Picture to the left is, David, the runner-up of this past season’s The Biggest Loser Competition on NBC. I’ve mentioned David in previous blog posts. Sadly, his first wife died of brain cancer at a very young age, leaving him with two young daughters for which to care. “Life” got the better of him, causing him blow up to the 409 lbs that you see in the picture to the left. He stated that the impetus for his desire to lose weight was a promise made to his (now) deceased wife that he would do his best to care for his children. He knew that being 409 lbs was not setting him up to successfully do this.
At the show’s finale, David lost 222 lbs (54% of his previous bodyweight), thus weighing in at the svelte weight of 187 pounds as pictured on the right.
Prior to David’s final weigh-in, he said something that resonated with me. When asked how he would feel if he won this competition (thus become a quarter of a million dollars richer), he stated, “I took the winning step when I decided to try out for this show“. He went on to explain that he vividly remembers sitting on his couch watching the previous season of The Biggest Loser, and knowing that he had to do something about his weight gain, but being inexplicably scared.
He mustered up the courage to go to the audition, and the rest is history. He stated, “This is not the win…the winning step is the first step. The step you take to make the change“.
For most people, that step is not auditioning for a national television show. For most, it’s walking through the doors of a gym.
If you are a reader of this blog who is questioning joining CrossFit (or any other gym), or an ex-SCF member who has gained weight and is ashamed to return, remember David’s words: the winning step is the first step.
And if you’re an active athlete at a CrossFit gym, remind yourself that the hard part is over. You’ve done the dirty work by walking through the doors and leaving a little apprehension behind with each workout…continue move forward; continue to make progress. However, remember what it felt like that first day that you walked through the doors of Shoreline CrossFit and show some compassion for our newer athletes that have just taken this “winning” step.