The following weight-loss success story was originally featured on DDP YOGA, a fitness and health community that helps people struggling with weight, lose hundreds of pounds with yoga.
There are some stories that are so incredible that Dallas himself questions if they are real. Dallas first met Jared while in Park City, UT, premiering the documentary The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, at the Slamdance Film Festival.
After an extremely emotional screening of the film, Dallas was outside the theater, thanking people for attending, and that's when Jared first walked up to him. He was tentative waiting in line to talk to Dallas, and when he did, he said, "I just wanted to thank you for creating DDP YOGA. I've been doing it for nine months, and I lost 180 pounds so far."
Dallas was a bit skeptical, so he asked Jared, "Did you happen to join TeamDDPYOGA.com?" As much as Dallas believes in DDP YOGA, he knew that losing this amount of weight was a monumental task — and at the same time, Jared was still a big guy. He had started his journey at over 500 pounds, so he was still at least 380 pounds.
"Yes, I did." Jared responded.
Dallas got a little more excited.
"Did you happen to take your before photos?" he continued.
"I did after my first week." said Jared.
"Thank God!" Dallas exclaimed. There was actual proof of such an amazing accomplishment.
Nine months later, Jared was invited to the DDP YOGA Performance Center to be a part of the new workout videos — starting at over 500 pounds, Jared had managed to get so fit that he could do the most challenging DDP YOGA workouts. Everyone, including Dallas, was amazed by the progress Jared had made since we had last seen him . . . everyone except Jared. It seemed like, although he was happy with his results, he didn't quite understand how big a deal it was to everyone around him.
So that's when Dallas asked Jared to read his very first blog entry. As you can see in the video, above, there's an incredibly powerful moment when Jared realizes just how far he has come. After over 40 years of being overweight, Jared had managed to lose 300 pounds in just a little over one year, by eating real food and doing DDP YOGA. His story continues to inspire us all, and hopefully it will inspire many, many others that it's never too late to change your life.