Well I had a pretty long post, but then the weebly app crashed and I lost it.

All that work to say... Wow I'm down 24 pounds. Heading into the gym right now as I begin my next week of kicking my fat butt into shape.


As I was watching a documentary this morning called the Gerson Miracle, I realized another benefit of making the lifestyle change that began nearly four weeks ago.

Before jumping into a new eating/exercise pattern of life that began with a five day juice fast, I would experience multiple headaches a week. My headaches would last days and required 800mg of ibuprofen every 6 hours to control them.

Since day two of the juice fast I have not had a headache. It has been nearly 30 days without a headache.

This along with the weight loss cannot. Wow. It has been a good change for me.

This morning I had the opportunity to take my son to a nearby park. The church that we are a part of has spent the past three years visiting this area. Next door to the park is a low-income housing complex. About 500 people live in this place and we have invested time, money and energy here as a church.

When I found out that we would be begin having a sports day once each month and that there was a need for providing food after the camp, I knew that my son and I would be meeting that need.

You see, for the past month or so whenever we would grill something at home I would get my son out there to start the grill. I believe that every boy should know how to grill. How to light it, how to clean it, seasoning, when to flip a slab of meat, how to check if it’s done, etc, etc. It’s something that a young man needs to learn. An essential box for him to check off on his future man card. Of course being a young guy now, he doesn’t see the value in it, but someday he’ll appreciate the training he received.

That’s the first of the essentials to be passed on from dad to son. Mastering the Grill.

Second and honestly the main reason for this post is this: Every dad should pass on the importance of serving others to his son. In our part of the world we receive endless self serving messages. Get what you deserve. Look out for number one. Meet your own needs first. I don’t buy it. And I don’t want my son to buy into it either. SO, I look for ways that my son can turn off his iPad, step out of his comfortable life for a while and meet the needs of others.

I honestly have a hard time coming up with anything else that is more important than the habit of serving. I want my son to grow up with a giving, serving, generous heart that looks to the needs of others over his own needs. I do my best to model that for him and I look for opportunities where he can serve. If we can do it together, even better.

I would encourage you, dads, to look for a way to serve this weekend. Take your boy along with you.

Doors of conversation that cannot happen any other way will open up before you. Questions will be asked... some you may not have the answers to.

Why does a person act that way? Why didn’t they say thank you? Why do we have to do this? It’s hot, I want to go home, can we leave yet? WHY DID WE HAVE TO DO THIS? Why this? Why that? How? When?

I’d also recommend not answering the questions too quickly... actually I’d recommend you go by Sonic, grab a cold drink and sit down across from your boy and let him talk and sort through his thoughts about why people act, say, do the things they do. Ask him why he thinks it’s important to serve? And then shut up and let him talk... suffer through the silence while he forms his thoughts through words.

Then talk about Minecraft, Halo, Pokemon. Trust that a lesson has been planted deep in his young impressionable heart. Keep your eyes open for the next place to serve with your boy.

Oh and by the way... this is important to do with your daughter as well.

I have been at this journey for almost three weeks now. I have to say that I am surprised by the loss of weight this week. For some reason I expected it to be the same or have gained.

I have continued watch what I eat except for one meal this week where I ate at PeiWei. It was a lot of food. Other than that I ate pretty well. I also stuck with the Elliptical at the gym. I upped the time to 45 minutes these last couple of days because of what I said earlier about not losing anything.

So... 20 down and another 40 or so to go. I'm pretty sure I will hit a wall. I don't think I can continue to lose at this rate. What I do know is that the juice fast I started this whole journey with had a big impact on my diet. It broke old bad habits that I had and really was a great way to get back on track. 

Looking forward to next weeks weigh in. 

I am excited to say that after 7 days back on solid food I have continued to lose weight. Obviously it isn't as dramatic as the weight loss on an all juice plan, but 15 pounds.

So I've got another 48 to go. At this rate it'll be a few months down the road still. And Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming. Ugh.

I could be there by the new year if I continue losing at this rate.

Here's hoping.

It has been six days since I jumped from straight juice. It took my body a few days to recover. It just wasn't used to eating solid food. I have continued to stay caffeine free without much issue. I have also stayed away from the sweets. It is rather amazing what a 5 day reboot can do. It really is a good way to jump into a new way of eating.

There has only been one day of none healthiness. I spent the day in Juarez, MX helping in a soup kitchen and later painting at a teen home. We all went out to lunch as a team for lunch and then later for dinner. I could have packed something healthy and had planned on it, but walked out of the house without my cooler.

As a result, I enjoyed some steak tacos and some fresh made horchata for lunch. That evening more tacos and a beer. Both of these things were amazing as it has been many months since having tacos and maybe the same on the beer. That was a few days ago and I have since continued to control my portions and staying away from desserts. I have also been to the gym on weekdays.

In two days I will reweigh myself and see what if any weight loss has continued. I know it will slow down now that I am off the juice only plan, but I hope with the working out and being more conscious of my food choices 
So after five days of pure juice, I am excited to eat some solid food. Yesterday was hard, knowing that I was going to eat some solid food today, glad I held out.

This is called Berry Apple Bake. 

The recipe is on the rebootwithjoe.com website along with a lot of other options for healthy meals.

As I still have another 50 pounds I'd like to lose and a longer life to live, I'm going to be much more intentional about my food choices. This mix is in the oven now and in 15 minutes my first bite of solid food. :Dd

So I jumped on the scale this morning after 5 days of juice only. And I have to say the results are pretty amazing. I think it really tells me how horrible I was eating before.

I'm not going to continue juicing. At least not only juice. I will incorporate it into my routine, but I'm going to eat healthier.

Here I am at the middle of day five. Feeling good and enjoying a Garden Variety juice for lunch.

This is the last day of my reboot and tomorrow I start transitioning back to regular food.

I will be doing a combo of juice and food and exercise for a while longer until I reach my goals.

I haven't weighed myself since beginning this deal 5 days ago. But tomorrow I will and post results.

I honestly can't believe I went 5 days a pure juice. Awesome.


Well I finished up day three with a Purple Passion from the 5-Day reboot. It was very good. Grapes, Blue Berries and Mint from our garden. So good.

I'm on day four and doing pretty well. I've been feeling hungry. Drinking more fluids to keep it under control.

One more day!