Michael Watson was 6 feet 4 inches and weighed 335 pounds two years ago, and he added that he was often bullied, CNN reported.
“My self-confidence was zero,” Watson, who turned 18 on May 15, told the news outlet.
Two years ago, he made the commitment to walk to and from school every day, which is about 20 minutes each way. He also changed his diet.
A low moment came when a classmate told him that he had something on his chin. When Watson rubbed it, the boy told him: “No, third one down,” he recalled.
Elaborating on his determination, CNN reported that Watson would walk in the rain and declined when people asked him if he wanted a ride to school.
“I couldn’t walk too far to be honest with you and I got out of breath easily,” he told WKYC. “It was just a disaster but once I lost the weight…I feel amazing I could never go back to being heavier.”
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What’s more, Watson also had to exercise discipline when he worked at a fast-food restaurant after school.
“It’s an example of courageous personal development that’s rare for a high school student,” family specialist Terrance Jones said. “Mike’s decision to the initiative to live a healthier lifestyle and to stay consistent with it will always stay with me.”
Overall, he lost 115 pounds and now weighs about 220 pounds.
In the WKYC report, he said that he was inspired by his brother, who lost 50 pounds.
Watson gave advice to people trying to lose weight: “They can’t mess up on their diet … never give up. You gotta keep trying”
The Canton City School District also posted a photo of him, saying, “Michael took matters into his own hands. He adopted a healthier lifestyle of eating and exercise by taking the road less traveled. He walked to school every day (no matter the weather conditions) his sophomore, junior, and senior year!”
Ohio Teen Loses 100 Pounds by Walking to School Every Day