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@KelseyClaire - I feel for you.  I work for the school system and while I want nothing more than to be back in school, the hybrid option we were considering just seemed like such a logistical nightmare.  And as you referenced, there is such a high probability of going back to full virtual from hybrid...I'm glad we are going to concentrate on doing virtual well.  I hope it works out for your district.  

Another good day yesterday.  I ended up ordering a Chipotle Whole 30 bowl for lunch and cooking the chicken for dinner.  Chipotle is so filling...I wasn't hungry for dinner, but still ate a little chicken.  Again, I didn't make the extra effort to get the exercise in, I had a contingency plan but didn't put it into play.  I'm not feeling avoidant, though, I'm feeling like I can float through these next few days on the way to August 1.  So, I'm not beating myself up about it.  This is progress for me.  

Mood-7, Energy-7, Pain-0

M1-I'm still not hungry this morning.  I'm sipping on black iced coffee.  I'll probably just eat lunch early.  

M2-Leftover chicken mixed with homemade mayo.  Cucumber slices

M3-Grilled pork and probably summer squash

I have thoughts of exercise in the back of my mind, but not going to force it today.  I might be able to get that long yoga session in, though.  

 

 

 

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Big restart tomorrow as I've puttered along this week.  I definitely feel like I've gotten myself back on track for the most part - I'm in a much better place than I was earlier in the week.  

I took the dog for a 5-mile hike yesterday in the cooler woods and it was absolutely lovely!  I also did an hour yin yoga session - perfect.  I have a quick, overnight trip tonight for baseball, but I have groceries and meal plans ready to start anew  tomorrow!    

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It's amazing how quickly things fall apart, lol.  My son moved out yesterday - I'm officially an empty-nester.  I've known this was going to happen for a month but it was as if I wasn't prepared.  I went over to help vacuum and clean...and that was that.  Ugh.  This is hard.  And I felt that only a Dairy Queen blizzard could drown the emotions bubbling up from deep down.  I felt so awful afterward, my stomach bloated to three times it's normal size and ACHED.  I know I should have called a friend (well, I did, but didn't get into details about the day) but I did not want to deal with the feelings.  I didn't want to cry.  I should have gone for a walk.  But I just wanted to wallow.  And so I did.  Miserably so, with my knotted up tummy.  It hurt so much I couldn't even do yoga once I came to my senses and thought I should attempt healthier outlets.  I took a bath and watched a movie.  That helped.  

I think part of my issue is feeling so alone in all this - my husband grilled himself a steak and proceeded to get drunk like he does so many other nights.  He spent a good portion of the day at our son's new place, installing venetian blinds etc.  He fancies himself as the cool dad, and I think he might be buying beer for these 18/19 year olds, which of course I do not agree with.  This empty-nest thing is not going to be easy.  

All this means is that the house is now free of most junk foods.  I can truly focus on myself.  While I'm still feeling a little down this morning, it helps to come here to read and write.  

Restart Day 1 

Mood-4, Energy, 5, Pain -5 in my shoulder.  My knees feel fine.  I cannot walk the dog right now, though - she's trained to walk on my left and jerked that arm chasing a squirrel the other day.  This shoulder was already hurting due to push-ups.  I need to give it some time to heal.  I'm going to go out for a walk by myself later today.  

M1-A hamburger patty.  I was tottering on the edge of making poor choices for today...the hamburgers were in the fridge and so no prep was required.  I'm glad now that's what I ate, because I'm feeling better about having a compliant day.  

M2-chicken salad with salted cucumber slices

M3-chicken Caesar salad with Primal Kitchen dressing.  

My goals for August:

  1. 30 days of yoga, even if it's just a few minutes.  
  2. 8,000 steps, 3 times a week, increase by one day each week up to 5x/week.  If I hit 8,000, I usually get more than that, but I've been slacking the past two weeks.  I should note that it has been nearly a year since I tore up my knee (with pre-existing arthritis) such that I had to do physical therapy and rarely got over 2,000 steps/day.  It has been a very long road to get to the point to where I can tolerate a 3+ mile hike (mostly accomplished during quarantine).
  3. 2 days per week in the gym, doing barbell work.  I've been leery to return - tomorrow is the day.   
  4.  Work the C25k program  - I'm looking at doing a virtual 5K on October 17th.  I've put it on my calendar to sign-up for it next Monday.  
  5.  Get on a schedule for meal planning and grocery shopping - Saturday mornings are typically best for me to do this, but I've been off schedule for weeks.  

My reward:  a pair of Rothy's shoes.  I've been looking at them for ages, but they are kind of expensive.  A worthy and desired carrot for meeting my goals.

 

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, MadyVanilla said:

It's amazing how quickly things fall apart, lol.  My son moved out yesterday - I'm officially an empty-nester.  I've known this was going to happen for a month but it was as if I wasn't prepared.  I went over to help vacuum and clean...and that was that.  Ugh.  This is hard.  And I felt that only a Dairy Queen blizzard could drown the emotions bubbling up from deep down.  I felt so awful afterward, my stomach bloated to three times it's normal size and ACHED.  I know I should have called a friend (well, I did, but didn't get into details about the day) but I did not want to deal with the feelings.  I didn't want to cry.  I should have gone for a walk.  But I just wanted to wallow.  And so I did.  Miserably so, with my knotted up tummy.  It hurt so much I couldn't even do yoga once I came to my senses and thought I should attempt healthier outlets.  I took a bath and watched a movie.  That helped.  

I think part of my issue is feeling so alone in all this - my husband grilled himself a steak and proceeded to get drunk like he does so many other nights.  He spent a good portion of the day at our son's new place, installing venetian blinds etc.  He fancies himself as the cool dad, and I think he might be buying beer for these 18/19 year olds, which of course I do not agree with.  This empty-nest thing is not going to be easy.  

All this means is that the house is now free of most junk foods.  I can truly focus on myself.  While I'm still feeling a little down this morning, it helps to come here to read and write.  

Restart Day 1 

Mood-4, Energy, 5, Pain -5 in my shoulder.  My knees feel fine.  I cannot walk the dog right now, though - she's trained to walk on my left and jerked that arm chasing a squirrel the other day.  This shoulder was already hurting due to push-ups.  I need to give it some time to heal.  I'm going to go out for a walk by myself later today.  

M1-A hamburger patty.  I was tottering on the edge of making poor choices for today...the hamburgers were in the fridge and so no prep was required.  I'm glad now that's what I ate, because I'm feeling better about having a compliant day.  

M2-chicken salad with salted cucumber slices

M3-chicken Caesar salad with Primal Kitchen dressing.  

My goals for August:

  1. 30 days of yoga, even if it's just a few minutes.  
  2. 8,000 steps, 3 times a week, increase by one day each week up to 5x/week.  If I hit 8,000, I usually get more than that, but I've been slacking the past two weeks.  I should note that it has been nearly a year since I tore up my knee (with pre-existing arthritis) such that I had to do physical therapy and rarely got over 2,000 steps/day.  It has been a very long road to get to the point to where I can tolerate a 3+ mile hike (mostly accomplished during quarantine).
  3. 2 days per week in the gym, doing barbell work.  I've been leery to return - tomorrow is the day.   
  4.  Work the C25k program  - I'm looking at doing a virtual 5K on October 17th.  I've put it on my calendar to sign-up for it next Monday.  
  5.  Get on a schedule for meal planning and grocery shopping - Saturday mornings are typically best for me to do this, but I've been off schedule for weeks.  

My reward:  a pair of Rothy's shoes.  I've been looking at them for ages, but they are kind of expensive.  A worthy and desired carrot for meeting my goals.

 

 

 

 

I can totally relate to the emotional eating. It's such a stupid habit tbh but so hard to kick :(

Your goals are good and I wish you success! :)

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On 8/3/2020 at 12:23 PM, MadyVanilla said:

I think part of my issue is feeling so alone in all this - my husband grilled himself a steak and proceeded to get drunk like he does so many other nights.  He spent a good portion of the day at our son's new place, installing venetian blinds etc.  He fancies himself as the cool dad, and I think he might be buying beer for these 18/19 year olds, which of course I do not agree with.  This empty-nest thing is not going to be easy.  

 

Mady the reality is that you are not alone.  There is a whole world filled with women walking in the same shoes as you, and all wishing for new shoes too I'll bet ;-) .   I know it isn't easy, especially with all the isolation that is going on right now, to call up a friend or go visit someone, just to get yourself through this.  But you must.  Just a quick call to someone who is lonely too.  It works for me.  You will feel better.

(((hugs)))

 

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You know, even if we know well in advance that a big change is going to happen, those big changes can still be disorienting in ways that feel really surprising. Your son has moved out. The dynamic in your home is evolving. That's significant.

Your self-awareness here sounds so wise. I hope you can be extra tender and patient with yourself this week. Keep putting words to your experience, and if you are up for it, signal to a friend that you could use a check-in. You are worth all of these things.  ((Virtual hugs from your W30 friends))

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@Semi, @ShadowInTheKitchen, and @Contessa - thank you for your kind, supportive words.  I actually cried a little reading them.  I think I do need a good cry!  :lol:  

I will get through this, of course.  And I can do this without completely derailing the progress I've made.  I'm worried that I'm going to fall back into spending my days gorging on a dozen Dunkin Donuts, followed by some sort of meal from McDonald's, and on and on everyday.  And I've had days close to this, feeling about to tip over that edge, during the last two weeks.  But it's ok, because for every non-compliant day I've had, I've gathered myself up and returned to what I know helps me.  At the same time, I'm getting tired with myself, repeating the same pattern, making the same statements in my journal entries, but not getting fully back on track and moving forward.  I have to remember that this is success - in the past, I've fallen off, given up, and not attempted to return to healthy habits until months, or even years, later.  So, let me just remember that I have had more calm, easy days over the last two months than I've had tough ones and let me be gentle with myself as I work through this holding pattern.  

Yesterday was a non-compliant but not an overeating day.  I live in the path of Tropical Storm Isiasis, and it was a bit of a tense time with lots of tornado warnings occurring and having both of my kids on opposite ends of town.  I did not get to the gym - the electricity was out after the storm had calmed.  It probably wasn't a good day to pick to start back anyway, lol!  I did 20 minutes of yoga last night, did not hit other goals, but again, I still have lots of week left.  

Mood-7, Energy-6, Pain-2.  Shoulder is improving, knees not an issue.

M1-3 eggs cooked in olive oil, topped with homemade mayo.  

M2-Leftover ceasar salad with chicken

M3-Chicken with one of the Primal Kitchen sauces I have in the cabinet.  Sauteed zucchini

 

I've made my schedule for today, which includes exercise and yoga.  I feel bolstered and ready to tackle the day.  

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50 minutes ago, MadyVanilla said:

...But it's ok, because for every non-compliant day I've had, I've gathered myself up and returned to what I know helps me.  At the same time, I'm getting tired with myself, repeating the same pattern, making the same statements in my journal entries, but not getting fully back on track and moving forward.  I have to remember that this is success - in the past, I've fallen off, given up, and not attempted to return to healthy habits until months, or even years, later.  So, let me just remember that I have had more calm, easy days over the last two months than I've had tough ones and let me be gentle with myself as I work through this holding pattern. 

I don't know what this says about where I am today, but I literally lifted a fist in the air and shouted "YES!" when I read this.  :D Good thing I live alone and was not browsing the internet at a public library. So many important reflections in this paragraph!

My therapist (a woman who should truly be inducted into sainthood) says that part of powerful behavior changes involves getting really sick of our own crap. We have to get sick of our own excuses and our own patterns before we're ready to shift. We have to stop buying what the old, outmoded version of us is trying to sell. I'm delighted by the sense of irritated boredom I hear in that paragraph.

Speaking personally, my growth area isn't in picking ever more healthy foods to eat every day ("by the end of her life, she ate only pine cones and grass clippings! She was sooooo healthy!"). My growth area is emotional and mental.... noticing the compulsions when they come up, and reflexively turning inward with compassion instead of outward with a grasping hand. This is not about Cheez-Its, it's about exquisite internal kindness.

For me, exquisite kindness is wholly incompatible with bingey behavior. They just don't go together.

And of course, exquisite kindness is also the work of a lifetime. Practice, even when it's halting, is progress.

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@MadyVanilla @Contessa your reflections wow me.  You both can express so well some of the same things I am going through.  I just caught myself thinking, "OMG I am going to soo miss this input when these peeps reach their goals and stop posting."

But I want you to succeed.  Like Contessa, I cheered (not out loud though LOL) when I read about your holding pattern @MadyVanilla, and I totally get this too.  It's probably going to be a very long process, but so much better than binging.  And so what if you miss your goals target for the day or the week?  It's still better than not having a target at all and not getting any good meals or any workouts done, but I know that you know this, it just feels good to write it out.  I know I'm in this for the long haul, even though I hope not, but I think it's my reality.  There could be worse things imo.

I wonder, if keeping food logs and journaling with daily reflections were to be something that you do every day for the rest of your life, like laundry, cooking healthy foods or brushing your teeth, would that be so bad?  I'm pretty sure that junk food processors would not want us to do this.  Besides, I kinda like journaling. What about you?

5 hours ago, Contessa said:

"by the end of her life, she ate only pine cones and grass clippings! She was sooooo healthy!")

OK I did laugh out loud when I read this.  Thanks for the chuckle today :)

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@Contessa and @ShadowInTheKitchen  I really feel like we are on the same path, in different places on that path, but the same path nonetheless.  We are cheering for each other, I love it!!!  I so appreciate knowing that others know exactly what I mean, because you are absolutely correct, Shadow, journaling is awesome and I'm finding my way this time around because I'm being faithful to this process.  

Contessa, I can reallly buy into what your therapist says about getting sick of our own excuses and patterns.  I actively find myself saying, "stop making excuses and own your choices!" frequently these days.  That shift in mindset doesn't mean I"m always making the right choices (clearly) but it is a coin in my bank of self-kindness.  This IS practice, it's how anyone gets better at anything.  I'm engaging in self-awareness/healthy lifestyle practice.   Yes!!! 

I used to think it was hokey pseudo-psychology, the idea of forgiving yourself.  That mantra can be found in every self-help manual, podcast, talk show.  But I really think it is the key - finding it within ourselves to be forgiving of our poor, conscious choices and moving on.  I'm not there yet, but I am beginning to see the way.  It IS better to at least make a goal, to be mildly engaged in this process even if I can't find the energy to actively engage.  That is wisdom, Shadow.  

If nothing else, the pandemic has given me the time I need to process the whys and hows.  

 

23 hours ago, Contessa said:

she ate only pine cones and grass clippings! She was sooooo healthy!")

I also laughed out loud at this!!  The mental image, a hilarious reality check...I love spending time in the woods, but I do not plan to spend the next half of my life foraging for tree bark!  

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First trip to the gym yesterday - yay!  It was very quiet, and I did feel safe.  The few that were there were respectful of distance.  I will be comfortable going back.  I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes, though I had planned to do the first C25K module.  I got confused and thought the app wasn't working correctly, but it was just me.  I also did 3 sets of deadlifts.  It felt so good to get back in with the barbell.  From there I went to the blood bank to donate...that was a fiasco.  I am a regular donor, but this time, there were issues with the needle stick (a new phlebotomist) and then feeling lightheaded, nauseous, and like I was going to faint.  So my excuse for my lackluster dinner was that I needed to rest and relax.  But overall, it was a decent day.  

Today, I'm feeling really good.  Mood-8, Energy-8, Pain-2, still the shoulder.  It takes soo long for my body to heal as I approach 50!  

I met my yoga goal for the day.  Half way there on the gym goal.  I still have not attained 8,000 steps, though close yesterday.  I think I will modify that to 2 times this week, up to 3 next week, and so on.  

M1-Not hungry, have only had black coffee.  Will likely have an early lunch.  

M2-tacos would be awesome.  I think I'll order a Chipotle lifestyle bowl.  

M3-Last night's planned chicken dish.  

Still in the holding pattern, but it's ok.  I came across a quote on social media this morning that really resonates with me right now:  "If you quit now, you'll end up right back where you first began.  And when you first began, you were desperate to be right where you are now."  TRUTH.  

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20 minutes ago, MadyVanilla said:

"If you quit now, you'll end up right back where you first began.  And when you first began, you were desperate to be right where you are now."   

Holy cow, I love this! So true.

I'm glad you got to get to the gym. My old gym, which I miss terribly, does only group workouts..... workouts in which attendees are packed cheek to jowl for an hour at a time (Orange Theory Fitness). They have recently thinned out classes so people aren't packed in like sardines, but I'm still very jittery about being in a small space with many people breathing heavily.

Thinking about maybe switching to a nearby Mega Giant Chain gym that has heaps of treadmills, free weights, etc.

....Were people in your gym wearing a mask? Is that a thing that happens? I'm getting a bit listless with my extremely boring stretch/walk routines here, but I'm also trying to avoid this virus for as long as possible.

I hope today is a great day for you!

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I'm at a big multi-purpose gym that has a huge free weight area with lots of space to do whatever my heart desires...!  Pre-Covid, the place was often crowded and it was hard to find a little niche to be in, so I worry that it will eventually be that way again.  Granted, I went at 2:30 yesterday afternoon which I'm able to do given my current schedule.  My normal time would be 4:30/5:00 pm.  I'm not going to go at that time for a while.  

Part of my issue with going was exactly what you stated - I was seeing pictures on social media of packed spin and body pump classes.  I don't go to those, but still, it was a little disconcerting.  But yesterday, people were wearing masks walking in and walking around from place to place (that's the rule).  So, I wore my mask until I got to the treadmill (I had a whole row to myself, plus there were cloth barriers in between each machine) and then put my mask back on to walk over to the free weight area.  I had a moment of indecision about whether or not I should wear my mask as i loaded up plates, but decided i should always wear it unless actively engaged in exercise.  I just brought all the plates I would need to my area.  With so few people there, I felt like I could do that without upsetting anyone for hogging the plates.  Everyone picks up a bottle of sanitizer and cloth as they walk in and are expected to sanitize their areas once done (I also sanitized before I started).

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Yesterday was not fully compliant, but great nonetheless.  I decided to have a glass of wine with dinner and it was delicious and worth it.  FWIW, the Primal Kitchen mango jalapeno barbecue sauce is amazing-my anti-healthy diet husband agreed.  My mood and energy levels were good all day. 

I've been mulling over a revelation I had the other day after reading and thinking about a question about tiger blood in @Semi's log...I think my issue over the last few weeks is that I lost the tiger blood.  Between the staying-compliant-with-the-poorest-choices-I-could-ingest, the heat wave, the emotional roller-coaster of home life...I lost it.  It's possible, probable, that it would be impossible to maintain tiger blood when other areas are unstable, but keeping that in mind is another way for me to be non-judgmental and kind with myself.  In my twisted self-talk way of convincing myself of various half-truths, the goal of regaining the tiger blood seems less daunting than sticking with a W30.  I think it has to do with my black-and-white, today was compliant or non-compliant mentality.  I'm still pondering this and why it strikes me as important.  

Mood-8, Energy-8, Pain-2

I hit the yoga goal with a delicious, hour long session during a thunderstorm yesterday.  Today, I should be able to get in my 2nd gym session (and hit that goal for the week), get 8k steps, and start C25k.  Tomorrow morning will be meal planning and shopping.  And I think I'll plan a drive to go for a hike.  

M1-leftover chicken and zucchini from last night.  OMG so good.  

M2-Daughter is coming by to pick up some mail and asked if I wanted to get lunch...will go for some sort of salad with steak or chicken.  

M3-Chicken with Primal Kitchen buffalo sauce.  I should look up a ranch dressing recipe.  I'm partial to blue cheese, but I can do ranch.  I'll probably put it over romaine.  With salted, sliced cucumber.  I can feel myself getting excited about meals again...

Holding pattern continues - I opened that wine last night and I'll need to finish it (can't let good wine go to waste!).  I'm actually pretty happy here the last few days.  My birthday is later this month, so maybe this will be a good place to be until then.  

  

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On 8/6/2020 at 10:24 AM, MadyVanilla said:

I'm engaging in self-awareness/healthy lifestyle practice

Mady I think this is HUGE.  

We engage in yoga practice which is a combination of physical and mental exercises including meditation, and you have re-framed how I want to think about doing this Whole30 and quest for Tiger Blood, or trying to be in my absolute best day-to-day physical/mental state (aside from physically working out which is different).  Whole30 directs our thoughts to awareness of nourishing our bodies as best we can, and journaling takes care of the meditation if we allow ourselves the time to let it work its magic.  It's a practice.

Lightbulb moment: we are engaging in a self- awareness and healthy lifestyle practice.

Wise words Mady.  Thank you for sharing.

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@ShadowInTheKitchen - :wub:.  Contessa's insight - lifestyle practice.  But I am ready to fully embrace that idea.  

 

I chose to have an Italian sub for lunch yesterday and finished it for dinner last night.  It was good, I feel fine today.  Since I wasn't guiltily "breaking compliance" I didn't feel the need to finish the entire sub at lunch and was able to eat just half and be satisfied.  Instead of sickeningly overstuffed because I had to eat the whole thing in order to start fresh with my next meal (which never works).  I ate a less than ideal meal with an ideal approach - enjoyed with my daughter, stopped when at satiety, and felt only a smidge of guilt that I wasn't ordering a salad.  

And, because I didn't overstuff myself, I felt like going to the gym instead of taking a nap.  I started the c25k and did 3 sets of front squats.  Since I didn't get to 8,000 steps, I took a quick bike ride in order to meet the step goal.  Then I did a yoga session.  So, I knocked out all my goals for the day and stayed on track with them for the week.  I'm kind of proud of myself for being able to make what I consider a poor choice for lunch but not letting it derail me for the day.  I really think this is what food freedom will be for me.  I want to eat W30 most of the time, with the occasional Italian sub, glass of wine, serving of risotto...I will say again that I'm going to continue in this holding pattern, making compliant choices most of the time until after my birthday.  This is new territory for me to not be in an all-or-nothing mentality, so I think I can experiment, practice, for the next two weeks.   

Getting ready to meal plan, then heading to a trail to get my steps in for today.  

 

 

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I cannot eat ice cream.  

Diary is one of those things I don't eat much of anyway, just cheese on occasion.  II didn't even think about how I might react to the ice cream, but it was quickly evident that it was not a good thing.  Ice cream is going to have to be in the "almost never worth it" category.  

Enjoyed a lovely stroll on Saturday, but my knee started acting up about 20 minutes into the 3.5 mile hike.  Slow, with breaks when I came upon a place to sit.  The lack of consistency in both my diet and exercise shows at those moments.  I met all my goals last week, so one week down, three to go until I can order my new Rothy's!

Energy-7, Mood-7, Pain-1.  The shoulder is better, but still catches with certain movements.  I'm not ready to incorporate push-ups or presses into my routine yet.  

M1-3 eggs, cooked with cubed sweet potato and spinach in olive oil with 3 slices sugar-free bacon

M2-Shrimp salad.  I need to make mayo.  Served with sliced cucumber

M3-The hubby may be grilling rib eye steaks on the grill, so that with some zucchini.  Otherwise, I'm going to indoor grill steak and slice it to serve over salad.  

On 8/3/2020 at 12:23 PM, MadyVanilla said:

My goals for August:

  1. 30 days of yoga, even if it's just a few minutes.  
  2. 8,000 steps, 3 times a week, increase by one day each week up to 5x/week.  If I hit 8,000, I usually get more than that, but I've been slacking the past two weeks.  I should note that it has been nearly a year since I tore up my knee (with pre-existing arthritis) such that I had to do physical therapy and rarely got over 2,000 steps/day.  It has been a very long road to get to the point to where I can tolerate a 3+ mile hike (mostly accomplished during quarantine).
  3. 2 days per week in the gym, doing barbell work.  I've been leery to return - tomorrow is the day.   
  4.  Work the C25k program  - I'm looking at doing a virtual 5K on October 17th.  I've put it on my calendar to sign-up for it next Monday.  
  5.  Get on a schedule for meal planning and grocery shopping - Saturday mornings are typically best for me to do this, but I've been off schedule for weeks.  

Re-posting my goals so I don't have to scroll up to see them.  I will be working toward 8k steps, 3 days this week.  And I need to sign-up for the 5k today.  It's going to be hot, so I'll go to the gym this afternoon.  

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29 minutes ago, MadyVanilla said:

Re-posting my goals

I love your goals <3 . 

Take care of your shoulder, no need to rush it.  You've got lots of other stuff going on so let that shoulder heal.  It's better to work on your core instead or do deadlifts with the barbell to reach your barbell goal, and give your shoulder 6 - 8 weeks from when the pain stops, imo from my experience.  

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21 hours ago, ShadowInTheKitchen said:

give your shoulder 6 - 8 weeks from when the pain stops,

Yes, I know.  And I know that I will struggle with reinjury if I don't do this.  It's just so hard!!!  :wacko:

Yesterday was the type of day I like to have...at least until the end.  Breakfast and lunch were compliant meals, no snacks, I got to the gym, did a round of C25K, did 5 sets of deadlifts, enjoyed an hour long yoga session, and obtained over 8k steps.  My only issue was dinner - my husband grilled the rib eye steaks and also corn on the cob.  I had a huge steak, one ear of corn, and a salad with compliant ceasar dressing.  Either the massive steak (and the seasonings on it) or the corn did not set well, and I was pretty miserable all night.  I don't feel like eating breakfast this morning.  This is exactly why I need to complete the W30 with a reintroduction.  

Despite the GI discomfort, my mood-8, energy-7, pain-2.  Going out on the boat with friends today, so I'm looking forward to a fun day.  

M1-probably nothing

M2-fried chicken on the boat

M3-left over shrimp salad

 

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Yesterday was a much needed, fantastic day on the water with a very dear friend.  My food went as planned - noncompliant, but just as I planned it.  

Today

Mood-8, Energy-8, Pain-2

M1:  rest of the shrimp salad 

M2: Buffalo chicken over salad - I forgot I made this over the weekend.  I need to finish it up.  

M3: Tacos on cassava tortillas

I would like to make a trip to the gym today to at least do a c25k, but I'm not sure that's going to happen.  Busy day with work...I will do yoga, this afternoon/evening, though.  

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I'm feeling like wallowing today, not wanting to eat well.  I ended up with an Italian sub for lunch yesterday - old habit, very busy work day, easier to order and have a delivery than to take 10 minutes to put together food I had ready and that I like.  Also, it's easier to eat food with my hands than it is to eat with a fork when I'm working on the computer...that seems so ridiculous and lazy as I write it, but it's how I perceive things, though as I think about it, it doesn't make sense that it's easier.  Dinner last night ended up being a few handfuls of chips (still working) then a bunch of raisins later.  I had an appointment to get lab work done at 7:45 this morning, and needed to fast for 12 hours.  I did do yoga last night, but no other exercise and very few steps through the day. 

I can see where yesterday's poor choices are impacting me today - I'm really craving bad foods...I went into the lab and then home a different way because I was having thoughts of a trip through the Dunkin drive-thru for breakfast.  Plus, it's a gloomy, stormy day which just matches my mood.  Days like this I walk on the edge - I can fight through the day to make good choices or I can decide it's not worth it and just give in.  At least by journaling about it, I'm making myself think about what I'm doing.  

  

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I didn't fight through the day and just ate what I felt like.  And then I had socially-distant coffee with a friend.  And did a long restorative yoga practice.  And now it's ok.  

Mood is better today - 7.  Energy - 5.  Pain - 2, but I'm beginning to feel stiffness creeping back into my joints when I get up out of a chair.  This is my number one incentive for change.  

M1 (before I had the realization that I'm starting to get stiff) avocado toast.  This is comfort food for me, but also a signal for making better choices.  When I'm really wallowing, I go for ready-made, delivered, drive-thru...little effort, little wait time, maximum misery post-indulgence.  But avocado toast requires a little bit of time and a little bit of effort to prepare.  

M2  Something comforting, soup or broth is feeling like a good choice.  It's hot outside, but I'm in A/C all day.  

M3 Likely to be dinner out with the husband tonight, as we need to go feed and care for our daughter's cats while she is away.  i'm sure he will want to get something out.  Steak and vegetables sounds like a good choice.  

Focus for the rest of today is eating meals (not raisins or chips for dinner) that don't involve grain products.  And getting in some movement, working toward my movement goals.  

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I did some food prep yesterday, including making a big batch of chicken salad with homemade mayo.  This is my go-to meal, snack, everything so I'm ready to tackle this week.  I also made one of my favorite W30 meals of chicken piccata, with some leftovers.  I spent a good portion of the weekend reading, thinking, practicing yoga - very solitary. 

I remembered years ago reading about why people start diets on January 2, and how silly it is to eat terribly between Halloween and New Year's because "what difference does it make?" with of all the holidays, parties, etc.  The good advice in that article was to remember there are lots of days in-between where good choices could be made, so that the over-indulgences are not as detrimental.  I think I've been towing the line, eating whatever I want many days over the last few weeks, just waiting to get through my birthday.  Which is silly.  Wednesday starts my 50th birthday celebration with a 3 day trip with my husband, then a weekend with my friends at the beach.  My actual birthday is Monday, which will be dinner with the family.  It only makes sense that I should eat well until Wednesday, rather than continue to throw in the towel now.  And then why shouldn't I eat things I enjoy during my trips?  Good steak, fresh vegetables, and yes, wine and cake.  But this is very different than eating a bag of chips for dinner.  

There is a well-me and an impaired-me.  The well-me may not always make perfect food choices, but generally makes time for exercise, prepares meals, returns phone calls, does household chores, lives a joyful and full life.  The impaired me subsists on junk food, moves very little, has no energy for activities beyond mindless phone games, avoids contact with other humans.  The well me has been winning more days than not this summer, but the impaired me makes regular appearances.  Life circumstances have such a huge influence on which persona is active, and the pandemic has really coddled my impaired self.  But it can't be an excuse.  I've had enough life experience at this point that I know what behaviors support each version of myself and I know how to activate the behaviors that lead to wellness.  Some days it's harder than others to make the choice to be well.  I worry that I'll soon run out of time to even have a choice...if I choose impaired behaviors too many more times, my body may not be able to recover.  But I am practicing.  And I'm getting better, 2 steps forward, 1 1/2 back right now.  Never before have I recovered small bits of positive behaviors in the midst of a decline - it's always been all-or-nothing.  But this time, my backslide, my tumble down the hill, has been marked with reaching out and catching a rock or a tree limb to hold on to and climb back up the hill, if ever so briefly.  I find hope in this, in this change in my mindset, this new-found ability to feel a semblance of control, to take personal responsibility.  I found myself this weekend angry with my husband and turning to food as a result.  As I tore through a bag of M&Ms, I asked myself why.  I jotted down a few notes in my phone about what I was feeling.  It's something, it's a place from which to grow.  

I think I will be ready to tackle another Whole 30 beginning next Tuesday, August 25th, the day after my birthday.  In the meantime, I will continue to work on my yoga and movement goals, indulge in the chicken salad, and take each day as it comes.  And still track and journal (though probably not Wed-Sun this week), because they are wellness behaviors.  

Mood-7, Energy-5, Pain-3 shoulder + a headache, may be related to cutting off the sugar after lunch yesterday.  I didn't really think I was that far gone with the sugar, but maybe it doesn't take as much to get a reaction if I'm not fully engulfed by the dragon.  Or maybe the headache is from something else.  

M1-chicken salad, made with organic celery and homemade mayonnaise

M2-leftover chicken piccata that I'm really looking forward to

M3-Seared steaks sliced over romaine lettuce tossed with PK ceasar dressing

I'll probably have a glass of wine with dinner.  And I need to make sure to eat enough so that I'm full and satisfied and not seeking chips later this evening.  

I've already made my list of things to do today.  A shoulder/upper body yoga practice is in the cards.  I will also take the dog for longer hike on a trail that has benches spaced along it - I'm sure I'll have knee pain and need to sit for a few minutes, but that's ok.  

 

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