mandab17

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    Atlanta, GA
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    Cooking, crafting, teaching, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family.

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  1. mandab17

    Feb 27 Reintro Group!

    So I had a couple of pieces of chocolate today, and I must say, it tastes different now. It's a weird taste...not sweet like I found it to be before Whole30. And I'm not craving it. I was able to have 2 small pieces and stop. I'm still nervous about undoing everything that I accomplished on Whole30, but I'm getting better about it. I've had bread yesterday and today with no adverse reactions, so that's making me more comfortable about adding it back into my diet. My dinner tonight will be completely Whole30 compliant because I feel like I need it. I'm still recovering from my car accident, so I'm tired thanks to the medication that I'm on. But, I'm better than I was doing yesterday, hence why I'm able to cook a compliant dinner tonight.
  2. mandab17

    Feb 27 Reintro Group!

    I had a fun-sized bag of M&Ms yesterday, and I was so worried that it would awaken my Sugar Dragon and set me off....but it didn't! I had the one small bag, and I haven't craved sweets! This makes me feel better about riding my own bike, and it lets me know that I can keep up this lifestyle! I did reintroduce bread today....but not really by choice. I was in a car wreck last night, and was left with 2 back sprains. So, I'm stuck inside and having to order food (Uber Eats has been a lifesaver today). So, I had a bagel (no cream cheese or butter, just the bagel) this morning, and a sandwich from Subway for lunch...with no cheese. I feel like I'm doing okay, but I'm not sure what to do for dinner. Maybe order a burger and roast some potatoes? I don't want to go off plan too much.
  3. mandab17

    Feb 27 Reintro Group!

    So, I decided to try "commercially" produced fries today at school, instead of my usual baked potato. However, I think my school bakes the fries, so I'm not sure if that counts as reintroducing something or not. But, tonight at my other job, they will be having pizza, so I plan on eating a slice of that. We'll see how it goes! I'm a little nervous about reintroduction because I worked so hard over the last month, and I don't want all of the strides that I've made to be undone. That has happened so many times before, and I'm tired of falling off of the wagon. It hurts! I think this may be harder than the actual program!
  4. mandab17

    Feb 27 Reintro Group!

    I'm so glad you created this group @TeacherFitJourneyy! I loved having a place to come to and talk about what was going on during the program, and I'm so glad we have another space to do that during reintroduction!
  5. mandab17

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

    After attending a party on Saturday where I couldn't eat any of the food (thank God I had dinner before going) and attending a field trip where they served Chick-fil-a (I packed my lunch), I'm glad that the 30 days is almost up. I don't plan to lose control, but it would be nice to have a burger with a bun (which is what I want on Wednesday), and it would also be nice to go to a party and be able to eat a few chips or a brownie or something. However, I plan on sticking to this lifestyle 80% of the time. It's been great to bring my lunch to work and not have to worry about paying for cafeteria food. It's also been nice to cook dinner. I love to cook, but I rarely did it before this, so it was nice to get back into that. I love how I'm feeling, I love that I have energy to do things, and I love how my clothes are fitting now! I am more confident in myself, and now I'm planning to see what other ways I can improve my life. I have never stuck to any diet for more than 2 weeks, but this time, I get to say I made it through the whole program! The pride that I have in myself for making it is worth everything that I've gone through this month to get here. And I can't wait to see how well my health keeps improving by sticking to the program the majority of the time.
  6. mandab17

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

    Day 26!!! What?? How has this gone by so quickly? I have already decided that I will not go back to store bought ketchup again, and that Sunshine Sauce is a mainstay in my house now. I've been eating it on pretty much everything, including my scrambled eggs this morning. It may be the only way I can stomach eggs for the moment! I'm also very excited every time I look in the mirror because I can visibly tell that I've lost weight, and my clothes fit so much better now! I have even gone down a size in jeans! Another huge NSV is that I have the energy when I get home from work to take my puppy on a long walk. I even managed to get in 3 long walks when I was home sick on Tuesday. Usually when I'm sick, I'm on the couch all day with no energy whatsoever. This program has given me confidence, as well as a doable healthy lifestyle, and I couldn't be more thankful. I love having energy to make it through even tough days, and still have energy to take care of my family.
  7. mandab17

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

    We're almost done!!! I think I'm going to do the slow reintroduction and introduce things as they happen. I am loving how I'm feeling, and I'm not wanting to go back to my old ways. I also realized that I don't miss certain foods like I thought I would. I don't miss chocolate or cheese like I thought I would, and those are things that I had all the time before Whole30. The only things that I'm really missing are ice cream and rum. But even then, I don't see myself indulging in them like I used to. Those will be special occasion items from now on.
  8. mandab17

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

    Happy Day 22!! So, we're almost at the end of our program, and I get sick. Go figure. I woke up this morning with a sore throat, and as the morning has progressed, my body has begun to get very achy. I have some cough drops that also help soothe a sore throat, but I don't know if I should take them. I was reading the ingredients and they have glucose syrup and soy lecithin in them. I'm assuming they are off limits because of the soy, correct? I don't want to derail my program this close to the end. Any other ideas on what I can do to soothe a sore throat?
  9. mandab17

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

    Day 17, and I think the tiger blood is starting to kick in! This week is one of the most exhausting ones that I've had in a long time. But, despite waking up completely exhausted, I have so much energy right now! This is amazing. I'm not stressed out about the fact that I won't get home until after 9pm tonight, or that I will be eating dinner super late. I'm calm and actually happy. Even my students are behaving, and not stressing me out (then again, school just started 20 minutes ago, so we'll see what happens the rest of the day...). I feel really good, and other people are starting to notice. In fact, both my mom and my uncle have started W30 because of the effects that it has had on me, and how much I've been raving about this program. And one of my coworkers is talking about starting it, too. However, I am officially sick of eggs. They are now making me gag.
  10. mandab17

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

    Happy Day 16!!! Daylight Savings Time has messed with me, and I'm pretty tired right now. However, I think that should straighten out in the next day or two. At least I hope so. I am not feeling the tiger blood yet, but I have noticed that my nails are stronger. I'm a lifelong nail biter, and my nails have always grown in weak and with ridges and stuff because of the years of biting them. However, since starting W30, my nails have grown in stronger than ever, and they are completely smooth! So, as a treat to myself for making it halfway through the program, I gave myself a manicure, in a brighter color than I normally go for. I'm feeling more confident in myself, and I no longer feel like I have to do what everyone else is doing to be happy. Let's hope I keep that attitude this weekend. My fiance and I are planning to go out and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with our friends, and that means going to a bar. I'm the only one who won't be drinking, so we'll see how hard it is for me to keep that attitude then. However, my fiance has been very supportive of me doing this program, and he's constantly making sure I'm sticking with it and not doing or eating things I'm not supposed to. He's already reminded me that I can't drink this weekend.....
  11. mandab17

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

    We've made it to Day 11!! I'm having some NSVs going on, most notably that my engagement ring is getting looser, and pants that were super hard to zip up on Monday were so easy to get on today! My acne and eczema have gotten worse, but I knew going into this that they would get worse before they got better. And they are starting to clear up now! I'm still in the same food funk as everyone else, it seems. I'm having to force myself to eat things, and I am really wanting some non-compliant food right about now. My fiance and I are planning a day trip to somewhere this weekend with our dog. I'm pushing for Lookout Mountain, GA so we can give our dog some much needed exercise. I know that I need to plan ahead and pack some compliant food, but I don't know what I should pack. I was thinking some jerky and Larabars, but is that good enough? Also, what stores carry compliant jerky? I was at Publix last night, and all the jerky I looked at had added sugar. We're getting there, guys. Let's keep it going!
  12. mandab17

    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.
  13. mandab17

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

    So, it's day 9, and I've done pretty well up to this point. However, one of my students just walked in my classroom and said she had a present for me. It's a cookie. With LOTS of powdered sugar on top. How do I handle this? I don't want to hurt her feelings, but I also don't want to derail my program. And @kellyfoss, I am right there with you. I can't believe I bought another 18-count of eggs, either.
  14. mandab17

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

    @BajaChick I like your attitude! I'm trying to have the same attitude as well. The week wasn't super hard for me, except for those nights when I got home late and just didn't want to cook. Luckily, I had some leftovers that I could eat. I also get finicky and go off of my meal plan because I decide that I don't want what I planned for that night. I need to be better about that over these next few weeks.
  15. mandab17

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

    I can't find them either! Does anyone know where to get them???