Clayton’s Story

My staying healthy journey began back in 2008/2009ish. I went from an active 250# in high school (2002) to a staggering 425 couch monster at the end of 2009.

I was sick all the time. I was admitted to hospital off and on for weeks at a time. I was missing work, missing family functions and missing out on life.

My doctor told me that I would die soon if I didn’t get it together. So I took that threat quite seriously. I knew I was broken physically, but now, I was spiritually broken as well.

So the day after my doctor told me this life changing news, I went to the gym, got on the scales and nearly had a mental breakdown when the trainer said “wow, ummm, ahhhh”… I said “what?” She said “425”. Then the room went awkwardly quite for a long time. She said “ummmm, I don’t know if you can do it at this weight”. Meaning, I don’t know if you will ever lose all this weight.

So, I remained broken but motivated to prove to the trainer and everyone else that I’d not only lose the weight, but I’d keep it off.

Thus began a 7 day a week sometimes twice a day routine at the gym. Sweat, tears, despair, followed by a shrinking waistline, sweat and smiles.

This lasted for almost a year. And then one day I thought, “I wonder what I weigh?” So after much thought, fear and looking at the scale across the room, I got on. I nearly died, I went from 425 to 320. I was down 105# in a year! To date I’m almost down a total of 200#.

I eventually quit the generic gym and started training at CrossFit Saint John. CrossFit is know as the sprit if fitness. I excelled at this. Then back in 2012 on a dare I did a triathlon. I was hooked!

So now I’m training for a 1/2 ironman this summer and a full ironman next. I’ve done 4 half marathons and 6 triathlons.

It takes time, patience, sleep, healthy eating and support to loose weight, but believe me when I say that it can be done!”


Clayton passed away at the age of 29. He left behind Melissa (wife) and 2 year old daughter Ellie.

AMRAP 20 min
14 Burpees
2 Deadlifts 400/255#
4 Box Jumps 30/24″

The scaled # will be 200/155. 200# represents the weight he’s lost.

We will have a donation bin at the gym this morning. To make a donation online, when you click on the link you can select “Trust fund for Ellie” from the drop down menu.


26 thoughts on “Clayton’s Story”

  1. Mobility
    Group Wu

    WOD @ 225

    14 Rounds 8 Burpees

    Should have gone a lot heavier on the weight. Great job everyone!

  2. Mobility
    Group warm up
    -14 burpees
    -2 Dead lifts #100
    -4 box jumps

    Completed 10 rounds and 6 burpees! 🙂
    Thanks for being my counter Jackie….fun class this morning!
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  3. Mob. and Group WU
    WOD: Amrap 20min.
    14 burpees
    2 Deadlifts @ 105
    4 box jumps 18″
    Completed 11 rounds plus 8 burpees
    Great class!

  4. Mobility & Group WU
    WOD: AMRAP in 20 mins

    14 Burpees
    2 Deadlifts @ 105#
    4 Box jumps 18″

    8 rounds even

    Good workout!

  5. Mobility
    Wu x 1
    Practice some deadlifts to warm up.
    Wod: Clayton
    14 Burpee
    2 DL @ 400
    4 Box jumps @ 30” with step down
    Rx’d 11 rounds 12 burpees
    Great story and accomplishments from Clayton. My condolences to the family.
    Great work everybody.

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