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    Starting March 12

    Hey, still here...strange twist, we decided to have my son tackle a W30, he is 8, to resolve chronic ear infections and several other complications...it's been a bit of a struggle, and added A TON of work to my life, but we are making progress. I haven't had time to keep up very well with posting here but have enjoyed and learned from the groups continued energy, so thank you!
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    Starting March 12

    Good morning! I'm super excited to see all the posts on this thread...I second the comments of the moderator regarding nursing moms...I have *a lot* of kiddoes and therefore a bit of experience in this dept although I have never done a w30 while nursing. You have to listen to your body and you need A Lot of good fat...One thing I noticed yesterday is how thirsty I get, probably because of the extra roughage, and how easily I can translate "thirst" as "hunger"....in other words, if I am dehydrated, I have a lot more cravings. I really appreciate how much the w30 helps me to get in touch with what my body is actually needing...
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    Starting March 12

    Hey guys! I've done several rounds of W30, the last being in January...Each round has moved me SLOOOOWWWLLLY towards my ultimate goal of peace with food. I struggle mightily with using food to deal with *everything* in life: stress, procrastination, anxiety, chaos, TIREDNESS....I would say boredom but my life doesn't contain much of that, unfortunately. I am excited to find this thread, because I'm starting today (the 13th) and I didn't think anyone else would be starting mid-month... Lots of great thoughts on here already! I can relate to the chocolate muffin story-I failed that test on Sunday and ate a brownie I did not want because a friend basically shoved it down my gullet-but really it was my responsibility to say 'I'm already full, but that looks amazing!" or whatever. My goals this time around are to lose a few pounds (I will be honest) but mainly to get to a point where it feels natural to take care of my needs (other than actual hunger) in non-food ways. The structure of the w30 takes away my crutches and makes me actually learn new skills. My word of encouragement for the day would be for those starting this for the first time-if you mess up in the first few days, when there is so much to learn, DON'T QUIT!! I've lost count of the number of partial whole 30's I've done, and it took me many false starts to make it through 30 days, but this program really does change your life if you let it.
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Hey guys! Who's still alive on the forum here? Today is day 29 for me. I'm contemplating a second go 'round as I'm not happy with my progress on not eating between/template meals...higs I missed your question but what I TRY to do in those circumstances is to ask myself "which one of the millions of enjoyable non food things or activities available to someone in the first world would I enjoy instead of munching which will amke me miserable?" When I remember it's super helpful
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Hey guys/gals! Higs asked how everyone is doing. I have been chewing (SORRY! Couldn't resist the pun ) on this....we have had a lot of life chaos lately and I've been straying far from template eating-lots of dried fruit and nuts, not enough water and too much munching between meals. Tomorrow is day 17 for me, so a little over half way. I think I really, really, want to finish this thing strong. I am not experiencing great energy, because of poor eating and because of raw lack of sleep. I do have a goal to lose a bit of weight on this round, because I've gained a bit due to poor habits (eating for every reason under the sun other than hunger). But my primary goal is the habits themselves, because the weight will take care of itself with good eating. So by continuing my habits of munching, eating between, eating past full, etc. I am really shooting myself in the foot and sabotaging the main reason I'm doing this....sorry for the introspection, but typing this out helps me organize my thoughts. 100% template and 0% between meals = my 2nd half goal.
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Way to be tough pickle14. You are an inspiration.
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Hey guys (and gals) I realized I haven't posted anything since New Years...it's been a bit crazy. Made it through the New Year's party, but I am here to say that you can totally get a food hangover from 'compliant' foods when you eat way too much, and of all the wrong stuff (nuts, dried fruit, very fatty meat, more nuts and dried fruit, and so on...) It was a good reminder to me that you can't game this program. 24 hours later I felt human again. My goal going forward (day 10 for me I believe) is to really focus on template meals, and not eating between meals. W30 always makes me face just how strongly attached I am to food as way to take care of problems in life. (board? eat. Tired? eat. Stressed? eat. Worried? eat. etc...) I am really focusing on letting go of negative emotions on the one hand, and actually addressing problems ( that are within my control) on the other. Growing up emotionally. Savoring life with food as (tasty and wonderful) fuel, but not as the POINT of the event/day/celebration....Workout wise I am still feeling very tired and not much zap, which is ok for now because it IS zero here and you can only ride a bike for so long in that weather! So-slow and easy and reminding myself not to freak out, strength will come as I re adapt to using all my pesky fat stores for fuel...
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Kathleenkp, every person is unique so I can only share from my perspective, but for what it's worth....I am a distance cyclist-almost exclusively gravel/off road stuff with lots of climbing. So long and technically challenging/difficult. 6 or 7 hours would be a bigish ride for me. What I have found when doing the w30, or in a weight loss focused stage, is that if I dial my intensity back SIGNIFICANTLY (as in I feel stupid slow) I can do the distances/hours. I usually feel like complete crap at the start, and gradually (at about an hour or 2000 feet of climbing) start feeling more human. From there on, feel ok but no zap. The key seems to be to work well below my "normal " threshold. Don't know if that's any help-best of luck!
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Pickle14 someone close to me just got lyme and ended up on a pacemaker in icu...totally on the mend now, but what a terrible disease. You're wise to address it from a nutritional angle as well....
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Oops. That posted before I was ready. I am definitely feeling lower physical energy right now, in terms of riding. Glad I'm not doing anything too aggressive. For me personally I know I need to stay away from lots of fruit/nuts or I will not get past cravings AND I will not make progress on teachering my body to use fat for energy. I am trying to set realistic goals for this evening (big party)...we will make some bbq'd tri tip and lots of veggies...the thing I have realized is nothing "replaces " surgery treats for me. I won't get the same high from dried fruit, nuts, etc...I have to change my mind set to see the "treat" is the COMPANY -not the food. I'm really a massive introvert, so also have to respect my own limits and remember it's not my job to make everyone have a great time-just to provide the opportunity, then be at peace. Happy early new year everyone!
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Hi everyone! Thanks for all the awesome posts. @jenrunsaustin glad the running is working for you!
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    jenrunsaustin, I'm kind of surprised, usually there are some excellent moderators lurking around here who jump in on these kind of questions but maybe they're occupied with all the new January groups I'm no professional but I'll give it a shot....Are you an egg person? There are tons of whole 30 friendly recipes for various fritatas (sp?) with salmon, spinach, w30 friendly sausage etc. that are made in muffin tins and could be kept in the fridge at work for a quick re-heat. Depending on your taste, whatever you pack for lunch can work for breakfast too-if breakfast foods aren't sacred. There are RX bars that are w30 approved in a pinch, but not recommended as a regular breakfast... Also, depending on how much you're running, you may not be eating enough...I ride, only run if chased by a carnivore larger than I am, but even for riding (which doesn't present as many gut related issues), getting used to this VOLUME of food takes some time... Another random though, as a former fat phobic person, to stay full and turn up your body's fat burning ability, feed it fat. Use lots of olive oil, w30 mayo, ghee, etc. Lean meat and veggies will not keep you full, especially if you're active. Hope that helps!
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Happy Wednesday How is everyone doing? Bellatrixie, nice blog-you obviously have food prep down! Patferman, I don't understand Portuguese, unfortunately, but welcome anyways today I am really focusing on replacing my long-term habit of something sweet after meals (which translates to massive cravings on the w30) with a cup of tea. It doesn't SOUND good, but once I have it , I enjoy it and it does reduce the Must.Munch.Now feeling...
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Good morning everyone! I tend to do so much better with this program when I'm part of one of these forum groups because the group's energy and ideas pull me through the rough spots...so I will also try to do my part and contribute a few of my own thoughts...for those of you doing this for the first time, one of the most helpful resources is the whole 30 timeline....in terms of knowing what to expect...fyi! I find that if I have a good plan for dinmers over the course of the week (leftovers generally work for lunches and breakfast is pretty unvarying-eggs + veg). This week: Tuesday = leftover holiday meats + green salad Wednesday = carne asada Thursday = meatballs + marinera sauce and veg Friday = Chinese meatballs *new recipe Saturday (we host a crazy huge new years party) grilled meat of some sort, sweet potatoes and a variety of nuts...
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    Commiting to a December 26th Start Date

    Hey guys! I am starting today AND I'm a cyclist so super excited to see some other people on here who will be balancing endurance with the W30. jenrunsaustin this isn't my first time and so from experience, do expect to feel like crap for a couple weeks while your body tunes up its fat adaption. What are everyone's goals? I ride during the winter (snow and single digits here) but not going for speed or anything super aggressive so this is a good time for me. My goals: 1) get my body back to burning fat as fuel 2) get my mind/emotions back to finding peace/enjoyment/satisfaction in things that are not food.