35lbs down!

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Long time camper, and new instructor Ari Sarmento was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution for his 35lb weight loss.  Congratulations Ari!

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Ari Sarmento, 46, of Atlanta, lost 35 pounds

By Michelle C. Brooks

For the AJC

SUCCESS STORY / Ari Sarmento, 46: From 215 pounds to 180 pounds

Former weight: 215 pounds

Current weight: 180 pounds

Pounds lost: 35 pounds

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Age: 46 years

How long he’s kept it off: He started eight months ago and reached his current weight in the last month.

Personal life: “I am a career airline pilot,” says Sarmento. “I currently serve as the chief pilot for a private airline based in the Atlanta area,” he says. “I [was] asked to be a boot camp instructor.” In September, he became an instructor with Operation Boot Camp, www.operationbootcamp.com. He is single and lives in Atlanta.

Turning point: His turning point came, “when my doctor indicated that if I lost some weight, I could get off high blood pressure medication. I am required to have a physical examination every six months so that my flight privileges stay intact. When your job is on the line, it’s a good motivator,” he says. “I was visiting [a friend] one Sunday night, she made the statement that I had to go home as she was getting up at 5:00 a.m.to do boot camp. I made a statement that I would go with her to help her get up in the morning and by the second day of boot camp, I signed up… When you are accountable to someone, it can drive you to stay on track.”

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