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Day 974- Day 26 of Whole30

Friday, August 01, 2014

Holy Cow, it's August! Which means my birthday is just 4 days away now. Next Tuesday, I will be 25 years old!

And I don't think I've ever been healthier going into a birthday. Except maybe when I was born. I was a pretty healthy baby. Haha. You know, ten fingers, ten toes, the whole spiel.

I was talking to a friend the other day about how I plan to try and stick to Whole30 even when these thirty days are over. I may have a single cupcake and a scoop of ice cream to celebrate my birthday, but there's no guarantee that I will enjoy them the way I used to enjoy carbs and dairy.

I mean. I think I'll still like ice cream. Yeah. I'll probably still like ice cream.

But what I mean is that come August 6, Day 31, I don't intend to run out and eat a whole pizza, and some onion rings, and half a birthday cake.

I don't really miss bread or grains very often. I may introduce beans back into my diet, and I truly miss dairy in all it's glorious forms, so I'll probably try some milk, or greek yogurt to see how my body reacts. But after 25-26 days of restriction now, the greatest thing I've learned is that I don't NEED any of those foods that I used to include in my diet daily.

I started this journey in December 2011, at 275 pounds, eating just about anything I wanted, and in out of control amounts. The entire appetizer sampler from Applebee's was my dinner. I could eat a large pizza in two sittings, usually lunch and dinner. And it never occurred to me that these foods weren't a part of every person's diet. I just got angry that they seemed to affect me so negatively, while my skinny friends with "high metabolisms" could eat whatever they wanted.

But that's just it. Maybe some of my friends do eat those foods. But they weren't eating them in the proportions or nearly as often as I was. Now being on Whole30, I've had many situations with my friends who enjoy their alcohol, or their fried foods and pizza, and I've had no problem making the choice not to partake. I can eat healthy, maintain these friendships, and feel better than I ever have. Food does not control me. Are there days that I miss chocolate? Of course. Chocolate is a direct gift from God in my eyes. But when you eat it as frequently as I was treating myself to it, it wasn't improving my health.

Whole30 has taught me how to eat clean, and eat foods that improve my health. I will definitely eat some grains and dairy in the future. Hey, I might even have a piece of candy once in a while. But food will no longer be the main focus of my life. Eating used to be such a game to me. I will no longer exercise for 2 hours so that I can get away with that cheesy, fatty goodness I want for dinner. I will no longer save all my Weekly Weight Watchers Points for the Weekend so I can have a few drinks, and then deal with a terrible hangover.

I refuse to let my life revolve around food any longer.

There's just too many other beautiful things going on in this world.


*Edit* A Bunch of you asked for the playlist I use. I used Week 2 but there are a ton of different weeks on this site. Warning, these are the unedited versions of these rap songs, so please be aware of that! Also sorry for the curse word in the link....lol

www.kissmyblackass.org/podcasts/couc
h-to-5k/

  
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SLLYONS51 8/1/2014 10:07PM

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JAMER123 8/1/2014 10:01PM

    There are a lot of adjectives that I could use for you and your program but the words wouldn't be sufficient! You are doing so well and have the best gripe on your healthy life!! You will be able to keep it going especially when you have such a big day coming. I remember my big day and look back at the feelings I had then and feelings now! Our anniversary is 9-4 and it will be 43 yrs. then. Love grows when you work at it!! And foods are a part of the institute. Be steady with your goals. Don't lose sight of them! If you find certain foods that change your eating habits back to the "old" way, put them aside again, try them later.
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COLOR-BLUE 8/1/2014 9:10PM

    Jan-Marie,

YOU'RE AMAZING!!! Look how you literally turned things in at 180 degree circle. Now, your eating to live and not living to eat. What a difference that makes. emoticon

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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AUNTALICE2 8/1/2014 8:34PM

  Well, congratulation!! I am so glad you found your way on your journey! You have worked hard and have been an inspiration to many of us. I hope your path remains even! emoticon emoticon

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GINA180847 8/1/2014 8:07PM

    love your attitude!

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HOLLYM48 8/1/2014 8:05PM

    Wow, you are doing so awesome! Keep up the great work and celebrate this birthday as not only getting older, but getting so much better too!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/1/2014 7:57PM

    Great job

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DONNELDA22 8/1/2014 7:11PM

    You are setting a great example for the rest of us. Thanks for sharing your story with us. emoticon

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ICECUB 8/1/2014 6:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

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SUSIEMT 8/1/2014 5:54PM

    Congrats on your success with the diet and learning new things! Woo Hoo you! Keep up the great job.

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JENNY888 8/1/2014 5:22PM

    You are at an important step now. You have learned so much. Don't let these new habits fall to the old habits. I think the reason that you eating style worked so good is much like the 6 week diet of Dr. Furhman. It eliminates the foods that we are addicted to long enough to stop the addiction cycle. That is shy it works. Congratulations on your progress. Try to read my blog series that I started today on overcoming food addiction based upon a webinar by Dr. Furhman. I hope the ideas in it can be useful for the transition period. Congratulations on your success. You are phenomenal.

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C8TSON 8/1/2014 4:59PM

    That is so awesome! You give me hope for giving up foods that I know I should not eat all the time. emoticon

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FUZZIEBEAR3 8/1/2014 4:52PM

    What a great attitude, and such a healthy change and outlook.

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    emoticon You are doing so great. Keep up the great work!

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WENDYANNE61 8/1/2014 4:02PM

    You have summed it up really well - we basically don`t need a lot of non-Whole30 foods to be healthy and happy - who knew?I hope you have a lovely birthday and have a great day that no longer revolves around food! Im on Day10 and life is good....

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MCJOYFUL 8/1/2014 3:57PM

    Happy Early Birthday! emoticon

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PUZZLEPOPPLES 8/1/2014 3:48PM

    We have the same birthday!! :) I'll be 33 next Tuesday! :)

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SLIMLEAF 8/1/2014 3:47PM

    Hey, that's an impressive blog post you wrote today!

I'm not sure I can even *imagine* food not being a main focus in my life. I'd love it not to be.

So WELL DONE for doing so well and sticking to the Whole30!

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GINILEE4 8/1/2014 3:44PM

    Whoo Hoo - Lessons Learned.


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SUBMOM2 8/1/2014 3:30PM

    Good for you for making such a breakthrough! Have a wonderful birthday!!

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DRAGONFLY02 8/1/2014 3:25PM

    Congrats on making it all the way to the end, just a few more days to go. I definitely encourage you to continue eating the whole foods and avoiding a lot of those foods that you couldn't eat on your journey. You find out how unhealthy those foods are for your body when you avoid them for so long and then eat just a small bite and they suddenly make you feel lousy. Foods I used to enjoy before, I can no longer tolerate and no longer even want them. And you don't even miss them (much)!

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LOVINGKATE 8/1/2014 3:21PM

  emoticon emoticon Boy, you are doing so great. So young and have learned so much. Good for you. You have this in the bag. Have yourself a great 25th. emoticon

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BLAZINGSWORD 8/1/2014 3:07PM

    You got that right! There are lots of other beautiful things going on!
Have a great weekend and keep up the good work! emoticon

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LEWILL1982 8/1/2014 3:03PM

    We have to remember that we must eat to live, not live to eat. :-)

Easier said than done sometimes...

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/1/2014 2:48PM

    I hope you have a great birthday!!!

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POCKETFULOFSUN 8/1/2014 2:46PM

    Right on!

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HARROWJET 8/1/2014 2:32PM

    Continue to focus on how much better you are feeling and how you want to feel that way on your wedding day. No food is worth those good feelings. emoticon

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JCMSMILE 8/1/2014 2:31PM

  You're doing great!! emoticon

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LINDAK25 8/1/2014 2:27PM

    I definitely agree with you about chocolate!
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ARUNNINGKAT 8/1/2014 2:08PM

    Love your line about chocolate! Couldn't agree more! emoticon

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MTN_KITTEN 8/1/2014 2:08PM

    Lessons learned!!! I am glad you have learned that life is for living ... to it's fullest.

While food is to be enjoyed ... it is not all there is to life.

Stay focused. Your wedding is right around the corner.

You deserve to be the best you can be.

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CHELLEBELLE104 8/1/2014 2:05PM

    That sounds like you've learned so much. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great 25th birthday too. emoticon

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Day 973- Day 25 of Whole30 and One of My Biggest NSV's yet!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Last night, after reading the supportive comments and suggestions you all offered about my 5k running, I decided to go for another run.

I'd eaten a pork chop, green beans, and a sweet potato for dinner, and just felt like I had a ton of energy.

So I set out to run using my playlist from Couch to 5K Week 5. It is a playlist created by some woman and is a bunch of fast pace top 40 and rap, and she comes on and gives you prompts when to walk and when to run. It starts out with a 5 minute walk, then follows with 90 seconds of running, and then alternates between 2 minutes of walking and 90 seconds of running. The music is really upbeat so I decided not to walk at all, but instead to jog/run at a slower pace and then give it my all during those six 90 second runs.

I kept watching my watch, because I had it set to give me my current pace, and I felt good as long as it stayed below 9:40. But towards the end I started to drag and saw it slip into the 10 minute mark a few times. But for the last quarter mile, I gave my self a pep talk. If I ran past anyone they probably thought I was crazy. Just saying..."Come on Jan-Marie, push yourself, you can do this." And I pushed for the last quarter mile. And I watched as my watch hit 3.10 miles and saw this.



And this is what my face looked like.



So today I woke up with all sorts of new confidence. I'm a size 8. I can run a 5k in under 30 minutes. I have a healthy body fat percentage. And I'm happier than I've ever been in my life. I'm wearing a horizontal stripe high waisted skirt with a belt today. I'm feeling amazing.



But I've got to tell you, it's funny. I think of all of you so often, and last night during that run, I kept thinking about how proud you all would be when I could finally say I ran a sub-30 5k, and that was a huge driving force behind my running. You all believed in me, so I believed in me. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your constant support on this journey. I'm sorry if I don't show it enough by commenting on your blogs or writing on your walls, but I am so grateful that you all are my SparkFriends. So thank you.

  
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DIANNEMT 8/1/2014 10:11PM

    Woohoo!! So glad for you!!!

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CAROLJ35 8/1/2014 9:17PM

    And we are all so happy for you and all of your successes!!!

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CELLA_P 8/1/2014 8:12PM

    You look phenomenal, Jan-Marie! Congratulations!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KBEHNKE81 8/1/2014 8:02PM

    Woo-hoo-ing along with you. Great accomplishment not only to hit your time, but to talk yourself through a tough spot in your workout.

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KRISTA987 8/1/2014 7:43PM

    Congrats! That's amazing!!!!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 8/1/2014 7:23PM

    emoticon You did it, Jan- Marie. emoticon

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EMMACORY 8/1/2014 7:21PM

    Believing is so important in achieving your goals. emoticon emoticon

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SUGAR0814 8/1/2014 6:45PM

    emoticon emoticon Strong is the new sexy! Keep up the great job!!

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TRAILBLAZER6 8/1/2014 6:09PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration to all of us.

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MAKING-PROGRESS 8/1/2014 6:04PM

    You look wonderful in your outfit. emoticon

emoticon emoticon on your excellent time!

You are an inspiration! I am thinking about training for a 5K, but it will have to be in the fall (can't take the heat emoticon ).

Tell me more about your "tunes"?! I am a walker and I love to listen to tunes and dance my way down the road, but your "play list" sounds like it has some structure...how can I try it?

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SEDONACAT 8/1/2014 4:41PM

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JSEATTLE 8/1/2014 4:01PM

  Awesome NSV, I love your tools!

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LINDAC107 8/1/2014 4:00PM

    Jan-Marie, You are an incredible inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! emoticon

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LINDAC107 8/1/2014 4:00PM

    Jan-Marie, You are an incredible inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! emoticon

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    You are doing it Girl! emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 8/1/2014 3:22PM

    It is our victory too! Great 5K!

You are busy- working and are planning a wedding( with the countdown in the double digits if I remember correctly.)
You don't have much time to comment on all of our stuff. Just try and do one or two people a week if you can.


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SDEHNKE 8/1/2014 3:08PM

    emoticon YAY! You did it!

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NONNAOF2 8/1/2014 2:42PM

  You have worked so hard to be able to reach your 5K running goal, congratulations!! You look so amazing and so beautiful, what a great result of the journey you have been on! :-)

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1STBUCKETITEM 8/1/2014 2:21PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon Super fantastic! You are quite an inspiration. Stay HAPPY, HEALTHY and FIT!!! emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 8/1/2014 1:39PM

  You LOOK WONDERFUL, you FEEL WONDERFUL, and you have every reason to be proud and happy. emoticon

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DSHONEYC 8/1/2014 1:27PM

    emoticon Hurray!

Just hearing you say you "feel great" is our reward for being supportive of your efforts.
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CMINDYC 8/1/2014 1:25PM

    Way to go!!!!��

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MAREE1953 8/1/2014 1:23PM

    A trainer once said, running is mostly "mental". Congrats! That smile comes all the way from your soul! No faking that happiness!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/1/2014 1:17PM

    Great job

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BAHAMAMARG 8/1/2014 12:57PM

    And we certainly are! Keep it up!

I'm not a runner but have read the it's mind over matter - seems like you are getting there - whatever it takes right?

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HMBROWN1 8/1/2014 12:41PM

    Always a joy to read your blog. You inspired me to do the Whole30 program. I am on Day 5 today! Feeling great!

Congrats!

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PASTAFARIAN 8/1/2014 12:26PM

    Now that was a motivating post! Thanks!

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MOMTO6CUTIES 8/1/2014 12:18PM

    that's great :)

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  You look terrific! Great Job! emoticon

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BORN2BMORE 8/1/2014 11:24AM

    Great time! You look awesome and that smile is beautiful!

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YOGAGIRL289 8/1/2014 10:58AM

  Congratulations on a great run, your consistency, looking great, and feeling amazing! Your positive energy is very motivating. Thank you for sharing!

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GABBIECARTER 8/1/2014 10:41AM

    Congrats on the accomplishment!!

Your outfit is really pretty.

I hope you continue to strive with your new confidence.

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NANETTE914 8/1/2014 10:36AM

  Wonderful motivation!

What kind of watch is that?

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    WOW!!! What an accomplishment, there is nothing we can't do if we put our mind to it and keep on pushing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJSHIP46 8/1/2014 10:35AM

    emoticon You are an inspiration!!!

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AMYRYLE 8/1/2014 10:34AM

    WOW! Totally awe-inspiring. When I first started SP I decided to try my first 5K to show myself all the NSV improvements I made. After 1 1/2 yr. of rollercoaster SP use I decided to use my very strong competitive streak to force an exercise commitment for myself, and signed up for a second 5k. My goal was to run the whole thing and improve my original time (45 min.). Due to a big hill at the start of the race I ended up walking several times but finished just under 40 min. Now I plan to run a 5K this fall and I think I'll set my goal of sub 30 min and all running! What an inspiration: you go girl!

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MISSYMOE4 8/1/2014 10:25AM

  You ARE amazing!!! You have the willpower and the persistence to move mountains (and to run sub-30 5k's!). Thank you for always posting--I read your blogs and find my motivation from you. You are a role model to all!

Keep up the fantastic work!!!

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LCRUMLEY81 8/1/2014 10:24AM

  what a great way to start the weekend.

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    emoticon That's freakin' awesome!

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NHES220 8/1/2014 10:07AM

    Well done. I knew you had it in you!

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Day 972- Day 24 of Whole30

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I woke up feeling much better today.

Thank you all for your prayers and warm thoughts.

I'm beginning to believe that my migraines may just be stress related, meaning I will probably have them most of my life. I just need to try and make my life less stressful.

As you all know, J.D. is in the job search, and we're getting married in November, so this point of my life is just a stressful time. However, running seems to help me destress as does yoga, so I'm going to keep trying to do those frequently.

The last three months of wedding planning ares supposedly the most stressful, so I'm going to hope that J.D. and my mom can help me out with some of the stressful choices so that I can avoid headaches. The fact that his migraine only lasted a day is still an improvement over my 4-5 day migraines.

So there's always a silver lining, I guess. Today I weigh-in at Weight Watchers at Work and I might finally hit 5 pounds down since I started tracking at work. It's definitely taken long enough but with weddings, holidays, showers and etc, I just made too many excuses. Whole30 has helped me realize that I just need to eat healthy to reach my goals.

I know. What a revelation right. *slaps forehead*

But I think that Whole 30 has given me the power to realize when a small indulgence is worth it, versus having small indulgences frequently because I think I can get away with it or balance it out with my exercise and other food choices. I don't need nearly as many sweets or fried foods as I was treating myself to during the 180-190's plateau of 2012-2014.

I'm going to reach the 155 that's on my driver's license by my wedding. I KNOW I CAN.

  
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JERICHO1991 8/1/2014 2:59PM

    Great testimony, and start to August. I appreciate reading about your victories and healthy decisions. Thanks.

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WENDYANNE61 7/31/2014 8:51AM

    Glad to hear that your head is not aching today! I am on Day 9 of Whole30 and the choices I are make are getting simpler too.... Yes, I have messed around for months trying to lose 6 pounds, but now the scales are slowly going down - no treats etc. seem to do the trick along with eating real food! Thanks for the Spark!

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NASFKAB 7/31/2014 8:04AM

  you can do it you will do it all the best great you understood fried foods & sweets are not really worth it

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BESSHAILE 7/31/2014 7:20AM

    I know you can too.

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SPARKMEG77 7/30/2014 11:48PM

    Yes you can!! emoticon

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    Yes you can!

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LINDAK25 7/30/2014 8:09PM

    Hey maybe Whole 30 did help you! Having a healthy lifestyle will certainly help you deal with stress. Asking for help and not taking everything on yourself is also a great way to keep stress at bay. Your doing all the right things to manage stress. Good for you!

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COLOR-BLUE 7/30/2014 7:41PM

    Jan-Marie,

You're a real trouper and I have no doubt what so ever, in you. You have already made your goal weight, I just want to see you post it here in your blog!!! CELEBRATION TIME!!! In moderation of course!!! LOL!! You're doing GREAT, just keep it up!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/30/2014 4:16PM

    I know you can, too. Now you know that sweets and fried foods aren't essentials and you can live without them.

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EVRLNGFOO 7/30/2014 3:28PM

    you can do it! i'm glad you didn't give in towel and give up because of the migraine. did you eat something in the last day or two that could have triggered it? like onions? i know it's whole foods, but people do have aversions to natural, whole items sometimes. hopefully you get it all figured out and get them cleared up for good. good luck with the last few days! can't wait to see what you discover.

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LOVINGKATE 7/30/2014 2:31PM

  I am so happy to hear you are feeling better today. You will do this, you can do this, and asking for help is great. I know they will be willing to take on what ever you ask of them.
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    You will do it!!! emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/30/2014 1:58PM

    You can. You will. The end.

Glad to know the headache is better!

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CHELLEBELLE104 7/30/2014 12:52PM

    I am so happy that your migraine didn't last days. I have migraines too and my doctor believes that they are due to a gluten intolerance and my chronic sinus issues. Your whole 30 is problem helping with what triggers your migraines. I hope you don't get to stressed out over the next few months. Your wedding is supposed to be a happy time. It will all come together. Hugs.

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PRETTYPITHY 7/30/2014 12:40PM

    "But I think that Whole 30 has given me the power to realize when a small indulgence is worth it, versus having small indulgences frequently because I think I can get away with it or balance it out with my exercise and other food choices." Bingo!

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JADED_CHICK19 7/30/2014 12:35PM

    So happy to hear that your migraine only lasted one day. I have frequent headaches as well and I'm hoping that healthier eating will help with mine. I know you will reach your goals in no time! You are a fighter and a huge inspiration. Keep up the great work!

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SUSIEMT 7/30/2014 12:29PM

    You can and will do anything you set your mind to with our without your migraines.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/30/2014 12:17PM

    That's a great realization -- crappy choices made often don't make them "treats". I do the same thing though, thinking my exercise will balance out bad eating choices. It doesn't work for me in the long term either!

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/30/2014 12:14PM

    Yes you can

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/30/2014 12:03PM

    Stress will cause hormonal upset and inflammation so...keep up with the yoga and the running to distress. Of course, another thing which could cause headaches is blood pressure. So how is your blood pressure? If it's high, that could definitely be a cause for your headache and something that should be checked into because as you know if you have high blood pressure and are exercising you need to be very careful and mindful that will exert more pressure. Just saying. But I think you are doing a fantastic job. emoticon

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    Glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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GINA180847 7/30/2014 11:48AM

    Stress is the thing good and bad times is made of. Handling stress well now that is the key!

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MTN_KITTEN 7/30/2014 11:24AM

    You CAN reach your goal. Focus on the goal ... not on the immediate gratification.

Make sure to eat every 3-4 hours.

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PEGGYO 7/30/2014 11:19AM

    just keep on keeping on

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POCKETFULOFSUN 7/30/2014 11:14AM

    I don't know how you feel about aroma therapy, but I find that lavender and thyme oils are very helpful. The lavender relieves stress and the thyme is an immune system booster. Natural health food stores usually carry high quality essential oils. Sometimes when I have stress headache I put a drop of each in hot water and either breathe it in or dampen a towel and drape it over my face. emoticon

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SUBMOM2 7/30/2014 11:10AM

    I know you can do it! I really struggle with eating healthy on a consistent basis, so I admire your determination!

So glad you are feeling better today. Stress can be a big factor in migraines, and it sounds like you've identified some good ways to de-stress. Keep that up and know that the wedding details will fall into place.

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Day 971- Day 23 of Whole30...When Migraines Attack

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today was a pretty crappy day.

I woke up with a migraine and just felt like giving up. I was so sure that Whole30 would be the cure for my migraines, and yet, now 3 weeks of clean eating, and I wake up with the same stabbing pain behind my left eye.

I'm not sure I'm ever going to get rid of these things. And that makes me sad. I have improved so many parts of my life and yet started getting migraines a year ago, after losing 90 pounds. I just feel so defeated by these headaches. I couldn't go to work because I was nauseous. So I went back to bed and slept til noon.

I did get to go to get my BodPod reading redone and I was right. I went from 29.8% body fat in November to 29.4% when he used the correct lung volume. Not a huge decrease but moving in the right direction.

So now I'm probably going to go to bed early in an attempt to lose this headache. Even taking my migraine medicine this morning, it continued throughout the day. So I'm really hoping a good night's sleep will really get rid of it.

While I could have thrown in the towel with Whole30 and said, I only did it to prevent migraines and I really want a piece of chocolate, even though that won't solve my migraine either...I didn't.

I'm going to see this Whole30 through. But it's back to the drawing board in terms of migraines.

Boo.

  
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BONOLICIOUS2 8/1/2014 9:12AM

    Have you tried chiropractic? After I went through the whole tracking my foods and trying to find triggers thing, they found out my neck is too straight and its compressing the nerves/veins that lead to my head - causing migraines. It might not be food related, and it might be worth a visit to the chiro. That being said, losing weight and treating your body right was worth it anyways right?! I am so sorry though - migraines are the worst and I wouldn't wish them on anybody. I know how frustrating it can be to have them pop up and throw you off course. Keep trying to find your "migraine source" and it will reveal itself someday. Good luck!!!!!!

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WRITERWANNAB 8/1/2014 1:47AM

    I hope you can get those migraines under control. I had them for a while. Now just occasionally & I can usually stop it. emoticon

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DETERMINEDLOSER 7/31/2014 9:29PM

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KATYSQUILT 7/31/2014 9:18PM

  So sorry to hear about your migraines. I've had them for over 20yrs. One of my worst triggers is artificial sweeteners. I check labels like crazy but sometimes I miss them in the ingredients and I really pay the price! Hope you feel better

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TIREDBEINGTIRED 7/31/2014 3:07PM

    emoticon emoticon I hope you feel better soon! I suffered from migraines for a long time, I finally gave in and started trying different medicines. I know it is not the greatest option but I ended up trying botox injections after my doctor insisted. They last for three months and really did work. I chose not to continue the treatments just because I am weirded out by the fact that I was having botox injections at 25. But it is always an option. Bless you and I hope you are able to get a handle on them soon. emoticon emoticon

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STILLMENEWBODY 7/31/2014 8:54AM

    I hope it disappears soon! Glad to hear you aren't throwing in the towel on whole30! Rest well! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDRA_E 7/31/2014 7:32AM

    emoticon Migraines are the worst! I hope you can find something that helps you!

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ROCKYCPA 7/30/2014 11:00PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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CAROLJ35 7/30/2014 9:32PM

    My migraines always made a showing when I went on a very stringent diet. Of course, they also arrived for no reason at all.
They never left completely, but became very milk and less frequent after a hysterectomy, so I figured it was hormonal.
My kids and their kids also suffer from them, proving it is hereditary.

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JSEATTLE 7/30/2014 8:34PM

  So sorry about your day. Migraines are the worst and can really call you whole day. Good for you for not giving in and hope for a great day tomorrow!

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MOBYCARP 7/30/2014 8:23PM

    Migraines are tough to figure out. There are a lot of different things that can cause or trigger them. Migraines can be a problem in their own right, or a symptom of something else. If you don't find a way to eliminate the migraines, I hope you can at least identify some of your triggers so you can cut down on the time spent in pain.

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DIANNEMT 7/30/2014 8:10PM

    So sorry.

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LINDAK25 7/30/2014 8:03PM

    So sorry. It would have been really nice if Whole30 could have eliminated headaches! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/30/2014 8:01PM

  I used to get them by the time of the month. They were cyclic. If you find a trigger such as allergies, foods, environment , stress, as least you got something to work with.

They do have tests for allergies. As for foods, they usually do the rotation diet. But it seems as if you eat pretty decent. I suppose someone can be allergic to something good for you like strawberries or carrots, not just grains, eggs, dairy.

My friend had this done, and they prick your skin with these samples. Hey if it's something one can avoid, that's helpful. However, if it's too common, like everywhere, that's a nuisance.

I used to get them from hormones.

I do believe they should be able to pin point something for you.

My friend took something natural that got rid of asthma

Today I got something in my e-mail from a friend concerning a little boy and also a hospital that dispensed therapeutic oils. The stress level in the emergency room went down a lot. I don't know a lot about it. But if you want me to send the link by your private Spark mail account, I can emoticon

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MAYBER 7/30/2014 8:00PM

    Feel better soon one day at a time love prayers peace God Bless
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JIBBIE49 7/30/2014 7:44PM

    Glad to see ur blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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MARYJEANSL 7/30/2014 7:31PM

  So very sorry - migraines are the pits!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 7/30/2014 6:19PM

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LCRUMLEY81 7/30/2014 4:46PM

  Get well soon! I hope your headaches give you some relief

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BEACHCALSIX 7/30/2014 4:19PM

    I get really bad migraines too, they are so frustrating! I get atleast one every month. I noticed if I exercise too much they are REALLY bad. Take it easy and make sure you're getting enough iron etc,
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NIELSENSLADY 7/30/2014 3:40PM

    Even though the Migraine issue isn't solved. Have you noticed any differences? Do they happen less often even?

Likely food isn't the culprit to blame like others have said. Migraines can be caused by a number of things such as allergies, hormones, deficiencies, eye sight issues, stress. A number of things. See if you and your doctor can evaluate some possibilites, ie blood test or you could consider getting a hormone test to rule out issues.

On the upside WFD had helped you lose an awesome amount of weight! Keep it up!

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SHERYLP461 7/30/2014 3:01PM

    Could be hormonal, in which case diet wouldn't be that much of the cause. I had hormonal migraines until menopause, but maybe there is something that can be done about it now.

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NONNAOF2 7/30/2014 2:22PM

  I'm so sorry about your migraines, I hear that they can be very debilitating , so I'm glad that I don't get them. Hopefully, you will find the answer as to why you have them, have you seen a specialist to help you? I hope that you will be feeling well soon!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/30/2014 1:56PM

  I am assuming that you have doctored re: your migraines and have been told that there are MANY causes. I have had migraines for most of my life and though they have not TOTALLY gone away, I get them much less frequently due to some changes recommended by my doctor. Do you go over the 24 hour period before the onset of your headache to see what might have triggered it? One of the things that I HAVE TO AVOID, is wine. I love wine, and can sometimes drink it during the evening, but to have a glass anytime before evening is to ask for a migraine for sure!!! If I do not sleep well for a couple of nights in a row I can also count on a migraine. I have definite, no holds barred triggers and avoid them at all cost.
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SDEHNKE 7/30/2014 12:14PM

    Migraines run in my family. So many factors contribute to them. Even if the diet isn't the answer for the migraines it seems to answer a whole lot of other questions. Keep up the good work.

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DMSGLASS 7/30/2014 11:18AM

    So sorry that clean eating was not the solution to your migraines. I pray that something can be figured out soon as to what might trigger them. emoticon

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JAB2010 7/30/2014 11:11AM

    Feel better soon!
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JERICHO1991 7/30/2014 10:39AM

    So many great accomplishments by you. Great job! Hope the migraine goes away soon, so you may celebrate your successes more fully.

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DJSHIP46 7/30/2014 9:50AM

    Sorry for your pain! In addition to all the various triggers, your monthly cycle can also be a factor. Hope your feeling great this morning!


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SUSIEMT 7/30/2014 9:23AM

    Have you tried the pressure points for migraines? I think I have mentioned it before so will not do it again after this. See a massage therapist that knows and is willing to share the information with you. Of course it will be in a paid session but it will be worth the money. My niece who is a therapist has shown many people (she suffered from debilitating migraines herself) it works. Do with this as you see fit.

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STEVIEBEE569 7/30/2014 9:23AM

    I suffer with migraines as well. Additionally, I started to Eat Clean, but still suffered with them. Now, I assess what's going on in my life. For example, am I having a stressful time at work? You may want to look at your stress levels.

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GIZMOLUVSME 7/30/2014 9:20AM

    So sorry about the migraine! emoticon emoticon But kudos to you for not giving up on the Whole 30 plan!!! Awesome job!! emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 7/30/2014 8:51AM

  So sorry those migraines are back. Proud of you for staying the course. Praying for you.

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 7/30/2014 8:51AM

  You might consider taking magnesium. Magnesium deficiencies can cause migraines. (And chocolate contains magnesium) ! I like a product called Natural Calm. I get it at a health/vitamin store.

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HMBROWN1 7/30/2014 8:49AM

    I also suffer from migraines and I confess that I started the Whole30 hoping to get rid of them also!

I find the weather to be the biggest factor in mine. I hope that you feel better.

WTG, sticking with the plan! You look awesome!

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PENOWOK 7/30/2014 8:47AM

    I am so sorry...I know how debilitating they can be! I hope you can find what works for you...I know the clean eating has made a hug difference for you in other areas! Could there possibly have been a trigger in something you ate? Who knows. I hope you are better today!

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Day 970- Day 22 of Whole 30 and a New Driver's License

Monday, July 28, 2014

So a while back, I wrote a blog about going to a concert and almost being denied because I no longer resembled my driver's license. Well with my 25th birthday just 8 days away, I decided to go and get my license renewed because I'd done my hair nice this morning.



I've come so far, and am so much closer to my goal than I've ever been. I even had them lower my weight to my goal weight.

Last night, I ran a 5k in my neighborhood in 32:07. I'm hoping that at some point in my life I'm going to break 30 minutes, but the only way that's going to happen is if I keep trying. I've been in the 31-32 minute range for a while now. I can run one mile in under 8 minutes but I just don't have the endurance yet to sustain that speed over 3.1 miles.

As for Whole 30, I have hit a point they sometimes call "food boredom" where I'm not really hungry or desiring any food, but I still plan to eat my three meals a day. This morning I had eggs with proscuitto cubes, and for lunch I'm having roast beef, cauliflower, and applesauce with blueberries. I plan to make spaghetti squash with meat sauce for dinner.

Eating whole foods isn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. For anyone considering Whole30 but unsure of the restrictions, I'll tell you what the book says. ANYONE can do ANYTHING for 30 Days. And battling cancer is hard, beating a drug addiction is hard. Drinking your coffee black and avoiding certain foods for 30 days is something you are totally capable of, you just have to be willing to put your mind to it.

I lost my first 90 pounds by tracking my calories and eating what I wanted. But there is no doubt in my mind that dining on 100 calorie snack packs and fat-free artificial sweetener loaded foods did not improve my health. Yes, I lost weight, but by putting a whole bunch of unnatural processed foods and chemicals in my body. I can honestly say I feel so much better eating fruits, veggies and organic proteins, than I did 22 days ago. So I hope some of you that are on the fence realize that you ARE capable of this. It's just 30 days.

  
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CECELW 8/1/2014 8:23AM

    I definitely wouldn't have the confidence to put my goal weight on my license. I would probably buckle under the pressure! haha. I am so happy for you. I love the confidence and faith you have in yourself! It's just awesome!!

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AMBER461 7/31/2014 10:23PM

  You are doing well and your DL picture look's great. Thanks for sharing.

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NEWKATHYNOW 7/31/2014 10:10PM

    You are amazing !!! And you keep me on the right track! Thanks! emoticon

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1STBUCKETITEM 7/31/2014 8:01PM

  emoticon What great inspiration! I hope to be about half way to my goal by my birthday this November, and by this spring all the way to goal. Reading your blog about your license has given me a new incentive. November 2015 I have to renew my license and I'm now more determined to get to goal and maintain it for my renewal and for every renewal afterwards! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 7/31/2014 6:12PM

    Awesome... putting your goal weight on your drivers licence!!! NOW THAT IS WHAT I CALL CONFIDENCE!!!

It is amazing how your body can feel giving it the proper nourishment.
Keep up the good work! You will really start to glow even more!


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AGENTSTARK 7/31/2014 2:40PM

  Nice picture. You look like a much younger prettier sister than your previous picture!!! Well done.

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TYMBERWOLFE 7/31/2014 12:25PM

    Nice! You are an inspiration!


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CARTERSGRANDMA 7/31/2014 12:21PM

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SHOOPETTE 7/31/2014 11:31AM

    Oh my, you did need to change that licence, it's almost a completely different person!
Congrats!

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GRLTAZ 7/31/2014 10:35AM

    Congrats ! Getting that new ID pic has got to feel really great, judging by that big smile. Keep pushing !

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JERICHO1991 7/31/2014 9:57AM

    You're doing great. Keep it up!

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RITAROSE 7/31/2014 9:41AM

  Congratulations on a job very well done! Your blog was just what I needed to read today! THANK YOU!! And, Keep up the good work! How great that you've lost the weight and learned how to eat healthy at a young age!! emoticon Ritarose

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JOGBIKEWALK 7/31/2014 9:22AM

    This is so motivating! Thanks for sharing - YOU ARE AWESOME!!! emoticon

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CELLA_P 7/31/2014 8:42AM

    That's fantastic! Hearty congratulations!!

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MLANIGAN213 7/31/2014 8:27AM

  Great Job! 3.2 miles in 32:07 is awesome! Congratulations!

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LYNMEINDERS 7/31/2014 12:46AM

    Woohoo....go you...
You look absolutely gorgeous.....

Whats the book you are talking about with the whole 30?????
Would love to get a hold of a copy

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MM11113 7/31/2014 12:38AM

    I was looking at my Ohio drivers license an realized that for the first time in 45 years, I weighed less than it said! You look great, keep it up.

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IDICEM 7/31/2014 12:26AM

  Love the new driver's license! Congrats on that and your Whole 30 progress.

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EO4WELLNESS 7/30/2014 10:47PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. You look great!

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FOCUSD 7/30/2014 10:09PM

  You look cute in both photos but your eyes are definitely stand out in your new pic. Congrats on your healthy changes!!!!!!

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JUDITHANNIE 7/30/2014 9:02PM

    Good for you

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    awesome! where can i get more info on the whole30 emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STILLMENEWBODY 7/30/2014 7:01PM

    You look beautiful! I am fairly new here, just about 6 weeks! I think I am going to take some time to ready your blogs. I was trying to view some of your photos but for whatever reason they keep getting blocked out with the spark page. Why I am not sure. You know...the image you posted in the left hand corner of your blogs. Anyway that was just a side note...lol. Congratulations on your wonderful success, I am confident you are very proud...but just in case....you have every reason to be proud and I imagine you have a whole lot of fans in your day to day life. Certainly you have them here. GOOD ON YOU! Thank you for including us in your journey, it is inspirational! emoticon emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 7/30/2014 2:57PM

    emoticon to all your progress. It's amazing how far you've come. You'll get to that under 30 minutes!! As you said you just have to emoticon emoticon

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DMCWJR 7/30/2014 2:38PM

  Looking good and I can tell you are soooo happy about your change keep up the great job. Dorothy. emoticon

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MCOTTRILL 7/30/2014 12:56PM

    This is awesome. Great job! emoticon

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DYANNE4293 7/30/2014 12:26PM

    I'm training for my first 5k. I can run for 10 minutes without slowing to a walk currently! You inspire me!!!

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KIN59VARA 7/30/2014 12:02PM

    AMAZING!

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CHARCATS 7/30/2014 11:58AM

    I challenge you to eat whole foods from now on- it will help your overall health & ability to maintain your new look. I have personally reacted to chemical preservatives and all that stuff including the supposedly "natural" MSG- well- dear government that considers it a "natural" element- arsenic is natural too- but MSG causes me harm by giving me a migraine- but companies are not required to list it separately because it's "natural." So pay attention to what you eat as well as what you put on it. Overall summer seems to be the easiest time to have plenty of fruit & veggie selections to go with our whole food diet. For me it's a lifestyle. I bought the Sparkpeople cookbook and it has helped me try many new recipes, combinations & foods that I would previously not tried. It has really helped me in expanding the variety of meals we eat- which helps keep us from the food boredom. However- too much squash & cucumbers really challenge that LOL as our garden is doing quite well at producing plenty of those veggies. TFS your story- what a great success- even tho you aren't to your goal- you're so close & confident you will be- you had it put in writing on your license. Love that you showed both those photos & I can see where they think it isn't you- it's like you borrowed an older sister's license or something- you look much younger and vibrant. emoticon

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JANELLESMOM1 7/30/2014 10:15AM

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LDSECRETARY21 7/30/2014 10:15AM

  Great job! Keep going!

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KLONG8 7/30/2014 10:14AM

    Thanks for sharing. I've never really considered doing the whole foods thing because its always seemed so SEVERE to me. I've been making changes, yes, but still focusing on calories mostly. So hearing you say you can do this if you have your mind set right....well, that opens the possibility to me. Thanks again.

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CHARITYAK 7/30/2014 10:11AM

    Not just thinner but you look so much happier and healthier!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/30/2014 9:32AM

    You look fantastic

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ILOVEJIM851991 7/30/2014 8:53AM

    emoticon emoticon and you'll get that under 30 5K

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