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    BJ Telfer


    B.J. Telfer, 27, Maryville
    – It's impossible to talk about B.J.'s success on the team without talking about his success before and after the team. During the five-month course of his training, B.J. lost 75 pounds. That's more than any team member in the history of the program. But what's even more impressive is where B.J. came from before he joined us. In early July of 2012, he weighed 394 pounds and was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. He decided it was time to make a change.

    And change he did. He says he walked a mile at a local park and thought it was going to kill him. But B.J. didn't give up and his drive resulted in a loss of more than 100 pounds over the course of a year. Going from nearly 400 pounds to finishing a half marathon in nine months is a feat not too many people can say they've accomplished. B.J.'s weight loss continued after the race and he continues to inspire us today (take a look at B.J. as he was in 2010 compared to June of 2013 in the photos at right).
    B.J. believes the secret to succeeding in any area of life is simply refusing to give up. It's a philosophy that appears to be working!

    A youth pastor in training, B.J. says his fellow church members provided great support, as did his family. “The most important people I want to inspire are my boys,” B.J. says. “I want to show them that they can do anything in life.” In addition, he wants to inspire the young people in his church, in hopes that they’ll live the kind of life to inspire someone else. “If those two things happen, I’ve done my job,” B.J. says. “Change you, and others will change around you.”






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