Local man loses 146 pounds, credits his lunch break
By Fox 8
COLFAX, N.C. -- A Piedmont man lost 146 pounds in one year and he credits his lunch break for helping him do it.
Today, Lee Schloss is almost "half" the man he used to be.
"I was 351 pounds," he said.
He had trouble sleeping and breathing -- even walking was a challenge.
"I had some serious sleep apnea and some swelling in my legs and feet," Schloss said.
Last September, some of his co-workers at CommScope, a networking and telecommunications provider, gave him the spark he needed.
They signed a contract committing to a healthy lifestyle.
"That I'm going to be in charge of my own health, I'm going to be in charge of how I eat and I'm not going to make excuses," CommScope employee Joe Geniac said.
Out of that pledge, came a lunch walking group.
Schloss and other co-workers would walk five days a week together on their lunch breaks.
"We started walking for 15 minutes, 20 minutes and that's all I could do at first," Schloss said.
Over time, he was so inspired outside of work that walking became running and running became racing.
Schloss competed in his first 5K race and 10K race this year -- running both.
Earlier this month, Schloss was selected as a Bank of Oak Ridge Healthy Heart Challenge winner in partnership with the American Heart Association.
He was nominated by co-workers Geniac, Robert Ashby and Scott Herndon.
Schloss is currently training for a half-marathon and hopes to compete in an Ironman competition within the next five years.