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Kimberly S. Livermore, CA 9/3/2012

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My name is Kimberly and I’m 17.

During my sophomore and junior year I began to lose the small amount of healthy habits that I had. My swim team had been disbanded so I completely stopped exercising, and I began to eat anything I wanted without thinking of how healthy it actually was. I had a problem of eating when I wasn’t hungry, and like most teenage girls I had a nasty habit of eating my feelings. I had just started driving so it was cool and extremely easy to go to fast food places whenever I felt like it. Unfortunately, that turned out to be numerous times a week. Within a year I gained 40 pounds. I went from 130 to 170 in what seemed to be a blink of an eye. Like most women I’ve always had issues with my physical appearance, but it went from sighing about it to crying about it. A day didn’t go by without me feeling disgusting in my own skin. I tried the whole gym thing, but there was something about tread mills and spin classes that weren’t really doing it for me. Eventually, my mom brought up CrossFit and CrossFit 580. At first, I was very against it, but I decided to go ahead and try it out. I would go every once and a while and most of the time I wouldn’t go because it was a lot easier to make excuses as to why I “couldn’t” go. I did that for about 7 months until one day the box came up with a “Look Better Naked” challenge. Being as competitive as I am I had to do it. In 8 weeks I lost 10 pounds and 12 inches off my body. I didn’t win the actual challenge but I still had a victory. By then I was addicted. I wanted to keep the train rolling. I decided I would do whatever I could to shed those 30 extra pounds. They always say that abs aren’t made in the gym, they’re made in the kitchen. I hated that. Who wants to change their diet? My mom would always tell me to eat healthier, and I would always get mad and think that I wasn’t eating THAT badly. I mean bowls of whole grain oatmeal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and a bowl of whole grain pasta for dinner sounds healthy, right? Wrong. I read about the Paleo eating style and thought I would give it a try (my mom had already been eating that way and she’s in great shape!). I went through all the cabinets and refrigerator and got rid of anything that wasn’t Paleo (grains, dairy, processed foods). I lasted a couple of weeks and eventually fell off the wagon and binged on all things sugary. A little while later I tried again and the same thing happened. I decided quitting cold turkey wasn’t going to happen. I started to slowly stop eating the non-Paleo things. Eventually I lost all my cravings for breads and fast food. I also felt like I had more energy, and the best part of it all was how fast I was losing weight. I would weigh myself and set little goals. For example, when I weighed 160 I would step on the scale and think “my goal is 159.9” and once I got to 159 I would think “okay, now 158.9”. I know they aren’t big jumps, but it kept me from becoming disappointed or discouraged. I’ve lost 27 pounds (in 6 months) so far and have 13 pounds to go until I’m back to my original weight. Even though the numbers aren’t as low I know I look thinner than I did when I weighed 130. I went from wearing a size 13 dress to a size 7, and I went down a bra size. I also used to have a pair of jeans that I couldn’t pull up past mid thigh no matter how I tried and now they’re loose on me! It really is a great feeling. I definitely love my body now and I have a lot of people to thank for it. Like my mom, because she made me start CrossFit haha. Losing weight has definitely boosted my self esteem tremendously. If I had one thing to tell people that want to lose weight: you can’t just wish away those extra pounds while sitting on the couch (believe me, I tried). Get up, get active, and just do it. It’ll be a lot of hard work but the results will be well worth the struggle!

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