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    GintyGirl got a reaction from JennyH in Striving for optimum health...   
    Ditto! I totally understand the amount of stress a job search can put on you. I was in that boat just a few months back. Here's hoping you find a good one soon!
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Natalie.s.a in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    Yesterday:
    As I was getting ready for work I wanted to scream this from the rooftops: "I can finally fit into my dress slacks!" Of course I knew my neighbors wouldn't appreciate it. Really though, I was thrilled to pieces when I decided to try on some of my smallest sized slacks and they fit...and fit well enough to wear and be comfortable in! I know I'm young, but I'd always wondered if I could really get my body down to this size again or if I just had to let that go. I'm darn curious if I've lost weight, but I'll be a good girl and stay away from the scale until after day 30, even if then. Still....yay!
    Breakfast: Three scrambled eggs. Banana and almond butter.
    Lunch: My favorite natural resturant downtown had an interesting special: Almond Eggplant Quesadilla. So I decided to be adventerous and go try it. Asked for no cheese, no tortilla and no avocado (sorry, just don't like the taste of them). I suggested they just put it on some spinich. The nice helper lady said of course and then offered to add something that I had no idea what it was. Sounded safe though. I agreed. So they brought my food out and behold, that strange word must have been some cousin to rice because it was all underneath what I had ordered. Dagnabbit. So I picked at that and avoided the rice-cousin. I don't know if I've ever tried eggplant before. I certainly wasn't a big fan of it prepared the way they did it (kinda mushy). I had ordered a cup of soup though, Organic Sweet Potato Coconut. That was good! Forgot they served little baguette slices with it, so I just ignored those. So it wasn't a marvelous lunch, but that's what being adventerous earns you sometimes.
    Dinner: Ginger Lime Grilled Shrimp [from Well Fed]. Canned green beans. (We love this dinner and are totally hooked!)
    My general outlook and mood on life is greatly improving. My husband and I are making strides to try to keep our house tidy (and all of those darn dishes/pans clean) and I know that's typically a reflection of how good I'm feeling about myself. So yeah...good things!
    Today:
    Breakfast: Husband was kind enough to scramble my two eggs plus some Eggbeaters (I forgot to tell him to get eggs at the store, oops!) this morning since I was running late. Ate it as I worked. Next goal: Start waking up earlier so I don't have to be late or so darn stressed in the mornings!
    Lunch: Tuna Waldorf Salad [from Well Fed]. Made it quickly this morning and so glad I did. I'll have plenty for tomorrow lunch as well!
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Natalie.s.a in Natalie's Whole30   
    Sounds like some good packing to me. I hope your overnight trip goes well and that your nerves settle a bit. Just breathe.
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    GintyGirl reacted to Natalie.s.a in Natalie's Whole30   
    DAY 10! Yay!
    I am so happy! I finally found a copliant coconut milk (coconut and water only). I can have coffee again
    I didn't get much sleep last night and had just enough time to make and eat an omelet this morning before leaving the house. Took some veggies for snacks (which I didn't eat in the end) and called it breakfast. Still, better than not eating at all. I had a meeting in a coffee place so I ordered unsweetened ice tea.
    After getting back home I had some tuna salad with mayo and a huge green salad with avocado and walnuts. I'm so full!
    For dinner I'll probably make almond 'breaded' chicken breasts in the oven, sweet potato soup with coconut milk and some veggies.
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    GintyGirl reacted to JennyH in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    So glad you're feeling so good! Keep up the awesome work!
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    GintyGirl reacted to Derval in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    Well done on getting in to the skinny pants
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    GintyGirl reacted to jenn fengels in Jenn - Whole30 Rocktober Log   
    I was just reading through different logs on here and I'm really impressed with the results people are already seeing! As for myself, I don't notice anything major. Most of the things I'm noticing are small improvements, nothing drastic. I'll take what I can get!
    Just to name a few:
    - not as hungry throughout the day, snacking less
    - sleeping solid (used to wake up at least once during the night)
    - more balanced/consistent energy throughout the day
    - clothes fit more comfortably
    I can't say that I'm not experiencing any cravings. I went to the festival in town today and there were many things that I would have liked to eat, but I knew if I did I would feel terrible, both mentally and physically. It's so not worth it and there's no way I'm going out like that. No how, no way!
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from PonyLove in Husband & wife changed for life!   
    Excellent report! It's great to hear of such positive changes in many aspects of your life. Very inspiring!
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    GintyGirl reacted to jhmomi in My WholeHealthyLife :)   
    I had my Back to Basics Whole30 log for almost two months but it's time to begin anew. I continue to stay compliant almost all the time. My off-road experiences have been things like a little butter or oil or prepared foods at a wedding, a few things at my mother's house like a handful of roasted nuts (with canola oil), a sip of wine I tried but didn't like, a small handful of popcorn (once), some cinnamon almonds with artificial sweetener that I had purchased prior to my August Whole30 and won't buy again etc. Honestly nothing too terrible. I have had no dairy, bread, pasta, cookies, sugar, cake, ice cream, candy etc. "White" foods are particularly bad for me and best to avoid.
    Background:
    I am a 45 year old mother of three.
    I have no health "issues" or chronic conditions.
    I began 2012 with a plan to improve the quality of foods my family eats (they are not Paleo, but still eating better than before), and to commit to regular exercise and get in shape. I was pretty darn unfit on January 1st. Now in September I am probably in the best overall shape of my life. And going for more!
    I did Whole30 #1 in February 2012 but was unprepared to commit to a Paleo lifestyle long-term when my Whole30 ended. I went back to many non-Paleo foods, gained some weight and then stopped worrying about it. I maintained my weight through the summer and began another Whole30 July 31st. I feel amazing now and can notice changes in my body. I am very encouraged to see what the rest of the year will bring.

    So here is my PLAN...
    Whole2012 September 17 until December 31
    I will remain Whole30 compliant for my food and beverages for this time period with the exceptions of...
    October 5th - My 10th anniversary
    October 13th - a large family event that will be held in my home (alcohol only, not non-compliant food)
    Thanksgiving Day
    Christmas Eve (beginning after Mass, about 5 pm, not the whole day)
    Christmas Day
    New Year's Eve (alcohol only, not non-compliant food)

    Acceptable off-roading for these days shall be limited to:
    red wine, limit 3 glasses or vodka martinis, limit 2
    up to three bites of a starchy or sugary foods (bread, pasta or dessert)
    one cup of my Mom's mashed potatoes with butter on Thanksgiving Day, plus a little giblet gravy
    non-compliant butter or oil on prepared meat or veggies (others may prepare some dishes for various events)
    a reasonable serving of various chocolates and cookies my German mother always buys/makes for Christmas.
    a little goat cheese or gorgonzola on my salads (I absolutely LOVE goat cheese)

    That's the basic plan. I can't think of anything else worth slowing down my progress. I certainly have no intention of ordering lasagna or pizza when I off-road. It's going to have to be something much better than that.
    I love my new body and am very pleased with all the changes I have made this year. It's been more than just a dietary change. I started with exercise, then spent much of the year working to develop a healthy, whole foods dietary approach that is sustainable for ME. After some struggles and stops and starts, I think I finally figured it out!
    I am strength training and running to improve my fitness. I plan to begin the New Year Healthy and Fit!
    FYI - The attached picture is from a wedding this past weekend. A year ago I never would have worn a bright pink dress but I felt awesome and perfectly comfortable in this one. Improved body image is a wonderful thing.

    My Whole30 #2 Log that preceded this one...
    http://forum.whole9l...__fromsearch__1
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    GintyGirl reacted to PonyLove in Husband & wife changed for life!   
    Changed.
    In just 30 days my husband (Tim) and I have changed our life!
    It feels like so much longer. Not because it was hard and I couldn't wait for it to be over (quite the opposite!) but because it's hard to comprehend just how profound an effect it has had on our lives.
    Although it started all about food and allergies and desired weight loss it quickly became about so much more. I am still working on the whole 9 now. No I'm not living a Whole365 but I will follow the principles and consider everything from now on. If I really want a beer on a Saturday afternoon I'm not going to beat myself up about it. I have so much more respect for my body and nutrition every day that those off-road moments will be treasured and not taken for granted. I have the tools to make the right choices and what's better I know how it really feels when you do make the right choices. My ‘what is normal' has certainly changed!
    In the beginning I was worried about how I was going to cope. I felt I took on too much with the program, suddenly I was cooking all 3 meals for my husband instead of him getting his own breakfast & lunch and in week 2 I convinced my sister to start and I wanted her to succeed so badly I took on cooking for her. I was under pressure.
    But I did the best I could worked my way through it and in no time my sister was doing really well and helping to cook in return. It was very encouraging.
    What I know.
    Melissa & Dallas know what they are talking about! The ‘what to expect' timeline is incredibly accurate. Combine it with the Daily 30 emails and I felt like they were following me around taking notes!
    It's very encouraging that others have the same responses and experiences. I know it varies but in my case - Spot on.
    Original Rational.
    Why did we do a W30?
    Elise – I discovered paleo/primal about 4 weeks before and started eating that way. I wanted to shift the last of my excess weight (I gained 10kg in the first year I was married! I want it gone) and to improve my fitness performance. I also wanted to get my digestion under control and routine. (If you read any of my log, preW30 it would be ‘normal' for me to go 4-6 days between ‘waste removal') FYI. Problem solved. It took about 18-20 days, I won't lie I was worried it had gone in the other direction for a while thankfully it has righted itself and all is well. I am no longer jealous of my husband for functioning bowels! Happy days.
    Tim – Allergies. Tim was diagnosed with a severe allergy to dust because he would sneeze, sniffle, cough & clear his throat constantly (this really ticked me off, petty? Well it was annoying). He would take ibuprofen or similar far too regularly for headaches and over the past 6 months starting having midday digestion issues. He switched to lactose free milk thinking it was that and it helped a little but no real change. Plus he was a chocolate/sugar lolly addict! Every day/night he would reach for something and he felt that dessert should be had every night after dinner. Also.. an energy drink lover! Red Bull, Mother, Monster all of them in their evil form.
    Personal challenges.
    Past Fails.
    I have a history of Yo-Yo diets, fitness programs, dropping out of education etc. Anything requiring discipline have been fails in one way or another.
    I didn't grow up in a disciplined house. I don't think I ever developed the tools to follow routine or have discipline and it's made many areas of my life as an adult difficult. Things just seemed harder than they actually were.
    Other people.
    Throughout my journey I inspired seven people to start theirs and a couple more are thinking about it. Of the seven two have given up and that's okay. I know they'll come back to it when they are ready. You can't make people do it and you shouldn't because they need to make the decision for themselves so they are armed with their own goals and motivations to get them through the difficult times. But you can continue to inspire and be supportive and give them the opportunity to find their own way to being ready.
    When a person I encouraged to do the W30 quit, I took it as a personal fail. I don't know why I just did.
    Since then I've learned some people are not ready for change. And that is okay. In the beginning I was so happy and excited about what I was doing it was difficult not to feel like I was on a personal crusade to help everyone I knew change their lives like I was. But it's not for everyone and not everyone wants to or is ready. And some people really do just like their lives as they are. And that is okay.
    You can't force it. Yes you can inspire and motivate and support but doing a W30 takes a whole lot of strength and persistence and you must be ready for it. So pushing people into it will most likely end in them failing, you being disappointed and them being annoyed. Changing your life is no small task and quite simply some people just are not ready. So I will be here for them when & if they choose to try it.
    Measures – Psychological, Physical & some freaky bonuses..
    Physical.
    Let's start here because it's usually the motivation people need to originally commence any kind of change.
    You know how every girl has an outfit or a pair of jeans tucked away they plan to fit into again ‘one day'. Yeah (smug face), I can wear anything in my wardrobe now. Well that's not exactly true, I need to put a lot of things away that are now too big for me!
    I always assumed that thanks to genes I have a particular type of body and that's just how it was. Every girl has ‘problem areas' that when we look in the mirror we are immediately drawn to. Never mind the bits that look good, we judge ourselves on the bits that we don't like. I have quite a few ‘I don't like bits' but I have literally watched my body transform in 30 days. Maybe my positivity has had something to do with this? A new level of satisfaction perhaps? From a visual point of view, I have less puffiness and fluid around my ankles and wrists, I have a leaner look and my fat bits (cellulite areas) have a much better appearance now! From the weight loss and better workouts my body has dramatically changed shape.
    I'm not afraid to wear shorts or skirts any more. This is HUGE for me. I have lived in long pants for such a long time because I was ashamed of my legs. I live in Australia. It gets bloody hot here!
    Happy to note.. they are actually starting to look pretty good.
    So here are some stats for you..
    Tim Start / Finish / Difference
    Waist - 89 / 77 / 12
    Hip (cm) - - - -
    Left Bicep (cm) - 33.5 / 32.5 / 1
    Right Bicep (cm) - 33.5 / 32 / 1.5
    Left Thigh (cm) - 61 / 57.5 / 3.5
    Right Thigh (cm) - 59 / 57.5 / 1.5
    Tummy (cm) - 96.5 / 89 / 7.5
    Bum (cm) - - - -
    Bust (cm) - - - -
    Weight (kg) - 85.5 / 78.6 / 6.9
    Weight (Pounds) - 188.5 / 173.3 / 15.2
    Elise Start / Finish / Difference
    Waist - 78.5 / 72 / 6.5
    Hip (cm) - 89.5 / 84.5 / 5
    Left Bicep (cm) - 32.5 / 30 / 2.5
    Right Bicep (cm) - 31.5 / 30.5 / 1
    Left Thigh (cm) - 59 / 57.5 / 1.5
    Right Thigh (cm) - 60.5 / 59 / 1.5
    Tummy (cm) - 89 / 81.5 / 7.5
    Bum (cm) - 103 / 97.5 / 5.5
    Bust (cm) - 88.5 / 89.5 / -1
    Weight (kg) - 64.4 / 60.9 / 3.5
    Weight (Pounds) - 142 / 134.3 / 7.7
    Note: (Tummy - Measured about 2cm below belly button - Podge test!)
    Surprising result for Elise - Bust increased! I was terrified I'd lose my boobs to get to my goal weight & that was not the case!
    Tim
    Age - 26, Height 187cm (6'1")
    Elise
    Age - 33, Height 164cm (5'4")
    Yes.. I am a cougar.. don't be jealous (lol)

    From this point forward I will no longer measure my success on the scales. I am the dress size I want to be, my future goals are fitness related and about body fat %. I just want to improve what I've got, not make it smaller!! Stupidly I didn't think to take BF% at the start of the program.. I did do it a couple of weeks ago & today it was 0.5% less than then so that's good!
    Training.
    I did not change my workout schedule at all. I have been doing the exact same routine since I started my weight loss/fitness journey one year ago.
    Monday – Zumba
    Tuesday – Body Attack (1 hr intense cardio conditioning class)
    Wednesday – Body Pump (1hr weights training class) Since W30, I've put up all my weights after almost a year of doing the same thing!
    Thursday – Run & Yoga
    Friday – Off
    Saturday – Horse riding
    Sunday – Play day.. riding, running, farm work, beach walking..although I spent alot of my W30 sundays shopping & cooking!
    Over the whole year I lost 6kg.
    In 30 days I lost 3.5kg (almost at the end zone!!). This is amazing! I am at the business end of my goal now and it gets a little harder to shed so to have those results in 30 days without calorie restriction is amazing! And although I haven't changed my regime, I get so much more out of my workouts because I walk in there with more energy, positivity and strength than ever before. I LOVE IT.
    Psychological
    Relationship with my husband. I wish I could see myself through his eyes. He certainly doesn't see any faults with my body, yet one look in the mirror and I'm drawn to the areas I don't like. We have so much more energy and time for each other and this lovely side effect of natural euphoria just makes life so damn pleasant! I am so impressed by his strength & commitment during the program it has made me see him with a whole new level of appreciation.
    Relationship with food. I am no longer scared of it. I can eat plenty of food and have the energy and body I want when I choose the right foods! I have not been hungry on the W30. Not once. In fact in the early days, I had moments like really? It's time to eat again? Interestingly… (Pre-W30) I love coconut but I rarely ate it because I thought it was fattening. I did however eat yoghurt almost every day because I thought it was good for me and I don't even like yoghurt. Pfft!
    I have realised I have a lot of inner strength and when I am focused and truly believe in something I am doing I can find the discipline required. I feel like I can achieve in so many areas now. “My inner goddess jumps up and down with cheer-leading pom-poms shouting yes at me.â€! (A little fifty shades reference for the ladies).
    Natural Zen.
    Tim & I are both so calm and confident. It is astounding how much food effects how you function on an emotional level. Stress at work is handled with grace and for Tim this is HUGE. Tim has always had a problem with frustration and is very easily rattled when anything doesn't go to plan (probably why he was so good at this, the man is built for routine) but all through the program and especially of late his tolerance levels are at an all time high. He has never looked so good or been so calm and in control in the whole time I have known him.
    Freaky bonuses.
    Boobs – Um.. they are bigger! not by much but considering the weight loss you would think it would go the other way.. at least that was the fear.. my only theory here is because my hormones were under control and I had no nutritional deficits that they stayed how they should be but I've responded better to weights training and perhaps built up the muscles in my chest.. just a theory. I know a lot of girls who want to lose weight but are unhappy about losing their boobs.. and it probably would have happened on a calorie restricted diet. Certainly a happy outcome for me & for Tim.
    Whiter Teeth – I have no idea what the scientific explanation for this is as we haven't changed toothpaste or routine but both Tim & I have noticeably whiter teeth.
    Mistakes made, lessons learned.
    Don't dwell on the past choices. This is difficult especially when you start losing weight. Yes it's really exciting but there are moments when you hate yourself for ever letting it go that far. I am mad at myself for not looking after my body in my 20's. I sometimes feel like I've done irreparable damage and now gravity is not my friend. But to see how much I have changed in such a short period of time I know I can have the results I want and I am different. I'm not 20 anymore but I'm a strong confident fit woman!
    Yo-Yo Brain.
    I have moments of ‘ugh, I'll never look the way I want to & I've worked so hard yet there is still so much to do'
    Alternate this thoughts with
    ‘Wow! Look how far I've come, I feel better & stronger than I did in high school!'
    This up/down mentality is one of the biggest struggles. W30 like any fitness/diet program is 100% a mental battle. In this case it's a mental battle that starts with food.
    SLEEP – There is a ceiling on how good I feel at the moment and I know with 100% certainty that it is due to a lack of sleep. My sleep bank is in major deficit. 6.5-7hrs per night is not enough. I know it and I plan to fix it. The nights I did manage to get in 8 hours or more, holy crap did I feel the difference. Today is one of those days! I am really on a high today. I DID IT!!
    Rewards.
    Now I don't have food as a reward.. although I'm sure having a nice dinner in a great restaurant won't be part of celebrations in the future, I now reward myself in other ways.
    At the end of week 3 – I bought 3 pairs of new tights for the gym. Yes I needed new ones but now I really do because they are a size smaller! I bought the expensive ones I've always wanted but never actually bought.
    At the end of the W30 – I bought kitchen appliances!! I love cooking & I bought myself a new electric skillet & electric griddle to cook up my ‘well fed hotplates'!
    Permanent change & future off-roading.
    I will never absent mindedly put food in my mouth without knowing/considering what is in it. I'm not saying I'm not going to indulge in a tub of Ben & Jerry's or a glass of wine every now and then. But I can tell you I will consider the contents and the effects beforehand making an informed decision and really truly enjoy every crumb, sip or lick. I guess what I'm saying is my plan forward for off-roading is ‘I will not waste any treats on junk or something just not worth it. If I want to eat a piece of bread, it will be my favorite fresh from the bakery or hot out of the toaster slathered in butter! If I want a cupcake it will be the freshest most delicious perfect cupcake you can buy. It's really exciting to think I get so much pleasure from food. I've always been a foodie, no doubt. But I treated myself everyday and took things for granted. There is so much more pleasure to be had when it is truly a special treat and something you long for. (I'm still talking about food!)
    Another Whole30?
    Yes I've already committed to 1 Feb 2013. Why? Because I arrive home after 3 weeks in Hawaii, the first holiday in 3 years! And the timing couldn't have been more perfect. I'm attending the ISWF Seminar while I am there (ticket already purchased!) and I'm sure I will come home inspired & more knowledgeable for the 2nd go round.
    More specific goals for W30 Take 2.
    Reduce – Body Fat %
    No dried fruit in snacks
    SLEEP – No.1 priority for my next W30 is to be strict with bed times. 8hrs min.
    Fruit – Limit to 1-2 pieces per day, only eaten with breakfast or lunch (never after dinner)
    Coffee – I'm still undecided/uncommitted on this but I think I will limit to 1 cup per day.
    New Awareness.
    My danger zones
    Extreme tiredness – Guaranteed I will look for comfort in food.
    After dinner – Time to be reminded I am full. I have eaten. I do NOT need anything else!

    I don't drink enough water. I can't seem to form the habit no matter how hard I try. I go into my workouts dehydrated. MUST FIX THIS & FORM HABIT. Hmm.. perhaps a new Whole30 all about water intake? Rather than leaving things out I must drink a bottle with every meal and one in between. After all my talk of discipline and being a new person I don't know if I want to set myself up for that kind of failure! Jokes!
    Food additives
    Unbelievable at first. Many a tantrum was thrown in the supermarket looking at ingredient lists. I was stunned at first and really upset that I have been unknowingly putting all kinds of crap in my body for years. I know how to read but I'd never bothered to learn about what I was reading. I always read the labels for fat content and because I didn't have any obvious allergies the ingredients list was never a priority.
    Re-Introduction.
    I'm doing it! Starting today. Not that I plan to eat everything I've eliminated but mostly because I'm so curious! I will log the progress and results.
    Final words.
    The W30 is about making you the best version of you. In heart, mind and body I honestly feel I am well on my way to being the best version of myself I can be. I am thankful I found the program and I had the courage to do it. I almost fell over when my husband said he was 100% on board.. no convincing required. I honestly thought he'd quit, I did not give him any credit. I am amazed by him. He has done so well, had amazing results and I know he feels the same way I do. Now the W30 is over I shall eat my slice of humble pie!
    BONUS – While typing this (I'm on my lunch break) I had a bunch of flowers delivered to my work with thanks from my husband for helping him through the Whole30 along with a gift card for my favorite workout clothing store!
    I can honestly tell you, I am a different person than I was just a short time ago and I have never had such a profound response to any lifestyle/fitness/diet/discipline/program ever in my life.
    The W30 has not only effected my diet and physical state, I am more organised, disciplined and I get the most out of every day now. Yes there is a lot of work involved. You don't get something for nothing. But being forced to be so organised with meal planning flows through your entire life.
    I don't know if you'll find this inspiring or just same old, same old.. I haven't overcome any major health obstacles/illnesses but elated is how I feel.. I'm almost choking on my emotions I am so proud, so happy and so inspired!
    I feel ready to conquer! What? Everything and anything.
    Elise.. very happy, very satisfied customer.
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Derval in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    Last Night's Dinner: Waldorf Tuna Salad [from Well Fed]. (Had to eat some out of a bowl so I wouldn't just inhale the whole thing. I love it that much.)
    Didn't sleep all that well, and really didn't want to get out of bed this morning. But my energy levels are still pretty good despite that.
    Breakfast: Three scrambled eggs. Banana and almond butter.
    Lunch: Last of the left over baked chicken tenders based on the Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe [from Well Fed]. Raw baby carrots.
    Soccer tonight! I'll probably have some Waldorf Tuna Salad before I go play.
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Natalie.s.a in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    Sunday I slept wayyyyyy in. It felt nice to get a bit of extra rest. That said, breakfast had come and gone as I was asleep.
    Lunch: A few left over Baked chicken tenders based on the Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe [from Well Fed]. Banana and some almond butter.
    As the bone broth simmered throughout the day it made the house smell really good (and it also made a HUGE mess). So my expectations were super high when I finally had the chance to try it later that evening. When I tried it though it really didn't taste like anything to me. My husband thought the same. That was kind of a downer after working for so long on it. So I stuck it in the fridge and I hope to come up with a way to use it as a soup base sometime soon.
    Dinner: Tilapia a l'Afrique du Nord based on Salmon a l'Afrique du Nord [from Well Fed]. I marinated it and my husband grilled them in the pan. We had a side of canned green beans. (Don't look at me like that, it's quick and easy! ) We really liked the tilapia fixed that way, we will definitely do that again!
    After dinner I tried my second attempt at ketchup from a recipe I found on the forums. (First attempt was before dinner, I used cider vinegar and yeah....no.) Also tried my second attempt at mayo from Well Fed. (First attempt was about a week ago and an utter mayo fail.) Both condiments seemed more agreeable the second go around, but I haven't had the chance to truly taste them.
    Tried to pick up the disaster of a kitchen, but will finish the rest tonight with my husband. Yay teamwork!
    Today's food thus far:
    Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs. Banana. Some almond butter. (Trying to be a good citizen and limiting myself to only that much almond butter a day, if that.)
    Lunch: Left over Baked chicken tenders based on the Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe [from Well Fed]. Raw baby carrots.
    Feeling pretty good! A little tired since I didn't sleep marvelously last night (that's a usual Sunday night thing for me).
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Renee Lee in Homemade Mayo & My Self-Image   
    I so had a "mayo fail" and despite it all I was still proud of trying! Not sure how I goofed up, but will definitely try again soon.
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    GintyGirl reacted to Natalie.s.a in Natalie's Whole30   
    DAY 8
    SLEEP 9 hours.
    woke up just in time to make breakfast and eat it before going to work. I packed lunch and a pre workout snack and was ready to go. I had spinning class in the end of the day and it was my first time in a long time. I used my new heart rate monitor with my iphone to make sure I was really working hard. I was! =) And it was fun, too.
    FOOD
    Meal 1- 1 egg omelet, cucumber, red bell pepper, tea.
    Meal 2- ground turkey 'popcorn', sweet potato hash and homemade tahini.
    Herbal tea.
    pre workout- a banana and some walnuts.
    Meal 3 (post workout)- a hard boiled egg, tuna salad with homemade mayo, red bell pepper, some olives, some walnuts and homemade tahini.
    I made my first mayo 2 days ago and it still tastes a lot like olive oil because of the kind I used. I thought maybe using it in a tuna salad would still be okay, and I was right! So happy I didn't throw it away. (though next time I'll use avocado oil for the mayo recipe).
    MOOD
    great after working out and getting back to work.
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Derval in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    Last Night's Dinner: Waldorf Tuna Salad [from Well Fed]. (Had to eat some out of a bowl so I wouldn't just inhale the whole thing. I love it that much.)
    Didn't sleep all that well, and really didn't want to get out of bed this morning. But my energy levels are still pretty good despite that.
    Breakfast: Three scrambled eggs. Banana and almond butter.
    Lunch: Last of the left over baked chicken tenders based on the Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe [from Well Fed]. Raw baby carrots.
    Soccer tonight! I'll probably have some Waldorf Tuna Salad before I go play.
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    GintyGirl reacted to Natalie.s.a in Natalie's Whole30   
    DAY 2
    I didn't have any plans for the morning so I decided to sleep as much as I needed.
    I actually had 10 hours of sleep. And the headache is gone! =)
    I think I'm going to cook some meatballs and veggies today. We'll see.
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    GintyGirl reacted to Natalie.s.a in Natalie's Whole30   
    (morning of) DAY 6
    I had 7.5 hours of sleep and woke up right when I needed to (love it when it happens!) and then decided not to go to work and just finish it on Tuesday. (It is almost the end of the holiday season here in Israel and after finishing the weekend, which is only Fri-Sat here, today is like another Friday due to the holiday)
    I work for a TV channel, writing subtitles to REALLY old talk-shows and other programs which are only aired in the middle of the night. It's kind of nice, actually. So I can really postpone the work I was supposed to do because there's at least a week until it needs to be ready and I have Tuesday all clear for me to work on it. It's my husbands last day of his long vacation and I really just wanted to get some quality time with him before getting back to normal day to day life. So I'm taking the day off! =)
    Today I think I'll cook something with ground turkey, veggies, maybe some more cauliflower rice and we'll see what else when I get to the market. Maybe I'll find some spaghetti squash and cook one for the first one! I really didn't cook much until going paleo and I really like it. I really hope I'll have enough time to cook when I'm back to nursing school (Here, the school-year in university doesn't start until a week after the holidays, which is about a week from today). After the Whole 30 I'll probably make some snacks to take there, like crackers, in addition to veggies and lunch.
    I'm kind of new to the paleo world and didn't get to make too many paleo treats yet, but my husband is already asking me to make a yummy bread I made 3 weeks ago. It will all have to wait until November, though.
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Natalie.s.a in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    Yesterday's Dinner: Husband made beef hamburger patties with a side of canned green beans. Not bad for a super quick dinner!
    Headed out early (for me) this morning in order to hit up the Farmer's Market before everything was sold out. And brrr was it cold outside! Grabbed lamb bones (first time I've ever bought bones), pork sausage (links and patties), beef (ground and patties), more sweet potatoes, three apples (various kinds), pickled jalapeños, hot salsa, tomato juice and a dozen eggs. The Farmer's Market scene is still new to me, I've only been a few times. It's refreshing to actually meet the people that create your food. And they're so grateful for your business. Love it.
    Stopped off at HyVee to pick up some other groceries (happily not a huge trip!), got home and sat down for about an hour before I was in the kitchen trying to figure out how to turn the lamb bones into bone broth. That became a much longer undertaking than I had planned. By the time the ingredients were in the Crock Pot it was time for me to figure out what to do for dinner. Whew, a long grocery shopping and cooking spree all in one day! I'm pretty beat at this point but proud that I'm putting for the effort to better my choices and ultimately my health.
    Food for the day:
    Breakfast: Scramble of three eggs, crumbled left over hamburger and chopped fresh jalapeño. Banana.
    Lunch: I was so busy cooking that I didn't end up having a real lunch. Tasted just a bit of the almond butter I created at the store and snagged a small piece of beef jerky just to keep momentum going.
    Dinner: Baked chicken tenders based on the Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe [from Well Fed] and Creamy Spice Market Kale [also from Well Fed]. Banana and some almond butter. (Over-cooked the chicken just a bit but it was still good. First time both I and my husband have ever had kale and we were shocked we liked it in this form! Usually wouldn't have two bananas in a day, but I was trying to make up a bit from the lack of lunch earlier in the day.)
    Bone broth finally was brought to a boil and is now simmering. I'll keep that going for the next day or so. First time for me to try bone broth too, I'm excited!
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Natalie.s.a in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    Thanks for the comment, Derval! I need to look into hard boiled eggs, I usually just scramble them.
    Food report for yesterday:
    Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs cooked with extra virgin olive oil (too much oil!), cracked black pepper and ground sea salt. Banana and tried a tiny bit of Sunbutter for the first time...that will take serious getting used to compared to my old friend peanut butter.
    Lunch: Left over grilled chicken thighs and cumin-roasted carrots [from Well Fed].
    Pre-Soccer Night Dinner: Small serving of browned ground beef with cinnamon and nutmeg, diced honeycrisp apple [idea from Whole30 daily]. Made Waldorf Tuna Salad [from Well Fed] for the first time and had a small serving of that as well. (Love the taste of it, will certainly repeat! I'm 90% sure I messed up on the mayo recipe, but I'm stubborn and will probably shake it well and attempt to use it all. )
    Post-Soccer Night Dinner: Another serving of Waldorf Tuna Salad. (It was tough to not eat it all!)
    Soccer went well. Got some good running in, even played Forward a few times. During halftime I would tell my face was beet-red. That's how I know I'm kickin' it hard!
    I do like the way soccer makes me feel, I need to invest more time in exercising on the other days of the week. I'm considering starting up Insanity in the mornings (sooooo not a morning person) again and perhaps doing sprints once in a while outside to amp up my soccer performance.
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Natalie.s.a in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    I've been a lurker for a few months now as I've tried to gain a better understanding of the paleo lifestyle and Whole30. Invested in It Starts with Food this past week and felt inspired enough to give my own Whole30 a go though it'll be my first foray into the world of paleo-ness. Yep, that's a word now.
    Background:
    I'm in my mid-20's, have a desk job and an admittedly sedentary lifestyle overall. Bounced back and forth on my fitness levels and eating habits for the past few years due to major life changes. Been slowly working on my overall well-being this year. Happily found a new job, been gaining ground on better eating habits (dagnabbit, eating out is just so fun!) and been trying to exercise more. Did a round of P90x a few months back with good results. Started on Insanity and lost my way a bit with that. Got a wild hair last month and signed up for a women's indoor soccer league (I played some indoor and intramurals in college) and have gotten used to running again. I've lost around 30 pounds over the course of the past year due to taking these steps. Starting to fit into most (not all yet) of my old clothes and only 10 pounds away from where I was back in college.
    Pretty proud of how far I've come and I don't want to take anymore steps backwards. It's only forward from now on, thankyouverymuch! I believe attempting a more paleo lifestyle will be a good step forward for me and the Whole30 sounded like a perfect starting point to that.
    When I used to think of eating well it consisted of everything I could buy in the Organic section of the grocery store. Ultimately I became dependent on breads, cereals, cheeses, sugar (sugar alternatives). I'll admit it, it's what I've always liked and leaned towards. I knew better and the times where I was truly fit I kept that in check. So my history with meats and veggies isn't a marvelous one (especially the veggies) but I do understand it's a change I need to make. Trying to inspire my husband along the way as well. He isn't resistant, he's rather supportive of my choices...he's just pickier than I am, which is saying something. Oh, I'm also not a very good cook (read: I skim the instructions too quickly and it comes back to bite me in the bum) so I'm being forced to up the ante in that department as well. Purchased Well Fed a few days back and have already tried a recipe or two.
    I intend to post on here every so often on my progress and what recipes/food combos I'm really digging. Hope to up my exercise as well, but we shall see after I settle into the Whole30 a bit more.
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    GintyGirl got a reaction from Derval in Ding Ding Round 4! Let's Rocktober!!   
    Goodness, that is a doozy of a day! Hurrah for sticking with it though!