450 Pounds and Pushing an Oxygen Tank. His story of hope– Watch this short video

December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today I’m posting a short video of my brother, Lee.  Formerly 450 pounds and tethered to an oxygen tank only a few years ago. Now a personal trainer and marathon runner.  And he did all of it while turning 50 years old.  He discusses some of the difficulties he faced at 450 pounds and how his desire to help others led to him becoming a personal trainer and health coach.



You will hear him talk about his very first client—a single mother of 4 children.  That person was ME :))

Listening to him talk about the beginning of my journey reminded me all over again how merely 3 years ago I was on the path of destruction.  Sometimes it’s all too easy to forget what a nightmare it is to live a life where obesity makes every single thing difficult.  Even breathing. When I heard Lee on this video talking about what it was like for me to live that way….how hard it was…..it brought tears to my eyes.  I was grateful all over again for Lee saying “yes” to me when I asked him to help me find my way out of the prison that my body had become.

Sometimes we feel so alone.  But there are people out there who want to help.  I am so grateful for the people who reach out to those of us who need hope.  That is why it’s so important that we don’t forget or just move on when we lose weight.  We must remember those still trapped.  Who still need hope.  We must remember those still living in darkness and misery.

Even though I am still struggling to reach my ultimate weight loss goal, I am reminded of how far I’ve come.  And how much I owe to the people that have assisted me along the way.  As Lee states, it takes a community of people many times to help people find hope.  I owe so much to my brother for helping me find a way out of the shadowy darkness that obesity had cast over my life.  I also owe a great debt to all of you—the people who have read my blog and encouraged me through all the ups and downs.

Please take a moment to watch this video and share it if you can with those who need hope.

One step at a time.

Stigma of Obesity from ACEfitness on Vimeo.


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Margaret December 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm

What a doll your brother is… !!
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Sandi December 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

So inspiring! Thanks Holly!
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Karin December 1, 2014 at 9:53 pm

What a wonderful brother you have! I wish everyone had family that supported them.


Steelers6 December 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm

“It’s about ordinary things done daily.”


Christine December 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm

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16blessingsmom December 2, 2014 at 5:29 am

This was just what I needed today. Those negative voices have been louder lately than the I Can Do This mantra, for me. I have put a few pounds back on, and I am hating myself, and oops, listening to really negative thoughts. I did exercise today, but getting back in the game is pretty hard. And, listening to your brother was so strengthening. I am not the only one, that’s what I heard. There is hope. I can do this. Thank you for sharing, and thank him too:)



PaulaMP December 2, 2014 at 5:48 am

What a lovely brother you have, such a good person.


Gary from WeightPsychology.com December 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Beautiful message. This is exactly what we need more of … kindness, understanding and compassion (not to mention the insight!). That’s what heals. Thanks for this post …


Shay from Trashy Blog December 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

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imworthit December 5, 2014 at 3:45 am

This is an amazing video. I could feel your brothers kind spirit and love for helping others. You two are wonderful examples!


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