Like many college students, UWSP senior Troy Fox is spending this weekend getting ready for back to school, moving into his new digs by campus. While moving is not a big deal to many students, it is for Troy who was barely able to walk up stairs last year, much less move boxes. That's because he weighed more than 400 pounds.
Troy's battle with weight has been a life long struggle, maxing out the scales as a college freshman at 425 pounds.
"I always tried losing weight with diets you see on TV and it never worked," Troy explains. "You'd do the diet for awhile and then you'd just go back to eating how you were before"
Troy blamed his weight on genetics, but knew deep down it was his love of food that was the problem. In middle and high school, he turned to food for comfort when his mom abandoned his family.
"She had moved away and I haven't seen her in about 6 years," Troy says.
Tipping the scale at 435 pounds, Troy realized he had to do something. Second semester of his freshman year in college he began hitting the gym. Despite working out on a daily basis doing a variety of strength training and cardio, Troy still wasn't eating right drastically slowing down his weight loss. Then, last August, he got the jump start he needed when his dad was diagnosed with cancer.
"My dad, he would kind of nudge me. He's always been there for me. He's my inspiration. He just always said I want you to be around. He's like I love you to death and I hate to see something happen to you because of your size," Troy remembers.
That sparked an idea.
"He had to have surgery so I made a deal with him that after he had the surgery we'd eat 1,500 calories a day because he couldn't work out and he didn't want to gain weight."
So far Troy's lost 210 pounds.
"It feels really good," Troy tells NewsChannel 7. "The best part to me is I still am who I was before on the inside, honestly."
A sentiment he now wants to share with others.
"I'm not better than anyone who hasn't been able to loose weight. I've just been able to do it and if I can help them that's really what I want to do."
Although he's come a long way, Troy says he's not done yet. He wants to lose 35 more pounds before his 22nd birthday in November.
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