'I can't believe I was that big': Morbidly obese 804lb man loses almost half his body weight in just ONE year
17:11 GMT, 26 October 2012
A man who was once house-bound due to his crippling 804lb weight, has lost 330lb in a single year.
Gregg Blanchard, from Manchester, New Hampshire, was so morbidly obese, he could not move without crutches, or even take a shower, completely dependant on the help of wife Ann.
Now, though, he has lost almost half of his former body weight, thanks to a new diet and exercise regime.
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Radical lifestyle change: Gregg Blanchard, from Manchester, New Hampshire, was so morbidly obese, he was virtually bed-bound (in September 2011, left). Now he has lost an impressive 330lb (right)
He told local news channel WMUR 9: 'I'm now 474 pounds. That's 330 pounds gone.'
Motivated: Mr Blanchard has vowed never to go back to his former weight
Mr Blanchard's weight-loss journey first began in September 2011 after he appeared on the TV station for the first time.
'I looked at myself on TV, and I could
not believe I was that big,' he said. 'You look at yourself, but when I
watched it, it was like, “How did I get that size”'
The process has been a struggle though. Mr Blanchard has suffered a series of infections over the past year that have kept him in hospital for months at a time.
'What happened was I wasn't getting that fuel my body needed,' he explained. 'I felt lethargic and didn't feel like working out.'
Regardless, Mr Blanchard was determined, and his impressive weight-loss is proof of that.
Speaking to WMUR 9 in October 2011, he said of his early progress: 'It's
not just pounds, it's walking without crutches. Now, I use a
'The little things make much more of a difference than
the number on the scale.'
Progress: Mr Blanchard, seen working out with trainer Mary Wiseman, is building up his fitness and strength
Mr Blanchard's weight-loss so far has
also been thanks in part to personal trainer Mary Wiseman, who has
helped him go from virtually bed-bound to walking down the street.
She said: 'We had to take that first step again. When he did, we were on a roll, down the steps and “let's go for a walk.”'
Support: Mr Blanchard's wife Ann plants a congratulatory kiss on his cheek after going for a walk
They reached a new milestone recently, when Mr Blanchard was finally able to fit in a car, and took a trip to Ms Wiseman's gym.
He is now attending sessions with her
there regularly. His new goal is to accompany his wife on a trip to
North Carolina next year.
'I used to be the 804-pound man,' he said. 'I don't want to be referred to like that. That was the old me.'