What Couch to CrossFit Actually Looks Like

By Lauren Walker – May 1st, 2018

ALT TEXTChris Walker before CrossFit. (Courtesy of Lauren Walker)

Nutrition—it really is everything when trying to lose weight.

I came across one of the latest articles in the CrossFit Journal about how important healthy eating is when trying to lose weight, and this is the one thing my husband and I preach to everyone and anyone who will listen. We have firsthand experience with this truth.

At his heaviest, my husband Chris weighed 292 lb. He was always a chubby kid who then turned into an obese teenager. We started dating our junior year of high school, and he was overweight at the time, but his weight really increased in college. During those years, we spent many date nights at restaurants, ordering chips and queso and his usual cheeseburger and french fries. Of course, we’d finish all the queso with at least one refill of chips. We never thought twice about it.

In 2012, Chris was at his heaviest. But in 2013, in preparation for our wedding, he changed his diet and was able to lose about 60 lb. He rarely worked out because he didn’t enjoy it, but occasionally I could convince him to go running with me or hit the gym. He stayed at a steady weight for a while. In January 2015, we had been married for a couple of months and together decided we didn’t want to be the stereotypical couple that gains a lot of weight after getting married. We really focused on eating healthy—more chicken, more vegetables, less eating out, etc. After a year of just diet changes, he was down to 178 lb.—over a 100-lb. difference from his heaviest back in 2012!

In July 2016, I convinced Chris to try CrossFit with me. For me, the story is short: I tried CrossFit, instantly fell in love and signed up for a membership at CrossFit Day One. He, too, signed up for a membership but was not as convinced. Keep in mind he had never enjoyed working out. We went three times a week, and after a couple of months he had become just as obsessed. He saw the progress he was making, he saw muscles emerging, and now he eats, sleeps and breathes CrossFit. Even more so than that, Chris has become a huge nutrition connoisseur. He inputs all his food into MyFitnessPal every day, and he follows his macros to the tee.

My husband does all this because he knows diet is not only the key to weight control but also the key to fuel your performance. CrossFit is making him stronger and also encouraging him to eat healthy every day.

ALT TEXTChris started CrossFit in 2016. (Courtesy of Lauren Walker)

CrossFit has taught us both so much about proper diet, about eating the right foods to fuel our body. Because of CrossFit, we have completely different eating habits than we had six years ago, and I am so thankful for that.

Our lives, our marriage and our health have all improved because of CrossFit.

Cover image: Mike Warkentin/CrossFit Journal

This article was originally published on the CrossFit Journal. You can find it here.

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About The Author

Neil Scholtz

Neil Scholtz is a certified Personal Trainer turned CrossFit coach. He has competed at the CrossFit Games and coached athletes that have competed at the CrossFit Games, but that's not his main focus. Most of his time is spent consulting or coaching individuals to improve their lives through fitness. He has worked with over 1000 individuals from various walks of life. Tailoring solutions to their lifestyle needs.