Post Holiday Detox and Family Introduction

By December 27, 2010 16 Comments

I want to first take this time as 2010 wraps up to thank you for your commitment and passion this year.  I want to especially thank those of you who are my customers, putting down your hard earned money in my programs and allowing me to make this a living instead of just a hobby.  It has allowed me to dive in head deep and create the best content and programs and finding the best experts to share their knowledge.

My brothers plus girlfriends... Ladies, Eric in the middle is single 🙂

What does a romantic personal trainer get his girlfriend for Christmas? Yep you guessed it, a 40 lb weight vest to workout with.

I have enjoyed another year blogging and sharing with you tips on exercise, nutrition, and motivation.  I have also tried to be as real and personable as I can be, sharing with you what is going on in my life.  I think that is one of the biggest things online that is missing, which is transparency.  I thought I would use this platform to share with you a little video of me going back to my hometown of Otsego, MN.  I grew up 15 minutes away from there living in a trailer park, when I was young we moved the trailer (nice it has wheels) to the plot of land that you see in the video.  Growing up, especially in middle school and much of high school, I was self conscious of my home.  But now I am ok with it, and thankful for how it has shaped me and kept me grounded.  I know having a fancy house or nice cars don’t make a person and don’t make a person any happier.  We never drove a car in the same decade as we were living, which was also a little embarrassing getting dropped off at school in a 1972 brown rusted Chrysler New Yorker, or a 1994 12 passenger burgundy colored rusted van.  But again it has kept me grounded

There are lots of funny and memorable moments in this video, turn it up loud enough to hear my mom in the background pleading me not to film the video.  Also my dad has spent the last 7 years as full time caregiver of his mom.  He spends about 70 hours per week feeding her, washing her, carrying her to the bathroom, trying to deal with her bed sores, and much more.  Pretty unbelievable.  My sister Angela couldn’t make it home because she works a retail job in Madison.  Also the ending was certainly not planned on my part. 🙂

I hope you enjoy the video and a personal look into where I grew up and my family.

During the Christmas time I went to my girl friend Abby’s extended family in WI and had 3 days of binge eating.  I wish I knew how many peanut M&Ms I ate… then again maybe I don’t.

So this week, between Christmas and New Years I want to eat very clean.

Here is my plan for some of the meals and shopping list.


1. Taco salad with one or two hard shells and then taco salad after that.

2.  Wild caught Alaskan salmon with steamed veggies

3.  Grass fed steak with a large salad topped with balsamic vinaigrette.

4.  Crock pot chicken and veggie stew


I am keeping it simple with scrambled eggs and sauteed veggies with black or red beans.


1. Raw nuts

2. Protein drinks

3.  Piece of fruit with almond butter


1.  Sandwich with lots of veggies and deli meat

2.  Brown rice, tuna, black beans, balsamic vinegar dressing, tomato

Shopping list I used today:

spinach, tomatoes, avocados, sweet potatoes, shredded carrots, peppers, onions, apples, broccoli, garlic, chicken, deli turkey, deli roast beef, free range eggs, whole organic milk, cottage cheese 2%, 2% greek yogurt plain, raw cashews,quinoa, banana peppers, tuna, frozen berries, grass fed beef, black olives.

Question of the day: What are you going to eat to detox?