jodea

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About jodea

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  • Birthday 10/09/1979

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  1. I'm keeping on with it and feeling a little better. Avoiding nuts and raw vegetables and trying to drink a lot more water. I still feel bloated and my clothes are tight but I'm trying to keep in the right frame of mind. It's been really tough, particularly the mental aspect, this time. I need to just chill out on the food - I know how to handle that, and focus on things that are going to make me feel better.
  2. MeGA"gardener", thank you for your response! I do probably need to drink a bit more water, I start the day off great but it does tail off. Good point about skipping the Pre and Post WO snacks for the lighter Barre workouts, too. I've actually got a bit of a break from exercise coming up this week and am going to focus on walks and stretching instead. I'm feeling better already after reaching out and getting some good advice.
  3. Hi Chris, Thank you for your response. I take the birth control pill and I'm just over a week into a new pack. I did have an early and extra long period this time on my seven day break which I'm certain didn't help with the nut binges. On previous W30s I've had spotting and long periods, too. I really like the idea of cutting out raw vegetables, I think that's worth a try. You are right about the nuts. To be honest if it wasn't for my boyfriend I wouldn't keep them in the house and I won't be buying nut butter again for a while. Of course I know you are right about the job, too. I'm just not in the right state of mind at the moment. I'd like to try and finish out this W30 but will ease up on myself a little. That article about tossing the scales was brilliant, thank you for linking to it. J
  4. I've finally decided to ask for help myself rather than trawling the forums for the answers. I am almost done with my fourth W30 and I am hating it! I loved the first three and always felt the benefits, so I just can't figure out what's going wrong. I'm eating the same things as far as I can tell. In the past I've lost between 6 and 9 pounds, a good amount on my 5'3" frame and felt great. Better skin, more energy... this time... not so much. Not at all. In fact I had a feeling I'd gained weight and, I weighed myself this morning because as far as I was concerned, I'd quit the programme, and I've gained two pounds. I am not a quitter, it drives me witless to think I won't see this through, but I am feeling so demoralised right now. Bit of background - I spent most of my 20s and early 30s on a constant diet - Weight Watchers, Atkins, My Fitness Pal etc. Three years ago I discovered Paleo and loved the fact it focused on real food and I could stop thinking about calories. I lost weight naturally and felt great. January 2013 I did my first W30 and discovered even more amazing things and ways to eat. Vegetables at breakfast? Hell yeah! I also lost 9lbs but to be honest this was probably a little too low for my natural body weight. I did another in April that year and stayed the same weight which was cool. Then, over the next eight months or so I gained about 14lbs slowly over time, still mainly Paleo but slipping back to some bad habits and, eventually, some disordered binge eating. I was suffering from anxiety at the time, building up to a big round the world trip, so I was kind to myself and went for some counselling. We did our year of travel and my weight remained higher than I'd ideally like but pretty stable and I just didn't want to focus on it. Still mainly Paleo when I could be on the road. Now we're back and at first I felt great, eating well with some non-Paleo treats. I went back to my corporate 9-5 job which I am not enjoying, I have to say. Slowly some weight has crept back on. In the meantime my boyfriend was finding himself getting a bit sugar addicted and felt awful after a night on the booze. He suggested we do a July W30 and I said, why not. Fast forward to today. So, typical day/meals for me as I know you'll ask me to give you this! M1: Three egg frittata with roasted vegetables fried in ghee plus a couple of slices of smoked salmon and a heaped tsp of homemade mayo. Occasionally a few blueberries or a bit of mango on the side M2: Salad with palm size serving of chicken or mackerel or similar with half an avocado, drizzled with evoo. I typically add carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, beetroot and arugula. Occasionally a small peach or apple. M3: Grilled steak or roasted chicken with some sweet potato - the equivalent of a small one, and steamed vegetables drizzled with olive oil. Pre-WO: Boiled egg with a bit of mayo Post-WO: Smoked salmon slices with some sweet potato, equivalent of a small one Sometimes I'll have a mini meal if I'm hungry when I get in from work - some smoked salmon or a boiled egg, a small handful of nuts and some roasted veggies. I drink a small glass or two of homemade kombucha a day and lots of water and black tea. Workouts: Barre classes once or twice a week for an hour plus two hour long personal training sessions a week using HIIT and cross training. I walk for at least an hour a day but other than that I am sedentary at a desk at work. Sleep: lights out at 10pm, wake up at 5:30am. I typically fall asleep straight away and sleep well through the night. As I mentioned, work is the real sticking point for me at the moment. I am not very happy but I am taking steps to change this. I really want to see this W30 through, but my clothes are feeling tight and it's making me fixate on food. I've had about three little compliant binges on nuts, nut butter and Larabars over the past three weeks, when I've felt frustrated, tired and hungry, generally when I get in from work. I don't want to feel crazy around food. Thank you for your help.
  5. jodea

    Starting July 1st

    I know the feeling Stinabomb. Hoping to turn the corner soon!
  6. jodea

    Starting July 1st

    I'm glad it's not just me!
  7. jodea

    Starting July 1st

    Definitely been having cravings these last couple of days and having 'What the hell, I'm giving up!' thoughts. It's funny because this is my fourth W30 and it's the first time I've felt this blah when on it. I gave in and had a 'compliant' binge on some nuts and Nakd bars yesterday. Felt terrible after but also put things in perspective and I feel much better and able to carry on with it mentally today. Every W30 is so different. My boyfriend is doing it for the first time which is great but adds to the need to be organised with meal prep which sometimes gets tiring. Still, as I said, feeling better today and ready to stick it out!
  8. jodea

    Starting July 1st

    Starting my fourth Whole 30 on 1 July and my boyfriend is joining me for the first time which makes it great fun. My biggest tip is to get organised now - stock up on everything you need and make extra portions of EVERYTHING to avoid spending too much time in the kitchen. Enjoy everyone!
  9. jodea

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    I took to the scale this morning with some hesitation, not because I don't feel I've lost but because I don't want to get focused on that number. Still, I promised myself I will not get on for another month. 9lbs off Not insignificant on my 5'3" frame. I'm really pleased. I want to lose another 2lbs slowly over the next few weeks and will definitely keep with the rules in general. This time last year I'd started off lighter anyway and lost 9lbs and went to to the skinniest I'd been in about 10 years. I felt amazing but ultimately it wasn't really sustainable for me. My biggest battle this year is shaking the feeling that I need to be that light again and knowing what is healthy and sustainable for me. It's a battle but at least I'm aware. Have a good day whether you're trucking on or having a treat. I'll be sticking around, this is such a great group of people.
  10. jodea

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    I'm totally with you. This morning I looked at my stomach and thought "Wow!" It was the first day I saw a real difference. I'm a little hesitant to weigh myself tomorrow but am leaning towards doing it a bit more now. I know the number isn't the be all and end all but it will be nice to have a measure of the experience.
  11. jodea

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    DAY 30! Let's finish (or be part way there ) strong! Whether it's your last day, signalling a little break, or a marker on the way to your Whole "insert no. of days here", have a fantastic one and remember you're doing something THEY simply can't. Go ahead, be smug
  12. jodea

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    Hey, hey everyone. Good to see you all busy posting as we get closer to the big day... Lexes42 - I love your honesty and I know how easy it would have been to keep it to yourself like a dirty secret that would only have made you feel worse. Be kind to yourself. I dreamed last night that I ate sweets on day 30. For no reason! Obviously I was seriously annoyed with myself. The end of a long day but I'm back home after two days holed up in a conference hotel in London. So happy to be home! Today I made it to the hotel gym at 6:15 again after my half tin of albacore tuna and did a treadmill workout before a long day of being stuck in a room. The hotel were great with my food requests again, though... M1: 3 fried eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and a fig M2: salmon fillet with roasted vegetables and sautéed brocolli and green beans plus some melon and strawberry M3: roast chicken with sweet potato, carrot, kale and Well Fed mayo. I've had a headache for the past 24 hours but I think it's just tension and hopefully a good night's sleep in my own bed will help. Looking forward to a glass of Malbec Friday night! Not planning on any other changes to W30 that day. Done reintro before so I know the score there. Wine gets a thumbs up, in moderation of course!
  13. jodea

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    Thank you all for your supportive words! Today was much better and, funnily enough, my colleagues backed off with the comments. It was worth standing up for myself! Had a real treat this evening and walked to Picadilly Circus Wholefoods with two of my more open-minded colleagues and had gorgeous food from the Chef's Corner - sesame coated tuna and lots of scrummy veggies. I also stocked up on some fun snacks for post W30 like kale chips and almonds with raw chocolate. This kind of stuff is still pretty hard to find outside of London in the UK. I got up, had half a tin of albacore tuna and hit the gym for a bootcamp circuit at 6:15 this morning at the hotel. Busy running round the conference all day, stuck in a basement. Urgh. Managed a quick walk at lunch. Eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and bacon for breakfast plus a plum and some watermelon. Chicken salad with olive oil plus some melon and berries at lunch. Had a bit more fruit than usual today as they were kind enough to make me fresh fruit salads for my 'special diet'. Feeling great. Loads of energy despite working a really long day. Can't believe how close we are!
  14. jodea

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    Hey all, just a quick pre-bedtime rant. I'm away with work and just had dinner with colleagues who all know I'm doing the Whole 30. But for some reason tonight they could not stop making comments about what I was and wasn't eating to the point it made me want to leave. The final straw was when my boss said, go on, just a bit of vanilla ice cream... Well, that was it! I flipped out and asked him if he was high! Why would I ruin it 27 days in for VANILLA ICE CREAM! I also pointed out that his interest in what I will and won't eat is more about him than me. Did I cross the line? Maybe a bit. Am I sorry. No! You eat what you want and I will have what I want. On a lighter note I very much enjoyed my sea bass, spinach and salsa verde. The end. Goodnight!
  15. jodea

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    Semolina, I'm with you. I love cabbage and salads and all manner of veggies but can only seem to stomach roasted vegetables at breakfast. I tried a kale salad once. Blech! Any other time of day I'd be all over it.