Thank you Kevin, Cheapo, Volleyballman, ucffool, splint, scumdogg, zorg and the whole SimpleFit community.
When I joined SimpleFit I was 40lbs overweight... the heaviest I had ever been, and after a lifetime of being a competitive athlete, this was so hard for me. My friends kept telling me I "looked" fine. Well, I didn't FEEL fine, or even moderately good.
I found this site and started doing the workouts. I was very sporadic. One thing we forget is how hard it is to workout when you're heavy. I felt awkward and uncoordinated (and goofy). But I kept at it.
From this site I migrated over to the Crossfit main site and found a Crossfit affiliate in my city. I did the boot camp, joined the box, got a bit stronger, but didn't notice much change. I was not impressed with the trainers’ level of knowledge. I suppose I wasn't drinking the Kool-Aid.
I continued with SimpleFit instead and by March had lost 16lbs, but then put 10lbs back on. Hey... I'm human!
In August I moved to a smaller town and was lucky that there was a Crossfit box, in fact three. I picked one and as soon as I joined I knew it was the right place. Super experienced coaches who had deep background in sports and knew how to train people of all different capabilities.
As I got stronger they pushed harder. And I worked harder.
And my abs get a super workout everyday from laughing so hard. (It is a great group to train with.)
My latest update is that I am now 27lbs down from my weight on Sept 1, 2009. I've lost 8" from my waist and I'm back into the old dress/pant sizes I always used to wear (I dropped 4 sizes since Sept 1).
My benchmark lifts are getting higher each day. Last week I went up 25lbs on my front squat. My deadlifts, back squats, cleans and presses are improving by the week and I am doing almost every exercise as Rx'd.
So huge kudos to everyone at SimpleFit for helping me. Just reading your posts, being part of this very positive community kept me going. I still do SimpleFit and have hooked a few friends to it.
Hope everyone has a great year in 2010. I'm going to!