(US-tx) Scott Cary wants to whip the police force into shape
- Cary gave up meat, started to run
Sgt. Scott Cary used to fit that ugly stereotype: A burger-munching
cop in an extra-large uniform, he couldn't make time in his
stressed-out life for exercise.
Today, though, he's decked in running shorts and a T-shirt, pacing the
sidewalk outside RunTex as he waits for the Austin Police Department
Running Team to show up for their Tuesday night workout. Cary formed
this team three years ago, hoping to help his co-workers do what he
did — hone muscle, shed weight and ease tension.
"I was on the street for five years," Cary says. "All I ate was fried
chicken, pizza and burgers. Then I was promoted to detective and
worked robbery for three years. My diet was even worse then."
"The stress is unbelievable. I ballooned up to 280 pounds, didn't work
out, got depressed. I knew I had to change something in my life, but I
didn't know how to do it."
Still, he aimed for a single meat-free month. It wasn't easy,
especially at restaurants and parties. At first, he craved meat. But
at the end of a month he'd lost 10 pounds and felt, he says, 100
percent better. In October 2005, he dropped dairy products from his
diet and became vegan. His cholesterol has dropped from more than 200
then to 117.
He compares giving up meat to quitting cigarettes, which he did in
1976, or cutting out alcohol, which he did in 1981. "You give it up
one meal at a time," he says. "I didn't quit meat for animal rights, I
did it for my own health. And I can't ever see going back to my old
"The days of coffee and doughnuts are over," he says. "It's a latte
with soy milk and a bagel."
Or, as the case might be, a bean and rice burrito. With tonight's
running practice over, it's time to refuel. And Cary is headed to
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