Key West, Florida – During a 2014 trip to Key West with his wife, John McGraw's 358-pound frame ached after a day of walking. When he got home, he realized he wanted to make a change in his life.
Glacier National Park, Montana – After years of only being able to take photos from the road and going on trips limited by his weight, McGraw took his first hiking trip with his wife, Diane, in August. They hiked nearly 8 miles to reach the top of Grinnell Glacier, seen in the distance on the Highline Trail.
Glacier National Park, Montana – "While going through the weight loss and doing all the work necessary, I always had one thing in mind: I wanted to hike in Glacier National Park, and especially to the Grinnell Glacier," he told CNN.
Glacier National Park, Montana – Beyond the first-time hiking trip, it was also the first time McGraw was able to go horseback riding. He always had to say "no" to the activity because there was a 250-pound weight limit.
Glacier National Park, Montana – "It was about an 8-mile hike round trip with elevation and plenty of switchbacks. There was no way I could have done this two years ago," said McGraw. He snapped this breathtaking view of Grinnell Lake.
Glacier National Park, Montana – A bighorn sheep said "hello" as McGraw and his wife made their way up the glacier.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – The McGraws didn't stop at Glacier National Park. McGraw captured the iconic T.A. Moulton Barn on Mormon Row sitting in front of the Tetons at Grand Teton National Park.
Yellowstone National Park – Colors pop at Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, which the McGraws visited in early August.
Fargo, North Dakota – The McGraws' 11-day trip out west also took them to the Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore and more. They stopped for a selfie in Fargo, North Dakota. The couple says their next stop will be a dream trip to Italy.