I just got back from Hawaii and one sweet trip. I walked the Kona Half Marathon on the Big Island of Hawaii on June 28 and completed one of my biggest goals yet since my big weight loss adventure began.
Just as a refresher, I’ve lost 123 pounds, from 375-252, since I began working out at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Winchester in May of last year. If you ever decide you’d like to improve your health and with it, your overall quality of life, Mike Boyle is THE guru of strength and conditioning. www.bodybyboyle.com. He is a life changer. The pro athletes train with Mike, but your average person can, too. The nice thing………they get the same attention as the pros. Everyone is the most important person when they work out with Mike and his staff.
So……I walked a half marathon in three hours, 34 minutes, walking in honor of my mother-in-law, Janet Greenway Evans, who died from a series of strokes almost 23 years ago. I never knew her, but my wife and family struggle everyday without her.
I’ve been paying attention to my health for 14 months and with guidance, encouragement and some dedication to improving my well being, I’ve gone from struggling to walk 100 yards to completing 13.1 miles. Mike said I’d be stunned at what I could do if I committed to his program and he was 100 percent right. I can’t even explain the joy I’ve experience since losing the weight and “getting back into the game”.
Top 10 things from my trip to Hawaii
10. Didn’t need a seatbelt extender on the plane.
9. My waist didn’t spill over the armrest onto the passenger next to me.
8. Went to the pool in a bathing suit and no shirt.
7. My size 40 shorts are getting loose.
6. Went snorkeling with turtles and brilliantly colored fish.
5. Didn’t feel out of place amongst a group of fit people.
4. Walked 13.1 miles.
3. Actually starting thinking about possibly running the 13.1 miles next year
2. Completed a goal and saw it through, start to finish.
1. Raised about $10,000 for the American Stroke Association.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to my effort. Each and every one of you made a difference in someone’s life.