35lbs down!


Long time camper, and new instructor Ari Sarmento was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution for his 35lb weight loss. Congratulations Ari!

Ari Sarmento, 46, of Atlanta, lost 35 pounds

By Michelle C. Brooks

For the AJC

SUCCESS STORY / Ari Sarmento, 46: From 215 pounds to 180 pounds

Former weight: 215 pounds

Current weight: 180 pounds

Pounds lost: 35 pounds

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Age: 46 years

How long he’s kept it off: He started eight months ago and reached his current weight in the last month.

Personal life: “I am a career airline pilot,” says Sarmento. “I currently serve as the chief pilot for a private airline based in the Atlanta area,” he says. “I [was] asked to be a boot camp instructor.” In September, he became an instructor with Operation Boot Camp, www.operationbootcamp.com. He is single and lives in Atlanta.

Turning point: His turning point came, “when my doctor indicated that if I lost some weight, I could get off high blood pressure medication. I am required to have a physical examination every six months so that my flight privileges stay intact. When your job is on the line, it’s a good motivator,” he says. “I was visiting [a friend] one Sunday night, she made the statement that I had to go home as she was getting up at 5:00 a.m.to do boot camp. I made a statement that I would go with her to help her get up in the morning and by the second day of boot camp, I signed up… When you are accountable to someone, it can drive you to stay on track.”

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Source: Decatur – Tips


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