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Today I started my very first whole 30. I have had this date set for a few weeks now and struggled with the thought of pushing it back yesterday. In my moment of weakness last night I logged on and read testimonials and decided it's now or never. I am doing this and I started today!

My reasons for starting this lifestyle are;

1. Get energy back in my life. I'm so tired of feeling tired and run down every day.

2. I'm morbidly obese (weighing 284.2) and I'm over that! It's not me and not who I want to be.

3. My kids. I want to be a role model for them. I want to be able to play and keep up with them and live life with them!

4. To fight off any future diseases that may be headed my way if I continue my current lifestyle.

Here is my log for day #1 of my whole 30:

Meal #1: eggs with hot sauce and roasted white potatoes, hot black tea

Meal #2: hamburger with sautéed green beans

Meal #3: cod fillets seasoned with Olive oil, fresh lemon and garlic, mixed vegetables

I didn't have any cravings until it was time to leave the house to go run errands and I immediately thought maybe we should take the kids for frozen yogurt while we're out. I shut that thought down and didn't have any other cravings.

I have felt full and content all day. I'm laying in bed now and feel hungry so it's time to go to sleep! Lol!

I'm looking forward to tomorrow and succeeding on my first Monday and work day on my whole 30!

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Day #2

Today was a bit more challenging than day 1. I think it was that it's Monday and my usual go-to's weren't an option. I had everything planned for my meals which is a good thing because the first thought that popped into my mind at the end of the day was I don't feel like cooking! Luckily I had dinner in the crockpot!

Today was challenging because it started off with a headache which I wasn't sure if it was a sinus headache or this new lifestyle. I kind of felt like I was in a fog. I took an aleve and felt so much better! It was busy with answering questions about what the program is and consists of. Some were interested and supportive...others thought I am crazy but I just brushed them off.

I craved a lot of things today and found myself thinking of non plan foods often but didn't give in to those thoughts/cravings!! Ready to bring on day #3 tomorrow!!

Meal 1: orange, eggs and chicken apple sausage

Meal 2: grapes

Meal 3: cod fillets and mixed vegetables

Meal 4: fresh broccoli

Meal 5: pork and sauerkraut

I'm still feeling pretty hungry at bedtime so I'll need to figure out what's going on there but day #2 was a good day!

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I forgot to post last night for Day #3!! I felt pretty good yesterday...maybe had a moment of "kill ALL the things" when a coworker complained about my pork and sauerkraut lunch. lol! Last night though after dinner I was so tired. I had the intentions to work out last night because I would like to get back into my routine during my Whole 30 but the couch was my best friend last night.


I had some random cravings today just for unhealthy junk food but nothing major. I wouldn't even call them cravings really...more like thoughts of such and such would be good right now!


Here is how my meals went:


Meal 1: Orange, eggs and chicken apple sausage

Meal 2: grapes

Meal 3: pork and sauerkraut

Meal 4: Eggs, white potatoes sauteed in extra virgin olive oil with mustard on top


I didn't feel hungry at bedtime last night but I could have been too tired to notice  ;)

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Day #4


I woke up feeling really good. I didn't have any "Kill ALL the things moments!" LOL! I still had random food thoughts but again I wouldn't call them cravings...maybe since I know they are off limits they don't go into full blown craving mode?


Dinner last night was a little frustrating. I purchased some chicken breast tenders from Sam's Club the other day and it was a big ol pack! I was planning on cooking it for dinner and using for lunches for the next couple days. I didn't buy organic because I didn't have it in my budget for this week. Well I figured chicken breast tenders... no marinade, no seasonings... I could work with it. Well I was preparing dinner last night and had my chicken drizzled with extra vrigin olive oil and seasonings and the other batch ready for some Frank's Red Hot and happened to glance at the package of chicken in the trash and noticed the ingredient list looked a little longer than just chicken. So I picked it up and looked at it and it has cane sugar added?!?! WTF?!?!?! It was plain chicken...I never thought to check the ingredient list!! Well needless to say I had pork and sauerkraut reheated while my husband and daughters devored the chicken.  :(   I was disappointed but so glad I caught it before eating it and needing to start over. I'm only on Day 4 but not ready to throw in the towel and start over because of some freaking chicken!!


So here's how my day went...


Meal 1: Eggs, chicken apple sausge (I love this and that it is whole 30 complaint!!), strawberries

Meal 2: Chicken apple sausage, roasted broccoli, roasted potatoes

Meal 3: Orange

Meal 4: Grapes, pork & sauerkraut


I didn't feel hungry at bed time!! HOORAY!!

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Day #5 (posting on day #6 since I couldn't stay awake last night to post!!)

I'm feeling great!! I'm getting a little bored of my food choices..ready to mix it up a little. I printed some recipes from the site and plan to try one this weekend and during the week! I may even get adventurous and try to make the avocado ranch dressing from the "it starts with food" book! That looks so yummy!!

No cravings or random food thoughts today! I even passed the McDonald's shamrock shake run with the family!!

Here's how my meals went:

Meal 1: eggs, chicken apple sausage, banana

Meal 2: ground beef, veggies and a tossed salad

Meal 3: chicken apple sausage, roasted broccoli

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Day #6


Still rocking out and feeling awesome on my first Whole 30 on day #6! I am really enjoying this new lifestyle though at times it can be difficult when on the run, especially with finding something compliant to eat when you haven't packed anything. I am going to look into some of the emergency snack recommendations and see what's out there. I am beginning to contemplate turning this into a Whole 60 but will re-evaluate closer to that time.


My Meals:

Meal 1: Eggs, banana

Meal 2: Ground beef, Baked potato w/ mustard

Meal 3: Salad with fresh veggies, olives, steak - used olive oil and vinegar for my dressing


Super excited that I've made it almost to my first full week!!

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Day #7


7 whole days down for my first whole 30!! I'm so excited that I've made it this far and look forward to the rest of my whole 30! I had a lot more food thoughts today about non-compliant foods. I think because it is the weekend and in my mind I feel that I deserve a treat for making it through the week?? Or maybe that weekends to me = fun and fun= celebration and celebration = food in my mind? Well I can proudly say I survived my first Saturday!! We even ventured out to eat today after my daughter's dance class. We went to Hoss's Steak House. I ordered broiled scallops cooked with no butter, no extra sauces or oils and a baked sweet potato. I started with a salad from the salad bar loaded up with veggies, hard boiled egg and some olives and just used some olive oil and vinegar for the dressing. My scallops and sweet potato came and the scallops looked cooked to order but my sweet potato...even as delicious as it looked,,,had a huge pool of butter in the center. I sent asked the waitress if I could get it without the butter and she quickly brought me out a new one without the butter. The meal was delicious and I stayed on program!!


When I went to the grocery store EVERYTHING I'm not supposed to have was calling my name...some things may have been screaming it. I just quickly picked up what I needed,,,careful to check the labels though after my chicken fiasco this last week...and got out of there!


I noticed on these past 2 days off from work though that I have not been drinking my water like I should. I am going to concentrate more on this tomorrow and get lots more in. I think this contributed to my being more hungry today than usual. I'm also feeling super tired this evening not sure if the water is to blame for that or maybe I'm just gearing up for losing an hour of sleep tonight with "Springing Ahead" with setting the clocks ahead tonight. ;)


Day #7 Meals:

Meal 1: Eggs, steak, orange

Meal 2: Banana, pickles

Meal 3: Salad with veggies, hard boiled egg, olives and olive oil and vinegar for dressing. scallops and sweet potato, fresh fruit

Meal 4: Applegate all natural beef hot dog, black olives ( I am totally lacking veggies here but I'm just not that hungry and I'm just feeling tired and kind of blah)




Day 6

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Good job staying compliant at the restaurant!


Have you checked out the meal template? I find that my cravings are less noticeable and easier to not give into when I'm eating plenty of protein, fat, and veggies throughout the day. Also, while it's fine to have some fruit, you're really better off emphasizing vegetables at every meal -- they're more nutrient dense and less likely to cause the spike and drop in blood sugar that fruit can for some people. 


(Note that the meal template is a recommendation, not a rule -- as long as everything you've eaten has followed the rules, you're doing a Whole30, but if you try to eat to match the meal template at every meal, you'll have even better results.)

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Thank you for your advice! I did look at the meal planning guide but I guess I seem to have forgotten about it! I think most of meals do adhere to it but there are some that need improvement especially meal 1. I did not have any meals at breakfast that had veggies with it! I did take this into account though and added some into my Day #8 meals!!

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Day #8 (Posting late on Day #9 because yesterday was busy-we got home late and I was super busy this morning and afternoon at work!!)


Day #8 was good. It presented with some challenges that I was able to successfully stay on plan  :)  I took some advice and made sure I had protein, veggies and a healthy fat at each meal..including Meal 1 which had been lacking in the veggie department!


This Sunday was our FireHouse gathering at church where the couples in the church meet each month for fellowship and to discuss the book we are currently reading. It is a potluck dinner where each family brings a dish to pass. Of course there are always lots of yummy, non-complaint foods to eat. I planned ahead though and had a couple hard boiled eggs on my way there and our dish to share was fresh veggies. There were lots of yummy desserts, which looked delicious but I didn't crave any of them or feel like I was missing out by not having one.


Meals for the day:

Meal 1: Eggs, pepper and onion vegetable mix sautéed in extra virgin olive oil

Meal 2: Salad with fresh veggies, olives, turkey and EVOO and vinegar for the dressing

Meal 3: Hard boiled eggs pickled in beet juice and vinegar, fresh veggies

Meal 4: Hard boiled egg and black olives

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Day # 9

Had a great day today!! All meals were according to the meal planning template!! All had protein, veggies and healthy fat. I even tried a new recipe from nom nom paleo and started a collection of bones to make some bone broth in the near future.


Meal 1: eggs, pepper and onion strips sautéed in Olive oil, 1/2 orange

Meal 2: hard boiled eggs and olives on spinach with EVOO and balsamic vinegar dressing

Meal 3: apple and dry roasted almonds

Meal 4: chicken thighs, sweet potatoes

So excited to hit double digits tomorrow with day #10!!!

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Day #10

I made it!! Day 10!!! Whoooo hooooo!!! It feels great to be 1/3 of the way through! I read in the timeline that this is the time when most people quit...not me! I'm going all the way!

I felt tired today and had a headache most of the day. Hoping for an up in energy soon! It is about time for my period though..so tired, headache, chocolate cravings are normal. I had a few cravings...the Gertrude hawk chocolate bar fundraiser at work and the Girl Scout cookies at home didn't help but I have absolutely no intention of eating them!!

I have been trying not to snack but it's really hard not to especially in the afternoon. I'm hungry and it gives me a boost of energy.

Here's how my day went:

Meal 1: hard boiled eggs, sautéed spinach. 1/2 orange

Meal 2: chicken thighs, sweet potato

Meal 3: hard boiled egg,, almonds, raisins

Meal 4: scallops, asparagus roasted in Olive oil

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If you're truly hungry between meals, it's okay to eat. Try to have a mini meal of protein, fat, and veggies. And if you're consistently hungry between meals, it probably means you should add more to your meals. If eggs are your only protein source, a serving is as many whole eggs as you can hold in your hand.  If you're not making it 4-5 hours between meals, play with your serving sizes. Fat in particular will help you stay satiated between meals, and you're always welcome to add more vegetables if you're hungry.


During the time leading up to and during your period, you actually need more food than normal. Eat extra starchy vegetables and see if that helps with energy and cravings. (There's an explanation of why this happens here.)

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Thank you for your input! It is always appreciated!!  :)


I started on birth control pills about 3 1/2 weeks ago and they are the 3 months of pills and then your period but this is my first round and if I remember correctly from when I went on them before we had our last baby that I still had a little period around my normal time I would had I not been on them...so I'm thinking that's happening now.


I'm starting Day 11 with a heartier breakfast than I think I've had so far with chicken and sweet potato. I decided to change it up a little and see how that impacts the rest of my day. Also aiming to start exercising again today! I have fallen off that wagon before Christmas and just haven't made the time to do it regularly again. It will certainly help now that it's warming up and I can take the baby out for walks in his stroller. He's much more content with that then in his playpen watching me do a workout DVD! lol

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Day 11


No snacks today! yay!


M1: Chicken cooked in EVOO, sweet potato

M2: Chicken cooked in EVOO over spinach with olives and EVOO and balsamic vinegar dressing

M3: Chicken cooked in EVOO, steamed veggies and handful of olives


Now comes the bad part...my daughter shared her stomach bug with me so at like 10:30 last night I started with vomiting and diarrhea. I sipped on Sierra Mist to help calm my stomach. Water just wasn't cutting it and I didn't know what else to try other than some mints which have sugar anyways. So I guess I'm back to square one. I still don't feel good today on Day 12 and I have my 13 month old to take care of so I'll be sipping on the Sierra Mist again today. I know I need to start over but I just don't know if it will be right away. I'm bummed because I have been doing good and enjoyed the program. I'll think about it and re-evaluate when I'm feeling better.  :(

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