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    Ksprljan got a reaction from Nedster7 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Ok so here is a short summary for this round of W30. Since it was my 4th time I dived in thinking it was going to be a piece of cake "I've done this three times before so no problem, right?" Wrong. It was a challenge. Every time is different because my circumstances are different. This time around my greatest challenge was food boredom and lack of time to enjoy the cooking process (I usually love to cook and prep but this time I had so much going on in my life besides W30 that it was just really really hard to stay motivated). I am also no longer struggling with weight and I do not have any serious food related health issues so doing the W30 is an annual detox and reset for me - it is harder to stay motivated when there are no external factors to push you. I did lose 7.5 pounds this time around. I feel that my body is leaner. My weight is usually between 132 and 138 pounds. Not much tiger blood this time around, so I was a little disappointed.
    NSVs - started sleeping better the last week of W30, some workouts were let difficult, hair looks better and nails growing faster, clothes fit better and I feel better in my own body.
    Disappointments - no tiger blood, fatigue still present. 
    Good luck ladies. I will be signing of but I do wish all of you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be. The most important one is to reclaim our health through healthier eating habits. Hugs. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from Nedster7 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Ok so here is a short summary for this round of W30. Since it was my 4th time I dived in thinking it was going to be a piece of cake "I've done this three times before so no problem, right?" Wrong. It was a challenge. Every time is different because my circumstances are different. This time around my greatest challenge was food boredom and lack of time to enjoy the cooking process (I usually love to cook and prep but this time I had so much going on in my life besides W30 that it was just really really hard to stay motivated). I am also no longer struggling with weight and I do not have any serious food related health issues so doing the W30 is an annual detox and reset for me - it is harder to stay motivated when there are no external factors to push you. I did lose 7.5 pounds this time around. I feel that my body is leaner. My weight is usually between 132 and 138 pounds. Not much tiger blood this time around, so I was a little disappointed.
    NSVs - started sleeping better the last week of W30, some workouts were let difficult, hair looks better and nails growing faster, clothes fit better and I feel better in my own body.
    Disappointments - no tiger blood, fatigue still present. 
    Good luck ladies. I will be signing of but I do wish all of you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be. The most important one is to reclaim our health through healthier eating habits. Hugs. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Day 30! Bravo! We made it. I am in deep awe and respect for those of you continuing on. Thanks for the support. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from Nedster7 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Hey @pearlgirl2017 why are you missing coffee? Did you eliminate coffee? When I did my first W30 I began drinking black coffee no sugar and I have never gone back. I love my black coffee, my espressos and my turkish coffee. The taste is so much better without the milk and sugar. Like you my workouts have not been as strong as they could be. Usually by this time in the W30 I am feeling some tiger blood, but this time around all I feel is fatigue. Get some rest. 
    Tomorrow is day 30 for me and also the last day. I am not doing the whole Lent. I am so excited to have yoghurt. That is truly the only thing I really miss. Yoghurt and cheese. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Day 30! Bravo! We made it. I am in deep awe and respect for those of you continuing on. Thanks for the support. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Day 30! Bravo! We made it. I am in deep awe and respect for those of you continuing on. Thanks for the support. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    @Nedster7 Welcome. I also started in a different group and jumped in. My experience in the past has also super positive with the support from the forum. 
    @pearlgirl2017 Thanks for your support and encouragement. Means a lot. 
    Had a couple of days that were better. My mom made W30 compliant Goulash yester for my hubby and me. I cannot tell how much it means to just have one little break from the prepping and cooking. I feel reenergized and ready to finish off strong. 
    I have not noticed many NSV this time around. But I have certainly lost inches this time. All of my clothes are hanging on me like on a clothes rack and my hubby says it might be too much. My meals are large and I am not hungry but I have been exercising 5-6 times a week. My body definitely feels leaner. 
    I miss yoghurt the most. So diary will be my first introduction. I am also traveling to Florence, Italy just before Easter so pasta is definitely going to get introduced just before I leave. Since this is my 4th W30 I know that I really do not have any foods that cause me issues, except for yeast. So introduction will be a little quicker than it was during my first and second W30. 
    Wishing everyone a great day. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    @Nedster7 Welcome. I also started in a different group and jumped in. My experience in the past has also super positive with the support from the forum. 
    @pearlgirl2017 Thanks for your support and encouragement. Means a lot. 
    Had a couple of days that were better. My mom made W30 compliant Goulash yester for my hubby and me. I cannot tell how much it means to just have one little break from the prepping and cooking. I feel reenergized and ready to finish off strong. 
    I have not noticed many NSV this time around. But I have certainly lost inches this time. All of my clothes are hanging on me like on a clothes rack and my hubby says it might be too much. My meals are large and I am not hungry but I have been exercising 5-6 times a week. My body definitely feels leaner. 
    I miss yoghurt the most. So diary will be my first introduction. I am also traveling to Florence, Italy just before Easter so pasta is definitely going to get introduced just before I leave. Since this is my 4th W30 I know that I really do not have any foods that cause me issues, except for yeast. So introduction will be a little quicker than it was during my first and second W30. 
    Wishing everyone a great day. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Well into Day 22 and still no sign of TIger Blood. I am actually feeling more tired and more run down. The food boredom has definitely set in and I do not have the time or motivation to be creative in the kitchen. Professional and personal stress is also getting to me. Feeling yucky. 
     
     
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    He does help with the shopping and cleaning. But since the kitchen is "my domain" most of the work is still on me.
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Day 18. YAY! Slowly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Not missing certain foods at all. A craving creeps up every so often. 
    My husband is doing the Whole30 with me so we are supporting each other. We almost never eat out. Only on special family occasions. We also very rarely order take out, so I cook A LOT. My mom helps out sometimes, she cooks a couple days a week (mostly stews) and makes extra for my family. She is great about adapting to be Whole30 compliant on those days. 
    I am not bored with the food, I am not craving non compliant food, but I am really really sick of being in the kitchen all the time. I am either prepping, cooking or cleaning up. I feel like all I do is spend time in the kitchen. For me that is the most challenging aspect of the W30 - the amount of time spent in the kitchen. I work full time so between shopping for fresh ingredients, prepping, cooking and cleaning up I am exhausted and frustrated. I lose all that free time for me - to just sit and read, go for a walk etc. I can barely fit in my trips to the gym and a couple of times I had to skip those because I would not have time to prepare a meal for my hubby and myself and for my two girls. I know that it is about time management and that I should do more on the weekends to prepare for the week but it is still challenging and exhausting. 
    Looking forward to having a couple of days a week when I can just sleep in 15 minutes longer and have cereal or put together a quick pasta meal for dinner. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Hi fellow Whole30ers. Hope you don't mind me jumping in like this. I am living in Europe, Croatia. This is my 4th Whole30. I struggle with the amount of time meal prep requires. I have to do everything from scratch here as there are absolutely no ready made options that are compliant. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from Nedster7 in Starting March 5!   
    Hi cmac8! I will be starting on Wednesday March 6, 2019. I am planning on working through a Lent Whole30 up until April 18 or there about. I live in Zagreb, Croatia - Europe. So that means I will be about a day and a half behind you. This is my 4th Whole30. I try to do it once a year for Lent just to reset my system and clear out the toxins and junk. It gets easier every time and I am so much better about my eating habits. 
    Every time I did the Whole30 I joined a group on the forum and that has made all the difference. I definitely need the support and encouragement because some days are tough. My husband will be joining me so hopefully we can support each other as well. Let me know how your first day goes. :)
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    Ksprljan reacted to Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Today I continued my reintroduction R1D34 non-gluten grains.  I should say that I spent the 2 days since my reintroduction of legumes following Whole30 in principle... Sunday was a very difficult day for me... I had little appetite, I was alarmed that my fasting blood sugar reading was up to 7.8 and I grazed on compliant foods throughout the day.  Yesterday morning my fasting reading was 7.3 and I got mad at myself ...  I made myself eat 3 template based meals, I went for a swim and I prepped for today’s meals. Today I was rewarded with a fasting blood sugar reading of 5.8.
    What did I learn from my reintroduction of legumes?
    1.  Eat each item in its purest state so that you know what causes any reaction (case in point was my negative reaction to peanut butter from peanuts or additives in the peanut butter)
    2.  Plan the day so that meals are spaced at least 4 hours apart 5 is better... especially important for me to properly test before meal and after meal blood sugars.
    3.  Plan meals around foods that you’ve eaten during the Whole30 so the only new food is the food that you are testing.
    So on to my day:
    breakfast:  a savoury quinoa dish with some spinach, asparagus and scallions topped with a soft poached egg & a sausage ... the quinoa basically replaced my usual potato for breakfast....  I experienced a bit of bloating that passed within an hour.
    Lunch was basmati rice served with a Thai curry and cashews... gurgling tummy while eating and about 2 1/2 hours after I ate I had a few gentle burps.
    dinner chili with kernel corn added... oh oh corn is apparently a food without brakes for me... other than that no bad moments
    Results: I won’t worry if non gluten grains are included in a meal at a restaurant or when I’m out for a meal and something to be included occasionally in my own menu ... I will watch the corn situation!
     
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    Ksprljan reacted to Allis in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    R1D31... I reluctantly checked my weight this morning. I’ve lost 18 lbs!!! Feeling so good. Introducing Legumes today. Had Peanut butter with my apple this morning. So far so good. 
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    Ksprljan reacted to Allis in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Haven't checked-in in a while... I am 2 whole days away from reaching W30! I have stayed 100% compliant the whole time. I am stoked! I have energy again and it feels wonderful... I am having some anxiety about reintroducing foods. I'm finding it difficult to come up with a plan, because of the anxiety... Any suggestions? I know that I will be staying, most of the time, Paleo and I will be avoiding any refined sugars (I have found in my W30 journey that I was addicted to sugar, BIG TIME, and need to avoid it). I'm feeling so good and do not want to go through through that again. 
    NSV? My son and husband were over-the-moon that I bought them Doritos and buns to go with their dinner last night, .  The victory for me was not just taking a leap and allowing that food back into the house, it was the fact that I had absolutely no desire to "eat just one"; on the contrary, I couldn't stand the smell of them! This made me feel so good and just reaffirmed all my hard work. Another NSV, my clothes are fitting so much better.
    I had a doctor's appointment a couple weeks ago. He was very encouraging about W30. He asked me to get some blood work done and follow-up with him. My appointment is next week and can't wait to see what my labs look like compared to a year ago. Hoping to eventually be taken off some medications, that no 36 y/o should be on.
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Hello so here are my stats: lost 9 pounds and about 1.5 inches around thighs, buttocks and 2 inches around the waist.
    Reintro has been successful. I started with diary - yoghurt and cottage cheese. No side effects, feeling great! I did reintros after my first two W30s so I know that yeast is a no, no for me and of course sugar - so I am just bringing back my favorites one day at a time, keeping yeast and sugar out!
    I hope everyone is doing well. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Hello so here are my stats: lost 9 pounds and about 1.5 inches around thighs, buttocks and 2 inches around the waist.
    Reintro has been successful. I started with diary - yoghurt and cottage cheese. No side effects, feeling great! I did reintros after my first two W30s so I know that yeast is a no, no for me and of course sugar - so I am just bringing back my favorites one day at a time, keeping yeast and sugar out!
    I hope everyone is doing well. 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Hello so here are my stats: lost 9 pounds and about 1.5 inches around thighs, buttocks and 2 inches around the waist.
    Reintro has been successful. I started with diary - yoghurt and cottage cheese. No side effects, feeling great! I did reintros after my first two W30s so I know that yeast is a no, no for me and of course sugar - so I am just bringing back my favorites one day at a time, keeping yeast and sugar out!
    I hope everyone is doing well. 
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    Ksprljan reacted to Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Yesterday was R1D31 for me & I started the reintroduction phase of Whole30, I’m super excited and scared at the same time.
     Before I get into my results from my first food reintroduction, I need to confirm what Improvements I achieved while following Whole30.  In addition to my lack of GERD symptoms & leg cramps, I saw a drop in my blood pressure  and drastically improved blood pressure blood sugar readings.  I weighed yesterday and have lost 10.8 pounds and approximately 5 inches off of my bust, waist and hips (I don’t know the exact number because I couldn’t find a measuring tape at the beginning of the whole 30 instead I used my cat’s leash).  
    My first reintroduction food group was legumes so:
    At breakfast, I included hummus with snap peas (I loved the taste and only experienced a slight twinge in my stomach).  I enjoy hummus and chickpeas in general (especially curry) so would like to include them as a weekly vegetarian meal option in the future.  The hummus that I bought for the reintroduction test listed soybean oil in the ingredients which may have been the cause of the slight stomach twinge..  I would make my own in the future.
    Lunch included a serving of peanut butter (it didn’t taste as I remembered and within 30 minutes, I was writhing with stomach cramps and had diarrhea.  This passed within a half hour but then I experienced some sharp muscle pain at the top of my right shoulder that radiated into my neck.  Needless to say I shan’t eat my old peanut butter again.  After I complete the Fast Track, I will introduce peanuts again without the additives.
    dinner included peas which I enjoyed but... the muscle pain returned followed by a brief headache.  I was also really hungry within a few hours of eating and started snacking...I will have to eat these in moderation if at all.  I may also try yellow split peas later because split pea soup is a favourite vegetarian meal.
    Snacking on potato chips led to leg cramps after I went to bed.  The chips were a food without brakes for me and thus will likely only be consumed in moderation when out.  Dang one of my favourite things to eat but obviously one that is not good for me.
    good luck everyone when you start your reintroduction phase,
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    Ksprljan reacted to Chelsea Cooper in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Today is day 32 for me. I reintroduced alcohol yesterday in the form of Angostura bitters which I normally but in my club soda. It wasn’t the best day to reintroduce since I was already suffering from a migraine, I’m going to wait until I reintroduce everything else and see if that has any changes on that go around. Other than that this has been great, I’m not sure about the weight loss, but I’ve gone down at least one pants size and everything is toned up. I’ve had some skin issues the last week but I’m not sure if that’s from my regular lady hormones or the hormone rebalancing from eating. Legumes are next on my list. 
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    Ksprljan reacted to ndelarosa in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Congrats everyone completing Whole30 and hopefully everyone had a good reintro for those who did!  I introduced beans which I had no issue with and had 1 packet of brown sugar in my coffee in the morning. That was my first thing and did get a little bloated. I have not weighed myself but did feel some pants a little looser. Although, my stomach is not flatter and my love handles are still existent. I just think at this point it's my medication, which I then may stop. There is no clean eating and exercise that has changed that and it makes me upset. Overall, this was such a good learning experience in terms of how to eat and what to eat that is healthy but not just make it grilled chicken and salad. I hope to continue but hopefully I can see my tummy go down a little bit.
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    Ksprljan reacted to ShannonM68 in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Yesterday was day 31 for me.  And of course I woke up sick, probably a cold.  My plan was to start the reintroduction with beans but then decided to wait to reintroduce until I feel better.   I did get on the scale.  I am down 5 pounds and as I said in a previous post my belly is flat and I have a waist again.  That my friends was worth it.  I am still feeling far more fatigued than I think is normal.  I may need to explore that further.  Since this has been a Lenten discipline I am thinking about how I plan to break the fast without messing up all of this work.  
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    Ksprljan reacted to Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    And Day30 dawns...  tomorrow I will begin my reintroduction phase and I’m amazed at what a difference 30 days of not perfect healthy eating can make!  I refer to the 30 days as not perfect because I actually felt so good when I read in my Day by Day daily guide that there is no perfect Whole30.  That took the pressure off and kept me moving forward, making adjustments and learning as I listened to my body.  The word that I’ve used most in the past 30 days is “compliant “, my most used phrase is “it’s got sugar added” usually stated with an exasperated tone!  Tomorrow the scale and leash (couldn’t find a measuring tape) will tell their tale, however those results won’t define my Whole30 experience! I’m looking forward to reintroduction 
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    Ksprljan got a reaction from Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Day 30! Yup, we made it! Not sure what tomorrow will bring! A gentle reintroduction for sure! I have some social events coming up but do not feel anxious that I will be tempted to slip at all. How is everyone doing?