WDBJ 7 is checking in with a local Catawba fire fighter who lost more than 200 pounds in 2013.
Joe Francisco shared his story with WDBJ 7 last month in hopes of motivating others to get healthy for the New Year.
Franciso said he's had people from all around the world asking for help since his story aired in December.
"I didn't expect people from Germany and California,” he said. “I figured maybe locally Richmond as the farthest.”
Franciso said a soldier in Germany reached out to him to tell him how much weight he’s lost while serving his country and said Francisco has inspired him to keep losing more.
“I mean that's just unbelievable," said Francisco.
Francisco lost the weight with the help of a local weight loss company and hard work in the gym.
Francisco still has 60 pounds to go.
To follow him and the rest of his weight loss journey, CLICK HERE.