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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    So good to hear from you kirbz!  Staying with family or friends at their place has to be about the biggest challenge there is.  It's almost impossible to assume people are going to change their eating habits for a guest and it's a very hard conversation to have, so I wouldn't be hard on yourself for Thanksgiving.  Having a good time with family is what it's all about anyway!  You know how to get back on track, and you know you can do it, because you have!  I slip up now and then and then feel crappy from eating or drinking something that's not good for me too.  You'd think I'd stop, but I don't, I just keep trying and hope that some day it sticks for good.  Years ago I quit smoking, but that took me almost 5 years before I was done for good.  Eating habits are the same, I'm finding out.  Don't be disappointed with yourself or ashamed.  Take it from me, that doesn't help or do any good.  Just know you're human like all the rest of us.  You have the knowledge of what works for you now, and you'll apply it when you're ready.  You'll get there.  Enjoy your holiday season, and stay in touch with us!
    Mike
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    You've got a great attitude, and success is right around the corner for you.  A slip up now and then, is, I believe, a good thing as long as you get back at it.  I've found my biggest failures are when I throw myself into something and then just run out of gas and throw it all away.  Two steps forward and one step back, still means you're moving forward!  People WILL notice the changes in time!  there's nothing silly about wanting them to, it's part of the reward of working hard for YOU!  You've got this!
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    Mike5858 reacted to dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    That's great, Mike!  I think I've put on a couple of pounds, but I decided that I'm going primal until our festivities on the 23rd (Festivus), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, at which time I fully intend to enjoy myself and not worry about anything, except a little portion control.  My hubs and I  were super thin and starting to get ripped in 2012 following the Primal Blueprint and I didn't feel the slightest bit deprived, so we are giving that another shot.  I'm investing in the Beach Body on Demand, by recommendation of my fit cousins who live busy lifestyles.  It's hard to find a good gym within driving distance where I live.
    The holidays tend to really get me off track, so I'm trying to reign it in for the next couple of weeks to save face, so to speak. LOL I feel like I'll be happier in the long run that way.
    Happy Monday, all!
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    Mike5858 reacted to SineadMon in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Good morning all!
    @dmrob2009 I wanted to reply yesterday as I read your response yesterday morning and it really changed my focus and approach to the day! I had a work holiday party on Saturday and ate more cake and cookies than I would have liked... what made it worse was that Saturday evening after getting home I had a 'what the hell" moment and ended up going to the store for dinner and getting pizza, chips and some candy (I know @Mike5858 - exactly what they tell us to avoid in FFF). So when I woke up yesterday morning, I was really tough on myself, as well as physically feeling awful from the foods I know don't suit me. I was so ready to just keep going and was thinking "oh well, I'll just get back to it in January" and feeling really deflated. After reading your message, it reminded me that I was stronger than the cravings, and that these feelings were just the effects of the awful food I had. So yesterday, I went for a walk, cooked a lovely dinner and just got back to my normal routine!
    The holidays are so tough, but as you both said, it's a journey! We are so much further along than when we started in September. I've also been quite deflated by the weight loss - as you both know, I didn't lose as much during my W30 as I had hoped (6lbs down on the scale) even though I felt better and my clothes fit better. What has been hard for me is that people haven't really noticed that I am looking (a little!) leaner and fresher. I can see it, in my skin and my clothes, but no one has mentioned it to me. I know that sounds so so silly! But that has also been featuring in my head every time I think about having some candy or bread... like a little of, what's the point?!   
    I do think keeping a better, more compliant routine in the coming weeks will be good for all of us - but I find it so interesting that we are also struggling with the same feelings and challenges from parties and events, and then the emotional and physical after effects! I agree @Mike5858 that this group has really been such an amazing resource and support for me. As I said, yesterday morning it was what stopped me having pancakes and syrup for breakfast and today, it has really helped to share and hear your stories too!! Thanks so much!
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Happy Monday Everyone!  Sounds like we are all having some "ups and downs" as we get through the holidays, but the silver lining is that we are all aware and no one is giving up.  I got through two holiday parties over the weekend, where I ate ok, with minimal slip ups( we hosted one and I made all W30 compliant snacks and main course that went over very well), but drank more alcohol than I probably should have.  It's Monday now and I'm back on the horse, forgiving myself, understanding that I had a great time with great friends, and I'm moving in the right direction.  Just a few more holiday hoops to get through, and then it's a new year, and all the knowledge and optimism that it will bring.  The bad news right now is that my weight loss has stalled over the past two weeks, the good news is, I haven't gained anything either.  I'm calling that a big win!  Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories and being so open.  It helps more than you'll ever know.  Nobody ever said this journey would be easy, and I don't see any quitters in our group!  Continue to enjoy the holidays and take the next few weeks "one meal at a time".  Stay in touch!
    Mike
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Happy Monday Everyone!  Sounds like we are all having some "ups and downs" as we get through the holidays, but the silver lining is that we are all aware and no one is giving up.  I got through two holiday parties over the weekend, where I ate ok, with minimal slip ups( we hosted one and I made all W30 compliant snacks and main course that went over very well), but drank more alcohol than I probably should have.  It's Monday now and I'm back on the horse, forgiving myself, understanding that I had a great time with great friends, and I'm moving in the right direction.  Just a few more holiday hoops to get through, and then it's a new year, and all the knowledge and optimism that it will bring.  The bad news right now is that my weight loss has stalled over the past two weeks, the good news is, I haven't gained anything either.  I'm calling that a big win!  Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories and being so open.  It helps more than you'll ever know.  Nobody ever said this journey would be easy, and I don't see any quitters in our group!  Continue to enjoy the holidays and take the next few weeks "one meal at a time".  Stay in touch!
    Mike
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Good Morning Everyone!
      I hope everyone is doing well.  I have good news to report.  My back is MUCH better and I've been to the gym three times this week, with no set backs.  It feels so good to be back there.  It's like an early Christmas present!  
    I did have one very tough day this week though, and thankfully it turned out ok.  Yesterday morning, my wife had an emotional meltdown over our healthy eating.  She didn't want to eat breakfast.  She said she was tired of not having pasta, bread, pizza, etc.  She felt like Christmas was being ruined, because she couldn't have Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, candy, etc.  She knew I was "all in", but she just couldn't do it anymore.  It was tough to sit there and listen to her vent, but I did.  She was on the verge of tears and it made me feel awful.  What had I done?  I had convinced her to go on this journey with me, thinking it would be "what was best" for both of us.  Had I added stress to her life instead?  Was I really ruining Christmas for her?  It was the very last thing I had wanted to do.  I told her, we could do anything she wanted.  She didn't say much and then left for work.  Through the day I began to realize I couldn't make choices for her.  I'm the one who had done all the research, read "The Whole 30" book and "Food Freedom Forever".  She wasn't interested in reading them, and trusted me to have the answers.  I had everything to make a healthy meal for us that night (from a recipe I found in Well Fed 2), but stopped off at the bakery and bought two Christmas cookies to surprise her with.  When she came home, I made dinner and she acted as if the morning meltdown had never happened.  I made some decaf coffee, and we sat down to watch some TV.  I got up at one point and retrieved the cookies, saying with a smile, "these should go good with coffee".  She started to cry.  She said she was just having a bad morning and she wanted to "stay on the path", and that she was so sorry for unloading on me like that.  I told her not to worry about it, and then did the best I could to explain the idea of "is it worth it?" that I learned from reading "Food Freedom Forever".  When I was done, I said, "right now I think these cookies are worth it".  We both laughed and those might have been the best Christmas cookies I've had in many years.  This morning I made oatmeal for breakfast, topped with fresh blueberries.  Oatmeal isn't "Whole 30" or "Paleo", but you know what?  It's good for you, and won't kill us, and gives my wife a break from all the eggs, etc we've been eating every morning.  We talked a lot about how we are going to move forward with our lifestyle change this morning.  We are going to be ok, and I'm a lucky guy.
    Thanks for letting me spill my feelings this morning.  I hope all of you have a great day!
    Mike
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    I understand.  What I need to work on is the fact that we all have those "things" about holidays and events that are triggers for us and they may all be different.  To be honest, I find most Christmas cookies (the sugar cookie topped with icing and sprinkles) kind of boring.  That's not to say I haven't eaten thousands of them over the years, just that those are easy for me to pass up.  Not so with my wife, she loves them, and I have to remember that.  It was really hard for me to not have mashed potatoes, and stuffing and gravy at Thanksgiving dinner, but my wife didn't miss those things at all.  I think we'll need to learn to communicate with each other better moving forward.  I honestly don't care if she eats a cookie in front of me, as long as it was "worth it" to her.  I would never judge her for that.  We'll get there, it's different for everyone, even if you've been married a long time.  I hope to have everything on auto-pilot by next summer, because the idea of not having a brat on a bun with all the fixin's, a big pile of potato salad, and wash it all down with a few cold beers on the 4th of July terrifies me way more than anything about Christmas! 
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    CorgiLover, It is good to hear from you.  It sounds like you had a nice Thanksgiving and that you're doing well.  Glad to hear that.  I'm not W30 compliant either, nor 100% Paleo, but like you, I'm doing the best I can.  My goal from the beginning was to be "good" 80-90% of the time, and I think I can say I'm there at this point.  I think it will be even easier to stay there after the holidays have passed and there's not as much temptation.  Like you, I've learned a lot about whole foods, label reading, and what does and doesn't make me feel good.  I will forever be a believer in the W30 program and the positive effects it has.  I still do a lot of reading about Paleo lifestyles and belong to several groups and websites now, but I always come back here.  I hope this group pops in from time to time as we have.  I enjoy hearing about everyone's successes and always am available to vent to as well.  We are coming up on three months since beginning this journey, and I can honestly say at this point, it's one of the better decisions I've ever made.  I still have a long way to go to get to where I'd like to be, but everyday (well, most days) is a step in the right direction for the most part.  I hope you continue to have a great holiday season.
    Mike
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    Mike5858 reacted to CorgiLover in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Hi all.  I also got through Thanksgiving.  I did have bites of mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing, but only bites.  Not plates full.  It WAS worth it.  No pie, I don't have a sweet tooth and don't care for baked things, so it wasn't a big deal.  The thing was, in the past I would have eaten a piece to be polite.  This time, I just said "no thanks" and nobody cared.  I was at Lake Tahoe with friends, and we did go walking (so beautiful there).  Not a lot, the altitude (6000ish feet) got to us a bit (I'm in Florida at sea level.)  I did have wine, also, it sounds like we are all kind of realizing what we can have and still feel good.  I also got through the work Christmas dinner last night easily.  I've done enough testing so far that I feel pretty good about what bothers me and what does not.  A little cheese, few bites of gluten, and a little wine don't bother me.  So, we went to a very nice steak house restaurant, and had a selection of entrees and dessert with family style sides at each table.  A piece of grilled salmon on a bed of spinach worked for me, and I had bites of the creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes from the table.  Instead of the heavy chocolate dessert, I had fresh berries with a bit of cream.  Red wine.  Left feeling good, slept well, and felt good this morning.
    I consider myself no longer w30 compliant, not even really paleo compliant, but I am finding that staying pretty paleo at home and just having selected bites of other things when out is working well for me.  My stomach doesn't rumble like it used to, I sleep better, and overall I just feel good.  I've learned so much about whole foods and reading labels, as well as altered some of my ways of cooking.  I'm glad everyone is doing well.  
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    Mike5858 reacted to dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Mike, I totally understand the conundrum.  On one hand, you've got optimum health that, let's face it,gets a little boring at times.  Then on the flop side of that, you've got the holidays and all of the joy and fun food that comes with it.  I think the key here is a happy medium.  Have some fun, just like you did with the cookies, and then your wife will likely choose the path of food freedom forever right along with you.  Good job recognizing her need for a little fun and rolling with it!  Merry Christmas!!!
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Good Morning Everyone!
      I hope everyone is doing well.  I have good news to report.  My back is MUCH better and I've been to the gym three times this week, with no set backs.  It feels so good to be back there.  It's like an early Christmas present!  
    I did have one very tough day this week though, and thankfully it turned out ok.  Yesterday morning, my wife had an emotional meltdown over our healthy eating.  She didn't want to eat breakfast.  She said she was tired of not having pasta, bread, pizza, etc.  She felt like Christmas was being ruined, because she couldn't have Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, candy, etc.  She knew I was "all in", but she just couldn't do it anymore.  It was tough to sit there and listen to her vent, but I did.  She was on the verge of tears and it made me feel awful.  What had I done?  I had convinced her to go on this journey with me, thinking it would be "what was best" for both of us.  Had I added stress to her life instead?  Was I really ruining Christmas for her?  It was the very last thing I had wanted to do.  I told her, we could do anything she wanted.  She didn't say much and then left for work.  Through the day I began to realize I couldn't make choices for her.  I'm the one who had done all the research, read "The Whole 30" book and "Food Freedom Forever".  She wasn't interested in reading them, and trusted me to have the answers.  I had everything to make a healthy meal for us that night (from a recipe I found in Well Fed 2), but stopped off at the bakery and bought two Christmas cookies to surprise her with.  When she came home, I made dinner and she acted as if the morning meltdown had never happened.  I made some decaf coffee, and we sat down to watch some TV.  I got up at one point and retrieved the cookies, saying with a smile, "these should go good with coffee".  She started to cry.  She said she was just having a bad morning and she wanted to "stay on the path", and that she was so sorry for unloading on me like that.  I told her not to worry about it, and then did the best I could to explain the idea of "is it worth it?" that I learned from reading "Food Freedom Forever".  When I was done, I said, "right now I think these cookies are worth it".  We both laughed and those might have been the best Christmas cookies I've had in many years.  This morning I made oatmeal for breakfast, topped with fresh blueberries.  Oatmeal isn't "Whole 30" or "Paleo", but you know what?  It's good for you, and won't kill us, and gives my wife a break from all the eggs, etc we've been eating every morning.  We talked a lot about how we are going to move forward with our lifestyle change this morning.  We are going to be ok, and I'm a lucky guy.
    Thanks for letting me spill my feelings this morning.  I hope all of you have a great day!
    Mike
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with friends and family.  We did well with the meal, and stayed pretty good no stuffing, no gravy, no bread).  I did have a slice of cherry pie, that was worth every bite, and some wine.  I went for a long walk with the dog after dinner, so that was a little different than years past.  Overall, I'm felling well, and continue to move forward.  I'm finding that I eat too many potatoes, and my portions are still a little big as my weight loss has slowed some.  I'll be working on that moving forward.  I'm also having drinks more often (just one or two) as the opportunities arise more this time of year.  I'm just doing the best I can, and not worrying about it.  All in all, things are going forward and that's all that matters, not the rate.  I have to keep reminding myself that it's only been a little over two months since I started on this journey, and that's no time at all really.  I hope to hear from you folks again soon, I too am thankful for all of you!
    Enjoy today!
    Mike
    PS:  I made an awesome turkey/vegetable soup with leftovers that has me happy.  I hope to make variations of this soup to get us through the winter as I think I can eat it at least 2-3 times a week.  Just need to change up the meats and veggies!
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    Mike5858 reacted to SineadMon in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Happy Thanskgiving everyone! This year I am so grateful for finding this group, which really helped me start my health journey. 60 days ago I decided, in pure frustration, to do a W30 and in accidentally posting to your group, found the best support network possible!!! I know the road ahead is going to be filled with new experiences - some good, some bad - but I will always remember how amazing it felt to complete my W30 alongside you all.
    I'm looking forward to seeing how today goes - no expectations, no rules, no judgement - but just exploring how I feel with all this amazing food. Let's see how it goes! Have a great day  
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    Mike5858 reacted to dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    I, too, am Thankful for everyone in this thread.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
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    Mike5858 reacted to dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Hey, everyone!  
    Glad to hear from some of y'all!  I have been doing well in some areas and not so well in others.  I rarely eat between meals anymore but life has been so busy for me that I've done things like eat a sandwich for lunch on occasion or snack on some chips rather than eat a whole meal.  I'm a little concerned about the holidays but I find these last few posts to be very inspiring.  Congrats on the weight loss, Mike.  Mine has been minimal, but I know exactly where I'm going wrong and what I need to do about it.  
    Happy holidays!  
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from SineadMon in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    You're doing great!  What helped me on vacation was being very strictly W30 compliant the week before I went (not hard), and going back to being strictly compliant for the first 5 days after (this was harder, but very doable! I let up on myself after a few days).  Doing it this way, made the decisions of "is it worth it?" a little easier, because of a feeling I "earned" it.  Getting right back to strict eating, as soon as I got back, helped keep me from spinning out of control, and I am SO happy I did.  I think, using this mind set, will help me get through vacations in the future.  Holidays are easier to plan for too, because you kind of know what you're walking into.  It's those "spur of the moment" temptations that will be hardest for me.  You've got this Sinead, you know what to do and how to do it.
    That being said, if you go to Italy and don't eat some pasta, drink some wine and enjoy some gellato, I don't care what Melissa herself would say, they shouldn't let you back in the country!!  
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from SineadMon in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Happy Monday everyone.  Well, yesterday turned out interesting as we hosted some friends for a house warming get together.  I made slow cooker chili from the Whole 30 slow cooker cookbook the day before, and we grilled hamburgers, had cut up veggies, guacamole, and salsa.  We had some tortilla chips and hamburger buns available for the guests and lots of wine.  The guests brought some various salads, drinks and desserts.  I did well, had no bread or chips, just a hamburger patty with onion and tomato, some chili, two glasses of wine, and a very small piece of pie, that I just couldn't turn down.  I ended up getting grilled on how the Whole 30 worked, and I'm glad I had read "Food Freedom Forever", because it talks about how to deal with questions, comments, and complaints from friends and family.  I didn't get preachy at all, but it was hard since two of the guests were convinced it was some sort of "extreme" diet where you couldn't eat "anything that tasted good".  Although I had done the Whole 30 and read the book, I wasn't as good a source as "a girl at work"...LOL.  I just sort of went with it, and changed the subject as soon as I could.  Later one of the guests came up to me while I was eating pie, and said, "I guess you quit your diet, huh?", with sort of a smug smile on her face.  I told her no, "I couldn't eat pie for 30 days, but now it's up to me what and when I eat things that are "worth it" to me.  I was trying to explain that to you folks".  I then explained that I felt good, have lost over 20 pounds, and I'm drinking wine and eating pie with them.  Before the end of the party, I loaned out my Whole 30 book to one of the guests.  
    I hope everyone has a great holiday week!
    Mike
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from SineadMon in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    You're doing great!  What helped me on vacation was being very strictly W30 compliant the week before I went (not hard), and going back to being strictly compliant for the first 5 days after (this was harder, but very doable! I let up on myself after a few days).  Doing it this way, made the decisions of "is it worth it?" a little easier, because of a feeling I "earned" it.  Getting right back to strict eating, as soon as I got back, helped keep me from spinning out of control, and I am SO happy I did.  I think, using this mind set, will help me get through vacations in the future.  Holidays are easier to plan for too, because you kind of know what you're walking into.  It's those "spur of the moment" temptations that will be hardest for me.  You've got this Sinead, you know what to do and how to do it.
    That being said, if you go to Italy and don't eat some pasta, drink some wine and enjoy some gellato, I don't care what Melissa herself would say, they shouldn't let you back in the country!!  
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from SineadMon in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Happy Monday everyone.  Well, yesterday turned out interesting as we hosted some friends for a house warming get together.  I made slow cooker chili from the Whole 30 slow cooker cookbook the day before, and we grilled hamburgers, had cut up veggies, guacamole, and salsa.  We had some tortilla chips and hamburger buns available for the guests and lots of wine.  The guests brought some various salads, drinks and desserts.  I did well, had no bread or chips, just a hamburger patty with onion and tomato, some chili, two glasses of wine, and a very small piece of pie, that I just couldn't turn down.  I ended up getting grilled on how the Whole 30 worked, and I'm glad I had read "Food Freedom Forever", because it talks about how to deal with questions, comments, and complaints from friends and family.  I didn't get preachy at all, but it was hard since two of the guests were convinced it was some sort of "extreme" diet where you couldn't eat "anything that tasted good".  Although I had done the Whole 30 and read the book, I wasn't as good a source as "a girl at work"...LOL.  I just sort of went with it, and changed the subject as soon as I could.  Later one of the guests came up to me while I was eating pie, and said, "I guess you quit your diet, huh?", with sort of a smug smile on her face.  I told her no, "I couldn't eat pie for 30 days, but now it's up to me what and when I eat things that are "worth it" to me.  I was trying to explain that to you folks".  I then explained that I felt good, have lost over 20 pounds, and I'm drinking wine and eating pie with them.  Before the end of the party, I loaned out my Whole 30 book to one of the guests.  
    I hope everyone has a great holiday week!
    Mike
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    I would suggest Well Fed Weeknights.  Great recipes, and quicker to make.  I find myself falling back to that one the most.  You have a great holiday too!!
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    So, I think I should be getting fees for endorsing the "Well Fed" series of cookbooks!  Just kidding, but they really are fabulous, and not just recipes, but tips and tricks for the Paleo lifestyle on the website as well.  I've been all over the "weeknights" version of the books lately, and have fallen in love with the "Velvet Stir Fry" variations.  
    "Weeknights" are supposed to be meals that can be completed in 45 minutes or less.  I can do most of them in that time, and with a little pre-prep it would be easy.  I gave a shout out to the author, Melissa Joulwan, on Instagram the other day, and she responded to me personally, within the hour, which I thought was very cool.  My own personal version of "Food Freedom" is taking a real Paleo path, with exceptions made when "it's worth it".  It's working,  and although I've had the issue with my back (which is getting much better), I do feel good most of the time, which is better than half the time or less as I was pre-Whole 30.  I continue to drop weight slowly and sustainably.  I'm starting to hear a lot of compliments on my apperance, that I didn't hear at the end of W30 (I've always been a little slow ).  It's hard to believe that we all started this journey together on Sept 18th and today is Nov 18th.  I really want to keep this going to the best of my ability.  I know I'll slip now and then, but as long as movement is in an overall forward direction, I'm good with it.  I hope you all are well.  I am going to continue to check in now and then, and hope you all do the same.  You folks have meant a lot to me during W30 and beyond. You are all in my thoughts often.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Mike
     
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    It was called "Fat Bottomed Girls".  The s'more cupcake is to die for!  LOL  I don't miss sweets all that much, but it's a good thing this shop isn't nearby!
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from CorgiLover in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Good Morning Everyone!  I got back from my trip to Hot Springs yesterday afternoon around 5pm, and then had to do to my first condo association meeting last night, so this is my first chance to check in.  Looks like everyone is doing well, and finding their own way.  I think that was the point all along.  
    My trip went great.  We had healthy car snacks on the trip there (6 hour drive), and then went into "vacation mode" after arrival.  We had outstanding gourmet pizza and wine not long after we got there and that sort of set the tone for the weekend.  We were pretty much W30 compliant for breakfast (except for the morning we split a blueberry pancake that was terrific!), stayed light at lunch, and then cut loose a little for dinner.  Pasta one night, steak another, and then some fish.  small amounts of bread and drinks.  We did find a cupcake shop that had been on "Cupcake Wars" on the Food Channel and it was simply amazing.  We allowed ourselves one cupcake per day, and really felt it was "worth it".  I have to say that the increase in sugar and gluten did leave me feeling bloated and a little lazy late in the day.  My wife and I talked about the experience on the drive home, and both agreed we were looking forward to getting back to healthier eating.  That started with dinner last night.  I think we may have overdone it a little on this trip, but we both agreed, that we learned a lot about when to stop, and when enough was enough or "worth it".  We did do a lot of walking and hiking, so that balanced things out some.  Had a terrific massage and enjoyed the hot water spring baths, and that helped my back some.  It was perfect timing for this trip after all we've done since Sept 18th.  We may just have a handle on this food "thing"...LOL.   We have a plan for a healthy Thanksgiving meal, and we also have discussed a few Christmas parties we will attend and how to approach them.  This is so much easier with my wife on board, and we are both in it for the long haul this time.
    It was nice to catch up on everyone's journey and I hope you folks keep checking in.
    Have a great day!
    Mike
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    Mike5858 got a reaction from CorgiLover in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Good Morning Everyone!  I got back from my trip to Hot Springs yesterday afternoon around 5pm, and then had to do to my first condo association meeting last night, so this is my first chance to check in.  Looks like everyone is doing well, and finding their own way.  I think that was the point all along.  
    My trip went great.  We had healthy car snacks on the trip there (6 hour drive), and then went into "vacation mode" after arrival.  We had outstanding gourmet pizza and wine not long after we got there and that sort of set the tone for the weekend.  We were pretty much W30 compliant for breakfast (except for the morning we split a blueberry pancake that was terrific!), stayed light at lunch, and then cut loose a little for dinner.  Pasta one night, steak another, and then some fish.  small amounts of bread and drinks.  We did find a cupcake shop that had been on "Cupcake Wars" on the Food Channel and it was simply amazing.  We allowed ourselves one cupcake per day, and really felt it was "worth it".  I have to say that the increase in sugar and gluten did leave me feeling bloated and a little lazy late in the day.  My wife and I talked about the experience on the drive home, and both agreed we were looking forward to getting back to healthier eating.  That started with dinner last night.  I think we may have overdone it a little on this trip, but we both agreed, that we learned a lot about when to stop, and when enough was enough or "worth it".  We did do a lot of walking and hiking, so that balanced things out some.  Had a terrific massage and enjoyed the hot water spring baths, and that helped my back some.  It was perfect timing for this trip after all we've done since Sept 18th.  We may just have a handle on this food "thing"...LOL.   We have a plan for a healthy Thanksgiving meal, and we also have discussed a few Christmas parties we will attend and how to approach them.  This is so much easier with my wife on board, and we are both in it for the long haul this time.
    It was nice to catch up on everyone's journey and I hope you folks keep checking in.
    Have a great day!
    Mike