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    laurever got a reaction from L_dougherty85 in Graduates of 'Starting 1/4/16'   
    I also hopped on the scale this morning. 10 lbs down! Very happy with this W30 experience and celebrated with a La Croix flavor I haven't tried before
     
    Congrats to the 1/4/16 group!
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    laurever reacted to Cpizu in Graduates of 'Starting 1/4/16'   
    Got on the scale this morning, I'm down 9 lbs and feel SO GOOD! I'm continuing on to a WHOLE45 and will take it from there.....Congrats for all of you who made it this far!!!!!!
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    laurever reacted to frogtox in Starting 1/4/16   
    Day 26. I want a beer.
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    laurever reacted to Lazybonesjones in Starting 1/4/16   
    Day 21! I'm going to bed feeling pretty good right now. Mentally that is, not physically. Physically I'm exhausted and I think coming down with a cold. Last night was Supper Club, and since I'm the only one doing something as strict as the Whole 30 I was in charge of dinner. Once a month my friends and I take turns getting together and creating a dinner for each other, we take photos and share the recipe and at the end of the year we're going to compile it into a cookbook. I made a charcuterie/antipasto platter for an appetizer, pesto steak stuffed portobellos with green beans and paleo ceasar salad for dinner and caramelized peaches with coconut cream for dessert. And while everyone else was drinking wine (my favourite wine no less) I put kombucha in a wine glass. In the morning one of my friends was so excited that she had come up with a breakfast to make that I could eat, and when she made it, it was the egg/banana pancake that is a big no no for the program. But I ate it anyways, because my friends were so proud and tried so hard and got me coconut milk for my coffee and didn't buy any candy (usually we eat a ton of candy when we do this). I figure I can make an exception in that circumstance.
    On the way home and at home though I talked myself out of stopping to pick up wings and fries, stopping to pick up Vietnamese food, and ordering delivery. It took some convincing but I didn't give in.
    Now I'm going to bed and hoping my experiment dehydrating bone broth isn't a huge mess in the morning.
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    laurever reacted to mtngirl884 in Starting 1/4/16   
    HI there!  You are detoxing, so it is going to take a bit for your body and skin to push out all of those toxins....it will get better, promise!   Also, the best thing you could do for your skin is to NOT put chemical laden soaps and lotions on your skin....especially while you are detoxing (keep in mind everything you stick on your skin, your largest organ, gets absorbed into your blood stream).  I switched to using nothing but coconut oil a year ago when I did my first W30 and my skin cleared up and has been amazing ever since.  I don't use anything on my skin that I wouldn't eat!  
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    laurever got a reaction from Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hi all, I am loving reading about your energy and experiences these past few days. Like some others I am feeling much more energetic and HAPPY pretty much all the time. I am loving that. I feel more confident and helpful at work too, which is so important to me. We had a big stressful meeting this week and I kept a big smile on my face all day long. I really struggled with letting stress get to me in the past, so this is a huge victory.
    I'm still having breakouts and if there's anything that's getting me down, it's my skin. I'm trying to remind myself to be patient and keep going. I hope it clears up at some point. It's just so frustrating. Does anyone have any good skincare recommendations?
    One final awesome thing, I've never been diagnosed as diabetic, but everyone in my family is so I've been worried about it for a long time. I've always had issues with blood sugar drops if I didn't eat every few hours. But, I am so pleased that since starting the W30 I haven't experienced any low blood sugar, even if I wait for 4-5 hours between meals! This is so great and I am trying to keep my focus on good things like this!
    Hope you all have a great weekend!
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    laurever reacted to praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
     
    It will clear up, it's just your hormones. Proactive is pretty effective.
     
    Huge NSV with your blood sugar! I was prediabetic my first W30 and I'm now in the normal range Don't think it's something you can't reverse (Type 2).
     
     
    Be careful with aloe vera, it's a class 1 laxative and can do damage and cause pain, especially for people with IBS. It's also linked to a number of risks, so make sure your doctor know you are going to try it, some medications it shouldn't be taken with.
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    laurever got a reaction from Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hi all, I am loving reading about your energy and experiences these past few days. Like some others I am feeling much more energetic and HAPPY pretty much all the time. I am loving that. I feel more confident and helpful at work too, which is so important to me. We had a big stressful meeting this week and I kept a big smile on my face all day long. I really struggled with letting stress get to me in the past, so this is a huge victory.
    I'm still having breakouts and if there's anything that's getting me down, it's my skin. I'm trying to remind myself to be patient and keep going. I hope it clears up at some point. It's just so frustrating. Does anyone have any good skincare recommendations?
    One final awesome thing, I've never been diagnosed as diabetic, but everyone in my family is so I've been worried about it for a long time. I've always had issues with blood sugar drops if I didn't eat every few hours. But, I am so pleased that since starting the W30 I haven't experienced any low blood sugar, even if I wait for 4-5 hours between meals! This is so great and I am trying to keep my focus on good things like this!
    Hope you all have a great weekend!
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    laurever reacted to Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Lazy bones -I hope that cold goes away soon, and im soo glad that you didn't let yourself quit!
    I had a terrible dream last night that I had a few drinks (I don't even know what they were but I clearly didn't even enjoy them even in my dream.) When I woke up the next day in the dream I felt guilty for drinking and annoyed to be back at day 1. I was thinking "I didn't even have fun last night, why did I do that?) Which is kind of funny. I work in 2 restaurants and am constantly around alcohol. Old me drank pretty much every day just because. Someone would say "hey if you work tonight I'll buy you a margarita", or a table would ask me to do a shot with them or we would get in new wine that I wanted to try. But in the past 2 weeks I haven't missed it at all or even thought much about it. Until today. I worked 11 to 430 at one job that was crazy busy then went straight to the other job (shoving chicken salad in my mouth on the drive) and am about to get off around 10. Yea my feet hurt, my back hurts and wine sounds really good. For a split second I almost thought "oh I could just have 2 glasses, and get right back to it tomorrow" but I know it doesn't work that way. I know that if I did that I wouldn't even enjoy the wine, because the second it hit my lips I would be disappointed in myself. I reminded myself how incredible I have been feeling. I reminded myself why I am doing this, and my reasons are far more important than any glass of wine could ever be. So,I'm going to draw a nice hot bubble bath, find the cheesiest chic lit to put on my kindle and lay in the tub with my favorite la Croix. That sounds much more relaxing than drinking what would inevitably turn in to a bottle of wine and being fuzzy all day tomorrow doesn't it?!
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    laurever got a reaction from Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hi all, I am loving reading about your energy and experiences these past few days. Like some others I am feeling much more energetic and HAPPY pretty much all the time. I am loving that. I feel more confident and helpful at work too, which is so important to me. We had a big stressful meeting this week and I kept a big smile on my face all day long. I really struggled with letting stress get to me in the past, so this is a huge victory.
    I'm still having breakouts and if there's anything that's getting me down, it's my skin. I'm trying to remind myself to be patient and keep going. I hope it clears up at some point. It's just so frustrating. Does anyone have any good skincare recommendations?
    One final awesome thing, I've never been diagnosed as diabetic, but everyone in my family is so I've been worried about it for a long time. I've always had issues with blood sugar drops if I didn't eat every few hours. But, I am so pleased that since starting the W30 I haven't experienced any low blood sugar, even if I wait for 4-5 hours between meals! This is so great and I am trying to keep my focus on good things like this!
    Hope you all have a great weekend!
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    laurever reacted to Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Day 11 is it just me or are the days just flying by?
    Susan - enjoy your time in New York! I went to NYU but have been back in boring old St louis for a few years now and miss the city.
    Foodie-I hope you feel better soon. If you lived near me I would bring you groceries. Congrats on your daughter's pregnancy, is it your first grandchild?
    L dougherty - I too wanted a beer yesterday out of the blue (and I'm way more of a wine girl typically). I was able to get out of my head pretty quickly, but I found it sort of odd.
    Yesterday I spent most of my day running errands. I found myself thinking "gee everyone is being so nice today, the weather isnt particularly nice why is everyone so friendly?" Then I realized, it wasn't everyone else, it was me. I generally make an effort to be polite to everyone I encounter but some days it's just that an effort. Yesterday I found myself helping an elderly lady with her cart, having a conversation with the lady in the gas station about the designer of my purse, having a conversation with 2 random kids in Aldi about Frozen and Star Wars, smiling at everyone I passed and genuinely meaning it when I told people to have a nice day. It felt sooooo good! Then when my boyfriend got home and I had dinner ready for him he looked around the house and noticed the laundry and dishes I had done, the food I had bought and prepped and asked me if I had been going all day. It was almost 10 and yup, aside from sitting down to enjoy my lunch I had been productive pretty much since I got up at 7:30 that morning. Talk about some NSV right there! Let's keep it up everyone
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    laurever got a reaction from L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Thanks again everyone for your encouragement. I am happily browsing all of Mel Joulwan's amazing recipes and already making lists for next week. I also ordered Epic's whole 30 starter kit. Looking forward to trying out some of those items.
     
    Reading about everyone else's willpower is giving me hope. For whatever reason, I CANNOT stop thinking about chocolate covered pretzels. I've been dreaming about putting them on eggs... like that will somehow make them W30 compliant, haha! So far I haven't caved to the sugar dragon.
     
    Hope you are all having a great day 9.
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    laurever got a reaction from L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Thanks again everyone for your encouragement. I am happily browsing all of Mel Joulwan's amazing recipes and already making lists for next week. I also ordered Epic's whole 30 starter kit. Looking forward to trying out some of those items.
     
    Reading about everyone else's willpower is giving me hope. For whatever reason, I CANNOT stop thinking about chocolate covered pretzels. I've been dreaming about putting them on eggs... like that will somehow make them W30 compliant, haha! So far I haven't caved to the sugar dragon.
     
    Hope you are all having a great day 9.
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    laurever reacted to praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
     
    So many NSVs!!!
     
     
    Some lists of things to skim through when you're in Food Boredom stage:
    http://meljoulwan.com/2014/01/03/30-whole30-friendly-recipes/
    http://whole30.com/2014/10/best-whole30-recipes-sauces-dressings-dips-oh/
    http://meljoulwan.com/2009/07/21/sunshine-sauce/ - this one is a must do!
    http://meljoulwan.com/2014/10/20/zingy-ginger-dressing/
     
    (honestly, Mel Joulwan is my go to whenever I'm bored. I like the NomNomPaleo recipes too, but I think my palate is a closer match to Mel's and she has so many *easy* things like great sauces)
     
     
    You're not alone Laura, as acne is hormone related you will see some ups and downs, but also some great wins Quite a lot of people get comments towards the end of W30 on their healthy/glowing skin (even the men).
     
     
    I think this is a good plan Susan. There are some experiences in life that are worth just enjoying. If there's anything you know makes you sick though, I would avoid those. Try and get in at least one healthy place, so if you do it again, you can go back to one of your good memory places.
     
     
    Pears are high in fructose, so they can be a problem for some people. You might like them wrapped in prosciutto or something, or in a dressing
     
     
    This was huge for me my first Whole30, I had not realised how often I ate food that I didn't really love/enjoy/want, sometimes to please others or because I didn't want to "make a fuss". It's quite funny as I'm not usually an avoider of confrontation, but I found a lot of food habits were this way. Clean your plate when you're not hungry, eat food you hate, say yes when someone really *really* wants you to eat their special creation, eat seconds when you didn't want any. Saying no was quite an interesting experience, really changed my perspective
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    laurever reacted to Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Day 7! I've been feeling kind of lethargic all week and then today I just felt amazing suddenly. I was in a great mood for no reason and had so much energy. Hoping that keeps up!
    Laurever, I'm not particularly prone to acne myself but I think day 5 I noticed a breakout on my lower back (gross right?). It already seems to be clearing up though, so I hope yours gets better quickly also.
    Anybody have trouble making it through the weekend? I didn't have any real trouble myself, but one of my favorite things about whole30 is that it really makes me mindful of what I put in my mouth. The amount of times I said no thank you in the past week is almost comical. Old me would have tasted the corn fritters, appreciated the drink, eaten the taco, had a piece of bread etc etc without even thinking. In a way it's kind of empowering, right? Ok, I'm off to enjoy some chocolate chili. Tomorrow starts week two!!
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    laurever reacted to L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I didn't know buzzfeed had that! I'll have to heck that out today. I haven't had any major skin problems yet, but I've heard of it happening to other people. A few weeks before starting, I read a blog by a girl who did a whole30 with her boyfriend. She was acne-prone but he wasn't. However, they both experienced bad breakouts during the first two weeks and then it cleared up. So hopefully you're right about it getting worse before it gets better
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    laurever got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hi all! Thanks so much for the continued support. Happy to report that the moodiness from last week is mostly gone and I've been getting a ton of sleep. I have so much energy today, and I'm thankful because it's food prep day!
    I see that others are talking about avoiding food boredom and that's something that's been on my mind too. I'm sure you all already know, but buzzfeed has a few lists of W30 compliant meals (including crock pot recipes, which I love) so I'll be reading through those today.
    One of the reasons I starting this program is to see if it would help clear up my skin somewhat. I've always been prone to acne, but it's actually been a little bit worse over the past few days. I'm hoping that this is part of "it gets worse before it gets better" and that it'll start to clear up soon. Has anyone else struggled with this?
    Happy day 7!
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    laurever reacted to azrunnergirl40 in Anyone starting Monday Jan. 4?   
    In same boat I started already but same exact first whole30 journey same time as you Etc! Exactly! Haha! Will get it right this time!