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WALKING IT OFF

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Man Drops Almost 300 Pounds After
Walking 6,000 Miles Over Two Years

A teenage boy had just gotten his driver’s licence and asked his father when they could discuss his use of the car.  His father said he’d make a deal with his son: “You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we’ll talk about the car.”  The boy thought about that for a moment, and then agreed on it.  After about six weeks his father said, “Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven’t gotten your hair cut.”  The boy said, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair…and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.”  To this his father replied, “Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went!”

Dave Lancaster knew something had to change.  When getting on the weigh scale he was 42 pounds heavier than he thought he was, nearly 500 lbs.  “I found it difficult to  walk to the end of my short road.  I went out so rarely, except for work, that I was close to becoming a recluse, almost completely immobile.  It felt as though as I was getting bigger and bigger, my world was getting smaller and smaller.”

After putting up with his extreme obesity for so many years, the 45-year-old office manager decided that something had to be done.  So he changed his diet from binging every day on fast foods and sweet desserts to daily eating lean cuts of meats and fish, along with plenty of fruits and vegetables.  He also put on his walking shoes.  “When I first started going around the local park, I actually called it bench pressing.  That’s because it had a lot of benches and you could take regular rest breaks, as in all honesty, at first, that’s what made it possible.”  But once Dave got up to speed, he decided to keep his car in the garage and walk the ten mile round trip to work each day (think of the combined distance each way between Wingham and Belgrave).  That was in July of 2016.  Today, in July of 2018, the 5′ 10″ man now weighs 200 pounds.  His waist size has gone from 99″ to 36″ and his shirt size from 8 extra-large to large.  And a long list of health ailments have disappeared; no longer does he have – type-2 diabetes (his blood sugar readings dropped from 94 to 25) or high blood pressure or high cholesterol or chronic joint pain or gout or sleep apnea.  He no longer takes any medications and has thrown his glasses away.  “I’ve got my life back and I couldn’t be happier.  The world isn’t shrinking anymore; it’s getting bigger and bigger.  I can fit in the seat of any car, bus, train or plane.  I don’t have to worry anymore about breaking benches or garden furniture.  I can buy clothes at any store and easily put on my own socks.  I’m able to walk miles and go up and down stairs without getting winded.  The list is endless.”  And of walking itself?  “I like this form of exercise because it doesn’t cost anything, like a gym membership or exercise class would, and it saves money on gas.  And now, instead of meeting my friends and sitting down at the house, they all join me for a walk!”
Note – According to fitness experts, if you exercise for an hour a day, during the first 30 minutes your body burns stored sugars and during the second 30 minutes your body burns stored fat.  Or in other words: the first 30 minutes exercising will help to keep you at your current weight, but it is the second 30 minutes exercising that starts to take off the extra weight.  And of course, before any strenuous exercise program, you should first check with a medical professional.
The bottom line?  When I was growing up and got hurt, my father’s mantra was always the same, “Walk it off!”  And for those of us who, for whatever reason, fight the bulge, sounds like good advice as well.