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  1. DebG44

    Leftover leek

    Help! I have a leek leftover and need recipe ideas!
  2. DebG44

    Stressed in a Whole60

    @ShannonM816 Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm not usually an easily stressed out person, so that's what is making this so much harder for me. Because I don't generally let a lot get to me, I don't always have practice handling stressful situations well. Add to that my work on night shift. That's why sleep was such an important NSV for me! Potato chips have always been my go-to, but oddly, I have a bag on my counter right now that isn't even tempting me in the slightest. My Sugar Dragon is rearing her ugly head now. The gluten free gourmet cupcakes in my freezer sure are calling my name right now though! I won't throw them away because they will be worth any discomfort I have post-reintroduction. I don't think the program is really adding to my stress. It's my second round, so I know to always have emergency food on hand and can always roast a chicken and eat for a week in a pinch. So I think I'm ok sticking to the program, as long as I remember to breathe and remember why I am doing it in the first place. I walk the dog twice a day already, but sometimes that adds to my stress because it's a chore. But I love the idea of adding in yoga and stretching. I also treated myself to some new essential oils to help alleviate stress. This, too, shall pass.
  3. I started a Whole 60 (or 67) on January 1. I was doing ok until some changes at work made me decide to relocate in the very near future. I'm getting very stressed about the upcoming move and all the plans I have to make. I'm back to not sleeping well. Better sleep was one of my best NSVs! And I also just want to eat all my feelings right now! I am so close to just throwing in the towel. I need some encouragement!
  4. DebG44

    Start Date February 1st

    @cr89 Oh my gosh! I could have practically written that post myself! I decided to extend my second Whole30 to 60 or 67 days. Your advice is golden. I loved having the day-by-day book for this round! It's Day 1 for everybody else here, so good luck! We can do this!
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    Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    @hotwheels congrats on making it through! This is my second round, and I plan on staying Whole30 for another 30-37 days. I think the extra time will help solidify some good food choices. I slipped into some bad old habits over the holidays. Good luck with the reintros everybody!
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    February 1 start!

    @TiffT mind if I tag along with you guys? I started a Whole60 Jan 1, but it will probably turn into 66 or 67, based on my work schedule. This is my second round and I felt so great doing it the first time that I decided 60 days would be a good plan to take advantage of all the NSVs. The best advice I have for you first timers: meal prep and plan! It's great to have freezer meals you can pull out if needed, and quick things like chicken sausage and carrots and guacamole for emergencies!
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    Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    @ShellyM still here! I love the slee I've been getting! Also less bloating so that's a great NSV. What about you? I have to admit though, today I went to Chipotle just so I didn't have to cook or do dishes! And I think I'll make it through a whole60???! But it pained me to walk out of there without chips and queso, so that's why I need to do another 30 days!
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    New (& scared); Starting 1 Feb

    @Charlene33 I feel you about not getting support! I'm on my second round (doing 60 days this time to help solidify the good habits). I'll finish a day ahead of all of you starting feb 1. But I promise you all can do this! Meal plan and prep and key for success. I did some freezer meals this time and that helped a ton.
  9. I'm brewing my first batch now. I'm about 10 days in to my first fermentation and it's not quite ready yet (it's somewhat chilly in my apartment and I hear that can slow things down). I plan to add strawberry/lemon/basil for my second fermentation. My question is: do I need to take 2 cups out as my starter for my next batch AND two cups out to start my scoby hotel? Or do I just use fresh sweet tea for my hotel?
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    Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    I made a sheet pan dinner from the fast and easy cookbook tonight. Chicken and sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, apples with a cherry balsamic reduction. It was so yummy!
  11. I am so frustrated by trying to find compliant deli meat! I would love to recreate an unwhich from Jimmy Johns! I was able to find turkey at Whole Foods, but I don't live close enough to a Whole Foods to make that a good option. Any one able to find another brand?
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    Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    We're almost there! I know some of you are feeling frustrated, but stick with it for a few more days! I'm actually planning on doing a Whole60. There is research that says it takes 66 days to form a new habit. I kept a decent amount of my healthy habits from my first w30, but am hoping to solidify a few more by doing a w60. Wish me luck!
  13. DebG44

    Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Thanks! I have been staying compliant. My friend and I are drinking buddies, so it's been hard to stay away from wine around her, but I'm staying strong! And congratulations on your big news!
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    Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    Have to take a last minute trip back home to the Midwest for my best friends mom's funeral. I'm worried about staying on track when I don't have as many resources, or my compliantly stocked fridge! I have Epic, DNX, and RX bars, and cut up fruits and veggies for the plane. But Friday and Saturday will be a bit tough, as I won't even be at my moms house with her kitchen, but at the funeral and celebration of life, supporting my friend. I am determined to not give in, but I know it will be a struggle!
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    Accountability partners for January 1st 2018

    @ShellyM yum! Everything sounds so yummy! I know what you mean about spending so much time in the kitchen! I don't think I've hit Tiger Blood yet. Due to my schedule, I'm so tired the last two days! And I haven't been great about eating three template approved meals because of it. Strangely, I'm looking forward to going back to work this week as it means I'll be back on a schedule! I started my first ever batch of homemade kombucha today so wish me luck!