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  1. trafficjamdreaming

    Here we go again...

    Good morning everyone! My day two went well. I ate whole30 meals, didn't snack (because I wasn't hungry enough to need one), worked out, and completed by Whole30 Day By Day Journal. I wouldn't say my meals were exciting...eggs in the morning, tuna for lunch, and lettuce wrapped burger for dinner but they were easy to throw together and I was pleasantly full. I have been a little foggy, I can't seem to concentrate for too long when reading, I'm a little sluggish, but I'm lucky to have the next couple of days off before my next job to get over the worst of the Whole30. I'm going to take some time this weekend to meal plan for the coming week including some emergency snacks if I get stuck in traffic. I hope all of you guys are doing well with your challenges! Can't wait to hear how you guys are doing
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    Here we go again...

    Hey Everyone I just started my Whole30 this morning. This will be my 4th round of the challenge over five years. My wedding is just around the corner and I tend to crave sweets and bread when I'm feeling a little stressed. On top of the wedding planning, I'm starting a new job next week. I realize adding the Whole30 will be throwing in a lot of change at the same time, but having really monitored myself over these 5 years, I do well with a structured meal plan when there's tons going on. I haven't been too far off the plan so I'm hoping my first week isn't too tiring. My regular eating includes protein, veggies, and some fruit. I thank the Whole30 for teaching me how to create great recipes with whole foods. With every challenge, I like to give myself a goal. The last challenge, I was able to reduce my caffeine from 4+ cups a day to only one in the morning. This challenge, I want to create minimalist meals with fewer ingredients. I know meal prep is really important with any diet, but I'd like to reduce the time spent on prepping and cooking on Sunday and spend more time with my fiancé. I also want to look up some easy slow cooker meals. I can prep dinners in advance and then just pop them in the slow cooker before I head out to work. Well...I'm looking forward to a great Whole30 challenge and excited I found a strong group of challengers! Chat with you guys tomorrow!
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    Starting July 1 - Anyone want to join me?

    Hey Everyone! Here's to Week 2! I have much more energy this week. Not yet Tiger Blood but inching my way there. Last week I kept my cardio sessions light since the first week is always exhausting but this week I'm going to ramp it up again. I've noticed the slight pain in my knee start to subside. I hardly feel it when I go up and down steps anymore which is great plus! I went grocery shopping yesterday and meal prepped for the week. I'm looking forward to getting one more week under my belt. Wishing you guys a great Day 8!
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    Starting July 1 - Anyone want to join me?

    Hey Everyone! Happy Day 4! My anxiety levels are starting to decrease. I started this Whole30 when tons of things are going on in my life. In the past I would have put it off, but now I realize that my nutrition paired with activity will alleviate my stressors. I'm glad I committed to the challenge because I'm starting to notice my sleep quality getting better, I feel energized in the morning before I drink my cup of coffee, and my tummy is starting to debloat. @Starlight89 Great question on Whole30 BBQ options. Our family leans on the carne asada side when we BBQ, so I typically marinate the meat with all natural/whole30 compliant additives. I make a whole30 potato salad and stay away from beans, rice, and tortillas. If I'm invited to parties, I bring my own whole30 dish. Not only is it hospitable, but you also guarantee there's something for you to eat! I'm also not embarrassed to bring my own dressings or salsas to a party. Other guests don't even know they're whole30! haha Have a great day!
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    Starting July 1 - Anyone want to join me?

    Hey Everyone! Hope you guys are having a great Day 3! The last two days have been tough. I felt so exhausted and hungry that it left me extremely moody. I was able to break through with consistent workouts, meditation, lots of water, and tons of sleep. I feel much better today and looking forward to the next couple of days off of work to relax and get outdoors. @Gryhndlady Welcome and congrats on your first Whole30. This program has changed my life in so many ways and I'm excited for you! When I first started, I thought I knew what healthy foods were but couldn't lose any weight. After reading It Starts With Food, I was skeptical about the challenge but thought, "what the heck!" I had nothing to lose. I ended up extending the challenge to 60 days and lost nearly 20 lbs. The biggest win for me was learning to read labels, cook wholesome meals for me and my fiance, kicking the sugar dependence, and all of the energy I had. This is my fourth challenge over 5 years and every time I go through it, I always learn something new about myself. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
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    Starting July 1 - Anyone want to join me?

    Hello Everyone! Starting my 4th Round of the Whole30 Challenge today in preparation for my wedding in September and looking for an accountability group. I've been doing Whole30 challenges for over five years now and I love the energy and confidence it brings me. I tried restarting last month and let work stress get in the way of a successful challenge (I got a week and a half into it) but this time around I'd like to finish the challenge with no slips. I've recently noticed irregular sleep patterns and high anxiety levels returning so I decided it was time to be serious about my whole30 challenge. I've been following a paleo lifestyle while I'm off the challenge but have slipped in some occasional cheese and bread these last couple of weeks. I've noticed that I turn to processed foods when I'm overly stressed. I recently read Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig and loved it. I used to beat myself up when I reverted back to bad eating habits. Now, I'm able to look for signals that I'm going off course and gently nudge myself back to a healthier lifestyle. Looking forward to getting to know all of you over the next 30 days! Have a great first day!
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    Here's to Day 11! I got through the weekend successfully. The first weekend of my Whole30 is always the hardest. My Whole30 essentials start to dwindle by Friday and I have to get creative with meals before my weekly grocery run on Sunday. My sleep has gotten much better. I can fall asleep easily and sleep through most of the night. With the increased sleep, I have more energy in the morning. Not quite near Tiger Blood but getting there. This last week I was really dependent on coffee. I usually like to limit myself to one cup in the morning but had to reach for a second on some days. I'm back to one coffee a day and feeling much more energized. @JenX I'm right with you on the scale thing! I like to see that immediate payoff when I'm taking steps to lose weight but seem to ignore the scale when I'm not as diligent! haha! It's been a little difficult not weighing/measuring. Instead, I've been trying on some of my tightest pants to see if they're getting more comfortable. They're not loose by any means, but they are starting to get more comfortable. Here's to week 2! Congrats!
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    @JenX I'm with you on the NO FREE FOOD rule. It always leads to bad choices! haha. I had something similar happen to me yesterday. I stopped by my local Starbucks for a cold brew coffee and the barista asked if I wanted a free sandwich. It's hard for me to say no to free food so I took it. So proud of myself for handing it to a coworker when I arrived at work. With six days in, I wasn't about to ruin my progress! I feel like I'm coming out of this brain fog and fatigue. I've been doing light workouts (45-60 minute walk on the treadmill during lunch) but now that I'm feeling a little more energized, I'm going to add some strength workouts in this weekend. I have to remind myself that the first week is always the hardest when it comes to energy. I've pushed myself in the past and regretted getting sick or feeling exhausted. I am noticing my pants fitting comfortably, I don't have that pooch I get when I eat processed carbs and dairy. Woohoo! Some NSV's I've noticed so far include: Less bloating Rings fitting better Flatter stomach Under eye circles getting lighter Falling asleep more easily/soundly Sleeping more Can identify cravings vs. hunger Healthy strategies to deal with cravings I'm looking forward to many more and SUPER excited I completed 1 week!
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    Hey Everyone Can't believe it's already Day 5. I've been feeling a little foggy brained and tired over the last couple of days. I find drinking tons of water and walking on lunch has helped me get through the day. I also find this great energy at the end of the day that helps me power through my workouts. Not quite Tiger Blood but every day I'm drawing closer. For this program, I've been focusing on a minimalist meal plan. I enjoy cooking more when I'm not slaving away in the kitchen all day. I've been doing egg bakes for breakfast, simple salads for lunch, and hearty soups for dinner. I found some great compliant salsas and dressings which saves me tons of time. I usually have a crazy sugar dragon but I've been conscious of eating too much fruit so try to get through that hump. On my last challenge, I was finally able to kick the sweetened Starbucks drink habit and I now LOVE the taste of black coffee! haha I hope everyone has a great day! We're almost finished with Week 1! Woohoo!
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    Hey @JenX & @pearlgirl2017 I started my 4th round of the Whole30 on June 1st and I'm looking for an accountability group. I've been completing Whole30 resets for about 6 years now and it always sets the tone for healthy eating habits when I veer off course. My fiance doesn't follow resets with me, so it's nice to have the whole30 community for support. The reason I'm starting my 4th round of the Whole30 challenge is to lose a couple of LB's before my wedding in September. I decided it was time to be strict with my sugar consumption and increase my workouts. I always have the best sleep and energy on the Whole30 so I'm looking forward to those NSV's. Have a great day everyone!
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    Starting April 1

    Hey Everyone Here's to Day 20! We should all be very proud we got so far and can't wait to say I completed another challenge. Hey @Suzanne-SATx. My heart goes out to you because I know the feeling. I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I've been upwards of size 20 to as small as size 4. I used to berate myself with negative self talk and my confidence tanked. Before I started the Whole30 challenge 5 years ago I had tried every quick fix diet, took different weight loss pills, and restricted my calories to a point that was unhealthy for my body. I couldn't look myself in the mirror without picking my body apart and nearly crying. It chokes me up now just thinking about it. But you know what? The Whole30 challenge taught me so much. I know the difference between healthy foods and unhealthy foods. I can now read a label and know what I don't want in my body. I don't restrict my calories anymore and know how to eat to satiety rather than stuff myself until I have to unbutton my pants I've been much more consistent with my workouts with the increased energy I've learned that great change takes time. I've learned to be proud of myself for the mini wins like getting to Day 20! I'm generous with the NSV's because energy, glowing skin, and being able to say "Nah, I don't want that donut" is so awesome! 3 years ago, I was at my most fit and I allowed work stress to get in between my healthy relationship with food and exercise. Because of this, I regained my weight and some. I couldn't get past the first week of the Whole30 challenge and restarted like 20 times. Than right before the holidays last year, I saw a fit photo of myself. I cried. I was angry at myself for allowing other things get in the way of my personal goals. I took that anger and frustration and successfully got through a challenge. I'm still working through some weight loss but this time around, I'm enjoying the ride. When a negative thought enters my mind, I combat it by telling myself 5 great things about myself and my journey. Suzanne, you've made great strides! You're in control and are one mean Whole30 meal prep machine! Don't lose faith. You're doing awesome! Let's pass the finish line together!
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    Starting April 1

    Hey Everyone Happy 18th Day! I was super excited that I woke up on my own 5 min before my alarm went off. I felt super energetic and ready to start my day! Yesterday, I had my cravings spike but I think it was because I did an intense strength workout. I think I'll begin adding in a post workout snack to my meal plan to make sure I'm eating enough throughout the day. I've been doing my best to stay away from too many fruits because my sugar dragon has a tendency to get out of control. Continuing to feel amazing energy and my stress levels have definitely normalized. @Fit4Me I appreciate the words of encouragement and I know you will get to Tiger Blood any day now! Keep up the awesome work Have a great day everyone!
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    Starting April 1

    Hey Everyone! Happy Day 16! I'm finally over the case of the grumps and have the most incredible energy. I think I'm experiencing the beginning of Tiger Blood! Woohoo! Yesterday I did two cardio sessions because I just had so much energy. I'm going to take advantage of this new found energy and ramp up my workouts this week. I'm at a point where I don't crave processed foods anymore even when they're right in front of me. I feel in control of what I'm eating and rarely need snacks to get me to the next meal. I'm super proud of myself for getting this far and look forward to another great week! @Fit4Me I use sparkling water to get me through nausea. Awesome job getting through a road trip while on your Whole30!
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    Starting April 1

    Hey Everyone! Happy 12th Day! I've been a little MIA the last few days. I have been on an emotional roller coaster and happy that I finally broke through it yesterday. My sugar dragon slightly roared yesterday but I was able to turn down my fave caramel popcorn. Patting myself on the back for that one. I'm too far into this challenge to turn back now. I can't believe we're almost on Day 15, half way through! This round of the challenge, I decided to really document my NSV's to keep me motivated. Here's just of few of my faves: Glowing Skin No more under-eye circles Flatter stomach/less bloating Less knee pain Fewer sugar cravings Feeling in control of food Eats to satiety Healthy strategies to deal with cravings More consistent with exercise New recipes Looking forward to many more! Welcome @MBG & @Elk! Have a great day everyone!
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    Starting April 1

    Hey Everyone! I been a little busy to check in but super excited we're on day 9! Woohoo! The first week was rough for me. I spent Day 6 & 7 napping all day but didn't feel too guilty. haha! I haven't given myself this much rest in a while and it was much needed. I've been on this rollercoaster of emotions. Happy one minute and angry the next. Can't wait to have these emotions go back to normal. I've been taking daily walks and completing daily meditations to keep my emotions in check and it has been helpful. Journaling and checking in with you guys has also been helpful. @Suzanne-SATx I agree, no need to punish yourself for an unconscious slip up. On my first Whole30, I accidentally chewed a piece of gum and found out later that was a whole30 no-no. It sounded silly to restart so I kept going. At the end of the challenge, I felt so great that I tacked on the 3 days just to be able to say I accomplished the challenge. @Fit4Me Reaplans is a really great meal planning/recipe tool. I've been using it for over a year now and it's amazing! You can filter out recipes that are not Whole30 compliant so it only suggests things you can eat. There's even a Whole30 add-on which includes reintroduction recipes. It creates a shopping list for you so you know exactly what to pick up. You can even import recipes from other recipe sites using a URL. It does have an annual fee of $72 (last I checked) but well worth it for me. I used to spend HOURS meal planning and now I can do it in less than 10. Here's the link in case you're interested https://realplans.com Happy 9th day everyone! We're on our way to 2 weeks!