Healthy Inspiration

The right weigh

Written by James Combs

A wellness challenge participant finds that setting realistic weight-loss goals is important.

Some may wonder how long it would take to lose 19 pounds. 

Only one week if you’re Roger Beyers Jr. 

Eating a minimal amount of fruits, bananas and apples, his crash diet produced desired weight-loss results but left him feeling nutritionally deficient. 

“I’d nearly black out whenever I stood up,” he says. “I categorize it as abuse and wouldn’t recommend losing weight this way to anybody.”

Roger, an employee of Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory in Leesburg, recently discovered a more effective way to lose weight. In February, he and four co-workers began competing in the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Wellness Challenge.

Instead of relying on a crash diet that wrecks his body, he is eating a healthy amount of lean meats, which are a good source of protein and have fewer calories than non-lean meats. He particularly enjoys salmon, haddock, turkey, chicken, and venison. In addition, he has eliminated pizza and ice cream from his diet and drastically reduced fast foods and pasta. 

For Roger, 32, a healthier eating regimen has paid dividends. He has lost 15 pounds and looking in the mirror brings satisfaction because “I’m as close to having abs as I’ve ever been in my life.”

“Doing this three-month challenge has helped me realize that losing a few pounds every week over the long-term is a much healthier approach than trying to lose too many pounds at once,” he says. 

Roger has a little advice for next year’s crop of Business Wellness Challenge competitors. 

“Seek the advice of others who have gone through this experience,” he says. “Their knowledge can translate into your success.”

Favorite exercises: Walking his dog and playing basketball once a week. He also enjoys going to the gym and burning 250 calories on each of the following machines: elliptical, StairMaster, treadmill, and seated rowing machine. 

Hobbies: Roger has competed in more than 20 5K races. In February, he competed in a terrain race in Wildwood where he ran through knee-deep water, flipped tires, and climbed over six-foot-high walls.  

About the author

James Combs

Akers Media Group's James Combs has been a staff writer for several local publications since August 2000. He has had the privilege of interviewing some of Lake County’s many fascinating residents—from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans—and bringing their stories to life. A resident of Lake County since 1986, James recently embarked on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle. He has lost 60 pounds and walks nearly five miles a day. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, skeet shooting and watching his beloved Kentucky Wildcats!

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