Tomorrow (Sat Oct 5th) is the meeting and before pics/measurements for LBN. This contest is extremely important to us, as it’s improved so many people’s lives by teaching them how to eat correctly… Diving in head first with a group teaches you so much, and gives you the accountability you need to make it happen. If you on the fence I would really encourage you to give it a shot. It’s only 6 weeks long!! You can do it!! Here is a testimonial from Jeremy Tatman, a member of our 7am class:
A couple of months into starting at the gym, I asked what the paleo diet was. I cannot remember who I was talking to, but they gave me a fly over of the diet and told me that they did the diet about 80% of the time. I thought this individual was crazy, that the diet was far too extreme and I could not even fathom doing it 80% of the time. A few months later, the gym hosted an LBN challenge. Since I was not crazy, I decided to pass on participating. The Monday the competition started I was planning my schedule for the week at Dunn Brothers and Dan Lorentzen stopped by and talked me into participating. Brandon Bartz was doing some work there as well and I asked if I could participate. Brandon agreed and it changed my life.
Since I jumped in, I was not prepared to start, but my wife came through for me. I am very fortunate to have an incredible wife who was willing to do anything she could to help me eat right during the competition. After all, she did not marry the fatty that I had become. She changed how she cooked so that I could ease into this new diet. Not only was I starting to eat clean, but my entire family was as well. For the six weeks of the competition, I did not cheat once. I lost 34 pounds, lots of inches and I felt great. While these results were exciting, they pale in comparison to knowing that my entire family’s dietary habits have changed because of this competition.
Now, paleo is how I eat. 80% is easy! I cheat sometimes, but never without consequences. Paleo is not a diet, it is the way God created us to eat. When I cheat, my body quickly lets me know that it does not agree with that food or my foolish decision to eat it. I am excited for this next LBN challenge to start in order to get back to eating perfectly.
Should any of you want any advice on eating clean, here is what I have for you:
– You are not missing out by not eating bad food. The first LBN I did was over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Guess what? I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bad food should never equal happiness.
-You have heard from lots of people that you must plan ahead. They are exactly right. You have to have a plan in place in order to succeed at this. I have every meal planned and in case something were to come up, I have almonds, dark chocolate, Lara bars and Stevia in my computer bag.
– Your taste buds will change- wait for it. Your cravings and desire for bad food, specifically sugar, will change. This change will take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Be patient and your cravings will subside.
– Don’t look at a scale. Eat right and work out and you will get results. There were a couple of weeks in the first LBN challenge that I would not lose any weight (you will plateau at some point during this competition). I thought I was doing something wrong. I was not being patient enough. Trust what you are doing and do it. The results will follow.
– Try foods you haven’t or have disliked in the past. Again, with your taste buds changing, you will find yourself liking, even craving, foods you would never chosen to eat before.
HERE’s Jeremy’s full Testimonial!