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I am a New Zealand registered nurse and nutritionist (Grad Cert Sci: nutrition, Massey Univ). I am a Certified Zone Instructor, and have worked teaching Zone diet principles to hundreds of clients over the last 10 years. More recently after finding that eating Paleo food choices was the "icing on the cake" health wise, I have become a Paleo enthusiast and teacher. Follow me on twitter @juliannejtaylor

Fitter, stronger, happier and 28 kg lighter. CrossFit + Paleo

Michelle is a member of CrossFit Auckland, the gym where I was first introduced to CrossFit and the Paleo diet (Thanks to Robb Wolf the CrossFit nutritionist in 2009)

Here is her story:

In January this year I was really unhappy with how I looked and I knew something needed to change. I had booked a 4-week holiday in Europe for August with my best friend. I knew I wanted to look hot in Europe! I did not want to get home and hate how I looked in photos. I was sick of not liking what I saw in the mirror and it really got to my self esteem as then it affected other areas of my life.

Last July I switched from my previous gym to CrossFit Auckland and immediately noticed how quickly my fitness changed. I still wasn’t losing weight though so knew it must be down to my diet and lifestyle. After seeing photos from a friends wedding in January I knew I really had to change my lifestyle if I wanted to see results. Fate stepped in and I saw the CrossFit Auckland Paleo challenge advertised at the Box and signed up on the spot. I had no idea what the Paleo Diet really involved but knew it was what I needed. I gave myself the goal of losing 20kgs by the time I left for Europe which was in seven months time (the challenge started on the 1st of February).

At the end of February I had lost 7.5kgs, and the end of March I had lost 12.5kgs and on the 1st of May I had lost 22kgs. I was so incredibly overwhelmed by this, but the 1st of May 2013 will always stick with me as a hugely important and life changing day, as it was the first day in about seven years that I have not hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror. Funnily enough, on the 3rd of May I met my boyfriend Tommy. Fate has a funny way of working – I wasn’t dating nice guys before I met him as I didn’t think I was worth it. He makes me feel like the most beautiful woman and he has been so incredibly supportive of my goals and I love that he is proud of me.

On the 1st of June I again got on the scales and took my measurements. I had lost 28kgs. My goal then went to 30kgs, and then 35kgs. I had hit 33kg in weight loss by the 1st of August, and I departed on my month long holiday around Europe on the 10th. After a month off the Paleo diet I am now back and I am more concerned with maintenance now. I am stronger, slimmer, fitter, more confident and happier than I have ever been.

A typical day food wise for me would be a boiled egg and some tomatoes and mushrooms for breakfast with a black coffee, a banana or almonds for morning tea, a salad with either chicken, lamb or steak for lunch, and meat and kumara and salad for dinner. If I felt like a sweet treat, I ordered Paleo treats from Kate’s Kitchen.

My colleagues have been so incredibly supportive with what I am doing which makes such a huge difference as whenever there was a morning tea or anything like that, there would always be a paleo/healthy option for me.

I have lost 13cm from my chest, 5cm from each arm, 20.5cm from my waist, 17.5cm from my hips and 19.5cm from each thigh; with a total weight loss of 33kgs!!!

What a hugely life changing experience joining CrossFit Auckland was! Best thing I have ever done for myself. I do not go to a gym and I am not on a diet. I belong to an amazing community and I have changed my lifestyle. And you know what, I like who I am now! That is a pretty powerful feeling!

michelle before and 4 months later


Michelle Weir, Age – 25



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