Share this on:
About this iReport
  • Not verified by CNN

  • Click to view jleeker's profile
    Posted December 31, 2012 by
    Woodbridge, Virginia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    All limitations are self imposed.

    I watched a documentary called "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." It changed my life and views on eating. I didn't realize how lazy and unhealthy I was. At age 26 I weighed in at 260.

    Exactly one year later I weigh in at 219, with a goal of weighing 150 by the end of 2013. I was NEVER a runner, and ran six races this year. I'm already signed up for 12 more!

    What makes every workout and every polite decline to eat a cup cake worth it?

    I couldn’t really remember my “why” for starting, but it all came to me as I was running on the treadmill yesterday during my lunch break.

    I want to live a very long life in the healthiest way possible. I don’t want to get cancer..ever. I've watched two grandmothers lose their fight against it.

    I don’t want to be on any kind of medication. I want to be active into my 80s and 90s.

    I want to run and push my body to its limits. I want to do that for those who can’t. For those who lost limb and or their life for my freedom. The least I can do is push myself to the limit and not give up.

    I of course have some selfish motivations.. to turn heads.. to have abs, to fit into sizes of clothes I haven’t seen since high school, to be fit, to surpass any goal I set and make new ones.

    The biggest surprise of this journey so far has been inspiring others.. I didn’t expect so many questions on how I got started, what I do, and have others emulating that. I’d like to continue to inspire others and have them hold me accountable.

    I used to drive past people running in 100 degree heat and think… oh you poor person.. that’s just torture. Now i’ve become a mental cheerleader.. YEAH! You go! That is amazing, look at your pace, keep it up!

    If you would have told me a year ago I would be running races and 45 lbs. lighter.. I would have laughed at you. Now.. I can't wait to see what else I can do outside of my comfort zone!

    What do you think of this story?

    Select one of the options below. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport. If you'd like, you can explain your choice in the comments below.
    Be and editor! Choose an option below:
      Awesome! Put this on TV! Almost! Needs work. This submission violates iReport's community guidelines.


    Log in to comment

    iReport welcomes a lively discussion, so comments on iReports are not pre-screened before they post. See the iReport community guidelines for details about content that is not welcome on iReport.

    Add your Story Add your Story