He took up so much space in the evacuation vehicles, he couldn’t forget it.
Looking for inspiration to lose some extra weight? Try running from a deadly wildfire to get where you’re going.
Tony Bussey from Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada did just that. Forced to evacuate his northern town when a devastating wildfire hit back in 2016, Bussey says he finally confronted some of the consequences his size brought with it, when he needed to take up two seats on the bus and plane used to evacuate employees from his place of employment at Suncor Energy’s oilsands plant.
“That had a profound effect on me. It was everything. It was enough. That was it for me,” he told GlobalNews.ca. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it the whole way down to Edmonton. I had to change from then on.”
Upwards of 90,000 people were forced to flee the area at the time, in a fire that rivaled California’s recent scourge. Since the living nightmare, Bussey has committed to his new vision, and lost more than 300 lbs.
“If I can do it at the age of 41 and almost 600 pounds and lose this weight naturally, then anybody can,” he said.
What were his tactics? The survivor says he cut out all junk food. He also eliminated processed sugar and soft drinks, of which he used to drink up to 12 cans a day. Now, he says, his treats involve traveling.
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