“My daughter came to the house yesterday and noticed that I had lost weight. I knew that I had lost what I thought was a couple of pounds which I attribute to not drinking beer. I weighed myself today and found that I’m down 10 pounds. I had not intended to lose weight but I won’t miss it.”
That’s Jim talking. He’s been CrossFitting since August.
“I thought I was in pretty good shape when I started. In fact, I thought I was just about at my peak and just needed a little core work. I’m in way better shape now. I have a long way to go. It pisses me off a little, but at the same time, it’s great.”
Jim isn’t exactly what you’d call an open book. He’s kind as can be and refreshing, but at first, he’s so different from the norm it’s shocking. You see, Jim, unlike almost everyone else on the planet, actually listens when others talk. He doesn’t interrupt, mindlessly fill space with throwaway vocabulary, or even act the part until he gets his turn. No, Jim listens. Like really listens, and at first, it’s freaky as hell. Then it’s inspiring.
“I’m not hungry during the day,” Jim says after he and his wife went full on paleo a month ago. “My heart doesn’t pound after a meal and I don’t pass out 30 minutes later. Pre-diet I would eat my lunch and then hit the snack machine a few hours later. I don’t have that urge anymore (although there is nothing in that machine that I can eat anyway). I don’t run long distances right now but I have no issue going two hours without crashing when I want to. Honestly, I’ve changed so many things at once it’s not very scientific. I’ve started CrossFit, reduced my running, started Paleo, quit drinking beer. Bottom line is I feel better.”
Not to mention getting his first pull-up, becoming better on the barbell, and helping his loved ones along the way.
“Beth has taken off with it,” Jim says about he and his wife’s new eating plan. “She has converted all her favorite recipes and we have discovered some new things that are great. It has not been easy but it’s something we can share and we have been having fun with it.”
For this, and so much more, we congratulate Jim, December’s Practitioner for the Month. For his kindness. For his humility and honesty. And finally, for his spirt.
“CrossFit: It’s hard to put into words what that hour each day in your gym means to me. I’m excited about doing 24″ box jumps when the 12″ was stupid hard the first day. I love to train and it will just come eventually. It’s the community and social aspect that is the hardest for me and where I’ve noticed a significant improvement in and out of the gym.”