Transcript for How this guy dropped over 40 pounds during pandemic
We're back now with the transformation in Texas. The hair salon owner who not only avoided gaining the pandemic weight so many put on but managed to get incredibly trim and put his cardio health how he did it. My name is David Armendariz. I'm from Houston, Texas. And I'm the owner of studio a hair salon. I decided to become a professional dancer in college. I danced professionally for about ten years. I tore my acl, so it was a stopping point in my career, and I went to beauty school right after I tore my acl and I loved it. And in 2013, I opened my salon. Working in a hair salon did affect my eating habits. A lot of hands-on, standing up. I would skip lunches or meals, and then at the end of the day, I would eat this huge meal. I first noticed the weight gain, I would say many three years ago, I noticed my clothes weren't fitting. I didn't feel myself, I tried so many diets and exercise routines and nothing worked. I couldn't stick to them. After two weeks, I'm like nothing's happening. I would just give up. It was a cycle. I gave up because I didn't have the structure. And I didn't have the energy because I wasn't eating right. I actually started the journey right before the pandemic in February, because it's my 40th birthday in may. I knew I had to do something to get my health back in shape. I come from a big family, I have ten brothers and sisters and a lot of us have diabetes. So I started at 227 pounds and now my cholesterol dropped from 280 to 200, and during the pandemic it was a lot easier to lose weight because there was no socializing. I didn't have my friends calling, let's have a glass of wine, let's go to dinner, when I first came back, I had a lot of gasp, because they hadn't seen me. I think I inspired a lot of I'm glad it's a possibility. My advice to anybody who's gained weight during the quarantine is to be patient, going outside just walking and feeling the nice breeze and the heat, thankful for being alive, I know we're all going through a hard time but we're all in it together. Way to go, David, and you're an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story.
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