When we have loss and heartbreak in our lives we tend to lose focus, motivation, and discipline for awhile. I had originally started CrossFit in the summer of 2017, I would go three or four times per week and by Labor Day 2017, I was down to 220lbs. I hadn't been that weight since my buddies wedding in Denver in 2014 when I weighed 215lbs. Then September 2017 hit, my eleven year old golden retriever Maya was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma which is a type of cancer. On September 11th, I had to put her down while back home in Michigan. Two weeks later, I flew to Kansas City to visit my grandma on her death bed. For anyone whose gone through loss, you could imagine what I was going through in that month. In away, the loss of Maya prepared my parents and I for what we were going through with my grandma. I ended up staying the entire week in Kansas City and as you can imagine it included a LOT OF TAKEOUT food. By the time I got back to Buffalo in October, I was back to 230lbs. This experience of September 2017 has prepared me to any setbacks I may have on this new journey.