kirbz

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  1. 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’
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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,
  5. @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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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…
  16. 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
  17. 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?
  18. 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
  19. @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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. ROUND 3, Day 21: Sunday, September 22 Meal 1: none Meal 2: two sweet potato salmon patties with lizard sauce; small head of steamed broccoli; half avocado Meal 3: five salisbury steak meatballs with a generous portion of gravy; mashed potatoes; half can raspberry lime sparkling water Water Intake: ~60 oz Symptoms/NSVs: flatter stomach jeans fitting even more loosely Thoughts/Reflections: I missed breakfast because I was in a rush to caddy for Shawn at his disc golf tournament (I slept in). But, otherwise, I have lots of good food prepared for the w
  23. ROUND 3, Day 20: Saturday, September 21 Meal 1: two chicken and apple sausages pan-cooked in avocado oil; whole sliced cucumber; half avocado Meal 2: none Meal 3: one and a half sweet potato salmon patties with lizard sauce; two thirds can of spinach; can of sliced potatoes cooked in ghee Water Intake: ~80 oz Symptoms/NSVs: two new pimples on my neck under my chin (though, to be fair, I think it was caused by my hair, which I'm wearing down more often and washing less) Thoughts/Reflections: I slept a lot of the day, which is why I didn't eat Meal 2. I'm jus
  24. ROUND 3, Day 19: Friday, September 20 Meal 1: two hard-boiled eggs Meal 2: chicken breast grilled with BBQ sauce; ~2 cups of steamed carrots; very small handful of Castelvetrano olives; Lemon La Croix Meal 3: pork chop grilled with BBQ sauce; baked potato with ghee; handful of grape tomatoes Water Intake: ~70 oz Symptoms/NSVs: new pimple on my chin Thoughts/Reflections: Not much to say today. I'm planning a big cookup this weekend so I have lots of yummy food to eat! Because this week has been completely lackluster and I'm over it.
  25. ROUND 3, Day 18: Thursday, September 19 Meal 1: three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk cooked in leftover bacon fat; two slices of bacon; small glass of orange juice Meal 2: none Meal 3: large chicken breast grilled with BBQ sauce; two whole cans of sliced potatoes cooked in a whole lot of ghee Water Intake: ~70 oz Symptoms/NSVs: none Thoughts/Reflections: I didn't eat much today. I've been too busy to collect myself and prepare some wholesome meals after our backpacking trip. I drove to Sacramento, worked four hours this morning, and then had to