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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Congrats Beckha99!!!
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Began Whole 30 on 7/10/2019, and I'm on Day 10. So far, not too bad. I've done keto, and for me, this seems easier especially since I actually feel like I have WAY more food choices. I know it doesn't occur that way for everyone, and I am empathetic to that fact, but I have a funny feeling the best is yet to come - lol. Since beginning the diet, I have had the occasional headache here and there but nothing debilitating. Almost immediately, I noticed a change in how I felt overall. I woke up Day 2 feeling more energized for the day and less foggy, and then felt the hard crash mid-afternoon. Then, about Day 3, the bloat started shedding. Of course, I was also drinking more water, so the two went hand-in-hand. I felt pretty good, cruising right along and wham-mo - it's hit me. The "Kill All the Things" has hit me. I woke up yesterday feeling like miss super cranky-pants. I am completely aware of this happening, so I am working remotely right now. No one at the office needs to be in the way of "this". I was expecting this around Day 4 (Whole 30 Day-by-Day) but nope - it's a delayed reaction for my body. Super. I love the daily guidebook, tho - I feel like it's helping me mentally prep and as soon as the KATT hit, I knew exactly what it was. The awesome part is it has come right along side some gnarly food cravings. I mean like cravings for tortillas, tamales, Chinese dumplings or bao - it's been BAD! So, for the Chinese dumpling/bao, I just cut off all internet access to anything that might come across as a temptation. Videos of Szechuan dumplings in spicy chili oil are no longer crossing my feed. That's helped. As far as the craving for Mexican, I curtailed that by making a compliant taco salad. Lots of romaine, green leaf, tomatoes, avocado, lime juice and a serving of slow cooker beef barbacoa (topped with a dollop of Primal Kitchen chipotle lime mayo), and the craving vanished. Cravings are a bit better today, I'm not having my mid-afternoon snack anymore, but I'm still mildly cranky. I'm not that worried about it; I know I'll get through it. Meal prep hasn't been too hard, and the family is mostly eating the same Whole 30 options as me for dinner; that makes family mealtime a lot less stressful. Leftovers have been working great as a pre-breakfast meal prep. Last night's meatloaf is this morning's meatloaf browned in ghee topped with an egg. I'm actually surprised that, tortillas aside, I'm not craving bread or pasta. At least not yet. I have been able to cook french toast or a loaf of Italian bread for the family, and I've not really had a desire to nibble. It's still pretty early on for me, I am expecting some mental push-back as I get further down the road towards the end of my first 30 days, but I have my "rescue" buddies on speed dial if I run in to any issues. So, today - despite my cranky 'tude - has gone pretty well. Coffee this morning (unsweetened) with nut pods creamer. I'm actually starting to like my coffee this way and am not missing stevia anymore. I have also used Thai Kitchen Coconut Cream, and that's amazing too. A serving of beef barbacoa topped with an egg for breakfast Green leaf lettuce wraps with chicken salad and a side of blueberries for lunch (leftover chicken diced with onion, celery, lime juice and Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayo - so good) Dinner is going to be another "taco" salad like last night. It was 100% compliant comfort food, and I loved it! Next on the list today is to clean out the freezer. I have so much food in there that needs to be eaten, and this will help with some of the grocery bill this week. Once I know what I have, then I will complete meal prep for the coming week and start weekly prep tomorrow morning after breakfast. It'll be a good day for it too; 75% chance of thunderstorms all day. First NSV for today was my deep tissue massage therapist (who is someone I see all the time) noticing I've "shrunk" a little. His first comment was "you look like you've lost about 15 pounds". We talked about Whole 30, how it works, why I'm doing it, how different my body feels already, and he was so excited for me! The second NSV occurred as we went through my therapy session (I had a total double knee replacement 6 months ago, and this is part of rehab). My LMT said he could definitely feel a difference in my leg composition. I was also less inflamed. When we first started the therapy a few weeks ago, any leg muscle he touched would about send me off the table. Today, it still hurts, but it was WAY more manageable.
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    @Jihanna, thank you!! Great advice and options! I will definitely check that out! @Emma, I know! Why'd it have to be wine? Honestly, it wasn't that surprising. My friend, who's doing W30 with me, tried vodka and soda on Sunday and had a similar reaction. I got my water in, and I'm actually doing okay this evening without any pain meds. So, I'm making the conscious choice to enjoy wine, on occasion, in small amounts.
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Day 31 is in the books and now I'm back to compliant eating until these joint aches go away. Oh my. So I had planned on honey, right? But when I got up and started planning to use it, it just felt kind of meh; I just wasn't feeling it. So I didn't. I figured I'll just try something when I feel like it, and I'll gauge my progress from there. Then work started, and it was a complete s*#t show thanks to my boss's poor planning. I was still working at 7:30 pm and trying to get dinner on the table at the same time. I finally hung up on my boss (he deserved it anyway, the turd, lol), sat down, looked at my husband and just said, "can I have a little red wine please?". So he opened a nice bottle of Ruffino Chianti Riserva and poured me a small glass. It was delicious but so sweet! I said so, and my husband took a sip and was like, "babe, that is not sweet, not at all"! Lol! I guess that's what happens to your taste buds after detoxing from sugar for 41 days. Anyway, we finished dinner, and the hubs went to work on the guest bathroom project, and I sat down to read my new book. All was good, went to bed, got a good 7+ hours of sleep and then I woke up. Holy aching joints, Batman! My feet hit the floor and I feel it everywhere. Shoulders, knees, ankles and lower back. It's not debilitating, but after not feeling like this for over 5 weeks, it's noticable. Okay, so check that...... red wine = joint aches. Got it. Back to compliant eating for the next few days or until the aches go away, whichever is longer! Now off to work to tackle another day with a super disorganized firm partner, lol Gotta love 'em! Oh! And my trip to Seattle is booked for 10/7-10/11. I requested a non-dairy vegetarian meal for the flight, but now I'm worried it may have soy. If anyone has any suggestions on in-flight meals, I would welcome the advice!
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Today is D31, and it's a little bittersweet. I'm ecstatic about my results, butt it's also time for me to move on until my next round. I cannot thank all of you enough for the incredible support! Y'all rock!! As of this morning, after a total of 41 days, I have lost 16.5 pounds and 19.75 inches overall. The biggest changes were 2" in my waist, 4" in my hips, 2" in my thighs and 2" in my calves. I also lost 2" in my chest (why oh why is it always the boobs? Sigh) I knew my clothes felt different but wow... just wow. I am going to start reintro today, so I'll continue blogging about my journey at Angel in Training at https://ladywolf926.blogspot.com. Feel free to come over, say hi! I'll still drop in from time to time. Bisous!!
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    KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand

    It's okay, @KiwiKendra! All of this is okay. It's part of the process. Not sure if you have Primal Kitchen mayonnaise where you live, but that is a really good one. I have tried and bombed miserably trying to make my own mayo at home, so I'm with you there! I just get the Primal Kitchen; it's not cheap but it's REALLY good (and makes great sauces). And there are others out there; you'll just have to do a little detective work to find them. I love you have friends that are still encouraging you to hang in there and stick with it. Those are your lifelines! And giving yourself a couple weeks to plan, practice and get in the groove (so to speak), is a terrific plan of action. Plus, September is the #SeptemberWhole30 challenge that starts on 9/2. I'm guessing you'll have a lot of good company!
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    R1D30 (41) Ta Da!! Made it to the end of Day 30! It's been a helluva day too! Excitement for finishing the 30 days (41 in total) strong; exhaustion from the freaking circus at work. It's all good, though! I'm so much calmer and patient, and I laugh so much easier. That or I'm just so happy finishing the 30 days that nothing was going to wipe this stupid smile from off my face . I'm going to finish helping the family clean up after dinner, and then I'm going to celebrate by reading a new book I got today. I'll post again tomorrow morning with my results. Have an awesome evening everyone!! Breakfast - chorizo con papas omelette; raspberries; coffee with Nut Pods Lunch - Vietnamese beef stew Dinner - pork tenderloin with mustard tarragon sauce; sauteed mushrooms; sauteed zucchini; peach
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    It could be sparkling apple juice lol! Thank you so much for your kind words and support! I can't wait to celebrate your 30 days with you
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    My W30 log - Starting on August 15th

    You can certainly ask! My son is 25 and he's waiting until Sept 3rd so he can go to DragonCon with his girlfriend and not stress about compliant foods. It makes sense. I will be mostly compliant with him, but I'll also still be working thru my reintroduction. Since, I'm planning a slow reintroduction, I'm expecting to be working things in and out of meal planning for a few months. Depending on how I'm feeling, I'll probably go thru a second round in January.
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Oh stahp, girl! You're making me blush lol OMG.... That restart, tho. Right? Ugh. It definitely helped having folks like you, Beckha99, Jihanna, Amy_Michigan, Schrod in the forum going thru this at the same time. (And the award goes to......) Having that layer of accountability made a HUGE deal. Thank you (and everyone) for the unending support!
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Today is Day 30! We made it! Now, my husband is going to have to remember where he hid that stupid scale...... I'm really excited to start today, and I'm super proud of my accomplishment! I have definitely reframed my food mindset, but I'm also now keenly aware of when I struggle. It's kind of cool! Without question, after these 30+ days (incl restart), I have a much healthier relationship with food and love how I feel overall. I still have a ways to go, and reintroduction is going to take a while, but it's okay. I've committed to the lifestyle! Cheers! (PS.... It's still my last day, so that's apple juice )
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    We're here, Emma!! We made it!! Happy D30!! **happy dance**
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Oh my GOSH!! That meatball recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!! This is Friday's dinner, and the family is going to love it!! I checked out her Pinterest page while I was saving the recipe. It's like crazy amazing the recipes she's got in there. It's a treasure trove of yum!! Thank you thank you thank you Beckha99
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    My W30 log - Starting on August 15th

    It's funny you mention about your family not noticing. Since I'm the cook in the house and fix everyone's meals, I made the majority of everything compliant (with the exception of a few things for the other non-Whole 30 family members). It was about a week in before anyone actually said, "are you sure you can eat this?" It was funny how they reacted when I explained they'd been eating W30 compliant foods and with me. Suddenly, all my "restrictions" they worried about didn't seem so bad, and my son said he could eat like this everyday, so I told him he should. He's starting his W30 on September 3rd **insert proud mama moment**
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    R1D29 Sunday recap. Finances day. I really dislike these days; they really are stressful to me. My husband and I sat down at lunch to go over everything and set the monthly and yearly goals. We've got a lot coming up next year, possibly a wedding, and our 30 year anniversary; so, there's stuff to plan and trips to take. After lunch, I worked on spreadsheets until 4:00 pm. Felt like a work day. Blah. I took some time in the morning to meal prep and make sausage. I only made more chorizo, but oh my gosh.....yum!! Here's the link (I cut the recipe in half): https://pin.it/3zjderxiuve7sf it's so easy to make and compliant! I only cooked half and froze the rest; I also added 1tsp cayenne, because I like it a little spicy, and used Bragg's ACV for the vinegar. The whole house smelled great, and I've got enough for two more servings after breakfast. Lunch is ready for Monday-Thursday, and to help with budgeting and meal planning/prep, I'm going to start posting the weekly menus on the refrigerator. I may be going off round, but I still have to be complaint during reintro so as to not tamper with my personal goals. After everything was done, I sat in the recliner and, while elevating and icing my knees, I watched the S3 finale of The Handmaid's Tale. What??!! And now I have to wait for S4?? What is this trickery?? Gah! Good thing I'm not eating ice cream, lol Seriously, it was so good! So. Good! Back to the work week and my last day on W30 R1! Wow! We made it! Breakfast - chorizo con papas omelette; raspberries; coffee with Nut Pods, coconut milk, pumpkin pie spice (I'm ready for Fall, can't you tell?) Lunch - spicy Szechuan eggplant with pork mince; coconut water Dinner - roasted cornish game hen; pan roasted carrots; roasted asparagus; peach On to D30!!
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Oh my gosh! Yes! In one of my older posts I got in to the beckoning call if the scale. It was easier to get away from it once I started seeing all the other changes, but yeah.... I'm stepping on that sucker tomorrow morning. Lol!
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Honestly, I'm not sure where it came from other than dealing with those old external triggers that would've had me running for major comfort food in the past. We were dealing with finances this weekend, and that always sets me off. Yuck! Dump that on top of a stressful work week, and maybe that was it. You're also right about the process taking a bit of a back seat factoring in to that; I didn't consider that and maybe I should. Having the yummy, compliant leftovers in the refrigerator really helped, and you're right about my husband; he really is wonderful!
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    KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand

    This is me. Right here. I read, read and read again following everything I can step by step. It helps me feel better organized and ready to tackle the day/week. Food prep is also something I absolutely must do, or I fall off. I have a co-worker on W30 with me as well, and it really made it so easy to have that support at work. Sounds like you're off to a great start! Kudos!!
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    My W30 log - Starting on August 15th

    You're off to a great start, Amura! I'm so bummed about your mustard I get it, tho. I've got so many fave things in my refrigerator that I just can't have. Your right. My body's reactions didn't always fit the timeline; some did, some didn't. My "kill all the things" took a good week to hit me, but when it did, I was ready. It's possible you may not even experience it, and you're definitely right about pre-Whole 30 diet having an impact on that. I also didn't get the severe headaches and physical discomfort others experience in the first few days. What did happen was my body shedded the bloat I'd been carrying for years in five days; that was crazy! I saw my ankles for the first time in years on Day 7. The best thing I did for me to track everything so when I go back to my doctor for a check-up in a few weeks, she's got a record of everything that happened.
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    I loved everything about your post, Emma! And as one with ADHD, you hit the nail on the head! Funny thing is I noticed just this past week that I've not needed as much coffee lately as my pre-Whole 30 self. I'm so much more centered and balanced and less forgetful. Way to go on the NSV!! We've got today and tomorrow..... We so have this!!! It's exciting!!
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    R128 (39) Saturday recap. I ended up being a lot busier than planned, but it was great day! I put off my grocery shopping and sausage making to Sunday, so I went to the butcher and then to a bake shop to order a cake for my Mom's birthday next weekend. The cake......oh dear. I walked in this place and my eyes just went crazy. The cake maker wanted to stand at the counter to go over everything (which was chock full of treats), and I had to ask her if we could sit at a table. She said we could (they also serve breakfast), and I needed to get away from the temptations, and trust me..... there were plenty, even for me. After that, it was back to the house, and I went back to working on the pantry project. It's amazing how much stuff is in the pantry we're going to donate. At least it'll be clean and organized. Sunday, we've got a lot planned around the house as well as working on the budget for the holidays. I'm trying to keep myself busy knowing it's my last couple days on Whole 30, especially since I'm really wanting to finish the full 30 days. It just seems like I'm having a harder time right now than I did two weeks ago, so I have ramped up the foods I'm cooking and making sure I've got plenty of yummy leftovers on hand. Funny thing is that I don't understand why I'm having such a mental pushback; it's not like I'm going to run back to the bake shop and grab a bunch of sweets or go to Gu's Dumplings on Krog Street for a bowl of cold Chengdu noodles. I'm definitely committed to the reintro I've planned and continuing on this food path my body is responding well to. My husband has had to throw me a few lifelines since Friday, and I'm guessing he'll need to do so again between now and Tuesday morning. Breakfast - Sunnyside up eggs on potato hash with onions; coffee with Nut Pods Lunch - spicy Szechuan garlic eggplant with pork mince Dinner - porterhouse steak; herbed roasted potatoes; sauteed zucchini with za'atar seasoning; crispy roasted brussel sprout petals with fresh lemon juice
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    I will definitely share total pounds and inches, but it is really important to remember there are so many other variable measurements to your personal success your Whole 30 journey that go way beyond weight and measurements. It's also very important to track your non-scale victories (NSV's) to keep from being discouraged along the way, and it will happen. It's part of the process; it's something I still have to remind myself of everyday
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    My W30 log - Starting on August 15th

    Your meals sound amazing and it looks like you're having a great start to your W30! On the mustard, are the sulfites added as a preservative or are they occurring naturally? If they're occurring naturally, you should be able to eat the mustard. I'm crossing my fingers for you here I get the uncomfortable conversations. My parents and in-laws don't really understand the program, feel it's too restrictive and think there's better options out there (my dad's on "partial-keto"; go figure lol). Of course, they mean well and are just wanting me to be healthy. I usually just say that this is what's right for me, that my doctors wholeheartedly endorse it and change the subject. At least my husband and son are there to back me up, and that helps a lot! The forum is great! You'll find tons of support here!!
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    This is a great summation of the journey we've taken to get this far!! I love it!! And the kitchen sink sounds really good! We're almost there!! Just a few more days!
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    R1D27 (38) Friday's in my industry are either a slow roll or crazy busy. Today was the latter. I've got one client without an HR Coordinator, and she's freaking out so she's calling and emailing me all day long. I don't mind, it is my job but it cuts in to what I have to do for other clients. She's trying hard to keep up, tho (bless her heart). The day, as nuts as it was, made it hard for me to stick to my schedule. I was late for breakfast, which put off lunch and that cut in to dinner time. I just feel 'off'. Glad the weekend is here and we get the house to ourselves for the next couple of days. The hubs is golfing tomorrow, so I'm going to make some sausage for next week and plan menus. I'm getting anxious for Tuesday morning when I get to check my weight and measurements. I know it's not the focus of what we're doing, but I've seen so much physical change that I'm just curious to see. My family has noticed too, and they're equally curious. Any loss, any lost my inches is a win! And then there's honey! Breakfast - chorizo omelette; coffee with Nut Pods Lunch - chicken and apple sausage with cabbage Dinner - meatloaf; pan roasted potatoes and onions Totally non-template and it was a seriously off day but I stayed compliant!