Jacob "Coconut" Contreras:
At 234 pounds, only being 5'6", and working my way out of a 40 inch waist, I was in the worse shape of my life. Being a former football player, power lifter and wrestler I knew there was still an inner athlete I had to capture. I became lazy and wasn't liking the way I felt, the way I looked in pictures or even how comfortable I was in my own skin, or lack, thereof. I was the guy who never ate breakfast, ate fast food everyday, drank about 4 sodas per day (not including the occassional Monster energy drink), never drank water or ate vegetables and fruits...and didn't workout. I was on a fast track to heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other health problems. I have made every excuse in the book about my eating habits and why I didn't have time to workout but knew deep down that I really wanted to. Things had to change and now.
January 6, 2012 was when it all began. I started with Coach Eric at Kodiak CrossFit and knew I was in for punishment. Eric introduced me to the CrossFit way by explaining the Pyramid. We then hit the typical warm up and went straight into WOD "Cindy". Needless to say, I did not finish the WOD. The reality check came fast on how out of shape and how unhealthy I was. This was unacceptable. Upon arriving home, I immediately informed my wife I would be changing my food choices and cutting out all the bad...cold turkey. I don't think anyone believed I could do it. But after that first WOD, it had to stop and I started eating Paleo the next day and haven't stopped since. CrossFit and Paleo are a new lifestyle for me.
Kodiak CrossFit has changed my life since that day. After 14 weeks with Coach Eric, I had lost 45 pounds and counting and also gone down 3 pants sizes. My body is starting to look more fit, I have more energy, don't crave fast food or sodas and enjoy eating healthy. Goals are set for myself and I'm accomplishing them. Unbroken pull ups in a WOD, running a mile without being completely exhausted, lifting heavy, handstand push ups and overhead squats are some things I thought I would never be able to do. That's not the case. I'm stronger and faster than I've been in a long time. We've gotten so addicted that my wife is now coming with me on a consistent basis and seeing huge results. No gimmicks, no magic pills and no fad diets...just CrossFit and a healthy way of eating. Thank you Eric for all you have done for me.