Hey there! Welcome! I'm Manzura. Everybody calls me Coach Z. It's nice to e-meet you. :) I made this page so you can learn more about Who we are, How we got started, and Why we do this. Enjoy!
My fitness journey started when I was 6. I played all kinds of sports (tennis, soccer, rowing, cross country, swimming). It didn’t matter how much HARD work I put into it, I never could get the body I wanted. In 2009, I found CrossFit. I joined mostly because CrossFitters looked good and I wanted to look good too! The workouts were fun and I was supposed to get a six-pack as long as I ate “clean.” Right?
Well, I ate clean, I lost some weight, but I would gain it back if I "cheated." On top of that, I would feel so gulity and wrong for eating a cookie or a little bit of ice cream. My relationship with food was BAD.
I thought maybe I had to work harder in the gym to get better results so I worked harder. NOPE! Didn’t work. I tried zero carb Paleo and higher carb Paleo. I even tried starving myself and that did not work either. I eventually gave up and thought, “Maybe some people are just not meant to be lean.”
I have made every mistake in the book (if there is a book big enough to fit all of my mistakes). I have eaten too much and I have eaten too little. It turns out you can’t get the body you want by eating exclusively salad and tuna nor by demolishing jars of peanut butter with pints of Ben & Jerry’s. Crying over it and feeling guilty does NOT do anything either.
Looking back these delicious and terrible experiences brought me here and I’m thankful for that.
After years of struggling and getting no results, I had enough. Something HAD to work. Reluctantly, I hired a nutrition coach. Working together with her one step at a time, we achieved the body that I thought my genetics prevented me from having. This is what we accomplished together:
Hey, I wasn’t broken after all! I learned so much through the process. I read a lot, I listened a lot, and I’m still learning to this day. I got what I wanted, I finally looked the way I wanted and I did it without depriving myself and without crying and feeling guilty.
I then made it my goal in life to help other get the bodies THEY WANT! I started LunchBox because I want to help you understand the food your body needs so you can reach all of your body and fitness goals. I want you to be able to walk around with your shirt off and feel PROUD of how you look. I want you to feel good in your own skin because you deserve it. We all do.
After many months of hard work, long hours, and lots of client results, I built LunchBox to around 100 members. Here are some of the results I helped people achieve:
I ended up getting so many clients that I needed another coach to keep up with the demand for 1-on-1 coaching. So, I brought my good friend Morgan Loftin Brock onto the team:
She was a gymnast growing up and was one of the original LunchBox members. With her insatiable curiosity for nutrition and how it can help transform others, she was an obvious choice for the next coach. It has been one of the best choices I’ve made for LunchBox so far. She has helped so many people transform their lives with nutrition and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Here are some of the results her clients have seen:
I later brought on 3 more coaches. My husband, Clay, and my two friends, Rachel and Jessica joined the LunchBox mission of helping others learn about sustainable nutrition that really works. Here they are:
Together, we have literally helped hundreds of people in a short amount of time. A lot of lives have been transformed. a lot of pounds have been lost, and a lot of performance has been gained! I am so proud of the LunchBox coaches and LunchBox members for working together to make this an incredible community.
This entire experience has been incredibly humbling. I’m so grateful for everyone that has believed in me and allowed me the opportunity to serve them. I want you to know that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. If you need help with your nutrition, we would love the opportunity to work with you.
Please feel free to Learn More, Sign Up, or Contact Us by clicking one of the buttons below. Let me know if you have any questions. Have an incredible day!