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    LagunaRover got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    I love reading everyone's success stories!  Super motivating. I reintroduced wine last night... yeah and I still have the headache this evening to prove that! Seems like I need to take that easy for sure. I also had a girl scout cookie today at work since EVERYONE seems to have them around right now.  I just had one, which was enough.  The rest of my food has been compliant buy choice!
    Here are some NSVs I've seen over the past month which are pretty huge in and of themselves:
    I'm sleeping better throughout the night I'm going to bed earlier, willingly, instead of watching TV just for the sake of it I feel clear-headed when I wake up in the morning I have zero cravings for unhealthy food, other than wine My resting heart rate has gone down on average around 20 bpm every night, which I think is amazing My moods are more even - fewer ups and downs My stress level is less - even during this completely stressful time of layoffs at work (yeah, it's been a rough week) My self-control has increased by leaps and bounds I am able to be at work and just avoid unhealthy foods I am able to go out and choose healthy foods to eat I am able to go out and not drink wine when others are drinking (not that I like that!) I'm able to cook large dishes and have lots of leftovers for lunches and other dinners I can look at a recipe and figure out how to make it compliant if it's not My sweet tooth when and if it appears can be assuaged by fruit Sound familiar?
    Thank you all for being here!
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    I love reading everyone's success stories!  Super motivating. I reintroduced wine last night... yeah and I still have the headache this evening to prove that! Seems like I need to take that easy for sure. I also had a girl scout cookie today at work since EVERYONE seems to have them around right now.  I just had one, which was enough.  The rest of my food has been compliant buy choice!
    Here are some NSVs I've seen over the past month which are pretty huge in and of themselves:
    I'm sleeping better throughout the night I'm going to bed earlier, willingly, instead of watching TV just for the sake of it I feel clear-headed when I wake up in the morning I have zero cravings for unhealthy food, other than wine My resting heart rate has gone down on average around 20 bpm every night, which I think is amazing My moods are more even - fewer ups and downs My stress level is less - even during this completely stressful time of layoffs at work (yeah, it's been a rough week) My self-control has increased by leaps and bounds I am able to be at work and just avoid unhealthy foods I am able to go out and choose healthy foods to eat I am able to go out and not drink wine when others are drinking (not that I like that!) I'm able to cook large dishes and have lots of leftovers for lunches and other dinners I can look at a recipe and figure out how to make it compliant if it's not My sweet tooth when and if it appears can be assuaged by fruit Sound familiar?
    Thank you all for being here!
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    I love reading everyone's success stories!  Super motivating. I reintroduced wine last night... yeah and I still have the headache this evening to prove that! Seems like I need to take that easy for sure. I also had a girl scout cookie today at work since EVERYONE seems to have them around right now.  I just had one, which was enough.  The rest of my food has been compliant buy choice!
    Here are some NSVs I've seen over the past month which are pretty huge in and of themselves:
    I'm sleeping better throughout the night I'm going to bed earlier, willingly, instead of watching TV just for the sake of it I feel clear-headed when I wake up in the morning I have zero cravings for unhealthy food, other than wine My resting heart rate has gone down on average around 20 bpm every night, which I think is amazing My moods are more even - fewer ups and downs My stress level is less - even during this completely stressful time of layoffs at work (yeah, it's been a rough week) My self-control has increased by leaps and bounds I am able to be at work and just avoid unhealthy foods I am able to go out and choose healthy foods to eat I am able to go out and not drink wine when others are drinking (not that I like that!) I'm able to cook large dishes and have lots of leftovers for lunches and other dinners I can look at a recipe and figure out how to make it compliant if it's not My sweet tooth when and if it appears can be assuaged by fruit Sound familiar?
    Thank you all for being here!
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    LagunaRover reacted to SugarcubeOD in Starting January 2!   
    All these are amazing but I really love your second last one!  That's such a huge thing because it opens up a WORLD of recipes of things you may have made previously that you can tailor to your own food plan when you figure out what that is through re-introduction.
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    LagunaRover reacted to DoodleJo in Starting January 2!   
    Is anyone doing another round?  I’m planning to start another on March 5 after we get back from a 14 day road trip to Mexico.  Wondering which forum topic to follow?
    I met my goal weight loss of 8 pounds, which seem to be an average, and that coupled with a bunch of NSV makes me even more determined to do another. My sugar dragon’s name is alcohol and while I’m not thinking I am an alcoholic I do feel like my body is telling me it’s an inflamitory and needs more work training it. 
    Thanks for all the support this forum has given to everyone, it’s been a lot of fun and I’ve learned so much. Hope to catch up with one or all as I journey.  
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    LagunaRover reacted to OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    For anyone interested in starting again in continuing, starting again mid-February and/or doing Whole Lent, there is a thread about "Whole Lent" for support. 
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    LagunaRover reacted to cescaw in Starting January 2!   
    Funny thing:  I had decided I was going to weigh myself today but I stashed my scale away so carefully when I started on Jan 2 that I can't find it!  It doesn't help that we're having a contractor doing work in our bathroom right now so there is a lot of stuff that is definitely not where it's supposed to be, but I thought it was pretty funny. 
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    LagunaRover reacted to Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    Day 31?  Really?? 
    I have felt bloated and uncomfortable the last few days, but it's my own fault.  I've been eating way too many nuts.  Regardless, the scale says I have lost 10 lbs, which is awesome!  However, since I still have 25lbs to lose and 2 months to go before we head to Mexico for our youngest son's senior year spring break trip, I've decided that the only food group I'll be reintroducing at this time is alcohol.  For special occasions only, of course. (Completing W30 is a special occasion, right??)
    I don't miss noncompliant food, which blows my mind.  I have to admit...the NSVs have made me realize that I would rather continuously feel good than have a temporary "high" from food.  I think the biggest thing is that I don't miss feeling like crap every day.  I don't miss feeling lethargic and foggy at 2pm, I don't miss getting home from work and having ZERO energy, and I REALLY don't miss waking up in the middle of the night, every night, and not being able to get back to sleep for what seems like hours. 
    Over the past 30 days, I didn't participate in a regular exercise regimen, but that changes now.  I'm planning to move forward with basically the same diet, but I'm going to cut back on white potatoes and nuts, since these are unfortunately food with no brakes for me.  I'll allow myself an occasional alcoholic beverage and will add 3-5 days of exercise per week.
    Congrats to all of us for the hard work and determination!  I'll continue to check in and if a different thread gets started for those that decide to continue, please let me know!  I didn't post a lot during this journey, but I read every one of your posts and it really helped. 

    Cheers!! 
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    Oh gosh it's Day 31! This morning I awoke and did the same things I always do and ate the same breakfast I do (hard boiled egg, salami, fruit), but one thing changed...
    I. Got. The. Scale. Out.
    I was so nervous standing on it to be frank, and so happy when I did in fact see change.  Apparently I lost about 8 or 9 pounds. I can't be entirely accurate since my scale was on the fritz due to low batteries when all this started (typical really). I still have more to lose, but hey!  Success!  And I feel amazing! So many other NSVs to celebrate too.
    This really makes me want to take any food re-introductions slowly.  I packed compliant food for lunch at work and will continue compliant eating (with wine) tonight.
    Congrats team - we made it!
    Any other great results to share?
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    Oh gosh it's Day 31! This morning I awoke and did the same things I always do and ate the same breakfast I do (hard boiled egg, salami, fruit), but one thing changed...
    I. Got. The. Scale. Out.
    I was so nervous standing on it to be frank, and so happy when I did in fact see change.  Apparently I lost about 8 or 9 pounds. I can't be entirely accurate since my scale was on the fritz due to low batteries when all this started (typical really). I still have more to lose, but hey!  Success!  And I feel amazing! So many other NSVs to celebrate too.
    This really makes me want to take any food re-introductions slowly.  I packed compliant food for lunch at work and will continue compliant eating (with wine) tonight.
    Congrats team - we made it!
    Any other great results to share?
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    LagunaRover reacted to dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    I didn't have one dream about food.  But, awoke having dreamt that The Edge was my buddy for the last two days.   I'll take it!
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    LagunaRover reacted to cescaw in Starting January 2!   
    Happy Day 30 Everyone! I haven't been commenting a lot, but I have been reading this every day and it has been a great support for me.  This is my second W30 and I'm feeling really good.  I'm going to reintroduce dairy first (I miss milk in my black tea!), but after that I'm not sure.  I haven't really been missing grains or legumes, but we are in a Supper Club with a couple of other families and those items often show up when it's not our turn to host so I will probably reintroduce those next.  I think I'm going to continue eating mostly paleo, but include dairy from time to time.  When I reintroduced it after my first W30 I didn't notice any ill effects so fingers crossed.  :-)
     
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    LagunaRover reacted to ErikaA in Starting January 2!   
    Holy cow - day 30!!
    Hard to believe it's here already!  Feeling so proud of myself  (and everyone else too) for making it through the whole month, despite the challenges like nights out, being sick, etc. etc.
    I am still a bit sick, so I am going to go a few extra days before starting reintroduction, but for those of you starting tomorrow, congratulations, I can't wait to hear how it goes!
    Congratulations again everyone, I hope your last day is absolutely fantastic!
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    I'm with you Dianne... wine will be the one thing I re-introduce on Thursday - just one glass, because I need to see how that makes me feel! Our alcohol tolerance has probably been reduced greatly and therefore I don't want a hangover for Friday at work! I was out last Saturday night drinking sparkling water, which I will admit wasn't horrible, especially since I was able to drive there and back without a Lyft.
    Having also proved I can live without cheese and bread and pasta and rice and crackers and chocolate, etc., etc., etc., I'm also going to take the reintroduction of those slowly too. There's some dark chocolate that's been sitting on my desk since Christmas that I will indulge in slowly, one square at a time (and not on the same day as the wine!)
    Wow guys, we are almost at transition point! :-)
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    LagunaRover reacted to dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    Kinda sorta off point - but, how cool is that super blue blood moon this morning!!?? 
    Well, maybe not totally off point - I mean, this is DAY 30, after all!!

    ...from the Griffith Observatory.  Also peeking at me through my kitchen window as I type this at 4:13am.  (I'm having my third not-so-great night of sleep in a row - but that crisp beautiful sight is worth it!)
     
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    I'm with you Dianne... wine will be the one thing I re-introduce on Thursday - just one glass, because I need to see how that makes me feel! Our alcohol tolerance has probably been reduced greatly and therefore I don't want a hangover for Friday at work! I was out last Saturday night drinking sparkling water, which I will admit wasn't horrible, especially since I was able to drive there and back without a Lyft.
    Having also proved I can live without cheese and bread and pasta and rice and crackers and chocolate, etc., etc., etc., I'm also going to take the reintroduction of those slowly too. There's some dark chocolate that's been sitting on my desk since Christmas that I will indulge in slowly, one square at a time (and not on the same day as the wine!)
    Wow guys, we are almost at transition point! :-)
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    LagunaRover reacted to dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    we are almost there!! 
    wine.  on thursday.   one glass.   i'm surprised that i have not been tempted by wine at all during this process.  have been to at least three celebrations and it's in the house.  also, truth be told, i was worried about the possibility of not being able to do without!   such insights.
    gum or breath mints, in a pinch, on the other hand.  ugh.
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    LagunaRover reacted to diamonds422 in Starting January 2!   
    We're approaching the finish line! I made Mel Joulwan's Bora Bora fireballs last night and they were a hit. They're quick to make and it's a relatively inexpensive recipe (yay, ground pork). I also bought a bottle of Tessemae's for the first time ever, the avocado ranch. OH MAN is it good. At $5.99 a bottle, it won't be a regular purchase, but it's nice to know the brand lives up to the hype. 
    Woo hoo, we're almost there!!
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from D.M. in Starting January 2!   
    I'm so glad you mentioned the books!  I started reading a preview of "Food Freedom Forever" and it sounds like just the thing for when we've officially finished 30 days on the program and are considering continuing the journey of "real life".
    I must admit I'm sort of getting over the fact that my physical changes aren't huge (well yes, I'm a little disappointed I don't have a flatter stomach.) The NSVs are definitely there and the biggest one is that feeling of being more in control... being able to pass on something, say no to something and eat compliant food without feeling I'm missing out.  I have to admit that I'm probably eating way too many potatoes which is why the physical changes aren't massive, so this last week I need to cut back on those.  But spices are my friend, as is mixing any veggies I have available in the fridge into a big pot of ground meat for a nice bowl of savory, spicy goodness.
    At my desk at work I have chocolate from Christmas, which is still sitting here and I can happily ignore it.  At home, I have bottles of wine, chocolate, cheese, crackers, bread, pasta etc., since I deliberately did not purge, because I wanted to be able to look at those things and think "I don't need you" and I'm doing just that. 
    It sounds like everyone is feeling that same wonderful sense of control. Congrats!  That means we've really got this in hand! Now we just need to sustain it...
    Happy Day 23 everyone!
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    LagunaRover reacted to FairyL0u in Starting January 2!   
    Happy day 28! Today I have discovered the most amazing thing - left over apple sauce (literally cooked Bramley apple with fennel seeds) made for Sunday dinner is completely delicious with veg and eggs for breakfast  who knew? 
     
    On another note, I see lots of people starting to plan introductions, which is very sensible at this stage. It's my third round and all I'll be bringing back for now is wine for cooking (not drinking), lack of it is too limiting for weekend dinners in the slow cooker and it does me no noticeable harm. For people reintroducing right away I'd highly recommend keeping a record of what and when and how you feel - it's easy to sweep a less than good reaction under the carpet when there's a strong emotional or nostalgic connection with the food.... I've certainly allowed that to happen in the past ...
     
     
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    One of the things that's not been mentioned in the NSV list is the saving of money this month. 
    Let me explain... I go to an office every day and in the past I just bought lunch from one of the cafes nearby that delivered, or from a guy who came to the office selling things to eat. All OK, but that meant on average I was spending around $6.50 a day on lunches.  Over the course of this month, as of today, that's 19 working days without buying lunch since I've been bringing in leftovers.  That's $123.50 so far, and I intend to keep bringing food to work after the 30 days is up, both for health and cost reasons.
    In addition (being honest) I was buying and consuming around 3 bottles of wine a week.  At an average of around $10 a bottle, that's $30 a week/$120 for the month. Total savings therefore for me will be approximately $250 a month, which is huge! I'm not even counting the less $$ spent at the grocery store by buying just real food not packaged stuff.  That adds up too. For me, this is extra motivation to continue on this path. Yes, I'll be buying wine after the 30 days are up, but not like I used to!
    Anyone else seen savings like this?
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    LagunaRover reacted to MaineacMom in Starting January 2!   
    How is everyone doing?  I can't believe we are 27 days in!!!  Any thoughts about what you are reintroducing first and if you are going the fast lane or the slow route as mentioned in the Whole 30 book?  I think I will be taking it slow.  I am going to start my reintroduction with a glass of Chambord.  I have always wanted to try it and my husband bought it Day 2 into my Whole 30 so I have been staring at it all month long.
     I have a pretty good idea of what I am sensitive to due to allergy testing but I would like to know how sensitive I am.  Example: Can I eat 1/2 piece of sourdough bread or should I just steer clear of it all together.  I won't introduce gluten until later but it will be nice to kind of test where the limits are with some of the items my system is sensitive to.
    I am reading Food Freedom Forever and LOVE it!  I have enjoyed all of the Hartwig's books and find them very informative and encouraging.
    Meals for this week include:
    Whole 30 Meatloaf with whipped sweet potatoes, salad and steamed green beans
    Chicken Tagine (with rice for the family and with salad for me)
    Salmon with homemade lemon mayo, salad, roasted beets and roasted potatoes.
    Potroast cooked mexican style with lime juice to use to top our taco salad with.
    Bacon wrapped chicken breast, veggie tray, rice for kids, salad, berries
    Chicken and veggie soup with salad
    Have a great week!
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    LagunaRover reacted to OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    I had not thought of that and have not been tracking it but you’re right.  I have not been buying beer or wine .  I have not let myself get in a situation where I don’t have a plan for lunch or dinner so no last-minute ordering for takeout. 
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    One of the things that's not been mentioned in the NSV list is the saving of money this month. 
    Let me explain... I go to an office every day and in the past I just bought lunch from one of the cafes nearby that delivered, or from a guy who came to the office selling things to eat. All OK, but that meant on average I was spending around $6.50 a day on lunches.  Over the course of this month, as of today, that's 19 working days without buying lunch since I've been bringing in leftovers.  That's $123.50 so far, and I intend to keep bringing food to work after the 30 days is up, both for health and cost reasons.
    In addition (being honest) I was buying and consuming around 3 bottles of wine a week.  At an average of around $10 a bottle, that's $30 a week/$120 for the month. Total savings therefore for me will be approximately $250 a month, which is huge! I'm not even counting the less $$ spent at the grocery store by buying just real food not packaged stuff.  That adds up too. For me, this is extra motivation to continue on this path. Yes, I'll be buying wine after the 30 days are up, but not like I used to!
    Anyone else seen savings like this?
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    LagunaRover got a reaction from dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    Oh gosh Dianne, I am with you all the way... I live in Laguna Beach, CA where everything is ridiculously expensive. Same on the dinner front too, I didn't even add that. I have this great California-fusion restaurant which does take-out, down the street.  It's my nemesis on late nights home from work for Thai, Japanese, Indian - whatever I feel like, but gets REALLY pricey.
    So the Whole 30 seems to be more than just a health "win" for Nor Cal and So Cal peeps! :-)