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  1. August 7th Start Date

    You guys. You are awesome. Thanks for your words of encouragement!! I'm bummed today. Yesterday I made a tuna salad and my hubby chopped up pickles. It turns out he grabbed the wrong pickles from the fridge and used ones that had HF corn syrup in them. So.. long story short I am starting over. Although... I have no shame about it, it was not a conscious choice. I intended for this to be a lifestyle change anyway, and my brain is already making huge strides. I am going to stick with you guys and add another week, most likely I will be doing a whole additional whole 30 because.. well.. i seriously need it. I just wanted to be honest with you all about my need to start over. Here's to three more excellent (and label reading) weeks.
  2. August 7th Start Date

    Thank you! @invinciblechar ❤❤ It takes a village, right?
  3. August 7th Start Date

    Hey guys! I just finished lunch on day 6. I ended up leaving for an unexpected conference trip so I have learned a couple things this weekend: Prep is key. I didn't want any excuse not to stay compliant so I packed a dozen hard boiled eggs, tuna packets, individual meal prep containers (one for every day) filled with veggies and fruits, a mayo and ranch container, almonds, bagged lettuce, and Rx and epic bars for emergencies. We all went out to a bar and it was my toughest moment in these 6 days. I LOVE beer and trying new breweries but I drank water, had a salad with lots of stuff removed and avocado added with oil and lemon slices. TOTALLY pouted because I watched my hubby eat a bacon burger and beer. Once I got my meal I learned something else: This IS EMPOWERING. After my hard (and dramatic pouting) salad decision, I felt good. Like, really good about myself. That is the first time I felt good about myself in a long time. (Warning: getting sappy y'all) I have tried SO many things with a goal of losing weight so I could finally feel good about myself. I read Melissa and Dallas' books and did my research and made a list of things I would like to heal about myself (non-image based, heartburn, joint pain, skin irritation.... and lack of self love). Then I listed my whys. This self- exploration exercise is what I think made the difference for me. GUYS. I'm changing. Not just body composition (which for sake of sanity, I've had to detach myself from), but my heart. I'm nice to myself... for the first time in a long time. This seems to make my days go easier, my meals easier. I'm finally taking care of myself. Grateful for this program and for you all.
  4. August 7th Start Date

    Hey Guys! I want to comment more but I just don't have time... but I just wanted to check in for accountability. I made it through day 4! I am at a conference this weekend as well and I'll keep you all posted! So thankful for you all!
  5. August 7th Start Date

    I think maybe I'm doing the same thing (eating larger portions). I'm hoping once my body resets it will be able to self regulate portions. I feel you on the wine!!
  6. August 7th Start Date

    I love all your posts! It makes me feel like I am not alone in this... Any swagger I had yesterday is gone. I felt so great and loved my food, but today the struggle is real. I don't ever want to see another veggie again. Seriously. So before I get home, I asked my lovely hubby to grill come chicken and roast some veggies so I don't have any other option. To be honest, I am not even hungry. I had to force my lunch down and only ate a portion of it. Is anyone else feeling this? Hoping tomorrow is better. Good luck to all of you!!
  7. August 7th Start Date

    Day 2 down! I made my meals a little larger today because I was VERY hungry. I made it through without snacking, but if I'm going to do that every day, I'll need to beef up my meals. Also, it turns out my hubby's schedule has had him not eating the meals so I have way too much. I have decided to stretch out the meals and try to improvise. Tonight for supper I had spaghetti squash and ground elk tomato sauce over spinach with some roasted potatoes, poached egg, avocado, and scallions. Also, epic bacon bits. Y'all... get some, they are amazing. This was one of my favorite meals...of. All. Time. Bring on the next 28 days!
  8. August 7th Start Date

    Hey all! Congrats on a successful day 1! Yesterday was easy for me because I was so busy that I couldn't think about food. But, today I'm home all day and I am a serial snacker. I remember something Melissa H said somewhere... something like " you have to be connected to one of the physiological/psychological benefits (not the scale) to be able to give you enough motivation to see it through". So every day, esp when the days get hard, I am going to stay connected to my reasons: Sometimes I feel completely out of control and I will over-indulge, then feel guilty, then depressed, then eat again. Not anymore, I am going to get freedom. Sara, I love to put a sparkling water in a fancy glass and I find just having a beverage (compliant beverage) seems to work great! Remember yesterday was the "no big deal/what have I done". Today and tomorrow= THE HANGOVER we can do it!! I love the accountability.❤❤
  9. August 7th Start Date

    Super excited! (And honestly super scared) but it looks like there is a tribe of people here to go through the journey with me and I cannot be more grateful for that. I've had a REALLY unsuccessful past 3.5 years trying to get my life back on track. I'm crazy tired of the destructive cycle and I know this is what I need to break it. Cheers to Aug 7th.. (of course I'm mentall clinking a glass of La Croix. Promise.)
  10. Starting August 7th

    Hey guys! I am new here as well and looking for serious change. Like... SERIOUS change. I'm really nervous to start because I have failed so many diets in the past 3.5 years. Excited to commit fully and looking for accountability partners. Starting on the 7th! Look forward to checking in with you all ❤
  11. August 7th Start Date

    Hey guys! Also starting my first W30 Aug 7th!