I was fat. There is no other way of saying I was severely overweight. I had reached a point where I was hovering around 255 pounds and probably more. That's up from hovering in the 190's in the Marines. (The top two photos are shocking to me now.)

A year ago I made the decision to change that and the last I checked I'm down around 220 for a loss of almost 35lbs. 

Sept. 11th last year was when I recorded my first run in my quest. I couldn't even make it past 1.5 miles. Just under a year later I ran ten times that. I ran 15 miles as part of my training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Never in a million years did I think I could do that. I crave running now, even when I'm hurt I cannot wait to get back out there.

I didn't keep it to just running either. I also started doing Crossfit twice a week. I was a little worried because so many times in the past had I wasted money on gym memberships but never used them but this time it was different. Not only was my resolve different but I found an awesome gym in CrossFit HARD that was filled with fantastic Coaches and other members. Finding a gym with good Coaches and great people was key. I've made some awesome friends that hold me accountable if I don't show up and encourage me and celebrate with me when I set a new personal record.

This past weekend I bought some new clothes and I took a gamble with the sizes I brought to the changing room. A year ago I was wearing 40in waist pants and XL shirts. I had gone down to 38 during the past year but this time I not only took 36in pants but Large fitted shirts. I was in shock when they fit me perfectly... I nearly yelled out in the middle of the store. (The bottom two photos are in those very clothes.)

I will be the first to admit that I haven't even done everything that I could have to lose weight. I still eat like garbage but I have cut out 90% of the sodas I used to drink and I mostly drink water and coffee now. Diet is my next step.

I'm now so much more active than I used to be. I run 3-4 times a week, Crossfit twice a week, and now I'm climbing 1-2 times a week. I cannot stand lazy days anymore. I have to do something active!

I want to thank so many people that have been there with me along the way. Gotta thank my Running Harem: Joan Merle SchaeferKathryn Hamilton, and Megan Hollis for the constant encouragement and help making running fun. Sean White and Salib Yoler for running my first two Half Marathons with me. The Coaches at CrossFit HARD for being awesome: Graham HardingVictor Xavier PolicarpioDavid A. SegunAnthony Kemp, and the others. My Crossfit friends: Erin LawsKen Wong,Pia Dozo-RodriguezDaphne Dozo-Rodriguez,Julie Marie, and John Roy for all the shared high fives after killing ourselves.

This isn't the end either. About a week after turning 32 I will run the Marine Corps Marathon. Who knows if I will continue the long distances, maybe I will if my body and joints hold together. I will only get stronger and faster. Bring it on!

Huge congratulations to Sam on his continuing fitness journey!!!

Coach Graham

WOD 091916

The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do

What do you hope to achieve this week?

Warm-up 7

3 sets:
10 OH Squats
Triple/Double Under Practice
Kipping Toe to Bar Progression


Empty Bar:
10 Deadlifts
10 Back Squats
10 Power Cleans
10 Thrusters


Every 3 minutes, for 18 minutes (6 sets) of:
5 Deadlifts @ 75-80%
10 Tall Box Jumps
(jump up, step down with support)

Metcon (AMRAP - Rounds and Reps)

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
10 Power Cleans (135/95 lbs)
10 Burpees Over the Barbell
10 Pull-Ups

Cut Season Cash Out

4x 100 sprints walk back to recover

Out of Town WOD

2 mile run for time


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