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West suburban man loses 225 kilos, set to run the Chicago Half Marathon

FOREST PARK, Ill. — Jough Dempsey lost observe of his weight when the indicator on his scale went past the most — 450 kilos.  

“I don’t know what my upper weight limit was,” Dempsey mentioned. “Because when I bought a scale that went up to 450, I pinned it. I went over it.” 

Dempsey, 46, mentioned he has battled weight problems since childhood. He moved from Philadelphia to Chicago in 2006, and he gained greater than 100 kilos.  

Clothes have been arduous to discover, he mentioned.  He wanted a 6 XL shirt and dimension 64 pants.

“It was getting hard to buy clothing even at the big and tall men’s stores,” he mentioned. “It was just getting hard to live my life being that heavy.” 

Simple actions turned chores. He was out of breath when he stood up, and out of space when he sat down. 

“It was hard to do normal things – sit in a chair,” he mentioned. “If I saw a chair that had arms, I’d think of those as width constraints. I would know that I have bruises on my thighs from the sides of the chair, just sitting in a normal human chair.” 

But when his twin boys have been born 9 years in the past, it was the weight of fatherhood, a brand new duty, that spurred motion.  

He lost almost 200 kilos however struggled to hold it off. He quickly gained 100 again.  

“Everyone knows the formula,” Dempsey mentioned. “You have to eat less. Eat better and move your body more. So, I started doing that and I hated it.”

He tried restrictive diets and intensive train. He even employed a personal coach.  

But he didn’t get pleasure from any of it. He knew if he would sometime discover success, he would have to be taught to get pleasure from the course of, so he labored with a therapist to strive to perceive why he was having such a tough time – and was ready to change his outlook. Find pleasure in doing arduous issues. Or as Cubs World Series supervisor Joe Maddon preached, “Embracing the grind.”

Now the Forest Park software engineer does one thing energetic day-after-day – biking or lifting weights at his health club, the Lifetime Fitness Center in Oak Brook.

He’s lost 225 kilos since he stood on the 450-pound scale. And for the previous 12 weeks, he’s been coaching to run his first half marathon: Hoka Chicago Half Marathon, produced by Lifetime. It is a 13.1 mile race this weekend and hundreds will run by means of Jackson Park, Hyde Park and alongside DuSable Lake Shore Drive on the South Side. 

“I think a lot of my success has been in making things more difficult that they need to be, right?” he mentioned. “I don’t need to go pick up heavy things and put them back down repeatedly. But I do, so making your life harder than to needs to be is one of those things. And just easing up on yourself. Part of my process is making mistakes.” 

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