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invinciblechar last won the day on August 17 2017

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  1. 8/7 start Reintroduction

    Just an observation about dairy choices on my dairy reintroduction day... in all the rows and rows of yogurts in the grocery store, I was able to find one and only one option that was plain (no flavor/no added sugar) and used whole milk. It's pretty delicious! I'm still dreaming about noncompliance. I ate McDonald's in my dream and then was full of guilt/shame. I hope reintroductions are going well!
  2. 8/7 start Reintroduction

    I thought they meant wait until the end of the 30 days to weigh/measure/take pics. Well, even if they didn't, that's what I did! I did all of that this morning. Down 5.8 pounds, and reduced all of the measurements I took, including 2.5" from my waist!! I didn't want to get bummed if the numbers weren't as impressive as I had hoped, so I made myself write down all my nonscale victories before stepping on the scale. I gotta say, there were a TON! Great job, @Karen L !! I'm with you, I'm happy to take my time shedding weight this time around. I haven't even really thought of a goal number. I guess I don't really have one. I just want to be happy in my own skin again. I have some more work to do to get to that point. But in the meantime, I'm a lot more confident with how I look now than when we started. I will take it!
  3. 8/7 start Reintroduction

    I have a confession to make. My boyfriend, who lives across the country from me in San Francisco, is coming to NY for a visit next Thursday. When I looked back at the Reintroduction schedule in the Whole30 book this weekend to prepare, I realized that the reintroduction process would last until the day he leaves at least. I didn't want to add stress or a regimented eating routine to his visit, and so I decided I would truncate the reintroduction, taking only 1 day of Whole30 eating between each reintroduction day instead of the recommended 2+. However, I have had a change of heart. It made me sad to think I wouldn't really know 100% how each eliminated food group affects me if I don't give it enough time to affect me and then clear out of my system before introducing another food group. And that seemed like it would have rendered the past 30 days of hard work a waste. Well, okay, not a TOTAL waste, because of course, many good things have come from it, but I'm such a nerd about data that to tarnish my own experiment seemed like a shame. Also, more and more I've been thinking that I want to continue eating like this for the long run. Maybe I'll add a glass of wine or a beer or two every once in awhile and relax my ingredient policing when I eat out, but, for the most part, I'd like to eat in a Whole30-compliant way. Not only is it because of how I feel now, which is vastly different from how I felt when I wasn't being mindful about what I put in my body, but it's also because the more I read about nutrition, the more I'm convinced that this is so necessary. I see the awful outcomes of my parents' diet unfolding every day now, and I can't let that happen to me. I may not be able to stop the effects of aging, but I can thwart some of the lifestyle-related conditions and complications that only get worse with time. I ain't going down like that. So now I am about to sit down with a calendar and re-plan out my reintroduction schedule. Hm. Or maybe I'll wait until tomorrow night and do it over MY FIRST GLASS OF RED WINE IN A MONTH!!!!!! My man will just have to deal with all of my delicious, home-cooked, nutrient-dense meals, and the fact that I won't be drinking. I think he'll live.
  4. August 7th Start Date

    In a weird way, I'm almost sad that we're at Day 30, and the main phase of our reset is ending. I've been disciplined for short periods of time in the past, but never in a way that felt this all-encompassing and sustainable. And certainly never in a way that I wanted to keep doing it! I always would celebrate my victory (usually measured in lbs) a little too hard with beer and sweets, because food was my reward, kickstarting the backward slide that continued until the next period of attempting to right the ship. But this time is different. I worked too hard and feel too good to revert back to my old ways immediately. This feels like such a big accomplishment that I want that feeling to continue. Yeehaw to all us Aug 7 babies!!!!
  5. August 7th Start Date

    Way to go, @ItsAboutTime !! I'm not planning on formally extending this Whole30 extra days, but I do plan on eating mostly Whole30 compliant even after the reintroduction, because why would I want to go back to that cycle of eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's and having a few glasses of wine for dinner, feeling bad about myself the next day, and then craving all that sugar again? I'm feeling good and want to continue feeling good, and now I know I can! I can't wait to get bloodwork done and see if anything has changed for the better. Nice job on getting your BP in range! That's huge!!!
  6. August 7th Start Date

    Thanks, @SugarcubeOD ! Since my freakout earlier, I texted back and forth with my friend. I told her I was getting worried/overwhelmed about what I could eat at her place, and trying to think of things everyone else could eat too, but she assured me not to worry about everyone else and to just bring things for myself. Phew! I have it all mapped out and I'm ready to go!
  7. August 7th Start Date

    Thanks, @Karen L ! Needed that sanity check.
  8. August 7th Start Date

    I'm going to be out a lot from tomorrow through Sunday. I just made a detailed plan for tomorrow. That wasn't too bad. But I'm nervous about Saturday and Sunday. I'm going to a friend's house to stay the night. Another friend will be over as well. And besides my friend who invited us, her fiance and her parents also live there. Two people have some food issues (problems with onions/garlic/peppers/spices/flavor in general) and one person occasionally decides not to eat wheat (no problem with Whole30, woo hoo!). I'm not worried about falling off of the Whole30 wagon while I'm there. I already warned my friend that I'm going to have to bring my own food to eat and possibly cook while I'm there. But I feel weird bringing my own stuff and not offering it to everyone. I just find it so overwhelming right now to try to think of food options to feed up to 6 people for a weekend, especially when a few of them can't really eat anything except what seems like very bland food to me. Does anyone have any ideas for big group meals that aren't too expensive or complicated to prepare? Or, alternatively, do you think it would be super rude of me to just worry about myself? I have a lot going on taking care of my parents (that's what tomorrow will be devoted to, along with a few other days this week), so I won't have a ton of time for shopping/prep, and I am trying to manage my stress level so I can be relaxed and actually enjoy the weekend. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
  9. August 7th Start Date

    The only thing I will say about this is that the use of the finger-prick test at home, while a good gauge, especially for insulin-dependent diabetics, is highly dependent on so many things. The field is starting to move toward continuous glucose monitoring for a better over time measure to capture more of the bigger picture. (I just attended a conference including the biggest names in diabetes research, regulation, and pharmaceuticals in the world, and they pretty much agreed on this, even though the regulations haven't caught up to this consensus yet.) So I wouldn't stress too much at this point. It should take awhile for things to regulate, but, if you're following the plan, there's no doubt you're on your way to better regulation of blood sugar. Definitely take @SugarcubeOD up on her offer to trouble shoot for you!! I mean, you can have an expert look at exactly what might help you on the best path to achieve what you want out of this. How amazing is that?! That's absolutely one of the things I'm hoping Whole30 can do for me too, because type 2 diabetes is on both sides of my family, and my own blood sugar was a bit high the last time it was tested back in the beginning of the summer. I think we're in the right place, doing what we need to do to be healthier. Hang in there!
  10. August 7th Start Date

    Have any of you tried the butternut squash soup recipe from the Whole30 book yet? It's amazing! I like it so much better this way than eating the squash cubed. And it's not hard to make.
  11. August 7th Start Date

    Holy temptations, batman!!! Well done resisting all of that!!! Fudge!! Oh man, that's hard. I had to resist bloody mary's, margaritas, beer, eggplant parm, baked ziti, brownies, AND my favorite girl scout cookies last Sunday at my softball game. I was totally fine with passing up all of it until I saw the Tagalong's. Then I longed for their peanut buttery chocolately goodness for a few minutes. And then it passed, because I'm too far into the program to quit now, despite what all my dreams say! (Another one last night.) Also, someone may have to describe what this whole Tiger Blood thing is for me again, because I have been getting a ton of sleep and eating completely on the program, but I don't know that I necessarily feel tigerly.
  12. August 7th Start Date

    Oh crap. I just remembered that I had a dream last night where I ate a huge slice of deep dish pizza (weird because I prefer thin crust). Afterward, ONLY afterward, I realized I would have to begin the Whole30 all over again even though I was halfway through this round, and then I was so sad and upset with myself. I'm so glad THAT was only a dream/nightmare!
  13. August 7th Start Date

    That's so amazing!!!! Talk about a non-scale victory!!!!
  14. August 7th Start Date

    In a nutshell, what @SugarcubeOD said. But I wanted to add a caveat about the post-workout carb part: it varies depending on your health status, the duration of the activity, and the intensity of the activity. Even though I do some intense workouts at the gym, that part is usually only about 5-20 minutes tops, while the rest is less metabolically challenging. I am also starting out from a place where I'm trying to get my health/nutrition/body composition back on track, so I leave out the carbs and just eat protein. Typically, I have 2 hard-boiled eggs and a small handful of cashews pre (about half and hour to an hour before), and a piece of chicken (meal-sized) immediately after. You can get a free tabata app for your phone to count out intervals of work/rest to help you get through a quick but high-intensity workout at home using the tools you just picked up and/or bodyweight (hello, burpees and jump squats!!!). Happy sweating!
  15. August 7th Start Date

    I actually have continued to exercise the whole time. It didn't really occur to me to stop. Haha, maybe it should have! But my gym and softball are my happy places and are also social experiences for me too, and they generally make me feel good even when everything else has been rough, so I've just kept up with both. There have been some days when I've definitely felt fatigued and run down, and, even though I still worked out on those days, I didn't care that I was lifting less or running more slowly or not doing as many reps as I normally would. But then there have been other days when I've felt amazing and lighter and fueled by good stuff during my workout. One thing to think about if you're going to be exercising is pre-workout snacks and post-workout meals. (It Starts With Food gets into this a lot.) It certainly depends on how much you'll be doing and at what intensity, but you want to make sure your body has enough (and the right) fuel to keep going. That goes for water too. Drink up! The most important thing, though, is to listen to your body and be kind to yourself. Also, this isn't the time to ramp it up big time, although it sounds like you have the right idea with starting slowly. It matters what your activity level was before Whole30. If you were a I'll-maybe-go-for-a-slow-jog-for-20-minutes-once-a-week-or-so kind of person before, then don't try to train for a race right now while your body is adjusting to its new reality. And then pee.