kirstenmichelle

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    kirstenmichelle reacted to angledge in Starting March 1st   
    I definitely had some brain fog today. At the pool, I could hardly remember what set I was doing, what interval I had set, or what rep I was on. Thank God there's a big giant line on the bottom of the pool for me to follow or I might've gotten lost as well...
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to hchc in Starting March 1st   
    A friend of mine introduced me to the idea of giving this Whole30 a try.  I have previously completed IQS and have food intolerances that steer me away from gluten and dairy so I was confident I could keep up to the food restrictions.  My husband has no restrictions to his diet so the challenge of no bread and cheese to a French Canadian was overwhelming to him.  I followed the hints and removed everything not allowed from my cupboards a week before and left the items in boxes on the floor in the kitchen.  The frustration of digging through them was enough to make you not want the item by the time you found it.  My husband was constantly complaining but I really think it helped him to see what items were not allowed.  I am the driving force and secretly, I am hoping he can cut grains and cheese after the conclusion of the 30 days and appreciate how much better his gut feels.  BUT I LIKE WINE.......  Oh, how I like my wine.  For me, this is the most challenging aspect of the diet change.  I am paying special attention to how my mind and body feel as I plow through this month coveting my wine cellar.  Last night a very thoughtful friend invited us over for dinner and cooked to the Whole30 plan.  The meal was great, the company was delightful and I woke this morning and said 'I had a good time last night'.  The big difference was I watched our hosts drink the imported bottle of red, saw them enjoying it, discussing the flavours, and smells.  I really thought I would have had negative, jealous and maybe even envious feelings over them taking part in my favourite activity, without me.  I did reach for a glass and take a few wonderful sniffs of the bouquet, but handed back the glass without a thought of sneaking a sip.  Don't get me wrong, I will continue to enjoy my wine.  But already at day 5 I am more inclined to pay better attention or the mindfulness of enjoying my wine, with it no longer being a habit to reach for a glass while I start to cook, no matter the day.  
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from angledge in Starting March 1st   
    @Gypsy3n8 One huge mind-blowing thing to attempt is to realign your thoughts on what "breakfast" has to be. You can have ANYTHING (compliant) at any time of day, so maybe you could try Dinner For Breakfast and see how that goes for you!? The first time I was offered "dinner foods" for breakfast it completely weirded me out, but with Whole 30 and the "please don't make me eat eggs anymore" that happens to all of us, it's a viable option. Also goes right along with the idea that we always have a choice. 
    Hopefully this helps. Carry on, egg-despising warrior. You got this.
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from angledge in Starting March 1st   
    Hey kids! Happy Day One! How's it going? Where is your head? Anyone freaking out? I'm obsessing and it's probably not very healthy. I'm very hard on myself...I hope that I can learn gentle sternness thought this round of Whole30 awesomeness. I'd never be so mean to another human being as I am to myself.
    Intention: treat myself as I would treat another in this place. Discipline, understanding, acceptance, and above all LOVE.  
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from angledge in Starting March 1st   
    Hey kids! Happy Day One! How's it going? Where is your head? Anyone freaking out? I'm obsessing and it's probably not very healthy. I'm very hard on myself...I hope that I can learn gentle sternness thought this round of Whole30 awesomeness. I'd never be so mean to another human being as I am to myself.
    Intention: treat myself as I would treat another in this place. Discipline, understanding, acceptance, and above all LOVE.  
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to Gypsy3n8 in Starting March 1st   
    @kirstenmichelle thanks.  I'm not averse to leftovers for breakfast, but my breakfast is usually eaten on the go, which is why a Larabar with a piece of fruit is perfect.  I'm up and out the door by 6AM, so I don't have time for a lot of AM prep or even really time to have a sit down breakfast.  I always have a snack at work around 9 and have lunch at 11, so today snack was apple slices with the almond butter, and I found myself sated enough to push lunch off until 11:30.
     
    Since today is a fast day for Lent, I'm trying to eat small and will have a nice big piece of cod for supper
     
     
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from MeadowLily in Starting March 1st   
    @jmcbn THANK YOU for linking that thread. Very helpful and very reassuring. Woot!
     
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from angledge in Starting March 1st   
    @Gypsy3n8 One huge mind-blowing thing to attempt is to realign your thoughts on what "breakfast" has to be. You can have ANYTHING (compliant) at any time of day, so maybe you could try Dinner For Breakfast and see how that goes for you!? The first time I was offered "dinner foods" for breakfast it completely weirded me out, but with Whole 30 and the "please don't make me eat eggs anymore" that happens to all of us, it's a viable option. Also goes right along with the idea that we always have a choice. 
    Hopefully this helps. Carry on, egg-despising warrior. You got this.
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to jmcbn in Starting March 1st   
    Those worried about communion might want to have a read at this thread where it is discussed at length.
    TLDR: God trumps Whole30
     
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to LindaLee in Communion   
    Chemically, theologically...that's all the same to me...
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to LindaLee in Communion   
    As far as I'm concerned, it's not bread or wine once it's consecrated...it's the Sacred Body and Blood of our Savior.
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to NancyD in Starting March 1st   
    I am doing this for the first time, ever!  Starting today.  I've loaded the house with necessities.  I am 48, 2 1/2 years out from a Gastric Sleeve and a wife and mother to two teenage boys.  I have had weight problems my whole life.  I lost 65 lbs on the surgery, but stalled at that point.  I would have liked to have lost an additional 30lbs.  My doctor suggested the surgery to help with my back pain, joint pain and arthritis.  I regained 20 lbs and started a low carb high protein diet.  I lost 10lbs and decided to get stricter with the Whole30.  A PA at my surgeon's office suggested it, as he had such luck with it.  My hope is all the claims that are made about this program are true.  I hope to lose weight and pain and gain energy and well being.  Good luck to all the others starting today!  I am excited and have the attitude that you can do anything for 30 days.   Here's hoping I can!
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to ayearinthelife in Starting March 1st   
    Last minute joiner here!  Decided yesterday to "enlist" for Lent.  I have done a W30 before and felt better than ever, but went back to old ways - way, way back to bad old ways! Joined the FB group (great idea!) and am ready to go.
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to Contradiction in Starting March 1st   
    Here for day 1!  First time I'm doing this and I'm a bit overwhelmed but I'll make it work.  Skimmed the books enough to understand what I need to do and I'll keep reading this week to get more acclimated. 

    It wasn't entirely my intent to do this for Lent, but as a lapsed Catholic I'm finding it amusing that I'm falling in line for it this year with by far the most challenging penance for Lent I've ever done.  Most years I say that I'm giving up Lent for Lent!
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to SPeffer in Starting March 1st   
    I do worry about the "after" with this plan b/c my bad eating habits go well past just poor food choices.  I am so hoping that this will help me move towards a change.  Though I've been think and made healthy food choices the majority of my life - I definitely do not have a healthy relationship with food.  I know it will probably take me a few rounds, but first I need to start this one!
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    kirstenmichelle reacted to Bonnielv in Starting March 1st   
    Hello, 
    I'm also starting a WholeLent. I've already done a whole30 last august, before a surgery, but they put me on a "no residue diet" after, which is basicaly grains, dairy and meat, and absolutely no veggie, and I put on a lot of weight (~7kgs). Three months after surgery, I can finally eat what I want, and I'm happy I can combine both Lent and Whole30. (they do not serve the same purpose, but it is no harm)
    My last Whole30 went quite all right, and posting on the forum was a great help (even if nobody is reading :D). 
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from angledge in Starting March 1st   
    Hey kids! Happy Day One! How's it going? Where is your head? Anyone freaking out? I'm obsessing and it's probably not very healthy. I'm very hard on myself...I hope that I can learn gentle sternness thought this round of Whole30 awesomeness. I'd never be so mean to another human being as I am to myself.
    Intention: treat myself as I would treat another in this place. Discipline, understanding, acceptance, and above all LOVE.  
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from Mountain Girl in Starting March 1st   
    Beautiful! I'm in! Thank you for knowing this and sharing with us.
    How very...serendipitous. ❤
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from Mountain Girl in Starting March 1st   
    Beautiful! I'm in! Thank you for knowing this and sharing with us.
    How very...serendipitous. ❤
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from Mountain Girl in Starting March 1st   
    Beautiful! I'm in! Thank you for knowing this and sharing with us.
    How very...serendipitous. ❤
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from Mountain Girl in Starting March 1st   
    Beautiful! I'm in! Thank you for knowing this and sharing with us.
    How very...serendipitous. ❤
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    kirstenmichelle got a reaction from Mj Slazak Courchesne in Starting March 1st   
    I just decided (literally one hour ago) to jump into March Whole30 Land. Whoo Hoo! Let's do this! Reading the book, Whole30, will hopefully keep me focused. I've read It Starts With Food but not this one.
    This will be my 3rd Whole30. I leapt face-first off the wagon after my last one and have gained 20 lbs since October 2016. There are other factors but I'm about over this stupid "food controls me" thing, so I am going to pay very close attention to my moods and attitudes this time around.
    I'll jump into the FB group but make no promises about consistency there, as that can be an insanely unhealthy timesuck for me. (That should be Melissa's next book: The Facebook Cleanse.)
    I'm excited to have found all y'all! We can do this!
    [Photo is a quote from the book. Copyright held by Melissa Hartwig & Dallas Hartwig] https://itun.es/us/j1BB4.l

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    kirstenmichelle reacted to angledge in Starting March 1st   
    OK, I've been dithering for days on whether or not I would attempt another WholeLent. I've done it the past two years (successfully in 2015, less so in 2016). But I think I need to give it another try. I really, really, REALLY need to drag my sugar dragon out back behind the woodshed & shoot it. 
    I've been easing into Wednesday by eating more-or-less Whole30 for the past week or so, with exceptions. I've got some meals in the freezer & plans for this week. My partner is not going to be joining me on this Whole30 but I'll manage.
    For those who are doing this Whole30 as a Lenten practice, I'd like to point out that the 30 days plus all the day of a full reintroduction takes you precisely from Ash Wednesday to Easter.