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  1. Change of plans for dinner last night - we ended up going out to eat with my son and his girlfriend. What a joy to spend time with them - I love having young adult kids. We ate outside at a local pub. I did not check with the server on the ingredients, just went with chicken and vegetables. I don't think there was sugary topping on the chicken (it was just seasoned) and I did ask for no butter on the vegetables. I'm going to count it as compliant and move on. I'll likely end up doing more than 30 days anyway, and my reset purpose is to gain control over my cravings, return to eating whol
  2. Not much to say today - yesterday went well, as planned. I had a nice long hike with one of the dogs yesterday after work. I feel as if I'm always in a hurry to get through what I'm doing to move to the next thing so that I have time to fit in everything I want to do after work - some form of exercise, yoga, make dinner, relax in front of the of the nice things about the pandemic was that I could use the downtime minutes I have at work to go for a walk, do a chore, or start dinner. That time is lost to me now. So much of my day is spent talking to people. Interestingly, it seems
  3. Yesterday was tough cravings-wise, but I muddled through. I ate dinner a little earlier than normal and added a handful of almonds later in the evening, as I was feeling hungry. Still difficult sometimes to tell hunger from boredom cravings. Day 6 M1-3 of the breakfast muffins I made on Saturday M2-leftover ribs and broccoli M3-Portobello mushroom caps stuffed with Italian ground beef (kale, tomato paste, oregano) hot tea before bed Walking and yoga planned for this afternoon I was awake earlier this morning - 5:15 and let the dogs out. I could have stay
  4. I’m not good about weekend journaling, but right now I’m working on not prowling around the kitchen out of boredom-old habit. Last night’s time with friends was fun and successfully managed. The sleep was not great, as we stayed up way too late, and then sleeping essentially on a table in a camper was not comfortable. We were up early, enjoying coffee and egg muffins in the early morning light. It was lovely, and much needed girl time. I also made it to an outdoor yoga session this morning-such a wonderful way to celebrate the end of summer. Day 5 M1-Egg muffins-egg,
  5. I’m so glad you’re feeling better! Being in the moment of not feeling well and not spiraling out of control is a wonderful NSV. Have a great week!
  6. Yesterday’s M3 ended up being a charcuterie board, vegetables, meat, some almonds. No dips-just homemade Mayo and brown spicy mustard. A long phone call took the place of my yoga session. My body missed it and was sore/achy throughout the night, but I did sleep ok. Day 4 M1-Sausage/potato/onion/kale/tomato hash. I decided to cook up next week’s breakfast this morning instead of waiting until tomorrow. M2-Turkey/Mayo/romaine roll ups. M3-Meatza pizza that I’m taking to campground tonight, since the plan is for pizza. I’ll have enough to share. I’m also
  7. I just meal planned and placed my grocery order for next week. To-do on Sunday for meal prep: Make Alfredo sauce and cook up sausage/potato/vegetable skillet for breakfasts.
  8. Yesterday went as planned, no M4 needed. I'm continuing on an even mental keel and finding that I'm able to beat back some of those automatic thoughts, like last night's "It looks like it's going to rain, I'm not walking" (I went) and this morning's "I need change for work, I'll go through the Dunkin drive-thru and get breakfast." (Umm, no - I'll write a check for work, or offer to go get change at lunch). The automatic thoughts/habits are what kill me - when I'm in a good place mentally, I'm able to do as I did. But sometimes, outside a W30, even if I'm mentally good, I think I can get aw
  9. I will also make a smoothie sometimes when I'm too full or too tired to make a meal. I use 1/2 a frozen banana, a big handful of baby spinach or baby kale, whatever fresh or frozen berries I have on hand, and equal portions of full fat coconut milk and almond milk. If I don't have almond milk (replaced with water) or I haven't had enough protein, I have compliant pea protein powder that I add. And on occasion, I've added liquid egg whites.
  10. And you came back here as part of your reset! Not feeling any better.... Your ideas to cut out some sugars and make sure you hydrate are good ones. Some other questions to ask yourself (if you haven't already)-Have you thought about other food triggers, such as nightshades or FODMAPs? Are you getting enough to eat with your activity level (is your body holding onto some weight for dear life)? Is it possible there is something else going on not related to food? Are there things impacting your sleep (i.e. stress)? Your walk sounds so lovely - I was once a runner and keep thinking I'
  11. Yesterday went as planned, though I ended up making a 1/2 coconut milk, 1/2 almond milk, kale and berry smoothie as my dinner rather than the leftovers. I just wasn't that hungry. I slept well last night (post workout and yoga) and was ready for breakfast this morning. I'm doing well mentally, feeling secure in my intention to be compliant. Day 2 M1-Egg soufflé - one more serving left for tomorrow! M2-Final serving of ground beef hash, 2 clementines M3-leftover taco salad that I didn't eat last night hot tea. Berry vegetable smoothie as M4, if needed. Exer
  12. @Rebecca001 and @Contessa - thank you. This is exactly what I mean about the support in this community . @Contessa - you have said many things to me, to others, and within your own journal that have helped me realign my own thinking. The above referenced blog post is a must-read. Contessa, the line you quoted is in itself thought-provoking, but the whole paragraph struck a chord: But the Whole30 is not a diet. It’s not a quick-fix. It’s not even a weight-loss program. The Whole30 is designed to change your life. It’s a monumental transformation in how you think about food, your bod
  13. *Sigh. It just wasn't my day. Shortly after I wrote the above post, I returned to my desk, where my boss had left homemade chocolate chip cookies and a "Thanks for all you do!" note. In that moment, there was nothing but the cookies. I ate them. The thing I like best about W30 is the set of rules that are clear-cut. Plus the fact that I've done it enough times now to know that when I do the program, I see the results and it gets easier, sometimes effortless, to stick to. And the extremely supportive community, that over the years has helped me process my missteps and treat myself
  14. This is happening to me, too, but in the opposite direction! You are so close to getting to Tiger Blood - don't you love being able to have a semblance of understanding as to why something is happening in your body and knowing that it's about to get better? Though combining tough days with the onset of our periods is never fun. Ugh! Hoping (knowing!) your days are going to continue to get better!
  15. Fun workout with a friend I haven't seen in weeks - we biked and then did some bodyweight stuff in the yard. We live in the same neighborhood and are very supportive of each other's health goals. We have tried for years to get into a regular routine of walking/biking together, but life often gets in the way. At least we keep coming back to it. Maybe eventually we can make it stick! Today is an out-and-out struggle, and the day has just begun. I slept terribly again last night ( @Rebecca001 - 7% in deep sleep! My best days are around 16%). I woke up to let the dog out at 2 a.m. and
  16. Welcome and congratulations! I'm so excited for you that your family has agreed to do this with you. Some of us keep record in this section, some in the Your Whole30 Log section. I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes for you!
  17. Welcome @Ferdinanthecat! Your story is very similar to mine. 51 years old, 50 pounds to lose (that I've lost and regained, though it was once 90), and long history of binge eating. When I'm eating W30 and W30ish (paleo/primal), binge control is almost effortless. When I fall off, I'm so quickly back to old habits. The good news is that I keep adding more and more pro-health habits to my repertoire and spend less time in the binge cycle than I used to. I've come to regard it as a process for myself and to understand that we are all on our own journeys, and it's ok that mine is imperfect.
  18. I'm back to day 1 - it's ok, though. I had coconut milk in the cabinet that I thought was compliant - added it to my eggs yesterday morning. Then I decided I should check the ingredients when I was going to add to my egg soufflé I made for the week. It has carageenan in it. Thankfully, I had canned milk that does not contain it. So starting from scratch. But at least I was only 5 days in. I had a very lazy weekend. I cleaned, did laundry, and read. Almost no exercise, no socializing. It was nice. I signed up for a spin class last night to take at 6 a.m. this morning - th
  19. I do! I appreciate the ideas. I've fallen into a walk/yoga habit that is easy...I move every day and maintain flexibility/meditation and a little strength, but I'm not as strong/fit as as I once was. A mishmash of health issues (osteoarthritis), weight gain, and angst about getting older and other stuff has rendered me stagnant and with a "woe is me" attitude. Fitness used to be so easy and fun. I long for those days again. I'm not always good about logging in on the weekends, but I am setting a goal for myself to do at least one different exercise activity (WOD roulette, spin clas
  20. I'm glad you found a fairly easy answer to your gastric issues - cabbage! Ugh. I'm laughing at your crack of dawn wakefulness - I want that back! I was thinking this morning that I should have my hubby open the curtains when he gets up so that maybe the morning light will help me get back on schedule again. I think he's just been trying to be nice knowing that I need the sleep. Enjoy the weekend - especially the gardening!
  21. @Rebecca001They do not do outdoor classes, but I wish they did! I have found a few YouTube yoga instructors I really like, and do a class with one of them most days. I like spin class and yoga class, but not much else. Though now I'm intrigued by the idea of doing my own bootcamp outside - my son has all sorts of agility stuff, weights, etc. Once upon a time I had a WOD Roulette app on my phone that would give me different workouts to do... It seems that Rx bars outside of breakfast may be a food without breaks for me. Though, I've most likely not been eating enough food, too many
  22. you have me thinking - I wonder how my tea would taste mixed with a sparkling water?? @SchrodingersCat - not the best idea for reintroduction, but maybe a glass of organic wine to celebrate your birthday? You have time to plan something special for that day!
  23. I'm on day 3 today - looking forward to journey-ing together. Have fun with the meal prep!
  24. I'm very similar - I like my wine and it's fun to share a bottle on the back deck with friends. I'm going to be missing that this weekend! But it does make a difference and it's not hard to replace the wine with something else (currently for me an hibiscus/green tea combo). It sounds like you don't need luck as you know what is ahead and you're looking to the benefits and pay-offs of your choices! Sorry about the running, or rather the hip pain - that stinks!
  25. Yesterday was busy, and I was just exhausted at the end of the day. I always struggle with time changes, but this jet lag seems to be going on forever...I read that women are more impacted than men, and going from a place with lots of hours of daylight to a place with fewer hours of daylight makes it worse. It certainly doesn't help that many days have been dreary-overcast or rainy. Well, I will be thankful that I continue to feel less bloated and more emotionally stable despite the fatigue. And I woke up this morning without the big bags under my eyes I've had the last few weeks! Ye