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
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”
Big crew this morning. Thank you all for coming out to show your support.
WOD @ 325#
9 rounds + 14 Burpees
Great job Coach!
WOD @ 225
14 Rounds 8 Burpees
Should have gone a lot heavier on the weight. Great job everyone!
Fast!!! That’s a lot of rounds!
Wow! It was fun watching you go on those burpees! Crazy quick!
Yes u definitely could have handled more weight, but that was a sh#$ ton of burpees. Nice work.
Group warm up
-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!
Good job Ginette! Nice to see u!
Every set of burpees was unbroken. Great work Ginette!
Mob. and Group WU
WOD: Amrap 20min.
2 Deadlifts @ 105
4 box jumps 18″
Completed 11 rounds plus 8 burpees
Great job Alaina!
Mobility & Group WU
WOD: AMRAP in 20 mins
2 Deadlifts @ 105#
4 Box jumps 18″
8 rounds even
Nice job on the box jumps Charline….you made them look easy!
Mob and group WU
Wod @ 275
12 rnds even
Davis now tells me I did 13 rounds. Said he forgot to count the last rnd.
Mob and group wu
Wod @ 125
Wu x 1
Practice some deadlifts to warm up.
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.
Crazy weight for dead lifts Shane….so strong! Great job!!!
Nice work Shane!
WOD @ 200lb
11 Rounds + 6 Burpees
9 rounds + 7 burpees.
Wod @ 200lb
11 rounds 5 burpees
Wod @ 200# DL & 24″ Box Jumps