Facing A Family History Of Heart Attacks, Mike Calvert Lost 145 Pounds

August 14, 2014 12:36 PM

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Facing A Family History Of Heart Attacks, Mike Calvert Lost 145 Pounds

How I Gained It: I was 20 when I met my wife. I had been smoking like a chimney for almost a decade, and I had no aspiration of quitting or doing anything differently. A couple years later, when she started having allergic reactions and her health was affected just by my smoking, I knew I had to stop. That was probably the hardest thing I've mentally and physically had to do. In 2007, as a New Year's resolution, I made the decision to quit. I started cutting back, and then in March, I threw the pack away. I was good for about three months, and then I relapsed. I had a cigarette on July 4. The first time I quit, it was for my wife. She never asked me to quit, but I did it because of her, for her and her health. But she helped me realize that I needed to do this for myself and not for anyone else, so when I quit again in March 2008, I quit for good.

After I quit smoking, I could actually taste. I absolutely loved food now that it didn't taste like ash. I spent the year fully enjoying food, and the next year, my wife got pregnant with our first child, which led to sympathy weight gain. No one really paid too much attention to it, but I went from...

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