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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.
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

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