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    Brad C got a reaction from Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    WOW!  This group size is awesome -- definitely hoping that we can all pull each other along these next weeks.  Great to see so many people starting today.  
    Today is quite a different day.  Usually, I drive through McDonald's and get the large soda (only $1, so might as well get the largest size possible!) and a couple biscuits, or else Sunoco fountain soda and donuts.  Today, I made myself a nice omelet with peppers and tomato.  
    I am a teacher, and normally munch at our "team meeting" on cookies, popcorn, etc. -- today, just a small handful of cashews to try and manage my energy balance going cold turkey on everything.
    Normally, on my way home I eat a pack of cupcakes or something, or else binge on some junk food when I get home from getting my daughter from school.  Today -- nothing.  Waiting for my chicken and steamed broccoli for dinner.
    It is amazing to me how much eating has been mental for me.  I was not hungry until about 15 minutes before I ate lunch.  I am not hungry now.  But I feel like I NEED to eat to comfort myself.  Several times my mind wandered to a nice cold sugary cherry coke or the cookies in my classroom pantry that the team shares.  But then I remind myself that I don't need any of that, and that I am just poisoning myself with it.
    I know that after dinner will be tough, as I also like to munch on some cookies and milk for dessert.  But I am going to have all of you right there with me tonight, and instead of those choices, I am going to just do some working out with weights, and then do a little mindfulness/relaxation and read before bed.
    I'm glad to hear that I was not the only one nervous for today!  I too am excited to have better energy, sleep patterns, and clearer sinuses (among other things), but I was truly nervous this morning (and am still a little nit nervous, as I worry that I am going to let myself and everyone else down).  I know that the next few days and week(s) will be tough as I go through the sugar/bad carb withdrawals, but with all of your help, I look forward to turning over that new leaf we are all hoping for.
    Even though I don't know any of you - I am considering myself as just one member of the "September 18th" team.  I am pulling for each and every one of you to reach your goals, to develop new relationships with eating, and to reach greater levels of health and happiness!
    I hope to check in tonight, but if not -- stay strong team, and I look forward to reading all of your successes and fears and stories and everything else soon! 
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    Brad C reacted to Svmomma in September 18 start date   
    Yeah for some reason my meal plan started with like three or four different recipes that included bacon.  Just didn't initially occur to me that bacon would be anything other than meat.  Going to make my own breakfast sausage next and will stick to other true meats.  Just stopped by grocery store to check all the other bacons and yup they all have sugar.  Now on to the meals that can help me get through runs and gym work outs.  Read plenty not to expect to stop with struggling with low energy/led legs until after two weeks  But just had my first pangs of hunger and quickly needing to get to my lunch (I still needed to prepare) because I didn't have pre- and post- work out foods this am.  Just a good Whole30 approved breakfast (minus the bacon).  

    As for the starting over factor @Brad C I think it's was pretty strict in the book, with a hint of using your best judgement.  And I'd just been reading it.  I'm sure starting off strict is best for those that would look for the opportunities to cheat.  But I appreciate encouragement from @Mike5858 and @Tj V that moving on is best.  It's hard not to commit to all the sacrifices and not do it fully to the spirit of the letter, otherwise risk not realizing full potential of the effort.  You too should keep moving on moving on!
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    Brad C got a reaction from Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    Thanks for all of the kind words and advice everyone -- this forum is definitely helping me get through this first week!  @dmrob2009 I am with you on the sleep -- although mine is weird.  I am waking up a couple times in the night, but usually just to pee because i have been drinking so much water to keep me full and not craving.  When I wake up, I am actually pretty relaxed, and fall back to sleep OK.  Same with the morning - I am actually falling asleep earlier than normal so I am also waking a little earlier, but I am feeling decent when I wake up.  A solid night of sleep would be great though!  Also, thanks @Tj V @dmrob2009 @DrewMc for the affirmation on the eggs and mixing it up -- total "Aha" moment for me -- I can def do a day without eggs, get my protein from other meat, nothing says I can't!! 
    This forum has been interesting to me.  I know I haven't read the book for a while, but I do not remember what it said about "starting over".  I have seen that mentioned in this forum a few times now, and just felt like adding my two cents.  I am a pretty OCD rule-follower type person with this stuff, but I have also realized just in these last four days, that this Whole30 thing is about more than just doing the plan for 30 days -- it is about changing our relationship with food forever.  I have had two "slips" - two days ago, I had two wheat thins and three peanuts in between a long stretch of time between meals before @tayrex03 set me straight on the "extra" meal for those of us exercising at a decent pace, and another this morning when I had two slices of bacon with my eggs.
    Granted -- that means that both times, I did not follow the Whole30 to the letter of the law.  But to me, what is important is that I was aware both times that what I was doing wasn't according to plan, and I also checked the sugar content of both before eating.  For me personally, this entire experience is about breaking my addiction to sugar and processed foods, and those two little slip ups are not keeping me from that goal.  I have shaved probably 150+ grams of sugar out of my diet each day for the past four days.  That is HUGE for me, and I will be OK with myself still being on "Day 4" even though those two times I backslid.  I recognize everyone is different -- but I guess my point in this rant is to 1) reaffirm for myself what my goals and focus are, and 2) offer encouragement to anyone that simply because you accidentally didn't follow the plan, or fudged ever so slightly, that you've still got this, and that we just need to stay focused moving forward!
    Sorry to ramble everyone -- I am feeling very proud of my efforts so far but I am very hard on myself and start to doubt when I read things about what is and is not allowed on the plan
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    Brad C got a reaction from Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    Thanks for all of the kind words and advice everyone -- this forum is definitely helping me get through this first week!  @dmrob2009 I am with you on the sleep -- although mine is weird.  I am waking up a couple times in the night, but usually just to pee because i have been drinking so much water to keep me full and not craving.  When I wake up, I am actually pretty relaxed, and fall back to sleep OK.  Same with the morning - I am actually falling asleep earlier than normal so I am also waking a little earlier, but I am feeling decent when I wake up.  A solid night of sleep would be great though!  Also, thanks @Tj V @dmrob2009 @DrewMc for the affirmation on the eggs and mixing it up -- total "Aha" moment for me -- I can def do a day without eggs, get my protein from other meat, nothing says I can't!! 
    This forum has been interesting to me.  I know I haven't read the book for a while, but I do not remember what it said about "starting over".  I have seen that mentioned in this forum a few times now, and just felt like adding my two cents.  I am a pretty OCD rule-follower type person with this stuff, but I have also realized just in these last four days, that this Whole30 thing is about more than just doing the plan for 30 days -- it is about changing our relationship with food forever.  I have had two "slips" - two days ago, I had two wheat thins and three peanuts in between a long stretch of time between meals before @tayrex03 set me straight on the "extra" meal for those of us exercising at a decent pace, and another this morning when I had two slices of bacon with my eggs.
    Granted -- that means that both times, I did not follow the Whole30 to the letter of the law.  But to me, what is important is that I was aware both times that what I was doing wasn't according to plan, and I also checked the sugar content of both before eating.  For me personally, this entire experience is about breaking my addiction to sugar and processed foods, and those two little slip ups are not keeping me from that goal.  I have shaved probably 150+ grams of sugar out of my diet each day for the past four days.  That is HUGE for me, and I will be OK with myself still being on "Day 4" even though those two times I backslid.  I recognize everyone is different -- but I guess my point in this rant is to 1) reaffirm for myself what my goals and focus are, and 2) offer encouragement to anyone that simply because you accidentally didn't follow the plan, or fudged ever so slightly, that you've still got this, and that we just need to stay focused moving forward!
    Sorry to ramble everyone -- I am feeling very proud of my efforts so far but I am very hard on myself and start to doubt when I read things about what is and is not allowed on the plan
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    Brad C reacted to ShannonM816 in September 18 start date   
    For best results, make all your meals match the meal template -- protein, fat, and lots of veggies. Chia seed concoctions and smoothies don't really do that. They both tend to be lots of fruit and fat. 
    If you check out the Can I Have list, you'll find chia seeds and smoothies mentioned.
    I'll let you in on a little secret, though -- there's no such thing as "breakfast food." There's just food. The food doesn't care when you eat it. Your body doesn't care what time it is when you eat the food. Pick food you like, and eat it -- even first thing in the morning. There's a discussion here with some ideas. Soup, salmon cakes, pad thai -- all good options for your first meal of the day. Put a roast in the crockpot overnight, wake up to hot food, no cooking required. I know a lot of people think this sounds weird, but if you stop thinking in terms of breakfast food, you have so many more possibilities. 
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    Brad C got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    Good morning everyone - how is everyone holding up?  Not gonna lie, these scrambled eggs with diced peppers and tomatoes are not very appealing this morning  But the end result is worth it so I'm going to grind it out.  @Tj V how is the headache pal? Hope you are hanging tough.  Have a great day everyone, we can do this!
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    Brad C got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    Good morning everyone - how is everyone holding up?  Not gonna lie, these scrambled eggs with diced peppers and tomatoes are not very appealing this morning  But the end result is worth it so I'm going to grind it out.  @Tj V how is the headache pal? Hope you are hanging tough.  Have a great day everyone, we can do this!
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    Brad C got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    LOL @tayrex03, that is about how I felt last night, love that I am not alone in this.  And I am also struggling with the athletic/active thing.  I need more calories every day, and I think that I need to add in a snack meal mid-afternoon prior to exercising - some turkey meat, etc.  @Tj V I am not starting over at Day 1 -- I think my body still understands the idea of what I am doing to it - it is my brain that needs the training and the abstention from sugar and sweets.  @Mike5858 I'm right there with you -- eating is not real exciting to me right now, and breakfast was tough.  I think that means it is working though 
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    Brad C got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    Hi all -- hope everyone is making out OK.  I had a little fall from grace yesterday afternoon, from the time I ate lunch to the time I ate dinner was about 8 hours, and in between I went to my daughters' cross country meet and then ran 3 miles myself.  I ate 3 peanuts and 2 wheat thins crackers on the way out the door.  Felt guilty as hell -- but if that is as big of a slip-up as I am going to make, I will live with it.  Woke up last night with clogged nose and headache, and was worried that the sugar detox headache was going to overwhelm me.  But I took two advil and was able to go back to sleep - I don't remember if advil is frowned upon?  @Svmomma I am in the same boat as you - just eating three times is foreign to me, I always subscribed to the "energy balance" graze all day theory, but I have a feeling that after the Whole30, our energy balance will be "reset" so to speak, because I am finding that I am usually pretty full after my meals as well.  Good luck today everyone!
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    Brad C got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    @kirbz @DrewMc @Tj V @Tara R @AthenaC @Momo MK @R_Stan06 @3boysandagirl  @Mike5858 @AH117 @PennyJane @Nancy61 @kitkat90 @tayrex03 LET'S GOOO!!!!!!! We can do this!  Woke up a little hungry, and still feeling a little hungry and foggy after breakfast.  Walked into the faculty room and there on the table was a box of donut holes...just calling my name.  But I walked right past.  I was going to go back -- but then I came on here, and realized that I am not alone!  Gonna persevere through whatever I go through these next few days, so that I can feel good like @AthenaC mentioned.  Hang tough through the headaches, the fatigue, the sniffles, the cravings, etc. everyone -- WE CAN DO THIS!!!!  "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"...
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    Brad C got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    @kirbz @DrewMc @Tj V @Tara R @AthenaC @Momo MK @R_Stan06 @3boysandagirl  @Mike5858 @AH117 @PennyJane @Nancy61 @kitkat90 @tayrex03 LET'S GOOO!!!!!!! We can do this!  Woke up a little hungry, and still feeling a little hungry and foggy after breakfast.  Walked into the faculty room and there on the table was a box of donut holes...just calling my name.  But I walked right past.  I was going to go back -- but then I came on here, and realized that I am not alone!  Gonna persevere through whatever I go through these next few days, so that I can feel good like @AthenaC mentioned.  Hang tough through the headaches, the fatigue, the sniffles, the cravings, etc. everyone -- WE CAN DO THIS!!!!  "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"...
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    Brad C got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    @kirbz @DrewMc @Tj V @Tara R @AthenaC @Momo MK @R_Stan06 @3boysandagirl  @Mike5858 @AH117 @PennyJane @Nancy61 @kitkat90 @tayrex03 LET'S GOOO!!!!!!! We can do this!  Woke up a little hungry, and still feeling a little hungry and foggy after breakfast.  Walked into the faculty room and there on the table was a box of donut holes...just calling my name.  But I walked right past.  I was going to go back -- but then I came on here, and realized that I am not alone!  Gonna persevere through whatever I go through these next few days, so that I can feel good like @AthenaC mentioned.  Hang tough through the headaches, the fatigue, the sniffles, the cravings, etc. everyone -- WE CAN DO THIS!!!!  "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"...
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    Brad C got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    @kirbz @DrewMc @Tj V @Tara R @AthenaC @Momo MK @R_Stan06 @3boysandagirl  @Mike5858 @AH117 @PennyJane @Nancy61 @kitkat90 @tayrex03 LET'S GOOO!!!!!!! We can do this!  Woke up a little hungry, and still feeling a little hungry and foggy after breakfast.  Walked into the faculty room and there on the table was a box of donut holes...just calling my name.  But I walked right past.  I was going to go back -- but then I came on here, and realized that I am not alone!  Gonna persevere through whatever I go through these next few days, so that I can feel good like @AthenaC mentioned.  Hang tough through the headaches, the fatigue, the sniffles, the cravings, etc. everyone -- WE CAN DO THIS!!!!  "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"...
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    Brad C got a reaction from AthenaC in September 18 start date   
    TJ - I am also planning on starting on September 18th.  I am very nervous about this -- I have had the book for over a year, and have shared info with my parents, but this is the first time I am serious about starting it for myself.  I am a pretty athletic guy, but I have been eating like CRAP the last year or so, with lots of sugar, soda, processed food, etc.  I am anxious to start so I can have better energy, sleep better, etc.  Looking forward to propping you up along the way if possible, and vice versa.  Good luck to you and hope to hear of your (and your mom's) successes!
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    Brad C reacted to Tj V in September 18 start date   
    Nice post, @Brad C! I do a bunch of bad stuff too...addicted to cough drops and the amount of doctoring I do to my coffee would probably make you all gasp. I also love me some Micky D's! I'm a total popcorn addict too! I like to starve myself in the mornings and lunch times and then pig out at dinner and desert afterwards or I go all wonky and eat breakfast and munch on chips and salsa and donuts, etc. It's crazy! 
    Since moving to Indiana a year ago, I just really let myself go wild. I have some other family here and lots of "functions" to attend and movies, etc. All excuses to overeat! I am one who eats too much just because it tastes good and then I'm kicking myself and saying "I shouldn't have eaten this" or "I should've stopped at...". Anyway, trying AGAIN to nip those bad habits in the bud. I did a couple successful W30's but they didn't stick, because my bad habits were right back with a vengeance! Nothing against W30 at all...just my own bad habits and cravings! 
    Anyway, great to have you all on this thread and will try to keep each other motivated! Rooting for each one of you and myself!
    tj
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    Brad C got a reaction from Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    WOW!  This group size is awesome -- definitely hoping that we can all pull each other along these next weeks.  Great to see so many people starting today.  
    Today is quite a different day.  Usually, I drive through McDonald's and get the large soda (only $1, so might as well get the largest size possible!) and a couple biscuits, or else Sunoco fountain soda and donuts.  Today, I made myself a nice omelet with peppers and tomato.  
    I am a teacher, and normally munch at our "team meeting" on cookies, popcorn, etc. -- today, just a small handful of cashews to try and manage my energy balance going cold turkey on everything.
    Normally, on my way home I eat a pack of cupcakes or something, or else binge on some junk food when I get home from getting my daughter from school.  Today -- nothing.  Waiting for my chicken and steamed broccoli for dinner.
    It is amazing to me how much eating has been mental for me.  I was not hungry until about 15 minutes before I ate lunch.  I am not hungry now.  But I feel like I NEED to eat to comfort myself.  Several times my mind wandered to a nice cold sugary cherry coke or the cookies in my classroom pantry that the team shares.  But then I remind myself that I don't need any of that, and that I am just poisoning myself with it.
    I know that after dinner will be tough, as I also like to munch on some cookies and milk for dessert.  But I am going to have all of you right there with me tonight, and instead of those choices, I am going to just do some working out with weights, and then do a little mindfulness/relaxation and read before bed.
    I'm glad to hear that I was not the only one nervous for today!  I too am excited to have better energy, sleep patterns, and clearer sinuses (among other things), but I was truly nervous this morning (and am still a little nit nervous, as I worry that I am going to let myself and everyone else down).  I know that the next few days and week(s) will be tough as I go through the sugar/bad carb withdrawals, but with all of your help, I look forward to turning over that new leaf we are all hoping for.
    Even though I don't know any of you - I am considering myself as just one member of the "September 18th" team.  I am pulling for each and every one of you to reach your goals, to develop new relationships with eating, and to reach greater levels of health and happiness!
    I hope to check in tonight, but if not -- stay strong team, and I look forward to reading all of your successes and fears and stories and everything else soon! 
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    Brad C got a reaction from Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    WOW!  This group size is awesome -- definitely hoping that we can all pull each other along these next weeks.  Great to see so many people starting today.  
    Today is quite a different day.  Usually, I drive through McDonald's and get the large soda (only $1, so might as well get the largest size possible!) and a couple biscuits, or else Sunoco fountain soda and donuts.  Today, I made myself a nice omelet with peppers and tomato.  
    I am a teacher, and normally munch at our "team meeting" on cookies, popcorn, etc. -- today, just a small handful of cashews to try and manage my energy balance going cold turkey on everything.
    Normally, on my way home I eat a pack of cupcakes or something, or else binge on some junk food when I get home from getting my daughter from school.  Today -- nothing.  Waiting for my chicken and steamed broccoli for dinner.
    It is amazing to me how much eating has been mental for me.  I was not hungry until about 15 minutes before I ate lunch.  I am not hungry now.  But I feel like I NEED to eat to comfort myself.  Several times my mind wandered to a nice cold sugary cherry coke or the cookies in my classroom pantry that the team shares.  But then I remind myself that I don't need any of that, and that I am just poisoning myself with it.
    I know that after dinner will be tough, as I also like to munch on some cookies and milk for dessert.  But I am going to have all of you right there with me tonight, and instead of those choices, I am going to just do some working out with weights, and then do a little mindfulness/relaxation and read before bed.
    I'm glad to hear that I was not the only one nervous for today!  I too am excited to have better energy, sleep patterns, and clearer sinuses (among other things), but I was truly nervous this morning (and am still a little nit nervous, as I worry that I am going to let myself and everyone else down).  I know that the next few days and week(s) will be tough as I go through the sugar/bad carb withdrawals, but with all of your help, I look forward to turning over that new leaf we are all hoping for.
    Even though I don't know any of you - I am considering myself as just one member of the "September 18th" team.  I am pulling for each and every one of you to reach your goals, to develop new relationships with eating, and to reach greater levels of health and happiness!
    I hope to check in tonight, but if not -- stay strong team, and I look forward to reading all of your successes and fears and stories and everything else soon! 
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    Brad C got a reaction from Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    WOW!  This group size is awesome -- definitely hoping that we can all pull each other along these next weeks.  Great to see so many people starting today.  
    Today is quite a different day.  Usually, I drive through McDonald's and get the large soda (only $1, so might as well get the largest size possible!) and a couple biscuits, or else Sunoco fountain soda and donuts.  Today, I made myself a nice omelet with peppers and tomato.  
    I am a teacher, and normally munch at our "team meeting" on cookies, popcorn, etc. -- today, just a small handful of cashews to try and manage my energy balance going cold turkey on everything.
    Normally, on my way home I eat a pack of cupcakes or something, or else binge on some junk food when I get home from getting my daughter from school.  Today -- nothing.  Waiting for my chicken and steamed broccoli for dinner.
    It is amazing to me how much eating has been mental for me.  I was not hungry until about 15 minutes before I ate lunch.  I am not hungry now.  But I feel like I NEED to eat to comfort myself.  Several times my mind wandered to a nice cold sugary cherry coke or the cookies in my classroom pantry that the team shares.  But then I remind myself that I don't need any of that, and that I am just poisoning myself with it.
    I know that after dinner will be tough, as I also like to munch on some cookies and milk for dessert.  But I am going to have all of you right there with me tonight, and instead of those choices, I am going to just do some working out with weights, and then do a little mindfulness/relaxation and read before bed.
    I'm glad to hear that I was not the only one nervous for today!  I too am excited to have better energy, sleep patterns, and clearer sinuses (among other things), but I was truly nervous this morning (and am still a little nit nervous, as I worry that I am going to let myself and everyone else down).  I know that the next few days and week(s) will be tough as I go through the sugar/bad carb withdrawals, but with all of your help, I look forward to turning over that new leaf we are all hoping for.
    Even though I don't know any of you - I am considering myself as just one member of the "September 18th" team.  I am pulling for each and every one of you to reach your goals, to develop new relationships with eating, and to reach greater levels of health and happiness!
    I hope to check in tonight, but if not -- stay strong team, and I look forward to reading all of your successes and fears and stories and everything else soon! 
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    Brad C got a reaction from DrewMc in Starting Sept 18th   
    Good luck to you and your fiance, Drew!  There are lots of us in the same boat.  I keep joking with my wife and daughters that I will quit drinking soda and eating better "on Monday" -- well, here we are!  Hope your first day is going well - good things are in store for you both!
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    Brad C reacted to DrewMc in Starting Sept 18th   
    Hello Everyone!
    My fiance' and I are about to start our first round of Whole 30!  I have a shopping list in hand for a weeks worth of meals, we're purged most of our pantry and we're ready to rock and roll.
    We're coming off of about a year of stress, new jobs, moving, etc. and we've both put on more pounds then we care to admit.  On top of that I'm asthmatic, she's had migraines, chemical balance challenges, joint pains, and other ailments that we're hoping improved with our new relationship with food.
    It's time to do something, we've read the books, and just came off of vacation.. so the next thirty days look relatively manageable, with only a few challenging days on the calendar.. lets do this!
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    Brad C reacted to Barbi Armstrong in First Day! Motivated and feeling good! Sept 18, 2017   
    So far so good.. #day1 coffee with almond milk was definitely not my fav but tolerable.  Eating my pre prepped muffin eggs with diced up red peppers and sausage/ham.  Pretty yummy.. snacking on dried apricots.  About to make some tea since I forgot my almond milk for my coffee.
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    Brad C reacted to DavidMac in First Day! Motivated and feeling good! Sept 18, 2017   
    Hi All, my first day for the Whole30!  Nice to see the other 9/18 beginners! Best wishes to all. Peace, DM
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    Brad C reacted to BadWolf0405 in First Day! Motivated and feeling good! Sept 18, 2017   
    First day here too. I'm super nervous and excited:)
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    Brad C reacted to Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    Glad to see so many people starting today.  I'm Mike and my wife Joanne and I are starting our first Whole 30 today.  I hope to learn and get support from all of you!  We are both 58 and we've decided that our lack of energy and weight gain needed some action.  I'm also interested in seeing if some of our unexplained aches and pains go away.  We both seem to have some sinus issues that might benefit from cleaner eating as well.  My wife uses thyroid medication, but thankfully I have no prescriptions at all.  We started our day off by having scrambled eggs with spinach, onion and red peppers.  It was very nice to sit and have breakfast with each other on a weekday for maybe the first time (we are chronic breakfast "skippers"!  We did have a cup of coffee before we ate (a habit that will be hard to break), but we did eat breakfast, so I will consider that a victory.  One thing we have going for us, is that we both drink our coffee black.
    One challenge we will have for a bit is that we are between homes.  We sold our house a month ago, and have been living in a furnished apartment while our new condo is being remodeled.  We don't move in until Oct. 7th.  What makes it interesting is that almost all our stuff (especially kitchen stuff) is in storage!  There are pots and pans here, but not a lot.  i found out yesterday that we have no measuring cups.  We have measuring spoons though (did you know there are 12 tablespoons in 3/4 of a cup? I found that out making vinagrette last night.)   I did bring our BBQ grill and the weather has been nice in St. Louis, so I plan on doing a lot of grilling the next few weeks.  No food processor, slow cooker etc, so some of the recipes in the Whole 30 books I bought may have to wait, but we'll figure it out.  
    I think the biggest challenge/reward for us will be breaking the "sugar monster".  We both enjoy cookies, cakes, pies,etc to excess, so losing our nightly routine of a cup of decaf and dessert will be a big deal.  Reading labels, although eye opening, isn't that big a deal for me, and i do most of the shopping.  
    In any event. I look forward to hearing your stories, challenges, successes, and (hopefully not many) set backs.  Let's do this together!  Thanks for letting me join in the group!
    Mike
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    Brad C reacted to AH117 in September 18 start date   
    My husband and I are starting tomorrow... enjoying our last glass of wine tonight! Yesterday, I was super excited to get started, tonight... well, I'm hesitant. But we've committed, food prep is done, crock pot is on the timer... here we go!