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Inspirational Note Encourages 300-Pound Man to Keep Running

August 11, 2015 2 min read

Being able to use a personal health scare as a means of motivation to change your lifestyle is empowering. It is easier to succumb to your situation than it is to do something about it, simply because habits, no matter how detrimental they can be to your health, are extremely hard to break; and denial an even more hindering quality. But for one man, coming to terms with his obesity allowed him to break the barriers of what could hold him back to both inspire himself as well as others. Jonathan Bellshaw, a 32-year-old man who once weighed over 400 pounds, was a fast food addict who finally decided it was time to make a change when he received an alarming health scare. Not only did he make a change, but the nightclub bouncer went on to lose an astonishing 100 pounds in the first 16 months of making healthier choices. He has dropped 30 more pounds since. inspirational note Running through his neighbourhood every morning around 6am, Bellshaw, who now weighs in at about 300 pounds, doesn't go unnoticed. Just last week, he received a heartwarming note from a neighborhood stranger pointing out that he is an inspiration, and to keep moving forward towards his weight loss goals. Bellshaw cried tears of gratitude and encouragement when he opened the note, which read “To the guy with the ‘Run for Blood Cancer’ T-shirt, every morning I drive past you and your lovely little dogs at 6:15am on my way to work, and I just wanted to let you know that I think you are awesome.” He eventually tracked down the writer, Lucy. "When I contacted her, she told me she was trying to lose weight after having a baby," Bellshaw said. "KEEP RUNNING," Lucy's note to the jogger concluded. inspirational note Have you ever wanted to write a note to a stranger who inspired you? Source: Opposing Views  

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