Real ChangePosted by Juiced on 3 years ago
I am a 35 year old father of 5 daughters, all under 8 ...... Yes you read that right 5 girls. :)
My Grandparents on my fathers side both passed away at a very young age. His eldest brother made 40, his other brother and himself have had several heart surgeries. There was a huge celebration when they turned 60 as not many of them made it that far (sad). I now know that most of their issues could have been prevented with diet and exercise.
I was heading down the typical path that Joe Cross and my family was. Working non stop, binge eating, drinking and smoking were the norm. I have always been a heavier set guy, but I was also always athletic. I played Hockey and Football my entire childhood and into my 20's. I had a bad snowmobile accident that required 4 knee surgeries and that was 8 years ago, during that time I ballooned up to 315+/- lbs @ 6'2".
For the past 8 years I would always start with good intentions and quickly drop 10-20lbs and then to celebrate I would seem to fall back into my old habits of over working, bad food, drinking and smoking. This year something clicked! I'm pretty sure my body gave me an ultimatum. I have 100% committed to health and wellness for the rest of my life. I have 5 little girls who look up to their dad and I want to teach them well. Its kind of funny that we have always ate healthy as a family, it was my habits when I left the house that were killing me daily.
I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead for the 3rd or 4th time and made a true commitment to 10 days of just juicing! The first 4 days honestly were pure hell for me, but I committed and wasn't about to let myself or my family down. I felt it was now or never so I continued. When day 10 hit I had never felt so good in my life so I committed to 10 more, day 20 hit and I felt even better and when day 30 hit I committed to 60 days of nothing but juicing. I cant remember when I have had this much energy in my life!!
Its now day 43 and I am down exactly 43lbs and will re-evaluate how I feel at day 60 and go from there. At this point what I do know is that I will be adopting a whole foods plant based diet once I have stopped just the juicing. I will always incorporate fresh green juice in my diet everyday as I have now seen and felt the benefits. I have purchased several cookbooks, vitamix blender, spirilizer and an excalibur dehydrator and I am making lists and trying out the recipes on my family so far all have been hits.
This has not been an easy task. There has been many challenging days but by far the rewards of how I feel and look 100% outweigh the bad. I have had several business meetings still and I have found it is a great conversation starter when the menus show up and you say just a lemon water please. I have not found any negativity to it especially once I explain why I am doing it, its for MY health as there is no argument at that point and most of the time they end up ordering a salad with their burger, small changes haha.
I have an absolutely amazing life and have everything I could ever need or want. I have a very loving, caring, kind, supportive wife, 5 healthy beautiful daughters, we have our own successful businesses, wonderful friends and are blessed with many other activities that make us happy. The one thing you cant purchase is time on this earth so what I am doing today is hoping to extend this wonderful journey here.
I had been holding off posting here but I felt I needed to get this out. Even if I motivate one person it will mean the world to me. I would like to thank all of you who took the time to read my story and to those who contributed stories of their own. Many of you have motivated me to continue on. I am very excited for my future.
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