Three years ago, Michael Higgins exemplified what has, sadly for many Americans, become a common story of success.
The 43-year old married father of two held an important corporate executive job. He commuted forty minutes to and from work each day. He was successful, exhausted by the end of each work day. he ate and drank whatever he wanted, and it showed. Standing at a height of 5 feet, 9 inches, Michael weighed 269 pounds, was on the verge of Type II diabetes, had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a chronic skin condition, and he couldn't navigate steps without pain in his knees.
In January 2013, thanks to the encouragement of his wife and two friends, Michael decided to change his lifestyle, and make the adjustments necessary to go from fat to fit. He signed up for a 3K race in March, eliminated processed foods from his diet, eating leaner meat, and adding an array of fruits and vegetables to his daily food intake..
Training sensibly and remaining committed to his goals, he did indeed run his 3K race, and by July 2013 he had already reached his initial benchmark of weighing in at 200 pounds, a remarkable drop of 69 pounds in just six months.
And he didn't stop there. To date, Michael has run a number of 5Ks, a 10K, a 10-miler, and a half marathon, and has trimmed his weight down to 175 pounds, a loss of nearly 100 pounds since his healthy journey began.
Today, his blood pressure and cholesterol are normal, he takes no medication to control either issue, and even his skin condition of Rosacea has disappeared. Michael has eliminated all artificial sweeteners, soda, and sugar from his diet, and he drinks plenty of water daily. He also uses myfitnesspal.com to log his workouts and daily calorie intake.
The journey of Michael Higgins is truly remarkable, as he has literally run to a new life of good health.
He writes a great blog, http://formerlyfatrunner.com/. Check it out and subscribe to it to receive updates and advice from Michael, as he inspires others to run to a new life as he has done.