Cath J

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    Cath J reacted to Amerikaann in Photos of my Success!   
    Here are three collages of four different weights I have been at since 2013.  The first photo is where I was at somewhere around February, the 2nd is the start of the whole30, the third is day 15, and the fourth is day 31.  Between February and my whole30 experience I lost some weight, but none as drastic as what happened during my whole30--nearly 15 pounds!  (143 down to 130)  I think the most impressive and drastic changes are evident in my back.  So happy!
     
    In addition to the weight loss, the actual single most important thing for me that I wanted to improve was my skin.  I have received more compliments on my skin since the whole30 than I have since I was a pre-teen.  Someone even used the word "glowing" to describe it.  I am so happy.  Only time (and winter) will tell if this new way of living has also cured my unbearable winter dry skin that plagues me year after year.
     
    The other most important thing, besides skin and weight loss, was conquering my toxic relationship with food, specifically sugar/chocolate.  I am still not ready to do any reintroductions to sweets, but I have a good feeling that when the time comes and the moment is right to eat a sweet treat that I will thoroughly enjoy it, and then be back on my healthy eating.  I don't think I am a slave to it anymore.  
     
    I am very happy.  I am looking and feeling good, wearing clothes that I haven't worn in a year, and ready to continue my new healthy lifestyle!  



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    Cath J got a reaction from mollimel in Roll call: November Whole30s!   
    Ok I'm in! Did a whole "21" in September but decided that an impromptu holiday and whole30 didn't mix so converted to "whole9 living". But sleep deprivation from sick kids quickly saw me return to some bad habits so I'm in for a full whole30 now! Starting is the hardest bit for me because I know how good I feel after the first week.
    I'm in NZ so it is halfway through Day 2 for me. I had complications from dental work on Thu so I can't tolerate much more than soup...makes staying away from treats easier!
    Looking forward to a successful 30 days with everyone!
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    Cath J got a reaction from Cyndi Lou in Sept 15th start date   
    Congratulations on coming to your decision Notyouravrgpaleomama ...sometimes it takes just as much courage to know when to stop as it does to keep going.
     
    I am on Day 8 now and starting to feel good. I am starting to sleep better and have a nice little routine going for my meals...omelette for breakfast, roast chicken salad for lunch and then family meal for dinner. I feel like my head is in a good space. I DO want to lose weight (oh how I want to lose weight) but that isn't my major focus. My goal is for the Whole 30 to give me back my energy, sanity and health. I want to have the energy to fit in a regular exercise routine..and that is what will give me the results I want. It is hard to believe I am so UNFIT, I used to be such a fitness fanatic but just really struggled since having kids to get all the boxes ticked. I look forward to being that "weird, fit girl" again who makes exercise a major priority. I have to take it slow though...I seem to crash rather easily at the moment. So for now, I'm just focussed on getting my base back with some walking and pilates. I almost have to hold myself back from anything more intense but I know this is the right way for me. I'll be back in to the intense stuff by Xmas.
     
    Hope everyone else is doing well.
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    Cath J got a reaction from cindys in Protein ideas for breakfast & lunch ?   
    HI Cindy,
     
    If you love soup, have you tried adding an egg or 2. SO simple...just "poach" it within the soup when the soup is reheating. YUM!
     
    Also, I found when I focussed too much on the "eat lots of protein" I found I got really sick of the meat. Then when I read something along the lines of "you should be eating more vegetables than a vegetarian" I realised that the meat was only part of the equation and everything was so much better. Vegies, herbs, spices and yummy fats,  became the main feature of the meal and the protein was the "condiment"...it boosted flavour and certainly helped keep me full but it wasn't so daunting to be focussed on just another piece of steak or chicken.
     
    Hope that helps a little,
     
    Cath
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    Cath J reacted to ErynRNY in Sept 15th start date   
    Good luck, Cath, and feel better! Whole 30 with bronchitis and a little one to run around after? I don't know if I'd survive!! LOL
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    Cath J got a reaction from cindys in Protein ideas for breakfast & lunch ?   
    HI Cindy,
     
    If you love soup, have you tried adding an egg or 2. SO simple...just "poach" it within the soup when the soup is reheating. YUM!
     
    Also, I found when I focussed too much on the "eat lots of protein" I found I got really sick of the meat. Then when I read something along the lines of "you should be eating more vegetables than a vegetarian" I realised that the meat was only part of the equation and everything was so much better. Vegies, herbs, spices and yummy fats,  became the main feature of the meal and the protein was the "condiment"...it boosted flavour and certainly helped keep me full but it wasn't so daunting to be focussed on just another piece of steak or chicken.
     
    Hope that helps a little,
     
    Cath
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    Cath J got a reaction from ArcheoGator in Pressure Cookers   
    I just bought a breville combo slow cooker and pressure cooker combo and absolutely love it. It has a sear function to brown meat before slow/pressure cooking and if I'm short on time I'll give the meal a quick 15min pressure cook before switching to slow cook. It also has a steam function but haven't used it yet. I definitely recommend it
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    Cath J got a reaction from ArcheoGator in Pressure Cookers   
    I just bought a breville combo slow cooker and pressure cooker combo and absolutely love it. It has a sear function to brown meat before slow/pressure cooking and if I'm short on time I'll give the meal a quick 15min pressure cook before switching to slow cook. It also has a steam function but haven't used it yet. I definitely recommend it
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    Cath J got a reaction from praxisproject in First Whole30 October 19th   
    Hello!
    I'm starting today (oct 19, new Zealand time) too. I've been dabbling in primal/paleo for about a year now but certainly not strictly...I have a 3mo and when pregnant/breastfeeding and hunger hits sometimes the closest food has to do. On the positive though the healthier eating has given me great milk supply so my boy sleeps through the night. I have to go off dairy and gluten to feed him anyway (like my other 2 boys he gets eczema when I eat them) so it's the perfect time to go the full hog and do a whole30. Like you, wine is definitely my weakness so have to find a substitute wind down habit.
    Good luck for your first weekend,
    Cath