“…words can’t express how thankful I am to be a member of Paradiso Crossfit and to have the life that I never believed was possible for me.”

My transformation started in September of 2013. I was turning 29 years old and I was in a bad place mentally, physically and emotionally. I pretty much was doing nothing other than smoking weed and drinking “lean” or prescription cough syrup 24/7. I was 240 pounds and completely isolated myself from living life in any meaningful way. I was stuck on the couch & I couldn’t even get dressed in the morning without sweating & I felt miserable all the time. I knew that I had to save my life and make some really drastic changes. After quitting the “lean” and weed and doing half ass workouts in my apartment gym for 3 months I was down to 230 pounds. Then my best friend and fellow PCF member John Holcomb literally signed me up by requesting personal training sessions for me via my email.

On January 15th 2014 I had my first training session with the legend himself, James MCcoy.  I don’t remember much about those first few months except that I was sore a lot and struggled every workout but I saw happiness existed at PCF and started to feel better about myself every week. Little by little I got more serious about my diet, my habits, and my life decisions. All of a sudden I was down to 190 pounds and started to come to the box 4 times a week instead of three. I also transitioned into doing group class as well as personals with McCoy and working with other amazing coaches like Jackie, Frank, Lauren, and of course Diso.

Now 9 months into my journey of transformation I have a new lease on life. My life today is better than I ever imagined it could be. I honestly credit Paradiso Crossfit, my coaches and friends for this because they believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Now I weigh 183 pounds, I try to only do the advanced workouts and I eat healthy and make positive choices and surround myself with positivity. Sometimes I can’t believe how much has changed in such a short time for me but I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. Now I’m about to turn 30 at the end of the month and I’ve never felt better and I am in the best place I have ever been in my life. I am truly blessed in so many ways and words can’t express how thankful I am to be a member of Paradiso Crossfit and to have the life that I never believed was possible for me.

Although so much has changed for me I realize that this is still just the beginning, The beginning of a life worth living, the beginning of making my loved ones proud of me.  More importantly making myself proud of me. Beginning to actually take advantage of this blessing called life and enjoy working hard and constantly pushing myself to be better. I realized that the biggest thing holding me back was me not believing this was possible for myself. Now I am a happy to look myself in the mirror and all aspects of my life have improved. I am forever grateful to James McCoy, Jackie, Frank, LG Thunder, Diso, Martina and the entire PCF crossfit community. I look forward to pushing myself to learn more and improve each day in and out of our gym.