Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mooresville man loses massive amount of weight

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Congrats to Steve Nicander on his impressive weight loss. And it all started with chair dancing ... (Hey, we all have to start somewhere!)

From MSNBC.com and NewsChannel 36:

A year ago, Nicander was nearing 600 pounds. He had spent the better part of the last decade at home -- drunk, depressed, down on his luck. He admits there were times when he was looking for a way out. And then he had what he calls his "ah-ha moment" -- the moment when he faced a life-altering choice.

"It was either live or die," he said. "I only had two ways to go and I wanted to live."

So he went to work. At first, he was bedridden. He couldn't move. He couldn't get out of his recliner. So he literally started his exercise from the couch. He turned the music on and started dancing in his chair.

It worked. Within a few weeks, he had the strength to stand with his walker. Then, he'd march in place with the support of his walker.

Fast forward one year and he's a totally different man. Nicander started his journey unable to stand. Today, he is able to go 15 miles on his stationary bike. He lifts weights, he goes walking, and for the first time in a decade, he feels comfortable in his own skin and goes out in public.

Read the entire article, by Jeff Campbell, here.

What an inspiration to all of us (and there are a lot of us) who could stand to lose a little or a lot. Keep up the great work, Steve. Cheers to your health.

Americans are the fattest people in the world. But you knew that already:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. She will be a guest on WFAE's "Charlotte Talks" program Sept. 23rd where she'll discuss coal ash. She'll also be live-Tweeting from TEDxCharlotte Sept. 24. Additionally, she's on the steering committee for the Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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