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  1. 8 points
    Hi! Im Kim. Im 42 and a single mom of a 7 year old boy and im around 230 lbs. Ive been reading the book and now im putting it out there. Im planning to start on September 1st. I have a feeling this might help a lot of areas in my life. Heres to new beginnings! Good luck on your journey!
  2. 8 points
    I wanted to take a moment to share a huge NSV! I'm an aspiring alpine climber, but not particularly fit, strong, or skilled. I'm also overweight. Just a few pounds ago and I was technically in the obese category based on BMI. I had a big climb planned for Monday, which was Day 8 of my Whole30 journey. This was going to be my longest climb with the most elevation gain (10+ pitches with over 2,000 feet of climbing and topping out at 10,306 feet). I had done a different climb a few weeks prior and it was so, so hard. I almost couldn't finish. Despite all the training and effort I had put into it. It was actually that climb that inspired me to start Whole30. Because I had been doing everything right except nutrition. Which finally convinced me that I can't be the kind of fit I want to be without that part. Enter Whole30. But this one was great! I felt strong. I never doubted I could finish it. I wasn't completely and utterly exhausted on the hike out. It was a total and complete joy! I don’t know if my hard work is finally paying off, if I’m turning the corner toward Tiger Blood, or if I just fueled right, but I’m so, so happy to finally see changes happening in the mountains. Here's a photo of me at the top of Tenaya Peak in Yosemite National Park!
  3. 7 points
    Hi. I really want to start on September 1. I did my first Whole30 a few years ago and loved it. I stayed generally Paleo after that for about 18 months. Since then I can't seem to get back on track. I'm in my mid 40's and gaining weight, my joints feel awful and I'm not sleeping. But I start a round and can't stay in it. Frankly it's stress that gets me off - I have a bad day at work or with the kids and I want a drink and then it's just downhill. I need some accountability and partnership. My husband won't eat whole 30 with me and that makes it hard. Maybe joining a group like this would help. I just need someone to encourage me to stay on track even when it's a bad day. I know the benefits I know I'll feel better. I just can't seem to do it alone.
  4. 7 points
    Hi Kim! My name is Kristin, I’m starting on September 2! I’m 34 and have a 12 month old son. I’m hoping to get my eating/exercise habits back on track after they have been completely destroyed by pregnancy/postpartum. Good luck! I’ll be happy to stay in touch and chat throughout our program if you would like.
  5. 6 points
    This is my first WHOLE30 and I just wanted a space where I can record some thoughts (whether anyone reads them or not) My WHY: I feel like crap. I live with constant brain fog that I blame on being a mother of two young children (5 y.o. and almost 2 y.o.) and that it's hit or miss if my almost 2 year old will sleep through the night. I pretend that my sleep being interrupted is the reason I can't lose weight, but being honest, I eat like crap. It's the food and my lack of control around it. And my lack of motivation - about everything - work, exercise, eating smaller portions. To make things even worse, I've been sick for about two week's now (I have been to the doctor) and I feel even more foggy than normal...and I just feel off - heavy - not like "myself" (which I used to also blame on the "new normal" after becoming a mom, but it's worse now. I don't buy that any more - something else is going on). Yes I would love to lose some weight or reconfigure my body to be less giggly/more muscular...but this isn't about that. I feel like crap. A bunch of IF/THEN planning (from Whole30 Day by Day plus my own): IF I am stuck at work late/in traffic/at the game, THEN I'll...have some snacks handy. Better stock my desk/bag/car. (more realistic situation) IF I don't feel like cooking one night (even my "easy backup plan" meals, THEN I'll...ask my husband to help our or we'll go to Chipotle (or Newks or Slim Chickens might be easy with a little customization - like a salad with no cheese, croutons, and BYO dressing). I should also make a meal to keep in the freezer for quick use. IF I'm at happy hour and offered a drink, Then I'll...say no thanks; I can deal. The bigger surprise would be that I go to a happy hour (ha!). (the harder situation for me) IF I am invited to someone's house for dinner and offered something non-compliant, THEN I'll...say no thanks and be ready to explain why. A drink I can say no to, no problem; even desert I can say no to. A meal would be harder. I think my best bet is to bring a compliant dish to share so I know I could eat something...and then be prepared to explain why I am only eating what I brought. Ideas for dishes to bring: homemade baba ganoush or guacamole with veggies for dipping, salad and dressing, meatballs, chicken salad, fruit salad (probably not the best to just eat fruit) IF there's nothing compliant at the party, THEN I'll...(realistically) probably shove my face full of non-compliant food; better plan to not stay long! There's always the option to eat before or after, but I know if I am there, I will be tempted, regardless of plans. I can probably hold out for a little while, and perhaps without a glass of wine, I could make it (yes, let's blame the alcohol for all the poor choices), but knowing myself, I would need to remove myself from the temptation, at least in this one situation (introvert, "needing" to fit in around people I don't know at a party) IF my friends tease me about my "crazy diet", THEN I'll...find new friends. Just kidding - I just don't see this being a problem. Guess I should prepare in case I'm wrong. I will tell them about how awful I've been feeling and that's it's just an experiment for 30 days that could help the rest of my life. I'll tell them I'll let them know how it goes when it's over. IF the in-laws want to have us over for dinner and make something non-compliant, THEN I'll...likely eat as small a portion as I can get away with. If it's a side dish, dessert, or accompaniment (like FIL's amazing homemade bread), I can manage to not eat it, but if it's something more like the whole meal, as an obliger and this being my in-laws, I'm in trouble. I think my best strategy in this case would be to offer to cook for them at our house (control freak much!). IF we go to my parents' house for a weekend visit, THEN I'll...talk to them about how we're eating and ask to help with the meal planning/cooking (because my mom sends me the meal plan regardless). I know this is how I should be with my in-laws also, but realistically, it's just different. I should probably give it a try with them too though... If a rep brings lunch for our office (as is the case from time to time), THEN I'll....find something compliant if given the option to chose my order; if not, then I'll bring a back up lunch and eat it if what they bring doesn't comply. The people at work know I'm doing this (yay for going public!) and I think they'll be supportive. IF my husband falls off the wagon, THEN I'll..continue on without him. My WHY isn't affected by him and he's really only doing this because I asked him. (tougher situation) IF my husband falls off the wagon and is eating ALL THE THINGS (specifically late at night like he does now), THEN I'll...make some hot tea and have a piece of fruit at most. Or go to bed. This will only feel a little depressing if he's gone out and bought Nestle Drumsticks for him and the kids....but I think he'll be more supportive than that even if he doesn't complete the Whole30. (another tough one) IF I don't start feeling any different or notice any changes, THEN I'll...likely need some outside motivation. Just knowing myself, I like to see results. 30 days really isn't that long, but if I read something in Day by Day that says "You should see improvements to your brain fog by now" and I haven't....it would make me want to eat all the things. If I still feel this "heavy" on Day 21...I'll need support. Perhaps I should plan to not wait until day 30 to evaluate my NSV, but purposefully run down the list on Day 10 and Day 20. If I am stressed out about something, THEN I'll...go for a walk. If I don't have much time, I'll do some stretching and breathing...or maybe some squats. If I don't have much privacy, I'll go to the bathroom and do them. And because it's September...IF I am craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte, THEN I'll...tough it out and plan to drink one first thing after reintroduction. Making a compliant version would be SWYPO for me...and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be as good as the sugar-laden, whipped cream topped version. But just some random thoughts on SWYPO...why isn't riced cauliflower SWYPO? I mean it's sole purpose is to replace an off-limits food. Especially when you use it to make something like "fried rice" which I would say is extremely easy to over indulge. This brain dump got extremely long. Kudos (or apologies?) if you took the time to read it all.
  6. 5 points
    Feeling pretty motivated right now, and did a ton of meal prepping yesterday. Today the plan is: M1: Sweet potato, apple, sausage and arugula hash with a poached egg on top. Black coffee. M2: "Taco" seasoned pork, shredded cabbage slaw with cilantro and pickled jalepenos (compliant), diced tomatoes, and fried plantains M3: Ground beef over sautéed peppers and onions with compliant barbecue sauce. I need to try and drink more water - in the past, I would suck down a few cups of coffee first thing when I woke up. Today I had a big glass of water while my hash was heating and my egg was poaching, and it was great. Based on my body weight I need to aim for about 100oz of water a day to fit the Whole30 recommendations... yikes, that's more than a gallon D: Another thing I want to attempt is eating at least 1 starchy vegetable a day (I'm a big fan of potatoes and plantains). I tend towards depression and am coming out of a pretty awful 6 month hole, so I want to monitor my moods and make sure I'm taking care of myself. Based on what I've read, mood stuff can sometimes be affected by carb intake (which I totally believe). I sleep terribly, always have, so I also know I need to maybe cool it on the coffee a bit. We'll see if I can wean myself down from several cups a day... I hope so! Other things I prepped yesterday: - Made some dairy-free pesto with basil and pine nuts - Made some zucchini soup and portioned it into pint jars for the week (http://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/) - Made 3 portions of today's M1 hash (https://thebetteredblondie.com/sweet-potato-apple-breakfast-skillet-paleo-whole-30/) - Made some Ginger Scallion sauce (https://www.doyouevenpaleo.net/ginger-scallion-sauce/) - Hardboiled half a dozen eggs I have an evening yoga class scheduled, but it's not a terribly strenuous one. I may eat a hardboiled egg as pre-workout if I feel like I need it. Another thing I'm trying out this month is Orange Theory - I've only been to one class so far and yeeeeeesh it was a tough one, but I loved it. I bought 8 classes for the month so I'm just self-improving all over the damn place
  7. 5 points
    When I got home from the longest day and the hardest workout EVER (OrangeTheory is no frickin joke, you guys), I had a package on my front porch. Turns out my best friend, who I've been running my mouth to about the Whole30 and who is a busy career mom of 2 with her own health struggles and goals, took the time to order and send me Nom Nom Paleo's "Ready or Not" cookbook as a "yay you started the Whole30" gift! Just out of the blue! I was so touched! It's so awesome to have friends that "get it" and support you, even when they're hundreds of miles away with crazy lives and stressors of their own. Also: it's a truly awesome cookbook
  8. 5 points
    I'll be doing my 3rd Whole30 starting in Sept. My 1st one went great, but was allot of work, of course. My 2nd was just a struggle since I wasn't mentally and emotionally into it. This time I'm all in! I've been prepping and re-reading over the last week. I have recipes lined up and ingredients purchased. Excited for this round!
  9. 5 points
    I would like to start September 2 as well. I am 55 year old weighing 211 lbs and currently prediabetic and suffering from acid reflux, joint pain, bursitis, low energy. Cannot wait to see the changes everyone is talking about.
  10. 5 points
    Hi there! I am also planning on starting September 1st. I've been reading thebooks and I'm getting excited, but I'm nervous as well! I'm kind of a picky eater (especially when it comes to vegetables), so I'm hoping that I can keep myself from getting bored. I would love to keep in touch throughout our 30 days to offer support and maybe some recipes and such :) Good luck!
  11. 5 points

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Today is Day 30! We made it! Now, my husband is going to have to remember where he hid that stupid scale...... I'm really excited to start today, and I'm super proud of my accomplishment! I have definitely reframed my food mindset, but I'm also now keenly aware of when I struggle. It's kind of cool! Without question, after these 30+ days (incl restart), I have a much healthier relationship with food and love how I feel overall. I still have a ways to go, and reintroduction is going to take a while, but it's okay. I've committed to the lifestyle! Cheers! (PS.... It's still my last day, so that's apple juice )
  12. 5 points

    Newbie Starting Aug 5!

    I find herbal teas really helpful when you're in that snaky for the sake of snacky phase. I have tons of different flavours!
  13. 5 points
    DAY 4 RECAP: My daughter saw that I was struggling with cravings, so she put down her chips and gave me a pep talk. "You got this Mom! You know the first 7-10 days of any diet change is always the hardest. You're already at day 4! It's going to get easier soon."
  14. 5 points
    Day 4 NSV- I had a sweet potato as part of my lunch today and the sweet and delicious flavors that I tasted in it- I think my tastebuds are becoming more sensitive to the sweetness and flavor in unprocessed and natural foods. Yum!
  15. 5 points
    Ok you guys, tonight was tough. I have a new foster dog and I came home from work to a whole bunch of things chewed up (including a new pair of expensive shoes) and pee and poop on my bed...yep, on my bed. Needless to say all I wanted to do was order takeout and pour a drink. BUT, I did neither. I stayed strong and make steak, sautéed squash and pan-roasted potatoes instead. It was REALLY hard to resist going to food for comfort when I was stressed and tired and frustrated but I did it! Now to figure out how I can help my foster not be so anxious and not ruin my stuff, lol.
  16. 5 points

    PSA: Don't Get Lost!

    Public Service Announcement: The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by. That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Please Help!" makes it quicker for the moderators to understand and assist you. The moderators try to get to everything and we appreciate your patience but members following this outline is one of the ways that you can help us to help you!
  17. 4 points
    Hi There This is my second attempt this year. I have completed two in the past. My son is doing the Keto and lost 50 lbs and has motivated me get started. He is willing to do the whole 30 with me, and with my daughter at college I can keep and whole 30 compliant house! I am 55, have about 20 lb to lose (any would be good). I am going through menopause and nothing else has worked. I have a bunch of minor issues including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I am due to get my blood work done in the next week or two so it will be interesting to see where I am. Mostly I want to feel better. This is the first year I have felt pain. I look forward to all the encouragement. Carol
  18. 4 points
    I’m David. I’m 59, American, and currently living in Nelson, New Zealand. I’m doing my first Whole30 beginning tomorrow—September 1st. For those of you the U.S., that will be August 31st. You might not know, by looking at me, that I have much weight to lose but it’s all around my middle and I hide it pretty well. ;-) For me, this is less about losing weight, and more about improving my health. Although, with summer fast approaching, I’d love to look better in a bathing suit! I would love to connect with others who are starting in September and I hope we can support one another!
  19. 4 points
    Hi there! I'm doing my first round of Whole 30 starting on Sept. 2nd too. I'm 33 years old and 200 pounds. This is the heaviest I've ever been, but I'm not doing this for the weight loss (but of course that'd be nice too). I've noticed food affecting me a lot more this year than in year's past, including swelling, more headaches, less sleep, etc. I'm excited to see how I feel after the first horrible sugar crash is over with. I'm going to keep a food sensitivity journal to see how I feel each day. I'm excited to have you guys to keep me on track! Jess
  20. 4 points

    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Our family will be starting on 8/30 (due to travel in late Sep). This will be our first round. I am 55, my husband is 59 and my daughter is 16. We all have things to "fix" and have been talking about doing a W30 for months, but the catalyst to finally start is my daughter who is having numerous issues with her gut, anxiety, and now low iron. Hoping we can all detox and get back on a healthier track.
  21. 4 points

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    I get you! 100%!! What I don't get is why we don't have a hug emoji cuz I'd sent you one of those @Jihanna I totally understood where you were leading me, and I LOVE your guidance! And you're right (again) of course. Once I start feeling better in a week or so, I'm going to want to try something else. Today? I just want to hide under the covers and burn this candle lol
  22. 4 points
    Day 18- Well thanks to some awesome whole30 members, I was able to make my own sausage for the spaghetti (squash) last night. AND it was wicked good. Even the husband said so. And there are leftovers, so double bonus. I was really thinking it was going to be gross because homemade sausage? Ew. I guess it is just another realization on this journey. For some items I have a preconceived notion that it would taste better coming from the store. But after not having the sugar for several weeks, it is easier to enjoy the TASTE of real food. Sugar just seems to be something to make our body think it is something tasty, when really it is just the sugar we crave. Like a ninja that sneaks into all the food we eat. It's everywhere, but half the time we don't even know we are consuming it. Anywho, got a lot done yesterday. Swam, walked, did a bunch of errands including the commissary (military on base grocery store), all kinds of things. When I am on the whole30 it is funny how little time I spend even doing my "big grocery" trips. I was on the last aisle of the store and noticed my cart was only 1/4 of the way full. Normally it would be totally full. I can tell how much extra garbage we eat. I was super tired when I got up this morning. Last night, I had more energy than I have had the previous few nights. It made it a little harder to fall asleep. I got 6 hours, but it felt like 3. I would really like to get into the 7 hour category, but I am not sure that is going to happen. I was thinking at this point I should have pretty steady energy right? It still seems inconsistent. I hope that evens out as well. I did my walk already this morning and incorporated some jogging. It still feels like I have concrete weighing my feel down. UG! My body is frustrating the hell out of me!! I am going to try my best to stay positive today in everything. I hope it works.
  23. 4 points
    Amy, I don't even know what to say. What a crap-tastic time you are having. First, I will commiserate. When I had my period on the W30, I felt like I wanted to curl up in a ball and wither away. It is a struggle on top of everything you already have to deal with. Wouldn't it be amazing if we got to skip our period while on the w30? That would motivate the hell outta me. But alas, we are cursed. You got through it though! And the first few days out of that hell week can be just as hard. I agree with Emma on the meals. Sometimes, just eating something I don't loathe for dinner can make things better. But I get not the not feeling hungry. Those days are tough to muscle through. I do feel like a few good meals, can help with the energy. I hear you on the posting less too. I have gone 2-3 days where I slack. I have to force myself to get back to it. Not just to vent, but because I have found a lot of strength in the support of all of you guys and your comments. It makes me feel good/better. Even if you just jump on and type "I am really struggling guys!" Send a little note in a bottle online, and let us support you. Mentally, I know you will bounce back. I would tell the therapist that you feel like the sessions might be stressing you out more, and see if they can offer some insight there. But it could still be good to go weekly and do a mental dump. I don't alway like to subscribe to therapy having to "solve" something. Sometimes, I think it just helps us get to a level of acceptance. And I think that's ok. I am the queen of stewing in my own negativity. I am a super pro at it. But since I started to read the You are a Badass book, I have had some food for thought. The main thing being, that what I put out "into the universe" if you will, is what I am going to get back. It seems totally simple in the self help book kind of way, but when I am having a tough time and wallowing it does seem to double back on me. Like a landslide. I am going to have to make a serious concerted effort to want/make something happen. Easier said than done ABSOLUTELY. But maybe since you are having a tough time of things, it could help? Or maybe I am just full of it. The jury is still out on that one. At any rate, the bike thing stinks. Maybe you could find a used one on craigslist or something? I am sending all my good thoughts and intentions over to you right now. You are strong as hell, and you will get over the slump!! You are achieving things most people cannot even fathom!
  24. 4 points
    Thank you!! I love to cook, it really is my passion and I find it so helpful to stick to W30 when I make things interesting. My husband says that we eat better on round than off, so much for a restricted diet making things boring!!
  25. 4 points

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    R1D13 (24) This morning, I heard the siren song of the scale. It's calling me. Whispering 'come on..... step on me.... you know you want to'. It's right; I do. I can feel it. I can see it in my clothes. I have no idea how many pounds I've dropped or how many inches I have lost and a part of me is dying to know. All the years I trained, whether for bodybuilding or running, my trainers always weighed and measured me. Weighing and measuring, weighing and measuring. The numbers dictated my success. If I gained 5 pounds while training for a race, my trainer would jump all over me. If I lost 5 pounds training for a competition (and I wasn't in prep for a show), my trainer would jump all over me. A week or so ago, I felt an NSV of not needing the scale, like I was finally getting free of it; today, not so much. Not sure why it's hitting me so hard this morning, but it is. It's frustrating, but I'm going to stick to the rules. When my husband gets home, I'm going to ask him to hide the scale. Maybe it'll be easier if I don't see it. Out of sight, out of mind. Of course, once my physician releases me back to the gym, the weighing and measuring will start again. I'll be past R1 by then, so maybe it won't impact me so much. I hope not. I don't like being a slave to the numbers.