Lawrence A. Rodriguez, 46
Staying healthy was easy for me long ago. As a University of Texas student I enjoyed an active lifestyle. While living in Boulder, Colo., and State College, Penn., I walked or rode my bicycle everywhere. When I moved to larger cities, I spent more time in the car commuting and my weight started to increase. Unfortunately, I didn’t change my diet or exercise to accommodate that lifestyle change. In 2007 I hit 310 pounds and my doctor told me to lose weight or go on medication. I started to run, bike and watched my diet. By the end of 2008 I had lost 85 pounds. Now I keep the weight off by watching what I eat, going to the gym three times a week and running three times a week. I strive to stay healthy because I love the feeling of emotional and physical strength. I’ll soon run in my fourth half marathon and recently published a novel, “Don’t Hate Running,” which spins my personal experiences with getting healthy into an inspirational and funny story about relationships, love and running.
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