LagunaRover

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  1. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    I love reading everyone's success stories! Super motivating. I reintroduced wine last night... yeah and I still have the headache this evening to prove that! Seems like I need to take that easy for sure. I also had a girl scout cookie today at work since EVERYONE seems to have them around right now. I just had one, which was enough. The rest of my food has been compliant buy choice! Here are some NSVs I've seen over the past month which are pretty huge in and of themselves: I'm sleeping better throughout the night I'm going to bed earlier, willingly, instead of watching TV just for the sake of it I feel clear-headed when I wake up in the morning I have zero cravings for unhealthy food, other than wine My resting heart rate has gone down on average around 20 bpm every night, which I think is amazing My moods are more even - fewer ups and downs My stress level is less - even during this completely stressful time of layoffs at work (yeah, it's been a rough week) My self-control has increased by leaps and bounds I am able to be at work and just avoid unhealthy foods I am able to go out and choose healthy foods to eat I am able to go out and not drink wine when others are drinking (not that I like that!) I'm able to cook large dishes and have lots of leftovers for lunches and other dinners I can look at a recipe and figure out how to make it compliant if it's not My sweet tooth when and if it appears can be assuaged by fruit Sound familiar? Thank you all for being here!
  2. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Oh gosh it's Day 31! This morning I awoke and did the same things I always do and ate the same breakfast I do (hard boiled egg, salami, fruit), but one thing changed... I. Got. The. Scale. Out. I was so nervous standing on it to be frank, and so happy when I did in fact see change. Apparently I lost about 8 or 9 pounds. I can't be entirely accurate since my scale was on the fritz due to low batteries when all this started (typical really). I still have more to lose, but hey! Success! And I feel amazing! So many other NSVs to celebrate too. This really makes me want to take any food re-introductions slowly. I packed compliant food for lunch at work and will continue compliant eating (with wine) tonight. Congrats team - we made it! Any other great results to share?
  3. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    I'm with you Dianne... wine will be the one thing I re-introduce on Thursday - just one glass, because I need to see how that makes me feel! Our alcohol tolerance has probably been reduced greatly and therefore I don't want a hangover for Friday at work! I was out last Saturday night drinking sparkling water, which I will admit wasn't horrible, especially since I was able to drive there and back without a Lyft. Having also proved I can live without cheese and bread and pasta and rice and crackers and chocolate, etc., etc., etc., I'm also going to take the reintroduction of those slowly too. There's some dark chocolate that's been sitting on my desk since Christmas that I will indulge in slowly, one square at a time (and not on the same day as the wine!) Wow guys, we are almost at transition point! :-)
  4. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Oh gosh Dianne, I am with you all the way... I live in Laguna Beach, CA where everything is ridiculously expensive. Same on the dinner front too, I didn't even add that. I have this great California-fusion restaurant which does take-out, down the street. It's my nemesis on late nights home from work for Thai, Japanese, Indian - whatever I feel like, but gets REALLY pricey. So the Whole 30 seems to be more than just a health "win" for Nor Cal and So Cal peeps! :-)
  5. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    One of the things that's not been mentioned in the NSV list is the saving of money this month. Let me explain... I go to an office every day and in the past I just bought lunch from one of the cafes nearby that delivered, or from a guy who came to the office selling things to eat. All OK, but that meant on average I was spending around $6.50 a day on lunches. Over the course of this month, as of today, that's 19 working days without buying lunch since I've been bringing in leftovers. That's $123.50 so far, and I intend to keep bringing food to work after the 30 days is up, both for health and cost reasons. In addition (being honest) I was buying and consuming around 3 bottles of wine a week. At an average of around $10 a bottle, that's $30 a week/$120 for the month. Total savings therefore for me will be approximately $250 a month, which is huge! I'm not even counting the less $$ spent at the grocery store by buying just real food not packaged stuff. That adds up too. For me, this is extra motivation to continue on this path. Yes, I'll be buying wine after the 30 days are up, but not like I used to! Anyone else seen savings like this?
  6. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    I'm so glad you mentioned the books! I started reading a preview of "Food Freedom Forever" and it sounds like just the thing for when we've officially finished 30 days on the program and are considering continuing the journey of "real life". I must admit I'm sort of getting over the fact that my physical changes aren't huge (well yes, I'm a little disappointed I don't have a flatter stomach.) The NSVs are definitely there and the biggest one is that feeling of being more in control... being able to pass on something, say no to something and eat compliant food without feeling I'm missing out. I have to admit that I'm probably eating way too many potatoes which is why the physical changes aren't massive, so this last week I need to cut back on those. But spices are my friend, as is mixing any veggies I have available in the fridge into a big pot of ground meat for a nice bowl of savory, spicy goodness. At my desk at work I have chocolate from Christmas, which is still sitting here and I can happily ignore it. At home, I have bottles of wine, chocolate, cheese, crackers, bread, pasta etc., since I deliberately did not purge, because I wanted to be able to look at those things and think "I don't need you" and I'm doing just that. It sounds like everyone is feeling that same wonderful sense of control. Congrats! That means we've really got this in hand! Now we just need to sustain it... Happy Day 23 everyone!
  7. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Wow - that's great Dianne! Congrats for making it through that event - this is very inspiring! Hope your weekend is just as successful. Keep us posted! :-)
  8. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Yea day 18! Someone at work this morning told me I was looking really good and that she could see some changes in my tummy area! (She's a good work friend so that wasn't an inappropriate comment, by the way...) In fact today I do see and feel some changes. I'm wearing a pair of pants which used to be uncomfortably tight and now they are just tight (hey, I'll take that!) I have a few go-to dishes that I eat all the time and always have leftovers, and this weekend I'll experiment with some other recipes too. My work days are manic with meetings the entire day, including lunch meetings, and I just go in there with my compliant food and fill myself up while ignoring all the other food unless there are some items I know I can eat too. How is everyone doing this Friday?
  9. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Kathy - yes! I modified the shepherd's pie recipe to include veggies I had in the fridge, so onions, garlic, carrots, celery and leeks made it in there this time! Also, I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes so I use regular mashed potatoes for the topping and I put slices of salami on top of that so it goes crispy in the oven. It's very filling since you have meat, potatoes and veggies all in one dish! And other people love it too so you will be just fine! My tummy is a little less bloated today - yes! Not exactly flat, but progress for sure... maybe week 3 is our week! :-)
  10. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    That's great Mary! (50-somethings unite!)
  11. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Thank you so much for sharing these recipes Becky! Definitely going to make the egg drop soup - sounds so simple! And I'm with you on considering extending the 30 to a 45 or a 60... I'm 54, almost 55, and the slow changes I'm seeing make me think I need to keep going with this, or at least the majority of the principles for as long as I can. Hopefully we can stick with this forum even when our "official" 30 is done to keep in touch with others who may also want to extend and share results!
  12. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Congratulations! That's amazing - good for you! It's so inspirational reading about these successes. Now, San Francisco will be a challenge but calling ahead to the restaurant is a great idea. I'm a huge dim-sum lover and SF has the best dim-sum restaurants, but NONE of that is compliant! As long as it's not that, hopefully you'll be fine. Keep us posted on what you actually choose to eat. Thanks!
  13. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Day 16 - how is everyone feeling? Does anyone have "tiger blood" yet? I guess I'm still waiting for the big changes but for me this all seems to be happening, well, glacially... I mean I feel good on the inside and my cravings have dissipated a lot, (other than wine - what is it with you, wine!!??) but no sudden bursts of energy, no clothes fitting better and no one has said anything to me about me looking different. Last night I actually went out in the evening for the first time to my monthly book club, which in essence is all about drinking and talking over good food. I took a new batch of compliant shepherd's pie, which everyone just loved, and drank sparkling water all night. I count that as success! Interestingly enough, another book club member said she is also doing the Whole 30 and she started on January 7 and has lost 7 pounds. First of all - hey! No weighing yourself! And I told her that but she just shrugged. Second of all, people were telling her how good she looked. When I mentioned I started the same program on January 2, I got the "Have you lost any weight?" questions and quizzical looks. "No idea" I answered honestly, since I haven't weighed myself. Way to feel depressed when others have visible results in just over one week and I don't have any at all in just over 2 weeks... :-( Oh well, onwards and upwards. I'm still walking past bagels, pastries and cookies in the office without missing a thing... (*nibbles hard boiled eggs and salami while sipping black coffee...)
  14. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Happy Day 12 everyone! I'm at the stage where I Iook at myself in the mirror and think: "Aren't I supposed to be seeing changes by now?" I still look the same! Tummy is still poofy and I don't feel my clothes are fitting any better... seems like some of you are having the same issues? Maybe I'm just wishing for results too soon? I feel good, and my cravings for wine have got a heck of a lot better (yea!) Having said that, I am avoiding social events because I don't trust myself that much yet. I can handle the office with its bagels, cream cheese, ever-flowing goldfish and bowls full of chocolate... somehow, I can breeze past all that without worrying about caving into temptation as I munch my hardboiled egg and DNX bar. BUT, if I go to friends and they are all drinking wine/sparkling wine/champagne, I just don't think I can do that yet. I do have a big social function I've been invited to on January 27 which will be Day 26 for us, and I'm hoping by then I will be strong enough to sip sparkling water and smile. Hey, maybe I'll even be able to fit into a dress that's too tight for me by then? It seems my go-to dish is the shepherd's pie. I think its the fact that in one dish there's meat, potatoes and veggies, and I made a huge batch again 2 days ago, mixing up the veggies so I added onions, carrots, celery, and leeks with the ground beef and regular potatoes on top with a few slices of compliant salami. I never knew that using salami as a topping while baking was so delicious! It gets all crispy and yummy. The pie fills you up so much and it's all good stuff. Thanks to everyone for all these great posts - so wonderful to read the experiences!
  15. LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Hey Cathy - I'm 54, almost 55 and I have to say that for me I'm sleeping sounder, I think because I'm just not drinking any wine like I used to. The other interesting thing is that I bought one of those new Motiv fitness rings which is like a fitbit but a ring instead of a bracelet. It tracks your sleeping hours and how many times you are restless/awake at night and it also tracks your resting heart rate. Before the Whole 30 I was apparently restless an awful lot at night, but since starting the program that's dropped, so the quality of my sleep is better. I get up every morning at 5:45am to go to work and try to get to bed by 10:30pm. My resting heart rate at night has gone from an average of between 68-78 beats per minute (once got to 82) to an average of between 57-62 bpm - that's pretty dramatic. Less sugars from both the wine and the food I'm guessing. Are you waking up to go to the bathroom or just because your body feels like it's "awake" at 3:00am? What time do you go to bed? Would it be worth trying to go to bed a little later to see if you wake up less early in the morning? Keep us posted!