wvictoria

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About wvictoria

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    Philly Suburbs
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    Teaching and Healthy Living
  1. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    @linzeey28 You did exactly what you needed to do for your situation. Six years ago I moved to a new state and left all my friends and family behind. I love my life now, but I still desperately miss my family and friends. I had lost 47 lbs before moving to PA, and within 2 years here I had gained it all back. I think a lot of the reason was because I was dealing with guilt and depression wondering if I had done the right thing. Whatever your reasons for moving, make YOU your top priority. I only see my family once or twice a year--my children, my grandchildren, my sister and brother--it's really hard, but we use FaceTime all the time, text, call, email, whatever it takes to keep in touch. A big move like this is exciting, scarey, stressful, full of promise. I wish you the best of luck. Just do what you need to do to keep YOU happy. @amnblack I, too, have about 100 lbs to lose. I will be here as long as I can keep with it. (well on the new thread) @tuni Thanks for making the new thread. I'm heading over there to join right now. CONGRATULATIONS everyone! Good luck on your reintros or your continuing W30/45/60 journey. See you on the flip side!
  2. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    Here goes. After two weeks of not checking in, I have a lot to say. FIRST of all, I am SO proud of all of you/us who have gotten this far in our journey, and for those of you who didn't make the 30 day mark, I hope you learned something from the experience, and I wish the best of luck to you on your health journey. SECOND, I've had ups and downs these last 29 days. Here's a bulleted list of all the things I should have checked into the forum with: Cravings--not too bad. I went through a phase where I just wanted a sandwich, and walking through the bakery section of the story yesterday was tough. (but I hadn't had my lunch, and I was dealing with some hunger issues at the time) Sleep--WAY better. I go to sleep earlier (around 9:30), and my head barely hits the pillow before I'm out. I sometimes wake up to use the bathroom, but am able to go right back to sleep. When my alarm goes off (at 5:00), I am wide awake and ready to start the day. I'm even getting up around 6:30 on weekends. Energy--I wouldn't actually call it Tiger Blood, but I don't have the energy swings throughout the day. Focus--WAY better. I used to use adderroll for my ADD, but when I moved to PA 5 years ago, my doctor said that she'd rather see me try to control it with diet. I ignored her diet advice and have complained for 5 years that I need a new doctor who will prescribe adderroll for me. Guess what, seems she may have been right. Sometimes the SO says I'm too focused (I tend to hyper focus on my school work, and he doesn't like it when he's watching TV and I can't discuss what's happening in the show) Body Aches--getting better every day. I don't exercise. I do way too much couch/desk sitting working on schoolwork, reading W30 posts, looking for recipes, etc. I haven't had a headache since day 2 or 3, and my knees, back, hips are not as achy. (I actually used to dread bending over to pick up the cat's dish first thing in the morning because it hurt my back so much, but I noticed during the last couple of days that it's not a problem anymore) Cooking--it's a lot of work but except for explaining to SO why I can never do anything on Sundays, it hasn't been too bad. I enjoy making all the new recipes (but I don't like all the cleanup). I've found some weekly go tos. I'm loving Golden Cauliflower soup from "The Clothes Make the Girl," and the kahlua pig is a weekly staple now. Mood--I went through a couple of "Kill all the Things" days. My biggest complaint about mood is that I am hyper focused on myself, and I am not giving enough to the SO. I know this, I try to fix it, but right now in my life I am having trouble giving him the focus I should. (It might be easier if he was a little more interested/supportive of my health journey) Eating out--Friday nights used to be our "date night" to celebrate the end of the work week. One of our favorite places is an Asian buffet with hibachi and sushi. This wasn't a problem during the summer because I didn't mind cooking on a Friday when I was home all day, but when school started a couple of weeks ago, Friday was horrible. I was in a funk all day, and that night I stayed compliant but just grabbed enough food to stop hunger-not to enjoy. I grumped at the SO all evening and went to bed early in tears. I woke up on Saturday determined to do some research so we could eat out the next Friday. I worried all week, but this last Friday we went to Longhorn Steakhouse. I was terrified about what they were doing to my food in the kitchen, but I restrained myself from going back and cooking it myself. I had steamed broccoli (no butter spray), a dry baked, sweet potato, and the largest prime rib they had (minus the au jus and horseradish sauce). I'm still afraid that they did something non-complaint to that meat, but I ate it. The basket of fresh bread sitting next to me, the yummy dishes all around me, the molten lava cake the SO got for dessert--it all made me unjustifiably angry, but it was a step in the right direction. I survived it, and with a little more research I will learn how to know which foods I can have at different restaurants. Body/Weight--I've managed to stay off the scale and haven't measured, but I am really afraid that there hasn't been a change. My clothes are not fitting any differently. I have an apple shape with that big belly thing going on. My belly still sticks out farther than my boobs. Even though I'm trying to convince myself that weight isn't the way to determine success, in reality all the good that I've felt/am feeling is going to be easy to forget if that scale doesn't show a decent difference on Wednesday morning. Day 31--I'm terrified. I have not conquered my relationship with food. I've binged three times in the last 29 days--cantaloupe, watermelon, and grapes. Sure, W30 compliant-ish, but the binging habit is still there. Where I'm going from here. I'm going to continue W30 for at least another two weeks. My eating habits were so far out of control before I started that there is no way I can turn it all around in 30 days. I am just starting to feel comfortable with the foods and recipes, so maybe now I can spend less time focused on what I'm going to eat and spend more time really evaluating how and when I'm eating. I've been more focused these 29 days on staying compliant, and haven't always made sure I was getting the right portions of protein, veggies, and fruit. I want to focus more on that. I'm also wondering if salt is one of the issues. I'm on blood pressure meds (have been for 20+ years) and haven't been to the doc this month to have it checked. It does seem like I've been eating a lot of salt this month, though. I LOVE salt. I'm not getting it from processed foods anymore, and I've been using that as an excuse for feeding my body more sea salt. I'm drinking tons of water, so it should be flushing out, but that's one of the things I'll be more conscious of in this next phase. Wow, this is WAY long. Sorry about that. I should have been posting all along. I got caught up with back to school, trying to keep up my blog, and dealing with building contractors who have royally screwed up the new garage we had built. (It's going to cost more $$ because it can't pass inspection the way it is, argh) Anyway, lots of excuses for bending your ears for so long. Tomorrow is Day 30. One of my new goals is to stay/be active on this thread. Even if there are only 5-6 of us, we can still do this. If one of you wants to start an extended Whole30 thread, please let me know. I've enjoyed getting to know all of you (even if it was more like stalking you), and I want to keep up with your progress. Vicki
  3. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    I'm still here! It's Day 29, and I'm going strong. I've been having MAJOR anxiety about day 31, and my daughter and one of my friends both asked me what the people on my forum were feeling. DUH. I have spent the last two hours reading everyone's posts, and trying to get caught up. I'll be posting an update when I get through stalking you all.
  4. wvictoria

    Daily emails

    My day 15...no email here either. I also sent a message with no response
  5. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    Today was my first day back to school (teacher week), and I was super nervous--mostly that I wouldn't have enough to eat to get me through. I'm happy to report that the day was wonderful. I had way more than enough food, and a LOT of people were very interested in learning about Whole30. I started talking about it with a couple of people at my table, and pretty soon there were 10-12 people standing around listening in. We have 3 people at our school who have completed a W30 before and there are 2 more starting this week (after reading my FB posts) and 2 more who are ordering the book this week. I'm thinking about hosting a W30 potluck next month! I was exhausted when I got home (more going back to school than W30 related), but I didn't stress out about dinner because I had planned ahead and had a meal ready in 6 microwave minutes. On top of all of that, now that I've reached Day 8 I am starting to believe that I can do this! (But I still miss cheese)
  6. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    I've given myself a "Night In." I plan it ahead so I don't have to cook, I get in my comfy clothes, and spend the evening either watching a couple of movies or doing an "do it yourself" spa night.
  7. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    I am enjoying this group so much, but I hate that I don't have time to respond to everyone that I want to. I read the updates in my email, but I can only log into the forum for a few minutes in the evening. I've been keeping up with my blog, so far, but I know that is going to be more difficult when I return to work next week, too. I just wanted to congratulate all of your successes that I've been reading about. You are an inspiring bunch of fighters. We are going to wake up to day 7! 24 hrs from now we will have an entire week under our belts! I am really having trouble eating when I'm supposed to. I'm just not hungry at meal time, and when I force myself to eat anyway, I'm not enjoying it. But if I don't eat at meal time, I'm ravenous an hour later. I ate an entire canteloupe today. That is a reflection of my binging ways that I need to break. I have my to-do list for my big cook-up tomorrow. Hopefully I've planned some things that will bring me through the next week without getting too bored. Keep posting! You all Rock!
  8. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    Hang in there, everyone! I think most of us are having a hard time right now. Now is when we need each other more than ever. I just got a text from my sister who started on the 4th with me and my daughter. She is on a boat with clients with tons of party food, and she just texted me all proud because she has resisted everything and only had one tiny glass of wine. #facepalm. WHAT? She said she didn't have time to read the book and that she'd just figure it out as she went. Of course, I had to be the one to tell her that she was now back on day zero. If I didn't already want to Kill All The Things today, I might feel more compassion for her, but, come on already. Wine? Really? Read the book already! Okay, I'm better now. I had to vent somewhere. Thanks for being there. I'll go be nice now.
  9. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    Good morning! Welcome to Day 5 my friends. It's only 6:55 a.m., but I experienced the classic "Kill All The Things" scenario this morning. I woke up at 6:00 without an alarm, assessed how I felt--no headache, mind clear, ready for a new day--got up and started the coffee, smilled to myself because the BF was singing in the shower, sat down to check email, and all of a sudden I hated the world. I was angry that I was up so early on my last day of vacation. I was angry that the garage people didn't finish yesterday. I was angry that my son didn't join us in our online family game night last night. I was angry that the cat was hungry. AND, while I was filling up with all this anger, I had a hot flash. (I haven't had one of those ever since I started Whole30) It all hit me like a brick! There I was, sitting there sweating and on fire inside and out, and the BF comes out of the bathroom all smiles and "good morning, babydoll, what are you doing up on your last day of vacation?" Well, he wishes now that he hadn't asked that. I opened fire telling him that I was up because my life hated me (or something to that effect). He just looked at me, turned on a fan for me, and asked, "which Whole30 day is this again?" and it was over. I came back. It was crazy, though. I feel fine now, but maybe I'll take a nap a little later so I don't want to kill the asphalt guys when they get here to do our driveway.
  10. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    Welcome, Josie. I start school next week (teachers only), so I'll let you know how I do. I am nervous about packing enough to eat so I don't get hungry by the end of the day--especially during the first couple of weeks when I typically don't go home until after dinner time. I'm going to have to start carrying a huge cooler to work! My daughter made a really yummy breakfast "bar" type thing. I think it was from Well Fed, but I will check with her to find out. It's not enough to eat on it's own, but she said it was really filling and stayed with her through the morning. I'll post it on here when I find it. I'm SDH (so ... happy) with this group! Can't we nominate ourselves for best forum group or something?
  11. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    hahaha. I love this group! I woke up on Day 4 with HFHB! Holy...Headache, Batman! So much for thinking I skipped by the hangover phase. It's gone now, thankfully. I added some protein to my breakfast (leftover chopped salad from last night with about a pound of seasoned browned ground beef dumped on top. It wasn't fancy, but it was fast. I needed that because the builders were here at 7:00 to build our new garage. We have been waiting for this for a long time. Amish builders are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. And, guess what. Even with the headache this morning, I don't even feel like killing anyone...YET. Enjoy Day 4 everyone!
  12. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    I have not had any of the hangover symptoms so far. I had a bit of a headache on day 1, but yesterday and today I've felt fine--a little lethargic yesterday, but today, fine. I ate really horribly before I started Whole30, so I'm worried that it is just going to take longer for the healthy food to have an effect. I guess I can only take it one day at a time. I made it through the BBQ, but it was a LOT harder than I thought it'd be. Unlike the quotation in ISWF, this wasn't something I could go and buy myself or get at a different time. My principal spent the entire day grilling a beef brisket. I had never had it, it smelled sooo good, and it looked delish as did the taco dip and other things that people brought. Even though I had plenty to eat with my burger patties, chopped salad, and fresh fruit, it was absolutly painful to sit there and see and smell that food for 5 hours watching and listening to everyone talk about how good it was. Okay, thank you for letting me get that out. I'm better now because I stayed strong. Luckily not every day includes BBQs. I'm excited about spending the day in the kitchen trying out some new recipes tomorrow while I watch the builders put up our new garage. I'm hoping that the excitement of the garage will help me not Kill All The Things! Congratulations on making it through Day 3 everyone. Hopefully we all get through tomorow without actually killing anything or anyone. (If you do, please don't post it on here) :-) Vicki
  13. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    Hello Day 3! I am so glad to have all of you sharing your stories, struggles, and triumphs. Thank you @Beli for letting me know that I'm not alone with the getting stuffed/feeling hungry cycle. I did go on quite a binge the week before I started, so that's probably what I'm fighting. I have to figure out more food ideas. I am already sick to death of chicken thighs, and I used to love them. I guess eating them every meal for the last 2 days wasn't a very good idea. I still have like 8 left in the fridge though. Maybe I'll cut them up and freeze them. We have a leadership meeting/BBQ at my principal's house this afternoon. I'm making a big chopped salad with vinigar/oil dressing and bringing my own protein. Most of the people who will be there already know I'm doing Whole30, so that will help hold me accountable. I'm not worried about cheating-I'm worried that just seeing the "can't have" foods will make me grumpy.
  14. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    My day 2 hasn't been too bad. I was awake with a headache a lot of the night last night, but it went away once I was up and around. My biggest problem yesterday and today is my meals. I make myself a great meal, but I get full 1/2 way through. I mean FULL as in STUFFED. So I stop eating because I don't want to continue to stuff myself and get sick, but then about an hour later I'm having hunger pangs. I really focused during lunch and dinner today to eat slowly, but that didn't seem to help. Anyone else having this problem? Suggestions?
  15. wvictoria

    August 4 Start Group

    Here's a great blog entry about links between cravings and stress. Check it out. http://www.paleofx.com/blog/stress-and-cravings-why-changing-your-food-isnt-enough