Occupation Retired Verizon lineman
Before 240 pounds, February 2015
Current 195 pounds, July 2016
Ron Abbazio used a body-mind-and-soul approach to losing weight and feeling better. He was always a fairly healthy eater and any weight he gained came off easily. After the death of his parents, some personal setbacks and being forced to retire, he felt he needed to do something. The first thing was buying garbage cans and clearing out his house from the attic to the basement and from his toothbrush to his hairbrush. “I needed that start to say, ‘Enough is enough,’ and go with it from there,” he says.
Second, he upped his healthy eating, making sure to include protein bars, tuna, fruit, whole grain products, juices and tea. He prefers to focus on eating better rather than counting calories.
Third, his wife gave him a Fitbit electronic step tracker, which made him very aware of his daily activity.
And lastly, after hitting a weight plateau, he tried reiki, a Japanese approach to stress reduction and healing by a practitioner who lays his or her hands on or just above a patient. It‘s based on the belief that energy flows through people and encourages healing. “I felt it released some of the stress and blocks that were stopping me from losing weight,” Abbazio said.
All these factors, plus ongoing care from a chiropractor, resulted in Abbazio feeling calmer and more spiritual and weighing 45 pounds lighter.
Breakfast is either a protein shake or an omelet. He has a shake for lunch. Dinner can be a salad, a tuna sandwich or a steak with sides. He doesn’t believe in deprivation but rather moderation and periodically even enjoys a double cheeseburger platter. He drinks a lot of coconut water, ginger tea and detox teas. A few pieces from a Trader Joe’s 72-percent cacao dark chocolate bar are his treat. He takes a multivitamin and chondroitin.
“I love the walking,” says Abbazio. “I do between 10,000 and 18,000 steps a day and have had two 30,000-step days. He exercises using Tony Horton P90X DVDs, which cycle through aerobics, strength training, boxing and yoga.
“Get a mirror and a scale and use them. Tell yourself positive affirmations. If your partner is helping, great. If not, ignore them or get a new partner. Take care of your feet, they will feel it first. Also, aromatherapy helps sleeping.”