Lynchburg Teen Hopes to Inspire With Weight Loss Story
Lynchburg, VA - A Lynchburg teen has completely changed his life after years of being overweight.
In just six months, 19-year-old Cameron Wheeler has lost almost 120 pounds.
Wheeler goes to Full Sail University in Orlando and he's been working really hard to shed the pounds.
Sunday, Wheeler flew back home to Lynchburg for Thanksgiving break, and he says he's pretty excited to show family and friends how much weight he's lost since he's been away.
The Lynchburg native says he has struggled with obesity all his life. Last year, Wheeler started gaining more weight in school, and ss the pounds went up, he hit a new low.
"They always say you have a freshman 15 and mine was more like a freshman 60. By April of 2013, I had gained enough weight to where I was about 310 pounds," said Wheeler.
Wheeler realized he had to make a change. He came back home to Virginia and told his long-time friend Trey Lindsey that this time, it was for real.
"What I've known of Cameron, everything he's always done, he's always gave up on. So I told him, I looked at him and I said, 'No you're not--you're going to quit,'" said Lindsey.
But Wheeler didn't quit. Instead, he took the words as motivation.
"Went out bought some running shoes and started getting into running. Tried to motivate myself to run at least 1 mile per day. And eventually, just kept on going and now I can run up to 6 miles without stopping," Wheeler explained.
Wheeler also started eating healthy food and keeping track of calories.
He says his dramatic weight loss proves that if you have the willpower, you can achieve your goals.
"It's just amazing. I never thought I'd see the day when he'd be smaller than me," said Lindsey.
"It's definitely changed my life completely. I see life so differently now, and I just feel like a better person. I feel like I can take on the world now," Wheeler added.
Wheeler hopes his story will help inspire others who want to lose weight.