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What does it take to lose 100 pounds? Check out one man's 'aha' moment

January 11, 2011|By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
  • Adam Reitz has lost more than 100 pounds in the last three years by running and watching his eating habits.
Adam Reitz has lost more than 100 pounds in the last three years by running… (Douglas Kilpatrick / Special…)

Adam Reitz could be a poster child for the "eat less, exercise more" campaign. He learned firsthand that shedding 100 pounds required both. Sounds simple, but it was anything but.

In the past, Reitz's dad had confronted him about his obesity. But there was a pivotal moment that inspired him to act. This Allentown Morning Call story tells what happened:

"It was three years ago and two months before his wedding. He had just returned from a trip to Hawaii with his students and colleagues from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa. The school nurse had taken the picture and left it in his mailbox for him to remember their trip. It was a pleasant image of him posing with his now-wife, Tara, who is also a teacher at Liberty. He picked it up and saw a fat man next to his future wife."

Those "aha" moments. They'll trump a new year's resolution, a concerned spouse or a finger-wagging doctor every time. Now Reitz does marathons -- and sustains his motivation.

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