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Can Fats Males Do…An Iron Man?




On Jan 9th 2011, I weighed myself and famous with horror the studying on the dimensions. 

354lbs.

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On Jan 10th 2011, I advised the world that I’d run a marathon. Nicely, I advised my workplace and some folks politely smiled and some folks laughed. What number of instances had I promised to myself and to others that I’d drop some pounds? What number of instances had I failed, solely to regain and add extra weight?

Nonetheless, this time it WOULD be totally different.

Feb 27th 2012, I weighed myself and famous with delight the studying on the dimensions.

178lbs

 

At my fittest

I hadn’t but managed a marathon however I used to be operating 10ks in 51 minutes, strolling 7 miles to work and I used to be more healthy and happier than I had ever been. I spent the subsequent few years including an increasing number of medals, including an increasing number of miles and including varied well being promotion and running a blog roles to my C.V. I graced the covers of operating magazines, featured in newspapers and joined MAN v FAT as an Wonderful Loser. I raised hundreds for charity and Howmanymiles was born.

On Could 2014, I accomplished the Copenhagen Marathon and Hans Christian Anderson couldn’t have penned the fairy story that was my life. It marked the end result of three years of coaching, dedication and lots of sacrifices.

 

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Nonetheless, like all fairy tales, it contained a component of darkness. It marked the beginning of my descent. With no purpose in sight, I misplaced motivation and I regained previous habits. Though I devoted my time to launching campaigns and occasions that helped hundreds of individuals to change into extra lively, I devoted little time to my very own well being and wellbeing and over the past two years. I’ve suffered bouts of melancholy as my weight has slowly however steadily elevated. I attempted to masks my damage and disgrace, however I started to withdraw. I ended partnerships and friendships. I started to lose hope and started turning down wonderful alternatives. I feared that it was the tip of the street for Howmanymiles.

As soon as once more I used to be a failure and a fraud. As soon as once more, I hated myself

2nd September 2016, I weighed up my choices in addition to my weight and I had a revelation.

Fairy tales are all about rising from the darkness, going through your fears and overcoming mighty obstacles. They’re about heroes and heroines.

Immediately, on the 8th September 2016, I make a brand new promise. In 2018, I’m going to compete in an Ironman 70.3  

I’m going to be an Ironman

Some would possibly snort, however I hope that every one of you’ll be part of me as I replace you with my progress, each in my coaching and in my fundraising, right here at MAN v FAT and likewise at my weblog at www.howmanymiles.co.uk, as ever you can too discover me over on the discussion board the place you’ll be able to ask me something about what I’m as much as. 

It has been a dream of mine to be a Triathlete in addition to a Strive-Athlete and along with your assist and your encouragement; I do know that I can’t fail to realize my purpose of being an Ironman

I even have one other purpose.

Weight problems and inactivity contribute to so many non-communicable illnesses and to so many misplaced lives. A kind of illnesses is most cancers and I’m not positive its hyperlinks with weight problems are as well-known, as they need to be. I intend on utilizing my new purpose to lift consciousness and funds for Most cancers Analysis and I additionally intend on persevering with to encourage as many individuals as potential to maneuver extra.

I’d love to steer a staff of MAN v FAT Triathletes and Ironmen. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re doing a casual swim, bike, run with buddies or a full-blown Iron Man – will you be part of me?

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