Breanna Smith

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  • Birthday 02/14/87

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    Oklahoma City, OK
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    sewing; knitting; cooking; crafting; cross-fitting; sleeping; singing; laughing; loving; paleo/primal; the ocean; alaska my home; best friends; books; fire; spirituality; being awesome
  1. July 7 - Re-(re-re-re-)starting

    As the topic title suggests, I am attempting yet another whole30. I have one under my belt, which I completed in February. I enjoyed my results, which didn't include weight loss (actually gained a pound!), but I was at least an inch smaller on every single one of my measurements. But life happens - BF was laid off, had to move back to Oklahoma, building a tiny house, etc - and my food choices got out of control. Totally fell off the Paleo wagon. I am ready to get back on. I was inspired by @stephanie_mae 's instagram, as well as so many of the success stories, and my sister in law, who is on her like fifth Whole30. I am coming clean, letting go of the shame and guilt I feel over "failing" again, and choosing today to start anew. This is a new day with new opportunities, and I choose to seize them. I am hoping to complete a Whole90, as I have several issues I am currently dealing with, but one day at a time. I may not know you personally, but I love this community and everyone in it and I am excited to be on this journey toward whole health with you.
  2. 30 days up, and the verdict is.....

    Also, eggs are one of the top allergens. If you're eating many of them, try cutting them out for a week or two. Steak for breakfast is pretty awesome.
  3. Day 4 for me! To encourage compliance, I loaded up on some grass-fed steak they had at Whole Foods for 6.99 a pound... That's seriously not a bad price. I also got hanger steak, which I've never cooked before, but god, it looks good. Dinner tomorrow? I think so. I had steak, homemade peach salsa my roommate made from the peaches in our backyard (SO GOOD), kimchee, and a sweet potato with coco'mon curry coconut oil on it since I lifted this morning. Delicious way to start the day. There have been a few trying moments (my friends have asked me repeatedly to go get drinks with them after work the past couple days, to which I reply "....stillllll not drinking...", but honestly, this time around has been much easier for me than the past attempts. I have a new couple reasons to stay focused: I have developed a couple cysts in the past two weeks. From what I understand, some people are simply more prone to developing them. I have gotten them since I was 11-12, but I never knew that's what they were until I recently figured it out. I do notice I develop them more when I eat non-paleo stuff, especially dairy, corn, and wheat. There may be more triggers, but I really don't think I want to go through the trouble of re-introducing other grains since I don't actually like them that much. Anyway, back to the cysts: I really want to avoid surgery. If through my diet I can shrink them or cause them to disappear altogether, I'll eat whole30 all the freaking time. Cysts hurt, man. No joke. And if they get infected? Nasty, nasty stuff. What's more, surgery isn't even a guarantee they won't come back. Also, my skin on my nose/chin has been peeling for a few months. It has naught to do with sun exposure or anything like that. I have read that eggs can contribute to eczema/psoriasis symptoms, and I know that I have a sensitivity to them, so I am avoiding them for this whole30 to see how my skin reacts. I'm so glad to read all of your posts! I enjoy talking with you all; it gives me something to look forward to during the days to come. Have a great day, all! Talk to you later!
  4. whole nuts causing constipation?

    I have the exact same problem. And almonds, even a small handful, give me incredible gas pains. I know it's not ideal, and I'm sure someone else may have better advice than I do, but are you a coffee or tea drinker? Sometimes a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea can help, ahem, move things along.
  5. Sure enough, last night I had a dream that I was eating cereal with chocolate almond milk (which I have never, ever ever done... nor have I had cereal in months!). Once I realized the milk had sugar, I was like ehhhh wellllllll, I'll start Whole30 tomorrow instead. The guilt when I wake up after having cheat dreams is palpable! I - like most people - have numerous reasons for wanting to complete a Whole30. I'd like to lose weight, of course, but I am trying to focus more on health than that. Recently, because of poor adherence to paleo, I've had numerous weird symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, cysts cropping up out of nowhere, and canker sores. I know it's all diet related... It starts with food, as we say. I also have challenges with depression, anxiety, and OCD. I know I fare better on a low-carb way of eating, but I would like to see if eating strict paleo can alleviate some of these issues. I have never really given it a fair shake. This is like my fifth attempt or something. Each time I make it a little longer, but really... I want to do this.
  6. SeaSnax Groupon Sale!!

    Guys! I was just browsing Groupon Goods and SeaSnax has a Groupon sale! Here's the link:
  7. I started today... already the cravings have struck. But I'm in it! I'm sure I'll have those weird cheat food dreams tonight. I'm frexcited, as they say, to see what the month brings.
  8. Yep, W30 changed my life-- and I'm going again!

    I'm doing a Whole Lent, too! Excited for you.
  9. The crazy things people say

    Yesterday, I went to a Christmas lunch party at my boyfriend's work. I wasn't expecting to get to eat anything, but they had bbq, so I just had brisket with no sauce. My boyfriend's coworkers, who I'm also friends with, said, "Awww, I'm sorry you can't have dessert." Me: "That's okay, I'd feel like crap if I ate it anyway." My boyfriend, who is very supportive, said: "Before you get too down on her diet, Cristina (coworker), you should know she had ribs for breakfast." I made them in my crockpot. Delicious. Thanks, PaleOMG! Cristina replied, "Oh, so you fatten up around Christmas too, just in a different way, right? *chuckle*" Me: "Haha, Actually, I've lost about 10 pounds in the past two weeks." Her face:
  10. Someone please assuage my fears.

    Hello all. I've been in and out of the Whole30 community for ~ a year now, and have yet to successfully complete one. I made it to day 13 with aid of The Whole30 Daily (faaaabulous tool, btw!), but then suffered a break in at my house, during which my computer, purse, camera, and other things of sentimental and monetary value were stolen. I promptly stress ate. Big time. I acted like I was okay to my family, but nope. My feeling of security has been shattered since. I've been trying to get back on the wagon since then (about 3 weeks ago), and today is Day 1 of the Whole30 Daily all over again, and I'm more than willing to give this a shot, but I have another niggling issue. I am a recovered vegan, during which I was pretty lean. I also felt great after eliminating wheat from my diet. Then I did ketogenc low carb (with meat) after I discovered yet more food sensitivities (eggs, cow's milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, cashews, bananas). I became the leanest I've ever been, and really enjoyed the huge salads with beef I would eat. I have now been "brain washed" so to speak by the perils of carbohydrate, even whole foods carbs like sweet potato, carrots (and yes, I have read the Carrot Train to crazy town, though maybe I should revisit it), and winter squashes. I have about 15-20 lbs I could afford to lose, and I am terrified (thank you disordered eating!) that re-incorporating these carby, albeit delicious foods in my diet again. When I was a vegan, I would eat a sweet potato a day, easily. Perhaps the high carb content was why I felt so fantastic, but I'm scared nonetheless. Someone please tell me eating sweet potatoes won't go "straight to my hips" so to speak. I can't afford to buy bigger jeans! (poor college student) Or, can I safely avoid starches during this time, or would that be against the spirit of the program? I have such a history of disordered eating (IF, veganism, low carb, bulimia) that I'm really not sure what is propaganda, truth, and distortion anymore. I need a clear headed person to help me sort this out. Thanks so much.
  11. first whole 30...starting june 1st!! who wants to join?

    Soooo... walk of shame. My Day 1 turned into Day 0 yesterday when instead of going to GoG, I went to Cocktails on the Skyline and drank wayyy too much wine, which is any wine at all while Whole30ing. I realized this morning that I didn't really give myself enough time to prepare. I still have sugary bacon and powerade zero in my fridge. I'm going to try to use up the items I have and start with you on the 1st. I'm still committed, but I need time to prepare my kitchen. In the meantime, I'll eat as whole30 as possible, minus the few things I have. Did you go to GoG?
  12. Day 1

    Francesca, haha! I was just about to ask you about the GoG. I want to go, but I did Fran yesterday and my muscles are pretty whipped. With plans to go on Friday, I'm not sure I could handle another WOD today. I could probably be peer pressured into it, though... Gena invited me on facebook, and I looked up the exercises. It looks beastly, which I LOVE, but daaaang girl. The can carry looks ridic.
  13. Day 1

    Francesca, I'm at 405 too!! I love it. I just finished On Ramp last week, and went to the WODs on Mon and Wed with Daniel and Aaron respectively. I'll be going on Friday at 4:30 too. When do you go normally? I wonder if we've met? I recommend Well Fed if you haven't gotten it already. I have the ebook, and it has soooo many tasty recipes. You can of course get a bajillion free recipes on chowstalker and the like. Found any favorites yet?
  14. Starting my 3rd Whole 30 today.

    This is a great thought! On days when I'm too tired/busy to exercise, I remind myself that "It all starts with food." Diet makes the biggest impact on our health, so it should be the focus. Great training and living follow suit. Great job on the 2 successful whole30s! This is my third or fourth false start on a Whole30, but today is day 1 all over again. Breakfast is off to a good start. One meal at a time. Good luck on your third!