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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I finished my 30 days of Whole30 Monday and am starting to add foods back into my diet to see how my body reacts. I have to say, I did the Whole30 without any slips and with very little trouble. The biggest change I noticed is that my cravings both for sugar and just to overeat in general practically went away. I had only one small complication and that was constipation starting at the beginning of the 4th week. I have learned a lot and have really enjoyed making new recipes. I had to learn how to buy, use and store Coconut oil (I like the Nutiva brand best), Coconut milk (Thai brand) and Ghee (Purity Farms). I donít feel like I need to add bread and cereal back into my life at all but I am going to introduce it as they recommend so I can tell if I have any sensitivities to them. I will probably add back cream in my coffee and yogurt from the dairy group but I have never liked milk so Dairy isnít a big thing in my life. Yesterday I added back legumes, so I had peanut butter and apple with my 2 egg mushroom and spinach omelet. peas and edemame in my salad at lunch and chili with beans for supper. Iíll be adding back sugar and alcohol just for the reintroduction days to be sure I donít have any sensitivities there. Otherwise Iíll be eating very little sugar and drinking only occasional wine and beer when I go back to my post Whole30 life. Why should I add back the things that were making my healthy life difficult?

I decided to do a Whole 30 because Iíd been reading several blogs of Sparkers who tried it. After losing 90 pounds over 2 years, I had been stuck at 10 pounds over goal weight for over a year. Then when I came back from my month long trip to Europe last year, I put on 10 pounds. I was getting worried that my old program wasnít working any more so I decided to shake it up. I read about it and thought that it didnít sound too crazy, was doable and only for 30 days so I started.

The first few days were really easy and since I weighed daily at first (youíre not supposed to weigh until the end) I know I lost 3 pounds of water weight right away. I didnít have any detox symptoms from stopping sugar, etc or eating low carb since Iíd been eating a pretty healthy diet for a long time. I didnít feel irritable but the first and second week I could hardly run or do my gym exercises. I felt like I had no energy, but I kept going. In the middle of the second week I got my energy back for running and other exerciseÖ.in fact I ran a mile straight without intervals for the first time in my 3 year running career! I felt like I could run like the wind! I did have a few episodes of feeling lightheaded. I think I wasnít drinking enough water or salting my food enough. Hydrating and adding salt improved my lightheadedness. The description of how you might feel on the program said you might have some bloating the 2nd week, but I didnít. On night 13 I did dream about eating chips which they said might happen. LOL! My IBS (Irritable Bowel) cramps improved! On day 16 I ate out with friends at the Cheesecake Factory and had dry grilled salmon, steamed veggies with no seasoning and a bowl of plain strawberries. It was delicious and I didnít feel deprived except that I didnít get to have a glass of wine with my meal which I enjoy when I am eating out.

I decided not to weigh daily on day 16 and didnít weigh again until I was finished on day 30. The morning of day 31 I had lost 12 pounds and a total of 7 inches! I was pretty astonished. My energy and stamina have been off the wall these last 2 weeks. I feel great. I did have a week of constipation, probably due to just changing my diet, but with suggestions from the Whole 30 web site that was resolved. (prunes, Natural Calm which is a magnesium supplement, and drinking more fluids).

Over the next week or so I will be reintroducing Non gluten grains, dairy, gluten grains, sugar, and alcohol with 2 days of Whole 30 eating between each of the introductions. I am looking forward to seeing I my body responds to that. The reintroduction of legumes is going well. I ate them yesterday and will stay Whole 30 compliant for 2 days before starting non gluten grains.

On the whole, itís been a great experience and Iím glad Iím giving it a try. My doctor is on board and my body feels great. Iíll keep you posted at the end of the experiment!

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JOYINKY 8/20/2014 10:43PM

    Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment! It will be interesting to hear how it goes as you re introduce foods to your diet. Glad you are feeling so great!

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RURAL3 8/20/2014 8:49PM

    I am impressed Nancy. I may have to try this as I am not motivated at all. How did your DH do with it? Did he do it too or did you add things to his meals? That is probably the biggest thing for me as my DH loves the dairy and grains.

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MARYBETH4884 8/20/2014 6:13PM

    Interesting to hear your take on the Whole 30. Thanks, good luck with reintroducing foods. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 8/20/2014 4:58PM

    Wow! Congratulations on the weight loss! I've seen several blogs too about this way of eating but haven't tried it. I may have to think about it. I'm so happy for you that it went so well!

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WIFE48 8/20/2014 3:55PM

    emoticon on the weight loss. I guess I need to check this program out.

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Recipe Challenge with Beyond the Scales Team

Monday, January 13, 2014

I made some cream of tomato soup as a new recipe to fulfill the requirements of one of the squares on our Beyond the Scales (BTS) Bingo challenge.

I had a ball making it. DH made grilled cheese sandwiches to go with the soup while I made the soup. We had fun working together and even more fun eating the meal for supper.
I couldn't believe the difference in ingredients when I compared the recipe with a can of cream of tomato soup I had in the house.

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DDOORN 5/9/2014 9:16PM

    Betting it was WAY better! :-)

Thx for the blog support!


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KOFFEENUT 1/13/2014 8:49PM

    How awesome that you and DH worked together in the kitchen to produce a masterpiece of a dinner! (Although now I'm afraid to look at the ingredient label on that tomato soup in my cupboard...!).
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JOYINKY 1/13/2014 8:37PM

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DEE1221 1/13/2014 7:34PM

    Sounds yummy! emoticon

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New Year New Goals Old Cabin

Monday, January 06, 2014

This weekend we were at our mountain cabin for 3 days. We had about 8 inches of snow and it hovered between 0 and 8 degrees F.

We stayed an extra day because the roads and weather were bad and I am glad we did. It was a great way to start the BTS (Beyond The Scale) challenge.

I have been thinking of goals for this challenge and have come up with
1) Follow the No S plan (no seconds, no snacks, no sweets)
2) Keep under 1600 calories a day
3) Track food and activity daily
4) Drink 8 glasses plain water a day
5) Meet FitBit Goals daily (10000 steps, 10 flights, 5 miles)
6) Complete the 21 day Fat Loser program - mental toughness
7) Participate in Beyond the Scale (BTS) challenges with Yellow Roses

I would like to lose a pound a week but as long as I lose or maintain, I will be satisfied because I know I can do that!


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RURAL3 1/6/2014 10:15PM

    You had a heat wave compared to what we are having. Aren't you supposed to be colder? And what only 8 inches? Gee that is too bad that you had to stay an extra day. I hate when that happens. LOL I need to get serious thinking about goals soon. I have slacked off far too long and gained. I hate having to redo what I have already done. I may check out that challenge. Get it back off before it gets out of hand. I can speak from experience.
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KOFFEENUT 1/6/2014 9:11PM

    How awesome that you were able to make it back to the cabin! It was surprising they were able to get a road back in there as quickly as they did - from your pictures, it didn't look like there was a lot to work with!

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JOYINKY 1/6/2014 6:32PM

    What a beautiful mountain "get away"!
SMART goals, not all would work for me; but they are not for me! They definitely will move you in a positive direction. Yes, emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 1/6/2014 5:56PM

    Sounds like a good plan. Glad the extra day was good for you. Sounds like a heat wave there LOL.

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JAMBABY0 1/6/2014 4:26PM

    good luck

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BEHAPPY24-7 1/6/2014 4:24PM

  They say that eating 3 balanced small meals a day and snacks in between is better then not snacking at all and eating 3 large meals. Just a little tid bid :-)

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Rocky Mountain Weekend

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Since we can't get to our mountain cabin in the Roosevelt Forest near Rocky Mountain National Park because of the road damage after the recent floods, we decided to take advantage of our governor's decision to pay for the opening of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We took the long roundabout route (2 hours) because our usual roads are still closed because of flood damage and drove to Rocky Mountain National Park.

We took our dog, Bucky, with us because he misses the mountains, too! He wasn't allowed to walk the trails with us so we just took him around some picnic areas.

On the way out we saw some elk.

We did take a 4 mile hike in Peaceful Valley before going into the park which didn't open until noon.

All in all...We had a great day!

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KOFFEENUT 10/16/2013 3:49PM

    Glad you were able to get out and enjoy this glorious autumn even though you weren't able to get to your cabin. Lucky for us we live in such a beautiful state with LOTS of alternatives!

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MARGARITTM 10/16/2013 2:51PM

    Thanks for the picture blog - brings out the John Denver in me ......... lovin me some Colorado. BEAUTIFUL

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LINDAKAY228 10/16/2013 2:13PM

    Ah so pretty it looks. Glad you had such a great day. Nothing like being out in the great outdoors in a scenic area!

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TXPATRIOT 10/15/2013 11:37PM

    When I saw your blog title, I was hoping there were pictures!!

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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JOYINKY 10/15/2013 10:11PM

    What a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing!

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RURAL3 10/15/2013 8:18PM

    I know it doesn't take the place of the cabin but it sure is beautiful. Glad you enjoyed it. Bucky too. emoticon

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KMVBBAM 10/15/2013 5:14PM

    Love the pictures...grew up in Montana and miss the scenery.

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CATLADY52 10/15/2013 5:01PM

    I'm glad your Governor opened up the park. emoticon Looks like you had fun.

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ALIHIKES 10/15/2013 3:34PM

    Wow very beautiful!

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SUZIPAM1 10/15/2013 2:48PM

    what a lovely place and what wonderful scenery

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Harder than I Thought

Monday, September 30, 2013

I've been back from my European trip for one week and am trying to get back to normal. It's been a lot harder than I thought. I planned exercise and nutrition for the cruise and that went well. I ate moderately and ran a mile and did ST 5 times during the 3 weeks I was gone. On the days we were touring I walked between 10 and 15 miles a day and felt great. I was very pleased with my fitness level. I didn't have any trouble at all on hills or long stretches of walking on cobblestones and/ or dirt. I was feeling pretty proud of myself.

What I didn't anticipate was jet lag. I didn't notice it at all on the trip to Europe. We hit the ground running and I felt fine. Coming back has been a different story. I have been sleepy all day, not able to sleep at night and unable to think clearly. I have been a wreck! My legs have been tired and I haven't had any stamina. I have been eating like a fiend and have actually gained 3 pounds this first week back. (I only gained 2 pounds during the 3 week trip). I just didn't expect how difficult it is to get back into my routine. I can only run a mile and only with a lot of effort. My muscles are extremely sore from my ST. I feel like a newbie. I forgot how hard it is to exercise when you are not in the habit. I don't enjoy this at all!

I haven't been logging my food or drinking my water. I have been wearing my fitbit but haven't met my goals. Today I made myself start back with small steps,

I am logging my food
I am drinking my water
I am going to eat 3 meals and 1 bedtime yogurt snack
I ran 1.25 miles and did 3 sets of 8 reps of my ST at a low weight setting

I will get back to where I was ...and start enjoying it again! lol!

Wish me luck!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 10/11/2013 10:35AM

    I am in the immediate post-marathon recovery period and have been away from ST and logging food/water for months because of major life stresses. I anticipate some challenges ahead developing good routines again. I believe you will get your mojo back - and I will, too!


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DDOORN 10/4/2013 8:18AM

    Patience, persistence...it's not at all uncommon after a vacation when returning to "the real world" to have a lag that may be even more than "jet lag."


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RURAL3 10/2/2013 8:41PM

    Just give yourself small goals. Once met up them. You can do this again. You have in the past. Your FULL recovery is coming soon. Be patient. And congrats on a fabulous trip. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/1/2013 12:05PM

    Hope you recover from that jet lag soon. I believe soon you'll be back to your normal self!

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KOFFEENUT 9/30/2013 11:12PM

    That darn jet lag is KILLER. Give yourself some time to adjust - we just don't snap back like we used to!

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CATLADY52 9/30/2013 5:58PM

    Your three week jaunt to Europe was becoming a routine, your body just adjusted. It will probably take three weeks to get back it the routine you have set up for yourself. emoticon

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OOLALA53 9/30/2013 4:29PM

    Give yourself time but stick with the eating plan for sure. It doesn't take any more time to eat your good meals, as doing exercise does, and I believe it has the biggest payoff in good feelings, at least in my experience. You'll get there!

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JOYINKY 9/30/2013 2:12PM

    Give yourself a break! Three weeks off of your regular routine is a lot! Give yourself 3 weeks recovery time; you've got a good start. I suspect you had extra adrenalin giving you a boost on the trip and that's all catching up with you! Listen to your body and do what you can. Tracking your food and water and easing back into your other activity is a sound way to go. emoticon

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KANDOLAKER 9/30/2013 1:49PM

    Way to keep working on getting back on track. For most people, going one direction is worse with the jet lag. They say it takes one day to re-coup, for every hour time difference - so I bet you will be back in the groove very soon. Wishing you the best. Congrats for doing so well while you were on vacation, that is hard to do!! emoticon

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