Ever since I was a kid, weight has been an issue. My mother put me in every sports league, and swim class in Manhattan. When I turned 12 she sent me to weight watcher meetings, which was not ideal for a preteen, chubby kid. By the time I finished my first year in college I had ballooned to 300 lbs. So I did what any 18 year old with no money would do: I ran the streets of New York. I started with five blocks, then 10, and in about a month I was doing 20 blocks every night. My friends started calling me Night Man, because I would be out on the streets every night trying to lose weight before the summer hit. Wouldn’t you know it by the time it was May I was down to 210 lbs. The Night Man had done it! I thought I was king of the world by conquering one of my biggest obstacles.
Little did I know my battle with the weight would be a lifelong one. Being young and dumb I thought once the weight was off I was good for the rest of my life. This of course did not happen. For the next 16 years I was strapped to this roller coaster of my weight going up and down. Every time the pounds were coming on again, I would always have the streets of New York, and my running shoes to get lean and mean. I realized that this is a lifelong battle but running would always be my remedy.
Never has this hit me more than this past year. Talk about being knocked on your ass. I lost my girlfriend of four years, let go of a job I was married to for the last twelve years, and weighed 300 lbs. There was no way of sugarcoating this, but I was a mess. I hate to sound corny, but the streets of Manhattan were calling me again. Night Man needed to make a comeback, and get my life right. So I layered up, got my sneakers on. Running helped me clear my mind, and dissolved the angst I was going through. It also got me thinking that I was not alone. There must be a whole community of people out there just like me who are on the same weight roller coaster.
So, here I am at 35 trying to create a family that shares it's triumphs and troubles with the goal of supporting one another on this journey with our running shoes. Everyday someone begins their DAY ONE and we all know the importance of that. I sincerely look forward to writing my next chapter with all of you by my side. Let's all make this happen!