Paul Castronovo is an icon in South
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
Q: How much weight did you lose?
A: 100 pounds, maybe more.
Q: When specifically did you start?
A: [In 2010],
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