Sometimes you have to see it to believe it.

If I hadnít seen the New Orleans Saints win Super Bowl XLIV, I wouldnít have believed it.

If I hadnít seen my favorite team in all sports ó the Philadelphia Phillies ó win the World Series, I wouldnít have believed it.

The same could be said about weight loss because seeing is believing.

To say that I lost 107.2 pounds is one thing. To see what 107.2 pounds looks like is another thing.

Last weekend, I had a chance to see what that amount weight looks like while covering the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

Every time someone brought a fish to the scales, I was anxious to see how much it weighed. I wanted to know if it weighed the same as the amount of weight I lost.

Unfortunately, none of the fish equaled that amount of weight.

If one had, I was going to get someone to take a picture of me standing next to it.

But when someone brought in a fish weighing around 100 pounds, I just had to look at it in amazement.

As an avid fisherman, I was amazed by the quality of fish that person caught.

But more importantly, I was amazed because it really put my weight loss in perspective.

I canít imagine walking around all day with two 50-pound bags of concrete mix strapped to my back. Well, that is what I was doing prior to having weight-loss surgery.

Sixteen months since I started on this weight-loss journey, I canít fathom how I was able to function carrying around more than 100 pounds extra.
Now, I know why I had several health problems.

There was a reason why I my cholesterol and blood pressure was high, and there was a reason why I was always tired. I was also dealing with other issues at the time, including aches and pains in my joints and the lack of quality sleep.

It was because I was extremely obese, and I needed to do something to improve my overall quality of life.

Weight-loss surgery was the answer, and I have no regrets.
It was more than just a surgery to help me lose weight. It was a surgery that probably saved my life, and I am grateful for that.

As an added bonus, I had some required blood work done recently, and all of my levels appear to be in order. Basically, thatís just another way of saying that seeing is believing.

Sometimes you can find inspiration to lose weight in the strangest places.

It can be an old photo or an upcoming family or high school reunion.

Last weekend, I found it by watching several fishermen bring either tarpon, yellowfin tuna or grouper to the rodeo scales.

Hopefully at the 2016 rodeo, I can look at the first-place tarpon and say one thing. I lost more weight than the winning tarpon.

WEIGHT-LOSS UPDATE

Starting weight (April 1, 2014): 401.2 pounds Surgery weight (April 15, 2014): 383 pounds Current weight (as of July 7): 294 pounds for a total weight loss of 107.2 pounds Remaining pounds to lose to reach goal: 94 pounds

Brent St. Germain is the sports editor of The Houma (La.) Courier and The Thibodaux (La.) Daily Comet. He can be reached by email at brent.st.germain@houmatoday.com.