This entry is written by Christine Young…
I’ve been doing CrossFit for about 3 years already and always said to myself, “I would never go on a diet. Or I can’t do it.” This year I decided to challenge myself to try something different and changed that mindset and it was the best thing I chose to do. It’s been a great start to the year and I feel better than ever mentally and physically. I was so wrapped up in other things years before that I didn’t really dedicate time to myself. I made so many excuses to why I couldn’t or didn’t have time to do paleo. I finally decided I could do it and went into the challenge with no intentions on winning but every intention to do well and test my strength and determination and just to become a healthier me.
I accomplished the challenge with dedication and came out with 1st place. It’s not even about the win for me, it was never about winning. It was all about seeing how strong and dedicated I am or could be. The greatest thing I have gained from this challenge was the new lifestyle that I have adapted into my life and will continue to stick to with an occasional rewards on the weekends. That in it’s own is a win itself. A healthier lifestyle…I am so happy that I pushed myself to this challenge.
You don’t know unless you give it a try.
You can come up with all the excuses in the world but excuses get you nowhere in life. It takes desire and drive to want something bad enough to accomplish the goals you make in life. Nothing comes easily.
I learned that paleo isn’t a diet but a lifestyle of healthy eating and living. It’s amazing what food can do to your mind and body. While doing the challenge, I never once felt that sluggish food coma feeling that you get when you’re not eating clean. It was a great feeling to finish my lunch every day and feeling refueled instead of sleepy. My strength and endurance improved significantly as well. My baseline time pre-paleo was 23:56 and my post-paleo time was 19:05 with an improvement of 4:51. Almost 5 minutes. I didn’t think I could do it but I did. Although I only lost 4 lbs, an inch off my chest and half an inch off my waistline, I am happy that I physically and mentally feel better about myself. I learned that it’s not about the scale and what the measurements say but it’s about the overall feeling of strength and just feeling good about yourself.
Along with the 30-day paleo challenge, I challenged myself to 30 days of fitness whether it was just yoga or CrossFit, sometimes both. I averaged 2-3 doubles a week and it’s been 38 days and I’m still going strong. I now know that I am extremely dedicated and focused and that I need to put myself first sometimes.
“I am ambitious. I set goals; not because I am ungrateful for what I have, but because I am happy with who I am. I enjoy the experience of rising above my perceived limitations and discovering new levels of my capabilities.”–Steve Maraboli
Now I’m at a new place in life with an amazing group of supporters, my IUA family, who have pushed me to stay dedicated and strong whether it’s PRing, RXing, or just giving it my best. I can’t thank you all enough for being such inspirations and for being the positive in my life. It’s a great feeling being surrounded by a community of people who strive for the best and work hard to get there. I am so blessed to have you all in my life. I couldn’t have accomplished this challenge without all of you. Thank you!!