Walmart tends to hold something of a reputation among American citizens, and while some of their bargains may be out of this world, their stores can also tend to attract the wrong sort of attention.
Not for Arizona native Pasquale “Pat” Brocco, however, after he found his life being consumed by food, opting to use that very motivation as a reason to exercise instead of allowing it to weight him—and his gut—down.
At his heaviest, the 31-year-old tipped the scales at a little over 600lbs. It was at this point Brocco was told by his doctor that if he didn’t make a serious change in his life, high blood pressure and high cholesterol would do it for him.
So, “Pat” decided every time he was hungry, he would make the one-mile journey to his local Walmart and return home via the same route before tucking in.
The result? A loss of 200lbs in just two years, or an average of 100lbs a year for the mathematicians out there.
Not only did Brocco lose the weight, either, but he instead kept his fitness story rolling and even excelled to bigger and better exercise achievements, which you can see on the next page.
Many of us out there who have gone through a fitness transformation in one way or another will be able to vouch it’s only when you hit rock bottom we decide to really make a lasting change.
For Brocco, that point was taking a look at himself in the mirror and seeing a form he simply didn’t like, and he told ABC News of what his lowest point resembled:
“My stomach was down to my thighs. My chest was hanging down here. I was disgusted.”
But the beautiful thing about exercise is that even when we may not feel like it, we are always in control, and Brocco made the proactive choice to stop being a victim to his cycle.
His story is somewhat unique, though, in that he merely altered one aspect of his day-to-day routine, and yet the results were profound, showing just how long a little change can go:
“You walk to Walmart three times a day, and you end up walking 6 miles. It’s amazing because I never walked 6 miles in my life, and I was doing it every day.”
“Once I figured out dairy was my downfall, I took it out of my diet, and instantly I started losing weight again.”
After incorporating a more intense cardio regime and introducing weights to his regime, Brocco’s total weight loss three years down the line is 330lbs, and with a whole bunch of newly developed muscle to go along with it.
The Arizona man hardly even resembles the man he once was, a rotund version of his current self, having found his fit figure and stuck to it ever since. Now, Brocco goes by the nickname “Possible Pat,” and he’s giving back to the world by inspiring other to follow his path via his YouTube and Instagram feeds:
Brocco’s tale is proof that beneath every unfit and unhappy soul is a healthier shape with much more potential for life; it’s just a matter of having the motivation to unleash it.
Hopefully, it doesn’t take a scaremongering visit to the doctor to awaken yours.