Andy Davidhazy, 47, from Texas, embarked on the mighty Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 and spent five-and-a-half months zigzagging his way from Mexico to Canada.
He underwent an amazing transformation which he documented in a time-lapsed video consisting of a series of selfies.
During the 5 months journey in 2013, Andy lost a total of 50 lbs and walked his way through 5 pairs of shoes.
Though the weight loss is what he calls “a collateral benefit,” Davidhazy says the real reason for hiking and documenting the entire trail was to challenge himself.
“I wanted to come back with a new level of confidence, I wanted to confront a lot of fear that I had in my life,” the 47-year-old tells PEOPLE. “And I anticipated coming back a physically different person.”
“I was eating anything I wanted and as much as I wanted,” he says of his diet, which included candy bars and macaroni and cheese. “You’re burning 5,000 to 7,000 calories per day, so you can’t get enough food to compensate and weight loss is inevitable.”
Watch his video here: