“When I joined A1A eight years ago I had never truly exercised before.
I got out of Physical Education class in school ever opportunity I could and when getting to my heaviest weight after my first two children were born.
I joined a step class that I went to for the absolute minimum three days a week. I felt this was the number of classes necessary to loose the weight, and it worked.
Once the weight was off I stopped going altogether.
After my third child was born I joined A1A, still showing up was a battle.
At some point – after having my fourth child I realized the extent that exercise was making me a healthier person.
In addition I truly enjoyed the great community and coaches I was getting stronger with and like magic my worst place became my happy place.
Still the food was a constant issue, I’d show up at the gym in the morning and then binge eat in my pantry at night.
When Dan started his nutrition program, yet to be named The Dan Plan, I hopped on board I knew it was time for an overall change.
I stayed on plan for 14 weeks straight and was easily in the best shape of my life!
So naturally I figured I could have my cake and eat it too. That was the start of a very bumpy road filled with many times of falling off the wagon and getting back on.
During that time I have to say my worst was never as bad, I kept getting back up and starting again.
After a year and a half of many ups, downs, and day one phase one, I realized something. As great as it was to be in shape, lean and fit and it felt amazing don’t get me wrong.
There was a huge advantage I needed to focus on more. The anti-inflammatory, sugar free, nutrient balanced, clean way of eating we call “The Dan Plan” was helping me sleep better and most importantly brought down my anxiety levels by at least 40%.
It wasn’t only about the physical aspect anymore or about the fact that on The Dan Plan my pull ups are better because I feel physically lighter. The fact was I am stronger and lighter mentally as well – with more energy and presence of mind to be a parent, wife and overall stronger person.
Truth time, today I am on week 3 of phase one and there are many moments I am Hangry and just wanna grab my kids cookies out of their hands.
The Journey is one that doesn’t end, it’s a day to day decision to be better, stronger and healthier in every way. Sometimes that I feel like “oh yeah I so have this” and others I hate everyone who eats cookies, yes phase 4 people even you.
Either way it’s worth every second when I remind myself that I am sleeping at night without 1,000 anxieties or Cocoa Pebbles calling my name.
The muscle up progression doesn’t hurt either 😉 Phase 2 I’m coming for you!”
I started CrossFit 305 in May of 2010 (yup almost 9 yrs ago).
I had taken 9 months off from September 2017 to May of 2018 due to a difficult time for me and I also had some injuries I was trying to heal.
I started to think CrossFit wasn’t for me anymore but I missed the people and workouts every day I didn’t go during those 9 months and I was very depressed at my weight gain and how sluggish I felt.
I decided to rejoin in May of 2018 going very slowly as I was very out of shape and I still had injuries. I was looking for a nutritionist and talked to Dan about it and he told me to use his Dan Plan.
I thought to myself why not and began it in July 3rd 2018. I did the Dan plan for 7 weeks and lost 11 pounds.
It is now March 2019 and I am 30 pounds lighter and getting very strong again.
I can now do 8 strict pull-ups in a row (goal is 10) and a ton of other stuff again and my stamina is getting better and I keep getting stronger little by little.
I look forward to continuing my journey of losing more body fat and getting fitter and stronger.
A big thank you to Jeff Costomiris for being one of the nicest coaches ever and pushing me when I don’t think I have it in me……I love our CrossFit 305 family.
What were your goals when you came into CrossFit A1A?
My main goal was to make exercising a part of my daily routine. In addition, I wanted to learn how to workout. In the past I made a lot of excuses (no gym nearby, I need a training program, etc…) to avoid exercising, but now I feel like I have the confidence and the skills to make the most out of my workout anywhere. I wanted to Build strength and agility with an emphasis on injury prevention.
What are you going to accomplish next?
Maintaining the good foundation that I have built regardless of day to day challenges I.e. work, travel, family, holidays etc..
How many times a week do you work out, and what does that do for your day?
I work out 5 times a week, 2-3 times with Chad and the rest is cardio on the beach or a swim. Working out early in the am helps me set the day right and I become more productive.
If you had to give someone who hasn’t done their first CrossFit work out yet, what would it be?
It’s not as intimidating as you might think. It’s really about getting a great workout and pushing yourself in a supportive environment!
“Want to know how to lose 24lbs of ugly fat? Chop off your head. Well I didn’t chop off my head but I did lose 24 lbs in the last 6 weeks due to intensive remote coaching and diet by ya boy Dan Martin. Hard to believe that 20 years of partying can be wiped clean in that short of a time, but I actually weighed more at 21 years old. (I’m 41 now)”
Paul lost 24 pounds in 6 weeks using our remote workout programming and nutrition programs.
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