Yesterday, 4.13.14 I climbed 812 stairs, 52 floors of the John Hancock Observatory Building in downtown Chicago. It was my 4th time doing the Hustle Up the Hancock. My plan every year is to take the challenge 2-steps at a time all the way to the top. My 2nd and 3rd years I bombed out around the 85th floor and this year I was more than ever determined to complete this task. I trained this year doing more steps than ever in the past years, so I knew I was ready. Being heavier than last didn’t help. In the end, I was able to complete without ever stopping. 812 stairs… 2-steps at a time… 1:17 seconds slower than in 2013. That’s the way it goes. One challenge over another. I’m happy that I was able to complete my 2-steps at a time, but not happy that I was heavier than 2013. I’m such a dumb ass sometimes.

This morning I found out how much heavier. Here’s what I heard this morning 4.14.14. My Dr. tells jokes during my annual exam and in the end gives me a clean bill of health. She said, “your resting heart beat is 38 (what are you runner?) and great BP. You don’t need to take pills. The good news is “you’re not obese”, just overweight and that’s no joke. 12#’s heavier than last year, so what the hell are you doing? A #1 gain every month and you’ll be in a coffin soon.” My Dr. tells it like it. She’s woken the sleeping lion. Time for 6-meals a day and less consumption. Here we go! What a dumb ass I am.

So, the plan is to get out the book… “Your Inner Skinny”. The program that made me lose 135# in 2010 in 10 months. It worked then, it will work again. The nice thing is it’s a plan and not one of those diets where you have to eat 1,500-2,000 calories to lose weight. Who’s got the time to write everything down and keep track of it. It a lifestyle change with food.

This yo-yo shit has to stop. Told my Dr. before I left that next year when I see her, I’ll be down 20#. She said I’m holding you to that saying. I’m checking back you in 6 months.

Here’s to starting RIGHT NOW!

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

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On the morning of January 11, 2014 and I mean the morning of… alarm clock went of at 3am (EST) in the middle of Orlando, Florida in the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World. My first thought was “why am I doing this again?” My second thought was because I CAN and I WILL!

As I roamed around the room getting while 9 of my family members slept, there was a strange feeling going on in my body. I wasn’t looking forward to the long bus ride to Epcot, the long walk to the starting corrals and the rain that was predicted. The weather app on my phone said a 50% chance of rain. Crap, as I took out my garbage bag to wear over my clothes in the corrals before I started.

Surprisingly, the bus was waiting when I walked out at 3:45 am (EST) and the ride was smooth and quick as I caught a nap on the way and dreamed about no rain in 13.1 miles. It was crowded as usual, but smooth walking and the only ones talking were the run volunteers. Getting to my corral seemed quick and only noticed a few men and women in the bushes along the way. We had already out paced the port-a-potties.

This 13.1 run was for the gold bling, the experience and the characters. This makes my 5th 1/2 marathon since 2010.

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YOU have to believe that YOU too can run a 1/2 marathon. YOU must walk before YOU can run.

If “I can do it, anybody can do it”.

Never say “NO” to anything YOU want to accomplish in life. Just go for it!

Watch my video from my appearance on the NBC Today Show back in November 2010 when I was inducted into the Joy Bauer Fit Club. SeeVideo

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Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
Call me if you need any inspiration.
Just trying to help as many people as I can.
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In December 2009, I said Enough was Enough. Being fat and at my highest weight of 310# on 1.1.10, it was time to make a change that would save my life and others around me would be happier too.

On 1.11.14 I run another Disney World 1/2 marathon. In 2009, I never thought I would ever say that in my lifetime.

Two months ago on 10.13.13, I ran my 1st ever Marathon and I never thought that would happen either.

I’m training really, really hard for this one. Running every day since 12.1.13 and between 18-24 miles a week. Now you think, that’s already a 1/2 marathon plus some, but in the end I want to beat my last 1/2 marathon by 6 minutes. Let’s think about that for a minute. 6 minutes faster over 13.1 miles probably seems like nothing, but to a runner, a PR (Personal Record) is huge.

YOU have to believe that YOU too can run a 1/2 marathon. YOU must walk before YOU can run.

If “I can do it, anybody can do it”.

Never say “NO” to anything YOU want to accomplish in life. Just go for it!

Watch my video from my appearance on the NBC Today Show back in November 2010 when I was inducted into the Joy Bauer Fit Club. SeeVideo

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
Call me if you need any inspiration.
Just trying to help as many people as I can.
sales@gossercorpsales.com

I’m a MARATHONER… on 10.13.13.

Posted: November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Happiness is running my 1st marathon without collapsing, passing out or throwing up. And I finished. Met my 4 goals.

Thanks to The Wife and my girls for supporting me in the BIG DANCE today, 10.13.13. Her generosity and love has allowed me to run in lots of different places during this 18 weeks of training. I ran the woods of Brown County, IN; the wineries of Napa Valley, CA; the campus of Cal in Berkeley, CA; the bridges and around Fenway Park in Boston, MA and now the Chicago Marathon 26.2 miles.

I ran 425 miles during the 18 weeks of training. Why you might ask? Because I can and I did.

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And now for my next BIG race: The 2014 Disney World 1/2 Marathon on 1.11.14.

See you on the road.

Rick Gosser
219.808.9888
sales@gossercorpsales.com

On a quaint day in October of 2012 as I watching people cross the Chicago Marathon finish line, that was the day I decided “I’m running a marathon.” They were passing out, they were vomiting, they were exhausted… and I said “I’m going to run the 2013 Chicago Marathon.” I’ve only been running since 2010 and at that point had run many 5K’s, a few 10K’s and 3-1/2 Marathons. I started running on 1.1.10 when I weighed 310#, so running was not really running. I was tested for sleep apnea in 12/09 and when the 400#+ woman behind the counter of the sleep apnea place told me I didn’t have sleep apnea but that I should probably lose weight that’s exactly what I was going to do. In 2010, I lost 135# with no pills, no potions and no surgeries.

I started training on 6.11.13 for the 2013 Chicago Marathon. I decided to follow the Hal Higdon Training Program for a Novice.

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As I looked at the number of miles I had to run during the training, I thought “What have I decided to do, a 20-mile run in week 15. I can’t do this. Well, during the 18 week training program, I did do it. Matter of fact I ran 435 miles leading up to the BIG DANCE day on 10.13.13. I ran in the cold, heat, rain, thunderstorms, lightning storms, wind, sunny days, cloudy days. I ran on trails, blacktop, concrete, golf courses in Napa, California, through the streets of Boston, Massachusetts and all around my home city of Crown Point, Indiana.

Leading up to the BIG DANCE, it was nerve racking. The week before the marathon I couldn’t sleep at night and then my friend Debbie Shaffer told me about melatonin. 1 pill at night and restful sleep for the next few days. On marathon morning awoke at 2:15 A.M. to get to Valpo, IN to catch a charter bus taking us to Chicago. It was cold that morning around 40 degrees of so. Slept on the bus a little and then walked to the OE tent with Debbie and Lorie Arnold. We were in our starting corrals at 7:15 a.m. We crossed the start line at 8:30 a.m., and then it was off to run 26.2 miles. I was doing exactly what Hal Higdon said run 2:00 minutes/walk 1:00 minute. At times I ran with my friend Angie Sohacki and her pace group and before you know it the 5-mile Cal Strider water stop was upon me. As I continued it was remarkably easy and 13 miles was in my eyes. Continuing on I realized that the Marathon winners were long done and in some hot tub somewhere. Heard after, that the winner set a new course record and ran 26.2 in 2:03, that’s crazy.

My knees felt great, but my toes felt like my shoes were too small, but I struggled through. At mile 20, I wanted to stop as I saw the bus to take me away because I couldn’t finish. As I was walking toward that bus, I thought of my 3 daughters and wife and said they would be really mad at me if I quit. I thought I’m not a quitter, so I turned around and started running again. I hooked up with a group of 4 people from OE that were run/walking 1:00/1:00, so that worked for me all the way to the end. Jose Lopez and I were playing the passing game. At one time, Jose passed me carrying his shoes and running in his socks. I thought about doing that because my toes were exploding out of my shoes. I sucked it up and dealt with the pain. At mile 24 the pace car passed me. (17-minute a mile pace car). I thought, NO, No, NO… I ‘m letting that car beat me so I sucked it up even more and ran the last 2.2 as hard as I could to beat that car. I finished my 1st Marathon ever in 6:54. Six hours and 54 minutes. Wow! What an accomplishment. I did it and I got my medal just like the winner did who crossed the finish line in 2:03. We are both “MARATHONERS”, and that is something that only 1-2% of the worlds population can say.

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I will never be a fast runner, but I’m always willing to try and get better. That’s feels weird to even say that statement. I did not start running until I was 50 years old. Yep, you heard me right… 50 years old on 1.1.10. So, if I can do it at that age, you can too. Why Jan 1st? I thought I was going to be hooked up to a C-PAP machine the rest of my life because I thought I had sleep apnea. When I was tested in Dec. 2009 for it, that was my initial thought because I weighed 310# and could fall asleep anywhere, anytime. It was scary to fall asleep at a red light, at a stop sign, in a restaurant, in an amusement park (well, not on a roller coaster), but on a bench waiting for my family. After years of that behavior, I thought it was time to get tested. the good news: NO SLEEP APNEA! the bad (hard) news: I NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT!

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Now, 3 1/2 years later and 135# lighter, I am hooked on running. I never thought I would be, but that is how I live my life. Hooked on things. Some things I’ve been hooked on in my life: 6 years coaching Little League Baseball before I had my 3 girls. Some of those boys went on to play in college and 1 boy played for the Atlanta Braves. 12 years of being a volunteer fire fighter, (7 of those years as the President of the Volunteer Corporation). 15 years coaching my girls in softball and created & founded the South Lake County Girls Softball Crosstown League in 1998 (with 6 teams from Crown Point, Cedar Lake and St. John), and which still exists today in 2013 with 18 communities and over 75+ teams. http://slcgsct-league.com

Many other things I’m sure I’ve been hooked on, and some I don’t want to remember… I may not be hooked on running, but I can say it is “My Passion”. It’s my passion because it is something that nobody can do for me, I have to do it all myself. It’s not how far you go, it’s just that you go. I’m glad that I decided to lose weight in 2010 and be around awhile for my daughter’s and some day my grandchildren.

I lost all of my weight with NO PILLS, NO POTIONS & NO SURGERIES. That’s all hogwash! There is no miracle pill, no miracle potion or no miracle surgery that can make you lose weight and get fit. It all starts with the mind.

Watch my video from my appearance on the NBC Today Show back in November 2010 when I was inducted into the Joy Bauer Fit Club because I had lost over 100# back then http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/#40417906

Joy Bauer also put my story in her new book. A book about 30 people from around the country who all lost over 100# with those 3 magic words… NO: PILLS, POTIONS OR SURGERIES! http://www.amazon.com/Joy-Fit-Club-Cookbook-Inspiration/dp/1118181395

Need inspiration contact me anytime.

NOW, I’M HOOKED ON LIFE!

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Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
sales@gossercorpsales.com

I just refuse to return to the good ‘ole days in some ways. On way that I am passionate about is being FAT.

In December 2009, I got on the scale and weighed 310#. I said to myself I need to lose some weight. It was an alarming wake-up call in December 2009 when I tested negative for sleep apnea when I had convinced myself that I would be on a C-PAP machine the rest of my life. On January 1, 2010 I woke up and said enough is enough. I was just plain ‘ole sick and tired of being sick and tired.

That is the day my life changed and I started walking. I weighed 310# and could barely walk around the block without being out of breath. I walked every day farther and farther every day as I was determined to weigh 200# someday. That was my goal. To date I’ve lost 135#. I had nothing sucked out of me and I did it all on my own.

As I began to walk I also started to take the dog, Molly with me. Molly doesn’t walk… she pulled me down the street. Her pulling took me from walking to running and running and running in a short time. Now over 3 years later, I run 3-miles every day. I have run many 5K’s, a few 10K’s and 4 (YES,4) 1/2 Marathons.

This October 2013, I am running the Chicago Marathon!

The ultimate secret was eating right and exercising. I followed the book “Your Inner Skinny” written bu Joy Bauer from the NBC Today Show. She inducted into her Joy Fit Club on 11.26.10.

Watch my video from my appearance on the NBC Today Show back in November 2010 when I was inducted into the Joy Bauer Fit Club because I had lost over 100# back then http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/#40417906

Need inspiration contact me anytime.

Rick Gosser
219.808.9888
sales@gossercorpsales.com