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  1. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    @JenHZ I've dedicated some time this morning to think about that. Here is my conclusion: Whole30 (er... Whole19?) has taught me amazing things: my relationship with food is a lot more whacked than I thought, food prep is extremely important, I actually love cooking, food is expensive, restrictive diets are not my thing (I know Whole30 is designed to be anything but restrictive, but for the mentality I have right now, it's been a really good learning tool to maneuver through that), food freedom is actually what I want, my emotional eating (along with generally poor eating habits) are a lot easier to recognize than I thought, eating "healthy" in todays society is kind of uncommon, food extremely (!!) impacts the way we feel, and lastly, I just want to eat. real. food. Those lessons, my friends, were worth the 19 days. I've learned that programs like this kind of put me in a hyper-attentive mode when it comes to food, but I don't necessarily want to live that way. Which is slightly contradicting, because it's hard for me to find balance without the solid black-and-white rules of this program. haha. I've realized I love having a plant/meat based diet, and meal planning really isn't as hard as I thought. So I've asked myself: Do I try another round of W30? Is that best for my relationship with food? For now, that answer is no. In the coming year, maybe that answer will change and I'll be able to give it another go! But I think I've got to focus on what might work best right now. Here's what I think that looks like for me: 1) Eat Mindfully. --- Everything that comes onto my plate or into my mouth, I want to make a conscious, deliberate decision to put it there. This is going to look like saying grace before each meal (in my head if I'm in public)- which I know isn't for everyone, but it will help me to focus on what's important and put gratitude into perspective for the food and nourishment I receive. In addition, I'm going to make a conscious effort to put my fork down between bites and eat slower, only eat if I'm hungry, and realize that there is always, always healthier options. On the same coin, if I choose to indulge, I want to enjoy it and ensure it's purposeful. 2) Eat. Real. Food. ---Eat to nourish and sustain your body. Do this diligently. Oh, this also doesn't mean that your food has to taste bad. (Whole30 taught me that real food is so, so good.) 3) Have a plan. --- Proper prior planning prevents poor performance, you know. Evaluate your day, and understand when you might be stressed/busy/put into a situation where you may not have time to evaluate your food choices. I'm going to plan on meal prepping each Sunday, but also knowing when I might have instances to troubleshoot in order to eat the way I want to live. 4) Continually understand your food habits. --- If you make a poor choice, chalk it up as a lesson and move on, but don't dwell. This life is made to be loved, savored, and enjoyed. So is food; use it mindfully. I plan on reading 1 book per month on nutrition/relationships with food/food habits, and hopefully I'll understand more of the phsychilogical aspects to it as well. Maybe this will be hard without the structure of W30, but for some reason I feel like I'm setting myself up for failure if I try it again. I just wanted to give each and every one of you another huge thank-you; you all are the best, and I truly cannot thank you enough for teaching me these lessons. Here's to the 19 days of structure and expanding my comfort zone, the 2 days of major messing up, the 1 day of re-evaluating, and the lifetime of learning. Wishing you all Food Freedom. <3
  2. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    @sunnytropic Thanks for the insight I'll definitely start marking up my Food Freedom Forever book. Thank you. @JenHZ Thanks for looking out for me There's a ton of family stuff going on in my life right now; I think I just needed a break today from the overwhelming schedules and I just needed the reminder of what's actually important, you know? I've struggled with clinical depression before, but today is a bit different. I've decided to set aside the rest of the day for self-care and re-prioritizing my life a bit.
  3. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    @MeadowLily, @Julzology, and @sunnytropic--- Thanks so, so much for your encouragement. When I read those last night, I cleaned my room, took a shower, and went to bed- hoping for a better outlook today. This morning, I woke up and I was feeling dreadful. Not so much physically, just emotionally and mentally. The only reason I got out of bed this morning was to go to McDonalds to get 2 McGriddles (something I had never even tried pre-W30) and a brownie. Called into work, and I'm staying home for the day. How pathetic am I?!?! I dont know if I just need a day off, but I really don't see myself being successful at this, and a different way of life just seems so far off. Any thoughts/strategies/encouragement would be extremely appreciated. I know this isn't very encouraging for those of you currently on W30; I really apologize. I want you to know that I am proud of you and am so grateful you are still by my side.
  4. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Hey friends. I come to you disheartened today, I lost the battle yesterday while baking and I've been spiraling (hardcore) since. I have such a messed up relationship with food. I am planning on continuing whole30, and I want to get back onto it this week hopefully because I cannot live like this. I am reading food freedom forever, but does anyone else have any good suggestions for books involving our emotional connection/stress relief involving food? Also, looking for some good coping mechanisms to think through my food decisions. I need help, y'all. I know I can't live like this, and I know it's going to be a (literally) painful road ahead because of the terrible food choices I made. Thanks guys, I appreciate you all, and I am so proud of how you're changing your life.
  5. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Thanks so much for your thoughts @JenHZ!! Friends! Huge NSV today!! I was super tired and (really) feeling like giving up. Went to the gym anyways- felt better, but even after a shower & P.W. food I still was dying for sweets/just wanted to give up. Paced a ton, and tried to get it off my mind. Meanwhile, I scrolled through pinterest to find a recipie for tomorrow (have to make some baked goods for a bake auction... planning on not even tasting it!), which just made it worse. I was pretty much moaping for awhile, then I decided: Look. If you don't get up & meal prep or cook something good to eat, you're going to continue to live like this forever. Lusting for future comfort & wanting something, but not having it due to sheer laziness. So I made a groccery list, went to the groccery store, came home & made an amazing *for real** sweet potato breakfast casserole (if you guys want to check it out, it's totally worth it & prob. a week's worth of breakfasts-- http://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-breakfast-casserole-whole30/) and ate some of that when it was done (already had dinner, but literally couldnt resist it looked so good. Something I havent really experienced with my meals thus far). Tomorrow more prep... and baking. Wish me luck & willpower!! Grateful for you all- it's one of the highlights of my day to read your progress!
  6. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Happy Day 19 everyone!! I really didn't think I would make it this far. A few things I'm trying to troubleshoot: -On-the-go snacks. Whether it be things I can prepare beforehand for when I'm at school longer than expected, or grab-n-go type snacks to keep stashed in my gym bag or vehicle. -Looking for more lunch options?? Or breakfast options in general. I wonder if you can eat too much starch-- If so, that's what I'm probably doing. I feel like I'm constantly eating potatoes (which I love), but I'm just feeling stuck in the food department. Favorite meals that are super easy to prep beforehand, anyone? Favorite spices to put on roasted veggies?? More flavor is really what I'm lacking, I think. -Not sure if I'm eating enough at meals. I feel like I'm snacking a lot, but I also don't know what else to add to my meals to make them more satisfying? -I am TIRED. Maybe it's the new meds that I'm on, but I've really felt like I'm going to fall asleep for the past few days (Specifically during the morning/afternoon). Breakfasts are usually eggs/chicken-apple sausage, and occasionally a sweet potato hash. Don't think that's it? Sorry for the rant! Any input you guys might have would be so, so, so appreciated! Thankful to be in this beside all of you
  7. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Happy Day 18 everyone!! I am so, so, so proud of us for not giving up on this. Looking for some input! Still struggling not to eat Larabars/Nuts (really looking for some easy, on-the-go options.. I dont know if I'm eating these to stop sugar cravings or actually nourish my body, but dont want to risk it). Still trying to be better about understanding my triggers and my feelings towards foods. Sometimes I'm kept up at night thinking about baked goods-- How silly is that?!? I can't seem to get them out of my brain. Only at night though. Trying to understand why, but it's so challenging when your body convinces you that they are a necessary part of life. Moderators, maybe you can step in here, but I'm considering doing a W60, and I was wondering if anyone has any input on the benefits of that? Yes, it may make February a bit more inconvenient, but I am concerned with all (!!!) of the "special events" and busy schedule, I will loose my control and my Food Freedom- which I want more than anything right now. If anyone has any good reintroduction strategies so that I dont get in over my head, or if you recommend doing a W60, any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated! Good work friends
  8. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Hey all! Day 16 is going well. Made some really great Chili and looking forward to eating the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Question for you all! I am trying to do the rest of W30 without LaraBars and nuts/dried fruit, only because I think I'm subconciously using them to satisfy cravings. Does anyone have any good on-the-go snack ideas to replace them?? LaraBars are a go-to for after workouts, and I often eat nuts during lunch. I feel like my diet is a bit on the light side without them, so I would really appreciate any recommendations! Keep up the good work, friends!
  9. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Hello all, Is anyone feeling unusually sluggish today?? I am taking new medicine, so it could certainly be that, but I am feeling exausted and frustrated with this thing. Wonder if it's just part of the plan, but I havent felt this way in a few days. Hope you all are having a better day than I am! So close to halfway.
  10. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Hey everyone!! Update from 2 weeks in: Standout NSV I'm noticing: Healthier skin, clothes being looser, confidence, less stomach aches (!!!), even energy levels (can I get an Amen!?), happier, more patient, handle stress better (x1,000), better sleep, more energy, feel like socializing more (!), look forward to eating healthy, occasionally daydream about food (but realize the negative, less-healthy side effects), really starting to understand my body, better understanding of emotions/using food as comfort, feeling the beginning food freedom. Running consistantly! Haven't been so consistent about anything in my life, I dont think. (Sad, I know, it's only been two weeks. Haha. But nonetheless, a big milestone for me). Learning to celebrate the tiny victories A few things I want to improve on: -No more Lara Bars/nuts for the rest of the time (I've been using them for comfort/cravings... Really dont want to have to rely on them when this is over.) -3 square meals a day, balanced. I feel like I am always scraping together what I can, and most often it probably isnt all that I need. Munch a lot during the day. Also, need to learn how to make better food. I've made a few recipies out of the W30 cookbook that I actually look forward to eating! Hoping to put more time/effort towards prepping meals. -Improve the way I talk about food. I don't like the fact that my dietary habits bring attention to me at virtually every meal I spend with others, so I'm trying to learn how to maneuver that better- without sounding snobby/"better than anyone else"/learn how to change the subject. That's what I've got for 2 weeks in I've decided I'm going to make it a Whole60!! My cravings are pretty bad, but even more of a reason is due to the fact that my Febuary is insane. I dont want to go into the reintroduction period with a crazy schedule, then loose control when I get stressed. Additionally, I can't afford to feel less than my best for the important events Feb. holds. Looking forward to it, I think I'm getting used to this. Two weeks in, everyone! Tomorrow is halfway. Proud of you all
  11. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Also, looking for recommendations! When I go out to eat, I feel like a "food snob or food diva" (my family doesn't really understand the W30, and isn't interested in having a conversation about it. They just think I'm being a picky eater or am being super-paranoid about the food I eat). I really, really, really want this lifestyle to last, but I dont want to continue the name "food diva"... Anyone experience anything similar/ways to improve the situation?? In addition, in mid-February, I am going through a weekend-long interview process at a hotel (meals provided, buffet style)... I'm considering extending my W30 (because my cravings are terrible sometimes, and I just want to be sure I am getting the most out of it.. We'll cross that bridge when we get there), and I'm afraid they wont have complaint ingredients! Even worse, if I don't extend W30, the reintroduction phase will be during that time, and I'm afraid I'll get sick if I eat something that will upset my stomach during the weekend. Thinking about calling the superintendent ahead of time, to request W30 compliant meals? I don't know if that would make the situation worse or better, but I dont want to draw too much attention to myself or be known as a "food snob" during the interview process. Any thoughts friends???
  12. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Wow wow wow. I love this thread. You all are insanely encouraging and I'm so glad we're on this road together. Today has been great (!!!). For the first time ever, I ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill (I started working out when I started w30) It's really cool to see them work hand-and-hand. Some days I'll really, really feel like quitting w30. But then I think of the success I've had with my running (At the beginning of the month, I could hardly run a mile. Even though my pace is still 5.2mph, I can run 2.5 miles now ) , and I think to myself "If you quit right now, you know you won't be properly fueled for your run tomorrow. You know if you miss a day of running, you would have an extremely hard time starting again. This is worth it, and you can do this." This is the most bittersweet thing I've ever done (saying goodbye to the old, bad habits- the old you- but becoming a new person along the way), but I can't get enough of this lifestyle (when I have days like today, of course). Went out to eat afterwards, and had salmon/veggies/baked potato. The old me would've scarfed it all down, even after I was full. But I realized I was no longer hungry and took the leftovers home for dinner. That's a NSV in and of itself. As I mentioned earlier, I bought the book "Food Freedom Forever" on Tuesday and I'm already 2/3 through. I keep telling myself, "I want food freedom. That's how I want to live". Someday, that'll be my reality. Today on the W30 instagram, they posted a photo that we should be seeing some NSV. Going to look back into the book tomorrow and see all of the NSV I currently have and write them all down. But for now, what are the NSV you all are seeing?!
  13. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Hello All! Happy day 11 I'll tell you what, the book "Food Freedom Forever" is insanely good & so worth the purchase (if you're like me & your eating habits are directly linked to your stress/mood/etc). It's been a huge reminder of why I'm doing this. Ironically, tonight was an emotional rollercoaster. I had a hangout with some new friends, and after leaving, I over-thought & kept thinking I did so many things wrong ("self-centered", "not funny", etc...)... I came home and, without even realizing it, went into total stress-eating mode. Almond butter (straight from the package), and a lemon lara bar... As I was elbow deep in these "technically compliant treats", I realized that, a) My digestive system is going to be (once again) completely whacked tomorrow due to the nut content and b ) I was eating out of shame and guilt for the way I'd acted, using food as comfort (even compliant food) to the extreme. It's in moments like these where I hit a crossroads. When I completely want to give up because I am frustrated with myself, but then I am reminded that this is a prime example of how serious this problem is in my life. I haven't given up yet because I'm terrified of who I'll be if I do. I'm terrified that I'd never stop, and I'd always be enslaved to food and being bound my my emotional attachment. I know this is a complete rant, and it'a--okay if you dont read this, I just had to get it out. Thankful for this community. You all inspire me & reflect who I want to be. 11 days down, 19 to go. We got this
  14. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Hello friends, need some dietary help!!! (Disclaimer. This may be a bit TMI, my apologies) I've had some major issues with loose stool. At first I thought it was from too many nuts,then tried to consume more potatoes to account for it. No luck. Any good foods to eat to help with regulatory bathroom habits?? Thanks for any input in advance!
  15. StrivingToBeSteadfast

    January 2nd start date

    Hey all! Happy day 9 Today was much better. I ended up giving in & buying the W30 cookbook (along with Food Freedom Forever, because that's really what I want from this). Really, really grateful I didnt give up on this. Hope you all know how incredible you are for making it so far!!