Millions a day are dying because of full bellies causing terminal disease. Losing the battle with the knife and fork means losing your life.
Christen is not yet where she wants to be but she believes, for the first time, that CrossFit+Paleo is her last chance, and she is giving it all she has.
The following is authored by: Christen Baldwin
I had been at my wits end for quite a long time when it comes to eating. I’ve tried Paleo/Paleo Zone several times but I never able to achieve success with it. I knew I was doing something wrong. In August 2012, I was reading a story about Nick Anderson who had lost a bunch of weight and he mentioned a guy named Josh Bunch who was helping to change his life. I read some of Josh’s blogs and I really liked what I was reading. I asked my CF coaches about him. I immediately contacted him and asked for help. I honestly felt like he was my only hope. He got back to me and told me he could help but it would have to be “ME” who changed. It FINALLY clicked for me. I was getting tired of reading stories about people who had found success with Paleo/Crossfit. I really wanted to be one of those success stories. I want to be one of those people who inspired others.
On August 29th I started following the meal plan gave to me by Josh. I told him he would have to tell me exactly what to eat. I’m weird but I prefer repetition and eating the same things over and over again. I freak out when I have a lot of variety and trying to plan meals. It just doesn’t work for me. I needed Josh to say “eat this food/this much food” for my meals. It’s now September 17, 2012 and I have lost 20 pounds. I have stuck with the meal plan and ate exactly what Josh told me to.
I won’t lie to anyone and say it’s been easy. I have had good days and bad days. I’ve cried because the grocery store was out of kale, I’ve thrown a few tantrums over salmon and I didn’t go shopping alone in fear I’d get weak and sneak a cupcake! I felt like crap the first few days but it was all worth it. I can now see I am like night and day. I know it’s because of what I was eating. I truly believe that sugar, excessive carbohydrates and food addiction makes me crazy! I feel I can be mean, depressed, negative and most people annoy me when I am eating junk food. I don’t want to talk to most people and that’s an awful way to be.
However, cutting out the crap food and doing Paleo correctly changes everything for me. I am so happy. I laugh out loud again. I feel like having fun. I want to go to Crossfit. I feel like cleaning the house. I have ambition. I have motivation. I feel positive about everything. I feel 100% different than I did on 8/29 when I started and NOTHING will tempt me to slide backwards. Even my boss says he notices a difference. My energy level is through the roof. I’m not dead exhausted doing WODs or rowing. I have a long journey ahead of me and I’m not really focused on that right now. I’m focused on taking things one day at a time, eating what Josh tells me to and convincing the produce manager to order more kale every week!
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