kirbz

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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Starting August 20!   
    @HoustonLivingMy go-to pre-workout meal is a hard-boiled egg and a handful of coconut flakes. My go-to post-workout snack is a handful of chicken breast cubes and a handful of sweet potato cubes. :-) I hope that helps! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Hope4Overcomers and @wp3 Thanks for the suggestions on Larabars and RxBars! To be completely honest, I'm kind of an all-or-nothing kind of person, so they don't really appeal to me. One, I don't like the taste of them (I've tried a variety and they're really just meh). But mostly, if I'm doing Whole30, I'm trying to be healthy and the healthiest option for me is a Wild Zora meat and veggie bar. So I'll be eating those. If I'm not on Whole30, I'm gonna take a Nutrageous or a Snickers bar!! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    I'm on Day 19 now and have settled into a pretty good rhythm. I don't have Tiger Blood yet but I wasn't really expecting it because I've been struggling with my appetite and meal planning and have, as a result, skipped too many meals to realistically expect that particular benefit to come along for me! I have been regularly exercising though, and I feel strong, so that's a good victory for me! 
    My toughest challenge is a two-night/three-day backpacking trip I have coming up next week. I'm getting everything together to be compliant, but mentally, I don't want to be. I know from my first Whole30 that I don't have any food sensitivities, so why can't I have a Snickers bar on the trail!? I'll be working really darn hard (it's one of our toughest trips yet with a log of mileage and elevation gain). I deserve it! But, I committed to 30 days so I'm gonna do it. Guh. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Hope4Overcomers I'm also sorry to hear about your injury! I don't know if this helps, but I tore my labrum a few years ago, had the surgey, and don't regret it at all! My shoulder has healed up nicely and I can continue to safely do all the things I love (e.g., whitewater kayaking, which is how it happened in the first place). I do hope you don't have to have surgery, but, if you do, I am a success story! 
    @wp3 I also love pickles! Whenever I make lettuce burgers, I have about six of them on the side. And now I've found that my local Costco sells a Whole30-compliant variation by the tub... LOL. They're really just cucumbers so they can't be bad for you, right? Maybe just plan to eat them as part of a meal? Also, note that things don't have to be organic to be Whole30 compliant so you're good to go there! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Starting August 20!   
    @HoustonLivingMy go-to pre-workout meal is a hard-boiled egg and a handful of coconut flakes. My go-to post-workout snack is a handful of chicken breast cubes and a handful of sweet potato cubes. :-) I hope that helps! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Starting August 20!   
    @HoustonLivingMy go-to pre-workout meal is a hard-boiled egg and a handful of coconut flakes. My go-to post-workout snack is a handful of chicken breast cubes and a handful of sweet potato cubes. :-) I hope that helps! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Hope4Overcomers I'm also sorry to hear about your injury! I don't know if this helps, but I tore my labrum a few years ago, had the surgey, and don't regret it at all! My shoulder has healed up nicely and I can continue to safely do all the things I love (e.g., whitewater kayaking, which is how it happened in the first place). I do hope you don't have to have surgery, but, if you do, I am a success story! 
    @wp3 I also love pickles! Whenever I make lettuce burgers, I have about six of them on the side. And now I've found that my local Costco sells a Whole30-compliant variation by the tub... LOL. They're really just cucumbers so they can't be bad for you, right? Maybe just plan to eat them as part of a meal? Also, note that things don't have to be organic to be Whole30 compliant so you're good to go there! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Hope4Overcomers I'm also sorry to hear about your injury! I don't know if this helps, but I tore my labrum a few years ago, had the surgey, and don't regret it at all! My shoulder has healed up nicely and I can continue to safely do all the things I love (e.g., whitewater kayaking, which is how it happened in the first place). I do hope you don't have to have surgery, but, if you do, I am a success story! 
    @wp3 I also love pickles! Whenever I make lettuce burgers, I have about six of them on the side. And now I've found that my local Costco sells a Whole30-compliant variation by the tub... LOL. They're really just cucumbers so they can't be bad for you, right? Maybe just plan to eat them as part of a meal? Also, note that things don't have to be organic to be Whole30 compliant so you're good to go there! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    I'm on Day 19 now and have settled into a pretty good rhythm. I don't have Tiger Blood yet but I wasn't really expecting it because I've been struggling with my appetite and meal planning and have, as a result, skipped too many meals to realistically expect that particular benefit to come along for me! I have been regularly exercising though, and I feel strong, so that's a good victory for me! 
    My toughest challenge is a two-night/three-day backpacking trip I have coming up next week. I'm getting everything together to be compliant, but mentally, I don't want to be. I know from my first Whole30 that I don't have any food sensitivities, so why can't I have a Snickers bar on the trail!? I'll be working really darn hard (it's one of our toughest trips yet with a log of mileage and elevation gain). I deserve it! But, I committed to 30 days so I'm gonna do it. Guh. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Best wishes to everyone who is (re)starting today! 
    I'm on Day 17 and honestly struggling a little bit with not being able to "reward" myself with food. My fiance and I hiked over 20 miles in the last week, including 15 this weekend. On Sunday, our hike was a bit tougher than our usual (though not our hardest hike by any means) and I really wanted to be able to come home and eat a fabulous pizza or burger and ice cream. I felt like I deserved something amazing after working my body so hard. 
    As much as I loved my first Whole30, I never got to a point where I felt like I didn't want those foods. I never got to a point where I truly changed my view on this concept. Because I do think it's okay to do that (particularly for me since I don't have any food sensitivities). I still generally like the idea of an 80/20 or 90/10 concept where I eat Paleo/Whole30-ish the vast majority of the time but then don't worry about it for times like this. 
    I guess I'm starting to really think again about what life looks like after Whole30. And I still don't have an answer that sounds good to me for forever. That's hard. I'm making such a big change. I need this to transition into a permanent lifestyle... And that's really the hardest part of all of this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Cmclean I'm so sorry to hear you're feeling so awful! Whole30 is hard but I don't think it's supposed to be that hard!
    I most definitely want for you to be able to find all the encouragement you need here on the forum. But I also think it's okay to say that maybe this isn't right for you. You shouldn't be miserable. 
    Here's how I think about it. Whole30 is intended to be an experiment to find the best way of eating for your body. Perhaps your personal experiment is simply telling you that this is not the right food path for you... 
    I know for me, personally, I quit my first Whole30 attempt. I didn't like doing that but it just wasn't the right thing for me at the time. The approach I was taking just was not right for me. And I was so unbelievably stressed trying to do the program during a time that was particularly difficult for me. It impacted my work and my relationships and I'm sure any benefit I would have gained from eating this way was outweighed by the ill-effects of stress. So I quit. And it was the right decision. 
    It sounds like you're doing everything right. I certainly don't want to discourage you, but I don't think this program is supposed to be that hard. 
    Whatever path you take, I wish you the very best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Cmclean I'm so sorry to hear you're feeling so awful! Whole30 is hard but I don't think it's supposed to be that hard!
    I most definitely want for you to be able to find all the encouragement you need here on the forum. But I also think it's okay to say that maybe this isn't right for you. You shouldn't be miserable. 
    Here's how I think about it. Whole30 is intended to be an experiment to find the best way of eating for your body. Perhaps your personal experiment is simply telling you that this is not the right food path for you... 
    I know for me, personally, I quit my first Whole30 attempt. I didn't like doing that but it just wasn't the right thing for me at the time. The approach I was taking just was not right for me. And I was so unbelievably stressed trying to do the program during a time that was particularly difficult for me. It impacted my work and my relationships and I'm sure any benefit I would have gained from eating this way was outweighed by the ill-effects of stress. So I quit. And it was the right decision. 
    It sounds like you're doing everything right. I certainly don't want to discourage you, but I don't think this program is supposed to be that hard. 
    Whatever path you take, I wish you the very best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Best wishes to everyone who is (re)starting today! 
    I'm on Day 17 and honestly struggling a little bit with not being able to "reward" myself with food. My fiance and I hiked over 20 miles in the last week, including 15 this weekend. On Sunday, our hike was a bit tougher than our usual (though not our hardest hike by any means) and I really wanted to be able to come home and eat a fabulous pizza or burger and ice cream. I felt like I deserved something amazing after working my body so hard. 
    As much as I loved my first Whole30, I never got to a point where I felt like I didn't want those foods. I never got to a point where I truly changed my view on this concept. Because I do think it's okay to do that (particularly for me since I don't have any food sensitivities). I still generally like the idea of an 80/20 or 90/10 concept where I eat Paleo/Whole30-ish the vast majority of the time but then don't worry about it for times like this. 
    I guess I'm starting to really think again about what life looks like after Whole30. And I still don't have an answer that sounds good to me for forever. That's hard. I'm making such a big change. I need this to transition into a permanent lifestyle... And that's really the hardest part of all of this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Meg1130 Congrats on making it so far and on your feelings of being through the hardest part! That must be refreshing! 
    As for Chipotle, it looks like you got the answer you needed, but I went to Chipotle twice last week and here's what I ordered: salad with carnitas, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, and guacamole. It made quite a nice little meal and it was super nice to have a quick, easy place I can stop by for a Whole30 meal when needed. 
    For reference, here are the ingredient lists for everything at Chipotle: https://www.chipotle.com/ingredient-statement. Most meats are rendered non-compliant because of the rice bran oil... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Day 14 for me. I'm hanging in there but I've been feeling overwhelmed with the planning, meal prep, cooking and clean up. I've been skipping a lot of meals, particularly breakfasts, because I just don't know what to cook and/or because I'd rather sleep than do all that work. I'm hoping I can establish some better habits over this weekend (without the stress of work) and carry that into next week. My most sought-after NSV is that tiger blood so I know I need to be eating more if I ever have a hope of achieving that! Otherwise, I'm doing pretty good. I was proud of myself for not giving into temptation on my birthday and staying compliant! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Cmclean in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Cmclean Did you know that days 10-11 are the days that folks are most likely to quit their Whole30 journey? It's true! So, you're certainly not alone in feeling what you're feeling! In fact, it's kinda a normal part of the process! 
    From personal experience though, I can tell you that it is worth it to just push through. You came here for a reason! So remind yourself of those reasons, and know that you're oh-so close to feeling something great! Take note of even the smallest of victories in the meantime! And stay strong knowing that the biggest ones are coming soon!
    You can do this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from hmg1993 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Also wanted to share an absolutely delicious meal I had last night! Here is the recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/. 
    My fiance cooks and eats Whole30 when we share meals, but not otherwise. He says this is hands-down his favorite Whole30 meal. Who knew Whole30 gravy could be so delicious!? I could eat that by the spoonful! 
    Anyway, I paired it with the mashed potatoes from this recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-swedish-meatballs-whole30/. It was truly amazing and will become a part of the regular rotation for sure! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @wp3 That's great to hear you're feeling stronger and experience improve endurance! That's a huge NSV! 
    How is everyone else doing?
    I almost gave up yesterday. It was my birthday and while I had always planned to push through Whole30 for that day, I actually went to the store and bought my favorite cake, fully planning on eating it! But I didn't! My commitment to the program definitely wanes as I get hungry. And, since I hadn't eaten by 12:00 pm after doing a 6.5 mile hike, I was hungry! But, even after buying the cake, I told myself I needed to eat a good Whole30 meal before eating it. After I did that, I didn't really need the cake anymore so I put it away. 
    I definitely need to get my meal planning together. I'm skipping way to many meals due to poor planning, lack of appetite, and feelings of being overwhelmed. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Hope4Overcomers I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish you and your boyfriend's family the very best. And congratulations on committing to a new start date. I truly believe this is a wonderful program, but sometimes life happens and I think it's perfectly acceptable to change your goals when that happens. But you should be oh-so-proud of yourself for getting right back on the bandwagon! You'll be great in this next round!
    @Elizabeth33 Aww, you didn't blow it! You made a choice, learned from it, and are back at it again! This program is already hard and I can't imagine doing it with the restrictions you have! So, don't be mad or disappointed with yourself. Just remind yourself of your goals and get back at it. We're all still here to support you and wish you the very, very best! 
    I also struggled over the weekend. I stuck with it but I haven't eaten anything in the last 24 hours because I just don't feel like it. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm starving. But nothing sounds good and the amount of meal planning and prep is just straight-up overwhelming to me right now. I haven't given up (mostly due to a pep talk and my fiance refusing to allow me to eat non-compliant foods last night), but I also haven't worked up the energy to actually cook/eat as of late. 
    This is definitely hard, but we can do it! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Day 14 for me. I'm hanging in there but I've been feeling overwhelmed with the planning, meal prep, cooking and clean up. I've been skipping a lot of meals, particularly breakfasts, because I just don't know what to cook and/or because I'd rather sleep than do all that work. I'm hoping I can establish some better habits over this weekend (without the stress of work) and carry that into next week. My most sought-after NSV is that tiger blood so I know I need to be eating more if I ever have a hope of achieving that! Otherwise, I'm doing pretty good. I was proud of myself for not giving into temptation on my birthday and staying compliant! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @wp3 That's great to hear you're feeling stronger and experience improve endurance! That's a huge NSV! 
    How is everyone else doing?
    I almost gave up yesterday. It was my birthday and while I had always planned to push through Whole30 for that day, I actually went to the store and bought my favorite cake, fully planning on eating it! But I didn't! My commitment to the program definitely wanes as I get hungry. And, since I hadn't eaten by 12:00 pm after doing a 6.5 mile hike, I was hungry! But, even after buying the cake, I told myself I needed to eat a good Whole30 meal before eating it. After I did that, I didn't really need the cake anymore so I put it away. 
    I definitely need to get my meal planning together. I'm skipping way to many meals due to poor planning, lack of appetite, and feelings of being overwhelmed. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from hmg1993 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Also wanted to share an absolutely delicious meal I had last night! Here is the recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/. 
    My fiance cooks and eats Whole30 when we share meals, but not otherwise. He says this is hands-down his favorite Whole30 meal. Who knew Whole30 gravy could be so delicious!? I could eat that by the spoonful! 
    Anyway, I paired it with the mashed potatoes from this recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-swedish-meatballs-whole30/. It was truly amazing and will become a part of the regular rotation for sure! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Cmclean in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Cmclean Did you know that days 10-11 are the days that folks are most likely to quit their Whole30 journey? It's true! So, you're certainly not alone in feeling what you're feeling! In fact, it's kinda a normal part of the process! 
    From personal experience though, I can tell you that it is worth it to just push through. You came here for a reason! So remind yourself of those reasons, and know that you're oh-so close to feeling something great! Take note of even the smallest of victories in the meantime! And stay strong knowing that the biggest ones are coming soon!
    You can do this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Cmclean in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @Cmclean Did you know that days 10-11 are the days that folks are most likely to quit their Whole30 journey? It's true! So, you're certainly not alone in feeling what you're feeling! In fact, it's kinda a normal part of the process! 
    From personal experience though, I can tell you that it is worth it to just push through. You came here for a reason! So remind yourself of those reasons, and know that you're oh-so close to feeling something great! Take note of even the smallest of victories in the meantime! And stay strong knowing that the biggest ones are coming soon!
    You can do this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from hmg1993 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Also wanted to share an absolutely delicious meal I had last night! Here is the recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/. 
    My fiance cooks and eats Whole30 when we share meals, but not otherwise. He says this is hands-down his favorite Whole30 meal. Who knew Whole30 gravy could be so delicious!? I could eat that by the spoonful! 
    Anyway, I paired it with the mashed potatoes from this recipe: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-swedish-meatballs-whole30/. It was truly amazing and will become a part of the regular rotation for sure!