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  1. jump4life

    Starting December 1st

    Hi friends! Reading through my Whole30 Daily's for Day 0, 1, and 2. If this is your first Whole30 I highly recommend enrolling in the daily emails... it is a great way to learn (or be reminded) about particular parts of the program and the daily reading is great for inspiration and renewing focus. I was reminded this morning about setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time bound) and making them public for accountability. I looked back at my logs for my last Whole66 and I did achieve most of my SMART goals! So I think this process works and I am going to use it again. Here are my 3 goals for this Whole30: Nutrition: I will notice and write down any triggers or challenges that lead me to think about non-compliant food choices. I will write down 3 specific ways to deal with each trigger or challenge and keep a record of how those work in each situation Active Recovery/Rehab: I will continue w/PT through this Whole30 and will do my PT work every night. I will do a 15 min active transition before and after running. I will do the Yoga for Runners DVD 4X during this Whole30 Exercise: I will run/walk 5k 3X week using the HR monitor to stay in my metabolic zone. Jill 1X week. I can earn an additional day of exercise by completing all of my active recovery for the week and having a full rest day in between. Hope everyone has a great day!
  2. jump4life

    Starting December 1st

    Hi friends! I recognize a few names and stories from my earlier times on this forum and am looking forward to getting to know the others. I have done one short Whole14 and one long Whole66- really pushed me into a new lifestyle and taught me how great this body can feel! I have been doing really slow reintros since October and doing quite well at maintaining a 90/10 approach. I thought I was going to be starting another Whole30 in January........However in the past few weeks the Sugar Dragon has re-entered my life... and this past week I have ended up closer to 10/90 and have even eaten Skittles (yikes!!!) I need to be really strict again to remind myself of the value of all of the mental and physical benefits of Whole30. Waiting until January seem counterproductive... so this is Day 1 of my third Whole 30! I expect it to be both easier and harder than my first few rounds... easier because I know the routine,, and am already stocked/compliant in my kitchen, and will probably have fewer "side effects" . Harder because it will be going over the holidays and the food environment will be challenging. I am glad there is an active group for support leading into the holidays!
  3. jump4life

    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    The best kind of success..... my sister called today and told me she has started a whole30.... life is good! Our goal....to get our dad (who has RA) to ask us about our eating plan by Christmas.......
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    On the subject of yoga…. I just rejoined a yoga class on Fridays at lunch time at work. I call the teacher a yoga nazi because she is incredibly picky on form- which of course I complete appreciate. She spends about the first one third of the class having us do a series of hip and shoulder opening moves that are brutal because all of us are so closed up from sitting at our desks all week. It is simultaneously the hardest workout I do and the most reenergizing. By the time the class is done I am feeling loose and the tensions of the week are just memories… and my Friday afternoons are productive and peaceful. On the subject of cats…. We have two TSK (Tiger Stripped Kitty, female) and MAK (Marble Allen Kitty, male) – yes they were named by my children when they were young. My husband and TSK are having a long standing affair. Every night as he heads to the stairs, she runs ahead of him and looks over her shoulder with a “come hither” look as she climbs ahead of him. She prowls restlessly around the bedroom until he gets in bed and then stretches herself on his chest and starts purring… he is asleep in minutes! If it wasn’t so adorable I would be jealous. On the subject of reintros- I have decided to go super, super slow. I will only be specifically be reintroing wine, lentils, GF oats, 85% dark chocolate, and grass fed full fat greek yogurt. I will take my time to reintroduce each one, while trying to maintain Whole30 for all else. After that I will loosen my restrictions on GF beer, sugar/honey/maple syrup, other non-gluten grains and legumes when I am dining out but not deliberately bring them in house.
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    Good morning friends! This is the first morning in a long time where I am back to my cozy habit of catching up on this thread first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. Cooler weather is definitely here to stay and I am under the covers with a sweatshirt this morning- I love fall! I am going to go back and catch up on all of the posts I have been lurking around but not having a chance to followup on. Hi Higs! so good to see you popping in to say hi! Loved the slam poem- I can get into one of those internet loops "chain watching" slam contests.... especially on Button Poetry.... here is another one (not quite so uplifitng, but really makes think)...."we are taught to shrink.... weaving silence between the threads... how much space she deserves to occupy... inheritance is accidental" Hello Callie! I know I am late to the welcome party but good to meet you. Fran - she is adorable. Love, love, love the silky gingered zucchini soup- we quite possibly were making a batch at the same time on sunday! Meadow- from extra special three egg trucker breakfasts, to calorie creatures, to yoga cats, to reprisals from Dr Dave, to a bunch of catch and releases.... you are definitely the spice of this thread! However i couldn't like your last post because it activated my gag reflex... that one is just waiting for the catch and release update! Dave- good to see you and good to get to know you a bit better through Meadows reprisals. Is it weird to say I miss you even though I dont know you as well as some of the others here? Has the convertible been put away for the season? How is the decoys business going? Redbird (this name will take me a while to get used to!) - thanks for sharing your off plan experiments and back and forth decisions for post Whole100- such a real time view of how to navigate the real world and how to pay attention to how food is affecting you and so matter of fact... and thats that! I am also in the abstainer camp- and the Whole30 lifestyle fits that to a t! Deb- amazing- 5 months on the Whole 30 lifestyle. You are really an inspiration! Five Rhythms looks like a beautiful practice .... when I was surfing to learn what this was I came across Chackradance... and it looks like there is a practioner in LA if you are interested. Thanks also for Domestic Man... great site. Anne- wow the vacation spot looks amazing. I could almost feel the peace and hear the waves in the picture you posted. Did you take the bikes out for a ride yesterday? Laurie- hugs. Peace. My best to Steve. Nanny- Happy belated birthday! thinking of you with your orange bracelet and sending good thoughts to the universe for your surgery Sissy- I see you have been here watching... how are things? Hope everyone has a great day! Lynn
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    Hello friends! So today my Whole 66 is over and it was..... fine. Just fine. Nothing miraculous, nothing really changed, and I think that is good. My blood work was somewhat interesting- I went in hoping for an increase in my HDL (always low) and no change or a decrease in my LDL (usually a bit high but OK) Nothing changed. It was just fine. My triglycerides were the same as last time- just fine. My blood sugar was just fine. My weigh in was fine- I have lost ~16 pounds since I started Whole 30. I am very happy with that. I dont know what my body composition is because I have to go back on Wednesday for the results session. And that is fine- I can wait. I did better on every metric for the fitness testing - not by tons but all improvements. But the best things about today- I ate good food (still all Whole30 just because it was easiest) and I had lots of energy all day and I rocked my work out and I am in a good mood. This is the life -------and I didn't need the numbers to tell me that!
  7. Photomiss- First of all, you are so smart and so good to yourself to reach out for help right away when the scale is calling to you! Please listen to all the great advice here and let your Whole30 play out without the influence of the scale. I think especially for those of us who are significantly overweight and have tried for so long to lose weight, the scale seems like it could be an ally and a cheerleader. But really it is a frenemy.... the friend you used to have that you finally realize just takes too much energy to be around and makes you wallow in negative self talk etc. I want to share my battle with the scale during my Whole30 journey because I think it might resonate - and maybe help if that frenemy continues to whisper to you over the rest of your Whole30. I started my first Whole 30 on Aug 1. I had some stumbles along the way and restarted on Aug 15. On Aug 31 I decided I would continue through for a total of a Whole66 from my original start date because I still had one habit I had not shaken- the scale. This is what I wrote that day: In my Whole 30 Daily this morning I learned that science shows it takes 66 days to really form a new habit. So I am thinking of extending my Whole30 to a Whole66 (from my original start date of August 1). Not only will this help solidify the shopping, eating, fueling habits that are becoming second nature..... it will also give me another 30+ days to work on a remaining habit I just have not been able to shake. Confession time (please be gentle with me): I am still addicted to the scale. I am so close to not being classified as obese... just 2 more pounds! Every morning I think - you don't need that scale for validation, you know how you are feeling, you know that number does not show you all the progress you have made. But every morning I think.... "but maybe today is the day" So, I asked my husband to hide the scale. And this is day 31 of my Whole66. Just a few days later I wrote: My AWARE moment this morning.... before the scale disappeared I would not even take a drink of water before I would weigh myself! This morning I was thirsty waking up and by habit almost stopped myself from taking a drink...... and then I happily drank a whole glass sitting on my nightstand before I even stood up. And I thought my habit of weighing myself was no big deal! I was really good about not weighing in for several weeks, and it really freed my mind to focus on other parts of the journey. Then I got to a "milestone" - the end of my Whole30 from my restart date of Aug 15. Everyone on my support thread was going to be posting about weigh ins and other success metrics. My frenemy was whispering very loudly- actually it was shouting- "you need me, you need me"... and I gave in. This is what I wrote that day: I weighed myself yesterday since it was the end of my Whole30 1.5. I have lost quite a bit of weight (~13lbs) but I shouldn't have done it... I went right back into my hyper focus on the numbers. How much did I lose per week? Could I tweak things to lose more/faster? How much could I lose in the next two weeks???.... what is possible by Christmas???... how long until I reach my final goal.??? Forty minutes, two Excel charts and several graphs later I realized how far down the rabbit hole that one weigh in had taken me. The impact of this type of thought process was still with me all day.. kind of a downward spiral of negative self talk. So the scale has been banished again and I am contemplating giving it away. I liked the past few weeks better, where I was focusing on how I was feeling or how clothes were fitting or the great ways my body can move. yep - I have a lot more head work to do. Today is my last day of my Whole66. Tomorrow I will weigh in ---but not at home. I have decided that the scale is permanently banished here and I will only weigh in with my trainer or other professionals outside of my house. Here is what I wrote yesterday: My Whole66 ends on Monday with official weigh in, body composition testing, fitness testing and bloodwork. I am really excited to get all of the numbers, but trying to focus on how I feel as the most important outcome. And I feel really good! I am doing great in all of my workouts and through out the day with energy. But one of the best parts of feeling better is very subtle- it is in how I feel when I am just walking through my day- just going from the car to the next place, from my desk to a meeting, from the kitchen upstairs to the bedroom. Before this process it was as if my body were something separate...and not very well liked at that. Now I am in my body, and I like it!! I like how my body moves, I enjoy the feeling of these motions, I feel at peace and at home in my body just the way it is today. That doesn't mean I am done with wanting to lose weight, increase my flexibility, build lean strong muscles, or increase my endurance. It just means that I am able to really enjoy the behaviors right now that will get me to those outcomes in due time ---and that each and every step along the way can be savored as a good place to be, instead of just a marker on the journey. As you can see, when i gave myself time and space away from the scale, the magic of the Whole30 approach really worked not only on my body, but also on my mind. Give yourself that chance too! All the best to you as you continue your journey!
  8. jump4life

    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    Deb- to overcome the barrier for getting moving try thinking really small...... "Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, Solve Small Problems"- One Small Step Can Change Your Life- the Kaizen Way. The idea is that you move yourself into a new habit so incredibly gradually that it is virtually no effort. So starting an exercise program might look like: Today: Designate a space for your exercise clothes- preferably where they will be visible to you regularly. You dont have to put any clothes there ... just decide on the space. Day 1- decide what shoes you will wear when you exercise. Put them in the designated space. Day 2- decide what socks you will wear when you exercise. Put them in the designated space Day 3, 4, 5, - -------- decide the other clothes and put them in the designated space. Day 6- Decide where you would walk if you were going to walk for 10 min. You dont have to walk there, just decide. Day 7- try on all of the clothes and see how they feel. Take them off and put them back in the designated space. Day 8- put on the clothes. Walk outside. Walk back in. Take off the clothes and put them in the designated space.... Day 9- put on the clothes. Walk outside. Walk for 100 steps. Walk back in. Take off the clothes and .... You get the idea. By the time you get to day 21 or so you are walking 10 min, then by day 30 you are up to 15. Since you have done all the initial work so many times it feels routine and even the sight of the clothes in the designated space will be a cue for you to take the walk. It also works for things like sit ups/push ups/squats..... this week, do one of each every day. Only 1 per day- no more. Next week do 2 per day of each. Only 2 per day - no more. Etc... By this time next year you would be doing about 50 of each per day- and that is no slack exercise program!! Lynn
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    Meadow.... my very first confirmed "catch and release" post from you!! Now I am really a Dirty30 veteran! Lynn
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    Good morning friends! I have been crazy busy the past few days but lurking a bit and thinking of all of you in my absence! My Whole66 ends on Monday with official weigh in, body composition testing, fitness testing and bloodwork. I am really excited to get all of the numbers, but trying to focus on how I feel as the most important outcome. And I feel really good! I am doing great in all of my workouts and through out the day with energy. But one of the best parts of feeling better is very subtle- it is in how I feel when I am just walking through my day- just going from the car to the next place, from my desk to a meeting, from the kitchen upstairs to the bedroom. Before this process it was as if my body were something separate...and not very well liked at that. Now I am in my body, and I like it!! I like how my body moves, I enjoy the feeling of these motions, I feel at peace and at home in my body just the way it is today. That doesn't mean I am done with wanting to lose weight, increase my flexibility, build lean strong muscles, or increase my endurance. It just means that I am able to really enjoy the behaviors right now that will get me to those outcomes in due time ---and that each and every step along the way can be savored as a good place to be, instead of just a marker on the journey. I am ready for life post- Whole66. I am thinking and reading about re-intros now, but not quite sure what my personal plan will be yet. I am not really craving anything in particular, but am ready for loosening the restrictions and having more variety. Maybe legumes first - especially lentils and chickpeas, which are favorites. And maybe a little bit of SWYPO with compliant ingredients- i am thinking pumpkin almond pancakes in celebration of fall! I hope the relative quiet on this forum is just a sign that everyone had a busy week- Have a great weekend! Lynn
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    Ok last one from me tonight... Fran has sparked an idea with her question on magnesium Deb do you think you could roll your nutritionist training + foodee creds + listmaking genius do an NOD? Nutrient of the Day We could all pitch in and add learnings about the particular vitamin, mineral or phytochemical. We could suggest foods that have that nutrient and we could share if we supplement with that nutrient or not and why........
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    One bit of bragging from me today- I think I am finally (finally!!) experiencing Tiger Blood! We added swimming on Saturday- and I did the same number of laps as my husband (who was a high school swimmer and is still pretty good) We did 10 miles on the bikes on Sunday - and I set the pace and we averaged almost 13 miles per hour- which is a mile per hour faster than our best. And then today I had an awesome hard sweaty workout with my trainer ... during one set of punches she had me change dumbells with another person- so that I would have the heavier ones!! She was assigning me the "harder" sets that I have seen assigned to the people who have been with her for a long time. And, after almost 2 years, I was the example she was pointing to for a new person... "do it just like Lynn.." Can you hear me roar???
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    Good evening friends! Did anyone else have issues with the site this AM... I could not log in and frankly was having withdrawal symptoms all day! I really love checking in on everyone's updates. Fran - I take Nature Calm magnesium and use 1tsp in 6-8 of water with no digestive issues. Good sedative as well. Check out these paleo friendly restaurants-- http://paleoporn.net/restaurants/chicago/ Whats paleo porn you might ask? Whole Stanley- since you seem to be our resident tea expert can you comment on Pu erh tea? I recently had chocolate puerh - oh my. Deb- those lemonberry cupcakes may be my first added sugar during reintros! I am about ready to change to an integrative medicine doc myself... no specific AI issues, just a desire to better understand supplements and maybe to some biohacking to understand which ones I am truly deficient in... Meadow- I couldnt like the post that talked about Lil soph and the chipmunks, even though I liked the rest of it... Whole Stanley could meadow use pu erh tea instead of coffee? meadow is the caffeine the issue? I like the point about maybe needing to abstain for the rest of our life from foods that drive us over the brink ... I feel like one gumdrop would put me knee deep in the candy stomping pile digging out the sugar from the dirt!! No gumdrops on my reintro plan. CC- thanks for sharing about the off roading... I was planning to end on Oct 6, do some limited reitros and then offroad for my 25th wedding anniversary at a B&B ... maybe not my best plan? Anne- I really need a good brussel sprouts recipe- please share! I did finally find compliant bacon at my Whole foods last week- it was so good!!!!! I need to cook it when the boys are not home- or better yet just buy two packs! Hope everyone has a great night! Lynn
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    Good morning friends! Much better wake up this AM, several hours later than yesterday- and no restless neediness except normal hunger for a delicious breakfast. My husband and I added swimming to our weekend routine yesterday! We are so conscious that this time next year we will be empty nesters. (Not that now is so different, since our son is so busy he is rarely home and when he is he is studying. ) We are deliberately trying to add active, common pursuits to our days now, so that we have distractions next year. This morning we also talked about volunteering (Habitat?) ... anyone else volunteer and have ideas? Anne- I so much appreciate your candor about what you are processing through on your journey. It sounds like we have been on the same roller coaster ride- sub in gum drops for jelly beans and you are talking about me. My parents have a bowl of gum drops out ALL THE TIME. In the past, every time I went to their house I would tell myself "only eat one of each color" or "only eat gumdrops if someone else does first" or some other such deal.... and of course a dozen (or two or three dozen) later i am hating myself and wondering if everyone else noticed how many I ate. The answer was yes they did! Last time I was at my parents, my dad not only commented on how trim I was looking but also about half way through my visit said something like... "you really all changing ... you haven't touched the gum drops at all! " My mom sent 2 packs of gumdrops with me to the grandkids when I visited my sister (this felt somewhat hypocritical, but they kiddos expect it now, something to think about more later) Not only did I not eat any, I actually forgot about them for the first two days! Anyway, I do really believe that Whole30 creates (allows? promotes?) mindset changes that make it effective and sustainable for the long haul. I guess that is the "whole" point, to transition from a Whole30 to a WholeLife. BTW played the "Free" song and my husband said incredulously "are you listening to The Who!??" (this would be totally out of character for me) It led to me sharing my early morning thoughts on free/freedom with him, which was also a bit out of character. thank you. sissy13- Knife Skills whohoo!! you inspired me to look locally to see if such a thing exists around me and it does... I am going to try to register for a class before Christmas. Do you think we start candy stomping as a new tradition for Halloween? instead of giving out candy, we encourage the kids to stomp on it and mix it with dirt! We have been giving out glow in the dark wrist bands instead of candy for years.. maybe we could give an extra one for every bit of candy they give up! nanny- good for you for questioning the results of the allergy testing.. no testing is foolproof so if you think that the essential oils were an issue definitely seek another opinion. Deb- interesting new avatar! One question from the NY time article on ten step Paleo..... no sugar in your diet but use sugar in your beauty routines?! I really doubt it! I had not yet read Paleo Manifesto so I have a new book to cross check that! meadow- you are poetic... I love your description of your trip into town, especially the part about "everything was golden.... the old fall haze is hanging low in the sky" do you know who the artist is for the tree picture you have in that post? You are also a font of knowledge- I have seen young coconut in my local asian store and wrongly assumed it was the inside of a very big coconut! CC- thanks for your wisdom- it is worth alot!! Seriously, having experienced people share their journey is so valuable. It makes me feel like you have cut a path through some tricky terrain and figured out what mental preparation and tools are needed. Most likely my path will be different but what you share can be borrowed and reapplied to the things I will face- its like the expanded dirty30 lifetime version of the Whole30 timeline! Happy Birthday and congrats on the Finish Wine- whats next on your bucket list? BTW, have you thought of tea instead of coffee- I particularly like Good Earth - it is naturally slightly sweet and full body so it doesnt need stuff in it. I also like Numi Pu erh Chocolate Tea! yummy! Higs- Alpenglow- lovely! What a beautiful natural reward for all of your preparation this summer. Good luck on your restorative fall with PT and foam rolling... please dont go too far away! Dave- thanks for the wise counsel on hunting for my son. His good friend has been hunting with his dad all his life and is giving him good advice... "take a intro hunter safety class first , get your hunting licence,, then come with us on a weekend hunting trip" .I like that the friend is not saying ... "just come with us and shoot stuff!" I like that this dad may be somewhat like you. For a long time we have been encouraging our son to widen his horizons- and it is happening in ways we didnt expect- so we are widening our horizons too! Laurie, cara123- good to see you still hanging around! Have a great day! Lynn
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    Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"

    Good morning friends..... Awake since 5:45 am .... very early for a Saturday. I was restless and needy in a way i cant really explain. I read through all of the posts -- thoughts and replies were forming but they seemed to be beyond my ability to put to paper at the time. I ended up surfing around the internet, seemingly aimlessly... but ended up with a "one word" theme of Free/Freedom. It is light now and I am feeling less restless! some of what I found below ....... Lynn "Freedom" by Zenos Frudakis. Lots of other views of the sculpture here. Very cool discussion of the other images hidden in the sculpture here. The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus More Ginny Owens... Free Turnin' molehills into mountains Makin' big deals outta small ones Bearing gifts as if they're burdened This is how it's been Fear of coming out of my shell Too many things I can't do too well 'Fraid I'll try real hard and I'll fail This is how it's been And you're free to dance Forget about your two left feet and you're Free to sing Even joyful noise is music.... Oh free from worry, free from envy and denial Free to live, free to give, free to smile!