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Whole30 Day 11

I hate all the vegetables.

Those poor, innocent, lovely vegetables.

I hate them all.

So.... obviously I'm struggling a little bit with the limitations of this diet. Also, I'm nearly out of fruit. Gah! So I need to go to the store. Because for me fruit seems to be the key here. Which is not entirely kosher but OMFG I so did not get fat eating strawberries. Just sayin'.

I am on the fence as to whether or not I will finish the 30 days. On the one hand, I want to. If only to see what additional changes may come in the nineteen remaining days. On the other hand, I have never wanted a cup of greek yogurt so badly in my life.

Last night, I dreamt of Larabars.

Yeah, that's right. I dreamt about raw-food sweet vegan yumminess. While they are made entirely of Whole30 compliant food, they are not recommended as they can trigger candy-bar desires with many people. Even me apparently, who can't remember the last time she bought a candy bar.

Also, I am getting a little concerned…

Whole30 Day 10

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1/3 of the way through, y'all.

By the way, if you're still reading while I post about this, thanks. I'm sure this is of little interest to the three of you who regularly visit my blog. But I appreciate it.

I belong to a Whole30 facebook group and there has been some discussion on why potatoes are not included on the program. The short of it is, they are considered a neutral food by the powers that be. Not bad for you, but there is no real nutritional value so you are better off filling your plate with other things. First of all, I would like to dispel the myth that there is no nutritional value in a potato. I'm getting my info here:

Vitamins Amounts Per Selected Serving %DV Vitamin A 29.9 IU 1% Vitamin C 28.7 mg 48% Vitamin D ~

Whole30 Day 9

I. WANT. CARBS.

I. WANT. BREAD.

Just a piece of toast. With butter. Oh, that would taste so lovely.

Sigh. From the Whole30 article "A Day-by-Day Guide to Your Whole30":
...[days 8-10] gets really intense for some people. This is the part of the program where our minds try to drive us back to the comfort of the foods we used to know. Our food relationships are deeply rooted and strongly reinforced throughout the course of our lives and breaking through them is really big deal.  Yup. Right on schedule. The up side is, I skipped most of the other phases prior to this. I've have a pretty easy go of it so far. But when you get a former vegetarian/vegan eating animal protein at virtually every meal, a brick wall IS going to pop up. I added meat back into my diet because strict veg protein wasn't working for me anymore, but I never intended to eat this much animal protein.

I'm also having issues with all the "creamy mouth-feel" fats that I've been eating. T…

Whole30 Day 8

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I need to stop stepping on the scale to "track my progress". Down that way lies madness. I am endeavoring to eat in a healthy manner and to correct some issues that have been plaguing me lately. Any weight loss that happens is purely coincidental, however welcome it may be.

Argh!

Anyway. Here is a picture of the chicken coconut curry with asparagus and spinach that I had for dinner last night.

My weekend is a short one this week; only one day. I picked up a shift yesterday so I've only got today to clean the house, do the laundry, do some homework, and relax. I'm not sure I can fit it all into today! I'm thinking about going to Barnes and Nobles (where I spend most of my free time) to pick up a Useless Book. In other words, one that will not enlighten me in any way, shape or form. Because after the homework, I'm going to want useless. So we'll see what ends up happening.

For dinner tonight, I think I'm going to make a beef stew in the crock pot. I am …

Whole30 Day... 7? Maybe? I'm Losing Count.

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I think it's seven.

Last night I went out to dinner with my cousin. I was thankfully even able to stay on plan while I was there. I had a small steak and a lot of broccoli. I haven't ordered steak at a restaurant in seriously 15 years. It tasted divine. I was even able to pass up the chocolately, gooey, wonderful dessert she ordered. Which is no small feat because I think I saw Ex there while we were waiting for a table. Which threw me for a hell of a loop. Now, in all fairness, I only saw the guy's back and an extreme profile and there are lots of other guys who look like him. But still. And he was with a young, blonde thing. So whether it was Ex or Some Other Guy, I was pretty shaky and thrown off my game. And still I managed to eat sensibly and healthily.

YAY ME!!!!!

I'm not weighing myself. Officially. Unofficially I've lost six pounds. That's like a pound a day. And that's with clothes ON, too. And not just clothes, flannel pjs with a fleece pull-over …

Whole30 Day 6?

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Yeah, Day 6.

So far, so good. I've switched from honey in my coffee to maple syrup because I ran out of honey. Honey is a hell of a lot more paleo, but the maple syrup was free so there you go. Ah, the joys of living in Vermont, wherein anyone can make maple syrup, so long as they have a couple trees to tap and the patience to boil the sap for like 10 hours straight.

I desperately need to get to the grocery store. All I have in the house are some nuts, a 1/3 a head of cabbage, eggs and sausage. Which I can work with, but it's like meal four of these same basic ingredients. Gah! Change! CHANGE!

I am going to try an expand my vegetable horizons this time around and stray from the cruciferous veg route. They seem to be some of my favorite to eat, but after six days running with little else but cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli, I'm down for something new. I'm going to do my best to "eat a rainbow" this week. I'm going to go out on a limb and buy a beet. Blec…

Whole30 Day 3

No, I'm not going to do this every day for the next 30 days. Or maybe I WILL.... only time will tell. Insert evil laugh here. My meals yesterday:

B: Coffee, paleo "cereal" with 1/2 a banana
L: Sauteed cabbage and onion with chicken and an egg (very delish), some strawberries
D: Turkey slices wrapped around avocado and cucumber
ES: chicken with Whole30 mayo and leftover sweet potato fries, banana


The "evening snack" turned out to be more of an "evening meal". I didn't really need it. I wasn't really hungry. But I wanted something to do while I was watching television. At least it was "on program", so to speak.

Today's going to be a little odd as I woke up really late (too late for the yoga class I was going to attend) and breakfast has turned into brunch. So it may end up being just two meals and a snack. We'll see.

I've got to say, so far I'm liking this way of eating. I feel like I'm eating enough food without ea…

Whole30 Challenge: Day 2

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Yesterday was my first day of the challenge and it went quite well, if I do say so myself. I will probably never get used to the coconut milk in the coffee. Word of warning: I am cheating with my coffee. After much hemming and hawing, I have decided to put a scant teaspoon of raw honey in it because 1) the world is crazy enough; it doesn't need to deal with me with no coffee and 2) you bet your sweet boopy if Mr. Caveman found a honeycomb he was all up on that shite.

Just sayin'.

Aside from that, I'm following the diet to the letter. Well, maybe a little more fruit than they'd like, but they are regulation fruit and I'm sure my usage will go down as time progresses. I'm also eating a few more nuts than they prefer, I think. But again, regulation and will probably lessen with time. This is what I ate yesterday:

B: 2 cups coffee with coconut milk, "paleo" cereal (slivered almonds, coconut flakes and slivered pecans), with some strawberries and coconut m…

Countdown to Whole30

I'm starting this program on Monday, just two days away. And I'm going grocery shopping today. Because I get PAID today. Grocery shopping lately has been a stressor for me. As much as I love doing it, the money just isn't there these days. So I eat my anxiety and have to go buy more food with money that isn't there.

Ah, vicious circle indeed.

As much as I'm hoping this will lessen my need for ALL THINGS BREAD, I'm also hoping this will help reset a few buttons. Mainly the MUST STUFF FACE button. In fact, if that button could be uninstalled I'd appreciate it, thanks.

My main concern for the last week has been figuring out what to do with breakfast. Left to my own devices, on any given day my breakfast consists of two cups of coffee. If I'm feeling peckish I'll have a couple pieces of toast or a piece of fruit. That's it. I am just not a breakfast person, never have been. And the idea of having to consume a rather large amount of protein (read ani…

Whole 30

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Starting next week, my friend Marie and I will be doing a 30-day program called Whole 30. It's a low-carb, dairy-free, whole food program with an emphasis on healthy fats, protein and vegetables that will hopefully clear out some of my bad food habits and help make me a healthier, happier person.

I am excited and nervous about this new program. I like carbs. A lot. A lot a lot. So this will be interesting. Luckily Marie has been through this a time or two and has been giving me a lot of good advice. I am hoping I will make it through the entire 30 days. Without pizza. Without potato chips.

Shudder.

I CAN DO IT.


Yoga Teacher Training

Wow.

So my first weekend intensive was this past weekend, and WOW was it an amazing experience. I am already so excited for my next class and it's a month away. Two 90 minute classes in two days is pretty intense and my hamstrings are letting me know they exist, but it could be a lot worse.

The class is large,  around 32 of us I believe. And - more crazy - we have two guys! I've got to give them credit, it takes some cojones to be one of only two men in a group of 30 women. Everyone seems to be really nice. There is a nice blend of ages, experience and professions. Although all told there are at least six massage therapists in class. Pretty cool!

I'm still trying to figure out how to do the home study piece... they haven't told us exactly how many hours we need so knowing me I may end up going a bit over board. I'm also still trying to figure out how to get to the weekly yoga classes with the two teachers. The ones that would be the best to attend are the most unfe…

It's Happening!

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I just paid off my remaining balance for my yoga teacher training. I'M DOING THIS. (!)

I am super excited for this. Actually, I think I am really needing this in my life right now. As much as I keep pretending I'm all right (fake it 'til you make it), I'm really not. So more than anything, I'm hoping that this training will give me the means and opportunity to be okay again. Because I'd much rather be okay. Okay is the place to be.


My New Home Security System

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Holy FRAK it is cold.

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I think my heater has been going for 12 hours straight, and let me tell y'all, it's not making any progress. But when it gets below zero farenheit (and it did last night, much below it), it doesn't really matter. Heating a place is pretty much a losing fight. So you do what I do an burrow under four blankets, a bunch of pillows, and flannel pajamas and just ride it out.

Unfortunately for me, I got caught up once again in my book and when I looked it was some time after 1am. Whoops. Luckily I work an afternoon shift so I can just make up the sleep no problem. Except... I couldn't fall asleep. It was some time after 3 before I finally nodded off. And I think it was quite some time after 3. So you'll understand my chagrin when my phone went off at 7:30a informing me I have a client. Next Tuesday. Thanks ever so!

I turned over to continue sleeping, and I managed it for a while. And then people starting going up the stairs to another apartment. And then down the stairs.…