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BIGGEST WINNER: Tacoma man on the road to dropping big nickname

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on April 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
April 4, 2011 10:09 pm

MIKE MEDRZYCKI

Director of business development at HHJ Architects, Fife
Age: 49
Weight loss: 34 pounds in six weeks. Medrzycki declined to share his weight.

When Medrzycki tortures himself on the treadmill, burning off unwanted pounds, he looks to the exit sign above the door for motivation.

“I think I’m going to exit this body I don’t want to be a part of and I’m going to have a new one,” Medrzycki said.

Medrzycki has always been athletic. He wrestled in college and the Navy, and he went to the gym even as his weight climbed higher than he wanted.

“But I was going only halfheartedly,” he said. That changed when his doctor told him his weight was affecting his health. He signed up at Innovative Fitness in January and started in the Biggest Winner Fitness Challenge.

The weight is coming off quickly as he works out differently and has learned to eat properly. He hopes to run a half-marathon later this year and then a marathon. He wants to shed more than weight. He’d also like to drop his nicknames.

“I’ve been Big Mike or Big Dog for a long time,” Medrzycki said. “I just want to be Mike again.”

This is the seventh part in a series on weight loss running March 14-April 10. We will post profiles on South Sound residents having success losing weight the right way.  And Fitness Columnist Craig Hill will blog about his attempt to slash his body fat to below 10 percent.

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