Go Kaleo is the brainchild of a "Formerly obese, currently badass, powerlifting-at-40, trouble-making cheerleader of the boot-strappers, the over-comers, the kool-aid rejectors, the post baby body-reclaimers, the eaters and movers, the strong and powerful, and most of all, the critical thinkers."
What is Kaleo? Kale + Paleo = Kaleo. It’s a joke, yo! A word I made up because people always seem to want to label my way of eating, to put me ‘in a box’. I kinda liked it though, and it took on a life of it’s own. It grew into something more than a play on words, an anti-dogma if you will. Kaleo resists the philosophical dogma that there is only ONE right way to eat.
If there's one thing I've learned in my 50+ years it's that there's more than one "right way" to do things. I used to be much more black and white about fitness, healthy living, and nutrition. It was "my way or the highway", chica! Then, as I hit age 40 and found out that what HAD BEEN working for me was not necessarily working any longer, I had to rethink my thinkin'. For instance, in my younger years I could get by with a bagel for breakfast, something miniscule for lunch and a healthy family dinner. (By the way, I'd also beat myself up with guilt-ridden "notes to self" if I would eat outside of this box, so please don't mimic this eating plan.) The revelation that starving was not living came as I entered a dark period when I had to force myself to eat to maintain sanity. Calories consumed from reasonable portions of healthy food became a way up and out of the crushing craziness of eating too little (and the subsequent blood sugar depletion that resulted in my being depressed and anxious).
In my late 40s, when I came back into the fitness arena via teaching group exercise classes at my local YMCA, I exercised like a banshee celebrating a few years' worth of Halloween nights. That got curbed when I pulled up short with several symptoms of overtraining: undo and ongoing fatigue and muscle soreness, loss of appetite, weight loss, irritability, insomnia, depression and anxiety. Good times. Now I know the importance of recovery in training (recovery is key to fitness gains), and I run in the other direction from those who propose and/or practice the "if a little is good, then more must be better ... and MOST, well, exercising 'the MOST you can' means you've just reached Fitness Shangri-la" philosophy of exercise.
Finding Go Kaleo is such a blessing. Hearing from someone who, though she may be a few years younger, has been through the Valley of Weeping in a number of ways (struggling with obesity -- with the ins and outs of how she got there and the struggle to climb out -- has to be a valley) (which only last lasts for a night, thank God!), is a real treasure. AND, she lifts heavy things!!! :D
Check this lady out. She's buff-yet-been-there, she's consistently moving in and toward healthy living, and she's real.
Go Kaleo! I am!