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  1. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Thanks for the suggestions! Feel free to keep 'em coming. 
    I just wanted to share my little evening ritual, Whole30style.  Hint tastes better now than on Day 1 so hopefully my tastebuds are recalibrating! #NSV

  2. Steph the Desert Rat liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Great idea with the home spa, Amy! 
    We are also WAY over on groceries this month. Husband and I had a budget meeting today and are hoping to institute a weekly list making/budget checking/grocery shopping date. Hoping that will help!
    We're one day closer to Friday! 
  3. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    @Skye_9 I wish my body would just forget about them too! Another way to look at it that I've heard (though not often successfully employed) is to change the way you think about yourself. You're not a girl with a sweet tooth constantly resisting and trying to get by. You're a healthy person who makes healthy choices. This might have also come from Melissa - sometimes I follow her so much, her thoughts are my thoughts. 
    I definitely struggled with food boredom today - we have so much compliant food and I just don't want any! It's probably because I didn't have a good lunch today. I did make it from 8 to like 1:30 without eating without being cranky or fuzzy, so NSV! 
  4. NoneOtherThanAmy liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Thanks, @NoneOtherThanAmy! We have a department meeting today, too - so many snacks! So I just keep saying NOT TODAY, SUGAR. 
    For those of you struggling with cravings - I'll be honest, I don't think mine have ever totally gone away in all the Whole30s I've done. They fade and become less "regular," (as in, not always RIGHT after lunch or at 2 p.m. on the clock like they used to be) but I DEFINITELY still crave off-plan foods either randomly or due to a trigger like boredom, stress, celebration, or, like we saw just last week, the weekend! I've posted on the forum about this before - asking if those experiencing Food Freedom felt the cravings were actually really gone - but didn't really get a lot of informative responses. So while I definitely think we can all look forward to fewer, less regular cravings, I think it's only realistic to know that we also just have to have coping strategies at the ready whether Whole30'ing or Food Freedoming. I could be wrong, though. I'd love to ear a moderator or someone with more experience's feedback on that idea. Particularly because I think it's very hard to navigate once you're in the Food Freedom stage.
  5. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by SugarcubeOD in 1/2 CUPCAKE! HELP!   
    Yes, intentional consumption of an off plan item like a cupcake renders your reset done and you would have to start over.  There is an article linked in my signature below that we ask that you read and then decide for yourself, but since you're only on Day 2, why not just keep your count going and do 32 days... 
    Also, as for being 'rude', I think it's more rude of your friend to knowingly give you something that is against what you're trying to acheive... that's extremely rude and disrespectful and does not deserve you giving up your goals and values to make her feel good about being a jerk...
  6. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Thanks for the suggestions! Feel free to keep 'em coming. 
    I just wanted to share my little evening ritual, Whole30style.  Hint tastes better now than on Day 1 so hopefully my tastebuds are recalibrating! #NSV

  7. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Thanks for the suggestions! Feel free to keep 'em coming. 
    I just wanted to share my little evening ritual, Whole30style.  Hint tastes better now than on Day 1 so hopefully my tastebuds are recalibrating! #NSV

  8. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Thanks for the suggestions! Feel free to keep 'em coming. 
    I just wanted to share my little evening ritual, Whole30style.  Hint tastes better now than on Day 1 so hopefully my tastebuds are recalibrating! #NSV

  9. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    @NoneOtherThanAmy After my last W30, I tried to eat clean at a conference and, let me tell you, that was a giant fail. Not saying it will be for you, just saying I would suggest really thinking about and having specific expectations laid out for yourself. Saying you'll eat "mostly" W30 may get you in trouble, speaking from an OMGTHERESAMACANDCHEESEBAR experience.  I don't remember if it's in one of the daily emails or somewhere on the blog, but Melissa and team definitely have some recommendations on how to travel/conference/etc. W30-style, and I believe the first recommendation is expectation setting. 
    So happy to hear about your energy @Skye_9! I had a great workout today too. I am feeling so hopeful and definitely seeing changes in my body. 
    This week my challenge to myself has been to try to eat more leafy greens. I bought micro greens and arugula at the farmers market but I'm struggling with the salad. I can never seem to make homemade salads that I enjoy. Anybody have any go-to salads they enjoy? Or other recipes to incorporate more leafy greens into your day?
  10. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Is anyone doing anything fun for their half-way mark? A non-food related treat? I just ordered a Qalo ring!
  11. Steph the Desert Rat liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Great job @msois!!! That is a huge victory! It's funny how once it's all over, you look back and think, "Huh, that was easier than I thought." When I was at a cookout last week, the cravings didn't start for me until I was starting to get tired so taking a break to get some good food in you was definitely smart. So exciting!
  12. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Oh yeah, I've also definitely had times I'm not hungry. Especially for lunch. Sometimes I'll feel a little hungry between like 11 and Noon but it often goes away really quickly if I'm like busy and don't eat right away. I've just been eating then anyway but it's trickier if your whole schedule is off. 
    Also, read the timeline aaand... nailed it: 

  13. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by msois in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    I did it guys!!! I went through an 8-hour party where people drank like fools and ate like crap without partaking at all.  Thanks for all the messages of support!
    i made sure I started my day with a really good breakfast with tons of veggies. Same at lunch - lots of protein and fat. I think that really helped set me up to not be hungry and not have too many temptations. 
    I stuck with sparkling water with lime at the party... brought along a grapefruit lacroix to mix things up. I didn't eat anything (just do not trust bar food) so at one point I was getting hungry and having major temptations for dessert but I was able to get over those thoughts quickly. 
    Luckily the party was close to home so I had a quick dinner break at home and then kept the party going, all said I lasted 8 hours surrounded by party-goers and stayed compliant the entire time. And I definitely didn't miss out on anything by not drinking or eating crappy food. I did really want some wine by the end but was perfectly content with just water and enjoying everyone's company. 
    Homestly im shocked that it was so painless. Proud of myself! And I know I'll feel amazing in the morning and SUPER hydrated so wins all around
     
  14. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Oh yeah, I've also definitely had times I'm not hungry. Especially for lunch. Sometimes I'll feel a little hungry between like 11 and Noon but it often goes away really quickly if I'm like busy and don't eat right away. I've just been eating then anyway but it's trickier if your whole schedule is off. 
    Also, read the timeline aaand... nailed it: 

  15. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by AB_MN in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    NoneOtherThanAmy (can we call you just Amy?) - so appreciate your thoughts about exercise.  Maybe my new motivation will be to reduce stress/give me more energy.  It certainly works that way so I just need to be aware of that.  THANK YOU.  You must live somewhere warm to already be at the farmers market.  That is the best way to spend a Sat morning.   I'm in MN so it's still pretty chilly up here.  I did get my garden in, though, so hopefully some veggies in June sometime.  
    Emilyelowe - LOVE the picture of your dog. I totally laughed out loud - what a cutie.  What is the max weight once fully grown?  I hear they are the most gentle of dogs.  They are so elegant looking.   I'm inspired by your friend's energy level.  Hopefully that will be us next week.  Makes me want to keep at this.  Something to look forward to. 
    Msois - welcome.  We're glad you joined us.  Good luck w/your party.  One idea is to eat some compliant food right before you go (toss some nuts and veggies in your purse).  Maybe if you aren't starving, it'll be easier to stay on track.  Report back to us - we're here for you.  Good luck - you can do it. 
    I had a "challenge" today.  I was at Trader Joes while hungry. I went in to stock up on frozen veggies & pre-cut veggies (they rock in that dept!!).  All going well until I was in the freezer isle which is lined with all those round containers of cookies - my total weakness is cookies and milk before bed.  I sat there going back and forth in my mind.  Like a tennis match.  Get some?  Or, take a pass and keep on the W30.  Decided to get out of there as quickly as possible (only to be confronted by more at the check out counter - LOL).   But, I made it out of there.  I had such good intentions of getting all those veggies but realized shopping when hungry = dumb idea.  
    I was able to buy some coconut flakes (unsweetened). If you toast them really low temp and then at end sprinkle w/cinnamon and salt - well, it's beyond amazing.  Great way to add some fat.  Google Well Fed cookbook by Melissa Joulwan and the recipe is in there.    
     
     
     
  16. Steph the Desert Rat liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    I definitely think all sorts of planning and preparation are a good idea, @NoneOtherThanAmy. Any time you can think ahead and say, "What would I do in this situation?" while you're clear-headed is a good idea!
    NSV this morning of being alert upon waking up like almost immediately, and that was before I even got a full 8 hours (which is extra crazy for me, because I sleep 8-9 hours even when I'm not on a W30). So that was exciting.
    Director brought in bagels and cream cheese for somebody's birthday, though, which is not so exciting for me. I LOVE bagels and cream cheese, plus I have this weird affinity for free stuff. Like, if it's free, I take it even if I don't need it. I am glad to have this time to work on BOTH of those issues at the same time. Haha.
    Last night I made it through the birthday cookout, phew! I did notice though that I didn't really crave anything until I got tired, and then BAM, that cookie sounded extra good. I know it's common to crave sweets/carbs when tired, but I had never seen it in myself so clearly before, so that was an interesting experience. I'm just glad I made it out alive.
    Have a great day everyone! I'm almost at the half-way mark!
  17. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    ^ SO MUCH YES. 
    I have definitely struggled with the "Is it worth it?" question in the past because my brain is often like, "Of course it's worth it! That's why we want it!" And it usually is worth it for the 2.3 seconds it's in my mouth, but then the sensation is gone and I almost always think, "Crap. Not worth it."
    Food Freedom Forever is a great next step, @NoneOtherThanAmy! Keep in mind as you're thinking ahead, and you'll read this in FFF, too, - every single special occasion doesn't have to have a food treat either. Melissa talks about it in FFF but it really came home to me while reading the book "Made to Crave." Special occasions shouldn't equal compromising your health/relationship with food. If you plan ahead to "treat yo'self," with food every time there is a special occasion - how are you going to cope with those times of year when there are a bunch in row? Or what happens if you get there and you're actually not in the mood?
    Plus, that could take away from the special-ness of the special event. During my last W30, my husband and I were babysitting my nephews (3 y.o. and 1 y.o.) and the 3-year-old wanted Chinese. I found myself SO disappointed that I couldn't partake and realized that I was elevating food to a higher place than SPENDING TIME WITH MY NEPHEWS. Like, what the what? Special occasions are not defined by the food you have but by the company.
    That's at least how I try to approach special occasions. I'm a total mess when it comes to everything else. Haha.
  18. Steph the Desert Rat liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Good morning, May team!  
    I definitely had some struggles earlier on with energy and motivation so don't worry and just keep at it! Let good enough be good enough. There was one day last week where I don't think I did any actual work at work - and that's so unlike me! I'm sure it will pass.
    I just had an EPIC breakfast - scrambled eggs with pork sausage, sautéed sweet potato sticks, banana, almond butter, and pineapple. So delicious! Hoping this awesome breakfast and morning walk kicks off a great Day 12! 
    I'm going to a birthday party tonight so please pray for me! 
    Have a great day everyone! 
  19. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    @Skye_9 I wish my body would just forget about them too! Another way to look at it that I've heard (though not often successfully employed) is to change the way you think about yourself. You're not a girl with a sweet tooth constantly resisting and trying to get by. You're a healthy person who makes healthy choices. This might have also come from Melissa - sometimes I follow her so much, her thoughts are my thoughts. 
    I definitely struggled with food boredom today - we have so much compliant food and I just don't want any! It's probably because I didn't have a good lunch today. I did make it from 8 to like 1:30 without eating without being cranky or fuzzy, so NSV! 
  20. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    I've changed my question a bit. Now instead of "is it worth it?" (because that answer is 157% YES every time chocolate, sugar or baked goods are involved, much to my own detriment) the question is now "Will this improve my happiness factor?". And more often than not, the answer has been no.  It's working for me so far. Insomuch as I have actually taken a cookie out, went to sit down on the couch with it, asked the question to myself and and handed the cookie over to my husband, unbitten and said "this is not going to improve my current happiness". And then the cookie mysteriously disappears and I feel empowered and good with my decision.
  21. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    ^ SO MUCH YES. 
    I have definitely struggled with the "Is it worth it?" question in the past because my brain is often like, "Of course it's worth it! That's why we want it!" And it usually is worth it for the 2.3 seconds it's in my mouth, but then the sensation is gone and I almost always think, "Crap. Not worth it."
    Food Freedom Forever is a great next step, @NoneOtherThanAmy! Keep in mind as you're thinking ahead, and you'll read this in FFF, too, - every single special occasion doesn't have to have a food treat either. Melissa talks about it in FFF but it really came home to me while reading the book "Made to Crave." Special occasions shouldn't equal compromising your health/relationship with food. If you plan ahead to "treat yo'self," with food every time there is a special occasion - how are you going to cope with those times of year when there are a bunch in row? Or what happens if you get there and you're actually not in the mood?
    Plus, that could take away from the special-ness of the special event. During my last W30, my husband and I were babysitting my nephews (3 y.o. and 1 y.o.) and the 3-year-old wanted Chinese. I found myself SO disappointed that I couldn't partake and realized that I was elevating food to a higher place than SPENDING TIME WITH MY NEPHEWS. Like, what the what? Special occasions are not defined by the food you have but by the company.
    That's at least how I try to approach special occasions. I'm a total mess when it comes to everything else. Haha.
  22. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    ^ SO MUCH YES. 
    I have definitely struggled with the "Is it worth it?" question in the past because my brain is often like, "Of course it's worth it! That's why we want it!" And it usually is worth it for the 2.3 seconds it's in my mouth, but then the sensation is gone and I almost always think, "Crap. Not worth it."
    Food Freedom Forever is a great next step, @NoneOtherThanAmy! Keep in mind as you're thinking ahead, and you'll read this in FFF, too, - every single special occasion doesn't have to have a food treat either. Melissa talks about it in FFF but it really came home to me while reading the book "Made to Crave." Special occasions shouldn't equal compromising your health/relationship with food. If you plan ahead to "treat yo'self," with food every time there is a special occasion - how are you going to cope with those times of year when there are a bunch in row? Or what happens if you get there and you're actually not in the mood?
    Plus, that could take away from the special-ness of the special event. During my last W30, my husband and I were babysitting my nephews (3 y.o. and 1 y.o.) and the 3-year-old wanted Chinese. I found myself SO disappointed that I couldn't partake and realized that I was elevating food to a higher place than SPENDING TIME WITH MY NEPHEWS. Like, what the what? Special occasions are not defined by the food you have but by the company.
    That's at least how I try to approach special occasions. I'm a total mess when it comes to everything else. Haha.
  23. Skye_9 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    ^ SO MUCH YES. 
    I have definitely struggled with the "Is it worth it?" question in the past because my brain is often like, "Of course it's worth it! That's why we want it!" And it usually is worth it for the 2.3 seconds it's in my mouth, but then the sensation is gone and I almost always think, "Crap. Not worth it."
    Food Freedom Forever is a great next step, @NoneOtherThanAmy! Keep in mind as you're thinking ahead, and you'll read this in FFF, too, - every single special occasion doesn't have to have a food treat either. Melissa talks about it in FFF but it really came home to me while reading the book "Made to Crave." Special occasions shouldn't equal compromising your health/relationship with food. If you plan ahead to "treat yo'self," with food every time there is a special occasion - how are you going to cope with those times of year when there are a bunch in row? Or what happens if you get there and you're actually not in the mood?
    Plus, that could take away from the special-ness of the special event. During my last W30, my husband and I were babysitting my nephews (3 y.o. and 1 y.o.) and the 3-year-old wanted Chinese. I found myself SO disappointed that I couldn't partake and realized that I was elevating food to a higher place than SPENDING TIME WITH MY NEPHEWS. Like, what the what? Special occasions are not defined by the food you have but by the company.
    That's at least how I try to approach special occasions. I'm a total mess when it comes to everything else. Haha.
  24. NoneOtherThanAmy liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Thanks, @NoneOtherThanAmy! We have a department meeting today, too - so many snacks! So I just keep saying NOT TODAY, SUGAR. 
    For those of you struggling with cravings - I'll be honest, I don't think mine have ever totally gone away in all the Whole30s I've done. They fade and become less "regular," (as in, not always RIGHT after lunch or at 2 p.m. on the clock like they used to be) but I DEFINITELY still crave off-plan foods either randomly or due to a trigger like boredom, stress, celebration, or, like we saw just last week, the weekend! I've posted on the forum about this before - asking if those experiencing Food Freedom felt the cravings were actually really gone - but didn't really get a lot of informative responses. So while I definitely think we can all look forward to fewer, less regular cravings, I think it's only realistic to know that we also just have to have coping strategies at the ready whether Whole30'ing or Food Freedoming. I could be wrong, though. I'd love to ear a moderator or someone with more experience's feedback on that idea. Particularly because I think it's very hard to navigate once you're in the Food Freedom stage.
  25. NoneOtherThanAmy liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Thanks, @NoneOtherThanAmy! We have a department meeting today, too - so many snacks! So I just keep saying NOT TODAY, SUGAR. 
    For those of you struggling with cravings - I'll be honest, I don't think mine have ever totally gone away in all the Whole30s I've done. They fade and become less "regular," (as in, not always RIGHT after lunch or at 2 p.m. on the clock like they used to be) but I DEFINITELY still crave off-plan foods either randomly or due to a trigger like boredom, stress, celebration, or, like we saw just last week, the weekend! I've posted on the forum about this before - asking if those experiencing Food Freedom felt the cravings were actually really gone - but didn't really get a lot of informative responses. So while I definitely think we can all look forward to fewer, less regular cravings, I think it's only realistic to know that we also just have to have coping strategies at the ready whether Whole30'ing or Food Freedoming. I could be wrong, though. I'd love to ear a moderator or someone with more experience's feedback on that idea. Particularly because I think it's very hard to navigate once you're in the Food Freedom stage.