Marathon After Gastric Sleeve
My name is Jack Houghton and the first picture above shows me in October 2017. Yup, I am making pancakes, all for me, and ultimately loaded with butter and maple syrup. So how did I get end up 100+ pounds overweight? Well, life got busy. I work a full time job and own a business. Not enough time in the day (or so I thought). In addition, I developed plantar fasciitis which made exercise difficult. No excuses though. The bottom line is that my health was not a priority.
Fast forward to August 2019. The second picture above shows me opening a can of tuna, a whole lifestyle change later, and 130 pounds lighter. How did I do this? I had gastric sleeve surgery on September 24th, 2018. Before you think that I “cheated”, a reaction I commonly get from those who don’t understand the lifestyle change and commitment that gastric sleeve surgery requires in order to be successful, let me assure you, it is work. Hard work. The sleeve is just a tool, and when used properly it can support weight loss and positive health changes. But you have to change your eating habits, follow the dietary plan, (protein and fiber first!) and commit to exercise. I happen to love exercise and I also love having something to strive for. I tend to set hefty goals that I know will require determination and perseverance to achieve. My goal for 2019 is to run in the New York City Marathon. I have secured a spot and I am in training mode as I write this. I have also secured a spot in the 2020 Boston Marathon. Last week, I ran 20 miles for the first time in my life. Check out marathonaftergastriclseeve.com, this web site documents my journey. I tell it like it is. I will talk about the good times and the not so good times as they relate to gastric sleeve and turning my life around. I will share the challenges I encounter while training for a marathon, and hopefully the glorious feeling of achievement when I pass the finish line. So please, feel free to follow along.
I am thankful to the Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation for allowing me to participate in these two great Marathons. Please help me raise funds for this great non profit which has done so much good in South Shore Massachusetts.
The Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation was established to provide assistance to area children, youths, and families, and to help fund enrichment programs within Abington schools. The non-profit, 501C-3 organization is in memory of Jeff Coombs, an Abington father of three who died on September 11, 2001 in the WTC Terrorist Attacks. Since the very informal creation of the Foundation in November of 2001, a dedicated and wonderful group of volunteers has raised more than $1 million through the Annual Jeff Coombs Memorial Road Race, Walk and Family Day and a variety of other fundraisers. Each year our marathon runners raise an excess of $10,000 each to run the Boston Marathon under the Foundation name. Many thanks to John Hancock for including us in their charity marathon program.