Cheryl K. Johnson
Most Recent Book Title
Box Lunch Lifestyle: Using Your Lunch Break to Win Back the Life You Deserve
Book Description
"Slow down. Stop multitasking. And savor this remarkable work." —Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, To Sell is Human, and The Power of Regret

With a playful attitude and the discipline of a boxer, Box Lunch Lifestyle delivers totally doable strategies to fuel your body, reclaim your spark, and build a life that’ll make you proud. You don’t need a gym membership, a new job, or to throw out everything in your pantry to start. You just have to decide to be your own champion.
Location (city/state/country)
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, USA
Author bio
Cheryl never expected to find her own more satisfying life in the boxing gym where she spends the majority of her free time. But when you get to know her, you’ll see why boxing is a good fit. Cheryl’s friends describe her as disciplined and not afraid of hard work. She had her first job at age nine and since then has experienced a wide range of workplace cultures: from restaurants to Montessori classrooms, and from furnace sales to literary agencies. She understands the joy of doing the right work, and the struggle work becomes when it’s wrong for you. Boxing training was at the heart of developing the courage to leave corporate life for something that feels more like “her.”

In part to be a good boxer, Cheryl’s done her homework on food and nutrition. Her knowledge is deep and wide, and she shows no favoritism for any one institution or school of thought. An admirer of Michael Pollan, she agrees that “real food should eventually rot.”

Cheryl’s guilty pleasure is visiting any kind of grocery store—small family-owned ones, national chains or community co-ops. She’s fascinated by this look at a community’s daily life through the lens of what food is available, and what people actually buy. This interest reinforces her disdain for weight loss programs and for companies that thrive by selling non-nutritious food.

When she’s not boxing, reading, or pushing a cart, Cheryl and her husband enjoy documentary films and Indian food. They live near St. Paul, MN, in a town Cheryl describes as a cross between Lake Wobegon and Twin Peaks.
Professional Speaker Topics
- Box Lunch Lifestyle 101: Why lunch, and how to get started on a better one
- The power of just 30 minutes, especially in the middle of a busy workday
- How simple changes can spill over beyond lunch, and change not just the people near you, but the world
- Lunch as "proof" that you are stronger than you think
- Rethinking priorities in midlife
- What boxing training has taught Cheryl about life
- Publishing a book as an independent author
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

"A more satisfying life is worth fighting for."

  • Cheryl K. Johnson

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