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    smacd got a reaction from Rabbitfighter in Don't over think this.   
    Well said.
    As many of us are at different stages in the journey, what we share on here is what is working for us, and you only learn that by following the rules and paying attention to how you respond. It's amazing how plain your body/mind make it for you if you stop to listen. But you need to start with the rules....
    Good luck everyone!
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    smacd got a reaction from Rabbitfighter in Don't over think this.   
    Well said.
    As many of us are at different stages in the journey, what we share on here is what is working for us, and you only learn that by following the rules and paying attention to how you respond. It's amazing how plain your body/mind make it for you if you stop to listen. But you need to start with the rules....
    Good luck everyone!
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    smacd got a reaction from Rabbitfighter in Don't over think this.   
    Well said.
    As many of us are at different stages in the journey, what we share on here is what is working for us, and you only learn that by following the rules and paying attention to how you respond. It's amazing how plain your body/mind make it for you if you stop to listen. But you need to start with the rules....
    Good luck everyone!
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    smacd reacted to SugarcubeOD in Will I ever get it? My eating plan is so broken   
    I 100% agree with Tom that you need to find your own WholeCitymom plan. HOWEVER. That plan MAY be very strict in the sense that you KNOW you're not able to indulge without setting off a landslide that takes excessive effort to get out of.
    I say this from personal experience and I said it a bit in another post today.
    Some people are moderators... they can have a bit of something here and there (like Tom) and then get right back on the wagon. My brain unfortunately doesn't work like that. I am an abstainer. It is easier on my willpower, my sugar dragon and my psyche to be very very strict. I don't feel deprived, I don't feel like I"m missing out and most importantly, i don't feel that I am at battle all the damn time.
    The Hartwigs are firm in their conviction that it's not a Whole365 and I fully agree with this. But there isn't anything saying that if you're the type of person that thrives with regimented routine, that you can't make your WholeCitymom plan a 'version' of Whole30.
    Really think about what goes on when you 'slip' back into your old habits and then try and make changes to how you live around food to prevent that. Please also take some time to realize that the person you 'see you want to be' may not actually be a realistic way of living for you. I WISH that I was a thin, healthy woman who ate well 90% of the time and had carefree indulgences the other 10% of the time. The thing is, I"m not her, I will never be her and to continue to beat myself up until I become her is, in my opinion, abusive.
    Everyone is different and if you are the kind of person that needs a lot of structure around food, then you just work to make that work for you and your life and don't compare yourself to who you 'think' you should be...
    I hope that makes sense...
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    smacd reacted to Tom Denham in Will I ever get it? My eating plan is so broken   
    The biggest failure of the Whole30 program is the large number of participants who fail to use the Whole30 experience to develop and commit to their own personal eating plan. We see people do repeated Whole30s without ever establishing their own program. So you have a lot of company with your on/off approach.
     
    I did my Whole30 in 2010 and have never done another one. I may go for weeks at a time perfectly compliant with the Whole30 program, but I have never seriously considered doing another formal 30 days. It may be because my personal program works so well. Here is what the Tom Denham Program looks like...
     
    I work from home, so normally eat all but 3 meals per week at home. That gives me a big advantage over people who work away from home or who go out a lot because everything I cook at home is Whole30-compliant. I am a great cook and have published more than 400 Whole30-compliant recipes. I could have published another 200-300 recipes by now, but I got bored with updating my recipe blog and don't. I mention this to explain that I eat like a king even though everything I prepare meets Whole30 standards. I highly recommend committing to your personal cooking being 100 percent Whole30-compliant. And then make sure you cook really tasty food. 
     
    When I eat out, I continue to emphasize eating meat and veggies, but I eat rice in Thai restaurants, dairy in sauces, and occasionally eat a dessert if I am convinced it will be special. However, I eat large quantities of food, so usually have little room left for dessert. I never order anything sweet just to have something sweet. When I eat out, I don't ask about cooking oils, what is in sauces, etc. because nothing causes me serious problems. But I avoid pasta, bread, beans, etc. because I prefer to fill up on meat and veggies. I drank my first soda in 5 years two months ago when I stopped for food along the highway in a rural area. I might have gone another five years without drinking another one except last week I was in a town that was under a boil water advisory. I ordered a Diet Coke with my lunch. I enjoyed the coke, but I really may go another 5 years because I really like water with lemon as my beverage. 
     
    I am a rare case, but the common mistakes I see people making after a Whole30 is indulging in anything that sounds good at any time. I think you have to commit yourself to eating meat and veggies most of the time and to eat other foods only rarely. By rarely, I mean no more than once or twice per week. And those times should be reserved for occasions when it is really difficult to find anything else to eat. 
     
    I hope more people speak up on this topic because I don't think I am giving you as many ideas as would be useful.
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    smacd reacted to jcoken in I'm Back in Saddle Again   
    In March of 2014 I had major foot surgery.  Thankfully I went into the surgery in the best shape I'd been in in over a decade because I was not prepared for the pain and the very long route of physical therapy.. I'm an avid cyclist and I nearly missed the season that summer because I was in so much pain.  I was happy to complete a few rides.
     
    That August I turned 50 and began to suffer from symptoms of menopause (sorry guys) predominately a weight gain of 15 pounds around my middle I could not lose no matter how hard I tried.  That, coupled with knee and hip pain even though my foot had healed left me really unable to exercise the way I used to - weekly spin classes, crossfit, etc.  Finally this past April all of my issues were pretty much solved and I began to the hit gym again and ride 50 or more miles on my bike on the weekend.
     
    BUT even thought I was exercising regularly I still couldn't lose that weight. I could tell I was toning my body but I was bloated and uncomfortable.  I had never had a belly in my life (small waist with curvy hips) and now I did.  I just felt like my body wasn't my own.
     
    A month ago my company sent out a notice that if we wanted to join Weight Watchers they'd pay half. So I did.  In the first few weeks I lost four pounds. It was the first time I'd lost weight in over a year and a half. BUT still I could tell something was wrong because I still felt terrible.  
     
    The day after my 51st birthday I decided to get my blood tested to check for thyroid and hormone levels. There had to be a medical explanation for this weight gain right? WRONG! I talked to my Doctor on Day Three of the Whole 30 and he said there was absolutely nothing wrong with me medically.
     
    Well thank goodness I started Whole30. I'm now on Day 11 and cannot believe the change.  I have more energy. I'm no longer craving sweets.  I looked at the Unsweetneed Almond Milk I'd use each day for my morning smoothie and realized it had all kinds of preservatives and carrageen so I switched to coconut water.
     
    The most important part?  I feel like I am back in my body. I'm losing my belly. I no longer feel bloated, tired and achy. I am making sure to sleep eight hours a night AND I am exercising like I used to.
     
    There has to be some substance(s) that i am allergic to because I feel so great.  
     
    While i know the Whole30 isn't about weight loss, I am looking forward to seeing the scale at the end.  I don't plan on going back to my former eating habits.  I am allergic to diary and gluten so do not eat those on a regular basis anyway. I think the key here for me is getting rid of eating all the gluten free substitutes that were other grain based and the sugar and sugar substitutes I was  using.  I have to admit though I am looking forward to a glass of wine but we'll see.
     
    I am ecstatic at this point. I'm only Day 11 but each day I feel better and better, which gives me motivation to keep going.  I'm also so happy for your emails because without them I wouldn't have gotten through that first horrible week.
     
    Thanks Whole30 for giving me my self-esteem and confidence back.  Can't wait to see where I am by the end of the program.
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    smacd got a reaction from KarynL in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Yeah, no calorie counting, it's a slippy slope, and so lovely not to have to do it anyway. If you're not losing and you think you should, then it's time to tweak (the fun bit), and sometimes you just need to keep going and let your body do its thing. I'm convinced mine is still 'working on some stuff' and that the longer I feed it well and dial in the sleep, exercise etc, the better things are going to get.
    Does it matter what I weigh when I feel great and everything fits a little better than it did before? Absolutely not.
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    smacd got a reaction from Hutlifr in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    My tuppence worth...
    I agree with Alana. Treat this as healing your body, your food associations, and the weight loss will probably be a 'side-effect'. Once you've got the right foods dialled in, you're sleeping well and moving a little, then you can start to tweak if the weight loss isn't what you wanted. But for me, I got to this lovely magical headspace after a while that means that I'm more concerned with the health aspects than the scale. An absolute miracle!
    Good luck.
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    smacd reacted to edgymama in Starting September 1 - Who's with me?   
    My tips are as follows!
    PREPARE food for the week such as protein you can build meals around (I would do up taco meat, chicken breasts, pork, etc... then toss raw or cooked veggies with and my fats for easy peasy simplistic meals that met the template!) Figure out your favorite fat sources and have those on hand to add to each meal (for me that was avocado, black olives, green olives to always add to my meals on top of any cooking fats I used (I usually used ghee or coconut oil for cooking) Don't get caught up in preparing all sorts of new meals as this can get overwhelming and expensive, instead focus on simple and then try maybe just a couple new recipes a week as desired Expect to pop to the store at least once a week if not two or three times.... Don't be scared to EAT big meals (but make sure bulk of it is veggies), this helps with limiting snacking between and your body will start telling you when enough is enough I promise! Good luck! I am considering doing my official second whole30 in September. 
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    smacd got a reaction from KarynL in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Yeah, no calorie counting, it's a slippy slope, and so lovely not to have to do it anyway. If you're not losing and you think you should, then it's time to tweak (the fun bit), and sometimes you just need to keep going and let your body do its thing. I'm convinced mine is still 'working on some stuff' and that the longer I feed it well and dial in the sleep, exercise etc, the better things are going to get.
    Does it matter what I weigh when I feel great and everything fits a little better than it did before? Absolutely not.
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    smacd got a reaction from Hutlifr in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    My tuppence worth...
    I agree with Alana. Treat this as healing your body, your food associations, and the weight loss will probably be a 'side-effect'. Once you've got the right foods dialled in, you're sleeping well and moving a little, then you can start to tweak if the weight loss isn't what you wanted. But for me, I got to this lovely magical headspace after a while that means that I'm more concerned with the health aspects than the scale. An absolute miracle!
    Good luck.
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    smacd got a reaction from Hutlifr in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    My tuppence worth...
    I agree with Alana. Treat this as healing your body, your food associations, and the weight loss will probably be a 'side-effect'. Once you've got the right foods dialled in, you're sleeping well and moving a little, then you can start to tweak if the weight loss isn't what you wanted. But for me, I got to this lovely magical headspace after a while that means that I'm more concerned with the health aspects than the scale. An absolute miracle!
    Good luck.
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    smacd reacted to CharliMcFarli100 in Timeline twister   
    So, by way of an update, I'm approaching the last few hours of Day 30 and I definitely see it as the end of the beginning.
     
    The last 10-15 days have been relatively easy. Maybe because I had a rough start, the cosmos balanced things out for me. There were one or two occasions where I nearly ate my own elbow because we were out and about and couldn't find anywhere open that offered food I could eat. But, my elbows are happy to be intact and I am getting used to the 'I'm ok, I'm ok, I'm ok, HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!' cycle that Whole30/paleo produces. 
     
    I haven't had any cravings or weird dreams - other than the one about hiding the dead body... No, really. For some reason, I kept putting 'it' in the water, but the tidal system kept brining it back. Maybe that has something to do with food cravings and doing the wrong thing doesn't end well...?? 
     
    I'm enjoying my food and my energy levels are high. I'm back on the treadmill after the flu I had before starting Whole30 and have gone from 2k to 3.5k in around 5-6 runs. 3.5k is the furthest I've run and it feels good!
     
    Could I put hand on heart and say I've avoided 100% of what I should have. No. But then, so much of the food we buy is loaded with nasties. But my best endeavours mean I feel better, my psoriasis has cleared and my clothes fit much better. In fact, some are loose!
     
    I do wonder how I would have coped with Whole30 if I'd been working full time and commuting. I doubt it would have gone well, as I think the programme asks for an investment in yourself, your food and the thought process around it all. In a way, it's helped me re-assess a few priorities. I don't want to be cramming a sandwich because I haven't got time to make/find anything else. The message that food either makes you healthy or unhealthy has really stuck with me. I think for some who want perfect health, the perfect body, etc., there is a belief the answer lies somewhere much more complex. And I know for many, their circumstances are difficult because of medical or emotional issues. But it really is simple. Think about what you're eating and jump around to keep your bones and body strong.
     
    Now I get to stop counting the days and just keep on keeping on. Hurrah!
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    smacd got a reaction from CharliMcFarli100 in Timeline twister   
    CharliMcFarli100
     
    Keep us posted on the second half? And as far as those crazy dreams go, RDJ is starring in mine so not free to appear in yours. Sorry. Not sorry. 
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    smacd reacted to ladyshanny in Newbie: Trying not to focus on weight loss...   
    Regarding the "process of healing" thing.  In the last 7 months of doing nothing but eat template meals in proper portions for my body, 2 Whole30's, very minimal offroading, I have noticed a huge difference in my hormones.  I had some weird stuff going on surrounding my period; menstrual migraines, excessive pain/flow, major mid-month spotting (like a second period). I also had next to no sex drive. Without doing anything besides alter the way I eat, it all slowly started to improve.  First the migraines went away to the point that now I don't even have a twinge.  Then the excessive pain and extremely heavy flow tapered off to what I think is normal.  And finally, 7 months later, I'm watching the mid-month nonsense start to clear up.  And I have a sex drive again!  It's not like it used to be yet but it's there!  
     
    I guess what I'm trying to say is that the healing process is slow.  In these 7 months I haven't lost a pound.  At first I was extremely irritated about that.....but then I think about how much work my body has been going through to fix a fundamental problem and perhaps weight loss just isn't the priority for my body that it is for my mind.  Fair enough, body, fair enough.  
     
    I also look differently on the exhausted days or the super hungry days now and think, "Hmmm, maybe I just had a "healing breakthrough" and I need more rest and more fuel to recover from whatever work my body just did.".
     
    Eat food.  In proper portions to nourish your body.  Try to balance your meals (and snacks if needed) to our guidelines because that gives your body the absolute best possible environment in order to concentrate on healing rather than spending its time dealing with blood sugar spikes or food restriction.
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    smacd reacted to Carlaccini in Newbie: Trying not to focus on weight loss...   
    Okay - your meal 1 is too small.  You need more protein - when eggs are your main protein source it should be the number of eggs you can hold in one hand.  For most people that's at least 3 to 4.
     
    Secondly - I see nothing about fat.  Fat is very important to keep you satiated for 4 to 5 hours.  Yes, eggs do contain some fat in them, but don't be scared to experiment if you are feeling hungry in between meal 1 and meal 2.
     
    Thirdly - if you are honestly, true blue hungry - then EAT!  The mental test that you should do is:  Am I hungry enough to eat something really bland like steamed fish and broccoli?  If so then eat.  Eat a mini template sized meal - so protein, veg and fat.  Do not eat: out of boredom, or just because you always have a snack.  Avoid snacking on fruits, nuts, or nut butters.   It might take some time to get used to, but try to aim for meals that keep you satiated for 4-5 hours.
     
    Best of luck!
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    smacd reacted to Loulabelle in Newbie: Trying not to focus on weight loss...   
    I'm one of the 7% who didn't lose any weight but I got so much more out of W30 than the number on the scale. I feel so much better for it and even though the kg's didn't come off I still lost cm's. It is so worth doing this for all the other benefits so stick with it and see what happens for you.
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    smacd reacted to Carlaccini in Newbie: Trying not to focus on weight loss...   
    Hey Nicole,
     
    3 years ago I had one of the worst migraines ever in my life.  I was tired all-the-time, depressed a good amount of time, in pain a good amount of the time because of a autoimmune skin condition. And I was about 70lbs overweight (I'm guessing here as I was scared to step onto a scale).  I was being told that I could do nothing about the migraines - just take painkillers that basically knocked me out.  Depression - this was undiagnosed - but I know I was.  The autoimmune skin condition - was basically another thing that I had to "live with".  So yes I've been there.
     
    I was so fed up at this point that I really didn't know what to do.  I knew "dieting" wasn't the answer.  But getting healthy was.  The logic in my brain has always been:  Get yourself healthy - then the weight will come.
     
    The whole 30 is so completely about that.  If you stick to the recommended template meals - learn to listen to your body's cues - then there should be no issues.  Focus on the healthy bit FIRST.  The weight loss - meh - it's a nice side effect.  Trust me - after my first whole 30 - I felt better than I had ever in my life.  That was so much more worth it than the 6lbs I lost. 
     
    Something to keep in mind - If you come from a background of years of disordered eating habits - your body might take a longer time to heal than just 30 days. Be patient with the process.  Because yes - it is a process.  And your body takes time to heal.  So please do not come into the whole 30 with high expectations.  You a better off to come into this - it's just 30 days - what have I got to lose?  Everything else has failed me at this point - so REALLY what do I have to lose?
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    smacd reacted to Hannlib in Non-stop Snacking! Thoughts?   
    Yes this. Not snacking is a whole 30 rule for me, just like no dairy, no grains etc. For me it's about mindfulness rather than overeating but I know I'm not hungry between meals.
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    smacd reacted to Allijae in Timeline twister   
     
    I enjoy reading others timelines. I also just finished my 30 days yesterday. You got this! I totally relate to your day 4&5. Mine happened a bit later. But spicing up your recipes is important. AND the realizations that sugar is is EVERYTHING is also a great "aha" moment! I think that was the biggest change for me was just a general awareness of what is in the foods I'm eating.
     
    Keep up the good work. You already got through some of the hardest parts (the out to eat part, especially!) 
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    smacd reacted to CharliMcFarli100 in Timeline twister   
    smacd - can I have Daniel Craig then?
     
    Michelleva - congrats on completing the Whole30! 
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    smacd reacted to Michelleva in Timeline twister   
    Well done on surviving the first half. I can't wait to hear how your second half goes.
     
    My daughter and I are officially at the end of day 30 tonight. We did exceptionally well, and feel amazing.
     
    I did have a couple of dreams, which was strange because I've never dreamt about food in my life. The first one was in the first week, and I ate the biggest slice of cream cake, with zero guilt. Then I talked my daughter into having a piece. Neither of us like cream cake in real life, so that was strange.
     
    Then around the second week, I dreamt that someone gave me a block of chocolate and before I could even think about a square appeared in my mouth.. oops.. then I screamed out NOOOOO!!! and spat it out.
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    smacd got a reaction from CharliMcFarli100 in Timeline twister   
    CharliMcFarli100
     
    Keep us posted on the second half? And as far as those crazy dreams go, RDJ is starring in mine so not free to appear in yours. Sorry. Not sorry. 
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    smacd reacted to FrazzledEnds in Bonus Benefit - SKINNY JEANS!   
    Today is day 21 for me.  I have to share that days 18 - 20 have been really rough.  OK, that description is far too rosy.  I have been a wild, hungry GRIZZLY bear who was rudely woken from hibernation only to find out that my honey has been stolen.  Someone must pay a terrible price... heads are going to roll!  (This should be in all caps, however I believe it would be too distracting to read it that way) 
     
    Sure I am starting to feel some of the benefits of eating healthy foods (better sleep, my skin is beginning to clear up and I am able to focus at work and home) but I haven't been feeling "happy" and I certainly don't bounce out of bed in the morning singing The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music.  I have been reading success stories of people who are both currently on the journey and have completed the Whole 30.  I am both inspired and feeling left behind.  This adds fuel to my grizzly demeanor. 
     
    This morning as I was getting dressed I noticed my skinny jeans.  You know - the jeans purchased as a splurge and worn when you were feeling AMAZING and had a really great time in.  The same jeans that you simply can't give to the consignment store or your favorite charity.  These jeans have somehow become a part of you (much the same way as vacation pictures of past adventures). So, there they were; my skinny jeans.  We stared at each other (yes, now they have their own persona) for several looong minutes.  I declared out loud to the jeans "OH What the Hell; Why Not?"  I grabbed the jeans and jerked them off the shelf, ready for battle. 
    One foot down to the bottom - "hump" I snorted. 
     
    Second foot down to the bottomed of the pants without great resistance- "Well the hard part is yet to come", I announced to the jeans.
     
    Up over the hips - "WHAT????" I was now confused
     
    Now, the true test: the dreaded ZIPPER! I don't know about you, but I have gotten past this part before using universal tricks such as the Mega Suck in your Gut or the popular Lay on the Bed or even the trick of just wear them on my body for a few minutes until they 'relax' a bit then try to fight the zipper.
     
    Here goes: 1, 2, 3 (close my eyes) and the faint sound of the zipper engaging is heard. 
     
    HOLY GUACAMOLE! And other exclamations that are not appropriate for my young sons to hear. And another thing - no crazy overlapping muffin top.  I ran to the mirror to make sure there is not a giant rip down the backside allowing my overflow to well, flow.  It appears I am in my skinny jeans without them feeling like compression pants. 
     
    Speechless.  Wonder. A feeling of "happiness"!
     
    You can keep my honey.  This grizzly bear is going shopping for veggies in my SKINNY JEANS! BOOYAH!
     
    -FrazzledEnds
     
     
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    smacd reacted to leaann5 in Lea's 30 Day Victory   
    When I started my journey I read a few of these sucess stories for inspiration, and my goal was to get through those 30 days myself, so I could write one of my own. Well, here I am!!!
    I want to start this by saying that I'm 47 years old, 80 pounds overweight, a mom of three and this is the first food related goal that I've ever reached in my entire life, so I'm so stinking proud of myself!
    I've accomplished a lot in my life, but when it came to what I put in my mouth, I fell short every time. The feeling of accomplishment that I have right now is amazing!
    Along with that over the past 30 days I've
    1. tried new foods and flavor combinations
    2. mastered the art of homemade mayo and ghee
    3. stepped outside my comfort zone and started yoga and zumba classes
    4. worn some clothes I couldn't previously fit into
    5. lost 1.25" off my bust., 3" off my ribcage, 2.5" off my waist, 3" off my stomach, 1.75" off my rear, 0.5 "off my thigh, .75" off my arm
    6. felt less stress at work and home
    7. had more clarity (even coworkers noticed it)
    8. better sleep (I sleep through the night. No 2:00 a.m. waking)
    9. less night sweats ( I just realized that this week)
    10. great reduction in pms symptoms
    11. have finally discovered what it feels like to be stronger than the box of donuts
    I realize that some of my progress can also be attributed to the regular exercise I've been getting, but, it starts with food, right? I really feel like I've been fueling my body these last 30 days, not just feeding it.
    My plan now is to stick with the template and keep eating clean. The next time my daughter makes chocolate chip cookies, I might have one...or not. My choice, right?
    I'm going grocery shopping today, and while I'm out I'm buying myself a treat - a bright pink pair of yoga pants that I'm ready to rock!