Stephen: “Looking back, how did obesity impact your finances?”
Jon: “I wore like a size 74 pants. I couldn’t even buy generic pants. I was too big for those stores, so I had to custom order stuff, so a regular pair of pants, like a pair of jeans cost me $150. That’s not even brand name.
People tell me it’s expensive to lose weight. No, it’s not. You think about your life, and how much that’s worth? … So, with all of that, I had to drive a Ford Excursion, and I could barely fit in it. I have a pair of jeans that were and 8X, and there’s a hole right where my stomach was, because the steering wheel was always rubbing there. And when you think about when I bought the excursion, and what gas prices were like, I went to go fill it up and it cost me $125 to fill it up. And then gas prices went down, which was great, but still I thought ‘Damn, that’s a lot of money’. And that adds up. I’m a salesman at heart, so I’m good at selling myself on things I shouldn’t be selling myself. I was spending somewhere around $2000/month on food. It was ridiculous. God was very gracious to me in that I did not have major medical problems. But, I’m sure I was not far from that. I lived inexpensively so that I could eat. I was making great money at the time, and I bought a recliner for big men, and it broke within a month because I was so big. Thing was though, that I couldn’t sleep in my bed because I was so big, so I had to sleep in that recliner.”
Stephen: “What was the trigger that prompted you to change?”
Jon: “I get that question a lot, and I don’t really know the answer. I’m afraid that if I figure it out, I may reverse engineer it. But I think it boils down to I was miserable. I was afraid I was going to die, and I had no hope for the future.” And that’s a miserable way to live.”
“Then I had a trainer step in and offer to train me free. Within the first 90 days, I lost 105 pounds. And that’s a bit unnatural, and I know that a lot of people were praying for me – that’s a fact, so I believe that God did step in and help me do that. I don’t believe God had me get to 570 pounds, but I believe that now He is allowing me to redeem my story.”