Losing more than 275 pounds… That's the goal of one Colorado Springs man, David Olson. We’ve been following his weight loss journey over the past year. 45-year-old Olson started his diet when the doctor told him last year that he wouldn’t make it to see his 50th birthday if he didn’t start losing weight.
Now, he's lost 131 pounds and is down to about 440. "I can sit like this (crosses his legs), which I haven't done in 20 years," Olson said.
Olson is essentially walking his way to a new life. A year ago, even the simplest things were difficult. "It took him 2 minutes to get out of chair. He would take deep breaths when he walked. Now, I just saw him on the treadmill like he was a wild cat. It brought tears to my eyes," Dianne Reid, Olson’s counselor at the Metabolic Research Center said.
Olson says shedding the pounds has been hard, but knows it's all worth it. "I’ve lost 10-11 inches off of my waist, and gone down 2 shirt sizes." He faces food temptations, but knows he can't give in because it's for his own health. "I’ve been off the blood pressure meds for 2 weeks, and I’m in the 100/70 range."
His goal is to lose 150 pounds by March. And when that happens, “I want to go on a balloon ride. In the past, I was always afraid of falling through the basket."
The Metabolic Research Center, where Olson goes, has been sponsoring his weight loss journey. Now, they're looking for someone else out there they can sponsor for 2007. If you’re interested, contact the Metabolic Research Center at 719-637-9767.