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9/4/14 10:31 A

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Thank you for posting this.

Best to you and your running .

You are inspirational!

C U @ the finish line!

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9/4/14 9:03 A

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You are an inspiration.

Our stories are very similar. I started losing weight nearly two years ago when I was 360 lbs.

And through a series of events, I began gaining weight again ... But running has really helped me.

You will knock this out of the park again, and if you ever want to chat, let me know! :)

Linz

Reinvigorated. 2013 was part one. Now it's time to finish the job. :)

Starting at 282.2. Glad I caught it before it caught me!


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8/13/14 1:08 A

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Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
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7/18/14 9:34 P

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Welcome back Josh!!! You have an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing it. Just remember the important things: Healthy is a lifestyle change. We all deal with our own demons. You know yours I know mine. And it sounds like you want to take care of the demons as well as take care of your body. That is what counts!!! Take baby steps and take the weight off slowly. It doesn't help your cause to do it rapidly!! You can do it and you can keep it off! Keep us posted on your journey. I know I would love to hear more about it!!

Don't put off till tomorrow what you can accomplish today!


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7/1/14 4:26 P

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Welcome back, dude. All the best!

Life is for living!

Don't let yourself down.


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7/1/14 9:54 A

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Wow Josh! Thanks so much for sharing your story... that is truly the most inspirational story I have heard in a long time! I can't even tell you how much it left me admiring your strength and perseverance. I'm kinda in the same boat, smaller scale, much less success... so it encourages me to know it can be done with hard work. I started at high of 260... got all the way down to 160... then hung around the 170-180 range forever. Somehow... between Feb and 4 weeks ago I gained 50 lbs. We moved, were eating out everyday and BAM! did it go back on fasssst. Ugh. So I'm down 14 lbs from 4 weeks ago but still a long road ahead. I was running consistently and in feb was down to 12:30 mile... now it's a struggle to do a single mile in under 15 min. BUT... 3 weeks ago I couldn't even do that... i was walking 1 - 2 miles at an 18:00 min pace. SO I'll get there! Amazing what the human body is capable of when we just keep pushing it... every time i go through that improvement stage, what our bodies are capable of just blows me away. Best wishes to you!!!

@---- Nicole ----@

"I firmly believe that any mans finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment where he has worked his heart out in a good cause, and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious"


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6/30/14 7:59 P

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That you are back is a huge inspiration! Like you, I've lost a lot of weight and made myself a committed runner. I've got a marathon coming up in a month and have thought more than once about what would happen if I stopped running or I gained all the weight back and I had to start over. You're proof that the answer can absolutely be that I would start again, I would work hard, and I would celebrate my successes just like I always have. Good luck!

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6/30/14 7:45 P

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Hi Josh,

Welcome back. You've done this before so you know it's doable. We've got some common experiences, so I don't feel out of line suggesting that you register for some races now. You know what would be reasonable. Maybe a 5K by summer's end and a 10K in October. The commitment will keep you motivated. If you are feeling more ambitious, a late fall half marathon might work for you. You look like a strong guy. Maybe some kettlebell swings are in order.

Vinny C.



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6/30/14 5:54 P

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Hi all,

I'm Josh, and I've been here before. When I started on May 20, 2012, I weighed 403 pounds. I struggled to walk three miles at a time, usually finishing in an hour, sweaty and out of breath. But I kept walking, kept tracking my food, and the weight came off and the miles increased. On June 22nd, I walked six miles for the first time - I weighed 379 pounds. July 13th, I walked 8 1/2 miles at 365 pounds. On August 24th, I walked a half-marathon for the first time at 344.4 pounds. It took me 3 hours, 45 minutes, and I fought through tired legs and massive chub rub, but I did it.

On December 1st, I entered a 5K race, one that I had walked the year before, with great difficulty. For some reason, I decided to run the 5K until I couldn't run any farther, then walk the rest. I reached the first mile marker and felt strong enough to keep going. I reached the second mile marker and pushed through. I wanted to quit, but I knew that coming this far to start walking would be more painful than my lungs, so I finished, in 32:20. I had never run more than a mile in my life to this point. I weighed 288.4 pounds.

From that point, I leapt into running with a passion:

December 8th, 4.3 miles in 42:36, 285 pounds

December 22nd, 5.6 miles in 59:04, 276.4 pounds

December 24th, 6 miles in 57:59, 276.8 pounds

January 1st, my first 5K under 30 minutes, at 29:07, 283.2 pounds

On March 24th, I entered the Hop Hop Half in Portland, Oregon. My weigh-in that day was at 248.2 pounds. I had run 9 1/2 miles the week previously but the flu had kept me from properly training and my longest run prior had been seven miles. My goal was to finish under 2:30:00, but after mile 1 I was at 9:40. Mile 2, 3 and 4 passed by at 9:40 pace, and I hit the turn under 1:05:00. Around mile 10 my body started fighting me. I recharged with a few 30-second walks and powered through to the finish, crossing the line at 2:12:06.

In ten months, I had transformed myself from a man who struggled to climb a flight of stairs, who had to fight to complete a three-mile walk, into a legitimate, honest-to-god half-marathon runner. I kept running, improving my 5K time to 26:47, getting down to a weight of 239.4, the only time in my adult life that I haven't been obese by BMI standards, flawed as they are.

Then life happened. I've always struggled with depression, but some unfortunate life circumstances occurred and my support system collapsed overnight. My depression deepened and the desire to run, to eat healthily, to push myself, to maintain my health at all, faded, slowly at first, then more rapidly. My desire to binge, something I've struggled with throughout my life, returned with a vengeance. For a while, I was able to tamp down the worst of it. I couldn't run all that well after a few months, and I gained weight rapidly. The 239.4 on the scale was a memory, replaced by a number very close to 300. I had told myself that once I got under 300, I wouldn't let myself do that again.

I started getting back on track. I got my weight back down to the mid 270s around the beginning of November 2013, I could run a 5K again (now around 31 minutes instead of 27 minutes, but 3.1 is 3.1 is 3.1). But I didn't take care of my head. I wasn't happy with myself, and I wouldn't be happy with myself at 200 pounds or 300 pounds or 400 pounds. I gave up.

I've always had an amazing ability to gain and lose weight with stunning speed. I lost 100 pounds in under six months, and thanks to my ability to binge, my taste for fast food, fried food and sweets, along with my wildly depressed state, my weight ballooned out of control. I had no idea how badly. Finally, I began focusing on my mental health, I restarted my therapy, and got on an antidepressant. It wasn't exactly night and day, but my lows became manageable for the first time in a long time. I was able to feel in control of my life and happy with myself for the first time, even as my weight approached my starting weight again.

When I stepped on the scale on June 23rd, the number staring back at me was sobering. 394.4. I'm basically back where I started from. I walked 4 1/2 miles and felt that familiar pain, in my feet, in my back, everywhere. I started tracking my food and for the first time in months, allowed myself to be hungry, which had become a foreign sensation again. But I know what to expect this time, and I know I can do it.

I don't know how long it will take to drop the weight this time, and to a point I don't really care. I weigh what I weigh, and the pounds will drop as determined by science. Sure, there are things I would like to do that are just not feasible at this weight - ride a bike, ride a horse. But I'll get there. I do know I want to run again. There's no feeling quite like finishing a run and feeling that rush of endorphins. It may take six months, a year. I don't know, but it will happen.

Josh
Portland, OR
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