Mike C_NY

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    Mike C_NY reacted to Ohio Chris in January 2nd start date   
    I'm on day 7 as well, and I'd agree with the others that this being my second w30 is MUCH easier than the first one.   
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    Mike C_NY reacted to KLOJEAN in January 2nd start date   
    Well today is Day 7 and I am surprised i made it one week. I experienced a talkative tummy...mood swings ...low or no patience. Definite cravings lethargy and headaches. I feel like I'm surrounded by everything I want.  I haven't eaten this healthy since i was pregnant with my daughter 13 years ago.  28 more days and i will feel like Rocky Balboa when he won a fight!!!
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    Mike C_NY got a reaction from vozelle in January 2nd start date   
    Hi  I'm Mike.  This will be my 2nd Whole30.  First was Feb '15.  Lost 30+ pounds and learned a lot.
    I went to old habits as time went by and gained back 20 or so pounds.  Biggest culprit is convenience and bored with the recipes I learned.
    Bought the Whole30 cookbook but didn't read it!  Looking forward to picking up new skills and recipes, and friends 
    I'm 47, married  with 3 young kids.
    Good luck everyone.
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    Mike C_NY reacted to Julzology in January 2nd start date   
    I'm starting January 2nd as well.  My daughter and my boss have agreed to join me.  I started but did not finish (made it to day #20) a Whole30 two years ago and after reading the "Whole 30 didn't work for me" section on this web site I can clearly see why it didn't work last time.  I work at a country club where they provide food for the employees every day.  I continued to enjoy lunch at the club making what I thought were good choices but because I have no idea how things are prepared, what oils are used, etc. I know I was inadvertently eating off plan every day at lunch.  So, I'm bringing my lunch for the Whole 30 which means I need to prep some lunch things since I never have time in the mornings to get my stuff together.  
    (for the record, the last time my boss and my daughter joined me and both bailed in a few days so I'm proud to have stuck it out for 20 days)
    I'm enjoying my coffee with homemade coconut milk this morning.  Since I'm off work today I'm going to let this be my prep day.  I've already placed an order with US Wellness Meats and Safe Catch Tuna so I'll be stocked as soon as those arrive.  
    Good Luck everyone!
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    Mike C_NY reacted to Wickedlibrarian in January 2nd start date   
    Here I am! I'm ready! (I hope!)
    i attempted Whole30 for the first time in Aug and I lasted about 18 days. Even then I could tell I was feeling better. The first week was rough and my sugar-dragon REALLY wanted me to eat cookies. But by the end I felt less bloated and was sleeping great.
    i feel better-prepared this time; my biggest hurdle the first time was being stuck in the mentality that "I don't cook / I don't like to cook". The books/blogs I've read since then have made me flip that switch- "Whether you think you can or you can't- you're right." I need to stop thinking of myself as a non-cook and start thinking of it as a skill I'm learning. I CAN cook and I WANT to cook. That's what will get me through this.
    reading through everyone's posts is inspiring, too. When I'm feeling weak I will be coming here for inspiration!
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    Mike C_NY reacted to iteach in January 2nd start date   
    Thank you for starting this thread! I'm joining in!
    I reread the It Starts with Food book, pinned a lot of food ideas, weighed in on the scale for the last time for 30 days, and I'm ready to start. I'm reenergized and ready for 2017 to be my year of changes. 
    I haven't prepped any meals yet because I've been cleaning my house from top to bottom, and painting in between. However, I have meats and vegetables precooked from over the weekend with a busy family to take care of, so I technically have meals at my leisure. 
    I have a week before I report back to work, so I'd like to get a grip on the sugar and cheese monsters, and slam them down hard. I'm not a violent person but living without these two things seem to bring out my alter-ego. 
    Thank you in advance for sharing your journey!
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    Mike C_NY reacted to Chefzhat in January 2nd start date   
    Hola, everyone!  Day 1!  Fragrant black coffee at my elbow, today's breakfast of sweet potato hash all ready to heat.  Final day of winter break before school starts again tomorrow.  I've even already made tomorrow's lunch for me and a friend, who I'm trying to encourage in her quest to complete her 1st W30.  For me, it's been an entire year since my last (first) W30, and I'm ready to do it all again, and perhaps be more successful at reintroduction.  For me, it's the booze (which may mean that I need to look at my relationship with that loll)
    Happy Monday!  Happy First Day!
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    Mike C_NY reacted to ShannonM816 in January 2nd start date   
    Drink lots of water. Add a little squeeze of lemon or lime if you want, but drink lots of water. Occasionally, you could have carbonated water if you want, or some herbal teas for a different flavor, or you could find compliant kombucha (GT's brand is widely available in the US and as far as I know, all varieties are compliant). Coffee or tea could help with the caffeine withdrawal headaches, but if you don't already usually drink either of those, it might be better just to tough it out for a few days -- the headaches aren't fun, but shouldn't last more than 2-3 days.
    Basically, though, you just have to stop drinking it.
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    Mike C_NY reacted to NancyAlways in January 2nd start date   
    Our big day is upon us!  I'm rooting for us all.  My first time doing the whole thrity it took me three tries of almost 30 days before I was able to complete it (yes, I had off prgram foods on days 28, 29).  I will complete it even if I have to restart and I know that everyday that I was successful, I learned from and helped me to be more sucessful the next time.  
     
    Go US!!!
    Nancy
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    Mike C_NY reacted to JenHZ in January 2nd start date   
    my tip for black coffee is buy expensive coffee, if it is a single origin coffee it will taste a lot better black than Folgers.
    Here we go......
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    Mike C_NY got a reaction from Dorktacular in 2nd whole 30 January 2   
    Hi  I'm Mike.  This will be my 2nd Whole30.  First was Feb '15.  Lost 30+ pounds and learned a lot.
    I went to old habits as time went by and gained back 20 or so pounds.  Biggest culprit is convenience and bored with the recipes I learned.
    Bought the Whole30 cookbook but didn't read it!  Looking forward to picking up new skills and recipes, and friends
    I'm 47, married  with 3 young kids.
    Good luck everyone.
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    Mike C_NY got a reaction from vozelle in January 2nd start date   
    Hi  I'm Mike.  This will be my 2nd Whole30.  First was Feb '15.  Lost 30+ pounds and learned a lot.
    I went to old habits as time went by and gained back 20 or so pounds.  Biggest culprit is convenience and bored with the recipes I learned.
    Bought the Whole30 cookbook but didn't read it!  Looking forward to picking up new skills and recipes, and friends 
    I'm 47, married  with 3 young kids.
    Good luck everyone.
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    Mike C_NY reacted to BH13 in Jan 2 Start Date!! :D   
    Hi Everyone!  Thanks for posting.  We are in good company.  I remember when I did the Whole30 2 years ago, I felt amazing afterwards.  I quickly went back to my old habits and now I'm back (actually, much worse than) to where I was before.  I listened to Melissa's new book on tape last week and I decided it's time for a reset.  For those of you who are new to Whole30, it's a great book.  The first time I did this I thought I had to live this way and it just wasn't sustainable for me.  Now I know it is a 30-90 day reset and I can bring foods back and see what foods I'm ok with and which I need to let go.  My sister did a full Whole30 for 14 months.  No cheats.  But when she went off it was bye bye W30.  I want to approach this with a healthier and more realistic mind set this time.  I remember feeling happy, sharp minded, emotionally stable and full of energy by week 3.  What we eat really does make a difference.
    Something I missed during my 1st whole 30 until the end were sauces and dips.  Very important to include.  It keeps it fun.  In my opinion.
    I'm grateful for all of you doing this the same time I am.  My hubby, Joe, is doing it with me too.  He's a great sport.
    I'll be praying for you guys as  you begin day 1.  Tonight, I'm enjoying my Kombucha beer and prepping veggies for the week.  I will miss my beer.
    Just sayin'.
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    Mike C_NY got a reaction from BH13 in Jan 2 Start Date!! :D   
    Also starting tomorrow for a second Whole30.  First time was Feb 2015.
    happy to share the parts that I've been successful with.  Will post soon.
    Good luck everyone.
     
    mike
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    Mike C_NY reacted to ArtFossil in 2nd whole 30 January 2   
    A long time. At least 1-2 weeks, with greens being the first to go 
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    Mike C_NY reacted to NancyAlways in January 2nd start date   
    Good luck, Old Crone.  Remember you are not alone -- there is a whole bunch of us who are taking on this challenge right along side of you!
    I'm re-starting the whole30.  I am looking forward to not feeling hungry and having more mental clarity.  My Doctor siad my cholesterol is not bad and would lead to heart diseases in ten years.  At first I was okay with that.  But then I started, thinking, it makes no sense to wait for a porblem to arise, when I can do something now that would eliminate the problem altogether.
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    Mike C_NY reacted to kirkor in January 2nd start date   
     
     
    Focus on completing a textbook Whole30 including a comprehensive re-intro plan.
    "Riding your own bike" is the goal, and is a more valuable skill than Whole30 compliance:
    http://whole30.com/2012/01/ride-your-own-bike-2/
    "The program isn’t meant to continue forever – it’s a tool to give you the knowledge and confidence to make good choices on your own."
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    Mike C_NY reacted to kirkor in 2nd whole 30 January 2   
    Glad you are taking the opportunity to be on track before your birthday.  As Drew Carey said after his dramatic weight loss, “Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.”
    Lots of different metaphors can be used regarding food, like fuel and nourishment, as opposed to a reward.  The focus of celebration can be about the friends and family you share it with, the time you spend together creating memories, etc.  Yes, "food happens" at most events we participate in, but the rigor of a Whole30 prepares us to not be distracted.
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    Mike C_NY reacted to LauraG27 in Traveling the world & WHOLE30ing Jan 2nd!   
    Hey I'm Laura! I am traveling the world and working remotely for a year. I move to a new country every month. I am now on my 5th month living in The Czech Republic and in a few days I'll be moving to Valencia, Spain (where I'll be all January). This will be my first time in Spain and it is also where I will be starting my 1st WHOLE 30. I know , I know...call me crazy for starting in a country with ever-flowing sangria and delicious paella and tapas but I've accepted temptations will always be there and I've been wanting to do this for myself for a while.  Also, since traveling and working remotely is my new lifestyle, I want to prove to myself I can be and stay healthy even when traveling and moving around. I would love find 2 accountability buddies for regular check ins, learn about others lifestyles (how do you manage to stay compliant and energized to keep going?!) Let's do this!
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    Mike C_NY reacted to ShannonM816 in January 2nd start date   
    The best way to combat those cravings is to make sure that you're eating enough. Many people are surprised by how much food they need to eat on whole30, especially if their focus in the past has been on restricting calories or fat grams or carbs. Follow the meal template, don't skimp on the fat, don't be afraid to eat enough. Be sure you drink plenty of water.
    If you do have a craving and you can't distract yourself and get past it, instead of reaching for something sweet, have some fat. Olives, avocado/guacamole, a spoonful of coconut oil -- these will do more to keep you satisfied than sweets will, and you'll retrain yourself not to have sweets every time you're a bit hungry or craving something. 
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    Mike C_NY reacted to ShannonM816 in January 2nd start date   
    Some things that might help with having food prepared: do a weekly cookup each week -- most people do them on Sundays, but whatever day works for you. Here's an actual one-week meal plan that uses that method, if you want a more concrete example of how it works. Also check out this post about meals that you can throw together easily.
     
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    Mike C_NY got a reaction from Katy19 in February 1st   
    Hi everyone in this Feb 1 group
     
    I haven't posted here before but wanted to share my news.  I lost 20 pounds
     
    I'm 45 and was 209.  I'm now 189.  I used to drink 2 beers a day, pizza whenever, cookies, chocolate, chips, etc.  I've been reading the book since last summer and took awhile to take it all in.
     
    My wife and I have a 9-year old daughter and twin boys just 8 months old.  I'm the one who stays home.
     
    I can't begin to say how happy I am to have found the Whole30.  I always wanted to eat better but never invested the time to learn.  I spent so much of this month reading and cooking, etc.
     
    Temptation has been everywhere and I don't know how I made it.
     
    I haven't been on the forum much except to look up a specific "okay" food question or two.  I've relied on Nom Nom Paleo and googling "paleo _____".
     
    My dry skin around my eyes did come back this week but with a bad winter that's probably normal.
     
    I don't have any plans so I'm just going to stay on plan.  I have relatives from Ireland coming around St Patrick's Day so I might want a beer but would only do one.
     
    I know this also will be better in the long run for my kids so I can't give it up
     
    Hope to participate more,
    Mike C.
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    Mike C_NY reacted to kirbygirl in February 1st   
    Mike congratulations - that's amazing news.  Is your wife also doing W30?  I think it would be particularly challenging if it is just you.  I know you mentioned you don't know how you have resisted temptation but if anything comes to mind that might help the rest of us, please share.  I finish my W30 tomorrow and I will be reintroducing alcohol but plan to stay as W30 compliant as possible otherwise.
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    Mike C_NY got a reaction from kirbygirl in February 1st   
    Thanks kirbygirl.
     
    My wife isn't doing Whole30 but she's a healthier eater to start.  She doesn't drink alcohol or eat chocolate or cookies.  But she has some bad habits (pastries, diet coke, etc).  My success is making her think about it.
     
    The only thing I can say about avoiding temptations was the advice that everything thing is banned and there's no "treating yourself", etc.  So, hands off.
     
    I don't exercise and knew that the only way to change was going to be changing my diet.  I know my kids will help me get the exercise
     
    I can't imagine not having a beer or wine again.  Just not sure when
     
    Mike
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    Mike C_NY reacted to kirbygirl in February 1st   
    Joseybee congratulations on completing the first 30 days.  I am with you on it feeling like the way we eat now.  I only made W30 compliant grocery purchases this weekend and cooked W30 compliant food on Sunday for the week - it seemed irrelevant that day 30 is tomorrow for me.  The reason I am not continuing is I want my wine back.  So that's what I'm reintroducing.  Might be that it makes me feel like poop, in which case I will have to re-evaluate my entire life (kidding), but I plan to stay W30 compliant as often as I can and definitely in my house (except for the wine).