We’RE STILL SHARING THE #RunningChangedMyLife STORIES OF OUR RUNNERS WITH the hope to continue inspiring you to go after the changes you need to make to get fit, happy, and healthy! WE CAUGHT UP WITH AHMED KHALED SABRY WHO TOPPED THE SCALE AT 118 KG AND LOST 44 KG IN ONLY 9 MONTHS! NOW HE’S 74KG AND IS SHARING HIS STORY WITH US.
1. What inspired you to start working out AND HOW DID YOU START?
Cairo Runners for sure. I wasn't a working-out person at all. My friends had told me about it and asked me to go to a run with them, i wasn't interested that much but wanted to know how it would work out. it was the 9th run which was in Al Maadi i think. i felt a kind of spirit i hadn't ever felt before, it was spectacular for sure. i wasn't expecting that ! from that moment on i told myself that i would not miss any run with them again. I went with them the next runs of the 1st season until it has finished, and ran the 7KM route at the half marathon.
2. What was the hardest part of working out and how did you get through it?
I COULDN’T RUN FOR LONG DISTANCES DUE TO MY WEIGHT. So I took it slowly until I could finally increase the distances I ran.
3. What's the most rewarding part of your running life?
Running 12KMs within an hour. That was my best time so far. I wish I could have attended the second half marathon, but had to miss out due to exams. Maybe this year!
4. Did you have a weight-loss goal?
At the beginning i wasn't thinking about weight loss at all although my family had told me that for a hundred of times but i didn't listen to them. in 2013 I had reached 118 KGs. i was shocked by seeing that number as i wasn't caring about weighting myself always, i would only do that every 6 months . it was a real shock for me and for a while, i started to hate that condition. a 19 year person who can't wear what he wants because of his weight, entering any clothing store and hearing a person telling me "XL or XXL?" was too annoying, and most of the things i wanted to buy weren't available at that size. it was too much drama. i decided to have a goal and work for it. it was really hard to start but i had the desire and the will to make that change.
5. What’s the secret to your weight-loss success?
There are no secrets to be said. only a strong will and the desire to make a "180 degrees" change to myself was the secret of it. it's only about self motivation and believing in the goals i want to reach. I took running as a weekly routine. i didn't pass a week without running at least 5 times. thanks to cairo runners who had made me make cairo streets my daily tracks.
6. What kinds of changes did you make to what and how you ate?
Well, first of all i stopped soft-drinks and any kind of fast-food for 9 months. it was killing me at the beginning but i started to adapt to the situation by time. i started to decrease the amount of fats and carbs in the food i ate. i focused mainly on vegetables and fruits and some kinds of meat. Hydrating and drinking green tea were very important too. i tried not to eat late at night anything besides fruits or vegetables to reach my goal.
7. What advice would you give to a beginner or someone just starting out?
try to make it fun as much as you can. never do it while you're not enjoying it. it's not that easy but that's the whole point, isn't it?! noone can deny that exercise is good for your body and your mind even if you’re not overweight.
8. What are your favorite motivational quotes?
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." Confucius.
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." Og Mandino
“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." Thomas Jefferson
"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
"Do it for your name." The Script
9. Who’s your biggest fan?
My family and friends definitely, although they didn't expect that major change from me.
10. What is your long term goal?
Being who I am, being confident in myself. having a strong desire and will to change anything i don't like.. being a source of inspiration to anyone, even by doing simple things