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I have done many stupid things in my life. One of the worst was allowing myself to buy a XXXXL shirt back in 2009 and to get my poundage up to 310#. It was that shocking size of a shirt that made me decide to lose weight one more time in my life. I lost 135# in 2010. The long winter of 2014 we all faced was bad in many ways. For me, it lead to gaining 40#, and I wasn’t having a baby. Just one more stupid thing I allowed myself (ME) to do. On tax day 2014 (4/15), I decided it was time to lose that 40# forever. Since that tax day I’ve lost 35# (7/1/14 weigh-in) and will not stop until that 40# is gone. My biggest help this time around has been T25 and Shakeology daily. I’ve promised myself that the only roller coasters I’m going on are the ones that go fast and upside down and eventually stop. Happy 4 1/2 years later to be wearing size LARGE shirts. One thing that I didn’t mention is I’ve done all of this in my 50’s. In July 2014, I’m turning 55. Never to old or to young to get Fit For Life. Want some info on what I’m doing, just ask me.Some people never have or never will struggle with being overweight, but for those that have or still do, I hope this helps you and ME since I struggle with this every day of my life.

But now that has changed and I’m feel like Michael Jordan “I’M BACK”. On 4.21.14 I weighed in for the Greatest Loser Challenge and in addition to that I started T25 fitness challenge to stay Fit For Life.


On 6.16.14 I weighed in and had lost 8.5% of my body and was the WINNER of The Greatest Loser Challenge. I lost 19# in the challenge and the highest % of body amongst 11 contestants.


You too can join this T25 challenge with me. It’s an exercise program that you do in your house for 25-minutes a day. No equipment is needed or required.

My motto: If YOU are not moving, YOU are not losing… If YOU say YOU can’t, YOU won’t… I know believe ME! My point is if YOU say YOU can’t, YOU won’t, and that has to do with everything in life. Do some kind of exercise everyday and keep moving. If YOU are moving, YOU are losing something. At the end of the day, YOU will feel better that YOU accomplished something today, that YOU didn’t do yesterday. The thing about it is, YOU have to do it everyday.

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 for losing over 100#. SeeVideo

Rick Gosser

If you are a runner you know that some days you got it, and some days you don’t. Today was an “I got it” day. It was the 2nd year running of the “Beast Boot Camp 5K” held in Crown Point, Indiana. I got up super early today and had a cup of coffee with the birds and dog on the back porch. I never drink coffee on a race day morning, but kinda was feeling good this morning. As I was doing some work in my office and kinda of catching up from a busy week, I thought today I’m gonna PR this race! Got dressed in my military camo shirt because it’s a boot camp run by the Marines. Just felt it was appropriate.


As I signed in, got my shirt and picked up a course map, somebody asked me if I make single printed shirts. I wasn’t even gonna talked any business, but had to answer the question. Why yes I do! I had a small twinge in my right knee so felt I had to go running to test it out. It felt perfect. So, perfect I ran the famous horse arena stairs 15 time sup and down as my final warm-up.

The 15-minute MARINE CORP workout was about to kill some people, but I knew what to expect and did that with no problem. I heard some people say “Can we quit now?” They must not of heard the MARINES, don’t quit.

Here’s my race summary: Run 1/4 mile to 100′ of Bear Crawls, run 1/8 mile to 100″ of Low Crawls, right into Crab Crawls, run 1/8 mile to 20 Burpees, run 1/4 mile to 100′ of walking lunges, run 1/8 mile to 75″ of Frog Leaps, run 1/2 mile to 25 Star Jumps right into adding a 30# backpack to your back and climb up/down every handrail in the grandstands, run 1/2 mile to the finish line, get a cup of water and go do it AGAIN. YES, AGAIN! Oh, and run between each station. A true beast does it twice with no questions asked. To many people that I know today that did it to mention and to congratulate that YOU DID IT!!! So, if you did it today, congrats… You are a beast!!!


I ran this thing all out today, because I was just in the zone. Finished “The Beast 5K” for a 2nd year and beat last year by 45-minutes. Proud to complete each task from start to finish and ran between each station. Pretty much a non-stop day. Pays to be better fit this year than last. Trying even harder to stay Fit For Life. To Beat The Beast one must complete each task (twice). Happy to have done that. HOORAH!!!

Rick Gosser

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

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.


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
Call me if you need any inspiration.
Just trying to help as many people as I can.

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!


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.

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

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!

Need inspiration contact me anytime.



Rick Gosser

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

Need inspiration contact me anytime.

Rick Gosser

2 1/2 years ago when I started running to lose weight, I never thought I would be training for 3 extreme running events at the same time and trying to eat right. One probably wonders how that can be done or even why would I want to do that?

Well, I wonder that same thing.

I’m running a 30K running race with a team of 3. We each run 10K.
I’m running my 4th 1/2 Marathon in January 2013
I’m climbing stairs. My 3rd Hustle Up the Hancock in February 2013. 52 floors and over 800+ stairs.

I decided in April 2012, after running my 2nd marathon that I was going to run the Disney World 1/2 Marathon on 1.12.13. My wife supported me and said “sign-up” and that’s all I needed to hear. Actually in January 2010 my wife and girls were in Disney World on vacation and I was woke up by loud noise and people talking with megaphones at 5:30 a.m. I walked over to find out what all the noise was all about and was told that 40,000 people where running a 1/2 marathon. I came back and told my wife, “someday I’m gonna do that”. At that time I weighed 310# and she said, OK, good luck with that.

That was the start of my journey. I wanted to lose at least 100#. I never ever thought I would be running 1/2 Marathons. Matter of fact, I never even thought about running. I was just plain ‘ole sick and tired of being sick and tired. I just knew I needed to lose some weight. Too make a long story shorter, I lost 105# in 10 months, I was on the NBC TOday Show in November 2010. 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

And to date, 135# is gone off of my body. Amazing to even myself.

Here is a glance at a week of my training for these 3 events:

Sunday: Run 3-miles, climb 3,600 stairs
Monday: Run 3-miles
Tuesday: Personal Trainer for an hour, climb 3,600 stairs, run 1-3 miles
Wednesday: Run 3-12 miles depending on the 1/2 marathon week
Thursday: Rest. Night, climb 3,600 stairs, run 1-3 miles
Friday: Personal Trainer for an hour
Saturday: Run 5-miles

I never thought I would be able to do all of this at the age of 53. If I can do it… ANYBODY CAN DO IT.

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

Contact me if you need a friend to help you through your journey.

Start today by walking a short distance, which will lead to long distances and eventually running. There I said it… RUNNING. No excuses why you can’t. Your motivation is: Be SKINNIER than you are today.

My goal for the Disney World 1/2 is 2:30:00. That’s 7 minutes faster than my last one in November 2012.

Rick Gosser