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10/1/14 Start Date - First Whole30 - Kelly's Log


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I am so ready to do this. I've read the materials, I'm feeling motivated, and I am 110% committed to changing my life for real. For the past year or so, I have felt as though I'm a spectator to my own life, and as if I'm not actually living it, due to being overweight, waaaay too stressed out, joint pain, and constant fatigue...I am fed up and I am not going to be a casualty to myself. I have a great support system in a friend at work that is joining me in the Whole30, and other coworkers who are in their own weight loss/getting healthier journeys. 


Tomorrow is my last day before my journey begins. I'm planning on enjoying it, and partaking in a family member's birthday dinner. Then it's off to the grocery store to pick up a few things I'll need to get me through the workweek for my first few days. I'm feeling a little under prepared due to my budget until next week, but I am committed, and I'm going to DO this!! I have a lot of weight to lose, but I know that this is a LIFE RESET for me, and that 30 days of clean eating isn't alone the answer, but is part of several things I hope to commit to in order to get to a happier, healthier, better version of ME!


Some goals I want to note for my Whole30:


- Write everyday, even if just in this log, to keep track of my feelings and progress


- Drink more water. Aiming for at least 128oz. per day. I plan on nixing coffee altogether during my Whole30, so if I'm really only drinking water, I think this is pretty feasible.


- Commit to 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week. It's not where I need to be, but considering my current exercise routine is zilch...I think it's a good start. :)

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Welcome and good for you. Wowza on tackling coffee at the same time, I haven't gone there yet!


With your budget, you can get crazy with this eating and spending or you can stay pretty tame. I've done really expensive W30 where I experimented with all kinds of different meats and fancy nut butters and fancy mustards, etc (that was a tasty W30). And I've gone pretty barebones, buying my grocery store's usual meat and sticking to the basics with veggies. Most of the time, I'm somewhere in between. Check out the recipe and food sourcing forums, lots of people sharing ways to keep the budget controlled with tasty recipes and tips.


My biggest tip is to follow the meal template. If you find yourself overly tired or grouchy, really look at the fat portions your giving yourself. Most often, it's fat that's lacking and you'll feel better when you follow the template.


The forum is a great place for support, tips and laughs.


I hope you enjoy your 30 days

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Tis the night before my Whole30!


I am feeling optimistic and ready. I cleaned out my fridge. Planned tomorrow's meals. I also plan on keeping track of how much I'm spending during this month. Tonight, I bought some staples, like spices, olive oil, etc., and I got some pork, chicken, and sausage (it's called Aiddell's? I need to still double check that the sausage is okay), lots of salad, mushrooms, spinach, eggs, tomatoes, apples and grapes. Despite being nervous about the cooking aspect -I'm a single 27 year old gal that is admittedly pretty awful in the kitchen- I am pumped! I'm excited to spend some time cooking and planning this weekend, too. 


The cost so far: $95.62. I may run to Trader Joe's tomorrow to find some almond butter and ghee, but other than that, I'm feeling pretty set. 


Time for sleep. Here we go! Good luck to all the other October 1st starters out there!! I hope we can all support each other. :)


Until tomorrow!

Kelly :)

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Day One: I realize I am a terrible cook.


Day one is in the bag.



3 eggs scrambled with mushrooms and spinach and a bit of olive oil.


Somehow thought garlic powder would be a great idea - NOT. Managed to stomach it down anyways.



Handful of almonds



Good sized leafy salad with cherry tomatoes, 1/2 avacado, and Tessamae's Basalmic. 


Tonight, I bought some chicken to add to the salads because I realized by about 4 o'clock I was getting hungry. I think some protein would've held me over.



1 beef hamburger patty, asparagus, and 1/2 sweet potato. I also had a hard boiled egg. 


Water for the day - 130oz so far. Probably another glass or two tonight.


I bought some additional meats and sausages at Trader Joes today, (and some REAL garlic for breakfast!) and some almond butter, which I'm looking forward to having tomorrow. Spent $32.92.


I'm a little worried about the meats. Considering that I had to google "how to boil eggs correctly" and "how long do I cook ground beef for", I'm realizing I need to figure out simple and easy ways to cook the chicken and pork that I bought. I'm fully aware my internet history is laughing at me, but I'm just not a cook. Don't laugh, I feel silly even typing it!! =P 


The other thing that's hard is I had breakfast at 6am, lunch at noon, and by the time I came home and finished cooking dinner it was about 730. I'm going to try and limit the snacking but by the time dinner rolled around I was starving! That's it for today, hope tomorrow goes well! The journey has begun!

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Good morning, congrats on Day One in the bag. Bummer about the garlic egg episode. If you're not much of a cook (and lots of people aren't when they come to W30), try to keep it simple to start. And you're right, easier to work with diced garlic tossed into a dish than with garlic powder ;)


I'll ask what kind of chicken and pork you bought? Boneless chicken breasts and thighs are really easy to bake in the oven, I'd cover with foil so you don't dry it out. You can bake a whole pan/dish of chicken and put the rest in the fridge for other meals. With pork, it depends. If you bought pork chops, you can season with salt and pepper then pan "fry" pretty easily. Pork tenderloin can be baked or sliced into medallions (like inch or less thick slices) and cooked on the stove top.


A meat thermometer (you can get a fairly cheap one, like under 10 bucks) might be a good idea as you're starting out. You can just write down the recommended temperatures for the common meats and check the meat as you're cooking. That way you're not stuck with overdone dry meat in fear of food poisoning.


You definitely need protein with your lunch (and every meal). Canned tuna can be a good option with salads and it's easy, just read the labels (there is a lot of junk that gets added to some tunas).


You might check out Melissa Joulwan's website, theclothesmakethegirl.  She has some great recipes and resources for W30 and has a way of breaking things down that's easy to follow.

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Hey ginsinnot, thanks for the tips! I bought boneless chicken breast & boneless pork chops, and I'm going to try cooking them all up over the weekend. I'll definitely check out that website too, I appreciate the info!!


Today's eats:



2 eggs

1 bunch grapes



1 green apple w/ almond butter (which is the tastiest thing ever! I've never had it!)



Ground beef patty


1/2 Sweet potato



Herb salad w/ tomatos


Tessamae's basalmic

1 egg


I'm feeling satisfied and good. We started a weight loss challenge at work, so I hopped on the scale today (but am vowing not to, remainder of the challenge). We have 6 weeks, and 25 people joining us, so our prize pot is at $500! I definitely want to lose weight and be healthier for myself, but this is some good motivation as well!! :)

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