Wednesday, August 28

Featured Whole30'er: Sean

This edition of Featured Whole30'er is a special one. Not because the featured person was brave enough to send me a shameless selfie, but because he's my best friend. I've seen this guy change more than I would have ever imagined. In fact, one week into our August Whole30 I tweeted this...

Sean has certainly been an inspiration, not only to his friends and family, but to Jessie and me! Sean is a perfect example of someone who decides they want change, and furthermore having the discipline and drive to make that change a reality.

OK, enough rambling from me...

This is your first Whole30, why did you decide to do one?

June 21st. That date will stick in my head for a long time.  That’s the day I met with my nutritional spirit guide (Brian) because I had finally decided to make a change in my lifestyle.  I was already exercising regularly again, having taken up boxing for the past few months, but I knew to see and feel full results I was going to need to adjust my diet.  And it was from that day till now that I have fully seen what eating the right things can do for your body.  It was only a few weeks after meeting with Brian when the idea of doing a Whole30 was brought up and I instantly decided to challenge myself and go all in on it.

Did it seem daunting?

If you had asked me six months ago, I would’ve definitely said yes.  The idea of giving up certain foods and (gasp!) alcohol for 30 days?  No way.  But since I had already begun to significantly change what I put in my body, I was more excited than anything to do this program.  And any thought that this was going to be hard quickly escaped my mind after reading a line from the Whole30 website: “Quitting heroin is hard.  Beating cancer is hard.  Drinking your coffee black isn’t.”

What's been the hardest part?

Since I was still relatively new to this way of eating, it was difficult at first to find new things to cook and eat.  The month or so prior to the start of myWhole30, I was eating very basic foods.  But now that I was limited even further, I had to start finding new foods I’d never even thought of before.  There was definitely a time or two that my meals haven’t come out exactly as planned.  But through the power of Google and some awesome recipes Brian and Jessie have been posting on their site, I’ve been discovering new meals to cook daily.

What's been the best part?

Energy, energy, energy.  I’ve honestly never felt as good as I do now, I wake up refreshed and ready to go every day.  I can especially tell a difference while boxing and running.  I’ve been able to push myself harder and further than I’ve been able to in the past since being on the Whole30.  Having a few extra muscles start to poke out from becoming leaner has also been a plus! 

Sean in May 2013
Sean in August 2013

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