The Home Stretch


Guys! We’re in the final week of the Whole 30 Challenge! Bravo to everyone who has stuck with it so far – it’s a really tough challenge.

I have been approached with some amazing success stories already in this challenge and I wanted to highlight two of them for you. One is from Alec, who has been holding steady on the leaderboards, and one is from Chris, who didn’t sign up for the challenge but has been 100% Whole 30 compliant for the challenge. I asked them a couple of questions about their Whole 30 experience and they were kind enough to provide info for everyone. FYI- these guys aren’t the winners – those still have to be determined!

Alec doing some work!

Alec doing some work!

What got you interested in doing the Whole 30 Challenge and why did you do it?

Alec: Because Garrett walks around my apartment with his shirt off cooking Paleo food all the time…Or because I wanted to lose weight, be healthier, and most importantly have better control over what I eat.  I want a meal to be less of a driving impulse from my body making me do it and more a well thought out decision.  I don’t let my car drag me around and put crappy gas in it whenever it wants so why should my body.

Chris: I happened to see the blog post you guys did when the Whole 30 was introduced and that it was going to be a gym-wide challenge. I’m not a competitive person so I didn’t sign up. However I did check out the links and the program and liked the idea of going super strict to see what would happen.

What was the hardest part of doing the Whole 30?

Alec: No grains…everything has grains. Like walking through the grocery was just nope, nope, nope, ye..nope, nope.

Chris: The hardest part is always the first week two weeks or so. Those withdrawls sucked. Its like being a vegetarian vampire. You have this insane thirst that you can’t satisfy.

What was the easiest part?

Alec: The fact that it had such hard limits. It wasn’t like “You can only have one serving of grains each day.”  It was a hard yes or no on almost everything which is much easier for me to follow because it doesn’t start any slippery slopes.  Wow that muffin tasted good! Maybe I’ll just have one more…

Chris: I think the easiest part of the Whole 30 was seeing my abs starting to come through without having to do any work. Another easy part was that it was fun to change what I ate and explore new things. People at my work started to see me thinning out and eating way better; now I have a few people at work eating much healthier than they used to and they’re seeing positive changes in their health and happiness.

Did you do any meal planning? If so, what did you use?

Alec: No, not really.  That’s not something I was particularly interested in changing. I’m fairly spontaneous on eating so I just made sure to impose the whole 30 rules whenever I was deciding what to get.  It probably took more time because I had to go the the store more as opposed to just like buying a weeks worth at once but worked for me.

Chris: I’m pretty much a rookie when it comes to cooking and in the beginning I pretty much didn’t eat the amount I should have been eating. After about the 15th day I started figuring out new reciepes and spending time in the grocery store trying to figure out new meals. I’m learning and its awesome.

More work

More work

Did you have any really bad sugar withdrawals or cravings?

Alec: Not particularly. I mean, the bread we usually eat is pretty sugary, so sort of yes since I was craving that for a few days?  But it wasn’t to hard to cut out the cookie at lunch and I had already given up sodas quite a while ago, so no major loss in the beverage department.

Chris: Sugar is in almost everything. It’s crazy. I wanted to buy a jug of orange juice or some canned fruit; they all have added sugar. I found freeze dried fruit at Trader Joes – it only had the fruit with nothing else. I bought it and it tasted horrific.

Have you ever tried a Paleo challenge before? If so, do you think this was harder/easier?

Alec: I’ve never done a Paleo challenge before.  I’ve been vegetarian for like 3 months, and this is harder then that.

Chris: I followed Paleo towards the end of 2013 into January 2014. I had a half marathon and was training for that. Since then I have been Paleo 75-80%.

What’s been the biggest benefit of doing the Whole 30?

Alec: Higher energy levels, quite a bit of weight loss, and a lot better control over what I eat and how much.  I also lost 10 pounds first 10 days, which was a little drastic so started eating more.  I shrunk my meal sizes in addition to just limiting the types of foods so that I didn’t feel lethargic after eating and that’s fantastic to not feel the need to take a nap at 2 in the afternoon. I’m literally wide awake at all times of the day.  It’ll getting to midnight and I should really be going to sleep but I’m just wired. I’m down 5 more pounds now, and I’m shooting for 5 more pounds by the end of the challenge.

Chris: I’m sure you’re wondering what I weighed and what I’ve lost. I’ve lost 13 pounds in 2 weeks doing the Whole 30 without working out. The biggest benefits that I have seen are the loss of excess flab, way more energy and my skin tone and eyes seem brighter.

There you have it! Real, live results from people at our box. We only have a few days left of the challenge, and I know everyone (including myself) is ready to cut loose with some Halloween candy. But we still need to crown our winners, so here’s what I’ll need from everyone who is participating in the challenge:

  1. Take your measurements and final weight no later than 10/31. Obviously you will want to take them before you go on your candy binge.
  2. Upload your measurements on your Stats page on LivingFit Events. If you have trouble, email me and I might be able to help.

Most important: These have to be in by 10/31. If you don’t get them in, your results won’t be considered and you will automatically lose your shot at the prize money (and free t-shirt or hoodie!). If you won, I’ll be in touch. 

Workout of the Day 10/27/2014 – Monday


Snatch 1RM

Take 20 minutes to establish a 1RM Snatch.

3 Power Snatches (95#/65#)
6 Overhead Reverse Lunges (95#/65#)
9 Ring Dips


Every 30 seconds, for 15 minutes (10 sets of each) perform the following:
Interval 1 (30s) – Drop Snatch x 1 rep
Interval 2 (60s) – High Hang Snatch x 1 rep
Interval 3 (90s) – Snatch x 1 rep

Perform all movements at 65-70% of your 1-RM Snatch. If you aren’t confident performing a drop snatch with 65%, modify the movement to a Snatch Balance and allow yourself to dip and drive a bit.

3 Power Snatches (135#/85#)
6 Overhead Reverse Lunges (135#/85#)
9 Ring Dips