When Brian Fleming met Jackie Eastham, he was morbidly obese, depressed and an alcoholic. Brian would distract himself from his depression by over-eating and drinking away his sorrows. It would have led to his death… if it weren’t for Jackie.
He met her using an iPhone Pictionary-like app called Draw Something. He never realized that she could save him from such a depressing life. Then, in 2012, he weighed 625lbs.
Brian would eat fast food every day and drink a fifth of vodka mixed with a liter of pop every night. He was 30, he dropped out of college and would play video games for hours at a time.
Jackie, who suffers from myotonic muscular dystrophy and was 20 years his senior, knew that he was wasting his life away.
Then, he began eating healthy food and exercising. Almost a year after they met on Draw Something (and countless online chats and encouragement), Brian lost 400lbs. He had a new job, he was in therapy and he was training for his first marathon.
He even flew to Paris to meet Jackie, his champion, in person. They climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower together.