Arthur Boorman participated in the Gulf War as a paratrooper. Unfortunately, countless jumps led to chronic knee and back problems and Boorman was told he would never walk unassisted again. The war veteran believed what the doctors had told him and that was his biggest mistake.
As Boorman could barely move, he started gaining weight. At one point he weighed 297 lbs. He could walk short distances using walking sticks and had to use a wheel chair for the rest of the time as the last 15 years spent in front of the TV had resulted in deterioration of his overall condition. However, after seeing a newspaper article Boorman decided it was time to change things. He contacted a yoga instructor who had developed a unique form of exercise incorporating yoga movements as well as dynamic resistance and power movements.
The yoga instructor agreed to work with Boorman even though many had turned him down before. It was really hard and the veteran went through a lot of suffering but what he accomplished is beyond amazing. In just 10 months he turned from practically an invalid into a person able to run and stand on his head. What is more, Boorman shed 140 lbs. The moral of the war veteran story is that all is achievable as long as you believe in it.