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    helen got a reaction from Avery in Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!   
    So, this has been my hardest day 1 ever.  I rarely drink but yesterday had champagne and this evil gin and ginger beer beverages and I am so freaking hung over.  Dying.  But I have been compliant.  Here's hoping for a good night's sleep and a better day 2!
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    helen got a reaction from Avery in Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!   
    So, this has been my hardest day 1 ever.  I rarely drink but yesterday had champagne and this evil gin and ginger beer beverages and I am so freaking hung over.  Dying.  But I have been compliant.  Here's hoping for a good night's sleep and a better day 2!
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    helen got a reaction from Avery in Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!   
    So, this has been my hardest day 1 ever.  I rarely drink but yesterday had champagne and this evil gin and ginger beer beverages and I am so freaking hung over.  Dying.  But I have been compliant.  Here's hoping for a good night's sleep and a better day 2!
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    helen got a reaction from IslandGirl072906 in Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!   
    I am starting Jan 1st.  Excited!  Will follow this thread. This is my fifth Whole 30. 
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    helen got a reaction from IslandGirl072906 in Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!   
    I am starting Jan 1st.  Excited!  Will follow this thread. This is my fifth Whole 30. 
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    helen reacted to djoyce in Whole 30 starting Jan 1   
    drtracyb - I would agree that the program is simple but definately not easy.  I like T25 (I am finishing week 8).  Beta is different than alpha and pretty good also.
     
    Nice to be back on track but work / life is very busy right now.  I am three days in but I have not been able to find the time to start a log in the forum.  I will continue on the path and post here when I can!
     
    I have had a difficult decision this week.  A job posting was due that is exactly what I am looking for but it is in a city 3 hours away.  I would have to live there for the week and come home on weekends.  It is one of those great oportuinties for my career but with young kids, it would be pretty tough on my wife.  She supported me putting in my resume (and I did) but now the waiting starts!  I really like my job now but it really is time for a new challenge.
     
    I was sitting down amazed at how much better 3 days of "healthy" eating can make you feel!
     
    Cheers
    DJ
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    helen got a reaction from drmoira in Starting April 1 - and it is no joke!   
    I'm also starting April 1st!  Hope to follow others in their journey!
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    helen reacted to jodea in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    Helen - evenings are my difficult time, too. I just had a sweet potato brownie for no reason other than it being Friday night and the fact it was defrosted from the freezer and I forgot to give it to my friend earlier. But, as you say, there have been times when it could have been a lot worse.
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    helen got a reaction from jodea in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    You all are inspiring me.  I've not made good choices this week and my body feels it.  My husband is out of town and I've decided I want to go back to work full time in the Fall and that decision has made me anxious so I've been binge eating some (although eating healthy at  my regular meals).  It seems to me the evening is when things start devolving.  On Wed I think I ate probably 3,000 calories of mostly crap and just to torment myself I of course weighed myself on Thursday morning.  That decision (along with the Wed binge) was not supportive of my health.  Sigh.
     
    I like the idea of walking in the morning.  I love being outside.  Maybe I should try it.  I do yoga a lot and dance some but need more.
     
    I am pretty sure PMS is hitting me hard this week which is non-existent during my Whole30.  Last night after yoga and a pretty healthy day I ate gummy things of my kids which is ridiculous and I think that is related to this whole stupid sugar dragon.  Double sigh.
     
    I don't feel defeated though.  I think my choices are better now than they were a year ago and hopefully will just keep getting better.  I am doing a Whole30 in April to prep for the summer I hope.  
     
    I do NOT feel like cooking but yesterday forced myself to make a pot roast, olive oil baked brussel sprouts and two sweet potatoes.  At least when I get home from  yoga today I can't say 'oh there is nothing to eat so I'll eat crap!'   
     
    But thanks for sharing to all of you as it really is inspiring me.  
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    helen reacted to Semolina in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    Hi all -- I'm back on the straight and narrow (day 3 of totally compliant eating again) which feels better but it is still a real struggle (the food prep part!).
     
     
    I finally pulled it all back together when my foot did excessive swelling again and it HURTS. No-one knows what it is or why it is (the latest theory is that I did some kind of permanent damage to the vascular system in my leg when I was pregnant (and had severe pre-eclampsia) with the twins). Great. It's nasty: the skin hurts, it throbs and is hot ... and it isn't even summer! It gets better towards the end of a W30 (which I totally wasn't expecting the first time), and I've never stayed completely compliant much past that ... although I thought I would this last time until it all went wrong. It makes me feel like an old lady, and given nothing is coming up in tests, it seems that there is nothing that can "treat" it, and it will just get worse as I get older. I've not had an ankle for years, although at the end of a W30 you can see where an ankle would be.
     
    I'm not counting days at the moment (well, clearly I AM, but theoretically less so) but it is easy to remember why I am eating this way because my foot is still hurting (and I've got one shoe that doesn't really fit). I haven't weighed myself because I've decided I really don't care about my weight (yay! -- although have definitely gained since 30th Jan!). I want normal legs / ankle / feet though. I ought to write that up on my fridge. I have mixed feelings about having discovered that eating this way really does impact on my health which isn't entirely logical ... but since when did logic ever have anything to do with how people make food decisions?
     
    I also know for sure that moderation is just not my thing. I am a recovering sugar/flour a holic, and I just can't have a little bit. That's just how it is. I'm sure I will be able to do off-roading when out (someone else's house, for example, or not worrying about what's in a salad dressing when out -- though wait, that was the start of this slippery slope ... hmm ... need to think about that for a bit ...) ... SIGH.
     
    As of Monday I'm going to try to fit a walk/run in every day as well, which means getting up at 6 (I know, I know, loads of you are hardcore and do that already) as it's the only way I can see fitting it in. So it will be up at 6 and straight out the door for a half hour of air and increasing my blood circulation, and then on with my normal day from 6.30 am. I've never managed to stick with a running / walking program for very long, but equally, every time you start something and set a goal, the closer you are to achieving it. And I don't want to be an old lady before I am at least 120 ...
     
    Am trying to keep food really simple ... more salad I think, which is not very exciting but at least creates less washing up. Making a coleslaw today: just made the mayonnaise and am now making the rest. I am going away for the weekend (without the kids! woo-hoo!) to visit a friend of mine who is veggie and lives on bread and cheese so I am taking my own food. Luckily I have known her for long enough (ex-flatmate when I was a student 25 years ago ...!) that she doesn't take offence!
     
    Generally quite low at the moment: not enjoying being chained to my domestic existence. Before kids it was easy enough to make changes to my life but now it's like turning the Titanic and any changes I want to make (like working full time, or not living in the rural hinterlands) has such a HUGE impact on everyone else. Hey ho, that's what being grown up is all about I guess.
     
    At least it's Friday, and it's SUNNY (at the moment). Spring is on its way, surely?
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    helen reacted to jodea in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    Thank you Miminette . I hope you feel better soon!
    Not a bad week here. Pretty much sticking to W30 guidelines and got a couple of good workouts in. Had an amazing hot chocolate at a cafe on Wednesday night. I'm a wee bit obsessed, but only having them when I know they're going to be really good - none of the crap from the vending machine at work!
    After entertaining at the weekend we had some food left over, including some canned cherries and coconut flour. I hate wasting good food so I made some coconut flour and cherry muffins. I had two last night, and then a few dates (a real binge trigger I don't usually keep in the house) and almonds. I was a bit tired and hungry after a hard work out. Luckily I didn't have that many dates left so I couldn't go crazy. I'm not beating myself up particularly but I know even "healthier" sweet treats can be a slippery slope for me... On the other had as long as it doesn't lead to a full on binge, I'm okay with that. I just need to keep an eye on it.
    Back to usual business this morning with my smoked salmon frittata and mayo. It's Friday!
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    helen reacted to Sarah T in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    Hello all!
    Sorry I've been MIA. Life got a bit busy! I've been doing ok with eating - not perfect, but not completely OOC. I have learned that more than one off-road with gluten and my knee pain comes back so I'm reeling that back in.
     
    And in inspirational news - I'm going to Tuscany this summer on a bike tour! Talk about a reason to be at my best fitness level! So I shall be keeping that in mind for any off-road decisions and trying to keep things in close check. I'm making huge strides on my fitness, so I don't want to lose that! 
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    helen reacted to jodea in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    I realised last night that I haven't binged since Christmas. I'd got into a real cycle of it since September last year, and I partly did the January W30 to try and break it. So far so good. It is so demoralising when you're in that binge mode and I'd take not having a few treats over that any day. That's what I need to remember if I start off roading a little too much.
    I think my worst triggers are sweets/candy like Haribo, which I have still totally avoided. It's a nice little victory to celebrate, but I won't take it for granted.
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    helen reacted to Semolina in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    Well, that's been ugly so far. I am emotionally ready to return to the fold, but not sure how realistic that is til the kids go back to school. However, assuming I can pull it together I shall be on the straight and narrow from tomorrow (provided I get a chance to do a cook-up tomorrow). We will be doing a valentine thing this evening and I have every intention of carrying on with my off roading this evening, but after that I would like to pull it back in: it's a question of how much time I get to roast veggies, make mayo etc etc. I need to get back into the swing of it.
     
    On the plus side I bought compliant fish sauce today whilst in Tescos so I'm pleased about that.
     
    The thing about non-W30 eating is I don't even like it much. (At all?) The only thing it has going for it is convenience: I have done barely any washing up or cooking for a week (which tells you about what I have been eating!) and I didn't enjoy the food, and it hasn't been good for me but I SO NEEDED THE BREAK from the cooking / cleaning up thing. I've had a bad case of "can't be bothered to do anything" and cooking and washing have just been beyond me. When you first come to this way of eating it looks like it's really difficult (what, no sugar? no alcohol? no grains? how can you LIVE???) but actually its not the eating -- at least not for me -- that's difficult, it's the organization that goes round it. Making sure you always have food in (well, I can do that part) and that there is always easy stuff to eat in the fridge and freezer so it is easy to eat in a way that really supports your health.
     
    Hey ho. Not sure whether to do a full W30 on my return or just carry on and see how I go. Hope  you all have a lovely weekend and may the force be with you.
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    helen got a reaction from Physibeth in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    I'm not staying the course as much as some of you but this is the best I've done eating healthy and making good choices post Whole30.  Most of my meals are W30 but I have indulged in some things (like chocolate and beer) and today I had a big bowl of french onion soup which had some cheese and some croutons in it.  
     
    My goals are to continue trying to make good choices.  Yesterday I didn't have a vegetable for lunch so I nuked a sweet potato (my first time, I always bake them).  It turned out okay and I'm glad to have this option in the future (like if I'm late for work I can throw one in my bag uncooked).
     
    I am contemplating my next Whole30.  I was considering March but when I try to do them too close together I seem to fail plus I'm going to Asheville for a dance thing with my collective for the last week so now I'm thinking April.  It will set me up for summer better I think if I go ahead and commit.  I plan to always do one in Jan and Sept but I'm thinking adding a third will only solidify things more and more.  
     
    My biggest thing is that I'm being more mindful than I have been in the past and I'm not as stressed about food.  I have been trying to cook a lot to have healthy stuff in the frig and this really helps (reminds me I need to defrost some grass fed ground beef tonight).
     
    And yes, semolina~~don't stay gone too long!
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    helen got a reaction from Huarache Gal in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    I had my daughter's seventh birthday party.  I had planned to not worry about it but this weird thing is happening to me.  I ate a W30 breakfast and then the rest of the day I really didn't eat much of anything.  I was busy (14 kids total, insanity!) and I did have 2 beers (don't feel bad about those) and I had a small piece of cake but other than that I didn't eat the chips or salsa or cheese or yogurt/spinach dip or hummus.  Just kind of didn't eat except baby carrots and some nuts.  And, I know if I had prepped some meat or had some Whole30 stuff I would have eaten it.  So, this feels kind of like a breakthrough to me.  I remember reading in one of the blog posts someone asking 'Is sheet birthday cake really 'special'? and I realized you know to me it really is take it or leave it.  The same with a lot of this stuff.  So, my new goal?  Have food I can eat at the parties.  Also, eat ahead of time (I ate a big late breakfast and that helped with the not eating at the party).  Also, I bought the $5 cheap pizzas for the kids and a lot of the parents were eating it and I almost had a slice and then thought to myself "You know what?  If you want to eat pizza go to the Tomato Head where it is fresh and they use good ingredients  not this crap."   

    Do I feel totally in control?  No.  But there is a shift for me.  Normally I would SCARF the potato chips and I didn't even have a single one.  And today I had a great breakfast and am planning to eat healthy (which for me means nutrient dense foods from as good of sources as I can afford) today.
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    helen got a reaction from Huarache Gal in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    I had my daughter's seventh birthday party.  I had planned to not worry about it but this weird thing is happening to me.  I ate a W30 breakfast and then the rest of the day I really didn't eat much of anything.  I was busy (14 kids total, insanity!) and I did have 2 beers (don't feel bad about those) and I had a small piece of cake but other than that I didn't eat the chips or salsa or cheese or yogurt/spinach dip or hummus.  Just kind of didn't eat except baby carrots and some nuts.  And, I know if I had prepped some meat or had some Whole30 stuff I would have eaten it.  So, this feels kind of like a breakthrough to me.  I remember reading in one of the blog posts someone asking 'Is sheet birthday cake really 'special'? and I realized you know to me it really is take it or leave it.  The same with a lot of this stuff.  So, my new goal?  Have food I can eat at the parties.  Also, eat ahead of time (I ate a big late breakfast and that helped with the not eating at the party).  Also, I bought the $5 cheap pizzas for the kids and a lot of the parents were eating it and I almost had a slice and then thought to myself "You know what?  If you want to eat pizza go to the Tomato Head where it is fresh and they use good ingredients  not this crap."   

    Do I feel totally in control?  No.  But there is a shift for me.  Normally I would SCARF the potato chips and I didn't even have a single one.  And today I had a great breakfast and am planning to eat healthy (which for me means nutrient dense foods from as good of sources as I can afford) today.
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    helen got a reaction from Huarache Gal in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    I had my daughter's seventh birthday party.  I had planned to not worry about it but this weird thing is happening to me.  I ate a W30 breakfast and then the rest of the day I really didn't eat much of anything.  I was busy (14 kids total, insanity!) and I did have 2 beers (don't feel bad about those) and I had a small piece of cake but other than that I didn't eat the chips or salsa or cheese or yogurt/spinach dip or hummus.  Just kind of didn't eat except baby carrots and some nuts.  And, I know if I had prepped some meat or had some Whole30 stuff I would have eaten it.  So, this feels kind of like a breakthrough to me.  I remember reading in one of the blog posts someone asking 'Is sheet birthday cake really 'special'? and I realized you know to me it really is take it or leave it.  The same with a lot of this stuff.  So, my new goal?  Have food I can eat at the parties.  Also, eat ahead of time (I ate a big late breakfast and that helped with the not eating at the party).  Also, I bought the $5 cheap pizzas for the kids and a lot of the parents were eating it and I almost had a slice and then thought to myself "You know what?  If you want to eat pizza go to the Tomato Head where it is fresh and they use good ingredients  not this crap."   

    Do I feel totally in control?  No.  But there is a shift for me.  Normally I would SCARF the potato chips and I didn't even have a single one.  And today I had a great breakfast and am planning to eat healthy (which for me means nutrient dense foods from as good of sources as I can afford) today.
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    helen got a reaction from Huarache Gal in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    I had my daughter's seventh birthday party.  I had planned to not worry about it but this weird thing is happening to me.  I ate a W30 breakfast and then the rest of the day I really didn't eat much of anything.  I was busy (14 kids total, insanity!) and I did have 2 beers (don't feel bad about those) and I had a small piece of cake but other than that I didn't eat the chips or salsa or cheese or yogurt/spinach dip or hummus.  Just kind of didn't eat except baby carrots and some nuts.  And, I know if I had prepped some meat or had some Whole30 stuff I would have eaten it.  So, this feels kind of like a breakthrough to me.  I remember reading in one of the blog posts someone asking 'Is sheet birthday cake really 'special'? and I realized you know to me it really is take it or leave it.  The same with a lot of this stuff.  So, my new goal?  Have food I can eat at the parties.  Also, eat ahead of time (I ate a big late breakfast and that helped with the not eating at the party).  Also, I bought the $5 cheap pizzas for the kids and a lot of the parents were eating it and I almost had a slice and then thought to myself "You know what?  If you want to eat pizza go to the Tomato Head where it is fresh and they use good ingredients  not this crap."   

    Do I feel totally in control?  No.  But there is a shift for me.  Normally I would SCARF the potato chips and I didn't even have a single one.  And today I had a great breakfast and am planning to eat healthy (which for me means nutrient dense foods from as good of sources as I can afford) today.
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    helen reacted to Semolina in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    The sugar dragon is out to get me, and it is pissing me off, so I am staying away from all the sugar (I think it's because my W30  is "done" somewhere in my mind I'm allowed now, or at least there's a chink in the armour, and the sugar dragon is trying trying trying to get through.) I'm quite pleased I have resisted so far, and hope it settles back down again.(There is chocolate in the house: but there will be chocolate in the house for the foreseeable so I need to be able to just ignore it.) Alcohol is just not interesting to me at the minute, which is good ... and I am still firmly in "can't imagine eating any other way" mode.
     
    Yesterday I was super hungry, but made do with tomatoes, HB eggs and mayo in the middle of the afternoon. Today is cook-up day: work is very quiet as I work with people on the East coast (US) who have all been snowed in and had power cuts and I'm at a stage in the project where I've done all I can and I just need to be nagging other people to get their bits done in time. Means I will be delivering the project late, but I think snowstorms count as an act of God, don't they?
     
    So, making baba ganoush, roasting butternut squash, tomatoes, and cauliflower today. My ankle swelling is up again at the moment ... don't know what that's all about, but at least I'm fairly certain it's not food related.
     
    Think I need to dispose of my baggier jeans. I wore them yesterday and I think it made me feel hungrier because I had all that room to fill in my jeans (baggy bits round my bum! WEIRD). Into my skinny jeans today, but I've only got one pair. Can't decide if I should buy another pair this size, or go one size smaller. Eeek!
     
    Happy eating, kids.
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    helen reacted to jodea in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    Totally did this today!
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    helen got a reaction from Weredragon in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    I did this twice during the Whole30 with pistachio nutmeats.  I was hungry.  Opened up to have a 'handful' while I cooked and had 3 servings instead and then felt crappy.  I cannot keep salty nuts in the house anymore   Or at least not until I have some mindfulness over this.
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    helen reacted to Semolina in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    AND I had the following conversation with myself this morning:
     
    Me: I feel thinner. Maybe I should weigh myself?
    Me 2: Why would you do that?
    Me: Well, I feel thinner. Maybe I've lost more weight. Good, huh? So I should weigh myself!
    Me 2: Would it make any difference to how you are going to eat today or tomorrow if you find out you have lost weight -- or not?
    Me: No.
    Me 2: So why weigh yourself? Does it matter what you weigh?
    Me: No. (Blinded by the light of revelation that my weight doesn't matter)
     
    (Scales stay in cupboard. Loud applause.)
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    helen got a reaction from djoyce in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    From my posting about my Whole30 last Jan on FB I sucked 3 women into doing it with me in Sept and this time around I had a private FB page of about 25 and about 10 did the Whole30 and were successful!
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    helen reacted to Weredragon in We started 1st Jan. Here's what we did next ...   
    Ugh. Went off the rails a bit yesterday. Sunday started off great. I slept in, then immediately did a strength training video, and had a late breakfast of steak, sweet potato, and broccoli. I wasn't hungry so I didn't eat again for most of the day--this was a mistake. As I was making my bacon wrapped scallops (way more work than expected but turned out great) I realized a needed some supplies, ran to the grocery and completely mindlessly tossed some candied peanuts into my cart. Why, just why? So of course when I'm back home and cooking I down half the bag before I snap out of it and throw the rest in the trash. I'm so mad, it was such a stupid off-road, and could have been avoided if I had eaten a meal, even a mini one before I started cooking.
     
    Once I actually got to my superbowl party, I didn't do too badly. There were compliant wings and veggies and fruit. I did have a couple of hard ciders, so even more sugar. I'm definitely paying for it now, since my stomach is killing me. I'm going full-on compliant this week to get back to normal.  I ate some left over scallops for breakfast with peppermint tea, pad thai and chicken for lunch and will maybe throw together a ground beef hot plate for dinner.