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  1. misshannah

    Day 16 and burnt out....

    Once I tried to give up coffee while attempting a round of W30. I thought I didn't drink enough to expect serious withdrawal issues. It was so severe, I felt like I was going crazy. I think my brain couldnt handle all the changes at once.
  2. misshannah

    Disguise the Veggies

    If you make things like chili or tomato sauce, you can hide some veg in there, in shreds or tiny dice etc. We added two large zucchini (not my fave) to a meaty "pasta" sauce and I hardly noticed it!
  3. EllieViolet, please read what I write knowing that I absolutely relate to your frustration. I have MORE weight than you do to lose, and I have 10 years on you, so my chances are slim. You asked what you're doing wrong? In my opinion: 1. weighing yourself. 2. consciously or unconsciously restricting something....maybe calories, maybe fat. 3. believing with all your heart that this has not been worth it because you haven't shifted the scale. However else you feel about your body, until you see its inherent worth and the value in feeding it real whole foods and not hyperstimulating restaurant food and a lot of sugar, you will condemn it. I know it sounds super hokey and not at all results that you want, but you have to believe that you deserve to be nourished for no other reason than that's what's good for your physical and mental and emotional health. I'm honestly convinced that self-loathing causes a disconnect in the brain that puts it in a fight-or-flight mode all the time, caused by the anxiety of not losing weight, which causes stress hormones to course through our bodies, which interfere with our bodies' ability to self regulate and so on and so on in a vicious circle. Maybe you're right and this isn't the program for you. But you haven't wasted the effort by feeding yourself.
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    Fat Bombs

  5. misshannah

    Fat Bombs

    @SugarcubeODI completely agree that fat bombs seem too treat-like to be safe, but I'm confused about the above every time I see it. A closed handful of nuts and seeds is listed as one of the fats that can be added to every meal according to the template. Is the recommendation that they really not be used as a plated fat? Or not daily? I use all the plant fats as well as seeds and animal fats (eg bacon, crisped proscuitto, crispy chicken skin). I don't love nut butter but I do add a closed handful of pumpkin seeds to my salad daily along with olives and sometimes a couple T of guac. Is the limitation based on the nuts and seeds being higher in O6s or their tendency to be a gut irritant for some or their tendency to be (in butter form) a food w/no brakes for some? Or some combo of all of the above?
  6. misshannah

    No noticeable changes

    MeadowLily is WISE. @MeadowLily your words are a balm to me!
  7. misshannah

    Homemade Pico

    It can be confusing especially at the beginning. The more you flex your muscles looking at labels and looking up ingredients the easier it gets. That being said, be careful with your chipotle mayo because much chipotle in adobo (the pepper part of the mayo) has added sugars. You just have to get used to checking everything
  8. I just want to say SugarcubeOD and ladyshanny, you folks are doing the lord's work moderating this forum. I commend you!!!
  9. Are the ingredients compliant?
  10. misshannah

    Lindt Excellence 99% Dark Chocolate

    @ladyshanny can you clarify? Even though it has sugar in its list of ingredients it could still be used to cook with?
  11. misshannah

    Starting tomorrow - feeling nervous

    Hi Lila2103 some of us who started on July 5 are sharing support and encouragement in a community thread, you're invited for sure! I linked it below.
  12. misshannah

    Started yesterday (7/5) for the first time

    Hi July 5 folks, I was hoping to find a group of us and share accountability and ideas in one thread and I propose here in the community forum:
  13. misshannah

    Started yesterday (7/5) for the first time

    I also started yesterday! It's not my first, but it's been a long time since my first and only successful one! For me the focus these first couple days is the shift between eating for (boredom, entertainment, habit, pleasure, taste, emotions etc) and eating for fuel. It's a mental shift and the sooner it comes the easier everything goes for me.
  14. misshannah

    Start date June 1

    I saw this list in a post by moderator missmary and this is going to be my guide when I'm "riding my own bike." I'm going to practice careful reintros and really try to pay attention to what my body needs for as long as it takes to get to this point: 1. Are you able to do what you want to do? 2. Do you feel strong and capable in your body? 3. Are your emotions stable? 4. Is your skin clear? 5. Do you have a libido for your partner? 6. (Do you have) a clear mind for your chosen work?
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    Start date June 1

    I don't know if this will be encouraging for anyone else, but I tried something I was scared of...the Nom Nom Paleo Kalua Pig in the pressure cooker (complete with head of cabbage cooked in the broth) and it was AMAZING. I highly recommend it to anyone. http://nomnompaleo.com/post/111934821818/pressure-cooker-kalua-pig It came out great, and I was, once again, shown that I can care for and feed myself. (A fact I doubt on a daily basis.)
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    W30 and "morbid obesity"

    Tanks jmcbn! I just started logging, so when I have a few I'll do that!
  17. misshannah

    W30 and "morbid obesity"

    I'm 46 and have been fat pretty much since puberty. I don't know how much weight I have to lose because I don't weigh myself and if I think about the number it drives me a little batty. Health has been my goal and focus, supposedly, but secretly I keep wishing I was having the "oh my clothes are too big" problem that so many other people on W30 seem to have. This time, I'm on day 16 and my pants are fitting EXACTLY the same. I know this plan isn't for weight loss, I tell myself that over and over, but...yet.... I feel like I'm doing ok with food, but I've just started logging it today to see if I'm actually doing as well as I think. If anything, I need more vegetables. My sleep is good, I'm meditating to control stress, I'm getting regular movement in. I guess I'm just impatient. I have a theory that my body actually reflects what I was doing two weeks ago, so if some reorganization is coming, it should start showing up any day now. I'm just going to keep going and trust the program. There's nothing I'm eating that's not real, honest, whole food. So no matter what else happens, even if I don't shift an ounce, I've certainly done my body a lot of good by feeding it this way.
  18. misshannah

    W30 and "morbid obesity"

    Hi Katiepea83! This attempt at W30/W60 happened to correspond with some time off this summer, so I commited to getting back to the Y. I can't tell you what a difference getting some regular exercise has made for me. I have come to realize that no matter how much weight I have to lose or how discouraged I get about "backsliding" when I'm done with the W30, healthy regular movement is absolutely critical to my well-being. My mood and anxiety are improved. I do water exercise with people 15-25 years older than myself..it's funny how proud I am that I can keep up I've also started a "lift very heavy and slow" program that I think is going to be right up my alley. I know I'm privileged to have a body that allows me to exercise, and that not everyone is in the same situation. But for anyone who doesn't have something stopping them, I highly recommend it. It is saving my life.
  19. If I were doing a workout called INSANITY I'd likely need more starchy veg. Why just 1/4 of a small potato?
  20. misshannah

    Start date June 1

    In addition to audiobooks I highly recommend podcasts if anyone is so inclined. I listen to a number of great podcasts including Happier (lifestyle changes), 99% Invisible (stories about design in our environments) plus stuff like This American Life and some movie podcasts. I LOVE them. Makes chores and cooking a breeze.
  21. misshannah

    Start date June 1

    Hi WholeSue -- I feel the same way, but I'm pretty sure mine is food boredom. I know everyone says "there's a bajillion recipes1!!!!!" but I also just sometimes feel like I can't face another protein and veg meal, no matter how it's seasoned. When that happens, I just still eat my meal because this process isn't a lark for me, it's to learn how to truly nourish my body. And no matter how much I think cake or chips or whatever would taste delightful, I know -- oh, I KNOW that those things aren't nourishing for MY body. I also already know how every. single. thing. I fantasize about eating tastes, because I've eaten it so many times before. And when I think about it that way, it's not worth giving up even one non-scale victory I'm experiencing to eat some junk I've eaten so many times before. I feel better than I did one month ago...like 100X better. Also, I'm exercising, which is something I've been loathing myself for NOT doing for so so long. Now, with steady-state energy from W30, I'm just doing it. To sum up: I'm feeding myself, which I've historically been bad at. I'm moving my body, which I've also been bad at, and which I need so desperately just to enjoy being alive at all (in terms of mood and mental health). However, I'm bored eating delicious food. So, I'll take this opportunity to examine myself to see what deep pleasure in life I'm missing that's making me want the cheap pleasure that comes from food that is, to me, destructive.
  22. misshannah

    Day 11. So so tired.

    I'm starting to believe that sleep is actually so much more important than anyone has previously thought. Seems like you're focusing on getting good quality sleep, but do you wake naturally, i.e., without an alarm? My thought is maybe as your system regulates you might actually need a little more sleep than 7 hours?
  23. misshannah

    Start date June 1

    mollycase I'm smack dab in the middle of a divorce that's not of my choosing AND my soon-to-be-ex is still living here. We can do this. For me, feeling emotions is hard but I need to break the habit of eating them away, and that's part of why I'm doing this program. Can't feel the good if I never feel the bad! I'm sorry you're going through a shitty time!
  24. I have emergency tuna in those foii packs so I don't even need a can opener. If it's dire, I can eat the tuna right out of the packet!
  25. misshannah

    Start date June 1

    You definitely can do this!! What will quitting do for you?