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On April 15, 2012 I ran my 2nd 1/2 marathon in my life. I trained really, really hard for this one. Running between 18-24 miles a week. Now you think, that’s already a 1/2 marathon plus some, but in the end I beat my last 1/2 marathon by 2 minutes. Let’s think about that for a minute. 2 minutes faster over 13.1 miles probably seems like nothing, but to a runner, a PR (Personal Record) is huge.

The day started out the day at 6:30 a.m. standing under a pavilion in the rain, thunder and lightning. I kept asking myself, I could be in my warm bed right now like my wife, daughter and future son-in-law that were home visiting for the weekend. After 1/2 hour of that weather, the lightning cleared and it was race time. Standing next to “Sammi”, before the race and she said “we are at the front of the line” and I said great, we get to be passed by everyone, which will make me feel really good. It started to get warmer and I had a short sleeve shirt under a long sleeve shirt. I looked up and my daughter was waving at me. It was good feeling that even though I thought they were sleeping, they came to see me run. My wife, daughter and future son-in-law were there. As the color guard held the flags and the young lady sang the national anthem (yes, a 1st for that), I reflected upon the fact that 2 years ago when I weighed 310#, that I could not do what I was about to venture off down the road and do again. 2 years of hard work to lose 130# and keep it off.

The entire race was grueling and emotional because once you start, there is no quitting. There is no one to call to come get me (even though I wanted to make that call many times) I kept pushing and pushing through the pain and the fact that everyone was passing me. I kept thinking that my 1st 1/2 marathon, I cramped up at mile 11 and I had to walk the last 2 miles and was grounded to the recliner for the rest of the day with ice packs strapped to the back so my legs. I was really looking forward to that again in about 3 hours.

To my amazement, things were going well. No real constant pain, just kept seeing the mile markers, 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. It rained off and on most of the day and windy, Well, really windy (30-40 mph) most of the day. To make a long story short, I finished my 2nd 1/2 marathon on 2 minutes less that my 1st and my next one will be even better than this one.

If I could just run all of the miles as fast as the last mile, then I would be doing so much better. I ended up passing 9 people in the last mile which made me feel really good and as I was finishing my daughter was taking pictures of me and trying to stay ahead of me to get that ultimate picture. My wife and Matt, where cheering me on along with many other people including Nikki who I could clearly hear “Come on Rick” along with the 1/2 marathon training group from Lake and Porter County. Nice to not be close to last. My wife jokingly said “There are people finishing after you”. The biggest accomplishment was being able to be “ice-free” this time around after the race. I was so pumped up and excited that 2 hours later, I 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.

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

September 1, 2011 was another great day in my life. I got my braces off after having them on for 19 months. Even after losing another 5# to get to my total weight loss of 130#, I had a few food items on my list that day. Peanut butter and jelly was my first sticky item, followed by 1/4# of triple chocolate malt balls from Albanese Candy. 2 items that I missed dearly while my teeth were being straightened. Now that I have satisfied those cravings, I am back to my food lifestyle change.

I also got my vision back to 20/20 in my right eye, 63 days after my detached retina surgery. My doctor said “you are one lucky guy” and I said “no, you are one good doctor”. Now I am backing to running and have run 2 races since August 28th (5K) and a 4 mile race last Sunday. This Sunday is 911 and I am running in the 911 Heroes Run. A race around the world with over 40 locations being run at the same time. 30 in the USA and 10 more around the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, Persian Gulf, Qatar, United Kingdom.

I also started my training to run a 1/2 Marathon on November 13th. Today, as I look back on the last year, I can’t even believe that I did it. I’ve lost 130 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

Yesterday someone said to me “I don’t remember you ever being overweight.” I said, yes at 310#, I was fat. So here is my story. When I decided in December 2009 to lose weight, it was to get healthier and be in better shape. It was very hard to be 50 years old and weigh 310 pounds. 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 mentally start doing something about it. I started walking daily and began the journey of watching what I ate. Today, as I look back on the last year, I can’t even believe that I did it. I’ve lost 125 pounds as of this week. This picture taken in March 2010 reminds me that I was overweight.

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.

A good friend and client of mine read the book in Nov 2010 and began his plan to do something about being overweight. He has 145# since that time. Three more of my clients started their own plans and together they have lost over 200 pounds in a few short months. I know 11 people that have decided to lose weight and together we have lost over 1,100#. 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!

Rick

I met Tim, my client and friend in July 2007 and have always known Tim to be extremely overweight and one of the nicest guys you would ever meet despite his weight. For years Tim always joked that he had 2 weeks to live. I kept telling him to not say that. It wasn’t until I lost over 100# that Tim got inspired. Tim called me in November 2010, and said that he wanted to order new embroidered shirts, but he needed to go up a size. Tim wore a 6XL shirt and he wanted a 7XL. I told him I would not make him 7XL shirts, but I did have a book for him to read. Not knowing how he would take it, I took him the book I was following “Your Inner Skinny” and told him that I had lost 105# mainly using the plan in the book. I told him it’s not a d-i-e-t, but a lifestyle change. After a lengthy discussion with Tim about how he can do it, he said he would read the book. After all, I did it at 50 yrs old, he could do it at 30 yrs old. A week later Tim called and said “I hate you” because everything in the book is right. He said he was reading the book and eating 2 Big Macs at the same time. I asked him to promise me that those would be the last 2 Big Macs that he ever ate, he said ok. Tim’s journey started that day.

Tim’s highest weight in his life was 585# many years ago. He works an overnight shift and sleeps during the day and then eats lots before he goes to work at night. He basically would gorge with fast food and lots of soda pop before he would go to work at night. He drives his vehicle at night and eats in his car as he works, so fast food was his main menu along with the soda pop, because the fast food places make it cheaper and easier to “super size it”.

Tim has decided to not eat fast food and drink soda pop anymore. He has gone 38 days without fast food and soda pop. I recently visited him and he proudly showed me his food pantry and refrigerator. His pantry was filled with healthy food and his refrigerator has skim milk, yogurt, vegetables. Tim now eats throughout the day with small meals and is no longer gorging food at night. Tim no longer eats fast food or drinks soda pop.

About a month ago, Tim bought a new pair of walking shoes, because he wanted to start walking. He asked me “Where does a person my size go walk in the winter?” I told him he could go walk at the mall, but that would mean that he would be seen in public and he thinks people would stare at him. The average person takes walking for granite. Think what walking would be like, if you weighed over 500#. I am very proud of Tim, as he has committed to changing his lifestyle to live longer and be healthy.

On March 8, 2011, Tim called me and told me that he finally decided to go and get weighed and that he wanted me to be the first person that he called to give me “his good news”. Now, the average person has a scale at home. When you think you weigh over 500#, your home scale will not work for that. Tim went to a local hospital and got weighed. “His good news” was that he finally weighed under 500#. He was so excited, that he wanted to tell everybody. I am proud that he wanted to tell me first. Tim now weighs 480#. This is the first time in 10 years that he has weighed under 500#. He says that he has a very long way to go, and he does. But, just the fact that he has changed his lifestyle in many ways is why I am so proud of him. I told Tim thanks for calling me first, now call your Mom and Dad, they will be proud of you.

Tim has started to walk everyday. His walking is so much different from the average person. We walk to get places and do so with little effort. Tim’s walking around down his block and back is work for him.

Tim says he feels so much better and wants to continue with his weight loss and walking every day. Here is guy that weighs 480# and he wants to eat right and walk everyday. That is a commitment. Eating right and walking is the way he wants to live everyday.

Tim really got inspired after he saw my appearance on the NBC Today Show back in November 2010 when I was inducted into the Joy Bauer Fit Club. SeeVideo

This is this year to change your life and take charge of your health. NBC news recently reported that nearly 70% of adults in this country are overweight. One in three is obese. About half that many kids and teens are considered obese.

Let’s all try to reduce that percentage.

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. 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

As of today 1-15-11, I now have lost 116#. On November 29, 2010 I was inducted into the Joy Fit Club live on the NBC Today Show. It’s club membership is made up of people that have successfully lost over 100#. See my induction video: SeeVideo