JohannaE

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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    This weekend will be the most challenging for me. We're headed to New York City (to see Hamilton!), where there is so much food (bagels!) and so many friends who want to grab a drink! We've found a couple great places for meals that I'm actually looking forward to, and are going to make it a lower key weekend than we likely otherwise would. I do take satisfaction in knowing that it will surely be a healthier weekend than it otherwise would have been!
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    This weekend will be the most challenging for me. We're headed to New York City (to see Hamilton!), where there is so much food (bagels!) and so many friends who want to grab a drink! We've found a couple great places for meals that I'm actually looking forward to, and are going to make it a lower key weekend than we likely otherwise would. I do take satisfaction in knowing that it will surely be a healthier weekend than it otherwise would have been!
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    This weekend will be the most challenging for me. We're headed to New York City (to see Hamilton!), where there is so much food (bagels!) and so many friends who want to grab a drink! We've found a couple great places for meals that I'm actually looking forward to, and are going to make it a lower key weekend than we likely otherwise would. I do take satisfaction in knowing that it will surely be a healthier weekend than it otherwise would have been!
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    This weekend will be the most challenging for me. We're headed to New York City (to see Hamilton!), where there is so much food (bagels!) and so many friends who want to grab a drink! We've found a couple great places for meals that I'm actually looking forward to, and are going to make it a lower key weekend than we likely otherwise would. I do take satisfaction in knowing that it will surely be a healthier weekend than it otherwise would have been!
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    This weekend will be the most challenging for me. We're headed to New York City (to see Hamilton!), where there is so much food (bagels!) and so many friends who want to grab a drink! We've found a couple great places for meals that I'm actually looking forward to, and are going to make it a lower key weekend than we likely otherwise would. I do take satisfaction in knowing that it will surely be a healthier weekend than it otherwise would have been!
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    JohannaE reacted to dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    I think the tiger blood has hit!  If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower!  Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog.  It felt SO GOOD!
    Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet.  I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them  ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up.  Who knows?  It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD!   I know I am walking taller.  I feel happier.  I find I am being gentler with strangers, too.  I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... 
    Anyway, I am LOVING the food.  Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook.  I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong!  Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying.  I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent.  I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me!
    Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
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    JohannaE reacted to DoodleJo in Starting January 2!   
    Ha, I found the perfect way to make mayo...put the whisk blade on your immersion blender the right way:/ What a difference!!!
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    Seven pounds in a week?  Did she cut off an arm?
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    JohannaE reacted to BeckyB in Starting January 2!   
    If you feel like your Whole30 progress isn’t showing you results fast enough, I’d like to share a thought I had this morning.  It occurred to me that a huge NSV for me was the feeling of control I’ve been having.  Everyone has so much in their life that they have zero control over.  Those things we can’t control affect us, our lives, our loved ones, and we have to deal with the fallout every day.  Each day we have to, once again, reconcile ourselves and accept them.  Controlling what you eat via the Whole 30, and doing it day after day, has slowly given me a feeling of power that I quite enjoy.  It resonates.  I CAN control something that affects me in a very big way.  It feels GOOD.
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    Seven pounds in a week?  Did she cut off an arm?
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    Seven pounds in a week?  Did she cut off an arm?
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    JohannaE got a reaction from OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    You can do it!!! Buffalo wings sound amazing. Thank goodness for Frank's. I also love these bacon wrapped dates as an appetizer!
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    Seven pounds in a week?  Did she cut off an arm?
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    Seven pounds in a week?  Did she cut off an arm?
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    Seven pounds in a week?  Did she cut off an arm?
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    JohannaE got a reaction from Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    Seven pounds in a week?  Did she cut off an arm?
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    JohannaE reacted to LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    Day 16 - how is everyone feeling?  Does anyone have "tiger blood" yet? I guess I'm still waiting for the big changes but for me this all seems to be happening, well, glacially... I mean I feel good on the inside and my cravings have dissipated a lot, (other than wine - what is it with you, wine!!??) but no sudden bursts of energy, no clothes fitting better and no one has said anything to me about me looking different.
    Last night I actually went out in the evening for the first time to my monthly book club, which in essence is all about drinking and talking over good food. I took a new batch of compliant shepherd's pie, which everyone just loved, and drank sparkling water all night.  I count that as success! Interestingly enough, another book club member said she is also doing the Whole 30 and she started on January 7 and has lost 7 pounds.
    First of all - hey!  No weighing yourself! And I told her that but she just shrugged.  Second of all, people were telling her how good she looked.  When I mentioned I started  the same program on January 2, I got the "Have you lost any weight?" questions and quizzical looks.  "No idea" I answered honestly, since I haven't weighed myself.
    Way to feel depressed when others have visible results in just over one week and I don't have any at all in just over 2 weeks... :-(
    Oh well, onwards and upwards.  I'm still walking past bagels, pastries and cookies in the office without missing a thing... (*nibbles hard boiled eggs and salami while sipping black coffee...)
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    JohannaE reacted to RroseR in Starting January 2!   
    I was able to resist everything! I brought a banana just in case I was tempted, but I didn't even have to bust that out. I didn't even enjoy the smell of all the fried food.  It wasn't awkward, I just let them know I was doing the whole30, that I was 13 days in, and they understood. 
    Loving this lifestyle! Don't wanna go back to what I was doing before. 
    The other night I made the Thai Chicken and Brussel Sprouts skillet from the fast and easy cookbook and OMG it was so so good.  I can't even believe it!
    Next challenge is that we are going out of town this weekend to San Francisco....going to be difficult. I am going to take some emergency snacks like an Epic bar only for emergencies. The flight is very short, so we don't have to eat in the airport, which is good. But I am worried about the restaurants. I know we have this one big reservation on Saturday night, so I just need to call ahead and see what they can do for me. 
    Hoping yall are doing well!!
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    JohannaE got a reaction from dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    Don't beat yourself up. You've rocked it for 15 days! I personally wouldn't start over. You used the coconut milk twice and you had no idea it had small amounts of sulfites in it. Honestly, I would guess that most people who do Whole30 mess up a couple times without even knowing it - especially if they eat out even once. Ditch it, buy some coconut milk without sulfites, continue on your way and pat yourself on the back when you finish your Whole30 in 15 days. If it makes you feel better to do another 15 days without sulfites, go for it!
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    JohannaE reacted to AK ski in Starting January 2!   
    Thanks for posting your meal plan! Very helpful.
     
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    JohannaE got a reaction from LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    Almost halfway! I did a TON of cooking over this long weekend. This chicken tikka masala was a winner! I used chicken thighs rather than breasts because they're cheaper and I find them to be more flavorful.
    Here's my meal plan for week three.
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    JohannaE got a reaction from LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    Almost halfway! I did a TON of cooking over this long weekend. This chicken tikka masala was a winner! I used chicken thighs rather than breasts because they're cheaper and I find them to be more flavorful.
    Here's my meal plan for week three.
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    JohannaE got a reaction from LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    Almost halfway! I did a TON of cooking over this long weekend. This chicken tikka masala was a winner! I used chicken thighs rather than breasts because they're cheaper and I find them to be more flavorful.
    Here's my meal plan for week three.
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    JohannaE reacted to CaGirl in Don't over think this.   
    It replicates ice cream.. No laughing playing or having any ice cream type things for  30 days. 
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    JohannaE got a reaction from WholeCourtney in Starting January 2!   
    A new pan