Tim Timmons | Crawfordsville, IN

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June 13, 2021

It's a journey anyone can take

Almost everywhere I go people have said something on my weight loss. One of the common themes has been the strength it took. Strength? Hardly. I watched my mom and my mom-in-law battle debilitating diseases that eventually robbed them of their lives. The mettle and courage they displayed over years of fighting was remarkable to watch.
That's the true measure of strength, not pushing back a second helping.
What I've done is no more than change a crappy and incredibly stupid lifestyle for a little better one. I'm not about to say it's been easy. But so far I really haven't done anything special. Absolutely anyone can do what I've done - and more. Just walk into Athena Sport & Fitness and you can find one person after another who have accomplished far more than I have.
But because I'm a guy who scribbles a few thoughts in public each week, I've been urged to tell my story. To be sure, there's a reluctance to overload you. Too much of me isn't a good thing for anyone and that's why you haven't read my weight-loss journal day after day. But last week a good friend told me that watching me has helped them stick with their own program. So, if you want to hear how an old fat guy is doing, read on. If you want to skip a page or two and get to Mallard Fillmore faster . . .
First off, I have written a couple of times about this, the last one being in August when I ran with the oldest kidkin over in Hamilton County. I weighed about 255 then. I've run a couple of other 5ks since and my total weight at last official count was just under 230. I started 17 months ago a bit north of 300 so the total tonnage dropped now totals 75 pounds.
More importantly, I've changed my eating habits. No, I am not on some super diet. I've watched those temporary fixes crash and burn faster than the needle on my scale rocketing upward. If the weight and my health are going to sustain improvement, then this has to be about an honest-to-goodness change in lifestyle. Anything else is just blather.
You should also know that none of this would have happened without the trainers at above-mentioned Athena. They've pulled, pushed and prodded when all I wanted to do was sit my fat assumptions on a couch. It takes a special person to be a trainer and I've been fortunate to have been helped by some of the best. Also, there's no progress without the camaraderie and support of friends and family. I don't want to mention any names, but most people know them as Tonya, Jenny, Denise, Amy, Phil, Kara, Brooke, Heather, Kim, Linda, Cassie and Cailee.
So let me give you what I consider the most important outcome. The eight or nine of you who regularly read my dribblings may remember that I was diagnosed a few years back with a heart condition. You may also remember that while I talked about changing eating habits and lifestyle back then, that's all it was, talk. Fortunately, I had great docs and six medications a day that kept my condition under control.
Recently, I had a check-up with the heart doc and a physical with the regular doc. I'm happy to report that all the work I've done got me down to one prescription now. No more blood pressure medicine. No more cholesterol drugs. No more water pills. And besides dropping a handful of pills every day, there's a definite positive financial impact.
So there's the story. I'll share that I've not reached my overall goal yet so I'm still doing a lot of running (more than 500 miles so far this year) and training with a coach three days a week. I hope to eventually be able to back off to a lighter workout regimen and concentrate on maintaining rather than losing. But I'm not there yet.
Gang, let me end with stressing the fact that I haven't done anything that anyone else couldn't do if they chose to. If that helps you, great. Lord knows there have been plenty of folks helping me every step of the way.

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