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    w30virgo got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021 - Reintroduction Tracking   
    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 led to a definite decrease in generalized anxiety. Now, I will sometimes get anxious about specific topics or events, but I'm able to self-soothe and the feelings don't linger. Executive dysfunction has definitely improved - most days, I'm able to move through my to-do list without much effort or energy depletion. I'm still seeing about one day each week where I struggle with getting even basic tasks done. Even those days have improved over time, though. I won't get as much done, but I'll still get some of my most important priorities completed.
    Energy: More sustained throughout the day and consistent in the mornings without caffeine. I stay energized and motivated to complete tasks and do activities throughout the evening, until I wind down for bed around 8 PM. Previously, I had been basically useless after work, unless I exerted a herculean effort to make dinner. Now, it feels easy to keep my day going after work ends.
    Focus: Haven't seen much improvement here. It's been easier to put habits into action that I know help - limiting screen time, optimizing my schedule for work and other life tasks. However, it's still basically impossible to concentrate on things I'm not interested in.
    Digestion: I have less stomach pains and gas on a regular basis. I had about a week and half period in the middle of this round where I felt nauseous all day and could barely eat, but I'm back to a more normal appetite for me. I recently switched to a different probiotic, which I feel has affected my digestion for the past week or so. I'd like to revisit and see where I'm at later this month, once I've adjusted to the new probiotic.
    Allergies: Before this round of Whole30, I had been taking medicine for what I thought were seasonal allergies everyday (generic Flonase). I stopped taking it during Whole30, to see how I felt, and have only had one day where I felt that I needed it. We also started using a humidifier at night, and got an air purifier for our apartment, this month, which I think has also helped with my symptoms.
    Skin: I didn't see much improvement until the last three days or so. Now, my skin is looking great - fuller, more of a glow, more youthful. I have some healing acne, but haven't really seen new pimples developing. With my increased energy and decrease in executive dysfunction, I've been much better with completing my skincare routine every morning and every night, and have even added some new steps, which I'm sure is helping as well as my diet changes.
    Libido: Mine has definitely improved, and my fiance has even explicitly remarked on how much his has increased this month.
    Sleep:  In past rounds, this has been a definite improvement that I saw - hugely improved sleep quality. Sadly, I didn't see much improvement in this during this round. During the pandemic, I've started using CBD to help my sleep and anxiety - I was struggling to sleep through the night, an issue I never had in the past. I stopped using CBD this month, to see how Whole30 helped with my sleep and anxiety. My sleep was okay at first, but then, the same time that I had issues with my appetite, I found myself awake for several hours in the middle of the night, or waking up at 3 AM, unable to fall back asleep for the whole day. So, I started using CBD again, which helped - almost immediately. I'm still struggling with waking up in the night - not sure if it's because it's been so cold lately, or what - but, I've gotten much better at falling back asleep if I do wake up.
    Exercise: One of my new year's resolutions was to increase my daily walk from 45 to 50 minutes each day. I've been pretty good with accomplishing this most days - 50 minutes vs. 45 minutes doesn't feel like much of a difference, and I'm more energized and walk faster during my walks than I had normally been before Whole30. I've also been more motivated with doing yoga daily - I did yoga 15 days out of the last month. My fiance got a set of resistance bands for Christmas, and we've decided we're going to start doing workouts with those 3 days a week as well. We did a 25 minute upper body workout yesterday - I'm feeling a bit sore, but it was fun and felt good.
     
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    w30virgo got a reaction from stealthstitcher in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    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 to make those tonight. Wings are one of our favorite foods, but we haven't gotten them through Butcher Box since we started ordering with them. They finally offered them as a Member Deal last month, so we ordered 6 lbs, and I have more coming in our box this month. We'll have the wings with probably some raw veggies, or maybe we'll make sweet potato fries in the oven.
    Physically I'm feeling really good - tons of energy, less gastrointestinal issues than normal, and my skin is finally clearing up - I'm going on four or five days without any new pimples. We're starting to think about reintroduction. Dave's fantasizing about eating candy and all of the different stuff he can have, but I'm trying to remain committed to a strict, clear reintroduction. If I do this right, I'll really identify my sensitivities, and can develop a sustainable way of eating to carry me forward. I know that I'm going to reintroduce champagne on our first day of reintro, to celebrate our engagement, the inauguration of a new president, and our successful Whole30. Not sure what will come after that, though.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    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 through eating whole foods. Things were going okay, but then this week I would seriously struggle to fall asleep, then wake up like clockwork at 3 AM every night, and lay awake for hours. Obviously, this really affected basically everything about my days, so I took a lot of steps to improve my sleep hygiene. I beefed up my nighttime routine, set limits on screen time before bed, and started adding lavender oil to my humidifier. These steps worked to help me fall asleep, but not with sleeping through the night. So, on Friday, I decided to take CBD (the oil I use is just hemp oil, nothing added). This helped me fall asleep, and stay asleep, so I was able to get a lot done this weekend after some good sleep. I didn't take CBD Saturday night, but yesterday at around 5 PM I started feeling intense, generalized anxiety - I couldn't pinpoint a specific cause. I took a long walk, did yoga, all my normal stress management go-tos, but I couldn't calm myself. I just sort of vegged out last night, and we ordered takeout. The takeout ordering process - deciding what to get - was arduous. I was very tempted to just get something offplan, that I knew would be emotional comforting. But we held strong, and got some compliant salads, raw veggies, and baba ghanoush from a Mediterranean restaurant. I took CBD again, and fell asleep before 10 PM.
    I'm feeling much better this morning, which is great. I did my normal morning routine - reading, journaling, breakfast, skincare, some light housework. I felt much more calm and focused this morning. I'm hoping that continues through the day, and the rest of the week. 
    So I wrote last week about my lack of appetite - I think it's been mostly resolved. Yesterday night I was ravenous at dinner time, even after eating a full breakfast and lunch. I'm getting more interested in food, too. 
    I'm hoping to get myself organized and get a meal plan in place for this week - we have some ideas, but nothing as firm as we've had the past few days.
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    w30virgo reacted to OurSmallFootprint in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Congratulations on your engagement! 
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    w30virgo got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    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 healthiest I can for the rest of my life. With this, I obviously need to get checkups, so today was sort of the first step for that. My appointment was great, my new OB/GYN was great, and so far everything looks good. My blood pressure was good, which is normal for me. I did look at the scale when I was weighed, so a little Whole30 cheat there, but even with my new heavy platform Doc Martens on, I've lost 6.5 lb since 1/1! 
    My thoughts have been racing ever since Saturday with wedding plan anxiety, but I'm starting to calm down. We drafted a guest list, started contacting venues, and confirmed our budget, so we're moving in the right direction. I'm telling myself that I'm being so Type A about this because my work is going to pick up in March, and I won't have as much extra time at that point. I know I'm just excited to plan something, anything, especially a big party! I'm just so excited to see all of our friends and family together.
    I talked to two of my friends on the phone last night, to ask them to be bridesmaids, and I felt so much better after catching up with them. Scheduling more regular phone calls with my friends and family is a non-food treat that I really want to do more often.
    Meals have been smaller than usual, but I'm still trying to eat three times a day. I had part of a piece of breakfast casserole for breakfast, a Chipotle chicken salad for lunch, and an apple with cinnamon and cashew butter for dinner.
    This was not the best for my digestion - for some reason Chipotle never agrees with me, and I'm not totally sure on the cashew butter. But, I'm eating and that's what's important to me. Once I get my appetite back, I'll work to realign myself to eating more balanced meals.
     
     
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    w30virgo got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    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 eating enough to fuel my body - max 2 meals a day, and small portions at those meals. I just get to a point where I'm totally nauseous even thinking about food of any kind. Hoping that it's partially my body getting more adapted to this way of eating, and that things will normalize soon. I'm also not sleeping the best - struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, and waking up early. Again, hoping it's from the excitement/stress, and that things get back to normal soon. I got a new to-do list planner for Christmas, which has sections to plan meals, so I've been keeping track of what I've been eating there. I'll update with my meals later, as I don't have my planner with me right now and can honestly not remember a lot of what I've eaten!
    I'm still really happy to be doing Whole30 - almost no desire to celebrate with non-compatible food, or even all of the champagne we've been receiving. There will be plenty of time for that in February. I'm also planning to use Whole30 to jumpstart some more intense healthy habits to get me looking and feeling my best for our wedding. We're not planning to get married until April/May 2022, when hopefully our family and friends will be vaccinated and able to travel, so we have plenty of time. I've been working on improving my health generally over the past year or so, and I do feel a lot better than I have, but once we are vaccinated, I plan to start with more intense gym workouts, and will probably continue to return to Whole30 as a way to keep my eating healthy and fueling my body successfully.
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    w30virgo reacted to LadyWolf0926 in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Congratulations on your engagement!! My son just got married in December. It was very small with family and just a few friends, and it was just such a good time. Have fun with all the planning; so very happy for you!!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    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 eating enough to fuel my body - max 2 meals a day, and small portions at those meals. I just get to a point where I'm totally nauseous even thinking about food of any kind. Hoping that it's partially my body getting more adapted to this way of eating, and that things will normalize soon. I'm also not sleeping the best - struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, and waking up early. Again, hoping it's from the excitement/stress, and that things get back to normal soon. I got a new to-do list planner for Christmas, which has sections to plan meals, so I've been keeping track of what I've been eating there. I'll update with my meals later, as I don't have my planner with me right now and can honestly not remember a lot of what I've eaten!
    I'm still really happy to be doing Whole30 - almost no desire to celebrate with non-compatible food, or even all of the champagne we've been receiving. There will be plenty of time for that in February. I'm also planning to use Whole30 to jumpstart some more intense healthy habits to get me looking and feeling my best for our wedding. We're not planning to get married until April/May 2022, when hopefully our family and friends will be vaccinated and able to travel, so we have plenty of time. I've been working on improving my health generally over the past year or so, and I do feel a lot better than I have, but once we are vaccinated, I plan to start with more intense gym workouts, and will probably continue to return to Whole30 as a way to keep my eating healthy and fueling my body successfully.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from MadyVanilla in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    @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.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from MadyVanilla in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    @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.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from MadyVanilla in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    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 seeing friends and family - with the spikes in numbers, I haven't seen anyone outside of my family in at least two months. I'm excited to do Whole30 as a way to break up the winter, fortify some healthy habits, and continue to improve my health.
    My boyfriend is doing Whole30 again with me - he did it with me last year as well, and really enjoyed it. We'll be starting 1/1 - no use in putting it off, since we won't be doing anything super special for New Year's this year. I'm just making us a nice dinner, and we'll enjoy some champagne. I've started planning, and did some grocery shopping to get us set up for success earlier this week.
    I'm taking the rest of the week off work, so I'll have more time to prep and get things ready later on in the week. Here's my meal plan for the first few days:
    1/1 - Pork & Sauerkraut for luck, of course
    1/2 - Indian Skillet Roasted Chicken from the Defined Dish cookbook
    1/3 - Burgers with a Veggie, Oven-Baked Fries, and Awesome Sauce from the Whole Smiths cookbook
    1/4 - Chicken Tortilla-Less Soup from the Defined Dish cookbook
    1/5 - Steak Street Tacos from the Defined Dish cookbook with slaw and roasted sweet potatoes
    That's all I have planned so far - for breakfast, I'll make an egg casserole with whatever veggies we have leftover and sausage or bacon, and we'll figure out lunches with leftovers for the time being. I'll probably plan more formal breakfasts/lunches for next week, when I'll be back at work. I'm planning to go to our local winter farmer's market on Saturday, and will get veggies and other items there for the week ahead. I'm going to start my grocery tracking then, when the new month starts.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    I loved what you wrote about taking stock of what you've accomplished when getting overwhelmed with housework that still needs to be done! I'm going to take that mindset with me in the future. 
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Welcome, Amy! We have similar starting weights - I'm on Day 8 of my third round of Whole30 this month. I hope you find that the Whole30 improves your life as much as it has mine. I LOLed at your comment about eating meatballs for breakfast - you can actually find recipes for Whole30 breakfast meatballs out there. One of my favorite Whole30 breakfasts, when I get sick of eggs, is a pureed veggie soup with meatballs. So warm, nourishing, and easy to heat and eat on cold winter days.
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    w30virgo reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Hi everyone!   I was here last year around July/August 2019.  I'm 33 now and my starting weight at the beginning of 2020 was 240!  [Shriek!  Highest ever for me.]  I am here again to make something wonderful happen in my life!  Every Nov/Dec, I start getting depressed.  I think one reason is the weight gain, I'm sure.  The other is the lack of sunshine.  Unfortunately, I can't do UV therapy (according to my rheumatologist) because I have lupus and UV light can trigger a lupus flare (achy joints, rash, etc).  Here is where my grandma would say- are you taking your vitamin D supplements?  And the answer is actually "no", so okay, I should really start doing that...
    Anyway, for one week (since Dec 31st), I have been doing awesome (if I may say so) with exercising and I have actually lost 8 pounds (yes, a lot of that is water weight, but I still feel proud!)
    I am on a roll, and I'm making better decisions about food, not drinking alcohol, and not stopping at restaurants or coffee shops.
    Something is missing though- I need to log, I need to write down how I feel and what I'm eating because it's a big part of the journey to better health.
    So here I am again, ready to put all of my thoughts here.  Maybe I will get to know some people here- I hope I do.  It sure is easier to remember to log in and post when I look forward to reading posts from other people.  Right now I am eating healthier but I will spend the next week or so planning what foods to have around the house for a successful Whole30.  I'm looking forward to feeling better and less tired.  I think I've already gone through a sugar withdrawl even though I only drastically reduced my intake, and didn't completely stop yet.  I'm hoping I don't get the sugar withdrawl symptoms again when I quit cold turkey!   Wish me luck!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    The kebabs and BBQ chicken stuffed potatoes look delicious! Definitely giving me some inspiration for upcoming meal planning.