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''Running Helped Me Lose Almost 100 Pounds!''

A Health Scare Inspired MKKAYA to Start Losing Weight


  • Heck yeah! Like Mike, I lost 90 pounds through a comprehensive change in lifestyle ... eating better and moving A LOT more. I could not complete a 10 brisk walk without exhaustion. I am now counting down the days to my first marathons ... 44 days to Savannah Rock and Roll and 25 to Baltimore (which will be used as a training run for Savannah).

    I love my new life! I think I would like to keep it. - 9/21/2011 10:33:21 AM
  • I'm always impressed with individuals that were able to make such dramatic changes in their life. Its' one thing to have put on 100lb from your 20's to your 40's., bu it's another when you've always been overweight, never been a runner and now discover what it's like to be fit and healthy.

    My favorite, and also detested comment, is "you're too skinny". No... it's just that most Americans are too accustomed to seeing overweight and obese people all the time, that someone fit looks sickly to them. Maybe it;s also just a bit of guilt due to a certain amount of self examination.

    I've trimmed 40lbs to return to a former self. To reach that higher level of fitness that's escaped me the last 12 years. ti discover the untapped potential I had in me, but was being held back by poor eating habits and lack of motivation. Sprak has been a great tool to track my sucess. - 4/13/2011 12:20:17 PM
  • Thanks for the inspiration! I'm going to find a 5k and start training. - 4/11/2011 6:06:14 PM
    That's fantastic! Anybody in the 60181/60126 area looking for somebody to walk with...then run? - 4/5/2011 4:33:07 PM
  • I would like to become a runner.....your story is reassurance that I can do it! Thank you, and Congratulations!! - 4/5/2011 9:23:24 AM
  • Great job. You are a very inspiring person. Thank you for sharing. - 4/3/2011 7:43:06 AM
    Very inspiring, thanks for sharing! - 3/25/2011 12:57:33 AM
    Good for you! You look great! - 3/22/2011 10:42:35 PM
    Good for you! You look great! - 3/22/2011 10:42:01 PM
  • I was running in the fall on the treadmill but as usual life got in the way. Thank you for this article....I am going for a run as soon as I am done here. It will hurt at first but in the end I will feel great!! - 3/22/2011 5:38:46 PM
  • Wow Mike Thanks for sharing your story! You look and sound great! Sooo AMAZING! - 3/22/2011 2:47:55 PM
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    You look 10 years younger. I can sense how good you feel in your words. Keep on running and count your blessings! - 3/22/2011 12:38:43 PM
    Wow! It looks like you shed some years, too! It's amazing how much younger you look now. Way to go, Mike! - 3/22/2011 7:55:54 AM
  • Great article! Mike, you ROCK!!! Thanks for sharing your experiences and for being such an awesome SPARK in my life. - 2/11/2011 9:45:49 PM
  • Coach Mike, you are such an inspiration to you fellow Sparkers! May you enjoy running for years to come and one day, I WILL meet you in person. CONGRATULATIONS! - 2/10/2011 4:06:18 PM

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