Jeff Carrel doesn’t want history to repeat itself.

“My father was 54 when he died. I lost my dad when I was 27,” he explained. “More importantly, my kids lost their Gippa when they were 8, almost 4, and 1 1/2. I don’t want to leave my family that early. I have a beautiful wife, three wonderful kids and a life that I want to be a part of for a long, long time.”

Jeff’s struggles with his weight have been ongoing. He’s made several attempts at losing weight, but the pounds always seem to come back with a vengeance.

A renewed focus on diet and nutrition will be key.

“I have always loved food,” he said. “My idea of portion control was to see how big of a portion I could eat. I love sports: watching, playing, talking about anything sports. When I would go out and play with the kids, I wouldn’t be able to do much without being exhausted. It is the old saying: I am tired of being tired. Everything is compromised, sleep, play time, housework, love life, work, friends, family, everything!”

Jeff’s current fitness journey started this past summer when he began to work on portion control and becoming more active. After finding himself just a couple pounds shy of 300, Jeff and his best friend began a pact to try and lose weight complete with weekly weigh-ins. By November, he was down to 283 pounds.

He’s hoping that the Fitness Challenge will not only help him lose more weight, but give him the tools to keep the weight off and build healthy habits that will last him a lifetime.