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    kirbz got a reaction from Anhe in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Anhe You know, I did just buy some of that Natural Calm that is so frequently talked about... Though I haven't actually opened it yet. I'll give it a try and see if it helps! Thanks! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @MadyVanilla Thanks for checking in! I'm glad you enjoy reading through my log and that you find inspiration in it! I'm always surprised when that happens! 
    I, too, was a poster child for SAD habits. I'm talking Lucky Charms for breakfast, Kraft Mac N Cheese for lunch, and half a tub of Rocky Road ice cream for dessert. It was bad. And I miss the convenience of it. But, I do love the way this makes me feel and I do love the food. I just wish it wasn't so much work. Guh. 
    Anyway, I wish you the very best on your own Whole30 journey! 
    P.S. If you ever get a chance to go to Yosemite National Park, go! It's worth it! (and where those photos are from) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Anhe in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, here I am again. I swore I'd never do another Whole30. I didn't think I would need it. I had such high hopes that I would truly turn what I learned from my first round into a new, healthier lifestyle. Alas, I did not. I have fallen back to old eating habits, have regained 8 pounds, and have lost all of the NSVs I gained. I'm extra, super duper tired, my joints ache, I have less stamina for physical exercise... All the bad things. 
    So, I'm doing another round and committed to making it stick this time. Today is Day 1. 
    My goals are much the same. At the end of the day, I want to be healthy again. I want to feel strong and confident in all the physical activities I want to pursue today. And someday, when I'm 70 years old, I want to still be active in the outdoors because my body is still strong and healthy.
    Some things I want to do better this round: 
    Eat more greens. Lots more. I want to eat at least a large salad every single day.  Eat more fats. I think I was light on fats my first round so I want to eat more of them, with more variety.  Eat more variety. I want to try new meats (like lamb) and more vegetables (like endive and rutabaga).  Invest more time in making interesting meals. I tended to wing my meals and they were simple. I would like to select more recipes and make nice, fancy meals to share with others. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Anhe in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    REINTRODUCTION Day 1: Sunday, October 29
    Foods Reintroduced Today: added sugar, alcohol (only that contained in vanilla extract)  
    How I Felt: I felt really full for a long time after eating two cookies. No other ill effects. 
    Meal 1: one chicken apple sausage pan-cooked in avocado oil with three scrambled eggs and spinach
    Exercise: 7.37 mile hike with 1450 feet of elevation gain
    Meal 2: baked salmon with BBQ sauce and Spice Cave Sea seasoning; mango avocado salsa
    Snack: paleo chocolate chip cookies with macadamia nuts
    Exercise (Insanity Day 12): 40 minutes Insanity (Cardio Power & Resistance)
    Post-Workout Meal: one slice deli pepper turkey
    Meal 3: none (I was still quite full from eating cookies, even after doing Insanity, that I didn’t bother with dinner)  
    Water Intake: ~100 oz
    Supplement(s): peach detox tea with two scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides after my snack
    Sleep Last Night: 10 hours 03 minutes (3:08 deep; 6:46 light; 0:09 awake)
    Thoughts/Reflections: I ended my Whole30 today, which ended up being 43 days of compliant eating. I found myself becoming quite surly and grumpy as I tried to continue eating perfectly Whole30. Poor Shawn finally sat me down and told me that I shouldn't keep doing this if it was making me unhappy. And it was. I was bitter about all the meal preparation and cooking time. I wanted to try new things. But I felt restrained by Whole30 and so I was angry about it and I wasn’t eating very much because it was all just such a pain in the ass and not worth it anymore.
    So, I ended it. By baking some Paleo cookies and eating two of them. The ingredients weren’t at all awful and they were AMAZING! And I so enjoyed the process of baking! I love baking!
    Right now, I feel happy. Which I hadn't felt in the last couple of days. It's amazing how food still has such power. We'll see how tomorrow goes. Hopefully starting my so-called reintroductions with cookies won't set my proper reintroductions back too much. I plan to go back to Whole30 tomorrow with the exception of some probably added sugar at dinner while eating out. And then I want to introduce lentils and black beans this week. Those are really the only legumes I would care to eat, and even those are rare. But I do want to do this reintroduction and learn from it everything that I can!
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    kirbz got a reaction from Emma in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 12: Friday, September 13
    Meal 1: one hard-boiled egg; bowl of zucchini bone broth soup; handful of fresh blueberries
    Meal 2: Pure Organic wild blueberry bar  
    Meal 3: grilled ribeye steak with seasoning; baked potato with ghee
    Water Intake: ~80 oz
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    Lack of cravings  Thoughts/Reflections: Once again I didn’t eat enough. I was pretty much starving again an hour after eating my large steak and large baked potato with a generous amount of ghee. My stomach felt like a bottomless pit.
    But, I’m back home now and plan to load up with food this weekend, in preparation for my three-day backpacking and alpine climbing adventure on Monday! I'm trying a new Lo Mein recipe tomorrow! 
    I'm happy to report that I'm not having any cravings and I'm not really compelled to go off plan. Though I am really sad that I can't take any Peanut M&Ms on the backpacking trip because I really, really enjoy evening Peanut M&Ms after a day romping around the backcountry. But that's more a ritual than a craving... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Emma in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 8: Monday, September 9
    Meal 1: three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk; bowl of cauliflower bone broth soup; two slices of bacon
    Pre-Workout Snack: hard-boiled egg; banana
    Exercise (6 hours, 20 minutes): 5.88-mile, 10-pitch rock climb with 2,395 of elevation gain and topping out at 10,306 feet (137 average HR; 174 max HR)  
    Intra-Workout Snack: pouch of peach, apricot, and banana baby food; pouch of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food; half mango RXBar
    Intra-Workout Meal 2: collard green sandwich wrap with four slices deli turkey, one and a half slices of bacon, half avocado, onion, sprouts and mayo; banana
    Post-Workout Snack: hard-boiled egg; pouch of sweet potato and beet baby food; can of coconut water
    Meal 3: one and a half chicken enchilada stuffed bell peppers; can of sliced potatoes pan fried in ghee
    Water Intake: ~100 oz
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    Improved physical performance Jeans and climbing harness fitting more loosely Regular bowel movements (this is a big deal because I’m pretty regularly constipated on Whole30) Thoughts/Reflections: I did it! My first double-digit multi-pitch climb!
    I don’t know if my hard work is finally paying off, if I’m turning the corner toward Tiger Blood, or if I just fueled right, but I felt great today! Honestly, it was probably a combination of all of those things and I’m so, so happy to finally see changes happening in the mountains.  
    It was hard. Most definitely, it was hard. And my legs were oh-so tired. But I never doubted that I could do it! And that is a huge improvement over my last multi-pitch climb!
    I do like the fueling strategy I used, which was basically lots of fruity carbs (thank you new Whole30 workout guidelines!). Though I think I could have used one more carb break before the summit. The final push to the summit felt like bonking more than general fatigue, and that’s likely due to the fact that I hadn’t had a carb hit in quite some time before those last few pitches. For a while, it just didn’t feel that far away so I kept holding out. And then I had an RXBar rather than fruit, which I think was a mistake. So, here’s to lots of fruity carbs for fuel!
    [Photo 1: the lake where we started, with Tenaya Peak in the background]
    [Photo 2: from the top of Tenaya Peak] 


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    kirbz got a reaction from Emma in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Prairie Dawn Oh thank you, that's very kind! I'm glad you enjoyed looking through my log and that you can relate. It really is hard! But I know how good I feel, so it really shouldn't be that hard, right? If only that were the case! Food really does do some crazy things to your mental processing! 
    Anyway, thanks for checking in! Best wishes to you too! Let's do this! 
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    kirbz reacted to Amura in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Oh, my, such an awesome place, do wonder you'd rather be there than at work!
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    kirbz got a reaction from Prairie Dawn in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 7: Sunday, September 8
    I had a bad day. I stayed compliant but it wasn’t pretty. And that’s really all I have to say about today. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Angelia in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Congratulations, what a wonderful journey! I wish you the very best as you continue on! 
    And, I might just try your hack for steak sauce. That sounds delicious!
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jihanna in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 8: Monday, September 9
    Meal 1: three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk; bowl of cauliflower bone broth soup; two slices of bacon
    Pre-Workout Snack: hard-boiled egg; banana
    Exercise (6 hours, 20 minutes): 5.88-mile, 10-pitch rock climb with 2,395 of elevation gain and topping out at 10,306 feet (137 average HR; 174 max HR)  
    Intra-Workout Snack: pouch of peach, apricot, and banana baby food; pouch of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food; half mango RXBar
    Intra-Workout Meal 2: collard green sandwich wrap with four slices deli turkey, one and a half slices of bacon, half avocado, onion, sprouts and mayo; banana
    Post-Workout Snack: hard-boiled egg; pouch of sweet potato and beet baby food; can of coconut water
    Meal 3: one and a half chicken enchilada stuffed bell peppers; can of sliced potatoes pan fried in ghee
    Water Intake: ~100 oz
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    Improved physical performance Jeans and climbing harness fitting more loosely Regular bowel movements (this is a big deal because I’m pretty regularly constipated on Whole30) Thoughts/Reflections: I did it! My first double-digit multi-pitch climb!
    I don’t know if my hard work is finally paying off, if I’m turning the corner toward Tiger Blood, or if I just fueled right, but I felt great today! Honestly, it was probably a combination of all of those things and I’m so, so happy to finally see changes happening in the mountains.  
    It was hard. Most definitely, it was hard. And my legs were oh-so tired. But I never doubted that I could do it! And that is a huge improvement over my last multi-pitch climb!
    I do like the fueling strategy I used, which was basically lots of fruity carbs (thank you new Whole30 workout guidelines!). Though I think I could have used one more carb break before the summit. The final push to the summit felt like bonking more than general fatigue, and that’s likely due to the fact that I hadn’t had a carb hit in quite some time before those last few pitches. For a while, it just didn’t feel that far away so I kept holding out. And then I had an RXBar rather than fruit, which I think was a mistake. So, here’s to lots of fruity carbs for fuel!
    [Photo 1: the lake where we started, with Tenaya Peak in the background]
    [Photo 2: from the top of Tenaya Peak] 


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    kirbz got a reaction from scoakley13 in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 8: Monday, September 9
    Meal 1: three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk; bowl of cauliflower bone broth soup; two slices of bacon
    Pre-Workout Snack: hard-boiled egg; banana
    Exercise (6 hours, 20 minutes): 5.88-mile, 10-pitch rock climb with 2,395 of elevation gain and topping out at 10,306 feet (137 average HR; 174 max HR)  
    Intra-Workout Snack: pouch of peach, apricot, and banana baby food; pouch of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food; half mango RXBar
    Intra-Workout Meal 2: collard green sandwich wrap with four slices deli turkey, one and a half slices of bacon, half avocado, onion, sprouts and mayo; banana
    Post-Workout Snack: hard-boiled egg; pouch of sweet potato and beet baby food; can of coconut water
    Meal 3: one and a half chicken enchilada stuffed bell peppers; can of sliced potatoes pan fried in ghee
    Water Intake: ~100 oz
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    Improved physical performance Jeans and climbing harness fitting more loosely Regular bowel movements (this is a big deal because I’m pretty regularly constipated on Whole30) Thoughts/Reflections: I did it! My first double-digit multi-pitch climb!
    I don’t know if my hard work is finally paying off, if I’m turning the corner toward Tiger Blood, or if I just fueled right, but I felt great today! Honestly, it was probably a combination of all of those things and I’m so, so happy to finally see changes happening in the mountains.  
    It was hard. Most definitely, it was hard. And my legs were oh-so tired. But I never doubted that I could do it! And that is a huge improvement over my last multi-pitch climb!
    I do like the fueling strategy I used, which was basically lots of fruity carbs (thank you new Whole30 workout guidelines!). Though I think I could have used one more carb break before the summit. The final push to the summit felt like bonking more than general fatigue, and that’s likely due to the fact that I hadn’t had a carb hit in quite some time before those last few pitches. For a while, it just didn’t feel that far away so I kept holding out. And then I had an RXBar rather than fruit, which I think was a mistake. So, here’s to lots of fruity carbs for fuel!
    [Photo 1: the lake where we started, with Tenaya Peak in the background]
    [Photo 2: from the top of Tenaya Peak] 


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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 1: Monday, September 2
    Meal 1: three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk; small bowl of zucchini soup; 2.5 slices of bacon
    Exercise (6 hours, 40 minutes): 10.24 mile hike with 2,895 feet of elevation gain and some class III scrambling (139 average HR; 175 max HR)
    Intra-Workout Snack: snack pack of coconut butter; Wild Zora meat and veggie bar
    Meal 2: can of lemon pepper tuna  
    Meal 3: three BBQ chicken thighs with BBQ sauce; two halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potatoes
    Water Intake: ~120 oz
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    Heartburn (for the second half of my hike) Extreme fatigue on return hike Thoughts/Reflections: Day 1. Here we go.
    I should have eaten more, especially given the big hike that I did. But, it’s such a pain in a** to eat on Whole30. So I didn’t. And the struggle continues…
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 2: Tuesday, September 3
    Meal 1: two scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk; small bowl of zucchini soup (which I ate later)
    Meal 2: three BBQ chicken thighs with BBQ sauce; one half spinach and artichoke twice baked potato; head of steamed broccolini
    Snack: green smoothie (coconut water, aloe juice, spinach, parsley, orange, pineapple, avocado) + one hard boiled egg
    Meal 3: baked salmon; two halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potato; steamed carrots
    Water Intake: ~80 oz
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    Heartburn (worse than yesterday, starting a few hours after I woke up for several hours) Extreme thirst All-day hunger (my stomach felt like a bottomless pit, even when eating a large, hearty meal) Thoughts/Reflections: This was not a perfect day. But I’m not going for perfect on this round. I’m going for sustainable. And this felt pretty simple, yet still hearty and fairly delicious.
    I’m also making a conscious decision to include green smoothies on this round, at least for this week. Again, it’s mostly about sustainability. How do I make eating whole foods easy so that it can truly become a lifestyle change? Green smoothies feel like part of that equation for me. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Prairie Dawn Oh thank you, that's very kind! I'm glad you enjoyed looking through my log and that you can relate. It really is hard! But I know how good I feel, so it really shouldn't be that hard, right? If only that were the case! Food really does do some crazy things to your mental processing! 
    Anyway, thanks for checking in! Best wishes to you too! Let's do this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Prairie Dawn in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Prairie Dawn Oh thank you, that's very kind! I'm glad you enjoyed looking through my log and that you can relate. It really is hard! But I know how good I feel, so it really shouldn't be that hard, right? If only that were the case! Food really does do some crazy things to your mental processing! 
    Anyway, thanks for checking in! Best wishes to you too! Let's do this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Ooh, good discussion! Honestly, I also don't think there are good foods and bad foods. There's simply food. 
    If you've taken the time to learn, you know how different foods affect you. That's the point of Whole30 in my mind. It's learning how food fuels you. From there, it's simply a choice. Knowing how this will make me feel, do I want it or don't I? Even if it makes you feel terrible, it's not a "bad" food because you choose to eat it in a moment that's worth it. 
    But yeah, society applies all sorts of silly judgement and labels and emotions to food. Yes, McDonald's is probably completely devoid of nutritional value but it's delicious and I decided it was worth it and so I ate some. So what? It's simply food and knowledge and choices! 
    I feel like I've read a really good article (or something in one of the books) about this but I can't recall where...
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jihanna in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Ooh, good discussion! Honestly, I also don't think there are good foods and bad foods. There's simply food. 
    If you've taken the time to learn, you know how different foods affect you. That's the point of Whole30 in my mind. It's learning how food fuels you. From there, it's simply a choice. Knowing how this will make me feel, do I want it or don't I? Even if it makes you feel terrible, it's not a "bad" food because you choose to eat it in a moment that's worth it. 
    But yeah, society applies all sorts of silly judgement and labels and emotions to food. Yes, McDonald's is probably completely devoid of nutritional value but it's delicious and I decided it was worth it and so I ate some. So what? It's simply food and knowledge and choices! 
    I feel like I've read a really good article (or something in one of the books) about this but I can't recall where...
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    kirbz reacted to Jihanna in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I think you've got it, Emma! Even McDonald's food isn't "good" or "bad", it's just options that you can choose to use or pass by... and some of the options might be better or worse for your personal situation, but you're still an adult who will make those decisions based on knowledge gained during this whole process and beyond. Food Freedom is about being able to make those choices. Sometimes my Freedom choice is going for an unhealthy (or less healthy) option because the situation makes it a "worth it" moment, but being able to find that balance and make the choices without judging myself harshly afterward was part of my goal -- another part is making sure "worth it" moments don't happen all the time, since that sort of defeats the purpose. (I want to quickly remind that "worth it" happens after reintroduction, because you have to get to baseline and determine your reactions before you can effectively judge whether or not something is worth you eating it! That can get confusing when talking about it in a during-W30 topic, so I didn't want to make anyone think I'm condoning going off-plan!).
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    kirbz got a reaction from BeginnersMind in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    Mel Joulwan (author of the Well Fed cookbook series) has a recipe for pan-fried sardines that is absolutely amazing! It's super fast to prepare and oh-so-good. I do struggle a little bit with uncooked ones directly from the can, but these fried ones are phenomenal! I could eat them every day!
    Sadly, it's not one of the recipes she has online. But, if you have her cookbooks, check it out! Though I can't remember if it's in Well Fed or Well Fed 2.... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    Mel Joulwan (author of the Well Fed cookbook series) has a recipe for pan-fried sardines that is absolutely amazing! It's super fast to prepare and oh-so-good. I do struggle a little bit with uncooked ones directly from the can, but these fried ones are phenomenal! I could eat them every day!
    Sadly, it's not one of the recipes she has online. But, if you have her cookbooks, check it out! Though I can't remember if it's in Well Fed or Well Fed 2.... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from nutburger in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Food Freedom: Wednesday, January 30 
    Today was not how I would have liked to eat. I felt "snacky" some time after breakfast but didn't feel like making anything. So I had some peanut butter. Except I ended up probably eating like a half a cup of it. That was not what I would have liked to do. It was not a very conscientious decision. I just didn't want to have to prepare a meal so I figured I should eat a decent amount of it. But then I really, really loved it so I kept eating it. It didn't even feel good to eat that much. But I did it anyway. 
    And then I didn't want to prepare dinner either. And I wanted Thai food. So I ordered takeout from a local restaurant and had Thai food for dinner. I feel good about this decision, despite that I had made it a goal to go back to 100% Whole30 eating for a little while. And it has definitely not been a little while. 
    Food choices are so odd. We have so many emotions and judgements built into the choices we make about what we eat. I don't want that. I just want to be able to embrace the choices I make. I don't embrace the peanut butter decision because that was just laziness and a stupid choice. I can feel good about my Thai decision because it was also laziness but at least a smart choice. 
    Not sure where I'm going with this. Just documenting that I'm still struggling. And that it's hard to maintain a version of food freedom that I like and can feel good about. And that I still struggle to control how much I eat when it comes to off-plan foods. 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from megbeveridge in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 2 REINTRODUCTION Day 7-8: Saturday, January 12 to Sunday, January 13 
    I did not end up reintroducing non-gluten grains over the weekend. Honestly, I just didn't feel like it. I preferred to eat Whole30. It feels pretty comfortable for me and I wanted the benefits of eating that way. I didn't want to deal with any more unpleasant side effects (even though it was only a couple of pimples). I also didn't want to mess with my cravings anymore, because I noticed a pretty significant increase in sugar cravings after that darned peanut butter! So, I ate Whole30 and it was delicious and satisfying and I felt good. 
    In fact, I'm questioning the whole reintroduction thing as I don't think it will inform anything. I'm gonna eat what I eat, when I feel like it. I still need to read Food Freedom Forever but, for special occasions and an occasional splurge, I'm gonna eat a Red Robin burger no matter how it makes me feel. And I'm really starting to feel confident that Paleo is the right long-term choice for me, so why bother? I'd rather introduce Paleo desserts! But I have a ways to go before I think I can do that without going out of control! 
    But, I'll probably carry on. I just need to plan the reintroductions better. Who knew that would be a problem!? LOL. I just don't have the right ingredients around and I don't know what to prepare to reintroduce the foods! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from megbeveridge in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Hi, I'm Kira and this is my second attempt at the Whole30. I made it to Day 7 last year and then opted to quit, deciding that it caused more stress than good (though I did quit before I had a chance to really see or feel any personal victories). I'm in a different life situation now and am committed to making it through the 30 days this time around! I'm going to log all of my meals and exercise publicly as an additional mechanism of accountability. I welcome any feedback, comments, or encouragement. I absolutely love this forum as a support network. 
    Goals: 
    I want more energy. I comment that I'm tired almost every single day and that drives me crazy. I wake up tired, I'm tired throughout the day, and I go to bed tired. I just want to be healthy again. I know I'm not and I feel it in every part of my body. I'm "only" 32 and shouldn't feel that way. I want to someday be 70 years old and still be active in the outdoors because my body is still strong and healthy.  I want more stamina to do the activities I love (i.e., hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding). I don't want to be a slave to food. I LOVE chocolate and sugar and all things bad and eat them in ridiculous quantities. I want my food freedom to allow me to have a small portion of something I love and feel satisfied, rather than getting out of control so that I eat the whole bag of chocolate or the whole tub of ice cream.  I want to lose weight. I am currently in the "obese" category, though most people would not guess that based on the way I look and the activities I do. I feel it though and know this is not even close to being a good weight for me. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from mwolfnm in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Hi, I'm Kira and this is my second attempt at the Whole30. I made it to Day 7 last year and then opted to quit, deciding that it caused more stress than good (though I did quit before I had a chance to really see or feel any personal victories). I'm in a different life situation now and am committed to making it through the 30 days this time around! I'm going to log all of my meals and exercise publicly as an additional mechanism of accountability. I welcome any feedback, comments, or encouragement. I absolutely love this forum as a support network. 
    Goals: 
    I want more energy. I comment that I'm tired almost every single day and that drives me crazy. I wake up tired, I'm tired throughout the day, and I go to bed tired. I just want to be healthy again. I know I'm not and I feel it in every part of my body. I'm "only" 32 and shouldn't feel that way. I want to someday be 70 years old and still be active in the outdoors because my body is still strong and healthy.  I want more stamina to do the activities I love (i.e., hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding). I don't want to be a slave to food. I LOVE chocolate and sugar and all things bad and eat them in ridiculous quantities. I want my food freedom to allow me to have a small portion of something I love and feel satisfied, rather than getting out of control so that I eat the whole bag of chocolate or the whole tub of ice cream.  I want to lose weight. I am currently in the "obese" category, though most people would not guess that based on the way I look and the activities I do. I feel it though and know this is not even close to being a good weight for me.