Obese Man Loses Half His Body Weight To Fulfill Lifelong Dream Of Serving Our Country


An Abilene, Texas man was quickly losing control of his life and his dream of becoming a serviceman in the United States Army after ballooning to 456 pounds.

In February 2016, William Guinn Jr. looked himself in the mirror and had officially had enough. Guinn dedicated himself to going to Planet Fitness six days a week and working with trainers and nutrition specialists to better his chances of serving our country, a goal he set for himself to follow in his grandparents’ footsteps. Guinn was so motivated that he’d sometimes go on hour-long runs after being put through a grueling two-hour workout, KTAB reports.

After 14 months, through Army-esque discipline, Guinn had lost half his body weight and dropped to 230 pounds.


This past Thursday, all Guinn’s hard work paid off–he was officially sworn in to the Army during a ceremony that took place in Dallas, Texas.

Good on you, William. Staying committed to a goal for over a year and never veering off track is no small feat. It would break a lesser man. Also, your service, thanks for that.

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