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2011 Military Challenge - Saturday, July 30th
Virginia Beach Sportsplex, 2181 Landstown Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
I have been on active duty for the past 19 years and am also the founder of "Precise Fitness."
Precise Fitness is a Hampton Roads based, non-profit, health and fitness organization dedicated to educating, coaching, and mentoring the people across Hampton Roads about living a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise.
Precise Fitness brings together everyday people—young, old, fit, overweight, obese—to workout together and motivate each other. We share healthy recipes, diets, and provide that emotional support to each other.
Our website is www.precisefitness.org
I too have lost several pounds with diet & running. I have run 3 half marathons and will complete my first full marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon on October 30, 2011. I am challenging myself to veer off the straight path & complete this obstacle course, this is a new fitness goal for myself. I can run forever but couldn't do a single pull up, so this will certainly be a great accomplishment for me. I am READY!
In March of 2005 I weighed 310 pounds. I began running every day. When I first began running I could not even run a half a mile without feeling extremely winded. So each day I slowly increased by distance and concentrated on the distance more than my speed. I also worked out at the gym 3 times a week. While keeping to this program I went on a very strict eating program. I began eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, salads, jello, and low fat popcorn.
As I continued this program for about 5 months I was able to lose an astonishing 130 pounds in an amazing 4.5 months. I went from wearing a size 44 Waist all the say to a 32 Waist.
Now I am focused on helping others with losing weight and become a an example that anything is possible
I am a United States Marine Corps OIF/OEF veteran. One year ago I formed a non-profit support organization for Wounded Warrior Project. The following is an overview of Team X-T.R.E.M.E. (Train, Rehabilitate, Empower, Motivate and Endure), The core of Team X-T.R.E.M.E.’s conception and design is to direct focus to our wounded service members of Iraq and Afghanistan through innovation, vigilance and “Xtreme” feats of physical and mental endurance. In September of 2009 I set a world record in Richmond Va. at the US Army Maymont Cross Country Half Marathon. I was the first to run 13.1 miles while wearing a gas mask. Since that time I have ran five half marathons and 3 10K’s. I will be attempting a second world record this year at the Marine Corps Marathon on October 31, 2010. To date, Team X-T.R.E.M.E. has raised over $6,000.00 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Team X-T.R.E.M.E. now consist! of four military veterans equally passionate about our cause and mission. We accept The Military Challenge with intent and focus to bring awareness and recognition to our wounded patriots that have made the ultimate sacrifices. I am often asked how difficult it is run in the mask for 13 miles. My response: "Not nearly as difficult as living the rest of your life with no legs or being burned over 60% of your body." My time on the battlefield is done, however I still have fellow service members in the field as well as the ones that will endure their wounds for the rest of their lives. In the military, we leave no one behind. Team X-T.R.E.M.E. will not forget them or allow their sacrifice to be forgotten. Semper Fi! - Jeremy Soles: Founder/President
Three years ago I weighed over 400 lbs. In November of 2007, I had a gastric bypass and changed my life forever. Within a week of surgery, I was on a treadmill. It was beyond exhausting to make myself walk a mile. But as I lost more, I ran further. I ran my first 8k in 2008 and kept going further and further. I have now finished six triathlons, seven half marathons, and two full marathons. I have kept the over 200 lbs. I lost off and am always looking for a new physical challenge.
I am active duty Navy and have bleed Navy Blue and Gold for over 12yrs. About a year ago I had to undergo knee surgery due to an injury sustained at a local sporting event. After a long and somewhat painful rehabilitation, I am ready to prove to the Navy and to myself that I still have what it takes to overcome any challenge.
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