This story is like every other in that way. There always has to be something that creates that spark, a moment in time where that a change can occur that will drastically alter a person’s life. For me that spark was going to come in the form of a question. It’s a simple question really, but at the same time it carries with it a huge honor. I was asked to be in the wedding of one of the best people I’ve ever known, a friend that I’ve traveled beyond the borders of our little country with, and a man that I’ve spent an entire week mopping a floor with. My friend Bobby asked me to be in his wedding, and I realized that I didn’t want another round of wedding pictures where I looked like this.
That’s me, my father, and younger brother at my sister’s wedding in the fall of 2010. I had seen these pictures and realized that another round of me looking like this forever in someone’s wedding photos was not what I wanted. I didn’t know what I was going to do, or how I was going to do it, but I wanted to lose 50 pounds before the wedding. I had 4 months to do it in, and I started to hunt for a plan that would help me to look better for the wedding. As it was there was still a few weeks of hunting, and looking at various ideas of what to do before I settled on trying Crossfit and doing a month of the Paleo Diet because another friend had given me the book The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. I figured that I’ve been an athlete, and I’ve been a power-lifter before, how hard can this Crossfit thing be? The book had been convincing, and the challenge was only to try it for a month, and I can do a month of anything, couldn’t be as bad as some of the things I had done to make weight as a wrestler. I had my plan, and was ready to take on losing the weight for the wedding. So there I was, beginning of July 2011, I had a plan, and no idea what I was getting myself into but I was taking the first steps on a journey that would take me places that I had never thought possible, and push me harder than I have ever been pushed in my life. But those are stories for another day, this is just the beginning.