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  1. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Not sure if our thread is still alive, but for my own sense of completion... I have finished my Whole30. It was a good experience but not a miracle. I felt like I tried really hard and that it wasn't that much fun but was worthwhile. The last week was the hardest as I got really tired of it and wanted to quit. I never got "tiger blood" or any incredibly noticeable changes in my health etc, but I did feel really good about not craving sugar/processed foods and about the good things I was doing for myself especially for eating so many vegetables. I had a sense of control, not in a manner of one who is restricting, just more of a peaceful feeling around food and making choices more based on putting healthy options together. I likened it to the feeling of feeding my children when they were little- I delighted in putting healthy, beautiful little meals in front of them because I knew it was so good for them and I kind of had that same feeling toward myself doing this. I lost 9 pounds, which is nice, but I have another 16 to go. I'm not going to do a big reintroduction right now; I'm going to take this weekend off in order to celebrate my kids' birthdays with them, and just to give myself a mental break. Then I plan to start again on Monday and go for another 30. I hope you all enjoyed your experience (if anyone reads this) and wish you the best in the future!
  2. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    My old escape was magazines and Haagan Dazs ice cream. I'm really fortunate that during my Whole30 so far, I've had normal days and nothing unusually stressful going on, so I haven't been too tempted, but I've been wondering about that. What worked about it I suppose was just that little indulgence, spending a little money on something frivolous or going for the expensive ice cream as a way to reward myself for enduring whatever the stressor had been. The guilty pleasure aspect. How did you achieve the mind shift to "I'm going to reward myself with a nice long walk" @higs? Cuz I'm still at that "sigh... I SHOULD go walk..." stage... I've decided to continue on with a second Whole30 but to incorporate exercise with my second go-round, so I'm hoping to achieve an enjoyment of exercise the same way that I've managed to now come to enjoy vegetables and to view them as a nice thing to do for oneself. PS. I have learned that coconut/chia pudding topped with raspberries, while lovely sounding, is NOT my way to enjoy a nice Whole30 dessert. Gave it a try, just wanting to change up the same old meals... I guess I didn't soak them long enough? Whoa... my stomach did NOT like that and I won't be trying that again any time soon.
  3. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Way to go @higs! Thanks for encouraging us along the way. It's good to hear that the bored feeling is kind of typical. I am happy for you that you have experienced so many victories.
  4. michelle123

    HELP!!!!

    I've had the same experience... finally starting to feel good and notice changes now on Day 19. Love the childbirth comparison. I'm so happy for you that you stayed at it.
  5. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Never feel bad for being honest. I'm not sure why you are experiencing low energy and painful joints, but I do know that I have read several posts on other forums where moderators have suggested limiting foods with FODMAPS... sorry I would like to link one of those discussions for you here, but cannot now locate them. Perhaps a mod might know more about this. I also imagine that the stress of school is having a big impact. As I mentioned above, I was unsuccessful with my previous attempt at Whole30, and I think the difference was not enough fat. It left me in a deprived state of mind, always missing everything I was avoiding. I didn't even try ghee that time. This time I've been rather liberal with the recommended fat sources and I'm feeling really good. Hope you are able to get some good advice and see a change.
  6. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Thank you Sugarcube I actually tried a Whole30 once before but failed. I was registered here under a different username and I made a new account this time because I was embarrassed that I didn't make it the last time. However, I remember you and you were very supportive then and your support meant a lot to me then. I know I am going to do it this time. Just wanted to let you know that the work you moderators do makes a difference. I didn't succeed that time because I wasn't quite in the right place, but nevertheless your support brought me back to try again and this time I am succeeding.
  7. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    I am not sure at this point if I'm going to go longer (maybe a Whole 60) or if I am going to reintro one or two things, but something I really miss, strangely enough, is oatmeal. I love having a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and sometimes struggle to get eggs down early in the morning. I don't mind eating salad and meat at breakfast but as that's already my usual lunch and dinner it does get rather monotonous. As some of you mentioned re. beans, I don't want to replace vegetables with oatmeal because I'm pretty sure the key to my success so far has been eating a large amount of vegetables. (I also really miss cream and sugar in my coffee but I won't be letting those back in any time soon. I know for sure if they come back, everything will go to pot).
  8. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Hello everyone, it is good to hear everyone's updates. I just got back from spending the weekend at my brother-in-law's, and my mother-in-law was visiting as well. Such weekends are usually filled with every imaginable form of food and alcohol, plus a great deal of family drama/stress, so I was quite nervous about it, and likely wouldn't have even planned to Whole30 right now if I had known this event would be taking place, but it all got planned after I'd started. Here I am, the weekend is over, and I'm still compliant! *Happy dance* This experience has taught me so much that it is hard to even sum it up. I learned that I don't have to eat no matter how much someone else wants me to; that I can hang out with people that are eating rich, sugary foods and enjoy their company without feeling either resentful or self-righteous; that I can go to a coffee shop and enjoy a small black coffee; that I can survive feeling a little awkward and self-conscious as I apologetically explain why I'm going to eat my own weird little meal but that everyone can handle it and if anything, they react with curiosity and even a little envy (they all want to lose weight too) and don't actually ostracize me; that I can look at previously tempting foods and actually feel relieved that I don't have to eat them. I am so buoyed by this victory, that I am convinced now that I will make it rest of the 30 days. Not only that, but I'll probably keep going, because I truly am starting to feel a sense of freedom for the first time in about 22 years. When I was about 18 I developed an eating disorder, and although I overcame some of the destructive behaviours- either rigid control or its opposite, the complete lack of all control followed by purging- eventually, the way I had to heal from those things was to allow myself to eat all foods without restrictions for many years. This ultimately led to a really unhealthy, pretty standard north American diet and of course a lot of weight gain. Over the years I've tried lots of ways to lose weight but I never stuck with any long enough to make much progress. With this, I am starting to feel just a sense of calm coming over me. It's kind of hard to explain but definitely something new. I'm not thinking about food all the time, I'm not trying to fight the desire to give up and eat "bad" things, I just feel rather peaceful about it all and really, think about food much less than ever before. Sorry for the novel but I wanted to share.
  9. michelle123

    HELP!!!!

    I think you should ask yourself what you want to get out of the Whole30 and go with that. After all, you're doing this for you. If your goal is, I am going to stick the 30 days through, no matter how much I end up disliking the experience, without deliberately cheating and without opening a diet coke, then keep going and be really proud of yourself at the end. Achieving this will prove to yourself that you can do something that was hard and even unpleasant and who knows what challenges you might be emboldened to take on next?
  10. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    You are funny I don't know how you do it!
  11. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    I think you are right, this is the ticket. It can get a little monotonous and then it's harder not to remember some of our previous favourites. Trying new recipes or ingredients helps us enjoy the experience. Or splurging a bit on fancier things we wouldn't normally buy (your lobster) keeps feelings of deprivation at bay. We're half way so we only have to do what we did one more time. We can do it!
  12. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Today I am half way and feeling okay. Just okay. No really amazing triumphs or anything (I had no particular health issues to resolve, so I felt ok health-wise before and I still do). Two days ago I got an unexpected day off due to a power outage at my workplace, and I had so much energy that I cleaned, organized and food prepped all day like a machine (20 000 steps on my pedometer without even "exercising") so I thought, this has got to be tiger blood? But my husband said it was just my guilt over not being able to work and pointed out how nice our lives would be if I were a stay-at-home wife, hahaha. I've got to admit I'm a little disappointed that my clothes don't feel much different- even though I warned myself I shouldn't expect drastic weight loss in 30 days, ultimately I am doing this to set myself on the path to longterm weight loss, so it would be nice to see at least a bit of progress. Nevertheless, I am proud of making it this far. To celebrate, I bought a spiralizer! We had zucchini noodles with spaghetti sauce last night and that was fun (the kids tried the zucchini noodles but also had pasta). Finally last night I had grapes after dinner and I honestly could hardly eat them, they were so sickeningly sweet. I was complaining to my husband, "I swear they're breeding these things to taste like ju-jubes, real grapes aren't supposed to taste this sweet" but my family told me they tasted pretty normal. So I guess that would represent my best NSV at this point, is successfully eliminating sugar for two weeks and perhaps starting to enjoy it less. That, and avoiding the pitfall of processed food. It's just so easy to buy pre-made stuff for my busy family, but now I know that it isn't that much more effort to prepare something healthy. When the easy option is removed, I'm totally able to make the right choices so I plan to continue that long past the 30 days.
  13. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    I read on the timeline that this was common. Thought it wouldn't happen to me because I don't dream much. Last night I dreamt I was eating an entire chocolate cake! It was so decadent that it was like a giant brownie. I wasn't guilty at all, but quite full of glee actually. Even with my poor eating habits before, chocolate cake wouldn't have been something I'd normally eat at all! So funny. I'm feeling good too! I tried a Whole30 once before and struggled the whole time and ultimately failed. This time it feels great! I think it's partly the right headspace this time and partly I'm much more aware of the need for fat. I don't even get hungry between meals, just kind of eat when meal time rolls around. Only day 8 though so it might get harder.
  14. michelle123

    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    I found this thread encouraging and helpful: http://forum.whole30.com/topic/30112-will-i-ever-get-it-my-eating-plan-is-so-broken/ Good luck today everybody.
  15. michelle123

    Started Dec 28th, first time doing Whole30

    How's your day going @Christine aka Blondie? I found today a little easier than yesterday but still tired... bit worried about heading back to work tomorrow, spent quite a bit of time today shopping and prepping food for the week...