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  1. I’ve watched my lady complete two rounds of whole30 and I’m finally ready to go! I know it won’t be easy but I’m so excited to learn more about how food makes my body feel.
  2. thisTimeWin

    Starting September 9!

    I'm starting my whole 30 September 9. I'm really excited but super nervous. Is anyone else out there starting 9Sep? Let's keep each other honest!
  3. Hey there, I am a 31 (almost 32) year old female that works a lot, stays fairly active but due to my busy lifestyle I haven't paid as much attention to my diet as I should. My parents both have health issues and I am determined to not go down that path. With that said, I have made the decision to do the Whole30 challenge starting on Monday (10/13/2014)! This is a big step for myself because like many other people on here, I love my coffee (with creamer) and have not paid as much attention to ingredients as I should. I was in the best shape of my life while living in Korea for a year and I base it solely on the food not being processed. I want to be happy with my body, happy with lifestyle and healthy. Thank you for offering this option and I will continue to document my progress. Kind Regards, Heidi
  4. CrunchyLutheranMommy

    Is Day 30 Worth It?

    I know this is only a question I can answer for myself... but I'd love a sound off from all of you lovely people. My family started the W30 with me, and now it's just me They are still eating what I'm cooking, so they're mostly compliant, but not totally. Which is fine. We changed our family's culture of food and that's what I really wanted. DH is happy with where he's at and didn't mind ending early; he got most of the benefits that he was going to get and he's cool with it. My daughter goes to the check out line and doesn't even want a sucker anymore. It's been really great. I, however, just felt like I owed it to myself to see this through. I just wanted to finish and see exactly where I would be at the end of thirty days. I still had two weeks left, so I decided to keep plugging along. I found out the other day, though, that we are having a conference three hours away on Day 30... ugh. Not only would I have to pack all three meals, but I would have to explain to everyone why I'm not eating pizza and cookies like a normal person. Doable? Yes. Looking forward to it? Not at all. If there's anything I hate more it's refusing someone's hospitality. (And there would be literally nothing there that is compliant. So there would be no nibbling to just be a part of the group... for the whole day.) These are people that we see regularly and network with on a professional, spiritual and relational level. The last thing I want is to be THAT person. So should I end a day early? After 29 days is all I'm doing just finishing for my own pride? Because if it's really just about me and my pride I don't think it would be worth it... know what I mean? I don't want to make the day about me and my thirty day milestone. I just want to enjoy the fellowship with these wonderful people without making them feel bad that I can't eat what they're eating or making it awkward. So Day 30. Is it worth it?
  5. Hello, everyone! I am going to start my Whole 30 journey on Monday, July 15. I'm both excited and nervous. I know this will require a lot of planning and dedication, and I have a bit of fear around falling off track. However, I'm going to do my very best to stick to the program! Now, onto the personal bits and pieces! Please forgive the long post! (If you want to skip the background information, scroll to the Summary at the bottom of my post to see what I want out of the program.) I am currently 29 years old, an editor by profession, and have been trying to follow a healthy lifestyle and lose some weight. Back in the day, I was really overweight (think size 26/28 and up in women's clothing). I never owned a scale back in high school/college, but I would estimate I weighed around 280 pounds, easily. Oh, did I mention I'm about 5'9 1/2"? I was a little more health-conscious in college, and got my weight down around 250 pounds. In Fall 2008, my job offered an at-work Weight Watchers program. I decided to try it. Toss in my first 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races; a wider array of healthy food choices; and some exercise classes, and that brings us to Fall 2011. I had lost 80 pounds and was at 170. In 2012, I started following my own ideas about healthy eating and increased my fitness. I tried new fruits and veggies, took baby steps toward gluten-free eating, and really monitored what nutrients went in my mouth. I hit 165 pounds in Summer 2012, which is the lowest weight I have ever been. Where am I now? Allow me to give you the good ... Weight: I hover between 170 and 175 pounds, never really going up too much. Appearance: I generally wear size 8 pants and M - L shirts (compared to 26/28 back in the day!). My muscles are nicely defined in a lot of areas, which makes me proud of my progress! Fitness: I exercise about 5 - 6 days a week for at least an hour per day (personal training, boot camp, kickboxing, running, etc.), run at least one or two half-marathons a year, and generally consider myself a fit person (resting heart rate of 41 for the win). Food: I eat mostly organic/locally grown foods when at home, and try to make the best choices when out at restaurants. I also try to keep processed foods out of my house (i.e., I never stray from the outer wall/organic section of the grocery store). ... the bad ... Weight: As I said, I hover between 170 and 175 pounds. While I never go up too much over that, I also can't seem to get my weight to go down any more. I know weight is not everything when you take muscle mass into account; but, I don't like it that I am at the top of, or slightly over, the highest weight on the "Normal" range on those random BMI charts. Ergh. Appearance: While I can fit into smaller clothes than I used to, I still have a pretty large stomach. This is where I seem to carry most of my weight (well, stomach + chest/upper back). Part of it is skin from losing around 90 - 100 pounds. A great deal of it feels like plain old fat, however, and it wears under my clothes as such. (You know the "back fat" rolls around where your bra sits? Going from a size 46 band to a 38 band seems to have changed nothing about those. Joy.) Fitness: Although I exercise a lot and consider myself fit, I fatigue easily. I have trouble with moves that take me from the floor to a standing position too quickly. I also have very weak upper-body strength when it comes to push-ups, pull-ups, planks, etc. I know I have gained muscle in my arms, but I still struggle after years of doing so. Food: I am a natural sugar fiend. I love honey, maple syrup, agave nectar (I know, I know), etc. So, yes, they are organic, but are still sugars nonetheless. I really want to cut back. ... and the random (and possibly ugly?) ... Sleep: I admittedly have the world's worst sleeping habits. Some nights, I'm lucky to get 3 hours of sleep; most nights, it is 5 - 6 hours with the rare "binge" on a weekend of 10+ hours in one night. Part of it is a long-distance relationship with a 4-hour time difference NOT in my favor; part of it is being a natural night-owl; and, part of it is very poor time management on my part. Meat: Although I like meat, I struggle with trying to eat enough of it. Fish is my protein of choice, with the occasional bit of chicken thrown in. Once in a blue moon, I'll pull some local/grassfed ground goat, bison, or turkey out of my freezer. After going through some of the Whole 30 materials, this has me a little worried. The "Icky": I feel bloaty or generally uncomfortable almost 24/7. My stomach never really feels "happy," and I am almost always tired. As of the past month, this "icky" feeling has escalated to a bit of a high, which was a big motivator for doing the Whole 30. Other Health Issues: I have chronic dry skin (diagnosed when I was a baby). My nails peel/break/bend very easily. I have Otitis in the inner/outer ears, most likely related to the dry skin. I show a lot of symptoms of hypothyroidism, though I have not yet had any in-depth tests (on my to-do list!). Summary: I want to feel good, and not "okay" or even "bad" most of the time. I want more energy. I want to feel happy and less stressed. I want to cut back or eliminate my sugar cravings. I want to lose this confounded belly fat and be able to see the abs that I've worked hard on and know are there. I want to be able to do more than 5 push-ups without my wrists wanting to snap. I want to enjoy my food for what it really is. I am committing myself to this Whole 30 challenge starting on Monday, July 15. I see others are starting on that day, too. I would love to help motivate one another and keep each other accountable as we all start our journeys. I am still new to the forum, but feel free to contact me (whatever that means in terms of this forum/Web site) if you'd like an accountability partner. Thanks for reading!
  6. Kotie

    I caved day 8

    Well what an Easter weekend. I thought my resolve was 100% and that I was never going to cave. But I did..... on so many levels. The slippery slope began with weighing myself. The Whole 30 program says not to weigh yourself for the 30 days. On Sunday day 7 of my program I weighed myself, I figured that with 28 days of not eating sugar or processed foods and then being on this program for 7 days I would have lost weight..... I had not, I was excatly the same. Now you have to understand that my binges are legendary. I am able to consume a tub of ice cream in a day followed by all manner of sugary treats (and this is not an occassional treat - I am able to do this at least twice a week). After nearly 4 weeks of being sugar free and 1 week of clean eating, I was so sure the weight would fall off me. I really got low and felt that all this elimination and giving up stuff was just a waste of time. By Monday I was really depressed by it all, and I succumbed. I had ice cream, 1/2 a tub...... did I feel sick after so many weeks of not eating sugar - surprisingly no I felt quite fine. Am I proud of my behaviour? No, its not sustainable nor healthy to eat in this way. So I am now back on day 1. I have learnt a few hard lessons. 1. Don't weigh yourself - it is not worth it, especially if the results derail you. 2. Prepare your meals well in advance (I have spent this long weekend preparing food for the next week). 3. Make sure you have enough food to keep you satsified so you are not tempted to eat something you should not. 4. Eat a good helping of vegetables with each meal. 5. Write down your goals very clearly and carfeully for the next 30 days and look at them every day. I feel a little wiser and little humbled by my momentary lapse. I will do better in round 2.