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If you’ve been following me on Facebook or my blog, you know all about my tango with health and fitness.  I was going to say “struggle”, but realized I don’t really want to call it that; it’s too negative.  Epic Journey seemed a little over dramatic.  Tango captured the sometimes playful, sometimes extremely serious, and always very emotional state of my body image — and my body reality, whatever that might be on the given day.

I’ve always wanted to get really serious about my health.  To stop making the excuses and the justifications, to stop letting myself off the hook.  I’ve wondered a lot recently about what it would take to forge an elite athlete out of this middle-aged mother of two.  Although sometimes I’d just be content to find my abs again.

Anyways, most of you know I’ve gained weight, lost weight, gained some back.  I’ve been on low-carb, no carb, crazy workouts, no work outs, paleo, cleanses, and my personal favorite, the eat pretty much whatever you want and gain 500 pounds diet.  Some of them (mostly that last one) worked really well — but none of them are really sustainable for life.  I’m not a never kind of girl.  I can’t say I’ll never have peanut butter or ice cream or bread again.

In the past few months, I’ve started training with Crossfit at Guerrilla Fitness in Montclair, and the results have really been amazing.  With just two workouts per week, I’ve seen an incredible difference in my stamina, strength, and over-all well being.  I’ve taken almost 4 minutes off my mile — that’s impressive to me, because I know how painful my slow jalopy of a mile used to be.  Michael and I are back at Yoga on Wednesday nights, and I added a Hot yoga class to the mix as well.  All this really got me thinking about what it would take for my body to transform into something truly lean and mean.  Could a 43 year old mom dig out a six pack and run an 8 minute mile?  Is such a thing possible, taking into consideration my schedule, my moods, my finances, my emotions, my cravings, and my lack of will power?  Or is Nike Run just messin’ with me, and I’m still running a twelve?  Because I still have trouble believing it.

Recently I began to look for a chiropractor very close to where I live (I’ve been treated by excellent chiropractors but so many of them are so far away that I often fall off the treatment plan simply because it’s too inconvenient).  When I checked out Villani Chiropractic, I was psyched to see that not only were they right around the corner, but that they also had a nutrition counselor on staff as well.  I was very impressed with the practice overall — the staff was awesome, the adjustment was one of the best and most comprehensive I’ve ever gotten, and the first visit — including xrays — was free.  Not to make this a huge commercial, but you should check out Villani Chiropractic in Verona if you’re feeling all twisted up in the spine.

After my first few visits, I made an appointment with Michael, the Wellness and Nutrition Coach.  I’m not sure what I was expecting — perhaps to be weighed and measured, to have my daily eating habits picked apart, educated about the evils of all the things I love to eat, and sent home with a shopping list that included lettuce and green peppers.  And nothing else.  I was mentally prepared to self-flog and be obedient, ready to put myself onto another strict “all or nothing diet”.

It was nothing like that.

Michael was laid back and there was nary a tape measure in sight.  We sat and talked and he mostly listened to my answers about all sorts of stuff from what sorts of stuff do I crave (chocolate or Starburst?  Chocolate or cake?) to my ancenstry to yes, a weight history.

But we also started talking about purpose.  He asked me about the new business I’m starting, and this led to a long, fascinating discussion about the mind-body-purpose connection.  I told him about my pondering the “Could I be an elite athlete?” thing.  His philosophy, he said, is basically that the body is just meant to be a container for us, and that it shouldn’t bother us.  If the body is bothering us, something is out of whack.  And if something is out of whack, we can’t live out our purpose.  So we spoke about optimization of the body and how his twelve week program will help me to optimize this creaky old tin can into something, who knows?  Maybe elite.

So here’s the deal….I really like Michael.  I’ve decided to invest in myself and in this program, because it’s personalized to me.  He’s going to help me figure out why I have these ridiculous food fests where, as he said, I wake up and there’s chocolate and starburst wrappers all over.  He’s going to help me get better at Crossfit.  He’s going to help me get optimized.

If you want to watch, just be sure to check back at this blog every Thursday, where I’ll be reporting about my progress, my sessions with Michael, and how I’m doing.

Oh — and even better, if you want to get optimized with me, check Michael out at  His first consultation is free, and you know what?  I think every one deserves optimization.  Everyone deserves to be healthy.

I’m committing to this journey.  Hey — if you’re committed to at the very least cheer me on, comment below, follow the blog, and come back every Thursday for the updates!  I need all the help I can get.


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Sold out Jesus-freak, mom of 2, wife, Christian Life Coach and speaker, friend-in-need-of-grace, writer of stuff.

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  1. Good luck on your journey! You’ve got this! Just stay positive and motivated..make it a lifestyle change instead of dieting/a quick fix! YOU CAN DO IT!! 🙂 Great post!


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