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    tinman57 got a reaction from Jim4884 in Whole 30 December Start   
    @jim4884 that's great news. I just saw my husband die in Kaiser from complications of diabetes and kidney disease. (I don't blame Kaiser.). I'm starting my 2nd whole30 after four years. So let's call it my first. I won't be a statistic.
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    tinman57 got a reaction from Jim4884 in Whole 30 December Start   
    @jim4884 that's great news. I just saw my husband die in Kaiser from complications of diabetes and kidney disease. (I don't blame Kaiser.). I'm starting my 2nd whole30 after four years. So let's call it my first. I won't be a statistic.
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    tinman57 got a reaction from Laura P. in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    It's whole30 Eve.  I'm ready. Had an emotional day today. Back story: my husband died September 2 and I'm planning to move back to the Midwest from southern california. Quitting my job of fourteen years. Don't worry! The job is hateful and stressful. So this is a good thing.
    Today, realizing I had one car too many, my little car with high mileage was donated.  Now I will be driving my husband's Jeep.
    And I continue to downsize and pack.  
    Tonight, though, I realized that, among so many other massive changes and unpredictable feelo feelings, the one thing I really need right now is feeling as if there is something in my life over which there's control....and control in the direction of feeling better mentally and physically. So tomorrow, December 1, I will move to eat whole foods, prepared healthfully and though I know it's going to be a rough few days (been here, done this) I need and want to do it.
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    tinman57 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hello everyone.  I'm in for a December 2 start actually.  But I may try it out on the 1st.  I have people coming by to help me with some things in my late husband's office and I promised I'd take them to lunch.  There are things there that are marginally acceptable so I may go ahead and give it a shot but I just don't want them to wonder why I'm eating steak and avocados in the middle of the day.  Or not.  Hmmm.
    I have a batch of mayo in the fridge already.  I'll have to check to see how it's holding up.  I'm also an immersion blender in a small mason jar type of person per Mel Joulwan's instructions.  So cookup will be potatoes, chicken, mayo if needed, Italian dressing (Joulwan) if needed, veg prep (brussels sprouts for quick roasting in my toaster/convection oven at night, etc. 
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    tinman57 got a reaction from Jim4884 in Whole 30 December Start   
    @jim4884 that's great news. I just saw my husband die in Kaiser from complications of diabetes and kidney disease. (I don't blame Kaiser.). I'm starting my 2nd whole30 after four years. So let's call it my first. I won't be a statistic.
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    tinman57 reacted to LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Happy Whole30 Eve! I made Mel J's chocolate chili yesterday and served it for dinner last night with BLTs using the last of the forbidden, sugar added bacon...so that was my last hurrah. Today was a nice compliant day starting with a M1 of chili and steamed broccoli. That held me for a long time, and good thing b/c I was too busy to eat again until 5, and called that dinner. At the end of my meal some stressful news came, that we have to move in two months. The owners are moving into our rental, so we are going to start looking for a place to buy. I could feel the urge to stress-eat. I made dinner for my husband and was tempted to snack on pistachios while he ate, but I thought better of it. It will be a tougher month than I thought, but I am ready for it. And I know I'll have support here, and am grateful for that. Daily movement and meditation would be a good anchor of stress management, and I should be on top of that with better consistency, anyway. You are my witnesses, gang.
    @hollysmokes and @LauraP I love your focused, clear intention for this month. It inspires me. I'm grateful to have a couple of W30s behind me because I kind of feel like I know what I have to do, and it's familiar, so I can fine tune my habits and routine, and make myself accountable to take it to another level for myself...wanting to spend 2019 very much on program...I had a good year, but I could be more compliant. Not shaming myself, though, but I can feel that seedling inside my brain...this too is a practice, right?
    @tinman57 I admire you so much for doing the program in the midst of so much change and grief. So life affirming! You're creating a new life, it sounds like, and coming from  self love to leave a hateful job, too. Congrats on that one! Are there loved ones in Midwest, I'm guessing? Good to stay close.
    I realize that @ElizabethG and @kirbz got an early start, but to everyone I wish you a happy start day.
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    tinman57 reacted to hollysmokes in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @tinman57 Doing a W30 at any stage of our lives is a challenge but I'm with you on viewing it as a source of stability and positivity. I did a W60 last December & January after my father died. It made me feel like I was honoring his memory by taking care of myself. And, yes, gave me some control as well. Please stay active here and I hope we can help support you on your journey.
    @LadyLisbetteOh no! Two months sounds like a long time but it's really not much time house hunt, go through all of the legal machinations involved in buying a house and move! We had to do all of that from another state and in post-Katrina chaos but it all went amazingly well. Hopefully your house hunt will as well. Trust the program!
    Happy start day to everyone as well. I'm pretty excited about this round and have been looking forward to today all week. I keep seeing recipes that look delicious and I want to Cook All the Things which is better than Kill All the Things I think. I'm going to brave the weather (torrential down-pouring) to go to the farmer's market to pick up the meat I scored on Cyber Monday sale. Then I'm going to mess up my kitchen!
     
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    tinman57 got a reaction from Laura P. in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    It's whole30 Eve.  I'm ready. Had an emotional day today. Back story: my husband died September 2 and I'm planning to move back to the Midwest from southern california. Quitting my job of fourteen years. Don't worry! The job is hateful and stressful. So this is a good thing.
    Today, realizing I had one car too many, my little car with high mileage was donated.  Now I will be driving my husband's Jeep.
    And I continue to downsize and pack.  
    Tonight, though, I realized that, among so many other massive changes and unpredictable feelo feelings, the one thing I really need right now is feeling as if there is something in my life over which there's control....and control in the direction of feeling better mentally and physically. So tomorrow, December 1, I will move to eat whole foods, prepared healthfully and though I know it's going to be a rough few days (been here, done this) I need and want to do it.
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    tinman57 reacted to Jim4884 in Whole 30 December Start   
    Welcome Jen!  I have done two official whole 30's, and I eat 95% plus Whole 30 all the time now, 18 months total.  When I started, I was pre-diabetic, and my doctor (at Kaiser, so a fairly busy doc) e-mailed me personally to emphasize that I needed to do something about it.  My first Whole 30 brought my blood sugar into completely normal range, and it has remained normal since.  I too have had to deal with anxiety and depression issues all my life.  I've found various solutions to help with that, but I will add that the Whole 30 brought about modest improvements in mood, and energy levels as well.   I've had many other health benefits from Whole 30, and would never even consider going back to how I used to eat.
    I'm happy to share anything that I've learned and experienced, and I can be a cheerleader for you, as I love to hear about others' successes.  The Whole 30 tagline "it will change your life" may sound contrived, but I believe in it.  It truly did change mine.
     
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    tinman57 reacted to pags98 in Whole 30 Victories   
    My wife and I completed our First Whole30 (I have a feeling we'll be doing more).  We were both ecstatic with our weight loss (19 pounds for me and 16 for her), but the NSV's were so much more amazing!
    Bowel Movements are normal now (previously a big issue for me) Kicked the Caffeine Dragon (I don't like coffee so I was Mr. Coke Zero) Kicked the artificial Sugar Dragon (see above) Clothes fit better Sleep is Amazing Energy is consistent throughout the day Mental Clarity (I was finding myself not being able to summon the right word - now that's gone) Found that there are some amazing healthy whole30 recipes that we want in our "daily" life Found great support and ideas on Instagram I didn't find "Tiger Blood" but I'd say I found "Tiger Cub Blood" This is going to be a big part of our life going forward.  Both for weight loss/maintenance and for feeling amazing.
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    tinman57 reacted to ladyshanny in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    Hi Murraygold, sorry that you feel that Tom's answer was shaming.  I don't agree that it was at all.  He stated some truths without flowery language that are, perhaps, not sitting well with you.
     
    The Whole30 is very clear.  Follow all the rules for 30 days and you have done a Whole30. Break a rule and you have not.  Weighing is a rule.  The mere fact that you do not believe it was "in you" to not weigh yourself for 30 days is a clear sign that you are allowing yourself to be ruled by a $20 piece of plastic.  Were you not, you would have had no problem putting it aside for 30 days.  This is not meant to be condescending or rude, just the truth that we have experienced with thousands of members.  You aren't the first person to have trouble with the scale, that's why it's a hard rule of the Whole30.  
     
    Whether you allowed the scale to dictate your behaviour is only yours to know....but you obviously have a deep seated need to know what that number is and the only way to really understand "WHY" for yourself is to give it up for 30 days.  That is why Tom says you short changed yourself.  As women in this crazy, social media, everything on display culture that we live in are taught that our value and our worth in the world is directly linked to our size, weight, body shape, physical appearance.  The smaller we are the more we believe and are told that we deserve love and happiness and I'm sorry, that is just bullshit.  You don't need to know your body's physical gravity response every day, you really don't.  The fit of your clothes, the deepness of your sleep, your skin, hair, eyes and heart know if you are on the right track.  
     
    It may seem a silly rule; don't weigh. Until you really look at why that is part of the Whole30 and then it makes perfect sense.  Breaking up with sugar and breaking up with scale are given the same importance in this program.
     
    Finally, as I said, you are not the first person to ever feel overwhelmed by the idea of not weighing yourself every day, you're not.  But for every single person who struggled through 30 days of wishing that they could stand on the scale but digging deep and breaking that addiction/pattern, allowing someone to claim victory when they blatantly disregarded the rules isn't right.  It's not fair to stand and say that whatever you do that's better than it was before is a successful Whole30 because it's simply not true and it's discourteous to those that actually did follow the rules.
     
    I'm sorry that you didn't like Tom's response, he is our resident "no bullshit" expert and tends not to sugar coat anything.
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    tinman57 reacted to murraygold in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    Yes, I've almost completed the Whole30 program...two days left.   And yes, I'm feeling a little amazed at myself that I have done this.   Not one single slip-up on the food...not even sneaking in a bit of french vanilla creamer into my coffee 
     
    The first week saw an exhilarating drop in blood pressure which was so motivating to stick to the plan.   And here I will do my one confession...the one suggestion that I did not heed was to not step on the scale...that is just not in me to do.   Week 2 my weight stabilized and so did the blood pressure numbers, those even climbed back up a bit...but not to my beginning numbers.    Yet, my motivation stayed strong because three other things were happening...(1) my taste buds were alive and well, delighting in meals of fresh vegetables, crisp fruits, deviled eggs made with my homemade mayonnaise, chicken thighs with homemade marinara.  (2)  Evening snacking came to a halt!   No more listening to that voice in my head telling me it was time to open the refrigerator door and eat something, anything...actually it wasn't a matter of not listening to that voice...there was no voice!   Sugar and carb cravings were simply gone.  (3) And maybe most importantly was my mood shift.   Right now my husband is working out of town and gone for weeks at a time.  Before starting Whole30 I was experiencing some really low moods...who knew (I didn't) that sugar could cause/worsen depression.   I've been happy for the past 29 days...nothing beats that feeling.   
     
    I was a pretty healthy eater before Whole30 but this experience opened my eyes to the hidden sugars and chemicals in processed foods.   Making homemade mayonnaise and salad dressings will continue.   Even healthy whole grains and legumes and dairy will be incorporated with moderation and forethought...not mindlessly.   Bring on the brussel sprouts slaw, the roasted butternut squash, kale salads and spinach in my smoothies.   
     
    What a positive experience this has been!   
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    tinman57 reacted to Rookie in Round 1 Done! Results for a Mid 30's guy   
    Hi everyone. I'm a lurker and first time poster.  I just wanted to thank everyone for this forum.  I browsed it a lot to get me through, and finished my first round of Whole30 yesterday.  I thought I might write a quick post to help someone else someday.

    About me:  I'm a mid 30's guy with a desk job and two kids.  For a decade, I've eaten junk and my body is paying for it.  I'm 5'8".  Ten years ago, I weighed 160.  On January 1, 2018, I weighted 191.8.  I got motivated and started watching what I was eating and walking a fair amount, and through that I dropped about 10 pounds.  Then, over a few months, I was stuck at 182 with no meaningful fluctuation.  I wanted a jump start and decided to try Whole30.
    30 days later, I'm 170.4, which is 11.6 pounds of loss.  More importantly, I feel much better, am motivated to get where I want to be, and am dedicated to healthier eating.  I'm so glad I did this.

    Things I did right:  I stuck to the plan, eating only permitted foods, and didn't break.
    Things I wish I had done: I didn't exercise at all.  I wish I had.  Some days I just felt so tired.  I should have increased fat and pushed through.
    What I relied on too much:  I definitely ate too much fruit and, towards the end, potato. 

    What I learned:  I have self control.  My body is my responsibility.  Also, it turns out I enjoy cooking and I actually like most vegetables.   Who knew?

    What now?  Now I'm in the reentry phase, and I'm going to do that for myself to see if I have any hidden intolerance.  Once I'm done with that - regardless of what it shows - I intend to go minimal dairy, avoid added sugars, and say no to bread for - well - foreever. Also, I'm determined to get back to 160 and reshape my body, so I'm starting a weight training and cardio plan.

    That's about it.  Thanks!
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    tinman57 reacted to hollysmokes in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hi @ElizabethG! Welcome to the thread! Last December was my second W30 and even though I started a couple of days after the rest of the group, it didn't really matter. You'll be blazing the trail for us this time! I wound up turning that W30 into a W60 and really got a lot out of it. I'm not doing that this year and am pretty excited that I'll finish just in time for our wedding anniversary. Except for some beer/wine indulgences and more carb-dense veg than I really need, I haven't strayed too far too often so getting back on track should go pretty smoothly.
    I've been making homemade mayo for years and have it down to about two minutes and only dirtying my immersion blender. I left an egg sitting on the counter this morning so I can replenish my supply this afternoon. My Mom actually made homemade mayo when we were kids and everybody thought that was the weirdest thing ever! My husband is a major convert and don't even think about getting between him and the mayo if he's eating beets. I've never flavored my mayo and I think I need to branch out a bit. I've added curry powder to my chicken salad so I guess that's like using curry mayo but that's as close as I've come except for making salad dressing. I'll add a little red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian herb blend to make creamy Italian dressing. If I'm not W30-ing I'll leave out the herbs and do the same thing with blue cheese (I don't have any problems with dairy except overconsumption and W30 has nipped that in the bud). I have some Thai basil cubes in the freezer. Oh! And some garlic scape pesto! I bet those would make a good combo. Thanks for the idea and that chicken looks delicious. I can't remember if I have compliant Dijon mustard or not so I'll have to check but I have everything else. My husband isn't a dark meat fan so I'll probably just cut up a whole chicken instead of just using the thighs.
    Nomnom's wonton meatballs that @LadyLisbette mentioned are really good too. If you haven't tried them you should. I think those meatballs and the chicken are going to be part of my cook-up this weekend. Tomato soup doesn't sound like a bad idea either since it was 17 degrees here this morning. I like to add some chopped, cooked kale and mini meatballs to make it a meal.
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    tinman57 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Happy Day One everyone.  Be safe out there. 
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    tinman57 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Happy Day One everyone.  Be safe out there. 
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    tinman57 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    Happy Day One everyone.  Be safe out there. 
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    tinman57 reacted to Nongermane in Well, 2018 has been sucky. Let's try to end it well.   
    There are no actual words, I’m so sorry. Be kind to yourself these 30 days. You know your body, you know yourself. 
    Peace and love sent to you. 
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    tinman57 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Start: Aug 1 / Goal: 100 lbs in 1 year   
    You may want to reconsider the cramming - the worse your diet in the days leading up to the program the worse the suck of the first week or so is going to be.  Why not put that bacon in the freezer?
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    tinman57 reacted to pags98 in Start: Aug 1 / Goal: 100 lbs in 1 year   
    My wife and I are on day 22 of our Whole30.  We plan on continuing the lifestyle as much as possible while allowing ourselves to enjoy life and food freedom.  It's interesting.  I started the plan and she begrudgingly joined me.  Now she's the one that really wants to continue.  We will be doing our food reintroductions, because for us this was about finding dietary triggers more than losing weight.  But we've definitely slayed our sugar dragon (even while eating Sweet Potatoes and Fruit).  We have enjoyed the extra energy, better sleep and focus.  The weight loss has been a nice addition.  
    Make sure to read Melissa's posts about not doing Whole365 etc.  It definitely has the potential to set yourself up for failure.  
    As a reformed cheat meal/cheat day/cheat weekend person myself I've found that the rigid nature of a true Whole30 has been extraordinarily helpful to keep myself mindful of making food choices, not food reactions or responding to food habits.
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    tinman57 reacted to CaseyD in Start: Aug 1 / Goal: 100 lbs in 1 year   
    From one sugar addict to another, let me give you some advice on that end: Do not quit sugar using fruit and sweet potato. Quit it using bacon, avocado, Whole30 mayo, steak, eggs - basically fat and protein. If you are going to eat a little extra of something for a bit to quit sugar, this is what you "overeat". Eating sweet potato and fruit just hits that craving and it is soooo much harder and longer to get through. I know, because I've done it both ways! Yes, it will suck more at first, but the suck will no last as long. It is hard to be 15 days in and STILL be craving sugar like it is day 4 because you're using fruit and starches to feed the dragon instead of telling it to shut up with fat and protein. So, eat your carbs at times when you are most definitely NOT craving. It is really worth the short amount of suck, I promise you. 
    Also, I hope you take the no weighing rule very seriously. It is truly life changing to stop weighing yourself and helps change the way you see both food and your body. 
    I'll be looking forward to your posts!!
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    tinman57 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in start date of july 30 for whole 30   
    My birthday is the 29th. I am starting on the 30th as well.
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    tinman57 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Food log help   
    I would eat three template meals a day spaced 4-5 hours apart with enough protein, fat and veggies to hold me for that time frame comfortably.  Eggs when they are your sole source of protein at a meal are as many as you can hold in one hand without dropping - for most people that starts at 3-4.  I would also eat 1-3 cups of veggies and if having an avocado as fat, it would be half to a whole - 1/4 is not enough.
    I would also remove all that fruit and dried/freeze dried fruit until I had my meals consistently getting me 4-5 hours between and then potentially add fruit back in with a meal here and there without letting the added fruit push veggies off my plate.  I would not eat nuts and nut butters multiple times a day.
    Here's an article about what Melissa eats.  I haven't read it in a while so I'm not sure if it's 100% Whole30 or if it reflects her food freedom but I think she usually calls out where something isn't Whole30
    https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-whole30-founder-melissa-hartwig-eats-in-a-day
     
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    tinman57 reacted to Aliedre in Starting 5/17!!!   
    I’m a restaurant manager so Thursday is my Monday!
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    tinman57 reacted to LAO in It Is So Much More Than The Scale   
    The scale!  It’s been calling me for months.  Oh why did I succumb?  This time the number on the calendar had a hold on me.  It instantly convinced me it was time to weigh in.  After all, I had not been on the scale since December 28!  My clothes were feeling loose, and I even had to get a new bra so surely there had to be a big number loss, right?  Imagine my surprise when it only reflected 11 pounds?  17 weeks and only 11 pounds?  Wait, what???  What happened?  Where is the 20 – 25 pounds lost that I imagined?

    As I took a day to reflect, I really took the time to think about the past 17 weeks.  Prior to W30, I would have immediately felt defeated and headed straight to the kitchen for a MAJOR binge and which would have put me in a serious food coma!  I have been fighting disordered eating issues for 30+ years!  But this time was different!  I didn’t even have that feeling which was a HUGE NSV for me!

    So what happened?  I reminded myself that that was just a number that gives me information about my health, it does not define me.  Then I decided to look at my journal and gather data from the past 17 weeks.  Here is what I found:  8 weeks of 100% compliant eating!  Then four weeks of throwing in the towel and letting my Sugar Dragon be in charge and believe me, she was having a major hold on me that I had a hard time getting out from under.  Followed by two weeks of half ass compliancy and reintroduction followed by three weeks of 100% compliancy.

    Ok, now I understand the food piece but what about the exercise piece?  Looking at my exercise calendar, how many smiley faces did I give myself? (I don’t track points or calories anymore, but wanted to track my exercises, smiley faces mean I completed the days planned activity.  I had 7 weeks of J.  That means there was 10 weeks (not in a row) of almost NOTHING!  NOTHING!  Ok, that explains a lot; because for my body type I HAVE to move it to lose it!

    Then thing I reflected on was the meal template.  Had I really been following it like it was recommended?  Were my nuts and seed servings a closed handful or more like an opened palm?  Were my cooking fats 1 – 2 thumb sized or more like 3-4?  How about the serving sizes?  Was I really following the suggestions?  If the meal fed four, did I turn it into two?   Therefore eating more than I should?  Maybe a few too many potatoes on non-activity days?  You know, too much of a good thing, is still too much!

    So when I look at all of this, I realize that my 11 pounds are exactly what they should be.  11 weeks of 100% compliancy + 7 weeks of good exercise = 11 pounds lost!  That is a great success and I am very proud of that!  But the most important piece to this puzzle is how I feel.  I FEEL FANTASTIC!!  Better than I have in years.  With the exception of the time I wasn’t eating compliantly and not exercising, I feel great.  My stomach doesn’t hurt and I am not bloated.  My joints don’t bother me.  My face is not puffy and my complexion looks better.  My head doesn’t hurt and I don’t feel like I am in a fog.  And better than all that, my anxiety and depression barely exist.

    I have Tiger Blood and I feel soo full of energy.  I am annoyingly happy and always in a good mood more times than not.  I am also back to running which is one of my favorite things to do!  Whole 30 has allowed me to live again and be present in my life.  It has taught me through reintroduction that just because a food is healthy and good for you, it doesn’t mean it is necessarily good for me.  My body reacted poorly to certain foods and I have learned to avoid them.  I have also learned that I don’t have to be tied down to an app to track my food, to the measuring spoons and the food scale.  I now listen to my body and know which foods react poorly.  This is FOOD FREEDOM!  Thank you so much Melissa Hartwig sharing Whole 30.  It really has changed my life!