Cross-Country Fat Man

In March DiseaseProof learned about Steve Vaught--an obese man from San Diego--and his mission to walk across the country. Two months later Steve is more than 100 pounds lighter and nearing his destination the George Washington Bridge in New York. Matthew Verrinder of the Associated Press reports:

Vaught set out on his journey on April 10, 2005, hoping to complete the trip in six months. By early November, he had reached the halfway point after walking 1,400 miles. After taking a break for the holidays, he resumed walking in January.

He has kept a running log of his trek on his Web site,, which has gotten hundreds of thousands of hits, while others have watched him on Oprah Winfrey's TV show.

"People try to make this about calories and scales, but this is about living your life," he said Monday, walking briskly along Route 46—about 25 miles from his goal—as cars hummed past and beeped, a large paunch still part of his 305 pounds. "I spent 15 years either regretting the past or fearing the future. Now I'm living in the present."

He says he's gone through 15 pair of shoes, 12 pairs of pants, three shirts, 30 pairs of socks and his own sanity—twice.

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anet - May 11, 2006 9:34 AM

What a story! I love this guy. He has proved to himself he can to the he can go on to do other amazing things...
I think what keeps most of us from living a fuller life, and facing challenges, is the fear of failure.

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