Brensuma

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    Brensuma got a reaction from ari_whole30 in Newbie starting October 11th!   
    Good luck and enjoy the health benefits! (I'm starting R2 on 10/1)
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    Brensuma reacted to Host in Doing My Homework   
    I'm kind of hoping it won't be an issue if I decide not to eat them and stick to the plan. And the plan is to let my relatives raid my stash so that the money spent isn't wasted; which is why they know where the key is and I don't.
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    Brensuma got a reaction from Melissa123 in August 7th Start Date   
    I always have a problem with the plate thing. Can't seem to get the plated fat. I also have a problem getting breakfast in. 

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    Brensuma got a reaction from Kdog777 in August 7th Start Date   
    It's been a couple days since I've checked in. It just dawned on me I had It Works greens (not w30 compliant) on Tuesday. I had a major headache and couldn't think straight. I wanted chicken noodle soup and ginger ale because I felt so sick. Anyway.....so thats it for this attempt. I'll be staying compliant for the remainder of the time, but can't count this as a success. My next restart wont be until probably the end of september. This group is awesome! Keep up the great work!
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    Brensuma got a reaction from Kdog777 in August 7th Start Date   
    It's been a couple days since I've checked in. It just dawned on me I had It Works greens (not w30 compliant) on Tuesday. I had a major headache and couldn't think straight. I wanted chicken noodle soup and ginger ale because I felt so sick. Anyway.....so thats it for this attempt. I'll be staying compliant for the remainder of the time, but can't count this as a success. My next restart wont be until probably the end of september. This group is awesome! Keep up the great work!
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    Brensuma reacted to MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    @amandamay83 I am an emotional eater, so I am that person who grabs a candy bar or bag of chips every time she is bored, sad, stressed, anxious, mad, frustrated, happy, etc. cause you get the picture. I am also a mom, so if I just don't buy anything off-plan, I feel guilty that the rest of my family has to go without "insert food" for 30 days because I can't have it?  I also do not like to be told "no."  I am a rebel without a cause - no really... there is no cause. You tell me no...and I'm doing it. 
    How to get through?  Well, first let me say these are suggestions:
    1.) I have my 30 day calendar written on my bedroom mirror.  I see it first think when I wake up and right when I go to bed.  It's a wonderful reminder, but it also serves as a little victory every day I get to mark off.  I just used dry erase markers.
    2.)  I do not buy any trigger foods.  Period!  If it is something that is my favorite or something I am weak with normally, and it is say my daughters favorite?  Sorry Chica, but you can only have those in hiding and you have to buy them yourself.  I had an emotional talk with my kids and family about W30 and why I am doing it.  Just expecting them to understand is not going to garner a lot of support.  They need to see the emotion behind why you are doing it.  I work from home too, so there isn't anyone besides family to say "no" or "do you REALLY want to start over again?"  There is no other Beings around to be accountable to so USE them!
    3.)  This is the hardest part of all!  Will power!  I have none.  I count each day as a "Hell yeah I made it!" ( Excuse the language) I also give myself a little pat on the back!  One day and I am doing a cartwheel because I have earned it.  So, if you make it one day, for you and me, that IS a success!  Now we shoot for two days!   I look at my calendar on my mirror and I tell myself it is only 30 days to completion.  I have my 30 days marked on every calendar.  (September 5th)  I already know introduction foods/meals.  I have everything planned out because I have to see the big picture in order to say "no" to whatever it is that is tempting me today.
    Having said all this, none of this may work for you.  This is trial and error, I think, at its finest.  There is nothing that says you can't try and have to restart over and over again until you get it right.  The key is to pick yourself up and try, try again.  I had to!  @SnappySue had to!  I believe I read that @Brensuma had to!  You are not alone, so don't go anywhere!  We have all been there done that in the oops or flat out mistakes department!  Think about it this way...your day one just happens to be different than ours, but you still get the opportunity to HAVE a day one. Cut yourself some slack and jump in with both feet for this second go at it!
     
     
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    Brensuma reacted to SugarcubeOD in August 7th Start Date   
    You're in a boat with a lot of people that have to get through Whole30 one meal at a time... prepping helps, especially if you're a person that really doesn't like to waste food... if you have the food made at home ready for you, especially when you're hungry, you're more likely to just go home and eat it.
    You could also try doing all your shopping on one day and then not head into a grocery store again that week... I have given myself a very tight food budget which means if I want avocados for instance, there's no room in the budget for anything else that might not be a good choice.
    Outside of that, all those things that you're wanting to binge on are going to be there in 30 days... they've probably even got a shelf life of at least that long, LOL... yuck!  You'll find as you get into the program and you're feeling well fed, calm and accomplished that you're not going meal to meal anymore and that it's not such a struggle... but please know that we totally understand what you're going through and you're definitely not the first, last or only one!  You can do it! I know you can!
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    Brensuma got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    Just going to repost again. Helps to see where I'm at (or close to). I'm once again having a problem eating breakfast (not hungry). So I force myself to eat a couple pieces of side pork, a spoonfull of potatoes and a couple nuts. I know, it's not enough. But I'm working on it. I also am back to not being able to sleep worth a crap. No energy, super tired but can't fall asleep. Getting about 5-6 hours  at least of sleep so better than nothing. Off to grocery shop! Have a great weekend!
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    Brensuma got a reaction from amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    @amandamay83....I was going to post pretty much the same as @Karen L. I also need to lose about (now) 40 is pounds and tend to binge on foods I want to eliminate. Tell me something I cant have something and I'll eat a crap load of it before "giving it up". This is my 2nd round of w30. What's been working for me is 
    1. Telling myself it's for my own good. I need to get (so eat) healthier
    2. It's "only" 30 days.
    Stick to it! You can do it. One day at a time...baby steps
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    Brensuma got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    @amandamay83.....please stay with us! Proud of your honesty and starting fresh rather than adding on
    @Karen L.....I hate grocery shopping  because of all the time spent reading labels. And what was comliant last week might not be next. Wish I had an easy answer for breakfast. I'm still working on that myself
    I wasn't home for lunch today so ended up missing a meal. I don't know how to work this when I'm not home, it's poor planning on my part. Usually I'm not hungry and don't realise I've missed the meal
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    Brensuma got a reaction from amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    @amandamay83....I was going to post pretty much the same as @Karen L. I also need to lose about (now) 40 is pounds and tend to binge on foods I want to eliminate. Tell me something I cant have something and I'll eat a crap load of it before "giving it up". This is my 2nd round of w30. What's been working for me is 
    1. Telling myself it's for my own good. I need to get (so eat) healthier
    2. It's "only" 30 days.
    Stick to it! You can do it. One day at a time...baby steps
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    Brensuma got a reaction from amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    @amandamay83....I was going to post pretty much the same as @Karen L. I also need to lose about (now) 40 is pounds and tend to binge on foods I want to eliminate. Tell me something I cant have something and I'll eat a crap load of it before "giving it up". This is my 2nd round of w30. What's been working for me is 
    1. Telling myself it's for my own good. I need to get (so eat) healthier
    2. It's "only" 30 days.
    Stick to it! You can do it. One day at a time...baby steps
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    Brensuma reacted to Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    @amandamay83
    Hi there!  I feel for you!  I'd lost 65 pounds on a previous diet, then gained most of it back.  Lost 20, then been stuck.  Over my life I've gained, lost, gained, etc.  So many of the 'diets' I do are short-term, feel like deprivation, then I binge.  I usually give myself "cheat days", which turn into "cheat weekends", etc.  I'm really hoping this truly re-sets my relationship with food.  I'm just ready.  I quit smoking last year.. again.. I gave up alcohol for 2017, so now I'm ready for the food.  I really can't say what's done it, except I, myself, am ready.  It's more concentrating on what I need to be doing instead of what I'm doing without, if that makes sense.  I think everyone's story is different.  Similar, but different.  All us overeaters have triggers that've gotten us here.  Unfortunately, I think you have to figure out what works for you.  The only recommendation I'd have is not to concentrate on what you're giving up, but concentrate on all that you'll be getting.  If you can make it just 30 days... just 30 short days... then re-evaluate and see if it's made a difference.  I can do anything for 30 days, I tell myself!!  If it's truly something that you just can't master, I know there are therapists out there that specialize in food relationships.  Maybe it would be worth talking to one?  I wish you the best!  It's not an easy thing to do, but recognizing a problem is a big step!!
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    Brensuma reacted to MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    Okay...true story...I am on my phone CONSTANTLY when I am shopping. No...not talking or texting, but looking up things on this forum!  It takes me forever, but I am training my kids while we are there.
    As you all know, my husband is supporting me by eating W30 meals. He comes to me yesterday and says "Babe, I love you, but I just want a salami, turkey, and ham sandwich. I will wrap that sucker in lettuce and I won't even ask for Swiss cheese."  I went to the store hoping to find lunchmeat for him without sugar or non-compliant ingredients. My teenage son was with me because he wanted to drive (permit driver God help me). He was looking at the ingredients with me and kept putting them back saying "Why the heck is there sugar (dextrose - he now knows is the devil) in my meat?"  Did we find anything compliant?  NOPE!  All of them had sugar or soy or some crap in it. Had to call him to ask if he wanted to cheat until I could order some online. "Order meat online?  Are you off your rocker woman?!". He had me laughing so hard in the store I had to put him on speakerphone. Everyone in the deli aisle was laughing at our conversation.  I ended up buying him small packs of lunchmeat that looked to be the healthiest and he agreed to eat "that stuff" from online. 
    Shopping is the hardest part of W30 to me. Seems the food industry could use an education on what we need and don't need in our food. 
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    Brensuma got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    Making clarified butter and tomato juice 


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    Brensuma got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    Someone posted this on a Facebook website and I thought it was important to post it here. I figure I might not be the only one that needs a reminder of these




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    Brensuma got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    Someone posted this on a Facebook website and I thought it was important to post it here. I figure I might not be the only one that needs a reminder of these




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    Brensuma got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    Making clarified butter and tomato juice 


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    Brensuma reacted to MelissaSue in August 7th Start Date   
    Hey guys! I just finished lunch on day 6. I ended up leaving for an unexpected conference trip so I have learned a couple things this weekend:
    Prep is key. I didn't want any excuse not to stay compliant so I packed a dozen hard boiled eggs, tuna packets,  individual meal prep containers (one for every day) filled with veggies and fruits, a mayo and ranch container, almonds, bagged lettuce, and Rx and epic bars for emergencies. We all went out to a bar and it was my toughest moment in these 6 days. I LOVE beer and trying new breweries but I drank water, had a salad with lots of stuff removed and avocado added with oil and lemon slices. TOTALLY pouted because I watched my hubby eat a bacon burger and beer. Once I got my meal I learned something else:
    This IS EMPOWERING. After my hard (and dramatic pouting) salad decision, I felt good. Like, really good about myself. That is the first time I felt good about myself in a long time. (Warning: getting sappy y'all) I have tried SO many things with a goal of losing weight so I could finally feel good about myself. I read Melissa and Dallas' books and did my research and made a list of things I would like to heal about myself (non-image based, heartburn, joint pain, skin irritation.... and lack of self love). Then I listed my whys. This self- exploration exercise is what I think made the difference for me. 
    GUYS. I'm changing. Not just body composition (which for sake of sanity, I've had to detach myself from), but my heart. I'm nice to myself... for the first time in a long time. This seems to make my days go easier, my meals easier. I'm finally taking care of myself. 
    Grateful for this program and for you all. 
     
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    Brensuma got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    Just going to repost again. Helps to see where I'm at (or close to). I'm once again having a problem eating breakfast (not hungry). So I force myself to eat a couple pieces of side pork, a spoonfull of potatoes and a couple nuts. I know, it's not enough. But I'm working on it. I also am back to not being able to sleep worth a crap. No energy, super tired but can't fall asleep. Getting about 5-6 hours  at least of sleep so better than nothing. Off to grocery shop! Have a great weekend!
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    Brensuma reacted to MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    I hate you a little right now!  Just kidding. I don't hate black coffee. I just don't like it - yet. Last time it took about 3 weeks before it didn't bother me. I enjoy the smell and the way it makes me feel in the mornings to just relax into my day. I associate my coffe to a leisurely waking up. I am sure that is the one thing after W30 that I will need to constantly keep a reign on - only treating myself every once in a while or it will get out of control. 
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    Brensuma reacted to invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    Also, woo hoo!! I figured out how to tag people!!! Score for the technological dinosaur!!
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    Brensuma reacted to MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    Okay All... Day 5 has started and I am in the "Kill All The Things" stage for sure.  Woke up to a small headache after a night of okay slumber.  Made my black coffee, took one sip, and dumped it down the drain.  I think it's because I saw my little Starbucks logo on the outside and that triggered my WANT for some sugary, creamy coffee.  I was actually mad at a cup!! 
    So...I poured another cup of black coffee and I am drinking it slowly and quietly while I work.  I feel like today is going to be stressful, so I am trying to relax into it so I don't project that negative attitude all day.  It is taking a toll on my mental stability to get into the right mindset! 
    On the upside, my husband said he would give me a shoulder massage after we both are done with work!    He also said he wasn't coming around me ALL day because I am just "not nice to be around right now."  While that might offend some, I am thankful he listened when I told him to just leave me alone because it isn't him - it's me!  I feel like W30 is bringing us closer together as we are working as a team and supporting each others goals.  He wants to lose weight and I want to get control of my gastroparesis (and lose weight). 
    Hopefully, nothing dies today!
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    Brensuma reacted to ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    I would really, really discourage you from doing this. For a number of reasons. First, you're basically lying which doesn't feel good right from the start. And is it really worth lying over? Second, although we are used to a nameless/faceless culture with all of our electronic interventions, what you're actually doing is making an enormous amount of unnecessary work for people that are probably being paid minimum wage. 
    Serious food allergies can be extremely serious. Hours and days of gut-wrenching pain, hospitalization, compromised immune systems, flare ups of autoimmune conditions etc, not to mention anyaphylaxis and potential death. In the case of these situations, the patron absolutely should discuss this with the restaurant and they already know this sort of thing happens to them. Chances are that there are major protocols in place within the staff to ensure that the person doesn't get basically poisoned. 
    You are doing a voluntary food elimination protocol to assess food sensitivities. Yes, it would suck a lot if you accidentally ate a non-compliant item. But unless you already know you'll be in days of pain or on the toilet so many days that you risk dehydration, lying to a minimum wage food server/cook is really just disrespectful.
    Edited to add: I don't mean to say at all that you should not be diligent about asking preparation questions, calling ahead, getting the answers you want. You should definitely do these things because your personal choice not to consume certain items is completely valid and should be respected. Many times I have asked for gluten free bun (not Whole30, obv) or "no toast" or "omelette no cheese" and the wait staff asks "is it an allergy or a preference" and I always answer that it's a preference. 100% of the time the waitresses have commented on appreciation for transparency because while the kitchen staff will respect the request, they are so glad not to have to shut down operations in order to not kill me.
    You and your needs are important and they should be respected. You should not lie about serious health conditions in order to make those requests.
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    Brensuma got a reaction from invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    I think there's something in the book about claiming food allergies when you don't actually have them. There's also a post about it.