Karen L

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    Karen L got a reaction from PenguinSews in August 7th Start Date   
    Do some Internet searching.  I think you can't do it while you're on Whole 30, but after your 30 days, I think it's safe to have whole30 compliant "desserts".  During the 30, it's the SWYPO, but afterwards... I think there are some good recipes available!
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    Karen L reacted to Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    I totally agree with you!!!  It's not over for me.  I am loving this commitment and I know I still have work to do so I'm going onward (and upward)!  I feel like we live in this special space with all this knowledge and freedom over our "dragons" that makes us truly special . . . and blessed!  
    Have loved this group.  I hope we can stick together as we take our individual journeys wherever they go!  
    I can't believe how fast 30 days went!!  Here's to 30 more for me!
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    Karen L reacted to invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    In a weird way, I'm almost sad that we're at Day 30, and the main phase of our reset is ending. I've been disciplined for short periods of time in the past, but never in a way that felt this all-encompassing and sustainable. And certainly never in a way that I wanted to keep doing it! I always would celebrate my victory (usually measured in lbs) a little too hard with beer and sweets, because food was my reward, kickstarting the backward slide that continued until the next period of attempting to right the ship. But this time is different. I worked too hard and feel too good to revert back to my old ways immediately. This feels like such a big accomplishment that I want that feeling to continue. 
    Yeehaw to all us Aug 7 babies!!!!
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    Karen L reacted to SnappySue in August 7th Start Date   
    Yay! I'm so happy to make it to this day! I can't believe it! Without thinking twice, I threw sausage and veggies into the oven for lunch. No biggie! I will be joining the reintro group too. I really enjoyed reading everyone's stories in this group. It truly helps! Congrats to everyone else too!
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    Karen L reacted to PenguinSews in August 7th Start Date   
    Hi all!! Congrats on completing your W30's!! I'm on day 8 of of my redo, and doing fine! Mom, and others keep telling me that I'm looking great! I am still wondering how having baking as a hobby works into this lifestyle, since I feel like I can't eat it anymore. I miss that part... someone please tell me I can at least have a bite of something when I'm done?? I mean, my husband can only take so many things to work.... lol. The good thing is that I can now bake something without a taste of the spoon so to speak!! That's so exciting for me! At least I have other hobbies too, and raising my two year old takes all the energy I have! I'm so glad that I have more energy that's even keeled! 
    Just chcking in, and looking for advice... 
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    Karen L reacted to Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Yes, we did it!!!!!!  Here we are in Day30!!!  I really can't believe my own self.  This is the most disciplined I've been since I was pregnant with my kids!  I'm going to reintroduce slowly for sure so I don't mess something up!
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    Karen L reacted to Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am so proud of us.  Don't think I'm going to change much but we'll see what tomorrow brings.  THANKS for getting this group re-started!!!  I should be more active in September as work will slow down some!
    Yahoo to all of us!
     
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    Karen L reacted to invinciblechar in 8/7 start Reintroduction   
    I have a confession to make. My boyfriend, who lives across the country from me in San Francisco, is coming to NY for a visit next Thursday. When I looked back at the Reintroduction schedule in the Whole30 book this weekend to prepare, I realized that the reintroduction process would last until the day he leaves at least. I didn't want to add stress or a regimented eating routine to his visit, and so I decided I would truncate the reintroduction, taking only 1 day of Whole30 eating between each reintroduction day instead of the recommended 2+. 
    However, I have had a change of heart. It made me sad to think I wouldn't really know 100% how each eliminated food group affects me if I don't give it enough time to affect me and then clear out of my system before introducing another food group. And that seemed like it would have rendered the past 30 days of hard work a waste. Well, okay, not a TOTAL waste, because of course, many good things have come from it, but I'm such a nerd about data that to tarnish my own experiment seemed like a shame. Also, more and more I've been thinking that I want to continue eating like this for the long run. Maybe I'll add a glass of wine or a beer or two every once in awhile and relax my ingredient policing when I eat out, but, for the most part, I'd like to eat in a Whole30-compliant way. Not only is it because of how I feel now, which is vastly different from how I felt when I wasn't being mindful about what I put in my body, but it's also because the more I read about nutrition, the more I'm convinced that this is so necessary. I see the awful outcomes of my parents' diet unfolding every day now, and I can't let that happen to me. I may not be able to stop the effects of aging, but I can thwart some of the lifestyle-related conditions and complications that only get worse with time. I ain't going down like that. 
    So now I am about to sit down with a calendar and re-plan out my reintroduction schedule. Hm. Or maybe I'll wait until tomorrow night and do it over MY FIRST GLASS OF RED WINE IN A MONTH!!!!!! 
    My man will just have to deal with all of my delicious, home-cooked, nutrient-dense meals, and the fact that I won't be drinking. I think he'll live.  
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    Karen L reacted to SnappySue in 8/7 start Reintroduction   
    We are starting reintro tomorrow. I'm going to start with gluten-free grains. I am quite looking forward to it. My husband hasn't fared well on this plan and is anxious to include more carbs. Both of us have tamed the sugar monster which in itself is amazing! I'm thankful he did this with me as I'm not sure I could have alone. I look forward to reading everyone's intro stories. @Karen L Thanks for starting this group!
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    Karen L got a reaction from SnappySue in August 7th Start Date   
    WE DID IT!! WOOT!   
    So, I started our reintroduction forum.  Hope you guys will join me!  I don't think you can actually click through on this link, but this is where it is on the forums page.  
    Home \Life After Your Whole30 \Whole30 Reintroduction \8/7 start Reintroduction Almost thought I wasn't going to make it past Sunday due to some family unexpectedly in town, but I did!!!!  LAST DAY!!  YAY US!!
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    Karen L got a reaction from SnappySue in August 7th Start Date   
    WE DID IT!! WOOT!   
    So, I started our reintroduction forum.  Hope you guys will join me!  I don't think you can actually click through on this link, but this is where it is on the forums page.  
    Home \Life After Your Whole30 \Whole30 Reintroduction \8/7 start Reintroduction Almost thought I wasn't going to make it past Sunday due to some family unexpectedly in town, but I did!!!!  LAST DAY!!  YAY US!!
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    Karen L reacted to Kdog777 in August 7th Start Date   
    WE DID IT!!!! Day 30!!! Wholly cow!! I am so excited! I hope everyone is proud of themselves as I am of myself!! I have my re-introduction ready for the morning, lol. Cheese on my omelet and a slice of toast. Now its time to see what ails me. and then this weekend I'll try an ice cold beer. Slow intro though. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. I just am so glad to have had you all through this unbelievable journey!!
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    Karen L reacted to invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    Way to go, @ItsAboutTime !! I'm not planning on formally extending this Whole30 extra days, but I do plan on eating mostly Whole30 compliant even after the reintroduction, because why would I want to go back to that cycle of eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's and having a few glasses of wine for dinner, feeling bad about myself the next day, and then craving all that sugar again? I'm feeling good and want to continue feeling good, and now I know I can! I can't wait to get bloodwork done and see if anything has changed for the better. Nice job on getting your BP in range! That's huge!!! 
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    Karen L reacted to ItsAboutTime in August 7th Start Date   
    HI Everyone!
    Day 26..... In the bucket!  YEEHAW!!!  I haven't posted often but it has really helped me to have ya'lls posts to read.  
    I have been feeling so full all the time lately, I have to force myself to eat the 3 meals a day, ugh!  But tonight, my neighbor said "Wow, your skin looks great and are you loosing weight?"   After a hectic week at work and a feeling that I am not making any headway, that statement made me feel so much better about this.  I really like the W30 life style and I am not ready to reintroduce foods yet (except maybe wine ;-)  )!  I am thinking that I will extend this another 30 days and participate in the Sept W30.  Anyone else extending their W30 journey?  
    So after 26 days, here are some rewards I have received:
    Knees are not hurting as much
    Blood Pressure is below 140/90 (finally!  So yay!)
    I have more energy and I exercise now
     
    I hope all have experienced a healthy and successful W30 thus far....... only 4 more days to go!
     
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    Karen L reacted to Kdog777 in August 7th Start Date   
    Day 25 over!!! Home stretch now. I have to say excited to introduce some things and see how it effects me. Curious. I don't miss much though. But, I do miss cheese! LOL, hope that doesn't effect me terribly. I guess next week we'll see. Congratulations to us all!!!!
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    Karen L reacted to invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    I'm going to be out a lot from tomorrow through Sunday. I just made a detailed plan for tomorrow. That wasn't too bad. But I'm nervous about Saturday and Sunday. I'm going to a friend's house to stay the night. Another friend will be over as well. And besides my friend who invited us, her fiance and her parents also live there. Two people have some food issues (problems with onions/garlic/peppers/spices/flavor in general) and one person occasionally decides not to eat wheat (no problem with Whole30, woo hoo!). I'm not worried about falling off of the Whole30 wagon while I'm there. I already warned my friend that I'm going to have to bring my own food to eat and possibly cook while I'm there. But I feel weird bringing my own stuff and not offering it to everyone. I just find it so overwhelming right now to try to think of food options to feed up to 6 people for a weekend, especially when a few of them can't really eat anything except what seems like very bland food to me. Does anyone have any ideas for big group meals that aren't too expensive or complicated to prepare? Or, alternatively, do you think it would be super rude of me to just worry about myself? I have a lot going on taking care of my parents (that's what tomorrow will be devoted to, along with a few other days this week), so I won't have a ton of time for shopping/prep, and I am trying to manage my stress level so I can be relaxed and actually enjoy the weekend. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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    Karen L reacted to SugarcubeOD in August 7th Start Date   
    Thank you Karen!  I really appreciate that!
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    Karen L reacted to SugarcubeOD in August 7th Start Date   
    You guys can definitely stick together on the forum, we have groups that do it all the time and I personally think it's awesome!
    One of you can just make a thread for your group in the Post Whole30 section and then you can talk about reintros and life after whole30 without the mods finger shaking you here on the main boards (we try and keep them fully Whole30 out here so it's not confusing to new people).
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    Karen L reacted to SnappySue in August 7th Start Date   
    I plan to keep up as well afterward. I really like the idea of a place for check-ins. This forum has been a lifeline during this time! 
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    Karen L reacted to ItsAboutTime in August 7th Start Date   
    Thanks Karen.   It's been a nightly thing for the last 5 days.... off to get some potassium! 
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    Karen L got a reaction from ItsAboutTime in August 7th Start Date   
    @SugarcubeOD - I think you've been great!  You're corrective, but in such a kind non-judgmental way.  It feels like you're one of us!  I've enjoyed having you on the journey.  Super helpful =)
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    Karen L got a reaction from invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    HI!  I was going to post today, too.. it's been awhile!  I think you'll be fine.  Your friend presumably knows you're dealing with other things, and she'll probably be happy she doesn't have to worry about feeding you!  I'm sure they have their own system going.  It will probably just be easier all around.  I wouldn't even worry about trying to feed all of them.
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    Karen L got a reaction from ItsAboutTime in August 7th Start Date   
    Home stretch guys!  Today is a "do I really have to wait 30 days?" day.  I keep walking by the kitchen and seeing chocolate in there.  But you know what?  I stop to look at it.  I stare at it and ask "do I really even want it?"  And I find I don't!  I guess I just want the idea of it.  But too close now to cheat.  No way!! =)
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    Karen L reacted to invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    Thanks, @Karen L ! Needed that sanity check.  
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    Karen L got a reaction from invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    HI!  I was going to post today, too.. it's been awhile!  I think you'll be fine.  Your friend presumably knows you're dealing with other things, and she'll probably be happy she doesn't have to worry about feeding you!  I'm sure they have their own system going.  It will probably just be easier all around.  I wouldn't even worry about trying to feed all of them.