"I can’t believe that it’s only been a year."
Just 12 months ago I was wondering what CrossFit was, and now I can’t imagine my life without it. For the last decade I have been in a constant battle with my waistline. The freshman fifteen morphed into fifty and I was the heaviest I had ever been. I tried it all. I had memberships to gyms. I spent hundreds on exercise DVDs, and I bought gadgets that I saw on TV. I had success, but never had any sustained success. The day I started was the day that it all changed.
Before I stepped foot on the Chino CrossFit, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I heard stories about CrossFit, and many of my friends and family members thought I was crazy to try it. Using my Amazon Local voucher, it was too good of a deal not to just see what this workout phenomenon was all about. I will always remember my first week. I always thought that I tried to stay semi-active throughout my life, but the first week of CrossFit showed me how truly out of shape I was. To be honest, I was sore for the first three weeks. But, never in that time did I want to quit. The key difference was the people. Karen and Gabriel and the entire Chino CrossfFit community were amazing. From the moment I started they were welcoming, accommodating, and always motivating. I was doing exercises that I never thought I could ever accomplish. It has always been a positive environment. The coaches were all very good at scaling each exercise to a level where I was consistently being challenged and improving. What made the workouts great was that it changes every single day. It did not feel like a workout routine, but a daily challenge. Within a month, I could see the improvements. Looking back, it was the exercise that got me in the doors, but it was the community that made me want to stay.
After a couple months of CrossFit, I decided to do the Paleo Challenge. This is when things really started to take off. It really opened up my eyes and changed the way I looked at food. Within the first week I was down about 7lbs and by the end of the month long challenge I lost 42lbs. The combination of diet and exercise helped me get into the best shape of my life. I had more energy than ever before. I had never felt healthier in my life. At my heaviest I was tipping the scales around 250lbs and now am down to 160lb.
Words cannot begin to express how thankful I am from this experience. I guess I’m using this opportunity to not only share my story, but to also say thank you. Thank you to the members of the box that keep me motivated every day. Thank you to the coaches Gabriel, Karen, Matt, Goose, Courtney, and Carlos for always pushing me to always improve. For anyone thinking of starting CrossFit, I highly encourage you to come out and join us. You can do it, it will work in your busy schedules, and it will be a decision you will not regret.