We have an update on Livingston Parish athlete, Virgil Atkinson. We originally reported that Virgil weighed 374 before beginning this weight loss challenge. However, after Virgil went to the doctor back in February, he was up to 380 lbs. As of the end of last week, he is down to 350lbs.! That is 30 pounds he has lost thus far! We are very proud of him and ask you to continue sharing your comments and words or wisdom for Virgil as he is trying to change his life for the better.
Brian Stern is a 33 year old athlete originally from Miami Beach, FL who lives in Hammond, LA now. Brian is a volunteer here at the Special Olympics Louisiana state office. He heard about our Weight Loss Wednesday stories and let us know that he has one of his own!
A few years ago, Brian weighed 258lbs. and was wearing a XXL shirt! Now, he weighs 160lbs. and wears a L shirt. We sat down with Brian and asked him a few questions…
Why did you start losing weight? “Because of my parents, they were concerned about my health, I had high blood pressure and other medical conditions.”
What did you do to lose the weight? “Exercised weekly, aerobics, went to classes, walked outside and joined fitness clubs.”
What was the biggest difference with before you lost weight and now? “My original food intake was 1,600 calories and now it is 1,100 calories and low sodium.”
What types of food did you eat then compared to what you eat now? “I used to overeat and indulge in food. I used to stop at fast food places. Now, it’s more of portion control. This morning for breakfast I had 1 oz. of meat, 1 cup of starch, 1/2 cup of fruit and 8oz. fluids.”
If there anything you would like to say to someone who is thinking of losing weight? “There is no reason to stop at a fast food place, why would you want to put junk on yourself, indulge and overeat?”
Anything you would like to say to someone who is reading this? “Anybody can do anything if you put your mind, body and spirit into it. You can achieve your goal, but first you have to set your goal.”
Update from a previous post…Special Olympics Louisiana athlete Virgil Atkinson has lost 15 pounds so far! Keep the comments and words of encouragement coming!
Virgil went for his first medical check up recently and the doctor advised that losing 150lbs in a few months would not be healthy and he should try to lose 50lbs. by September. We here at Special Olympics Louisiana are still holding him to the full 150lbs., but are pushing back the deadline. Virgil will weigh in again at the 2012 State Indoor Games, March 9 – 11. We will keep you posted!
Sticking with WWL-TVs Weight Loss Wednesday…we have a great story to share from St. Bernard Parish!
“…Jonathon is like a new person now. He no longer walks slowly down the hallway dragging his feet; looking at the ground and feeling so sad…. He says he has a lot more friends this year and the daily smiles on his face are priceless.”