Rebecca001

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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @christine19I love boxing, I have a bag in our garage for when I need to let off steam! 
     
    I ran half a marathon today, 13.1 miles- a long way! And not a bad time either, although the last 3miles were hard and my legs are very tired now.
    just cooked a big Sunday roast, and did my meal prep for the week so I have a big bowl of finely sliced cabbage, onion, carrot and celery, with raisins and almonds, all ready to mix with mayo to make slaw. Then I roasted an extra chicken so I have a full tub of chicken meat all ready for salads and sandwiches as well, plus some leftover cooked veg. I find cooked carrot quite good for that moment where you open the fridge and need something to jump out. I stewed some apple with cinnamon and ginger which is a nice addition to my chia seed gloop (overnight pots) in the morning. 
     
    and we’ve now survived our 3rd dry weekend! I listened to a nice ‘bite size’ podcast today by a lovely English doctor about the surprising benefits of giving up alcohol - none of them surprised me!- but it can help to reaffirm that any break in drinking has actual positive effects, and often they are fairly instant. 
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I find my sleep is disturbed this time although not as dramatically as my last one. Last time I really worked hard to eat breakfast as soon as I got up , whereas this time I haven’t been, and I’m finding I don’t wake quite so early- I think it was my body clock responding to the food routine. 

    @christine19 I also am a bit surprised I don’t feel quite as energetic as I’d have hoped, maybe it’s the difference between summer w30 and winter w30. Although when I look back, I’m doing a lot more this time. Last time I basically lazed about in my garden for 30 days! This time I’m working, running more, kids to school, me to work- very different. And I certainly feel more energetic than I did 3 weeks ago! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Saieethats a shame.
    we don’t really ‘do’ squash here in the uk. We can get butternut squash in every supermarket, but they can be quite watery and flavourless. Around Halloween we can sometimes get different types that are nicer flavoured and textured than BNS but it’s not a traditional veg here. We’re all about the root veg! 
     
    i’m up early this morning considering it’s a Saturday but I was so tired last night I fell asleep watching tv! Still feeling that sleepiness in the evenings. I might have a mid afternoon nap today to see me through. Saturday is normally weigh day for me, and muscle:fat tracking, so this morning I very nearly stood on the scales on autopilot! I actually feel quite bloated today, my period is due and (weird but apparently common) side effect of coronavirus - my cycle is really disrupted and affects me terribly, with real pmt and other side effects which is one reason I wanted to do this W30 reset this time round. So will be interesting to see if there’s an improvement this month. 
     
    my day consists of: building a wardrobe for my boy’s bedroom (so he stops using the floor!), plus finishing off a wooden floor I’ve been repairing, I sanded it back last last weekend and this weekend it’s time for wax, which will be good physical work! I might do a kettlebell workout this afternoon, but no run as tomorrow it’s forecast to be crisp and sunny and I’m hoping to head out for a long one! Need to go Food shopping as well, written my menu out for the whole week. 
     
    have a great day! 
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    Rebecca001 reacted to Drew_ill in Nervous   
    New to whole 30. I am 5 days in and this is going to be tough to complete. I am surprised I have made this far. Has anyone here failed at whole30 and then later succeeded and had any good lessons learned? 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’m confident that whole30 versions of eg. Sausages, burgers, meatballs etc are fine @Saiee. It’s usually ‘sweet’ or ‘treat’ type things which aren’t allowed , so eg bread, pizza crust or cakes made with almond flour, or (as Melissa goes on about a lot!) pancakes. Probably as a response to the fact that paleo cookbooks often have a huge section of baked goods, I find. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’m confident that whole30 versions of eg. Sausages, burgers, meatballs etc are fine @Saiee. It’s usually ‘sweet’ or ‘treat’ type things which aren’t allowed , so eg bread, pizza crust or cakes made with almond flour, or (as Melissa goes on about a lot!) pancakes. Probably as a response to the fact that paleo cookbooks often have a huge section of baked goods, I find. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Saiee i am yet to find a compliant sausage (I am in uk) - all of ours have wheat added, or if gluten free they have rice flour added, even really expensive brands. Plus usually sugar. It’s one of the things I have missed most because my husband and boys have hotdogs on Saturdays after football and I can’t join them! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I actually feel quite empowered this weekend by it. 3 weekends without alcohol, 2 full weeks with no sugar, grains, dairy, processed food, junk food, takeaway, cake or crisps. After 2 weeks of lockdown so many of my friends are commenting that they feel rubbish, they’ve gained half a stone, they are really tired and fed up, and I’m just....not. 
     We are amazing- hear us ROAR!!! (Ok not quite tiger blood yet, but grrrr!) 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Lorna from Canada funny you say that about anxiety; one of the things I noticed after doing my first W30 was that I didn’t feel anxious driving anymore. I used to get terrible anxiety on fast roads and I’d be gripping the wheel til my knuckles were white, and then one day noticed I just wasn’t doing it anymore. Now I don’t drive anywhere fast due to Lockdown! 
     
    @50andstillhereThe reason I started doing this was because of running. Previously I had done LCHF and lost a fair amount of weight, but as my running increased, I couldn’t sustain it. I would end up bingeing and I felt really down; I was in a spiral of eating/running/eating and I couldn’t run as fast as I could eat! this appealed to me because I could eat if I needed to. It felt like the jigsaw pieces finally slotted together and over the last 6 months I have maintained my lowest ever weight and also got very lean/toned so something must be going right; all without constantly ‘dieting’. Eating real food! Who knew?? 
     
    The thing I find hard is the pre/post snack. I run fairly long distances and often run fasted. The problem is that running makes you hungry (HUNGRY!!!) but not always when you think it will, but it also suppresses appetite in the short time after, so cramming down a tin of fish after running 10 miles was not nice. Plus I run 5x a week, and do 2 quite intense classes- I do not need 14 additional ‘meals’, sometimes 4 on one day!- and I could never quite get it right. The act of Running is surprisingly poor at calorie burning, especially if you are fit because our bodies adapt so well to it; however regular running builds big muscles (glutes, hamstrings, quads- these are huge muscles, the size of a good side of ham!!) and these require a lot of calories just to exist and protein to repair them, just not immediately- more of an ‘afterglow’ effect 
    so what I do now is ‘bank it’ as in I know I need additional food if I’ve run a lot, but not necessarily in that tiny window. I will allow myself a pm snack if I’ve run that day. Or mid afternoon I’ll have something if I ran in the morning. Or sometimes I just feel like the stuffings been knocked out of me and I’ll look back over my miles and my food and think ‘yeah you need to EAT’ and choose something deliciously calorific (almond butter and apple slices? ) and have it. I know that’s not technically the w30 way but it works for me. I think you have to know your own body and your limitations. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    That’s really interesting, thanks all. Definitely food for thought! I haven’t had those raw bars (yet) they don’t really appeal to me, but was just wondering. I haven’t reintroduced sugar since my July whole30, literally I had 1 choc and a piece of cake at Xmas and that’s the only grain of sugar that’s passed my lips since 20th July. (Massive sugar dragon though, he is still lurking every day!) I was just wondering regarding the commercial products vs homemade because it surprised me that they make products and mention them when they don’t advise them. 
    I read that email too @becs and I suppose as a lot of people are coming to the end of day 14 there will be others feeling the same as me: tired, work’s picking up, days are long and cold, and it’s nearly the 3rd alcohol free weekend! I think maybe I’m just feeling a bit melancholy 
    I will continue reading labels though, maybe I will find a few more things that are compliant that I can use to liven up my menu a bit! My daughter and I were both home working today and for our lunch we made loads of chunky chips/fries, after the posts on here the other day, and dunked in homemade mayonnaise for a bit of comfort food on this dreary day. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I did know that about the baked goods and I know I would not be able to resist them so I’m glad they’re out. I do have some really good paleo bake recipes for after the 30 days though! It’s certainly a lot easier navigating this as I never leave the house except to pick the children up from school and to go for a run, so no meals out of the home to deal with. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    They are so much nicer if homemade as well. I do sweet potato with rosemary and garlic and bake them til they are almost overdone, they go all sticky and stodgy! 
     
    I’m really craving ‘something’ today but I don’t even know what. Carbs probably. I feel quite restless and keep wandering into the kitchen. I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer for our dinner tonight too so I will have to improvise and I was really looking forward to my planned meal so the replacement better not disappoint. I had some minced lamb to make some koftas for lunches but I think I will make those for dinner tonight- I need a spicy kick! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    We had fish last night too, there’s a theme! We had salmon with stir fry veg and a tahini and lemon sauce. 
     
    sprung out of bed this morning at 5.40, this isn’t always a welcome side effect of w30 for me. I feel like the quality of my sleep improves but the length of time I sleep for doesn’t. I don’t feel tired though, so must have slept enough. 

    today it’s another busy day of working (from home). I forgot to get the meat out of the freezer for our dinner tonight, so may have to change my menu around. 
    @Lorna from Canadayour buffalo cauli sounds good, could you share a recipe please- and yes  I am totally with you on the veggies! I love being ‘allowed’ chunky chips (fries) with meals after years of low carbs! I’m not very imaginative with veg though and I’m not good with dressings etc, I really should experiment more. 
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    People are very weird about food, you are right. I think people want a ‘magic bullet’ but when you say ‘here it is’ they cannot bear the thought of this (miserable?) life without junk food. I think also, that because I am slim, people feel that they can comment freely on what I eat, whereas when I was 3 stone heavier they wouldn’t have done that. But the reason I am slim is because I eat like this! I rarely talk about food by my choice, but people ask, and then it’s really hard not to say isn’t it? I think we just have to quietly nod and smile! I have very vocal in-laws as well so I get it from family all the time. Ironically many of them have long term conditions that would really benefit from a whole30!! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @christine19well done. That just shows why it’s so important to clear the cupboards and make sure there’s things in for emergencies! I find sometimes when I have one of those days, I wake up the next day feeling v really refreshed and motivated. It’s like it’s a mini hurdle to cross. 
     
    I looked back over my week last night, I know technically it’s more than a week, but I like to reflect on it and set goals for the week ahead. My food had been good but I had been having too much fruit I think, and nuts, so I’m going to try and cut right back on both this week. I cannot buy almond butter again, even pure almond as it is just food with no brakes for me. Good things last week were: I aimed for 50 portions of veg in the week and I managed 52, so that was brilliant. I exercised every day, slept better and my skin is looking clearer and brighter. My food was 100% on plan too although I think I eat too much sometimes and eat when I’m not hungry/clear my plate so again, I’m going to slow eating down and really listen to my body before eating. 
     
    today I had salad with cold potato, spicy tuna mayo and a roasted tomato and tarragon bake I made yesterday. Then dinner tonight is chilli con carne (with no beans) and sweet potato baked like a cottage pie (sounds weird I know!) with veggies and salad. I am very hungry right now waiting for dinner, as I didn’t eat breakfast today as I was in work, and grabbed lunch at 2pm when I finally got a break. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I found the same with split peas, I was so pleased they were allowed this time, just really to get an additional protein source for variety. I bought yellow split peas and exactly as you all describe, I had terrible bloating and stomach pain. Then I remember that actually I’ve always had this with peas and beans; I used to follow a Mediterranean style diet and could never eat lentils etc on that! I can manage green peas though and I find them really a good addition (eg crushed peas with fish is delicious, and you can make a pea And ham soup with them that’s really nice) 
    today I really must go to the supermarket, I got sidetracked yesterday! Batch cooking, tidying up and chores is the order of the day, plus hopefully a run later. 
     
    @Lorna from Canada I am so sorry about your mom.
    @50andstillhere it can feel a bit lonely doing this plan, can’t it? I think people think it’s very extreme (most traditional diets here like weight watchers etc all allow treats) and my ‘diet friends’ are terrified of largely. It’s hard to justify why I’m eating this way without other people feeling like I’m criticising they way they eat so I tend to just eat my lettuce leaves quietly and not say anything! 
     
    one thing I will say though is in a few days when the tiger blood really starts kicking in you will want to SHOUT from the rooftops about how amazing  you Feel! 
     
    have a great day everyone! 
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    Rebecca001 reacted to christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @50andstillherewe are here for you and your journey!  So sorry about the pea soup, even though peas are allowed, they bother my stomach like many beans do. Or, maybe your body is adjusting in general and that’s why you are bloated. I know it’ can be hard to find and make good compliant soups and in the winter when you have a cold, all you want is a yummy bowl of soup! Hope you feel better!
     
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    Rebecca001 reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Aw man - that sucks! But good information - right? (small, tiny, miserable little win???) Prior to my first W30, I lived on pea soup, bean soup, hummus, LOVED my legumes. They were the first thing I reintroduced and WHOA - major challenges. Stopped eating them, finished my reintroduction, tried them again - all kinds of hell no... I've not eaten any of them since. SO - good information to be learned here.

    Hang in there 50! We're here for you!
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    I need to look for FFF too, I’ve only read the intro book and ISWF. 
    I’m feeling good today, soooooo glad I didn’t crack last night. Today I ran an absolutely belting 6km in well under 5 mins per km and did loads of jobs round the house.
    Maybe the tiger isn’t roaring yet but I think she’s just starting to purrrrrr ! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    I need to look for FFF too, I’ve only read the intro book and ISWF. 
    I’m feeling good today, soooooo glad I didn’t crack last night. Today I ran an absolutely belting 6km in well under 5 mins per km and did loads of jobs round the house.
    Maybe the tiger isn’t roaring yet but I think she’s just starting to purrrrrr ! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I need to look for FFF too, I’ve only read the intro book and ISWF. 
    I’m feeling good today, soooooo glad I didn’t crack last night. Today I ran an absolutely belting 6km in well under 5 mins per km and did loads of jobs round the house.
    Maybe the tiger isn’t roaring yet but I think she’s just starting to purrrrrr ! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    It’s Saturday morning here. I must admit that last night I was tired and grumpy and I really missed my red wine and my snacks after a long stressful week. James is also not drinking which helps, although I suspect he might crack today as his team is playing and he will he watching that on tv, and I suspect he might like a beer to do so!
     
    I remember last time I did W30 it was summer (And lockdown) and every afternoon in the first week or so  I would go chill in my hammock in the sun for a nap! No chance of that now as it’s -5* here this morning, although I am definitely feeling that tiredness again. I felt a bit better once I remembered this is all part of the process, and it does get better after the first few weeks. I ended up eating a few pieces of fruit and drinking water but I shouldn’t have bothered really because it wasn’t what I wanted.

    we have a busy day planned today, I normally go to an outdoor bootcamp style workout class On Saturday mornings but obviously that’s cancelled so instead I will find a hiit workout on YouTube and do that, plus I will squeeze in a short run. Need to go shopping as I have now planned all my meals and snacks for the week ahead. Tomorrow I will batch cook some things to have in the fridge: some seasoned chicken, some lamb kofta skewers and a roasted tomato and tarragon thing which is so tasty; these will then be my lunches all week. 
    enjoy your weekend everyone! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Yes I have a spiraliser for courgette/zucchini. I tend to make cauliflower rice rather than noodles if needed. I have never seen the spaghetti squash though! I also like noodles made of cauliflower or broccoli stalk, although you do need a chunky shaped stalk for the spiraliser to work properly.  
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    Rebecca001 reacted to christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I decided to go grocery shopping early this morning to get my spaghetti squash for dinner and grabbed some fresh produce. Here is my lunch -  grilled chicken on Bibb lettuce wraps topped with the lemon tahini sauce I made the other day (not drizzled, more like slathered on)  and topped with black olives and fresh parsley. I like using tahini for a different creamy topping than Mayo.
     
    As far an reintroductions,  I have been gluten and dairy free since 2017, so I won’t introduce those things,  but from experience, what bothers me in order starting worst is corn, rice, beans. So if I want say Mexican food, I try to just eat one of those instead of all 3...like tortilla chips! Or I have eaten grain free tortilla chips but then what happens is I start down the gluten free junk food road of pretzels, crackers, cookies, added sugar, etc. which really is the food with no brakes for me. Ideally I should eat the whole30 way and occasionally have wine! LOL 
    @Rebecca001 of course I want to weigh myself. Took the scale out of the bathroom and hid it in the closet! 

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    Rebecca001 reacted to 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    BTW- I like to weigh myself everyday so it is hard not to step on that scale! That being said I can’t wait to see if I lost inches in my waist - I am assuming yes because I can already wear pants that were too tight before.