KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Adam Bounds, of Kansas City, Kan., freely admitted that fear made him decide to lose weight. He was 503 pounds, and his health was failing.
Bounds enrolled in the Big Changes program at Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Clinic and Fitness Center, and now he's 100 pounds lighter and still losing weight.
Bounds remembers the sobering doctor's appointment in 2011.
"I saw the expression on my mother's face when doctors told me I was in a life or death situation," Bounds said.
"I didn't want to put her through that pain; so I knew I had to lose weight," Bounds explained.
He found help at the Big Changes program. At least three times a week, he goes to the Fitness Center to exercise and attend nutrition classes.
In about one year, Bounds went from 503 pounds to 440 pounds. That's a 63 pound loss.
"When I first started, I couldn't walk from here to my car," he said. "Now I can do 30 to 35 minutes on the treadmill and I've lost a couple of shirt sizes."
Bounds said he sleeps better, breaths better and feels better. He still has a long road ahead. His first goal is to slim-down to 350 pounds, and then he plans to set a new weight loss goal.
Bounds admitted that he has setbacks but he is committed to losing the weight.
"I've eaten more chicken this last year than I have in my life," he said with a smile.
He's also learned to eat more vegetables and reduce the size of his portions.
"I'll still eat cookies; but I'll only eat two instead of the whole package," he explained.
He said he is grateful to the Big Changes program at SBFHCC, and now he wants to inspire other extremely overweight people to lose weight.
"Some people don't want to get started because they feel they're too big, their ankles won't hold-up and their back won't hold-up.
Bounds said slow and steady is the way to go.
"You don't start by running a marathon," Bounds said.