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    Melinaka reacted to JannieLiberata in most powerful experience of my life-d20   
    A bit about me: F51, sw: 216lbs, day 20, round 1
    I am a yo-yo dieter. I have gained and lost, and then gained some more. I have been unhealthy and healthy throughout my life. I have weighed up to 240lbs. I have struggled with maintaining a healthy blood pressure for the last 6 years and was on medication for 2 years, which was horrible. 
    My new doctor referred me to the Whole30 and after investigating, studying, and confirming when to start, began on 10/30. This process has been the most powerful experience of my life. And this was especially highlighted when I had to travel for work this past week.
    I had been doing extremely well in this new way of eating, managing all aspects, and feeling amazing. I knew I had to travel on 11/14 and was scared out of my mind. I thought for sure I would stress out and starting eating my comfort foods. But I didn't...AT.ALL. How did I do this?
    I first planned out what snacks I was going to take with me in case I needed a mini meal or quick go-to snacks. Then I packed those babies! It was more weight to carry around as I was travelling but I asked myself which way was it going to be: more weight in a bag or more weight on my own frame? Then I imagined myself going through each day making great food choices. Really practicing in my own head what I was going to do when faced with difficult choices or coercion from others. Travel day one-morning-lunch: no problem, had my travel snacks, water, and black coffee. No worries. Arrived at hotel, met my colleagues. The frustration started as soon as we sat down to the first meal. Everything seemed non-compliant to Whole30. All of the things that make other things taste like candy were included in the meal choices. I had to be strong AND creative. I made good choices, but the difficult thing was the comments that my colleagues were making. I told them about what I was doing with my lifestyle change and instead of just letting me worry about my own food, they were constantly saying things about my meals and where we could and could not eat because I was working on making healthy food choices. They were not being mean, but it was truly getting on my nerves. Their constant dialogue about food was getting annoying. After my annoyance wore off, I started to realize that they might have been a little jealous? or maybe introspective about their own food choices? Travel day one-evening meal: Here's where it was really rough. They got taco trays and I had to buy a small salad in a plastic container, and a bowl of fruit in a plastic container. I was sooooo bummed out about this. I was watching them eat with envy. I was feeling deprived and super grumpy. I had fn mustard on my salad because there were no compliant dressings. But then my mood shifted as I was eating. They were saying how it wasn't really that good and who knows what was in all of the many many toppings they got on it. Then my body starting getting refueled and my resolve returned. I was feeling strong and clean, not bogged down with crazy additives. Was it the best meal of my life? No way. But I stayed true and felt like I ate real food, I was not bloated and complaining about overeating either. I was just right. They looked at me like I was crazy with my mustard packets and plastic containers, but by the end of the meal, I was looking at them like they were crazy for eating that crap. Travel day two breakfast: I really needed protein and nothing was literally compliant in this little eatery. I was starving for protein and would have given anything to have boiled eggs or any straight up plain eggs. I finally found an RX bar which was super expensive, but oh well. My friends sat down and had, once again, these amazing looking breakfast sandwiches while I was eating a banana and Rx bar. I was pissed I couldn't eat what they were eating! But then the same thing happened as the night before. They were like.."these sandwiches don't taste as good as they looked in the display case..." and I really started to think about my pre-Whole30 days and how I used to eat without thinking. I began feeling really powerful in my decision making and that I could make healthy food choices despite being in a sugar mecca. I started to believe that I had real control over my food, which I can't remember feeling, ever. I also started thinking that the Whole30 way might be a complete part of my life way beyond 30 days. Travel day two dinner: Italian restaurant hell. Luckily I was on day 17 and felt like I had gone too far to not eat well. I had prosciutto and fruit and then salmon on broccoli rabe. It was great food, but in this environment I wanted bread, I wanted wine, I wanted, I wanted, I wanted. But again, I held my resolve. I knew that at some day in the future, I was going to have such a wonderful glass of wine with a meal that it would surpass this place. I knew that some day in the future, I would have a lovely after dinner drink that would rock my world, but that this night I was not going to let my Whole30 go. I had made it to day 17 and made so many awesome food choices, I was not going to let this environment, which was lovely and had all of the trappings for over-indulgence to take me over. I HELD STRONG! Now, here's the thing, when you're eating really well, you have time and the state of mind to take a close look at what others are eating. I noticed in their pasta filled bowls that they had very little protein. On my plate I had a giant salmon steak that rocked my world. It made up for not having any eggs that morning! And it was delicious and so big that I was able to take some back to the hotel room and have this awesome protein for the next morning.  Travel day three dinner: This was a crazy night. The group of us went into the city where specialty food shops were everywhere. We finally agreed upon a place for dinner and I was able to get a hamburger (with lots of raw veggie toppings) and a baked potato! I was so excited to have this. I was a little envious of my dinner companions' food, but not really. I was starting to get the hang of my feelings and of how good I felt after eating. Feeling strong and non-burpy and non-bloaty. What an exhilarating feeling! So this dinner went really well. Then...we starting walking around. It was a sugar coated confectionery crazy town. They got tastes of this and then wanted to get ice cream, I was strong-willed but then something in me kind of snapped, and I told them that I wasn't going to go into those shops with them, that I would be fine in this other shop and they could find me. They were cool with it and completely understood, but I was feeling really deprived at this point and a little unsure of myself. Why was I doing this plan, why couldn't I enjoy these treats? But then I made a deal with myself. I promised myself that when we got back to the hotel I would have a fizzy water with extra lime. I kept telling myself that this was my refreshing treat and that if I was truly hungry I could also have a my travel stash of a nut packet and raisins too. I relished my lime fizzy water and realized I wasn't hungry and did not need my go-to snacks.  Returning home dinner: I went a little crazy, but was quick to realize what was happening. I was falling back on old binging-like behaviors but with healthy food. The deprivation and anger I felt for the last few days was coming out this night when I returned home. I ate a baked potato with all of my awesome healthy toppings, a whole little container of red raspberries, and then a banana-nut dessert. My state of mind was not relaxed, I was a little bingey. But I was super-conscious of it and thought about how if I was eating unhealthy food how it would have been really detrimental. I realized that this behavior needs to be loved away. I am still not sure how to do this, but at least I recognized it and can see it for what it is.  TLDR:
    Bottom line about travelling for me....
    I survived and came out incredibly strong knowing that I can make super-hard choices when in the face of others eating their faces off.
    I need to over-plan and envision myself making great choices.
    I need to plan the return home better.
    I need to have some kind of reward in mind or some kind of self-care that I can focus on during those really tough moments of feeling deprived. 
    Overall for me the breakfasts and lunches were not that difficult, but evening meals were extremely soul searching for me. Next time, I hope I can be even more successful and grounded.
    I fn did it and am super proud of myself. I will not look back. Goodbye old habits that have screwed up my body!
     
     
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    Melinaka reacted to BajaChick in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 31 - I did it. 
    So glad I did, as I learned so much. I've mentioned here before the results weren't that great for me, but I'm still glad I did the entire 30 day period. I lost 6lbs which is not that impressive. My husband lost 10lbs, but honestly I think that is due to the fact he was a big evening snacker, which was eliminated for the program. My energy was never improved greatly, and work outs never did get much easier, so I exercised less!  I really began to be worried about the high fat content of coconut milk, cooking fat, not to mention a lot of the meat. I did a short rib recipe from the W30 book on Sunday and the veggies I cooked with them were literally swimming in fat. I never cooked that way before, and I just can't do it for the sake of what the books say. 
    I learned several new cooking techniques and tried a lot of new recipes and LOVE my new immersion blender. I may never buy mayo again, the homemade stuff is so good. I worked veggies into every meal, and that's going to stay. I got an invaluable awareness of whats in our food, primarily sugar in many forms. Yikes! Even my favorite taco seasoning has sugar! Not to mention long ingredient lists full of words I can't pronounce. No more.
    Will I do it again? Maybe. Will I subscribe to the lifestyle on an ongoing basis? Parts of it. I know several people who have done it and subscribe to the program 360 days a year, but the expense, insane planning/prep and difficulty being compliant while traveling just aren't feasible for my daily life. Moderation, awareness and good choices will be my program. And I'm very glad I had this 6 week period to study and apply the W30 principles. It's a great base for a lifetime of healthy choices. 
    Well done fellow Feb 27 Newbies. Well done. Onward to a healthier life! 
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    Melinaka reacted to KJ Jackson in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Today is my day 31!  Yay for me!!  I feel good about making it through 30 days....it is quite an accomplishment for me.  I plan to try to stay "whole30'ish".  I'm not sure I will have a true "reintroduction", but I plan to use a lot of what I learned...I will always be making homemade Mayo and Dump Ranch dressing..LOL  (my favs) and I still love eggs!  One thing I am looking forward to tonight is a glass of wine with dinner. 
    BTW - lost 10.5lbs in 30 days! 
    Best wishes to all and thank you for all your support over the past 30 days!
     
     
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    Melinaka reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Happy Day 30 Eve! So proud of us 
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    Melinaka reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    @Melinaka Aww thanks!  
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    Melinaka reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    DAY 30!  I hope we can all continue to post here about our reintros!  Thank you SO MUCH TO EVERYONE ON THIS THREAD AND ALL OF THE MODERATORS.  We did it!!
    I posted about my Day 30 feelings and am going to continue to post as frequently as possible but didn't want to clog up the feed.  If you feel like following, link is below.  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.  
     
     
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    Melinaka got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    TeacherFitJourneyy, 
    I love what you said! Bravo! All of it... especially the shake part
    AND the "We ROCK" part! 
    Yes! We all do! 
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    Melinaka got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    TeacherFitJourneyy, 
    I love what you said! Bravo! All of it... especially the shake part
    AND the "We ROCK" part! 
    Yes! We all do! 
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    Melinaka got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    TeacherFitJourneyy, 
    I love what you said! Bravo! All of it... especially the shake part
    AND the "We ROCK" part! 
    Yes! We all do! 
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    Melinaka got a reaction from TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    TeacherFitJourneyy, 
    I love what you said! Bravo! All of it... especially the shake part
    AND the "We ROCK" part! 
    Yes! We all do! 
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    Melinaka reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    @kellyfoss Sorry about the sneaky salsa!  I am also feeling really great and was thinking about staying a little longer but I think I have successfully mapped out a preliminary plan for reintroduction that I am excited about.  I have decided to stay away from alcohol for a bit longer, at least through the end of Lent.  If pregnant ladies can do it for 9 months, I certainly can do it for 40 days!  I am nervous about dairy and gluten.  I have never had a serious issue with either that I know of, but the more I am reading about reintroductions, the more people I see who have had sensitivities.  I don't want to feel sick which is maybe why I want to stay on longer.  I am on Spring Break the second week of April so I am planning most reintros for that time period. 
    When we started the whole 30 in February I was doing a good job of working out as well.  I love to walk outdoors and enjoy lifting weights or using weight machines at the gym.  I am not a fan of indoor cardio machines but try to use them on occasion anyways (the former Skyfit now Aaptiv app is helpful).  Unfortunately, I hit a bit of a stall with the working out about day 8 or 9 when I was feeling particularly sluggish and I am finally feeling ready to jump back in.  I have an absolutely CRAZY busy week coming up since I am music director of a show that goes up next weekend so I am prepping myself to get back into my walking routine on Monday, April 3.  If time allows, I will do it sooner-- possibly even this afternoon (my last few hours of freedom until the show is over on Sunday the 2nd!).   Hopefully the weather will warm up in the next several days!
    Now, to be slightly petty for a minute, I find that I am frustrated when I see people who sell shakes-which-shall-remain-nameless or fixes that last between 20 and 22 days on Facebook and other social media talk about clean eating.  THIS. THIS IS CLEAN EATING.  Don't get me wrong, do what works for you I truly believe that, but we have been eating seriously clean and whole for the past 26 days.  I am so happy about the way I am eating, particularly the hoards of vegetables and proper plate set up.  I feel like it's easy now.  I know what I can eat and what I can't and it really is becoming habit.  I just feel like there are so many lies out there about proper food consumption.  Have I drank too much of the (sugar, gluten, dairy, & soy free) Whole30 hypothetical "cool-aid" that now I am extra aware of other food/diet fads that are just not the same?  I just want to shout "NO!! GO BUY WHOLE30!!!" LOL.  To me, someone who has tried IT ALL, this is the answer and this is how I need to approach food forever (which reminds me, I must buy "Food Freedom Forever" before it's all said and done!).
    By the way to everyone in this group...we ROCK.  WE REALLY ROCK.  I am so grateful for this forum and that I have a place to communicate how I am feeling and receive positive support from others in the same boat.  This has been seriously helpful and you all inspire me to keep walking past that candy aisle in CVS!!!! 
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    Melinaka got a reaction from kellyfoss in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    I've been thinking about this too. This is my 2nd W30 so I'm going to be more careful this time. Last time I chose one thing at a time... for a few days. Then went all in. Felt crummy. I'm not doing it again. 
    I know some definite food sensitivities. As much as I'd like a Flat White At Starbucks, milk makes me feel awful (congestion & other sinus issues). Sugar... we all know how that one goes. So there's 2 things I'm not excited to have right away. 
    It will be nice to not have to worry so much about restaurant menus. Even still, I'm thinking I might just keep going. Or have a day or two to enjoy some things then go for the next round. 
    I am not too sure what I'll indulge in. Maybe a nice dinner that includes my favorite quinoa recipe. I'd been craving that at one point in our W30 round. 
    What's everyone else doing? 
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    Melinaka reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Sorry to post again today but a lady at work gave me cookies for helping her with the computer and they sat in my room all day and then I let my kids who stay after school have some cookies.  OMG talk about willpower.  They looked so good.  I was thrilled when the kids finished them!!  Whew...that was a close one. 
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    Melinaka reacted to Deezilla in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    I found it at Whole Foods  - Whole Foods 365 Organic Coconut Milk.
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    Melinaka reacted to eblanchardcf in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    I'm planning on following the sample reintroduction starting on Day 31.  I feel great right now so I'm really interested to see what happens when introducing non compliant foods.  I have eaten gluten free for almost 4 years.  I'm a little nervous trying it again.  The main reason I'm doing the Whole30 is for the reintroduction.  My family is ready for the 30 days to be over so they don't have to eat so much meat.  There are somethings that they really liked and will definitely be in our rotation of recipes.  1 week to go!  Good Luck!
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    Melinaka reacted to kellyfoss in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    I like your idea of just sticking with it. I'm realizing now that I really, really don't want to go back to how I used to feel. Back when I thought that feeling sluggish, foggy and exhausted was "normal". I'm thinking I'll do the slow roll reintroduction where I introduce things as they appear in my life, but not particularly on purpose, if that makes sense. I won't say no to the cheese on a salad if I happen to be at a restaurant, and take note of how I feel. Then most likely go back to eating compliant after.
    I'm almost positive that dairy + me = no bueno. I've always suspected that, so that will most likely be a permanent change. And I don't much miss grains either (except my usual burrito bowl with rice at Chipotle... I can have that on occasion as a treat). I will need to, in moderation, have some sugar in my life in the form of chocolate. And I gotta have the sporadic glass of wine. So I guess maybe I'll be sticking to things 75% or so after Whole30? And I'm thinking I may do a full reset in the summertime once I'll be able to be outdoors exercising more frequently to get even better results.
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    Melinaka got a reaction from kellyfoss in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    I've been thinking about this too. This is my 2nd W30 so I'm going to be more careful this time. Last time I chose one thing at a time... for a few days. Then went all in. Felt crummy. I'm not doing it again. 
    I know some definite food sensitivities. As much as I'd like a Flat White At Starbucks, milk makes me feel awful (congestion & other sinus issues). Sugar... we all know how that one goes. So there's 2 things I'm not excited to have right away. 
    It will be nice to not have to worry so much about restaurant menus. Even still, I'm thinking I might just keep going. Or have a day or two to enjoy some things then go for the next round. 
    I am not too sure what I'll indulge in. Maybe a nice dinner that includes my favorite quinoa recipe. I'd been craving that at one point in our W30 round. 
    What's everyone else doing? 
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    Melinaka got a reaction from kellyfoss in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    I've been thinking about this too. This is my 2nd W30 so I'm going to be more careful this time. Last time I chose one thing at a time... for a few days. Then went all in. Felt crummy. I'm not doing it again. 
    I know some definite food sensitivities. As much as I'd like a Flat White At Starbucks, milk makes me feel awful (congestion & other sinus issues). Sugar... we all know how that one goes. So there's 2 things I'm not excited to have right away. 
    It will be nice to not have to worry so much about restaurant menus. Even still, I'm thinking I might just keep going. Or have a day or two to enjoy some things then go for the next round. 
    I am not too sure what I'll indulge in. Maybe a nice dinner that includes my favorite quinoa recipe. I'd been craving that at one point in our W30 round. 
    What's everyone else doing? 
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    Melinaka reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Starting to think about reintroduction as our 30 days is rapidly (or not so rapidly when I am sitting in a room of people eating pizza and cookies) approaching.  I am in the midst of directing "The Addams Family" at a school I used to teach at and HELL WEEK is next week.  Thinking about doing a slow roll introduction so that I don't go off the rails in the middle of a very stressful time.  But it would be helpful to ease up on the added sugar in things like deli meat since I will not have an abundance of time for meal prepping.  I also have to play sax and flute during the shows so I am nervous about reintroducing something and feeling like crap while I need to play.  Thoughts?  What is everyone planning to do after day 30?
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    Melinaka reacted to Deezilla in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Day 18!
    I AM SO EXCITED to have powered through and get this far to feel results!   
    My new favorite thing is coffee with coconut cream and sometimes a sprinkle of cinnamon.
    I'm the only one in my family doing Whole 30 but they are super supportive and enjoy the dinners (like chicken, mixed steamed vegetables, potatoes and salads).  
    People are noticing the difference in my skin and how I look thinner. I don't check my weight, but I sure can tell I've lost something, as I can fit into shirts that I haven't fit in to in months. They feel so much more comfortable.... and it's like having a new wardrobe.
    Challenge on Day 3 to go to lunch with friends celebrating and we always have a drink and dessert.  They weren't thrilled that I couldn't toast with champagne but they were intrigued by the Whole30 concept.  I ordered a very filling cold cobb/seafood salad (crab, shrimp, scallops) and had lemon w/olive oil for dressing.  When they ordered dessert, I ordered a black coffee. 
    Day 17, at another lunch gathering,  I ordered beef carpaccio and arugula salad with sliced pears (lemon and olive oil for dressing). I didn't get the truffle oil on the carpaccio just in case it wasn't compliant, so just used olive oil and salt.  Yum!
    Birthday party coming up this weekend. While they have cake, I'll have my Apple Pie larabar with coffee and coconut cream! 
    I don't want to go back to old ways (sugar dragon was breathing down my neck everyday).  I miss having a glass of wine with the hubby, but other than that I don't have true cravings.  If I see somebody eating a brownie or cake (my faves) near me I think about it for a minute (maybe my mouth waters a second), but if I have water or a few almonds, thoughts of brownies goes away.  
    Energy level is better than ever!!   It's not a hyper energy...but a consistent/feel good, don't feel so tired at 3pm and don't get winded going up the stairs like I used to! 
    I'm planning to do another Whole 30 right after this one.  So many awesome recipes out there...I'm excited to try more! 
    Congrats to all on our path/journey of  being healthy and happy!
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    Melinaka reacted to kirkor in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    After the 30 days + reintro, there is no compliant/noncompliant, there is only riding your own bike.
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    Melinaka reacted to BajaChick in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    I've read corn tortillas are compliant after the initial 30 day program, which is great news since I love them with fish tacos. We were in a dangerous rut, where dinner was whatever we could stuff in a wheat tortilla. I think a nice taco salad on a small corn tostada (post 30Day obviously) sounds like a better alternative. My choices will forever be changed by this gig!
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    Melinaka got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    LOL! 
    Oh no, believe me - I know the "danger foods" inside and out. No do overs because of an accident here! 
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    Melinaka got a reaction from Msb5643 in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    So excited! I tried something new today... and the house smells so good! 
    I've got sweet potatoes in the Crockpot. So easy and they are done ahead of time. All I did was wash and scrub them and put them in to cook on the 8hour setting. They were soft and done by the 5hr mark! I'll have one hot tonight and save the rest to reheat other nights. 
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    Melinaka reacted to SugarcubeOD in February 27 - Newbie Start Date!! Join!!!   
    Phew