Anthony Sanchez, a T4 paraplegic, recently posted a message of encouragement in a spinal cord injury support group on Facebook about his weight loss journey.
"I'm a t4. If you work hard you can lose the weight. Once I put the weight on I said I'm paralyzed from the chest down I can't lose this.... but I worked hard and stayed dedicated and committed. You can lose the belly. All starts with you."
The response to Anthony's post was overwhelming. Others living with spinal cord injuries wanted to know how he lost the weight - and kept it off.
Anthony says that when he was first injured, he ate fast food and often found himself sitting around doing nothing but feeling sorry for himself. That's when the pounds started to pile on.
That's also when Anthony decided it was time for a change.
"I stopped eating fast food, drinking sodas, beer for a good 6 months."
Anthony's diet now consists of things like grilled chicken, steamed veggies, water, lean ground turkey and white rice. He admits he still indulges now and then, but no where near what he used to.
Exercising and lifting weights also became part of Anthony's routine. "Nothing special," he says. "I just do what I'm able to do ... hand bike, dumbbell curls, cable machines, any machine I can transfer to."
Anthony is proof that with effort and commitment, losing weight while being a wheelchair user IS possible!
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