brittanyxo

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  1. brittanyxo

    Continuing On - The Next 30

    Ohhh, @aussiegal ... Look's like we both didn't quite make it... Haha! First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! Definitely a good reason for letting loose! That's so exciting! Second, I too, indulged in social eating/drinking this weekend. It was our first BBQ at our new home (we rent a garden suite, and our landlord was having a party), since the entire neighbourhood could hear the party, we decided it was worth it to have some fun and join them. I've gone back to mostly Whole 30 compliant meals, with a couple snacks here and there. I do want to go back to Whole 30 meals, no cheats, but as I look ahead to the calendar of what's going on this summer, it seems every few weeks is a big road block. To make this clear, I'm currently NOT on Whole 30 anymore. I started writing a longer post here about my 'falling off the wagon', but decided to post it on my log instead if anyone wants to read it. To sum it up, I will be trying to transition into Food Freedom for the summer, and come back in the Fall for a full 100% Whole 30 reset with reintroduction. Good luck to everyone! Please keep going! I have already been on the program for 40 days, and I will be continuing to cook compliant meals for the majority of my diet. I hope to see many success stories from you all!
  2. brittanyxo

    Continuing On - The Next 30

    I hear ya. I think the hardest part moving forward for myself is that I'm always going to have to pay extra attention in social events, or compromise, or let myself "indulge" and fight that inner battle of guilt (Food Freedom... I needs work on it.) But overall I know I feel better when I'm eating clean and healthy. I started reading Food Freedom Forever a couple days ago. Already, I've learned it's expected to be hard, and to slip up, not if I will, but when. And the big thing Melissa put in there was she doesn't suggest going longer than 90 days before evaluating your reintroduction, in case you're avoiding foods that are actually "worth it". So I'm going to need to adjust my 120 now. Probably do 90, 10 days re-intro, and a modified Whole 30 leading up to my vacation in September. That stand alone 30 days will probably look more like what I will want my diet to look like moving forward. If you guys haven't read it, yet, I strongly recommend it!
  3. brittanyxo

    Continuing On - The Next 30

    You are not alone! I give myself a sparkly star sticker every day that I complete!! It goes right back to that basic feeling of accomplishment, I think. Reminds me of a teacher saying I've done a good job, so now it's me telling myself I've done a good job! And @SugarcubeOD ... I used parchment paper last night. Yes, more mess, but my veggies didn't stick like they often do to the foil! So that's a plus!
  4. brittanyxo

    Continuing On - The Next 30

    Getting up at 6am in the winter is a superpower on it's own... haha. Getting exercise is a huge bonus! I make a crispy broccoli that is just broccoli chopped up, tossed in a bit of olive oil (2 to 3 tbsp), and sprinkle with garlic powder. Spread out on a baking sheet, then just bake at 375F (190C) for about 35 minutes (toss them around on the tray half way through). SUPER easy, always turns out super dee-lish! (If you don't have time for liquid smoke... haha) @SugarcubeOD thanks for the parchment tip. I actually have tons of parchment paper. Never thought about it being compostable!
  5. brittanyxo

    Continuing On - The Next 30

    @aussiegal ... Thanks! Honestly, recipe wise, I'll pick a couple nights where I have more time to prep... otherwise I have about 5 or 6 different seasonings (Flavor God) that I switch up on chicken, which I just bake in the oven (I lie down tin foil so I don't have to clean either, haha). Which I can cook at the same time as roasted veggies (same thing, pan w foil for no mess) I love when veggies get a little crispy. I go for roasted potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, carrots... Or you can cook stove top with a little Ghee: green beans, asparagus, etc. Chicken's one of the best proteins for you, and I use Frank's hot sauce on a lot of my meals. Maybe find a hot sauce or compliant sauce you like that you can use from time to time to switch up a basic meal. I know saying 'find a meal you can put up with and make it all the time' sounds boring... but if you can do it, do it. On at least 3 out 5 days of my work week, minimal prep and throwing everything in the oven is all I've got patience for... but it works! (For me anyways). Also, some of the one pot meals (chicken broccoli chowder, curried carrot/sweet potato soup, chili, etc), can be made in bulk on a weekend and frozen for like, 4-6 months. I make a huge soup pot full when I make those recipes, and it's go-to meals for days or weeks! Just double up the recipe. No one is going to judge you for not getting fancy or complicated with all your meals .... I know I felt that way when I started... Like I was being lazy for sticking to the basics. But it's helped so much with not getting frustrated/tired of cooking.
  6. brittanyxo

    Continuing On - The Next 30

    @thatgirlwholaughs welcome to the group!
  7. brittanyxo

    Continuing On - The Next 30

    Hello ladies!! Okay it's Day 32 for me (Day 2 of round 2). I have gone straight through, as I will until Day 120 (no "night off" on Day 30 I guess you could say, although I really wanted to). In my personal Whole 30 log I posted my recap on Round 1. I "only" lost 5 lbs this month. I chalk it up to lack of physical activity. My other 3 Whole 30's were done while I worked a warehouse job and I was on my feet for most of my 40 hours in the week. This Whole 30, I'm at a desk job. So my next 30 (Days 31-60), I have found a 30 day total-body workout plan. I will be going to the gym 5 days a week on my way home from work. I'll see how this reflects on my energy, appetite, and overall results. You guys can follow my day-to-day posts if you'd like: http://forum.whole30.com/topic/44208-the-second-30-on-my-way-to-120/#comment-451599 Hope everyone's off to a great start!! Anyone trying any new recipes/variations/activities? I think it will be good to switch things up a bit this round.
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    Continuing On - The Next 30

    @ncimi ... please join us if you'd like!
  9. brittanyxo

    Continuing On - The Next 30

    For the lovely ladies who have chosen to continue on with their Whole 30 (60? 90? 120?) Journeys! Mine started April 24, 2017, and will go for 120 days til August 21st. @EKuhl @aussiegal @Potion One ... Let's do this! Anyone else who is continuing their journey, no matter where you're at, please join!
  10. brittanyxo

    My First Whole30 Experience!

    This is awesome!! I hope you're still on track and doing well!! Perhaps a Round 2 Whole 30 for June to ramp up to baby time?? Haha! Good luck!
  11. brittanyxo

    First Time Doing Whole 30-starting April 24th!

    @EKuhl & @aussiegal ... Yesss! Join meeee! Haha. It's Day 30! So I only have.... 90 more days to go... haha. But! I know I can do it. If you guys are willing to keep going for at least part of it, let me know, we can start our own thread for the "but-I've-already-done-this-for-more-than-30-days-just-give-me-the-chocolate" support group! Congrats everyone on making it this far! Time to ring in on the NSV's and think back to how you were feeling 31 days ago. I don't know about you, but I feel a whole heck of a lot better. But the fact I can't walk past the mini-cupcakes in the grocery store without staring tells me that sticking to this is a good thing for me. A lifetime of poor food habits don't vanish in 30 days. Maybe not even 120, but it will sure help. I have a vacation at the beginning of September, so my 10 reintroduction days will be from August 22-31, with August 21st being Day 120. By then I should be very sensitive to whatever I try to reintroduce.
  12. brittanyxo

    First Time Doing Whole 30-starting April 24th!

    Ohhhh don't you worry, you are not alone! The past 22 days have been me looking away from the television screen whenever they bite into a burger, or have an ice cream cone, or swig an ice cold beer... Haha. And most definitely! Please keep in touch. I have my own log in the "Your Whole30 Log" page, I will be posting there regularly for my entire program. My Instagram is now filling up with Whole 30 meals as well. @bpowfitshappy
  13. brittanyxo

    First Time Doing Whole 30-starting April 24th!

    I'm geared up to do a Whole 120, for probably the same reason you're considering it. I've yo-yo'd for YEARS, so I want to do this long enough to make such a difference with myself that I won't want to fall back into old bad habits, and also long enough that food choices/meal prepping/etc become good habits, and second nature. I don't think 30 days is long enough to break the habits of the healthy eating/binge eating/healthy eating/binge eating roller coaster. Exhibit A: I'm on my 4th Whole 30, and after every single one, I was craving my first non-Whole 30 treat on Day 30.
  14. brittanyxo

    First Time Doing Whole 30-starting April 24th!

    Well many of us have reached Day 16... and that means our Tiger Blood should be starting to course through our veins, right? I feel like my motivation to rant and rave about the Whole 30 dies off in this week, because you don't think much is changing... but if you really think about it, we can all probably notice at LEAST one non-scale victory, if not a few. For example: - I have not hit the Snooze button on my alarm in 14 days - I tried on a dress that didn't fit on Day 1, and I wore it out on Sunday! - My work has sales reps that come in every other day that bring Tim Horton's donuts, and rather than craving one, my teeth actually hurt at the thought of the amount of sugar caking them. - AND, I caught my SO checking me out the other day and he said he can tell the difference. Anyone else having some encouraging NSV's? We're over the halfway mark!!
  15. brittanyxo

    First Time Doing Whole 30-starting April 24th!

    We are in the same boat! My guy is currently home more often, so he has been cooking dinners, and yesterday (Sunday, Day 7), he saw I was getting cranky and just started making dinner. When I asked him what he was doing he said "Babes hungry. Gotta cook!" ... I'm so lucky. Haha. Going out for dinner was almost impossible for me, but I found one restaurant that does a FANTASTIC blackened cajun chicken (no butter), and steamed veggies with roasted potatoes. It's not much different from what I make at home, but it allows me the option to go out if I want to. WOOHOO! Congrats. ME TOO! Haha, this morning was my first moment of, "OOH! Look at my shrinking tummy!" It really puts a pep in your step for the rest of the day!