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  1. tammi2shoes

    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    OMG! I lost 20 lbs!!!!! This is insane. I feel GREAT! I did my first Whole30 while finishing a Master's thesis (and graduating), getting a new job, planning an out-of-state move, and having to trust my mother to help me remotely find a new condo. Holy crap! I would normally have probably GAINED 20 lbs managing all of that at one time. I ALSO NEVER WORKED OUT ONE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I injured my hip back in January, and I've been out of the gym ever since. That said, I am hoping to reintroduce working out to my routine, but the fact that I've seen so much improvement from sleeping better, to stronger, longer nails, to a pretty miraculous drop in weight, while eating whole meals everyday and never going hungry is INSANE! I also realized yesterday, while having a packing bonanza in my apartment, that I don't obsess over food these days. I'm not always thinking about what I'll eat, how I'll eat it, or how I hope eating will make me feel (or not feel), nor do I think about food or what I've eaten and feel shame or regret. That last bit is HUGE!!! Not once in the past 30 days have I recalled a prior meal or snack or binge and beaten myself up about it. This truly has been an amazing journey!!! Holy geez! Now...I am going to finally toast my new degree, new career, and new home this week. Probably more than once. But I will be starting another Whole30 next week after I assess how reintroducing alcohol makes me feel. I may also try to reintroduce beans and legumes...those are the only things I really missed doing W30 this first time around. I'd like to know how they impact my body so that I can make some informed decisions about what I can tolerate during future breaks in eating clean. I'm totally freaking amazed today. On cloud 9!
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    "Leaner Creamer"

    Thanks so much, Shannon!! The ingredients list found on the Groupon did NOT include everything. I will let her know that it is not compliant. I'm pretty sure she's going to buy it anyway, but this is a good lesson that buying online is tricky!!!!! I also think that she's not going to commit beyond Whole30-ish, which I am totally fine with. I am just happy that she sees that she can make changes. For years she's taken this position that she is too old to turn anything in her life around, and I'm constantly trying to help shift that perspective. It's hard to watch someone completely give up. Plus 66 is NOT OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want her to be around for her grandchildren!
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    "Leaner Creamer"

    I only drink black coffee with no sugar (I prefer it that way, and have long before committing to W30), but I'm getting my mother on board with this. It means a lot for me to help her get her weight and health under control, and I'm looking forward to moving back to DC so that I can be closer to her and help support her. She does NOT like her coffee black and without sugar. In fact, she practically drinks sugar milk with a splash of coffee in it and calls it a latte. That said, she came across some stuff called "Leaner Creamer" on Groupon and was very happy because she thinks that it is W30 compliant. I don't think it is, though. And even if it technically is, I'm steering her away. Here are the ingredients: Coconut oil-based creamer with citrus aurantium extract, hoodia, and green tea Made with a hint of vanilla Is it compliant?? I'm worried that bursting her bubble will make her fall off the program. She's basically been easing into it, anyway...she still eats plenty of things on the "Don't" list, but she's been making MUCH better choices lately and anything is a victory at this point. Should I let her use it, knowing that it's a step in the right direction?? She is close to 300 lbs and is about 5'4"...I'm desperate to help her see that she can turn things around.
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    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    I went out with my NYC family last night. These boys have been with me through the ups, the downs, and the in betweens while I've made a life for myself in this crazy town. We've also been a drinking bunch. (A HEAVY drinking bunch!) Anyway, we went to one of my favorite places...a restaurant in Hell's Kitchen where we are regulars. I stuck to W30 like a champ. I did not drink, and while they all had seven rounds (SEVEN!!) I enjoyed my club soda with a twist. It was weird to be the sober one, and one thing I noticed was that it was kind of hilarious to see how they get after so many drinks. I might actually like being the only one sober after a night out drinking. I've never noticed how goofy they get. I also never noticed just how bossy one of my friends gets, which was kind of weird to see. And upon reflecting, I think that we all just fall in line to appease him, but last night I wasn't really having it. That was nice--to stand up for myself and my boundaries. They continued on to get pizza after four hours holding down the bar (total drunk people decision making), and I decided to head back home instead of go along with the group. I had a nice healthy dinner early into the evening (the grilled chicken, peppers and onion skewers without the signature aioli sauce, grilled asparagus, and pureed sweet potatoes), and that held me over. It was a good night, and I found that I can hang out and be me and make smart choices about what I put into my body. All is well!! Two days to go. (I have to admit, while I plan to continue with Whole 30, I am looking forward to having at least one glass of wine or champagne on day 31...I've just completed grad school and I'm moving to another city after being in New York for so long. I've been putting off toasting the next chapter of my life with close friends and loved ones, and I'm planning one last send off for Wednesday evening. I don't see myself having more than one round, but I feel like I can't leave without toasting my time in the Big Apple.)
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    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    I'm feeling GREAT!!!!!!!!! Today was my last day at work...I'm moving back to DC, and I'm very excited to do so with my new eating habits. I HAD to have lost at least 10 lbs. That's not what it's all about...but I'm astonished by how clothes are fitting me now. Gah! If I do another round of this I may just get back to where I was this time last year. I haven't been working out at all, so I can't wait to incorporate that into my daily habits once I move. I was diagnosed with a labral tear in my right hip, which halted my gym activities. Things are feeling much, much better...and I think that with continued rehab and a slow reentry into the gym, I may see some real transformations mentally and physically. My co-workers put together a big goodbye surprise (that was such a surprise I scheduled a meeting at the same time they planned the celebration, lol...whoops!) and they got a WIDE array of cupcakes. I mean...every kind of cupcake you can imagine was right there on that table. Red velvet, banana cream, s'mores, chocolate-chocolate, lavender and vanilla, etc, etc, etc. There were like fifty cupcakes!! I DID NOT HAVE OR EVEN TOY WITH THE IDEA OF HAVING ONE! I felt bad, because it was for me...but everyone understood. And I've already had to tell some colleagues that I've changed my eating habits to explain myself at group outings, so they had my back. I'm feeling pretty great today, honestly. There's so much happening in my life right now, but I'm really glad that I committed to this.
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    Day 11- feeling good but problematic BM's

    Lol, PhysicsHippie. (I used to live in Fitchburg!! I miss the Madison area...Wisconsinites are such nice people. W30 must be hard in the land of cheese!) pineappleprincess - I found the forums in the Ladies' section to be most helpful. That's where I found the post about poops. There are a lot of candid discussions taking place in that category.
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    Day 11- feeling good but problematic BM's

    At the beginning, I was having major concerns about my regularity and, well, frankly...my poops. I found another forum post, and an experienced W30-er suggested flax seed in water. I've actually started adding flax seed to my morning bananas, slivered almonds, and cinnamon in homemade almond milk. I've also gotten back into the gym. I was always regular, like a Swiss train. I was actually downright proud of my GI tract, because I felt like I was having super healthy poops on the regular, so I was quite dismayed my first two weeks of W30 when I wasn't going so regularly and was experiencing bouts of constipation, followed by diarrhea. Alls I can say is, give it time. It wasn't until last week that I feel like my bowel movements were creeping back to normal and it's only been this week that I feel my digestive/GI systems have stabilized. I was experiencing AWFUL gas that was painful and LOUD. Try to give it another week. Like I said, flax has worked for me as well. I've also started eating more fibrous veggies. I'm NOT a fan of celery, but I found a really yummy way to incorporate it into my meals these days. As was suggested to me when I posted to another chain about my concerns, it seems like my system had to reset. It's also taken some time getting used to my new eating habits. I think that our bodies get accustomed to having to break down crappy food. The human body is amazing and adaptation is key. We've adapted to horrible diets. As for the last question, all I can offer as advice is that it helps to find something that excites you about food, and meal prep can be fun. I know it sounds stupid, but in 2014 I began to shift my eating habits and I lost 75 lbs, but it was all because I started to look up easy, fresh, fun things to cook. I've become a VERY experimental cook. I also found certain things that became staples -- simple and easy for me to make from memory, where I could be missing one or two ingredients and still be able to make it work. I was still consuming sugar and buying foods with additives, etc, so trying Whole30 has been yet another shift (that I'm hoping will become a lifelong habit/second nature), but I was able to become one with my kitchen and make really cool things that got me excited about my new healthy lifestyle. That year, I was promoted to a very tough position in NYC healthcare and also started a grad school program (full time), so I was pulling 75 hour weeks, but still did meal prep. Sometimes I look back and wonder how the heck I made it, but it's better to just take the win and move forward. Lol! That's my two cents.
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    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    FINALLY! On DAY 17...my stomach and GI system seem to be stabilizing!! Gah! I'm soooo happy that I'm no longer experiencing weird pains and rumblings after I eat. I was getting worried that I couldn't do this any longer and/or that I had a much bigger issue on my hands that a change in diet couldn't fix. I'm very happy about this new development. That said, I'm starting to have cravings again. Mostly for chocolate and sweets...and I think I know why that's happening, but I'm hoping that I can find ways to redirect those thoughts. Lol!
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    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    Day 16 -- I feel pretty good, and I can absolutely tell that I've changed physically. I can fit clothes that I couldn't fit just two weeks ago and OH, MY GOD...MY SKIN!!!!! My skin and complexion had gotten pretty bad since about January. Right around the time that I went through a medical issue and my body was going through a ton of changes. I also fell into a depression and started eating very, very poorly and stopped exercising. Anyway...that's all in the past...I bring it up to note that I've been struggling with my skin (among other things) for a while. This week (and ONLY this week), things have turned around tremendously. Last week I was still lamenting terrible acne that was painful to the touch. This morning, though, I looked at my skin and was like, "WOW!" It's dewy and glow-y, and CLEAR. My nails have also grown and are incredibly strong. My nails had gotten so brittle and fragile, but all of a sudden now they've grown, aren't breaking (despite the fact that I'm moving to another state and I've been packing and moving boxes around and cleaning). My nail beds are super healthy and no little white specks/bruising under the nail. It's crazy. I love it. They sound like weird things to obsess over, but the state of my skin had me super upset. My profile avatar is from last spring when I had gotten in pretty good physical shape, and my skin was PERFECT. I can see my skin returning to that state, and I'm really, really happy about it. Also, one of my favorite ways to pamper myself since college has been taking a Sunday afternoon to do my own nails...give myself a mani/pedi, so having my nails look so awful all the time took away something that gave me the opportunity to enjoy "me time" on a regular basis. I'm glad to have that ritual back. Just me, some Game of Thrones, and my nail kit. Just a couple of little halfway point NSVs.
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    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    Thanks for the response! Things haven't really gotten better. I'm going to hold on until I hit the two week mark to let things balance out. But yesterday, after eating lunch (one palm sized half of a salmon filet topped with avocado "salsa" and a really nice, homemade side salad of mixed greens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes with light olive oil and balsamic vinegar) my stomach was in PAIN!! I could not focus it was so bad. It is most definitely gas and bloating. It has been so bad these past few days and it has to go away for me to continue. Then I came home from work and practically passed out. This is so unlike me. I am very active, and the fact that I haven't had the energy or stamina to make it through a work day, let alone make it to the gym is totally odd. I actually took today off because my stomach was hurting most of the night and I am now a little afraid to eat. If it does persist, I may take your advice and troubleshoot things in the forums. I am really hoping that it is my system trying to get to a new [healthier] normal. Today hasn't been so bad, but I've been really shying away from eating, which isn't good, I know. I'm going to try to have a small piece of chicken and some cauliflower and a salad. I have plans this weekend to try to make a simple W30 approved soup. We'll see. I'm still keeping it positive, I'm just dumbfounded with this stomach issue.
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    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    First weekend of Whole30... I've fallen victim to random [accidental] napping and it makes me feel like I'm pregnant or something. Lol! I mean...if I didn't know for certain that I am NOT, I could see how someone would think that the fact that I'm so prone to falling asleep these past couple of days must mean that I am with child. I also have made it through the week with minimal cravings. That is, until today. Since about midday, I've been beating back some INTENSE cravings for cookies, cheese, chips, and pancakes (not all at once). Again, if someone were just casually observing me, they would most certainly immediately think that I must be preggo. Luckily, I am finishing up my masters, so I am feverishly writing and re-writing my capstone research paper and my final presentation to a faculty panel, which is Wednesday. I say "luckily" because it means that I legitimately cannot go out. No outings with friends or NYC brunches...and NO TEMPTATIONS. But I will at some point have to come to terms with how I plan on handling weekends and socializing on Whole30. I did very well yesterday facilitating an all day training, which started with Dunkin Donuts and a continental breakfast, and went downhill from there. I also met up with a friend and his aunt and uncle who were in the city from out of town, and I resisted wine, bread, and an AMAZING MENU at MY FAVORITE ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN ALL OF NYC (Mia Pia). I couldn't believe it...but I chalk it up to exhaustion. Lastly, is anyone else experiencing insane GI changes????????? My digestive tract has been all over the place the past few days (since Wednesday or Thursday). I've gotten used to weird pains and rumblings down there for some time, which was a contributing factor to my decision to try this process and attempt to form some new food related habits, but I've always been very regular (sorry if that's TMI). Well, this week...my regularity has been interrupted and I have so much gas and still lots of happenings in my tummy. Things haven't been disrupted terribly, but as someone who could practically time her bathroom trips like a Swiss train, it's really been bothering me that my schedule is off. I don't know. Is this normal?
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    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    I feel like we have similar stories. After successful weight loss over the past two years, I had a pretty traumatic loss and then some health issues that led to a 25 lbs weight gain. That said, I'm glad we're both recommitting to our health. Best of luck!
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    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    I also popped awake last night, but I did get back to sleep within 45 minutes or so. It's typical for me to wake up in the middle of the night then stay awake until sunlight. I can tell that I'm getting much more restful sleep just after three days, but I was pretty sleepy all day as a result of waking in the middle of the night. Hopefully we both get some sleep tonight!
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    Starting April 25. Anyone else?

    I started Whole30 on Monday, and everything's been going pretty well so far. I'm very accustomed to meal prepping, and had success planning meals and practicing mindful eating in 2014 (I lost 73 lbs). That part was pretty easy. HOWEVER - I feel like the W30 timeline is on fast track for me. I'm on day three and already feeling super lethargic. Monday I felt super chipper and peppy, and got a pretty good night's sleep (for the first time in MONTHS). Yesterday I was very cranky and wanted to kill everything and everyone in my path, but it only lasted the day. Today...I cannot keep my eyes open. It's crazy. I feel like I'm in a haze, and even wanted to pass out while eating my lunch. I'm hoping that my experiences Monday and Tuesday mean that this phase won't last very long, but GEEZ! Whereas the book seems to break each of these experiences up into 2-3 day chunks, I'm already into days 7-10. (I know they really emphasize that each person is different...but WOW! I didn't expect to hit this sleepy wall so quickly...and this is without working out. I decided to give workouts a break as they suggest in the book, and boy am I glad I did!)