In the 608: Monroe man’s journey to healthier lifestyle

MONROE, Wis. — Many of us have had issues with healthy eating and fitness before, but one local man turned his life around in a big way, and now he’s hoping to make a positive impact on others.

You might not even recognize Cory Kundert at the gym these days. He’s working to put images from summer of 2020 behind him. At 29-years-old, he was pushing 400 pounds.

“I was working in Madison before COVID hit, and I was stopping at gas stations and fast food restaurants on the way up and on the way back and still eating full dinners,” Cory said. “Just wasn’t a healthy lifestyle.”

Cory says he was consuming between 7,000-8,000 calories a day. That included three bottles of soda.

“I was feeling miserable after I ate, and I just needed to make a change,” Cory added. “I knew I wanted to get healthy for my family.”

The new father was also having a hard time keeping up to his one-year-old daughter at the time and had plans to have another child with his wife, Dana.

“She was starting to get more active and running around outside,” explained Cory. “I really wanted to be there for her.”

One year later, Cory has already lost more than 100 pounds. Cory says he started slow, focusing on his goals with a nutritionist. He also downloaded the MyFitnessPal app to track his daily intake. He’s down to eating just 2,500 calories a day along with reaching 100 grams of protein.

He lost about ten pounds a month in the first eight months, and after about two months of focusing on his diet, he was able to start working out on a regular basis at the Green County Family YMCA.

“It took a long time for my legs and my lungs to work up to where I needed them,” added Cory.

Cory says he’s now able to keep up with his kids. The couple welcomed their second daughter earlier this month. Cory tells News 3 Now that if he can work toward a new lifestyle, you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

“Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward,” Cory said. “Throughout this whole thing my mantra has been discipline, consistency and hard work. So create your own mantra. Figure out what you want to say to get you to where you need to be.”

Cory is set to run his first 5K after training on Saturday, just two days before he turns 30.

He also recently started a podcast called Wisco Legacy in inspiring folks to living a healthier lifestyle and finding happiness.