Ted Gajary

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"Hi friends! I am 56 years old. I grew up in New Jersey. Shari and I met in New York City and have been married for 31 years. We have 6 kids (5 boys and 1 girl). The oldest is 30, the youngest is 15. We’ve been raising kids for 30 years and we aren’t done yet! We also have 4 young grandkids. We moved to Texas from Pennsylvania 12 years ago. I am a manager with Verizon in Southlake. I manage a group of system administrators.

I am a Christian and I have been writing a book called How to Grow. This experience has been great for my spiritual growth as I am getting a much better understanding of some foundational things. Over the summer I was feeling some remorse as I reflected back on my life and realized that I have wasted many years not living as I had been learning to live. I began to pray that God would extend my life. Shortly after that I woke up with this idea that I should go to Crossfit early in the morning 3 times a week. I have been friends with Mark for many years and I knew Jonathan and Katrina, but honestly the thought of going to Crossfit had never crossed my mind. I had never done anything like that before. I took this to be God answering my prayer, so I signed up. I come at 6 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Crossfit has been a great blessing in my life. I am making a comeback health-wise. I was 90 pounds overweight when I started. I started a low glycemic index diet at about the same time I joined Crossfit (nothing with added sugar, nothing made from white flour, corn, or white rice). I have lost 19 pounds so far and am in much better shape. I still have a long way to go, but I appreciate the progress so far. I am looking forward to eating some of the things I miss when I lose the weight, but I hope and expect to keep going with Crossfit for a long time.

It was a challenge at first. I like to be successful at things, but I wasn’t feeling very successful at this. It was humbling. I reminded myself that it is good to be humble and that showing up and doing my best was the goal.

I appreciate that everyone is so encouraging. Thanks everyone! I also appreciate that everything is scaled to my level of fitness. I appreciate that I can row instead of run so I don’t mess up my knees. I appreciate that we get lots of instructions and feedback on how to do the exercises the right way so we don’t hurt ourselves (I pray every time I go that I won’t hurt myself). I appreciate the class setting because I realize I wouldn’t work as hard or make as much progress as I have doing this on my own at home or at a gym. I appreciate that there is a 6 AM class so I don’t have to try to fit it into the middle of my day. I also appreciate Jonathan. I can’t imagine having a better coach."