After watching his health and his marriage deteriorate, a 563 pound Indiana man decided to take drastic measures to try and win his estranged wife back and get into shape.
Eric Hites, 40, decided to bike across the country. He shared his story by creating a website and blog called “Fat Guy Across America.”
Hites explained that poor health and increasing weight started causing problems in the marriage.
“Mostly because of my weight I was depressed and grumpy and it kind of fell apart,” Hites told ABC News.
Hites decided to make a commitment to repairing his relationship and get healthy after hearing the Proclaimer’s song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
“I can’t walk another 500 miles, but I can do it on a bicycle,” Hites recalled thinking at the time. “I can do it from East coast to West coast to lose weight.”
So he got approval from his physician and cardiologist, hooked up a 300 pound trailer to his bike and started out on his trip to achieve his goal. He started off slowly, lasting only about 100 yards before having to take a break. Now he’s able to bike at least a mile before stopping.
He’s already lost 60 pounds on his trip and claims his relationship with his wife seems to be getting better.
“About a month into it, we rededicated unofficially,” said Hites.
Hites originally planned for the trip to take four months, but has since changed the timeline to seven months.
“In the first week I had a couple doubts,” said Hites. “I’m doing it because I love my wife and it kept me going. I want to spend the rest of my life with her. That drives me.”