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  1. 4 points
    MeredithM20

    Start February 10th

    Hello! I'm new to Whole30. I will begin tomorrow and am busy prepping today. I cleaned out the kitchen and made my meal plan for the week. I'm off to the grocery this afternoon. I'm very excited. But looking for a Support Group. My friends and family are tired of watching me try and not succeed. But I'll use this forum for accountability. I'm keeping a promise to MYSELF for the next 30 days!
  2. 4 points
    Carolyn L

    Count down to Feb 1 start date!

    I did it! My first online forum and I announced my start date! Whew! Quite an accomplishment for this Facebook phobic female. I am super motivated: new foods, new recipes, NSVs - Counting on the Whole30 forum for guidance and inspiration!
  3. 4 points
    BabyBear

    Count down to Feb 1 start date!

    Congratulations on setting a date! I found the whole 30 log forum as well as the Whole30recipes on Instagram and the recipes in the whole 3 books a huge help and inspiration. I made a list on my phone with links or page reference to recipes that inspired me so when it was time to grocery shop I had a quick reference on some new and delicious recipes. This kept things a little more interesting than baked chicken and roasted veggies every night. Also if you can take some time before your start to make a couple condiments to aid you in your cooking you will be glad you did. Rather than trying to make them in that first week when you are feeling blah and over it.
  4. 4 points
    I'm having a very up and down time, emotionally, at the moment. I didn't eat my lunch as a meal, just munched the 2 tuna patties separately, and then in a strop decided 'stuff it, I'm having a cookie, this is pointless, you can't even do 30 days'. Went to the work break room, opened the cookie jar, looked at them.... and walked away. I even decided that if I was going to cave on a snack, I could go to the minimart across the road and get a compliant but SWYPO lara-like bar, or a pot of almonds, then didn't do THAT either. My issue is at the moment, I feel crappy and so I have the 'why bother' attitude but feeling crappy is exactly WHY I need to bother. So I'm just going to plug on, one meal at a time.
  5. 3 points
    I have a freezer full of frozen soup which is non-compliant, but my migraines are back causing vertigo with a vicious vengeance and I can't live like this . Round 3 Day 1 will be kicking off Tuesday 28 January. I'll go through to 9 March, because the hubster will be away 29 Feb -9 March so it will be very easy to stay compliant that extra week. Food prep will happen Monday with mayo, chimmichurri, pesto, and at least 2 weeks worth of lunches. Maybe more, it would be great to just have grab and go ready for most if not all of my round. Now to go find my old threads to see what I was eating...
  6. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 6 coming to a close ... Man, I had "a moment" again this afternoon. Craving that damn Lindt bar in the cabinet. It isn't even that good! I bought those when we could not find Sno-caps ANYWHERE on movie night. The caramel inside had a very artificial taste. I know this. Yet ~ still, it screams to me. Ridiculous. I did have my husband bring me an RX bar from the store ... chocolate sea salt ... and that took care of it. I'm going to just go throw the Lindt bar in the trash right now. It cost like $1. It's not worth the temptation. Today was good & productive. We are finally going to do a cash-out refinance on our house and do some much-needed home improvements. So I spent a lot of time moving furniture, etc. I love that. I love being active! Winter just doesn't offer as much opportunity. So I'm glad we are starting some inside projects.
  7. 3 points
    BabyBear

    Like an Onion

    Yes yes yes! I knew this before my story was turned inside out, and it was anchoring point for me. Knowing the very core things that I would never compromise is what helped me climb out of that pit. One of those was I would homeschool my children, which led me down one of the craziest adventures as a single mom. They told me it couldn’t be done but where there’s a will there’s a way. I also knew my number that I had to be offered in my field to work outside of the home. I’m glad I did because I had a lot of tempting offers, but knowing my number and my reasonings behind that number made it easy to turn down those offers. You don’t know what life will throw at you but you can truly know yourself and what you want out of life and then throw everything you’ve got at that. ah good stuff for a young person to internalize now before the distractions get louder than their own thoughts.
  8. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 5 yesterday (I think ...) ~ and it's always a good sign when I have to go back and look at where I left off. That means I'm not really thinking about "Whole 30" ... I'm not counting down the days until the end, you know? I'm just living my life and eating W30 food ~ and it's fine. Most of the time, I really do like having the simplified options. Instead of considering every restaurant in town and trying to decide what sounds good, I'm often opening up the freezer and choosing from one of my frozen meal options: "Let's see ... no, I don't want that one right now, it's spicy ... that one has too many potatoes ... ah, yes - that one tastes like something Italian - let's do that!" So I can think about and do so many other things. Whole 30 no longer means that you've devoted your entire month to the blankety-blank kitchen. I mean, honestly. As much as I am not a fan of Walmart ... I'd like to hug the people who came up with these recipes. And ~ whatever anyone's feelings about Melissa may be ~ I'll just say, I think she's a freaking genius. I've read some articles recently - spurred by @BabyBear recommending the new book - and my gut feeling is that some of them were written by: just, really unhappy people. When you're in a generally happy place, I think you can look at the success of another person and be inspired by it, instead of feeling the need to pick it apart and tear it down. My boss recently told me a story about a woman who was a single mom and CEO of a company, who had put an ad out for help with her child(ren). She said people online were bashing her, because the ad listed so many requirements. But, according to my boss, the pay she was offering was unbelievable. Whomever ended up with this role was going to be well-compensated for it. But people said she was basically paying someone else to be the mother. Here's my thing: ...AND? ...SO? Tell me how it's better for a child to have a mother who does not pursue her dreams, who trudges through each day trying to do it all, all by herself? And probably feels like shit and is tired all the time. She most likely doesn't resent the child ... but she does resent all of the other daily BS that holds her back from spending quality time with her child. --- My point is simply this: Each of us has our own journey ~ and no one else can walk it for us. There are certain parts of ourselves that will not change. So we really should stop trying to work against them. Amazing things happen when we focus on maximizing our strengths. My sister loves to cook ~ she loves to spend time in the kitchen. She loves to create new recipes. She shows love to her family through food. I hate spending time in my kitchen. It's not my thing. My husband threw some kick-ass Butcher Box frozen steaks in the air fryer last night, while I sat here and intently worked on a cover letter for an intriguing new position I'd found. I was excited about doing that -- and if I'd have had to stop in the middle and go make supper for everyone -- umm, yeah, I'd have probably been pissed off and resentful about it. My husband doesn't mind cooking and taking care of the kitchen, so {shrug} I let him do it. --- Our oldest son is 18, and will be graduating high school this year and moving on to college. He has a serious girlfriend. They are just starting out in life. We had a conversation a couple of weeks ago ~ and I found myself saying this to him: "Each of us are writing our own story. One of these days, people will gather at your funeral, and they will sum up your life, in just a few short paragraphs. What do you want them to say about you?" The answer to that will be different for each of us ~ and I don't think any of them are wrong. But I want my kids to live their lives purposefully. Write your own story. Don't let others write it for you.
  9. 3 points
    BabyBear

    Like an Onion

    @Brewer5 I am turning 40 next month and I agree with you, it has been the freaking hard things that have molded me into the person I am. The hard things have made me appreciate the nicer things. I can’t control the ups and downs that life throw my way but I can control my attitude and learning to live above it all. To no longer see myself as a victim but as more than a survivor. I am a Thriver! I am learning to as you put it “live each day to its fullest” such great thoughts and wisdom.
  10. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Oh, @Emma ... no worries! You didn't say anything that offended me. {shrug} Even if you are feeling that way when you post, it does not mean that the feeling will necessarily be radiated through the internet. I have learned that people's words really have way more to do with them, than they ever actually have to do with me. That said: No, I'm not examining your posts for hidden meaning, and micro-analyzing your personality. Lol. I've got a list a mile long of other things/people/dogs/projects that are swirling around in my head each day. And I am trying to live each day to the fullest. I don't know anyone else's ages here ... but I'll just say: I'm 40. Will be 41 soon. There's been a transformation in me over these past few years, that I really could not have imagined when I was active on this forum years ago. It is the result of many factors converging simultaneously ... and I won't get into all of them at the moment. Perhaps later. I do want to say that I was not shaped into stronger and more confident person as a result of everything in life going my way. I've been shaped and molded into the person I am today as a result of things going wrong. And then choosing to do things that were freaking hard. Pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, being willing to take a leap of faith ... and being able to say: "You know what, shadows lurking around that corner? Screw you. And you. And you." --- There was a day when I (thought I had) time to worry about whether my egg+banana+vanilla was going to be considered a pancake, whether I was going to be ostracized for it, whether this meant that I was officially a pancake addict -- but knowing that I was not, and then thinking of the right words to justify sometimes eating this pancake-ish creation I made with my kids. ...Ho-ly. Shit. Yeah. Those days are gone ~ and I say, good riddance.
  11. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 4 ~ and perhaps this stretch will be longer than I thought. We decided to go to Qdoba on Friday -- Valentine's Day -- for lunch, instead. Since both of our husbands will be traveling for work, we'll take ourselves out for a date. I appreciate everyone's thoughts and feedback. To be clear: I don't believe that pretty much anything is "all in your head" or "just mental" ... and I don't even believe that "will power" is a real thing, or a healthy thing -- not in the way you see most people use the word. That is my point with this thread. I want to get to the bottom of why I make some of the choices I do. If one is cognizant of the triggers, the emotions, the events, that lead to __________ ( <-- insert whatever choices you genuinely regret later) ~ then it is much easier to figure out what can be done to avoid letting it happen again in the future. As an example, I know that I am more successful with eating in a way that is nourishing my body when I have some sort of accountability. Keeping a journal online has always been a BIG tool for me. There's no one else IRL who really understands, or cares to hear it -- but when you surround yourself with others who are like-minded ... there is strength in that. For sure. I once attempted a Whole 30 (years ago) and I gave up completely when I hit Day 11 and I just really, really wanted to have heavy cream in my coffee at Starbucks, to take along with me to my hair appointment. It was my ritual, my tradition, it's what I did every. time. Looking back -- man, that sounds ridiculous ... because I am in no way attached to heavy cream anymore. But at the time, it had a hold on me. It did something for me. I think it might have been calming / caused brain fog. Whatever it was, it was strong ... and I was suddenly like, "screw this, screw Whole 30, this is stupid, I don't even want to do this right now" ... and I walked away. For how long? I can guess: too long. But this time around ~ yes, exactly ~ it doesn't have to be all or nothing. Clearly I've decided to have some non-compliant things along the way, and then I've looked at those choices and examined: How did they make me feel? Were they worth it? I'm in a much better place with Whole 30 now than I was years ago, and part of that is because I've got ladies here willing to take the time out of their busy lives to reach out. Thank you.
  12. 3 points
    We love it! Super lean. It's very similar to venison. Saturday! We have a BBQ to go to today, but it's pretty much BYO so I'll just take some chicken skewers and a salad to share. Meal 1 was fried eggs, jamon and grilled field mushrooms.
  13. 3 points
    Dinner was seared kangaroo steak with chimmichurri, mashed sweet potato with African vanilla salt, grilled garlic mushrooms and sauteed asparagus with toasted macadamias. It was delicious! It's another Friday night, and I'm again resisting wine. It's actually quite easy, it's a habit, not a craving. I'm just used to pouring a glass on a Friday night. Off to buy new runners tomorrow, going to keep up with the C25k and go back to muay thai classes week after next.
  14. 3 points
    OK, so best intentions are worth as much as they're written on. Lunch was at my favourite restaurant, so I just did the best I could, noting that I am in this for long term changes rather than a perfect 3rd round. Skipped meal 1. Lunch was a tapas of kingfish with almond, roasted capsicum and pickled cucumber on a sesame seaweed base (pretty sure this was not compliant), mixed leaf salad with pickled garlic, radish and capers in a chardonnay vinegar dressing (pretty sure this was compliant), and chicken breast in a mojo picante sauce (every recipe I look up for this sauce appears to be compliant, but the chicken was probably brined and so not sure of compliance). It was absolutely delicious, and if there was non-compliance it would be minimal. If I was doing a 'proper' round, I would restart tomorrow, but as this is just me muddling along and trying to take this on as a lifestyle (and because there's no point in restaring because weekend away in 2 weeks will bugger it up anyway), I'll just keep trucking. Noted: I'm not bloated or uncomfortable, so that's good. AND, here's the big thing, I am NOT going to let this convince me I have "fallen off the wagon" and lead to more non-compliance.
  15. 3 points
    I'm going to start my 3rd W30 next Monday. I'm signing in here to commit. My first W30 totally cleared up all my skin issues, but I didn't reintroduce slowly so I never figured out what the food culprit was. The 2nd time I did not get the same results. Now, I'm committing to doing a very clean 30 days of eating and prepping for the reintroduction phase. Fingers crossed!
  16. 3 points
    lizziehall

    January Whole30 Log

    I reintroduced legumes yesterday by adding beans to my breakfast and having hummus with carrots as a snack. I also had miso (soy) soup with my dinner as a side. My gut reacted HORRIBLY which really shocked me! I always thought of legumes as being heathy and lived off hummus before this Whole30 but jeez... that gas was not healthy. I’ve decided not to reintroduce dairy or gluten at all as I know how awful they make me feel and I’m not interested in any more unhealthy belly days. That being said, I think my overall diet from here will be Whole30 but including nongluten grains, and alcohol one or two nights a week. I’m excited to have rice/oats back in my diet! I’ll allow myself exceptions eventually but I want to read Melissa’s Food Freedom book first. I’ll continue to log any struggles or successes but in an effort to make this more of a lifestyle than a Whole30 I’ll chill on my updates. Good luck to everyone, and again thank you to everyone who reached out and made this a great whole30!
  17. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 1 again today ... The headache lasted until I finally had a good meal, a strong cup of coffee, and two acetaminophen. At lunchtime. Was the whole experience worth it? Probably not. @Emma ~ we saw Knives Out. It was okay. Kind of slow. I haven't changed my food today ~ it's been the W30 usual: coffee, larabars, frozen meals, potatoes w/ ghee. I'll change things up soon. For now, I'm just happy to get back to compliant.
  18. 3 points
    Emma

    Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)

    Day Two: Last night was a doozy! I was all excited to sleep well and my daydreaming as I lay in bed was all about my plans for Sunday (wake up, run in to work, go to the gym, run by the grocery store) and I was enjoying the positive energy.....and then the dog kept me up. She kept barking and running around. There was somebody or something outside (it could be a mouse and she'd be on high alert) so I didn't really fall asleep well till about one and then I was up at stinking 6:30 when all the dogs greeted me good morning (because I'm usually awake by then). And now, my plans from last night feel so difficult. I justified making coffee and sitting by the heater instead of getting in the frozen car by saying it was more important to do this. Ha. I don't think so, but I do like checking in in the morning and evening. I suppose this way I have a better chance of cooking breakfast. My issues these days (good to recap them so I remember why I'm here): Sharp pains in knees while sleeping Knees are inflamed enough that I am now being careful on the stairs again Feet hurt from osteoarthritis Not getting stuff done Gassy Bloated Up ten pounds (my scale says 160 - the gym says 165 - I'm going with mine) Mildly depressed Stresses and anxious Hot and cold at night when sleeping My residual good stuff from my healthy eating (July 2, 2019 - December) Excited about summer plans and travel (instead of anxious and hesitant) Clothes that fit and hang on my body instead of tightly hug I like my face and haircut in the mirror (the haircut takes some money to maintain) I actually enjoy a big bowl of frozen veggies microwaved with healthy fats and salt I'm still down 30 pounds (I'm down 55 from September 2018, 30 of which was the last six months) I feel more confident I feel better about myself at work My inflammation markers went down from critically bad levels to good levels (hopefully after this past month they're still lower) My sugar levels went down as well as some test that can see the sugar coating on your red blood cells to determine your overall sugar levels for the past few months - they looked good too I was HAPPY avoiding anything with canola oil, wheat based stuff, and weird ingredients There's probably more for both those lists. One would think it's pretty dang obvious that focusing on what I eat has pay offs well worth the effort. So fascinating how I have to keep testing that theory again and again, though thankfully this time not too much time elapsed before I caught myself. And even just one day of cleaner eating made a difference. I was peeing left and right yesterday, probably because i didn't have a load of processed crap sitting in me absorbing all that liquid. By evening my face looked better in the mirror. If only I'd been able to sleep! Onto today....eggs and squash, frozen veggies, spaghetti squash and meatballs for dinner....there are options...not the most exciting, but there's no starving going on.
  19. 3 points
    Emma

    Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)

    All good suggestions! I have the cookbooks, but right now not the time to look at them. But....I can certainly pull up a few tried and true recipes in my head and I can pick up some of those ingredients on the way home tonight and that will help. The measurements is a good one. I was thinking I should have weighed myself this morning. I'm not going to bother with measuring body parts because I never keep track of those numbers, but also because I get to see the difference with the clothing or in my belt (ha - maybe I'll write today's date on the back of my belt where it's currently latching. And, as for a perfect Whole30....yeah, I'm just trying to get over the mountain. I have no need to be graceful or look good. I'm cool stumbling and crawling and panting up the path!! I don't care how much I eat as long as I manage to avoid the things that draw me in. It's all about avoiding temptation! And temptation is being avoided! At work today, I saw some salted caramel chocolates. I think I had six or seven of them yesterday. Six or seven! What kind of craziness is that! I would have even eaten more except that they weren't mine. It's so bingy - or at least the motivation behind that weird eating. So today I saw them and wanted one....but I didn't. Yay for me. But then later when I was at the store, there was some popcorn being passed out and I thought, "Yay!". I ran over, got a bag, popped some in my mouth, and then totally realized that I'd forgotten what I was doing today!!! I spit out what was in my mouth and gave away the bag of popcorn to somebody else. Funny to me how I actually forgot what I was doing. I saw food and I went to go get it. Funny too that that feels like food freedom - except that it's a different kind of food freedom - one that right now I can't test out. So now it's late afternoon and I'm back at work and I have a bunch of projects to do - so many that I just feel frozen. I can prioritize and have two that are both Most Important, but behind those are even more. Ahhh it's all so much and I don't want to work tomorrow. And none of it will go away till I just do it. THIS is another reason I'm back here. And this forum HELPS!!! It makes me remember and stay focused and I love seeing what others are doing. Day One is not over yet, but so far, I'm still here. Thank goodness!
  20. 3 points
    8uffy

    Count down to Feb 1 start date!

    Newbie here! Ready to start Feb. 1st, also. I know I will need the support of this forum to help me stay determined to finish what I begin. Thanks in advance for your encouragement.
  21. 3 points
    Mmmm dinner, was amazing! Slow roasted lamb on a romaine, radish, cucumber, roasted pepper, sundried tomato, olive and roast pumpkin salad with red wine vinigrette, topped with tzatziki (coconut and almond yoghurt base, garlic, lime juice, grated cucumber, salt, pepper, and dill)
  22. 3 points
    Margot

    Count down to Feb 1 start date!

    I'm starting Feb 1 as well! Happy to find a thread for support! It's always easier when you're not in it alone, right??? Not my first but it's been quite a while! I know it's going to be a bit of a struggle for me but I'm determined to hit the ground fully committed to success!
  23. 3 points
    Good luck @cblarson. I think the best tip I can give is "be prepared" - it's so much easier to throw meals together and deal with the unexpected if you've done some work in advance! I heated up a pre-baked sweet potato to have with some defrosted pork chilli for lunch today. Thank you, me from the past!
  24. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 4 yesterday was as far as I made it this time. I think a big layer of this onion is simply not planning ahead. I'm not going to make a bunch of excuses ... "I'm busy, blah, blah, blah"... Yeah. We're all busy. It's called life. My boss texted me today and said she was getting Taco Bell for lunch, did I want anything? And I said sure, I'll take a chicken power bowl. Because all I had with me to last until dinnertime was black coffee, sparkling water, and freaking Larabars. Today's layer of this onion was not social plans/pressure. She did not care whether I ate Taco Bell or not, she was just being nice and offering. It really bothers me to say this about myself ... but have I just gotten lazy? In the food department - yes, I think so. I've always been happiest keeping it simple. I really don't have any need or desire for elaborate recipes. I can eat the same things over and over for days or weeks, and it's fine. But this is different. I'm not even managing to consistently get a decent amount of meat 2-3x day, and for me this is a red flag. I don't believe that anyone is just "lazy". It's a symptom of not feeling good. There are several things working against me right now: #1 by far is WINTER. I don't have words to describe how much I hate how I feel in the wintertime ... like a different person. Lack of sunlight, circadian rhythm all thrown off, and lack of sleep -- these are all stressors. Then add in the general stress of daily life. Stress at work, stress at home ... financial stress, kid stress, husband stress, dog stress, nutrition stress. Lol. Did I mention stress? But tomorrow is a new day. And I'm a big girl ~ not a whine-ass. So I will keep on keeping on.
  25. 3 points
    Congratulations to all of us for making this happen! My Day 30 is also on Saturday and I will be extending for another four days and then I have a work dinner at my favorite restaurant so I will be indulging in my favorite burger and sweet potatoes of all time. I then plan to try a "Whole Foods February" and see how that makes me feel. I've always been Whole 30 or eating Lucky Charms and Mac n Cheese. I've never tried anything in between. So I'm going to see how I do just eating cleanly but not restricting things I know don't bother me like lentils and hummus and white rice.