Tom Finigan, 58, from Walterboro, South Carolina, revealed how he went from 410lbs to 180lbs (pictured before the weight loss)

High school band principal, 58, reveals how he went from 410lbs to 180lbs

A high school band director has revealed how he lost 230 pounds and reversed his prediabetes by changing his diet and walking.

Tom Finigan, 58, of Walterboro, South Carolina, once weighed 410 pounds and struggled to keep up with the group at Colleton County High School, so he decided to make a change.

The high school music teacher loved his job, but feared he would have to retire sooner rather than later due to his weight, which he said was holding him back.

The group's teacher (pictured after his weight loss) shared he had just changed his diet and walked to lose 230lbs

Tom Finigan, 58, from South Carolina, has revealed how he went from 410lbs to 180lbs simply by changing his diet and walking every day (pictured left before the weight loss and just after)

The high school band principal (pictured after the weight loss) loved his job but feared he would have to retire soon because his weight was holding him back, so he decided to slim down

The high school band principal (pictured after the weight loss) loved his job but feared he would have to retire soon because his weight was holding him back, so he decided to slim down

Six years ago, Finigan (before weight loss) lost 100 pounds, but during the pandemic he gained weight

After his weight gain, the 58-year-old (after the weight loss) said he was

Six years ago Finigan (before the weight loss) lost 100lbs but during the pandemic he gained weight and was ‘miserable’ so he made a change (pictured just after the weight loss)

Six years ago, the father-of-two lost 100 pounds, but when COVID-19 hit his weight rebounded to 372 pounds, and he became ‘miserable’ and it affected both his personal life and his teaching.

And because heart disease ran in his family, Finigan resigned himself to believing he was going to have a stroke or a heart attack at any moment.

Although those around him told him he would “feel better” if he lost weight, he refused to believe them and forced himself into a state of “denial”.

During the school parade, Finigan had to “ride in a golf cart” as the children paraded and felt “guilty” watching them march when he struggled to keep up.

The 58-year-old knew he had to change and said: “I realized I had to be a better man, a better teacher, a better band manager and a better role model.”

He started taking walks between classes in his neighborhood and changed his diet, which he says was one of the main factors that helped him lose weight.

Now he weighs a total of 180 pounds – the lowest weight he has weighed since middle school.

Although those around him told him that he

Although those around him told him he would ‘feel better’ if he lost weight, he refused to believe them and forced himself into a state of ‘denial’ (pictured before the weight loss )

Because heart disease ran in his family, Finigan (before the weight loss) resigned himself to believing he was going to have a stroke or heart attack at any moment.

Because heart disease ran in his family, Finigan (before the weight loss) resigned himself to believing he was going to have a stroke or heart attack at any moment.

Finigan (pictured after the weight loss) knew he had to make a change when he had to get into a golf cart to follow his students in a parade

Finigan (pictured after the weight loss) knew he had to make a change when he had to get into a golf cart to follow his students in a parade

Finigan no longer fears retirement and says he can ‘teach another five to ten years’

He added that his life is much different now, that his mood has improved and that he “loves life”.

After his weight loss, the high school music teacher went from a size 6XL to a size large, his height went from 64 to 36 and is able to buy clothes he never had the possibility of wearing before.

Along with a new wardrobe, Finigan says he’s happier teaching, has more energy, sleeps better, and is no longer pre-diabetic.

Prior to his weight loss, the 58-year-old never thought about what he ate and viewed food as a “comfort”.

He added that every day he consumed two plates full of food, an entire can of Oreos, a gallon of milk and an entire can of chicken from the Bojangles fast food chain.

How Finigan’s Diet Changed Her Diet to Lose 230 Pounds

FINIGAN DIET BEFORE WEIGHT LOSS

Breakfast: Oreos and a gallon of milk

Lunch: Two plates full of food

Dinner: A whole can of chicken from the Bojangles fast food chain

FINIGAN’S DIET AFTER WEIGHT LOSS

Breakfast: an apple and Atkins shake

Lunch: Salad with sugar-free dressing

Dinner: Chicken, salmon, or steak cooked in the air fryer and seasoned with low-calorie flavorings, like pepper and garlic

To lose weight, Finigan changed his diet, which he now calls “boring”, adding that he sticks to the same because he knows “it works”.

On a typical day, the 58-year-old starts his day with an apple and an Atkins shake, for lunch he has a salad with a sugar-free dressing and for dinner he has chicken, salmon or steak, which ‘It air fryer cooks with a low-calorie flavoring, such as pepper and garlic.

He also said he made sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoided bread.

The 58-year-old also tracks his calories with his Fitbit and sticks to 1,600 calories a day.

He added: “I approach it as a musician – as a trombone player and a band manager, when you want to improve, you have to practice every day.”

Despite her strict diet, Finigan said: “I don’t feel bad when I have a cheat day – I could decide to have chicken wings or an ice cream cone. But I always have in mind that I lost that weight and I don’t want to gain it back.

Prior to his weight loss, the 58-year-old never thought about what he ate and viewed food as a

After his weight loss, he went on a strict diet and tracked his calories

Before his weight loss, (left) Finigan never thought about what he ate and considered food a ‘comfort’, after his weight loss, (right) he stuck to a diet strict and followed his calories

To lose weight, Finigan changed his diet, which he now calls a

To lose weight, Finigan changed his diet, which he now calls “boring”, adding that he sticks to the same because he knows “it works”.

Finigan follows his diet every day and makes sure to walk 30-45 minutes a day and weighs 180 pounds - his lowest weight since college

Finigan follows his diet every day and makes sure to walk 30-45 minutes a day and weighs 180 pounds – his lowest weight since college

As for exercise, Finigan started out walking for just 15 minutes, until he was walking for 30 or 45 minutes.

Walking has become part of the daily routine for the secondary school teacher, who said: ‘If I don’t walk, I feel like I haven’t started my day. I also like to end the day with a walk.

Finigan added: “It’s easy to make excuses and say ‘It’s too hot’ or ‘I’m tired’. But you have to find 30 minutes or an hour for yourself. There’s no pill magic is to be consistent and persistent.

The high school orchestra teacher approached his weight loss like a magician and knew that if he wanted to improve his health, he would have to train every day.

Prior to his weight loss, Finigan was ‘jealous’ of those who were fit, but he said when he got into his routine he started to see results and added that the key to his loss of weight was consistency and perseverance.

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