'm really hoping that isn't the answer.  It won't prevent me from getting in my Move goal, I will step the pace back down some and make sure I'm not swinging my arms while walking for the next few days just to be sure I'm not aggravating it though.
    Working on my plan for my birthday/vacation week in April.   I've found an art exhibit I want to go see, about 15 years ago I started a personal tradition of going to a new art museum every year on my birthday but let it lapse after about 8 years when it meant traveling further and I just didn't have the extra days.  I would like to pick that back up to some extent, even if I don't keep pushing for a new museum each time.  Kind of inspired by Vozelle here, I'm now looking around to see if I can find a Paleo restaurant near where I'm headed.  I'm not aware of anything like that locally, but as I'm headed to a larger city for that art trip...maybe there are some possibilities.  I won't be doing W30 next month, but that doesn't mean I couldn't explore some options or at the very least try some place that is close to Paleo while I'm out of town!
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    Crimsann reacted to NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Ok, so I'm not having food dreams, but I am having wide-awake food moments! I could smell donuts in my car this morning on the way to work. Seriously SMELL them. I love donuts more than almost any other food. And then I saw it up ahead of me--a truck with the logo of the best bakery in southeastern Wisconsin!!! After that, we were talking about tamales, and I remembered SO clearly the first time I had my Guatemalan ex-boyfriend's authentic Guatemalan tamales. It was like I was tasting them again! Now there's been no shortage of good food during the first half of my 30, but I felt, for the briefest moment this morning, deprived. Chalked it up to my own version of food dreams, and got down to the business of accounts payable, but I'm still thinking about a donut...
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I do this too!  Just this past weekend one of the bloggers I'm on a mailing list for sent a link to another blog who was posting about her W30 and I had to stop reading when she started talking about how to make chia pudding with fruit a breakfast and I don't even think that's non-compliant exactly just not really the heart of a template meal.
    A bit ironic mind, because I'm no kind of angel when it comes to sticking precisely to template myself, it's the thing I struggle with the most doing W30 now.  But my first one I really tried to do all the things to actually experience it the way it should be, and now if I go light on fat for a meal I know I'm going to end up hungry and just accept that and try to do better planning next time.  It makes me craaaazy reading about people not even really trying to follow the rules and still claiming credit.  I can't say what it is either that makes me so aggravated by it since it's their loss not mine, but it makes me stop and seriously appreciate the moderators here who read that kind of stuff every day and still manage to be helpful and supportive with their responses!!!
    I also think that forever after, when I've eaten a skimpy meal or skipped one, and find myself with a growling stomach I will hear Nancy in my head saying "Really?  How odd..." with that perfect inflection of polite incredulity and I will crack up laughing.  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I do this too!  Just this past weekend one of the bloggers I'm on a mailing list for sent a link to another blog who was posting about her W30 and I had to stop reading when she started talking about how to make chia pudding with fruit a breakfast and I don't even think that's non-compliant exactly just not really the heart of a template meal.
    A bit ironic mind, because I'm no kind of angel when it comes to sticking precisely to template myself, it's the thing I struggle with the most doing W30 now.  But my first one I really tried to do all the things to actually experience it the way it should be, and now if I go light on fat for a meal I know I'm going to end up hungry and just accept that and try to do better planning next time.  It makes me craaaazy reading about people not even really trying to follow the rules and still claiming credit.  I can't say what it is either that makes me so aggravated by it since it's their loss not mine, but it makes me stop and seriously appreciate the moderators here who read that kind of stuff every day and still manage to be helpful and supportive with their responses!!!
    I also think that forever after, when I've eaten a skimpy meal or skipped one, and find myself with a growling stomach I will hear Nancy in my head saying "Really?  How odd..." with that perfect inflection of polite incredulity and I will crack up laughing.  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Still no sign of the headaches, but I got home Friday night and since I felt like I was fully recovered from the cold decided it was time to rev it up on the workout front.  I had been taking it pretty easy all week, making my Move goal but not pushing for anything past that and it's still set moderately low.  So instead of listening to my book, which tends to allow me to walk longer but definitely paces me slower...I flipped over to my latest workout playlist and it just killed it.  I should probably save that particular random order, but it led me into seriously overdoing it.  That's something I rarely do on a Friday night because I know come the weekend I will be doing back to back longer sessions on the treadmill.  During the week, I let the steps and calories add up during the day, then hop on the treadmill to finish up what's left.  On the weekends though I try to make it the first thing I do in the morning and I push to get my Move goal completed before I even start in on the day.  That way I could flop on the couch and be a potato and still have checked the day off.  I rarely do that mind, I nearly always have errands or something else planned, but I don't have to worry about running around all day and THEN having to make up any remaining amount at the end of the day.  So a killer workout on Friday night, followed by a just as killer workout Saturday morning (still grooving away because at the time it felt good) led to me hobbling to bed last night.  OUCH!  Like in every single particle. 
    I got up pretty limber though and knocked out my goal pretty quick this morning as well before heading off to the market.  Got laundry started, groceries put away, and a whole chicken doing a marinade in a Peruvian blend I found a recipe for so just letting that sit for a while longer.  I figure I will sit for a bit, tried napping in the sunbeam but couldn't quite fall asleep, then finish laundry while the chicken roasts and cools...pack my lunch...and call it a weekend. 
    My new stylist worked out pretty well, I think she was a bit nervous about following up from my previous girl once she knew she had been recommended but she got really seriously close and I'm happy with the results.  My tradition with myself has always been to go shopping right after a hair appointment and buy something new to wear to work the next day.  Just sort of a way of boosting the "new me" feel even though it's the same style I always get and people don't always even notice I've had it cut.  LOL!  This whole year I've been really focused on refining my style, cleaning out my closet, and restocking it.  Our dress code changed again a few months ago and now that I no longer have to wear a jacket every day, I thought it would be nice to reinvent myself a little, especially with that 40th lurking up.  So this was my first foray out with that in mind.  Last weekend I took every stitch out of my closet and pared it down, set up a second closet in the basement for off-season things and stuff I wasn't sure about yet.  I have a couple other homework projects to work through in the book I'm reading, but I thought I was ready to take a stab at this.
     
    Yeah.
     
    So what I came home with was.....a rose gold metallic leather jacket and a pair of wildly floral embroidered jeans.
     
    Needless to say, neither of those things are ever going to work as work-wear...and I couldn't be more pleased with either item.  Sigh.  It's official.  I will never grow up.  Even worse?  The jacket matches my cell phone.  I'm not going as far as to say I bought it because of that, but I was aware and didn't put it back.  It might be why I picked it up in the first place, then it was all...."oooooh it's soooo soft" and once on, to be frank, it's sexy as hell.  In a sort of soft, sweet, pink blush way that fools no one.  And short as I am, I've never in my life found jeans with embroidery that weren't also too long and where hemming would ruin the embellishment entirely but these were exactly the right length.
    So that was my weekend.  New goal in life is to learn how to nap again though.  I think it's been too long since I felt like I had enough time in the day to just take a nap, and I don't like the me that thinks that is wasting time.  I mean for crying out loud...my initials are N.A.P....I more than anyone should be able to do this.   
     
    P.S.  Totally agree with you @misslindy it feels like I'm turning a bit of a corner right now too after being disconnected for too long...but through it all, I never lost that thread of connection back here and I think it makes all the difference.  It would be fun to all do another month together, sometime, but I think the various updates trickling in even I wasn't personally doing a stretch helps keep me in touch with what I wanted to have and that was a more permanent change in my life.  Still working on it, but ever so glad to be working on it with you guys. 
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    I think that's an awesome goal Nancy, I haven't actually ever made the official Kahlua Pig either...I've done my own version with papaya juice and then served with pineapple salsa but it's a bit too early in the season for them to sell the salsa I like and my one attempt at making my own was waaaay too hot.  
    I missed my Monday start due to an unfortunate choice to make pizza last weekend and not toss out what was left or give it away.  I've been battling yet another cold too and by the time I got home Monday I was too weak.  LOL!  I did no better Tuesday for that matter, so that had me set up to start Wednesday which was a first of the month any way.  I was eating W30 for lunches so kind of easing into it I guess and I've been on track since making this my Day 3.  I had a mild headache yesterday, not as severe as I expected for how far off the path I've been lately...but feeling better today.  Not sure I'm out of the woods, but I have been low on fruit and carbs too so I'm doubly surprised not to be feeling the hangover.  I don't think I've ever started a W30 without having white potatoes on the menu the first week and I sort of expected this one to be rougher than usual going that cold turkey all at once.  So interesting result.  It feels like my body is readjusting far better than I had any right to hope.  Though of course, tomorrow is the Day 4 of Doom.  But it's a Saturday and I have a long needed hair appointment/spa day so despite the return to chilly temps and the threat of snow...seems like I could survive it.  
    I don't have my meal plan for next week finalized yet, I'm thinking about doing a roasted chicken and making some sort of lettuce wraps with chicken breast, bacon, tomato, and either some herb mayo or that green goddess dressing I swear by (loaded with avocado and cilantro).  That wouldn't require too much prep and leaves my crock-pot free to throw something else in.  I found a recipe on Mel Joulwan's site for pizza noodles using spiralized zucchini that had an easy W30 adaptation but between making the noodles and the sauce and the seasonings, the prep is starting to add up and I'm trying to be conscious of keeping a balance between easy meals and variety.  Especially looking at taking on an entire year!  My ideal is one new recipe per week, but mixing it with old standbys so I have a backup plan when I don't like the new one or it just doesn't come to together or tide me over like I thought it would.  Even with my increased spare time, I'm still sticking to my cook once strategy especially for lunches.  I think once the days are longer and warmer I will be more into cooking at night and being able to hit the market and make something more on the fly.  This week I've grilled pork chops just until no longer pink, then did a quick hot sautee of peppers, onions, and zucchini with a bit of chili powder sort of a fajita blend and added chopped pork right at the end to heat through.  Better than just reheating and since I pre-chopped all the veggies it's still pretty quick.  Not a lot of fat though for my evening meal, if I had thought it through I would have made some of the green goddess dressing to drizzle over.  I have noticed being a little hungry before bed and I don't think I can entirely chalk that up to eating early in the evening that I used to.  Definitely something I need to beware of though, I've always suspected that being home more at night will be as much a challenge (on the wanting to snack front) as it will be a benefit!  So my goal for the coming week is to make sure that I get some fat in at night.  
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    Crimsann reacted to NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Ugh. I joined a March group, and they moved to Facebook. You can guess what happened after that! "I ate one egg and half a tomato for breakfast. I was STARVING by lunch." Really? How odd... "I went to <name of restaurant> and had <name of non-compliant food> but I'm just going to continue on." Ok, but you're not really doing a Whole30 then, are you? I'm not at all surprised by their behavior, but I am surprised at my very visceral reaction to it!! So I bowed out.
    Day 3. Headache isn't as bad as yesterday, so that's a plus. I tried the Sloppy Joes from the Well Fed Weeknights cookbook, threw in a bag of cole slaw mix, and it was FABULOUS. Will be making that many more times. I had it over a sweet potato last night, with some guac on top. There's 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon in the recipe, and I think that's what really boosts the flavor.
    I've learned from all of you how this program takes continual planning and vigilance. I will be more mindful going forward of how to make this work for me for the long haul. Thanks for that!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Still no sign of the headaches, but I got home Friday night and since I felt like I was fully recovered from the cold decided it was time to rev it up on the workout front.  I had been taking it pretty easy all week, making my Move goal but not pushing for anything past that and it's still set moderately low.  So instead of listening to my book, which tends to allow me to walk longer but definitely paces me slower...I flipped over to my latest workout playlist and it just killed it.  I should probably save that particular random order, but it led me into seriously overdoing it.  That's something I rarely do on a Friday night because I know come the weekend I will be doing back to back longer sessions on the treadmill.  During the week, I let the steps and calories add up during the day, then hop on the treadmill to finish up what's left.  On the weekends though I try to make it the first thing I do in the morning and I push to get my Move goal completed before I even start in on the day.  That way I could flop on the couch and be a potato and still have checked the day off.  I rarely do that mind, I nearly always have errands or something else planned, but I don't have to worry about running around all day and THEN having to make up any remaining amount at the end of the day.  So a killer workout on Friday night, followed by a just as killer workout Saturday morning (still grooving away because at the time it felt good) led to me hobbling to bed last night.  OUCH!  Like in every single particle. 
    I got up pretty limber though and knocked out my goal pretty quick this morning as well before heading off to the market.  Got laundry started, groceries put away, and a whole chicken doing a marinade in a Peruvian blend I found a recipe for so just letting that sit for a while longer.  I figure I will sit for a bit, tried napping in the sunbeam but couldn't quite fall asleep, then finish laundry while the chicken roasts and cools...pack my lunch...and call it a weekend. 
    My new stylist worked out pretty well, I think she was a bit nervous about following up from my previous girl once she knew she had been recommended but she got really seriously close and I'm happy with the results.  My tradition with myself has always been to go shopping right after a hair appointment and buy something new to wear to work the next day.  Just sort of a way of boosting the "new me" feel even though it's the same style I always get and people don't always even notice I've had it cut.  LOL!  This whole year I've been really focused on refining my style, cleaning out my closet, and restocking it.  Our dress code changed again a few months ago and now that I no longer have to wear a jacket every day, I thought it would be nice to reinvent myself a little, especially with that 40th lurking up.  So this was my first foray out with that in mind.  Last weekend I took every stitch out of my closet and pared it down, set up a second closet in the basement for off-season things and stuff I wasn't sure about yet.  I have a couple other homework projects to work through in the book I'm reading, but I thought I was ready to take a stab at this.
     
    Yeah.
     
    So what I came home with was.....a rose gold metallic leather jacket and a pair of wildly floral embroidered jeans.
     
    Needless to say, neither of those things are ever going to work as work-wear...and I couldn't be more pleased with either item.  Sigh.  It's official.  I will never grow up.  Even worse?  The jacket matches my cell phone.  I'm not going as far as to say I bought it because of that, but I was aware and didn't put it back.  It might be why I picked it up in the first place, then it was all...."oooooh it's soooo soft" and once on, to be frank, it's sexy as hell.  In a sort of soft, sweet, pink blush way that fools no one.  And short as I am, I've never in my life found jeans with embroidery that weren't also too long and where hemming would ruin the embellishment entirely but these were exactly the right length.
    So that was my weekend.  New goal in life is to learn how to nap again though.  I think it's been too long since I felt like I had enough time in the day to just take a nap, and I don't like the me that thinks that is wasting time.  I mean for crying out loud...my initials are N.A.P....I more than anyone should be able to do this.   
     
    P.S.  Totally agree with you @misslindy it feels like I'm turning a bit of a corner right now too after being disconnected for too long...but through it all, I never lost that thread of connection back here and I think it makes all the difference.  It would be fun to all do another month together, sometime, but I think the various updates trickling in even I wasn't personally doing a stretch helps keep me in touch with what I wanted to have and that was a more permanent change in my life.  Still working on it, but ever so glad to be working on it with you guys. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I have trouble with this too in some situations.  I still think I sometimes plan my W30's around when I might be able to avoid having to stand out like that...even the potential of a family gathering I tend to try to plan around.  Well that isn't going to happen with this next bout since I'm planning a full year so I need to come to terms with it myself.  I'm glad you shared this and I will be hopefully sharing some of my own as the year goes on.
    Wanted to check in before the weekend because I am going on record for March, it's time for a full reset.  Some of my mini resets really helped but quite a few got lost in the shuffle and I need to escalate before I settle in for my Food Freedom experiment.  So my revised plan is for a full W30 plus a few days in March, break in April, and then the launch of the major 365.  I am still working on my modifications for the 365 and one that might surprise you, but which I think is in keeping with the Food Freedom concept (still not done with the book yet) is that I'm going to be allowing one cupcake per batch from what I will be baking all next year.  I don't think I've shared this yet, but I sort of rashly signed up to bake cupcakes for each birthday in our department from March 2017 - 2018.  It will mean about 30 batches spread out over the year and I may not always do it, but I know for quality control I'm going to end up doing it and I might as well pre-plan that in.  I also think though it's a great way to have some "treats" in a responsible way since I will always be baking something that's being taken out of the house and not coming back in.  Built in portion control in that they will always be cupcakes.  I'm also intending to do some more gourmet ones and will be tailoring each batch to the birthday person which will be both fun for my design brain and will scratch the baking itch.  Feels like a win/win.  The other things on my modification list are much closer to the heart of whole foods if not 100% Paleo though and it's still under 10 items which is a goal I'm being picky about.  If I add something now it means taking something off so I will need to be very selective and once the year starts I'm not going to be changing up the list. 
    I will be starting on Monday since I need to cook for the week, probably going to do a simple and tried-and-true menu with chocolate chili for lunch with a kale salad, maybe grilled pork chop/green beans/unsweetened applesauce for dinners.  I am also committing to at least do the cooking breakfast thing until Daylight Savings kicks in.  After that I'm going to be struggling enough as it is to adjust, I always do, but part of my 365 is some sort of AM food and I need to start thinking in terms of three squares now. 
     
    Now off to scroll back here and find out what I missed regarding a crockpot meatloaf!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I have trouble with this too in some situations.  I still think I sometimes plan my W30's around when I might be able to avoid having to stand out like that...even the potential of a family gathering I tend to try to plan around.  Well that isn't going to happen with this next bout since I'm planning a full year so I need to come to terms with it myself.  I'm glad you shared this and I will be hopefully sharing some of my own as the year goes on.
    Wanted to check in before the weekend because I am going on record for March, it's time for a full reset.  Some of my mini resets really helped but quite a few got lost in the shuffle and I need to escalate before I settle in for my Food Freedom experiment.  So my revised plan is for a full W30 plus a few days in March, break in April, and then the launch of the major 365.  I am still working on my modifications for the 365 and one that might surprise you, but which I think is in keeping with the Food Freedom concept (still not done with the book yet) is that I'm going to be allowing one cupcake per batch from what I will be baking all next year.  I don't think I've shared this yet, but I sort of rashly signed up to bake cupcakes for each birthday in our department from March 2017 - 2018.  It will mean about 30 batches spread out over the year and I may not always do it, but I know for quality control I'm going to end up doing it and I might as well pre-plan that in.  I also think though it's a great way to have some "treats" in a responsible way since I will always be baking something that's being taken out of the house and not coming back in.  Built in portion control in that they will always be cupcakes.  I'm also intending to do some more gourmet ones and will be tailoring each batch to the birthday person which will be both fun for my design brain and will scratch the baking itch.  Feels like a win/win.  The other things on my modification list are much closer to the heart of whole foods if not 100% Paleo though and it's still under 10 items which is a goal I'm being picky about.  If I add something now it means taking something off so I will need to be very selective and once the year starts I'm not going to be changing up the list. 
    I will be starting on Monday since I need to cook for the week, probably going to do a simple and tried-and-true menu with chocolate chili for lunch with a kale salad, maybe grilled pork chop/green beans/unsweetened applesauce for dinners.  I am also committing to at least do the cooking breakfast thing until Daylight Savings kicks in.  After that I'm going to be struggling enough as it is to adjust, I always do, but part of my 365 is some sort of AM food and I need to start thinking in terms of three squares now. 
     
    Now off to scroll back here and find out what I missed regarding a crockpot meatloaf!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Short post because I've just tied my hair back to do a monster spring cleaning project that may have me in therapy with you Nancy...but I wanted to pop on to say I'm glad you are doing well and I think we should make March a thing.  Just enough time to get ready and I know I need it.  
    More later when I can look myself in the eye again regarding tidiness.  LOL
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Short post because I've just tied my hair back to do a monster spring cleaning project that may have me in therapy with you Nancy...but I wanted to pop on to say I'm glad you are doing well and I think we should make March a thing.  Just enough time to get ready and I know I need it.  
    More later when I can look myself in the eye again regarding tidiness.  LOL
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    It's me again with another app.  I have to say this is more a review in case anyone finds it interesting than an actual recommendation for reasons I will get into...but I started about two weeks ago using an app called Battle Steps.  Just saw it as a featured app and thought it might be fun.  It reminded me of my first pedometer which also came with an app that let you compete against random people.  Those competitions were more short lived back and forth challenges, I don't even remember how they really worked but I don't think it was about winning as much as taking turns and getting a nudge when it was your turn. 
    This app pairs you up with a new person every day.  I thought the variety would introduce a little unknown into it, some days I may not have to put in much effort to win...other days I may get blown out of the water, but knowing myself I would always be pushed to win.  Matching yourself with the same friends every day just creates a bit too much predictability...you know the pal you have no chance against and the one where if you walk around the parking lot for a minute you are a shoo-in.  This would build in a fresh challenge every day, I would never know for sure what I was going to be up against.  You set the hours you would be most active, a 12-hour range, and it pairs you with random people who would also be active for that window.  It also shows hour-by-hour how you compared with your rival and you collect stars for winning each hour.  You can win more hours and still lose the day though if they race past you by racking up a ton of steps in a single hour.  This also means you could be stuck in a meeting all afternoon but still win the day by putting in some solid time afterwards.
    For what I hoped it would do, it does sort of work.  Case in point the first Saturday when it was neck and neck all day long and I never did end up winning but I had to check in every hour and try to stay on top.  It resulted in a nearly personal best on step count on a day I could have otherwise stayed curled up on the couch.  It also resulted in a very sore me the next day.
    I've won most of my match-ups, some closer than others, but often I did have to do a little more somewhere/sometime to get that win.  So I'm sticking with it for now.
    (But in full disclosure, I don't necessarily recommend it because the app itself seems to have some issues.  First off it only really syncs steps with either Apple Watch or FitBit which may or may not work for you.  And even with one of those I find it constantly lags on refreshing my steps even though it's supposed to be doing this in the background all day long.  That makes it hard to know how you are doing against your rival at any point in time.  It also frequently shows me as idle or even as having lost in a given hour even though it registered steps and I was ahead that hour not behind.  I sometimes feel bad because I workout in a solid block later in the evening and while I may be behind in total steps all day, that last hour or two will see me shoot ahead.  Or, it would if the app refreshed in a timely manner.  Instead it's too often too late for my rival to try and match assuming they would want to.  And one final complaint, nearly every single day I start out matched with one person who never checks in so I get switched to someone else half way through the day...again making it hard to know how you are doing.  It's good that it does come up with a new match so you aren't winning against people who aren't even on but still.  I suspect this is because it's a newer app and the kind of thing people try for a day or two then drop.  I think it would be vastly improved with some sort of manual refresh option and a system where a number of active days in a row would move you into a higher tier with other proven active users so the rematch instances were less common.)
    Just some thoughts, still struggling with tightening the belt on food...I may consider doing a Whole30 in March after all if I can't get better in balance but I'm trying not to be too hard on myself because working out is a harder habit for me and I'm doing good on that front. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hey guys...nothing too much to report on my end, but thought it was time for a check-in.  I've been sticking to my reset schedule which means I'm on Day 10 of my workouts and I've started my second week of easing back towards where I was last summer.  This week's reset is to get back to doing something other than cardio, I'm not yet up to doing the 7-minute workout on top of my treadmill time but I am adding in some sit-ups every day and will increase that to something more structured later on.  Like I said, I'm trying to keep these weekly resets completely manageable so nothing crazy. 
    I'm doing okay on the workouts, but it's going to take a couple weeks to be back to where that feels easy and I've noticed that
    Hey guys...nothing too much to report on my end, but thought it was time for a check-in.  I've been sticking to my reset schedule which means I'm on Day 10 of my workouts and I've started my second week of easing back towards where I was last summer.  This week's reset is to get back to doing something other than cardio, I'm not yet up to doing the 7-minute workout on top of my treadmill time but I am adding in some sit-ups every day and will increase that to something more structured later on.  Like I said, I'm trying to keep these weekly resets completely manageable so nothing crazy. 
    I'm doing okay on the workouts, but it's going to take a couple weeks to be back to where that feels easy.  I'm still struggling a bit with the time of day too, but it also dawned on me that when I was doing this so consistently last summer it also wasn't the middle of winter and even getting home hours later it was still light outside for a bit.  It's possible that part of what I'm struggling with right now is the lack of daylight as much as it is the change in my routine.  So I'm sticking with it knowing that for one or more factors it should only get easier. 
    The other interesting tidbit I hadn't fully taken into account is that it takes longer on the treadmill now to make up the difference.  Just 3-4 more hours of walking around the office meant I used to come home closer to my goal and a 30 minute workout was enough to round that off.  Now it's more likely to require a 40-45 minute workout.  Still a good trade-off to have those hours back, but it's not helping in the short term.  Also, for some reason, my Apple watch is not picking up as many active minutes.  If you remember me talking about this before, their fitness app tracks three measurements: the number of active calories you burn (calories above the normal amount you would burn just sitting still), the number of minutes you are in a target heart rate, and how many hours you stand up and move at least one minute.  My workout goal is to close the first ring every day, but I used to almost always close all three rings if I concentrated on the first.  Doing a 30 minute workout to make up the calorie gap automatically ticked off the 30 minutes in a target heart rate as well but now I'm only seeing about 20 minutes count towards that.  I would think, being rusty at this, that I would be in the target heart rate more rather than less until it becomes routine again...but it's the opposite.  And I'm more likely to sit the rest of the evening without noticing so it's harder to get a full 12 hours on the stand goal as well.
    So all that just means I need to dig a little deeper, and I do think it's a good thing if more of my active calories per day are from an intentional workout rather than just walking around.  Also it's clear I need to find ways to make sure I'm moving more at night now.  When I was getting home at 9 or 10 it was one thing to crash for the rest of the night, it's an entirely different thing to start crashing at 6 or 7!!!!  I expect this will feel different to me when it doesn't LOOK like it's 10:00 even though it's only 7:00, but until the days start to get longer I'm going to need to find a way to get my mental clock back in order.  I know the habits I create in these first couple months are really going to set the tone so thanks for helping keep me honest and keep asking!   
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Did anyone else see the links at the bottom of the latest Whole30 email?  If you missed them, or didn't check him out, I have to tell you I was nearly in tears giggling at some of the entries on this blog.  http://kaleandcigarettes.com/tag/whole-30/  It's a guy doing his first Whole30 with his gal...who lucky for him is doing a ton of amazing cooking (so snagging some meal ideas as a bonus)...and it's both totally relatable and seriously funny.  A little explicit here and there but I've already sent the link to a ton of friends because I think his way of explaining what it's like is so approachable and actually rather inspiring.  It really reminds me of what it was like to go through that the first time, with all the ups and downs.  I'm really rooting for him to finish....mostly because I want all 30 days of reading entertainment!
    It's definitely energized me this week and I'm rehashing my meal plan for next week because of it.  Well because of that and the moment of "crap these pants are tight" this morning...I'm still not planning to launch an all out on-the-plan initiative but I'm tightening the belt a bit in solidarity (f not yet in reality.)  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Thanks for checking in Nancy, I've been thinking about you and wondering how that knee was going...I remember Mom after hers and I think "wonky" is exactly right for this stage. 
    This is the "rubber plan meets the road" day for me, I had sort of thought I would take the plunge over the weekend even though I usually think of Monday as the first day of the week...but PMS had me grouchy about that.  I'm trying to consider it good timing though because it's past and it means I can be well into my new routine before it shows up again.  No excuses for tonight though.  That first day is always the hardest I think. 
    I did the scary weigh-in though and it wasn't as bad as I had geared myself up to expect, so in a weird way I'm finding that rather inspiring.  My lunches this week are compliant, though that wasn't exactly intended it just sort of worked out that way.  Dinners are not, but I was looking for something I knew I would eat and that would be quick to fix after working out so there was no excuse for cutting it short because I had to cook.  And vice versa, something I wouldn't skip eating because I felt like the workout was cutting into my time.   I've had a couple weeks on my new schedule, but being sick for most of them, I don't feel like I've leveraged that time the way I wanted to and I need to break that habit NOW before I start to feel like I deserve to come home and hit the couch.  Mentally I know if I was once able to workout after working such long hours, I shouldn't be less able to do so on short hours, but I will also admit that working later often put me into a second wind which weirdly enough made it somewhat easier.  It's just an adjustment, and I'm hoping that stronger lunch choices will help.  I need to figure out some strategies for ensuring that I get home with energy to spare, and we all know....blah, blah, it starts with food.  LOL!
     
    There is something else I kind of wanted to share, it's sort of late notice...but I've been enjoying some of the challenges from this "Rock Your Happy" thing I stumbled on.  Two of my friends and I are taking a stab at this and comparing notes on how we made them happen.  It's basically daily prompts for something to keep yourself focused on "happy", I was a bit skeptical because I pictured this as trying to schedule a full spa day of pampering every other day and I didn't think it would be achievable or realistic...but to my surprise these seem pretty well thought out and well balanced between actual treats and just doing some free and easy things.  Now, full disclosure, this is not necessarily W30 friendly...there is a day this week in fact when the prompt simply says "cookies", so you will need to get creative on how you work these in.  But for the most part I found some good inspiration for non-food treats and mindfulness.  I'm going to share the January calendar of events below, but you can read more here.  http://dineanddish.net/2017/01/365-days-to-rock-your-happy/