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Sixty pounds in six months: Lose weight the Xavier Richardson way

Xavier Richardson, in a 2006 photo.

Xavier Richardson decided at the beginning of the year to do something about his weight. He was at 293 pounds and didn’t like the way he looked or felt.

Now, nearly six months and 60 pounds later, the Mary Washington Healthcare executive continues to count his carbohydrates.

“No one forced me to do it. It’s not at the recommendation of a doctor. It’s just that I felt that I needed to lose it,” he said.

Richardson, 54, is an executive vice president at Mary Washington and president of its two foundations.  He said yesterday that he did not join a weight-loss program or enlist the support of a partner when he made his resolution. Instead, he focused on the sweets.

“What I do now is, I will take two forkfuls and then push it away,” he said. “I’ve satisfied the urge to have something sweet.”

The diet has meant that many of his clothes no longer fit, but he’s replaced them with bolder colors and different styles. Recently he added 45-minute walks to his routine.

At 236 pounds now, Richardson said his goals are to lose another 40 pounds and to maintain the new weight.

“I believe I can,” he said. “I like the way I’m feeling.”