The success stories just keep rolling in! Sal Garcia came to us in desperate need of a change and now he’s finally beginning to unlock his athletic potential. Every one of us has potential. It comes a little easier for some than others, but only those willing to work hard enough will be able to unlock, and unleash, it. It’s dying to get out! Here’s Sal’s story:
In 2011 I weighed approximately 420lbs. I decided to have Gastric Sleeve surgery in December of that year. I really thought I was going to die if I didn’t do something about my weight quickly. June 2012 I went in for surgery weighing approximately 380lbs (you are required to lose some weight before surgery to show you’re prepared to make a lifestyle change). Fast forward to January 2013, I weighed 300lbs and began hiking. By March 2013 I was down to 270lbs, and by April 2013 I was back up to 280lbs. So, I STARTED GAINING WEIGHT AGAIN even after I had surgery. My eating habits were horrible and my activity levels were not where they should have been. I hiked maybe 5-8 miles over the weekend, but did nothing else.
April 2013 my buddy Chris was already crossfitting at CFK and he finally convinced me to do the intro with ED (Ethan). Actually, what truly convinced me was the 10lbs I had gained in a month. Can you imagine going through such a drastic surgery and still weighing 280lbs? That was not an option. The doctors always told me that the surgery was a tool, not a solution to my weight/food problems. They were totally right.
I started On-Ramp at roughly 270ish almost 280. I’ve been crossfitting for about 9 months now. I weighed in on Sunday at home and now weigh 200lbs. So, from April to now, I’ve lost roughly 70-80lbs.
I now WOD about 3-4 times a week. I’ve been eating extremely well. I try to eat Zone/Paleo, but most of the time I eat dirty Zone (dam those Tortillas). I’ve been strict for the last 2 months or so, with Duane. Texting each other our meals to stay accountable. My goal is to weigh 185lbs. I work out now, at least 6 days a week. I WOD and mostly run. I can now easily run for over an hour at a solid pace. I PR’d on my mile just a week or so ago, and it’s at 8:25. My goal is to get it into the 7 min range.
The crazy thing about all this are the results. I’ve kept in contact with my fellow surgery buddies. Before getting the surgery you are forced to take nutrition classes. I am by far the most successful one in the bunch. I weigh less than individuals who had the surgery before me and weighed roughly 100lbs less than I did the date of their surgeries. It’s really insane.
The doctor told me that I would lose the bulk of my weight the first year after surgery. Statistics show that after the first year people either stay at that weight or start gaining. Well, guess what? I’ve lost more weight in my second year after surgery, and I totally attribute it to CrossFit. Lastly, something I realized since I started CrossFitting…with being that big for so long I forgot how to use my body. I know it sounds weird, but I forgot how to bend down, squat, jump, run, etc. People would make comments like, “dude you bend down like you still weigh 420lbs.” CrossFit has taught me how to use my body again. I definitely still have a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m sure I’ll get there.
Sal is right. His overweight days really had an effect on his mobility, but each session is a new opportunity to gain back what’s been lost. His eagerness to get better every day is incredibly motivating. He recently accomplished his first kipping pull-up. Next on the to-do list? Toes-to-bar!