Yesterday I completed the eight weeks of the 8ww program! Boy do 8 weeks sure go by fast!
My original goals were focused around hiking 14ers, having energy on the weekends, stronger in my recreational activities of skiing and biking better, reduce pain from former injuries, and having more ideas for preparing healthy meals.
- My schedule hasn’t been convenient to hike 14ers this summer… but perhaps I’ll get the chance to do one or two before they’re covered with snow!
- Energy on the weekends… I still end up missing a lot of hours of sleep during the work week, leaving the weekend for catch up. It’s something that has a lot of influencing factors, but I’ll be working to improve on for month after month.
- Strength for rec activities… I’ve definitely improved. While ski season is at least a month away, I just had a great weekend mountain biking in Durango. I’m pretty intermediate on the mountain bike, but I have to say my improvements on the bike are related to feeling stronger in the arms, legs and core.
- Reduce pain from former injuries… a lot of progress here! I have a bum knee from running, hiking, skiing that I would rarely put weight on for three years. While it’s not perfect and still needs time to get 100% this is the first time there’s been any improvement in it during the last three years. Each adjustment the doctors would test my range of motion, something I didn’t realize was so bad. The massage therapists focused many myo treatments on my super tight IT bands and hip flexors, which made a huge difference.
- Healthy meal preparation… I am doing way better, rarely skipping meals! I’m planning better when at Costco or the grocery store. I knew how to read nutrition labels before, but I just didn’t. I’m better at taking the time to read food labels.
I will have my post 8ww exam this week. I’m really curious to see if my cholesterol level went down. I’ve laid off the bacon, worked out way more, and planned better meals. I’m definitely excited to see the results that aren’t as visible from the outside!
Wow! This is what I need. A program to improve my health. This will be a challenge for me. I seem to do OK on some of the aspects that will be in the 8WW program but putting them all to gether will be the challege for me. We don’t plan our meals during the course of a week. Usually whoever is home first starts cooking something. I don’t think our meals are ever unhealthy they just might not meet the criteria for 8WW. Exercise? I planted 9 plants this Sunday. Digging into clay, shoveling dirt, carrying water, lifting plants and all in the heat of the day. Seems like exercise to me. That represents my exercise. Dedicated working out…. not for a while. I am looking forward to this part! My9 week old son Colter might effect my 8WW program but I have to be healthy for him! As a wellness doctor I can’t wait to help motivate and improve my patients lives with 8WW! More later……………
I am very excited to finally get started with this program. This has been a dream of mine well before chiropractic school. I had a speaker at a conference I attend talk about “watch what your kids do without us as parents telling them to do an activity, what do they do for fun”. This really stuck in my mind because as a father of 3 boys I really watch what they do and I try to guide them rather than “force” them in one direction in life. This comment made me think about how being a Doctor of Chiropractic was a calling for me because it entails everything that I think about from a young boy until now. Hockey also consumes a lot of my thoughts then and now, but hockey and being an athlete help shape me into the Doctor I am today. I constantly think of the foods I am eating, I read food labels just naturally now. I think about how the dyes and processed foods are killing us. I love to work out and push myself, I love seeing people working out because I know how much it is helping there body if done with correct form. I love the aspect of quieting the mind in meditation/prayer because as a society we are bombarded daily with thoughts, approximately 60,000/ day according to Dr. Wayne Dyer. Adjustments have been a weekly habit since my days as a hockey player, If everyone knew the science behind getting adjusted it would be more common in our society. My kids are proof of how the power of the adjustment has kept them so healthy. Just today my son Dino was having a headache and the first thing I did was adjust him, make sure he was drinking water and made him something to eat then did some myotherapy… headache gone without drugs. I am not against drugs but why would you take a drug if you can help element symtoms without taking them. As you can see the reason I love this program is because I know that we will be able to help many more people. Going back to my very first point the aspects of 8ww is something I have been thinking about since I was a kid, this is not work for me, I live this program everyday of my life. Am I perfect at all aspects, NO!, but I will continue to live to my true health potential because our health is the most important asset we all have, everything revolves around our HEALTH. I can’t wait to get started. Today I was writing out my eating plan for the week, with a family of 5 you cant just wing your diet, you need to plan everthing. I cant wait for our first workout with our trainers on Tuesday. At 45, my expectation is to be in the best shape of my life.
As I head into the 8WW program, I am both excited and nervous. I am excited because I know that I am going to learn great new things about a balanced diet, self-control, reading food labels, important facts about supplements, and so much more. I know that as I progress into wellness, I will be more energized, wake up every day with more energy and excitement, and lose those few extra pounds I’ve been carrying since college. I know that planning ahead will be a big challenge for me. From planning my meals to scheduling my workouts, I have to be on top of it all the whole time. It’s easy to be lazy on a Sunday afternoon instead of planning my meals for the week. And I’m such a social butterfly, it’s hard to go to bed early and get a workout in before work. This program will be a lot about positive discipline and test of self-control as I begin this adventure. I am excited to boost my energy, get physically stronger, and make daily decisions to see the world in a positive light. It’s going to be a great 8 weeks.
Pre Day 1: Adventures of Sean on his 8WW journey…I am excited to push my fellow employees to health greatness and challenge myself physically and mentally as I go down the road to wellness. I look forward to developing my body into a temple of what it
should be. Gaining muscle and strength will change my endurance levels at work and in mountain biking. The challenges I believe I will face with be in the area of diet. Portion sizes and decreasing my beer intake (I am a beer connoisseur) will take great self-control. However I am excited to see the changes in my mind, body, and soul. Balance will be a great success for me. Hope you follow me on my journey to wellness!
I too feel excited and nervous to participate in the 8ww. I had the opportunity to start the program with the Kambeitz Chiropractic staff when I just started to learn about the program. I feel that I eat well, but don’t always take care of myself well – I don’t get enough sleep, I don’t really enjoy working out, I don’t plan my meals and will often skip meals when I’m busy.
I definitely think this program can be an opportunity to learn how to do better things for myself from nutrition to exercise. I was active and athletic in high school and college and enjoyed the structure from high school cross country to college ski team. After college there was a while that I enjoyed going to the gym, and a while that I enjoyed running with a friend. I enjoy less structured sports like biking (road and mountain), skiing, and hiking 14ers, but these are all rather seasonal sports.
I would like to improve my strength for hiking, biking and skiing and avoid some of the injuries from these sports that continually pester me. I also think this program will allow me to be more introspective on how I can maintain a lifetime of good health while I’m still in my 20’s before I reach my 30’s!
Looking forward to the 8WW, I am both excited and nervous about how the program will test my willpower for eating, and being able to physically accomplish the workouts. Those three words consistently come to mind as I begin to see the continued wellness lifestyle habits developing: TEST MY WILLPOWER. I am a chic and fashion-conscious kind of girl, and am excited to have my clothes fit better and to see how my jeans begin to fit better and boost my confidence even higher. A big concern I have is that I will bounce back after the program. I have done other programs successfully, and afterwards made little decisions based on my success that slowly change the eating habits I have created. A little bowl of ice cream or a few extra drinks at the bar on Friday night, and I am slowly but surely headed back to where I was before. So as I do this program, it will be interesting to see where long term lifestyle changes stick or where they become a bit
flexible in my daily routine.
I am excited about getting more toned in the workouts. I’m not too worried about losing
weight, so I want to look like I did ten years ago in college: toned and in shape. I know
my strength is going to increase as well. I am excited to build up muscle to increase my
metabolism, which in turn burns more fat. My challenge is going to be finding time to do
everything that 8WW has to offer. Balancing work, workouts, planning meals, family
time and leisure will be a great learning experience, and I can see how that will help me
continue to develop a wellness lifestyle.