About Me

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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!

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