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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to mrsjmac in 3 months later - Life after Whole 30 - Still going strong! With Pics, measurements, and weight loss   
    After following Whole 30 for 75 days straight, I decided to follow Whole 30 still, but allow myself an item once in a while and think long and hard about if it's worth it or not.
     
     
    I began this journey on June 9th.
     
    I have lost:
     
    46.9 lbs
     
    6.5 inches in hips
    5.25 inches in upper ab
    3 inches in mid ab
    5.5 inches in lower ab
    4 inches in each thigh
    1 inch in each calf
    2.75 inches in each arm
     
    For a total of 35.75 inches lost!
     
    Pant size - from a 22 to in between a 14 and 12 depending on brand!
    Shirt size - from a 1x and 2x to a Large sometimes Medium
    I had to get my wedding ring resized - from a 10 to an 8 (and it's starting to get loose again!!)
     
    And I can run a 5k in 36 minutes (3 weeks ago I was doing it in 40 minutes) and if I do just 1 mile I can do it in 10:30.
     
    I still have about 28 lbs I would like to lose. I hope to get there by the end of this year
     
    See my pics below Please do not copy. Thanks!



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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from Irish Rose in 30 days up, and the verdict is.....   
    Congratulations on completing!  Great wrap up and attitude about not losing any weight.  Not sure if you wanted too anyway. 
     
    I am on my second whole 30. After my first I tried to do another about 30 days later but didn't make it.  I am now 7 days into my next one and have a better attitude about it and realize I feel soooo much better eating this way then having all the other stuff in my diet.  I also cut out nuts for the most part only allowing myself them once a week......they are a food I can over eat.
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from Kotie in I caved day 8   
    Kotin, get back and try again....and get rid of the scale! I am very addicted to the scale but managed to stay off for 2 weeks. I went to doctor was weighed and saw my weight, no loss. I was 2 weeks in and everyone had been saying "wow you look great and are losing alot!" I was shocked, it through my whole 30 mindset off, but I didn't go off because I was determined to make it to day 30. Although I have been weighing myself off and on since then...yes bad girl...I am thinking differently because I know that the inches are coming off and my clothes are falling down!
    YOU can do this, think of a different reason why you are doing this....get off sugar...have a better attitude towards food....something other then weight. My goal was not weight so although it would of been nice, I gotta remember I am doing this for my digestive system and seeing what I shouldnt be eating.
    Good for you to post your failures to get help from this wonderful forum of people....Be the little train saying...."I think I can, I think I can I think I can"....and then day 31 you will say, " I knew I could do it!"
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to KitchenWitch in Question about breasts   
    Nooooo!  Not that!  Bigger boobs is really the last thing I need. If i can figure out what part of paleo makes your boobs bigger, I tthink I'll give that part up.
     
    P.S.  I hope it's the broccoli
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to 30Canandaigua in Scale temptations   
    Tell someone to hide it. Put a pretty inspirational picture in it's place. Stand on picture and remind yourself that you are beautiful.
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/8167-throwing-away-the-scale/
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to habitualpurpose in Oh Whole30 How I Have Missed You!   
    The title says it all I suppose. I just reread a post I made back in December and am reminded of why I truly loved and am thankful for Whole30. I wish I could say that I continued on and did not succumb to the lure of sugar and grains...sigh. The last few months have been askew.
    Lesson learned: I don't like how I feel physically or emotionally when I am not thoughtful about the fuel I give my body. So here I am...back to where I learned to care for my body and mind....back to where I know I can redirect myself to eat clean and feel great.
    Appreciation in advance for any support you all can provide in the days/months ahead. I look forward to the journey alongside all of you.
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from Irish Rose in 30 days up, and the verdict is.....   
    Congratulations on completing!  Great wrap up and attitude about not losing any weight.  Not sure if you wanted too anyway. 
     
    I am on my second whole 30. After my first I tried to do another about 30 days later but didn't make it.  I am now 7 days into my next one and have a better attitude about it and realize I feel soooo much better eating this way then having all the other stuff in my diet.  I also cut out nuts for the most part only allowing myself them once a week......they are a food I can over eat.
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to Irish Rose in 30 days up, and the verdict is.....   
    Well I did it! I haven't lost weight but I had already been on my health and fitness journey for some time previously and lost 20 lbs, my discoveries are:
    I do NOT need to track calories and macros.
    Sports supplements are a waste of my money.
    I can train comfortably on fat and protein.
    I can do without dairy.
    Fruit tastes great! ( never liked it before)
    So, now I can reintroduce but right now , I don't feel the need to. I stopped eating nuts a few days ago and I am gauging the effects before I add anything back.
    Two little disappointments, nasal symptoms and excema haven't improved. Anyone with any tips on curing either, I would be VERY grateful.
    My advice to others? Get Well Fed, I will cook the recipes for many years to come. sooooooo good.
    Do not have ridiculous expectations like I did. I had a poor diet for 42 years, I can't completely turn it around in one year, never mind 30 days. Be patient. You WILL have bad days but weather the storm and come here for support and advice. I struggled ( especially when I had PMT ) but I am glad I did it.
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to candlesnfire in My Whole30 results!   
    Hi! My name is Amanda, and this is my first time posting but I've been lurking in the forums all month lol! I wanted to report my results on my first Whole30. This is long, so get comfortable.
     
    A little background about me first. I am 37 years old. Back in 2007, I weighed over 450 pounds. I was miserable, and I didn't think I'd ever be able to escape that hell.  I did a stint of being vegan for about 3 years, during which I always secretly binged on meat.  In 2010, I went vegetarian, then finally, just allowed myself everything (trying the whole moderation thing).  Through those six years, I lost over 220 pounds, and also began running. Unfortunately, my deep dark secret is that I've always struggled with binge eating, and last December, it got really bad.  I also suffer from seasonal depression and decided to try anti-depressants..and also gained 40 pounds back.  I continued to binge, and my runs turned into walks. It wasn't a good time.
     
    I had read about the Paleo diet in the past and just never thought it would be a fit.  I did stints of low carb out of desperation years ago...only to gain more weight back than I'd lost. I got tired of looking for a quick fix, I wanted something that was sustainable! Unfortunately, moderation in all things just doesn't work for me.
     
    Whole30 was my attempt at grasping at a straw; I didn't think I would succeed.  What it has turned into however, is the way I would like to eat the rest of my life.  I read online through the Happiness Project blog recently, that some people are moderators; they can eat things on occasion, like French fries, and sweets.  Then, there are the abstainers, who prefer things in black & white, with no grey area. And that's how I would describe myself.  If I have a cookie, I want 20.  Same goes with bread. I just cannot seem to control myself around stuff like that.  I crave order, and I need things spelled out for me. Whole30 does that for me easily! I don't have to think about my meals, and analyze things to death.  Can I have this? Can I have that? I don't have to worry, because there's a list! And all of the protein & veggies have kept me full, so full  in fact, that while I look forward to my meals, I am longer starving all of the time.  I feel satisfied, finally!  And meal planning comes naturally to me (see: crave order, etc). so that wasn't a huge challenge.  I just designated a couple hours on Sunday to chop all my veggies and put together a weekly menu so I didn't have to stress during the week.
     
    So where to now? I am continuing on with the Whole30 for now.  I am ok with having occasional Paleo items, but I really don't have any interest in the reintroduction of everything at the moment.  I mean, reintroduction to what exactly? For me, the food that the Whole30 plan restricts are ironically the foods that I consider food without breaks for me, namely sugar (ok with natural like honey or maple syrup), gluten, and dairy. 
     
    It's funny, because during my first week, I kept thinking about everything I would eat when I finished my first 30 days.  And you know what? Now I don't care.  I don't really want to stop, I feel too good!
     
    So, on to my results! I have my photos here.  I don't own a scale anymore(sanity!) so I just went based on my clothing, most of which are ALL fitting better and some are even getting baggy!
     
    So, overall I feel amazing, and I am sleeping like a baby!  I feel so much lighter and energetic!
    This has truly made a difference, thank you!


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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to mrsjmac in Today is Day 40 - still going strong! Updated Pic   
    I know it's only been 10 days since my last post, but I have seen a significant change in my appearance so I wanted to update
     
    All I have heard in my life was "eat healthy" and you will lose weight. But when I used to think of eating healthy, I always thought I would have to deprive myself of foods that taste good.
     
    Whole 30 has completely changed that perspective. Doing Whole 30 has done so much for me physically, emotionally and mentally. But it has also introduced me to great new recipes! Before Whole 30, almost every meal we made was centered around pasta or mashed potatoes.  All of our meals now are balanced between vegetables and meat, with a fruit as a "dessert".  And everything we have tried we have loved!
     
    So here is a picture to show how different I look. Everyone is noticing at work now and that is a great feeling.  There have been so many opportunities at work to slip up but I actually have no desire to. Between cupcakes, ice cream, and candy and snacks in our kitchen, I am so proud and surprised that I don't want any of it. I think it's because I know how I used to feel and I don't want to feel that way again.
     
    I don't have a weight or measurements to report since I'm not weighing until Day 60.

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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to Roz Griffiths in How to make homemade mayo   
    How to make homemade mayo:
    Put one large egg & 2tbsp apple cider vinegar in the jug of your blender & allow to come up to room temperature.
    Add 1/4 cup light olive oil, & 1/2 tsp each of salt & dry mustard.
    Switch blender on. Take the middle bit out of the lid of your blender & curse slightly at ensuing rain of eggy stuff.
    Very VERY slowly drizzle in a further cup of oil. Take your time.
    By now, both you and your surroundings will be covered in a shower of tiny droplets of eggy-oil mix. Keep drizzling the oil.
    Realise that this is one of those occasions when it's just not going to work. Stubbornly keep drizzling.
    By now, the eggy-oily splatter will have reached the top of the cupboards. Keep drizzling & cursing until all the oil has gone.
    Switch off blender. Remove the lid & peer doubtfully at the mess inside.
    Clean kitchen, face & forearms.
    Consult library of cookbooks for tips on "rescuing split mayonnaise".
    Carefully whisk together a further egg yolk & tbsp of vinegar & drizzle this into the mess in the blender.
    Switch off, remove lid, inspect & throw the lot in the bin.
    Clean kitchen again.
    Switch on computer & Google recipes for mayonnaise. Find a method that can be done with an immersion blender directly in a jar.
    Bring another egg up to room temperature. Crack it into a jar with the same ingredients as before.
    Instructions confidently assert that you can simply add everything to the jar & the "powerful blades of the immersion blender will create an emulsion without the need to drizzle the oil".
    Switch on blender (in the sink this time).
    Create a jar full of eggy-oily stuff.
    Throw it in the bin & wash up again.
    Have a cup of tea.
    Bring a third egg up to room temperature. Repeat the initial method, but this time holding a bit of kitchen roll over the lid to attempt to cut down on the splattering.
    Drizzle the oil EVEN MORE SLOWLY.
    Start to have doubts & stop drizzling.
    Think.
    Turn blender speed up a bit. Consider an umbrella.
    Add oil one drop at a time, with pauses.
    Eggy-oily splatter now halfway up the cupboards.
    Pray to the Gods of Emulsification. Remind self that my godfather used to make his own mayonnaise in a bowl with a balloon whisk & it took all morning.
    Finally hear a change in the racket from the blender & notice that the splattering has eased off to occasional spitting.
    Rejoice.
    Carefully drizzle in the last of the oil & switch off blender.
    Cautiously open lid & peer in. Tilt jug to confirm that the stuff inside sticks to the bottom.
    Empty contents of the blender into a carefully labelled jar & proudly put it on the fridge.
    Wash up, clean kitchen, wash your hair & clothes.
    Congratulations! You have made your own delicious mayonnaise!
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from Casanandez in Starting tomorrow May 6   
    I started my second whole 30 on Tuesday the 7th so I will join this thread. I have my husband and daughter joining me this time. My husband is being forced too...not really but I asked him to join me and my 15 year old daughter wants to try it out. She really doesn't need to lose weight but is looking forward to being healthier and maybe losing some inches. She has a great attitude, "mom I am looking at it as nourishment, not just food."
    My first whole 30 went well but I did end up weighing the last 2 weeks...bad Idea. Put away the scale this time for us all. I lost 8 pounds are 5 inches last time. I got my sister on it and she finished her first one with losing 18pound and 15 inches. She was heavier then I was. When I went off I gained some of my weight back and felt yucky so I am glad to be back.
    Good luck everyone!
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from mrsjessica in Anyone Starting 3/11 (Monday)?   
    Ok so today I weighed myself...down 8 pounds, 5 inches. I ate a clean breakfast of bacon and eggs. Then had some chocolate....tasted nasty.
    Went to Mexican as planned...chips and salsa where good. Ordered the chicken fajitas but they just weren't what I remembered. I think that I like my own cooking better. Stayed away from rice and sour cream because I am not ready to introduce that yet. Got full pretty quick and the waiter forgot to bring me my corn tortillas for the fajitas but I was ok with that.
    Going to add wheat in slowly and dairy. I plan to stay pretty close to the plan. I will do another whole 30 after I get back from my trip to California about mid May.
    Next time, no nuts and watch fruit. Nuts are too easy for me to go crazy on as well as fruit.
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from mrsjessica in Anyone Starting 3/11 (Monday)?   
    Ok so today I weighed myself...down 8 pounds, 5 inches. I ate a clean breakfast of bacon and eggs. Then had some chocolate....tasted nasty.
    Went to Mexican as planned...chips and salsa where good. Ordered the chicken fajitas but they just weren't what I remembered. I think that I like my own cooking better. Stayed away from rice and sour cream because I am not ready to introduce that yet. Got full pretty quick and the waiter forgot to bring me my corn tortillas for the fajitas but I was ok with that.
    Going to add wheat in slowly and dairy. I plan to stay pretty close to the plan. I will do another whole 30 after I get back from my trip to California about mid May.
    Next time, no nuts and watch fruit. Nuts are too easy for me to go crazy on as well as fruit.
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from Kotie in I caved day 8   
    Kotin, get back and try again....and get rid of the scale! I am very addicted to the scale but managed to stay off for 2 weeks. I went to doctor was weighed and saw my weight, no loss. I was 2 weeks in and everyone had been saying "wow you look great and are losing alot!" I was shocked, it through my whole 30 mindset off, but I didn't go off because I was determined to make it to day 30. Although I have been weighing myself off and on since then...yes bad girl...I am thinking differently because I know that the inches are coming off and my clothes are falling down!
    YOU can do this, think of a different reason why you are doing this....get off sugar...have a better attitude towards food....something other then weight. My goal was not weight so although it would of been nice, I gotta remember I am doing this for my digestive system and seeing what I shouldnt be eating.
    Good for you to post your failures to get help from this wonderful forum of people....Be the little train saying...."I think I can, I think I can I think I can"....and then day 31 you will say, " I knew I could do it!"
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to GLC1968 in Anyone Starting 3/11 (Monday)?   
    You know, I think I was the same way. I wore a pair of cropped jeans over the weekend because it was so warm here and they were too tight. It really bothered me and I think I let it distract me!
    Oddly enough, today I thought I looked slimmer in the bathroom mirror so I tried on a pair of work pants that were too small when we started and they FIT!! So clearly...something is happening...finally! It's really motivating me to keep going strong.
    This is a good point. I need to add it to my journal too. I feel like I'm totally getting a second wind for this last week (of my first 30), too. I didn't notice a problem with day 20 - 22 last time, but maybe I just wasn't paying close enough attention.
    I had a good, snack-free day yesterday and so far today. I've managed to put away a little more food with each meal and that has been helping. I think I need to keep working on this to reset my body to eat more at meals and therefore need less in between. I'm much more likely to eat the right things during a meal than I am when I'm just trolling for food!
    Keep up the good work, all!
    Pea - I'll still be plugging away at this until the end of April, too. My 'end' date is May 10th!
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to Tom Denham in Question re: weight loss recommendations   
    Regarding the original post... The ancestral health movement is growing. Each author gives us their best when they publish, but understandings change over time and each builds on those who came before. The Whole9 is very explicit in saying that Robb Wolf was very important to shaping their work. That does not mean that the most recent is the best. Different authors value different parts of the puzzle differently and emphasize different things. Some may be more correct than others. That said, this forum is a good place to talk about the Whole9 approach.
    The Whole9 approach is to get the nutrition right first. Many people are fat, but malnourished. Malnourished people are prone to overeating and cravings. Once the nourishment is in place, eating appropriate portions gets much easier and cravings tend to disappear or at least become milder and weight loss just happens.
    The Whole9 recommends fat at every meal because fat is essential to nutrition - some vitamins require fat to be absorbed. If you don't eat fat, some nutrition passes through without doing you any good. And fat is very important to being satisfied so that you don't need to eat again for a meaningful period of time. Also, fat is a relatively cheap source of calories.
    The Whole9 grew out of an athletic performance model rather than a general diet model. Athletes need carbs to fuel performance. The Whole9 recommends that you eat as many carbs as needed to satisfy energy requirements and to feel right. People who are not active do not need many carbs. People who are very active need a lot of carbs.
    Being cautious about fruit is kind of a Whole9 thing. I thought it was a silly peculiarity of the Hartwigs for years, but have more recently begun to appreciate two good reasons for limiting fruit. One is that you can only eat so much food and veggies are much more nutritious than fruit. You should always give precedence to veggies in your diet. Two is that fruit can be a sugar trigger and inspire cravings that lead to eating unhealthy foods in often over-sized amounts.
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from Donna in Anyone Starting 3/11 (Monday)?   
    Thanks Donna and Helen your right...the scale is not my friend right now! Thank for letting me know about your not much loss at first. Looking forward to the MAGIC at the end! I already feel great! I cant believe I can tell when I am hungry and full...such an accomplishment for a binge eater like me!
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to Donna in Anyone Starting 3/11 (Monday)?   
    Went to NYC for the day. Had lunch and dinner there and stayed 100 per cent compliant. I am so proud of myself. My weakness is Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. I passed it 3 times and didn't go in despite my hubs urgings. We ate at a steakhouse in midtown and we walked up the stairs to be seated and they had mile high cakes and desserts displayed. My hubs was begging me, I said NO but you can. He said "I can't do that to you"....it's bad enough I am drinking beer in front of you....I could really care less. I ate crabmeat and Caeser salad with no cheese or croutons. All is well on day 18. If I can just get through Easter Sunday, I will be golden. Snuck on the scale this am and have lost 9 lbs! I am crazy happy. If I can total out 10 this go around that would be a great start!
    I have also added my walking/ski walking/running program back in since Saturday. I have clocked 15 miles thus far since Saturday....
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to Tveen in Anyone Starting 3/11 (Monday)?   
    Today has been hard for me. I had a tonnn of cravings and even bought chocolate covered banana chips at the mall and walked around the whole mall with them in my purse, but threw them out after praising The Lord I didn't give in because my old, binge eating self would definitely have gobbled them up! I'm disappointed that I even bought them but just focusing on the fact that I didn't eat them
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from Kristy Cas in Anyone Starting 3/11 (Monday)?   
    Made a great dinner tonight. Put some coconut oil in my big cast iron pot, laid cut up carrots around and onion. Put in some chicken thighs more onions on top and put some trader joes south African seasoning on it, closed the lid and let it cook at about 350 till the chicken was tender. It was so good I had a half sweet potato and green beans with it. My kids ate it up.
    Trying to be more focused these last 2 weeks. Off to get some port butt for dinner this weekend.
    happy day ya'll,
    Carolyn
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs got a reaction from Kristy Cas in Anyone Starting 3/11 (Monday)?   
    Made a great dinner tonight. Put some coconut oil in my big cast iron pot, laid cut up carrots around and onion. Put in some chicken thighs more onions on top and put some trader joes south African seasoning on it, closed the lid and let it cook at about 350 till the chicken was tender. It was so good I had a half sweet potato and green beans with it. My kids ate it up.
    Trying to be more focused these last 2 weeks. Off to get some port butt for dinner this weekend.
    happy day ya'll,
    Carolyn
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to jillmick in best period ever   
    Ok I know that sounds weird, but seriously...oh my gosh. After having 3 kids back to back, my periods have always been really heaving with so much bloating and cramps the first few days. I'm on day 17 of my first Whole 30 and just got over my period. Umm it was amazing. It was SO light and fast with no cramps or bloating!!! I'm in shock. And to top it off I feel like the "magic" may have officially kicked in. I finally have this clear, steady energy. Maybe not so much to run a marathon (getting there) but enough to not need to collapse around 4pm anymore for a nap. I actually want go to the gym after I put the kids down around 8pm. I could go on, but I just wanted to write this in case I could be of encouragement to anyone out there struggling like I was or questioning starting a Whole 30. I'm FINALLY becoming one of those people I've only ever read about. For the first time in my life (not exaggerating) I'm starting to feel freedom in my relationship with food and my body. It's just the start, but I'm feeling like I may be hooked already to this new way of eating. I honestly never knew I could feel & look so great without starving myself. After feeling very hopeless for so long, I feel like I'm finally taking a deep sigh of relief. Wow..didn't mean to ramble on like this!!!
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to Bridgedurso in What are your must have kitchen tools/gadgets?   
    Best kitchenaid discovery today: cook chicken breast in crockpot, spoon into kitchenaid bowl, turn on mixer, shredded chicken in about 2 seconds! No more "two fork" method!
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    Carolyn Cornett Hobbs reacted to GLC1968 in Anyone Starting 3/11 (Monday)?   
    Carolyn - good for you for keeping on! It is entirely possible that the doctors scale is different from yours and you really are down some weight, so definitely don't give it a second thought.
    Cravings? Is it weird that I crave hard boiled eggs when just three months ago, I hated them? I forced myself to eat one during my last whole30 because I was in an airport with no other clean protein options. It was a little gross to me, but I managed to choke it down. Somehow, on that trip, I got used to them because I had to rely on them two other times as well. Now I find that I actually crave them. I had to learn how to cook them myself since it was never a skill that I bothered to master in my previous 45 years of life!
    Overall, I'm doing really, really well. I'm definitely to the 'tiger blood' stage. I'm exuberant, feeling absolutely vibrant and in a supremely positive frame of mind. Contrary to some of you guys, I don't feel much slimmer at all. In comparison to other Whole30's, this one seems much less outwardly obvious. BUT, inwardly, this one is by far my best one yet. Happy girl here!