I used to be a runner. There was something about getting outside; just me and the pavement, and the steady rhythm of moving forward—physically, mentally—I didn’t just love it, I craved it. Even as the miles passed, I’d have a smile on my face.
Though. Overtime, I started running fewer and fewer miles. I can’t remember which came first, the extra pounds or the added pain in my knees after a few miles of asphalt, but in either case, my running shoes spent more and more time in the back of my closet.
Then, in the summer of 2015, I stepped on the scale and the reality of the number really hit me.
It wasn’t pretty.
I had been ignoring my progressive weight gain for so long, that I was now over 212 pounds, an all-time high for me. The number shocked me. I knew my weight gain was bad, I didn’t realize that it was that bad. As I stepped back and evaluated my health, I realized it wasn’t just my weight that was a problem. I had no energy and I felt sluggish all the time. During the night I struggled for air and snored loudly which led to poor sleep. My blood pressure had always been on the high side (even when I was thin and running) and now, fighting against this extra weight, it was skyrocketing.
I was depressed.
I was miserable.
I was ready for a change.
Not long after my wake up call, my wife suggested we both try the Clean Burn Shape plan. As a health care professional, she had done the research and thought it might be a great way for
both of us to lose weight and get healthy, together.
For me, having a partner was awesome. And having a plan that gave me guidelines on what and how much to eat without feeling like I was sacrificing was invaluable. All of our food shopping and meal planning was made easier.
I lost 36 pounds and nearly 20 total inches off my body in just five months! I can keep up with my family and even incorporate some of the foods I love most while still maintaining on the scale. The Clean Burn Shape plan has not only helped me lose weight but has given me a plan for a lifetime of healthy living.
But one of the very best things? I can run again, pain free.
So if you see me running down the street, a smile on my face… you’ll know why.