This teen’s journey towards a healthier lifestyle is a prime example of how anyone can make a change if they set their mind to it.
When Michael Watson was in his sophomore year at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, he was bullied for being overweight. The teen stood at 6-foot-4-inches, he weighed 335 pounds, and he says he had zero self-confidence.
After realizing that he had had enough, Michael resolved to make a change.
As a means of getting healthier, Michael started walking the 20-minute distance to and from his school every day, rain or shine. Even if it was pouring rain, the youngster would refuse to hitch a ride.
Additionally, Michael made a point to eat healthier, which he says was difficult since he worked at a fast food restaurant after school.
It has been a little over two years since Michael started walking to school – and he is now almost totally unrecognizable.
Michael is now 18 years old, 115 pounds lighter, and brimming with confidence.
Michael’s high school counselors and administrators are so proud of the youngster’s transformation, they launched a senior spotlight segment on their Facebook page in order to highlight the achievements of their students.
“It’s an example of courageous personal development that’s rare for a high school student,” school graduation coach Terrance Jones told CNN. “Mike’s decision … to live a healthier lifestyle and to stay consistent with it will always stay with me.”
As for Michael, he is preparing to graduate next month and pursue his dreams of being an actor. He also hopes that his story will inspire other people to take control of their own lives.
“Every day is a new day,” he told CNN. “Anybody can do it if they put their mind to it.”
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