Future Soldier sheds pounds to enlist
Future Soldier Adam Samora does sit-ups while Sgt. 1st Class Harrison Anderson holds his feet outside the Westridge Recruiting Station Dec. 7.

PHOENIX -- Two years ago while shopping for clothes, 5-foot-5-inch 280-pound Adam Samora decided he no longer wanted to wear size XXXL.

"I don't know what it was but seeing all those Xs on the clothing size label, I knew I not only had to lose weight but I desperately needed a lifestyle change," Samora said.

That day Samora decided to transform his life and his weight loss journey began which
eventually led him to lose 120 pounds in two years. He made radical changes to his diet by
limiting food portions, eating more fruits and vegetables and eating very little in the evenings.

"I learned to eat until I was satisfied and not stuffed," said Samora. "I stopped eating everything on my plate because I knew that my habit of overeating especially at night, was the main reason I was so overweight."

Samora also slowed down his eating habits by thoroughly chewing his food before swallowing
which he notes helps digestion. In addition, he worked out every other day by jogging, lifting
dumbbells and doing pushups. Within six months, he lost 60 pounds and Samora felt
empowered. He realized his dream of becoming a Soldier was possible which was something he
always wanted to do -- to serve his country.

"I have wanted to join the Army as long as I could remember but never thought I had it in me to
lose the weight. When I was around 220 pounds -- 60 pounds lighter -- I knew it was possible," said Samora. "I just had to keep working."

When Samora scaled down to 175 pounds he contacted an Army recruiter and was told he still
needed to lose seven pounds to make his dream a reality. He remained diligent about eating healthy and exercising. Two weeks later, Samora lost the weight which enabled him to raise his right hand and cite the U.S. Army enlistment in July. The Future Soldier indicates his weight loss has benefited him in every aspect of life and his friends and family now see a leaner, stronger man, both inside and out.

"I am literally half the man I used to be and I have so much energy now," Samora said. "I feel
great physically and mentally. My family says I even walk with more confidence now too."

Samora ships for basic training Feb. 28 to become an infantryman and claims now the "real
work" begins -- continuing to improve his physical condition to prepare for the challenges of
basic training.

"He is a super motivated young man and dedicated to being a Soldier in the United States
Army," said Phoenix Central Recruiting Company Commander Capt. Garry Seeburger. "He will succeed."

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