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Breaking the Cycle by Hilary Achauer - CrossFit Journal

Breaking the Cycle

By Hilary Achauer

In The CrossFit Life

December 15, 2011

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Lauren Lesinski enters the body challenge contest at her CrossFit box and breaks a lifelong cycle of yo-yo dieting. Hilary Achauer reports.

Lauren Lesinski admits she is not the best loser. As she puts it, “I don’t even like losing baking contests at work. Which, by the way, is what helped get me in this mess to begin with.”

“This mess” refers to the state of Lesinski’s health in March 2008. The 31-year-old office manager weighed 230 lb. Her lifestyle and food choices were harmful, and she was unhappy and lost. She was scared to do anything about it because she didn’t want to fail at one more thing. Lesinski had previously lost 50 lb. in high school and then 60 lb. after a break-up. But the weight came back every time.

This time around she was determined it would be different. She started by slowly changing the way she thought about food. Then she changed her actions toward food and began going to the gym. But life really changed for Lesinski when she discovered CrossFit.

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9 Comments on “Breaking the Cycle”


wrote …

Congratulations, Lauren, for making the successful change in your life. I am inspired by your story and plan to share it with others!


Gabriel Haas wrote …

Great story. You look great Lauren!


wrote …

I am so very blessed to have found Crossfit ATP and all the AMAZING people have made these last 2 years the best ones so far. You CAN do it! Everything worth doing is hard, don't settle. I didn't. To all my Crossfit brothers and sisters all over the da bomb baby! Merry Christmas...this is present enough for me!


wrote …

Hot and inspirational, looking great!


wrote …

great work lauren. keep it up. love the new attitude! go0 crossfit!


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ps HQ, please amke this a free one so we can pass on to others!


wrote …

Impressive to say the least! You are looking amazing Lauren. Very inspiring! Good luck with the rest of your goals.


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So great to read an inspiring story of empowerment like this! Good on you girl!

Strong, happy, and beautiful! That's you.

And, honestly, ummm... err... gulp. I mean, you... I just, err umm... Holy... Uuuh, WOW, YOU LOOK HOT!!!!
What? I'mjeseyin! ;-)


replied to comment from Adam Lockert

Thanks and a wink to Adam (and everyone else)...thanks EVER SO MUCH!!!

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