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  1. kellyfoss

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Almost halfway there!! I am struggling big time with eating meal 1 right now, which is no surprise because it happens to me every single round. But it's still rather frustrating. For some background, I get up at 5 AM and leave by 6 AM for work, and in that single hour I need to accomplish several things so I usually don't make an elaborate breakfast. And I typically sit down to eat around 5:15-5:20. I've never had a problem eating that early in the past, but I was usually eating things like oatmeal, waffles, etc. Apparently my body loves sugar at any time of day. But when it comes to eating protein and fat-heavy meals (and veggie filled meals) that early in the morning, my stomach is like NOPE. That's a hard pass for me, thanks. This is annoying. I've considered packing meal 1 up and taking it to work with me to try to eat around 7-8 AM instead. I think I might do that the rest of this week, because the past few days I have definitely not eaten enough in the morning. I just can't choke it down when everything in my body is saying NO. Anyone else have a loss of appetite thing going on? Any suggestions on how to conquer it? Feeling great otherwise though! Sleep, heart rate and waistline are all 10/10 right now. I can sense Tiger Blood right around the corner...
  2. kellyfoss

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Wow, today is day 11! We've passed the 1/3 mark, that's awesome! Historically yesterday and today are supposed to be the "Hardest Days" but I'm not really feeling that yet. My hardest days tend to be in the third week when I get so sick of eggs and sweet potatoes I want to scream. Luckily I use Real Plans and they do a great job of mixing up recipes for a lot of variety. In this past week alone I made a whole roasted chicken with veggies, a steak stir fry with peppers and sweet potato, kahlua pulled pork with red cabbage and mustard sauce, and faux-bolognese over spaghetti squash made with compliant bacon and the leftover pulled pork mixed in. YUM. I also start to struggle with lack of appetite right around this time - not nausea or anything, just a total disinterest in eating. Especially in the morning for Meal 1. It is an effort to force down my food but I know if I don't I'll be starving in a couple of hours, so I usually just power through it. It typically gets better toward the end of the 30 days when the Tiger Blood kicks in. Hope everyone is having a good week!
  3. kellyfoss

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 7, woop woop! One whole week of Whole30 is just about in the bag. This past weekend was great. My fiancé's mother was super sweet and invited us over for a Whole30 dinner she made last night! I was dying, it was so wonderful - she went out of her way to make sure everything was 100% compliant, down to the ghee and the seasoning on the grilled salmon. There were roasted carrots with dill, a mango salsa, vinegar coleslaw... I was in heaven. So so good, and I think we all felt great about eating a healthy AND delicious meal together. Also found a Whole Foods near us (we just moved to the area last year) and left with compliant turkey bacon and Primal Kitchen mayo. So I was one happy camper. Plus the Tessamae's ketchup I ordered arrived and I spent a blissful lunch eating actual ketchup on my leftover turkey burger. Side effects-wise, I haven't really had any weird Whole30 related dreams but my other half did! He literally dreamed I was stuffing my face with cupcakes and blaming him for not stopping me. Bahaha. Clearly I may be imparting some mild anxieties to him about this without realizing it. He has been eating everything I make and really he's only on his own for lunches, so it's entirely possible that he's getting some of the benefits of this way of eating even though he's not doing it 100%. Weird dreams and all. Personally, I hope he benefits from this just as much as me because we both have physical and mental health goals we want to achieve this year. Sounds like we're all going strong, let's make week 2 awesome!
  4. kellyfoss

    First Day Down

    Good job, keep it up! The only advice I have re: the wine and popcorn is to find something, ANYTHING, that you can substitute in the moments you're craving one of the two. I got really used to having a glass of wine after work or while watching a movie. Now I drink super flavorful hot tea (apple cinnamon gives me a bit of a similar "heat" that alcohol does, I find). The tea helps me relax much the same way wine did. If you're craving popcorn you probably just want to snack in general, so snack on something Whole30 approved if you must. Salted almonds, veggies, something else crunchy. Incorporate either a fat or a protein into your snack and it'll take the edge off your hunger and cravings. Good luck!
  5. kellyfoss

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 4 already, guys! So I know it's super early, but I'm already having crazy dreams. Coincidence?? Or just a result of sleeping more deeply for the past few nights? Probably a bit of both. I've also noticed that in only four days, my resting heart rate has dropped from 83 to 75! That's a big deal for me since I have some slight heart issues and I'm making a huge effort to improve my heart health right now. Anyone else noticing anything yet, other than being sleepy and/or cranky? Food-wise I brought leftovers for lunch today. Kale and brussels sprouts salad tossed in lemon mustard dressing I made, with carrots and shredded chicken thighs mixed in. Tonight I think dinner will be some kind of salmon bowl with avocado. Yum! Happy day 4 to all!
  6. kellyfoss

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 3 has dawned and I'm feeling slightly better than yesterday but that remains to be seen. Had a killer headache at the end of the day 2 workday and took an Aleve when I got home, which I literally never do but it was that bad. Managed to go to bed at a decent time which I think helped a lot. I wish I could stay home and sleep but work calls! I know I'm feeling the effects of overindulging in alcohol and sweets this holiday season so I'm not too worried about it, just going to keep on truckin' and be thankful this is only a 3-day work week. Hope everyone else is hanging in there too, and happy day 3!
  7. kellyfoss

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I have this same issue with wine - I found that drinking my favorite flavors of hot tea really helped with this! It's a different way to "unwind" and relax, especially in the colder months, and gave me the same sense of satisfaction. Try replacing the wine with something compliant that you like.
  8. kellyfoss

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hey guys! Checking in a bit late but I'm also doing the January Whole30 this year. This will be my fourth full round of Whole30. The holidays were rouuuugh. We had no less than seven parties to go to and several entertaining events at our own home that involved alcohol and copious amounts of grains and sugar. Not gonna lie, it was glorious! Had a wonderful holiday season and thoroughly enjoyed myself, but the time has come to return to a more comfortable and healthy way of eating. I'm hoping to use this month as a springboard for a serious long term lifestyle change this year. I'm getting married in June of 2020, and I'd like to look and feel my best by then. I also just need more consistency with my health in general going forward into my 30's, especially since I hope to start a family soon. All that aside, my basic background info: 29-year-old female living in Ohio, cat mom to 3 furry children, live with my fiancé in the house we bought last year. I'm a Senior Graphic Designer for a living. Good luck to everyone and a very happy day 2 to you all!
  9. kellyfoss

    Starting May 16th

    Hi there! I also started on 5/16 - my third round. Hope you're doing well so far and happy day 3! I've got some big events coming up this month so I'll need to stay strong and accountable throughout... work trip this weekend, wedding next weekend, and my 5 year anniversary with my guy on 6/3. We got this!!
  10. kellyfoss

    It Is So Much More Than The Scale

    Amazing job! You're so right that the number on the scale pales in comparison to the health and confidence gained during this process. It's a totally arbitrary measurement that should and does not define your success. You kicked butt! You should be so proud of yourself. Thank you for sharing.
  11. kellyfoss

    February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!

    Almost done, woohoo! I shopped and prepped for the entire week last night because we'll be going up until at least next Monday with 100% compliant meals. Then I'll slowly start my reintro before we leave for a trip on the 13th. But technically today would have been day 29 for me, and it feels real dang good to have made it this far. I've had three (!!) nights in the past week where I was restless exactly 0 times while sleeping, according to the FitBit. I have never slept so well in my life. My face finally cleared up all the way and I feel like a rock star with how my clothes fit. Tiger blood - better late than never! What are you guys all planning for the week? Celebrations??
  12. kellyfoss

    February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!

    Welp, I will be extending my Whole30 to a Whole45 after a slight slip-up with some very sneaky salsa (and also because I just feel really great on this program and I'd like to continue it a bit longer). But I'm still in this with you guys! I do still plan to weigh myself on day 31, because I want to see what my results would have been if I had just stopped at 30 days. But then I'll do two more weeks after that before reintroduction. Let's finish strong! Can't wait to hear what everyone's final SVs and NSVs are!
  13. kellyfoss

    February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!

    I like your idea of just sticking with it. I'm realizing now that I really, really don't want to go back to how I used to feel. Back when I thought that feeling sluggish, foggy and exhausted was "normal". I'm thinking I'll do the slow roll reintroduction where I introduce things as they appear in my life, but not particularly on purpose, if that makes sense. I won't say no to the cheese on a salad if I happen to be at a restaurant, and take note of how I feel. Then most likely go back to eating compliant after. I'm almost positive that dairy + me = no bueno. I've always suspected that, so that will most likely be a permanent change. And I don't much miss grains either (except my usual burrito bowl with rice at Chipotle... I can have that on occasion as a treat). I will need to, in moderation, have some sugar in my life in the form of chocolate. And I gotta have the sporadic glass of wine. So I guess maybe I'll be sticking to things 75% or so after Whole30? And I'm thinking I may do a full reset in the summertime once I'll be able to be outdoors exercising more frequently to get even better results.
  14. kellyfoss

    February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!

    I would stick to some black or green tea with lemon to help the throat, if you can. If you can find some all-natural Zinc and/or Echinacea supplements, I've found both of those help a lot with knocking out an illness before it gets worse. So sorry you're not feeling well! Drink a ton of water and try to get as much sleep as possible. I've been afraid of that myself with the seasons and weather changing the way it has... bleh.
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    February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!

    It is definitely real! This is why I'm so glad I never forayed into the world of other more serious drugs, because I'm fairly certain my addictive personality would not have served me well there. This month of forcing myself to find new ways of coping with anxiety and depression that don't involve sugar and/or alcohol has been so amazingly eye-opening! I'm really glad to hear it has done the same for you. The most important part is that we recognized it was a problem and took steps to remedy it. Keep fighting the good fight! (And dude I hear you on the "drug stash"... I always had a secret package of cookies or candy hidden somewhere in the house, even since I was a kid. No more!)