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Good Shepherd Inspire Awards honor lighter, leaner lifestyles

Good Shepherd Inspire Awards honor lighter, leaner lifestyles
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POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 12:14am

Nine months ago, Christopher Stout weighed 300 pounds and was so heavy that he had a hard time getting off his couch.

“The eye-opener for me came when I literally couldn’t get off the couch one day,” Stout said. “It took me both hands and about 10 minutes of effort to finally get to my feet. I felt like a beached whale and realized then that this was no way to live.”

Stout began working out on a regular basis, as well as eating healthier. Today, he’s down to 205 pounds, and on Friday he was honored as the grand prize winner at the Inspire Awards at the Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living. Stout was among four people honored who made a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Others honored were Becky Richards and sisters Michelle Stone and Iva Holyfield.

Ray Delk, system vice president of ancillary serves for Good Shepherd, said the awards are important because they help others to set and achieve goals.

“We all need inspiration, we all need success stories,” Delk said. “People need to know that there are others, right here in this community, who have turned their lives around and become healthier.”

Stout said his weight loss isn’t the result of surgery or pills — just regular exercise and wiser eating.

“When I was first coming up here, I’d exercise for 15 minutes and then tell myself I’d done enough, I could go home,” he said. “However, the employees were very encouraging, and I realized that it was important for me to do a full workout. At first I was a bit embarrassed by my weight, but I never felt judged, not by the staff members and not by the other people working out.”

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