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    becs reacted to Rebecca001 in January 2021 graduates   
    @becs oh god it was a disaster from start to finish! The first batch was set like rubber (that Agar-agar is powerful stuff) and the second batch - well it smelled delicious, nutty, vanilla-y  - but tasted like thick water. Absolutely tasteless and definitely NOT worth it. After about 2 days of boiling and cooling and sterilising I threw it all in the bin! Now we know why there are no dairy free sugar free yoghurts available, huh? 
     
    the ‘worth it’ debate is an interesting one. I think for me, ‘worth it’ has to be not just the food itself, but also the cumulative effect- or rather, the undoing of the cumulative effect. So now it’s eg, July since I ate cake. So any cake has GOT to be worth breaking 7 months cake free for. The longer I go, the stronger these things become. 
    however I have also been thinking about those 4 points about what a good should be, and particularly the ‘healthy psychological response’ bit and have come to the conclusion that that’s where my mind needs to focus at the moment. For some reason (eg a lifetime of food weirdness?) I eat things that I know don’t have a healthy psychological response and somehow have told myself that that’s ‘worth it’ but it isn’t really. So I’m adding a few of those to my ‘not worth it’ list this week 
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    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 would be non-gluten grains.
    Hubby and I are heading up to the mountain cabin for our three-day weekend (Presidents' Day down here), and we'll definitely be popping a Valentine's Day bottle of wine. I actually don't "celebrate" Valentine's Day, but it seems like a good excuse for wine.
    @Rebecca001How did your yogurt turn out?
    @Lorna from CanadaHmm, what makes a food worth it? I've never experienced any drastic side-effects that would make me avoid a particular food group at all costs, so that wouldn't really play into it for me (if I had, the food would have to be DAMN delicious for me to eat it!). For me, I think the criteria would have to include some combination of the following: a) something special that only comes up during specific times of the year, like pumpkin spice latte in the fall or the Yorkshire pudding my family always has at Christmas; b) something that I eat with other people, since being in a group suppresses my urge to binge; c) something that I can't find outside of that moment, like a decadent appetizer at a fancy restaurant (or dessert, though I don't usually crave dessert); and, of course, d) something that I am REALLY excited to eat. The challenge for me will be to reevaluate "Is It Worth It?" with every single bite, rather than finish off whatever "it" is just because I have trouble stopping once I start. Like the wine last weekend - the first glass was totally worth it, but it went down-hill from there taste-wise.
    I am struggling with the scale. I need to remove it from my life again! I've resumed hopping on it every morning, and the number is making me angry. I NEED TO STOP!!!
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    becs got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    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 would be non-gluten grains.
    Hubby and I are heading up to the mountain cabin for our three-day weekend (Presidents' Day down here), and we'll definitely be popping a Valentine's Day bottle of wine. I actually don't "celebrate" Valentine's Day, but it seems like a good excuse for wine.
    @Rebecca001How did your yogurt turn out?
    @Lorna from CanadaHmm, what makes a food worth it? I've never experienced any drastic side-effects that would make me avoid a particular food group at all costs, so that wouldn't really play into it for me (if I had, the food would have to be DAMN delicious for me to eat it!). For me, I think the criteria would have to include some combination of the following: a) something special that only comes up during specific times of the year, like pumpkin spice latte in the fall or the Yorkshire pudding my family always has at Christmas; b) something that I eat with other people, since being in a group suppresses my urge to binge; c) something that I can't find outside of that moment, like a decadent appetizer at a fancy restaurant (or dessert, though I don't usually crave dessert); and, of course, d) something that I am REALLY excited to eat. The challenge for me will be to reevaluate "Is It Worth It?" with every single bite, rather than finish off whatever "it" is just because I have trouble stopping once I start. Like the wine last weekend - the first glass was totally worth it, but it went down-hill from there taste-wise.
    I am struggling with the scale. I need to remove it from my life again! I've resumed hopping on it every morning, and the number is making me angry. I NEED TO STOP!!!
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    becs reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    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 veggie laced gravy the lamb was braised in) so we had buffalo wing cauli and asian brussel sprouts with garlic beans for snacks. Worked!
    Today (W39) I am dealing with a client based in Australia who seems to have forgotten that not everyone is lucky enough to live on a sparsely populated, heavily regulated island during a global pandemic. Their global team is under-motivated and sluggish and they want me to find out why and get working on them!!! Their team is located in USA, Europe, China and India - ummm, all of them are in deep winter and mostly locked down either by government or their own self imposed rules with weak vaccination implementatin plans and no end to this pandemic in sight. Honestly - go get another glass of cab sav and have a wee sit by the pool and calm the hell down... usually by now I'd be into the wine myself but I am totally composed and dealing with this. No stress eating, no foraging for sugar, no baking - nada. I've been quite calm in dealing with them and measured in my response. Usually I'd be ready to club them! So - pretty happy despite it all.
    So - that's my win for the day. Coping with stress without medicating it with food is a big win for me!
    Keep making brilliant progress. I don't know what you'll land on around your issues @christine19 but it sounds liem you're asking the right questions and are paying attention!
     
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    becs reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    Good morning everyone! Day 38 for me - 38 days without wine but who's counting... well, clearly I am. I am just fine without it although I miss it the most of all. Three more weekends before I think about it again. 
    Benefits of an extended W30 are starting to show up:
    I have stopped foraging for food. You know that thing you do where you constantly get up and check the pantry and fridge and cupboards to see if the magic food fairy has left anything good to eat since the last time you checked 30 minutes ago? I don't do that now. Because we have kept a "clean" food house for years, the foraging always ended in handfuls of grapes and nuts and slivers of cheese and slices of meat. Or a date squished between pecans. This is a recent development that I noticed this weekend and I attribute it to a decreased focus on mindless eating and saiety. I am noticing my "full" signals sooner and am stopping eating when I do. I am an inveterate plate cleaner so this is very new.  I've gone from being hungry all the time to rarely being hungry. I'm not doing much - my heel pain is keeping me grounded and I am currently expending the energy of a geriatric sloth so, I don't need much to eat to keep me functioning - my appetite matches my life at the moment - a refreshing change. These are interesting awarenesses. I've done a previous W37 and a W45 but they ended during strange times. First was while I was flying to Australia - I decided to extend during my travel so I could reintroduce under more normal circumstances and I'm glad I did that but 36 hours of travel and jet lag hid any benefit of the longer W30 from me. The W45 was during the early days of my mom's illness - I was so worried about what was going on and spending so much time running her to doctor's appointments that the opportunity for benefit was lost again. I abruptly ended that W45 with a bottle of wine shared with my mom on a glorious spring afternoon right after we got her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer.  This time it is just me and Hubs in perpetual lockdown so there is TONS of time to invest in figuring out what's going on. I'm grateful to have this opportunity to pay attention.
    Lamb shanks for dinner - built up my appetite by cutting my hair and cleaning out my bathroom cabinet.  This pandemic just keeps dragging along...
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    becs got a reaction from QuR in January 2021 graduates   
    Well, I did my wine reintro last night. The plan was to have half a bottle of wine. Unfortunately, my husband didn't cooperate and only drank one glass. Guess who can't seem to leave wine left in the bottle? So, yeah, I drank more that I was planning to. I didn't love the feeling of being slightly tipsy, and I woke up feeling less than stellar. Strangely enough, it didn't seem to affect my sleep. Like you, @Rebecca001, that first glass was delicious and totally worth it, but it went downhill from there. 
    I'm making three new recipes from Well Fed two this coming week, all of which look really tasty. Now that I'm starting to look forward to cooking after work, I don't feel such a strong need to do as much meal prepping as I did in January. I still have a few things to prep today, but I don't think I'll be in the kitchen for hours this afternoon.
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    becs got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    Good morning (afternoon), everyone! I got up early and started the day off with a sunrise run, and I'm ready to have a much better day than yesterday. I was planning on doing a sugar reintro today, but I've changed my mind. Maybe I'll add it to the end of my reintros, but for now I don't feel the need to bring sugar back, even for one day. I like my nutpod coffee and plain old tea - why mess that up by adding sugar?
    I made chicken/shrinp Laap (a Nom Nom Paleo recipe from the cookbook Ready or Not) for dinner last night, and it was so tasty and easy. I think I could happily live off of Nom Nom and Well Fed recipes for the rest of my life!
     

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    becs reacted to christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    In the spirit of reducing food boredom, I made a SWYPO breakfast - just one “compliant” almond and coconut flour pancake. My recipes either have stevia or honey and I made it without either. It was dry and underwhelming! No need to make another.  I was overzealous in buying veggies so also rushed to roast some Brussels sprouts this morning before they walked out of the fridge. Tonight is going to be one of those ugly, weird dinner nights @becs LOL there’s a random mix of leftovers from pork carnitas to grilled chicken to eggplant strata to zucchini noodles and now Brussels. 
    There’s a difference between not being allowed to have a drink and choosing not to have one! Mentally so much easier when it’s your choice! 
     
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    becs reacted to Rebecca001 in January 2021 graduates   
    @becs what an incredible view!! Glad you’ve had a better day. 

    I ordered a Well Fed cook book after reading about it on here and I’m excited for that to arrive. Today I’ve made a slow cooked curry with cauliflower rice and all the odds and ends of veggies from the fridge (mushrooms, onions, peas, potato) and it smells so good, I’m really hungry now! 
    you can tell I am feeling on fire today as I was supposed to be taking a rest day, so no running - but I did instead a 40 minute arms and abs workout while watching tv. Tiger blood I think! 
     
    james and I have been discussing the weekend and the likelihood of us having an alcoholic drink- hmmmm, I keep thinking yes, then no, then maybe. Haven’t made my mind up yet! I think because I feel like I’m not quite ready to burst the bubble yet and although I fully intend to stay 100% on plan with food, alcohol makes it not officially W30. Watch this space, let’s see what the weekend brings. Although being ‘allowed’ a drink somehow makes me want one less! 
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Good morning (afternoon), everyone! I got up early and started the day off with a sunrise run, and I'm ready to have a much better day than yesterday. I was planning on doing a sugar reintro today, but I've changed my mind. Maybe I'll add it to the end of my reintros, but for now I don't feel the need to bring sugar back, even for one day. I like my nutpod coffee and plain old tea - why mess that up by adding sugar?
    I made chicken/shrinp Laap (a Nom Nom Paleo recipe from the cookbook Ready or Not) for dinner last night, and it was so tasty and easy. I think I could happily live off of Nom Nom and Well Fed recipes for the rest of my life!
     

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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Happy February, everyone! One month closer to Spring. I feel abnormally full this morning (and really tired). I don't think I can blame it on the legume reintro yesterday, though. I had peanut butter and hummus (regular servings of both), and skipped the planned bean dip since I didn't actually want it. I did have a pretty filling/fatty dinner last night, so maybe that's the cause? Nom Nom "Weeknight Meatballs" over zoodles sautéed in olive oil with avocado and a bit of W30 Caesar dressing. 
    As for the legumes, my conclusion so far is that they shouldn't pose much of a problem if I come across them in the future and decide to indulge, but they won't be a regular part of my diet. I can see myself saying "yes" to a delicious-looking hummus at a fancy/ethnic restaurant, but if I'm gonna dip my veggies in something at home, I'd much rather use guacamole.
    Next up is sugar on Wednesday (not a lot - just sugar/honey in my coffee/tea and maple chicken sausages for dinner), then wine on Saturday. My plan is to buy one semi-expensive bottle of wine to drink with dinner, and share it with my husband. I'd love for half a bottle on Saturdays to be the norm for my "regular life" alcohol consumption. The trick is not to move on to other alcoholic beverages after it's gone...
    @Rebecca001I'm not surprised you were ravenous, either! That is not a lot of food. Nice work NOT breaking down and eating something off-plan while you were at work.
    @christine19The scale can definitely be demotivating. Stay focused on your NSVs! Are you going to stay off it for February, as well? I got on this morning since I want to see what happens to my weight during reintros, and the 1.5 lb gain made me grumpy. That hunk of metal and plastic has way too much influence over me. After it's all said and done, I'm going to limit myself to weighing once a week on Fridays.
     
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    becs reacted to christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    @becs I think I will try to stay off the scale until mid-month. I have a doctor appt on the 25th which will be virtual but I’ll probably weigh in for that. I feel like the next 2 weeks should bring more results and NSVs...30 days is not enough for me...need to stay on the course! 
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    becs reacted to Rebecca001 in January 2021 graduates   
    @becs if you want hummus but not chickpeas, you can make a dip with just tahini and lemon juice, loosen it up with a bit of water and you can either dip veggies into it or drizzle it on eg chicken, salmon or cooked veg. You’d never know it wasn’t real hummus. You can also add it to mayo in equal quantities and use it that way; I made a sort of coleslaw with it a few weeks ago which was really delicious. Which also reminds me I was going to do a potato salad with it too and forgot! 
     
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    becs got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    This is all about self-experimentation, so whatever path you choose on Day 31 is up to you! Sounds like you guys are making wise choices.
    I'm doing legumes today, and had peanut butter on an apple with breakfast and bell peppers/hummus with lunch. I felt more full than usual after each meal. Makes sense for breakfast, since I added that apple/PB combo to my usual breakfast, so it was more food than I'm used to. For lunch, though, I only had a few tablespoons of hummus, so I can't imagine the volume of food is the "culprit." Kind of interesting. No other side effects so far.
    I think I made the right decision to go through the reintroductions. There is definitely room for improvement by sticking to W30, but I feel like if I reintroduce once a week, I'll still get the W30 benefits (for the most part). In the end I'm just too curious about the reintros this time around to resist!
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    becs reacted to Rebecca001 in January 2021 graduates   
    We made it!!!! Day 31 today! 
     
    I don’t want the bubble to burst so I didn’t weigh myself this morning, I’m going to keep going til 5 weeks (so Friday morning) and then see where I am! I have no plans to reintroduce anything although I may make myself a date/apple/ground almond ‘pudding’ for this evening as a sweet treat and see where that takes me. I feel the tiger blood arrived late for me this time (round 1 I was bouncing off the walls by day 10) so I feel there’s a little more in the tank before I reintroduce anything (if I even do) 
    I suppose there’s 2 (or more) types of W30’er - those who are specifically trying to solve a particular ailment (eg my mum who had fibromyalgia, she found dairy and grains are no-no and also tomato, but had introduced everything else) or those who actually use this as a gateway to a completely clean, paleo lifestyle? I guess I’m more the 2nd type really. It’s now over 6 months since I ate grain, soy, dairy or sugar (except 2 chocs on Xmas day!) and it’s just life now. 
     
    Last time however, I gradually changed my behaviours and gradually ate more compliant treats and snacks, so this time I’m going to try to retain my focus a bit longer. 
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    becs reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    The completion of W30#4 for me has been an interesting experience. The first 3 were all within 9 months of each other and the lifestyle was great! I learned that I am extremely sensitive to sugar and alcohol and that dairy causes me gastric distress. Hubs discovered gluten intolerance and issues with dairy.  I have stayed away from legumes (including soy) even though their reintroduction wasn't overly problematic but they did give me gas and bloating. Lots of good learning. I got back down to a healthy weight and was feeling great. Then my mom got sick and there was SO much stuff that happened around that - not going to get into it but it was a dietary free-for-all that immediately transitioning into covid life after her death did not help in any way.
    I wasn't expecting any new discoveries with this W30 but there have been a few. This has been more instructive around food-related behaviours and very much instructive around food and mood. SO, even though my plan was to have wine today and move to a modified W30 (including some SWYPOs) I have, instead decided today to do another full W30. I want to really be sure than this mood/food connection is valid and not simply because I was excited to be in control for 30 days so... nothing to report here...
    I'll be following along with everyone as they transition back to post-W30 eating. 
     
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    becs reacted to 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    Well hello everyone and today it is Feb. 1. I am going to continue with a modified version of Whole30 but I will definitely do this reintroduction properly. I, of course, had to weigh myself and measure my waist. So I did lose some inches, which is great, now is the time to rely on working out so I can get toned up.  I don’t want to lose anymore weight so I have the added bonus of just eating til I am full. With that being said, the thing I really learned is that nightshade veggies affect me and rotating food is so important.  I think that for me it is unrealistic to think that I will never have a white potato again or eggplant or even tomatoes for the rest of my life. I will have to figure out just how often I can safely eat those wonderful veggies.  Good luck to everyone! I really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts and it really helped me to stay on course.
     
    Cheers to everyone around the world!!
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    becs got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    I think the book may suggest this, but I basically continue with Whole30 meals, and then add reintro foods to them. Here is my general plan for the reintros. These are the ingredients I plan on adding to my W30 meals on each reintro day:
    LEGUMES: apple w/peanut butter with breakfast, peppers dipped in hummus with lunch, maybe some other bean dip with dinner? I started to look up dinner recipes that included tofu or black beans for dinner, but then I remembered that I've never been a huge fan of beans. Don't reintro something that you don't even like!
    NON-GLUTEN GRAINS: quinoa and veggies for breakfast (still working this one out), corn in my lunch salad, white rice with dinner
    DAIRY: Heavy cream in my coffee, plain yogurt with lunch, maybe cottage cheese at some point in the day. Not a huge fan of dairy...
    GLUTEN GRAINS: Ezekiel bread with breakfast, whole-grain crackers with lunch (maybe with some kind of tuna salad for dipping?), whole-wheat pasta with dinner
    Looking at this list, I think it actually mirrors the book pretty closely, so it's probably not all that helpful! Since I want to stick to a mostly W30 diet moving forward, I want to keep working on my W30 meal prep/skills as I reintro non-W30 foods. No need to reinvent the wheel, ya know?
     
     
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    becs got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Well, here we are! I feel like the last two weeks especially just flew by. I love the NSVs, @Lorna from Canada and @Rebecca001. My biggest one this time around is also the major reduction in anxiety. I don't know if I have full-blown GAD (though I often feel like I do), but it can get pretty bad/debilitating. The change this month has been magical, even more so because work has been out of control, and I'm actually able to deal with it calmly. It's amazing not to lie awake for hours stressing out about who-knows-what.
    @Lorna from CanadaI'm so sorry to hear about your foot/running issues! I know you've mentioned your foot issues before, but I didn't realize you were trying to get back to running. On the plus side, that sounds like one hell of a positive motivator/"why" to help you stay the course. I'm rooting for you!
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    becs reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    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. 
     
    it struck a chord with me last night, my sister in law posted a picture on our family chat of a bottle of wine, bottle of gin, huge bags of Doritos and loads of chocolate saying ‘I’ve had a stressful day and this is my treat’ and all the family sent laughing emojis and ‘good for you, you’ve earned it’ comments and I felt so far removed from that, sipping my water! The irony is, they think I’m punishing myself doing this. I felt really sad for her because I know she’ll feel 10 times worse today.
      I’ll never ‘unknow’ this knowledge that we learn doing W30. I can’t promise I’ll always do it, but I’ll never not know it. we have the answer that I think so many people are looking for, and that actually I myself have looked for for so many years. I read on another thread that’s it’s basically about giving yourself permission to make this massive positive change, and once you do (truly) permit yourself to do it, it’s properly lifechanging. I think this second w30 has really consolidated that for me, and I really get ‘choose your hard’ this time round because oh boy, it’s been harder this time than the halcyon days of summer in lockdown. 
     
    anyway enough ramblings... my kitten needs her breakfast!! Have a great Day 30 everyone!!! 
     
     
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    becs reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    I cannot believe that we are at the end of day 29 already! It really has sailed by for me. I am already looking forward to starting again on Monday. I got SO much out of this W30 but there's still more pain in my heel than I like and I am optimistic that a few more weeks might keep the inflammation down long enough to let it heal. I've been so jealous listening to you all talk about your running. I am a marathoner (runner for 25 years) who developed severe nerve damage in my foot at age 55. Surgery in 2016 repaired the nerve damage but changed my foot structure dramatically and went on the cause so many other problems - can't even list them all. I have a great Physio and chiropodist and massage therapist but, in the end, my first W30 made the most amazing in roads on healing. When I developed a heel spur and secondary plantar fasciitis last year, I thought it might work magic again  So far, it has helped - the pain is reduced considerably but I am wondering if another round of W30 would help so I'm going to try it. Now in my 60s, I would like to return to running and, when I hear you guys talk so casually about "going for a run" my heart aches a little. So - heading into #2 as planned. In the meantime, the results this time are: 
    no S.A.D. - I hate winter too @Rebecca001 and, I live in Canada where we get the real deal. I usually travel to my home in Australia to avoid it so, this year, with that off the table thanks to our friend covid, I was really worried that my winter depression would be the worst ever. Nope - W30 has worked utter magic there. Not so much as a peep from my black dog. That is brilliant. no anxiety. I have no reason to be anxious ever - I have the most amazing life - but I suffer from GAD and it can be overwhelming. Like a tidal wave of worry seeping into my cells and creating such unnecessary stress - it's just an awful, awful feeling. And, it's gone. The thing Hubs says he notices the most with this W30 is my lively mood. I genuinely feel happy and stress free which is such an amazing thing! a return to deep sleeps - I was beginning to dread going to bed at night because I knew how often I'd wake up in a heightened anxiety state and be unable to sleep. I started taking a prescription sleep aid one night every 10 days or so just to treat myself to a deep sleep. I am so glad that this W30 is the same as my others and that beautiful deep sleep and all those crazy REM sleep dreams came back. Not ready to ever give that up. I know I've lost weight - I feel like I'm deflating. I don't weigh myself so I won't know how much but I can guess. My face is thin, my rings are loose, even my underwear fit better. I feel in control again. All the injuries and pain and menopause have been hard. Losing my mom and dealing with my wild, unexpected grief was hard. Covid, obviously, has been hard. This round of W30 has given me something back in the most effective way and I am so grateful. Okay - that's it - I just wanted to put that down somewhere. One more day - let's finish this round STRONG!
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Day 29!!! Woot Woot! We are KILLIN' it!
    I'm starting to get excited to step on the scale on Sunday (I know I'm not supposed to care what the number is, but old habits and all). A week ago I was dreading it. Last fall when I went on a healthy eating spree, I was shocked to realize that my newly perimenopausal body did NOT want to shed the weight I had gained. Usually once I change my eating habits, the weight falls off pretty quickly, but apparently that's no longer the case. Fast forward to the present, and I've been worried that my Day 31 weigh-in would end up with me crying into a bag of potato chips. But I can finally SEE the changes in my body, and I KNOW I've lost some inches, so I'm determined not to care (too much) if my actual weight loss is subpar. I'm glad I took measurements and pictures on Day 1. I'm pretty sure I'll see changes there, if not on the scale. Besides, I still have a ways to go before I'm at a healthy, comfortable weight, and I know I'll continue to make progress in my post-W30 life now that I've got a grip on my eating habits.
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    becs got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    @SugarcubeODTotally agree on the sushi! We're pretty good at making plain old spicy tuna rolls at home (usually when my brother-in-law from San Diego gifts us with fresh-caught tuna), but even then it's never as good as at an actual sushi place, and sticky rice is a pain in the you-know-what. We do treat ourselves to the uber-fancy/expensive steakhouse in town once a year because their filet mignon is almost as amazing as Morton's. 
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    becs reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I have found today quite hard. I think the prospect of another weekend with heavy snow forecast (weirdly it has been so warm here that I ran the last two days in bare arms and shorts, yet minus temps on the weekends either side? Typical British weather!), stuck in the house, unable to see my family- lockdown blues. Plus this being the 5th weekend of January! I must admit, I’m finding it tough. 

    Feeling good in myself though, lots of energy, I have run 100 miles this month so far and feeling energised and I look really healthy and glowing. I don’t think I’ll have lost any weight, (maybe a few lbs but then I don’t have much to lose) , but my composition may have changed (I have body fat scales) so I’m keen to find that out. 
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    becs got a reaction from Saiee in 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 last year they've accounted for a larger percentage of my diet than I care to admit. I can't seem to open a package without binging mindlessly through the whole thing. The great thing is that I don't actually miss that stuff - I just need to remember that post-W30!
    I imagine my FF life will include rice and wine on the reg, and the other stuff only when "worth it" out in the wild (restaurants, gatherings w/friends and family, etc). Pre-COVID, my hubby and I went out to eat once a month if we were lucky, so in-the-wild situations are not that common. (We're food snobs, and feel like we can cook better food at home than most of the restaurants we go to, though that may be due to the lack of choices in our area!)
    Hooray to ending week 4 today! Two more days, then it's on to the next step. Thank you all for this awesome thread/conversation! I hope we can keep it going in maintenance. And I hope you ladies who are extending will join us there.