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  1. cortadoplease

    Starting March 1

    Greetings all! Something has come up last minute with work and I'll be traveling for most of March 2019. This isn't the best time for me to do a W30. I want to wish everyone good luck, strength, healing and wellness on this journey! xx
  2. cortadoplease

    Starting March 1

    Hey @Elizabeth33 and all! I really LOVE this. Thanks for sharing your action plan. I also meal prepped. I tend to really bulk batch to 2-3 recipes a week. I made a carrot sweet potato squash curry soup (something like this but omit the peanuts); that goes along with steamed sea bass. Paleo beef chili. Roast chicken and steamed kale with a drizzle of olive oil. I posted my goals above but I'll repost now: Slay the dragon! Food freedom Body reset Taking set times thru out the day to slow down, calm down, breathe and reset. I am also customizing this W30: I'll be omitting nuts/seeds and eggs. My body doesn't resonate with these. This will be easy as I cut them out about a year ago. Can't wait to get going. What else is everyone making?
  3. cortadoplease

    Whole 21 starting Feb 19

  4. cortadoplease

    Starting March 1

    Hi @Sarah_1982 and @aaronmc93 I'd love to join the two of you! I'm starting a little early (today) however, I am planning to go until the end of March. I have done three W30's and I have LOVED having people along for the journey and for support. I also love supporting others! It makes the experience so much more fun. I have a fairly clean diet now and am not overweight and quite lean (thanks clean diet and lifting weights!) however, I tend to rely on food when I am stressed (which is a lot lately) and I most certainly have become addicted to sugar and flour products (again). I've had a flair up of blemishes the last few days and that's really OFF for me even during PMS. My body is simply begging me for a W30 LOL I did my first W30 in August of 2015 and I have never felt that good in my life. I went a little extreme and gave up all forms of sugar including fruit and all forms of nuts/seeds as I find nuts/seeds tends to be FWNB for me. I understand these foods are allowed on a W30; I just know myself and I wanted to rip the band-aid off. My reasons for doing THIS round are 1, slay the dragon, 2, food freedom, and 3, really REFRESH. I'm looking forward to #crushingit with y'all!
  5. cortadoplease

    Whole 21 starting Feb 19

    Hi @Jackie K, It's a pleasure to e-meet you! I'm also starting today and I'm excited to get back on track. This will be my third W30 in four years. I'm looking to make some BIG changes that last. I am committed to the 30 days. How can I best support you?
  6. cortadoplease

    Gearing up to start May 1st!

    Hi @lauralees84 and all!!! I'd love to join you on this journey. This will also be my third round thru a W30. My first one was similar to yours -- just joy! I tend to turn to food as comfort when I am stressed instead of dealing with it head on. That said, I know that a W30 will not necessarily fix that but it will at least make me less inclined to use food as my 'friend'. It'll be a process. I realize this takes time to change long-standing habits. I'm up for the challenge and I know it's a worthy goal for me. I was going to start yesterday 0428 but I realize I'm not prepared and that results in failure! So, today will be my day to meal prep and do groceries for this coming week's worth of meals. I'm also looking to be a bit more creative at preparing meals that will be satisfying. I feel like breakfast will be my biggest challenge as I tend to have a smoothie right now for breakfast with chocolate protein powder, avocado, and almond milk. That will need to change! I'm open to breakfast ideas!!! I'm open to making new friends here. I am happy to support others as I know the journey can be a challenge, and we all need a solid back up when we are feeling vulnerable or want to give up!!! Let's do this!! xx
  7. cortadoplease

    Starting 4/27, FOR REAL THIS TIME!

    Hey MaggieB, I'd love to join you here for this whole30. This will be round III for me and I am EXCITED to cultivate a better relationship with food and to prioritize self-love above all at this time. I am happy to support you in this journey. DM anytime I'm technically starting today (April 28) but I don't see anyone else starting then. Strength in numbers. Let's DO THIS! xx
  8. cortadoplease

    March 27th (time to shine!) - Re-intro group

    Happy Sunday Y'all!!! Is anyone considering or doing a challenge for May 2017? Either on the W30 or independently? I'd like to do another one! I enjoyed the accountability of this group (thanks to each and every one of you)! We could have personal goals (or common ones) where we keep each other accountable. We all have our own areas we'd like to work on a little more. This could encompass food, fitness, sleep, mindfulness, and wellness overall. Perhaps structure it in a way where there is a daily task(s). I love this supportive environment and like-mindedness of the group. Anyone interested?
  9. cortadoplease

    March 27th (time to shine!) - Re-intro group

    @Miranda E: I think that's a great attitude/perspective to take by asking "do I really want this?" I love your reluctance to go deep on the batter or the cupcakes. That's a huge WIN right there. @Mevans: happy belated birthday! Sorry to hear you got sick. The body has a way of really articulating things clearly. That's the blessing here. @Strictlyspeaking: gotta love pimples!!! I got so many during this last W30 (mostly during week 2). It got to a point of being comical. @harpchick: Go Oilers go!!! Yum on that vegan cheese! What are you pairing that with? Wine? Can I come over? I got in 3 yoga classes today. Two "normal" ones and a Yin class which is so chill! I made a new yogi buddy at my studio so we've been going to the 7am classes together. I had such a hard time motivating myself to go but easier now with someone to meet. The evening classes are never a problem to get to. It doesn't make any sense why that is. My reintro's have been hummus (love it with crudites) and my coffee is back to unsweetened almond milk + stevia. It's probably not the 'right' way to do the reintro. I should slowly try out the coffee change first, and maybe do a hummus reintro next week ... but so far so good! Have a great weekend y'all!
  10. cortadoplease

    March 27th (time to shine!) - Re-intro group

    @harpchick thanks for creating this for us! @sooladybug: omg that sounds like torture!!! I've not decided how I want to move forward yet. The rigidity of the program had some positives. I'm not used to eating this much fat ... so I'd like to go back to eating more carbs like oats but only at breakfast. I knew going in what my sensitivities are (allergy to dairy and addicted to sugar). I am bringing organic stevia back! Woot! And 0.5 fruit in any smoothies I consume I also like to use organic miso paste as a base for my soups. I will likely be bringing that back. It's a probiotic so I think it's good! My body will have the final say. Right now, I feel those are the only real changes I'd like to make. And of course, swypo !! I'm considering desserts too and I'm undecided here. I am debating if I should just make some swypo or if I should simply limit them to my birthday and special occassions. I also want to snack as well although i know this is often a crutch to deal with emotions I want to avoid! This past month was also a month of self-care for me which was difficult at times b/c I don't enjoy slowing down. My mind was making all kinds of protests about it but it seems to have gotten used to it! I'm feeling good! And more at ease, and rested. What changes are you guys making?
  11. cortadoplease

    March 27 start, Time to SHINE!!

    Wow!! I can't believe we are on our last 24 hours of this challenge!!! Congrats to everyone for staying strong this whole month. I may do another w30 challenge in a month or so. Idk what I'll do for the reintro as there are plenty of items I'm happy to leave out of my diet (dairy, alcohol) but some stuff I miss (oats, variety at breakfast time, hummus, socializing, and dating) lol I've been cutting back on my social time (I always do on a W30) b/c I just don't trust food unless I made it myself I also want to make some other changes. I'm doing a self-care re-jig right now. I want to take better care of myself physically and emotionally. I'm even writing this by candlelight and thus, less artificial lighting and screentime Not changes I am excited to make ... but i know they're good for me in the long run. Happy Day 30-eve all! Thank you for sharing your experiences and this journey with me!
  12. cortadoplease

    March 27 start, Time to SHINE!!

    @Miranda E thanks for sharing that recipe! That looks yummy and easy!!
  13. cortadoplease

    March 27 start, Time to SHINE!!

    Happy Day 13 All! I've finally turned a corner. I'm feeling back to my normal self. I am sleeping better too -- and the sleep is SO deep! I love it. I am feeling happier and that is the most important part. I don't even care about the food boredom anymore. It's funny, my theme for this W30 seems to be taking it easy and relaxing more. It looks like I'm breaking up with Type A Marianne. Good riddance! My mood has picked up but my energy is more calm/zen than my usual 'full tilt'. I don't even miss the full tilt. hahaha I've had some gut distress in the last 24 hours, too. I'm not timing my meals-to-yoga properly. It seems I need a good 5 hour break BEFORE doing yoga. Even a small snack will upset my stomach during the practice. I walked out of my yoga this morning ready to vomit, I was pale as a ghost, and shaking towards the end of class. I had a coffee about 2 hours before so it shouldn't have really affected my yoga-game but it did! Maybe I wasn't nourished enough. Idk and I didn't even care... i got home and went right to bed (for more sleep) This happened last night in my yoga class, too. I don't want to experience that again!!! I have a tonne of greens left in my fridge again so I'll likely make another Green Soup this week. Or maybe i could freeze them and use it next week! I really feel like a paleo chili. Maybe something like this. I'd also like to make some kimchi and a chai-flavoured kombucha this weekend. Do I make my own SCOBY or buy one?! That's the question!! @MevansI love the kombucha in the martini class. I noticed today that the kombucha was on sale at my grocery store. Tbh I normally just have still water as a beverage. I checked the ingredients and the label. Lo and behold GT's! I bought it and loved it! This would be a lovely summer drink ... It's not nearly warm enough yet! We did get snow on Friday morning. lol I was wondering if I can retire my winter boots yet. Nope!! Sometimes you just never know with the weather. I walked out today and noticed people on patios. It's funny how people just can't wait for summer. I also saw many people walking with ice cream cones! It was a high of 12C (54F) today. Not ice cream or patio weather yet! @harpchickLove the food porn. Thank you @bronnydOMG I love pho. I haven't had it in ages... would be so yummy with your fresh been bone broth. I hope everyone's having a great weekend! More food porn please! It keeps me going Marianne
  14. cortadoplease

    March 27 start, Time to SHINE!!

    Happy day 11 all! @Miranda E: thanks for the food porn! @MevansI love that. I need to find a good brand of kombucha. I've been interested in it for a long time but the high sugar content always turned me off. I'll check them out I've read it's fairly easy to make your own! @egmartin171so happy to hear you're great today! And wow... Amazing you figured out the pre/post workout meals. You should post that on the Whole30 for Athletes forum! I wish we had those Nut Pods up here in Canada!!! Maybe I should quit my job and sell something similar up here I feel like i rested a lot last night but I'm still exhausted today. It may not be W30 related. Tonight will be more chill time and early bed. My energy is coming back soon!
  15. cortadoplease

    March 27 start, Time to SHINE!!

    Hello all, Welcome @SallyAnnG Happy to have you and your hubby on board I feel a bit better but it's difficult to assess given I've cut way back on my caffeine (caffeine withdrawal headaches please go away, come back never!) and I didn't sleep well last night Idk what woke me up but it wasn't the neighbour. The funny thing about the neighbour the other night is she was yelling at someone about how much she hates Toronto. That happens to be when I woke up... half-annoyed and I hate to admit, i was mildly entertained!! lol I hope that means she's moving I'm turning more to gratitude as much as I can. I wish I didn't need to be reminded. I wish I was continuously grateful! It was a stunning day today -- so warm. I met a new person today. Sometimes people just talk to me and share. She has been struggling with a neck injury and a broken bone in her foot. She was talking about her weight loss journey and how powerless she feels now that she can't really workout given her injuries. She's had both injuries for quite some time. I thought: damn, what would I do if I couldn't do my yoga practice?! I need my neck and my feet for that. I sometimes practice 2 hours a day, no problem. I enjoy it. It grounds me. I feel this connection with myself. What if I couldn't?! I would be so sad. How fortunate that I can... I am strong and able!!! And there's nothing stopping me! So, big gratitude to a gloriously healthy and capable body! It does everything I need and want! What reason do I have to complain? none! Food boredom is definitely upon me. I am obviously responsible for this... but ... I'll say that it's not easy cooking for just one person! I love food... but I also love other things so they sometimes get higher priority than time in the kitchen. It is what it is. And end of the day, I'm sticking to W30 in a way that works for me. @MevansI've heard kombucha is fabulous for you! I know most of them include sugars so I've steered clear. What brand did you find without sugars? I'd like to give sweet potato toast a try. What are you topping your sp toasts with? @harpchickGravity Pope is a very large and busy place here. I only know the one on Queen W. There's plenty of loveliness coming out of Edmonton I've tried to fall in love with green tea. There's just no chemistry!!! haha Really! @egmartin171 I want to echo other comments here. Please go easy on yourself. Rest lots. Drink lots of water. Maybe try one of my detox baths. I also use an infrared sauna at the yoga studio. It's also great for detox and recovery. Eat well, too! One day rest is not going to kill your game! We are here for support. Let us know how you're doing. @ncoughlin and @micahm21 Stick with it. We're counting on you! Ride this lull out. It's just ONE day! Tomorrow is a new day and the next moment could change everything. You never know @Miranda E Your post really made me smile this morning. I love that reminder Thank you !! xo @bronnyd Congrats on the jeans. And feeling GOOD has to be the best of the best there! I'm so glad you've hit that sweet spot. We're all close behind you here @sooladybug Wow! You've had an incredible number of wins on this program. I'm so happy for you. I can't imagine how difficult food/digestion was before this W30. I'm so glad you don't have to go through that anymore! Your body is experiencing peace. That's a f*cking miracle!!!! All, I wish everyone @bronnyd's happy feelings and a good night's rest! Marianne