After losing 128 pounds, Chef Graham Elliot can sum up his feelings about running his first 5K race with one word: "Amazing!" he told People magazine on December 4. Graham also talked about his training regime and dreams for his fit future.
A "MasterChef" judge, Graham faced challenges in shedding the weight. But after undergoing weight loss surgery in July, he was determined to win the battle of the bulge.
“I have been jogging and training since the summer, working up to 3 miles,” he told People magazine.
Accompanied by his wife Allie, Graham finished the race in 34:49.
“The feeling of crossing the finish line was a great sense of accomplishment,” he declared.
And he wants to keep going. Graham plans to run the Chicago marathon in 2014. He may have support from the other MasterChef judges: Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich.
Graham made the decision to have the weight loss surgery when he recognized that his obesity placed too many limitations on his life.
"Weight is something I've battled all my life," he said prior to the surgery. "It's hard to get in and out of a car, tie my shoe or play with my kids."
The surgery took an hour and involved the removal of 80 percent of his stomach. Although it will limit how much food that Graham can eat, it won't limit what kinds of foods he can sample.
"Because of my line of work, the doctor specifically thinks this is the surgery best suited for me," he explained. "With gastric bypass and other surgeries, there's some ingredients you can't eat because it will cause you to get sick. This procedure will allow me to still taste and try everything.”
And that includes liver concoctions made by a 13-year-old. Graham recently participated in the first edition of "MasterChef Junior," during which liver was a theme for the youthful contestants: Read all about it by clicking here.