SOUTHERN River resident Gary ‘No More Mr Fat Guy’ Wilmot has shown that anything is possible, walking 5400km from Perth to Brisbane.
Mr Wilmot is well-known as No More Mr Fat Guy on social media after going through a stunning transformation in 2011, when he weighed 145kg and smoked a packet of cigarettes a day.
He shed 30kg and trained himself to run marathons.
Mr Wilmot admitted the emotion overwhelmed him when he crossed the finish line on September 19 at South Bank in Brisbane.
“Everybody should have the opportunity to feel like this – in actual fact, they do,” he said.
“If I carry on like this for the rest of my life, I am less likely to die prematurely and I got to achieve a long-term goal of physical fitness, a high energy level and feeling good physically.
“I hope people can look at me and say, ‘I want to do what this guy can do’.”
One day in 2011, while sitting at the back of a bus sweating, he decided he didn’t want to become a statistic and it was time to get fit.
He started by doing 20-minute walks around the block each day, and 18 months later, he completed his first marathon.
Seeking a new challenge, his interest was piqued when someone on social media joked that he could walk to Brisbane.
“It started as a joke, but something in my brain just clicked,” he said.
In May, Mr Wilmot set off on the 5400km trip to Brisbane with two support crew, who drove along with him in a camper van.
“I didn’t have to motive myself,” he said.
“Your brain will go before your legs do, it is a mental game.
“At the end of the day, there is no point sitting there with sore feet and complaining the weather is bad.”
Now 46, Mr Wilmot is living a much healthier lifestyle, weighs about 115kg and is focused on running marathons.
Mr Wilmot has been fundraising for the Heart Foundation.
To make a donation and show your support, visit https://run forheart.everydayhero.com/au/HAA2015