He lost 90 pounds to follow his dream.
Vitals: Rick Brown, 29,Lowell,IN
Occupation: Chemical engineer
Time to Goal: 10 months
Lesson Learned: If you put in the effort, you’ll see results.
Secret Weapon: Pride in accomplishment motivated him to continue.
Brown was husky for most of his life. But even after gaining 70 pounds in college (thanks to poor portion control and a diet of fatty foods), he didn’t realize that he was overweight. “I enjoyed myself a little too much,” he says. “But I didn’t have health issues because of it, so my weight didn’t seem like a problem.”
Brown loves to referee high-school basketball games, and in June 2007, he attended a camp to improve his officiating skills. “One of the first things my instructor said was that I’d never advance because I was too big,” he says. “I went home shocked. That’s when I began thinking seriously about my weight.” His first move: limiting junk food. Then he eased into exercise by taking 2-mile walks on a treadmill.
Brown has intensified his workouts by running 5 or 6 miles a day, 4 days a week. He spends half an hour weight-training 3 days a week, and fits in stretching and ab work. His meals now consist largely of lean lunch meats, chicken, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. For dinner, Brown and his wife cook healthy meals together.
Brown’s dream is to officiate a college hoops game, and his weight loss has pushed him in the right direction. “I’ve been able to referee a number of games this year that I wouldn’t have last year,” he says. “I keep up with the flow of the game better. I can beat fast breaks down the floor that I never had a prayer of beating before.”
Set reasonable goals. It’s easier to tackle a target weight that you believe is within your reach.
Have fun. Find a lifestyle you enjoy, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Brown is confident he won’t regain the weight because he loves officiating and working out.
Trust your plan. Sometimes your short-term results don’t seem dramatic. But if you continue with smart eating and focused workouts, you’ll be rewarded.