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    iteach reacted to Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Hi @iteach and @i heart my body. Congratulations to both of you, and good luck with your next steps. I will wait a few months to try again for a Whole 30, but in the meantime, I am back to eating 90% compliant foods. @i heart my body Ever since my first Whole 30 in 2015, I seldom drink alcohol, and when I do, it's one glass of wine or one bottle of micro-brewed beer, probably no more than once or twice a month. I also have pretty much cut out cheese and dairy, maybe having a sprinkle of parmesan on my spaghetti or some yogurt with raspberries.  I do like gluten free bread, but will eventually cut that out, too.
    I was doing okay until my dog got sick and then DH got an abscessed tooth. I have been cooking 3 separate meals, 3x a day. (DH had dental surgery this past Monday and is has been on a liquid/soft diet since last Thursday.) Partly it is the challenge of doing the extra cooking, and partly it was my inappropriate response to the stress. At least I know I did a good job of cleaning up the freezer and the pantry. There was NOTHING to be found that was not Whole Foods compliant!
    @iteach it sounds as if your vacation was fun, and all that hiking is awesome! Do you have a place to hike near where you live? When I lived in Pennsylvania, I lived about a half hour from a state park and hiked there every weekend. That is one activity I really miss since I moved to Mexico ten years ago. The area where we live is very mountainous, and the paths are steep and quite slippery because of loose gravel. I could walk the bike path that parallels the highway, but it's just not as pleasant as getting out into nature.
    So adios, and again congratulations to you both and I wish you good health.
     
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    iteach got a reaction from i heart my body in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    I'm so glad to hear you're staying strong on day 28! 
    Alcohol has been one of the items I haven't missed entirely. I miss the wineries, but not the ill feeling I get a little while after or even the next day. My body's probably had way to much gluten/sugar in it to really enjoy wine any more. I'm continuing another whole30 though. Best wishes on your reintroduction.
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    iteach got a reaction from Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    @Jmb369 Thanks for your thoughts! It sounds like you were getting in an excellent night's rest! I wish I could say the same during my vacation. LOL We enjoyed our trip, but it was exhausting too. We did a LOT of hiking!
    It looks like this thread is officially done for. It was great to start with everyone...kept me going. 
    And....I can honestly say, I hung in there with all things Whole30 while on vacation until about last Tuesday when I had cheese and sour cream. We had taco salads and cheese potatoes cooked over the open fire. From that point on, it was a dairy fest. 
    I did notice that I lost 4 pounds (Even with being on vacation) and 11 inches. I also learned that gluten is not for me, and possibly even all grains. So, it's a win-win, even though I didn't complete a Whole30. Maybe more like a Whole20. 
    I'm doing another Whole30 starting July 1st, but I'm also starting team training. I have my evaluation tomorrow with a personal trainer to help me with nutrition and other stats. I'm anxious to find out what the PT has to offer. 
    Best wishes to all!
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    iteach got a reaction from Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    @Jmb369 Glad to hear you're still here! Sleep and water are definitely the keys that have helped this time around for me too. Good for you! No matter what number of day it is for you, I'm glad you're still going strong!
    Life without gluten, corn, and grains has been difficult but amazing at the same time. Thanks for the link! I'll read through it.
    Energy, on the other hand, is still...meh. I get up in the morning and get things done, but naps are getting to be required in the afternoon. That might be because I've been sleep deprived and under a lot of stress over the past school year-----I was teaching AND finishing my masters degree. But the basic bloating, fatigue, and just feeling like crap all day long seems to be dissipating. 
    I'm thinking it'll take 30 days to try to detox my body and brain, and then another 30 days to find my energy.
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    iteach got a reaction from Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    @Jmb369 Glad to hear you're still here! Sleep and water are definitely the keys that have helped this time around for me too. Good for you! No matter what number of day it is for you, I'm glad you're still going strong!
    Life without gluten, corn, and grains has been difficult but amazing at the same time. Thanks for the link! I'll read through it.
    Energy, on the other hand, is still...meh. I get up in the morning and get things done, but naps are getting to be required in the afternoon. That might be because I've been sleep deprived and under a lot of stress over the past school year-----I was teaching AND finishing my masters degree. But the basic bloating, fatigue, and just feeling like crap all day long seems to be dissipating. 
    I'm thinking it'll take 30 days to try to detox my body and brain, and then another 30 days to find my energy.
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    iteach reacted to JTCarlson in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    @iteach I hear you on the water issue! I truly struggle with that one. If I had a dollar for every time I have left my *full* water bottle sitting on the counter when I head off to work, well I'd have enough money to buy hundreds of water bottles - and still forget to drink enough water! I'm going to chose to be inspired by you and make a point of remembering my water when I head to work tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes!
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    iteach reacted to Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Great job, @iteach, especially with the water consumption! I seldom drink more than 64-70 ounces a day, even when it's hot. 
    BTW, I am back 100% on Whole 30, but I restarted on Monday, the 12th, so I am not officially on the same schedule as the rest of you who started on June 1.
    I don't remember what grade you teach. Are you also teaching summer school?
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    iteach reacted to Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Great idea to start a little bit before your friend. And I agree about the bloated and yucky. I am back on Whole 30 today. I have three goals to make this one easier -- drink more water, put the nuts on the shelf under DHs desk, and get more exercise.
    By the way, I had no problem not drinking alcohol at the fiesta yesterday. There was plenty of beer and tequila, but I chose water. They had agua fresca for the kids and the non-drinking adults. That's basically fresh fruit and water, but it usually has some added sugar, so I decided not to chance it. I did not want to unleash the Sugar Dragon!
    I'll be on the lookout for your new thread. In the meantime, get yourself psyched for a new Beginning!
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    iteach reacted to jpags99 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    I will probably start again sometime this week. My friend is going to start next week, but I will be a little bit ahead of her because 1. I can be less "foggy" and cranky and more of a support for her when she starts, and 2. I just hate feeling bloated and yucky, so I want to start again asap!
    I will probably start another thread and have her contribute to it too. (she and her hubs had a momentary freakout about no alcohol on July 4th, but I assured them it's worth it to not drink!)
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    iteach reacted to Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Adios amigas! Tomorrow I start anew at Day One! 
    I went to a true Mexican fiesta today, hosted by the couple who works for us as gardener and house cleaner extraordinaire,in honor of their middle child's confirmation. Despite Whole 30 compliant breakfast and lunch, my dinner was not. I skipped the booze, the peanuts and potato chips, and the cake, but I could not pass on the homemade tortillas -- whole grain corn, handmade on a real tamal, over an open fire. I suspect all the fillings for the tortillas were W30-compliant, but the tortillas were to die for. I've had them before. It was a very conscious decision, much like choosing to have 3-layer chocolate cake for my birthday once a year!. 
    My apologies to all of you. I am off to start my own thread, or find a group that is starting tomorrow! I have made great headway on these first ten days, but rules are rules. Hopefully the clean eating I did will make it easier this time, and I can avoid some of those Week One side effects.
    Stay the course. Be honest with yourself. Only 20 days to go, actually 19!
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    iteach reacted to Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    @iteach So glad you had a successful yard sale. $300 is a nice take-away.
    @SugarcubeOD Thanks for the great explanation of FFF and how it differs from Whole 30. I have nothing to add.
    @japags99 When will you start your new Whole30 with your friend? Will you start a new thread on the forum?
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    iteach reacted to JTCarlson in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Yay for hobbies! I love to refinish furniture, but haven't had the time in quite a while. The table sounds like it will be lovely - have fun!
    I made it through the dinner, but it was rough. Our friends brought an "interesting" bottle of wine that they wanted us to try, and when I told them I wasn't drinking I felt like I was letting them down. Don't get me wrong - they were super supportive and wonderful - I just felt like the odd man out, you know? I know things like this shouldn't bother me, but they do. At any rate we ended up having a great evening, so that was good.
    The weekdays are pretty easy for me, as they are all about routine. It's the weekends where I flounder. Also, DH is out of town again, so feeding a house full of hungry kids W30 compliant fare can turn mealtime into a battleground, which is exhausting when I'm doing it on my own. So I usually end up cooking something for them, and then making/scrounging something else for me. Thank the good Lord for broiled chicken and hard boiled eggs!
    How is everyone else doing? We are almost half-way there!! I'm still waiting for the Tiger Blood to kick in. Has anyone else gotten there yet?
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    iteach reacted to Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    @jpags99 I had a feeling this was not going to be a full Whole 30 reset for you. I had one like that last October, but then I did one in December/January. And you are right -- some things we learn we remember forever. I also seem to learn something new each time I repeat a Whole 30. I think I mentioned this is #4 for me. This time I am learning not to turn to nuts as my go-to snack food. It's hard to moderate quantity. Sometimes it's just easier to give something up completely!
    @iteach I hope your yard sale is going well. They can be a lot of work. My daughter has been quite successful several times over the past 20 years. Not me!
    @JTCarlson I agree that social occasions can be challenging. I think you are on the right track. I often have Perrier with lime to drink, whether in a restaurant or at home. My close friends have gotten used to the fact that I only drink alcohol occasionally, and I think some of our acquaintances assume I have a drinking problem, and that's why I don't imbibe. LOL. I think I mentioned last week that one of my strategies is to eat something before I leave home. This means I don't get caught hungry if a meal is delayed. I'll have a hard boiled egg, a piece of turkey or other leftover meat, or a half serving of any kind of protein leftovers. The protein really works for me -- better than vegetables or fruit. Enjoy your gathering, and tell us how it goes.
    We had a wild storm last night -- gusts of 35-40 mph and rain coming in every window simultaneously. The rain is very welcome, but mopping water off windowsills and floors at midnight is no fun. Anyway, our pump is not working, at least until the electric company fixes whatever the problem is at their end. There are 17 families on this well, so I think they will come soon. We hope! We cook with LP gas, so breakfast was not a problem. I just had some leftover tuna fish as a snack. I know -- better not to snack at all, but I think it was a good choice. My goal was to steer clear of nuts or fruit to tide me over until lunch.
    I know my other priority has to be getting more exercise. I got accustomed to sitting around too much during our six weeks of super hot weather. Now it's time to MOVE!
    Hope everyone has a good weekend.
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    iteach reacted to SugarcubeOD in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    These two things seem to not be congruent   Good luck, don't yell at anyone who's trying to give you money to take your old stuff off your hands!
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    iteach reacted to Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Hi! Where is everyone?!
    We finally had a nice thunderstorm last night with lots of rain, so I am much happier.  See, there are other things besides food that bring me pleasure!
    So far today has had some challenges, but I've managed them fairly well. First off, there was no time for a full breakfast between my morning walk and a PT appointment, so I simply had 3 scrambled eggs and a dish of fresh pineapple. Then between the PT appointment and a massage, I had an Asian salad (no soy and no peanut sauce!) with lettuce and grilled pork. I know the owner, so I trust the food. I skipped the rice noodles and the peanut sauce, so it was a light meal. Protein salad and berries when I got home. I knew today was going to have to be four smaller meals instead of three big ones. Dinner will either be taco salads or spaghetti sauce on zucchini, depending on what DH is willing to cook.
    And for the first time this week, I reached my step goal of 6500 steps. Coupled with the PT, which is all about leg strength, I think I had good exercise.
    My biggest NSV continues to be a better mood and a generally better outlook on life. And when I feel positive, I feel motivated. As an aside, this is the first time I've done Whole 30 and not experienced any constipation. I take that as a sign that over the past eighteen months my gut health has improved, and I've also been more conscious of drinking plenty of water. 
    Now that we have one entire week behind us, what's working (or not) for you?
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    iteach reacted to JTCarlson in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Hi All! Sorry I've been MIA - I'm toggling between teaching and kid wrangling with DH out of town so it's been a busy few days. Summer is here and the number of small people in my house at any given moment has changed dramatically! But, I'm happy to say that I finally got some cooking done, baked a bunch of chicken breasts and roasted two giant pans of veggies, so at least I have something in the fridge I can just heat and eat.
    I have a challenging evening coming up on Saturday - dinner with good friends. We usually put away a few bottles of wine, so that will be hard for me, but I'm actually feeling pretty confident so hopefully I will stay on track. I'm going to stock up on La Croix and maybe some other drinks that are "special" but still compliant. I would love to hear how any of you handle these types of situations, if you also find them challenging. Always looking for new and different strategies!
    @jpags99 I'm sorry I wasn't there to cheer you on when you needed support, but I'm so glad you made it through on your own! Way to go! Those cravings can be so powerful.  What did you do to successfully resist? This time around I'm finding that I'm struggling with cheese way more than sugar. I had actually cut sugar out of my diet about a month before I started this W30, in an attempt to reduce the inflammation that is contributing to my knee pain, so I think that is why it is not such a big deal for me right now. I find that the less I eat sugar, the less I crave it. But cheese seems to be another story.......
    Wishing you all a happy weekend! Stay strong! One week down!!!
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    iteach reacted to jpags99 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    i know the rules. i just needed a talk off the ledge.
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    iteach reacted to JTCarlson in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    OMG I love this! I am definitely going to make some of these this weekend. And thanks to everyone else who chimed in with suggestions - I have to remember to think outside of the (breakfast) box. Heating up leftovers is a good call. That's about all I can handle in the mornings!
    @jpags99 I'm so sorry - that is sooooo disappointing! Excellent job coming up with something else on the fly and not throwing in the towel!
    So, I'm feeling better - less crankilicious. Which is great, because DH is out of town til the end of the week, so I'm solo parenting. I've been sleeping really well, except when I get sucked into Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix, and then it's anyone's guess when I will actually get to bed.
    Had a real NSV today - went out to dinner with my mom and the kids, and the kids wanted pizza so we ended up at one of our favorite pizza places. I thought it would be torture, but I ended up ordering the spinach salad (sans non-compliant ingredients, and EVOO/vinegar on the side for dressing), and was surprisingly fine. It helped that the salad was really good, with lots of other veggies in it. Then I went to the restroom, and while I was there they all ordered dessert! But, again, it turned out to be fine. It was pretty easy to resist, and I didn't feel deprived or mad at all. Win!
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    iteach reacted to Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    We just had everything-but-the-kitchen-sink eggs for lunch with a side of leftover stir-fried veggies. Very Yummy and on the table in about 10 minutes. This was: sautéed onions and peppers, leftover cooked ground beef with Mexican seasoning, eggs and egg whites.
    I went to our local farmers' market after I taught my yoga class, and to my surprise, my egg lady had no eggs! She told me the Rhode Island Reds, the ones who lay the brown eggs, are very picky, and when it's super hot, like now, or super cold, they don't lay! Fortunately, I have about 18 left, so I have time to get my eggs somewhere else, but hers are organic and fresh. I did get lots of fresh veggies and escaped without succumbing to home made cookies and gluten free bread. Yay, me!
    Hey good buddies! We are on Day 6. I do feel better. I can't quite pin it down, but I simply have a better attitude towards everything. We have friends coming this afternoon to watch a movie and have a light supper -- probably baked chicken, a big tossed salad, and dessert will be mixed berries. I might get fancy and puree them to serve as Summer Berry Soup (mix of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and red seedless grapes) Then again, I guess that's too much like a smoothie. I better simply make a whole berry compote. The recipe suggests serving with whipped coconut cream (unsweetened of course), but I'm not that ambitious today.
    My biggest temptation so far was not stepping on the scale. I know better, so I restrained myself. Just curious!
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    iteach reacted to jpags99 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Anyone having any NSV yet? I am - my acne is clearing up already. 
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    iteach reacted to Jmb369 in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    @Georgina2 Oh, you are so lucky to have Trader Joe's. Neither Trader Joe's nor Whole Foods have found their way to Mexico! I am just happy that we have Costco's! But can you believe that we have Domino's Pizza and Taco Belle? LOL Calrice would be a nice luxury. 
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    iteach got a reaction from Mary Stovall in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Day 4.
    Swapped out my work clothes with my summer wear and bagged up 2 bags of clothes to take to the local thrift store. After my anger subsided with finding sizes of 12 through 20, I decided my 18/20 needs a big kick in the pants. Annoyance is still hanging around, but I think my energy level's coming up. I refuse to get rid of any size at this point unless they become too big. I'm looking forward to that NSV (nonscale victory). I even found my black 2-piece swimsuit. Yep, put it on. Printed that picture out for journal. And, then I put it in my drawers. It might come out this summer. When nobody's around. In the back yard. 
    I'm still feeling annoyed, and fairly cranky. I take one look at my treadmill and I want to take a sledgehammer to it. I haven't gone for a walk in days since this sinus cold. I need to stop the excuses and need to just do something. 
    I slept like a rock last night without cold medicine. Maybe a NSV? or maybe just my body needing to rest from having the cold. 
    Anyone have a NSV so far?
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    iteach got a reaction from Mary Stovall in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Immersion. Yep, that's the word I was looking for.  Thank you! Strangely enough, when I'm following Whole30 during the summer time, hot/tomato base type of soups are my go to. I need to branch out and try butternut squash. It's gaining popularity.  
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    iteach got a reaction from JTCarlson in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Day 6
    I woke up tired because I went to bed at 1 after watching 4 episodes of Making of a Murderer with my husband. It's a good thing I had a nap yesterday.
    Dinner is a roast with onions and garlic with a salad and green beens. 
    Hit the treadmill and got in my first work out for C25K running---slow as a turtle I am. I ended up staying on the treadmill for an hour watching tv.  
    I think I'll take a short nap (watch 1 episode of MM), and then get started on my chores. I love summer breaks! I hope everyone's enjoying their day. 
    I almost forgot....I made riced cauliflower yesterday with (bacon grease), garlic, and seasonings, and parsley. I had it for 2 meals....and I now need to buy more. It came in a frozen package and I can't remember the name, but it was awesome. 
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    iteach reacted to KofeKat in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Breakfast tip:
     I made the perfect sausage from the Whole30 book (pg 162). Instead of patties I sauteed it in crumble form. I then sauteed some pre prepped veggies from Trader Joe's (asparagus, mushrooms, onions) . Next I layered some sausage and veggies in 5 microwave safe dishes. In the morning I grab a dish, crack in 1 egg & shake it up. At work I nuke it for 1 minute. Voila the perfect breakfast.