paleolala

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  1. paleolala

    Day 1 - 1/1/13

    So I finished my first W100 on April 10, 2013 and now, 10 days since I finished up I've been thinking a lot about the experience. I was pretty proud of myself for making it 100 days with no slip ups (to my knowledge). It certainly wasn't perfect - and there is much that I can improve on for me next w100 - starting tomorrow. Things to improve on: sugar (fruit) intake - I think I have to really focus on this second time around. exercise - I need more weights and cardio in the form of bike riding, bikram and kettle bells. routine - feeds in to the exercise issue and also talks to sleep. variety in my food - towards the end I was kind of on autopilot and forgot to enjoy it as much. Results - I didn't do measurements at the end (knowing I'd like to do a second stint), but I lost 5.5 kgs over 100 days which isn't massive, but still good. I feel less bloated, sleep better, levelled out my moods to an extent. But here's the big stuff. Without w100 I never would have realised that I have some bigger health issues at play. I was diagnose with adrenal exhaustion part way into this, and I know now there are bigger issues to tackle. I've had to give up some of my work and uni and take a big step back for a while. I've given up crossfit for now so as not to stress my body more. I've also had some emotional breakthroughs to do with using food as a substitute for intimacy and personal contact, which also feeds into my body image issues. The great thing is though, I can use w30 to keep treating these and to hopefully get them resolved. When the hartwigs say It starts with food, I think they're absolutely right. For me though, there are a few things that need to be resolved alongside it - namely stress and emotional issues. Here's hoping my second w100 yields some breakthroughs. I'd love to hear of anyone else experiencing similar challenges.
  2. paleolala

    Day 1 - 1/1/13

    Day 62 (?) - feeling really good and thinking I've probably entered the next phase of WHOLE 30 Life. I don't know if anyone is familar with dunning-kruger principle? That the less we know the more we think we know, and the further into our learning we get the more we realise there is to learn... It's kind of a nice feeling to have. I think too, I'm entering into the unconscious competence phase of learning. I've been through unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence and now finally, I'm feeling like I've kind of just got the hang of things. It is requiring less and less though, willpower and planning. I'm managing to just do it. A great feeling. I'm still feeling great, but stress has kicked in a little so my time and planning has been thrown out a little. Typically this would send me running for the choc chip cookies, doughnuts etc, but I'm cruising through (not withstanding the craving I have right now)! Rather than stress causing me to WANT more food, more likely than not I kind of forget I need it - I've broken the emotional/hormonal response that tied me to food. I'm making the most of this and having a very good look at all my hormones, vitamin levels and stress levels to try and get things sorted once and for all. I've been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue - elevated cortisol, oestrogen dominance. Mindful of being kind to myself as I tackle this in a long term change/holistic treatment way. Still haven't managed to bed down a good exercise routine, but I'm hoping this will come when things settle a little bit. I think I've been far too ambitious in the past. I'd like to end up with my daily ride, plus 3 higher intensity (crossfit) and 3 lower intensity sessions (yoga, walking) each week. All in good time though. My crossfit coach has been really great and very patient.
  3. paleolala

    Day 1 - 1/1/13

    Day 50. Half way through and hormonal like a crazy woman. I cannot stop thinking about brownies, chocolate, cookies, apple crumble, icecream. These are not things I have missed at all, nor necessarily things I want when I'm hormonal. I'm really tempted to have some of the delicious dark chocolate roasted almonds but I know they're off roading and I also know I can't control myself well enough to just have one. Instead I'm going to make homemade icecream with bananas or raspberries or something delicious. I'm finding I'm getting a bit bored of the food. I still enjoy eating it mostly but I'm a bit sick of cooking and I HATE doing dishes. It has been scorching hot here in Melbourne and I just wanted to have pho or something last night rather than cook. I'm still not feeling any slimmer but now isn't really the time to be too worried about it. Just need to get carbs into my body! Still LOVING sweet potato chips. Cannot get enough of them. Is there anything in particular I can be doing to keep things interesting? Anything I should be keeping an eye out for throughout the next 50 days?
  4. paleolala

    Day 1 - 1/1/13

    By the way, had the best bikram class this week. Hadn't been able to go for ages because my iron store have been so low I'd be unable to stand up for the whole class, but after a week of iron tablets I was stunned how much better I felt and how much I had missed it. Stoked. Safe to say I look a bit different in the mirror from when I was going regularly with this extra 10 kgs on me.
  5. paleolala

    Day 1 - 1/1/13

    Day 41 - Still sailing through and enjoying it, not thinking about giving up at all, in fact I can see this being the way I eat forever ongoing. I'm feeling good, my mood and sleep are great. I'm still loving the food. Not managing the 6 workouts plus my daily bike commute as I'd hoped. I did get in 4 this week and 5 days of riding though. I haven't really seen the revolutionary fat loss I was hoping for though which I'm finding upsetting and quite demoralising. I weighed myself at the end of my 30 days and I had lost about 3 kgs, and though I feel slightly leaner, less puffy and fleshy, I'm surprised I still feel so soft around the belly. I saw an old photo of myself today and I would guess I was about 60 kgs (20 kgs lighter than now). And of course at the time I thought I was huge but in hindsight I looked great. I'm really upset that at 27 I'm probably 20 kgs overweight, I hate my body as I have done my whole life and it doesn't seem to be getting better. I thought w30 would change that to a certain extent, but it hasn't done yet. I've thrown out ALL of my beautiful clothes, partially because they don't fit me, and partially because I don't really feel like they're "me" and I want to start from scratch and build up a wardrobe that really suits me. I've stored a box of another 10 or so items I couldn't bear to part with, that I'm hoping I'll fit back into. I've left myself with only 10 or so items that I can fit into comfortably - mostly trackies and loose tops. I feel like I'm in a good place personally and I'm ready to start building a wardrobe of beautiful pieces that feel like "me" but I refuse to do that at this weight. I'm so frustrated that I'm doing better than I ever have when it comes to eating well, exercising and being kind to my body and I'm still pretty much as heavy as I've ever been. I know it takes longer than 40 days to turn this around and I'm loving the benefits outside of weightloss, but I'm getting so frustrated that it just isn't happening for me. At this stage, I'm thinking I'm going to start paying closer attention to my fat and carbohydrate intake to keep them limited somewhat and really try to get into better routine so I can get more workouts in. I would love to hear from anyone in the same situation. What do I do to overcome this and really get the most out of the next 60 days?
  6. paleolala

    Macros

    Awesome. Thanks for that Tom. Trying to find the tricky balance between performance and losing the extra body fat I'm carrying. And I'm impatient in that I can only take a certain number of poor workout performances so I thought I'd be able to draw from the vast amount of collected wisdom here!
  7. paleolala

    Macros

    I think I've been misunderstood so I'll try this again. I sailed through my first 30 days with no off roading, without measuring my intake (a habit I was happy to let go of) and I'm feeling excellent. I've decided to continue for another 70 days because there are some habits I want to bed down and I want to find an ideal balance for myself. As part of this, I'm back to training more consistently and I'm finding the balance I've settled in for my first 30 days clearly isn't going to meet my requirements now that I'm working much harder physically. I've been referring to the Meal Template and I haven't hit the jackpot yet. I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and can talk to what kind of protein/carb/fat balance they've found most suitable with a similar workload. I'm well aware this varies for everyone, but I wonder what has been effective for others. I just want to know if I need to adjust my balance to accommodate more carbs/protein with each meal.
  8. paleolala

    Macros

    Hey all, I'm at day 35 (aiming for w100) and I know you're not meant to calorie count during the whole 30, but I've just plugged in the last few days of eating to see where my macros are sitting after a particularly lacklustre crossfit session tonight. I wanted to check what kind of a mix I'm sitting at with my new eating habits and see if there is room for improvement anywhere. I wondered if anyone has recommendations for a suggested macro mix for someone who is pretty active (a bike commuter + 3-4 crossfit sessions, a run and a bikram class a week), but with quite a bit of body fat to lose? I've been lacking a bit of discipline and sneaking in a bit too much fruit and a few too many nuts lately and I want to get these under control and make sure I'm getting all the fuel I need. I'd like to be able to tweak my intake slightly to maximise my performance, but I'd also love to start slimming down. Would love any advice! Thanks!
  9. paleolala

    Day 1 - 1/1/13

    Well I'm done - through 30 days but I'm soldiering on to day 100. I'll post a proper update on my blog on the first 30 days.
  10. paleolala

    cravings

    Thanks for your responses gals. Its funny. I don't think its the extinction burst for me. It feels exactly like normal hormonal cravings, except usually I'd just allow myself to feed them with choc chip cookies etc. Even while I've been eating paleo, I usually give myself permission to lapse around now. That said, maybe that's why the cravings are so strong - I've always just fed them! I'm planning to cook something delicious (and compliant) for dinner. I'm thinking sweet potato chips, steak and broccolini followed by mango with coconut milk. Any other suggestions? What's the ultimate cravings busting meal?
  11. paleolala

    cravings

    Well ladies, I've just been hit with the sledgehammer of cravings. I'm on day 23 of my first W30 (actually I'm aiming for w100) and so far I have pretty much sailed through. It hasn't been perfect (too many nuts, fruit and probably not enough vegies) but I've mostly avoided cravings and certainly haven't off roaded. I'm also on day 23 of my cycle and all of a sudden I am absolutely consumed by food thoughts. Donuts, bread, banana chips - any thing doughey, crunchy or sweet. I know it's the hormones, but I need to figure out a way to fix this otherwise I will never make it through 3 more months! Hoping the hormones will ease off with each month, but I need help NOW! Someone please help me!! I'm thinking I probably need a hit of fat and protein? And maybe some more sweet potato chips... Please tell me what to do before I go and stuff my face with cake!!
  12. paleolala

    Day 1 - 1/1/13

    Day 23 and I'm copping the cravings big time. I really want crunchy carbs! Only a week to go until I've successfully completed 30 days. Only 70 more to go after that!
  13. paleolala

    Day 1 - 1/1/13

    Day 20 done. Two thirds of the way through my first whole 30 and still sailing. I went to a french music festival yesterday and still has no issues. Pretty proud that I haven't even thought of caving yet. Spent the whole day looking at lots beautiful people in impossibly chic outfits and thinking how amazing it would be to wear whatever you like without having to worry about how you look, what fits, what's appropriate etc. Looking forward to that for sure. I've become very aware that I'm not doing the best w30. A little too much snacking, probably too many nuts, not quite enough vegies, too much fruit and not enough exercise. I think my next 80 days will be focused on trying to perfect these things. As always it comes down to preparation for me. Going to do a full weigh and measure on day 30 then stay off the scales for the rest of my w100. I have a wedding to go to at the end of it so going to buy myself a lovely new frock for the occasion.
  14. paleolala

    Day 1 - 1/1/13

    Thanks lady! I don't really look like her in real life though! Congrats to you on getting through 4 w30s in 12 months! What a feat! I'm sure you must feel amazing for it. MCed and event tonight and didn't get home til 11ish to my salad waiting for me in the fridge. Did not even feel like touching any of the very yummy looking cocktails or nibbles at the event- Which is great! At the same time though, I can't help wondering what it is that is different about the whole 30 that is making this stick? I've tried to correct my poor eating habits time and time again and nothing has worked. Why now? Why this? If anyone knows the answer I'm all ears! I'd love to be able to apply some of this to other behavior change work I do! And also to be mindful of whatever it is as I try to make this permanent. My body is definitely aware of being back at crossfit. Front squats, lunges and thrusters yesterday have me feeling rather ginger today. A session in less than 7 hours so best get some sleep - or try at least! It was 40 degrees in Melbourne today and not expected to get below 30 overnight. Phew!
  15. paleolala

    Whole30 for life?

    I know how you feel Maria! I'm only on day 16 of my first w30 ever, but I've decided I'm going to extend it to at least 100, and likely stay with it ongoing. Like most people there are a few things I'd like to add back in, which have never really been problematic for me - 85% chocolate, perhaps the occasional goat's dairy - but on the whole I want to stick pretty close because I feel so much better for it! I think everyone makes their own rules post-w30 (from what I've been reading here anyway). Just being mindful of any bad pre-w30 habits and monitoring them after, as well as keeping an eye out for any new ones forming will let you settle back into your own routine/balance. Good luck!