Eric Morgan, 35, of Atlanta lost 121 pounds

In the photo on the left, taken in December 2016, Eric Morgan weighed 346 pounds. In the photo on the right, taken this month, he weighed 220 pounds. (All photos contributed by Eric Morgan)
In the photo on the left, taken in December 2016, Eric Morgan weighed 346 pounds. In the photo on the right, taken this month, he weighed 220 pounds. (All photos contributed by Eric Morgan)

SUCCESS STORY / Eric Morgan, 35: From 346 pounds to 225 pounds

Former weight: 346 pounds

Current weight: 225 pounds

Pounds lost: 121 pounds

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Age: 35 years

How long he kept it off: He started in January 2017 and reached his current weight this month.

Personal life: "I work for ABM Lanier Hunt Parking Co. at the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. I live in Atlanta," Morgan said. "I have great support with friends and family."

Turning point: "I have tried over 60 diets. … In January 2017, I reached my breaking point," Morgan said. "I was going up the steps at home, and I was out of breath. I was like, 'What is going on?' I had gone to the doctor the very same week, and he told me, 'Mr Morgan you are 346 pounds.' My before picture was taken in December 2016, and in January 2017 this happened. I started with the J.J. Smith 10-Day Smoothie Cleanse; that was my beginning point. I did that for 10 days, and I lost 20 pounds. When I was 326 pounds, I went to my other doctor and he put me on Victoza and Phentermine. In October, he put me on a two-week liquid diet." On Oct. 4, 2017, Morgan had bariatric surgery. "It has been the best tool that I have," he said. "It is a tool to help you with overeating, but after that, you have to do the work. I went from 238 pounds in September, my first time being 238 pounds, then I went back up to 252 pounds in January. That's when I decided I had to do something else. I found Casi's Straight Military Style Bootcamp when I was paying my furniture bill right next door and I saw her big sign. … I found her on Facebook and messaged her. I kept questioning her. I finally went by and said, 'Hi, I'm your headache.' She said: 'I am glad you are here. I'm going to put you to work.' … I needed structure, that is the main reason why I turned to her. I went as far as I could go on my own."

Diet plan: He eats at least three to four times per day, starting with oatmeal, then a grapefruit with an egg. Lunch and dinner are chicken or fish with vegetables.

Exercise routine: "When I was at boot camp, we went every day Monday through Friday. … I'm now back in the gym doing weightlifting and doing cardio. Boot camp starts again in September."

Biggest challenge: "The biggest challenge is in the middle. … Getting started was the easy part, going through the process," Morgan said, "but now that I'm at 225 pounds trying to get to 185 pounds, I'm in the middle. I have to stay focused going to the gym, to stay focused and get to that finish line."

How life has changed: "I have a lot of energy ever since I lost weight," Morgan said. "I can get out in my yard and work all day long. I can go to Six Flags now. … My life has changed so much in a good way."

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