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Old 09-10-2014, 01:33 AM
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Yeah, I didnt eat enough today and am ravenous tonight. I want to inhale my dinner, but trying to pace myself.

Ghostly...I think like that sometimes if things are going well.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:28 AM
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I'll be gone for a bit, undetermined length at this time. Husband in hospital, we are all flying out later today. 21 hours. I've never been on such a long flight. Leave at 6pm, into JFK then Dubai. I've no idea what to expect. Take care all of you.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:31 AM
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Morning Heaters,

Day 8 ( I think )..... Nothing earth shattering to report. Getting a "little" bored with my beverage selections, but I always do on the W30..... I would kill for an ice tea and lemonade right about now. But I won't.

My H texted me 2 days ago " I hit the mother lode of crawfish..... Bringing home 20 pounds of tails". This was me......

It's Wristless Wednesday in Yoga today....which means nothing but core work..... I'm not going to purebarre beforehand......going to order a portable barre for home and work alone until I can find a suitable class.

It's just simple spaghetti and meat sauce today made with grass fed beef, my homemade sauce, and spaghetti squash noodles. That's dinner and lunch is probably a BLT salad.

That's all I got for now. Happy Wednesday.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:59 PM
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Ok ESD. Hope things turn out ok and let us know when you get back.

Hey Altoids!

Today I fasted for about 18 hours then had chicken legs I had slow cooked and homemade cole slaw. Later had more chicken, some veggies, dates and almonds. So really not a whole lot to eat today.

For some reason I have really hit a stride with eating. Lots of fasting and allowed food, very few cheat meals. I'm actually kinda surprising myself, though its not the first time I've eaten strict outside of a challenge.

It occurred to me that this is getting somewhat exhausting. Normally I would have allowed more cheats in as kind of a release. It feels like I'm constantly fighting the urges. Well actually that's not true, its constantly thinking about it, but many times I'm actually not really even hungry or remotely tempted.

In my rambling I feel like sharing this. Shortly after I quit drinking a few years ago we had a family vacation planned up north, camping (trigger!). Well, I get up there and my wife's family had bought me a huge bottle of my favorite former lover...the clear beauty otherwise known as Vodka. Well, obviously I hadn't brought any alcohol of my own (though clearly I knew there would be some up there) and I was in my "pink cloud" so I wasn't even tempted to drink.

On a quick side note...you know what is irritating? I hid my drinking from my family, but not from my wife's family. So they knew I drank a lot, and used to constantly make comments about it. Even their kids would say stuff. So, for them to bring me alcohol was kinda jerky. They hadn't know I stopped though.

Back on point...with that bottle of Vodka, I liked to play with it. I opened it up. Spun the cap off - I had this particular way I spun off the cap when I was drinking. I picked up the bottle, even smelled it, and put the bottle to my lips. I'd yell "gotcha" to the bottle. Put it down with no real temptation. Did that many times.

Then for months / years later I used to love to some of the places I frequented for my bottles. I'd walk up to the Vodka and touch it. Look at it and walk away laughing. Sometimes I'd say "F you" to the bottle.

Ok, back to now. I like to go to grocery stores / gas stations and look at the donuts and chips, look at the bad things knowing I won't get them. Though I did go through a period a few months ago where I was getting them. Now though, I just look and walk away. Sometimes I'll touch a plastic container the donuts are in, same way I touched that bottle.

I have seen some good results recently. That is very motivating. I do plan on allowing in unallowed foods sometimes, but have been doing good limiting that.
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:46 AM
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Gosh ESD....I missed your post in the middle of the night..... I do hope things will be OK with your husband. 21 hours is an incredibly long flight. be well, take care of yourself. Let us know how it's going if and when you can.

I know that love/hate relationship with booze you are talking about, Ghostly. I've done that with wine. Touch it. Feel it. Sniff it. Love it. Hate it. But I knew I had turned a corner one day when I realized I had forgotten all about our liquor cabinet ( which is know pretty much the cabinet for all the coffee H orders online.) I realized I hadn't opened it in about a year.

I admire your resolve Ghostly. You're doing great with your eating and exercise.

Day 9..... No Menu plans yet.....it's still early. But I'm leaning towards baked fish. My H is the killer griller of steaks, but I am the master maker of fish. So there's that.

Oh...and I forgot to mention I ordered a portable ballet barre so that I could start doing those barre workouts at home ( until I find a suitable class ) . I found out the class I went to was just taught by some young chick who was pretty much self taught from Youtube videos. Helloooo..... I can do that as well, without paying for it. If I pay for purebarre, I want purebarre....not a knock off class.
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:04 AM
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Just an update. Ate the big C today and broke my drought. Back on the wagon tomorrow.

Repost of what happened below from the Paleo/Whole 30 thread;

I kept on feeling "snacky" tonight...and in the end, after 6 weeks, I thought rather than eat empty calories, I'd hit the nail on the head and just have a chocolate and be done with it.

Yuck.

I hope I won't unleash the sugar dragon, but all I have to say is, all I could taste was chemicals and way too much sugar. My mouth feels like I've licked the bottom of a petrol tin. I'm not kidding.

I'm glad I did it.

I will deal with the "snacky" issue. I suspect it's not enough protein, I wasn't into my lunch today, and had limited protein. I noticed that in the beginning of the whole 30 - if I skimped on my protein earlier in the day, I'd pay for it at night.

Now....will I get to sleep, and more importantly - how am I going to feel tomorrow? I've pretty much prepared for the worst.
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:04 AM
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Croissant - Let us know how if you're able to keep the sugar demon at bay. I know what you mean about being disappointed in the food that you'd been craving. For me, that disappointment lends itself to looking for more and more cravings. On and on.

Ghostly - Cool post comparing quitting junk food to quitting alcohol.

ESD - Prayers for you and your husband.

LDT - Enjoy your workout.

I'm still working the 80/20 rule over here and seeing success. I'm enjoying my healthy foods as well as a moderate amount of treats. I lost another pound, that's 5 total.
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:10 AM
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Hey gang, sorry I've been a stranger lately but I've been following the thread here and there. I've been so busy with the new dogs. And I have some good news. I have a new part-time job! It's what I was hoping for - a sales job online, from home. I don't have to leave my doggies!! This makes me very happy. And - I get to keep my clients I write for! This is just ideal and what I've been searching for. It will allow us to knock our debt right out, make the home improvements necessary, and get ourselves ready to make a move within the next year. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, but it appears that this is a step in the right direction

Foodwise - eating mostly paleo with occasional non-paleo snacks.

Lucy is headstrong, hyper and relentless. She starts clicker training this weekend.

Katie's coat and skin are much improved with the diet. She starts Lipiderm today so that should knock out the itchy/scratchy/red splotchy thing she's been battling. The fish oils, seameal powder, and grain free diet is causing her hair to come in shiny again, so happy about that.
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:33 AM
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Gleefan...another 5.? Wow! keep up the great work.

And SJ.... You sound good...like things are going very well. Congrats on the job! You deserve it. I'm happy for you.
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:20 PM
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LDT - I wish! Five total. I'm happy with five, and there's a lot more that needs to come off.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:33 PM
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That's still progress, glee.... Baby steps....keep going. That's how we do it in sobriety, too, right?
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:21 AM
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Congrats Gleefan.

Yes, will let you know how the dragon goes!

I'm not intending on giving in, regardless. If the Whole 30 has kept me going ok for the past 6 weeks, then I think I'll be sticking close to that still/read up on Paleo.

Why undo 6 weeks worth of good routines and habits, when I still have weight to lose....that's what I'm reinforcing now. Have my free day, then go another few weeks, for me, I think.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:11 AM
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Good Morning Heaters,

Croissant....6 weeks on W30 is amazing. I know you are seeing some great results right now. And no doubt you're feeling Tiger Blood?

I'm on Day 10, and I remember how I've felt before on Day 10.... This is my 'walking through mud' period . It's definitely not as bad as the last 2 times though. I've been feeling headachy and very tired. My sleep has been bad for 2 nights, but that's due to some other stress related stuff....... On the positive side, my clothes are definitely loser. I ordered some jeans on line before W30 and when they came in I'm like "hmmm.... These are too big now." ......... This weekend I need to take in more calories . That's my goal. Will,post food later.,

Last night, as I was going to sleep watching yoga videos ( part of my study course ), my cat decided he wasn't thrilled with me not paying attention to him. So he proceeded to climb up on my pillow and lay on my head with his paws dangling in front of my eyes. It was like he was intentionally blocking my view. I tried to take a selfie of that, but my flash wasn't working. I'm sure you can imagine how hilarious we must have looked.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:00 PM
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Hey, Heaters)

I am still here, still eating healthy.

I've just survived and passed a big test to my healthy eating under stressful circumstances.

Just the other day I made ultrasound for my thyroid ( I have lumps so monitor it regularly), and the specialist told me I will need a surgery (minor one, puncturing - but still). I've been very upset. But didn't "eat my emotions away".

Today I saw the doctor, and she said her opinion is I don't need a surgery. That was a relief.

I am eating mostly Paleo with some elements of dairy, cheese, brown rice now and then.

SJ - Congrats on a new job!

And my best wishes to all the heaters.

Have a great healthy weekend!
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That must be an amazing relief, MB Happy for you that you don't need the surgery!
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MB - I'm very inspired by your resolve to continue eating well when you were worried about your health. And I'm glad to hear that you don't need surgery.

Jennie - Congrats on the new job! It sounds like a great fit for you. I'm in the process of looking for a new job, possibly a career change, myself!

LDT - Your cat selfie sounds adorable!

Last night I struggled a bit with the 80/20 rule. I had an excessive amount of ice cream and goldfish crackers. I paid for it feeling uncomfortable this morning - fatigued, light headed, blurred vision, and wound up. When I eat mostly paleo, my anxiety symptoms improve. The benefits of nutrition on my anxiety are amazing. For a long time I've felt down about that. Other people don't need to watch their caffeine intake, other people can eat white bread, and I've wondered why I can't. Yet in recovery, I accept that I have to take alcohol out of the equation in order to live a productive happy life. I'm going to do the same with my nutrition - I'm not going to question it, or compare myself to other people, I'm just going to do what works for me.

I have a get together tonight among some friends. I find that in the past I lose all self control at a the food spread at a party. I'm going to bring a veggie platter with some guacamole and stick to that if I feel hungry. I don't need to graze the buffet of chips, dips, creamy stuff, and sweets all night long. It's just going to leave me feeling sick tonight and anxious tomorrow.

Have a great day/night!
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Congrats on the job, Jennie. It's amazing how even a little extra cash can be amazing and lift some stress.

Hope it's interesting work and that you enjoy it.

Hope Katie is settled now.
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Hey Gang,

I made chicken soup today. This is may be the chunkiest chicken soup Ive ever made. It's almost ready, which is a good thing because I'm starving.

Tomorrow I'm hosting a piano teacher's meeting at my house. A light lunch is to follow the meeting. I really wasn't in the mood to cook for a crowd.....especially a crowd that thinks brownies is a separate food group ...... So I came up with the idea of a salad bar....... I'm providing all the lettuce, a couple of toppings that I can personally eat on W30, coffee, and the venue. Everyone else is to bring their own toppings and salad dressing. I also told them I wasn't providing dessert, but they could bring something if they wanted to. So basically I provide the salad they provide the "bar". What do you think of that idea?

MB, really glad to know you don't need surgery. I know that's been troubling you.

Glee...... Good luck with the get-together. I think bringing a veggie plate is a very good idea. Let us know how it goes.

Yoga this morning was so much fun and so challenging!! We did our practice to Motown tunes and I found myself pushing to my edge in every pose. The music was very motivating!
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"You don't make friends with salad"...

came to mind, lol.

Motown tunes for yoga....I always think music makes everything better!
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Originally Posted by gleefan View Post
I had an excessive amount of ice cream and goldfish crackers.
This was such an odd statement, and I bet this is the first time these words have been written together! Not trying to make light of it Glee, and I totally get it. It just caught me off guard and I had to chuckle. I hope you have fun at your get together and good luck sticking to your plan.

I absolutely love that idea LDT. Not only is it a cool idea, I love that you are so bold, you are going to stick to your guns and let them know this is what you're doing, enjoy it or not (most if not all will like it). Plus you are following the food plan you do. So many people freak out about the prospect of a guest not being satisfied, or offending them by not offering bread and cake. I've had this conversation a million times with my wife. You're such a dam strong willed lady!

Congrats Jennie!

Hey MB...good of you to check in!

I'm making some salmon and sweet potato mash. I have somewhat of a connection to a good deal on coconut oil. My buddy has bees and honey. So we did a swap. The honey is amazing. I drizzled some on the salmon so we'll see how that goes.
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