Food Issues

To those of you who watched or participated while I did my 1 1/2 Whole30’s I have an update.

I’ve been off the plan for awhile now and I’m still trying to eat healthy.  I stay away from anything processed.  I avoid traditional fast food (even those nasty salads) but I did have my first Subway sub the other night (meh).  I’m TRYING to stay away from sugar, white foods, potatoes and legumes.


But it’s just like drinking…once you open the door the beast comes sneaking back in…quietly at first and then louder and LOUDER until you find yourself making yourself sick on marked down candy corn from Wal-Mart (okay…maybe that’s just me).

I’m trying but unless I’m hyper vigilant I find myself slipping and then all of a sudden I get a case of the “fuck-its” and start eating whatever I want.  I’ve said to the hubs two weekends in a row now, “Starting Monday I’m back on plan.  I’m getting out of control.”  Only to get to Wednesday or Thursday and find myself eating pasta (or said Subway sandwich) or a small handful of candy corn.

In addition, I’ve done something to my lower back muscles so I’ve been moving really slow the last few days and I’m finding it harder and harder to get up and down the steps to the bus or even the ones to the second floor of my home because my knees are also giving me a case of the fits.

Where does it end?

I’m glad you asked, I’ll tell you where it ends.  It ends one of two places…

Place #1

  • My cholesteral and tryglycerides become out of control and the doctor puts me on medication.
  • I go broke shopping for bigger and bigger clothes all the while saying to myself that I need to accept who I am in whatever shape that is.
  • I look in the mirror and hate myself more and more everyday.  The word “loathe” comes to mind.
  • My knees get worse and I find myself channeling my mother as I climb the steps in my home that I love so much.

And that’s just in the short term.

Place #2

  • I get my shit together and stop eating crap.
  • I see my doctor and have my blood work done to see exactly where I am.
  • I remain off the scale (that’s been excellent btw) and just judge things by how my clothes fit.
  • I keep walking, walking, walking (still loving my FitBit).
  • I cut out candy in all forms (gotta start somewhere).
  • I continue to stay away from white foods (rice, bread and pasta).
  • I manage my portions (I’m much better with this also).

I choose Place #2.  It’s a better neighborhood.  A slightly longer and more hairy commute but when you get there, the property values are through the roof!


A Minor Detour

I’m taking a detour on my second Whole30.  I know why they only recommend 30 days on this sucker.  I’m kind of…um…sort of…OVER IT.  Okay, that’s not entirely true.  I’m still not eating gluten – no pasta, no bread.  I’m not eating sugar – no honey, no white sugar, no “ose” of any kind.  I’m not eating dairy – no yogurt (Greek or otherwise).  No alcohol (duh).  I try not to eat anything I can’t pronounce.  I also try to stay away from stuff that has more than three ingredients.  I AM eating lots of veggies, nuts, fruit and protein.  All of that is good.  It’s the very strict “whole” food part that I’m over.  It’s becoming stressful.  Stress raises my cortisol levels and results in inflammation…okay…that’s a huge rationalization but I don’t want you guys to think I’m giving up.

I’m not!  There is no pizza or Ghiradelli Chocolate (even thought I’m in San Francisco this week) or bagel as big as my head in my future.  I’m just broadening my perspective on this thing.  According to “It Starts With Food”, that’s exactly where I should have gone after I finished my first Whole30.  As they say, it’s not called the Whole365.

I’m ready to move to a Paleo diet.  Yes, Whole30 is a version of Paleo but, from what I can tell, Paleo is less restrictive.  I like that my Whole30 reset my neurotransmitters, hormones and everything else that was fucked up in my system but now my body is telling me it needs more.  My…um…digestive system is signaling that it needs something else to process that is a little more complicated than fruit and veggies.  (That’s as delicate as I can get guys…you’ll have to infer whatever you infer.)

My energy is also down.  Lots of yawning and sleepiness.  I know I’m sleeping okay because I bought this fancy new pedometer.  It’s called a FitBit and it’s cool as hell.  I wear it all day and it tells me (accurately) how many steps I’ve taken and calories I’ve burned.  I don’t care so much about the calorie burn because since I started on this plan I’ve stopped counting them (thank GOD) but I’m committed to 10,000 steps a day and I haven’t been able to get an accurate pedometer to help me with that.  My last one told me it took me 368 steps to go from my bedroom to the kitchen.  It’s actually only about 30 steps.  D’oh!

The cool thing about this FitBit is that I wear it while I sleep and it tells me how I’m sleeping.  How restless I was.  How many times I woke during the night.  How long I actually “slept”.  This is how I know I’m sleeping okay.  Plus, I’m old enough to know when I’m not getting good sleep and when I am….it’s really not rocket science.

So I’m going to lighten up on how strict I am with this thing.  I’ve ordered Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan so the hubs and I can start cooking Paleo and slowly but surely ease my boys over to the light.  The Force is strong with this one people…I know I can be successful.  I’m convinced that Darth Vadar owns most of the stock in McDonalds anyway.  That can’t be good you know?

How about you guys?  Are you out there?  Are you hanging in or have you thrown in the towel?  It’s okay either way.  Just comment and tell us where you are?  If you had to step off the path, tell us what brought you to that decision and if you learned anything from your experience?  Has it changed your perspective or is it just a load of crap? 

More from the left coast to come…I’m here all week folks.  Don’t forget to tip your waitstaff.


In the clear light of day…

So last night I posted about how this eating plan has become a way of life for me and how it’s been much easier than quitting smoking or drinking was.  And in the bright light of a beautiful morning – it’s all still true!  It’s just that I’ve been feeling like I could do MORE and really amp this thing up.  I’m a little behind in my Whole30 Daily emails so I began to catch up on them this morning.  And low and behold, I found some answers.

I’ve been wondering why I’m not as fruit crazy as I was in the beginning of this thing.  In my first go round, I craved fruit like it was my only form of sustanance.  I swear I lived off watermelon the last two weeks of my first go round.  Now?  Not so much.  I still have fruit every day but it’s a small amount and not nearly as bad as before.  Turns out this is a GOOD thing.  Here are the five common errors from Whole30 Daily Day 7.  (If you haven’t signed up for this newsletter you should.  Each day is chock full of great information no matter what day you are on.  Just go to and click on Whole30 Daily.)

I’ve been guilty of all of these (yes…even getting on the scale) except the Paleo food thing (mainly because I’ve been too busy to look for recipes).  So I’m going to be extra careful while I’m in it this time to watch the fruit, nuts, and scale thing.

My Day 8 Newsletter is full of inspirational stories from people who have found the miracle.  Some brought me to tears.  Some made me cheer.  All made me recommit.  Go onto the website and check out success stories.  Like my “drunk books”, these stories are like a booster shot for me.

Hope your plan is going well!  Feel free to share.  I love it when I know what’s going on (yes…because I’m a little nosey) in your lives.  Good or bad – we’re all in this together.


Roll Call

My second Whole30 isn’t as…um…dramatic as the first time around.  This time is actually kind of boring.  It’s like I’ve been eating this way all my life so now it’s just…well…normal.  I’m remembering what my eating habits used to be like – minus the bread.  I’ve always loved bread…I still love bread but it’s the way I love wine…It doesn’t love me.  At least with bread if I eat some I’m not going to wake up wondering who put the little sweaters on my teeth and who I may or may not have pissed off the night before.

But to tell you the truth, I don’t miss it.  Not only that…I don’t miss chocolate.  After only 30 days of abstinence.  I don’t know about my fellow alcoholics out there but I could NOT say that about my beloved Chardonnay after only 30 days.  At 30 days I was still trying to call myself a “problem drinker” and figuring out how long I could be abstinent before I could officially be cured and have a drink on “special occasions”.  Hey, you guys know me, I tell it like it is and that was how it was.

It wasn’t like that when I quit smoking.  Once the nicotine had left my system and I had gotten over my emotional addiction I was DONE.  There was no way I was going through that hell again.  No fucking way.  That was the worst withdrawal I’ve ever been through and I didn’t want to go back.  Every day clean was one more day of healing for my lungs.

That kind of commitment didn’t happen with the booze for…um…a while.  I’d say, honestly, it was after I reached a year of sobriety.  That was about the time that I figured out that I was an honest to goodness alcoholic (although, I have to admit that I still really hate that word) and that there was no going back.  I think that’s when I really started to enter recovery.  It probably would have been easier if I’d gone to AA but we all have to take our own paths through this quagmire and I did what worked for me.

ANYWAY (I do tend to go on don’t I) sugar has been the easiest of all.  The withdrawals were shorter (although intense) and the benefits became evident within the first two weeks.  More energy.  Better sleep.  No hunger between meals.  No ravenous hunger….well…if you’ve been on this thing for more than two weeks then you already know.  If you haven’t, stick with it…you will.

So how are you doing?  Let’s have a roll call.  Who’s still in and how many days do you have under your belt?  AND…what’s the best benefit you’ve found?


Whole 30 Daily Suggestions…

I’m getting the Whole 30 Daily via email every morning and let me tell you, I wish I’d had it the first time around.  It’s chock full of great information about how I may be feeling and what I can do about it.  You can sign up on (for a one time fee of $14.95) if you’re interested or need some additional coaching.

This morning, the focus is on hunger vs. cravings and how to tell when you’re hungry vs when you’re bored, or lonely or pissed off.  There are also a few tips to keep you committed to this journey.

From the Whole 30 Daily (my comments are in parentheses and italics):

  • Keep tempting food and drink out of your house completely.  If it’s not there, you can’t indulge.  (I decided that my kids didn’t need this crap either so we’re keeping it out of the house completely.  They are old enough to  make their own decisions about whether or not they want to get junk food.  I don’t have to be an enabler but I still need to be a good influence.)
  • Enlist a supportive friend or loved one to hold you to your commitment.  Make it fun by betting on your success – if you finish your Whole 30, the other one has to buy you that new pair of jeans or that new fitness DVD you’ve been eyeing. (For me, that person is the hubs.  I have a goal weight in mind and when I get there, I’m going to buy a very expensive pair of kick ass jeans.  You guys are also my supportive friends and loved ones.  You all get the whole, unadulterated truth NO MATTER WHAT.)
  • Tell on yourself. Before you open the box of cookies or pour that glass of wine, jump onto the Whole 30 forum or call your best friend and announce, “I’m planning to go off the Whole 30.”  Telling someone will force you to really think about what you’re about to do and is often all you need to put the cookies down.  (You can email me – my email address is in my profile – or just post on this blog or your own blog.  If I know our blogging community, you’re going to get a lot of support and encouragement NOT to open that bag of chocolate chips cookies.)
  • Check yourself into “rehab”, if necessary.  During the toughest days when the cravings are th worst, don’t allow yourself to accept dinner or happy hour invitations, and don’t participate in activities that revolve around eating or drinking less healthy food.  (Come on people…this is not new for most of us.  Many of us gave up drinking for God’s sake!  Some of us have quit smoking!  We KNOW how this works.  If we really, really want this…there is nothing that can stop us!  We’re fucking warriors!  We’ve got this thing!)

I do want to suggest that if you are new to sobriety and you’re finding this challenge difficult.  DON’T CONTINUE.  Your sobriety is the most important thing right now and this shit is hard (at first).  If you have to give in to something, do not pick up a drink.  Eat the damn cookies.  There will be plenty of opportunities to get your diet in order after you have some sober time under your belt.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more important than staying sober.  The end.

Now for my own confession.  I’m finding it a little difficult to get back on the band wagon.  The hubs brought Oreos in the house the other day (they were on SALE…wtf?) and I’ll admit to eating some of them a lot of them.  That’s my only cheat and they’re gone now so I’ll be okay going forward.  I’m going to get on the scale and see what damage I did while I was on “vacation” as well.  And my cold is better so that should help.  Enough excuses.  I fucked up and I’m back on track.  ‘Nuff said.

Now for the hard part…If I’m brutally honest, the Oreos didn’t taste like they used to.  That made me sad (in a way).  And then it reaffirmed that the shit isn’t what I thought it was and I don’t need it in my body.  (Of course it may just be that my taste buds are a mess because of the cold…but we’re going to go with the Whole 30 thing being the reason.)

Hopefully you are all hanging in there.  If you are and you’ve discovered a good thing to eat (like Annette’s olives or Amy’s Chocolate Chili with avocados) or a strategy that keeps you on track SHARE IT!  We can all use an extra push.  If you, like me, have “slipped” and need to get it back together then share that too!  We’re here for you and will only give love and encouragement.  No judgement here!


Tips, Tricks and oh yeah…I’m sick…

I’m sick.  I seldom get sick so when I do I feel like a big baby.  So what.  What’s more, my favorite cough drop (Ricola Original Herb) has sugar in it.  Again…so what.  I’m also making chicken soup with noodles on the side for everyone else.  I just want the soup part anyway.

It’s funny how when you’re sick you convince yourself that you “deserve” things.  I’m sick…I deserve a cookie.  I’m sick…I deserve that sherbet.  I’m sick…I deserve a pedicure.  (Okay – that last one I may just do but I want to wait until I’m sure I won’t infect the poor technician.)  It reminds me of the rationalization I used to go through every day when I was drinking.  I broke a nail…I deserve a drink.

But I’m not going to eat poorly just because I’m sick; especially since I believe that eating like crap may have helped to get me sick in the first place.  I’m going to eat well and nourish my body so I can get well.  I’m going to stick to the plan.

Speaking of the plan, if you’re new to the Whole 30 and you’re feeling hungry don’t despair.  Part of that is normal (I figured it was my body throwing a temper tantrum because I wasn’t giving it the sugar it wanted) and it may also be that you’re not eating enough at your meals.  Eat slowly at each meal and eat until you are full.  Your body will tell you when you’re full.  Soon your hormones and body will begin to sync up and you won’t be hungry in between meals anymore.

I’ll admit to still struggling with the nighttime munchies.  The lower floor of our home is one big open space so the kitchen is there ALL THE TIME.  It’s like a whining child in my ear sometimes.  “Come on!  EAT!  You know you’re hungry.  You know you want something.  At least go stare at the open refrigerator…maybe you’ll be inspired!  There’s bound to be something new in there that wasn’t there the last 20 times you looked right?  Right?”  I used to give in because I thought I…wait for it…deserved it.  But I’ve learned a few tricks to silence that whiny little brat.

I go up to my room to watch TV.  I do not watch the Food Network (not even Chopped with all of it’s weird ingredients and especially not Diners Drive-ins and Dives!)  I paint my nails.  I read “It Starts With Food”.  I surf the net and look for success stories from people who are as committed to this plan as I am.  I go to bed early.  I brush my teeth.

Anything to keep from eating when I’m not hungry.  If I really AM hungry (which is seldom), I’ll grab a piece of fruit, a grilled chicken breast or a small handful of nuts.  Then I take whatever I’ve chosen back upstairs so that when I’ve finished eating it, it’s a pain in the ass to go back downstairs for more.

Hey…whatever works.

So, as they say in certain parts of the NE…how YOU doin’?


Things I’ve Noticed While Away

While I was “away” from the Whole 30 eating plan I noticed a few things that really surprised me…a lot.

I like fruit.  I’ve never been a fruit eater preferring to get my carbohydrates in a simpler form…white bread, pasta, sugar.  I could never develop a taste for it…until now.  Yay Whole 30.
Eating like crap for a few days really did lower my immune system.  I was reading “It Starts With Food” last night and it turns out that it CAN happen.  Shit.
Crap tastes like…well…crap.  The food we ate on the road (mainly McDonalds) not only didn’t appeal to me when I thought about it, it mainly tasted like salt, chemicals, and cardboard.
Eating sugar for a brief period did not make me lose my mind AND it did not wake my beast.  If I’m honest, it didn’t even taste that good.  I mean…it was good…but when I weigh all the bad stuff with a little bit of taste…it just wasn’t worth it.  I’m also not craving it.  Hmmm..,
I guess I thought that by eating garbage I would undo all the good I had done and go right back to my old habits.  Not true at all.  If anything, I craved the good habits I had cultivated and wanted to get back to them as soon as possible.
So to those of you just getting started, hang in there for at least two weeks.  Apparently our bodies are smarter than we are…

Today’s the Day!

This day could not have come at a better time.  I just spent the last six days traveling and celebrating and eating nothing but CRAP.  The road doesn’t offer many options (never did see another grocery store) and while in OK I tried to eat well but, after all, it was a wedding!  I also caught my granddaughter’s cold which I’m (likely erroneously) blaming on the fact that my diet was so bad while I was there.  You know…eating like crap likely lowered my immune system?  Who knows if it’s true or not – but it works for me.
So even though I’m stuffed up and have a sore throat, I am ready to rock this thing.  Here’s my plan…be sure to share yours as well.  Remember that you don’t have to be perfect.  Even a small step in the right direction will be enough.  Just commit to 30 days and let the magic unfold on its own.  I promise it will.
  • No sugar of any kind including artificial sweeteners or natural sweeteners
  • No dairy (no more goat cheese on my salad and no more lattes…not even once a week)
  • No legumes
  • No grains
  • No alcohol (duh)
  • Nothing with more than 3 ingredients or ingredients I can’t pronounce.
Instead I’ll select whole, nutrient rich food that will nourish my body instead of my mind.  Yep…you read that right.  During my previous Whole 30 I realized that the hold sugar had on me (like the hold alcohol had on me) was more about what was going on in my head than what was going on in my stomach.
I know…I can be dense sometimes.
I’m keeping my coffee creamer (sorry Mary and Mrs D) and the jury is out on Pepsi Max…I’m going to give that a valiant effort but I’m not making any promises.  I’m going to try.  (Yes…I said try.  Screw you Yoda.)
So how about you?  If you’re already in the game how are you doing?  What are your challenges?  More importantly, what are your victories?  And if today is day one for you, what have you done to ensure your success?
Let’s do this thing!

Whole 30 Phase 1 – Done

How Hollywood defines success.

How I define it…

At the end of the day today, I will have completed my first Whole 30 with only the following “cheats”.

  • Goat cheese on my daily lunch salad.
  • Non-dairy coffee creamer in my coffee.
  • Diet sodas.
  • 1 Uber brownie
  • Gum

Overall?  I kicked some Whole 30 ass.  What’s more, I feel fantastic.  No more sugar cravings and if I do have one, I know what triggered it and can eliminate that from my diet (gum…kicks my but and makes me want more, more, more…it’s gone).  No more feeling bloated.  No more constipation (that’s HUGE).  I’ve lost 8 pounds as of yesterday (I just couldn’t wait one minute longer to get on the scale!)  I’ll check again tomorrow morning but I couldn’t be any more pleased.  Why?  Well I’m glad you asked!  Read on my friends.

I did this without having to think about, count, weigh or measure one damn thing.  I have done every diet ever on the market.  Because of that, food and the management of it has become a way of life for me.  An obsession.  My own personal prison.  Because it’s always been this way, it’s all I ever knew.  Gain some weight?  Go on Scarsdale for a couple of weeks.  Looking pudgy?  Enroll in Jenny Craig (or Nutrisystem). Weight out of control?  Weight Watchers…it’s works for everyone right?  Yes – but not in the long term for me.

Why?  Because I wanted something I could do forever.  I wanted a way of life.  I wanted to make peace with food.  I wanted peace of mind.

I found it.  Thank you God for answering my prayers and giving me the courage to jump into my “science experiment”.  Thank you for not letting me quit in the first two weeks when I thought I might kill someone. Thank you for making me stubborn.

Now my head is quiet.  No only is the beast still sleeping, but I’m not obsessing about food.  How much, what type, when and how much fat, carbs and calories are in each bite.  AND I’m not obsessing about how much I’ll have to work out in order to burn the calories, fat and carbs.  Which brings me to my second point which is even more important.

I didn’t work out once during this entire thirty days.  As I’ve mentioned before, this is our busy season at work which leaves absolutely no time for exercise.  Additionally, it’s been so freaking hot and even more humid that this 50+, post menopausal woman has not left the house most of the summer.  I’ve missed moving my body but I have not obsessed about it.  Before, the guilt of not working out would have overwhelmed me and been a constant reminder of what a failure I am.  Not now.  Now I can move for pleasure and health and not calorie burn. (Imagine that!)  So if I decide to take up running, or Zumba, or become a yoga instructor, it will be because I WANT to and not because I have to do something to burn the calories I eat.

Wait.  What?

I’m telling you, without a shadow of a doubt, this is a miracle.  Someone call the Pope, this is a bona fide miracle and should be documented.

I don’t think about what I need to or should or want to eat.  I eat because I’m hungry and that’s all.  I enjoy my food and I make sure it’s tasty but I’m not using food to fill a void.  Just like when I stopped drinking, I’m figuring out how to deal with those feelings head on and not trying to go around them.  I’m eating to live and not living to eat.


So I’m taking a break for a week while I go to my nephew’s wedding and I’m not worried one single bit about what or how I’ll cope.  I’m not worried about it the same way I’m not worried about the booze that will be at the wedding.  I’ll just deal.  If it gets too much I’ll step out.  I’ll meditate.  I’ll go back to the hotel and do some yoga.  I’ll grab my granddaughter and play with her.  Not a problem.  At all.

When I return I’ll embark on Phase II of my Whole 30 journey.  September 18th.  My newsletter will begin to arrive from the website (see my last post for details) which I wish I had done the first time around.  I’ve decided that I’m giving up the goat cheese and the diet soda and the gum but the jury is out on the creamer.  We’ll see.  The reason I’ve added the goat cheese is that I’m still very congested at night.  When I was a child I was “allergic” to milk.  Every time I drank it, I got congested and developed pneumonia.  I’m no doctor but I can follow that protocol.  I’ll take it out and see if it helps.  If not, I can always add it back in.

Science right?

Miracle?  Yes.

So how about you?  Here’s where we are with our Challenge…

Mrs. D – 9/18
Annette – 8/26
Carrie – 8/29
Jessie – 9/8 (Good luck!)
Penelope – 9/18
Connie – 9/18
Dawn – 918
Amy – 9/18 (Amy…would you share the meditations you mentioned?)

If I’ve missed you, please chime in!  I haven’t been very good about recording who’s in and who isn’t but I’m doing better now.  I have a little book that I’m using to record names and dates so we can check in with each other from time to time.

Namaste guys, I wish you Shanti…peace.

Some Whole 30 Information

I’ve been out on the Forums at the Whole 30 site.  Today I saw this…

Snacking is discouraged for the following reasons:
1) Your meals should satisfy you until the next meal
2) Your digestive system needs time to recover in between meals. Without any food to process.
3) Snacking leads to over eating or eating foods with no brakes.  (Food with no breaks is described in the book as food like oreos that are designed to get your neurotransmitters revved so you want/need to go back for more…and more…and more.)

There were also a few comments that mentioned the fact that in weeks 1-3, some (me) ate like there wasn’t enough food on the planet for them (me) to get full.  Apparently, THIS IS NORMAL.  Eat when your body tells you you are hungry.  Check in with yourself to be sure you’re not bored, or stressed, or emotional but if you’re hungry, eat.  I can attest that this wears off as time goes by.  I’m usually not hungry until meal times and even then, not nearly as much as I used to be.

For example, I was late getting home last night.  Everyone was somewhere else and my friend was picking me up in 20 minutes to go do another painting (she’s addicted…I go along for the ride) and I had no time to fix anything.  I wasn’t that hungry but I knew if I didn’t eat something I’d be in trouble later and would be in a position to just go buy anything which usually equates to junk.  So I grabbed one of my trust pieces of chicken (which I shared with the dogs…shhh…we’re not supposed to be feeding the dogs people food) and a small handful of nuts.  When I got home I had another small handful of nuts and I was fine.  Better than fine.  I was GREAT.  Go figure.

There’s a whole post on “Can I have…” out there.  The bottom line for me is that I’d rather focus on what I CAN have rather than what I CAN’T.  Plus, I’m busy and a little bit stupid where science is concerned so the KISS principle applies when it comes to food (Keep It Simple Stupid).  I’m eating meat prepared with olive oil or baked.  Big salads dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and loaded with cucumbers, olives, peppers, tomatoes, grilled chicken and my “cheat”, goat cheese.  Eggs – hard boiled or scrambled.  Meat and whatever vegetable the hubs has cooked for dinner (or put out to be cooked) or another salad (in case they are eating something else).  When I need a snack, during the witching hour or the 4:00 hunger attack, it’s fruit or nuts (but I’m being very careful about this as well…I tend to go overboard on the nuts).

But sometimes I weird myself out.  Should I eat this fruit?  Is this creamer really going to ruin everything?  How many nuts was that again?  OMG my goat cheese is DAIRY?  They are going to vote me off the island!

And then I read this, from Robin Strathdee, Whole 9 Director of Communications:

Please don’t over think think this. You don’t have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do.”

Whew!  That’s a relief.  I’m just going to keep on keepin’ on…


PS – I just signed up for the Whole 30 Daily which you can read about here.  It’s designed for those going through the program for the first time but I wanted to try it for my next go round.  Looks like good stuff.