“My doctor told me my blood pressure was high and that I was teetering on diabetes.
“My doctor told me my blood pressure was high and that I was teetering on diabetes. He said, ‘You really need to get your weight under control.’ That should have been my motivation to lose weight but it wasn’t. The thing that changed me was what a lot of people would consider a vain moment. I saw myself on a video talking about the 50 Million Pound Challenge, which my company State Farm sponsors. I was going around the country talking to people about losing weight and about the need to get healthy and I looked like the poster child for obesity. I didn’t want to be a hypocrite. It was not until I saw that video that I said, ‘Okay, I have got to change my life,’” reveals El.