Three months after starting a public but personal challenge to whip himself into shape again, Body Bar's director has found success but realized it's a longer path than three months.
Still, his body-fat percentage dropped from 25.5 percent to 16 percent between Jan. 11 and April 7, 2008; his weight dropped from 238 to 212; and he and his supporters donated $340 to Augie's Quest.
Background: Tim Riley had been an athlete but found that working full time -- even in the fitness industry -- took a toll and he didn't like what he had become. He lacked energy, he felt hypocritical, and he wanted to do something about it. Thus, the challenge -- one he could have quietly undertaken but, instead, he decided to publicize with press releases and public photos even. Click here to see a March 13, 2007, SNEWS® story, "Body Bar's out-of-shape director makes his get-fit goal verrry public."
He told SNEWS® in that story why he made his challenge public: "Because I wanted to get it out there that it's possible (to get back into shape) and that anybody can do it," adding that he hopes he'll be an example to the industry.
Riley had declared a goal of 14 percent body fat and still plans to work toward that as a part of maintenance lifestyle program. But his before and after pictures show that although he missed that goal slightly, he's made a huge difference in his appearance and, likely, his health.
"Engaging in an active lifestyle makes me feel good," Riley said in March. "I've realized it's more of a journey than a destination."