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About ellystar

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  • Birthday 10/20/1982

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  1. Kept with Whole 30 today. One more glass of water till my goal. Haven't worked out yet this week, plan to fix that by Friday. Last night I also made homeade mayonnaise for the first time. OMG I'm never having store bought mayo again. This stuff is fantastic. I followed the recipe from theclothesmakethegirl.com (I'd link to the actual page, but her site seems to be down right now). I made egg salad with it for my lunch today. AMAZEBALLS. Hopefully when I make it again it will emulsify as well as it did the first time. It takes patience the drizzle the oil super slowly, but so worth it. It's
  2. Goal progress for today: As long as I don't do anything stupid, I'll have finished day 1 of Whole 30. The first day is always the easiest, lol. Still need to drink a little more water to reach my minimum for today. I made two new recipes tonight, one for dinner tonight and one for breakfasts this week. Dinner - Italian Mushroom Bake: http://popularpaleo.com/2012/12/04/italian-mushroom-bake/ I used ground pork instead of sausage and added extra spices, because it's pretty difficult to find sausage with no added sugar. It was okay. I thought it would be awesome based on the reviews. Oh wel
  3. Man, it's been awhile since my last challenge. Like, months and months. I really need this now - accountability and something to track what I'm doing. This should help me get on track in a big way. Main Quest - Clean up my life Not that my life is bad, not even close. Just a little messy, and it needs some cleaning up so I can feel like I'm actually doing something with it. Goal #1 - Clean up my diet Although I don't do CrossFit anymore (due to financial reasons - I really want to go back!), I still follow the box on Facebook and they are doing a Whole 30 challenge, starting today. So toda
  4. Yesterday's food: Skipped breakfast Lunch - peanut butter and jelly sandwich (I was lazy and didn't prepare) and an apple Snack - plantain chips Dinner - Chicken, zucchini, and onion stir-fry. Delicious Snack - plantain chips (way too many...) Yesterday's workout: Didn't happen. Didn't get up early enough for this morning either. I need to break my snooze bar habit...
  5. Hello old Battle Log. Sorry I totally abandoned you. I'm going to start keeping track of stuff here again to help me get back on track. I really need to get back on track. Let's do this.
  6. Thanks everyone for the encouragement Setting up the phone across the room didn't work this morning. Turned it off, went back to bed. It was tired when I woke up though, unlike yesterday morning where I was just lazy. I used the sleepyti.me calculator, and I'm going to aim to fall asleep around 11:30pm tonight so that I wake up between sleep cycles. Made my lunch this morning, so I'm 2/3 with that so far. Didn't make it to CrossFit last night, because I'm full of excuses. Thursday - it's on. Watch it be nothing but running and burpees (HATE both), but I'll suck it up anyways and do it.
  7. Oh yeah, I forgot that part. I think I'm going to just focus on my goals, maybe put those into play next time. I'm already 0/2 with not hitting the snooze bar. It went off at 7am this morning, and I didn't drag myself out of bed until 7:45am. Which meant it was too late to walk to work. But, I did make my lunch AND breakfast, so it wasn't a total loss. I think I might leave my car at work today and walk home, that way I have NO excuse in the morning, lol. Except I need to drive to CrossFit tonight. So much for that idea. Usually I can't get out of bed because I'm tired, but I went to bed
  8. It's been awhile since I've posted in the forums (though I've been reading all of the awesome articles posted). The last challenge I did was at the beginning of the year, and I didn't keep up with it at all. I saw Steve's latest post about doing this next challenge, and I think it's time for me to step up and make the changes I want to do, instead of saying "I'll start tomorrow." I'm stuck in a rut, and I need to get out of it. Here are my goals: Make my Etsy shop. I really want to expand my creative juices and sell things on Etsy that I make. I want to make cute headbands and embellished
  9. I'm up for drinks on Friday or Saturday night (not getting in until Friday morning). I'm going to a girl gamer brunch on Sunday, so that's out for me.
  10. I tried all sorts of things for my diet, including Whole30, but nothing ever worked. But I have not tried eliminating night shades. I'll try that, but I have my eczema pretty much under control now, so it will be hard to gauge. What finally worked for me is doing UV light therapy. My eczema was out of control on my hands, and after having the treatments for a few months it was gone - gone for the first time in years, other than using hard core steroid creams that I could only use for a few weeks at a time, and my dermatologist didn't want me relying on them in case it would stop being effect
  11. I'll be at PAX East too and I'm definitely up for a meetup there
  12. I support this. The first time I tried coffee black was at a really nice, expensive restaurant in Boston's Back Bay. It was so delicious. Before that I was cutting back on my cream and sugar amounts in coffee - for those who go to Dunkin Donuts I used to be an extra-extra girl (the thought of that now is so gross). But that day was the day I converted to a black coffee drinker and I haven't been back since. It will help you to eventually drink mediocre coffee black as well. But if you try it and it's not for you, I would just make sure that you read your labels carefully. Or you could try fl
  13. Meal planning and batch cooking doesn't really work for me. I find that when I do those, I end up wasting food, which is weird because those two things often prevent that. I only plan two days in advance. If I go more than that, plans always tend to get changed and then I have stuff go to waste. I dice my own tomatoes often, but honestly sometimes I just don't want to. Sometimes I want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible, or maybe I don't have a choice. Or keep clean-up to a minimum. One of my go-to quick meals is sometype of frozen seafood that I've defrosted and a can of di
  14. Yeah, I agree it would be easy to have a sign up that says "check out our hidden menu with healthy stuff!" Maybe they're hoping word of mouth and social media will make it "viral" or something. *shrug* I'm having their turkey salad now, and it's pretty good. It came with these cute little olive oil pouches. I hope more restaurants get into those because I hate dry salads, and pretty much all salad dressings have sugar in them.
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