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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Gwyneth J.N. in Starting March 1st   
    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! 
    Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. 
    FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. 
    Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. 
    We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together! 
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from NanP in Starting March 1st   
    Hey W30 friends!  Happy day 9!  Love hearing how everyone is doing with their journey - I tend to lurk and not post, so hi!  I had a non-scale victory yesterday...a neighbor who I hadn't seen a lot of lately told me I was looking trimmer, so yay!  This is my second W30 this year...so I know the slimmer appearance isn't just for the past 9 days.  
    For those of you struggling with a morning meal, I try to do a hash brown casserole with veggies and half an avocado.  I make up a pan of it on the weekends and then put servings in ziplocs to take to work and nuke in the microwave there.  It's portable and filling and you can change up the veggies each week to make it more exciting.  
    @alcazn - A tip someone threw out from my last round for cooking meals for non-participating family was to cook your meat W30 compliant, but then have different sides for the non-W30 eaters.  That has worked well for our family and cut down on the "Sad, I'm missing out" feelings.  For instance, we made some venison taco meat this weekend - hubby and our 2yo son had it as soft tacos with sour cream, cheese, guac, and salsa.  I had it as romaine lettuce taco shells with guac and salsa.  Plus, it is a lot less overwhelming to prepare a non-compliant side dish than an entire non-compliant meal.  Also, while I'm on W30, breakfast for supper with potatoes, eggs, and Aidell's chicken sausage are common meals, especially after a long day at work!
     
     
     
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from NanP in Starting March 1st   
    Hey W30 friends!  Happy day 9!  Love hearing how everyone is doing with their journey - I tend to lurk and not post, so hi!  I had a non-scale victory yesterday...a neighbor who I hadn't seen a lot of lately told me I was looking trimmer, so yay!  This is my second W30 this year...so I know the slimmer appearance isn't just for the past 9 days.  
    For those of you struggling with a morning meal, I try to do a hash brown casserole with veggies and half an avocado.  I make up a pan of it on the weekends and then put servings in ziplocs to take to work and nuke in the microwave there.  It's portable and filling and you can change up the veggies each week to make it more exciting.  
    @alcazn - A tip someone threw out from my last round for cooking meals for non-participating family was to cook your meat W30 compliant, but then have different sides for the non-W30 eaters.  That has worked well for our family and cut down on the "Sad, I'm missing out" feelings.  For instance, we made some venison taco meat this weekend - hubby and our 2yo son had it as soft tacos with sour cream, cheese, guac, and salsa.  I had it as romaine lettuce taco shells with guac and salsa.  Plus, it is a lot less overwhelming to prepare a non-compliant side dish than an entire non-compliant meal.  Also, while I'm on W30, breakfast for supper with potatoes, eggs, and Aidell's chicken sausage are common meals, especially after a long day at work!
     
     
     
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from NanP in Starting March 1st   
    Hey W30 friends!  Happy day 9!  Love hearing how everyone is doing with their journey - I tend to lurk and not post, so hi!  I had a non-scale victory yesterday...a neighbor who I hadn't seen a lot of lately told me I was looking trimmer, so yay!  This is my second W30 this year...so I know the slimmer appearance isn't just for the past 9 days.  
    For those of you struggling with a morning meal, I try to do a hash brown casserole with veggies and half an avocado.  I make up a pan of it on the weekends and then put servings in ziplocs to take to work and nuke in the microwave there.  It's portable and filling and you can change up the veggies each week to make it more exciting.  
    @alcazn - A tip someone threw out from my last round for cooking meals for non-participating family was to cook your meat W30 compliant, but then have different sides for the non-W30 eaters.  That has worked well for our family and cut down on the "Sad, I'm missing out" feelings.  For instance, we made some venison taco meat this weekend - hubby and our 2yo son had it as soft tacos with sour cream, cheese, guac, and salsa.  I had it as romaine lettuce taco shells with guac and salsa.  Plus, it is a lot less overwhelming to prepare a non-compliant side dish than an entire non-compliant meal.  Also, while I'm on W30, breakfast for supper with potatoes, eggs, and Aidell's chicken sausage are common meals, especially after a long day at work!
     
     
     
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from NoreenB in Starting March 1st   
    Glad to hear a bunch of us will be together for Lent!  
    For a lot of my week day breakfasts I did a sweet potato hash brown casserole with a side of avocado and would save some of the casserole in the freezer for an emergency meal.   A 9x13 pan made eight healthy portioned slices, I'd make it on Sunday and put three slices in the freezer and keep the others in the fridge for my work day morning breakfasts.  I'd change up the toppings I'd throw in, one week it was Aidell's chicken and apple sausage with chopped onions...another it was more spinach, garlic, tomatoes.  Ground Turkey/Beef/Chicken and veggie soup was another easy one.  Basically, if you're making a big meal of something...stick a portion or two of it in the freezer.
    The weather is starting to get warmer here (it is supposed to be 78 today!?!?!) so I'm hoping to have more salads than I did last round.  I'm planning on firing up the grill this weekend and getting a bunch of chicken cooked up that I can stash in the freezer and throw on a salad.  
    Speaking of salads...has anyone tried Tessamae's salad dressings?  
     
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Gwyneth J.N. in Starting March 1st   
    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! 
    Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. 
    FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. 
    Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. 
    We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together! 
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Gwyneth J.N. in Starting March 1st   
    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! 
    Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. 
    FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. 
    Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. 
    We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together! 
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from NoreenB in Starting March 1st   
    Glad to hear a bunch of us will be together for Lent!  
    For a lot of my week day breakfasts I did a sweet potato hash brown casserole with a side of avocado and would save some of the casserole in the freezer for an emergency meal.   A 9x13 pan made eight healthy portioned slices, I'd make it on Sunday and put three slices in the freezer and keep the others in the fridge for my work day morning breakfasts.  I'd change up the toppings I'd throw in, one week it was Aidell's chicken and apple sausage with chopped onions...another it was more spinach, garlic, tomatoes.  Ground Turkey/Beef/Chicken and veggie soup was another easy one.  Basically, if you're making a big meal of something...stick a portion or two of it in the freezer.
    The weather is starting to get warmer here (it is supposed to be 78 today!?!?!) so I'm hoping to have more salads than I did last round.  I'm planning on firing up the grill this weekend and getting a bunch of chicken cooked up that I can stash in the freezer and throw on a salad.  
    Speaking of salads...has anyone tried Tessamae's salad dressings?  
     
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Gwyneth J.N. in Starting March 1st   
    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! 
    Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. 
    FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. 
    Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. 
    We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together! 
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Mary Stovall in Starting March 1st   
    Oh and @Vanessa0910 same here about the reintroduction.  I had a girls weekend in San Diego right after I finished...fried fish tacos and margaritas were the main staples of my weekend.  Am definitely buckling down more on the reintroduction this time!  
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from NoreenB in Starting March 1st   
    Glad to hear a bunch of us will be together for Lent!  
    For a lot of my week day breakfasts I did a sweet potato hash brown casserole with a side of avocado and would save some of the casserole in the freezer for an emergency meal.   A 9x13 pan made eight healthy portioned slices, I'd make it on Sunday and put three slices in the freezer and keep the others in the fridge for my work day morning breakfasts.  I'd change up the toppings I'd throw in, one week it was Aidell's chicken and apple sausage with chopped onions...another it was more spinach, garlic, tomatoes.  Ground Turkey/Beef/Chicken and veggie soup was another easy one.  Basically, if you're making a big meal of something...stick a portion or two of it in the freezer.
    The weather is starting to get warmer here (it is supposed to be 78 today!?!?!) so I'm hoping to have more salads than I did last round.  I'm planning on firing up the grill this weekend and getting a bunch of chicken cooked up that I can stash in the freezer and throw on a salad.  
    Speaking of salads...has anyone tried Tessamae's salad dressings?  
     
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Gwyneth J.N. in Starting March 1st   
    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! 
    Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. 
    FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. 
    Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. 
    We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together! 
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Gwyneth J.N. in Starting March 1st   
    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! 
    Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. 
    FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. 
    Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. 
    We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together! 
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from NoreenB in Starting March 1st   
    Glad to hear a bunch of us will be together for Lent!  
    For a lot of my week day breakfasts I did a sweet potato hash brown casserole with a side of avocado and would save some of the casserole in the freezer for an emergency meal.   A 9x13 pan made eight healthy portioned slices, I'd make it on Sunday and put three slices in the freezer and keep the others in the fridge for my work day morning breakfasts.  I'd change up the toppings I'd throw in, one week it was Aidell's chicken and apple sausage with chopped onions...another it was more spinach, garlic, tomatoes.  Ground Turkey/Beef/Chicken and veggie soup was another easy one.  Basically, if you're making a big meal of something...stick a portion or two of it in the freezer.
    The weather is starting to get warmer here (it is supposed to be 78 today!?!?!) so I'm hoping to have more salads than I did last round.  I'm planning on firing up the grill this weekend and getting a bunch of chicken cooked up that I can stash in the freezer and throw on a salad.  
    Speaking of salads...has anyone tried Tessamae's salad dressings?  
     
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Gwyneth J.N. in Starting March 1st   
    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! 
    Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. 
    FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. 
    Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. 
    We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together! 
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Mountain Girl in Starting March 1st   
    @Mountain Girl Hey friend!!!!!  Yay for us!  :o) (*Sigh* Paris...what a fun thing to look forward to and understandable that the rigid reintroduction went out the window!)
    Am echoing the non-participating household and the importance of these boards!  Husband has stated he will do W30 Suppers with me, but our two year old pretty much lives on chicken and mac and cheese right now, so there is no way our house can be 100% W30 compliant.  Our 7 month old is starting the exciting world of solids, so I guess she's technically W30 right now (aside from those dissolving puffs, we'll give her a pass).  :o)  
    @SPeffer - You can do it!  Take it one meal at a time.  Eggs with roasted potatoes and avocado or a can of tuna mixed with avocados and some potatoes were my go to meals for the nights (or days, let's be real) when it was getting overwhelming.  It was helpful for me to remember that it took the same amount of time to make one of these 'emergency meals' as it would to make a non-compliant PBJ sandwich (especially if you were 'baking' the potato in the microwave).  Yes, other W30 meals might be tastier or fancier...but I just needed to be compliant for THAT meal...and when things would calm down, I'd make something more fun (like coconut milk soaked, pecan encrusted chicken nuggets!).  Let me know what dressings you try out first and how you like them!!!!  
     
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    Saritawho? reacted to LMASK in Starting March 1st   
    Starting tomorrow for Whole30 for Lent!
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    Saritawho? reacted to SPeffer in Starting March 1st   
    I bought a bunch so I'm hoping it's good! 
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    Saritawho? reacted to SPeffer in Starting March 1st   
    I'm a  little nervous because I decided pretty late that I wanted to do this.  I have done SOME prep, but I'm definitely not as prepared as I would like to be.  I've got a church class tonight and church tomorrow, but I'm going to spend some time tonight finishing my grocery shopping and then prepping some meals ahead.  I have at least made a basic plan and done some shopping.  
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Gwyneth J.N. in Starting March 1st   
    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! 
    Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. 
    FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. 
    Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. 
    We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together! 
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    Saritawho? reacted to Mountain Girl in Starting March 1st   
    I am starting tomorrow as well.  I didn't think anyone else would be starting on a Wednesday, but look at this string!  
    I just finished my first whole 30 on 2/14 very successfully overall, but went to Paris on day 34 and reintroduction went out the window.  So I am doing the whole lent thing too, so I can do a proper reintro. 
    @Saritawho? Hey, girl! Here we go again!
    @KnykytaS @Aduks @SPeffer I did my first (and this one too) with a supportive but unparticipating husband and kids.  I DID clean out my fridge and pantry. It was really helpful to only have to read labels once.  I just reorganized and made individual shelves in the pantry and fridge either "compliant" or "non-compliant". And I told my kids to make sure they put stuff back where they found it.  It made avoiding the non compliant stuff easier without depriving them of their favorites. It was also kind of cool when they saw how much they "wanted" from the compliant shelves. 
    I will try to join the FB group, too.  It will certainly make it easier to stay in touch when out and about. And easier to get notifications, etc.  But I would encourage everyone to do that and check in here too.  The main thing here, is that moderators check in often ( I see one already has) and they are a WEALTH of information, tips and tricks.  
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from NoreenB in Starting March 1st   
    Glad to hear a bunch of us will be together for Lent!  
    For a lot of my week day breakfasts I did a sweet potato hash brown casserole with a side of avocado and would save some of the casserole in the freezer for an emergency meal.   A 9x13 pan made eight healthy portioned slices, I'd make it on Sunday and put three slices in the freezer and keep the others in the fridge for my work day morning breakfasts.  I'd change up the toppings I'd throw in, one week it was Aidell's chicken and apple sausage with chopped onions...another it was more spinach, garlic, tomatoes.  Ground Turkey/Beef/Chicken and veggie soup was another easy one.  Basically, if you're making a big meal of something...stick a portion or two of it in the freezer.
    The weather is starting to get warmer here (it is supposed to be 78 today!?!?!) so I'm hoping to have more salads than I did last round.  I'm planning on firing up the grill this weekend and getting a bunch of chicken cooked up that I can stash in the freezer and throw on a salad.  
    Speaking of salads...has anyone tried Tessamae's salad dressings?  
     
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    Saritawho? got a reaction from Gwyneth J.N. in Starting March 1st   
    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! 
    Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. 
    FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. 
    Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. 
    We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together! 
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    Saritawho? reacted to SarahSchroeder in Starting March 1st   
    I am doing a Whole30 for Lent too  
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    Saritawho? reacted to Vanessa0910 in Starting March 1st   
    Love the WholeLent idea!
    Hey there all! I'll be starting 3/1 as well. This is my 2nd Whole30 but the first where I do a proper reintroduction- I slipped off the clean eating wagon right after (it was Halloween and had both sides of my family with me---- need I say more?). My issue is using food for coping so my goal is to journal throughout this Whole30 to start overcoming the food addiction.