After having been asked so many times about this, Dave suggested to incorporate this on my blog, so here it is!!!

Here’s the statement that initiated this post:

“I’ve never done this type of thing before, [referring to the Paleo Diet] and I’d like to start. You’re such an inspiration with your complete positive outlook on EVERYTHING! Simply put – I want that!”

My outlook on life now.. My positivity and my happiness, since starting Crossfit and Paleo.

My experience has been amazing. I went from being negative and cranky about everything to having such an awesome outlook on life. It sounds so annoying, I know.. but I really just decided that I was going to stop making fun of people or putting them down, even if I was just talking to someone close to me. Because really, whats the point? What is the benefit of saying something mean about someone else for no reason? So what? They’re ugly, fat, their hair and clothes are awful.. so what? Let it be. Talking badly them isn’t going to make ME better. Apparently, I still make faces and think things, but I keep try my best to keep any comments myself.

Now if someone really irritates me, and I feel a response is necessary, I don’t turn a shoulder and pretend it didn’t happen. If it’s justified to argue with or confront someone then that’s different. But the unnecessary negativity I’ve really tried my best to do away with.

Crossfit alone has changed my life. The encouragement and support and friendship I’ve gained from CF is immeasurable. I went from being mopey, negative, down, ho-hum, to THIS IS AWESOME! The community, the support, the people, the exercise, the ‘group suffering’, if you will, has changed me more than anything.

I truly believe that changing my diet became necessary after I started CF, because then I started thinking, well.. if I’m putting this much effort into exercising, and spending this much money on going to CF, it’s all going to waste if I don’t clean up my diet too. So I did, and it was hard at first, and now I don’t even think about it. One thing I have had a hard time justifying removing is dairy. I’ve gone without it, and I’ve added it back in, and I really don’t notice a difference in my weight, strength, overall well-being with or without it, so right now, it’s in. I don’t consume too much; really just a little in my coffee a couple times a day.

As far as my weight goes, I have been the same exact weight since September 2012. I have lost inches, gained strength and speed and endurance, but the pounds remain the same. (Frustrating, because I really want to be considerably smaller.)

Ultimately, I want to lose another 30-40 pounds, or 2 lululemon sizes to be at my goal size/weight. That would put me at 170-180 lbs, and a size 4-6 in lulu-speak. I’d love to be a size 8-10 at the Gap, for reference! (Currently a 10 in Lulu sizes).

I’d love to say that maybe this will be my year, but it would take a very drastic change in order to see those numbers on the scale go down.

Overall, CrossFit is amazing. As I’ve said a million times, it’s changed my life. It’s such an incredible, eye-opening thing and I wish everyone could experience something this amazing and sustainable in their lives.
(updated July 19th, 2014)