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  1. Hi there. What if a group of us introduced ourselves in this forum topic, and checked back to support each other throughout the month? I signed up to do the January 2022 Whole30 on the website. The email from Melissa informs me that this officially starts January 3. I also have a couple of friends in my local town who are going for it. How about you? Are you doing a January 3 or a January 1 start date? Have you tried Whole30 before? It would be great if you could answer using complete sentences, and without a lot of Internet or Whole30 abbreviations, which can get confusing...
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  2. Well this is a bit gross but I'm not burping so much, I'm much less bloated and it's only day 2.
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  3. Hi, I'm Laura. First timer, starting on Jan. 1st. Mostly want to break my sugar habit, and also want to show myself that I can meet this challenge! I look forward to checking in with you during the month.
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  4. Well it’s day 13 here and I feel good, considering my boy has covid, I’m working from home, I’m missing some really important things at work and have had to leave them in incompetent hands and…. I feel chill. Serene. Ran after I finished working and definitely felt the tiger starting to purr. food prep is one of my ultimate favourite things about this plan. Is my Sunday ‘me time’, while cooking the family roast I make all my things for the week. Usually it’s my mayo, a meat thing (eg koftas, fish cakes or chicken) for lunches, a veg thing (this week it was roasted tomatoes with garli
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  5. Hi Everyone, I'm a bit late to the party, but I'm chiming in to say, this is my first Whole30 - I started today! And, to send good energy and lots of strength to everyone doing the Whole30 this month! You got this! I meant to start on January 3rd, but got a massive neck muscle spasm on NYE, preventing me from doing any real meal prep for about a week. I was finally able to shop and prep yesterday and hit the ground running today! I'm nervous, but mainly excited for this and all the potential Whole30 has. I've been suffering from multiple long-term injuries since 2019. I've tr
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  6. Grateful to have you all here with me!!! The group is awesome. Day 8 for me today - and I find I'm far less hungry today than usual. Its 1015am here, and I haven't even craved a snack yet - usually I would have already eaten an RX bar and be wanting something more still. WIN. What are your wins so far?
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  7. Hi everyone, my name is Diane and am easing into the program today and starting tomorrow January 4th as I need to I get my Whole30 grocery shopping done. My main goal is to feel good, I have been feeling off for awhile and have chronic sinusitis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and just feel blah most of the time. In the past I have tried different diets: vegan - 1.5 years, Keto 1 year, vegetarian - 6 months. The best I have felt is when I follow a ketogenic diet, however my cholesterol went up - could be menopause - but still I want to eliminate dairy to see if that helps with my sinus issues
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  8. Starting tomorrow. Shopping and cooking done. Excited to be here!
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  9. Hi all! I'm Katie I started Dec 27the (because at the time I had no plans for new years eve, tho I did end up celebrating last night and am VERY PROUD OF MYSELF for staying committed to this experiment). Yes, I call this an experiment, because I'm really interested to see how my body reacts to different foods and ingredients, etc. I am allergic to dairy, though while I get an anaphylactic reaction, technical allergy skin tests are inconclusive. If those are inconclusive, what about other food sensitivities etc? Can I feel this amazing feeling everyone else describes when they are avoidi
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  10. Hello, my name is Kayla and this will be my first Whole30 experiment/experience. My start date is January 3rd. I used to be a nutrition and CrossFit coach at my own gym, and felt the healthiest I had ever felt in my life. I had to close my gym due to being diagnosed with cancer and then going through a nasty divorce. In order to support myself and my daughters, I took an office job (which I do love) that aligned with my degree. Fast forward 6 years, and I have never weighed as much as I do now in my entire 36 years. Not to mention how terrible I feel inside and emotionally. I’m slowly
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  11. Hi I'm Grace. I am starting on Jan 2nd. First time doing the Whole30. I have been a serial dieter since 2017. Bouncing from counting calories to binge eating and so on. I went vegan for a year and that helped me keep my weight down, but eventually I traveled and wanted to eat pizza in Italy! Since Covid and especially since the beginning of 2021, I have gained 30 lbs. and my energy has been so off. I can barely focus at work. My diet hasn't been the best and I cant seem to shed the weight off no matter how much hot yoga I do, or how many miles I run. I have had a few friends do the
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  12. Hi, I'm Liz. I'm starting on Jan. 10. I did my first W30 in 2015 and felt great from it. I also learned to cook simply as I have never been a cook at all. I found my spice cabinet, yes lost some weight which I was happy about, and my sleep was amazing. Some of my favorite W30 recipes continue to be my "go-to's," but alas I've also added in other things that don't serve me as well, treats, wine, etc. I am really looking forward to the benefits that I know I will get from doing a W30, and appreciate all of us supporting each other during this process!
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  13. Hi, my name is Angela, and my first Whole30 was in 2013. It's been a few years since I successfully completed one, partly because I have less time now than I did back then to prep and cook. There are food delivery sources that can help me out now, so I'm looking forward to having an easier time of it and getting back that tiger blood! Glad I found you all - I look forward to the journey together! A.
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  14. My partner and I are starting January 2. I have already kind of started but haven't gone full throttle. I have had this book for years and used to be about 50 lbs lighter.. trying not to focus on weight but focus more on cleansing my organs (they could use it!) Drinking and eating the last several years has been a real problem. Prior to, I was actually quite healthy. I would like to see myself that way again- thanks for starting this thread!
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  15. Hi! My name is Gabby and this is my first time on the whole 30. My friend loaned me the whole30 book and I’m starting early, (goal is for the month of January) so that I can begin my adjustment! I’ve been wanting to cleanse since… wait for it; BEFORE COVID ! During covid my diet has Sucked. I’m eating and drinking more sugar than I ever have in my entire 36 year old life. Let’s support eachother on this journey to wellness and better health ❤️
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  16. I'm T, and I've done several Whole30s in the past. The first one was extremely successful, leading to a few years of eating Whole-30-ish and lots of great health effects; I have spent most of my adult life dealing with chronic illness. During Covid I began to slide pretty seriously to a more normal American diet. The health effects haven't been terrible, but I would sure like to feel a bit better. I've also gained several dress sizes. Whole30 helped me with fibromyalgia, mold illness, tendonitis/tendinitis, chronic pain, inflammation, and sugar cravings. I really hope I can do it suc
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  17. Food snobs unite! We are the same way! Sugar, I'm smiling at the 'now we are our grandparents' comment. I haven't been to a restaurant since I came home from Australia on March 20 and I don't miss it at all.
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  18. becs

    January 1st Start Date!

    Reading all of your posts, I'm realizing that the only things I REALLY miss in daily life are sugary coffee creamer (which I don't plan on adding back in!) and wine. I like a good cheese, but I don't miss it. Dairy and legumes were never really part of my diet. My regular at-home meals have been, for the most part, paleo over the last few years, with some rice thrown in every once in a while. My food-with-no-breaks is pretty much crunchy/salty "junk" food - Triscuits, chips (crisps), tortilla chips, Goldfish crackers, etc. I would mindlessly eat them whenever stressed/bored/sad, and over the l
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  19. becs

    January 1st Start Date!

    @Rebecca001Yay for Tiger Blood! What a productive day you've had! And thanks for creating a maintenance post - I will definitely join you all there. It's been so nice to connect with everyone. Keeping the accountability going through reintroduction will be awesome. On my run today, I was thinking about the W30 being over on Sunday, but I had to stop myself. It's not really over for me, not until I reintroduce everything and decide what my new Food Freedom Rules (oxymoron?) will be moving forward. I need to shift my brain to start thinking of it as moving on to the next stage. I also need
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  20. A nice simple dinner for me tonight- line a tea with spinach and kale, add pieces of fish (I had smoked cod) asparagus and cherry tomatoes, slices of lemon and seasoning cover with foil and then it sort of steams itself in the lemon juice and done . Really quick and tasty (picture is of it before cooking)
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  21. Lord have mercy, this week at work is just wrecking me. I'm trying to do the jobs of 2 people. The company has brought in a new person to help, which is good, but you know... onboarding a new person always slows you down at first. This is what's known as irony. I think that if I wasn't doing a Whole 30 right now, I would probably be rage-eating over how overwhelmed I feel, so.... yay for not doing that, I guess? Food journal for 1/21/21, day 23: Breakfast: Ground beef plus veggies plus sauce Lunch: Avocado-chocolate smoothie Dinner: Last of the coconut chicken curry with Ve
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  22. HUGE NSV! It's one thing to resist cravings, but it's a whole other level of awesome not to have them in the first place, especially in times of stress. Love it! @Saiee The thing about zucchini noodles is that you barely even taste them once you add your sauce. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Same thing with spaghetti squash. You kinda get the texture of pasta without the belly bloat. I don't know what recipe you're looking at, and you probably already know this, but I would suggest tossing the raw zucchini noodles with salt and letting them sit in a colander for 30 minutes or so,
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  23. On the tater tot discussion: for me, that would qualify as "French fries" or "food without brakes" or "chips," all no-no's on the Whole30. But some of the rules seem kind of arbitrary... so maybe tater tots are okay? There was also a crazy band called Tater Totz in the late '80s/early '90s. Did a smashing, 12-minute cover of Yoko Ono's "Don't Worry Kyoko."
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  24. My husband doesn't like eating eggs everyday (he's doing W30 as well) so I found this recipe called "Butternut Breakfast Meatballs" available here: https://realsimplegood.com/butternut-breakfast-meatballs/. My husband likes them and they are a fairly easy make ahead thing.
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  25. I really wanna get on a scale. I feel so much lighter already but I know in the grand scheme of things that’s not important. It’s still a hard mindset to change.
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  26. That is rough! Definitely have gone through that before. I love eggs (and gave them up for almost a year for my son's allergies) so right now I am loving eating my runny eggs right now. In previous Whole30s though I definitely got bored and nothing sounded good. When this happened I would go out to eat. Something about someone else making something for me definitely helped. If you are in the US, chipotle is easy since it is Whole30 approved for certain items. I like In N Out for burgers (just no fries! boo!). You can also make it work at a lot of other restaurants, just trying to give you some
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  27. Difficult day for me today. Had my covid booster, felt a bit rubbish and have a really sore arm and a headache tonight. All day at school we’ve been covid testing and I have spent the day phoning parents and chasing covid results- genuinely, covid makes up 75% of my daily work. What would I do without it??!! (Jokes, it’s a nightmare and I can’t wait for it to be over!) foods been on track but average. Leftover roast dinner, cold roast pork, fruit, salad. Glad I prepped so much yesterday as it was great to open the fridge and find good w30 staples in there. 1/3 of the way though
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  28. @Mamatutu I agree- we have no approved W30 things here. I manage ok but i get very envious when I hear about compliant Italian sausage and things like that! day 5 for me today. I feel pretty good, work was busy and I was starving by lunchtime but I had taken my food with me so was fully prepared. Tonight I have made a spicy pineapple chicken dish which I will have with mashed swede. Looks really tasty in the oven at the moment. no workout for me as such today, Wednesday is always my rest day. I will do a yoga video later though, I am following Adrienes 30 day yoga this mont
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  29. Hi all, I thought I should check in here as this seems to be where all the action is at on the forum lately. I started on Jan 4th so this is day 2 for me. This is my second W30, the last being 7 years ago so I'm long over due to reset my poor old body. I'm also a servant to the sugar dragon so I really need this to slay him and put him back in the box. I'm UK based and that makes following the plan a little trickier as we have no W30 approved items available here, so lots of label reading for me. That said I love cooking and rarely used ready made ingredients so actually reading ingredie
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  30. Hello, I'm starting tomorrow. This will be my 2nd W30. My first one was a few years ago, I did really well but I failed to follow the reintroduction as recommended. Few months later, I was back to my old habits Since then I been struggling with weight loss and a lot inflammation. I have a few autoimmune illnesses and I also have some food sensitivities. I also have PCOS and I know keeping a diet of no sugar, grains, and gluten is very beneficial to balance my hormones. I decided to do this Whole 30 because my sugar dragon is out of control and needs to be tamed. I'm also tired of b
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  31. @peacefullyfierce well today I went for a little bike ride and I plan to do some cat-cow stretches this evening. I really like biking, yoga and walking so it's usually one of these three for as long (or short!) as it feels good I have a history of over-exercising so this is a new and revolutionary concept for me!
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  32. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    Day 7 Morning Last night was tough and good at the same time. I barely had any time to unwind. I am almost always in the kitchen now so I need to work on easier meals so I can actually spend time with my family. That being said, my sleep has drastically improved. I was up with my alarm in a good mood this morning. Last night however, the cravings were serious. I managed to get by with just some raisins and some almond butter on some chicken deli slices. It was pretty tasty as a snack! This morning breakfast was scrambled eggs with spinach and avocado on the side. And a few slices of
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  33. @MadyVanilla I tend to replace it with a very cold sparkling water, it is the only thing really that’s ‘dry’ enough. However I’m not really missing alcohol (yet) because I was feeling so horrible after drinking a lot all summer that I’m really enjoying the break!
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  34. Before I start my first entry, I want to take a minute to reflect on my body. I have a great body. Like, a really great body. The caveat is that it isn't a pretty body, and that's the one aspect of it that I tend to get hung up on. Every time that I change my eating pattern, or consistently go to the gym, it's always done with self-hatred as a motivator. I've achieved a lot with self-hatred; it's an incredibly powerful motivational tool! It's also one that leaves me miserable, and unable to acknowledge (much less enjoy) any personal victories. Every time I look in the mirror (
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  35. AmyRose

    Start Date May 24th!

    Are you feeling any better today, Brocha? I’m hoping all that heaviness will pass for you and the real whole 30 magic will start to kick in. You can always eat less at a meal, although that’s pretty hard for me to teach myself. It really is a struggle sometimes to remember that I don’t need as much as I think I do. My boss took the whole office out to lunch today to celebrate someone’s birthday. I was kind of disappointed, because I had packed a fabulous salad with taco meat that I made last night. But then we got to the restaurant, and I ordered a phenomenal chopped salad with shrimp!
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  36. And let’s not forget that when someone says ‘no thank you, I am trying to eat less X’ everyone looks down at their big plate of X and thinks ‘maybe I should eat less X too’ (and deep down they probably know it, especially if x is pudding) - but they haven’t done this process so it seems like a massive jump for them. They feel they need to defend their, and your, right to eat X. When people ask ‘but what do you eat??’ I do remind them that I came to this from a place of no dairy, very few carbs/rice/pasta etc, I’d done several stints of sugar free, I train daily, I do yoga daily.... this was a
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  37. It's been busy in here! I've had three very long work days, so no time for anything fun. Eventually things will ease up, surely. I have never been this busy at work... I decided not to do intros other than a bit of wine on the weekends, at least for now. So far the only non-W30 thing I've had was my 3/4 bottle of wine last weekend, and legumes on Day 31. I just don't feel the need to add anything back in right now. Maybe I'll end up doing the slow-roll approach. I don't know. I figure as long as I stick to W30, I can change my mind at any moment and jump into my next reintro day, which wo
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  38. AMK922

    Letting Go...

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! The saying of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome (insanity!) is definitely at play for me and I want to escape that for good.
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  39. Oh boy - those scales are such monsters! I think I am going to go the rest of my life without knowing what I weigh. I can guess close enough when I need to - I "knew", for example, that I have gained at least 30 lbs since the start of my mom's illness and I "know" now that I have probably lost around 10 lbs judging from how clothing fits and my loose rings. I am going to rely on this kind of knowing and the scale be damned. Seriously. W30 trudges along here - we watched the Super Bowl last night without cheesy nachos or 7 layer dip. I didn't serve an extra veg with dinner (just the veggi
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  40. Day 30!!!!!!!! I love your list @Lorna from Canada. I’m going to do mine in my notebook this afternoon but I can agree with a lot of your NSVs. mine include: my skin is so soft, sleeping much better quality sleep (not necessarily longer hours), I’m feeling really trim (especially in the mornings). I’ve noticed reduction in my anxiety too, like you said. Less worrying. It’s been a really stressful month and I’ve coped with it and not turned to food/wine. I’ve got busy with projects in my spare time rather than veg out exhausted, and just ‘got stuff done’. I’ve had a month off Facebook too.
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  41. @Rebecca001- I love the British slang! (Rubbish, boilers, bung) I live in the Midwest and I don’t mind the snow. I am have been walking outside but it is too icy to run on the streets right now. I am going to weigh myself and measure my waist on the 31st. I am going to extend this for another 2 weeks because I had a horrible reaction to spaghetti sauce- and I am Italian!! (Gassy, bathroom issues, etc.) So because I have arthritis, I have decided to elimInate white potatoes because, I have been eating them a lot during this whole30. Like @Becs and @Lorna, I too am a food snob, bu
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  42. Me - I'm doing another full round starting Feb 1 - Mar 2. I've still got some things to work on around the meal template, no snacking and 2 pieces of fruit rules. ALSO, my plantar fasciitis is MUCH better in my foot but not resolved. Another month will help with both of those. January 31 I am likely going to have some wine to see what happens but, if I don't, I guess I'll be starting round 2 faster. I call it the Moderation Myth too - I have a whole laundry list of foods that I can't eat in moderation and, not surprisingly, salad and boiled eggs aren't on it. I am best to abstain ever
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  43. No, I think it’s quite common to dream that you’ve broken it, not just whole30 but anything (when I was pregnant I used to dream I had drunk wine and smoked, I would feel so guilty!) think of it as your brain/body prepping you for this possibility, and what a gift that is because now you have an extra level of defence against it. for your hospital appointments, you know that doesn’t need to derail you, don’t you? Prep in advance- nuts, fruit, veg sticks. You say you will be there for hours, but hours isn’t ‘ days or weeks’ - you can, and will, cope for even several hours. Take a fla
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  44. Maybe instead of ‘rules’ they need to be FF goals instead? I saw another thread on one of the other forums on here which was (something like) what habits are you going to keep after W30, and I’m going to go back and reread it. for me, the food is secondary to the self care. when I am in full W30 mode, I find I have time and energy to look after the little things (so eg, properly cleanse and moisturise, take time to blow dry my hair, do my nails etc. I just seem to claw back the few minutes I need and it makes so much difference). I plan my meals and stick to my plan (vital and often forgot
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  45. So I am only 5 days into my 2nd restart, I started on the 5th I think then screwed up with a can of tuna (soy) and then a supposedly whole 30 safe jerky (brown sugar). But other than that I have been compliant, though it is still a start over. So I have had urges, especially after the jerky screw up... I still feel drawn to things. Funny story is I had stale Chex cereal and had run out of dog treats so I would give each one piece (They are small dogs). They like them so instead of buying dog biscuits that are expensive vs how many you get I just bought a Family size box of Rice Chex (my lea
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  46. NSV over here on Day 11 - I'm down a belt loop in my regular belt I wear! (As @ladyshannysaid, 'who wears a belt anymore... apparently I do!). It's funny you mention the candy @Lorna from Canada- I was at the office on Tuesday and my office mate asked for the Jelly Belly container that I keep in my desk drawer - she eats the majority of them so not sure why in my desk... anyway, the smell of them was so intense (this weird sugary fruit scent)... that was hard to resist... but I did it!
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  47. Me tooo - I'm really, really wanting candy which is the LAST thing I need. It doesn't help that there is a big delivery box filled with candy sitting on my kitchen counter. We didn't open it - it's a Christmas gift from one of Hubs's vendors and it's taken its sweet time (oh, forgive that terrible pun!) getting here from the exquisite candy store from which it was ordered. Both of us know that opening the box would be very, very dangerous. So, there it sits. sigh* Initially doing this 4th W30 felt like a great structure to get though a crappy, covid impacted winter and, it really has bee
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  48. I’ve found the last few days pretty tough. A combination of ‘willpower fatigue’, COVID fatigue and a sudden huge increase in stress at work. As I said yesterday, I have kept out of the kitchen, but I must admit today I have thought more about food and have craved something really sugary, doughy, baked, fried, and sprinkled with sugar. Not to eat, but to stuff down my feelings I guess and to cope with the additional stress. I didn’t though! I wasn’t well prepped either, my fridge stock I prepared on Sunday has all run out, and as a result I picked at a few bits in the morning but didn’t
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  49. Yesterday did NOT calm down. I ended up working late in order to repair a giant rip someone had torn in the stage curtains and it was an extremely tedious and time consuming repair job. So I decided to let the faucet drip for another day and used my truncated evening to cook a good supper and relax a bit. Definitely a wise choice. I was tempted to go off plan following such a frustrating day but I knew nothing short of half a large pizza and a bag of chocolate would be satisfying, so instead I had the salmon, red potatoes, and broccoli/cauliflower I had planned. And it was pretty gosh darned g
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  50. R3D8 was a fairly decent day despite the nasty headache. I was hoping this part of the W30 would be past by now, but it's not and it's frustrating. They are hitting me about the same time everyday and, to be honest, I'm not sure what's causing them. I check my water intake to make sure I am getting that, and that doesn't seem to be the issue. Hopefully they will pass soon. I have noticed my joint pain is improving and I am starting to sleep better. The chicken shawarma did not go as expected. I had planned to do it in the rotisserie, but I changed my mind last minute and decided to
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