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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Totally Forgot About French Fries

So all in all it was a good Day 18.

I had a harder time waking up this morning and was tired throughout the day, but I want to blame that on the weather. It's just plain hibernation weather is all.

It was a busy day at work, but my mood was good. I even put in an extra hour after hours to do some of my work since it seems I'm on an indefinite covering for lack of employees schedule during normal business hours. Super fun.

I started to feel some signs of sickies this afternoon and by the time I was checking out at the grocery store this evening, I felt so yucky I wasn't sure I'd be able to eat anything. I solved that dilemma by just beginning dinner preparations and hoping for the best. 

Bacon burger salad with sweet potato fries helped cure me. I believe bacon could cure anything. 

After dinner, I started to remove the fabric from my chair to be reupholstered. Last night I removed the fabric tacks and tonight the trickier little tacks hidden underneath.  I need to do a little research because I'd like to replace the stuffing and firm up the structure before putting it all back together. I foresee a busy weekend around the house!

But the craziest part of my day was when I smelled French fries in the office. It was like I was smelling that delightfulness for the first time. I haven't been out anywhere during this whole 30 and so I haven't gotten a whiff of fries in ages. And I seriously heart potatoes. Almost instantly my pulse quickened and I had a crazy impulse to go all Date With An Angel on those fries. I guess that food addiction isn't quite gone yet.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Staying On Track

It's been another crazy busy week. I'm looking forward to sliding into the home plate that is Friday.

I haven't done anything yet about the chair upholstery I wanted to tackle this week. It is still sitting there staring me down. I left my sewing machine out on the dining room table and it's been there all week. I just feel like sewing in the dark dining room is so much easier when I can do it midday...like on a Saturday.

Tonight I did prepare a delightful dinner. I threw together my Peanut Chicken Pasta recipe with a Chicken Satay sauce recipe and substituted spaghetti squash for the pasta. It was delightfully yummy! I need to do a little menu planning for the rest of the week. I didn't get around to that over the weekend either.

I think I'm making strides tackling my stuffiness. I discovered another one of my medications has lactose in it, so today is day one of no more lactose medications. I feel like I've already noticed an improvement after cutting one of those meds and I have hope that with them both out of my system I will be able to breathe again! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I've found the culprit, because if not, I'm back to the drawing board and really at a loss for what has been causing my miserableness.

I'm feeling good as I approach the final stages of my Whole 30. I'll be done just in time for Blondy's birthday shenanigans in Wisconsin and I may pick it back up after a weekend break to keep me on track. But I'm really looking forward to a gigantic bottle of red wine! It has been an incredibly stressful time to tackle this Whole 30.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 15

Day 15 was pretty chill.

I didn't eat any potato chips. My mood was fairly good. No headaches and I'm finally feeling like I may have lost the bloat. I'm not sure if that is related to me cutting out the meds with lactose, but I'll take it.

I am still quite stuffy, but monitoring it closely with each thing I give up. I'm going to find the cause and I'm going to be done with it. I have a hard time falling asleep because of it and wake up in the night. Particularly with a dry throat, most likely because I'm breathing through my mouth.

In spite of that, I am feeling more rested, having less difficulty getting up in the morning, and finding more energy throughout the day. That is nice.

And at the end of the day I'm tired and ready for bed. Just the way it's supposed to be. Good night!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cheater Cheater Potato Eater...Again!

I admit I had potato chips today.  I ALMOST had alcohol, so I still consider this a win.

My only excuse is that my blood sugar must have been really low, because it didn't even occur to me until later that I shouldn't have eaten them.

I was trapped in a convention center all day with only nut snacks and water. When I finally had a chance to check out the catered lunch, I pulled lunch meat off the sandwiches (no veggies) and grabbed a pile of potato chips.

I think the lunch meat was even glutened. Not wise. I should have brought my own food, I just had too much other stuff going on..I let it slide. Hopefully life will calm down a little now as I settle into the second half of my Whole 30. Tomorrow is day 15!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fantastic Find!

After clocking out at work today I stopped by the neighborhood antique mart. The parking lot was jam packed and I felt apprehensive about tackling all the narrow aisles with so many people. I began by cruising through the first level and breezing by crowded areas. I thought perhaps I would do two levels.

But once I was on the second level, I thought I might as well go all the way and I hiked the last flight of stairs to the third floor. Sometimes it feels like an attic junk pile up there. Today was no different. I saw a glimpse of a yellow floral fabric crumpled on the floor beneath a table. I moved in for a closer look.

It was a super heavy fabric, lined, and edged with a yarn tassel. I thought it would go perfectly with my goldenrod sofas. I stretched out the fabric on the floor to find the price tag. It was marked as a furniture cover. $3. For three dollars, I thought I better take a closer look to make sure it wasn't damaged or stained. It looked really good and from the size I thought I could make two curtain panels from it.
Here it is covering my furniture. Just for a little color match. It wasn't staying in one piece for very long. I cut it in half lengthwise and then hacked a couple feet from the top to get a good panel length. Then I ironed and pinned hems and whipped out the sewing machine to stitch them up. I hung them to test...
Beautiful. I wish the pattern of the fabric showed up better. The good news is that I think there is enough left to cover my chair as well. It has been on a long-term to-do list. It's a project that probably won't take that much fabric, but I'm nervous about the time and stress that may be involved with removing the existing fabric to use as a template for the new upholstery. But now I'm excited to try.

I find it humorous that I'm matching the chair to the drapes because it is currently covered in upholstery to match my grandmother's old drapes because she did the same thing. It gives me warm fuzzies. And it will give me greater joy freshened up. Hopefully I can still tackle that project this weekend and get closer pictures of the fabric and my glorious upholstery success. *fingers crossed*

Friday, January 25, 2013

I'm Not Dead Yet

I'm feeling much better as I approach completion of my second week of the Whole 30. Today was one emergency after the other and although I could tell my blood pressure was high, I didn't get a headache.

I didn't have a headache yesterday either. As a matter of fact, yesterday was the first day this week I wasn't ready to bolt from the office at 5 on the nose. I put in and extra hour and a half and still felt fine.

Today was so crazy busy. Add it to the rest of the week of feeling like I haven't done anything yet but run in circles. I didn't eat anything until I realized I had already worked way past my normal lunch time and I was CRABBY! I shoved a banana in my face (because my hands were too shaky to do it delicately) while I finished that one last thing which turned into three last things before I felt I could take a break for lunch.

After a little quiet time at home, a snuggle from Peanut, and leftover taco casserole, I headed back to the office. Then once I got there, I locked myself in. That really helps ward off other people's problems I usually have to solve. I should do it more often. 

So I prepared a long list of chores to tackle at the office tomorrow and headed home at a decent time. I was really looking forward to Margherita pizza on Chebe Pizza Crust and with the addition of a Paleo creamy garlic sauce, I barely missed the cheese. I might have to remember this after the Whole 30.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I'm In Love! I'm In Love!

Did I mention I Netflixed South Pacific? I watched it Sunday and I'm still singing the songs!

I have fallen in love, though. Blueberries have been on sale, so I'm falling in love with them all over again. Before giving up gluten, I used to eat blueberry Special K with blueberries on top....almost every morning.

I whetted my appetite for them right before the Whole 30 when I combined fresh blueberries, blueberry syrup, and cinnamon cream cheese inside a crepe. Now that I'm off the cheese, I decided to replace that with cinnamon coconut cream. Yum!

I boiled down blueberries with a dash of lemon juice, the juice of half an orange, a splash of vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Delightfully delicious over a bowl of fresh berries and topped with cinnamon coconut cream.

Who says I haven't done anything yet?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nix That

That thing I said about not having dairy over the last ten days? Nix that. I haven't done anything yet about eliminating toxins in my medications it seems.

On a routine errand to WalMart, I picked up a little light reading in the medications aisle. At home I empty the pills into clear glass bottles and the ingredient list goes into the recycling bin.

My stomach meds have some sort of "starches" which always makes me cringe. And voila...my allergy meds have corn starch and lactose. Ugh. I'm feeling really defeated. It's practically impossible not to be poisoned by our society.

Did I mention I just want to be able to breathe again?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Big Money, No Whammy!

My oh my. I haven't done anything yet but think about how long this week has been already.  I feel like once I turn that corner on the Whole 30 the door is going to open. Please oh please let that door open tomorrow.

I'm still struggling with afternoon headaches, although not so crushing. And boy oh boy was I still crabby today. It's Day 9 people. I feel like I deserve sunshine and rainbows not crabby thunder clouds. I'm covering at work... all week, and I don't even have the brain power to do what I'm really supposed to do. Like my job. That makes me crabby too. (But it could be because I'm crabby anyhow.)

And I'm extra crabby because I don't have the week one debloat like I did the first time I did the Whole 30. I think the grains had me super stay puffed, so I really noticed the difference when I cut them out. But being gluten free for over a year now I feel like I'm less puffy all of the time. I should be thankful for that, but right now it just makes me crabby.

And the stuffiness that encouraged me to tackle the Whole 30 in the first place is still hanging on. I can't remember the last time I was able to breathe freely. I've been stuffy since well before the holidays. I thought perhaps it was dairy related, but I can guarantee I haven't had any dairy in the last nine days. I keep googling my medicines to see if there is hidden gluten in anything I have been taking. Please oh please, I just want air in my lungs. *sigh*

The highlight of today is definitely my sweet and sour chicken.
This is the recipe I started with from Fast Paleo. I eliminated the honey, but ended up adding extra pineapple juice to compensate. It was pretty delightful over a bed of cauliflower rice. It's actually making my mouth water just looking at the picture. I ended up eating all the chicken and leaving some of the sauce with the intention of cooking another chicken breast tomorrow to top with sauce.

Until then, I probably need sleep.

Long Day, Easy Dinner

It was a long work day in only eight hours. We're seriously understaffed again. Will this ever change? It's getting really old.

Despite the crapiness that is Monday at work, my mood was good. A lot of the crap is out of my control and that helps. I can laugh about some of it and I'm losing my attachment to caring about the rest. Luckily I still care about what I can control and that's what I try to focus on.

By five I was really looking forward to cooking. On Sunday I plotted out a menu for the week to help with unmotivated evenings. Tonight was Spaghetti squash with tomato meat sauce. I can't get myself to like the meat ruining my sauce, but I know the protein is good for me.

And it was still a light enough dinner that I had room for my new favorite avocado and banana dairy free chocolate mousse. Yummy! It almost makes up for the fact that my new retro popcorn popper was delivered today and I can't test it out until mid February. Day 8, baby!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tip Top Shape

Although I haven't done anything yet, I spent the weekend flexing my event coordinator muscles.

I spent a lot of time Saturday cleaning around the house while I procrastinated going to work. But once I got there the time just flew by. I puzzled over an expo layout and laid some groundwork to wrap everything up today.

Today at work, again the time just flew by and everything went fairly smoothly. I was happy to head home a little after five knowing that everything was in place to make this event week run smoothly.

And I was even happier to know I had chicken thighs defrosting in the fridge for a wild riceless Chicken Wild Rice Soup. Add almond flour dinner rolls and South Pacific and you have a lovely Sunday evening at home with Peanut.

It would have been practically perfect if it weren't for an explosion of soup in my kitchen. But it did make me glad I hadn't yet washed the floor after the first explosion in my kitchen this weekend. We're in tip top shape now and ready for a new week!

Turning Point?

Maybe it's the twelve hours of sleep last night, but I had this moment tonight. As I bounded down the stairs to go fetch Peanut from outside. A smile crept across my face as it occurred to me that I felt good.

I'm hoping this is the first sign of the turning point in my Whole 30. I have an event next week, so I'm going to be busy and I could really use the more energy I know is on the way. I'm going to try to remember to blog all about the good things ahead of me. This is what it's all about!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Crab Monster Is Back!

Oh boy. Day five left me REALLY crabby.

I worked late last night, which meant dinner was late, and subsequently I stayed up too late. So it goes. 

So today I started off tired. I had a blueberry and coconut cream crepe for breakfast which probably didn't deliver as much protein as my normal egg breakfast. Work was busy, which means lunch was late. 

Busy, busy, busy, followed by I don't have what I need to do my job, which is frustrating beyond all reason. Fast forward to high tailing it out of work at 5:01 to road rage my way home to Peanut and a little snuggle. Ahhhh.

Tonight I prepared sweet potato steak fries with ketchup, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms sauteed with garlic, and a gigantic sirloin steak. The only thing missing was red wine. I made up for that with pineapple upside down cake inside out muffins. (No sugar and the pineapple mixed into the batter for sweetness.) 

I think I'm wound down enough to not be as crabby about having to work all weekend. We will see how that goes over with my tomorrow self.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Crushing News On Day 4

I thought I was doing pretty well with this Whole 30 thingy. You know...apart from the accidental little bits of sugar and perhaps soy. Oopsy. 

I wasn't even that crabby today. Perhaps that's still on the way. But late this afternoon a skull crushing headache rolled in. Come to think of it, I had a headache yesterday. And the day before.

I had been sitting through whole day training and wrote the headaches off as mental exhaustion. It's good to recognize the crap you eat does affect your body in ways you don't usually notice. 

Okay. Noted. Now let's get over this detox crap.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Desperately Seeking

Somewhere along the way I ran out of like minded people. They must exist somewhere...people who are capable of recognizing there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy (thanks Shakespeare).

I feel as though I've been crawling through a desert with no intelligent life to be found. I'm in desperate need of a drop...just a glimmer of hope that there is life out there. At this point I'd be happy with a mirage. Anything to keep me going.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Success

I'm a little jealous of all the folks who started their Whole 30 on time and are halfway through! But today went a lot more smoothly for me, so that is good.

I did hit a low before dinner when I was too hungry to think. Luckily I've learned to eat something to get my head clear and then decide on the healthy dinner I'm going to prepare.

Tonight it was cauliflower "bread sticks" and zucchini lasagna. The cauliflower did not turn out to be anything close to sticks, but the cauliflower rice did TASTE like bread sticks. And I've made headway in the great zucchini lasagna experiment. I've figured out how to slice my zucchini thin like lasagna noodles. This time I didn't attempt to salt the water out, but instead used only tomato paste and allowed it to turn into sauce as the zucchini seeped water while cooking. I enjoyed the addition of chopped mushrooms in the ground sirloin mixture, but thought Italian sausage would be a better flavor option. I learn something new every day!

And speaking of which, I survived my second consecutive day of training without my brain exploding. As a reward, I made this dairy free chocolate mouse tonight. (http://fastpaleo.com/dairy-free-chocolate-mousse/) Absolutely Devine! Bring on Day 3!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Double Day 1

So Day 1 of my Whole 30 was also day one of an intensive three-day sales training.

I began my day earlier than I like, but managed to perk a pot of coffee and fry an egg over easy in coconut oil to top my leftover sweet potato hash. Before rushing out the door at quarter to seven I even shook up a little oil and coconut milk in my coffee. Yum! Oh, and I had a fruit smoothie. I know it's only sugar, but with the rampant flu, I'm trying to vitamin c up and I was nervous about making it through the day sitting in a training room.

Mission accomplished. I made it through to lunch with no problem. Lunch was provided at the hotel. I had a salad which was only comprised of iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and lunch meat (after removing the cheese). I had forgotten the safe salad dressing I had prepared at home in my fridge, so I used a little of the oil-based one provided. I definitely won't be doing that tomorrow. Either the salad dressing or the meat contained gluten and I was stuffy all afternoon.

After the pathetic lunch, I high-tailed it home to grab something from my kitchen to help sustain me through the afternoon. I supplemented with a piece of leftover almond flour bread. Did it have honey in it? I can't remember. Probably. Tomorrow I need to plan for something better. I'm considering cooking my own chicken and bringing that along with actual vegetables.

Tonight I tackled the backlog of email from being away from the office all day and got a late start to dinner. So I heated a cup of vegetable soup to tide me over while preparing actual dinner. Did I mention that I just realized the chicken broth contains sugar? And I think soy too. Harumph. I'm out of practice for scrutinizing labels!

The soup did take the edge off the hunger long enough for me to bake up sweet potato fries and almond flour coated chicken tenders. I almost forgot that I have to actually make the ketchup myself. Did I mention I'm out of practice? I really want a cocktail! So I'm enjoying a sparkling water. Ahhh... just as refreshing.

With a little more preparation and carefulness, I think I can tackle Day 2. In other news, sales training was not nearly as horrifying as I feared it would be. I can do this!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Fresh Start

It's already been a long, long winter. Heck, it was a long fall leading into a long winter. Life has been challenging and my health has fallen by the wayside. Time to get back on track with a Whole30. I was supposed to start at the beginning of January, so I guess better late than never.

I've been struggling with daily sneezing and congestion again and this time I fear it is linked to the cheese I still consume with blatant disregard for what my body tells me. I come from Wisconsin. Cheese is practically in my blood. And it's one of the trickiest things to give up (there was a time when I said that about gluten products, so I guess there is hope).

I'm hoping for an all over detox that will get me breathing freely again and then not reversing the progress once I've completed my thirty days. I'm working on cleaning out my kitchen tonight. Eating corn pasta, freezing and drinking wine, and savoring every last piece of this delectable smoked Gouda. Oh yes.

I also cooked up a gigantic pot of vegetable soup that I hope will get me through the week. I'm a little nervous because I have three full days in training where I can't fully control the food I have access to. I'm battling that with bringing along several safe foods and hoping for the best. I'll get through this one day at a time. I've been living my life on that scale lately anyhow. I'm hoping that the food won't provide any additional challenges to my day. Wish me luck!

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