December 15, 2011
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.