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On The Road Post Whole 30

We finished up our Whole 30 last Monday and on Wednesday Julie and I had a trip to Seattle for a full day training we were giving for a group of non-profit leaders in the Northwest. We knew it would be a bit of a challenge to keep to our post Whole 30 diet and we packed some snacks to help us out. In our planning, we decided to stick to our diet for the most part, but that after the training we would allow ourselves to have something we hadn’t had for a while.

We had some time after we landed in Seattle before we could check into our hotel so we hopped in the car and headed downtown. We were trying to find a Whole Foods, but the maps app on our iPhone took us to two wrong locations. So we gave up and headed towards the Pike Place Market area. We looked for a restaurant that would be fairly friendly to our diet, but since I don’t like seafood, we didn’t have a lot of luck. We settled on the Hard Rock Cafe – not the first thought you have for healthy food. We both ordered a burger with no bun or cheese and a salad. I’m sure there were some things in there not on our Whole 30 plan, but we finished that on Monday, so we did our best given the circumstances and our level of hunger. [Read more...]

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Finished the Whole 30 – 30 Days, 20 Pounds and 9 Inches

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I can’t believe we did it! We made it through the first month of this Crazy Idea, our family just finished the Whole 30, and I survived my first month at Ed’s Gym. I actually did more than survive and am starting to see some results. Last night Ed took my measurements again and this morning I got on the scales to see how much weight I had lost.  Day one I weighed in at 263.8. This morning 243.6. For a total of 20.2 pounds. Needless to say I was pretty excited.  Here are the before and after measurements:

Waist at umbilicus: Before-48.75, After 46.5, Difference-2.25 inches

Hips: Before- 42.5, After 41.5, Difference- 1 inch

Chest: Before-47, After 45.75, Difference- 1.25 inches

Around Shoulders: Before-54, After-51, Difference- 3 inches

Bicep: Before-15, After-14, Difference- 1 inch

Neck: Before- 17.75, After- 16.75, Difference- 1 inch

For a grand total of 9.5 inches (10 if you round up and that would have looked much better in the title)

So I’m pretty happy with the results of the first month. The rest of this post comes with a warning for those who haven’t eaten yet, or will be eating shortly. Proceed with caution. I’ve included some before and after pics and I don’t have a shirt on. So if you want to continue, get out your sunglasses as my tan-less, flabby body may cause irreparable eye and psychological damage. [Read more...]

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28 Days Into The Whole 30 – Preparing For Day 31 And The Super Bowl

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Four Weeks!  That puts us on Day 28 of our Whole 30 program today.  I honestly can’t believe it has been four weeks and that we finish the Whole 30 in two days. Is sure has been a crazy journey this far and until you stop and think about it (or talk with some friends) you don’t really realize how much changes.  Yeah, I’m excited to take some new measurements on Monday evening at Ed’s Gym and to get on the scales Tuesday morning to see how much weight and how many inches I’ve lost. (I’m not quite as excited to post the before and after pics – mostly because of the before ones). But that isn’t the only change I’m talking about.

Earlier this week I met with some of my former co-workers and they were laughing about how my diet has changed. They reminded me of how I would give people trying to eat healthy a hard time and found it really funny that I, Mr. Fast Food and King of anything deep-fried, can’t eat 98% of the items in Whole Foods. But what really got my attention was as I was talking, I was describing food in totally different ways. My focus wasn’t on who had the best burger in town, rather I was recommending new vegetables and my favorite type of apple. Before I never really paid much attention to what I was eating and how it made me feel. Now I’m talking about how I feel if I eat fruit too early in the morning. A couple times I got a look that clearly indicated they were thinking “Who are you, and what have you done to Jeff?” [Read more...]

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An Update – Ed’s Perspective

Just a quick post to share a link to the blog over at Ed’s Gym where Ed gives an update on my progress and what he has me doing in the gym.  Check it out here.

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Crazy Idea Day 19 Update

I can’t believe we are on Day 19 of this crazy idea.  I wanted to give you a quick update on both how the Whole 30 plan is going and the fitness part of the plan at Ed’s Gym.

We want to hear how you are doing too. Share your updates in the comments or post a link to your blog updates.

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Whole 30 Week 2 Update and Food Pics

We are 2 weeks into the Whole 30 plan and I’m having a hard time believing we are halfway there. For the most part have done well. Each of the kids have had something at school from a friend that they shouldn’t have because they just forgot, but that has only happend once.  I’ve had a few pretty bad days and reached a point a couple days ago where I was ready to give it up. Your body and mind do some weird things when you take away what it is used to. We’ve all had moments when we’ve questions if this is worth it. But we all know we are starting to feel better, and I can feel my body shifting and know I’ve lost some weight and inches.

Two weeks in I thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse of the types of food we used to eat and what we are having now. I pulled some photos from my iPhone that we had posted to Facebook from the couple months prior to starting the Whole 30 (blog) and some from the past couple of weeks. It won’t be hard to tell where the change happened.  The great thing is we are still able to have some favorites on the plan, and we’ve learned to adapt a few recipes for special treats like our tortilla-less, cheese-less, breakfast burrito. [Read more...]

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Whole 30 Week One Review

Julie gives you a quick review of our first week of the Whole 30 program from a mom’s perspective including how it is bringing our family together, some ups and downs, and how it is affecting her allergies.

Julie mentioned in the video that we weren’t having any major cravings — well that changed last night. After a not so successful new recipe and an evening out of the house ,we were all pretty hungry and everyone was craving their favorite foods. Driving past restaurant after restaurant on the way home was torture. I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I would kill for a cheeseburger.  After we got home, I fired up the grill, put on some burgers, sautéed some peppers and red onions and fried eggs, no cheese, no buns. It wasn’t a Five Guys burger – but it killed the cravings and kept us on the program. I understand that we may experience a few days of this type of craving – glad the whole family is in this together and encouraging each other to stay on course.

If you’re doing the Whole 30 plan along with us, we’d love for you to give an update in the comments and share how you are doing.

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Rough Days and Making Decisions

We all have rough days and the decisions we make about how to respond make all the difference.

Pain is never permanent.  - Teresa of Avila

 

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Crazy Goals and Preparing for the Adventure of a Healthy Lifestyle

If you’re going to have a crazy idea, I say make it really crazy.  As I was thinking through this idea of getting healthy in 2012 I wanted to set some big goals for myself, and I wanted to build in some accountability.  I was sitting in Starbucks jotting down some ideas of what it might look like — a change in diet, a rigorous exercise program, a target weight, and to make it really crazy, some challenging events along the way.  And if you know me, you know social media would have to be part of the plan. I want to share my journey because I know I will I need the support of friends and family from around the world to make this insane idea happen. I also want to share it to encourage others to really think about their health and to actively pursue a healthier lifestyle.

So I messaged a new friend, Ed, who owns a gym, and I pitched a crazy idea about him working with an overweight, out-of-shape 42 year old guy and using social media to tell the story. Ed bought into the idea and thus the adventure began.  On Jan. 9 we kick off this crazy idea with a Whole 30 nutrition plan and working out 4 days at week at Ed’s Gym . [Read more...]