“When Art and Betty Halcomb look at each other, they still have a hard time believing how much weight they have lost,” reports Nola Sizemore for the Harlan Daily Enterprise. Together, the couple has lost 347 pounds, a journey that started in April 2010.
Art weighed 384 pounds and Betty was 308. “We decided we were going to do everything we could do in a three-month period to see how much weight we could actually lose,” Betty said. That included counting calories and daily exercise, which at first comprised for a half-mile of walking. Within two weeks, they were able to walk one mile.
“We did portion control with our meals, actually measuring out serving sizes,” Betty said. “I was eating 1,200 calories per day and Art was eating 1,500 calories per day. We didn’t limit ourselves to any certain foods. We wanted it to be a lifestyle change, not just another diet.”
One of their major motivations was their daughter, Kristen Swanner, a two-time cancer survivor who has endured chemotherapy, radiation and a stem-cell transplant. To watch her “literally fight for her life and we were just throwing ours away, we felt so guilty,” Betty said.
When they discovered Swanner was pregnant, after being told by doctors that she couldn’t conceive, the couple had even more drive to shed the weight, knowing they were soon to be grandparents.
“Jesus says he wants us to have an abundant life,” Betty said. “If we can do this, anyone can do it. Make that decision today to lose weight and live a more happier life. Don’t give up — keep trying.” (Read more)