masonjar87

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    masonjar87 got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 25 here...I'm so sick of salad! LOL the salad I want is a coffee salad with half and half dressing and ice cube croutons!!! I did try to switch things up a bit and made some BBQ sauce and pork ribs. That's helped the food boredom a bit. The meal prepping is killing me though...I just can't get ahead of things, and I feel like the energy I've gained from eating clean is all used up by making FOOD! Ah well. Just a few more days to go..we can do it!
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    masonjar87 reacted to Laura of The Great White North in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I'm really struggling right now. I don't want to eat any of the food I have. I am having such a strong urge to say Forget It, I've come this far so that should be good enough. I know it's my sugar dragon rearing its ugly head and I know this feeling is the reason I started this program in the first place. I cannot continue to use food as a means to numb uncomfortable feelings. I need to address the feelings and work through them or find a different way to cope. I know I can do this but it's really, really hard right now!
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    masonjar87 reacted to Laura of The Great White North in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 19!! I was feeling well enough that I actually ate 3 whole meals today. I haven't felt that good in at least a week. I'm looking forward to finding some great recipes to bring me down the home stretch!
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    masonjar87 got a reaction from KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    You can do it, @KaraS! Since my flub with the pretzels last week, I'm thinking I'll be going beyond 30 days too (since I'm technically starting over). So I'll be here to stick it out with you! 
    I'm one to reach for the snap peas too...crunchy and satisfying  But I'm also snacking less, which is good. I do miss my rice and soy sauce, though! 
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    masonjar87 got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @ShannonM816 Oh, definitely won't Eat All The Things! I think I will take your advice and see how I feel on Day 30. If I can do another two weeks without much trouble, I'll go for it. Having completed the first two weeks, I feel like some of the hard stuff is over and it's just an endurance thing at this point.
    @kristilarson Don't worry, I've only been laughing at myself this whole time! Ive had the Craving Dreams too...the worst was last week after I foraged some wild raspberries and couldn't make my traditional summer pie with them!
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    masonjar87 got a reaction from KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    You can do it, @KaraS! Since my flub with the pretzels last week, I'm thinking I'll be going beyond 30 days too (since I'm technically starting over). So I'll be here to stick it out with you! 
    I'm one to reach for the snap peas too...crunchy and satisfying  But I'm also snacking less, which is good. I do miss my rice and soy sauce, though! 
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    masonjar87 reacted to KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Thanks Ashleypaeik! I have been looking through the whole30 logs trying to find motivation and I am just seeing a lot of people that did not make it through the 30 days. Then the posts on this thread have died down. I’m here day 17 and yesterday was hard emotionally as I posted but I stayed compliant. My body is not adjusting well, my mi d is fighting it too. The sugar cravings are less though and I haven’t reached for a snack bar yesterday or today at 8 am, lol. I have prepared carrots and compliant ranch sauce for emergencies. People have said my face looks better and I can notice that too. My energy is not here and I am still forcing my meals down. My back still hurts but I have also noticed it’s not waking me up at night, so I don’t have to fight that snack urge. The NSV are there if I look for them. What I wouldn’t give for a day of good energy. But hey that’s what coffee is for. 
    Tomorrow maybe I will list out all NSVs. To keep my motivation up. 
    When my sugar dragon calls I have been eating 1 fresh cherry. I know its not ideal but it’s going better and less often. 
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    masonjar87 got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @ShannonM816 Oh, definitely won't Eat All The Things! I think I will take your advice and see how I feel on Day 30. If I can do another two weeks without much trouble, I'll go for it. Having completed the first two weeks, I feel like some of the hard stuff is over and it's just an endurance thing at this point.
    @kristilarson Don't worry, I've only been laughing at myself this whole time! Ive had the Craving Dreams too...the worst was last week after I foraged some wild raspberries and couldn't make my traditional summer pie with them!
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    masonjar87 reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Definitely keep going, don't use this as an excuse to eat all the things. You can always wait until day 30 and see what you want to do. Often, people find that when they hit day 30, the idea of just continuing for a while longer is not as overwhelming as it may be early on in the 30 days, when you're still getting into the swing of things and haven't necessarily started noticing all the benefits yet. 
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    masonjar87 reacted to kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Don't be too hard on yourself. It was just an oops! I've only done this in my dreams...once was pasta, the second time was cheese. I couldn't even enjoy the food in my dreams, though, because I knew it was off limits! 
    It's so difficult to have to think about ingredients constantly! We have a work outing on an island this Monday, and I'm going to have to bring all my own food. No open bar for me either.
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    masonjar87 got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @ShannonM816 Oh, definitely won't Eat All The Things! I think I will take your advice and see how I feel on Day 30. If I can do another two weeks without much trouble, I'll go for it. Having completed the first two weeks, I feel like some of the hard stuff is over and it's just an endurance thing at this point.
    @kristilarson Don't worry, I've only been laughing at myself this whole time! Ive had the Craving Dreams too...the worst was last week after I foraged some wild raspberries and couldn't make my traditional summer pie with them!
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    masonjar87 got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Ohhhhhhhh, guyyyyyyys...I screwed up!
    I had an appointment to donate blood today--no problem. Brought an apple and cucumber to avoid the post-donation juice and cookies. Was all proud of myself for thinking ahead. Afterwards the volunteers offered a box of snacks that had raisins, pretzels, cheese crackers, Oreos, etc. Again, no problem. I was prepared--or so I thought. I selected the pretzels and ate them without even thinking about it!! I took the raisins, too...and even looked at the ingredients on BOTH packages! ("Neither had added sugar, so I thought hey these are great!") I even ate the apple I brought! It didn't hit me until I WAS HALFWAY BACK HOME that I had just eaten a packet of pretzels!!!
    You guys, I feel so silly!! LOL I'm weighing out whether or not to start over or just finish out the rest of the Whole30 as-is. I'm definitely not giving up, just a matter of whether tomorrow is Day 1 or Day 16! Thoughts, anyone? What would you do?
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    masonjar87 got a reaction from Laura of The Great White North 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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    masonjar87 got a reaction from Laura of The Great White North 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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    masonjar87 got a reaction from Laura of The Great White North 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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    masonjar87 got a reaction from Laura of The Great White North 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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    masonjar87 reacted to Laura of The Great White North 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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    masonjar87 reacted to Kris22 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 6 check-in.  KaraS and Sarah_MT, I too have a happy heart for meals that I prepare that my family enjoys.  It is great to make a whole30 compliant meal that we can all enjoy.  We even had guests who came for dinner last night and the whole meal was a great success.  I love that it is summer and we can support local farmers and get fresh and delicious veggies- it's a win for all.  On another note, I have also discovered Coconut Aminos as a soy sauce substitute and I think I actually like it better than soy sauce.  I am very interested in eliminating soy from my diet especially because I have been diagnosed with an under-active thyroid.  I look forward to seeing if there are any changes in my thyroid function.  I have also been tired these past few days and wondering if/when that will change.  I planned my meals for the week today using  masonjar87's template and it streamlined my grocery shopping, so thanks again for that.  I will be trying a couple of the recipes in Whole30 guide book: tuna boats and stuffed peppers.  I liked the chicken hash recipe though I tweaked it a little to make it doable in my kitchen.  Anyhow, thanks! 
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    masonjar87 reacted to Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
    @Laura of The Great White North Way to stay strong!  If you’re craving something like that try these recipes from Paleomg.  I haven’t tried the potato salad but the jalapeño Popper chicken salad is life!  I’ve already got it planned for next weekend’s meal prep for lunches.  She’s got a lot of good salads and casseroles.  Not everything is Whole30 but a lot of it is.
    https://paleomg.com/jalapeno-popper-chicken-salad-cooking-video/
    https://paleomg.com/buffalo-chicken-bacon-ranch-potato-salad/
     
    @KaraS making healthy meals your family loves is an awesome NSV!  I don’t know about the sweating...it’s not a symptom I’ve dealt with before.  Maybe one of the moderators has some feedback.  As far as being really tired, that’s right on track.  Your body is switching from carb burning to fat burning.  One thing to keep an eye on though is being crazy hungry for meals.  If you’re feeling super hungry between meals or like you’re starving right before you eat I might take a look at your portion sizes and healthy fats.  Hunger is normal and great, your body is getting back to typical signals.  If you are crazy hungry though and the tiredness lasts longer than a few days you might not be eating enough. Just something to think about!
     
    Well, I’m heading to a Bastille Day festival soon.  I’m carrying some emergency food to help resist the wine and crepes...wish me luck!
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    masonjar87 got a reaction from kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    The sun is shining this Saturday morning and helping me feel excited to prepare for Week 2! 
    We can do this, folks!

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    masonjar87 reacted to Laura of The Great White North 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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    masonjar87 reacted to Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I started my first Whole30 on Monday, July 7, but just now found this group. I am doing Whole30 because I want to reduce inflammation in my body that is causing me aches and pains in my joints, and stiffness that I want to think I’m too young for (I’m 61). Because I REALLY want to be able to test foods during Reintroduction, I’m pretty motivated to stick to the rules. But I could really use some support and am excited to find this group. 
    The cravings hit me really hard yesterday, and I’ve wanted to be on the couch for two days now. I’m so tired, but I’m sleeping well at night. I’m hoping I’ll have more energy soon. 
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    masonjar87 reacted to Kris22 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Masonjar87- that is similar to my menu graph but I like the "what I have" and "what I need" columns.  I will use that for sure.  Thanks!  Checking in on my Day 5.  Today's first meal went better than the last few days as far as food quantity went.  It helped to arrange my plate knowing that that was what was on the menu and nothing more.  I included a few almonds and a couple of freshly picked strawberries with Tazo organic baked cinnamon apple tea to end the meal and that was it.  Got my big girl pants on today. 
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    masonjar87 got a reaction from kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    The sun is shining this Saturday morning and helping me feel excited to prepare for Week 2! 
    We can do this, folks!

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    masonjar87 got a reaction from kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    The sun is shining this Saturday morning and helping me feel excited to prepare for Week 2! 
    We can do this, folks!