Paul Spreer’s weight history is a series of steep ups and downs. Active in sports, he weighed 240 pounds in his senior year of high school but dropped to 180 pounds before heading to college.
He kept the weight off for four years. “After graduation I slowly put weight on and hit my all-time weight high of nearly 400 pounds the summer of 1998. That coincided with a diabetes diagnosis after I passed out on my front lawn. My sugar level was off the charts along with other indicators I hadn’t been paying attention to,” says Spreer.
Knowing his family’s history of diabetes (two relatives died from diabetes-related conditions), Spreer went on a crash diet and again got down to 180 pounds, but knew it wasn’t sustainable. “I worked hard to get the weight off but not how to maintain it,” says Spreer. Again, he gradually gained the weight back.
In January 2016, he was 51 and weighed 310 pounds. Watching family members leading inactive lifestyles, Spreer says he saw a preview of the rest of his life and became determined to change it.
Already an early riser, Spreer started a routine of getting on his treadmill by 4 a.m., cutting back on carbs and following a protein-rich diet. He had already eliminated alcohol to help his diabetes.
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