Courtesy of The Des Moines Register, this photo of Kent Altena speaks volumes
One of my favorite people in the entire world has been featured YET AGAIN in his local newspaper for being an example of a life that has been radically changed for the better because of the Atkins diet. His name is Kent Altena.
I first blogged about Kent's remarkable 200-pound low-carb weight loss success shortly after starting my blog in 2005 and updated the progress of his story last year to show that he is keeping his weight off. He even got featured in his local Des Moines Register newspaper for his remarkable achievement last year.
Kent subsequently started making a series of YouTube videos about yummy recipes and how to do Atkins, including this highly inspiring one showing the amazing weight loss progress that both he and his beautiful wife have enjoyed while livin' la vida low-carb! But Kent has gotten a little slack in his videos in 2007--with good reason!
For him, there's no greater satisfaction than to continue proving to the whole world he is healthy and fit because of the Atkins diet. So he has taken up the fine art of marathon running. And lest you wonder if he is "carbing up," think again! Check out this video from Kent about the fallacy of that archaic principle.
Last October, the Des Moines Register again featured Kent in a column about his half-marathon experience. Even then, Kent had his eyes on something bigger--his first full marathon. And this Sunday he will FINALLY have his chance.
For the third time in the past two years, Kent Altena has been given a weight loss platform in The Des Moines Register because of the Atkins diet now that they published this story about him today. The newspaper is highlighting people who have successfully lost over 30 pounds and kept the weight off for at least two years. It's part of a new series of stories designed to inspire the nearly two-thirds of Iowans who are overweight or obese. I think EVERY state newspaper should do something like this to illustrate it IS possible.
This column is INCREDIBLE and I urge you to read it, be encouraged by it, and then share your personal comments about low-carb living for the other readers to see. We should seize on these rare opportunities in the media to present livin' la vida low-carb in the positive light it deserves. I know Kent would be very appreciative for the support too!
With Kent being nervous about running in the Des Moines Marathon on Sunday, let's encourage "bowulf" that he'll be just fine. It's an unbelievable accomplishment to even TRY to do something like this, but we are confident he WILL succeed. Visit Kent's blog and send him a note of encouragement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE'RE ROOTIN' FOR YA, KENT! You already make us VERY proud of you. :)