Monday, December 17, 2007

Commuter Sentences: Walk Away The Pounds

As I stood shivering waiting for the bus after work (note to self: remember hat and scarf), I struck up a conversation with another waiting passenger. Or, rather, he struck it up with me. I have no reason NOT to believe him, though it seems rather incredible. Apparently, last year, he was a size 9x, had a 60 inch waist, and weighed 550 lbs. Now, he weighs 190 and walks, get this, 22 miles a day! Starting at 5:30, he walks up the Potomac to Great Falls every day, except for Wednesdays when he climbs the Monument steps. The trip takes him 3 hours. The first time he did it, it took him 18 hours. He has several seniors ranging up to 91 years old who he makes walk 1 mile each day (I didn't get into where these seniors are or how he makes them walk). He said he hasn't changed his diet at all. "It's not what you put in your mouth, it's what you do with it once it's there. Look at the bus drivers. They eat and it all just sits and they're all wide down the bottom." Once a month, in fact, he eats a dozen doughnuts, and he has an enormous breakfast each day. This whole story pointed to the fact that the only person who can change one's life is oneself. He said as much. He also said he has walked to 17th Street NE before the bus arrived there. I DEFINITELY believe that!

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