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  1. kelseysgotthis

    A fresh start on July 31st

    Hi Everyone! Just wanted to stop in and say congratulations to everyone who has made it this far! It looks like you have a great support group here which makes a huge difference. I did the W30 in February and have been thinking about it quite a bit lately, all the things I learned about myself, my habits and the power of those damn cravings! You are all in the home stretch now, here are a few tips for pick me ups if you are dragging to the finish line. It sounds like some of you are already doing these things, keep it up! Make yourself a fancy drink in a WINE GLASS like La Croix or iced tea with blueberries and a sprig of fresh mint Treat yourself (redirecting rewards away from food) get a massage, get a manicure, try something new like a sensory deprivation float spa or mud bath Invite friends to go to a movie or a bowling alley and pack purse snacks like baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices and your favorite W30 dip Buy yourself a new kitchen gadget, I love the spiral cutter idea, during the W30 I got myself this emersion blender for making mayo And lastly, (everyone should do this) write a letter to yourself about your W30 experience so far, what you've learned about food and yourself, put it in an envelope and date it to be opened in 6 months To all of you: BE SO PROUD OF YOURSELVES!!! The W30 is such a mental/physical/emotional challenge and you CHOSE to do this so you can get to know a happier and healthier version of you!!! Best wishes to all, Kelsey
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Hi Everyone! Glad to see a few of you still hanging in there with your extended Whole30s! I completed the reintros as recommended in the book. Then this past weekend I threw a friends bachelorette weekend which was lots of beer, pizza and eating out. The night we had the pizza I woke up in the night feeling like I had a big dough ball in my stomach and was really uncomfortable. I've been eating clean W30ish since Monday and I can still feel my body trying to recover, my muscles have been sore and my endurance is lower. Looking forward to my body feeling its best again with clean whole nutrients! I also think that high quantities of dairy, like yogurt and cottage cheese, make me bloated. By the way, the red rash I had on my arm in response to reintroducing red wine on March 3rd is still there! I think I stained my arm, it's so weird. Hang in there ladies, you should all be very proud of yourselves for dedicating so much time and energy to being happier and healthier versions of yourselves!!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Follow up on my strange wine rash: I've been researching a bit and am thinking it might be a histamine intolerance. I was drinking Quiviria Zinfandel 2013 which has been aging for a while and is likely high in histamines. Here is what I've found: http://www.livestrong.com/article/481463-histamine-effects-of-drinking-wine/ Thanks for all the support everyone!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    . . . . . . bad news. I poured myself that glass of red wine tonight that I spend the last month missing. Half way through drinking the glass I noticed my arms looked horribly wrong! The undersides of both of my forearms are all red in odd blotchy shapes! My neck arms and face feel hot. No bumps but it might be hives?? I've never had a reaction like this before! I turned to my trusty W30 book and it sounds like I may be having a more noticeable reaction because my body's defenses are down. So bummed right now, why did it have to be WINE!?!?!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Woohoo! Completed my first W30! Like many of you, I am feeling positive changes and want to reflect on those today. I feel more awake from the time I wake up until my head hits the pillow again and I feel clear headed and bright-eyed. Before the W30 I often felt lethargic, drained, foggy and disengaged. My face has more color which is probably a combo of increased protein, omega-3s and more sunshine. My nails are noticeably thicker and stronger. My body looks more compact especially around my stomach, neck and thighs. Half way through this journey I joined a hot yoga studio and have been going six times a week. My whole body is starting to feel strong and balanced. I am not a scale addict but I did weight myself before and after. I went from 138.5 to 135 so not a big change in number but my body composition has had drastic improvements, less inflammation and fat, more lean muscle. For the past 13 years I have been eating a pescatarian diet (vegetarian plus seafood) and I relied heavily on dairy, grains like quinoa, beans and tofu for my protein options. Switching to the Whole30 meal plan was a big increase in the amount of protein I was eating in general and a huge increase in my consumption of eggs and fish. A palm size of protein was more likely to happen once a day not at every meal! I think the increase in protein has made me feel really good and has made me more aware of my need to prioritize it in my meals. I will be doing the fast track reintroduction in the order recommended in the book. Tonight I get to enjoy a beautiful glass of red wine and I am salivating just thinking about it!! I have enjoyed building a closer and more positive relationship with food and have a new appreciation for each meal being an opportunity to give my body the nurture and nutrition that it needs. I still have more work to do, my after dinner hours are still occasionally haunted by my dragon, so I plan on keeping all candy/ice cream/cake/cookies/chocolate out of my house for a while longer. Thank you all for sharing your journeys, your highs and your lows. I appreciate the honesty with all the cravings and slip ups and am so proud of all you have achieved! Your support and friendship was a huge part of my Whole30 success!! Cheers and Congratulations to All! Kelsey
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    @SommerM Sending you and yours some love! Be kind and forgiving of yourself no matter what food decisions you choose to make. Bananas, lara bars, nuts and hard boiled eggs are good to have on hand. Be proud of yourself for all the days you have achieved on the Whole30 and take strength from all you have learned about yourself through this process. If you don't end up sticking to the reintroduction plan this week you can always do it next time you are ready for round 2 for W30. Love yourself. Food is probably not the priority at this time and that is ok.
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    A not very proud moment from my day. . . . put dish soap on my stash of medjool dates before throwing them in the garbage. Last night I thought I could eat ONE but quickly ate THREE! How sad is it that I knew I should put soap on them to make sure future me doesn't go through the trash for them!? Day 27 with so much more learning to do.
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Ahh! Last night I had a dream that I drank a beer and then upon realizing I had ruined my Whole 30 I started eating a bunch of junk food! I woke up feeling so guilty and disappointed, it's taking a lot of effort to convince myself that I didn't do it! Day 27 and my subconscious still trying to sabotage me!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Like many of you, I am craving candy like crazy tonight! The W30 has definitely made me realized how easily influenced I am by tv commercials and it has nothing to do with hunger. I haven't caved for any snacks but this sugar dragon caught me by surprise. I am looking forward to doing the reintroduction after the 30 days. I have a bachelorette party weekend mid March that I'm planning for my friend and I'm sure I'll want to enjoy post-W30 foods/drinks. I am enjoying the steady energy, satiation, and slimming effect of having my body run off fats instead of sugars so I am wanting to maintain the W30 meal portions with sugar and carbohydrates only in limited amounts. The strict rules of this program allows me to avoid the internal debates of whether or not I am going to eat something like Skittles. Without the W30 I'm concerned I will convince myself to eat these items more often, so I am wanting to make firm rules for myself to follow for a set amount of time.
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    @treeny_bash What is the plan for your sister's birthday meal? is she cooking a big meal? Are you going out? Have you had a chance to talk to her about your W30? Let's make sure you've got a good plan for that party so you don't have to worry about ruining your W30 right at the end! Would it be possible to offer to bring a dish to contribute? And maybe one of the W30 cocktails, nuts or olives too? Or maybe eat before you go so you can make it through the event without really eating? Don't grab that wine just yet! I feel your pain, I really miss it too! Soon!!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    @treeny_bash & @Shannondp16 I have been noticing the same thing! When I ate the piece of pineapple last week I could feel myself zinging! Good job identifying the order in which you eat fruit in a meal Shannon, I'll have to try that too. I'm feeling pretty light and bright too! I went to my first Hot Yoga class last night, sweat like crazy, and ended up sleeping for 10 HOURS!! Crazy unusual for me but I guess my body was busy restoring all of my muscles! I'm enjoying that my focus is shifting from food/groceries/kitchen to body/mind/habit.
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Day 16 here, and maybe it's a quick high that will fizzle soon, but I am feeling damn good today! I think I still have regular Kelsey Blood. . . .but I am starting to feel pretty fierce. Yesterday I was trying to wrap my head around the idea that if weight loss is something I would like for myself, maybe I should push myself harder physically. Last night I looked up all of the fitness classes and yoga studios in my town and there were so many more little studios than I ever realized! I found a Yoga Sculpt class that was this morning that accepted drop-ins. It was awesome! It was a warm yoga class at 90 degrees and had a mix of pilates yoga ballet and weights that focused on core building. I am going to sign up for a month trial membership and try as many classes as I can. I stopped at the grocery store on my way home because I am constantly running out of fresh veggies and needed more greens. I stood in the check out line surrounded by hundreds of candy bars and felt tortured, I couldn't find a safe place to look, the person in front of me had a french baguette and a yogurt parfait and across the way from me was stacks of chips and my eyes kept coming back to stare at my little pile of kale and blueberries. Then my mind switched over to, "No, you should look at all of that UN-whole food and processed junk packed with sugar!" I all of a sudden felt really happy and proud of myself which was way more endorphins than I usually get from eating a bag of <insert crap here>!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    @Garts Girl & @DianaLynn I give you props for attempting the restaurant for Valentine's! I feel like I've turned myself into a bit of a kitchen hermit these past two weeks and I miss eating out. I've only eaten out once, at a Poke Bowl place (like deconstructed sushi ingredients) and even though all of the ingredients were separated I still ended up with a pretty minimal dish. Maybe in the coming weeks we can focus on some non-food dates like a bike ride with a picnic, a movie date with a bag of W30 approved snacks in your purse, or a comedy show! There must be some fun outing we can do that won't make us want to cry!!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    WOAH! I just ate a piece of pineapple and it was so delicious and the sweetest thing I've eaten in weeks, I can't believe I'm allowed to eat this on Whole30! Woo hoo! Making Coho salmon tonight with a pineapple jalapeño relish and I can't wait for dinner!!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    I'm loving how active this forum is! This weekend was full of surprises for me. My husband who is a brewer convinced me to spend Saturday at an all day Beer Festival. I avoided the hundreds of craft beers at my finger tips by following the W30 advice of getting a sparkling water with lemon which was perfect because it gave me something to hold. Then Sunday I ended up spending hours in the Emergency Vet Clinic with my kitten having a crazy new allergic reaction. I gobbled 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast while on hold with the vet, then grabbed a lar bar, cherry tomatoes and some macadamia nuts for "lunch". Definitely my most thrown together day so far on W30 but I was glad I had some quick food stocked in the kitchen! Today was a long emotionally draining day at work and when I got home I wanted a glass of wine so badly I wanted to cry. My husband let me lie down and whine about it for a while and then told me I could have a wine glass of bubbly water. So I mixed myself a glass of ginger kombucha and bubbly water and added a fresh spring of mint to make it feel extra special, and it was almost like having a glass of wine. *CHEERS!* On a positive note, I bought an emersion blender to make the fail proof mayo discussed earlier in this forum. IT WAS SO EASY AND FAST! I can't believe I spent so much time and wasted money trying to make mayonnaise last week! If anyone out there is still struggling with mayo, this is really doable. To those suffering with fatigue, I'm sending you all happy vibes. You can do this! Eat your fats and sweet potatoes and your brain will be so happy.