UPDATE: June, 2014
It’s about time I stop back here and re-update the “about me” section of the page, since the current “me” is drastically different than the previously updated “me”s…
Welcome! What you will find on this blog is a first hand account of a guy in his mid-30’s who found himself dangerously overweight, starting out just shy of 330 pounds and the process of getting more active by running and changing the way that I eat by cutting calories to lose the weight. You are looking at a two and a half year snapshot of my life during this time. I am now at the end of my public weight loss efforts, but in the beginning when I was heavy into the weight loss efforts I would post close to 3 times a week, once I hit the goals and started progressing into racing and product reviews, the frequency dropped to once a week or so, but all in all it’s a very consistent view of what was going on in my head and in my body during that time.
The story ends with me losing 130 pounds in all, and altering the way I pretty much look at everything. This weight loss and blog have changed my entire life, and I could not be more grateful to all the readers, old and new who stop by and check out what I have had to say.
I have decided that as of June of 2014 I will not be regularly updating the blog anymore, but I am leaving it up for the sake of any other people out there who can still find some value in the chronicle of my weight loss. I will check back in from time to time, but if I can leave you with some parting words I want them to be this: You can do it. believe me, if I can do this, you can too. I was the laziest couch potato there was, but once I hit my tipping point and decided to try it for real, hard work produces real results. One of the reasons I love running so much is because it provides me the way to surprise myself by accomplishing things that I honestly thought were impossible, even a short time before. It’s an amazing feeling and I hope you get to experience it to. Hang in there, and keep at it, we’re all in this together.___________________________________________________________
UPDATE: July, 2012
It went faster than I ever thought possible, but I have managed to lose 110 pounds and completely change my life for my wife, daughter, and myself. Up until this point I have been sharing my story about how I’ve gone about losing the weight through diet (counting calories) and running. (well, running and walking). I have gradually gone through the process of transforming myself from someone who could not run 1/16th of a mile when i started to setting a goal to run a half marathon one year to the day of when I started. (actually, it will be my second half marathon within the span of that year)
It’s been an interesting process for sure: It’s had it ups and downs so far, and I have had to change my plans along the way a couple times, but I got here, and I couldn’t be happier.
I am keeping things going to document my training, and I am going to look to inspire/ help others like me to accomplish the same thing, in whatever capacity they want to. Not exactly sure how I’m going to do that yet, but I’ll figure things out as I go along. More to come on this front as I work things out, but I’m excited to get started.
Please know that I’m no doctor or nutritionist, and dont intend to hold myself out as one. (**Nor do I intend anything I say or advice I dispense to replace a doctor’s; They are the experts, I openly admit I am not**) I’m just a guy who’s been through it, appreciated all the love, support, advice, and help I’ve received along the way and looking to return the favor to anybody else. After all, we’re all in this together, right?
______________________________________________________Nov, 2011: Hello! My name is Andy (or Big Andy if you’re a friend), a 35 year old new dad living in the Philadelphia suburbs; and this is my blog to document all my experiences as I take on the task of trying to get my big ass in shape. I am trying to capture the good, bad, and ugly of slowly turning myself from a 330 pound fatass into a healthy man that my daughter can be proud of. I realize that I am horribly out of shape and overweight and I have a plan to fix it. I am basically going to run my ass off.