Mark Camfield

As a kid, since I learned to walk I was always running around, athletic and involved in sports. Right around my 30th birthday for some reason just I stopped being active. At that time I weighed about 170, worked out with SWAT officers and was in the best shape of my life. Fast forward to December 2010. I was weighing in at 236, it was hard to tie my shoes, I sweated just from going upstairs to my bedroom, I friggin waddled. In short, physically I just felt and looked horrible. I was wondering who that guy in the mirror was, because it … was .. not … me. My friend Jason Schuren was doing xfit at Bayou City Crossfit around that time and he looked fitter than I had ever seen him, and we’ve been friends for almost 25 years. Through BCC he had lost about 20 lbs., so I asked him about xfit and he said to do it, for sure. People say this all the time, but it really was one of the best decisions I ever made. Ten months into the program I’ve lost 35 pounds and people just keep telling me how good I’m looking. I’m going to see the south side of 200 again for the first time in over five years. My wife laughs at me because she can pants me with my jeans buttoned. I look forward to xfit every single session. No lie. The Bayou City Crossfit culture makes that easy. My coach and classmates are awesome. I still remember how self-conscious I was walking up for the first time, this fat P.O.S. wondering if xfit could really help. I’m a pretty shy dude at first. A big part of staying with it was the non-judgmental welcoming and acceptance of the coach and the class, and the continuing encouragement. Never underestimate how much that helps someone, never. They may not even visibly respond to it, but it sinks in deep and keeps you going. Kristian Montoya has been my coach since day one. I am sure all the coaches rock, but Kristian is a very high caliber instructor, and I never say things like that lightly. He pays attention, pushes, listens, recommends, encourages, works you to your ability (plus some) and he doesn’t give up on you. I think if I could give anyone any advice it would be to just get out there, get out of your envelope and try something new and meet some people. They’re all great people. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It’s going to hurt, but you won’t mind, not really. Also, always go, even if you’re injured. It keeps you in the game and the instructors can work around any injury you have. The only times I don’t go are when I’m bed ridden with some deathly illness, or if my family or friends really need me. If fear or “can’t” gets in your brain, go online and check out Team Hoyt. Those guys demonstrate how you can move mountains through sheer will (the mental battles are as hard or harder than the physical challenges). My favorite part though is my 2-year old Mari who likes to get down on the floor and roll with me on my foam roller as I work out the knots. No lie, it’s awesome. Thank you BCC, Vic, Kristian and my classmates, and always my wife for her support, thank you all so much. I can’t wait to hit 170 again.

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