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My Whole 30 Journey

February 18, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Today is day 31 of my whole30 challenge. If you have been trapped in a bunker somewhere let me fill you in on what I did. For 30 days I ate only good, unprocessed food. No added sugar of any kind, no alcohol, no grains, no dairy, no legumes and no MSG/carrageenan/sulfites/other chemicals. I ate meat, seafood (only shrimp because I don’t like seafood), eggs, vegetables, fruit, oils, nuts and seeds.

I decided to do this challenge because quite honestly I had tried pretty much everything over the years to get healthy. Fad diets, workouts, sitting on a couch and binge watching netflix; nothing seemed to work. I knew a few years ago that my cholesterol was high and my family health history is horrendous. I used to be more active playing racquetball almost daily and basketball from time to time, but then life, business, and age got in the way and I found myself getting injured with simple exercises. Something had to shift and I needed to make sure that my food affected mood was stabilized and I was alive for my kids. Here came in whole30 which was not introduced to me as a diet, but instead a life change and gut reset.

I jumped in head first with no clue how I would feel, if I would make it and quite honestly if we could afford it. The first day I went shopping was with the book in hand and iphone cued to a few websites yet I still felt like I was flying blind. As I went along I started to get the hang of what I needed. I had to read every label on everything I bought and I was floored by how much sugar is in everything we buy. Even some of the meat that I buy with a slight marinade on it has sugar in it. If things didn’t have sugar then they had some form of wheat in it. In the beginning, when I was still trying to figure out how I could possibly make a meal without bread and cheese, I found myself mentally paralyzed.

“Are you kidding?!! I can’t have a french baguette?! What am I going to dip into my cheese covered chili?! Wait… I have to take the cheese off?”

The first week was the hardest and while the book says “don’t say this is hard”, those first 4 days sucked. It was hard because of the raging sugar dragon felt like it was biting my head off. The headaches were bad, but it also showed me with evidence how much my body craves sugar.

After the first week I began to discover the “tricks” of the diet to ensure I didn’t spend our monthly food budget in one week. In the end we spent more on our grocery bill, but because we did not eat out we actually saved money on our month. Many sites say to shop the “perimeter” in the grocery store, but in mine that is where the cheese and bread is so instead I made sure to go in with a goal and get only what I need and get the heck out of there. I love to shop so that was difficult for me.

I had to cook for every meal which at times was a bit more taxing than throwing some cheese on a sandwich, but it was also rewarding. I found myself trying really hard to not only make food that tasted really good and seasoned well, but I also leaned into my artistic side and gave myself a motivation of making the best looking food I could.

Going out to eat I attempted once and it was virtually impossible. That says something I’d say. There is so much garbage in chain restaurant food that the only way to eat it on whole 30 is to buy a dish and take a quarter of the food off the plate to eat and leave the rest to throw out. It is a waste and I actually found it discouraging to even try again.

Before I started whole 30 I used to get major stomach pain whenever I ate things that were acidic like salsa and tomato sauce. I avoided those things at all costs and took digestive enzymes to help sooth my gut. I already knew cheese made my sinus’ hurt and bread made me bloated so to lose them made sense. About a week into whole 30 I decided to add salsa to an omelet. I was ready for the stomach pain. Here it comes… that knife in the gut feeling. However, this time I felt fine. I was convinced it was a fluke to I tried it for a few more days. Still no pain at all. I was beside myself because I actually reset my body. I am not sure if it was the sugar, the dairy or wheat but it was clear the combination of crappy food also gave me a volatile and temperamental stomach. This discovery still excites me.

I had somebody ask me during this whole 30 thing.

“Isn’t switching to organic, grass-fed meats, veggies and fruits going to be crazy expensive?”

My answer was simple:

“It will be a lot less than a triple bypass”

I could go on and on with some tips and tricks, but I think I am going to save that for the rest of my whole 30 blogging journey. I have almost 900 posts on this blog and have been writing on here since 2006. 10 years of writing, but this last month of whole 30 I decided to just do with photos on Instagram so I could try it out with little pressure and be successful.

This is the same reason why I decided not to work out during the 30 days. I knew it would be better, but at the same time I also knew it would be too much and a great reason to quit before I learned anything about myself.

I was scared to death of black coffee or even coffee with coconut milk in it. After the 4th day it seems my tastebuds changed and I was able to tolerate it more. Of course I miss my sugar and hazelnut, but it was doable. I found the last two weeks my coffee intake went down to about 1/4 and it was replaced by copious amounts of green tea.

I have not missed sweets or ice cream at all, except on my wife’s birthday. I have had my fill of beef, chicken and pork so I have not really craved a burger except a delicious bun. I have, however, crave since day one pizza and pasta with garlic break. So good and tasty.

I started to have BreadADD… mirage’s of garlic knots…

Ultimately it became very easy to do, simple to plan and my food tasted great. The way I felt far outweighed my mourning of bread and cheese.

So let me break down how I did, how I feel and what is next.

How I did:
I am really proud of myself for sticking this out, not cheating at all, spending the time to learn and exciting others to do the same.

  • Starting Weight: 269.8/270 lbs (i have a crappy scale)
  • Current Weight: 254 lbs
  • Weight-loss total: 15.8/16 lbs
  • Belt Holes moved: 2
  • Goal Weight: 210 lbs

How I feel:
I was 254 lbs last year, but this 254 lbs is different. This is a healthier 254 lbs. I feel better than i have in 10 years. They speak of tigers blood or feeling like a super hero in the book. I don’t feel like that and I am not sure I ever will. I am not 20 any more, but I do feel great and the feeling and simplicity of this diet has given me new eyes on my health.

What’s Next:
As you can see I am not at my goal weight so it’s very clear I still need a plan moving forward. The book has a food reintroduction process of 10 days to figure out which foods affect your gut now that it’s all cleaned out. I already know which foods mess with me. Sugar makes me crash, bread makes me bloated and worthless, and cheese makes me stuffy and have headaches.

Knowing all this and how whole 30 made me feel I have decided on a few things:

  1. I am going to continue on to a Whole 60
  2. I plan to have a “treat meal” every 15 days because I still want to enjoy things I eliminated. I am however changing the moniker “cheat” to “treat” because quite honestly I don’t need any more negativity than the amount I currently produce.
  3. I am going to have a workout schedule for these next 30 days to tone up and create the energy needed to burn more fat.

And last, tonight I plan to celebrate my 30 days of pure victory with 20 min of bliss with a pizza and garlic knots. There is no way that one meal is going to have me gain everything back I lost. It will, however, be tasty and most likely make me feel like crap an hour later giving me the right amount of guilt to spur on another 30 days of kicking tail! 

NO MORE FAT ARSE PEOPLE IN MINISTRY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE

Weight: 260 253-255
Height: 6ft
waist: 38 pants 41 with tape measure.

Why do I title week 2 withdrawals? simple. My wife found me in the corner on wed shivering and sweating with a baguette clutched within my ever shrinking arms. She told me later all i kept muttering was “my precious…my precious”

It seems I don’t drink much liquids at all. I forced myself this week to do it.

My diet was simple as well.

1. eat less…way less

2. stop with the bread…no really STOP

3. cottage cheese rules

4. oatmeal and eggwhite breakfast

5. lunch with tuna and his buddy chicken

6. and dinner was chicken, some pasta, steak etc.

I think overall I was pretty good. I got down to 252 on friday which was killer and then saturday came.
We decided to go to the zoo. Did you know they only sell crap to eat there? it’s true and I did not want to be a dork and come packin with a grilled chicken in carrots in a ziplock. So i had a burger and fries. What was I thinking! I coul’d have eaten a hotdog or pizza or…wait…everything was crap…ok so minor setback.

I think I bottomed ARSED out at 254-255 so this week I lost between 5-6 lbs. nothing to shake a stick at for sure. I’m stoked and we are not going to the zoo this week so I should lose at least 32 lbs. give or take 30lbs.

Ok so now starts week 3. Cya monday for another update and please check out the others who have jumped on this. Visit them encourage them and also anybody who is doing this use the logo and link to these people so we can keep track. If I am missing any somebody please let me know. and If you want in but are scared of the logo…let me know and join in anyway.

Good Luck Everyone!!!

James
Brent
Kristen
Joe
RonBuddy
Dan
Rick
Brandy
Deborah
Mandy
Joel
Theressa
Steven
Love
Tawny
Kelly
Jen

So last week I started this killer idea for a weight loss challenge. Initially it was thought for people in ministry because we are looked at as examples and I know I for one am not a good example with my health.

Oh I know what your think..”what Joel? are you kidding with his dashing good looks and sumo greek physic…Why would he have a need to lose some weight.”

Weight: 260
Height: 6ft
waist: 38 pants 41 with tape measure.

Hmm….for all of you non math whiz people. That is a purebred fat arse.

So I lay the gauntlet down and tons respond. Not here…but elsewhere and I am stoked..

My first week went great. I was eating less and completely cut out bread. I drank cranberry water, crystal light, and water. All was good until mother’s day. BAH!

Thats right mother’s day. Filled with chocolate and starbucks gift cards. Doh!

I have the will power of a dead snail.

With that said I lost one pound, but I know I could have lost 3-5 if it had not been for mother’s day.

I am gonna try my hardest this week and if there is another high holiday of some sort I will be staying in a hotel to stay away from the treats.

The honest truth is sweets are not my issue. It’s bread. If I could I would have a baguette IV.

Ok so now starts week 2. Cya monday for another update and please check out the others who have jumped on this. Visit them encourage them and also anybody who is doing this use the logo and link to these people so we can keep track

Good Luck Everyone!!!

James
Brent

Kristen

Joe
Ron
Buddy

Dan
Rick
Brandy
Deborah
Mandy
Joel
Theressa
Steven
Love
Tawny
Kelly

So I have been thinking of starting to become a beer drinker. I don’t normally drink not because of religious reasons, but cus I think it tastes like crap. So why am I thinking of starting to drink beer. Simple…

Beer gut justification. Thats right. I need some way to justify having a beer gut when I don’t even drink beer.

So it’s day one of the “no more fat arse people in ministry weight loss challenge”. I just lost 300 calories typing that.

I’m starting with a detox diet. No carbs High protein and before every meal 8 ounces of cranberry juice mixed with water. No that is not tasty. You are suppose to kick start the day with some warm lemon water. I think I will try that tomorrow.

So I know some of you are jumping in on this and you can do it anyway you want. Use the banner and let me know what you are doing.

So I have noticed and so has my wife that I have gained a few pounds and quite frankly I am tired of it. It isn’t conducive to many things. any more would qualify as TMI.
Have you read that your body is a temple? Well mine is more like a chucky cheese. It is not healthy and a joke. So with that said I am starting a detox diet. 1.5 years ago I weighed 220. I am 6ft and now weigh 260. That is not a good weight to time ratio. I am ready to fix that an maybe become a non fat Arse person in ministry. That will help me not to look like a tall hobbit. Oops sorry rabbit trail.

So I challenge all of my billions of readers to take up the challenge as well. Use the logo and any weight loss you choose. Don’t continue in being a Fat Arse person in ministry. Become a Trim and Lean Arse.

below is a banner to pop on your site as well. Support the process and me in prayer…or jump on board and join me.

WHO’S WITH ME!!! jump on …use the banner and tell me what your doing and if it’s working. During all of this I have rededicated to being more in the word…I’ll have a post on that soon