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Meet RSM Pursue Your Passion Winner: Julio Trejo

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Tax Associate | Las Vegas, NV

The day before I flew out for my new hire orientation with RSM, I decided to step on a scale for the first time in years. I had struggled with my weight my entire life, but I was not prepared to see the number rise and rise before finally settling in at more than 300 pounds. On that day, I told myself that I needed to make drastic lifestyle changes. Part of me worried that the damage was already done, but I kept reminding myself that starting late was better than never starting at all. I came back from orientation with a plan to bring my weight down to a reasonable amount. The plan lasted maybe a week into our busy season. I made small efforts here and there, but my self-control was no match for the long hours and steady supply of snacks in the office. Going into the new year, I had managed to lose all of five pounds. Once again, I told myself that I needed to change. I reached out, got help, and I made a new plan. Eleven months later and I have lost more than 100 pounds.

The vast majority of my weight loss has come from dieting. I have never been a fan of that word, but everywhere I looked reinforced the idea that you can never outrun a bad diet. So, I stuck it out. I still have a long way to go, but I am proud of the progress I have made. But as proud as I am about my progress, I am more excited about what I now believe I can do.

Two months ago, for the first time in my life, I decided to step outside for a run. Not because someone was instructing me to, but because it is what I wanted to do. It was not pretty, not one bit. I kept repeating in my head, “one foot in front of the other.” If I just kept doing that, it would eventually be over. I ran one mile that day. I told myself I would do the same thing the next day, but it was another week before I made it out again. After that second run, I asked myself, “Is this something you really want to do?” The answer was simple: yes. My next run only had to wait two days. I ran my first (unofficial) 5k about six weeks after that initial run. I decided to make it a goal to run a half-marathon in 2020. I felt that it was doable. In the back of my mind, I knew that I really wanted to go for the full-marathon, but I was afraid of failure. So now, I am revising my goal. I want to run a full marathon, but not just any marathon. I want to run the largest marathon in the world. Running a marathon has always seemed like an abstract thought to me. Something that existed, but did not seem quite real. It has never seemed like something that I could really do.  I am still scared that I will fail, but I refuse to allow that to stop me from even trying. I have done so much in the last year to change the way I look, literally, but also to change the way that I see myself. Losing all that weight has allowed me to find this passion that I never knew existed. I am ready; I want to push myself to do something I did not think possible.

My goal is to run this marathon, but in doing so I also want to raise funds for a very specific cause: the fight against childhood obesity. I have lived that life. I know how easy it is to develop poor habits and an unhealthy relationship with food. These programs are so important. I still have a lot of weight to lose. I am still tempted every time I see a doughnut. I am not always fast to spring out of bed for my morning run, but it is getting easier. I know that I am building good habits. It has been a long road for me to get to this point. If I can help provide a shortcut to a child out there who is having the same struggles I did, that sounds amazing.