Mr. Greg

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  1. Mr. Greg

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    @Brewer5 @SugarcubeOD Thank you very much for the info. I weighed in today, and lost another 3.5 lbs this last week. (I know, I know...) which means that in the last 12 days I have lost 7 lbs. Aside from weighing once a month, I am sticking to the plan. And technically today would be the end of my 4th Whole 30: back to back to back to back. I am down 65.4 lbs. I am grateful for the input. My energy level is good. I feel good. I am logging my food daily. I eat when I am hungry, 3 meals a day with no snacks. I can play with my kids again. Sit ups are easier. And I can actually do full push ups. My edema is down even more, snoring level is going down, sleep apnea is gone. My flexibility has increased, bloating is gone, and my step is light. My shoes have become noticeably looser as the feet have become smaller due to the weight loss and other factors Thank you for your insight, Greg
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    Friday Saturday Sunday 4:30 AM 6:00 AM 6:30 AM Eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, Eggs, ground beef, green peppers, Eggs, ground beef / chorizo, tomatoes, italian seasoning, salt. tomatoes, italian seasoning, salt. green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, italian seasoning, salt N/A N/A N/A Salad with: Romaine, broccoli, 1/2 steak Pork chop yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, Handful of grapes Asparagus almonds, and shrimp with whole 30 ranch N/A N/A N/A Steak 1/2 steak Taco salad: Iceberg, ground beef, Salad: Romaine, Broccoli, grapes tomatoes, green chile, Carrots, Yellow Peppers pistachios guacamole, sunflower seeds, Whole 30 ranch. jalapenos N/A N/A N/A Sit ups Sit ups Sit ups Push ups Push ups Push ups 28 glasses 22 glasses 17 glasses 10:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM
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    Amazing. And I've been getting compliments on how good I am looking... from people who see me regularly, and know I am losing. It's almost as though I made a major change. Had some more leafy greens yesterday and today... kind of missing those earlier in the week. My first Whole 30 involved a LOT of salads! So, to recap: No snacking. No Larabars. 3 meals per day. Pack your meal, (I do keep 2 Larabars in the truck as a Just in case.) and minimize the nut intake. Oh, and LOG MY FOOD (to keep me on the straight and narrow and remind me what I am actually eating.)
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    4/30/2018 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Wake up 4:30 AM 4:30 AM 7:50 AM 4:30 AM Weght 305.5 lbs Breakfast Eggs, Chicken Sausage, Fasting late breakfast. 10:30 AM Eggs, Whole 30 chorizo, hash Tomatoes, Green Peppers Eggs, Whole 30 chorizo, hash browns, tomatoes, green peppers, Yellow Peppers, Salt & Pepper browns, tomatoes, green peppers, salt, pepper salt, pepper Snack N/A Fasting N/A N/A Lunch Chicken Salad Fasting 1/2 pork chop 2 pieces of chicken Whole 30 Ranch broccoli Baked poatao with Ghee 2 bites of baked potato with ghee Snack N/A Fasting N/A N/A Dinner 1/2 Steak - cold Fasting Other half of pork chop Romaine lettuce with 2 handfuls of pumpkin seeds rest of baked potato with ghee Whole 30 Ranch dressing (at Jeremy's baseball game) handful of salted almonds (trying to finish up what I have) Snack N/A Fasting N/A N/A Exercise Sit ups Sit ups Sit ups Sit ups Push ups Push ups Push ups Push ups Water intake 12 glasses 18 glasses 15 glasses 17 glasses Sleep 11:00 PM 10:15 PM 11:45 PM
  5. Mr. Greg

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    Sorry for the double post. I added 1 sentence on the end. And can't seem to figure out how to delete my original post.
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    @Brewer5 Fair enough. I won't send in the spread sheet. But I will be logging my food. I think that process alone will help me be significantly more conscious in my food intake... especially if I post it to others... I definitely will NOT be counting calories. Yes, I have learned a lot about my body over this past 3 months. And while I understand the not weighing one's self on the Whole 30, (I did not the first month) I have a pretty big weight loss goal this year. (I'm a very goal oriented person.) So, I really need to be tracking where I am at. I think weekly will be sufficient. (I agree with you about the daily.) Now, if the weight continued to keep coming off like it did the first month... I'd say OK... once every month... at the end of the Whole 30. Yes, I know it's not all about weight... it's about health. I get that. My goal is already in place, and I have several people holding me accountable on it. (and several other goals.) If my weight goes up, then there is a problem. I understand that I need to eat healthy and what I feel is right. But I don't think that going up at all is a good thing. Period. Last week I weighed 309 lbs... I know that 309 is not my equilibrium point... not even close. In fact, I believe my ideal weight would be closer to 205 - 220. With that said, if the weight does go up, I'm not going back to LaraBars and nuts... I have been chastised enough. Besides, if I plan ahead, I will have proper nutrition ahead of time. So does this mean that I am not on a Whole 30? No... I'm still following the foods. I'm just weighing myself once a week... instead of waiting the month. By the way, I think you have a gift in encouragement. Thank you. You certainly have encouraged me One final thing: Yes... this is different. I can see sticking to this plan. I see it as a lifestyle change. Whereas other things before... you are right... they were temporary.
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    One more thing... when I was logging my food in the past, I would weigh myself daily. After my first whole 30, and no weighing for a month, I started weighing myself on a weekly basis. If you all think that is a good idea, I'll continue that. Also regarding liquids, I pretty much drink water... that's about it. Maybe 5 times since January have I had something different.
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    @Brewer5 , Thank you for letting me know that others have a lot going on too. I think I am going to take you up on that. Years ago, I used to log my food. Attached is a template I created. Thoughts? I can tweak it. And a FWIW, Monday Breakfast (0545) Eggs, Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Yellow Peppers, Salt & Pepper. Cooked in Olive oil Monday Lunch: (1155) Chicken Salad with homemade Whole 30 Ranch recipe we found on the internet. (Kids actually like it more than the original Ranch!) - Restaurant meeting Monday Dinner: (7ish) 1/2 Steak cold leftover from last night's meal and Pumpkin Seeds (at son's baseball game) Liquids: At least 12 glasses of water. Tuesday: Water. So far at least 5 glasses. I'll get started and weigh myself tomorrow. Thank you very much. @SugarcubeOD, So, I will be logging my food, and seeing what changes / tweaks are to be made. You are right about the LaraBars & nuts. And if I am gone, I can plan ahead. I have been relying on them too much. My religion doesn't require fasting. I choose to do it. It draws me closer to God. (And helps me be a better driver on the road!) I know that the Whole 30 isn't about weight loss in and of itself, but for people of my size, that is a byproduct of becoming healthier. As stated in my first post, I have seen multiple health benefits in the first month alone: Sleep Apnea gone, adema going down, more energy, better sleep, even snoring is going down. Thank you for your input, and look forward to your insight as I continue this thread. Greg Swartz Weekly Food & Exercise Log - 20110830 to 2011110730.xlsx
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    Thank you very much. I appreciate the comments. My typical day... it varies. Keep in mind that even though I work 55ish hours per week, this schedule that I lay out is quite a bit less than what I used to maintain a couple of years ago. I run a business, so I have a lot of stress. Learning to let that go will take me quite some time. Let's just say that I am working on it, but it will be a multi year process. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday: 0430 Get up, brush teeth, breathing exercises, pray for 20-30 min, Journal. Exercise: Sit-ups, Push ups, Squats, Lunges, Mountain Climbers, Jumping Jacks. Shower. Enjoy a hearty Whole 30 compliant egg, chicken sausage, green pepper, orange pepper, tomato, hash brown scramble cooked in olive oil. Read the Bible. 0615 - 0630 Off to work. Work consists of a lot of sitting for almost half the day. Computers, phones, meetings. The other half is going out to meet customers and estimating. Sometimes eating lunch can be difficult. I usually bring the previous night's dinner left overs for lunch. But if I have a longer estimating schedule, I will eat nuts or LaraBars. (You did call that!) Mon, Tues, Friday 6PM, head for home. Thursday 10PM - 12AM, head for home or a Bible Study, or one of my son's baseball games. Try to eat dinner between 6:30 and whenever I get home on the study / baseball nights. Monday: Dad's night out with one of the kids. Tuesday: Bible Study Thursday: Late night at work. Friday: Family time / Date night with wife Generally get to sleep between 10PM and 11PM. Slight modification on Tuesday: I fast all day. Not for eating reasons, but for spiritual reasons. Wednesday: 0730 Get up. Relax. Late breakfast. Work 11AM-4PM ish. Early dinner meal. Head to son's baseball practice or other child's function. Get back home around 7:30 - 8:15PM Saturday: Try to sleep in, but lately, 0630 for one event or another. Pretty faithful in breakfast. Every Saturday is different. Try to get a late lunch / early dinner. Sunday: 0730 Get up. Breakfast. Church. 1PM Lunch Church / Office work. 5ish or 6ish - snack on nuts. I know the schedule is kind of hectic. I didn't even list it all. But to be honest, it's not going to change. KIds graduating high school and starting college. Spring and summer baseball. Vacation. Possible fall baseball and football. Not to mention theater rehearsals, etc... I've been very faithful to the Whole 30. I see great things. I just want to see them continue. I spoke with a friend on Paleo, and he asked about my exercise regimen. I think I will actually hit the gym instead of my home exercises. Plus, I will severely reduce the amount of nut intake. My goal this year is to lose 145 lbs. I know that is an insane goal. But even if I miss it, how close will I come? And how healthy will I become in the process? This program has revolutionized how I look at food. Thank you for your time, Greg
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    On Jan 7th, my wife and I started the Whole 30 plan. Starting at 367 lbs, the first month was so successful for me (lost 26 lbs, felt great, healthier, edema going down, sleep apnea gone, etc...) that I decided to continue the plan. We just finished up our 3rd Whole 30 back to back to back, and now are on our 4th. I am down 58 lbs, but have hit a wall. I'm not sure what is happening as I have not lost any weight over the last 2 weeks. I am still eating the same Whole 30 compliant foods. I am still very strict about the plan. And when I go out to eat, plan what I can eat in advance. Has my body adapted to the food? to the change? Suggestions? Thank you all very much, Greg