Just a guy who found exercise late in life. I absolutely LOVE running and CrossFit. But, you'll only have to be around me for a few minutes to figure that out.

Starting the #Whole30 challenge - Day 1



I’ve been exercising on average 4-5 days a week now for just over 2 years. I’ve never felt better than I do now. I don’t think I’ve ever been in better shape than I am right now. But I think I’ve plateaued on losing weight, or more specifically losing the last several inches of fat around my midsection. I messed around with the Paleo diet earlier this year, but something came up, or whatever, that I ended up not sticking to it very well.

Last month when one of the coaches at CrossFit Chickasaw was talking about “clean eating” and this #Whole30 program, it piqued my interested. After researching it, and also seeing many MANY testimonials on how amazing the results have been, I decided I wanted to give it a try. Well, lucky me, it turns out the same coach got a group together to all start at the same time. While the program advocates starting right now, we as a group decided to wait til after Labor Day, because we all knew there was a good chance of falling off the wagon during Labor Day weekend activities. This worked out REALLY well for me, because I spent Labor Weekend in Las Vegas for my wonderful wife’s birthday. So yeah, #Whole30 would have made that trip a lot less fun.

The group officially started the #Whole30 Challenge yesterday (September 4th, 2012). My wife (who is also doing the challenge with me) suggested that I kept a journal of the next 30 days. I thought, well heck, I’ve got a blog, what better place to do it then there! My goal is to do a post every day about what I ate, how I felt, etc on the previous day. I’m sure I’ll miss some days, but I’ll try to catch up when I do.

If you’d like more information on what I’ve signed myself up for, check out the book “It starts with food.” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, and also check out

So, without further ado, I’ll fill you in on yesterday --


4 eggs
1/2 cup of mixed fruit

Grilled Tilapia
Grilled Zucchini
Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Steak
Grilled Pineapple

I woke up feeling sick, and having some GI issues. I actually contemplated not going to CrossFit, but decided I was just being a wimp. Well, turns out, things got worse once I got to the gym, so I ended up having to leave before the MetCon started, which really bummed me out. Things didn’t improve for me until around lunch time. My GI issues seemed to go away, and in general felt pretty good.

The only other mishap for the day was going a couple hours past the point where I should have eaten. My wife and I didn’t get back in to town until the afternoon on Monday, and then I had to work for several hours. So we never made it to the grocery store, or Whole Foods to get our first few days of food. Last night after picking up the kid from football practice (my stomach was already rumbling from hunger), my wife and I went to Whole Foods, and from there went to Costco. Unfortunately this meant that we didn’t get home to START cooking dinner til after 7. I ended up losing it and snapping at my wife about helping me cook dinner so we could eat sooner than later. Not a great way to start off this #Whole30 challenge.

About Me

I'm a guy who found exercise late in life, and loving pushing myself to new limits.

2015 Goals:
Complete my first Half Ironman
Get back to sub-8 min/mile average pace for 5K

Emailed Blog Posts

Race PR

5K 2012 MayFest 5K 21:36
4-miler 2012 Cooper Young 4-miler 33:43
5-miler 2012 RRS 2nd 5-miler 38:27
10K 2011 RRS 1st 10K 48:53
Half Marathon 2012 RRS 1st Half Marathon 1:50:36
25K - trail 2014 Swampstomper 25K 3:25:49
Marathon 2012 My Bartlett Marathon 4:25:22
50K - trail 2015 Mississippi Trails 50K 7:01:50
50 miler - trail 2013 Mississippi Trails 50 11:51:33
Olympic Triathlon 2015 Memphis In May Triathlon 3:32:26
Half Ironman Triathlon 2015 Ironman 70.3 Austin, TX 8:17:42

(Ultra)Marathon Results

3/7 Mississippi Trails 50K 7:01:50
1/11 DisneyWorld Marathon/Dopey Challenge 5:13:35
12/6 St. Jude Marathon 4:55:50
9/14 Stanky Creek 50K 7:14:45
10/13 Chicago Marathon 4:44:52
03/02 Mississippi Trails 50 miler 1:51:33
02/09 Mississippi River Marathon 4:48:13
01/20 Swampstomper 50K 7:51:03
12/1 St. Jude Marathon 5:15:20
04/07 My Bartlett Marathon 4:25:22
01/08 Disney World Marathon/Goofy Challenge 5:26:25
12/03 St. Jude Memphis Marathon 4:50:59
04/09 Andrew Jackson Marathon 5:40:11
03/06 Little Rock Marathon 4:57:12