Loulabelle

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    Loulabelle reacted to Sara Helene in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    Love your progress and your updates, thanks for sharing:)
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    Loulabelle reacted to cayenne in Food and mood   
    I already feel a bit better with no grains, alc, sugar and it has been only 2 days. No, I am not using this as a "log", but just as an update. I have to look at those foods in a whole new way-not just what they do to my waistline, but what they do to my quality of life. I like them, have a momentary minute of bliss, but certainly not worth the hours and days of anxt that comes with!
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from Physibeth in Day 21, no positive results so far, what's wrong?   
    You are not eating enough, not nearly enough, it is no wonder you are feeling so tired. Try also adding in some sweet potato or other starchy veg for carbs, they are wonderful for elevating mood and energy levels.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in Food and mood   
    Eating wheat turns me into a person I don't like, it makes me an apathetic, pathetic, anxious, depressed mess. Your gut is so closely linked to your mood & brain (it's often called the second brain) that it is no wonder food, sugar & alcohol can effect us in this way. 
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    Loulabelle reacted to Tom Denham in Any ideas for packed lunches within school rules?   
    The authorities are determined to save us even if it means killing us first!
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from JulieP757 in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    It's been another couple of months so time for an other update. I'm still eating W30 style nearly every meal, I don't really off road too much and when I do I don't feel guilty about it as I make a concious decision for everything that I eat. I do drink wine and or a couple of gins every weekend which I really enjoy. My energy levels are good and I can head out at lunchtime for a 30k bike ride and feel great afterwards. Afternoon slumps are really a thing of the past; my energy levels tend to be very consistent throughout the day. The only time I have problems is if I don't eat a proper breakfast! I cannot stress enough to any new people just how important this is, if breakfast is not good that is when my energy levels go screwy and I become ravenously hungry in the afternoon. 
     
    My skin is still doing fantastically, my eczema has little flare ups occasionally but nothing major. I'm still losing weight too, I jumped on the scale this morning to find I am at my lightest in many years but I don't really care about that as my clothes are fitting me wonderfully and I am buying some things in smaller sizes now. I never have to wear Spanx any-more :-) This slow and steady weight loss has been incredibly satisfying after the initial shock of gaining 2kg wore off and the reality of NSV's seeped into my conciousness. It feels like it is a proper, real & most importantly permanent change to where my body would like to be rather then where I wish it to be. So for all of you who are disappointed at not losing lots of weight in 30 days I can only recommend to be like Dory and just keep swimming, positivity and treating yourself to great nourishing food wins in the end. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from GAgal in Full Tilt Boogie   
    A sense of humour and intelligence are the two best qualities in a man. 
     
     
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from GAgal in Full Tilt Boogie   
    A sense of humour and intelligence are the two best qualities in a man. 
     
     
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    Loulabelle reacted to Kelli in Full Tilt Boogie   
    Meadow... do you find a sense of humor sexy? I sure do...
     
    One of the things I first enjoyed about DH was his sense of humor.
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    Loulabelle reacted to jmcbn in How much should I eat each day?   
    Yes, people gain weight. But they tend to lose body fat at the same time which is a great result - having traded up fat for lean muscle.

    Weight loss is not the focus of the program, and if your body is in a place where it needs to heal it's primary goal will be to do just that by using the nutritious wholesome foods you are feeding it. Or if you come from a back ground of calorie restriction your body will likely hold on to every morsel of food it gets and store it for fear of the next famine - until it realises that, actually, the food supply is plentiful, so no need to keep storing fat.

    People with medical issues, or a history of any kind of disordered eating often find that 30days is just not long enough to reverse those problems and they continue on until they see the magic start to happen.
     
    Just remember - it's a marathon, not a sprint.
     
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    Loulabelle reacted to Kelli in Full Tilt Boogie   
    Wow....had a rough couple of days. God pulled me through or maybe pushed.
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    Loulabelle reacted to GAgal in Full Tilt Boogie   
    Morning y'all. We are finally getting to go home today. It's been a long 8 days and I am so ready. It will be do much easier to take care of the hubs at home. And I am so missing real food. I'm gonna start with a W7 to reset. It may take longer and that's OK.
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    Loulabelle reacted to AngryPrincessTN in My First Whole30: The hardest most rewarding thing I've ever done   
    Several months ago a friend told me she was going to do a "Whole30". She's very much into cross fit and eating paleo. We are virtual employees of the same company and over the past two years have become close. She's listened to me complain about how bad I feel for a long time without any judgement whasoever. I don't know what about this conversation was different. But, there was something that just "clicked" in my brain. And, I started actually considering doing this crazy challenge.
     
    The truth is I really believe I was at my rock bottom. I was at my all time highest weight. I was sad and disgusted with myself. I was always tired. And, I'd had a couple of difficult conversations with my husband where he conveyed that he was worried about my health and that he missed the Margaret that he married. Frankly, I missed her too. My body hurt all of the time. I couldn't fall asleep at night. I couldn't wake up in the  morning. I had a headache every day. Sounds miserable right? It was.
     
    In June, we went on a camping trip with friends. Those friends asked my husband multiple times if I was ok. I wasn't interested in any of the activities because I was too embarassed to admit that I was physically too tired and unfit to do them. I hated the way I looked. I hated the way I felt. I just wanted to be alone. I downloaded "It Starts with Food" that weekend and read the whole thing.
     
    After that, I shared my plan with my husband. We were going to Chicago to celebrate my birthday July 23rd. I was planning to start Whole30 the Tuesday after we returned.
     
    I made a list of all my ailments (real and perceived) that day. See the bottome of post for Then and Now. The thing that success stories don't always include is that moment when you know you're ready for change. People talk about that "Ah Ha" moment without really explaining what it is. For me it was the fact that I knew this was going to be hard. It's strict and requires a lot of planning. Any other "diet" I ever tried began with me planning out my "cheats" and "justifications" for this party or that. I knew exactly what my social calendar had laid out in front of me and I didn't care. I wasn't looking for an easy way out or around. That's how I "KNEW" it was my time. I won't lie, I did almost throw in the towel that first weekend as I sat crying in my swimming pool because I couldn't have pizza. (It helps to note that I was extremely hornomonal as well). It is true what they say, once you get past the first week, it gets easier. After about 10 days I ddn't miss anything anymore except a cocktail with my friends That is the thing I missed the most.
     
    This is the hardest and most rewarding thing I've ever done for myself. I went into it knowing that I would lose weight. But, also knowing that's not why I was doing it. I did it because I wanted to feel better. I read all of these stories about how great people felt and I wanted that for myself. Now that I have it, I'm not willing to give it up.
     
    Does it mean I will never drink I Coke again or shun added sugar, dairy, legumes, and grains until the end of time? Probably not. But, it does mean that I will be selective and understand the consquences of those actions when I embark on the occasional indulgence because I feel 20 years younger in my own skin. And, that's worth it!
     
    Whole30 Stats:
     
    Pre Whole30 - Dry Skin
    Post Whole30 - Clear Skin
     
    Pre-Whole30 - Trouble Falling Asleep and waking up.
    Post Whole30 - I sleep great and feel refreshed when I wake up
     
    Pre-Whole30 - Left heel, hip, and back pain daily
    Post Whole30 - I'm in zero pain.
     
    Pre-Whole30 - Anxiety / Depression
    Post Whole30 - Less Anxiety and an overall positive outlook
     
    Pre-Whole30 - Always Tired. No Energy
    Post Whole30 - I have energy I don't know what to do with.
     
    Pre-Whole30 - Daily Headaches
    Post Whole30 - Ocassional weather induced headaches
     
    Pre Whole30 - Weight 273
    Post Whole30 - Weight 257 and 8" lost
     
    Pre Whole30 Cholesterol: 290 -  Extremely High
    Post Whole30 Cholesterol: 191 - Normal Range
     
    Pre Whole30 Triglycerides: 165 - Very High
    Post Whole30 Triglycerides: 139 - Normal Range
     
    Pre Whole30 HDL Cholestrol: 55 - Normal Range
    Post Whole30 HDL Cholesterol: 38 - Low (Not alarming and likely due to dramatic decrease in overall Cholesterol)
     
    Pre Whole30 LDL Cholesterol: 202 Extremely High
    Post Whole30 LDL Cholesterol: 125 - Near Optimal
     
    You'll notice that there is only one category that did not show improvement. But, beyond all of this data I can without a doubt say that I feel absolutely fantastic.
     
    I'm moving on to the next phase which includes exercise. I finally had my "Ah Ha" Moment. Now it's time for you to have yours.
     
    Margaret
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    Loulabelle reacted to SpinSpin in Full Tilt Boogie   
    Indeed I am! I am swamped with orders -- my best month on record so far! Never fails! But I am not complaining! I have written my customers and let them know that I am recovering from having been the hospital and I have gotten some very nice notes back :-)
     
    RE:Listening to your heart/body. I can attest to that. It is how I knew at 15 that I was going to marry my hubby. Walking across the quad, I saw him outside the class we had together, nose buried in a book. I stopped and I KNEW I was going to marry him. We hadn't even spoken to each other at that point. I just didn't realize that it was going to take so long TO marry him! I equate that feeling to the one line from when Harry met Sally, when they are interviewing the couples -- the one gal who said she knew about her future husband, like you know about a good melon. When I have listened to that small, quiet voice,  I haven't been steered wrong. When I have ignored it, welllllll things didn't end well. I refer to that small voice as the voice of God in my ear. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from cottagequeen in Full Tilt Boogie   
    So I am having one of the crapiest days ever so in very unlike me form I reached for some chocolate (dark and with no "bad" ingredients). I managed to stop eating it after only having half which is good for me as normally when I do this I would scoff the lot but now all I feel is nauseous and no better than when I started eating it. At least I didn't go for my old comfort food which was toast and lots of it so I guess in a way this is a very small victory that I don't need to repeat. Actually feeling like this is no victory at all, comfort eating even when done rarely solves bugger all.
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    Loulabelle reacted to cottagequeen in Full Tilt Boogie   
    and it was a learning experience for you. Examine it and see what all you learned.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from cottagequeen in Full Tilt Boogie   
    So I am having one of the crapiest days ever so in very unlike me form I reached for some chocolate (dark and with no "bad" ingredients). I managed to stop eating it after only having half which is good for me as normally when I do this I would scoff the lot but now all I feel is nauseous and no better than when I started eating it. At least I didn't go for my old comfort food which was toast and lots of it so I guess in a way this is a very small victory that I don't need to repeat. Actually feeling like this is no victory at all, comfort eating even when done rarely solves bugger all.
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    Loulabelle reacted to GAgal in Full Tilt Boogie   
    He seems to be improving after the second surgery. It's just gonna be very slow. Thanks for asking Kelli.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from LissFish in Full Tilt Boogie   
    Lots of prayers, love & light coming your way. I hope you find all the strength you need to get through this, take it one minute at a time if that is what you have to.
     
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from LissFish in Full Tilt Boogie   
    Kelli the Japanese green teas are a lot more subtle and delicate than the Chinese ones. Each brand and variety tastes different and it can take a few attempts to find one that suits you.
     
     
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    Loulabelle reacted to GAgal in Full Tilt Boogie   
    Thanks for the prayer everyone. He's out if surgery and is already doing so much better. He had a bleed.
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    Loulabelle reacted to MeadowLily in Full Tilt Boogie   
    It's another full moon.  I will be howling when the party is over with Lil Soph.
     

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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in rice bran oil and grapeseed oil   
    I had to read it twice myself. I only pointed it out as I was not sure if it was permitted or not so did it for the clarification.
     
     
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from cottagequeen in rice bran oil and grapeseed oil   
    Grapeseed oil is made from grape seeds, it's not rapeseed oil.
     
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in rice bran oil and grapeseed oil   
    I had to read it twice myself. I only pointed it out as I was not sure if it was permitted or not so did it for the clarification.