Whole30 Completed

Just before yesterday’s run.

My sixth Whole30 concluded officially last night, although I’m still eating Whole30 foods for the foreseeable future. What’s the end tally?

  • 10 lbs lost
  • 2” lost in waist
  • Broke bad habits that crept back in
  • Feel amazing mentally
  • Shirts fit better/the way they used to

Notice that only one of those is weight-related. I also did something on this Whole30 I’ve not been very good at in the past; I didn’t weigh myself daily. This time, I weighed three times during the entire Whole30. That’s three times more than you’re supposed to, but for me, it’s a huge accomplishment.

Whole30’s aren’t specifically designed for weight loss, but for me, it always tends to give me 10 lbs of loss the first month (not counting the first one we did where I lost 20 lbs, but I weighed nearly 320 then, so…). The more important aspect of the Whole30 was to get me to stop eating large portions and foods with lots of carbs. Carbs, in and of themselves, is not bad, but when you eat a lot of them, even if they’re natural, it adds up as calories. At the end of the day, calories in has to be equal to or less than the amount of calories expended.

As a 53 year-old man, I do not exercise daily. It’s not good for the joints, and our older bodies rely more on recovery time to build. I’m not exercising to burn calories; I exercise to get faster and stronger. So, sure, my focus may be different. But it’s working for me. I’m running faster, and I’m lifting more. And now, I also weigh less in the process.

I advocate Whole30 for anyone who wants to get healthy. Don’t do it to lose weight; do it to break the sugar addiction. All our bodies are different and will respond differently to a Whole30. I know people who did one and didn’t lose weight and gave up completely on eating better. These people miss the point, and probably missed other data points like wearing smaller pants, fitting into clothing better, feeling better, increased mental sharpness, etc. Most importantly, even if many of these things weren’t realized, the most important is that the body’s reliance on sugar gets broken. But, and this is a big butt (hehe), that’s only if the person ACTUALLY did a Whole30 without cheating and by sticking to the plan 100%. I’ve found many who told me it didn’t work actually allowed cheat meals or days in. That’s not a Whole30.

So, another Whole30 down. I feel great, my body feels better, and I’m back on the right track. I have some very stressful weekends coming up, and a very tough physical fitness test to take tomorrow, but I feel more ready for it all now thanks to this last Whole30. I’m going to do my best to stay on it for the foreseeable future, although the Army’s high-carb diet is going to make that challenging this weekend.

From Marine to Civ to Citizen Soldier

As a young Marine, I was at the pinnacle of my physical fitness. I weighed 134 lbs and was in amazing shape. I could run miles without getting out of breath (really!) and maxed my pull-ups and sit-ups at 20 and 80 in two minutes. This is my boot camp photo:

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Fast forward 28 years and this is what I morphed into:

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It’s hard to believe that both of those are the same person. In the second photo, I weigh over 300 lbs and can barely tie my own shoes or climb a single flight of stairs without getting out of breath and light-headed. That was frightening. That had to change.

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You’re Fat

I said it. It’s harsh, ugly, and something none of us wants to hear, but if it’s the truth, then it needs to be said.

You’re fat.

Now that I’ve said it, let it sink in. This didn’t happen over night. It didn’t happen through mere breathing. Nobody is “Big-boned.” The plan truth is that  you’ve eaten more calories than you expend. Your body, being made up of DNA that, through the ages, has made improvements to how we store calories for those lean times, has taken the excess calories and turned it into an energy storage medium that our bodies use when we don’t get enough calories. It’s called lipid, aka FAT. The bigger problem is that you never allowed your body to receive fewer calories than its taken in which leads to more and more storing of these fats. After a long time, the internal structure of your body is that of a hoarder; full of junk (fat) that’s difficult to get rid of without professional help.

The first step in getting rid of a hoarder’s stash is for the hoarder to accept that they have a problem and that they need to make a drastic change in their life to change. I have seen first-hand a friend of the family go through this. She’s recovering from being a hoarder, and there are times it’s tough for her, but she’s doing great with a lot of support from her family. Getting rid of the fat is the exact same thing.

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