Running in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle

These are the kinds of motivational stories we love to hear at Fort4Fitness! WANE15 covered the story of Kristian Jarret last week, detailing his amazing weight loss and his journey to a healthier lifestyle. You can watch the video on WANE's website.

Two and a half years ago, Kendallville resident Kristian Jarrett was 335 pounds and had just welcomed his second daughter into the world. He missed being competitive and being a college athlete. “I realized it was time to make a change. I was miserable in life, I didn’t feel like I was a good dad, a good husband. I didn’t feel like I was much good at anything,” explains Jarrett.

He started tracking what he ate, walking, and strength training. Then he saw an ad for Fort4Fitness and wanted to challenge himself. With help from his wife Samantha, who is a runner, they set up a plan to help him reach his goal: to run the 4-mile race without stopping.

“I started off and I ran 100 yards, and that was all I could do, that was all I could muster up,” says Jarrett, “Then I walked a little way and I got back to my car and was like, ‘that was terrible,’ and decided that I was going to do it again the next day. From the beginning of August 2017 to the middle of September 2017, I went from not being able to run 100 yards to being able to run 4 miles. Running the Fort4Fitness 4 miler changed my life. From that point, I was hooked.”

The following spring in 2018 he ran the Indy Mini Half-Marathon and has also run in the Veteran’s Day Marathon, the Huff 50k race and this spring he ran in the Glass City Marathon, along with a few other races. He is now down 150 pounds from when he first started his journey.

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