31 – Robert Porter and his coach Patrick Flannery on losing 90 pounds with CrossFit and finding the right community for you

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Robert Porter was a swimmer growing up and active through high school and college. As the years passed, he became more sedentary, and with his job as an insurance broker he ate a majority of his meals at restaurants. His weight slowly crept up to 240 lbs at its peak, and although he wasn’t taking any medications he was starting to develop fatty liver disease, he was snoring at night, and he knew he was heading down the wrong path. His initial experience at a CrossFit affiliate wasn’t what he was hoping it would be, but a year later he followed the advice of his friend, Pate Katz, and decided to give it another shot. That time it stuck, and he has since changed his diet, lost a total of 90 pounds, and influenced dozens of his friends and family members to change their own lifestyles as well. I caught up with Rob and his coach Patrick Flannery at his affiliate, Great Lakes CrossFit in Bedford Heights, OH to learn more about his journey and what clicked for him with this affiliate and community.

 

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Rob’s Transformation

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Rob’s athletic background growing up
  • How things started to change as he became more sedentary
  • The breaking point when he knew he had to make a lifestyle change
  • His first experience with CrossFit and why he didn’t go back
  • Why he decided to try CrossFit again a year later and what was different that time
  • His experience during his first few months of CrossFit
  • The changes he made to his diet
  • Changes he’s noticed in his life outside the gym
  • What it was like to go back to his physician’s office after making these changes
  • Using milestones in the gym to keep him motivated
  • How Patrick approaches working deconditioned athletes
  • Advice Rob would give someone who is overweight or intimidated to make a lifestyle change
  • How Rob has influenced others in his life to start CrossFit and change their diets
  • How each CrossFit affiliate is unique and Rob’s advice for finding the right community for you
  • How Rob approaches eating out
  • Three things both Rob and Patrick do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on health
  • What a healthy life looks like to them
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Rob in 2012

 

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Rob and his friend Pete Katz

 

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Meeting Rob

 

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

30 – Nadia Johnston on how CrossFit helped her to overcome eating disorders and depression

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Nadia Johnston just completed her first year studying psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, but several years ago her life looked very different. Since the age of 16 she has struggled with eating disorders and depression, at one point nearly taking her own life. With the support of her family and friends, she began the long road to recovery which in 2013 led her to CrossFit. She got started in her friend’s garage gym and today she just trains with the loving and supportive community at CrossFit Pro1 Montreal and this year she participated in her first Open. I was fascinated with Nadia’s story and I am so appreciative that she had the courage to open up and share her experience here on Pursuing Health.
In this episode, we discuss:
  • How her struggle with eating disorders began at age 16
  • How this started to impact her academic performance and led her to come forward to her parents
  • Her journey to seek help and start the process of recovery
  • Her struggle with depression and functioning in school and work after high school
  • What brought her to the point of wanting to end her life
  • How support from her family and friends helped her to ultimately progress down the road to recovery
  • Her introduction to CrossFit and how it helped to change her body image and relationship with food
  • Different methods of treatment she used
  • How measuring her food still acts as a trigger for her eating disordered thoughts
  • How her experience inspired her current study of psychology at McGill University and future plans to become a physician
  • Three things she does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
To connect with Nadia, email nadiaj.crossfit@gmail.com.
Other stories of overcoming eating disorders with CrossFit:
If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear all of your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.
Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.