I have often heard the women in our 30 Clean community say that their husbands think our program is just for women. What these men don’t know is that we have plenty of guys who are not only getting healthier on 30 Clean Challenges, but are also being asked by their fellow female challengers to come back time and time again. For some it is because of their wit and for others it is because they bring an incredible sense of camaraderie to their 30 Clean group with inspiration and support.
With Father’s Day around the corner, I wanted to highlight two of these men who have brought a lot of fun and also commitment to The 30 Clean. They are men to look up to, not only because they decided to change the course of their health, but also because they really wanted to be a better role model to their children and to show up healthy and energetic for their whole family.
Meet John Raney
John made the investment to do a 30 Clean Challenge after a long conversation with me one evening. He had been secretly feeling a need to make a change in his diet, as he knew he was not heading in the direction of optimal health. He had a nagging knee injury and frequent heartburn. But, he had no idea he would be able to make it 1 week, let alone 30 days without a beer during golf or dipping into Jiffy Peanut Butter during the day. Yet, somehow I managed to talk him and his wife Christine into giving it a try. Together they embarked on their first Challenge. Within a week, John was sending me messages about how amazing he was feeling. He had already lost 10 pounds and was free of heartburn. He said the positive results so early into the Challenge helped to propel him further. In fact, he felt so good when Day 30 showed up that he continued his 30 Clean lifestyle and even entered into another Challenge. Six months later, John was 30 pounds lighter, running half marathons and hitting up his local CrossFit like a champ! Oh… that knee injury, no longer a nagging nuisance!
John found eating clean both easy and satisfying. “I ate like a pig! I never felt like I was on a diet. I just changed what was on my plate. Now, what I put on my plate, clean or otherwise, is a very deliberate and conscious choice. Not to mention, I’m wearing a 32 inch waist pant for the first time since college. I’ll take it!”
Here are John’s tips for rocking The 30 Clean challenge:
- Commit fully. Don’t do a challenge half-way; you’ll just be cheating yourself.
- Preparation is key! Whether prepping your own food for social outings or everyday eating; being organized and prepared brings success.
- Get engaged via the boards. Thirty days goes fast and it’s a lot easier with the support of a peer group and 30 Clean Coaches and Health Advisors.
Meet Jerry Hall
Jerry speaks about the 30 Clean in his own words:
“In September of 2016 I had the worst case of gout ever. It sidelined me for almost a month. I went to see my doctor and was
told that if I didn’t start losing weight and taking care of my health I was going to be in serious trouble. I was 302lbs. I was scared and from that point on I made it my mission to heal myself from within.
I reached out to friends who I know are healthy and fit (and began taking classes at Orangetheory Fitness ‘OTF’.) I then talked to a friend about a challenge she was doing, The 30 Clean Challenge. She talked about cutting out pretty much all the stuff I was eating every day. In my head I was saying there is no way I could ever give up cheese and milk.
I gave in and decided to start the Drop In Challenge and when I ran out of days, I had no desire to leave the group. The results of eating clean showed right away and continue to enlighten me and guide me in the right direction. All of the sudden the weight started to fall off again and I was getting faster at OTF.
I also saw considerable changes in my sleep and energy throughout my day. There are so many people sharing their food, challenges, and successes. The information the The 30 Clean provides is clear and easy to follow. I’m thrilled to be a member of The 30 Clean. I am so appreciative of my coaches and all the support I receive.
I recently competed in The Las Vegas Hockey festival. My friends and family were there to support me and were thrilled to see how much faster I was on the ice. My team and I took home the cup winning the championship in overtime!
Today I am 248lbs and I have a goal to run the San Jose Half Marathon in October. I know if I continue to work hard and eat smart I will be sharing my finish line picture with my awesome 30 Clean group!”
So, to all of the hubbies of our 30 Clean women, it is not just a chick thing! You can be an inspiration too and make awesome changes to your health in our community. We welcome you with open arms! If you want a story like John or Jerry’s, join these men on our Drop-In Challenge! And, in honor of Father’s Day (whether you are a father or not) we want to offer you 20% off throughout the weekend! Use code: CLEANDAD when you sign up for the Challenge!