At 530 pounds, Blake Gauthier ignored all the warning signs that he was headed for disaster. A heart attack turned his entire world around.
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In 2018, Blake Gauthier was reminded that life can change in a heartbeat. The 6-foot-7-inch Gauthier—who weighed 530 pounds at the time—literally dropped dead of a heart attack while walking down the street. Fortunately, he was brought back to life in time to realize that life is too short and too precious to take for granted.

Two years and more than 200 lost pounds later, Gauthier has the heart of a 20-year-old and the body to back it up. His heart attack could have taken everything away. Instead, as he describes in his story of transformation, it gave him everything he needed to change.—H.E.

At my heaviest, I weighed over 530 pounds. I am 6-foot-7, so I'm not a small guy by any means, but it's still no excuse. A couple of years before that, I was in fairly good shape. That was before I decided to renovate the houses my girlfriend and I lived in and sell them.

Instead of doing the smart thing and working on them one at a time, we decided to do both at once. That meant we didn't have a kitchen to use, which is what caused the weight gain. Everything just kind of snowballed until I dropped dead.

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1. Know What's at Stake
I had the mindset that if I didn't eat the right way, the healthy way, I'd be back in that ambulance at nighttime. Maybe they wouldn't be able to bring me back. That made it pretty easy to stick to a healthy meal plan.

2. Get Back to Healthy Basics
The foods I relied on to lose weight were chicken and rice, Greek yogurt, and cottage cheese. They were pretty much the staples I had been raised on and always enjoyed that I was getting back to instead of ordering a Baconator.

3. Set Small Goals
Instead of looking at the total amount of weight I needed to lose to end up on a bodybuilding stage, I broke up that big goal into much smaller, more attainable goals. For example, I'd tell myself, "By the end of this month, I want to be down another five pounds." Once I hit that goal, I'd say, "OK, now by the end of this month, I want to lose another five pounds." I'd create small goals, and each day I would do something to work toward that.

4. Respect Your Limits
One of the hardest things for me was when I starting to do more intense cardio. Most athletes look forward to that feeling of your heart pumping and knowing you're pushing yourself. I'd been through the heart attack. That was actually quite scary for me for quite a while, so I had to kind of back off a little bit and take it easier.

5. You Don't Always Have to Be Positive
It doesn't really matter where you get your motivation. I won't lie—some of my best workouts come from days when I am really pissed off about something. In those moments, my motivation is, "I'm going to do this just to prove to everybody else." So, it doesn't matter where you get your motivation, just so long as you get yourself up and you get moving.

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