by Tony Reyes, 

One morning I woke up, gasping for breath.  My CPAP must have slipped off my nose in the middle of the night and I had stopped breathing.  I was 23 years old, 400lbs with severe sleep apnea, and a strong history of heart disease in my immediate family.  I made up my mind that morning as I sat at the edge of my bed trying to catch my breath, crying at the realization that I had almost died.  Enough was enough, it was time to change.

I auditioned for the show The Biggest Loser.  After making it through several rounds of the casting process my spirits were so high that when I got cut I fell into a deep depression.  I didn’t think I had a way out.  I felt like my weight was literally crushing my chances at a normal life filled with activity, happiness, and potential.  I am stand-up comedian and it had gotten to the point that when I made fat jokes on stage and people laughed, I began to hate them for their laughter.  Why are they all laughing and not trying to help me?  Can’t they tell I hate this life and need support to change?

Thankfully, my fiancé saw through the facade   She made me understand that I didn’t need a TV show to change, that through diet and exercise I could save my own life.  So I signed up for the Malibu Spartan Sprint in the hopes of inspiring me to lose the weight.  And Inspire it did, I lost almost 100lbs by race day! Through getting a trainer and dedicating myself to myself, I was able to do it!  I also got a ton of support by starting my on weight loss page called “The Fat Man Diaries” where I answer questions, share workouts, and do weekly videos documenting my progress.

When I first signed up for the race I was scared.  I didn’t tell anyone about it because I wanted to be able to back out and quit like most of my other weight loss attempts.  I knew that elite athletes ran it and every video I watched I didn’t see anyone with my body type which made me nervous.  That is until I saw Chris Davis.  He had lost over 400lbs and was over 300lbs when he ran his first race so I thought, why not me?  That is why I’m writing this blog.  So that hopefully someone out there that is nervous to sign up or is unsure if you can finish, can read my story and hear me when I say that you can.  Nothing is impossible and that the hardest obstacle to conquer is your own fear.  I did it, Chris did it, YOU can also do it.

You’ll Know at the Finish Line

The first time I read those words I didn’t understand.  I figured it was some sort of cryptic marketing ploy, but I put my doubts aside and signed up.  Well I am here to tell you, it is no marketing ploy.  It’s not some goofy catch phrase that was thrown around a brainstorming session.  “You’ll Know at the Finish Line” is a promise.  A promise that if you work hard, dedicate yourself to your training, and give everything you have during the race, when you cross the finish line, you’ll understand that who you were at the beginning of the race and who you are at the finish are completely different people.  I know I am, don’t you want to be?

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