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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Efeiner in Starting August 20!   
    I’m here as well! Day 10 wrapping up. I had zucchini noodles with spaghetti meat sauce that tastes delicious tonight! Also tried a “tuna salad wrap” with some homemade potato wedges. That too hit the spot.
    Sorry I’ve been limited in my posts. I’ll attach a picture, we brought home an 8 week old golden retriever puppy. She’s keeping us busy!
    keep up the great work team ☺️

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    Hope4Overcomers got a reaction from Efeiner in Starting August 20!   
    I’m still here! On Day 11 and I have an ear infection. I must have really been toxic! Being cleansed, that’s for sure. Some food boredom but I’m hanging in there okay.
    How is everyone else???
    Roll Call!
    Dianne
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Michele B. in Starting August 20!   
    @Elizabeth33 and @Hope4Overcomers  I'm really sorry you feel sick.  Did this happen during your previous times?  Is this common? 
    I've had to make some effort to make sure I'm eating enough.  That's a first.  I exercise quite a bit, and cutting out all grains has presented a challenge in getting enough calories on some days. I definitely did not eat enough yesterday, and I felt it at dinner.  And after dinner.  So I went in search of a snack, which I haven't been doing. That's particularly tricky at night, which used to be ice cream time.  I looked online and found a great suggestion to have banana and almond (or other compliant) butter in a little almond milk, with cinnamon. I also added about 5 macadamias.  It sounds weird, but it was the bomb!  It was a very nice change in textures and combinations. I was getting a little bored with food, so this odd little snack brought in some variety. It could be good for breakfast as well. And I also felt better after eating, with no repercussions (like ice cream ;)
    One drawback of looking online for ideas was the slew of "dessert" recipes that popped up.  Supposedly compliant "dessert" recipes.  Of course the ingredients are compliant, but seeing photos of fudgey cookies didn't help me. At all. Some of these things might be just perfect later on, but right now, not so much. I do understand that something like that might help prevent a major fail, but they certainly aren't congruent with the plan, and I have seen the light on the wisdom of just staying away from things like that for right now. I do plan to continue working hard beyond the 30 days - the reintro part is super important to me.  I would also like to get to the point where I can have those treats occasionally.  But all my life up to this point, one treat has turned into multiple daily treats pretty fast.  I don't trust myself.  But I am learning new skills for dealing with this every day.  What an awesome plan this is.
    Have a lovely day!
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Michele B. in Starting August 20!   
    How is everyone?  Doing well I hope.  At over the halfway point now (of the 30 - not including reintros), I am struggling with boredom of food.  Very tired of meat, veggies etc.  Really wanting more variety.  Today is challenging.  So if anyone else out there is struggling, I'm with you  
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    Hope4Overcomers got a reaction from Mandy612 in Starting August 20!   
    Mmm, Zucchini Noodles! Yum! Trader Joe’s Yum! Labor Day! Yikes!
    Yes, strong women we are! We can do this and are!
    Crazy bout you guys
    Dianne
    Wrapping Up Day 4
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    Hope4Overcomers got a reaction from wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Hmmm. I thought I was starting Day 7 today, but I can now see I’m actually beginning Day 8, Round 2. Yayyyy! Clearly my memory has not improved yet!  However I am experiencing decreased shoulder pain. My boyfriend’s arthritis symptoms in his hands have also dramatically improved. Good deal! I’ll take it!
    Off to read Day By Day, Day 8. Love that little book!
    What Day is everyone else at??? Any progress reports??
    Be encouraged one and all!
    Dianne
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    More digestive distress today. Thought I'd gotten past this. I think my body is coming to terms with all the veggies. 
    Saw RxBars in the store so I bought the blueberry flavor just to try it. I absolutely loved it. Yet another thing I need to stay far far away from because I could live on those things.
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to CCLaymon in Starting August 20!   
    Andrea!  What a day!  I can't believe all the challenges you faced and how you handled them. Kudos to you, my friend!
    @Hope4Overcomers, I've been reading along about your setback/restart. Are you glad you restarted? That would have been my suggestion, but everyone is on their own path here.  You'll feel so great when you hit the 30 day mark!
    @Michele B.  my first Whole30 turned into a Whole 105. I was concerned about reintroductions, and when time came, I just didn't want to do it because I was feeling so good. I think it's good to have a strategy around re-introduction, but if you're feeling good and aren't ready don't force it
    It's been a busy week for me of getting used to being an empty nester. My son is thriving at college, so that make my life so much better!  In addition to that, my husband and I have had a commuter marriage for the last 6 years, and we just moved in together for the first time a few weeks ago. Lots of adjustments all around!
    My husband has done several Whole 30's with me, and agreed to do this one, too. That lasted about half a day, so I'm going it alone. It's helpful that he is grilling/cooking compliant items, but other than that, I'm on my own! When we leave for the cruise next week I'll be on day 21, so the plan will be to keep it going. I'll give them my food restrictions on day 1 and hope they'll be able to meet my requests.
    My goal for the weekend is to get a walk in everyday, and to start unpacking those boxes from the move.
    To the U.S. folks, have a restful Labor Day Weekend!
     
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to AndreaF in Starting August 20!   
    Wow! I survived Day 12! This week has given me A LOT of opportunities to make excuses and eat something I shouldn’t. Thursday night I had just finished dinner when a storm kicked up and before I knew it, my power was out. My dinner dishes were still on the table. I took my plate to the sink and decided it was a sign, so I reported the outage then decided to go to bed early (9:30 is VERY early for me).
    I woke up in the dark with a dead cell phone at 5 am and got ready to go to work. The power company estimated restoration by mid day, so I dared to open the fridge quickly and get some leftovers for my lunch. I sliced a grapefruit and decided to stop for hard boiled eggs and black coffee for breakfast. After I made it to our 8:15 staff meeting I realized I had left my lunch on the kitchen counter (40 miles away). I worked through lunch then stopped before my 4:30 appointment for something from the grocery store salad bar, but by the time I got through the line, I didn’t have time to eat. Picked up my son, got him a couple slices of pizza, came home. Power still out, so I fed the cats, grabbed my lunch bag and my kid, and decided to drive 100 miles to Ikea to get some things I need for my classroom. By that time we were in a crunch to get there before closing, so I just drove. And ate a large piece of baked chicken like it was a donut - picked it up whole and just took one bite at a time - no fork. I must’ve been quite a sight! Another black coffee on the drive home. Now after 19 hours on the go and about 300 miles on my car today, I’m about to go to bed. Tomorrow we clean and get ready for school on Tuesday. Sunday morning we drive to the beach to spend a couple of days with friends. Tomorrow I get to figure out what to take to make my time there easier.
    I have been dieting off and on since I was 6 years old. (One diet I remember was the “You Can Do It Kids’ Diet” and they offered a fat camp for kids whose parents could afford it. Luckily mine couldn’t.) I have never been able to resist temptation like I am on this program. Our PTA president made a beautiful breakfast for us yesterday. I looked (just in case there was anything compliant), complimented and thanked her, and walked away. From bacon, sausage, grits, French toast, and cheesy scrambled eggs. Y’all, I’m a southern breakfast girl. Maybe it would’ve been harder to resist if there had been biscuits and gravy. But it was pretty easy. And today, instead of dwelling on the possibility of losing all the food in my freezer, I focused on finding the foods I needed to get through my day.
    I am also feeling more relaxed than I have before about school starting next week. Maybe it’s because I’m returning to the same school after getting bounced around my first few years. Maybe it’s because I am off the sugar and processed crap. I can honestly say that i could foresee living my life mostly on this plan. Just need to mix up the breakfast, because eggs are getting hard to take.
    I hope you are all doing well and that you sail through the weekend!
    Andrea
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    Hope4Overcomers got a reaction from CCLaymon in Starting August 20!   
    Alright @Efeiner!! So glad you’re joining us for our Whole30 journey! My second round (not right in a row) but I’m only on Day 3. Had to start over don’t ya know! Happy, happy, happy you are with us! Welcome!
    Be encouraged!
    Dianne
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    Hope4Overcomers got a reaction from wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @wp3, Outstanding results! I’m back at Day 7 because I fell down once. I am absolutely thrilled for you and sooo proud of you! I love it!
    @hmg1993 way to go as well! I agree with your findings as well. I am so proud of you two I could burst (almost)!
    It is stuff like the two of you that hero’s are made of! Or at least Hope 4 Overcomers!
    I’ll carry on troops! Day 7 and who’s counting?? Me of course!!
    How is everyone else doing??????
    Gentle Hugs!
    Dianne
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Hey all,
    I've decided to consider this my last day of my whole30. That melatonin I took that had the sweetener was pretty tiny so I think I was being a bit too strict on my decision about that.
    So, here are my final results for my first 30 days:
    Starting weight: 263.4
    End weight: 248 (loss of 15.4 lbs)
    Other benefits:
    My foot pain is 85% reduced
    More mental clarity/more interest in learning things
    My body feels leaner and a little bit stronger
    I've seen some glimpses of tiger blood. 
    I'm happier/more optimistic about life
     
    Where do I go from here? Well, I'm still very serious about losing that 100 lbs. I am not going to do continuous whole30s to get there, however. I think the advice to not whole30 all the time is good just because of how strict this program is. For instance, I wanted to make a dessert out of bananas, chia seeds and coconut milk but knew that was against the spirit of whole30. I should be able to make desserts occasionally without feeling guilty about it so I am going to continue on a strict Paleo diet instead. Same idea, just a little less rigid.
    After I lose the 100 lbs I will focus on getting physically stronger through strength training. I have no desire to look like Arnold, but I do want to be as physically strong as I can be. It helps I've always loved to lift weights. 
    This last week I've missed some meals due to not being as organized as I need to be. So there is plenty of room for improvement. 
    I will hang out for a while just to see how everyone finishes up their whole30. Finish strong everyone!
     
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to hmg1993 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Wow!  Great results @wp3  Congratulations.  I tend to agree on not continuously W30-ing.  I did that for a while and all I learned was not to trust my own ability to decide about foods.  I also felt so deprived that it triggered binging.  So now I have a little more freedom but stick to what I know feels good and well away from sugar,  Good luck for the onward journey
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Michele B. in Starting August 20!   
    Thanks for the feedback!  It was much needed.  It's been a challenging day.  A trip to Fresh Market and resisting former favorites, and some heavy duty fatigue this afternoon...the sugar/carb cravings are sky high!  Glad I have a safe place to come and chat   
    I'm finding myself worrying about reintroductions. It's a ways off yet, and I have more reading to do, but so far this experience has shown me that, at least for now, I do better completely eliminating tempting foods. I'm worried about having a day to eat them again (one at a time - I have looked at the protocol) and setting off a binge.  Rationally, I think i will be ready for it then, and I'm learning so much as I go, but emotionally, it seems tricky. I really want to do the post-30 steps though, so that all of this isn't done without gathering the further info. 
    It's almost the weekend!!!  This week is flying by.
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    Hope4Overcomers got a reaction from Michele B. in Starting August 20!   
    @Michele B.. Good morning ya’ll! Great morning devotional by @Michele B.!
    Yes, it’s true, the rationalizing the whole bit. But food then remains our go to coping method and oh, the lies we believe!
    Its great indeed not tracking food and feeling myself a bit lighter. My goals are to break some patterns, eliminate some culprits, and kick the inflammatory beast out the door screaming. VICTORY!
    Thanks for your homemade devotional rather than cookies @Michele B.!
    You too, be encouraged!
    Dianne
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Efeiner in Starting August 20!   
    Way to stay strong! It’s such a interesting feeling to work past those cravings! 
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Michele B. in Starting August 20!   
    Good morning!  Wow did I ever get in a bad mood yesterday. I don't know if it had anything to do with food or not...just a normal low spot. And the cravings kicked in big time!  That was truly illuminating.  My go to response for years has been to eat.  Or even better, bake cookies, feeling somehow justified in it because I'm making them from scratch rather than eating box cookies haha.  The ritual of baking cookies is quite the hook. But then follows guilt, bloat, and 100% certainty that food controls me. It truly does feel good to be making different choices.  And also what is great is not counting calories and logging food!  Whew.  What a huge time saver.  My clothes feel looser and I'm not logging every darn bite.  Weight loss isn't the goal, and it's not why I started the plan, but my overall improved health appears to include a bit of loss. 
    Have a good day all!
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    Hope4Overcomers got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting August 20!   
    Dear Beloved Whole30ers!
    You, one and all are the very best. I find you all to be so totally genuine, authentic, encouraging even in hard times...so much more.
    Just want to add that the whole of your various contributions always, never fails, to mean so much to me as an individual. I can always relate to one part or another. Am always encouraged and feel so much love for you all.
    Day 5 and hanging tough. I’ve definitely seem to have lost a little weight. Don’t know if it’s just water weight or not. I’m counting it as a good side benefit though. No scale. 
    Enjoy your days, friends!
    Dianne
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Efeiner in Starting August 20!   
    Hang in there ladies. I'm on a slow day 3... you all remember what day 3 was like? HANGOVER!  "This process lasts a day for some lucky folks, but for others it can last several. Relax, drink a lot of water, take it easy at the gym, and keep making good food choices. Now would also be a good time to recruit the sympathy and support of friends and family, because..." Kill all the things is tomorrow!
    I had my first mean words come out of my mouth last night as my significant other sat down with a delicious looking peanut butter cup. I about kicked him out of the house! LOL - luckily he's understanding, stepped out of the room to finish the delicious treat, and even mouthwashed so i didn't have to smell the chocolate/peanut butter the rest of the night Little blessings, right?!
    Iced tea tasted so clean and refreshing this morning after all of this rain. Stay strong lovely ladies (are there any men here - sorry if I'm excluding you!  )
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    Hope4Overcomers got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting August 20!   
    Dear Beloved Whole30ers!
    You, one and all are the very best. I find you all to be so totally genuine, authentic, encouraging even in hard times...so much more.
    Just want to add that the whole of your various contributions always, never fails, to mean so much to me as an individual. I can always relate to one part or another. Am always encouraged and feel so much love for you all.
    Day 5 and hanging tough. I’ve definitely seem to have lost a little weight. Don’t know if it’s just water weight or not. I’m counting it as a good side benefit though. No scale. 
    Enjoy your days, friends!
    Dianne
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    Hope4Overcomers got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting August 20!   
    Dear Beloved Whole30ers!
    You, one and all are the very best. I find you all to be so totally genuine, authentic, encouraging even in hard times...so much more.
    Just want to add that the whole of your various contributions always, never fails, to mean so much to me as an individual. I can always relate to one part or another. Am always encouraged and feel so much love for you all.
    Day 5 and hanging tough. I’ve definitely seem to have lost a little weight. Don’t know if it’s just water weight or not. I’m counting it as a good side benefit though. No scale. 
    Enjoy your days, friends!
    Dianne
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Elizabeth33 in Starting August 20!   
    Thanks so much. Luckily I work later today. Or maybe not depending on how it goes  I am glad that I was able to make my schedule lighter this week to help get through this part.  
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Michele B. in Starting August 20!   
    @Elizabeth33 Our posts overlapped   I was looking at your previous post.  I'm so sorry you don't feel well.  I hope you find something to settle your stomach.  
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Michele B. in Starting August 20!   
    @Elizabeth33  You are powering through some stuff, woman!  Sometimes my energy lows are from mental drain and anxiety, rather than being physical. A 10 minute power nap, if I can swing it, will help, but I have found that meditation is a fantastic re-charger. I just wanted to mention this, just in case. Your fatigue could be physical, or a combination. But for what it's worth, I find that a mental break, even if just 5-10 minutes, can reset me, especially in the afternoon.  I use an app called Headspace, and there are lots of other apps as well.  
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    Hope4Overcomers reacted to Elizabeth33 in Starting August 20!   
    Ok I officially feel icky!! That's the nice word for how I feel. I know I am hungry but I am nauseas enough not to want to eat. I am sipping on hot bone broth right now and then moving to the bieler broth (basically veggie soup). If that sits well I will do some eggs. I was hoping to do a bunch of veggie prep with getting other starchy ones but not sure I have the energy to do that. I do have plenty of food. I wanted to make some beet hummus. We will see. Have a great day everyone