Q: Was it hard?
A: Yes, at first trying to lose weight was quite painful! I had to break old habits and replace them with new (often more time-consuming) ones. Eating a doughnut is easy. Cutting up enough fruits and vegetables to keep the equivalent of 30 10-pound rabbits happy every day is a lot of work!
Q: Are you tempted to take a breather from the whole weight-loss thing?
A: Honestly, no. My wife, Jody, has had to revamp her entire life to manage her lupus and control her kidney damage. Knowing that what I am doing (getting fit so that I can donate a kidney to her, if need be) could be the difference between our having a long, happy life and the alternative makes it a no-brainer.
Q: Do you have a goal for the summer?
A: I set four summer goals and have already accomplished three of them! First, I wanted to go rafting in North Georgia, so Jody and I booked a trip down the Olympic Course of the Ocoee River. (Go big, or go home!) Second, now that I’ve lost a good bit of weight, I wanted to do another zip-line course. (I had zip-lined in the British Virgin Islands last summer, but at 300 pounds, I came home totally bruised and sore.) Third, I wanted to commit to another health club membership. Rafting? Check. Zip-line? Check. Join a gym? Check. The only summer goal I have left to conquer is reaching that 75-pound weight-loss mark by late July—and Sharecare is helping me accomplish that with tools, trackers and a weekly workout.
Q: What have you splurged on now that you’re a millionaire?
A: Nothing. We promised Dr. Oz’s viewers that there would be no mansion, no fancy car, no fine jewelry or clothes—and we meant it. We are investing the money so it’ll be there to pay for Jody’s health care in the future, if we need it. We were given a great gift, and we promise to be good stewards of that money.
I’m also trying to be a good steward when it comes to my own health. So please help me meet my weight-loss goals!
Please join me. I need all the support I can get!
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