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    Ann got a reaction from BlueKoala in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    @BlueKoala - it would sure be nice if my heart rate stays low when I reintroduce wine, and jumps up only when I reintroduce something like bulgar or Lima beans.  
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Day 7.  I can’t believe we are already a week in!   Almost a quarter of the way there!  Maybe it’s because I knew what to expect and thus went into it well prepared (shopping-wise and mentally), and maybe it has a little to do with my Invisalign braces which have made it difficult to snack between meals (so I rarely have for the last 6 months), but this has been the easiest one I’ve done so far.  We will see how things go after I’m done with the Invisalign next Monday (again, I can’t WAIT!).  
    Sleep:  6.5 hours, 76 sleep score. I stayed up too late reading (good book, hard to stop).   
    Shoulder:  Hurts quite a bit today.  It even hurts to turn on the blinker in my car.  Ugh. 
    Meal 1:  frittata type thing with 2 eggs, spinach, spiralized zucchini, pico de Gallo, avocado, black coffee. 
    Meal 2:  leftover carnitas (from Chipotle - the rest of the salad didn’t hold up for a second day), fresh spinach, avocado, red pepper, vinaigrette, Cosmic Crisp apple.
    Snack:  Beef sticks.  
    Meal 3:  Siva’s Cauliflower and Meatballs (Mediterranean Paleo Cookbook). I’ve made this several times, even when not on a round, and it is SO good.  Also had (another) Cosmic Crisp apple with almond butter to get a fat in.  And because these apples are amazing. I’m prob overdoing the fruit because of them.  
    Wine cravings.  My daughter loves to watch The Bachelor.   I don’t.  It used to be the only way I would sit with her while it was if we had wine.  Guess what’s on my TV right now (recorded from last night)?  And guess who is being a good sport with a can of fizzy water in her hand?   
    Okay, that’s it for today I guess.  Will aim for lights out at 10:30.  
     

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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    @BlueKoala - it would sure be nice if my heart rate stays low when I reintroduce wine, and jumps up only when I reintroduce something like bulgar or Lima beans.  
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    Ann got a reaction from cehawley in First timer starting January 2!   
    I made the Potsticker Stir-Fry earlier this week and have been having it on a bed of spinach for lunch the last couple days.  If I make this again, I'm going to increase the vegetables (cabbage, carrots & mushrooms), as it was very meat heavy (although delicious).  Putting it on spinach helped a lot.  
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    Ann reacted to BlueKoala in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    The absence of alcohol might be relevant for me, as well, because I do love wine even though I know it's not really good for me.   Although last time when I was doing W30 reintroductions I noticed that my heart rate jumped up noticeably after I added dairy back into my diet, so I suppose it could be anything.   
    (Stalking my health signals on Fitbit is just so mesmerizing, for some odd reason.)  
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Kill all things?  Yep, I think it hit me today.  
    I work in a small office (4 attorneys and me).  We are like family - I've been here for 22 years, and the person with the shortest time here has been here 12 years.  An ongoing issue is attys leaving their coffee cups or lunch dishes in the sink, presumably assuming "someone else" (aka ME) will put them into the dishwasher.  Always frustrating. This morning, someone did it right in front of me.  I've reminded them over and over that the dishwasher is RIGHT THERE. But it's an ongoing issue.  Maybe I'm supposed to be the kitchen help in addition to all my many other professional duties??  Maybe they are too important and busy to do their own dishes??  I'm considering taping a big "we have a dishwasher" sign above the sink with a giant arrow pointing to said dishwasher.  At the same time, I know they know, and I know it doesn't usually bother me as much as it seems to be this morning.  
    Oh, and this happened as I was unjamming the [email protected]#king copy machine for another attorney.  
    I'm keeping my frustration to myself, because I really do think it's not typical for me to feel quite this strongly about it.  I mean, it takes like 5 seconds for me to move said coffee cups to dishwasher, and I have an awesome job with people I truly love.  It's going to be an interesting day.  
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    Ann got a reaction from JessFind in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Kill all things?  Yep, I think it hit me today.  
    I work in a small office (4 attorneys and me).  We are like family - I've been here for 22 years, and the person with the shortest time here has been here 12 years.  An ongoing issue is attys leaving their coffee cups or lunch dishes in the sink, presumably assuming "someone else" (aka ME) will put them into the dishwasher.  Always frustrating. This morning, someone did it right in front of me.  I've reminded them over and over that the dishwasher is RIGHT THERE. But it's an ongoing issue.  Maybe I'm supposed to be the kitchen help in addition to all my many other professional duties??  Maybe they are too important and busy to do their own dishes??  I'm considering taping a big "we have a dishwasher" sign above the sink with a giant arrow pointing to said dishwasher.  At the same time, I know they know, and I know it doesn't usually bother me as much as it seems to be this morning.  
    Oh, and this happened as I was unjamming the [email protected]#king copy machine for another attorney.  
    I'm keeping my frustration to myself, because I really do think it's not typical for me to feel quite this strongly about it.  I mean, it takes like 5 seconds for me to move said coffee cups to dishwasher, and I have an awesome job with people I truly love.  It's going to be an interesting day.  
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    Ann got a reaction from heb2014 in Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!   
    @LANTDN - there's a little planner-type book called Whole30 Day-to-Day which has a few pages for each day that include tips and words of encouragement, and also sections to track:
    What went well today What could have gone better What I'll do tomorrow Scale of 1-10 for energy, sleep quality, cravings, and includes space for notes in each category, and then an area below that to create your own categories to track What I ate today (Meal 1, Meal 2, Meal 3, Snacks) Day XX reflections  I got mine on Amazon, but I bet you can find it lots of places.  It's pretty cool.  
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    Ann reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Numbering days ... well, I want to say it's been a "trigger" for me in the past.  But I'm not sure if that's the right word.
    I said I would never try to do another Whole 30 for a variety of reasons, and this is one of them:  Mentally, something happens to people (SOME people) once they've reached that goal.  They can be strong, sensible people, and have the best of intentions ~ "why, yes, of course I'm going to do a slow and carefully planned out reintroduction" ~ and still, on Day 31+ ... somehow find themselves sitting on the couch after eating ________ thinking, "what the hell just happened?"
    BUT, sometimes our bodies really do need a complete reset.  And Whole 30 is the best there is, IMO.  It's why I've been coming/going for the past 6 years.
    So ... with that said, I'm reluctantly saying that "Day 1" yesterday was a success.
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    Ann reacted to cehawley in Carolyn's January 2020 Whole30 Journey   
    Yesterday was a little challenging. Mostly from a fatigue perspective, but I attribute that to fighting a virus - not anything with Whole30. And I went shopping at Ralph's, which did not have (1) Flank Steak, (2) Ground Pork and (3) enough shrimp for my planned meals. That was so frustrating. And they didn't have coconut milk! I usually hit Vons (I live in SoCal), but logistically, Ralph's made more sense with respect to errands. Guess I'll have to hit up some more specialty markets around here to get some more ingredients.
    I did make this wonderful Pecan-crusted salmon. OMG, sooooooo good.
    This morning, kids are on their way to school, and I'm about to step out the door to go to work. Luckily, work is an easier place to stay on plan. I have a very health-focused colleagues, and if I don't have the time to prep anything, there's a natural grocery store three blocks away that has a great salad bar - very easy to stay on plan with that choice!
    i wish everyone well.
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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Day 5.   Today went well.  Aside from really wanting to step on the scale this morning (I didn’t), it was an easy day.  My energy was good. Did some meal planning and went to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and New Seasons and picked up some great stuff, including condiments - Thrive Special Sauce, Primal Kitchen ketchup and mayo, and New Primal Mustard BBQ and Medium Buffalo sauces. I haven’t yet tried any of them and don’t know what I will do with them, but I’m excited to have them on hand for next time I’m meal planning. 
    Sleep:  8 hrs, 79 sleep score. Weekend sleep is the best.  Looking forward to see how I do during the week.  Still waking a lot by shoulder pain.  
    Shoulder:  Has ached on and off all day, and is fairly uncomfortable tonight. The muscles surrounding the painful joint have been sore, I’m sure from tensing up protecting the rotator cuff. 
    Meal 1:  buffalo chicken egg muffins, avocado, bacon, black coffee. 
    Meal 2:  spinach salad with tomatoes, red pepper and red onion, topped with roast beef and simple vinaigrette, and avocado. The rest of my leftover mashed potatoes. 
    Meal 3:  Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin (omg SOOO good!), zoodles with marinara and olives, pear. The pork is from Paleo Running Momma, and is amazing:  https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-whole30-bacon-wrapped-pork-tenderloin/
    Sipping Waterloo sparkling water in a champagne flute watching Golden Globes with my daughter.  Feeling content, and I feel well prepared and ready for the work week. 

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    Ann got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Thanks, guys.  I didn’t do it.  Whew.  And it is FINALLY stored away in the garage loft — need to drag out the ladder to reach it.  And put the ladder behind some suitcases to make it a slight hassle to get to.  
     
    I read something someone else posted that is exactly how I feel about this.  I worked hard to lose 20# over the last 7 months or so, and would be heartbroken if I undid that.  But my prior experience is losing about 8# with a W30, so I’m going to try hard to not worry too much and focus on the NSVs.  

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    Ann reacted to Jihanna in New Seasons Paleo Hash   
    I'll leave the actual answer to someone else... but I did have a thought that might be worth considering -- I'm assuming this is made in the store, so is there any chance they'd be willing to toss together a small batch that doesn't include them?
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    Ann got a reaction from Jezza68 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Day 1
    Sleep:  I slept late this morning, but since I was up so late and had quite a bit of wine last night, my sleep quality was poor and just 6.5 hrs.  So I was tired today.  Glad that I had the day off to laze around the house.  
     
    Shoulder:   I’ve had calcific tendinitis for several years. Got my third cortisone shot a couple weeks ago, and this time it didn’t help.  I will be doing some simple PT exercises this month   Some days are better than others (can’t figure out why).  It hurts quite a bit today. I may have fallen asleep hard and slept on it.  
     
    Meal 1 - spinach, red pepper, onion, mushrooms sautéed in ghee, grape tomatoes, 2 fried eggs, slice of bacon, 1/3 avocado, black coffee, V8.  
     
    Meal 2 - spinach salad with tomatoes, onion, roasted red pepper, tossed with simple vinaigrette, handful of olives, and what I thought was clean roast beef but turned out to be pastrami. I had just one bite of it and threw the rest out - no idea what all is in pastrami but I’m sure it can’t be compliant.  Argh.  I had a conversation with the Whole Foods deli guy who read off their in-house roast beef ingredients (compliant) and I said I’ll take a pound.  He apparently sliced the pastrami for me instead of the roast beef.  Good thing I had a big breakfast.  The salad filled me up just fine. Also had a Hint water.  Note to self: track water intake tomorrow. 
     
    Meal 3 - Nom-Nom Paleo Potsticker Stir-Fry, and a Polar Seltzer.  If I make the stir-fry again, I will double up on the cabbage and mushrooms. It’s got veggies but is very meat heavy and seems like it needs .. a wonton roll.  *sigh*. But the flavors are great!  
     
    No wine cravings tonight. Apparently I had enough last night.  
     
    All in all, aside from the pastrami mishap, a good day.  Planning to crawl in bed early with a book and lights out by 10.  

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    Ann got a reaction from Jezza68 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    My first (very minor) mental struggle happened this morning.  I had every intention of hiding the scale from myself yesterday, but somehow didn't get around to it. I've been weighing daily since last May (it's part of the Noom program), and I REALLY wanted to step on the scale this morning.  Honestly, I had to talk myself out of it.  Seems a little odd that, of all things, this is a challenge for me.  I've lost 20 pounds in the last seven months (or so), and would be pretty sad if I undid any of that with my Whole30.  I had to remind myself that I have lost weight each time I've done W30, so I just have to trust that this time will be the same.   And in my rush to get out the door to work, I STILL didn't manage to put the scale in the garage.  I'm putting a reminder on my phone to do that first thing when I get home from work.  
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    Ann got a reaction from Jezza68 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Day 2 in the books!   Not much to report today, smooth sailing.  
     
    Sleep:  Really good night of sleep last night.  Almost 8 hours and an 81 sleep score. Unheard of for me on a weeknight. I don’t think I can chalk it up to W30 yet, more likely just super tired from the night before and going to bed extra early. But I’ll take it!
    Shoulder:  Pretty uncomfortable and sometimes painful throughout the day.  
     
    Meal 1:  2-egg omelet with spinach and mushrooms, some avocado and sliced cucumber, and a blob of Romesco. And a V8 and black coffee. 
    Meal 2:  Leftover potsticker stir-fry on bed of spinach, a couple tangerines and sliced cucumber, Hint water.  
    Meal 3:  Curry chicken salad with slivered almonds, red pepper, red onion, on a bed of spinach (OMG sooooo good!).  LaCroix.  

    Snacks: Nope. But I got a box of “emergency food” from Barefoot Provisions and am a little worried that just having those snacks around will make me want to snack.  But I’m glad I have some healthy snack options on hand now.  
     
    Still no wine cravings.  The weekend is upon us though ... I expect that dragon will be appearing before long.  

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    Ann got a reaction from Jezza68 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Had a small sugar craving for the first time after lunch today.  I had been in the habit for quite a while of having a piece of Dove Dark Chocolate right after lunch.  My office keeps them stocked in our kitchen (doggone them!).  It was more like a passing thought that "a piece of cholocate would sure be nice right now" ... I simply walked away.  
    Something I haven't mentioned, which is I'm sure helping me a lot, is that I have Invisalign braces.  When the trays are in, I can only have water, and they can only be out for 3 hours a day total.  I've had them for six months, and I will be done on Monday, 1/13, just a week and a half (OMG I can't wait!).  Hopefully I'll be past the most challenging part of W30 by then, but I've definitely got concerns that staying on track, especially as far as snacking, won't be as easy without the Invisalign keeping me in check. 
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    Ann got a reaction from Jezza68 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Day 3.  All in all, things are still going well.  I did start having some cravings or pseudo-hunger issues today.  I ate well at breakfast and at lunch, but was feeling like eating again about an hour or two after lunch.  I was glad to have compliant snacks in my desk, but again, I wonder if maybe I had the munchies just because I knew those things were there.  Or the sugar demon rearing its head finally after nearly three days without wine or other added sugars/processed food.     Sleep:  6 hrs 13 minutes, 77 sleep score (fair) . Very little deep sleep (25 mins).  I turned over at one point in the middle of the night and twisted my bad shoulder and the pain made me gasp.  Didn't get back to sleep for a while because it was throbbing and I couldn't find a comfortable position.  I sure hope I see some improvement soon.   Shoulder:  See above.  Also, it's been achy and sore today, but not horrible.  Keeping a steady flow of Advil going.   Meal 1:  Buffalo chicken egg muffins (https://therealfoodrds.com/buffalo-chicken-egg-muffins/), yellow peppers and grape tomatoes, 1/4 avocado, a blob of mayo, V8 and black coffee.  
    Meal 2:  Leftover potsticker stir-fry on a bed of spinach, and a Polar Seltzer.  Was hungry so had a second scoop of stir-fry.  And a tangerine.    Snacks:  I was hungry not long after lunch, so I had an Rx Bar and a Chomps beef stick (and an afternoon cup of black coffee, which I don't usually do).  Probably didn't need both snacks, but they both sounded good and I felt hungry.  It was probably munchies and carb cravings more than hunger.     Meal 3:  Despite the snacks, I felt very hungry when I got home from work at 6:00.  Rotisserie chicken breast (Whole Foods, compliant!), mashed potatoes w ghee, steamed broccoli w ghee, olives.   (I added the potatoes bc I feel like the starchy carbs will curb my cravings, and maybe help with sleep tonight.  And they were delicious).     Wine cravings:  Friday night, 7pm. My thought pattern goes something like this:   Tonight will feel long and boring without wine.  Why does the couch and TV have so much more appeal with a glass of wine?  But heading to bed early, even on a Friday night, is good for me and one of my biggest goals is better sleep.  I will feel so good when I wake up feeling refreshed in the morning instead of my typical Saturday Morning feeling sluggish and unmotivated.  I’d like a glass of wine but I’m not having intense cravings.  Helps that (a) there’s no wine in the house, and (2) my daughter is along doe the Dryuary ride with me.  
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    Ann got a reaction from Jezza68 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Day 4.  Hungry today, even though I’m eating big meals. Otherwise feeling good.  My intention today was to get on the treadmill, but I wasn’t able to motivate myself to do it.  But I was fairly active, putting away Christmas (up and down ladder into garage loft to store boxes, hauling tree outside, etc).  Treadmill will happen tomorrow.  
     
    Sleep:  8.5 hours (broken into two parts - I was awake for an hour and a half 6-7:30 then fell back to sleep for another couple hours).  77 sleep score.  Pretty darned good!
    Shoulder:  Not too bad today.  Also didn’t manage to get around to PT exercises, which was one of my goals today.  Why do I have SUCH a hard time with exercising in general?  I feel like I have good willpower in most other areas.  Maybe I’m using up all my willpower on W30 and no wine?  
     
    Meal 1:  buffalo chicken egg bites with mayo mixed with Frank’s red hot, avocado, fresh strawberries, bulletproof coffee.
    Meal 2:  rotisserie chicken with pineapple habanero pico de Gallo, avocado, steamed broccoli and yellow pepper, sweet potatoes with ghee. Tangerine. 

    Snack:  Pumpkin seed crunchy snack. 
    Meal 3:  filet mignon (sadly overdone, but still good), mashed potatoes w ghee, Well-Fed coconut-almond green beans (sooo good!). 
     
    Wine cravings:  Not really, but I did see a beer on TV and thought it looked particularly appealing.  My daughter is out to a fancy dinner tonight and she texted me her mocktail (a melon ginger drink of some sort).   Her personal 30-day challenge (vegan, yoga, Dryuary) is going well so far! 
     
    I’m feeling good about this so far!  Hoping the hunger (cravings really) part sorts itself out soon.  

     
     
     


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    Ann got a reaction from Jezza68 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    REALLY strong urge to get on the scale this morning.  Haven’t done it yet but haven’t quite talked myself out of it.  Please talk me out of it.  It seems like such a minor infraction.  
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    Ann reacted to BlueKoala in Another koala-ty W30. Starting 1/2/20.   
    Oh, great, I just looked up the timeline and Kill All The Things starts tomorrow.    (I know, I know, the timeline isn't gospel, but....)    I can get through this, she said brightly to herself. 
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    Ann got a reaction from Ejanecek83 in First timer starting January 2!   
    I made the Potsticker Stir-Fry earlier this week and have been having it on a bed of spinach for lunch the last couple days.  If I make this again, I'm going to increase the vegetables (cabbage, carrots & mushrooms), as it was very meat heavy (although delicious).  Putting it on spinach helped a lot.  
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    Ann got a reaction from Niya in It's wine o'clock, what are you doing besides drinking?   
    Hi Becky,
    Same!  It's sure a tough habit to kick.  My daughter is also doing a Dryuary, which will help, and my neighbors, who I have drinks with fairly regularly (we're on a trivia team at the local pub).  
    Since better sleep is high on my list of NSV's I'm looking for, I plan to turn in earlier than my normal for the next 30 days.  Maybe a longer bedtime routine, including some nice self-care (i.e., face mask, bubble bath, pedicure - not all on the same night !).  And yes, herbal tea or Pellegrino with a slice of lime or cucumber are my go-to alternatives to wine.   
    We got this.  Cheers ---- wait no ... I guess, just have a good night!  
    Ann
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    Ann got a reaction from LO867 in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Three days pre-W30.  Cleaned out fridge and pantry as best I could (my adult kids live with me so can’t really get rid of their non compliant stuff).   And went shopping to stock up on everything.   Made homemade ghee, mayonnaise, and Romesco sauce.   Any boring meal can be made better with one of these. 
     
    I feel like I’m ready NOW to go all in, except I have plans on NYE to play board games and drink bourbon with my neighbors, so it just makes sense to wait till Wednesday.  At least I know I’m prepared for day one, when I will probably be ....not in the mood to shop, and looking for something I can just grab and eat. 
     
    I mentioned this in my intro, but my 27 yr old daughter (who lives with me) is doing her own 30-day mission alongside mine: she is a vegetarian who will for 30 days eat 100% vegan, do daily yoga, and eliminate alcohol.  So although our meals will be different, we will be supporting each other.  I sure love her.  
     
    Tonight I am enjoying a glass of wine (well, two).   Maybe it tastes better knowing I will be giving it up soon.  But I’m also looking forward to committing to no alcohol for a month. I’m sure it is the biggest part of what makes me feel better when I do a W30.  I’m also hoping to be transparent on here with that part of my struggle, without feeling judged. 
     
    Okay.  Here’s to a successful W30!  
    Ann

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    Ann got a reaction from BlueKoala in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Three days pre-W30.  Cleaned out fridge and pantry as best I could (my adult kids live with me so can’t really get rid of their non compliant stuff).   And went shopping to stock up on everything.   Made homemade ghee, mayonnaise, and Romesco sauce.   Any boring meal can be made better with one of these. 
     
    I feel like I’m ready NOW to go all in, except I have plans on NYE to play board games and drink bourbon with my neighbors, so it just makes sense to wait till Wednesday.  At least I know I’m prepared for day one, when I will probably be ....not in the mood to shop, and looking for something I can just grab and eat. 
     
    I mentioned this in my intro, but my 27 yr old daughter (who lives with me) is doing her own 30-day mission alongside mine: she is a vegetarian who will for 30 days eat 100% vegan, do daily yoga, and eliminate alcohol.  So although our meals will be different, we will be supporting each other.  I sure love her.  
     
    Tonight I am enjoying a glass of wine (well, two).   Maybe it tastes better knowing I will be giving it up soon.  But I’m also looking forward to committing to no alcohol for a month. I’m sure it is the biggest part of what makes me feel better when I do a W30.  I’m also hoping to be transparent on here with that part of my struggle, without feeling judged. 
     
    Okay.  Here’s to a successful W30!  
    Ann