“You are morbidly obese. You are pre-diabetic.”


June 24, 2013.    Not words any 40 year old wants to hear.  But it was true.  While I had been RUNNING a  law practice full of stress, with offices spread over 100 miles apart, working 7 days a week, often 10 – 16 hours a day, I hadn’t been doing any actual RUNNING at all.  Eating bad in the morning.  And in the mid-morning.  And in the afternoon.  And in the late-afternoon.  And – at night.  Eating at a desk or in a car.  Not good.

So it was those words that I heard on June 24, 2013 – morbid obese and pre-diabetic, that startled me.  Everything you never want to hear from a Doctor.  Things about not being there for your kids; about not making it to 50.  Startling words that shouldn’t haver startled me at all.  But they did.   I rarely let someone take  pictures of me before 2014.  The  two on this post are ones I thought I actually looked “good” in – and allowed to be taken – April and May of 2013.  They are my last “before” pictures.  Change was coming.


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Living in the Hudson Valley of New York State, at age 40 (almost 41), I had a health scare and had to make serious changes in my eating and exercise habits. This is the story of how, I went from Morbidly Obese to being a Marathon Runner and ran 12 marathons in 12 months. After I ran several more, I did something I never imagined possible: I am an Ironman.

2 thoughts on ““You are morbidly obese. You are pre-diabetic.””

    1. I started training in earnest in May of 2013 when I ran my first 5k. The first marathon was October 19, 2013. I just ran 5ks and moved to 10ks in about a month then 10 miles about 6 weeks later than about 2 half marathons starting in august then one 20 miler around Oct 3 that I almost didn’t finish. My first actual official race though was the marathon. All the other running was just done on my own. Marathon day was a nice steady day where my goal was to finish with my heart beating. I ran to finish not for a time. I’ve done 44 marathons now (most recent 2 weeks ago). PR is 3:51. I’ve also done three full Ironman races now 2018, 2019, and 2021. I obviously don’t update the blog but and thrilled at least one person is reading it. Your first marathon will change your life. Enjoy it.


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