I have fallen behind in my own blog. Shameful. I can't keep up with all the good comments, questions and answers and stories! I go away for one little weekend and I'm hopelessly behind. Thanks to all of you for keeping the 30-day ball rolling. You've done a fantastic job here.
To those of you who said you were PLANNING dietary Armageddon on Day 31, but have since rethought that strategy (Dan from my kettlebell cert...) virtual high five. You've just saved yourself a few days of unhappiness and feeling like crap. Trust me - I've been there. We've ALL been there. Way to take the smarter route.
For those of you whose idea of "cheats" have changed from weekends full of pizza, booze and ice cream to the occasional sweet potato, something covered in maple syrup and one microbrew while out with friends - I'll cheers to that. My cheats are now hummus, a small amount of Soy creamer in my coffee and the occasional Junior Mint. (Swear to Mary Kate and Ashley, those things are so delicious they should be illegal. I suggest you have a friend dole them out, just to make sure you don't get carried away.) And I enjoy my "cheats" more, because (a) I know they're not going to make me feel like crap because they don't include ingredients I don't tolerate well, (b) I'm not eating anywhere near enough in a single sitting to have a negative impact on how I look, feel or perform, and (c) I have them infrequently, so they're more special when I do eat them.
So, back to my serious weekend slacking. For those of you just getting started and having a hard time wading through all the comments, posts and information on the site, I'll give you a day of grace. Feel free to repost questions here, and I'll make efforts today and tomorrow to answer all of them. (Veterans - feel free to jump in and help out too!) This is just a way to get some quick questions answered without hearing the obligatory "we've already covered that..." response.
Note: Please do not ask me to analyze your diet block by block. I really don't have time to get into everyone's business at that level. However, I'm feeling guilty for being away all weekend, and as a recovering Catholic, guilt is a powerful motivator. Take advantage and post questions now, people.