From the Sunday August 25th edition of the Star Journal….
When Tony Rio came to Rhinelander from Chicago, he moved here to enjoy all the things the Northwoods has to offer. There was only one thing standing in the way of enjoying the hiking, biking, snowshoeing and other activities that he looked forward to.
“I was just too heavy to do any of those things,” Rio said. “I would be loading gear into my car or getting ready to go on a trail and I would just be so exhausted from doing those that I couldn’t do the thing I set out to do.”
Rio weighed in at about 345 pounds and even took on the moniker “Fat Tony” at the Rhinelander Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership where he works.
But about a year ago, Rio decided to make a change.
“I really did it for health reasons,” he said. “Especially with a history of heart disease and diabetes in my family, I knew I had to do something. I am 39 and I thought, if I don’t do it now, I probably never will.”
Rio started out by watching what he ate and found success.
“I really focused on my diet and I lost about 30 pounds,” he said. “Then Duff Damos who I work with at the radio station [105.3 WRLO] told me about the Ministry Health HMR [Health Management Resources] program that he was a part of and had found success.”
Rio enrolled in the program in February and the results have been incredible. Since February Rio has dropped more than 100 pounds and says he feels better than ever and is able to do some of the things that he moved to Rhinelander to do.
“I recently bought a kayak which was great,” he said. “Before I was so heavy that with my camera gear and whatever, there was no kayak that could hold me. So buying a kayak was a great feeling.”
Rio said joining the Ministry program was the best thing he could have done and has been instrumental in keeping him on the right path.
“I tell people it is the easiest hard thing I have ever done,” Rio said.
The program consists of going to meetings, eating program provided meals and exercising.
“They would send me three shakes and two entrees every day,” Rio said. “And that is what I would eat. It cost $100 per week which some people think maybe was expensive. But I wasn’t going to the grocery store at all and I tell them, this is not expensive. Diabetes is expensive, heart disease is expensive.”
Rio has even recruited others to the program after seeing his success.
“My mom saw how well it was going and she joined and has lost 60 pounds,” he said. “And just the other day, I sold a car to this couple and told them about the program and they are going to join.”
To those thinking about losing weight and trying some sort of program, Rio said he knows the frustration people can have and he had them too.
“You take a desk job and years go by and suddenly you look at yourself and you think how did I get here,” he said. “Then you think about getting into shape and next thing you know another year goes by and you get frustrated thinking well if I had just started last year when I thought about this, I would be where I want to be.”
Rio said the answer is not to wait and get out there and make it happen.
“Just do it,” he said. “Don’t wait. You have to get started. With the HMR program, it was hard to argue with results, when you are going into the class every week having lost five, six pounds that week.”
Rio said he is in the process of transitioning from the all program provided food to eating outside foods but he is still losing four to five pounds per week.
“My goal is to get down to 190 so I have about 20 more pounds to go,” he said. “One reason is that I would like to say I was under 200 pounds one more time in my life and the other is that I believe that is a good weight for my frame.”
In the meantime, Rio is busy enjoying the things that brought him to the Northwoods in the first place.
“I am walking a lot more,” he said. “It is great. I used to, if I was downtown and at Book World or something and wanted to go down to Mel’s Trading Post, I used to take the car. Now I walk and it feels great.”
This program offers current owners or lessees of competitive vehicles (non Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or RAM) a cash allowance of $500 toward the purchase of an all new 2013 Dodge Dart. Dart SXT, Limited, and Aero models qualify for the Bonus Cash program, and is available on all purchases through October 31st, 2012.
Stop in and see me… we have several Darts in stock right now, and we can get almost anything within 24 to 72 hours. We won’t likely be seeing any factory rebates on these for quite some time yet, so now is a great time to buy!
2013 Ram 1500 Offers Best-in-class Fuel Efficiency, New Technology and New Features Without Sacrificing Capability
August 24, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ram 1500 – the most recognizable pickup on the road – delivers best-in-class fuel economy of 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway with a truckload of pioneering, fuel-saving systems including a more fuel efficient and more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 engine and first-in-segment technologies: eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension.
September 25, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - A live webcast and satellite feed of the unveiling of the new 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups and 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab work trucks at the Texas State Fair will be available beginning 10 a.m. eastern daylight time on Thursday, September 27.
The webcast can be viewed at:
The Incentives Game. It’s a game a lot of dealerships like to play in their advertising, and you’ve probably seen it before… advertisements that scream something like “$7000 in rebates!”. Whn these ads come out, typically we get some folks into the dealership who mention another dealership running this sort of ad, and ask us to match that $7000 rebate. Most of the time, we can’t… and here is why…..
September rebates on 2013 and remaining 2012 models were released this morning….. There are some great deals to be had on the remaining 2012 models!
Just announced this afternoon! On all 2012 RAM 1500 1/2 ton trucks… Longhorn, Bighorn, Tradesman, crew cab, quad cab, standard cab… whatever! No money down, $1500 in factory rebates, AND 0% financing for 84 months. These will not last long… come in and see me if you are looking for a new Dodge truck… now is a great time to buy!
It’s a scenario we see a lot here at the dealership… someone has an older, high mileage vehicle, but they are hesitant to purchase a new vehicle because they are considering purchasing a new home. The concern is that buy purchasing a new vehicle, they will hurt their chances at securing a mortgage.