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    LJG got a reaction from paleo_xfit_momma in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Greetings and welcome to what I hope can become a central place for people who started on 1/1/13 to share experiences/questions/successes. I see that there are numerous people who started 1/1/13, but no central thread for us to gather. So we will see if this thread takes off.
    This is actually my 2nd whole 30. I did one back in September that actually lasted around 45 days. I have never in my life felt as good as I did after about 10 days in. I originally embarked on the whole 30 to ease some joint pain in my hips so I could run painlessly again. During the whole 30, the relief was so minor each day that I didn't notice the difference UNTIL the holidays hit and I gave way to wine and desserts. Even though at the time I didn't see the relief in my joints, the other benefits I saw way more than compensated for changing my eating. I historically woke up about 5-7 times a night. I was an awful sleeper my entire life, sleeping with ear plugs and and eye mask from high school on (I am now 40). After about 10 days in to my last whole 30, I actually slept through the night for the first time in my life. While I used to lie awake for hours before finally falling into a restless sleep, by the end of the whole 30, I was able to sleep without ear plugs. Even after adding sugar back in over the holidays, I still slept better (not as well, but better than before) and still haven't needed to use my ear plugs or eye mask.
    I also effortlessly lost about 12 pounds during those 45 days. While I used to be an avid exerciser, I pretty much gave up focused activity (still played a lot with my kids) in order to see if I could ease my joint pain. I saw a VISIBLE difference in the quality of my skin on my legs (less cellulite) after a week or so and my belly totally flattened. Even when I lost weight after my babies (50 lbs), I still never saw such a visible difference. I have never felt so fantastic. I was also a slave to the scale and while I can't say I followed the rule of not stepping on the scale during my first whole 30, I am totally following that rule this go-round. By the end of my whole 30, I was able to banish the scale and still don't get on it very often.
    I think the absolute best thing about doing the last whole 30 was getting rid of my additction to sugar (although I learned after eating it again, the addiction came back pretty quickly). It was such a relief to not have thoughts of sweets occupying my brain all day at work. It allowed me to focus on other things and as crazy as it sounds, freed up so much brain time!
    I have been looking forward to feeling awesome again and can't wait for all the first timers out there to be able to experience the life changing days ahead. You can do it! It is really not that hard. You will have difficult moments, but keep the end in mind. You owe it to yourself to see what can happen in 30 days. In the greater scheme of things, it is only a month. I totally went into my first whole 30 thinking it was just a 30 day experience. Now I know much too well how awesome I can feel so it really has revolutionized my life. I have not added back any grain or dairy - I don't miss it at all! But sugar is something I will have to watch my entire life. But it is worth it!
    Good luck to all and I hope you have an AMAZING day 2!!!!
    Laurie
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    LJG got a reaction from paleo_xfit_momma in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Greetings and welcome to what I hope can become a central place for people who started on 1/1/13 to share experiences/questions/successes. I see that there are numerous people who started 1/1/13, but no central thread for us to gather. So we will see if this thread takes off.
    This is actually my 2nd whole 30. I did one back in September that actually lasted around 45 days. I have never in my life felt as good as I did after about 10 days in. I originally embarked on the whole 30 to ease some joint pain in my hips so I could run painlessly again. During the whole 30, the relief was so minor each day that I didn't notice the difference UNTIL the holidays hit and I gave way to wine and desserts. Even though at the time I didn't see the relief in my joints, the other benefits I saw way more than compensated for changing my eating. I historically woke up about 5-7 times a night. I was an awful sleeper my entire life, sleeping with ear plugs and and eye mask from high school on (I am now 40). After about 10 days in to my last whole 30, I actually slept through the night for the first time in my life. While I used to lie awake for hours before finally falling into a restless sleep, by the end of the whole 30, I was able to sleep without ear plugs. Even after adding sugar back in over the holidays, I still slept better (not as well, but better than before) and still haven't needed to use my ear plugs or eye mask.
    I also effortlessly lost about 12 pounds during those 45 days. While I used to be an avid exerciser, I pretty much gave up focused activity (still played a lot with my kids) in order to see if I could ease my joint pain. I saw a VISIBLE difference in the quality of my skin on my legs (less cellulite) after a week or so and my belly totally flattened. Even when I lost weight after my babies (50 lbs), I still never saw such a visible difference. I have never felt so fantastic. I was also a slave to the scale and while I can't say I followed the rule of not stepping on the scale during my first whole 30, I am totally following that rule this go-round. By the end of my whole 30, I was able to banish the scale and still don't get on it very often.
    I think the absolute best thing about doing the last whole 30 was getting rid of my additction to sugar (although I learned after eating it again, the addiction came back pretty quickly). It was such a relief to not have thoughts of sweets occupying my brain all day at work. It allowed me to focus on other things and as crazy as it sounds, freed up so much brain time!
    I have been looking forward to feeling awesome again and can't wait for all the first timers out there to be able to experience the life changing days ahead. You can do it! It is really not that hard. You will have difficult moments, but keep the end in mind. You owe it to yourself to see what can happen in 30 days. In the greater scheme of things, it is only a month. I totally went into my first whole 30 thinking it was just a 30 day experience. Now I know much too well how awesome I can feel so it really has revolutionized my life. I have not added back any grain or dairy - I don't miss it at all! But sugar is something I will have to watch my entire life. But it is worth it!
    Good luck to all and I hope you have an AMAZING day 2!!!!
    Laurie
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    LJG got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    So glad to see so many of us are still going strong on Day 9! I am still waiting for the amazing sleep to kick in for me. I have finally stopped getting up every hour to use the bathroom, but I have still been having very vivid dreams (not necessarily about food) and doing a lot of tossing and turning. I have seen a lot of posts about the well fed book so I am very interested in getting my hands on it. I have a few Paleo cookbooks and do use the recipes from the website a lot, but since I have read such positive feedback, I feel like I should give it a read The thing I am most proud of this go-round (this is my 2nd whole 30, the first one finished in October) is that I have yet to get on the scale. I did pre-weigh, took measurements, and took photos, but I have not weighed myself since. This is a huge accomplishment for me!
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    LJG reacted to Brian Wahl in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hey all! I've been doing my first Whole30 with a friend - started on Jan 1. Looking forward to reading through this thread. Here's how my first week went down:
    Cheating
    My weakness has always been binging and cheating. I can get amped up about starting a new lifestyle like anybody, but I seem to give in to temptation quickly. Not cheating once in a week is actually pretty rare for me (and sad that I have such little willpower...).
    Hunger
    I've had a few occasions where I went a while without food - once for about 9 hours. I've eaten Paleo before, and what I experienced then is the same as now - the crazy hunger isn't really there. I more felt like I was just starting to shut down, and as soon as I ate, the energy came back.
    Cooking
    I haven't tried this many new recipes in one week in a long time. Some were great - others not so much. I do like to cook, but I'm not so great at it. That's going to have to change. Favorite foods eaten this week:
    Steak (Ribeye) and sweet potato
    Sausage and Sweet potato frittata
    Creamy Chicken Tomato Soup

    Sleep
    I've been getting up early to work out (doing Crossfit) in the mornings, which is totally opposite from my past sleeping habits. I'm having a hard time sleeping well. Going to bed on time is hard, and I've been pretty restless for at least a few of the past 7 nights.
    Workouts
    Back to doing Crossfit. I love Crossfit, but it's hard. I'm finally starting to feel like I'm getting back into shape. I just keep looking forward to getting better and better. Also - working out in the mornings is a shock to my body.
    What I miss the most
    Cravings haven't really been all that bad, but I really, really miss having cream and splenda in my coffee. Coffee with coconut milk isn't my favorite thing in the world - not at all.
    I'd also love an all-out gorging at a good Mexican restaurant. Chips and salsa, fajitas, rice, beans, and ice cream. I'd love it, but I don't have to have it.
    BTW - a bit about me. I'm 33, and I'm a worship leader in Durham, NC. I played football in college, and ever since I've tried to stay active, but I've gone up and down a lot. Hoping to get into the best shape of my life - even better than when I was playing football about 10 years ago.
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    LJG got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    So glad to see so many of us are still going strong on Day 9! I am still waiting for the amazing sleep to kick in for me. I have finally stopped getting up every hour to use the bathroom, but I have still been having very vivid dreams (not necessarily about food) and doing a lot of tossing and turning. I have seen a lot of posts about the well fed book so I am very interested in getting my hands on it. I have a few Paleo cookbooks and do use the recipes from the website a lot, but since I have read such positive feedback, I feel like I should give it a read The thing I am most proud of this go-round (this is my 2nd whole 30, the first one finished in October) is that I have yet to get on the scale. I did pre-weigh, took measurements, and took photos, but I have not weighed myself since. This is a huge accomplishment for me!
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    LJG got a reaction from paleo_xfit_momma in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Greetings and welcome to what I hope can become a central place for people who started on 1/1/13 to share experiences/questions/successes. I see that there are numerous people who started 1/1/13, but no central thread for us to gather. So we will see if this thread takes off.
    This is actually my 2nd whole 30. I did one back in September that actually lasted around 45 days. I have never in my life felt as good as I did after about 10 days in. I originally embarked on the whole 30 to ease some joint pain in my hips so I could run painlessly again. During the whole 30, the relief was so minor each day that I didn't notice the difference UNTIL the holidays hit and I gave way to wine and desserts. Even though at the time I didn't see the relief in my joints, the other benefits I saw way more than compensated for changing my eating. I historically woke up about 5-7 times a night. I was an awful sleeper my entire life, sleeping with ear plugs and and eye mask from high school on (I am now 40). After about 10 days in to my last whole 30, I actually slept through the night for the first time in my life. While I used to lie awake for hours before finally falling into a restless sleep, by the end of the whole 30, I was able to sleep without ear plugs. Even after adding sugar back in over the holidays, I still slept better (not as well, but better than before) and still haven't needed to use my ear plugs or eye mask.
    I also effortlessly lost about 12 pounds during those 45 days. While I used to be an avid exerciser, I pretty much gave up focused activity (still played a lot with my kids) in order to see if I could ease my joint pain. I saw a VISIBLE difference in the quality of my skin on my legs (less cellulite) after a week or so and my belly totally flattened. Even when I lost weight after my babies (50 lbs), I still never saw such a visible difference. I have never felt so fantastic. I was also a slave to the scale and while I can't say I followed the rule of not stepping on the scale during my first whole 30, I am totally following that rule this go-round. By the end of my whole 30, I was able to banish the scale and still don't get on it very often.
    I think the absolute best thing about doing the last whole 30 was getting rid of my additction to sugar (although I learned after eating it again, the addiction came back pretty quickly). It was such a relief to not have thoughts of sweets occupying my brain all day at work. It allowed me to focus on other things and as crazy as it sounds, freed up so much brain time!
    I have been looking forward to feeling awesome again and can't wait for all the first timers out there to be able to experience the life changing days ahead. You can do it! It is really not that hard. You will have difficult moments, but keep the end in mind. You owe it to yourself to see what can happen in 30 days. In the greater scheme of things, it is only a month. I totally went into my first whole 30 thinking it was just a 30 day experience. Now I know much too well how awesome I can feel so it really has revolutionized my life. I have not added back any grain or dairy - I don't miss it at all! But sugar is something I will have to watch my entire life. But it is worth it!
    Good luck to all and I hope you have an AMAZING day 2!!!!
    Laurie
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    LJG got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    So glad to see so many of us are still going strong on Day 9! I am still waiting for the amazing sleep to kick in for me. I have finally stopped getting up every hour to use the bathroom, but I have still been having very vivid dreams (not necessarily about food) and doing a lot of tossing and turning. I have seen a lot of posts about the well fed book so I am very interested in getting my hands on it. I have a few Paleo cookbooks and do use the recipes from the website a lot, but since I have read such positive feedback, I feel like I should give it a read The thing I am most proud of this go-round (this is my 2nd whole 30, the first one finished in October) is that I have yet to get on the scale. I did pre-weigh, took measurements, and took photos, but I have not weighed myself since. This is a huge accomplishment for me!
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    LJG reacted to jmarnold30 in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Something told me to start backing off of my insulin yesterday so I did...good thing because my fasting this morning was 85! 85!! Yeah, I am pumped. Though I am nauseated and jittery (going to take a while for my body to realize that 85 is normal), I am also ecstatic. Going to back down more tonight because I don't want to have to fight a low with glucose tabs as they are definitely not on my approved list of things to eat, dontcha know
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    LJG reacted to hilarydanette in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Well, it is the end of Day 5 and I am shocked and amazed that I've made it 5 days without dairy. Holy cow!
    For me Days 2-4 were really hard. I had an intense migraine and had to go in to see my doctor. My blood pressure is normally 112/78, but on days 3 and 4 it was between 130/104 and 128/90. The doctor thinks it is from the pain of the migraine. I am to go back in on Monday and have my bp checked again. But, the point that I am trying to make here is that after the migraine passed, at the end of day 4, I had this amazing surge of energy. I mean, whoa! It was pretty intense. I cleaned the house hardcore from about 6-11pm. Considering I only got 5 hours of sleep last night, I was pretty energetic today as well. I am looking forward to seeing how I feel in another week. Also, I am hoping to see a reduction in migraines (and weight and my cholesterol).
    -Hilary
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    LJG got a reaction from paleo_xfit_momma in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Greetings and welcome to what I hope can become a central place for people who started on 1/1/13 to share experiences/questions/successes. I see that there are numerous people who started 1/1/13, but no central thread for us to gather. So we will see if this thread takes off.
    This is actually my 2nd whole 30. I did one back in September that actually lasted around 45 days. I have never in my life felt as good as I did after about 10 days in. I originally embarked on the whole 30 to ease some joint pain in my hips so I could run painlessly again. During the whole 30, the relief was so minor each day that I didn't notice the difference UNTIL the holidays hit and I gave way to wine and desserts. Even though at the time I didn't see the relief in my joints, the other benefits I saw way more than compensated for changing my eating. I historically woke up about 5-7 times a night. I was an awful sleeper my entire life, sleeping with ear plugs and and eye mask from high school on (I am now 40). After about 10 days in to my last whole 30, I actually slept through the night for the first time in my life. While I used to lie awake for hours before finally falling into a restless sleep, by the end of the whole 30, I was able to sleep without ear plugs. Even after adding sugar back in over the holidays, I still slept better (not as well, but better than before) and still haven't needed to use my ear plugs or eye mask.
    I also effortlessly lost about 12 pounds during those 45 days. While I used to be an avid exerciser, I pretty much gave up focused activity (still played a lot with my kids) in order to see if I could ease my joint pain. I saw a VISIBLE difference in the quality of my skin on my legs (less cellulite) after a week or so and my belly totally flattened. Even when I lost weight after my babies (50 lbs), I still never saw such a visible difference. I have never felt so fantastic. I was also a slave to the scale and while I can't say I followed the rule of not stepping on the scale during my first whole 30, I am totally following that rule this go-round. By the end of my whole 30, I was able to banish the scale and still don't get on it very often.
    I think the absolute best thing about doing the last whole 30 was getting rid of my additction to sugar (although I learned after eating it again, the addiction came back pretty quickly). It was such a relief to not have thoughts of sweets occupying my brain all day at work. It allowed me to focus on other things and as crazy as it sounds, freed up so much brain time!
    I have been looking forward to feeling awesome again and can't wait for all the first timers out there to be able to experience the life changing days ahead. You can do it! It is really not that hard. You will have difficult moments, but keep the end in mind. You owe it to yourself to see what can happen in 30 days. In the greater scheme of things, it is only a month. I totally went into my first whole 30 thinking it was just a 30 day experience. Now I know much too well how awesome I can feel so it really has revolutionized my life. I have not added back any grain or dairy - I don't miss it at all! But sugar is something I will have to watch my entire life. But it is worth it!
    Good luck to all and I hope you have an AMAZING day 2!!!!
    Laurie
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    LJG got a reaction from paleo_xfit_momma in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Greetings and welcome to what I hope can become a central place for people who started on 1/1/13 to share experiences/questions/successes. I see that there are numerous people who started 1/1/13, but no central thread for us to gather. So we will see if this thread takes off.
    This is actually my 2nd whole 30. I did one back in September that actually lasted around 45 days. I have never in my life felt as good as I did after about 10 days in. I originally embarked on the whole 30 to ease some joint pain in my hips so I could run painlessly again. During the whole 30, the relief was so minor each day that I didn't notice the difference UNTIL the holidays hit and I gave way to wine and desserts. Even though at the time I didn't see the relief in my joints, the other benefits I saw way more than compensated for changing my eating. I historically woke up about 5-7 times a night. I was an awful sleeper my entire life, sleeping with ear plugs and and eye mask from high school on (I am now 40). After about 10 days in to my last whole 30, I actually slept through the night for the first time in my life. While I used to lie awake for hours before finally falling into a restless sleep, by the end of the whole 30, I was able to sleep without ear plugs. Even after adding sugar back in over the holidays, I still slept better (not as well, but better than before) and still haven't needed to use my ear plugs or eye mask.
    I also effortlessly lost about 12 pounds during those 45 days. While I used to be an avid exerciser, I pretty much gave up focused activity (still played a lot with my kids) in order to see if I could ease my joint pain. I saw a VISIBLE difference in the quality of my skin on my legs (less cellulite) after a week or so and my belly totally flattened. Even when I lost weight after my babies (50 lbs), I still never saw such a visible difference. I have never felt so fantastic. I was also a slave to the scale and while I can't say I followed the rule of not stepping on the scale during my first whole 30, I am totally following that rule this go-round. By the end of my whole 30, I was able to banish the scale and still don't get on it very often.
    I think the absolute best thing about doing the last whole 30 was getting rid of my additction to sugar (although I learned after eating it again, the addiction came back pretty quickly). It was such a relief to not have thoughts of sweets occupying my brain all day at work. It allowed me to focus on other things and as crazy as it sounds, freed up so much brain time!
    I have been looking forward to feeling awesome again and can't wait for all the first timers out there to be able to experience the life changing days ahead. You can do it! It is really not that hard. You will have difficult moments, but keep the end in mind. You owe it to yourself to see what can happen in 30 days. In the greater scheme of things, it is only a month. I totally went into my first whole 30 thinking it was just a 30 day experience. Now I know much too well how awesome I can feel so it really has revolutionized my life. I have not added back any grain or dairy - I don't miss it at all! But sugar is something I will have to watch my entire life. But it is worth it!
    Good luck to all and I hope you have an AMAZING day 2!!!!
    Laurie
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    LJG got a reaction from paleo_xfit_momma in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Greetings and welcome to what I hope can become a central place for people who started on 1/1/13 to share experiences/questions/successes. I see that there are numerous people who started 1/1/13, but no central thread for us to gather. So we will see if this thread takes off.
    This is actually my 2nd whole 30. I did one back in September that actually lasted around 45 days. I have never in my life felt as good as I did after about 10 days in. I originally embarked on the whole 30 to ease some joint pain in my hips so I could run painlessly again. During the whole 30, the relief was so minor each day that I didn't notice the difference UNTIL the holidays hit and I gave way to wine and desserts. Even though at the time I didn't see the relief in my joints, the other benefits I saw way more than compensated for changing my eating. I historically woke up about 5-7 times a night. I was an awful sleeper my entire life, sleeping with ear plugs and and eye mask from high school on (I am now 40). After about 10 days in to my last whole 30, I actually slept through the night for the first time in my life. While I used to lie awake for hours before finally falling into a restless sleep, by the end of the whole 30, I was able to sleep without ear plugs. Even after adding sugar back in over the holidays, I still slept better (not as well, but better than before) and still haven't needed to use my ear plugs or eye mask.
    I also effortlessly lost about 12 pounds during those 45 days. While I used to be an avid exerciser, I pretty much gave up focused activity (still played a lot with my kids) in order to see if I could ease my joint pain. I saw a VISIBLE difference in the quality of my skin on my legs (less cellulite) after a week or so and my belly totally flattened. Even when I lost weight after my babies (50 lbs), I still never saw such a visible difference. I have never felt so fantastic. I was also a slave to the scale and while I can't say I followed the rule of not stepping on the scale during my first whole 30, I am totally following that rule this go-round. By the end of my whole 30, I was able to banish the scale and still don't get on it very often.
    I think the absolute best thing about doing the last whole 30 was getting rid of my additction to sugar (although I learned after eating it again, the addiction came back pretty quickly). It was such a relief to not have thoughts of sweets occupying my brain all day at work. It allowed me to focus on other things and as crazy as it sounds, freed up so much brain time!
    I have been looking forward to feeling awesome again and can't wait for all the first timers out there to be able to experience the life changing days ahead. You can do it! It is really not that hard. You will have difficult moments, but keep the end in mind. You owe it to yourself to see what can happen in 30 days. In the greater scheme of things, it is only a month. I totally went into my first whole 30 thinking it was just a 30 day experience. Now I know much too well how awesome I can feel so it really has revolutionized my life. I have not added back any grain or dairy - I don't miss it at all! But sugar is something I will have to watch my entire life. But it is worth it!
    Good luck to all and I hope you have an AMAZING day 2!!!!
    Laurie
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    LJG got a reaction from paleo_xfit_momma in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Greetings and welcome to what I hope can become a central place for people who started on 1/1/13 to share experiences/questions/successes. I see that there are numerous people who started 1/1/13, but no central thread for us to gather. So we will see if this thread takes off.
    This is actually my 2nd whole 30. I did one back in September that actually lasted around 45 days. I have never in my life felt as good as I did after about 10 days in. I originally embarked on the whole 30 to ease some joint pain in my hips so I could run painlessly again. During the whole 30, the relief was so minor each day that I didn't notice the difference UNTIL the holidays hit and I gave way to wine and desserts. Even though at the time I didn't see the relief in my joints, the other benefits I saw way more than compensated for changing my eating. I historically woke up about 5-7 times a night. I was an awful sleeper my entire life, sleeping with ear plugs and and eye mask from high school on (I am now 40). After about 10 days in to my last whole 30, I actually slept through the night for the first time in my life. While I used to lie awake for hours before finally falling into a restless sleep, by the end of the whole 30, I was able to sleep without ear plugs. Even after adding sugar back in over the holidays, I still slept better (not as well, but better than before) and still haven't needed to use my ear plugs or eye mask.
    I also effortlessly lost about 12 pounds during those 45 days. While I used to be an avid exerciser, I pretty much gave up focused activity (still played a lot with my kids) in order to see if I could ease my joint pain. I saw a VISIBLE difference in the quality of my skin on my legs (less cellulite) after a week or so and my belly totally flattened. Even when I lost weight after my babies (50 lbs), I still never saw such a visible difference. I have never felt so fantastic. I was also a slave to the scale and while I can't say I followed the rule of not stepping on the scale during my first whole 30, I am totally following that rule this go-round. By the end of my whole 30, I was able to banish the scale and still don't get on it very often.
    I think the absolute best thing about doing the last whole 30 was getting rid of my additction to sugar (although I learned after eating it again, the addiction came back pretty quickly). It was such a relief to not have thoughts of sweets occupying my brain all day at work. It allowed me to focus on other things and as crazy as it sounds, freed up so much brain time!
    I have been looking forward to feeling awesome again and can't wait for all the first timers out there to be able to experience the life changing days ahead. You can do it! It is really not that hard. You will have difficult moments, but keep the end in mind. You owe it to yourself to see what can happen in 30 days. In the greater scheme of things, it is only a month. I totally went into my first whole 30 thinking it was just a 30 day experience. Now I know much too well how awesome I can feel so it really has revolutionized my life. I have not added back any grain or dairy - I don't miss it at all! But sugar is something I will have to watch my entire life. But it is worth it!
    Good luck to all and I hope you have an AMAZING day 2!!!!
    Laurie
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    LJG reacted to Hilary Morris Halford in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    My husband and I started on the 1st as well and are doing really great. We've done paleo for almost a year but never super strict, so this is a little bit of a change for us. No cheating on the weekends will be difficult, but so worth it. I almost kissed the Fedex guy today as he delivered our bacon and sausage from US wellness meats.
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    LJG reacted to CupcakeNinja in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hello everyone!! I, too, started on the 1st, along with my boyfriend, and I'm so glad to read on here that I'm not the only one who is exhausted and achy! I'm on board to help clear up my miscellaneous digestive ailments that I feel like I have always had, even when I was vegetarian (10 years) and vegan (1 year), as well as to kick my sugar/carb habit, to lose some of this pesky belly fat, and to have more energy! I work at a fairly sedentary job, and I started wearing a pedometer to track my walking trends a few weeks ago - things are not good - I'm at about 7-8000 steps a day! And I walk to work! Shockingly terrible results.
    My boyfriend is doing the Whole 30 for a different reason - he's a type 1 diabetic, and while he also wants to lose weight and feel better overall, we believe this will get his blood sugar under control, based on the test days we did in December.
    So, happy Day 3, everyone! I have a terrible stomachache at the moment.
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    LJG reacted to SassieM in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hi Tarnie,
    I have done this..and as I am in Australia, I wake up each morning to the previous days mail..and I am finding this really works because it sets me up each day to tick off the success of the day before and really motivates me..I am really just 12 hours ahead! Good luck :-)
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    LJG reacted to dudeascending in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hi all! This is my first Whole30. I started on 1/1/13, but just registered for the forum so I could get support and keep track here. I'm hoping to lose some weight--I'm probably 15-20 lbs. over my ideal--and, less superficially, have more energy and reduce my stress and anxiety.
    I've been pretty good about eating whole foods for a few years, but my diet definitely included tons of dairy, grains, and alcohol. I'm really missing my wine and whiskey!
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    LJG got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Welcome to day 3!!!! I have been waking up every hour or so the last 2 nights to use the restroom. The good news is I recall this stage from last time around and know that it will pass very soon and I will soon be seeing the best sleep of my life. Everyone has such great drive and determination. I am sure we can do this together!
    Have a wonderful day!
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    LJG reacted to Fi68 in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hello everyone this is my first W30 and as I am in Australia, I am nearing the end of day 3 ... so far so good! I am feeling the benefits already, more energy and definitely sleeping better so I can't wait to see how amazing I feel after 30 days!!!
    I only very recently discovered the wonders of paleo after toying with a gluten-free diet in an effort to overcome severe lethargy and bloating ... I work in a very sedentary job where I am sitting down for hours at a time and this, together with poor eating habits, has seen far too many kilos pile on in the past 2 years. My goal is to feel healthy and alive again!
    I am still waiting for my book to arrive so I am relying on information I have gleaned from the website and this forum to keep me on track and eating by the rules ... I have never been so sure of anything as I am that I will finish this and, in itself, that is pretty amazing as I am usually unsure of nearly everything
    I am very much looking forward to sharing this exciting journey with all you wonderful like-minded people
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    LJG reacted to DVeep in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hi Laurie and compadres,
    My W30 began also on Jan 1. I have been eating mostly paleo since January 2012, and completed a Whole30 in September. I did feel better, but have been struggling to identify problematic foods. I'm eliminating eggs this time around, then reintroduce first only the yolks, as I've read that the white have the proteins that commonly cause reactions. Two years ago I quit eating and baking with gluten, because a friend has Celiac Disease. I felt less bloated without the gluten.
    One book led to another and another, until I found my way a year ago, while recovering from allergic sinusitis (darn that dairy at holiday time) reading "The Paleo Solution." Happily, I can report that since going paleo last January, all of my bloodwork is now normal, my Vitamin A&D are in the top end of the scale, I am no longer leaning toward anemia, and I never get sick! Sure, I get congested when I eat dairy, so I don't eat dairy anymore and I don't get sick.
    I will be better about contributing to this forum on this second go-round, because other than my husband, I don't have any local support. Everyone at work is on a "special" diet. My supervisor, at the direction of her oncologist, is on a low-fat, no red-meat, diet, and she is always hungry and eating at her desk. I could definitely use this support here. If anyone is from the Portland OR area, maybe we could meet up for a meal?
    Time for bed (2 hours ago). Lights Out. D-out.
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    LJG reacted to BethAnne in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hi gang! Started my second W30 yesterday. Thought I'd check-in to see how other January W30ers are doing.
    I went off-track over Christmas and got super depressed, cranky, and had hair falling out but after three days of mostly compliant and now 2 days on the W30, I am already feeling better. Thank goodness!!!!
    I tried to get my mom to do it with me and she read ISWF but I guess she wasn't convinced. I am a little dissappointed because she is pre-diabetic and I know she would feel better. Plus I know she saw how much better I felt. She told me "I don't think you should lose any more weight". I told her I'm not doing it to lose weight, I'm doing it for my sanity! She said she won't go on any diet where she can't have chocolate everyday if she wants (even for 30 days!) I know where I get my sugar addiction.
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    LJG reacted to Valerie Farris Oman in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    This is my first Whole30 and I'm looking forward to keeping up with others walking the same road! My biggest challenges are a business trip in the middle of the month and the fact that my husband is not doing the Whole30 with me. I do all the cooking, though, so all of our homemade stuff for the month will be Whole30 compliant!
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    LJG reacted to christine19 in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hi...started my first Whole30 yesterday on 1/1/13. I have been trying to avoid wheat and most carbs for the past year, however, have not ever given up wine for 30 days. I have personally had a very challenging past 3-4 months, so also put on a few more pounds with food, booze and stress. I will also confess that did something pretty stupid in preparation for Whole30 and this past weekend before New Year's ate appetizers, cheese, bread and junk that I was so sick and feverish on New Year's Eve that I couldn't eat or drink all day or night. The good news...I haven't had wine for 3 days instead of 2! But after 2 days on Whole30, I have not undone any damage, and if anything my stomach is making a lot of noise and bloated, which hopefully will pass soon. I'm looking for support as others are not always on board with my dietary 'restrictions'....everyone agreed I was a very cranky vegan a few years ago...longest time I ever lived without dairy! Thanks and looking forward to sharing successes and support!
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    LJG reacted to gwiki in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Checking in for three! My husband, mom and I are doing our second W30 this month, after a very successful August 2012 W30 experience. We have a longer story to share and will sometime write up properly- highlights include co-owning and living at a Historic Inn (think hotcakes complete with homemade syrups, warm chocolate chip cookies and homemade whole-wheat toast in your house EVERY DAY). I also have two small children, a daily hour commute to my full-time job, live 30 minutes from a grocery story and have very limited access to a kitchen with a stove or oven.
    The point is, if we can do it, so can everyone else. Because we've found it is TOTALLY, completely worth it. We each feel and look better than we have in many years (maybe ever).
    Keep strong, dear people. We look forward to following your journey!
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    LJG reacted to Glipp in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    This will be my second Whole30. The first go round in August resulted in emotional distress and unneccesary second helpings of dinner, all from avoiding dessert. I almost cried the day I iced my roommate's triple layer dark chocolate and raspberry cake without once licking the chocolate ganache off my hands. Physically, I felt just as good as I had following the Primal Blueprint (I love my aged cheeses, red wine, and dark chocolate), but I felt psychologically unwell and had gained two pounds by the end of the month.
    It may seem strange that I want to do another, given my first experience, but now I come into it with my eyes open. This time, I know there will be evenings I want to pull my hair out from the cravings, but I need to try a strict approach for a time to counteract the "moderation" that became sheer indulgence in December. This is the best strategy I can think of to gain control over my cravings, until I finally learn to ride my own bike.