San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is walking his way to a slimmer, trimmer body.

Each week, the Mayor walks nearly 70 miles.  His weekend walks take him from his home in Kensington, to the convention center downtown.

“It’s about 15 miles.  And I’ll get another six miles in, in the afternoon,” Sanders said.  “On the weekends, I try to get 20 miles in Saturday and 20 miles in Sunday.” 

Round trip, the trek takes him a little over 5 hours.

His weight loss began nearly 2 years ago, and to date he’s lost nearly 100 pounds, going from 276 pounds to a svelte 182 pounds.

“It wasn’t a resolution,” he said.  “I don’t have much luck with those.”

He said it was more of a resolve to get in better shape and better health before he turned 60 years old.

“I’ve always been on the heavy side.  When I was younger it obviously goes off much easier and I could keep it off, but as you get older it just sneaks up on you really quickly,” said Sanders.

In addition to walking and working out, Sanders also had to cut out someone his favorite foods.

“Well I no longer get to eat ice cream, which is probably my favorite food.  I haven’t had any in a couple of years,” he said.

He also had to give up most sweets and Mexican food.

His weight loss has caught the attention of a national magazine.  A writer for Men’s Fitness chronicled his success under the title, “The Shrinking Mayor of San Diego.”

Though he admits walking 70 miles might be extreme for some people, he said it is worth taking the time.

“I have people tell me that they’re too busy to walk that much and I tell them I actually have a full-time job that’s a little stressful,” he said.  “And I’m able to do it.  So it’s just want you want to do.”