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  1. peak

    Hungry in Middle of the Night?

    One of the more difficult task of the W30 for me is taking in enough water. My starting weight indicated a daily intake of 130 ounces... I was nowhere close to that. I was waking up at night with pangs. My mind was telling me I was hungry when my body was actually thirsty. I regular keep a couple of liters of coconut water in the fridge and take couple of large swigs if nighttime cravings come up. Coconut water instead of plain water is a little treat in the wee hours to feed the mind and body to sidetrack the interpreted hunger for me.
  2. Succeeded, stumbled and fell, getting right with myself again... A few months have passed since dropping by the forums. In following up directly to my posted topic here, I did not do another W30 over the holidays. Not exclusively because of the ever-present sugary treats and everything associated with it but moreover the stress of work heading towards year’s end and the winter season in general. Yes, It might have been tough to do. And the advice of doing it righteously within The Rules would need to be the requirement for the full intent of what I was setting for myself- I took that advice seriously. It has been just a little over a year since first attempt of the Whole 30. I feel that I experienced dramatic and positive results as noted in previous posts. Since that success, I have stumbled and fell, but am getting back up on that “Whole" horse saddle again. In terms of work, winter months are some of the most demanding. Projects that are on-the-boards need to be mostly completed before winter’s end in time for spring ground-breakings. It makes for long-hour, six-day weeks. Add to this the extended winter season in my region, the short days and cold temperatures tend to keep me indoors more than normal. Even though we are half-way into April there are minimal signs of spring in my location, I still see temperatures at or below zero over night. Technically I guess it is still winter here as I have not seen any bears waking from hibernation yet- too much snow to allow for foraging; there still are several feet in my yard. In spite of all that I am feeling "spring" inside me and I think that is due to longer and earlier sunshine days. I indulged and enjoyed the verboten vices. I chose to dabble in the delectable deliciousness of decadent deserts in the Holiday duration. I did not notice much ill effects of consciously consuming contraband confections. But the indulgences did ad to my waistline. I managed to return 20 of the almost 45 pounds that I dropped last year. But I was OK with that because it was a real wake-up call of how letting go too much can have an impact- I especially felt it when cinching the belt. I will take the over-enjoyment as a learning experience. I do not want to yo-yo the weight and nutrition as a rule or habit, but experiencing what stepping-out can do is acknowledged! I need to be more sensible with my caloric intake. About 6 weeks ago I began again to consciously be selective. While not strictly doing W30, sugars are no longer considered. Grains and breads are reduced down to 1 or 2 time a week. Alcohol is down to weekend moderation in lieu of regular enjoyment. Without any extreme extraneous deprivation, the minimal “semi-better” choices has shed 10 pounds. Even though this is encouraging, it is not an excuse to not eat better. The up/ down cycle of the past year was a great self-learning experience with perhaps the best take-away being the need for being more aware of approaching winters in conjunction a respectable diet. I know I have willpower to say no to treats. I chose not to exercise that option and experienced the effects. I can and need to be better so as to live up to my self-imposed username
  3. Completed my first W30 earlier this year with great results which actually stretched into a W45-ish period. Have only reintroduced a few no-no's since then with little side effects. Am staying away from sugar and limiting my grains as the new regular eating plan. Have shed 45 pounds and several inches from just diet alone in a little over 6 months. I know that weight loss is not the primary goal of the Plan, but I still have a bit of a gut that really needs to go. Whole 30 is one of the easiest things I have ever done. If eating good food is all it takes, then it really is no effort at all. Right now I do dabble in good wines and whiskeys (no more beer.) Any bread that I eat is gluten-free and I have had pizza only once and now consider it a treat. I do miss my pasta dishes, but it is easy to get over it with a rib eye. I have cut out all deserts and processed sugar and do not miss those calories. I do tend to eat more fruit than what is recommended but my diet now maintains my weight fairly consistent. If (and when I do my next W30) it will be for weight loss reasons. Holidays bring on all the various parties and gatherings. Saying no to alcohol is easy, but I do not want to impose on any hosts by requesting special dishes, so I think the most difficult part would be the selective eating of what might be available. I am thinking that going into a W30 program during the holidays on purpose would be a good test of will-power and good choices. Has anyone done anything similar or should I adjust my thinking and schedule? -frank.
  4. peak

    Justin's Classic Almond Butter

    Ditto that! My local supermarket has a grind-your-own dispenser and fresh ground almond butter is among the choices... it is only almonds being smashed as dispensed. If you like almond butter and have not tried this method then do yourself a favor and try it! It is fantastic!
  5. It is not strange to feel good! Feeling good is one of the biggest advantages of eating healthy. I was totally compliant for the first 35 days with the exception of perhaps enjoying too much fruit during the time. I am some 5 months or so into my new lifestyle of eating better and with very little exercise I have shed 40 pounds... and quite honestly, it was one of the easiest things I have ever done, but I had the girth to give up. And I have had absolutely no bad side effects. For me, post W30, I have reintroduced alcohol and dairy only in the form of plain yogurt ... the former I have been enjoying perhaps a little but too much. But, my attitude towards food is so much better and I am avoiding any added sugar (as an ingredient) at all costs. I am, however, enjoying too much fruit especially with all the fresh farm stuff that is rolling in at this time of year. I realize that I am overdoing it, but for now I am OK with as long as it is me who is understanding how I react to it. As long as whether one needs "longer or more sever detox" my opinion would be to not go too harsh on one's self. For me, I have learned so much from following the W30 concept. After the 30 I let myself enjoy wine, spirits and fresh fruit to a bit of excess which is not following The Rules. But, I know how easy that eating is for me and I am within the early days on a new Mini 30 where I will try to reduce the fruit intake but eliminate alcohol. I do have another 20 pounds that I could drop... but my attitude is to treat myself well. And what I mean by that is: enjoy the compliments from folks who have noticed my weight loss, enjoy the better attitude and well being, enjoy fitting into clothes that were at the limits of the thread stitching. I indulged on some items and now it is time to step back into a regime again. Baby steps, baby. Only the individual can make the best judgments for themselves. For me it was following The Rules for 30 days and then assess. For me it meant enjoying the Whole process of the initial strictness, enjoying and being proud, reassessment and then adjusting my reintroduction and how to implement it for my next phases... I did not want to burn out and lose momentum and attitude. By someone asking if longer or more severe detox might be a positive mental thought but the implementation might cause one to burn out. JMOO... congrats on your success thus far frank.
  6. My new attitude with eating better by using W30 as the precedent includes adopting the concept of "quality over quantity." I used to drink some 6-8 cups of coffee a day with half n' half. I never thought I would like the taste of black coffee, but now I do and would not think of reaching for the creamer. Black coffee with a good breakfast seems to enhance the flavor of the food because there is no moo to disguise the meal. I am enhancing this by purchasing better brand of beans (and am even grinding it in the morning.) A better quality bean is allowing me to drink less of it and I am enjoying the flavours more than i could imagine. Perhaps try a step-up quality from your normal brew and embrace it black.
  7. My biggest focus now is being a slave to the "ingredient list." If the food that I am buying is not fresh, non-processed single items then my reading glasses go on and my eyes right to that packaging label! Most of the time the item is returned to the shelf because it has some sort of sugar in it. Since I started a W30 eating plan as my basis for nutrition, I have only reintroduced dairy and alcohol. Thus far, I do not feel the need to reintroduce the other no-no's, but I do long for the day when I can sensibly enjoy a plate of good 'ol spaghetti. I am being careful on the grains because I did notice some discomfort after having wheat toast with breakfast a few weeks ago... I hope gluten is nit an issue. ..BUT I do not plan on ingesting sugar if I can help it! Because of my self-moto of "no sugar" it forces me to spend more time in the produce section of the supermarket... and, I do not need my reading glasses there in order to know if I am selecting compliant foods.
  8. peak

    Down 50 pounds!!

    Congrats on achieving a "half-C"... and yes, it is more than just the number. In just over 3 months I have shed some 40 pounds and my doctor says that with correct attitude, exercise and eating right that another 20 is possible. I have it to lose but I am not going to make it my goal. A friend complimented me on my success and suggested that I go out into the woods and find a large rock that weighs the same amount that I dropped and that I should put it on my kitchen counter as a positive perspective-reminder of my success. I just might do that
  9. peak

    Achieving is believing

    Just finished my first W30 and what you said is a BIG difference that I also noticed! Congrats to you!
  10. Where are my Colorado colleges? Hope you are still on track... it will be 3 weeks for me tomorrow. I think I might have unknowingly slipped in a small way last week, but not going to let it get me down... my relationship with food has changed in a good way and might go beyond the 30 day anniversary. This eating-good-food-diet is not really all that difficult... just different from previous habits, habits that are changing -frank.
  11. Thanks, Sugar- That makes sense. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks I am noticing differences already! Have made some adjustments based on great comments from the Moderators and others (I like reading the others threads to learn!) Biggest noticeable difference is being able to fit into the jeans that in January did not. This was the sign for me to do something. My goal is weight loss (because I do have excess to shed) as well as all the other benefits that go with it. Thanks, frank.
  12. CJ... just hit the quote "+" symbol (plus sign) below a posters comment and it will be a live preview of that persons comment... you can ~ ...snip...~ if you want to focus on a particular comment and then write below it. My snacks the first week were an increase in fruits, but from some advice here it was mentioned that I was eating too much (I know, sounds weird) but I guess upwards of 10 pieces a day is not within the intentions of the W30 plan. It was said that if I am eating that much fruit then I was not getting enough sustenance from the meals. So I am altering my snacks so that when I feel a pang it is to include more proteins. I just finished roasting a pork tenderloin that I will dice and whenever I need something in between it will be some meat. Last week I grilled a chicken and that was my "snack." Next week I might try another attempt at hard boiled eggs... can never get 'em to turn out right. I end up loosing half the eggs because it does not peel cleanly, I am sure it is the altitude. Thanks for the dream comment. I am taking a closer look at my sleeping situation. I have been on CPAP machine for little over a year and it has helped immensely. I am able to think more clearly which allowed me to take the next steps toward a sensible diet plan. It just seems that since eating better that my dreams are MUCH more intense. Perhaps it is a coincidence. Hoping to get back to good eating basics after the first W30 so that I can enjoy once in a while that wonderful Olathe sweet corn goodness this summer!
  13. Congrats on making it past the half-way mark! I am glad to hear you kicked the coke habit (wait, that did not come out right..LOL) That artificial sweetener crap, I have read, is really bad- far worse than the soda with real sugar. I too would enjoy a soda far more than I should, but I was buying the retro throw-backs that are made with real sugar. I find the taste so much better and the flavor reminds me of being a kid when those types were the norm. While it is still soda, I was enjoying them too much... one a day with my lunch. Kicking the soda habit for me is not a big deal. You mention " .Out of all the W30's I've done,.. " -just how many have you done and why the multiples? This is my first one and overall I am not finding it all that difficult. I have readjusted it a little based on some fantastic feedback from the Moderators' advice. I did break one of the rules (I stepped on the scale after the first week.) I am not sure why it is recommended to not weigh one's self, but I was pleasantly surprised and more motivated to continue I hear you about wanting a beer or something. This is one aspect that (while not hard to pass by) I am so used to winding down after work with a splash over my desired glass of spirit. It was especially weird not enjoying a drink while cooking. The cooking for me is pretty easy but basic but I need to prepare some of my own to compliment the True Fare compliant meals that I bought... so far it has been hassle-free and pretty easy. What day over the weekend did you ski? Saturday was absolutely gorgeous up here and Sunday was fair until about 3 in the afternoon. While it has been a low-key winter I am looking forward to spring. Not looking forward to the time change this weekend...uhg! Tell me more about your interrupted sleep. Are you by chance experiencing dreams (or more vivid dreams?) I am having a LOT more recently which primarily deal with my times back in high school and also related to my time in the service. Some are downright horrid nightmares that wake me. My heart is pounding so hard from the ghastly images that it is difficult to return to slumber. I wonder if the diet has anything to do with it. Perhaps I might ask it as a general question in the forums but am curious about your sleeplessness. CQ, CQ ...Angledge- How are faring? Keep us posted of your successes! I will check in over the weekend- Best, frank.
  14. How are my Colorado cuisine colleagues doing? I am on day 4 and it is interesting… not difficult, but moreover different. I find myself catching old habits and then correcting them. I had to move the chewing gum from my desk because it was a convenient go-to. I am reading every food label like a sleuth. Baked goods and treats in the office are the norm and was, in the past, grabbing a muffin or cookie as a non-thought snack. Am eating MUCH better… more fruit and drinking perhaps twice as much water than I normally would. Will be rolling into my first weekend and I will need to be more careful. Am usually grilling some sort of BBQ’ing meat while sipping a whiskey or beer and enjoying the dinner with wine… I will need to identify any drink cravings and offset it with an alternative. I am used to relaxing and unwinding on weekends so this will perhaps be my most drastic change… even though it is now legal in the state, I do not partake so that is not an alternative.
  15. Yep, starting tomorrow (after tonight's Avs game at Pepsi Center.) An engineering firm, with whom I have worked, has a corporate box (too decadent to pass up)... I was going to start over the past weekend but pushed it off another day since it was so close. It was actually one of my engineers who turned me on to W30! He has done it for about 2 years taking and keeping 40 pounds off! Have been sorta' prepping in little ways for the diet regime. I have been looking closer at and reading ingredients on foods more now than I have ever done. Stopped soda 2 weeks ago and and have switched to black coffee and tea in lieu of half n' half in the java. It was (still is) cold and windy at ski areas over the weekend... folks who skied it told of cutting the days short due to conditions. Kudos to those who were up there! Living so close, I wait until more ideal conditions on weekdays if possible to avoid crowds... heard Copper was rather crowded. I am between Frisco and Breck back towards the Divide. To make my W30 easier, I went with True Fare to make weekdays and shopping easier. Will fill in weekends with my own stuff from the grill as time will allow for that... will keep y'all posted on how it goes and look forward to hearing progress from both StackGrl and Angledge.