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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    My fat pants do up now! The big-rig-sized spare tire, however, isn't a good look.... but..... they've done up! So here's to keeping on!! 
     
    I had a totally non compliant lunch yesterday, but it was a "worth it" meal and I got right back on track. 
    Ive had those paleo chocolate pumpkin muffins on my counter and haven't eaten them, because it's getting that sugar dragon awake. They literally taste like moister costco chocolate muffins. It's really just a bald cupcake. I hope my husband eats them all up! Two days til I leave for CA and 4 til the weekend starts! 
    Hope you're all well!
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    My fat pants do up now! The big-rig-sized spare tire, however, isn't a good look.... but..... they've done up! So here's to keeping on!! 
     
    I had a totally non compliant lunch yesterday, but it was a "worth it" meal and I got right back on track. 
    Ive had those paleo chocolate pumpkin muffins on my counter and haven't eaten them, because it's getting that sugar dragon awake. They literally taste like moister costco chocolate muffins. It's really just a bald cupcake. I hope my husband eats them all up! Two days til I leave for CA and 4 til the weekend starts! 
    Hope you're all well!
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    Y'all! I felt like crap yesterday! Run down, blah, no energy! I had two cups of coffee at 4 pm (rarely do that, especially since whole30!)... AND I was ready for bed at 930... now day 1 of my period usually takes it out of me... but I did fine last period on whole30... I also slept til 7 today! I've been getting up at 5/530 all week feeling alive and ready to tackle the world! Now I wish I knew if it was the 1)dairy 2)corn 3) the additional sugar, even in honey form or what I think really is 4) I didn't eat enough protein and fats for dinner at friendsgiving and so I had no fuel for Saturday.
    Perhaps TMI, but the trips to the bathroom have been quite effective and the "paleo poops" have been a far cry from what my normal BMs were not on whole30... and of course yesterday and today... not as ahem, satisfying.  Funny how my previous "normal" is so not ok now!
     
    I really feel like I've turned the corner... food, like the It Starts With Food book says, either is adding something to your body and your life, or its detracting. 
    Yesterday I wanted to go out to eat and have a glorious delicious burger. And if hubby was home, I might have. I settled with In N out, and brought my own thousand island to enjoy on my PROTEIN style burger. I ordered it correctly! 3 of us ate for $8, so that was good! But I still needed a veggie or something else at home!
    heres to more food prep and planning this week! I'm going to CA by myself with the kids on a Wednesday and then Friday leaving for my weekend away! My husband will join me on saturday:-) woo hoo!!
     
    @mdraeger i hope you nip the cold in the butt and rest well! 
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    @Betsie_n that pulse test sounds really interesting! And I agree that camping is masochism so Im impressed @halfpint_aggie Stuck with it and lived to tell the tale! 
    @mdraeger... great that you empowered your hubby to do his timeline and his program... ownership of oneself is important!!!
    I have had SO much energy! I've been getting up at 5 or earlier every day. I drink my first cup of coffee hot, mess around on my phone, read a mini devotional, and shower before the kids get up. Yesterday I took them 45 minutes to the Fort Worth Science Museum for several hours, tackled costco and traders and home. Today I spent time taking my 2 year old's picture with hopes of getting something good for Christmas cards, while my 4 year old was at school. Nature walk in the mud with a 2 year old... what could go wrong?!?  Then the library and back to get 4 year old. I made creamed corn, apple dumplings and paleo chocolate pumpkin muffins for friendsgiving tonight. 
    Literally, I just came back from Friendsgiving where I ate what I wanted... and I had 3-4 bites of creamed corn (that I made)... and a bite of some hash brown casserole... and a paleo chocolate pumpkin muffin. I took a half butternut squash and ate that all up. Totally lacking in protein but the kids were such I couldn't even get up to get a knife to cut my turkey.  
    I have a headache already and my tummy is iffy. I can tell sugar rush and sugar crash that was just from the smidgeon in the creamed corn and the honey in the chocolate muffin. It's so much easier to stay whole30 it seems... 
    I didn't even want the creamed corn, just that I made it and it was there and the other option were.... eh... 
    need PROTEIN!!!
    i don't know if the start of my period is affecting my head and tummy more than the food-- I generally always get migraines on day 1, so could be a waaay light version or could just be in a VERY echoey room with 25 preschoolers up past their bedtimes could also be headache enducing! 
    I hope that what I've learned and discovered sticks--- i looked around and nothing was lacking or missing... I didn't waaant anything I couldn't have. I wasn't missing out. Potlucks are generally mediocre at best, but still. I much prefer my protein and veggies than to have a processed roll or Mac and cheese.  Wine would be my cheat... and that muffin was pretty darn good! But it's all just crap that detracts from the awesome, kickass way I've been feeling these last two weeks!!
     
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    laurenmccracken reacted to mdraeger in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    @halfpint_aggie 41 degrees and a million conversations about what you can't eat. Bless you for hanging in there for your hubby and kiddo, that sounds horrific. (And as someone who also comes from Nordic stock, you can take comfort in the fact that your ancestors would probably not do well in Houston's heat, so you're just a different kind of hardcore... ) ;-P
    @laurenmccracken My grocery bill is shocking on the W30 for sure, but you are absolutely right – we used to go out more often or get takeout because we were too lazy to cook. Like you, I'm hard-pressed to think of places that are worth it, because I'm making some really tasty food these days! 
    And man, those sneaky emotional cravings are the worst. I'll be humming along and one will pop into my head out of nowhere. I've had a few random snack cravings Thankfully, these couldn't be met with anything in the house, so it was pretty easy to let those go by. Sorry cravings, once I'm in my pajamas/sweatpants, I'm not getting dressed again until work tomorrow!  Wine is a harder temptation to resist, but I've been holding firm to my no weeknights rule. 
     
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    Hi all! Ive been staying compliant minus a couple glasses of wine in the past week. I am continually motivated to stay on track... temptations abound, but my motivation to be healthier and hopefully someday expand our family outweighs the "loss" of tortillas, sandwiches etc. 
    Ive determined whole30 is expensive, but we would be more likely to go out to eat and now it's so hard for me to find something that it's just not worth it to go out anymore... and I can cook some darn good meals! 
     
    Ive attempted treadmill a couple times which is good for me to make the time... I took today off because I had a physical therapy appt. I shoulda done PT long ago, but I'm thankful I get the opportunity to do it now. 
    I really wanted junk/sweets/wine tonight because "I deserve it" "my husband is gone" "I'm lonely/bored"... so I made tea instead... 
    @halfpint_aggie your camping trip sounds .... interesting! I think it's nice your mil made chili without beans for you! Your poor hubby... I feel for him... lol 
    @Betsie_n I'm still not 100% but still taking the antibiotics for a couple more days. My mom went home last Friday and my husband got home on Sunday. He just left again tonight.  Busy few days scrambling to get my 4 year old in preschool.... and catching up from back to back guests and back to back sickness...Ive not done/folded/put away so much laundry as I did today! Between that and dishes ... lol 
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    I have been craving dairy... like ice cream and cheese to a lesser extent. I've ordered out 1x this weekend and asked questions and made it as compliant as I could. I kinda have my "must haves" list of restaurants for my weekend away, and if it still sounds just as amazing, I likely will partake. You all are right...
    if i can compromise and enjoy items without fries/loads of cheese/rice I will likely feel better for it. I'm going to try corn and dairy in small amounts because we have our mops Friendsgiving and I signed up to bring creamed corn... but I will make it gluten free-- deviating from the family recipe.
    my husband expected whole30 to be "over" so I could go to this amazing-looking burger place... but I politely declined. All in good timing though! 
    @halfpint_aggie are you back from camping? 
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    I have been craving dairy... like ice cream and cheese to a lesser extent. I've ordered out 1x this weekend and asked questions and made it as compliant as I could. I kinda have my "must haves" list of restaurants for my weekend away, and if it still sounds just as amazing, I likely will partake. You all are right...
    if i can compromise and enjoy items without fries/loads of cheese/rice I will likely feel better for it. I'm going to try corn and dairy in small amounts because we have our mops Friendsgiving and I signed up to bring creamed corn... but I will make it gluten free-- deviating from the family recipe.
    my husband expected whole30 to be "over" so I could go to this amazing-looking burger place... but I politely declined. All in good timing though! 
    @halfpint_aggie are you back from camping? 
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    Most of my pants are size 10, I can't wear them, and haven't for a long long while. My goal with whole30 was to get into them, even if snugly.... I can't even squeeze into a 12:-/ I have one pair of "fat pants" in a 12, and they're too small. One step at a time I know... I'm so discouraged 
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    @halfpint_aggie oh good! I'll need ammo to fight back! Lolol 
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    One thing I've noticed is I still crave specialty coffees... a mocha or latte.... the foam, the mouthfeel, the sugary taste. Luckily or unluckily, DFW area has an extreme shortage of hipster (of which I am not) coffee shops with actual yummy beverages. Starbucks just doesn't cut it. Though prior to whole30, I woulda been there by now just to satisfy the craving. Every morning I want to add vanilla syrup or sugar to my coffee... and every morning, I just put almond milk in it. Funny that that's the thing I've been craving! I've had a chocolate cae on my counter for a week and had 0 of it. But a coffee... I'm  there! 
    Ive started to think ahead to my weekend away on CA central coast. That's a foodies dream! First real romantic getaway without kids since they've been born, in a place where my heart longs to get back to. Trying to decide if I go strict whole30 til then, eat what I desire without coming unhinged and get back on track....or  if I loosen up a bit every few days to see how stuff reacts to me, so I know what to for sure avoid that weekend... if I eat compliant two meals a day and then dinner can be off plan.... what do you all suggest? 
     
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    Most of my pants are size 10, I can't wear them, and haven't for a long long while. My goal with whole30 was to get into them, even if snugly.... I can't even squeeze into a 12:-/ I have one pair of "fat pants" in a 12, and they're too small. One step at a time I know... I'm so discouraged 
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    @halfpint_aggie oh good! I'll need ammo to fight back! Lolol 
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    laurenmccracken reacted to halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    @laurenmccracken, totally the same about the coffee.  It was hard yesterday not answering the siren call of the green mermaid.  As far as prepping for your trip, I'd suffuse loosening up every few days to reintroduce stuff & gauge your reaction.  I skipped that this time because I felt since this is my 3rd W30, I've done the reintro before, I know what's up.  Oh boy.  The stinky gas.  It's so bad.  You do not want that on a romantic getaway.
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    One thing I've noticed is I still crave specialty coffees... a mocha or latte.... the foam, the mouthfeel, the sugary taste. Luckily or unluckily, DFW area has an extreme shortage of hipster (of which I am not) coffee shops with actual yummy beverages. Starbucks just doesn't cut it. Though prior to whole30, I woulda been there by now just to satisfy the craving. Every morning I want to add vanilla syrup or sugar to my coffee... and every morning, I just put almond milk in it. Funny that that's the thing I've been craving! I've had a chocolate cae on my counter for a week and had 0 of it. But a coffee... I'm  there! 
    Ive started to think ahead to my weekend away on CA central coast. That's a foodies dream! First real romantic getaway without kids since they've been born, in a place where my heart longs to get back to. Trying to decide if I go strict whole30 til then, eat what I desire without coming unhinged and get back on track....or  if I loosen up a bit every few days to see how stuff reacts to me, so I know what to for sure avoid that weekend... if I eat compliant two meals a day and then dinner can be off plan.... what do you all suggest? 
     
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    laurenmccracken reacted to Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    TGIF  - Day 33 here and feeling well. I'm ready for the weekend for sure! 
    For the first time in awhile, I managed to walk all five days this week - Mother Nature or early appointments have interrupted off and on over the past month, so my average has only been 4 days/week. I'm also loving my new yoga thing - I think we're verging on a habit, here. 4 days so far this week and I'll get it in today, for sure. I think it's helping with my lower back issue, so that's great motivation to continue. 
    Tomorrow is a busy day - there's the annual holiday bazaar that is 1 part shopping and 5 parts socializing with all the women in town on the craft side of the building, while the men gather on the kitchen side to enjoy chili and cornbread - and PIE  I'm sure the hubs will bring home some homemade goodies, but I don't mind avoiding them at this point. Then our local high school volleyball team is playing for the Regional title at home, so we'll go support them and watch a couple of games. Our daughter was a part of winning basketball and volleyball teams when she was in HS and now her BFF since kindergarten is the head V-Ball coach here, so it'll be like old times when we were bleacher parents. There will be typical concession stand food there, which I have no trouble avoiding, especially after my 15 years of teaching at the HS and therefore, running HS concession stands. I swear that nacho "cheese" ended up on every article of clothing I owned for more than a decade. I am planning to eat an extra large breakfast to hold me and I think we'll have time for lunch at home in between games, but I was thinking about emergency food. Usually it's a LaraBar or RX Bar in my purse, but now that I'm nut-free, I don't know what to stuff in my purse, just in case. Ideas???
    @laurenmccracken - keep focusing on those NSVs - they really do matter the most! When I began my Paleo journey in Sept. 2014, I had a lot of weight to lose. It happened, but slowly. I think it was at least a year to lose 60lbs. I did a W30 the next July, but mostly I lived 95% Paleo otherwise and it did work. I have kept 45 of it off, but I am coming to understand (with my nutritional therapist friend's help) that my year of infection/antibiotics over the tooth/sinus thing in 2015 and a very stressful 2016 at work probably led to some leaky gut issues. With your recent illness and antibiotics, I'm betting your system is in need of recovery and that's why it's happening slower this round. Keep at it and it will happen. On my NT's advice, I'm drinking water with some apple cider vinegar in it before meals to aid in digestion - even when I don't feel like my gut is irritated - to help calm underlying problems. It's a first step to see if that helps me. 
    Have a good weekend, everyone! Those who are on reintros - be careful with your system and take it slow and easy. 
    Betsie
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    @Betsie_n I think she knew something was up when I made my own mayo to make a burger, which I then ate on spinach and didn't have cheese....haha! She also asked if I could have wine last night or not... maybe she just wanted wine, I don't know. 
    Im still sporting NSV st this point and the scale victory signs of you know, my clothes fitting.... not there. I am eating very similar things as last round, but I'm not breastfeeding. Instead of 3 eggs for breakfast, I now eat two...that seems completely plenty for me and some meals I can't even finish them. I think I'm eating less avocado/guac for fats, but the guac repulsed me this round for some reason and avocados are spendy... dinners and lunches seem to be the same...
    but despite being sick, I still have a lot of energy, my joints don't hurt, im just hoping to make 95% of my food whole30 for a long while to get the scale victories too...im more confident because instead of lamenting that im sore and fat, I'm taking action to make a change and at least not sore.:-)
    good luck @halfpint_aggie on your road trip and camping weekend! 
    Lauren 
     
     
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    My mom wanted Texas BBQ, so I opted for brisket on a baked potato, with no butter, cheese, sour cream, or BBQ sauce.... I'm guessing the potato had butter wrapped up in it because the foil seemed to be buttery, but the inside was most certainly dry. I'm not sure what the brisket is rubbed in, before it's smoked... but overall, I consider myself successful to have eaten at a BBQ place, without bread, beans, butter, or BBQ sauce... if there was butter in the spud, I suppose I will see how dairy responds to me... but I most certainly didn't eat as much as I would have wanted to. I thought she'd pick the deli counter/salad restaurant, where I know I can get compliant foods... but when in Texas, do as the Texans:-) 
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    My mom wanted Texas BBQ, so I opted for brisket on a baked potato, with no butter, cheese, sour cream, or BBQ sauce.... I'm guessing the potato had butter wrapped up in it because the foil seemed to be buttery, but the inside was most certainly dry. I'm not sure what the brisket is rubbed in, before it's smoked... but overall, I consider myself successful to have eaten at a BBQ place, without bread, beans, butter, or BBQ sauce... if there was butter in the spud, I suppose I will see how dairy responds to me... but I most certainly didn't eat as much as I would have wanted to. I thought she'd pick the deli counter/salad restaurant, where I know I can get compliant foods... but when in Texas, do as the Texans:-) 
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    You all are amazing!!! Like @halfpint_aggie said, it's back on antibiotics and steroids for me. I have a homeopathic nasal rinse/mucus solvent that spared me sinus surgery 10 years ago... I swear by it! But it's not cutting it this go around!  @Betsie_n I'm intrigued by the oregano pills and if I can get out to Sprouts tomorrow, I'll look for them. Otherwise I check Amazon. I woke up fine yesterday and looked like death warmed over by evening. I went to urgent care again today. 
    My husband is gone til Sunday but thankfully my mom is here til Friday to help with the kids. I hope to be amongst the living before then! 
    She still doesn't know I'm doing whole30. All meals have been compliant obviously... minus that small glass of wine. (That I felt more than usual)
    I have found "my people" in you all... that heavy pour of one-- ok two-- glasses more regularly than I enjoyed writing down on an intake form for a new doc...  and @halfpint_aggie I, too have been gaining like .5/week for the last 8 months or so... so I feel you! 
    I didn't do weighing or measuring. I feel like nothing much has changed... but maaaaybe 4-5 lbs... a far cry from the 17 lbs I lost my first round. I shoulda lost that in just the sugar-in-coffee and wine, much less cheese, butter, and chocolate... I hope continuing on plan for another 10-15 days til my weekend getaway with my husband will help shed those lbs.  I figure I have a total of 50 to lose , but would like to lose 10 before the weekend away. Maybe not being sick so much, and trying to be better about eating more fats, I might be successful. 
    I still want to have another child in the next year or so, so my goal is to continue mostly on plan until pregnancy, and lose what I can and do my best during. Pregnancy and I don't get along so well so being sicker than a dog til 26 weeks doesn't really help much. But I always gained weight, obviously, so nausea never really treated. Maybe starting with a whole30 mindset maybe I would circumvent the nausea?? Who knows. Here's to continuing healthy eating options and making it work for us!
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from Betsie_n in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    You all are amazing!!! Like @halfpint_aggie said, it's back on antibiotics and steroids for me. I have a homeopathic nasal rinse/mucus solvent that spared me sinus surgery 10 years ago... I swear by it! But it's not cutting it this go around!  @Betsie_n I'm intrigued by the oregano pills and if I can get out to Sprouts tomorrow, I'll look for them. Otherwise I check Amazon. I woke up fine yesterday and looked like death warmed over by evening. I went to urgent care again today. 
    My husband is gone til Sunday but thankfully my mom is here til Friday to help with the kids. I hope to be amongst the living before then! 
    She still doesn't know I'm doing whole30. All meals have been compliant obviously... minus that small glass of wine. (That I felt more than usual)
    I have found "my people" in you all... that heavy pour of one-- ok two-- glasses more regularly than I enjoyed writing down on an intake form for a new doc...  and @halfpint_aggie I, too have been gaining like .5/week for the last 8 months or so... so I feel you! 
    I didn't do weighing or measuring. I feel like nothing much has changed... but maaaaybe 4-5 lbs... a far cry from the 17 lbs I lost my first round. I shoulda lost that in just the sugar-in-coffee and wine, much less cheese, butter, and chocolate... I hope continuing on plan for another 10-15 days til my weekend getaway with my husband will help shed those lbs.  I figure I have a total of 50 to lose , but would like to lose 10 before the weekend away. Maybe not being sick so much, and trying to be better about eating more fats, I might be successful. 
    I still want to have another child in the next year or so, so my goal is to continue mostly on plan until pregnancy, and lose what I can and do my best during. Pregnancy and I don't get along so well so being sicker than a dog til 26 weeks doesn't really help much. But I always gained weight, obviously, so nausea never really treated. Maybe starting with a whole30 mindset maybe I would circumvent the nausea?? Who knows. Here's to continuing healthy eating options and making it work for us!
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    laurenmccracken reacted to halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    I had my taco salad at lunch. And it was delicious. But I’m really glad now that the 1 year-old is the only one home with me.  Such stinky farts. It’s bad guys. 
    I did a full 10 day plus reintroduction before & never had this kind issue.
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    It's Halloween and I'm sick AGAIN! This cold just will not go away! I was feeling so great on antibiotics, finished them, and 3 days later sick again. Meh!!! Besides the small glass of wine I had, my meals have all been compliant. My husband just thought I'd go have tacos tonight... um no... 
    im home passing out treats while my mom and husband take the girls out. I'm making myself a compliant meal while they're out so I will have eaten before tacos. 
    I didn't weigh or measure myself, but my clothes don't feel any better or fit at all for that matter so that's a bummer! I lost 17lb the first time... oh well. I'll keep on keeping on for now! 
     
    Happy Halloween!
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    laurenmccracken got a reaction from halfpint_aggie in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    It's Halloween and I'm sick AGAIN! This cold just will not go away! I was feeling so great on antibiotics, finished them, and 3 days later sick again. Meh!!! Besides the small glass of wine I had, my meals have all been compliant. My husband just thought I'd go have tacos tonight... um no... 
    im home passing out treats while my mom and husband take the girls out. I'm making myself a compliant meal while they're out so I will have eaten before tacos. 
    I didn't weigh or measure myself, but my clothes don't feel any better or fit at all for that matter so that's a bummer! I lost 17lb the first time... oh well. I'll keep on keeping on for now! 
     
    Happy Halloween!
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    laurenmccracken reacted to TerriN in First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!   
    Congrats ladies for making through! Virtual high 5 & hugs! As you know whole 30 isn’t f0r the faint of heart- I’m sure that this thread began with many members but only you stuck with it, put yourselves first, conquered  obstacles & made it to the finish line. Please take time to acknowledge your bad ass self this morning! Woo hoo!!! It’s not always about the race but the journey along the way!!!!