Roller coaster inspires man to lose 100+ pounds

Posted at 8:34 AM, May 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-14 13:25:55-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – Nat Ambrose used to weigh more than 300 pounds. Last year he went to Kings Dominion theme park Doswell, Virginia and was not allowed on one of his favorite roller coasters.

Park workers at the Volcano told Ambrose the harness would not fit him and he could not ride for safety reasons. Ambrose called that a life-defining moment.

“It was embarrassing,” Ambrose said. “I came home and said to my wife this is it, this is crazy. I can’t fit on a ride at an amusement park.”

In the months following the roller coaster denial, Ambrose said he went to the gym and started to watch what he ate. He said he lost 105 pounds in nine months.

"You just have to want to do it," Ambrose offered as advice for people struggling to lose weight."If you don't want to do it, you're not going to."

Ambrose has since returned to the theme park to ride the roller coaster he had been denied one year ago.