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Whole 30 Success Stories

Steve Himmelmann
Stats:Lost 25.4 lbs and 7.75 inches
+10 pullups
other stats to follow
*** Steve has been on this weight loss journey for awhile.  Thought it would be interesting to share his full story and the true "before" picture.  

Hello, my name is Steven Himmelmann and this is the story of how I completely changed myself. I not only changed my image. I also changed my workout and eating habits, but most of all, I changed my future.
I was a high school athlete but for most of my life I was the fat kid. I had friends and after probably 10th grade I wasn’t made fun of too much, or I just let their words run off my back, but still got more than my fair share of fat jokes. Football and wrestling were my sports of choice. I played football for 7 years and wrestled for 3 (took sophomore year off because of a knee injury). I loved every aspect of being an athlete. I worked hard and trained hard. I graduated in 2006 at 240 lbs. I was strong and in shape
I then graduated high school and started the party phase that many go through. I still worked out doing the usual basic routine at the gym. Though with all the drinking alcohol and soda, fast food, and smoking habit I picked up, it wasn’t enough. I started putting on weight little by little. Before I knew it I was over 300 pounds. Then in 2010 I was 370 plus wearing a size 44 in pants and needing to wear 2xl tall shirts. I was fat, unhealthy, and way out of shape.
I started evaluating my life. I knew diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems ran in my family. If I didn’t do something soon I was going to be in a real bad place. I realized I had to do something but didn’t know what. I bought a couple of the workout videos from television but never used them. I couldn’t get motivated to do so. Well, sometime over the summer in 2010 my friend Jeremy started telling me about this Crossfit gym. Every time I talked to him he asked if I had gone in. Months went by and I didn’t do anything different. I was still smoking, still eating fast food, still gaining weight, and still going nowhere.
In January of 2011 something changed. I didn’t want to end up where the path I was on was taking me, so I finally decided to go to this Crossfit gym in Valley Park that Jeremy has kept telling me about. I went in and talked to Dan, one of the owners, and something clicked. I wanted to try this. I went through the intro program and was really enjoying it. Even though I was doing push-ups on my knees (girl push-ups,) body rows (the beginning step to pull-ups,) and couldn’t run 200 meters. This just seemed different and nothing that I had ever done before. I liked it
Every day was a challenge for me. I woke up still lighting up a cig and thinking I need to quit this. I would cough and hack and cough and hack non-stop. Day in and day out was the same thing. My chest was burning. This smoking was going to have to end soon or I was not going to be able to keep working out. I didn’t want to give up on working out.
When I finished the first set of classes I found out the gym was having a little competition. My thought was if I can start this and stick to it I can change. So I put my money into the pot and at that point I changed my entire way of life. I went from eating fast food, drinking large amount of beer and soda, and smoking to eating Paleo, drinking large amounts of water, and quitting smoking. I dropped them all like the bad habits they were. I was finally on the right track to not just losing weight, but becoming healthy. This was the turning point in my life.
Part of the challenge was to get into this body fat tank. Find out your weight and body fat percent. Well as much as I didn’t want to do it I did. When I weighed myself in late January of 2011 I weighed 345 pounds and body fat of 45%. So I had already lost 25+ pounds from the last time I weighed myself. This was huge for me. I was finally getting excited about getting healthy. Though 45% body fat was very depressing, I was bound and determined to stay on task.
I was working out 2 times a week for the first month then 3 times a week for the second. I couldn’t go more because I was so sore. I hadn’t truly worked out like this since my senior year of wrestling. My body was in complete shock, in every way. Out with the bad and in with the good.
I started cooking my food and taking it for lunch instead of eating out. I was eating a veggie omelet for breakfast, protein and fruit for snacks, and meat and veggies for lunch and dinner. I loved what I was eating. Tasted great and it was healthy.  I was just over a week in and even though I was craving all the bad stuff I had just given up, I was not going to give in. I just wanted to go an entire 8 weeks. Its only 2 months I can do this, and I did. In 8 short weeks I lost 31 more pounds and maintained lean mass. I didn’t know it at the time but to lose a large amount of body weight and maintain muscle is very hard to do. But I did it. Things were looking great. I was surrounding myself with great supportive people. Friends, family, girlfriend, and fellow Crossfitters, I couldn’t lose. Well except for a bunch of weight.
Right as the competition was ending I started working out 4 times a week or more. Now unlike many people I didn’t take many supplements. I have only taken a fish -oil, a multi-vitamin, and a post workout recovery. I took no metabolism enhancers or appetite suppressants. NONE!!! I still was able to complete my goal of winning the competition. I had lost 31 pounds, maintained muscle mass, ate healthy, and the biggest hurdle of them all, I had quit smoking. I had gone 2 months without a smoke. I still coughed and hacked, but only post WOD. I was feeling better, stronger, faster, and significantly healthier.
 I was inspired by my fellow crossfitters at the gym to better myself. They pushed me and encouraged me to better myself. In November of 2011 I competed in my first crossfit competition.  I was on the scaled team at HOA3 in Springfield MO. It was awesome. Then I competed at the battle for the cup in St. Louis MO, again in the scaled division. My most recent completion was HOA4 in Springfield MO. I competed as scaled competitor but due to an injury to a team member on one of our Rx’d teams, I competed in the final heat of the Rx’d division.
With every ones support I have accomplished many of my goals many things I just recently thought would never be possible. I no longer do girl push –ups, I do pull-ups, and I have run multiple 5k runs. My knees no longer hurt because I am doing your most basic fundamental movements correctly. I used to dread getting my fat lazy butt off the couch to get ice cream and another soda. Now, I look for things to do.  My energy levels are through the roof, I sleep significantly better, and I have a much more positive outlook on life. I am now very much of an optimist.
Two years later my success is this, I have lost a total of 115+ pounds. I am under 25% body fat and still getting lower. I have increased my lean mass. Again with nothing but fish oils, multi-vitamin, and a recovery shake. I have learned how to eat correctly and how to make it. I wear XL shirts and if it weren’t for my tree trunks for legs I could wear a 36 in jeans. I have also completely quit smoking and have no need or want for going back to it. I will live a happier and healthier life because of those who didn’t give up on me and supported me through my journey.
I have since then wanted to give back and help others accomplish their goals as I did. So I decided to go get my CF L1 certification to begin my journey in doing so. If my story helps motivate even just one person I will have accomplished my goal. Remember your body is stronger than you think. It will do extraordinary things. You can do anything you put your mind to. I wish everyone the best of luck in their endeavors. God bless
Recently I have completed my second whole 30 challenge. No cheat meals, only healthy foods, as few processed foods as possible, and as organic as possible. Yet again it proves that it works. I lost the 25 lbs I had put on over the holidays. Yes, 25 lbs in 30 days and I was never hungry. No dietary supplements of any sort. Just foods such as meat, vegetables, and some fruit. Sounds boring to those who don't know what all you can do with these foods, but in reality, you can do SO MUCH!!! In my honest opinion from experiences with several diets. This "caveman" diet truly works. Big thanks to Stephanie Teague for putting this on, and all the time she put into this. Congrats to all my fellow whole 30 contestants!!! Well done everyone!!! KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK!!!!!!

Lost 4.8 lbs and 4 inches
performance coming soon
I have eaten Paleo before but this was my first stab at a Whole 30.  The first week was pretty difficult.  I was a little shaky at the gym, I dreamed of cookies.  Worst, I have a major addiction to Diet Dr. Pepper and Sugar Free Red Bull.  It’s not just that I like them . . . I was drinking about 6 sodas a day and was convinced that I couldn’t work out without drinking a Red Bull first (and maybe afterwards too).  I hated water. Trying to get myself to drink water and be okay with it took some time.  It was well worth it though!  After the first 7-10 days W30 no longer seemed hard.  The food that I got to eat on this plan was all delicious!  I felt better and best of all - I wasn’t hungry all the time.  I have learned to like water and I’m getting my kids to experiment with newer healthier foods too.  It definitely helped that my husband did the challenge too. 
The good: 
·      I feel better, less bloated, more energy. 
·      I actually crave fruit and veggies now.  I use to eat them just because but now I WANT to eat them.
·      Oh, and bacon.  How can you not love a diet that lets you eat bacon?
The bad: 
·      Not being able to drink. 
·      The food can be expensive.
·      I spent a lot of time trying to prep meals so that we wouldn’t get stuck unprepared . . . good idea but very time consuming. 
·      I was very stuck with the numbers on the scale and I experienced a lot of frustration that they weren’t moving like I wanted. 
·      Oh, and not that I expected any different but my boobs did not get bigger.
The amazing:
·      Regardless of what my scale said, I feel better!  I am pretty sure that I look a little better too.  It’s possible that I’m even starting to see those deeply buried ab muscles
·      I LIKE water!!!

Worth It
Truvia (oh, how I missed you Truvia and I welcome you back!)

Not Worth It
Ice cream
Diet Soda (wow, did I really just say that?!?!)
Bread (unless in the form of pizza)
Cheese (again, unless it is on pizza)











Penny Sinak

Lost 6.2 lbs and 4 inches
OHP +5
BS +15
Pullups +5
FGB +50
I started CrossFit November 1 with my husband, Mike, and honestly thought I'd be lucky to make it a few weeks before something happened to take me out of the game. (I was fifty, fluffy and not very active)   I lived through the first couple months and was hooked.  I love the people, the place, the process.  CrossFit has helped me discover I can do much more than I thought I could.
When the Whole30 Challenge was presented, I wanted to give it a try, hoping for a healthier relationship with food and a little weight loss.  I was so happily surprised at how great I felt that I did it for 6 weeks, and am still eating this way for the most part.  After only a week into the challenge, I noticed I was sleeping much more soundly and I had plenty of energy and never had to feel hungry. 
I did have some weight loss and lost inches, but my happiest bonus was gaining 50 points on my Fight Gone Bad score!
I will continue with the eating plan and I am now at CFVP 3 times per week.  I did note all my measurements and weight back on November 1. Thanks to CrossFit and healthy eating, I've lost 15 pounds and over 13 inches so far.  You all will know when I've lost 20 pounds because that is when I treat myself to a new outfit for working out. 
While I wasn't too varied with my meal plans, I do love roasted vegetables, and the Seafood Chowder Stephanie posted is my favorite!  Also, anything you would put on bread for a sandwich tastes great on Napa cabbage. 
Everyone I've met at CFVP has helped me along the way.  I'm very thankful for all the encouragement from the trainers and everyone I've met.
My goals for the near future? 
Have a great softball season.
Run the Crusher 5k.
Run some other 5k races, including the Undy 5000 in March.
I'd love to eventually have arms like Stephanie's! (and no more pull-ups with giant bands)
Keep getting fit so when I stop running, everything stops at the same time!


Laura Cordes

Lost 18.8 lbs and 9.75 inches
OHP +10lbs
BS + 33 lbs
Pullups +6
FGB +48
My Whole 30 experience was a total success. I wanted, like most others, to lose weight and just be able to move more weight and feel better. I do not think I would have been able to do it without all the support from my partner. I can’t say it was easy the first couple weeks and I was texting my buddy 2-3 times a day for support. I don’t think I ever stopped texting that much, but the last two weeks were definitely easier. I began to really feel better after the first 4-5 days and was able to run through the day with tons of energy. I also noticed my running had become much more effortless. I think some of the hardest parts of Whole 30 was trying to figure out how not be tempted by foods at work. I constantly had fruit and veggies around. I was also annoyed by the comments from some coworkers about me not eating the cookies and bagels every day.
I am very happy without outcome. The most exciting part for me is that I really watch what I am eating. Whole 30 taught me exactly what I should be eating and that I do not need all the extra foods. I feel guilty now when I am eating something I know isn’t going to benefit my body. I will continue to eat paleo, since I did miss maple syrup and honey. Like everyone else I will leave my worth it/not worth it lists…
Worth it:                                                                                                Not Worth it:
Chocolate chip cookies                                                             Bread/Cereal/Pasta
Qdoba                                                                                                 Milk/Cheese
Sausage Pizza                                                                                    Candy
Brownies                                                                                             Chips

The good parts of whole 30:
Baggy clothes, improved running times, seeing muscle definition, more energy throughout the day, being in better moods and feeling good about eating
The Bad:
Time it takes to cook everything, finding quick recipes, do so many dishes every day, prepping all the food, watching other friends eat “off limits” food and the cost of the food.

Jayna Eaves Story

Lost 4.4 lbs and 9.25 inches
OHP +3lbs
BS +3 lbs  
Pullups +3
FGB +15 
Okay, so this whole 30 was not my first rodeo.   For some reason, this time seemed much easier than my prior experience.  I think it was having the knowledge of how good I would feel once the low-carb flu feeling passed.  This time the blahs came sooner ( day 4) and only lasted a few days…and then the energy!  So worth getting there, just feeling like you have energy to really be productive ALL day.  I also stopped apologizing at gatherings about what I could and couldn’t eat.  That really bothered me on my first Whole 30, but this time I felt like I didn’t owe anyone an apology for eating clean.  I loved never feeling bloated, never having a meal not settle well.  My endurance level really improved my running distance.  I’m NOT a runner, but trying to be one for the St. Louis Go relay.  I doubled the distance I could run within the first 2 weeks of eating clean…coincidence? Maybe but I doubt it.

Mentally, I think whole 30 has really helped me NOT focus on the scale number.  I’m really such a girl about that!  It’s pretty amazing the inches lost when the scale barely budges.  I have to say it’s nice to be in the best shape ( not to be mistaken for the lowest weight) of my life after 40, when you hear all of your life 40 equals decline. 

Downside – it’s really expensive, but so are dr’s visits when you don’t take care of yourself.
It would be even easier if Stephanie would deliver her cooking. 

















Joe Schmidt's Story

Lost 13.4 LBS
Inches lost 10 inches
FGB +14
Increased strict pull ups by 7 (20 to 27)  

I guess I should start out by giving the reason why I started the Whole 30 in the first place.  I like many other people had a few pounds to lose, and found myself gaining more and more weight year over year.  It seems like when I get to 160 pounds I freaked out and would go on a diet to try and get down to my ideal weight of 140 lbs.  I have done this the last couple of years.  I figured the whole 30 would not only help me lose the weight but give me a new direction in how to eat healthier. I am not going to lie either, seeing all the rock hard and slim bodies had a little to do with it as well. Overall I thought that the whole 30 program was great.  It took some getting use to in the beginning though.  I was use to just grabbing what ever out of the cabinet that I wanted and with the whole 30 you had to think about what to choose.  After the first week though I wasn’t as hungry and could normally get by on the three meals a day that I was eating.  I do have to say this program was easier with a wife that supported me through it from day one and she even picked up some changes as well.

Now that I am off the program though I feel like I am cheating everyday and feel guilty for eating some of the things that I love.  I think because of all the hard work that I put in I do not want to give it all back.  I guess that is where the lifestyle change comes into play. 

From a performance standpoint I wasn’t happy with my back squat or OHP, but I didn’t train those muscles as I was starting my half marathon training and was more focused on that.  I did have more energy to get through my longer runs and still have time for a mini WOD at the end.  Overall I am thinking of doing another round and focus more on weight training as well as running and see what I can do in 60 days rather than just 30.   


   Erin Steinkamp's Story

Lost 6 lbs and 7 inches
+53 FGB
+10 OHP
+57 lb Back Squat (now at150#)
+10 lb OHP
+14 pullups

This Whole 30/intro to Crossfit has been a great one…I am amazed at the changes that I have made in 1 month!
More energy
I feel like I am more focused and able to get more done
No crazy migraines!
Sleeping so much better
Skin looks more refreshed
Went down a pant size (happy dance!!!)
Feeling stronger and I can tell that my posture has really improved

It is really expensive to eat like this (while feeding a family of 5 – all who love to eat what mom makes!)
I am constantly doing dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher)
I spend my Sunday afternoons prepping food or cooking
I hate the scale
Overall, I really love what I’m doing and plan on continuing. I’ve started looking into more Paleo-type recipes and the whole family is really enjoying what I’m making (unless its sweet potatoes; apparently they are poison to Steinkamp men)
I’ve gone out to celebrate and amazed myself by not going crazy…a glass of wine, a little blue cheese on a salad, and 2 bites of tiramisu was as far as I went and I was very happy with it! The next day was right back to “normal” eating.
I look forward to getting some really good dark chocolate for those extremely trying days and a glass of wine on an occasional Friday night, but other than that, I’m good and I don’t miss all the junk foods that made me feel so bad in the first place!
Here’s to dropping another pant size next month!

Julie Johnson's Story

Lost 6.2 lbs and 3.75 inches
+15 reps FGB
Pre-Whole 30 ‘Worth it’ Foods:

  • Pancakes
  • Biscuits
  • Vanilla Long John Donuts
  • Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
  • Cupcakes with Buttercream icing
  • Buttercream frosted sugar cookies
  • Resees peanut butter cups

Pre Whole 30 ‘Not Worth it’ Foods:

  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Chips
  • Fries
  • Pasta
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Store bought candy
  • Beans

The Good:

  • So long mid-day slump. Taking care of a 5 month old, trying to stay in decent shape, and having a more-than-full-time job, my life feels like a full sprint from about 5am - 10pm. While I never drank coffee or soda, I used to resort to mid-afternoon sugar fixes to keep me awake.  Since starting whole 30, I feel like I have more energy to power through the day.   
  • Baggy Pants - Before whole 30, the scale was only a few pounds off from my pre-pregnancy weight.  However,  my body was different and my clothes were still feeling a little more snug than before.  After whole 30, I’m below my pre-pregnancy weight and some of my clothes are too big. 
  • Less stress eating - I love to reach out to my friend, sugar, when I’m under stress. Candy, chocolate, cookies, cake, ice cream, straight sugar right out of the container as a last resort (yep, sad, but true).  On Whole 30, I’ve had to find other outlets to channel my anxieties. (Enter homemade sweet potato fries). 
  • Homemade sweet potato fries
  • New favorite foods - Balsamic Vinegar, sweet potatoes, almond butter, brussel sprouts, sauteed spinach
  • Realizing you can do more than you think - If I’m honest, I wasn’t really sure that I could go 30 days without a cheat. But, I did. Over the 30 days, I walked past free chocolate candy bars at least 10 times each day.  I sat through 5 all-day meetings with a plethra of junk food within an arm’s reach.  And I survived the second largest eating day in North America - the superbowl.   

The Bad:

  • Amount of advanced planning /Preparation time - I don’t miss the taste of “bad” food, but I sure do miss the convenience of it!  Spending extra time at the store scouring labels to make sure it didn’t have a no-no hiding on the ingredient list, followed by cooking a weeks worth of meals every Saturday night can get old fast!
  • Being “Hangry” - Hungry+Angry = Hangry.  The first few days (more like two and a half weeks) are ROUGH!!! I had headaches, fatigue, even felt light headed.  At one point, it got so bad, my husband threatened to sit me down and force feed me a donut.     Luckily we were able to avoid such drastic measures.  
  • Feeling like a food snob - I’m all for making healthy, good, clean eating choices as much as possible, but for a special occasion or event, I hated being the “oh, I can’t eat that” person.
  • Food dreams - Yes, I had a few food dreams.  Clouds of whipped cream, chocolate covered  cherry trees - Ok, it didn’t get that bad, but I did have a dream where I had to sit at a restaurant and watch my husband eat chips and candy and mac and cheese while I ate grilled chicken breast.  Pretty sure I woke up hangry. 

  • The words “I just want a huge salad with oil and vinegar dressing” actually came out of my mouth...and I meant it.  
  • The amount of cumin, chili powder, and paprika in Whole 30 recipes. I swear, every recipe I made called for those three spices in what seemed to be an obscenely large amount.  If you are going to go Whole 30, buy in bulk! 
  • Watching jaws drop when I explained the diet was “no grains” and then kept going into “no dairy, no beans, no processed foods, no sugar....” and on and on and on.
  • The change of heart that happened around day 16-19.  For the first 16 days, I was so ready for Whole 30 to be over, but by day 19-20, I was used to it and found myself saying “what will I do when Whole 30 is over.” 
  • As I write, I’m on day 33 and still haven’t had the cheat meal that I spent the first two weeks dreaming about.
  • Looking forward to whole 30 take 2!

Favorite Recipes:
  • Smoky Bacon Chili
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Sweet Potato and Apple Sausage Hash
  • Balsamic Pork Chops

Least Favorite Recipes:
  • Egg Casserole - I agree with Brian - sorry Steph. It got the nickname “the sponge” around our house.  I had to toss it when Brad told me it looks like a new cat food he is developing at work.
  • Applesauce “oatmeal” - yeah, not so much.  Applesauce is best consumed as applesauce.

 Randall Crowley's Story

Lost 7.2 lbs and 3.75 inches
+5 lbs on OHP
+2 pullups in a minute
+13 reps on FGB

Overall, I liked the benefits of Whole30 greater than its disadvantages. One thing I will mention is that I'll probably not do Whole30 again in January living in Missouri. One of my passions, especially during spring, summer and fall is grilling. Also, a lot of the Whole30 compliant foods can be easily cooked on the grill. However, Missouri weather in Jan is too cold, nasty and unpredictable to have an adequate grill schedule. There were also many events that we had to miss out on as Jan seems like a very busy month. Between New Years, two close friend's birthdays and the Superbowl, it wasn't a good time to try and not drink and stay fully healthy. I can see this being a great program in the summer time when I can grill every day, the sun is out longer and everyone is trying to look good for the pool.
One thing I did notice, and I didn't notice this until I went off the program or cheated in Denver, is how good it made me feel. Really what I mean by that, I felt normal. This wasn't plainly evident until I had bread or dairy with made me feel like crap. It kept me bloated and gave me severe splitting headaches. While on the program I felt clean and light. Even though my weigh didn't change much I felt and looked much lighter on my feet.

My improvements from a performance standpoint were not much. While I did improve in many areas, it wasn't quite what I was looking for. However, I was injured for the majority of the program or away on business and I was unable to get my workouts in. The fact that I didn't regress is probably impressive in itself.

Like Brian, I'll give you a worth it/not worth it list:

Worth it:
Ice cream
Cheesecake (I can't believe he said it wasn't worth it. Cheesecake is ALWAYS worth it).
Tortilla chips w/ good salsa
Dewey's Pizza (no explanation needed)
Good quality ranch
Almond Milk 
Not Worth It:
Diet Soda
Bread, especially in large quantities
Most potato chips (with the exception of Billy Goat Chips)
Latte's with milk as opposed to a place like Kaldi's or Foundation Grounds that offer Almost Milk Lattes.

Dan Cobb's Story
Lost 21.6 lbs and 12 inches
OHP +15
Pullups +4
FGB +33
To explain my whole30 experience, I need to give a little background on the how and why I tried this whole paleo thing in the first place.  Over the past six years I gained 50 pounds.  It wasn't like I pulled a rip cord and woke up one morning 50 pounds heavier.  I gained ten pounds, went on a restricted calorie low fat diet to loose a few pounds only to gain it all back plus some; and repeat for six years.  What is that saying about the definition of insanity?  Over the same time period my asthma became increasingly worse, I've became more tired and the things I love to do, mountain biking, running and being outside became increasingly difficult. 

Using this as a starting point, the Whole30 program has been amazing! I have more energy than I've had in the past six years, my asthma is more controlled, I'm sleeping great and am more focused.  My clothes are fitting better, my WOD's are starting to feel much better and overall I feel better.   

The best thing about whole30 is that I'm not struggling with cravings.  For the first several weeks I wasn't even hungry at all and had to eat at scheduled times.  To the contrary, every reduced calorie low fat diet I've tried in the past has left me ravenously hungry almost from day one.  I just don't have that with this.  I get hungry but it's not a panicked stricken "must eat now" type of hunger/craving. 

The hardest thing that I have given up for whole30 is the splenda in my morning coffee.  I am still adjusting to drinking coffee without powder cream and splenda.  On a weird note, the first two weeks of the program featured some really weird dreams.  The strangest had to be deep see fishing for Siamese salmon called a "double salmon."  It couldn't help remind me of that "double rainbow" guy who was in the viral Internet video. 

This has been an amazing experience, I have lost 12 pounds in the first 30 days and seen significant increase in my strength and stamina.  As of February 16th I will be at whole45 and right now I'm focused on whole90.















Nicki Kirk's Story

Nicki has posted her story on her blog - visit http://pcnrd8.blogspot.com/2013/02/whole30and-then-some.html for the whole story.  Stats to follow soon

Brian Rouse's Wrap Up

Lost 10 lbs
3.25 inches lost
+10 OHP
+10 BS
+21 FGB 

Worth It:
Ice Cream
Vanilla Lattes (but only from Kaldis)
Ghirardelli carmel squares (only candy worth it)
Apple or Blueberry Pie

Not Worth It:

White Potatoes
Café Mochas
Vending machine Items
Hamburger buns
Soda (regular and diet)
Any pie that’s not apple or blueberry

And for the Good, the Bad, and the Amazing:

Don’t ever really feel bloated.
Don’t feel guilty about having seconds or thirds of broccoli soup.
Snacking tendencies have dropped off to only what I bring to work.
I know how to cook turnips successfully.
Kombucha is a reasonable drink alternative.

Sex with your pants on credo is stupid.
Found out TJs discontinued my favorite Pico de Gallo.  So much for “fast quacamole”!
Meat is expensive.

Watching people freak out about a bowl of peas as if it’s a bowl of macaroni and cheese.
Discovering the Local Harvest store.
Catching grief from my “larger” co-workers about what I eat.
Didn’t cheat ONCE!

Recipe thoughts:

Favorite Recipes
Seafood Chowder
Sweet Potato/Turnip Casserole
Salsa Italiano
Smoky Bacon Chili
Butternut Squash Soup

Least Favorite Recipes
Parsnip Fries – never turn our right
Egg Casserole – sorry Steph, your only miss J


  1. Holy Cow!!! Everyone looks so great! How inspiring.

  2. What a great post!! Your athletes look amazing and I am so proud of their progress! Cheers!