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  1. On ‎11‎/‎27‎/‎2019 at 3:04 PM, Amura said:

    The mere fact of telling others encourages me to live up to the hype :D 

    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. 

  2. 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 tooth tamed!! 

  3. On ‎11‎/‎6‎/‎2019 at 9:52 AM, Amura said:

    but I'm afraid I've lost my inertia and that now it's gonna be a bit harder staying on track.
    Maybe I'll try a short reset, a week long or so, and see if that helps.

    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! 

  4. 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 guideline #7 (sweet treats) - the best bite is the first bite and the second best bite is the last bite, all other bites are just the ones in the middle.  So limit yourself to 2 EXCELLENT bites!  I pick apart my dessert serving until I have separated out the *perfect* bite and I savor it.  Then I do that all again for my last bite.  Yes, those 2 bites are pretty big bites, but not as big as the entire serving.  Just wanted to share what is helping me!

    My biggest W30 benefit was getting over thinking I needed dessert at every meal and tricking my sweet tooth into thinking things are sweet that I did not think of as sweet before, like plain almond butter and dates.  If you have this in your area, look for Kalot Superfood nut butters.  THEY ARE WORTH THE MONEY!  As long as I don't fall back into the habit of finishing each meal with a serving...


    On ‎10‎/‎13‎/‎2019 at 2:06 PM, Amura said:

    And on a completely different topic, it's always terrible to notice there are some people on whose support I can't count. Ever.
    In my case it's my parents.

    Here I would like to say "Bless your heart!" and me, too - except my parents have a problem with alcohol, not desserts.  It's like I've grown a tail and whiskers when I say no thank you to a beer, wine or cocktail.  They are flabbergasted that non-drinkers exist.  I started pouring myself a glass of Kombucha to carry around and sip.  They finally left me alone when I told them this is a fermented tea.  I guess the term "fermented" put them at ease...  :rolleyes:

    Cheer to us!  We're killing this!!

  5. On ‎10‎/‎2‎/‎2019 at 8:39 PM, kirbz said:

    But that brings me to my biggest concern about all of this. I don’t know if I can do this forever. It’s just so much work. I found myself not eating way too often because it was just too much of a pain in the a** to have food to eat.

    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 buying at the grocery store.  I don't have any suggestions or solutions for you -_- other than to say that she and I understand and commiserate!

  6. 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 didn't avoid it if it was there.  I had almonds and several LARA BARS to get me through rough spots and to help me manage the long drive (about 840 miles). 

    I did try peanuts again, this time not with soy.  I didn't notice any ill effects, so it seems that soy is more of a problem for me than peanuts.  But I plan to stick with tree nuts and tree nut butters for the most part.

    I weighed myself my first day back and I had gained 1 pound.  That is quite a success after partying for 6 days straight (or as much as one can party with 80-year-olds!) 

    My plan going forward is to remain about 90% W30.  I'll probably eat ketchup, BBQ sauce, cocktail sauce, etc. especially if I'm away from home.  And I'll have wine or beer 2 - 3 times per week.  Other than that, I don't miss a lot of the foods I cut out.  And I'm still pretty successful at NOT ending each meal with dessert.  That was my biggest goal with W30, to tame the sugar dragon.  So, again, this is a smashing success for me!

  7. 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.  :wub::wub: 

    Although to be completely candid, I got very emotional on Tuesday morning.  I made a conservative decision that made me very angry at myself (for listening to others and not following my desires/instincts).  I got a little tearful on the drive into work.  When I walked into the building, I had to wait it out for a bit in the locker room to get the tears under control before I actually started my work day.  I was angry and sad, but I rarely cry, especially at work!!  It may be a complete coincidence?  Perhaps that would have been my reaction regardless, but it's worth sharing, I think.

    Bad decision will be rectified tomorrow!  Back on W30 for awhile.  I still need to test beans and then re-test peanuts and soy separately. 

    I'm still hanging on to no desserts after meals, no treats with added sugar, not dragging meat through a trough of sauce.  I consider W30 to be a ringing success overall!!

  8. 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 did a run/walk with a friend this morning before work and I felt dizzy.  Afterward I needed to rush to the bathroom and again about an hour later.  Since then, I continue to feel slightly dizzy and the littlest bit shaky/jittery, like something just startled me (you know how you feel right after you see a snake? or narrowly miss a car accident?)  My hands feel funny.  This is icky and I do not like it!  I brought half of the carnitas bowl over rice for lunch today, but I don't think I'll eat it. 

    So I have 2 burning questions:  1. Did I always feel this way before and just didn't notice or got accustomed to it?  2. What in the world will gluten grains do to me when it's their turn??

  9. On Saturday, I joyously reintroduced red wine!  :wub: 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 dates are often used to sweeten recipes without sugar so I don't make those recipes.  My LARA bar was nuts, coconut and dates - and I LOVED it!  I was expecting to turn my nose up, but it was delicious.  Then the red wine I chose was just a "dry red table wine", one if my favorites.  It tasted so sweet to me that I actually wondered if they had mislabeled Sangria?  My last example is strawberry skyr yogurt.  Prior to W30, I could eat it but always thought of it as more sour/bitter than sweet.  Yesterday it tasted like frosting!  I really like this recalibration of my definition of sweet!

    So about the yogurt - I was planning to give it 2 days after Saturday wine before my next reintro, but my fella took me out to Sunday lunch to an Italian family restaurant.  I was planning on a salad, but saw their Chicken Primavera.  It was described as a "light and delightful grilled chicken dish over fresh vegetables and penne".  I ordered it without the penne and it arrived SWIMMING in Alfredo sauce.  When they placed it in front of me I thought - Well, I guess today is when I reintroduce dairy....  and I was SO GLAD this did not happen during my W30.  I ate 1/2 the dish, then got the strawberry skyr yogurt for the afternoon, and then put plenty of shaved parmesan on my grilled shrimp and spinach salad for dinner.  The Italian chicken dish was delicious, the yogurt was VERY sweet and the cheese on my salad was fine, but certainly not a requirement for next time.  I think my bottom line is that I don't really miss dairy that much.  I don't plan to add it back much if at all, but I won't make a scene trying to avoid it, either.   So far today I seem to be a little "backed up", which may be a result of the dairy?  However, I'm not planning to give any updates in that department.  We don't need to know each other that well!!  :lol:

  10. On ‎9‎/‎14‎/‎2019 at 1:36 AM, Emma said:

    We're close in age and your weight loss over the last five years is inspiring. You're in such a good space!!!   

    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!  :D

  11. On ‎9‎/‎14‎/‎2019 at 9:41 AM, Jihanna said:

    If you have the opportunity later, though, I'd suggest splitting those items up to see if all of them trigger the reaction or if it's just one or two. 

    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.

  12. 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 reintroduction experiments, I'll go back and try just some peanuts or just some soy and see if I can determine which is the guilty party.  Then maybe some pinto or black beans after that.

    I feel like a lab rat.  A lab rat with a very good diet!  (My work friends can't believe I've lost weight with all they have been watching me eat lately.  Generated a lot of good cafeteria conversation!) 

    This is awesome!  I'm so happy with the knowledge gained!!

  13. 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 55.  5 years ago I weighed 274.  After starting Zumba, then walking, then eventually running, then cutting calories, then adding weight training, then counting macros, I lost 105 lb. in 2.5 years.  And I have been on a solid plateau since.  W30 is my jump-off-the-plateau plan to get to my goal of under 155.

    My journey is pretty text book, days 5-6 I thought I was getting the flu!  :D I had itchy skin on my neck and upper chest for 8-10 days in the middle.  My constantly drippy nose has almost completely cleared up, except during the hardest workouts.  Day 28 was literally the hardest day ever.  I desperately wanted an English muffin, then a Snickers bar, then a cocktail, but I survived.  Because I don't need it I don't have my 10am nor my 2pm cups of coffee anymore.  I also don't have a snack after work anymore.  I never mastered Pre workout meals.  I'll focus on that as I continue.  I have not seen a huge change in running or workout performance, but a dress I bought 2 summers ago that I could never really wear comfortably now fits well and looks pretty good on this ol' girl!

    My favorite W30 hacks are:  1. Breakfast sausage of ground pork seasoned with cayenne/cumin/paprika, hand-pattied and fried in the same pan as the eggs and spinach.  2. Steak sauce made with Murray's olive tapenade/tomato paste/Coconut Aminos.  3. I found the 2 W30 salad dressings I tried to be overly tangy, so I drizzled some tahini over my salads and added 1/2 the usual amount of dressing.  4. Plantains cut in half, then each half cut into 4 slices long-ways, then browned in ghee, served with a drizzle of coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon.  5. A wine glass of Kombucha to round out the evening while relaxing before bed (the spot formerly filled by wine). 

    I honestly can't believe how fast this time went.  After 1 week, it was all fairly routine.  My biggest struggles were days with little structure which for me is Saturdays.  I even managed to attend a couple of local baseball games with little difficulty.  In the morning when I packed my lunch for work, I also packed my dinner.  When I got home, I popped it in the microwave, took it in the car with me, and ate it in the parking lot before entering the stadium.  (On both occasions, I sneaked in a La Croix and a baggie of mixed nuts.  Shhhh....)  Problem solved!

    Thanks so much W30 community!  I have enjoyed reading everyone's questions, getting advice and growing healthier together!!  Let's keep at it!