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WHY THE SCALE IS NOT A REFLECTION OF HEALTH

On November 24th, 2015, I was at the highest weight I had ever been as an adult. I was 140 pounds. I ran 6-8 miles a week. Did yoga 2 days a week. I was "eating all the right things" low fat meats, whole grains and veggies, yet my weight continued to climb. I had been this weight a couple times before. I always had to do something extreme to get my weight back down again.  Exercise 2 hours a day. Severely cut back my calories. Drink those very not good tasting diet shakes. Be hungry all the time and lightheaded. My body fat was creeping up to the mid to high 30s. I was so frustrated with how I was considered athletic and healthy, yet my weight continues to creep up. Being the nerd that I am, i decided to do extensive research and see what current research, books and experts in the field have to say about all this. And I got my mind BLOWN. I was doing the exact opposite of what I should be doing. All the latest research was debunking all the traditional approaches to weight loss: exercising for hours, severe calorie cutting, and eating low fat and high "whole grain".  So I developed a program and put myself on it. 2 1/2 years later, here are my numbers today. 

My weight certainly came down, but it wasn't a dramatic drop. But my body fat is cut in HALF! In November 2015 I was barely squeezing into an 8-10 jean. I now wear a size 2. I have 102 pounds of fat free body weight!!!! Almost half my body is composed of muscle! And forgetting all that, I have never had more energy, slept better, had clearer skin, in my life. I NEVER GET SICK. I haven't gotten a cold, the flu, not even a sniffle. I used to have almost daily headaches, daily severe fatigue int he afternoon. All of this gone. I used to have such severe drops in my blood sugar that I would have to carry food with me everywhere just in case I got a low. Those are completely gone. 

So let's go back to that scale.  My weight has changed by 17 pounds. Not considered a huge change by any means to most people who need to lose weight. Most people would say "Only 17 pounds and you have been doing this a year and a half?! That's not enough!" I argue against that. Bottom line is, the scale is not a reflection of health. The scale tells you how much gravity is pushing down on you at that moment in time. That's it. If you took your weight on Mars, at that same moment, it would be different. Neither number says how healthy you are. There are millions of people who are considered "skinny" who are VERY UNHEALTHY. There are millions of people of average weight who are VERY UNHEALTHY. There are millions of people who are considered "overweight" who are VERY HEALTHY. That number is not a reflection of health, so let's focus on the other numbers and non numbers for this journey. 

Work on that body fat number. Work on increasing your skeletal muscle. Work on feeling more energy, rarely getting sick, and having endless energy. I created the Fire Team Whiskey Nutritional and Fitness protocols to help anyone struggling with their weight like I was to transition over 30 day periods to a healthier and healthier lifestyle. I also created them so you can follow this way of life in any environment, on any schedule. I am living proof, over 2 years later that THIS SYSTEM WORKS and it will result in long term continued improvements in your body composition and health. 

Start your journey. 

P.s. All our Fire Team Whiskey participants use the Renpho Bluetooth Body Scale. The link to purchase this scale is above.

 

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How Cory Sanden's Weightloss Changed His Life

Cadre Cory Sanden's Journey

I started my weight loss journey around November 2016 at 300lbs.  I was 39 years old and a stay at home Dad of two girls and wanted to get back my life back in terms of fitness, energy, mood and drive!

My wife and I are both former collegiate athletes and I served 10 years in the Army Reserves and have worked in the fitness industry for over 10 years, so you would think I would have all the drive, knowledge and experience to succeed??? Well, for myself I quickly realized how difficult it is to change habits and consistently exercise when you haven’t in years. 

The first few months of eating healthier and exercising gave us some minor results with a lot of effort and meal prepping/planning.  The progress was very slow and hard to maintain focus and determination. There were many "stop" and "restart" periods where we would lose a few pounds and gain back a few, rinse and repeat. It was frustrating at times, but progress was still made and in a little over a year I had lost 35 lbs. 

Around December of 2017 I had seen an advertisement for an ad for pilot participants for a upcoming military/first responders fitness protocol.  I quickly dove into this new idea and protocol for our fighting forces.  I remember messaging Stephanie Lincoln about this opportunity and learning more and more each week about the opportunity to be a pilot participant and being able to use my own journey to help promote FTW. 

As the weeks went on and I continued my fitness journey, I quickly became involved with the upcoming first round participants to engage in the program in January 2018.  The protocol was to last 30 days and include a Ketogenic diet with HIIT style workouts for 30 minutes.  My wife and I were beyond excited to start this new and unknown chapter in our life.  We quickly found out the first week traveling that this plan was very doable, flexible, and had great accountability.  Daily weight check-ins and workouts were very powerful and held us in check to build a strong routine and consistency. 

Thirty days had flown by and I had lost 22 lbs!  My personal goal was to lose 15 lbs and fit into my Army BDU pants from 1999.  I smashed my goals and had been at my lowest weight in over 8 years!  My wife and I had never found an easier diet routine to stick with her Celiac disease. This was the missing link to our lives and couldn’t be happier. It was, and still is,  a great fit for us.