C_Cezeaux

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    C_Cezeaux reacted to mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Here I am....back in my old form....recognize the meditating bear???
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Middling! I meant to get on earlier and tell you I bought Bright Line Eating after reading what you said about it. To my absolute amazement,  it is working for me as well. I am just starting my 2nd week, down 5 in week one. :-) I'm keeping to W30 foods with the exception of Greek yogurt, it seems the portions and the planning what I will eat the day before are what I need. Fabulous! 
    I had to give up my exercise for that week because I was so tired, but I will pick itt up again thos week, at least the toning parts. Still working on learning those Latin dance moves, lol.
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Middling! I meant to get on earlier and tell you I bought Bright Line Eating after reading what you said about it. To my absolute amazement,  it is working for me as well. I am just starting my 2nd week, down 5 in week one. :-) I'm keeping to W30 foods with the exception of Greek yogurt, it seems the portions and the planning what I will eat the day before are what I need. Fabulous! 
    I had to give up my exercise for that week because I was so tired, but I will pick itt up again thos week, at least the toning parts. Still working on learning those Latin dance moves, lol.
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi everyone, I'm still here… Good to catch up on what's going on with each of you. Sorry to hear about the various struggles, wishing you all well.  And good luck with the new challenges/goals!  Crimsann, WOW. 
    I am  now on Phase 2 (of 3) of treatment for my kinda stubborn SIBO,  I'll be on this regimen of supplements and careful eating for 60 days. Then hoping to retest and see where things are at.  In a weird way, I'm now almost grateful to have had this medical issue to keep me making healthy choices all this time. That "forced compliance" over the looooooong haul has really transformed my lifestyle in what feels like a permanent way. And honestly, after the EXPENSE of treating this gut dysbiosis, I have a very strong financial incentive to stay healthy once the condition is healed!
    Blessings to you all, V
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Crimsann, it's part of the 30 day Figure 8 challenge, they ask you to post your "before" pics in loose shorts and a sports bra. Rum, talk about a deity check right between the eyes.  The food plan she suggests has some things on it that are not W30, so I am sticking with the W30 compliant while I attempt to follow the exercise plan.
    Much to my surprise, at the end of week one I have measurable results,  will see how it goes. I also have some muscles in places I wasn't aware I had them, Lol. Hoping to look less like a frog in a blender during the dance moves by the end of the month.
    Nancy, I feel you on the shared living spa e. I do not tolerate living in someone else's space well. I need my own space and my own kitchen setup to be comfortable. I may be a little territorial and particular about that. ;-)  Will keep fingers crossed for a vacancy for you soon.
    Melinda, I have always loved pork, but can only eat limited amounts and only the leaner pork. Pork fat causes me somesevere distress and sits in my stomach like a rock.
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Vozelle, I think I need the magic bullet to the head tonight, lol.  I know I have to have both the exercise and the right food or it doesn't work, don't know what possessed me to think I could happily slide along with no exercise when I suddenly dropped into sedentary mode at work.  Probably originated in the same part of the brain that thought jumping into intense latin dance exercise challenge would be perfect for someone who doesn't know how to dance in the first place.  Challenge it is.  Sweaty I am. Maybe by the end of the 30 days I will have learned something close to a dance move, lol.  Sticking with it anyway out of sheer stubbornness.  Signed up, posted the wretched pictures as required in a public forum with all the other out-of-shapers hoping for miracles, so I am darn well sticking it out.
    MsLIndy, I am with you on the no sugar/flour thing.  Other than being allergic to the wheat flour, typical baked goods are a definite no brakes kind of food for me.  Just no.  I do ok with the grain free baking, they're dense enough that they're impossible to gulp.
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I've been lurking lately.  More probably could be labeled sulking in despair/disgust with myself.  The bad news is, when they switched me over from field work to "office" (it's a seacan, but it is my office, lol), I lost all my daily exercise.  I went from walking 5-10 miles daily to...nothing.  Didn't change my habit of coming home and piling up in the chair to read, being exhausted at the end of the day.  A few weeks ago I noticed my old friend back trouble coming back so went to a standing desk.  Knew I had let things slide a bit since the holidays but was really brought home to me when my stepdaughter came to visit and many pictures were taken, followed by a weekend visit to my daughter and grand daughter where... many pictures were taken.  Plus, I was outrun by a 3 year old girl.  Repeatedly.  Staring reality in the face as I go through all the photos, trying once again to find one where I don't look like a blob, I have been down in the dumps.  Have been eating healthy since I came back, which was another reality check as I had to go through the timeline once again.  Day 2 of healthy week nearly took me out.  Made it through that week but now am focused on the fitness and shape aspect.  I still have functions coming up in June and August and DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT want to be bigger than the whales we are going to try to be watching on our cruise in August.  So I have decided to jump in whole hog (so to speak) and have joined a 30 day fitness challenge which starts tomorrow.  They have a support group administered by the lady who does the fitness routine, which involves latin dance (this ought to be interesting, I have danced 2 times in my life and one was the waltz at my wedding).
    I had to take measurements and before pictures today.  SO not fun.  SO fighting the urge to go eat a box of anything. SO afraid I will still look the same way after 30 days of the hard work I am committed to putting in.
    In the meantime, I have done my prep work.  My cabinets are full of good food.  My freezer is full of frozen pre-prepped veggies.  My lovely chicken soup is simmering on the stove.  My workout clothes are clean and ready. Now, if I can just get up out of my pity party and get on with it, I will be ok.
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi
    Nancy sorry to hear you are having problems with your house-mate. Never easy I think--no wonder marriage is such a marathon
    Having several challenges here and not coming off so well but all part of the process I guess. Made a chocolate gananche the other day and for some reason used sugar--then ate it-- at least some of it. Normally I don't have any sweetener in it just the avocados, oil and cocao powder--who knows how that we sugar devil jumped up. Never mind, I was ill after and won't' be doing it again.
    I discovered last week that pork is not good for me and I have been using it almost exclusively since it seems chicken doesn't sit well, eggs aren't great and beef is okay occasionally but not beef mince. So perhaps that was causing some inflammation and the reason my foot was screaming?"??? Who knows. I am now off pork and working on what else I can have. Back to the drawing board.
    Our summer was non-existant we are now in fall and having some absolutely beautiful days with some regular shockers. Unsettled weather constantly so that makes it unsettled everywhere.
    Breakfast time now--have a good week everyone. 
     
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to Crimsann in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    @C_Cezeaux Oh, thanks for the reminder.  I really need to do the pics and weigh in today too, maybe when I finally drag myself off the couch to go pack the lunch I made earlier. 
    I am totally in sync with you right now.  One of the things I wanted to talk about, but couldn't get the words, was that I have now passed the 100 day mark on doing some kind of workout every day.  I started that back in January?  February?  I've sort of lost track I guess.  I've gone through one (mostly) Whole30 and two months of complete abandon, but never lost the workout. 
    The thing is, it really hammered home for me that I simply can't do one or the other.  I can keep up the workout streak for months, but when my eating suffers I know I hold back.  I may make my goal, but I'm not really pushing myself because the energy isn't there.  On the flip side, at this point in my dieting adventure...I can eat a pristine Whole30 and still not see the kind of changes I want to see because losing weight doesn't translate directly into gaining tone. 
    Most of my life I've wanted the magic bullet to be anything BUT working out or eating right.  Maybe in the last three years or so I've wanted it to be EITHER working out or eating right because either one of them was hard enough.  And yet what I'm staring at is...the only times I've felt like I was making a real difference in myself is when there were some elements of both going on. 
    Can I get a chorus of "dang it!!?!" 
    So one of my rules for this 365 day challenge is that I have to keep making that Move goal every single day.  I know of several different ways to accomplish it, everything from yoga to a marathon shopping day...and I've done it when I was tired, when I was sick, and when I was on vacation...so short of breaking a leg, I've little wiggle room.  I've also sort of hit that moment when breaking the streak now means getting a new record would take a loooong time.  If I manage to keep it going for the entire 365, I will be here a year from now and will be just about a month away from hitting a 500 day streak.  I like that.  Because it means even if I happen to need to eat an entire loaf of bread in 366 days...I will still have some motivation to keep the workout thing going until my sanity returns.  And I do think that these two things feed off each other.  The better I eat, the more energy I have to Move...and the more I Move the more I don't want to ruin all that effort by eating poorly. 
    So a few little snags in getting ready today, I still haven't finished reading Food Freedom and I'm probably not as prepared as I was even for my first Whole30...I do have some of those same nerves though.  Underlying them is the certain knowledge that of course I can do this even if it feels sort of daunting right now.  I've made up a batch of Mel Joulwan's Pesto Chicken Meatballs (though for some reason I always opt for turkey) and some Zoodles for lunches this week, and I've got the stuff to make up some lettuce wraps with salmon salad for dinners.  I have a few more recipes bookmarked to try in the coming weeks that are new to me...not sure if any of you follow Whole30 on Instagram but the gal who was sharing recipes this past week had some amazing ones and also offered a free e-book version that included all of them.  I highly recommend looking that up.  No real offense to that thread, but I've sometimes felt like all the recipes boil down to the same four ingredients just photographed from a different angle, but this week it's either my perspective or it all seemed much more unique.  If you signed up for the e-book she also sent some emails about video courses on being successful and one of them included 5 recipes for sauces to go with steak which were also really interesting and 5 things to do with chicken.   
    I also got some sort of fun inspiration from the Starbucks unicorn frapp that was in the news a week or so ago.  Yes, I didn't see that coming either and no, I didn't try one.  Mostly because they neglected to put coffee anywhere near it so how magical could it have been?  One of my friends went to try one though and the barista talked her into trying something she called a dragon frapp instead.  Basically it was a green tea frapp with some of the mango powder on it.  Mango powder still sounds kind of gross but I'm working out a way to make that with compliant ingredients instead, green tea and frozen mango and the one toasted coconut almond milk I like....something along those lines.  I have made up a list of a few food items I'm using that are not compliant, but I do want to keep about 98% of what I eat entirely in the bounds for this year.  I know too well how blurring the lines is a long walk off a short pier.  I've done this kind of balancing act before though and it's been a good fit, allowing me to be more creative with food but without reintroducing much of anything. 
    Thrilled to see a few faces around tonight, so glad to not be feeling alone setting off on this.  It feels like I'm not the only one feeling a fresh surge of energy to make some positive changes.  So no looking back ladies, some great feelings to come if we can slug through the next two weeks!!!   
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I tried to respond but the computer doesn't like me any better than I do at the moment. I can so relate to you, Nancy and Cynthia.
    I have decided sugar and flour are out for life for me and have to do it one day at a time or perhaps one meal at a time. I haven't lost any weight on W30 but have changed some habits and developed some good ones. I W30 but have changed some habits and developed some good ones. I need to do something to change the weight however so have been doing more research.  Flour and sugar, in any form, are out for me and hopefully that will help. 
    I will be in and out of here briefly over the next couple of months but will still be around. 
    Sending light and love to you all.
    L
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I've been lurking lately.  More probably could be labeled sulking in despair/disgust with myself.  The bad news is, when they switched me over from field work to "office" (it's a seacan, but it is my office, lol), I lost all my daily exercise.  I went from walking 5-10 miles daily to...nothing.  Didn't change my habit of coming home and piling up in the chair to read, being exhausted at the end of the day.  A few weeks ago I noticed my old friend back trouble coming back so went to a standing desk.  Knew I had let things slide a bit since the holidays but was really brought home to me when my stepdaughter came to visit and many pictures were taken, followed by a weekend visit to my daughter and grand daughter where... many pictures were taken.  Plus, I was outrun by a 3 year old girl.  Repeatedly.  Staring reality in the face as I go through all the photos, trying once again to find one where I don't look like a blob, I have been down in the dumps.  Have been eating healthy since I came back, which was another reality check as I had to go through the timeline once again.  Day 2 of healthy week nearly took me out.  Made it through that week but now am focused on the fitness and shape aspect.  I still have functions coming up in June and August and DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT want to be bigger than the whales we are going to try to be watching on our cruise in August.  So I have decided to jump in whole hog (so to speak) and have joined a 30 day fitness challenge which starts tomorrow.  They have a support group administered by the lady who does the fitness routine, which involves latin dance (this ought to be interesting, I have danced 2 times in my life and one was the waltz at my wedding).
    I had to take measurements and before pictures today.  SO not fun.  SO fighting the urge to go eat a box of anything. SO afraid I will still look the same way after 30 days of the hard work I am committed to putting in.
    In the meantime, I have done my prep work.  My cabinets are full of good food.  My freezer is full of frozen pre-prepped veggies.  My lovely chicken soup is simmering on the stove.  My workout clothes are clean and ready. Now, if I can just get up out of my pity party and get on with it, I will be ok.
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I've been lurking lately.  More probably could be labeled sulking in despair/disgust with myself.  The bad news is, when they switched me over from field work to "office" (it's a seacan, but it is my office, lol), I lost all my daily exercise.  I went from walking 5-10 miles daily to...nothing.  Didn't change my habit of coming home and piling up in the chair to read, being exhausted at the end of the day.  A few weeks ago I noticed my old friend back trouble coming back so went to a standing desk.  Knew I had let things slide a bit since the holidays but was really brought home to me when my stepdaughter came to visit and many pictures were taken, followed by a weekend visit to my daughter and grand daughter where... many pictures were taken.  Plus, I was outrun by a 3 year old girl.  Repeatedly.  Staring reality in the face as I go through all the photos, trying once again to find one where I don't look like a blob, I have been down in the dumps.  Have been eating healthy since I came back, which was another reality check as I had to go through the timeline once again.  Day 2 of healthy week nearly took me out.  Made it through that week but now am focused on the fitness and shape aspect.  I still have functions coming up in June and August and DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT want to be bigger than the whales we are going to try to be watching on our cruise in August.  So I have decided to jump in whole hog (so to speak) and have joined a 30 day fitness challenge which starts tomorrow.  They have a support group administered by the lady who does the fitness routine, which involves latin dance (this ought to be interesting, I have danced 2 times in my life and one was the waltz at my wedding).
    I had to take measurements and before pictures today.  SO not fun.  SO fighting the urge to go eat a box of anything. SO afraid I will still look the same way after 30 days of the hard work I am committed to putting in.
    In the meantime, I have done my prep work.  My cabinets are full of good food.  My freezer is full of frozen pre-prepped veggies.  My lovely chicken soup is simmering on the stove.  My workout clothes are clean and ready. Now, if I can just get up out of my pity party and get on with it, I will be ok.
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Good luck navigating the emotional waters, @misslindy... I've been dealing with a lot too. We'll get through...
    Happy Belated Birthday @Crimsann, excited for you about the year long challenge!
    I have successfully incorporated honey back  into my life (the only sweetener I'm using), and am not having any major sugar dragon experiences. I bake occasional things at home, or purchase from local farmer's market (we have a great Paleo bakery lady there), and have been in good balance with it. I like having more variety and options, and not feeling deprived... the occasional healthy treat makes me happy, and I have no problems with portion control. I may have found my food freedom with sweets, yay!
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi all. Happy Belated, @Crimsann, hang in there, @misslindy, and good for you, @vozelle!!
    I've just had a week of playing zookeeper and feeding my sugar/grain dragon. I'm holding on to Crimsann's symmetry of Monday and May 1st being the same day, and preparing myself for a return to sanity. It started a few weeks ago with the reintro of (yes, bad idea written ALL over it...) tortilla chips. I rationalized that the guac and salsa were healthy and compliant. Didn't see then that it would backfire this badly. Now that I've had a couple of days of sugar and bread, I can say with certainty that I feel MUCH worse while indulging in these foods. Stomach troubles are back in spades, and blood sugar is bouncing all over the place. Was it worth it? No. No. No. At least I have a freezer full of compliant meals to fall back on--not officially a 30, but very close to it. My Food Freedom has just gotten a bit more clear about what it doesn't include. I knew this before, but apparently had to prove it out. I'd like to try some paleo banana blueberry bread, to add a breakfast option. Will wait a while now to do that.
    How is everyone else doing? We're missing a few lately...
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hello 
    Easter has been and gone along with the rabbit and his chocolate--I did eat a marshmallow egg and honestly it tasted so awful I won't do that again! Didn't even really want it to begin with but there you go.
    have been having a terrible time personally lately so struggling to eat at all, much less properly. I haven't done too badly but really could do better. Emotions just take over my life at times and everything goes belly up!
    Does anyone use Open Office? I am having a terrible time formatting some documents--would really appreciate some help if anyone knows how. I use Writer 5.
    Now I almost hate to say this but in the spirit of full disclosure: I went to Carl's Jr and had a burger--I loved it. I haven't had food from any kind of fast food outlet for years and I had been fighting the idea of having a burger for a few weeks. Thought about it and decided I would do it--for me, it was worth it but haven't needed or wanted to do it again. I think that is the spirit of food freedom so feel quite fine about it for myself. (Some other things I haven't felt that way about).pI have booked an appointment with a physio who specializes in movement. I seriously need to do some more exercise and I want to be sure I am doing things the right way for me. I have finally got my foot back to no pain, but why did it happen is my question? And how to prevent future outbreaks!!!
    Hope you are all chugging along at a pace you are comfortable with.
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I think (fingers crossed) that I may be about ready to join the land of the living again.  Rumors of going back to a 48 hour work week instead of the current "ALL THE HOURS" schedule we're on and I think I've finally got the last of the sinus issue beat. (More crossed fingers). Great going through everyone's posts and catching up. Feels like a visit home.
    I laughed reading the description of the Facebook W30 group.  I didn't stay long with the one I tried either.  I get so aggravated when people start talking about a "modified" W30 or how they're so deprived and starving. Really??  I am definitely stealing Nancy's "How odd" to go with that!
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    I think (fingers crossed) that I may be about ready to join the land of the living again.  Rumors of going back to a 48 hour work week instead of the current "ALL THE HOURS" schedule we're on and I think I've finally got the last of the sinus issue beat. (More crossed fingers). Great going through everyone's posts and catching up. Feels like a visit home.
    I laughed reading the description of the Facebook W30 group.  I didn't stay long with the one I tried either.  I get so aggravated when people start talking about a "modified" W30 or how they're so deprived and starving. Really??  I am definitely stealing Nancy's "How odd" to go with that!
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hello
    Have been MiA for a while, did something to my foot that is not nice and am limping around so am not very pleasant lately. I would think if I damaged it I could remember it, but nothing in the memory banks about injury.  Just woke up unable to put weight on it. Any suggestions?
    Sounds like you are doing well, Nancy. Love the ' Really, how odd' will take that one with me too. I am still laughing.  I have been fighting a few chocolate chip cookies and muffins, lately, not that I want them but I can almost taste them. Thank goodness I have made batches ahead so am not baking them this week. 
    I wonder what that sugar thing is when I have not had any for so long and not even thought about it, then suddenly it's like they are together singing my name like I am the only one in the world that they love and need to be part of my system!!! They didn't win so no problem, just think it is very weird.
    Have a good weekend everyone.
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    C_Cezeaux 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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    C_Cezeaux reacted to Crimsann 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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    C_Cezeaux reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi
    Doing well but have been having some creepy little thoughts about cookies and muffins. I really don't want to eat them but they seem to be calling me so have been trying to figure out why.
    Have been doing exercise everyday, not a huge amount but regular so that has to count for something and I can feel that does. Shape shifting again. 
    I am so pleased we decided to stay together for this past year, I think for me, the cracks have been showing up beyond the initial effort and now I feel much more solid in my journey. Thanks to you all. I appreciate being here with you.
     
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Sounds like things have definitely been rocky. Sorry to hear about your husband, not nice.
    Making meatloaf without a bread filler is really not a big deal--surprising how that crockpot meatloaf recipe works. Warning!!! I think the fennel put Montezuma's revenge on me and I didn't click onto it for a few weeks. Spent most of those weeks in the loo! and ended up with a very sore bottom.  I now just make it with very few spices and bake it in the oven or just fry up sections and freeze the others, what ever I feel most inclined to do. Laziness is my motivation.
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    C_Cezeaux got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Still hanging in, been a bit rocky here though. Have struggled with various winter ailments from sinus to flu type bug, messed up my shoulder somehow, no clue what I did to it. Hubs broke his foot yesterday at work when a steel beam fell on it. Ugh. 
    Hanging in on the compliant food as well, although my template is skewed. Not getting enough veg in the morning, but have been on a bone broth soup kick lately, quick and easy to grab and go.  I like the idea of alternating foods, MissLindy, just need to get my butt in motion and get prepped again. I have not tried making meatloaf without a bread filler, sounds like something I need to investigate. 
    Still fighting the evening munching, have decided to play mind games with myself by changing habits instead of giving up a habit. Sort of like distracting a 3 year old, lol. I also am trying the countdown instead of counting up this time. Somehow it makes a difference in my brain.
    Nancy, glad your surgery went well, take care during recovery. I am a big fan of the grass Fed beef, I think it has a much better flavor.
    Vozelle, when I was reading up on cravings, I ended up all over the Internet everywhere from the livestrong site, prevention, WebMD, anywhere that looked reputable and didn't come with a "try our magic diet plan" line somewhere on the page.
    Crimsann, I could wish my house had been your spring cleaning project. There's a dust bunny under the couch that is going to need a name if I don't get rid of it soon. Seriously thinking I need to assign myself one small chore each day just for the sense of accomplishment finishing it gives me.
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to vozelle in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi @misslindy, yes that's exactly the problem, super concentrated fructose, ack! I was reaching for it during my stressful week, had no fresh fruit on hand, and that was right before I got the SIBO results... so I didn't know it would be so bad. It definitely affected the symptoms. I was busy patting my own back just for staying compliant during such a crazy week! Luckily sulfur isn't an issue, as I am allergic to it and only have the non-sulfured kind in the house. I started on low FODMAP foods yesterday, and the symptoms are already improving. No dried fruit allowed, just the berries you mentioned and a few other fresh fruits. I'm not much of a fruit eater anyway, normally… LOL.
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    C_Cezeaux reacted to misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi
    Good to hear you are back on deck, Nancy. Glad the surgery went well and you are eager to forge ahead.
    Don't have any idea what day I am on now but haven't have the smallest deviation so am pleased. I am still struggling at the 3-5pm mark, almost every day but talk myself out of eating anything off plan.
    Drinking the mineral water has been beneficial but I think I can back off a bit now. Not sure what I shall use as a replacement. Water with lemon perhaps. I don't seem to be screaming for coffee like I used to as well. I didn't even drink coffee until a few years ago then could take it or leave it, then became an addict, still only had one cup a day but the past few months I have craved coffee everyday, still only one cup but man did I want that coffee. Strange. But that has backed off and I can just enjoy my coffee or not have it and it is okay too.
    I have been switching up my breakfasts so not eating the same thing every day and that is interesting. Cynthia you might try that for a bit. One morning I have ox cheek soup: very simple with onion, celery, carrot and ox cheek; then next day meatloaf with veg, then eggs or fritata with veg --that seems to make a difference to my late afternoon desires! Again, who knows why, and basically who cares? It works for me.
    Have backed off the fruit again and sticking to blueberries so that is fine too. Not waking up in the night because I am hungry any more but often feel hungry shortly after meals and can't imagine why that would be as I am eating plenty.
    So that's my catch up.
    Did anyone realize we have passed our year mark of this group forming? Well done us.