‘Half the person I used to be’ – a weight loss story

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“Nothing tastes … as good as being fit feels.”

That may be a simple message, but it is lost on many people who have a hard time connecting that bite of a sugary treat leading to the kind of obesity that can kill you several years later. The weight simply goes on too slowly to truly feel the connection.

But as Rick Hurley’s weight fluctuated between 379 pounds and his peak, at 440, something had to give. His doctor said it was his internal organs.

At that weight, diabetes was about to hit and that would start to destroy his pancreas, kidneys and heart. Being a new grandfather, he decided there was a better way.

Rick isn’t much for exercise -- unless you consider a push mower exercise. He lost his weight by simply writing down everything he ate and keeping his, ‘bible,’ nearby.

The bible is a book that lists the calorie counts for pretty much every food, even at most restaurant chains. Over five or six years, he lost more than 200 pounds and now maintains at 180 pounds -- his same weight when he got married at 16.

Ariel Garl is no Rick Hurley. She needed a different solution.

Her parents divorced when she was three and food became her solace. Although she is happily married, she didn’t want to see her son inherit her habits, so she knew she had to change.

Her weight, peaking at around 220, was something she knew she could eventually out run. Ariel now does half Iron Man races, a far cry from her first workout, several years ago when she ran for a minute, walked for three and thought she was going to die.

Meet Ariel and Rick in this edition of the Buckley Report.

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