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  1. JessFind

    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Thanks for your encouragement, friends! Yesterday was really tough mentally. I got an hour less of sleep than normal and it's been raining here for like 5 days straight, so I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, I think. I kept obsessing about all the things I couldn't have. I was frustrated feeling like I should've been past all these cravings by now, that I'm supposed to be in the easy part, but instead I'm struggling. To be honest, I was really really thinking about quitting. But I didn't. I begrudgingly ate my compliant food. Thank god I did. I would've felt SO guilty if I had given up. I'm still not feeling much of an energy increase. It was hard to get out of bed this morning. But I'm in a better mental state than yesterday. I think I'm starting to feel a difference in my clothes, which is encouraging. I'm trying to come to terms with the idea that I might not ever really feel "tiger blood." I'm on Day 18. Twelve more days seems like a lot, but I'm hoping they'll go by quickly.
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    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Thanks, @heb2014! So I'm thinking about not posting so much on here about food, since I find myself eating pretty much the same things. Instead, I'll focus on how I'm feeling, NSVs, and other thoughts. If I find a fun recipe or something, I'll still post about it, but I'm finding tracking every little thing is getting monotonous. As long as I stay compliant, that shouldn't matter, right? Anyway, yesterday (Day 16) was good! I spent most of the day feeling alert and in a good mood. I had several challenging meetings and I felt like I could keep up. I don't know if I would call it "tiger blood," but it was an improvement. However, I felt like about half of my thoughts were about bread. I still really, really miss bread and I can't wait to just have a piece of toast with butter at the end of this. Why? I'm not sure. I'm feeling fulfilled with the food that I'm eating. I know Whole 30 isn't meant to be sustainable, and maybe I'm not meant to just give up bread for longer than this, but I have this fear of gaining back any weight that I've lost after this. I know I'm supposed to focus on other things than weight, and I am, but it's still a fear. Oh, I'm also really curious about how much weight I've lost. I'm glad I made my husband hide the scale, or I would totally be weighing myself by now. Now that I'm past the half way mark, I just feel myself thinking about the end more than before. Is this normal? Will my bread cravings subside? I know no one can tell me for sure, I'll just have to see. Trying to focus on NSVs: much less inflation and bloating, much better sleep, way less headaches, better skin. Sorry for the rambling post. It's just one of those days.
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    Anew in Arkansas - Round 2

    I commend you for restarting! Lots of people would either just ignore that blip and continue on or just drop off all together. It sounds like you made the best choices for yourself in the moment. Bravo!
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    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Thanks so much for your encouragement, @lizziehall and @BabyBear! I really appreciate it. Day 15: Monday, 1/15/20 Yesterday was a really hard day at work. Long story short, I had 7 meetings and IT trouble, meaning I was almost never at my desk. My brain was mush by the end of the day, I was frustrated, I didn't eat enough, and I just wanted a glass of wine. Here's what I did eat: M1: I prepped the same kale, potato, egg hash on Sunday because I really liked it, and added some chorizo to the mix. Yum! Unfortunately I only had time to eat half of the serving I brought. M2: Turkey burger with 1/2 avocado and some grapes with almond butter M3: I had a weird "dinner" of three bacon wrapped dates stuffed with an almond, one turkey lettuce wrap, and a banana Good news is, I feel great today! Awake and in a better mood. Could this be Tiger Blood??
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    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Thanks so much for the congrats, @BabyBear! And congrats to you too, @Brezymurph! I've been doing a bad job of tracking the last few days, mostly because I accidentally left my food journal at work, but I'm still here! I can't believe it's day 15. Half way! Really excited to hopefully see some Tiger Blood this week. I had quite a bit of a struggle this weekend. On Friday night, I learned that my childhood best friend had passed away. She was 33. I haven't spoken to her in a decade, but it still rocked me. On top of that, I had agreed to host a dinner party with some friends on Saturday night. My husband and I agreed to make the main and a side, while my friends brought more sides. Despite their efforts, none of their additions were compliant (apparently it's not well-known that Whole 30 doesn't include dairy). And one of my friends bought a bottle of wine (which is totally fine, I don't expect anyone to withhold because of me) but then was teasing me about not drinking it. Then, they wanted to go to a bar after dinner. I haven't seen some of them in a bit, and I didn't want to not be included, so I went. Between my friend's death and being around alcohol that whole night, I really wanted a drink. Alas, I persisted, and didn't have one. I'm pretty proud of myself for that. Yesterday I treated myself to a facial and a mani/pedi for some self care, and then came home and prepped as usual. So despite being emotionally spent, I was still able to plan ahead. This is a pretty big deal for me. So, on to day 15 and the second half of this ride. Hope you all had a great weekend.
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    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Day 11 - Thursday 1/9/20 Not much to report today. Felt nice and full throughout the day, energy was pretty good. I felt like the day went by pretty quickly. M1: Last of my prepped egg, kale, potato hash with 1/2 avocado. Still good! That avocado really does make a big difference. I was nice and full through until lunch. M2: Chicken with shaved brussels M3: My husband made a great steak, mashed potatoes with ghee, and roasted brussels. I ate a bigger portion of the steak than I should have and I felt like I had a brick in my stomach for the rest of the night. Happy Friday, everyone!
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    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Day 10 - Wednesday, 1/8/20 I had to wake up earlier than normal because I had an early meeting, and I tried to eat breakfast before I left. This really didn't work, because I wasn't really awake enough to eat at that time, so I had like two bites of breakfast hash before I gave up and ran out the door. I started the day pretty grumpy (again, I'm NOT a morning person), but my mood lightened as the day went on. And then I fell asleep at 9pm! Despite some crazy (non-food) dreams, I feel rested today with lots more energy. M1: Banana and almond butter after my first meetings M2: Had a lunch meeting and they catered in Panera, so I got a Green Goddess salad with chicken and just held the dressing. There were Panera cookies and baguettes everywhere, and I considered stabbing someone with a plastic fork for a bite of a baguette. S1: The remainder of the fruit salad I made for my get together on Monday M3: My husband and I got an air fryer, so we naturally tried it on potatoes and chicken wings first. It was nice to feel like I was having an indulgent meal and still be compliant. We used this complaint buffalo sauce and it was SO GOOD! Definitely recommend. I hope this energy keeps up. I feel like I'm turning the corner!
  8. JessFind

    January Whole30 Log

    Hi @lizziehall! Have you had a chance to check out the Whole 30 timeline? It lays out a framework of symptoms you may feel and why you may feel them. Obviously everyone is different, but I find it comforting to know what to expect. Dreams and bloating are normal! I also feel you about being in a rut. Try to dedicate some more time to try new recipes and textures. I find texture is really important for me. I'm glad you're feeling better!
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    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Day 9 - Tuesday, 1/7/20 Yesterday was the hardest when it came to energy and cravings. I also had a headache and my stomach was still unhappy. I ate: M1: The kale potato egg hash again. I forgot an avocado, though, and I was missing it. I did 30 minutes on the rower at the gym at work before lunch. I was STARVING when I finished. M2: Chicken with shaved brussels sprouts, banana with almond butter M3: Two large lettuce wraps with turkey and prosciutto, tomatoes, and peppers I'm also not feeling great this morning. I'm ready for this bad digestive phase to be over. Feeling kind of "meh" overall.
  10. JessFind

    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Thanks, @BabyBear!
  11. JessFind

    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Thank you, @heb2014!
  12. JessFind

    Ann’s Struggles+Successes

    Hang in there, girl! I'm a couple days ahead of you so my "kill all the things" came on Saturday. My husband woke up and made us a great breakfast, and that somehow annoyed me? What?! Thankfully, like you, I know why I was feeling what I was feeling and I took a couple deep breaths and told myself knock it off. That being said, it sounds like you have a legitimate thing to be mad about! Look at some cute dog memes online or something and know that this will pass. And hey, if you're curt to someone who needs to pick up after themselves, maybe that's not the worst thing.
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    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    The sticker shock at the grocery store can be alarming, but if you eat out even a little bit, the numbers probably at least even out. I'm spending probably 25% more at the grocery during Whole 30, but I used to buy lunch at work every day. EVERY DAY! I also used to buy at least a bottle or two of wine to bring home, and then we would eat out probably 3 times a week. I'm not doing any of that, so I feel like I'm probably gaining money doing this. I know I'm probably more indulgent than most, but I still think in the long run, eating healthier isn't as expensive as it may seem. Also - grocery spending will start to even out a bit more. The first week, you're buying all the healthy things new. So if you bought any compliant condiments or sauces, that adds up, but you won't need to buy them again for a long time. I didn't need to buy chicken this week because I still had some from the last week, and so on. So the first week is really the most expensive.
  14. JessFind

    Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!

    Day 8 - Monday, 1/6/20 Yesterday I felt good overall, no headaches. However in the afternoon my gut was definitely unhappy! I was a little worried that my turkey burger had gone bad or something, but then I remembered that day 8 is usually when our guts are unhappiest, so that made me feel a little less nervous. Thankfully I didn't have any afternoon meetings or that could've been ... a problem. I succeeded in a major challenge last night! A group of my girlfriends and I have a Monday night Bachelor watch party ... yes I know, feel free to judge away. (For those of you who don't know what the Bachelor is, it's a HORRIBLE reality TV show, but it's fun to watch and make fun of.) Well, last night was the premier, so the girls went all out. Cheese, wine, pizza, desserts -- all of it. I showed up with my seltzer and a fruit salad that I made to try to combat everything I couldn't eat (see pic below). It worked! I put my seltzer in a wine glass and put some fruit in it to pretend it was sangria. I honestly didn't really miss much of it ... except the cheese. I do miss the cheese. But anyway, I would've normally had about three glasses of wine on a night like that and I would've woken up feeling gross, but not today! So here's what I ate: M1: The kale potato egg hash I made with 1/2 of an avocado. So yummy! I was very full and I didn't need a snack before lunch. M2: Turkey burger patty with lots of cut up cucumbers and cherry tomatoes dipped in avocado ranch, a couple grapes and almond butter S1: A few more grapes and almond butter M3: Eggs with bell peppers, onions, roasted squash, and potatoes S2: Some of my fruit salad (but not a lot, my dinner really filled me up.)
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    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    Aw thank you for being open about your emotional journey! I know a lot of us can relate. Forgiving ourselves is a long process. And dang, if my husband asked me to get him fast food right now that would be a real test of our love! haha!