Beckha99

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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    I don't think I can drink coffee without creamer. It is too bitter, I think. My husband said I should try the almond or coconut milk creamers, but they always seem to separate in the coffee which looks totally gross to me.
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Day 31- Well I finished! I am happy, but also surprisingly numb. If I haven't mentioned it before, I am good at having a routine and guidelines. I feel like I am just floating around now without direction and it is only day 1 post whole30. It could be that I just came in from what felt like a hard run/walk, and I haven't eaten yet. I hope that is it. So this morning I was excited to get my coffee and creamer back. It was in a word, underwhelming. I had my regular 2 cups with less creamer than normal because any sugar after 30 days of no sugar tastes like too much. I took my kids to school and went for my run/walk. In the span of 2 hours from the time I drank my coffee, my cramps are back, and my stomach feels just yucky. It is a possibility that I might have a slight dairy issue. I have no problem drinking iced tea to get my morning caffeine but the place where I got my tea no longer make it!!! URRRGGGG!!! When I was in the throws of the whole30, all I could think about what being done most of the time. You know, I wish I had this or that. Now this coffee situation makes me wonder if things are really worth it. Do I really want the coffee and creamer if it tastes kinda good, but then makes me feel gross? I don't think I do to be honest. That's a big epiphany for me. All day yesterday, I had my things planned for today. I get my coffee back in the am, eat compliant for all my meals and snacks, and then tonight I would get one glass of red wine and a little piece of dar chocolate. Then tomorrow back on the wagon 100%. Now I am rethinking the wine and the chocolate with the way my body is already reacting. Let's see how this plays out. Yesterday was super busy so I didn't get to post. It was nice not to dwell on it being the last day and all. I have a pain/stiffness between my neck and shoulder on my left side. I have tried everything to stretch it and work the knot out, but no luck. And as a result I did not sleep well last night, even though I was certainly tired. My sleep was fitful. Only got about 5.5 hours. That is the second time this week! It's a little irritating because I had been doing well on my sleep. I am hoping it has to do with my period. When all else fails, blame it on the period. Today I did weight myself. Originally I thought I would post it here. Until I weighed myself. Now, it isn't that I didn't lose weight. I did. I lost more weight then I thought I would. It is a good amount. It isn't that I am unhappy about it. The bottom line is that I am not satisfied yet with my weight loss. I am still "Obese" on the BMI. I feel better about how my body looks and feels, and that is a big step. It would be amazing if I could have just committed to 30 days and lost the entire 50lbs I needed to, but that isn't realistic. I need to work on staying positive and keeping on track. Overall, I am happy I did round 2. The way my body and mind feel are worth so much. I have come a long way from where I was 30 days ago in all aspects. I feel more in control on my own body and mind. My anxiety and depression has taken a back seat. I will keep posting as I continue on because I really enjoy the support here. I am going to keep on rolling!
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    KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand

    You HAVE NOT FAILED!!! You just figured out a way not to do things when you start again. Very few of us nail this on the first go around. I am on my second whole 30 and when I started again this time, I continued to fail for an entire week. I ate complaint, but every night I still drank my wine. Clearly not whole30. BUT it helped me ease into my food changes for that week, and find some new recipes that I love. I wish I could help out on the mayo front, but I am a mayo hater in all forms. Maybe there is a different kind of spread you can make. I dunno. There are some great suggestions from the ladies above. I don't know how New Zealand is on the paleo/whole30 type front, but maybe you can get some of the primal kitchen stuff via Amazon? And it is ok to relax! It seems like you are putting so much pressure on yourself here. Take the time in the next 2 weeks to really find some super easy go-to meals. That way you have something to fall back on if your new recipes don't turn out as well as you'd like. As much as eggs drive me nuts some days, they have also helped in a pinch when I couldn't get an organized dinner together, or I was running behind. You've got this. We all struggle in the beginning. I know I did both times!! And when and if you do struggle come on here to vent. It alway makes me feel better, and I love the support I get from everyone!
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    I give 2 thumbs up for the hubby making dinner. Sometime the best food you can eat is just made by someone other than yourself!!! I am glad you had some help on that front yesterday! And don't worry about not weighing yourself at the gym today. In my opinion, weighing can only go 2 ways. Really good or really bad. Not that bad would be necessarily bad, but maybe not what I want to see. You know? I think you have the important part of this journey nailed! Cheers to day 31!
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Day 29 (evening edition)- I did get out and run/walk and swim today. My body felt sluggish, but after the bad sleep and having my period it is to be expected. I am glad I did it, but it took talking myself into it. I really, really didn't feel like cooking dinner tonight. I did drag myself to the grocery store and get things to make taco/cauliflower rice bowls. I was glad I did, but I didn't want to. But at least I now have the frame of mind even when I don't feel like cooking, to find a simple w30 recipe and get it done. Much better for us than ordering a pizza. So tomorrow is the "last" day. It is a bittersweet feeling. After being dragged out of the dark chocolate area by my daughter yesterday, I am kinda scared. I read one gentleman's comments today that said he has done several whole30's and never has a problem sticking with them, but when he is not on the W30 the wheels fall off. I kinda feel like that could be me. Like I intend to keep with things, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions or whatever. I hope I can stay strong.
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    I think that in some way, shape, or form, I will continue on. But I know for a fact over labor day, and then again at the end of September (for a week) I am not going to be compliant. Labor day we are going to see friends we don't see very often, and then at the end of September the kids and I are doing a trip down the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) with my sis and her kids. That is going to be 1-crazy stressful and 2-crazy busy. I know that I love the way I am feeling right now, and want to keep feeling this way. The hubs wants to go through mid-November. We will see how things go. I am hoping we can make it work somehow even if once a week or every few weeks we have something that if off plan.
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    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    I am so happy for you! You made it! Keep us posted on your reintro!!! PS-Maybe sparkling apple juice?
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Day 29- Man, I tell ya, my body is definitely giving me a run for my money here at the end. So I finally actually got my period yesterday morning. It came with it's jerk friends cramps and bloating. I always have gotten some cramping at the very beginning, but since I had my second kid it has been minimal. Not this month however! First, it was less like I got my period and more like spotting yesterday. My first 2 days are ALWAY heavy, so I don't like this change from the norm. Plus, the cramps started, and stayed all day. I took an advil around dinner time and it got a little better. Then last night I slept like CRAP tossing and turning, and the cramps came back hella worse. I had to go downstairs in the middle of the night to take something. I only slept 5 hours last night. In all fairness, I did take a 20 minute nap yesterday, because I was so tired (always happens on my 1st day). So with the 8 hours I got the night before, maybe that too contributed to my restlessness. Weirdly, everything is still really light going into day 2. I don't like changes in this department. Last time there was no change at all! I feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. And if I start reintro on Wednesday, is it going to make my cycle even more screwy? I read a lot on the ladies only section last night, and there were some real nightmare scenarios. I will cross my fingers and hope for the best. Hoping to get a lot done today, and keep my mind off of the last 2 days. Last night at the grocery store was straight up crazy. My daughter dragged me away from staring at the dark chocolate section. Scary! Well, Happy Monday all! Congrats on the 30 day mark @Emma and @LadyWolf0926!!! You ladies kick butt!!!!!
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    That is a clever way to think about it. My husband asked if I was excited to weigh myself. Honestly, no. The number on the scale is not going to match how I am feeling. I know this. I almost feel like I want to step on the scale and close my eyes, have him write it down, and then move on. I don't want to see the number. If I see it and I am disappointed, it will be easier to not stay with it even if that is not all this is about. If I don't know, I can logically say "I am still a work in progress, and I am not where I want to be yet." Is it wishful thinking? But then I do want to see. UG!!! Damn scales and numbers!!! It is stressful. Have you decided if you are going to weigh yourself tomorrow? I hope you feel better soon!
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    I know right??? So many good recipes. I think some of the recipes I found on this round have really made a huge difference in making it easier to stick to. Happy Day 30 to you!!
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Congrats my friend!!! It is amazing how much can really happen in 30 days, eh? I hope your congestion is just a little bit of allergies and not getting sick. You have been working like crazy the last few days, so I hope that things settle down a little soon. I understand being busy and forgetting to eat, but remember to take care of yourself! Especially if you are not feeling well. HAPPY DAY 30!!!!!!!!!
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Sleep, some time for yourself, and day 29!!!! I have really enjoyed your musings on your journey. You have said so many things the resonate with me over the last few weeks, and I am very appreciative. Every time I read a post I am yelling YES!, EXACTLY!, and ME TOO!. Keep it going! Cheers to day 29!
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    KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand

    Welcome! Even if you are not big into cooking, there are a lot of websites out there that have great whole30 recipes. My first time through, I swear I rotated maybe 5 meals. That was for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This time around I have definitely taken the time to look at different websites and find tasty recipes. I feel like the first time I figured it was like any other "diet" (even after I did all the reading), and I had to give up anything good. But this time, I have found some wonderful recipes that have helped me change my (and my husband's) mindset on the kinds of foods that are both clean, healthy, AND tasty! And since they don't have the sugar and all the added junk, we don't eat as much even when it is delicious. I also agree with Emma (as I often do) leftovers are life!! You can read my log and see how often I complain about my husband taking the leftovers. Some days those leftovers are the factor that keeps you on the path of the whole30 instead of giving up. I added a few of my favorite recipe websites. Most of them let you search by "diet" so you can choose whole30. They also let you know when you need to make substitutions if you are making it for whole30. Enjoy the journey. It will be hard at first, as all new things are. But the payoff is AMAZING!!! https://www.paleorunningmomma.com https://www.theendlessmeal.com https://www.thewholesmiths.com/whole30-italian-sausage/
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    THANKS! I feel mostly that my PMS mood is worse. I am still waiting for my actual period to start, but lord almighty the anger and irritation!!!! Here is the meatball recipe. Soooo good. There are a few expensive items: arrowroot powder, blanched almond flour, and the bone broth, BUT the powder and the flour you only use a bit, so you can have them on hand for the next time. There is no getting around the bone broth though. It is like $8 for a little container. PS-I used 2 lbs of meat and there were lots of leftovers which I loved!! Great job getting to day 29! You are rocking it! https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/
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    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Day 27- Oh man. I woke up today with the freaking best of intentions, even if my back was a little sore. I woke up before the alarm I set for 730a, got dressed, fed the dogs, and went out for my 3 miles. Today was just walking because I have been tired and achy with the extra exercise. It was nice and cool mid 60's perfect time for a walk. Our game today wasn't until 11, so I figured I could walk, shower, and have enough time for a nice breakfast. The walk was fine. When I got back the dogs also wanted to walk. Ok, a little irritating on the timing, but let's do this, right? So I took 3 of them out on our .3 mile loop. They were pretty annoying and kept tangling the leashes and running in 3 different directions. When I got back, I was not in the best mood to begin with. I had left the one dog we were watching who is blind, and doesn't do well on the walks. When I got back in the house, I noticed that the blind dog hoovered 2 cups of the one of the other dog's food. My husband had been sitting at the kitchen island playing on his phone. For some reason, the eating of the other dog's food made me lose my sh!#. So I was verbally letting lose, and the husband is still sitting there just looking at me. And then it got real because he said "You're totally blowing this out of proportion, and creating drama." Um, what? Even if that was the case, why in the hell would you say that? Maybe it isn't just that particular thing that got you to this point, but it was the straw that broke the camel's back my friends. Insert, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then I went berserk!!!! I mean I can lose it, but this one was absolutely ridiculous. I was screaming and yelling, and then finally when I did the stomp away, I started sobbing like a freaking baby. I had been part way through getting my breakfast together. So, no breakfast. I laid on my bed for 20 minutes, then got in the shower to get ready for the game. No longer speaking to my husband. After my shower, I ate an apple with almond butter because I knew I had to eat something. Fast forward to the game, and things DID NOT improve. From the start I knew I was still in a mood. Then the refs started to get on my nerves. BIG TIME! We played the best team in the league which was unfairly stacked with players. They didn't just beat my kiddos, they humiliated them. It. Was. Devastating. My son who is 10 mind you. Lost his junk in the middle of the game and was on the verge of tears for the entire second half. Now, you may ask why I went into all that detail, even if I was just venting. Here is the thing. I think that sometimes when you throw questions out into the universe, the damn universe B!#5h slaps you with an answer. Last night I was reading stuff on the forum. There was a lady who said she had done 3 whole30s, but quit every time around her period at 27 days, 15 days, and like 7 days. I was like man, my period makes me tired and achy, but what would make you quit at 27 days? Now, I am due any day. Today funny enough is day 27. Guess what I really wanted to do today????? I know the whole30 can throw off your cycle and everything, but this was crazy for me. I normally get a little cranky, bad cramps, and very tired for the day before and the first day or two. I have NEVER been so irritable. Ok let's call a spade a spade...I was ANGRY. I have never had mood issues like this. It is almost scary how everything was setting me off. I did not like it!!! So yeah, I can see how maybe PMS or a period could do that now. Also, it seems like the whole30 makes a lot of women's periods worse in some way or another. Shouldn't it be better? I guess I will have to call it the "hot dog theory". When I thought the w30 approved hot dogs would taste better b/c it didn't have any of the nasty stuff in there, but in reality they were just gross. It seems like it should make periods easier across the board, but that isn't reality either. Some happy thoughts....hmmm. I tried a new recipe last night for Salisbury steak meatballs. Holy heck it was good. We made it with mashed potatoes and side salads. It was like a regular meal. My family told me I can make it any time. That is a win! It was a crazy day. Not my favorite day of the whole30. It was more like another version of "kill all the things". I am glad I didn't give in. 27 days is not 30. 3 more days. It will continue on after that in some form or another. I am just not sure exactly how that will look. Happy Saturday all.