Paul Elliott of Eden Prairie, Minnesota says he hit rock bottom when he could no longer weigh himself at home. He said his scale only went to 300 pounds. And his weight was well above that, at about 330 pounds.
Elliott says he was depressed and miserable. So one night, he skipped the drive-thru food, and pulled into a sporting goods store instead. He picked up a set of dumbbells, and his weight loss journey began. He wasn’t sure what to do, but he was too embarrassed to go to a gym. So, he started at home, researching exercise tips online. Elliott says he hated it at first – it was torture! But, he knew he had to keep going.
A few years later, Elliott had dropped 145 pounds! He now weighs 185 pounds and feels fantastic. He even became a personal trainer, because he was so inspired to help others who might feel just as hopeless as he did. He loves working with people now, because he can relate to them so much.
“It just blows me away to see those pictures,” Elliott said about old photos of himself. “Looking at them, I don’t recognize that person. Now, I’m just so happy and so much more outgoing.”
Elliott says he also loves talking to people now, when he would avoid even making eye contact before. And he says if his story inspires just one other person to try to make a big change in his or her own life, it’s worth it.