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  1. New here...I will start on December 1st. I will start no sugar today because mentally, I am just ready. I have been a sugar addict for years and I have recently discovered that I am definitely sensitive to milk products. I tried Paleo a few years ago, as prescribed by my doctor, but I just didn't keep up on it, especially after I had met my soon to be ex-husband. He never wanted me to be healthy (he definitely wasn't) and It was so hard to fight for that. I have decided that now being in a safe place, I am going to break free from not just the bondage he and sugar had me under, but to finally take control and stop making excuses. I am ready to slay the sugar dragon and move forward. A friend of mine did the Whole30 for 100 days and has made it a lifestyle to help her kiddos and they did it as a family and saw drastic changes. I'm ready to make the drastic change for my body. I'm nearly 300 pounds, biggest I've ever been and I use to be healthy and an athlete, till college and a back injury. Just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have goals and dreams and my body isn't going to be the result of those things unanswered. I'm ready to do this!
  2. Hi all! I'm Karen, and this is my fifth day on Whole30. I am 56 years old, terribly overweight, battling chronic health problems, and setting myself up for more. I have thoroughly enjoyed my food and Diet Coke addictions, thank you, but I know I have to put them behind me and change my way of living, if I have any hope of a full and healthy life. I learned about Whole30 from a friend, and it just made so much sense. So far, so good! I started tapering off the Diet Coke a few days early, and that helped the adjustment. The caffeine withdrawal headaches are pretty much gone (though I still crave it like crazy), and the only withdrawal symptom I'm having right now is fatigue. Feeling weak. I've been very strict with the rules, and plan to continue with that. Though I'm joining this forum a bit late, I look forward to benefiting from the other members' wisdom and experience. My first goal is to reset my psychological relationship (addiction) with food. I have seriously considered gastric bypass surgery, but decided against it because of the rigid diet I would have to follow for the rest of my life. Why would I be able to follow such a strict regimen for the rest of my life, when I can't stay on Weight Watchers for more than a couple of months? My obesity is just a symptom, and I need to get at the underlying causes. I also hope to alleviate some other health problems, both mental and physical. These include depression, ADD, eczema, chronic inflammation, swelling and pain in my joints and muscles, blood sugar fluctuations (pre-diabetic), overwhelming fatigue, being very slow to heal, and other fun indignities which shall remain under the category of TMI (too much information). I'm very pleased that I'm doing so well so far, as self-discipline has never been my strong suit. And I'm not hungry at all! Not even cranky! (Yet.) Getting to Day 30, even if I were to have no other benefits, would prove to myself that I am in control of what I put in my mouth. Wish me luck!
  3. sahara64

    June 1, 2015 Start Date

    Hi, I'm Lisa.....and I'm miserable. I looked at Whole30 a while ago...and when i saw no gluten and no sugar? Well....I thought "I can't do that" and I kept on keeping on. Then...my mild dry itchy patches of skin became aggravated...then blistered and sooo itchy. One small patch on my arm morphed into more patches on my neck, my face....finally in my ears! Miserable...i went to the doctor. I've been to the doctor for help with inability to lose weight...excessive periods....anxiety...asthma....diverticulitis... I always hear "Lose weight". I tried. I went to Weight Watchers. I tried Jenny Craig. I did a medically supervised fast. I'd lose about 20 pounds....and it would stop. For weeks, no loss or it would start coming back. They said I wasn't trying hard enough. They had no idea how hard I tried. i gave up on losing weight. I'm now 51-years-old, 5 feet tall and weigh my highest ever - 255. i figured I'd just be fat. i couldn't bear trying any more. Then...the skin thing got worse. A lot worse. My arms, my face, my neck....I look like I have some horrible disease - people stare sometimes and it's embarrassing. I went to a dermatologist who biopsied it and said "you have dermatitis - use this steroid ointment, $200 please". I asked what was causing this...."oh...you have really dry skin". I said, well, I've noticed when I give up gluten, it gets better. "oh, well, you had skin testing done, you aren't allergic to any foods..." and that was the end of her interest. I quit gluten and eggs earlier in the month - and things did start to improve dramatically. I could wear makeup again! I wasn't scrathing constantly. Then last week, a trip across the country and I ate what I wanted for four days. A week later...I'm rashed out like crazy, clawing at my skin in my sleep....and miserable. I never thought I could have my coffee black (french vanilla creamer addict) and no sugar...at all? Not happening. Well...it's happening. i can't live like this any more. So...I'm doing it. June 1. I'm sorta terrified to be honest, but I'm doing it!
  4. A Whole30 is not a plan for weight loss, but rather a template for overall better health that might include losing weight for those that need it. I just wanted to share a place I went before I stumbled upon Whole9 with the people who are struggling with weight issues. It was a dark, horrible place for me. My weight profile was the most common one in first world countries: I was overweight, teetering on the brink of obesity. I actually was technically obese, being 5'5 and about 194 at my worst. What got me up to that number was binging and dieting, over and over in a cycle. It's a boringly familiar story. From Spring 2011 to January of last year, I was on Weight Watchers. WW is THE worst thing you can do if you want a healthy relationship with food. It makes you obsess about food volume and arbitrary point-counting (the points system is designed to keep what you're eating a mystery and keep you reliant on WW for life). And WW changes their program, just ever so slightly, every couple of years, so you have to buy all their new program material to keep up. And no one who works at WW will tell you about that. You have to find that out on your own and quit eventually. Then the next bunch of desperate, overweight people, mostly women who just want to be valued by society, file into these horrible meetings. Ugh. I needed to rant about that, thanks. So, there I was after WW this time last year. I thought, maybe this is just how I am. I missed the slim youth boat. At 32, I felt old and fat. So I just tried to pick up the pieces from years of yo-yo dieting and try and accept. I found this site: http://www.bodylovewellness.com/ I'm sorry to the well-meaning Golda Poretsky who created this, but this was the deepest point of despair, the darkness before the dawn, that helped me search for health instead of being ok with being sick and fat. This woman is a life coach for obese women. She says that it's ok to be fat. It is NOT okay to be fat. Being obese is your body's way of telling you that your lifestyle is WRONG for you. She says to love yourself, you have to give up. I say to love yourself, sometimes you have to change yourself. The thing that helps the most is realizing that certain foods out there are addictive, like sugar and flour, and getting away from them will give you a clarity you've never experienced before. I found Whole9 in summer of 2012. I lost over thirty pounds in a period of about 5 months. It was an awesome experience that I can't shut up about. With another Whole30 (actually a W100), I'm losing more. What do you think about changing in order to love yourself? The act of changing things IS love to me.