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Nahale’s Lifestyle Changes Nets 140 pound weight loss

Charles Nahale

One of the biggest health issue facing Americans today is that of obesity.  Many of us are blessed with abundance and it is easy to overindulge and our busy schedules allow us to make excuses not to exercise.

As we age our metabolism slows and added pounds begin to stick to our bodies as we get larger and larger.

For Charlie Nahale the mixture of added job responsibilities and family demands coupled with his love for food began to show within a few years as he went from 235 pounds to 350 pounds.

“My health issues began many years ago when I gave up sports and began coaching,” Nahale said.  “My huge appetite continued, but my exercise regiment diminished.”

Nahale grew up in Kona, on a coffee farm in Captain Cook, the eldest of seven children.

“Growing up on a farm with a large family required a lot of cooperation and shared responsibilities,” he said.

The Nahale family grew coffee and bananas and raised cows, pigs, rabbits, ducks and chickens to supplement their income.

“It took a lot of negotiating and help from my brothers and sisters to free up some time for me so that I could play sports,” Nahale said.

During his youth Nahale played on the Parks & Recreation Pirates Basketball team and in high school play junior varsity basketball for Coach George Yoshida.

“I ran track and did the high jump, shot put, discus and the long distance relay races,” he said.

By 9th grade Nahale began lifting weights so that he could play football and ended up on the Wildcat team for all four years.

“In 1971, during my senior year, we (Konawaena) won our first Big Island Interscholastic Federation Football Championship,” he said.

Nahale continued his education by enrolling at Hawaii Community College in the Police Science Program.

“I wanted to become a Police Officer for two years so that I could qualify for a Fish and Game Warden position and make that my career,” Nahale said.

Throughout his early career Nahale stayed active and in great shape as he participated in a variety of sports programs and even played a few years of Semi-Pro Football.

In 1981 his dream came through as he accepted a position with the State Department of Conservation Enforcement Division as a Conservation Officer.

“I gave up playing sports and dedicated my time to coaching my sons, baseball and basketball teams,” Nahale said.

In 1984 Nahale was approached by members in the community asking for help in reorganizing the Kona Marlins Pop Warner Football Association.  With the help of several key members of the community they managed to get the Marlins Pop Warner football team off and running.

Nahale served as the President of the Kona Marlins Association until he was elected Vice President of the Big Island Pop Warner Conference in 1989 and the following year found himself as League President which he continues to serve in today.

Nahale retired as a Conservation Officer in 2008 and found that his years of excess and lack of exercise had led to him tipping the scales at 450 pounds with the diagnoses of borderline high blood pressure, morbid obesity and arthritis in his right hip.

“I had tried many weight loss programs and I seemed to gain back the weight I lost and then some,” he said.  “Being a musician and coming from a large family I am constantly surrounded by an abundance of delicious food.  I felt helpless, without the willpower to stick to a diet.”

Nahale ‘s weight became a burden and he had pain in his back and in his legs.

“I couldn’t walk much without resting and getting off my feet,” he said.  “I was limited in places I could go because of my size so I decided that I needed to get surgical help to address my weight and health issues.”

Nahale opted to get a gastric bypass and had three-fourths of his stomach removed.

“I had the procedure done this past May and have lost over 140 pounds as I continue to lose weight,” he said.  “My blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels have returned to normal and I plan to have a hip replacement surgery in a few months so that I can return to some form of physical exercise in my quest for a healthier and more fulfilling life.”

For Nahale life had gotten so busy that he was sidetracked from staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  There are many people just like Charlie Nahale who feel helpless and trapped with health and weight issues.

“Life gets so busy and everyday zips by as we are working and have bills to pay, with family needs to tend to,” Nahale said.  “I chose Medical Intervention because of my failed attempts to lose my weight on my own and my increasing health issues.”

Nahale recognized that he had a serious health issue and did something to help conquer his growing fears.

“My health is getting back on track and I feel great and thankful each and every day,” he said.  “I hope to inspire others who are faced with these same issues to seek medical help or speak to someone who has gone through the same trials.”

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Clifton Gibo lost 73 pounds during Weight Loss Challenge

Clifton Gibo, before and after, lost 73 pounds in 13 weeks

Motivation, it’s that thing that makes me get out the door in the morning to do a six mile run.  Without motivation I would be well over 200 pounds and have jell-o for a body.

   Motivation comes in two forms, internal and external, and both can lead to the accomplishing of goals.  External motivation is that pay check that keeps us showing up for work each day and internal motivation comes from our own desire for self improvement.

   Which leads me to the focus of this week’s column that has to do with losing weight through external motivation.

   I’m sure most of you have seen the television show “The Biggest Loser” where large people try to lose weight over a period of time. The person that loses the most weight wins the grand prize.

   Penn Fitness Center offered money to the person who could lose the most weight during a three month period in their own “Weight Loss Challenge.”

   A total of 120 people took the challenge, paying a $25 entry fee and hitting the gym for a required minimum of three times per week.

   After all the calorie watching and aerobic exercises the grand prize winner, or Hilo’s biggest loser, was Clifton Gibo who lost an amazing 73 pounds – going from a hefty 209 pounds to a slim and trim 136.

   “It wasn’t that hard for me to lose all that weight,” Gibo said.  “I ran everyday an average of 7-miles and the pounds just melted off.”

   Gibo, who stands at 5’ 3”, also went on a strict calorie restriction, limiting his total intake to 800 calories per day.

   “I was hungry a lot of the time, but I really wanted to win,” he said.  “My motivation was my desire to win this contest and the money that came with it.”

   Penn Health & Fitness Center awarded the “Biggest Loser” $5000 which Gibo says was his motivation for sticking with his exercise, weight loss program.

   “I’m a student at Hawaii Community College and I could use the money for school and to pay some bills,” Gibo said.

   Gibo grew up on Maui where he was on the high school swim team.  He and his girlfriend moved to Hilo last year, and when he heard about the weight loss challenge he jumped at the opportunity.

   “I really wanted to win the Weight Loss Challenge,” Gibo said.  “In the final two weeks before the contest ended I got my running up to 10 to 12-miles a day.”

  Gibo used the treadmill machines at Penn Fitness and ran on his own treadmill at home.  “My entire weight loss came from doing the running and the calorie restriction,” he said.

   Three weeks after the contest Gibo had already put 19 pounds back on, but was optimistic about being able to lose 10 of those pounds.

   “I sort of let myself go and was lazy and didn’t do anything,” Gibo said of his original 209 pound weight.  “Now I know I can control my weight and I started to go diving again.  I think getting back into the water on a regular basis will help me maintain a decent weight,” he said.

   Whatever the case it is very obvious that external motivation worked well for Gibo as his desire to win $5000 was enough of an incentive to get him to drop 73 pounds during a 13 week period.

   The most difficult thing facing Gibo now will be to see if he can keep himself motivated enough to want to maintain a healthy weight.

  Each day many of us face a variety of motivational challenges which determine where we are headed with our health.

  Statistics showing that obesity can cause a variety of health related problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and a variety of cancers, are not in itself enough motivation to get all of us up and exercising on a daily basis.

  America is in a health care crisis, due mainly to poor diet and a lack of physical exercise.  If each of us found within ourselves enough internal motivation to take better care of our bodies we could reduce the health care cost in this country by more than fifty percent.

   While cash now money may be a great incentive to some people to make healthy changes to their lives those same people will over look the long term benefits that can be reaped from staying healthy for their own good.

   Gibo proved one thing in his weight loss challenge and that is that he can be highly motivated to make positive changes by cash rewards.  It is the same sort of reward system that many parents use to get their kids to bring home good grades on their report cards.

   External motivation will get people to do things for instant gratification, but will the positive effects stay with them when those rewards disappear?

   Of course the above question has been tossed about for ages and there is argument on both sides of the fence. 

   One thing is for sure, external motivation can get someone started faster onto a certain goal, whether or not that person stays focused onto that goal will then depend on the intrinsic.

   Good luck to you Clifton Gibo!

June 1, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , | 3 Comments