The Struggle Is Still Real… 10 years after I lost 135#’s in 2010!

Posted: January 18, 2021 in Uncategorized

In 2010, I lost 135#’s all naturally with no pills , no potions, and no surgeries. My lowest weight was 175# in the summer of 2011. As an obese person the majority of my adult life it’s always been a struggle to lose weight and once I do lose weight, the struggle to keep it off is real. Just like a roller coaster goes up and down, up and down and up and down so does the weight on the scale of any obese person. I can only speak for myself and that’s all I can ever control and that would be myself. In 2010, I topped out the scale at 310# and decided on 1/1/10 that I was sick-n-tired of being sick-n-tired. I set a goal to lose 💯#’s by Thanksgiving 2010. I knew what I had eat and do to lose weight, but the motivation had to be within. 

The family joke was always on me because I could sleep anywhere, anytime and any place because I was a very obese man and fat. I was made fun of and laughed at by people in my own family… “there is he sleeping again in public.” I literally could just fall asleep in the middle of a theme park on a bench. I never even thought that was wrong in anyway. I just thought that was part of life. I soon realized that wasn’t natural.

On the morning of 1/1/10, I awoke and thought, I’m sick and tired of just being sick and tired. I researched it and thought I had sleep apnea. Within a week I got tested for sleep apnea where I got hooked up to wires and machines and sleep there overnight. A few days later, a lady called and said I have good news and bad news and I should probably come in. It was 1-mile away so I went. She said the good news is you don’t have sleep apnea. The bad news is you need to lose some weight. She was the size of me and another 1/2 of me put together and that round. Now keeping in mind that I weighed 310#’s at that time, so I was like WOW! I thought to myself “that sure is calling the kettle black”. My verbal response to her was, I’m happy I don’t have sleep apnea (because I had already decided that my life was gonna be on a cPap machine the rest of my life), and you’re right, I will lose weight. She said “that’s what everyone tells me”. Well, that’s the difference between me and everyone else. When I say I’m gonna do something, I’m gonna do it. 

I had no grandchildren in 2010 and thought if I ever have any grandchildren I sure wanna see them and keep up with them. Today, I have 7 with the last one born on June 22, 2020!

I had done many, many diets in my past, but thought I need more than a diet, I needed a lifestyle change. 

If you ever think that’s it too late in life, you’re too old (or young in my case) to make changes in your life… think again. 

At the age of 50, I decided to really do something about it this time. Just like always I started a diet of some kind and really didn’t lose to much weight in the first 3 months of 2010. It wasn’t until I saw a picture of me taken by one of my daughters in Mexico in a red shirt in March 2010 looking really fat and miserable that I decided to make some major changes in my life. It wasn’t until August of 2010 when my wife handed me a book called “Your Inner Skinny” and said Kate and I have been using this book for a week, why don’t you try it? I said, okay and that’s the real story of my life changes for the best.

My weight over the last 3 years has been nothing but that roller coaster effect again, 258, 244, 209, 233, 246, 217, 234, 240, 238, 234.

So, to gain weight at the young age 60 in 2010 didn’t make me happy… But that was my choice to be lazy. Having a minor surgery that required 9 stitches was just enough to not allow me to exercise for 30+ days thus the weight gain. I’m not one to shy away from showing people that I too can gain weight and lose it also at my young age. It’s never too late in life EVER to start a weight loss journey. I look at my 310# “Fat Rick” picture every day because it hangs in front of me while I’m at my desk and that there reminds me to never go back there to that look. Someone said to me this morning, “Why did you post a scale picture of your weight on social media?” Some say, No picture… it didn’t happen. I just wanted to put it out there and show people that if I can lose weight at 61, turning 62 in July 2021, that anyone can do it. If it inspires just 1 person to get heathy and fit, then it worked!

Fast forward to 2021! Today 1/18/21, I’m on the scale and it reads 233.6#. That puts me 23.6# above my goal. Yesterday, someone asked me about Intermittent Fasting so today I too am beginning IF.

My additional motivation again coming from someone who told me I couldn’t something. “You can’t do that. You’re told old.”

I’m quickly reminded that my motivation comes from within me and the fact that someone tells me that is just what I needed to hear. I’m not on a mission to lose weight again and get into shape for anyone but ME! Intermittent Fasting has it’s own skeptical people but once again I don’t care what people think. Many people out there think it’s perfectly okay to tell people what they should or shouldn’t be doing. If I took everything people said to me seriously then I would never do anything in life.

I clearly remember a women who told me in 2012 that I could never run a marathon. “You Can’t Do That.” I ran the 2013 Chicago Marathon! The 18-week training program was enough to kill me, but I was committed to running it without falling down, throwing up or crawling. I’m happy to say that I accomplished all of those goals. I don’t need to run a marathon every month to say that I’m a Marathoner… One and done is fine by me, I will always be a Marathoner! 

Speaking of accomplishments, I’ve been able to do many since 2010 all after the age of 50:

Lost 135#’s

Got braces

Was LIVE on the NBC Today Show

Had knee surgery

Had detached retina surgery

Ran 10-1/2 Marathons

Ran the 2013 Chicago Marathon 

Had my varicose veins removed in my legs

Skydived out of airplanes ✈️ at 18,000’

Did 8-Hustle Up the Hancock stair climbs

Got scuba diving certified 

Became a Triathlete 🏊‍♂️ 🚴 🏃 

Biked 🚴 numerous 100-milers all in one day

Welcomed 7 grandchildren into my life

Traveled the world thanks to my wife

Became a licensed softball and baseball umpire

So, if you are down and out and think you won’t or can’t do something in life… re-think and say YES YOU CAN!

#NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit #2021isgreat #ThisIs61YearYoung

Talk / Text / Email me… Anytime.

Rick Gosser

talk or text  219-808-9888

email: gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

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