It's a weighty issue, but I got through it and feel much better

December 17, 2006|by TIM SHEA

The cake was nice, but I really was hoping to be awarded my weight in Doritos and/or Hostess snack cakes. But I guess the cost to rent an 18-wheeler for a day wouldn't have been cost-effective.

- Tim Shea's column from Nov. 20, 2005

When I sat around the newsroom, I sat AROUND the newsroom.

I know, bad joke.

Hopefully, the fat jokes will be a thing of the past.

On Jan. 10, 2006, I went to my doctor's office. When I weighed in, the scale said "to be continued."

Seriously, I was 5 feet 6 inches tall and 236 POUNDS.

After about 12 years of completely neglecting physical fitness, it was time to make some changes.

No more late night foot-long subs. No more drinking the equivalent of a six-pack of Pepsi every day. And no more Doritos and/or Hostess snack cakes.


Now, it was about water. Low-calorie foods. No late night snacks.

Thanks to a new lifestyle and a lot of help from my fiance Sherri, I lost about 25 pounds in 9 1/2 weeks before heading to Florida for our version of Spring Break.

Amazingly, instead of putting a few pounds back on, I came back a week later having lost three more pounds.

My first goal was to be at 200 pounds by Memorial Day. I got there with three weeks to spare thanks to the new lifestyle and something else that had been foreign to me for the last 12 years - exercise.

I started walking in the middle of April, doing a couple of laps a day at City Park. Then, on a cool day in early May, I figured, what the heck, let's run.

Before long, I was running two miles, then three. I was down to 190 pounds, then 185, then ...

Now, I'm about 175 pounds. My waist size dropped from 42 inches to 34. My shirt size dropped from XXL to just plain large. When I step on the scale, it doesn't say, "Ouch, get off of me."

People keep saying, "When are you going to stop losing weight?" The answer is, "I stopped in late July."

I've stayed right around 175 pounds for the last few months. Maybe I'll try to lose some more after the New Year. Who knows?

So for those of you who are overweight, why not try to lose some pounds. I know I feel a lot better now that I've lost weight. And if I can do it, then anybody can do it.

And for those of you who are in good shape, go ahead and put 60 pounds back on, keep it for a few months, then lose the weight. It will be great to hear, "Man, you look good."

Tim Shea is a Herald-Mail copy editor. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2329, or by e-mail at

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