Man sheds 80 pounds with wife's help

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If someone had told attorney William J. Marcum a year ago that his favorite meal would be salad, he might have laughed the person out of the room.

Augusta Attorney William J. Marcum dropped 80 pounds, from 300 to 220, over the past year.  Kendrick Brinson/Staff
Kendrick Brinson/Staff
Augusta Attorney William J. Marcum dropped 80 pounds, from 300 to 220, over the past year.

But it's true, and it's one of the reasons Mr. Marcum dropped 80 pounds, from 300 to 220, over the past year.

"I feel great. It's been an interesting trip," said the 58-year-old Columbia County attorney.

After a lifetime of being overweight, Mr. Marcum said he just got tired of it last year. He was suffering from high blood pressure and sleep apnea, and he was diagnosed as borderline diabetic.

And, he admitted, he had been a bad influence on his wife of 15 years. When she had had enough and started dieting last year, Mr. Marcum wanted to join her.

"She told me, 'I know how to do it, if you finally get serious about it,' " Mr. Marcum said.

Their approach has been simple mathematics, he said. They learned the calorie content of foods and count every calorie they take in, logging each one daily in a food journal.

They also concentrate on fruits and vegetables, chicken and fish, Mr. Marcum said. But they can eat whatever they want as long as the calorie level is maintained.

"I could go out and have a milkshake, but that would be all I could have today," Mr. Marcum said.

At 1,200 calories a day, Mr. Marcum hopes to lose 2 pounds a week and reach his goal of 185 pounds in seven to eight months.

When he makes it, it will mean 115 pounds gone.

"Everybody has noticed," Mr. Marcum said of the weight he has already shed. "Everyone asks me how I did it. It's really been positive feedback."

Attorney Randolph Frails, whose office is in the same building as Mr. Marcum's, said he realized his colleague had seriously shrunk about four months ago.

"He seems to be much happier. He acts healthier," Mr. Frails said.

He is healthy and happy, Mr. Marcum said. The health problems are gone, and everything physical is much easier to accomplish, he said.

Although the calories he takes in every day are limited, Mr. Marcum said he is less hungry now than when he was heavy and eating everything in sight. Junk food is a thing of his past. If he feels the need for a snack, it's fruit, especially green grapes, he said.

Now his wife, Taylor, is the good influence in the family. "She's very small now," he said.

And one of their favorite dinners is salad.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

WILLIAM MARCUM

OCCUPATION: Attorney

AGE: 58

FAMILY: Married nearly 15 years to Taylor Marcum, who influenced him to lose weight

QUOTE: "You can eat anything you want. You just have to be accountable for it."

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1313
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1313 01/05/09 - 06:00 am
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My first wife helped me lose

My first wife helped me lose 200 lbs. of ugly, disgusting fat- She left me.

Grateful Augustan
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Grateful Augustan 01/05/09 - 06:42 am
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I think she found me 1313..

I think she found me 1313..

DRAMAMAMA
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DRAMAMAMA 01/05/09 - 07:59 am
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wow....Good for you Mr

wow....Good for you Mr Marcum...I hope I'm as lucky...

pofwe
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pofwe 01/05/09 - 08:06 am
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Sorry but no cigar. Beat what

Sorry but no cigar. Beat what Happy Humphrey did back in the day. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,834054,00.html

Hepkikyo
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Hepkikyo 01/05/09 - 08:34 am
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Good for you Mr. Marcum! You

Good for you Mr. Marcum! You better hold on to that little lady of yours now! :)

me too
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me too 01/05/09 - 09:54 am
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1313 & Grateful, thanks for

1313 & Grateful, thanks for the laughs! :-)

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FallingLeaves 01/05/09 - 04:14 pm
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Okay, I wouldn't normally say

Okay, I wouldn't normally say this, but just to be fair, since 1313 said the above 6am comment, my husband helped me lose so much belly jiggling, droopy-breasted weight an industrial scale had to be used at the start of the diet (over 300 lbs.). He divorced me. Yes, he was so heavy that he looked like he had breasts and looked more pregnant that I was when I was carrying multiples. It took him two and half years to START losing weight after we separated. So much for blaming his weight problems on me. I tried to get him to even simply walk with me. Uh-uh. The only time he would lose a few pounds would be right before trips out of town and he would fall off that wagon as soon as he got back. Three guesses as to what THAT was all about (first two don't count).

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/05/09 - 04:16 pm
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By the way, Congratulations

By the way, Congratulations to the Marcum family for making it a team effort. That's a lot more fun.

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TommyBoy 01/06/09 - 12:28 pm
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Way to go Marcum!!! You are

Way to go Marcum!!! You are the man!

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