On August 4, Challenge Champion & 300-lb. Club member Mike McKelvey announced his new Challenge goal: to run a 5K race at the end of his 90 days.
We caught up with him to learn about what he’s been up to since we last featured him on the blog and what inspired his new Challenge, now his third.
“My previous Challenge goals were basically to lose more weight. I was looking for something different. I wanted a real Challenge and I’ve been seeing a lot of 5K races that are tied to charities,” says Mike.
His wife Janice, who will also be running a 5K with him, is both his training partner and biggest source of inspiration. “She keeps me motivated and makes me want to live as long as possible,” Mike says.
On dealing with setbacks while on The Challenge, Mike says, “Life is always playing tricks on you. I try to keep the big picture in mind. I know where I want to be and I know I just have to keep pushing and jumping over obstacles.” He also maintains a healthy mindset by avoiding negativity.
Mike’s advice to those who feel running a 5K may seem out of reach: “You have to set a goal that seems out of reach, something to push for. I could’ve said I wanted to lose another 20 or 50 lbs, but that can be done easily. I knew I wanted something I had to fight for, struggle with, push through and keep myself accountable. I wanted something very rigorous. I wanted a real Challenge.”
This coming from someone who has already achieved so much by losing over 300 lbs. What Mike has done is inspiring. He is the perfect example of someone living The Challenge lifestyle.
Inspired by Mike’s story? Head to Vitality for even more inspiration as we crown new Champions! vitality.vi.com We’ll also be giving away ‘I Took The Challenge’ bracelets at the event for anyone who submits their Challenge results at enter.vi.com by Sunday, September 7th!
PROJECT 10™ Challenge goals can be (or include) weight loss, building lean muscle or improving energy and endurance. Every participant should consider his or her personal circumstances and create goals that are both reasonable and achievable. Vi discourages rapid and extreme weight loss, which can actually be unhealthy and emphasizes that safe and sustainable weight loss is never achieved without exercise and sensible eating. Persons with preexisting medical conditions should consult a healthcare professional before embarking on any fitness, health or weight-loss program.