Long, detailed, probably boring to anyone but me – but Week THREE is DONE! Nine more days to go.
DAY FIFTEEN (6/27): (writing this on 6/28) At the halfway point! So far, so good. I was hoping to really start to feel better and more energetic this week. However, I am actually noticing that I am feeling a bit worse today. I felt more bloated and “fat” yesterday. I was tired, although not the “I’m going to fall asleep while driving” fatigue. More of a low level, “I just don’t have much zest today” kind of feeling. I also am noticing that where I thought my skin was improving, today it seems more broken out and itchy. Wondering if it’s something I am eating that my body is now reacting to, or if it’s that toxins are still working their way out. Also noticing that I eat a lot out of habit, or just because it’s there. Found myself almost tasting the coleslaw I made last night (not compliant), or almost reaching into my son’s open bag of pretzels just because they were there. REALLY missing some sweetener in my coffee. I’m getting used to it unsweetened, but adding just a tad of some sweet to it would make my morning cup so much more enjoyable.
Didn’t workout this morning. spent some time reading and went back to bed. Did walk at lunchtime for a mile.
Meal #1: Half a baked sweet potato, half an avocado and 1/8 of the spinach/mushroom/tomato frittata I made over the weekend, along with coffee with coconut milk.
Meal #2: Protein salad made with chicken, chopped carrots, onion, bits of kohlrabi, fresh parsley, homemade avocado mayo, apple slices with mixed nut butter.
Meal #3: Homemade concoction with beets, mushrooms, kale, ground turkey, leftover brisket and sliced almonds. The rest of the apple slices and nut butter.
Meal #4: Grilled turkey burger with roasted red pepper sauce, roasted carrots and onions (that were cooked with the roast chicken last night)
DAY SIXTEEN (6/28): Another “normal” day today. Took the kids to the movies. There was a few moments when resisting the popcorn and soda was difficult, but I did not give in. I should have brought some water to drink, though. I was really thirsty while we were there. Came home and made a meal for both the kids and I – again, their oven baked chicken tenders smelled so good. I had my turkey burger and it was good, too. After my therapy session, I ate the banana and almond butter I had brought with me as a snack. Maybe not the best choice, but totally compliant and had starches, protein and good fats, so I felt okay about it. Went to the grocery store on my way home to pick up a few things I needed for the soup I was making for dinner and that was really hard. So many yummy things calling my name. Really struggling with wanting sweets and “junk” food today….even went on the Dunkin’ Donuts website to see what was in their flavored coffees. Decided not to go there. It would be too tempting and disappointing not to have the coffee sweetened. I wanted to buy a box of Entenmann’s pastry and eat the whole thing. I wanted baked goods, bread and butter, cookies, chocolate and fruity candy. I did buy a coconut cream pie Larabar and ate half on the way home. I feel good that I stayed compliant, but not-so-good that I let the psychology of it get to me and ate something sweet when I was craving it.
Still feeling like I am back to the beginning with symptoms today. I keep expecting that any day I’ll feel the “tiger blood” they keep talking about, but the last two days I’ve actually felt worse again: more tired, irritable, skin breakouts, etc. Not sure what the deal is. Hopping it doesn’t last long, though.
Meal #1: mashed sweet potato, sauteed greens and one fried egg. Coffee with coconut milk.
Meal #2: Turkey burger, roasted carrots, onions and garlic scapes.
Meal #3: banana and almond butter, coconut cream pie larabar
Meal #4: Chicken Chowder recipe from the book.
DAY SEVENTEEN (6/29): Good day today. Still feeling tired this morning, but no afternoon slumps anymore. Did however, feel very sleepy driving home again this evening. Pulled over in the park to listen to a few more minutes of my book and ended up snoozing for 10 minutes. Emotions somewhat better today. Didn’t give myself enough time to eat before leaving for work, so I ate when I got there.
Meal #1: Frittata with 1/2 baked sweet potato and half an avocado. Coffee with cocnut milk
Meal #2: leftover coconut curry shrimp, 1 cup sauteed mushrooms, onions and greens, 7 cherries
Meal #3: The rest of the above, 7 more cherries
Meal #4: Grilled pork chop, apples sauteed in ghee with cinnamon (delicious!), salad with mixed greens, sliced red pepper and cucumber, sunflower seeds, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
DAY EIGHTEEN (6/30): Did fine today. Made sure to leave time to eat breakfast today. Still finding myself craving sweet, creamy Dunkin’ Donuts coffee every morning. It is so tempting to pop by there on my way into work and get a caramel coffee with cream. The coffee feels like warmth, comfort, reward/treat for me. I honestly haven’t found anything else that gives me the same feelings, and I can’t even imagine what else might. I am really liking the fried eggs over vegetables (starchy and not) for breakfast in the morning. I end up eating it most days varying the vegetables I use. So far, I haven’t gotten tired of it, and it keeps me full most days for the whole four hours. Lunch today was kind of thrown together leftovers. It was so-so. Find myself missing “restricted” foods more when my food isn’t that delicious. If I let myself go there, I can imagine all the sweet, fatty, carb-laden food I “can’t” have and I start missing and craving them. If I don’t think about it, I don’t really miss them – except the coffee, and sometimes the beer/wine.
We are going to hang out with some friends Sunday and I’m nervous. I won’t cheat, I’ve come too far to purposefully eat something off plan…I do NOT want to start over! However, it might be hard not to have beer. Don’t think the food will be much of an issue, but the alcohol. It’s part of what we do there. I like trying new beer, I like the taste of really good craft beer, I like how it makes me feel – happy and relaxed. I just have to tell myself I can do this. I’ll bring special sparkling water and some limes. It will be fine. Maybe we’ll bring Shasta so I’ll have something else to do besides watch everyone else drink beer. 🙁
Still tired, but walked a mile today at lunch. It was an absolutely beautiful day out – 80’s, sunny, breezy, low humidity.
We learned about Hellinger work today during our staff meeting. Was very intense. Our CEO asked for my opinion afterward and I felt important and valued.
Lots of yummy stuff at the CSA today: carrots, cucumbers, beets, squash, lettuce, peas, kohlrabi, cabbage, rosemary, arugula, broccoli, scallions. Used some squash and zucchini for dinner tonight.
Meal #1: Remainder of a can of pumpkin I had used for another recipe (about 1/2 cup), 1/2 cup sauteed apples with cinnamon leftover from last night’s dinner, two fried eggs.
Meal #2: Salmon cake, 1/4 baked sweet potato, 1/2 cup sauteed mixed greens and mushrooms. About 3/4 cup leftover chicken chowder.
Meal #3: Same as meal #2.
Meal #4: About 1 cup steamed zucchini and yellow squash “noodles” topped with ground beef and roasted red pepper sauce. (This was good!)
DAY NINETEEN (7/1/16): Feeling a bit “blah” about my food today. Sleeping better, in general feeling better, but it hasn’t been an “amazing” difference yet. I guess it might take more than 19 days to fix decades of unhealthy eating, huh? just going to keep plugging along. I really don’t want to have to start all over!
Not a whole lot new to report today. Ran late this morning and wasn’t able to eat before I left for work again. This is not a good habit to let myself fall into. It really kind of messes me up for the whole day when I do that. Doesn’t help me feel full and in control to start the day, and I noticed the days I did that recently are days when I’ve had more trouble with cravings. Didn’t move a lot today. Stood at my desk for a several hours, and stretched often, but didn’t actually walk or get my heart rate up at all today. Noticed my feet are really swollen this evening. Wonder what’s up with that?
Meal #1: Two hard boiled eggs, pineapple chunks, coffee with coconut milk.
Meal #2: Roast chicken with red pepper sauce, roasted carrots, beets and kohlrabi, few bites of mixed sauteed greens with coconut oil.
Meal #3: rest of meal #2, last few bites of the pineapple from breakfast.
Meal #4: leftover chicken chowder with a bunch of sauteed green thrown in.
Had a snack this evening. I guess the soup and greens wasn’t satiating enough ‘cause I was hungry two hours later. Had 3/4 of an apple with cashew butter.
DAY TWENTY (7/2): Good day today. Woke up feeling a bit stiff and achy again – realized that this is how I used to feel every morning – and now I don’t! Not sure what happened to make me feel this way today. didn’t eat anything off plan yesterday. The only thing I can think is that I didn’t drink enough water. I have been trying to drink at least 72 ounces of water in addition to whatever other fluids I drink (coffee, tea, etc). Yesterday, I think I only had about 48. My feet were still somewhat swollen too, which could also be the results of dehydration. I tried to drink more today, but not sure I got as much in as I should have….maybe 64 ounces? It’s still early as I write this, so I will try to get in another glass or two. I have also been drinking more seltzer water – no additives, but the bubbles and flavor make it easier and more pleasant to drink water. Generally using half water/half seltzer. Wonder if that could have anything to do with it? I also wonder if I am really getting enough protein…I do not actually eat one or two palm sized servings of protein at every meal. Maybe I need to really focus on getting all the protein in?
Did a lot today – wrote in my journal, made the menus and grocery list, went grocery shopping, mowed the lawn, watered the plants on the porch, played with the dog, shopped for craft supplies and dog toys, did the dishes, straightened up the house some, made homemade mayo, used the mayo to make Whole30 coleslaw, made cucumber-tomato salad, cleaned out the fridge and organized it a bit so I know what I have to eat this week. Feel much more energetic today. Could also be because its the weekend and the weather was amazing today.
Didn’t eat at my “usual” times today. Woke up later than usual (7:30) and didn’t eat breakfast until almost 8:30. Lunch around 1:30? Dinner at about 6:30. Wasn’t really hungry between breakfast and lunch until it was time to eat. Did get hungry between lunch and dinner – did not eat enough food to keep me full for 5 hours. Also, while out shopping, was really thirsty. Need to remember to bring water with me everywhere!!
Meal #1: “kitchen sink” scrambled eggs from the book. Basically sauteed a bunch of vegetables (peppers, scallions, tomatoes, leftover squash and zucchini “noodles”), added three eggs and cooked until done, then added most of an avocado on top. Ate half for breakfast along with coffee with coconut cream.
Meal #2: remaining eggs. Added a bit of roasted red pepper sauce which made them even better! Half an apple with mixed nut butter.
Meal #3: Last of the hamburger/vegetable soup from last week (about 1 1/2 cups), handful of cherries.
DAY TWENTY-ONE (7/3): Week three DONE! Today was a difficult day. Woke up feeling bit in the dumps. Haven’t been getting enough sleep the past few nights. It’s always harder on the weekends – I wake up when John comes home from our local bar and sometimes it’s hard to get back to sleep. I can’t sleep in – mornings are my favorite time, and my internal alarm goes off early anyway.
Have been feeling crabby, irritable, tired all day long. Ate a good breakfast, went to church with Jake, then came home and packed to go visit our friends. I forgot to eat and was starving when we got there. It was another hour before we ate. I ate too fast and it got stuck, then had to wait before I could eat the rest. It was REALLY hard not to have beer. The guys were testing out some new ones, and my girlfriend was having sangria. I was drinking my seltzer and feeling sorry for myself. I tried to focus on just being with them instead. I know I am doing this for good reasons, and I know it’s good for me, but today was hard. Was really hungry again on the way home, I guess I didn’t eat enough while we were there. Came home, ate, then tried to take a nap, but between the dog whining and the neighborhood fireworks, I couldn’t sleep. Ended up crabbier and even more irritable, with a headache to boot.
Prepared some food for the rest of the week, ate again, then watched a movie with John. The Revenant – didn’t help my dark mood. Hoping tomorrow is better. Really missing my alone time. Glad today is over.
Meal #1: Spinach/vegetable frittata, 1/2 avocado, coffee with coconut cream
Meal #2: Turkey burger, compliant homemade coleslaw, cucumber/tomato salad, watermelon
Meal #3: Sauteed mixed greens, ground beef, roasted red pepper sauce, pineapple.
Meal #4: Tomato and avocado slices, sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms, two fried eggs
Noticing I didn’t eat many starchy vegetables the past few days. Maybe that has something to do with my mood?
Week Three DONE!