ATLANTA - After watching his weight climb to 450 pounds, Carlos Auger, Jr. is motivated by a need to make serious changes.
"I'm huge. I can't believe it," Auger said.
A few weeks into a nine-week fitness and lifestyle program at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, this child at heart has a simple but important goal:
"To fit into a rollercoaster," Auger said. "I love rollercoasters. I haven't been on a rollercoaster for 10 years because I can't fit."
The 38-year-old Lilburn resident also has a good sense of humor about the challenges he encounters because of his weight.
"I just want to fit into a Waffle House booth. I mean I get into one of those, and it's like I need butter to get out," Auger joked.
But the newlywed is also focused on making a big change after a recent doctor's visit.
"He goes, 'You're fine now, but in a year or two it's going to catch up'," Auger said. "I don't want to die. I'm 38. I've got a lot to look forward to."
He also worries about his parents who have been worried about him for decades.
"I don't want my parents to bury their son," Auger said.
His dad, Carlos Auger, chokes up when he thinks about his son making the commitment to a healthy life. "That's the best thing he's ever done in his life for me. "
Laura Johnson is the certified personal trainer leading the local program modeled after the NBC reality show, The Biggest Loser.
"It's hard to recondition the body physically and emotionally," Johnson said. "He's made all of the workouts. He's sticking to his plan. Now it's just managing his portions."
Auger says he's now able to push away from a plate without finishing everything on it. And he's focused on making slow, but steady progress.
"I'm shooting right now for 449. Tomorrow, 448. I'm going very slow," Auger said.
Auger is one of 30 participants in the Marcus Jewish Community Center's program, The Biggest Loser Challenge. For more information on the fitness and lifestyle program, contact the JCC's fitness department.