LJG

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  1. LJG

    Cholesterol Concern

    Hello - I found this conversation trail very helpful. Last May, I had my cholesterol taken and my total cholesterol was 197 but my LDL was 132. I just got my results from a recent test and my Total cholesterol is now 242 with my LDL at 154. I have good HDL (69) but obviously my total is too high and has gone up 20+% in the past year. I have been eating primarily paleo (have done 3 whole 30's) since September and have not strayed too far off plan. I do eat 2 eggs each morning (organic, cage free) and have not been afraid of red meet (grass fed). I eat plenty of vegetables and have had only a taste or two of dairy since September. I have dropped some weight, but overall, it is minimal looking across the past year. I hate to even go to my doctor because she was not a proponent of this plan when I started. I was really hoping my blood would improve (since it was the high end of normal) so I am extremely discouraged to the point that I don't know what to eat anymore!!!!! I hate to go back to grains and low fat since I have really been enjoying my food and the quality of sleep I have been getting. Help!!!!
  2. LJG

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    So glad to see so many of us are still going strong on Day 9! I am still waiting for the amazing sleep to kick in for me. I have finally stopped getting up every hour to use the bathroom, but I have still been having very vivid dreams (not necessarily about food) and doing a lot of tossing and turning. I have seen a lot of posts about the well fed book so I am very interested in getting my hands on it. I have a few Paleo cookbooks and do use the recipes from the website a lot, but since I have read such positive feedback, I feel like I should give it a read The thing I am most proud of this go-round (this is my 2nd whole 30, the first one finished in October) is that I have yet to get on the scale. I did pre-weigh, took measurements, and took photos, but I have not weighed myself since. This is a huge accomplishment for me!
  3. LJG

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Welcome to day 3!!!! I have been waking up every hour or so the last 2 nights to use the restroom. The good news is I recall this stage from last time around and know that it will pass very soon and I will soon be seeing the best sleep of my life. Everyone has such great drive and determination. I am sure we can do this together! Have a wonderful day!
  4. Greetings and welcome to what I hope can become a central place for people who started on 1/1/13 to share experiences/questions/successes. I see that there are numerous people who started 1/1/13, but no central thread for us to gather. So we will see if this thread takes off. This is actually my 2nd whole 30. I did one back in September that actually lasted around 45 days. I have never in my life felt as good as I did after about 10 days in. I originally embarked on the whole 30 to ease some joint pain in my hips so I could run painlessly again. During the whole 30, the relief was so minor each day that I didn't notice the difference UNTIL the holidays hit and I gave way to wine and desserts. Even though at the time I didn't see the relief in my joints, the other benefits I saw way more than compensated for changing my eating. I historically woke up about 5-7 times a night. I was an awful sleeper my entire life, sleeping with ear plugs and and eye mask from high school on (I am now 40). After about 10 days in to my last whole 30, I actually slept through the night for the first time in my life. While I used to lie awake for hours before finally falling into a restless sleep, by the end of the whole 30, I was able to sleep without ear plugs. Even after adding sugar back in over the holidays, I still slept better (not as well, but better than before) and still haven't needed to use my ear plugs or eye mask. I also effortlessly lost about 12 pounds during those 45 days. While I used to be an avid exerciser, I pretty much gave up focused activity (still played a lot with my kids) in order to see if I could ease my joint pain. I saw a VISIBLE difference in the quality of my skin on my legs (less cellulite) after a week or so and my belly totally flattened. Even when I lost weight after my babies (50 lbs), I still never saw such a visible difference. I have never felt so fantastic. I was also a slave to the scale and while I can't say I followed the rule of not stepping on the scale during my first whole 30, I am totally following that rule this go-round. By the end of my whole 30, I was able to banish the scale and still don't get on it very often. I think the absolute best thing about doing the last whole 30 was getting rid of my additction to sugar (although I learned after eating it again, the addiction came back pretty quickly). It was such a relief to not have thoughts of sweets occupying my brain all day at work. It allowed me to focus on other things and as crazy as it sounds, freed up so much brain time! I have been looking forward to feeling awesome again and can't wait for all the first timers out there to be able to experience the life changing days ahead. You can do it! It is really not that hard. You will have difficult moments, but keep the end in mind. You owe it to yourself to see what can happen in 30 days. In the greater scheme of things, it is only a month. I totally went into my first whole 30 thinking it was just a 30 day experience. Now I know much too well how awesome I can feel so it really has revolutionized my life. I have not added back any grain or dairy - I don't miss it at all! But sugar is something I will have to watch my entire life. But it is worth it! Good luck to all and I hope you have an AMAZING day 2!!!! Laurie
  5. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    Hi Gibster! Glad you are back. It becomes harder and harder to stay connected and dedicated. I have fallen off track several times. I find myself doing great for a day or two and then go off track and have pizza for dinner with my kids (like tonight, for example). I know that 75-90% of the meals I eat are still a thousand times better than I used to eat, but I am afraid what I do with that one meal every few days is bringing me down. I am not sleeping as well consistently and that alone should be enough to pull me back 100% of the time. Every since I had chocolate at Halloween, the sugar dragon calls to me and I have cravings once again. I have been able to fight it most of the time, but I think I need another solid time period with no sugar to kick the habit again. I am afraid with the holidays and my son's birthday early December that I can't reasonably expect to go back to a full Whole 30 until the first of the year. So I guess I will try my hardest to stay compliant between "special occasions". I am also really working on improving my kids diets. Both of my boys have ADHD so I would love to see if any of the food they eat is really the culprit. It has been very hard because unless they buy into it, it becomes a complete battle. They do eat a lot of fruit and veggies, but they also eat a lot of dairy (tons of milk) and processed foods.
  6. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    Glad you are feeling better today Karabel! I did mass cooking this weekend (which has been my normal for the past several months now) and was very disappointed at a huge mistake I made. Sunday night one of the dishes I made was still hot so I had it sitting on the counter to cool and forgot to put it in the fridge before bed. I didn't see it in the rush to get the kids fed and out to school yesterday morning so I was pretty upset to find it when I returned home last night. Chicken that had been out for a whole day had to go down the disposal! I didn't even get to try it other than tasting the sauce Sunday night (yummy!) can't remember the name of the recipee but it had pineapple, peppers, chicken, coconut milk (of course) and lots of yummy spices - from one of Tom's recipees (I use his a lot). Looks like I will be making that one again next weekend!
  7. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    I am out $25 this morning but I have no candy left in the house My youngest son held out for $15 but my oldest gave it up for $10. I let them each keep 5 pieces. I started my W17 this morning too Karabel! I finished off the bottle of wine last night I had opened on Friday and am anxious to get rid of the 2.5 pounds I woke up with this morning... Crazy how excited I am to be eating totally clean again. While I didn't realize it at the time, the clean eating must have affected my hip pain more than I know because they have been hurting a lot more this weekend (no additional activity). So while I am not sure what the trigger was, I am looking forward to the pain decreasing again over the next 10 days. Hope everyone is off to a great start this week!
  8. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    Although I knew it before, I am 100% convinced now. While I don't seem to have any really bad reactions to any food I have I have reintroduced, I have ZERO will power when it comes to certain foods (sweets for the most part). It is really sad, but I have to either have no chocolate, or the entire bag. This Halloween candy is going to be the end of me. I tried to buy it from my boys but this year (of all years...) they have decided they really want it. My plan was to let them keep 5 pieces or so and then get rid of the rest. Instead, I have been partaking of it almost daily. And for me, that means more pieces than I can count on my two hands. I don't really know how to stop it. As soon as it gets in my head, I can't seem to do anything to stop it. I tell myself I will just have one piece but that never happens. I think I will up the prize today and offer them $20 for the candy. I must get it out of the house! As soon as Jan 1 comes, I will be starting another W30. If I can get the junk out today, then I will start tomorrow with a W? (however many days until Thanksgiving)... Ugh! I can just feel myself puffing back up from all the sugar/carbs. I am afraid to get on the scale because I may just cry. Hopefully you guys have done better at warding off the candy than I have
  9. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    Oh Susan that is real scary with the cholesterol! I haven't been tested in a while and while I like to believe what the book (ISWF) and this website say, a part of my brain still thinks there may be something bad with all the red meat and eggs... I am interested in getting my blood read as well but probably won't until the spring at my next checkup... Tonight was BAD!!! Actually, all day was BAD!!!! I gave in to the Halloween candy at work and felt so sick. I couldn't even eat my lunch. Then of course had no appetite for dinner but found way to eat candy in lieu of dinner too. Then some chips. Not good at all. I have to go back to the strict plan tomorrow. I feel rotten and will probably pay for it tonight in the sleep department too! Hope you all did better with Halloween than I did. And it is not over! I offered to pay each of my boys $10 to turn in their candy after selecting their top 5 pieces and while they originally agreed, they have since changed their minds so now I am going to have all this candy sitting at the house tempting me. I need to go back to W30 and RULE IT OUT! Hopefully I will be as strong tomorrow as I am at this moment...
  10. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    Glad you guys are still doing well! I was traveling last week and was able to still stick to clean eating with a few glasses of wine being the exception. Although I did go to a couple burger joints for lunch with co-workers and while I just ordered a burger with lettuce tomato and pickles, I am sure the beef was not grass fed and there could have been some oil somewhere on the grill... At dinner I was able to order premium ahi tuna and steamed veggies. I gave up on trying to eliminate eggs and nightshades and am just going easy with my hips. No runs in weeks... But, I am still losing weight slowly. I am down a total of 12 pounds now, losing 3 after the initial 30 days. I am not trying at all. I am eating when hungry and stopping when satisfied. I would love to still lose 5 pounds more or so, but I guess I will just see what happens since I am not putting in any effort in that area anyway. I am guessing that my weight will just stabilize when I hit my natural or healthy weight and I couldn't be happier. I love it! I am excited to go into 2013 without worrying about needing to diet! At some point (soon I hope) I will pick back up on the exercise but I guess it will have to be something easier on the hips. Have a great night!
  11. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    Happy Saturday! I had my first off-plan item last night. I had a very small glass of wine at dinner and boy did it taste strong! Not strong in the alcohol sense, but in the flavor department. I also had the tiniest nibble of a brownie and felt the same way. Like a flavor explosion in my mouth (and not in a good way). I think I remember food and wine tasting better than it does! I am about 10 days into the nightshade and egg elimination and am pretty tired of it and haven't noticed a thing. So, I am going to eat my most loved veggies again and enjoy some eggs for breakfast tomorrow. Maybe 10 days wasn't enough and I will feel different tomorrow, but I did use some crushed red pepper in the dinner I am cooking as I type. I also tried a Lara bar last night and it was so yummy! I was out and was strong (even though the glass of wine was pushing me otherwise) and did not have dessert so I bought one of the bars at the grocery and tried it. It was the cherry pie and it was delicious! I can't believe it was just cherries and nuts! I then was running around between my kids soccer games today and tried the lemon on in place of lunch. Again, delicious! I am going to have to be careful with these but oh my, they are good! I bought one of every kind that was compliant and will have to space them out and be careful. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
  12. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    Happy Monday all! I was not on the site at all this weekend so it was fun to read through everyone's posts and catch up. I still have yet to reintroduce anything since I have committed to at least 2 additional weeks of no eggs or nightshades. I haven't noticed any improvement yet (after 5 days) or any change at all from before. I had a killer cleaning weekend (included cleaning ceiling fans, floorboards, dusting and steam cleaning all rugs and carpets and regular weekly cleaning) so I am extremely sore in my hips today. I also got a massage and she worked my hips a bit. She suggested doing various stretches could help. Wouldn't that be ironic (but also awesome) if I went through a Whole 45 to find out that all I needed to do for my hips was stretch more? Ha! I would still be graetful for all of the knowlege and benefits gained, but it would be great to get rid of the pain and be able to eat my eggs and nightshades again! Hope everyone's week is off to a great start
  13. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    Greg glad to hear from you and it sounds like you have a great group of neighbors! Susan, I am also glad you are seeing benefits even if they aren't necessarily reflected in the scale. Karabel - I was probably 15 pounds above where I would like to be on day 1 and have about 6 pounds to go until to be my perfect happy. However, for my 30+ days I am going to try to not get on the scale. I have no idea of my measurements and did not take them on day 1 either. I think it is really cool that you are identifying foods that are good/not so good and am really looking forward to that part of the plan. I am also extremely impressed with your weight loss Monica! I gained 75 pounds with my first son and 45 with my second. It was a long road to lose that weight and did it mainly through weight watchers and tons of exercise. However, weight watchers quit working for me over time because it allows you to make bad choices as long as they are within your range for the day. That is where I learned to eat progresso lite soup and low point value lean cuisines so I could then have desserts. But, it served it's purpose in helping me lose many pounds about 8 years ago. On the side, I am now 1 day in to "egg free", but totally blew my nightshade-free tonight. After I spent the evening making a huge batch of chicken curry because I really had nothing to eat except my breakfast food (which I also ate today for lunch...), I realized I am an idiot because of course the red curry paste has red pepper in it! So, I ate it anyway and am just going to freeze it until I can determine if peppers are a problem. I then had to make some burgers so I have food for lunch tomorrow and laid out some salmon to thaw so I can cook that tomorrow night. Ugh what a waste of time and effort tonight! I love curry and didn't even bother thinking about the paste I have been using (it is W30 approved, but not nightshade-free approved). Lesson learned.
  14. LJG

    10-10-12 Graduates

    Love the new thread! I did my weigh in this morning for my "official" results and I lost 9 pounds. I am on Day One of my egg-free and Nightshade-free w30. For breakfast I had something I pulled from one of the approved websites the other night. It was ground beef with sweet potato and apples, cinnamon and cloves. It was pretty good and very fitting for the fall, but I am definitely going to need to find some more "meal one" receipees to replace my normal breakfast of eggs. Hope everyone has a great day!
  15. LJG

    Starting September 10!

    We did it!!!! Who'd of thunk? 30 days flew by for the most part. Congrats to Gibster and Karabel - hopefully you will keep us posted on how the post-W30 is going for you. Susan, that is very kind to offer a to be a buddy for the next few weeks. I researched different "Meal 1" options last night that don't include eggs and am hoping to do some cooking soon to prepare (but probably won't have much opportunity until the weekend). I will just struggle a bit the rest of this week, but I also struggled a lot with figuring out what to eat the very first week 30 days ago, so I know I can do it. I found a few that looked pretty good so I am anxious to try them. I also learned that sweet potatoes are not nightshades so that will make things much easier! Greg are you out there?? Too much of a girl fest again? Did you make it through and what is your plan for tomorrow? Congrats again to all!!!!