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At his heaviest, Marlon Gibson weighed 409 pounds. Today, he weighs 160 pounds, and is quick to point out that he did not use surgery, or a special diet plan. Gibson says what motivated him to lose weight was he saw his wife tear up while they were watching a television program about a weight loss competition. She told him that she was afraid he wasn’t going to be around long because of his weight. Despite being heavy all his life, and never being taught healthy eating patterns, Gibson set out to lose weight. He said it was hard work, but it was worth it. Gibson said he liked eating when he was younger, and learned to equate food with affection. He never was big about exercising either. Gibson offered encouragement to those thinking about losing weight. He said, “I always tell people it’s the three P’s: persistence, passion, and perseverance.”

—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Man loses 245 pounds with the three P's, By Jan Christensen,, Accessed September 9, 2013.

Philippians 3:14 (NASB) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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