Hi, how are you? My name is Judy Miller. I am writing to you because my son has done something amazing and phenomenol. I am so proud and thankful I wanted to tell you his story. My son Michael has lost 250 lbs in about 17 months without pills or surgery! It really is an incredible amount of weight..two of me...and he looks absolutely fabulous…so handsome.
I guess the story begins when Michael, who is 24, was four years old. I had another baby…(Michael was a normal sized baby 6 lbs 8 ozs.) From the day I had my second child, his brother eric, Michael started to put on weight. 25lbs a year! (25lbs x18yrs =450 lb…that’s what michael weighed) I really didn’t notice it at first…thought it was cute, thought it was baby fat. His pediatrician kept a close eye on him. We had him checked for thryroid funtion and other health issues but we didn’t find anything wrong. Genetically, on his fathers side there are four uncles whos first name begins with the word “big”. Big Larry, Big John…all around 400 lbs or more. I am 5’1” and 110 lbs. My husband is 6’2 and about 195. My other son eric is 5’9” about 140. We were not big people with a big kid.
I take some or all of the blame… I am not a very good cook and when I did cook I wasn’t thinking healthy or low fat…and there was probably days where dinner was fast food. I always had him in sports as a kid. Basketball was the only sport he wasn’t’ too big for and he got quite good at it. He joined Ballys at age 13…
Ok, time goes by, and Michael is now an adult. I tried to encourage him to loose weight but after a certain age, 17 or so, I couldn’t “make” him do anything, it had to be his decision. I was having to prepare myself for him not to live to old age. His uncle larry died at 45 weighing around 450 also. He rolled over on his back and the weight of his stomach put him in a sleep coma, woke up and than had a heart attack.
Living day to day life at 450 lbs isn’t an easy thing I have learned from Michael. I know first hand that buying clothes to fit him was never easy. Fitting in chairs, driving..dating. I think the turning point, what helped convince him to loose weight, was, we went to six flags amusemnt park as a family. We waited an hour and a half to ride the “ batman”. Everyone is seated, Michael’s seat can’t close because of his size, he’s asked to get off (I got off with him). We tried every other ride in the park,.( He couldn’t fit in any of them. Needless to say, Michael and I ended up in the pool while everyone else had a great time on the rollercoasters. He was not too happy. Second turnig point was The Biggest Looser was having a casting call in DC. I told michael that this would be a great opportunity to work with doctors, trainers, nutritionists etc. I told him we were going to be the first ones in line with fabulous personalities…lol The night before the castiing call, I was preparing him for the day ahead and he backed out. He got scared and said he didn’t want to be embarassed. I was devastateed. I thought the show could save his life. At 450, he was borderline everything and at a young age. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack etc.
From that day forward he decided he wanted to loose weight. It was unbelievable. He never cheated. To date, he has lost 240lbs. The whole family made a change. He cut out fast food and sodas and started working out at ballys everday. He changed his metabolism by exercising and the weight just started to go. Also, I totally started cooking healthy, low fat meals. Changed my cooking habits. I really don’t like to cook. I used to make a lot of meals using ground beef. I replaced that with ground turkey or chicken. Low fat bread and butters., lots of fruit. But it was his decsion and only his efforts and will power that have brought him this far. He still has about 30lbs to go. In may he graduates from college with an associates degree in telelvision communications…. he’s helped quite a few people at ballys with their workout routines, given them advice. .I think he’s decided he would like to be a trainer and help other people loose weight the healthy way. As long as he’s happy. Thanks for Listening. Sincerely, Judy Miller