I have never been a fit person before. I have never been on a sports team, have rarely done anything overtly physical and have been overweight for most of my adult life. At age 28, I was well over 300lbs and living a very sedentary lifestyle.
In October of 2010, I went camping with my father near Crater Lake, Oregon. We decided to hike the trail to the highest point in the park, Mt. Scott. The trail is 5.2 miles long, with an elevation reaching 8,926 feet. My sixty five year old father beat me to the summit that day, and something inside me began to simmer.
Over the next several months, I began to audit my physical self. I had never really made a connection between what I ate and how I felt. I had never believed that I had the power to control my physical health.
Here is a picture from Autumn of 2010. I have virtually no pictures from that period of my life without my shirt on. I was fairly ashamed of how I looked. I am roughly 305lbs.
Around the beginning of 2011, I began to manage what I ate. I was still living a sedentary life, but over the course of a few months moved my diet from standard American fat to a nearly vegan plan. This is a shot of my brother and I in late February 2011. I weighed in at about 260lbs. I am the good looking fellow on left.
By mid summer I had shed about 90lbs. I had started hitting up the elliptical machine at a gym, and then transitioned to road running. I was still fairly undeveloped muscularly. I had never trained with weights, and lost a large amount of my muscle mass during my rapid weight loss. This picture is near the end of June, 2011.
During the summer I became an avid runner. I started running at least four times a week. At the beginning, I would go for a mile, but quickly began training for 5K runs. In September I completed my first official 5K race with a time of 25:11. I am number 89. I weighed in at 200lbs, a 100lb drop from the beginning of the year.
I started lifting weights around the beginning of November. I am nearly two months into my program. I do virtually no work on my legs in the gym, as I'm running over 30 miles a week (my long run this month was 20 miles) and my legs are much more developed than my upper body. Wearing a 100lb weight vest made of fat for 10 years gives you nice legs. I currently weigh around 205lbs. I am 6' 2" tall.
I plan on concentrating on my musculature throughout the winter. I am signed up for my first marathon in late April, so will begin to taper of lifting and will spend more time running beginning in February.
Thanks for taking a look at my journey. I appreciate any encouraging thoughts you might have, and would love to answer any questions you can think of.