Friday, September 23, 2011

1 year ago today

1 year ago today I started this blog and made the decision to do something about my weight and lifestyle.

Since then I've lost over 100 pounds and run 8 different races. A few days before starting the blog I ran my very first 5k. I finished with a time of 40:33 and had to walk some of it. This past Saturday, I ran that same race on the same route and finished the strongest I ever had before with a time of 23:58. It was such an amazing feeling to really feel what a difference a year has made.

Here I am 1 year ago if you can recall.

And here I am this morning, 1 year later.

Even more obvious is a picture from the side.

That was July of last year. Look below for a side shot from this morning.

I still have a gut and love handles to get rid of but it's nothing like what I had.

It's been an amazing journey and I want to thank all of you for reading the blog, messaging me on Facebook, saying something to me in public and everything else. Thank you to my family for all of the love and encouragement you've given me. It's been such an awesome physical and mental transformation. It's pretty cool to not be immediately recognized by people.

A huge thanks to Eric Freeze, a high school classmate of mine, who introduced me to MyFitnessPal. I would not have had the success in losing weight without logging into that site to keep track of my meals. It's the best site out there for that sort of thing and best of all it's FREE!

A special thank you to Ben Davis. If not for his video, who knows if I would have taken that first step to make a change in my life.

So what's next for me. On October 2nd, I'm going to try and run a half marathon.

I'm also working hard to maintain my weight. I'm hanging around 230 pounds lately. I definitely haven't been perfect and sometimes fall off the wagon here and there but I have the tools and knowledge to eat healthier and not feed my body a bunch of garbage.

So stay tuned to the site. And thanks again.

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