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Jun 1, 2018, 12:05 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Not sure of their reasons, but I have a couple ideas - seeing the full change over 30 days is more dramatic than seeing a pound drop off every few days. It makes for a bigger impact at the end. Or conversely, if the person isn't losing weight at all, it prevents them from getting discouraged and quitting. There are supposed to be other health benefits to the plan other than just weight loss, so they want to avoid people quitting prematurely due to no weight loss.

I told the wife I cheated and weighed myself. She did too and is down 7 pounds.
I figured that may be the case, but find scales can also discourage me from eating a half-dozen donuts.
     
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Jun 4, 2018, 12:10 PM
 
Friday night was deconstructed burgers again, but this time with sauteed mushrooms and roasted cauliflower.



Saturday dinner was steak, roasted potatoes, butter garlic squash noodles, and strawberries.



Sunday dinner was slow cooker chicken tikka masala with cauliflower rice, avocado, and grapes.



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Jun 4, 2018, 12:27 PM
 
this all looks good. What do you snack on when you're on the go?
     
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Jun 4, 2018, 02:56 PM
 
Good question - I was out racing yesterday and usually take a sandwich and Pop Tarts with me. Instead, it was walnuts, cashews, dates, dried cherries, and coconut flakes. Plus a couple of Clementines. That was enough for lunch.
     
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Jun 4, 2018, 03:34 PM
 
You make this sound almost doable.
     
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Jun 4, 2018, 05:30 PM
 
I think this is easier than going veggie/vegan. We usually do one or two veggie meals a week, but during the Whole30 meat has been the staple of our meals. It'd be hard to give up.
     
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Jun 4, 2018, 09:19 PM
 
edit: I would pictures of my food, but DropBox doesn't have public folder support anymore. Oh well.
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Jun 5, 2018, 09:08 AM
 
Last night was pork chops, yellow squash noodles, carrots, and grapes.



I also made a compatible ranch dressing last night:



I need to stop using the recipes from the actual Whole30 book, they're not very good. This one called for 1 T of "herbs," and suggested dill, and it gets put in before everything is blended together. So now the dressing is greenish and tastes like liquid dill.
     
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Jun 6, 2018, 12:40 PM
 
Yesterday was hectic and I didn't grab a pic of dinner - sausages (Trader Joe's has some that are legal), roasted cauliflower, carrots, and strawberries.
     
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Jun 7, 2018, 10:05 AM
 
I'm really slacking on the pictures here. I was trying to change an upper radiator hose on my BIL's car when it started hailing. Didn't take pics of the Asian Broccoli Beef, but you've seen that before:



Plus avocado and blueberries. Down 14lbs so far, for the first time in at least 10 years I'm under 200lbs. Seven days to go.
     
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Okay, finally a new picture. Shrimp, asparagus, and mushroom skillet. Except instead of shrimp we used a bag of assorted seafood from Trader Joe's, it turned out really good. Calamari, shrimp, and scallops. Sauteed in ghee and garlic. Avocado and clementines.

     
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Jun 11, 2018, 11:05 AM
 
Went out for a team lunch on Friday - seared tuna and smoked salmon as apps, then wild-caught salmon fillet as a main course.





Dinner Friday night was burgers again, with roasted potatoes, tomatoes, pickles, avocado, and carrots.



Dinner Saturday night was Chipotle - salad bowl with carnitas, verde salsa, pico, and guac. The hardest part was not being able to finish the rest of the 5yo's quesadilla.



Dinner Sunday night was slow cooker pulled pork with carrot noodles and strawberries. This is one of the last meals this oven/stove is going to make (note the cracked cooktop). New oven arrives tomorrow.





(The 5yo is really into mayo right now for some reason, so that was for him).
     
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Jun 11, 2018, 01:03 PM
 
I’m sorry about the cooktop. No one should have to suffer through electric.
     
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Jun 11, 2018, 01:37 PM
 
looks relatively new for such damage.

Subego, you want to feel really sorry for someone, I'll post a picture of my 1960s era stovetop.
     
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Jun 11, 2018, 01:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I’m sorry about the cooktop. No one should have to suffer through electric.
I'd love to go gas, but it wasn't in the cards. I did pick out a unit with a 12" burner up top so that my entire skillet gets heated up, not just an 8" circle in the center.

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looks relatively new for such damage.
AFAICT the appliances are original to the house, making them ~16 years old. We also ordered a dishwasher, the one we have is total garbage. I've already replaced the entire pump assembly once (due to a leak), and disassembled the entire thing for a full cleanout, but it still leaves dishes dirty and something is definitely growing in there.
     
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Jun 11, 2018, 11:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
looks relatively new for such damage.

Subego, you want to feel really sorry for someone, I'll post a picture of my 1960s era stovetop.
Is it gas? 60s gas is just as controllable.
     
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Jun 12, 2018, 09:23 AM
 
Steak and zucchini noodles again, but this time I just bought premade zucchini noodles. Super tasty.

     
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Jun 13, 2018, 09:33 AM
 
Bye dishwasher and range!



New 12" burner means the whole skillet actually gets hot. So nice, I can't wait to have bacon that's cooked evenly instead of the middle third burnt and the outside is chewy.



Dinner was a sweet potato hash with venison/beef, green peppers, cantaloupe, and avocado.



Today is the last day. I'll be baking a batch of cookies tonight so I can go to town first thing tomorrow. Well, after I do a final weigh-in at least.
     
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Jun 13, 2018, 08:09 PM
 
Congrats on completing the whole 30 days! I will never ever have an electric range. My parents had one before and it wasn't good. Gas ranges are not the be all and end all stove necessarily. After our last gas stove died, my dad and brother went and bought another one. But due to the BTUs being quite low and the high height of the actual grates used to support the pot, the actual heat provided was insufficient. Ended up buying a high BTU burner for the outside for actual cooking. When you turn on the stove, it sounds like a jet engine turning on.
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Jun 14, 2018, 09:34 AM
 
The Last Supper.

Breakfast bowls - roasted sweet potato, mushrooms, sausage with egg and avocado.



I immediately baked up a batch of cookies.





In total, I lost 17.0 pounds and one full inch off my waist and hips each. I sent my wife face pics from April and this week and she couldn't believe the difference - apparently I carry my weight in my gut and cheeks.

Not sure if I'd do it again, but we will definitely be implementing some of these recipes and principles into our regular meal planning - picking sauces and dressings free of sugar, vegetable oils, and soy. Substituting in zucchini/squash noodles instead of pasta. Not keeping a loaf of bread around as a staple for grilled cheese or PB&Js. Quite a few takeaways, and we'll see how they change our habits long term. I think my wife would like to do this once a year as a kind of cleanse and/or brush-up on healthy eating. No ragrets.
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Jun 14, 2018, 11:55 AM
 
Congrats, and thanks for sharing the journey. I might try it if I can get the family on board. Pizza I think will be the hardest.
     
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Jun 14, 2018, 12:40 PM
 
Oof, definitely gonna have to do pizza this weekend. Wife flies out today, it's me and the kids until Sunday. Party time.
     
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Jun 14, 2018, 08:05 PM
 
Congrats on losing 17 pounds, but is that only 1" off the waist? Would seem to be more to me, maybe 3".
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Jun 15, 2018, 09:40 AM
 
He’s 8 feet tall.
     
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Jun 15, 2018, 10:48 AM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Congrats on losing 17 pounds, but is that only 1" off the waist? Would seem to be more to me, maybe 3".
10 pounds was in my cheeks.

I'm back with a vengeance.

     
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Jun 15, 2018, 11:08 AM
 
Your kid is like “donuts... again?!?”
     
 
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