A Car Crash Motivated A 400-Pound Man To Transform His Body | Jordan Grahm’s Transformation Story

If it hadn’t been for a car crash at 3 a.m. on spring night in 2008, Jordan Grahm might not be alive. At well over 400 pounds and squeezed into a 5XL, Jordan was on the road towards eating himself to death.
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Growing up, Jordan was always big and the subject of teasing from other children. “Kids can be cruel,” he says. “I was subject to ridicule and bullying, which caused me to develop a very defensive and protective state of mind.”

When Jordan was in the ninth grade, his parents divorced. He blamed himself, and his weight soared. It wasn’t until he became a football lineman that his 5-foot-9, 290-pound frame was put to good use. Then, tragedy struck.

“When I was 14, my mom suddenly passed away,” he says. “I’ll never forget the moment I heard the news. I was in complete shock.” The search for “Why?” provided no answers and drove Jordan further into despair.

“Food became my outlet—my coping mechanism for dealing with my depression,” he says. “I didn’t care about my future.” By the end of his senior year of high school, Jordan weighed 400 pounds.

He doesn’t know how heavy he became, because after graduation, he stopped tracking his weight. “Doctors told me I would die young from obesity-related complications; I told them, ‘If that happens, then so be it,'” he says.

It wasn’t until after his accident that Jordan had a change of heart.

Why Was Your Accident A Wake-Up Call?

On March 30, 2008, I was in a car collision, and it took five guys to lift me up on the stretcher. The next day, I went for an MRI and barely fit inside the machine. They almost had to send me to a special version that is bigger than normal. That day, I decided that I’d had enough. I decided I had to change the way I lived and ate, and I started exercising. I decided I was worth the hard work and dedication that it would take to improve my future.

No matter how hard it would become, I vowed never to give up. I realized there was no room for excuses, self-pity, or fear. The pain of what had to be done could never match the pain I felt from the way I was living.

What Were The First Steps You Took To Transform Your Life?

I started out walking my little Boston terrier, Blackberry. It took me an hour to walk her one mile—down and back up a hill. After that mile, everything hurt. I felt so uncomfortable. But I stuck with it, and we were eventually running 4 miles a day six days a week. When I thought about quitting back then, I knew I had to do this not only for myself, but for my dog, too!

I lost 100 pounds just from walking. While on vacation in Las Vegas, I ventured into the hotel gym. I got to work, hoping that nobody would be around. Soon after, a few folks joined in. Instead of laughing at me and reacting the way I thought they would, they encouraged me.

When I got home, I joined a local gym. If people thought I was out of place or had negative thoughts, that would be their problem. I had to push myself out of my comfort zone for my own good.

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  1. Amanda Bucci
    Amanda Bucci 24 February, 2017, 20:50

    I am proud to know you, Jordan. This was beautiful.

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  2. Luna Ayala
    Luna Ayala 24 February, 2017, 20:50

    Thanks for sharing your story Jordan; I know that wasn't easy to do, I struggle just to talk about my feelings and you really opened my eyes to the fact that I can achieve my goals I have set out for myself. Thank you. You have INSPIRED me.

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  3. Cain
    Cain 24 February, 2017, 20:50

    But he's still fucking fat

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  4. matthew rush
    matthew rush 24 February, 2017, 20:50

    I'm 19 and 470 lbs and docs say I could die before 21 so I'm trying to lose 320lbs as my goal

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  5. F3ckB9LL
    F3ckB9LL 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Great story 🙂 i cried too :p

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  6. blabla blabla
    blabla blabla 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Incredible!

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  7. blabla blabla
    blabla blabla 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    This is a real inspiration,everything is possible guys!

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  8. blabla blabla
    blabla blabla 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Incredible man!

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  9. Patrick Walter
    Patrick Walter 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    S

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  10. Hardkorowy Bez koksu
    Hardkorowy Bez koksu 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    good job!

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  11. Ditto
    Ditto 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Goes from Weak to Beast after fighting a shitty life.

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  12. John Doe
    John Doe 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Congratulations to all the moms out there. You make a profound impact upon the world.
    You have always solved the problems of the world with LOVE.

    Reply this comment
  13. Xentrolis
    Xentrolis 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    At 7:07. She didn't come to workout, apparently.

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  14. Gentle StormToo
    Gentle StormToo 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    It's now your girlfriend's turn to loss weight! She too a fat pig!

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  15. oooohhhhhhshizzzzzz
    oooohhhhhhshizzzzzz 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Am I the only one questioning his mothers death. like wtf

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  16. Krazy Lobster
    Krazy Lobster 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    "Kids suck'. MY HERO!

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  17. Lucion Williams
    Lucion Williams 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    What kind of person could dislike this video? shame on you for the thumbs down…..

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  18. Raj Prasad
    Raj Prasad 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    it is known as the power of dreams….

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  19. j
    j 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    My mother died when I was 3 months old and my dad died when I was 6 boo hoo gimmie inspiration.

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  20. MonsterFishKeeper
    MonsterFishKeeper 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    im pround of you man im 15 and 210 im losing the weight because of
    this video motivated me i was 250 thanks btw sorry for your loss amen

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  21. Orion Riedel
    Orion Riedel 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Take a whole bunch of magic mushrooms if you are suicidal I guarantee you'll rethink your choices.

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  22. Kyke Dudley
    Kyke Dudley 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    You skipped a huge part of your life, the part of the extra skin. How you dealt with that, the chest and belly skin. Any stretch marks? How did you take care of them, what was your diet like.

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  23. belisarius1
    belisarius1 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    i didnt tear up at all. at all.

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  24. Rain Maker
    Rain Maker 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    It's so sad to see that we have 175 people in this world who hate a struggling man's accomplishments.

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  25. webnomadx
    webnomadx 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Awesome story. You're a true motivation Jordan. Keep it up!

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  26. NC3!
    NC3! 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Why someone disliked the Video ??????

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  27. Bull Frog
    Bull Frog 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    diary of a psycho..

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  28. Finn
    Finn 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Who else thinks he sounds like Josh from Drake & Josh?

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  29. Keith Hulls
    Keith Hulls 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Well done Jordan! Your Mom would be so very proud of you. I dont know you, but you are an insperation.

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  30. Kvng'Gontris
    Kvng'Gontris 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    now he got to get rid of his ugliness

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  31. adithya shankar
    adithya shankar 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    This is a great story mate, It may be surreal but actually it felt like actually i was speaking !!!!!!!!!!.

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  32. Johnny Appleseed
    Johnny Appleseed 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    My Boston terrier would always run away from me, little bastard, glad this dudes could help him out.

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  33. TheBrainTrust
    TheBrainTrust 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    Can totally relate to this. It's one thing at a time; I started by just doing a single pushup and a lunge and eating 1% healthier at a time, and eventually working my way here over a couple years. Long way to go, not just in fitness but for life in general. I'll always remember it began with fitness though.

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  34. Bean Boy Productions
    Bean Boy Productions 24 February, 2017, 20:51

    YOU CAN SAY HE WAS BULKING ???//

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