Paleo challenge a success for Endurance Athlete

07 Mar
Down 24 pounds, 10+ inches and 4% bodyfat

Down 24 lbs, 10+ inches and 4% bodyfat in 45 days

“I did my Elements class in August. I was off and on for the rest of 2012. Took time off for finals, took half of December off after blowing up my Achilles doing 2 marathons in 7 days. I have been going to Crossfit consistently, or religiously for 2013. January 15, 2013 is the first time I have actively looked at my nutrition. I always ate what I ate because I good always do what I wanted. 
I took part in the Paleo nutrition challenge because I have been drinking the Crossfit Kool-aid and been enjoying the results. I was not going to share my results, cause that is noy my thing, but 2 incidents happened. Last weekend at the Haleiwa Triathlon, during the run portion, some random dude asked if I did the Gunstock Half Marathon. I replied yes. As I ran by him he shouted that I had lost weight. If some random married dude notices my physical changes as I am running, that says something. And Courtney was impressed. And from what I have learned about Courtney, and those of you who know her, know that when she is impressed that really means something.
The hardest part for me was not drinking beer. I was sober at the SuperBowl party, Kaneohe Crossfit Sandbar party, and sober at Crossfit Prom. I think I was the only sober one at prom. If I could not drink beer than I could do level 9 of the challenge. After a week or 2 it was easy, although my stove broke and I did the last month off my grill and out of my crock pot. I don’t know how long it takes to form a habit, or break a habit, but 45 days is good amount of time to start a new lifestyle. And that is what it is, a lifestyle. It is not a diet or fad. It is how I live now, especially the way a couple of beers and 2 slices of pizza tore me up this past weekend. 
I am endurance type of guy. I have done the Honolulu Marathon over 10 times, 2 marathons in 2 days,the century ride, Northshore Swim Series, and now doing the triathlons. I am planning on 2 marathons in 2 days later this year. I eat Paleo. I do not pasta load or stuff with bad carbs. I double up my good carbs a couple days before a race. In Hawaii we have a huge selection of good carbs all year round. Go to the produce section and try to name all the good carbs you see. I can’t and the person behind the register probably does not know them all either, beacuse she did not know the difference between an Okinawan sweet potato and a Molokai sweet potato on Saturday.
This was just a step. The next step will be to maintain and show up at the next Nutrition Challenge in better shape than I am now. I think that would really impress Courtney.
It was a bit of a rant, but that is me sharing. I do not eat Paleo and Crossfit to Crossfit better. I eat Paleo and Crossfit to suck less and live better. Hope to see you all out of the box and enjoying Hawaii. I will be the guy in the kilt with the smile on my face.”


  • 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.
  • Hilary Wendel

    Margo, I love this post! So honest and real but funny too. Amazing results!!!! Well done!

  • Clay Shane

    Margo, I am the guy you passed and recognized you from Gunstock. Well, I recognized your kilt and your beard. Your transformation is amazing, and I am glad that I could have helped you to share your story. The best part is I weighed in with Courtney a few hours after that, and told her about “The Kilt Guy” and how much weight HE had lost. She instantly knew it was you. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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