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  • Day 23 -- Wow, just one more week to go! I'm not sure that I will change much after 30 days, since this is working really well on our super budget and weekly batch cooking. I think I will loosen the reigns on dairy for office-sponsored lunches or eating at friends' homes, though. We have some primal friends, but they are pretty dairy-intensive, so we haven't been over for dinner since starting the Whole30. Even potluck style I feel weird just eating the food I brought! Not weird at a big potluck, but definitely weird with a potluck of two couples :P

    We got our coconut butter last night in the mail -- OMFG, YUM!! That stuff is like crack. Seriously amazing. Gotta be careful, because I could eat an entire packet without realizing it (I think 1400 calories per packet?). We got the Let's Do Organic Creamed Coconut, 7-Ounce Packets. I'm keeping one packet at work in my desk as my "emergency fat"

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    • Originally posted by jacmac View Post
      Today is day 16 and my clothes are looser I have a reasonably new pair of jeans on with a belt and they are starting to sag on me
      Who knew that this would have happened well lots of people here I guess!. I always thought the whole 30 would have been way too tough to do... but the cravings go away and I have mental clarity like never before.
      Yay on the loose jeans! I have saggy pants syndrome, too. I need to dig back in the closet and see if i have anything in the next size down. Yes, I have quite the collection of sizes.

      Originally posted by Spooky_Rach View Post
      Today is Day 17 for me . Yesterday was spent kind of recovery from the weekend and the crazy amount of chocolate I managed to eat _. Should have been to the gym last night but I wasn't feeling the love for LHT so went for a walk instead.
      walking is good!

      Originally posted by JayGee View Post
      Today is day 18 for me. I am finally getting over whatever virus I had all weekend and was actually hungry for the first time in a couple of days this morning. I feel very "free" this Whole 30. I am not tracking calories, carbs, or macros. I am not weighing or measuring myself. I am not tracking calories burned or minutes exercised. None of that. And boy does it feel good to not obsess!
      Yep, I'm loving the free feeling too. I am not obsessed with food, weight, etc. so great!

      Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
      Day 14, starting to feel better, more energy. Staying compliant. But wow, holy heartburn. I'm surprised because with primal it eliminated heartburn. And it's after pretty much every meal, even something as simple as avocado and eggs. I did recently get a new brand of kelp and calcium supplement so maybe it is more about that. Who knows.

      But its been good-I'm enjoying the meals for the most part (dinner is always awesome), but want a different breakfast. I want some primal pancakes or a smoothie!
      Hope you can figure out the heartburn issue and a breakfast that sounds good. too much pork fat can give me heartburn.

      Originally posted by Leida View Post
      That's never final, as everything changes all the time. I think we all have that invisible line that we have to cross with a certain food after which we can start disentangling the emotional attachment to food. After that the "I can't live without XYZ" or "But I absolutely despise ABC!" fade away, and you can actually experiment with your body's reaction to the inputs. Successful "natural" body builders have a mastery of this approach.
      that's true. a year ago I didn't think I could live without grains and here I am thriving without them.

      Originally posted by qqemokitty View Post
      Well now I do think I am sick. Nausea, shivering, skin hurting, and joints aching. This escalated rather suddenly.

      I want chicken soup and my bed. And not to barf on my desk at work. D: I think I will have to go home.
      Feel better!

      Originally posted by Ellen View Post
      Day 23 -- Wow, just one more week to go! I'm not sure that I will change much after 30 days, since this is working really well on our super budget and weekly batch cooking. I think I will loosen the reigns on dairy for office-sponsored lunches or eating at friends' homes, though.
      sounds like a good plan.

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      • that's true. a year ago I didn't think I could live without grains and here I am thriving without them.
        Bread and pasta was painless for me, as I never really 'loved' them. I think my first emotional parting was millet and buckwheat, when I went from whole foods to whole grains. Fruit was very hard, because for many years, any diet that said 'limit', let allow 'exclude' fruit got an emphatic "GO F'K YOURSELF!" from me. It took me over a year to drop fruit for the first time. Completely. No cheats. It clued me in that I can go a day, then a week, without touching fruit. I also noticed that I have at first a reaction when handling fruit that I noticed in alcoholics when they drink. My hands were shaking, I was snappy and irritable. I knew something was not right, but I still I broke down the first time, and started eating fruit again.

        But then I ran into the simple statement that "We are often addicted to the very thing that harms us' and I am facing the truth that I am addicted to fruit and that I get the pleasure reaction from them & a sugar rush, just like an alcoholic from spirits, and that is why I cannot control my intake. I can now control my nuts and it used to be a problem, but I did not learn to control fruit. Because I am a step away from pre-diabetic, this time I am making a serious effort at the Savory Life.

        On the other end of the spectrum, I also learned to eat things I was not attracted to, like butter and bacon. I have no emotional attachment to the fats, but this morning I thought about tea with butter and salt as a treat. I had not lapsed into a dream of a bowl of fruit and yogurt or hot chocolate. That's good. I hope it happens more often.

        I have read that even the recovered alcoholics never stop missing alcohol. I am trying to emotionally prepare myself to the possibility of always missing fruit and sugar AND avoiding it 99% of the time. Emotions are emotions. I will feel them. Food is food. I can make rational & mindful choices of what to eat and what to avoid.
        My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
        When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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        • Day 17 turned out okay.
          Today - day 18, food is far so good . I'm having a problem/trouble with the gym going, I just be bothered this week. I should be going tonight, but at the moment I have no desire to go. Maybe time away from the gym would be good for me, I am thinking of doing this The Nerd Fitness Playground Workout | Nerd Fitness tonight instead.

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          • Day 23. I don't feel 100% but I am back at work anyway with my homemade chicken soup to bolster me.

            Weighed today: 289.5 :3 Squee. A total of 52 pounds lost thus far, 18 of them since I started whole30. Miraculous.
            yay!

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            • Originally posted by qqemokitty View Post
              Day 23. I don't feel 100% but I am back at work anyway with my homemade chicken soup to bolster me.

              Weighed today: 289.5 :3 Squee. A total of 52 pounds lost thus far, 18 of them since I started whole30. Miraculous.
              deee (geek/dork pronunciation of smiley). that is very cool.

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              • I'm copying this from my journal. Yesterday was day 30. I'm really pleased with the whole thing. I never did get the big burst of energy (maybe that's somehow related to being primal for over 2 years at this point?), and have a lot of headaches the past 3 weeks, but energy levels have been steadily improving over the last week, as the headaches have been decreasing.

                The W30 experience is done. It was much easier that I thought. I suppose, for me anyway, cutting the extras (dairy, sugar and wine) was more of a mindset, and is completely doable. I will include wine back into my life, and butter (though not necessarily every day, ghee is plenty fine for almost everything), and good cheese here and there.

                Through the month, I've also been walking regularly, and made a conscious effort (finally) to get more sleep. Getting to bed earlier has not been a chore, and I feel better through the day on closer to 8 hours regularly, rather than the 6-7 that had become my norm. That's okay to function, but not function well.

                As for quantitative results, here's the tally:

                Day 1 ***************** Day 15************Day 30
                Height: 5 ft 6 in
                Weight: 150.6***********145.2 (-5.4 lb) *******143.6 (-7 lb)
                waist: 29.5 in************28.75 in (-0.75 in)*****28.25 (-1.25 in)
                belly (at navel): 33 in*******31.5 in (-1.5 in)******31 (-2 in)
                hips: 39.25 in************38.5 in (-0.75 in)******38.25 (-1 in)
                right thigh: 23 in**********22.5 in (-0.5 in).******22.25 (-0.75 in)

                I'm pretty pleased with the results. I have seen the scale nearly another pound less (142.8) a couple of times, so that will come. Thinking that something like another 10 lb of fat loss will be about right to get rid of the remaining extra stuff. I plan to return to the plan after the vacation, and hopefully get rid of that last bit by Christmas. Finally. Probably aim for some sustained ketosis for a change and see how that feels.

                I thought about indulging a bit tonight, but really wasn't interested. The raw milk cheese I bought on the weekend is still untouched. I looked at my dark chocolate stash, but that held no particular appeal. I did add 2 drops of stevia to the coconut milk I topped my frozen blueberries with tonight just to see how that was, and it was fine, but it's just as fine without.

                I am, however, having a glass of wine. The homemade stuff we bottled about 3 weeks ago, untasted till today. It's good.

                Hang in there the rest of you, there's definitely a feeling of self satisfaction at actually staying the course and making it to the end.
                My musings

                The old stuff

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                • Good for you greensprout. Those measurements are great. Funny how most people finishing the whole 30 talk about not wanting to resume all of the foods they had to cut out.

                  Qqumokitty great measurements for you too congrats
                  link to my journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread97129.html

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                  • Just 3 more days for me. It's gone much faster than I thought. I'm not sure how much weight I have lost. It will probably be less than I hope but I know i've lost some inches in various spots. This has been a very great process for me. I haven't felt this in control of food since before I gained weight.

                    Originally posted by Leida View Post
                    I have read that even the recovered alcoholics never stop missing alcohol. I am trying to emotionally prepare myself to the possibility of always missing fruit and sugar AND avoiding it 99% of the time. Emotions are emotions. I will feel them. Food is food. I can make rational & mindful choices of what to eat and what to avoid.
                    You've had quite a journey and really very few people are willing to make those tough choices about food. Managing to separate emotions and food is quite a challenge. I have really been empowered by this whole30 process and will see where this all takes me.

                    Originally posted by Spooky_Rach View Post
                    Maybe time away from the gym would be good for me, I am thinking of doing this The Nerd Fitness Playground Workout | Nerd Fitness tonight instead.
                    Hope you had fun, whatever you chose to do!

                    Originally posted by qqemokitty View Post
                    Day 23. I don't feel 100% but I am back at work anyway with my homemade chicken soup to bolster me.

                    Weighed today: 289.5 :3 Squee. A total of 52 pounds lost thus far, 18 of them since I started whole30. Miraculous.
                    Great results! Hope you are back to 100% soon.

                    Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                    I'm copying this from my journal. Yesterday was day 30. I'm really pleased with the whole thing. I never did get the big burst of energy (maybe that's somehow related to being primal for over 2 years at this point?), and have a lot of headaches the past 3 weeks, but energy levels have been steadily improving over the last week, as the headaches have been decreasing.
                    congrats on completing your whole30! You had great weight loss and inch loss!

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                    • wow primal Lizard only 3 more days are you planning to stay whole 30(ish)?
                      link to my journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread97129.html

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                      • Greenspout - congratulations on a successful Whole30!

                        Qqemokitty - glad you are feeling better. Your weight loss is fantastic!

                        Day 20 today. I am still coughing a bit from my weekend illness, but my appetite has returned. Tonight I am grilling shrimp. I have definitely lost inches because my jeans were falling off me yesterday and 3 weeks ago they were uncomfortably snug.

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                        • So cool! Wonderful to see the cheerful posts like that first thing in the morning! Energizing.

                          You've had quite a journey and really very few people are willing to make those tough choices about food. Managing to separate emotions and food is quite a challenge. I have really been empowered by this whole30 process and will see where this all takes me.
                          I have never understood the rules of psychological engagement till I started seriously reading Susan Albers. It is so simple it hurts how I could fall into the same mind traps again, and again, and again. I got my wake-up call, when like 47 or 48 out of 50 'most common excuses' from her book was applicable to me. The title of the book is misleading, it is not excuses, it is the way of thinking about food that is just so ingrained... Anyway. I am more and more convinced that the road to health for me lies with sorting out the head. That's the hardest.
                          My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                          When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                          • I think yesterday was day 22 and this is 23. im not sure anymore.

                            i am still having a lot of problems with food. nothing appeals to me, everything feels gross in my mouth, and im having TERRIBLE cravings for the first time in a long time. I want pizza, mashed potatoes, and corn chips with salsa, particularly. i didn't get any cravings at all at the beginning of my whole30, so this is weird. >.<

                            not much else to report. PMS is making me feel like crap on a stick.
                            yay!

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                            • Make fresh salsa, qqemokitty, it is completely Whole30. You can put it on any piece of protein that appeals to you (I love it on shrimp or salmon) or scoop it with sliced cucumbers, radishes or celery if you want something cooler. If you have dehydrator, make sweet potato chips, my husband raves about those. Who would have thought that buying a dehydrator would make a man happy???

                              Do you like mushed cauliflower? I like it more than m. potatoes...

                              Hang in there, and get well!
                              My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                              When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                              • Originally posted by jacmac View Post
                                wow primal Lizard only 3 more days are you planning to stay whole 30(ish)?
                                I am going to re-introduce dairy for a few days and see how i feel. i plan to stay fairly whole 30 but probably won't be quite as strict. i will stay grain free though.

                                Originally posted by JayGee View Post
                                Day 20 today. I am still coughing a bit from my weekend illness, but my appetite has returned. Tonight I am grilling shrimp. I have definitely lost inches because my jeans were falling off me yesterday and 3 weeks ago they were uncomfortably snug.
                                great progress! Hope you'll recover completely soon.
                                Originally posted by Leida View Post
                                I have never understood the rules of psychological engagement till I started seriously reading Susan Albers. It is so simple it hurts how I could fall into the same mind traps again, and again, and again. I got my wake-up call, when like 47 or 48 out of 50 'most common excuses' from her book was applicable to me. The title of the book is misleading, it is not excuses, it is the way of thinking about food that is just so ingrained... Anyway. I am more and more convinced that the road to health for me lies with sorting out the head. That's the hardest.
                                i will have to check out that book. sounds like exactly what i need.
                                Originally posted by qqemokitty View Post
                                I think yesterday was day 22 and this is 23. im not sure anymore.

                                i am still having a lot of problems with food. nothing appeals to me, everything feels gross in my mouth, and im having TERRIBLE cravings for the first time in a long time. I want pizza, mashed potatoes, and corn chips with salsa, particularly. i didn't get any cravings at all at the beginning of my whole30, so this is weird. >.<

                                not much else to report. PMS is making me feel like crap on a stick.
                                I hope you start to feel better soon and find something appealing to eat.

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