EMT continues journey to shed 400 pounds

Richard Widmark is documenting his fitness journey after receiving an outpouring of support


RICHMOND, Va. — EMT Richard Widmark began a journey to save his own life just over a year ago.

WTVR.com reported that at 38 years old, Widmark weighed close to 700 pounds. He said there were times he considered suicide, but he turned to yoga to change his life. He started documenting his fitness journey on social media after receiving an outpouring of support.

Widmark has lost 102 pounds since last April, but wants to lose a total of 400 pounds. He doesn’t do much yoga anymore, but he goes to the gym six times a week.

"Coming to the gym gives me a confidence like I've never had in my life," Widmark said. "I walk taller now, when I’m in the gym, random people come up to me and notice my weight loss and tell me I’m looking good, so that gives me more confidence to talk to people in general."

Widmark said he saw the biggest change when he stopped making excuses.

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