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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!
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    pags98 reacted to MarianneF in Here I go!   
    Bought my book ... went grocery shopping ... purged everything from the fridge and pantry ... looks like I'm ready!  Tomorrow is Day 1!
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    pags98 got a reaction from alid247 in Starting Oct 1   
    Day 8.  It seems like this whole30 is going super fast!  Made some fun items this weekend.  This week I plan on making zucchini lasagna (one of my favorites since it works for about 8 meals).  I'll also slow cook some pork shoulder for easy shredded pork options and I found some compliant turkey breast at Costco this weekend.  It's the little things!
    Hope everyone made it through our first weekend intact!
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    pags98 got a reaction from alid247 in Starting Oct 1   
    Day 8.  It seems like this whole30 is going super fast!  Made some fun items this weekend.  This week I plan on making zucchini lasagna (one of my favorites since it works for about 8 meals).  I'll also slow cook some pork shoulder for easy shredded pork options and I found some compliant turkey breast at Costco this weekend.  It's the little things!
    Hope everyone made it through our first weekend intact!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Kudos - always pays to ask rather than to mess up!  Amazing how most restaurants will work with you if you are nice about it rather than being a jerk.  I've heard so many people just degrade the waiter/waitress while complaining about what they can or can't have.  Treat them like a person and they'll usually go out of their way to help you!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Kudos - always pays to ask rather than to mess up!  Amazing how most restaurants will work with you if you are nice about it rather than being a jerk.  I've heard so many people just degrade the waiter/waitress while complaining about what they can or can't have.  Treat them like a person and they'll usually go out of their way to help you!
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    pags98 reacted to Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Hi all- I had oral surgery on day 3 so it was a challenging day for food. I ate compliant food but definitely did not meet the meal template, which is fine given the situation.
    The biggest win was day 2 when I was so anxious about the surgery I wanted to eat ALL THE THINGS! I have some PTSD from several prior surgeries so I was terrified. I stayed on track and today I'm able to eat semi normal so I think I'm going to live. 
    Cheers to day 4!
    Betsie
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    pags98 got a reaction from alid247 in Starting Oct 1   
    Ironically I feel like the second time around is harder for me.  The first time it was the accomplishment that drove me, this time I feel like "done this before I've already proven I can so why should I keep going?"  That's just the easy and bad food talking to me when I'm tired and didn't have time to meal prep this weekend.  So last night I doubled down and meal prepped some more mid-week.  Made some Lemon and Kale Riced Cauliflower, Chicken Chorizo and pre-baked some spaghetti squash to make it easier to cook dinner tonight.   
    I feel great and I'm with you @SharynF on the weighing but yeah....I save my inches until the end, but weight is something I love to monitor.  So I guess until I don't weigh I won't be able to say I'm officially a Whole30 completer but the process (and progress) intrigue me.
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    pags98 got a reaction from alid247 in Starting Oct 1   
    Ironically I feel like the second time around is harder for me.  The first time it was the accomplishment that drove me, this time I feel like "done this before I've already proven I can so why should I keep going?"  That's just the easy and bad food talking to me when I'm tired and didn't have time to meal prep this weekend.  So last night I doubled down and meal prepped some more mid-week.  Made some Lemon and Kale Riced Cauliflower, Chicken Chorizo and pre-baked some spaghetti squash to make it easier to cook dinner tonight.   
    I feel great and I'm with you @SharynF on the weighing but yeah....I save my inches until the end, but weight is something I love to monitor.  So I guess until I don't weigh I won't be able to say I'm officially a Whole30 completer but the process (and progress) intrigue me.
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    pags98 got a reaction from alid247 in Starting Oct 1   
    Glad we have so many onboard for October.  Welcome to the new folks.  Day 3 isn't so bad for me so far.  I did wake up with a hangover like headache (had the same during my July Whole30 so I knew to expect it).  My flu-like symptoms from yesterday are gone - so I'm not sure if it's that I'm back on my Zyrtec or if it's the Whole30 blues.  Either way it's gone so I'm happy.  
    I've had Chipotle for lunch the last two days and I wish I could get a straight answer on their Chorizo but given that there's conflicting information I've stuck with the Carnitas.  Next week's lunches will be planned though so I can get more variety. 
    Hoping to be able to start my exercise regimen again tomorrow as I have a 5k at the end of the month and I want to keep improving my pace each time.