My name is Josh and I’m a CrossFit addict.  I got addicted in October 2011 and don’t plan on ever seeking rehabilitation for my problem.

Here’s some background–I’m 28 years old, I’ve always been athletic, but I’m overweight.  I’m pursuing a new career which requires much more of me physically and it’s time to fix myself.  I’ve battled with weight since I was a teen and enough is enough.  I weighed 340lbs at the beginning of 2011, and as of the day I started this blog (Nov.15, 2011) I weight 312lbs.  Today, July 13th 2012, I weigh 274lbs–minus 66lbs since my 27th birthday.

For a guy my size, I think I’m in pretty good shape.  My personal record on a 5km run is 30:25.  I can run 5 miles/8kms in 53:52.  My “Fight Gone Bad” three round score is 190 reps and in January I did the Filthy 50 in 36:34 (I need to do this again though to see how things have progressed).  One of my favourite records is rowing 500m in 1:34.  Keep an eye on the top menu bar for a PR page…coming soon! My goal is 220lbs but more importantly, I want to be happy and healthy!

My long story, feel free to skip this if you don’t want to know a lot about me…
In 2010 I was fortunate to be connected with trainers Nicole Lacoursiere (www.bodybynic.net), Matty Murray, and Bree Donaldson.  Through Body by Nic I started doing early AM bootcamps with Bree in the spring of 2011 and even though I had seen a lot of gains, I had heard about CrossFit and was really curious; scared, but curious.  I asked Bree one day about CrossFit and she informed me that she had just completed her CrossFit Level 1 Coaching Certification.  She started programming CrossFit style workouts for us at boot camp but when boot camp season ended, it was time for things to change again.

On a very cold October morning Bree directed me to an open garage door and everything changed.  I did my first “real” CrossFit workout, and I knew that I had finally found what I was looking for.  It was one of the hardest things I had ever physically done and I was wrecked, I could barely get into the truck to go home…but I’m sick, so I was back the next morning, and the next, and the next…I wish I had written down what that first workout was because I’d LOVE to try it again today.

The group of addicts around me in the garage became what today is CrossFit 403 in November of 2011 when they moved into their first official box, spearheaded by Heather and Regan Crippen along with their team of coaches. Heather (Coach Crip) is an awesome motivator and takes shit from few…I don’t like to whine and complain anyways, so I just show up and do what I’m told.  I have seen some pretty amazing results and CrossFit has become an all encompassing passion that has led to competing in the 2012 CrossFit Open, writing for the CrossFit Canada West Media Team, volunteering at the 2012 CrossFit Canada West Regional event, and growing this blog beyond anything I could have hoped for.  I also just completed and received my CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, a big step forward!

Another key figure in my CrossFit life is Ken Andrukow.  He is not only my boss on the Media Team, but an amazing man and Coach who has changed hundreds of lives, including that of my own Coach Crip.  Ken runs Reebok CrossFit Ramsay and he gifted me a book called “The Paleo Solution: by Robb Wolf”.  It’s an awesome resource about diet and since reading it I have started devoting myself to the Paleo diet–the caveman diet.  Eat as our ancestors did; no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no sugar.  It’s hard, yes.  They all are, but even without being super strict or perfect I lost 21lbs in 60 days and more importantly I lost several inches and knocked 7% off by body fat number.  I’ll be sticking with this diet too, I’m used to it now and while I still have my off days and meals, it has proven itself to be manageable and effective for my goals.

There, now you know me.  Take a read through the blog and with any luck I’ll inspire you to take the step to change your life.  We are all inspired by something or someone, just find that person!



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*UPDATE* I weighed in on Christmas morning, 2012, and weighed 253lbs.  A total of 87lbs lost, 67 lost since starting the blog.