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    Svmomma reacted to dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    @kirbz I think as long as you are mindful when you eat these items and they do not make you feel bad then that's fine.  Also, I think it's hard going into the holidays trying to restrict certain foods.  I had a a Starbucks coffee with 1.5 pumps of gingerbread syrup yesterday (they usually come with 6 pumps) and two sugar cookies that I made with the kids.  Not what I'd set out to do at the beginning of the day, but I had fun, nonetheless.  I'll do better today.
    @SineadMon The three meals a day thing will take you a long way.  I know I used to consume far more calories than I'd like to admit to via nuts and chocolate after dinner.  This rule helps me to control the calories in.  I do not follow it perfectly, as evidenced by my splurge yesterday.  But I think we are all doing our best during a time of year that has a great big focus on food.  Not the best time of year to try and lose weight , though I'd like to get down by another 10 before I go to TX in Dec.  
    Have a great day!
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    Svmomma reacted to CorgiLover in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Hi everyone, I've been busy too.  I have tentatively added back some cheese, and did okay.  Last Fri night I made shrimp and grits, which I love, and I have always put cheddar cheese in the grits.  I wanted the taste, so I added a little bit of shredded cheddar to the grits, but just enough to color them and add a little cheese taste.  Not the saturated potful with a whole block of cheese!  Anyway, it was just as good, and didn't bother me the next day (and I had the leftover cheese grits for breakfast.)  Sat night, I went out to dinner.  Had osso bucco and risotto, I think is the first time I've added back rice of any kind.  I'm sure the osso bucco had a little flour in the gravy, but didn't have any problem with it either.  
    Yesterday, our manager bought lunch > pizza.  I work in healthcare and we have been hammered with flu already.  We were incredibly busy yesterday, so she wanted to treat by ordering pizza.  I had a salad and chicken breast I'd brought, but didn't want to scorn the gift, so I had one piece of thin crust, regular cheese and pepperoni.  Last night, my stomach rumbled and rolled, and I am assuming I crossed my threshold of how much gluten I can handle.  
    Like @T2Andrew said above, I'm finding that being able to pick apart what agrees with me and what does not is really helping me refine the way I eat.  By doing that, I'm feeling much better and having more energy and stamina to work on the physical.  I'm not focusing so much on whole30 compliant at this point, but the past couple of months I think I've learned to be more discriminating about what I put in my mouth.  I still have a way to go to get myself in better physical condition, but it is a good start.  I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving (if you are in US) and allow yourselves to enjoy the seaon, not just the food. 
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    Svmomma reacted to Mike5858 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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    Svmomma reacted to dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Thanks, @Svmomma!  Sounds like you have learned a lot from this experience.  I'm so happy for all of us!!
    I think I was so turned off by the weighing and measuring thing that I've become determined not to let food have so much control over me.  I've been doing really well with 3 meals a day.  I'll eat GF grains in the a.m. on occasion but have found that I do better without them.  
    Happy almost Friday!
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    Svmomma reacted to CorgiLover in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    I am much more happy jettisoning BLE.  I was doing too much, and it caught up with me.  The past three days, I took off work and have literally slept most of the time.  I'm going to start doing some things that I used to do, but got out of the habit.  First, schedule a "me" day every week, where I don't schedule anything in particular, and I don't save up chores to do on that day.  Only things I like.  Cooking is something I like, so prep cooking is ok, but the shopping is not (since I hate it.)  I go to Massage Envy once a month, that can be on a "me" day, I also enjoy going to the gym, so that's ok too.  Work catch up, mail, billpaying (both mine and my mother's, I handle her finances too..) no.  If I want to knit and watch movies all day, sleep, whatever, I am going to have a scheduled decompress day.  I'm also making a more concerted effort to use the gratitude journal, which I had also put beside the bed and barely touched.  
    I have the first book of the Well Fed series, and I pulled it out yesterday to look through.  I realize now that, when I bought it, I only looked at the recipes.  I started reading from the beginning, and I like her way of cooking ahead, Her way of doing a weekly pre-cook, and then assembling either a hot plate or a cold salad at mealtime, really rings my bell.  It is the way I kind of cook anyway, but more organized, and I think sticking to that for a while is going to help me get back into a better daily routine without losing sight of my food issues.  I like it well enough that I've ordered the other two books from amazon and they should be here tomorrow.  
    I know I'm guilty of constantly jumping on a new bandwagon, but the more I stick to a better diet, and to taking care of my own needs, and avoiding toxic food and situations, the better I feel.  I'm thankful for all of you, glad we are all still coming here.  
    @dmrob2009 we were posting at the same time.  I agree!  I think counting and weighing is a way to learn portion control, but it is also counter to the idea of food freedom.  More food prison, really.  I think changing your viewpoint of food, from indulgence to nourishment, is the much healthier approach.  Happy pre-Friday!
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    So hard to get caught up here when you're not on regularly!  I literally have two windows open so I can see what I previously read. 

    First @Mike5858 your total weight loss I read awhile back - WOW great job! And to anyone else that make some big improvements that way as well.  I am sorry though about your back... that can be discouraging when you're trying to get back at it.  Sounds like walking still works for you.  I'd just keep including what does so when you do feel up to going back to the gym it might not feel like starting from scratch.  I took up swimming with a vengeance when I had a hip injury and couldn't really do much else.  Feels good to use your body and is mentally beneficial as well!  p.s. happy belated birthday and enjoy your trip this weekend!

    @dmrob2009 and @CorgiLover I'm sorry to hear that BLE was such a downer for you, but welcome back to W30.  Sounds like you'll be able to incorporate the best of both together to get the improvements you wish for.  I caught that avoiding grains in the am is a theory of BLE that is helpful?  While gluten was not an issue that one day and I've since stayed away, I've still considered grabbing a piece of toast here and there with breakfast.  

    @kirbz you should not feel bad about eating off plan.  I loved those elements of food freedom forever, that if those things are your worth it moments then you can and should.  It's all the other little moments in between that you have the power to make different choices.  Sounds like weight coming off is still happening. Sorry about your energy levels though.  I think calling it Tiger Blood only built up the expectation of something incredible.  I really think it's more about the major dip in energy when W30 is introduced, to the rebound of your body getting used to processing it's fuel from something different.  Keep on hiking!
    @SineadMon I think you found the secret to food freedom!  
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    Svmomma reacted to kirbz in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    @SineadMon I’ve definitely been struggling with the “is this worth it?” concept! And @dmrob2009 I’ve also thought that maybe some of this just puts way too much emphasis on food! For what it’s worth, here’s where I’ve landed on what food freedom looks like for me… It’s come with much reflection and experimentation but I feel happy with this place.
    I know what foods do and do not make me feel crappy. I know what foods do and do not help me achieve the results I want to see with my body and soul. Cravings no longer govern my decisions about food because I now have control over those. Being healthy does govern my decisions about food but being 100% compliant to anything does not make me happy. I continue to want to lose weight but I do not feel bad when I eat off-plan foods. But I do make a conscious decision to be more active when I eat those foods.  
    Over a four-day period, I had a commercial, pre-packaged, store-bought chicken teriyaki bowl. It didn’t taste good because my taste buds don’t care for processed foods like that anymore and it was overly sweet. I had Paleo pancakes with organic maple syrup and it was a warm, nice way to start a cold, stormy morning. I felt full for a really long time but I went for a hike with the love of my life and my pups. I had a peanut butter sandwich and loved every moment before, during, and after eating it. I ate a handful of dark chocolate covered almonds and it was divine. I did not feel the need to eat more, I did not feel bad, but I went for a walk that evening because I ate them. Oh, and I had a small slice of pepperjack cheese because, well, yum!
    I don’t feel bad about any of it. Besides a very minor tummy ache after the teriyaki bowl, I didn’t feel any worse for eating those foods. I managed my portions well and did not over-eat any of it. I did not have any significant cravings after eating them. And I continued to lose weight. I call that success and I call that something I can live with for my forever food freedom.
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    Svmomma reacted to dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    @Mike5858 and @SineadMon... so glad to hear from y'all and sorry to hear about both of your struggles.  I can relate to both.
    @Mike5858 back issues suck and I know how debilitating they can be.  You are wise to take a break from further workouts until the kinks go away.
    @SineadMon I, too have been struggling.  To be perfectly frank, I do not like weighing and measuring my food.  I've been grouchy and even a little depressed because I know this is not sustainable.  I can say, with absolute certainty, that I cannot, nor do I want to, live like this anymore.   I'm starting to feel 'triggered' by the obsessive nature of committing my food, obsessing about not deviating, being hard on myself when I do... and above all else, weighing everything down to the hundredth of an oz.  How on earth is this healthy?  This is entirely too much focus on food, in my opinion.  @CorgiLover if this is working for you, please do not let my vent ruin your mojo.  I wish you all the best.  Keep up the good work!
    The motto for BLE is 'happy, thin and free'.  I can see how I could get thin eating minimal calories daily, 20 oz of which are veggies and not eating any sugar or flour ever.  Having said that, I'm definitely not happy and far, far from free.  No sugar, no flour,no cream in my coffee, no sweeteners of any kind.  Ever.  That  means holidays and birthdays.  OMG, this is not for me. I'm done.  I thought about buying Food Freedom Forever.  I actually thought the W30 was a walk in the park compared to BLE, so maybe FFF will be worth exploring.
    I have gained a few good habits (the starts, of good habits, anyhow) from the program.  I like the morning meditation and uplifting readings, as well as the gratitude journal entries in the p.m.  I've gotten a good idea of portion sizes and gotten used to not eating in between meals.  Also, the more veggies, the better.  
    Anyhow, happy Monday, all!
     
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    Svmomma reacted to Mike5858 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    So great to hear from you SineadMon!  Thanks for the encouraging words about my back.  You are 100% correct, I just need to rest it.  I do feel better when I walk, so my dog is happy.  I so want to have fun on my trip to Hot Springs this weekend with my wife, so I'm not going to rush back to the gym until I'm ready.  I'm a little better today, and hope to be even better tomorrow!  
    My wife and I had a glass of Pinot Noir last night, and she had no ill effects!  We will be on the wagon until Friday night when we arrive at the hotel, so we are both hoping the headaches were just freak things and not something that will happen all the time.  
    Sounds to me like you did great at the Jamaican restaurant.  I believe (for me anyway), that the attempt to do the best you can is what matters most.  Being mindful when you order, and understanding that even if it's not 100% "compliant", it's way better than the "anything goes" ways of the past that i had.  Food freedom, to me, is taking responsibility for my choices.  A little sugar or spice here and there is nothing, in my opinion.  It's life and the tastes that make it enjoyable.  It's not like grabbing a glazed doughnut, because we got up late, or a handful of M&M's, because someone was mean to us at the office.  We've all struggled with food or we wouldn't be here, but we all need and deserve to enjoy life as well, in my opinion.  No need to apologize for our choices. 
    That sort of leads into your last point about struggling the past few days.  I get it, and have the same feelings now and then.  My sore back made me think about picking up a key lime pie (my favorite) as a reward for being so good the past 6+ weeks.  I stopped short though, when I remembered my upcoming trip and the promises I made to myself to wait until then for a "treat".  I certainly don't ever need the whole pie available either!  I had to take a deep breath an realize that my sore back was a trigger to get me thinking the "old way", where any excuse to feel sorry for myself or reward myself with food was just the natural way of doing things.  I've been "good" in the past, and lost weight, ate well and worked out.  Then I would have that moment, like I did this weekend, and feel I deserved a reward.  Problem is, the reward would last for weeks, and I'd be in worse shape than when I started.  The same for set backs.  "Oh, woe is me, my back hurts and I can't keep momentum going at the gym.  The heck with it, lets eat a pie and drink a bottle of wine".  Instead of acting on any of this, I took a deep breath and thought it out and decided, for me, this was silly thinking.  I took the dog for a walk instead and the feeling and thoughts completly left my head.  So, I'm with you, and understand that sometimes this new lifestyle can be frustrating, and frankly a pain in the butt.  I'm learning to cope with it though, and make good decisions, and be mindful.  Most of the time this is all becoming automatic, but sometimes it takes a little more thought and work.  I do thank goodness for this forum, as I place I can come to vent (like I just did), or help by listening to a friend vent (like your short rant).  You're doing great!  Everyone who finished Whole 30 with us is doing great.  We will all continue to move forward at our own pace.  
    Have a great Monday everyone!
    Mike
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    Svmomma reacted to SineadMon in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Hi all!
    @dmrob2009 you are keeping all of us going! Thanks for your daily check-ins and reminders... Also @Mike5858, it's great to hear about your daily food freedom journey. I still find it so comforting to come on here and read everyone's experience and contribute my little bit. 
    @dmrob2009 sorry to hear your first week (or has it been two) was tough... taking on the perspective of food freedom, it's so great that you got through the week as best you did with the resources you had and the struggle of having to tend to a sick husband. You can only improve from here and that's the key thing - recognizing what is working for you and going from there.
    @Mike5858 sorry to hear your wife is having issues with alcohol and you poor thing with your back! It's funny how quickly we can be reminded to slow down. I started going to the gym a little more a few weeks ago, but with my tummy bug last week I had to sit a few days out. It was frustrating, and actually was quite a trigger for me - I was so tempted to take it as a "what the hell" and just return to my old lifestyle, but I just tried to focus on allowing my body to heal. Remember, as you said to me a few weeks ago, this is a lifestyle change and every little thing you are doing is making you better and stronger. A few days rest is exactly what your body needs to allow you to go back to the gym with gusto! In a few months time, when your benching double or triple what you can now, your body will thank you for a slow start.
    @CorgiLover it's great that you are starting to see what suits your body and what your needs are.. if you are finding yourself weaker at the gym, then that is telling you something. It sounds like you are really fitting so much into your days... I'm not sure of your overall weekly schedule, but is there a day there that you can just completely have 'no plans'. I have 3 days in the week (Mon, Tues, Wed) where I have a very intense schedule of meetings and classes. On these days, I just focus on getting through work - and that means up at 6am, on the train by 7am, work from 8-6, home by 8 and bed by 9:30/10pm. But the other four days, I allow myself to have loose plans.. e.g. don't set an alarm, go to the gym when I feel like it, prep some food all around some sense of work! I find that on the crazy days when I don't have time to think or barely breathe, I know the other days are waiting for me.
    @kirbz I haven't tried the eatingevolved chocolate but the reviews look great - I'd love to hear what you think. Also, thanks so much for the banana bread recipe. I already had the banana's frozen when I received it, but I will definitely defrost them this week and try it out. Some of her recipes are amazing! Anything else you would recommend?
    Just for full disclosure here, I'm not 100% w30 compliant and so it's probably unfair of me to say I'm on day 41... For example, I went to brunch with some friends on Saturday and ordered the best option on the menu - we were at a Jamaican restaurant which is not good for my whole30 plans or the end stages of my tummy bug. I ordered jerk chicken and seasonal greens, but while I asked for everything super plain, I'm convinced the seasoning they used wasn't compliant. I'm not stressing about it as i'm no longer "on w30" but I do find that I'm trying to stay as close to this for my food freedom. This week I do intend to reintroduce legumes and follow up with non-gluten grains just to see. I would like to add more foods to my diet.. but yes, @dmrob2009 I am very comfortable in this way of eating.
    That said, I have been struggling the last few days. I've really wanted to just check out and eat ALL THE THINGS.. I don't know if it is stress, the colder weather, a sense of loneliness (my boyfriend has gone back to Boston for a few weeks for work), a sense of exhaustion with this way of eating/living or just recovering after the tummy bug, but I'm really having a "is this all worth it"? feeling. I'm not sure if anyone else has experience this?! It can just be so hard sometimes to always be prepared, and always ask for modifications, and always feel like you have to go against the grain on things. Sorry, maybe I need to read the TOUGH LOVE section of the book again. I'm almost done with Food Freedom Forever and @Mike5858 I agree that it is so helpful! The strategies are great and it just lays everything out so well.... but I still can't kick this sense of 'urgh' right now. Sorry for the long post and the rant, but I just wanted to share where I've been the last few days. I'm hoping that now my tummy is almost back to itself, I can make some fun dinners from Well Fed or somewhere to help me feel excited about food and this lifestyle again.  
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Hey all - Trying to get caught up here after a long week last week and fundraising event I put on on Friday.  With such a busy schedule, I definitely slipped here and there from a mostly W30 menu.  Brought food with me to the event, but then just ended up eating the caesar salad as it seemed the safest (with previously introduced) ingredients at the time.  Stayed away from all the mini pizza's we served as apps.  Truly, I find myself thankful to go back to the W30 menu/meals knowing I feel fed well, and great quantities of proteins/veggies.  I did introduce gluten today officially (although some things I've eaten were suspect I'm sure).  Nothing really happened, which I"m amazed given everyone's experiences.   So with that out of the way... I'm just living  mostly W30, still cooking a lot but liking what I eat.  Had a good run over the weekend, and hope time in the gym tomorrow goes well. 
    Best wishes to you all on your journeys!  
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Hey all - Trying to get caught up here after a long week last week and fundraising event I put on on Friday.  With such a busy schedule, I definitely slipped here and there from a mostly W30 menu.  Brought food with me to the event, but then just ended up eating the caesar salad as it seemed the safest (with previously introduced) ingredients at the time.  Stayed away from all the mini pizza's we served as apps.  Truly, I find myself thankful to go back to the W30 menu/meals knowing I feel fed well, and great quantities of proteins/veggies.  I did introduce gluten today officially (although some things I've eaten were suspect I'm sure).  Nothing really happened, which I"m amazed given everyone's experiences.   So with that out of the way... I'm just living  mostly W30, still cooking a lot but liking what I eat.  Had a good run over the weekend, and hope time in the gym tomorrow goes well. 
    Best wishes to you all on your journeys!  
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    I agree @kirbz I kind of couldn't see the micro affects of introducing some of the first items like legumes and non-gluten grains.  I was more tired mid-day from the non-gluten grains, but that was about it.  
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    So a retry of dairy sticking just to hard cheeses, cream and butter for the day went fine. Even the pumpkin ice cream (the little scoop I had!).  I'm thinking of trying blue cheese on it's own, then moving on to gluten.  Halloween was my day of dairy, and I had a few nibbles of candy.  Nothing really took affect.  The W30 recipes and regiment is really nice to go back to and know "all is good" there.  Umm though I did a mini stash of the candy for when I fully introduced sugar, etc. and just took a peek and it's all but gone.  Pretty sure the other adult thought he could have at it and I"m a little perturbed.

    @dmrob2009 & @SineadMon best wishes on on your BLE.  I don't know how I'd do a limited calorie regiment and deal with hunger on top of making good choices.  Glad you have some support and a plan to follow.  I found if it was layed it in front of me without much need to make a decision it was easier to stick to it.  
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Love this and think you're on the right track.  Wasn't it really about figuring out our relationship with foods and our triggers.  And loved the decision to have pizza was a worth it moment.  Jealous that pizza didn't cause you harm! After my dairy episode I'm happily back on what felt like something I couldn't wait to be done with.  Back in the safe zone W30 and doing dairy again tomorrow.  I think the "worth it" item might be the pumpkin pie ice cream I bought before my family eats it all gone!  
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Love this and think you're on the right track.  Wasn't it really about figuring out our relationship with foods and our triggers.  And loved the decision to have pizza was a worth it moment.  Jealous that pizza didn't cause you harm! After my dairy episode I'm happily back on what felt like something I couldn't wait to be done with.  Back in the safe zone W30 and doing dairy again tomorrow.  I think the "worth it" item might be the pumpkin pie ice cream I bought before my family eats it all gone!  
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    Svmomma reacted to SineadMon in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Thanks @CorgiLover... I agree that the protocol is really helpful in taking out any level of chance or decision. You know the menu for that day and there is no hard work in figuring out what to make or how to make it. It sounds like it will be a great program for weight loss, especially as the outline is so clear. Is there a certain amount of time you do it for? Or is it until you are ready to transition? Sorry, i hope you don't mind me asking all these questions!
    @kirbz you have your big dinner tonight don't you?! Enjoy!
    @Mike5858 That is so amazing! Congrats! That is a fantastic achievement, but more importantly, a great feeling!!
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    Svmomma reacted to kirbz in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    @Mike5858 Congratulations on your pizza experience! It sounds like you've come so very far in your relationship with food! You should certainly be proud of yourselves! And you should be feeling very confident as you move forward with your everyday food choices! 
    @SineadMon The cookies were actually very delicious! I only made half of the recipe so we had six cookies. I ate two last night and felt quite full for some time. So much so that I didn't eat dinner! Oops! I honestly probably could have eaten one and been satisfied but I always eat more than one cookie. Always. And so poor habits took over and I ate two because it didn't even occur to me to only have one! LOL, I certainly learned a lesson from that. The good news is that when I woke up and saw the leftover cookies on the counter, I didn't have a desire to take one to work with me to have as a snack today. The cookies aren't worth it today. They certainly were last night and I genuinely enjoyed the process of baking and eating them. But I got what I needed and now I'm perfectly happy to eat Whole30 again today. 
    Oh! And I felt motivated to work out even after I ate my cookies. I did a 7-mile hike yesterday with my beautiful little Inka (you can follow us on Instagram at @inkaoutside or @hertahoelife) so I had tentatively bagged the idea of doing Insanity. I'm trying to do a full cycle for the first time ever. But, after eating the cookies, I decided that I should work out and it was great! I felt strong and it made me feel better for eating the cookies because, the fact is, I still want to lose weight and even if the ingredients weren't awful, they were still fatty. 
    Overall, I feel proud of myself! We're all doing so great! I continue to be so grateful for this group! 
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    @Mike5858 downloaded and reading "Food Freedom Forever" and liking it!  I like that it's framing this effort as a lifestyle, giving you strategies and thought processes on when the cravings happen.  Also, needed to go a little deeper on the reintroduction elements and focus on what is special to me and not really missed.  Bumming a bit at my reintro of dairy, although it was telling.  Definitely stripped me of my energy.  So back on W30 for a while.  
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    @Mike5858 downloaded and reading "Food Freedom Forever" and liking it!  I like that it's framing this effort as a lifestyle, giving you strategies and thought processes on when the cravings happen.  Also, needed to go a little deeper on the reintroduction elements and focus on what is special to me and not really missed.  Bumming a bit at my reintro of dairy, although it was telling.  Definitely stripped me of my energy.  So back on W30 for a while.  
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    @dmrob2009 and @CorgiLover so glad you can partner on the next thing!
     
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    @dmrob2009 and @CorgiLover so glad you can partner on the next thing!
     
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Reintro dairy day did not go well!  Started with cheesy scrambled eggs and cream in my coffee.  Stomach grumbled a bit, but that's all. Then ran late for lunch and didn't have time to prepare what I thought I'd have, so stopped for a salad and opted for my beloved blue cheese dressing.  Pretty much immediately after I started what I call an allergy attack.  As it's been said, I'm sure the reintro is personal to everyone's own make up, and this is a typical one for me (or at least it was a number of years back when I'd have them regularly).  Basically a full body reaction, head to toe itchy, red skin and puffy face.  It subsides when I get some claritin in me, but it's not fun.  So, I'm guessing there might've been too much in the random blue cheese dressing to count it just as the dairy affecting me.  Just threw caution to the wind and didn't look at labeling.  Planning on not doing dairy tonight and reintroducing just one sort of dairy in a few days and being more careful and specific.  I knew this one would be a big one for me... just didn't quite expect the old full body reaction.  

    @CorgiLover that's one thing about this diet I liked, that Melissa didn't want to create something to be costly for people.  I'm naive about all the various diets/plans out there, but if you have to pay big $$ for something before knowing what you're getting into I'm suspect too!  Sounds like you have a good plan between this and paleo.  Also if you're leary of Dairy (I was a cheese fiend too), I'd maybe break it down to different types.  I'm going to freshen up my reading on this and hope it narrows down the culprit for me.
    @Mike5858 great job at staying so focused and staying mostly W30 diet way... plus getting to the gym.  Have wonderful travels.  

    @SineadMon I was suspect of fruits too. I sensed my body really just didn't want much of it.  

    @dmrob2009 I think you said it that reintro is harder than the W30... You are right.  It's just a slippery slope I'm finding and being within the W30 was like training that was easier to commit to.  

    Hope to hear more how everyone progresses through or onto something else.  I hope to find a culprit or two, take them out permanently, and be more inspired to eat more naturally like this or close to it.  Have a great weekend.
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Good morning guys... Reintro non-gluten grains yesterday seems to be just fine.  I did feel an energy lull in the mid afternoon.  I'm not currently reading up on the particulars of side affects, so may be normal.  At least no real negative side affects (I keep expecting to get really ill from other people's experiences!!).  I have to admit though my commitment to W30 regiment outside of these reintrodutions is slipping a bit, but I don't think it's terrible.  A friend left a plate full of gluten free chocolate chip cookies at my house and I admittedly had one last night and the night before.  I can easily stay away from all the other sweets around, ice cream, pumpkin chocolate chip cake, etc.  But because it was gluten free I allowed myself the indulgence. And BOY DID IT TASTE GOOD!  Didn't necessarily make me want to chow down a ton more or crave more sugar... but I'm sure the dairy in it wasn't a good thing.  

    One other admittance is alcohol.  Also left behind was an open bottle of red wine.  After a someone stressful evening meeting, and getting home to my hubby and wanting to connect about our days, we each had a couple glasses.  (Oh maybe the wine/cookie are connected!)  The agreement I made with myself was to cut out mid-week drinking, and of course be mindful of weekend cocktails.    

    Okay off to a couple days of wholehearted W30, then reintro Dairy on Friday.  
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    Svmomma got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    Congrats @SineadMon on getting to day 30 AND the 6 lbs.!!  I agree with Mike and that seems like a sustainable number.  I just want to encourage you to add activity back in.  If I recall you are generally active, maybe a runner?  I think one without the other isn't the best way to set yourself up for long term healthiness.  I can contest to the opposite of exercising, but not caring one iota about what I drank and ate.  I do know now I HAVE to consider both if I want to reach a goal or even maintain.