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• 11 months ago, I weighed 221lbs
• I had HIGH blood pressure
• Terrible cholesterol
• Dr wanted me on meds for both of those!!!!
• Always tired and cranky
• Terrible eating habits
• And a fear that if I did not change my ways I would not be around for my young family.
At that time I was a proud father of two beautiful children and a loving husband to my beautiful and talented wife. I had an upcoming life insurance test coming that I was dreading because of my sorry state of health. I knew that I could not get in the shape I needed to be in without some sort of help. That day was March 15th I walked into CrossFit Worthy for a scheduled baseline not having a clue of what to expect. Coach Jeremy greeted me and started asking questions about my fitness level and showed me the equipment that would soon change my life. But to be honest I wasn’t paying much attention I was still trying to figure out how the f$#% I talked myself into this? After that he asked me to warm up by running 400 meters. When I returned we got right into reviewing what the baseline evaluation was (I wish I could remember exactly what it was that day that almost killed me) . I started the evaluation and I could hear coach behind me saying….”keep tight…and you got this…it will get easier”..I was thinking I’m never going to make this I’m already gassed out but somehow I finished. After the baseline I laid on the ground for about a 10 min trying to figure out how I let myself turn into such a lazy SOB. Coach high fived me and told me to roll out those muscles before the tightened up. Again I found myself not paying attention. My mind and body were still in please don’t puke mode. I told coach I got to go but I will be back to sign up. I’m sure in his mind he was thinking this guy won’t be back again.
Well he did see me again…and again…and again!
I often think about that day…It was the day that helped me change a ton of stuff in my life back to something I am proud of!
This past weekend was a great example of the help Coach Jeremy and Susie have been for me. Well running in an adventure race with a group from the gym I found myself just trotting a long with just Jeremy….i couldn’t help but want to thank him right on the spot! I thanked him for the gift of cardio…he chuckled and I smiled but what I really wanted to say was thank you for my life back!!!
• Today I weigh 189lbs
• I have perfect blood pressure
• Cholesterol is in check
• Always have a ton of energy…and if I start to feel cranky I know it will be gone after I hit the gym!
• I will call my eating paleo-ish— Huge progress here!!!!
• I will always have the fear of pushing daises to early but I can honestly say I feel like I have a new lease on life!
I am looking forward to many more years with my adoptive Crossfit family! Each day is a true pleasure getting to interact with so many like minded individuals changing their lives independently and collectively at Crossfit Worthy.
-Dale Smith 38 and getting younger
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