Another Inspiring Personal Development Story
Recenty I started a thread about a young woman who grew up homeless and managed, through strength of character and great attitude to achieve academic success. Here's another great example of a young American overcoming personal obstacles to make a better life for himself.
Michael Watson, 18, battled his weight his entire life but decided to make a lasting change when he looked in a mirror his sophomore year of high school...
...Watson, now a high school senior in Canton, Ohio, started by walking to and from school every day, more than 40 minutes round trip. He walked to school every day of his junior year, no matter whether it was hot, raining or snowing. “When I took the bus to school, I’d want to sit by a kid and they’d say, ‘No, go sit somewhere else because I was so big,’” Watson recalled. “When I started walking, I didn’t even know what time the bus came and that was my motivation, ‘I have to walk.’” Watson also changed his diet, working with his dad to learn how to count calories and then forgoing his normal fast food meals for salads, oatmeal and soup.
"What motivated me was stepping on the scale.” “I’d see that I was 290 [pounds] and say, ‘Let’s get to 280, come on Michael, you got this,’” he said. Watson started at his highest weight of 325 pounds. He now weighs 210 pounds, achieving a 115 pound weight loss. In addition to walking, Watson now lifts weights in a home gym he created in his family's garage.
"I lost a lot of my insecurities when I lost all that weight,” he said. “You work for it and you get it, so it feels amazing for sure.”