Laura of The Great White North

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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @kristilarson I'm sorry to hear you lost your dad. I lost my dad in early March and he is part of the reason I took this on. He also smoked for many years and ended up with heart failure and COPD because of it. His heart stopped when he was admitted to the hospital for some tests and they couldn't revive him. You are right, there is no right way to grieve. When I'm feeling down or like this is too hard I remind myself that no change is easy. I try to remember that I am really lucky to understand that a little discomfort means that I am making good changes in my life. I don't want my children to have to watch me get sick and die slowly before their eyes like I did with my dad. I want to have a healthy life that I enjoy to the fullest and changing my relationship with food through this program is the step I need to take right now to accomplish that. You are in my thoughts and heart. ❤
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    We made it through Day 8 everybody! The day by day guide says that this week cravings are supposed to be worse than last week so I'm trying to keep that in the forefront of my mind in order to not trip into one. I made one of my favorite meals tonight - buffalo chicken spaghetti squash. I found it a while ago and I'm so glad I did. Also, thank you to all of you who talked about the chorizo and sweet potato hash. I made that for breakfast and it's very good! I wish you all a successful Day 9!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @kristilarson I'm sorry to hear you lost your dad. I lost my dad in early March and he is part of the reason I took this on. He also smoked for many years and ended up with heart failure and COPD because of it. His heart stopped when he was admitted to the hospital for some tests and they couldn't revive him. You are right, there is no right way to grieve. When I'm feeling down or like this is too hard I remind myself that no change is easy. I try to remember that I am really lucky to understand that a little discomfort means that I am making good changes in my life. I don't want my children to have to watch me get sick and die slowly before their eyes like I did with my dad. I want to have a healthy life that I enjoy to the fullest and changing my relationship with food through this program is the step I need to take right now to accomplish that. You are in my thoughts and heart. ❤
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @kristilarson I'm sorry to hear you lost your dad. I lost my dad in early March and he is part of the reason I took this on. He also smoked for many years and ended up with heart failure and COPD because of it. His heart stopped when he was admitted to the hospital for some tests and they couldn't revive him. You are right, there is no right way to grieve. When I'm feeling down or like this is too hard I remind myself that no change is easy. I try to remember that I am really lucky to understand that a little discomfort means that I am making good changes in my life. I don't want my children to have to watch me get sick and die slowly before their eyes like I did with my dad. I want to have a healthy life that I enjoy to the fullest and changing my relationship with food through this program is the step I need to take right now to accomplish that. You are in my thoughts and heart. ❤
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    As someone just a few days ahead of the bunch, let me say YES, prepare for some hard cravings on Day 10!! I had a hard day just in general, and not being able to escape into chocolate or baked goods or even just a bowl of rice (I'm Asian, it's definitely comfort food!) made me even grumpier than I had been! I sorta caved and ate a small handful of blueberries as soon as I got home out of spite (and hunger, because it was 7:30 and I hadn't had dinner yet). I know it was against the spirit of the program but at least it was a Good Food...? LOL
    I say this not to scare anyone but to encourage you to keep up the good fight! We're gonna make it!
    P.S. I'm putting my meal/shopping template into a modifiable document in case anyone wants to use it. I hope to finish it tomorrow when I have some free time.
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    We made it through Day 8 everybody! The day by day guide says that this week cravings are supposed to be worse than last week so I'm trying to keep that in the forefront of my mind in order to not trip into one. I made one of my favorite meals tonight - buffalo chicken spaghetti squash. I found it a while ago and I'm so glad I did. Also, thank you to all of you who talked about the chorizo and sweet potato hash. I made that for breakfast and it's very good! I wish you all a successful Day 9!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @kristilarson I know what you mean about not being excited about my food. I was looking through some recipes and cookbooks this morning and even though some of it sounded good none of it jumped out and yelled, "Cook me! I'm awesome!" I am going to make a buffalo chicken spaghetti squash recipe that is compliant and the chorizo sweet potato hash everyone has been talking about and I'm going to keep scouring Pinterest for more recipes. I'm also struggling with finding things that are compliant for me but also what the rest of my family will eat. It's a little daunting.
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from kirbz in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    One of the big reasons I am taking on this journey is to change my relationship with food. It has been my drug for my entire life. I was also reflecting on my tendency to self sabotage when I try to make a change in my lifestyle. I discovered that there's a part of me that feels unworthy of being healthy because I'm fat. Somehow I've allowed myself to believe that I'm doomed to remain unhealthy because of the unhealthy choices I've made thus far. But I see now that I am the most worthy of love and self care and healthy habits. You are too!! And the fact that you recognize that you were eating out of habit/craving last night rather than hunger is a HUGE non scale victory that you should celebrate. Plus you didn't eat sugar, you found a healthier option. Next time you'll be able to recognize your motivation for eating and you can make a different choice-or not if you're truly hungry. You're doing great!!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey everyone! End of Day 6 year. My hubby made amazing rib eye steaks on the grill tonight and I don't think they've ever tasted so good! My sleep quality is already much improved and that makes me very happy because that was one of my goals. We went to a friend's birthday tonight and I was very sorely tempted by the buffalo chicken dip but I resist. Fortunately I had already had that fabulous steak. I am meal prepping tomorrow and I'm going to try my hand at making the Magic Mushroom Powder from Nom Nom Paleo. Wish me luck!  I'm so grateful to have all of you here ❤
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey everyone! End of Day 6 year. My hubby made amazing rib eye steaks on the grill tonight and I don't think they've ever tasted so good! My sleep quality is already much improved and that makes me very happy because that was one of my goals. We went to a friend's birthday tonight and I was very sorely tempted by the buffalo chicken dip but I resist. Fortunately I had already had that fabulous steak. I am meal prepping tomorrow and I'm going to try my hand at making the Magic Mushroom Powder from Nom Nom Paleo. Wish me luck!  I'm so grateful to have all of you here ❤
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey everyone! End of Day 6 year. My hubby made amazing rib eye steaks on the grill tonight and I don't think they've ever tasted so good! My sleep quality is already much improved and that makes me very happy because that was one of my goals. We went to a friend's birthday tonight and I was very sorely tempted by the buffalo chicken dip but I resist. Fortunately I had already had that fabulous steak. I am meal prepping tomorrow and I'm going to try my hand at making the Magic Mushroom Powder from Nom Nom Paleo. Wish me luck!  I'm so grateful to have all of you here ❤
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey everyone! End of Day 6 year. My hubby made amazing rib eye steaks on the grill tonight and I don't think they've ever tasted so good! My sleep quality is already much improved and that makes me very happy because that was one of my goals. We went to a friend's birthday tonight and I was very sorely tempted by the buffalo chicken dip but I resist. Fortunately I had already had that fabulous steak. I am meal prepping tomorrow and I'm going to try my hand at making the Magic Mushroom Powder from Nom Nom Paleo. Wish me luck!  I'm so grateful to have all of you here ❤
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @kristilarson I know what you mean about not being excited about my food. I was looking through some recipes and cookbooks this morning and even though some of it sounded good none of it jumped out and yelled, "Cook me! I'm awesome!" I am going to make a buffalo chicken spaghetti squash recipe that is compliant and the chorizo sweet potato hash everyone has been talking about and I'm going to keep scouring Pinterest for more recipes. I'm also struggling with finding things that are compliant for me but also what the rest of my family will eat. It's a little daunting.
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to Kris22 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 4 NSV- I had a sweet potato as part of my lunch today and the sweet and delicious flavors that I tasted in it- I think my tastebuds are becoming more sensitive to the sweetness and flavor in unprocessed and natural foods.  Yum! 
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to ebutz27 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    You're exactly where you're meant to be... great job hanging in there!  
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey everyone! Almost the end of Day 4 here. I know the book says that as long as you're following the rules there's no wrong way to do this...... but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. I have not felt bad or crabby or over tired and the few small cravings that I've had have been fleeting. I know the book says I should celebrate if I'm not experiencing the not so great side effects but does this mean that all the bad stuff will happen next week? I don't want to spend this entire month waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak. 
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    NSV I woke up last night in pain again, this is where I always grab a bite of sugar. Last night I stayed up stairs did not come to the the kitchen(I think that helped) I told myself it’s habit and it m not really hungry. Just went back to bed. Sounds simple but it is a big deal for me. 
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Way to go @Sarah_MT! That's a big win! When we first adopted our dog I lost lots of shoes and part of my mom's antique coffee table until we discovered tennis balls! She loves them, they keep her entertained and allow her to satisfy the drive to chew. Good luck!
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Ok you guys, tonight was tough. I have a new foster dog and I came home from work to a whole bunch of things chewed up (including a new pair of expensive shoes) and pee and poop on my bed...yep, on my bed.  Needless to say all I wanted to do was order takeout and pour a drink.  BUT, I did neither.  I stayed strong and make steak, sautéed squash and pan-roasted potatoes instead.  
    It was REALLY hard to resist going to food for comfort when I was stressed and tired and frustrated but I did it!  
    Now to figure out how I can help my foster not be so anxious and not ruin my stuff, lol.
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from kirbz in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    One of the big reasons I am taking on this journey is to change my relationship with food. It has been my drug for my entire life. I was also reflecting on my tendency to self sabotage when I try to make a change in my lifestyle. I discovered that there's a part of me that feels unworthy of being healthy because I'm fat. Somehow I've allowed myself to believe that I'm doomed to remain unhealthy because of the unhealthy choices I've made thus far. But I see now that I am the most worthy of love and self care and healthy habits. You are too!! And the fact that you recognize that you were eating out of habit/craving last night rather than hunger is a HUGE non scale victory that you should celebrate. Plus you didn't eat sugar, you found a healthier option. Next time you'll be able to recognize your motivation for eating and you can make a different choice-or not if you're truly hungry. You're doing great!!
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to coachmandiep in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @kristilarson I agree with letting the counting apps go for now.  I know this is very difficult to do and possibly even scary.  Prior to Whole30, I relied daily on either counting "points" or logging my meals in MyFitnessPal.  It was hard to give up and trust that I could learn to listen to my body.  The truth is: there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to nutrition.  We all have different needs and they change depending on the state of our health and age.  
    I encourage you to focus solely on the meal template and making sure you stay compliant for your 30 days.  That is more than enough to think about for now!  I know that most people want to lose some weight in this process, but that is not the focus here.  What good is it to lose a few pounds if you have not learned anything about your habits or relationship with food?  By focusing on how your body feels when you eat a certain way and learning to view food solely as fuel that helps you to live a better life (or not), you will be empowered to make choices that work for you.  You will become healthier, happier, and more confident.  The "icing on the cake", so to speak, is that a healthier body tends to drop excess weight.  If that doesn't happen, I have found that there is still some healing to be done, or there are unrealistic expectations.  Either way, these are things to look at down the road.  
    For now, follow the template to the best of your ability.  It includes everything you need to set you up for a successful reset.  I am so excited for what you will learn on your journey!  You can do it!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from kirbz in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    One of the big reasons I am taking on this journey is to change my relationship with food. It has been my drug for my entire life. I was also reflecting on my tendency to self sabotage when I try to make a change in my lifestyle. I discovered that there's a part of me that feels unworthy of being healthy because I'm fat. Somehow I've allowed myself to believe that I'm doomed to remain unhealthy because of the unhealthy choices I've made thus far. But I see now that I am the most worthy of love and self care and healthy habits. You are too!! And the fact that you recognize that you were eating out of habit/craving last night rather than hunger is a HUGE non scale victory that you should celebrate. Plus you didn't eat sugar, you found a healthier option. Next time you'll be able to recognize your motivation for eating and you can make a different choice-or not if you're truly hungry. You're doing great!!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from ebutz27 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I am so grateful for the wonderful discussions happening on this thread. I am learning so much from reading everything. I have learned 3 things so far today on Day 2. 1- Tessemae's Pantry Ranch Dressing is VERY GOOD! 2- You can make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Game Changer! And 3- I need to read the label on my cashews. Peanut oil???? I hope you are all having a wonderful day!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from kirbz in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    One of the big reasons I am taking on this journey is to change my relationship with food. It has been my drug for my entire life. I was also reflecting on my tendency to self sabotage when I try to make a change in my lifestyle. I discovered that there's a part of me that feels unworthy of being healthy because I'm fat. Somehow I've allowed myself to believe that I'm doomed to remain unhealthy because of the unhealthy choices I've made thus far. But I see now that I am the most worthy of love and self care and healthy habits. You are too!! And the fact that you recognize that you were eating out of habit/craving last night rather than hunger is a HUGE non scale victory that you should celebrate. Plus you didn't eat sugar, you found a healthier option. Next time you'll be able to recognize your motivation for eating and you can make a different choice-or not if you're truly hungry. You're doing great!!
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey All!
    I just started my Whole30 yesterday.  I hope you don't mind if I join you all on this thread.  I've completed 4 Whole30's in the past and an active/supportive Forum group has been really helpful to keep me accountable and focused on my goals.
    I did my last Whole30 in January and pretty quickly returned to poor eating habits.  I just got back from a lot of travel and determined that a mid-year Whole30 reset would be the perfect thing to get me back on track.
    With every Whole30 I've completed I dramatically improved my health.  Each time I learned an enormous amount about how food effects my physical, mental and emotional health.  I'm not gonna lie, the first one I was REALLY focused on weight loss.  No, I didn't break the rules, but I still just couldn't wait to step on that scale at the end.  I was really proud of that first Whole30 but I kinda let how much weight I lost define my success...it stole a bit of the joy.  In more recent rounds I've really tried to focus on the NSVs and I've been SO much happier for it.  I've found if I'm doing the other stuff the weight loss will come and I'm less likely to define my worth by the number on a scale.
    I'm so excited to take on this journey again and I'm mentally preparing for the challenges (known and unknown) that a Summer Whole30 will bring.  
    Awesome job those of you that are a day or two ahead.  Keep it up!
    Sarah