The following blog is going to be really all over the place because it's my first time putting my thoughts into words. So please bear with me. I've been a fat kid my whole life. Growing up I was made fun of because of man boobs, being fat and not being able to do things other kids could do. It wasn't until I was 21 that I made a determination to drop over 150 pounds to join the Marine Corps and find some purpose in my life.
I lost all of the weight and spent the next four years in the United States Marine Corps. I can honestly say it was some of the best times of my life (and worst), the Marines have opened more doors for me and have given me more opportunities than anything else. I left the Marines after my enlistment to come home feeling disillusioned, and not sure what to do. Without a whole lot of direction I let myself go and gained back all of the weight I swore I would never get again. I lost faith in myself and didn't really see the need to take care of myself. And then along comes my daughter.
She changed everything about my life, I wanted to do better, I wanted to stick around and not die from heart disease. I love my daughter very much and I couldn't bear not being there to watch her grow up. I quit smoking back in January, and quit the heavy boozing (unfortunately heavy drinking kinda comes with the whole Marine veteran thing), and focused a lot on my career. My life finally feels like it's finally moving forward again instead of just being stagnant.
A friend of mine that also happened to be in the Marines offered me a chance to speak with Eric and Sarah in regards to a program where they were going to do a fit for life challenge for a year. I couldn't believe I was being offered the opportunity, and honestly the attitude that Eric and Sarah have are the best selling points. Their calm and generous demeanor really helped me get over the anxiety of trying CrossFit.
On October 18, 2015 five of that were selected did our first workout together, and it was the best 12 minutes I've done in five years. The entire thing kicked my ass and I wanted more. The best part is that it was exercises I could do and still feel like I was pushing myself. I was incredibly impressed and couldn't wait for the next class. Which was the next day with Moonshine. Unfortunately this Moonshine isn't the drink, but a coach that will make your body feel like you had some of the best greased lightning that Kentucky has to offer minus the drunk part and more of the hangover part of "what the fuck am I doing and why am I doing this to myself?". And I suppose that's the million dollar question. Why do all of this? Why go four days a week to punish my body? Why should I eat a healthy diet and keep track of what I eat every day?
But, it's not about the why, it's about the want. I want to be healthy. I want to be there for my daughter growing up. I want to feel strong again. I want to be alive. If I continued the same thing I was doing for years there's no question I would die of heart disease. At least now I have a fighting chance at punching heart disease and other obese issues in the throat and telling it fuck off. I'm not going anywhere any time soon.
Andrew is a participant in CrossFit Nashua's 2015/2016 "Fit-For-Life" program. Participants track their progress in the CrossFit training program during the coming 1-year period and log their progress in this blog. Best of luck Andrew, in meeting your training goals!