At 43 I ran my first half marathon in 2009 and I completed it in 2:22:54. Moving forward to 2012, I lost my brother in February at the age of 49. He died of a massive heart attack and never made it to his 50th birthday in September. This weighing on mind is one of the reasons I chose to run my second half marathon in 2014. I had a minor wakeup call in the fall of 2013 as my cholesterol was way higher than it should’ve been and I needed to start making some changes. My doctor put me on meds and by spring my cholesterol had dropped and gave me motivation to run the half marathon once again. I trained and fitness continued to improve. The half marathon came at the end of June. I ran in 2:30:43 and was pleased with my results as I was four years older and figured “Meh, my old body did ok”. The summer continued and MJ and I spent the summer riding the beemer and over indulging in delicious grilling at the Bear’s Den (cabin). I only managed to hit the gym only a couple of times the rest of the summer and at one point managed to top out at 202 on the scale.
September 2014 – I had a phyical with my doc to do a follow up on my cholesterol and make sure my blood pressure was in check (family history had me on meds since I was 32). In meeting with the doctor it wasnt a pretty sight. My medicated blood pressure was borderline and my “in control” cholesterol was now back out of control. The doctor was less than pleased and I couldnt wait to share this “news” with MJ. That was it. I needed to make a change. The first real thought that crossed my mind was that I’ll be 49 in a year and that’s the age my brother died at. I need to make a change and I needed the motivation to come from within.
Halloween 2014 – This picture was posted on Facebook. In fun, two of my friends posted comments. “Center guy might need some more Reps” and “The one in the middle needs to go back to basic…..” I had found my motivation and I needed to hit the gym.
November 2014 – I began to finally use the gym membership I’ve been paying for at Anytime Fitness (shameless plug). The first few weeks were lazy but at least I was going. One of my workout days was 2 days before Thanksgiving and a challenge was posted at the Gym. Don’t gain more than two pounds over the holidays and win a t-shirt. I figured I could always use a t-shirt for the gym. I weighed in at 196 in January after the holidays were over….194.
January/March – 2015 I became motivated. I was visiting my son who actually is in the Army the first week of April and I set myself a goal to meet. I had now been running four days a week and although i would lose some weight here and there it wasnt dropping off like I hoped. I needed another change…my diet. I started with the easiest thing for me to change. Going out to lunch every day. Although I tried to eat healthy when I went for lunch, it was just to hard to be consistent. So, cold turkey, I started eating in lunch and eating healthy snacks throughout the day. What a difference. Dumping the junk food, fast food and all the crazy unhealthy snacks everyone brought into work along with running and working out at Anytime four days a week the weight started to fall off. I beat my goal by the time I visited my son and set my next goal, 13.1 miles in under 2 hours. I registered for my 3rd half marathon…
June 20, 2015 – 1:57:18 I did it…the weight continued to drop.
August 2015 – The day I was excited for and nervous as heck for had finally arrived, my physical. I had been off my meds for a little over three weeks and hoped the life style changes I had made was enough to impact my poor blood tests from a year ago. After meeting my new doctor who was a runner as well, we went through my charts. The results, my cholesterol is back to normal after being med-less. My blood pressure was no longer high and my heart rate that had been at 60 my entire life…43. I became med free for the first time in 17 years.
October 31, 2015 – Here I sit tonight 42 pounds lighter than the summer day in 2014, sharing my thoughts. Many of you have heard this story before and some of you are sick of hearing it :) I share my story in hopes that it inspires maybe just one person to make the changes I’ve made. So where do I go from here? I continue forward and try to maintain my health. I post every run I do with the hashtag #runningto50. This goal is the most important to me. To make it to the birthday my brother never did. To share 50 more birthdays with my best friend, my partner, my wife. To be there for my children and there children…
Below is me on following dates 10/31/14 3/30/15 7/1/15