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  1. I finished my fourth round of Whole30 on 1/31/2021, and I'm determined to do a proper(ish) reintroduction this time around. My fiance did this round with me as well - we got engaged in January and are committed to improving our health together, especially as we continue to stay at home during the pandemic. Here's a summary of my victories, both scale and otherwise. Weight: Down 7.5 lb Mental Health/Emotions: Haven't felt markedly depressed at all in the past month. My anxiety has ebbed and flowed, but eating Whole30, in combination with taking broad spectrum CBD oil before bed, has
  2. Day 27 (yesterday was actually Day 26) Another good morning. I've been waking up without my alarm for about three weeks now - between 5:00-6:00, normally right around 5:30. Feeling really good in the mornings - definitely not as reliant on caffeine, although I'm still drinking coffee. I got through my full morning routine this morning, including a 20 minute walk. It's a cold one in Pittsburgh this morning - 23 degrees on my walk. It still felt good to get outside. I'm looking forward to warmer and longer days coming soon. I definitely could be taking longer walks in the morning - I just d
  3. Day 27 Feeling pretty good today. I didn't get a lot done yesterday - I was feeling pretty unmotivated, although I didn't have the accompanying feelings of anxiety or depression that I normally feel when I have days like that. I just allowed myself some grace and took some time to relax. We had leftovers for dinner, and I took CBD before bed, which helped me sleep through the night. Having a bit of a slower morning today - I've been taking a 10 minute walk in the mornings, and haven't quite gotten there yet. I'm being gentle with myself, just trying to get through the day doing a bit
  4. Day 25 I'm feeling good today, although a bit more tired and unmotivated than the past couple days. It's a dreary day out, which I'm sure is contributing, and I didn't sleep well last night. I woke up at 10:30 PM and 3:30 AM after having unsettling dreams. I'm just trying to be gentle with myself today, and will definitely be taking CBD tonight to help me sleep. I made a really good dinner last night - I've been on a roll with cooking good dinners the past two nights. It's nice, because, while I love cooking, I definitely haven't been as cooking focused this round. Normally I'm obses
  5. Day 22-24 Still going well! I've gotten into a good sleep schedule - almost consistently 7 hours and 50 minutes each night, generally asleep around 9:40 and up around 5:20. I've been feeling a lot calmer, with less anxiety, then I was feeling last week and before starting this round of Whole30. I haven't taken CBD for about 4 days, and I'm doing pretty well. I woke up twice last night briefly, around 1 AM and 2 AM, so I think I'm going to take it again tonight. My skin is still giving me some issues, although it's definitely more filled out and I've been much more consistent with my
  6. Day 20-21 Forgot to write yesterday. Things are continuing to go well. I find myself fantasizing more about noncompatible foods - I think this might just be because I haven't been cooking as much in the past couple weeks, so we aren't having the fun, more elaborate meals we had at the beginning of our Whole30. Our wedding venue meeting last night went really well! We really liked the coordinator, and think it'll be a great choice for our reception, and maybe our ceremony too. We planned to order dinner from one of our favorite restaurants, Smoke, afterwards - they have BBQ and great
  7. Day 19 Another good day! With how frantic I was last week, and how messed up my sleep schedule was, I didn't really get to a good place with meal prepping/planning over the long weekend, so we've just been kind of foraging through the fridge for meals, and things haven't been as balanced as I like them to be. Staying "compatible," just not as many veggies as I like. We're touring a wedding venue tomorrow night at 6, so maybe we'll have leftovers before, or pick up takeout after. We'll decide after seeing what kind of leftovers we have tonight. My boyfriend wants wings, so we're going
  8. Day 14-18 Good Morning! Feeling really good today so far. I slept like a rock last night, for over 8 hours. I've been sleeping pretty terribly for over a week, so this is really good news. I generally don't have problems sleeping, but with the pandemic, I started waking up in the middle of night earlier this year, and started taking broad spectrum CBD oil before bed, which really helps with my sleep, anxiety, and general feeling of well-being. I decided to try giving up CBD, and all THC products, with this round of Whole30, so where I could get with managing my sleep and anxiety thro
  9. Day 13 Slept better last night - only 6.5 hours, but it's an improvement. My appetite still isn't great, but I feel good - energized, focused, positive. I had a doctor's appointment this morning - an OB/GYN checkup and IUD removal - and it went really well. I've avoided going to the doctor for about 4 years now, because I've gained weight and feel a lot of shame around that. After my 29th birthday this year, I decided that I would take control of my health. I want to have children in the next few years, and want to get a better idea of what my fertility is like, and generally be the
  10. Day 12 Feeling okay this morning. I was able to fall asleep fairly early last night, around 10 PM. However, I woke up at 2:45 AM feeling like it was the morning, and couldn't get back to sleep. I got up around 5 AM and began my morning routine. I got a bit tired and napped for probably 20 minutes between 5 and 6, but I'm definitely dragging today. I'm going to get more serious about my sleep hygiene to improve things - I'm going to start using a sunrise/sunset alarm clock that we have, and reading before bed without screens. I'm hopeful this will help things. My fiance is also going out o
  11. Day 8-11 Took a little break there! Still going strong with Whole30. My boyfriend proposed over the weekend on Saturday! We're very happy and excited, but are sticking with Whole30, because it helps us feel our best. I'm having some issues, sort of, with my eating over the past couple of days, since Friday really. I've had almost no appetite over the past few days. I'm sure a lot of it is from excitement/stress over our engagement, but it's getting a bit frustrating. I normally have no problems whatsoever with my appetite, the opposite really, so this feels unnatural. I'm definitely not e
  12. Day 7 I wrote a long entry that got deleted so I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. I'm still feeling good - really good honestly. My skin is clearing up - it's only been a week, so nothing miraculous, but trending positive. My energy levels are way up, sustained focus throughout the day, motivation out the roof. The only real issue I'm seeing is my digestion is still not 100% - I almost always have issues with this, but I'm hoping to see some improvement during Whole30, so we'll see how that goes. Meals M1: Buffalo Chicken Egg Bites with roasted brussels sprouts and ranc
  13. @MadyVanilla and @Lorna from Canada thanks so much for your kind words! W30 is such a blessing - taking 30 days to focus on myself is really helping me to find the healthiest ways to be myself, even beyond food.
  14. Day 5 Feeling really good today. Just calm, focused, and energized. My day, and what I have planned for it seem totally possible, doable, and enjoyable. I'm not sure if it's just one little honeymoon day, or if this will keep up, but I'm excited that it's happening so early in my Whole30. The only thing that's bothering me a bit is my digestion - I struggle with it almost always, and I'm telling myself it's my system sort of cleaning out of what I was eating before, but it's the only real negative with today. I asked my boyfriend to make dinner yesterday, since cooking was feel
  15. I copy/paste ingredient lists, recipe names, and the website I found them into a Word document, so I can search for ingredients when I need to use up certain items.
  16. @MadyVanilla Thanks! I'm glad to hear you weren't super impressed with the Walmart W30 meals. We don't have a Walmart in the city of Pittsburgh, but I was thinking about driving out to the suburbs to pick up some for emergencies. Knowing that they aren't so great, I might try to buy some of the Primal Kitchen frozen meals to keep on hand.
  17. Day 4 Feeling pretty good this morning, though yesterday ended up being a little rough. I had some headaches in the afternoon, that I tried to power through by drinking water, but after I took my daily walk in the afternoon (50 minutes - a little over 2.5 miles), which was nice, but when I got home it was like I hit a wall. I told myself I could lay in bed for a little while, since I slept so poorly the night before, and I ended up staying in bed for two hours. I felt no motivation when I got out of bed, but it was cold and dreary yesterday, and I had a nice soup planned for dinner, so I
  18. Day 3 today - we ended up starting on 1/2 So far so good Whole30-wise. I journal every morning as part of my morning routine, and just started keeping a to-do list planner where I plan meals as well, so I've been keeping track of how things are going with my Whole30 when I was away from my work computer, where I make my updates on this forum. Meal tracking for the last two days below: Day 1 M1: Chipotle - Chicken with lettuce, fajita veggies, pico de gallo, and guac - Just saw that they added cauliflower rice as an available option today, which makes me more excited for my futur
  19. Gearing up to start my fourth round of Whole30 this January. I posted logs for my last two rounds on this forum, and I've found it really helpful for tracking meals I like, as well as habit tracking. Just read my logs for the last two rounds, and I'm happy to see that I've come pretty far with my eating and habits since I first started my Whole30 journey. Thinking about how much the world has changed since January 2020 is really unbelievable, although my lifestyle actually hasn't changed much. I worked from home mostly before the pandemic - now I just don't travel for work anymore. I miss
  20. Tuesday Meals M1 - 3 egg muffins, yogurt, granola M2 - Sandwich - sourdough, turkey, prosciutto, dijon mayo, kraut, chips, dairy free onion dip - the onion dip was quite good. I'll definitely buy more of their dips in the future when they're at Aldi. M3 - Slice of frozen leftover lebanon bologna pepper relish pizza. I had some thin mints after dinner (maybe around 4), and had a headache before sleep - I looked at the ingredients today, and there's a ton of stuff I'm not really used to eating - HFCS, soy lecithin, palm oil - I'm sure one of those is the culprit. Otherwi
  21. Monday Meals - M1 - Sweet Potato Chicken Sausage Egg Muffins - https://www.maryswholelife.com/sausage-sweet-potato-and-kale-egg-cups-whole30-paleo/ - used AmyLu breakfast sausage in these, plain Whole Milk greek yogurt, and GF coconut cacao granola that I got at Aldi this weekend. M2 - 3 leftover chicken wings from Friday, cinnamon roll with Nutella M3 - Patty melt with roasted broccoli Yesterday wasn't a great day either. I felt depressed for most of the day and didn't get much done. I'm going to update my log with the Whole Foods shopping we did last Friday, 1/31 -
  22. Here's a review of meals from this past weekend: Thursday Meals - M1 - 3 scrambled eggs w TJs roasted potatoes & peppers mix, and ketchup. M2 - Detroit style pizza M3 - Leftover buffalo chicken dip, baked potato, sauteed kale Friday Meals - M1 - 3 scrambled eggs w TJs roasted potatoes & peppers mix, and ketchup M2 - Chicken, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts - added cheese to the mashed potatoes. - I remember that I felt sluggish after this meal. M3 - 6 wings from a local wing place, bacon cheese fries with ranch Saturday Meals M1 - 4 w
  23. Good Morning - Wednesday Meals - M1 - 3 scrambled eggs with TJs roasted potatoes & peppers mix, and ketchup M2 - Leftover paleo buffalo chicken dip, potato chips, cheese, salami, grain-free crackers. Some Girl Scout cookies M3 - Detroit-style buffalo chicken pizza, caesar salad Still haven't gotten to planning my meals. Thursday Meals - M1 - 3 scrambled eggs with TJs roasted potatoes & peppers mix, and ketchup M2 - M3 - Sleep - Struggled to wake up at 7 AM this morning. Sluggish start. Slept fine. Skin - Better than yesterday, thin
  24. Back again. Tuesday Meals M1 - Ham & cheese sliders M2 - Beef empanadas with guac and cheese M3 - Teton Waters Ranch mini hot dogs with leftover brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes Wednesday Meals M1 - Three eggs, scrambled in ghee, Whole30 compliant potatoes o'brien mix from Trader Joes, ketchup M2 - M3 - Not totally sure about meals for the rest of the day yet. I've spent 32 minutes so far today doing dishes - still have probably around 30 minutes left to get them all done, then I'll move on to the fridge. I feel better today, at this point,
  25. Going to start back up here to track what I'm doing post Whole30 round three. My third round of Whole30 was perhaps my most successful yet. I did it with my boyfriend this round, and we had a really good time together. We both lost some weight, and experienced great NSVs. We finished Day 30 on 1/31, and we've had some bumps already with reintroduction. Saturday - Plan was to not reintro anything. We got invited to dinner with some friends who we don't see that often, so we decided to go. The restaurant did have a ton of options that would be compliant, but I figured I could remain co