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  1. RunGirlRun

    New Whole30 Day by Day handbook

    I used both the Whole30 Daily Newsletters and the Day by Day Workbook for my December W30 and would definitely recommend both if at all possible. I found it inspirational to wake up to a new encouraging email every morning tailored to the day (including links to articles and recipes) and also loved the ability to journal in the workbook throughout each day.
  2. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    Happy New Year and Day 30 and Re-Intro, my friends! So great to read all about your NSVs and SVs! Wow!!! And you're still trucking along, HollyS, which is amazing. (BTW, I vote for calling it Day 31 -- that just sounds so kick-ass!) DH and I managed to finish they year strong after our Christmas detour. I think this is the first year of my adult life that 'eat healthier' or 'lose weight' are NOT on my New Year's resolutions list. So grateful we dove in and started W30 in December Do you all feel the same sense of... not sure what the right word is... satisfaction? security? like 2018 is already proving to be awesome? In addition to great NSVs -- like vastly improved sleep, "vibrant" skin, and no night sweats -- I lost 9 pounds. My goal was 7, so now I'm focusing on eating well and maintaining a strong core and arm strength. (I think the add'l protein/fat in the W30 and the addition of non-cardio exercise to my regular running schedule made a huge difference in a short amount of time -- which is amazing considering I'm heading toward the big 5-0 this year!) LadyL - I'm interested to hear how your Re-Intros are going. Have you hit anything that is just 'no go' for your system? So far, I've determined that wine interrupts my sleep, a little bit of dark chocolate at night is OK (yay!) but multiple sugar cookies are NOT OK, and plain yogurt with vanilla whey protein powder is a big NO (not sure if it was the yogurt or the whey or the combo but that made for a miserable day!) I was able to have some parmesan cheese on zucchini noodles on another evening without problem, though, so maybe there is some dairy that's do-able? Will need to explore that a little more. Next up to try will be rice. And corn. We have tons of sweet corn in our freezer from the garden last year, which I want to add back into the carb veggie rotation. Not missing beans at all, so that one is low on my priority list, though I do like peas so may add those to a stew later this week and see how it goes. Same thing with bread -- just 'meh' about adding it back, though I'm sure an occasion will come up to try it sooner rather than later. Congrats on all your victories, ladies! All the best in 2018
  3. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    Hey gals - Sorry to be so out of touch -- our daughter arrived home from college last week, so we've been busy, busy! It sounds like you all have been sickly, sickly! What a bummer, especially for the holidays. But it sounds like you're doing an amazing job of staying on track through it all! Well done! Bad news on my side: Our Christmas weekend included a really nice bottle of wine... and then another... and then sugar cookies!?! Sigh. And it all started because I weighed myself on Sunday morning -- isn't that crazy? The scale can be such a powerful force (and not for good!) I couldn't resist weighing myself after 3 weeks of W30 -- and I'd lost more weight that I expected which kind of threw me for a loop. Suddenly the wine from the holiday gift basket and my daughters' homemade sugar cookies seemed like OK choices. Ugh. I completely lost sight of all of the other NSVs I'd been enjoying, not to mention the satisfaction of completing the full 30 days. Lessons learned: Apparently wine interrupts my sleep. And I had horrible stomach pains a few hours after the cookies. So... today we're starting back on W30 for the rest of the year. I know it won't be an official Whole30 success, but I'd still like to finish strong. And my goal for January is to start re-introduction in a sane and healthy manner!
  4. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    Hey there! Happy Tuesday! Today is Day 18 for me -- the end is in sight. Though I have to admit that I'm starting to feel the tug of "I'm feeling great so don't really NEED to do a full 30 days..." and "It's the holidays, wouldn't it be nice to have a glass of wine and sample those chocolates we got with that gift basket?" Fortunately, DH is talking me off the ledge. LadyL - Thanks for the update. Glad to hear the procedure went well and didn't derail your W30. That's a serious NSV! Other than chicken-apple hash (so yummy!), what's on the menu for the rest of the week now that you can eat again? I made Nom Nom's Kahlua Pork in the Instant Pot over the weekend -- it was crazy good! Hollys - Just WOW! That sounds like quite a cook-up! You should be set for a while now -- isn't it such a relief to not have to figure out what's for dinner every night? The Thai Carrot soup sounds good, esp since it involves almond butter. You guys are doing great! So proud of you!
  5. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    2 weeks in -- yippee! LadyL - Was your procedure today? How did it go? Hope all is well and you survived the fast. Just think -- only 2 more weeks until you can celebrate with some bubbly! Hollys - Your cat is a hoot! Hope you have a restful weekend anyway and the Tiger Blood keeps flowing EWilber - How are you feeling??? Here is the tomato soup recipe I made this week: https://againstallgrain.com/2017/09/18/dairy-free-tomato-soup-recipe/?mc_cid=8338a2befe&mc_eid=7ef80997a8 I used diced tomatoes that I canned from the garden this summer (instead of roasting fresh ones) and it still turned out great. The stuffed portabellas were delicious. Big thumbs up to https://www.thesimplegrocer.com/ for the W30 approved Italian sausage. It really made the dish! And I'm super excited to serve their No Sugar Ham for Christmas dinner later this month. Tonight is Nom Nom's Instant Pot chicken and gravy http://nomnompaleo.com/post/156918257623/instant-pot-pressure-cooker-chicken-and-gravy. You can see I'm trying to step up my cooking game for the final few weeks of this adventure. Have a wonderful Friday night and a successful weekend, ladies!
  6. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    Hey gals - Happy Day 12 (and 13 and 10 and all)! Ewilbur - So sorry to hear you've been feeling so yucky for 2 weeks. That stinks! Especially when you're taking such good care of yourself. Have you figured out anything that seems to help? Hollys - Yay for your NSVs (especially the increased range of motion in your shoulder)! And the Tiger Blood LadyLis - It sounds like you're on track for your upcoming procedure. I have an electrolyte I use for workout recovery that is compliant -- not sure if it's OK to post a link here? I get it on Amazon. Message me if you want the info! Glad to hear your energy levels are high. Sorry to hear you're not sleeping well, though?! That's one of the things that W30 seems to be helping for me -- I still wake up several times a night, but seem to fall back to sleep pretty easily. I have a NSV to share: One of my running partners commented this morning on how great my skin looks -- "glowing" was the term she used. Yippee! My energy levels have been great the past couple of days, too. And I've tried out a few new recipes that turned out to be yummy (including a tomato soup and spaghetti squash with clam sauce!) Tonight is a new Nom Nom recipe: sausage stuffed portabella mushrooms. I'm super excited about it. Have a great W30 evening, friends!
  7. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    Happy Monday! Sounds like you all had a successful weekend -- congrats! It was a challenging few days than I expected, but I'm happy to report that W30 prevailed On Friday and Saturday (days 6 and 7) I was super emotional (weepy, cranky) for no real reason?! Maybe it was some weird, delayed variation of "Kill all the Things"? Then last night my running group got together for our annual Xmas celebration. This year was an overnighter at a beautiful home in a nearby resort area -- with lots of drinking, eating, drinking, board games, hot tubbing (and did I mention drinking?) Based on my emotional state earlier in the weekend, I wasn't sure I could handle it (normally I'd be the one uncorking the first bottle of wine!) But, it turned out great! I cooked a W30 compliant feast for dinner (which everyone loved) and brought lots of sparkling water. My girlfriends were curious about W30 and totally supportive. And it was nice to wake up relaxed and refreshed today instead of headache-y. So, onward and upward! Have a great night, all!
  8. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    Welcome to the gang, Hollys! Congrats on starting before the New Year -- clearly we're of the same mindset Your shoulder injury sounds just awful. Hopefully feeling your body well this month will help speed your recovery. LadyLis - Awesome NSV! Gotta love the early Tiger Blood signs. Good luck prepping for your trip today. I'm thinking I'll make some Wonton Meatballs this weekend, too. I usually serve them with a ginger pineapple rice recipe from Ali Maffucci's Inspiralized cookbook -- riced carrots sauteed in a little coconut oil with ginger, garlic, green onions, and diced pineapple. So good! Leftover meatballs and "rice" are great as lettuce wraps, too (if there are any leftovers?!) Days 4 and 5 done and done! Solid meals and workouts both days (30 min Row on Tues, 4 mi Hill Run on Wed.) I noticed I'm starting to get redundant with my breakfasts (sausage, eggs, squash, veg) and lunches (kale salads with chicken past 2 days). This weekend I'm planning to try some new recipes. If I find any great ones, will definitely share. Jeanette - How are you coming along? Are you finding some good breakfast options? Eryca - Have you recovered from the flu? EWilber - We miss you! Let us know how you're doing!
  9. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    Today is a happy day! Just got my new Whole30 Day by Day book in the mail. Yippee! Day 3 yesterday: Breakfast - compliant chicken-apple sausage, leftover mashed butternut squash, kale Workout - HIIT class (strength and cardio intervals) Lunch - tuna poke with cucumbers No Snack -- woo hoo! Dinner - chicken with mustard sauce (from Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook), roasted carrots and brussel sprouts I was pretty tired last night and could barely drag myself out of bed this morning, but apparently that's normal for Days 3-4. LadyLis - Thanks for the recipes -- Nom Nom and Well Fed are two of my favorites too! I also love PaleOMG and Stupid Easy Paleo. How's your tiredness level today? Take care, everyone!
  10. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    Welcome to our gang, Jeanette! And congrats on the new baby It's great you have your family's support for this adventure, especially with a new baby and the accompanying exhaustion. My youngest is now 12 but I remember vividly how desperately I needed coffee during her early months! Have you tried Nutpods creamer? The French Vanilla one is amazing (and W30 approved!) LadyLis - Your apple/chicken/spinach/pepitas combo sounds amazing. Do you have a recipe to share? That sounds like something others might enjoy on your weekend trip. If you're looking for other potential recipes for non-W30 eaters, my family LOVES the Wonton Meatballs and Chicken Fajitas on the Nom Nom Paleo website. (And I love the fact they don't even know they're eating so healthy?!) Yesterday (Day 2) went well: Breakfast - compliant chicken-apple sausage, scrambled eggs with broccoli and ghee Lunch - tuna poke (from Against All Grain cookbook -- yummy and easy) with cucumbers Snack - handful of cashews (still trying to break the snack habit!) Dinner - grilled steak, roasted carrots, and creamed spinach (from lexiscleankitchen.com -- so good!) Workout - Rest Day, though I did go hit the tennis ball around with my 14 y/o for 30 minutes or so Happy Monday, everyone!
  11. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    Hello friends! Checking in to see how your weekend is going?? After a fun-filled anniversary, DH and I started W30 yesterday. Day 1 went pretty well: Breakfast - skipped (I know, not good, but still stuffed from dinner) Workout - OrangeTheory (strength, row, run) Lunch - giant salad from Whole Foods salad bar (kale, brussel sprouts, pears, roasted chicken, beet strings, olive oil and vinegar) Snack - handful of cashews (I know we're not supposed to snack, but starvation kicked in -- probably bc I skipped breakfast and post WO snack?!) Dinner - pork chops with sautéed apples and onions, mashed butternut squash, and broccoli LadyLis - Sounds like things are going well. Focusing on strength work during the W30 sounds like a great plan to me. As much as I love my cardio, I'm finding that running just doesn't keep things toned like it used to (am closing in on 50 next summer!) One of my hopes for this W30 is to see if it can help with my horrible (hormonal?) sleep issues. Eryca - You poor thing! That must have been some flu to land you in the hospital. Glad you're home and recovering. Hopefully you can join us this week. EWilber - How are you doing? Thinking of you and how strong you are to take this step toward health! Take care!
  12. RunGirlRun

    Start Date: December 1st

    I'm starting Dec 2nd (after anniversary date night on Dec 1!) Can I hang out with y'all? You seem like a fun and supportive bunch. I'm counting this as my 2nd W30. The 1st one in June 2016 was successful, but we immediately went on vacation to Las Vegas afterward (enough said?!) 2nd attempt in Sept 2016 ended early (totally gave up when it got hard -- no excuses.) So, my goal this time around is to not only complete the 30 days strong, but also to do reintroduction well. I have to admit I'm kind of excited to wake up on Jan 1st NOT feeling hung over from too much holiday food/wine! Hopefully this January we'll all be celebrating a successful 30 days and kicking off 2018 healthier than ever!!! Happy start day tomorrow, EWilbur, LadyLisbette, and Eryca!
  13. RunGirlRun

    New Whole30 Day by Day handbook

    Thank you for the quick response and for the link -- so helpful!
  14. RunGirlRun

    New Whole30 Day by Day handbook

    Does anyone know if the Whole30 Day by Day handbook (due to be released Dec 5) covers the same information as the Whole30 Daily newsletters? Thanks!