Remain or Evolve – a Blog About The Burial of “Fat Tony”

The past 20 years I struggled with my weight and at one point I was well over 400lbs.

I would lie about how I felt about my weight and say that I felt comfortable in my skin in hopes that I would believe it. I met my wife Tracie in 2009 and I knew she was my soulmate from first glance. I tried eating healthier with her help, but when no one was watching I was sneaking snack foods. I started hating myself and was unhappy. I wanted to be more active, but moving was a chore and aches and pains were a daily feeling. I knew I had to do something drastic to change my relationship with food, so I made a decision that saved my life.

I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery and my life has changed for the better. My relationship with food has changed since I can’t eat much… and that is ok. I get to eat what I want but at a amount that is satisfying. My aches and pains are still there but for a different reasons.

My wife and I joined CrossFit Off Grid in July 2017, and it was the best decision we’ve made. I am more fit then I was in high school. I have energy, I can breathe, I look forward to climbing stairs… and I can RUN. In my best Oprah voice “I love running!” Even though my body was transforming, my brain was still saying that I was “Fat Tony.” It screamed that I could not do any of the things CrossFit had me doing. So, I kept pushing my body ignoring my brain. I did a Spartan Sprint and it was great, I felt like I accomplished something, “Fat Tony” died that day in Citi Field but he needed to be buried. I went to West Virginia to do a Spartan Beast and a Spartan Super in 2 days. I got my Spartan Trifecta and buried Fat Tony on that mountain.

I am proud of who I am becoming and best of all I love myself.

I keep coming back to CrossFit off the Grid because of the coaches, the programming, and the people. Things I have accomplished both physically and mentally keeps me locked in and focused on doing better than the previous day. The encouragement you get from others is simply amazing.

We all have choices – Remain or evolve. Make your choice.



This morning one of our awesome new clients asked one of our coaches and myself if working out, increasing strength, and improving fitness would allow


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