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  1. Starting on Feb 10!

    Oh my goodness! This is the same for me!!! I am a recent coffee drinker (I'm 47, maybe drinking it for a year+) but have always stopped at the corner gas station and gotten a 32 oz diet Coke. My first W30 this was what I missed. I still had the coffee with various disgusting coconut creamer concoctions, but I wanted a diet Coke SOOOOOO BAD! That W30 ended and I have an occasional soda now but broke the "diet Coke dragon". Now this time, I'm attempting to give up coffee. Why? I drink it with a ton of heavy cream, and I think that's bothering me. Cheese doesn't seem to have an effect, nor butter. So I think I"m going to give up coffee for a while or at worst, make it bulletproof with grassfed butter. It's funny to see what people struggle with - it can be so varied! Min
  2. Starting on Feb 10!

    Thanks for the nudge!! It wasn't hiding at all! It was in a (small) peanut butter cup that I had gotten for my daughter. Then the bite of ice cream that my husband was having! Though, as I'm not drying to be dogmatically strict like my first W30, that's a far better dip into the pool than in days past. I don't think that's bothered me as much as my holding on to heavy cream - I may have to part ways with it for a while. I definitely have the bloat as a result which I don't ever notice with butter or even some harder cheeses. I might have to think about that a bit.... (Note- I'm really doing more of a Primal plan than don't let that throw any of the W30 1st timers!)
  3. Starting on Feb 10!

    I'm in, too. I am having a harder time this time. My food's been good but a couple sugars finding their way in and I can't seem to care. I feel like I'm getting heavier, but I remember that from the last round, too. I think that "real food" takes longer to process or something! LOL!
  4. Starting on Feb 10!

    Good wishes Maria. I think you'll find this way of eating takes care of a whole lot of your diabetes!
  5. Starting on Feb 10!

    I'm with you! My situation is that I successfully completed my first W30 on October 31st and felt fantastic after losing 9 pounds and just ridding my life of junk. Then Christmas happened, then I tried to recover, and now I am gaining weight like nobody's business! I feel WRECKED. My pants are so tight I want to hide in my house and never leave (this is a really bad place to be!). To so quickly go from feeling victorious to this's embarrassing! I feel so badly that I made a doctor's appointment to re-check my thyroid. Something's up. That said, I have a tendency to be diligent for several days and then crash & burn into a pint of ice cream! I know I own most of the blame here. I have a pretty stressful next 3 weeks at work and had planned to start on. March 2 nd after the big event. But tonight I just decided I can't wait. In three weeks, my jeans won't fit at this rate. Time to turn the train around NOW. Since I did the true W30 last time, and noticed no real issue with dairy, I am going to keep dairyi n the mix this time and do more of a Whole Primal....and not just 30. I don't have a number in mind yet. Maybe the end of March. So I'm calling it my Primal 30+. Good luck to us!
  6. Starting Whole 30 on Oct. 1st! Anyone else?

    Done! I posted in Success stories board here: Thanks to you all for the awesome support!
  7. Today will be my last "true" Whole 30 day, followed by dairy re-introduction and then rice re-intro. I won't do gluten grains and corn. I think I know what corn does to me! Yesterday I ran out of ghee and I did use butter for one meal to no ill effect. By the numbers: - 9.6 pounds - 1.5" waist - 0.9 hips What went well: It was definitely a "win" to cut sugar the way I had to with this way of eating. Prior I was doing a "Carb Nite" plan and Saturdays had become a bit of a train wreck with sugar. Even when I realized that and cut Carb Nite's back to having fries with dinner and just a big ice cream after, I was not making any traction and still quite driven by sugar. For the W30, I still found myself craving a sweet after dinner (or any meal, for that matter!) and satisfied it with some nuts mixed with some raisins. Probably not in the spirit of the "W30" by some opinions, but it wasn't a bowl of Haagan Daz either! I have had about 5 total apples this month and plenty of berries, but otherwise sugar free. One day back in the middle I made almond flour chocolate chip cookies for my daughter (with Swerve sweetener) and I had one. One! a technical cheat, I know, but me eating one cookie is a bit of a miracle. Fortunately two days later when I thought I might have another, they were gone. On day 1 I gave up diet Coke which has been a HORRIBLE thing to drop! I can't believe how difficult it has been. Even today, I would love to have one! What else went well? I DID IT! I thought for sure I'd bag out at some point....but I did 30 days! What could have gone better: I could have done this without my little "cheats." The one cookie, the few drops of stevia (liquid) to make my coffee tolerable (not sweet, just not bitter). I could have not gone out with my husband for dinner once each weekend where I surely ingested vegetable oils and God-knows-what (with my ghee in purse!). But then again, I have a tendency to over do everything and I didn't want to be a W30 Nazi - to myself or to my family! Did I make some HUGE changes? Oh yeah! Did I have to beat myself up for the cookie & stevia? Not necessary! I know that I will not be living without stevia. It's a better option for me than sugar. So its inclusion in small amounts in my W30 may not have made it a "pure" W30, but it was better than living my life on the path I was on... What you'll do the next time: For me, I'm not sure there will be a "next time." What I would like, what I would REALLY like, is to be able to maintain my current weight AND my good health without getting all crazy about a new plan. I've done them all. There is no magic! LCHF works, super LC and ketogenic works, Paleo works, Primal works, and W30 works....but only to the extent that you follow the rules! So, my "next time" begins now. No more black & white, hot & cold, on or off. See below.... Riding my own bike: I will eat a whole-foods, naturally sourced, lower carb diet which includes some dairy in the form of grass-fed butter, heavy cream, and some (very moderated) cheese. I will have an occasional Paleo-treat without guilt because the rest of my food-life is clean. I will attempt, and this will be difficult, to make every day a day of eating the best that I can for my body and avoiding the mentality that "I'm off my diet so anything goes!"
  8. Can cold medications mess you up?

    Yup. I take mag, probiotic, & psyllium every night, have for years. I took NyQuil gel caps 2 nights. Half dose (which knocks me out), then sudafed not from the pharmacy. Grrrr. Irritating. I'm drinking buckets of water tonight, maybe that will help. Thanks all.
  9. Can cold medications mess you up?

    Not too many nuts than my usual... No new foods, the only raw I have are salads. Thanks for the feedback. Ultimately, if I don't "recover" from this ....I won't weigh in until it passes. I don't want to be depressed!
  10. So I am in a panic, 2 days from the end! (Day 28) I've lost my mojo! I haven't cheated, prob too many nuts in general, but that's the case all the time. I have come down with a wretched head cold and since Friday I've taken cold meds. Nighttime stuff and some sudafed for sinus pressure. I haven't visited the ladies room....if you know what I mean....since Saturday! I feel like I'm going to explode! My food is fine! I'm following the rules and want to finish strong. Only other element is I'm coming up on that lovely lady time.....arghh! I will be so depressed if on the 30th this is not seriously different. I feel gigantic, bloated and wouldn't even want to put a tape measure around my waist! Do you think cold meds could cause this much trouble? Or is it that plus PMS causing the perfect storm? So frustrated! And a little sad that it might end badly.
  11. Starting Whole 30 on Oct. 1st! Anyone else?

    Can you tell me what is in butter? I can probably dig that up in one of my many Paleo books, but if you know, LMK.
  12. Starting Whole 30 on Oct. 1st! Anyone else?

    I am confused about reintro. If I have dairy at every meal on day 31, then how will I know if I can tolerate â€some" dairy, like butter, and maybe need to avoid over doing dairy, like having cheese at every meal? It seems that I should test butter one day, then maybe heavy cream one day, and maybe cheese another? I'm also wondering what I am looking for as a "reaction"? I have a wretched head cold now so I'm not sure if I'll notice any sinus issues...or is it strictly weight related? Am I missing something? My plan is only to test dairy, and non-gluten grains. I want to test rice and corn. Again, should those be tested on different days?
  13. Starting Whole 30 on Oct. 1st! Anyone else?

    I totally know what you mean! I looked back on my spreadsheet (I am the spreadsheet queen!) and noticed that this time last year I was in the same place. Then stopped keeping track for the 6 weeks of the holiday season....and my spreadsheet started up again after New Years with an extra 6 pounds. I DO NOT want to repeat that again! I want to start the New Year ahead of the curve, feeling in control and have some other resolution!
  14. Starting Whole 30 on Oct. 1st! Anyone else?

    Day 24 and I'd kill to get on the scale! I'll hold off....but I am hoping for a major drop. My clothes are loose, my belt down a notch. 6 more days...I hope it sticks!
  15. Starting Whole 30 on Oct. 1st! Anyone else?

    Oh GEEZ! I hate it when that happens! Butter in my coffee!