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  1. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by HillDweller in Soda is the Devil!   
    Hi Marie - A suggestion for you and a (slightly cranky) exhortation as well. 
    The suggestion: a splash of fruit juice such as the Bolthouse Farms selection paired with soda water is a really tasty thing; drop in a few berries, a squeeze of lime or a slice of apple in and it's practically a cocktail!  
    The slightly cranky exhortation: the last time I checked, grown men were individually responsible for their own health, wellness and happiness.  I am not totally sure why YOU appear to be tying yourself in knots trying to meet the soda happiness quotient of someone who is presumably old enough to vote in the elections that choose our Presidents.  If he doesn't like your suggestions and recipes, he is welcome to try his own -and try to impress you the next time- or to fall off this particular Whole30 turnip truck.  Just as he pleases.
    Promise me you'll try one more 'recipe' for him and then....just...stop.  You have quite enough to do in cooking all the meals for the two of you and taking care of yourself.
    Good luck, girlfriend!  
     
     
  2. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    @MarieC1978  I'd definitely contact one or the other on this. Just to check in and let them know you're doing it and see what insight they have. At least keep a food diary so you can see what triggers episodes and what works. Maybe you'll see a pattern. 
  3. SnappySue liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't cry very often unless I am well and truly MAD!  However, I have found myself a little misty eyed in a few situations since I started my W30, so yes, it is normal.  I turn 40 in May and I have always said age is simply a number, a birthday is just another day, yada yada.  Even I have to admit though, that 40 is a milestone, so if you would like to lean over and pretend it is my shoulder you are crying on for the sake of mourning the unconsumed birthday cake, I am here for you.  You make us all proud for doing what is right for you and committing to something that will allow you to have several more birthday cakes in your future (consumed or unconsumed).
  4. SugarcubeOD liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    So, I just got back from vacation the day before my start date. Went to see family in SC and let me tell you...the old Southern Cooking thing is TRUE!  Everything has tons of W30 no-no foods and every meal ends with a cake, cobbler, or other dessert. I called my mom before leaving and told her I wanted to stay as compliant with the home cooked meals as possible. She didn't criticize or ask "huh" or make it awkward. Instead, she went grocery shopping and got La Croix waters instead of soda for me. She bought ghee for the first time in her life. She made sure she had olive oil and avocado oil instead of the other stuff she usually uses cause it's cheaper. She had pistachios and almonds and fruit and tuna and even some smoked salmon. All kinds of foods for at the house. Instead of her taking the lead on cooking, she let me lead and actually watched and learned. My brother even made sure to make a huge W30 salad for me when we went to eat at his house with Primal Kitchen dressing because the only thing he can cook is a mean spaghetti. My brother even baked apples with just cinnamon on them for my "dessert" while they ate those same apples with ice cream of course. They went out of their way with the home cooked meals even though that isn't their style.  Eating out on vacation was a different story!
    Here's the thing with family. If you are close, they will not judge and you can be completely honest with them. I am a firm believer in communicating the emotional reasons behind W30 because that will garner more support than "I just want to lose weight."  Its more than just weight loss and they should know that. You and your cousin (since she is a wonderful cook) can come up with additions or subtractions to each meal to make sure it there is something compliant for you and tastes good. Give her this challenge as she may surprise you. Either way, be honest with them about how important this is for you and you will be happy you did regardless of the outcome. 
    The point is, family can be a pain in the bum, but they are family and want what is best for you. Don't make a huge deal out of it, but call ahead of time and talk to them. Let them know this is important to you and see if they can help. By calling them in advance, they have a little warning and can do some research.  Springing it on them by not eating may "offend" them or make them feel uncomfortable at the table.  If your cousin says "what the heck am I supposed to make?!!!"  Send her some recipes you have been wanting to try that are W30 and see if she can "help" you make them good.  Make her/them feel like they are doing you a solid by helping make this happen for you.  
    For the foods that can't be made W30 compliant, just say no. It's hard to say no, but you can and you will feel powerful for having done so. You are in control of what you put in your mouth so show them how it's done. And after your cousin (the great cook) tweaks her awesome recipes to fit W30, share those recipes with the rest of us!
  5. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by Karen L in August 7th Start Date   
    Hi all. Just wanted to check in. I'm still with ya'all!  Been following posts but been crazy busy.  Glad I made a big batch of carnitas Sunday, otherwise who knows what I'd be eating??  So sleep hasn't gotten better. 5 hours each last two nights, but I think a big part may be work stress. There are problems I don't see a solution for, which I usually do. I guess it's weighing on me heavier, and I do think whole 30 messes with your emotions a bit too, so it's probably exacerbated.  That, and no wine Anyway, feeling pretty strong (but tired) going into day 11!  More on the side of "I don't want to eat anything" rather than "I'm ready to eat whatever I want".  Another weekend to get through and I'll feel in a better place!
    Happy belated birthday @SnappySue  So glad you reached out to the group for support. This forum is such a great go-to.  Wish we could all meet in person!  Totally lucked into a great group!
  6. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by Jim4884 in August 7th Start Date   
     
    I hope this comes out the right way - supportive-ly and trying to put a positive spin on things - I am now 55 years old, and I would kind of kill for 40 again    But in all earnestness, there is no "proper" way to view aging, and happy birthday to you both...
  7. SnappySue liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't cry very often unless I am well and truly MAD!  However, I have found myself a little misty eyed in a few situations since I started my W30, so yes, it is normal.  I turn 40 in May and I have always said age is simply a number, a birthday is just another day, yada yada.  Even I have to admit though, that 40 is a milestone, so if you would like to lean over and pretend it is my shoulder you are crying on for the sake of mourning the unconsumed birthday cake, I am here for you.  You make us all proud for doing what is right for you and committing to something that will allow you to have several more birthday cakes in your future (consumed or unconsumed).
  8. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by SnappySue in August 7th Start Date   
    Ok, so yesterday I turned 40 and I thought all was great! I had a smoothie bowl which felt like such a treat! Fast forward to today...I can't stop crying. It's like my emotions got hit by a truck. I'm listening to sad country music and I hate country music. I'm wondering if I made a mistake doing the Whole30 during this 40th birthday which is a difficult one for a lot of people. I thought it was all amazing and then this. In shocked because I'm a pretty strong person. Can the Whole30 really mess up emotions like this? Wow! Thanks for letting me vent. 
  9. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by PenguinSews in August 7th Start Date   
    Thank you SO much @MarieC1978! I will call her and just talk to her, and see what we can come up with. I'm stalling I guess because I haven't seen this family member in years, but I can do. This because that doesn't matter! Thank you for the kind but tough love! I'll let you all know how it goes! As a side note, almost had an arguement over this w30 thing because I talked to my dad about it, who just doesn't like change I guess and didn't want to hear any of it. Oh well... just keep movin on with a smile! 
     
  10. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by Kdog777 in August 7th Start Date   
    I understand @MarieC1978, truly!!! I found some workouts for the home (for beginners, lol) and I literally did some star jacks, and a couple of burpees only!!! I was so sore the next morning. Unbelievable!!! I'm apparently VERY out of shape, lol. I too like to run but, no way I can right now. I have little energy as well. But, we are close to Day 14 which should turn things around for us, (fingers crossed).  I'm going to attempt working out again this weekend. Hopefully, more successful?!? LOL. 
    I have faith in you!! You got this girl!!! As soon as thoughts start try and tell yourself "ummm, no thanks, next chapter". Sounds stupid but, worked for me. I usually obsess in the car drive to work and home. I thinks that's also because that's when I would smoke. So now, I crank up the AC/DC and sing as loud as possible after I tell my head "next chapter". 
    I got my US Wellness meats yesterday. It was still frozen so I probably won't be trying it until this weekend. But, I will def tell you how it is. Let's chat again later : )
  11. SugarcubeOD liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    So, I just got back from vacation the day before my start date. Went to see family in SC and let me tell you...the old Southern Cooking thing is TRUE!  Everything has tons of W30 no-no foods and every meal ends with a cake, cobbler, or other dessert. I called my mom before leaving and told her I wanted to stay as compliant with the home cooked meals as possible. She didn't criticize or ask "huh" or make it awkward. Instead, she went grocery shopping and got La Croix waters instead of soda for me. She bought ghee for the first time in her life. She made sure she had olive oil and avocado oil instead of the other stuff she usually uses cause it's cheaper. She had pistachios and almonds and fruit and tuna and even some smoked salmon. All kinds of foods for at the house. Instead of her taking the lead on cooking, she let me lead and actually watched and learned. My brother even made sure to make a huge W30 salad for me when we went to eat at his house with Primal Kitchen dressing because the only thing he can cook is a mean spaghetti. My brother even baked apples with just cinnamon on them for my "dessert" while they ate those same apples with ice cream of course. They went out of their way with the home cooked meals even though that isn't their style.  Eating out on vacation was a different story!
    Here's the thing with family. If you are close, they will not judge and you can be completely honest with them. I am a firm believer in communicating the emotional reasons behind W30 because that will garner more support than "I just want to lose weight."  Its more than just weight loss and they should know that. You and your cousin (since she is a wonderful cook) can come up with additions or subtractions to each meal to make sure it there is something compliant for you and tastes good. Give her this challenge as she may surprise you. Either way, be honest with them about how important this is for you and you will be happy you did regardless of the outcome. 
    The point is, family can be a pain in the bum, but they are family and want what is best for you. Don't make a huge deal out of it, but call ahead of time and talk to them. Let them know this is important to you and see if they can help. By calling them in advance, they have a little warning and can do some research.  Springing it on them by not eating may "offend" them or make them feel uncomfortable at the table.  If your cousin says "what the heck am I supposed to make?!!!"  Send her some recipes you have been wanting to try that are W30 and see if she can "help" you make them good.  Make her/them feel like they are doing you a solid by helping make this happen for you.  
    For the foods that can't be made W30 compliant, just say no. It's hard to say no, but you can and you will feel powerful for having done so. You are in control of what you put in your mouth so show them how it's done. And after your cousin (the great cook) tweaks her awesome recipes to fit W30, share those recipes with the rest of us!
  12. Kdog777 liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    @Kdog777 Let me know how US Wellness is. I am shopping there for my next grocery shopping "trip" because my husband NEEDS his bacon and cold cuts and stuff.
    Gonna have a lot of work to do since school is starting back. Without the kids in the house and running them all over like I did all Summer, I am little concerned with over obsessing about food during the day since I work from home. It has become really important to not have non-compliant food in the house. 
    On a side note...went for my first run while doing W30. I took some time off because I didn't want to overtax the mind and body in the beginning. Gotta say it was the WORST run EVER. Had zero energy and had to stop and walk SEVERAL times. Got about .25 miles from my car and almost had to stop. Only reason I didn't is because A.) I was alone on a trail and B.) I had to get back home to clean up for meet the teacher at my son's school. Ugh!  Gonna try again tomorrow with some different fuel?  Not sure. 
  13. SugarcubeOD liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    So, I just got back from vacation the day before my start date. Went to see family in SC and let me tell you...the old Southern Cooking thing is TRUE!  Everything has tons of W30 no-no foods and every meal ends with a cake, cobbler, or other dessert. I called my mom before leaving and told her I wanted to stay as compliant with the home cooked meals as possible. She didn't criticize or ask "huh" or make it awkward. Instead, she went grocery shopping and got La Croix waters instead of soda for me. She bought ghee for the first time in her life. She made sure she had olive oil and avocado oil instead of the other stuff she usually uses cause it's cheaper. She had pistachios and almonds and fruit and tuna and even some smoked salmon. All kinds of foods for at the house. Instead of her taking the lead on cooking, she let me lead and actually watched and learned. My brother even made sure to make a huge W30 salad for me when we went to eat at his house with Primal Kitchen dressing because the only thing he can cook is a mean spaghetti. My brother even baked apples with just cinnamon on them for my "dessert" while they ate those same apples with ice cream of course. They went out of their way with the home cooked meals even though that isn't their style.  Eating out on vacation was a different story!
    Here's the thing with family. If you are close, they will not judge and you can be completely honest with them. I am a firm believer in communicating the emotional reasons behind W30 because that will garner more support than "I just want to lose weight."  Its more than just weight loss and they should know that. You and your cousin (since she is a wonderful cook) can come up with additions or subtractions to each meal to make sure it there is something compliant for you and tastes good. Give her this challenge as she may surprise you. Either way, be honest with them about how important this is for you and you will be happy you did regardless of the outcome. 
    The point is, family can be a pain in the bum, but they are family and want what is best for you. Don't make a huge deal out of it, but call ahead of time and talk to them. Let them know this is important to you and see if they can help. By calling them in advance, they have a little warning and can do some research.  Springing it on them by not eating may "offend" them or make them feel uncomfortable at the table.  If your cousin says "what the heck am I supposed to make?!!!"  Send her some recipes you have been wanting to try that are W30 and see if she can "help" you make them good.  Make her/them feel like they are doing you a solid by helping make this happen for you.  
    For the foods that can't be made W30 compliant, just say no. It's hard to say no, but you can and you will feel powerful for having done so. You are in control of what you put in your mouth so show them how it's done. And after your cousin (the great cook) tweaks her awesome recipes to fit W30, share those recipes with the rest of us!
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    Guest liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in Soda is the Devil!   
    Ohhhh...good one. He likes ginger ale so I'm gonna try this!  Question...how much ginger?  I would just try it as I go, but I don't like ginger (hahaha). 
  15. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by PenguinSews in August 7th Start Date   
    Hello everyone! Thank you @anchorageali for your story, I think it will help some. Anyone else have ideas? I want o stay as w30 compliant as I can without being that "annoying family member" so to speak... here is to day 9! I'm posting my questions again below for reference. 
     I am going on a trip to Canada to visit my cousins, with my two year old daughter, who is sort of doing this with me (I've done my best to cut out bread for her, though my family is sabotaging sometimes which makes me mad).
    Anyway, how am I going to do this when I am with my family, and my cousin is a good cook?? I love clean eating, but I know I will feel sort of "required" to eat my families food... if you know what I mean. I usually am pretty good about picking things off/leaving things off (like bread). But I don't want to feel silly asking questions of my cousin. I won't try to make it awkward, but I'm afraid it will be because it is family. Advice? 
    I am glad that today's email was about traveling! 
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  16. SnappySue liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    So, I woke up today feeling pretty good.  Have you ever laid on your back in bed as you are coming out of slumber and just relax into your day?  I did that today for the first time.  I didn't rush to get up.  I didn't freak when my husband was cooking eggs and the smell permeated the house.  I didn't rush to get the dishwasher empty, let the dogs out, get the kids up, feed the family, fold a load of laundry, nothing.  I didn't rush.  As I laid there, I put my hands on my stomach because I didn't feel nauseous, and I "felt" thinner.  You would think this is a GREAT thing; however, I wanted to crawl out of my skin to get to a scale to weigh myself.  POOF!  Magic morning gone in an instant!  Had my daughter hide the scale at the start and now I can't think of anything but that darn scale!  I am a slave to the little numbers displayed on that thing!  Curiosity kills the cat, but this anxiety about a freaking scale and the magic numbers it might show me are going to kill me!  Just kidding.  I won't die, but I get it now why they say to hide that thing.  I was in a great place when I woke up.  Got into a bad place when I realized I couldn't "Measure" my success.  Imagine if I looked at the scale and it showed no changes how far down my mood could have gone?!  I am convincing myself that it doesn't matter and that the way I felt when I woke up is a win NO MATTER WHAT!  (Easier said than done)
  17. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by Kdog777 in August 7th Start Date   
    I'm with you there @Cinlynn! I never dream of food. I did last night though. So weird for me. However, I dreamed I wasn't on the Whole30 anymore and I was having a cold beer, eating things I don't even like to eat. Super Crazy!!! 
    BUT, it was a dream. Has a great day today. I'm definitely sleeping better. I'm still waiting for that big "ding dong" everyone has talked about but, I'm patient. Day 9 down! Tomorrow is Day 10 and I think we all got this! Thanks again everyone for all the support here! I just got my meats I ordered from US Wellness and I can't wait to start using it tomorrow. Whole30 compliant bacon, ham, Canadian bacon, spicy beef jerky and beef hot dogs!!! This weekend will rock!!!
  18. SnappySue liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    @amandamay83 I am an emotional eater, so I am that person who grabs a candy bar or bag of chips every time she is bored, sad, stressed, anxious, mad, frustrated, happy, etc. cause you get the picture. I am also a mom, so if I just don't buy anything off-plan, I feel guilty that the rest of my family has to go without "insert food" for 30 days because I can't have it?  I also do not like to be told "no."  I am a rebel without a cause - no really... there is no cause. You tell me no...and I'm doing it. 
    How to get through?  Well, first let me say these are suggestions:
    1.) I have my 30 day calendar written on my bedroom mirror.  I see it first think when I wake up and right when I go to bed.  It's a wonderful reminder, but it also serves as a little victory every day I get to mark off.  I just used dry erase markers.
    2.)  I do not buy any trigger foods.  Period!  If it is something that is my favorite or something I am weak with normally, and it is say my daughters favorite?  Sorry Chica, but you can only have those in hiding and you have to buy them yourself.  I had an emotional talk with my kids and family about W30 and why I am doing it.  Just expecting them to understand is not going to garner a lot of support.  They need to see the emotion behind why you are doing it.  I work from home too, so there isn't anyone besides family to say "no" or "do you REALLY want to start over again?"  There is no other Beings around to be accountable to so USE them!
    3.)  This is the hardest part of all!  Will power!  I have none.  I count each day as a "Hell yeah I made it!" ( Excuse the language) I also give myself a little pat on the back!  One day and I am doing a cartwheel because I have earned it.  So, if you make it one day, for you and me, that IS a success!  Now we shoot for two days!   I look at my calendar on my mirror and I tell myself it is only 30 days to completion.  I have my 30 days marked on every calendar.  (September 5th)  I already know introduction foods/meals.  I have everything planned out because I have to see the big picture in order to say "no" to whatever it is that is tempting me today.
    Having said all this, none of this may work for you.  This is trial and error, I think, at its finest.  There is nothing that says you can't try and have to restart over and over again until you get it right.  The key is to pick yourself up and try, try again.  I had to!  @SnappySue had to!  I believe I read that @Brensuma had to!  You are not alone, so don't go anywhere!  We have all been there done that in the oops or flat out mistakes department!  Think about it this way...your day one just happens to be different than ours, but you still get the opportunity to HAVE a day one. Cut yourself some slack and jump in with both feet for this second go at it!
     
     
  19. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    Cake went as well as could be expected.  There's only three of us in the office, and my boss does not "approve" of my weight loss (he thinks I lost too much), so he pushed, but I just walked away and made up something to do.  
    Despite my regular failings in the last week of trying to do this, one thing I have learned is how very often I eat, not out of hunger, but out of boredom.  Right now, it's 2:00... I had hearty lunch an hour ago.  I am NOT hungry...but I still find myself wanting to reach for something.  If I were hungry, I'd break the "rules" and snack...but if I really think about it, i know it's not hunger, not really.  
    I feel better about my multiple restarts knowing that, in spite of it, I'm still learning plenty.
  20. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    Office celebration today...my coworker's work anniversary, so there is cake.  I'm really hoping I can avoid eating it without too much "to do."  
  21. MelissaSue liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    @MelissaSue I was so happy for you after I read your post. 6 days in and you are already getting it. When times get tough, I want you to remember this day. Pull it close to you and use it to keep moving forward. So glad you could look past others choices and just make your own. Taking control DOES give you power - if only over yourself and that is a win!
    Today for me was rough. I have VERY little appetite as I have been trying to "eat" three meals a day. I have gastroparesis and it was recommended that I "eat" only one meal a day and drink my other "meals."  This is why I am doing W30. I want to control My gastroparesis instead of letting it control me. I am afraid it won a little today as I am nauseous. But...I have not thrown up in 6 days (usually throw up anywhere from 6-12 times a week after meals).  I gotta figure out what works for me. I am holding this close to me that if I can go a week, I can make it two weeks, then three and eventually I WILL WIN!  
  22. SnappySue liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    @amandamay83 I am an emotional eater, so I am that person who grabs a candy bar or bag of chips every time she is bored, sad, stressed, anxious, mad, frustrated, happy, etc. cause you get the picture. I am also a mom, so if I just don't buy anything off-plan, I feel guilty that the rest of my family has to go without "insert food" for 30 days because I can't have it?  I also do not like to be told "no."  I am a rebel without a cause - no really... there is no cause. You tell me no...and I'm doing it. 
    How to get through?  Well, first let me say these are suggestions:
    1.) I have my 30 day calendar written on my bedroom mirror.  I see it first think when I wake up and right when I go to bed.  It's a wonderful reminder, but it also serves as a little victory every day I get to mark off.  I just used dry erase markers.
    2.)  I do not buy any trigger foods.  Period!  If it is something that is my favorite or something I am weak with normally, and it is say my daughters favorite?  Sorry Chica, but you can only have those in hiding and you have to buy them yourself.  I had an emotional talk with my kids and family about W30 and why I am doing it.  Just expecting them to understand is not going to garner a lot of support.  They need to see the emotion behind why you are doing it.  I work from home too, so there isn't anyone besides family to say "no" or "do you REALLY want to start over again?"  There is no other Beings around to be accountable to so USE them!
    3.)  This is the hardest part of all!  Will power!  I have none.  I count each day as a "Hell yeah I made it!" ( Excuse the language) I also give myself a little pat on the back!  One day and I am doing a cartwheel because I have earned it.  So, if you make it one day, for you and me, that IS a success!  Now we shoot for two days!   I look at my calendar on my mirror and I tell myself it is only 30 days to completion.  I have my 30 days marked on every calendar.  (September 5th)  I already know introduction foods/meals.  I have everything planned out because I have to see the big picture in order to say "no" to whatever it is that is tempting me today.
    Having said all this, none of this may work for you.  This is trial and error, I think, at its finest.  There is nothing that says you can't try and have to restart over and over again until you get it right.  The key is to pick yourself up and try, try again.  I had to!  @SnappySue had to!  I believe I read that @Brensuma had to!  You are not alone, so don't go anywhere!  We have all been there done that in the oops or flat out mistakes department!  Think about it this way...your day one just happens to be different than ours, but you still get the opportunity to HAVE a day one. Cut yourself some slack and jump in with both feet for this second go at it!
     
     
  23. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by SugarcubeOD in August 7th Start Date   
    You're in a boat with a lot of people that have to get through Whole30 one meal at a time... prepping helps, especially if you're a person that really doesn't like to waste food... if you have the food made at home ready for you, especially when you're hungry, you're more likely to just go home and eat it.
    You could also try doing all your shopping on one day and then not head into a grocery store again that week... I have given myself a very tight food budget which means if I want avocados for instance, there's no room in the budget for anything else that might not be a good choice.
    Outside of that, all those things that you're wanting to binge on are going to be there in 30 days... they've probably even got a shelf life of at least that long, LOL... yuck!  You'll find as you get into the program and you're feeling well fed, calm and accomplished that you're not going meal to meal anymore and that it's not such a struggle... but please know that we totally understand what you're going through and you're definitely not the first, last or only one!  You can do it! I know you can!
  24. MarieC1978 liked a post in a topic by amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    Maybe you all can help me talk this through.
    Brief backstory:  last year, I lost 70 lbs.  No magical plan, just eating less and exercising more.  I firmly believe why it finally worked for me is that 1) I didn't count anything (points, calories, carbs, macros) and 2) I didn't eliminate anything.  Knowing that I could always have a small piece of chocolate (as an example) made it easy to resist the kids' candy.  Historically, what happens is that I try to eliminate something--whether that carbs, sugar, dessert, whatever--I do well for a week or two, fall "off plan," then have a massive binge with the idea that, "I'm going to start again tomorrow and I can never have this again, so I better enjoy it now."
    What's concerning me is that that's exactly what happened yesterday.  The day was basically good, even with a non-compliant lunch, but then I decided to restart my W30 today.... and the wheels came off.  I binged on everything to the point of being sick.
    On one hand, this leaves me concerned that maybe W30 is not good for my mental health.  On the other hand, I really do want to try it.  Both because I want a "reset" after a summer that was crappy in every way (I've dubbed it "The Summer of Crushing Disappointment"), and because I believe I may have some food sensitivity issues that I'd like to pin down.  
    I guess the question is, how do I get past the deprivation mindset that leads me to binge?
  25. Karen L liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    Okay...true story...I am on my phone CONSTANTLY when I am shopping. No...not talking or texting, but looking up things on this forum!  It takes me forever, but I am training my kids while we are there.
    As you all know, my husband is supporting me by eating W30 meals. He comes to me yesterday and says "Babe, I love you, but I just want a salami, turkey, and ham sandwich. I will wrap that sucker in lettuce and I won't even ask for Swiss cheese."  I went to the store hoping to find lunchmeat for him without sugar or non-compliant ingredients. My teenage son was with me because he wanted to drive (permit driver God help me). He was looking at the ingredients with me and kept putting them back saying "Why the heck is there sugar (dextrose - he now knows is the devil) in my meat?"  Did we find anything compliant?  NOPE!  All of them had sugar or soy or some crap in it. Had to call him to ask if he wanted to cheat until I could order some online. "Order meat online?  Are you off your rocker woman?!". He had me laughing so hard in the store I had to put him on speakerphone. Everyone in the deli aisle was laughing at our conversation.  I ended up buying him small packs of lunchmeat that looked to be the healthiest and he agreed to eat "that stuff" from online. 
    Shopping is the hardest part of W30 to me. Seems the food industry could use an education on what we need and don't need in our food.