Let me start by saying what everyone already knows, getting into shape sucks! The results that come from hard work don’t suck, but the process itself is HARD! Sadly, I am speaking from experience. When I was 15 years old, I worked my way from 230 pounds to 160 pounds. The transformation took a year and I swore I would never go back to being heavy again. I was able to maintain my fitness for a couple of years by participating in high school cross country and track and by completing three marathons by age 18. Eventually, life got in the way and I fell into my old unhealthy habits. At the age of 22, I reached 262 pounds.
I hovered between 230-260 pounds until I was 27. A weight loss contest at work is what finally helped me get serious about my health and fitness again. During our 12 week contest, I lost 40 pounds and over the course of the next year I lost 30 more. I used the momentum gained during this time to return to the marathon distance. I completed seven marathons from 2008 – 2013, including the Boston Marathon. Once again, I swore I would never fall back into my old habits and regain the weight I had worked so hard to loose. Unfortunately, the old saying “promises are made to be broken” applies to me and maintaining weight loss.
I am currently two months away from turning 34 and I weigh nearly 230 pounds. The past three years have been some of the best in my life. I got married, had my first child, and have been pursuing my career. While all of these things are great, they have doubled as my excuses for not being as diligent as I should be about my health and fitness. I have given myself the challenge to get my weight back under 200 pounds. I hope that getting my weight back under 200 pounds will be the start I need to get back down between 170-180 pounds and to achieve my biggest running goal, a sub three hour marathon.
I am excited to start this journey. It is going to be hard, but I hope to have some fun along the way. As Barney Stinson would say… “challenge accepted”!