Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nothing Is Impossible

On Sunday, I will be the speaker in my running club's pre-run meeting. The topic: motivation.

I hope that by sharing my story I help motivate other runners, particularly the first-timers. I want to give everyone a different idea of what the word impossible really means.

I used to think a lot of things were impossible. Then I stopped setting up challenges for myself and approached things with an open mind.

And that's when the guy on the left became the guy on the right.

I dropped 120 pounds from March 2006 to November 2007, and took up running afterward. I've done four marathons, six half-marathons and am the 10-minute-per-mile pace group leader for my running club.

Any of the running accomplishments for the heavy-set guy above would have seemed impossible. But that guy dug deep, found some discipline, commitment and motivation and accomplished all those things.

That's what I want to get across to the first-timers, that no matter how impossible something seems, it's really not. I mean, who'd have thought that I could have made the change and would have done what I've done?


Jim ... 50after40 said...

You are an amazing inspiration my friend. An incredible story that so many need to hear. Not simply the weight loss, which is so incredible, but more importantly like you said "NOTHING is impossible"! You are living proof my friend. You are a TRUE inspiration! Congratulations, and well done!

Coy Martinez said...

That's such a great story! I'm like you! I lost a little over 85lbs in a year and went from hating what I looked like in the mirror to encouraging others to dream big and stop thinking that anything was impossible for themselves!

I bet you'll inspire plenty of people. Those pictures of you are great!!

Michael said...

Wow, just wow! I know you've mentioned multiple times about your weight loss, but seeing the picture is really amazing. Such an inspiring story to me and to so many others. Keep doing what you are doing - you are touching many lives and changing them for the better!!

Megan said...

So happy for you. So many people stay that size and just hate how they look. You actually did something about it!

Kerrie T. said...

So awesome! They are so lucky to have you in the club!

Monika said...

Love this. :)