ErikaA

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    ErikaA reacted to finntx in Starting October 28   
    I haven't had time to update in a while, but I'm hanging in there. Some notable things from the first week;
    1. Willpower is, in fact, a muscle that must be worked to strengthen. A supportive husband is crucial. We had a date night scheduled for Friday with a compliant restaurant chosen and plans that didn't include drinking or desserts. All was set to go until our babysitter cancelled an hour before. I honestly froze. Here we were, no plans to cook dinner and we didn't want to take kids to the compliant restaurant. Groceries were mostly gone since we go shopping on Saturday. I told my husband that I was at a loss of what to do, this felt like a giant mountain that needed climbing and I was just done after a week of holding strong. He came through with a win, he suggested a quick run to the store to buy some salmon and zucchini and was on point with a recipe to make a quick dinner. He also hid the Halloween candy from me when I admitted my willpower was dwindling by the end of the week.
    2. In previous attempts at Whole30, I felt ALL THE THINGS that first week. Headaches, bloating, kill everyone that brings food in my presence. That first week always did me in because I would rationalize that a person just cannot function in life when feeling that way. This time, however, I felt a few things like a mild headache, somewhat mutinous at times, but all in all, I just felt great. I can't explain what the difference is this time. I know my diet was crap before starting so it's not like I was already eating cleanly and just had a few things to address, leading to an easy detox week. My diet has done a complete 180 coming on to Whole30. I felt like this was going to cause hell that first week. It did not. My willpower was strong throughout most of the week. The only reason I can attribute these positive things to is that I was just 100% done with feeling crappy and 1000% ready to make a change. 
    Some of the great things I've been feeling:
    1. Bloating is all gone. It's just not a thing anymore, where before, it was a thing that I spent a lot of energy being annoyed about.
    2. The energy roller coaster is now very boring. No more ups and downs with energy. It's pretty level all day and starts waning at about 730-8pm. I go to bed at 9pm. 
    3. Clear headed. I've been pregnant or nursing for the past 4 years of my life (i.e., my hormones have been all out of whack). This causes quite the brain fog and it is so frustrating to not be able to think at your normal level. This past week I have been more clear headed than I have been in years. It's not back 100%, but much further along than it had been.
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    ErikaA reacted to AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Happy day 13! Almost halfway there. Yesterday I drove all day for work so I ate a little weird. All compliant, but definitely not in the template form. I think it's important to not stress about not having perfect meals every day for every meal. That's what I tell myself anyway
    Hoping to feel the tiger blood soon... I feel like I have been tired like I was eating like crap. Part of it might be that my smoke alarm keeps chirping in the middle of the night until I reset it. Anyone know what to do about that?
    Hope you all have a great Wednesday.
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    ErikaA got a reaction from wholemom3 in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I haven’t posted in a few days, but have been following along and enjoy hearing how everyone is doing! 
    It has been a bit of a struggle on my end, keeping the motivation to keep on the W30, but I keep trying to remind myself that it will be worth it...I just need that tiger blood to kick in!!  Onward to day 13! 
     
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    ErikaA got a reaction from wholemom3 in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I haven’t posted in a few days, but have been following along and enjoy hearing how everyone is doing! 
    It has been a bit of a struggle on my end, keeping the motivation to keep on the W30, but I keep trying to remind myself that it will be worth it...I just need that tiger blood to kick in!!  Onward to day 13! 
     
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    ErikaA reacted to LIEvans in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Just read this and found it motivating:
    To Have What You Want, You Must Give-Up What's Holding You Back
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    ErikaA reacted to Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @LIEvans - that's funny, I helped fill a dump truck full of construction and household garbage for a dump run today, and I not only had the energy for it, I enjoyed working up a soaking sweat!  I tend not to do that kind of stuff anymore, as I have chronic back issues, but it was nice to feel strong and capable again, even if I end up paying for it tomorrow.  
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    ErikaA got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @Mama Pajama I love the day by day book...I had hesitated buying it because I wasn't sure if I would like the "diary" format, but I really think it helped make my last W30 as successful as it was.  I am following along in the book again this time, and it's been interesting to read my thoughts and how my body was reacting the last time compared to this time.  I highly recommend it!
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    ErikaA reacted to Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I really wanted a late night snack last night, and almost had one, justifying it by saying, "well, it's all healthy, on-plan food..." but I resisted, knowing that I wasn't really hungry, I was just bored, lonely, or wanting a treat.  yay me. 
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    ErikaA got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Although my family is not doing the W30 with me, they will still eat the same dinners I make. They tend to be a bit picky and don’t like pork, most red meats, and seafood so I usually stick to poultry and eggs as well, throwing in ground beef every now and again. It works for us  
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    ErikaA reacted to AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Day 4 yall! I had a headache all day yesterday despite drinking what felt like gallons and gallons of water. I had the worst charlie horse Saturday night, it was actually sore all day yesterday! It's amazing to me how quickly you can feel changes in your body. My ankles have been swollen for at least the last two months and last night I realized that even after being on my feet all day they weren't swollen at all. The cooking all the time though... it's a struggle! SO. MANY. DISHES.
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    ErikaA got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Day 4! I feel like my mood is starting to turn around - I was very snappy yesterday and my energy levels were a bit low, but by the afternoon today I was feeling better. 
    Not seeing changes in my skin yet like some of you (I’m envious by the way ) but I’m sure it will all come in time. 
    I’ve been keeping breakfast pretty consistent for the time being - eggs with mixed greens, served with coffee blended with coconut oil. Lunch for the rest of the week will be leftovers. Dinner tonight was chicken, roasted asparagus, and raw mixed veggies with a mayo based dip that I made. I made a huge batch of chicken, so I’ll use that for pre workout snacks and also mix into some other suppers the rest of this week. 
    Hope everyone had a good day!!
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    ErikaA reacted to RosyMV in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hi everybody I hope you all did well during the weekend!
    One thing that has been really working for me is remembering to take my time eating instead of eating fast as I normally do! My cravings were pretty bad today I wanted some type of smoothie bowl, but I didnt because of all the hidden sugars. Actually, that lack of trust has kept me from eating out more. I am asking more questions than my normal "does this contain dairy?". I find myself questioning what kinds of oils people are using and what type of sweeteners are in my food. Anyone else second guessing their local restaurants? I'm planning on making my own almond milk soon!
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    ErikaA reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Today’s success story?  I remembered to take my reusable bags to the grocery.(mentally doing a happy dance.)
    Today’s fail story?  I was three steps from getting in line with my full cart when I realized I had left my wallet at home.  (mentally falling flat on my face.)

    sooooo meal prep day is getting a bit of a late start, but luckily my plan calls for a huge chunk of meat in the crockpot and I can let that on over night if I need to.  I prepped a trial recipe of a black cherry bbq sauce yesterday, so all I really need to do today is prep salad stuff.  I’ve got this, but very glad I didn’t have a more ambitious plan in place!
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    ErikaA got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    You are not over-posting and, I could be wrong, but I think your belly feeling gross could be normal. I believe I’ve read/heard that as your body adjusts to the new balance of foods it can disrupt digestion at first causing bloating. It also could just be something you’re eating? Maybe keeping a food log/journal could help pinpoint what it is?
    As for your grocery and time budget - I think following the seven day plan is great for giving ideas on how to tackle the whole 30, but for me it doesn’t make sense. I do some prep work - I.e have extra cooked chicken (just a matter of throwing extra on a pan when I cook dinner on Sunday) and hard boiled eggs on hand for protein, I wash and cut up my veggies on the weekend and have cans of olives in the cupboard (<$1/can) for when I need extra fats.  As I mentioned earlier, I think this can be done while staying on budget (both saving money and time) you may not get the fanciest meals, but it has worked for me. Some of my favourite quick meals have been ground meat (whatever is on sale) with compliant tomato sauce (like $3/bottle) served with greens and olives, I also enjoy eggs with veggies, and leftover chicken cut up into a salad.  I hope it gets better/easier for you. 
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    ErikaA got a reaction from AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Relieved to know I’m not the only one feeling tired and sluggish today! I did some housework today which pushed lunch a bit later than I would have liked. Afterwards I was having such a craving for sweets!! I have resisted and am enjoying a coffee to pick me up (a habit I am also hoping to kick before the end of the 30 days). 
    @Crimsann thanks for posting the meatball recipe - it looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!
    @KCore1 sorry to hear you’re not feeling great - it won’t last forever and the Tiger Blood is just on the other side (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Hope you are feeling better soon. 
    I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend!!
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    ErikaA got a reaction from AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Relieved to know I’m not the only one feeling tired and sluggish today! I did some housework today which pushed lunch a bit later than I would have liked. Afterwards I was having such a craving for sweets!! I have resisted and am enjoying a coffee to pick me up (a habit I am also hoping to kick before the end of the 30 days). 
    @Crimsann thanks for posting the meatball recipe - it looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!
    @KCore1 sorry to hear you’re not feeling great - it won’t last forever and the Tiger Blood is just on the other side (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Hope you are feeling better soon. 
    I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend!!
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    ErikaA reacted to Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    had to run out to the grocery store to get a few things, and the chocolate was definitely calling my name, but I resisted!    I had a good breakfast and lunch, and my teen surprised me by eating the protein salad in bell pepper I fixed for him, along with a few apple slices!  then he made himself a pot of pasta with pesto...  I'm actually feeling FATTER, if that's possible!
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    ErikaA reacted to LIEvans in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I'm feeling slightly foggy-headed and fatigued. Nothing too extreme, but it's definitely there. My past experience says this will last for another 10-12 days.  I feel lighter already, too. I'm peeing like a faucet. Shedding that water weight!
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    ErikaA reacted to AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hi all! Day two! I feel lighter already...is that a thing?  Trying to add some foods in that I haven’t had for a while to make this seem like a treat at times. Went to Whole Foods and remembered why it’s nicknamed Whole Paycheck! Feeling pretty sweaty today and wondering if it’s the lack of sugar or just the North Carolina heat. I’ve checked my thermostat three times and it swears it’s only 70 in here! Hope you all are doing well this first weekend!
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    ErikaA got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hi Everyone,
    I will be starting my third W30 tomorrow, June 1, as well.  I started my first round in May of last year, but only made it about 17 days - I used non-compliant lime juice in a recipe and didn't have the heart to start over.  I completed my second round in January/February/March when I ended up extending it for about 75 days.  From there, I had been doing pretty good at eating healthy and enjoying my "food freedom" until my husband and I took a vacation at the beginning of May.  Since then I've felt a bit out of control and know that it's time to do another round to get me back on track.
    Good luck everyone!
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    ErikaA got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hi Everyone,
    I will be starting my third W30 tomorrow, June 1, as well.  I started my first round in May of last year, but only made it about 17 days - I used non-compliant lime juice in a recipe and didn't have the heart to start over.  I completed my second round in January/February/March when I ended up extending it for about 75 days.  From there, I had been doing pretty good at eating healthy and enjoying my "food freedom" until my husband and I took a vacation at the beginning of May.  Since then I've felt a bit out of control and know that it's time to do another round to get me back on track.
    Good luck everyone!
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    ErikaA reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hey guys, June is my anniversary month of my first W30 (can't believe that was 3 years ago already) and it always makes me want to stop whatever I'm doing and spend the month doing a reset.  This will be the longest I've been off W30 at a time in between since my last was in January and I'm excited to be back on plan.  It's also been a while since I've joined a forum group but since I'm doing this one completely solo irl I thought I would hang out here for the month and help support some new people as well as make sure I'm up to date on any changes to the program.  I will be doing a W60ish this time because I intend to continue straight through July as well.  
    My biggest struggle is getting up in time to make breakfast, it's a meal I did without for most of my adult life because I prefer sleep to food.  Not eating enough is my worst enemy, so the fact that I got in a real food hot breakfast this morning is my first mini-achievement and will be my focus for this reset.
    I'm looking forward to following along with all your successes!  
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    ErikaA reacted to Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    hey all!  I did some prep yesterday - made mayonnaise, coconut cream, ranch dressing, and tomato sauce - so I would have what I needed to succeed today.  I'm using the 7-day meal plan in the book as a guide, so for breakfast this morning I had a frittata with red onion, tomato, and spinach with a side of grapes and almonds.  it was DELICIOUS!  and I usually don't bother with breakfast, so I'm doing great so far, lol!  lunch will be a protein salad with a side of fruit, and dinner will have to be cooked early and brought along because my teen has a gig tonight, and there's always lots of junk there, which I Will Not Touch! 
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    ErikaA got a reaction from AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    My first round, I was a bit concerned with the cost too, but what I've found is that simple is best - buying whatever greens/veggies are in season, pairing with chicken or eggs is a quick and simple meal that can be affordable. Also, when I'm on W30, I eat out a lot less - not stopping for coffee each morning, not grabbing a cookie or snack at 3pm, and not ordering pizza or other foods on the weekend - this ends up being a bigger cost savings for us that outweighs any additional cost from the additional grocery bills.  Good luck!
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    ErikaA got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hi Everyone,
    I will be starting my third W30 tomorrow, June 1, as well.  I started my first round in May of last year, but only made it about 17 days - I used non-compliant lime juice in a recipe and didn't have the heart to start over.  I completed my second round in January/February/March when I ended up extending it for about 75 days.  From there, I had been doing pretty good at eating healthy and enjoying my "food freedom" until my husband and I took a vacation at the beginning of May.  Since then I've felt a bit out of control and know that it's time to do another round to get me back on track.
    Good luck everyone!