So, it all started over a year ago.


I needed to do something different, and I needed to like being active.  I knew that I wanted to be in shape, but I didn’t know how to do it.  I’d heard of CrossFit, and seen the mainsite, and even watched some of the videos.  I was intrigued.  This new motivation sparked a fire to actually go and see one of the local gyms.  CrossFitMN was the closest to my office and best suited for a quick, lunch time jaunt to check out the facilities.  At first, I was underwhelmed.  But that didn’t last long.  As I stood and waited, several people approached and spoke with me, everyone was kind and motivated to answer questions, and they were just the athletes.

After meeting the people and being crushed by my first workout, I was hooked.  Nothing had ever made me feel that elated and miserable at the same time.  And tomorrow’s workout was going to be COMPLETELY different?  WOW.

And the things that regular athletes were doing looked even harder.  I was just hitting air squats and push ups and (jumping) pull-ups and (sorta) running and languidly rowing.  Some of these guys were swinging kettle bells, and cleaning some serious weight.

All in due time, said Damian.  All in due time.  Now, I’m a certified Olympic Lifting trainer, waiting for my opportunity to get my Level  1 certification to be an over all trainer and reaching for the next step.

My diet.

Zone worked well for me for the first year.  I travel for a living, I have a lot of stress and habitually don’t get enough stress.  I hit a plateau at around 210 pounds.  Enter Paleo and whole9’s Whole30 thirty day challenge.  I’ve been eating mostly Paleo for a while, but this as a challenge, a competition, a ‘do you think you can REALLY clean up your act?’ gauntlet, thrown down at my static 210 pound chubby feet.


Whole30StartCompositeSmallYou’re damn right I’m in.

About cacharbe

Software Engineer, ALM Specialist, Professional Improviser, Lv 1 Certified CrossFit trainer. I eat Paleo and coach others in being successful eating whole, unprocessed, nutritious foods.
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