(I want to first start out by saying that this blog entry is in no way me trying to “force” my views with eating real food, and working out by doing CrossFit, on to anyone. This is just a personal testimony and what I have found to work for me. But, by all means, if something here sparks your interest and you would like more information, comment below and I would be happy to help direct you where to go for help and more information)!
For as long as I can remember, I had stomach issues. Serious stomach issues. The kind that have left the majority of my memories from junior high being of me laying in the nurses office, (ok, in all honesty, in the bathroom in the nurses office), and having to call my mom to come back to get me from school after only 20 minutes of being in class. One of many reasons having a stay-at-home mom was a huge blessing.
Once high school hit, hormones did not help this matter. (It makes me sick just thinking about it).
I went to doctor appointment after doctor appointment to find no answers. One time they decided I was lactose intolerant, so I took out all dairy products. Issues were still there. The next time they said “oh she’s hypoglycemic.” That might have been true, I still don’t really know. But it had nothing to do with my stomach issues.
So, life just basically went on. I had come to the conclusion that I had a sensitive stomach and I was going to have to just suck it up and get used to it. It’s a pretty crappy way to live. (No pun intended).
Then enters the lovely world of CrossFit in my life, thanks to my big brother and a close friend opening a gym. (September 2014 will be the 5 year anniversary of Quad City CrossFit)!
I’m coming up on my 4 year anniversary of being a “CrossFitter,” but more importantly for me, my 4 year anniversary of seeing stomach issues disappear. (Trust me, I wish I could tell you that “just” doing the God-awful workouts are what cured my stomach, but it has taken even a lot more work than that)!
Once I was finally convinced to actually do CrossFit- which took my friends and family a solid 5 months to talk me into- I had decided to enter a challenge that we call “Look Better Naked.” My brother had suggested I do it because he was starting to really dive into this whole “paleo” thing (instead of the fancy name, he prefers you to think of it as nothing more than eating real food) and strongly felt that my issues were related to gluten.
My first thought- what the heck is gluten?!
Apparently, it was in everything, and I was an addict.
My typical meals on any given day consisted of the following:
Breakfast- cereal or bagel
Lunch- sandwich and chips
Dinner- something typically along the lines of lasagna, spaghetti, tacos, etc.
(If you’re interested in learning more about gluten, here is a great source).
So after 6 weeks of “eating clean” and experiencing some seriously amazing results in not only the way my body was feeling, but the visual results completely blew my mind.
The best part- My stomach issues, GONE.
Another amazing part- I had absolutely no idea my body was changing so much, so when I saw my before and after pictures, my mouth dropped. Are you ready to see?!
A little more…
So, here’s the deal. Thanks to google, I found out that most diets last for about 6 months. I would say 1 of 2 things happens at that point: people either pick another diet, or they gain their weight back because they’re exhausted from counting calories.
That’s what I love about eating real food. It’s NOT A DIET. How do I know it’s not a diet nor a new “trendy way of eating?” Because I’ve been doing it for 4 years, have no intention of “quitting,” much less even the desire. What diet do you know of that lasts that long and has these results?
There are easy recipes for not only delicious meals, but the cookies..and the cheesecake- oh, the cheesecake! These recipes are arguably better- yes you heard it, better, than “normal” cookies and cheesecake- but HEALTHY and GUILT FREE!
In one blog post, I would never be able to put into words all of the amazing benefits of eating clean and working out. There are way too many to count or list. From preventing disease to gaining self-confidence, how would I ever begin to explain it all?!
In terms of CrossFit specifically, to keep it short, I am what you could call an extreme girly-girl..princess..whatever. The first day I walked into the gym, I was terrified. I called the barbell, a stick.
Yes. A stick, ladies and gents.
Who knew deep down inside of this I-hate-to-workout-dancing-beauty-queen there was the potential to power clean 170lbs and back squat 225lbs- I’m still sometimes in shock that it’s really me.
So, what do I want you to get out of this?
I want you to just consider “it.” (It = Eating healthy, working out)
Because on the other side of a few long weeks, months or even years of getting healthy- is the body you long for, the self-confidence you need, and the health you deserve.