RachelR

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  1. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    Today is day 30!!!!!!!!! I can't believe that I got here. I'm committing to another 30 days as I'm not feeling as good as I think I should (lots and lots of years of unhealthy eating prior to this). But, I'm super proud of myself for finishing and hope I can keep it up for this next go around. Along with not feeling the tiger blood, etc--- I am also afraid of going back to poor eating habits. I think I need to sit with this for just a little while longer. While I'm doing good being around people with yummy non-whole 30 foods (pizza, calzones, wings, etc at Trivia night!). I still will see commercials, etc and feel a longing for that junky snack food or fast food. Also, in this next 30 days, I'm going to commit to add in some exercise. I don't want to take on too much as that is usually when I fail. I got my fit bit charged up and will try and get my 10,000 steps. That will likely mean using the treadmill at night as I have a pretty sedentary office job. So, I will get off my behind at night after dinner and walk while I catch up on tv, jam to some music, or whatever. I'm waiting until tomorrow to do my weigh in and measure myself again. I'm excited to see what differences I've made just with the food changes. (I have a little idea as I had a MD appt and while I avoided looking at the scale- my weight was on my paperwork when I left--- although different scales measure differently. So, we'll see the before and after with the home scale). How did everyone else do?
  2. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    Hey y'all! I haven't been on the forum for a few days but checking in now and by my calculations we are on day 22! (or 21 if you started 1/22). Either way we are over two thirds of the way complete! Yay us!!! Hope everyone is doing well. I'm proud of my sticking with it and have been trying some new veggies. My energy levels have not increased much which I'm bummed about but I'm going to stick with it and realize that it just may take my body longer. Would love to hear updates....
  3. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    Thanks! I think I am going to do the same thing and just keep focusing on the change in eating habits and then slowly start to incorporate exercise after day 30. The push up challenge sounds good! I have such poor upper body strength. Good luck to you and congrats on completing your Whole30!!
  4. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    I also meant to ask the group.... how are you all approaching exercise? My activity is usually walking the dog twice a day but that's not a whole lot. I was hoping the change in the diet would make me feel more energized and lead me to be more physically active but I just don't have it yet. I know sometimes (or all the times) exercise can help with energy, depression, etc but just have to overcome the hurdle of the tiredness or what not and do it. Part of me wants to see what changes occur just by focusing on the food. Also, I have a history of trying to change too many things at once and get overwhelmed and then just quit. So maybe, I will focus on the food with Whole30 for now thru day 30 and then start to incorporate more activity (if I'm not already moved to do so ---- whenever that Tiger Blood kicks in!). But, I'm definitely interested in your thoughts and what your activity levels are. Thanks! Rachel
  5. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    Hey, Day 12 cis coming to an end. I'm doing okay. Still tired but found made a new dinner recipe that was delicious so it is energizing me to keep going. If I'm honest with myself, the fast food and stuff I was eating before really didn't taste good. It's nice to take some pride in making a meal, plating it so it's pretty with all the colors and things, and enjoying it. @cms8448- I hope you survived until 4:30 and had a nice relaxing night. I made spaghetti squash with meatballs and pasta sauce last week. It was delish. I can't remember the brand of sauce I bought but after looking at many labels I was delighted to find one without sugar and was compliant (although it came with a heftier price tag). Congrats on cutting out social media. I've actually been using both facebook and instagram to post and keep me accountable along with this forum. I'm sure I annoy people but, maybe some will consider trying this journey as well. It's nice to get words of encouragement as well. But, I feel ya on the mindless distractions and I can definitely waste too much time checking those apps. Probably adds to some of my headaches with looking at the glowing phone screen too much.
  6. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    Hey All! I've been doing pretty good. Today was the probably the toughest for me so far (Day 10). I was excessively tired, bad headaches (probably stress related), very unproductive at work, and temptations to give in. But I resisted! Which I wouldn't have done before. I would have "treated" my stress with some unhealthy, fatty, fried foods, and a large Diet Coke which would have initially soothed me and then made me feel awful. So, I'm marching on and thankful for this forum and different posts and y'all, especially others like Cera who are further along and can speak to the benefits. I'm trying to focus on the positives (always have a hard time with that in my personal life- but great at seeing it in others). I got a comment today from someone who didn't know I was doing the Whole30 that they thought my face looked slimmer. And I'm realizing I'm much stronger than I ever gave myself credit for because I've already made it one third through this challenge and on a great path to making long lasting healthier habits. Good luck to everyone!
  7. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    1 week down!!! How is everyone doing?
  8. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    Cera- Thanks for this insight. I guess I thought cravings would be excessive thoughts about a particular food but maybe this is what I'm experiencing is just craving for the junk that I was used to shoveling in throughout the day. I was a very mindless eater as well. Distractions do help me I have noticed because the work week has been much better than I was on Sunday which was my start day. I've definitely upped my water intake as well. There were periods of time in my not so distant life that I could go several days without a glass of water. Now, I'm drinking several bottles worth just at work (refill at the drinking fountain) along with at least a glass for breakfast and several with dinner.
  9. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    Today is Day 3 for me. I'm doing pretty well. I'm surprised that I'm not feeling awful as my eating habits before were pretty bad and I definitely was a diet soda addict. I got a pretty intense headache yesterday but took some Advil and was ok. So far today, I've doing alright. I feel like instead of enjoying the day, I'm nervously anticipating when the hung over and awful feelings are going to hit. I have been tired, but this is usual for me (hence part of the reason why I'm doing whole30). Some coworkers thought I looked a bit peppier (but I chalk it up to that I got to leave work early today, lol). I'm challenging myself to try new things as I have always been a picky eater (especially with vegetables). So far this week I've learned that I do not hate roasted carrots and spaghetti squash is pretty good. Here are the recipes I used: https://damndelicious.net/2015/05/08/one-pan-garlic-ranch-chicken-and-veggies/ (I skipped the brown sugar on the chicken and used this homemade ranch seasoning recipe: https://www.thepinningmama.com/whole30-homemade-ranch-seasoning-mix/) http://therealfoodrds.com/buffalo-chicken-stuffed-spaghetti-squash/ (I used Frank's hot sauce and tesserae's creamy ranch) I see both of these recipes in my future! As for the La Croix... I'm not a fan yet. I bought an 8 pack of Berry and Target had single cans of cran-raspberry so I grabbed one of those. I'm hoping they will grow on me. But lots of tap water is getting me through. No big cravings (thank goodness). I did end up eating a carrot cake Larabar after seeing a coworker with caramel corn yesterday and in turn feeling hungry. Also, seeing pop cans in the work fridge is a bit tough but not an issue yet. Speaking of being hungry- I have felt hungry between meals but feel like I'm filling my plates up. Not sure if I need to eat more or if it's just because I think I'm actually thinking about food MORE because of the meal prep and planning (where before all I'd do is feel hungry and then go out and grab something). Not sure??? (Sorry this turned out to be such a long post)
  10. RachelR

    Starting January 21, 2018- first timer....

    Thanks for introducing yourselves! I had a snow day from work today so I'm trying to plan out my first shopping trip to do on Friday/Saturday so I can be fully prepared. Cera- thanks for the tips! A lot of my coworkers enjoy LaCroix but I haven't tried them yet. That is on my list of things to purchase. Do you have a favorite flavor? Tamar, Ljwilmot, and Mrs Tyrrell- I'm feeling better about the more I commit. Originally I was going to skip the going public and just stick to this forum but I ended up posting a graphic to my Facebook cover page and some friends/family have reached out so I'm excited to have some support. Also people at work and other friends have inquired more about it as well. Now... If only I had this little fella at work- I'd gladly replace him with all the snacks. Better stress relief than food any time of day!
  11. Hey y'all- I've read the Whole30 and have decided to commit and honestly I'm terrified but excited to see what scale and non-scale victories will come with the journey. A friend of mine recommended Whole 30 about a year ago after several Facebook posts where I complain about how tired I feel. After reading the Whole30, not only am I interested in improving my energy but curtailing depression, feeling less bloated, and so much more (especially developing a healthier relationship with food). If anyone else is planning on starting on January 21st, please let me know and we can get through this together. Rachel