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  1. 2 points
    Kirra

    The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper

    Once upon a time, at LEAST two years ago, my mother-in-love told me about this interesting food thing that her sister had done. Where you cut out sugar, bread, dairy, and alcohol for a whole month just to reset your body. Then, by slowly reintroducing them to your diet, you could see how certain things you are putting into your body are affecting you. I was instantly intrigued. I've never gone on a diet or even thought about going on one, as I've never really struggled with weight (lucky genes, I think- my father was a beanpole at my age). BUT I've never been able to fully get rid of my acne, no matter what topically solutions I tried. So the idea of what I'm putting INTO my body potentially being the cause of acne coming OUT made all the sense in the world. You don't know what you don't know. Then there was a lot of normal Life that happened: crazy-busy jobs, travel, buying a home for the first time, switching jobs, family stuff... and Whole30 never happened. I shamefully told my coworkers each week, "No, we haven't started yet." ...until they stopped asking all together. Fast forward to now. IT IS FINALLY HAPPENING! We started on July 1. I had expressed my skin frustrations to boyfriend at the beginning of June, and he said "Let's do this!" We spent the month reading, learning, and prepping... and then we actually started!!! We are now on Day 3! My work schedule has been insane, so boyfriend has been doing pretty much ALL the cooking so far (he's a school teacher and has the summers off). Thank goodness for that, or else this might have Never happened. Healthiest month of my life, here I come! NSVs: 1. Clearer skin/less breakouts 2. Kick my daily Dr. Pepper habit (it is the sweet, sweet Nectar of Life) 3. More energy/less tired (examples: after-lunch slump, exhausted on a weekday evening after a long day of work, more energy to ride bikes and workout) 4. Be more active! (see above) 5. Get up in the mornings (It is a struggle, man. If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters. I'm a proud Night Owl, always have been, but it'd be nice to be better at mornings when I have to be, to NOT hit snooze 10 times, and to have a stomach that is awake enough to eat breakfast at 7AM.) Wish me luck!!!
  2. 2 points
    Kirra

    Take Advantage

    Hello MadyVanilla! I am a Whole30 newbie on Day 3 of the program. I'm checking out the forums for the first time today. I was skimming through yours, and I want to tell you that you are an inspiration! Good job on making it to day 28 of 60! You are so ambitious to go for a Whole60; that's a Long. Time. In one of your early posts, you are beating yourself up about not doing the things you know you should do and reading and playing video games instead. That definitely resonates with me! Adulting is HARD! LoL One thing that I found helped me was setting little (and few) goals so as to not get overwhelmed. DO ALL THE THINGS is wonderful, but I'd get burnt out, and feel like a discouraged failure if I did some of the things and not the others, the ones I know I'm putting off.. I found a "To-Do List" where each page is TWO THINGS. You could check off two boxes and know that you accomplished something and celebrate the little victories and small steps (like your ice cube example!). So "Work Out EVERY DAY" turned into "work out for 30 minutes today" or "go on a long walk." A list of 30 things turned into a list of the two I knew were reasonable but NEEDED to happen. And this was progress. More progress than before. It was a good start. Something as opposed to Nothing. On my less ambitious days, this is what I need. Also, as to the books, video games, and journaling, there's definitely something to be said for limiting time and doing other necessary and healthy things, but also... "Time you enjoy wasting is not time wasted." Don't be TOO hard on yourself. Thank you for sharing so much! I look forward to reading some future posts.
  3. 2 points
    Kirra

    Round 2

    Meli, we have the same start date!!! (except for this is my FIRST time doing the Whole30, so total newbie here!) One of my biggest NSVs I'm hoping for is clearer skin, so I feel your pain there. So excited for you. Good luck! You can do it! (I'm gonna go start my own log now - this online community is very cool)
  4. 1 point
    meli22

    Round 2

    I was so happy with the results from my first Whole30 that I've decided to commit to a second round. I'm going to start TOMORROW. The stress of current affairs has me scrolling all day until my brain turns to porridge. I've all but given up on exercise at this point (pre-pandemic, I would go to the gym most days). It's also pushed me straight into my #1 childhood coping strategy: CANDY. I now have a face full of pimples to show for it ~ it doesn't feel good afterward, and I want to nip this little habit in the bud. Swedish berries, you are CANCELLED. GOALS: Find other ways to relax that don't involve food Get into the habit of drinking more water Limit scrolling to 15 minutes a day Aim for 40 mins exercise every day (power yoga, weights or running) Turn meals (I live alone) into a more pleasurable event by eating on the balcony, with nice plates and napkins, and so on
  5. 1 point
    RachelR

    Take Advantage

    @MadyVanilla I also fear that I might be nightshade sensitive. But I absolutely LOVE bell peppers, etc. Like you, I am going to try to be more aware of how I feel when I eat them and try to not overindulge.
  6. 1 point
    MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    The ground beef and broccoli was delicious at first, but quickly got tiresome. I think I put too much mushroom powder in it. I have lots of leftovers, and I think adding spinach to it will make it more palatable. Bike tune-up....I went out to load my bike into the back of my vehicle, but couldn't find my bike! I forgot that I told my husband to give it to Salvation Army last time he cleaned out the garage, lol! I had researched where and how much it would cost to have it tuned and get new tires but then had to go back and research a new bike. I was able to find one that cost less than the tune-up would have, and drove 40 minutes to pick it up. So now I have a new bike! It has only one gear, but luckily it's pretty flat around here. My brief ride down the street demonstrated my need to develop leg strength, but it will come. I'm excited to ride! A long yoga session last night was tough - I'm a little sore today, I think between the yoga, the brief bike ride, and the squats. Day 28/60 Energy-9, Mood-8, Pain-2. Awake at 5:00 a.m. this morning, laid in bed until 5:30 (may have drifted back to sleep) - yay! This is what i want, to get up easily at 5:30 after a good night's sleep. Got dressed and took the dog walking, ugh so hot and humid even that early. I had planned a long walk, but pain was evident from early on, so I only did 1 1/2 miles. Progress on July goals: Goal 1: I did an hour of an intense yin class last night - I'm usually able to hold the poses for the specified time, but I struggled last night. I think that's a testament to what happens when I don't keep up with the practice. I'm looking forward to how much improvement I make in my flexibility this month. Goal 2: I did my push-up training and 5 lunges/leg in-between each set. I rode by my gym at 2:00 yesterday afternoon. It didn't look too crowded...maybe next week. M1: Chicken salad with celery M2: Leftover beef and broccoli with spinach M3: Chicken Caesar salad I started listening to Atomic Habits during my walk this morning. It's very eye-opening. The idea of developing systems for doing things rather than goals - everyone wants to lose weight, but it's the ones that make changes to their system of doing things that are successful. And the idea that small changes and choices everyday add up over time, but may not be noticeable until you level-up. The idea that an ice cube doesn't start to melt in a cold room even though the temperature steadily rises until that temp reaches 33. Everything makes great sense so far. I feel like I knew these things, but the book brings clarity and structure to what I knew. I'm within the safety of my W60 right now, but I have the worry in the back of my mind about what happens in the afterward. Plan for the day is to go for a bike ride and then decide if I want to brave the beach. It's going to be very crowded, I'm sure. I also need to shop for groceries. I meal-planned yesterday.
  7. 1 point
    MadyVanilla

    Round 2

    It's amazing how much a poor night of sleep impacts mood. I also tend to crave more carbs and sweets after a night of poor sleep. I love the idea of a pitcher of herbal ice tea - I'm inspired to make sun tea today. Congratulations on completing day 2!
  8. 1 point
    Contessa

    Take Advantage

    Oooh.... I love your concept of setting monthly goals and then giving yourself little rewards. Gonna have to borrow this idea!
  9. 1 point
    MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    A new month, a good time to set a goal. For the most part, diet is running smoothly and my energy levels are high. I know I'm working at home until at least August 1, so this is a good time to institute new habits related to exercise. Goal 1: Daily yoga, even if it's just 10 minutes, for the next 2 weeks. I'm getting in 4 to 5 days a week now, so this will only require a little bit more effort. Goal 2: Add strength-training 2 days a week for the next 2 weeks. I'm doing push-ups right now, but need some leg and butt stuff. I have weights at home and can do some deadlifts and squats even if I don't get to the gym. The gym being closed wasn't that great of an excuse, but I used it. The gym being open but my fear of Covid-19 exposure is only an excuse not to go to the physical gym building. I can take some of my social media time and do a quick workout for the next two weeks. Reward: Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed Weeknights cookbook.
  10. 1 point
    MadyVanilla

    Round 2

    I love your goals, especially the last one! As someone who frequently eats in front of the television, this would be a nice change. Here's to the second round!!!
  11. 1 point
    ShadowInTheKitchen

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    Post Whole 3o Day? Tuesday June 30 M1: greens, eggs, and ham (broccoli, 2 eggs over easy fried in ghee, prosciutto pan fried til hot) Snack: cookie dough M2: my favourite green salad with avocado and chicken Snack: cookie dough M3: spaghetti squash with compliant Kirkland marinara sauce, 1 Greenfields non-compliant cheddar sausage (dairy & sugar) According to MyFitnessPal, if it wasn't for that cookie dough I would be down another 5 lbs if I eat like this every day over the next 5 weeks. I know why I made the cookie dough, it was because I didn't have anything ready to eat in the fridge. I can whip up cookie dough in 90 seconds flat, but why? I didn't even like it very much anyore, and I feel blergh right now - no surprise there. I would have eaten anything else if it was just ready to grab and go. I am out of sorts in many ways. My sleep hasn't been great. I feel snitty. My 17 yo daughter asked me today when did I start swearing? Yup, I don't normally swear, but these past few days the *!#!*'s have been flying around here, and there is no good reason for it. What the heck? More importantly, what to do? I have decided that I am going to sign off for now. I logged consistently almost every day for two months. I feel I have the basics down to eat Whole30 most of the time. I don't beat myself up if I go off plan, unless it is something supremely stupid like making cookie dough and then eating a sh!t load of it. That is an old habit, and it's time to bury it deeper this time. I'm going to stop logging for a bit, and the time I save from logging and journaling will go towards meal planning and trying some new recipes. Tomorrow is a new day, a new month. I'm planning to start the day by going to Mass at my church (Canada Day here), something I have been missing terribly since the lockdowns. Work has been extremely busy and I am feeling swamped, so want to fix that up too. My house is not as clean and tidy as I like, which also affects my mood. I will try to eat as close to Whole30 as possible, as often as I can, and try to keep away from sugar, or at least if I have sugar I want to plan it and look forward to it. I am also unplugging from social media, hopefully for the month but not sure if that's realistic. A week anyways. I hope to get back to myself soon. Even before I began W30 at the beginning of May I wasn't like this. I'm going to concentrate on eating clean, keeping my house and fridge organized, and learning to cook some new recipes - a goal I had from early on in my journey. I also had a goal to be able to prep W30/clean meals quickly without too much fuss, and today's foray into the baking cupboard for the butter, flour, sugar and chocolate chips just proves that I'm not where I want to be - yet. I'd like to give a HUGE shout out to everyone who posted their struggles and their victories. It's been helpful knowing that I'm not alone in this. I will miss keeping up with you all, but know that I am wishing you success, every. single. day. Fare well everyone. I will be absent for a while, keeping on keeping on - I hope, as will you too. Wishing you a happy summer, filled with more nsv's than you can imagine. Sincerely, Shadow
  12. 1 point
    emcate97

    My Whole 30 Log - June 2020

    Thank you There have certainly been some challenging moments throughout. For example, the eggplant dish I made last night was a total bust, all I wanted was some ice cream but I refrained haha.
  13. 1 point
    MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    This is a great idea - make the sauce chunkier so there's less tomato. I'm going to do this. Thanks! These are the third or fourth different routine I've attempted during the pandemic, but I am doing a little better sticking with them while on W30. I need the structure and routine of going to the gym, but like you, I'm concerned that it may not be quite safe yet. There have been lots of Facebook posts about how clean my gym is and how safe people (none of whom I know) feel going, but I suspect these are much like the fake Amazon ratings. It's nice to think about returning on July 1, but that's tomorrow!!! I may wait another week... I got the house clean yesterday and followed my healthy habits checklist. It's nice to feel productive. My longer afternoon walk was cut short by significant pain in my knee and hip-ugh!! The yoga did wonders afterward, but I still needed to take pain meds in order to sleep. This is two days in a row (after two days of heavy nightshade consumption) where I've had significant, level 6 or 7 pain. It's the exact opposite of where I was a week ago. The only nightshade I had yesterday was a little curry in my chicken salad. And I learned that peppercorns are not nightshades, which is great because I eat a lot of black pepper. I am feeling less stiff today - could be the reduction in nightshades yesterday, could be the yoga last night. We'll see how the day plays out. Day 25/60 Mood-8, energy-6. I'm still dragging a little in the mornings. I miss waking up early and getting outside before it gets hot. I suspect this is related to the pain and poor sleep of the last weeks, but I did sleep 7 hours last night. Though I was awake from 3:30-5:00 a.m. Pain-0 now and during the morning short walk. I probably still have pain meds in my system. M1-curry chicken salad with celery and garden greens. I'll still eat this until it's gone, but will continue to monitor my pain levels. I do suspect that's it's an issue of eating too much. Once this salad is gone, I'll do a few days of no nightshades and see how I feel in comparison. Unless I continue to have significant pain today, then I'll just throw it out. I can deal with low level achiness, but not what I've had the last few days. And I really don't want to trade eating the curry spice for meds. M2-leftover hamburger with onions and mushrooms fried in ghee from last night's dinner (a change from the original plan). Along with sliced cucumber. M3-the chicken and zucchini that I was planning to make yesterday. My goals for today are to peruse the WellFed cookbooks that I haven't looked at in a while. I also need to get my yoga in earlier because my son is playing baseball this evening. An NSV-I tried on a pair of capri pants that I haven't worn in ages. I could button and zip them, though they are still a little tight, but once they fit, I will be down at least two sizes! So I guess I'm down one now . At least from when I was last working outside the home and wearing actual clothes. It could be two sizes, given the Covid-19 weight gain I had.
  14. 1 point
    MadyVanilla

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    I loved reading about your lake adventure and your readjustment afterward - this sounds so ideal! It's always been all-or-nothing for me, I'm either eating all the treats or eating none of them. Your balance is a goal for me. Tip on the marinara sauce - buy a big can of crushed tomatoes (check for compliance, but I think most are tomatoes, salt, and citric acid) and then add a little olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil, salt and pepper to taste. Super easy and delicious!
  15. 1 point
    MadyVanilla

    Contessa's June Realignment

    This is such a well-planned reintroduction-It's one thing to read it and say, "yeah, I can follow that" and another to actually write out what you want to do. This is fantastic! Yes...thinking ahead to any social occasions or a new tart recipe I've come across and planning, looking forward to, those opportunities to enjoy something special. The ability to savor those moments, that glass of red with a creamy Camembert and slice of raspberry tart while sitting on the front porch with a friend on Friday evening...that is so much more life- and soul-affirming than mindlessly shoveling a bag of Doritos. Plus, I can afford better wine and cheese if I'm not wasting money on junk food. Agent Cooper has the right idea-it's so hard to notice and enjoy the daily small gifts when we are wandering aimlessly, turning in Tasmanian devil circles, through the blizzard of junk. Noticing the daily present will keep my mind clear and focused on my goal of health. I don't want to live in the blizzard, the dense fog existence that I much too frequently find myself in because of poor food choices. Cheers to you!
  16. 1 point
    Contessa

    Contessa's June Realignment

    Reintroduction thoughts for 6/28/20: Spent a good portion of yesterday thinking through my reintroduction and trying to think through what I will need on a physical and spiritual levels in order to be successful. Here is my game plan for the next two weeks: Day 31: Legumes: I'll try some peanut butter, soy sauce, and black beans. Days 32–33: Back to the Whole30 Day 34: Reintroduce non-gluten grains: I'll try some oatmeal, some white rice, and perhaps some corn tortilla chips. I did notice on on my spontaneous sushi date night with my bf last weekend that the soy sauce caused noticeable belly bloat the next day. That was an unintended but useful mini-introduction. Days 35–36: Back to the Whole30 Day 37: Reintroduce dairy: Ahhh, this is probably the one I've missed the most — and I also think it will be the one that affects me the most. I will try some cream in my coffee, and I will melt some cheese into my "bowl of stuff" meal for lunch or dinner. I still have about six different kinds of cheese in my fridge, which I never threw out before the Whole 30. They are probably getting moldy.... hmmm.... I need to do a fridge audit before my next grocery shop. Day 38-39: Back to the Whole30 Day 40: Reintroduce gluten grains all by themselves. I've been feeding my sourdough starter through the last 29 days, so perhaps I will bake up a loaf of sourdough and see how that goes. I think I have some wheat crackers I can bust out of the cupboard as well. Day 41-42: Back to the Whole30 Day 43: Re-evaluate notes from the past couple weeks and post a reflection about what I learned. I will commit to doing that in this space. (And if f I say out loud that I'll do it.... I know I'll do it!) Now a big list of hacks and discoveries from the past year or so that I would like to start or re-start: Meal planning and treat planning. In addition to my standard meal-planning, I love the thought of pausing on Sunday to think about the coming week, and to plan a treat or two. This approach will make more sense outside the context of Covid, where the world expands and I am enjoying meals with friends. Still, I like the thought of thinking ahead around treats. I want to avoid returning to the point where I just half-heartedly toss a pack of Oreos into my shopping cart because they're there. That does not feel like a treat. (Actually having a pound of Oreos in my house is a panic-inducing thought.) I want to preserve the specialness of treats. On this note... Use my findings from my re-intro to influence my grocery shopping list. I may discover in the next couple weeks that ice cream doesn't agree with me. I need to pay attention to these discoveries and shop with them in mind. Consider short mini-resets along the way — after a vacation, when my energy dips, when I'm feeling sludgy. Consider micro-resets. I have sometimes made pledges to myself to avoid just sugar for even a single day, and that has been a helpful discipline. Eat "301" — "301" is my term for three meals a day, zero foods between meals, one day at a time. The structure of eating just three meals a day is hugely helpful for me. There are times in life when I do get extra hungry and need a snack, and that's fine. But I generally have no reason to snack every day between meals. When I start snacking, my meal times start to dissolve, and the day becomes one unboundaried graze-a-thon. Feeling crappy is the inevitable result. I know there are people who can eat this way, but I am not one of them. Experiment with the alluring single square of really fine chocolate. I've heard food people talk about that one daily square of perfect dark chocolate. I've never tried it. This idea is influenced by Special Agent Dale Cooper, who spoke about it in an episode of Twin Peaks. I love you, Dale Cooper. And I love this idea because it involves slowing down and paying attention, which is what this is all about. It's impossible for me to "hoover" dark chocolate. Last and most importantly, pay attention to how I'm doing emotionally and spiritually from day to day. The significance of attending closely to my inner experience can't be overstated. I need to be reflecting on my experience, learning from my experience, becoming a loving detective of my experience. More to come.
  17. 1 point
    MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    Finally home, yay! Interestingly, there are no compliant places to stop for lunch along my route home. I got the brilliant idea as I approached a metro area to find a Chipotle and order from my app. It was a few minutes off-track, but worth it to get a good, compliant and filling lunch. Once home, there was no easy real food as I suspected would be the case. If I had been smart, I would have prepared and frozen a meal for myself. I fried up an onion and potato in olive oil, and added 2 compliant hotdogs. It was good. And finally, enough yummy, compliant, and fat-filled food to feel satisfied. Looking back over the week, it really wasn't terrible. My one definite off-plan dance was with the carry-out hibatchi dinner with rice. It was just so difficult not knowing exactly what I would be eating, and then how it was going to be prepared. I need the control in my life even under normal circumstances! Two things that I maintained that are new (and important!) for me this round were journaling and walking every morning upon waking. I have already menu-planned and ordered my groceries this morning. And I have a Thrive order coming later today. Day 22 Energy-8, Mood-8, Pain-0 during walk. No one walked the dog while I was gone. She woke me up this morning ready to go. I wanted to do a C25K workout this morning, but I didn't sleep well and I wasn't quite ready to get up when she was. So a short walk and probably just a longer one this afternoon as it's already hot and humid here. And I really need to do yoga this afternoon. M1-eggs again. I have no leftovers and no vegetables right now. M2-I'm not going to have time to make food, so I'm probably going to get Chipotle for lunch. Busy day ahead M3-Sheet pan chicken fajita over garden salad.
  18. 1 point
    ShadowInTheKitchen

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    Post Whole 30 Day ? Wednesday June 24 M1:orange root vegetables (rutabaga, sweet potato, carrot) mashed with ghee, herb roasted chicken breast, shredded M2: egg salad with chives, carrot Snack: handful of walnuts and raisins M3: Cat's Chicken Thing (herb and garlic chicken on sliced potatoes & prosciutto), broccolini spears on the side @SchrodingersCat this was delicious Post Whole 30 Day? Thursday June 25 M1: broccolini spears, steamed and plated with 2 fried eggs, sweet potato, rutabaga and prosciutto hash, ghee M2: leftover spaghetti squash topped with ground beef & Kirkland marinara sauce, spiced up w/ ground oregano and red pepper flakes Snack: raspberries & sweet iogo yogurt Snack: vanilla ice cream Snack: 2 Vachon caramel cakes Snack: yogurt topped with Honey Bunches of Oats cereal Snack: Nature Valley peanut granola bar M3: leftover chicken & potato casserole, broccolini WTH happened? All those snacks? I wasn't even hungry. Napped mid afternoon because I was falling asleep at my desk, woke up and started to snack. No explanation, but I'm throwing some serious shade at my dragon right now
  19. 1 point
    kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Thank you @MadyVanilla and @ShadowInTheKitchen for your kind words and encouragement. I did end up eating some brownies last night. I really wanted some dessert and I had some in the house as part of my COVID-19 food storage. So I baked them and I ate way more than necessary and I enjoyed every single bite and I threw away the rest. I've come to realize that I need to introduce some flexibility into my food lifestyle. As much as I would like to, I cannot just keep doing Whole30 for another month or two. I'm still struggling to understand how my mindset changed so quickly. One week I was convinced that I wanted to continue this for months and I was fully dedicated to that. And then the next week I was getting bitter and feeling frustrated by the lack of flexibility and I was wanting off-plan foods more and more frequently. But, here I am. I'm going to honor this feeling. I think I'm going to go for the concept of one "cheat day" per week. I think Food Freedom Forever advises against that idea but it's worked for me in the past and it gives me freedom with boundaries. Or maybe I'll just adopt a general 90/10 rule. I don't know. I'll keep experimenting. I'll keep coming back to Whole30 to reset. But I am going to begin to occasionally go off-plan. I am no longer planning to indefinitely maintain Whole30. I'll report back more as I continue to refine my food freedom.
  20. 1 point
    MadyVanilla

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    You've got this - run through the list of your NSVs. Read back over your first posts. Make a pros and cons list of "Is the ice cream worth it?" Focus on eating higher fat, savory foods. Go get a small cup or cone from a drive-thru rather than buy a tub. But if you do buy the tub and eat the ice cream...then let it happen and let it go.
  21. 1 point
    ShadowInTheKitchen

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    "Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun, But Mama, that's where the fun is" (- Springsteen, Blinded by the Light) Don't do it Kirbz. Don't look into the light. You've come too far. I hope that you do get to enjoy ice cream, but on your terms. Maybe have a friend over. Make it an occasion. Or do some baking but give it away. Last week I spoke with someone who recently bought a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, now she and her boyfriend make cookies on the weekends to give them away to friends and neighbours. That solves the desire to bake and adds a social aspect to eating "treats." Just make sure you've done your reintroductions first... Wishing you strength
  22. 1 point
    kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Oof. I've been really struggling with cravings. I very nearly went to the store and bought a tub of ice cream. For like the last three days. I'm having some pretty intense internal battles on a regular basis. I don't think it's the peanut butter. I think the peanut butter was just a battle I lost. Mind you, it was one I was okay losing. A tub of ice cream would not be one I would be okay losing. But yeah, I'm really struggling with the long-term nature of this. I don't know what to do. Should I ease up and let myself do a little baking? Should I let myself have a "cheat" meal every week (I think Food Freedom is against this idea). Ah! I don't know! How do I maintain this overall and have enough flexibility that I don't start to resent it (which is where I'm at right now)?
  23. 1 point
    kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Well, I am happy to report back that I did switch pretty easily back to Whole30 after consuming an entire jar of peanut butter in a single day. I feel good about the decision to eat the peanut butter (including the amount) and I feel good about my ability to transition back and not go completely off the rails. Though I do think the peanut butter (which had added sugar, because Skippy Extra Crunchy is the only peanut butter worth eating) increased my cravings. I definitely wanted ice cream and cake and all sorts of sweet, delicious desserts this weekend. It had been a while since I'd had cravings for that kind of stuff. But, I did it! I ate something worth it and then came right on back! Yay for me! And I killed it on the workouts this weekend. I did an 8.5-mile hike on Saturday with about 1,600 feet of elevation gain. It honestly felt easy to me. I didn't need to stop or rest on the climbs and my overall heart rate was pretty darn low! The last time I did this hike, in October, I had an average heart rate of 136 and a max of 185. This weekend, I had an average heart rate of 116 and a max of 172. Which is major progress! Oh, and then I did a 7-mile trail run on Sunday. My longest run ever! Woo woo! Mind you, it was a slow run with many walking intervals. But still! Oh, and I tried a delicious new recipe! I was super skeptical of the very concept of slow cooker ribs. But wow, these were good: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/02/23/5-spice-slow-cooker-pork-ribs/!
  24. 1 point
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 31 was on Thursday. That was my last completely compliant day. I'm putting a list here of my non-compliant items, because I need to get back on track. I can feel the difference, and I don't like it. Friday = trail mix & McDonald's Saturday = one popcorn shrimp (lol) Sunday = peanuts Monday = shortbread cookies @ work (wtf!) & peanuts @ home Tuesday = peanuts -- Anybody notice a problem item standing out here? I don't know ... I mean, of course it could be much worse ... but I just feel out of sorts. I was really on a roll with W30. The cookies at the nurses' station ... I mean, wow. That's the first time I think I've EVER dug into something like that at work. I usually just ignore, ignore, ignore. Were they worth it? Hell, no! I still want to lose some more fat. What the heck am I doing? Stress eating. That's what. My job is stressful, and there were cookies, and I shoved them in my face. I'm honestly not beating myself up about it - I mean, it's over. Just thinking through what I need to do to get back on track and avoid that nonsense in the future.
  25. 1 point
    VeggieLovesFood

    Vegetarian New to Whole30

    I'm about to start my first round of Whole30 tomorrow and I'm a bit nervous. After reading the book and talking in depth with a friend who swears by this program I'm considering giving up my vegetarian lifestyle to try the program. I've been researching for about a week and my start date is tomorrow, January 29th, but I still haven't decided if I can take the plunge eating meat again. I know there are "options" for vegetarians that somewhat follow the guidelines, but the support article didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy about attempting the Whole30 as a vegetarian. I feel like I may miss out on the benefits that are being described and if at the end of the 30 days I'm more or less the same I know I will automatically blame my vegetarianism for my shortcomings. On top of it, I am not a huge fish fan at all so getting my protein only from eggs would get old really quick. I'm going to peruse the vegetarian support forum one last time before I go grocery shopping for all of this meat. I do really wish I could start this program on a more positive note. I keep telling myself that it's only 30 days and if I don't have an adverse reaction to my vegetarian staples during the reintroduction phase then I can switch back to being anti meat.