• Brandon Butler

    Great article Mark. I especially enjoyed the phrase, ”
    I work 40+ hours, I have a 3-year-old, and an 8-month-old, a wife, and a house. I write a lot, I practice, I run, I volunteer, I serve, etc. There are enough hours if we take advantage of them with wisdom and intentionality.” I detest the excuse of being too bust, especially by people who watch hours and hours of television each night.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Brandon! My concept of time and “busy” has been one of the biggest changes that I’ve made in the past year.

  • You’ve done awesome and what a great post! It’s been really cool to follow your progress and motivating as well! Keep up the good work buddy!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Will! I hope it motivates someone…anyone. Reading about other’s hard work and success has certainly been a HUGE motivation for me.

  • Powerful stuff. The quote on laziness pricked me right in the ol’ conscience. It was last January when I realized I was overweight and in the course of 4 months I dropped 40 pounds, which in all honesty put me about 10 pounds underweight. I have settled into a healthy weight now and have maintained that ever since. For me, though, I know that that has only been the first step – since taking a desk job, I know I need to get in better physical shape. Got my weight under control, now I just need to work on getting fit.
    Awesome article – and congrats on your achievement.

    • SoleAdventure

      That is awesome, Tom! Congrats on your success! I also dropped too much (beyond the 55 I lost) at one point and then realized I needed to get to a healthier weight. I also work a desk job, which is why I have to be so intentional about being active regularly.

  • Chris Denham

    Great stuff and congratulations! I will be back to read this more than once.

    Chris Denham

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for reading, Chris!

  • Thanks for having the courage to share your journey from ‘mediocre to medalist’. Your pain and sweat will inspire others to realize there is no excuse to watch from the sideline when you could be carrying the trophy!

  • Great write up Mark. Congrats and definitely a very motivating post. Keep it up and hurry out here to Idaho to chase some elk would ya?

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Dustin! Idaho is on my short list. Next year it’ll be Colorado for elk, but I think Idaho will be next!

  • Way to go and keep it off, Mark. It takes a strong mind to stay focused and work to keep that weight off. Stoked you were able to do it and to strive toward your goals! Good luck this season and may you run like a gazelle, or something like it.

    • SoleAdventure

      That’s funny, Al! I’m not very Gazelle-like; I’m more like a turtle with a lot of determination.

  • Congrats on the accomplishment man. A lesson I’ve learned when training is that if I’m not signed up for a race, I slack. Well said on lesson #2, I need to stop “resting” so much and get stuff done.