I recently had the opportunity to speak for a group of folks about eating for health! WOOHOO! I loved it. (Thanks, Chris, for the invite.) As I spent time working on what I wanted to communicate to my new health seeking friends, I put a few important dates down on paper. They represent how far I’ve come in the past 18 months. I think they’re worth sharing.

June 2009 –  Joined BFC Bootcamp. I was totally hooked on soy chai tea lattes from Starbucks and was convinced the only goal I was working towards was getting back in my size 8 pants. (What I won’t tell you is that I frequently drove through Starbucks on the way home from bootcamp to pick up my 2nd latte of the day and had an almond toffee bar to go with it! After all, I had just burned off all those calories, right?)

July 2009 – Almost quit BFC Bootcamp and had my first “Come to Jesus” meeting with Coach Chris after he surprised us one lovely summer evening with a weigh-in and one-mile run for time. Not fun!

August 2009 – Decided to accept that I really did weigh what Coach said I did, and that I better do something about it! Began listening as he talked about something called Paleo eating. He would say, “Paleo it up!” everytime I asked for nutrition advice. I began paying closer attention to what I was eating – especially interested in counting ingredients which quickly led to simply eating real food.

October 2009 – Added one personal training session per week with Coach Chris and began my “mother-of-the-groom training plan.” Paid a little more attention to Chris as he talked about Paleo.

Fall/Winter 2009-2010 – Stayed consistent with training and “Paleo + Dairy.” I loved the results I was getting and loved the confidence I was gaining as Chris taught me about lifting weights – not little pink dumbbells.

February 20, 2010 – Rocked my mother-of-the-groom dress!

Spring 2010 – Stayed consistent with training and “Paleo + Dairy.” I remember reading something Chris had given Amy describing a 30 day plan and thinking “I could never do something that strict!”

April/May 2010 – Found the Whole 9 website. I read the Whole 30 plan. (The same plan that Chris had given Amy earlier) and became completely convinced that I had to give it a go. I believed what Melissa Urban said when she wrote This. Will. Change. Your. Life.

May 2010 – Began workouts with Chris, Amy and Trisha.

May/June 2010 – Recruited Amy, Trisha, and Jenna and completed our first Whole 30. Blogged about it. Imagine that.

August 2010 – Competed as a team at the Texas Throwdown – CrossFit Competition. Converted Phillip from a bootcamper to a crossfitter.

September 2010 – Traveled to OKC and back one Sunday to attend a Foundations of Nutrition Workshop with Dallas and Melissa of Whole 9. Fell completely in love with their approach to eating and living well!

October 2010 – Phillip and I earned CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certifications! I’m pretty sure we left our comfort zone behind once and for all after that weekend!

October/November 2010 – Completed a 42 day challenge with several CFW folks including Phillip who had only weeks earlier been convinced that he could never give up bread and chips! Now you can’t get him to stop talking about Paleo.

November 2010 – Read The Paleo Solution and began to understand in more detail how food affects our bodies.

January 2011 – Attended a second workshop with Dallas and Melissa designed to help us help others fall in love with eating and living well! Declared myself CFW’s Food Evangelist!

January 2011 – Helped Coach Chris move CFW to our new box in historic downtown Waxahachie. This place is inspiring!

Results to date: About 25 pounds lost; Wearing a smaller size than I have ever worn – EVER!; Lifting heavy stuff and working out with intensity on a regular basis, enjoying new PRs from time to time. Absolutely loving life!

This. Has. Changed. My. Life!

Peace, Love and Milestones,

Jeanye

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