Man down 215 pounds after Christmas 'rebirth' day
On December 23 last year, Jon Farley gave himself a Christmas present. After struggling with his weight for more than a dozen years, he had weight-loss surgery at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center and considers that time his "rebirth" day. He's now back to the person he used to be, he says, enjoying a more active lifestyle.
Farley lost 215 pounds. His top weight of 385 is what his whole family (Farley, his wife and 6-year-old son) weighs together now. He says now he feels like a good role model for his son, and his family takes walks together and sits down to eat dinner. Instead of candy, his son asks for strawberries and apples. If they are going to have a treat, Farley makes it himself. Farley says he doesn't drink "pop" anymore and doesn't even feel like cheating because it doesn't appeal to him any longer.
He began preparing for the surgery six months before December and got support from the staff at the Legacy Weight and Diabetes Institute. He lost 70 pounds even before his gastric sleeve surgery. But a health scare during that time made him even more committed to moving ahead.
He had tried diet and exercise many times, but found that the weight kept coming back. He needed a permanent solution.
Farley has been interested in fitness even during his heaviest times. He's now thrilled to be running 5Ks again and is preparing to run a marathon and take part in an Iron Man competition in the future. He bike commutes to work and is even doing some professional fitness training of others, a career that he had to sideline as his weight made him less than convincing to his clients. He's been working on a website where he plans to share what he learned with others: www.lifefitandwell.com
Farley had begun his health care career as a medic, but as he struggled with his weight, he moved to positions that were less active. Now he's planning to go back to school so that he can work as a naturopath.
Farley's looked back at photos and noticed that in earlier years, he was always sitting in a chair while his son played with toys on Christmas Day. This Christmas, a year after his surgery, Farley says he'll be on the floor with him, playing together.
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Photos 1 - 5, Farley is excited to be active again and playing with his son. Photo 6, Farley in college. Photo 7, Farley and wife with his son before losing weight.