Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

March 31, 2013

JOSHUA BALL: Oney’s proof you can do it yourself

SALYERSVILLE — I’ve lost count of the late-night infomercials I’ve watched depicting dramatic weight loss for four — no, for the next 10 minutes — three easy payments of $19.99, only to read the fine print about results not being typical.

Really?

We live in a world of wanting everything now, including weight loss, much like, no pun intended, Veruca Salt’s rant in “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Enter fad diets, surgeries, pills … get my point?

We don’t want to work for anything.

Tommy Oney worked for every pound — all 170 — he has lost in the last 12 months.

The 29-year-old Magoffin County native works out at least an hour a day six days a week. Aside from the strict workout regime has come a drastic change in lifestyle. Gone are the burgers, pizza, fries and sweets. Now, Oney eats baked lean meats and fresh vegetables.

What makes Oney’s weight loss incredible is it mirrors that of contestants on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” where those seeking a new life join a ranch and are surrounded by trainers and support staff around the clock.

Oney did it on his own, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

He did find support, much of it in the world of cyberspace. His wife, Heather, an editor of the small local newspaper, started a blog to chronicle Tommy’s journey. He started adding fans, including many of his co-workers at Mountain Comprehensive Care.

But Tommy’s biggest ally has been a My Fitness Pal app for his iPhone. It provided him a mechanism of accountability as everything he ate went into the phone to be calculated.

He went from consuming 11,000 calories a day to between 1,400 and 1,700.

“It’s been an adjustment in lifestyle, not diet,” Tommy said. “This is something I will do the rest of my life. And because of the choices I made, I have my life back.”

Tommy’s story is one we need to hear. Statistics show we are not healthy; our obesity rate is nearly double that of the national average.

Watching someone like Tommy take on life’s challenges on his own is no surprise. The work ethic of our ancestors taught us to take care of not only ourselves, but our own.  Tommy’s story is one we can all learn from because he’s not on television and he didn’t use any particular diet. He changed his actions, and therefore, his life.

JOSH BALL is a freelance writer.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Flatwoods mayoral debate set for Tuesday

    A public debate among the candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Flatwoods will take place next week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ashland couple indicted on grave violation charges

     A man and a woman from Ashland have been indicted for allegedly stealing brass flower vases from graves at Rose Hill Burial Park.

    April 22, 2014

  • South Shore clerk gives updates on city building bids, sewer project

    City officials may not have to wait much longer to move from their temporary offices on Main Street into a shiny, new building.

    April 22, 2014

  • Fate of stray animals in Carter County questioned

    Stray animals in Carter County may be disappearing because no one seems to know exactly where they are going.

    April 22, 2014

  • Recovery center finds home

    The mayor of Grayson said he isn’t concerned about the money a new recovery center will funnel into the city, although he is deeply appreciative of what the proposed facility may be able to offer “people who really need help” recovering from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

    April 22, 2014

  • Olive Hill man charged with shooting wife during dispute

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.
    Robert Tackett, 47, of Olive Hill, was lodged in the Carter County Detention Center on Monday, charged with attempted murder-domestic violence, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

    April 22, 2014

  • Two of three Greenup commission seats on ballot

    Two of three commission seats are up for grabs in Greenup County this fall, and both will involve primary contests to determine the ballot lineup in the November election.

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423attmurder_tackett.jpg Olive Hill man charged with attempted murder

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rotary updated on Alliance

    Ed Neely, president of the Ashland Rotary Club and chairman of the Ashland Alliance, addressed Rotarians in both capacities during the Monday meeting to give an update on the organization’s recent progress.

    April 21, 2014

  • Prater has been satisfying fans’ hunger for 40 years

    Debbie Prater has satisfied thousands of athletes’, parents’ and fans’ snacking desires for nearly 360 months.
    That’s just about 40 years of serving nachos, popcorn, chili dogs, water and soda from Lewis County’s football, basketball and baseball concession stands, and Prater is retiring after this year’s last pitch.

    April 21, 2014