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Day 26, Sunday January 31, 2021

Sleep: 11pm - 6:30am, 7 1/2 hours, awake once at 3:30 for 11 minutes. 

M1: romaine salad wth avocado, green grapes, chicken, PK gg dressing

M2: shepherd's pie

Snack: banana, raisins, walnuts

M3: tomato-vegetable-hamburger soup

I'm planning to stop drinking water for an hour or two before bedtime so that at least I won't waken because I need to use the WC.  This will be a challenge for me because I drink lots of water (up to 100 oz) throughout the day and through the night if I wake up.  This has become a bad habit that I can try to overcome.  I just need to remember to drink up before 8 or 9pm.  My skin loves the hydration. 

Only four more days to go.

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Day 27, Monday February 1, 2021

Sleep: 11pm - 7am, 8 hours. Awake 17min at 11, 9 min at 3:30, 4 min at 6. No insomnia.

M1: sweet potato, kale, prosciutto, 2 eggs, ghee

Snack: dates and pecans

M2: shepherd's pie

Snack: Blueberry Rx bar

M3: tomato-vegetable-hamburger soup, white potatoes and onions fried in ghee

I definitely feel that I'm sleeping better since I began this Whole30 but my sleep pattern is still not set.  I think it's a good idea to make a sleep schedule for myself but will I set my bedtime at 10, 10:30 or 11?  Sometimes I'm just too tired to wait until 11, and sometimes I'm too bored to stay up because there's nowhere to go and nothing on TV.  I need to set an evening activity schedule to include crafting and reading because I doubt that the province will open up at the end of the Stay At Home order next week and so the restrictions will likely continue.  For me this means no gym and no evenings out.  Evenings will be easier when the weather is milder and I can take a long walk in the evening. 

What time will I plan to get out of bed?  I used to be an early riser and that is how I identify but lately I haven't been getting up until 7, 8, or later.  I  tend to feel happiest when I begin my day at 6am.

For now my goal will be to go to bed at 11 and get up at 7.  I will stop drinking water at 9pm.  The weather is less cold so I will try to walk 7km every day again.  

5... 4... only 3 more days to go!

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Day 28: Tuesday February 2, 2021

Sleep: 11:30pm - 7:00am, 7 1/2 hours.  Toggled between awake and light sleep from 5:45 - 6:15.  No insomnia.

M1: shepherd's pie

Snack: raisins and walnuts

M2: romaine salad with green grapes, avocado, chicken, PK gg dressing

Snack: dates and pecans

M3: tomato-veg-chicken south-west soup, stamppot with ghee, small steak

I feel much better than I did just four weeks ago.  My clothes definitely fit better.  I'm at a point where I can say I feel back to normal and I want to lose ten pounds of fat.  All the bloating and inflammation are gone.  My energy is consistently high throughout the day.  The brain fog is gone and my concentration and memory are both excellent.  I sleep better and I've had four nights in a row without insomnia.  All excellent NSV's! 

My plan for this W30 was to be better at meal planning but I didn't reach that goal.  I'm not dead yet, I can work on it.  I will go through my logs here and pull out my favourite meals and post them in the kitchen.  I haven't found many new W30 meals that I love but if I have a dozen or so family friendly ones to choose from then at the very least I will have a good selection to rely on if/when I fall into a crazy spiral.  

Four weeks of Whole30 done, just two more days until I can begin reintroductions.  This last week has been hard.

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Day 29, Wednesday February 3, 2021

Sleep: 10:30pm - 6:30am, 8 hours.  Wasn't feeling completely refreshed when I woke up and I didn't get up right away either.  I was awake twice for 5 minutes at 11:10 and 4 minutes at 3:38, slipped into the W/C both times.  No insomnia.

M1: l/o stamppot, prosciutto, 2 eggs, olive oil and ghee

Snack: apple, Larabar

M2: tomato-veg-chicken southwest soup

M3: green beans, l/o stamppot met gehakt

I seem to get sleepy shortly after 10pm, sometimes even before 10pm.  I'll continue to track my bedtime and soon develop a regular routine that I can stick to, hoping that my healthier diet and good sleep habits can nix the insomnia.  Fingers crossed.

Thinking about which foods to reintroduce first.  It will have to be cow's milk to get it out of the way.  Just a half glass with M1 and maybe with M2 and M3, on Friday.  I want to know precisely how cow's milk affects me and how long the effects last... a few hours? A few days?  

I popped into the grocery store today for a few essentials (bananas, sweet potatoes, salt free canned tomatoes, herbs, fresh meat).  I didn't buy anything that wasn't on my list and that's an NSV for me but I wanted to buy fresh ciabatta when I saw it - it looked so good.  Soon...

I need to create a morning routine that makes me want to get up and out of bed when I wake up. I need something to do early in the morning.  It's still too cold to go out for a walk that early in the morning.  What will it be?


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Day 30, Thursday February 4 2021

Sleep:  11:08pm to 7:15pm.  8 hours.  Awake at 1:30 for 4 minutes, 5:00 for 4 minutes, 5:49 for 10 minutes.  A good sleep.

M1: banana, tomato-veg-hamburger soup

M2: tomato-veg-hamburger soup

M3: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, chicken, PK gg dressing

30 days, done.


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