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Wow day 14

I noticed that my eyes are not blood shot.  My eyes are always blood shot and have been that way for at least 20 to 30 years now can't even remember when they have not been blood shot and it's not from alcohol.  I have allergies mostly dust, smoke, and mold.  I also have had a skin problem on one side of my nose and forehead.  It started about a year ago.  The areas peel constantly and are red.  I spent a few hundred dollars going to a specialist and buying creams and ointments which got it under control but it is still there.  Looking at it today it looks really good.  I still feel that I am eating to much and maybe need to eat more vegetables less nuts.

 

How was everyone's weekend?  I painted a bedroom yesterday ceiling and all one color.  Just have one wall left to do and the baseboard.  I have had the paint for a year now glad I'm finally getting it done.  Working today and the puppy gets to go with me.  Sundays are always slow at the dirt store/nursery.

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Day 15-6, AND I fell off the wagon.

I had a delicious breakfast, roasted poblano pepper with eggs, red chili sauce, and ham, along with Brie... My friend designed the menu so assured me all sugar free, but obviously the Brie issue, but then I had mimosas staring at me... 2 glasses made it down the hatch. I have to say I've been craving OJ for breakfast so this made it more hard to say no. I must say I rather enjoyed the deliciousness of my brunch, and I feel like I should feel bad but another part of me is like you've worked hard, you're gonna be fine. Hit the farmers market and picked up various squashes, peppers, and potatoes, so that's a plus. Then me and my friends hit up another bar, and I caved to a glass of sangria. Oh ya and saw a scale... I am looking at 7 lbs down...

I've stayed hydrated all day and I've currently got acorn squash in the oven and going to have some tilapia to eat with it.

So where am I at with all this... I feel bad for cheating with alcohol but not too bad, as I've managed to stay clean on diet, except for today, to include the dairy. My legs are looking more toned and my friends are noticing a difference. I don't like feeling restricted on life, to include eating, and so I'm rationalizing my cheats with the 'you only live once' mantra and I'm doing enough physically to counterbalance. One thing I've also noticed is that I'm always doing stuff, and sometimes I just want to enjoy the meal and drink with the occasion, so again, back to the afore-mentioned mantra.

I want to chastise myself but again, I'm proud of how far I've made it. I'm sure i won't feel amazing the next few days, but I'm sticking to my deal. Tomorrow will be 16-1, and I will work on my willpower.

Someone mentioned why we started, and my goal wasn't to quit drinking, that's not my demon. I'm fairly active and quite the weekend warrior, so it wasn't necessarily to do more physically either . It was to change my eating habits and recalibrate my body chemistry, to feel better in general, and to develop better eating habits by cooking and eating better foods.

So I'm trying, but I've got work to do. I almost feel like I'm failing you guys more than myself, if that makes sense. This isn't a joke for any of us, but maybe I'm being less committed about it than I should. In any event, I'm proud of the work we've all done and I'm glad I can voice this to all of you.

16-1, here I come!

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Day 15 all! Halfway there!

 

I feel like I've said this before, but my second whole30 is SO different from my first. I feel like I've gotten the energy much earlier in the 30 (bounced out of bed at 5:45 this morning for a workout class--what?!), and my menu planning isn't as hectic. 

 

This weekend (the end of Week of Temptation) went as well as can be expected. I talked to the waiter at the family-style Italian place on Friday, ordered a compliant meal, left very bloated (grrrrr!!). No idea what could have caused it, but still, sad. Saturday I started down beer, margs, chips, queso at a football watching party (but, luckily, I had JUST eaten lunch, so hunger wasn't an issue). Had some delicious fajitas that night with extra guac. No boozing Saturday night at a friend's birthday party (I drove so was an extra excuse to not drink). Sunday brunch was tough with the bread basket in front of me. I had a small glass of OJ (fresh-squeezed--I assume that's ok? I never drink juice, so honestly don't know what the rules are for that). I also had the fries with my meal (they were listed as breakfast potatoes, but were really more fry like). The restaurant was a fairly nice one, though, so I'm not too concerned with how they were cooked. Also, I was famished (upping my workouts has made me need more starches, oh yay), so it felt necessary to get the amount of food I needed.

 

But, in fantastic news, we're on Day 15!!! tomorrow we'll be over the hump and it's all smooth sailing from here. I remember my third week being where everything "clicked" and I was on Whole30 autopilot. 

 

Congrats on what we've all done for our bodies thus far!

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Day 15 all! Halfway there!

 

I feel like I've said this before, but my second whole30 is SO different from my first. I feel like I've gotten the energy much earlier in the 30 (bounced out of bed at 5:45 this morning for a workout class--what?!), and my menu planning isn't as hectic. 

 

This weekend (the end of Week of Temptation) went as well as can be expected. I talked to the waiter at the family-style Italian place on Friday, ordered a compliant meal, left very bloated (grrrrr!!). No idea what could have caused it, but still, sad. Saturday I started down beer, margs, chips, queso at a football watching party (but, luckily, I had JUST eaten lunch, so hunger wasn't an issue). Had some delicious fajitas that night with extra guac. No boozing Saturday night at a friend's birthday party (I drove so was an extra excuse to not drink). Sunday brunch was tough with the bread basket in front of me. I had a small glass of OJ (fresh-squeezed--I assume that's ok? I never drink juice, so honestly don't know what the rules are for that). I also had the fries with my meal (they were listed as breakfast potatoes, but were really more fry like). The restaurant was a fairly nice one, though, so I'm not too concerned with how they were cooked. Also, I was famished (upping my workouts has made me need more starches, oh yay), so it felt necessary to get the amount of food I needed.

 

But, in fantastic news, we're on Day 15!!! tomorrow we'll be over the hump and it's all smooth sailing from here. I remember my third week being where everything "clicked" and I was on Whole30 autopilot. 

 

Congrats on what we've all done for our bodies thus far!

Congrats on a weekend with control it must feel liberating.  So may I ask how long was it since your 1st whole 30.  I also ate some fries off my husbands plate when we went out for dinner last night.

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Day 15

 

I'm taking pictures again since I'm not weighting or measuring.  Also just tried on some jackets that I could not button in front and a couple skirts that I could only zip half way and they fit now.   :rolleyes:  :lol:  So those are the last big clothes that I bought and had out grown.  Can't wait to get into the other smaller clothes.  Still not feeling great but after years and years of abuse it will take time, overall thou I do feel good most of the time in comparison to before.

 

How is everyone doing, hope to hear from ya all.

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Wow! i can't believe it's day 15 already, we are halfway there :) My weekend was great, got in some exercise and stuck to plan, there were some temptations <Costco croissants> but I resisted. 

 

Drinking my free Dunkin Donuts Dark Roast coffee with no sugar/milk, not too great.....but trying to get used to the taste

 

Have a great day everyone! Let's make it a successful one!

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WARNING: I'm going to be a bit of a negative nelly. Continue reading at your own risk.

 

I like this plan. I REALLY like this plan.

 

But...I'm not a big fan of Melissa Hartwig. My translation for "tough love," which she frequently touts, is ego. I've read through most posts on this forum...and of course the book. Her responses are often inappropriately abrasive, IMHO. I won't even touch her story that involved her husband's former girlfriend and the name Melissa gave to her. Let's just say there was a bit of backlash in the community.

 

To me, these folks are the ultimate 21st century content/marketing machines. And that's not really a compliment.

 

So what am I doing on this plan, and what's the lesson for me? I'm separating the content, which is quite excellent -- from the creators. It's sort of like a work colleague. You don't need to be best friends. But you can respect and admire their work-their passions-their contributions, which in this case, I do. And you can learn from them...yeah, that's right.

 

Day 15! Feeling good and staying strong!! And...enjoying this plan.

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Happy Day 15! No matter what this path has looked like for us, we should all be proud! :) All my tank tops seem so lose on me and I just feel slimmer. I can tell I've slimmed out a little which is amazing!! I also am just so much happier now too! This has been so great and I'm totally pumped for the second half! Making a big dinner tonight so I'm about to head off to the store to get everything for it since I had today off. Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup (from Nom Nom Paleo) alongside spaghetti squash and meatballs. YUM!

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Congrats on a weekend with control it must feel liberating.  So may I ask how long was it since your 1st whole 30.  I also ate some fries off my husbands plate when we went out for dinner last night.

 

Hi Cyndi Lou! It's been exactly a year (my birthday is in August, and I usually travel for Labor Day weekend, so a September start date seems to always work out, haha). 

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Ok my math was off yesterday. Day 15-1 is a wrap! Didn't have time to make breakfast and had to buy lunch. I bought a grocery store salad and found some tuna to go with. Let me tell you, tuna and salmon packaging is sneaky, lots of it has veggie broth which includes soy! So found some in EVOO. Bought some balsamic and EVOO to keep at my desk and I was good!

My clothes are fitting great and I've received comments on visible changes- I am super stoked!

I also did not feel hungover at all, but maybe it was all the water I drank yesterday. I will say this entire time I've cut out caffeine and today I found an unsweetened ice tea, which I normally can't stand, but since I needed a change from water, I grabbed it. Not long after consumption, I started to get a headache. Then I hit DD for the free coffee, got dark roast, and could barely drink any. It made my headache a little more intense. I'm feeling pretty good right now though.

My energy and attitude is up, although I'm still not tired enough to get to bed early. Getting up isn't too much of a chore but it has been raining here and being wonderfully cool, so that's not encouraging me to get out of bed. I think a real indicator will be my energy level at ball tomorrow night.

So with that, I say goodnight. We all have more ass-kicking to do on day 16! Great job everyone!

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Have any of you not been experiencing the "boundless" energy? I know i've stayed on program but I feel even more lethargic than the beginning! This weekend was tough because I found out that I had take tums which are obviously not compliant. I didn't even think to check for sugar I was just feeling so nauseous all I wanted was relief. I was debating whether or not to keep going. I'm happy I decided to continue, but it was difficult. 

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Day 16.

Need to do some food planning and shopping to make sure I stay on course.

I wore myself out yesterday doing things around the house. I finished planting my garden and also finished the landscaping job that I've been working on for about a month now which required shoveling a lot of rocks. I started painting the spare bedroom on Saturday so yesterday I worked on it for a couple hours finishing up one wall and some baseboard. By the end of the day my whole body ached ,my knees hurt so bad I couldn't even get up and sit down into a chair without my knees just screaming with pain. I'm feeling better this morning but my knees still have a low throb when when getting up from sitting which is normal. One of the reasons I started the whole 30 was because of my knees hurting.

So were in the third week and I'm hoping by the end of this third week I'll start seeing some relief with my knee pain. I guess I did overdo it yesterday. I just felt so energetic and motivated. It must be this whole 30 program taking a affect. No more zombie Cyndi.

Hope y'all had a beautiful weekend let's stay strong to the end.

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We're on the downhill slope here, folks! 

 

Have any of you not been experiencing the "boundless" energy? I know i've stayed on program but I feel even more lethargic than the beginning! This weekend was tough because I found out that I had take tums which are obviously not compliant. I didn't even think to check for sugar I was just feeling so nauseous all I wanted was relief. I was debating whether or not to keep going. I'm happy I decided to continue, but it was difficult. 

 

On my first Whole30, I never felt the "boundless energy". I didn't feel bad by the end, but certainly wasn't bouncing around all the time. I think its a vote for doing another Whole30 in a few months.

 

 

I've realized its time for me to crack down on the things I'm still incorporating into my diet. I'm disappointed that I said I wouldn't eat these things 16 days ago, and yet I've still felt the need for "emergency" snacks (when not really hungry). 

 

So, accountability time:

 

No more nuts

No more sweet potato/veggie chips

 

Stopped buying Larabars and dried fruit, so that's good!

 

I've also been freaking myself out about reintroduction since I messed it up on my first Whole30 and slipped into a carb and wine binge-fest. I got back on track, but still gained 5 pounds post-Whole30, despite being mostly paleo (except for wine and beer). I need to learn to trust myself. And I still have 14 more days. *deep breath*

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Have any of you not been experiencing the "boundless" energy? I know i've stayed on program but I feel even more lethargic than the beginning! This weekend was tough because I found out that I had take tums which are obviously not compliant. I didn't even think to check for sugar I was just feeling so nauseous all I wanted was relief. I was debating whether or not to keep going. I'm happy I decided to continue, but it was difficult.

If you go to forums there's a whole group of places that you can ask different questions. When I post my questions on these specific forums I will get one or two replies from an advanced member or moderator which is been really helpful.

I'm one of those weird people that think my thoughts have to do with what's going on with me and my body. So maybe take a look at what your subconscious thinking is and where it's at. Just a couple days ago I was having another panic attack. Later that day I looked at what my thoughts had been earlier before the panic attack and sure enough I was thinking about how are we going to pay our bills where are we going to get the money to do this or that and I'm too fat to get in any of my clothes.

Another suggestion is maybe taking some enzymes to help with processing the protein. It's listed in the book under supplements.

Thanks for sharing I hope to hear how things go for you the rest of this week.

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Day 16-2! Without you guys, my math would be way off, haha.

 

Well, I currently have a headache. And I'm not sure if it was from drinking sunday or the caffeine yesterday, or the fact I don't have my glasses and have been doing computer work for a few hours now. I'm drinking decaf green tea I made myself and wow, super duper boring, but I didn't feel like drinking plain old water. Which now leads me to think maybe I am dehydrated and have a headache b/c of that...

 

Anyway, the boundless energy, thing- not happening in this body. My house looks like an F5 tornado hit it and I would imagine that would be cleaned up if I was so energetic. Work hasn't eased up but I will say that somehow I have some kind of motivation to do work (ok not right now). My attitude has been really good too, all around. The sleeping thing, well I started to feel tired and sleepy around 10ish and ended up spending the night on the couch with my dog, so of course I'm tired.

 

I will say this though, I am one of those people who is ALWAYS hungry, doesn't matter if I ate an hour or so prior. I'm can be a snacker and I love to eat food, beyond the snacks. Since I'm athletic and have always been involved with physical activities, I always attributed this to just needing to meet my needs. Anyway, I've noticed I'm not hungry all the time anymore! I have barely been snacking and I've been eating lunch roughly within 5 hours after eating breakfast. And then dinner comes right on time, within 5 hours or so. I've always been a breakfast eater, not to mention lunch and dinner eater (I do not miss meals LOL). But I have noticed that I've paid more attention to when I'm actually hungry. I'd call that a small victory, if I do say so myself :D

 

Now, I haven't been doing pre-WO and post-WO meals b/c I haven't been doing any kind of real strength-training, but when I'm hungry b/f or after my activities, I'll have veggies or apple sauce, which I know I shouldn't necessarily do, but that apple sauce is the snackiest thing I have and closest to sweet I can do, and I love it!

 

I haven't been making any crazy meals either, to be honest. Between work and being out of the house with my hobbies and sports, I haven't made the time to commit to more interesting recipes or those that require other ingredients beyond the basic fats, veggies, and meat.

 

Well, I'm going back to work.Go team go!

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The whole foods part seems to come naturally to me now and I don't even second think eating certain things anymore, my problem is I still am snacking... I don't know why, it's just happening. I guess at least it's frozen blueberries instead of oreos.... I'm going to try to eat more at my meals to see if I can stop myself from snacking... I was doing good with the 3 meals for a bit now I'm slipping again. Time to step it up! :0

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day 18-4! WINNING!!!!!!

Put on some jeans I haven't worn in like 6 months! Coworker noted I was losing, especially in my face!

I feel pretty good although I've got a headache and think it's bc I haven't drank enough water. I haven't been tanking it like usual. No boundless energy but sleep did come back, but not sure if it was my massage yesterday. Either way, i feel good about myself and the changes I've made!

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Hi All, 

   I'm Kristina.  I know I'm just joining this  forum and you're 2 1/2 weeks in.  Sorry for joining so late.  This is my second Whole30.  My first whole30 was a lot of restarts and do overs.  I think it's amazing if someone can finish their first Whole30 in 30 days without restarting the first time around.  I started my first whole30 on Feb 28, 2014.  I think I finally finished a full 30 days at the end of May.  Then over the summer with traveling and kids home I would try to follow the principles of Whole30 but also allow myself some cheats.  My DH has Parkinson's Disease and lots of pain in his affected parts of his body.  I've wanted him to try this way of eating since it helps reduce inflammation and I was thinking it would help his pain level.  So he agreed to try it starting Sept 15th. :)   I found it much easier to stick to the Whole30 plan.   I don't know if it's becuase I've already been following the plan pretty much.  My hubby on the other hand is following it pretty well.  He can't stand the coconut milk in his coffee, he's gone back to flavored creamer. (So it's not a perfect Whole30 by any means).  But that's all..  he's not had ice cream, pizza, bread, copious amounts of soda.. etc..  So I am pretty proud of him.  He says he's feeling pretty good.  Yesterday he said he'd like to eat like this everyday and just allow one cheat per week.  For him to say that must mean that he's feeling different.  I'm excited for him.  It's really hard to watch someone you love suffer every day, and especially when you wonder if making a diet change may alleviate some of their pain.

  

   The challenge for us is financial.  We've decided to try to pay down our debt and not allow ourselves to "fall back" on credit cards.  Whew.. it is hard I tell you!  This is our first month, and we've already spent a horrific amount of money for groceries.  I do buy  organic chicken, but not able to afford the grass fed beef. I've not bought any pork, except bacon.  (which by the way, Costco sells low sodium bacon that has no sugar)  But then again, we're not spending any money on eating out.   I will play with my methods  for grocery shopping.  I'm not sure if it's better to go and do one or two really big shops, or if it's better to break up the shopping trips to be once a week.  What is your experience?   

 

I've enjoyed your posts, and glad to join you and looking forward to finishing the Whole30. 

 

 

 

 

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