Achieving the Impossible: How Fit Father Tom Lost Over 100 Pounds at Age 50

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

achieving the impossible

Achieving the impossible is a futile effort, right? You’re too far gone, too overweight, too whatever to change, right?


Achieving the impossible IS possible, and Fit Father Tom is proof that you CAN make the health and fitness changes you need in life. 

Tom is a 50-year-old father of four and a Lutheran pastor who has been able to make major changes in his life. 

He lost over 100 pounds and got off all his prescription medications. 

More than that, he's gotten his vitality back, and he's more engaged in his marriage, family, church, and life. 

And he did it all through a systematic, step-wise process. 

You’ll see how some harsh realizations and a major health scare led Tom down the path that would save his life.

But he kept moving forward and achieved the impossible!

Listen to Tom's Story on the Fit Father Project Podcast:

At a Health Crossroads

Tom was an athlete his whole life and was always active playing sports.

But as he got into adulthood and life and family took over, he became more and more sedentary.

And despite remaining relatively healthy, he got more and more out of shape.

Then, in November 2020, Tom's health started to decline. 

“I struggled to breathe while doing regular tasks like taking out the garbage and would have to stop a couple of times and catch my breath. I've never experienced such a thing. I couldn't do anything without becoming breathless. The other thing I noticed was my coordination. I've always had good hand-eye coordination, but I was fumbling things too much. I was also obese.”

After consulting a doctor, he was diagnosed with very high blood pressure.

He was informed that he was at risk of a massive heart attack, with fluid retention around his heart and lungs. 

“The doctor took the EKG and said that my heart was not right, and they were really nervous for me. They informed me that I could have a stroke or heart attack, a massive heart attack, at any moment. They said that they didn't know how bad my heart was and may have to do surgery. I also had fluid buildup around my heart and lungs.”

Sitting in the emergency room while having numerous tests run on him, Tom began reevaluating his life choices. 

“What have I done to myself? I can't believe I've allowed myself to get to this point. Years of neglect have led to all this.”

Enough was finally enough and Tom knew he couldn't live like that anymore.

“I was in pain all the time. My knee, back, shoulders, elbows, and joints were in bad shape. That's why I ended up in the ER and almost died.”

Learn about Tom’s impossible weight loss journey through losing over one hundred pounds!

Achieving the Impossible

Tom decided to change his life and begin a journey back to good health and fitness.

“The health scare was a kickstart into a new mentality that I'm not going back to my poor health.”

Tom used that mentality to jumpstart his journey on the Fit Father Project.

“I started looking around for a program that would keep me accountable. I didn't know what workout to do, or meal plans to follow. So I spent hours researching and looking for programs, and I always kept returning to Dr. Anthony and the Fit Father Project.”

What drew him to the Fit Father Project?

“I related with Dr. Anthony because he didn't come off as a salesman but as someone who cared and wanted to help people. I had a connection with him after watching his videos and felt he was sincere and wanted to help. So I decided to try the program.”

Once he started, he stopped eating junk food, taking painkillers, and drinking coffee.

He started eating healthily and making changes that contributed to improving his health.

“Another bad habit I had developed previously was I would eat late at night. I wouldn't eat all day, and around 10 o'clock, I'd fill a plate full of food and gorge it down, then go to bed. I stopped doing that, and I could already feel a difference in my body during the first few weeks after that.”

Tom also started exercising.

Initially starting with walking for at least 30 minutes a day, he increased his exercise duration to somewhere between 90 to 110 minutes a day.

Better eating and more exercise were key, but a change in mentality really pushed Tom over the top.

“One huge motivation for me was that I wanted to see my grandkids grow up. I didn't want to just watch them grow up but also engage with them and chase them around.”

Now, every aspect of this life is better. 

“I'm in better shape than I was in my 20s. I weighed 286 pounds while starting the program, but I'm down by 121.5 pounds. I feel so good and stronger. I started following through with commitments that I had neglected for many years. I feel so much healthier, not only physically but also mentally and spiritually than I did a year ago. My spiritual life has improved vastly through this journey because my mindset is different. I feel more connected to myself and God. I feel whole.” 

So what would Tom say to someone looking to join the Fit Father Project?

“Fitness is hard work. It doesn't come easy. You have to be committed to it. I know how hard it is to get yourself in a position where you look at yourself and want to do something, but you can't. It's confusing to understand how to get started. I've been there. But stick with it. Take small steps. One of the things I love about the Fit Father Project is its flexibility. It gives us the guidelines and tools, and then we get to figure out what works for us and how to put the body together. So pick things that work for you. You'll be amazed at what you can do. I'm living proof. I was in such bad shape. The fact that I can do this means that literally, anybody can. If you commit to this way of life and this program, you'll see the results.” 

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3 Key Takeaways From Tom's Journey

To summarize, here are three key lessons you can learn from Tom’s successful health and fitness journey:

Lesson 1: Start Small

Tom started his fitness journey with smaller goals that he knew he could achieve.

Start small by identifying your poor habits and tendencies, and work on cleaning them up.

Stop drinking soda. Take a daily walk. 

Small changes led to larger ones on our health and fitness journey. 

Lesson 2: Age Is Just a Number

If you have the determination and will, you can reinvent your health at any age.

If you are letting age pull you down, you are just giving yourself excuses.

There is a right fitness plan for anyone.

You just need to find what works for YOU.

Lesson 3: Mind Over Matter

Tom proved that achieving the impossible is possible.

You're not too overweight.

You're not too far gone.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life!

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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Father Project and Fit Mother Project to help busy dads and moms get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

*Please know that weight loss results and health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on achieving the impossible.

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

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