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Weight Lost: How This Quebec Bar Owner Dropped 85 Pounds

Man's Dramatic Weight Loss Starting At 300 Pounds
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Rob Dale

WHO: Robert Gale, owner of the Chateau Du Lac bar

AGE: 59

CITY: Hudson, Que.

By The Numbers: 300 at my heaviest, and currently 215, total weight loss of 85 pounds

The Weight Gain: I always gained weight very easily as a child. My weight was OK during my late teens and 20s, because I was very active and was living in Miami at the time.

I started to gain weight when I came back to Hudson to help my dad run the Chateau Du Lac bar. I was working seven days a week and was always surrounded by liquor and parties being in the hospitality industry.

In 2010 I was asked to appear on the "Canadian Pickers" television show and the week before my episode was scheduled to air, they released a two-minute teaser of the episode on YouTube. When I watched it I was horrified by how big I looked. I even refused to watch the entire show for a full year. But it still didn't make me do anything about it. I justified it by telling myself that I was just meant to be big and that I would just have to deal with it. I ended up appearing in the next three seasons of the show and just continued to get bigger and sicker.

The Final Straw: The final straw came on Jan. 1, 2013. I was having lunch with a nurse and I told her I was worried about having diabetes. She was a childhood diabetic herself and always had her glucose meter on her. She suggested we take my levels later on and I reluctantly agreed.

Around three or four hours after lunch she checked my blood and her face went white. She showed me the result and it said 26.8. I asked her what that meant and she explained that between four and six is normal and that they are instructed to call for an ambulance when someone hits 27.

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