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Photos: En route to a healthier life

Steve Vaught, a once 400-pound San Diego-area man, is more than halfway through his cross-country trek to lose weight and gain perspective.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor
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Vaught and lighter pack

In Oklahoma, Steve Vaught spreads out all 55 to 60 pounds of provisions he had been carrying on his cross-country trek to lose weight. Vaught lightened his load to about 16 pounds using high-tech gear and other techniques.

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Vaught with core load

Around Halloween, Vaught lightened his core load to about 16 pounds. With gadgets added, the pack weighed about 23 pounds.

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Vaught's Web site

Thousands of Web community members keep track of Vaught's progress via this page on his Web site. He's made it so far to Rolla, Mo.

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Marine

Though he weighed about 400 pounds when he started his trek, Vaught was once a lanky but muscular Marine. He now weighs about 320 pounds.

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Route 66

Steve Vaught posed for this picture in Oklahoma with Dave Wickline Jr., who is exploring and writing about Route 66.

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Steve Vaught

Early pictures from TheFatManWalking.com show Steve Vaught before his started his trek, walking on Route 66 and posing with his family before he left.

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