Whole 30 Spotlight- April Brown
By April Brown
I have always been one that has had to focus on nutrition. I have done the calorie counting thing and sure, I lost weight, but I also felt deprived and wanted to eat my arm off! I am not a person that is naturally thin. I have to work at it every day. I have learned that every single thing I put in my mouth affects the way that I feel and look.
When I started this last Whole30, my third one, I weighed myself. I weighed 160. The most I have ever weighed in my life. When I started Crossfit Springfield 2 ½ years ago, my “fat weight” was 148. So, I realize that my body is different now, but then I took a picture. I cried. I know that I am by no means overweight, but I know where I can be and I saw with my own eyes where I actually was. Regardless of knowing that my body composition is different since starting CFS, I’ve still been a slave to the scale. I decided I was going to do an experiment. I was going to weigh each day to see how much I fluctuate and take pictures every 7 days. Just the picture on day 7 was enough to give me some motivation. I was so shocked how much I had changed in that short period. By day 21, I decided that this has to stay my lifestyle. I weighed 152. By day 30, I can’t even tell you how amazed I was when I looked at my pictures! I weighed 154 and my body had changed tremendously.
I do plan to keep it up. I try not to look at it as needing to lose more weight, but I would like to continue taking my pictures every 7 days to make sure I’m not slipping. Life is too short to say that I won’t have cashew chicken every once in awhile, but I have learned that I have a terribly unhealthy relationship with food and I have to be very conscience of that. It is a very slippery slope that I seem to have a ski lift pass to. Beer is my kryptonite. I won’t lie; I am still trying to figure out how I’m going to balance that out without destroying my body.
I feel that for me, the hardest thing is getting the support from people that are outside of the Whole30 circle (which is why the Facebook page is so awesome!) and yes, the beer. If this is a new venture for you, realize that the majority of the population still thinks of their diet in the lines of the typical food pyramid and how many calories ar
e you consuming versus burning. It’s going to be hard to find support because everyone wants to question you. “Well, where are you getting your calcium? Where are you getting your carbs? You have to have whole grains. But yogurt is so good for you. You can have this pasta salad, it’s healthy.” I look at it this way. This is what I believe in. I honestly think that eventually more and more people are going to start accepting this way of eating. Change is feared. If people don’t understand something, they fear it. I know how awesome I feel, and that’s what matters. Misery loves company, folks. I know how I want to feel every single day of my life. No one else can dictate that. If they want to continue to eat their pasta salads and baked potatoes and that works for them, then more power to them! I just know that I feel amazing, I have tons of energy, I’m a losing some weight and gaining muscle and I don’t have to worry about how many calories are in that avacado. I’m 38 years old and I have zero health problems. Zero. You know your body better than anyone else and you know what works for you.
Feeling so good, strong and healthy is so much better than how that Taco Bell is going to taste.
“Who is April Brown”- By Scott Taylor
S: First off, let me just say, I’m a huge fan. But, for those who aren’t as lucky as me, tell us, who is April Brown?
A: I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. Notting Hill. No?
Well, let’s see, I’m a Taurus, my birthday IS in fact in April, I’m a history major, I have green eyes and a birthmark the size of South America on my right leg. My middle name is Rose, not May, which April Rose makes for a great stripper name should I ever need a quick buck. I like long walks on the beach in the moonlight, cats, 80’s movies and bacon. Dislikes are creepy carneys, mechanically processed and separated meats and people who think they know everything about everything.
I’ve been a member of CFS for approximately 2 ½ years. I tend to fly under the radar, (sometimes) which is precisely why I think I’d be a great contestant on Survivor. They wouldn’t see me coming…until I got hungry and then I would probably either rip someone’s face off or resort to cannibalism. What? It’s protein. That’s Whole30. Don’t look at me with judgmental eyes, Scott.
S: Let’s get this out of the way, how’s Dane? When’s he coming home?
A: Considering we are all very jealous of his deployment/vacation island hopping that he is on in the South Pacific right now, he’s doing quite well. I’m not at all jealous (yes, I am), I’m happy for him (I’m really not. Is that bad?). He comes home August 16th and then we go straight to Florida for a week. What a rough life he has. Enough about that tattooed freak, what about me, Scott? It’s always Dane, Dane, Dane with you. If we get a severed head or a dead bunny in the mail, I’m reporting you as a primary stalker suspect.
S: All I know is that I’ll love Dane, even when he’s in his carbohydrate, sequined-jumpsuit, young-girls-in-white-cotton-panties, waking-up-in-a-pool-of-your-own-vomit, bloated-purple-dead-on-a-toilet, hanging out with Ravi Shankar phase. And then we will start a family band. And you won’t be invited. . . Sorry. . . I got carried away for a second. . .
You’re stronger than your husband, right?
A: Oh yeah. I don’t think anyone would be surprised about that. I hope at HOA they let him use the girl’s weight, because if not, we may be in trouble Scotty.
A: Tell us something about you that might surprise people.
I love beer!
What do you mean everyone knows that?
hmmmmm…..let’s see…..I ate live minnows on the river last summer. Yes, I meant that to be plural. I’m not proud of myself. There was a lot of beer involved in this decision.
S: Interesting. . . . .
Booze, Bacon, Bread. You’ve got to burn one, throw one away and give one to me. Go!
A: Oh, sweet baby Jesus….ok…. Bacon, burn. I can still eat burnt bacon! Bread, throw away. I don’t care about bread. I do hate to be wasteful though, so can I feed it to the ducks? I’d give you the booze. It’d be hard to do, but at least someone would enjoy it. But then again, what kind of booze are we talking here? Like, high alcohol content stuff? Because the pyro in me thinks that fire+ booze could be pretty cool. So, then I’d burn the booze and give you the bacon to enjoy. You’re welcome.
S: Can I be frank?
A: Ok, but can I still be April?
S: You’re pictures look amazing! Tell us about the last 30 days.
A: Well, Whole30 is kinda like a new pair of underwear: At first, it’s constrictive, but after awhile it becomes a part of you.
This was my third Whole30 and I felt like it was actually the easiest. Third time’s a charm! I had decided from the beginning that I was going to do this one by the book. I had the proper amounts of protein, fat, and veggies at each meal. I tried not to snack…unless there was a hunger emergency! IE: if I became “hangry”. I backed off of so much fruit on this one as well. It’s like it just all kind of snapped into place for me this time. I found that the only reason I ever needed to snack was when my meal wasn’t balanced and I also noticed that I just naturally felt fuller a lot faster since I was filling my body with real food and not food made in factory, thrown in a box and stamped “just add chicken or tuna”.
I have always been one to clean my plate…even when I’m super stuffed, so I learned a lot about my relationship with food this time around. I’m a stress eater, boredom eater, sad eater, happy eater, my husband is deployed and I have nothing better to do with my time eater. I eat a lot for all of the wrong reasons.
I am so glad that I did the before and after pictures. I recommend it to everyone. I think at times we look at ourselves in the mirror and don’t see a difference because we are our own worst critics. When you have a picture right in front of you, you can’t really argue with that. It was so motivating.
S: What’s your favorite Whole30 meal?
A: This sounds kind of lame, but I like to keep it simple….give me a mongolian New York Strip steak with sautéed peppers and onions and a gigantor salad with chopped almonds, olives, avocado, peppers, balsamic and olive oil, and I’m in heaven!
My favorite on the go/post workout dish is definitely the pumpkin soufflé! It’s like pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, a dash of fall, and a big scoop of hug in a dish!
S: Biggest tip for people that fall off the wagon?
A: Don’t drink so much that you can’t stay in your wagon. I’m pretty sure that’s happened to Dane at some point. Drinking and waggoning is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Why are you riding around in a wagon in 2013 anyway, Scott? Is this question for the Amish that may be reading? That’s not what you mean?
I say don’t fret it…too much. Everyone falls off at some point. Everyone. We are all human and let’s face it; life is too short to never ever have an Andy’s Snowmonster again! If you can stay on the proverbial wagon forever, you’re amazing or you’re from another planet. I look at it this way, if you eat like crap then you’re going to feel like crap. If you eat healthy then you’re going to feel healthy. You just have to decide if it’s worth it to go ahead and have that cashew chicken and six pack of Shiner Bock Red Ruby. I experienced this after the 4th of July weekend. I indulged on a float trip Sunday and not only did I have to scale the WOD Monday because I felt so lethargic, I felt like I was sweating out fried chicken grease, Cheezits and beer, I felt bloated and my shorts were too tight…from just one full day of eating crappy. It wasn’t worth it. Pick your battles. If you bail off, just get the hell up and get back on RIGHT THEN! None of this “I’ll get back on tomorrow” business. Try not to have a cheat day. Shoot for just a cheat meal…and not every day…you know better. Don’t beat yourself up though. That doesn’t do anyone any good and bruises aren’t very becoming, unless they’re from doing cleans and are on your collar bone…in that case you just look like a badass.
Now let me ask you something Scott, did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played a girl bunny?
S: (Slow laugh, growing in uncontrolled laughter) Hahahahaha. No.
A: Me either. I was just asking.
S: Well thank you for the interview. It’s been informative and stimulating. Rich and compelling.