Jim Donohue – Before and After
I vividly remember the very moment I decided that something needed to be done. I was having trouble sleeping one night, so I put myself on the couch so I wouldn’t disrupt my wife. As I was trying to fall asleep, I remember getting the distinct feeling that my heart was not beating. I tried to find a pulse, and I could not. I was in legitimate fear that I might fall asleep and not wake up the next morning. I was 34, the father of two beautiful children. I was 5’9” and 263 lbs. I had been living an unhealthy lifestyle for quite some time. In high school and in college, I was very athletic.
When I turned 21, the perfect storm hit. Now, I could legally drink beer! Within a month of my birthday, I got my first job in sales where I was traveling daily. After a long day “on the road” there was nothing more rewarding than a nice cold beer…or two….or three (you see where this is going). There was never any energy left over for working out, and because I was just starting out in life, there wasn’t a whole lot of expendable cash for smarter grocery choices either. Fourteen years later came my sleepless night on the couch. The next day, I joined Crossfit in Southington, CT. Needless to say, from a fitness point of view, it was a big jump off the high dive, but I knew it was the only way that I would be successful. I think that every Crossfitter thinks that their box is the best, and the people with whom they work out with are the greatest, but mine TRULY are. One of the biggest obstacles I had to overcome was a severe calf pain every time I exerted myself. It was one of the first things I mentioned to one of the owners of Crossfit Southington, Bobby Vargo. He told me that he could show me how to fix that, and sure enough, that afternoon, he showed me a simple stretch, and I have not had the pain since.
My first day at Crossfit was May 23, 2012. It is an anniversary I will celebrate every month and every year for the rest of my life. In the last five months, I have:
• lost 52 lbs
• Lost six inches off my waist (and now wearing the same size jeans I did in high school)
• Went from not being able to run a mile, to running six miles easily AND competing in my first 5k
• Not being able to do a single pull-up to doing virtually as many as I want
• Competed in my first Garage Games
• Got 248 reps on my first attempt at “Fight Gone Bad”
I’ve come to realize that fitness and weight management truly are journeys, not destinations. And with the help of Southington Crossfit and all that it represents, I’ve been able to get on the road to health. I always had this vision of a healthier version of myself. Because of Southington Crossfit, I’m glad to say that there is no rear-view mirror in my life. I cannot, and I WILL not go back to living unhealthy lifestyle. I know I still have a long way to go, but I live every moment by a very simple motto: