By Kyle Lovern
BELO – Last year, G. W. Mounts finally made the important decision that he was going to take control of his weight problem.
The local Freewill Baptist evangelist weighed as much as 458 pounds. But over the last two years he has lost 188 pounds.
Mounts and his wife Beatrice live on Day Star Road near Belo.
Mounts had decided to look into the lap band procedure and attended a seminar on the operation. However, the doctor told him he would have to lose as much as 60 pounds on his own before he could become a candidate for that procedure.
“On my way home I got to thinking, if I could lose 60 pounds on my own, why would I need that surgery?” Mounts recalls. “I went to Tennessee and my daughter-in-law was on Weight Watchers. I got the points that she was using and applied them to myself.
“I lost 25 pounds on my own and then I joined Weight Watchers,” Mounts said. He joined the local organization that meets at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Williamson.
Before his weight loss, he had obviously developed health issues.
“I was very limited in my ability to do the things that I enjoyed,” he said.
Mounts’ excessive weight resulted in him becoming a Type-2 diabetic. But now that he has lost 188 pounds over the last 24 months, his doctor has taken him off his medication. He sees Kermit physician J.W. Endicott, who is pleased with the way Mounts has taken control of his life.
“I don’t take anything now,” Mounts said proudly.
“I can now cut my own grass, wash the car and do other chores around the house,” he said. “Before that, I had to hire someone to do them.
“I have worn out the vacuum cleaner,” Mounts said with a chuckle. “My wife is glad I have done that. I was a couch potato, but now I’m a streak of lightning.”
He went from size 60 pants to size 42.
“Once I joined Weight Watchers, I knew that I could succeed because I followed the instructions I received from the leaders,” he added. “I always stayed for meetings to interact with other members and leaders to gain insight into success – one week at a time.
“I have regained my self -esteem. I have eliminated most of my health problems. I can participate in more social activities,” Mounts said.
He has spoken to the Weight Watchers group and he hopes he can be an inspiration to others.
“I have a great support group. My family cheers me on,” Mounts said. He said the organization motivates him to “stay on track.”
His sons, Jeff and Barry, now live in Tennessee. He and his wife have one granddaughter, Jenna, who is ready to head to college. All of his children and grandchildren are very proud of him.
“I believe in miracles,” Beatrice Mounts said. “He has his life back.”
Mounts, who is now 72, slipped his wedding ring off and put it back on his finger. He had not been able to wear his original ring in 23 years, but now he can.
He follows the food-point system daily and he also exercises.
“If I think about quitting, I remember why I started. I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me,” Mounts said. “I thank all of those who believed in me and felt I could succeed.”
“In order to succeed, you must believe,” Mounts said.
“This is not a diet, but a lifestyle change,” he added.
“I have a better quality of life,” Mounts said proudly. “I’ve got my life back.”
Kyle Lovern is sports editor of the Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33, or on Twitter @KyleLovern.