In 2010 I weighed 280 lbs. Despite my efforts to be healthier and lose weight, spending hours in the gym multiple days a week and trying to “eat better”, nothing was working. I wasn’t seeing any results. I was discouraged. Being so unhealthy and so far from where I wanted to be, I started to feel like I wouldn’t, and couldn’t, become healthy and fit.
Later that year I started training with my brother. We did a serious overhaul of my methods. We cleaned up my diet, stopped making excuses, and started training with a purpose. At the time, neither of us had heard of CrossFit, but what we were doing wasn’t far off. We implemented a combination of weightlifting, HIIT, and endurance training. In short, we set goals, made a plan, and turned up the intensity. In six months I had lost 50 lbs. and in just over a year, was down to 215 lbs.
I heard about CrossFit for the first time in the beginning of 2014. Not long after, my brother and I sought out a couple local boxes, here in Kalamazoo. I remember walking into 269 the first day and seeing people do muscle ups and thinking, “I can’t do this stuff. These people are all in way better shape than me.” It was intimidating. After a few more drop-ins over the next couple months Jack, the owner at the time, persuaded me to start coming regularly. I joined the box and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Almost four years later, I am the healthiest I’ve ever been. Physically, I have made significant improvements in every aspect of fitness. Mentally, I’ve not only gained a lot of knowledge about different areas of health and wellness, I’ve developed the mental toughness you only get from embracing challenge, failing repeatedly, and powering through fear and fatigue. Lastly, I’ve met some of my closest friends through CrossFit. I’ve made lasting friendships and found a second family through this community.
Throughout my journey I’ve completed a Tough Mudder, run a half marathon, competed in two CrossFit competitions, done Whole30, and I’m about to compete in my 5th CrossFit Open. I’ve loved every second. I’m healthy, fit, energetic, confident, capable, and happy. CrossFit has become a staple in my routine. It’s as much a part of my day as eating, sleeping, or working. It’s a want, a need, a hobby, an addiction. It’s given me what I once thought I couldn’t have. If you’re still wondering if this is for you, it’s time to find out.