Mr. Transformation: Shawn Hunt
Almost three years ago, when I first met Shawn Hunt, I had to look him in the eyes and tell him that his pre-employment handwriting analysis revealed that he had early diabetes symptoms. Now, I am proud to introduce you to a healthy Shawn who successfully serves Law Elder Law, LLP as both an intake paralegal and our super-creative graphics designer. During the time that he has been with us, he has dedicated himself to the oh-so-difficult change to a healthier lifestyle. This is how Shawn told me his story: “Three years ago, our company insurance agent at Law Elder Law told me that I had been denied health coverage. I was devastated! My health issues were due to a genetic predisposition and my weight. I tipped the scale at nearly 400 pounds, and it was taking a serious toll on my health. I would get random bouts of numbness in my hands and feet and sometimes climbing stairs felt more like I was mounting an expedition to the Mount Everest’s summit. I knew that change had to happen, as my life was in jeopardy. I started my transformation changes at 397 pounds with a size 48 pants. The first week of dieting was pretty tough, as cravings and temptations seemed to abound—but I ended week one with a 16 pound loss. Wow! ‘This isn’t too hard,’ I thought—but soon my weight loss crept to a halt. Then I knew that diet alone would not be enough and that I would have to add exercise and weight training. Once I started lifting weights and running, I started to gain more energy every day. Cutting out pop and replacing it with water also helped greatly. My meal plans were drastically overhauled. I vowed that I wouldn’t put another dollar through a drive-through window for a long while. My body started to change and fat slowly gave way to muscle. I started to drop pant sizes quickly. I put myself on a strict diet consisting of six small meals a day roughly the size of my palm. Maintaining the routine and schedule of eating like this wasn’t all that easy, but I seemed to be able to manage it. I cut out most fried foods, all junk food, pop, and red meat. I replaced these things with fish and chicken, vegetables, fresh juice, oatmeal, vitamins, and many other healthy choices. I grew to love them over time. I have lost 115 pounds of scaled weight and gained a large amount of muscle. I have gone from a 48” to a 38” waist. My health has been greatly improved, and my overall sense of well being has been restored. I really can’t put into words the feeling of accomplishment that I feel right now. This has been one of my greatest challenges and also one of my greatest victories. Don’t get me wrong, I know that I’m not done—but now I look forward to the rest of the journey!” Shawn is not doing anything magical. He is following the time-tested path of healthy eating and consistent exercise. All of us at Law Elder Law are happy to see him looking good! He even went tent-camping in the woods last weekend and came back peppy. Congratulations, Shawn!