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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    Awesome!  I got 2 5 mile hikes in this weekend.  One in a steady rain (fell and cut up my knee and finger a good bit) and the second on a super windy and cold day with my bum knee.  Definitely feeling some Tiger Blood type energy which is nice.  No new food dreams thankfully but a lot of random dreams (bought a car that I'd never want to buy in one).  So my sleep has definitely improved.  Clothes are fitting that didn't fit before, brain much more nimble and my cravings are pretty much gone.  There were 2 dozen donuts in our Monday morning meeting and they didn't even tempt me...although they were Dunkin Donuts which are kind of trash anyway in my opinion.  
    Did a ton of meal prep yesterday but it was big stuff that will feed us for the next few days before needing to cook again.  Sheet pan Sweet Potatoes/Kale/Egg breakfast and Zucchini Lasagna.  Each one means 5 meals each for my wife and I.  
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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    Awesome!  I got 2 5 mile hikes in this weekend.  One in a steady rain (fell and cut up my knee and finger a good bit) and the second on a super windy and cold day with my bum knee.  Definitely feeling some Tiger Blood type energy which is nice.  No new food dreams thankfully but a lot of random dreams (bought a car that I'd never want to buy in one).  So my sleep has definitely improved.  Clothes are fitting that didn't fit before, brain much more nimble and my cravings are pretty much gone.  There were 2 dozen donuts in our Monday morning meeting and they didn't even tempt me...although they were Dunkin Donuts which are kind of trash anyway in my opinion.  
    Did a ton of meal prep yesterday but it was big stuff that will feed us for the next few days before needing to cook again.  Sheet pan Sweet Potatoes/Kale/Egg breakfast and Zucchini Lasagna.  Each one means 5 meals each for my wife and I.  
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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    Can't believe we're almost halfway there.  No running last night just a very vigorous ride on my stationary bike (averaged about 14.4 MPH hills and all).  Had plenty of energy the whole time.  I really need to get over my unwillingness to run in the dark. 
    I also had the absolute strangest food dream last night and it FELT REAL. I was eating some chili that had corn in it and thinking to myself, "oh yeah corn is allowed now."  Then realized after I'd eaten it that I was totally wrong.  Fell into my old habit of "Oh well, I screwed up, I'll have a big piece of cornbread now too" ate it and immediately was freaking out.  It's so strange how these come up, and odd that it's almost always foods that I really don't miss (Vienna Fingers the other night, now Corn in Chili??).  I'd understand if it were cheesecake, pizza or pasta, but those two are most definitely not things I crave (or in the case of Vienna Fingers - even like!). 
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    pags98 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in The hardest part is saying goodbye to cheese - help!   
    This may sound odd, but try adding sun-dried tomatoes to recipes you might normally use cheese for.  I make a Kale Frittata and usually it would have cheese, but the sun-dried tomatoes give that bite to it.  Also, in the zucchini lasagna I make it uses egg on top to mimic the toasty looking cheese.  I love cheese, my blood type is cheese, but honestly in my now 3rd whole30 I haven't missed it that much and after my first one I mostly removed dairy from my diet due to the distress I found out it causes me. 
    Another thing I've tried (but honestly not too much or too hard) is nutritional yeast.  
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    pags98 reacted to NathalyAF in Doctor's orders meets readiness to act   
    Hi all! I'm a 36 y/o breadwinning mom with a demanding dream job and beautiful little family. I'm overweight (5'6", 210 lbs) and have PCOS. We're thinking about having #2 but before making the dive I've been working on prioritizing "self-care", stress reduction and generally achieving a better sense of balance (i.e., making time for friends, hobbies, hubby, exercise, etc in addition to work & mommying).
    Part of the self-care has been making the time to deal with annoying health issues I've been ignoring for a long time. I've been going to the dermatologist to deal with persistent acne for over a year now with no noticeable results. In the last meeting, my derm suggested starting Accutane which I've been apprehensive about. I went to my primary yesterday evening to discuss and after reviewing my family history of insulin resistance (long line of diabetics on my dad's side), my primary recommended me trying the whole 30. I started this morning. So far, so good!
    Wish me luck!!
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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    I had my 5k this weekend and I was a minute off my best pace which sucks, but I attribute that to lack of training with the weather/early darkness we've been having.  I have to exercise outside, the boredom of a treadmill is just too much for me.  I can do a bike inside but that's about it.  My legs just didn't seem to have the energy needed to keep up my pace.  Otherwise doing great, having great sleep, did have a food dream (about Vienna Fingers of all things - I don't even like Vienna Fingers).  3 meals a day has been perfect this time (previously was not able to get away from snacking).  Hoping I can get more (and faster) workouts in before my next 5k in Feb. I definitely have had pizza cravings of late.  Fortunately that's the only thing.  
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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    Done very little running these last few days but did 2 5 mile strenuous hikes.  On the second one I did a bit of running but just didn't have the "legs" I think partly because of my body adapting to the food and partly due to my 5 miler the day before combined with a trip to 6 Flags with my kids after.  Walking around an amusement park after a 5 mile hike definitely gets those legs burned out.  I also didn't fuel before the second one because I was in a rush to get out the door!
    Food is definitely going easily.  Did a ton of meal prep last night.  A Kale/Sundried Tomato/Artichoke/Canadian Bacon Fritatta, Chicken Tikka Masala, 2 Pans of Roasted beets and a Pureed Butternut Squash recipe.  
    Have to get a few runs in this week as I have a 5k Saturday!
     
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    pags98 got a reaction from jenrunsaustin in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    I'm a relatively new runner even though I'm in my 40s, I abused food for many many years and running was not even close to an option (I was the guy you hoped for if there was a bear nearby - you just had to outrun me). 
    I started around March of last year and did my first 5k in May.  I did a total of 6 this year and did 1 successful and 1 unsuccessful (28 day) Whole30.  I did a 5k in the midst of my successful Whole30.  But a 5k is much different than your numbers of course. Hah.
    My running goals this year are to run the Peachtree Road Race (10k) in July, a Half Marathon in the Fall and 10 5K races sprinkled in throughout the year (my first will be on January 12th).  I'm a slow runner at the current time but I've been getting better.  My first 5k was 39 minutes in May and I'm around 33 minutes now.  So my other running goal will be getting my first sub-30 5k.  Baby steps for sure.  I didn't really know how to improve my speed until doing more research recently so hoping to break many more barriers.  I was pondering doing the run the year as well but my combine that with my biking.  
    I enjoy hiking as well and have started doing some trail running which I absolutely love.  So I anticipate doing more of that this year!
    All that to say, I'm also starting Jan 2nd. 
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    pags98 got a reaction from tinman57 in Whole 30 Victories   
    My wife and I completed our First Whole30 (I have a feeling we'll be doing more).  We were both ecstatic with our weight loss (19 pounds for me and 16 for her), but the NSV's were so much more amazing!
    Bowel Movements are normal now (previously a big issue for me) Kicked the Caffeine Dragon (I don't like coffee so I was Mr. Coke Zero) Kicked the artificial Sugar Dragon (see above) Clothes fit better Sleep is Amazing Energy is consistent throughout the day Mental Clarity (I was finding myself not being able to summon the right word - now that's gone) Found that there are some amazing healthy whole30 recipes that we want in our "daily" life Found great support and ideas on Instagram I didn't find "Tiger Blood" but I'd say I found "Tiger Cub Blood" This is going to be a big part of our life going forward.  Both for weight loss/maintenance and for feeling amazing.
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    I won't be making it the full 30 days.  Unfortunately I didn't factor in our annual trip to apple picking and pumpkin farm.  I have my kiddos every other week and the ex-wife has them the others.  Due to conflicts this weekend was the only weekend I could take them before Halloween which, in the case of pumpkin carving, meant we had to do it this weekend.  Well there's a once a year apple fritter that I just "must" have.  So I let that derail my entire weekend.  I willingly did the fritter then my old habit of "oh well I screwed up now time to really screw up" reared its ugly head.  The only good news about this is I feel terrible physically as a result so it reaffirms my need to keep a mostly whole30 diet. I did lose an additional 7 pounds this whole30 (technically I lost 21 from the beginning of it but I'm only counting the difference from my first to this one).  
    Best of luck these last two days.  I'll continue to watch the thread and your results!
    Incidentally I am back to Whole30 for the next full week until I go on a business trip next week which will also be as close to Whole30 as I can be given the constraints of my training!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Hopefully everyone is still doing well.  It's been a bit quiet on this thread so either people are finding it easier or have given up. Hopefully it's the former versus the latter!  I did a lot of meal prep yesterday and got a great haul from the farmer's market Saturday.  Should keep me less bored this week with some wonderful new options.  I was able to conquer a hill on my bike yesterday (TWICE) that I could only get halfway up even a week and a half ago so I think I've found my tiger's blood.  
    I know I continue to lose weight because people keep making comments so that's another plus.  My sleep has been amazing again this whole30 just like the last one and my energy level is just so steady.  That's one of my favorite things about whole30.  I also really do notice when I have a carb for a workout and how it boosts my energy.  Before food was food and I never really noticed a difference between foods because it was all so bad.  But I've done a sweet potato with cashew butter and also dried blueberries before my last two bike sessions and I could tell I had more energy to get through. 
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    pags98 got a reaction from Sconnie715 in Starting Oct 1   
    Oh two other things to note (hacks if you will)
    If you only get Guac, Lettuce and Carnitas make sure they ring you up for a "Triple Play" it makes the guacamole basically "free"  If you have 3 items or less in your bowl it's a triple play which I believe they charge $4.99 for.  The guac Is $2.30 or whatever and so your meal is under $8! This is another reason I don't get salsa.
    Second, ask for a BOWL not a salad.  If you ask for a Salad they put lettuce in first then carnitas.  If you ask for a bowl they'll put carnitas in first.  Why does this matter you may ask?  Because human nature often takes over and the employees put more carnitas in to fill the bowl. This results in you sometimes getting almost a double meat portion without paying extra!  Then add your guac and lettuce at the end.
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Hopefully everyone is still doing well.  It's been a bit quiet on this thread so either people are finding it easier or have given up. Hopefully it's the former versus the latter!  I did a lot of meal prep yesterday and got a great haul from the farmer's market Saturday.  Should keep me less bored this week with some wonderful new options.  I was able to conquer a hill on my bike yesterday (TWICE) that I could only get halfway up even a week and a half ago so I think I've found my tiger's blood.  
    I know I continue to lose weight because people keep making comments so that's another plus.  My sleep has been amazing again this whole30 just like the last one and my energy level is just so steady.  That's one of my favorite things about whole30.  I also really do notice when I have a carb for a workout and how it boosts my energy.  Before food was food and I never really noticed a difference between foods because it was all so bad.  But I've done a sweet potato with cashew butter and also dried blueberries before my last two bike sessions and I could tell I had more energy to get through. 
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Carnitas, Lettuce, Guacamole for me.  All salsas except the Corn are okay as well for everyone else.  I just don't like spicy.
    @ShannonM816 thank you for the link.  My wife was in straight break mode last night and I wasn't much behind her but we were able to get through it by going to bed lol.
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    pags98 got a reaction from Azul Marino in New and doing Whole30 in Mexico   
    Best of luck Azul!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    That's awesome @Betsie_n !  
    This weekend will be challenging for me simply because I'm going camping with my son's Cub Scout Pack.  But I've bought some Turkey Breast that is compliant and am going to make some hard boiled eggs when I get home to have for breakfast tomorrow.  Then I'll probably whip up some tuna fish with compliant mayo and relish to keep in the Yeti for dinner tomorrow night.  Really not that hard when you have a plan I guess!
    Good luck everyone for the weekend!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Sconnie715 in Starting Oct 1   
    Oh two other things to note (hacks if you will)
    If you only get Guac, Lettuce and Carnitas make sure they ring you up for a "Triple Play" it makes the guacamole basically "free"  If you have 3 items or less in your bowl it's a triple play which I believe they charge $4.99 for.  The guac Is $2.30 or whatever and so your meal is under $8! This is another reason I don't get salsa.
    Second, ask for a BOWL not a salad.  If you ask for a Salad they put lettuce in first then carnitas.  If you ask for a bowl they'll put carnitas in first.  Why does this matter you may ask?  Because human nature often takes over and the employees put more carnitas in to fill the bowl. This results in you sometimes getting almost a double meat portion without paying extra!  Then add your guac and lettuce at the end.
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    My wife and I are both really struggling with cravings right now.  Moreso than our first Whole30.  I think the novelty of it has worn off the second time.  There have been many times where we wanted to just say "scrap it" (although a different word from scrap!).  Fortunately we've both hit those points at different times so we've been able to pull each other through.  I never would have thought it would be harder the second time around.  From a food perspective and preparation perspective it's easier, but from a mindset perspective it's definitely harder!
    NSV so far are my allergies/stuffiness are already better, sleep is very deep and my energy levels do not drop off at all.
    Made a Buffalo Chicken Casserole last night with Spaghetti Squash that will cover us for a few meals the next few days.  I tasted a bit of it last night and it was amazing. Definitely looking forward to that tonight.  Today's lunch will have to be on the road (Chipotle or Zoe's) due to a client meeting.  I was looking forward to having the casserole for lunch but that's a no go with no microwave.
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    pags98 got a reaction from SharynF in Starting Oct 1   
    @SharynF I'd never even thought of that.  Silly me!  Thanks for the heads up.  
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Well we're halfway there!  This weekend was challenging with the camping, but not as challenging as I thought.  I prepared well.  Honestly the only thing I craved despite having cinnamon rolls, bread, s'mores in front of me was the hummus.  I consider that a victory over my sugar dragon.  Of course I couldn't have the hummus either. :)  Also went to the movie with my kids and despite them having popcorn I made it through that as well.
    Spent a TON of time prepping yesterday but most of it was idle time so not too bad.  I did two pans each of Roasted Beets and Broccoli and a Spaghetti Squash.  Eating the last of my compliant turkey in turkey rollup format today and then I have to get to cooking some meats.  I realized that I have a business trip right as I should be in the midst of re-introduction so that may be my next big challenge.  
    The beets I bought were untrimmed so I actually cooked the beet greens which I'd never had before.  They were quite good!
    This morning I was greeted with some paleo muffins that a coworker made not knowing about SWYPO.  I told her thanks and that I'd love to try the recipe in a few weeks. :) It had honey and vanilla extract in the recipe so wouldn't have been compliant even if it weren't SWYPO!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    That's awesome @Betsie_n !  
    This weekend will be challenging for me simply because I'm going camping with my son's Cub Scout Pack.  But I've bought some Turkey Breast that is compliant and am going to make some hard boiled eggs when I get home to have for breakfast tomorrow.  Then I'll probably whip up some tuna fish with compliant mayo and relish to keep in the Yeti for dinner tomorrow night.  Really not that hard when you have a plan I guess!
    Good luck everyone for the weekend!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    That's awesome @Betsie_n !  
    This weekend will be challenging for me simply because I'm going camping with my son's Cub Scout Pack.  But I've bought some Turkey Breast that is compliant and am going to make some hard boiled eggs when I get home to have for breakfast tomorrow.  Then I'll probably whip up some tuna fish with compliant mayo and relish to keep in the Yeti for dinner tomorrow night.  Really not that hard when you have a plan I guess!
    Good luck everyone for the weekend!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Here on day 11 I re-discovered a place I love to eat.  Zoe's Kitchen.  When not on Whole30 I loooove their cauliflower rice bowl but the feta and tzatziki are offlimits for Whole30 of course.  Zoe's has now included on their menu the items that are Whole30 compliant so today for a business lunch I had the Mediterranean Chicken, Grilled Vegetables and Potato Salad.  It was amazing and I'm glad to have another option besides Chipotle for fast casual food!
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    pags98 reacted to TamMarie in Starting Oct 1   
    Hi Folks!  I am doing my 7th Whole30.  Each time I learn something new during the re-introduction phase.  We do the reset quarterly.
    I started the whole30 journey a year and a half ago with the first one completed April 2017.  My husband and I do this together.  His doctor suggested it at the same time my dietitian suggested it.  I was suffering from anxiety, headaches, nausea, and extreme fatigue (that my primary doctor called normal for me). 
    For me, my symptoms were because of certain foods that I was eating and the whole30 proved to me that I could feel good! And how I was feeling was not normal (which I knew).  I also found that I cannot eat almond flour, cauliflower or coconut milk.
    I have lots some weight and inches but that is not why I am doing this.  I want to feel good consistently!  Looking better is a bonus!
    I do the slow slide (food freedom forever book triggers) back to feeling yucky between resets.  Eat something I know will cause issues because it is super yummy.  Feel okay.  Repeat, until I hit a wall and end up exhausted headache anxiety.  But I am getting better and making better choices more often.
    I love this forum and try to join a group each time for support!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Had a busy schedule with the kiddos last night so my wife made an amaaazing dinner of Whole30 Compliant Salisbury Steak Meatballs over Carrot Noodles. OMG so good!  This morning back to basics of some eggs with spinach, a Pederson Farms Spicy Whole30 Breakfast Sausage, some grapes and grape tomatoes for Breakfast.  Lunch has been eating out far too much and today will be the same so probably go to Zoe's Kitchen as Chipotle is getting boring (I think  had Chipotle Thursday, Friday and Yesterday for lunch).  I need to just do better meal prep and wake up earlier in the morning to pack my lunch.  But still staying compliant despite many food distractions including someone baking an amazing looking apple pie for the office yesterday.  
    We also found some dried carrots at Costco that are compliant this weekend.  They're really good!