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    Starting Whole30 Round 2 on 1/3!

    OK, those brussels sprouts sound delicious! Sorry for being MIA--lost track of time, and honestly haven't had a lot to report. Luckily, my friends are used to me doing Whole30s so they just accept it when I tell them I'm on one. I've also been in a real nesting and burrowing mood in the new year so have been hanging out at home which makes it much easier to just eat what I've prepared. Day 7 and feeling strong!
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    Starting Whole30 Round 2 on 1/3!

    @Rachel Hall Omg, great recipe suggestion! Whole30 is what made me LOVE sweet potatoes. How did everyone's first day go? I admit that I had a dull headache last night around 9 p.m., but also know that my few days before Whole30 were nothing but carbs carbs carbs. Meals yesterday: M1: egg bake (eggs, mushrooms, sweet potato), coffee blended with coconut oil M2: BOS (big ole salad) from Whole Foods: spinach, carrots, tomatoes, avocado mash, grilled chicken, olive oil dressing Snack: two hard-boiled eggs M3: butternut squash, chicken, dresses with Victoria tomato sauce (check labels!) and olive oil
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    Starting Whole30 Round 2 on 1/3!

    Morning, all! Fellow Jan 3 start date here! This will be my sixth (I think?) Whole30. My first one was in September 2013 and man have things changed with the program! I haven't done one in over 2 years so I'm excited to see how this one is different! My advice: don't overthink things. You can get overwhelmed with fancy recipes and crazy ingredients, but simple also works. You don't get an award for cooking a crazy meal that's compliant. But the Whole30 did make me more confident and adventurous in the kitchen.
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    Starting on Tuesday 9/6

    Hi all, I started 9/6 as well. How was everyone's weekend? Cook up anything good? I just got back from 10 days of travel and with incredibly foresight, made a big frittata right before i left and froze it--breakfast for days!
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    I'm starting on 9/6! Anyone else too?

    So I survived dinner last night (actually got a really good skillet with mahi mahi, roasted tomatoes, and some other veggies), stared down the chips and salsa. Dare I say I woke up today feeling invincible? Not because of my food choices, but because of my willpower. So, yay? Tomorrow is a 6 mile run in my half marathon training. Kind of dreading it.
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    I'm starting on 9/6! Anyone else too?

    I admit, as I face the weekend, it's seeming like a big struggle. I'm going out to dinner tonight and finding something on the menu I could eat was a struggle--and I know I should be empowered by my food choices and to talk to the waitstaff about it, but honestly more often than not, the waiters end up looking confused or annoyed. So, I'm struggling with that. Also, I think I need to really sit down and remind myself why I'm doing this. Weight loss is always top of mind (even though I usually lose around 3 points on a Whole30, nothing shocking), because I'm already a bit frustrated with the dining out issue. Ok, thanks for listening!
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    I'm starting on 9/6! Anyone else too?

    Good morning all! Sounds like a few of us are riding the struggle bus, but for the most part, everyone seems to be doing well! What's everyone's weekend plan? I feel like the first weekend is a big test. I have an engagement party on Saturday night, but luckily the bride just finished a similar 30-day plan, so when she heard about mine, assured me there would be club soda and veggies for me to snack on. I've gotten through lots of fun events before being the Sober Sally, so hoping I won't have any issues. Loving the recipe swaps too! I've been pretty boring this week since I was traveling last weekend and didn't get to grocery shop, but I'm loving the Whole30 recipes instagram account!
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    I'm starting on 9/6! Anyone else too?

    Hi all! Started today as well! This is my fifth go-round, the impetus being summer travel/birthdays (where I tend to treat yo' self) and a half marathon on October 15. I always feel amazing during a Whole30 and want that feeling to carry over to my training. Happy to see so much excitement in this group!
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    Breakthrough Bleeding normal during whole30?

    Following up--after my "second period", my regularly scheduled one showed up (or rather, tagged on to the second period) and was about two days shorter and a bit lighter than normal.
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    Starting May 26

    Sorry to hear about your gluten reaction, MML, but good to know? I've started a reintroduction log here to hold myself accountable: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/28726-finally-doing-this-right-day-31june-25/ You can see my schedule too. I'm off a day--reintroducing legumes tomorrow instead of today, and pushing rice and oats off for awhile.
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    Starting May 26

    HAPPY DAY 30!!!! Congrats on making good choices over the past 30 days (Even if there was a sip of splenda, or in my case, a sip of wine on Day 17). This has been an eye-opening Whole30 for me, and I hope everyone else feels positive about their experience. I expected some sort of monumental feeling today--like balloons falling from my ceiling when I woke up or a marching band leading my way to work. But I don't feel that way--and I think that's good. Because it's not "over" today. I'm not ordering cheese pizza as we speak and chasing it with chocolate ice cream. And I don't want those things. This is the first day of reintroduction (which will actually start Friday at happy hour with WINE) and of taking care of myself, one meal at a time. I've started a reintroduction log over on that forum, I'll post the link here if anyone is interested in following along. But for now, AWESOME JOB everyone!
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    Starting May 26

    Hi All, Can't believe day 28 is here! I've realized I've consumed so much fruit on this Whole30--the first one I've done in the summer with all the seasonal fruit so I'm not too concerned. That being said, I likely introduced sugar yesterday (popsicles that were said to only have real fruit and ice in them, and after I'd consumed half the woman said "oh, and we add sweetener like agave too", it was literally just the like Whole30 example of your mom saying a salad dressing was sweetened with honey after you eat it). The result? Well, let's just say sugar has a, um, laxative effect. My stomach has not been happy for the last 24 hours. Ugh. So, sugar will stay out of my reintroduction for the larger part of the next few weeks. And I'm going to go easy on fruit (wahhhh) to get things back in check with my stomach. How's everyone feeling about reintroduction? I admit I'm feeling good, but concerned that the first glass of wine will make me spiral into all the snacks. I'm also really trying to get to the root of my cravings and binge-eating tendencies (last night I had to really talk myself down from just digging into a huge bag of pistachios with reckless abandon).
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    Starting May 26

    Hi all, Happy Day 24! I admit, I too was feeling a bit discouraged this go-round. Haven't really felt the tiger blood, and didn't feel like my body was responding. All of that has changed in the last few days--at least my body has responded. I can tell that my waist is getting smaller and my middle area just seems to be slimming down. We're so close to the end!
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    Breakthrough Bleeding normal during whole30?

    Only speaking from my experience here, but this happens to me every time I'm on a whole30 (my least favorite side effect--getting two periods). I just continue with my pills as though I haven't had this other period, and my "scheduled" period usually shows up, but is much lighter. Again, only my experience.
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    Starting May 26

    Wow, MML, that's is amazing! (And that place sounds delicious). Kudos to you for finding a compliant meal while out AND for your willpower. I weighed myself a bit the first week but haven't since. I typically lose inches, but not weight, on the Whole30, so the scale doesn't really add anything. But congrats on your weight loss! Happy to say that I woke up feeling MUCH better this morning. I think a hard workout on Saturday combined with a brutal deep tissue massage on Sunday stirred up lots of lactic acid in my body that just had me down for the count yesterday. I need to get back into yoga like whoa! So this is . . . day 22? I love the part of the Whole30 when I lose count, makes me feel like this has become sustainable and I'm finally able to not "count down the days".