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    jenn fengels got a reaction from SpinSpin in How many eggs do people eat per day?   
    2 - 3 in the morning, and maybe another 1 - 2 in the afternoon. love me some deviled eggs!!!
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from Derval in March 18th Start - Jenn's Second Whole30 Log   
    Day 18
    Meal 1 - larabar, 2x black coffee
    Meal 1/2 - 3x chicken morning mix sausage, 2x hard boiled eggs, green bean salad
    Snack - grapefruit, almonds
    Meal 2 - Left over Moroccan mix with sauteed veggies, whole/raw coconut chunks, berries
    Meal 3 - Lemon pepper chicken wings, roasted sweet potato, orange
    Today was crazy! Got a late start on my morning and had no time to prepare breakfast at home. Luckily I had some goods stashed in the fridge at work, however, was SO busy when I got to work that I didn't have time to eat until 10:30. Needless to say, this is what prompted the larabar and 2 cups of coffee first thing in the morning. The day eventually got better as far as my meals were concerned, though I would have preferred to have more veg in my meal 3.
    Been sleeping good and feeling good in general!
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from SpinSpin in How many eggs do people eat per day?   
    2 - 3 in the morning, and maybe another 1 - 2 in the afternoon. love me some deviled eggs!!!
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    jenn fengels reacted to GLC1968 in Catherine's Whole60 - This is not about weight loss.   
    Let's get this party started!!
    Today I start my Whole60. I've completed two very successful Whole30's but for whatever reason, I have done a lot of 'off-roading' lately. A big part of it is that over the past year, using reintroduction, I've been able to refine the list of things that are not Whole30 approved (or even paleo at all) that don't actually cause me any digestive distress or cause any type of noticeable reactions. While that's great knowledge to have when I'm in a situation that I cannot control, it's a problem when I eat those things repeatedly.
    It's easy for me to avoid eating corn, soy or dairy because those things make me feel gross (or pain) almost immediately. It's a lot harder to avoid sugar, gluten (oddly enough) and rice when it feels like my body can handle those things without issue.
    The problem is that I know my bad choices are not 'without issue'. Maybe immediate repercussions, but certainly not long term health issues. So I need a longer period than 30 days to really internalize the GOOD nutrition. Hence - my Whole60.
    My goals:
    1) get past the withdrawal 'hump' without disrupting my marriage
    2) get creative with food - don't always fall back on the 'basics' all the time. I need variety to make this a lifestyle, so the best way to get it, is to practice during the Whole60.
    3) eat out more - I know this is counter-intuitive but while I do need to cook more at home and a Whole30/60 definitely helps with that, I also need to get better at eating out if this is going to be a lifestyle going forward. We eat out. I need to be able to be Whole30 when I do, even after the 60 days are up.
    4) improve shopping and weekly cook-up efficiency.
    5) varied exercise, regularly
    I did not weigh myself this morning. As much as I have had no problem staying away from the scale during my previous Whole30's, I have to admit that I was super excited to step on it at soon as the 30 days was up. I didn't want to make it about weight loss...but it was. I've got fat to lose, so I can't help but want to lose it. Since I don't want to focus on that this time around, I'm not going to weigh myself at all. I haven't been on the scale since the end of my last Whole30 (early Feb), so I don't really know what I weigh. I think I'm up a little (or maybe it's bloat) since a few key clothing items are tighter, but I know that'll resolve itself soon enough. This is not about weight loss. In fact, I'll say that again...this is not about weight loss. That might have to be my mantra for this Whole60!
    OK, that's about it. I may or may not record my food here. I know it gets a little boring to me after a while and I can't imagine that anyone else wants to read about it.
    Yesterday I made mayo, salad dressing, guacamole and hard boiled eggs. This morning I made tuna salad and tonight I'll be making a big pot of chili.
    And away we go....
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from glimmer in Whole30downunder version 2.0   
    hey glimmer! you meals look/sound so awesome! giving me some great ideas and inspiration! i'm round the corner of day 7 and really looking forward to a better week. my first was week was not as great as i had hoped/expected.
    are you finding it much easier this time around? or do you think you're just more aware of the challenges and you know how best to combat them now vs with your first w30?
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    jenn fengels reacted to glimmer in March 18th Start - Jenn's Second Whole30 Log   
    Hey, I'm doing my 2nd whole30 (day 10) and it has taken me until today to start feeling human again. It seems to be harder to get the food balance right and I was not having enough fat/carbs with lunch at first.
    Keep at it, you will hit your stride soon
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    jenn fengels reacted to Susan W in Curry - I'm doing something wrong   
    I have found that curry paste is better than the curry powders. Kinda hard to find compliant ones though. I would use lots of onions, garlic, ginger and coconut milk with the curry. Also a big dose of cayenne helps all bland food. :0)
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from Tom Denham in March 18th Start - Jenn's Second Whole30 Log   
    Six months after the success of my first W30 (last October), here I am on Day 3 --- with a major case of the grumps! The saving grace here is that I kind of know what to expect and in some ways, it's already feeling a little easier to cope.
    Goals? I'm not sure. I lost all of the weight I wanted to in the first round, so that's not very important to me this time. I would, however, like to see and feel the stomach bloat disappear. Should this come with some more weight loss? Fine by me.
    I hope this time I'm able to tap into my increased energy levels and use that to improve my athletic performance. I am no athlete, but I have picked up running recently and have signed up for a 10km race to take place the day after the conclusion of this W30. Curious to see how this goes.
    During my first W30 I would easily give in to snacking between meal times, although I do recall this improved about half way through. Therefore, I'd like to put forth more effort on getting everything I need out of 3 balanced meals thus limiting the desire to snack.
    Here goes!
    Day 1
    Meal 1 - Scrambled eggs with red bell pepper, mushrooms, TJ's hot sauce, avocado, handful of strawberries/blueberries, black coffee
    Meal 2 - Roasted chicken, raw carrots, bell peppers, baba ganoush, curried cream of broccoli soup
    Snack - 1/2 apple with coconut/cashew/almond butter
    Meal 3 - Chicken lettuce wraps with mango salsa and southwestern cumin lime sauce
    Snack - Handful of almonds
    Day 2
    Meal 1 - Prosciutto egg muffins 2x, strawberries/blueberries, black coffee
    Meal 2 - Leftover lettuce wraps, curried cream of broccoli soup
    PWO Snack - apple with nut butter
    Meal 3 - Steak, roasted butternut squash, sauteed asparagus
    Snack - 2 giant strawberries, handful of almonds
    A few observations of these first couple of days -- I recognize the snacking issue already and trying to approach it with the attitude of getting back into the swing of things/survival mode. I'm consciously aware of it and as I stated in my goals, this is something I want to limit. I realize especially that the after dinner snack is absolutely unnecessary.
    I also note that I need to have some veggies with meal 1. I have little time to prepare in the mornings during the week, so my plan for tomorrow is to prepare meal 1 tonight so that all I have to do is reheat in the morning.
    Moving on!
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from Contessa in Starting over on March 18   
    Hi Maren! I'll be starting my second W30 tomorrow (first completed last October).
    Good luck to ya!
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    jenn fengels reacted to befabdaily in The greatest meatballs ever rolled   
    2 lbs grassfed ground beef
    2 packages crimini mushrooms
    2 tbsp ghee
    2 eggs
    1/2 c. almond flour
    1/2 tsp. allspice
    1/2 tsp. thyme
    salt

    Saute your mushrooms in the ghee over high heat. Get as much liquid out of them as possible without burning them. This is very important.
    Process the mushrooms into a paste in your food processor.
    Mix eggs, almond flour, spices and mushroom paste with the meat. To get a uniform texture I sort of creamed this together (like when you cream butter and sugar for cookies).
    Roll and bake at 425 until done (about 20 minutes).
    These are going to shed some liquid (unless you got those mushrooms bone dry) but they also taste fantastic.
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 14: I'm waiting...   
    Hey Lindsey!
    I just came across your post as I was sifting through the forum this morning to see how people are getting along with their W30's. I completed my first W30 last October and am gearing up for another round starting March 18.
    What you're experiencing right now sounds almost identical to what I experienced. I was extremely frustrated and quite frankly thought this was a waste of my time and effort, but since I had already gotten half way through I didn't want to give up. I kept waiting and waiting for the magic to happen. Kept waiting for glowing skin (I also got a pimple or two through out the process!) and more than anything I longed for this amazing sleep and boundless energy that I had read about. I would have a decent/energetic day here and there, but it was not consistent and therefore disappointing. I think I had really high expectations based on the things I had read, and when I didn't experience those things I started to get frustrated.
    While the changes I experienced during the W30 were not profound to say the least (in fact, they were somewhat negative), I will say that the changes I noticed AFTERWARDS made the most difference. The week after I completed the W30 everyone wanted to know what I thought and if would I recommend it, etc. To be truthful, in those first couple of weeks following I didn't feel that my experience was convincing enough to recommend it to anyone.
    However, here I am 6 months or so later and now I can honestly say that I do believe the W30 changed my life. I have not reverted back to some lifelong bad habits (i.e. loads of sugar and cream in my coffee), and I continued to lose weight and "lean out" in the months following the W30 -- despite the fact that carbs, sugar, and dairy crept back into my diet. I truly believe that the W30 is a nutritional/metabolic reset and I am so glad that I stuck through it, and even though I didn't stand 100% behind it at the time, I absolutely do now.
    From everything I've read on the forum and based on my own personal experience, as well as the experiences of my close friends who have also completed the W30, my best advice is to stick with it. As Nico said above, you are halfway there and this is positive! Try to focus on the positives as much as possible -- as difficult as it may be.
    Forgive this long-winded reply! Just felt like I needed to reach out and share my experience, which sounds very similar to yours so far.
    Best of luck!
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 14: I'm waiting...   
    Hey Lindsey!
    I just came across your post as I was sifting through the forum this morning to see how people are getting along with their W30's. I completed my first W30 last October and am gearing up for another round starting March 18.
    What you're experiencing right now sounds almost identical to what I experienced. I was extremely frustrated and quite frankly thought this was a waste of my time and effort, but since I had already gotten half way through I didn't want to give up. I kept waiting and waiting for the magic to happen. Kept waiting for glowing skin (I also got a pimple or two through out the process!) and more than anything I longed for this amazing sleep and boundless energy that I had read about. I would have a decent/energetic day here and there, but it was not consistent and therefore disappointing. I think I had really high expectations based on the things I had read, and when I didn't experience those things I started to get frustrated.
    While the changes I experienced during the W30 were not profound to say the least (in fact, they were somewhat negative), I will say that the changes I noticed AFTERWARDS made the most difference. The week after I completed the W30 everyone wanted to know what I thought and if would I recommend it, etc. To be truthful, in those first couple of weeks following I didn't feel that my experience was convincing enough to recommend it to anyone.
    However, here I am 6 months or so later and now I can honestly say that I do believe the W30 changed my life. I have not reverted back to some lifelong bad habits (i.e. loads of sugar and cream in my coffee), and I continued to lose weight and "lean out" in the months following the W30 -- despite the fact that carbs, sugar, and dairy crept back into my diet. I truly believe that the W30 is a nutritional/metabolic reset and I am so glad that I stuck through it, and even though I didn't stand 100% behind it at the time, I absolutely do now.
    From everything I've read on the forum and based on my own personal experience, as well as the experiences of my close friends who have also completed the W30, my best advice is to stick with it. As Nico said above, you are halfway there and this is positive! Try to focus on the positives as much as possible -- as difficult as it may be.
    Forgive this long-winded reply! Just felt like I needed to reach out and share my experience, which sounds very similar to yours so far.
    Best of luck!
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 14: I'm waiting...   
    Hey Lindsey!
    I just came across your post as I was sifting through the forum this morning to see how people are getting along with their W30's. I completed my first W30 last October and am gearing up for another round starting March 18.
    What you're experiencing right now sounds almost identical to what I experienced. I was extremely frustrated and quite frankly thought this was a waste of my time and effort, but since I had already gotten half way through I didn't want to give up. I kept waiting and waiting for the magic to happen. Kept waiting for glowing skin (I also got a pimple or two through out the process!) and more than anything I longed for this amazing sleep and boundless energy that I had read about. I would have a decent/energetic day here and there, but it was not consistent and therefore disappointing. I think I had really high expectations based on the things I had read, and when I didn't experience those things I started to get frustrated.
    While the changes I experienced during the W30 were not profound to say the least (in fact, they were somewhat negative), I will say that the changes I noticed AFTERWARDS made the most difference. The week after I completed the W30 everyone wanted to know what I thought and if would I recommend it, etc. To be truthful, in those first couple of weeks following I didn't feel that my experience was convincing enough to recommend it to anyone.
    However, here I am 6 months or so later and now I can honestly say that I do believe the W30 changed my life. I have not reverted back to some lifelong bad habits (i.e. loads of sugar and cream in my coffee), and I continued to lose weight and "lean out" in the months following the W30 -- despite the fact that carbs, sugar, and dairy crept back into my diet. I truly believe that the W30 is a nutritional/metabolic reset and I am so glad that I stuck through it, and even though I didn't stand 100% behind it at the time, I absolutely do now.
    From everything I've read on the forum and based on my own personal experience, as well as the experiences of my close friends who have also completed the W30, my best advice is to stick with it. As Nico said above, you are halfway there and this is positive! Try to focus on the positives as much as possible -- as difficult as it may be.
    Forgive this long-winded reply! Just felt like I needed to reach out and share my experience, which sounds very similar to yours so far.
    Best of luck!
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 14: I'm waiting...   
    Hey Lindsey!
    I just came across your post as I was sifting through the forum this morning to see how people are getting along with their W30's. I completed my first W30 last October and am gearing up for another round starting March 18.
    What you're experiencing right now sounds almost identical to what I experienced. I was extremely frustrated and quite frankly thought this was a waste of my time and effort, but since I had already gotten half way through I didn't want to give up. I kept waiting and waiting for the magic to happen. Kept waiting for glowing skin (I also got a pimple or two through out the process!) and more than anything I longed for this amazing sleep and boundless energy that I had read about. I would have a decent/energetic day here and there, but it was not consistent and therefore disappointing. I think I had really high expectations based on the things I had read, and when I didn't experience those things I started to get frustrated.
    While the changes I experienced during the W30 were not profound to say the least (in fact, they were somewhat negative), I will say that the changes I noticed AFTERWARDS made the most difference. The week after I completed the W30 everyone wanted to know what I thought and if would I recommend it, etc. To be truthful, in those first couple of weeks following I didn't feel that my experience was convincing enough to recommend it to anyone.
    However, here I am 6 months or so later and now I can honestly say that I do believe the W30 changed my life. I have not reverted back to some lifelong bad habits (i.e. loads of sugar and cream in my coffee), and I continued to lose weight and "lean out" in the months following the W30 -- despite the fact that carbs, sugar, and dairy crept back into my diet. I truly believe that the W30 is a nutritional/metabolic reset and I am so glad that I stuck through it, and even though I didn't stand 100% behind it at the time, I absolutely do now.
    From everything I've read on the forum and based on my own personal experience, as well as the experiences of my close friends who have also completed the W30, my best advice is to stick with it. As Nico said above, you are halfway there and this is positive! Try to focus on the positives as much as possible -- as difficult as it may be.
    Forgive this long-winded reply! Just felt like I needed to reach out and share my experience, which sounds very similar to yours so far.
    Best of luck!
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    jenn fengels reacted to CFholly in Whole30 Holly   
    News Flash!!
    Tonight I officially ditched the band assisted pull ups and I did my first UNASSISTED PULL UP! In fact, I did a whole workout of them! I know this forum is about the Whole30... but I have been working so hard, and tonight's reward was pull ups. I'm stoked!!
    S - banana / macadamia nuts
    D - Breakfast for Dinner! 3 fried eggs / 3 chipolatas / bacon / mushrooms / sweet potato / black tea
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    jenn fengels reacted to CFholly in Whole30 Holly   
    D - Scotch fillet steak / steamed brocoli, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potato / black tea
    DAY 15 LOG (Nov 4) HALF WAY POINT!
    B - 2 poached eggs / mushrooms / bacon / black coffee
    S - (not all at once....) carrot / banana / handful cashews, almonds, walnuts / long black
    L - Homemade frittata (sweet potato, mushrooms, cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli, tomato) - just chucked all the stuff in I could find! / small spinach, red onion, capsicum, tomato salad / black tea / pear
    S - Handful of cashews, almonds, walnuts
    D - Piece of homemade frittata left over from lunch
    I'm pretty stoked that it's the half way point. It came about quickly. I can definitely say I feel better on this attempt at the Whole30 and I am very sure I will finish it. I sneakily jumped on the scales today (naughty me, I know!) and I was.... under 70kg for the first time since I can remember! Wowee that was a lovely little surprise!
    Then, I was in town today looking for some bushwalking shorts for a trip I am going on next month AND... I got a size 10! I was a 14 a few months ago (Australian sizes here!) Double surprise! I feel bloody great about that - and it was the bit of motivation I needed to continue the second half of this journey!! Boom!
    Off to do some internet research on foods I can take on my 6 day bush walk in December - away from all things man-made! Any paleo bush walkers/hikers out there????
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from Derval in Jenn - Whole30 Rocktober Log   
    Day 15
    Meal 1
    Scrambled egg with sweet potato, orange, black coffee
    Snack
    nuts, dried fruit
    Meal 2
    roasted pork, salad, avocado, tomato
    Snack
    dried fruit
    I was on the go most of the day and didn't make time for lunch. Ate more dried fruit today than I would have liked, but managed to keep the nuts at bay (only had a few). I'm tired.....really hoping for a good nights sleep tonight! The last couple of nights have been an improvement to the days prior, just wishing I was getting at least 8 hrs.
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    jenn fengels reacted to CFholly in Whole30 Holly   
    DAY 8 Log (Oct 28)
    B - 3 poached eggs/ bacon/ mushrooms/ black coffee (breakfasts are becoming the same - but why ruin a good thing!)
    S - Handful of cashews, almonds, pawpaw/ black coffee
    L - Out to vegetarian cafe - had a mixed plate with various bits and pieces - perhaps not fully compliant, but I don't feel bloated or yucky. ANOTHER long black!! (I'm loving no milk in my coffees)
    S- Banana/ handful of cashews, almonds, pawpaw/ coffee
    D - Roasted sweet potato/ 2 fried eggs/ 3 lamb loin chops
    S - Black tea
    Have finished the first week and am feeling ok. Not tired or sluggish like on my last attempts. Even had a staff morning tea on Friday which was fuelled by cakes and sausage rolls, and I happily munched on my little bag of nuts and drank a coffee. I won a bottle of champagne and quite happily put it away for perhaps Christmas Day!
    Making good choices. BOOM!
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    jenn fengels reacted to CFholly in Whole30 Holly   
    S - banana/ cashews
    D - Ginger stirfry with beef chicken prawns/ fresh spring rolls
    S - ABC paste with dried dates/ black tea x2
    Crossfit was cool tonight. I did the chipper WOD in... wait for it... 13.40!! Boom!
    Heading there again at 8am in the morning. Saturday treat of a healthy breakfast at a favourite cafe, then off to do some retail therapy!!
    Life's good xx
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    jenn fengels reacted to CFholly in Whole30 Holly   
    Almonds Brazils Cashews all mixed together into a paste. Kinda like peanut butter but not! All natural and tastes bloody great!!
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from Icandoityesican in Day 17-Is anyone else struggling with being tired?   
    I have been struggling with sleep since I started W30 on Oct 1st. I was really really looking forward to (and expecting) to sleep like a rock during this experience, but unfortunately it just hasn't happened.....yet. What's really strange is that the first week of the program I slept great, but things changed as soon as the second week started.
    Someone else also recommended eating more carb dense veggies, which I have tried. No luck.
    I do tend to spend more time on my computer in the evenings, so perhaps I will tune this down and do some reading instead.
    I have noticed that I have more energy consistently throughout the day, which is nice. But I'm really longing for 8+ hrs of good quality sleep at night. These past couple of weeks I'm getting between 6 - 7 hrs....and it's not quality.
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from CFholly in Jenn - Whole30 Rocktober Log   
    Day 25 -- what???
    Meal 1
    scrambled eggs with ground pork, 1x black coffee
    Snack
    1x kiwi, 1x small plum, 1x green tea
    Meal 2
    Leftover chicken and veg curry
    Meal 3
    whipped sweet potatoes with coconut milk, green salad with carrot, cherry toms and olives, classic pantry vinaigrette, chicken breast sauteed in coconut oil
    No complaints today! Slept good last night, felt good/energetic all day. Hard to believe that by this time next week I will be off the W30 hook......if I choose.
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    jenn fengels reacted to NicholsFam in A Dad must lead - Our family's whole30   
    Day 11 - Holding strong and avoiding bad choices. The girls came and asked if they can start to help making meals! Working with the foods we have pre-cooked via Well Fed and Nom Nom Paleo, Vicky and I will be giving them the responsibility of making Meal #2, #3.
    Also, our oldest will be selecting the menu for her camping trip this weekend and packing all of her food. She has already decided to make Kale chips and toasted coconut to share and then will be roasting apples and pineapple over the campfire on Saturday.(Picture proud Dad here)
    Our youngest will be going with me to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning to do our weekly grocery shopping and then help Dad cook for the week.
    Thanks for the encouragement, we are staying focused!
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from splash883 in Jenn - Whole30 Rocktober Log   
    thanks for the encouragement, ladies! much appreciated.
    i have the honor of watching my husband slather a 2" thick layer of nutella on a not so thick slice of freshly baked white bread almost every evening after dinner. he's also one of those hybrid humans -- never gains a pound, is constantly asked by strangers if he's a swimmer, biker or diver due to his lean/muscular figure. on another note, he is almost ALWAYS tired. i lost my chance to sell him on the w30 and paleo style of eating. he thinks it's all a bunch of b.s. whatever, husband. whatever.
    by the way, have you seen this? http://whatshouldwecallpaleolife.tumblr.com/
    i almost pee my pants every single time.
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    jenn fengels got a reaction from CFholly in Whole30 Holly   
    Good for you on both accounts!!! Glad you're giving W30 another go! You know, I'm still not experiencing the magic, but I do feel better overall. I feel like I've put a ton of effort into this and I guess I just haven't felt as radiant as I expected. Maybe my expectations were too high? Has/is this changing my life.....? Not sure I can say at this point. Maybe the next 10 days will tell. In any case, BEST OF LUCK with your next round!
    Congrats on your CrossFit competition, too! That is awesome! I went to my third class on Saturday. I'm really liking it so far! I can actually keep up with the others in my class, much to my surprise. I'm trying to get my husband on board.
    Keep me posted on how you're doing!