I started CrossFit back in November of 2010 after hearing my much more athletic cousins talk about it at Thanksgiving. I had tried just about everything else to get in shape; from a personal trainer to owning my own home free weights and elliptical, and I could never seem to motivate myself.
That all changed after my first few introductory classes. I won’t lie, my muscles were extremely sore when I first started, and I took about 4 days to a week to recover from the first few sessions, but the one thing that hit me was that part of what motivates me is having variety, and always something new to challenge me.
The first picture above was from 2008. I weighed around 247 lbs then, and I had been in a desk job for 5 years at that point and it obviously was not doing me any favours. In 2009/2010 I ended up getting injured playing sports and deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) formed in my left calf.
Fast forward to November 2011 and the picture on the right. I’m down to 195 lbs, eating healthier than I have in my life, and can do things I never would have thought possible just 12 short months ago. I’m still living with deep vein thrombosis and I don’t expect a miracle in that regard, but am more than ecstatic with the miracle I’ve created in my health and fitness and continue to make with the help of the coaches at CrossFit Waterloo.
“Hi Guys. Today I realized when logging in my workout to my journal that I just completed 100 WOD’s! I can’t believe the changes I have noticed in that time and I can hardly believe how much I look forward to each and every workout. I continually feel so proud when I’ve finished a workout that in my head I figured I had no chance of completing. I remind myself that I need rest days as I check the wod’s each day and get so excited at the possibility of going in and challenging myself yet know my body isn’t quite up to it that day!
You all have been so wonderful with how you challenge everyone and the patience you exhibit while we are trying to do the workouts. Never in my mind when I started 7 months ago would I have ever thought I’d be where I am today. I have received many nice compliments on the physical changes that people have noticed which, of course, is always a nice little boost in confidence. So THANK YOU for all that you’ve taught me, how you’ve challenged me and I look forward to seeing how the next 100 go.”
“I’m truly thankful for what you guys have helped me achieve. I’m attaching some before and after pics. The before are taken at the beginning of the paleo challenge in Feb 2012. The afters are a couple of weeks old. . I’ve lost around 40 lbs and 5″ off my waist since starting at CrossFit Waterloo. I’m still working on getting the 6 pack… ”