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I Lost Over 370 Pounds: The Story of Steve Nicander

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

At the recent IDEA World Fitness Convention, we met Steve Nicander, who has followed keynote speaker, Dr. Daniel Amen’s program to improve his brain and body. Who is Steve, you wonder? A remarkable man who made a decision that would keep him alive. To do this, he had to shed several people…sort of. He shed enough weight to total several people!

A few short years ago, Steve weighed just below 650 pounds! That is not a typo – he weighed just under SIX HUNDRED FIFTY pounds!

Steve weighed a LOT

Steve at 638 pounds

No, he was NOT comfortable. Nor was he happy. He was suicidal and depressed. But….Steve is a determined cuss. After a trip to the hospital, he made a decision to turn his life around – back toward life and away from the death he knew was near. At the start, he couldn’t even get out of  his chair. So he moved his feet and legs. Eventually he lost 175 pounds! Once he could stand, he started walking, then bike riding. Steve has lost over 370 pounds and is still losing weight and gaining muscle strength. We’ll let him tell and show you right here:

So, what do you think? Could you do what Steve did? What if your life depended on it? And did you even know that a person could have 50 pounds worth of skin?

Here is the Summer of 2011 Steve:

Steve in August 2011

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If you want to know more about Steve, and follow him in his journey, check out his site. Be inspired. Get moving.

Photo Credits: Steve Nicander

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5 Responses to I Lost Over 370 Pounds: The Story of Steve Nicander

  1. Santa Barbara Coach August 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    That is quite a story. Your question is a really interesting one!: If your life depended on it, would you do it? Harvard researcher, Robert Kegan in his new book, Immunity to Change, says maybe not! In fact, their research shows that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don’t change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully. Yipes! Kegan believe that the key to success may be identifying the assumptions that get in their way. They recommend change coaches to help people identify those assumptions so that they can successfully move forward. :)
    Dr. Lynn K Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach
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    • Alexandra September 4, 2011 at 7:42 am #

      Hi Lynn. So sad, yet so true. The mind is in charge, yet can’t do its work if there’s too much clutter.

  2. Diane aka "The Curvy Goddess" September 3, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    YES YES YES!!! This totally inspires me and brings me joy. I love the part where he couldn’t get out of his chair but move his arms and legs.

    I have to share this with my Twitter and FB family right this minute!
    Diane aka “The Curvy Goddess” recently posted..Walking for Fitness – 3 Powerful Benefits of Walking for Your Plus Size WorkoutMy Profile

    • Alexandra September 4, 2011 at 7:41 am #

      Hi Diane. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Steve was determined, even though he couldn’t get up. Yet he found a way!


  1. BIG DREAMS | life after massive weight loss - August 25, 2011

    […] Steve attended the IDEA World Fitness Convention in LA in August, 2011, with Dr. Daniel Amen. While there he was interviewed by Kymberly Willams-Evans and Alexandra Williams of Fun and Fit. Their interview appears in their Fun and Fit blog here. […]

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