Tom’s Story

2014AkronHalfMarathonCanalParkTransformed. That is the word I use to define my life. This transformation comes after two life changing events: (1) a heart attack and triple coronary bypass in 2008 and (2) Bariatric surgery in 2008.

After failing to change my life after my heart attack, I underwent bariatric surgery in 2008 to free myself from my life threatening obesity. I knew that I had to commit to a regular exercise routine to leverage my new lease on life.

I found happiness as an active person. In the summer of 2009 I began cycling regularly. In 2010, I co-founded a cycling club with fellow bariatric post-ops. Cycling was transformational for me giving me a zeal for life on my bike.

I discovered I thrived on challenges. I amped up my cycling with bicycle touring and endurance cycling events. My best friend Chuck, a bariatric post-op runner, challenged me to begin running. In 2012 I completed my first 5K. In 2014 I crossed the finish line at my first half marathon. Running transformed my life in yet another dimension.

That brings me to where I am today. I am a former couch potato transformed into a healthy, happy active person. I enjoy sharing my story as evidence that life’s course can be changed with focus, motivation and determination.

Join me on my transformational journey forward in life!

Tom Bilcze


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1 Comment

  1. Utahrob December 24, 2011 at 10:43 am


    Thanks for sharing your story and weightloss journey. I’m in the beginning stages of preparing for surgery. I’m scheduled for my initial cosultation with my doctor on Dec. 29, 2011. I’d like to have the sleeve surgery and I’m researching as much as I can in the internet.

    Thanks again for sharing your journey.

    Happy Holidays,
    Rob Riley

    A fellow bear from Utah.


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