From Couch to Starting Line

October 23rd, 2013 | By Lindsey Ebert No Comments

Sometimes the people who inspire us to be the best versions of ourselves are the ones who made a change for the better in their own lives. Albert Jimenez is just that sort of inspiration.






Albert is a research professional at UGA. He has two degrees in sociology and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education and Administration Policy at UGA. All of his life he participated in sports, and considers himself extremely competitive. However, when he moved to Athens from Augusta nine years ago and started teaching, he began to notice that his energy levels were dwindling. “We started worrying about me a little bit,” said Albert, whose wife, Anisa, also noticed his lack of energy.

His physician found nothing seriously wrong and, with no other solutions at hand, he decided to make a change in his lifestyle through exercise and healthier eating. Weighing in at 290 pounds, he began walking and lifting weights. Over time, walking turned to jogging, and jogging turned into running.

“Every day I would take the stress from work and go straight to the gym. I would go to the gym and run until I felt better,” said Albert.

Over time, Albert lost 90 pounds and began noticing his energy levels skyrocket. He began running as much as 10 miles daily, averaging at least 50 miles per week. Albert began eating healthier, too, going from eating large amounts of junk food to consuming fewer than 2,000 calories per day.

When he began seeing results, Albert told Anisa that he wanted to run a half-marathon, something he couldn’t have pictured himself doing before the weight loss. After completing the ING half-marathon in Atlanta, he decided to take his new hobby a step even further and run a full marathon … he completed his first marathon in under four hours.

From napping after work to running a marathon, Albert inspires the inner athlete in all of us to get off the couch and onto the starting line!

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