By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
Brian Gross is now a published author. Half the Man is available for purchase.
The book is a definitive example of how hard work paid off for Gross who has lost an amazing amount of weight – over 150 pounds.
Gross, is the son of Arthur and Linda Gross, was born August 3, 1978.
He has lived in the Russell/Flatwoods area for 11 years.
Brian is married to Kristy Gross and the couple has three children: Brayden, Laura-Rae, and Spencer.
“I graduated from Breathitt High School in 1996 and from Morehead State in 2000 with a Government degree. I completed my Masters of Arts in Teaching at MSU in 2005 and my Rank I, also at MSU in 2009.
“I am a teacher through Raceland-Worthington Schools. I currently teach History and English at the Boyd Co Juvenile Detention Center. He has been in this position since 2005.
In his personal life weight loss became a priority.
“I reached my weight-loss goal through hard work, perseverance, and prayer.
“I have been interested in writing for as long as I can remember but really began taking it seriously when I was in college.
“From a health standpoint, I had to prepare mentally before taking my first steps physically.
‘I started running with the mindset that I had no choice but to succeed. I set a goal to run a 5K and worked several days a week for four months to reach that goal.
“Once I ran my first 5K, I began training to improve on my time and become a more efficient runner. Seeing the results improve and watching the weight drop, I was motivated to keep pushing and modify my goals. I started with the finished product in mind and never lost sight of it.
“From a writing standpoint, I prepare by doing the proper research and finding things that I have a passion for to write about. I put my material out there to be read and ask readers for feedback.”
In addition to writing full-length books Brian enjoys other writing outlets.
“I write a blog, Through My Four Eyes (through-my-four-eyes.blogspot.com) and have published two short stories through Amazon Direct Publishing, The Christmas Village and All Ye Faithful: A Christmas Village Story.
“Recently, my memoir, Half the Man I Used to Be: My Yearlong Journey to Stronger Faith and Better Health, was published by iUniverse.
“The book depicts my journey from being in poor health due to weight-related issues to losing over 150 pounds and regaining control over my health and lifestyle.”
With many writing accomplishments, Gross has eyes for the future.
“My long term goals are to publish a full-length novel and to deliver the story of my weight-loss journey to as many people as possible in hopes of helping others lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.”
Brian is quick to point out he has had a great amount of help with his pursuits.
His religious conviction is at the top of his list.
“First and foremost, I would not be where I am today if not for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has guided me through my health crisis and led me through the darkness into the light.
“Also, Kristy (his wife) has provided me with the support, comfort, and care I have needed to do what I do.
“And Dr. Carrie Connett of Family Medicine has been instrumental in helping me go from a 377-pound diabetic with a failing liver and high cholesterol to a 215-pound man with nearly perfect blood work.
“Writing is an outlet for me. It allows me to express my ideas and thoughts. It is something that has always felt natural to me.
“I can best reach my goals by staying determined and never forgetting where I started this journey from and never forgetting that none of this would have been possible without the guiding hand of God.”
His book is on the market and can be purchased in several ways.
Half the Man is available at the publisher’s website, Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, and booksamillion.com in both print and digital formats. Locally, it can be purchased at McMean’s Pharmacy, The Mustard Seed in South Point, Ohio, and Empire Books in Huntington.
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