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whipsmile

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  1. Thank you so much for reading all of that!
  2. My stretching is still on par, but I should be do more. But the real kick butt awesome thing that I've done what not just giving up Mt Dew completely, but I gave up ALL sugar for 30 days! I am super proud of myself for that. :-)
  3. Where would you ladies go to get properly fitted?
  4. I know this is not new to any of you and I might be years behind some of you. But I finally took the plunge and I did it. I actually made it through 30 incredibly researched and thought out days of no sugar. This was for me and my family and trying to take yet one more step closer to being a better version of myself. first the bad: - I still craved Mt Dew every single day. That never went away. - I don't like cooking. I never had, and this is the most amount of cooking that I have ever done in a short amount of time. - The grocery bills were MUCH higher than normal. However, we didn't buy a single thing like snacks, quick lunches from wherever, drinks or anything like that at all for a month. So that kind of evened out in the end. - The amount of research and planning I did each week took several hours on and off. However, having everything planned out and ready made the week a whole lot easier. I knew what I was making, I knew what I needed to take out of the freezer, and Alex was able to see what was on the menu for the week. - Sugar or high fructose corn syrup is in almost everything. EVERYTHING. So there was a lot of label reading and frustration there. I even found it in salsa. Why is it is salsa? We eventually ended up having to make all of our own mayo and dressings and stuff like that, which took more time, resources and my poor blender. Now for the good: - I 100% feel more focused and clear headed. It took a couple of weeks for that to kick in. But it without a doubt affected my mind for the better. I of course still forget some things and make mistakes, because I’m human. But the difference is staggering; nothing that I can prove outwardly really, but inwardly it is so much better. - Previously, I lived with a stomach ache every single day of my life: Until this month. I was so used to having a chronic stomach ache that not having one was unusual. 30 days of virtually no stomach aches. That blew my mind. - I have become more confident in my cooking. I still didn’t enjoy the process all that much, but I liked the outcomes and the cooking knowledge increased 30 fold. For example: I know how to broil something now. I have found a myriad of ways to use my Dutch Oven. And where has citrus zest been all my life?! Delicious! And then there are frittatas. Oh frittatas. You are a staple in my life now. - I found myself only eating at meal time. I hardly snacked. And that 2 o’clock wall that most people hit every single day. That never happened. I had the energy to go straight through. The work day seemed shorter and I was more productive because I was more focused for longer. - Fruit became sweet to me again. - It definitely gave me more energy. I still went to bed completely knackered because of all the cooking and extra things that I had to do. But I had the energy to DO all of those things. - And despite the amount of meat and olive oil and things like that…I still lost 8 ½ pounds just by cutting out the sugar. - We ate at the table sometimes twice a day together. This was a nice side effect that we enjoyed so much. We went from being roommates to being married again. - There were maybe only one or two things that I made that both my husband and I were “meh†about. We liked most everything we ate. We were satisfied, we felt good and nothing just felt heavy in our stomach. It was natural. But, here are my favorite meals, Top 5: 1. Pistachio Encrusted Cod with Sautéed Broccoli Rabe and orange wedges. (Day 8 Dinner). 2. Chicken Salad with homemade mayo. (Day 4 Lunch). 3. Prosciutto Wrap Chicken Stuffed with Apples and Spinach with a side of Kale Chips. (Day 17 Dinner). 4. Homemade chicken nuggets and sweet potato fries. (Day 18 Dinner). 5. Every frittata that we made. Which I think was 4 or 5. Want to thank my husband, who did the dishes every night so that I would have a clean kitchen to cook, and for being so on board with this whole thing. If you weren’t as stoked and as supportive as you were about all of this, it would have been so much easier to give up. So what’s next? We’re going to try and do more of the same with some tweaks to help with the budget. I will still have a piece of cake at a birthday party or something nice on date night (which are few and far between.) But I am not going to let it be a daily thing. I will make it a TRUE and honest treat. I will add honey sometimes and cheese on some occasions. I am not having bread or pasta yet though. Here are some books that I read/am reading throughout all of this: Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD It Starts with Food: Discover The Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. The Story of the Human Body by Daniel L. Lieberman Near a Thousand Tables by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto Article links: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/diet-fitness/tried+warn+about+sugar/9503788/story.html http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?id=19990303141416 http://www.naturalnews.com/sugar.html
  5. Pretty well! I haven't missed a single day stretching and I can feel the benefits of it already. My bike riding is sporadic at best. But I haven't had a Mt Dew since Sunday! I started Whole30 on Monday and have eliminated sugar, bread and dairy from my diet. Haven't cheated once! Thanks so much for asking.
  6. Congrats!!! Sounds like you might have made it through the withdrawl period! I've been at it for 3 days. So we'll see. :-)
  7. That is a TON of pixie sticks! But I would have at least one 20oz bottle of MT Dew a day and then sugar, sugar, candy, cake - anyway I could get it. And I too love me some good, homemade Sweet Tea like my Granny used to make. Thanks for sharing your story! I hope you feel better now that you have taken out so much sugar as well!
  8. Oh! Thank you for starting this thread! I just started Whole30 yesterday! These recipes will help so much! Thanks!
  9. I too recently gave birth after a difficult pregnancy. I'm sorry that you went through some difficulties as well. Welcome and good luck!!
  10. It seems that I am coming late to the party on this one. I know so many people have either already done this or simply preach the benefits. I've known for some time now WHAT I needed to do, but I couldn't seem to get my head there to start. I am giving up sugar. Totally and utterly for 30 days at least and more if I can. And if you know me, you know that that is a HUGE deal. This isn't me just arbitrarily saying, "No more Mt Dew for me!" without making a plan to succeed. As you all know Sugar is a drug, as addictive as narcotics. It's a poison, it might take years to kill you. Sure it tastes amazing, but that's how it gets ya. I have a plan, I've already set it up. Now I just have to execute it. On Saturday my husband and I are going to the store to get the groceries for the week. I have already made a menu for the week and made the shopping list. I know this will be "hard". But I am determind. And my hubby is an amazing support. I will be impossible to live with for a few weeks, so for those of you whom I see reguarly. I apologize in advance. I need your patience and your encouragment. This is not vanity, I am diong this for my health, for my mind and for my family. So i ask for encouragment and help keep me accountable.
  11. Okay, well I'm doing really well on ONE of my goals. I haven't missed a day of stretching and yoga poses yet. As for the C25K - I live in the greater Chicagoland area. We have been slammed with snow lately, so outside running is treacherous and I can't afford a gym membership. (Please be honest, is this sounding to "excusey", because these are incredibly valid in my head). So instead of C25K, I have a my bike set up on rollers at home. There is something on MapMyRide that in kind of similar to C25K. I plan on substituting the running with the biking for this quest. And then there is the Mt Dew. I am begining to think I just need to cold turkey this sucker instead of allowing some. This is ridiculous. So encouragement is always helpful and ideas are always welcomed! Tally ho!
  12. I am still nursing, so that's a good point. Thanks.
  13. I just had a baby 4 months ago, so I am definitely suffering from the completely real syndrome of "Mommy Brain" (don't let anyone ever tell you that it's not real) :-) I don't manage stress very well, so hopefully with a new exercise routine and regime that could help out with that as well. I don't believe that this will be the be all, end all of my memory problems, but I know that I can at least help myself out in taking out sugar in my diet. Thanks for the link!!!
  14. Thank you Marlaine! Yeah, being a good example for him is SUCH a strong motivator. My husband is already a very fit and incredibly supportive man, so seeing me start a journey of fitness is getting him more excited, and together we can create an environment for our son of living a healthy lifestyle. I appreciate your encouragement greatly.
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