Lucas Irwin shocked his parents over the holidays when he showed up 130 pounds lighter than the last time they had seen him.
Last year Irwin made a resolution to lose weight, but he wanted to keep it a secret from his family, so he turned to the Internet for support. He maintained a strict eating regimen, kept a food diary and started exercising.
“No foods were off limit, but I survived mostly on tuna salad, chicken with salsa, frozen vegetables, beans and rice, turkey/roast beef sandwiches, spinach and eggs,” he wrote on Reddit.
“After I lost 100 pounds I started walking to work (5 miles) for about 2 months until it got too cold outside.”
Irwin’s hard work paid off in his parents’ reactions.
“Hey buddy, how are ya — oh my God!” Irwin’s father Jeff Irwin can be heard saying, with his stepmother Susan Irwin quickly echoing the “oh my God!”
“All of s sudden, down the stairs he came,” Jeff told “Today.” “And he looked just fantastic. I was more stunned than anything else. But inside, I was just beaming. I was just … I was over the moon.”
“Just picturing it in my mind again, it brings back tears to my eyes again,” said Susan. “I am so proud of him.”
Irwin says his work isn’t done: The 5’8″ man would like to get down to 150 pounds.