Wendy104

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    Wendy104 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    OMG, that is so funny.  But it does feel accurate--a little!!
    Thanks for sharing!
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    Wendy104 got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Finished First Whole30, now on Day #7, Going for 60!   
    My eating habits were atrocious.  Before the Holidays, I'd decided that I'd start the New Year off by at least cooking a slow-cooker meal a few times a week. Went to Target, saw the Whole 30 Slow Cooker Cookbook.  When I got home-excited about my cookbook- I saw the Whole 30 Book on my shelf.  Apparently, I'd plan to make changes around this time LAST YEAR!  
    Decided to do it..my Mantra for 2019 is FULLY COMMITTED!  Started New Year's Eve (Monday).  By day 3, I didn't have to take my nightly Pepcid/Tums! By day 5, I woke up HUNGRY (hadn't done that in decades).  By day 6-7, sleeping so good!  Not to mention, feeling my body change.  More energy.  No midday slump. More focused.  Clear thinking.  Truly, the list goes on and on!!
    Can't say it's all been easy, but I'm enjoying NUTPODS in my coffee.  Love new recipes.  Sometimes overwhelmed by the cooking and dishes.  But,  it's 30 days...or 60.  To change habits for LIFE.  It gets easier.  I'm learning that the occasional "craving" if more of a pity-party.  I just do something I love.  Read. Write. Cook.  Go to be early.  
    My body is Healing.  This is a Life-Changer...that is no exaggeration.  And not just for me, but my family (and friends are INSPIRED!)
    Love the food. My husband (a "never eats veggies" guy) told my daughter  (16) that I'm "ruining them", cuz they can't go out to eat!  Food HERE is too good!! (He modifies it, but still..healthier than before!!)  
    Last year at my last check up, my NP ran the "inflammatory" tests...all of mine were HIGH!  My next appointment is March 1. I will complete Day 30 (Round 2) on Feb. 28!!
    I'm actually excited to see the look  on her face when she seems my results.  I love the empowerment--knowing that I am dong something about my risks for so many disease processes.  
    OH, and by the way...stupid "little" change for me...I have not bitten my nails in 37 days!!  I'm 49 and have bitten my nails ALL MY LIFE!  I'm getting manicures!! (nice non-food treat!).
    I'm down about 10 pounds, finally at 199.4..under 200.  Haven't been there in years.  But, like so many, the weight loss is not the goal--the feeling of health is!
    I'm telling everyone about this program and will continue to do this--to inspire others to take control of their health.  This. is. not. hard.!
    LovingMyWhole30Life!
     
     
     
     
     
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    Wendy104 got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting today, 1/28- looking for help staying accountable :)   
    I'm on Day 29 Today, Monday!!  But, on Wednesday, I'm doing Day 1--another 30!
    I really recommend the Whole 30 Day by Day (book/journal).  It's been really helping me stay focused.
    I just got another to start my second Whole 30.
    This is not easy, but it isn't as hard as you'd think.  Within a few DAYS I had huge "non-scale" victories--better sleep, no nightly Pepsid, less brain fog.
    Keep yourself Accountable by putting your Health 1ST!  Get through the first few days and you will not want to quit!!
    You really have to decide that you are worth taking care of YOU!
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    Wendy104 got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting today, 1/28- looking for help staying accountable :)   
    I'm on Day 29 Today, Monday!!  But, on Wednesday, I'm doing Day 1--another 30!
    I really recommend the Whole 30 Day by Day (book/journal).  It's been really helping me stay focused.
    I just got another to start my second Whole 30.
    This is not easy, but it isn't as hard as you'd think.  Within a few DAYS I had huge "non-scale" victories--better sleep, no nightly Pepsid, less brain fog.
    Keep yourself Accountable by putting your Health 1ST!  Get through the first few days and you will not want to quit!!
    You really have to decide that you are worth taking care of YOU!
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    Wendy104 got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting today, 1/28- looking for help staying accountable :)   
    I'm on Day 29 Today, Monday!!  But, on Wednesday, I'm doing Day 1--another 30!
    I really recommend the Whole 30 Day by Day (book/journal).  It's been really helping me stay focused.
    I just got another to start my second Whole 30.
    This is not easy, but it isn't as hard as you'd think.  Within a few DAYS I had huge "non-scale" victories--better sleep, no nightly Pepsid, less brain fog.
    Keep yourself Accountable by putting your Health 1ST!  Get through the first few days and you will not want to quit!!
    You really have to decide that you are worth taking care of YOU!
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    Wendy104 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting 1/30   
    This Program is AMAZING!  I'm on day 29, and on Wed I'm just starting with Day 1...ready for another 30!
    I've noticed so many "non-scale" victories, and you will too!  (I recommend the Whole 30 Day by Day (book/journal!).
     
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    Wendy104 reacted to Lorna from Canada in Practical newbie seeking advice   
    Welcome @KimG74 I'm on Day 26 of my first W30 (and yes, there will be another one as needed)
    Find the Your Whole30 Log page and post everyday - I found keeping tabs on the day to day experience very helpful and fun to look back on. Plus, sometimes people comment so you feel like you've made a connection.
    I've relied heavily on my Instant Pot which I bought specifically for doing the W30. Knowing I could stick a seasoned chicken, some veg and a cup of water in the pot when I got home and have dinner ready in 45 minutes from start to finish has been very helpful. 
    I think I'm really fortunate because I can't imagine a time when I would get sick of eggs - I love them. Boil a dozen and keep them handy - I just bring the pot to a boil, turn the heat off and leave them in the water until it's all cold - nothing special there.
    I prepped a ton of veggies ahead on time - put 4 onions into my food processor, chopped them all then into an airtight container in the fridge. Did the same with garlic but covered it in oil. Everytime I wanted to cook, those things were ready for me. I also have a local organic grocer that sells things like chopped kale - a little more expensive but amazing in a time crunch. I put chopped kale into everything!
    All in all, enjoy this amazing process - it's probably the most interesting and educational thing I've done during my 40 year battle with my weight. I actually feel like W30 is a truce! 
    Best wishes for a successful W30!!
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    Wendy104 reacted to Jihanna in Practical newbie seeking advice   
    First, WELCOME! I'm on day 27 of my first round, and I haven't felt this good in decades. I'm not even sure if I've lost weight (a welcome side effect if it happens, but not one of my reasons for doing this), but I definitely feel so much better in nearly every way, and I'm learning a lot about my habits and relationships regarding food.
    Some specific pointers that will hopefully help --
    Start Simple
    It won't do you any good to go into this and immediately feel completely overwhelmed, and none of us is going to judge you for not making meals worthy of 5-star restaurants (in fact, I'd be supremely jealous if I started seeing that on any of my feeds! yikes!). In your shoes, one of my reasons for doing this would be specifically so I could gain confidence in the kitchen... which also won't happen if you try things that are too complicated. So simple is good, especially since you already acknowledge that you're practical and like simple things. This is maybe even more important if you're not cooking only for yourself, because the more you simplify things for yourself the less stress you're going to experience in the kitchen.
    Have a Plan
    The other ladies mentioned Meal Planning, but I want to touch on that also. Meal Planning isn't just about knowing what you want to make and when, it's also a way of making sure that you're shopping for what you need (and not feeling like you should buy a bunch of extra stuff that may end up going bad before you can use it) so that you're able to save time and money. The more fresh protein and produce you buy, the less time overall you have to be in the store because those don't have labels. There are still some things you'll undoubtedly get from the "middle" aisles, but over time it becomes easier to look over the label to make sure things are compliant.
    Meal Planning Tips
    See if your regular grocery store has a weekly ad that you can check online, and find out when their promotional week starts (for instance, Sprouts runs from Wednesday to Wednesday and has a day of overlap, but our Kroger runs from Wednesday to Tuesday). I review the ad(s) for whatever store(s) I want to consider, and use those as a source of inspiration for what to cook that week (i.e., if roast is on a good sale, plan to buy one and grab a recipe for preparing it; if romaine is marked down, plan for working salads into your days; if apples are on sale, find your recipes that incorporate apple into the main meal, like a pork roast with apples, onions, and cinnamon). For mine, I plan our weekly meals from Thursday to Wednesday, and shop on either Wednesday or Thursday; that lets me catch the sales and make sure I'm in there the day after the sales started, so less chance they've run out of what I'm wanting. Basic meal plans can be very simple, but it might take a little time to learn how you best like to do it.
    Planning for Leftovers / Continued Use
    As the others mentioned, making a big batch of something is a great way to reduce your everyday workload. My family is too big for me to do this effectively, but if it's just you or only a couple of people then it's extremely easy to have a casserole last several days or make a double batch of meatballs to carry over in lunches. There are a ton of "meal prep" recipes online, where you essentially roast a bunch of stuff on a sheet pan and then split it all up into containers to use for lunches all week (or dinner on nights you don't want to cook).
    Planning Ahead with Shopping
    If you have the space to store additional food when things are on a really good sale, and if your budget supports doing it, it can help SO MUCH. For instance, when pork loins are buy one get on free, we usually grab two. We'll turn one of them into pork chops and split the other into roasts (for my big family, that's basically 4 meals, but it's probably more like 6 or even 8 if you're cooking for only 1-2 people). Just toss the extras in freezer-safe bags to use within the next couple of months. I also buy extra cauliflower if it's on sale; then I rice it (in a food processor) and freeze it to use over the next month. Remember: if your meal plan includes only dinners (some plan out all their meals, some don't), please remember to buy things you'll want for breakfast and/or lunch, for days when a salad or leftovers aren't going to sound appealing.
    Preparing for your Safety
    You mentioned cutting yourself in the past, and I'd definitely suggest investing in a couple of things to help make that less likely. First would be some kind of hand/finger-guard to protect you from cuts during prep. Second, use a food processor if you need shredded or grated veggies; it'll be so much safer and since you won't be worried over your fingers, you'll lose less to waste. Third, having a good peeler and just going slowly with it, until you can get the rhythm and feel comfortable with it, also helps in keeping you safe while you prep your food. Third, you'll want a simple little kitchen timer that you can carry around (or an alarm app on your phone), to help you keep up with when you need to be in the kitchen even if you do have to walk away for a few minutes. Lastly, make sure a fire extinguisher is somewhere that's easily accessible in the kitchen (and that's a good idea for ALL of us).
    Recipe Collecting
    Some people love to collect recipes on paper (books, cards in a box, printed pages in a binder, etc.). I'm really not one of those people. I just want to SEE the recipe clearly while I'm trying to follow it, but I prefer to keep it all online where I can access it from anywhere on my phone. I use Copy Me That (https://www.copymethat.com/) to collect recipes I like from food blogs and to add my own; it's free to make an account and use it, and includes a recipe keeper (with complete editing ability and tags), meal plan section (which allows you to add recipes or just notes, so you can say "baked potatoes" if you'll have that but don't need a recipe for it), and even ability to add recipes to your grocery list (which can be edited as well). I highly suggest taking a look
    ...Just Breathe...
    Seriously, do it. You've got this. You are strong and courageous. You are taking a drastic step to improve your quality of life. You can do this, including everything in the kitchen, just take small steps and allow yourself to get familiar with your own flow and how things feel in the kitchen. Don't let your past experiences hold you back; use them instead to inform your path forward, and rejoice when you make even tiny bits of progress (especially when it's progress in areas where you know you have anxiety, like kitchen skills). If anything feels overwhelming, take a step back and look at the situation to see what you can remove to make it all more manageable, then move on from there. If you're the type that enjoys support groups, try to hook up with a few people who start roughtly at the time you do/did so you can be accountable and get some good moral support going -- and if you can't find any, please feel free to message me privately and I'll be happy to be an accountability buddy; I'm doing a slow-roll reintroduction, so I'll be mostly compliant through all of February.
    Ahem, and now I apologize for writing you a book
    I'm going to stop looking back over this now, so I'll stop adding in new thoughts!