Five years ago, Derek was diagnosed with a prolactinoma this largely contributed to his weight gain. Weighing in around 625 lbs, at age 34, Derek decided to make a life change and lose weight. He started making healthier food choices but realized food alone will not do the trick, so he started walking. In an effort to give himself a goal in his walking, he has dedicated to completing a 5k) every month. In this podcast Derek talks to us about who he is, his evolving relationship with running/walking, his advice for dealing with haters/doubters and lastly he gives new runners advice to help them crush their goals.

“People are afraid to be the biggest and the slowest out there….but I have been the biggest and the slowest out there. It doesn’t matter to other runners….the only thing that matters is that you are out there!”- Derek Mitchell


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Show Notes

  • 0:55 – Who is Derek and how did a new year’s resolution kick off his new running lifestyle.
  • 3:58 – Learn how Derek started his running journey and the obstacles that he faced. – “Listen to your body and do what you can.”
  • 6:35 – Learn about the impact that running has had on Derek’s life- “ I have energy and drive after I started running!”
  • 7:25 – What would Derek tell his pass/younger self – “It gets easier!”
  • 11:26 – Learn about the reactions Derek received when he decided to participate in a 5k every month. – “The cool thing about the running community is that they are so positive and encouraging!”
  • 15:14 – Derek discusses his current diet and exercise routine. –
  • 16:51 – Derek gives words of advice for those that are new to running or starting a weight loss journey –”Be consistent.”
  • 18:17 – Derek gives his favorite weight loss and running resources
  • 20:22 – What are Derek’s goals for this year?
  • 22:46 – Words of Wisdom from Derek and how to contact him. – “Listen to your body!”

Resources Mentioned During the Podcast

How do I contact Derek Mitchell?

What you missed in the last episode?

In episode 6, we sat down with Corey Louchiey and we talked about his journey from the NFL to running, he also gives Goal Crushes advice on how to make lasting lifestyle changes. Check out 300 Pounds and Running Podcast episode 6 now!

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That’s it for now. Keep crushing those goals, and we’ll be back next time!