Vian Posted June 22, 2013 Share Posted June 22, 2013 Hello! I'm new to these forums but have been lurking around the Whole9 site for a while now. A little about me... I'm 27, female, about 5'9" and started this journey 2 years ago at 270 pounds. I couldn't climb a flight of stairs, my knees and feet killed me if I had to stand all day, and I was just generally miserable in my own body. Last January I decided to do something about it. I started off really slow, only losing a couple pounds a month, then kind of gave up over the summer while I was doing some major remodeling on my house (luckily I only gained back 5 of the 20 pounds I had lost) That fall I got really serious, started keeping a food journal and working out daily, counting my calories and obsessing over what I should eat. I was at that time eating a "Standard healthy diet" but staying away from processed foods. I ate lots of veggies, lean meat, and whole grains, trying to keep the fat down (because fat makes you fat, right? - wrong). I lost another 25 pounds in about 4 months at the end of last year, putting me down to 230. Then at the very end of the year, I was looking for a home-made lotion recipe, which I found on a site called wellnessmama.com. It totally changed my perspective of food. I joined a forum called Nerdfitnessrebellion.com that promotes healthy living in all its forms, but has a very strong paleo community. It was there I was introduced to the idea of Whole30 and Whole9life. January 9th I dove head first into paleo eating, only keeping my beloved dairy in my diet. I lost another 15 pounds over 2 months. Then I got sick. I had some kind of "chicken-pox-like virus" that made me break out in raised, red spots all over, and got into my knees and made them swell up so I couldn't walk. I went to the ER and was told I had chicken pox. It took 5 weeks to fully recover from that and during the whole process, being unable to stand in the kitchen and cook for myself, I was forced to eat what my family provided. - not paleo. Immediately after that, I started my clinicals for school, essentially working as an intern 32-40 hours a week, plus going to school full time. I just didn't have it in me to go back to paleo, though I did try to limit my intake of grains, I fell back into my sugar addiction. Well, now I am out of school, looking for a job over the summer, and have plenty of time on my hands. No more excuses! I just read ISWF and I'm totally re-motivated to stick it out! I started my Whole30 yesterday and was confronted with the WORST caffeine withdrawl headache I have ever expirienced. I know coffee is technically allowed, but I can't have it without cream, even coconut milk doesn't do it. Today I'm without the headache, but still feeling rather blah. Looking forward to the end of the carb flu! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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