I started this weight loss journey to be overall healthier. I wanted to have the ability to be more active in my daughter’s life and also at work. I want to be an inspiration for my daughter and show her she needs to be healthy while she’s growing.

The biggest challenge I faced during my weight loss journey was kicking the desire for fast food, junk food, soda, and especially sweet tea. The convenience of fast food was probably the hardest for me, but I overcame the urge to eat those things by always having some type of healthy snack at my side. Giving up sweet tea and soda was hard for the first week or so…I didn’t realize caffeine had such a hold on me! I overcame those sugar cravings by drinking a gallon of water a day to make sure I wasn’t thirsty.

The staff at Physician’s Plan, Summerville, have been amazing and extremely supportive throughout my weight loss plan. The healthy snacks, protein shakes, and the b-12 shots are the best things they have to help keep you full of energy and on track with your diet.

The best part of my weight loss is looking back and realizing how big I had gotten, and how crappy I really felt. I truly didn’t realize how bad I was until I lost all of my weight. I feel like a completely different person now and I’m able to take on the world and be the best father I can be for my daughter.

If I could give any advice to other patients it would be to just keep pushing–don’t give up! You might not notice that you are losing weight, but you will (it doesn’t happen overnight). Keep reaching for those goals! In my “before” picture I was 340 lbs. and a little over six months later, I am down 80 pounds! You will get there too.