Three years ago I looked like the photo on the left. The second photo was taken a week ago.

There was no miracle diet. No surgery.

The only necessary ingredient is determination.

At the time of the first photo, I weighed 260 pounds.

We new commitment to being healthy started in March 2020 when I walked at least six miles a day, everyday, for two months. Walking at least 120 steps a minute, you burn calories. I lost 20 pounds in two months.

But I kept going. I coupled that with a better diet.

Not Keto or some other plan. I just eat less food, fewer carbs, no fast food, and never eat after 8:30pm. That’s it.

The first step is to get a Fitbit and track your steps. The second step is to figure out routes for walking that inspire you. Get AirPods.

Make calls, listen to music or podcasts. Or just think about life. The time will go fast (roughly 1.5 hours to walk six miles). I know you think you don’t have time. But you do. If you make it a priority.

In recent months I’ve shared my journey on social media. I now have many friends who are doing what I did and it’s working for them. It’s incredibly rewarding to hear this.

If I can do this, so can you.

All you need is determination.

Let me know how I can help.


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