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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Day 29 (evening edition)-
    I did get out and run/walk and swim today. My body felt sluggish, but after the bad sleep and having my period it is to be expected. I am glad I did it, but it took talking myself into it. 
    I really, really didn't feel like cooking dinner tonight. I did drag myself to the grocery store and get things to make taco/cauliflower rice bowls. I was glad I did, but I didn't want to. But at least I now have the frame of mind even when I don't feel like cooking, to find a simple w30 recipe and get it done. Much better for us than ordering a pizza. 
    So tomorrow is the "last" day. It is a bittersweet feeling. After being dragged out of the dark chocolate area by my daughter yesterday, I am kinda scared. I read one gentleman's comments today that said he has done several whole30's and never has a problem sticking with them, but when he is not on the W30 the wheels fall off. I kinda feel like that could be me. Like I intend to keep with things, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions or whatever. I hope I can stay strong. 
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Jihanna in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Day 31-
    Well I finished! I am happy, but also surprisingly numb. If I haven't mentioned it before, I am good at having a routine and guidelines. I feel like I am just floating around now without direction and it is only day 1 post whole30. It could be that I just came in from what felt like a hard run/walk, and I haven't eaten yet. I hope that is it. 
    So this morning I was excited to get my coffee and creamer back. It was in a word, underwhelming. I had my regular 2 cups with less creamer than normal because any sugar after 30 days of no sugar tastes like too much. I took my kids to school and went for my run/walk. In the span of 2 hours from the time I drank my coffee, my cramps are back, and my stomach feels just yucky. It is a possibility that I might have a slight dairy issue. I have no problem drinking iced tea to get my morning caffeine but the place where I got my tea no longer make it!!! URRRGGGG!!!
    When I was in the throws of the whole30, all I could think about what being done most of the time. You know, I wish I had this or that. Now this coffee situation makes me wonder if things are really worth it. Do I really want the coffee and creamer if it tastes kinda good, but then makes me feel gross? I don't think I do to be honest. That's a big epiphany for me. All day yesterday, I had my things planned for today. I get my coffee back in the am, eat compliant for all my meals and snacks, and then tonight I would get one glass of red wine and a little piece of dar chocolate. Then tomorrow back on the wagon 100%.  Now I am rethinking the wine and the chocolate with the way my body is already reacting. Let's see how this plays out. 
    Yesterday was super busy so I didn't get to post. It was nice not to dwell on it being the last day and all. I have a pain/stiffness between my neck and shoulder on my left side. I have tried everything to stretch it and work the knot out, but no luck. And as a result I did not sleep well last night, even though I was certainly tired. My sleep was fitful. Only got about 5.5 hours. That is the second time this week! It's a little irritating because I had been doing well on my sleep.  I am hoping it has to do with my period. When all else fails, blame it on the period. 
    Today I did weight myself. Originally I thought I would post it here. Until I weighed myself. Now, it isn't that I didn't lose weight. I did. I lost more weight then I thought I would. It is a good amount. It isn't that I am unhappy about it. The bottom line is that I am not satisfied yet with my weight loss. I am still "Obese" on the BMI. I feel better about how my body looks and feels, and that is a big step. It would be amazing if I could have just committed to 30 days and lost the entire 50lbs I needed to, but that isn't realistic. I need to work on staying positive and keeping on track. 
    Overall, I am happy I did round 2. The way my body and mind feel are worth so much. I have come a long way from where I was 30 days ago in all aspects. I feel more in control on my own body and mind. My anxiety and depression has taken a back seat. 
    I will keep posting as I continue on because I really enjoy the support here. I am going to keep on rolling!
     
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from KiwiKendra in KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand   
    You HAVE NOT FAILED!!! You just figured out a way not to do things when you start again. Very few of us nail this on the first go around. I am on my second whole 30 and when I started again this time, I continued to fail for an entire week. I ate complaint, but every night I still drank my wine. Clearly not whole30. BUT it helped me ease into my food changes for that week, and find some new recipes that I love.
    I wish I could help out on the mayo front, but I am a mayo hater in all forms. Maybe there is a different kind of spread you can make. I dunno. There are some great suggestions from the ladies above. I don't know how New Zealand is on the paleo/whole30 type front, but maybe you can get some of the primal kitchen stuff via Amazon? 
    And it is ok to relax! It seems like you are putting so much pressure on yourself here. Take the time in the next 2 weeks to really find some super easy go-to meals. That way you have something to fall back on if your new recipes don't turn out as well as you'd like. As much as eggs drive me nuts some days, they have also helped in a pinch when I couldn't get an organized dinner together, or I was running behind. 
    You've got this. We all struggle in the beginning. I know I did both times!! And when and if you do struggle come on here to vent. It alway makes me feel better, and I love the support I get from everyone! 
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    I don't think I can drink coffee without creamer. It is too bitter, I think. My husband said I should try the almond or coconut milk creamers, but they always seem to separate in the coffee which looks totally gross to me. 
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    I don't think I can drink coffee without creamer. It is too bitter, I think. My husband said I should try the almond or coconut milk creamers, but they always seem to separate in the coffee which looks totally gross to me. 
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    Beckha99 reacted to LadyWolf0926 in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Congrats Beckha99!!! 
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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Yay!!! I'm glad you're still here! I'm glad you finished, but I'm glad you're here. It's fun doing this along with others. So, will you drink coffee again just without the creamer?
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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day 33
    Well yesterday I totally forgot to eat my breakfast until seven at night. But can I just say that my day was BUSY because I really didn't stop at all from 7:30 in the morning to seven at night. It was a day to be "on" and I was and the day went well and I felt good. I also am not drinking any water. So, I know I'm on Whole30 and this is very bad form to not be eating. I get that and I have already gone through all of the self-talk and the identification of what I need to do differently. I went shopping last night and picked up more veggies, but also some Epic bars as a just in case. Once I eat, then I eat more. But if I don't eat, I don't seem to notice. And I've never been super prone to being hangry.
    The thing that is interesting and positive about all this is that this is even happening. A month ago, I was running away from all stress and watching tv and feeling lousy and not sharp and not focused and energy was hard to maintain. And now I'm not some olympic athlete, but I'm dealing with things and doing things and rising to the occasion and being quite pleasant about it all! It's such a huge difference. It also doesn't feel like a "diet" or a restriction at this point - right now it's feeling like "this is just what I prefer" "no thanks. I'll pass on that".  That's kinda cool. 
    However, last night at the store when I was hungry, the sweet things looked good. What looked even better were the barbecue potato chips. Oh my. I bought some for the party tonight, but not for me. I did pick up a dark chocolate bar that has no soy lecithin in it. I'm curious if cocoa is one of my things. There have been times my cough has seemed to get worse after eating home made chocolate cakes and frosting (and cocoa was noted on the blood work allergen test - which does have lots of false positives). So, I figure I could try chocolate in the am, lunch, and pm. But I don't really want to do that today.
    I am a bit scared. I'm scared of a big reaction and then feeling foggy for hours after like what occurred when I ate the dino bites made with potatoes, potato starch, and canola oil. I'm scared of the foggy and then the aftermath. I'm also scared of waking up the lurking sugar dragon or addictive questing behaviors.
    And I read what Jihanna said about this not being a for the rest of life thing and the need to try things out. Yeah. I get it. But right now I'm kind of enjoying the calm of the open seas. It was a bumpy ocean ride for many many months (years) and then bumpier more finally getting going onto Whole30. I'm taking a chance to breathe right now. Breathe, stabilize, maybe build back in meditation, practicing, and walk/running (all of which have gone by the wayside) and then reintroducing things.
    Last night as I was making frosting for the cake, I was thinking about the biggest NSV from the beginning and that is that I feel so much more confident. On my first post, I remember saying I really needed help and support. I was feeling really POWERLESS. I did not know if I'd be able to pull it off. In fact, I was somewhat doubtful. And I SO appreciate the people who chimed in and checked in and then the ones who became daily friends and supporters. And I wouldn't want any of that to go away because it's so much more fun with other people and I love reading about how others are doing and theirs downs and their ups. But I don't feel that sense of neeeeeding that support. I feel like I've got my power back. And so my biggest fear is that I will lose that power if I am too cavalier with what I try eating.
    AND, what I love is that I'm not measuring things or counting calories or doing anything restrictive. Heck - I eat some big healthy portions of food. I'm never hungry, but now I find I am just through and don't really want anything more as opposed to some more physical stuffed feeling calling the shots. It's much more subtle and it's nice.
    I slept well last night. I'm a bit groggy and I'm drinking my coffee and my lips are still slightly chapped and today is another high stress day from the point I close this computer till 8 or 9. Immediately after work and a meeting, I'm racing home to my kid's party which BEGINS right when I get home. It will be fun, but it will require some gear switching in my head and the entire social thing is exhausting. I love the people and know them and enjoy our parties, but I'm an introvert by nature so a day of people from start to finish without breaks takes its toll. Tomorrow will be another busy day in which I really need to be on and then blessed Saturday I will get some time to myself to work/plan/organize. Inevitably I will get frustrated at how little I get done, but I'll get to do some work and in silence!!!! And maybe I can even bike to work which would be nice.
    I hope everyone has a good day!
     
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Jihanna in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Day 31-
    Well I finished! I am happy, but also surprisingly numb. If I haven't mentioned it before, I am good at having a routine and guidelines. I feel like I am just floating around now without direction and it is only day 1 post whole30. It could be that I just came in from what felt like a hard run/walk, and I haven't eaten yet. I hope that is it. 
    So this morning I was excited to get my coffee and creamer back. It was in a word, underwhelming. I had my regular 2 cups with less creamer than normal because any sugar after 30 days of no sugar tastes like too much. I took my kids to school and went for my run/walk. In the span of 2 hours from the time I drank my coffee, my cramps are back, and my stomach feels just yucky. It is a possibility that I might have a slight dairy issue. I have no problem drinking iced tea to get my morning caffeine but the place where I got my tea no longer make it!!! URRRGGGG!!!
    When I was in the throws of the whole30, all I could think about what being done most of the time. You know, I wish I had this or that. Now this coffee situation makes me wonder if things are really worth it. Do I really want the coffee and creamer if it tastes kinda good, but then makes me feel gross? I don't think I do to be honest. That's a big epiphany for me. All day yesterday, I had my things planned for today. I get my coffee back in the am, eat compliant for all my meals and snacks, and then tonight I would get one glass of red wine and a little piece of dar chocolate. Then tomorrow back on the wagon 100%.  Now I am rethinking the wine and the chocolate with the way my body is already reacting. Let's see how this plays out. 
    Yesterday was super busy so I didn't get to post. It was nice not to dwell on it being the last day and all. I have a pain/stiffness between my neck and shoulder on my left side. I have tried everything to stretch it and work the knot out, but no luck. And as a result I did not sleep well last night, even though I was certainly tired. My sleep was fitful. Only got about 5.5 hours. That is the second time this week! It's a little irritating because I had been doing well on my sleep.  I am hoping it has to do with my period. When all else fails, blame it on the period. 
    Today I did weight myself. Originally I thought I would post it here. Until I weighed myself. Now, it isn't that I didn't lose weight. I did. I lost more weight then I thought I would. It is a good amount. It isn't that I am unhappy about it. The bottom line is that I am not satisfied yet with my weight loss. I am still "Obese" on the BMI. I feel better about how my body looks and feels, and that is a big step. It would be amazing if I could have just committed to 30 days and lost the entire 50lbs I needed to, but that isn't realistic. I need to work on staying positive and keeping on track. 
    Overall, I am happy I did round 2. The way my body and mind feel are worth so much. I have come a long way from where I was 30 days ago in all aspects. I feel more in control on my own body and mind. My anxiety and depression has taken a back seat. 
    I will keep posting as I continue on because I really enjoy the support here. I am going to keep on rolling!
     
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Jihanna in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Day 31-
    Well I finished! I am happy, but also surprisingly numb. If I haven't mentioned it before, I am good at having a routine and guidelines. I feel like I am just floating around now without direction and it is only day 1 post whole30. It could be that I just came in from what felt like a hard run/walk, and I haven't eaten yet. I hope that is it. 
    So this morning I was excited to get my coffee and creamer back. It was in a word, underwhelming. I had my regular 2 cups with less creamer than normal because any sugar after 30 days of no sugar tastes like too much. I took my kids to school and went for my run/walk. In the span of 2 hours from the time I drank my coffee, my cramps are back, and my stomach feels just yucky. It is a possibility that I might have a slight dairy issue. I have no problem drinking iced tea to get my morning caffeine but the place where I got my tea no longer make it!!! URRRGGGG!!!
    When I was in the throws of the whole30, all I could think about what being done most of the time. You know, I wish I had this or that. Now this coffee situation makes me wonder if things are really worth it. Do I really want the coffee and creamer if it tastes kinda good, but then makes me feel gross? I don't think I do to be honest. That's a big epiphany for me. All day yesterday, I had my things planned for today. I get my coffee back in the am, eat compliant for all my meals and snacks, and then tonight I would get one glass of red wine and a little piece of dar chocolate. Then tomorrow back on the wagon 100%.  Now I am rethinking the wine and the chocolate with the way my body is already reacting. Let's see how this plays out. 
    Yesterday was super busy so I didn't get to post. It was nice not to dwell on it being the last day and all. I have a pain/stiffness between my neck and shoulder on my left side. I have tried everything to stretch it and work the knot out, but no luck. And as a result I did not sleep well last night, even though I was certainly tired. My sleep was fitful. Only got about 5.5 hours. That is the second time this week! It's a little irritating because I had been doing well on my sleep.  I am hoping it has to do with my period. When all else fails, blame it on the period. 
    Today I did weight myself. Originally I thought I would post it here. Until I weighed myself. Now, it isn't that I didn't lose weight. I did. I lost more weight then I thought I would. It is a good amount. It isn't that I am unhappy about it. The bottom line is that I am not satisfied yet with my weight loss. I am still "Obese" on the BMI. I feel better about how my body looks and feels, and that is a big step. It would be amazing if I could have just committed to 30 days and lost the entire 50lbs I needed to, but that isn't realistic. I need to work on staying positive and keeping on track. 
    Overall, I am happy I did round 2. The way my body and mind feel are worth so much. I have come a long way from where I was 30 days ago in all aspects. I feel more in control on my own body and mind. My anxiety and depression has taken a back seat. 
    I will keep posting as I continue on because I really enjoy the support here. I am going to keep on rolling!
     
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Jihanna in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Day 31-
    Well I finished! I am happy, but also surprisingly numb. If I haven't mentioned it before, I am good at having a routine and guidelines. I feel like I am just floating around now without direction and it is only day 1 post whole30. It could be that I just came in from what felt like a hard run/walk, and I haven't eaten yet. I hope that is it. 
    So this morning I was excited to get my coffee and creamer back. It was in a word, underwhelming. I had my regular 2 cups with less creamer than normal because any sugar after 30 days of no sugar tastes like too much. I took my kids to school and went for my run/walk. In the span of 2 hours from the time I drank my coffee, my cramps are back, and my stomach feels just yucky. It is a possibility that I might have a slight dairy issue. I have no problem drinking iced tea to get my morning caffeine but the place where I got my tea no longer make it!!! URRRGGGG!!!
    When I was in the throws of the whole30, all I could think about what being done most of the time. You know, I wish I had this or that. Now this coffee situation makes me wonder if things are really worth it. Do I really want the coffee and creamer if it tastes kinda good, but then makes me feel gross? I don't think I do to be honest. That's a big epiphany for me. All day yesterday, I had my things planned for today. I get my coffee back in the am, eat compliant for all my meals and snacks, and then tonight I would get one glass of red wine and a little piece of dar chocolate. Then tomorrow back on the wagon 100%.  Now I am rethinking the wine and the chocolate with the way my body is already reacting. Let's see how this plays out. 
    Yesterday was super busy so I didn't get to post. It was nice not to dwell on it being the last day and all. I have a pain/stiffness between my neck and shoulder on my left side. I have tried everything to stretch it and work the knot out, but no luck. And as a result I did not sleep well last night, even though I was certainly tired. My sleep was fitful. Only got about 5.5 hours. That is the second time this week! It's a little irritating because I had been doing well on my sleep.  I am hoping it has to do with my period. When all else fails, blame it on the period. 
    Today I did weight myself. Originally I thought I would post it here. Until I weighed myself. Now, it isn't that I didn't lose weight. I did. I lost more weight then I thought I would. It is a good amount. It isn't that I am unhappy about it. The bottom line is that I am not satisfied yet with my weight loss. I am still "Obese" on the BMI. I feel better about how my body looks and feels, and that is a big step. It would be amazing if I could have just committed to 30 days and lost the entire 50lbs I needed to, but that isn't realistic. I need to work on staying positive and keeping on track. 
    Overall, I am happy I did round 2. The way my body and mind feel are worth so much. I have come a long way from where I was 30 days ago in all aspects. I feel more in control on my own body and mind. My anxiety and depression has taken a back seat. 
    I will keep posting as I continue on because I really enjoy the support here. I am going to keep on rolling!
     
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Amura in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I give 2 thumbs up for the hubby making dinner. Sometime the best food you can eat is just made by someone other than yourself!!! I am glad you had some help on that front yesterday! And don't worry about not weighing yourself at the gym today. In my opinion, weighing can only go 2 ways. Really good or really bad. Not that bad  would be necessarily bad, but maybe not what I want to see. You know? I think you have the important part of this journey nailed! Cheers to day 31!
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Amura in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I give 2 thumbs up for the hubby making dinner. Sometime the best food you can eat is just made by someone other than yourself!!! I am glad you had some help on that front yesterday! And don't worry about not weighing yourself at the gym today. In my opinion, weighing can only go 2 ways. Really good or really bad. Not that bad  would be necessarily bad, but maybe not what I want to see. You know? I think you have the important part of this journey nailed! Cheers to day 31!
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    Beckha99 reacted to Jihanna in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    At a recovery meeting last week, someone spoke about how he finally stopped drinking -- he just started saying "I won't drink today, but I'll have one tomorrow.", and of course tomorrow never actually comes. I've been trying to bring this into my own food recovery by saying that I won't have insert food here today, but maybe I'll grab some tomorrow.
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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day 30 - I went back and looked at what I first wrote on July 2nd. Just starting and sticking to Whole30 for a day was something I'd planned to do for ages and never did. I remember going to the doctor and knowing I needed to change things, but finding that Day One was just so hard. It was so much easier to say, "Tomorrow" which, of course, never happened. And the guilt and the shame and the feeling lousy and the negative self talk and the low self-body-confidence....blech. And in all of that, I always KNEW what the answer was. It builds compassion to be in this position. It's so easy to look at somebody else and know what they should do. And for myself, I know what I should do: eat well, exercise. And finally I am. And I completed 30 clean days and I feel thankful that I got here - mostly thankful that I got to that Day One which is the hardest of them all.
    My vision of myself is still there - who I want to be/look like/feel like. I don't quite think I'm there yet. Coughing and laughing - definitely not, but I'm feeling a bit sportier and zestier and less frumpy and rolling ball of dough.
    And my aches and pains? Oh, my foot hurts from my attempts at walking/running (which I'm now officially one day behind) and I have chapped lips because I'm fighting a cold and I'm back on allergy pills because of the wind and the smoke from local wildfires, but I'm NOT super sick. I'm NOT limping. I'm NOT anything bad. I'm not miraculously healed of all aches, but I think my body is much happier. I'm also still overweight, but not by as much. My clothes are fitting better and I'm feeling SO much more confident about being at work and looking better. But mainly, I'm not not doing what I need to do and that's huge.
    So yeah - I completed the WHOLE Whole30 and I'm feeling good about that. And I'm continuing on for now.

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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    I think I'm just like that man, though maybe I'll learn some things on this reintro. One thing that did work really well for me way back when we did the first Whole30 was that for about six months afterwards, we tried to eat the same things at home, but when we went out, I stuck to rice based meals and avoided the pasta and bread based meals. It seemed like rice didn't trigger the same longing for more like fresh baked bread or yummy lush pasta. I also baked only paleo treats and - smiling - we ate a lot of paleo treats because the sweet tooth was there, but not out of control.  The result was that we did okay and I didn't fall off the deep end and I saw some major changes in my health over those months.  A road trip though is a really rough one because I think I'd want french fries and milk shakes and all sorts of things. Healthy hard boiled eggs and almonds just don't seem quite as invigoratingly freeing as a road trip requires. Perhaps there is a nice inbetween. Or perhaps there's not and you go off the deep end and if you rein yourself in fairly quickly, you'll be okay. If you take years to rein yourself in, well, that's not as good, but I took years and I finally got back here and I'm doing okay right now. It's a process.
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    Beckha99 reacted to Jihanna in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    So here's the thing. Whole30 isn't intended to be a forever-diet... but it does make an amazing place to start, and it gives you a wonderful template to work from in determining food intolerance or processing issues, plus it's an excellent reset button. Part of learning to ride my own bike is falling off the blasted thing and then learning from the falling-off experience to build parameters that work best for me.
    Reintroduction is important because that's where you learn what causes problems, which is necessary to start making decisions about what to include in your "life beyond" (where you get to write your own set of rules). Those rules can be as close or as far from W30 as you want, really. The point is that it's your decision, you make the rules and decide how much (if any) you can stray from them. All of that can (and should) be affected by your tolerance levels as well as your psychological relationship with foods and food-related habits.
    And if you decide you need to push the reset button? Don't sweat it! Don't beat yourself up!
    Starting another round (or a mini-reset) DOES NOT MEAN YOU FAILED!
    All it means is that you've decided that you need a reset, for the sake of your health... and THAT is awesome, because you were able to see the need AND do something about it! Come out the other side stronger, with a renewed vision of what your life beyond rules look like, and acknowledge that they might need to be revised over time as you learn more about your health and needs.
    I made the conscious choice to NOT stay "compliant" after Whole30, instead doing mini-resets often.
    At home, I am almost entirely in line with Paleo. I do occasionally eat non-gluten grains (maybe once every week or two) and legumes (once every month or so). Most of what I cook is actually pulled from my Whole30 recipe stockpile. I still drink my coffee black, I still skip sugars in my cooking, and I very rarely make things that would be even remotely SWYPO for me. When away from home, I relax the limitations but I keep the "is this worth it?" question at the forefront. If I think I might regret it, I don't eat/drink it. No ifs, ands, buts, or maybes. Dairy, gluten, and soy all cause varying degrees of issues for me, so these are things that I might consider while out (maybe) but not at home. As a recovering alcoholic, I won't drink it or use it in my cooking (though I will use extracts). I reset for a few days every 2-3 weeks.
    Keeping the mindset of being able to enjoy without regret helps me make more informed food choices, and resetting often allows me to find firm footing if things were beginning to get unstable. Note that I will reset after 3 weeks even if I don't feel that I've fallen off the bike, but I'll also reset much sooner if I feel that it's needed. I believe this keeps me more aware of the thought process behind choices, more accountable for the choices themselves, and more capable of maintaining a healthier relationship with food than I had before I started.
    I decided not to follow Whole30 long-term for 3 reasons. First, it's an elimination diet, and the whole point of an elimination diet is to see what foods can be reintroduced without ill effects. Second, I want to be able to explore my Food Freedom and I can't do that if I just keep going in circles with training wheels on. Third, I wanted to have a clear set of rules that apply during a "reset", and those rules absolutely have to look different than the ones I expect myself to follow on a daily basis.
    I honestly apologize for the book here. I've rewritten it several times, condensing thoughts and trying not to ramble as much, but I feel like I need to just go ahead and post it and be done so... here we are.
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from KiwiKendra in KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand   
    Welcome! Even if you are not big into cooking, there are a lot of websites out there that have great whole30 recipes. My first time through, I swear I rotated maybe 5 meals. That was for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This time around I have definitely taken the time to look at different websites and find tasty recipes. I feel like the first time I figured it was like any other "diet" (even after I did all the reading), and I had to give up anything good. But this time, I have found some wonderful recipes that have helped me change my (and my husband's) mindset on the kinds of foods that are both clean, healthy, AND tasty! And since they don't have the sugar and all the added junk, we don't eat as much even when it is delicious. 
    I also agree with Emma (as I often do) leftovers are life!! You can read my log and see how often I complain about my husband taking the leftovers. Some days those leftovers are the factor that keeps you on the path of the whole30 instead of giving up. 
    I added a few of my favorite recipe websites. Most of them let you search by "diet" so you can choose whole30. They also let you know when you need to make substitutions if you are making it for whole30. Enjoy the journey. It will be hard at first, as all new things are. But the payoff is AMAZING!!!
    https://www.paleorunningmomma.com
    https://www.theendlessmeal.com
    https://www.thewholesmiths.com/whole30-italian-sausage/
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Day 29 (evening edition)-
    I did get out and run/walk and swim today. My body felt sluggish, but after the bad sleep and having my period it is to be expected. I am glad I did it, but it took talking myself into it. 
    I really, really didn't feel like cooking dinner tonight. I did drag myself to the grocery store and get things to make taco/cauliflower rice bowls. I was glad I did, but I didn't want to. But at least I now have the frame of mind even when I don't feel like cooking, to find a simple w30 recipe and get it done. Much better for us than ordering a pizza. 
    So tomorrow is the "last" day. It is a bittersweet feeling. After being dragged out of the dark chocolate area by my daughter yesterday, I am kinda scared. I read one gentleman's comments today that said he has done several whole30's and never has a problem sticking with them, but when he is not on the W30 the wheels fall off. I kinda feel like that could be me. Like I intend to keep with things, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions or whatever. I hope I can stay strong. 
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    I think that in some way, shape, or form, I will continue on. But I know for a fact over labor day, and then again at the end of September (for a week) I am not going to be compliant. Labor day we are going to see friends we don't see very often, and then at the end of September the kids and I are doing a trip down the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) with my sis and her kids. That is going to be 1-crazy stressful and 2-crazy busy. 
    I know that I love the way I am feeling right now, and want to keep feeling this way. The hubs wants to go through mid-November. We will see how things go. I am hoping we can make it work somehow even if once a week or every few weeks we have something that if off plan. 
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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Mine has been so odd also. I thought it was light and over and done, but I've still got cramping and back aches and yet it is still light. It's not super bad, just distracting.  I think what we eat definitely impacts. I'm more regular when I don't eat all the other stuff. It would be interesting to see what yours become over time if you continued on. Any thoughts of hopping right back on the Whole30 train?
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    Beckha99 reacted to Jihanna in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    I have to be honest and say that I wouldn't even consider doing my reintro during my period, especially not given my hindsight knowledge of what happened to me with certain of my reintroduction foods! Peanuts did enough of a number on me that I had to give FIVE DAYS recovery time before trying soy, which did the exact same thing to me but not quite as severe. So all that considered, I think I'd just wait out the extra days and reintro after my body wasn't already putting me through hell  
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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    If I can get up and get to the gym in the morning, then yes, I will weigh myself. I know I've lost at least a couple pounds. Or at least, I think I know. And if for some reason I haven't, I'm going to chalk it up to my changing 50 year old body and the need to just buckle down. My body's job is to keep things balanced and here I'm throwing things for a loop. If my body decided to try to maintain my weight somehow while I'm doing all these good things, that's fine.  It will chill out once it sees that the changes aren't a danger. (I wrote that this morning and then had to rush to get ready and never pressed submit) That was pretty optimistic chill thinking of me huh!? I don't know if I will actually FEEL that way, but that's the self talk I'll do and I'll continue to trust the process. I do think that the longer I eat well, the more my body will begin to self-regulate and change will happen, even if slowly. The tricky part I suppose is to not screw up and undo everything by living a life of debauchery and screw it all.
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    Beckha99 reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    R1D30 (41) Ta Da!! Made it to the end of Day 30! It's been a helluva day too! Excitement for finishing the 30 days (41 in total) strong; exhaustion from the freaking circus at work. It's all good, though! I'm so much calmer and patient, and I laugh so much easier. That or I'm just so happy finishing the 30 days that nothing was going to wipe this stupid smile from off my face .
    I'm going to finish helping the family clean up after dinner, and then I'm going to celebrate by reading a new book I got today. I'll post again tomorrow morning with my results. Have an awesome evening everyone!!
    Breakfast - chorizo con papas omelette; raspberries; coffee with Nut Pods
    Lunch - Vietnamese beef stew
    Dinner - pork tenderloin with mustard tarragon sauce; sauteed mushrooms; sauteed zucchini; peach

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    Day 29-
    Man, I tell ya, my body is definitely giving me a run for my money here at the end. So I finally actually got my period yesterday morning. It came with it's jerk friends cramps and bloating. I always have gotten some cramping at the very beginning, but since I had my second kid it has been minimal. Not this month however! First, it was less like I got my period and more like spotting yesterday. My first 2 days are ALWAY heavy, so I don't like this change from the norm. Plus, the cramps started, and stayed all day. I took an advil around dinner time and it got a little better. Then last night I slept like CRAP tossing and turning, and the cramps came back hella worse. I had to go downstairs in the middle of the night to take something. I only slept 5 hours last night. In all fairness, I did take a 20 minute nap yesterday, because I was so tired (always happens on my 1st day). So with the 8 hours I got the night before, maybe that too contributed to my restlessness. 
    Weirdly, everything is still really light going into day 2.  I don't like changes in this department. Last time there was no change at all! I feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. And if I start reintro on Wednesday, is it going to make my cycle even more screwy? I read a lot on the ladies only section last night, and there were some real nightmare scenarios. I will cross my fingers and hope for the best. 
    Hoping to get a lot done today, and keep my mind off of the last 2 days. Last night at the grocery store was straight up crazy. My daughter dragged me away from staring at the dark chocolate section. Scary! Well, Happy Monday all! Congrats on the 30 day mark @Emma and @LadyWolf0926!!! You ladies kick butt!!!!!