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A Father Lost 92 Lb in Just 5 Months and Made Some Serious Changes in His Family Life


People who are overweight encounter an ocean of physical, emotional, and even health-related obstacles. They may also feel very weak and much less confident. And while some of them are not able to get out of this trap for their whole life, others have decided that enough is enough. Jeremiah Peterson’s story proves that even 292 lb can’t be an obstacle if you have the right motivation.

We at Bright Side are sure that these stories inspire people who are just at the start of their weight loss journey. That’s why we prepared a new piece for our readers.

It was supposed to be a cool day with the family. Jeremiah planned a hiking trip with his wife and kids. But instead of having a memorable adventure, he was defeated by his excessive weight. “I found myself running out of breath and having to take breaks way before my 9, 7, and 6-year-olds,” he recalls.

He says that this was the point at which he understood that life could no longer go on in the same way. He wanted to build good memories in his heart, but he only saw himself tired and breathless. He thought about his family and all the responsibilities he had. “I knew I HAD to make some serious changes in my life.”

There were some other reasons that pushed this dad to change his life. For example, he hated seeing himself in photos because he was too uncomfortable with his look. And he was not alone. He understood that his family was also embarrassed by how fat he was.

There was a moment when he was hurrying to help his wife and kids change a flat tire near the school they studied at. He forgot to put his shirt on and saw the mortified looks from his family. He knew that they didn’t want all the other parents and children to see his big fat belly. No doubt, this was probably difficult to swallow.

In 2017, he reached his heaviest weight of 292 pounds. But he wanted to end this suffering, and that’s why the life-changing decision was made. Jeremiah started to follow a diet, refused to drink alcohol, hiked, and went to the gym every day. And the results were surely worth it.

He managed to lose 92 pounds in 150 days. But what is more important is that this challenge helped him change not only his clothing size, but his whole life. He admits that he never realized how lazy he was. “I had been a slacker with my family and at my own business, and this change has rocked my world.”

Peterson says that you have to get rid of excuses to start this journey. Because you will always have them. You will always have other things to focus on — children, wife, business, friends. But if you have no time for yourself, you will never have quality time with those you really care for.

Jeremiah went through this thing by himself and is ready to help others who are still struggling. He serves as a personal trainer and he is sure that if he was able to do it, then anyone can do the same. You can find some inspiration and recommendations at his Instagram.

In your opinion, does our weight really impact our lifestyle? We would love to hear your ideas on this topic!