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    annabel got a reaction from javajane3 in So tired during my runs......   
    It was 3 weeks or so till I felt good while running, but my pace didn't improve till about day 30 when I all of a sudden dropped about a minute/mile off my times.
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    annabel got a reaction from tangerine in Gaining weight over the years from eating this way   
    I think the portion size comment is useful.  I've reduced my portions dramatically since my first W30 and still think I'm eating more food than I need most days.
     
    And the protein shakes - My husband uses them as a way to get extra calories into his diet. 
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    annabel got a reaction from jjo in Bee Pollen & Almond Milk   
    I've been curious about the soup thing as well.
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    annabel reacted to missmary in I work out at 4AM - is it really important to eat before - no appetite then!   
    Bethany hinted at this before, but I'm going to put it fully out in the open: Please consider the possibility that waking up at 4am to do 2 hours of "light elliptical" work is NOT actually making you more healthy. 
     
    I work out every morning, and I get it: both the physical and psychological benefits are real, BUT, I have a strong feeling you could do better for your body cutting back to 30 minutes of more intense workout (hill sprints? kettlebells? strength training?) and sleeping an hour and 30 minutes more. That plus a walk outdoors later in the day with the kids could be magical. 
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    annabel got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Day25 great but....   
    Do you have a slow cooker?  That almost feels as if someone else is cooking for you, when you come in and there's a hot meal waiting for you 
     
    I do most of the cooking in the house, so completely understand where you're coming from.  I was chuffed to find frozen burgers in the freezer this morning that I'd made a few weeks ago - It feels different than the cooking on the weekend for the rest of the week.
     
    I definitely make a lot more simple meals (just meat & veg/salad) than I did when I first started eating Whole 30.  If you live with anyone else. get them to help you with the cooking.... at least that can change it up a bit and relieve some of the pressure.  Or if not, invite some friends round and cook a meal together.  
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    annabel reacted to Derval in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Can you build a pyramid with the eggs?
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    annabel got a reaction from Physibeth in Am I On Track?   
    My husband was tired all the time as well before he started a Whole 30.  As in, asleep in bed by 8:30 most nights, after a nap on the couch after work.  Following the Whole 30 did sort out his sleep and tiredness after about 2 weeks.
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    annabel got a reaction from CharDoll in August 4 Start Group   
    Vicki - "partner" is the word people use here, but maybe that still implies a same-sex relationship in the US.   I see OH (other half) used on the internet a lot too.
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    annabel got a reaction from CharDoll in August 4 Start Group   
    Vicki - "partner" is the word people use here, but maybe that still implies a same-sex relationship in the US.   I see OH (other half) used on the internet a lot too.
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    annabel got a reaction from Physibeth in Ok- new- please help!   
    Do you have a slow cooker?  There are plenty of recipes with minimal effort and you come home to a cooked meal. 
     
    These are some of my regulars:
    http://paleomg.com/leftovers-brazilian-curry-chicken/
    http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/10/16/slow-cooker-italian-pork-roast/
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/7205-oh-man-brisket/
    http://nomnompaleo.com/post/17812627326/the-healthy-gluten-free-lifes-dutch-oven-pork-roast  (more prep involved, but one of my favourites)
     
    Also, you don't need to eat eggs for breakfast, I eat leftovers a lot.  And my new favourite breakfast is soup (with protein on the side, either eggs or leftover meat from the slow cooker)
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    annabel got a reaction from Derval in Wholly Awesome!   
    Ooh, I wish I'd read about the Lidl shopping earlier.  I never get to Lidl's, but there's one just around the corner from my course.  I'll have to see what they have when I'm back on Monday.
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    annabel got a reaction from bee.roberts in Starting July 21   
    Glad to see everyone is still doing well.
     
    My language course started on Monday - so, from the time I leave my house at 7:45 to when I get home at 5:30 I'm not really using English. Thus, posting is pretty much non-existent as my brain isn't really cooperating here.
     
    But, I've made it through three days of class without biscuits.  Unlike every other course I've done where the pack of biscuits is opened with about 10 minutes of class starting.  (And chocolate biscuits are most definitely a healthy breakfast).
     
    I've been eating lots of lovely food though and have some salmon fish cakes in the oven right now that smell lush.  But they're for breakfast tomorrow.
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    annabel got a reaction from MeadowLily in Day 6 not sure I can continue   
    You don't need to eat organic everything.  
     
    There have been loads of threads about budget whole 30s if you have a bit of a search:
     
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/9559-spending-way-too-much-on-groceries/
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/11711-feeding-a-family-of-5-on-a-budgetneed-suggestions/
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    annabel reacted to Shelldandon in August 1st Group Thread   
    Here goes...
    My name is Shelley and I live in Wales. I have a two year old son, I work as a manager in the learning and development of our local health board and I'm studying to do a degree in psychology. I've always always always had a very poor relationship with food. I have spent a lot of my life being overweight, though my weight has ranged from 118lbs to 241lbs. I have spent a few months following whole30 on Instagram and have finally built up to starting it for real on 1st August. I am doing this so that I can break the addiction I have with the wrong foods, find out what my body actually can/can't deal with, learn how to listen to my body and so that I can take pictures of myself win my little boy, rather than it just being him only. My greatest challenges will be myself and between meal eating.
    I hope that this group will give me the encouragement that I need, just as I'm going to be giving as much encouragement as I can to others.
    Speak soon!
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    annabel got a reaction from Physibeth in Ok- new- please help!   
    Do you have a slow cooker?  There are plenty of recipes with minimal effort and you come home to a cooked meal. 
     
    These are some of my regulars:
    http://paleomg.com/leftovers-brazilian-curry-chicken/
    http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/10/16/slow-cooker-italian-pork-roast/
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/7205-oh-man-brisket/
    http://nomnompaleo.com/post/17812627326/the-healthy-gluten-free-lifes-dutch-oven-pork-roast  (more prep involved, but one of my favourites)
     
    Also, you don't need to eat eggs for breakfast, I eat leftovers a lot.  And my new favourite breakfast is soup (with protein on the side, either eggs or leftover meat from the slow cooker)
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    annabel got a reaction from MeadowLily in Starting July 21   
    Morning everyone!  Day 5 already.  I'm trying going with a smaller breakfast this morning as I'm finding that I'm not hungry enough during the day to eat the rest of my meals at a reasonable time.
     
    I managed to cut my thumb last night with my julienne peeler.  And that was after setting a tea towel on fire in the morning when using a small cast iron pan on the larger burner with too much flame.  I really can't be trusted in the kitchen. 
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    annabel got a reaction from Cate B. in Major Failure - multiple times. What's wrong?   
    I find that I'm really unsuccessful with doing a Whole 30 if I don't go in with the full intention of completing 30 days.  
     
    On your attempts where you stopped part of the way through did you make a food log on the site?  And did you participate in one of the posts with people who started around the same time as you?  I've found both of those to be really helpful.  
     
    Maybe wait until August 1st as there should be a large group of people starting around then and their excitement might help to propel you along.  Then you can spend the next week sorting things out and doing everything to prepare yourself for it so that you can avoid the difficulties you've encountered on your recent goes.
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    annabel got a reaction from Cate B. in Major Failure - multiple times. What's wrong?   
    I find that I'm really unsuccessful with doing a Whole 30 if I don't go in with the full intention of completing 30 days.  
     
    On your attempts where you stopped part of the way through did you make a food log on the site?  And did you participate in one of the posts with people who started around the same time as you?  I've found both of those to be really helpful.  
     
    Maybe wait until August 1st as there should be a large group of people starting around then and their excitement might help to propel you along.  Then you can spend the next week sorting things out and doing everything to prepare yourself for it so that you can avoid the difficulties you've encountered on your recent goes.
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    annabel got a reaction from EJSmadhatter in Starting July 21   
    I'm starting the 21st as well.
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    annabel reacted to pipsqueak in Major Failure - multiple times. What's wrong?   
     
    First of all, you can do it. Thousands of people have. You can too. The text of your post, though, echoes my best friend a lot. She wants to lose 35lbs but just "can't seem to do it" either. In fact, she was supposed to start this Whole30 with me (I'm on Day 22) and when I texted her on Day 1, she told me she already failed with cookie cake. :|
     
    Her entire personal reward system is structured around food and alcohol. She feels highly entitled to enjoy treats because it's a "special occasion." Well, unfortunately, our bodies don't really care about special occasions. You can talk yourself into anything being a special occasion. Most occasions aren't that special though. You have to rule your mind, and not let it rule you. Discipline is a muscle that can be flexed and strengthened, and you have it in you to do it. You just have to find it.
     
    Remember, every day is a new day. I have come up with a little system to remind myself of this. Before I started, I browsed the web for inspirational quotes. I wrote one quote down on 30 strips of paper and made a paper chain. Each morning, I rip off a circle and read the quote. I write it on our white board on the fridge, where I also keep a countdown. It's a little ritual that reminds me that each day is like starting over. I can send you my list of quotes, if you'd like. The morning ritual helps break up the length of the program into manageable parts and it gives me something to look forward to.
     
    This is my 5th Whole30. Undoubtedly, it has been my most difficult for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I cut out caffeine cold turkey (I know it's permitted but I was overly dependent) so my first two weeks were a miserable haze of headaches and fatigue. I actually posted here seeking help.
     
    It's also been a month positively chock full of "special occasions."
     
    A 4th of July cookout/festival/fireworks. It took me a day and a half to prep enough food potluck-style so that I wouldn't go hungry all day (we were at my grandma's house two hours away from home) but not alienate everyone by bringing "my own food." Luckily my sister is pregnant so I wasn't the only one not drinking, but not enjoying a beer on a hot night watching fireworks really does suck. My niece's third birthday was that Saturday. No cake for me. Whipped cream icing. My favorite. Should I have indulged because it was a "special occasion"? Everyone told me to, but she's three and won't remember anyway. And even if she could remember, who cares? It's cake. There are 335 other days this year where I could eat cake. These 30 days are not included. There will be another birthday. Should I have toasted champagne with everyone when we found out my sister is having a boy? I could have, but instead she and I clinked our cans of LaCroix and that was enough.
     
    It was a really really tough weekend. But when I drove home Sunday morning, the feeling of success after staying 100% compliant was unrivaled. The cravings, feelings of missing out, everything literally vanished in the glow of pride at my own discipline. It's possible. I can't tell you what it feels like. I can only tell you to reach for this feeling, and you will know what Whole30 success feels like.
     
    The next Friday, we took my niece to the zoo. Where do we end up for lunch? The zoo food court. The smell of funnel cakes and burgers. Oh god it smelled so good. Nothing compliant to eat whatsoever. I ate my niece's apple and that was it. It was difficult and I was still hungry, but I am the master of my own actions. Where do we end up for dinner? A pizza chain. I ordered grilled chicken and steamed broccoli. It had zero seasoning whatsoever. Blandest food I've ever eaten. Could I have just said, screw it, I'm hungry! I'm driving an hour and a half home and I want to eat! Give me a beer! Sure, I could have. But (despite the blandness) once I had a full tummy, looking back, a couple hours of being a little hungry was nothing. Nothing. Nothing, compared to the feeling of pride and accomplishment I felt knowing I conquered this battle.
     
    The very next day, it was Catholic festival day, which is really nothing but an unlimited beer fest. The smell of fair food. The whole experience. We go every year. This year I even won a bottle of wine at adult ring toss (which I can't drink yet). This was the first night I really really wanted a drink, particularly because we got stuck having to make small talk with a somewhat estranged family member that I really just don't care for. Being sober was damn near excruciating. Eventually I excused myself to "go to the bathroom" (aka browse the silent auctions... for 45 minutes) and, after lots of walking around and chatting with friends and dominating ring toss and losing at pull tabs, eventually, we were home. When I woke up and cooked breakfast the next day, I had the same reflections. That night was nothing. It was one night. A couple hours. Estranged family? Suck it. Zoo food court? Suck it. Bland chicken? Suck it. Bottle of wine? I can wait. I conquered it all. It sucked, and there were many times where I really wanted to just give in but I made this commitment to myself.
     
    Oh hey it's not even over. My brother is, basically, a rockstar. His band was performing at Mayhem Fest this past weekend. Korn was there too. I love Korn. One of my favorite bands, though I'd never seen them live. Ever hang out on a tour bus where the rider includes cases of PBR and a couple bottles of Jack Daniels (my other lover)? I only see my brother a couple times a year due to his tour schedule but when we do get together it usually is celebratory time. Not to mention, that's just what musicians on tour do, especially when their sets wrap up at 5 in the afternoon. Drinky time. I really wanted to have a shot with my little brother, for traditions' sake, because Korn is a favorite of both of ours and it was just a thing between us.
     
    But you just have to ask yourself. Do I really want to throw away three weeks of progress for one day? Will this day ever happen again? No. Does it really matter? What am I really missing if I don't participate? The truth is, you will discover, always nothing. You aren't missing anything. You just think you are. Rule your mind. You have to ask yourself that same question on day 2, and day 3, and every new day. What are you throwing away for the sake of one tiny indulgence? When you find yourself tempted, take 10 minutes to write down why you really need that bagel or that ice cream or that delicious, succulent shot of Jack Daniels. (Hint: You will never have anything to write.) When you realize you're trying to find a good reason to eat ice cream (Hint 2: it's not a special occasion) you'll have one of those "what am I doing with my life" moments and realize that no cheat or treat is worth the progress you've made so far.
     
    Not to mention, Jonathan Davis (singer of Korn) has been sober for like fifteen years so I really had no excuse to indulge. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
    And, once again, I found myself on that long drive home, smiling at my success. I did it. It's not easy. Not one day has been easy. But they have been worth it, even if I couldn't see that until the day was over. It's been a month full of "special occasions" and I have conquered them all. And that is special.
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    annabel got a reaction from bede0713 in Starting July 21   
    Day 2 is going well for me so far.  Omelette (2 eggs, ham, peppers, mushroom & ham) and a salad for breakfast.  Leftover taco meat, kale, carrots & tomato for lunch along with some blueberries.  Not quite sure what's for dinner, I have some mince that needs using up so probably burgers.
     
    Bede - when I eat according to the template I can easily go 6 hours between my meals.
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    annabel got a reaction from drtracyb in Whole 30 starting Jan 1   
    I'm just back now getting ready to start another Whole 30 next week. Have fun in Italy, I was there just before Christmas and the food was fabulous.
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    annabel got a reaction from GoJo09 in School lunches whilst paleo (almost whole30) at home?   
    They could well ask for proof, the government (and by extension, British schools) know what's best for you. 
     
    It seems to be that the more lovely, healthy things you cook at home the less your children will enjoy what's given to them at school.  My husband won't go anywhere near frozen breaded chicken any more.  Every once in a while he decides to get food from the canteen at work and then comes home and moans and complains about the food and swears off it again.
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    annabel got a reaction from GoJo09 in School lunches whilst paleo (almost whole30) at home?   
    They could well ask for proof, the government (and by extension, British schools) know what's best for you. 
     
    It seems to be that the more lovely, healthy things you cook at home the less your children will enjoy what's given to them at school.  My husband won't go anywhere near frozen breaded chicken any more.  Every once in a while he decides to get food from the canteen at work and then comes home and moans and complains about the food and swears off it again.
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    annabel got a reaction from corgicoconut in Physibeth's Post-W30 Log   
    Sounds like you did quite well at your parties.
     
    My husband and I used to play loads of World of Warcraft when we lived in Japan, upwards of 12 hours a day.  I still haven't found another game that I enjoy as much, and would probably still be playing WoW if not for how mind-numbingly easy it became to level new characters and our guild losing just enough players to make raiding difficult.