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MINI RESET, Day 5: Friday, February 8

Sleep Last Night: 8 hours 38 minutes (0:32 deep; 5:17 light; 2:49 REM; 0:21 awake)

Wakeup: 7:15 am

Meal 1 (8:30 am): three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk cooked in leftover bacon fat; 2.5 slices of bacon; large bowl of zucchini soup

Exercise (12:00-1:00 pm): 1.85-mile snowshoe hike with 318 feet of elevation gain (170 max HR; 143 average HR)

Meal 2 (1:30 pm): four chicken tenders pan-cooked in avocado oil with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; one can of sliced potatoes pan-cooked in ghee

Meal 3 (8:30 pm): five slices of tri-tip cooked on the BBQ with marinade; three half spinach and artichoke potatoes

Water Intake: ~80 oz

Steps: 11,104

Symptoms/NSVs:

  • Still constipated

Thoughts/Reflections: Nothing significant to report today. Need more vegetables and more water. And probably less potatoes….

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Two things I wanted to note: 

  1. I have not been sick since I started my Whole30 journey shortly after Thanksgiving. This is despite coworkers, friends, and family all around me getting sick with all kinds of cold and flu yuckiness. 
  2. Bread, especially bread all on its own, is a trigger for me. It makes me want to eat all the things. Cookies. Chocolate. Ice cream. More bread. So bread is most definitely only for very special occasions. 

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I want to be eating more vegetables so I think I'm going to try a new thing for next week. I'm going to come up with a list of a variety of vegetables, some familiar and some newer, and commit to incorporate those into my meals for the week. So, here's what I have planned for next week! I'd like to then follow up and account for how I did! 

Vegetable List for Week of February 18

  • Asparagus
  • Cucumber
  • Kale (rarely eat) 
  • Broccoli 
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash (rarely eat) 
  • Radishes (rarely eat) 
  • Cabbage (rarely eat) 
  • Brussel Sprouts 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Beets (rarely eat) 

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Well, I've eaten mostly garbage since my mini reset a bit over a week ago. They were not conscientious food choices. They were not "worth it" choices. They were born of laziness and convenience, which has always been my downfall with Whole30.  In my defense, we have been absolutely buried in snow, are struggling with flooding, and have had a couple of power outages. But, alas, I could have made more thoughtful food choices. Or at least eaten better garbage food! 

But, I'm going to do another mini reset and get back on track. And I intend to still eat all the vegetables I noted above! Bring on the vegetables! This will be my healthiest week of Whole30 yet! 

Two things worth noting though: 

  1. I still haven't given in to the temptation to have any sweet things. I have not had any chocolate or other forms of dessert since I started my Whole30 in November. I'm still not ready for that. 
  2. My pooping has returned to normal since going back to a SAD diet. I am now happily pooping once a day, in the morning, as I normally do. I'm not sure what it is about Whole30 that makes me so darn constipated! I'm going to try for more water and more vegetables, because I believe I've read that that helps... 

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Well, my Girl Scout Cookie order arrived. I guess it's just as well that it arrived today because I just committed myself to another mini reset! I'm honestly just not ready to reintroduce desserts into my life so this is something that helps me remain strong to my goals and committments! Because honestly, I truly just cannot see the point in eating a single cookie. In my past life, I would eat the whole box in one sitting. And even know, even with all I've learned, it honestly doesn't feel like it would even be worth eating a cookie unless I ate an entire row of them! And I don't want that right now. So I guess I wait longer until that attitude changes, or until it's worth it to eat a whole row... 

So, here we are with Day 1 of my latest mini reset. This one is about eating all the veggies! Though I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of these in my near future as I figure out how to make better food choices. 

MINI RESET #2, Day 1: Tuesday, February 19

Meal 1 (7:30 am):  two over-easy eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat; ~2.5 cups of breakfast egg roll in a bowl (cabbage, carrots, broccoli, sausage, seasoning/spices)

Meal 2 (12:30 pm): 5 salisbury steak meatballs served with generous portion of gravy; ~1.5 cups mashed potatoes served with generous portion of gravy

Meal 3 (8:00 pm): four chicken tenders pan-cooked in avocado oil with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; ~2 cups chopped Turkish salad (cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, radishes, onion, olives) with olive oil and lemon juice dressing

Water Intake: ~80 oz

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MINI RESET #2, Day 2: Wednesday, February 20

Meal 1 (8:30 am):  ~2 cups of breakfast egg roll in a bowl (cabbage, carrots, broccoli, sausage, seasoning/spices)

Meal 2 (1:30 pm): 5 salisbury steak meatballs served with generous portion of gravy; ~1.5 cups mashed potatoes served with generous portion of gravy

Meal 3 (8:00 pm): four chicken tenders pan-cooked in avocado oil with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; ~2 cups chopped Turkish salad (cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, radishes, onion, olives) with olive oil and lemon juice dressing; bowl of cauliflower soup

Water Intake: ~60 oz

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Welp... I ate an entire box of Caramel deLites. In one sitting. In about 15 minutes. 

The choice was not a particular well thought out one. I got stuck at work doing someone else's work and was there until nearly 8:00 pm. I was annoyed and hungry and tired and angry. And I had six boxes of Girl Scout Cookies sitting right there, because a co-worked had just delivered my order to me earlier in the week. 

So I made a choice to eat one row. That felt okay to me. I think I would have supported that decision today if I had stopped there. 

I wish I could say that the cookie didn't taste good. That, after more than three months without a single dessert, it would taste overly sweet and artificial. It did not. It was wonderful. And delightful. And amazing. And I loved every bite. 

So much so that I continued my way through the entire box. 

Good news is that I'm not having any significant cravings or other ill-effects the day after. Bad news is that I clearly still have no control over sweet delicious things. 

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