"The MSM march was absolutely the beginning of a lot of changes in my life. Being chosen as a marcher was a blessing. I was really down on myself ... I hated the way I looked, hated the weight I had gained, and had lost confidence in myself… And then came the March. And I did it! And I kept walking afterwards. I followed a high protein, low carb plan…
Participating in the march was a real turning point for me. It really got me out of my rut and boosted my confidence. I'm now about 50 pounds lighter… and it all started with the March, Gary. One step. One step changed everything".
Rita H., North Carolina (Million Step March Campaign)
"I just wanted to wish you the best of luck in your life! Actually, the best of everything, because you have given everyone everything you have, your whole life, and put it to great use in trying to help others. You have been a true inspiration to many people, including me. I am totally impressed with what you chose to do with your life and I can only hope that one day I will find the strength in me to do the same.
God Bless you Gary Marino,
P.S. I have been wearing my wristband as a reminder ever since the day I got it back in Oct/Nov and I am currently 50 lbs lighter than I was. Thank you!"
Kellie L., Pennsylvania (Million Pound Meltdown Campaign)
"You have encouraged me even more to (do) something about this problem I've been carrying around for some years now. I'll be seeing you live at Tyler Memorial Hospital next week!"
Michelle B, Tunkanuck, PA (Million Pound Meltdown Campaign)
"… I want to congratulate you on your recent health accomplishments. I admire you for your strength and willingness to take control of your health and life. I believe that "your desire to empower others to change and dig deep inside to fix themselves" is just what the residents of Greenville County need to hear. Again, congratulations on your accomplishments and thank you for the example you are setting for millions of Americans."
Laura H., Greenville SC (Million Calorie March Campaign)
"Since your rally in Tunkhannock, My mother has contacted a dietitian. She has started to watch her food intake. She seems more motivated to weight loss.
After you had me stand up in front of everyone in Towanda, PA I felt awesome about myself! My goal is to help others and you have opened that goal up for me.
I was also very moved when I read your Journal about June 14, Honesdale & Tunkhannock, and found you talking about me! It has made me feel that my efforts are finally paying off to help others with their journey in the battle. I wanted to say Thank you very much!!"
Susan C., Tunkhannock, PA (Million Pound Meltdown Campaign)
"I just wanted to send a quick e-mail to tell all of you what a wonderful job you are doing. Bringing awareness to obesity is a great cause. I saw an article in the April 19th issue of People magazine. After searching online I found the millioncaloriemarch.com web site, it brought tears to my eyes. Gary is a very courageous man for setting out this journey. None of it would have been possible for his support system. Keep up the good work! I look forward to keeping up with his travels."
Tina M.,North Chelmsford, MA (Million Calorie March Campaign)
"Today I became aware of your Million Calorie March and it was nice to see I wasn't the only one traveling this road, albeit on a different path. Your effort has not so much raised awareness in me of the issue (having lived with it for a lifetime I am all too aware) but your story has affirmed in me that I am doing things the right way this time and has inspired me to keep going and I wanted to thank you for your efforts to raise awareness of this issue. I wish you good health, weather and luck on your journey."
Robert B, (Million Calorie March Campaign)
"I read about your cause in People Magazine just recently. It really is dear to my heart because, I also suffer from being obese. For most of my life, since childhood, I have been heavy-set. I did lose some weight during my teen years and slimmed down to a normal weight but quickly gained it back and more in my early 20's. Today I am almost 38 years old and am finally taking my weight problem seriously. My doctor told me I am at high risk for metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease, to name a few. I also work in a hospital where I see a lot of obesity-related illness.
So, with this in mind, I have been walking several days a week for 30 min. to 1 hour a day for a few months now. I am adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet and cut out the junk food. I have lost some weight (close to 10 pounds) and feel great!
People like you really encourage and inspire me! Let's keep on fighting for fitness and better health for all!"
Holly O., (Million Calorie March Campaign)
"I just want to say what a pleasure it is that I had the opportunity to meet you at Viquest here in Greenville this week. It was definitely inspirational, and I will keep you in my thoughts while I am on my journey to wellness and thinness. Good luck, good health and God Bless!!"
Chantel S., Greenville, SC (Million Calorie March Campaign)
"I saw your picture in the Boston Globe today and saw what you are doing. I was very excited for you. I had to look up your info to send you some kind of congrats. You have really accomplished a lot with this, and you are doing it through honest hard work.
Your success & hard work is inspiring me to leave the office right now and go for a walk. Keep up the good work! You should write a NEW book about your experiences (I'll have to check out your old one)!"
Marianne D., Burlington, MA (Million Calorie March Campaign)
"I read about your walk in People Magazine. My mother in law needs to lose 140 pounds and is having a difficult time doing it. Although she doesn't admit it, she is a food addict with a negative mind set. As a result, she suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes, and assorted aches and pains. I wondered if you'd be willing to pay her a visit at her home as you come thru Woodbine Georgia. It would be a real inspiration to her."
Kristen, Woodbine, GA (Million Calorie March Campaign)
"Thank you so much for your time today after the Million Pound Meltdown event at King's College. Like you I have been fighting obesity all my life. Speaking to you today, I am feeling better about myself and I am not going to beat myself up over those 50lbs, just as you said, the majority of the weight is still off. Now just 10 minutes after we have spoken, I am feeling good about myself again. Thank you for your kind words and the offer of your book. I look forward to reading it. Hopefully if we ever get to meet again, I will be smaller than I was today. Thanks for everything."
Tamer G., Wilkes-Barre, PA (Million Pound Meltdown Campaign)
"Congratulations on your walk. After 20 weeks I have lost 66 pounds. One day, one meal and one pound at a time I am finally on my way to being…healthy....perhaps for the first time in my life.
I know that my fight is just starting …but thanks to you...and the Boston Red Sox, I believe just about anything can happen. Keep the faith and Keep on Marching..."
Jacquie A., Wellesley, MA (Million Calorie March Campaign)
"I was very impressed and inspired by your accomplishments. Fighting obesity is an important endeavor, especially today, when there is such a growing problem. Childhood obesity has become epidemic. Again, congratulations on your impact on so many people's lives."
Tracie G., New Hampshire
"My reason for writing to you is to say that I was so struck by your authenticity - your honesty. Many people with your "celebrity" status would not be able to be so honest. Thank you and know that as you continue to allow yourself to be this authentic, you will keep inspiring others and you will continue on your own journey toward finding even greater rewards. Just watching you express yourself so authentically tells me that WITHOUT A DOUBT, that IS something BIG."
Teri S., Scituate, MA
"Our family watched you on the local news, you are quite an inspiration and Blessing to many please continue! Thank you again for remembering the hodge podge of folks you had to have met."
Sherri P., Macedonia, SC (Million Calorie March)
"I just want to congratulate you on all of the amazing work you and your organization is doing to combat obesity! It is truly an inspiration."
Rebeca M., North Carolina (Million Step March Campaign)
"Thank you so much for making today's event lively and fun. You were a big hit, and throughout the months leading up to the kick-off both you and Julie were a pleasure to work with."
Cheryl M. Martone, Office of Governor Carcieri, Providence, RI (Millions of Minutes Campaign, RI)
"It was a thrill to finally meet you at the Red Barons game and I am so inspired now after meeting you. That March of yours was so inspiring. I watched it on TV and was glad to finally meet the guy who started the Million Pound Meltdown. You should be ever so proud of yourself for your huge accomplishments. You are so amazing. Thanks to the Million Pound Meltdown team I have help and thanks to you and Dr Steve and Kerry as a team I can always look to all of you. "
Joanie B., Jermyn, PA (Million Pound Meltdown Campaign)
"Dear Gary, Please let me know when you are going to be in the Westchester County, New York area. I think it is a great idea to walk to raise awareness about obesity. Especially of concern to me is the number of obese children there are in our great country of the United States. I wish you good health on your walk and good weather while you are walking. Keep up the good work!"
Noreen K.,Westchester County, New York (Million Calorie March Campaign)
"Thanks so much for your encouragement! I've been really trying today. I'll take one day at a time though. I would so love to meet you and participate in one of the Meltdown events."
Sandra K., N. East Pennsylvania (Million Pound Meltdown Campaign)