About 4 years ago I needed 4 stints to open clogged arteries. After the procedure I expected to have a boost of energy but because I was carrying around an extra 40 + pounds I found myself unable to continue riding the engine as a volunteer Fire Fighter. Now, 4 years later I have lost about 30 of those extra pounds and given myself an extra hour + of sleep nightly and I am back riding Truck 57 in Indialantic Florida. At 72, I am no longer an active Fire Fighter but as Chaplain of our department I am allowed to ride on calls when we are toned.

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I first want to congratulate you on your progress I also in an all volunteer fd in north florida we do have some in shape and some that are out I am 240 mixed with some fat and mostly muscle and and dropping I started at 250 I never really had a problem with my weight conducting operations for the dept. some others are drastically affected by some of the operations we do I stress to them about starting to watch their weight and eating habits is not good for you and it dose not help your heart when you get toned out when you are in a relaxed sleep and state it hurts your heart going from a relaxed beat to speeding up from the tones and kicking it into high gear along with a poor diet and lack of excercise spells disaster for your body especially your heart including other habits people have smoking is not a help either heart disease I one of the leading causes of our brothers and sisters unfortunate short endings but you can't make people do it only hope to enspire them to want to change we do hard work so staying healthy and in shape is a big factor to a long life in this stressful job so good luck and hope you meet your goals and be safe

If you notice my picture on this post I was very heavy at the time the picture was taken: at least 30 pounds heavier than my current weight (quite a porker)!!!

If you ever start to lose motivation in losing weight look at that picture and you may restore the motivation you lost and keep working towards your goal weight I always like to cheer on and encourage people to keep their motivation up so keep it up I know you can do it

I am finally learning that for me to be rid of my obsession with food requires a change in my thinking. I have discovered there are more important things to think about like family and serving in the Fire Service. I am also discovering that overcoming a food addiction is very much a spiritual challenge and that God is helping me to do what I am unable to do by myself.

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