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    stravajunkie got a reaction from andorya in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from andorya in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from andorya in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from andorya in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from River30 in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from River30 in 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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    stravajunkie reacted to jmcbn in Starting March 12   
    How many meals are you eating @Karib52?
    As a BFing mum we'd expect you to be eating four template meals, or at least three plus a snack/mini meal or two, and many BFing mums also sip on coconut milk throughout the day... Be sure to include lots of healthy fats, and a serving or two of starchy veg each day to keep your supply up & drink more than the recommended half an ounce of water per pound of body weight, daily.
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    stravajunkie got a reaction from Dannelle in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from Dannelle in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from michelle123 in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from higs in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from higs in 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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    stravajunkie reacted to ladyshanny in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    Hi @JaneEyre - it's probably a bit hard to tell tone in text, we're volunteers so we try to spend our limited time getting as much information to people as possible. Sometimes it might feel a bit overloady.
    It's pretty hard to tell portion sizes from your outline. The only one I would have noted was that proscuitto isn't really a protein like you would think chicken or roast beef would be. Just because it's super thin, you'd need a LOT to make a palm serving. Which means that your egg should probably be more like 2-3 eggs to go with it. 
    The brain fog you have though, honestly it's probably a result of both sugar withdrawals and some smaller meals. How are you feeling between meals? Are you able to comfortably go 4-5 hours between? Are you drinking lots of water? How's your sleep been? I deal with daily, incessant brain fog (no cause that I know of) so I know that it's frustrating as heck. You might be totally right and it's just die off from sugar. Or maybe there are some tweaks we can help you make to get past this part quicker. Up to you, we're here to help!  
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    stravajunkie reacted to pickle14 in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    Yes, that is certainly true!  Thanks for the encouragement.  Yesterday was a low for me.  I wanted apiece of my gluten free bread to soak up acid in the worst way!   I am tired of being sick and tired, and I need to continue to measure progress.  There has been lots of progress in the last 3 months.  Getting rid of sugar and wheat and dairy is always a good thing for me.  I haven't done soy for many years.  I think that I need to pursue herbal remedies at this point.  Lyme is very difficult to cure.  Once it invades the heart muscle it has invaded many other muscles as well, which is the reason I agreed to long term antibiotics in the first place.    Some folks are on them for a year or two!
    Enough of the self pity!  On to Day 14!
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    stravajunkie got a reaction from pickle14 in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from michelle123 in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from jenrunsaustin in 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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    stravajunkie got a reaction from jenrunsaustin in 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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    stravajunkie reacted to pickle14 in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    Happy New Year everyone!  I began on 12/26 myself.  No time like the present!  I decided not to wait for the New Year.  Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.  I have Lyme disease and it affected my heart, so I am on antibiotics, herbal stuff, and my heart rate is now under control with beta blockers.  Good grief!  I'm trying to get a handle on this joint pain and decided a reset was indicated.  So far so good.  I sprung for real plans and am loving it!  I'm 60, and have been menu planning g for 40+ years.  What a delight to have that done for me.  I love to cook and can and garden, so eating healthy once I make up my mind comes easily for me.
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    stravajunkie reacted to michelle123 in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    Hi there, I hope it's ok if I join you guys. I started December 28, and four days in, I am feeling really positive and excited about this endeavour. So far I'm noticing a lack of hunger or thoughts about food between meals which is really freeing. Other than some headaches I am feeling good and I think I'm sleeping better already, too. I'm looking for some community support/ accountability as my husband and kids aren't on board. My other concern is that I'm currently on vacation (a staycation) so it's been really easy to take the time to read up on stuff, look up recipes, shop and cook. I'm a little worried that when I return to work next Tuesday it will be much more difficult to stay on track.  My reason for doing this is that I've recently had that moment of a shocking reality check where I realized I've managed to slowly gain 25 pounds over the past 10 years. I've become very sedentary and my eating habits have been poor. I'm turning 40 this summer, and really not wanting to be like this when I face that milestone. So, my goal is not so much weight loss within this 30 days but more to turn around many bad habits and set myself up for continuing positive changes over the next six months or so, ultimately leading to a significant weight loss by my 40th birthday- as well as significant and permanent changes to my overall lifestyle and outlook.
    I look forward to getting to know all of you and I wish you great success in your Whole 30 efforts!
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    stravajunkie got a reaction from CCLaymon in 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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    stravajunkie reacted to jenrunsaustin in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    Day 5 done - Generally ok, but probably a little too much grazing in the afternoon at home, I should have just stopped and had a decent snack.
    Did 15 miles this am and it went pretty good.  The lara bar (dried cherries, dates and almonds) worked ok but it was different getting slower energy intake compared to a gel.  My body was tired around mile 10 and my mind started to whine, but did some talking to myself to buck up and the last 5 ended up going pretty well.  Recovery breakfast was reheated sweet potato hash with onion and bacon in it with a couple of fried eggs and some avocado - yummy.
    Happy New Years Eve!
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    stravajunkie reacted to higs in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    @access2003 , someone else had the same question.  Check out this thread:
    Congrats on Day 5 and your improvement in knee pain!  That is awesome!
     
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    stravajunkie reacted to higs in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    For me quitting coffee is the hardest part of the Whole30, and it's not even part of the Whole30!    For me, it just needs to be part of the program.  It is definitely addictive for me so it's gotta go.
    Day 5:  the headaches, foggy headedness and fatigue are gone, and I woke up yesterday in a GOOD MOOD!!!  that carried on to today!  Hallelujah!  I have been depressed, sad and irritable for several months and for a bunch of different reasons -- because I can't run due to injury and don't have that self-care outlet, because hormones, because the state of the country, because my personal life is challenging, blah blah pity party blah -- and I'm trying to back on track and really focus on self care and taking back some control of how I feel.  Yesterday, I was up to see a stunning sunrise, and I drove to work singing.  It was a beautiful morning, and I noticed - "hey!  I feel good!"
    That in and of itself is so motivational.
    @jenrunsaustin, have a great 14 miler!  I think your strategy is a good one.  When I was doing long runs I'd also have sweet potatoes for dinner the night before.  Also: and @CCLaymon can attest to this:  in our W30 group from way back when, our group leader Dave used to assign us all chores.  I was thinking about him today when I set a goal for myself to clean the clutter from our dining room, which has become the dumping ground for everything and anything.  It is out of control!  So this weekend the room is going to emptied out, dusted, wiped down, and made spic and span for the New Year.  I spend a lot of time at the dining room table on my laptop and it is psychically stressful to be surrounded by so much clutter.  So, purge!  I will join you on decluttering through this Whole30. It does go nicely with the territory!
    Onwards!
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    stravajunkie reacted to whole30_patricia in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    Thank you, @stravajunkie. I am observing how much mental energy is going into coffee and creamer and "how will I survive?" so I am going to give quitting coffee my millionth try. That mindset of thinking SO much about food/things, is that psyche part of this and I believe I'm afraid of leaving behind something so beloved to me. I'd put money that I have adrenal fatigue and that my muscles aren't recovering as fast--due to years of not being clean, and then being a massive sugar and coffee (with cream and sugar  addict. So, thanks for the inspo. This does also ping my brain to perhaps put a ton of focus and visualization around the "why," and muscle recovery and healing being a root motivator. I tend to forget my motivators the second I wake up and want the Joe.