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  1. JamieMathis

    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    Well, we made it!! I feel so much better. Today is a feeling I need to capture and remember going forward as I reintroduce a few things and whenever I am tempted to veer TOO far off my new found path. Now, I get to decide if some food or other (talking to YOU cheesecake and white cupcakes w/ white frosting) is really and truly worth the result they may create in my body. Might be worth it once in a while. Or I might discover it is not worth it. Got my copy of FFF yesterday. Tonight, I am going to start reading it. Also, I never weighed myself prior to this Whole30....and I'm not going to start now. I have officially decided to never weigh myself. Maybe at a doctor's appointment, they will do it -- but I'm not going to. It is just a number -- an unimportant number for me. And -- my clothes are looser. :-) Great job everyone!
  2. JamieMathis

    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    Well, we made it!! I feel so much better. Today is a feeling I need to capture and remember going forward as I reintroduce a few things and whenever I am tempted to veer TOO far off my new found path. Now, I get to decide if some food or other (talking to YOU cheesecake and white cupcakes w/ white frosting) is really and truly worth the result they may create in my body. Might be worth it once in a while. Or I might discover it is not worth it. Got my copy of FFF yesterday. Tonight, I am going to start reading it. Also, I never weighed myself prior to this Whole30....and I'm not going to start now. I have officially decided to never weigh myself. Maybe at a doctor's appointment, they will do it -- but I'm not going to. It is just a number -- an unimportant number for me. And -- my clothes are looser. :-) Great job everyone!
  3. JamieMathis

    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    Tomorrow is Day 30 -- this is my second full Whole30 and this time has been much easier for me to stick to the plan. I had at least 3 false starts of Whole30 in between my first successful try and this try. I even ate out at restaurants 3 times during this 30 days; not an easy thing when you live in a place where practically everyone says, "Paleo? WHAT is that? You only eat meat?" And the main vegetable out here is a potato or iceberg lettuce that passes for a side salad because it has a few carrot gratings in it. Non-scale victories: I was able to turn down my favorite beer and only felt a little sad. My clothes are fitting looser. I feel more alert and calm, noticeably so! My monthly PMS is greatly reduced this month. WOOT!!! for that....cause I'm almost 46 and have no need for this monthly mess anyway. :-) My cravings for food have literally changed from carbs/sweet/sugar (read: dessert) to... GASP: Vegetables and meat. Maybe coffee with a little coconut milk. I only drink coffee when I truly want it, not every day. Not even every other day. I'm excited to get the Food Freedom Forever book; which will be arriving via Amazon tomorrow. I'm going to continue on Whole30 at least until the weekend. I want to add back regular butter and cheese (one at a time....). I also want to add back the occasional beer or wine; but I'll have to wait and see how either of those really make me feel. One more day! We can do this!
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    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    @Catlover could you post your recipe for the kale and butternut stew? Sounds good!
  5. JamieMathis

    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    I agree about the just about compliant -- last weekend my husband and I went on a motorcycle trip that included overnight camping. This was in a VERY small town in Wyoming with one restaurant. We ended up not eating at the restaurant and riding 20 miles to another almost-as-small town to eat. I ordered a grilled chicken salad, hold the croutons, hold the dressing. Neglected to say, "hold the cheese". I spend a lot of time picking around the shredded cheese and finally just gave up and stopped eating. I was not hungry anymore anyway. I may have eaten a few tiny pieces of shredded cheese, but I just about stayed compliant. Later, back at camp, I ate some of my emergency, totally compliant food -- carrots and guac, a squeeze pack of applesauce (compliant), a hard boiled egg. I'm not sure about other parts of the country -- but in small town Wyoming there is very little that is Whole30 compliant. :-) Day 18 already.... hoping to feel more energy; I'm feeling burned out and tired! Not sure why. :-(
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    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    A couple of non-scale victories for me -- first, on the spur of the moment last night, went to Texas Roadhouse with my mom, daughter, and a friend. I was not even tempted AT ALL to eat the rolls they bring prior to even ordering food. Then I easily ordered sirloin, fresh veggies, and a **GASP** (from the people at my table) a PLAIN sweet potato. Again, not tempted to order non-compliant foods. The plain sweet potato was great and now I wonder why I ever needed sugar, cinnamon, and butter on it? WOOT. Now that is what I imagine food freedom forever to look like. :-) My second non-scale victory is I am wearing a pair of jeans today that I could not button a month ago. This one is sort of weight loss related (and I came into this whole30 promising that I am NOT fixating on weight loss) but I'm still very happy to wear something and not feel STUFFED into the pants, muffin top hanging way over. Sure makes a difference in how I feel! Hope everyone has a great day!
  7. JamieMathis

    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    Day 8 -- feeling pretty good. Made it through a somewhat tough day yesterday as my daughter (20) was busily making carmel apple pie bites for her coworkers. For a brief moment, I really wanted to eat one. Just one. But I didn't. I reminded myself, 30 days.... and I wasn't going to waste 7 days and have to start over. I didn't crave them -- but they sure smelled great! Anyway, on to day 8. I didn't meal plan or prep over the weekend so I'll have to catch up on some of that tonight. My future self will appreciate it even as my current, football loving self will not as I prep instead of watching MNF. :-)
  8. JamieMathis

    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    Whenever I forget to take meat out for dinner, I tend to have brinner.... breakfast for dinner. Whole30 compliant of course -- eggs & veggies. Maybe a frittata.
  9. JamieMathis

    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    I'm not sick of cooking but I am sick of doing dishes!!! Glad the hamster was safe. :-)
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    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    I found it helpful to make sure that fat is included in every meal; sometimes that can be why hunger appears or lasts. I like to make sure I'm drinking enough water too (although I've always DETESTED that saying "you aren't hungry, you're thirsty -- drink some water"). Day 2 is going good for me; but your post hit a note -- I'm feeling hungry now and lunch isn't for an hour.
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    Starting Whole 30 on September 5th

    HI -- I'm Jamie. I started whole30 yesterday. This is my second whole30 though I've had a few failed attempts between now and the last time I did one, which was spring of 2014. I'm hoping to see improvement in my thyroid; which the dutiful doctor says is fine -- my blood levels are "in the range". Can't convince him to do a more in-depth test. Self-diagnosing is never good; however, when reading about thyroid trouble and a sluggish thyroid, I have all but 2 symptoms. I also need to find this elusive 'food freedom'. I no longer want to go home after a stressful day and find comfort in food; there has to be a better way. I'm here to learn how to have food freedom. My last whole30, I admit, I was doing to lose weight. It actually didn't really work for me -- losing the weight and I have at least 60-70 lbs to lose -- so we aren't talking 10 'vanity' pounds.... but I also realize that was not a good reason for me to embark on whole30. I'm not discounting anyone that wants to lose weight as a benefit of whole30, just for me, I feel I went about whole30 the wrong way. I still have weight I could lose, but I've finally reconciled myself to the fact that I may just be this size forever. What I'm looking for this time is to FEEL GREAT, have energy, and not be a slave to the binge eating cycle. I didn't even weigh myself prior to the start; I haven't weighed myself in about 2 months. I don't plan on weighing after this whole30 either. For me, the scale is a trap! Don't fall for it! :-) Anyway -- that was really rambling.... Jamie