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Bob Avritt - before

Bob Avritt - Colorado Tour

"I grew up in a southern household. Born in Texas, but grew up in Montana. We lived on a steady diet of fried foods. My grandmother kept us well fed. Breakfast of eggs, bacon, and southern fried potatoes. Lunch was fried potato sandwiches. Dinner would be steak and potatoes.

By the time I was in the 7th grade, I was already well over 200lbs and wore a 42" waist pant. Yep, I was the fat kid. The kid that everyone made fun of. Teased relentlessly. Funny how this torment can shape your self-worth so many years later...I took my anger and frustrations out on myself. I mean, they had to be right. I was just fat and lazy...It was my fault. My flaw...

I turned to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and food.

I saw 340lbs. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

One day the kids begged me to go out on a bike ride with them. So I caved. I got the old Wal-Mart mountain bike, which I thought was so cool, out of the garage. Air in the tires and off we went. We only went about four blocks that first time out. But WOW! What a blast! I felt like I was a kid again! I worked my way up. Riding a little further each time. Eventually, I began riding my bike to and from work everyday. That led to riding 60-mile rides, which led to riding 100-mile rides. Since that wonderful day when my kids asked me out on that first ride, I have fallen in love with cycling.

Bob Avritt - today

I have gotten my weight down to below 200lbs. I have been off of glucose medications for almost 4 years now while still maintaining a normal A1C (5.6).

I have LIVED! Riding my bike all over the country. Meeting some great people.

To let you know, YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! You too can LIVE an ADVENTUROUS life with type 2 diabetes!"

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