In 2007, Zach Moore and his wife Amber were over the moon when they learned they were expecting their first child together.
But as his wife progressed through the pregnancy, Zach quickly began to gain weight.
Over the years, he reached nearly 500 lbs and a dangerously high BMI of 60. His poor health even led him to record a video of himself saying goodbye to his then 8-year-old son.
“In the video from 2013, I was reading my son Dr Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham story, I believed it would be my last Christmas with my family,” he explained. “We filmed it so that Zach Jr. could grow up with memories to remember his dad by.”
But a visit to the hospital with food poisoning made Zach realize he needed to make a serious change.
“I truly felt like my life was coming to an end,” he said. “I knew it was near. It’s not a good feeling knowing that all you have left to offer your family is memories.”
In 2016, he decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery in an attempt to save his own life.
He cut out all sugar and sodas, stopped smoking and began walking at least 10,000 steps a day. And the way his body reacted in the following two years was shocking.
Zach lost over 300 lbs in that time, leaving excess skin behind. He went through multiple surgeries to remove some of the skin.
But even after those surgeries, there was additional skin still needing to be removed.
“I almost ate myself to death, but instead I found inner strength and worked very hard to get to where I am today.”
Zach also began hitting the gym and exercising, and soon noticed very real results. “The weirdest thing is how fit I am, I never expected myself to go from extremely obese to healthy, most people are surprised by how I look and can’t tell I used to be obese.”
Now, the video he made for Zach Jr. serves as reminder of just how important his health and fitness is.
“I watch that video all the time. It’s brought me to tears thinking I was so close to not being here. Because I fought so hard I can now tell my story to others.
“It’s been worth every moment of the last year. It’s definitely given me access to different things I couldn’t do before like running, playing with my son, hiking, swimming and more.”
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