Articles for April 2011

Love You. Love Your Food.

My mom tells the story of me coming home from 1st grade one afternoon in tears. She asked (very lovingly I’m sure), “What’s wrong this time?” I sobbed my reply (with a bit of drama for effect), “They just don’t love Jesus.”  – Seems I’ve always had a little evangelist in me.

Over the years I’ve learned (and relearned) that not everyone is happy to hear what I’m preaching. That can put a damper on an evangelist’s spirit, I’m here to tell you!  At first it simply came as a surprise. I would learn something new and fascinating about how our brain works or how kids learn best or a new parenting technique or how to make carrot juice and be so excited to share. I would think to myself, “Surely folks will be as excited about this as I am. It’s made such a difference in my life. I just know folks will thank me for sharing this with them.” Yea, well, not so much.

Truth is, lots of folks are A-Ok with less than stellar living. Just getting by instead of thriving. Living with mediocrity instead of enthusiasm. Using worn out patterns of behavior getting worn out results over and over again. — And that’s ok. For some. I guess.

My latest revival theme is this: Love You. Love Your Food. Like many folks, I’ve spent years anguishing over how much of what to eat and when to eat it. I’ve counted calories. I’ve counted carbs. I’ve counted points. I’ve counted pounds. And I’ve counted myself a failure when none of these systems or plans worked.

Thanks to CFW and Whole9, I began to consider other options. What if instead of beating myself up I decided to accept myself exactly as I am? And what if that resulted in a desire to take really great care of myself? And in turn, that motivated me to exercise HARD and eat LOTS of great food? Would that make a difference? It would indeed make what I call the difference that makes the difference!

And so the evangelist within me has been renewed. Even though most folks aren’t ready to listen, I can’t not talk about eating real food. I can’t not post on facebook about making it through a killer wod. And I can’t not share the message of accepting yourself and celebrating being you. It all fits together for me. Will people listen and get it? Some will. Some won’t. So what.

I am grateful for a group of gals and guys at CrossFit Waxahachie who have given me a platform – a pulpit, if you will – from which to share this amazingly simply, yet powerful bit of truth. If you eat real food and exercise real hard and have lots of fun, you will look, feel and BE a better you.

I am so proud of our current Whole30-ers. We have 17 official participants, and I know that many spouses and friends are following your lead.  You’re spreading the word and changing lives! Way to go, friends!

I can hardly wait to hear about the ways your life and health and well-being are being impacted by your commitment.

Love You. Love Your Food.


Food Evangelist. Life Coach. Mad Dog CrossFitter.

LEAN into Summer!

“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: 

Decide what you want.”

I hope that you have decided what you want from our LEAN into Summer Whole30 Event. I hope that your main focus is on the health benefits you will receive. Yes, you may see a lower number on the scale when all is said and done (I’ll have more to say about that later), but there is so much more to living and eating clean than weight loss.

I have to tell you that I’m very excited! We currently have 18 of us signed up to participate. A few gals have even gotten a head start on us, but I’m hopeful that they will decide to continue on with us when they reach their own 30 day mark.

Doing a Whole30 with a partner or a group is much easier than going it alone. Let your fellow 30-ers hear from you here! It doesn’t take long to post a comment or reply. It will help keep you connected, focused and on the right track. It will also likely help others of us do the same.

I can’t emphasize enough that according to my friend and hero food evangelist, Melissa Hartwig, This. Will. Change. Your. Life. Pay attention to paying attention to the changes that are bound to take place. You may begin to notice brighter eyes, smoother skin, clearer thinking and an overall sense of well being within the first week! Who doesn’t want some of that?

Congratulations! You have made a commitment to yourself and a choice that can only bring benefit to you and to those important folks around you. I’m impressed with you already!

Chow (Get it?),


Love you. Love your food.

Insert giggling and skipping

I am crazy excited today about stepping into my confidence and discovering that “it’s never too late to become who you might have been.” This afternoon I met with a group of four beautiful, enthusiastic, strong, willing-to-change women to talk and learn together about the role that nutrition plays in living our best lives. I can’t stop thinking about how much fun it was!

Life never ceases to amaze me. There are infinite opportunities for enjoyment and pleasure and reflection and awareness and growth and grace in every single day we experience. God has set this universe up to provide that for all of us. Yes. I am aware that I am a big picture thinker. I can go from a tiny office in Red Oak filled with brilliant women talking about food and extrapolate that experience out into the universe in no time flat! It’s a gift.

I can also come right back to now and relish in the fact that every single bite I place in my mouth provides opportunity for me to directly impact my health and well being. And as CFW Food Evangelist, I have the pleasure of sharing that good news with others. Wow! I absolutely love that idea.

Today – Food Evangelist. Tomorrow – Life Coach. Watch out world! 🙂

Peace, Love, and Optimism,