Virginia man loses 176 pounds to become police officer

Via Facebook/Richmond Police Department

Romar Lyle’s dream was to work in law enforcement, unfortunately at 400 pounds that dream proved to be a little difficult.

“I got a degree in investigative forensics and it was just so hard to find jobs and kind of figure out what I wanted to be, but at that time I was around 400 pounds,” he said. “If I wanted to work in this field, I had to keep working on my health and fitness.”

Lyle worked for three years at a Crossfit gym to lose the weight. He lost about 130 pounds in the first two years and shedded about 40 more while training with the Richmond Police Department.

Lyle starts field training soon and has 24 pounds more to go reach his goal of losing 200 total.

“It was one of the most challenging things I have ever had to do but it has taught me so many life skills and valuable lessons that I will carry for the rest of my life,” he said. “I wake up every day smiling because when I think back on all the things I have done to get here, it reminds me that anything is possible.”