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Weight Loss Success: Mark D. Rucker Made Small Changes And Lost 100 Pounds

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Read his success story! Before and after male transformation and fitness motivation from men who hit their weight loss goals. They got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Learn their workout tips get inspiration! | TheWeighWeWere.comName: Mark D. Rucker
Age: 43
Height: 6’2″

Before Weight: 365 pounds. I was probably heavier than that, but I stopped weighing myself.

How I Gained It: I’ve been overweight most of my life. I gradually put on more after I graduated from law school, until maxing out in February of 2011. I was not engaged in any form of physical activity and I ate anything I felt like eating, at pretty much any time. I drank a lot of soda and ate fast food frequently. I loved pizza, wings, cheeseburgers and beer.

Breaking Point: I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea and was borderline diabetic; I woke up the day after the Super

Bowl in February 2011 and realized that I needed to change my life.

How I Lost It: The first thing that I did was to cut out sugary soft drinks. I switched to diet soda, but limited myself to one a day. I also determined that once the 24-pack ran out, I was going to be done with soda. I also decided to cut out all processed sugars and carbs to allow my body the time to process out the bad stuff that I had been putting in for so long. Instead of processed foods, I started eating whole fruits and vegetables. And it worked! I started losing weight.

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After a week I made some more changes. I cut out salad dressings and switched to raw almonds instead of roasted and salted. I had tried in the past to lose weight, but I always tried to change everything at the same time. After two to three weeks I’d go back to my old ways. I found I was having more success sticking with small changes, and I continued to lose weight.

In March I decided that I wanted to start exercising. So I started walking — just a mile at first. I was very slow and it was difficult for me, but I stuck to it. I walked at work on my lunch break. Over a few weeks I noticed that I felt much better than I had felt in a long time.

In April I decided I wanted to be a runner. I started using the Couch to 5K app from Bluefin Software on my iPhone. I remember the first day like it was yesterday. I had to run nine intervals of 60 seconds with 90 seconds of walking in between. I thought that I was going to die. But I stuck with it and ran my first 5K on July 4. Then I used Bridge to 10K and trained for my first 10K, which I completed on July 30. I also started biking; I love to ride. I joined the local cycling club so I could have others to ride with. I was intimidated at first, but the people in the club were so encouraging.

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After my 10K, I decided that I wanted to run a half-marathon, so I began training using another app from the same company. On October 23, I ran my first half-marathon in 2:42. I was thrilled. I have now moved on to marathon training. I am days away from my first marathon; the big day is February 18, when I will push myself above and beyond everything that I’ve ever imagined possible. I plan to complete a half-Ironman in July and my first full one in August. I can hardly wait.

My ultimate goal has always been to get healthy so I can live a long life and set a positive example for my kids. But I also hope to inspire other people who feel like they are stuck being overweight. I want them to know that they aren’t. I was probably the world’s biggest couch potato. But if I can change my life, I know that anyone can. Sometimes it just takes a little spark of inspiration from someone to light that fire.

After Weight: 265 pounds. I still want to lose about 60 more, and I know that I’ll make it.

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