"By midsummer, the weight was falling off and I had to buy new pants," the New York Daily News quoted Woollen, who testified in support of extending the city's network of bike lanes at a Thursday City Council hearing, as saying.
"I don't have to worry about watching what I eat anymore."
Woollen was cagey when asked how much he weighs, but hinted that he's about 20 pounds from being considered overweight. A writer, actor and Web developer, he looks like a new man.
The devoted dog lover's mission to lose weight began with the sobering realization that he had been packing on several pounds a year beginning in his early 30s. Enough was enough, he thought. A friend loaned him a bike.
"I realized I had a bike lane nearby that went right to my office that I could use to replace my daily commute on the subway," he said.
"Now I have a commute that takes the same amount of time and I get an hour and a half of exercise."