KAYSVILLE -- While hiking up Waterfall Canyon with his 5-year-old grandson several years ago, Steve Bingham decided he needed to do something about his weight.
"It was 104 degrees and he was leaving me in the dust, and he turned around and yelled, 'Papa, hurry up,' " Bingham said. "This embarrassed me to the point I decided to lose weight and get in shape."
At the time, Bingham, now 66, of Kaysville, said he was obese and had acid reflux, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and arthritis in his hands, feet and other joints.
The following year and down 80 pounds, Bingham once again found himself with his grandson on the same trail, but this time he wasn't embarrassed.
"I turned around and looked at him and threw him up on my shoulders and ran up the mountain," he said. "That year, he and I peaked every peak in the Wasatch Front and the following year I climbed Kilimanjaro. I would have never done it if I hadn't lost my weight. In fact, I would be 300 pounds-plus by now."
But Bingham still wasn't happy with his weight -- he wanted to lose more.