Surname: Daniel Hertel
Age: 28
Hometown: Buffalo

Takeoff weight: 378 pounds
Final weight: 188 pounds
time is running: 10 months

Before I went on mine Weight loss Trip I weighed nearly 400 pounds. Because of this, I was always out of breath and tired – not to mention my blood sugar was elevated to pre-diabetic levels. I couldn’t take certain amusement park rides. I was Jojo diet since I was 11 years old. I went to a gym, walked consistently for a week or two, and then stopped.

When I was 26 years old, I reached my heaviest weight of 378 pounds. At this weight, I couldn’t exercise too much. So I decided to have gastric cuff surgery in December 2019 to start my weight loss. That year, before and right after the surgery, I lost about 100 pounds and had a lot to do.

I was diagnosed with epilepsy in February 2020. For six months after I had seizures and was diagnosed, I could not drive or lead a “normal” life. My son had started walking and I was having trouble keeping up with him. And my wife was expecting again. I had lost weight, but it was time for me to make some health changes so that I could be active parents with my children.

It was around this time that most of the gyms closed due to COVID-19So I thought running was the best way for me to start training. I had always seen people post pictures of their racing medals and thought, “I want to do that.” I did my first run on April 1st, 2020. 30 seconds later I had to stop. I ran up to a 13 minute mile.

I went on and ran the C25K app three times a week. I slowly dropped the app and started my own method when I could walk for 20 minutes at a time without taking a breather.

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This has increased over the months. I still run a long run three to four days a week. It is winter now in Buffalo, so do shorter runs mostly on the Treadmilland I prepare for the cold for long runs outside when the weather is a bit decent. All of this has helped me develop as a runner and on my path to weight loss, but it wasn’t just my workout that contributed to my success.

While doing all of this after my gastrointestinal surgery, I also adjusted my eating habits. Before that, I basically ate what I wanted, when I wanted. I drank soda every day and didn’t think about the calories I was consuming.

Nowadays I am very conscious of portion sizes. I count calories and Macros. I eat a lot of protein, i do eliminated most of the added sugar of my diet and I keep a record of everything I eat. This meant that I didn’t have to cut out any foods to lose weight. To be honest, for me you can eat what you want. It just has to be in moderation.

The habit tracking also held me accountable and motivated me to stay on track. The more I did it, the more I noticed that I was unconsciously choosing healthier foods and correcting my portion size. Soon I did it because I wanted to, and that’s a great feeling.

Best winter equipment

Neck / face warmer

Buff DryFlx

Brooks Carbonite gloves

Handy reflectivity

Brooks Carbonite gloves

Gore Wear Opti headband

Toasty headgear

Gore Wear Opti headband

Tracksmith Brighton Base Layer

Soft long sleeve

Tracksmith Brighton Base Layer

I lost a total of 190 pounds from running, eating better, and having surgery. Not only has running been positive in my life physically, it has also helped me reduce stress and improve my mental health.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I have not yet been able to take part in races. I still run hoping to sign up for one virtual race or a personal one half marathon in the spring. I have a training plan that has really helped me keep going. Having goals and crossing them is so satisfying. It would be amazing to be one of the people with a photo with a racing medal.

Not only did running help speed my weight loss, it also helped me with stress relief and stress relief Mental health. It allowed me to really do something for myself and give myself the time to think. I also feel good when I run. I can run a mile in less than eight minutes. I used to wear size 50 pants and now I wore size 32 pants. I never thought I could do it, but here I am.

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