All that studying and stress to pass grueling exams–written, oral and blind tasting–to earn certification as an Advanced Sommelier led Pappas Bros. sommelier and EscapeHatchDallas wine writer Jason Hisaw on a path to weight gain.
“By the time I reached 277 pounds, I knew something had to change,” Hisaw told Mens’ Health Magazine, in a story that hits the streets next week. “I couldn’t move through the dining area as well as I used to, and I had to squeeze into tight spaces to reach my customers.”
His weight gain zapped his confidence, and he failed the blind tasting portion of the exam. A visit from his mom prompted Hisaw to resolve to lose weight, which he accomplished over the next 9 months by limiting portions, snacking on healthy foods and forgoing late night bar food.
And exercising. Hisaw took up running and weight training, has completed four half-marathons, and runs 6 miles nearly every day.
He passed his Advanced Sommelier exam weighing 50 pounds less. A year later–and 90 pounds lighter–Hisaw is preparing for the Master Sommelier certification, the final and most difficult level for a wine professional to earn.
Read the entire story–and see before and after photos of Hisaw–in the June issue of Mens Health.
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