From 370 to 185 – Before he tried to start losing weight, Edgar says he hated going outside and dreaded eating lunch at school. One memory from his sophomore year stays with him. "This kid threw a pizza crust at the back of my head and said, 'Are you going to eat that?' I just walked out of the cafeteria."
From 370 to 185 – Edgar began participating in 5Ks, like this race with his friend, Portlyn, after he started to lose some of the weight. Seeing this photo fills his mind with happy thoughts, he said. The teen hopes he can inspire others to achieve their goals.
From 370 to 185 – Edgar no longer dreads being photographed. Although he's proud of his new physique, he doesn't want to get too self-absorbed. "I don't want to turn into one of those kids who takes nonstop pictures of myself," he said. "I don't want to become a narcissist."
From 370 to 185 – Portlyn was Edgar's first real friend in high school, he says. They met when Edgar was a freshman and Portlyn was a senior. "He helped me stay motivated in school and helped me pass. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have made it."
From 370 to 185 – Edgar found support from his teacher, Dan Munoz, right, and wrestling coach Mike Matthews, left. "They were the ones I'd tell how much I ran while on my journey. They were there to listen to my results day-by-day and kept me going by telling me I could do it as long as I kept my mind set on it."
From 370 to 185 – Edgar ramped up his running routine this year and completed his first half-marathon on April 6.
From 370 to 185 – Edgar's older brother, Mario, has helped keep him motivated through most of his journey. Edgar's weight loss inspired Mario to start running alongside his brother. Mario has lost 70 pounds.