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  1. And this is my second favorite quote of the day. I don't want to cheat my way through the entire season, but I plan to have a no-rules (or guidelines) day on 12/25! Including the big chocolate-peanut butter Reece's tree Santa always puts in my stocking!
  2. This might be my favorite quote of the day! Isn't this so true?? That is actually one of the ways I continue pursuing my fitness program, so I'm accountable to the hype. When someone says, "Oh my gosh, you didn't run TODAY, did you?", I simply love it when I can follow with a humble - yes.
  3. LOL! I'm victim to a consistently runny nose, too. Removing peanuts and soy seemed to help me the most with that. I quit my supplements for my W30 because of the soy oil base. Your fitness is impressive and inspirational!! I'm unfamiliar with many of the terms from your other post in the athletes forum, but I want to investigate now! Good luck! As you already know, one day at a time or even one meal at a time. You don't have to worry about the next 23 days, just your next meal.
  4. OH MY GOSH!! I just got back the medical summary from our yearly health screening at my workplace. I AM AMAZED!! For the past 5 years I've been actively losing weight, exercising and eating better. Each year my results have improved, but the jump in results this year is nothing short of miraculous!! I'm lucky that my glucose has always been good. My blood pressure was controlled by medication prior to 3 years ago when I lost just over 100 lb. and was able to discontinue it. Since then it has been in range and holding steady. But this is the great news: HDL (good) cholest
  5. This will be my second mini reset since my day 30 on September 10. Peanuts seem to be the only thing I *need* to avoid. I've never been a big fan of legumes, so that probably means I don't know how to prepare the properly. I just had blood taken to get the health insurance discount at work. It will be interesting to see the difference in my cholesterol and triglycerides after all the meat I've been eating. If those numbers are trending the wrong way, I may investigate more legumes, too! My biggest concern is avoiding peanuts, gluten and added sugar. Got to keep that sweet toot
  6. I get that, I do. But one thing I did not count on... IS ALL THE MONEY I'VE SAVED!! I was online paying bills lately and I was rolling in cash!!! I was afraid I'd forgotten to pay something important so I started to look through trends from the past few months v. earlier in the year and I'm spending much, much less on food. I'm eating MORE, eating better, feeling better, losing weight very slowly and saving money. It's phenomenal. I also spend more time standing up and moving around the kitchen either in prep, cooking or clean-up instead of spending that time being sedentary looking at a
  7. I believe my trainer would say BOTH but alternately. Do split routine for 2 weeks, then switch to full body for 2 weeks, then switch back. She would say - Keep your body guessing... "Oh my gosh, what is she doing? I've never done this before and I'm exhausted. BURN MORE FUEL (fat) !!"
  8. How's it going Amura? I feel like I need to do the same. I've been to several weddings and other celebrations this fall, my birthday was recently (which one must enjoy several times over with different groups: friends, family, work friends!) Thanksgiving is just around the corner, etc., etc. I'm afraid I have fallen off the wagon and it has run me over. This is a very good time for a reset - starting Friday, after my work friends and I have gals' night out!
  9. Love this!! Isn't it great and greatly freeing to FEEL the difference??!! My day 30 was Sept. 10 and I'm continuing as close to W30 as reasonable for me. (Ex: now I eat ketchup sometimes, breakfast sausage sometimes, I don't order anything with cheese but if cheese comes on it I don't made a big fuss, red wine now and again.) And just now I'm starting to notice my portions have been too big. I'm actually satisfied with about 75 - 80% of the amount of food I've been eating since mid-August. During W30, I made my plate and ate the whole thing regardless. It was A LOT of food! Now I'm a
  10. Well, now that you mention it, I'm not sure either...? I read the WHOLE30 book and that is what it suggests to get your body amped up and ready to start burning. In my mind running is a workout, so I was looking for ways for me to get in a pre-workout meal. I've been running routinely for about 5 years prior to my W30 and never had anything to eat prior to running, but if it would help my performance, my energy, my fat burning/muscle building then I was ready to try it. As stated, I've thus far not figured out something that works for me - so maybe I DON'T need this piece! How eye-opening
  11. Very good point, thank you! I guess I've been thinking almonds = peanuts, and "everyone" is always talking about eating peanuts for protein. Everyone except the W30 tribe! Thank you for the excellent suggestions. I love sweet potatoes and can certainly work with that. The protein is pricey, but looks ideal for my purposes. I have a hand-held immersion blender and I'm not afraid to use it. I'll give this a go next week!
  12. Heavens no! I do not ever feel overly hungry or tired or that my performance is suffering. I lost 4 lb. during W30 and another 3 lb. in the 5 weeks since. My goal is to lose 11 lb. more to hit "normal" on the BMI scale. I don't know why that's my goal, but it is... so continuing on this gentle path is working great for me! I run 5K on Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat mornings. I workout (45 min) at the gym on Mon/Wed and most Fridays, unless I get a better offer! *Sometimes* (2x per month max) I do Zumba on Tuesdays, Pilates on Thursdays, yoga on Saturdays. Just trying to keep my body guessing!
  13. Yes, I'm post W30, but I figure if the "chewing to make our body know it's time to start burning fuel for energy" works during W30, then it should work for me in my post ~ 85% W30 life style?? There is protein in the almond butter, but not a lot. I could add some protein powder, which I lived on prior to W30, especially if I can find some not artificially sweetened? My bigger problem is I'm TOO FREAKIN' LAZY to miss even one minute of sleep, so I want to eat something in the mornings that is as compliant as possible but doesn't take a lot of time to prepare and is not hard to digest resulti
  14. I'm too old for the hormone train to run me over, so thankful for that! But I so agree with how much easier it is when you are following strict W30 rules than when we're flying solo! When people asked me about my W30 and exclaimed over how they could NEVER manage it, I always answered that it's not these 30 days that worry me, it's the 335 that follow. I love your guidelines above and doing much the same for myself. I lost 4 lb. during my W30 (day 30 was Sept. 10) and 3 more lb. since. I feel very good about that, this is very sustainable for me. One tip I learned elsewhere about gu
  15. I'm continuing to struggle with a pre-workout meal. My post-run meal is called breakfast and my post-workout meal is called dinner, so I've got those covered. But getting some fuel at 5:30am and again in the car between work and the gym is perplexing me. Is this an option?? Over the weekend I made a smoothie with a gooey banana, almond butter and coconut milk THEN I PUT IT IN THE FREEZER! The next morning I took it out and thawed it in the microwave enough to be able to get a spoon in it. I added some blueberries and sliced almonds to the top and ate about half of it before my run.
  16. Another NSV that I keep forgetting to mention - my fingernails are getting really solid and strong! Maybe it's just my inner cavewoman getting ready for winter? But I'm attributing this to my diet. My hands look lovely!
  17. My daughter did W30 with me and these where her thoughts exactly. I live way out in the county and have lots of food in the kitchen and more of a routine for cooking and packing, but she lives in town, has a full and part time job, a big active dog and an busy, fun husband and social life. She would find herself just not eating because eating W30 was too much trouble, and she lost 17 lb. I actually ate A LOT more in calories and volume during W30 and still lost 4 lb. But she is really struggling to sustain. I am not struggling at all because all I had to due was change the foods I was buy
  18. Oh my gosh, isn't this wonderful??!! I was fishing last week at my parents' farm and caught a nice fish. I held it up and my fella took my picture with his phone. I assumed it was just upper torso, head and fish, but when he sent it to me, it was a full body shot - AND I LOOKED GOOD!! I wasn't posing or sucking anything in, and I still looked good!! It is so nice not to fret over my appearance constantly. I just look normal! And life is just generally easier when my mental real estate isn't constantly battling self esteem issues. It's just such a huge relief. YAY US!!
  19. I've been away from home on vacation for 9 days and now back to the real world. I went to visit my parents which involves A LOT of eating out and more drinking than my routine. I stayed about 60 - 70% W30 overall, but I did eat a sub sandwich from my favorite local spot and a sugar cookie shaped like a football while tailgating. I had one square of thin pizza at happy hour, and a slab of cornbread at the fish fry. My big splurge for the drive home was a massive burger on a pretzel bun (1/2 for lunch, 1/2 for dinner) and a cup of frozen custard. I didn't order anything with cheese, but did
  20. For the past couple of days, I've been reintroducing gluten grains and it went much better than expected after the non-glutens posted above. I had a beer Sunday night, whole wheat spaghetti noodles with lunch on Monday, on Monday night I had another beer and 2 small slices of deli whole grain bread (16 g, each), the same 2 slices of bread with breakfast Tuesday morning. Nothing seems amiss. The bread was delicious, literally tasted like cake. I broiled it with some slices of sun dried tomatoes on top and some of the oil from that jar. Although to be completely candid, I got very em
  21. That is great! Thanks for all the suggestions! I've been doing simple cooking pretty well but haven't ventured into the level you described, but I need to and I can, if I make the time for it. I was proud of myself for just making ghee... which I use every day. My favorite thing so far has been olive tapenade which I can get at the olive bar at Kroger. I put that sh** on everything!! Grilled fish, chicken, pork. Then for beef, I add a little tomato paste and coconut aminos for my own version of steak sauce. That has been my go-to meal save.
  22. Yesterday I reintroduced oatmeal/corn/rice, and I do not like how I feel today. After the oatmeal breakfast, I felt this mild jolt vibrate through my entire body lasting about 10 minutes after I'd finished my oatmeal. It was not unpleasant, but certainly not normal, not quite jittery but borderline. Then I fought gas for a few hours. Lunch was W30, but for dinner I had corn tortilla chips (maybe 10) with salsa, then a carnitas bowl on top of Mexican rice. I ate late, after socializing on the patio with neighbors (fire pit, watching sports). Again, much more gas than normal before bed. I
  23. On my days 5 and 6, I thought I was getting the flu! Good luck on getting through them, I'm cheering for you!!
  24. I felt and sometimes still feel the very same! My day 30 was on 9/10, but I'm reintroducing slowly and still doing full W30 on the in between days. I've had such an inconsistent relationship with food for so long that I'm still learning what is hungry and what is satisfied. I eat a LARGE amount of meat, a LARGE amount of veggies and an appropriate amount of fats when it's mealtime regardless of how hungry or not I was when I sat down. And when my plate is empty, sometimes I still feel something that I identify as hungry. How can this be when I've just consumed SO MUCH? I've been telling
  25. OMG - SO FUNNY! My Wednesday nights are always my challenge due to my schedule which is fully self-inflicted. I don't get home until after 9, but usually have dinner on the road (although I didn't last night) and then I sit my exhausted ass in front of the TV show Botched and I CAN'T LOOK AWAY!! It's like a car crash. Every Wednesday I remind myself that I'm going to feel like crap the next day if I don't shut it off and get to bed, but I want to watch just until the next commercial, then the one after that, then I might as well see the final results, then I want to see the intro of the ne