Retired NYC Firefighter Stuns Wife With Dapper Makeover After Losing 111 Pounds in 11 Months

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 2:00 PM, January 3, 2018

Aired January 4, 2018

After bravely acting as a first responder on 9/11, retired NYC firefighter Bob went through a personal struggle.

"Bob went off into his own little world," his wife Diane says. "He stopped exercising; he just stopped doing everything that he ever liked or enjoyed doing."

He ultimately gained 150 pounds, and it got to a point where Bob couldn’t breathe at night and had to use a sleep apnea machine.

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But perhaps the most eye-opening moment was when Bob and Diane were visiting colleges with their twin children, and Bob just couldn’t keep up with the rest of the family.

"I would say that is definitely one of the saddest moments of his life," his wife of 23 years admits of him having to constantly stop and sit down.

So, the following January, Bob joined a weight loss center -- and he lost 12.5 pounds during his first week.


"It was a fight every day," Diane admits, but today, after losing 111 pounds, Bob is nearing the weight he was when he and Diane first met decades ago.

Way to go, Bob!

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The only remaining problem, according to his wife? His clothes are way too big now!

(He actually uses hair ties to hide extra fabric.)

That’s why Diane nominated her hubby for one of our famous makeovers!

We enlisted the help of lifestyle expert Tommy DiDario, and let’s just say Diane LOVED the end result.

Watch the video above to see the big reveal!

Plus, get Tommy's best post-weight loss style tips in the video below!