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Day 17 and just now saying hello


BarbInNYC

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Hello Forum!

Maybe because I have tried (and paid for) so many programs to get my weight and eating habits improved, I was reluctant to pay for the newsletter and gain access to the Forum - let alone, god forbid, purchase the wonderful books! As a result, I am on Day 17 and my daily email is 5 days behind, so I read tips in the rear view mirror! I am doing great, so I wanted to share what's working.

 

I timed my Whole30 from June 1 to July 1 -- to be over before the big July 4 bash we always go to. I wanted to be able to eat a hot dog with BUN. Maybe have a brownie?? Now, I can't believe that love of a hot dog bun could control my commitments! I have been super compliant, and that is so good for my self esteem.  

 

Here's where I'm at with each category: No Alcohol, No Dairy, No Sugar, No Grains/legumes

 

I quit drinking 3.5 years ago. My weight was climbing so I thought well, quit drinking. And I discovered putting down the wine and pale ale was out of my control and I HAD to stop drinking. Best decision I ever made. If anyone is struggling with the idea of "happy" and "sober" being in the same sentence, I'm here to tell you, it is remarkably lovely to let the booze go - no hangovers, no accidentally saying something you regret and one less useless calorie intake. 

 

I've never felt that dairy was an issue, but I've never tried to give it up. I'm still not sure I feel any different having let it go. I have discovered what a "go-to" it is for me when I'm low carbing or looking to add flavor. 

 

Sugar is the biggie, and what led me to Whole30. Like drinking, I realized the sugar was starting to run the show. I was defaulting to the pint of ice cream and a spoon, on autopilot. If I drooped during the day, a snickers bar on the subway platform seemed like a reasonable choice. The first 5 days of Whole30, I just wanted to pour a black & white shake down my throat and over my head. I wanted my TruVia sweetener in some yogurt with fruit... I wanted bacon cured with sugar, dammit!  It was super hard to get through and I probably had more fruit than is totally correct.

 

Grains and legumes - meh. Sometimes the no sandwich option gets old, but I have discovered tuna in a lettuce wrap works great. 

 

And I'm over halfway, here comes the July 4 bash - and I am not craving or wanting that hot dog bun or brownie.  I might have some junk on that day, but I'm actually looking forward to moving passed it and to another Whole30 - with even better compliance. Better compliance would mean:  less coffee, less fruit, fewer emergency Larabars.

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Okay thanks Tom. I'm a big one for rigorous honesty, so it was in that spirit I made full disclosure.  I don't think it's helpful to say what I'm doing well and not admit to a stumble. But I will read the rules and get in line :)

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Also Tom -- as a sales manager I have learned the value of the "compliment sandwich". Criticism is defeating, and it was discouraging to see I had a response from the moderator to my first post and not get one word of support for my 17 days of a first Whole30. I am trying to be part of this community and I was only shamed by you, not supported.

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Barb, Tom wasn't shaming you, he was giving you the rules and his subsequent action without any fluff surrounding it.  To be perfectly fair, there are people who love hearing the fluff and need it in order to feel validated and understood and then there are others who are not very fluffy.  I'm not overly fluffy, I tend to tell it like it is and when someone is giving me info I'd just as soon avoid all the emotion surrounding it.  Tom is less fluffy/emotion driven than you might be but that doesn't mean that he was shaming you or that you are unsupported here.  

 

The mere fact that we moderators take the time out of our personal (and often work) lives to read hundreds of posts in a day and try to respond to them to help members along should tell you just how supported you are; we want you to win the Whole30 jackpot, 1,000%! Tom didn't let your weigh in thing pass because it is against the rules and removing it was the right thing to do for you and for anyone else that stumbles onto your post.  He just didn't express any emotion surrounding it and unfortunately you read his lack of emotion as a negative.

 

I hope you stick around the forum, truly!  There are all sorts of moderators and advanced members and we all have our own personalities.  Just because someone might not speak your exact language doesn't mean they aren't supportive.

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Awesome job!!! :)  That's great that you've done this essentially "alone" during the harder first half of your Whole30!!!  I haven't started mine yet. My original plan was to start June 1, but two things happened for me... 1) we're having a surprise 50th anniversary for my parents over the 4th of July weekend - so I didn't want to face all the non-compliant food right afterwards and risk having to do another Whole30, and 2) I sprained my back on May 29 - which kind of shot the first week of June all to pieces. 

 

So... for #1, I'm sure hoping that a lot of my inflammations are reduced and I want to be able to reintroduce foods back in slowly. Although, realistically, I could have a hamburger patty, raw veggies, and some fruit. I just figured I should wait.  Also, we are going on a week vacation towards the end of July, and I am not sure how easy it would be to remain more Paleo-oriented while eating out for every meal.  So.... I'm starting August 1. I'm listening to the audio book version of "It Starts with Food" and perusing the Whole30 hardcover book. I also have both as ebooks.  I figure I should at least have all of the info digested and understood by then. LOL

 

How's your Whole30 going? Day 20 today, right? :) Do you have a significant other doing this with you? I don't think my hubs will actually do a Whole30, but he'll eat the meals I make. He's on his own for breakfast and lunch. If he WANTS to do this with me, he's more than welcome, but I can't make him. I also won't cook two separate dinners. :)

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Hi SuzieQ2U! sorry about your back! I have some low back issues and the Whole30 and a new chiro had me feeling so great, I overdid it and pinched a bit again.  But that's behind me. And no, my husband is NOT on the Whole30 with me. That would mean giving up beer...

 

I just saw that you responded 9 days ago. Yep, today is day 29 for me! I think it's great that you are doing all the "getting ready to get ready" - reading, planning, strategizing the right time for optimum success. I just jumped in and then had to backtrack the fundamentals a bit. I timed mine to be done for the 4th of July - though there was a 6 day vacation which involved airports and all those traps. Luckily was visiting my mother in law, who is watching her diet due to a pre-diabetic diagnosis. I made it through that, and it's been pretty smooth sailing, I have to say. And I can tell you - while I have a periodic sugar craving, the all or nothing approach is so much easier for me than trying to moderate. I've never eaten 1 cookie in my life if there are more on offer! 

 

you write:  I didn't want to face all the non-compliant food right afterwards and risk having to do another Whole30..."  that was my concern too, but my experience is that I'm not feeling like devouring a hot dog bun or plate of dessert.  And I wouldn't mind starting (continuing) Whole30 for another 30 days.  

 

Caffeine - is my next demon to curb. I haven't lost a ton of weight (I don't think - my clothes feel more or less the same). So I think I should go another 15 days - without coffee!  Wondering if it's really screwing with my hormones etc.

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Day 29! That's awesome! You're officially official at the end of the day TOMORROW! So close!

 

 

I'm on Day 15, and am 99% sure that I'll be continuing on and doing a Whole45 through the end of July. (jumping in with the site-wide challenge).

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