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    CrazyCow got a reaction from LO867 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Hi @Ann, just reading through your journal and...so great! I love your pictures and walk through of your days. But since you asked to be talked out of something, I'll give you my two pennies worth:
    Remember stepping on the scale...it is going to give you a number and then what? How will that help define how you feel right now? Remember there comes a point in W30 (and we are not too far off that point) where everything will feel tighter--you may feel bloated, etc. That's the shift we experience as our body adjusts to the way we are eating (the way we are treating ourselves!), but I imagine stepping on a scale then, too, could be damaging. Remember, it's only 30 days. You can do anything for 30 days. Put the scale out of sight and remember it doesn't define us, how we feel, or what success looks like. Change IS coming...! 
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    CrazyCow reacted to BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    My conversation with myself yesterday (my usual weigh day). 
    What does it profit me to step on the scale?  Am I allowing that number to determine my mindset, how I feel about me, how I look and dress?  Why am I so curious and drawn to see the number?  What if I step on it just to see, what then.  If the number is lower than I expect will that loosen my resolve make me think and feel that I have some wiggle room because I’m “ahead”?   What if the number is higher than I expected?  Will I become upset and toss in the towel?  Self you really do not want to step on the scale, this experiment is not about weight loss!  So that number will not help, it can only do damage.
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    CrazyCow reacted to Niya in It's wine o'clock, what are you doing besides drinking?   
    I'm in Northern Ca. where the wine is exquisite and abundant. I'm also grieving the loss of my pet rabbit who I had for 7.5 years and was my main companion. A glass of wine would be amazing - every single night for a couple weeks. But I committed to Whole 30. And the benefits of a clean and healthy (and lighter) body will outweigh the short term emotional urges. I know that. But need to remind myself constantly. I'm walking and drinking hot tea instead. And early bedtime. And crying more than normal for this huge loss. 

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    CrazyCow got a reaction from BeckyB in It's wine o'clock, what are you doing besides drinking?   
    Hi @Ann and @BeckyB...yep! It is remarkable how a routine and habit can take you by surprise when you stop. Cocktail right about now...typical evening. I repeat in my head "I do not want what I do not have...I do not want what I do not have..."--sometimes it even works! 
    And I am going to say cheers to you both: maybe the 30 days of cheers with a fizzy water and double lime can spawn a new routine and habit....!
    Until tomorrow...
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    CrazyCow reacted to C_Cezeaux in Jan 1 is Lucky #13!   
    I actually don't know which number this is for me, I did my first in 2015. Some have been very successful, some NOT. 
    Oh man, your two things challenged by hit me spot on.  Even though I know I can't eat like so many other people can and feel well, my inner child is still whining about not getting what someone else does.
    I have a marvelous husband who is a self trained chef - he is great about helping me modify and recreate recipes, but still... I struggle with sugar, for me it's all or nothing.
    I like the idea of explo6the facets of Whole9 - I need to do some work there myself.  Healthy movement, stress management, and Socialization will be my biggest challenges. :D
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from BeckyB in It's wine o'clock, what are you doing besides drinking?   
    Hi @Ann and @BeckyB...yep! It is remarkable how a routine and habit can take you by surprise when you stop. Cocktail right about now...typical evening. I repeat in my head "I do not want what I do not have...I do not want what I do not have..."--sometimes it even works! 
    And I am going to say cheers to you both: maybe the 30 days of cheers with a fizzy water and double lime can spawn a new routine and habit....!
    Until tomorrow...
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from Ann in Food for Lucky 13!   
    Day 1... here we go here we go!
     Two sunny eggs, spinach, mushrooms, shallot, and a bit of sugar free lardons to give it that ooh la la. Plus a boat load of awesome spice. Glass of water, and a bullet proof coffee—which was needed after NYE. Fun celebration, but now I’m celebrating my new fun...

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    CrazyCow reacted to BeckyB in Jan 1 is Lucky #13!   
    Wow 13?  That's incredible.  Good for you!  2020 is going to be a tranformative year for me in several ways, and I decided a W30 was a great way to start it off on a positive note.  The fact that we are now in a new decade has really made me think, and I have a list of things to accomplish before another decade gets away from me.  
    Good luck girls!
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    CrazyCow reacted to BeckyB in Food for Lucky 13!   
    Looks great, I think I'll just follow what you do, that ok?  So be sure to post everything!!!  
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from JessFind in Jan 1 is Lucky #13!   
    Here we go...lucky number 13 for Whole30s since 2013. I'm ready and excited to make this one the best yet. I may have a husband and college daughter joining in as well, or I may not. Either way they will join in the food prep aspect, and will no doubt be supportive as well. 
    2 things I LOVE about Whole30:
    reconnecting with food
    I get out of the habit of healthy food prep, and then I get out of the habit of food prep at all...and then the less healthy choices run rampant. I love remembering that I really ENJOY food prep and finding new recipes (or rediscovering old ones I forgot about). I post to pinterest throughout, too and it's fun looking through past boards etc.
    feeling invincible
    There comes a point in each W30 I've done where I find myself thinking I can do a bunch of pushups, right there and then. I hate pushups. I mean, seething, hot hatred of those awful things. But W30 EVERY time short circuits me to where I'm like "yeah I can do that. Yeah let's do that right now." It's weird, and it doesn't happen at the same time for me in the W30, but it does, invariably, happen. It makes me giggle--which is probably alarming to those around me at the time 
    2 things I am challenged by in Whole30:
    I've done this. Do I really have to do ALL of this?
    That's a conversation I've had with myself over a number of subsequent W30s...sometimes multiple times throughout the 30 days. I don't expect that to happen this time, but I need to be aware of it. I don't get to skip steps or rules just because I've been here before.
    I'm missing out.
    This is a hard pill to swallow. I have to be honest about it though; I DO feel like I'm missing out...and often. It's a feeling that passes quickly, but I'm just going to acknowledge it right here to start. I expect to have those flashes.
    I'm also looking at this W30 as the jump off for an exploration in 2020 into the facets of Whole9:
    Nutrition (Whole30 and beyond) Sleep (errr...what's that?) Healthy movement (more please) Fun & Play (let's finally make some time for this) Stress Management (looking for some balance) Socialization (connections and connecting in new ways) Natural Environment (surrounded by mountains and the ocean currently...take advantage of this!) Personal Growth (and now for something completely different...) Temperance (learn what it actually means to be "moderately immoderate"...) I'm looking forward to this added side of what Whole30 is about for me this time.
    Now let's do this!
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    CrazyCow reacted to Ann in Jan 1 is Lucky #13!   
    CrazyCow, thank you SO MUCH for this recipe!  I'm totally going to make it.  I have a paleo sauces cookbook (Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson) which I was thumbing through last night, and there are lots of them I'm planning to try in the coming days.  
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from Ann in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    I'm with you Ann...I am married to a master bartender who is always playing with some new flavor or another. And I am a happy taste tester...but I know giving those a  miss for fizzy water (with the just the right amount of lime) makes a huge difference. Doesn't make it easy, and doesn't make me feel great for recognizing it's something I will miss. I feel you!
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    CrazyCow reacted to JessFind in Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!   
    Day 0 - Meal prep
    Meal prep was surprisingly fast and easy for me today. I took some of my favorite things from my last round and am actually looking forward to them! I work a desk job, so I’ll be packing my breakfasts/lunches and then making a new meal for dinner with my husband. He’s joining me for this round of the Whole 30 and I’m excited to do this with him. So here’s what I made: 
    - Chicken soup with potatoes, onion, garlic in chicken bone broth (made sure to check for sugar!) (4 portions)
    - 4 Turkey burger patties 
    - 4 Avocado bowls with 1/2 avocado, 1 piece bacon, and 3 cherry tomatoes each 
    - Turkey lettuce wraps with tomato and compliant mayo and hot sauce (2 portions) 
    - Portioned out grapes and almond butter 
    I hope this all lasts until around Thursday. Then I’ll do a mini prep night to prepare for Friday and the weekend. 
     
    Upcoming challenges: I have a nail appointment tomorrow at the mall after work, and my nail gal always gives me free champagne with my appointment. I’ll need to turn it down. I also usually eat something fast food at the mall, so I’ll need to pack and eat dinner at work before I go. 
     
    On Tuesday, my boss is taking my team out for a holiday lunch. I’ll need to look at the menu ahead of time and see if I can make any of their salads work. 
     
    Here we go! 
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    CrazyCow reacted to Ann in Jan 1 is Lucky #13!   
    I relate to “do I really need to do ALL of this?”   I am starting my #6 on Wednesday.  Shopped today and was really hoping to make chipotle mayo using homemade mayonnaise.  Disappointed to not find compliant chipotles in adobo.  And I’m in a city (Portland, OR) where it’s fairly easy to find specific dietary items (vegan/paleo/sustainable/etc).   So now I’m still deciding if I will use these chipotle peppers that have a bit of corn oil and even smaller bit of corn starch, or if I will find another compliant spicy thing to do with the mayo. Sigh. 
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from JessFind in Jan 1 is Lucky #13!   
    Here we go...lucky number 13 for Whole30s since 2013. I'm ready and excited to make this one the best yet. I may have a husband and college daughter joining in as well, or I may not. Either way they will join in the food prep aspect, and will no doubt be supportive as well. 
    2 things I LOVE about Whole30:
    reconnecting with food
    I get out of the habit of healthy food prep, and then I get out of the habit of food prep at all...and then the less healthy choices run rampant. I love remembering that I really ENJOY food prep and finding new recipes (or rediscovering old ones I forgot about). I post to pinterest throughout, too and it's fun looking through past boards etc.
    feeling invincible
    There comes a point in each W30 I've done where I find myself thinking I can do a bunch of pushups, right there and then. I hate pushups. I mean, seething, hot hatred of those awful things. But W30 EVERY time short circuits me to where I'm like "yeah I can do that. Yeah let's do that right now." It's weird, and it doesn't happen at the same time for me in the W30, but it does, invariably, happen. It makes me giggle--which is probably alarming to those around me at the time 
    2 things I am challenged by in Whole30:
    I've done this. Do I really have to do ALL of this?
    That's a conversation I've had with myself over a number of subsequent W30s...sometimes multiple times throughout the 30 days. I don't expect that to happen this time, but I need to be aware of it. I don't get to skip steps or rules just because I've been here before.
    I'm missing out.
    This is a hard pill to swallow. I have to be honest about it though; I DO feel like I'm missing out...and often. It's a feeling that passes quickly, but I'm just going to acknowledge it right here to start. I expect to have those flashes.
    I'm also looking at this W30 as the jump off for an exploration in 2020 into the facets of Whole9:
    Nutrition (Whole30 and beyond) Sleep (errr...what's that?) Healthy movement (more please) Fun & Play (let's finally make some time for this) Stress Management (looking for some balance) Socialization (connections and connecting in new ways) Natural Environment (surrounded by mountains and the ocean currently...take advantage of this!) Personal Growth (and now for something completely different...) Temperance (learn what it actually means to be "moderately immoderate"...) I'm looking forward to this added side of what Whole30 is about for me this time.
    Now let's do this!
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    CrazyCow reacted to Acer in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    DH and I were just discussing how we would most likely keep going with the program like 80% of the time.  It just makes sense for us to continue to keep us on track during the work week.  On weekends, (after reintro) and on travel, we can relax a little, and moderately enjoy dairy, alcohol, etc.  Once we start working out again, we can really shed some extra weight - which we need to do!  
    But overall we are really having fun!  Food is great, we are getting creative, and enjoying ourselves.  
    Speaking of reintro - are most people planning to slow roll?  We are starting on the first with red wine
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from BookJockey in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Here we are on Day 19...and tearing it up!! 
    Good past few days...at least from a learning perspective. I'd had a number of days where I was eating too late to get to yoga and that was making me frustrated, but there were other wins. For example:
    Friday was the first day I had a meal out since this W30 started. This was a work lunch, and we were at a Mexican restaurant, where I'd normally get a cheese slathered chimichanga, eat all the rice and beans, and I can neither confirm nor deny that I might have in that former life had a 'rita as well. Aaaand by the end I'd be stuffed and ready for nap!WELL. Current Whole30 me quizzed the server on every possible part of my lunch selection: does this have sugar? Agave? Filler? etc. What I wound up with was: Sliced steak, onions and peppers fajita style (totally compliant!) accompanied by pico de gallo (again NO sugar and compliant--a squeeze of lime on top).
    Saturday we had a busy run around day, which included a baby shower. Ate before hand, quizzed the caterer and drank fizzy water with double lime in a champagne flute all afternoon. Classy!
    By Saturday late afternoon though, I was getting HUNGRY...so went an unusual route and made from scratch POKE and 'SUSHI' ROLLS. Did I mention from scratch? SO good. SO SO SO good. And utterly compliant. Made spicy tuna with sushi grade tuna and whole30 mayo mixed with coconut aminos, a splash or three of fish sauce, garlic powder, minced thai chilis, toasted sesame seeds and some crazy voodoo magic because I tell you, it was better than the order out kind for SURE. The 'rolls' were avocado, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, cabbage and tuna and both the rolls and the poke bowl had 21 Seasoning Salute from TJ's sprinkled over it which was amazing. 
    Sunday was a finish things up day, so did not get to a cooking WOD, but we have plenty going on in the fridge to get started, including a SOUS VIDE shredded pork which we had over sweet potatoes and with a nice salad tonight. In all, quite a win in the kitchen these past few days.
    Tomorrow I have to hit the studio again...took these past few days off, and I'm missing it. That's a great sign, as far as I am concerned.
    Anyway to all, have a great week!!

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    CrazyCow got a reaction from BookJockey in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Here we are on Day 19...and tearing it up!! 
    Good past few days...at least from a learning perspective. I'd had a number of days where I was eating too late to get to yoga and that was making me frustrated, but there were other wins. For example:
    Friday was the first day I had a meal out since this W30 started. This was a work lunch, and we were at a Mexican restaurant, where I'd normally get a cheese slathered chimichanga, eat all the rice and beans, and I can neither confirm nor deny that I might have in that former life had a 'rita as well. Aaaand by the end I'd be stuffed and ready for nap!WELL. Current Whole30 me quizzed the server on every possible part of my lunch selection: does this have sugar? Agave? Filler? etc. What I wound up with was: Sliced steak, onions and peppers fajita style (totally compliant!) accompanied by pico de gallo (again NO sugar and compliant--a squeeze of lime on top).
    Saturday we had a busy run around day, which included a baby shower. Ate before hand, quizzed the caterer and drank fizzy water with double lime in a champagne flute all afternoon. Classy!
    By Saturday late afternoon though, I was getting HUNGRY...so went an unusual route and made from scratch POKE and 'SUSHI' ROLLS. Did I mention from scratch? SO good. SO SO SO good. And utterly compliant. Made spicy tuna with sushi grade tuna and whole30 mayo mixed with coconut aminos, a splash or three of fish sauce, garlic powder, minced thai chilis, toasted sesame seeds and some crazy voodoo magic because I tell you, it was better than the order out kind for SURE. The 'rolls' were avocado, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, cabbage and tuna and both the rolls and the poke bowl had 21 Seasoning Salute from TJ's sprinkled over it which was amazing. 
    Sunday was a finish things up day, so did not get to a cooking WOD, but we have plenty going on in the fridge to get started, including a SOUS VIDE shredded pork which we had over sweet potatoes and with a nice salad tonight. In all, quite a win in the kitchen these past few days.
    Tomorrow I have to hit the studio again...took these past few days off, and I'm missing it. That's a great sign, as far as I am concerned.
    Anyway to all, have a great week!!

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    CrazyCow reacted to HappyPlace in My Whole30 Log   
    Day 2   Meal 1 - Sweet potato bowl (Sweet potato, banana, 1/2 tsp raisins, 2 strawberries, 1 tsp ghee, 1/2 tsp coconut flakes, home made almond milk) - I only ate half a serving, as I felt full.   Meal 2 - 2 oz steak,  remaining sweet potato bowl   Meal 3 - 5oz Steak, small apple     Reflection: When I read Day 2 of the W30 Day/Day guide the day before, I thought the book was overstating how I would feel. After all, it was only day 2?!? Boy was I wrong...and were they right. I was exhauted. EXHAUSTED.    When I went to bed last night, I was tired, but restless...normally, I have a heavier carb dinner (Pizza, Pasta etc...), some Frito's on the sofa while watching TV, then i get in to bed - watch a little more tv and fall asleep with the TV on. Sound a sleep usually (likely a carb coma). Last night, I was WIRED. I did not fall asleep until after 1am. I woke up at about 8:30am (which is late for me, I'm usually up at 6am, after multiple snoozes of course).   On another note, I had to pee so many times last night. I didn't drink very much water the day before, but I was up and at it multiple times. I can only surmise that some of the water retention related to my poor dietary habits was undoing a bit. This is a positive!   Because of my inactivity today, I didn't eat my Shepherds pie leftover, as it felt a little too calorie dense...instead I had a really small apple (think...size of a plum), and 5oz steak.   Tomorrow's plan is to get up early, and not think about working out, just get up and do it. I definitely need some more activity today!    Today's extra credit win - Besides planing my meals in advance, I made home made Almond milk, and it was AHmazing. 
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    CrazyCow reacted to AmandaFawn in Best salad dressing!   
    Now, I never follow recipes when cooking (baking is another matter). I'm a, a little of this, a little of that type girl. That being said I will read a bunch of recipes and take ideas from each one and do what I want. 
    This recipe https://iheartumami.com/thai-grilled-beef-salad/
    was my inspiration for this weeks lunches. I did my own thing with the steak, just s&p with ghee cooked rare so when I heated it up I wouldn't over cook it. For the salad I did some romaine, broccoli slaw, green onion, while onion, banana shallots, watermelon radishes, daikon radishes, mint, cucumber, and orange bell peppers. I honestly thought it was going to be too much spiciness. But I was never so happy to be wrong! 
    Now the remarkable part of this is the dressing! I used her recipe as a guide, I pulverized 4 deseeded chili peppers (I don't remember what kind, whatever they had at whole foods that day, serrano's?), and a whole head of garlic in my food processor. I then added a whole bottle of coconut aminos and the neck of my bottle of red boat fish sauce, 4 tablespoons? I just know there was probably half an inch of the fish sauce visible over the label and it was the smaller bottle. I mixed it and squeezed in 2 limes. 
    I then put it in my pan I cooked the steak in, I did this right after I pulled the steak so it was still wicked hot and it deglazed the pan getting up all the good bits of the steak. At this point I tasted and added a splash of rice wine vinegar for some acid. Once it had incorporated and simmered for just over a minute I took it off and poured it into my aminos bottle and a few smaller containers for traveling. At this point I squeezed a little lime juice in each container, a whole one in the bottle. 
    I'll tell you what. I would use this dressing every day. I think I also sprinkled in some chili pepper flakes while it simmered if I remember properly. 
    Moral of the story, check out this recipe and do what you want with it, just taste as you go and you cannot go wrong. Be confident yet cautious in the adding of more fish sauce or aminos as you go.
    Sprinkle, stir, taste.
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    CrazyCow reacted to deviin22 in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Day 2 is going well so far. I really don't mind having almost the same thing for breakfast every day, so I usually just do hard boiled eggs and veggies. I have an apple and maybe some almond butter for a mid morning snack. I take a late lunch and usually do tuna, chicken sausage, or grilled chicken & some sort of vegetable/salad. I bought some potatoes, but I'm trying to limit carbs this time around. I love finding easy, microwavable, quick snacks and meals that I can put together. One of the biggest things that I learned in round 1 is that food is fuel. If you're not hungry enough to eat boiled chicken and steamed broccoli, you're not that hungry. It's helped me with my cravings and made me more mindful of my snacking. This is my third round of Whole30 so I am a lot more relaxed about it. I have emergency RX bars in my purse so I don't have to scramble and find things, I found all sorts of compliant goodies at target, wegmans, and market basket that I know I can have. Just looking forward to the middle of this round to start sleeping better, feeling less anxious, and being more focused. I'm not portion controlling, but I do write down what I eat to make sure I'm getting a good balance and that I eat enough in general. Already on day 2 - 28 days to go!
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from nutburger in W30 number TWELVE!   
    Day1!  
    Started with a true bullet proof--forgot how much I love coffee like this.
    M1: 2 coddled eggs, half an avocado, spinach mix, cherry tomatoes and a splash of balsamic, and a satsuma.
    M2: Mulligatawny soup, a la Sarah Frogoso and a satsuma. So good.
    M3: Cocoa and Paprika rubbed beef short ribs, made in sous vide, cauliflower mash, and sauteed green beans..
    Lots of water through the day, and finished with a cup of mint tea. Woot woo!
    No activity today, but it is on the docket for tomorrow. Watch this space.  
     
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    CrazyCow reacted to MarthaJane in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    I am so encouraged by all the planning, preparation, commitment and success from everyone today.  I hope we can all learn from each other and use this forum to encourage one another.  Thank you Laurenacc for setting this forum up.  
    Be strong tomorrow....remember that hunger pains are often a symptom of being thirsty and so drink lots of water.  And all the great prep we did today....let's do it again for tomorrow and enjoy another day closer to healthier bodies!!!
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from 2trees in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Happy New Year, Everyone!
    So this was us cleaning out the fridge and getting the shopping (round 1) into order. This pic does NOT include the rest of our weekly veggie box, but that has parsnips, carrots, avocados, broccoli, peppers and cauliflower. This pic has just a part of our protein--pictured is chicken and apple sausage, ground turkey, and beef short ribs (that had just come out of the sous vide), but we have eggs and pork as well for this week. After clearing (and cleaning!) everything out, we made mulligatawny soup for tomorrow lunch time, and boiled a bunch of eggs up for brekkies (or whatever) for the next few days. Made salmon cakes for dinner tonight, as the salmon had been cured with sugar, so that needed to be eaten before tomorrow! And of course, there was the rest of the eggnog cheesecake as well... 
    Have a great start to Day 1, and I look forward to cheering everyone on!

     
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    CrazyCow reacted to christineUF in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Hello All!
    I just started today as well! I'm super excited to get my health on track, 2018 was a very unhealthy year for me. I'm very into craft beer, and I did not balance the heavy beers with healthy foods and exercise - which led to eating out CONSTANTLY and 20 pounds put on and overall feeling sluggish and down on myself.
    I did all my shopping and meal prep yesterday and it was a tad overwhelming - I'm going to need to get better at meal prepping. I wanted the first week to be delicious, so I went all out on my groccey store trip, but I think i went a tad overboard.