Between what I did on my own and Weight Watchers which I started on 4-3-17… I’ve lost 56# since 1/30/17!

This whole idea of Weight Watchers is to track the smart points that you eat and to lose weight every week. Well, 2017 was kinda like a roller coaster for me. As an obese man most of my life I took control in 2010 and lost 135# in 4-months. I kept that weight of=f until 2016 when I just stopped watching what I was eating at gained enough weight to balloon back up to 258#. So, on 2/1/17 I said OK, let’s do this weight loss thing again. Slowly lost 26# and got stuck, so I joined Weight Watchers on 4/3/17. On WW I’ve lost another 30# and I’m 7# away from what WW calls LIFETIME Goal weight. In January 2018 I lost 9# and today 2/2/18 I stepped on the scale ands it said 202#. This has been quite the ride. The key to my success has to be #nevergiveup #neverquit. Bicycle riding like a crazy man outside all winter, doing a daily squat challenge and a daily ab challenge.

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NEVER GIVE UP ON ANY GOAL(S) YOU HAVE IN LIFE!

Back to 2010, with no pills, no potions and no surgeries… Good ‘ole exercise and following the Joy Bauer Book YOUR INNER SKINNY and I was inducted into her Joy Fit Club on 11.29.10 for losing over 100#. I was even on TV: Here is my 5-minutes of celebrity fame (My FAT video), LIVE from the NBC Today Show 11.29.10 http://www.today.com/id/26184891/#40417906

So, here I go on another ride in 2018… 7# to my WW goal weight.

Rick Gosser
phone or text me 219-808-9888

email me: gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

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I lost 48# in 2017!

Posted: December 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Between what I did on my own and Weight Watchers which I started on 4-3-17…

I lost 48# in 2017!

NEVER GIVE UP ON ANY GOAL(S) YOU HAVE IN LIFE!

Back to 2010, with no pills, no potions and no surgeries… Good ‘ole exercise and following the Joy Bauer Book YOUR INNER SKINNY and I was inducted into her Joy Fit Club on 11.29.10 for losing over 100#. I was even on TV: Here is my 5-minutes of celebrity fame (My FAT video), LIVE from the NBC Today Show 11.29.10 http://www.today.com/id/26184891/#40417906

So, here I go on another ride in 2018… 15# to my WW goal weight.

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888

October 1, 2016 and I’m still 30# overweight! Ugh! As an overweight person most of my life and being 57 years old, losing weight has been like that roller coaster at an amusement park. It goes up and down and up and down and up and down. It’s always a struggle to get to that ideal weight in my mind. I’m not sure how to define that “ideal weight”, but my doctor said I was “too skinny” back in 2010 after I lost 135# to get to 175#. People started asking me if I was sick and I would say, NO, I just lost a lot of weight. My doctor said the charts say I should be right around 200#, the ideal weight for my age and height.

This year (2016) has been incredible:

I climbed the stairs for the 7th time at the Hustle Up The Hancock in Chicago. 812 stairs and 52 floors.
I ran #9 1/2 Marathon in Indianapolis… The Indy Mini!
I got scuba diving certified! Now I can swim 60′ down below the surface of the water with a buddy!
I did my 1st Triathlon. 1/4 mile swim in Lake Michigan, 12.5 mile bike ride, 5K run.
I biked my 1st 100-mile ride all in one day in Three Oaks, MI. I was literally pedaling for 8-hours!
I vacationed in Italy, Florida, Boston and Vermont!
I no longer have to take cholesterol medicine! Woot! Woot! No meds for me!

All while being overweight by 30#. The best part is I’m not 310# like I was back in 2009. I’m my hardest critic. I have to always remember that I have lost over 100#.

Back on 12.31.09 I weighed 310# and that’s the day that changed my life forever. I was tested for sleep apnea with the expectation of being hooked up to and sleeping with a new bed partner every night “The C-Pap Machine.” They told me I was free and clear of sleep apnea, but that I probably should lose some weight. Ya think, I weighed 310# at the age of 50. I was ready to lose weight.

Losing weight will always be a challenge for me, BECAUSE I LIKE TO EAT.

My ideal weight is to be right at 200# to be healthy, happy and good looking. LOL

Back to 2010, with no pills, no potions and no surgeries… Good ‘ole exercise and following the Joy Bauer Book YOUR INNER SKINNY and I was inducted into her Joy Fit Club on 11.29.10 for losing over 100#. I was even on TV: Here is my 5-minutes of celebrity fame (My FAT video), LIVE from the NBC Today Show 11.29.10 http://www.today.com/id/26184891/#40417906

Fast forward to 10/1/16… I’m 30# over my ideal weight. It’s not easy, and it’s been a bumpy road full of ups and downs. And it is still a struggle every day. There’s just not enough out there about food addiction. Being overweight and obese is a food addiction. I had a lady last week say to me when I was eating a Weight Watchers ice cream “hey, aren’t you on a diet?” First of all it’s not any of her business. But, I did reply: Nope, I don’t do diets. I’m not ready for the first 3 letters of that word, DIEt. It’s a lifestyle food change for me. I choose what goes in my mouth, not anyone else.

So, here I go on another ride… Hoping this one stops at my ideal weight!

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

Forrest Gump’s Mama said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” I thought about that quote when I recently watched the movie, and it hit me. I try to live my life on the positive side of the coin and encourage people to do the same with the hope to inspire as many as I can. Back in 2009, my life changed dramatically as I went on a mission to lose weight when I tipped the scale I stood on at 310#. My initial thought was how am I going to lose 100#. I was tested for sleep apnea with the thought of having to wear a C-PAP machine when sleeping for the rest of my life. The good news was I didn’t have sleep apnea, but I was FAT. I got up the next morning after I heard 1/2 the good news and started walking with Molly & Belle (Our family dogs). My first time around the block was exhausting. I weighed 310#, so any kind of exercise would of been just that. I tell people all the time “Ya gotta walk before ya can run.” and I’m not really referring to becoming a runner. It’s just things in life. Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Make a long story short, I lost 135# in 10-months in 2010 and I became a runner and a person who exercises everyday. A man who jumps out of airplanes for fun. I’ll try anything once and if I like it, I’ll do it again over and over.

Right around Christmas 2015, someone asked me if I was going to do another weight loss challenge. I mean I am human, so I to did gain 34# back that does not make me happy. So, I created the “Nip Your Waist 2016 Weight Loss Challenge.” The thought was everyone pays $20 and the person who loses the highest % of body fat in 12 weeks wins all the cash. I blasted it all over Facebook for 2 days and 15 people said YES! This thing was happening quick. First weigh-in date was 12/28/15 and people had to pay by 1/8/16. The only reason I did this was to re-motivate me to Get Fit for Life and lose my 34#. People motivate people. Many people started to pay and then 3 more people said YES to joining late, so I said sure because I didn’t want to discourage anyone from getting on the path to success of losing weight. People have to take a picture of their scale weight every Monday and text it to me. Everyone was given a random # and those results would be posted on Facebook showing the running % of weight loss every week. It’s all anonymous and only I know who has what number and what they weigh. I’m not telling anyone who is who.

I said if you don’t pay by 1/8/16, you are out. It’s an accountability thing. We are all busy and chasing money for weight loss challenge was not one thing I really wanted to do. We are all adults, if you are in… you’re in and if you’re not… it’s just another excuse. 1/8/16 came and only 9 out of 18 people paid. So I thought maybe I’ll just send out a little reminder to “motivate” the ones that may need the inspiration the most. Then the excuses started coming in from “I’m not getting in because your text was rude, it slipped my mind, I forgot to mail the check, the checks in the mail, please remove me from the challenge because I’ve been getting sales pitches via texts from people.” Nobody is too busy, it’s just a matter of priorities. I just tried to make it fun for people by putting a little spin on losing weight. Pay $20, lose weight and may the winner WIN. All 16 people now will be winners in many ways, because of we can all lose some weight in 12-weeks (which we will), we will all be WINNERS!

Make whatever you do in life important. Find a way.
If you don’t, it’s just an excuse.

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

It’s time of the year… 3 days before Christmas and the thought of eating right is always on my mind. This morning I got on the scale knowing that I’ve gained some of my weight back. And that makes me mad at myself. Drum Roll Please…… 30# above my ideal weight, DAMN IT!

The best part is I’m not 310# like I was back in 2009. That’s the 1st good news. The 2nd good news is I need to lose 30# and I’ve done that before so here we go.

As an overweight person most of my life and being 56 years old, losing weight has been like that roller coaster at an amusement park. It goes up and down and up and down and up and down. It’s always a struggle to get to that ideal weight in my mind. I’m not sure how to define that “ideal weight”, but my doctor said I was “too skinny” back in 2010 after I lost 135# to get to 175#. People started asking me if I was sick and I would say, NO, I just lost a lot of weight. My doctor said the charts say I should be right around 200#, the ideal weight for my age and height.

Back on 12.31.09 I weighed 310# and that’s the day that changed my life forever. I was tested for sleep apnea with the expectation of being hooked up to and sleeping with a new bed partner every night “The C-Pap Machine.” They told me I was free and clear of sleep apnea, but that I probably should lose some weight. Ya think, I weighed 310# at the age of 50. I was ready to lose weight.

Losing weight will always be a challenge for me, BECAUSE I LIKE TO EAT.

My ideal weight is to be right at 200# to be healthy, happy and good looking. LOL

Back to 2010, with no pills, no potions and no surgeries… Good ‘ole exercise and following the Joy Bauer Book YOUR INNER SKINNY and I was inducted into her Joy Fit Club on 11.29.10 for losing over 100#. I was even on TV: Here is my 5-minutes of celebrity fame (My FAT video), LIVE from the NBC Today Show 11.29.10 http://www.today.com/id/26184891/#40417906

Fast forward to 10/1/15… I’m 30# over my ideal weight. It’s not easy, and it’s been a bumpy road full of ups and downs. And it is still a struggle every day. There’s just not enough out there about food addiction. Being overweight and obese is a food addiction. I had a lady last week say to me when I was eating a Weight Watchers ice cream “hey, aren’t you on a diet?” First of all it’s not any of her business. But, I did reply: Nope, I don’t do diets. I’m not ready for the first 3 letters of that word, DIEt. It’s a lifestyle food change for me. I choose what goes in my mouth, not anyone else.

So, here I go on another ride… Hoping this one stops at my ideal weight!

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

Are distractions getting the best of you? Are you having problems concentrating? Or, does your head feel like it’s full of cobwebs? You may be experiencing mental block—something we all encounter from time to time. It’s when deadlines are pressing and ideas aren’t flowing that work may become especially stressful. Share these simple tips to improve your concentration as well as that of your team:

* Meditate: Meditation has the power to recharge tired minds; improve focus, memory and creativity; and increase energy. A simple online search will return several meditation apps that can help guide the process, but the concept is quite simple—all one needs to do is sit quietly with eyes closed and focus on breathing. You may even consider providing ear buds to help your team members quiet and focus themselves.

* Eat smart food: Include smart foods in your daily diet, such as blueberries, salmon, avocado, eggs, nuts, leafy greens and even dark chocolate, to optimize brainpower and improve concentration. On the same note, avoid highly processed foods or those loaded with saturated fat and sugar. Consuming these foods can affect focus and productivity. If you bring donuts to the morning meeting or award employees with food, opt instead for an array of fresh fruit or mixed nuts.

* Exercise: Regular exercise is associated with improved concentration, reasoning, problem solving and memory. It can provide temporary respite from everyday stressors and work-related concerns, and boost energy in the process. Participants need not adopt the latest extreme home workout video or challenge. In fact, walking just two miles or cycling for ten miles five days a week may improve the brain’s health and performance. Even a short, impromptu power walk can clear your mind and invite focus. Encourage regular exercise with a friendly challenge. Invite employees to log their daily miles or minutes for a chance to win a health tracker, personal fitness kit or walking kit.

* Succumb to distraction: Sometimes, succumbing to distraction is a better strategy than fighting it. If your mind is wandering, consider indulging in whatever is tempting you. For instance, checking emails, browsing social media or sending that text you vowed to put off until after your project was complete may be just the temporary respite you need. Taking a quick break and allowing yourself to temporarily lose focus allows you to turn your attention back to work when ready.

* Turn on the background noise: Findings from a Journal of Consumer Research study show that small levels of background noise can actually heighten focus and creativity. Working at a local coffee shop or listening to relaxing music may boost concentration.

Use these helpful tips to say “goodbye” to mental block and “hello” to focus, memory and creativity. Good luck!

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
email: gosserrick@sbcglobal.net
web: http://www.rickgosser.com

Although I complete my 8th 1/2 Marathon on 9/13/15… It was not pretty!

Many runners race a 1/2 marathon every weekend, but when I was 310# back in 2010, the thought of even running was mind boggling to me. Now 135# lighter, the thought of running is contagious. As a runner it’s an addiction. A good addiction, but messes with your mind when I really can’t run because of an injury.

8 weeks into my training program I hurt my left knee while dancing at my 3rd daughter’s wedding. Although the idea of dancing all night was good, the jumping up and down with the little kids was not. I suffered some knee issues which ultimately affected my running training for this half marathon.

Completing a scheduled training program is crucial when deciding to run a long race.

In 2009 I weighed 310# and was morbidly obese according to the weight charts of being 6′-1″ and my % of body fat at 39%. It wasn’t until I was tested for sleep apnea and told that I didn’t have it, but probably should lose some weight. LOL, some weight… I was FAT and just sick and tired of being sick and tired. That little light bulb came on in my head which said “Hey, fat dumb ass, you better lose weight so you can be around to see your girls have grand children.

I set a goal in August 2010 to lose 100# by Thanksgiving 2010. On 11.1.10, I had lost 105# all of my own with no pills, no potions and no surgeries. Just good ‘ole exercise and following the book “Your Inner Skinny” written by Joy Bauer from the NBC Today Show. However, being 175# was not my ideal weight. People kept asking me are you sick. So based on the weight charts my ideal weight was going to be 200#.

As a FAT person, it’s so easy to fall back into those bad habits of just eating wrong and getting lazy. Therefore, I’ve gained some weight back, so now I’m on a mission to lose 30# by 7.14.15 to get measured for the Father’s Tuxedo for my last daughter’s wedding in August 2015.

Now that #8 is over, the idea of buying a bicycle is on my mind. Maybe this whole running thing is for people who are not suffering from knee pain. Riding a bike is probably better for my knees. Maybe I’ll give it a whirl.

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net