Man loses 120 pounds, rides first roller coaster in 10 years

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William Green lost 120 pounds through diet and exercise. His main motive was to improve his health, but he had another inspiration– to be able to ride roller coasters again.

See the video from WGN/Chicago.

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Not knowing anything about Goliath's restraints, before I watched the video, looking at the freeze-frame, I thought the gentleman had no lower legs. Boy, did I feel dumb when I watched!

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Well, that's one way to lose some weight.

I'm not going to hate. I'm fighting that struggle right now. I'm 6'4, 280lbs and I be damned if I let size limit which roller coasters I can and can not ride. Obvious health reasons are enough motivation to lose weight, but I also know if I were to go to Cedar Point right now I'd be in "walk of shame" world. Kudos to the guy!

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Roller coasters are as good a motivation as any to lose weight. If El Toro had been around when I weighed 214 (I'm just over 5'5" ), I would certainly have done the walk of shame. I was able to fit into the Coney Island Cyclone - almost anyone can fit into that coaster - but not these modern coasters. That isn't why I lost weight, however; coasters were the last thing on my mind. Still, when I see people turned away from rides b/c they're too large to safely fit the restraints, I really feel for them, at the same time as feeling glad that my size is no longer an impediment to riding. This guy is commendable for his perseverance - and for being willing to take on a huge coaster like Goliath for his first ride.


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I have four words: Eat less, exercise more.

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I have one word:liposuction.

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I'm not one who cares much about health and fitness and all that, but that's my limit right there. When I start to seriously struggle to fit onto a ride, that's when I put my foot down and get serious about diet and exercise.

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Putting your foot down is a start.

Putting your spork down is what will get the results.

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Unless you alternate putting your feet down in a rapid succession over the course of a few miles.

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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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I have to admit, I've bought into the cult of Crossfit recently. I've never been so sore in my entire life, but I know it's doing me a world of good.

I'm done waiting in line and obsessing about whether or not I'm going to fit. I'm by no means super huge, but I've put on a decent amount of weight since I've been into my 30's and I'm over it.

It started for me at Banshee media day. I had no problem fitting in the ride, but I couldn't, for the life of me, get my restraint down enough for me to buckle it on my own. I was about 1/4" away - Same thing with Gatekeeper and X-Flight. I'm proud to say that is no longer the case. I rode X-Flight the other day, and while there's not a lot, there's slack in the seat belt now. However, the eat less/move more thing I was doing had me plateaued, and I realized I needed to move even MORE, so I joined Crossfit. I'm excited to see where I am by Halloweekends time.

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Just don't be a cult member. If all you talk about is Crossfit and/or fitness, you become a dull, one-dimensional caricature. You know, like some coaster enthusiasts. :)

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If you can keep up with the young woman Kacy from American Ninja Warrior, then you're probably too healthy as it is...

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Oh yeah, I like to mix my interests up a bit, and stay active in all kinds of things. I can't handle just having one single interest at a time. Luckily, I've found the people at my gym to be similarly minded.

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My recent trip to Magic Mountain was a wake up call. No walk of shame, but pretty near close a couple of times on those B&Ms. Got a fitbit, and now I'm obsessed with making the little emoticon happy.

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

The FitBit drove me nuts because to have it tight felt restricting, but having it loose meant it wasn't registering everything correctly. It sits in my candy dish now. *laugh*

Josh, I started at a gym that does a ton of interval and circuit training inspired by Crossfit, and I loved it. Got my ass kicked every class, never got bored, and could eat basically anything I wanted and still lose weight. I really miss it, and I'm glad to hear someone else enjoying it.

I am always happy to read stories like this. I've said it before, but it is great to see people doing something about their weight and finally getting that JOY back. Doesn't even have to be about coasters, but ANY activity a person once loved and gets to do again. I'm automatically stoked for them.

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"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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My wife and I use a Fitbit One. Just sits on the inside pocket shorts clipped on. Never an issue.

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I use the flex, and I really like it. Interesting that you talk about it not registering when it's loose. Makes sense why my step count has seemed low, even with crossfit.

Yes, it should definitely be registering more activity with something like Crossfit. I had to make mine pretty tight to get the correct monitoring. I'm thinking maybe I need a different shape bracelet for my weird wrist size (watches present the same problem of too tight versus too loose...never seem to fit just right). Anyway, try notching the FitBit at least one tighter and see how it goes. I'd be willing to bet you'll see results more indicative of the effort you've put in.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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