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    Angelia got a reaction from LadyM in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Now that the kids are grown, I have a little more disposable income so I also got braces and Lasik surgery.  Both of these were VERY GOOD decisions for me!  We're not getting older, we're getting better!! 
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    Angelia got a reaction from LadyM in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Today is day 31 and I lost 4 pounds.  I was hoping for 4 - 8, so not disappointed especially considering I've been eating like a lumberjack.  Seriously.  I've had ribeyes at least twice a week, handcut French fries under the broiler, everything sautéed in ghee and I've finished off 4 JARS of different nut butters.  (Walnut butter is my fave.)  I'm reintroducing legumes today, just to see what's up, but I'm planning to keep the general W30 thing going for about 14 more lb. with limited exceptions (my daughter's birthday next week, wedding in late Oct, etc.) 
    Just FYI about my start - I'm 55.  5 years ago I weighed 274.  After starting Zumba, then walking, then eventually running, then cutting calories, then adding weight training, then counting macros, I lost 105 lb. in 2.5 years.  And I have been on a solid plateau since.  W30 is my jump-off-the-plateau plan to get to my goal of under 155.
    My journey is pretty text book, days 5-6 I thought I was getting the flu!   I had itchy skin on my neck and upper chest for 8-10 days in the middle.  My constantly drippy nose has almost completely cleared up, except during the hardest workouts.  Day 28 was literally the hardest day ever.  I desperately wanted an English muffin, then a Snickers bar, then a cocktail, but I survived.  Because I don't need it I don't have my 10am nor my 2pm cups of coffee anymore.  I also don't have a snack after work anymore.  I never mastered Pre workout meals.  I'll focus on that as I continue.  I have not seen a huge change in running or workout performance, but a dress I bought 2 summers ago that I could never really wear comfortably now fits well and looks pretty good on this ol' girl!
    My favorite W30 hacks are:  1. Breakfast sausage of ground pork seasoned with cayenne/cumin/paprika, hand-pattied and fried in the same pan as the eggs and spinach.  2. Steak sauce made with Murray's olive tapenade/tomato paste/Coconut Aminos.  3. I found the 2 W30 salad dressings I tried to be overly tangy, so I drizzled some tahini over my salads and added 1/2 the usual amount of dressing.  4. Plantains cut in half, then each half cut into 4 slices long-ways, then browned in ghee, served with a drizzle of coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon.  5. A wine glass of Kombucha to round out the evening while relaxing before bed (the spot formerly filled by wine). 
    I honestly can't believe how fast this time went.  After 1 week, it was all fairly routine.  My biggest struggles were days with little structure which for me is Saturdays.  I even managed to attend a couple of local baseball games with little difficulty.  In the morning when I packed my lunch for work, I also packed my dinner.  When I got home, I popped it in the microwave, took it in the car with me, and ate it in the parking lot before entering the stadium.  (On both occasions, I sneaked in a La Croix and a baggie of mixed nuts.  Shhhh....)  Problem solved!
    Thanks so much W30 community!  I have enjoyed reading everyone's questions, getting advice and growing healthier together!!  Let's keep at it!
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    Angelia reacted to Biss4 in Possible pre-workout meal option?   
    Since you are doing a great deal of running and you are a zumba warrior, i'd say you need to add a fair amount of carbs in your pre-workout(and post-workout) meals. To my knowledge stick to the carb/protein equation before training and consume all macros after. 
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    Angelia got a reaction from Niya in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Thank you!!  I AM in such a good space!  There are before and after pics in my profile, if you can find that.  I wouldn't have spent my youth dreading middle age if I'd only known how much I was going to enjoy it! 
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    Angelia got a reaction from Niya in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Today is day 31 and I lost 4 pounds.  I was hoping for 4 - 8, so not disappointed especially considering I've been eating like a lumberjack.  Seriously.  I've had ribeyes at least twice a week, handcut French fries under the broiler, everything sautéed in ghee and I've finished off 4 JARS of different nut butters.  (Walnut butter is my fave.)  I'm reintroducing legumes today, just to see what's up, but I'm planning to keep the general W30 thing going for about 14 more lb. with limited exceptions (my daughter's birthday next week, wedding in late Oct, etc.) 
    Just FYI about my start - I'm 55.  5 years ago I weighed 274.  After starting Zumba, then walking, then eventually running, then cutting calories, then adding weight training, then counting macros, I lost 105 lb. in 2.5 years.  And I have been on a solid plateau since.  W30 is my jump-off-the-plateau plan to get to my goal of under 155.
    My journey is pretty text book, days 5-6 I thought I was getting the flu!   I had itchy skin on my neck and upper chest for 8-10 days in the middle.  My constantly drippy nose has almost completely cleared up, except during the hardest workouts.  Day 28 was literally the hardest day ever.  I desperately wanted an English muffin, then a Snickers bar, then a cocktail, but I survived.  Because I don't need it I don't have my 10am nor my 2pm cups of coffee anymore.  I also don't have a snack after work anymore.  I never mastered Pre workout meals.  I'll focus on that as I continue.  I have not seen a huge change in running or workout performance, but a dress I bought 2 summers ago that I could never really wear comfortably now fits well and looks pretty good on this ol' girl!
    My favorite W30 hacks are:  1. Breakfast sausage of ground pork seasoned with cayenne/cumin/paprika, hand-pattied and fried in the same pan as the eggs and spinach.  2. Steak sauce made with Murray's olive tapenade/tomato paste/Coconut Aminos.  3. I found the 2 W30 salad dressings I tried to be overly tangy, so I drizzled some tahini over my salads and added 1/2 the usual amount of dressing.  4. Plantains cut in half, then each half cut into 4 slices long-ways, then browned in ghee, served with a drizzle of coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon.  5. A wine glass of Kombucha to round out the evening while relaxing before bed (the spot formerly filled by wine). 
    I honestly can't believe how fast this time went.  After 1 week, it was all fairly routine.  My biggest struggles were days with little structure which for me is Saturdays.  I even managed to attend a couple of local baseball games with little difficulty.  In the morning when I packed my lunch for work, I also packed my dinner.  When I got home, I popped it in the microwave, took it in the car with me, and ate it in the parking lot before entering the stadium.  (On both occasions, I sneaked in a La Croix and a baggie of mixed nuts.  Shhhh....)  Problem solved!
    Thanks so much W30 community!  I have enjoyed reading everyone's questions, getting advice and growing healthier together!!  Let's keep at it!
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    Angelia got a reaction from Amura in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    This might be my favorite quote of the day!  Isn't this so true??  That is actually one of the ways I continue pursuing my fitness program, so I'm accountable to the hype.  When someone says, "Oh my gosh, you didn't run TODAY, did you?", I simply love it when I can follow with a humble - yes. 
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    Angelia got a reaction from littleg in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    And this is my second favorite quote of the day.  I don't want to cheat my way through the entire season, but I plan to have a no-rules (or guidelines) day on 12/25!  Including the big chocolate-peanut butter Reece's tree Santa always puts in my stocking!
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    Angelia reacted to Amura in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    I do love legumes, specially because I think it would be nice to eat less animal products. You know, the killing and all that.
    I'm not vegan or vegetarian, I do eat meat and fish and eggs on a regular basis, but I would like to increase the proportion of vegetables as much as possible without giving up on health nor taste.
    Also legumes are easy to cook, but take a bit of planning. For the soaking.
    I don't think I've eaten any peanuts recently, it's something that I did not even care to test because I hardly ever eat them.
    Gluten and sugar though, that's my battle too!
    Before my Whole30 I would have said my inmediate problem was sugar, but now I've come to realize that other things (such as bread) may be a bad influence because it leads me to grazing.
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    Angelia reacted to Amura in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    Well, the funny thing is I have not gained any weight.  Which supports the hypothesis that this was not a fad diet after all 
    My weight on the scale relieved me, honestly.
    But, yeah, the this-is-far-from-perfect feeling persists and I'm gonna try a short reset. Because I think that at this point short resets might be more useful than making a whole round from scratch.
    Since you're starting Friday, I'm joining you and starting Friday too - it's perfect timing for me too  
    After some consideration I've decided not to make fully compliant meals though.
    Legumes are an interesting source of protein, and because I add protein to all my meals it's interesting that some of it is not animal protein.
    Other than that I'm gonna follow the rules for a week, see how it goes.
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    Angelia reacted to Settyfitness in Possible pre-workout meal option?   
    I teach a pretty high level class and I usually have an extra bar just to get something with a proper macro balance in me. Then after class I like to cook eggs with brussel sprouts and a sweet potato with half an avocado. Hard boiled egg has been a go to at times pre or post depending on my time frame. I take a little ghee in the morning coffee too 
    hope this helps a little 
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    Angelia got a reaction from True Primal in Possible pre-workout meal option?   
    Well, now that you mention it, I'm not sure either...?  I read the WHOLE30 book and that is what it suggests to get your body amped up and ready to start burning.  In my mind running is a workout, so I was looking for ways for me to get in a pre-workout meal.  I've been running routinely for about 5 years prior to my W30 and never had anything to eat prior to running, but if it would help my performance, my energy, my fat burning/muscle building then I was ready to try it.  As stated, I've thus far not figured out something that works for me - so maybe I DON'T need this piece!  How eye-opening! 
    Thank you so much for your input, @slc_melissa and @True Primal !!  At ease!
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    Angelia reacted to True Primal in Possible pre-workout meal option?   
    If fitness is a hobby and you're not struggling to keep weight on, I'm not sure why you think you need a preworkout meal for running. Have you tried just eating after? Post-workout nutrition spike for recovery/rebuild seems more important there.
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    Angelia reacted to slc_melissa in Possible pre-workout meal option?   
    I feel like the almond industry has done a stellar job somehow advertising themselves as "high" in protein.  Yeah, they've got some protein, but they are much higher in fat and are considered a fat source on the whole30.
    The unflavored paleo protein from Amy Myers has no sweeteners or other ingredients:  https://store.amymyersmd.com/products/the-myers-way-paleo-protein-unflavored
    I'd say it needs to be blended.  (You can't just stir it into something, in my limited experience.)
    Maybe a blend of pureed sweet potato (you can find cans of this in some stores), coconut milk, and protein powder?  A little bit of fruit for flavor if needed?  (A more complex carb like sweet potato might do your body better than the fructose in fruit.)
    Nice job on staying compliant most of the time!  Sounds like your're rocking it.
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    Angelia reacted to Amura in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    Yeah, I keep thinking that Whole30 is not that hard if you are already used to cooking homemade meals.
    At least that's how it felt for me. 
    Still it's quite strict and in many senses it feels unnecessary for me, but I wanted to keep what I've learned (or most precisely what I've proven to myself, because most of my guidelines are based either common sense or quite well-known nutritional facts).
    And taking the time to write it down forced me to think carefully about them, also I expect that it helps me with accountability.
    The two excellent bites rules sounds great, but I'm not really sure if I can do that.
    See? That's harder for me, having something but not having the whole thing.
    Removing something completely is much easier than limiting the amount of it I can eat.
    Actually I'm not having dessert with most of my meals. And when I do it's because I don't feel full.
    Today I had a banana after lunch a a homemade plain unsweetened yoghurt after dinner, but that's pretty much all. 
    I'm not into nut butters, but thanks for the recommendation anyway.
    My indulgence goes more towards black chocolate, which I love. Bitter one is working better for me at the moment -  90%-cocoa chocolate was too low, 99% was fine, I might try 95% and see how I react.
    And, about parents. I guess you get used to think everybody is (and should be) the way you are, so it's hard to digest that people you love do "weird" things such as quitting alcohol or sugar. (There is a saying in my language: familiarity breeds contempt.)
    I'm just trying not to lecture anyone on what I think they should be eating for a healthy lifestyle, because it would be exactly as annoying!
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    Angelia reacted to True Primal in Possible pre-workout meal option?   
    You're saying you run in the morning before work, and then hit the gym in the evening after work? Are you struggling to get enough calories for the day?
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    Angelia reacted to slc_melissa in Possible pre-workout meal option?   
    Well, if you're post Whole-30, you can do whatever you want smoothie-wise.  The bigger thing that stands out to be is that you have no protein in there.
    There seems to be two different recommendations on the website.  From the meal planner pdf: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf
    They recommend Protein and Fat prior to a workout.  (I'd say this is especially for like weight lifting type workouts.)
    There is also this article, which seems to be more geared towards long effort/high intensity type stuff (if the workout is more than 60 minutes at a continuous moderate to high intensity): https://whole30.com/whole30-pre-workout-post-workout/
    They recommend Protein and some carbohydrates pre-workout.
    I think it's worth playing around with to find out what works best for you with what type of workout, but add some protein to it in either case.
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    Angelia got a reaction from Amura in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    I'm too old for the hormone train to run me over, so thankful for that!  But I so agree with how much easier it is when you are following strict W30 rules than when we're flying solo!  When people asked me about my W30 and exclaimed over how they could NEVER manage it, I always answered that it's not these 30 days that worry me, it's the 335 that follow. 
    I love your guidelines above and doing much the same for myself.  I lost 4 lb. during my W30 (day 30 was Sept. 10) and 3 more lb. since.  I feel very good about that, this is very sustainable for me.  One tip I learned elsewhere about guideline #7 (sweet treats) - the best bite is the first bite and the second best bite is the last bite, all other bites are just the ones in the middle.  So limit yourself to 2 EXCELLENT bites!  I pick apart my dessert serving until I have separated out the *perfect* bite and I savor it.  Then I do that all again for my last bite.  Yes, those 2 bites are pretty big bites, but not as big as the entire serving.  Just wanted to share what is helping me!
    My biggest W30 benefit was getting over thinking I needed dessert at every meal and tricking my sweet tooth into thinking things are sweet that I did not think of as sweet before, like plain almond butter and dates.  If you have this in your area, look for Kalot Superfood nut butters.  THEY ARE WORTH THE MONEY!  As long as I don't fall back into the habit of finishing each meal with a serving...
     
    Here I would like to say "Bless your heart!" and me, too - except my parents have a problem with alcohol, not desserts.  It's like I've grown a tail and whiskers when I say no thank you to a beer, wine or cocktail.  They are flabbergasted that non-drinkers exist.  I started pouring myself a glass of Kombucha to carry around and sip.  They finally left me alone when I told them this is a fermented tea.  I guess the term "fermented" put them at ease... 
    Cheer to us!  We're killing this!!
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    Angelia reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Day Three and the headache is gone, thank goodness!  I really wanted to skip my Tai Chi class last night, and I was making all sorts of bargains with myself on the way home, but then I thought in the spirit of Whole 30, I'd just do it and I am glad I did.  It was fun and I am looking forward to the next one.
    Breakfast: Tinned mackerel (I love my fish!)
    Lunch: Chicken stuffed with aubergine pesto and wrapped in bacon, assorted vegetables and half an avocado.
    Dinner: Ribeye Steak with a baked potato and homemade coleslaw - I am excited about this one!
    Happy Weekend to anyone reading this! x
     
     
     
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    Angelia reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Hello, my name is Tevenie and I AM GOING TO DO A FULL Whole 30!
    I have Multiple Sclerosis and am very overweight which is one of the worst things you can be with MS, apart from smoking.  I have tried every diet / food fad / ridiculous thing under the sun - none of which work because I try to be overly restrictive and then I get totally overwhelmed and binge on rubbish.
    Today is Day 1.  
    Breakfast: Tinned sardines in tomato sauce, black coffee
    Lunch: Chicken stuffed with Aubergine Pesto, wrapped in bacon with roasted onion, brussels sprouts, tomato, courgette, and yellow pepper.
    Dinner: Butternut squash stuffed with mushrooms, walnuts, and onions with fresh sage.
    I am determined to do this!
    Tevenie
     
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    Angelia reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Angelia Thanks for your comment! It's always nice to know that there are others out there who can relate. I'm still committed to making this a lifestyle change, but yeah, it's hard. I definitely haven't been in a routine of cooking regularly and with long work hours, a ridiculous commute, two active pups, and time-consuming weekend hobbies, it's hard to fit it all in! But, without healthier eating, I won't be able to do the things I love for very long, so it's worth it! 
    My friend told me yesterday that research shows that your body can start the aging process as early as your thirties. If you're active and healthy, it starts in your forties and the rate of aging slows by half! So if I stay active and healthy, I can shave off twenty years of aging by the time I'm like 65! That's totally worth it! 
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    Angelia reacted to Babsie95 in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    I get major mood swings a day or two after I eat gluten.  I also get the digestive issues but its the anxiety and mood swings that have motived me to avoid it for going on 4 years. I can always tell when I have gotten some because the next day I will be moody, angry or tearful or both for no reason.
     
    just my experience
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    Angelia got a reaction from GraceMelodie in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Today is day 31 and I lost 4 pounds.  I was hoping for 4 - 8, so not disappointed especially considering I've been eating like a lumberjack.  Seriously.  I've had ribeyes at least twice a week, handcut French fries under the broiler, everything sautéed in ghee and I've finished off 4 JARS of different nut butters.  (Walnut butter is my fave.)  I'm reintroducing legumes today, just to see what's up, but I'm planning to keep the general W30 thing going for about 14 more lb. with limited exceptions (my daughter's birthday next week, wedding in late Oct, etc.) 
    Just FYI about my start - I'm 55.  5 years ago I weighed 274.  After starting Zumba, then walking, then eventually running, then cutting calories, then adding weight training, then counting macros, I lost 105 lb. in 2.5 years.  And I have been on a solid plateau since.  W30 is my jump-off-the-plateau plan to get to my goal of under 155.
    My journey is pretty text book, days 5-6 I thought I was getting the flu!   I had itchy skin on my neck and upper chest for 8-10 days in the middle.  My constantly drippy nose has almost completely cleared up, except during the hardest workouts.  Day 28 was literally the hardest day ever.  I desperately wanted an English muffin, then a Snickers bar, then a cocktail, but I survived.  Because I don't need it I don't have my 10am nor my 2pm cups of coffee anymore.  I also don't have a snack after work anymore.  I never mastered Pre workout meals.  I'll focus on that as I continue.  I have not seen a huge change in running or workout performance, but a dress I bought 2 summers ago that I could never really wear comfortably now fits well and looks pretty good on this ol' girl!
    My favorite W30 hacks are:  1. Breakfast sausage of ground pork seasoned with cayenne/cumin/paprika, hand-pattied and fried in the same pan as the eggs and spinach.  2. Steak sauce made with Murray's olive tapenade/tomato paste/Coconut Aminos.  3. I found the 2 W30 salad dressings I tried to be overly tangy, so I drizzled some tahini over my salads and added 1/2 the usual amount of dressing.  4. Plantains cut in half, then each half cut into 4 slices long-ways, then browned in ghee, served with a drizzle of coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon.  5. A wine glass of Kombucha to round out the evening while relaxing before bed (the spot formerly filled by wine). 
    I honestly can't believe how fast this time went.  After 1 week, it was all fairly routine.  My biggest struggles were days with little structure which for me is Saturdays.  I even managed to attend a couple of local baseball games with little difficulty.  In the morning when I packed my lunch for work, I also packed my dinner.  When I got home, I popped it in the microwave, took it in the car with me, and ate it in the parking lot before entering the stadium.  (On both occasions, I sneaked in a La Croix and a baggie of mixed nuts.  Shhhh....)  Problem solved!
    Thanks so much W30 community!  I have enjoyed reading everyone's questions, getting advice and growing healthier together!!  Let's keep at it!
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    Angelia got a reaction from Emma in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Now that the kids are grown, I have a little more disposable income so I also got braces and Lasik surgery.  Both of these were VERY GOOD decisions for me!  We're not getting older, we're getting better!! 
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    Angelia reacted to Emma in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Wow - you look like a whole new person and so much younger. I figured when I was turning 50 that it was time to get my act in gear so that I could enjoy this half of the journey instead of get old in it. It's good seeing other people who have been successful and have made the deeper changes. Thanks for sharing the photos!
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    Angelia got a reaction from Emma in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Thank you!!  I AM in such a good space!  There are before and after pics in my profile, if you can find that.  I wouldn't have spent my youth dreading middle age if I'd only known how much I was going to enjoy it!