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Vaught's scale continues downward

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  In just six months, Dougherty County's deputy EMA director has dropped more than 100 pounds.

Jim Vaught had lap band surgery back in September.  Since then, he's lost 106 pounds, going from 457 to 351.  He still plans to lose another 150 pounds to get back to an even 200.

Vaught says that may not be too difficult.  He says everywhere he goes, people ask him how his weight loss is going and question his eating habits.

He's had to add multiple notches to his belt, and his pants have been taken in several times.  

"Well, it's great and the nice thing about it is I notice everyday it's easier to get up and move around," said Vaught. "When I get to the top of the stairs, I'm not winded.  I can do things in the yard that I used to enjoy doing, now I can do them again.  I'm not winded walking to open up the gate at the end of the driveway, so it's been remarkable as far as feeling the spring in my step again."

Vaught hopes to drop the rest of his weight by September, but admits that his weight loss hasn't continued as rapidly as it began.  He says he has been able to exercise more frequently and hopes that helps in his success.

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