By: Jeffrey Smith
What was your first OCR? Viking Assault 08/2012
What is your next OCR? Indiana Spartan Sprint 04/2013
Tell us more about yourself, Jeffrey.
For over twenty years, I struggled with weight, not always fat (though that is where it got to) but never lean. In college, I was an avid, frustrated body builder because I could achieve strength and size easily, but never the lean, cut, muscular look I wanted. My health deteriorated over the years to eventually ending up at 254 lbs, extremely high blood pressure and pre diabetic. I lied to myself and said I was fine (I dressed in black because it is “slimming”) but it was the day my fat pants decided to not fit that I realized I had to do something.
My journey actually began April 1, 2012. I altered my diet and embarked on a rigorous exercise routine of running. (My wife had told me for many years that running would be the only way I would lose the weight). So, 60 lbs later I decided to try her way. At that time, I could not run even 1/8 of a mile. Today (55 lbs lighter and counting) I run 4+ miles 5 days a week. No inhaler, no knee brace, blood pressure under control.
I believe fat was a choice for me and I now choose lean and healthy. I enjoy running, funny because I never planned on running any farther than the fridge, it’s cathartic for me and obstacle racing has become an addictive passion. I want to be that example of what a little bit of determination and knowledge can do for the average person. I am no expert, but I know what worked for me.
My quest for abs is in full swing. Make no mistake, I have awesome abs. I know this because under my yet to be lost fat I can feel them and they hurt after intense core workouts. It will be a glorious day when they emerge. We will all celebrate together!
Next time you see Jeffrey on the obstacle course be sure to say hi! We would like to thank Jeffrey for his time and for sharing a little piece of his story with the rest of us. Keep up the amazing work, Jeffrey ! We’ll see you again soon at the next race!