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    LadyM reacted to Angelia in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    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!   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!
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    LadyM reacted to Christievans98 in COVID Quarantine and Whole30 was a life changer   
    Life and routine as I knew it changed dramatically on Friday, March 13, 2020 as it did for most everyone when suddenly schools and businesses were closed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I was visiting my endocrinologist that day when the call closing school came to me.  My weight at that visit was the heaviest that I had ever weighed at 214lbs.    As I sat at home day in and day out with my special needs son, I realized that I had two choices.  I could either eat myself into oblivion due to sheer boredom or I could use this gift of time productively to make some life changes.  I decided it was time to re-evaluate my habits and begin a journey to a healthier me.  I had turned 50 in January and was officially old and obese.  You name it as far as diets or programs went and I had tried it.  NOTHING worked!!! I had been diagnosed with two different auto-immune disorders and my metabolism seemed to be at a complete standstill.  I did not think I would ever be able to lose weight again.  Then one afternoon on my daily drive just to get my son out of the house, I was listening to the radio when the host started to share his personal journey with Whole30.  Something just clicked and I thought why not try one more time even though it probably won't work since nothing else has.  I immediately came home and ordered every book I could get my hands on from Amazon.  
    Once the books arrived, I could not read them fast enough.  This program really began to speak to me and resonate in the deepest parts of me that had felt like a failure and had become hopeless.  I set my start date for my first Whole30 for March 27, 2020.  I prepped my kitchen, myself and my family for what was about to take place over the next 30 days.  I used the Day by Day guide to help me stay on track and continued to read, research and meal plan throughout the 30 days.  The first week was hard, the second seemed to get better and by the third week I was feeling so much better physically.  The taste of real food seemed to improve so much as my system cleared itself of all the toxins and yuck that I had been filling it with for so long.  As I approached the end of my Whole30, I made the decision to extend it into more of a Whole45 because I wanted to be completely clear of all the effects of my poor eating habits for years.  When I returned for another doctors visit at 40 days into my Whole45, my doctor was astonished that I had lost 15lbs.  Honestly so was I!!! I knew I was feeling better and noted several great NSVs but had not weighed myself since I knew the doctors visit was coming up.  I was eating lots of food.  Lots of good, delicious and nutritious food and was still losing weight and feeling wonderful.  How could this be?? Obviously there was something to this Whole30 program.  
    It has now been four months since I began my Whole30 journey.  Now I can say that I am working on true "Food Freedom".  I also began to channel my newfound energy into exercise and physical fitness training in May.  According to my last doctors visit two weeks ago, I am officially down 30lbs and 25 inches over my whole body.  However the weight loss is not the most important aspect of this journey.  I have found myself again.  The self that I thought was gone forever.  The person who feels confident in her own skin and who has energy and stamina.  I wake up daily more refreshed and ready to exercise and face the day than I did 20 years ago.  My clothes are falling off which is funny especially since I haven't been able to go shopping during quarantine.  I'm now walking at least 3 miles a day, weight and flexibility training and can see major muscle changes and definition.  Let's just say my husband is enjoying all my new energy and confidence as well!
    Melissa - I cannot thank you enough for all you have put into the Whole30 program.  It has been a game changer and a LIFE SAVER for me.  I was on my way to a heart attack and major health issues before starting on this journey.  I still have 40lbs to lose to be at the weight my doctors think is best, but for the first time in forever I honestly believe that this goal is achievable because you have given me the tools and knowledge I need to succeed.  I do not have to count calories, buy pills or special foods.  I get to enjoy eating real food that is delicious and still lose weight and inches.  Whole30 has changed my life!!!!  The attached pictures were taken 60 days apart and approximately 20 lbs down.  I was shocked by the difference as I have never done before and after comparison pictures where you could actually tell a difference before.  Again - THANK YOU Whole30!!

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    LadyM got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    #realtalk
    So happy for you that you've returned to sanity. Cheers to that! I'm so grateful to be back myself.
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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Wow, you have a lot to contend with.  I am in a similar place - getting my house ready to sell and hopefully move to another country so I sympathise - I  totally agree about W30 creating stability - I wondered if I was crazy attempting this on top of everything else, but somehow it has made it easier to focus.  I do like rules - for me life is just easier that way.
    Good luck with your round.
     
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Welcome back! I'm so sorry to hear of your pain and stress.
    I hear you loud and clear on W30 not actually being an additional stressor, but actually being an oasis of control in a raging ocean of WTF 2020. I'm in Melbourne in hard lockdown, have been for months and it would be (and was) so easy to just eat all the things and drink all the wine, but that just made everything worse. Locking into another round has been the best thing I've done for my body and my mental health, to be honest. Good luck!
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    LadyM got a reaction from anniejean83 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi gang! I've hopped on the bandwagon and am attempting to grow a SCOBY in my pantry from a bottle of regular GT's and a cup of sweetened black tea. I feel like a kid again doing a science experiment. So fun!
    Though when I was in the fifth grade I never imagined I could have partners in crime from all over the world via the magic of the intarwebs. . . . Love. It.
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    LadyM got a reaction from ag919 in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    My period was five days late with my Whole30, and I've never ever ever ever in the 25 years I've been menstruating been late. Not through chemo, marathon training, nothing.
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    LadyM reacted to ladyshanny in EDITING POSTS   
    Effective Thursday, August 27, 2015, members can no longer edit their own posts indefinitely.  Unfortunately the constant editing in the threads was causing issues within the forum, necessitating the change.  
    Members will now be allowed to edit their own post for 15 minutes after publishing (for fixing typos or adding a quick afterthought).  Beyond that initial 15 minutes, the post will be considered closed and can only be edited by an administrator or moderator.
    Thank you very much for your understanding and for helping the forum to run as smoothly as possible.  
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    LadyM reacted to missmary in Ladies Only Privacy Disclaimer   
    The ladies only forum is a publicly view-able and searchable forum, just like any of the other sub-topics. Be aware that whatever you post here may be seen by anyone, including men.
     
    The intent is to provide a space for ladies to speak with other ladies without the contribution of men, so gents we ask your respect in refraining from reading and posting in this forum.
     
    We are researching possible enhanced privacy for this sub-forum. If things change this message will be updated to reflect those changes.
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    LadyM reacted to missmary in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
     
    Never use honey in Kombucha. It will kill a scoby. scobys like sugar. Sorry I didn't notice that conversation elsewhere in this thread...only 60 pages/1195 posts. I should have caught it. 
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    LadyM reacted to pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You're slipping, MissMary, if you can't keep up with 1195 posts. LOL
     
    M - so glad the scoby came back to life!  Yay! 
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    LadyM got a reaction from pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Update: my refrigerated SCOBY has come to life, made some good booch, and given birth to a brand new lovely SCOBY. I'm about to bottle and do a second ferment with pomegranate juice.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Update: my refrigerated SCOBY has come to life, made some good booch, and given birth to a brand new lovely SCOBY. I'm about to bottle and do a second ferment with pomegranate juice.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Carlaccini in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Update: my refrigerated SCOBY has come to life, made some good booch, and given birth to a brand new lovely SCOBY. I'm about to bottle and do a second ferment with pomegranate juice.
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    LadyM got a reaction from jent103 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Update: my refrigerated SCOBY has come to life, made some good booch, and given birth to a brand new lovely SCOBY. I'm about to bottle and do a second ferment with pomegranate juice.
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    LadyM reacted to Beets in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Awesome, Lady M! I found a post on one of the big kombucha supply websites recommending keeping a scoby in the fridge. I was going to send to you but I figured you'd find out soon enough!
    I'm going to start. ðŸ˜
    I've been reading, hemming and hawing and trying to decide if I'm going to do CB or batch. I didn't want to spend $ now to spend more later. I finally settled on doing a siphon CB--came to me in a fever dream--joking--and then I saw other ppl do it. Anyway. Now I don't have to mess around with a metal or plastic spigot or a gunked up spigot and I can buy a $5 beer brewing siphon when I'm ready to CB.
    I have a bottle of plain GT's in the fridge waiting for my vessel.
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    LadyM got a reaction from jent103 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
     
    Let us know how it goes! We'll have to compare notes.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm thinking about trying out juice for second ferments when the time comes. I always used whole fruit to varying levels of success, and it seems juice leads to better fizz. And me likey fizz. It goes better in the champagne flutes that way!
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    LadyM got a reaction from Carlaccini in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm thinking about trying out juice for second ferments when the time comes. I always used whole fruit to varying levels of success, and it seems juice leads to better fizz. And me likey fizz. It goes better in the champagne flutes that way!
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    LadyM got a reaction from Frankiekex in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi gang! I've hopped on the bandwagon and am attempting to grow a SCOBY in my pantry from a bottle of regular GT's and a cup of sweetened black tea. I feel like a kid again doing a science experiment. So fun!
    Though when I was in the fifth grade I never imagined I could have partners in crime from all over the world via the magic of the intarwebs. . . . Love. It.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hi gang! I've hopped on the bandwagon and am attempting to grow a SCOBY in my pantry from a bottle of regular GT's and a cup of sweetened black tea. I feel like a kid again doing a science experiment. So fun!
    Though when I was in the fifth grade I never imagined I could have partners in crime from all over the world via the magic of the intarwebs. . . . Love. It.
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    LadyM got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Carlaccini, I've done this a couple times and what worked for me was to feed the SCOBY a lot of tea to which I'd added more sugar than usual, so it needed more time to ferment. Then I bottled when I got home.
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    LadyM got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    OOh, just cracked open a bottle of ginger-cardamom-apricot. So pretty! So delicious!
     
    These both were from my second second ferment attempt. Grating the ginger made a big difference in flavor (I'd just thrown in a hunk of fresh ginger in the first second ferments, and that did little to flavor them.)
     
    I need to bottle my third batch today but I'm out of bottles! Will it work for me to use wider mouthed jars, or will that kill all the fizz? Any experience with this?
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    LadyM got a reaction from Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Just wanted to pop in and say hey, y'all. I have more booch than I know what to do with at the moment. My most winning flavor so far is cucumber mint lemongrass kumquat. Incredibly refreshing, subtle, and not oversweet. I feel so fancy!
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    LadyM got a reaction from Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I get it now. I am totally obsessed with my own booch. Loving the results of my first bottling. All are nice and fizzy now--I think they just needed another couple days. The only one that's flat is the strawberry vanilla, so I put in a dab of honey and will check it in another day or two.
     
    Second bottling/second second ferment just happened and I'm having hella fun with the flavor. Can't even remember what I ended up with, but I used, in varying combos:
     
    cherries
    raspberries
    limes
    mint
    apricots
    kumquats (!) (my favorite!)
    cucumbers
    cardamom
    vanilla bean
    lemongrass
    ginger
    lemon
     
    I shall report back when I taste them. OMG is this fun or what? Not even kidding this is better than boozy cocktails. I'm realizing that's the part I love--the experimentation--not the booze, necessarily.
     
    Question: how big can you make the first ferment batch? I've got my original SCOBY and my baby in a 3-gallon jar but still keep putting in 8 cups sweet tea. I could fit nearly double that in there. any reason why I shouldn't? Would it just take longer?
     
    Thanks, experts!
     
    Oh, and thanks, Susan, for the beef jerky instructions. I went out and bought a London Broil yesterday and made my first batch of jerky in my electric oven. SO easy and delicious. Best jerky I've ever had. Ain't no thing! Merci.