Fellow Cross fitters:
Most if not all extraordinary experiences in a persons life happen when you do something completely new and completely spontaneous. That is exactly what I did signing up for this 60 day challenge. I was actually getting quite use to being overweight and middle aged, being that way gave me two very good excuses for not being able to do things as well or as often as I once did, (i.e. racing dirt bikes, playing hockey, playing all kinds of sports with my kids).
This whole journey started when I began taking my boy to Cross fit back in Nov. He immediately took to the training and of course right away he tried talking me into joining and becoming a fit dad. Which all sounded good but watching the work outs I thought at that time there was no way in the world I could or ever enjoy working out in the Cross fit gym. After a couple weeks of watching parts of the odd work out and a little more taunting from my boy I did gather up enough nerve to try one session. I’ll tell you what for those people that have never really been out of shape they will never now how I felt, but for those who have been out of shape and tried Cross fit they know how I felt. It was simply torture beyond any other words for an out of shape middle aged guy. If it wasn’t for the atmosphere of the gym itself I would not have ever gone back, people were genuine and encouraging to my self as I was doing the work out, (thanks Al). Most importantly the staff at the gym are simply the greatest, they are the reason I’m still going, thanks Phil, Carina, Tina and Tasha.
After a half dozen visits I started feeling better after the work outs, well at least the nauseated feeling subsided. I had already noticed myself getting stronger in those first few sessions, at this point I thought if I can just go for even a couple of months that would be good. Then this challenge came along and at first I thought it would just be a donation to some lucky winner but at least it may give me a little extra incentive to keep going. About a week into the challenge I thought maybe I should have a good read into the suggested diet along with the exercise since I haven’t quit yet. The more I read about it the more it made sense to me, so that’s when I kicked my poor eating habits and stuck strictly to the Palio diet. The first week was tough, I was absolutely starving but I eventually figured out when and what to eat. Within about two weeks I started feeling amazingly good, I was sleeping better and had a ton more energy and that’s what hooked me. I stuck 100% to the diet and went to cross fit just the 3 times per week. Every day I was feeling better and better I could tell in the work outs I was also getting stronger. My family noticed big changes, my pants started looking too big my double chin seemed like it was gone one day. The last few week were not hard at all and I am just going to continue with this new outlook on diet and exercise mainly because I just feel too good to change anything right now. This is exactly what I needed this point in time.
I would like to again thank the staff at Cross fit DV you people are amazing.