Twenty-eight year old James Cornelius now stands tall and confident at 235 pounds. He's down more than 100 pounds from this time last year.
"I was 337 pounds couldn't really run down the street," said Cornelius.
With his young son on his mind, Cornelius says he knew he had to make a change.
"I needed a job to take care of my son and I wanted to be an APD officer," said Cornelius.
The Atlanta Police Department hired Cornelius August 9, 2017, but there were some immediate challenges. He failed his first physical training test to get into the police academy so he started working out.
In December, Cornelius made it into the academy and continued to work on himself sometimes running up to four miles a day.
"My very first pt test I ran like 22 minutes on my mile and a half and my final one I ran 12 flat so I shaved almost 10 minutes in a year," said Cornelius.
He also changed his diet from pizza and wings to lean meats and fruits.
"I was on meat leaves and berries which was a diet I was on in college," he said.
Cornelius passed his PT tests and was sworn in as an Atlanta Police officer in June. Right now, he's in the final stages of field training and he'll graduate from the academy in September.
His advice to anyone else who needs a little push.
"Find your why, stick with it and grind it out," said Cornelius.
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