Hey. My name is Dale Matsuoka. I've been CrossFitting since 2009. I've been with CrossFit Solano since 2010.
I've tried other boxes but the community and the people that I have met here have become my second family. You can't go a day without someone keeping you accountable.
I've always had weight fluctuations but losing it has always been pretty easy. When I hit my 40's, my metabolism literally stopped. I would gain weight just by looking at a donut. Going into 2017, I was unhappy with the physical me that I saw when I looked in the mirror. I blamed my work schedule on the reason I couldn't look the way I wanted.
Lauren has always pushed me to dial in my diet, be accountable for my food choices, and focus on moderation and clean eating. Ultimately, Lauren made me see that in reality, I had all the time in the world. I just needed to make my health a priority, not an option. On October 1st, I took Lauren's advice and dedicated the month to clean eating, Using the Whole30 base, focusing on Zone meal planning. The Whole30 was straight forward. With a little resistance, Lauren got me proficient at Zone Blocking.
Here is the result of a month on the Zone Program. It's a work in progress, but diet is the master key to health. This isn't the end, just the beginning of my journey.
My CrossFit journey began March of 2012. I walked in to the door of CrossFit Solano intimidated, doubtful, and terrified. The only thing I felt greater than all of those things combined was fed up with being overweight and unhealthy. The coaches at CrossFit Solano were very helpful and encouraging. They helped me modify movements until I was strong enough to do them properly and taught me the importance of fueling my body with proper nutrition. I walked in to that door uncertain of myself and my capabilities and I walked out of that door stronger both mentally and physically than I have ever been. I discovered who I am and just how far I could push myself.
CrossFit Solano is a community of people who want to improve their lives and help others along the way. I've met so many wonderful supporting people who have encouraged me both inside and outside of the box. CrossFit Solano is more than just a gym, we are a family!
My name is Noah Bennett and I have been with CrossFit Solano for a little bit over a year now. My fitness journey has been going on for about four years now. Going way back, I come from a large family. I mention this only because as a child I did not have a healthy relationship with eating and with food. I had absolutely no exposure to healthy eating and did minimal physical activity. I was always overweight and thought that my destiny was to be the fat friend. Having this mentality, I never tried to excel at anything in my life I was always okay with what ever happened. I don’t know when it happened but by the time I was in high school I was in the depths of depression and looking back now in the darkest part of my life. Fast forward a few years and I had reached my all-time low. I had puffed up to a whopping 298 pounds and was heavily into drugs and alcohol. What I needed was to feel like I belonged. I remember one morning I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “This has got to change.” I had zero concept of what I needed to do to change my lifestyle. I started going to a local gym and met my first personal trainer who showed me that there is more to the gym than the treadmill and the elliptical. Two years after training with the trainer I decided to try CrossFit. I was bartending at the time and one of my coworkers was a member and I mentioned it very nonchalantly, and two seconds later he said, “I told them your coming in tomorrow at 7.” I was like “Okay.” The next morning at 7 I was there and had the most anxiety I had ever felt. I was 15 minutes early and the class before me had barbells flying everywhere people looked to be in distress and I was freaked out. Then the buzzer rang and they all congratulated each other and were smiling. Like I said I always wanted to feel like I belonged somewhere and I knew that I was in the right place. Since then I attend classes regularly. I am still fifteen minutes early to each class. The comradery that we possess at CFS is like none I have felt anywhere else. It’s a daily struggle with maintaining my diet but you know what I keep trying. The coaches here help us every day in more ways than explaining the workouts. It’s a family. Every morning we hug and laugh and cry, and complain with one another. All in all, I have lost 95 pounds and am not the person I was when I embarked on this journey. Thanks for reading my story and hope that someone can relate to it.