jayelle

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  1. jayelle

    Anyone continuing Jan Whole30 to make a Whole60?

    Me, too! I'm on Day 37 and feeling great.
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    A Whole100 starting January 1st

    Whole30 is done! I've done 4, but have never continued. I felt so great (after feeling crappy during the holidays) by week 2, I decided to keep going. So, I'm plunging in tomorrow, and, as my 8 yr old daughter told me this morning, I have 70 days to go! Can't imagine feeling better than I do now, but I can imagine being smaller. Let's see what a Whole100 will do for my body fat %, Hope this thread gets active - I'm going to need encouragement (and recipes!). Jodi
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    Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!

    Congrats to everyone!!! I'm heading over to the Whole100 thread. I have completed 4 Whole30s, and now I'm looking at a longer term commitment to feeling great. I am even planning a compliant Super Bowl day! Good luck to all. Be good to yourselves. Jodi 3 time cancer survivor grateful to feel GREAT!!!
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    A Whole100 starting January 1st

    Hi, everyone. I can't believe that it's day 28 already. I'm still feeling great, and I'm planning to get through the Super Bowl with compliant snacks (guac and veggies, maybe chicken wings, meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, etc.). I am definitely craving a glass of red wine (my little treat when I'm cooking), but I can get past that. My only fear as I move forward beyond 30 (I've done several Whole 30s before, but never more than that) is that I'll go completely insane with a giant bowl of pasta or ice cream on day 101. My hope is that by then it just won't seem that appealing anymore. Even now, just thinking about how I would feel after that kind of binge is making me a bit queasy. I am going to have a body composition analysis at my gym on day 30, day 60 and day 100. Hope that's "compliant." I didn't do one before I started because I was afraid I'd get depressed. Rock on, 100s! Jodi
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    A Whole100 starting January 1st

    Hello, 100s! I started my 4th Whole30 on 1/1, and I'm determined to go to 100. I feel great, and, since I've done this before, I know how to shop and cook. I'm a three time cancer survivor, and a life-long compulsive emotional eater. I have focused on building my strength since my last bouts of cancer (last treatment was June 2012) with trainers at The Exercise Coach (high intensity interval training). I have made amazing progress - lower heart rate, off of pre-diabetes medicine, better stamina, STRENGTH. I am still, however, carrying way too much weight, especially around my middle-aged middle, so this time I'm aiming for some noticeable weight loss. That means limiting red meat and nuts. If I don't lose weight, but I continue to feel great, so be it. I live outside of Chicago, and I'm a single mom with 2 wonderful kids and a job that requires occasional travel. Looking forward to checking in with you all as we make it past the first 30! Best, Jodi
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    Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!

    Happy two-thirds everyone! (I'm at one-fifth, as I'm determined to do a Whole100) New breakfast bake recipe (this one rocks): -grease glass baking dish with coconut oil -sautee kale and onion in coconut oil (touch of salt & pepper), add to baking dish -crumble 6 slices of compliant bacon and sprinkle on top of veggies in baking dish -beat 6 eggs and pour over veggies & bacon -cover with alum foil and bake at 350 for about 40 min - I cut it into four sections, and bring one for breakfast each day YUM!!! Super easy Mexican chicken recipe for slow cooker: -chicken parts (I use boneless breasts) -compliant salsa (homemade would be great, but I found an organic one that's very good) -cook for 6 hrs on slow, chicken will be moist and easy to shred This time, I added some fresh garlic, cilantro and cumin. Even my kids loved it! I have been over-munching on nuts this past weekend (I'll blame it on too much time in front of the TV watching football). Must get that under control, as everything else is going well. Off on business trip #2 of the W30 tomorrow (one more next week), and I've already checked the menu at the restaurant where my business dinner will be. I will have to ask for some accomodation (please don't put any sauce on my steak or veggies!), but I'm ready for it. Today: M1: Breakfast bake, plus one apple, coffee with almond milk M2: Baked chicken thighs, avocado, raw cucumbers/carrots/red peppers, hard boiled egg M3: Mexican chicken, spaghetti squash Have a great day! Jodi
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    Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!

    Hi, all! I've been incommunicado - super busy at work, single mom with 2 kids. I started my (4th or 5th?) Whole30 on 1/1 and it's been AWESOME. My energy is incredible (fyi, I'm 54), my mood is VASTLY improved, and I'm not craving anything. My red wine craving from last week passed (thank goodness). I am seriously thinking about a Whole100 - anybody interested??? Interestingly, I was really hungry yesterday, so I ate more, but today I'm not very hungry at all. Food today: M1: 2 hard boiled eggs, carrots, cucumber, coffee with almond milk, herbal tea (decaf), half of a honey crisp apple (yum) M2: Mixed greens, grilled shrimp, hard boiled egg, tea, almonds Dinner out tonight with friends. I'm planning on either grilled fish, steak or chicken with veggie side. FYI, one of the best things I've done for most of the last 16 days was bake breakfast casseroles on Sundays for Mon-Fri grab and go breakfasts (I take them to the office so I can eat at 8:30 or 9am). Best experiment so far - shredded sweet potato as "crust" for egg/sausage/onion/spinach mixture. Need to read more of your posts!
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    Starting January 2nd

    Hi! I'm in prep mode for my 4th Whole 30. I haven't done one since last January, and I'm SO ready. I am usually a pretty healthy eater (Whole 30 changed my life), but recently have spun out of control. Funny (not really) how eating bad stuff makes you feel bad, but makes you want to eat more bad stuff. My body is screaming for clean eating. For the newbies, I can assure you that the way you will feel will be more than enough payoff for the effort it takes to complete the 30 days. I am a 3 time cancer survivor, and was in agony from the side effects of an oral chemotherapy agent that I have to take every day. The Whole 30 eliminated my joint pain and stiffness, increased my energy level and generally made me feel GREAT. Not just better, but GREAT. I don't usually weigh myself (it's an addictive behavior for me), but I know I shrink during the Whole30. The bloat disappears almost immediately. Good luck on this journey! I'll be here to give and get support. Jodi
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    Starting Jan. 2

    Hi, all. I can't believe this Whole30 is almost over. My plan is to indulge a bit this SuperBowl weekend (a dirty martini for sure). I have to admit I am looking forward to some coconut milk ice cream (ungodly expensive at Whole Foods, but well worth it for an infrequent dairy-free treat), too. My next Whole30 will begin on Monday, Feb. 3. It will actually be a Whole11, as I have a little vacation planned with my family, and I will allow myself some flexibility for a few days. Then right back to it! The key for me is not to stray too far for too long. I may not have a chance to post before this Whole30 is over, so THANK YOU to all of you for being here! See you again soon.
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    Starting Jan. 2

    Greetings from the land of high energy, no joint pain and happy taste buds! Oh, and sub-zero temps, but let's just forget that for a minute. I survived a business trip last week. Carried carrots and almonds as emergency go-tos. Figured before I left that I had to plan 3 meals while away - 1 dinner (I got to pick the restaurant - steakhouse), 1 lunch (was worried about that) and 1 breakfast (slam dunk - eggs are my friends). Lunch worked out fine (salad with roasted chicken, veggies, no croutons, no cheese, no dressing). Whew. Unfortunately, I saw my endocrinologist today (I'm a thyroid cancer survivor, not to mention breast cancer twice) and she forced me to step on the scale. Ugh. I was going to do the "don't tell me!" routine, but I decided to suck it up and see where I was. Somewhat disappointing, but I had to point out to my doctor that perhaps my weight had been impacted by my weight training. I invited her to grab my thigh ("rock hard" she said! btw, I'm 53 ), and allowed myself to think about my healthy behaviors instead of what the scale said (satanic device that it is!). Starting to worry a bit about Super Bowl party. Anyone ever make plantain chips? Be good to yourselves!
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    Starting Jan. 2

    I can't believe the first 2 weeks have been so easy (so far). It helps that my spousal equivalent (I'm too old to say "boyfriend") is being supportive and not tempting me with adult beverages. As for the food, I am loving it. I am a little burned out on cooking even though virtually all of my recipes are E-A-S-Y, but last weekend I spent hours in the kitchen roasting veggies and meats. Thankfully, I have a small TV in there so I didn't miss any football action! People have been telling me I look great, which is really nice. I suppose it's related to the fact that I feel great. Duh. I have at least 20lbs to lose, so I have a way to go, but I'm not stepping on the evil scale - that's another destructive addiction for me. Tonight, workout followed by some yummy compliant meal. Haven't made a curry yet - will see if I can whip up a quick one. Have a great day everyone!
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    Starting Jan. 2

    Survived my Friday evening martini craving last night. I'm not a big drinker, but boy I love my dirty martini after a long week! I am not craving anything else (thankfully), energy is up, joint pain still gone. Tummy gurlging is getting better (can be embarrassing in a meeting!). We are 1/3 done with this life-changing journey! I'm traveling on biz this week, so I have a couple of hurdles to jump over, but my commitment is not wavering - I just feel too darn good. Happy weekend, everyone!
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    Starting Jan. 2

    I suffered from interrupted sleep for a long time (fell asleep with no problem, then woke in the middle of the night). Melatonin has been a godsend for me. 3mg before bedtime. No hangover. Could be worth a try for you. Good luck!
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    Starting Jan. 2

    Hi, Tina. I can relate. For whatever reason, after 8 days of compliance, today I look as bloated as I did before the start. Earlier today I felt noticeably smaller than I did a week ago, but tonight I'm puffed up like a blow fish! Didn't have too much sodium, didn't binge (dinner was 2 turkey burgers and 1/2 butternut squash mashed with ghee and pumpkin pie spice (fab, btw). The truth is, it's too early to determine the effect of the Whole30 on our bodies. Hang in there!
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    First Whole 30; Starting Jan 2

    Survived a business dinner last night. Had chamomile tea to start (need to warm up anyway!), whereas my usual pre-dinner beverage would have been a dirty martini. Shared a salad, moved the croutons over to the side of the plate and skipped the dressing (salad actually tastes good with nothing on it but a little salt and pepper - try it!). Ordered a steak and steamed broccoli. Ate every morsel and enjoyed it. Lunching with a friend today. Planning on a big veggie omlette with fruit on the side. Energy level - great, joint pain - gone, motivation - high! Have a great day 7!!!!