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Whole30 – Day 61

10 Dec

Whew!  I’ve just completed my second Whole30 in a row.  Granted I did have wine twice and about a 1/4 inch square piece of a smores poptart, but other than that I’ve been totally, 100% compliant, which is pretty impressive if you ask me.

I’m still loving the food and still not so much loving the cooking but I get it done week after week because I know that’s what needs to happen.  I did get a new kitchen gadget that I’m loving and that is helping me cook healthy and quick.  It’s called an Instant Pot, or InstaPot, and it’s a 7 in 1 device that acts as a crock pot, pressure cooker, and other features I haven’t used yet.  I love the pressure cooker setting!  I made the most tender amazing beef roast in it tonight and also an entire chicken.  It’s really good for making bone broth too, which is really good for helping to heal the gut.  I also made some chicken hash with shredded sweet potatoes, granny smith apples, and chicken thighs as well as some spaghetti squash chow mien.  Hopefully it’s all good because this is what I’m eating this week.

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Now for the bummer part of my post.  I’m really not making any progress 😦  I continue to eat real, whole, not processed foods because I know that is what my body needs but I’m still super tired and not seeing any changes to my body (outside or inside).  I’ve been on my current medications for a month now and really thought I’d start to see some improvements.  My weight has stayed roughly the same as where it was after my first 30 days (within a pound or two either lower or higher depending on the day) and my clothes fit the same.  I really feel like until I get on thyroid medications I’m not going to see the changes I’m looking to see.

I’m really trying not to be too down on myself because I know I’m doing everything I can.  I also know I didn’t make myself sick overnight so I can’t expect to be healed overnight either.  I just have a hard time being patient when I know there are other things that can be done and it’s not me holding back the progress.  Yep, I still have another month to go before I see my doctor again.  I even called the office today hoping to get a call back but I haven’t heard anything yet.  They decided to close their doors for two months so I’m just on stand-still and that really bothers me.

I haven’t been as good on the exercise front as I had meant to be.  I posted two weeks ago that I was going to start lifting and that hasn’t happened.  I know it’s an excuse of sorts but they day I had planned on going after work I ended up having to stay four extra hours and I’ve just been exhausted with some really long, really wet and windy, work days.  I have been doing yoga 3-4 times a week though and I really am enjoying that.  I feel like it doesn’t exhaust me as bad as a hard workout does and for now I think that’s what my body needs.

Here’s to another 30 days and hopefully some new improvements.  I think I’m going to go pour myself a glass of wine….because I can 🙂

Whole30 – Day 30

9 Nov

Woohoo!  I did it!  I set my goal and I reached it.  Now I can take a deep breath and relish in my victory over food.

I’m not going to lie, this one is going to be short and sweet.  Like I said yesterday I couldn’t sleep at all before my shift.  I managed 4 1/2 hours of broken sleep and I’m ready to crash.

When I wake up tonight I’ll be weighing myself, taking measurements, and photos!  I’m excited and nervous to see what the last 30 days has done physically.  I already know some of the mental changes and I’ll be addressing that too.

Breakfast

The usual!  Spinach, crack slaw, poached eggs, and avocado!

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Lunch

Balsamic vinegar pot roast with sweet potatoes and green beans, topped with gravy, and some almonds on the side.

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Dinner

My last meal to be photographed and I was too tired, hungry, and so over taking photos of food that I completely forgot.  I do know what I ate though!  Spaghetti squash pad thai on a bed of cauliflower rice and some almond butter (separately) for fat.  I think the pad thai is better now that it’s a day later.  Some of the extra sauce seems to have soaked in so it’s less liquid and it tastes better.

Not only have I successfully completed the Whole30, I also managed to blog every single day for over 30 days.  That in itself is quite an accomplishment for this girl!  I believe I would not have been so successful without having to be accountable to you, my readers.  Thank you for following me through my journey!  I hope you’ve learned a little something and I encouraged you to make some healthier food choices too.  That being said, I’m thankful that after tonight’s post I can take a small break from blogging.  Sorry P (and many others), I know you looked forward to reading every day but this girl needs a break from the keyboard.  Don’t worry, I won’t be far away.  I plan on doing several updates along my journey because I’m far from done healing my body.

Whole30 – Day 28

8 Nov

I can’t believe I haven’t eaten any junk in 28 days!  If you know me and my sweet tooth that’s amazing all in itself.

I managed to get my shopping done today and tonight is cooking night!  I have some new recipes to try and I can’t wait because one of them is Pad Thai, one of my favorite dishes in the universe.  When I first started out on this journey grocery shopping took me forever but now I’m finding it to be a breeze.  I still don’t like what the cash register total comes to but I guess I’m getting more used to it.  Every week seems to be roughly the same, about $115 in groceries.  I know I could cut down some costs, but I do buy grass fed beef and free range chicken, no added hormones/antibiotics, and that’s worth a few extra dollars.  I could also shop what’s on sale but I’ll be honest, I’m not there in my cooking yet.  Right now I sit down and look through recipes, or I find something during the week, that looks good and that’s what I make.  Maybe one of these days I’ll focus more on eating this way on a bit of a budget.  One thing at a time I suppose.

Breakfast

Spinach, zoodles, poached eggs, and almond butter!  Yes I ate it straight out of the container, but no I did not eat the whole thing.  I ran out of avocados and needed some fats so almond butter sounded like a good way to get it in.  If you’ve never tried the machine that grinds it fresh for you, you really should.  It’s is so much yummier than any pre-packaged almond butter I’ve ever tried.  It’s good enough I probably could eat the entire container if I didn’t have a little self-control.

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Lunch

Chili topped with ranch dressing.  In my mind this was an awesome combo.  In my mouth, not quite so awesome.  It wasn’t too horrible to eat but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Dinner

Seriously one of my new favorite dishes.  Chicken and Gravy by Nom Nom Paleo with mashed sweet potatoes, topped with clarified butter and LOTS of gravy!

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As you know I don’t usually write my blog this late at night, but I slept and slept and slept today!  It’s my day off and clearly my body was telling me I needed it.  Hopefully my body was doing some much needed repairs during that sleep.

Did you forget?  Only three days until I announce my results and the giveaway details!

Whole30 – Day 27

6 Nov

What a day!  Thankfully I’m writing you from my weekend which is going to look a lot like lazy other than the cooking I’ll be doing tomorrow night (which I haven’t even planned yet).  One thing I know for sure I’ll be making this upcoming week (yep, week5!!!) is going to be some crack slaw.  I can’t believe I’ve gone a week without it.  I really do miss it.  It feels like such a staple to me.  It makes me so happy to hear back from the many people I know who have made this dish who love it as much as I do.

I have no idea if what I’m experiencing is Whole30 related or if it’s just a random coincidence, but my jaw has been killing me for the past few weeks.  I haven’t mentioned it because it all started with one side or the other popping, usually once a day or so.  It would be pretty painful when it popped, and so loud that my ear would ring for a short while, but then it would feel better.  Well that changed a few days ago.  The right side of my jaw is so sore, and it’s not popping anymore.  I scheduled a visit with my dentist to try to find out what’s going on with it.  Originally I thought maybe my inflammation was going down so things were resettling, but even if that is the case it hurts like hell.  Hopefully Monday brings me good news and less pain.

Breakfast

Wilted spinach, avocado, and poached eggs!  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so many eggs in one month.  Eggs are one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat so I don’t feel bad about it.

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Lunch

Nom Nom Paleo’s chicken and gravy with some mashed sweet potatoes and the roasted veggies I don’t like.  I managed to choke down some of the vegetables while they were smothered in sweet potatoes and gravy.  I know they are good for me but dang they are not good.  I’ll be changing things up drastically in this department for next week.

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Dinner

So part of my exciting day after work included getting a new phone!  New phones are great but they always seem to be a pain to set up.  Luckily, once I figured out how to do it (thank you Google) the iCloud backup made it pretty easy.  Why am I talking about this for the dinner section?  It’s because my phone was in the one of many updates when I ate dinner so you don’t get a picture today.  I had the chicken curry and green olives!  Still one of my favorite combos.

I still really can’t believe my first 30 day journey has almost come to an end.  I realized something today, that I probably already knew.  I am an emotional eater.  I got really upset and frustrated today, over something mostly stupid but still annoying, and I was driving around during this time.  I saw Dairy Queen and I wanted a Blizzard so bad.  Believe me, Blizzards have been one of my go-to foods in the past when I’m upset or wanting comfort or just something sugary and delicious.  Crazy how our society has utilized food to comfort, soothe, and take the place of healthy stress relievers.  Luckily I can realize this now, it’s not a real craving but a mental trigger.  When we feel stressed out is not the time to pump your body full or crap because that only stresses out our bodies more on a different level.  But I guess it’s taken me 27 days to learn this, and it’s going to take even longer before I completely lose these triggered cravings (obviously).  I wonder if they would ever completely go away?  What are you food triggers?  If you are aware of what makes you want to eat foods that are not good for you then you can have a mental plan on how to redirect your focus to a healthy one.  Just a little “food for thought”!

Whole30 – Day 26

5 Nov

I feel like the last few days have been fairly uneventful, and I think that’s probably a good thing.  Whole30 is becoming less of a struggle and more of a normal every day event.  I have my routine down and it seems to be working pretty good for me.  My sleep has been really rough lately though and today was no exception.  It was so good before but I’m thinking it’s due to adding the new supplements/prescriptions.  My body is probably all confused again, but I know it’s for a good reason.

By the time I got home from work I was both super tired and not hungry at all so I only ate two meals yesterday and I went straight to bed.

Breakfast

When I went shopping this week they only had small bags of spinach (6oz) and I usually buy a 10oz bag.  Like usual I made half the bag.  By the time the spinach had wilted down it looked so puny and unsatisfying so I threw some of the garlic roasted cabbage in the pan with it.  That made for a much more filling breakfast.  I also had poached eggs and half of a cantaloupe.

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Lunch

No bean and lots of carrot chili and some almonds and pistachios.

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Even though it’s been 26 days of nothing but clean eating and whole food I’m still loving the food options.  They all taste so good and I think I forgot just how good real food can be and it doesn’t take a ton of ingredients to make it taste really rich and amazing.  I look back at what I used to eat and I can see now how horrible it all really was but until you separate yourself from the junk I don’t think it’s possible to understand just what you’re feeding your body every day….poison.  How can you expect your body to be healthy and heal itself when it’s constantly trying to cleanse and fight off all the toxins?

I’m really hoping my body will eventually heal itself to a point where I don’t have to take all of these supplements and prescriptions anymore because it is so expensive.  I just had a battle with my insurance company who refused to cover any part of the prescriptions.  I think I’ve gotten it figured out now, apparently the pharmacy the doctor had them called in to did not file claims into the insurance company the way they wanted them to and therefore they wouldn’t work with them or cover prescriptions from them.  So, I found a local pharmacy that “should” work, I still don’t have it completely worked out though.  Seriously, insurance companies are so difficult.

Whole30 – Day 25

4 Nov

That finish line is looking so close!  Really it’s not the end of anything, except maybe blogging every single day about food, lol.

After all the information overload from yesterday I think I’m actually doing okay today.  I just keep thinking about how it is that I can make myself healthier and better.  I know this new way of eating is worth it for my health long-term so I truly have no desire to cheat or go back to eating the way I was before Whole30.  I did have a dream about bread though!  Damn subconscious will get you every time.

Breakfast

No more crack slaw until I make some more so I had to settle for spinach, poached eggs, and an avocado.

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Lunch

Curry chicken with green olives!  Seriously so good.  I thought I didn’t like curry very much but I think it’s growing on me.

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Dinner

I had an appointment after work and didn’t get home until around 11 AM, when I usually eat dinner by about 8 AM.  I was STARVING!  Chicken, sweet potatoes, and gravy!  I was in heaven!  This gravy is really so good that I wouldn’t miss regular gravy and I don’t think anyone else would notice either if they weren’t told.

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I heard something interesting on a podcast I’ve been listening to lately called The Nourished Podcast by Shawn Mynar and Meg Doll.  They mentioned how important it is to add salt into your diet when you’re eating clean/Whole30/cooking from scratch, because you’re no longer eating processed foods with tons of added salt for preservatives.  And apparently not enough salt can cause low blood pressure.  I don’t think I have low blood pressure but this is something to think about for sure.  While processed foods have way too much salt our bodies still need salt and other minerals to function properly.  I swear, sometimes it seems that there is just so much to know and keep track of.  I guess all we can do is keep learning.

Speaking of learning.  I’ve been thinking lately about going back to school for some type of nutrition degree.  I’m not sure exactly what this degree would be called because I haven’t researched it much, but I do know that this is the sort of thing that really interests me, and I love helping people.  I’ve been private messaged and texted by several people during this little journey of mine and I’m not even kidding when I say that it makes me so happy to have some type of positive impact on a person in terms of them learning more about their bodies and healthy eating/living.  I think this may have become my new passion, who knew!

Whole30 – Day 23

2 Nov

It’s day 23 already!  I actually feel like I missed a day yesterday but between all the switching back and forth from graveyard to day shift and back to graveyard there was a lot of sleeping done yesterday and not a whole lot of eating….so yeah, day 23 is what I’m calling it.

Speaking of a lot of sleep.  I wasn’t kidding.  I slept 12 glorious hours…and I still woke up tired and dragged ass all night long.  How is that even possible?  I have no idea but I’m finally going to get my blood work results tomorrow morning after work.  I’m excited, anxious, and a bit nervous.  I’m hoping the news isn’t too terrible and that I’ll hopefully be started on some medication to help me feel better than I do right now.  But, I don’t always get what I expect when I go to the doctor so I’ll wait until after my appointment to count my chickens.

Breakfast

Breakfast was my favorite again.  Crack slaw, spinach, poached eggs, and avocado.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

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Lunch

I tried my beef chili for the first time.  It was really good.  The spices are just right.  Even G ate some and didn’t die from the lack of preservatives and sugars so I call it a win.  He did suggest I add green beans next time so I might give that a go.  I also had some roasted vegetables.  This has to be my biggest flop yet.  I’m not sure what went wrong but they really are not good.  I guess I’ll eat them because I don’t have a choice, unless I decide to cook something else.  I’ll see if I can push through.  Even the ranch didn’t save them but I was able to choke it all down.  The sweet potatoes are pictured but I ended up not bringing them to work because it just looked like too much food, and it was, even without the potatoes.

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Dinner

I ate some of the chicken curry.  You can call me crazy but I really like the green olives added to it.  They add a nice salty tangy bite to the dish.  I also had a persimmon and a glass of bone broth.  Bone broth is not my favorite thing to drink but they say the health benefits, especially for those having gut problems, is huge.  So I’m giving it a go and hoping it’ll help repair my system even faster than I assume it has been up to this point.

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I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to my technical Whole30 being over because finding time to write my blog every day is pretty time consuming, especially when you consider I’m actually cooking my meals on a daily basis.  Both very new things for me but I’m making it work so far.  I have decided to do a fun giveaway which will be announced on my day 31, progress update post so stay tuned for that!

Whole30 – Day 18

28 Oct

Wow!  I can’t believe this 30 days is nearly 2/3rds of the way done already.  It feels both long and short all at the same time.

I’m not sure what the deal is but today I really wanted anything sweet.  I bought a bag (Costco size bag) of candy for the trick-or-treaters and it’s sitting in the same cabinet as my Starbuck’s Via coffee.  It literally hasn’t bothered me until today.  I thought this was supposed to get easier, not harder?  Not that it’s hard exactly, I just feel like I’m craving things more lately, like a glass of wine.  Damn that sounds good.  But here I am writing my blog, without chocolate in my hand, and drinking some herbal cinnamon apple tea.  Oh well, what are you going to do?

Breakfast

More of the same and I’m still not tired of it.  Two poached eggs on top of crack slaw and spinach.  Possibly the world’s most perfect breakfast!

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Lunch

Lunch was kalua pig and cauliflower rice with mayo mixed in after it was heated.  I finally remembered to slice up my fennel and I ate that raw and also had a still not ripe persimmon.  I seriously need to find out if there’s a way to make these ripen faster because I’m dying to try a really ripe one (they are supposed to be super sweet) but I think I’m going to eat them all before they even hit the ripe stage.  I sprinkled cinnamon on top and it’s good.  I like them either way, with or without cinnamon.  One of the blogs I read said that they thought these tasted like Christmas.  Hmmm, I’m sure not feeling that at all.  But I guess different people can have different idea of what Christmas tastes like.

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Dinner

I got really creative for dinner tonight.  Any by creative I mean I threw things in a blow and stirred it all together and hoped for the best.  Actually it was pretty good.  I’m going to call it “kitchen sink”, because if it would have fit I probably would have added it to the bowl too.  I added spaghetti squash, coach slaw, ranch dressing, and lots of Frank’s Red Hot sauce and mixed it up.  It was like buffalo chicken wings….but not chicken wings.

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I went for a long walk again after work today…in the rain.  I ended up soaked by the time I got home but it was still nice and relaxing to be outdoors.  I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Wild, by Cheryl Strayed.  It’s a factual account from a woman (Cheryl) who walked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) by herself.  I’ve been dying to hike the PCT, or even parts of it, for about 15 years now.  I’m currently in no shape for it…but then again neither was Cheryl when she started out.  It’s something I’d still love to do, but I would certainly do more research than she did before setting off.  Personally I love to hike.  I never get to do it very often which is a total bummer.  I love being in nature and I think it would be a beyond amazing experience.  I guess I’ll have to put it on my bucket list.

Whole30 – Day 17

27 Oct

I had something weird happen to me today.  No matter how much water I drank my mouth was so dry…like the desert dry.  I was going to the bathroom non-stop so I know my body was hydrated enough.  I tried looking it up online to see if I could figure out the problem and I came up with two possibilities, although I don’t know if either one is right.  One theory is that I’m in “ketosis”, which I only know means not enough carbs, or lack of carbs, something like that.  And, I eat vegetables all day long and they have carbs.  It’s true though, I haven’t been doing the sweet potatoes and maybe that’s part of the problem.  The second theory is that my electrolytes may be out of whack.  I could buy into either theory but I don’t know, maybe it’s both.  I plan on mentioning it to my doctor if it doesn’t go away soon though.

Breakfast

Breakfast was the same old same old.  I feel like I don’t even need to post a description anymore since you all know what it is.  But there is the off-chance that one of you is a new reader today and you have no idea what I’m talking about so I’ll still explain.  Crack slaw, spinach, and poached eggs!  My favorite breakfast ever!

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Lunch

Lunch was nice and easy today.  I ate a large serving of zoodles topped with spaghetti sauce and a side of brussels sprouts smothered, and I mean smothered in home made ranch dressing.  This version of my ranch came out so much better than the last time I made it.  I remembered to buy paprika the last time I went shopping and had omitted it the first time.  Who knew paprika would make such a big difference?  Not me.  It’s good either way but it does resemble store bought ranch more-so now.

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Dinner

Dinner was kalua pig, green beans, and egg salad.  I also ate an apple, which I did not take a picture of, in hopes that it would help the dry mouth thing if it really is lack of carbs.  In reading Whole30 they mention not to eat fruit with every meal but maybe I’m really not incorporating enough fruit.  Or maybe I’m just overthinking this whole thing.

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And, just because I was dying to know, I took some half way point progress photos.  I guess technically they are slightly over half way but close enough.  I now regret having taken my beginning photos in a two piece swim suit because now I have to take my follow-up photos in the same attire.  I hadn’t thought much about sharing these with the world, but I will for the sake of showing you that even though there is only a little progress, it’s still progress dammit!  So please be kind.  I know I’m not the best looking person you will ever see in a two piece but I’m also far from the worst looking too.

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I can really see a difference in my mid-section (front and back) and in my thighs.  I see a difference in my face too, it looks less puffy.  But, my eyes have darker circles under them and I just look so damn tired.  I felt really tired when I woke up today too.  Really I can’t believe there is this much change just with eating differently, no processed foods, no sugar, no alcohol, no beans/legumes, and no grains.  I have eaten way more fat than I have ever eaten in my life in the last 17 days and yet you can see my body is smaller.  I guess that whole sugar makes you fat not fat makes you fat thing really has some validity to it after all.

Whole30 – Day 16

26 Oct

I was having one of those days today.  I just felt like I wasn’t seeing any major changes and was feeling pretty down and frustrated by it.  I mean, I can tell my stomach has gone down some but there’s still plenty of padding and a stubborn pooch I’ll probably have all my life because i remember even having it as a pretty skinny little kid.  I know my sleep has gotten better even though I wake up tired.  This is really pretty miraculous because I used to take a natural sleep aid (usually Natural Calm magnesium).  But, I just want amazing, miraculous, results you know?

But then after my mini-panic attack about how I was getting nowhere fast I realized I’ve been at this a whopping two weeks.  Even if I were placed on medications you don’t often start seeing results from that for weeks or maybe even months.  And, two weeks is really short when you consider I’ve managed to build these health problems through approximately the last 1,872 weeks.  So yeah, two weeks is barely the blink of an eye when you consider my entire life of unhealthy eating, unhealthy relationships with food, using food/alcohol as a reward, crazy diets with no fats and not nearly enough calories.  You get my point?  Even though Whole30 may never “cure” any of my issues completely I do think it’ll help in the long run but it surely won’t turn things completely around in two weeks.  And lets face it, there are no miracles but there is hard work and I’m sure as hell putting it in.

So yeah, I guess I need to learn a little patience….not my strong suit if you know me.  But here I am with 16 days under my slightly smaller belt!  I’m just going to keep trusting the process.

Breakfast

Breakfast is what it has become often for me lately because I like it so much.  I like it because it tastes good and because it leave me full through several hours at work and hunger is one less thing I need to worry about.  Crack slaw, spinach, and two poached eggs with an avocado.

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Lunch

I tried out my compliant store bought spaghetti sauce on top of some spaghetti squash “noodles” and had two closed fist serving size of almonds.  I was bummed with I could only find raw almonds that were compliant but I actually enjoyed them.  I guess this Whole30 thing must be changing my tastebuds up some.  I never hated them raw but I never really liked them before.

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Dinner

Oh my god!  Remember me mentioning the kalua pig and how easy it was to make?  Well, not only is it stupidly easy but it’s also so delicious!  I added 9 cloves of garlic instead of the recommended 5 and every bite was garlicy goodness.  I put some cauliflower rice and brussels sprouts in the bottom of my bowl, topped it with the kalua pig and then added some mayo on top and mixed it all together!  It was to die for!

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So remember I mentioned about putting in the hard work?  Well, I’m still not feeling the crazy energy they said will (maybe, probably, some day) happen but I’m not near as tired as when I first started.  Now it’s time to get physical, which I know is only going to promote all the results I’m looking for.  Today after work I took my two chihuahua puppies on about a three mile walk.  It’s not crazy exercise but I’m working my way up.  And, it’s sure as hell beats doing nothing at all, plus my pups really enjoyed it.

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I got my 10,000 Fitbit steps today!