Saritawho?

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  1. Saritawho?

    Starting March 1st

    Hey W30 friends! Happy day 9! Love hearing how everyone is doing with their journey - I tend to lurk and not post, so hi! I had a non-scale victory yesterday...a neighbor who I hadn't seen a lot of lately told me I was looking trimmer, so yay! This is my second W30 this year...so I know the slimmer appearance isn't just for the past 9 days. For those of you struggling with a morning meal, I try to do a hash brown casserole with veggies and half an avocado. I make up a pan of it on the weekends and then put servings in ziplocs to take to work and nuke in the microwave there. It's portable and filling and you can change up the veggies each week to make it more exciting. @alcazn - A tip someone threw out from my last round for cooking meals for non-participating family was to cook your meat W30 compliant, but then have different sides for the non-W30 eaters. That has worked well for our family and cut down on the "Sad, I'm missing out" feelings. For instance, we made some venison taco meat this weekend - hubby and our 2yo son had it as soft tacos with sour cream, cheese, guac, and salsa. I had it as romaine lettuce taco shells with guac and salsa. Plus, it is a lot less overwhelming to prepare a non-compliant side dish than an entire non-compliant meal. Also, while I'm on W30, breakfast for supper with potatoes, eggs, and Aidell's chicken sausage are common meals, especially after a long day at work!
  2. Saritawho?

    Starting March 1st

    @Mountain Girl Hey friend!!!!! Yay for us! :o) (*Sigh* Paris...what a fun thing to look forward to and understandable that the rigid reintroduction went out the window!) Am echoing the non-participating household and the importance of these boards! Husband has stated he will do W30 Suppers with me, but our two year old pretty much lives on chicken and mac and cheese right now, so there is no way our house can be 100% W30 compliant. Our 7 month old is starting the exciting world of solids, so I guess she's technically W30 right now (aside from those dissolving puffs, we'll give her a pass). :o) @SPeffer - You can do it! Take it one meal at a time. Eggs with roasted potatoes and avocado or a can of tuna mixed with avocados and some potatoes were my go to meals for the nights (or days, let's be real) when it was getting overwhelming. It was helpful for me to remember that it took the same amount of time to make one of these 'emergency meals' as it would to make a non-compliant PBJ sandwich (especially if you were 'baking' the potato in the microwave). Yes, other W30 meals might be tastier or fancier...but I just needed to be compliant for THAT meal...and when things would calm down, I'd make something more fun (like coconut milk soaked, pecan encrusted chicken nuggets!). Let me know what dressings you try out first and how you like them!!!!
  3. Saritawho?

    Starting March 1st

    Oh and @Vanessa0910 same here about the reintroduction. I had a girls weekend in San Diego right after I finished...fried fish tacos and margaritas were the main staples of my weekend. Am definitely buckling down more on the reintroduction this time!
  4. Saritawho?

    Starting March 1st

    Glad to hear a bunch of us will be together for Lent! For a lot of my week day breakfasts I did a sweet potato hash brown casserole with a side of avocado and would save some of the casserole in the freezer for an emergency meal. A 9x13 pan made eight healthy portioned slices, I'd make it on Sunday and put three slices in the freezer and keep the others in the fridge for my work day morning breakfasts. I'd change up the toppings I'd throw in, one week it was Aidell's chicken and apple sausage with chopped onions...another it was more spinach, garlic, tomatoes. Ground Turkey/Beef/Chicken and veggie soup was another easy one. Basically, if you're making a big meal of something...stick a portion or two of it in the freezer. The weather is starting to get warmer here (it is supposed to be 78 today!?!?!) so I'm hoping to have more salads than I did last round. I'm planning on firing up the grill this weekend and getting a bunch of chicken cooked up that I can stash in the freezer and throw on a salad. Speaking of salads...has anyone tried Tessamae's salad dressings?
  5. Saritawho?

    Starting March 1st

    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together!
  6. Saritawho?

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    Agreed! Weighing myself in the morning seems to be the ONLY thing keeping me on track today with all of the sweets in the office! Darn these thoughtful co-workers! :o)
  7. Saritawho?

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    Ditto on the cravings! Weekends definitely seem to be more difficult, I guess because of all the potential access to food and semi-lax schedule? So far, so good though. Tried the distraction technique when the urge for chips/cookies/ALL THE NON-COMPLIANT food hit. I made a meatloaf last week and was having some leftovers for supper last night with some sauteed squash and zucchini. I'd prepped my son some mac and cheese and mixed in a slice of meatloaf with his. He devoured his portions, then hopped up on my lap (he's 2) and started eating my meatloaf! Here's the recipe I used, but I substituted pecan flour for the almond flour/meal simply because I had some in the freezer and have been looking for a recipe to use it on! http://www.stayfitmom.com/easy-paleo-homestyle-meatloaf/. I snuck some veggies in it too...although instead of chopping them, next time I'll probably shred them. Also, I have a non-scale victory to report!!!!!! I can button my pre-pregnancy jeans again (no, they don't look cute again yet, but they can be buttoned and zippered which is a VAST improvement from pre-Whole30). I don't think it is because of losing a ton of weight, but at least the bloated feeling I've had since returning back to work is gone and I'm not just making it up. :o) Am loving hearing everyone's stories. Definitely helps make the days pass a little faster! Great job everyone, we're doing it!!!!!
  8. Saritawho?

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    Love hearing everyone's stories! I had a sad win today - we usually go out to eat one meal on the weekends as a family. The time this afternoon slipped away from us and suddenly I realized it was 5pm and I hadnt prepped anything, so we were going to go to Chickfila, where I thought I could probably get a grilled chicken breast. Hopped on their website and found their grilled chicken is full of all sorts of things noncompliant, so sent the hubs and my son on a dinner date out while I stayed home and cooked something for me. Glad I checked before going, glad they had fun, sad we missed all going out. Next weekend I'll find a place that we can all enjoy!
  9. Saritawho?

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    You got this @alikoala65!!! And at least it is Friday - that's got to go in the 'reasons to not kill someone today' column, right?
  10. Saritawho?

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    Roasted some sweet potato cubes tonight and got my little ones to help me shake the ziploc bag to cover them with olive oil and salt. Less work for me and they had fun! My 2 year old son LOVED them and kept calling them fries. Whole30 win! For those trying to make mayo...I did it tonight in a vitamix blender. I used the recipe on Whole30's site with the blender set on low and the top off of it so I could pour in the mayo. Definitely thought 'man, this really IS boring' while pouring the olive oil in as a thin stream. It probably took close to 4 minutes to get the whole cup in. Also, make sure everything is room temp/not cold. Evidently cold ingredients keep the magic from happening! It was delicious - even my non-Whole30 hubs agreed! Wishing all a Happy Day 4 in the books!
  11. Saritawho?

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    Thanks guys for the tips! @jmcbn & @snowflower I probably am lacking in the starchy vegetable department, so I will get that started tonight with supper! And I have been trying to stick to just the three meals with minimal snacking...so I will throw a mini-meal in starting tomorrow (am at work and there isn't a convenient place to get Whole30 approved items if I don't bring it with me). And I'll give the coconut milk a whirl. Hopefully by Monday things will be back to normal on the milk front!
  12. Saritawho?

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    Ha! I'm a "lurker" who started on Monday too and I'm the only one I know currently on the program, so I'm definitely thankful for this forum! I have a request for some help - I'm nursing my five month (almost six month) old daughter and working full time means I have a love-hate relationship with my pump. Since starting on Monday I've seen a significant drop in my supply, despite drinking lots/the same amount of water before I started and I've been having to steal from my freezer stash to make up the missing amount from her bottles while she's at 'school.' Any tips for what I can try to ensure my supply stays up to par while staying compliant with the program? It also happens to coincide with my daughter attempting to sleep through the night (so yay for more sleep for everyone...boo for dwindling supply). Any previous nursing Whole30ers out there have some advice? Or maybe one of the nurses I've seen post? I'm doing the program to slay my MAJOR sugar dragon (I've named him Beauregard). Beau tried to rear his head Monday night after I got the kiddos (my oldest just turned two on Sunday...and I wanted to enjoy his birthday, hence the start date on Monday) to sleep and it made me realize that has definitely been an outlet for me...I have a moment to 'myself' and I was turning to some combination of sweets and popcorn to treat myself to a peaceful time before bed. Am happy to say he was 'slayed' with a La Croix for the evening and so far he has been content to hibernate. Am sure he'll pop up at some time during this journey and am glad to have y'all to help out! PS - @Mountain Girl, you can get the blue highlights by typing @ followed by the person's name...a list will pop up and you can select the right person to tag. :o)