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  1. asbren13

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    I am both proud and disappointed with myself. I went slightly off-plan today. Why am I disappointed? Well I had a morning reception with our CEO and had half of a corn muffin. I didn't mean to mix the gluten/sugar combo but I did. Gut & digestion-wise I felt fine afterwards, but I did notice I felt slightly tired afterwards. However, after having some water I felt great. Then since I am part of the Fun Committee at my office, I ended up having half of very delicious chocolate cupcake. I am feeling pretty good right now. I am a bit lightheaded but I think thats from a lack of water and blowing up a bunch of balloons for our "party". Now, how on earth could I be proud of myself for having the corn muffin & cupcake? Well because for once, I actually was able to just have 1/2 of the item. I used to be the person who was unable to save desserts for later because I inhaled them. I know I still have a sugar dragon, but through this Whole30 I have gained some strength and was able to fight it more than I have done in years. I honestly think that if it was before finishing the whole30, I would have had much more than I did. However, I showed a lot of self-restraint and didn't feel like it took too much out of me. Pre-Whole30, I would have probably struggled really hard with only eating half the muffin/cupcake and not trying any of the other snacks. This is huge and I am proud of myself. Tomorrow will be back to whole30 and we'll see if there are any other effects I notice.
  2. asbren13

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    Day 31 here! Woke up and weighed myself and I lost about 10 pounds. It might have been a little more or less since I was bad and didn't weigh myself the day before I started. I still need to take measurements, but I am pretty sure I lost some inches too. One of my rings has gotten so loose I can no longer really wear it on my ring finger since it might slide off. Today I think I'll be introducing sugar, but I am not 100% sure yet. I might do wine with dinner. I had a whole30 compliant breakfast and have a lunch packed. It depends on how today goes.
  3. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    And Day 30 is done!!! I will be moving to the reintro thread, but couldn't help posting that I made it! Woohoo!
  4. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    I am so proud of everyone! Congrats @MtnGoat for finishing! I think there are a bunch of people finishing today and then I'm one of the last in this group to finish tomorrow. I have to say I'm not sure I would've been able to do it without this group! Part of me felt accountable to you guys since I knew you were all doing it too! Today was a tough day due to some personal things going on in my life. I have also felt sick, so I took it easy and didn't really eat much later on. I am feeling okay, but I don't want to risk feeling worse by eating anything. I hope all of your final days have been going well and I can't wait to see you all on the other side!!
  5. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    Day 27 here. I am also getting very curious about my weight and measurements. I didn't do this for weight loss so even if I gained weight (which I don't think is likely), I wouldn't be disappointed. I am also trying to plan my reintroduction and I am so nervous. I did this sort of on a whim since I am always tired. I feel more energetic on whole30, but I don't know if it's just a placebo effect or avoiding certain food groups. We shall see. I haven't really noticed any differences in my exercise routine, which I found a little surprising. I would have thought with potential higher energy I would find my workouts easier or something, but they felt the same. I know I still have a few days left, but I would be surprised if I feel any differently over the next couple of days. I know the reintroduction period is introducing an item and waiting two days, but part of me is thinking that if I don't notice any ill symptoms on the second day, maybe introducing the next food group. I don't want to rush through reintroduction, but I have plans the next two weekends where I would ideally like to be able to participate in. Who knows how I'll feel in the moment though. For all I know I could realize I have zero desire to really eat/drink different things. I can't wait to hear how everyone else's reintroduction periods go! I am so proud of all of us. We are some badasses. Tonight I am thinking of making chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries, and green beans. I want to shake things up and I feel like I haven't had chicken in forever (like 36 hours) and I want to eat my sweet potatoes in a different form than just mashed or baked. I also used Real Plans, but I don't think I will be continuing. I ended up using recipes in the cookbook or found online. There are so many great online resources! I feel like I discovered half of them by accident.
  6. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    I'm still around! Day 23 has arrived! I made the most delicious recipe last night for dinner and just have to share. I made Jay's Baking Me Crazy Paleo Lemon Butter Chicken http://www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com/2016/01/06/paleo-lemon-butter-chicken/. It was so easy to throw together and tasted amazing! I had friends over who are eating normally and thought the chicken was delicious too. I will say I am ready to bring wine back to my dinners. Also chocolate. I've started thinking about re-introduction and have decided that I'll be introducing alcohol (and I suppose be more relaxed about added sugars) on my first day since I don't really eat legumes. I think I will definitely carry over eating like this and cooking for myself more frequently, but be slightly less restrictive since that has not helped my food anxiety that much. I do feel like my relationship with food has gotten better. I have realized that when I am bored I want to eat & snack, so now I am going to be more cognizant of *why* I want to eat and if I am actually hungry or just bored.
  7. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    Day 21 here. I have been suffering from crazy chocolate cravings. It got so bad I started looking up swypo brownie recipes, but distracted myself for long enough that the craving eventually diminished to a much easier level. My energy levels have been great. I have been sleeping so well and so much. I feel like most of my clothes are much looser on me which has been great. I didn't do this to lose weight but I think I'll be disappointed if I didn't lose much. I also think my skin is looking much better. I'm not sure I've hit tiger blood status yet, but there is still time. I am also getting so proud of willpower. I went on a double date last night and everyone had a drink besides me, but I didn't really care? The only thing I cared about was that my friend got fries that smelled amazing and my date's dinner looked phenomenal, but other than that it was totally manageable. Oh actually there was one part that was difficult. The waiter ignored my note about the perfectly plain hamburger, so I had to scrape everything off. I basically sliced off the top of my burger so that any remnants of the cheese and bacon were completely gone. Otherwise dinner went really well and I was able to handle asking for substitutions (since usually I hate being that person in the restaurant). Overall it was a good night On another (maybe TMI note), I got my IUD removed earlier this week since I had such terrible symptoms on it and I was supposed to get my period yesterday. As of now, I still haven't gotten it, but I feel like I read that it's definitely possible for your cycle to change during the whole30? I am not sure, but I'm personally thrilled since my period was always coming slightly early. It's nice for it to come a bit later.
  8. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    I am so excited to have made it to Day 17! I am usually that type of person who gives up after a week or so, but I've been holding strong. I am feeling so proud of myself! I think I slept too much last night and that's why I am feeling a bit more groggy than usual. Also @mtngoat, I totally know what you mean! I used to hate making lunches since I thought it took forever. This morning I woke up and realized I forgot to make lunch for myself last night so I whipped up a hamburger, sweet potato mash, and broccoli in like 20 minutes WHILE making my breakfast. It's so awesome! I also am regularly eating breakfast when that was just an occasional morning occurrence. I am also so impressed with everyone showing such strong resolve at the various parties and temptations that have come up. Part of me attributes my success so far to the fact that I haven't been around too many temptations.
  9. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    Now that this has been getting easier and I am in a better routine, I haven't felt the need to post about my experiences. So Days 9-11 went pretty smoothly minus the whole kitchen sink faucet breaking. Fortunately I got a fancier new faucet and it's more powerful than my old one so cleaning dishes has been a breeze! Day 10 was especially exciting since I went to a networking happy hour and I resisted all temptations to get a cocktail or indulge in the fried food everyone else was eating. I nursed a club soda with lime and it was great. I felt so proud of myself for resisting the temptation considering how hungry I was! Last night during my boxing training session though I was definitely dehydrated and had to take it easy. I need to work on upping my water intake. I think I am starting to get in a rhythm with cooking, meal planning, etc. I am definitely over the initial excitement, but I am enjoying the routine. Day 12 is off to a good start. Lunch will be leftovers from yesterday, but dinner will be awesome. I am going to be making rosemary seared lamb chops, mashed potatoes, and steamed asparagus. Some NSVs I have been noticing include: waking up much more easily (I still struggle with the getting motivation to leave my bed, but I am so much more alert than I was before), clothes feeling a bit looser, and just an overall sense of increased positivity and happiness. I am regularly a fairly happy/positive person, but I feel like I have become more positive/happy recently. Can't believe how fast this has been going!
  10. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    So, my heat has been broken since Sunday and I am hoping that gets fixed soon. However, now my kitchen sink is no longer working and I have a mountain of dishes I need to do before I can start cooking for tonight. I could use a glass of wine, but I honestly think that breaking my whole30 would set me off more than everything else has so far, so I am holding strong. It is so frustrating though that right now I literally cannot clean any dish unless I want to clean them in my bathroom sink or bathtub.
  11. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    Good morning everyone!! So Day 8 was another successful day in the books. I went out to eat at this build your own salad/bowl takeout place and asked the ingredients for everything I chose. Everything was compliant yet I was still nervous that I ate something that wasn't compliant and I'd need to start over again. Then I got a stomachache within 30 minutes after eating. I was so concerned I ate something uncompliant that I called the place and asked again for the ingredients. Again, everything was compliant. I think I just stressed myself out so much I gave myself a stomachache! Once I knew that everything was compliant for sure, I felt much better. I also resisted the temptation of getting a drink since I went to a Plant Night and was surrounded by people drinking, including my date for the evening. Day 9 looks like it should be another great day. I am going to make a late breakfast with a burger and a fried egg or side of scrambled eggs. To be determined. Lunch will be some kind of leftovers and dinner will be a garlic chicken cooked in my slow cooker. No crazy plans for tonight so I'll probably work on cleaning my fridge and getting rid of expired leftovers. I love seeing how successful everyone is so far! It's so inspiring!
  12. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    So days 5-7 went pretty well! I didn't post anything but I was definitely perusing all of your posts for motivation & support. Friday flew by so quickly and I was so happy that I had my lunch at the office. Definitely made life easier. Dinner was leftovers but then I went out with a friend and we ended up at this bar. She got a cheese platter and it was so tempting, but I behaved myself and got some compliant duck fat brussel sprouts which were not too terrible. The cheese look way more delicious though. Saturday I had a late brunch of leftover potatoes, broccoli, and a hamburger. Then went to that hot pot place which was delicious. We went to see a movie and not getting snacks was a bit difficult, but once I was in the theater and watching the movie it was much easier to not care. Sunday I had scrambled eggs cooked in leftover burger fat/juices from the previous day which was amazing. I then did more grocery shopping and had more leftovers. For lunch I made these great paleo/whole30 chicken 'tenders' which were delicious. Dinner was another hamburger, a cinnamon sweet potato mash (which was made with coconut oil and I'm not sure I am a fan). Made lunch for today last night which is going to be some of the leftover chicken tenders, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and leftover sweet potato mash. I had scrambled eggs for breakfast again today. So this is a funny sidenote, but about a year ago I tried giving up facebook for a month and for some reason I found that way more difficult that I am finding this whole30 program. I mean I deal with annoying cravings every once and awhile and it is difficultish having a social life with this program, but honestly I don't think this is as difficult as I was anticipating. We'll see how I feel by the end of the week though. I am feeling pretty good though if I managed to make it through St. Paddy's Day weekend easily.
  13. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    Day 4 went pretty well. Ate leftovers for every meal, which was pretty delicious. However, I started snacking on my almond butter, which I know is bad since I should only incorporate it in my meals and not use it as a snacking mechanism. I put it in my cabinet since it was out in the open before which made it easier to indulge. No more though! My workout session went okay. Not the best, but not as bad as I was expecting either. I went to bed at an earlier time which was lovely. However, I woke myself up sobbing uncontrollably at like 4am this morning. Why? Oh because I had a dream that I drank an entire cocktail and a sip of another before realizing I was on Whole30 and I felt so guilty. Then when I woke up and realized that was just a dream I almost started crying again, but tears of happiness. The mind is cruel. This morning I pushed myself to go to the office and brought leftovers from lunch. Hopefully Day 5 goes as smoothly as Days 2-4! (Day 1 I completely forgot lunch so I am not counting that as a smooth day).
  14. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    So Day 4 for me. I slept 9.5 hours last night. Thank god my job lets me work from home. I hate waking up and struggle with it, but once I decided it was time to get up I honestly felt great! No headaches or fatigue like normal. I am a bit irritable but nothing too major. Also I can't decide if my skin is looking better/feeling softer or if it's just me looking for benefits. Last night's dinner of (compliant) turkey bacon and beef burgers, roasted potatoes, and broccoli was delicious. I was also slightly bad and snacked on some (compliant) almond butter (which was my first time eating it and damn that was delicious) while I was cooking. I realize that I am trying to break this snacking habit, so I am going to do my best to only incorporate it during my meals and avoid the mindless snacking. I also learned that I am currently not a fan of the Whole30 ketchup, but that's okay since I didn't really need it for my dinner! I am normally a huge ketchup person so it was exciting that I was able to eat a meal without it when in the past I normally would have had a ton of ketchup. This morning I thought of breakfast as meal #1 so I had leftover roast chicken and mashed potatoes with some of the leftover au jus from the chicken. It was delicious. Lunch may be the same or some of my leftover chicken tikka masala. This evening will be a real test since I will be going to the gym for the first time since I started Whole30. At least I know I have healthy & delicious meals waiting for me for afterwards! Seeing all of you guys who are a day ahead killing it is really inspiring to me! Same with those who are also on the same day. I feel like it's been so nice to read through your posts and get inspiration and support!
  15. asbren13

    Starting March 12

    Quick update. Because I am lazy and the sidewalks are icy, I decided to be super lazy and just place my grocery order via instacart. Expensive, yes, but now I am getting only what I need. I am a terrible shopper because I always end up ignoring my shopping list, so I feel like this was a safe bet for today. Plus I can't deal with other humans in a grocery store at the moment.