By: Charlotte Sutton
March 25, 2011
About five years ago, Andy Orrell heard a small but insistent voice that inspired a big change.
"I was about 240 pounds, and my little daughter said, "Dad, you're fat.' ''
Ouch. But he knew the kid was right. So Orrell began making smarter food choices. Then he started running. A lot. In June he's competing in the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Orrell, 36, has dropped nearly 70 pounds since the day his little girl got him in motion. He has to work at getting enough calories to replace what he loses on long runs, like the 13.2-miles he did last weekend with his Team in Training partners. (That's just over half a marathon, by the way.)
But most of the time, Orrell, who is marketing director at American Stage in St. Petersburg, trains on his own.
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