I had to put up a new post a day early, considering Monday's check-in has almost 150 comments. As my friend David said, this blog is practically writing itself these days. Sweet.
If you've read all the comments, you must have noticed my girl Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan by now. She's been a faithful devotee to this effort, posting recipes, meal ideas, food suggestions and general encouragement. She's also been offering up some sweet-as-Larabar butt kickings. (Didn't notice those? That's because she's so good, you didn't even realize you were getting your butt kicked.) But there's another reason why you should be paying attention to what Melicious has to say.
This superfit, dressed-to-kill, glossy-haired, tart-tongued, rock-n-roll, hard-boiled RollerGirl GETS IT. She's been successfully living this effort with me as her nutrition coach for the last seven weeks. Which means she's about five weeks ahead of you. Which, in this effort, is a LONG TIME. And to say her results have been amazing is an understatement. She looks better. She feels better. Her performance is better. And, according to her, any unhealthy ties she may have had with food and eating have all but disappeared. So when she posts, listen to her. Read her comments, try her recipes, follow her example. She's walking, talking bombshell proof that this effort really CAN change your life.
And for a little fun and inspiration, cruise over to her blog (linked above). She is pretty much the coolest girl I've ever met, and her blog is full of hilarious observations, smart musings and honest introspection. And her Texas RollerGirl history is FASCINATING. I had no idea that sub-culture even existed... but after reading her book, I've become inspired to adopt a RollerGirl persona. I'm thinking "gym teacher gone to hell". Short shorts, tall socks, wrist bands and pigtails... which may sound like my normal training attire, but the way I'm picturing it in my head, it's more "Mark's Showplace" than "CrossFit 603". I've even got a RollerGirl name - Moxy-Boss. Which is what Melicious christened me when I started coaching her. (I didn't make a big deal out of it, but secretly I love it so much I've been signing all my check requisitions that way at work.)
SO... keep up the hard work, and take advantage of the resources you've all been sharing here. And a big thanks to Melicious for being such a big part of this effort.