Amy_Michigan

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  1. Starting today/tomorrow. Picking up groceries on way home from work. Will update my log tomorrow for Day 1. I am starting today as Day 0 (a prep/practice day). I have no idea how much I weigh because when I tried to weigh myself recently, the batteries had died in my scale so I put it away. Probably in the 220-230lb range. So this is purely going to be for NSV since I don't really know for sure! My skin on my face has been horrible ever since October of last year after I put some tea tree oil on some acne. I have never been able to correct my skin chemistry and I probably made it worse trying, and now I have red flareups on both sides of my nose that have both acne and dry skin issues. I'm 32, and have had good skin until last October . I have not been able to motivate myself to eat healthy for at least a year. Maybe eating healthy will finally clear up my skin. Any healthy eating is going to be a major improvement for me. I am a fast food junkie/addict (mostly donut shop and starbucks). I work full time and I'm always rushing in the morning, so I stop on my way to work to get breakfast. Then I need a break from work so I leave to go get fast food. I am hoping to eat at work during my whole 30 & take walks for work breaks. I am very sensitive to online moderators opinions, so please be easy on me! I am experienced and I know what is and isn't compliant. It is going to appear like I am a beginner because of being too lazy for food prep, but I have completed a successful Whole30 before. Based on those healthy habits I learned from that Whole30, I continued to eat healthy and exercise to get down to a healthy lifestyle and body 4 years ago. Since that time I have had a baby and I let stress and laziness (and fatigue caused by Lupus) get in the way of getting back to a healthy lifestyle. GOALS: 1. Reduce redness on my face from whatever is causing it (acne/eczema) 2. Reduce bloat and fit into my clothes (stop buying new, larger clothes for $$$) 3. Increase energy/productivity 4. Start walking/exercising
  2. Hope you figured out a good meal 3! I’m rooting for you! I hope everyone that is on here that came from yo-yoing weight (including me) can just find a new healthier norm for life...it’s that simple, right? (I wish.. but it certainly helps that I have found like minded people trying to be healthy everyday.)
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    The beef stew sounds delicious! Hope you found a good movie. I watched half of First Man on HBO Now. I’m glad I didn’t want to grow up to be an astronaut or this movie would have squashed that dream showing how difficult preparations for the moon landing were. It’s a pretty good movie though so far..just long.
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    THE END Well, it is Day 29 and I had TACO BELL. 3 hard shell tacos... I still want to see how everyone else does with their Whole30, so I'm going to be checking in on you all and commenting! I guess my reintro is going to start with corn, soy, a teeny tiny gluten/wheat, and a little bit of over-processed cheese... ::rolling my eyes at myself. :: I over-spent over the weekend and didn't have any money left for groceries on my prepaid "budgeting" card... And I left for work this morning without making breakfast or packing a lunch! I had six dollars left on my prepaid card and spent it on my tacos. I was starving. I have other credit cards and a bank debit card, but I don't carry those in my purse because of my spending issues. Note to self for future: stay prepared with groceries!!!! I definitely do NOT plan to be visiting Taco Bell on a regular basis. I will consider this an emergency, even though it was brought on by poor planning. I've never had trouble with digestive issues, so I wasn't really stressing "reintro" as one of my main reasons for doing the Whole30. I was doing it to try to eat healthier foods and cut back on the fast-food (and to start a healthy lifestyle that could continue helping me to lose weight and keep it off). I ended my whole30 with fast food, BUT I went 28 days without it, so I know I have accomplished A LOT and I plan to keep going after a little break and decide whether I want to do another W30 or a stricter AIP W30. My face still has red patches around my nose, so to help skin issues I may need to try AIP for 30 days to see if it will help since my skin issues could be related to my Lupus. If AIP does help, that would definitely help my motivation to continue my new healthy lifestyle! I will start a brand new post on here if I decide to start another W30 after my undetermined break period. Taco Shell Ground corn, vegetable oil (soybean, corn and/or cottonseed oil), oat fiber. [certified vegan] Seasoned Beef Beef, water, seasoning [cellulose, chili pepper, maltodextrin, salt, oats (contains wheat), soy lecithin, spices, tomato powder, sugar, onion powder, citric acid, natural flavors (including smoke flavor), torula yeast, cocoa, disodium inosinate & guanylate, dextrose, lactic acid, modified corn starch], salt, sodium phosphates. Contains: Soy, Wheat Cheddar Cheese Cheddar cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, annatto (VC)), anti-caking agent. Contains: Milk [certified vegetarian]
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Dinner was "da bomb" for my family because I bought them burger buns and let them have some of my BBQ pulled pork in sandwiches. I also made them some baked beans. I will admit- I was more than a little jealous!!! And of course, my 4 year old son only picked at it and said the pork looked like "wood chips" and my almost-7-year-old daughter with her teeny tiny quarter-sized stomach ate a few bites and said she was full. At least my husband appreciated it. For me, I ate more sweet potato with ghee & more pork & whole30 BBQ sauce. So, I kind of ate sweet potato and pork all day, as well as a WHOLE bag of baby carrots, but oh well! That was the sort of day it was.
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    Round 3.2 - Learning As I Go

    I can relate to that... I have a lot of work to do after this whole30 to keep working on my relationship with food. And I need to work on changing my life in ways to prevent myself from going back to old habits.
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Hope your food prep day goes well! Congrats on getting enough sleep. I need to start reading before bed again and drinking some herbal tea...I know that helps me!
  8. Thanks for being honest on here! It really helps to know we are all different people and no one is perfect, and we can all make adult decisions about what works and what doesn’t for us. I remember a few years back I tried another whole30 and used this forum...the feedback I got made me give up because the moderators were chiming in that I wasn’t doing things right and it was too much stress and pressure and not enough support. I’m so happy they changed the forums. What I know about being on here...it is hard to be 100% honest in my posts because I’m still scared of being judged even without the moderators. However, as long as I am on here and posting most days, I am living a healthier lifestyle, regardless of a few slip ups or rule breaking here and there. I have found that avoiding sugar 100% of time and recreating things or eating paleo foods that are restricted on the whole30 (SWYPO) are the hardest struggles for me on this whole30. That aside, the amount of healthy fats, proteins, veggies, and fruit I am eating now during my whole30 is a total life changing success and I know it’s going to help me long term. The weekends are more unstructured for me too...totally relate. We’re still in this together, though, and you are doing great!!!!
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Yay for great sleep!!!! Good luck with getting your walk in! I don't really have a problem with the grocery store too much, because I know as soon as I am done with my Whole30, I am adding in dark chocolate with at least 85% cacao. I don't need anything else in my life- I'm a chocolate girl. I read on facebook about a girl that did an "almost" whole30 for 6 whole months except for very dark chocolate and she lost like 100 pounds. I think that could work for me- haha. I'm especially going to try not to add back in alcoholic beverages, because before my whole30 started, I realized drinking beer was causing me major inflammation and lupus issues. Sorry to hear all the meal planning and your whole30 foods being swiped from the fridge is causing you frustration. And eggs. I really don't understand why you feel like you need eggs everyday, but I remember back to my first whole30 and that is what I did and it really kept me on-track. However, if it isn't realistic for you to eat eggs each morning after your whole30, why do it now? Really, it's up to you, but what are your plans to replace eggs once your whole30 is over? Sorry, I can't be much help with suggestions. I don't make enough food to have leftovers for breakfast. After my last Whole30, I got in the habit of making sweet potato soup (puree) and add cooked chicken breast into the soup. The soup is made with coconut milk. It is DEEEELISH, So I guess I ate that for breakfast A LOT and is my best suggestion to replace eggs. Here is the recipe. It is slow cooker/makes a lot, so it lasts at least half of the week. https://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-basil-soup/ When I got sick of that I would switch over to this puree with added chicken instead. https://paleomg.com/ginger-carrot-soup/
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Aww, that sucks about your ear! Unfortunately, there is always one thing or another that crops up from time to time. Hope it isn't serious! Sometimes when I wake up my ear hurts and I just figure it has something to do with my bad jaw alignment while I am sleeping or something, and it goes away after a little while. I've been meaning to ask the doctor about that. I've already asked the dentist about my jaw, but they didn't really offer any good suggestions. They couldn't even tell anything was wrong with it when they checked it one time, it wasn't clicking or anything that day. Good idea to take break from the coconut since that seemed like the culprit of some issues. I'm doing the same thing for walnuts & almonds. Have fun with your family game night!
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Day 27 Breakfast- Banana Lunch- Pork & whole30 BBQ sauce, baby carrots, sweet potato and ghee Dinner- Thinking about having a pork salad with some sort of dressing that I still have to figure out. Mayo mixed with BBQ? Who knows. Going to think on it.
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    I bought some BBQ sauce from the store listed Whole30 approved and it is pretty yummy mixed in with my pork! Definitely going to need to look up some other pork recipes though. I need to eat A LOT of pork over the next few days LOL. Hopefully my kids will like pulled pork sandwiches..I bought some buns for them. @Emma, I didn't see your post until this afternoon, but I did wake up and the first thing I did with my kids was go for a bike ride! It was beautiful outside and honestly so different to look around the beautiful apartment complex from riding on my bike. I had no idea how much it could change and improve my mood to ride around instead of walk around with the kids! I'm so happy. I just need to keep that up! Like you said, it is hard it keep doing it. Whether it's gym, bike riding, etc... definitely challenging to get up and go. My kids like to bike ride though, so I will get plenty of opportunities on the weekends before the snow falls.
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Day 26 breakfast: the rest of the leftover chicken breast lunch: 2 fried eggs and a large baked sweet potato with ghee dinner: wasn’t very hungry..just ate some Applegate farms deli meat and an apple Geez, did bad today so I will have a multivitamin. Will try to do better tomorrow... There is currently a five pound pork loin in the slow cooker and it has been in there the last 12 hours smelling up our apartment with the most wonderful aroma. Can’t wait to eat it tomorrow! Bought a brand new bike today. I need to make plans to ride it now
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Day 25 breakfast- none lunch- huge container of mixed fruit (berries, melon, grapes) and a big salad (cuc, hard boiled egg, lettuce, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, evoo/balsamic vinegar) dinner- Applegate farms turkey breast mixed with compliant mayo, cuc, and tomatoes. And my paleo chips. Yup-not whole 30 compliant, even if the ingredients are. Got through the day...all I can really say. Also, my kids are so cute. My 4 year old son asks every night, “Will you rest with me, momma?” And I say of course and I sit down on the floor next to his bed and lay my head next to his pillow for a minute or two. Really I have so much to be thankful for, even if a lot of the time during the work week I feel so stressed.. My husband says he is going to make spending more time together a priority and we are all going to the park together in the morning which should be fun.
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    That is a better way of stating the same thing that was happening to me! Well, I’m living proof it doesn’t always have to be that way... don't know exactly what made it go away, but I thought it was going to happen the rest of my life and poof, all of a sudden it goes away!
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    Round 3.2 - Learning As I Go

    Yay! I have been reading that a lot in people's posts this week, and I have logged it myself- no desire to over-eat or binge on non-compliant foods. We've gone to families houses, friends houses, and/or fast food/restaurants and succeeded in not getting an old favorite dessert or sugary drink. Emma still goes to McDonalds, I still go to Starbucks...and we are still in it to win it, sipping on our unsweetened convenience drink. It's also funny that I often make a bigger deal out of doing a Whole30 than the people I am around. Your observations were so true. Keep up the awesomeness! So funny how excited you were to find larabars... all of the ones I like the best are not compliant Oh well! We are almost to the end..not much longer now! Food freedom here we come.
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    I hope your muscle cramp and/or neck issue feels better soon! Good job with all of the planning in advance and staying on top of things I totally related about the sitting position comfort level you were having today... Just last winter I remember reading books to my kids on the floor sitting kind of sideways...then I literally got a leg cramp so bad I couldn't move it and had to kind of pull my leg up with my arms to get up. That happened many times because I would forget and sit like that again. I thought it was just sitting weirdly for too long, but recently I have noticed accidentally sitting like that, but then moving my leg without any pain afterwards... literally nothing. So wonderful to be able to sit AND get up. LOL. The small things.
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Haha, makes grocery shopping a lot simpler with a more direct, cut and dry food list. Get to avoid almost all of the aisles. I just thought of how fast my trips have been when I read that in your post. I hope you reached your goal of staying mostly positive today. You are doing great, and I love reading about how you are putting work into achieving a healthy lifestyle with exercise and sleep. Keep it up!
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Congrats on getting to Day 20 as of tomorrow (Fri). Only a week and a half left to go...you are so close. Awesome job! “If only there was an answer” is basically the question I’m going to be saying to myself every day of reintroduction. I have looked into multiple food sensitivity and allergy tests, not knowing or trusting what paying all that money will accomplish if I want to know what will help prevent my lupus flares and skin issues. I’ve read elimination diets are actually the best way to find out...which is the same as reintroduction on the whole30 basically. So it is good to know that elimination diets are used even for people that have never heard of the whole30.
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    terlyngil67 Whole30 Log starting August 1, 2019

    I can definitely relate to the skipping meals or wanting to. Never did that before whole30...the food I eat now is so filling and satisfying that my body is still getting used to that...and the volume of those fruits and veggies..it can be a lot!
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Congrats on the NSV! I have struggled and a lot with Starbucks before this whole30 and am proud to say that the few times I pulled through during my whole30 I either got herbal unsweetened tea or black coffee, just to feel like I’m still apart of the world around me. I wish I had the control not to “fast-food-drive-through” AT ALL because it’s easier to fall of the wagon with the entire menu staring at me. Keep it up- you sound like you’re getting so much out of the whole30 already, and the longer you go, the more positive things you may notice. It will be awesome! Also, congrats on reaching 30 days if you count the days before your restart! You have to acknowledge how amazing that is that you have stuck with it!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!!
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Day 24 Thanks everyone who reads my posts- you have been incredibly supportive. I actually felt like I needed a mental health day so I requested PTO today and just relaxed. And I called in sick to therapy too. Not quitting...I just think it was too much too soon. A lot of emotions get brought up in there and 7 days is not very long to reflect and loosen up from the experience. I’m going to request every other week I think. The birthday party venue (a nature center) let me know this week that sampling their soil found some heavy metals and they are going to do some remediation/construction and cancelled our birthday party on the 24th. They said they could set it up for us to have it at their partner venue, the children’s museum instead. When I told my daughter she literally cried. So every place is booked now so we will probably have to go to the museum we’ve gone to a few times that she doesn’t like anymore because she is sick of all the same exhibits and most are either for younger kids or older kids, not 7 year olds. Oh well. What am I going to do at this point? All that money to have it at a place no one in our family would have picked. Breakfast was chicken breast and an apple. Lunch today was Applebee's. Instead of a salad I ordered the 6oz sirloin steak, steamed broccoli without the butter sauce, and the roasted red potatoes. I checked ingredients this time and everything seemed “clean” so I will just hope I don’t get a reaction tomorrow. Dinner was smaller, like a mini meal. I chopped up a few slices of Applegate farms roasted turkey, mixed in primal kitchen mayo, and mixed in sliced cucumber and halved grape tomatoes. It was a quickie turkey salad, and it was yumtastic.
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    It is so funny that I expected "30 days" to be so "doable", and so predictable, but then each of those 30 days are unique and challenging in their own way, and you can't really have 30 days in a row that go perfectly without rough patches of family life, job, etc. Yes, it is true I have messed up with SWYPO & an Applebees salad that I was too lazy to research whether sugar was added to the balsamic dressing... but overall, I'm still with it even if my meal plans aren't "meal template" perfect. I've been grazing a bit... like this morning I didn't have any leftovers except chicken breast so I just ate a chicken breast plain and an apple. Where was my veggie and fat? Maybe I would feel better if I had really dug into my fridge and figured out something I could do to add these 2 things to my breakfast. Maybe by Day 30 I will figure it out better. Practice makes perfect. I'm not giving up on myself.
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    To top the day off, my bike was so broken and the frame dented during our last move, that the bike shop said it would cost as much to repair as buying a replacement Trek bike and he couldn’t guarantee the frame was safe anymore because of the damage it took. So I sadly left the bike there at the shop and held back tears. Ugh, at least I’m getting therapy material for tomorrow in case I come up empty and have to break awkward silence.
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    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Forgot to mention that I have had terrible back, shoulder, and neck pain last 2 days, along with headaches. I think it is stress related. Also could be lupus related - unsure. Will probably go away after a couple of days. Also, some light exercise might help. It was surprising that my headache was so stubborn that it didn't go away with 2 tylenol and a long shower last night at 2 AM. Finally got to sleep around 4 AM and got up at 7 for work. Therapy tomorrow. If therapy is what is making me more stressed out, I'm going to quit. Willing to give it a few more sessions though.