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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

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
WATER, WATER, WATER and MORE WATER

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.

Rick
phone: 219.808.9888
email: sales@gossercorpsales.com

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