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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 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 Emma 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 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 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 got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    That is a clever way to think about it. My husband asked if I was excited to weigh myself. Honestly, no. The number on the scale is not going to match how I am feeling. I know this. I almost feel like I want to step on the scale and close my eyes, have him write it down, and then move on. I don't want to see the number. If I see it and I am disappointed, it will be easier to not stay with it even if that is not all this is about. If I don't know, I can logically say "I am still a work in progress, and I am not where I want to be yet."
    Is it wishful thinking? But then I do want to see. UG!!! Damn scales and numbers!!! It is stressful. Have you decided if you are going to weigh yourself tomorrow? 
    I hope you feel better soon!
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Congrats my friend!!! It is amazing how much can really happen in 30 days, eh? I hope your congestion is just a little bit of allergies and not getting sick. You have been working like crazy the last few days, so I hope that things settle down a little soon. I understand being busy and forgetting to eat, but remember to take care of yourself! Especially if you are not feeling well. HAPPY DAY 30!!!!!!!!!
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Sleep, some time for yourself, and day 29!!!! I have really enjoyed your musings on your journey. You have said so many things the resonate with me over the last few weeks, and I am very appreciative. Every time I read a post I am yelling YES!, EXACTLY!, and ME TOO!.
    Keep it going! Cheers to day 29!
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I have the same feeling about ending at 30. I WANT to keep feeling great, but I also want to have a glass of wine. I don't think that these 2 things are really accomplished at the same time.  made these whole30 approved hotdogs, saurkraut, and roasted potatoes. It was the first time we tried the hot dogs (no buns obviously), and they were kinda gross. Very tough, and chewy. And I just kept thinking I can't wait until my options aren't so limited. Not a good thought going into the last few days. 
    I think I need more time. I feel good and I am sure a dropped a little weight, but I think my mental state with food is still unstable. I am good when I put training plans and restrictions in place for myself. In the absence of something organized, I act like a hot mess (for eating and working out). I feel like I am going to eat a piece of bread when it is over, and I am going to go immediately back to my old body/mental/energy state. This is a really hard part. 
    I am trying to work on really concentrating on how my body FEELS instead of how it looks. I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but it is easier when I have the energy to get out and walk/run/swim. Let's hope it works!
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I have the same feeling about ending at 30. I WANT to keep feeling great, but I also want to have a glass of wine. I don't think that these 2 things are really accomplished at the same time.  made these whole30 approved hotdogs, saurkraut, and roasted potatoes. It was the first time we tried the hot dogs (no buns obviously), and they were kinda gross. Very tough, and chewy. And I just kept thinking I can't wait until my options aren't so limited. Not a good thought going into the last few days. 
    I think I need more time. I feel good and I am sure a dropped a little weight, but I think my mental state with food is still unstable. I am good when I put training plans and restrictions in place for myself. In the absence of something organized, I act like a hot mess (for eating and working out). I feel like I am going to eat a piece of bread when it is over, and I am going to go immediately back to my old body/mental/energy state. This is a really hard part. 
    I am trying to work on really concentrating on how my body FEELS instead of how it looks. I know I still have a lot of weight to lose, but it is easier when I have the energy to get out and walk/run/swim. Let's hope it works!
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I agree with this too Emma. My weight not only became a physical situation, but it stopped me from doing things period. When I started my whole30 this time, I was in a horrible place both mind and body. When I exercise now, I know that it is harder (both doing the exercise and on my body) because of all the weight I have gained in the last few years. 
    My issue lies in the fact that I cannot gauge my own body, like ever! When I was 150, I thought I was still enormous. My journey continues to be both physical and mental. I honestly do not know how to rid myself of the negative self talk about my body. It has been going on since I was in the 7th grade. I do know that I am overweight/obese. I know I have to fix the physical part which I am working on. The mental part is so much harder. 
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    That is so cool!!! Everyday when I read your posts I can see how far you have come over the last 25 days. I know you are gearing up for work/school etc, and you have a lot on your plate. Stay strong you are doing great. Can you believe where we were just a few weeks ago?? How are you feeling about coming up on day 30?
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Thank for that perspective Amura! I actually would have never thought about it that way!!! I am definitely my own worst enemy with my body image. 
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    Beckha99 reacted to Amura in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    What if you turn that thought upside down? 
    Most likely people did not think you were so huge. You did think you were huge - because you had a bad relation with your own body - and assumed everybody else did.
    Now that not only your weight but also your relation with your body (which you nurture) has improved your views about yourself have changed A LOT, while for other people you simply have lost some weight - that's all.
    Well, it's another perspective.
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    Beckha99 reacted to Amy_Michigan in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I hope your muscle cramp and/or neck issue feels better soon!  Good job with all of the planning in advance and staying on top of things   I totally related about the sitting position comfort level you were having today... Just last winter I remember reading books to my kids on the floor sitting kind of sideways...then I literally got a leg cramp so bad I couldn't move it and had to kind of pull my leg up with my arms to get up.  That happened many times because I would forget and sit like that again.  I thought it was just sitting weirdly for too long, but recently I have noticed accidentally sitting like that, but then moving my leg without any pain afterwards... literally nothing.  So wonderful to be able to sit AND get up.  LOL.  The small things.
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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day Twenty - Wow. I woke up in a good mood. My eyes are tearing and I'm a little stuffy, but my digestive system did it's morning thing and all is good - except for this crazy tight knot at the base of my skull on one side. I slept well, but on a pillow I don't normally use and I think I got some little muscle cramp. I tried massaging my skull, but I didn't like how it felt (and it hurts to touch). I tried stretching, but it just felt weird. I think it's slowly easing up, but it's very distracting.
    I'm sitting cross legged on the sofa with the computer on my lap. Cross legged! First, I couldn't sit cross legged for a number of years because of knee inflammation. Second, I was too chunky. And now, here I am! I love cross legged sitting.
    I remember that last night I proposed working on a project this morning. I'm gonna! It might not be a lot of work getting done, but I'm gonna get some before I have to take the kids to camp. I also enjoyed my run yesterday and would like to do that again, but the none to run program says only three days so I'm gonna stick to that rule and not overdo things like I do. It also helps me feel like I don't need to fit everything in (just mediation, practicing, and whole30)
    For breakfast, I'm going to have eggs and slaw with coconut milk and lemon dressing. Hmmm - doesn't sound so good, but I think it will be okay. I'm also going to have to go to the store because a few things my husband picked up aren't gonna work. The sesame oil had soybean oil added to it. The sausage...it is sausage not ground pork. But we do have a meal plan except that my son didn't like that we only seem to be eating his sister's choices so maybe I'll pick up the ingredients to make compliant ketchup and throw a burger into the mix. And maybe I should go to the store this morning so that I can also pick up some more veggies to give me more lunch options.
     
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Good God we might be living the exact same thing! I went to bed last night feeling good. Even after I wrote how I had been losing energy at night. But not last night! Then this morning I woke up and literally dragged myself outta bed. So, so, so tired. I have bounced back a little now (1030a), but still ug! Although I am getting more sleep then I was pre Whole30, I can't seem to get more than 6 hours. It's ok though! We've got this! And HELLO DAY19!!!! Keep kicking butt!
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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day Eighteen - Well, the kids are back on the school schedule and the entire house was up by 6:30. That means there is no quiet time this morning, but that's okay. I meditated right away so I could get that off the list. Morning meditation is the best because I get it done and over with. I know that's not supposed to be the spirit of meditation, but....that's what it's gonna be.
    I slept on the floor with the cat. I don't think he really needed my company. He doesn't seem to be concerned about the hole in his side, but I don't think it looked good. I slept well, but I woke up stiff so I'm sitting here stretching my neck and back and making my feet write the abc's in the air. And drinking coffee and typing. I realized I left my work computer at work so can't do that. Gave myself the excuse that I was too stiff to work at the table and needed the couch. Hahah - I think if I'm really going to do something in the morning, I had better have a nice clean list waiting for me when I wake up!!
    And the kids are SO delightfully noisy this morning. Noisy is really wanted I wanted to say, but it's all good get along happy noise. So I will probably check in here and then pack up lunches, make my breakfast (which is leftovers !!!!!) and clean the bathroom or something that needs doing since I can't sit and focus until I can call the vet clinics around town looking for an open appointment.
    So, yesterday I went to the store to pick up pants for the kids that they both need. I selected ones in their age group/size, paid, took 'em home, and the kids tried them on and they were perfect. Can I just share how long it has been since I've had this experience!!!! I go to the clothing store and I select the biggest things and they still don't fit or sometimes they do and then there will be something really cute and I'll think, "maybe it will fit" and I go into the changing room and it doesn't. And pants - pants are the worst. It's all a very unpleasant process. But I remember the time when I lost weight before and I was able to just put things on. Big inhale. That would be nice. I had a glimmer of that a few weeks back when I tried on some of the pants sitting in my closet and they all had the same size number on them. It's encouraging.  And every day I wonder if my pj pants will start fitting better. I think they're not quite as tight in my but and stomach, but they are certainly not loose. 
    On to the day. Staying focused on the right now where I'm feeling better, no longer depressed, no longer feeling out of control, no longer hopeless. 
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I LOVE that your son picked out the dinner!!! It is easier to get my daughter onboard with the w30 dinners (she is 15), than it is my son (10). I was surprised last night because I made cauliflower vegetable fried rice, and when he asked what was for dinner and looked in the pan he wrinkled his nose and looked less than impressed. BUT when he ate it he said it was "pretty good" and even had a small second helping. It cracked me up because I thought it was just ok, but everyone else really liked it.
    Your daughter sounds a lot like my son. He does not like different things than he is used to. He probably would have rioted against the BBQ sauce! I never really know with him though. He always surprises me about what he says he liked and what he won't eat. 
    Has the reaction completely cleared out from yesterday? I hate that you have these reactions. I mean it is great for the whole30 so you can see what sets off a reaction, but it makes life hard I am sure. 
    I am glad you has a really productive day yesterday. I find that towards the end of the day/dinner time, I get these mild/medium headaches. I can't tell what exactly it is. Maybe just being tired from an active day? hmm. 
    The novelty is definitely gone my friend. Half the time I don't really want to eat. Although I know I have lost some weight, I am trying sooooo hard to concentrate on my higher energy and sleep. I have to because anytime I look down at my stomach I wanna cry cause it looks huge. I can't say it is 100% working, but still. 
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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day Seventeen - Seventeen. Wow. Right in the middle of it all. I feel better about our meals this week. I also feel more stress/panic at the work/planning I need/want to get done. And the weather is so nice, I think I should ditch work and just work outside, but that won't help the stress so I'll try to find some balance today.
    The cat woke me up at five. I moved out to the sofa where I semi slept till 6:15 and then I stretched a bit while lying down and then got up and WENT TO THE GYM!!! I went to the gym instead of moving zombie like towards the coffee maker.  I did the second day of the none to run program which was 25 minutes of walking for two minutes and slow running for 30 seconds. My slow run was the same speed as my walk - haha. Well, only for the first few times and then I loosened up, but my slow run was certainly not fast. It didn't feel as good as the other day, but I feel good about going and getting it done and it was quick and easy!!!
    Goals today: Meditate, Practice, Whole30
    They say one should have a routine for things like meditating and exercising. ugh. I hate routines and I usually wake up early, but not always early enough.  but the world is going to come crashing down on my lack of time management in a very short time. Though, what kind of debbie downer am i being - i went to the gym this morning from 6:40-7:15. I fit it in and I wasn't even trying. Trust in the process. Healthy body equals healthy mind and healthy desire to do things instead of drudgery and will power.
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    Beckha99 reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day Sixteen - 
    I didn't eat anything after the reaction this morning until mid afternoon and then I had some beef sticks and carrots and almonds, all which were just fine. My head cleared up though my eyes were tired and sensitive all day and I got a light headache and was HUNGRY by dinner time, but I got a LOT done. Our living room and entry way are looking SO much better and less cluttered. My husband and I moved a heavy piece of furniture out of a room this evening and things are looking better (well , expect for the mess the kids made, but that's the normal). For dinner, my daughter helped by cutting the cilantro from our plant outside and squeezing the lime and mixing it all in with the shredded carrots. She tested it and decided we needed more cilantro and more carrots to balance out the lime. Just so you don't think all is ideal, she also almost cried when she sampled the BBQ sauce I had just made because she hated it so much.  SO much. I made BBQ Chicken wrapped in Romaine lettuce leaves with a carrot/lime/cilantro topping out of the Whole30 Quick and Easy book. The BBQ sauce I made was REALLY good. My son had selected the recipe and was super thrilled we were having his choice. Everybody liked dinner and amazingly there is a smigin left for me for breakfast!!!
    My head is still tired feeling with tired eyes and my stomach is grumbling, but I ate a bunch including lots of carrots while I was turning them into slaw. Because I had the food processor out, I cut up a head of cabbage, some broccoli, and the rest of the carrots. I have a HUGE bowl of slaw mixings - some in big chunks, some perfect, and some like mush. I haven't quite figured out the best way to use the food processor, but I now have food partially prepped for dinner tomorrow night.
    Anyway, my headache and hunger.  Maybe I didn't eat as much today. I don't think I did. Maybe I'm eating fewer carbs, but I had a lot of carrots. Maybe this is just my body rebelling against the lack of sugar in my diet. The novelty is gone. Maybe it's because I'm losing weight and my body is trying to crack the whip to get me back to its normal which is not the normal I want anymore.
    And I have lost weight - not lots, but even a couple pounds makes a difference sometimes. I wore shorts today that weren't super flattering, but they fit a heck of a lot better than a month ago and I'm hoping they start to look better on me in a month from now.
    Off to go read about other people's days.
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    Beckha99 got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    You start with 1 package of active dry yeast.  1 cup of warm water (this is weird because if it is too hot the yeast won't prime or "wake-up") Mix them up a little and let it sit for about 5-7 minutes. It will look a little bubbly or more gel-like (sorry I don't know how to explain this one!). Then add 1 cup of flour and mix well. Once it is combined, add 2 Tablespoons of EVOO, and a 1/2 to 1 tsp of salt (I just use a little dash), and another 1.5 cups of flour. Mix everything together, set the bowl in a warm area covered by a towel, and let set to rise for 30-40 minutes. Then you can roll it out or make into smaller dough balls for individual pizzas, etc. I cook my pizza at 415 degrees for 12-27 minutes. I don't time it I just watch the cheese and crust until it is done to my liking. The only reason I set a timer for 12 minutes is to gauge how much more time is needed. Is that the worst written out recipe ever? Sorry! Also, sometimes I will do a whole wheat dough mix...the first cup of flour is regular, and the second 1.5 cup is whole wheat flour. Also, from time to time I will also add a .5 to 1 tablespoon of honey as well. It just makes it taste a tiny bit different.