Losing nearly 60 pounds would be a major milestone for almost anybody on the path to physical transformation.
But television news anchor Larry Miller is still going the distance — literally — more than a year after embarking on a highly public weight-loss and fitness challenge.
"I didn't think it was going to be that profound," says the co-host of KOBI-TV's morning show. "You can change if you really want to."
Viewers of local NBC broadcasts in April saw Miller, 28, cap off six months of changing his diet and body composition by finishing Medford's 10-mile Pear Blossom Run. When the cameras stopped rolling, though, Miller kept running.
He participated in July's 50-kilometer Siskiyou Outback near Ashland. Less than a year after tipping the scales at 247 pounds, Miller ran the Lithia Loop Trail Marathon. He's now "hooked" on the sport.
"He wasn't a runner," says Miller's former personal trainer, Justyn Yarbrough. "Now, he's running 50-milers."
Of course, Miller didn't start down that road immediately. Putting a local angle on "The Dr. Oz Show" segment, "Transformation Nation" gave Miller a professional purpose for dieting and working out.
He had fallen victim to emotional eating habits and was confronted in his mid-20s with high blood pressure and prediabetic symptoms. Attending school full time to earn his master's degree in journalism while working full time at a Pittsburgh rape-crisis center exacerbated the situation.
"When you're under that much stress and anxiety, you don't make the healthiest decisions," says Miller.