Columbus man goes from 600 to 300 pounds and changes his life

Suffering from depression and anxiety, and numerous physical health issues, Corey Seegers went to work and cut his weight to 275 pounds.

COLUMBUS, Ind. – The runners of the Festival 500 mini-marathon tell so many inspiring stories every year. A Columbus man is training for his first race around the Speedway after losing incredible weight over the past two years. In a much healthier way, Corey Seegers is literally half the man he was.

Seegers begin each morning to run six to 10 miles, usually before sunrise. He’s a big guy, a 6-foot-8 former basketball player at Columbus North High School and St. Joseph’s College.

But after his playing days ended, Seegers continued to put on weight.

“I didn’t want to step on a scale,” Seegers said. “It was something that I avoided at all costs, and I finally broke down and went to the doctor as other health issues started to appear. And so, at my heaviest, I weighed 603 pounds and my waist was about 80 inches.”

It was early 2020. Suffering from depression and anxiety, and numerous physical health issues due to obesity, Seegers finally decided to make a change.

“I think anything is possible with the right mindset and not letting things like COVID or maybe not having the best cards dealt over the years hold you back,” Seegers said.

He first had to lose over 100 pounds by walking and changing his diet just to be eligible for bariatric surgery. Doctors removed two-thirds of his stomach on October 1, 2020.

After his recovery, Corey started running in 2021. He has now returned to his college basketball weight of 275 pounds. Health issues such as sleep apnea, diabetes, and high blood pressure disappear with all that extra weight.

“I’m not really worried about the number that’s on the scale as much as I am about everything else,” Seegers said. “If I’m happy, if I’m healthy, those are obviously my main goals. But I kind of drifted from worrying about the number on the scale to worrying about how far I can run and how fast I can run.”

The 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will mark its third completed half-marathon. Now 40, he plans to run his first full marathon this fall.

“Not only am I better for myself, but I feel like I’m better for my kids, for my family, able to be more of that kind of person they can count on when they need support. advice or they need someone solid to talk to,” Seegers said. “So mentally it had a huge impact.”

Seegers hopes her story can inspire others at risk of severe obesity – that lasting change is possible. He stresses that bariatric surgery is not a magic bullet. Lifestyle and diet changes are essential.

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