The exercise is exactly what it sounds like.
Dance walkers pick a soundtrack of their choice and dance their way down the street, improvising moves as they go.
"It's for people who don't want to run but walking is too slow and boring," he said. "So instead you literally just go around town and you dance."
On the blog is a video that captures one of the dance-walking excursions. A dance team from a local high school dances with Ward along the streets of downtown Charleston.
Ward and his back-up dancers even enlisted others to join, getting passersby to shuffle down sidewalks to Salt-n-Peppa's "Push It" and The Champs' "Tequila."
In another video, Ward and his cohorts invade Charleston Town Center, dancing through Starbucks to "Cotton Eyed Joe" by Renex.
On tally day last week, just as the waitress was finishing distributing the plates of eggs, waffles and crepes along the table, Barrett finished plugging everyone's data into a spreadsheet and officially declared Ward the winner.
It was a clear victory. He beat the next closest contestant, Brad Sims, by 6 percent.
"For a while I really didn't care if I won, but then I put a lot of work in," Ward said after receiving the rewards of his efforts.
"I was just so shocked, every time I weighed in, the weight just kept coming off and coming off. Then I realized I could really do this."
Ward said he's glad to have won and excited to be healthy. He plans to maintain his newfound lifestyle, saying his next goal is the 15-mile Charleston Distance Run in late August. He might even try a marathon some day.
But for now, as he wrote on his blog, he's just happy his wife can love him not for who he is, but for what he looks like.
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.
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