MY Path to Healing

From June 2014 to June 2016 I went from 290 lbs to 180 lbs, seven medications to no medications, and sedentary hermit life to a lifestyle of activity ad engagement. Here’s the story.

Weight Loss, Nutrition and Wellness


I'm nobody special. No person of note up in anyone's hierarchy. I'm here at the bottom of the pyramid with you. If I did this, you can do this. Everything here is to help you do that. There's nothing for sale here. Just maybe some things that will help you do you, all the way to your best you.

Much Love, John Atkinson

Transformation is a topic I am familiar with. Its how a 290-pound sick, depressed hermit who couldn’t walk a quarter of a mile, or even get out of bed some days, turns into a 180-pounder who walks five to seven miles every day as part of an active, engaged life. In less than two years. Holistic Transformation is about creating a vision of an ideal self and then working towards that vision bit-by-bit, day-by-day across multiple dimensions of self. It’s a holistic, organic, individual and ongoing process, like the growth of a tree. It involves expanding the scope of our understanding about overall wellness to encompass everything that feeds us, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. Embrace life in such a way as to have weight drop off as a happy side effect of achieving more balance across multiple aspects of life..

My Journey

Photo journal

Adventures on the trail and road

I like moving. Whether in a vehicle or on my feet. With or without a destination in mind. Everything on this site revolves around a holistic wellness journey. My hikes and trips serve my wellness on multiple levels. I like bundling stuff.

Here are some of the photographic journeys. 

John Atkinson

Health Coaching

I hold a Health Coaching Certification from Institute for Integrative Nutrition: Certificate Verification Link FYI. I hate the word coach. Its overused. I consider myself a Wellness Advocate in this one of my several roles.


The Great Courses Plus, now called Wondrium, is the best $10.00 a month I spend