TheFatGuy’s Participant Story for the Cooper River Bridge Run (CRBR)
I am Mike Campbell, AKA TheFatGuy. I weighed 360 pounds in February 2009 at almost 53 years old. I lost 150pounds between March 2009 and February 2010. I was overweight most of my adult life until my wife helped me realize I was in my own personal fire. She told me a story that eventually created the AHA moment I needed to start my journey to health and wellness. She helped me understand that I had to find MY way “Out of the Fire” if I was ever going to help anyone else in my life. I had numerous health issues and seven drugs to deal with those health issues. My story is much longer than this and you can find out more about it at fatguydiary.com.
I am now 57 years old and happy to say I am as fit and healthy as I have ever been in my life. I am off all medications and can do things I never thought possible. I sure never thought I would be part of the CRBR. Two years ago I walked/jogged the CRBR with a friend. I was happy to be in a position to encourage him on our trek! I have benefited from the Bridge Run in my volunteer work too. Eat Smart Move More Charleston Tri-County, which I Chair, received funding from CRBR to train Walk Leaders across our community to lead walking/running groups. CRBR also provided free registration to a number of children and adults involved in the Youth Marathon Program I direct as part of the Charleston Marathon.
I am blessed to have found my journey to health and wellness. We are all fortunate to have the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston!
TheFatGuy, Mike Campbell