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Hello! My name is Lydia. Here's my story:


I am blessed with two amazing babies that are 18 months apart. So I had them very close together. I never lost my weight from my first pregnancy and added more from my second. I have gained 50 pounds and my youngest just turned 1 and I look like I gave birth to her yesterday. I have tried so many things and after a week, I fall off the wagon. I am unhappy with the way I look and the clothes I want to wear, but can't. Although I can make many excuses and say that "I just had a baby" or "I'm really busy", truth is, I just don't have the motivation. It's strange, as much as I want to lose weight, feel good, and be healthy, a delicious meal will sway me quick, then I feel guilty. My recent physical revealed that I am pre-diabetic, yikes!!


I work out about 2-3 times a week and I feel amazing after my workout. I've been doing it for about three months but have no results to show because my eating habits haven't changed. I am hoping with the support and others in this program, I will prosper and commit to the 30 days!


I want to spend some time learning the recipes and foods that I can eat. I'm a little overwhelmed with the information. I have been trying to look for an example of what a typical day looks like but I am having some trouble. It looks to me like 3 meals and I am not sure if I'm supposed to add all the fats listed or one or some. Also, I am trying to learn and familiarize myself with foods I have never heard of such as ghee, almond flour, and coconut amino. Where do I find these things? I am hoping to be ready by the 9th, if not I'll do some more shopping and push out my start date.


Wish me luck!!! 

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Hi Lydia & welcome to whole30-ville...

The fact that you've decided enough is enough, and the fact that you are already working out are two things in your favour - from here on in all you have to do is fully commit to the 30days & see where you want to go from there - which will hopefully not be back to where you've come from.


You don't need to start out with complicated recipes. I've been eating this way for sometime and have yet to buy coconut aminos for starters, and I haven't used almond flour since cutting out all the paleo desserts - which are off limits anyways. Ghee is clarified butter and I use it mostly for sauteing or roasting veg. You can stick to oils though - coconut, macadamia, avocado.... there are plenty to choose from.

To start off with I'd say maybe stick to grilled or roasted meats/poultry/fish, accompanied by roasted/sauted veg with a helping of fat on the side (avocado/olives for example), or even with salad now that the weather is improving (but this should be HUGE to get the appropriate serving of veg - think how much a salad reduces when it wilts...) and then work your way up to the more complicated recipes as you get into the swing of things.

Start your whole30 thinking of breakfast as 'meal one' and you will have yourself in the right mindset to get over any dependency on cereals or breads for breakfast. If you're opting for eggs eat as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand (usually 3-4) but it often works better to mix up your proteins to keep you fuller for longer, so try a mix of eggs & fish with your veg for instance. And yes, follow the same meal template for meals two & three and you're good to go. Snacking is not encouraged as your digestive system needs time to rest, so those three meals should be big enough to keep you satiated for 4-5hrs. Meal one should be eaten within one hour of wakening so as to get your hormones back into check.

Read the food logs for ideas, search the forums for advice, and if you can't find what you're looking for ask - there is always someone around who will be able to help.

Best of luck!

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It's hard to find the motivation. Is there a certain time of the day that really hits you? For me, it's when I'm driving home from work because for months I've stopped to grab some kind of snack (usually something sweet like donuts, candy or cookies)  :( I find that focusing on being strong in those moments gives me so much motivation. One good decision leads to another! 

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