We are now in to February. I am in such a better place health-wise than I was even right after my half marathon. Erika and I decided that we needed to get healthy and our eating on track. After being introduced to this program by my friend Staci, we decided that starting January 1, 2014 Erika and I were going to do the Whole 30 (http://whole30.com/). I knew with that fact that my body was not responding to all the running and not losing any weight that I needed to change something. If you look at my very first blog post I started at 231.5 lbs. I will tell you that over the course of all the training for the half marathon I didn’t lose ANY weight. Not one pound.
On January 1, 2014 I weighed myself at 234.4 lbs. I was stuck in the 230’s and could not get out no matter what I did. The whole 30 does not want you to weigh yourself during the whole 30 days. I cheated once (oops) but for a good reason. It was only to calm the frustration of Erika, and it worked! In case you are wondering what the Whole 30 is, here is a brief pitch on what it means:
“I eat real food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat, seafood and eggs come from, and buy organic local produce as often as possible.
This is not a “diet” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. I aim for well-balanced nutrition, so I eat both animals and a significant amount of plants. I’m not lacking carbohydrates – I just get them from vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal or pasta. And my meals are probably higher in fat than you’d imagine, but fat is a healthy source of energy when it comes from high-quality foods like avocado, coconut and grass-fed beef.
Eating like this is ideal for maintaining a healthy metabolism and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life. It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food. It also works to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune.” (http://whole9life.com/2011/09/nutrition-in-60-seconds/)
I ate completely clean for 30 days and I cannot tell you how amazing I feel. My energy levels are high, I don’t drag in the afternoons at work, and I’m sleeping so well! Erika and I made it to the gym only 8 times over the course of the month (not good enough). We lifted free weights (squats, overhead press, bench press, barbell rows, and deadlifts) for about 30 minutes each session. Not really a lot of exercising. Well with all of that, my weigh in on the morning of the 31st day showed me at just over 221 lbs. I had lost over 13 lbs in 30 days. That’s roughly a 1/2 pound a day. Such incredible progress with not really putting much effort into anything except eating good food. Erika lost an astonishing 11.5 lbs! As a larger guy you expect my number to be higher, but by much more than 2 lbs. She did fantastic and I am super proud of her!
Moving forward, I plan on to eat good food as much as possible with a little less restrictions than the Whole 30. However, I can tell you, I don’t even want to eat anything else. I don’t ever want to go back to guy that was 275 lbs 5 years ago. I cannot wait for this new journey in my life. I am going to continue to lift and get strong while eating clean. The weight loss will come naturally with that in a way that is sustainable. I will post periodic updates as well as progress photos. I hope you look forward to the updates as much as I am! I can change my life, I will change my life!