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I teach Anatomy and Physiology at a local college. I haven't always been overweight. Much like other college students I put on the traditional freshman 15 but continued to put on weight until I ballooned up to almost 230. On my almost 5'8" frame that actually hurt from time to time. From time to time I've been able to lose weight and once even got down to 175. At that weight, I look skeletal. Most of the time my weight is about 210.

Now, as I approach 45, I want to shed some of the weight and get back to being as physically active as I used to be before graduate school. I tried in the fall of '09 but after some injuries had to stop. When my weight got back over 220 in early 2010 I knew I had to start.

On March 11, I went back to the gym with the intent of training to run a 5K. I was 212 pounds and even though I stand all day had to get used to moving 5K. Two weeks later I started a C25K program. Three weeks in I weigh 204 and now have no trouble walking/jogging four miles. I can run 1.5 miles and even though I have to do it 0.3 miles at a time with some walking in between I feel a lot better than I did just a month ago. I'll never be a marathon runner but I am pretty sure I can run a 5K someday.

June 20, 2010 Update - I ran in my first race on June 10. It took me just under 36 minutes to run the 3.5 Mile Buffalo Corporate Challenge. I now run regularly three days a week and have almost reached my first weight goal.

July 10, 2010 Update - On April 27, I gave myself a belated birthday present. For the first time in a while I weighed under 200 pounds. I have now been able to keep that weight off for two full months and am now down below 190. Yesterday I made a promise to myself and my wife. The first number of my weight will never be a 2 again.

August 31, 2010 Update - I weighed in at 185 this morning - the target weight! I now wear a size 34 pants - haven't done that in 25 years! I now run at least 4 miles three days a week and am training for a 10K.


03/28/10: Started C25K
05/08/10: Ran 5K indoors
05/19/10: Ran 5K outdoors
06/01/10: C25K Graduate
06/05/10: Ran 4M indoors
06/18/10: Ran 5M indoors
07/27/10: Ran 4M outdoors
08/27/10: Ran 5M outdoors
09/17/10: Ran 6M outdoors
10/09/10: Ran 7M outdoors
11/05/10: Ran 8M outdoors
11/20/10: Ran 10M outdoors
01/13/11: Ran 12M outdoors
02/05/11: Ran 13M outdoors

2010 Race History

06/10/10: Buffalo JPMorgan Chase 3.5M Corporate Challenge 35:48
07/03/10: Tommy's Run 5K 31:09
07/22/10: St John Vianney 5K 30:09
08/01/10: Pennies to Heaven 5K 30:31
08/14/10: Erie County Fair 5K 29:44
08/18/10: Moonlight Run 5K 29:38
08/21/10: Autism Awareness 5K 29:25
09/11/10: 9/11 First Responders Memorial 28:58
09/26/10: Linda Yalem Safety Run 28:03
10/16/10: Chowder Run 5K 27:39 (3rd in age group)
10/24/10: Niagara Falls Marathon 10K 59:14
11/25/10: Buffalo Turkey Trot 8K 46:05
12/04/10: Reindeer Run 5K 27:38
12/18/10: Caroler 5K 27:00
12/26/10: 90th Boxing Day 10 Miler 1:44:03

2011 Race History

01/30/11: Penguin Run 5K 26:53
02/12/11: Lockport Y-10 Miler 1:41:42
03/05/11: Shamrock Run 5 Miler 46:38
03/26/11: Just a Short Race HM 2:16:00
04/02/11: Run Against Hunger 5K 26:41
04/10/11: Shoes for the Shelter 5K 26:04
04/30/11: Grand Island HM 2:22:36
05/29/11: Buffalo HM 2:19:36
06/04/11: Run the 'Burg for Autism 25:37 (PR)
06/09/11: Buffalo JPMorgan Chase 3.5M Corporate Challenge 31:12
07/04/11: Lancaster/Depew Boys & Girls Club 10K 1:01:44
07/15/11: Suburu Buffalo Four Mile Chase 37:33
07/21/11: St. John Vianney 3 Mile Kick Off Race 30:41
07/23/11: The Crabapple Run 28:14
08/17/11: Moonlight Run 26:39
09/05/11: Fleet Feet 15K 1:33:26
09/17/11: Lebro's Classic 25:55
10/23/11: Niagara Falls HM 2:32:08
11/24/11: Buffalo Turkey Trot 8K 46:19
12/26/11: 90th Boxing Day 10 Miler 1:45:51

02/11/12: Lockport Y-10 Miler 1:41:07
03/25/12: Around the Bay 30K 3:30:50

Member Since: 4/11/2010

Fitness Minutes: 75,984

My Goals:
Weight Goal:
194 - 6/1/14

5K - complete!! - 5/8/10
10K - complete - 9/17/10
15K - complete - 11/13/10
HM - complete - 03/26/11
15M - complete - 12/17/11
20M - complete - 03/11/12
26.2M - complete - 04/24/16

My Program:
I run.
I swim.
I bike.
I triathlon.

Personal Information:
I teach Anatomy & Physiology, Immunology, and Virology. I am also a licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist.

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Personal Bests:
5K - 06/04/11: Run the 'Burg for Autism 25:37

10M - 02/09/13: Lockport Y-10 Miler - 1:40:29

HM - 04/26/15: Pro Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon

Marathon - 04/24/16: Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon

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    I am a nurse practitioner and my specialty is palliative medicine. I work with a physician and we share the joys. We are not that busy, but he wants our referral source to be able to call us and get hold of either one of us directly - no answering service, no pager. - the trick is to get as busy as possible so we can add another person :-)
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  • v MAJTMS
    Thank you for the link! One of my goals for the new year is to get back in the pool and what a great way to do it!

    Thanks again!
    1423 days ago
  • v ACTIVE_AT_60
    What are you doing at the hospital?
    1444 days ago
  • v ACTIVE_AT_60
    Have a great thanksgiving!
    1477 days ago
    I totally agree with you - in fact, depriving yourself of anything you enjoy will only make you more likely to give up and walk away. I've decided in wanting a healthier life, I don't want to eat some of the stuff I used to eat guilt-free (scones, for example), but there are healthy foods I still love that I can squeeze in. It's essential. Thanks for all of the encouragement!
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