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2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)

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re: journaling

I'm going through old entries and transcribing them into Evernote.  It's been pretty cool to read some of the things I wrote.  Dang it turns out I have lots of ideas I need to implement! :P

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I clearly undershopped this past weekend, because all I had available for breakfast this morning was eggs and sauerkraut. Not the worst combination ever, and certainly better than broccoli and mango, which I had last week (don't ask). But, it does show that I've slacked off a bit on the meal prep this week - I readily admit that being busy, tired and hungover on the weekend didn't help matters at all.

So I will recommit to slamming some food prep in to another busy weekend. Unless my date cancels, in which case I'll have all the time in the world for cooking. Joy.

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On 2/15/2017 at 6:29 PM, cottagequeen said:

Steph Gaudreau is having another viewing of the webinar the 20th if anyone's interested. Harder to kill to register.

I did her Harder To Kill program last year and am a big fan. She is a proper badass, and so real. Her podcast is excellent too - she's just back with a new season (Harder To Kill Radio)

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3 hours ago, GoJo09 said:

Unless my date cancels

I assume we're not talking about the fruit variety? Go you!! :D

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So my month of personal growth isn't going exactly as planned. I'm doing okay with the Journalling, but I was thrown a bit of a curve ball last week when I came down with some kind of a cold/flu virus so any attempts at making my sourdough starter (& ultimately, bread) have been knocked on the head, and my focus has been on eating healing foods and getting plenty of rest & sleep.

That said, as an introvert I've had to work hard in previous years of this challenge to learn to accept invites, and get out more; to let exercise take a back seat in favour of some socialising.... Well, it feels like my social calendar has been a bit full on since Christmas, and when I got a text from a friend on Wednesday asking me to join her & some other friends at the Cinema tonight my heart sank. I'd been looking forward to a quiet night in but two of these girls are my best friends and I didn't want to let either of them down, and yet physically, financially, and emotionally I just didn't feel like I could go - us introverts really need their down time.

Anyway, this morning I got another text with the movie start time, and I bravely texted my apologies and said I wouldn't be going. I can't begin to explain how hard it was to say no to my best friends, and yet how relieved I felt at not going at the same time. So here I am, just eaten dinner, about to jump in the shower & get comfy in my PJs and have myself another early night.

Perhaps I'm growing this month after all.

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My journaling isn't consistent yet. More like every third day with an extra day thrown in every now and then. More than I have in the past tho. So, whether anyone was wondering or not, the results from Out Back. Ordered a Bloomin' Onion since my BIL likes onion rings. My meal was 6 oz center cut sirloin, ordered medium, lobster and chopped salad and ice water with lemon& lime. They brought out bread and butter, although, interestingly, they asked first if it was wanted. Now, I had no interest in the bread so, passed on it. I ate some Bloomin' Onion with sauce, then my salad came, it was pretty good, but then, I've always liked bleu cheese and pecans. It was sweet, not really how I want my salad. Next my meal. They asked if our steaks were ok. Cut into mine, on one side, as did my BIL. Looked good. Tried the lobster... can I say, I'm in love... Yep, it was worth it. Back to the steak... note to self, if you ever get a steak at a restaurant and they ask if it is ok, cut into the middle... my medium steak started out medium on one end and by the time I got to the other end it was well done... :( My BIL wanted med well, and his was medium to medium rare. I would have traded with him, but his was bigger than mine. By the time we finished eating, I was comfortably full. On the way back home, started getting sleepy and noticing some random itciness, as well as some head stuffiness and some bloating, but not to the point of miserable. By bedtime, I began to feel some sadness/hopelessness/depression and not so healthy thinking, as in what's the point of me being in this world. Scared me as I really do not want to travel down that road again! Managed to send it packing and go to sleep. Then the weird dream came. It started out that I was trying to help this girl hide from someone that was trying to hurt her, to, me being the girl hiding from the evil. I woke up feeling like I was having a hot flash. Been a while since I've had one of those. Also felt achy and stuffy, along with some stomach irritation. Back to 100% compliant since Thursday evening. Good news is, no more disrupted negative thinking! Still some lingering head stuffiness and mild stiff achy body today. I believe what little wheat I got in the Bloomin' Onion and the few crispy Chinese noodles in the salad(did not know they were in there til I started eating it) caused the mental anguish. That was not much wheat. So DEFINITELY NOT WORTH IT! Really, the only thing in the whole meal that was worth it was the lobster. Yeah, it was worth it, in hindsight, I would have gotten the lobster dinner with asparagus and left off the blasted bloomin' onion. I can cook a better steak at home... The journey continues and I am amazed at myself and how far I have come these past few years.

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How are you feeling now, @cottagequeen? Fully recovered from your Outback experience?

I fully replied to your post last week, @jmcbn, but it appears to have disappeared into the ether... Did you enjoy your solo night in? I'm much the same as you - I hate saying no to people, because I'm afraid they'll hate me for it and never ask again, but I often just really need to spend time alone. I love it when people cancel on me!

 

I had an interesting weekend in regards to food, and I don't really mean interesting in a good way. Went out to lunch on Saturday and there was a mushroom risotto on the menu that looked pretty tasty, and since I'm not doing a Whole 30, I ordered it. Well, I was less than halfway through (and it wasn't a large serving) and I couldn't fit anymore in - and I can eat a lot, normally! All that rice! But the really interesting part was how HANGRY I was later that evening. When I'm eating template meals (Whole 30 compliant or not), I don't get hangry - I get a bit hungry, but whatevs, I'm not going to rip someone's head off. I guess it was a good introduction for the new boy when I turned to him and said "I need to eat, right now, or I'm going to throw a tantrum, and I might cry" and I wasn't joking...

Then I somehow ended up having sushi for breakfast Sunday morning (although is it really breakfast if it's 4 hours after you wake up? We went to a hipster food market thinking to get breakfast, and none of the food was ready to eat - I was shocked, but apparently that's how they roll in South Africa). I don't think my body likes rice all that much. But it was the best sushi I've had in a long time. I think next time I'll take snacks when I go to his house :).

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@GoJo09 I've been meaning to update. Ate 100% compliant Friday& Saturday. Saturday eve, had an asthma like episode, tightness in chest, felt like I couldn't breath as deep as I should, coughing and crackles in my airways. Used to have it a lot prior to my first Whole30. Used some of my herbal oils. Slept fine and the symptoms went away. Ate 100% compliant m1&2 on Sunday. Didn't prepare for m3 as I didn't know I would need to. Took Grands back to meet son and dil at soccer camp. Granddaughter's at 3:15 then an hour til grandsons at 5:00. They went to eat at a place called Rapid Fire Pizza. Dil had a coupon for a salad she gave me. So, I got this salad you build yourself. Had a decent selection of veg, but no way of knowing what was on/in the meat. You got 2 choices of meat and 2 of cheese. So, I got double chicken and shredded cojack and bleu cheese, also added some pineapple. I'm sure there was sugar in the pineapple  as it didn't look like it was fresh. They had Marzetti dressings in packets and they all had soybean oil so I skipped them. My son said they also had some sauces down the line that I might find a better choice. None of the sauces had a list of ingredients, but they had a pesto sauce. Son googled the menu and it said it was olive oil basil pine nuts and parm. So I got some of that. Was really good, and huge. Couldn't eat it all. They had good unsweetened tea. Ate and back to soccer camp. Then home didn't notice any issues. Come Monday, bam! Not sure what has happened, but I've been off roading! Monday, I finished off the package of sprouted grain pretzels I'd gotten for my wheat reintro. I'd opened them Sunday for the grandkids to eat some with their lunch. Tuesday, I got the Ezekiel sprouted grain English muffins out of the freezer(purchased for my wheat reintro) and ate nearly the whole package thru out they day. Tuesday eve, ran to the store to get more eggs as I had none for meal 1 today. Bought a container of Ben&Jerry' s mint chocolate ice cream. Ate the WHOLE pint last night. I did savor the whole thing... :mellow: NO NO NO! Went to bed early last night and woke up late this am. Meal1was compliant... at 11:00. Ran to the health food store to pick up some supplements I needed. Bought a toffee almond candy bar. Ate it all! Sugar Dragon is alive and well! I did go for a 45 minute walk today. Felt good. Now, I have NOT given up. I have a plan. 100% compliant meal this evening. New Whole30 tomorrow. May do a whole60, just to give me more time to get the Dragon in check. Wow, I can only think it was the dairy in the salad that fired up the Dragon, since I noticed it trying to rear it's head on dairy reintro day. Another lesson learned!

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cottagequeen, I have that sugar thing too. I am trying to figure out what to do about it. For me, there's some urgency to get it settled, because I have recently begun having heart palpitations when I eat a lot of sugar. I'm talking about added sugar here, not fruit or starchy veg.

The other night I went to a party and ate off plan, except no sugar. I thought about it beforehand, because my plan had been to do a second Whole30 as soon as I completed my January Whole30. I decided that a Whole47 would be a good idea in this situation, so I ate what was at the party.

What I discovered was that this meal, while just fine, didn't really count as worth it from a taste standpoint. It did count as worth it from a social standpoint - except that I got to thinking. I don't drink. This party was a really wonderful anniversary celebration with lots of compliant pupus and some probably-compliant roasted potatoes. The dinner was served buffet style and people sat or stood to eat wherever they wanted to. Then there was a champagne toast. Since I don't drink, I filled my cup with water and toasted with ice water. I wouldn't even consider drinking champagne for a toast, since I just plain don't drink. This made me think about what counts as worth it from a social perspective with regard to food.

I know several folks who are vegetarian, and they wouldn't hesitate to eat the parts of the meal that work for them while leaving the rest. The social aspect of the gathering would not be at all disturbed by this.

So I think that the next time I am in this situation, I'll ask myself if it's worth it just for me, rather than for the social aspect of the event. In other words, if there's some kind of wonderful dinner served that is also not what I'd usually eat, maybe I'll go for it. If not, I can socialize with what food I choose to eat in exactly the same way that I always socialize with water around people drinking alcohol.

The next morning I got back to Whole30 eating, so I'll finish out February, take a day off, and do another Whole30 for March. I'm the sort of person who does well eating Whole30 most of the time, and I am looking for a hard reset this year. I noticed about day 50 (accounting for that one meal off) that I'm starting to see/feel the results I'm looking for. I expect this to continue in the coming weeks.

Anyway, all of this is great food for thought. I just had never been put in a position where I could easily not drink the champagne (since I don't ever drink anyway), and could therefore draw the analogy of not eating the food I really don't want to eat anyway. 

So this month is turning out really well in the self-evaluation area.

In other news, related to overall life design, I've begun taking a much slower, self-aware approach to my days. This has been a great relief, since I was approaching burnout more quickly than I like to admit.

I'm glad to be along on this challenge and I look forward to more.

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13 hours ago, cottagequeen said:

I can only think it was the dairy in the salad that fired up the Dragon,

Dairy has WAY more naturally occurring sugar than people realise. You only have to look at the recommendations around babies not being allowed to fall asleep with their bedtime bottle due to the risk to their teeth to figure it out... Plus it has that 'creep' effect - the more you have, the more you want.

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My sister called me this morning and scolded me for not calling her when I headed off the road. Sadly, I am so not in the habit of reaching out to others when I am in that mindset. I can share later, but at the time, just not used to it. One of the things I need to work on during this challenge.

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I think I've been going really well on the personal growth front - doing (and saying) things that make me uncomfortable, being honest with myself about my feelings and talking about them with others, starting Spanish classes, which I truly suck at... I didn't make a list or anything, but it's been in the  back of my mind.

I've also been paying attention to food and nutrition, and that's been very interesting too.

I'm pretty sure I can smash the sleep part - while my sleep hygiene could use some work (I'm always on my phone in bed...), I go to bed early and generally sleep like a rock :) (since my first Whole 30 a few years ago, anyway - before that I woke at least once or twice a night).

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Ahh, yes sleep! I <3 sleep! :D I do sleep thru the night most nights, looking forward to improving on that! Heading out shortly to get my dose of vitamin D3, melatonin stimulation, cardiovascular fitness and lymphatic pumping detox. As well as some moving meditation! 

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Is anyone else doing the Crossfit Open? Holy smokes was that workout hard! I actually had to force myself to eat afterwards, my body was so smashed - normally I'm starving by the time I get home after a 5am workout, and I could only manage a few chunks of sweet potato this morning (no protein prepped, I was out most of the weekend and sort of just fell in to a bath and then bed last night).

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Well well ...

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Here we are on the eve of our month to focus on sleep, and I'm up past my bedtime!!!

Had to come here on the forum to "confess", but now I'm shutting the computer off and headed to bed -- honest! blush.png

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I was too! Storms had me up. Was under a tornado watch til 7 am. Fortunately, it didn't get that bad. I think I did get about 6 hours of sleep before I awoke on my own. Hoping to get at least 15 minutes of morning sun? Does it count if it's cloudy? I wonder. May have to wear a raincoat...

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9 hours ago, cottagequeen said:

Hoping to get at least 15 minutes of morning sun? Does it count if it's cloudy? I wonder.

I don't think it does.  Don't have any scientific data about Vitamin D production or anything, but just going off of when I worked at a weed farm --- the light meter would register way low on overcast days.

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Was going more for the melatonin stimulation from Stupid Easy Paleo's webinar. 15 minutes of Sun sans sunglasses to kick up that melatonin for better sleep. Living in Ohio, I take a vitamin D3 supplement due to the sun issues this far north of the equator.

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I'm definitely up for the sleep emphasis in March. Sleep is a huge issue for me and there have been no easy solutions over the years. So I'm always looking for tweaks. My main issue is that with my autoimmune issue, my cortisol is often out of whack. Supplements help, but I still wake up at 3:30 a.m. far too often. I'm hoping this month I can see some improvement. Fingers crossed!

I took a day off Whole30 eating and then started my next round. It turns out that all I really want when I'm not eating Whole30 is sugar. And sugar has started to give me heart palpitations, so I'm actually starting to lose my taste for it. I never thought THAT would happen!!!

During March, April, and May, I'll continue the pattern of doing a Whole30 and then taking a day off and then doing another one. I'm still in hard reset mode, and my body is thanking me profusely for it. So I want to keep going. I'm traveling in June so will not eat Whole30 then, but will do my best to stay away from the sugar. 

As for sleep hygiene, I'm going back on my supplements this month and hope to see some results. 

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So one thing I don' think we've really talked about in years past re: sleep is the EQUIPMENT of sleep!

Namely, bed, pillows, sheets, etc.  What are your must-haves, your secret weapons, your perfect combos?

As some of you know, I kind of bounce around a few different states for work, and I gotta tell you, the bed I have in Wyoming is definitely my favorite.  I sleep great on it! It's a decent brand name (maybe Sealy Posturpedic?) but nothing too fancy like pillow top or whatever.

I also love a memory foam pillow --- I have 2, one I keep in Wyoming and one I keep in San Diego.  I need to get a 3rd to keep in Washington :D

What difference do you think thread count in sheets REALLY makes?  Is there a point where you're just paying for the bragging rights of the big number?

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