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    mandab17 got a reaction from kellyfoss in 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. 
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    mandab17 got a reaction from kellyfoss in 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. 
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    mandab17 got a reaction from kellyfoss in 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. 
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    mandab17 got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in 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. 
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    mandab17 got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in 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. 
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    mandab17 got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in 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. 
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    mandab17 got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in 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. 
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    mandab17 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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    mandab17 got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in 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. 
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    mandab17 reacted to marthab in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    day 25 for me and I am over it. just like the book says. So I am trying to come up with ways to compensate. I had some walnuts with coconut and raisins with cashew milk and it seemed like that will tide me over.
    I am in it for the long haul so I need to expect crappy days I guess. I am also resisting the scale. 
    NSV!! no tums, no gas, clothes are looser, less money spent on eating out!! 
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    mandab17 reacted to BajaChick in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    It is a real addiction, and fuels the "food with no brakes" like jet fuel! Whenever there were sweet treats at the office, I would take one, and find some way to go back for more, to get one "for my coworker" or even try to be super incognito so no one would see I was eating enough for 4 people. Always left me feeling sick, disgusted and wanting more. My company gives us a pre-loaded credit card to buy junk from the break room, and it was not uncommon for me to move right from the Krispy Kreams to bags of Reeces Pieces, M&Ms or an ice cream bar. Suddenly I've consumed 1,000 calories in sugar, fat and processed flour.
    My husband travels a fair amount, and when he was out of town I would just go crazy. No one to watch me, no one to see the empty ice cream carton or cookie package I just bought. So much like a drug addict hiding their drug use or alcoholic sneaking booze. When I quit drinking I had immediate health benefits, and noticed a difference every single day. I feel the same way about sugar today. I'm a better person, physically and mentally without the sugar dragon on my back! Better sleep, healthier nails and generally feeling so much better! So glad I found this program
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    mandab17 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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    mandab17 got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in 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.....
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    mandab17 got a reaction from Photogirly in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    This is now my favorite tomato sauce! And pairing it with spaghetti squash has made me not miss pasta! This is one of my favorite meals now! 
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    mandab17 got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in 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! 
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    mandab17 reacted to Jess_ 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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    mandab17 got a reaction from diamonds422 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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    mandab17 got a reaction from diamonds422 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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    mandab17 reacted to diamonds422 in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Stay strong! Last night I had my first feelings of wanting to quit. I made a double batch of the no-fuss salmon cakes** and they are definitely not no-fuss. I didn't sit down to eat until 8:40 p.m. And I didn't have parchment paper so I used foil, and even with the cooking fat brushed on the foil they stuck like glue. Argh! So frustrating. At least they were delicious, and so is the homemade tartar sauce (didn't have pickles so I used capers--yum). But yeah, trying to flip those stupid stuck-on salmon cakes when I was tired and hungry damn near made me cry. Why did I think foil would be the same? Sigh. 
    This morning I worked out for the first time since starting and I felt amazing. The difference was incredible. That is definitely helping with the negative feelings. 
     
    ** To my fellow canned sweet potato searchers-- Take two sweet potatoes with peel still on, prick them all over with a fork and put them in the microwave on a paper towel. Microwave 5 minutes, flip, then 5 more minutes. Let cool while you're doing other stuff, then cut in half and scoop out the insides. Voila! Yes, you can always roast, but I live in a one bedroom apartment in Houston and roasting makes it too hot inside, even in early March, so I try to keep oven use to a minimum. 
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    mandab17 reacted to Kick the habit in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Im with you!  I posted a similar observation yesterday.  I'm just really tired and sluggish these past two days, no energy to work out and going to bed earlier than normal.  And like you, the food tasted much better last week!  Maybe our bodies are getting used to eating less, because I also found that I wasn't as hungry when eating my meals.  Looking to change up some meals next week to get the fire going again!  Good luck!
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    mandab17 got a reaction from diamonds422 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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    mandab17 reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    So two funny things happened today...
    First off, my school is doing a weight loss competition and today was a weigh in day.  I closed my eyes and didn't look and also asked the trainer not to let me know what I weighed....will power people.  We initially weighed in on Jan 27 and I know I have lost since then before Whole30 even and she seemed happy with the progress so that's good.  Anyway, I was telling her about the Whole30 and after explaining she said "do you know how hard that is!?!?" YEAH GIRL. YEAH.  I know how hard it is! I'm on day nine!  Oh my.  I love it.  Also, I had wanted to make turkey burgers tonight and found ground turkey already formed into patties.  Yes, for the win.  I go to checkout and at the last minute I checked the ingredients and they had sneaked some sugar into the patties!  Come on.  I was so mad, but in a rush so no turkey burgers tonight (I have ground beef I'll use instead).  
    I feel like so far the biggest thing that I have learned is that we have been tricked into eating copious amounts of sugar when we think we are being healthy!  Like even healthy food brands.  Sometimes I pick up things I know I can't buy just to see the ingredients and it is just really eye opening.  I am still really happy with this program and hope that post-Whole30 I can live an 80/20 lifestyle using Whole30 as a my base.
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    mandab17 reacted to BajaChick in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 10
    Just sat down for lunch and I have tomorrow's breakfast and no lettuce for my protein salad! Good lord when will the brain dead-ness leave me? 
    I ran a Sales meeting at 7am and to bribe my team I brought breakfast. Bacon, egg and cheese bagels and I had to pick it up! Rude, now my car even smells like it. I had my W30 approved breakfast with them. I knew the temptation would be too great if I had nothing. One of the more health-conscious guys was a little jealous of my frittata sweet potato bowl!
    Going ok, making W30 approved Clam Chowder tonight. I cook a lot, and I'm finding it's pretty easy to modify my existing faves to fit the program. Some work, some don't work as well, but the learning what does work is kind of fun! 
    I have a W30 friend who lives the lifestyle, and she's great support. She shows me this is a way of life, not just a 30 day challenge. I have a lot of hope because of her! 
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    mandab17 got a reaction from kellyfoss in 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. 
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    mandab17 got a reaction from BajaChick in 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.