"Keeping a strict workout routine at Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg of four-hour sessions five-days-a-week, Kendir cut all carbohydrates from his diet and replaced them with protein and vegetables.
One year later, Kendir is now 120 pounds lighter and in the best shape of his life.
“It’s a huge euphoria,” he said. “I can’t even explain how amazing it feels. After 120 pounds, I’m a completely different person.”
The weight loss sparked to a holistic change in his life. Kendir is a lot more confident, those social issues have evaporated, and he feels great physically, emotionally and mentally.
It all began with the New Year’s resolution one year ago.
Resolutions are a big driver of new members at the Eldersburg Merritt Athletic Club, according to programs manager Andrew Dibble.
The gym sees an annual influx of members in the first few weeks of the new year, as people are holding true to their resolutions of weight loss and increased health, Dibble said.
Kendir’s success story is one that can give anyone hope, Dibble said.
“Stories like his are what make people walk through the door every day. It gives that belief that anybody can do it,” Dibble said.
Kendir now works as a staff member at the place he lost all that weight.
As for a 2013 New Year’s resolution, Kendir is still pondering his next self-made promise.
“It’s hard to come up with one, I have accomplished so much in the last year that, you know, what do I set for myself now? So I haven’t set any yet,” he said."