Paul Castronovo is an icon in South Florida radio programming, having been on air for more than 20 years. But that career is rich in opportunities to overindulge, and to be sedentary, which led him to gain weight.
Three years ago, he decided to get fit and ended up losing more than 100 pounds. His method? Exercising six days a week and eating well Monday through Friday. As he says, "I don't want to get back to heavy again."
Next month, Castronovo and his radio show co-host, Young Ron, are hosting a series of events as part of their 18th annual food drive. For more information, call 954-981-5653 or go to SunSentinel.com/drive.
Q: Why do you keep fit?
A: Now it's become a way of life, and it should have been before. My wife is a breast cancer survivor and was in a horrific car accident. I decided life has a lot of question marks, and I want to see my kids grow up, so at 50 I decided to turn it around.
Q: How much weight did you lose?
A: 100 pounds, maybe more.
Q: When specifically did you start?
A: [In 2010], Zach Thomas from the Dolphins told me about the Miami Dolphins' Cycling Challenge. "It's to raise money for cancer. You can't say no, Paul, because your wife's a survivor and I'm your buddy. I want you to get in shape." Zach's one of my athletic heroes, so I wanted to get on a bike and do some good. I've become a cyclist and raised a ton of money.
Q: Did you ride in the [Nov. 3-4] Dolphins Cycling Challenge?
A: Yeah, this is the third year. First year, I started talking about it in August and got the bike. By the November challenge, I did the 35-mile ride. That day was windy, rainy. But I powered through it. I was riding for my wife. Plus, it was such an accomplishment. The second year, I felt great and did much better. This year's ride, I again rode 35 miles, at a pretty good pace.
Q: What's your workout routine?
A: I joined Lighthouse Point Gym and hired a personal trainer. That way, I know I got to be there Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4 o'clock. We do intense weight training. I'll do two chest [exercises], then bicycle pedal instead of resting, then back to lifting, for one hour. The other days — Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday — I'm either cycling outside, weather permitting, or indoors at the gym. Saturday morning, if I'm not fishing, I'm riding my bike on A1A from Hillsboro Inlet to Delray and back.
I'm a rabid University of Florida Gators fan and go to the football games. I take my bike with me and go riding through Gainesville. If you'd asked me 10 years ago about this, I would have laughed.
Q: What's your daily diet?
A: I now eat every three hours to build up my metabolism. A local company,DeliverLean.com, delivers five meals to my house —healthy, balanced, proper carbs, vegetables, protein, calories. For breakfast, egg-white omelet, oatmeal, what you expect. Three hours later, chicken wrap on whole-wheat pita. Then chicken breast with quinoa with broccoli. Three hours later, turkey meatloaf with some whole-wheat pasta. That's a sample day.
Q: What do you normally drink?
A: I'm a water fiend.
City of residence: Lighthouse Point
Height/weight: 6 feet; 250 pounds
Occupation: Co-host of "The Paul and Young Ron Morning Show" on "Big 105.9" and "94.3 Real Radio"Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times