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    bpaitsel got a reaction from RandiW in Anyone have advice on learning to run?   
    In addition to being fitted for appropriate shoes by a professional I think that your back pain could be helped by having a stronger core to stabilize your spine, especially with your history of disc herniation.  Hip strength is also an area to work on.  I am a physical therapist assistant in an orthopedic-based out patient clinic and these are the areas we would work on with runners - shoes, core and hip/knee strengthening.  If you are interested in physical therapy I think Maryland has direct access which means you don't need a referral from an MD.  Hope this helps.
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    bpaitsel reacted to Crimsann 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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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Merg - hope you are feeling better.  I will be right there with you complaining about the heat this week after complaining about the rain/cool weather we have already had!  What would we talk about and complain about if we lived in a consistent climate - no fun at all!
     
    Crimsann - your meal plan looks great.  One of the things I packed up today was my cookbooks - not that I use them that much but just not having access to them is going to make me want them.  I  downloaded a couple of digital cookbooks a while back so I am going to try to force myself to look at them and try some new recipes.  I really don't like cookbooks in digital form though - I need the book for some reason.
     
    Back to work tomorrow - had scheduled this past Friday and today off for camping but since needed to pack and start moving stuff out we had cancelled the camping trip but had a nice 4-day weekend so that was good.
     
    Everyone have a good week!
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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy 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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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy 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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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy 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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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy 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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    bpaitsel reacted to Crimsann 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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    bpaitsel reacted to mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Hi, everyone. Nancy, sorry for your loss. I LOVE my SILs...just don't see them enough. Kudos to them for living with my love able but rotten big brothers whose favorite trick in childhood was to tie me up in the garage and leave me there until Mom and Dad wondered where I was. No wonder my favorite thing to do was to go hide in a neighbors dog house, with their German shepherd who lived there, or to climb the tree behind our shed and get up on the roof, out of sight. My poor hubby, he is living with result of these coping mechanisms....
    My fish...yes, 60 pounds, just for the two of us. My freezer is now so full it is a death defying act to open the door. The Fish is caught in Alaska, in season, flash Frozen and shipped by a one man outfit called Salmon and Sable. I bought 60 pounds to avoid the shipping charges, but, then again, I basically had to surrender my puny freezer space until we eat our way back into it. The fish is the best I have ever had, but it comes in season, so now I have enough halibut and sablefish to get me through to next Spring. If you are interested, check out the Salmon and Sable website...but, warnin, it is EXPENSIVE....just worth it for me to be compliant and not eat so much red meat along the way. I have an order for salmon for the fall...not in season now. Anyway, since I spent so much on the fish, I have my Julia CHild The Way To Cook here on the coffee table and am reading about how to,properly treat frozen fish....hmmm...I might have to quit my job....
    I've fallen by the wayside twice this week, stopping by our health food store and the juice bar to get a green smoothie...then today, a sandwich (WHAT.???).....so will restart my whole 30-ish on Sunday as tomorrow I am meeting up with a friend from out of town at a local French bakery-her choice...cmon people....I cannot be asked to do that, can I?
    So I may be facing joining you all in June, for real. Or maybe waiting to jump in with Nancy in July because hubs and I are going to NYC at the end of June and I just won't feel like being compliant for a weekend in the Big Apple. In the meantime, I am going to try to I've toward compliance...getting way from those smoothies, the cappuccinos, sandwiches, etc....I feel so much better when I do!!
    Crimsann, any chanc you can share your meal plans?
    Cheers everyone!! UNiversity graduation here, so the town is a zoo!!!
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    bpaitsel got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Nancy I am so sorry.  Sounds like you have a plan for yourself so that is awesome.
     
    Crimsann way to go on the meal planning.  Just goes to show that healthy eating gets easier as you go.  And I think Nancy nailed it for your co-workers
     
    Will be attending a life celebration for BIL tomorrow with lots of non-compliant and not even close food.  My plan is to eat before I go and then hope for the best.  Even though I am not W30 right now I am trying to be close.
     
    Recently found out that at our local Mexican restaurant where I thought I was being compliant by having fajita strips with peppers and onions that they cook everything in butter I can hardly believe it but have been told twice now.  I have been eating there 2-3 times/month even during W30s.  I guess this is why I have had some issues all along.  And, yes, I know, everyone is thinking "you didn't ask in the beginning???"  Picture me slapping my forehead!  So it seems that after doing 3 W30s I really have not done any - crap!
     
    Not sure if I will attempt a full-on W30 soon or not.  We are in process of selling house and then our plan was to live in camper 3-4 months until house was ready.  However, we are now going to move in with our son for that time.  This will make life much easier but not sure if I will have the clarity to be compliant - will just have to wait and see.  
     
    Another gray and on/off rainy couple of days here in Virginia again but here's to a good weekend
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    bpaitsel reacted to Crimsann 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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    bpaitsel got a reaction from NancyW in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Thanks to everyone for your support.  Cynthia - I probably am not drinking enough water so thanks for reminding me of that.  Would you mind sharing your recipe for the sweet potato hummus?
     
    Miss Lindy I hope you are feeling better and I can't imagine going in water that cold - you rock!
     
    Nancy - I hope your knee pain resolves soon.  With some concentrated strengthening for your hips and knees along with decreasing impact with cardio I think you will be on the right track.  I'm still laughing about you and your doctor - I have kind of the same relationship with mine who, despite my protests will be retiring within the next year to my horror.  I guess I will have to break in a 12 year old And the first time he says "well, you know, as you get older . . . " I'm going to walk out . . . or maybe slap the sh*t out of him instead.  Yea that would feel better
     
    Everyone have a great day tomorrow!
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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Just checking in with everyone.  I really agree with Crimsann's view that 30 days just isn't quite long enough.  Since I ended W30 at end of April I have reintro'd corn with no problem; beans with problems.  I have allowed in some sugar - but so far not to excess.  Had cheese 2 days ago and not sure if really a problem or not.  I seem to be releasing a bit of weight slowly which is great.  However, I continue to have intermitten episodes of significant fluid retention.  Possibly related to sugar intake???  Have had dark chocolate a couple of times - with soy lecithin in it unfortunately.  Both times it seemed like it gave me  GERD like symptoms like a lump in the throat - not sure.  Other than these foods my meals are compliant.  The main thing I think that keeps me 95% on point is the fact that when I eat like this I can go between meals without getting hungry and this is a huge change for me.  I used to always be snacking and having blood sugar crashes - always had to have food with me "for emergencies".   The last few weeks have been extremely stressful with 2 deaths and the impending sale of our house.  Add to that the fact that I have stopped taking HRT  but through it all, except for occasional tropical moments, have dealt with everything pretty well without alcohol and unhealthy food.    I guess what I am getting at is it has taken me since October to get to this point.
     
    Nancy I think that when you are ready you will get back on track - "join in June" sounds great!  I don't intend on going the rest of my life without some of the foods that I want - just want to be in control and decide what is truly worth it.
     
    Crimsann the picture looks delicious!
     
    Merg - yes I have been enjoying the nicer weather - now have a freeze warning for tonight!
     
    MissLindy - had a visual of you out-swimming  the sting rays
     
    Hope everyone is getting geared up for a great week!!!
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    bpaitsel reacted to mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Bpaitsel,
    Looks like we posted At the same time, so I didn't see your post until now. Wow, two deaths in your family, I am so sorry. YOU ARE ALSO FREAKING FEARLESS to have come out on the other side of THAT as level headed as you sound....and now selling your hous? YOWZAH!
    so very wise of you to keep taking good care of yourself. We know we do better in times of stress and loss when we are rested and hormonally even from making good food choices....
    Life is just better in or near the whole 30, especially because it includes our crew!!
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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Just checking in with everyone.  I really agree with Crimsann's view that 30 days just isn't quite long enough.  Since I ended W30 at end of April I have reintro'd corn with no problem; beans with problems.  I have allowed in some sugar - but so far not to excess.  Had cheese 2 days ago and not sure if really a problem or not.  I seem to be releasing a bit of weight slowly which is great.  However, I continue to have intermitten episodes of significant fluid retention.  Possibly related to sugar intake???  Have had dark chocolate a couple of times - with soy lecithin in it unfortunately.  Both times it seemed like it gave me  GERD like symptoms like a lump in the throat - not sure.  Other than these foods my meals are compliant.  The main thing I think that keeps me 95% on point is the fact that when I eat like this I can go between meals without getting hungry and this is a huge change for me.  I used to always be snacking and having blood sugar crashes - always had to have food with me "for emergencies".   The last few weeks have been extremely stressful with 2 deaths and the impending sale of our house.  Add to that the fact that I have stopped taking HRT  but through it all, except for occasional tropical moments, have dealt with everything pretty well without alcohol and unhealthy food.    I guess what I am getting at is it has taken me since October to get to this point.
     
    Nancy I think that when you are ready you will get back on track - "join in June" sounds great!  I don't intend on going the rest of my life without some of the foods that I want - just want to be in control and decide what is truly worth it.
     
    Crimsann the picture looks delicious!
     
    Merg - yes I have been enjoying the nicer weather - now have a freeze warning for tonight!
     
    MissLindy - had a visual of you out-swimming  the sting rays
     
    Hope everyone is getting geared up for a great week!!!
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    bpaitsel reacted to Crimsann 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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    bpaitsel reacted to mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Nancy, Crimsann, Lindy, Bpaitsel, Susan, C Ceseaux....hi! Crimsann, thanks for your ruminating on longer programs. I love things like that , counterintuitive but true. I am planning to start TOMORROW and was thinking of only 30, but will at least go through all of June....could be longer IF I am able to do what you do, Crimsann, in allowing some flex on weekends.....is that compliant ingredients flexibility, or do you let it all go for two days and then get back to business??
    I dunno, in that regard I think Nancy and I are alike...no such thing as a little baccanalia.....love that, Nancy! So, I am venturing back into 30 at least. I am not fully prepared....the freezer has stuff but not really as I like it to support w30, but, as you say. This time of year has TONS of food supports out there, with more coming in. I am not going to fuss about a little butter here or there, or even a few legumes...but I will feel a whole lot better with no sugar, no wine, no bread, cheese, and some of the other little treats I have fallen back to trying......too often.
    I am expecting my shipment of the spring catch of Alaskan fish this week...60 pounds of it...hope my freezer willandle it all....but I will have no excuse not to have fish 2-3 times a week now....
    And, after ready Lindy, I am going back into the kitchen now to start some bone broth...
    Bpaitsel and Susan, hope your spirits are up a bit with the return of the sun for we Virginians....even tho it is a bit chilly☃☀️
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    bpaitsel reacted to Crimsann 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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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Crimsann that was hilarious - it is so nice that you get to spend such great time with your niece.
     
    I am looking forward to Melissa's new book too.  I am keeping my diet pretty compliant except for intro of corn which went ok and beans which I think did not go ok.  However, since the weather here has been gray and rainy I will reintro beans again when weather is dry and sunny to make sure symptoms were not weather related.  In the last couple of days I think I have inadvertently had butter/margarine while eating out.  Not sure so I won't do any other intro's for a while then I want to do a structured reintro of one form of dairy at a time.
     
    I did have a good victory today - attended a wedding, with cake of course (and I do LOVE cake and especially icing ) and I didn't even drool on it.  I ate before I went which certainly helped.
     
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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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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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Crimsann that was hilarious - it is so nice that you get to spend such great time with your niece.
     
    I am looking forward to Melissa's new book too.  I am keeping my diet pretty compliant except for intro of corn which went ok and beans which I think did not go ok.  However, since the weather here has been gray and rainy I will reintro beans again when weather is dry and sunny to make sure symptoms were not weather related.  In the last couple of days I think I have inadvertently had butter/margarine while eating out.  Not sure so I won't do any other intro's for a while then I want to do a structured reintro of one form of dairy at a time.
     
    I did have a good victory today - attended a wedding, with cake of course (and I do LOVE cake and especially icing ) and I didn't even drool on it.  I ate before I went which certainly helped.
     
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Crimsann that was hilarious - it is so nice that you get to spend such great time with your niece.
     
    I am looking forward to Melissa's new book too.  I am keeping my diet pretty compliant except for intro of corn which went ok and beans which I think did not go ok.  However, since the weather here has been gray and rainy I will reintro beans again when weather is dry and sunny to make sure symptoms were not weather related.  In the last couple of days I think I have inadvertently had butter/margarine while eating out.  Not sure so I won't do any other intro's for a while then I want to do a structured reintro of one form of dairy at a time.
     
    I did have a good victory today - attended a wedding, with cake of course (and I do LOVE cake and especially icing ) and I didn't even drool on it.  I ate before I went which certainly helped.
     
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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    bpaitsel got a reaction from misslindy in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Merg - great to hear from you.  It sounds like you are creating a great support system and I am glad.  So far I have resisted the emotional eating - and drinking because - like you said - it only makes it worse.  When we feel good hopefully we can do good things.  One of my goals is to cut down on screen time too which won't be too hard in a few weeks considering that after we close on the sale of our house I won't have internet service  except for at work which will mean just at lunchtime.  And, no, I don't have a smart phone.  But, I will still be on here because I love the suppport, motivation and inspiration from everyone.  May the 4th be with you!!! ( I just had to do that )
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    bpaitsel got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Welcome back Cynthia - good to hear from you again.  
     
    Miss Lindy - my supervisors use Dragon and it didn't seem to be too involved in setting it up so I think you will be just fine - I dislike learning new technology too!
     
    Trying to stay on track with slow roll for re-intros.  Intro'd corn and pretty sure no problems with that.  Have let in some sugar without waking Dragon yet.  Life right now is very stressful as we have experienced another very unexpected death in the family.  Just trying to focus on the really important things right now like being present each day for loved ones - there is no guarantee for tomorrow.  Hope I don't sound too down right now just have a very heavy heart.
     
    Nancy - glad your outlook is getting sunnier!
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    bpaitsel got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Welcome back Cynthia - good to hear from you again.  
     
    Miss Lindy - my supervisors use Dragon and it didn't seem to be too involved in setting it up so I think you will be just fine - I dislike learning new technology too!
     
    Trying to stay on track with slow roll for re-intros.  Intro'd corn and pretty sure no problems with that.  Have let in some sugar without waking Dragon yet.  Life right now is very stressful as we have experienced another very unexpected death in the family.  Just trying to focus on the really important things right now like being present each day for loved ones - there is no guarantee for tomorrow.  Hope I don't sound too down right now just have a very heavy heart.
     
    Nancy - glad your outlook is getting sunnier!