Jonathan Smith used to be terrified of going to the gym.
Convinced people would stare — or worse, laugh — if they saw a man pushing 400 pounds into the treadmill, he made every excuse not to go.
But that all changed last year after he had lunch with an old friend who weighed as much as Smith and now runs marathons. The radio talent decided he was tired – tired of being uncomfortable, tired of not being able to do the things he used to do so easily.
“I’m hot and sweaty and tired. Everything hurts,” Smith said, recalling how he felt during that meal and the short walk afterward.
Known as “T-Bone” to the thousands of sports fans who listen to “Common Man & T-Bone” on 97.1 fan (WBNS-FM) Every weekday afternoon from 3-6pm, he’s lost 102 pounds in the past year after committing to a more active lifestyle.
Smith now weighs 287 pounds, a handful of pounds than he weighed a decade ago, and within 25 pounds of what he weighed in 2005. He said he feels stronger lately and more satisfied. He shares his journey through posts on social media in hopes of inspiring others.
“I just feel more confident in myself, that I can try to do bigger things and try to do things I wouldn’t have otherwise,” Smith said.
These days include something he never expected – running. Smith is participating in the 5km race on Saturday organized by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon.
How did T-Bone lose so much weight?
What is the secret to losing the weight of a Columbus citizen? It simply starts moving more.
Last year, Smith spent less time sitting and more time walking around his Marysville neighborhood and on the treadmill at the Union County Family YMCA. He walks for at least 20 minutes each day, often while listening to an audiobook or podcast, and then rewards himself with something fun — like shooting rings.
This can be an effective strategy, according to Dr. Ben Bringing, MD, a physician at Ohio Health who specializes in family and sports medicine.
“I think a lot of people are so focused on ‘I need to run to exercise’. “But in fact, the cardiovascular benefits of walking are almost the same as running.”
Smith, in spending more time outside, gained a new appreciation for nature. Often post pictures of Social media From what he sees while strolling, usually at Metro Columbus and Franklin County parks.
“This is a part of the world that I neglected and that I wish I had for the first 39 years of my life,” Smith said.
Everything in moderation, including fast food, while losing weight
Being more active leads to other healthy habits. Smith started watching what he was eating with the help of a calorie counter app.
“Some people cause them anxiety, for me it gives me peace of mind,” Smith said of the app.
And although the radio host still eats junk food, he does not indulge much.
“I know I would probably lose weight faster if I didn’t, but I didn’t achieve it by not liking fast food,” he said. “I don’t eat it three times a day, and I don’t get the biggest thing, but I still enjoy some of these things from time to time.”
How ‘T-Bone’ Smith Uses Weights to Lose Weight
Smith has not finished losing weight. He aims to start lifting weights and wants to lose at least 50 extra pounds. He eventually wanted to reach 200 pounds, just 20 pounds more than he weighed in high school.
His long-term goal is to raise the Grand Canyon.
And as much as he worried about the other people in the gym?
“Now I realize no one cares,” Smith said. “They’re all worried about themselves.”
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