PatGLex

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    PatGLex got a reaction from becs in Yes, your numbers can improve   
    So, I had a university wellness health check last Thursday -- and a doctor's appointment on Monday -- with blood work and everything. I did a Whole 30 a month ago and have been eating (mostly) W30 as possible since then. The nurse taking measurements, and the doctor -- and the doctor's supervisor -- were astounded that I'd lost 40 pounds since my last appointment (only a little less than half of that on the W30 protocol, but still ) . The wellness check brought up that my high-ish cholesterol readings were now down into the optimum range (except for the "good" cholesterol, but the doctor said that was less of a concern), and my pre-diabetes glucose reading was now in the green/optimal range. The doctor is now taking me off of all prescriptions. (!!!!) I have another 50 pounds that I want/need to lose, as I'm still considered obese and my BMI and body fat are way too high. But by eating W30-compliant meals I can hopefully keep my body using its own crappy fat [lol] to fuel itself and get myself into a healthier place. Now if I can only wrangle my mind into a workable exercise habit . . .
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    PatGLex got a reaction from becs in Yes, your numbers can improve   
    So, I had a university wellness health check last Thursday -- and a doctor's appointment on Monday -- with blood work and everything. I did a Whole 30 a month ago and have been eating (mostly) W30 as possible since then. The nurse taking measurements, and the doctor -- and the doctor's supervisor -- were astounded that I'd lost 40 pounds since my last appointment (only a little less than half of that on the W30 protocol, but still ) . The wellness check brought up that my high-ish cholesterol readings were now down into the optimum range (except for the "good" cholesterol, but the doctor said that was less of a concern), and my pre-diabetes glucose reading was now in the green/optimal range. The doctor is now taking me off of all prescriptions. (!!!!) I have another 50 pounds that I want/need to lose, as I'm still considered obese and my BMI and body fat are way too high. But by eating W30-compliant meals I can hopefully keep my body using its own crappy fat [lol] to fuel itself and get myself into a healthier place. Now if I can only wrangle my mind into a workable exercise habit . . .
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    PatGLex reacted to citymom in Will I ever get it? My eating plan is so broken   
    Thanks for the responses everyone. I think it boils down to just saying No to sugar almost always. It's just too slippery of a slope. The other part of this I think is just making a choice and committing to do it. I know what to eat, I just need to do it. Yesterday I started drinking my coffee black again. Part of me wants to kick and scream that it's not fair that I can't put sugar in it. Then I think, Yes you can. Every choice has a benefit and a price. I CAN have sugar, but there is a price. We never change until we see that the price for that choice is more than we want to pay....and the benefits are greater than the price.
     
    When I only take life a day at a time, I make bad food choices. I need to remember to think about this long term. I want my eating habits to be set up to provide good foundation for my health for the rest of my life!! 
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    PatGLex reacted to SugarcubeOD in Will I ever get it? My eating plan is so broken   
    I 100% agree with Tom that you need to find your own WholeCitymom plan. HOWEVER. That plan MAY be very strict in the sense that you KNOW you're not able to indulge without setting off a landslide that takes excessive effort to get out of.
    I say this from personal experience and I said it a bit in another post today.
    Some people are moderators... they can have a bit of something here and there (like Tom) and then get right back on the wagon. My brain unfortunately doesn't work like that. I am an abstainer. It is easier on my willpower, my sugar dragon and my psyche to be very very strict. I don't feel deprived, I don't feel like I"m missing out and most importantly, i don't feel that I am at battle all the damn time.
    The Hartwigs are firm in their conviction that it's not a Whole365 and I fully agree with this. But there isn't anything saying that if you're the type of person that thrives with regimented routine, that you can't make your WholeCitymom plan a 'version' of Whole30.
    Really think about what goes on when you 'slip' back into your old habits and then try and make changes to how you live around food to prevent that. Please also take some time to realize that the person you 'see you want to be' may not actually be a realistic way of living for you. I WISH that I was a thin, healthy woman who ate well 90% of the time and had carefree indulgences the other 10% of the time. The thing is, I"m not her, I will never be her and to continue to beat myself up until I become her is, in my opinion, abusive.
    Everyone is different and if you are the kind of person that needs a lot of structure around food, then you just work to make that work for you and your life and don't compare yourself to who you 'think' you should be...
    I hope that makes sense...
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    PatGLex got a reaction from becs in Yes, your numbers can improve   
    So, I had a university wellness health check last Thursday -- and a doctor's appointment on Monday -- with blood work and everything. I did a Whole 30 a month ago and have been eating (mostly) W30 as possible since then. The nurse taking measurements, and the doctor -- and the doctor's supervisor -- were astounded that I'd lost 40 pounds since my last appointment (only a little less than half of that on the W30 protocol, but still ) . The wellness check brought up that my high-ish cholesterol readings were now down into the optimum range (except for the "good" cholesterol, but the doctor said that was less of a concern), and my pre-diabetes glucose reading was now in the green/optimal range. The doctor is now taking me off of all prescriptions. (!!!!) I have another 50 pounds that I want/need to lose, as I'm still considered obese and my BMI and body fat are way too high. But by eating W30-compliant meals I can hopefully keep my body using its own crappy fat [lol] to fuel itself and get myself into a healthier place. Now if I can only wrangle my mind into a workable exercise habit . . .
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    PatGLex got a reaction from becs in Yes, your numbers can improve   
    So, I had a university wellness health check last Thursday -- and a doctor's appointment on Monday -- with blood work and everything. I did a Whole 30 a month ago and have been eating (mostly) W30 as possible since then. The nurse taking measurements, and the doctor -- and the doctor's supervisor -- were astounded that I'd lost 40 pounds since my last appointment (only a little less than half of that on the W30 protocol, but still ) . The wellness check brought up that my high-ish cholesterol readings were now down into the optimum range (except for the "good" cholesterol, but the doctor said that was less of a concern), and my pre-diabetes glucose reading was now in the green/optimal range. The doctor is now taking me off of all prescriptions. (!!!!) I have another 50 pounds that I want/need to lose, as I'm still considered obese and my BMI and body fat are way too high. But by eating W30-compliant meals I can hopefully keep my body using its own crappy fat [lol] to fuel itself and get myself into a healthier place. Now if I can only wrangle my mind into a workable exercise habit . . .
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    PatGLex reacted to MeadowLily in Gearing up for Reintroduction 8 days from today!! Questions on my game plan!   
    You said it very well, Robin. Understood and appreciated.
    I'm speaking in general about going beyond 30 days, i.e. 50 days or 90 days.  Looking back, I used to think it was a badge of honor to go well beyond 30 days. Our signatures reflected those supernatural feats....Whole 120 days,  Whole 400 days.  
    I deleted that off my signature because for me,  it was turning the Whole 30 into a competition.  Those who can go the longest wins. As a newbie, that really confused me.  I also think for some of us,  it turns the Whole 30 into a dieting mindset.
    Not so much anymore but those who went the longest usually didn't believe a reintro was even necessary.  I observed that they fell right back into old patterns and many regained every single pound, rapidly.  Never to be heard from again.  
    So I regrouped, reread ISWF and stayed in my own lane.  Not adding to or taking away from...letting the merits of how the Whole 30 was originally designed stand.  No more. No less.   
    30 Days.  Boom.  Reintro.  Done.  Creating your own positive food management plan and truly letting that change your life in unexpected ways. 
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    PatGLex got a reaction from Dispatchgirl in Starting August 22! Woo Hoo   
    Yay Day 30!
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't feel the Tiger Blood -- I thought I was doing something wrong. :-) But maybe I need to find out if there's other stuff I should not be eating . . . like maybe do some specific FODMAP or nightshade eliminations. (Already know that eggplant is a big time NO NO for me.)  I am getting better sleep, and digestive-ly -- tons better! I don't have acid reflux anymore . . . I was doing two antacids every night there for months before Whole 30. I miss crackers/chips -- but there may be some other options out there to indulge in occasionally (found some Honest Jackson sweet potato chips that are technically compliant; yes, I did use them but they did not become a snack item but an accessory to get some extra veggies in -- took me 3 weeks to go through the 4 servings in the bag). The best thing is definitely the lack of cravings. I can look at candy, cakes, and yes, even potato chips and not act.
    I have a work reception this Friday at which the person handling the reception just told me "Eat as much as you can" because we're paying an arm and a leg for the food! So . . . we'll see what's compliant.
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    PatGLex got a reaction from Dispatchgirl in Starting August 22! Woo Hoo   
    One more day!  Can't wait to do an evaluation Wednesday and see what's better . . . . I already know I've lost weight -- sorry but I had to measure my hips a couple weeks ago to order new pants because the ones I was wearing felt like clown pants, big and baggy! Also had to get a new belt, the one I bought just 6 weeks ago had run out of holes! (This time I got a braided one, for more hole possibilities!) Definitely feel better overall, and my skin is smoother, and no dairy has meant few sinus issues -- and the sinus infection that should have shown up this month was missing! (Had infections in March, and again in June,  needed antibiotics both times.)
    I'll have to find a winter vegetable I like as much as tomatoes -- they've been my salvation, lots of trips to the farmers market and a gracious manager who's been bringing me his spare cherry tomatoes. I have found some recipes that will be on my permanent cooking list. Still no cravings for sweets, but I do miss my crackers/chips....
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    PatGLex got a reaction from Piperanne in Day 10 - Shoot Me Now!!!   
    FWIW: I have a problem with raw vegetables, too -- the gum around my left molar has "issues" and vegetable shreds end up there and cause swelling. So I'm trying to steam my vegetables to make them less likely to get "stuck." Green beans are one of my favorite veggies, too -- I microwave steam them. And I am eating LOTS of tomatoes -- thanks, farmer's market and friends! I just slice and salt them, sometimes I'll eat them with cucumbers with a bit of olive/avocado oil and balsamic vinegar. I say, eat what you like!
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    PatGLex got a reaction from Piperanne in Day 10 - Shoot Me Now!!!   
    FWIW: I have a problem with raw vegetables, too -- the gum around my left molar has "issues" and vegetable shreds end up there and cause swelling. So I'm trying to steam my vegetables to make them less likely to get "stuck." Green beans are one of my favorite veggies, too -- I microwave steam them. And I am eating LOTS of tomatoes -- thanks, farmer's market and friends! I just slice and salt them, sometimes I'll eat them with cucumbers with a bit of olive/avocado oil and balsamic vinegar. I say, eat what you like!
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    PatGLex reacted to tunibell in We made the list!   
    When the #1 pick involves meal replacement shakes, I lose interest in anything else that panel has to say.
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    PatGLex reacted to Karen_Suep in Approved crunchy/dry snacks?   
    I currently love sugar snap peas. I had them with my tuna salad today. Perfect crunch to add to a meal. 
    Once I started eating w30 I stopped needing snacks. If I got hungry between meals or had a later dinner planned (like lunch at 11:30 with my daughter and dinner at 7:00 with friends) I would eat a mini template meal (like a 1/4lb burger patty, guac, and a veggie, usually roasted broccoli) to hold me over. I just completed my w30 so I'm working on reintroducing foods, but still following the template (animal protein, fat, veggies) and it's seriously the best thing. I wake up hungry but I can go longer between meals if I need to without getting hangry or hypoglycemic. A lot of that is due to reading what mods were saying and tweaking fats to help me (although I think I have to say goodbye to avocados and guac for a while. My son doesn't seem to like it but I can still do so many things!)
    take moment to rethink your relationship with food and snacking. Are you snacking because you're legit hungry and wouldn't mind eating plain fish and broccoli a couple hours after your last meal? Then tweak your meals to last you longer (often we need more fat than we use) are you snacking because you're bored or its habit? Then find something not food to do instead. Go for a walk, write, call that friend you haven't called but keep meaning to... Drink water. 
    If I've learned anything this past month, it's that food is fuel, not a pick me up (sorry chocolate bar I have hiding until I need a quick fix, you'll have to wait) although some whole foods do help mental health (mmm salmon cakes with sweet potatoes!). Food isn't always a cure all but that doesn't mean we shouldn't fuel it with the best stuff we can. And honestly I kept it simple most of the time. Sometimes I did more complicated stuff but usually it was something I would usually make but modified. 
    Basically, don't worry about snacks. Eat good healthful meals and your w30 will breeze by (at least mine seemed to!)
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    PatGLex reacted to EJSmith in Starting August 22! Woo Hoo   
    Skin breakouts, fatigue, joint pain, muscle pain, stomach problems, irritability, stressed, back pain, inflammation etc etc etc....Do I need any more reasons to start this? My main question to myself is why the hell did I wait so long and how exactly did I get to this point? Life seems to zoom by in a flash, months and months eventually years go by and here I am, unhealthy, upset with myself, and just plain exhausted. I picked up this book after hearing about the diet from a few people I knew, I had no expectations. I started to read just the first chapter, then I couldn't put it down! It all clicked, it's only 30 days. 30 DAYS. I finally have this laser focus to do it right this time, not only for a month but for life. Let me know if you too are starting on 8/22, also follow me on Instagram --> Instagram.com\emjasmit --> I get a lot of cooking ideas, inspiration from there! Good luck!