Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Being Well: David Henry, Buy for Less

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Being Well: David Henry, Buy for Less

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Neither New Year's resolutions nor dieting worked for David Henry. The Buy For Less meat category manager spent 10 years behind a desk, purchasing meat and meat products for the grocer's 13 stores. Though his daily duties didn't afford him an opportunity to stay active, he did find support within the company when he was ready to make a change.

In January 2014, he said he decided to eschew an annual resolution to lose weight, and instead sought a different goal. He wanted to run a 5K race before his 50th birthday in November. A few weeks later he went to a Super Bowl party and saw a photo of himself. He said he was surprised to see his shape, and when he later stepped on a scale, he was the heaviest he had ever been: 305 pounds.

He promised himself he would get started soon. When co-worker Mandy Merrifield, events and promotions manager, offered him a brownie, he declined and told her about the goal. She offered to join him in training and running the race with him, Henry said.

He traded an old beach cruiser bicycle for a treadmill, and began by walking indoors at home for a couple of months. When the weather warmed up in March, he started running outside. At Merrifield's suggestion, Henry downloaded a Couch to 5K app on his smartphone for his training.

He found another reason to run in April when he visited his mother at her home in Lawton. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. He decided he wanted to participate in the Spirit of Survival running and walking events in Lawton in October, close to his mother's birthday.

In the first few months, he dropped 60 pounds. By July, he said he realized he was ready to run a race, so he and Merrifield signed up for a 5K race, or 3.1 miles. He changed his registration in the October event to a quarter-marathon, or 6.55 miles.

His weight loss plateaued by the summer, however, so Henry hired a personal trainer to help kick-start his workouts. …

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