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Dad Weighing 575 Lbs. Fears Death, Drops an Incredible Near 300 Lbs. in 15 Months

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Logan Goodall was your average 30-something. He was married, had two kids, and had a job.

In 2010, that all started to change — first with a divorce, and then, later, the death of his father. Goodall turned to food to cope, and quickly gained weight.

He was a lumberyard worker, but as he began to pack on the pounds, he had to quit. At some point, he could no longer drive his car because he was too large, so he became a shut-in.

For some reason he wouldn’t eat anything during the day, but when it came time for dinner, he gorged on an insane amount of food. Pizza, chicken wings, ice cream, and soda was his go-to menu.

“I felt completely worthless,” he said. “Everything I was trying I failed. I would start a diet and I would fail.”

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“At 575 pounds, I hated myself so much that I thought I would be doing everyone a favor if I just died. For two years I didn’t leave the house. I had become a complete recluse and my anxiety was really high. I just didn’t want anyone to see me.”

Obviously that was no way to live, and after seven years of abusing his system, it caught up to him.

“In January 2017, I was coming down the stairs and I couldn’t catch my breath,” he said.

“I had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital and it was so embarrassing. In the hospital, everything that could have been wrong with me was.”

“I was suffering from sleep apnea; I was hooked up to oxygen. I was diagnosed with type two diabetes; I was in congestive heart failure. I was suffering pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis.”

Any of those issues, separately, could have been life-threatening. Put together, it was a death threat.

Though Goodall had seen no reason to live before, he realized just what he’d be losing if he gave up now. “I was worried I wouldn’t see my kids grow up,” Goodall said.

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With a new goal, Goodall began to take care of his health. He stopped being on a first-name basis with the deliveryman and started eating healthier.

He took up swimming, too, which he credits with easing some of his exercise-related discomfort.

“It’s unreal to me that I’ve managed to achieve this,” he said. “Diet was the main way I have lost weight, but I started swimming with my friend and that really took the pressure off my joints.”

“Changing my life was the only option for me. I didn’t have a choice if I wanted to see my kids grow up.”

His two kids, Alexander, who is 13, and Allison, who is 10, are both overjoyed with their dad’s impressive progress. “My kids are over the moon,” said Goodall. “They have their dad back after all these years.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking