I had always been a big guy, but never considered myself fat, certainly not obese. But the truth is, I was obese. Even when I was in the Navy, I was overweight, barely staying within standards. After getting out, I put on more weight. In 2011, I reached my peak at 270lbs, it was time to change.
Like many people, I had tried, and failed, multiple times to lose weight and get healthy. In December 2011, I had my tonsils removed, and as a result of being able to eat nothing but jello and pudding while recovering from the surgery, I dropped 19lbs in two weeks. Anyone who has dropped that kind of weight in a short period will tell you, it’s a noticeable difference. Seeing that difference in the mirror was a big motivator. My wife was already on track to getting healthy and had dropped 30lbs in the previous few months, I decided it was time to join her.
I cleaned up my diet and dropped another 21lbs. After dropping 40lbs, I decided it was time to start exercising. From my time in the Navy, I knew running would be a good workout, I hated it, but it would help me continue losing weight. I started with a two mile loop around our neighborhood. When I first started running in April of 2012, I couldn’t run a half mile without needing to stop and walk. I continued with a walk/run routine until I was able to run the entire two mile loop without stopping. Somewhere in all those early morning runs, something clicked and I started to actually enjoy running.
In June of 2012, I ran my first 5k and was hooked. I immediately signed up for an 8k, and then a half marathon. The miles kept piling up and the pounds kept coming off. I have since completed my first marathon (BQ’d!) and a trail 50k.
Two years after lacing up and stepping out into the cold darkness that April morning, I’m down to 175lbs and in the best shape of my life!