It's the small steps that make the big difference.
One foot after the other for 25-year-old Stephen Pagano looks so easy. However, walking didn't come so easy 18 months ago.
"I was starting to use the wheelchair at Publix and other stores, and I got tired of it. It was embarrassing. I couldn't walk around," he said.
He'd been on Weight Watchers with Michele Brodeur for a decade.
"I've seen him for several years coming and going coming and going, never letting anybody in and never ready for a change," Brodeur said.
In January of last year, he opened up and the pounds came off. He had been on Weight Watchers since he was 13, but what got his attention was hitting 600 pounds. He lost a third of his body weight, down 200 pounds.
"I went from a 9X shirt from big and tall to a 4X," he said.
One of the biggest mile markers was the day he could fit in a regular car's seat belt.
"Letting it click... it was awesome," he recalled.
"I think there are a lot of people out there who are morbidly obese and feel hopeless and helpless that there's nowhere for them to go," Brodeur said.
For Pagano, 25 pounds led to 50. It was all about small goals. His ultimate goal weight is 180, with no surgery or pills.
Instead, his secret is just tracking food, exercising and opening up for support.
"He was ready to let us into his world and I think that's what made all the difference," Brooder said.
Pheano says he weighs in at Weight Watchers in Brandon religiously on Sundays and Thursdays. He hopes we'll come back to do another store after he loses the next 200 pounds.
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