Angelia

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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. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Now that the kids are grown, I have a little more disposable income so I also got braces and Lasik surgery. Both of these were VERY GOOD decisions for me! We're not getting older, we're getting better!!
  17. On Saturday, I joyously reintroduced red wine! I had been looking very forward to that!! And it went fine, no ill effects, no over consuming. I'm planning to keep this as a once per week item but will move to a dryer wine. One thing I did finally put my finger on last Saturday was how much my "taste buds" have changed. Some things that I never thought of as sweet now taste very sweet to me. I bought a few LARA bars to have on hand that I did not eat during my W30, so on Saturday I had one as a rushed snack on the way to a late lunch. I have never liked dates (but love figs), but d
  18. Thank you!! I AM in such a good space! There are before and after pics in my profile, if you can find that. I wouldn't have spent my youth dreading middle age if I'd only known how much I was going to enjoy it!
  19. Agreed! That is my plan after other reintro's. I'm not in a big hurry to get back to peanuts or soy, so I'm in no rush but I do want to know which is the guilty party.
  20. Well, this is very telling. Yesterday I had some peanut butter on 1/2 a banana with breakfast, soy sauce on tilapia for lunch, edamame with dinner and a small handful of peanuts (about 15-20) after dinner. Today my chronically drippy nose is drippy again for the first time in, oh, I'd say 31 days!! I have a mild headache and I also HIT A WALL about 22 minutes ago and had to go get an afternoon cup of coffee. Again, this is the first time I've needed an afternoon coffee since the middle of W30. So 2 full days of W30 eating before trying the next thing. After I've completed my reintr
  21. Today is day 31 and I lost 4 pounds. I was hoping for 4 - 8, so not disappointed especially considering I've been eating like a lumberjack. Seriously. I've had ribeyes at least twice a week, handcut French fries under the broiler, everything sautéed in ghee and I've finished off 4 JARS of different nut butters. (Walnut butter is my fave.) I'm reintroducing legumes today, just to see what's up, but I'm planning to keep the general W30 thing going for about 14 more lb. with limited exceptions (my daughter's birthday next week, wedding in late Oct, etc.) Just FYI about my start - I'm 5