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Dan lost more than 100 pounds when he started running and changed his diet.
NAME: Dan Huber
OCCUPATION: Sr. AV/IT Technician at Gannon University
HOMETOWN: St. Louis but now living in Erie, Pennsylvania
FAMILY: Married, father of two twin girls
What prompted you to start working out? I was 260+ pounds in April 2011. As I was staring at a giant Easter basket full of my favorite chocolates and candy, I came to some sort of realization—I was 42 years old and still getting an Easter basket. I stopped right there and decided changes needed to be made. I made a plan—no more candy, desserts, and fatty snacks.
How did you start? I have my fellow employees to thank for that. Two of them went for a walk each day at lunchtime. They asked me to join. I asked how far, and they said about three miles. I didn’t think I could do it and it was the hardest three miles of walking I ever did.
Describe your regular workout routine. Walking eventually turned into walk/runs. Now I try to run everyday for at least five miles, averaging 20 to 30 miles per week. I also incorporate a seven-minute workout every other day, which is made up of 12 different cardio exercises.
What was the biggest hurdle to working out and how did you get over it? Learning to believe in myself took time and knowing I can only count on myself to get it done. Working out with others and having the support of family and friends is inspirational, but only I could complete the tasks.
What’s the most rewarding part of your running life? All of the firsts. My first mile running was incredible to me. Running in places I never had before—Maine, Las Vegas, Florida. Running with friends and accomplishing goals together. My first 5K, 10K, half and last October I ran my first marathon in 4:02 in Columbus, Ohio. But the greatest reward is my health.
Did you have a weight-loss goal? I was 260+ pounds in April 2011, and I had a goal to get to 200 pounds. I beat that and have lost over 100 pounds. Now, I weigh 155.
What’s the secret to your weight-loss success? No real secret here, watching what you eat. Fresh is best and limit the amounts of meat, dairy, bread, and little to no sugar. It’s true what they say, “eat less, move more.”
What kinds of changes did you make to what and how you ate?Immediately I changed how, what, and when I ate. I used to get fast food every morning before work. Also, I would eat whatever doughnuts, cookies, or cakes were in the office for whoever’s birthday or celebration there was that day. I would eat full lunches, snacks throughout the day and on the way home, and a big dinner usually followed by dessert. We are just not meant to eat that way or that much. I cut all that out. Now, my regular day consists of five grain oatmeal with dried fruit and sugar-free maple syrup, a piece of fruit a couple hours later, a handful of almonds, salad or turkey/veggie wrap for lunch, and sometimes sushi. A reasonable dinner consists of protein and vegetables. I eat between 1,800 and 2,000 calories a day.
What advice would you give to a beginner or someone just starting out? You obviously have to do what works for you but you have to eat less, and have some type of exercise daily. You can’t give everything up, but you know what a doughnut tastes like, it hasn’t changed and it won’t. But don’t deprive yourself. Just don’t forget to go for a run later.
What are your favorite motivational quotes? “Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” — PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
What’s your idea of a Rave Run? A run around Erie’s peninsula and in the winter add running across the bay.
What’s your favorite piece of gear? I really like my Asics Gel Kayano 20s, but I also really like smartphone armband for tracking.
What is your long-term goal? To do another marathon and complete it in under 3:55.