MarieC1978

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    MarieC1978 reacted to Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    Today I spent 2 hours shopping and got so frustrated looking for ingredients, either their location, or finding one that didn't have sugar added!  I'll have to "wing" some of my recipes. Didn't want to repeat last week's.  I'm finding breakfasts the hardest. Does anyone have a good go-to?  
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    MarieC1978 reacted to amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    So.... I'm gonna start over. Long story short, I made poor choices yesterday. I could justify them, it wasn't terrible... but it wasn't on plan. I thought about just continuing on, but...I think I'm in a better place now. I want to do this right. Last week was a good "ease in" for me, good practice, if you will. And now...I'm ready to do this right. Day 1 tomorrow...again. 
    (Please don't kick me out of our little group!)
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    MarieC1978 reacted to anchorageali in August 7th Start Date   
    @Brensuma Thank you for continuing to post the quick reference graphics!  So helpful to have things handy at a glance when looking them up isn't practical or desirable. 
    We are allowed to have white (or regular/nightshade) potatoes now - the program did a reverse on that awhile ago. So fun having steak, baked potato and salad for dinner last night and breakfast this morning!  
    I tried to formulate an answer for the treat/SWYPO questions earlier. I could feel the answer but not articulate it so waited for someone smarter than me, i.e. @SugarcubeOD to answer. Thank you! 
    Hope all are having a beautiful Sunday. I am now bone broth and ghee ahead, Yay!

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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    OMG...THANK YOU @SugarcubeOD!  What you said makes perfect sense.  I was going to re-read the section in W30 again to make sure I understood the "Ground Rules," but you explained it perfectly!  Because I am borderline obsessed with my coffee (Venti Quad Nonfat White Mocha GOOP), I will use my Nutpods in a responsible non-SWYPO way.  If I notice I am drinking more Nutpod than coffee, I know I have a problem! 
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    MarieC1978 reacted to SugarcubeOD in August 7th Start Date   
    Hey guys!  Just wanted to address the discussion about coffee creamer and treating yourself.  First, nutpod coffee creamer is fine   What we don't want people doing is creating a concoction of coconut milk, dates, vanilla, cocoa and magic to make something that resembles the Starbucks Venti MochafrappaGoop thing you used to have an addiction to... But if you like creamy coffee, you can have creamy coffee  .  If you like black coffee but Fridays are the day that you have a nice creamy cup of coffee as a treat, that's okay too!  The thing about SWYPO is sometimes easier if you ask yourself if what you're wanting to eat or make is a concocotion... is it a kitchen science experiment of time and money to make something that's 'sort of' like the old thing but with compliant ingredients.  Almond milk isn't a concoction...  Now, if you were drinking a mug of nutpods with a splash of coffee, that would be a different story, but I don't think that's what's going on here  
    Now, the thing about treats... you ARE allowed to treat yourself, but we want you to do it in a healthy way and usually food isn't that way... that said, tea with a splash of milk in it is definitely an okay treat!  It's not going to set your sugar dragon roaring, it's not going to ruin your appetite etc... if you can see a negative behavior or side effect of having a cup of creamy tea as a treat, then you'd want to be honest about whether it's a good idea, but it's definitely allowed   If a cup of Earl Grey Tea with a splash of nutpods or coconut milk is what you consider a treat now instead of brownies and ice cream, then you GOT this! 
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    MarieC1978 reacted to amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    I struggle with the "line" when it comes to duplication. I get why you're not supposed to duplicate, but some of the stuff that is "okay" (like the compliant "cream" in coffee) is puzzling to me. 
    Or what about me:  I like black coffee and drink that in normal life. But I will now sometimes have some coconut milk in my afternoon coffee as a "treat"...is this actually not okay, since I'm not supposed to treat myself?
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    MarieC1978 reacted to Kdog777 in August 7th Start Date   
    It made me get teary eyed actually @MelissaSue. I felt like you were telling my story as well. I have an older sister that is absolutely beautiful, skinny, and tanned skin. Always felt inferior to that. I always wished I looked more like her and had her strong minded personality. I think now that this program is changing me for the better too. Each day that passes is an accomplishment now. And a day closer to completing something like this for the first time. I have said in the past I would do things but, never followed through. I actually feel like I can this time. Thanks to you all!!!!
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in August 7th Start Date   
    This is totally normal. Not sure if you are a tough love kinda person or if you need a more compassionate approach so here goes. 
    Tough Love:  This is not hard. It may feel hard in your mind, but you control your mind so it isn't hard. 
    Compassionate: I hope you feel better tomorrow. It's so hard to complete a W30 perfectly the first time through. And to quit smoking on top of that?!  
    Truth:  W30 is taxing on the system (and the mind) the first couple of go rounds. You have done so much work to prepare and now your body and mind seem to be fighting the process. Push through because you got this!  We are here for you. We are rooting for you!  You are amazing!  Tomorrow will be better if only on the inside. Your body is healing itself. Much like a burn or cut healing, your body will hurt a little during the process. Let it heal in order to be the best version of you!  
    I quit smoking a few years ago. I know it's hard!  I almost committed felonies left and right, but it got better a little every day. Just keep telling yourself "I am getting healthier and richer by quitting!"  Count every small victory and then focus on them instead of the bad. 
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in August 7th Start Date   
    @MelissaSue I was so happy for you after I read your post. 6 days in and you are already getting it. When times get tough, I want you to remember this day. Pull it close to you and use it to keep moving forward. So glad you could look past others choices and just make your own. Taking control DOES give you power - if only over yourself and that is a win!
    Today for me was rough. I have VERY little appetite as I have been trying to "eat" three meals a day. I have gastroparesis and it was recommended that I "eat" only one meal a day and drink my other "meals."  This is why I am doing W30. I want to control My gastroparesis instead of letting it control me. I am afraid it won a little today as I am nauseous. But...I have not thrown up in 6 days (usually throw up anywhere from 6-12 times a week after meals).  I gotta figure out what works for me. I am holding this close to me that if I can go a week, I can make it two weeks, then three and eventually I WILL WIN!  
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    MarieC1978 reacted to MelissaSue in August 7th Start Date   
    Hey guys! I just finished lunch on day 6. I ended up leaving for an unexpected conference trip so I have learned a couple things this weekend:
    Prep is key. I didn't want any excuse not to stay compliant so I packed a dozen hard boiled eggs, tuna packets,  individual meal prep containers (one for every day) filled with veggies and fruits, a mayo and ranch container, almonds, bagged lettuce, and Rx and epic bars for emergencies. We all went out to a bar and it was my toughest moment in these 6 days. I LOVE beer and trying new breweries but I drank water, had a salad with lots of stuff removed and avocado added with oil and lemon slices. TOTALLY pouted because I watched my hubby eat a bacon burger and beer. Once I got my meal I learned something else:
    This IS EMPOWERING. After my hard (and dramatic pouting) salad decision, I felt good. Like, really good about myself. That is the first time I felt good about myself in a long time. (Warning: getting sappy y'all) I have tried SO many things with a goal of losing weight so I could finally feel good about myself. I read Melissa and Dallas' books and did my research and made a list of things I would like to heal about myself (non-image based, heartburn, joint pain, skin irritation.... and lack of self love). Then I listed my whys. This self- exploration exercise is what I think made the difference for me. 
    GUYS. I'm changing. Not just body composition (which for sake of sanity, I've had to detach myself from), but my heart. I'm nice to myself... for the first time in a long time. This seems to make my days go easier, my meals easier. I'm finally taking care of myself. 
    Grateful for this program and for you all. 
     
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    MarieC1978 reacted to PenguinSews in August 7th Start Date   
    MarieC1978  thank you SO much!! I really appreciate the word choices!  
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from PenguinSews in August 7th Start Date   
    Two things have happened when I have been asked about W30. 
    1st:  This scenario usually happens with family and friends. They ask "What's wrong with bread?"  My answer "Nothing. I'm just trying to figure out if I have a sensitivity to it because I am having digestive issues." They ask "You make your own mayo?" I answer  "OMG yes. It's really good and I can change the flavor easily for what kind of food I'm having."  They ask "What's the W30?" I answer  "I would be glad to share my book with you, but in general it is a way to figure out what foods my body is sensitive to and to change the way I think about the foods I eat."  Either they continue to ask questions and are interested or they drop the subject because they don't want to hear anymore. 
    2nd: This usually happens with clients and co-workers. They ask a question and I answer them all with "I'd be glad to share my book with you. It has been really helpful to me. Is anyone else excited about college football in a few weeks?"  I always change the subject because 99.9% of the time they aren't really interested, but don't want to be rude by not asking. I let them off the hook by changing the subject. If someone seems really interested and keeps asking questions, I ask you (privately) if they are having issues. If the answer is yes, I let them know I will speak with them privately after our dinner/meeting/banquet/whatever. 
    My best advice is to read the room. Some will genuinely be interested and some are just asking to judge or be polite. 
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    This touches on something close to me...My name is Marie and I'm an emotional eater. Some people do not realize how hard it is to not pop something into my mouth every time I am nervous, upset, down, etc. I have an association with food that, to me, is completely based on mood. I also eat when bored. This has contributed to my weight gain over the years. I CLEAN when I feel the need to eat and I don't have anything else to do. I will clean closets, the garage, the floors, or whatever. I don't even tempt myself by chewing ice or brushing my teeth. I actually have to IGNORE my mouth - I know that sounds weird. 
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from PenguinSews in August 7th Start Date   
    Two things have happened when I have been asked about W30. 
    1st:  This scenario usually happens with family and friends. They ask "What's wrong with bread?"  My answer "Nothing. I'm just trying to figure out if I have a sensitivity to it because I am having digestive issues." They ask "You make your own mayo?" I answer  "OMG yes. It's really good and I can change the flavor easily for what kind of food I'm having."  They ask "What's the W30?" I answer  "I would be glad to share my book with you, but in general it is a way to figure out what foods my body is sensitive to and to change the way I think about the foods I eat."  Either they continue to ask questions and are interested or they drop the subject because they don't want to hear anymore. 
    2nd: This usually happens with clients and co-workers. They ask a question and I answer them all with "I'd be glad to share my book with you. It has been really helpful to me. Is anyone else excited about college football in a few weeks?"  I always change the subject because 99.9% of the time they aren't really interested, but don't want to be rude by not asking. I let them off the hook by changing the subject. If someone seems really interested and keeps asking questions, I ask you (privately) if they are having issues. If the answer is yes, I let them know I will speak with them privately after our dinner/meeting/banquet/whatever. 
    My best advice is to read the room. Some will genuinely be interested and some are just asking to judge or be polite. 
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    MarieC1978 reacted to PenguinSews in August 7th Start Date   
    Hi everyone! As you know, I've just started my Whole30 on Tuesday, so I'm on Day 5 today.  First time doing this, and so far, I'm doing ok. I did have some questions.

    Is anyone is using the Real Plans for their meal planning, etc.? I have my serving size set to "1", and I made a quiche with 7 eggs for breakfast! I made it on Tuesday, and just finished it today! Am I supposed to eat the whole serving?? That just seems like a lot of eggs, for example. I cook dinner for my family (me, my husband, and 2 year old), and it serves them too!

    Also have some family trips planned (with my parents) to see some cousins coming up NEXT WEEK! How can I answer their questions (if they come up), so it doesn't become awkward? Other than being confident, of course. I mean, what do I say to questions like "What's wrong with bread?", "You make your own mayo?!", "What's wrong with... honey, milk, etc.", or simply... "What's the Whole30?"... without showing them the book?

    Thank you, and so it's clear, I did scour all over the forum trying to find a place to post these questions, and couldn't find anyone who had asked the same. Maybe I wasn't using the correct search words? So, I didn't know what category to put them in. Maybe a moderator could help find a spot? Please? I can't find where to post on the Whole30 Facebook group either.... all of the pages I have liked seem to have recipes and that's it. :-( 
     
    Also, going out with family tonight for ice cream-- for them, NOT ME. Life sure is throwing me a curve ball!! Happy Saturday!
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    MarieC1978 reacted to amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    I'm glad I've got you guys to stay accountable to, because you're helping me stay on track. Woke up this morning and really wanted toast for breakfast. With honey and PB (go big or go home, I guess, lol). I thought about cheating. But then I thought about you all... I had scrambled eggs, zucchini, and a strip of bacon. 
    Doing some cleaning this morning and then taking this kids on a hike this afternoon. Have a great day, everyone!
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from anchorageali in August 7th Start Date   
    I hate you a little right now!  Just kidding. I don't hate black coffee. I just don't like it - yet. Last time it took about 3 weeks before it didn't bother me. I enjoy the smell and the way it makes me feel in the mornings to just relax into my day. I associate my coffe to a leisurely waking up. I am sure that is the one thing after W30 that I will need to constantly keep a reign on - only treating myself every once in a while or it will get out of control. 
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in August 7th Start Date   
    This is totally normal. Not sure if you are a tough love kinda person or if you need a more compassionate approach so here goes. 
    Tough Love:  This is not hard. It may feel hard in your mind, but you control your mind so it isn't hard. 
    Compassionate: I hope you feel better tomorrow. It's so hard to complete a W30 perfectly the first time through. And to quit smoking on top of that?!  
    Truth:  W30 is taxing on the system (and the mind) the first couple of go rounds. You have done so much work to prepare and now your body and mind seem to be fighting the process. Push through because you got this!  We are here for you. We are rooting for you!  You are amazing!  Tomorrow will be better if only on the inside. Your body is healing itself. Much like a burn or cut healing, your body will hurt a little during the process. Let it heal in order to be the best version of you!  
    I quit smoking a few years ago. I know it's hard!  I almost committed felonies left and right, but it got better a little every day. Just keep telling yourself "I am getting healthier and richer by quitting!"  Count every small victory and then focus on them instead of the bad. 
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    If we lived close we could do a cleaning party! My best friend growing up and I have been friends for 30 years!  We used to live around the corner from each other. Twice a month, we used to go to each other's houses and DEEP clean everything while the men cooked dinner and took care of the kids. It wasn't a girls night out, but the music was pumping and lots of laughs were had. The bonus was...we had clean houses and full bellies afterwards. 
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in August 7th Start Date   
    This is totally normal. Not sure if you are a tough love kinda person or if you need a more compassionate approach so here goes. 
    Tough Love:  This is not hard. It may feel hard in your mind, but you control your mind so it isn't hard. 
    Compassionate: I hope you feel better tomorrow. It's so hard to complete a W30 perfectly the first time through. And to quit smoking on top of that?!  
    Truth:  W30 is taxing on the system (and the mind) the first couple of go rounds. You have done so much work to prepare and now your body and mind seem to be fighting the process. Push through because you got this!  We are here for you. We are rooting for you!  You are amazing!  Tomorrow will be better if only on the inside. Your body is healing itself. Much like a burn or cut healing, your body will hurt a little during the process. Let it heal in order to be the best version of you!  
    I quit smoking a few years ago. I know it's hard!  I almost committed felonies left and right, but it got better a little every day. Just keep telling yourself "I am getting healthier and richer by quitting!"  Count every small victory and then focus on them instead of the bad. 
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from anchorageali in August 7th Start Date   
    I hate you a little right now!  Just kidding. I don't hate black coffee. I just don't like it - yet. Last time it took about 3 weeks before it didn't bother me. I enjoy the smell and the way it makes me feel in the mornings to just relax into my day. I associate my coffe to a leisurely waking up. I am sure that is the one thing after W30 that I will need to constantly keep a reign on - only treating myself every once in a while or it will get out of control. 
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    MarieC1978 reacted to Kdog777 in August 7th Start Date   
    Thanks Karen! I needed that! I am making dinner now actually. I decided to leave the pity party, lol. I literally broke down and was crying. But, I let it out and said "tomorrow will be better". Even if its not I can pretend it is. Yes, I have not smoked in 5 days! It is so tough. But, I'm also thinking at least I can't drink either as that would make it worse. As we all know those who have smoked that they go hand in hand. Maybe a walk after dinner will be good too. I just need something to take the edge off and a little sweating may just do the trick. Thanks again for the support as sometimes it can feel lonely.
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    MarieC1978 reacted to Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    If you run out of things to clean, you can head over to my house!  Lol.  That's funny though. I actually made a list of projects I want to tackle. I need to keep myself busy too!
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    MarieC1978 got a reaction from Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    This touches on something close to me...My name is Marie and I'm an emotional eater. Some people do not realize how hard it is to not pop something into my mouth every time I am nervous, upset, down, etc. I have an association with food that, to me, is completely based on mood. I also eat when bored. This has contributed to my weight gain over the years. I CLEAN when I feel the need to eat and I don't have anything else to do. I will clean closets, the garage, the floors, or whatever. I don't even tempt myself by chewing ice or brushing my teeth. I actually have to IGNORE my mouth - I know that sounds weird. 
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    MarieC1978 reacted to ItsAboutTime in August 7th Start Date   
    Have you tried the "whole30 compliant" Nutpods with your coffee?  I love my coffee and these make it much better than just black coffee??  You can order on amazon (a 3 pack variety) for a decent cost.