On the right track – Mayor of Nevada City joins the Meltdown | TheUnion.com

On the right track – Mayor of Nevada City joins the Meltdown

Kerry Arnett is not swinging his gavel here. The mayor of Nevada City is on the treadmill at the Courthouse Athletic Club, admitting he misses chocolate as a member of the Nevada County Meltdown, the community’s phenomenally successful fitness kick.

His trek over, Arnett, 48, articulates further.

“My doctor said I had two choices. I could get myself in shape or my affairs in order.”

Hizzoner preferred the former, and set a goal two weeks ago to go from 309 pounds to 190 by his 50th birthday, Sept. 1, 2005.

“And I’ll be physically fit,” Arnett said. “It’s more than a year and half off. I think it’s a reasonable goal.”

Arnett did not act on his doctor’s advice right away.

But as the Meltdown got under way two weeks ago, he decided to join a team with his wife, Char.

“The thing that intrigued me was it’s like my work,” as general manager of Express Video, Arnett said. “I’m not asking anyone to do anything I can’t do myself. I thought the same thing here. I’ll lead by example; if I can do it, others can as well.”

Some old words from the Armenian osteopath of his youth also resurfaced.

He once told Arnett the secret to weight loss and control is simple. “Eat less, exercise more and drink a lot of water,” Arnett said. “Forty years ago he told me that and it finally sank in.”

Arnett and his wife work out at home on a treadmill – “I’m up to three miles a day,” and they work out at the South Yuba Club in Nevada City twice a week.

He finds that doing the activities with his wife makes it easier. “Absolutely, we motivate each other,” Arnett said. “Otherwise, it would be like trying to quit smoking while living with a smoker.”

The Arnetts are watching their food portions now, eliminating fats, “increasing our water intake and exercising. I feel better, I actually do already,” Arnett said.

“I can’t envision how good I’ll feel when I’m where I want to be, but it will be exciting to find out,” Arnett said.

“The Union runs pictures of people in their hundreds, Arnett said. “Rarely are they roly-poly. There’s no fat 90-year-olds.”

Arnett has lost four pounds so far and feels he’s on his way. He is also not surprised by the Meltdown’s success. It works because Nevada County people get involved, Arnett said. “It’s a really good way to bring us all together.

“I just think whether people are participating or not it’s an admirable goal to try to make Nevada County the fittest county in the world,” Arnett said. “The improved health is its own reward.”

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