kirbz

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  1. Well, normally when I vanish suddenly from my own log, it's because I gave up on my round and reverted to poor eating habits. That's not the case this time! I've simply decided that I'm not going do add all the fanfare to this round because I'm trying to make this my new normal and I wouldn't be tracking and logging every single thing I eat as part of my everyday normal. So, I don't know what day I'm on. I haven't been eating perfect meal template meals. On many days I haven't drank enough water or eaten three full meals. But, I'm here. I'm feeling strong and I'm eating well-balanced, he
  2. @JessFind Oops, sorry, I just saw your note. I haven't been checking in on the forum very regularly for this round because I'm really just trying to make this my new normal and I won't be doing that as part of my regular, everyday life. But, to answer your question (I hope this isn't too late to be helpful)... I don't do a lot of meal prep. I tried that my first round and didn't like it for two reasons. One, I don't like eating the same meal over and over. And two (and this is the more important of the two), it made me bitter. I would have to do meal prep on the weekend and my weekends ar
  3. Since I forgot to do this before Day 1, here are my beginning weight and measurements. This isn't just about weight for me, but I do hope to see some strong results because losing some weight is going to be important for my long-term enjoyment of the mountains. I'll probably also take some before and after pictures but I'm certainly not posting those here. Height: 5'10" Weight: 198.7 lbs Thigh (R): 29" Upper Arm (R): 15.25" Hips: 46.5" Stomach: 37.5" Waist: 33.75"
  4. ROUND 4, Day 2: Saturday, December 28 Sleep: 8 hours 48 minutes (1:29 deep; 6:02 light; 1:17 REM; 0:05 awake) Meal 1: four eggs scrambled in ghee with a splash of coconut milk and salt and pepper; two slices of bacon; large bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Exercise (2 hours, 10 minutes): 4.81-mile hike (on hard-packed snow, with microspikes) with 801 feet of elevation gain (130 average HR; 169 max HR) Meal 2: chicken breast grilled with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; two cans of sliced white potatoes cooked in ghee; brussel sprouts cooked in ghee with salt and pepper; gin
  5. ROUND 4, Day 1: Friday, December 27 Sleep: 9 hours 29 minutes (0:24 deep; 4:55 light; 4:10 REM; 0:02 awake) Pre-Workout Snack: one hard-boiled egg Exercise (1 hour): pilates class Meal 1: four eggs scrambled in ghee with a splash of coconut milk and salt and pepper; two slices of bacon; large bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Meal 2: chicken breast grilled with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; can of sliced white potatoes cooked in ghee; small head of steamed broccolini; watermelon kombucha Movement (1 hour, 15 minutes): walk in the neighborhood with the pup (s
  6. @Jim Baunach You're right that there isn't really a limit on portions or fat consumption. But the meal template is a great resource to serve as a guideline for portioning. It's not a rule to follow the meal template, but it is a recommendation and I've found it to be highly useful. You can find it here: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf. Basically, you should fill your plate with 1-2 palm-size servings of meat, the rest of your plate with vegetables (1-3 cups) and a serving or two of plated fat (which varies depending on the fat source). That'll give you the very be
  7. @Jim Baunach Here's a good explanation of the Whole9: https://forum.whole30.com/topic/21258-difference-between-whole-9-and-whole-30/.
  8. And here I am again. I did not finish the last round. I had a trip to LA for work that I was not prepared for. I had planned to try and make it work but willfully decided to not try that hard. I was fine with that decision due to the circumstances of the work trip. I had planned to immediately go back to Whole30 upon returning, which I did not do. That decision I am not happy with. I still have this all-or-nothing mentality and it has a long runway for turning around when I go off plan. I need to work on that. My goals remain the same. It is absolutely imperative that I establish a healt
  9. ROUND 4, Day 16: Tuesday, November 12 Meal 1: Blueberry RxBar Meal 2: three halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potatoes Meal 3: golden beet and pistachio salad with balsamic drizzle; grilled trout marinated in garlic oil; fingerling tomatoes marinated in garlic oil; broccolini Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 6,580 Symptoms/NSVs: felt mildly depressed / very low mood extreme tiredness left knee pain Thoughts/Reflections: I still felt tired and down today. I also don’t have a plan for food this week so my eating habits are not gonna be p
  10. ROUND 4, Day 15: Monday, November 11 Meal 1: none Snack: half a can of coconut water Exercise (1 hours, 10 minutes): 2.64-mile hike with 518 feet of elevation gain (121 average HR; 171 max HR) Snack: slice of deli turkey; half a can of coconut water Meal 2: two grilled chicken thighs with BBQ sauce; small bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Meal 3: grilled sirloin steak with spicy seasoning; two halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potatoes; watermelon kombucha Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 11,429 Symptoms/NSVs: terrible headache through
  11. ROUND 4, Day 14: Sunday, November 10 Meal 1: pouch of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food; small handful of homemade plantain chips Exercise (3 hours, 11 minutes): 6.78-mile backpacking hike with 620 feet of elevation gain (112 average HR; 162 max HR) Post-Workout Snack: can of coconut water Meal 2: three over-easy eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat; served over spiralized sweet potato and russet potato cooked in ghee with salt, pepper, and seasoning; three slices compliant bacon; glass of orange juice Exercise (1 hour, 3 minutes): mild vinyasa yoga (75 average
  12. ROUND 4, Day 13: Saturday, November 9 Meal 1: three over-easy eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat; served over spiralized sweet potato and russet potato cooked in ghee with salt, pepper, and seasoning; one and a half slices compliant bacon; glass of orange juice Exercise (5 hours, 26 minutes): 8.74-mile backpacking hike with 1,654 feet of elevation gain (126 average HR; 191 max HR) Intra-Workout Meal 2: turkey “sandwich” with three slices turkey, one slice of bacon, ½ avocado, sprouts, and mayo served in butter lettuce leaves; 8 oz of water with compliant electrolyte supplement
  13. ROUND 4, Day 12: Friday, November 8 Meal 1: four eggs scrambled in leftover bacon fat with a splash of coconut milk, salt, and pepper; two slices of bacon; whole sliced cucumber Movement (40 minutes): neighborhood walk with the pup (flat trail terrain) Meal 2: five grilled chicken drumsticks with BBQ sauce and seasoning; one small zucchini and summer squash sautéed in avocado oil with seasoning; ¾ avocado Movement (25 minutes): neighborhood walk with the pup (flat trail terrain) Meal 3: grilled ribeye steak with seasoning; large baked potato with ghee and salt; handful
  14. ROUND 4, Day 11: Thursday, November 7 Meal 1: none Snack: chamomile tea with Primal Kitchen collagen peptides Meal 2: two round steaks cooked in whole tomatoes; large baked potato with ghee and salt Meal 3: four eggs scrambled in leftover bacon fat with a splash of coconut milk, salt, and pepper; two and a half slices of bacon; bowl of cauliflower bone broth soup. Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 8,284 Symptoms/NSVs: evening tiredness again (not sure if it’s the time change or not eating enough) Thoughts/Reflections: Not much to say today.
  15. ROUND 4, Day 10: Wednesday, November 6 Meal 1: none (I stayed in bed and snuggled with Yeti Spaghetti instead of eating; I feel good about my decision) Snack: blueberry RxBar and chamomile tea Meal 2: piece of baked salmon; large bowl of cauliflower soup Meal 3: two round steaks cooked in whole tomatoes; large baked potato with ghee and salt Water Intake: ~80 oz Steps: 7,809 Symptoms/NSVs: evening tiredness (I went to bed before 8:00 p.m.) Thoughts/Reflections: I just realized that some colleagues gave me little Halloween goodie bags last we
  16. ROUND 4, Day 9: Tuesday, November 5 Meal 1: two hard-boiled eggs Meal 2: large bowl of pork vegetable stir fry with carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, bell pepper, snap peas, and onion cooked with Primal Kitchen Classic Marinade Meal 3: grilled sirloin steak; can of sliced potatoes cooked in duck fat; bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Water Intake: ~80 oz Steps: 8,658 Symptoms/NSVs: woke up with a cold sore (I haven’t had one of those in a long time, though I do get them frequently overall) Thoughts/Reflections: Not much to report today. I’m super disap
  17. ROUND 4, Day 8: Monday, November 4 Meal 1: four eggs scrambled in leftover bacon fat with a splash of coconut milk, salt, and pepper; bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Meal 2: large bowl of pork vegetable stir fry with carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, bell pepper, snap peas, and onion cooked with Primal Kitchen Classic Marinade Meal 3: enormous chicken breast grilled with salt, pepper, and BBQ sauce; large bowl of cauliflower bone broth soup; lavender kombucha Water Intake: ~80 oz Steps: 6,327 Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: I tried to go to yo
  18. ROUND 4, Day 7: Sunday, November 3 Meal 1: instant eggs (~2-3 eggs worth); Gaia Herbs Liver Cleanse tea Exercise (~3 hours, 30 minutes): ~7-mile backpacking hike with ~300 feet of elevation gain (121 average HR; 179 max HR) Post-Workout Snack: can of coconut water Meal 2: three over-easy eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat; served over spiralized sweet potato and russet potato cooked in ghee with salt, pepper, and seasoning; 2 slices compliant bacon; glass of orange juice Meal 3: grilled flat iron steak with seasoning; large baked potato with ghee and salt; ~10 aspara
  19. ROUND 4, Day 6: Saturday, November 2 Meal 1: three over-easy eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat; served over spiralized sweet potato and russet potato cooked in ghee with salt, pepper, and seasoning; 2 slices compliant bacon; glass of orange juice Exercise (~5 hours): ~8-mile backpacking hike with ~2,500 feet of elevation gain (121 average HR; 179 max HR) Intra-Workout Snack: pouch of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food Intra-Workout Meal 2: turkey “sandwich” with three slices turkey, one slice of bacon, ½ avocado, sprouts, and mayo served in butter lettuce leaves;
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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’
  25. 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!