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Wake up call; Day 4 of Whole 30

Friday, August 28, 2015

I don't even know if my dear Sparkfriends from FIVE years ago are still here, but if you are, hello and I MISS our interactions!

Why is it SO hard for me to find my spark again! I lost 63 pounds and kept it off for a good 18 months. I was walking 5 miles a day. But then one little choice at a time, I started developing "less-than-stellar" habits and I gained and lost and gained and lost. In my "losing" mode, I hadn't had sugar for 18 months. Then I made a wrong move! Decided to eat sugar on our 25th wedding anniversary and I gained 30 pounds in 6 months!

So here I am again after being told I have pre-diabetes, completely depleted in my vitamin B's and D's, and I'm so eaten up with candida that she had to put me on a 3 month anti-fungal. I guess it was the wake up call I needed. I've decided to do Whole30 for 30 days and if you're not familiar, it's very clean eating. No grains, no sugar [not even stevia and xylitol], no legumes, no dairy and absolutely nothing artificial or processed.

Today is day 4. Totally thankful for the increased energy already! In fact, I'm in awe of that factor!

I made homemade mayo last night. SO good! Then today I made a chicken and egg salad with celery and green onion and my homemade mayo and then wrapped in 3 red lettuce leaves. Side of cucumber, red onion and tomato salad with JUST apple cider vinegar and salt and it's really good without the sweetener and about 1/2 cup of mashed sweet potato.

For supper I took 1/2 of a larger zucchini and spiralized it.

Then I sautéed in a little coconut oil until just lightly cooked [still crunchy] and put my homemade spaghetti sauce in it.

[Spaghetti sauce: 1 can tomato paste with 2 cans of water, basil, parsley. Sautéed onion and garlic in coconut oil and added to sauce] Added ground beef and tossed it all together. Side cucumber salad and another helping of sweet potato.

I'm going to try and post more often as it will keep me accountable.
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  • no profile photo LILY8486
    I know you can do this... What is your Homemade Mayo recipe?
    1325 days ago
    I've missed you!!!! Welcome back. I'm sorry to hear you've been struggling so much. I hope this Whole30 helps you get your Spark back. emoticon
    1329 days ago
  • VEG954
    1330 days ago
    Hi Susan,
    It is so good to see you back again. I'm kinda of having a similar problem. I didn't gain it all back but about half of it. But I know this is a life-long battle so hanging around here keeps me knowing that. A wake up call for me was seeing vacation pictures of me this summer.
    I wish you the best and know it will work. Your food looks good. Plenty filling. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1330 days ago
    So good to hear from you again!
    1330 days ago
    Hello old friend!!

    We know how difficult it is to lose the weight, and we know how EASY it is to put it back on!!! Doing the right things are usually difficult, but with persistance, determination and faith in God and in yourself (I'm in the same boat...gained 12 pounds this past year) we can win!! I'm rootin for you, girlfriend!!

    1331 days ago
    It's great to see you again, Susan! Thanks for reminding me what it takes to stay on the right path. I wish you all the best.
    1332 days ago
    Your food looks delicious!

    Hope you able to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones as well!
    1332 days ago
  • HUGS2015
    Hey Miss Susan! emoticon Welcome back! emoticon You are coming back right in time to join in the re-boot of one of your spark teams: Beck Diet Solutions. Bring your Whole 30 diet on over to the team page and grab your pink Beck Solutions book and workbook and learn(or re-learn) some new skills and tools to get back where you want to be by using the Beck method. Over 50 plus members have joined the re-boot to go through the book together through Oct 22, 2015, with Marsha:Slenderella leading the pack, so you know it will be good. Check it out! I hope to see you over there! emoticon Deaniehugs
    1332 days ago
  • NINABEE150

    Good luck. My sister suffers with candida. I had never heard of it till she got it. She is a heavy smoker and loves her sugar. Take care and much success. emoticon
    1332 days ago
    Soooooooooo good to see you!! emoticon
    Your meal photos are lovely! Yummy!
    Sounds like you are on the right track and I am so proud of you! It is so interesting to hear about your Whole 30 plan. Awesome!
    Day 4 - you are doing great!
    1332 days ago
  • BERRY4
    ...still here! And my journey is similar but different. -- I went through an 8+ month period of high stress, and it seemed to send my entire hormonal system "wacked"! So after hitting "goal" in the summer of 2012, I'm back up 40 lbs that won't seem to leave, for love nor money.
    Such a process, this JOURNEY of life. God wants us to lean on Him and walk daily in ALL the ups and down!
    ** I have a couple of delish recipe ideas. I'll try to take a few minutes later to send!
    1333 days ago
  • -RUBIES-
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    I am glad to see you're back and ready to kick butt!
    1333 days ago
    emoticon Those meals look FANTASTIC! You will not be feeling deprived on your diet, I bet!

    1333 days ago
    Yeah, it is SO easy to lose our focus and go back to "those" habits. Congratulations on your recommitting to what will make you healthy and best wishes on staying the course. We're on a journey and glad to have the company.
    1333 days ago
    Welcome back, dear Susan! Yummy meals! Looks like several of your SparkFriends are still on board with cheering you on. Hug, hug! - Evelyn
    1333 days ago
    Hey, young lady, and emoticon Your food choices are FANTASTIC! I'll be looking more closely, to pick up some recipes for self!

    Thanks again!


    - Nancy Jean -
    1333 days ago
    hi welcome back! I'm still here too. Still trying😜
    1333 days ago
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    1333 days ago
    Welcome back Susan. I'm still here going strong with spark. The app is great if you don't have it. I'm active on the mobile chat board. Come join us
    1333 days ago
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