Joe’s Journal: Day 54 – The Rugby Shirt Challenge

By: Joe Cross

As soon as I got off the phone with Phil I booked my flight to Iowa. I had asked Phil if he would agree to let us film his progress and he’d saaid yes, so when I returned to the United States a few days later, I gathered up the crew and we set out for Sheldon, Iowa. I’d wanted to bring him something that would be meaningful and represent a challenge, so I’d purchased a rugby jersey in the colors of the Australian flag, size 2XL. I guess that Phil was probably closer to a 5 or 6 XL, which was where the challenge would come in: is first goal would be to fit into that shirt.

When I pulled up in front of Phil’s house I was feeling better than ever. I’d continued to lose weight and was maintaining a vigorous fitness routine. I’d made good on my commitment to adhere to a micronutrient diet until I was 100% Prednisone-free and hadn’t had any outbreaks since the Reboot. All of this made me feel confident that my experiment would work for Phil.

Phil stepped out of his front door to greet us and I immediately handed him the shirt. He’d gotten even bigger since the last time I’d seen him and was wearing the same kind of oversized, baggy t-shirt as before, which was clearly meant to disguise his bulk. It wasn’t working but I knew from experience what he was going for! He held the rugby shirt up to his chest. Next to him, it looked like a kid’s shirt.

Have you been following my past journal entries? Make sure you catch up here.  I’m sharing these thoughts with you as part of the 2nd Anniversary celebration of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead so I hope you are either able to relate or be inspired by my journal entries. Don’t miss out on the other pieces to this celebration:
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Joe Cross

More than 20 million people around the world watched Joe Cross juice his way across America, losing 100 pounds and getting off medication in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film ignited a juicing movement. Viewers around the world have been inspired to start juicing, lose weight and get healthy - and as a result of the film over 370 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed, 370,000 tons of fruit and vegetables consumed, more than 24.8 million pounds of weight lost, and over 220,000 people are now medication free. Joe's second film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 was released in November 2014. Through his journey and the lives of the people he meets throughout the film Joe shares all that he's learned about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world, revealing that most of us really do have more control over of our health than we think - and that none of us are perfect, especially Joe himself! His book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, hit the New York Times' best seller list in March 2014, and the companion guide The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook launched that summer.

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