"Against All Odds": A story of obesity, weight loss, struggles, and amazing accomplishments
Bob French, of International Falls, MN, shares his epic weight loss story at Luminaries Retreat in January 2017
Bob's story is one that you most likely will not emulate in your life. However, just because you may not set out to accomplish the completion of an Ironman Triathlon, does not mean you won't benefit from Bob's story. Be greatly inspired to do something new in the physical fitness realm this year!
Even though Bob was only in his early 30s, he had many medical conditions plaguing his life because of the combination of obesity and smoking. His wife, Molly, inspired him to want to make positive changes in his life, and as he sought out gastric bypass surgery, he had to lose a certain percentage of body weight to show he could control his eating. In the process of doing that via the Couch to 5K program and MyFitnessPal, Bob discovered he really did enjoy the changes in his life because of his efforts at weight loss so there was no need for surgery. Instead of losing the 20 lbs he was "supposed to" to get the surgery, he had lost 40 lbs! Goodbye gastric bypass, hello athlete!
As Bob worked out, tracked what he ate and drank, quit smoking, and had real tangible goals through the races he signed up for, over 130 pounds slowly melted away. Diabetes left him, TV watching left him, and most of all, he had energy to be with his growing family! It took a couple of years for all the weight to fall off and in the meantime Bob was slowly realizing he was good at what he was going and he kept pushing the envelope with what his body could do.