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    peak got a reaction from Zither in Down 50 pounds!!   
    Congrats on achieving a "half-C"... and yes, it is more than just the number.
    In just over 3 months I have shed some 40 pounds and my doctor says that with correct attitude, exercise and eating right that another 20 is possible.  I have it to lose but I am not going to make it my goal.
    A friend complimented me on my success and suggested that I go out into the woods and find a large rock that weighs the same amount that I dropped and that I should put it on my kitchen counter as a positive perspective-reminder of my success.  I just might do that
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    peak got a reaction from Zither in Down 50 pounds!!   
    Congrats on achieving a "half-C"... and yes, it is more than just the number.
    In just over 3 months I have shed some 40 pounds and my doctor says that with correct attitude, exercise and eating right that another 20 is possible.  I have it to lose but I am not going to make it my goal.
    A friend complimented me on my success and suggested that I go out into the woods and find a large rock that weighs the same amount that I dropped and that I should put it on my kitchen counter as a positive perspective-reminder of my success.  I just might do that
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    peak got a reaction from ladyshanny in Hungry in Middle of the Night?   
    One of the more difficult task of the W30 for me is taking in enough water.  My starting weight indicated a daily intake of 130 ounces... I was nowhere close to that. 
    I was waking up at night with pangs.  My mind was telling me I was hungry when my body was actually thirsty.   I regular keep a couple of liters of coconut water in the fridge and take couple of large swigs if nighttime cravings come up.  Coconut water instead of plain water is a little treat in the wee hours to feed the mind and body to sidetrack the interpreted hunger for me.
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    peak got a reaction from ladyshanny in Hungry in Middle of the Night?   
    One of the more difficult task of the W30 for me is taking in enough water.  My starting weight indicated a daily intake of 130 ounces... I was nowhere close to that. 
    I was waking up at night with pangs.  My mind was telling me I was hungry when my body was actually thirsty.   I regular keep a couple of liters of coconut water in the fridge and take couple of large swigs if nighttime cravings come up.  Coconut water instead of plain water is a little treat in the wee hours to feed the mind and body to sidetrack the interpreted hunger for me.
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    peak got a reaction from EllieHH in Thinking of going cold-turkey W30 during the holidays-   
    Completed my first W30 earlier this year with great results which actually stretched into a W45-ish period.  Have only reintroduced a few no-no's since then with little side effects.     Am staying away from sugar and limiting my grains as the new regular eating plan.      Have shed 45 pounds and several inches from just diet alone in a little over 6 months.    I know that weight loss is not the primary goal of the Plan, but I still have a bit of a gut that really needs to go.
    Whole 30 is one of the easiest things I have ever done.      If eating good food is all it takes, then it really is no effort at all.     Right now I do dabble in good wines and whiskeys (no more beer.)  Any bread that I eat is gluten-free and I have had pizza only once and now consider it a treat.     I do miss my pasta dishes, but it is easy to get over it with a rib eye.    I have cut out all deserts and processed sugar and do not miss those calories.      I do tend to eat more fruit than what is recommended but my diet now maintains my weight fairly consistent.
    If (and when I do my next W30) it will be for weight loss reasons.  Holidays bring on all the various parties and gatherings.      Saying no to alcohol is easy, but I do not want to impose on any hosts by requesting special dishes, so I think the most difficult part would be the selective eating of what might be available.
    I am thinking that going into a W30 program during the holidays on purpose would be a good test of will-power and good choices.      Has anyone done anything similar or should I adjust my thinking and schedule? 
    -frank.
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    peak got a reaction from CJD.Sign in Any Colorado Whole 30'ers that started this week?   
    Where are my Colorado colleges?  Hope you are still on track... it will be 3 weeks for me tomorrow.  I think I might have unknowingly slipped in a small way last week, but not going to let it get me down... my relationship with food has changed in a good way and might go beyond the 30 day anniversary.  This eating-good-food-diet is not really all that difficult... just different from previous habits, habits that are changing
    -frank.
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    peak got a reaction from Zither in Down 50 pounds!!   
    Congrats on achieving a "half-C"... and yes, it is more than just the number.
    In just over 3 months I have shed some 40 pounds and my doctor says that with correct attitude, exercise and eating right that another 20 is possible.  I have it to lose but I am not going to make it my goal.
    A friend complimented me on my success and suggested that I go out into the woods and find a large rock that weighs the same amount that I dropped and that I should put it on my kitchen counter as a positive perspective-reminder of my success.  I just might do that
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    peak got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in How do you get your caffeine?   
    My new attitude with eating better by using W30 as the precedent includes adopting the concept of "quality over quantity." 
    I used to drink some 6-8 cups of coffee a day with half n' half.  I never thought I would like the taste of black coffee,  but now I do and would not think of reaching for the creamer.  Black coffee with a good breakfast seems to enhance the flavor of the food because there is no moo to disguise the meal.   I am enhancing this by purchasing better brand of beans (and am even grinding it in the morning.)  A better quality bean is allowing me to drink less of it and I am enjoying the flavours more than i could imagine.
    Perhaps try a step-up quality from your normal brew and embrace it black.

     
     
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    peak got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in How do you get your caffeine?   
    My new attitude with eating better by using W30 as the precedent includes adopting the concept of "quality over quantity." 
    I used to drink some 6-8 cups of coffee a day with half n' half.  I never thought I would like the taste of black coffee,  but now I do and would not think of reaching for the creamer.  Black coffee with a good breakfast seems to enhance the flavor of the food because there is no moo to disguise the meal.   I am enhancing this by purchasing better brand of beans (and am even grinding it in the morning.)  A better quality bean is allowing me to drink less of it and I am enjoying the flavours more than i could imagine.
    Perhaps try a step-up quality from your normal brew and embrace it black.

     
     
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    peak reacted to ShannonM816 in The Great Ghee Debate   
    For more about ghee and why it's allowed on Whole30, check out this article: http://whole9life.com/2011/10/butter/ 
    I'd also add that the reason many people would consider ghee unhealthy is simply that it is a fat. These are the people who would be shocked to learn that Whole30ers often eat a whole avocado every day, sometimes more. There are starting to be more reports out there that show that fat isn't necessarily bad, but many people still believe that eating fat is what makes you fat.  
    I personally find that I'm happier if I don't discuss what I choose to eat with many people. If this person is someone whose opinion you respect, that's one thing -- hopefully the article I linked gives you a starting place for discussion -- but if it's someone whose opinion on healthy vs unhealthy foods is probably not going to influence your decisions about what you eat, you might want to try not to mention too much about it, or if they ask come up with a simple (polite) response like, I'm trying this for 30 days to see if it helps (insert whatever issues you hope to address with your Whole30) -- if I decide to continue eating this way indefinitely, I'll certainly keep that in mind, but for 30 days, I don't think it's going to hurt me. (Evidenced by the fact that the SuperSize Me guy recovered from 30 days of fast food meals -- I think it's safe to say you'll have no problem getting over 30 days of protein, fat, and vegetables, even if some part of it turns out not to be the right choice for you.) Or just smile and say, thank you for your concern, and then change the subject. 
     
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    peak reacted to Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    Back again.
    Yesterday was the four month anniversary of the start of my Whole 30 journey. This morning, I stepped on the scales 37 pounds lighter than that January day I took my first step toward regaining control of my health.
    As I've written before, I was fortunate. My initial Whole 30 experience went relatively smoothly. I don't really have any of the horror stories about food cravings; mood swings or physical discomfort that I was told could be part of the cleansing process.
    That's not to say my discipline hasn't been tested. I will get the occasional pang for something sinful (often pizza or chips), but more times than not I have been able to rely on the strategies I've picked up along the way to make a smarter, more mindful, choice. 
    In the three months since I graduated from W30, I have transitioned into a lifestyle that is more like Whole 15 out of any given 30 days. My new normal is totally or nearly compliant W30 during the first three or four days of the work week, when my exercise time is a bit more limited. Then I loosen the reins a bit on Fridays and over the weekend, but do my best to supplement with lots of activity and exercise on Saturday and Sunday.
    More than anything, though, I am most proud of the fact that nearly every food decision I'm making today is a conscious choice. I never realized how much mindless eating I engaged in prior to starting W30. Now when I treat myself to some of my favorite foods that may be a little "off book," I'm making the decision that it's worth it for whatever the reason - special occasion, a rare food opportunity, a well-deserved treat.
    I'm not an all-or-nothing guy by nature but I have found some discipline I didn't know existed as result of this journey. For example, I haven't had a Diet Coke in 125 days - not bad for a guy who routinely drank six or eight a day before W30.
    I also have made the decision to stay away from sugar almost entirely, because I still have a ways to go to reach my weight goal and I have plenty of stored fat yet to be burned for energy. I'm sure there will be a day this summer when the only thing that will do on a hot South Carolina day is a dish of ice cream, but it hasn't happened yet.
    In some ways, I "failed" the reintroduction part, but in a way that works for me. I've found that I can be 80-90 percent compliant most days (100 percent on many), and still eat virtually everything I want. And the weight continues to slide off at a healthy rate.
    Beyond that, I have found a level of "functional fitness" that I haven't enjoyed in decades - as I have discovered in recent weeks by doing physical tasks such as trimming branches, cutting wood and push-mowing with ease that I couldn't have imagined four months ago. As I mentioned in previous posts, my overall energy is higher than it has been in years.
    And, I'd be lying if I said I didn't like the fact that family and friends are noticing. I am getting a steady stream of compliments on  my appearance, which is good for the ego. It also shows that people care, which is good for the soul. Both provide motivation to keep me on track.
    I've said this before, but it bears repeating. I have been, throughout my life, the least habit-forming person I know. I'm still surprised at the extent to which this journey has changed my relationship with food. 
    The secret, I've discovered, is there is no secret. You just have to value your health enough to stick with it and do your best to win every day.Trust me, if I can do this, you can.
    With appreciation,
    ML
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    peak reacted to Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    Hi, all:
    I'm back. In fact, I just finished Day 80.
    I know, because one of the many good habits I have picked up on my W30 journey is to keep track of my food and exercise, as well a few thoughts on how I'm feeling, on a daily basis.
    To be clear, I've not been compliant for 80 straight days, although the thought to try has crossed my mind a few times. I've reintroduced all the food groups that I avoided during my W30 period - with the exception of sugar, which I am really trying to do without. Some - dairy and legumes - have gone better than others - grains.
    To be even more clear, when I say reintroduced I don't mean on a daily - or even regular - basis. More days than not, I am completely, or nearly, compliant. This way of eating has become second nature and I've started to figure out how to handle the occasional craving, when to jump back on the wagon completely for a couple of days to keep my momentum going  - and perhaps most importantly for my sanity I'm starting to give myself permission to consciously ignore W30 for a good cause (like closing on the sale of our house last week, which we celebrated with a wonderful meal of pizza and champagne). 
    In a word, I've become mindful of what I am eating/drinking and why.
    My choices are conscious ones, and the vast majority of them have been good choices. It's empowering and the results have become a virtuous circle of weight loss, increased energy, better focus, terrific home-cooked meals, more sound sleep, better vital signs and a generally more relaxed demeanor.
    I'm down 30 pounds since mid-January. I'm working out 4-5 days a week, as opposed to 1-2 days a month. My blood pressure is lower than it's been in years and my resting heart rate is in the low 60s. 
    Beyond that, I look forward to tackling the day and seeing where this journey will take me next. I still have a ways to go to reach my weight goal, but for the first time in memory I see a path to get there. 
    I'm sure there will be more stumbles and obstacles in the days, weeks, months ahead.
    But that's OK, because I'm in charge of my life and this process. And that may be the biggest success of them all for me. 
    With appreciation to the W30 community and all those in my life who are providing support that has made all the difference.
    ML
     
     
     
     
     
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    peak reacted to kirkor in Gluten Free Humour   
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    peak got a reaction from Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    Just finished my first W30 and what you said is a BIG difference that I also noticed!
    Congrats to you!
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    peak got a reaction from Stackgrl in Any Colorado Whole 30'ers that started this week?   
    I will check in here as well, to read of your successes!
    I am starting on Tuesday, 27 Feb.
     
    frank.