Dannelle

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About Dannelle

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  • Birthday 08/27/1885

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    Female
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    Minnesota
  • Interests
    My Family and Friends, Scrap booking, Going to Garage Sales (I Know I am Weird!) Watching My Son's Baseball games!

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  1. Dannelle

    Starting March 1

    Safe Travels!
  2. Dannelle

    Starting March 1

    HI Everyone I am Dannelle, I would love to join this group and share in the journey with you all! In my experience, this doesn't work without a support system! I completed the whole 30 challenge back in February 2017 AND IT FELT AMAZING!!!! (emphasis on amazing, because seriously you will not believe how good you feel the last week of your journey!) Not to say it didn't come with challenges and late night cravings because it definitely did. I was fortunate to have a good group of Whole 30 supporters who got me through it! I hope we can all be that to each other this time around! Since 2017 I have fallen back into terrible habits, Comfort eating, stress eating, failing to prepare and grabbing the easiest and likely the unhealthiest snack around. I know, it makes NO sense to talk about how Amazing the whole 30 made me feel and then to revert back to bad habits that made me feel frumpy and sluggish. It's like going to the gym or exercising in general. I know I am going to feel better afterward, I know the results are worth it, but I just don't want to LOL but hey, at least I'm being honest with myself. This is going to be my 2nd "SUCCESFUL" whole 30 journey. I have made many attempts to start back up, but for reasons that I cannot logically understand I have not been able to bring myself back to it. Today is Day 3! It was a rash and impulsive start and pretty poor timing on my end if I am being honest ( Which I always am... a little too much :) I too suffer from chronic illness which forced me out of work early 2017. That has come with its own set of challenges and sacrifices. We have had to be inventive with our finances which we have succeeded in doing, but at the moment finances are tight and eating healthy is not cheap. HOWEVER No more excuses for this girl!!! Me leaving work and being chronically ill with Lyme's Disease and Fibromyalgia is also what lead me to Whole 30 in the first place. When Medications were barely medicating and physical therapy didn't bring enough relief my doctor suggested going Gluten Free. I started doing some research and found Whole 30, which seemed extreme to my doctor at first, but when he saw results he got on board! By cutting out all irritants out my diet, my pain was significantly better! By slowly introducing things back into my diet I learned that dairy, wheat and gluten are all big No No's for me! Unfortunately just because I learned it, doesn't mean I stuck with it …. I look forward to taking this journey with everyone and making healthy choices STICK! Dannelle
  3. Hi All, I am looking to restart the Whole 30. Last time I did the Whole 30 I thought I would never go back to unhealthy habits. I felt AMAZING! Now I just want that feeling back! My skin glowed, my energy levels were out of this world, I lost 24 pounds and was starting look as good as I felt! Not to mention I have a chronic illness that seemed to nearly disappear!!! Not sure how I fell so far from that feeling, but I want it back! One of the things that really helped motivate me was having a solid group of whole 30ers to go through the challenge with. Is anyone Starting soon and what are your plans to get going? I need some motivation to start this lifestyle back up! Dannelle
  4. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Thank you for sharing this insight! I have not been enjoying my fruit correctly!
  5. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Happy day.... 21? I have sort of lost count which is amazing!!!! This no longer feels like "How many more days to I have to keep this up?" and more like " I Never want to eat food that makes me feel like crap again!" I'm not going to lie I really wanted to cheat and have a beer last night. A gorgeous day of yard work, followed with a relaxing and much deserved bonfire. A beer would have gone hand in hand, but then my husband asked me how many days I have left and if it was really worth it. THAT WAS ALL I NEEDED TO HEAR! We have come so far! I hope everyone is feeling great and sticking with it! NSV: I no longer feel like someone who lives to eat, but someone who eats to LIVE! NSV: Rocking a pair of skinny jeans I haven't worn in almost 3 years! NSV: Other People are starting to notice the changes and complimenting me (feels pretty good!) NSV: BUT MOSTLY I FEEL GREAT! I think I am a life long advocate for the whole 30!!! I am a little nervous about what happens after day 30.
  6. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Has anyone else noticed a big fluctuation in their cycle? I typically do not get a period at all because of the IUD, but I have had a heavy period for the last 4 days. Which is completely abnormal for me! Another one of my girlfriends recently finished her Whole 30 and said she has gotten her period 3 times in the last month and a half since starting her journey....... anyone experiencing similar symptoms or have any thoughts on this and why it is happening?
  7. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Holy smokes everyone can you believe its nearly been 2 weeks since we started this journey together! I can't believe how spot on this timeline has been for me. The past couple days I have found myself driving past Taco Bell, Dairy Queen and Wendy's thinking how good it sounds..... It is so weird because it really doesn't sound good at all! I feel like I am craving it because I think I should be craving a burger or melty crunchwrap, but really as soon as the thought pops into my head my conscious kicks in and reminds me that I really do NOT want fast food, at all! It is greasy, unsatisfying and always leaves me feeling bloated and gassy! And I guess that is the only tool I need. I know how good I feel now and I don't want to ruin it with empty nutrients. With that said, I am completely out of fruit in my house and may need to make an emergency pit stop at the grocery store! The Chocolate Cravings haven't completely subsided and I truly have never been a big Chocolate eater unless..... it's that time of the month (sorry male readers, you may want to stop reading here!) Has anyone else noticed a big fluctuation in their cycle? I typically do not get a period at all because of the IUD, but I have had a heavy period for the last 4 days. Which is completely abnormal for me! Another one of my girlfriends recently finished her Whole 30 and said she has gotten her period 3 times in the last month and a half since starting her journey....... anyone experiencing similar symptoms or have any thoughts on this and why it is happening?
  8. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Good Afternoon Day 9! I survived Yesterdays Mammoth Sized Chocolate needing meltdown, but I relied heavily on fruit to get me through so I am not quite sure if that counts as a victory or not... Thank you for the support everyone! @elaes I have been making separate meals forever!!! My Son has always been a picky eater and very underweight as a young child so the Doctor told me to pick and choose my battles and just get the kid to eat.... But Now, You are so right it is old! My only suggestion is make enough for everyone and if they don't want it they are on their own! (+ you'll have leftovers! ) I just started doing this in attempts to get everyone to start eating healthier with me. Some days it works and some days my kids have cereal for dinner.... Takes the stress off me and hopefully they come around fully! Have you tried Real Plans or Mealime? I Use Mealime as it is truly free with a more affordable upgrade option. I have been getting awesome recipes from the app. The other night I made a Cod Piccata with Roasted Asparagus and my husband said it was the best meal I Have ever made! So far all meals have taken very minimal prep time and cook within 30 minutes to an hour which is key as some nights the last thing I want to do is cook!
  9. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Day 8 is not going so great!!!! I WANT CHOCOLATE and I want it BAD!!!!! I Won't give in, I won't Give in, I Won't Give in!!!!
  10. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Happy day 7 fellow Whole 30ers! Can't believe we have already made it a week! It definitely hasn't been without challenges! After Day 2 I didn't think my family would live to see day 3 let alone 7 I may be grasping at straws, but I have began to notice minor changes and they feel great! Yesterday I put on a shirt that any other day would make me feel frumpy and "fatter than I chose to believe I was" But yesterday I feel I pulled it off well! My skin is beginning to look alive again! Not only is my 30 yr old acne disappearing but there seems to be a glow to my skin that I didn't even realize was gone. My appetite has decreased and every meal I make is delicious and keeps me more than satisfied until the next! I have to admit I need to stay away from Potato's of all kinds they are just too yummy! The Greatest change has been with my mood/attitude. I am loving my new workout routine and looking forward to the next.... WHO AM I??? I hope everyone is doing well, I can't wait to hear about challenges and celebrate success's with all of you! Oh and I almost forgot... Cigarettes haven't crossed my mind for more than a split second since day 3!!!
  11. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Happy day 5 yall! I can't say I have seen many changes in the mirror and I completely overindulged on roasted potato's last night! In the past that would be enough to say the hell with it for me, BUT I have seen and heard the testimony's of Whole 30 and I am feeling rather optimistic that this is the change I have been needing to make in my life! While I don't see physical changes in the mirror I guess you could say I see the difference in my mood and attitude! @MtnGoat HUGE PROP's on your dining out experience! While it stinks being that awkward customer sending food back it is amazing that you did! I have been avoiding eating out in fear of food envy, but the fish, Kale and Broccoli was a great choice and sounds delicious!
  12. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    I am learning there is nothing wrong with going to bed at 8pm on those kind of days! Hang in there @asbren13 If you can do 30 days of this, just imagine what else you can accomplish!!! Here if you need extra encouragement or just to vent! Thank you @River30 for your words of encouragement! It is not the fist time I have quit but I am feeling very confident it will be the last!!! I am starting my Yoga/Piyo routine today! I have also found Meditation to be my best friend!!! It is a skill that must be practiced and I am not that good at it yet, but when my irritation levels are on 100 it is unbelievable what 5 minutes of mediation can do for you!
  13. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Morning all! Hope everyone is still going strong! I set reminders in my phone just in case I was in a mood.... and I gotta say optimistic me is really annoying haha! Just Kidding so far I am feeling pretty darn good! I am starting my new work out routine today and still feeling super motivated! This mornings reminder should anyone need some extra encouragement! Keep Fighting and stay strong! Remember everything you have to gain from this experience, The outcome far outweighs today's challenges so take it day by day and keep your head up!
  14. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    So good to have support through this group! We got this!!! I got giddy this morning thinking about just how amazing day 30 is going to feel!!!
  15. Dannelle

    Starting March 12

    Ugh you just made me jump into the Kill every thing stage Hahaha just kidding Good for you, hope tomorrow is equally awesome for you!