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  1. 2 points
    Hello to all of the Whole30'ers out there. I started my journey on January 1, 2019. My husband was supportive and started with me, although he was reluctant to do so. Today is day 29 and we both have seen tremendous changes in our health, personal outlook and appearance. I think one of the biggest accomplishments I have seen in my husband is that he will now read a food label other than the price tag! He has come to understand the importance of knowing what is in his food. He has lost weight, he has more energy and he tells me when he uses the stairs at work he no longer gets winded. For me however, this journey has been life altering. I have lived my life on a diet since around the age of 8-10 years old. I have reduced intake, counted calories, fat, exercised to exhaustion and been an anorexic/bulimic. I have taken over-the-counter diet pills as well as doctor prescribed diet medication (amphetamines). I have weighed as little as 113 pounds (I am 5 ft 7 in) and I continued to perceive myself as obese and unattractive. We don't even need to discuss self-esteem because there was none. With all of the damage I've done to my body over the years from food restriction and excessive exercise I have several auto-immune diseases as well as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. I have been on medication for both form of arthritis since the age of 32 (currently 57). I have been on blood pressure medication since I was 26. Then along comes the Whole30. I read and researched for two months before I started my 30-day program. I wanted to make sure this was not some other "fad". After reading the book twice, looking at the forum comments I was ready to commit to the 30 days. I am now a self proclaimed Whole30 Guru. Even though I am still on my arthritis medication I am in more control than I have been since the age of 32! I'm even wondering if I can reduce the medication or come off of them. On the day I started my W30 my blood pressure was 149/96. I took my BP on day 27 and my BP was 117/74. That is an objective indicator of my success. I have not felt so well since I was in my late teens/early 20's. For the first time in my life have has self-esteem, confidence, and can look at my body and not feel discuss and disappointment. I assume I have lost weight, although I do not know as I have not been on a scale; I threw my scale away. However, my abdomen is totally flat. I do Pilates and Gyro exercise and my abdominal muscles can now be seen. I wish I would have take a before picture so I could see the actual difference but I did not due to how much I loathed my body. So really want to send a thank you to everyone out there who designed and wrote this program. I thank the people who produce and supply the compliant meats. Thank you to the organic farmers. Thank you to everyone to posts on the form, I have read a lot of you comment/concerns. I will embark on my phase 2, reintroduction on on Thursday January 31. I plan to take it very slow, there are many foods I do not want to reintroduce at all. I'll be back to let you know how things are going.
  2. 2 points
    mfustos

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Holy cow ladies and gentlemen - it is day 30!!! I feel like the first part of the month went pretty quickly but this last week felt like FOREVER! My NSV: my relationship with food is back on track, much less brain fog, not craving sweets, clothes fit better, stomach is flatter, less bloated and less tummy pains, not snacky during the day, spent hardly any money on eating out, I think I have more energy (but any tiger blood is being immediately sucked up by my almost 1-yr-old DS). Disappointments: the dermatitis on my face that I thought was clearing up did not, my daily muscle pains and dull headaches are still here (I was hoping it was due to inflammation from sugar but now realize it’s from years of bad posture, sports and accidents. Guess I’m going to have to get regular massages... dang. :) ) I’ve never done a correct food reintroduction after any of my previous Whole30s, so I am going to really try this time. I know something is causing my stomach to feel like there are rocks in my gut and I need to see what it is.
  3. 1 point
    Aliem999

    Did you start over??

    On my second Whole30 (and this one I am doing now) I ordered an iced coffee unsweetened (or tea this time around) and had one sip and immediately knew it was not unsweetened, like I had ordered, and in the case of the coffee, was literally marked unsweetened. Since both times were a significant way through my Whole30 (the coffee was literally something like Day 21), I decided not to start over. I decided this for a few reasons. 1. I took every precaution to be complaint. 2. I took one sip (didn't have to foresight to spit it out) so while it was consumed, it's not like I had the whole thing. 3. Both times it was sugar. Per the "Do I Have to Start Over" article (https://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/) sugar does not have the same effects as something like soy, legumes, etc. 4. I had already completed a full Whole30 and reintroduction that as far as I know, was 100% complaint. However, this Whole30 I accidentally had leftovers on Days 2 and 3 that I made prior to my Whole30 that had a spice blend with Parmesan and I do at least intend to add an extra three days on. Even though it was not intentional, nor did I notice the cheese, I figured I should tag a few days on for a few reasons. 1. It was dairy. Even though I have done a full Whole30 and reintroduction and know that dairy is not a big issue for me, I do know dairy is a bigger issue that a bit of added sugar. 2. It's only an extra 3 days. 3. Those days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I already have to meal prep for Monday and Tuesday, might as well do it for the week. It also does not hurt that I plan on eating ~90% Whole30 after this is done. It is really up to you. But if you do cheat, read the article and decide for yourself. It is your Whole30, so as long as you don't feel cheated at the end of it, then why worry. No Whole30 is perfect.
  4. 1 point
    pags98

    Did you start over??

    I would have probably bought a pizza and eaten the whole thing and said "forget about it". HAHAHA. Glad you caught it!
  5. 1 point
    I’m starting tomorrow and will be checking in daily. Good luck!!
  6. 1 point
    SchrodingersCat

    Did you start over??

    I had to 'start over' on day 4 after realising that the lime juice I'd been putting in my drink was not compliant. Rather than thinking of it as starting over, I'm now just doing a Whole34! I think putting the extra days on the end, rather than taking myself back to "day "1 was really psychologically healthy - it's not like I hadn't done 99% the right thing those first 4 days, so why shouldn't I still get credit for them? Maybe your friend would be helped by this way of thinking? Also remind her that being 10 days behind you means that you'll be doing reintro on her last 10 days, so it's not like you'll be ordering pizza and swigging mimosas - if you're doing the "normal" reintro you'll just be having 1 food group for 1 day then 2 days of back to being compliant, so you'll still mostly be on the same track as her.
  7. 1 point
    JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I'm still here! Although today was a day of cravings - reallllly wanted cheese, and sweet tea... I was strong and didn't cave...so, that's good. Although I know I have lost weight, today was one of those "I feel fatter than before W30" - brain is acting whacked. And frankly, getting a little tired of having to come up with dinner every night, making sure there are lunch choices....I want a chocolate protein shake. I feel like a petulant bratty kid. I keep hoping for the tiger blood - I have some projects here at the house that I want to delve into, but due to the weather causing school early dismissals and delayed openings, my days are discombobulated! I pray that this flagging enthusiasm gets recharged... Husband is still doing well with his numbers - it was 110 Sunday night! Interestingly, his morning #s Monday were 134...he says that his body will make sugar if his #s crash during the night...didn't know our bodies could do such things! He is very pleased with these changes. Tomorrow is the "last day"...congrats to one and all who managed to complete this month. I hope we all have great reports and changes from this Whole30. God bless you all!
  8. 1 point
    Lorna from Canada

    Day 27 - Waving the White Flag

    So - Day 27 - yowza. I remember 3 days in saying to me hubbie (quite feebly actually) "Look, we're 10% there!! yea us" but it felt like an eternity was stretching in front of us and I was SOOOO hungry and tired and, probably, a bit cranky - mostly because I was missing my wine. I knew 30 days wasn't very long but, from that vantage point, it seemed like forever! Fast forward to yesterday. I was suggesting to my very best BFF (40 years worth of BFFing) that she do a Whole 30. She was in a devastating car accident 4 years ago that ended her brilliant career and has left her with so much pain. She's still fighting with insurance and is up to her armpits in the lawsuit and, frankly, it's a bit of a mess. Meanwhile her weight goes up and down like a yoyo while she vacillates between extreme dieting and bingeing. I tried to describe what the Whole 30 is doing for me - it's hard isn't it? The weight loss results are obvious - my face is thinner than its been in years - but the rest of it is so amorphous. How do you describe it? So, after trying for a few minutes I said, "I feel like, for the first time in my life, I've come to a truce in my weight loss battle." A truce. There's a truce. It's not an actual written, signed agreement - that would be weird. But somewhere deep inside my mind and body have come to terms with what needs to be done moving forward. I'll keep feeding it well and it will love me. No fight - no frustration - no shame and anger and moments of wanting to beat myself up. Done. A truce. Now, like all truces, this needs commitment from both sides so I have to do my part to keep feeding my body the nutritious food it wants and needs. Right now, that means extending my Whole30 to a Whole40. I'll be travelling to Australia on the weekend - 3 flights, 24 hours in the air, 30 hours of travel altogether. I don't want jetlag to interfere with my reintroduction experience. So - I'm adding 10 days. I cannot even believe I am writing this...
  9. 1 point
    What a brilliant way of putting it! I'm hoping I can find the same truce with a long, long history of extreme yoyo dieting ( literally up 80lbs, down 90lbs, up 100lbs...). Good for you for committing to the 40!!
  10. 1 point
    HawkeyeE

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Sorry all. It has been a while since I checked in (been crazy busy at work) though I have read through and am so proud of all of us for getting through 28 days - so far. Day 29 going well, and, I mean, if we got this far we are definitely getting through tomorrow and finishing this thing! Personally, my list of NSVs keeps growing, cravings never came, my "hangover" was later (like days 17/18) and not severe, and my grazing lifestyle is slowly morphing into a three-meals-a-day lifestyle. I am a bit nervous about reintroduction, because I do not really want to have to think through some food choices, though that is out of sheer laziness due to aforementioned crazy work schedule. Hope everyone enjoys the next couple of days and truly enjoys their glass of wine on Thursday.
  11. 1 point
    I'm on Day 29 Today, Monday!! But, on Wednesday, I'm doing Day 1--another 30! I really recommend the Whole 30 Day by Day (book/journal). It's been really helping me stay focused. I just got another to start my second Whole 30. This is not easy, but it isn't as hard as you'd think. Within a few DAYS I had huge "non-scale" victories--better sleep, no nightly Pepsid, less brain fog. Keep yourself Accountable by putting your Health 1ST! Get through the first few days and you will not want to quit!! You really have to decide that you are worth taking care of YOU!
  12. 1 point
    So this is my 3rd go around doing Whole30. I love it and thought that I should get my Mom to do it since she is saying she wants to lose weight and has a lot of aches and pains and general tiredness. She is 89 so that is to be expected and she also has dementia. She is in stage 4ish and doing pretty well. So we started on 1/14/19 and we are on day 10. I am feeling amazing as I always do at this time and she is exhausted! She doesn't want to drink her tea (she has about 4 cups of decaf per day) since she cannot use Sweet N Low. She is eating everything I give her and there is nothing that she can get a hold of to go off schedule so there is no cheating. She slept most of the day today and feels super out of it. I am wondering if I should just encourage her to push through and things will get better in a week or if I should allow her to add Stevia back in so that she is drinking more and keep things going. Does anyone have experience in this? Anyone have similar experience of story?