Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. – William James
Joseph S Rossi: (Taken from CrossFit By Overload. Thanks guys. Had to share it.)
One year ago, I was basically killing myself … I had all sorts of weird symptoms, pains and issues. One year ago I was 29, a whopping 360lb and stepping closer and closer to an early death brought on by laziness and gluttony.
One year ago I made a decision to change my life forever … for the better. I wanted to make sure that I was there for my wife, my kids and my family. One year ago, I started CrossFit @ CFO.
In November of 2009 I knew I had to make a change. I couldn’t function normally in every day life … When I had to rent a friggin’ electric wheelchair when we went do Disneyland just so I could keep up with everyone … that was a very low point for me and I didn’t want that to happen again.
So I started looking into what I can do to get healthy again. I tried diets, globo gyms … but nothing ever stuck. Also, my other problem was that I was born with bi-latteral club feet (they were pointing backwards at the time of birth) so I have a lot of pain and limitations because of that. So I had to find something that was interesting and could accommodate my handicaps. I looked into bootcamp type workouts but they require a lot of running, which I cannot do. But one day while walking into Ralph’s on Washington Ave I passed by Jordan’s CFO truck … and wrote down the web address. Looked it up and emailed Paula to make a visit.
The day I visited was December 5th, 2009 …It was a Saturday WOD called the “Lumberjack 20” in honor of the people who lost their lives in the tragic shooting at Fort Hood. As I came in to watch the action I attempted to sit down in the old “camo” chairs … and couldn’t friggin’ fit! Anyway, I proceeded to watch people do Deadlifts, KB swings, OH squats, burpees, pullups, box jumps … and was blown away. There were people of all shapes and sizes … pushing themselves harder then I’ve ever seen anyone push themselves before. There was Doc and Casey standing on the tires in the middle of the room keeping up the motivation (yelling but not being demeaning) and I could tell they really wanted to see the people succeed. From that moment I was hooked.
It hasn’t been an easy road over the last year but the pros far outweigh the cons. I have done things I’ve never thought possible while also learning my limitations and finding ways to get around them.
Like I said before, because of my feet, I can’t run … but boy can I friggin’ row now. 200m row used to obliterate me … now I could do 2000m for a warmup. I could barely do a ring row and now I am on a greenband for workouts and ALMOST able to do 1 kipping pullup without a band. At my beginners class I attempted to do an abmat situp (couldn’t get up all the way) and got the worst stomach cramp of my life, but now can do 80+ in a workout. I couldn’t do a single knee pushup, but now seeing 100 pushups in a workout doesn’t even make me nervous. There are so many other milestones I’ve reached … but the biggest is knowing I am headed down the right path of health now and will be here for many more years to come.
Thank you so much Paula and Jordan for accepting me into the CFO family and providing a place where I could get my life back on track. I still have a ways to go but I know that I will always have my second family at CFO there to keep pushing me.