We decided for our first post we would basically just tell our story. So, here it goes….
We are high school sweethearts. We got married in December of 2007. We were both at a healthy weight when we got married; however, we gained a lot of weight in the first year we were married (around 20 lbs each) by dining out frequently at places like On The Border, Chick Fil-A, Zaxby’s, and McDonald’s, just to name a few. In September of 2008, we took a trip to see the Cubs in Chicago and once we saw the pictures from that trip we knew that something had to change. He started going to the gym in the evenings and after making it part of His daily routine – He was then hooked. Typical of anything He becomes interested in, He started reading EVERYTHING He could on nutrition and weight lifting. A few years later, She started paying attention to what She was eating but still was not eating clean enough or following a consistent workout routine. She would do workout videos at home because She was too shy to go to the gym. He finally convinced her to the gym with him and She has been hooked ever since!
What have we been able to accomplish with eating clean (combined with lifting weights)?
- He went from a waist size of 38” to a waist size of 32”.
- She went from a size 10 to a size 2.
The most important results are that we are both much happier, much stronger, and have much more energy.
The question we are asked the most is what do you eat? The best (and easiest) way to describe it is that we eat clean, natural, whole foods that have not been modified or altered once they have been harvested or slaughtered. No fried foods, no GMO foods, no chemical preservatives, no refined or added sugars, and no highly processed foods (limited processing is sometimes necessary – e.g. Greek yogurt). Or, for those familiar with the concept, we eat clean. The best thing that we have come across that describes clean eating (simply) is the Just The Rules book by Tosca Reno. A link to purchase it is included. It is about $9.00 (or about the same price as a burger, fries, and a shake - supersized). BUY IT HERE! Both of us eat every 2-3 hours (6-8 meals a day). Our meals consist of protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and vegetables. You can view a sample of our meals here.
The second most common question we are asked is what workouts do you do? We do weight training with a mix of cardio & HIIT. Excessive cardio is not the answer if you want a lean body...you MUST lift weights (combined with cardio/HIIT)!
We used several different clean supplements during our journey to help us reach our goals and we will be posting a series on proper supplementation in the near future to help you select the right products. You can view the supplements we use by clicking here.
Eating clean is definitely a team effort for us and the mission at HeandSheEatClean.com is to help other couples (and individuals) with tips and tricks to achieve this lifestyle. Both of us work full time and spend about an hour in the gym five days a week and several hours in the kitchen each week. We don’t watch much television but to us, it’s worth it! She does most of the cooking and He does most of the cleaning. Sundays are the days that we normally prepare all of our food for the week.
Remember, this is a lifestyle and not a diet!
Good luck with your journey!
- Scott & Whitney
Check out Whitney's personal fitness blog at http://www.whitneycarlson.com/. You can also connect with her directly on facebook!