BROOK, Ind. (WLFI) - Walter Hartwell lost his wife to diabetes a year ago. At the same time he was battling high blood sugar levels and other health problems.
Then Walter made a promise to himself to beat diabetes.
"After she passed away I made up my mind I'm not going to die that way, so I just started riding my bike," Hartwell said.
A year later Walter is staying true to his promise. On top of a healthy diet he rides his stationary bike at least a couple of hours a day, six days a week. Now, almost 60 pounds lighter Walter's health is back on track.
"My sugar's way down to normal and I feel a lot better not carrying all the weight around on me and all I did was just set the bicycle in here and every time I'd turn on the TV I'd get on the bicycle and ride," Walter said.
He rides for a reason.
"Because I never want to see anybody die the way I watched my wife die," Walter said.
Walter plans on losing about 40 more pounds this year. Until then he'll just keep riding.
Watch the attached video to hear more about his journey.
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