Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Voice

This blog could not be comlete without introducing you to Jonathan Dichter. Jonathan is a big part of why I wanted to run the race.

Jonathan came to a point in his life where he realized that he needed to take control of things -- to get healthy so that he could enjoy a longer, happier life with his friends and family.

Jonathan started his journey in January 2007. He weighed 370 lbs and decided that all he needed was some willpower and support from family and friends and he could make a difference in his life. Nothing was stopping him but himself. He set goals to be healthy enough to run the 2009 half marathon and to raise money for a good cause (the Dream Team) through his training efforts.

He started into a healthy diet and regular exercise and has come such a long way in the past year. The first picture below is Jonathan at 370 lbs (and apparently a bit confused). The second is Jonathan at just over 300 lbs taken about a month ago. Since then he has dropped into the 200's!

I've never met Jonathan in person (although we share The University of Akron as an alma mater - Go Zips!), but we have chatted through e-mail. But just seeing what he has done is an inspiration. He has shown that if someone puts their mind and body to the task, they can change their lifestyle into a healthy, active one. I admire Jonathan for the progress he has made and I can't wait to meet him at the race.

After seeing Jonathan's progress and chatting with him a bit, I realized that I, too, could start making healthier decisions and live a more active life. So I joined the cause with my wife in tow to work on a lifestyle change. The race seemed like a great goal. So here we are now.

Jonathan tracks his efforts on his blog

1 comment:

Rae! said...

That is a great intro to Jonathan. Cool!!! :)