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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Amy_Michigan ~ I hope you and your family have a wonderful celebration of 2021 ~ no matter what time it occurs.  There is much to celebrate.   
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    Brewer5 reacted to Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Brewer5 The chopped nuts sound really good!  Haha.. and that rule sounds like a good one.  I just have to stop forgetting about my protein needs and then I'm all about it. 
    I bought some sparking water today for myself, and I also bought sparkling grape juice for the family.  This might be the first year I let my kids stay up (or wake them up if they demand it) for New Years.  They are 5 and 8 years old and their bedtime is still 8 PM but they usually read in bed until 9 or 9:30 at the latest (bigger kid reads to littler kid).  Neither of them have stayed up past 10 PM.  My husband does not like the idea of them staying up until midnight, but going from 2020 to 2021 is kind of monumental, so I plan to convince him.  Plus, I already bought "2021" eyeglasses, headbands/hats, and party blowers for the occasion.  AND I bought a 1/2 size apple pie and ice cream for them as a special occasion treat.  (Which I will stay away from.)
    Continuing Day 2, I've had:
    Vegetables/Starch: 
    - An ENTIRE 10oz bag of Birds Eye frozen "Shredded Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Cauliflower Florets".  A lot of carbs, but I'm here for health, not eating low-carb.  (It has garlic , salt, and pepper and the ingredients are CLEAN/whole 30 compliant.  I'm proud of this find.)
    - A big bowl of lettuce, a small bowl of peas and carrots
    Fruit: frozen mixed berries
    Protein: 2 eggs, half a can of tuna
    Fat: Ghee for eggs, olive oil to prepare the frozen veggies in a frying pan, mayo
    Other: unsweetened almond milk with coffees (2 or 3 cups), larabar
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    Mama gets her chicken first ... that's what I always say.    (No I don't - but perhaps that should be a rule.)
    Tuna salad sounds good.  I like to put frozen blueberries and chopped nuts in mine, too.  Might sound weird ~ but it's tasty.
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    Brewer5 reacted to Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Brewer5Oops, read your post wrong from November.  Glad you are thinking about being around more.  You are right.  It does help to know someone is reading and cares about your success!
    Day 2-
    Managed to avoid all the sugary, bready things in the house again by waiting to have breakfast until around 11:30.  Yay me.  Had some coffee with unsweetened almond milk to start my day.
    Starting Day 2, I've had:
    Vegetables/Starch: An ENTIRE 10oz bag of Birds Eye frozen "Shredded Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Cauliflower Florets".  A lot of carbs, but I'm here for health, not eating low-carb.  (It has garlic , salt, and pepper and the ingredients are CLEAN/whole 30 compliant.  I'm proud of this find.)
    Fruit: 
    Protein: 2 eggs
    Fat: Ghee for eggs, olive oil to prepare the frozen veggies in a frying pan
    Other: unsweetened almond milk with coffee
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    @Amy_Michigan ~ I actually just managed that one day in November ...  Lol.  But I am glad you appreciate my posts.  I also know that (for me) it can be really motivating to know that even one other person in this world actually cares how you are doing with this, and is out there "listening".
    It's interesting that your first, perfect, by-the-book Whole 30 was in 2014.  Maybe we've talked about that before.  Mine was also.  Clearly there's something about this way of eating ... since we both keep coming back to it, even if we don't manage a full 30 days.
    I might be around more and trying to start again on January 1.  I do miss feeling my best.  It's been awhile.
    All good vibes sent to you today as you manage Day 2.    I hope you do keep posting a lot.  I think it really helps.
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    Brewer5 reacted to Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    Hi @Brewer5!    Seems like I missed you by a month, but maybe we'll be on here doing a whole30 again around the same time in the future, who knows!    Good job on finishing up at the end of November!  I love reading your posts because I really relate to so much you talk about, especially about how the best time to restart your healthy lifestyle journey is not when you are feeling desperate, but when your motivation meter is high (summarized in my own words, haha).  Hopefully, my motivation stays where I need it to be to keep this going for awhile.  I usually don't get all the way to 30 days, but it doesn't matter to me because I never regret doing it and getting as far as I do.
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    Continuing Day 1, I am going to add on what I ate the rest of the day:

    Vegetables/Starch: Sweet Potato, Mixed Salad greens, red onion, cucumber
    Fruit: Frozen mixed fruit (Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberry, Raspberries), lemon juice
    Protein: 2 eggs
    Fat: Ghee, olive oil
    Other: 2 larabars, balsamic vinegar, unsweetened almond milk with coffee
     
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Starting Dec 29, 2020   
    Hello @Amy_Michigan ~ good to see you!  
    I wish you all the best on your 30 day journey.  Please feel free to reach out anytime if you need/want the support.
    And ... hey ... let's toast some virtual sparkling water to welcoming 2021!
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Like an Onion   
    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby.  He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer.
    One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck.
    "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought.  I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh.
    But Toby had a plan.  He was working toward a goal.
    You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck.
    And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immersed in the water in the bed of the dump truck.  ...Ah... he'd made it.  And he has made it several times since.
    This is the dogs' drinking water.  Yes, we use a plastic dump truck as our dogs' outside drinking bowl.  How did this happen?  Well, you see ~ life is busy, and when we got our first dog - there was the dump truck, right there by the outside spigot.  We filled it up with water for him to drink ... and it has been the dog bowl, for five years now.
    Five years.
    I had friends here five years ago, who were part of my journey when we first brought Rocket into our family.  My sleep was disrupted for the first time in years.  I struggled with cravings, and increased caffeine consumption, and trying to figure out a new normal.
    That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's okay.
    I was thinking tonight about how much has changed just since I started this journal.  I feel like a different person.  
    That's because I am a different person.  That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's good.
    We should always be moving forward.  We should always be working toward a goal.  
    We may look like Toby in my avatar sometimes - and that's okay, too.  Toby sat there and thought about it for awhile ... but he reached his destination.
    I wish the same for each of you.
     
     
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Like an Onion   
    Day 1: 11/23/20
    Done!
    And fine.  Just had a bad reminder of how badly my body reacts to grass-fed beef when I made meatballs tonight. My heart rate climbed to 131 while standing completely still, before it finally decided to start going back down.
    I don’t know what it would be like to do a whole 30 and be able to eat all of the things allowed. That’s OK. I will keep figuring it out as usual.
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Like an Onion   
    @Jennifer Jensen Thanks for stopping in!  I hope your first Whole 30 went well.  Love the quote.
    Hey y'all ~ clearly my "Day 1" back on September 25 was not an actual starting point for a Whole 30.  Lol.  Nope, I didn't die or drop off the face of the planet.  I'm still here.
    I've been on a wild ride that did not involve Whole 30.  Have thought of returning many times, only to then think ... "I'm not sure if that's the right direction for me right now ... because, what happens at the end of 30 days?"
    Well.  I do know what happens at the end of 30 days.  I've also said many times that perhaps this will be my pattern for the rest of this lifetime.  And that's okay.
    I do think I've figured out that starting a Whole 30 (for me) needs to happen when I've got gas in the tank - when I am feeling pretty filled up - and not at a point/feeling of desperation.  This takes a certain mindset, determination, and confidence to know that no matter what comes in the 30 days ahead - I'm going to get through it, I'm going to be okay, and I'm going to come out stronger on the other side.
    Yesterday we had our family Thanksgiving at my sister's house.  I didn't eat anything too crazy - there's no need to talk about it.  I'm still listening to my body and I still know the "danger zones" pretty well.
    What there IS to talk about is the love that is surrounding me.  The realization that there are so many people who have been placed in my life who are depending on me, while also lifting me up ... and that I have so many people who simply enjoy my presence.  
    I am blessed.  I am reminded not to look at what others appear to have, and not to think that the grass is greener on the other side - but to appreciate the bounty that has been brought into my own life.  Right here and now.
    We got home late after a LONG drive - and I poured myself a shot of silver tequila with sparkling water, as has been my usual lately.  ...Why?  Why did I pour it?  Well - of course - because it has been my usual lately.
    I took a few sips and just wasn't feeling it.  Dumped it.  And so I woke up today for the first time in awhile, pretty sober.  It feels good.  It feels right.
    Anyone out there who has read this far - I'm sending you good energy, positive vibes ... and I truly hope you have a beautiful day.  I'm going to.  No matter what.  :)
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    Brewer5 reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Like an Onion   
    Love this! Thanks for posting. And love the song as well. Trying to stay encouraged and focused. Words and music help me focus and keep going. #1stWhole30
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from BabyBear in A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 R2.2   
    @BabyBear ~ so sorry to hear about your husband.  I hope you are taking the best care you can in this difficult time.  All good thoughts & prayers headed your way!
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Like an Onion   
    Day 1:  9/25/20
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Like an Onion   
    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby.  He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer.
    One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck.
    "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought.  I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh.
    But Toby had a plan.  He was working toward a goal.
    You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck.
    And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immersed in the water in the bed of the dump truck.  ...Ah... he'd made it.  And he has made it several times since.
    This is the dogs' drinking water.  Yes, we use a plastic dump truck as our dogs' outside drinking bowl.  How did this happen?  Well, you see ~ life is busy, and when we got our first dog - there was the dump truck, right there by the outside spigot.  We filled it up with water for him to drink ... and it has been the dog bowl, for five years now.
    Five years.
    I had friends here five years ago, who were part of my journey when we first brought Rocket into our family.  My sleep was disrupted for the first time in years.  I struggled with cravings, and increased caffeine consumption, and trying to figure out a new normal.
    That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's okay.
    I was thinking tonight about how much has changed just since I started this journal.  I feel like a different person.  
    That's because I am a different person.  That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's good.
    We should always be moving forward.  We should always be working toward a goal.  
    We may look like Toby in my avatar sometimes - and that's okay, too.  Toby sat there and thought about it for awhile ... but he reached his destination.
    I wish the same for each of you.
     
     
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from BabyBear in Like an Onion   
    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby.  He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer.
    One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck.
    "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought.  I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh.
    But Toby had a plan.  He was working toward a goal.
    You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck.
    And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immersed in the water in the bed of the dump truck.  ...Ah... he'd made it.  And he has made it several times since.
    This is the dogs' drinking water.  Yes, we use a plastic dump truck as our dogs' outside drinking bowl.  How did this happen?  Well, you see ~ life is busy, and when we got our first dog - there was the dump truck, right there by the outside spigot.  We filled it up with water for him to drink ... and it has been the dog bowl, for five years now.
    Five years.
    I had friends here five years ago, who were part of my journey when we first brought Rocket into our family.  My sleep was disrupted for the first time in years.  I struggled with cravings, and increased caffeine consumption, and trying to figure out a new normal.
    That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's okay.
    I was thinking tonight about how much has changed just since I started this journal.  I feel like a different person.  
    That's because I am a different person.  That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's good.
    We should always be moving forward.  We should always be working toward a goal.  
    We may look like Toby in my avatar sometimes - and that's okay, too.  Toby sat there and thought about it for awhile ... but he reached his destination.
    I wish the same for each of you.
     
     
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Like an Onion   
    Day 1:  9/25/20
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from LadyM in Like an Onion   
    Day 1:  9/25/20
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Like an Onion   
    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby.  He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer.
    One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck.
    "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought.  I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh.
    But Toby had a plan.  He was working toward a goal.
    You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck.
    And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immersed in the water in the bed of the dump truck.  ...Ah... he'd made it.  And he has made it several times since.
    This is the dogs' drinking water.  Yes, we use a plastic dump truck as our dogs' outside drinking bowl.  How did this happen?  Well, you see ~ life is busy, and when we got our first dog - there was the dump truck, right there by the outside spigot.  We filled it up with water for him to drink ... and it has been the dog bowl, for five years now.
    Five years.
    I had friends here five years ago, who were part of my journey when we first brought Rocket into our family.  My sleep was disrupted for the first time in years.  I struggled with cravings, and increased caffeine consumption, and trying to figure out a new normal.
    That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's okay.
    I was thinking tonight about how much has changed just since I started this journal.  I feel like a different person.  
    That's because I am a different person.  That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's good.
    We should always be moving forward.  We should always be working toward a goal.  
    We may look like Toby in my avatar sometimes - and that's okay, too.  Toby sat there and thought about it for awhile ... but he reached his destination.
    I wish the same for each of you.
     
     
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from LadyM in Like an Onion   
    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby.  He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer.
    One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck.
    "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought.  I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh.
    But Toby had a plan.  He was working toward a goal.
    You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck.
    And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immersed in the water in the bed of the dump truck.  ...Ah... he'd made it.  And he has made it several times since.
    This is the dogs' drinking water.  Yes, we use a plastic dump truck as our dogs' outside drinking bowl.  How did this happen?  Well, you see ~ life is busy, and when we got our first dog - there was the dump truck, right there by the outside spigot.  We filled it up with water for him to drink ... and it has been the dog bowl, for five years now.
    Five years.
    I had friends here five years ago, who were part of my journey when we first brought Rocket into our family.  My sleep was disrupted for the first time in years.  I struggled with cravings, and increased caffeine consumption, and trying to figure out a new normal.
    That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's okay.
    I was thinking tonight about how much has changed just since I started this journal.  I feel like a different person.  
    That's because I am a different person.  That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's good.
    We should always be moving forward.  We should always be working toward a goal.  
    We may look like Toby in my avatar sometimes - and that's okay, too.  Toby sat there and thought about it for awhile ... but he reached his destination.
    I wish the same for each of you.
     
     
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Like an Onion   
    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby.  He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer.
    One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck.
    "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought.  I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh.
    But Toby had a plan.  He was working toward a goal.
    You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck.
    And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immersed in the water in the bed of the dump truck.  ...Ah... he'd made it.  And he has made it several times since.
    This is the dogs' drinking water.  Yes, we use a plastic dump truck as our dogs' outside drinking bowl.  How did this happen?  Well, you see ~ life is busy, and when we got our first dog - there was the dump truck, right there by the outside spigot.  We filled it up with water for him to drink ... and it has been the dog bowl, for five years now.
    Five years.
    I had friends here five years ago, who were part of my journey when we first brought Rocket into our family.  My sleep was disrupted for the first time in years.  I struggled with cravings, and increased caffeine consumption, and trying to figure out a new normal.
    That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's okay.
    I was thinking tonight about how much has changed just since I started this journal.  I feel like a different person.  
    That's because I am a different person.  That's life.  That's real.  ...And that's good.
    We should always be moving forward.  We should always be working toward a goal.  
    We may look like Toby in my avatar sometimes - and that's okay, too.  Toby sat there and thought about it for awhile ... but he reached his destination.
    I wish the same for each of you.
     
     
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Like an Onion   
    Thanks @ShadowInTheKitchen !
    I just popped in tonight to say it’s definitely just “making a conscious decision” regarding the alcohol.  
     
    That feeling hits me around supper time ... I need to work on what I can do to avoid that happening, as well as what to do when it hits.
    My husband & kids are all out of town right now, so I made it through tonight knowing that if anything were to happen with MIL, I needed to be sober.  
    That’s just one day.  I need to do more.
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    Brewer5 reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Like an Onion   
    I'm sorry that you have to endure those comments... here's to being part of the change in the dialogue that our society holds.  Talking about how you feel as opposed to how you look.  I'm glad to read that you feel GOOD!  You feel good even with all the stuff you have going on in your life right now.  That is huge.  Congratulations!
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    Brewer5 reacted to MadyVanilla in Like an Onion   
    Lol. I'm currently on my 7th round.  My first 4 were textbook, without reintroductions.  My 5th round was the only one I did not complete 30 days.  My 6th round, I did a restart mid-way because I had rice...I've been sloppy my last two times, and have never done a good reintroduction.  I agree - I need to do the 30, then a good reintroduction.  I get caught up in the "this is so awesome, I'm going to eat W30 forever!"  and then decide I want something so I might as well make it a reintroduction, then all falls apart.  All or nothing mentality - that's me!!  Working very hard to change it this time around.  
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Like an Onion   
    Day 2 yesterday:  8/28/20
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    The day was fine & compliant.  It was our anniversary - married 21 years - and he was out of town for work.  Not the first time & won't be the last ... so, no big deal.
    @MadyVanilla ~ I'm sorry, I haven't been venturing out to explore other people's logs or any other discussions here.  Have you not completed a Whole 30 yet?  I think getting that full 30 days in at some point, when the time is right can really be a life-changing experience.  It was for me, anyway.  
    But I also think that this way of eating is just the best human diet that makes sense - and what I mean is, the things that are eliminated are simply not the best human choices.  Every thing that has been eliminated is gone for a reason.  So "lightening the load" on your body - even one day at a time - can certainly be beneficial, as well.  I'm glad you agree.    Too many people get stuck in an all or nothing mentality.
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Like an Onion   
    Thanks @MadyVanilla ~ yeah, there really haven't been any times lately when I've felt "out of control".  It's just life.
    I guess I'm really just riding my own bike, and this is what that looks like for me.  Lol.  I've said here before ~ if I end up with a bunch of "Day 1" posts ... you know, over a year's time or whatever ... that's still THAT many days that I know I wasn't putting junk in the tank.  It counts.  In my mind, it counts ~ and that's really all that matters.
    Things are going well with our son so far.  There have been a lot of changes that were necessary.  This whole "running away" experience was one of those big life lessons for all involved.