AprilS

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About AprilS

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  • Birthday April 9

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    Female
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    Oklahoma
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    Cycling, road bike and cyclocross. I love to cook and I am an attorney.
  1. AprilS

    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    I can relate to all this! I've been waking early, and I have had momentary yearnings to go out for a normal dinner with a glass of wine for the fun of it. But I used the same technique, visual another strategy, and think about long term vs short term pleasure. I have been reading a lot on Melissa's blog about life after W30, to prepare for when the time comes. Well done mdraeger!
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Day 22! Yay! So happy to have made it this far. I have just come through some major life stress, and didn't know if I was sufficiently recovered to tackle this challenge. So, this is a good sign for me. I am continuing to address emotional eating and habit eating issues by focusing on three meals, no snacks. I am learning to listen to my body and respond to what it is telling me. I am learning how much food is enough to get me to the next meal without being too much. I find that if I stop using food for non food needs (i.e. rest, entertainment, comfort) then I can see what I really need and give that to myself. Otherwise, if I eat when I need something besides food, I am never satisfied. This process is hard work! I am not overweight by the way, but its bc I have fought this issue my whole life. It is a miserable way to live. I am sick of fighting emotional dependance on food and am happy to be finding freedom on W30. It is definitely worth the effort.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    This week I made Meat Loaf with oven roasted new potato wedges and Italian green beans Shrimp in garlic butter with basil over spaghetti squash Gyros salad from Well Fed. Yum!
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Day 19! The first time I did a W30 (W60 actually) I focused on what I ate and was 100% compliant. This time through I am focused on the emotional dependance on food, so I am focusing also on when and why I eat. The first time, I did not change bad habits, just substituted compliant food. This time I am giving up using food for anything but food. So I am sticking to the template 100% (when, why and how much I eat) as well as being 100% compliant with what I eat. What this has done is that it has taught me to listen to my body about hunger and fullness and to my heart about what I really need. Maybe I have a need I suppressed with food, but now I want to listen find out what I really need and get that. I think that this healthy change means getting rid of physical cravings, emotional cravings and bad habits. This is a major life change. This is what I came for: Freedom, a healthy relationship with food, truth and love.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    AprilS, on 14 Jan 2016 - 05:25 AM, said: I now think of Whole30 as my treat, my gift to myself to improve my health I agree that W30 is a privilege, and something good I do for myself, but really Praxisproject? You want to take away my celebration? I just changed a major bad habit, and overcame a big challenge. That is a good time for a healthy reward. I think the point is to acknowledge success and learn to reward or soothe ourselves in non food ways.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Praxisproject, thanks for the encouragement! It really helped me to be accountable on this forum. I did it! I had previously written a plan for dealing with temptation. I started on the drive home to visualize myself making good choices and having self control. (instead of thinking about what treat I would like). I thought about how great I would feel the next morning, proud of myself instead of let-down. I started thinking about the inner child who wants a treat and needs love and discipline instead. Then I said it all out loud, i.e., what I really want and need, that I don't want to go back to unhealthy ways, that I want today to be day 14 instead of day 1. This was break through for me towards real change. I am glad to stay 100% compliant, but I am also very glad not to revert to emotional eating. And let me tell you it was a hard day. Not just sleep deprived, but frustrating encounters on many other fronts. So what I ate for dinner was a piece of steak w sautéed mushrooms, rutabagas, and mashed cauliflower w. bone marrow. WooHoo! Time to celebrate with a healthy reward, like a manicure or a massage. :-) PS, I backed off coffee yesterday from 3 cups back to 2. And I slept through the night, 9 hours, not waking once.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Ok, I woke up at 2:30 am couldn't get back to sleep. I have felt terrible all day. I'm at work so no nap. I have a 5:00 apt so I should be home by 6:00. I am anticipating that my defenses will be down and my desire for a treat will be up because of the stress of no sleep. So I want to plan now, on this forum, to just eat my dinner, no snacks, treats etc. Then curl up with a book for a bit and go to bed. Thank God I precooked some veg and precooked some steak in the sous vide. I just have to sear the meat and heat the veg. I'm think I'll have rutabagas, a sweet potato w ghee and a steak for dinner. Maybe an orange too. I'll let you know how it goes!
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Sounds like you are doing great, making sustainable changes and staying compliant. Melissa has posted a great article on "goal shielding." It said if we make too many goals or resolutions at once our brain focuses on the most important one and we sort of fail at the others. So the bottom line is if all you do is stay 100% compliant for 30 days, that is great! It is more likely to succeed than tackle a whole bunch of goals at once.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    I realized that I have an inner child who can be undisciplined with food, focused on the pleasure of eating. Before W30 it was in eating sugar etc. During my first W30 it was in emotional or undisciplined pleasure eating with healthy food. So I think it is possible to be 100% compliant with what I eat and still maintain an unhealthy use of food. This time through I am focusing on Love and Limits for that inner child who was not disciplined with food. I am as strictly compliant with how and when and why I eat as I have been with what I eat. I kill the sugar dragon by never giving in. Same with emotional eating or "thrill eating" as Meadow calls it. Change bad behavior by never giving in. Consistency is important in discipline and change. So it is as important to follow the meal template, as it is to eat 100% compliant food.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Hi Meadow! I love this, so very true. What I want most will always win in the end. So if I really just want to be self indulgent, my will power will soon wear out and side track me from healthy choices and results. But if what I really want is to be healthy, I will be able to sustain healthy habits and attain healthy results, because my heart is alway pulling me in that direction. Another example as you mention, I want to be a cyclist. So my decisions and my actions naturally fall in line. I might not ride every single day, but my heart is always pulling me in that direction. If I didn't want to be a cyclist, and tried to use willpower to force myself, it would be an uphill battle that was destined to fail.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Last night my kids went to 'Pie Night' at a local bakery famous for homemade pies and other pastries. They brought home a couple pieces of pie and some cookies. Fortunately I didn't see anything until after we had finished dinner. Also, I had made an extra yummy meal that night so I felt satisfied. I made Walnut Encrusted Porkloin (used toasted chopped almonds instead) and Beet Salad from W30. Both were amazing and the plate was beautiful. Also I make a creamy cauliflower soup with bone marrow that is very satisfying and 100% compliant. All that to say, I really had no craving for the pie. I am really glad it didn't come yesterday when I was struggling so hard. The pieces of pie were huge. When they had eaten all they wanted I rinsed the leftovers into the sink and down the garbage disposal. It helps destroy the 'charm' to run water on pie and makes a negative response to the food. 'yuck!' instead of 'yum!" But I ended up eating an RX bar after dinner. I know it is compliant, but dinner was over and I was not still hungry, so I would have been better off without it. The RX bar was OK but the eating behavior was not. I guess it felt like treat night and I wanted one too. Heads up for next time, I don't have to eat when people around me do. And it may be better to leave the table All in all, it was better than eating the pie.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Ooooo, I felt the same. Yesterday was day 8. I had a terrible unsatisfied feeling all day. I was not craving anything in specific, just felt crabby from resisting unspecified desire, and probably from being deprived of all my normal treats. Plus the weather is so bad here I can't get my usual endorphins from a big bike ride. I refused to try to pinpoint what food would scratch that itch and instead focused on why I want to conquer this control by unhealthy food. I read a quote from Meadowlily, "It is easier to resist the first desire than it is to satisfy all the rest." I don't want my brain chemistry to be hijacked by sugar, wine etc. So I did it! I made it through. I found that the thrill of victory trumps the thrill of indulgence. Whew!
  13. AprilS

    Talk to me about whole30 + cycling

    I am on day 6. Thanks.
  14. AprilS

    Talk to me about whole30 + cycling

    I am a long distance cyclist, normally riding 50-90 miles at 18-20 mph. I have been having trouble fueling. My legs are dead. I see the posts about eating enough carbs, and wondered the same thing, about hindering my body's ability to become fat adapted. I have no idea what to eat now. Or how much or when. I want to do W30 and I want to keep riding with my team. Help!
  15. AprilS

    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    can someone post a summary of pre wo and post wo eating? Is this supposed to be in addition to meals? thanks