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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.

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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.

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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. http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPT25205?referringRepId=386623

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
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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.

The hardest thing to do is to talk about it. In 2010, I lost 135# in 10 months and in 2013 (winter) I gained 22 of those pounds back on. Why? Because I got stupid and just got lazy with my eating habits.

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.

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I have lost lots of that weight back off my body. I can’t really say what # I am in the contest because we all have a secret #, but I can say that I am extremely happy with what I have dropped.

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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. http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPT25205?referringRepId=386623

How to start:
1. Mentally change your mind that you want to lose weight and get in shape.
2. Start walking today. One time around the block, turns into more and more.
3. Start eating less when it comes to consumption.
4. Join a group that motivates you to change your eating plan.
5. Make a food lifestyle change. Never D.I.E.t. Nobody is ready for the 1st 3 letters in D.I.E.t.
5. Ask someone else to be a mentor for each other.
6. Join a walking group or running group.
7. Plan your exercise.
8. If you change your mind and do the above, it’s amazing the results you will begin to see.

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
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

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.

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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!!!

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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
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

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

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

First, I want to apologize beforehand if I seem mean or rude, I know that I’m probably going to make some enemies with this one but I need to say it. The dreaded “F” word has become practically a sin or taboo. It seems like nobody wants to even say it.

Today this “F” word is less heard then the real “F” word. The actual bad one. If you go to the movies you’ll hear the real “F” word about 100+ times, but when it comes to MY “F” word: “FAT” nobody likes saying it. There’s no way to get around it, there’s no way to sugar coat it. The only way to take care of it is take it head on and say it. “FAT”. Once you identify the enemy then you are able to find a way to get rid of it.

I’m sorry but the more you try to not hurt someone’s feelings or ego by saying they’re not FAT the less likely they will get rid of it. We’ve all done it or even heard someone do it. Just so a friend won’t get hurt, it won’t even be mentioned. Just go ahead and say it, FAT. Don’t say it mean or rude like YOUR FAT, but say it in a way that will help encourage them.

On December 31, 2009 I decided to lose weight, it was to get healthier and be in better shape. I knew that I had to exercise and watch my food consumption. All overweight people know that’s what they need to do. It’s just hard to make that mental decision.

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 as I was determined to weigh 200# someday. That was my goal. And to date, 135# is gone off of my body. Amazing to even myself.

There are easy steps for successful weight loss:
1. Identify the enemy- Yes, this is where it’s OK to say FAT. Once you’ve identified it, now you can get rid of it.

2. Set realistic goals- Set realistic goals that you can reach. Don’t say I want to lose 50 lbs by next week. That’s never gonna happen, all that’s going to happen is you will fail and become discouraged.

3. Get rid of fear and get out of your comfort zone- Fear of failure and not being able to get out of your comfort zone are the 2 main reasons people don’t succeed with weight loss. If you like staying home and watching TV then that’s your comfort zone. Taking a walk outside is not your comfort zone so you will find any excuse not to do it. The last episode of my favorite show is on tonight, or I don’t have the right shoes. Get out of your comfort zone at least once a day for 3 weeks and that will get rid of your old comfort zone.

4. Create a plan or find someone to help you create one- Now it’s time to create a plan to get rid of the FAT. It’s usually not the best idea to follow what all the mainstream media is saying. If you need help, find a professional who can help you create a plan.

It’s OK to say FAT. Be one of the few that aren’t scared to say it and are able to get rid of it!

P.S. Just to be sure the “F” word I’m talking about is “FAT” in case you missed it. I don’t wanna get emails from angry parents that their kids read my blog and thought it was OK to use the other “F” word.

YOU HAVE TO WALK BEFORE YOU CAN RUN… SO WALK EVERY DAY, AND I MEAN EVERY DAY… IT WILL LEAD TO YOU BEING ABLE TO RUN

A recent story I saw on the Brian Williams NBC Nightly News was “82% of women will be obese by 2020, and 79% of men will be obese by 2020.” Let’s all work really hard to make that a statistic we don’t want to come true. And you are all doing that today by being in this contest.

Don’t give up and don’t quit, don’t quit, don’t quit, don’t quit, don’t quit, don’t quit…. DON’T QUIT!

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

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!

On 1.12.13 I am running the Disney World 1/2 Marathon. My goal is 2:30:00. That would be 7 minutes faster than my last one in November 2012.

After that, I’m climbing stairs. My 3rd Hustle Up the Hancock in February 2013. 52 floors and over 800+ stairs.

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888

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
219-808-9888

In December 2009, when I was FAT at 310# and I decided it was time to lose weight, 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.

January 1, 2010 was the first day of my journey. 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.

On 11/11/12 I ran and finished my 3rd 1/2 Marathon. Who would of thought.
I beat my last 1/2 Marathon race by 21 minutes. My goal was to beat it by 18 minutes.

My point is, 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: SKINNIER than you are today.

I am still setting goals for myself at the age of 53. I already have registered for the Disney World 1/2 Marathon which will be in January 2013. That’s the ultimate “dream” for me, that’s gonna come true for me then.

My goal for the DisneyWorld 1/2 is 2:30:00.

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888

I.N.S.P.I.R.A.T.I.O.N.

I have a lady friend who probably weighs less than 100# dripping wet. She said to me about a week ago, I am so out of shape. Now one would think that if someone appears to be in good shape (skinny and looks good) that she claims to be out of shape.

Here is what she recently said to me: “I recently became interested in exercising to get fit and stay fit. I learned very quickly how out of shape I actually I am by the fact that a short jog to the bank from the office wore me out majorly”. I ran for 5 minutes and thought I was going to die. I said, well you didn’t die but you can start to do something to get into shape.

I saw her last Friday and she said, yes, I know that I should not be wearing tennis shoes to work “But, these are my sneakers” and I’m running to the bank today for lunch. Funny how people still call running shoes, “sneakers”.

Here is a woman who has 3 children in her home and is getting married in less than a year. She says she is out of shape. Well, she is now doing a new workout program that they call BURST and it takes LESS THAN 30 MINUTES of pretty simple exercises, but that are done in a way to get awesome results from simple exercises. Here first day, she was so sore and she could barely move. She could not even bend over to pick up the baby! But, she is doing it again tomorrow at 5:30 A.M.

She even takes her kids… Since it is at a park, the kids can play (if they are awake) if you cannot get a sitter (that is what I am doing with my kids). Yes, I am getting me and all three kids out the door, a quick workout, and back home by 6:15am! I am excited about how that will start my day!

I told her, the best time to workout is at 5 or 530am. It’s amazing how good it makes you feel to start your day with a workout. Your energy level will amaze yourself once you start some kind of a program. Way to go Barbara. I’m so glad that I was able to inspire you to get fit. Staying fit will happen as long as you keep it going. Congrats and keep it up. You can do it.

I am on my final day of my own personal 10-day challenge of running at least 3-miles a day for 10 days. By today (7/31/12) I will have run 40 miles in 10 days. If I can do this at the age of 53, anybody can do it.

Today, as I look back on the last 2 yearS, I can’t even believe that I did it. I’ve lost 132 pounds as of this week. This picture taken in March 2010 reminds me that I was overweight and fat at 310#.

In August 2010, my wife bought the book “Your Inner Skinny,” and her and my oldest daughter started the plan. Two weeks later, they suggested that I start the plan as well. That’s when everything really began for me. I weighed 270 pounds then, and by November 1st, I had lost another 65 pounds. My total weight loss was at 105 pounds. I posted my success on Joy Bauer’s Facebook fan page, and soon after, she contacted me about applying to become a member of the Joy Fit Club, an exclusive club of members that have lost over 100 pounds. New Joy Fit Club members are inducted on the NBC Today Show in New York. Soon after filling out the questionnaire, my application was accepted, and I appeared on the NBC Today Show on November 29th.

I am just your average hometown guy that was overweight and knew I needed to do something about it. I decided to go for it (with some help from my family), and now I’m sharing my story with other people who want to lose weight but are afraid to take that first step. Trust me, it’s never too late to become healthy.

Please know that I am always here to help. I want other people to achieve the same type of success that I have. I did it, and I know you can too! This is my picture of Joy Bauer and me after I had lost 105# in New York City on November 29, 2010.

Me in the “Green Room” of the NBC Today Show after my National TV appearance.

Rick Gosser