John, your story is so moving, and so indicative of the spirit it takes to BE and Ironman. I'm not one, and may never be. So far my longest tri (so far) was Olympic distance, so I am in awe of you and all you have accomplished.
11/16/17 6:34 A
Amazing! Thanks for sharing your success :)
11/16/17 6:33 A
That is beyond awesome! I was a volunteer there this year and was so inspired by all of you!! Great job! I am 3 lb is to my 50lb weight reduction! Thanks for sharing and way to go! That is a tough course too!
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11/16/17 6:29 A
WOW!!! What an amazing story and a totally awesome transformation!!!
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11/16/17 5:30 A
Congratulations, that is a GREAT accomplishment and one that you can be proud of. Although I don't run, or participate in marathons, I can appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into getting ready for one. I'm sure everyone around you is proud that you had the courage, not only to begin, but to see it through!
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11/16/17 5:26 A
Congratulations, John. Keep on keeping on. Blessings.
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11/9/17 9:14 A
I'm so happy to hear this! Congrats Iron Man JOHN!
This is just awesome! You must be so proud of yourself! I really appreciate that you posted this and showed us your success five years down the road while you just kept (and keep!) chugging along and achieving your goals. Congratulations and thanks for sharing - that's what this great community is all about!
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10/19/17 1:07 P
I AM AN IRONMAN!
5.5 years ago, I signed on here. I weighed 305 lbs. I'd been doing a little exercise bike. I had done some of it before and lost some weight, but then stopped. For some reason I started again. Then I read an article about Sparkpeople and signed on and started food tracking.
I amped up my fitness. Joined Planet Fitness and kept losing 2 lbs. here, 3 lbs. there. Sometimes 4. Sometimes less. In a little over a year, I had lost over 100 lbs. and was fit.
I got in to triathlon. Sprints. Olympics. Even a half Ironman.
On Sunday in Louisville, I swam 2.4 miles, rode 112 miles, and ran a marathon and crossed the finish line in just over 13.5 hours to the sound of "John, You Are an IRONMAN!" They say it is a line you have to cross to understand. I have been immersed in this project in great depth for over a year, and arguably working towards it for 5 years. And now I understand.
It would not have happened without Sparkpeople. I was scared when I started the journey. I was afraid it would change who I was. I liked to who I was. It didn't change me. It made all the things I like about me even better.
Below is the text of my first Sparkpost over 5 years ago... Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to close my office door. There's some crazy wind or something that seems to be making my eyes water up or something.
I'm 40+ I've got 100 pounds to go to the point that I would be "healthy". I know it's a simple equation. Eat less. Eat better. Excercise more. I once lost 30+ pounds by eating better and riding a stationary bike regularly. That was a couple years ago. I moved and started a new job and never kept up. Gained back about 10 of that in the last few years.
I've been riding the bike again and eating marginally better.
I'm hoping habits form and it just keeps going even if it's slow. I've been at the bike for over a month now. ~5 times a week and am eating a healthy breakfast (which used to be sporadic at best). Up to 25 minutes of much more vigorous riding. Definitely feeling better. Not noticing a ton of weight change, but noticing some clothing change.
Definitely like the idea of "levelling up". Even if it's just a number on a computer screen and a different trophy picture.
Unfortunately, riding the bike is really the only thing I can tolerate doing as a form of excercise. Walking is OK, but I find it hard to walk fast enough to make a difference. I'm a cheapo and don't "do" gyms. I hit the bike hard when I do it. It's not a leisurely. I like the bike because I can fool myself into the idea that I'm doing something I generally like to do (riding a real bike). I'd ride a real bike too, but I fear I wouldn't do it hard enough either.
If anyone else has similar ideas on excercises that you can fool yourself into thinking you're doing something enjoyable, I'm open for them.