The new diet of 2019

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When it comes to my appearance, I’m a predictable guy. I’ve weighed anywhere between 199-220 pounds for the last 15 years. I only drop close to the low 200’s when I do a diet. For a man my age (35), and height (6′), and body type (medium-large build), I should be in the 190’s according to the experts. For years my mom and my wife have told me I need to eat healthier because I carry much of my weight in my torso. The risk for heart disease scares them. Heart disease is the number one killer of adults. 1 in 6 American adults die of heart disease. So every December we talk about if we are going to diet. I am always up for starting the year on a new diet.

Me and another pizza lover split a 26″ pie at Atomic Pizza in Co. Springs, Colorado on Jan. 9

Deciding which diet to try

When Gena and I try diets, we usually just do low-carb, and she may read a book or two to help us not make mistakes. This time I told her, “lets try something different.” I remember a guy at church having success with Whole30, and he’s about my size, and build. Little did I know what I was signing up for. Gena, checked out the book from the library, and started reading it. She said, “I think we should really do this.” So I said to myself, “what’s 30 days?” So on Jan. 14, 2019, we started hard-core Whole30.

Me and my diet/accountability buddy, Andy, eating Chipotle, on Jan. 16, 2 days into my diet.

The gist of the journey

Changing a diet drastically is always hard for me. But the hardest part of the change is usually the hunger that you feel as you create new eating habits. For me, this diet never was a matter of dealing with hunger pangs. From day one, I was able to eat as much as I wanted to at meal times. Since I’m not much of a snacker I didn’t have to break a lot of bad habits with that. The hardest part for me was breaking my eating-out/fast food habits. Since I did this with my wife, (which I 100% recommend) I had a cheerleader and a in-house Whole30 approved chef. She made 2 meals, sometimes 3, for us, for all 30 days. This woman can cook! As I watched her enjoy cooking, it’s almost as if the cooking got easier. The journey has brought us closer together, and I can’t say that about all of the diets we’ve tried.

Day 30 of my first time doing Whole30, Feb. 12, 2019

The pay-off

While weight loss is not the goal of Whole30, it is a great side-effect of eating healthy. I’m sure you’re wondering how much I’ve lost in 30 days? I’ve lost 13 pounds. The crazy thing is, this is a different type of weight loss. I normally lost most of my weight in the first 10 days of the diet, then slow down to a trickle after that. With Whole30, I lost about 5 pounds in the first 10 days, then another 5 pounds after 10 more day. Then in the last 10 days I lost another 5 pounds! It was a steady stream of weight-loss. I know that’s healthier than rapid-weight loss.

What do I do now that it’s “over?”

The spirit of Whole30 is that it’s NOT over after 30 days. Wait! What? That’s not very good marketing, I thought at first. I was under the impression, I would get to go back to most of my old ways? But that’s just foolish if you are serious about becoming healthy. The 30 days is just a transition to your new diet. This new lifestyle is fed by the habits you’ve formed, and the addictions you’ve broken. By breaking your old habits you are able to slowly reintroduce things you may have been addicted to, with moderation. But if you don’t have a desire for it anymore, then you don’t need to bring it back. For me, this is when the true test will begin. My goal is to lose another 13 pounds, which would put me down to about 193 pounds. I believe that I can do it with this specific diet, but I will need help from others like you. I will pledge to keep eating healthy not just for my heart, but for my wife, kids, and my God can have a better me! Can you cheer me on?

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Ben is the youth minister husband of @gingercasa1 and father of three awesome boys, ages 10, 8, and 5! He loves sports, music, and ministry and hanging out with his family.


  1. Ramona Wharton says

    Way to go Benami!!! Getting hold it now saves you from the after 40’s slow down problem!! You have taken a great step in taking care of your health!!

  2. No more giant pizzas! 🙂 Keep up the good work brother. Thanks for letting us all know how Whole30 worked for you.

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