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    Jess_ reacted to ladyshanny in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Congrats, you guys! You made it!
    We do ask that if you are going to do reintroductions that you take it to theReintro area of the forum so as not to confuse anyone who comes along and sees the group having a wine and cheese party.
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    Jess_ reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Happy Day 30 Eve! So proud of us 
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    Jess_ reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    @kellyfoss Sorry about the sneaky salsa!  I am also feeling really great and was thinking about staying a little longer but I think I have successfully mapped out a preliminary plan for reintroduction that I am excited about.  I have decided to stay away from alcohol for a bit longer, at least through the end of Lent.  If pregnant ladies can do it for 9 months, I certainly can do it for 40 days!  I am nervous about dairy and gluten.  I have never had a serious issue with either that I know of, but the more I am reading about reintroductions, the more people I see who have had sensitivities.  I don't want to feel sick which is maybe why I want to stay on longer.  I am on Spring Break the second week of April so I am planning most reintros for that time period. 
    When we started the whole 30 in February I was doing a good job of working out as well.  I love to walk outdoors and enjoy lifting weights or using weight machines at the gym.  I am not a fan of indoor cardio machines but try to use them on occasion anyways (the former Skyfit now Aaptiv app is helpful).  Unfortunately, I hit a bit of a stall with the working out about day 8 or 9 when I was feeling particularly sluggish and I am finally feeling ready to jump back in.  I have an absolutely CRAZY busy week coming up since I am music director of a show that goes up next weekend so I am prepping myself to get back into my walking routine on Monday, April 3.  If time allows, I will do it sooner-- possibly even this afternoon (my last few hours of freedom until the show is over on Sunday the 2nd!).   Hopefully the weather will warm up in the next several days!
    Now, to be slightly petty for a minute, I find that I am frustrated when I see people who sell shakes-which-shall-remain-nameless or fixes that last between 20 and 22 days on Facebook and other social media talk about clean eating.  THIS. THIS IS CLEAN EATING.  Don't get me wrong, do what works for you I truly believe that, but we have been eating seriously clean and whole for the past 26 days.  I am so happy about the way I am eating, particularly the hoards of vegetables and proper plate set up.  I feel like it's easy now.  I know what I can eat and what I can't and it really is becoming habit.  I just feel like there are so many lies out there about proper food consumption.  Have I drank too much of the (sugar, gluten, dairy, & soy free) Whole30 hypothetical "cool-aid" that now I am extra aware of other food/diet fads that are just not the same?  I just want to shout "NO!! GO BUY WHOLE30!!!" LOL.  To me, someone who has tried IT ALL, this is the answer and this is how I need to approach food forever (which reminds me, I must buy "Food Freedom Forever" before it's all said and done!).
    By the way to everyone in this group...we ROCK.  WE REALLY ROCK.  I am so grateful for this forum and that I have a place to communicate how I am feeling and receive positive support from others in the same boat.  This has been seriously helpful and you all inspire me to keep walking past that candy aisle in CVS!!!! 
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    Jess_ got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Under a week to go everyone!!! (For the elimination phase anyway ) 
    The last few days have been weirdly up and down for me - some days I feel ahhh-mazing! and others I've been feeling kind of down and lethargic.. might really just be because it's close to that TOM for me, though! 
    On the whole, I've really been so surprised by how different I feel already going through these last few weeks, and I'm nervous that I'll derail once my 30 days are up. I was really going down an awful path of bad habits before this, and I don't want to fall off the wagon of healthy living once I start reintroducing. At the same time, I'm just not used to this much meat in my life (and all this cooking!), and I want to give myself more space to have a slightly more plant-based/grain inclusive diet. I'll probably be doing the fast-track reintroduction, but using the secondary dates the book describes, so that I'm not hit by awful feelings within just 10 days. 
    Have a great last 6 days all!
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    Jess_ reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Sorry to post again today but a lady at work gave me cookies for helping her with the computer and they sat in my room all day and then I let my kids who stay after school have some cookies.  OMG talk about willpower.  They looked so good.  I was thrilled when the kids finished them!!  Whew...that was a close one. 
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    Jess_ reacted to eblanchardcf in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    I'm planning on following the sample reintroduction starting on Day 31.  I feel great right now so I'm really interested to see what happens when introducing non compliant foods.  I have eaten gluten free for almost 4 years.  I'm a little nervous trying it again.  The main reason I'm doing the Whole30 is for the reintroduction.  My family is ready for the 30 days to be over so they don't have to eat so much meat.  There are somethings that they really liked and will definitely be in our rotation of recipes.  1 week to go!  Good Luck!
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    Jess_ reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    So I don't know if I have ever talked on here about my serious candy/sugar thing that was going on for like, I don't know, most of my life I guess.  I am at my night job and it is quiet and I spent a lot of time reading through the forums on reintroduction of sugar and started to think about my candy situation and am hoping it's okay with you all if I share here because I just need to get this out!! I LOVE candy.  It's like a thing with me.  My friends and I used to (like years ago, early/mid 20s) base a lot of our jokes around my obsession with SPKs (sour patch kids...).  I struggled to go to CVS and not walk down the candy aisle and buy something.  If we were on vacation, i would go straight to the inevitable candy store and buy myself some bulk candy because "I'm on vacation."  And really, I did this just days before starting the Whole 30 when my boyfriend and I went to Mohegan Sun in CT for a few nights.  I have always hated this sugar dragon so to say because it really felt like an addiction.   It has made me feel embarrassed and fear stores that don't have self checkout!!!!  I would buy candy for kids at school or my staff over the summer as a total JOKE-- it was all so I would have candy for myself.  I have done some seriously obscene things when it comes to packs of starbursts that I'd rather not mention!!! Ugh.  Every year at Lent I would give up candy and chocolate and feel amazing, but on Easter I was always down to grab that Easter basket and not look back, as if it was some sort of reward. Why why why why why!?
    Anyway, I am writing this because I seriously was a candy addict before the Whole 30 and I literally feel like I have been changed!!!  I cannot say that I will never chomp down on another sour straw in my life, but I DO NOT WANT TO EVER EVER EVER AGAIN.  What was I doing to myself!? Like not only was I consuming something so completely disgusting for me, I was totally feeding this addiction.  I know we are on day 18 with 12 days + a lifetime to go, but seriously, thank you Whole 30 because I do not ever want to go back there. 
    And now that I have gotten that out there... I wish you all a wonderful day 19 and beyond! Thanks for reading if you got this far!
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    Jess_ got a reaction from Melinaka in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Woohooo halfway done!!!  I'm definitely seeing a lot of general health improvements so far (faster recovery time, sleeping so much better, skin is feeling clear, and more!) And saying no to non-compliant foods is actually so much easier!! I went to donate blood today and they had so many snacks I used to just eat mindlessly like cookies, gummy fruit snacks, and pretzels, but I didn't even a little bit feel like indulging. 
    Definitely keeping my food choices interesting by making new recipes every week, here are a few of my favorites so far:
    http://www.foodfaithfitness.com/sticky-slow-cooker-chicken-wings-with-pineapple-5-spice-sauce/
    http://acalculatedwhisk.com/crispy-chicken-with-fig-and-shallot-compote/ (Figs are not in season here in CT, but I went ahead and topped this with softened shallots and a sweet onion and it was still soo good!)
    And I also loved the steak recipe seared on the stove and finished in the oven from the book!
    Have a great 3rd week everyone! And to everyone else who will also be hit with tomorrow's mountain of snow, stay warm!
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    Jess_ got a reaction from Melinaka in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Woohooo halfway done!!!  I'm definitely seeing a lot of general health improvements so far (faster recovery time, sleeping so much better, skin is feeling clear, and more!) And saying no to non-compliant foods is actually so much easier!! I went to donate blood today and they had so many snacks I used to just eat mindlessly like cookies, gummy fruit snacks, and pretzels, but I didn't even a little bit feel like indulging. 
    Definitely keeping my food choices interesting by making new recipes every week, here are a few of my favorites so far:
    http://www.foodfaithfitness.com/sticky-slow-cooker-chicken-wings-with-pineapple-5-spice-sauce/
    http://acalculatedwhisk.com/crispy-chicken-with-fig-and-shallot-compote/ (Figs are not in season here in CT, but I went ahead and topped this with softened shallots and a sweet onion and it was still soo good!)
    And I also loved the steak recipe seared on the stove and finished in the oven from the book!
    Have a great 3rd week everyone! And to everyone else who will also be hit with tomorrow's mountain of snow, stay warm!
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    Jess_ got a reaction from Melinaka in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Woohooo halfway done!!!  I'm definitely seeing a lot of general health improvements so far (faster recovery time, sleeping so much better, skin is feeling clear, and more!) And saying no to non-compliant foods is actually so much easier!! I went to donate blood today and they had so many snacks I used to just eat mindlessly like cookies, gummy fruit snacks, and pretzels, but I didn't even a little bit feel like indulging. 
    Definitely keeping my food choices interesting by making new recipes every week, here are a few of my favorites so far:
    http://www.foodfaithfitness.com/sticky-slow-cooker-chicken-wings-with-pineapple-5-spice-sauce/
    http://acalculatedwhisk.com/crispy-chicken-with-fig-and-shallot-compote/ (Figs are not in season here in CT, but I went ahead and topped this with softened shallots and a sweet onion and it was still soo good!)
    And I also loved the steak recipe seared on the stove and finished in the oven from the book!
    Have a great 3rd week everyone! And to everyone else who will also be hit with tomorrow's mountain of snow, stay warm!
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    Jess_ reacted to Msb5643 in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Anyone else not able to get Bon Jovi out of their head? "Half way there ohhhhh livin' on a prayer.."
    Pretty excited to make it to the half way point! I woke up early today and I am in a great mood-perhaps some tiger blood has hit? I am going to add more exercise this week and see how I do. 
    We went to our friends last night for dinner, completely unplanned. They let me prepare the chicken so it was compliant and made a salad. Easy to stick to the whole 30! (They had mashed potatoes, bread, cheese, wine and whiskey too, but it didn't bother me at all.) My friends thought I was wearing make up, and they asked if I had lost weight! That was lovely.
    They also ate Twinkies for me (I literally walked to the store looking for seltzer water/anything compliant to drink and brought the Twinkies back requesting that someone indulge in my deepest darkest craving), they reported back that they were actually horrible. Now I am not craving them anymore! 
    I hope everyone has a good day! I have to shop and prep today for the rest of the week. I am happy I made it through my weekend stretch at work without a hiccup. I want to try some new recipes, there are so many out there, any suggestions? 
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    Jess_ got a reaction from BajaChick in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 10 and I am SO with everyone who has recently (like as of yesterday and today) started to struggle with the foods we can't eat and the feeling of being hungry but not finding compliant foods appetizing. Last night I would have killed for a cheeseburger or even a french fry! Thankfully, I just ate my pork and green beans and went to bed early instead of caving in to my cravings.
    I feel like being a third of the way in and knowing how much work it was to get to this point, it just would NOT be worth it to give up now! So, despite the struggles, I'm really still motivated to stay the course.  Reading everyone's posts has been so helpful too, keep up the amazing job everyone!
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    Jess_ got a reaction from BajaChick in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 10 and I am SO with everyone who has recently (like as of yesterday and today) started to struggle with the foods we can't eat and the feeling of being hungry but not finding compliant foods appetizing. Last night I would have killed for a cheeseburger or even a french fry! Thankfully, I just ate my pork and green beans and went to bed early instead of caving in to my cravings.
    I feel like being a third of the way in and knowing how much work it was to get to this point, it just would NOT be worth it to give up now! So, despite the struggles, I'm really still motivated to stay the course.  Reading everyone's posts has been so helpful too, keep up the amazing job everyone!
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    Jess_ reacted to Msb5643 in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 10 and I woke up in a funk too! Not super hungry but eating like I should. Last night I really wanted a twinkee of all things? I haven't eaten that since I was a kid! It is keeping me going knowing we are a third of the way through!!! 
    Anyone else grieving dairy? I really miss cheese! 
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    Jess_ got a reaction from BajaChick in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 10 and I am SO with everyone who has recently (like as of yesterday and today) started to struggle with the foods we can't eat and the feeling of being hungry but not finding compliant foods appetizing. Last night I would have killed for a cheeseburger or even a french fry! Thankfully, I just ate my pork and green beans and went to bed early instead of caving in to my cravings.
    I feel like being a third of the way in and knowing how much work it was to get to this point, it just would NOT be worth it to give up now! So, despite the struggles, I'm really still motivated to stay the course.  Reading everyone's posts has been so helpful too, keep up the amazing job everyone!
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    Jess_ got a reaction from BajaChick in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 10 and I am SO with everyone who has recently (like as of yesterday and today) started to struggle with the foods we can't eat and the feeling of being hungry but not finding compliant foods appetizing. Last night I would have killed for a cheeseburger or even a french fry! Thankfully, I just ate my pork and green beans and went to bed early instead of caving in to my cravings.
    I feel like being a third of the way in and knowing how much work it was to get to this point, it just would NOT be worth it to give up now! So, despite the struggles, I'm really still motivated to stay the course.  Reading everyone's posts has been so helpful too, keep up the amazing job everyone!
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    Jess_ reacted to mandab17 in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    It's Day 10, and I'm struggling. I know this is the time period where people usually quit, so I'm determined to move past this point. Yesterday, I started really noticing all the foods that I can't eat right now, and it was a struggle. And last night, I made the spaghetti squash with tomato sauce again, which was one of my favorite meals last week. But last night, it tasted off. I don't know if it was something I did or if it's just my body trying to rebel against this whole program. But I didn't eat much last night, and that' really messed with my body. It's amazing how food even affects our sleep! I have been sleeping great since the start of the program, but last night was the first night where I haven't slept great. 
    I'm tired and cranky right now. I reread the timeline part in the book last night, and I know that what I'm feeling and going through is normal, but still. It sucks. 
    I am hoping that I can make a better dinner tonight and actually get some sleep. I'm also hoping I get past this yucky point quickly.
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    Jess_ reacted to kellyfoss in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 9, everyone!  Go us! Is anyone else having a serious love/hate relationship with eggs right now? I love them because they're cheap, fast and easy to make. But I am getting so. sick. of eating them. every. single. day. Might need an egg vacation for a few days before coming back to making them every morning. 
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    Jess_ reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Week 2! Day 8! There's a part of me that cannot believe I have made it this far yet the other part of me is like, yeah, you got this.  I am feeling good, loving the three meals a day and the fact that I never need to snack.  I drink a lot of water because I am thirsty and also because it makes me feel better (also, teacher = talk. all. the. time.).  My only concern thus far is if I am having too much fat in my diet.  I've looked over the meal planning pdf http://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf and am uncertain if I should be having just one of those fats per meal or if I can have more than one.  For example, if I cook a chicken breast in coconut oil to put in a salad, can I also have olives and 1/2 avocado in that salad?  Or should I just be having the oil from the chicken and that satisfies my fat for the meal?  I am feeling full very satisfied after my meals but could I possibly be using too much fat?   In addition, I carry around a decent amount of extra weight and my ultimate goal for the Whole30 is to reach food freedom to aid in weight loss (ideal weight is about 50 pounds from where I am right now...yikes!).  Anyway, thoughts on fat intake?
    In other news, congrats to those still going!  We have made it through our first Whole30 weekend! Woo!
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    Jess_ reacted to Jrnld in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Checking in on day 6.  Sometimes, I don't feel like I'm doing this right because I'm not hungry - at all - and aside from the first day of headaches, I haven't had many physical issues.  I tend to be a "late to the party" type of person so am thinking it might all come to a volcanic eruption midway through the 30 days, but it would be great if it didn't.   I am craving salty, crispy things like chips, but it's fairly fleeting, which is great.  I had to pick up some produce yesterday and happened to hit the store just as freshly baked bread was coming out of the oven and that was soooooo hard not to succumb to temptation, but thankfully produce is at the front and I practically ran to get it, then get into the checkout. 
    Made the Whole30 cookbook chili yesterday and it's yummy, but had to up the spices big time.  I normally eat chili with tortilla chips and missed them a bit, but otherwise still enjoyed it.
    I have to say that this group is the biggest source of support and am so happy to have found it.  I love reading everyone's comments and stories - it's such a great community!  We're almost 25% of the way through.  Look at us go!
     
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    Jess_ reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    So I totally forgot to take before pictures and I'm kind of bummed about it.  I think I will take some today so at least I have a point of reference, even if it is day 6.  Speaking of which...day six!! Woohoo!  We are moving along nicely.  This is going to sound strange but I swear my hands feel...lighter? or smaller? or simply just less swollen which is weird because I didn't even know they were swollen.  I teach music and therefore spend half of my day playing piano and am oddly aware of the fact that my hands feel different.  I am sure that swelling is starting to go down and hope that makes it's way around my body--- because come on let's go! Hahah.  Anyway I am super loving following this thread because it is so helpful and I really like the foods I have been eating.  Yes, lots of dishes to wash and prepping but it is working out well for me right now.  Have a great Saturday!
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    Jess_ reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Tonight was my first big restaurant test.  My boyfriend and I took his parents out to dinner and being a Friday during Lent we chose a seafood restaurant.  I had looked at the recipe ahead of time and I knew what I was going to order going in which was great!  The hardest part was when the bread was placed on the table, but I had a good meal consisting of a steamed lobster, baked potato, and spinach and a couple of oysters.  I am proud of myself.  That was hard but I did it and I am still feeling like I can do this.  
    Next up is a busy weekend so I will actually have to do some food prep tomorrow morning and then for the rest of the week on Monday afternoon.  Good luck to everyone this weekend!!  We are doing it! just keep swimming....
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    Jess_ got a reaction from maggiemay in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Good morning everyone!
    Day 4 and this is by far my best-feeling day so far! Days 2 and 3 were up and down with headaches and serious fatigue, but I woke up this morning and felt great! I was looking at the timeline and today/tomorrow are supposedly the "kill all the things" phase (lol), but no moody outbursts yet (which my husband appreciates, I'm sure!)
    Early class today, so I just had some coffee and coconut milk and a banana and almond butter for breakfast. A more substantial lunch is on the way with some lemon chicken, mashed potato, and green beans. 
    Happy fact - we're over 10% done at this point!  Have a great day 4 all!
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    Jess_ reacted to BajaChick in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 5
    I feel really good, rested, happy, high energy.  My workout is still very challenging, legs were burning after just a few lunges, but I pushed through and got in 45 minutes, when I shoot for 55. I'm a bit spacey. Just not quite "all there" with regard to focus, remembering what I was getting ready to do - vacant is a good word. Hoping this passes! My husband is extremely fatigued. He says he is eating enough, and the food I'm preparing for him is good and there is enough of it. He's very cranky and I really hope this phase passes quickly for him. It makes me feel like I'm torturing him! I may never by bottled mayo again. I finally made some last night - the easiest thing and so delicious!  Nut-pods may just save my marriage.  I bought way too much produce this week. We're eating a ton, but I need to do better at planning and buying accordingly. Compromise to going to lunch with a work friend (one of my downfalls lately) is to have him grab something to-go and we'll eat together in the break room. I will have pity for him and his onion rings!  My fat jeans are baggy!!! Finally! I'm heavier now than I've been in 12 years. My fat jeans were tight and I was terrified I would have to buy clothes in a larger size. After just 5 days I feel like I'll get back in my size 10 and maybe even size 8 jeans I bought when I was my thinnest in 2013.  I feel like I have solved the biggest issue - binging  on food with no brakes. I could go nuts  with cookies, desserts, chips, candy - you name it.  Give me a bowl of something, a good book and an hour later I had consumed 1,500 calories. Favorite quote of the week: "Eat for health, move for pleasure."  This is likely going to become a lifestyle for me. I really love how I feel. 
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    Jess_ reacted to kellyfoss in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Hey guys! I'm behind on posting but I also started my first W30 on Monday, 2/27. So I'm on Day 4 right now as well. Going good so far, it's actually not as hard as I expected...? I'm almost afraid to jinx myself by saying that, haha. Although the constant cooking and dish-washing (don't have a dishwasher... fail) is very new to me. But I'm a natural planner and it's somewhat nice to just make a list each week, know what I need to get done, work in the kitchen a couple hours a day, and of course eat delicious, healthy food! Good luck to everyone.