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Whole 30 Winners

By admin | In Challenges, Events and Announcements | on May 10, 2011

Finally after 30 days, 15 competitors, 7 left standing, the final winners are Scott & Michelle!  Yes, yet another power couple in the gym! Michelle PR’d her clean by 20# and Scott made it through the entire challenge while traveling almost 5 days out of every week!

However, the biggest surprise is that there were still 7 people standing out of our 15 original competitors.  Everyone improved their body composition as well as their performances.  Everyone also improved their nutritional lifestyles and discovered some delicious new recipes.  Here’s what the winning couple had to say:

I have been on the Paleo plus cookie diet for awhile now so one of the toughest parts of the Whole30 for me was giving up my cookies! I love meat and veggies but I also have a sweet tooth and usually want to end my meal on a sweet note with cookies, ice cream, or even a little piece of dark chocolate. After about a week I got used to not ending my meal with a dessert. I’d either have fruit after dinner or nothing at all. Did I have dessert this weekend when I went out to dinner? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely. But I realized that I don’t need a dessert as often as I thought and I hope to only indulge occasionally.

I find Paleo to be pretty easy to follow when you cook at home. Scott and I are used to making big Paleo dinners and saving the leftovers for lunch, so this month our cooking and grocery shopping habits didn’t change at all. What was difficult was being so strict when we went out to eat. Restaurants were very accommodating when we wanted to modify things, and I am fine with no butter on the steak and just getting grilled or steamed veggies. But when you’re at a really good steak house and you have to hold the sauce that comes with the steak, it’s kind of a bummer. When you can’t go to Mr. Cecil’s all month because their ribs are marinated in teriyaki, well that sucks too. And when you’re at a birthday dinner at a tapas restaurant and want to try a bunch of things but can only order 2 things from the menu, then that’s also a little disappointing.

What I love about Paleo is that I ate a ton of food and not once all month did I get that disgustingly full feeling. I was never hungry and always satisfied. I also had more energy. It wasn’t a glaring difference but I noticed in the morning when my alarm went off I was up and ready to start the day with more energy than before.

The highlights from the month would be getting my first unassisted pull-up (presumably because I am a few pounds lighter?) and getting comments from friends about my abs while playing beach volleyball=)

I’ve been mostly Paleo for about a year, so the Whole 30 Challenge wasn’t too terribly challenging. It wasn’t that big a change from our daily routine. It became a grind towards the end, but we always knew we could make it.

As Michelle said, we find it pretty easy to be good when we eat at home. My favorite part about being Paleo is how I feel every day. I dropped a notch on my belt this month and I simply feel better every day when I’m eating clean.

The hardest part about the Whole 30 Challenge is definitely going out and socializing. I don’t want my diet to be a topic of conversation at every meal, but it’s hard to be nonchalant while asking the waiter 20 questions and making special requests. It’s annoying to sit at a steak house and choose a boring steak with salt and pepper when you know their regular Filet with butter is amazing!

The thing I’ll take away from the challenge was the knowledge of how I tend to have small cheats 3, 4, or sometimes 5 days per week. Typically my cheats are a little cheese here and there, not asking how meat is prepared when I eat out, and the occasional glass….or bottle….of wine! :) They are small, typically gluten-free cheats, but then at the end of the week I look back and realize that I don’t have any completely clean days.

Going forward I hope to control the number of cheat days I have each week. I’m not going to pass up a good meal with a nice glass of wine, but I can certainly skip the cheese on my Counter Burger or the feta on my salad at home on a random Tuesday.

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Whole 30 Challenge. I think the entire Paleo and Crossfit experience is about knowledge. Learning what we can do physically and mentally, and learning more about how the fuel we consume affects how we feel and perform.

Honorable Mention goes to Amy (whose partner, ahem, fell off the wagon and disqualified her) who lost 11+ pounds and 2% body fat in 36 days. Congrats on your achievement Amy and sorry about Yogurtland!

What did you learn?  What will you do differently from now on, if anything?   Post to comments!

WOD 05.10.10

Deadlift 1×5 or Wendler

100m Run
12 KB Snatches (total)
10 Box Jumps

16 Comments to "Whole 30 Winners"

  • Anna says:

    May 10, 2011 at 7:35 AM -

    Congratulations to the new power couple! When Ruth told me last night that the winner saw improvements in her back, I thought to myself, no chance it is Michelle, her back can’t get any better!

    The pictures look awesome. Coincidentally they look like any diet infomercial pictures because you are much tanner in the after pic, we all know everybody is hotter with a tan!

  • Amy says:

    May 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM -

    wow wow wow!! awesome job scott and michelle!!!

    @Michelle – Now that the challenge is over, can we try to not eat the same breakfast everyday?? ha!

    Things I learned:
    1. Paleo is not hard, it just takes a little extra planning (unfortunately, I can’t carry a t-bone in my purse in case I get hungry)
    2. I learned what foods my body needs for fuel pre and post workouts rather than just eating for eatings sake
    3. Losing weight and not having to count calories is pretty awesome!

    I think it’s safe to say I’m officially converted to Paleo. Thanks Ruth, Sean and Marcus for all of the tips and support!!

  • Michelle says:

    May 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM -

    @Anna: I totally feel like an infomercial being so much tanner in my after pic! The first thing I said to Marcus when seeing the pictures was how strikingly pale I am in the before pics.

    @Amy: Great job girl!! 11+ pounds and 3% body fat? That is amazing!! So wait, are you saying no more seasoning salute for you for a little while? Hahahaha.

    Congrats to everyone who competed in the challenge!

  • Becky says:

    May 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM -

    You two look great(er!)
    Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration. after this booze-kids-cruise I am hitting it hard.

    amy!! congrats on your success as well. it was great to meet you at Intrepid the other day! you are a strong lady!!

    yay for strong ladies!

    love u’s intrepids.

    and happy early birthday to my fave trainer Marcus!! sorry i’m missing your birfday celebration this year. have a great time.

  • Scott says:

    May 10, 2011 at 9:49 AM -

    I had to laugh at how much tanner both Michelle and I are now. The first pic was after 3+ months of skiing, while the second was after a few weekends playing beach volleyball. Summer is here!!

    We should take another set of pictures in August after a summer on the beach. We will probably look like Ruth’s brother and sister. :)

    My face is particularly dark. I need to be better about putting on sunscreen. I don’t want to spend years eating Paleo to protect my health only to die of skin cancer!!

    Congrats Amy! Very impressive results on your challenge.

  • the Pooj says:

    May 10, 2011 at 9:50 AM -

    woww!!! congrats Michelle and Scott! so proud of you two!! the pictures definitely tell all your hard work has paid off!

  • Alia says:

    May 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM -

    Congrats!! I love the extra tan-ness =P Great job!

  • Jason says:

    May 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM -

    Impressive results! Way to go Team Champagne. The pics are great and Scott’s note about sunscreen was hilarious!

  • Mark Miller (M^2) says:

    May 10, 2011 at 12:02 PM -

    Scott and Michelle – Congratulations!

  • Jake says:

    May 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM -

    Nice job S&M!

  • Date Night says:

    May 10, 2011 at 2:14 PM -

    Nice work! The results speak for themselves. I totally agree with the experience of eating and eating, never feeling full, and losing weight. Who knew a 1/2 bottle a wine a night adds a few things here and there? Now on to burpees….

  • Michael H says:

    May 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM -

    You guys look great!! Congrats on the victory!

  • Holley says:

    May 10, 2011 at 5:31 PM -

    Congrats to the new power couple!!! You both look great and it’s interesting to read about your transition to Paleo. Congrats to Amy too, those are impressive results!

  • Xuan says:

    May 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM -

    That’s awesome!!! Congrats to everyone who participated!

  • Nik Werre says:

    May 10, 2011 at 7:46 PM -

    Congrats guys!!! Great job!

  • Melissa & Dallas, W9 says:

    May 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM -

    Congratulations to all of the members who finished their Whole30 programs. The results never cease to amaze us – even after more than two years of running the program, we love hearing everyone’s success stories. Thanks for sharing, Marcus!

    Melissa & Dallas

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