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    KJT got a reaction from Nadia B in The crazy things people say   
    Just got this one:
     
    "Beer is healthy.  They say it's the best thing you can have if you're doing heavy training."
     
    There's just nothing I can say to that.  Really.
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    KJT got a reaction from Nadia B in The crazy things people say   
    Just got this one:
     
    "Beer is healthy.  They say it's the best thing you can have if you're doing heavy training."
     
    There's just nothing I can say to that.  Really.
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    KJT reacted to lexes42 in Promises, Promises.. re-read the book cover / start page   
    Disclaimer:  This is a message to myself.  I put it in Success Stories because these are both a huge blessing... and a curse when we acquire 'comparitis' and expectation creep* 
     
     
    Reality Check on ISWF and whole9life
     
    Book Title:  It Starts With Food
    Not the Book Title:  
    30 days to a perfect you!   Reverse the effects of decades of bad habits in 4 weeks! Drop those last 10 pounds the photoshopped media images say you should in one month!  
    Tag Line: Change Your Life in 30 Days
    Not the Tag Line:  
    We will fix you even if deep down you really want to keep your current life and have no intention whatsoever of ever giving up [fill in your favorite food here] Life Change is Easy and Quick!  Anyone can do this! Day 31 - Poof! - You're gorgeous, thin, healthy, rich, and happy! That body part you hate?  Those last 10 pounds?  We will come pick them up for you and exchange them for the body you love on Day 31.  
    Program Title: Whole30
    Not the Program Title:
    Whole4 Whole15 Whole28  
    Site / company name:  Whole9life
    Not  the site / company name:
    Whole30 Nutrition: It's only about what you put in your mouth Whole30 Medicine: Cancer to Canker Sores:  Fix 'em all with diet. Whole30 Therapy: Stop eating dairy, grains and legumes and you will never be unhappy, stressed, lonely, sick, mean, depressed, envious, sad, lazy, cranky or farty again!  
    A Whole30 Rule:  Ditch the Scale
    Not a Whole 30 Rule:
    Try not to weigh yourself Food rules are black and white, but this one  - meh, whatever you want, it's a 'guideline' It's not acceptable to eat a dozen donuts in one sitting and expect to feel good / be on the program.  But weighing yourself and taking some sort of meaning out of that... that's okay. On Day 31 weigh yourself!  Yippee!  This number equals your success!  
     
     
    **Expectation Creep:  In project management we call that 'scope creep'... you start out with goals and then as you get closer to reaching them you keep adding additonal ones or tweaking the current ones... making reaching the goals impossible - particularly in the time you allowed with the resources at hand.
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    KJT got a reaction from ErinK in Oreos as a health food.. uhhh what?   
    After reading the article, my response was - Huh?
     
    Saying someone is perfectly healthy because he eats everything with joy is...well, not anything vaguely resembling scientific.  It completely ignores any other factors that might be present.  It might well be that he is perfectly healthy DESPITE eating Oreos.  Or he looks perfectly healthy, but there are underlying problems that will surface at a later date and cause him to regret all the Oreos.
     
    On the other hand, maybe if I achieve the right mindset, I can get perfectly healthy eating a big bar of chocolate every day.
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    KJT got a reaction from ErinK in Oreos as a health food.. uhhh what?   
    After reading the article, my response was - Huh?
     
    Saying someone is perfectly healthy because he eats everything with joy is...well, not anything vaguely resembling scientific.  It completely ignores any other factors that might be present.  It might well be that he is perfectly healthy DESPITE eating Oreos.  Or he looks perfectly healthy, but there are underlying problems that will surface at a later date and cause him to regret all the Oreos.
     
    On the other hand, maybe if I achieve the right mindset, I can get perfectly healthy eating a big bar of chocolate every day.
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    KJT reacted to Roz Griffiths in Fruits! Fruits everywhere? what is too much   
    I've been picking the blackberries from our garden. And eating a few. Some of them seem to come with a little bonus caterpillar inside - they poke their heads out occasionally but then duck back in & you can't see them. So i guess some of my fruit comes pre-loaded with a little protein & fat, & that would count as a decent mini-meal, right? 
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    KJT got a reaction from Nadia B in The crazy things people say   
    Just got this one:
     
    "Beer is healthy.  They say it's the best thing you can have if you're doing heavy training."
     
    There's just nothing I can say to that.  Really.
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    KJT got a reaction from Nadia B in The crazy things people say   
    Just got this one:
     
    "Beer is healthy.  They say it's the best thing you can have if you're doing heavy training."
     
    There's just nothing I can say to that.  Really.
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    KJT got a reaction from Nadia B in The crazy things people say   
    Just got this one:
     
    "Beer is healthy.  They say it's the best thing you can have if you're doing heavy training."
     
    There's just nothing I can say to that.  Really.
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    KJT got a reaction from Nadia B in The crazy things people say   
    Just got this one:
     
    "Beer is healthy.  They say it's the best thing you can have if you're doing heavy training."
     
    There's just nothing I can say to that.  Really.
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    KJT got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Pre-Made Paleo Whole30 Misses the Point   
    I wouldn't want to eat them three times a day, for the entire 30 days.  But I do my entire week's cooking on Sunday, and sometimes I underestimate how much I need (or run out of time or energy), and I find myself with an empty refrigerator on Friday.  It would be lovely to just be able to pull something out of the freezer and toss it in the microwave on those days.  Or to have a couple of them stored in the freezer at work, for days when I can't manage to throw together my lunch before running for the bus.
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    KJT got a reaction from Casanandez in Casanandez's first Whole 30! (for real this time ;)   
    There you go! Celebrate your undoubtedly excellent showing on the GRE with healthy meat and...well, for me it would be a jar of sauerkraut, but you may have your own oddity.
    I'm glad your husband is supportive, and he'll probably get more and more so as he sees the benefits unfolding. (Just warn him in advance that the "Kill All The Things" period is coming!) As for the less supportive people, tell them, in strong language if necessary, to take a hike. And next time they all get the flu and you're perfectly healthy, you can snicker all you like.
    Good luck! And keep posting; somehow it seems to help.
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    KJT got a reaction from kew in The Second Time Around   
    The Wrap-Up
    Headed for my neglected scale first thing this morning. It was not hard to give up using it for a month, because I'd been getting so discouraged stepping on it week after week to find I still weighed the same. So when it told me today that I'd lost four pounds, I was very pleased. It doesn't sound like much, but it's something.
    Then I got out the tape measure and found I'd lost two inches each on my waist and hips. Granted, I'm always a little uncertain how to do the measuring. Do I let the tape sit lightly on top of my skin, or do I pull on it to squeeze all the loose flesh? Because my underlying muscle structure is getting more and more solid, but it's still covered by a layer of very loose, squishy fat and skin that moves around depending on how my body is positioned. If I'd pulled the measuring tape as tight as the belt I'm right now wearing, it would come to a smaller number. And the belt isn't uncomfortable.
    Anyway, those are the obvious results. On the less obvious side, I'm feeling almost like a morning person these days--I was looking forward to having a cup of tea today for the first time in a month, and then after an hour at work I realized I'd forgotten to make it. I don't need the caffeine boost anymore. My digestion is running very smoothly, my joints aren't sore (other than an occasional twinge in my right knee), I've stopped having daily headaches, and when I wake up in the middle of the night, I fall straight back to sleep.
    Also, I'm getting pretty good biceps for someone at a desk job.
    So I hope everyone out there who needs a bit of encouragement hangs on and keeps going, because it's a result worth the work you put into it. It's not about will power; it's about dedication--clinging to the knowledge that this is what you really want, more than anything else, more than the momentary joy provided by the cake and cookies and ice cream and peanut butter. And even if it looks like no one is appreciating your struggle, you appreciate it, and when it comes to your body, you're really the one person who matters.
    It's been fun keeping this log for the past month, and if anyone has managed to follow my yammering for the whole time, well...I apologize for the epic length of the posts (there's a reason I write novels and not short stories) and hope I've kept you somewhat amused. It all ended up being rather more than just an account of what I was eating every day, but life just gets in the way of everything and affects everything, and I wanted to document it all.
    Good luck, good health, and great happiness to you all.
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    KJT got a reaction from kew in The Second Time Around   
    The Wrap-Up
    Headed for my neglected scale first thing this morning. It was not hard to give up using it for a month, because I'd been getting so discouraged stepping on it week after week to find I still weighed the same. So when it told me today that I'd lost four pounds, I was very pleased. It doesn't sound like much, but it's something.
    Then I got out the tape measure and found I'd lost two inches each on my waist and hips. Granted, I'm always a little uncertain how to do the measuring. Do I let the tape sit lightly on top of my skin, or do I pull on it to squeeze all the loose flesh? Because my underlying muscle structure is getting more and more solid, but it's still covered by a layer of very loose, squishy fat and skin that moves around depending on how my body is positioned. If I'd pulled the measuring tape as tight as the belt I'm right now wearing, it would come to a smaller number. And the belt isn't uncomfortable.
    Anyway, those are the obvious results. On the less obvious side, I'm feeling almost like a morning person these days--I was looking forward to having a cup of tea today for the first time in a month, and then after an hour at work I realized I'd forgotten to make it. I don't need the caffeine boost anymore. My digestion is running very smoothly, my joints aren't sore (other than an occasional twinge in my right knee), I've stopped having daily headaches, and when I wake up in the middle of the night, I fall straight back to sleep.
    Also, I'm getting pretty good biceps for someone at a desk job.
    So I hope everyone out there who needs a bit of encouragement hangs on and keeps going, because it's a result worth the work you put into it. It's not about will power; it's about dedication--clinging to the knowledge that this is what you really want, more than anything else, more than the momentary joy provided by the cake and cookies and ice cream and peanut butter. And even if it looks like no one is appreciating your struggle, you appreciate it, and when it comes to your body, you're really the one person who matters.
    It's been fun keeping this log for the past month, and if anyone has managed to follow my yammering for the whole time, well...I apologize for the epic length of the posts (there's a reason I write novels and not short stories) and hope I've kept you somewhat amused. It all ended up being rather more than just an account of what I was eating every day, but life just gets in the way of everything and affects everything, and I wanted to document it all.
    Good luck, good health, and great happiness to you all.
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    KJT got a reaction from kew in The Second Time Around   
    The Wrap-Up
    Headed for my neglected scale first thing this morning. It was not hard to give up using it for a month, because I'd been getting so discouraged stepping on it week after week to find I still weighed the same. So when it told me today that I'd lost four pounds, I was very pleased. It doesn't sound like much, but it's something.
    Then I got out the tape measure and found I'd lost two inches each on my waist and hips. Granted, I'm always a little uncertain how to do the measuring. Do I let the tape sit lightly on top of my skin, or do I pull on it to squeeze all the loose flesh? Because my underlying muscle structure is getting more and more solid, but it's still covered by a layer of very loose, squishy fat and skin that moves around depending on how my body is positioned. If I'd pulled the measuring tape as tight as the belt I'm right now wearing, it would come to a smaller number. And the belt isn't uncomfortable.
    Anyway, those are the obvious results. On the less obvious side, I'm feeling almost like a morning person these days--I was looking forward to having a cup of tea today for the first time in a month, and then after an hour at work I realized I'd forgotten to make it. I don't need the caffeine boost anymore. My digestion is running very smoothly, my joints aren't sore (other than an occasional twinge in my right knee), I've stopped having daily headaches, and when I wake up in the middle of the night, I fall straight back to sleep.
    Also, I'm getting pretty good biceps for someone at a desk job.
    So I hope everyone out there who needs a bit of encouragement hangs on and keeps going, because it's a result worth the work you put into it. It's not about will power; it's about dedication--clinging to the knowledge that this is what you really want, more than anything else, more than the momentary joy provided by the cake and cookies and ice cream and peanut butter. And even if it looks like no one is appreciating your struggle, you appreciate it, and when it comes to your body, you're really the one person who matters.
    It's been fun keeping this log for the past month, and if anyone has managed to follow my yammering for the whole time, well...I apologize for the epic length of the posts (there's a reason I write novels and not short stories) and hope I've kept you somewhat amused. It all ended up being rather more than just an account of what I was eating every day, but life just gets in the way of everything and affects everything, and I wanted to document it all.
    Good luck, good health, and great happiness to you all.
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    KJT got a reaction from kew in The Second Time Around   
    Day 30
    Last day! I made it! Not that it was such a great change from pre-W30 life, but I feel like I've made a bit of progress.
    Just to show that I haven't quite got it all on autopilot yet, when lunchtime came around yesterday I discovered that I'd forgotten to put oil and vinegar on my salad. I found a bottle of olive oil in the kitchen at work, and there was the guacamole and the mayo from my chicken salad, but I really missed the vinegar. That's my favorite part (and probably the reason I haven't ever bothered to look into making actual salad dressings). Grumble, grumble, moan.
    For supper I had the rest of the toasted cauliflower, and then I fried a couple of eggs and a sausage patty. I like a nice "breakfast" now and then, even if I never eat it in the morning. I'm kind of lousy at flipping eggs, and both yolks broke, which annoyed me. I might have to learn to like them sunny side up. With no buttered toast to mop up the egg yolk, it loses a little of its appeal, but I infinitely prefer fried over scrambled. The sausage is good but I little hotter than I like it, so next time I mix up Italian Sausage Seasoning, I'll use a bit less of the red pepper.
    Today I had roast beef and sweet potato again--you'd think it would be getting old, but it's not. I've only got one serving of the juice left, though, and at least two more servings of the beef, so I may need to find another way to eat it. I remembered the oil and vinegar today, but I've run out of guacamole. Searching desperately for protein to put on the salad, I found a can of shrimp that I bought a while back. I mixed it with mayo (because everything's better with mayo) and used that. It was very good. Tonight I suppose it will be lamb and mashed cauliflower, because that will be my easiest choice.
    Now, as to evaluations...I didn't list goals in my log when I first started, but I had three. One, of course, was to eat only food I had prepared myself, so I could be absolutely positive that it was good (and also save a little money). The second was to work on my sleep habits, and they have certainly gotten much better. It doesn't seem like I'm cutting my evenings short anymore, going to bed before 8:30. I've just given up playing on my computer and all that. (Watching TV was never an issue, since my TV died over two years ago, but there was always YouTube.) It's amazing how much more energy I have now that I'm getting a decent night's sleep every night. I'm not dragging in the mornings (usually) and even when I get off the bus in the evening, when I used to always be so exhausted, the idea of walking the mile and a half home instead of sitting and waiting for the next bus is so appealing. I enjoy the walk, and now that the sun has decided to come out, I'm working on my tan.
    My third goal was to do my stretching exercies faithfully twice a day the way I'm supposed to. I have a foot that has been hurting for a long time, and when I finally went to a podiatrist he told me that the tendons had been tightening and pulling the bones out of alignment. So I need to stretch it regularly to encourage it to go back to the way it's supposed to be. For the first month of that, I kept forgetting, or I'd remember when I was already in bed and not want to get up again to do it. I haven't missed a time this entire month, and it is getting easier to walk. I don't limp around work anymore.
    So I've got new habits getting a firm grip on me, and I will keep trying to help them along. I may end up celebreating my success with a glass of wine at dinner tomorrow evening, but come the weekend I'll be cooking again for another (mostly) compliant week. I've got my health now. I'm not going to throw it away on a plate of nachos.
    At least I hope I'm not.
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    KJT got a reaction from kew in The Second Time Around   
    Day 30
    Last day! I made it! Not that it was such a great change from pre-W30 life, but I feel like I've made a bit of progress.
    Just to show that I haven't quite got it all on autopilot yet, when lunchtime came around yesterday I discovered that I'd forgotten to put oil and vinegar on my salad. I found a bottle of olive oil in the kitchen at work, and there was the guacamole and the mayo from my chicken salad, but I really missed the vinegar. That's my favorite part (and probably the reason I haven't ever bothered to look into making actual salad dressings). Grumble, grumble, moan.
    For supper I had the rest of the toasted cauliflower, and then I fried a couple of eggs and a sausage patty. I like a nice "breakfast" now and then, even if I never eat it in the morning. I'm kind of lousy at flipping eggs, and both yolks broke, which annoyed me. I might have to learn to like them sunny side up. With no buttered toast to mop up the egg yolk, it loses a little of its appeal, but I infinitely prefer fried over scrambled. The sausage is good but I little hotter than I like it, so next time I mix up Italian Sausage Seasoning, I'll use a bit less of the red pepper.
    Today I had roast beef and sweet potato again--you'd think it would be getting old, but it's not. I've only got one serving of the juice left, though, and at least two more servings of the beef, so I may need to find another way to eat it. I remembered the oil and vinegar today, but I've run out of guacamole. Searching desperately for protein to put on the salad, I found a can of shrimp that I bought a while back. I mixed it with mayo (because everything's better with mayo) and used that. It was very good. Tonight I suppose it will be lamb and mashed cauliflower, because that will be my easiest choice.
    Now, as to evaluations...I didn't list goals in my log when I first started, but I had three. One, of course, was to eat only food I had prepared myself, so I could be absolutely positive that it was good (and also save a little money). The second was to work on my sleep habits, and they have certainly gotten much better. It doesn't seem like I'm cutting my evenings short anymore, going to bed before 8:30. I've just given up playing on my computer and all that. (Watching TV was never an issue, since my TV died over two years ago, but there was always YouTube.) It's amazing how much more energy I have now that I'm getting a decent night's sleep every night. I'm not dragging in the mornings (usually) and even when I get off the bus in the evening, when I used to always be so exhausted, the idea of walking the mile and a half home instead of sitting and waiting for the next bus is so appealing. I enjoy the walk, and now that the sun has decided to come out, I'm working on my tan.
    My third goal was to do my stretching exercies faithfully twice a day the way I'm supposed to. I have a foot that has been hurting for a long time, and when I finally went to a podiatrist he told me that the tendons had been tightening and pulling the bones out of alignment. So I need to stretch it regularly to encourage it to go back to the way it's supposed to be. For the first month of that, I kept forgetting, or I'd remember when I was already in bed and not want to get up again to do it. I haven't missed a time this entire month, and it is getting easier to walk. I don't limp around work anymore.
    So I've got new habits getting a firm grip on me, and I will keep trying to help them along. I may end up celebreating my success with a glass of wine at dinner tomorrow evening, but come the weekend I'll be cooking again for another (mostly) compliant week. I've got my health now. I'm not going to throw it away on a plate of nachos.
    At least I hope I'm not.
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    KJT got a reaction from kew in Food and emotional pain   
    I've found that when negative emotions start to overwhelm, a brisk walk helps to work it off. The exercise alleviates that jittery "I can't take any more of this, I need comfort" feeling, and it gives you time to think about something more constructive that you can do.
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    KJT got a reaction from Derval in The Second Time Around   
    Day 20
    Got up this morning and had the delightful decision of which of the lovely dishes in the refrigerator should make my breakfast. I finally opted for the Italian beef, which blended well with the sweet potato. I was a little uncertain yesterday about how it turned out, but once it was heated I was able to cut the beef up with a fork, so I guess the slow-cooking did its job. I still can't manage to just sit and eat my breakfast without checking my e-mail, so I spend every breakfast reading my Whole30 newsletter, which I suppose is a step up from hanging out on Facebook.
    Halfway through the morning, I got an e-mail from a co-worker inviting me to join a bunch of others for lunch at the Chinese buffet. I politely declined. Even if one of my goals for the W30 wasn't to eat only food I'd made myself, I couldn't imagine anything they might have to offer that I could actually eat. I stayed behind and had my salad with tuna salad alone with my notebook. Okay, I can't sit and savor my lunch, either. At least I don't ever eat in front of the TV (mainly because I don't own a working TV).
    I'm still having moments of wanting to chuck the whole thing and just eat whatever I want, regardless of the consequences. I think it must be PMS. Since I had an ablation last year, I've lost all track of my cycle, but every now and then I get ultra-moody and start suspecting the hormones are running rampant. I'm not going to act on the urges, though. I'm much too pleased with the way all my new clothes are fitting.
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    KJT got a reaction from Tom Denham in Brand new to Paleo: Day 1....here we go   
    I bake sweet potatoes every Sunday evening and keep them in a zipper bag in the refrigerator to eat throughout the week. I've never had a problem with them not lasting to the end of the week.
    You look like you're off to a great start. Good luck!
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    KJT got a reaction from kew in The Second Time Around   
    Day 9
    I discovered last night that when I've had a rotten day and want to act out, I don't do it by eating unhealthy foods. I do it by refusing to get the right amount of sleep. I got home and had a very nice dinner of cottage pie and roasted carrots ands parsnips (which are all gone now, sadly), and got into bed around eight. Then I lay there with my iPad watching videos on YouTube, even though I knew I should put it down and go to sleep. I was crabby and just didn't want to do what I was supposed to. So I ended up not turning out the lights until almost 9:30, after which I still didn't get to sleep quickly. I ended up having a lousy night, with lots of dreams. I dreamed I was staying at a very posh hotel, where they had a whole array of snacks set out in the lounge for guests to help themselves--cakes and cookies and the like. I went by them all, feeling a little neglected that they hadn't at least included a bit of fruit. When I finally settled down with a nice bowl of soup, I realized after two bites that it contained dairy, and I immediately thought, "Oh no! Now I'm going to have to restart my Whole30!" Can't even indulge in my dreams.
    Got up and exercised this morning. The workout seemed too easy; I need to increase the number of reps. Coupled with my realization on Tuesday night that I need to buy smaller exercise clothes, it made me feel pretty good about my progress. Lamb chops and sweet potato for breakfast. Plenty of fat this time, but once I got past the Italian sauce I realized there wasn't a lot of meat on the chop. It's hard to tell when I look in the container from the refrigerator, so I pick by size, and I always end up with more bone than I wanted. Luckily someone has stocked the fridge at work with a huge bag of raw baby carrots, so I had some of those to tide me over till lunch.
    My bottle of balsamic vinegar seems to be running low; I somehow didn't get enough of it on my salad today, so it wasn't as tasty as usual. When I went to Giant last weekend they'd run out of Wholly Guacamole, so I didn't have that to add flavor. And my protein was in the form of cottage pie in a separate dish. So there was plenty of food, but it wasn't quite as satisfactory as usual. I was actually invited out for lunch with the guys in my office, to an Italian restaurant, but I didn't want to have to hunt the menu for something I could have altered so I could eat it. They don't understand the Whole30 concept as it is, and I didn't need the aggravation.
    I've got a bit of a headache today, but I think that's due to insufficient sleep and the multitude of annoyances in the office. With any luck tomorrow will be better. I'll make an effort to actually listen to that little voice telling me to turn out the lights.
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    KJT reacted to calee in The Second Time Around   
    Good morning. I started on the first as well. I had to laugh because you described my kitchen table! I will be giving up caffeine as the Whole30 progresses. Ths one cup of coffee at 5:30 just isn't as appealing without cream.
    The day before I started was filled ith gluten and sugar. Yup, I should have started 1 day sooner!
    I too was unprepared with enough veggies but I work on an avenue with one good salad places as well as a Trader Joe's across the street so it's easy to supplement.
    Good luck on Day 2. I'll check in to see how you're faring. Congrats on your awesome weightloss! Isn't it wonderful to feel lighter? I started out at a larger size than you a few years go, so I get how great you must feel.
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    KJT got a reaction from SonyaT in The Second Time Around   
    I did my first Whole30 back in December--I started the day after Thanksgiving and finished just in time to have a glass of wine for Christmas. That sounds like I was deliberately timing my unhealthy schemes, and I suppose I was, but I found it was easier to get support from my friends if I could promise I wouldn't be a wet blanket during the holidays. Since then I've mostly stuck to compliant eating because, having put so much effort into getting rid of my chronic gut inflammation, I didn't want to go back to that pain. My offroading mainly consisted of not inquiring into the details of oils, etc., when I go to restaurants. But the past month or two seem to have gotten slack. I find myself going out to eat more and more often, rather than eating my own healthy food, and more often than not eating out invoolves a drink as well. I justify this by the fact that I write much better when sitting alone in restaurants--I'm a novelist in my spare time--than I do at home with all the normal chores and distractions. But it's getting out of hand (and expensive!) of late.
    So earlier in April I decided that May 1st would be a good day to start a fresh Whole30, to get myself back on track. I wanted to make things easy, which is why I figured the first of the month was best. That way I don't have to keep counting on the calendar to see what day it is. But having made that decision, I can understand why ISWF recommends starting as soon as you make the resolution to do the program. Knowing it was coming, I've caught myself slipping all sorts of "cheats" into my diet, just because come May 1, it would all be forbidden. Mostly it was little things, like having a packet of sugar and a little half and half in my morning tea. But the other day I found myself throwing a Hershey bar in with my grocery shopping. I gave up all sweets more than a year ago, when I decided to lose weight, but all of a sudden I just needed that chocolate! Frankly, it can't start too soon.
    And no, I can't start today instead, because there's a bit of smoked salmon with sugar in it awaiting me at home, for my supper. Tsk tsk.
    Just for the record...I started dieting at the beginning of April last year, because I'd topped 220 pounds and was having all sorts of health difficulties. I did it mainly by cutting back on calories and walking (which gradually turned into running as I got thinner) every day. I lived on Weight Watchers frozen meals and peanut butter sandwiches. It worked, but like I said, my gut was in terrible shape. By the time I fell across ISWF, I'd gone down about 50 pounds and had normal blood pressure for the first time in years, But I knew I couldn't eat like that for the rest of my life. So at the age of 51, I finally decided to learn how to cook and try to feed myself properly. I still have about 25 pounds to lose before I reach my ideal weight, and I've stalled in the past couple of months so I hope to kickstart that, but I've also started going to the gym, though my workouts are still of the very basic variety, and I hate, hate, HATE exercising, so I can't imagine ever working up to the sorts of things people here like to rave about. But I've got a bit of muscle definition under that last layer of fat, which makes me happy.
    I didn't do the daily blog last time--it was all very experimental, so I preferred to do it outside the public eye. I'm going all the way this time! We'll see what happens.
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    KJT got a reaction from SonyaT in The Second Time Around   
    I did my first Whole30 back in December--I started the day after Thanksgiving and finished just in time to have a glass of wine for Christmas. That sounds like I was deliberately timing my unhealthy schemes, and I suppose I was, but I found it was easier to get support from my friends if I could promise I wouldn't be a wet blanket during the holidays. Since then I've mostly stuck to compliant eating because, having put so much effort into getting rid of my chronic gut inflammation, I didn't want to go back to that pain. My offroading mainly consisted of not inquiring into the details of oils, etc., when I go to restaurants. But the past month or two seem to have gotten slack. I find myself going out to eat more and more often, rather than eating my own healthy food, and more often than not eating out invoolves a drink as well. I justify this by the fact that I write much better when sitting alone in restaurants--I'm a novelist in my spare time--than I do at home with all the normal chores and distractions. But it's getting out of hand (and expensive!) of late.
    So earlier in April I decided that May 1st would be a good day to start a fresh Whole30, to get myself back on track. I wanted to make things easy, which is why I figured the first of the month was best. That way I don't have to keep counting on the calendar to see what day it is. But having made that decision, I can understand why ISWF recommends starting as soon as you make the resolution to do the program. Knowing it was coming, I've caught myself slipping all sorts of "cheats" into my diet, just because come May 1, it would all be forbidden. Mostly it was little things, like having a packet of sugar and a little half and half in my morning tea. But the other day I found myself throwing a Hershey bar in with my grocery shopping. I gave up all sweets more than a year ago, when I decided to lose weight, but all of a sudden I just needed that chocolate! Frankly, it can't start too soon.
    And no, I can't start today instead, because there's a bit of smoked salmon with sugar in it awaiting me at home, for my supper. Tsk tsk.
    Just for the record...I started dieting at the beginning of April last year, because I'd topped 220 pounds and was having all sorts of health difficulties. I did it mainly by cutting back on calories and walking (which gradually turned into running as I got thinner) every day. I lived on Weight Watchers frozen meals and peanut butter sandwiches. It worked, but like I said, my gut was in terrible shape. By the time I fell across ISWF, I'd gone down about 50 pounds and had normal blood pressure for the first time in years, But I knew I couldn't eat like that for the rest of my life. So at the age of 51, I finally decided to learn how to cook and try to feed myself properly. I still have about 25 pounds to lose before I reach my ideal weight, and I've stalled in the past couple of months so I hope to kickstart that, but I've also started going to the gym, though my workouts are still of the very basic variety, and I hate, hate, HATE exercising, so I can't imagine ever working up to the sorts of things people here like to rave about. But I've got a bit of muscle definition under that last layer of fat, which makes me happy.
    I didn't do the daily blog last time--it was all very experimental, so I preferred to do it outside the public eye. I'm going all the way this time! We'll see what happens.
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    KJT got a reaction from SonyaT in The Second Time Around   
    I did my first Whole30 back in December--I started the day after Thanksgiving and finished just in time to have a glass of wine for Christmas. That sounds like I was deliberately timing my unhealthy schemes, and I suppose I was, but I found it was easier to get support from my friends if I could promise I wouldn't be a wet blanket during the holidays. Since then I've mostly stuck to compliant eating because, having put so much effort into getting rid of my chronic gut inflammation, I didn't want to go back to that pain. My offroading mainly consisted of not inquiring into the details of oils, etc., when I go to restaurants. But the past month or two seem to have gotten slack. I find myself going out to eat more and more often, rather than eating my own healthy food, and more often than not eating out invoolves a drink as well. I justify this by the fact that I write much better when sitting alone in restaurants--I'm a novelist in my spare time--than I do at home with all the normal chores and distractions. But it's getting out of hand (and expensive!) of late.
    So earlier in April I decided that May 1st would be a good day to start a fresh Whole30, to get myself back on track. I wanted to make things easy, which is why I figured the first of the month was best. That way I don't have to keep counting on the calendar to see what day it is. But having made that decision, I can understand why ISWF recommends starting as soon as you make the resolution to do the program. Knowing it was coming, I've caught myself slipping all sorts of "cheats" into my diet, just because come May 1, it would all be forbidden. Mostly it was little things, like having a packet of sugar and a little half and half in my morning tea. But the other day I found myself throwing a Hershey bar in with my grocery shopping. I gave up all sweets more than a year ago, when I decided to lose weight, but all of a sudden I just needed that chocolate! Frankly, it can't start too soon.
    And no, I can't start today instead, because there's a bit of smoked salmon with sugar in it awaiting me at home, for my supper. Tsk tsk.
    Just for the record...I started dieting at the beginning of April last year, because I'd topped 220 pounds and was having all sorts of health difficulties. I did it mainly by cutting back on calories and walking (which gradually turned into running as I got thinner) every day. I lived on Weight Watchers frozen meals and peanut butter sandwiches. It worked, but like I said, my gut was in terrible shape. By the time I fell across ISWF, I'd gone down about 50 pounds and had normal blood pressure for the first time in years, But I knew I couldn't eat like that for the rest of my life. So at the age of 51, I finally decided to learn how to cook and try to feed myself properly. I still have about 25 pounds to lose before I reach my ideal weight, and I've stalled in the past couple of months so I hope to kickstart that, but I've also started going to the gym, though my workouts are still of the very basic variety, and I hate, hate, HATE exercising, so I can't imagine ever working up to the sorts of things people here like to rave about. But I've got a bit of muscle definition under that last layer of fat, which makes me happy.
    I didn't do the daily blog last time--it was all very experimental, so I preferred to do it outside the public eye. I'm going all the way this time! We'll see what happens.