Posts Tagged ‘Measure’

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

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

Every day I see someone I haven’t seen in quite sometime and I have to tell them who I am because they don’t recognize me. When I was fat over 300#, everybody seems to remember me with that look. One look I never want to see again. My picture was always taken when I was fat and have those pictures to prove it. My 310# picture I took when I decided to lose weight shows me in the prime of my heaviest. As I lost weight, I took a picture every 20# lost. Now that I have lost 130# my skinny pictures are nice to look at. I have worked really hard to lose the weight and to maintain the loss.

Today, was a funny day. I saw a guy at the post office and when I said hi “Tom”, he looked at me and said “How do you know my name?” When I told him who I was and that we used to work together, he made me show him my drivers license to prove who I was. I was blown away by that, but really happy that if that’s how I have to do it, then so be it.

If I can lose 130# at the age of 50, you can do it too. Just take that fat picture and pictures during your transformation.

This is this year to change your life and take charge of your health.

How to start to losing weight:
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. 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.

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 for losing over 100#. SeeVideo

Rick Gosser

People ask me everyday “How did you lose the weight?”. It’s no secret, everyone overweight knows that to lose weight you have diet and exercise. In my case, it was a mindset, I was FAT (310#) and I had tried all of the d-i-e-t-s out there and none of them worked for me permanently. I would lose 20#, and then put it back on again. Today, I do not say the word, because the first three letters of the word, define what could happen to obese people, die. That is why I started my lifestyle change.

It’s all about measuring things these days. I measure what I eat and I measure how much exercise to do for the day.

People ask me “What do eat on a typical day?”
Breakfast, 1 cup of low fiber cereal, 1 cup of skim milk, 1 banana
Lunch: 1 cup of soup, 4 oz. of turkey, 1 cup of applesauce
Dinner: 1 small steak, broccoli
Snack: 1 low fat ice cream bar

Next thing they ask “Aren’t you hungry?” Yes, I am but some times you have to sacrifice things in life. My hunger is satisfied by water and black coffee.

If you measure it, you can manage it.

I can now walk/run 2-3 miles a day and that is how I measure success. I am training for the 1/2 climb of “Hustle Up the Hancock” (812 stairs) and having been running the stairs of an 8-story building for training. Just about the time I think I’m in shape, I go do the stairs and that measures my quality of success with regards to being in shape. I still have a long ways to go, but at least I can say that I’m 120# lighter because I have decided to make “CHANGE” in my life.

The book I follow is “Your Inner Skinny” and the plan. My next goal is to get to 185#. So 5# off, is the next goal. Back to exercising and the book for now.

Remember, “I Did It, You Can Too!”

Good luck and let me know if I can help inspire you in anyway.

phone: 219.808.9888