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  1. 6 points
    Lady49er

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    So sorry to hear about your pups, @MegT90. That's such a helpless feeling. Things have been relatively easy for me until today. We're at a neighbor's birthday BBQ. Let me explain what this means; the best damn food in California, and MiniMe and I can't have any of it! I marinaded some meat to throw on the grill for us, but the appetizers and desserts couldn't be any more tortuous. Bacon wrapped stuffed jalepenos, stuffed mushrooms, amazing homemade chips and salsa, homemade potato salad, cake, ice cream, and a plethora of drinks that must not touch our lips. MiniMe has perfected my stink eye as she saw the spread of temptation before us. She and I made a plan and discussed what we'd do before we even went over. We were talking about the salsa, and MiniMe came up with the idea of taking romaine lettuce leaves and dipping them instead of chips! That child is so strong and resolute. I came thiiiis close to speaking one of those stuffed jalepenos, but then I thought about everything she has given up this week and I walked away from the platter. We brought a fruit platter full of things we're allowed to have, and we head for that each time we want something else. I know we aren't supposed to snack, but this is helping us through. We brewed some green tea with mint this morning and iced it so the other drinks aren't so interesting to us. We're managing, and it isn't the end of the world. But I made my neighbor promise to make stuffed jalepenos for me on Day 31.
  2. 5 points
    PennyJane

    September 18 start date

    Hello all, I am also starting tomorrow Sep 18th, too ! I am excited & nervous but mostly excited. I hope I can stick with it. I am 32 YO female , no children just me. Some of my current struggles I would like to improve are : psoriasis, depression, alopecia, and possibly rhumetoid arthritis. The past year I have gotten them all at once so it has been very hard to accept all this at once at age 32. I try to exercise and eat right and drink my water , but want to take it to the next level with the whole 30. good luck to you all ! Excited for this journey. Xo. Penny
  3. 4 points
    dmrob2009

    September 18 start date

    Honestly, I've seen bacon that has no sugar listed in the ingredients but then says in fine print may contain maple syrup or sugar. I think it's done that way because the bacon is processed through the same machines with other products that contain those ingredients. It's more of a "cover your butt" thing for the manufacturer. I certainly wouldn't worry about it. Particularly if starting over would derail your mojo!!! Congratulate yourself for figuring out the importance of scanning all packages with a fine-tooth comb before buying and move on!!! You're doing great! Woo hoo!
  4. 4 points
    erinelizabeth

    September 18 start date

    Hi everyone! I started yesterday as well, and would love to join your group! This is my 2nd Whole30, and I'm excited to feel the good results again. Good luck everyone!
  5. 4 points
    Sytera

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    Today was my first struggle getting a filling lunch. I baked salmon fillets and had a small side salad. It was obviously not enough because I still felt very hungry afterwards. I put my plate in the sink and made some celery with homemade 4-nut butter (macadamia, pecan, cashew, almond) and had two small stalks. I finished off my lunch with an almond macadamia coconut ball I made over the weekend. I am not sure I can make it six hours until normal dinner time so it may be an early meal. I have made it to day nine without snacking between meals (huge thing for me) and have only had fruit twice (1/4 apple in a salad and handful of blueberries on a salad). I am really trying to tame the Sugar Dragon and those fruits were so sweet it made me want more. I am trying to go ten days before eating fruit again. The blueberries were Saturday so seven days left My three sons are doing great eating paleo. There are a few Clif bars left in the house but I am saving them for soccer or baseball games. They are better than the Skittles and cosmic brownies handed out recently, which were either refused or thrown away by my boys. They ask me lots of questions about why I can and cannot eat certain things. It is starting a good dialogue with them about nutrition. One confession: I had a really hard time last night making my sons a snack after soccer because I so badly wanted to eat it. My favorite snack is almond butter banana "ice cream" with homemade chocolate (almond butter, bit of maple syrup, coconut oil, and cocoa powder) melted on top. I simply smelled their bowls (they didn't even have chocolate) and went to my room to read. I may have it for breakfast on Day 31.
  6. 4 points
    MegT90

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    Day 9 is going fine! I was able to sleep in this morning before my pup's vet appt. I could definitely use that extra sleep. And then I just cuddled her on the couch until it was time to go. We start her on the prednisone today (we can't afford chemotherapy). But the doc said that because she isn't showing any symptoms, in rare occasions, the steroids have put dogs into remission. I am not getting my hopes up, but it's definitely something to be praying for. Whole30- It's been going really well. It really wasn't a huge adjustment from how I had been eating right before. And I haven't had to change any of my cooking habits, so that helps. I just don't use not compliant ingredients in my food. The only hard part has been planning dinners for school nights. Tuna has been my godsend there. I'm feeling good though. And hope everyone else is too!
  7. 4 points
    Hi All, my first day for the Whole30! Nice to see the other 9/18 beginners! Best wishes to all. Peace, DM
  8. 4 points
    Brad C

    September 18 start date

    @kirbz @DrewMc @Tj V @Tara R @AthenaC @Momo MK @R_Stan06 @3boysandagirl @Mike5858 @AH117 @PennyJane @Nancy61 @kitkat90 @tayrex03 LET'S GOOO!!!!!!! We can do this! Woke up a little hungry, and still feeling a little hungry and foggy after breakfast. Walked into the faculty room and there on the table was a box of donut holes...just calling my name. But I walked right past. I was going to go back -- but then I came on here, and realized that I am not alone! Gonna persevere through whatever I go through these next few days, so that I can feel good like @AthenaC mentioned. Hang tough through the headaches, the fatigue, the sniffles, the cravings, etc. everyone -- WE CAN DO THIS!!!! "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"...
  9. 4 points
    Lady49er

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    Oh my gosh, that sounds heavenly, @Sytera! Can you pack my next game picnic for me??? I'm team Mom for cheer, which means I take care of all the snacks. I keep things relatively healthy anyway, usually a fruit (unsweetened applesauce or a banana), a juice box, and a crunchy "goodie" like a small bag of vanilla wafers, flavored rice cakes, or something similar. Of course there's always water. Anything that doesn't stain the uniforms! MIniMe barely noticed the difference because she had her iced green tea with mint and got a snack bag of freeze dried strawberries and bananas. Nobody else noticed she was eating differently either, which was nice. Then some mom came over with a ginormous bag of candy, and the cheer coach tackled her in a way that rivaled what was going on at the field. LOL! Dinner was meh. I made salisbury steak meatballs and put it on mashed potatoes for MiniMe and me and on noodles for Daddy and Sissy. Neither child was impressed, so we're crossing that off the list. I had to run out to the grocery store last night. My husband said he knows that they aren't on my diet, but could I pick him up some cookies. Yes, he's still alive. I got the last laugh though because ants invaded his package of cookies. Karma can be so cruel. Something I've noticed is that for as much sugar as I used to eat, I don't really miss it. When I see something tempting, I remind myself it'll be here after thirty days. Still, I'm not feeling very deprived. In fact, I feel like we're getting more than we're giving up. Sissy isn't on the diet, but she has scaled way back on her sugar intake, we're saving money by not eating out so much, and one of teachers at school today asked my husband if MiniMe lost weight because she was looking thinner. Yowza! And we're just barely over a week into this!
  10. 4 points
    Mike5858

    September 18 start date

    Glad to see so many people starting today. I'm Mike and my wife Joanne and I are starting our first Whole 30 today. I hope to learn and get support from all of you! We are both 58 and we've decided that our lack of energy and weight gain needed some action. I'm also interested in seeing if some of our unexplained aches and pains go away. We both seem to have some sinus issues that might benefit from cleaner eating as well. My wife uses thyroid medication, but thankfully I have no prescriptions at all. We started our day off by having scrambled eggs with spinach, onion and red peppers. It was very nice to sit and have breakfast with each other on a weekday for maybe the first time (we are chronic breakfast "skippers"! We did have a cup of coffee before we ate (a habit that will be hard to break), but we did eat breakfast, so I will consider that a victory. One thing we have going for us, is that we both drink our coffee black. One challenge we will have for a bit is that we are between homes. We sold our house a month ago, and have been living in a furnished apartment while our new condo is being remodeled. We don't move in until Oct. 7th. What makes it interesting is that almost all our stuff (especially kitchen stuff) is in storage! There are pots and pans here, but not a lot. i found out yesterday that we have no measuring cups. We have measuring spoons though (did you know there are 12 tablespoons in 3/4 of a cup? I found that out making vinagrette last night.) I did bring our BBQ grill and the weather has been nice in St. Louis, so I plan on doing a lot of grilling the next few weeks. No food processor, slow cooker etc, so some of the recipes in the Whole 30 books I bought may have to wait, but we'll figure it out. I think the biggest challenge/reward for us will be breaking the "sugar monster". We both enjoy cookies, cakes, pies,etc to excess, so losing our nightly routine of a cup of decaf and dessert will be a big deal. Reading labels, although eye opening, isn't that big a deal for me, and i do most of the shopping. In any event. I look forward to hearing your stories, challenges, successes, and (hopefully not many) set backs. Let's do this together! Thanks for letting me join in the group! Mike
  11. 4 points
    tjgett

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    A couple of days ago I told a friend of mine that I was doing another W30. She was disappointed because she had wanted to ask me out to dinner and drinks with a couple of other friends. She was worried that I wouldn't be able to eat or drink anything. We went out last night and it was totally fine. I had dinner earlier, so I wasn't hungry, and drinking juice and sparkling water wasn't bad. Did I want to grab a french fry off their plates? You betcha! But I realized that it wasn't because I was hungry, I was just doing it out of habit. That made things easier. I did miss having beer, a little bit. But it wasn't a problem. So what did I learn? That I eat a lot out of habit, especially mindless nibbling if things are right in front of me. And, I can totally be social without having to drink (and woke up without a hangover - bonus!) I've also realized how much socializing we do around alcohol and that I could totally cut back and still have a drink occasionally (after the reintroduction of course!)
  12. 3 points
    Svmomma

    September 18 start date

    I know right? I did think I'd just continue through and get to day 30 and see if I could add three, but ultimately not "start over" as that felt too defeating.
  13. 3 points
    DrewMc

    September 18 start date

    Hows everyone doing, attitude wise? I snapped a few times in ways I wouldn't normally today.. maybe Ive reached "Kill all the things" a little early? :-)
  14. 3 points
    Svmomma

    September 18 start date

    Just now joining, but also started yesterday for my first time. After never having heard about Whole30, I listened to a podcast interview of Melissa's story on Saturday about her goals not being weight loss but our relationship to food, plus all the reduction of inflammatory results, I jumped in on Sunday with meal planninng. Now reading the book and its confirming what I feared I was doing the last handful of years to sabotash all my working out, slowly feeling worse and worse, and worried about serious issues that might come my way. Main thing I've noticed so far has been how full I am. Is the goal not to snack? As an athlete it goes against my grain not to have smaller meals throughout the day, but I'm going with it and just now getting schooled on all the theories. Also is tea or coffee in the evening just a replacement for what I may have had in the past (wine or dessert, or wine then dessert LOL)? p.s. Picked a profile pic that I normally cringe at when I see pictures of myself these days. I've slowly gained as much as 20-25 pounds in the last 8-10 years. Would just like to see myself refreshed and not so puffy at the end of these 30 days!
  15. 3 points
    Sytera

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    Well, I must break a rule. My son's goat has to be weighed and my husband is gone. No one else can hold her to weigh with her and subtract their weight. I may put some potatoes in my pockets to throw my own weight off. The things we do for our kids.
  16. 3 points
    DrewMc

    September 18 start date

    @Brad C - Nice job overcoming that temptation! Having this as a place to talk about what we're all going through is going to help a lot, I agree @AthenaC. Hey @mmwtrance - This thread looks much more popular then mine was :-) Thought you all might like this calendar! I printed out a copy for the fridge and Im moving a little Egg-Man magnet forward day for day. Some of you are on the Dragon Day (4) I think? and the rest of us in Day 2. "It is not Hard.. curing cancer is hard.. drinking your coffee black is not hard".
  17. 3 points
    HopingtoHeal

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    It's great to read how everyone is doing! @Lady49er great to hear that you guys are noticing tangible change from week one! It's so motivating when you start to see those changes happening! I don't know that I am seeing much change at the moment. My energy and sleep pattern are not great and I'm hoping as we get to the end of this week I will see breakthrough with that! It's interesting the impact of the changing seasons is having for me, I think in some ways it seemed easier in June as summer rolled around than this time as we move into autumn - I clearly have some autumn traditions like making apple and blackberry crumble that I feel a bit sad about missing for now, and I realise just how much of a habit takeaway on a Saturday night used to be - a total comfort thing that used to get me through a long day of teaching on a Saturday. I'm trying to focus on the cosy Saturday night feeling without associating it with takeaway and snacks... candles, blankets, maybe a bubble bath? Yesterday at work was another challenge as I had a session with our young volunteers which involves ordered in pizza, it was actually easier than I imagined to avoid it - this time last year I would have found it impossible not to eat some! Small victories! I have a few hours between jobs today so planning to get out on my bike but not as far a ride as last week, just to get my body moving!! How is everyone else's day 9 going?
  18. 3 points
    kirbz

    September 18 start date

    Oh my goodness, I found the most AMAZING Whole30-compliant foods at Costco! I definitely didn't think they would have so much to offer! And most of them are super easy to put together into a meal. I'm winging my meal planning (because I despise it so very, very much that I simply would never do this program if I had to meal plan and do twice-weekly cookfests where I waste my whole damn day) and this made it just about as easy as it could be! Here's what I got (in case you want to go look for it too): Kirkland Signature Smoked Pulled Pork (just boil the package for 12-15 minutes and it's ready to go) Aidells Chicken and Apple Smoked Chicken Sausage Parma Prosciutto di Parma Farmhouse Culture Classic Caraway Kraut True Story Organic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Snack Packs (can you say post-workout meal anyone?) They had lots of other stuff too! Avocado oil, spice blends, guacamole, etc.! Go check it out, you might be surprised what you find! I hope everyone had an excellent Day 1 and are feeling strong and confident!
  19. 3 points
    3boysandagirl

    September 18 start date

    Hi all, my husband and I started today as well. We technically said we are starting tomorrow so I had today to prep after being out of town this weekend, but we jumped right in today. I've done Whole30 before, but this is first time doing it with me. Over the past 5 years or so, I've gone to eating a mostly Paleo diet, but really sabotaged myself after getting frustrated with my health and nothing working. So, for me, this is an opportunity to get back on track. I do feel much better eating this way. Penny, I'm 40 and have the same issues you listed - alopecia, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis. Eating paleo/whole 30 style always helps my joint pain. This go around I'm also working with a new-to-me integrative doctor to heal my gut with diet and some specific supplements. I'm looking forward to doing this while working with this doctor. Having done this before, I can say the three things that help the most to stick with it are COMMITMENT, SUPPORT, & PREPARATION. Yesterday, I went grocery shopping. Today, I cleaned out my pantry and plan on tackling the fridge tonight. I've got 2 roasted chickens, bone broth, mayo, and chopped veggies ready to go as well as many of my other go-to favorites. I'll make a couple of Whole30 dressings tonight too to have ready.
  20. 3 points
    R_Stan06

    September 18 start date

    Hi all! I started today, as well. This is my first time doing Whole30 and my husband is also joining me on this journey! We have 3 kids and are on-the-go alot, so this will definitely be challenging. However, I'm excited to start and to see how much better I feel at the end! Can't wait to see all of the support on this page and to help each other along! Good luck! Renee
  21. 3 points
    Brad C

    September 18 start date

    WOW! This group size is awesome -- definitely hoping that we can all pull each other along these next weeks. Great to see so many people starting today. Today is quite a different day. Usually, I drive through McDonald's and get the large soda (only $1, so might as well get the largest size possible!) and a couple biscuits, or else Sunoco fountain soda and donuts. Today, I made myself a nice omelet with peppers and tomato. I am a teacher, and normally munch at our "team meeting" on cookies, popcorn, etc. -- today, just a small handful of cashews to try and manage my energy balance going cold turkey on everything. Normally, on my way home I eat a pack of cupcakes or something, or else binge on some junk food when I get home from getting my daughter from school. Today -- nothing. Waiting for my chicken and steamed broccoli for dinner. It is amazing to me how much eating has been mental for me. I was not hungry until about 15 minutes before I ate lunch. I am not hungry now. But I feel like I NEED to eat to comfort myself. Several times my mind wandered to a nice cold sugary cherry coke or the cookies in my classroom pantry that the team shares. But then I remind myself that I don't need any of that, and that I am just poisoning myself with it. I know that after dinner will be tough, as I also like to munch on some cookies and milk for dessert. But I am going to have all of you right there with me tonight, and instead of those choices, I am going to just do some working out with weights, and then do a little mindfulness/relaxation and read before bed. I'm glad to hear that I was not the only one nervous for today! I too am excited to have better energy, sleep patterns, and clearer sinuses (among other things), but I was truly nervous this morning (and am still a little nit nervous, as I worry that I am going to let myself and everyone else down). I know that the next few days and week(s) will be tough as I go through the sugar/bad carb withdrawals, but with all of your help, I look forward to turning over that new leaf we are all hoping for. Even though I don't know any of you - I am considering myself as just one member of the "September 18th" team. I am pulling for each and every one of you to reach your goals, to develop new relationships with eating, and to reach greater levels of health and happiness! I hope to check in tonight, but if not -- stay strong team, and I look forward to reading all of your successes and fears and stories and everything else soon!
  22. 3 points
    madness

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    Everybody is doing great! I'm on Day 29...can't believe it. This has gone by so fast for me. I feel like last time it TOOK FOREVER. But I was motivated to keep going. I have so many dinners out (conferences, etc) that I'm not going to push myself to be 100% after the end of the 30 days. But much like last time, I'm taking waaaay longer than most to really reach those NSVs....and that scale victory. So I'll still be around and mostly compliant after 30 days! In fact, next weekend I'm going on a backpacking trip and that will (hopefully) be strict Whole30. My favorite jerky has sugar in it. I'm trying to find an acceptable alternative. But I'll be posting my food from that trip on a thread in the Whole30 for Athletes forum to prove that you can take nutritious food in to the "backcountry" (you can frequently see houses on the trail I'm going on... ). Oh, I wanted to add that I got my kids (age 5 and 7) on a 6.7 mile hike this weekend. That's pushing their longest ever. I didn't keep very close track before our first backpacking trip as a family in March. I used the step count/mile tracker on the iphone after that trip, as well as correlating with the mileages listed on the maps. I calculated 7 miles for one of those days, but can't quite be sure. So this weekend was definitely an accomplishment! I'm trying to get them up to 10 miles a day which will allow us to hike essentially any trail in Texas.
  23. 3 points
    First day here too. I'm super nervous and excited:)
  24. 3 points
    NoneOtherThanAmy

    Can I Do...

    @WholeCourtney I had a lot of the same hang ups when I started my first Whole30. I had about 50 lbs to lose and I had successfully lost weight in the past by tracking and restricting calories. I tracked calories using MyFitnessPal for a few days until I knew I wasn't eating 3,000 calories a day and then I read some of the old forum posts about calorie tracking and I managed to quit. One of the big things that helped me with quitting calorie tracking was that calorie restriction often does not result in long-term weight loss (which was apparent in my own life) and I wanted to be in this for the long haul. Still, about day 10 or so, I was like, "I NEED to weigh myself!!!!!" I was sure I was eating too much and that I was gaining weight. One of the mods stopped by with a perspective that really helped. She said, "People aren't cattle, we don't need to be weighed". That really made me pause and think. There is absolutely no reason I need to know the number on the scale, other than to track progress and I have a million other ways to do that instead. It has now been about 4 months since I started my Whole30 journey and I have lost around 20 lbs. It doesn't sound like much, but it has been slow, sustainable weight loss. What's more impressive is that I've lost about 3 pants sizes and a shirt size. I've been this weight before with calorie restriction and didn't fit into these sizes at that time. This is different. The other interesting thing is that I have now completely let go of the number on the scale. If I stuck to my original plan, I'd still have about 30 lbs to lose, but I'm happily at peace with my body right now. I think I'd be OK with it if I maintained this weight. I'm currently doing another Whole30 and am not sure I'll weigh myself at the end. I've already thrown out my scale, but I could borrow a friend's if I wanted to. I don't think I will though, I think I like the idea of completely ignoring the number on the scale and instead focusing on my non-scale victories.
  25. 3 points
    AH117

    September 18 start date

    My husband and I are starting tomorrow... enjoying our last glass of wine tonight! Yesterday, I was super excited to get started, tonight... well, I'm hesitant. But we've committed, food prep is done, crock pot is on the timer... here we go!
  26. 3 points
    Momo MK

    September 18 start date

    Hi Everyone! Do you mind if I join you? This is my first time doing the Whole 30 and I plan on starting tomorrow (9/18). I am very nervous and trying to convince myself that I can do it. I was job hunting for a while and was very down- I spent most on the couch eating for comfort and I am hoping to develop a better relationship with food. I am constantly tired and will not stop eating crap. I am about to head and get some groceries and start on my meal prep.
  27. 3 points
    Sytera

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    We are on the way to baseball games for our sons an hour away. I packed a grilled chicken salad (mixed greens, two boiled eggs, 1/2 grilled chicken breast, sliced almonds, tomato, and homemade dressing) to eat for lunch when we arrive. I made paleo banana pancakes to bring for our sons along with grapes and fat bombs I made for them yesterday. My husband just went through the drive-thru and got himself a double bacon cheeseburger.... At least I am able to keep the boys going with me!
  28. 3 points
    kitkat90

    September 18 start date

    Hey everybody! I'm Kat, mind if I jump on board with you guys? I've done three Whole 30s successfully before too, and I found that it's so much easier when you have a good support network! I went through some serious emotional upheaval in the last six months or so, wound up falling off the wagon and back into bad eating habits. I've gained about 20 pounds in that time and just generally feel awful. It's time to get serious again and get back on track. I am going to spend today food shopping and meal prepping and then kick off tomorrow as day one!
  29. 3 points
    There has been no tiger blood for me yet. I am still feeling bloated and tired and bored with my food already so I will have to make something new this weekend. I knew knew when I started his whole 30that I wouldn't be compliant last night. I met an old friend and we made plans a month ago. I had 2 glasses of wine. The good news is that my stomach was ok . Of course I will have start again, so this is my new day 1. After reading everyone's post , now I realize how weak I sound! I appreciate everyone's strength - so thanks to all.
  30. 3 points
    SarinaLR

    Purse Dressing!

    I had a friend come to town last minute today and called to meet up around 2 for a late lunch. She called about 10am so I had some time to strategize and eat a small pre lunch just in case I had to cut everything out of my salad once we got there. She wanted to hit up TGI Friday's so I got on the computer and started reading. Million Dollar Cobb! It sounded pretty good after leaving off the cheese and bacon. They had a chicken, steak or fish option but I was fully prepared to ask them to leave off the meat and add extra eggs and avocado for me if the waitress didn't seem sure of her answers about the meat. Luckily we had the best waitress ever! I asked and the steak (which was my #1 choice) isn't marinated and they'd be happy to ONLY use salt and pepper on it. LOVE IT! So my salad (while still a TGIF salad) was downright edible and close to good, I'm pretty sure I stayed 100% AND I'd remembered my handy dandy purse dressing so I didn't end up eating it plain. I typically have a little cooler with some snacks in it and so today I added a bottle of compliant dressing and just transferred it to my purse before we went in. The waitress laughed at me but said she totally gets it because both of her daughters have a lot of restrictions. Overall even though I could have made a better salad at my house it was lovely to not get left out of the girls lunch. Go Me!
  31. 2 points
    Nancy61

    September 18 start date

    Checking in - Day 5... Last round I did a lot of eggs in the morning to the point where I was gagging. This time I find myself saving a small portion of what we eat for dinner and heat that up for breakfast. It seemed strange to eat Grilled Chicken, Roasted potatoes/ Brussels sprouts for breakfast, but it kept me full until lunch and it was actually pretty tasty!
  32. 2 points
    dmrob2009

    September 18 start date

    Way to go, Brad! Sounds like you are starting to get in the groove! Awesome! Yesterday was a challenge for us. I started the day by making the kids banana pancakes, sans syrup, with scrambled eggs... to keep things interesting. Dear son loved them, dear daughter hated them... sigh. I can never me everyone happy! LOL. DH and I did not do the pancakes, as they are not technically not Whole 30 compliant, so we had baked cinnamon sweet potato bits and a veggie and pork scramble. Yum! Later, we had had to get out and about around lunch time. We visited our local coop and opted for some healthy snacks for lunch (Whole 30 compliant nut mix, Epic bar and some not so Whole 30 compliant but ingredients are Whole 30 compliant Terra Chips, original flavor. Kiddos had Epic bars, natural fruit leather and exotic flavored compliant applesauce pouches). We learned from this that snacky lunches make for serious hunger before the next meal. Note taken! For dinner, we had spaghetti squash with meat sauce. Feeling a little better today. A little more energy, no more headaches and not dreading my eggs this morning, though I'm growing a little weary of coconut cream coffee. We are used to heavy cream and absolutely nothing compares. Hehe... How'sthe rest of the Sept 18th group doing? Happy Friday!
  33. 2 points
    Mike5858

    September 18 start date

    Not sure about the coffee Sv, I know they don't want you drinking it all day, or anytime at night. I normally do around 3-4 cups myself. If I read anything I'll let you know. I understand what you mean about keeping things to yourself for awhile. I've got a couple of friends that I will be keeping in the dark about what I'm doing for a bit. There's actually quite a bit written about interacting with friends and family on Whole30, and quite a lengthy article in this week's newsletter. I'm like you though, and do better when I do things on my own accord. I have a great support system from my brother and sister-in-law who are fitness fanatics and have done Whole30 a few times and continue to practice a lot of it. Problem is, they are in Savannah, and I'm in St. Louis. I wish we had friends we could enjoy healthy meals with. Have a great day. Mike
  34. 2 points
    Mike5858

    September 18 start date

    Just my two cents, but I think you're doing the right thing. Keep on, keepin' on, you're doing great.
  35. 2 points
    DrewMc

    September 18 start date

    @Brad C - Tell me about it, my eggs and mushrooms weren't very appetizing this morning either, of course I got out of bed 2 hour earlier then normal to get a jump start on the day's work (I own a software startup so a good week is 60 hours, lol), so that might have had something to do with it. @erinelizabeth - that's funny. Yeah, food guilt dreams .. are they technically night-mares? lol
  36. 2 points
    Brad C

    September 18 start date

    Good morning everyone - how is everyone holding up? Not gonna lie, these scrambled eggs with diced peppers and tomatoes are not very appealing this morning But the end result is worth it so I'm going to grind it out. @Tj V how is the headache pal? Hope you are hanging tough. Have a great day everyone, we can do this!
  37. 2 points
    kirbz

    September 18 start date

    @erinelizabethI don't know how ideal this is, but for me, I did have a hard-boiled egg and a packet of Justin's Almond Butter yesterday before going to a work happy hour so that I would be less tempted to eat. That helped me not feel hungry and seemed like a relatively healthy option and not one that would awaken my strong desire for sugar...
  38. 2 points
    dmrob2009

    September 18 start date

    Hi, all! I just started the Whole30 with my family. We are not newbs to Whole 30, but I've never been too involved with the forum, so I thought I'd give it a try for some support and accountability! The original poster was kind enough to invite me here (thank you) so here I am. The long/abbreviated version of our story is that my husband and I have an unhealthy relationship with food and it has begin to rub off onto our children. DH and I are the poster children for yo-yo dieting. We were very successful on the Primal Blueprint in 2012, but fell off the wagon somewhere along the way and we've had an impossible time getting back on track (and staying there). At any rate, we successfully completed 2 Whole 30th runs in the last two years but never made it through the reintroduction phase. In addition,weight loss has been my sole motivation the last two times. We didn't even get a before weight this time. This go is purely for detox, nothing more. We fully intend to reintroduce this time... and slay the sugar dragon for good! We are on Day 3 and everything is currently peaceful. Seems as if we reached "kill all of the things" yesterday. Haha. Super-excited and motivated this time around. I'm hoping to have some Whole30 forum friends to help me stay on track with reintro. Congrats to everyone who has stepped up to the plate to take charge of their health by doing this... you are to be commended!! Good luck... woo hoo!
  39. 2 points
    tayrex03

    September 18 start date

    Glad to hear everyone's positivity after the first couple of days! We did a couple of recipes in the Whole30 cookbook, and I've been making breakfast in the mornings. Everything tastes great! My appetite is waning though, and the idea of eating food isn't exciting to the point where I ask why I am. I remind myself I am pretty active and need food. I really desparately wanted to binge on some cookies after a stressful day at work and with my grad school classes. I refrained knowing that it'd make me feel worse about myself.... even though they're SO good. @DrewMc @AthenaC andTo everyone struggling with that sugar dragon-you may get a kick out of this. I was woken up in the middle of the night (may have been 1 am) by my boyfriend poking my arm and telling me that today was going to be bad. Me, still partly asleep and feigning care for whatever it was asked why. He replied "I need sugar." This literally woke him up in the middle of sleep, at which point he felt the need to tell me.
  40. 2 points
    Margot

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    saw this today and thought I'd share! love the visual sticking with things has been a bit rough today...my head has been pounding and the emotional food triggers are a bit harder to ignore. stress eating is certainly one of my biggest challenges. looking at colleges for that last baby is tough for a mama and looking at the timeline i'm going to have to really buckle down to get through the next few days!! can't give up now though, right??? "nothing will change if nothing changes"
  41. 2 points
    MmePark

    I gained a LOT in a month

    I gained so much in my 30 days. I gained self control. I gained understanding of nutrition. I gained new culinary skills. I gained self-respect. I gained a new palette. I gained a new perspective on my life. I also lost a few things. Mood swings. Energy lows. Anger. Depression. And around 10 pounds and a gut full of bloat. Thanks so much for this program, the excellent free support, and the inspiration to improve my life, inside and out.
  42. 2 points
    Mike5858

    September 18 start date

    Got through Day 2. I had a big lunch, so dinner was actually pretty small, just some grilled chicken and a salad. I'm really quite full from today, but I think a little of it has to do with the 95 degree weather, that always makes me sluggish. Looking forward to tomorrow! Mike
  43. 2 points
    Mike5858

    September 18 start date

    Guess maybe I need to work harder on veggies at breakfast. I do add spinach, peppers, and onions to my eggs, but there's not a ton of them, maybe a handful. One step at a time I guess, as long as it's compliant. I didn't feel hungry at all yesterday, that's for sure.
  44. 2 points
    Mike5858

    September 18 start date

    Glad to see so many people joining the group! I got through Day 1 just fine. I'm a little "off" this morning, but not bad. The only issue I had yesterday was no desert and decaf after dinner. I did the decaf (black), but felt like I was missing something (the sweets). I realized it was just habit, and I wasn't hungry at all, and the feeling passed. Only one day, but like Brad said, it all starts with one step. I do need to drink some more water during the day. That's never been an issue for me in the past, but I realized yesterday I had not drank nearly enough water. Good luck to everyone today. Thanks to all who are sharing tips and shopping ideas! Mike
  45. 2 points
    NoneOtherThanAmy

    Can I Do...

    @WholeCourtney Sounds like you've got a great attitude! Best of luck on your 2nd Whole30. Oddly enough, I also started trying to run right around the time I started my first Whole30. I am not a "natural" runner, so it has been a ton of work to get myself to where I'd like to be, but I just ran my first 5k! I still did walk/run intervals, but I finished with about a 12 min/mile pace and I'm pretty happy with that. I've just started running with an 8k training group and I'm determined to be able to run the whole thing when the race comes around in 2 months.
  46. 2 points
    Today is my first day too! Good luck to you.
  47. 2 points
    tayrex03

    September 18 start date

    Hi all! My boyfriend and I are starting the 18th as well. This is our first Whole30, we're hoping to make it count Nice to meet ya'll!
  48. 2 points
    Tj V

    September 18 start date

    Welcome, kitkat90! Of course you can jump in with us! I feel your pain about falling off the wagon, however, I jumped off and have been off for a couple years now. Hate how I feel and look, so I'm getting back on and praying I can stay there for the long haul...way past the 30 days. Good to have you on board and good luck!
  49. 2 points
    Nancy61

    September 18 start date

    I too am starting on Monday. This will be my second round. Totally went off track and want to feel better again!
  50. 2 points
    RFS

    anyone starting Sept 11???

    Started on Monday- round 2! First time was about 6 months ago. It was amazing but I was very inconsistent over the summer and need to get back on track. This time I have been focusing on taking better care and going to sleep earlier as required. I woke up today (Day5) and felt like a million $....totally didn't expect to feel this good this fast! Hang in there everyone! I am happy to have found a group to help keep me on the rails!