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    BonnieStP got a reaction from xx_firefly in Sharing my "why" on Day 7 of my 6th W30 Reset   
    This has been called a "journey", even I've used this term while in pursuit of my best body size and health and Food Freedom Forever to maintain it.  And it certainly IS a journey!
    I am on Day 7 of my 6th Whole30.  I'm not discouraged.  I've made some mistakes in between, fallen back on old habits, gained some weight back.  But I AM LEARNING.
    It took joining a facebook group and matching up with an accountability partner this time, after several (and I mean SEVERAL!!) failed attempts to keep on past a few days.  I just wasn't committed, though I knew what I wanted.  There's no way around it - you have to be committed.  Having a group or an individual outside your home that is counting on you to stay strong, to help them do the same... that works for me.
    I want to include my "why" in this post, so that I can refer back to it when those pastries or chocolates or mounds of pasta start their siren song for me again at some point after each W30 reset:
    W30, for me, is a freedom from calorie and points counting, and hunger/deprivation while trying to "improve myself", turning my body against my very efforts as it fights to hold onto the weight.  I'm already a pro at that endless cycle, and where did it get me, overweight and unhappy.  My goal is to lose weight steadily until I reach the point where I feel good in my clothes, and strong. It might not even be the number on the scale that I THINK will make me feel this way.  Along the way, it's more important that I LEARN how to eat for life. No more yo-yo-ing. So, tweaking the numbers regarding what I ingest each day, stepping on the scale, obsessing over every fat on my plate... not for me. I'm done with that.  I am seeking to unlearn a lifelong unhealthy relationship with food, enjoy satiation and satisfaction from every meal, while learning to eat sensibly FOR LIFE along the way.  If it takes me longer to lose the weight during this process and multiple rounds of W30, I don't care. I will get this.   To all of you on YOUR journey, I wish you success with your food freedom goals!
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from AnitaC in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow!
    Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (bstpierrestudio.com), with my girl Sammi!
     

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    BonnieStP got a reaction from Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    @Fernsk - Congratulations to you!  I bet you are feeling GREAT!!! 
    It IS a process, for sure, depending on how set your lifelong eating habits were.  I'm every bit as enthusiastic about this method of "resets" (doing a Whole30) as necessary, the reintroduction as a great buffer to keep you from the rush to all-the-remembered-good-things, eating mindfully, and then doing reset cycles again... until I find my Food Freedom.  I'm ok with sliding backwards some, and keep a written journal, very honest with myself, about how I actually felt about the carb or sweet foods as I was eating them, so that maybe next time, I'll remember that I don't really need as much, or as often, in order to be satisfied with a little treat from time to time.  That's my long-term goal... to be satisfied with a little of the less than healthy things, occasionally.
    Good luck with your reset and your journey to Food Freedom too!
    : - )
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    BonnieStP reacted to Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Thank you very much for your reintroduction journal.  I’m on Day 29 of my first round and am anxiously and excitedly looking forward to Saturday as my Day 31 and the beginning of reintroducing the eliminated foods.  It really helps to read others experiences.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    It's ten days PAST the 10 Day Re-Introduction.
    I feel like I've been testing myself.  There are seven clearly non-compliant and potentially problem foods (for cravings/habits) that I've allowed myself in this short time, beginning with one of those quick-mart/gas station mass packaged mini donut packs (1).  I decided after that I don't need those ever again.  It was o.k.  Not special.  Not worth it.  While out doing household errands and attending to a Trust to which I'm a Trustee, I chose to stop in at a favorite bakery, where I poured myself a flavored coffee and sat and savored a small pecan roll (2), and brought home a small loaf of yummy bread and one peanut butter/chocolate cake square that my husband and I shared that evening.  All three, the roll, the bread (3) and the cake (4)... special. and. worth. it.  Three chocolate peppermint cookies (5) at a client's house.  Special- unusual and not readily available - and worth it.  For Valentine's Day a tiny glazed three-bite cake and a chocolate covered strawberry (6).  Definitely special and worth it, as a gift from my husband.  Rolls (7) for homemade smoked pulled pork with our commercial favorite BBQ sauce, also special and worth it.  We've added back into our diet the vegs we've missed, like corn and peas, with light sauces occasionally, and we've had some rice and some pasta in small quantities.
    So, this does seems like a lot in a short amount of time, and I recognize that perhaps I could have said no to some of these, definitely the donut pack... but... is it when opportunity presents itself or when I think I'd like to have it, or for a "holiday" that I should be allowing the not so healthy choices without guilt?  To tie it in with a holiday is not changing the lifetime "I deserve it" mindset, so....?  Maybe freedom would be if the holiday arrives and I don't feel like I really want it then?  (Will that ever happen???)  I am still trying to find my way, for if I am not restricting myself, are all of these, including the bread as sandwich bread or along with a meal, an indulgence, or now part of a normal meal occasionally?
    I have lots of questions, and will continue to read Food Freedom Forever again for some of the answers I seek.
    In the meantime, we have a few days where we intend to be mostly compliant, what I call "mindful eating" but with some foods, like the sandwich roll, that we know are not causing us physical reactions or bringing back cravings.  Then, we are away and staying with friends for a few days where we won't control our meals, returning home to visit another couple the next day, with a restaurant dinner plan.  On  the day after that, Feb. 26th, we'll be doing another Whole30 reset... my sixth.... where the rules are clear for the following 30 days.
    I have a daily planner, and a small part of each day's page is dedicated to tracking... not my foods in particular, for that is not Food Freedom, but the same NSV's as when doing a Whole30; you know, "energy", "cravings", "sleep", "reflections".  Instead of "Day ____, I made it!", as this section of my page reads on line one during a Whole30, it says " ____ Mindful Eating, Day # ___"... a place to check off that I was mindfully eating (that red check is important to my structured mind), and keeps a running tally of the days where I made conscious food choices.  Even if I chose to eat something indulgent which I deemed special and worth it, I continue to count the day.  It is not intended as a punishment for the choices, but a nod at the fact that those types of foods could be a problem to my sweet tooth/old snacking habit, and staying aware of the choice to eat it.  I'll list it, but still check off that I ate mindfully.  Now, should I eat those things without restraint on that day just because the taste is SO GOOD(!), or buy and eat one of those little packaged donut packets again, knowing full well that it is not special and worth it to me, I would have to start my mindful eating count back to day 1 the next day.  An acknowledgement of having slipped a little bit to eating sweets just for the sake of sweets.
    Am I doing this right?  I don't know.  But I'm working at it, and I'm happy with myself and my efforts.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 6 of Re-Intro, compliant eating.
    No problem with this at all - the key is to continue to create healthy, satisfying and satiating meals... which is the goal for life anyway, right?
    Had a wonderful meal tonight, a crockpot meal since I am in between back to back overnight shifts (for a total of 60 hours this week!!).  This is one meal provided by my online subscription meal planner, Real Plans.  I highly recommend using this app - it makes this planning, cooking, eating thing so much easier.  Truly.
    Tomorrow is re-introduction of dairy.  I admit I am looking forward to a creamy spaghetti squash sauce (an Alfredo!!) tomorrow night, using heavy cream, grated parmesan and cream cheese, not to mention the cheddar cheese in the frittata and some of that cream cheese on celery with the third meal.
    We, my husband and I, are discussing eating compliant to Whole30 for most of the time, even when off the re-introduction.  I know we all have to work with what makes our brain/cravings tick... and I'm thinking that if I follow a day or even a weekend of enjoying non-compliants (mostly sweets and alcohol are my concern) with two days of completely compliant, I might be developing a good pattern of behavior towards my Food Freedom.
    What do you think?  What do YOU do, to re-set yourself before it goes too far backwards?

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    BonnieStP got a reaction from AnitaC in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow!
    Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (bstpierrestudio.com), with my girl Sammi!
     

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    BonnieStP got a reaction from Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Hi!
    Tomorrow is Day 30!  Woo hoo!
    Oh wait, there's this "Reintroduction" thing they want me to do TOO??  
    TEN MORE DAYS???
    I'm not DONE?!?
    OK, yes, this is not a surprise to me.  I've read the books, which by the way, I heartily recommend, and this Reintroduction is revealed right from the beginning. 
    I can't tell you how many times I've used the books as a resource since reading them the first time.  Mine is the type of mind that needs the "why" before wholly embracing something new, so 'It Starts with Food' convinced me that this was not one more fad/diet dead end, the others in between I devoured (no pun intended!) and studied, on how to get started and stay on track (plus 1st week meal plan example - which I followed - and RECIPES!!), but then, it was 'Food Freedom Forever' that confirmed that I was definitely doing something for myself that should have been done a long time ago. 
    Most recently, the 'Day by Day' was added to my Whole30 library, because, well, that damned sugar demon.
    Though I'm on my 5th Whole30, and I have learned a lot, feel great and love eating the meals I prepare, I have not yet tamed my sugar demon.  I recognize that I still have much to learn, and I'm a willing pupil.
    So, THIS time, for the FIRST time, I am going to follow the Reintroduction Plan!  It's true, I admit it.  The first 4 successful Whole30's... I didn't do the Reintroduction Plan.
    I suspect that thinking about 30 days puts a period to the plan in my mind that needs to be adjusted, and I'm thinking the Reintroduction is just the thing.  Then, I have some thoughts for after THAT too (Resets!), so that I can someday find my Food Freedom.
    I use RealPlans.com to make my meal planning easier all year long, but especially during a Whole30.  My reintroduction weeks are already planned.  I shop on Thursday and I already have my legumes for Wednesday, Day 1 of my Reintroduction.
    If you are new to the Reintroduction too, or you are seasoned and want to help a girl out, please join this conversation.  I think I got this, but my ears are open, plus I'd love to hear about your journey.
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    BonnieStP reacted to Claudilicious in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Dear Bonnie,
    thanks for your “diary” about your reintroduction.. its very nice to read how other people feel about it. Im on my first whole30 journey right now (day 18) and Im very curious about next steps.. so we will see..
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from AnitaC in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow!
    Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (bstpierrestudio.com), with my girl Sammi!
     

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    BonnieStP got a reaction from AnitaC in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow!
    Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (bstpierrestudio.com), with my girl Sammi!
     

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    BonnieStP reacted to FaithJ in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    I am here to follow your lead Ms.Bonnie. I look forward to all there is to learn.  Approaching the end of Day 30 and ready to reintroduce foods.  Kinda thinking about putting it off and keep doing what I've been doing.