I am a firefighter by trade. Back in October of 2011 I went to work like any other day. We got a call to assist another fire district with a car fire. I pulled on my turnout gear and sucked my gut in to snap my bunker pants and zip up my coat. After the call my Captain and I looked at each other, both of us out of breath and not feeling so hot. I said "man this is crazy, we gotta do something". 

The next morning I stepped into the scale and it read 352 pounds. Although I was 25 pounds lighter than my heaviest weight I was in the worst shape of my life. Walking up a hill for 50 ft I would get winded and have to stop. It was time for a change.

I have for the most part always been very active and never really let my weight limit me in any way. However during my time in Paramedic school I gain 50 pounds and didn't do much physical activity because of the demands of school. Not anymore. I started out by running. First only 1/2 a mile. After a week I was up to 1 mile. Then with in three weeks I was up to 2 miles. All this was going great until my knees started bothering me. I was down 10 pounds and feeling great. I had to continue somehow.

Ten years before I had gotten into mountain biking and I decided give that another shot. I also was given a recommendation to start taking glucosimine and condroutin, to help with my knees. After riding for a few weeks and taking the supplements I was on a roll! 

After 6 months I am down 50 pounds and feel like I could take on the world. I plan to keep at the biking and start running again after I lose 20 more pounds. My goal is to be down at least 50 more pounds before my Tough Mudder in October, and I will compleat my Tough Mudder!!!

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Comment by Ibarra, Brendon J. on March 1, 2012 at 12:49pm

Congrats on taking the first step and putting forth the effort to take your life back.

One thing I can recommend for training is a Prowler Sled . While they are not cheap (I actually made mine) but  they work wonders. Easy on the knees hard everywhere else it counts.

Good luck!

Comment by → John ↓ Berger ← on March 1, 2012 at 12:59pm

Awesome! You got this man!

Comment by Michael Acosta on March 1, 2012 at 1:42pm

Thanks for the inspirational post! I am also a Firefighter working on getting fit... got sidelined with knee pain last year. I just started the glucosamine and condroutin supplement. Good Luck hope to see you @ the DC event Sat 8th


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