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And now for some GOOD news! November 23, 2009

Posted by jassnight in Change, fitness, Health, Life, running.
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I am a runner. In previous posts I have told you how running has been instrumental in shaping my psychological and spiritual life. Now I need to tell you the obvious good news. I have never been fitter in my life. I have never been healthier, had as much energy, looked as good and, yes (on the rare occasion that I do) I have never had such pleasurable sex as I do now. Now that I have your attention (sex will do it every time.) Let me tell you my story.

In 2003 I weighed 210 pounds. I was experiencing lower back and knee problems. I could barely get up and down stairs because of joint pain and just plain cardiovascular weakness. I developed sleep apnea. My blood fats were high (Triglycerides and Cholesterol.) I could not make it through a regular workday without falling asleep. I was quite often sick and my doctor had just written me a prescription for high blood pressure. I was dying.

It was then that I realized that I was not ready to give up on life at such an early age. I guess it was the blood pressure medication that woke me up. I don’t believe much in drugs and medication and believe in the true healing power of the body, but at that time I was lazy and expected that the body could to it without much help from me. I was wrong. The body has amazing powers but you have to keep it in a condition to allow it to do the work.

I started walking first. Then I worked on running a full mile without stopping. Then, I made three without stopping. Then came six. I ran a few races with my buddies and found a wonderful, supportive community that gave me even more inspiration. I dropped down to 190 pounds quickly. I ran my first half marathon. Then I started studying nutrition and found the value in nutrient rich, complex, fat burning foods and the value of eating smaller meals throughout the day.  I dropped another 15 pounds QUICKLY. I ran faster, stronger and longer…

Today I weigh 170 pounds. My triglycerides and cholesterol are way within the limits. I sleep soundly and have tremendous energy throughout the day. I am no longer experiencing back pain, knee pain, or sleep apnea, and I have been off blood pressure medication for over five years now. I have run and finished six consecutive marathons. I have qualified for the Boston marathon (with a 3.30 finish time) and will be running there in April of this year. I am fitter, healthier, stronger, AND SEXIER (had to get your attention again) than EVER before.

Yes, YOU can achieve ANYTHING if you believe in yourself.

Now the proof

I hate to show my fat pictures but here they are, followed by recent pictures.

My fattest in 2003 - 210 pounds

Tired and Indifferent in 2003

Light and Strong in 2006

Light and Strong in 2006

Lean and fast in 2008

Lean and fast in 2008

Boston qualifying in 2009

Boston qualifying in 2009



1. Nicki - November 23, 2009

Congratulations on the healthy changes you have made in your life!

2. Tony Perrotte - November 23, 2009

I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. This last post, “Good News”, is especially inspiring. I’ve never been a runner but always wished I was. Your story puts into perspective that you have to start out with “baby” steps before you can even think about running that first mile without stopping. Thanks for sharing your experiencesand encouraging people to get healthy.

3. Steve Gallow - November 23, 2009

Sorry, your new body just doesn’t do it for me. lol

Great article. I think I recognize that one photo of you.

I was wondering if you were going to mention the marathon book in one of these posts. It’s an incredible book. I know how this hooked at least 5 people into running a marathon.

“The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer” by David Whitsett, Forrest Dolgener, and Tanjala Kole

jassnight - November 23, 2009

Actually I did mention “The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer” in a previous post entitled “Trust in the Training – Respect the Distance” at https://jassnight.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/trust-in-the-training-respect-the-distance/

An incredible book that a good friend (that would be you) suggested I read. It is all history from there.

Thanks for your support all of these years Steve. YOU are the one who first had faith in me.

4. jassnight - November 23, 2009

Thanks to both of you Nicki and Tony. You are so right Tony. I will again stress here that you should ALWAYS consult your doctor before beginning any exercise/trainin plan. From there, always follow the 10% rule in running. Never increase your running more than 10% at a time (weekly average.) Running injury free is key! Listen to your body.

5. Mary - November 23, 2009

Amazing to see these pictures! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished – physically and mentally.

6. anjanette121 - November 24, 2009

Congrats on your transformation!

7. osmosisofaffliction - November 24, 2009

You’ve come a long way – with inspiring results. That HAS to feel good.
Well done.

8. TheWildMind - December 27, 2009

Wow! This is pretty amazing. I’m getting off my duff and getting moving this year and it is starting today!

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