You Have to Start Somewhere

February 23rd, 2014 | By Gary No Comments

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John Shreer was like many of us. He played sports in high school but found less time for it in college. Over the next several years, his weight began to creep up to about 250 pounds. After his first child was born, he gained even more weight, but finding the time and energy to do something about it seemed impossible. Then, after John’s second child came along, he looked at a family photo and was very unhappy with how he looked. At that point he weighed about 300 pounds, and he was finding it difficult to play with his kids. He was concerned that if he didn’t do something about his weight, he might not be there for them, literally or figuratively.

The first thing he did was cut sodas, chips, and fries out of his diet, and filled up instead with water. He also started walking 20 minutes every day. Then he added some running, going as far as he could. Each day he would push himself to run a little further. He reached for little goals, like walking past one more driveway or all the way to the stop sign. “Sometimes it just became mind over matter,” says John.

He reached for little goals, like walking past one more driveway or all the way to the stop sign.

After just a few months, he was jogging about 30 minutes and seeing some real results. He was feeling better and sleeping better (no more snoring!), but eventually he hit a plateau that lasted about a year.  He was running four times per week but still had more weight to lose, so he started adding weight training to his workout routine. Using only dumbbells, John started lifting for 30 minutes, two or three times each week. This really jump-started his weight loss. Then he began interval running for 2.5 miles with his workouts, and the pounds began to melt away.

Recently, John met his goal to run a half-marathon. He has lost more than 100 pounds and he feels great. He has more energy to play with his kids and he is setting a better example for them. In fact, everyone in the family is eating healthier these days.

To others who are overweight or obese, John says, “You can’t expect to lose the weight overnight but you have to start somewhere. It may seem impossible, but you don’t know until you try it!”

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