MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. (KMSP) - Life wasn't so easy for Gary Hall just a few years ago.
The 37-year-old was 500 pounds and without a job, spent most of his days watching television and eating fast food. He was suffering from a triple-whammy of diabetes, depression and anxiety, all conditions only made worse by morbid obesity.
“I was eating McDonald’s twice a day—everything was fast food, never cooked," he said. " I was probably drinking six liters of Mountain Dew a day.”
Then, all of a sudden, he had enough.
Hall started cooking healthier options at home and cut out soda from his diet, and after a time began exercising regularly. With the help of a Planet Fitness membership and a lot of vegetables, he's sitting closer to 200 pounds today, a nearly 300-pound loss that he says shows the power of healthy choices and a dose of dedication.
It hasn't all been easy, though, and failure's just a part of the routine.
“Don’t be afraid to fail—you’re going to fall off," he said. "It’s not about how many times you fail, it’s about getting back up.”