Tuesday, October 5, 2010

28 Day Break Free Boot Camp

"Are you…
  • trying to eat right, yet still can’t lose the excess weight or that final 10 pounds?
  • wondering whether or not your bloating, headaches, gas or other annoying symptoms are due to a specific food you are eating?
  • confused about what foods are really good for you?
  • ready for a clear, comprehensive and step-by-step program to guide you through the confusion and support you along the way?"
(from the 28 Day Break Free Boot Camp website)

Well, I sure am. I’m tired of obsessing about those final pounds that I cannot seem to lose despite what I call “healthy eating” and lots of exercise a la triathloning. So, I’ve decided to embark on the 28 Day Break Free Boot Camp. The Boot Camp is a programs based on the 28 Day Break Free Plan. 

Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted ArmsThe Boot Camp is led by Leanne Ely of Saving Dinner and JJ Virgin author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy:The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted ArmsFor over a year, I’ve been a subscriber to Leanne Ely’s menu mailer which provides menus and grocery lists for regular and low carb dinners for 2 or 4. I first learned of Leanne through the the Marla Cilley aka the FlyLady. And, I found the FlyLady years ago when I found myslef overwhelmed with housework and family duties. The FlyLady basically runs a self-help group for people who are trying to be neater and better organized in their homes. 

The Paleo Diet for Athletes: A Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic PerformanceSynchronicity convinced me join the 28 Day Break Free Boot Camp. Synchronity is that term where two or more things occur from unrelated directions but come together in a meaningful way.  Within the span of the past three weeks, I’ve been nudged by the idea of eating healthy and cutting processed foods from a number of directions. A few weeks ago, I downloaded an e-book by Leanne on breaking free from sugar addiction and foods that hold health hostage.  Not long after, I read a blog by Tim Ferriss entitled “How to keep feces out of your blood stream (or lose 10 pounds in 14 days)."  In the blog, I noticed that Tim referred to Robb Wolf who wrote the Paleo Diet with Dr. Loren Cordain. I had heard about that book from a trusted yoga instructor and cyclist last year during lunch following a bike ride. I check Amazon for the book and am delighted to learn that Joe Friel, expert triathlon coach and author of The Triahtlete's Training Bible (among other titles), co-authored a follow-up text The Paleo Diet for Athletes: A Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic PerformanceThe Paleo Diet for Athletes: A Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance. Next, I go for a workout at the Woman’s Fitness Center and notice they have a display of Paleo nutrition products.  The final straw came when I got an email from Leanne announcing the 28 Day Break Free Boot Camp with JJ Virgin. I looked into the program and the eating plan was very close to that espoused by Tim Ferriss, Robb Wolf, Dr. Loren Cordain, and Joe Friel: a diet high in protein with plenty of fresh fruit and vegtables.  That was it. There was simply too many conincidences pointing the same direction. I enrolled.

According to the website literature, Break Free Boot Camp is a comprehensive program “designed to free you from the foods that are holding your health hostage, and to bring your health to an entirely new level (not to mention lose fat, have more energy, and look better than you have it years!).” Over the next 28 days on the plan, I'll have a food plan and menus, access to a member-only website and interactive forum, a library of audio recordings, and 4 tele-classes and 2 questions and answer sessions with Leanne and JJ. 

Ace Sherpa agreed to join me on the 28 Day Break Free Plan.

Ace Sherpa agreed to join me on this 28 day nutrition adventure.  This morning while wearing my Speedo swimsuit, Ace Sherpa helped me record my measurments and weight. Because I get so depressed about weighing, I weighed backwards and Ace Sherpa wrote the number down and agreed NOT to share it with me until I got within five pounds of my goal weight. I’ll be jotting down notes and will report back in a later blog on my results.

This is my second day on the program and my first teleclass. Will it work? Will I stick with it? Will Ace Sherpa? Stay tuned. I'll report back at the end of 28 days and let you know. Wish me luck on my experiment! 

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