Bemcbe

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    Bemcbe reacted to blmorris in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    Hello All, 
    I am wanting to join you group. Hope that is ok! I am doing my second attempt at a W30. I am 53 and looking forward to this adventure!
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    Bemcbe reacted to caedmon22 in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
     
    hi dee! i'm with stegner re the unique challenges and the mutual support. not sure what the challenges are, but i will say that i have not experienced Tiger Blood at all. i also haven't experienced much of the early discomfort etc that the book suggests will happen. no cravings. no desire to veer off the program and indulge. absolutely zero feelings of deprivation. a little crankiness here and there for a day or so but that is not unusual for me so i wouldn't attribute it to the diet. i had a bunch of mini-strokes a couple of weekends ago and had to be hospitalized overnight for tests and am now on a bunch of medications, so maybe that's why i'm not experiencing a huge surge in energy or a feeling of invincibility...my body is adjusting to two in particular that make you drowsy...but i also think the whole Tiger Blood metaphor is probably more relevant for people in their 20s and 30s. at this stage of life do we really need to feel invincible? it doesn't even appeal to me. i don't need Tiger Blood. been there. done that. at nearly 65, i'm thrilled to be dropping my extra weight (i have been weighed at doctor's visits and it's all just melting away!) and to be so satisfied and not snacky all day and to have zero cravings for sugar or alcohol and to feel that i've finally gotten a handle on what and how to eat after a lifetime of yo-yo dieting (well...until my fifties anyway!) and to be falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, sleeping through the night (after decades of insomnia) and waking up at 5 in the morning ready for my day. maybe that's one of the unique challenges -- to redefine what Tiger Blood means at this stage of life anyway...great question, and glad you found us!
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    Bemcbe reacted to betsyjaney in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    Hello Everyone - I wish I had seen this forum earlier in my start of Whole30.  I started on January 8th, but caved about 18 days into the program to a piece of cake at a party.  I determined it was best to start over because my behavior around eating the cake - I felt like I had to sneak it and that just isn't good.  So I am now on Day 5!  Yay for me!  But I am actually feeling the benefits of being on the Whole 30 lifestytle for over 20 days really.  I have not had a drop of alcohol since Jan 8 and that is good for me.  I like having a glass of wine at the end of the day - so I'm changing habits; and sugar had me pretty bad off, and chips, cheese, oh well you name it - I exercise pretty regular, but I need to get my nutrition down.
     
    I'm 53; 54 in July.
     
    Also - We are headed up to a cabin weekend tomorrow.  I am planning ahead with all the food I can eat.  There will be two families; with kids.  I plan to make a big pot of whole30 chili.  I can eat that.  And also tuna, almond butter, spag squash, coffee.  I just need to avoid the other foods and stay strong.
     
    I will post more as I can and read the other posters so I can get to know everyone.
    Thanks!
    Betsy
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    Bemcbe reacted to LynnMori in Personal "rules" - what are yours?   
    I am on day 7. I live with the other family members including my 20 year old son and my 17 year old daughter, so cleaning out the kitchen is not going to happen.
    A rule I have is to have at least the next day's meal planned and always have leftovers in the refrigerator. That way if I am starving something is available and I will not grab a non-Whole30 food.
    Today when I get home from a weekend away I am going to write out a list for shopping and contemplate more rules. I know I ate too many nuts this weekend. I am proud of myself for not sneaking food, a lifelong habit, and for not eating any of the cake, cookies, etc around my mother's all weekend.
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    Bemcbe got a reaction from ladyshanny in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Day 2 coming to a close. It really helps to read all the other posts here. I feel like there is this special connection and support going on. It's a good feeling and I thank you all for your strength as it passes on to each of us.
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    Bemcbe got a reaction from ladyshanny in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Day 2 coming to a close. It really helps to read all the other posts here. I feel like there is this special connection and support going on. It's a good feeling and I thank you all for your strength as it passes on to each of us.
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    Bemcbe got a reaction from ladyshanny in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Day 2 coming to a close. It really helps to read all the other posts here. I feel like there is this special connection and support going on. It's a good feeling and I thank you all for your strength as it passes on to each of us.
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    Bemcbe got a reaction from found.in.nature in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hey! I'm in... Starting for the first time. I'm determined to give up my love affair with peanut butter! HaHa! It's true though.
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    Bemcbe reacted to Stegner in Success for Women over age 50?   
    Any updates from the women over 50? All is well here - it's been some months since I finished W30 but I continue to eat according to the template.... unless someone else is cooking for me and then I'm willing to gratefully partake. There is usually a price to pay but it's not so much, for me.
    I woke up this morning with such a beautiful feeling of having been so deeply asleep that I had to come back to myself - that I just had to tell somebody about it. Life is good. Cheers, y'all.
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    Bemcbe reacted to ingleshteechur in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hi all!  I am starting my second Whole 30 tomorrow and am so excited. I did a successful Whole 40 through November and first half of December and then totally fell off the wagon.  Can't wait to get feeling good again--day 30 and beyond.  I'd like to extend an invite to a Facebook group that was started in November--we just keep changing the date montly.  It's a closed group, but just request an add!  Here is the link if you're interested: 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1646998128905449/?fref=nf--hopefullyif you just copy and paste it into your browser you'll find it.
     
    A little about me:  I'm 45, married with two daughters. Very active--1/2 marathons, marathons, triathlons and one full Ironman.  I'm wanting to become a fat adapted athlete--I don't  want to rely on Gatorade/gels/GU to fuel my running/cycling.  Even though I'm extremely active, I struggle with those stubborn 10-15 pounds that I can only lose while staying away from sugars and grains.  I'm so happy to be restarting this lifestyle tomorrow.
     
    Good luck to all, and can't wait to support one another both here and on the Facebook group!
     
     
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    Bemcbe reacted to EileenRBe in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hi all, 
     
    I'm planning to start my second Whole30 on January 2, delay due to January 1 Rose Bowl party (rooting for our Iowa Hawks). Location: Eastern Iowa. Age 61. Health: iffy (adrenal issues, dry eye). 
     
    I loved my first Whole30, and although I still avoid gluten, never drink soda or juice, and rarely eat sweets made with refined sugar, I've strayed from the lifestyle. Reasons include:
    - Kitchen remodel in 2014 meant I ate out a lot and slacked off from good habits. 
    - Social eating of (paleo) sweets and breads.
    - Trying to please our picky 4-year-old grandchild with treat foods. 
    - For my blog and recipe column for my local paper I sometimes want to please the masses with dessert and bread recipes. 
    - Husband (celiac) is intolerant of cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, garlic, raw greens, which are some of my favorite Whole30ish foods, so I pout about the limitations and fill up on other foods that aren't good for me. 
     
    Goals:
    - Lose 10 pounds to achieve a healthy BMI.
    - Better energy.
    - Break the sugar habit. 
     
    I don't feel like my resolve is strong, so I'll be on the forums gathering support. I'll be rooting for you, too! 
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    Bemcbe got a reaction from found.in.nature in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hey! I'm in... Starting for the first time. I'm determined to give up my love affair with peanut butter! HaHa! It's true though.
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    Bemcbe reacted to found.in.nature in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
     
    Hey Bemcbe! Before I ever started a whole30, I was so obsessed with peanut butter. Like I put it with everything! But almond butter and cashew butter quickly became my new favorite. I haven't had peanut butter in probably 2 years! We'll be here to support you through your PB withdrawals. 
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    Bemcbe got a reaction from found.in.nature in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hey! I'm in... Starting for the first time. I'm determined to give up my love affair with peanut butter! HaHa! It's true though.
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    Bemcbe reacted to brittanyxo in My First Whole30, WOW.   
    Success! I began my first Whole30 on November 12, 2015. I weighed 204 pounds, at 23 years old, at 5’6”. And my weight was climbing. I wasn’t active, eating poorly, and felt awful. I used to actually think there was something wrong with me, where I must be sick, because I would have unexplainable headaches and I would walk around feeling fuzzy and in a daze. I would often feel dizzy and exhausted for no reason whatsoever. I had yo-yo dieted and struggled with my weight for my adolescent and young adult life. I had a two year period of bulimia where I dropped a significant amount of weight, however I quickly gained all of that back again, and more. Any diet I ever tried left me feeling deprived and starved where I would just crave a tub of ice cream or anything deep-fried.
     
    I found the Whole30 by accident. I went into Chapters looking for self-help books or motivational stories as I found myself tumbling into depression and uncontrollable stress. I had been diagnosed with extreme anxiety and moderate depression, and I was scared. As I scanned through the bookshelves looking for anything that wasn’t the “30lbs in 30 days!” “15lbs in only 15 minutes!”, a young woman approached me and changed my life. She recommended the Whole30 book, she had tried it for the recipes as she had dietary restraints, and recommended it as a “lifestyle” book, not a quick fix.
     
    And so began my journey. On Day 1 I weighed myself, did full body measurements, and then hid my scale under a box in my spare bedroom. Goodbye scale!! I was ready to see what good food could do for my life, not just my gravity measurement.
     
    Now, honestly, my day 2 hangover was so bad I was 4 hours late for work. For the first week, it took everything in me to have the energy to make the Whole30 compliant meal plan I had laid out for myself. Then it happened. Around day 10 or 11, my Tiger’s Blood began to course through my veins. I had energy, I was enthusiastic, my stomach felt slimmer, and I saw the light.
     
    By the time day 24, 25, 26 rolled around I no longer had to think about it. I was grabbing the right foods, feeling good about it, and passing by those office donuts like they were dirt on the floor. I lost track of my days because I was just soaring through.
     
    Now it’s Day 31. Time for the scale. I was so scared to get on it because I was worried if it wasn’t big, I’d be discouraged. Then I reminded myself that this was about the other positives. The big changes. The amazingness.
    Over the course of the Whole30, my non-scale victories included:
    My skin cleared up. I used to constantly break out around my chin and forehead. I’ve had one pimple in 30 days. I slept better. I used to take over an hour to fall asleep, I would toss and turn, and wake up exhausted. Now I’m out in under 15 minutes, I sleep peacefully, and I wake up feeling energized. My nails are stronger. I could never grow out my nails before, they would always crack and tear. They are now healthier than ever. I stopped getting headaches. I used to get mini-migraines at least once or twice a week, and I pretty much lived with a perma-headache. I’d pop ibuprofen like it was going out of style. I took ibuprofen once in the entire 30 days for a cramped muscle. My 4pm sugar crash is gone. I used to hit 4-5pm at work and need food, and would have no energy left for the day. Now my energy is consistent throughout the entire day and I never crave in-between sugary snacks. My hormones leveled out. Before Whole30 I had issues with not having a normal ‘cycle’ (ladies), and now I’m feeling healthy and balanced again. My clothes fit better. I'm not a picky person when it comes to what size clothes I have to buy, what matters is how they fit. I'm still buying a size large, but now I have a waist and it looks good. Now that I reminded myself of the life changing positives that have nothing to do with numbers, I do have to mention them. With full body measurements, I lost just over 25 inches. 5 inches from my waist! I feel like a new person.
     
    And of course, the scale. At this point I decided I didn’t care, as long as I wasn’t up I knew I was in the right direction. But today, the scale and I were friends. I lost 16 pounds and now weigh 188lbs.
     
    The Whole30 was my gift to myself. I feel fantastic, I never felt hungry or deprived, I learned how to make new, delicious recipes, and I feel like I have control over myself again. I plan to continue on with the Whole30 being my guideline for daily eating. I know there will be Christmas parties, vacations, and other excuses, and maybe I will indulge from time to time. But I want my lifestyle to be the same as it was, and to continue to make good choices for myself.
     
    The Whole30 rocks, and I’m going to make sure everyone knows about it!