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Jonathan's Journey: A FOX28 Director's life changing weight loss

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FOX 28's Jonathan Hedman has been with our station for 12 years.   He's the guy who creates our special opens and selects the "Highlight of the Night".  

In football terms, he was doing everything he could to beat himself.  His turnovers were pizzas and whoppers.  His penalties were drinking 12 pops a day.   That all changed after the Super Bowl in 2012.

Lying on a surgical table in 2011 with 2 collapsed lungs and a ruptured appendix.  Jonathan knew his life needed to change.  "When I started this journey, I was 430 pounds," said Jonathan.  "I was like, 'Are you kidding me?'  Being this size, I joked that I just wanted to work up to low self esteem.  It's embarrassing.  Being overweight.  Obviously I had no social life.  20 piece chicken nugget, 2 double whoppers.   A Large Pizza and crazy bread."

Jonathan was getting beat.  He described it as being down by 30 at halftime.  Instead of giving up.  He decided to fight losing "with Losing".   Weight that is.

"This is another challenge.  I'm gonna beat this.  I don't know how long it will take, but I'll beat it.  You watch," said Jonathan.

Like a any good athlete, discipline and hard work have given him more confidence.    He went from being a part time editor to a full time director at FOX 28.  In a strange twist, the guy who has grown in so many areas of his life, is literally half the man he used to be.

As of the first Sports Extra of 2013, Jonathan had dropped to just 209lbs.  He has lost 220lbs. in 18 months.

"It's like sports" Jonathan says.  "Just because you're down at halftime.  It doesn't mean the game is over. "Fans were leaving the stadium.   I kept moving forward.  It's never over."

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