Sunday, June 30, 2013

Post Day Off - was it worth it?

FBS 169, weight up 2 pounds

I woke up with a very full throat. I feel like I'm one of those reflux people. The tally for yesterday's day off folly:

2 donuts
strawberries
8 mini peppermint patties
The end of the whipped cream
pot roast with new potatoes, including corn and limas
small bag of M&Ms
Nutty Buddy
Cheese and crackers
2 small bags of trail mix

The damage - gained 2 pounds and feel like crap this morning, part of which can be attributed to going to bed at midnight and getting up at 6. Blood sugar 169 this morning. I also have allergy face (snuffles, needing to sneeze, etc.). Back to reality today. I'm thinking it wasn't worth it. That does not mean I will be perfect from here forward; I'm a realist. I'm sure I will sway from the norm from time to time, but yesterday is no longer the norm. It sure once was. Onward!
Ahhhh.... 2 eggs, a half zucchini shredded and pan browned in the pancetta fat and a bit of ghee, and pancetta that is W30 compliant. Yes, I use ketchup now. Shoot me. If I do a solid Whole30, I'll put it to the side, but it's a part of my egg dishes for my whole life otherwise!

Lunch was pineapple and salami. Simple.

Dinner was leftover veggies from the pot roast last night and W30 compliant meatballs made with grass fed ground beef, spices, an egg, and some sweet potato flour. Delicious. I had a banana too!

I got up off my lazy lardass and went to the pool today. I walked/swam for 45 minutes and it felt so right. It was too humid to do my walking at the hospital, but I need to do that to prep for the 6K in December.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Was supposed to be Day 7 of Whole7 post reintroduction of legumes, but has become taking a day off

FBS 158, weight down another pound

I decided to take a day off from it all today. I am fixing a very compliant dinner, but it was a morning to romance a couple donuts with strawberries on the side. I have a small bag of M&Ms with my name on it for this evening. I finished the whipped cream; it needed to leave. I also had 8 mini peppermint patties. Not a good way to eat, but each one was mindful and that part is over.

I wanted to see what it would be like to eat like I used to. I have to say that I don't like it very much. At first, I thought the donuts were worth it. But after the whipped cream and peppermint patties, I'm here to say that I don't like the way I feel. I have a sort of headache, sort of crawly skin, and just feel off balance altogether.

My fasting blood work will be drawn on Friday. It will encompass Whole30 for 30 days, reintroduction of dairy and legumes, and a mini reintroduction of grains (I don't intend to do a full week with that), as well as several Whole30 days and today's day off. I am curious to see how Whole30 has affected my hemoglobin A1c and the other levels (lipids, specifically).

Other Whole30ers who may be reading this, I can't encourage you to try off limit things, but I can tell you that if you do, you will be unhappy with the trial.

Moving on!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Day 6 of Whole7 post reintroduction of legumes

FBS 143 - better!
Omelette ingredients. I sauteed the bean sprouts and then added a touch of garlic powder, pepper, and the two eggs. The crunch of the sprouts was really good with the eggs, not to mention the flavor!

My friend asked me last night, over card playing, if I needed to do the reintroduction to grains. I had to think about it. I said that I did not, but I wanted the data, so I was going to go through with it. My blood sugar was all over the place with legumes. The rolls I had for lunch that week probably made me sneezy. I bought some organic hot dogs (W30 compliant) at Trader Joe's yesterday and got rolls for my husband. I think I'm going to hold them until next week and try one myself. Interesting the questions that make you stop and think.
Steak and fire roasted peppers. I whipped up some cream and had that with strawberries. I'm playing with cream flavors since heavy cream is considered okay at some point. I used vanilla powder and some coconut crystals. It was almost right. Next time!

The day's eating ended with Chilean sea bass, pan fried in ghee and light olive oil; broiled tomatoes; and left over cauliflower and broccoli. Later, I had strawberries and whipped cream. 

Interesting - where visitors to my blog come from

Pretty cool breakdown of visitors. Are all of you doing W30 or just stopping by or crawling the web or????

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Day 5 of Whole7 post reintroduction of legumes

FBS 167 (had apples and cashew butter last night for snack). Weight has remained steady after an initial loss of 2 this week.
Pretty normal breakfast. I wasn't in the mood for mixing things up, so had leftover cauliflower/broc warmed up, a couple of almost fried eggs, and a little bacon. It was interestingly great. I guess there are days when one doesn't want blended flavors!
Another sort of normal looking meal - a cold plate with avocado, hard boiled egg, cucumber, salami, and turkey. I had a half apple with cinnamon with it. There is a touch of sugar in the salami. It doesn't seem to trigger anything for me, so I'm okay with it. 


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Day 4 of Whole7 post reintroduction of legumes

FBS 134. Again, amazing!
This, by far, was one of the best breakfasts I've had thus far. I had some W30 complaint pancetta and asparagus, so I put them in the pan at the same time. I waited for the pancetta to brown like bacon, but it apparently doesn't do that. Live and learn. I whirled 2 small tomatoes with 2 eggs and some pepper, and after draining the grease and removing the pancetta from the pan, I poured the eggs in. I added a touch of sea salt, but would skip that because the pancetta was salty. Add a cup of coffee and you truly have restaurant food. If I ran a joint, I'd offer this for breakfast and feature it as delicious. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Day 3 of Whole7 post reintroduction of legumes

FBS 131. It tells the tale! 3 days off beans and I'm out of the 200s, just like that.
This is a chicken sausage. I ended up cutting it through the middle and letting the split sausage brown. Much more appetizing. Not a fan of beige food. The zucchini was seasoned with onion salt and pepper. Both were pan fried in bacon grease. The zucchini also browned a bit. Regardless, it was delicious.  
I've been looking for a compliant horseradish and haven't found anything. Last night, I was shopping at the discount grocery store and found this. No sugar and no ingredients I can't pronounce. How about that? The store brand. I didn't see a national brand of the same ilk. It was more horseradishy than brown mustard, but not as much as the little blob of horseradish you get when you order prime rib in a restaurant. I'll keep looking. In the meantime, this was good with the sausage. 
Oh my goodness was this ever good! I cooked shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and chopped onions in some bacon grease (could have used ghee or olive oil) and let that simmer for about a half hour. Then I turned up the heat and tossed in the 2 filets. A lot of this one when I cut it was fatty, so I cooked 2 and trimmed out the gross parts (my dog will be so happy!). I used Montreal seasoning and damn...pepper is good food. I cooked the steaks medium rare (they're not done in the picture) and they were delicious. I will make the cabbage concoction again. I probably would add garlic next time rather than garlic salt or garlic powder. Praise the flying spaghetti monster that I like vegetables.

Oh, canned carrots, is there anything you can't do? I'm totally aware the canned foods are not the best choice, but something about canned carrots - I just love em. They make a perfect side instead of potatoes and with the pork loin and unsweetened applesauce, it was a wonderful dinner.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Day 2 of Whole7 post legume reintroduction

FBS 151, definitely going down since back on Whole30 eating for a day. This should be interesting to watch progress.
How I love me some breakfast! This is last night's leftover cauliflower and broccoli (probably with some ghee still on it) along with 2 eggs which I whirled with 2 small tomatoes in the processor. Eggs and veggies are amazing together. If you haven't tried it, you should. Some folks don't like when eggs brown, but I like the crisp. The strawberries have a very small amount of coconut crystals on them. Again, amazing. 

Chicken tenders with the last of the broc/cauliflower mix. A bit too much ghee, but I drained an awful lot of it as I ate. 

Something odd: I am not really hungry today. I made myself make lunch and I made myself have it be vegetables and protein. I have snacked on some strawberries off and on today, but not enough to keep me from being hungry. Very strange.

Looks sparse, but it was enough. Cucumber, chicken tenders seasoned and cooked in the pan with bacon, and bacon. I have some fresh pineapple for later. I wasn't hungry for it at dinner. I guess this no hungry thing today is going to be here for the rest of the day. 

By the way: I am going to try to remember to link to compliant food items that I may use or want to use. I have no, zero, zilch affiliation with any of the sites I'm linking to. The links are for your and my information to show you the product. It's up to you to choose if and where to buy them. 

Reflections: Nothing exciting today. I've stuck with it and plan on completing the week clean; bacon being the only exception. It doesn't trigger diddly and it makes drab foods sing. It's been interesting not to be hungry today. The weather has gotten warmer. Maybe that has something to do with it. I did shop today and got an amazing array of vegetables and even bought some plums. I haven't had plums since I was a kid. Tomorrow is an exercise day, so it will be interesting to see if the non-hunger issue continues. I went to my library's web site today and put a Zumba DVD on reserve. I want to give it a try before I spend money on it. It turns out, they have tons of exercise DVDs. I'm going to stop by later this week and see what's what. It's time to learn how to use my DVD player!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day 1, Whole7 post legume reintroduction

I forgot to take my blood sugar this morning, but I expect it was high as I did have beans with dinner last night. Beans are not my friend. Blood sugar rose every day I ate them. I guess they're either out or minimized forever.
This morning's breakfast was great. I shredded a zucchini and cooked it with the bacon. After I drained off all the grease, I tossed in a couple eggs which had been pulverized with two small tomatoes. The two veggies with the eggs was a nice blend. I had two strips of bacon (my only concession), but I always cook them as half-strips. It just seems better to me (probably mental!). It's close to payday, so I need to shop. My veggie stash is getting low. As Mr. Bill would say, "Oh no!"

Had a nice New Zealand Honey Crisp apple for snack, with a ton of cinnamon on it. 
Keeping with the apple and zucchini theme: Lunch was sauteed zucchini and onion along with a chicken/apple sausage. I added a touch of garlic salt and some pepper. Ghee was the fat of the meal. Delicious!


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Day 7 of legumes - doubt I'll do this again

FBS 201
Down a pound.
Pretty good stuff this morning. Eggs whipped with spinach and a couple small tomatoes, leftover carrots, and a bit of bacon. (The dog got the extra bacon.) No beans!

Lunch was wrong on a couple of levels, but okay for the reintroduction I am completing today. I have had a couple of Spam singles (don't judge; I love me some Spam) waiting for me to cave in. I read the ingredients and it does have sugar and nitrates, but other than that, was okay. The lima beans are the last of the legumes for the reintroduction. And the pineapple was just plain delicious. 

I made chili for dinner using onions, ground beef, ground pork, Tabasco chili starter, tomato sauce, and a can of kidney beans. I had paleo bread toast (blech). I later treated myself to a small bag of plain M&Ms. 

Reflections: The beans were good, but they were not worth the week of high blood sugars. I'll add them to the "eat rarely if ever" list. I think reintroduction is a must for someone like me. I now know that beans don't work for me and that dairy is okay in small doses. The next seven days will be clean and I'll be glad to have the high blood sugars dissipate. 


Friday, June 21, 2013

Day 6 of Legume re-intro

No FBS! No weight loss either, all week. How's that legume reintroduction going?
There was a small leftover steak from last night, so I pan fried that with a can of carrots and some ghee. I know that canned food is not the best choice, but damn, those carrots are so good. 

I am having lunch out today with friends. I'm going to review the menu before I go and have decided not to have a roll; that's a huge decision because the rolls at this restaurant are great. I'm not going to look at it as missing something; I'm going to look at it as something I'm doing for myself, a gift I'm giving to me. 
Lunch was completely off the rails, well not completely, but a lot. I had the pot roast, which is cooked with carrots and onions with a side of asparagus. I also had 2 rolls with butter. Okay, that was a snap decision, but  it was worth it. Afterward, there was a Nutty Buddy. That wasn't in the plans either. I may have gone off plan, but I've got a whole life ahead and will continue to keep it ON the rails.
That that, indiscretions! 

No photo, but posted my dinner on Post 30 Paleo on Facebook:

Baked sweet potato slightly cooled, a handful of unsweetened coconut, about 1/2 cup of applesauce, a few leftover strawberries chopped up, about 2 tbsp of coconut crystals, about 2 tbsp of sweet potato flour, and 2 whisked eggs - put this all together and it made a thick batter. I baked it in the GT XPress, but it could be pan fried in ghee/clarified butter, or in muffin tins. I wanted a quick dinner. It took about 10 minutes to prepare and in the GT Xpress, it took about 10 minutes to bake. If I did it in muffin tins, I'd probably do 20ish minutes at about 350°. It was a good "one pot" complete meal except I didn't have any fats in it. I probably would not use the applesauce next time. It was an experiment for sure. I had half for dinner and am saving the other half for another time. If you've never tried coconut crystals, it tastes a bit like brown sugar, but it's 100% coconut sap. Anyway, there's my experiment for tonight. I did poorly at lunch today, so needed to be right on target for dinner. I also added about a teaspoon or so of pumpkin pie spice. 

Overall, an okay day, even with lunch's rolls eaten. I didn't derail the process, just took a detour at lunch. That's over and I'm back. Interestingly, I've been sneezing most of the afternoon. Could it be the rolls?


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day 5 of Re-Intro of beans/legumes - doubt I'll keep eating them

FBS 197. It's official, the trail mix is a problem. I wonder if it's the peanuts. Regardless, my BS has been rising slowly since reintroducing beans. I also had hummus last night. Tomorrow is the last legume day. The numbers will tell the tale.

I had a dentist appointment this morning and got a surprise filling fixed. That meant numbing medication, which gives me the shakes. I had a banana when I came home and then made breakfast after a while.
I did something a little different with my egg cups. I used leftover sausage for layer one, then some steamed haricot vert. Last, I added eggs that had been whirled with kale (sadly, the kale is gone!), and topped it with paprika before baking. It's amazing what 2 pieces of sausage, about a half-cup of beans, 2 eggs, and 1 leaf of curly kale will stretch. And it's good!

Lunch was a banana with cashew butter, and by golly, I can't remember what else. I did have some pineapple and strawberries with yogurt in there somewhere. Now you know why I take pictures!

I've been wanting to try sweet potato fries, so I did. I cut the potato, tossed it in a Ziplock bag with olive oil, Old Bay, and garlic salt. I baked them for about 35 minutes at 350°. They were good and the taste was just right, but there was too much oil. I'll use my olive oil spritzer next time, and there will be a next time. We had steak and I couldn't cook a steak without adding mushrooms! 

Reflections: A pretty good day. I was jonesing for chocolate and ended up having trail mix again. There are about 10 M&Ms in each bag. Who am I fooling? I eat it because of the Ms. Obviously, chocolate is a danger food for me! 




Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Day 4 of WholeDonna - Let there be repentance

FBS 182

Okay, today is a recovery day. I had paleo toast and honey, as well as trail mix last night. Too much stuff. Bad habit to pick up, so it needs to be dropped like a hot sweet potato. I'm human. The great equalizer is that humanity.
Zucchini is my best friend. It was a vegetable party - zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and leftover carrots, all sauteed in ghee. I tossed in a couple of eggs after the veggies were just about right. Garlic powder made a nice flavor layer to tie it all together. Breakfast is now over. You may move about the cabin.

I had a bag of trail mix midday. It's almost gone!

Lunch was interesting and it was quite late.  
In my quest to like sweet potatoes, I tried something different. I baked a sweet potato, cooled it, then took the flesh and mixed it with an egg, coconut, pecans, coconut sweetener, and pumpkin pie spice. I fried the stuff up in coconut oil.
I'm paleo-ing this week, so I put a little raw honey on the plate with some apple slices, and called it a meal. 
I didn't feel like cooking dinner, so I had snow peas, hummus (beans week), organic Genoa salami and turkey rolls, and a big old glass of water. 

Reflections: I think dairy is out. I had yogurt yesterday and was on the edge all day. This happened the last time I had dairy twice in a day - I just get antsy and almost grumpy. I'd rather not be like that, so pfft on dairy. Beans don't seem to be a problem, but if they're truly inflammatory, I'll keep them to a minimum. I really enjoyed having a sweet potato today. I have three more and want to try some baked sweet potato sticks/fries. I've seen several suggestions for flavor, both savory and sweet. I'm thinking Old Bay might work well. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Re-Introing beans, again, day 3 of WholeDonna for this week

Breakfast - what the heck did I have? Oh yeah, egg muffins layered with salami, leftover zucchini/onion/tomato from last night, and eggs with kale pulverized in the mix. It was an exercise day, and I was pretty famished, but I wanted to try to keep things on track.
I tried my hand at sea bass and haricot vert. I found them frozen at The Fresh Market. I sauteed the beans with a few chopped onions in butter, then added the sea bass and some seasoning with a heavy hand of pepper. I think I cooked the fish just a touch too long, but it was good. It was not as good as the sea bass I had at Kona Grill, but they're pros and this is my first time! I finished up with a bowl of watermelon and pineapple.

Food Lion had some beautiful stir fry beef available the other day, so again, I sauteed onions and then tossed in the beef strips. The carrots are canned; I absolutely love canned or cooked carrots of any kind. Dinner was finished off with a banana.

Reflections: I've had a hankering for snacks tonight and have succumbed to 2 packages of trail mix thus far. I need that stuff to be gone from the house. I think in terms of compliance, I'm so much better in tune with myself when I stick with Whole30 and don't have as many gray area choices. I need to continue to consider this. 


Monday, June 17, 2013

Day 2 WholeDonna - Reintroducing beans/legumes

FBS 158
Kale blended with 2 eggs poured over, a layer of cauliflower and a layer of chicken/apple sausage chopped into small bits. Made a great egg cup for breakfast. I'm so glad that I'm liking kale! The kale sort of separated from the eggs as the eggs seeped into the cauliflower and sausage below, but it was delicious; the kale was just a touch crunchy on top like I meant for it to be that way. Yeah, that's it. I meant to do that. 
Steak and limas for lunch. I'm reintroducing beans/legumes this week and there you have it, limas. I had some trail mix after housework a couple of hours ago. 
Who's a good cook? I am! Leftover cauliflower with chick tenders sauteed with onions, zucchini, and tomatoes. Who needs grains?


Sunday, June 16, 2013

WholeDonna for another week, day 1

FBS 145

I've pretty much decided to go Whole30/WholeDonna alternating weeks. I like the structure of Whole30, but I also like reintroduction and having beans or dairy (not much) or paleo bread once in a while. My doctor said not to worry about things like ketchup and relish, so will enjoy those on WholeDonna weeks.

2 fried eggs, 2 strips of bacon, and 2 pieces of almond paleo bread with organic and sugar free raspberry spread. Unfortunately, I like it better than the coconut, but too bad; it'll be coconut or nothing when the almond is gone. Too many calories in the almond flour. I will continue to use almond flour, but as a coating or addition to meatloaf, not for baking. I splurged and had ketchup (which was my norm before W30). Overall, it was pretty derned good. 

I wasn't in the mood for lunch, so I had an apple with cinnamon and honey. I finished off with some trail mix of nuts and raisins. 

Dinner, on the other hand, was great. I cooked up the last of the cauliflower and warmed up a chicken/apple sausage. A little mustard for the sausage and ghee for the cauliflower, and it was delicious. I made seared scallops and garlic bread for Richard; it IS Father's Day after all. Dinner was done after I ate a bowl of pineapple.

Reflections: I think I did pretty well today. I did learn that one piece of paleo bread is enough and that it needs to be toasted a long longer than I had toasted this morning's. I also have decided I make a pretty mean fried egg. I've busted up many a fried egg over the years, so it's nice to finally get those right. 

Update on reflections - I threw caution to the wind tonight and had some mini Kit Kats. They were good and maybe worth trying again, but I can wait two more weeks before doing that. I wanted M&Ms, but all they had was family or sharing sized bags, and I knew that would not be safe with me. Was it worth it? I'll know as the days roll forward. If it's a problem physiologically or psychologically, I'll know it wasn't worth it. 

Day 2 of WholeDonna tomorrow. Thank goodness I'll be shopping. I also have left over sausage and cauliflower. I see egg muffins in my future.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Day 7 of 7 of Whole30

FBS 163
 
Kale two days in a row! Go me. I never thought I'd eat this stuff. My husband says when he was a kid, they'd grow it to choke out other plants since it was such a big producing weed. Pfft. This weed tastes great in eggs. I put two eggs, kale, and two small tomatoes in the Magic Bullet and poof - fritatta, omelet, don't care what you call it, it was good. 
Side order of leftover carrots and breakfast is done. Did you know that carrots go really well with eggs? I grabbed a bit eggs and carrot in the same bite. Nice complementary tastes. 

I sort of skipped lunch! I went to the theater with a friend to see a local production of Chicago. She and I split a beer before the show, 100% non-compliant! 

Dinner was talapia coated with vegetable chips that I had pulverized, then fried in ghee and lite olive oil. I made a batch of zucchini, mushrooms, and onions for a side dish, and had some trail mix (off program!) for snack. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Learning to like kale - Real day 6 of Whole7

FBS 151, not bad. 2 hours after dinner was 157, so at least it's going down overnight now!
I want to like kale. I really do. I bought a half bunch last night at Whole Foods. I thought that this morning was as good as anytime to try it. I had a smidgen in chicken soup a while ago. So, mushrooms, kale, and some tomatoes sauteed.
Eggs added and scrambled, and it was very good. It's a lighter taste than spinach. I'll try it again with lunch. I might just like this stuff!

Chicken, zucchini, onions, clarified butter for the saute, coconut aminos and poultry seasoning, salt and pepper, with a side of pineapple. It was like Chinese takeout for lunch, but better. 

Dinner was a bit of a win/fail experiment. I had a pork loin in the freezer. It was half of one that we didn't care for when we ate the first half. So, I tried to figure out a way to gussy it up without adding BBQ or other sauce that doesn't fit with W30. I seasoned it up and then covered it with bacon! I cut up a can of potatoes for Richard and put butternut squash pieces in the pan for me. And I baked it. Well, the potatoes looked great. The squash was burned. When I sliced the pork, it looked like it was fused; it was half light and half dark meat. I cut it where the fuse line was and a half loin fed two of us. It should feed three or four! The part we ate was good, though. Since my side was burned, I got a can of carrots out and warmed them up quickly; they got a blob of ghee on top of them! I also had a side of natural applesauce. Bottom line is that we had some good pork, Richard got some rockin' potatoes and I got rockin' carrots, and the applesauce, as always, was the perfect dip for the pork. 

For snack tonight, I tried the coconut paleo bread toasted with organic raspberry spread. I liken the taste of the 'bread' to a Melba toast, sort of. It's not sandwich material, but that's not why I bought it. I purchased it because of the ingredients - Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Coconut Flour, Egg Whites, Psyllium, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda. - and so I could maybe have French toast once in a while. I'll have to see how it works on my blood sugar and weight loss, and then determine if it's worth the price. 

Reflections: It's been a good day overall. Food was fine. I got some big time exercise by simply cleaning the upstairs bathroom and getting rid of all the stuff on the deck out back that didn't belong, and in general, just being a dog mom. Tomorrow is the 7th day of Whole30. I'll start reintroduction again on Sunday, starting with lima beans. I gave away 5 bags of food from the pantry, but I kept those and a can of kidney beans. I love the beans in chili and hope they don't affect me poorly. Even if they're perfect, I'll still only have them once in a while. Another good day tomorrow is in the works! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Yesterday & today, Days 4 and 5 of Whole7

Forgot all about blogging yesterday! I made a banana thing at one point during the day - dead banana, some vanilla, a touch of raw honey, 2 eggs, and a couple tablespoons of sweet potato flour along with apple pie spice. I cooked that in my GTXpress and had it for lunch. I had the same thing for lunch today as I had another dead banana. We'll not call it cake or muffin, but a banana thing. It was pretty good and a great way to use up a banana that I would otherwise throw away.
Lunch yesterday was some amazing chicken with coconut aminos, zucchini, and bacon. It was just plain good.
Lunch today was a tenderloin filet along with green peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Always good. A great go-to meal because I buy the filets, cut them to size, and freeze them ahead of time.
I went out to dinner with my daughter after a trip to Whole Foods this evening. We went to Kona Grill near Richmond. The server was great and helped me figure out what to order. Their sea bass came with a rice dish, but I was able to substitute asparagus. The ratatouille was okay, but I'm still not sure I like it a lot. The peppers were a little hot; I've had it before with red peppers, but not the spicy ones. The sea bass was to die for and the asparagus were mighty good. After dinner, we walked about a mile, and now I'm home.

My blood sugar has behaved today, pretty much. It was 153 two hours after dinner and that's pretty great for me. 

Reflections: This has been one of the busiest days in a very long time for me - up at 6, work 7-8, to the vet at 8, work 9-11, to the derm, back to work 1-2, quick 45 minute nap, work 3-4, drive to Richmond in a huge storm, and then the above outing with Allison. And I feel amazing. Thanks to the new way of eating and exercise, I can do these things again. Overall, it has been a great day. I hope to have many more like it. 


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Day 3 of redo Whole30

FBS 163 - going down

How about some leftovers for breakfast? I saved the sauce from last night's dinner and added it to some ground round and green peppers that I sauteed. hard to see the veggies, but they are there! It was like a really thick breakfast soup.

After exercise BS 131

Marvey lunch again. Steak, asparagus, and mushrooms.  
And a bowl of cherries. 

The instructor at the pool, who I told in the locker room about my total weight loss (70 pounds so far) decided to tell the whole class. Argh. Questions came along about how did I do it and I was honest, first 55 was Weight Watchers and the remaining and future are from Whole30/Whole9 and turning around some big problems with my metabolism. They already know I exercise because they're there with me. I guess it was okay that she told people, but it kind of weirds me out. 
Aidells chicken and apple sausage and a nice bit helping of broccoli. 
With a side of strawberries. And that there was dinner. 

Reflections: Nothing big today. Eating went well, exercise went well, energy level was high, and it was just a good day. I met a big weight loss goal today and hope to make many more in the future. I had to stop and buy vegetables today, but I sure don't mind doing that at all. I ordered "paleo bread" to try so that I can have a piece of toast once or twice a week when off the Whole30 restrictions from SWYPO.  I see broc and eggs in my future tomorrow morning. The bottom line all the way around is that my blood sugar is responding to being off dairy and indiscretions again, and I will be following this program very closely for the rest of my life. I've made it my goal to continue to work on liking sweet potatoes and have added coconut to my must-like list. My sweet potato flour arrived today and that'll make a nice coating for chicken or sweet potato fries (found a rocking recipe for them today). My options are endless as long as I can cook. 



Monday, June 10, 2013

Day 2 of redo Whole30

FBS 172, no apparent reason.

Attitude is much better and I'm feeling like me again.
Breakfast was great. Steak, mushrooms, 2 eggs. I added the eggs after the steak and mushrooms were sauteed, and added salt and pepper.  
Since I still haven't figured out a good ketchup recipe, I am using pulverized tomatoes. And they're still delicious. 
Of course, any dish is better with avocado!

I ran errands and took my BS when I got home. It was 147. Let's hope it goes back down. I'd like to stay off the Amaryl. 
I had some leftover turkey, so rolled it up. It's not 100% compliant, but its now gone. I'll look at Whole Foods for some compliant turkey. It's so good by itself. If I can't find any, I'll cook up a turkey breast and slice my own. To round out my cold plate, I cut up a half apple, some celery, and put a bit of cashew butter on the celery. I really need some better celery! 

Zucchini and mushrooms sauteed in clarified butter.  
Sauce with meatballs (free range, grass fed ground beef; onion powder; dried green peppers; one egg; celery salt) on the sauteed veggies. 
My favorite marinara sauce just happens to be compliant!

Reflections: Much better day in terms of how I feel and attitude.