Tim Painter, 51, has been to Swan Brewing’s last two pubs. What makes it interesting is that it lives near Champions Gate. And these are the first group races he has attended. In addition, Painter has no training in athletics.
He spent the preparation years at Reeths-Puffer High in Muskegon, Michigan, and graduated in 1988. At Lansing Community College, he majored in surgical technology.
“I had never been into sports,” Painter said. “I worked very early, when I was a teenager. That kept me busy, with work after school every day. ”
After years of trying to diet and failing, he reached a turning point on Christmas Eve 2019. His weight had risen to 257 in his 5-foot-10 frame.
“Actually, I just got to a bottom,” he said. “I felt so uncomfortable and so unhealthy. I told myself it was the last time I wanted to feel that way. I had to make a change. “
Therefore, he researched on diet plans and came across the Keto diet. He joined food groups on Facebook and decided to give it a try.
“My first week at Keto, I lost ten pounds,” Painter said. “In the end, if that month, I had lost 30. I was very strict. I removed all soft drinks, sugars, pastries and breads.
“From the diet, I had an excess of energy. So I decided to exercise. I started lifting weights and walking a mile on the treadmill. “
In early February 2020, he decided to try running.
“I reached my first milestone when I jogged a mile non-stop,” he said. “One day, after doing the mile on the treadmill, I got home and I still had extra energy.
“I decided to go for a run. I ran three miles and felt really good. I lived in Muskegon and was three miles north of Muskegon. By the end of that week, I had left for North Muskegon and was returning to my first 6-mile race. This became my weekly routine. I ran those 6 miles once a week. My weight dropped to 200 ”.
Then, in April 2020, he had an emergency appendectomy. This placed him in a downward spiral. He went back to his eating habits and I gained 20 pounds again.
“They always say it’s about consistency,” Painter said. “I am a true believer in this, because I have lived ups and downs.
“As long as I’m consistent, the weight starts to come off again. Because of my height, the doctor tells me that my ideal healthy weight is 170.
“Right now, I’m about 219. I don’t just want to go back to 200, I want to go down to about 185.”
Painter moved to Florida last July. I asked him what he thought of his first group, here in Lakeland.
“It was great, even though it was raining,” he said. “Running with other people is not only enjoyable, but it will help me take responsibility. I’m going to make it a regular Tuesday ritual.
“Hopefully this will help me get to my first 5K, my first 10K, and maybe after all get to a marathon.”