Gail Esau

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    Gail Esau got a reaction from Kate File in February 2013 Starters   
    Hi all, I am on day 14 today - nerly half way through - lovin git but had a few minor skirmishes so far. I also am from sydney australia - northern beaches area - so would love to meet up with anylike minded whole 30 people. I have just found a fabulous organic market that has a whole stall of coconut goodies in Warriewood. good Luck to all.
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    Gail Esau got a reaction from Kate File in February 2013 Starters   
    Hi all, I am on day 14 today - nerly half way through - lovin git but had a few minor skirmishes so far. I also am from sydney australia - northern beaches area - so would love to meet up with anylike minded whole 30 people. I have just found a fabulous organic market that has a whole stall of coconut goodies in Warriewood. good Luck to all.
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    Gail Esau got a reaction from Kate File in February 2013 Starters   
    Hi all, I am on day 14 today - nerly half way through - lovin git but had a few minor skirmishes so far. I also am from sydney australia - northern beaches area - so would love to meet up with anylike minded whole 30 people. I have just found a fabulous organic market that has a whole stall of coconut goodies in Warriewood. good Luck to all.
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    Gail Esau reacted to Fenderbender in Coconut oil and coconut butter...   
    ...... Then little Sally Sue, her mouth did swoon.... It was great in march, it was better in June....
    The With a tear in her eye, she waved bye bye... For the coconut butter would make her swell like a balloon....
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    Gail Esau reacted to Jessica M. in 1st Whole30 Complete! On to days 31-45...   
    Today is day 31! I have made it through my first Whole30. I honestly wasn't sure I could do it. I had not even heard of Paleo before, except maybe in passing, and have been eating poorly on and off the past…oh… 30 years of my life (I am 39). This is a whole other world for me.
    What went well
    Even though I sort of jumped in without much preparation, there were only a few days I had to brave buying lunch. Ate out only once in the 30 days and was very careful
    Drank my coffee black and unsweetened, and it did not kill me. I made funny faces but I lived to tell the tale
    Drank coffee with coconut butter, then with coconut milk… coconut milk is marginally better than black coffee
    Started ordering my veggies through a co-op and I like the better value and the mystery of not quite knowing what I'm getting
    Have been eating lots of fats—avocado, nuts, olive oil, coconut butter, clarified butter—and I lost nearly 9 lbs. (from 209 to 200.2)
    The weight lost seems to be from my "saddle bags" of all places. Would have liked it off my middle, but at least this is a fat storage place it came from, vs. losing 1 lb from my toes like on Weight Watchers.
    Read labels like crazy and avoided soy and sneaky sugars (both seem to be in everything!)
    It was not as hard as I imagined giving up so many things, because I like the other "compliant" things so much and eat a variety of foods even non-dieting

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    What could have gone better
    Sleep: I didn't concentrate on getting enough. Some nights I got 7 hours, some nights only 5 or so
    Exercise: I thought giving up several food groups was enough of a challenge, so I did not exercise at ALL (typical)
    Stress: I actually got MORE anxious and depressed throughout the Whole30. First I was tense about big changes and was clenching my jaw and jamming my tongue into my teeth, on top of my usual bad breathing and smack-talking-brain; mid-way through, I ordered my stupid medications too late in the week and wound up being off my depression and anti-anxiety medication for about 5 days which made me extra nuts (also wound up being the week I had my period—not my brightest move).
    Food: Could have eaten less
    Food: Bought regular grocery store meats, eggs, produce. Baby steps, I guess.
    Food Habits: Did not sit and savor my meals. Spent every lunch at my desk as always (reading, online), ate many breakfasts in my car, did mostly eat dinner away from the tv but still was reading or otherwise multi-tasking.
    Rule Breaking: Weighed myself at least 3 times to make sure things were happening, since I was not feeling very magical.

    What you'll do the next time

    Will bitch less about lack of beverage choices
    Will cook a greater variety of foods, especially lunches, so I am not eating the same thing five days straight
    Work on sleeping more/better
    Start to make time for at least a little exercise, for goodness sake
    breathe!

    I decided about a week ago to take this to at least 45 days. Even today, I wanted to reward myself for being "so good!", but that's the wrong thinking. I still really really want my coffee to be sweet and creamy. I think if I tried to have one piece of dark chocolate I would go crazy for more, etc.I'm still battling my "dragons" mentally. I think this is just starting to make me feel a little different, and I want to give my body more time to learn and heal. I haven't had huge food interactions that I know about in the past, so part of my brain is like,"you don't feel any different, why give up all these yummy foods?" WELL because you are 80 lbs overweight, tired all the time, sweaty-headed, and on medication for depression and anxiety and you are still a ball of stress all the time. Because you ache like a 90 year old and you are turning 40 this year. Because you have zero drive for anything. Because you get lots of headaches from "allergies" that didn't exist 10 years ago. Because you are unhappy with your body in 100 ways. Because you want to be a better example for your children and get them and your husband healthier, too. Because your mom didn't take care of herself and she died at 52. Because your dad is diabetic and you were gestational diabetic your first pregnancy. Because, because, because! Just dooooooo it.
    Trying to feel proud of myself. Just feeling like there is a looooong road ahead.
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    Gail Esau reacted to Martha in Starting today (1/21)   
    Good luck Chris and Mrs. Stick! I am on my 5th day and expecting the book to arrive tomorrow, which is good because I need it... I am hungry all the time so I must be doing something wrong... can't wait to read it and get straightened out before I jump ship!
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    Gail Esau reacted to Julia in After 3 attempts (3 days in a row)....starting Jan 21   
    We have a group of ladies starting Monday must of us have kids mine is 3 we have a Facebook group if your interested in support let me know