Today I wrapped up my Whole30 adventure. I started on May 4th and concluded today. That makes it not Whole30, but Whole130 days. Here are some of my numbers.
Starting weight May 4, 2015 224
Ending weight September 10, 2015 199
Starting waist size 38
Ending waist size 36
Starting neck size 16 1/2
Ending neck size 15
During the last 6 weeks I went from:
Body Fat 16% to 12.5%
Lean Muscle 169 to 174
Fat lbs 33 to 25
I should have done the full body fat/lean muscle composition test on the top end when I started this so I can see how well I progressed. So let’s talk about what I experienced.
- A fellow athlete from CrossFit South Cobb chose to take this venture with me. This was probably the single best decision I made. We were able to do a short book study, keep each other encouraged and find a way to enjoy this journey. So huge props to Dana my CrossFit Angel!
- I fully understand why Jason eats. I am someone who’s really thirsty most of the time. I fully realize that most of the time when I’m “hungry” I’m really just thirsty. By carrying a jug of water with me I found it much easier to remain hydrated rather than reaching for a sugary, salty, sweet snack.
- I am well rested. I get to bed at a really good time. Later I’ll explain why that’s a big deal.
- I feel strong. My performance in the gym has been on point. I’d certainly like to do more, but life often gets in the way. I do feel I’m on par with my goals.
- My mind feel clearer. But…I’ll tell you about that later, too.
- Meal prep has just become so beneficial to me. I cut down on a lot of prep time, cook time and the such through the week. Adding in that we now have a great meal prep dinner party and it’s just wonderful. It’s been so easy to make Whole30 meal prep that this honestly is going to be a habit that’s hard to break.
- Because my meal prep has been on point, my body has gotten on a very nice eating schedule. I know when I’m hungry and I can tell much more clearly when I’m just thirsty.
- Cravings have been few and far between. If I want something off plan I may or may not, but if I do I’m not destroying an entire pizza.
- All my clothes fit great. Nothing is snug. I did give away everything that was to big so now I have a well fitted closet.
- I did’t remain on plan every meal for the entire 130 days. Whenever I did eat bad I found out something quickly. I get sick. I didn’t tell anyone, but I found myself sick whenever I scarfed down some of my kids fries or anything greasy or sugary.
- I’m not sure why, but my sleep pattern has been trashed for a while. It’s a given that every single night I am going to wake up around 2:30-330 am. I don’t have to use the restroom or anything I just wake up. I don’t know what it is and I can’t seem to figure out a remedy. It’s been going on since before my journey and hasn’t cleared up. I still feel rested, but I know that I’m not getting quality 8 hours even though I often make every effort to do so.
- When I get brain fog, it’s CLOUDY. I have found myself totally lost in thought mid day. I’m usually pretty clear minded, but when I get that brain fog, it’s London Fog like nobody’s business.
- I don’t think I convinced my family to join me. Oh well.
- I can’t imagine going back to eating exactly like I did before. I made such progress in understanding WHY I eat that I can’t imagine putting aside that realization for an entire pizza.
- I don’t want to get off the Whole30. I know it’s not something to live on, but I don’t want to. I’ve more than likely had my last cheap, greasy slice of pizza.
- I developed dry patches of skin on my legs during the start of Whole30. It lasted about a month. I’m not sure it’s because of Whole30, but it’s cleared up since.
I’d sum it all up with these three things really helped me stay faithful to Whole30 and see results. I would like to hear how you stay committed to your eating plan and what your long term results have been.
Portion control-I used to eat a lot of food good/bad just because. No restraint.
Meal Prep-Knowing exactly what I’m going to eat has been HUGE for me staying on course. I don’t need to say that it’s a budget fixer as well as a time saver.
Water-I’m all about water now. I’ve found it so helpful in the so many ways. Even though I still drink coffee and tea, I get my body weight + 10% of water pretty much everyday without question.
This week I made LOTS of head way with both my English as well as Spanish students. They all need help, but in different scales to say the least. I had two readers come in this week. (Had to catch up on the fact that I didn’t have one last week)
Grade level chose Weather as our hallway decoration. I think we did a fantastic job. The kids pitched in a lot and most of all they all loved it.
Please note the rain drops coming down. Get your umbrellas!
I think for my birthday I’m going to cover the building in bow ties, just because it’s wrong.
We’re spotlighting our math skills this week. We pick a strategy to focus on and try to use it as much as we can. We write about it, talk about it, use it and most of all learn it.
Many schools use Accelerated Reader, but my school takes it to another level. We had a kick off to get the kids excited about AR and earning as many points as possible. The school puts out a goal a long with a prize. This year they’re having a school wide picnic with all kinds of fun and games. Let’s see how the kids do.
The goal is 35,000 each grade/class has a part to contribute. I have to get my students to each earn 66 points. That’s a lofty goal considering everything. We read tons of books each week, but getting them to stick is going to be tricky. I’ll keep you posted.
And yes, there were bowties this week as well.
Week 3 is in the books. If this was your 1st or 3rd week, how did it go?
I’m looking for a few guest bloggers. If you’re interested, please let me know.
This school year started off with very little fan fair. That’s a good thing, trust me. I’m OK with easing into gear and a slow take off to cruising altitude. Let’s look at the current state of affairs.
I have 15 students. Most are of Hispanic descent.
I have more boys than girls in my class. I like my class theme. Whitaker’s Bookstore. The kids seem to like it as well.
Reading and getting everyone to read on level is HUGE and at this very moment almost the only thing that matters.
I have some spirited students, but everyone else knows why they come to school and are ready to work.
My new school is SUPER supportive. Lots of support staff ready to help in any way.
I’ve met almost all my parents. Some don’t speak English, but I have me them.
That being said EVERY parent has brought me a huge bag of classroom supplies. Yahtzee!
My team is six deep. Never had that many co-workers on a grade level. Lots of good ideas and mind share.
The ethnic mix of teachers/students and staff is cool. Not all one ethnic group or even gender. Lots of males in my school.
1st grade is GREAT! They’re so small and funny. Kinda remind me of my own DD2 in size.
The Kinda Big Deal
I don’t feel l have a full grasp on my daily schedule. Praying every second no one does a “walk through” on me.
It’s a LONG school day. 6:25 – 3:45 is a thing for sure. Add in Coaching or Training at CFSC and I’m wore out by days end.
I am not eating enough and sometimes I find myself going long stretches of time sans food. Not a good idea at all.
Though my school is considerably closer to my house. I still have a lot of turns to make so it ends up being 15-20 minutes.
I get paid once a month. That’s odd. But let’s just praise God that I GET PAID!
I can’t use most of the charts I made in my previous school. Can I sell ’em?
OMG! It’s time to freak out!
I can’t have a fridge in my class! I’ve spent 30000 man hours trying to find a reasonable cooler I can bring with my everyday. (It’s really that big a deal, trust me.)
This year is off to a great start. I know there will be some hiccups along the way, but I’m very pleased with the start. Now, if I could find a Yeti cooler for sale.
How’s your year starting off?
Our staff went on a tour of the community that feeds our school. The local police guided our tour to give us background of the apartments, complexes and housing areas.
It was well thought out and meaningful. We were able to ask questions and give feedback. Lots of storied were shared.
This was very powerful. Since I moved to this school district for its proximity to my house, I was taken aback how little I knew about this area. Most of us had never done something like this before. We all left with a greater appreciation for our students and where they’re coming from.
Oh, and the bus driver wasn’t playing with us. She had us sitting quiet like the students.
Today I hosted my 1st Epic Meal Prep Swap Dinner Party. (I have NO idea what that is, I just liked the name and the Hashtag.) Every Sunday I do I huge cook to prepare my meals for the week. My wife sometimes gets in on it and gets her lunches made. I make all my meals 3 meals, 2 snacks for 5 days. I sometimes do freezer meals for my family, too.
Over the summer somehow my Sunday cooks evolved into a cookout. On any given Sunday we’d have 5-8 friends over for food, fun and meal prep. Just a house full of love, noise and me getting my meals ready for the week.
The past couple of weeks my weekly cook turned into a time where I’d cook other people’s food, they’d box it up and go home and do their meal prep. Spreading the good news of meal prep I guess. The only thing is some of the food I was cooking looked so yummy and smelled so good. My guests started sharing their meals with one another. No prodding, just good old sharing.
Then I got this idea. What if we all brought a set amount of food (proteins and veggies) and cooked them here? We could set it out like a buffet and everyone just mix and match their meal prep? It would solve a fundamental issue some people have with meal prep, the same meal everyday. It would also allow like minded people to share ideas, have fun and most of all stay true to their goals of meal prepping. No one loses.
This week we pulled it off. It was mostly people from the gym and a few nearest and dearest. All I can say is WOW. We over did it. So much good food. So many great meals made. I attempted to capture a pic of some of our best, but it wasn’t possible. They all looked so good. The best part of it is knowing that we call have great choices for lunch/dinner this week. Actually, we have so much left over this week that next week we all agreed just to bring some new veggies and we’ll be fine!
The final results were 6 people. Each brought varying amounts of meats and veggies. But we ended up making 64 meals consisting of proteins, veggies, some carbs and salads. It was my intention to weigh and measure all my food, but that good intention was derailed quickly. Not enough counter space. I don’t know how much we spent in all, but I am sure that we made out better than each of us going out to eat everyday this week. We also probably did better than each of trying to make a lunch/dinner everyday from scratch this week. Yeah, we’re going to make this a regular happening.
Do I need to say that I’m starting my school year off with a great plan and fantastic food. Now if I could just get those standards down.
You all know that I enjoy my Summer break. You know I get a lot in to the 8 weeks we teachers cherish. But this Summer has already proven to be a little much for me.
- I started Crossfit coaching A LOT. I enjoy it so much that I don’t think about it when I’m doing it, but it’s exhausting. My hat goes off to every owner who runs multiple classes, day after day.
- Trying to do family Bible Study every week.
- I’ve been playing trough some mentally challenging stuff. This has really wore my creative mind out.
- My girls were in a movie shoot this past week. Almost was the complete mental down fall of your favorite bowtie teacher.
- Dr. Whitaker has a new job and with that a ton of new responsibilities. Do I need to say more?
- Daddy Day Camp starts Monday! Augh!
- I want to study/read over the 1st grade learning standards, but I’m so busy I can’t settle my mind enough to digest them.
What came to me today was that I’m not meditating on God’s Word nor replenishing my mind and thoughts. I’ve allowed myself to not think on Him, but more on my surroundings. What’s the use of scripture if I’m not fully utilizing it as 2 Timothy 3:16 says? It’s to common to make light of a prayer less or Bible less life, but it’s very true. Next couple of weeks I think I’m going to unplug more, I can’t promise complete un tethering, but certainly will make it more deliberate attempt.
The 2nd part of this school year has been outstanding. I put my focus back on what really needs to happen/change and the other stuff is just going to do what it does. I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t give every student a real chance to better him/herself. And I’d feel even worse if I continued to put a great deal of my time into trying to get behaviors and attitudes on par at the expense of those who really do want to learn.
That being said, I have found myself thinking about my profession more.
Here are a couple of things I’ve noticed this year
- Student’s always seem to transition to my school on Friday mid morning and Monday morning.
- There aren’t many families (3+ students) that at least one isn’t in the SST process.
- Just about every student we’ve received after Day 1 has had some kind of glaring deficiency.
- Not having a school wide discipline plan is a very tough thing.
- If it weren’t for my team mates I’d be sunk like a rock.
- Homework still has to be the most overread, under appreciated, dusty tool in the tool box. Project, baby!
- Students do want Love and Respect even though they don’t even understand these concepts. It’s hard wired into their being.
- No matter the seniority every teacher needs a rope thrown to them every now and then.
- People WHISPER what they think they want, but the SHOUT what they’re willing to give up time and resources for through their actions.
- No one in the school is our enemy. There is not Us vs.Them. We’re all on a fast moving train. It’s up to US to make it a luxury liner or a speeding train to disaster.
- Technology is overrated. Very useful, but it’s not everything we make it out to be.
I enjoy teaching. There are a lot of “but’s” to that statement. However, I feel very comfortable that I’m in the right field. I’m making a difference and as I’ll share in my next post It’s my Lifestyle career.
I like teaching. I wear bow ties. This just seemed like an easy fit.
In my new blog, I'm going to highlight:
My teaching style.
My desire to see kids learn and grow.
My passion for Crossfit.
My interest in bow ties.
*I might also talk about movies, Big Green Egg and my writing projects. I think that's about it, but you never know.
I'll post pictures of what I'm doing in the classroom as well as a spiffy shot of what new tie I'm rocking. I'll also go on some tangent about something crazy. Pretty sure I'm not going to sell you any neat classroom designs. I'll stay out of the tall weeds of education. That's going to be left for much better blogs than mine. You can expect a good laugh and honest look at teaching from my vantage point. You'll get a tasty dose of my kids and the comedy they bring to the table.
I hope you all enjoy the new custom fit of The Bow Tie Teacher.
Post a tie color suggestion in the comments for Day 1 and I'll let you know what I do. What do you think about the new name and layout?