RICHMOND, Virginia -- A Richmond, Va. man realized a life-long goal after losing over 170 pounds in an effort to change his life and join the city’s police force.
According to a Facebook post by the Richmond Police Department, Romar Lyle weighed over 400 pounds in late 2015 when he decided he was done wearing pants with a size 54 waist.
“I knew I wanted to do something in Law Enforcement, but at that moment there was no way I would have been able to achieve that dream at my current weight," Lyle said in the post. "If I wanted to work in this field, I had to keep working on my health and fitness.”
Lyle discovered CrossFit while in grad school and managed to lose a bulk of the weight through commitment to the rigorous training. He quickly noticed how much his day-to-day quality of life had improved.
“One of the most empowering feelings is going into a store and buying clothes right off the rack and knowing it will fit. Or going to an amusement park and not having to worry about weight limits or not fitting in the seat," Lyle said.
Lyle lost even more weight in training at the police academy, bringing his total amount of weight lost to 176 pounds.
“It was one of the most challenging things I have ever had to do but it has taught me so many life skills and valuable lessons that I will carry for the rest of my life. I wake up every day smiling because when I think back on all the things I have done to get here, it reminds me that anything is possible," he said.
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