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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Ugh, I'm soooo jealous of yoga classes...it's only now that I have no time at all that a place opens up within eye sight of my office building.  None of the times have worked out yet even for a shorter class, but I would love to have two hours of that today!  Although I will admit it's just as much the idea that I would have two disposable hours as it is what I would be doing with them.   Yoga and new hair?!  That doesn't seem fair.  ::pout, pout:: 
     
    I had a whim this morning that I may follow through on, I think I need to invest in at least one really comfortable patio chair and move my breakfast outside.  Um, obviously ONLY for this time of year, but still.  The heat doesn't bother me at all and I know the sun exposure would be beneficial but right now I have to eat with a plate perched on my knees while I sit on the steps and listen to Beatrice the Bee who lives in my garden sass at me for being within 100 yards of HER domain.  I have a hammock for hanging outdoors though I don't use it as much as I should, but that's not really conducive to eating either.  I can see all the dangers of that, I'm a million times more likely to end up napping and then I would be late to work and sunburned!  So mission for this weekend is to find something that is comfortable but will stand up to being exposed to the weather as the best spot doesn't have any shelter. 
     
    The alarm app didn't work too well last night so I need to try something else tonight.  Should have started testing this sooner, but I will figure something out!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Me!  Oh, not that it's a huge surprise being that I've gabbed about it for weeks now. 
     
    Working on downloading an alarm clock app for my laptop to gently remind me of upcoming curfew.  And setting my morning alarm clock for that earlier hour I can't even mention. 
     
    My lunches are made, had one today since why bother buying something non-compliant for less than half a week.  I should report on the ketchup...I tend to agree with Nancy, didn't really care for it.  I certainly wouldn't trade in my favorite Sir Kensington brand for this stuff outside a W30, but it's not too hateful on the meatloaf.  It is far more like a tomato sauce than ketchup though which really makes me wonder how much sugar actually is in ketchup.  Dates are pretty sweet, if they aren't able to bring up ketchup to it's usually tangy sweet standards I sort of shudder to think...
     
    Well the downside of my June plan is the rush to get myself fed and settled in before curfew so will do my best to check in more during the day.  I am on one of the June 1 threads as well.  It's gathering some steam now, but I'm always a little sad to wonder how many of these people will still be posting this time next week. 
     
    Fist bump Susan, hope you get a strong start tomorrow and knock this half week out!
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    Crimsann got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    To be honest?  Yes and no...a couple things in play here for me though.  First, I'm single and a lot of recipes just make enough for 5 days worth at least when you are getting 4-5 servings already so it's either that or freeze things.  While that would eventually have an upside in a well stocked freezer, it's a lot of hassle.  Secondly though for me is time.  I know I harp on this a lot, but Monday - Friday I am literally either at work or on the road to and from work for 14 hours out of the day.  Assuming I want to get even the minimum 8 hours of sleep (and I rarely do) that leaves me exactly two hours per day.  And keep in mind, those two hours also have to accommodate things like taking a shower, getting dressed, packing lunch and eating let alone any kind of workout or personal time for anything whatsoever.  During my first Whole30 I made it work to be able to eat a home cooked breakfast and a home cooked dinner, but it meant giving up sleep.  Not really ideal, especially not for going at my pace.  So if I can knock out the cooking I need to do on the weekend and even pre-portion some lunch things, it's almost essential really to making this work for me.  I also tend to be more "on the fly" on the weekends, either picking up a little something else while marketing or using up some of the ingredients in a different way when I have more time to cook so it's only 5 days of repetition.  All the more important to reeeeaaaalllly like what I make though.  The weeks I try something new and hate it are rather miserable.   
     
    Not all gloom and doom though, the super fantastic upside to working like a fiend?  Unless I stash it at my desk, I'm not around any kind of temptation for nearly 100% of my waking hours.  I don't have the same struggle I hear others facing of getting home early in the evening and eating and then trying to keep my mind off snacks until bedtime.  I have what I brought with me, and that's that.  It's a lot easier to ignore vending machines than your own fridge I suspect, and I have my brain fully engaged on other things.  This is why I often say my single biggest issue with food is not cravings, my brain has long since realized that's just futility because I'm rarely around anything to make the craving a reality.  No, my problem is not being hungry or mindful of eating regularly.  It's too easy on my schedule to go long stretches with no food and I'm way too adapted to that.  Before finding W30, and a good number of times between rounds, it was nothing at all for me to eat one meal a day even if I had opportunities to eat more often.  Something I'm still chipping away at.  Sigh. 
     
    So that's why my focus for June is that morning meal and I'm thinking about also putting into place a curfew for that month.  Last year I promised myself to journal every single day and I did a lot more complicated cooking and while I made it through my 30 days, like I said, it was at the expense of sleep.  This year I won't be journaling and will try to limit my nighttime posting, simplify my evening meal and packing process as much as possible, and sadly....scrimp on personal time instead.  Feel free to read that as "playing video games time" because that's probably the truest.  LOL!  It's for one month, and I need to start thinking about things like healthy eating and sleeping and (ick) exercise AS me time.  My inner child kicks and screams that I deserve some time for fun, and that's probably true, but I also need to take a hard look at prioritizing those two hours and what I really want for myself. 
     
     
     
     
    This is so exactly what would come out of my mouth and all the explaining in the world wouldn't have stopped my sister from giggling straight into the hereafter herself.  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    To be honest?  Yes and no...a couple things in play here for me though.  First, I'm single and a lot of recipes just make enough for 5 days worth at least when you are getting 4-5 servings already so it's either that or freeze things.  While that would eventually have an upside in a well stocked freezer, it's a lot of hassle.  Secondly though for me is time.  I know I harp on this a lot, but Monday - Friday I am literally either at work or on the road to and from work for 14 hours out of the day.  Assuming I want to get even the minimum 8 hours of sleep (and I rarely do) that leaves me exactly two hours per day.  And keep in mind, those two hours also have to accommodate things like taking a shower, getting dressed, packing lunch and eating let alone any kind of workout or personal time for anything whatsoever.  During my first Whole30 I made it work to be able to eat a home cooked breakfast and a home cooked dinner, but it meant giving up sleep.  Not really ideal, especially not for going at my pace.  So if I can knock out the cooking I need to do on the weekend and even pre-portion some lunch things, it's almost essential really to making this work for me.  I also tend to be more "on the fly" on the weekends, either picking up a little something else while marketing or using up some of the ingredients in a different way when I have more time to cook so it's only 5 days of repetition.  All the more important to reeeeaaaalllly like what I make though.  The weeks I try something new and hate it are rather miserable.   
     
    Not all gloom and doom though, the super fantastic upside to working like a fiend?  Unless I stash it at my desk, I'm not around any kind of temptation for nearly 100% of my waking hours.  I don't have the same struggle I hear others facing of getting home early in the evening and eating and then trying to keep my mind off snacks until bedtime.  I have what I brought with me, and that's that.  It's a lot easier to ignore vending machines than your own fridge I suspect, and I have my brain fully engaged on other things.  This is why I often say my single biggest issue with food is not cravings, my brain has long since realized that's just futility because I'm rarely around anything to make the craving a reality.  No, my problem is not being hungry or mindful of eating regularly.  It's too easy on my schedule to go long stretches with no food and I'm way too adapted to that.  Before finding W30, and a good number of times between rounds, it was nothing at all for me to eat one meal a day even if I had opportunities to eat more often.  Something I'm still chipping away at.  Sigh. 
     
    So that's why my focus for June is that morning meal and I'm thinking about also putting into place a curfew for that month.  Last year I promised myself to journal every single day and I did a lot more complicated cooking and while I made it through my 30 days, like I said, it was at the expense of sleep.  This year I won't be journaling and will try to limit my nighttime posting, simplify my evening meal and packing process as much as possible, and sadly....scrimp on personal time instead.  Feel free to read that as "playing video games time" because that's probably the truest.  LOL!  It's for one month, and I need to start thinking about things like healthy eating and sleeping and (ick) exercise AS me time.  My inner child kicks and screams that I deserve some time for fun, and that's probably true, but I also need to take a hard look at prioritizing those two hours and what I really want for myself. 
     
     
     
     
    This is so exactly what would come out of my mouth and all the explaining in the world wouldn't have stopped my sister from giggling straight into the hereafter herself.  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    Happy to have you!  I am laughing because as I read this my brain did a quick head count that sounded like...Susan, Crimsann, and Mergan...lol! 
     
    Must be the sugar deprivation of Day 2.5
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    Crimsann got a reaction from mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Had the most hilarious type dream last night...which you will appreciate for the way it ended.  I was helping throw a fancy dinner party somewhere, and we needed to do so much stuff to get ready that we were actually replacing the wallpaper minutes before people were to arrive.  I was frantically trying to find the right basket to coordinate with the colors in the lounge when this guy arrived with some bottles of wine and we realized we had no good wine glasses.  I ended up just giving in to the inevitable and brought in a wine glass with some kind of cartoon character etched on it which had obviously not been used in a long time because I was still drying it with a dish towel as I came back in the room.  The guy was really into wine but was gracious enough about the lack of quality glasses and in fact had brought his own anyway.  Whew!  I must have given up on appearances at that point because the next thing I know I was curled up on the couch ignoring the rest of the preparations and letting him pour me a taste.  (This in itself makes little sense as I almost never drink wine.)  It was incredible and was playing at being a wine snob myself asking him if that was a hint of star anise I tasted...really impressed him!  ROFL! 
     
    Uh so much so that the dream flashed forward to the next morning where the self same guy was carrying me out to a lacey canopy bed in the garden for breakfast in bed in the morning sun among the roses....way romantic overkill...and then the alarm went off. 
     
    Well.  Dreaming about breakfast, could anything be more ridiculous for me?!?  At least I know now under which circumstances I would find eating in the morning appealing.  Now to just make a list of all the things from that scenario that I'm currently missing....hmmm, guy, garden, staff to make this breakfast...  Rats.  Looks like I'm going to have to come up with another strategy for June after all.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Had the most hilarious type dream last night...which you will appreciate for the way it ended.  I was helping throw a fancy dinner party somewhere, and we needed to do so much stuff to get ready that we were actually replacing the wallpaper minutes before people were to arrive.  I was frantically trying to find the right basket to coordinate with the colors in the lounge when this guy arrived with some bottles of wine and we realized we had no good wine glasses.  I ended up just giving in to the inevitable and brought in a wine glass with some kind of cartoon character etched on it which had obviously not been used in a long time because I was still drying it with a dish towel as I came back in the room.  The guy was really into wine but was gracious enough about the lack of quality glasses and in fact had brought his own anyway.  Whew!  I must have given up on appearances at that point because the next thing I know I was curled up on the couch ignoring the rest of the preparations and letting him pour me a taste.  (This in itself makes little sense as I almost never drink wine.)  It was incredible and was playing at being a wine snob myself asking him if that was a hint of star anise I tasted...really impressed him!  ROFL! 
     
    Uh so much so that the dream flashed forward to the next morning where the self same guy was carrying me out to a lacey canopy bed in the garden for breakfast in bed in the morning sun among the roses....way romantic overkill...and then the alarm went off. 
     
    Well.  Dreaming about breakfast, could anything be more ridiculous for me?!?  At least I know now under which circumstances I would find eating in the morning appealing.  Now to just make a list of all the things from that scenario that I'm currently missing....hmmm, guy, garden, staff to make this breakfast...  Rats.  Looks like I'm going to have to come up with another strategy for June after all.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Had the most hilarious type dream last night...which you will appreciate for the way it ended.  I was helping throw a fancy dinner party somewhere, and we needed to do so much stuff to get ready that we were actually replacing the wallpaper minutes before people were to arrive.  I was frantically trying to find the right basket to coordinate with the colors in the lounge when this guy arrived with some bottles of wine and we realized we had no good wine glasses.  I ended up just giving in to the inevitable and brought in a wine glass with some kind of cartoon character etched on it which had obviously not been used in a long time because I was still drying it with a dish towel as I came back in the room.  The guy was really into wine but was gracious enough about the lack of quality glasses and in fact had brought his own anyway.  Whew!  I must have given up on appearances at that point because the next thing I know I was curled up on the couch ignoring the rest of the preparations and letting him pour me a taste.  (This in itself makes little sense as I almost never drink wine.)  It was incredible and was playing at being a wine snob myself asking him if that was a hint of star anise I tasted...really impressed him!  ROFL! 
     
    Uh so much so that the dream flashed forward to the next morning where the self same guy was carrying me out to a lacey canopy bed in the garden for breakfast in bed in the morning sun among the roses....way romantic overkill...and then the alarm went off. 
     
    Well.  Dreaming about breakfast, could anything be more ridiculous for me?!?  At least I know now under which circumstances I would find eating in the morning appealing.  Now to just make a list of all the things from that scenario that I'm currently missing....hmmm, guy, garden, staff to make this breakfast...  Rats.  Looks like I'm going to have to come up with another strategy for June after all.
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    Crimsann reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    OMG I'm saved! I have been a bit stressed about money but am so glad that has been taken care of, how kind of you to share.
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    Crimsann reacted to bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Merg - great for you eating fish.  I know it would be good for me but I just don't like it.  Sometimes you just have to have a sandwich I bought some round (instead of long) sweet potatoes this week and I am going to try roasting some slices and make an "unwich" to see how that goes - will let you know.
     
    Cynthia - thanks for the recipe - looks great!  I would think lard would be cheaper and tasty!
     
    Crimsann - of course it's a "he"!  So sorry about the extra stress of the credit card fraud.  Perhaps I can help.  I recently received an email from His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces Federal Republic Of Nigeria and United Nations (UN) and (IMF)  informing me they were going to transfer sum of USD$10M Only to you through ATM visa Card which you can be used in any cash point, shopping mall or banking.
    I can "withdrawal" money from  ATM visa Card any ATM TELLER MACHINE location or center of  choice in any part of the world. 
     
    And all I have to do is send them my name, address and cell phone #.  Since I am sure this is legit I would be glad to share my good fortune with you, and all the other tigers and turtles.  
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    Crimsann got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    I would be happy to do this, including the ones I've started for July with some of those lax rules items even, just don't let me forget.  The paper I copied it all out on is on my desk at work. 
     
    You will love this, in all my hubris over being so ahead of the game, I completely forgot to plan anything for next week!  ROFL
     
    In my defense, this week didn't get any better since my last post.  I should put in one word in token defense of my co-workers, this particular bout of absenteeism was due to a death in the family and a complication from a surgical procedure.  I think there was no particular rush to get back mind you, but at least this wasn't Mondayitis or a slight tickle in the throat.  it should be noted though that this is a pattern, not a first, so even when it's somewhat more justified I still tend to grit my teeth.  I'm probably more frustrated with the manager who promptly asked 15 minutes before the end of the day if things were going okay.  Without fail.  As if, what would you do at this point if they weren't?  By Wednesday I not so subtly pointed out that we share an email inbox where most of our work requests come in at and that he (oh which of you hadn't already guessed this was a he?) could certainly feel free to pick up anything he wanted from it to take some off my shoulders.  I think the jab struck home, but it didn't result in any assistance, just less questions about my state of mental health.
     
    Okay, but I am NOT going to get into that.  Nor am I going to go too deeply into the surprise I got this morning which I can sum up in three words.  Debit.  Card.  Fraud.  So I'm headed into the weekend in a state of near poverty.  Maybe it's a good thing I didn't plan much to eat for next week, I couldn't afford it!  No really kidding on that last part, I've long since had two checking accounts which I've kept up past when I needed them for this very eventuality.  You've picked up on the "Crimsann is a planner"?  So I've more than enough to live on until the funds are returned, but still a kick in the teeth.  Sigh. 
     
    My tentative plan for this next week then is to do something with meatballs and spaghetti squash since I've still never tried that.  Will poke around and see what I come up with.  Definitely need to keep it simple.  And definitely not thinking about anything more tonight.  Zzzzzzzzz....huh?  Oh yeah, still gotta move this mouse over and click "post".  Will do that, zzzzzzzzzz...just gimme five minutes more, m'kay?   
     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Ah, just need some girl time.  I've tried not to sink into despair with this, but since my vacation in April we haven't had a single day now where one or both of my co-workers haven't called off.  In a department of 3, it makes a huge difference.  This whole week now it's just been me and it's iffy for next week.  Not to mention both of them have scheduled time off coming up as soon as they get back from this non-scheduled time off.  It's looking to be the middle of July before I'm not trying to cover for someone.  Gaaaaaah! 
     
    So I'm tired.  And enough about that.
    Weird thing this week, even with being so tired, I've been waking up naturally within about a ten minute range every morning.  Okay, maybe not so weird?  I've also been "eating" every morning or closer to morning than usual for me...though I do mean "eating" in the loose sense of the word.  I've been freezing some fruit and blending it in the morning with that Califa unsweetened coconut almond milk which is compliant now that they make a carrageenan free one.  I'm not going to pretend these have been healthy veg filled smoothies as they haven't been...but it is real food, no added sweetener other than the fruit itself, and it is before noon.  A small Huzzah!  I'm wondering now if there isn't a bit of a connection between that and the AM wakefulness.  Going to try and keep up that pattern now until June since my area of focus is eating better in the morning.  If this helps me be more alert in the morning so getting up to cook isn't as grueling, it's going to help me start off strong.  I will not be doing smoothies for breakfast in June though.
     
    Another weird thing, I'm already planned out for all of June and half of July.  Whaaaat?!?!  In the hugest NSV ever after, I sat down the other night with my notebook and in about 10 minutes had planned out 6 weeks of W30 meal plans (at least in broad strokes) and it all sounded pretty good.  Nothing too new or experimental, and that's because I now have a much deeper core of recipes or food ideas to draw from.  Big asterisk after that is the reality that my way of living means I eat the same three-four meals all week so I can cook most of it ahead on Sunday.  It's not like a new meal three times a day for 6 weeks or anything but still the ease of planning is a huge change from last year when it boggled my mind what I could eat on this plan.     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Ah, just need some girl time.  I've tried not to sink into despair with this, but since my vacation in April we haven't had a single day now where one or both of my co-workers haven't called off.  In a department of 3, it makes a huge difference.  This whole week now it's just been me and it's iffy for next week.  Not to mention both of them have scheduled time off coming up as soon as they get back from this non-scheduled time off.  It's looking to be the middle of July before I'm not trying to cover for someone.  Gaaaaaah! 
     
    So I'm tired.  And enough about that.
    Weird thing this week, even with being so tired, I've been waking up naturally within about a ten minute range every morning.  Okay, maybe not so weird?  I've also been "eating" every morning or closer to morning than usual for me...though I do mean "eating" in the loose sense of the word.  I've been freezing some fruit and blending it in the morning with that Califa unsweetened coconut almond milk which is compliant now that they make a carrageenan free one.  I'm not going to pretend these have been healthy veg filled smoothies as they haven't been...but it is real food, no added sweetener other than the fruit itself, and it is before noon.  A small Huzzah!  I'm wondering now if there isn't a bit of a connection between that and the AM wakefulness.  Going to try and keep up that pattern now until June since my area of focus is eating better in the morning.  If this helps me be more alert in the morning so getting up to cook isn't as grueling, it's going to help me start off strong.  I will not be doing smoothies for breakfast in June though.
     
    Another weird thing, I'm already planned out for all of June and half of July.  Whaaaat?!?!  In the hugest NSV ever after, I sat down the other night with my notebook and in about 10 minutes had planned out 6 weeks of W30 meal plans (at least in broad strokes) and it all sounded pretty good.  Nothing too new or experimental, and that's because I now have a much deeper core of recipes or food ideas to draw from.  Big asterisk after that is the reality that my way of living means I eat the same three-four meals all week so I can cook most of it ahead on Sunday.  It's not like a new meal three times a day for 6 weeks or anything but still the ease of planning is a huge change from last year when it boggled my mind what I could eat on this plan.     
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    Crimsann got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    Join me in June!  I mean that even sounds like a great slogan.    I would actually sort of say maybe it's time to try a longer trip, I know that sounds like the opposite of what you want but I can only say it's what really seems to have helped me.  I'm not trying to say 30 days is easy, but I think for some of us it's not enough to really turn the corner.  No matter how good I feel on Day30, I know I don't feel myself fully click in until at least 60ish days and it makes such a huge difference mentally to get to the point where I'm no longer fighting temptations or dreaming about what I'm going to do the day I'm off plan again.  I can totally fight off the temptation for 30 days, but as long as it's still there I know I'm twice as likely to give into it when the rules aren't in play.  It's so hard to advise because we are all different and respond differently, but I wonder if you wouldn't benefit like I do from a longer stretch.  Try doing 30 days and then evaluating when was the last time you had to actually fight a craving...no matter that you won, that's great but it's not the point.  If it has only been a day or two or you already know what you want on your first day off the plan no matter how healthy that item actually is, then keep going until you can honestly answer that isn't a factor and you are going to choose to go off the program just because it is finally time and it's a very deliberate choice.  If you actually have to wrangle your brain for something you might want that is off plan that's sort of a weird but amazing feeling.  I always think I will never really get there, I like food too much, but it has happened for me.
     
    I feel like I've had such success with doing 30 days completely clean with the promise of some slight flexibility at the end of 30 days by moving into a compliant ingredient mode and doing Paleo muffins or that banana ice cream which feel like indulgences for sure but aren't reintroducing any actual noncompliant foods.  Sometimes they aren't worth it, to be honest, the muffins are a bit weird but it's more the thought that I can stretch from the strict rules and yet not step over into old habits yet. It also lets me do thirty days with some glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel but without walking straight into the train so to speak.   
     
    I know each time I do this I feel like I get close to that food freedom we sometimes forget is part of the goal, the ability to eat and cook for ourselves without all that guilt and temptation.  The confidence to be able to occasionally indulge without worrying it's going to get out of control.  I will be honest, when I did my first Whole30 I didn't want it to work.  LOL!  I will also be honest though, I'm not sure it would have if I had stopped at 30 days myself.  And I've done it both ways now, there is no question that for me...I do much better afterwards if I've been on it longer. 
     
    Summer is the best and worst time of course, and I know you have mentioned some social things that could prevent you from being on program but think about it...open invitation to all of the group of course.  There are so, so many great things available food wise in summer that blend in with what everyone else is eating that if there ever is a time you can balance being social and being Whole30, this is it.  It's one summer, one picnic, one wedding...insert whatever here...and we have this great group for ideas...consider if you could give up all those noncompliant foods for awhile and focus on really enjoying what you can have and see what happens.  I think we all need a kick in the pants sometimes to get out of Whole30 ruts just like any other part of life and try new things so that life is still a fun food adventure without compromising how we feel.  It makes me think of how many times we start a Whole30 and that first week we are so shocked at how delicious everything is, remember that feeling?  We sort of dread going on it and giving up all this "great" food and then we wonder why we don't do this all the time.  Sometimes we are ridiculous.
     
    Of course, I could be saying all of this simply because misery loves company......hard to say.    
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    Crimsann got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    testing a new for me way to share pictures...


    pepperpot by Crimsann, on Flickr
     
    If it works...this is the Jamaican Pepper Pot soup I tried out.  Sort of, uh, misread the recipe or printed out a different version than the original and thought it called for habanero.  Turns out that should have been jalapeno so we will see exactly how spicy this ends up being.  I haven't tasted it yet, though I will say the meatballs smelled oddly good even when they were just being formed and still uncooked.  Not sure why as there really isn't anything about raw shrimp that usually strikes me as appetizing, lol!  Picture looks a little blurry due to the pot still steaming when I took it. 
     
    Done with the cooking for today and lunch is already packed.  I didn't get the cleaning even started, putting that off again until next weekend which is already full.  Sigh.  Saturday was insanely cold for this time of year and I forgot I had been asked to do some graphic design stuff as a favor and that took up most of the day.  Today is looking nicer out, but after hitting it hard this morning I'm going to just chill and try to soak in the fact that it's the weekend still before it's too late. 
     
    Anyway, fingers crossed the picture post thing works.  I would like to do more of that, I even created an album on my old Flickr account for Tigers and Turtles photo's. 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
     
    Two ways to answer this, right now it means more like the later because I'm not doing a Whole30 at all for May but I wanted to start easing back towards it before June rolls around.  My solution to that was to pick back up my meal planning and packing lunches for the week, but not worry so much about weekends.  I don't know about this as a long term plan though.  I mentioned earlier I might try a two-weeks on/two-weeks off approach next year but I'm still not sure I would do that well with so much free time myself! 
     
    Typically though when I talk about compliant ingredient mode for me I am talking about doing what would look like a Whole30 otherwise but relaxing some of the rules around using compliant foods to make "treats" or non-compliant foods.  That had always struck me as a grey area, I mean you could say zoodles are non-compliant intentions as they clearly are taking the place of noodles hence the name...but they truly are so far from pasta that it would be really over the top to call them SWYPO.  Drawing that line though...where do you stop?  I just always liked the idea of being more creative with the foods we can have, but I also understand why that isn't allowed on a true Whole30 so for me that is something I do as a way of breaking up longer stretches of being on the program.  It feels like more freedom even while it's not really.  I also think I sometimes make it sound like I'm girl gone wild with it, and in reality I don't eat banana ice cream every day during one of those months.  In fact in the past year I've made that stuff exactly twice.  Wiiild, huh?!  It's just an easy example.  It's almost more the idea that I could, if that makes any sense.  When I allow that flexibility I'm still doing so under pretty controlled conditions, meaning that whatever I go off-roading with it's all still planned ahead and not impulse eating and it's still the minority of what I'm doing overall.
     
    For July I will probably use that mode to make almond flour muffins as a change from endless egg breakfast options or do something like smoothies for a week as another break from the more typical Whole30 breakfast options.  Whatever I do it will be planned ahead just like the rest of my meal planning and I will be attempting to balance it with template meals as much as possible.  I also pretty much never plan more than one food item like that in a weeks meal plan, so the rest of my day would be entirely compliant.  It's really all about a little more variety for me.
     
    I think you may be on a good track with picking one or two things you know you aren't sensitive to like legumes and just preplanning in those items for more flexibility for yourself.  It's all about what you decide ahead of time rather than giving into a temptation in the moment.  If adding butter and legumes makes a longer Whole30 sound much more doable and you stick to just that for whatever period of time you pick, I think it's a winner myself for where we are in this process.  It's like all of the structure but customized to you and I think it's exactly what we need to be experimenting with as the next step in making this a lifelong change.     
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    Two ways to answer this, right now it means more like the later because I'm not doing a Whole30 at all for May but I wanted to start easing back towards it before June rolls around.  My solution to that was to pick back up my meal planning and packing lunches for the week, but not worry so much about weekends.  I don't know about this as a long term plan though.  I mentioned earlier I might try a two-weeks on/two-weeks off approach next year but I'm still not sure I would do that well with so much free time myself! 
     
    Typically though when I talk about compliant ingredient mode for me I am talking about doing what would look like a Whole30 otherwise but relaxing some of the rules around using compliant foods to make "treats" or non-compliant foods.  That had always struck me as a grey area, I mean you could say zoodles are non-compliant intentions as they clearly are taking the place of noodles hence the name...but they truly are so far from pasta that it would be really over the top to call them SWYPO.  Drawing that line though...where do you stop?  I just always liked the idea of being more creative with the foods we can have, but I also understand why that isn't allowed on a true Whole30 so for me that is something I do as a way of breaking up longer stretches of being on the program.  It feels like more freedom even while it's not really.  I also think I sometimes make it sound like I'm girl gone wild with it, and in reality I don't eat banana ice cream every day during one of those months.  In fact in the past year I've made that stuff exactly twice.  Wiiild, huh?!  It's just an easy example.  It's almost more the idea that I could, if that makes any sense.  When I allow that flexibility I'm still doing so under pretty controlled conditions, meaning that whatever I go off-roading with it's all still planned ahead and not impulse eating and it's still the minority of what I'm doing overall.
     
    For July I will probably use that mode to make almond flour muffins as a change from endless egg breakfast options or do something like smoothies for a week as another break from the more typical Whole30 breakfast options.  Whatever I do it will be planned ahead just like the rest of my meal planning and I will be attempting to balance it with template meals as much as possible.  I also pretty much never plan more than one food item like that in a weeks meal plan, so the rest of my day would be entirely compliant.  It's really all about a little more variety for me.
     
    I think you may be on a good track with picking one or two things you know you aren't sensitive to like legumes and just preplanning in those items for more flexibility for yourself.  It's all about what you decide ahead of time rather than giving into a temptation in the moment.  If adding butter and legumes makes a longer Whole30 sound much more doable and you stick to just that for whatever period of time you pick, I think it's a winner myself for where we are in this process.  It's like all of the structure but customized to you and I think it's exactly what we need to be experimenting with as the next step in making this a lifelong change.     
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    Join me in June!  I mean that even sounds like a great slogan.    I would actually sort of say maybe it's time to try a longer trip, I know that sounds like the opposite of what you want but I can only say it's what really seems to have helped me.  I'm not trying to say 30 days is easy, but I think for some of us it's not enough to really turn the corner.  No matter how good I feel on Day30, I know I don't feel myself fully click in until at least 60ish days and it makes such a huge difference mentally to get to the point where I'm no longer fighting temptations or dreaming about what I'm going to do the day I'm off plan again.  I can totally fight off the temptation for 30 days, but as long as it's still there I know I'm twice as likely to give into it when the rules aren't in play.  It's so hard to advise because we are all different and respond differently, but I wonder if you wouldn't benefit like I do from a longer stretch.  Try doing 30 days and then evaluating when was the last time you had to actually fight a craving...no matter that you won, that's great but it's not the point.  If it has only been a day or two or you already know what you want on your first day off the plan no matter how healthy that item actually is, then keep going until you can honestly answer that isn't a factor and you are going to choose to go off the program just because it is finally time and it's a very deliberate choice.  If you actually have to wrangle your brain for something you might want that is off plan that's sort of a weird but amazing feeling.  I always think I will never really get there, I like food too much, but it has happened for me.
     
    I feel like I've had such success with doing 30 days completely clean with the promise of some slight flexibility at the end of 30 days by moving into a compliant ingredient mode and doing Paleo muffins or that banana ice cream which feel like indulgences for sure but aren't reintroducing any actual noncompliant foods.  Sometimes they aren't worth it, to be honest, the muffins are a bit weird but it's more the thought that I can stretch from the strict rules and yet not step over into old habits yet. It also lets me do thirty days with some glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel but without walking straight into the train so to speak.   
     
    I know each time I do this I feel like I get close to that food freedom we sometimes forget is part of the goal, the ability to eat and cook for ourselves without all that guilt and temptation.  The confidence to be able to occasionally indulge without worrying it's going to get out of control.  I will be honest, when I did my first Whole30 I didn't want it to work.  LOL!  I will also be honest though, I'm not sure it would have if I had stopped at 30 days myself.  And I've done it both ways now, there is no question that for me...I do much better afterwards if I've been on it longer. 
     
    Summer is the best and worst time of course, and I know you have mentioned some social things that could prevent you from being on program but think about it...open invitation to all of the group of course.  There are so, so many great things available food wise in summer that blend in with what everyone else is eating that if there ever is a time you can balance being social and being Whole30, this is it.  It's one summer, one picnic, one wedding...insert whatever here...and we have this great group for ideas...consider if you could give up all those noncompliant foods for awhile and focus on really enjoying what you can have and see what happens.  I think we all need a kick in the pants sometimes to get out of Whole30 ruts just like any other part of life and try new things so that life is still a fun food adventure without compromising how we feel.  It makes me think of how many times we start a Whole30 and that first week we are so shocked at how delicious everything is, remember that feeling?  We sort of dread going on it and giving up all this "great" food and then we wonder why we don't do this all the time.  Sometimes we are ridiculous.
     
    Of course, I could be saying all of this simply because misery loves company......hard to say.    
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    (Aaaand Crimsann limps back into view)
     
    Okay.  I have survived the week.  It wasn't pretty.  So the less said about that the better.  In a nut shell, it was the last week I should have started by baking mochacinno cupcakes for my sisters birthday and then bringing half of them home.  I can't really regret that though because they were delicious and I baked them with my niece and that in itself was the single bright note in the entire 7-day stretch! 
     
    But it did mean I was whining to my friend just yesterday about why my pants were feeling tight and I had only eaten one or two cupcakes....a day....since Sunday.  Sigh.  So it's back to a meal plan for next week which will perhaps not be 100% W30 but will be nearly indistinguishable.  My revised plan for May, now that I'm looking at a setback at least rather than the maintain I had hoped for, is to go back to W30 for the weekdays leading up to June when I'm "scheduled" to go back to W30 for three months again.  Weekends will still be a bit more relaxed, otherwise I'm not testing/learning from this time either.  I don't want an all or nothing after life so I'm going to keep fighting for better balance. 
     
    So, funny niece story because really...what else do you guys keep me around here for?  I don't know if I have ever even given a word sketch of myself, but one thing you should know...I'm short.  Like 5 foot zip.  And that is important for this story. 
     
    My sisters birthday was Monday, but her husband was working last weekend so she didn't really have anything fun planned to celebrate.  As you know, we talked about doing a road trip with the girls but due to lack of any chance to plan we did end up scrapping that idea at the last minute and settling for just spending most of Saturday doing some fun things at home.  As part of this, I offered to bring over all the stuff to bake cupcakes with my older niece who loves helping in the kitchen.  Being the "smart" Auntie, I decided to mostly measure and mix as much as possible of this at home so that by the time I arrived what we were doing was one step up from mixing a box mix and using canned frosting but they were still entirely homemade.  (I'm sort of picky about this, box mix is just fine to be honest, but it's like its too easy and what's the point of baking...again with the fact that I love the act as much as the result!)  I figured this would keep the flour on the ceiling potential down to a mere minimum.  I think my sister must have already told Eliana that we were going to be baking before I got there because she was rushing me right into the kitchen and ready to get to work.  I'm laying out the ingredients and I hear this "screetch-screetch" sound which is the two-year old dragging a chair into the kitchen.  The counters there are unusually high, so when she is helping, she is allowed to bring a chair in from the dining area to stand on.  So she hops up, then looks over at me (sort of the up and down thing) and then sweetly asks, "Tee-tee need a chair?"
     
    Snort.  She just kills me.  Of course her mother (who is 5' 9" and has never been offered a chair) was passed out on the living room floor laughing.  We could have just stopped there.  I think that was probably all the "cake" she needed for the day.  But I manfully carried on despite the insults.  At least I wasn't blonde enough to dump the sugar in with the butter measuring cup and all little Missy.    I don't care if you did go running off at the sound of it clanging around yelling that "Tee-tee did it", that was ALL you. 
     
    Yeah, still pretty much getting a stitch in my side just thinking about it, so it's worth it.  And hopefully a better week this week in all respects. 
     
    I found a recipe for a Mojo Grilled Chicken thing that I think I'm going to make for salads for lunch next week.  The chicken itself is W30, though I may add a non-compliant dressing I don't expect to use much of it.  Usually if I warm up the chicken I don't mind that on a salad with no dressing at all or with a little guac as a dressing.  I'm going to do up another batch of deviled eggs to have with baby carrots as the evening mini meal at work, that's always a quick favorite.  While I hate to do chicken twice, I'm probably going to alternate just some basic burgers and some chicken sausage with baked potatoes and veggies.  Next week is going to be closer to normal but still really hectic and I need to set myself up for dinners that can be made in minutes at most or I know I won't be able to turn this week back around. 
     
    Going to try and spend today doing as close to nothing as possible, maybe even an early night, and then hit the ground running tomorrow with grocery shopping and errands, some tidying up (tentative plan to start adding some exercise in gearing up towards summer means clearing that space so it feels more inviting and less cluttered), and laundry as well as some work for that Children's Miracle Network event I'm involved with this year. 
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    So planning time...meal plan for next week, but more importantly my brain is telling me it's time to start planning June.  You may remember my 2016 plan is to hit W30 again spanning across June/July/August, with July being a slightly relaxed rules month where things that are technically not compliant due to being banana ice cream are allowed.  I didn't find myself really using that leeway too much in February so I don't expect it to play a very big part in July either but there is a chance I will once again be hostessing a weekend overnighter and that may require some playing by ear since I'm going to be teaching baking angel food, making homemade noodles, and canning jam!  I'm okay with taking a pre-planned leave of absence for a weekend where some tasting may be required if I've scheduled that in this far ahead for a specific reason.  I'm no longer doing W30 for the cleanse/reintroduction aspects and I don't need the uber strict no slips mentality for the full 90-days, I know I can enjoy the weekend and be right back on track for the rest of that month.  That being said, I will follow to the letter of the law for June and August, because that was my commitment to myself.   
     
    In fact, June is going to be a bit of a boot camp for me.  It will be the one-year anniversary of my first W30 and I want to recapture that first time intensity.  I can't rely on my "but it's winter and there is no sun before noon" excuse for not getting up in the morning, at least for 30 days, because I did that last year and even cooked in the full spirit of the program.  I will be specifically targeting eating in the morning, even if that means less than a full template meal, it's the entirely skipping M1 which is my norm that is going to be challenged.
     
    I want to do a post sometime before June really reflecting on what has happened in the last year.  I will probably also join a group doing June just to be able to offer tips and stuff though I will stay active here primarily.  I don't know that I feel obligated to mentor, but I do think I want to do some of that for June since it is a milestone for me.  June has actually taken on a sort of mystical quality for me so I feel like it's the perfect time to dig in a little deeper but stay mindful of setting myself up for success by not taking on everything at once. 
     
    Meal plan for next week is going to include a couple trial recipes, things I have been looking at but not totally sure of.  Time to try them now when I'm not actually doing W30 so if they turn out badly I'm not stranded scrambling for alternate meal options.  First up is a Jamaican Pepper Pot soup which will require one small tweak to make it W30 (the meatballs contain bread crumbs per the recipe), coconut milk base with sweet potato, spinach, habanero, fresh ginger, and shrimp and pork meatballs.  I'm also going to try some seasoned salmon and having it mixed with a dab of mayo as a cold salad for that mini meal I do.  I may add some grilled fresh sweet corn kernels to that for this week though will need to omit them if I use this recipe next month.   
     
    So this weekend is all about getting that cleaning done that didn't happen last weekend and compiling recipes.  I feel like I want to get a pack of index cards and write out things I like so I can lay them all out and move them around to balance out meals.  I'm kind of visual that way, anyone else do anything similar?  There is probably an app (or twenty) for that...but I might just do the old school.  I've got a bulletin board I could use to tack them all up for the month and move things around as needed.  Hmmm...
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    Crimsann got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Just popping on to link the recipe for that Mojo Chicken because it was fabulous! 
     
    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mojo-grilled-chicken-breasts
     
    I nearly asphyxiated myself trying to use the cast-iron gill pan indoors, but it was worth it and you will all be happy to know that our smoke detector is in FINE working order.     It got so smoky though that I did end up just leaving them in the pan long enough to get nice deep grill marks and then popped them in the oven in a glass baking dish for about 15 minutes to finish them.  This might have been less of an issue if I had flattened the chicken more before cooking so it wouldn't take so long to finish, but the end result was amazingly moist and that was even after being reheated today.  It was so good I ended up eating the chicken by itself which left me with a plain lettuce salad, lol! 
     
    One other small tweak, I didn't have any sort of spicy red pepper near to hand so I used paprika and then added a dash of chili powder to round the flavor out a bit.  I didn't miss the heat, but it would have been tasty as well.  Also, fair warning, this recipe does contain cilantro.  The black beans they show on the side would not be W30, but I'm tempted to try them at some point down the line.
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    Crimsann got a reaction from bpaitsel in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Just chiming in to say I also want updates on this Instant Pot...espeically the yogurt feature?!?  Whaaaaat?  My plan ended up changing a little for this week and I will be evaluating how I feel about it as it goes.  I had such a long and sort of dramatic day on Saturday so I decided sort of last minute that I was not up to pre-cooking as much as I had originally planned. 
     
    Changing plans, never a good plan.  LOL!  I ended up making some egg salad with bacon and chives for Meal 1, though I opted to add in toast.  I'm still not entirely sure why, but I decided it's week 1 and I'm open to giving myself a chance to behave around bread.  Maybe I will find it's not worth it, but so far I'm doing good.  I didn't open the bag on the way home.  I didn't open it while I was cooking on Sunday.  I made exactly one piece this morning (helps that it's a wide slice and I can only fit it in the toaster if I cut it in half) and the texture it added to the egg salad was great but the taste didn't wow me.  So does that mean it's not worth it?  Or does that mean I've just lost some of the craving for bread...not sure yet.  I do think I'm more likely to eat that Meal 1 if it's not just a scoop of egg salad, so if the toast actually pushes me to eat in the morning opposed to skipping...well, so far so good since this is the first time since January I've actually eaten before leaving the house in the morning. 
     
    Lunch stayed about the same only I went with mashed potatoes instead of roasted as they reheat a little better, I loaded the turkey with onion and zucchini and mushrooms and it's pretty moist so that's a win.  I forgot to pack the ketchup so that meal ended up being more compliant than planned. 
     
    Since I moved the eggs up to Meal 1, that left me uncovered for the mini-meal I usually do and I picked up some yogurt to try and I have a couple of Larabars that I'm okay with using there since I'm not including fruit or nuts anywhere else in my meal plan this week.  But I'm really curious now to hear about this instant pot coconut yogurt because I've not found any of that in my area yet.
     
    Dinner though is probably going to be back to the chicken sausage plan unless I get super motivated to bake the chicken thighs I got. 
     
    My Stitch Fix experience was a bit underwhelming.  I am keeping one of the five things they sent, but even it's just sort of nice not something I was wowed to get.  There is a good chance I'm just super picky, but I will share my feedback and maybe try it one more time before writing it off entirely.  The good news is, everything fit in the same way the bikini fit...not always a great shape on me or a good color for me or a fabric I liked...but nothing I couldn't walk out the front door wearing if I had liked the items.   
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Cheerleader checking in!  I've lost track a bit of who all is doing W30 for April and who is sidelining it with me...so I'm just cheering on everyone today. 
     
    It's my first day off Whole30 since January 4th, though so far that hasn't meant anything different.  Was racing in for a morning conference call and just wrapped that up a few minutes ago.  I'm shopping again for lunch because my desk stash of La Croix is depleted and we just can't have that...so will probably do a salad bar thing even though we have a food truck from a local Mexican restaurant parked downstairs.  I need to pick up some ground coffee because I promised to make up a batch of toasted coconut cold brew concentrate for the weekends volunteer shifts and I tentatively plan to grab a small frappucinno while I'm out.  I'm not calling it a reward because I'm trying not to think of it that way...so more like a deserved indulgence. 
     
    That's the same thing isn't it.  Oh well.
     
    What I'm actually "rewarding" myself with for this mostly successful stint is something new for my wardrobe.  I had my eye on some white linen pants until I noticed all the reviews cited the "unlined, see-through" issue.  Come ON people, why is this an issue every season...I feel you shouldn't even bother making white linen pants with zero lining without ensuring that the fabric is nearly thick enough to block the sun let alone floral undies!  Unless they are being marketed as a beach coverup type thing I guess, which these werent.  So I guess I will wait to see what comes in my first Stitch Fix (due Monday according to the tracker) and see what they picked for me and either shop from or for that...or go back to the drawing board.  This is sort of pathetic as a reward because it's something I have to buy anyway but I'm trying to make it all sound fun.  (snicker)
     
    I did a weigh in this morning, but true to form for me I never go with the first number and will be weighing all weekend to take an average.  Since my morning weigh-in's tend to be lower than evening though I figure I've got a reasonable low number and can report that it looks like it's going to be somwhere in the ball park of 15 pounds.  Nothing shockingly huge for a three-month stint, but absolutely nothing shabby either and it means I'm likely now in the zone to be less than 20 pounds away from my ideal weight.  No surprise that things feel like they are slowing down and will likely continue to do so.  The closer I get to that the harder I expect it to be to shed, but if I can keep myself on track during these free months and can work in some added exercise during my summer W30 starting in June...I could hit that ultimate goal later this year.  Since I would really like to plan out and work on a "maintenance" plan before 2017 starts to see if that two weeks on/two weeks off every month idea works for me, this is good news.  It would be really nice to be able to trial my maintenance plan in the fall and tweak it before seeing how a whole year of maintenance mode works for me.  If I haven't made my goal by September, I will probably add that month in as a "bonus" Whole30.  My motivation for exceling this summer will be buying back that free month and since our vacation, right now at least, is planned for the last week in September it's really motivating on several levels to be finished up by then! 
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    Crimsann got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Cheerleader checking in!  I've lost track a bit of who all is doing W30 for April and who is sidelining it with me...so I'm just cheering on everyone today. 
     
    It's my first day off Whole30 since January 4th, though so far that hasn't meant anything different.  Was racing in for a morning conference call and just wrapped that up a few minutes ago.  I'm shopping again for lunch because my desk stash of La Croix is depleted and we just can't have that...so will probably do a salad bar thing even though we have a food truck from a local Mexican restaurant parked downstairs.  I need to pick up some ground coffee because I promised to make up a batch of toasted coconut cold brew concentrate for the weekends volunteer shifts and I tentatively plan to grab a small frappucinno while I'm out.  I'm not calling it a reward because I'm trying not to think of it that way...so more like a deserved indulgence. 
     
    That's the same thing isn't it.  Oh well.
     
    What I'm actually "rewarding" myself with for this mostly successful stint is something new for my wardrobe.  I had my eye on some white linen pants until I noticed all the reviews cited the "unlined, see-through" issue.  Come ON people, why is this an issue every season...I feel you shouldn't even bother making white linen pants with zero lining without ensuring that the fabric is nearly thick enough to block the sun let alone floral undies!  Unless they are being marketed as a beach coverup type thing I guess, which these werent.  So I guess I will wait to see what comes in my first Stitch Fix (due Monday according to the tracker) and see what they picked for me and either shop from or for that...or go back to the drawing board.  This is sort of pathetic as a reward because it's something I have to buy anyway but I'm trying to make it all sound fun.  (snicker)
     
    I did a weigh in this morning, but true to form for me I never go with the first number and will be weighing all weekend to take an average.  Since my morning weigh-in's tend to be lower than evening though I figure I've got a reasonable low number and can report that it looks like it's going to be somwhere in the ball park of 15 pounds.  Nothing shockingly huge for a three-month stint, but absolutely nothing shabby either and it means I'm likely now in the zone to be less than 20 pounds away from my ideal weight.  No surprise that things feel like they are slowing down and will likely continue to do so.  The closer I get to that the harder I expect it to be to shed, but if I can keep myself on track during these free months and can work in some added exercise during my summer W30 starting in June...I could hit that ultimate goal later this year.  Since I would really like to plan out and work on a "maintenance" plan before 2017 starts to see if that two weeks on/two weeks off every month idea works for me, this is good news.  It would be really nice to be able to trial my maintenance plan in the fall and tweak it before seeing how a whole year of maintenance mode works for me.  If I haven't made my goal by September, I will probably add that month in as a "bonus" Whole30.  My motivation for exceling this summer will be buying back that free month and since our vacation, right now at least, is planned for the last week in September it's really motivating on several levels to be finished up by then! 
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    Plans are vital, lol...let me tell you, since I got run into the ground with last weeks events and then my nieces on Sunday and even my tentative meal plan didn't come about for this week.  Really, really feeling the difference.  I have enough basic things to make up something for dinner thanks to leftover shrimp fajita ingredients, but running to Whole Foods to cobble together a lunch can get pricey after three days. 
     
    Ironically though, I already have my meal plan for next week...which I think I'm going to continue to share even though I know some of you are thinking about doing a W30 this coming month and mine won't be purely compliant.  I feel like it might still give you all some ideas and also help me stick with my REALLY close to compliant plan. 
     
    So next week's plan is to start with my "cereal" which for me is toasted nuts with some spice (usually cinnamon walnuts or pumpkin pie spice almonds/cashews) and sliced banana.  I slice the banana over the nuts and eat with a spoon like a bowl of cereal minus the milk.  Not perfectly template being that nuts count more as a fat than a protein I believe but it's something that works for me in the mornings. 
     
    Lunch, I'm planning to make up a meatloaf and probably roasted red potatoes, adding in ketchup for some flavor boost.  I have often done turkey meatloafs but I haven't decided for sure which base I want to do.  I kind of don't like to have red meat so many days in a row though so probably will adapt one of those recipes, I don't mind adding tons of mushrooms or some veggies as well to it.  If I go more basic on the meatloaf I may do a small side salad with a poppyseed dressing.  That puts two non-compliant things in lunch but both in small quantities so over all I think this hits the notes I want to try for in April,
     
    Dinners, I'm going to use up some frozen salmon...probably just a quick grill and if I can find some pineapple salsa I will go that route as a topping and roasted asparagus or green beans on the side.  Really want to say some kind of jasmine or sticky rice but I'm not going there yet. 
     
    That mini-meal I usually need to plan for based on my work schedule will probably be deviled eggs and baby carrots which I seem to never get tired of and works so well for tiding me over until I get home without filling me up too much.  With compliant mayo and mustard they are delicious and such an easy mini-meal.  I can hard boil a dozen eggs on the weekend and just make up enough for the next day while I'm packing lunches so they stay really fresh.