Male Before And After Weight Loss: Troy Lost 68 Pounds By Running Marathons

I lost 68 pounds! Read my weight loss success story and see my before and after weight loss pictures at the website The Weigh We Were. Hundreds of success stories, articles and photos of weight loss diet plans for men, tips for how to lose weight for men. Build muscle and lose belly fat with healthy male weight loss transformation pics for inspiration!Name: Troy Ray Grimes
Age: 47
Height: 5’11”
Before Weight: 233 pounds

How I Gained It: At age 39, I was an overweight couch potato whose life was spinning
completely out of control. At the time, I was facing more than my fair share of “life’s curve balls.” These included personal health issues, health issues/deaths of loved ones, losing my job, bad business deals, bankruptcy, home foreclosure…and the list goes on and on. Slowly but steadily, since college, I had been eating lots of fast food, drinking lots of beer and absolutely not exercising at all. But it was at this time that I learned to finally take control of my life instead of letting life control me.

Breaking Point: If there is one event that I can point to where I said, “that’s it, it’s time for a change,” it’s the following story: It all began because of a friendly game of touch football in the park. On one particular play, I was wide open, caught a pass, and simply needed to run about 30 yards to score a touchdown. Well, it did not work out that way. After a few steps, my legs simply quit working underneath my heavy body, and I fell face first to the ground (bouncing up and down a couple of times like a huge beach ball along the way).
It was then that my son walked over to me (while I was still lying on the ground) and simply said, “Dad, why don’t you play on the other team now, and let Michael play on our team?” I had been traded by my own son!

This was my wake up call. I knew I had to do something to lose my excess weight and gain back my son’s respect.

How I Lost It: First, I found Atkins. I bought the Atkins book, and began following the plan faithfully. What I noticed after starting Atkins (besides the pounds that immediately started melting off) was that I had more energy than ever before. I felt great. This prompted me to start a running program. I continued Atkins, and ran my first 5K a few months later. Six months in, I had reached my goal weight. Within a year, I had run my first marathon. Eight years later, I still maintain this weight by only eating “good” carbs.

And I am still running.

Over the last several years, I have completed 20 marathons and five ultra-marathons (50K races). These include running two marathons in two days in 2010 and running two 50Ks in two days in 2011. In addition, I have run countless unofficial half-marathons, full-marathons, and ultra-marathons. Over the last year and a half, I have completed over 80 runs of half-marathon length or greater. On September 17, 2011, I will be competing in the USATF 24-Hour Run National Championship in Cleveland with a goal of 100 miles. And by the way, my son is a little more proud of me now.
I wrote a book about my experiences called “Putting One Foot in Front of the Other,” and in it I detail how I stayed sane during the toughest period of life, and created something good out of all the bad that came my way.

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