New York, NY, March 26, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Adjusting the speed on his stationary bike, Randy Jernigan shifted his weight, wiped at the sweat that had collected on his brow, then began to peddle.
For an entire hour, the 52 year old Pleasant Grove, Utah freelance writer biked without getting out of breath or stopping because of pain.
That feat was a remarkable accomplishment for Jernigan, who weighed in at 355 pounds (huge for his 5’8 frame) a little over a year and a half ago and could barely walk to his mailbox without severe pain or total exhaustion.
He has lost 160 pounds to date, has beat a severe case of gout, diabetes and hypertension, and has resolved to keep the weight off and remain healthy for the rest of his life with his own maintenance program.
Jernigan says he’s fighting for his life.
"My weight-loss journey began a year and a half ago when I collapsed in my bathroom at home one night–my blood sugars and blood pressure was out of control and if my roommate hadn’t got me to the emergency room in time I wouldn’t be here now."
The doctor told Jernigan that if he didn’t make some quick changes he’s be dead within 3 months.
His success so far–without the help of surgery or an organized weight-loss program–is nothing less than stunning, local health care officials said.
“It’s been a hard road but I’m determined to keep it off and stay healthy,” says Jernigan, who kept a daily diary on his Facebook page, then ended up penning a best selling book about his experiences titled, “Losing To Win! A Digest of Recipes and Tips to Keep You Fit and Healthy” through Creative Partners Publishing House.
As soon as Jernigan left the hospital he began to walk, as well as use his apartment complexes workout room.
Pound by pound the weight began to drop off. His shirt size shrank from 3X to medium and his pant size shrank from size 54 waist to 36 waist. “I can actually see my toes now when I’m standing straight up.”
His meals shrank, too. On the advice of a dietician he began eating whole fruits and vegetables and a lean meats.
“Once I began to lose about 10 to 15 percent of my body weight I began to feel so much better health-wise and emotionally and I began to realize that the health benefits were all well worth the journey.”
Jernigan now speaks to weight-loss groups and writer’s conferences about his experiences and has another book slated to be published on the subject of happiness in late March.
"Losing To Win! A Digest of Recipes and Tips to Keep You Fit and Healthy" can be purchased at amazon.com or where ever fine books are sold.
The Grand Central Magazine article can be found at www.grandcentral.blog.com