03/23/2012 08:22 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Weight Loss Success: Jeremiah Sears Pushed Himself To Exercise And Lost 170 Pounds

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Name: Jeremiah Sears
Age: 32
Height: 5'11"
Before Weight: 358 pounds

How I Gained It: Ever since I can remember, I have always had a problem with my weight. From the time I was in high school I was creeping up on 300 pounds, but I learned to live with it. I was constantly getting fast food or eating a snack. I worked nights, so when I got home I would eat a big meal and then go to bed.

I had it in my head that I was always going to be this way no matter how hard I tried. Over the years I tried hundreds of diets and diet pills waiting for a miracle to happen, but it never did. When the diets didn't work it would make me depressed, and I would gain more weight. I was fighting a losing battle with myself. I had been to the doctors to check on some complications I was having and the doctor informed me that if I didn't lose weight my blood pressure and sugar were going to get out of control. I took the doctor's advice with a grain of salt and kept living the same way. After a few months of not following the doctor's orders, I started to feel like even getting up in the morning was a struggle.

Breaking Point: My girlfriend and I wanted to start a new life, so we packed up and headed to Florida. Once we were there, I found out fast that large people and Florida sun do not mix. I was sweating more just doing the littlest bit of movement than I ever had. Well, that was it, I was sick of it.

How I Lost It: My girlfriend and I had just purchased a new home in Kissimmee and they were building a new Anytime Fitness around the corner. I had thought about joining a gym before, but they were either too expensive or I thought I would feel uncomfortable.

In December of 2010 I gained the courage to go to the gym and get some information. Upon walking in, my mind was set at ease by the warm welcome I received from the staff. I had a long conversation with a personal trainer named Daryl who gave me all the encouragement I needed to sign up. It was very hard in the beginning without seeing the physical results, but I was feeling a lot better and found myself to be more active.

Since then I have been going to the gym religiously and pushing myself more and more every day. I try to burn 1,000 calories a day, first on the treadmill and then doing crunches, pushups and toning exercises to try to tighten up. Now, my diet consists of a lot of protein, like eggs and chicken. I do still occasionally stop for fast food, but I have learned to discipline myself and only get a little bit and add extra time at the gym. I make sure to eat dinner by 6 p.m. so I have plenty of time before I go to bed. With the overwhelming support of my family I have lost 168 pounds and I feel fantastic!

After Weight: 190 pounds

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