In July of 2012, while walking into the courthouse, I had to stop and rest four times before reaching the courtroom. After the hearing, I went to my family doctor, who made a nurse walk me across the street and admit me into the ICU. The initial diagnosis was a pulmonary embolism. They didn’t think I was going to make it out of the hospital. My brother asked me if my affairs were in order. Friends and relatives came to see me that I haven’t seen in years. I quit smoking cigars and drinking alcohol that day. I walked out of the hospital with two goals in mind: get all my kids to eighteen years of age and get a pension for my wife. I knew my days here on earth were numbered. I was forty-eight and weighed over 470 pounds. I closed my practice, took all of the related financial hits, and started prosecuting tickets for the county.
Fast forward to November of 2017, all of my kids graduated high school, and I am five years toward pension qualification for my wife, but still 470 pounds. It was time to make a change once again. I posted myself weighing in on social media wearing nothing but my underwear. I knew if I genuinely wanted to make a change, I needed to do it publicly. I committed to two principles: say yes and post everything online. Something magical happened; my weight loss journey went viral. Over the next year, I lost 198 pounds. Celebrities got involved, including Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) and Bert Kreischer. A video of my first-year weight loss has over 55 million views. My life changed from extremely sedentary to active. This past year I completed twelve triathlons, a 2.4-mile open water swim, and four long bike rides, including the Hotter’N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls. I stayed committed to my principles of saying yes and posting everything online. These two principles changed my life and inspired millions of people around the world.