Prairie Dawn

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  1. Awesome news about Copenhagen! Sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. I agree with you a hundred percent: in just a few days (less than two weeks!) I already notice some pretty great differences. I also like that you're still trying to reintroduce things so you don't have any surprises while you're on vacation! Have an amazing time!
  2. Congratulations on hitting Day 30! WOOHOO! I've enjoyed reading your logs and it sounds like you've reached some really great conclusions. Love your emphasis on veggies and planning ahead - honestly, this is such a perfect takeaway I'm going to try and remember it for myself just in everyday life!
  3. Well, I've decided to pause my Whole30, just because I'm not really in the right headspace to give it the attention I want to. And when I say that, I mean the GOOD kind of attention, not the obsessive-controlling-worrying-I'm-doing-something-wrong kind of attention, which is where I could feel this going. Even though I've been able to stay technically compliant this week (Day 11!), I feel like focusing so much on what I eat, when I eat it, the amounts I'm eating, and how my eating is affecting me is pulling attention away from my other thoughts and feelings right now, which really need s
  4. Thank you all for your kind words and support. It really does mean a lot. Right now I figure I may as well keep going, at least for the next few days, since basically all I have in my fridge is whole30 food anyway and I don't have much of an appetite. Gonna try and at least do the 3 meals a day, as close to template as I can... I might try the trick of plating a meal, and then eating as much as I can, and then picking it up later if I don't finish it. Honestly, I'm kind of surprised that I've stayed "technically compliant" in the face of all this. I'll take it day by day and will re
  5. Hi everyone. Technically it's Day 8 for me, but I had some pretty crushing personal stuff happen over the weekend, and I'm not sure I'm in a place to continue the whole30. Strangely enough, I stayed technically compliant in the midst of crisis, but it wasn't in a healthy way. I'm trying to decide if it's better for me to stick it out and continue what I've started, or if that will put more pressure on me emotionally than I can handle right now. I know I'm an adult and can make my own decisions, but I'm genuinely not sure what route would be better for me right now. At this point I am
  6. UPDATE, DAYS 6-7: Guys, the past few days haven't been good to me. Instead of a fun compliant burger dinner at In n Out with my boyfriend of 2 years, I ended up having to break up with him. Long story short, about 6 months ago I found out he'd been cheating on me. We'd just been through an unplanned pregnancy and subsequent loss of that pregnancy, so to find that out kicked the sh*t out of me. It was horrible. Obviously I was devastated by everything. I chose not to break up with him then, because I couldn't face healing from that loss alone. He begged me for another chance, promis
  7. Oooh a planking routine! Love that! I bet you'll see yourself getting stronger really quickly. Congrats on finishing Day 24! You also reminded me that sardines exist - I LOVE sardines and tinned fish in general but always forget those are an option. Going to pick some up on my next trip to the grocery store
  8. @Danna W I feel you on the low energy part of this process. Yesterday wiped me out and my mood totally took a dive. I ended up just kind of mindlessly eating/snacking on compliant things all evening, and it didn't really feel good, physically or mentally. Here's hoping the next few days are better!
  9. Wow, congratulations! Twelve pounds is AWESOME and all those other victories are awesome as well (more awesome, I'd say - totally feel you on the tyranny of the scale). You sound super chill and like you've hit a place where you know stress is going to be a part of life but it doesn't derail you from your goals. It's pretty inspiring to read
  10. Oh man, that local market with all those delicious fall bakery goodies sounds TOUGH. And to be so close to them and so involved... oof! You got this, though! Sounds like Day 4 was awesome for you and you're over the really difficult first few days. It's amazing that you can already see and feel a difference in your body and energy levels. About your zoodles: I find that zucchini gets mushy pretty quickly, what I like to do is just quickly pan-saute them in a very hot pan with some oil or ghee, almost like you're stir-frying them. It only takes maybe 1-2 minutes, just enough for them
  11. Yay good for you! And congrats on quitting smoking, that's huge! I'm on Day 5 too. Here's to 25 more days!
  12. DAY 5: Okay, so, last night was rough. My mood took a dive in the late afternoon. I stayed tired all day and actually took a nap when I got home from work, and I didn't end up going to yoga. Was kind of down on myself for that as I was on a pretty good streak of being active. Then, I felt like I just ate and ate all night! Looking back on it, it was definitely an emotional eating/eat for comfort type of situation. I had my planned dinner of egg roll in a bowl and then I ate a Larabar as "dessert" (not ideal, I know). Since I had some time on my hands I made this Mexican Watermelon
  13. I gotta say, your Whole30 meals look pretty delicious! Totally understand on the "convenience" foods not always being appealing on this plan. One can only eat so many hardboiled eggs, after all. I think your idea to add a fourth meal is a good one, considering how active you are and that you're not feeling satisfied. Also something else to consider, how is the timing of your meals? Maybe that has something to do with the satisfaction levels. Active from 6:30-9:30 is a long frickin day!
  14. Also on Day 4 today... and I'm TIRED. Feel like I would give anything for a nice creamy latte with a chocolate croissant! Which is not even something I'd normally get, but wow, the things that surface when you're forced to pay attention... (honestly @kirbz reading your post mentioning cookies immediately got me thinking YES THAT SOUNDS GOOD PLEASE NOW haha). Making myself a cup of tea instead and trying to just ride it out, reminding myself that I can get to bed early tonight and hopefully get some good rest. Some days you just have to push through, I guess...!
  15. @Amura I'm also just starting to get back into yoga after taking a break for several months, so things that were once easy for me are now a LOT harder. I've lost a lot of strength and flexibility that i want back! To give you an idea of what a vinyasa is, it's basically this sequence of movements: Imagine doing that a bajillion (ok, exaggerated a bit) times during a class, over and over again. It's seamless if you're used to it, and godawfully taxing if you're not
  16. The kind of yoga I do is vinyasa yoga, which basically means you're moving the entire time and change poses with each inhale-exhale. I work up a pretty good sweat doing it. Vinyasa is built on sun salutations, if you've heard of those, which are basically a series of poses that have you doing a slow burpee (think a pushup, backbend, and downward-facing dog) between any other poses you're doing. It's definitely low impact, but I wouldn't call it low intensity. I haven't gone all the way through Day 4 yet, so what I listed is my plan for the day... I usually log in here right after break
  17. DAY 4: Exhausted. Couldn't get my butt out of bed this morning and tossed and turned all night after going to sleep way too late. I think there's a window when working out in the evening when I have to get in bed - it's like if I wait too long, I get a second wind and then I'm up for hours. I also didn't eat dinner until almost 9, and I had an iced tea with caffeine at like 2pm. Ugh. That probably had something to do with it. However, I did plan ahead and cooked 2 portions of dinner last night, so my lunch for today was prepped and ready to go. M1: 3 eggs with chives scrambled
  18. I would die without Chomps meat sticks. They're the perfect size and seem to tide me over pretty well if I eat one with some fruit or veggies until I can get a meal. I also like hardboiled eggs with cherry tomatoes, and in my pre-whole 30 days I made turkey roll-ups a lot - sliced turkey rolled around a pickle spear with some mustard (or cream cheese, which wouldn't be compliant but is TASTY). I bet if you did sliced turkey, pickle, and avocado rolled up (maybe dipped in mustard or compliant ranch) they'd be pretty good! Also, if you like the flavor of hummus and are ok with a lot of p
  19. When I got home from the longest day and the hardest workout EVER (OrangeTheory is no frickin joke, you guys), I had a package on my front porch. Turns out my best friend, who I've been running my mouth to about the Whole30 and who is a busy career mom of 2 with her own health struggles and goals, took the time to order and send me Nom Nom Paleo's "Ready or Not" cookbook as a "yay you started the Whole30" gift! Just out of the blue! I was so touched! It's so awesome to have friends that "get it" and support you, even when they're hundreds of miles away with crazy lives and stressors of
  20. Yay for Day 2! I would also say, if you're hungry, EAT. Eat bigger meals, or mini-meals more often, especially in the first few days as your body adjusts. All the stuff I've read and heard seems to echo this... it takes a while for your body to adjust to 3 nourishing meals a day with enough food to keep you going, especially if you're used to grazing or eating lots of small meals throughout the day. I'm figuring this out myself... it's such a process just to learn to pay attention! I like meljoulwan.com as well, nomnompaleo.com is also a great resource for easy recipes that ar
  21. I've just skimmed through your logs past and present and WOW, first of all I love how detailed and honest you are, and second of all I feel like I'm reading a version of my own story with Whole30. Soldiered through my first round successfully, kinda half-assed it on my second, with some stops and starts in between. This stuff is HARD. I'm rooting for you! Here's to "not perfect, but sustainable!"
  22. I think the first few days of Whole30 are going to be a little wonky anyway. I can't quite figure out my hunger/satiety signals yet, so fruit and nuts and all that somewhat-frowned-upon stuff will creep in as I adjust and I'm trying to just roll with it and pay attention. I like your idea of giving yourself some grace this first week! Do you have a good recipe for chicken soup? I want to make some but feel like I'll really miss the noodles!
  23. Day 3 for me - I'm also pleasantly surprised that I'm not exhausted today. I actually feel okay! I slept a bit better last night than the night before, and that's one of my main goals I'm hoping to work on for this round. @Elizabeth33 I feel you on battling with "The Negotiator" - your post also reminded me that in some respects, my life/schedule is always going to feel a little crazy so I may as well get into a good routine with my food and health choices to better manage the stress. Your schedule sounds quite demanding - kudos for buckling down and planning ahead the way you have!
  24. DAY 3: Went to yoga last night, and ended up having 2 hardboiled eggs, some pesto, and some cherry tomatoes as my pre-workout meal. It was a bit too much and I felt kind of uncomfortable during class. Should have stuck with my plan of only 1 egg, but I think I'm used to the idea of being FULL full after eating, even if it's just a little snack... I want to work on this. I slept marginally better last night - I took some Natural Calm and was pretty tired when I got into bed, and woke up before my alarm. Had a big glass of water before breakfast, and didn't drink my coffee until I w
  25. I just got some Cashew Cookie Lara bars too! Am keeping them on hand for emergencies, glad to hear they're tasty. I'm on Day 3 today, and my goals are basically right in line with yours. I also did my first whole 30 totally by the book and my second... ehhhh not so much, so I'm looking to do it RIGHT this time, including reintroduction. Let's do this!!