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  1. maggief

    July 15th - Support Thread - Kick Off Day :)

    Sounds like a great day 1! You're off to an awesome start. I'm starting on the 15th as well, though the day has only just started here in Washington, D.C. My day is so far, so good. I don't know why but I love salads for breakfast -- I had ~7oz tuna, 4 cups broccoli slaw, juice of a whole lemon, and half an avocado. Decaf coffee coming up as soon as I can step away from my desk Thanks for sharing your day! Keep up the great work.
  2. Hi everyone! I'm starting today as well. I love that we've got this great team starting mid-month -- I was nervous I'd be on my own! I'm so inspired by your stories and am so happy we'll be able to support each other along the way. Good luck and big hugs all around
  3. maggief

    July 15th is day one

    Hi Randy, and welcome! Good luck to you and your fiancee! It sounds like you've got a great plan in place -- preparation goes such a long way! -- and the support you'll give each other is invaluable. Can't wait to hear how it goes
  4. maggief

    Starting July 15 - Whole 30 from a Cornfield

    Hi Oriana! Welcome to the Whole30! Reading your summary felt like reading my own starting point when I did my first Whole30 in 2010 -- especially the "bad" and "ugly." Trouble sleeping, bloating and terrible stomachaches, weight that wouldn't budge, skin problems, etc. My best advice to you is to not focus on the weight and really focus on digestion and sleep. I didn't realize quite how much those things negatively impacted my quality of life until I got them in order. I also can't help but wonder if the meat aversion and the skin problems are related to digestion issues. I second the vote for digestive enzymes (I took HCL and it made a huge difference) and you might find that foods with probiotics and gelatin help (raw sauerkraut, bone broth, etc). Great idea to get tested for hypothyroid! Also, the W30 isn't always an easy process and sometimes things take longer than 30 days to heal. Just be patient, and never lose sight of the "Good" list -- which I would venture to call a "Great" list. Be proud of your successes and use them as a reminder to help get you through any tough moments
  5. maggief

    Starting tomorrow July 15th

    Good luck to both of you! I'm on Day 1, starting today as well. I'm glad to see we have a good little group of mid-month starters, looking forward to hearing about your progress! @amobailar -- Congrats on the amazing transformation you've already made and on your commitment to maintain and keep improving your health! @mydisciprin -- I had a similar problem periodically binging on coconut butter and almond butter, and some people kindly pointed out that it could be a result of under-eating for my energy requirements. You clearly get a lot of activity so make sure you eat enough! The program has guidelines on pre- and post-workout nutrition -- mini-meals, so to speak. I know you probably consider the cycling to be your commute, but it's still exercise so make sure you're fueling enough every day, all week long. Don't count on making up the energy deficit on weekends only. Good luck!
  6. Last week, I completed my Whole30 Whole82. When I started the program on Sept. 1, it didn't feel like a huge stretch since I was already eating Paleo and feeling great for about 10 months. I didn't cheat, rarely indulged in Paleo-fied treats, and apart from the occasional glass of wine, piece of dark chocolate or grass-fed butter in my coffee, I was pretty close to W30. My decision to go whole-hog with the Whole30 essentially came down to one thing: I wanted to lose weight. Yes, my primary goal on Sept. 1 was to lose weight/inches. I did have other goals, too — stop snacking on nuts and pretending it's a meal, sleep more, clear up my acne, attend at least one Paleo seminar or social event, continue CrossFitting — but I'd be lying if I said wearing a smaller pants size wasn't at the top of my list. Overall, I had positive results, though not exactly in the way I expected. You see, even after 82 days, I didn't accomplish all those goals. But — BUT — there were “bonus†results! And like any self-respecting bargain shopper, I never say no to a bonus. Good things, things that went beyond weight and food and pant size, happened over the last 2 1/2 months. Let's evaluate: BODY COMPOSITION: Mixed results. Womp, womp. This goal had… let's say it had mixed results. My starting weight on Sept. 1 was 160#. By Day 30 it had ballooned to about 168# (!!) and I was hulking out of my clothes. By Day 82, I was back down to 163# and fit into my clothes. I don't know if I should consider this a gain of 3 lbs, or a loss of 5 lbs… Or just “no change.†Bonus: At 160# on Sept. 1, I hated my body. Those might sound like harsh words, but harsh words were exactly what I had for myself. Too fat, too slow, too big, too small… never good enough. This inner dialogue was peppered with comments I'd never dream of saying to anyone else, but I was putting myself down repeatedly day in, day out for years, without even noticing I was doing it. It was only in filling out one of the Whole30 Daily worksheets that I realized how low my self-esteem had become, and I resolved to do something about it. “Stop being mean to myself†is a weird goal. There's nothing concrete to measure; it's the opposite of a number flashing on a scale. To tackle it, I started writing down each instance of negative self-talk. I intended to look for patterns, to come up with a way to use positive reinforcement, like a mantra to counter-act the meanness. But I never had to. It was almost like every time I put my passing thoughts into words and onto a slip of paper, I was able to let them go. This letting-go essentially boils down to treating myself with respect. I was respecting my body by giving it good food, so it only makes sense that I would respect it with kindness and forgiveness as well. This “bonus†is worth more to me than losing 10 lbs would have. COMPULSIVE SNACKING: Success! I've always had a problem with binge-eating. Even going Paleo last year and cutting out snack-type foods didn't do much to help. If anything, Paleo just concentrated my snacking focus on one food: Nuts. I was easily polishing off a 14-oz container of almonds or a pound of pistachios in one sitting. Oftentimes, I'd call it dinner, though there was nothing nutritious or meal-like about my habit. I cut out nuts on Sept. 1 and after the first few days, I didn't even miss them. I actually eat real meals now. That is huge. Bonus: To keep this from entering the realm of TMI, let's just say that my stomach is much happier without all those nuts. SLEEP: Success! I've been a bad sleeper for as long as I remember, and it seemed to have gotten worse last year when I switched from a regular 9-6 work schedule to one that requires me to be up by 4:30 a.m. and “on†indefinitely. I never fully adjusted to sleeping earlier at night and for months was running on 4-ish hours during the week and maybe 7 hours (at best) on weekends. The sleep was slow to arrive and fitful once I did manage to doze off. I couldn't do anything about my work schedule, but I wanted to use the W30 to re-set my body clock so that I could get the best sleep possible under the circumstances. For more than a month I didn't see any improvement, but slowly, very slowly, my sleep got better. I forced the issue by taking a magnesium supplement and melatonin before bed each night. I also cut out all black tea and coffee (even decaf), and for the last three weeks, I have been meditating in bed at night to lull myself to sleep. And all this has actually worked. I can now fall asleep pretty easily, stay asleep through the night, and log about 7.5 hours during the week and almost 9 hours some weekends. (Note: I used the melatonin temporarily and can now fall/stay asleep without it.) ACNE: Slightly improved. Ugh. We'll put this in the mixed results category. To summarize, I'm one of many women who has adult-onset acne. We're not talking about little spots popping up one week out of the month. My acne is full-blown, painful and cystic, definitely hormonal but not clearly linked to any point in my cycle. Changes to my diet have resulted in some improvement, though I've noticed the greatest change in the last 30 days or so. Cutting out nuts and switching to the oil cleansing method has made a noticeable difference: instead of giant cysts that last 1-2 weeks, I get smaller zits that clear up in a couple of days. I've also noticed that eating a lot of eggplant, which I love love love, makes breakouts worse. Clearly there's more tinkering to be done diet-wise. Bonus: I'm really loving the oil cleansing. My skin is softer and less inflamed. The products are cheaper. And they're chemical-free, which honestly just feels right given my Paleo lifestyle and increasingly hippie sensibilities (I'll do a fuller post about my skin soon.) PALEO SOCIALIZING: Success! I attended a Balanced Bites workshop, and had several lovely dinners/lunches out with ladies from a local Paleo group called the DC Meat Up. Bonus #1: New friends! This goal was intended to be something educational, which it totally was, but the best part is that I've made a bunch of new friends. Bonus #2: My blog. I don't really talk about Paleo with people I know — most of my friends and co-workers don't know anything about how I eat — so finding a community built on the concept of eating real food has been eye-opening and inspirational. CROSSFIT: Success! I was afraid to set specific strength/performance goals, so I just made it my mission to stick with CrossFit and attend class on a regular basis. I knew I wouldn't mess that up and I was right: I successfully worked out most days, always logging at least 3 days/week and more often 4-5 days/week. But that's not all… Bonus #1: Completing four running races — an 8K, a 5K, a 10-miler and a 5-miler — without training. Bonus #2: PR-ing on my back squat: 175#. Bonus #3: Being able to do proper “men's†hand-release push-ups in a WOD. Bonus #4: Graduating to the 16kg kettlebell. Bonus #5: Beating all but one of the guys (and all the girls) in a rowing WOD and getting a pat on the back from my coach for my “solid†stroke. Bonus #6: Finally (finally!) stringing together double-unders! OTHER: There is a final “bonus†result that isn't actually tied to any one goal but is still worth mentioning. Doing the Whole30 pushed me to go after a nagging but pretty serious health issue that I've been ignoring for the better part of the past year. I don't want to get into details because it is a bit complicated, personal and still not resolved, but I'm working with my doctors and a nutritional therapist to try to sort it out as soon as possible. True, the Whole30 didn't correct the problem. I know that the issue might have nothing to do with what I eat. But the program gave me the courage to try to fix a problem instead of ignoring it and hoping it would just go away. Just because something seems hard or scary or impossible — whether that means learning to live without bread or solving your personal medical mystery — doesn't mean we shouldn't at least try it. As Dallas and Melissa say, the Whole30 really might change your life.
  7. maggief

    I Believe, and Now Is the Time

    Incredible success story! I started doing excited fist pumps in the air as I read this lol. So happy for you, keep up the awesomeness
  8. maggief

    First Whole30 starting Oct 2nd! :)

    How did your first day go??
  9. maggief

    Starting Sept. 1 Whole 30 -- buddies?

    Jaylee, this is amazing! Congrats on all your successes!
  10. maggief

    First Whole30 starting Oct 2nd! :)

    Good luck!
  11. maggief

    Beginning Whole30 today! (Oct. 1)

    Hi everyone! So happy to see fellow October W30-ers! I started my W30 in Sept and decided to continue it this month. Still have plenty to work on -- specifically insomnia, persistent acne, body composition, and hormonal regulation. DeAnn, I love this! Such a good mantra... and inspiring me to make myself a cup of peppermint tea Good luck this month! So funny about the coconut milk! I haven't ever refrigerated it, but I've read in recipes that the cream separates from the liquid if you refrigerate it... Maybe the cream is what floated to the top? Lol. I'll have to remember that. Good luck with your W30. I really hope it helps with the RA. Keep us posted
  12. maggief

    Starting Sept. 1 Whole 30 -- buddies?

    Hi everyone! I had mixed results on the W30, but I met every goal I set for myself so I'm feeling proud. Yes, some things are still a work in progress (sleep, skin, pullups) and there were some unforeseen negatives (non-muscle weight gain, increased stress at work, etc.). Still, I nourished my body and made myself a priority this month, and I'm feeling good overall. The details of my progress, setbacks, body comp, and plan for extending this W30 are over in my daily log if anyone is interested, so I won't re-post it here. Hope everyone finds continued health and success, whatever your choices may be moving forward!
  13. maggief

    Starting Sept. 1 Whole 30 -- buddies?

    I'm definitely considering extending my W30 past 30 days. I don't particularly want any non-compliant foods, but I'm conflicted about whether I should try reintroducing some foods or making adjustments. And I don't know if I should set a specific length of time - such as decide in advance if I want to do 45 days, or 60, or something else -- or just ride it out and see how long I can go. I looked at my calendar and I don't have anything coming up where I might be tempted with a cheat/treat until Thanksgiving... I figure I have a few more days to decide. Anyone have thoughts on how to proceed? Glad to hear you're feeling better Jaylee! And congrats on getting your husband to join you in the next round
  14. maggief

    Starting Sept. 1 Whole 30 -- buddies?

    Hi Svetlana! I'm so sorry to hear you're not experiencing that famous W30 "high" -- but rest assured you're not the only one struggling. What kinds of cravings are you having? Are you keeping a food log in the forum or on your own? I wonder if the fatigue and cravings and mood issues are a result of not eating enough. If you'd like to share your meals for a given day, I'm sure fellow W30-ers and moderators could chime in with suggestions. Also, how are you sleeping and what are your stress levels like? All of that can be contributing to the lackluster mood and energy. Don't worry about exercising until you can get your food, sleep and stress levels under control. No need to make this any harder! Anyway, please don't give up! Hopefully we can help you figure this out.
  15. maggief

    Starting Sept. 1 Whole 30 -- buddies?

    Also, I saw this great quote on someone else's log (I think Kaye is the originator?): “Don't get so focused on the 'results you're hoping for' that you overlook the good things that are happening RIGHT NOW. So yeah, you had a bad day - I'd be unhappy too†I really need to remember this advice when things get tough. So so true -- on the W30 and in other aspects of life. Mental note made!