I woke up New Years day 2011 after going through a really rough patch in my life. I was totally disgusted with myself. I was not healthy, I was extremely overweight, I wasn’t eating right and hadn’t exercised in years – and I was working long, truly bad hours.
I was 332 lbs and I had to hold my breath just to bend over to tie my shoes. I wore a 50 regular for a suit and was a 40 waist for my pants. I traded in my XL t-shirts for XXL and XXXL and my neck size was an 18 1/2. Not good at all.
So I decided that I had hit rock bottom – and I needed to do something.
A bunch of friends of mine in the tactical community (did I mention that I’m a police officer?) were always talking about “Paleo” and Crossfit, so I jumped on the computer and started looking around. I came across Mark’s Daily Apple and started to read. Everything totally made sense. I started my journey right then and there.
I went into my kitchen and cleaned house. Got rid of everything bad and boxed it up for charity. Over the next few weeks, I read more and more about the “Paleo” and “Primal” lifestyles.
After 3 months – on March 14th, to be precise – and losing around 30 lbs, I was ready to start at Crossfit WestChester (my new home). Now, I have to say – I have had my ups and downs with exercise and weight over the years. I began studying martial arts at the age of 5 – I’m now 38 – and I was a swimmer in high school, at which point I was around 200lbs with 8.5% body fat. But other than that and the police academy, I had never “worked out” – and had never lifted weights, ever. This was an eye opener for me. I did my On-Ramp and found that I was much weaker than I thought and had little to no
flexibilty. I could only back squat 125lbs – and couldn’t even get to parallel!
As I continued to get to know people in my box, I heard the stories people would share. Somebody turned me on to Steve’s Original. I went on the site and ordered a sampler pack. I was hooked. (I always had a sweet tooth, and was looking for something to help me settle my cravings as I continued on my journey). You guys and your products have saved me on more than one occasion, especially when I can’t cook and need a quick meal on-the-go.
In all, I’ve lost 121 lbs and gone from 54% body fat to 21% body fat. I would like to thank you guys at Steve’s Original and Chris Guerrero and the crew at Crossfit Westchester!
Our note: We absolutely live for these types of testimonials. We are proud to have played a part in fueling Ben’s Journey, and are so grateful he shared it with us!