Aaron Butler

We've all met "those guys" or "those girls". The people that seem naturally fit, eat anything they want and never gain a pound. Well, that's not me.

I spent the first 41 years of my life some degree of overweight and out of shape. Every time I stayed up late and saw an infommercial about "The Ultimate Diet", "The Ultimate Workout Machine", or "The Ultimate Weight Loss Program", I determined that tomorrow would be the day that I started to get into shape. Of course, that never happened.

Then in the summer of 2010, I decided it was now or never. I was over 375 pounds, my life was slipping me by, and I knew that if something didn't change, I would either die early, or become so sedentary that I wouldn't be able to really live the years I had left.

I took the most basic things I knew about exercise, coupled them with the simplest diet changes, and applied them, one meal at a time, one workout at a time, to my life. At the time I'm writing this, I've lost 140 lbs, and I'm in the best shape of my life. I've run several 5K races, a 5 mile race, a 10K race, and I'm running a 15K in a couple of weeks. In April of 2011, I hosted my own 5K race, hopefully the first of many, benefiting the American Cancer Society.

My life is forever changed, and it's my goal to help others do the same.