Carlos Orosco was 38 years old when a doctor’s ominous warning led him to completely reshape his life
Orosco had been fighting a losing battle against a bacterial infection that was leading to severe swelling and ulcers in his legs, all caused by his weight. At the time, he weighed 650 pounds and decided to head to the doctor’s to discuss getting a sleeve gastrectomy. During a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, about 75% of the stomach is removed hence reducing the size of a person’s stomach and limits the amount of food the person consumes.
“The surgeon started the appointment by predicting that I wouldn’t live to see 41. He told me I’d be 700 pounds by then, and would die from cardiac arrest. At the time, my sister was expecting, and I was going to be an uncle for the first time. I started to think of everything I’d be leaving behind.” Orosco told Runner’s World.
Orosco visited a bariatric surgeon and was told his situation was extremely serious. Before he could have the weight loss surgery, he had to prove he was capable of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Through diet and exercise he lost 100 pounds in six months. “The first few months were really tough. I was constantly fighting urges and cried myself to sleep many nights,” he revealed.
The surgery brought him down to 300 pounds, but he still had a long way to go. The following fall he decided to sign up for a 5k run which he completed in an hour and a half.
Orosco fell in love with running, something he never imagined happening. “I ran my first 5K in honor of a friend who had recently passed away,” he revealed “I felt so much love and support from the people cheering me on and other runners that I kept at it.”
“I remember the atmosphere, the environment. It caught me. Even before I finished that first 5K, I wanted to sign up for another one.
“I used to have the mindset at a race that I didn’t belong, that these people were different from me. But on race day, I know I’ve put in the time and the work, and my mind clears of everything except the route in front of me. I finally feel like I belong.” He added.
Since then, Orosco has completed 37 races. Recently, the 43-year-old competed in the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon, which was his first marathon. He was able to finish the race in 6:31:14.
Orosco reveals that maintaining his weight now and ensuring he remains healthy is no easy feat. “Some people don’t realize or understand the mental and physical sacrifice, and the challenges that are associated with this process. There are also a lot of early mornings, extended days and late nights, and missing out on events, that are all part of this journey.” he told PEOPLE.
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