Discipline Starts With a Mindset

22 Oct
Joe B4 & After

The next Nutrition Challenge, “Natural November”, starts on November 1st and will be a 30 day challenge this time.

Set yourself up to be stronger over the holidays…it’s your chance to do better and be better. More details to come. In the meantime, I posted Joe’s paleo transformation pictures last month but I wanted to share his testimonial with you. His story is like so many chronic dieters who have tried anything and everything to achieve their health and fitness goals. Joe had a very different mindset this time around….prove himself and his family wrong…

45-Day Nutrition Challenge Testimonial
“The challenge for the most part was not bad. It was said to take all the bad food out of your refrigerator, pantry, covers, etc. This way you will be committed to the challenge. I did the opposite. I kept all the bad food. Reason for this; I wanted to prove to myself and my family that I have the mindset and discipline to avoid the food that should have been out of my home. My wife didn’t think I could do this challenge. It’s just another diet program that you have tried in the past and never stick to. I wanted to prove her and myself wrong.

I have tried shakes (Body by VI), south beach diet, meal replacement programs, took a lot of supplements, protein, etc. I would last maybe one week. Thereafter back to eating junk food. Many years of yoyo dieting and working out (in and out of the gym) I would still be the same weight for several years. I could not understand why I was not losing weight or why my waist line stayed the same or got bigger. I thought I was eating healthy, I was not. Last year I was going to my doctor more often then I should be. Blood test shows high blood pressure, cholesterol, gout, and borderline diabetes. I wanted a change; I needed to change how I was living an unhealthy life style.

Last year I was introduced to Crossfit. I knew little about it, but was curious. So once I started I never look back. Though I was still yoyo on my diet and weight, I knew that somehow someday that Crossfit is for me. What I didn’t realize was Paleo would be the key to me living a healthier lifestyle. Didn’t know that the food we eat today are processed and full of chemicals and hormones that make us overweight, sick, and have problems in our bodies.

I can’t explain it, but for some reason this challenge out of all dieting and challenges I have done in the past; this would be the one. Sure enough it was.

Week 1 was a challenge. No sugar made me weak, but what made me strong was I started losing weight after three days. I weigh in at 181. Jumped on the scale after three days I weigh in at 176. On the 7th day, I weigh in at 171. I was so excited because if I did some other diet, it would have taken me maybe a month to lose 10lbs. It was only a week, just by changing how I eat. Wow was I ever determined for such a challenge. 2nd week I notice my strength was coming back. I felt really good (guess I had no sugar). Wow what a difference. I lost another 4lbs. The following weeks thereafter I felt my waistline shrinking away. At that time I was in my 3rd to 4th week (another 4lbs). Friends and family where like “what are you doing? You lost a lot of weight. How are you doing it?” I explained and all they could say no way that’s too hard. I was like seriously? I don’t think so. Anyway, two weeks to go till the end of the challenge I started to crave everything and anything (sweet). I stayed strong. Told myself you are almost done. You can do this. The last day came. The day of the weigh-in jumped on the scale lost 20lbs, 9.5 inches (waist, chest, hips), and 2% body fat. I am very proud of what I have accomplished. The challenge is now over, but my journey still continues. Maintaining is now my challenge. What started is still started, will never stop. My health problem that I mentioned in the beginning is no longer in play. Eating right made a world of difference. Yes from time to time I will eat good food, but knowing what I can and cannot eat makes the difference in the world. Paleo is an eye opener and I would recommend everyone to jump on board.”


  • About Courtney Johnson

    Courtney Johnson is one of the original (2006) CFO members and has been coaching for over 4 years. She is also a Registered Dietitian and has special "Paleo" powers. When not at the gym, "Coco" enjoys the beach, reading, volunteering and the island life.
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