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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    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!
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    JessFind got a reaction from heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Update: So it turns out this will be my last full week of living by the book of Whole 30. My husband and I scored last-minute, crazy cheap tickets to Copenhagen! We leave in a week and a half, so I want to give my body some time to reintroduce things like bread, dairy, and sugar. The whole point of doing this was to see if those things affected me negatively. I know this isn't the best news for the diet, but I'm super excited about the trip, and I firmly believe that part of traveling is experiencing the food of that region. 
    Even though I'm not doing the whole 30 days, I really do feel like this has changed my relationship with food already. I've broken up with Coke and Coke Zero, my ride or dies since I was in middle school. I also learned that I really don't need bread with every meal, that I can be full and satisfied with salads, and that sugar is in EVERYTHING so I need to check the labels. I can fully see myself doing a full round early next year. So I'm going to finish out this week strong, and then take it from there. 
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    JessFind reacted to Jihanna in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    You can't possibly be a "real" southerner after that statement... *chuckle*
    I found myself in the same boat when I was doing my last round. I didn't even touch seltzer water my first round, because I knew my Coke addiction was strong enough that I needed to break away entirely from carbonated stuff that round, but during my most recent one I did enjoy the heck out of some LaCroix and bubly, and a couple of store-brand types that were compliant. For tea, I wound up taking a baggie full of tea bags (some fruity, some peppermint) with me when I went out, so I could add a bag to my tea if it wasn't tolerable otherwise. It made a big difference.
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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    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 remind myself that I have full permission to stop and focus on mental health (thanks @JessFind) if I decide it's not something I can fully commit to.
    In the meantime, there's plenty of sad movies and long walks with girlfriends to keep me going...  
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    JessFind got a reaction from Jihanna in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    Aw honey I’m so sorry. But I’m so proud of you for advocating for yourself. You only need to worry about your mental health right now. So if having the Whole 30 helps like you feel some control over your life when things feel out of control, then go with it. If you feel like you need to have a glass (or bottle) of wine and cry it out with your girlfriends, then do that too. The Whole 30 will always be here, and you can always try again. 
    We love you!! 
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    JessFind got a reaction from Jihanna in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    Aw honey I’m so sorry. But I’m so proud of you for advocating for yourself. You only need to worry about your mental health right now. So if having the Whole 30 helps like you feel some control over your life when things feel out of control, then go with it. If you feel like you need to have a glass (or bottle) of wine and cry it out with your girlfriends, then do that too. The Whole 30 will always be here, and you can always try again. 
    We love you!! 
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    JessFind got a reaction from heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 4 - 3:30pm: I feel awesome! Today has been amazing. I had a good night's sleep and woke up feeling very rested. I've been SUPER awake all day, alert, and have 0 trace of a headache which literally never happens for me. I know I'll have more hard days ahead, but I hope this is my new norm! 
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    JessFind got a reaction from JenRaye in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    I'm also not nearly as tired today! Hooray!
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    JessFind got a reaction from Jihanna in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 6 - Sept. 7:
    I did it, you guys! I DID IT. I survived the baker’s market without eating any sweets. But oh man, it was touch and go there for a bit. I’m in Charlotte, NC, and it was 95 degrees today. Our table was outside on asphalt for 6 hours, it was SO HOT, and all I wanted was a damn cookie. It might not have been smart to do this during the “kill all the things” phase. My poor husband. But I prevailed! Thankfully I planned ahead and did a good job having things that were filling and easy. 
    So here’s what I ate: 
    Breakfast: scrambled eggs with some bacon crumbles and a dash of truffle oil 
    Lunch: turkey burger on lettuce with tomato and compliant mayo 
    Dinner: seasoned chicken with roasted broccoli and mashed potatoes. This was our first time using ghee and it was delish! We needed something hearty after sweating outside for so long. 
    My energy level is better today than yesterday, which was much needed. And overall I’m feeling good! I’m much less testy now that I’m in AC away from good-smelling sweets.  
    What are you guys prepping for the week tomorrow?
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    JessFind got a reaction from Jihanna in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 6 - Sept. 7:
    I did it, you guys! I DID IT. I survived the baker’s market without eating any sweets. But oh man, it was touch and go there for a bit. I’m in Charlotte, NC, and it was 95 degrees today. Our table was outside on asphalt for 6 hours, it was SO HOT, and all I wanted was a damn cookie. It might not have been smart to do this during the “kill all the things” phase. My poor husband. But I prevailed! Thankfully I planned ahead and did a good job having things that were filling and easy. 
    So here’s what I ate: 
    Breakfast: scrambled eggs with some bacon crumbles and a dash of truffle oil 
    Lunch: turkey burger on lettuce with tomato and compliant mayo 
    Dinner: seasoned chicken with roasted broccoli and mashed potatoes. This was our first time using ghee and it was delish! We needed something hearty after sweating outside for so long. 
    My energy level is better today than yesterday, which was much needed. And overall I’m feeling good! I’m much less testy now that I’m in AC away from good-smelling sweets.  
    What are you guys prepping for the week tomorrow?
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    JessFind got a reaction from Jihanna in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Friday Thoughts
    (Sorry for all the posts this morning. I don't expect anyone to read them all, I'm just using them as a record for if/when I do this again.) 
    I think I'm going start a weekly Friday post about thoughts from the workweek and preparing myself for weekend temptations. 
    The last 5 days have been an adventure. I didn't know what to expect going into the Whole 30. I knew I needed a change in my life and was inspired by friends who said how great they felt during it. So I dove in, despite some other friends thinking it wasn't a good idea because it was so restrictive. I came in doubting myself a bit. I had done diets so many times in my life. I always came in hopeful, meal prepped like a champ that first Sunday, but then quickly fell off the wagon. Why would this time be different? 
    Well, it is different. I can already tell. I think sugar and carbs are a HUGE factor in this. In diets before, I would still allow myself to have my daily Coke Zero, and saw spinach tortillas as a way to have less carbs in my lunch sandwich. I allowed myself weekly "cheat" days where I would binge on high-calorie, high-processed foods. I would allow myself an alcoholic drink here and there. All of this meant that I never broke the cycle. I still had fake sugar and processed foods in my system. The diet became this thing I was just doing until the next cheat day. And soon, every day was a cheat day again. 
    Day 2 and 3 of this was very very hard. I was extremely tired. I had trouble focusing on my work (or anything else). I was grumpy. But thankfully the things I prepared on Sunday carried me through to Day 4. Day 4 was really a breakthrough! I don't remember myself feeling that good in probably years. Day 5 is shaping up to be the same. I think I've turned the corner. Finally.
    Non-Scale Victories for the week: More energy, better sleep, much less swelling in my feet and hands.
    Weekend Temptations: 
    Holy cow, you guys, this weekend is going to be a TEST. I don't know if you all saw my post in the other forum where I said I'm the wife of a baker, but this on Saturday we're a vendor in a local market, which means today and tomorrow the house will fill with smells of cookies, cupcakes, and scones. OH - and it's a fall market, which means they'll be literally my FAVORITE kind. That's right, pumpkin spice scones and cinnamon apple cupcakes. And then I have to be next to them all day and sell them! All without taking a single bite of anything. 
    Sunday will be another super hard day. My good friend is having her birthday at Jeni's ice cream by my house. Now, I'm not necessarily a huge ice cream fan. I mean, I like it, I'm not a monster, but I don't really crave it. But Jeni's is another story. Literally my first craving during Day 2 was for Jeni's cream ice cream. I thought about not going to the party, but my friend has supported me in so much, even when she didn't feel great, that I'm going to try to show up for her. And watch all my friends eat the ice cream. And smell the smell of fresh waffle cones. And sit there with my water. 
    Phew. If I make it to Monday, I deserve some champagne! Oh wait ... we're not doing that anymore.  Hopefully the pride of getting through those temptations will be reward enough, and by then I hope to feel even better, if that's even possible. I'll still make time to meal prep on Sunday and will be scouring the two Whole 30 cookbooks I bought for some inspiration. 
    Have a good weekend, everyone! 
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    JessFind reacted to Amura in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    You did it, of course you did! 
    And from now on things are gonna look quite easier, you'll see, because your body is adjusting and because compared to that market pretty much any situation will be less stressful for a healthy diet.
    You are gonna do great!
     
    I don't do a lot of prepping on Sunday, I usually prep ingredients the day before I'm gonna eat them (and for those I use frequently I make a larger batch to store) but not huge Sunday prepping for me
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    JessFind got a reaction from Jihanna in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 6 - Sept. 7:
    I did it, you guys! I DID IT. I survived the baker’s market without eating any sweets. But oh man, it was touch and go there for a bit. I’m in Charlotte, NC, and it was 95 degrees today. Our table was outside on asphalt for 6 hours, it was SO HOT, and all I wanted was a damn cookie. It might not have been smart to do this during the “kill all the things” phase. My poor husband. But I prevailed! Thankfully I planned ahead and did a good job having things that were filling and easy. 
    So here’s what I ate: 
    Breakfast: scrambled eggs with some bacon crumbles and a dash of truffle oil 
    Lunch: turkey burger on lettuce with tomato and compliant mayo 
    Dinner: seasoned chicken with roasted broccoli and mashed potatoes. This was our first time using ghee and it was delish! We needed something hearty after sweating outside for so long. 
    My energy level is better today than yesterday, which was much needed. And overall I’m feeling good! I’m much less testy now that I’m in AC away from good-smelling sweets.  
    What are you guys prepping for the week tomorrow?
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    JessFind got a reaction from Jihanna in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 6 - Sept. 7:
    I did it, you guys! I DID IT. I survived the baker’s market without eating any sweets. But oh man, it was touch and go there for a bit. I’m in Charlotte, NC, and it was 95 degrees today. Our table was outside on asphalt for 6 hours, it was SO HOT, and all I wanted was a damn cookie. It might not have been smart to do this during the “kill all the things” phase. My poor husband. But I prevailed! Thankfully I planned ahead and did a good job having things that were filling and easy. 
    So here’s what I ate: 
    Breakfast: scrambled eggs with some bacon crumbles and a dash of truffle oil 
    Lunch: turkey burger on lettuce with tomato and compliant mayo 
    Dinner: seasoned chicken with roasted broccoli and mashed potatoes. This was our first time using ghee and it was delish! We needed something hearty after sweating outside for so long. 
    My energy level is better today than yesterday, which was much needed. And overall I’m feeling good! I’m much less testy now that I’m in AC away from good-smelling sweets.  
    What are you guys prepping for the week tomorrow?
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    JessFind reacted to ACw30 in First Time l Sept 3   
    Yes, it’s all in your frame of mind! I splurged on fresh seafood yesterday, but allowed myself to do it considering the money saved on not grabbing meals or coffee out. And, I have chili con carne in the slow cooker overnight!
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    JessFind got a reaction from ACw30 in First Time l Sept 3   
    Hi ACw30! I also started to struggle with monotony this week. I really really didn't want leftover chicken a third time yesterday. But I took that as an opportunity to research more recipes! A quick Google search will get you all kinds of ideas, and I feel much more prepared today. Also, to echo the others above, definitely eat more if you're hungry! This takes preparation and making sure you have good options with you, but once you get into a routine of doing that, it gets easier.  Hope your week is going well! 
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    JessFind got a reaction from Jihanna in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Friday Thoughts
    (Sorry for all the posts this morning. I don't expect anyone to read them all, I'm just using them as a record for if/when I do this again.) 
    I think I'm going start a weekly Friday post about thoughts from the workweek and preparing myself for weekend temptations. 
    The last 5 days have been an adventure. I didn't know what to expect going into the Whole 30. I knew I needed a change in my life and was inspired by friends who said how great they felt during it. So I dove in, despite some other friends thinking it wasn't a good idea because it was so restrictive. I came in doubting myself a bit. I had done diets so many times in my life. I always came in hopeful, meal prepped like a champ that first Sunday, but then quickly fell off the wagon. Why would this time be different? 
    Well, it is different. I can already tell. I think sugar and carbs are a HUGE factor in this. In diets before, I would still allow myself to have my daily Coke Zero, and saw spinach tortillas as a way to have less carbs in my lunch sandwich. I allowed myself weekly "cheat" days where I would binge on high-calorie, high-processed foods. I would allow myself an alcoholic drink here and there. All of this meant that I never broke the cycle. I still had fake sugar and processed foods in my system. The diet became this thing I was just doing until the next cheat day. And soon, every day was a cheat day again. 
    Day 2 and 3 of this was very very hard. I was extremely tired. I had trouble focusing on my work (or anything else). I was grumpy. But thankfully the things I prepared on Sunday carried me through to Day 4. Day 4 was really a breakthrough! I don't remember myself feeling that good in probably years. Day 5 is shaping up to be the same. I think I've turned the corner. Finally.
    Non-Scale Victories for the week: More energy, better sleep, much less swelling in my feet and hands.
    Weekend Temptations: 
    Holy cow, you guys, this weekend is going to be a TEST. I don't know if you all saw my post in the other forum where I said I'm the wife of a baker, but this on Saturday we're a vendor in a local market, which means today and tomorrow the house will fill with smells of cookies, cupcakes, and scones. OH - and it's a fall market, which means they'll be literally my FAVORITE kind. That's right, pumpkin spice scones and cinnamon apple cupcakes. And then I have to be next to them all day and sell them! All without taking a single bite of anything. 
    Sunday will be another super hard day. My good friend is having her birthday at Jeni's ice cream by my house. Now, I'm not necessarily a huge ice cream fan. I mean, I like it, I'm not a monster, but I don't really crave it. But Jeni's is another story. Literally my first craving during Day 2 was for Jeni's cream ice cream. I thought about not going to the party, but my friend has supported me in so much, even when she didn't feel great, that I'm going to try to show up for her. And watch all my friends eat the ice cream. And smell the smell of fresh waffle cones. And sit there with my water. 
    Phew. If I make it to Monday, I deserve some champagne! Oh wait ... we're not doing that anymore.  Hopefully the pride of getting through those temptations will be reward enough, and by then I hope to feel even better, if that's even possible. I'll still make time to meal prep on Sunday and will be scouring the two Whole 30 cookbooks I bought for some inspiration. 
    Have a good weekend, everyone! 
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    JessFind reacted to Amura in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    But we do 
    It's always great to see how others do, to support each others, to find inspiration in their achievements  
    And I want to say that you are doing awesome, and it's impressive how much you've learned about yourself and dieting in just a few days!
    Also, keep it up, great temptations ahead but I'm sure they won't beat you.
    I'm going to a mediaeval market tomorrow and I think I'll be tempted enough but yours is gonna be a feat. And when I say feat, I mean NSV!
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    JessFind got a reaction from KiwiKendra in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    The journal is on Amazon if you want one! I love it so far. Just search "food sensitivity journal" and it should come right up. 
    DUDE this tiredness is no joke. Someone in my last meeting had a Coke and I almost ninja kicked them for it. ... Not really ... but maybe ...
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    JessFind got a reaction from Prairie Dawn in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    OMG I totally understand wanting a glass of wine. Try not to get too down on yourself for not being active yesterday. I'm SUPER impressed that you've been as active as you have been this week! And give yourself some grace on the over-eating. Like you said, everything you ate was compliant. Didn't you say you also quit smoking or something recently? Your body is going through a lot right now and wants to feel comfortable. Give it some more time to catch up with your brain and it's good you're listening to it today. 
    You got this! Have a great weekend! 
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    JessFind reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day Something Or Other - Long enough that I'm no longer dealing with the hard work of those first 30 days which I'm appreciating. 
    I weighed myself today. I guess I didn't weigh myself when I started because I have nothing written down, but I know what I was in April and I know I gained some weight when traveling in June so I'm definitely down twelve solid pounds from April and possibly more given my plumping up while traveling.
    Twelve doesn't sound like a whole lot, but I'll tell ya - it feels like a whole lot. It's also a break from some dumb overweight place that my body seems to be fairly content to hang out at. When I went above that April weight like I did last year, I feel really lousy. When I lost weight and got to that dumb weight my body likes, I felt SO much better. Then I plumped up some and felt worse and then at some point I got back to it and probably hung out there for most of those first 30 days. But then things started to change and so I am in a whole new set of tens on the scale!
    I was feeling pretty good, but then I started having those panic thoughts like, "How long can I keep this up?" THAT is what scales do. I have been ULTRA content to keep plugging along and eating clean and making choices that allow me to stay feeling good. And then comes the scale and the hopes and wishes and the weight issues.....blah blah blah.  So, I can celebrate feeling thinner and baggy clothes and seats that I can now fit into, but the scale thinking is not really my friend. My body is doing what it needs to and it will get to a healthier space in its own time. All I need to do is appreciate and honor what it is that allows me to feel so much better - how I eat.
    On another note - I went to the gym this evening. I had a beast of a day so once home I tried to do the things that are also important: the yardwork, my practicing, visiting with our guest, and the gym which I haven't been to in ages. I didn't work out much, but I was there and did some treadmill walking and some weight machines. The tricep machine used to scrape past my hips when I sat on the seat. It no longer does! The treadmill felt good, but now my left ankle is really stiff again - in a somewhat different place then when I tried that Run To None program (which I flaked out on, but which is okay that I flaked because I have a lot going on and my priority is the eating, not the exercise)
    And now it's time for bed. I really need to do work, but I also need the sleep. The sleep makes a world of difference. I'm hoping I wake up early and can do some work in the am, but if I don't, oh well. Tomorrow is bound to be a bit of a beast as well. That's okay. It's just how things are for now. 
    Again, I am SO glad that I am feeling confident in myself again and feeling like I have some power and control in my life and over myself.  It's a nice place to be and a stark contrast from how I felt before.
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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    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 to warm through.  Any longer than that and they start to steam (and get mushy) because they have such a high water content.  Also, have you tried spaghetti squash?  That's pretty great with marinara and meat sauce too.
    Keep up the awesome work!  Good luck with the bakery treats and the ice cream proximity - you'll do great!
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    JessFind got a reaction from heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 4 - 3:30pm: I feel awesome! Today has been amazing. I had a good night's sleep and woke up feeling very rested. I've been SUPER awake all day, alert, and have 0 trace of a headache which literally never happens for me. I know I'll have more hard days ahead, but I hope this is my new norm! 
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    JessFind got a reaction from heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 4 - 3:30pm: I feel awesome! Today has been amazing. I had a good night's sleep and woke up feeling very rested. I've been SUPER awake all day, alert, and have 0 trace of a headache which literally never happens for me. I know I'll have more hard days ahead, but I hope this is my new norm! 
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    JessFind got a reaction from heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    @heb2014 Thank you SO much!! These are such great ideas!