kirbz

Members
  • Content Count

    897
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    33

Everything posted by kirbz

  1. ROUND 4, Day 5: Friday, November 1 Meal 1: four scrambled eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat with salt and pepper; two slices of bacon; large bowl of caulfiwloer bone broth soup Movement (40 minutes): morning neighorhood walk with the pup (flat trail terrain) Movement (30 minutes): lunchtime neighorhood walk with the pup (flat trail terrain) Meal 2: piece of grilled salmon with spices and BBQ sauce; grilled aspargus with avocado oil and spices; whole avocado; strawberry kombucha Meal 3: two small top sirloin steaks; baked potato with ghee and salt Water Intak
  2. ROUND 4, Day 4: Thursday, October 31 Meal 1: none Meal 2: a few bites of leftovers (I had an unexpected personal situation I had to deal with) Movement (20 minutes): neighorhood walk with the pup (flat trail terrain) Meal 3: two round steaks cooked in whole tomatoes; large baked potato with ghee and salt Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 9,437 Supplements: Natural Calm in a glass of water before bed Symptoms/NSVs: slight constipation (i.e., couldn’t poop today, despite feeling the need) Thoughts/Reflections: Today sucked and it’s over now. That
  3. ROUND 4, Day 3: Wednesday, October 30 Meal 1: bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Meal 2: grilled trout marinated in garlic oil; fingerling tomatoes marinated in garlic oil; broccolini Meal 3: two round steaks cooked in whole tomatoes; large baked potato with ghee and salt Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 6,511 Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: Well, so much for 100 oz of water and 10,000 steps every day. Oops. Regardless, I still feel good about what I’m doing. I’m doing this for health and for me and it isn’t perfect and it won’t be perfect b
  4. ROUND 4, Day 2: Tuesday, October 29 Snack: Gaia Herbs Liver Cleanse tea with Primal Kitchen collagen peptides Meal 1: ~1 cup breakfast eggroll in a bowl with sausage (I just couldn’t eat any more than that) Movement (40 minutes): lunchtime walk (flat, neighborhood terrain) Meal 2: large grilled chicken breast served over cauliflower rice with a generous portion of Primal Kitchen Teriyaki sauce; ~1 cup steamed broccoli Meal 3: grilled sirloin steak with spicy seasoning; can of sliced potatoes pan-fried in a generous amount of ghee Water Intake: ~100 oz St
  5. ROUND 4, Day 1: Monday, October 28 Meal 1: ~2 cups breakfast eggroll in a bowl with sausage Meal 2: large grilled chicken breast served over cauliflower rice with a generous portion of Primal Kitchen Teriyaki sauce; ½ avocado Exercise (1 hour, 10 minutes): vinyasa yoga (84 average HR; 118 max HR) Meal 3: blueberry RxBar Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 7,572 Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: Here’s to another round! As with my last round, my focus will continue to be long-term sustainability. So, this will not be a perfect Whole30 and that’
  6. Thanks @hollysmokes, that's very kind of you. It's been very difficult but it was most definitely for the best and I know things will be better. For now, I'm focusing more on me and health and fitness are once again going to be a very big part of that! Today is now Day 2. I should finish just in time to indulge in Thanksgiving goodness! LOL. I hope all is well for you!
  7. Alright, I'm back again. I willfully returned to a very SAD way of eating in response to a bad breakup. I'm not sure what it says for my health mindset that I conscientiously did that, but I did. It was comforting and easy to have cereal and pizza and ice cream during a very difficult and stressful and sad time. But, here I am again. The plan is to do another Whole30 before Thanksgiving, to fully indulge during the holiday at home, and then return to a Whole30-ish, long-term way of eating. Thanksgiving though, 100% worth the indulgence!
  8. ROUND 3 FOOD FREEDOM, Day 7-9: Tuesday, October 8 to Thursday, October 10 Well, despite my noble intentions of returning to Whole30 eating this week, I've continued to eat off-plan foods every day this week. Which isn't ideal, but life is a bit of a mess right now, so I'm doing what I can. I've felt more tired than usual, but have otherwise have not had any ill-effects from my food choices. And I have been thoughtful about my food choices even though they haven't been ideal. Oh, and I've enjoyed them! Let's not forgot that... Tuesday: miso soup, two sushi rolls Wednesday: rice,
  9. @Angelia Thanks for your comment! It's always nice to know that there are others out there who can relate. I'm still committed to making this a lifestyle change, but yeah, it's hard. I definitely haven't been in a routine of cooking regularly and with long work hours, a ridiculous commute, two active pups, and time-consuming weekend hobbies, it's hard to fit it all in! But, without healthier eating, I won't be able to do the things I love for very long, so it's worth it! My friend told me yesterday that research shows that your body can start the aging process as early as your thirties.
  10. ROUND 3 FOOD FREEDOM, Day 2-6: Thursday, October 3 to Monday, October 7 Foods Reintroduced Today: cheese, crackers, salami, sprouted tortillas, sour cream, peanut butter, strawberry white chocolate mousse cake How I Felt: I had some very mild stomach upset but nothing significant. I definitely craved peanut butter after I ate it and then proceeded to eat half a larger jar over the course of three days. Thoughts/Reflections: I don't regret any of my food choices. I absolutely LOVE cheese, crackers, and salami as an outdoor snack and it made a wonderful crag treat. We enjoyed
  11. ROUND 3 FOOD FREEDOM, Day 1: Wednesday, October 2 Foods Reintroduced Today: peanuts, soy (tofu), white rice How I Felt: I had a mild tummy ache after lunch and I felt full for a very long time. It’s so much easier to overeat on stuff like rice. Otherwise, it wasn’t bad at all. I hope it doesn’t trigger any additional cravings over the next few days. Thoughts/Reflections: I had a special occasion lunch with a new hire and she wanted to eat Thai. After looking at the menu, I decided that the yellow curry was most likely 100% compliant. But I also decided that I wanted somethin
  12. I’ve thought a lot about what I want my food freedom to look like. And I guess it looks like this. I want to eat whole foods the vast majority of the time. For me, that means I want to essentially eat a slightly relaxed variation of Whole30 most of the time. By relaxed, I mean I can have BBQ sauce with honey and molasses in it because that’s my all-time favorite BBQ sauce. And maybe I can sometimes have banana bread for breakfast because I really don’t love eating so much meat and because I really, really like it. I want to have desserts in my life. In the past, I had said I could
  13. ROUND 3 RESULTS Alright, I’m done! I think I’m going to immediately transition into living my food freedom. I’ve already done formal reintroductions and generally understand how foods affect me so I don’t need those data points. I really just want this to become a sustainable lifestyle change, so I’m going to give food freedom a try right away. More on that later. For now, here are my scale and non-scale victories! NSVs: Healthier relationship with food In control of my cravings and my food choices Improved physical performance (I'm convinced I could not have do
  14. ROUND 3, Day 30: Tuesday, October 1 Meal 1: none Meal 2: large chicken grilled with BBQ sauce; two halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potatoes Meal 3: pulled pork cooked with BBQ sauce; large bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Water Intake: ~60 oz Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: Done! I had hoped to end on a stronger note (i.e., with three delicious meals), but here I am. I wasn’t going for perfect this round. I was going for sustainable and this is what I ended up with. Which may not actually be sustainable because I’m really not eating en
  15. ROUND 3, Day 29: Monday, September 30 Meal 1: none Snack: Gaia Herbs Liver Cleanse tea Meal 2: large slice of zucchini lasagna Meal 3: large chicken grilled with BBQ sauce; two halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potatoes Water Intake: ~60 oz Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: One more day to go!
  16. A couple of things to note: I had Advil over the course of two or three days on my period, starting on Day 17 I had Natural Calm before bed on Day 26; my legs were feeling restless so I had some Natural Calm, read and wandered for a bit, and then went back to bed and slept fine
  17. ROUND 3, Day 28: Sunday, September 29 Meal 1: three over-easy eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat; two slices of bacon; served over spiralized sweet potato and russet potato cooked in ghee with seasonings Meal 2: large slice of zucchini lasagna Meal 3: grilled ribeye steak with seasoning; one half spinach and artichoke twice baked potato Water Intake: ~60 oz Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: Well, I’m almost there. This one didn’t feel particularly hard. Well, I guess it wasn’t hard for me to stay committed anyway. I was never really tempted to go
  18. ROUND 3, Day 27: Saturday, September 28 Meal 1: three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk cooked in leftover bacon fat Meal 2: pulled pork cooked with BBQ sauce; can of sliced potatoes cooked in ghee; small head of steamed broccoli Meal 3: none (I had a tummy ache) Snack: chamomile tea Water Intake: ~60 oz Symptoms/NSVs: evening tummy ache Thoughts/Reflections: We went and saw It Chapter 2 this evening. I had planned to eat some lasagna before leaving but fell asleep. So I went to the theater hungry. It was kind of hard being there, but no
  19. ROUND 3, Day 26: Friday, September 27 Meal 1: four scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk cooked in leftover bacon fat; two slices of bacon; large bowl of cauliflower bone broth soup; small glass of orange juice Meal 2: seven BBQ chicken wings; three dill pickle spears; GT’s Gingerade kombucha Meal 3: huge slice of zucchini lasagna Water Intake: ~80 oz Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: Three full meals! That’s all I got…
  20. I do a health biometric screening each year and just received my results. I thought it would be helpful to post them here. These were taken on Day 25 of my Whole30, on Thursday, September 26. Glucose: 73 (normal) LDL Cholesterol: 96 (normal) HDL Cholesterol: 39 (low!) Triglycerides: 48 (normal) Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 3.8 (normal) Total Cholesterol: 149 (normal) Blood Pressure: 111/63 (normal) BMI: 29 (high!) I'm not sure what the low HDL cholesterol means and what I can do about it so I'll have to look into that. Perhaps I'll actually
  21. ROUND 3, Day 25: Thursday, September 26 Meal 1: none Meal 2: two sweet potato salmon patties; bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Meal 3: BBQ chicken wings; asparagus cooked in avocado oil; Water Intake: ~80 oz Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: I’m back home now and plan to eat three full meals each day through the rest of my Whole30. Who knew that would be such a struggle?
  22. ROUND 3, Day 24: Wednesday, September 25 Meal 1: none Meal 2: large portion of chicken shawarma; ~1/2 cup of baba ganoush; ~3/4 cup of tabbouleh Meal 3: two sweet potato salmon patties; bowl of cauliflower bone broth soup Water Intake: ~80 oz Symptoms/NSVs: clear skin (I saw my reflection in the mirror and thought that I really like the way my skin is looking these days) Thoughts/Reflections: I had a bit of a tummy ache after eating my delicious shawarma and baba ganoush, so the meal likely had something in it that wasn’t compliant. Oh well, I did the be
  23. @MadyVanilla That's a great perspective! Thanks for checking in! Honestly, for me, I really just feel like I'm starving myself because I'm really just too overwhelmed/exhausted to prepare Whole30 foods. But the alternative is throwing myself into a tub of Rocky Road and gorging on pizza, so I guess this is better? LOL. I am trying to at least eat two meals a day, if not three.
  24. ROUND 3, Day 23: Tuesday, September 24 Meal 1: large bowl of cauliflower bone broth soup; GT’s hibiscus ginger kombucha Meal 2: five salisbury steak meatballs with a generous portion of gravy; mashed potatoes Meal 3: three slices of deli turkey; ~10 celery sticks with cilantro lime ranch dressing; handful of grape tomatoes Water Intake: ~80 oz Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: Not much to report. I’m still not eating enough. But I’m doing the best I can with what I’ve got right now.
  25. ROUND 3, Day 22: Monday, September 23 Meal 1: three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk cooked in leftover bacon fat; two slices of bacon; bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Meal 2: five salisbury steak meatballs with a generous portion of gravy; mashed potatoes Meal 3: Chipotle salad bowl with carnitas, grilled veggies, romaine, salsa, and guacamole Water Intake: ~80 oz Symptoms/NSVs: feeling tired and needing lots of sleep (though that’s more likely due to stress and my mood than anything else) Thoughts/Reflections: There are a lot of stressors in