Man Loses 175 lbs., Runs 9/11 Memorial Climb

If you need some inspiration,
look no further than Richmond paramedic Brian Hupp.

In the past year, he's lost
175 pounds without surgery. He did it by giving up processed foods and having
an unbeatable drive to get fit to honor complete strangers.

Here's Brian's story in his
own words:


“9/11 has always pulled
at the heart strings of everybody in public safety.”

“Those guys weren't
responding to the World Trade Center. Those guys weren't responding to 9/11,
they were responding to a call and I respond to several hundred calls a year
and any one of those calls could be that exact same call.”

“It all started last August,
I believe. On scene of a vehicle accident, I was talking to a fire lieutenant
about the upcoming September 11 Memorial Stair Climb.”

“At that point I was a
little over 450 pounds. I was morbidly obese, a pack a day smoking habit,
grossly out of shape.”

“The stair climb is to
remember the victims of the tragedies on September 11, 2001. Especially
firefighters from NYC that were killed, 343 firefighters.”

“It really took
realizing that I wanted to do that and couldn't do it to realize I had to make
serious life changes.”

“We ran the stairs
initially a couple times a month, then once a week, then twice a week, then
with weight on, then what we'd wear everyday on an actual scene to the point
where I'm at now.”

“I follow a strict paleo
lifestyle and I work out 4-5 times a week.”

“I told myself every day
that I couldn't do it, I told myself every day and it took somebody looking at
me and saying you can do this”

“I had a police officer
walk up to me at a crime scene the other day and say ‘aren't you the guy who
used to be fat.' and I thought for a second, yeah, I was the guy who used to be

“I hope to do this every year
until I'm unable to do it anymore.” 


On Sunday, Hupp and other
first responders will climb 22 flights of stairs five times at the Sun Trust
building downtown to honor the fallen who climbed 110 stories at the twin

The Richmond 9/11 Memorial
Stair Climb begins at 7 a.m.


Copyright 2013 by Young
Broadcasting of Richmond

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