Adams, an employee of Kroger since he was 16, knew he still had work to do to lose the weight and change his lifestyle. He changed his eating habits to consume several small meals throughout the day and began moving more. As his weight dwindled, his spirits soared and he stayed on course.
"I have a protein shake for breakfast," he said. "I have small meals the rest of the day and make sure I get my protein in. I love chicken, fish and tuna. I treat myself once in a while to satisfy my sweet tooth. I get a small cup of vanilla ice cream once in a while. I love to cook for other people. They are my guinea pigs. I eat in moderation."
Losing so much weight has helped him gain a new perspective on life as he enjoys activities that were once too difficult.
This summer he planted a garden for the first time in 30 years. On Friday, he rode a bike for the first time in 25 years.
He goes to the Charleston Area Medical Center Weight Loss Center at Northgate Business Park three times a week to work out on exercise equipment.
"I have added 30 years to my life," he said. "I don't take any medication for blood pressure or diabetes. I sometimes take a pain pill for my knees. I hurt them when I was young playing football and skiing. I have some arthritis."
He is enjoying life in a way that has not been possible for a very long time.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Susie, a paramedic. They are the parents of Austin, 8. She has two older sons, John-David Shelton, 24, and Alex Shelton, 22.
He considers his stepsons his own. He said family is everything and it has been a privilege to help care for his own parents as well as the parents of his wife until they passed away.
"My faith as a Jehovah's Witness has shaped my life and that of my family in so many positive ways," he added.
He is looking forward to a longer and healthier life so that he can enjoy his family and friends and share his faith. And he knows he must continue exercising and eating right to stay on course.
"I want to thank all my family and friends," he said. "They have been there for me, supported me, and I love them for it. This is a lifetime commitment. I'm gonna do this. This is my shot. I found out almost too late that tomorrow isn't promised."
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.