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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    Four days ago I introduced myself, a Baby Boomer, on Day 27.  Here I am -- and here's how I've done -- and I'm going to keep going.
     
    I started out at 185.2 pounds, though, since I had really started almost everything three days before (all I had included was yogurt and Stevia in my coffee), I was probably higher. I know that I was at least 189 two weeks earlier.
     
    Today I am at 172.2 pounds. I'm a little disappointed, since I was hoping to be less than 169.6, which I was two years ago this month on Weight Watchers, before I "lost it." But I have to remember that I had been concentrating on weight loss since February at that time.
     
    But really, that's still 13 pounds and probably more, in 30 days.
     
    My measurements on the first day of my Whole30 were 45" chest, 43 1/4 waist, 40" hips. Now they are 42.5" chest, 40" waist and 39" hips. Not where I want to be, but still very significant. You can see in my photos that the most noticeable difference is that I don't stick out so much in front anymore.
     
    I've been calmer. I sleep better, and I'm far more focused. I don't know if it's the discipline of paying attention to what I eat, or it's a placebo effect, but that last change is a big and important difference to me, and I'm going to watch to see how that progresses.
     
    Looking at how I did, I think that I had allowed myself too many fruit, and was not as mindful as I could have been about my portions and when I ate, and I threw on the coconut oil and ghee with probably a little too much abandon. But still, I felt good and I had almost no cravings at all, so this is a good and sustainable (and very enjoyable) way to live.
     
    I announced in my Introduction that I'm planning to do a "Whole100." I'm going to write about that in a separate blog on the post-Whole30 thread. 
     
    Here's to my next 70 days --- and I wish everyone else continued success. 




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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from MeadowLily in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    I don't know why my pictures came out sideways. If anybody knows what I did wrong and how I can correct it, let me know
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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    Four days ago I introduced myself, a Baby Boomer, on Day 27.  Here I am -- and here's how I've done -- and I'm going to keep going.
     
    I started out at 185.2 pounds, though, since I had really started almost everything three days before (all I had included was yogurt and Stevia in my coffee), I was probably higher. I know that I was at least 189 two weeks earlier.
     
    Today I am at 172.2 pounds. I'm a little disappointed, since I was hoping to be less than 169.6, which I was two years ago this month on Weight Watchers, before I "lost it." But I have to remember that I had been concentrating on weight loss since February at that time.
     
    But really, that's still 13 pounds and probably more, in 30 days.
     
    My measurements on the first day of my Whole30 were 45" chest, 43 1/4 waist, 40" hips. Now they are 42.5" chest, 40" waist and 39" hips. Not where I want to be, but still very significant. You can see in my photos that the most noticeable difference is that I don't stick out so much in front anymore.
     
    I've been calmer. I sleep better, and I'm far more focused. I don't know if it's the discipline of paying attention to what I eat, or it's a placebo effect, but that last change is a big and important difference to me, and I'm going to watch to see how that progresses.
     
    Looking at how I did, I think that I had allowed myself too many fruit, and was not as mindful as I could have been about my portions and when I ate, and I threw on the coconut oil and ghee with probably a little too much abandon. But still, I felt good and I had almost no cravings at all, so this is a good and sustainable (and very enjoyable) way to live.
     
    I announced in my Introduction that I'm planning to do a "Whole100." I'm going to write about that in a separate blog on the post-Whole30 thread. 
     
    Here's to my next 70 days --- and I wish everyone else continued success. 




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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from MeadowLily in The Beginning of my Whole100   
    Thank you, Rose. Rock star I'm not so sure about. Though I guess I do look better than Keith Richards does these days. I know I look better than Steven Tyler, the guy from Aerosmith who was on American Idol. He looks like a cross between a drag queen and a horse!
    You're right about being careful. Last night the people whose house my family and I are staying in came home, and of course we all had to sit down together to eat. I made a flaxseed tempeh and vegetable stir-fry for my wife and me (she just finished the Whole30 as well) and we seem to be able to eat that with no problem. But just to be polite I ate some Mock Tuna Salad which my host said she made with chickpeas and her lentil-and-carrot salad. Yikes! I had a stomachache, headache, bloating, constipation -- the works! I still don't feel totally over it.
    I hope it wasn't the lentils or that cooking them more takes away that feeling. I have this wonderful lentil soup recipe that I used to love and my vegetarian older daughter who's a college student loves it so much so I have to cook it.
    At least we're going to be eating with my Paleo niece and her husband and kids tomorrow night.
    Thank you for your support. I'd love to hear more from you.
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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from MeadowLily in The Beginning of my Whole100   
    Thank you, Rose. Rock star I'm not so sure about. Though I guess I do look better than Keith Richards does these days. I know I look better than Steven Tyler, the guy from Aerosmith who was on American Idol. He looks like a cross between a drag queen and a horse!
    You're right about being careful. Last night the people whose house my family and I are staying in came home, and of course we all had to sit down together to eat. I made a flaxseed tempeh and vegetable stir-fry for my wife and me (she just finished the Whole30 as well) and we seem to be able to eat that with no problem. But just to be polite I ate some Mock Tuna Salad which my host said she made with chickpeas and her lentil-and-carrot salad. Yikes! I had a stomachache, headache, bloating, constipation -- the works! I still don't feel totally over it.
    I hope it wasn't the lentils or that cooking them more takes away that feeling. I have this wonderful lentil soup recipe that I used to love and my vegetarian older daughter who's a college student loves it so much so I have to cook it.
    At least we're going to be eating with my Paleo niece and her husband and kids tomorrow night.
    Thank you for your support. I'd love to hear more from you.
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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    Four days ago I introduced myself, a Baby Boomer, on Day 27.  Here I am -- and here's how I've done -- and I'm going to keep going.
     
    I started out at 185.2 pounds, though, since I had really started almost everything three days before (all I had included was yogurt and Stevia in my coffee), I was probably higher. I know that I was at least 189 two weeks earlier.
     
    Today I am at 172.2 pounds. I'm a little disappointed, since I was hoping to be less than 169.6, which I was two years ago this month on Weight Watchers, before I "lost it." But I have to remember that I had been concentrating on weight loss since February at that time.
     
    But really, that's still 13 pounds and probably more, in 30 days.
     
    My measurements on the first day of my Whole30 were 45" chest, 43 1/4 waist, 40" hips. Now they are 42.5" chest, 40" waist and 39" hips. Not where I want to be, but still very significant. You can see in my photos that the most noticeable difference is that I don't stick out so much in front anymore.
     
    I've been calmer. I sleep better, and I'm far more focused. I don't know if it's the discipline of paying attention to what I eat, or it's a placebo effect, but that last change is a big and important difference to me, and I'm going to watch to see how that progresses.
     
    Looking at how I did, I think that I had allowed myself too many fruit, and was not as mindful as I could have been about my portions and when I ate, and I threw on the coconut oil and ghee with probably a little too much abandon. But still, I felt good and I had almost no cravings at all, so this is a good and sustainable (and very enjoyable) way to live.
     
    I announced in my Introduction that I'm planning to do a "Whole100." I'm going to write about that in a separate blog on the post-Whole30 thread. 
     
    Here's to my next 70 days --- and I wish everyone else continued success. 




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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    Four days ago I introduced myself, a Baby Boomer, on Day 27.  Here I am -- and here's how I've done -- and I'm going to keep going.
     
    I started out at 185.2 pounds, though, since I had really started almost everything three days before (all I had included was yogurt and Stevia in my coffee), I was probably higher. I know that I was at least 189 two weeks earlier.
     
    Today I am at 172.2 pounds. I'm a little disappointed, since I was hoping to be less than 169.6, which I was two years ago this month on Weight Watchers, before I "lost it." But I have to remember that I had been concentrating on weight loss since February at that time.
     
    But really, that's still 13 pounds and probably more, in 30 days.
     
    My measurements on the first day of my Whole30 were 45" chest, 43 1/4 waist, 40" hips. Now they are 42.5" chest, 40" waist and 39" hips. Not where I want to be, but still very significant. You can see in my photos that the most noticeable difference is that I don't stick out so much in front anymore.
     
    I've been calmer. I sleep better, and I'm far more focused. I don't know if it's the discipline of paying attention to what I eat, or it's a placebo effect, but that last change is a big and important difference to me, and I'm going to watch to see how that progresses.
     
    Looking at how I did, I think that I had allowed myself too many fruit, and was not as mindful as I could have been about my portions and when I ate, and I threw on the coconut oil and ghee with probably a little too much abandon. But still, I felt good and I had almost no cravings at all, so this is a good and sustainable (and very enjoyable) way to live.
     
    I announced in my Introduction that I'm planning to do a "Whole100." I'm going to write about that in a separate blog on the post-Whole30 thread. 
     
    Here's to my next 70 days --- and I wish everyone else continued success. 




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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from MeadowLily in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    I don't know why my pictures came out sideways. If anybody knows what I did wrong and how I can correct it, let me know
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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    Four days ago I introduced myself, a Baby Boomer, on Day 27.  Here I am -- and here's how I've done -- and I'm going to keep going.
     
    I started out at 185.2 pounds, though, since I had really started almost everything three days before (all I had included was yogurt and Stevia in my coffee), I was probably higher. I know that I was at least 189 two weeks earlier.
     
    Today I am at 172.2 pounds. I'm a little disappointed, since I was hoping to be less than 169.6, which I was two years ago this month on Weight Watchers, before I "lost it." But I have to remember that I had been concentrating on weight loss since February at that time.
     
    But really, that's still 13 pounds and probably more, in 30 days.
     
    My measurements on the first day of my Whole30 were 45" chest, 43 1/4 waist, 40" hips. Now they are 42.5" chest, 40" waist and 39" hips. Not where I want to be, but still very significant. You can see in my photos that the most noticeable difference is that I don't stick out so much in front anymore.
     
    I've been calmer. I sleep better, and I'm far more focused. I don't know if it's the discipline of paying attention to what I eat, or it's a placebo effect, but that last change is a big and important difference to me, and I'm going to watch to see how that progresses.
     
    Looking at how I did, I think that I had allowed myself too many fruit, and was not as mindful as I could have been about my portions and when I ate, and I threw on the coconut oil and ghee with probably a little too much abandon. But still, I felt good and I had almost no cravings at all, so this is a good and sustainable (and very enjoyable) way to live.
     
    I announced in my Introduction that I'm planning to do a "Whole100." I'm going to write about that in a separate blog on the post-Whole30 thread. 
     
    Here's to my next 70 days --- and I wish everyone else continued success. 




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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    Four days ago I introduced myself, a Baby Boomer, on Day 27.  Here I am -- and here's how I've done -- and I'm going to keep going.
     
    I started out at 185.2 pounds, though, since I had really started almost everything three days before (all I had included was yogurt and Stevia in my coffee), I was probably higher. I know that I was at least 189 two weeks earlier.
     
    Today I am at 172.2 pounds. I'm a little disappointed, since I was hoping to be less than 169.6, which I was two years ago this month on Weight Watchers, before I "lost it." But I have to remember that I had been concentrating on weight loss since February at that time.
     
    But really, that's still 13 pounds and probably more, in 30 days.
     
    My measurements on the first day of my Whole30 were 45" chest, 43 1/4 waist, 40" hips. Now they are 42.5" chest, 40" waist and 39" hips. Not where I want to be, but still very significant. You can see in my photos that the most noticeable difference is that I don't stick out so much in front anymore.
     
    I've been calmer. I sleep better, and I'm far more focused. I don't know if it's the discipline of paying attention to what I eat, or it's a placebo effect, but that last change is a big and important difference to me, and I'm going to watch to see how that progresses.
     
    Looking at how I did, I think that I had allowed myself too many fruit, and was not as mindful as I could have been about my portions and when I ate, and I threw on the coconut oil and ghee with probably a little too much abandon. But still, I felt good and I had almost no cravings at all, so this is a good and sustainable (and very enjoyable) way to live.
     
    I announced in my Introduction that I'm planning to do a "Whole100." I'm going to write about that in a separate blog on the post-Whole30 thread. 
     
    Here's to my next 70 days --- and I wish everyone else continued success. 




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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from MeadowLily in Introducing myself -- A Baby Boomer -- on Day 27   
    And Meadowlily, BTW, I took it orally. No injections. (Injections! Yikes!)
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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from MeadowLily in Introducing myself -- A Baby Boomer -- on Day 27   
    Hi Tom -- It's so great to hear your experience. It's also neat that you were an MFT and psychotherapist! I think I've lost quite a bit more than 2 pounds this month, thankfully -- I don't think I'd have the patience to keep going if that's all that happened, I admit. But it's great that you kept going. I suppose there could come a time soon when I will lose only two pounds a month, and that would be okay. 
     
    You had a seven-year head start on me -- great for you! I wish I knew about this five, ten years ago. I wish for my kids that they had been on it when they were young and I could have led them in this direction. 
     
    Yeah, I just want to stay on this forever. I mean, I guess I will have a restaurant meal every now and then that breaks the rules and I won't say I'll never eat ice cream again, but why would I ever want to go back to eating "normally" ever again? My worst fear is that one day I might get "sucked in" and get addicted to all the crap again. 
     
    Meadowlily, the HCG did work. Basically, somehow it prevented the hunger so I could actually eat like that for 21 days. And I lost maybe 15 pounds (5 of which was probably just all the food that wasn't in my digestive tract.) And it certainly showed me that I had more control over what I put in my mouth than I thought. But you can't live like that, so naturally, little by little, I lost all the control that I developed and I gained all the weight back. 
     
    GFChris, yeah, I look forward to seeing my results too! But I'm also a little nervous. Now that I've gone so public, I feel like my end-of-Whole30 blog will be like a report card! 
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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from Physibeth in The Beginning of my Whole100   
    So, I introduced myself four days ago on Day 27 of my Whole30 and I just posted my Success story on Day One of my post-Whole30 life.
     
    I'm a 59-year-old individual and couples counselor and psychotherapist, with specialties also in anxiety and adult ADHD. I've accepted the fact that if I want to look good and be really healthy and optimally alive in my (ahem) senior years, which are coming up fast for me, I have to let go of wheat and flour and sugar almost completely. At least that, and probably dairy as well. And I've decided that's a small price to pay not to be grossly overweight and to feel like there's sludge in my bloodstream and like all my joints are rusty hinges.
     
    So I'm going to go for a Whole100. That will be over on Sept. 16, by my calculations. 
     
    I'm making a few small modifications to make this work.
     
    First, I'm going to weigh myself once a week, on Wednesdays, to avoid the temptation to either pig our or starve on weekends. I think this will help my progress, since I didn't really know how I was doing the last three weeks. I'm also going to take periodic measurements, maybe every two weeks, and photos every 30 days (and I'll post them). I'm going to post my progress and any of my experiences every Wednesday, and maybe more often. 
     
    Second, for the next two weeks my wife and I are living with vegan friends. So while I'm here I'm going to add organic tempeh (made with flax seed, not millet or barley), organic extra firm tofu and lentils.
     
    Likewise, my older daughter who is at an internship right now is a vegetarian. I very much want to get her to drop the grains, dairy and sugar -- she has been a vegetarian for ethical reasons since she was four year old and declared that she didn't want any animals to die for her! My wife and I have supported her choice all these years, but when I consider many of the problems she has suffered over the years, I wish I knew 10 years ago what I know now! I am the cook in the house, and I was the one making her all of her veggie dishes all those years. When she comes back home from July 26 until Aug. 21 (with one week away with friends), I want to cook her the healthiest veggie meals I possibly can, and maybe influence her to change her diet a little. And in order to do that, I will need to eat some of those meals with her. So for that time, I will add the tempeh, lentils and extra firm tofu (and maybe chickpeas and black beans, since she loves them so much). 
     
    Finally, I MAY add hazelnut stevia to coffee-with-almond-milk. I'm not sure yet.
     
    But -- no sugar, no other sugar substitute, no carageenan or sulfite (no wine!), no dairy, no flour or soy except for tofu, no grain. No chocolate.
     
    I want to keep going strong.
     
    I want to know if maybe by the end of the summer I can be almost thin-looking.
     
    I have a hope and a goal that on my 60th birthday on April 12th, I will be under 150 pounds again, like I was when I was 30. Or maybe if it's possible (and healthy), I could be 141, which I weighed when I got married, back when I was 26.
     
    My chest started at 45" and is now 42.5. I wonder if I can get it to 36". My waist started at 43.25 and is now 40." I'd love to see it go to 32".
     
    My sugar level was pre-diabetic and my cholesterol was far too high, something my doctor has been telling me for years. I'll see her again in August. I'm eager to know if they've gone down to normal (I hope so!).
     
    I hope to get to know other people on this journey and to support others, and I look forward to hearing from you. I will share the best ideas and tips I can come up with along the way.
     
    Hello, and take care everyone. 
     
    Larry
     
     
     
     
     
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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    Four days ago I introduced myself, a Baby Boomer, on Day 27.  Here I am -- and here's how I've done -- and I'm going to keep going.
     
    I started out at 185.2 pounds, though, since I had really started almost everything three days before (all I had included was yogurt and Stevia in my coffee), I was probably higher. I know that I was at least 189 two weeks earlier.
     
    Today I am at 172.2 pounds. I'm a little disappointed, since I was hoping to be less than 169.6, which I was two years ago this month on Weight Watchers, before I "lost it." But I have to remember that I had been concentrating on weight loss since February at that time.
     
    But really, that's still 13 pounds and probably more, in 30 days.
     
    My measurements on the first day of my Whole30 were 45" chest, 43 1/4 waist, 40" hips. Now they are 42.5" chest, 40" waist and 39" hips. Not where I want to be, but still very significant. You can see in my photos that the most noticeable difference is that I don't stick out so much in front anymore.
     
    I've been calmer. I sleep better, and I'm far more focused. I don't know if it's the discipline of paying attention to what I eat, or it's a placebo effect, but that last change is a big and important difference to me, and I'm going to watch to see how that progresses.
     
    Looking at how I did, I think that I had allowed myself too many fruit, and was not as mindful as I could have been about my portions and when I ate, and I threw on the coconut oil and ghee with probably a little too much abandon. But still, I felt good and I had almost no cravings at all, so this is a good and sustainable (and very enjoyable) way to live.
     
    I announced in my Introduction that I'm planning to do a "Whole100." I'm going to write about that in a separate blog on the post-Whole30 thread. 
     
    Here's to my next 70 days --- and I wish everyone else continued success. 




  15. Like
    larryinmaryland got a reaction from Physibeth in The Beginning of my Whole100   
    So, I introduced myself four days ago on Day 27 of my Whole30 and I just posted my Success story on Day One of my post-Whole30 life.
     
    I'm a 59-year-old individual and couples counselor and psychotherapist, with specialties also in anxiety and adult ADHD. I've accepted the fact that if I want to look good and be really healthy and optimally alive in my (ahem) senior years, which are coming up fast for me, I have to let go of wheat and flour and sugar almost completely. At least that, and probably dairy as well. And I've decided that's a small price to pay not to be grossly overweight and to feel like there's sludge in my bloodstream and like all my joints are rusty hinges.
     
    So I'm going to go for a Whole100. That will be over on Sept. 16, by my calculations. 
     
    I'm making a few small modifications to make this work.
     
    First, I'm going to weigh myself once a week, on Wednesdays, to avoid the temptation to either pig our or starve on weekends. I think this will help my progress, since I didn't really know how I was doing the last three weeks. I'm also going to take periodic measurements, maybe every two weeks, and photos every 30 days (and I'll post them). I'm going to post my progress and any of my experiences every Wednesday, and maybe more often. 
     
    Second, for the next two weeks my wife and I are living with vegan friends. So while I'm here I'm going to add organic tempeh (made with flax seed, not millet or barley), organic extra firm tofu and lentils.
     
    Likewise, my older daughter who is at an internship right now is a vegetarian. I very much want to get her to drop the grains, dairy and sugar -- she has been a vegetarian for ethical reasons since she was four year old and declared that she didn't want any animals to die for her! My wife and I have supported her choice all these years, but when I consider many of the problems she has suffered over the years, I wish I knew 10 years ago what I know now! I am the cook in the house, and I was the one making her all of her veggie dishes all those years. When she comes back home from July 26 until Aug. 21 (with one week away with friends), I want to cook her the healthiest veggie meals I possibly can, and maybe influence her to change her diet a little. And in order to do that, I will need to eat some of those meals with her. So for that time, I will add the tempeh, lentils and extra firm tofu (and maybe chickpeas and black beans, since she loves them so much). 
     
    Finally, I MAY add hazelnut stevia to coffee-with-almond-milk. I'm not sure yet.
     
    But -- no sugar, no other sugar substitute, no carageenan or sulfite (no wine!), no dairy, no flour or soy except for tofu, no grain. No chocolate.
     
    I want to keep going strong.
     
    I want to know if maybe by the end of the summer I can be almost thin-looking.
     
    I have a hope and a goal that on my 60th birthday on April 12th, I will be under 150 pounds again, like I was when I was 30. Or maybe if it's possible (and healthy), I could be 141, which I weighed when I got married, back when I was 26.
     
    My chest started at 45" and is now 42.5. I wonder if I can get it to 36". My waist started at 43.25 and is now 40." I'd love to see it go to 32".
     
    My sugar level was pre-diabetic and my cholesterol was far too high, something my doctor has been telling me for years. I'll see her again in August. I'm eager to know if they've gone down to normal (I hope so!).
     
    I hope to get to know other people on this journey and to support others, and I look forward to hearing from you. I will share the best ideas and tips I can come up with along the way.
     
    Hello, and take care everyone. 
     
    Larry
     
     
     
     
     
  16. Like
    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Really good results -- and I'm going to keep going   
    Four days ago I introduced myself, a Baby Boomer, on Day 27.  Here I am -- and here's how I've done -- and I'm going to keep going.
     
    I started out at 185.2 pounds, though, since I had really started almost everything three days before (all I had included was yogurt and Stevia in my coffee), I was probably higher. I know that I was at least 189 two weeks earlier.
     
    Today I am at 172.2 pounds. I'm a little disappointed, since I was hoping to be less than 169.6, which I was two years ago this month on Weight Watchers, before I "lost it." But I have to remember that I had been concentrating on weight loss since February at that time.
     
    But really, that's still 13 pounds and probably more, in 30 days.
     
    My measurements on the first day of my Whole30 were 45" chest, 43 1/4 waist, 40" hips. Now they are 42.5" chest, 40" waist and 39" hips. Not where I want to be, but still very significant. You can see in my photos that the most noticeable difference is that I don't stick out so much in front anymore.
     
    I've been calmer. I sleep better, and I'm far more focused. I don't know if it's the discipline of paying attention to what I eat, or it's a placebo effect, but that last change is a big and important difference to me, and I'm going to watch to see how that progresses.
     
    Looking at how I did, I think that I had allowed myself too many fruit, and was not as mindful as I could have been about my portions and when I ate, and I threw on the coconut oil and ghee with probably a little too much abandon. But still, I felt good and I had almost no cravings at all, so this is a good and sustainable (and very enjoyable) way to live.
     
    I announced in my Introduction that I'm planning to do a "Whole100." I'm going to write about that in a separate blog on the post-Whole30 thread. 
     
    Here's to my next 70 days --- and I wish everyone else continued success. 




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    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Introducing myself -- A Baby Boomer -- on Day 27   
    Hi, I'm Larry. I'm 59 and an individual and couples counselor and psychotherapist in Maryland. 
    I'm 5'3 and ever since I was a kid I was upset about my weight. I was a short, unathletic and "chubby" boy (this was back in the 1960s when not so many kids were overweight). When I was 18 1/2 I was 144, and after a three-week regimen I was 133. I guess I looked thin enough but I didn't see it. Once a few years later I got down to 125 or 126 and finally looked "just right," so I guess that was my ideal weight, but of course I couldn't stay there. But I hovered in the 130s and low 140s through my early and mid 20s. When I got married at 26 I lost five pounds before the wedding and weighed 141.
     
    By my late 20s I was 150. Somehow by the time I was 32 I weighed 164. I don't know when or how but by the time I was 40 I weighed 180.
     
    My wife and I had our first daughter when I was 40. About a year later I went on the Atkins Diet and shot way down, really fast, to 150 again. But I couldn't sustain living that way. Over the next 17 years (during which we had our second daughter, adopted from China, in 2000) my weight stayed between 180 and 190, sometimes climbing into the low 190s. 
     
    In 2012 my wife got me to go to Weight Watchers. It was working for me, but not so much for her. We went on the HCG diet for 21 days. After that I had trouble going back to Weight Watchers but I did once or twice. I found an old Weight Watchers booklet recently, and saw that I had gotten down to 169.6 on July 24, 2012.
     
    But then I stopped, and I had some big-time family stress, and then came fall and the holidays, and I "lost it" and was back up to 180, 185, 189, probably 193 or 194. Every time I went to my six-month checkup my doctor would tell me about my high cholesterol and pre-diabetes sugar level. It made me embarrassed to go in. 
     
    By May I knew I was out of control. That's when I started to stop eating all cakes and almost all sugar. I knew I felt awful and that every joint in my body felt like a rusty hinge. 
     
    Then my wife heard about the Whole 30. I was skeptical at first. Mostly I was afraid of being disappointed again. I was starting to believe that I would always, sooner or later, lose control and go back to a "setpoint" of 183 and look and feel like a pot-bellied old man for the rest of my life, and that I just had to accept myself that way. But underneath I was excited about doing it. 
     
    I weighed in on June 7 at 185, although truthfully I had already eliminated all dairy but yogurt and all sugar three days before. My real pre-Whole30 weight was probably closer to 189.
     
    Almost immediately after going 100% Whole30 things started changing. For one thing, suddenly fruit tasted AMAZING. Yeah, it's summer and I was for the first time buying only organic, but I've eaten in-season organic fruit before and I had NEVER had a rush like that before! (I know that I eat a little more fruit than I should, but it seems to be okay for me. And heck, it's summer!) 
     
    I LOVE and enjoy EVERYTHING I eat and cook now. (I'm the cook in the house.) I'm enjoying food so much more. I have NO cravings for anything, which amazes me. I'm calmer and more even-keel and have more energy in the afternoon. 
     
    I immediately started sleeping better. And within days, I stopped snoring. This is incredible because my wife had been terrifically upset about my snoring for the past 10 or maybe even 15 years.
     
    All you women are probably going to go "awwwwww..." right now, but honest to God, the best thing the Whole30 has done for me is to allow me to fall asleep with my arms around my wife again. It makes us feel closer and it makes her feel calmer and have better sleep. Just not being woken up by my snoring helps her sleep. That reason, and that reason ALONE, is enough for me to give up cake and cookies for the rest of my life. 
     
    The big pot that stuck out from my belly is gone. I wore "expanding waist" pants, so I haven't switched pants yet, but they're almost loose. My shirts look good on me again. My clients are noticing and I'm telling them about it. 
     
    I will report back on Tuesday with the results, and before and after pictures.
     
    I'm still not where I want to be. I'm hoping to go for a Whole100 -- that will be completed on Sept. 16 -- and I'll need support. 
     
    I'm 59, and when you're 59, if you don't treat your body right it gets old. I have, at best, only 30 more years on this planet, maybe a little more. I want to feel good. There's still so much more I want to do with my life. I want to be active and alive and totally engaged in life for as long as possible.  
     
    I am ready to accept the fact that if I keep bread and flour and sugar in my diet, I will weigh 180 pounds or more. And I'll snore. And I'll go downhill physically and mentally. That's all there is to it. 
     
    So I say, hello! Thank you, Melissa and Dallas, for creating the Whole30! Thank you all you incredible food bloggers and cooks -- given how many recipes there are, I think I could cook a delicious meal every single meal for the rest of my life and never have the same meal twice!!
     
    And hello and good luck to everyone who is embarking on this journey as well. I'd love to hear from you and about your journeys -- especially all the Boomers out there like me who are taking this on!!
     
    Salud!
  18. Like
    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Introducing myself -- A Baby Boomer -- on Day 27   
    Hi, I'm Larry. I'm 59 and an individual and couples counselor and psychotherapist in Maryland. 
    I'm 5'3 and ever since I was a kid I was upset about my weight. I was a short, unathletic and "chubby" boy (this was back in the 1960s when not so many kids were overweight). When I was 18 1/2 I was 144, and after a three-week regimen I was 133. I guess I looked thin enough but I didn't see it. Once a few years later I got down to 125 or 126 and finally looked "just right," so I guess that was my ideal weight, but of course I couldn't stay there. But I hovered in the 130s and low 140s through my early and mid 20s. When I got married at 26 I lost five pounds before the wedding and weighed 141.
     
    By my late 20s I was 150. Somehow by the time I was 32 I weighed 164. I don't know when or how but by the time I was 40 I weighed 180.
     
    My wife and I had our first daughter when I was 40. About a year later I went on the Atkins Diet and shot way down, really fast, to 150 again. But I couldn't sustain living that way. Over the next 17 years (during which we had our second daughter, adopted from China, in 2000) my weight stayed between 180 and 190, sometimes climbing into the low 190s. 
     
    In 2012 my wife got me to go to Weight Watchers. It was working for me, but not so much for her. We went on the HCG diet for 21 days. After that I had trouble going back to Weight Watchers but I did once or twice. I found an old Weight Watchers booklet recently, and saw that I had gotten down to 169.6 on July 24, 2012.
     
    But then I stopped, and I had some big-time family stress, and then came fall and the holidays, and I "lost it" and was back up to 180, 185, 189, probably 193 or 194. Every time I went to my six-month checkup my doctor would tell me about my high cholesterol and pre-diabetes sugar level. It made me embarrassed to go in. 
     
    By May I knew I was out of control. That's when I started to stop eating all cakes and almost all sugar. I knew I felt awful and that every joint in my body felt like a rusty hinge. 
     
    Then my wife heard about the Whole 30. I was skeptical at first. Mostly I was afraid of being disappointed again. I was starting to believe that I would always, sooner or later, lose control and go back to a "setpoint" of 183 and look and feel like a pot-bellied old man for the rest of my life, and that I just had to accept myself that way. But underneath I was excited about doing it. 
     
    I weighed in on June 7 at 185, although truthfully I had already eliminated all dairy but yogurt and all sugar three days before. My real pre-Whole30 weight was probably closer to 189.
     
    Almost immediately after going 100% Whole30 things started changing. For one thing, suddenly fruit tasted AMAZING. Yeah, it's summer and I was for the first time buying only organic, but I've eaten in-season organic fruit before and I had NEVER had a rush like that before! (I know that I eat a little more fruit than I should, but it seems to be okay for me. And heck, it's summer!) 
     
    I LOVE and enjoy EVERYTHING I eat and cook now. (I'm the cook in the house.) I'm enjoying food so much more. I have NO cravings for anything, which amazes me. I'm calmer and more even-keel and have more energy in the afternoon. 
     
    I immediately started sleeping better. And within days, I stopped snoring. This is incredible because my wife had been terrifically upset about my snoring for the past 10 or maybe even 15 years.
     
    All you women are probably going to go "awwwwww..." right now, but honest to God, the best thing the Whole30 has done for me is to allow me to fall asleep with my arms around my wife again. It makes us feel closer and it makes her feel calmer and have better sleep. Just not being woken up by my snoring helps her sleep. That reason, and that reason ALONE, is enough for me to give up cake and cookies for the rest of my life. 
     
    The big pot that stuck out from my belly is gone. I wore "expanding waist" pants, so I haven't switched pants yet, but they're almost loose. My shirts look good on me again. My clients are noticing and I'm telling them about it. 
     
    I will report back on Tuesday with the results, and before and after pictures.
     
    I'm still not where I want to be. I'm hoping to go for a Whole100 -- that will be completed on Sept. 16 -- and I'll need support. 
     
    I'm 59, and when you're 59, if you don't treat your body right it gets old. I have, at best, only 30 more years on this planet, maybe a little more. I want to feel good. There's still so much more I want to do with my life. I want to be active and alive and totally engaged in life for as long as possible.  
     
    I am ready to accept the fact that if I keep bread and flour and sugar in my diet, I will weigh 180 pounds or more. And I'll snore. And I'll go downhill physically and mentally. That's all there is to it. 
     
    So I say, hello! Thank you, Melissa and Dallas, for creating the Whole30! Thank you all you incredible food bloggers and cooks -- given how many recipes there are, I think I could cook a delicious meal every single meal for the rest of my life and never have the same meal twice!!
     
    And hello and good luck to everyone who is embarking on this journey as well. I'd love to hear from you and about your journeys -- especially all the Boomers out there like me who are taking this on!!
     
    Salud!
  19. Like
    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Introducing myself -- A Baby Boomer -- on Day 27   
    Hi, I'm Larry. I'm 59 and an individual and couples counselor and psychotherapist in Maryland. 
    I'm 5'3 and ever since I was a kid I was upset about my weight. I was a short, unathletic and "chubby" boy (this was back in the 1960s when not so many kids were overweight). When I was 18 1/2 I was 144, and after a three-week regimen I was 133. I guess I looked thin enough but I didn't see it. Once a few years later I got down to 125 or 126 and finally looked "just right," so I guess that was my ideal weight, but of course I couldn't stay there. But I hovered in the 130s and low 140s through my early and mid 20s. When I got married at 26 I lost five pounds before the wedding and weighed 141.
     
    By my late 20s I was 150. Somehow by the time I was 32 I weighed 164. I don't know when or how but by the time I was 40 I weighed 180.
     
    My wife and I had our first daughter when I was 40. About a year later I went on the Atkins Diet and shot way down, really fast, to 150 again. But I couldn't sustain living that way. Over the next 17 years (during which we had our second daughter, adopted from China, in 2000) my weight stayed between 180 and 190, sometimes climbing into the low 190s. 
     
    In 2012 my wife got me to go to Weight Watchers. It was working for me, but not so much for her. We went on the HCG diet for 21 days. After that I had trouble going back to Weight Watchers but I did once or twice. I found an old Weight Watchers booklet recently, and saw that I had gotten down to 169.6 on July 24, 2012.
     
    But then I stopped, and I had some big-time family stress, and then came fall and the holidays, and I "lost it" and was back up to 180, 185, 189, probably 193 or 194. Every time I went to my six-month checkup my doctor would tell me about my high cholesterol and pre-diabetes sugar level. It made me embarrassed to go in. 
     
    By May I knew I was out of control. That's when I started to stop eating all cakes and almost all sugar. I knew I felt awful and that every joint in my body felt like a rusty hinge. 
     
    Then my wife heard about the Whole 30. I was skeptical at first. Mostly I was afraid of being disappointed again. I was starting to believe that I would always, sooner or later, lose control and go back to a "setpoint" of 183 and look and feel like a pot-bellied old man for the rest of my life, and that I just had to accept myself that way. But underneath I was excited about doing it. 
     
    I weighed in on June 7 at 185, although truthfully I had already eliminated all dairy but yogurt and all sugar three days before. My real pre-Whole30 weight was probably closer to 189.
     
    Almost immediately after going 100% Whole30 things started changing. For one thing, suddenly fruit tasted AMAZING. Yeah, it's summer and I was for the first time buying only organic, but I've eaten in-season organic fruit before and I had NEVER had a rush like that before! (I know that I eat a little more fruit than I should, but it seems to be okay for me. And heck, it's summer!) 
     
    I LOVE and enjoy EVERYTHING I eat and cook now. (I'm the cook in the house.) I'm enjoying food so much more. I have NO cravings for anything, which amazes me. I'm calmer and more even-keel and have more energy in the afternoon. 
     
    I immediately started sleeping better. And within days, I stopped snoring. This is incredible because my wife had been terrifically upset about my snoring for the past 10 or maybe even 15 years.
     
    All you women are probably going to go "awwwwww..." right now, but honest to God, the best thing the Whole30 has done for me is to allow me to fall asleep with my arms around my wife again. It makes us feel closer and it makes her feel calmer and have better sleep. Just not being woken up by my snoring helps her sleep. That reason, and that reason ALONE, is enough for me to give up cake and cookies for the rest of my life. 
     
    The big pot that stuck out from my belly is gone. I wore "expanding waist" pants, so I haven't switched pants yet, but they're almost loose. My shirts look good on me again. My clients are noticing and I'm telling them about it. 
     
    I will report back on Tuesday with the results, and before and after pictures.
     
    I'm still not where I want to be. I'm hoping to go for a Whole100 -- that will be completed on Sept. 16 -- and I'll need support. 
     
    I'm 59, and when you're 59, if you don't treat your body right it gets old. I have, at best, only 30 more years on this planet, maybe a little more. I want to feel good. There's still so much more I want to do with my life. I want to be active and alive and totally engaged in life for as long as possible.  
     
    I am ready to accept the fact that if I keep bread and flour and sugar in my diet, I will weigh 180 pounds or more. And I'll snore. And I'll go downhill physically and mentally. That's all there is to it. 
     
    So I say, hello! Thank you, Melissa and Dallas, for creating the Whole30! Thank you all you incredible food bloggers and cooks -- given how many recipes there are, I think I could cook a delicious meal every single meal for the rest of my life and never have the same meal twice!!
     
    And hello and good luck to everyone who is embarking on this journey as well. I'd love to hear from you and about your journeys -- especially all the Boomers out there like me who are taking this on!!
     
    Salud!
  20. Like
    larryinmaryland got a reaction from GFChris in Introducing myself -- A Baby Boomer -- on Day 27   
    Hi, I'm Larry. I'm 59 and an individual and couples counselor and psychotherapist in Maryland. 
    I'm 5'3 and ever since I was a kid I was upset about my weight. I was a short, unathletic and "chubby" boy (this was back in the 1960s when not so many kids were overweight). When I was 18 1/2 I was 144, and after a three-week regimen I was 133. I guess I looked thin enough but I didn't see it. Once a few years later I got down to 125 or 126 and finally looked "just right," so I guess that was my ideal weight, but of course I couldn't stay there. But I hovered in the 130s and low 140s through my early and mid 20s. When I got married at 26 I lost five pounds before the wedding and weighed 141.
     
    By my late 20s I was 150. Somehow by the time I was 32 I weighed 164. I don't know when or how but by the time I was 40 I weighed 180.
     
    My wife and I had our first daughter when I was 40. About a year later I went on the Atkins Diet and shot way down, really fast, to 150 again. But I couldn't sustain living that way. Over the next 17 years (during which we had our second daughter, adopted from China, in 2000) my weight stayed between 180 and 190, sometimes climbing into the low 190s. 
     
    In 2012 my wife got me to go to Weight Watchers. It was working for me, but not so much for her. We went on the HCG diet for 21 days. After that I had trouble going back to Weight Watchers but I did once or twice. I found an old Weight Watchers booklet recently, and saw that I had gotten down to 169.6 on July 24, 2012.
     
    But then I stopped, and I had some big-time family stress, and then came fall and the holidays, and I "lost it" and was back up to 180, 185, 189, probably 193 or 194. Every time I went to my six-month checkup my doctor would tell me about my high cholesterol and pre-diabetes sugar level. It made me embarrassed to go in. 
     
    By May I knew I was out of control. That's when I started to stop eating all cakes and almost all sugar. I knew I felt awful and that every joint in my body felt like a rusty hinge. 
     
    Then my wife heard about the Whole 30. I was skeptical at first. Mostly I was afraid of being disappointed again. I was starting to believe that I would always, sooner or later, lose control and go back to a "setpoint" of 183 and look and feel like a pot-bellied old man for the rest of my life, and that I just had to accept myself that way. But underneath I was excited about doing it. 
     
    I weighed in on June 7 at 185, although truthfully I had already eliminated all dairy but yogurt and all sugar three days before. My real pre-Whole30 weight was probably closer to 189.
     
    Almost immediately after going 100% Whole30 things started changing. For one thing, suddenly fruit tasted AMAZING. Yeah, it's summer and I was for the first time buying only organic, but I've eaten in-season organic fruit before and I had NEVER had a rush like that before! (I know that I eat a little more fruit than I should, but it seems to be okay for me. And heck, it's summer!) 
     
    I LOVE and enjoy EVERYTHING I eat and cook now. (I'm the cook in the house.) I'm enjoying food so much more. I have NO cravings for anything, which amazes me. I'm calmer and more even-keel and have more energy in the afternoon. 
     
    I immediately started sleeping better. And within days, I stopped snoring. This is incredible because my wife had been terrifically upset about my snoring for the past 10 or maybe even 15 years.
     
    All you women are probably going to go "awwwwww..." right now, but honest to God, the best thing the Whole30 has done for me is to allow me to fall asleep with my arms around my wife again. It makes us feel closer and it makes her feel calmer and have better sleep. Just not being woken up by my snoring helps her sleep. That reason, and that reason ALONE, is enough for me to give up cake and cookies for the rest of my life. 
     
    The big pot that stuck out from my belly is gone. I wore "expanding waist" pants, so I haven't switched pants yet, but they're almost loose. My shirts look good on me again. My clients are noticing and I'm telling them about it. 
     
    I will report back on Tuesday with the results, and before and after pictures.
     
    I'm still not where I want to be. I'm hoping to go for a Whole100 -- that will be completed on Sept. 16 -- and I'll need support. 
     
    I'm 59, and when you're 59, if you don't treat your body right it gets old. I have, at best, only 30 more years on this planet, maybe a little more. I want to feel good. There's still so much more I want to do with my life. I want to be active and alive and totally engaged in life for as long as possible.  
     
    I am ready to accept the fact that if I keep bread and flour and sugar in my diet, I will weigh 180 pounds or more. And I'll snore. And I'll go downhill physically and mentally. That's all there is to it. 
     
    So I say, hello! Thank you, Melissa and Dallas, for creating the Whole30! Thank you all you incredible food bloggers and cooks -- given how many recipes there are, I think I could cook a delicious meal every single meal for the rest of my life and never have the same meal twice!!
     
    And hello and good luck to everyone who is embarking on this journey as well. I'd love to hear from you and about your journeys -- especially all the Boomers out there like me who are taking this on!!
     
    Salud!