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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    No, I think it’s quite common to dream that you’ve broken it, not just whole30 but anything (when I was pregnant I used to dream I had drunk wine and smoked, I would feel so guilty!) 
    think of it as your brain/body prepping you for this possibility, and what a gift that is because now you have an extra level of defence against it.
    for your hospital appointments, you know that doesn’t need to derail you, don’t you? Prep in advance- nuts, fruit, veg sticks. You say you will be there for hours, but hours isn’t ‘ days or weeks’ - you can, and will, cope for even several hours. Take a flask of coffee, a few bits of fruit? You could make ‘overnight muesli’ in a jam jar if you were feeling really creative- chia seeds, ground almonds, ( i used a mix of milled seeds)  open a can of coconut milk and use the cream and a splash of the watery bit, and leave it to soak. Add some nuts, raisins, grated apple or pear? Leave it overnight, grab it in the morning with a spoon and eat it in the hospital once you no longer need to fast. 
    you could certainly delay restarting til 1st feb- but what will you do for those 4 days? Have one last hurrah? In which case I’d question whether that’s a good thing. Start now. That creeping doubt is ‘old you’ - what will ‘new you’ say?? 

     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    My five year old (he is wise beyond his years) said to me the other day ‘mummy it’s amazing that there is only 5 meat animals- pigs , cows, sheep, chicken and fish” - and although he is slightly wrong I guess (eg turkey!) the point he makes is very true. We actually eat quite a narrow spectrum of meats and I tend to do the same types of things with them. One thing I’m really enjoying is making different spice mixes and just rubbing onto meats before cooking. If you have a ‘world foods’ type section in your supermarket (or a Polish or Indian store? Is that a thing in USA?) you can get huge bags of spices much much cheaper than the little jars. Eg 500g bags for the price of a 50g jar. Then Play!! Even if a Recipe itself is not compliant, you can steal the spice blend! I love Jamie Oliver recipes and a lot of his combinations are just really simple, rustic, tasty food. 
    I do love cooking though which certainly helps. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    No, I think it’s quite common to dream that you’ve broken it, not just whole30 but anything (when I was pregnant I used to dream I had drunk wine and smoked, I would feel so guilty!) 
    think of it as your brain/body prepping you for this possibility, and what a gift that is because now you have an extra level of defence against it.
    for your hospital appointments, you know that doesn’t need to derail you, don’t you? Prep in advance- nuts, fruit, veg sticks. You say you will be there for hours, but hours isn’t ‘ days or weeks’ - you can, and will, cope for even several hours. Take a flask of coffee, a few bits of fruit? You could make ‘overnight muesli’ in a jam jar if you were feeling really creative- chia seeds, ground almonds, ( i used a mix of milled seeds)  open a can of coconut milk and use the cream and a splash of the watery bit, and leave it to soak. Add some nuts, raisins, grated apple or pear? Leave it overnight, grab it in the morning with a spoon and eat it in the hospital once you no longer need to fast. 
    you could certainly delay restarting til 1st feb- but what will you do for those 4 days? Have one last hurrah? In which case I’d question whether that’s a good thing. Start now. That creeping doubt is ‘old you’ - what will ‘new you’ say?? 

     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    Maybe instead of ‘rules’ they need to be FF goals instead? I saw another thread on one of the other forums on here which was (something like) what habits are you going to keep after W30, and I’m going to go back and reread it. 

    for me, the food is secondary to the self care. when I am in full W30 mode, I find I have time and energy to look after the little things (so eg, properly cleanse and moisturise, take time to blow dry my hair, do my nails etc. I just seem to claw back the few minutes I need and it makes so much difference). I plan my meals and stick to my plan (vital and often forgotten in real life), I drink water, I do yoga. When I did my last one these habits stayed for a good few months and so did the tiger blood; they only really started to fade when Covid got me! I exercise regularly and train hard and W30 seems to make the jigsaw pieces all fit together, so instead of feeling like my food and fitness are in battle with each other (gotta workout to burn off..) it becomes “I must eat x,y,z to support my long run on the weekend” 

    so I’m going to include in my FF goals that self care is still key. I’m not going to weigh myself (I will on d31) and then hide them again. It’s been very apparent this time round how often I want to weigh myself especially when I’m feeling low. 
    I’m genuinely in that awesome place (lifelong dieters holy grail) where I do not want junk food right now. It’s so easy to avoid it because I don’t want it, probably because barring Xmas it’s actually been over 6 months since I’ve eaten cheese, breads, sugar etc. The challenge for me post-w30 is to avoid the rut and keep finding new things: I need to continue to eat more veg for example, try new recipes and experiment with spices, and I need to continue to make interesting lunch/breakfast ideas because there really is a limit to how much tinned mackerel a girl can eat 
    Day 27 ladies! We rock!! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    @50andstillherei think I’ll be carrying on with the food side, not reintroducing anything really yet (except a glass of wine!) but maybe allowing a bit more freedom with compliant ingredients (eg. Occasional baked items or crisps if they are 100% compliant ingredients). I don’t really want anything else right now. 
    food boredom is a big danger zone I think- have you searched Pinterest or similar for meal plans? I found a really good w30 endorsed recipes page on Facebook too, and use that a lot. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Maybe instead of ‘rules’ they need to be FF goals instead? I saw another thread on one of the other forums on here which was (something like) what habits are you going to keep after W30, and I’m going to go back and reread it. 

    for me, the food is secondary to the self care. when I am in full W30 mode, I find I have time and energy to look after the little things (so eg, properly cleanse and moisturise, take time to blow dry my hair, do my nails etc. I just seem to claw back the few minutes I need and it makes so much difference). I plan my meals and stick to my plan (vital and often forgotten in real life), I drink water, I do yoga. When I did my last one these habits stayed for a good few months and so did the tiger blood; they only really started to fade when Covid got me! I exercise regularly and train hard and W30 seems to make the jigsaw pieces all fit together, so instead of feeling like my food and fitness are in battle with each other (gotta workout to burn off..) it becomes “I must eat x,y,z to support my long run on the weekend” 

    so I’m going to include in my FF goals that self care is still key. I’m not going to weigh myself (I will on d31) and then hide them again. It’s been very apparent this time round how often I want to weigh myself especially when I’m feeling low. 
    I’m genuinely in that awesome place (lifelong dieters holy grail) where I do not want junk food right now. It’s so easy to avoid it because I don’t want it, probably because barring Xmas it’s actually been over 6 months since I’ve eaten cheese, breads, sugar etc. The challenge for me post-w30 is to avoid the rut and keep finding new things: I need to continue to eat more veg for example, try new recipes and experiment with spices, and I need to continue to make interesting lunch/breakfast ideas because there really is a limit to how much tinned mackerel a girl can eat 
    Day 27 ladies! We rock!! 
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    Rebecca001 reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Rebecca001Yay for Tiger Blood! What a productive day you've had! And thanks for creating a maintenance post - I will definitely join you all there. It's been so nice to connect with everyone. Keeping the accountability going through reintroduction will be awesome.
    On my run today, I was thinking about the W30 being over on Sunday, but I had to stop myself. It's not really over for me, not until I reintroduce everything and decide what my new Food Freedom Rules (oxymoron?) will be moving forward. I need to shift my brain to start thinking of it as moving on to the next stage. I also need to keep telling myself that I will NOT be going back to my pre-W30 eating and drinking habits. I'm reading a book called Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin that's all about how to form or break habits. She says that one of the best times to rejigger your habits is when life presents you with a clean slate (e.g. new job or home, change in relationship, beginning of the year, etc.). Completing a reset definitely counts as a clean slate! I am NOT going to waste this opportunity by sliding into my old, bad habits.
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    I think this has worked... but if not you can find it in the post whole 30 section entitled January 2021 graduates 
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I think this has worked... but if not you can find it in the post whole 30 section entitled January 2021 graduates 
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Now those who started 1st Jan 2021 have (almost) graduated, here’s a chat thread to continue our journey through reintroduction (or not) and beyond....! 
    See you on 1st Feb! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Thanks @SugarcubeOD. I knew that principle just never heard the phrase!
     
    Totally get that during the W30- however, I am a pretty good baker and post-W30 I do make occasional paleo/compliant ingredient bakes (and will probably do this time, too). I actually made a Christmas fruit cake this year that was almond flour, fruit and egg and it was delicious (and no different really in ingredients to a Melissa endorsed Lara bar) , and I make a rosemary and sea salt savoury biscotti in a similar vein. They really kept me going last time- paleo can be tricky when real life happens as nothing is paleo-friendly really. I totally get it on the full whole30 though (and I’m still a sub-snob - I never use sweeteners or such like, just good natural ingredients) but quite frankly, I do not want to live in a world where treats are banned forever. While I despise the modern way of punctuating life with little sugar hits, a well-placed, Paleo friendly, all natural morsel every now and then is ok as part of a ‘whole life’ plan such as Paleo. 
    tuesday today, day....oooh.. 26?? No way! How did that happen? I’m working from home today and I actually have cleared my to-do list- so I am going to catch up on some reading, delete some emails and have a quieter day. I am Exams Office at my school and as all our summer exams have been cancelled here due to Covid, you’d think my workload would have decreased, but hell no. I have a lot of reading to get through so I’m going to light the fire, sit under my blanket and look at the snow!! 
     
    Have a great day everyone! We are definitely in the home stretch now! Are we going to carry this chat on after the 30 or are we going to bid our farewells?  It’s been a bit of a lifeline for me this month and I’m very grateful to you all 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    A nice simple dinner for me tonight- line a tea with spinach and kale, add pieces of fish (I had smoked cod) asparagus and cherry tomatoes, slices of lemon and seasoning cover with foil and then it sort of steams itself in the lemon juice and done . Really quick and tasty (picture is of it before cooking)
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Thanks @SugarcubeOD. I knew that principle just never heard the phrase!
     
    Totally get that during the W30- however, I am a pretty good baker and post-W30 I do make occasional paleo/compliant ingredient bakes (and will probably do this time, too). I actually made a Christmas fruit cake this year that was almond flour, fruit and egg and it was delicious (and no different really in ingredients to a Melissa endorsed Lara bar) , and I make a rosemary and sea salt savoury biscotti in a similar vein. They really kept me going last time- paleo can be tricky when real life happens as nothing is paleo-friendly really. I totally get it on the full whole30 though (and I’m still a sub-snob - I never use sweeteners or such like, just good natural ingredients) but quite frankly, I do not want to live in a world where treats are banned forever. While I despise the modern way of punctuating life with little sugar hits, a well-placed, Paleo friendly, all natural morsel every now and then is ok as part of a ‘whole life’ plan such as Paleo. 
    tuesday today, day....oooh.. 26?? No way! How did that happen? I’m working from home today and I actually have cleared my to-do list- so I am going to catch up on some reading, delete some emails and have a quieter day. I am Exams Office at my school and as all our summer exams have been cancelled here due to Covid, you’d think my workload would have decreased, but hell no. I have a lot of reading to get through so I’m going to light the fire, sit under my blanket and look at the snow!! 
     
    Have a great day everyone! We are definitely in the home stretch now! Are we going to carry this chat on after the 30 or are we going to bid our farewells?  It’s been a bit of a lifeline for me this month and I’m very grateful to you all 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    A nice simple dinner for me tonight- line a tea with spinach and kale, add pieces of fish (I had smoked cod) asparagus and cherry tomatoes, slices of lemon and seasoning cover with foil and then it sort of steams itself in the lemon juice and done . Really quick and tasty (picture is of it before cooking)
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    A nice simple dinner for me tonight- line a tea with spinach and kale, add pieces of fish (I had smoked cod) asparagus and cherry tomatoes, slices of lemon and seasoning cover with foil and then it sort of steams itself in the lemon juice and done . Really quick and tasty (picture is of it before cooking)
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    The tiger blood is a strange one. I certainly experienced it last time, it was like I was rocket fuelled but then as a result, I’d be exhausted after a few hours!! It would feel like little flickers of energy. I certainly noticed it with my running, I’d be doing long distances pretty fast (eg took 6 minutes off a half marathon best, that was on day 90 of “whole30+wine” and a week before Covid knocked me out (although I was probably infected already just didn’t know it) 
    this time it’s more sedate. I feel more switched on, I feel sharper and more energetic but I’m certainly not bouncing around. It’s times like now (5.20 pm here) and I’m thinking: I was up at 6, been to work, ran 5 miles in the snow, came home, tidied up, popped to the shops, making dinner....and I don’t feel tired! I think that’s the TB, or as TB as it’s going to get. I also think we get used to it, especially if you’ve done W30 before and especially if you continue to avoid the foods that cause you the problems. We forget how rubbish we could feel because we feel so much better all the time. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    What is SWYPOS?
    @Lorna from Canada I think I’ll be much the same as you. Day 31 I’m going to weigh myself ( I am always shocked at how dependent I am on the scales of doom, probably a good reason why I shouldn’t- but I’m gonna), and then I will probably have a glass or two of red wine. I’m going to try some soya ‘milk’ products - but it’s very hard to find any with zero sugar,(I think there’s one brand that does one that’s plain soy milk yogurt and nothing else) just to see if I can tolerate that, and then I am going to continue another month. Whilst I do quite fancy a drink after this godawful month, I also don’t want to resume drinking every Friday and Saturday. 
     
    I also have an odd (moral) dilemma- obviously W30 ends at the end of day 30 (so next Saturday at 23.59) however January itself ends Sunday 31st. Now, in uk we have this Dry January thing which means no alcohol for the whole of jan, which is what I’ve told everyone we’re doing (because I get enough raised eyebrows with that so imagine the looks of I said I wasn’t eating cake either!) So technically if I drink after my w30, that’s not actually dry January. But 31st is a Sunday- we don’t really drink in the working week, which means I’d end up doing til feb 5th..... oh dilemmas, dilemmas.... 
    anyway, Sunday today. We are forecast snow today, all day, so I plan to get out for my run as early as feasible to avoid treacherous pavements. I’m having roast ham for dinner, will do all my prep for the week (this week I’m doing salads, seasoned chicken, and some lamb kofta meatballs)- this week I plan to freeze them afterwards in 2s as the family have cottoned on to the fact that my food is quite delicious and keep eating it! 
     
    have a great day- final week! We’ve got this! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    Well that’s day 22 done (almost) and I cannot tell you how glad I am to see the back of this week. I won’t lie, I have found it really tough; I’ve had glimmers of light and moments of energy but this week has been a real test. However, and this is the biggest thing for me: eating rubbish food and drinking wine would have made it worse not better. I 100% know this. 
     
    I’m a firm believer that a good day is never wasted, and Ok tonight I feel utterly exhausted and I am going to eat a massive dinner that’s as close to junk food as I can muster, but my discipline this week will pay off next week when I feel better. 
     
    I’m going to write my shopping list and menu for the week ahead now, and just get my head back in the game. Next week I’m going to really focus on my behaviours not really the food: 3 meals, no snacks, no/less fruit, and no nut butter because ye gods that stuff is like crack cocaine. What do they put in it??? (Nuts, obvs!) - danger food! But as I said earlier, I’m not going to punish myself for getting through this week this way- it’s all ok food, it’s good nutrition and next week (from tomorrow) will be better. 

    hope you all have a brilliant weekend. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’ve had a good day today and it’s now 6pm and I feel bouncy still! Maybe this is the feint growling of the tiger??? 
     
    really nice food today; I’d half made coleslaw last night, made the mayo this morning and added tahini and lemon for a sort of hummus-y type mixed up salad, with shredded chicken, avocado chunks and flaked almonds. I took a little tub with cherry toms, mini cucumber and olives to work but didn’t eat it as I didn’t need it after my big salad! Dinner was parcel sea bass- spinach, toms, sea bass, lemon oil, all baked in foil, then opened up the foil and used almonds, seasoning and herbs to make a crust- oh my, it was soooo tasty, partly because I was so hungry. Had another spoonful of my slaw, and some cooked veg, and boiled new potatoes. It felt really fresh and healthy! I have some leftover potato now to mix with mayo for a potato salad tomorrow. 
     
    I haven’t run today because I did so far yesterday, but even though last night my legs were aching, this morning I wasn’t stiff at all; I also expected it worse as I thought I’d be retaining some water as it’s TOTM due tomorrow, but none at all. So a good semi-NSV! 
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    I think to be honest, I will remain alcohol free for the whole of January. That means til close of play on 31st, irrespective of whole 30 being 30 days. And yes, we probably wouldn’t drink on the Monday, so in the end it will probably end up as a W35 - no great harm in that. 
     
    @christine19 my husband is the same. He’s given up dairy and bread, but actually he’s only given up actual milk, actual cheese and sliced white bread. Anything containing the ingredients of dairy or grain are fair game, and, I quote, he’s ‘not going to read labels or be too strict’ - and then doesn’t feel any better for having ‘given it all up’. To be fair, he’s ten stone wringing wet and can eat junk food day and night without gaining an ounce so he’s never had to really care
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I think to be honest, I will remain alcohol free for the whole of January. That means til close of play on 31st, irrespective of whole 30 being 30 days. And yes, we probably wouldn’t drink on the Monday, so in the end it will probably end up as a W35 - no great harm in that. 
     
    @christine19 my husband is the same. He’s given up dairy and bread, but actually he’s only given up actual milk, actual cheese and sliced white bread. Anything containing the ingredients of dairy or grain are fair game, and, I quote, he’s ‘not going to read labels or be too strict’ - and then doesn’t feel any better for having ‘given it all up’. To be fair, he’s ten stone wringing wet and can eat junk food day and night without gaining an ounce so he’s never had to really care
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    Rebecca001 reacted to Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    So I am only 5 days into my 2nd restart, I started on the 5th I think then screwed up with a can of tuna (soy) and then a supposedly whole 30 safe jerky (brown sugar). But other than that I have been compliant, though it is still a start over.  So I have had urges, especially after the jerky screw up... I still feel drawn to things.  Funny story is I had stale Chex cereal and had run out of dog treats so I would give each one piece (They are small dogs).  They like them so instead of buying dog biscuits that are expensive vs how many you get I just bought a Family size box of Rice Chex (my least favorite) and put it in an old Cheeze ball barrel. So when I give them treats I "feed my chickens" as I toss a few down to them.   But last night I wanted to take that Rice Chex and have a bowl of cereal real bad.... I did not but wow the sudden urge caught me off guard and I laughed about it later about going back to old habits.
     
    Because when I was just a wee child my sister said my mother had to hide the dog biscuits from me. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Lorna from Canadayes I think you’re right. The relentless lockdown boredom certainly can’t be helping. It’s strange, in many ways I feel amazing but I have this little nagging voice this time that’s throwing out all the ‘eating too much’ ‘think you’ve actually gained weight’ type comments and that’s very challenging too. I think that’s just the fabric of my makeup though, my “issues” always manifest as food/weight/body image things, and is probably a symptom of life at the moment. 
    Also I think because I didn’t actually cut out many things this time as I had already done that in July and never reintroduced them, it doesn’t feel new, this is just the way I eat! 
     
    however yes, the nsv list is growing steadily and that’s great, and top of the list for me is I’ve shaken off that brain fog that’s been lingering since I had COVID, I’m sleeping deeply, and I’m certainly coping better with all the stresses currently. I think I’m just really glad and proud of myself that I haven’t ended up eating toast, biscuits and chocolate to get me through working from home and lockdown; it would have been so easy to and I’m really really glad I haven’t as I’d be feeling terrible now. 
     
    it’s forecast to be a crisp sunny day here after a week of almost constant  rain so that will brighten my mood too! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’ve found the last few days pretty tough. A combination of ‘willpower fatigue’, COVID fatigue and a sudden huge increase in stress at work. As I said yesterday, I have kept out of the kitchen, but I must admit today I have thought more about food and have craved something really sugary, doughy, baked, fried, and sprinkled with sugar. Not to eat, but to stuff down my feelings I guess and to cope with the additional stress. I didn’t though! 
    I wasn’t  well prepped either, my fridge stock I prepared on Sunday has all run out, and as a result I picked at a few bits in the morning but didn’t really do lunch. so this evening while I cooked I baked a butternut squash, made lamb, chilli and tomato meatballs, and cut up a whole load of carrots and peppers into crudités so that there is actually something there when I open the fridge tomorrow! 
     
    tonight we had crispy coated chicken, with almond and seasoned crust, and I had with a big salad. There is chicken left over too. And I peeled and cored a cooking apple, and microwaved it and had with a few frozen cherries and a spoonful of coconut cream, sprinkled with flaked almonds. 

    day20! 2/3 through! My husband is almost definitely going to drink wine this weekend and after my terrible week I think this will be a big test for me, but despite my terrible week I am feeling bouncy and energised, sleeping well and coping... so I am confident I can do it! 
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’ve found the last few days pretty tough. A combination of ‘willpower fatigue’, COVID fatigue and a sudden huge increase in stress at work. As I said yesterday, I have kept out of the kitchen, but I must admit today I have thought more about food and have craved something really sugary, doughy, baked, fried, and sprinkled with sugar. Not to eat, but to stuff down my feelings I guess and to cope with the additional stress. I didn’t though! 
    I wasn’t  well prepped either, my fridge stock I prepared on Sunday has all run out, and as a result I picked at a few bits in the morning but didn’t really do lunch. so this evening while I cooked I baked a butternut squash, made lamb, chilli and tomato meatballs, and cut up a whole load of carrots and peppers into crudités so that there is actually something there when I open the fridge tomorrow! 
     
    tonight we had crispy coated chicken, with almond and seasoned crust, and I had with a big salad. There is chicken left over too. And I peeled and cored a cooking apple, and microwaved it and had with a few frozen cherries and a spoonful of coconut cream, sprinkled with flaked almonds. 

    day20! 2/3 through! My husband is almost definitely going to drink wine this weekend and after my terrible week I think this will be a big test for me, but despite my terrible week I am feeling bouncy and energised, sleeping well and coping... so I am confident I can do it!