My journey started in the summer of 2014. I was around 370 lbs with a very unhealthy lifestyle and someone who didn’t exercise at all. That summer I was struggling to find energy and stay awake throughout the day. I really wasn’t feeing well that entire summer. I would struggle to stay awake after sleeping 10-12 hours a night and I would just feel extremely fatigued. After a several series of doctors test from; heart echo, stress test, pulmonary function test, and a sleep study. It turns out that I had developed severe sleep apnea. I stopped breathing, choking, and had shortness of breath while I was sleeping. I received my CPAP machine November 2014. I starting using it every night and within a month I starting feeling better.
Being 30 years old and having sleep apnea scared me. It had me evaluate my life and lifestyle. You could say that God has given me a second chance at life and I’m going to take full advantage of it. I started walking every other day really watching what I was eating and watching my calorie intake. December 2014 I weighed 344 lbs. Eventually I got to the point where after work I was walking 4-5 miles pretty much everyday. I started weighing myself and the weight was coming off. I was losing about 3-5 lbs every week. By the spring of 2015 I had lost about 75 lbs just by walking and cleaning up my diet. I started Crossfit Oshkosh weighting 275lbs. Currently I weigh 237lbs have lost over 107 lbs in ten months. Crossfit Oshkosh has been a big part of that.
What brought me to CrossFit Oshkosh?
All my exercise consisted of was walking. So I asked some of my Facebook friends what they do for exercise. My friend Brian Hogwood owner of Crossfit DePere private messaged me. He told me about Crossfit, the success he has had and that Crossfit could help me out. I live in Neenah so the commute to DePere would be a little far for me to travel. So, I seen Crossfit Oshkosh on Facebook and they had a fitness class starting June 1. I called Crossfit Oshkosh, met with Austin and signed up for the fitness class. I did the three months of fitness, continued to see weight loss and started to see gains! I really enjoyed it! I eventually started the regular Crossfit Oshkosh classes in August.
My first impression of CrossFit Oshkosh?
I have never stepped foot into a Crossfit gym before so my first impression was where are all the machines? I really didn’t know what to expect. I just put my faith in the coaches Austin, Ben, and Collin. They helped me tons with my mobility, range of motion, strength, cardio etc…
What has been my biggest hurdle since starting?
My biggest hurdle so far would have to be the weight lifting. Before Crossfit I didn’t do any Olympic weight lifting. I struggle with mobility, strength, and the form of each lift. But that’s why I show up to class everyday, for the gains, and there is always something to improve on!
What is my favorite aspect of CrossFit?
My favorite aspect would be that everyday is something different. The fact that the class is broke up into three parts: warm up, strength, and the infamous WOD. I look usually look forward to the WOD unless it has a lot of running! Lol I’m not a runner, but since starting Crossfit I have seen myself become better at it.
What are my current goals in CrossFit?
My current goal is to try and make every Crossfit class that I can. I am going to be making gains everyday that I show up and that’s enough to motivate me. My weight loss / Crossfit journey has been successful and I will continue the lifestyle of gains.
What is something we don’t know about me?
Lol…. I’m a 31 year old non smoking Leo. I enjoy long walks, disc golfing, fishing, four wheeling, traveling, hang out with friends. I’m a huge packer fan and season ticket holder. Go pack go!