Thank you for selecting me for athlete of the month. I really appreciate all the coaches for helping me reach my goals and helping to consider new goals I am still working towards. All the people at CrossFit Thunderbolt have been supportive and made my transformation possible. I want to thank everybody for all the encouraging words that has kept me going.
How long have you been with us at CFTB? And what drove you to take the plunge?
I have been at CrossFit Thunderbolt since the end of march. I was looking for something to do to workout since I was pretty out of shape. Katie had been doing CrossFit for about 3 months and had been asking me to try it. She convinced me to try it for a free two week period and after the two weeks I had to give her a good reason why I wanted to quit. I have not found a good reason yet.
What’s one of your favorite moments at CFTB so far?
There have been a few moments that I have felt really proud since doing CrossFit. The first was being able to do my first pull up. I still want to be able to do 10 strict pull ups. The other two were being able to do handstand pushups and doing my first double under.
Tell us a typical day in the life of Jason Pauls?
My typical day starts with almost always being woken up by my son Holden trying to get him ready for school then off to work. My wife and I own Servpro of Aurora, a flood and fire mitigation company . So everyday I am cleaning up someones disaster and making it “like it never happened”. After work, if I am not at the box, I come home to have dinner with my family and then putting the kids to bed before trying to relax watch a few TV shows before heading up to bed.
Tell us an inside story about yourself that nobody here knows. Make it spicy if you wish.
My spicy secret is that I met Katie online in a chat room. She was living in D.C. at the time.
We need to know, what’s The “Jason Pauls” workout, and the song or artist to go with it.
I do not know what the WOD would be called but the skills I think I am good at are kettle-bells, wall balls and box jumps so it would have those in it. The skills it would not include any running or rowing or squat cleans or thrusters. My favorite WOD song would be Fuel by Metallica.
If you could have the ultimate cheat meal, with no negative consequences, what would it be?
The cheat meal is so hard to choose because I love pizza and that could be an option. If I had to choose it would be lasagna that my mom makes with homemade rolls. Then a strawberry rhubarb crisp ala mode.
Seriously Jason…you have made a huge transformation since you started. We’ve heard many people mention it and compliment you personally…tell us about your personal transformation.
When I started at CrossFit Thunderbolt I weighed 250lbs and I was in 2XL shirts and 38 waist pants. At first I did not lose much on the scale. Instead I lost inches around my waist, and in 3 months I was in 34 waist pants and XL shirts. During the first 3 months I did not do much to change my diet.
My ultimate goal is to be under 200 lbs. and when I reach that goal I have plans to go skydiving. To reach that goal I have changed my diet and been trying eat paleo as much as possible. If I stray from paleo and get a sandwich or some pizza I try to not get any extras with it or I try to leave off the cheese when I can which is hard cause I love cheese. Since I have been trying to eat better the weight has been coming off pretty fast in the last 3 months I have lost 33 pounds. I am now at 214 pounds.